30 Jul 2016


I first visited NYC with my parents and brother in 2004 when I was 14, so to come back 12 years later with my husband-to-be and visit some of the same places was pretty special. I surprised Karl with this trip for his 30th birthday as it's a city he has always wanted to visit and frankly I couldn't wait to get back on US soil. 

We flew with Virgin Atlantic who are definitely one of my favourite airlines and we stayed at the Hudson Hotel near Columbus Circle. The hotel is very dark but with seriously stylish interior, a rooftop bar and an outdoor garden (dream!). I have to mention that the standard double rooms at the hotel are VERY small as space is limited in the city! I 100% recommend staying near Columbus Circle as it's a gorgeous area, just a minute's walk from Central Park, only 7 blocks from Time Square and 3 blocks from 5th Avenue. 

Something to mention if you are planning to visit NYC is it's around 20% more expensive to eat and drink here than London and they usually expect around 18% for a tip (this is quite steep so I think you need to judge for yourself). Portion sizes are also astronomical so after the second day of huge breakfasts we went on the hunt for a deli for something a little lighter and found 'Fluffy's' which if you turn left when you exit the Hudson Hotel is on the corner. They have been going since 1975 and I seriously recommend their bagels or egg white breakfast wrap!

When travelling from the airport to your hotel you MUST grab a yellow cab (as cliche as it sounds it is the best way to see the city). We flew into JFK and with traffic (it is mental!) it took around an hour and a half and for airport runs it's a flat rate of $60 which is so worth it. We unpacked and headed straight to the rooftop bar for a complimentary and very strong mojito before jet-lag kicked our butt. 


22 Apr 2016

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is somewhere my mother has talked about for years and how she went often when she was little and would love to take me. At the time I just thought it was another Royal Park in London, so after researching and finding it has the world's largest collection of living plants I was sold - just a shame it is almost at the end of the District line a whole 2 hours away from my Essex surroundings... 
So it was quite fortunate that I have two weeks job-free before starting my new adventure and am certainly making the most of it. My mother and I set off yesterday where I would finally visit this stunning exotic-jungle in the outskirts of London. When you go through the gates at Kew the vast scale of the gardens is breathtaking - you are greeted by a huge greenhouse lined with rows and rows of colourful tulips on the lawn in front which overlooks a stunningly quaint lake.
Make sure you grab yourself a map but don't walk around with your head lost in it as you'll miss all the best bits! My advice is to lose yourself in the gardens as there is something different at every turn. You can go from walking through the Canadian mountains stretching your necks to see the top of the Redwood trees to skipping through the english countryside laced with bluebells and English Oak trees. 
Be sure to venture inside the smaller greenhouse to the left of the larger 'Palm House' to see the largest range of cactus' I have ever seen (serious plantslut envy!) it looks small from the outside but don't be fooled. I really hope you chose to see Kew Gardens this spring/summer if you haven't already been as it is a national treasure. We spent a whole 4 hours walking around and I am still sure we didn't quite see it all..

Try to go in Spring to catch the Cherry Blossoms!


13 Mar 2016


After many a late night over the last few months I am proud to say CARMEN & COCO launched on 12th February and we are pleased to finally share it with you guys! All of our prints are printed on 190gsm silk paper and wrapped in acid-free black tissue paper, sealed with a CARMEN & COCO branded stickers and placed into resilient white tubes before posting. Our quoted prints are £16.99 and our marble prints are £19.99 with fully trackable delivery being only £3.99 extra.

I would love your feedback about our site and if you would like to see other prints available, so please email us at: enquiries@carmenandcoco.com 

I can also give you guys an exclusive and reveal that we are working around the clock to get an Etsy shop open where you can digitally download the prints and print them yourselves. This way we will be able to offer you a much wider range of prints. Stay tuned! 


12 Mar 2016

National Wedding Show with Debenhams

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to The National Wedding Show at Olympia thanks to Debenhams. Since being engaged I have been to only one other wedding show which was at the Excel and I have to say this one was on a whole different scale. The venue was huge and each individual stand was beautifully curated but with enough room between them which was key to not feeling overwhelmed and compact. Having already bought my wedding dress a few months previous I was seriously tempted to try some on but that could have been dangerous! Instead I opted for trying on some gorgeous but different headpieces just for fun. We were lucky enough to be given the VIP treatment so after swooning over almost everything my mum and I sat down in the VIP lounge for a glass of champagne and a flick through the magazines. 

The whole day was wonderful and a huge success as I managed to even order my wedding ring! If you are a bride on a budget I suggest you seriously check out Debenhams bridal section online or in store as they have some of the most stunning wedding gowns I've seen for just a few hundred pounds!

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