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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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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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So glad to be back home with Coco!!!

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Blogging seems sad when you are not in paradise anymore! I miss Miami like crazy, I want to escape again! Italy I’m coming home next week!

20 Jun

Hello dear readers,

I am always late as usual, but as you all know the jet lag hits me hard every time and makes me a bit sad and a bit grumpy, unfortunately life goes on and we can’t only live of good memories!

Miami was amazing as always or even better, we even started to get into basketball while following the last few games of the Miami Heat (I do not know a thing about basketball but let’s get into…why I can’t say basketball match anyway??? People were laughing at me!), we have been just chilling, eating, drinking and enjoying the time…plus I fell hard for an amazing hotel very close to us, the Mandarin Oriental….I love it and I can’t wait to go back there again, maybe to use the spa!!!

America treats me well I must say, people are friendly, they look at me in a funny way when they think I am Hispanic and my only words are: ENTIENDE MA NO ABLA ESPANOL!!!

Next week finally after nearly six months I am going to visit my family in Italy, it’s going to be only for a few days but I cannot wait…until the next adventure in July!

Today I was going through some nice blogs and thanks to an American blogger who followed me yesterday I discovered about.me ….why am I always behind the trends? Check me out!

http://about.me/annalisa_collins

Some pictures for you guys to see and to refresh my memories….

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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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I left my heart in Miami as usual and jet lag is killing me softly! The joy of being back home with a grown looking Coco Chanel while counting the days for the next adventure!

1 Mar

Hello readers

I apologize for not have posted for nearly two weeks (I have been told off by my mum one hour ago, “You never posted while away I kept on looking on your blog but nothing!”) but as usual we have been busy with so many things going on, boat, house, stuff, poker run, decorating…it’s all over now and we finally will be able to enjoy completely our Miami pad that we made it perfect for us and for our friends for future vacation….I am sorry I am talking American right now…I even drive like a Miami driver with my jet lag/hangover feeling!

The joy of powerboating…we did a poker run from Miami to Islamorada in the Florida Keys and we arrived there later than everyone else…in style…in the pitch dark…very Miami vice!!!

I think for today I should just add some pictures …just to show you what we have been up to! Tomorrow is another day…hopefully I will feel less jetlagged and sad about leaving Miami…I am sure my gorgeous Coco will keep me busy for the next few days!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Still living the American dream…or shall I say the Hispanic dream? Back in cold England but still with my soul in Miami!

12 Jan

Hello readers,

I am really sorry to not have updated the blog for nearly two weeks and first of all I wanted to apologize, unfortunately I was in Miami trying to get our perfect house sorted and the neighbours not always were that happy to give us their internet details, what can we do about? Get the internet sorted…as we did!!

First day back home and I feel like I have a massive hangover and I don’t feel like I even know my name right now, I want to leave forever in Eastern time!

Here we are some pictures of the two long weeks away…I am still trying to learn some Spanish but I think I will need to practise a lot more…a mix of Italian-spanish-english is not the way forward!

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December, 10 days before going home, 15 days to Christmas…it’s all about the Christmas tree and…the Christmas treats! Leaving UK, welcome myself home in Italy and come and fly with me to Miami for New Year!

10 Dec

Hello readers

I am sorry I have been quite busy recently with my new adventure but this is not a good reason to leave my beloved blog for too long, the thing is…I have been in England for too long and I am losing my words…I need to go back home to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends, and meet people who enjoy having a chat with other people…not like the bloody cold Brits!

Christmas tree is up, finally, most Christmas presents have been wrapped, a few still missing…but we are getting there!!!

Have a good week everyone, let’s start the countdown to Christmas….15 days to go!!! Going back home…10 days to go….going back to Miami….17 days to go, OH YEAH!

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Shine bright like a diamond in the sky this weekend….

28 Sep

Dear readers,

I am really sorry but the past week has been a bit crazy, 4 days in Miami of very bad weather and just a few pictures taken, no fancy nights out or spinning around, just been working! Came back home on Tuesday, back to work, thousands of things to do and not had much time and not much to say…jet lag and PMS are not good subject for blogging I believe! I have been listening non-stop to the new Rihanna’s song in the past few days and I absolutely love it, can’t wait for her new album to come out and storm the charts.

Shine bright like a diamond…doesn’t leave my mind!

How’s everyone up to? Any good plans for the weekend? My weekend will be sleeping cooking and maybe work out…or maybe not! I show you anyway the really few snaps I took while away, just on the blackberry! Have a great weekend everyone!

Forgot to say…I finally registered the domain for my blog, you can find me at

Annainherwonderland.com from now on!

Strange bird around Miami Beach Marina

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lots of rain down in Coconut Grove

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so pleased to see 50 shades of grey in spanish!!

Thanks to my friend Kajsa I have been nominated! One lovely blog award

8 Aug

I want to say a big thank you to my friend Kajsa (http://kjandersen.wordpress.com/) to have nominated me for the one lovely blog award, this is a real pleasure and great achievement in my first year of blogging, I want to thank Kajsa and all the friends who read my blog and support me no matter what.

To pass on the award here are the rules:

The Rules for these Awards are as Follows (I am going to leave out the Very Inspiring Blogger Award & the Versatile Blogger Award)

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.

2. Share 7 random facts about yourself.

3.  Nominate 8 for the One Lovely Blog Award

and leave a comment on their site to let them know. Also be sure to include the award logo to your post. 

I am going to change slightly  the rules and just nominate the blogs I enjoy most for the One Lovely Blog Award. Nevertheless there are too many blogs I follow and I enjoy to fill those 8 spots, so if you didn´t make into my list – please don´t worry. I do appreciate your blog anyway.

Those random facts: 

1. I have an addiction I can’t get rid of, I cannot live without Chapstick lip balm mint flavour, I can go mad if I don’t have it in my pockets!

2. While in the US I tried to speak with an American accent…everyone laughed at me and recognize my Italian accent straight away!

3. One day I wish I can have the time to write my own recipe book and see it being published

4. I can never fall asleep at night and as a consequence I can never leave the bed in the morning, unfortunately I get very grumpy if I wake up in the wrong way

5. Maybe because I am getting old… I just watch cooking TV programmes and I love them!

6. I fly a lot but I am terrified of  take off, landing, turbolences and transatlantic journeys…you wouldn’t enjoy to be sat next to me!

7. I´m not the fittest person in the world….I force myself to work out at the gym but I am very lazy and I’d rather spend time discovering new recipes, going to the supermarket and cook interesting dinners!

One Lovely Blog Award nomination: 

Kajsa

http://kjandersen.wordpress.com/

Nonfashionista

http://nonfashionista.wordpress.com/

Tiny Micia

http://tinymicia.wordpress.com/

Dutchgoesitalian

http://dutchgoesitalian.com/

Lesley Carter

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/

Imagemistress2020

http://theimagemistress.wordpress.com/

Sonia

http://thebossofbliss.wordpress.com/

Shahidah

http://writingcolinandleia.wordpress.com/

Thanks to everyone!!!

xxx

In the Kingdom with the Olympics going on but with my soul still on Eastern Time, struggling to get into the right time zone!

7 Aug

Hello readers,

I am really sorry I did not have a chance to update the blog for over a week and I apologize for this long delay. I spent the last week without any sort of internet connection and it was bad to start with but not too bad once I got used to! I moved from our condo in Miami to another place and I had to face it on my own, it was hard and difficult but now it’s all done and despite arrived back in the UK on Saturday I still feel badly jetlagged and being back to work and running errands all the time it does not help, I need a proper vacation right now and I have to wait until next Thursday before jet off to Italy to celebrate my birthday with my husband, my family and my best friend…and hopefully to catch up with some sleep!

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