I've missed out on going to the places I love, Agoraphobia likes to keep me locked UP at home. I've started to change that.
What a better way to step out my comfort zone and smash Agoraphobia in the face than take a trip to New York. ALONE. Yep all by myself, just me and my manic. Manic it was.
I stayed at the The James Hotel in Soho. It was an amazing hotel and hanging at The Jimmy was a highlight. A rooftop bar set against 360-degree views of the Manhattan sky line. Jet lagged and confused I jumped in a taxi taking me straight to visit an ANINE BING store where I spent longer than the appropriate amount of time talking about my love for all things BING. Obviously walked out with some BING merch too. New York was pretty incredible, the vibe is immense. I'm desperate to go back to New York and hope to get out again soon.
I had read books and heard all of the epic stories from my friends that had gone to Ibiza, having my sons young meant when they were parting I was parenting. I knew Ibiza would completely align with me, and I wasn't disappointed at all, it had lived up to everything i'd imagined and more. For my first trip there I stayed at Hotel Esvive a very cool hotel with an Art Deco vibe. Food was unbelievably, staff were so kind and helpful. Formentera is absolute heaven, if you're visiting Ibiza you must go. There's a little restaurant serving immense food with the scenery to go with it. Hippy markets were an Aladdin's cave for me, I bought my weight in silver jewellery, among other quirky bits. I've since been back a few times and it just keeps getting better.
Babe when in Essex visit Acanteen, my absolute favourite place to hang out in Chelmsford. Acanteen is a family run all day restaurant and bar, established in 2001 and headed up by Emma & Brenda (Mother & Daughter). All of their food is ethically produced and sustainably sourced. Chilled, relaxing and the coolest vibes. One of the only places I don't (panic) and feel comfortable. Staff are super kind and bend over backwards to cater for everyone. Expect queues out the door when visiting at the weekends. See you there babe.
I'd heard a lot about Shoreditch House but had never been, I've been for work many times now and have gone full detective, I've nailed the vibe. A converted East London warehouse full of creatives, as soon as walked in I felt pretty zen, the atmosphere is a perfect working environment for me. Decor is very cool, staying over night I soon found out the hotel had thought of everything i'd forgotten to bring, I mean everything. I just kept finding more and more things, it was like hide and seek but with Cowshed products. I'm looking forward to working there this summer, having a place to go that gets me out of the Panic Studio is a pretty magical thing. This has nothing to do with the roof top pool, my love for cold beer and those striped sun loungers... promise. *rolls eyes*