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Holiday

“If we took a holiday Took some time to celebrate Just one day out of life It would be, it would be so nice” Yes it would indeed! Mid July heralds summer holiday time and alas I will not be going away until September. I suppose I can’t complain as I have already been treated to 2 resort holidays earlier this year; Seychelles for my birthday and Phuket only a couple of months ago. We stayed at Banyan Tree in Phuket, Thailand in a double pool villa. It was absolutely fabulous to have so much space and privacy to ourselves! The hallway to our living quarters… The dining pavilion as seen from our pool… The full length infinity po...

Bye Bye 2013 Hello 2014: Part 1

Another year comes and goes…and I take some time out to remember what an amazing, bumper adventure it has been…As there are a lot of photographs, I have decided to split this post into 2 parts… JANUARY Hubby is posted to Hong Kong for his work so we make the BIG move from London to Hong Kong! I restructure my business to be based out of Hong Kong and it's all systems go! …starting with putting together and styling my 1st photoshoot in Hong Kong… FEBRUARY After 20 years of long hair, it's back to the bob! Goodbye to pony tails, buns and Heidi braids. Now I just wash and go! Chinese New Year (click here for the blog ...

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

A trip to American isn't complete without the obligatory road trip. Hubby and I loved our road trip wheels – a Volkswagen Beetle that reminded me of my Morris Minor convertible back home in London. We drove through the desert past the Salton Sea to get to the remote Salvation Mountain. Salvation Mountain is one man's tribute to his God and love for life. Leonard Knight's message is "love is universal". It is a man made 50 foot high, 150 foot wide structure painstakingly built from clay over several years and lovingly painted with biblical messages and symbols of nature – flowers, trees, birds.  It is a happy and colourf...

Viva Palm Springs

Most guides to Palm Springs mention Ace Hotel so we went to investigate what all the fuss is about… The laid back lobby area… The popular pool area is the main draw for hipsters to soak up the rays, people watch and down cocktails… No time for a dip…we were there to fill our tums before exploring more of Palm Springs! We satisfied Hubby's diner cravings at the King's Highway diner… The adjoining Amigo Room is a cavernous bar that had a touch of Robert Rodriguez about it. The banquet tables are covered with (real?) Mexican bank notes… It's fitting that Palm Springs should host the 3 storey high Forever Marilyn statu...

The Parker Palm Springs

I needed rest and relaxation after a manic September. Hubby prescribed a dose of Californian blue skies so off we flew! Having already visited Los Angeles earlier this year, we decided to experience a desert resort and settled on Palm Springs. We were lured by its reputation (since the 1920s) as Hollywood's desert playground for celebrities to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of showbiz. The "Two Hour Rule" of Hollywood studios put Palm Springs on the map as a perfect getaway. Actors under contract had to be available within two hours from the studio just in case they were summoned for last minute filming. In Hollywoo...