American Memories

A look back of my week in Florida in photos.

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I am definitely going to miss this view. Love the colour of the sky. 

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My parents learned the hard way to never order a large of anything in the USA. Hard to tell but these cocktails were so massive I burst out laughing when they arrived. You could probably have fit your face in them!

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Outlet malls – where ugly shoes go to die. I used to hate shopping as a kid because these were the kind of places my parent’s took me. I thought all shopping was like this until I was about 12/13 and discovered the high street. *Shudders*

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Got to love American advertising. Straight the point. They also rent trucks too apparently. 

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This will be one of my proud achievements of 2012. For the first time, I actually finished a stack of pancakes from IHOP. Felt like I was going to die afterwards, but so proud.

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One of my holiday outfits. New Look dress and crochet waistcoat. Wore this to the Florida mall and btw that is my cardigan tied around my bag strap, not a massive scarf. Leaves both my arms free to browse the rails 🙂
 
So my week of sunshine has come to a close and I am now back in Manchester shivering while covered by my slanket (purple and the best thing ever). Back to work tomorrow. 
How was your week?
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So I may have visited a mall or two…

Three in fact including today. Though in my opinion American shops pale in comparison next to the British high street (biased no? :P) I did find some cute bits and pieces.

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Love Culture – $16.90
 
Ready for the nautical trend. Such a simple shirt that I will probably wear mostly with jeans but would look great with shorts and skirts too.

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Charlotte Russe – $24.99
 
Got a tribal theme going on here. Love the shape of this dress.

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Icing $18.50
 
This shop kinda reminds me of a cross between Accessorize and Claire’s Accessories. Love how unusual this necklace is!

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Forever 21 – $2.80 and $1.50
 
What can I say, I like robots! They will take over the world!
 
Forever 21 is like a Topshop with reasonable prices. The one in Florida mall is huge! I could have easily spent a day in there. Would have taken pics as I love the look in there but it was pretty much opening time and not many customers in so all employee eyes were on me. I know when to keep my camera hidden. At least after having to run away from Tommy Hilfiger as a fashion student, ha ha. 
 
Though I do love their clothes, I always end up going home with jewellery from there. I really need to pay a visit to one of their UK stores. Open one in Manchester please? For anyone who has visited both a US and UK Forever 21 – is there much difference in the store environment?
 
On another note, I finally walked inside a Hollister store. I’m not a massive fan of anything which is just plain with a brand across your chest – kinda makes people look like clones. I really liked the decor of the store though, if only they turned on the lights. Am I getting old? Really wanted to fill the place with vintagey clothes and unusual stuff as it was an amazing space. Please tell me I’m not the only one who can’t stand the place, ha ha.
 
I also bought a t-shirt, blazer and jumper but haven’t taken any pics yet so that will be for another time.
 
Have you bought anything nice recently?
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I’ve arrived in sunny…

Orlando Florida! 
 
It turned out that I had 6 days holiday to use before the end of this month and my family were going anyway so they got me a plane ticket! My parents own a holiday home out here that they rent out and they come every so often to make sure it’s still standing ha ha. I went from stepping out in the snow yesterday (in peep toe flats) to stepping out into the sunshine. 
 
So I arrived yesterday afternoon after a very enjoyable 9 hour 10 min flight. Both seats next to me were empty (score!), the food was good and I watched 4 films. Bridesmaids (not what I expected, but funny), Friends with benefits (enjoyable), In time (awesome), and Bad Teacher (not as bad as I heard it was). And yes, that is three Justin Timberlake films. Didn’t even mean to.
 
So my first meal in the U.S of A was in true american style, a big ass steak. Now in the picture, it may look small but I can assure you, it was big and can be only described as a beast! Though it took me awhile to devour, I’m proud to say I did it. 

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I’m here until Sunday so I’m off to soak up a bit of sun outside. Already went in the pool this morning. It’s a hard life!
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Top 10: Week 3

Been awhile since I’ve done one of these but here is my top 10 pretties in the shops right now. 

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I am lusting after that unicorn jumper. And not a bad price for one from Topshop. Will have to pop in soon and see how the fabric feels. Seems to be a new thing I do, must have lovely soft fabric. 
 
I adore the print on both New Look dresses, but the birdcage print on 7. really catches my eye. It’s hard to tell here but there’s cut out detail on the waist which is cute, but I doubt it will suit me. I usually run away from cutout detail. May have to see if I can either pull it off or wear it with a contrasting coloured vest underneath. Maybe even a long sleeved top for the current weather? Watch this space. 
 
Have you seen or bought anything in the shops recently?
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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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