Would you consider yourself more of an introvert or an extrovert? While I know it’s difficult to pin people neatly into specific categories (although it does make life easier, doesn’t it), I can comfortably say I am an ‘Introverted Extrovert.’ A Former pure Extrovert, my slow descent into Adulthood has seen me relish the comforts of nights in, pyjamas and regular unsocial events. However, what contradicts all of this ‘alone’ time is that usually I want Stag around for all of it. Deep down, I am my best, most motivated self when I am around others. And while I am so happy I’ve found a Life Partner who brings me joy and confidence, there are the occasional times when I’m — gasp — left alone. Such as this upcoming bank holiday weekend.
If you follow me on instagram and twitter, you would have seen my countless posts about our most recent trip back to the US for my little brother’s wedding. Although we did manage to see quite a few places on this trip (NYC –> NJ –> MD –> DC), this was purely a family and friend affair, which meant lots of catch-ups, very little tourist-itinerary-happenings.
However, the one exciting and bucket-list worthy thing we were able to do was stay at The Refinery Hotel in New York’s Midtown. Their rooftop bar has been my longtime favourite, and after years of wanting to stay at this ulta-modern hotel, Stag and I finally managed to nab a deal (in the cheapest room, because #realworldbudgets) and stay for two nights.
I’m somewhat of a ‘frequent flyer’ these days. Living abroad, living in Europe specifically, my ‘Before I’m 30’ experiment (more on that later), developing a keen sense of wanderlust, and constantly attending international weddings (5 THIS YEAR) all mean I’m in a perpetual state of preparing for my next trip. Years of international flying has also meant a I’ve learned to create a honed, well edited carry-on bag full of flight essentials.
You know those people who always seem to be one-step-ahead of the ‘what’s happening’ scene in London? Yep, that’s not me, either. However, as there is a chance Stag and I will be saying goodbye to this wonderful city soon (more on that later!), I’ve been attempting to find out more about the going-ons and happenings. A zillion newsletters and daily emails later, I’m still not one of those people, but I have managed to learn about a few interesting happenings. One of which ended up being the most incredible art-meets-light immersive exhibition: teamLab’s “Transcending Boundaries.”
Featured image via Ralph & Rice. So you know how celebs/bloggers/annoying people in your life have ‘their’ salon that they always go to? The ‘hair stylist’ they can only trust to do their hair? Yep, you can tell I am not one of those people. Not because of lack of want, but because A.) I am financially dependent on first-time Treatwell discounts (my hair is fucking expensive and loooooong, people) and B). I hadn’t found one I liked enough yet.
Well, a few Mondays ago, one salon was able to break through my cynical shell and bring me that ohhh I get it now! moment that I had been wanting to find: Ralph & Rice. My favourite salon in London.