26 October 2015

Paris Photobomb


Two weeks ago-ish me and Lloyd went to Paris to work at a massive Canon exhibition - Canon EXPO 2015. Our friend and my fellow Swede Linda is the Events Manager so she took us on board and oh my god, what a week. It was hard work and long days but just as much fun. I had never been to Paris before and considering red wine and cheese are my two favourite things in the whole world, it's safe to say I enjoyed myself.

The food, the atmosphere, the buildings; everything was beautiful. And this is gonna sound very lame but to walk around in the dark to then look up and all of a sudden see the Eiffel tour blew my mind. It really is huge and a majestic building. Linda got us VIP tickets so we got to skip the whole queue and take the lift all the way up. I'll say this though; it was incredible up there but I am never doing that again. I didn't know I was scared of heights - I know know (the video on Lloyd's phone is good proof of that). Shat my pants. It's just not natural to be that high up and a building that old, you know what I mean?

We also worked at a private gala dinner for Canon VIPs in Le Louvre, how cool?? The whole museum was closed for everyone else and it was a truly impressive night. The actual cast from Les Miserables, Beauty & the Beast and Phantom of the Opera performed during the night as well.

I can't wait to go back to Paris and I recommend anyone to go if you haven't been already! The visit made me understand the French people a little bit better. Them acting superior to others made a little bit more sense, however they are still pretty annoying ;)
Inside Le Louvre.

After work drinks.
Amazing steak restaurant where I had my first ever chateaubriand. So. Damn. Good.
The main entry to the massive exhibition at La Villette.
Looking up at the Eiffel tour from inside the lift.
Tourist alert! 
We tried snails - don't believe what people say it was HORRIBLE.
Fois gras & a charcuterie board on Champs-Elysees.
Gorgeous Paris.

At the top.......

Linda & Richard smooching!

French balconies.
A hidden gem! Amazing food & atmosphere.

Anyhow, to get the chance to be a part of and work for such an incredibly successful company as Canon was a great experience and I think it inspired both me and Lloyd. I've never been as determined to get a new job as I am now and I think he is too. I've fallen out of love with hospitality and I handed in my resignation yesterday!!!! The pressure is on.

22 October 2015

Life as a waitress 2.0

When I was complaining about my constantly chipped nails in a blog post a couple of months ago due to the fact that I work in hospitality, one of my colleagues came up to me and said - I thought you ware going to write about all the idiots we have to deal with on an everyday basis! (Hey Anna!) So I thought I'd do just that. Give you en exclusive view of how we deal with YOUR bullshit. And hopefully it will teach you a thing or two about how to act in public places. Here we go.

I am going to keep this as short and concise as I can as there are a lot of things that I would like to bring up in this text. I am going to complain and get a lot of things off my chest.

Snapping fingers at me at the bar - congratulations mate, I will now ignore you until eeeveryone else has been served. I will then serve your drink in a warm glass straight out the dishwasher and I will probably over charge you as well. Manners cost nothing and DO NOT underestimate my authority.

Eyeballing me slowly up and down before answering my hello (I had a specific name here earlier but someone from work told my boss and he had a word with me about it - thanks for calling me out dear colleague).

The garden is closed - finish your cigarettes - lights another one. GET IN!

The bar is closed - can we pleeeeease have just a small glass of wiiiiiiine? No.

The lights are on full blast and all chairs have been put up on the tables. A guy walks in - are you still open? Yeah buddy, of course we are.

Old man: top this pint up please. Oh all the way up to the rim? So that you can have an extra half a mouth full of beer in your body? Or so that you can spill the exact same amount on your way to your table?

Your bill in the dining room is £239.40 and you put down £240 cash. I bring you back the 40 pence in a TIPS IS NOT INCLUDED protest and you say 'keep the change!' while you look at me like I'm cinderella. Oh my god thank you SO much. What should I do after I've split this fortune with EIGHT other people?! The possibilities are endless.

Oh you ordered your steak Medium did you? And then you send it back because it's overcooked? And I can se with my own eyes that your steak is cooked Medium? I am so sorry let me fix that for you........ Blood. Is. Boiling.

Okay, flushing the toilet after having a pee is common fucking sense. And when I come in to the toilet seeing that there is un-flushed pee in the toilet but NO toilet paper used - that's your first strike. When I see that there is pee aaaaaaaall over the seat and you haven't bothered wiping it off after you clearly mis-judged the distance from your fiffi and the ring, that's strike no 2. When I see that there is an explosion of poo on the inside of the toilet (how the hell does it get that far up, honestly WHAT are you doing?!), that's me locking the toilet door, putting up an 'out of order - don't get in there' sign and thinking that I've officially given up on humanity.

8 October 2015

Green Copper

Say hello to my new stunning vase! Handmade and on sale. Perfect. It weighs about 3 kg which made me love it even more for some reason haha. Proper material. I found it at House of Fraser in Shepherd's Bush for £20. I keep telling you, I'm a pro at finding good bargains. A skilled shopper.

Tada! Next to my other second hand bargain; this amazing candle holder that I bought
in a second hand store in Vaxholm.

3 October 2015

Acne Studios - Small Leather Goods

You guys haven't missed Acne Studio's new line Small Leather Goods have you? It's a really clever way to incorporate affordable accessories to the brand's otherwise quite pricy collection. The line includes a cardholder, different sized wallets, pouches, a necklace keyring and a bracelet, all in similar colour range. Orange, black, white and navy. You can also have your item personalised with up to three letters, an alphabet style collab with Jack Pierson. All items are made in Italian calf leather and has the branded Acne Studios snap button closure as well as printed branding on the back. Perfect gift idea! To yourself..


The Larimar in orange is my personal favourite, out of stock obviously.. Hopefully back in stock soon. This leather envelope pouch measures 24 cm x 17.5 cm and costs £170. The perfect size, colour and clean design. This style comes in three different sizes, this is the medium one. I've been using my black Whistles clutch for months now and I think this could be a good replacement (and clutch upgrade). Can I also mention that I am now responsible enough to use clutches on a full-time basis as I no longer leave it behind in bars, buses and restaurants. I am now responsible with my things! It took 26 years.