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Welcome to my February, time to plan more trips & stop the New year resolutions / January nonsense, #BeHappy

1 Feb

Dear readers

I am sorry I haven’t been posting recently, I have been too busy settling back into the British winter after the holidays spent in Italy and Miami, I am back, for a bit, as usual.

The Christmas time back home with friends and family was amazing, good times, lots of laugher and lots of food involved…not that many people can say they had an 8 hours long Christmas lunch…I can! And when you are about to give up and say Thank you guys but we have been sat for 7 hours, ok the company is great but…And they stop you saying: Next course it the Italian cheesecake (gorgonzola, brie, mascarpone and walnut cake)…followed by panettone and pandoro with coffee mascarpone, what did I do? Just gave upend kept on eating!!!

Italians express their love with food, and that’s what my family does best and I love that, overindulging over Christmas is great but of course it can’t be the normal routine, but what about the pressure everybody gets put under between the New Year and the end of January? Resolutions, dry January, start working out, be kind to people, get better at something…I mean take it easy!

Life is all about balance, we only have one life so please enjoy and make the most of it…plus shall we talk about what happens at the beginning of January?! The release of fitness DVDs!!! Oh My Lord…is that something worse than that? Z-list celebrities who used to be fat and wobbly and suddenly they become gym bunnies, personal trainers addict, food connoisseurs and they tell you: I lost 3 stone, 19 kg, 42 pounds whichever weight conversion floats your boat, YOU CAN DO IT TOO, in the comfort of your living room!! Yes right people exercising in front of the telly in their workout gear, it will happen for a week and they will get bored and quit! Really I can do it too? And you would tell me what to eat too then to reach the perfect body? I don’t follow recipe books, I always add my own touch, let alone to listen to you whoever you are, famous or not, you ain’t a dietologist so why would I bother?!I am very happy with my height & my weight so please, social media stop bombarding us with Are You Beach Body Ready type of messages? Lots of people get sucked in!

Anyway this is my 1st February rant…I am sure I have posted something similar in the past few beginning of the years, this is what I think and I stick by…Italian Style!

Did I mention that I received a pasta machine for Christmas? I love it!!! So if somebody says No Carbs are allowed, my reply can only be one…bugger off!

And of course I am not criticising people who exercise a lot or go to the gym or whatever, not at all, I love fitness classes like body balance, pilates, yoga and body pump, I do lots of them once or twice a week, or once every fortnight it depends…I just get bored easily and I can’t stick to something that long, that’s why I like to do different things to keep me motivated, I do it just to keep busy and toned…but if I don’t do it for a day it ain’t the end of the world, I just go for an hour long dog walk/run, it’s always exercise!

Going back to the travelling side of my post…we had a great time in Miami over new year, as usual, and I seriously cannot wait to be back in a week to escape from the cold weather, it makes such a difference to have some sunshine in the winter, total mood lifting!

And now let’s just have a look at what went on in the past few months

Christmas and the holidays between Italy & Florida, going back to the cold British weather, birthday with friends & toddlers, and a dog photoshoot!

with love

XXX

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A few more days in the countryside before fly away again, being an housewife full time, still baking a lot and…being obsessed with my new iPhone!

24 Oct

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Hello readers

If I could just speak with hash tags this post will be called #annainherwonderland #hasdiscovered #newhorizons ….yes I finally stepped into the future…I gave up my Blackberry for the new iPhone 5s and I absolutely love it!!!

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My poor husband is quite traditional and not as open as me to change phones, to use tablets and general technology speaking… after a few looks at the iPhone and after a few touches of the screen said: It’s like a mini iPad!

My reply was a bit like “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

The iPhone clearly! 🙂

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Anyway, apart play all day with my iThings (still a definition from my husband) I am working on another wedding in Tuscany, which makes me really excited, we are changing a few bits around at home and I am intrigued by interior design, furniture shops and so on…I keep busy with the dog, as usual, and my food and baking obsession hasn’t stopped…luckily I am still firm on my 50 kilos! I am trying to enjoy the time here as much as I can, until the next trip planned in a few weeks, which I can’t wait for! Ten days in Miami with our good friends, it’s going to be good!

Plus I have so many things to look forward to

  • Miami trip
  • My best friend is coming to visit
  • 10 days in Italy for Christmas

I love the Christmas season, I am already thinking which decorations to go for the tree, I have already made a list of presents for family and friends, and I must be honest, I have already the Christmas cards sorted…call me super organized…or say that I haven’t got a damn to do all day, your choice!!!

xxx

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The ups and downs of dieting…crazy cravings, food obsession or more? I blame my vacation in Miami!!

2 May

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I have been over indulging for 12 days, I cannot bare the idea to deprive myself of a dirty stinking burger and fries If I want to, ok the bikini started to feel a bit tight but as I said to my friends, more responsible than me…Sod it the diet starts on Monday when I will be back…but when I got back and checked my weight on the scale I wanted to bang my head on the wall…2.5 kg more (5.5 pounds), damn me and my food obsession!!!!

No reason to panic, let’s just start to cut down on alcohol first of all : I have been drinking a lot but that is what you do in vacation, you don’t drink a bottle of Corona and think : Oh yes this is already 148 calories…oh yes let’s pop the champagne at 10.30 am, which must be 5pm somewhere…and here we are another 89 calories per glass….  But as my dad would say to my husband when we stay by the seaside in Italy when the new bottle of Prosecco comes up…Holiday!!! (Or Vacation! for Americans)

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Anyway I am not 20 years old anymore and my metabolism is not as fast anymore so I am trying to go back on track cooking lots of fish, chicken, cutting down portions of pasta, never been crazy for chocolate and what happened?

I suddenly find myself obsessed with “I need a piece of chocolate right now”! I find myself on my iPad checking new recipes most of the day, and because I haven’t drunk anything alcoholic since Saturday night I started to crave even that….tonight we are going out for dinner with friends in town and do you know what I can’t wait to have? A Bombay gin and tonic before dinner!!!!

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1kg (2.2 pounds) has already gone down ( probably water retention)  and I still have a lot to work on. Luckily I have a crazy dog here that needs walking and exercise so at least I have to get out and walk a lot with Coco and listen to me….I went back to the gym today…please orchestra go on….we need to celebrate this rare moment!!

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And what about this weekend that we are going to visit friends in the Cotswolds? Fuck the diet let’s start again on Monday….actually on Tuesday because Monday is bank-holiday….thanks British calendar!!!

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Xxx

The role of the desperate housewife, between happiness and anger, mood swings and hysterical situations and you wonder why we are desperate!!! Let’s open the respect campaign

3 Apr

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–          Hi, what do you do for living?

–          I am a housewife but I have a blog to take care of, a small wedding business and I write freelance for some magazines…

–          Ok you said housewife first so you don’t do much…

–          F*** you!

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I think if someone wanted to interview me this how an interview could go, guys I had enough.

Just because you don’t work from 9 to 5 in one office in the middle of town, they put you on the cross like Jesus, yeah whatever housewife but do you do? You don’t even have kids!

Every life seen from outside looks just roses and flowers, people don’t think that everyone can have ups and downs, this is life guys it happens all the time, it just depends how the events in life affect you, if you let the others get you down or not.

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I came back yesterday from a few days back home and I discovered talking with someone

–          Oh by the way be careful because those people think you are just a bitch that got married for money…

I couldn’t stop myself laughing…and my friend said

–          Why do you laugh? You should be careful!

–          I laugh because I don’t care what people think of me and it makes me laugh how people can describe someone without even know the person mentioned, is funny right? I am a bitch? Well f*** them then!

You are just a housewife, you probably go to the gym every day, going for manicures and lunches out, you don’t clean and you probably don’t even cook…yeah whatever!

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I go to the gym every 2/3 weeks, and if I do more than 5 minutes of rowing machine I dislocate my shoulder (true, it happened to me 3 weeks ago!), I go for manicures probably every 3/4 months (if I am lucky, the nail vanish stays on my nails one day and half before chipping for all the cleaning. Or worse I pick my nails because I get stressed!)

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Lunches out…when? I live in the countryside not in Kings Road in London, without have to highlight again that the Brits ain’t that friendly to meet up new people to go out for lunch, but it will make me very boring and repetitive! I do clean…a lot! What would you do if you have carpet everywhere and one fluffy and chubby cat and a dog? You would use the vacuum every day wouldn’t you? No of course, it makes me a mad person right? This is my husband’s statement!

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Cooking…I do cook and I love cooking! I am not that good at baking but I am trying to improve myself…I think I should become the major shareholder of the local supermarket because I am there literally every day!

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Just because I go away a lot doesn’t make me a useless bitch does it? I am not out from one of those stupid tv series like Big Rich Texas or the Real Housewives of Wherever …so please show some respect…BITCHES!!!

xxx

Wedding planning or not wedding planning? This is the dilemma! Busy working and taking care of my pooch…and try to get everything sorted!

23 Mar

Dear readers

As usual I can keep the blog updated very well and I apologize for my delay on posting, I have been busy recently with Coco, sweet and naughty puppy dog, I have been busy writing articles for a new project I am working on…and I am so excited about!!!! I can’t tell much right now but Anna in her wonderland is going to become a sort of …. The sex and the city column written by Carrie Bradshaw!

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Keep reading my blog and you will discover more soon…

Anyway I was saying that I have been busy recently with my dear client to organize her perfect dream wedding in Tuscany for the summer, I have seen so many flowers, dresses, table settings, food menus, catering companies…that I feel like I am getting married myself again…which will be nice as well!

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I discovered a cool American based website for biodegradable tableware called Restaurant Ware (http://www.restaurantware.com/) , my client and I for the Tuscany summer  wedding we are thinking about their porcelain collection to keep the wedding low key and cool….but I cannot wait to throw a party at our Miami house with friends with some of the Restaurant Ware products…I wouldn’t worry anymore about broken champagne glasses!

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Talking about Miami…only 3 weeks to go for the next trip…anticipated by an Italian Easter trip for next week!

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I am sorry I completely forgot….hello from Coco!

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xxx

The puppies diaries: how can Coco Chanel Elizabeth Taylor Collins steal my heart and put my life upside down like this? The power of a gorgeous Cavalier king Charles puppy

31 Jan

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Hello readers

I cannot believe how my life has changed in just over 2 weeks of having little Coco at home with us. I love her dearly, and I think my husband loves her more than me right now (endless cuddles on the sofa with the dog and not a look to the wife, nice) but I must admit, I did not think it was going to be such hard work to raise and educate a puppy.

I am not a morning person at all, and lack of sleep on the first week hit me badly, and still 2 weeks on to me get up around 7/7.20 in the morning feels like wake up in the middle of the night, I never thought life could start so early in the morning!!

I am not a fashionista but I like every day to get dressed nicely, even if it’s just jeans and cashmere sweater…I can’t do this anymore with a vicious puppy that is trying to bite everything she sees (including my nose and my husband’s) so at the moment is just old jeans and old baggy sweater…anyway who does see you? No one when you spend all day at home!

I enjoy stay at home and just have lazy days sometimes…but now I start to feel a bit trapped in. I am not one of those people who just stay all day sat on the sofa watching E! and Bravo (to be a good real housewife) but my escapes at the moment are just, lock Coco in the kitchen and run to the supermarket … not actually very amusing!

I am even missing all the sales in town…I would just like to go out me and Coco for a walk in town instead than in the fields, but I can’t yet until she has the second vaccination…one more week to go.

I have work to do anyway which is good to be in sometimes….but now I am getting stressed, irritated and grumpy…I even called the gym to start my membership again…just to escape a bit!

Coco…I love you, I love the fact that you are making our days brighten with your presence…but I need to control my life again!!!

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Christmas very late edition with some good and old New Year resolution…does it work? It doesn’t for me at all…my disrupted wonderland of broken promises.

16 Jan

I must admit, I am not very good with New Year resolutions…I mean I always mean to keep my word and go for it, but it doesn’t work very well. My last year resolution was to write a recipe book (as you can see in a post I published one year ago)

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But the idea got abandoned after my lack of culinary order, I wrote a few recipes and stored them on my laptop but my problem is, I hate follow recipes when I cook because I like to be creative ad change things around…so with this problem I can’t even follow my own recipes and stick with it…LAST YEAR RESOLUTION result: FAILED.

Another last year resolution was to join the gym and go for it: I did join the gym, I did enjoy, I did get back pain and muscle aching, I did go at least twice a week (for 4 or 5 months), but with the new wedding planning business going on and all the traveling…I haven’t put my foot there since end of October, I actually have frozen my membership temporarily  with the aim of starting again in February… LAST YEAR RESOLUTION result: FAILED, AGAIN.

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So as you can see I am not very good to keep my own promises but what is the good thing about Christmas and new year (excluding the presents, the industrial quantity of food and drinks eaten and drunk, the few pound put on and the traveling)? The fact that everyone feels more positive to have a new start, even if it doesn’t happen.

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As today, I am happy to face the new year with my new gorgeous Louis Vuitton handbag, the Petit Noe’ (thanks to my amazing husband). 2013…the world is ours!

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In Miami going mad and enjoying the sunshine at the same time!!! Ridin’ solo at the moment but I will make it!

10 Nov

Hello everyone

I am really sorry about the delay on posting again but the past week has been crazy, really crazy! I postponed my return in the UK for a few days so at the moment I am at home in Miami on my own, my husband went back yesterday and our friend who was here helping us sorting the house left on Wednesday and we have been non-stop all week! Nice night out on Halloween night but after that it has been all about decorating (painting) the house, trying to get the pool sorted, trying to deal with people…I discovered today that Mañana is the favourite word of Hispanic people around here…do not do today what you can do tomorrow!! It might be a way of life here but we are not that used to that and I am struggling to accept it…I finally tried to relax with manicure/pedicure just off Brickell and SW 8Th street….I loved being pampered after ten days of painting, cleaning, washing and cooking…I might even be able to put my bikini on in the next few days!!! Well we had some nice times as well, I went to the Red Bull FlugTag event in Miami and I loved it, we went for nice dinners and drinks out on the beach, it was hard work but we really did enjoy the time together! A few pictures to follow….I will try to keep the blog more updated even from this side of the pond!

xxx

The best place for Halloween in planet earth, Miami Beach is unbeatable!!

1 Nov

I have never seen so many people dressed up ready to have fun just up and down the street with the best costumes/fancy dress ever…I have seen a mad hatter that looked better than Jonny Depp in Alice in Wonderland, I have seen a few Dictators, lots of Wonder woman, snow white, sexy nurse and policewoman….even a guy dressed as a sofa!!!! Lincoln Road in South Beach was busier than in New year’s eve and I loved to see the people just enjoying themselves, taking pictures with each other, having a dance and a drink….I love Miami even more as usual!!! I am going to show you some pictures right now and for sure next year I will have a proper costume and not just horror make up on!!!  xxx

These are the signs I have been in one place for too long… In England for example, please get me out of here!

27 Oct

I think in the past few years I developed Gipsy brain, I need to change, to not get stuck into a daily boring routine…so anything that keeps me “trapped” into a routine drives me mad and makes me angry and I think, I just need to get the hell out of here!

After a month and few days at home I start to feel these symptoms…

I hate every other weekend go for dinner to a curry house/Indian restaurant…I have started to believe British people suffer of constipation so that’s why every weekend they want to…feel free again. Why can’t we go one weekend to a steak house and the week after maybe for a pizza and the one after, who knows just not plan it now!

I hate to admit this but I  have become obsessed with TV series, soap opera or reality show that keeps you “want to know what happens next”. Right now I am obsessed to know what’s next in Eastenders, British soap opera set in East London…will Ben leave jail? Will Janine come back to Michael? Will Sayd and Christian live happy ever after?

This is so wrong.

I hate think about I have to go to the gym, I need to get fit, I have to go in a least three times a week to achieve some results…I hate plan even this. I always think: I am leaving tomorrow and I want to look good…I do know it ain’t going to happen if I go for a workout once a week or every ten days…and always the day before going in holiday! Bikini test…failed.

I hate to go shopping and get the seasons confused…why I can find just coats and winter jackets in the stores?! I need a bikini and more flips flops…ops wrong timing!

Probably this trip to Miami again will make me go into a routine over there…no way in 10 days I can’t even recover from jet lag, let alone have things planned in advance…

Happy Halloween to everyone…I will keep you posted on how it will go over there!

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