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My summer is over, luckily just for over a month! Anna in her wonderland is back in the Kingdom to carry on projects

6 Oct

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Dear readers

The weekend is over, summer is over, autumn/fall is here and I suddenly feel cold, fancying a glass of red wine in the evening and to have the log fire on, soon without even noticing it will be Halloween and soon enough even Christmas, where does the time fly all the time??

Miami seems a long time ago, the weather unfortunately wasn’t the best in September, as our friends say “ You bring the rain over from England every time”…not fun!

Now we are back in the country to be reunited with coco, to carry on wedding planning projects, to bake a lot and to wait for the next trip…here you can see some pictures of the vacation, while wait for the next one where my best friend will join us, and I cannot wait!

Cruising around at night

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Dinner date at Swine, where you can find the best burgers in town

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Happy hour at Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne, where the view is simply unbeatable

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Do you think it’s going to rain? Let’s take the bikes and ride home!

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Friday night dinner at area 31 at the Epic hotel, magical!

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Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? A new addiction to the house

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Day out in the Design district

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And unfortunately the last night out before heading back, see you in November!

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A casual weekend in Ibiza, just in between trips! And on Monday from Ibiza to Miami, let’s enjoy my never ending summer

11 Sep

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Dear readers

we are back from a fantastic weekend spent in Ibiza watching the races, hanging out with good friends and having lots of fun, shame that now we are both sick, stuck with cold and flu which hopefully it will go away soon, I don’t like being sick at all!

Lots of healthy cooking for me right now, lots of baking to keep me busy and less bored…and getting ready to go back to Florida on Monday, Tinie Tempah would be proud of me even if we are doing Ibiza to Miami instead than Miami to Ibiza.

I can show you some pictures of the great weekend away…I missed Ibiza, it has been too long!

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Coco was giving me a kiss goodbye

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Hanging out in the pits before practice and qualifying

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Followed by lunch and a few drinks at the Hard Rock hotel

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Sunday race 2, after meeting friends and going out again on the yacht

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Being 30 and not feeling it (yet!), the celebrations and the trip to the Italian Riviera, Anna in her wonderland never stops!

29 Aug

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Dear Readers

Yes I am, I am finally 30 years old and it doesn’t feel too bad yet! It has already been 10 days and the time has just flown by, we had such a good time in London celebrating my birthday with our good friends and we had a great time in Italy visiting my parents and seeing part of the family, but I will let the pictures to speak for me.

Have a great weekend

The celebrations started the night before with a surprise cake!

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Coco cracked the champagne…

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Yes I did ask for these bright Hunter boots!

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Living it up at the Ritz in London for a cocktail

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Getting ready for the night at my cousin’s place

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I collected a few cards! To keep them all

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A bit hangover I needed some serious smoothie to sort me out

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Loving my pretty shoes present from my cousin

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My husband’s favourite time of the day while in Italy, Aperitivo!

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Making fun

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Back to England feeling the holiday blues, to beat them let’s use focaccia and parmesan cheese!

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From Miami to Vegas, our favorite places on earth! Two bloggers join forces on this Traveller style post

12 Apr

Dear readers

Today you are going to read something a bit different than my usual “personal” style, I joined forces with American travel expert Kendra Thornton and we spoke about our favorite places on Earth, Miami for me and Las Vegas for Kendra so we decided to put everything in a blog post! As usual I express my love for the city of Miami and Kendra, a proud mother of three, tells her side of the story about Sin City…which can be enjoyed even with family and kids! I hope you will enjoy this collaboration guys and thanks for reading it.

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Twitter @Anna_L_Collins

Miami, the melting pot of South Florida

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Nowhere else in the world you will be able to see such a big mix of cultures like you can see in Miami, from Cuba to Argentina, from Dominican Republic to Brazil, from Colombia to Italy, from Russia to Turkey, you name a country, you will find citizen from that country in Miami somewhere, guaranteed.

Speaking with a friend once in Miami I heard this: – There is no one person who lives in Miami that is actually born and raised in Miami, everyone has an accent and you will get away much better speaking Spanish than English, or let’s say learn Spanglish it will be easier for you.

I fell in love for Miami the first time I landed there, back in 2007; I still remember the drive from the airport to South Beach, All night long by Lionel Richie was on the radio and just to see the skyscrapers off the causeway made me so happy, so relaxed, so…at home.

You can find everything you want in Miami, at any time of the day and night. Stores open 24/7, clubs and bars in continue expansion everywhere, amazing hotels, posh restaurants, fast boats, luxury boats, celebrities filming reality shows and music videos, designer stores and malls, art fairs, boat shows, exotic cars, if you are up for the holiday of a lifetime, Miami is the place to be.

The party town of South Beach goes even crazier during the Winter Music conference week, that collides with spring break (Easter holidays for American colleges and university) with music events everywhere, international DJs, pool parties and so much fun going on, the perfect setting for an European party-goer.

But what about the language “barrier”? As Italian who moved to the United Kingdom I learnt that everywhere you go in the world the English language should be predominant, or at least everyone will understand you, well you are wrong, this is not happening in Miami.

The city is nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America”, is the second-largest U.S. city (after El Paso, Texas) with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American plurality.

Cubano estadounidense is the way forward, all of them live “normally” within the only few real American citizens of Miami, most of them are born and raised in America as American citizens themselves, in most of the cases grandparents or relatives are Cubans, and they switch perfectly from Spanish to English and viceversa, I know a few of them who are Americans with Cubans parents and they have never been to Cuba, how crazy is that?

I love everything about this big city, I love South Beach with all year round tourists everywhere, I like Brickell with its skyscrapers and locals buzzing around, I love Little Havana with all its Cuban and South American restaurants, I adore the pretty area of Coconut Grove with all the marinas where we always hang out with our boat, I love Sunset Drive and its shops and bars, despite the busy US1! I love Key Biscayne and its beaches where it feels like to be in the Caribbean…but where you can still see the Miami skyline…so many things I love about this city that I could keep on writing forever.

After all these years of travelling to Miami and my part time life there I must admit I haven’t learnt Spanish yet, despite people think I am Latino (good old Italian dark skin and hair), but I am trying to get into the different mix of cultures every time, and I will never stop to learn something new every day and open my mind even more…that’s why I love Miami so much.
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 Let’s All Go to Vegas This Summer

Going to Vegas has always been one of my favorite and most memorable trips. There’s so much to do, so many places to see and tons of quirky thrills to enjoy. Whether you want to jump in the aquarium with sharks or rock out with KISS as you golf, there are a lot of different shows as well to enjoy while on your trip to the strip. Even when you head outside of Vegas, there’s more to see like the Grand Canyon. If you’re anything like my family and friends, you can’t just settle for seeing a few things.

1. Go Where the Sharks Go

When you think of a desert, sharks, crocodiles, moray eels, jellyfish and piranhas are probably not on your mind, so you probably didn’t know that you could swim with these incredibly mysterious and yet graceful creatures! At Mandalay Bay, you can jump in the shark tank and hang out with 15 species of sharks as well as other terrors of the deep. They’re actually quite interesting to see up close and not nearly as deadly as people make them out to be. You get to learn a lot about these different species while also swimming around them for an up close and personal look.

2. Rock Out with Your Club and KISS

The KISS Mini Golf experience is probably one of my favorite things to do in Vegas with the kids. You get a mini golfing experience that’s completely different than the boring clowns and dinosaurs of other mini golf parks. With giant guitars, animated replicas of the band and lots of music, you’ll get a lot of laughs as you go around the 18-hole course.

3. Quirky Museum Trips

There’s a lot of history in Vegas and some mystery as well. The museums in Vegas really show off the strange history of the town including the Neon Museum, which is a junkyard dedicated to the old neon signs that have been discarded by the hotels and attractions once popular on the strip. There’s also the Discovery Children’s Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum.

4. Wild Roller Coasters

You may not be able to handle the double corkscrew, double-loop coaster called The Canyon Blaster at The Adventuredome at Circus Circus. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience. There truly is no other roller coaster like this one in the entire world. If you’re going to Vegas with kids, it will be hard not to stop by this theme park.

My family and I enjoy Las Vegas every time we visit, mostly because with so many hotels to stay at and things to do, each experience is different. With so many people traveling to Vegas, user reviews are readily available. Sites like Gogobot make it easy to read these user reviews.
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Long time no post, Anna in her wonderland is back! The Miami resume post

6 Dec

Dear readers

Sorry about my late post about my last holiday in Miami, I have been back for 2 weeks and I just now find the time to sit down, go through the pictures and post about. 2 busy weeks back home, with good and bad things that have happened but that now everything is behind us.

Our latest vacation in Miami was so much fun and good times spent with our friends, endless dinner out, boating days, shopping days and lots of laughing involved, I can’t believe it has gone so quickly as usual. I have lots of pictures to show you, days are manic now organising the final renovation at home, organizing Christmas presents for everybody and thinking about my Italian trip in 12 days, and Christmas of course and Miami again, this time with my parents!

Enjoy you all the pictures and have a great weekend!!!!

Here we go!

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (52)Manicure and pedicure day

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anna in her wonderland in Miami november 13 (41)Dinner at Cecconi’s

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Lille: The Best City for Christmas Shopping

16 Nov

When it comes to shopping for Christmas, finding gifts for all your loved ones that are unique, thoughtful and/or lavish, you can always count on good old London Town. From Oxford Street famous names to quirky stalls in Camden Town you’ll be sure to find everything you could need. You can’t beat that satisfying feeling of coming home with your arms full of shopping bags that each contains special and exciting gifts for everyone, bargains and luxuries alike. Putting the kettle on and a Christmas CD or DVD whilst you wrap your purchases is one of the little joys of the season for many of us. But did you know that away from London, which can become rather too busy over the Christmas period (especially at weekends) you could take the iDBUS from London to Lille for an excellent Christmas shopping experience that combines a mini break with shopping heaven? Yes, with iDBUS’s mini-prices you could be on your way with iDBUS from London to Lille, which features one of France’s largest Christmas markets and plenty of year-round stores to explore. As with all iDBUS coach trips, you will be delivered from and to centrally-located coach stations and Vieux Lille is a compact town that is easy to navigate and explore on foot, so you don’t need to worry about finding connecting buses or Metro trains to get to where all the shops are. You will never be short of places to eat in Lille, which is known for its gastronomic delights and, being close to the border with Belgium, has moules et frites, waffles and fine chocolate dishes on almost every menu. If you want to take in the sights of the city you can take a ride on the Ferris wheel in the Grand Place and try to decide which of the eighty-plus Christmas stalls you will want to visit. Stay within the old town for charming hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation with character, or head into the newer part of town for more spacious, modern accommodation. Either way you will be within easy walking distance of the shops and the coach station to take you back to London when you are ready. By the way, if you book with iDBUS you can book single tickets for the same price as returns, so if you are not sure of how long you want to stay you can just book a single ticket to get you there and then book a return journey once you are ready to leave after a few days – the price of the tickets remains the same regardless of when you book them. It takes less than 6 hours to get from London to Lille with iDBUS but iDBUS coach trips always feature spacious, comfortable seating, free on board Wi-Fi,plug sockets (but don’t forget your euro plug adapter!) and frequent departure and arrival times for your convenience. So take in the sights and smells of Christmas in Lille – cinnamon, ginger, mulled wine, fake snow and an ice rink, colourful crafts and gifts, decorations and local produce. And with the iDBUS Mini Prices you can afford to spend a lot more when you’re there!

Long time no blogging but I am back! 2 weeks in Florida have gone and now we are ready for more adventures!

9 Aug

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Hello dear readers,

I am sorry that I have not been in touch in ages, my bad and I apologize! We spent two weeks in Miami in vacation with the family, the weather was playing up sometimes with occasional storms but overall we had a nice time, I came home on Tuesday and there are so many things planned in these days, I have my cousin in London at the moment, we have a wedding to attend tomorrow, Sunday it’s going to be my husband’s birthday and Monday the 19th is going to be my birthday, plus we have a trip planned down to the Italian Riviera to visit my parents…and Miami again in 5 weeks, I love to have a busy schedule and never stop!

I am going to show you some pictures of the latest trip, Everglades, swimming with dolphins, my first baseball game…so many new experiences!

Have a great weekend everyone

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Brain confusion, insomnia, I need a diet and the Miami fever is contagious; all our friends got it now! Back home after two weeks in paradise

29 Apr

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Hello readers

Here I am, back I England after two wonderful weeks in paradise with friends. I slept my usual 12 hours after arriving home, felt like if I was drunk for nearly 48 hours and after that I thought I sorted myself out…SO WRONG!!! Last night I went to bed at 11.30pm, yeas I am sure I will sleep fine…until at 1am I had to take sleeping tablets because the jet lag mixed with a light dinner after two weeks of indulging didn’t help, I was mentally going through all the recipes from the South Beach diet cookbook!!!

We had such great times in the place we love most in the world, enjoying each other company and…I got completely besotted by the two gorgeous toddlers…what a great time!

I feel bad to be back home, I miss the company full on all day, I miss the heat (I am more a 85 degrees person than a 30F!) I miss the barbeques, I miss the bloody mary after breakfast and the champagne at 10.30am…I miss the music, the vibes, the people, the spaces, the skyscrapers…I miss Miami again, two days after being back…that’s why I call it the Miami Fever.

I will have to go back into reality, into projects, into the blog, into the diet…yes 2.5kg in two weeks is not cool, I can be a Kim Kardashian bum stuntwoman right now! But it’s not long now…Miami I heart you, I will be back in 5…weeks!

Enjoy the pictures

xxx

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Happy Valentine’s day from a new pets lover, and from Coco of course! Let’s celebrate and why not plan a wedding…LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

14 Feb

love is in the airDear readers

I just wanted to wish you happy Valentine’s day. Ok, I do agree sometimes that Valentine’s day is a commercial thing, it’s all about spend money on flowers and chocolate to make the retailers rich…whatever, when you are in love you feel it today more than ever! My gorgeous Coco wanted to say Happy Valentine’s to everyone…and let’s all celebrate tonight…

And for the newly engaged…remember my Italian wedding planning services as well! www.italianweddinginwonderland.com

Have a great day everyone, love is in the air!!!

xxx

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valentine's day love

valentine's day love

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)

https://annainherwonderland.com/2012/01/19/recipe-books-and-lifestyle-resolution-whats-going-on-in-my-wonderland/

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.

new year resolution

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.

christmas presents hello kitty

Christmas presents hello kitty cover

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!

petit noe louis vuitton

petit noe louis vuitton handbag

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