Most parents will relate to being last on their own list when it comes to time, energy or getting something new. Our darling offspring always seem to need that enrollment fee or dental work right when we were thinking about a weekend away or new outfit and in fear of being judged a selfish cow, little Jonny’s Fillings always seemed to get priority over, well pretty much everything.
It was in the way way back, or 2008 ish, that my hubby surprised me one day with a “just cuz” gift and helped me realize that I matter too. I was always the “don’t buy me flowers, they’re a waste of money and chocolates make you fat” kind of girl so gifts are hard to do. You can imagine my googly eyed surprise look when he presented me with a box containing, not just a new pair of sun glasses but expensive designer sunnies.
It was my first, over the top, unnecessary designer item and little did I know I’d be hooked. Prior to this I’d had a hard time keeping a pair of sun glasses in one piece or just keeping them all together but something about that small luxury item, that special gift, taught me to care for and appreciate it and know that I was worth a little luxury.
Now I have a collection of luxury items from Jo Malone candles to Dior hand bags but it’s still the small things I use every day that I enjoy the most.
I encourage everyone to save up and buy yourself a treat, however small, you are worth it.
People often ask me “where should I go when I’m in London?”
Whilst I definitely have my own favorite spots and also places that are not worth your time, I usually refer people to youtube or google to see what interests them most and then I can help from there.
We’re all so different in what we like and our attention span definitely makes a difference as well as our ability to walk for miles or climb steps.
I have a son that loves to explore the history and museums, I mean for HOURS! He also loves the forest style greenery, castles and flea markets. He is happiest in the dull, overcast fog and doesn’t care too much for food.
My daughter on the other hand enjoys art and urban style. She’s into music but doesn’t love crowds or walking a ton, so together we explore galleries and street art along with some super brand shopping. I took her to the first ever HardRock Cafe and also the First ever Dr Marten store in Camden where you can custom build some DM’s.
She’s also a fan of “Masterchef Junior” so we had to hit up the Bread Street Kitchen which is one of Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurants where we had the “Beef Wellington experience” Asha also got a tour of the kitchen and apparently this is one of the establishments he regularly visits and does in fact yell at the staff when anything upsets him.
As for me, Well this is home, so I head straight to the local grocery store and stock up on junk food. I visit family and friends, ride the train and people watch like it’s an olympic sport.
It’s probably a known fact, I also like to shop when I’m in London, or at least look around the shops for style inspo. There’s so many places that are unique to the city so I may put together a post on places to check out when visiting but my favorite and easiest go to is, Selfridges on Oxford Street and the Topshop just across from the Oxford Circus tube Station (there’s 3 top shops on Oxford street alone) also New Bond Street for Luxury Boutiques and Bicester Village for Luxury outlets. Westfield in Stratford is a huge mall and right next to the Olympic park so that can be a great stop but the market at Camden is fun for nik naks and one off gifts.
London has always been my favorite city in the world with New York very close to equalling that love. I encourage everyone to go there once and spend a few days. It’s a melting pot of cultures and the energy is on fire.
I never dreamed I’d spend so much time on a plane.
I used think people with frequent flyer status had such a glam life full of adventure. Jet setting off around the world to see the lights and landscape of far away exotic locations but the reality is, most people are traveling for work and it’s just a time consuming form of transportation. An extremely long commute and you quickly get sick of cheezits, which is about all you get on a plane anymore.
Boyd and I have recently joined the ranks of couples who work and live in different states and whilst I get all the “wow, so exciting and it must be nice to travel so much!” or “how nice to have time to yourself” comments, I can safely say it’s not. It sucks actually.
We started out trying to see this as a fun adventure but in the very first week we realized, we don’t like the separation. He leaves and I’m the single, working parent, doing all the general life jobs until I hop on a plane to go and see him for a few days. He’s in NYC working his ass off and then going home to an empty apartment with no kids, no wife, and no big hairy dog. It’s lonely.
This change came about suddenly and while there was no solid forward facing plan in motion, we did think it could make for a fun adventure. Our kids are grown and less in need of us (or so we thought) and flying back and forth isn’t that big of a deal when you have the means to do it but even if you’re a Kardashian with a private Jet, it still takes a ton of time and more of it is spent apart than together.
So that’s why I’m “Out of Town” so much lately and why, when I am home, I don’t have as much free time to do stuff. On the bright side….