My week 7

Didn’t do too much this week apart from go to work, sleep (I love bed) and catch up with the different series that I watch. FYI – I am now addicted to Once Upon a Time!

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My holiday nails. Look how bright and happy they are 🙂 I had to take it off today though, back to reality. I really loved this colour though so am looking forward to summer.

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I also got back into doodling this week and brought my sketchbook out of retirement. There was once point when I was about 12 when I wanted to be a cartoonist. In Florida when I went last year, I saw that they did short classes on how to draw the disney characters so I jumped at the chance – and dragged the bf along for the ride! I still have my drawings from then on my phone so I wanted to see if I could improve on them. I’m proud to say that I did these with no guide lines, just the picture of my drawing for reference.

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Stuff takes ages to load on my computer at work so I may have made George a little peacock tail thing while I waited. I don’t think Jim looks too impressed!

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While I was away, I missed the cats – especially cuddles with Rose. I really can’t wait to have one of my own. 🙂
 
Also watched some X-files with the bf and Claire (finally on season 5!) and succeeded in getting Claire also addicted to Once Upon a Time. This program is more WTF then Lost. I love it 🙂
 
And also a couple of hours ago I may have impulse bought something rather expensive… news on that when I receive it.
 
How was your week?
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Someone take me to Birmingham please?

I want to go to Forever 21. I didn’t get much time in the store in Florida so I would really like to spend some time in one of the UK ones. Unfortunately for me the closest one is in Birmingham. If you’ve been, what did you think?

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For now, I’ll just settle for browsing the website. Look what I found!

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Reminds me of the aztec trend and will go with everything.

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Love the leather detail on this bag – looks like a decent size too.
 

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How pretty are their shops? I wish I could have taken photos in the store I was in.

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Ideal for a subtle take on the nautical trend.

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I couldn’t find this on the UK website, but saw it in the store in Florida. How funny is it? I love Clueless!

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If only this dress had straps. So pretty.
 
Have you ever found anything cool in Forever 21?
 
Disclaimer: I have not been asked to write this review – I just like Forever 21!
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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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