Went Skiing

This weekend I went to Verbier ☺️.  Jessica very kindly had us to stay, as she is living out there for the season, which is rather marvellous and I am just a tiny bit jealous - 6 whole months living in the mountains 🗻 , I am a big fan of mountains 🗻😍.  I still can't decide if I had to choose to live either by the sea 🌊 and or in mountains 🗻,which I would choose - I think the sea 🌊 would win, but those mountains 🗻 really are very nice too.After making our way from Geneva airport ✈️ to Le Chable by train 🚂 (by the way you change at Martigny, NOT Lausanne - it's confusing), we got the bubble 🚡 up to Verbier, which really is the best way to arrive anywhere.We met Jessica (wearing an excellent all-in-one ski suit and moon 🌙 boots) accompanied by Oscar 🐶 and India 🐶.  Oscar and India have adjusted well to mountain life - they have swapped walks in Battersea Park for romps in the snow with other mountain dwelling Border Terriers and seem to be doing just fine 🐶🐶 ☺️🗻.Verbier is pretty trendy.  We had dinner 🍝 with Bear Grylls 👱 and lunch 🍛 with James Blunt 🎹.  Ok, not exactly, but we did see Bear enjoying his fondue 🍜 (poor man was probably being ogled by every public school boy 👦, girl 👧 and their swooning mothers 👩💘 that entered the restaurant that evening).  Sadly James Blunt was hidden away around the corner, so we didn't actually see him, but he was there, enjoying his rosti 🍛 and rose 🍷, I hope as much as we were.I like skiing 🎿 but I do get the fear 😱.  I have been enough times that I shouldn't be too bad, but I'm not so good at not being in control and I dislike ice ❄️ immensely - I think it's the sound 🎶 more than anything.  Skis 🎿 sliding across ice ❄️ just sounds like impending doom.  I have been known to make it half way down a red run 🔴, get some serious fear 😱, have a big argument with my long suffering mother 🙆 (I can't do it, it's impossible, I will fall over, I will die 😢😰😭), take my skis 🎿 off and walk back up the piste to the safety of a nice blue run 🔵 🙊.I would like to tell you I behaved impeccably this time, no fuss made, and went down some blacks ⚫️⚫️ on the first day.  I did  take a small tumble 😵 on one of them - however luckily Alistair very kindly rescued me and helped me put my ski back on, etc - and after that I only faltered one more time on a black ⚫️ that was sheet ice ❄️😁.The skiing in Verbier is rather nice - we skied the 4 Vallees on the first day (actually I think we only got to three of them) but it was a fun adventure 🎿🗻.  We had Edward and Edric (Or Ed and Ed) with us, who were both on snowboards 🏂🏂 (very cool) but apparently snowboards 🏂 and button lifts / T-bars do not mix very well.  There was a point when we thought we may never see Edward 🏂 ever again, the ONLY way back up was a particularly vicious button lift, and I never found out how many attempts it took him to remain attached to the devious button - but thankfully he did eventually appear over the crest of the hill 😃.  Jessica and Alistair also got wiped out whilst on a T-bar by a very small child 🙍 whose stopping powers were completely beyond it.  Alistair attempted to avert the approaching hazard by grabbing the child by the scruff of the neck (ski jacket), however it was no use and they were resigned to skiing back to the bottom of the lift and start all over again, leaving the tearful 🙍small child with it's apologetic mother 👩.Our second day was white out, and I think I enjoyed that the most - just you and the mountain 🗻😎, with hopefully the person in front you still just in sight .  The third day Jessica very kindly showed us round Savoleyres, and mid morning we had a delicious apple tart 🍏 (maybe tart tatin) in Chez Simon.We did also drink 🍷☕️ many very nice things.  The hot chocolate ☕️🍫 in La Vache was the best part - 'chocolat chaud avec alcool et chantilly' I like the way they don't tell you what kind of alcohol.  Just alcohol.  That's fine. And it was DELICIOUS ☕️🍫🍸😍.  We also indulged in some apres 🍻 at Farinet - probably one of the strangest bars I have been too.  On one side you have ski boot clad seasonaires 👯 drinking many beers 🍻 (spilling much beer on the floor 🍻💧) and listening to a really quite good, extremely loud, live band 🎤🎸 playing Maroon 5.  Through the wall and visible you have a really quite swanky cocktail bar 🍸 which smells only slightly of stale beer 🍺, selling pricey cocktails 🍸with silly names.  I mean cocktails 🍸almost always have silly names - I tried the Pornstar (for it's contents not it's name, I don't really agree with outrageous drink names) and it was rather delicious.Verbier was fun, thank you very much for having us to stay Jessica and Alistair 😊.  It was lovely to be in the mountains 🗻, to have some real fresh air 😷 and to ski 🎿 (I'm sure I'm getting better 😉).Alice xxx IMG_2045IMG_2188IMG_2186IMG_2093_2IMG_2111IMG_2150IMG_2089IMG_2107IMG_2168IMG_2108IMG_2191IMG_2076IMG_2117IMG_2173IMG_2175

On the Fourth Day...

The fourth day has been great.Two things happened - I went shopping 👭 with my littlest sister Susannah and I had the most excellent affogato ☕️👌.Suzie is at St Andrews studying International Relations (very serious, she is going to be a spy 🔫 or something like that...) but she also shares my love of shopping 👗 and as it is school holidays has some spare time on her hands.  I really love shopping - I am a serious browser and spontaneous purchaser, and I prefer to shop alone, or at least with someone who understands the importance of independent shopping - which Suzie does.  My worst joint shopping experience ever was when someone I didn't know very well, called me into a changing room and wept all over me because she thought she looked fat in her bikini 👙.  These people make me angry - who shops for a bikini in mid winter in Scotland, and seriously never try it on in a shop changing room, the lighting is ALWAYS ghastly.  Please in future just order all bikinis online - Coco Bay has some really quite excellent choices...Today I set myself a challenge - browsing only, NO purchasing (this is particularly hard, as it is January sales.)When I am shopping, items tend to fall into these categories:I don't really need it, but kind of want it (TK Maxx bright pink 💘 shiny stretch disco shorts that were £5)It goes really well with my current outfit  - these tend to be surprisingly good choices (Topshop beanie in turquoise 💙, with multi-coloured pom pom )I will never be able to afford it, but I'm going to try it on (Sophia Webster shoes 👠)Things I can't afford, but decide to buy anyway (anything from J Crew 💋 and Kate Spade 🎀)I will buy it, know it is right, know when I will wear it, and may even wear it straight away (Whistles 👜Rucksack)So my non-purchasing shopping day panned out like this:I met Susannah in Beyond Retro on Great Marlborough Street, we were wearing scarily similar outfits - I am not sure who this is more worrying for - furry jacket, trendy rucksack and Nike Air Maxs 👟... probably me:IMG_0725IMG_0744Beyond Retro was super fun and, being vintage you never quite know what you might find, we tried on some great dresses:IMG_0729IMG_0737IMG_0743We then spent some time in Liberty, and tried on Fendi sunglasses 👓 , found a Marcus Lupfer skirt 👗 I would very much like please, and some sparkly Sophia Webster shoes 👟:IMG_0755IMG_0764IMG_0774Then French Connection which has some great items - I don't know if by this point the withdrawal was becoming too much ' I WANT EVERYTHING' but I genuinely may go back for these shoes 👠:IMG_0797And finally Topshop.  I love Topshop on Oxford Street so much, the best time to go is first thing in the morning when you practically have the place to yourself.  We headed straight to the shoe section in the basement and I got very jealous when these shoes were only in Suzie's size not mine - but probably for the best:IMG_0799I did make one very small purchase - a velvet diamante 💎 scrunchie from Beyond Retro - we got matching ones ❤️💙 😍.IMG_0780We had to go to Said on Broadwick Street to recuperate.  I really wanted hot chocolate ☕️, they do proper thick, spoon-standing up stuff - but they were out of hot chocolate which really was terrible.  So I settled for an affogato, which turned out to be one of the best things I have ever tasted - a ball of starting to melt milk chocolate surrounded by a small dollop of vanilla ice cream, all floating in an espresso 👌👌.  It was amazing.  Suzie had a 3 chocolate mocha.  I am going to write more about hot chocolate ☕️ and chocolate 🍫 soon, as it is one of my favourite things ☺️.IMG_0778IMG_0787Catch up tomorrow.Alice xxx