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Cinderella Needs The Mall

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It’s now been a few weeks since I started my drop to shop campaign – and to my surprise and delight I have a small group of friends who have joined me. Strength in numbers is definitely helping me out. 

The Drop To Shop campaign itself now has followers from Philly to Florida, Sweden to South London and Austin to Israel. The knowledge that my actions and goals are motivating others is what is keeping me from slipping up.

So how is it going you ask? To be honest my weight is swinging more than Mohammad Ali in a title fight.

This week has been hard – I may not be the most fashionable girl on the block but with Fashion’s Night Out and New York Fashion Week – I have never wanted to hit the mall and my credit card so much. I sat at home with my frozen Kashi low-cal microwave meal playing the role of Cinderella while my friends shopped til they dropped and I felt sorry for myself.  Speaking of Cinderella – have you seen the new Cinderella inspired Louboutins?

 Shoe A.D.D. aside, I took my Cinderella attitude and forced myself to do some crunches, and then some more, and another set more and a couple of plank exercises just for fun, I felt better about myself and played the Rocky theme tune in my head. Cinderella you shall go to the mall….I mean ball.

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Coconut – By Request

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Sitting at dinner this week – some friends and I had a conversation about how much we adore coconut – be it lotion to potion or cocktail to curry – we are obsessed.

We started listing out our favourite coconut items – and they then asked me to blog about it – so, here is where we are.

I started to think about why I just love the smell, and, as with almost everything I enjoy in life – my passion for all things coconut comes from vacations. The smell of coconut  has an innate summer sense to it. From a young age slathering on the Hawaiian Tropic in the local pharmacy in July, could only mean one thing – Mum was getting us ready for holiday.  Breathing the scent of coconut in on my warm skin as we lay on the beach in Spain or by the pool in Miami –  the tropical scent and the summer sun just go hand in hand.

I realise now at the age of 31 – that my coconut obsession has expanded from sun lotion by the ocean to anywhere and everywhere I can possibly get away with it. So much so, as I am sitting at my coffee table writing this, my wonderful fiance walks over with a delicious concoction that he has mixed up for me – of course coconut inspired:

coconut cocktail I don’t think I have got around to discussing the cooking and capabilities of my fiancé – so let’s just say this – I am very lucky!

So – since I mentioned the cocktail I asked my fiancé if he was happy with me sharing his recipe for this delight he has served me.

   The Quickie Colada

4 oz of Pineapple Coconut Juice
1.5 oz Dark Rum
1 squeeze of lime
Shake over ice
Serve in a frosty glass
Garnish as desired.

Let me know if you love it – im sure my in-house mixologist will be happy to share other cocktail suggestions

coconut foodsbuy * get * eat * sniff * sip * slather * smell

Just a quick rummage through the kitchen and I produce a number of delicious items.

From left to right:

I am sure you can buy it on the mainland – coconut syrup – which I ask all my friends going to Hawaii to bring back for me – delicious on waffles and pancakes.

Coconut cream – a standard in  most bars – always on tap in our house for a full fat Piña Colada.

Zico Coconut water – the latest food fad – great for rehydration and in the Dallas summer – it’s good for keeping my hydrated after a work out.  Also a side tip – it can be used as a skinny alternative in some coconut based cocktails instead of the coconut cream.

A breakfast requirement in my home – good quality pineapple and coconut juice – as we all know Pineapple is coconut’s greatest compliment. This juice is from Central Market but they sell similar in Whole Foods (US) and Waitrose (UK)

Not in my freezer today, but a standard is coconut sorbet or ice cream. Another foodie favourite of mine is sticky coconut rice – something that I pretty much enjoyed every day while on Maui, even better when served in a cliché coconut shell. In fact – for the coconut addict, Hawaii is like arriving at the steps of coconut heaven.

My travels this week also brought me:

  •  Toasted Coconut fresh marshmellows (Central Market)
  • A toasted coconut and muddled strawberry martini from Seasons 52
  • Chocolate Coconut Macademia nuts by Mauna Loa

A great new restaurant I was introduced to caters for the addict that I am:

I had a delicious meal at Dive Coastal Cuisine in Dallas –

Seared Ahi Wrap

Seared Ahi Tuna Wrap $13

Ginger slaw, cucumber, avocado, coconut rice & chilli ponzu sauce in a spinach tortilla.

The ahi was seared to perfection – the slaw fresh and crispy and the coconut rice – divine. It’s hard to find somewhere that can actually make a potent coconut rice – Dive manages to really bring out the flavour in a way that i taste creamy coconut in every bite.

I think next time I go, I will just have to order the side of coconut rice on it’s own, and take my self in to a corner and devour it.

If you do end up going to Dive – I can also recommend the twisted mojito and their skinny dips with plantain chips.

I will get quickly to the less calorie heavy coconut loves….

Today I caught myself running in to Tommy Bahama – not because I crave their floral shirts and cute island styles – but because of their scent. If I was a cat, I would roll around on the floor, rub myself up against the clothes and lick the air. That store is like crack (if I knew what crack was like) coconut crack. I have asked them to tell me what they use to make it smell that way. They told me the it’s the pineapple-cilantro diffusers – so like an addict, I stocked my bag up with diffusers, candles, tea lights and room sprays. Although the pineapple-cilantro scent is the scent I love – no number of candles and diffusers in my home makes it smell the same way their store does – believe me I have tried. They must have a super spray, or something in their air conditioning. Im contemplating getting a job there, just to figure it out and in the mean time, i can absorb the scent on my clothes.

My love – the one coconut item I cannot be without – my coconut papaya face and body mist. A light spritz of this spray and I am instantly transported back to Hawaii. I first discovered this product at the Grand Wailea Spa on Maui and now keep a bottle of it in my bathroom at home and on my desk at work. It’s great for a stressful day – just a spray and my stress melts away.

Coconut lotionsSome other items I have to keep stocked up on – low factor spray sun block  with a lime and coconut scent and for hotter days – the oldie but goodie – Hawaiian Tropic factor 30. For post bath and showers I turn to coconut lotion – for when I am not needing to SPF up.

A few other great coconut bathroom items:

  • Pre de Provence – Coconut Soap (I also love their Pineapple soap too – it’s washing myself in a fresh pineapple) – found in a great summer boutique called A Summer Place in Mahattan Beach, CA (as well as online)
  • Body Shop – coconut body butter and coconut body scrub
  • Bath & Body works – Coconut & Lime perfume
  • Nourishing Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner

As you can see – coconut and I have quite the relationship.

I know there are a lot of things I have missed from my writings – so please – if you share the passion – let me know what you love and where to find it, in the mean time… my name is Lucy and I’m a coco’holic.

Have Passport, Will Travel

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I am definitely not someone who is shy of travelling (note – I may live in the US but i still use my UK spelling), or who was sheltered from flying growing up – I have been fortunate to explore some great parts of the world. My parents gave me many opportunities and experiences as a child to see different countries and cultures. From Paris to Prague, Cape Town to Cuba, Lisbon to Limassol, Krakow to Korea Town and New York to Naples.

I cannot imagine a life where I didn’t want to travel, I certainly cannot think of a time where in my life I didn’t want to take a vacation. Not because I want to escape my home or country, not because, for example, England is so expensive – but more because I, like many Europeans,  have a lust for different cultures. A desire to see the world – experience new things and step outside of my comfort zone.

I love to step off a plane – breath in the smells of a city. (I still love landing in LAX – there’s the California smell that hits me and it incites so many happy feelings – it could be the ocean, the warm sun or it could just be the smog, but it brings back happy feelings). I love languages – as a language falls on my ears, I enjoy it – I take it in and instantly start to let it swirl in my mind, translating it, to try to understand what is going on around me – to take the words I hear and make sense of them through Latin, French, Spanish and Italian – it’s a fun challenge for me to work on while I am immersed in it. I plan and look forward to the cuisine –  I day dream about the manchego cheese, ripe olives, gazpacho and fresh fish in southern Spain. Deliberating about our honeymoon – should we go to Tokyo to have genuine sushi or Vietnam for fresh Pho?  Local foods and cuisine intrigue me. My dining experiences in South Africa were by far the best meals I have ever had. Ostrich carpaccio, springbok and langoustines – my mouth waters thinking about the variety of incredible meals available in Cape Town.

What I enjoy the most about travel is the people and stories. What is the country or city built upon? The history. Why does Spain have the ‘Mañana, Mañana‘ attitude? How does the life of a Cuban compare to mine? What created the huge race division in South Africa – and how is the country building its way back? Is the West Coast (of the USA) really the best coast? Is everything really bigger in Texas?

I am still continuing to learn my way around the world and I still have much, much more to learn and hope that my learning’s will never end.

I am glad for my passport, be it British or American, I am glad for my freedom and the opportunities that are coming my way.

I shall continue to explore and live by the motto – Have Passport, Will Travel.

First Day On The Job

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As with any first day on the job, I am a little apprehensive about putting my thoughts out there. Granted, yes, I do it all the time. I’m a social media addict. I’m represented on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and of course, the newest trend – Google+ I do NOT have a problem over sharing my life. This is just a little different. I get more than 140 characters – and will be judged by more than just my Mum…so, lets just say, I’m suffering a little stage fright.

If you don’t know me here are some details to digest while I get my thoughts together for my second day:

I have  British, New York, California and Texas drivers licenses and an accent blended from all of the above!

My work and my life allow me to explore new places, experience great hotels, try out new restaurants and deal with the silliness that comes with all of that. So this is where my insight and tid bits will be coming from. The good, the bad, the wonderful and the down right ugly (which typically involves my frequent faux pas as a stranger in a strange land)

Feel free to help me out with tips and criticism for the new girl in the office.