In all my 29 years, I’d only really celebrated my birthday once. Birthdays have never been episodes of significance in my family and I can’t imagine this will change. But having vicariously indulged in others’ celebrations through the years, I had made up my mind, I would not allow my 30th birthday to transpire without an explosion of fun and indulgence. And so I embarked on my very first trip to New York City, for a birthday getaway of culture, fine dining and pampering.
“You’re going to L.A? Why? You’ll get bored!” remarked a friend on the east coast, before my very first visit to L.A, “you should visit New York instead.” And though I love New York, there’s something about Los Angeles that will have me coming back, again and again. Maybe it’s simply the all year round sunshine and pretty vistas, the anonymity in a city where everyone wants to be famous or its alchemy of carrying and understanding dreams. Whatever it is, L.A is far from boring.
Take the show Girls, fast-forward five years, incorporate a healthier, mature bank balance and a meandering road littered with complicated relationships, missed opportunities, misleading directions to love, the glint of a light at the end of an elusive tunnel, and you have The Girl’s Guide to Depravity; the post-hipster ‘female buddy comedy’ as coined by the show’s producer. Last season, the US TV show followed the lives of Sam (Rebecca Blumhagen) and Lizzie (Sally Golan) as they took on a philosophy on relationships that would protect them from getting hurt, but which would maximize satisfaction and pleasure. A flawed philosophy, we saw the women enduring hilarious situations and scenes and painful realties as they decisively followed the rules ‘to getting laid, without getting screwed,’ and as the season came to a close, the pair who’d seemed so close and connected at the start, began drifting apart.
Known most recently for her parts in US TV shows Castle and Touch and for her role in BBC drama Waterloo Road, Brit/Canadian talent Karen David now invites us to enjoy her reworked sound as a music artist. It’s been an incredibly busy year for the star; filming the new British indie film Amar, Akbar and Tony, working tirelessly on her new EP, Dust to Stars and even getting married in between! The EP launched on 23 August and was promoted with fervent enthusiasm from the star’s extensive twitter following, including tweets from One Direction‘s Liam Payne, and was celebrated with a special launch gig at St Pancras Old Church.
It’s nearly two years since I began writing about travel and I love it. But it’s taken a while for me to develop the wisdom of stress free packing and by no means has it been a painless journey. So as I organise my one-month, coast to coast travel to the US, I impart to you, some packing tips and a look into my suitcase.