An english girl who after six months in the french mountains, has left for Italia, the beautiful country. My thoughts on leaving life as I know it and beyond! Join me as I embark on a life with lots of adventure and a lack of heels!!!!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

well hello there....

Well hello there.

   I think i'll start by telling you a little about myself. I am 30 years old, soon to be 31!!! Am married to my beau of nearly 15yrs, have no children by choice, luckily husband is agreement, although I've lost count of the amount of times I've been told I'll change my mind by just about everyone I've ever come into contact with!!

   I love, love, love fashion, adore travelling (have the travel bug in a major way), I collect vogue (have many years worth stashed around the house), my mastermind subject would be sex and the city (the best show in the world), my guilty pleasure is E! entertainment tv (especially Keeping up with the Kardashians!), I'm also slightly addicted to The Hills and The City (have a serious style crush on Whitney Port and her friend Erin).
I enjoy eating good food in great resturants, have a passion for cooking and have a little cookbook habit!!! I also find a nice glass of wine goes well with most things!!

   7 years ago husband and I had itchy feet and decided to go and do the year off backpacking round the world thing that is quite the norm now. We did the usual route, Canada, Fiji, Australia, Bali, Singapore and Thailand, was great, amazing, the best year ever but a little shocking to the system at times (well my system anyway, not for one minute did the girl that packed 8 pairs of heels, straightening irons, a mini steam iron, clarins skin care, bags of make up and as many clothes as I could wedge into bloody backpack, which incedently I could barely carry!! think she'd be "actually backpacking"). But I managed to be the only backpacker that did'nt look like a backpacker, did'nt take hiking boots (arghhh yuck) and did'nt have a sleeping bag as i (stupidly) did'nt think i'd be needing one!!! I'm very proud of the fact that even when we were in the outback for 10 days without a roof over my head let alone a shower, my make still looked pretty good and i think turned out pretty well, theres always a camera around eh??

   But enough about that, thats another story and that scratch got itched right? Hmmmm........... thats what i thought. Been home 6 years, bought another house, assisted opening a very successful salon, which i managed from the off, got married and then, well thats where i am now, happily married, well travelled all over the world staying in beautiful boutique hotels, owner of louboutins, chanel, mulberry, luella, mui mui and way tooo much zara. But where next?? Whats its all about?? What now??

   Some days I think what am i moaning about? I'm very lucky to have what i have, nothing to worry about really, no major ties or responsibilities. And I've worked really hard for everything, no parent hand outs, just me. So I should be proud of myself, and i am, but that itch has been niggling for a little while now and it won't go away.

   I've been a hairstylist for 15 yrs, but my job has lost it's shine for me and I've just had enough in all honesty, ready for a new challenge, but I want a complete change, need something that gets the juices flowing, gets the nerves a' jangling but also something that makes life a little more exciting and makes you feel like you're living!!!

   Sooo, going to give it all up for a life in the snow, going to become a seasonaire in Val d'isere! For those of you unfamiliar, a seasonaire is a season worker, working winter to summer, summer to winter, moving country to country wherever the work is. It may sound like madness to those of you out there accustomed to the good things in life but in truth I'm bored and need to satisfy these itches before I'm too old!!!! And if you're gonna do it its got to be Val d'isere, the coolest, most fashionable place to be in the french alps! And I think I'm going to adapt my backpacking thinking of "well I won't be slumming it" attitude, it served me well then, and I'm sure my leopard print louboutins will be perfect for the alpine weather. Well they're patent leather, so that means waterproof in my book!!!

   Right down to practicalities, told families, most think us mad, though MIL thinks we're just popping over to france for a couple of months! Told friends, all think us mad (you can see it in their eyes, though they'd never say!!) Given notice at work, think me mad (I think they think I'm too old, they of 16-27!! though they would'nt dare say!!). Went well I think.

   My main concerns are obviously finding work, somewhere to live, leaving loved ones behind and learning the language. But who am I trying to kid, wheres the nearset Zara? Can I survive solely buying from ebay? Does ASOS deliver to the french alps? Does anywhere deliver to the french alps? When O when are Zara and H&M going to set up an online shop? Priorities.

  These are clearly a little materialistic, is'nt that what I want to escape? Not really I would just like to be away from the drudge of everyday normality, routine, but with a little connection to the bits of the world that I love.

  I have started on the practical side of things, going to Val at the end of the month for a bit of a recce, been scouring the web for apartments (think have found one),getting the house ready to sell, searching job websites, buying 3 for 2 L'oreal volumising mascara, switching to Skin Doctors anti ageing skin care regime instead of uber expensive Elemis pro-collagen regime, buying a very practical black/brown Mulberry Mitzy hobo bag (will go with everything in a winter wardrobe no?), searching for hours for the perfect brown, tan, black boots that are practical for snow but look fabulous, thinking ahead for autumn/winter trends, what practical wardrobe staples do I need to buy, O dear.........................................................


  1. A great post which pretty much sums you up! Look forward to sharing your journey x oh and I need a haircut.

  2. has 60% off Ralph Lauren ski wear starting tomorrow.

  3. Love, love, love it and want to read more already!!!! Just for the record I don't think you are mad one bit not even a tiny bit and would love to be your personal mail order shopper from the UK anytime you need anything shipped out so you don't ever have to worry about keeping your wardrobe filled!! xxxxxxx

  4. How lovely to move somewhere with snow! I'm with you on the travelling. I took a set of Carmen rollers to a yoga/jungle holiday in Sri Lanka. My boyfriend just thinks I'm unbelievable, but you never know when you might need them! And Skin Doctors is fab. I've never had a spot since I started using their zit zapper on the teeniest mark that appears. Good to have found your blog and your lovely sister's xx

  5. Well written Em .... Not just a pretty face either !! lol. will keep reading and enjoying.


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