Cotswolds Break!

You’d think a trip to the Cotswolds in February would be in invitation for snow but the UK is having an alarming (global warming) heatwave this Feb so we actually had lovely weather! We decided to go as we’ve never been, we love a road trip and to celebrate our 12 year anniversary!

A scenic drive back to London revealed this beauty in Dorchester upon Thames!

A scenic drive back to London revealed this beauty in Dorchester upon Thames!

So the Cotswolds totally lived up to it’s ‘chocolate box’ reputation with each village cuter than the last! We stayed in South Cerney which seemed to be a perfect example of an English village complete with village hall and cute river! Our expeditions began with Burford which is a picturesque single high st on a hill filled with shops to delight tourists including a brush shop! Lynwood & Co was a delight with delicious coffee and foodie snacks!

Photographs of architectural and typographic things that caught my eye in the cotswolds!

Photographs of architectural and typographic things that caught my eye in the cotswolds!

Next we trundled over to Dyrham Park as we wanted to catch a stately home while we were there; It was interesting for me, as to see the house you have to take a tour. Which I would normally avoid but it was super informative and felt like catching a glimpse into past lives of the super rich! The grounds also hold hundreds of deer that you can see trotting about in the distance!

A Rummage through Oxfam Bookshops almost always pays off!

A Rummage through Oxfam Bookshops almost always pays off!

On our last full day we were determined to look around some antique shops so headed to Stow-on-the-Wold unfortunately like our experiences elsewhere in the Cotswolds Antique shops are more akin to museums and bare hefty price tags! But on the bright side that makes them all the more interesting to look around and there were a few amazing ones in Stow-on-the-Wold Including Baggott Antiques Luckily on our way back to London we passed through Wallingford where there is an Oxfam bookshop and I found this awesome Natural History book for a bargain price of £9 (Books are my weakness!) We also ate at The Old Post Office which was delicious!

Antique shops in the Cotswolds are more akin to Museums!

Antique shops in the Cotswolds are more akin to Museums!

Here is my sketchbook spread documenting our time there; mainly my favourite buildings and antiques! All the Staffordshire Ceramics were definitely the most inspiring thing as well as the little architectural details like lions and gargoyles plus the cute doggos everywhere! Definitely up for more staycations in the UK!

A sketchbook spread from my time there

A sketchbook spread from my time there

New York City Guide

Check out my previous post for other details on our East Coast Road Trip, here I'm rounding up NYC highlights! We arrived in New york with a huge list of things we wanted to see and visit and worked our way through as best we could! We started off with a little shopping downtown, popping into Madewell (I ended up getting a yellow jumpsuit, as you do!) Plus Nathan wanted to visit Best Made Co as he's a long time fan! Then we took a tour round Racquel's Dream Home which was filled with iconic pieces of design and fun to explore; plus those stairs!

Racquel's Dream Home

Racquel's Dream Home

Next we skipped uptown to see the American Folk Art Museum, we've both always been followers of outsider art and the collection did not disappoint, discovering new artists and also seeing a huge collection of drawings by Henry Darger below is a piece I really liked by Paul Laffoley; The Telenomic Process of the universe, love love love!

Paul Laffoley

Paul Laffoley

We also checked out the current exhibitions at the Met and especially loved William Eggleston's Los Alamos Photographs and of course the obligatory 'selfie' from the rooftop was taken!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

We strolled down Madison Avenue taking in the local sites towards the Gagosian where one of our favourite artists Jonas Wood currently has an exhibition. I was entranced by the tennis ball wallpaper which I could not get enough of! But I also loved the new print editions especially this little one with the Wood / Kusaka Studios stamp!

Next we were hungry for both cake and Instagramable goodness so we hit Sprinkles who have a Cupcake ATM! Amazing, so we got Snapping and snacking! ;)

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

The following day we hired the city bikes for the day which was super fun as we went cycling over the bridges between Brooklyn and Manhattan stopping off in Chinatown to visit CW Pencil Enterprise which was a stationary addict's delight filled with the pencil goodness! Also there was a cute mural round the corner which I enjoyed practising my posing with! 

CW Pencil Enterprise

CW Pencil Enterprise

We cycled over to ESPO's art world  Stephen Power's art Gallery where he constantly exhibits work and has prints for sale! After seeing his mural series in Philadelphia it was great to see more of his work and chat to his studio assistant!

ESPO's Art World

ESPO's Art World

We took a detour over to Industry City to check out Camille Walala's latest, largest and most amazing mural to date; Walalapopcitybuilding! Awesome colour pops and graphic goodness, totally punching my eyes a treat to behold!

Finally we had an awesome day out at Coney Island which I remember going to in my early twenties and being utterly hypnotised by; I'm sure it's changed in the 10 years since but there was still at lot of charm and beautiful hand painted signs, exactly what I was hoping to see! 

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Thanks so much for reading I hope that you enjoyed my roundup, if there is anything specific you'd like me to write about on here please leave a comment below! :D