The High Line, NYC

The High Line NYC

Just back from our recent trip to NYC and so excited that The High Line is now even longer than on previous visits. A new section has been opened with open green spaces for relaxing and new additions constantly being added make this the place to visit whenever you are in Manhattan. The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side and runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Visit our facebook page to see all of the new images from our recent trip.

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The Merits of Premium Economy

Having just returned from a speedy half term trip to New York, I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences of paying ‘that little bit extra’ for Premium Economy on flights with the family.

I rarely write with opinions which may seem extravagant but the Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy experience was so great, I felt I ought to share it with those who are interested, it really is money well spent.

After becoming a parent, (and following a particularly bumpy flight), I have acquired an unwanted fear of flying. I have tried various different ways to overcome this dread, from homeopathic treatments to attending special courses … my recent trial was to fly Premium Economy. What a revelation!

The delights begin as soon as you have paid, (add your flying club membership number), this gives you free miles for your next family holiday, seats are then chosen, (I can personally confirm, the closer you are to the front of the plane, the less bumps you feel)! At the airport designated check in makes the whole boarding process seamless.  Once the bags are marked for “speedy arrival” through the baggage reclaim at your destination, you are ready to board.

Once onboard things get better and better.  As you sit in your spacious leather seat, you are continually given treats from pre flight bubbly, (or juice), to Baileys post dinner. The kids loved the ice creams that were handed around as they sat back and watched the latest movies, they were so content I even managed to read an entire book on the flight, another first!

Special promotions and utilising airmiles make Premium Economy an affordable luxury, I believe in making the journey part of the holiday.  The hope is that one day I will have enough airmiles of my own to try out ‘Upper Class’, I hear such amazing things about it….

 

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Su-Man Hsu Facials

Su-Man Hsu Facials

Following fifteen years of looking after the kids and not having a huge amount of time or energy to pamper myself,  I thought it was time to start getting back into good routines with my skin. I researched the usual glossies for help with the best creams and gadgets to eliminate the dreaded facial lines and whilst googling, found a glowing feature or two on Su-Man Hsu facials. Everyone that had been to Su-Man gave such a great review, I decided to arrange a visit. After an email to ask for an appointment I was soon booked in.

I arrived at Su-Man’s tranquil Crouch End treatment room and after a close examination of my skin, Su-Man set to work. After a steam and a massage to relax my muscles, Su-Man began with extractions before toning and cleansing my face. A mask was gently placed on my skin to soak in, whilst this went to work, my upper body was massaged until all of my muscles were relaxed, this allows chi to flow freely through my facial muscles. The end results were superb, red healthy looking skin and even sparkly eyes… I honestly can not praise the results highly enough and I am looking forward to my next one already. Email su-man@blueyonder.co.uk to book yours!

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Clements Ribeiro Spring/summer 2012

Clements Ribeiro Spring/Summer 2012

A week on from the gorgeous Clements Ribeiro Spring/Summer 2012 collection and I can’t help but dream for summer days and a speedy dash through winter to the arrival of the new collection. I was delighted to see the return of the Clements Ribeiro eponymous striped cashmere twinsets and sweaters from their early days. Striped lean trousers and lace panelled dresses also linger in my thoughts. The palette was perfect with blues, ecrus, greys and blacks with splashes of red and peach adding depth and colour. The feeling was sporty with gorgeous Charlotte Olympia velcro strappy shoes accessorising the collection. I will be first in the queue to get my hands on what is left, from the response at the show, I am sure it will sell out fast!

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Sunuva – Gorgeous UV protective Sunwear

Gorgeous Sunuva Tie Dye Dress

Gorgeous Sunuva Tie Dye Dress

Just discovered Sunuva, a gorgeous collection of UV protective swimwear and beachwear, created by Mums for Mums looking for the ultimate UV sun protection for their children, whilst keeping them stylish chic and cool. My Freckles loved this tie dye dress, (available for adults too), so much in fact that it was the first thing out of the suitcase and re-worn back here in the UK, (whatever the weather)! Visit www.sunuva.com to see the full range and read all about the benefits, hurry as I noticed that there is currently a great sale on (until the end of August 2011).

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New Press Page

Elle Decoration August 2011 Issue

Elle Decoration August 2011 Issue

Very happy with the new addition to the site, our new press page features all articles, blogs and mentions of Freckles in the Sun products www.frecklesinthesun.com/press. Elle Decoration this month features the divine Catherine Tough lavender owls, see the full article here www.frecklesinthesun.com/caterine-tough-elle-decoration

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Clements Ribeiro Exclusive

Clements Ribeiro Limited Edition Vanity Bag

Clements Ribeiro Limited Edition Vanity Bag

Having been a huge fan of Clements Ribeiro since they formed back in 1993, loving classics such as the bee print and the iconic striped cashmere, I am delighted that Freckles in the Sun and Clements Ribeiro have collaborated to create a limited edition vanity bag. 10 canary yellow and 10 carbon blue, designed and created using sumptuous floral silk taken from the Spring/Summer ’11 collection, each hand stitched and labelled to offer a unique collectors item. Hurry to order yours….

 

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Another UK Exclusive…

Ditte Fischer Milk and Sugar Set

Ditte Fischer Copenhagen ceramics are both practical and tactile with their clean curves and simple silhouettes. The base colours are black, grey and white and are accentuated with a wide range of contemporary colours from a delicate ice blue, a fresh lime green to a strong orange. Colours, which add to the classic forms, and create a twist. This beautifully designed milk jug and sugar bowl is exclusive to Freckles in the Sun in the UK and we are delighted to be selling the set in orange, lavender and black…

 

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KopCup – Gorgeous Danish Ceramics

KopCup Danish Ceramics

Following our recent family holiday to Denmark, I have reported back on many stylish finds. Ceramics are big at the moment and there is no shortage of talent. Jewellery, home delights and unique one off items are available to buy at many of the high end design and museum stores. I am hoping that the UK will pick up on some of the hottest talent too. One of my favourites is KopCup, cute graphics adorn toothbrush holders, cups, jewellery and much much more. Check out the website for the full range and to purchase directly from the designer herself – http://kopcup.dk/

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New Colours on the Way!

Solwang Danish Dish Cloths

Having found the delightful Danish Solwang dish cloths on our travels in Denmark, I bought back enough for the Freckles in the Sun shop but also some for me to sample. These soft dish clothes are a delight to use and are delightful on the eye too. Available in divine colour combinations they look fantastic on the kitchen side. When they have been used for a few days I pop mine in the washing machine and they are as good as new again, soft and bright and perfect for wiping down surfaces and for all general kitchen use. Not forgetting the kitchen hand towel in complimenting shades to dry your hands and keep your skin soft….perfect! New colours now in (and a top up on all sold out shades too), hurry though, word is spreading fast…

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