Monday, January 19, 2015

London Part 10

I've always loved the idea of doing a Mad Hatter tea. There aren't really a lot of tea options in Vegas and the ones that are there are at the high end hotels on the Strip so there isn't a lot of room for anything whimsical which is kind of a bummer (they're all fairly expensive too).

The Sanderson has a really fun Alice in Wonderland theme complete with pastries shaped like clocks and various items from the books. I had come across it when I was researching afternoon teas online prior to the trip and just had to book it. So cute! 
Everything was appropriately themed and also super yummy.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sundaze on Sundays-

After the beer crawl were the FGL and Cole Swindell shows. I had made myself a full trip itinerary weeks ago but in the end, I was getting soooo zapped of energy, I couldn't really make it through 100% of every show (except for the Cadillac Three). 

I have to say, the second FGL show was even better than the first because they brought up all their friends for their song collaborations (Jaren for Party People, Sarah Buxton for Dayum, Cole Swindell for This is How We Roll, Thomas Rhett for Round Here). They also sang a lot of their more obscure tracks that everyone loves but aren't usually on the setlists. This show also felt way more chill since it wasn't the first show of the trip. 

Towards the end of the set, I went to grab some juice before Cole Swindell and ran into a super friendly familiar looking man at the juice station. It was Colt Ford. Such a nice guy. 

After the Cole Swindell show, I wandered the ship and came across DJ Telemitry's set where all the performers were partying and hanging out. While walking back to my room, I came across a small group of women being escorted by security. I noticed Brian's wife in the group and Sarah Buxton, one of my favorite Nashville writers. As I passed, I told Sarah how wonderful she did at the song writer's round the night before and she stopped to chat for a bit. She was probably one of the sweetest people ever and when we decided to selfie, my phone froze. As we were working on resetting it, some "drunk guy" walks over and starts in "What happened? Your phone froze? You know, when Sarah Buxton walks by, you have to be READY. You can't let your phone freeze, you just can't." I looked up and it was Cole Swindell. No joke. Cole Swindell had literally just walked up to me and started teasing me. He was super funny and pretty drunk so by the time the phone had reset, he had stumbled off but I do love my random Cole story better than a pic I would have got in its place. 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

London Part 09

I don't even remember the first time I heard about tea at the Berkeley. By now I've seen it on the food network, I've read about it in the Shopaholic books, but I think I originally just randomly came across it years ago in a search for cool teas. 

Of the three afternoon teas we went to, this would be my second favorite after the Goring. Pret-A-Portea is their famous afternoon tea where the desserts and biscuits are all shaped like the season's couture pieces. Fortunately, they're not only beautiful to look at, they're also delicious. There's even a little photo guide to tell you which piece is from which collection and additional photos of the actual clothing and accessories. It's like a foodie blogger's dream.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sundaze on Sundays- Luau Night & Beer Crawling

After the exhausting and damp day in Nassau, the weather cleared up just in time for Luau Night on the ship. I'd been slacking on finding an outfit for this pretty much up until the week before. Randomly, my friend Amanda and I wandered into a shop in Boca Park and I found the perfect piece, in my size, on clearance. Yay!!!

It was a really fun chill night with my girlfriends and chatting with a few of the awesome artists I'd met on the trip and before it like Dallas Smith and Joel, Cole Swindell's guitarist. Instead of doing dinner in the dining room, there was a big BBQ up on the pool deck. The space was really crowded since FGL was doing a show later that night and everyone wanted to get a great spot. 
I, on the other hand, had different plans. 

The Cadillac Three was hosting a big beer crawl and while I don't drink beer, I love The Cadillac Three. I figured it wouldn't be crazy busy since it was a paid event and so many people wanted to stake out a spot for FGL. It was crowded, but not too insane. Along the way, I started talking to the guys and Neil noticed I wasn't drinking. He offered to get me something which was insanely sweet but I explained that even though I wasn't planning to drink, I wanted to go since I was a big fan. The guys were unbelievably nice, taking pics with everyone, participating in drinking games (Jaren failed at flip cup but it was epic and awesome), and just being awesome. We went to five different bars around the ship, getting lost several times along the way. An amazing time was had by all. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

London Part 08

We had breakfast at The Orangery at Kensington Palace. After a gorgeous walk through Hyde Park, the hot breakfast was wonderful. I had more full English breakfasts than I can count but for some reason, I remember the bread and butter here being really really amazing. Plus, you can't beat the gorgeous walk through the morning mist. It was freezing though. 

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