Monday, January 24, 2011

je t'aime

Dear Paris,

When I Google “Paris the city of . . .” the internet describes you as lights, love, romance, and fashion. Hot damn, the internet is smart!

It was tough to look around without seeing people coupled up all over the city. Not necessarily romantic couples, but everyone still seemed to be in sets. Whether it was friends, family members, lovers, co-workers, who knows really . . . but it was rare that we spied anyone walking around by themselves.

I’ve struggled to find the words to properly describe visiting you without everything coming out as a cliché. Picturesque is the best word I can muster, but magical is a close second. Let’s let the pictures speak for themselves:

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I hope I'll be lucky enough to find myself visiting you again someday.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

cityLove: Nicole's London

Hold on to your butts, it’s time for our first cityLOVE post!

I thought it was very fitting that our first entry be all about London Town and even more fitting that the contributor is none other than my own personal tour guide, Nicole! The lovely Nicole just happened to celebrate a 29th birthday yesterday . . . happy birthday, my friend! Let’s get to the good stuff:

The Basics:

1. Name?  Nicole

2. Current city you live in?  London

3. How long have you lived in your city?  13 years; then an 18 month stint in South Africa & back again in London for almost 9 months so far.

4. Where is your “home town”?  Durban, South Africa

5. What other cities have you lived in?  New York City, Johannesburg, Singapore, Durban

6. Where can we find you online?  My blog

LOVE for your city:

1. What brought you to London? South Africa is not a great place to live, it is FAB for a holiday & I highly recommend it to anyone. But living there is another story totally!

2. How long did it take you to feel settled? At least 5 years.

3. If you skipped work for a day and had no other obligations or things to do, how would you spend the time? Take my dogs to Battersea park followed by an alfresco lunch!

4. If someone was coming to visit what would you put on their “must do” list? (a) London Eye is fantastic & must be done at dusk (b) Portobello Road market followed by movies at The Electric Cinema (c) Shopping on Marylebone High Street (d) Taking in a view of the London skyline from Greenwich Park (e) The Tate Modern museum & a trip up to St. Paul’s Cathedral (f) A West End show

5. What is your favourite restaurant? Maggie Jones (High Street Kensington) = typically British food – best to go in winter.

6. What attraction / landmark lives up to the hype? The London Eye – it really is an amazing way to view the city.

7. What attraction / landmark is overrated? Houses of Parliament – they are really boring!

8. What’s the most relaxing thing to do in your city? Grab a facial or massage at Bliss Spa in Chelsea.

9. What’s your favourite thing about living in London? It is so full of different cultures – everyone is different here.

10. If you were forced to move tomorrow, what would you miss most? The ease of travelling . . .public transport ROCKS here.

Thank you so much for helping me kick this off, Nicole!  You’ve been an amazing friend since I’ve been here, and I’m so lucky to have met you.  (Shout out to Taylor, hollar!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dude, Where's My Post?

Things I’ve yet to discuss properly but am dying to tell you about:

1. Paris (update HERE)

2. New Boots . . . yes more, don’t judge. (update HERE)

3. Icicles on my eyelashes (update HERE)

4. Holidays & Visitors (update: the holidays happened and visitors were here in the form of the BF and my sister, I've waited far too long to blog about this properly so we're gonna let it slide)

5. 2010 Year in Review (update: nah, let's skip this bit)

6. The next installment of Differences

7. That naming thing I mentioned

8. How the heck I’m going to work the last spice girl into the blog

Sheesh, that’s a lot! Good think this post is going to double as my blog ‘to-do-list’ . . .

Monday, January 17, 2011

cityLove: New News!

Dear BlogReaders,
There are some exciting happs around these here parts! Huh? What?! Who says that? Oh right, me . . . Anywhoosie, I have a fun new feature I’d like to introduce called cityLOVE:

I know, your mind is already blown, but let me get to the details! I have had the distinct pleasure of exploring and a new city and calling it home for the past 6 months (read: OH. EMM. GEE). Since it’s been such an adventure for me I thought it would be great to find out what people think of their own cities. It’s about sharing what makes you love (and not so much love) wherever you’re living, or even used to live if that better suits. To simplify it however, we’re just calling it cityLOVE because cityLOVEANDNOTSOMUCHLOVE is slightly less catchy.

So here’s how it works: If you’d like to participate drop me a comment, email, tweet, FB note, or whatever other form of 2011 communication tickles your fancy, and I’ll gladly respond with some fun questions for you to answer all about the city you love. I already have a few willing participants, and can’t wait to post the first entry later this week!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Beliefs, I have them

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Hellooo BlogReaders,
Welcome to 2011! We here at Letters & Lists hope you had a super holiday season, and are stoked that a new year has begun. I feel like I’m a tad behind on all the fun things I’d like to share with you, but I’m not quite done with vacation-mode. The sister arrives tomorrow morning and I’m still off of work until the middle of next week. High-five for extended holidays!

In the meantime . . . I have the pleasure of being featured on Taylor’s Blog today. She has a lovely series called I Believe and I was excited to be a part of it this year. What are you waiting for?! Hop on over and check it out!


PS – On a cereal tip, if you’re in the market for a guest blogger I’d love to help ya out! Guest Post opportunities at Letters & Lists also available.