Resolution roundup: January

So how did everyone’s January go? I’d like to actually keep track of my resolutions this year so I’m going to keep track of them here. I originally posted them here.
 
1. Take care of my face.
 I think I’ve done really well so far. I haven’t missed a day in my skincare routine which makes this the longest time I’ve actually followed one without missing a day. Even after a night out. Though there hasn’t really been a difference on my face, I’m going to keep at it. Maybe I’ll adapt my routine a bit. Fingers crossed for next month.
 
2. Take my shops Random Quirks and Toast Rack to new heights.
 Well I’ve been working hard on both shops and have been getting sales. I took part in a craft and vintage fair and have bought all my new supplies for S/S 12. The biggest development is the Random Quirks website which is being created by my big brother. It is looking great so far and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when he’s finished. More big plans for February are on the way!
 
3. Save money. 
I have been successfully putting money aside in both my savings and an extra account for when I eventually move in with the bf. See, 2 accounts for my long term and short term goals – aren’t I grown up? 
 
4. Keep blogging regularly 
I reckon I’ve been doing pretty well. 16 blog posts in January is not bad at all. And I managed 6 posts on my other blog for my shops. Carrying on!
 
5. See more, do more. Take photos! Try new and different things. 
Have been trying to do things on my to do list and documenting them with pics. Managed to go to the science museum, see my mum and brother, go on an impromptu night out, cinema, buffets, and generally chill with the bf and friends. I have more plans for February including a surprise for you. On Monday I may be blogging from a random place in the world. But where? This was very last minute as I found out I have 6 days holiday. How to use them? You’ll see…
 
Right, that’s a lot of text. Here’s a pic of the shoe on my shoe calendar today. 

 

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How costumey! Reminds me of a masquerade ball or something like that.
So, how have your resolutions been going?

 

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My week 6

So apart from working, I had quite a lazy week. And a lovely weekend with the bf.

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These pantomime stamps were on a package I received this week. Made me giggle.

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Vintage Gossip Girl, season 2. This was pretty much how I spent my evenings.

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Received my first graze box after getting a free one with a code in Glamour magazine. Scarfed it all. Delicious. Decided to keep up the subscription for a bit as it would be nice to have stuff to nibble on for work.

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My nails this week. In typical Nomad fashion, I didn’t mean for it to come out like this. It was supposed to be a few simple polka dots but ended up as a dotty dalmatian-esque affair. Meh, I like it. Some of the best things are accidents.

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My main post for the Manchester science museum is here but here’s just an extra pic. Pretty pattern 🙂

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Why hello there it’s me! An outtake of my guest blog post which is now on Sparkly Flamingo’s blog here.  
 
How was your week? Freezing? If not, then consider yourself lucky 🙂
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A day out at the museum

Today me and the bf went to the Manchester Science Museum and then had a late pub lunch. Though it was absolutely freezing, I had been looking forward to this for a while. I love having weekends now. 

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This was in the main foyer. You take your photo on the machines below and your picture appears up here. 

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I was in my element in the textile hall. Was telling the bf all the little facts I remembered from uni. Some people really don’t understand how sciencey textiles is. How cool are these shoes?

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Underground Manchester. Really felt like I was in Harry Potter (such a nerd) and makes me really want to go to the WB Studio Tour (I so am!). Learned about sewers and gas – so romantic. Go on, ask me anything, ha ha!

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We then went to the poshest pub I’ve ever been to, The Ox, which is right across the road from the museum. The bf spotted a sign that said 2 courses for a tenner, so we thought why not. This was my starter (very photo worthy), goats cheese and red peppers. Delicious!

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My main course was salmon and teriyaki noodles, also delicious and photo worthy.

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And introducing the poshest fish and chips I have ever seen (those wedges were awesome!).
 
I also took photos of my outfit today but those are in a guest post that I’ve done for Sparkly Flamingo. Not sure when it will go up, but I will let you know. I’m excited, I’ve never done a guest post before. 
 
How was your saturday?
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Outfit post: Whimsical touches

I love making a plain outfit interesting with accessories. Whimsical is definitely the word to describe my main accessory style. 

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I love my birds belt (New Look)

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Any fun necklace is a winner. My unicorn necklace is from Accessorize which is like my jewellery sweet shop. 

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And funky tights of course! These lovelies were from Primark. 
 
Accessories make my work clothes feel like new and I ignore the stares ha ha. My parent’s especially just shake their head when they look at me!
 
I love how you can find unusual necklaces and jewellery anywhere now. Here are 3 of my latest purchases from the temple that is Accessorize.
 

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Cuckoo Clock Pendant £6 – Accessorize

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Typewrite Long Pendant £7 – Accessorize

 

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Thunderstorm Pendant £6 (also has a cloud charm attached further up!) – Accessorize
Do you enjoy the whimsical things in life?
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Food is my drug PART 3

The final chapter in me and the bf’s Disney food and wine festival adventure. Check out PART 1 and PART 2. I’m proud to say that none of these pictures contained partially eaten food. We managed to remember every time this day to take a photo first. Though I may have sipped the Mai Tai a little first. No one’s perfect. 
 
Hawaii

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Seven Tiki Mai Tai 
 
Omg SO alcoholic it took me by surprise. Such a little cup!
 
Belgium

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Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic Cream & Baguette
 
Delicious mussels though the bread was kinda stale. 
 
New Zealand again

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Seared Sea Scallop with Vegetable Slaw and Lemon Oil
 
Amazing. I love scallops anyway, so to have one so massive was awesome. Plenty to share.
 
Hops and Barley  – was in the USA pavilion

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Lobster Roll
 
I am a huge fan of lobster (as well as other sea food) but it is rather expensive back home so I always have cheap lobster when I go to the USA. This isn’t the best lobster I’ve ever had, but for $7ish I would’t expect it to be. Was nice to have so much lobster in the roll, not like another I had at a restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. Yum.
 
Italy

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Ravioli Di Formaggio All’Emiliana (Cheesy Bolognese Ravioli) 
 
So yummy! And quite a generous portion. Impressed.
 
China

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Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler
 
Now we were torn on this one. This is going to sound weird but when you first taste it, it tastes kinda salty. After taking a couple of sips, that goes away and it tastes really nice. The bf refused to drink anymore after a sip so I was happy to finish it off myself. An unusual taste but I liked it.
 
Australia

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Grilled Lamp Chop with Roasted Potato Salad and Red Wine Reduction
 
I’m a big fan of all the above so this was lovely. Wish there was more.
 
Mexico again

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Flan
 
Now this word does not give this Mexican dessert justice. So tasty! It is also called Creme Caramel I think – that’s what we called it when we used to have it all the time when I was little. Reminded me of my childhood 🙂
 
Back to Belgium

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Godiva Chocolate Iced Coffee and Freshly Baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
 
I’m always up for waffle time so this was very nice. Now, on to the iced coffee. It was an alcoholic version so very tasty. The biggest disappointment was that the cup was so darn small! Make it bigger. *Goes to look for a recipe*
 
And that is the end of the food adventure.
 
Did you like this three part series? Should I do any more food posts? Won’t be as lengthy as these as I won’t be going to anything like this anytime soon but along the same lines. 
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