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Jet Setter...

5.21.2012

image from here

Oh the life of a jet setter... haha I wish! But I am actually flying across the pond today, but this time to Cambridge instead of home (Miami) to help in the celebrations of little k graduating from college!!! It's crazy to think that she is old enough to be officially done with college, I swear we just dropped her off there! Not to mention what this means about me... so much for feeling like I "just graduated" hu? Time to embrace this young adult stage I suppose... but maybe after this week of reminiscing and partying like a collage student... you know, for little k and all!

***Today I am thankful that I get to celebrate little k's graduation with her and my parents... just call me a Lugo for the next week!!!***


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Grand Union...

When hubs and I went out venturing to find the Tweed Run, we came across the Grand Union and popped in to have a bite. Not your average British pub, this one was adorned with such an eclectic mix of vintage treasures alongside those more traditional pub furnishing. It was quite dark (in a good way) and this helped all of the gaudy accents glimmer even more! The overall atmosphere was that of a special one with just the right chilled out vibe, nothing too pretentious or too dive bar. The service was very friendly (which is hard to come by in London!) both at the bar and at the table. When it came to the food, again we were expecting more along the lines of traditional pub food... your average burger, fish and chips, or pies... instead we were pleasantly surprised with their assortment of starters, specialty burgers,  and oven made pizzas. We ordered onion rings (ok, nothing special) and fries (the skinny ones, which are the best kind!) to share, and burgers. Hubs had the fully loaded, which included mature cheddar, streaky bacon, onion rings, and bbq sauce. Now hubs is quite the foodie so not just any old burger will impress him... but this one did! I ordered the avocado and bacon, which included guacamole and streaky bacon. Man was it delicious!!! Both of our burgers came out cooked to our satisfaction, quickly, and did I mention they were huge! Overall it was a lovely experience and I am so glad we didn't write this place off based on it's pub like exterior (don't judge a book...) Looking on their website, I found there are a few locations (we went to the Keddington one) and that they stay open late on weekends offering specialty cocktails and live djs. I would definitely recommend the Grand Union and can't wait to go back for an after hours experience!







Another special thing about the Grand Union, because it was across the street from the Imperial War Museum and the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, it quickly became the unofficial pub for the tweed participants too! Somehow, all the men and women styled in their best tweeds just seamlessly fit in with the decor, making it an even more magical place to have a bite and a pint!

price: ££ average, what you would expect for a burger and pint
food:*** specialty burgers were delicious!
drinks: ** average assortment of lagers & ciders, though they do claim to do specialty cocktails
service: **** they were friendly and helpful
vibe: ***** eclectic and laid back

***Today I am thankful for all the treasures London has to offer... can't wait to explore more and share with you guys!!!***

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Tweed Run 2012

5.17.2012

One of the great things about the blog world is that I have been able to discover new and exciting things through it. I first heard about the Tweed Run from this post and instantly fell in love!!! After drooling over each and every detail... from the ranges of tweed, to the beautifully crafted mustaches, the array of bicycles, and vintage inspired hair and makeup... I knew I wanted to get involved! I quickly searched for location and... New York! My heart quickly sank as I realized I had lived in the city that hosts the Tweed Run for three years and had never even known it even existed! To say I was majorly disappointed is an understatement. But then, earlier in the year I had heard mention of said Tweed Run again... but here... in London! I couldn't believe I was getting a second chance as I googled and got every detail possible (they keep it very vague on the site).

And so two weekends ago (May 6, 2012), I grabbed hubs, my camera, and a corduroy skirt (I have no tweed! Must fix pronto!!!) and was finally able to embrace the magnificent event known as the Tweed Run . Guess what... it was even better than I could have imagined!!! Hubs and I have decided to enter the lottery for next year and will start buying tweed just in case. Oh this is also the perfect excuse to get this bicycle Ive been eyeing... yes I know, this means I will have to get over my fear of riding in the city... gulp!























Just a couple of things I learned:
The Tweed Run happens only once a year in London and once a year In New York...
It was founded by one man's love for tweed...
It is a lottery entry so keep those fingers crossed...
It is in fact not a run but rather a ride...
The route is kept very hush hush and even the riders don't know it (someone obviously leads)...
They stop at the Imperial War Museum at 1pm for a tea break...
It is just fantastically one of the most amazing things to spectate amazing...
Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE wears tweed!!!

***Today I am thankful for bicycles from all eras... so many beauties to choose from!!!***

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Living Alone...

5.14.2012


Things That Seem Normal When You Live AloneUCBcomedy.com
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Have you guys seen this video?!? It is fantastically funny, charming, and... well, kind of true! I just burst out laughing when I first saw it... and then again the second time... and the 20th time. I won't tell you specifically which ones, but I am guilty as they come when it comes to some of those scenarios... you know, before hubs. Are there any weird things you did (or do) when living alone? I have to admit, some habits die hard, and well... some may have carried on with me into married life! For better or worse right?!?

***Today I am thankful for that time in my life that I lived alone... I learned more about myself then, than with any other roommate***

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Happy Mother's Day!!!

5.13.2012



Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out there!!! I'm not one yet, but hubs and I hope to have some little Beales of our own someday... I am so curious to see what they will look like! Tanned and brown haired like me or pale and blue eyed like hubs??? British or American accents??? Will they call me mom, mum, or mami like I do with my own??? A couple of things are certain though, I will try my hardest to teach about their Spanish roots (the Spanish language included), I will love them unconditionally, I will make sure they dress cool (hey I'm a childrens wear designer so you know), and I will try to be the mother to them that my mami has been and continues being to me. With her as my role model and biggest inspiration, I hope I will be able to do as a good of a job! I mean, I think I turned out pretty good right?!? So thank-you mami for everything you have done... for being my mother and for also being my best friend!!!

***Today I am thankful for my mami... tiny and sassy and one hell of a woman!!!***

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Pink & Greys...

5.12.2012

cardigan: madewell | top: gap | skirt: madewell | belt: zara | skirt: zara | tights: target | socks: kmart | shoes: aldo | necklace: beacon's closet | ring: century21 | lipstick: clinique

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A Week In Instagrams 5.10.12

5.10.2012


Hello people! So Ive been a little m.i.a. the past couple of weeks... all explained below. I am and have been tired... oh so tired and missing the blog world... tired and needing sleep... tired and going to bed now... zzz... zzz...

1. mexican girls night at wahaba 2. runners world & junior magazine 3. my reflection 4. imperial war museum date 5. holly burger at grand union 6. tweed men taking over the pub 7. interview in progress from the tweed run 8. the vintage emporium live jam session 9. eenie meenie miney moe happenings at mason & taylor 10. beyond retro vintage shades 11. pretty kitty at check out 12. we will rock you... period! 13. a little british pride 14. daily st. paul's cathedral view 15. lovely blossoms 16. every day we hustlin 17. celebrating my lucky hubs!!! 18. some people are gay, get over it!!!

Awkward- The last two weeks in general... where to begin... there's the waking up at an ungodly hour to join the herd of half awake, slightly grunting as they shift along, commuters... have I mentioned I'm not a morning person in the slightest?!? The fact that I am beyond tired since I haven't done the whole 9-5, mon.- fri. thing in over a year and my body is shutting down in protest (hence my disappearance from the blog world)... And the weather... it's safe to say that my wellies have been and will probably stay glued to my feet for the foreseeable future... oh London! Making over 200 calls a day... saying the same script over and over again... ain't nothing but awkward!!! Butchering British and Indian names all day long...  I mean there are so many extra letters not accounted for... I actually do a little happy dance at my desk when I manage to get a name right... which happens like once a day... twice if I'm lucky... The way my tattooed foot has slowly been healing... from extreme itchiness to weird scabbing... Ummm I make faces when on hold and move my hands to express my point... lucky for me only my co-workers can see me hu?!? The shouting, whistling, bum rearing builders working just outside my window... And the fact that I have mastered the British hi pitched "bye!" and seamlessly managed to slip in "brilliant" and "cheers" into my daily vocabulary... 

Awesome- Ladies Mexican night with delightful margaritas, great company, celebrations, and juicy gossip!!! That the term "bank holiday weekend" actually had meaning and impact in my life!!! It was my first ever since moving over and I was so excited to be able to mutter the words "thank goodness for the long weekend!" along with the masses... Going on an early (see above, not a morning person) Sunday morning run while London slept... it was beautiful and peaceful out!!! Not to mention that I felt like I had accomplished so much and all before 10am!!! The rest of Sunday's events which included a museum visit... a pub lunch... spotting some tweed wearing cyclers... a coffee and cake break with some live jams... and beer tasting with friends... phew we were sure busy!!! Vintage shopping with hubs... and finding a sweater that we both liked... and agreed to share... I'm thinking a "how she/he styles it" post int he near future!!! Seeing a friend perform in We Will Rock You... I mean he gets paid to sing... and dance!!! Need to find me a job like that!!! And celebrating with hubs as he embarks on a wonderful new journey... and continues to inspire me (as always) to keep on pushing!!!


***Today I am thankful for the jam packed bank holiday that I got to spend with hubs... memories and pictures galore!!!***

 

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