Everyday Emily


20140526-200523-72323429.jpgBefore my big adventure began, Nilesh and I flew to New York to meet up with his twin sister for a week of quality time and our favourite activity- wandering around aimlessly until we stumble upon something good.

We’re both lucky enough to have been to NYC a few times and like every big city there’s always something new to do.. I’m not sure I’d ever get bored there, but I’m sure I’d be skint constantly!

For this visit a friend very kindly put us up in her DUMBO apartment. It was a pretty incredible place to stay, in fact I feel so spoilt by that place it’s going to be very hard to go back and stay in a normal hotel! We’d never been to DUMBO before so I so happy to be away from the craziness of the city and happy to be in what felt like a local village with coffee shops, small restaurants and a that killer view.

The weather flipped between torrential rain and glorious sunshine which made for interesting walks around the city.
Whenever Nilesh and I find ourselves in a new city or an old fave like New York we tend to walk everywhere, until our legs give out. This time we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge (always a great jumping spot) all the way up to the Met. Stopping in the West Village to show Nisha our favorite places, pretty brownstones and up to the Meat Packing district, walking along the High Line.

On the Sunday of our trip we all walked to Smorgasburg which moves from its usual location in Williamsburg to Pier 5 The Brooklyn Bridge Park. I’m sure you’ve heard of it thousands of times before so I won’t dwell, other than to moan about the lack of Gluten Free options! I settled for a Masala Dosa and we almost got into a fight over who was waiting longest for a bench to eat our goods.
It was a gorgeous walk along the river to get to pier 5 and the people watching was incredible. If you like staring at beautiful hipsters and a mass of naughty corgis and french bulldogs all hippo-like and waiting for scraps this is where you should be.

Before we left we invited some good friends over for a Pizza/Game of Thrones night and show off the beautiful view. Everyone else got take out pizza from Juliana’s (the real Grimaldi’s!) and I got my all time favourite meal from my favourite gluten free restaurant in the city Risotteria (270 Bleecker). Everything on their menu is GF and they make these incredible breadsticks that are so close to perfect, chewy bread that I would chop off my pinkie for their recipe. I really don’t miss pizza after giving up gluten over a year ago, I’ll settle for a creamy risotto any day.

After saying a teary goodbye to Nilesh (still kinda hard to believe) I had a super rainy day to myself in DUMBO. I ran between several book stores, cafes and trendy clothes shops looking for fun things to take traveling, temporarily forgetting about the whole “pack light” thing. Lucky for me I couldn’t find anything so settled on a fancy pen and headed off to JFK before I could think about buying a new pair of trainers.


As always, we’ll be back soon NYC.

Emily x

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The Vacation Between Visa

52 Days, 5 Countries, 14 Airbnb’s, countless trains. A grand European adventure.

The email came from the lawyers in late January. After lots of legal jargon I filtered out the important news- you cannot work until October at the earliest. Urgh.

While it wasn’t a total surprise, I was hoping I could be back to work in the Summer. So here I was with another very long stretch of doing nothing ahead. So I settled into a bleak February in Portland and the envitable Winter depression. I was paralyzed by overthinking “You should volunteer again!” “Take cooking classes!” “Gym everyday, oh how fit you’ll be for Summer!” and of course my body responded by curling up in a ball over a heating vent and watching Sex and The City re-runs. When your whole self worth revolves around work, it’s crushing when it’s taken away.

In those hazy and sometimes snowy February days I found my escape via Pinterest and the thing I found myself pinning most was Europe.

Last year I had started to make a list of the places I wanted to visit in Europe if I ever moved back to England. All these places seemed so exotic since I was now living in the US.
Oh Paris, how beautiful you are! A few years ago it would’ve been “Yeah, that dirty town we visisted that time in college and my boyfriend back home was cheating on me with those goth chicks” or “Spain so pretty and full of drunk Brits fighting between the girls flashing their boobs”
All the tackiness forgotten, I decided that if I couldn’t work I was going to use my savings to see Europe, see those pins in the flesh. Paralysis lifted.

I settled on May and June as a good time to visit Europe. Not crazy hot, not freezing cold and hopefully less touristy then the expensive Summer months. Just far enough in the future not to be scary and close enough to be excited about. I already was planning to visit NYC in April, from there I book my flights back to London then hot foot it to Paris.

Where (the hell should I go?)

I was having a really hard time matching up my wish list with a feasible trip around Europe. I wanted some sun, some culture and a little beach time. Not impossible for Europe, just an overwhelming number of options.

After a week of getting frustrated at trains and destinations not matching up I moaned to Nilesh “You don’t understand” I’d jabber, there’s no direct trains from Barcelona to Lyon! How effing ridiculous!” and the classic ” I want to go everywhere but I cant decide where to go!”
So one Saturday sweet, patient Nilesh said ” I know! Let’s get a map, that will help you visualize it”

Of course Portland, Oregon has a dedicated (and awesome) map store in the SE Neighborhood From this simple map and some numbered pins the journey started to piece together.

Through just looking at the map, looking at my pins and recommended places from friends the journey planning was finalized at:

1. London to Paris (1 night)
2. Biarritz (2 nights)
3. San Sebastián (3 nights)
4. Madrid (4 nights)
5. Sevilla (4 nights)
6. Barcelona (3 nights)
7. Aix en Provence (5 nights to relax)
8. Nice (4 nights)
9. Cinque Terre (4 nights)
10. Florence (via Pisa) (4 nights)
11. Rome (3 nights)
12. Sorrento (via Naples) (5 nights, relax/day trips)
13. Venice (2 nights)
14. Salzberg (3 nights)
15. Munich (2 nights)
16. Paris (3 nights)

As I hate to fly it was a really easy decision to train it everywhere. The European train network is fantastic and has endless travel possibilities if you look hard enough. I booked all my trains online and in advance as it worked out cheaper than buying a Europe Rail Pass, which happens to be quite expensive for a British girl spending dollars.
I was careful to make sure that most of my tickets could be printed in advance to avoid having problems with my credit card abroad and seat61.com was an absolute winner in helping me figure out how to book it all.

Day by day I tackled one or two destinations, booking trains and then then Airbnbs as I’ve mentioned before, my favourite was to stay in new places. I tried to stick to a budget of $50 a night for rooms, however in most places that was pretty impossible so I inevitablely spent more.

What (if?) -
It took until the end of March to have everything booked and as I wasnt leaving until April that left plenty of time for doubts to seep in. What if I miss my train? What if the room I’ve booked in Venice is a scam? How am I going to get a taxi from Aix TGV to my Airbnb at 11pm?
Enough time for me to take all those worries, sit with them and then think about how being out of control can be a good thing, stop worrying!

How (to pack!)-
How the hell does one pack for 2 months (and then a whole separate trip to England) away from home? Especially in those late spring early Summer months?

I tried, I tried very hard. Colour co-ordinating my dresses and jumpers to my shoes, trainers for hikes, little boots to liven up a pretty dress, you name it, it was on that spare bed of ours waiting to be packed away. Then comes the sad relaization as you fill your back pack that it just aint all gonna fit. In fact you can only pack half of what you have and then see what beauty products you can live without. Half of my main bag is filled with a toiletry bag of goods, first aid kit, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, Sunscreen etc etc. Pack wisely, be ruthless and remember you can buy things as you go along, budget allowing.

So far, my favourite little booties snapped a heel one night in Madrid. I cant tell you how upset I was over something so trivial, but these boots were the best. What I’ve learnt (the hard way) is bring things that are not new , but not well loved. Spending an afternoon in Barcelona shopping for boots when I could’ve been seeing some cool things is crumby.

Above all remember that you’re carrying this on your back and you’ll need to be able to lift it above your head. Travel light!

Why (are you doing this alone?)

Is the question I’ve been asked by everyone.

My answer is always a different version of this. Sometime you just need a moment to look at your life and how it runs. What’s going well and what can you improve. I guess I’ve always been lucky enough (in my adult life) to have people to look out for me. To cook for me when I’m hungry, to find fun things for us to do when we’re away from home. So much that I relaized that I’d become lazy. Letting others take the lead, doing all the hard work while I took a back seat

I’ve always been happy in my own company and the thought of being alone doesnt scare me like it does others. The option is always there for me to walk into a bar and start talking to a stranger, but only if I feel like it.

I intended to get a little lost, get sad and uncomfortable and then realise that I can take care of myself and that everything will be fine. Even if I come away changing nothing I believe that traveling alone makes you:

1. Appreciate what you have.
2. Realize you’re a badass.

Emily x

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Sweet Peas and me

Better late than never, but I have to admit I’m in the middle of a blogging hiatus.

I miss my little creative space more that you may realise, but even though I’m working my butt off (and will continue to do so for the next six months) after that I promise to be back.

In the meantime I’m still occasionally posting the odd funny tweet, posting photos on Instagram and of course I’m still pinning away.

Until then, keep being lovely supportive blog readers and check out my blogroll.

Miss You!


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Happy Monday

Everyday Emily Happy Monday

Portland treated us to a sneak peak of Spring this weekend and boy did it feel good to get some sunshine for 5 minutes. Someone said it was going to hit 70 degrees on Friday, I’m reserving judgement on that one until Friday morning when I’m slipping into a sundress and cursing my English complexion.

A long time coming, I know, but here’s some happy photos for pinning, re-blogging or just enjoying on your Monday.

Also, you might want to listen to this bad boy and if you don’t like it, we can’t be friends, ‘kay?



Have a wonderful day.

Emily x

Top photo from Best Made all others via Pinterest.

Friday I’m In Love With

Not taking anything too seriously.

This “ad” starring Lizzie Caplan just totally made my day.

We all know the ones that love their floral head band a little too much.

Emily x

Friday I’m (Also) In Love With…


1. This little illustration by Miss Capricho is absolutely adorable, so is everything else she does.

2. Nice to see Kate back in the hands of Terry, lovely to see a smile too.

3. The girl! The sleeve! The hair! The flicks! Perfection.

4. These Acne boots are needed to tide me over until July, desperately needed.


Happy Friday Y’all x

Friday I’m In Love With…

Vancouver Harbour Bikes

To say I’m a little bit in love with Vancouver is a mistake. To say that I’m head over heels cuckoo crazy in love you’d be getting warmer. I could continue but you get the gist, I want to take it home to my parents, marry it and live happily ever after.

The city comforted me in my hour of need, the sun shone throughout and it provided me with a few (incredibly stunning) bike rides around Stanley Park to keep me going. Not to mention the food, the shopping and the incredibly happy locals always willing to give direction towards a good brunch spot.

It also allowed me to take some pretty pictures of it whilst prancing about in hot pants and reserving judgement of my celulite.

Thank you Vancouver, you’re swell and only 6 hours away which means we’ll be back very soon.



Vancouver Winter Olympics Torch

Emily x

(All pictures taken by me, August 2012)

Friday I’m In Love With…


Dungarees, overalls whatever you want to call them for me they’ve never looked cooler. Except for the school trip to France in the late 90′s when I sported a cropped pastel pair and the same grown out bob I’m rocking presently.

Now a days I’d mix them with a bright pair of heels and laid back hair doo.

So awesome, nice one ladies.

Everyday-Emily-Dungarees 2

Would you?

Emily x

Pictures via They All Hate Us, ASOS London Street Style, Street Peeper.

House Interior- Our Farmhouse Modern Desk

If you follow me on Pinterest then you may have noticed my current obsession with home offices and desk spaces. There are so many creative options to lust over that when it came to creating my own little home office space, I had plenty of inspirational pictures to pick and choose ideas from.

We’d already invested in a desk as we bought this huge 9ft farmhouse-style antique table from our land lord. The sheer size alone meant that it was going to be a pain in the arse  for her to move, so we made her an offer and promised to fix it up lovingly into the desk of our dreams.

The Doug Fir top need a coat of varnish and the rusty coloured legs were in need of love, but Nilesh saw the potential for a epic sized office space and combined with my love of accessories and prints here’s our home office space.

Farmhouse table as desk

Desk accessories.

Desk Accessories

Portland-Desktop-Baies Candle

Farmhouse Desktop Close

Do you like it?

My favourite finds were the cheeky British Bulldog figure who looks after our mail. Not to mention the divine smelling Diptyque candle a Valentines gift from Nilesh to me and the brilliant A Helpful Reminder print by Annie Clark, my Valentines gift for Nilesh.

I’m sure we’ll chop and change with the desk accessories as life continues on, but for now I’m very happy with our Farmhouse style mega desk.

Emily x

Chairs: Vintage// Desk Boxes: The Container Store // A Helpful Reminder Print: Minted // Ceramic Bulldog: Wayfair.com // Silver Desk Lamps: Z Gallerie // Plants and Pots: Ikea //Glass Knot Paperweight: West Elm // Monogram Mugs: Anthropologie // Candle: Diptyque (Baies) // White Jug/Vase: Ikea // Mercury Owl: West Elm // Postcard: Local Portland store.

A Quick Saturday Catch Up

Bloggers block is a bitch. I sit at my computer for hours, getting ideas, starting to write, then deleting it all.

Still, let’s catch up shall we?

Here’s a quick narcissistic Instagram post on what I’ve been doing since I last saw you.

1. Here I am riding a sweet bike around Stanley Park  Vancouver BC in the glorious sunshine, post visa interview. Nilesh drove up from Portland (11 HOURS) to spend a few days with me whilst I waited for my passport to be returned. The Loden (where we stayed) has 2 bikes available for its guests (in 2 hour slots) so we jumped at the chance to cruise around town, happy as larry.

2. September and we’re back in PDX. Here’s our beloved Daisy Doodle sitting on our new porch in North East Portland. We’ve moved a little further out of town but it’s worth it, we have a 2 bedroomed house, a gated front porch for Daisy.  It’s just like this scene from Portlandia, we’re so lucky to live here and the Summer was  as beautiful as everyone promised it would be.

3/4. A few weeks into starting my new job and my brother calls (he never calls, so this is wierd.) He’s getting married in seven weeks and wants me to be a bridesmaid, of course I’m thrilled and we head back to surprise Nilesh’s family and see every member of mine. I slip into a pink dress and don’t feel silly at all.

Instagram Catch Up 20125/6/7. October rolled around pretty fast and we had a visit from Nilesh’s twin sister and then their folks. Together we took an epic road trip from San Fran, through LA via the pretty coastal road. We stopped to do a little Gangnam Style before a horse trek to the beach then onwards to Vegas where I fell in love with the roulette wheel and a little circus act called Cirque Du Soleil, it totally blew my mind.

Before October was done we found time to significantly embarrass Daisy and paraded her around work in that little dinosaur outfit. Despite her sad expression she told me she loved all the attention and plans to wear it again next year, what an angel.

8. December arrived and before we left for England I decorated our fireplace in the most festive and twinkly manner.

9/10.  We flew in to London, I spent a week seeing friends/family and trying my best to avoid contracting the Norovirus that was sweeping the nation. London put on a grand Christmassy display and didn’t rain (much.)

11/12/13. I rounded off Christmas with a loooooong journey back to Devon/Cornwall to see my folks and family. Of course I made sure that we popped into Charlestown and St Ives which despite all my little travels, I still love more than anywhere in the world.

14. Back to London and we saw the New Year in with Nilesh’s sister and our friends Rob and Hayley at a cozy French restaurant in South London. Ate ourselves stupid, wore silly hats and danced to Luther Vandross. After thinking I was going to go somewhere exotic, this ended up being just what we needed. Good friends and family.


Feel caught up?

Great! More tomorrow.

Emily x

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