Monday, 1 September 2014

Makers Month: What to see, What to do

Hello there and welcome to September!  It's not so bad hey!  We thought that with lots going on in September, it would be a great way to showcase some British Talent and so we have for you Makers Month.  We will be showcasing more from designer/makers with our Who's who feature, tutorials and DIY's as usual, alongside some other little bits and pieces, that you will just have to watch out for!

So, sit back and enjoy what we have to offer for our Makers Month.  Have you any plans for September?  It's wedding fever for us over here at Live it. Love it. Make it and there are lots more going on besides and so we thought we might share some of the things coming up this Autumn to kick start the month of fun.

On Sunday 7th September, hot foot it over to Bath to check out The Makery as they are having an open day!  You can find out more here, and find out more about the special guest, One man crochet.  What a great way to see the new venue and learn more about blogging and crochet.

On right now is Collaborate in that there north, Manchester.  A group of Manchester based makers, come together to exhibit their work at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre.  Well worth a look.

Back down south is The Handmade fair, which I am sure you may have heard of by now.  Kirstie Allsopp will be there along with many other famous faces such as Cath Kidston and Kaffe Fassett.  Sounds like it is going to be a great weekend and you will get to meet lots of designer/makers too.

Next up is one of our favourite craft fairs, Renegade, although we do have to wait for November!  It's on at the weekend of the 22/23 November in London's trendy East end and is definitely worth a visit, so much pretty to be found.  You can see our post on last year's event here.

and, finally for our picks of things to go see and do, is the Made Brighton event in November.  Looks like it will be a busy weekend!  There are around 120 sellers on the weekend and so if you don't find Christmas presents for other people, I am sure you can find some for yourself!

So, that's a little round-up of some things to check out, anything we have missed?  Is there somewhere we should visit in the Autumn?  Are you organising an event that you would like us to come to?  Let us know in the comments below and we will take a look see.

Am off to plan the diary,

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Live it: Sammy's Las Vegas Adventure

Last week, as you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I was away for a hen weekend ( bachelorette ) for a friend of ours in Las Vegas. It kind of goes without saying that we all had an amazing time, I thought I would share some of my highlights with you.

Hotels / Casinos / Hotels

We stayed at The Signature at the MGM Grand. Three golden sky scrapers in the grounds of the epic MGM Grand Resort. We were just off the Vegas strip with an air con walkway between us and the MGM casino. In the UK we would maybe pop to a hotel restaurant to have dinner but in Las Vegas visiting the other hotels and casinos is encouraged, many of them have top restaurants, shopping malls and attractions that are designed to draw you in to spend time and money inside. 

Many of the hotels in Vegas have such amazing themes with epic attention to detail. The Hotel opposite ours was New York, New York. The frontage of which is a replica of the Manhattan skyline including a roller-coaster. 

Every hotel had its own casino, an epic floor layout of slot machines, craps tables and roulette wheels spinning 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

The Strip by day is spectacular, but by night it takes on a neon life of its own.

Food Glorious Food

If you are not a foodie person, you are going to be disappointed in Las Vegas. There is every taste catered for from sweet to savoury, sometimes both in one go. From high flying 5 star cuisine to your colour choice of M&M, you can eat anything at pretty much any hour of the day here. 

Drinks are just as crazy, Slushy ice drinks come with a shot of rum or tequila if you prefer? A small is a large and a large is a bucket!

As well as breakfast for breakfast you can have lunch, dinner and dessert for breakfast at all you can eat buffets.  Key-lime pie at 9am anyone?

My favourite meal has to be our last mornings breakfast at Serendipity 3. The restaurant is cute and quirky with a menu to match. My chocolate peanut butter milkshake and saints and sinners French toast were to die for, Amazing!

Shop 'Till You Drop

The phrase 'Money can't buy everything' does not ring true here. You can literally buy anything if you have enough money, it is a place where tacky and opulent go hand in hand.

From spiral escalators to make-up vending machines, Vegas is a place where the bazaar and unimaginable are in full practice. A place where a shop selling bacon plasters is opposite an Art gallery next door to Gucci!

As you can imagine I was loving it and have spent the past six months saving hard to be able to afford to pick up some special bits and bobs to bring home from the states. Including items from Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Michael Kors, Tarte, Victoria Secret, BKR, EOS, GlamGlow, Diptyque and Bath and Bodyworks. 

Sights and Sounds

Shopping is not just about buying in Vegas, it is an experience like no other. The malls in the hotels are like movie sets. Both Caesars Palace and The Venetian have sky painted ceilings and an amazing array of designer stores.

The Chandelier bar at the swanky Cosmopolitan hotel was just so beautiful. Our pre dinner cocktails were made all that more amazing by sitting inside this giant crystal curtain and the view from the Top of the World restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere tower was one of the most epic sites I have ever seen, The food was pretty spectacular too! 

We were lucky enough to get to see a couple of shows whilst we were there too, The Circ du Soleil show LOVE (set to the music of The Beatles) was astounding and we got a chance to spend our Saturday night dressed as Britney Spears whilst watching Britney Spears!

If nights out or shopping are not your thing try a Pool Party, we visited Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and had a crazy, crazy day.

Las Vegas continues to be one of my favourite places on earth, it is a crazy, excessive, extravagant, opulent, epic place. I am starting to save now to head back there some day, I am already excited at the thought of being there again.

I hope you enjoyed that little peek into my long weekend adventure in Las Vegas. Have you ever been? Do you want to take a trip there? What's on your Vegas to-do list? Let me know in the comments below.

I'm still recovering from the holiday blues...
Sammy xxx

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