Author Archives: Ruth Margolis

9 Black Friday Tips for British Shoppers in America

Don’t be fooled into thinking Thanksgiving is all about the food. Many Americans are just as passionate about the retail deals to be had the following day as they are about turkey and cranberries.

How to Complain Like an American

British people get the majority of their complaining done in private, hours after the offending incident took place. Registering even the teensiest bit of displeasure in a public, sober setting is virtually unthinkable.

7 Ways to Make Your American Kids Feel British

British expats, if you had babies here, I hate to break it to you: They’re Americans. Nevertheless, they’re also British by descent.

Two Single British Women on Dating in New York City

If you’re under 35 and female, you probably came of age unhealthily obsessed with everything (and everyone) the Sex and the City crew did. But things have changed a bit since Carrie and Samantha were NYC’s queen bees.

13 Hacks for the Perfect American Halloween

Want to go all-out this year and show your U.S. friends that British expats know how to have spooky fun?

10 Famous Types of Rich People in Britain and America

Wealthy folk in the U.S. and back home in Blighty are a complicated bunch with a rich history and, no doubt, a loaded future.

10 British and American Store-Bought Items You Can Make Yourself

Ever looked down at your shopping trolley and wondered if the packets, jars and bottles of processed deliciousness you’ve piled up could be manufactured in your kitchen? Guess what, they can!

10 Expressions Brits Use to Seem Posh in America

Some of the most endearingly antiquated and incomprehensible phrases in the English language emanate from Britain’s upper class. Expect to have to explain yourself to straight-talking Americans should any of these highborn idioms ...

How To Survive an American Heatwave, With Kids and Pets

I used to relish the two or three truly hot days that our miserable British climate provides annually. As an expat in the U.S.

Should I Move to the ‘Burbs?: When to Ditch Urban America

Right now, I can walk out of my Brooklyn front door and buy bubble tea in one of 17 refreshingly strange flavors. I can get a pedicure that’ll transform my gnarly trotters into feet that look like they’ve been airbrushed.