America after the fall

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'During the great depression, the idea of the American dream motivated a nation struggling with mass unemployment, urbanisation and industrialisation. The arrival of the 'talkies' from Hollywood provided relief from the harsh economic realities, while novels such as John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath brought into sharp focus the reality of life in rural America.'






On Saturday Matt and I attended the RA Late evening for the 'America after the fall' exhibition. The Royal Academy hold these great 'Lates' where they open from 7-11pm and dedicate the whole night in celebration of a new focal exhibition.

We were greeted by the characters from the painting American Gothic standing at the entrance, before taking our complimentary cocktail of bourbon and ginger and heading inside to see the academy which was decorated as you can imagine in an all American way.







As part of the evening they also had an Art Macabre life drawing class which you could take part in. The last time I did any life drawing I was about 19 years old and it was Matt's very first time. It was fun to work in a fast paced and expressive nature once again. We watched some swing bands but unfortunately my feet were too mangled from my shoes to partake in any dancing (sob) we dressed up in vintage clothes - playing with all the hats and fancy jackets that were available to try and buy, listened to an interesting talk that different lecturers did throughout the night and interacted with characters in 'Hollywood-land', as well as seeing a preview of the exhibition itself.

It was a really fun evening and I loved seeing everyone's costumes and their take on the theme. I would definitely be interested in going to another event. The upcoming ones look like they're going to be corkers in the form of the The Electric Forest and The Other Paradise.





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for one night only

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At the weekend my gorgeous pal Ella and I had a little mini stay at the Artist Residence in Brighton. On average Matt and I probably visit Brighton about 3 times a month, only being 45 minutes away by car. We will sometimes head down for a bite to eat after work or on a Sunday when we are at a loss for what to do with our day. Brighton is hands down one of my favorite places to be, it's vibrant, fun and complete vegan heaven.







After finding a blinding deal on booking.com for a one night stay, Ella and I met on Sunday in Brighton for our stay at AR, we relaxed in our little (and oh so cute) bunk house room, which is situated in the basement of the hotel, it felt like stepping on board a ship, I kept picturing a 1940s style titanic cabin (complete with two sets of bunk beds) we were greeted with a stocked cupboard of caramel bars, water bottles and nespresso pods. We drank coffee and had a little Sunday snooze before heading out again for some dinner at La Choza the very cool and very pink Mexican restaurant situated just at the corner of the Lanes. We moved on to have a little drink and a long natter before grabbing some dessert at the all plant based babe that is Purezza in the form of an Oreo Pizza!! yes that's right an Oreo Pizza, with homemade Nutella type spread and Mascarpone style cheese topping (click here to see) we managed two slices before taking the rest home in a take-away box back to our room, where we proceeded to drink mint tea, eat the Oreos, watch Family Guy with face-masks, the ideal slumber girly evening.

I had such a nice relaxing nights sleep on the bottom bunk, which was ridiculously cosy with it's own little curtain, wall lamp and USB port. I still really want to visit again and stay in one of the main rooms (hint hint Matthew) In the morning I woke up to a sleepy ever dedicated Ella working away on her laptop. We of coarse drank more coffee, showered and went out in search for a tasty breakfast.


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a night at sheherds house

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The Sunday before last we had a little stay-cation at the next county over from us for a night of R&R at the beautiful Shepherds House in Faversham - a total interior inspiration hot spot, from the mustard yellow walls of the lounge to the deep velvet purple chairs.

It was a complete dream of a stay from start to finish. Greeted by Clare with flutes of champagne bought to our room as we settled in (aka had our first bath of the day, there would be 3 had in the space of 14 hours, I mean look at the tub!) with the most exquisite room (we stayed in the very very large) heavenly bed, double shower and stunning bath tub feature to the room.

Matt and I wanted to make the most of the stay in such a beautiful place, by fully relaxing and just enjoying the night in our room. We did venture out a couple of times, once in the early afternoon for a walk and some chips and then later on for a glass of red in a cute micro pub almost directly opposite the house.When we got back we attempted to read some of our books in the lounge, whilst Matt enjoyed some of the complimentary whisky from the cabinet that was on offer whilst we listened to Wild Beasts and Tame Impala,  until our eyes got so heavy that we just needed to be in that huge bed.

After a well earned lie in (it's so tiring to do the bare minimum isn't it... ha) and after one last deep bubble bath, we ate our breakfast cooked up by Clare, fresh coffee, green juices, fruit bowls and avocado with home made bread, hit the spot.

I can't recommend Shepherds House enough for a stay and I said to Matt we should try and stay in the other rooms there in the future.

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