Autumn Layers

Autumn Layers

At 10:21am today it was officially Autumn. The beginning of a new season is always exciting! Here are a few ideas for your Autumn closet/beauty regime/house as the weather starts to cool down. Boots and a dark plum lipstick are always a must. You cannot go wrong with this lipstick. It lasts ALL day! A leather biker jacket and a hat are other good staples to have. I am loving this wool hat!

What are you looking forward to most this Autumn?

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

August POPSUGAR #MustHaveBox

It’s that time of month again…..Time for the August POPSUGAR Must Have Box.

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POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try and I wanted to share with you all what came in it. If you remember I also received the July POPSUGAR box and to see what came in that click here.

I opened up these fun House of Pom cocktail napkins first. Each one has a different emoji on it and they will be great for serving up cocktails on in the hot summer months!

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Speaking of summer…i’m sure you have all seen the fun floats making their rounds on instagram. Lately, I’ve seen the large doughnut with a bite taken out, the pizza and the flamingo to name a few. Well now there is one for your drinks! How fun is this Sunnylife inflatable drink holder in the shape of a swam! Obviously, I can’t wait to use this at the pool while sunbathing and sipping on some drinks.

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Another item good for summer (beach/pool) is this Sachajuan ‘Hair in the sun‘ because it protects your hair from harmful summer rays and it will not wash off while in the water because it only comes off with shampoo. This sounds like it would be great for someone who colours their hair and/or is in the sun a lot.

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Moving on to the last few pieces: The first is this black and white skinny scarf; and I hear skinny scarfs have now taken the place of statement necklaces. Second, a cute pineapple pin (others here, here and here) to hold it in place and finially “Oh my Brow” a subtle brow highlight that I cannot wait to try.

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Oh and how can I forget the retro Joe Crisps (chips to those reading from America) I snacked on while writing this blog and the $20 gift card to Troveup.com.

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I ‘m always impressed with the POPSUGAR #MustHaveBox as it comes with fun and interesting pieces! You can order yours here and they are also offering a $5 off coupon code (SHOP5) for your first order.

#HappinessDelivered

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

The Narrows at Zion National Park

I had never heard of The Narrows hike until a few days before we left for Vegas. When my mother-in-law mentioned possible doing the hike I looked it up right away. After reading about it I knew that it was something I would LOVE to do. It is rated one of the best hikes to do in National Parks all over the USA!

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We left the hotel around 6am only stopping once to get breakfast (at dunkin donuts, perfect for a hike, right?).). It was about a 3 hour drive to where we were going to rent all the equipment we needed. The Narrows is basically a hike up the Virgin River. You are deep down in the canyon following the river that takes up most of the canyon floor which means you are wading through the river. There are parts where you can walk on the river bank but for most of it you are in the river where it can be anywhere from ankle deep to shoulder deep!

When we arrived at the rental place we had to watch a quick safety video (so we knew to watch out for flash flooding!) and then we picked up our rental gear. This included a large stick, special hiking boots, wet suit socks as well as food and a backpack.

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We set off to the entrance of Mt Zion National park and from there we had to take a 45 minute bus ride to the start of The Narrows. The first mile or so is a hike along a paved path. At the end of that you meet the river and have to head on in!

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The water was not as cold as I thought it would be and some of the areas are harder to walk on than others because you are walking across large slippery stones/rocks in the water. The walking stick definitely came in handy and helped me balance.

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About another mile of so in you reach what is called Wall Street. This is where the canyon walls narrow even more and you have to be careful of flash flooding because there is very little to no banks! The crowds start to thin out the further up you get which is nice.

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We reached the Orderville junction and took a short break. At this point you can decide which way you want to go. You can continue up the Narrows or turn and hike up Orderville Canyon. We kept going up the Narrows. We reached the floating rock and then went about another 20 minutes before turning back. I would guess we had a little less than a mile until we reached Big Springs. Big Springs is where hikers must turn. I would like to go back one day and hike the top down which requires a permit as well as camping. It would also be fun to be able to explore Orderville Canyon. I have read that Orderville canyon requires a little more climbing, scrambling and wading! Sounds like fun to me!

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The hike back was quicker than it was up. We were all glad to finally reach the bus and head back to the car where we had the 3 hour car journey to look forward to.

That night we had dinner at another favourite spot: Battista’s Hole in the wall. After dinner we were all so tired that we went straight back to our rooms and fell asleep making sure to NOT set an alarm clock!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Las Vegas Baby!

My husband and I booked a last minute trip to Las Vegas with his parents for the 4th of July.

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Our flight left at 6am on the 4th and we arrived early enough to have a full first day. We were staying at the Cosmopolitan and after dropping off our bags and changing into our swimsuits we all made our way to the pool where we sunbathed and had lunch (hard life I know!). Later on that evening we had tickets for the Garth Brooks show, as well as a meet and greet!

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We got to the new Verizon Wireless Amphitheater right when doors opened and made our way to the front of the stage. There we met Garth Brooks’ tour manager who took us back to a green room. We were all a little surprised because we thought it would be more like a line where we say hello and that’s it. We were all chatting and in walks a guy with a backwards hat on. It took us all a minute to realize it was Garth Brooks!!! We all sat down and hung out for about 15 minutes before he had to go get ready for the show.

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Red Lip // Dress – Zara (similar, similar, similar) // Necklace

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I think we were all a bit speechless that he took the time to sit down and hang out, he was really friendly! After that we made our way to our seats and waited for the show to start. It was a great show and he sang all of our favourites!

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After the show we headed to one of our favourite dinner spots in Vegas; Mon Ami Gabi. We always sit outside so that we can watch the Bellagio water fountains. They bring this shredded carrot in a dressing to the table with bread to start that is really good. We ordered a few starters (chilled seafood platter, oysters and the onion soup au gratin) followed by steaks all around. For the first time ever I think we were all too tired for dessert (shocking I know).

We turned in bright and early that night. Early the next morning we were heading to Zion National Park in Utah to go on an exciting hike! Check back to find out which one!

Lots of love,

Buffy xx

The Ivy London

I first heard about the restaurant ‘The Ivy’ 12 or 13 years ago and since it has been on my radar as a place I would like to try. After we got back from Amsterdam my sister and I were set to take a Gin making class in London (‘Buffington’s was to be my creation!). However, I had multiple problems when trying to book the class. First, the payment system, then whether I would even get the ticket on time (I couldn’t just pick it up) and then whether or not we would even be able to catch the last train home! It was obviously not in the stars! My mum then suggested we all go up to town for dinner instead.
The first restaurant that popped into my head was naturally the Ivy! I managed to get a last booking and put it on the calendar! Since I was free that day I decided that I would go up a little early and have a wonder around the shops. We would then we would all meet later at the restaurant.  I made my way up and my first stop was Harrods, obviously. I love to look around Harrods, not just for their beautiful pieces but simply to people watch. The species of human that walk around are astonishing.  After hitting a few more of the shops I finally made my way to The Ivy.
Who can resist a good Bathroom selfie??
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Dress // Blazer – Zara (similar) // Bag // Sunglass // Boots
Blazer – Zara (similar) // Top – Zara // Bag // Trousers – American Eagle (similar) // Boots Steve Madden (similar)
The Ivy has been around since 1917 and is in the West End, by many of the theaters. It recently went through a renovation but still has the art deco feel! I love the coloured glass and that it just has an old timer’s classic feel to it (they take your coat and pull out your chair for you!). We were sat right away and made our way thoroughly through the menu. After a round of drinks (good ol’ Gin n’ Tonics) we put in our order.
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We started with the Giant Tiger Prawns for an appetizer. From there it was onto Crab Macaroni, courgette, ricotta & pea Risotto, double pork sausages (bangers and mash) for everyone and a cheeky second drink (dirty vodka martini).
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Now, no matter how much you eat, there is always room for dessert! My sister always says regular food goes to your stomach but dessert goes to the heart, not what our dietician mother wants to hear!
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For dessert we got an array of things: Chocolate pudding soufflé (my favourite!), sticky toffee pudding and Bramley apple crumble pie.
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With full bellies we strolled slowly back to Waterloo to catch the next train home.
Lots of Love,
Buffy xx

Amsterdam by Bike

Recently I decided I wanted to create a bucket list. I have always sort of had one in the back of my mind but I wanted to put it to paper. I feel like I am one step closer to accomplishing everything on it (and who doesn’t love ticking things off a list?!). Anyway, one of the items I was planning on ticking off whilst in Amsterdam. Sadly, it did not happen completely. Let me explain a bit more:
The said ‘item’ on my list was to ride a tandem bike. I did ride a tandem bike…sort of. The plan for the morning before we were set to leave Amsterdam was to all rent bikes and ride around the city. My sister and I were going to rent a tandem, that was until we actually tried it. The gentleman in the bike rental shop recommended we try the tandem bike before actually committing to it. So we took it outside, which happened to be a cobbled side alley way with tons of bikes stacked everywhere. Plus it had a major slope to it. Needless to say we could not get our balance and decided to just stick to normal bikes.
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We set off on our bikes planning to go a little further out and then circle back around the city. The city is very flat and so it is easy to get around by bike. I love that many of the traffic lights actually have a set that is eye level for the cyclists. We rode out to the park where we messed around with the GoPro (we got some funny looks!) before heading off to look at the windmill nearby. From there we made our way back to the bike rental shop so that we could then get back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and head off to the airport.
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I think if I was to go back to Amsterdam I would plan on renting a bike the entire time and give the tram pass a miss. It is so easy to get around by bike and foot that unless it is raining you really don’t need to take the bus or tram. If you do rent bikes make sure you remember what it looks like! There are SOOO many bikes all around the city that I don’t know how people recognize their own!
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Our flight back was delayed by an hour and so we sat and read until it was time to board. That is unless you are mum and Catherine who sneak off to get a massage in one of those big chairs without telling dad and myself!
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Overall it was a fun quick four day trip!
Lots of Love,
Buffy xx

Artists’ of the Netherlands

Our last full day in Amsterdam we spent hanging out with some of the most famous artists related to the Netherlands…Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Amsterdam is full of museums and we didn’t have nearly enough time to see them all.
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We got up early again so that we could make the most of our last day. The first stop on the agenda was the Van Gogh museum. When we got there there was already a long queue to get in and it was very confusing on where to line up. The British love their orderly queues and this was not one! We waited about 30-45 minutes in one of the lines which luckily let us in. I think one was for people with online tickets and the other for people with no tickets.
The museum was VERY busy. You feel like you are wading through people to see anything. However, I have always liked Van Gogh’s art work and so it was interesting to see. I like that it gave you background information about him and also showed you his early work because it is different from his more well know pieces. Also, you are not allowed to take any pictures!
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The next stop was Rembrandt’s house. As I mentioned in a previous post I love the tall houses that look out onto the canals and I’ll take any chance to go in one. They had Rembrandt’s house decorated like it would have been when he lived there. It was interesting to see the box beds, they were very short!
For our last stop of the day we made our way over to the Portuguese Synagogue where we had a look around.
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Dinner the last night was at a small restaurant off of Dam Square called Van Kerkwijk. This is a restaurant that has no menu! The waiters simply stop by the table and tell you what your options are.
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We started off with drinks (trusty G&T, Prosecco and Beer) and a sample platter consisting of different meats and cheeses.  For the mains we had Beef stew, Filet and a chicken thai curry. All the mains came with a family portion of fries and a salad to share.
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After dinner we made one last stop by Sweatella and then it was off to pack!
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Lots of Love,
Buffy xx

Amsterdam Continued…Anne Frank’s House

The main item on the agenda for day 2 was visiting Anne Frank’s house. We had heard from people and read that the line to get in gets crazy as the day goes on! I read anywhere from 2 to 3 plus hours! For my sister and I, it was very important that we visit Anne Frank’s house (my parents had been years ago), as it is such an important part of history. This meant getting up really early so we could get in line before it got too busy!

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We all ate a quick breakfast across the street from the hotel and then took the tram to the Anne Frank Museum. We joined the line about an hour before the museum opened. The line was pretty long considering it was not even open yet. We queued for about an hour before we entered. If you are in the area I would definitely make an effort to go see the museum. I feel I gained a better insight of what Anne Frank, and the others she lived with, felt while walking through the rooms. I understand truly how quiet they had to be as well as how cramped they were while living there. It is hard to put into words exactly what you feel while you are there – obviously great sadness and sorrow but many other emotions also creep in.

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Once we left Anne Frank’s museum we grabbed a quick coffee and snack and then made our way to the Westerkerk Tower. It is only about a 2 minute walk from the Anne Frank Museum. This is a church bell tower that you can climb up that gives you amazing views of Amsterdam. This was one of my favourite things we did in Amsterdam. They only allow 6 people on each tour and I think it is because you are climbing up the thinnest steepest stairs you can imagine. It was more like climbing up ladders, especially, the closer you got to the top!

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When we made it to the top we were rewarded with 360 degree views of Amsterdam. I believe it is one of the tallest buildings in Amsterdam so the views are spectacular.

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We stopped at the Homomonument on the way to lunch.

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We had lunch at The Seafood Bar and I highly recommend the fish & chips!

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Right after lunch we stayed in the area to visit the Begijnhof (Courtyard). Inside this courtyard is the oldest (wooden) house in the city, the English Reformed Church and the Clandestine Church. From there we wandered over to the Blocemenmarkt and then to find the bench from the Movie “A Fault in the Stars”.

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Coat // Jeans (similar) // Boots – old by Camper (Similar)

In the late afternoon we took a canal boat ride through the city.

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We made one last stop before heading back to the hotel before dinner and it was Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder. In English this means Museum Our Lord in the Attic. This is a canal house that houses a secret Catholic church in the attic. It dates back to 1663 when Catholics were no longer allowed to worship as the pleased.

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That night we walked over to the Sea Palace to check it out for dinner, as well as the sunset. However, it was closed so we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant that was not far from our hotel. After that we were off to bed!

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Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Nordstrom Anniversary SALE

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale

I wanted to take a quick break between my Amsterdam posts because as most of you know the Nordstrom anniversary sale opened to the public today. This is one of the biggest sales of the year and bloggers have been posting about it non-stop! I wanted to share with you all a few I got as well as some other fantastic deals I had to (very hesitantly) pass on (otherwise my bill would have been astronomical-it is so easy to do!).

Leggings are one of my go to items in the Autumn and winter. Simply pairing them with a white tee (or long sweater) and boots make for an easy and comfortable outfit. These leggings were rated just under 5 *’s and have over 2000(!) reviews. At $33 they seem like a steal! I can’t wait till they arrive so I can see if they are worth all the hype. I will keep you posted.

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I have been wearing my Valentino trainers I got back in March ALL the time. They are very comfortable and easy to pair with outfits. The fact that they are black means they go with everything. Well I saw these pumas included in the sale and thought they might be a nice backup to have.

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As I said above I LOVE an oversized sweater. This sweater looked so comfortable and I really liked the V neck because I can easily add a statement necklace to dress it up a bit. I ordered a size up so that it would be oversized. It comes in 4 colours and is also under $40! 

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Lastly, I added the top to my basket because I liked the pattern and felt it could be easily dressed up for work or down with a pair of jeans. I’m a lttle hesitant on whether or not it is going to be too sheer but I will have to wait and see. 

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Here are some other great deals they have….

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You can’t go wrong with a pair of Rag & Bone boots! I also think this coat is Amazing! I think the camel colour is so chic! I love this earring. I have the Black and clear ones and wear them all the time. Isn’t this palette great…It contains everything you need for your cheeks (blush, bronzer and a highlighter). Check out some of my other picks above.

Make sure to check out the great deals at Nordstrom!! Let me know what you guys get!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

P.S. M. Gemi is also having a great sale if you are looking for beautiful shoes!