My London Bucket List – Part 15, For This Weeks Beverages? Central London!

Hey everyone, Welcome back to one of the final few episodes left on My London Bucket List! 

Just so you are all aware, there will be no Whatever Wednesday Until I return from Budapest on August 31st! I repeat NO Whatever Wednesday, just so you are all updated.

So, lets get on!


This day was a day of a lot of drinking and catching up, it was awesome.

I met up with our family friend Ellie. The last time I saw Ellie I don’t even think I was old enough to drive let alone drink; so being 21 and in the city naturally a catch up was needed with PLENTY of drink! Ellie has been living in London for a while now so she knew all the best spots to have a drink as well. 

We met on Oxford Street and made our way to Carnaby Street. I had never been to Carnaby Street but it was on the list! So we had out first drink there at a place called Carnaby Zebrano, a cocktail bar just off Carnaby. It was really lovely.

The sun was shining so we sat outside and we talked about up and coming holidays and how Ellie was going to Ibiza and myself Budapest! As it was a cocktail bar we consumed many. I had a Kiwi Cooler and Strawberry Sensation cocktail and they were as great as they sound.

I could now tick Carnaby Street right of my bucket list as well!

After a good couple of hours spent eating nachos and chatting shit we moved on to a place I’ve wanted to go for ages, Madisons at St Pauls. I know if you watch TOWIE or Made in Chelsea it’s a place you will recognise.

On the sixth floor of a shopping mall beside St Pauls Cathedral, Madisons is a Tapas and Cocktail bar. The view from the top is amazing, especially of the cathedral. When we arrived it was a bottle of Rose for the two of us which went down an absolute treat whilst we continued to catch up on life as we know it.

It’s definitely priced for London. Expensive depending on what you buy. I am used to a £7.50 bottle of Barefoot Rose so you can imagine the difference between that and the £28 bottle we bought! Naturally of course, the photo opportunities were not wasted either on the rooftop! 

After being asked to move due to there being a table reservation, probably for some glam Z list star, we made our way out and on to the next place! Walking past St Pauls and over the Millennium Bridge & the Thames, we didn’t get far before we stopped again. Too thirsty! 

We ended up literally to the side of the Millennium Bridge at a place called the Founders Arms. It was the time of day where everyone had finished work so it was BEYOND busy, getting a seat inside or on the balcony was an absolute no BUT, there was a gate which lead down to the side of the Thames and naturally as it was low tide, a sit on the sand was on the cards.

img_20180820_133206_151.jpgThe view was great, it was warm and the drinks weren’t that expensive either which made a change! We sat and chatted MORE SHIT like us women do and it was the best day.

After many a Pimms, shoulder sun-burn and so much catching up it could’ve been endless, we called it a day. 

It was a great day because I didn’t quite realise I was drunk until I got onto the tube. Thats when it hit me and LORD did it hit me. Brad and James had a good laugh at me when I got in the car in Watford, wasted and sunburnt. 

All in all ot was a great day of drinking and catching up with an awesome family friend. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.

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The Sunshine Bloggers Award!

Hey all, welcome to my post on The Sunshine Blogger award!

Just to keep you all in the loop before we get started, I travel to Budapest tomorrow! So there will be no Whatever Wednesdays until I return from Buda on August 31st! 


Its the Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Big thank you too IndefinitelyJ for nominating me! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it, Don’t forget to check out her blog featuring her life, her way!

So what are the rules?

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask  them 11 questions, different to the ones you’ve answered.
  • List the rules
  • Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo above on your post and blog site! 

So here are the questions that IndefinitelyJ asked me! I’ve been looking forward to answering these!

  • What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?

Don’t panic. There is no need to panic, if you can sort it out in the next 10 days? why worry. If it can be sorted in the next month? why worry. It’ll only make your anxiety worse.

  • Who inspires you the most in life?

My mum. She is an amazing woman. I actually can’t express just how much I love her and how much she inspires me.

  • What is your favourite podcast currently?

I don’t listen to podcasts! Although my boyfriend does and he talked quite highly of them. So I might have to give them a go soon!

  • What is the most important thing in your life?

At the moment? University. I am SO determined to be able to pass this final year and graduate with a good grade. 

  • What language would you most like to learn instantly?

SPANISH, DEFINITELY. I live for the language, its just beautiful and sexy all at the same time. I tried to teach myself at one point but I got far too distracted with life. I am considering having proper lessons!

  • What are you watching on Netflix currently (if you don’t have Netflix what are you watching in general?)?

The new series of Orange Is The New Black is definitely on the cards as well as Suits once I get back to uni! I am also really big into my crime dramas and documentaries. I’ve been watching Drug Lords and Lock Up, they’re really good.

  • How do you remain positive?

I usually have to tell myself that everything will be fine at least once a day. I also read a lot of quotes that are motivational or make you realise its not all bad. I also write and see family and friends to stay positive. 

  • If you could be anything what would you be?

An Author or a real and official Travel Blogger. Thats the dream.

  • You’re hosting a dinner party! You can invite 5 people, dead or alive, who are you inviting and what would you cook for them?
  1. Ariana Grande 2. Dua Lipa 3. The Queen 4. Gordon Ramsey 5. Conor Maynard.

Hopefully the benefit of inviting Ramsey would be that I don’t have to cook, but If I DID. It would be my signature Spaghetti Bolognese because its the only dish I am really good at.

  • What is your favourite book?

The Noughts and Crosses books by Malore Blackman. There are 4 books in the series and they are all phenomenal, I have read them twice! I couldnt put them down. A Close second is the Maze Runner Series too.

  • Where is your happy place, what is it, is it even real or is it a state in your mind?

My happy place is very real. Its the sea. Nothing matters once I am in that water, no matter where we are in the world, rain or shine. I am the happiest girl alive and there is no question about it.

So after answering all of those wonderful questions, the dinner party one being the hardest one to answer, I will now nominate 11 bloggers of my own for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

So In no particular order:

Go Check out all of their amazing blogs and content!

Please do not feel pressured to write this blog post, you do not have to if you do not wish!

Alright so next up is my 11 questions for my 11 nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

MY 11 QUESTIONS;

  1. Where is your favourite travel destination?
  2. What is your fondest childhood memory?
  3. You’re ordering Chinese! What do you get?
  4. What would you rather fight, A Horse sized duck or a Duck sized horse?
  5. What do you do to relax?
  6. What has been your proudest moment?
  7. Do you have a nickname? Share it with us!
  8. What is Your moto or quote to live by?
  9. Would you prefer to live in a country or in a city and why?
  10. Tell me about yourself in 3 words?
  11. What motivates you to blog?

My London Bucket List – Part 13, Taylor Swift & Friends @ Wembley!

ALLLLLL I was thinking was Jesus Christ I have done an entire year working at Wembley and I have NEVER been to an event in the Wembley Stadium! Yeah, I’ve done a Stadium Tour but that is CERTAINLY not the same as seeing someone live or a football game.

I went to a boxing event in the SSE Arena before, which you can read about here, but never the stadium. I was actually having this conversation with Brad as well. 

Well, as it happened. The following day I get a phone call from Brad from work;

“Fancy going to see Taylor Swift at Wembley Stadium?”

Snapchat-267383867.jpgOBVIOUSLY I wasn’t going to say no. Brad had managed to get some tickets from his workplace!!

It’s a little different to our usual Techno gigs at Fabric, but shit why the hell not! Tay Tay has some bangers anyway, Look What You Made Me Do is my JAM.

So June 23rd of we went to see T-Swizzle at her Reputation Tour!

It was a group of us from Brads workplace and even some of Brads family! We were pretty high up on the stands, and if you’re afraid of heights or get vertigo its probably best you don’t ever book these seats.

Regardless of where the seats were it was still a great view. You could just feel the atmosphere around you it AMAZING. People singing, screaming, chilling out, drinking, parents just sat wondering why they had to come, it was a great atmosphere throughout the whole show.

The stadium Itself was nearly full but not quite and upon arrival you’re given a ‘Present from Taylor’. Its a small wristband! BEST Idea’s ever as far as we were concerned. The wristbands lit up as the music played, flashing different colours too the beat around the entire stadium. All these different light up patterns spread around the stadium as she sang and it was amazing to watch! Snapchat-1432132129.jpg

The bracelets themselves didn’t stop flashing until two days after the gig. I thought they may have died the further away we got from the stadium but to our surprise they lasted!

The stage itself was huge with two protruding T’s into the audience, of course. BUT HAVING ONE STAGE WAS TOO BASIC. No, she had 3 and a LOT of blow up snakes to go with it. SLAY.

Her support acts were Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX, although we missed Charlie XCX which isn’t the end of the world, Camila Cabello was Phenomenal. The girl is just effortless in all that she does.

The show itself was amazing, Im going to post the set list below for you guys as well!

But personally, the BEST part about the entire show was without a shadow of a doubt, who she brought out mid set. 

She said that she wanted the whole stadium to sing, a song that was well known and would get everyone going. Boy she wasn’t lying, she sat at that piano and BAM, Angels, ROBBIE WILLIAMS APPEARED.

This was like a childhood dream and the fact I got to see Robbie Williams perform Angels live was just the icing on the cake. It couldn’t possibly have gotten any better than that.

ALL in all, it was an amazing night. I have Bradders to thank for the tickets, and Taylor Swift to thank for the experience. I wish I could do it all over again!

Until the next gig Wembley!


 

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SET LIST – TAYLOR SWIFT REPUTATION TOUR 2018

1. “…Ready For It?”
2. “I Did Something Bad”
3. “Gorgeous”
4. “Style”
5. “Love Story” 
6. “You Belong With Me” 
7. “Look What You Made Me Do”
8. “End Game”
9. “King of My Heart”
10. “Delicate” 
11. “Shake It Off”
12. “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
13. “All Too Well”
14. “Blank Space” 
15. “Dress”
16. “Bad Blood”
17. “Should’ve Said No”
18. “Don’t Blame Me”
19. “Long Live” 
20. “New Year’s Day”
21. “Getaway Car” 
22. “Call It What You Want”
23. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 
24. “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

My Met Gala 2018 Best Dressed

Best Dressed as judged by, me!

The Met Gala is a heavily anticipated event in the celebrity world and this year the theme was;

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

AND EVERRRYBODY BROUGHT IT.

There were so many amazing outfits and dresses and it was just SO Difficult to narrow it down to my top 5 girls, guys, couples, top brand, NO GO and Special Mention that I had a fashion overload. And its me, I don’t know all that much about fashion, but I know what looks good and what doesn’t for sure! (I need to take another look at my wardrobe).
So, lets get straight into to it!
(all pictures pinched from Pinterest & you can find my Pinterest HERE!)

TOP 5 BEST DRESSED WOMEN!

5. Rihanna wearing a Custom Maison Margiela

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4. Katy Perry wearing Versace

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LOOK AT THOSE WINGS, Anyone would be thought it was a Victoria Secret Fashion Show!

3. Zendaya wearing Versace

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2. Ariana Grande Wearing Vera Wang

 


Number one was a tough call between Gigi Hadid in Atelier Versace or Blake Lively in Versace, But Blake Lively’s dress just has that extra *OMPH* too it, so number 1 goes too;

  1. Blake Lively in Versace!
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I just Can not get over this dress. It is MAGICAL. SLAY.

NEXT UP,

TOP 5 BEST DRESSED MEN!

5. (And 4, And 3) Offset Amigos wearing Versace

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What, theres 3 of them! They gotta have a place each baby!

2. Andrew Garfield wearing Tom Ford

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Number 1 for the best dressed lads was not a difficult one at all.

  1. Chaswick Boseman wearing Versace, WHAT A HANDSOME MAN.
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BOW DOWN #Royalty

NEXT UP,

TOP 5 BEST DRESSED COUPLES!

5. Colin Firth and Livia Firth wearing Giambattista Valli

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Elegance and minimalism at its finest.

4. Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart wearing H&M

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GET BACK TO THE SUITE LIFE, COLE

3. Amal and George Clooney wearing Richard Quinn

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Although lets be real, Amal Stole the show.

2. Irina Shank and Bradley Cooper wearing Versace and Tom Ford

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*Just wow, Insert Heart Eye emojis here*

And For number 1, It was s tough choice between this pair and Bradley Cooper and his missus, but number 1 goes too;

  1. Hayley Baldwin and Shaun Mendez wearing Tommy Hilfiger
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Gorgeous Dress and suit, the two colours go so well together and the two of them presented so well. They look elegant and class.

So It is safe to say out of all the Designers that bared their debuts on the Red Carpet of the Met Gala, there was one brand in particular which stood out (Don’t know if you’ve guessed it yet but most probably judging by my choices), with endless beautiful dresses and designs;

OVERALL TOP DESIGNER OF THE MET GALA 2018

VERSACE

Donatella Versace, TALENT UGH.

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I loved every single design/dress by Versace that entered the Red Carpet and then some, they all stood out so much more than a lot of other dresses and suites put together and they were eye catching. They were the outfits that drew my attention way before anything else. DAMN STRAIGHT.
I wish I could afford Versace *cries*
Now, this is one we had to discuss.

My personal favourite No Thank you.

In terms of the theme this couple absolutely slayed it and realistically actually looked really good. But there was something about the pairs outfit which I could’nt jump into. I can’t deny they do look incredible, but each to their own, and personal I AINT FEELIN’ IT. Sorry Lana and Jared.

JARED LETO AND LANA DEL RAY IN GUCCI

I’m sorry, I just didn’t like it, sue me!

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Its just too much, thats exactly what it is.

And FINALLY; My Special Mentions, those who look PENG but didn’t quite fit the bill.

  1. Gigi Hadid wearing Versace

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2. Cardi B wearing Moschino

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I just can’t see past the boobs.

2. JLO Wearing Balmain and Tiffany Jewellery

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3. Winnie Harlow wearing Tommy Hilfiger

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Very calm and classic, but not really much going on, although the headdress looks incredible.

Thanks for reading guys!

Till next time

J x

My London Bucket List – Part 4: The X Factor Finals, Two 21st’s & Wishing I was Spanish

Hello and welcome to PART 4 of My London Bucket List!

This post is based on lot on heading out, please don’t judge me on my drinking habits (Jokes I don’t have any because I’m broke). So one day before i stepped into work I noticed the X Factor were at the SSE Arena in Wembley, Well I say I noticed but you couldn’t miss it! Extravagant people all singing and dancing, being interviewed and just generally warming up for Boot Camp auditions! Now the X Factor is sponsored by Just Eat, the magical food takeaway company, and of course Just Eat were outside the SSE Arena with a ‘Spin the Wheel’ and win game, so of course as I was bored before work, why not? Typically I spun the wheel, and managed to win two tickets to the final!

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So December 3rd rolls around and My Younger sister and I are off to enjoy the night! We stayed in the Hilton Canary Wharf. Its a very business orientated hotel but it was incredibly accommodating. We stayed in a comfy twin room, en suite and all other hotel comforts and it was lovely, we ordered room service desserts (of course) after the show and they were gorgeous and did not take long to get delivered either! I’d highly recommend the Hilton Canary Wharf to anyone staying in that area or nearby as my sister and I were heading to the Excel Arena!

So to the Excel Exhibition centre we went, The Excel is an incredibly huge building used for shows, presentations, conventions and of course the obvious, exhibitions of all sorts, so it is a large building indeed. But with perfect transport links arriving on the DLR at the Prince Regent stop, its really not difficult to get too at all, depending on which way you’re coming from you may even get to see the O2 Arena on your way!

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Once we arrived we were ushered to a ‘Pize Winner’ queue which felt pretty fancy. We were given our tickets with our seat number and row and send off into a Just Eat area with food, they took photos of you as you arrived with the X Factor background behind you, almost like a mini red carpet! There were lots of you typical corny X Factor photo booths and cheesy music, it was set up with park benches and a bit of fake grass, it was funky but we didn’t stick around for long before we went off to get a proper burger! FYI, I couldn’t tell you where I got it from, but it was amazing.

24312605_10210104814128715_8857701371266376113_nOnce being told at 16:50pm that the doors had opened and we could start queuing we were like Hell yes as we’d been waiting around for hours now, only to get in the queue and wait until 18:30pm. But it was absolutely worth the wait because the show was amazing and our seats really weren’t all that bad at all! Not only that but we got to see Little Mix, P!nk and Sam Smith perform live and watch Rak Su win the finals! (Sorry if I ruined it for anyone!).

Although I’ve never been a fan of the X Factor it was really enjoyable, and the Excel is an incredible building, so if you ever get the chance to see both either at the same time or separately, don’t hesitate!

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I’m at the age now where myself and a lot of my first are turning the wonderful 21 years old, Now legal and able to drink in America, how exciting. But turning 21 means a large session is at hand. My first 21st was a big one, Maddie’s 21st. I’m almost certain we 24312483_10210104807688554_7886318755466502035_nwere just going to wing it around London and just see where we ended up. We started at a friend (Mason’s, I’ve mentioned him before as a wonderful tour guide, sorry mase), And then headed to Old Street in London.

Now we had absolutely no plan at this rate. It was amazing. We started in The Craft Beer Co. literally nearby Old Street station, the atmosphere was great and it was relatively cheap as well consider how central we were! After consuming a few drinks and listening to some ultimate cheese music we then headed a little further down the road to a Bar/Club called Floripa! MY GOD was it expensive, £10 entry into this Brazilian themed club, but the vibe was amazing, the drinks were flowing and of course there was good music too! I paid £21 for two doubles, boy do I miss uni prices of £2.50 doubles at Superbull every Friday!! But the place was super cool, all summer themed with Floripa up on the wall with bright bulbs and a large dance floor that was absolutely packed out!

It was a good night that did end with being superglue’d out of masons flat due to his neighbours not liking how loud we were BEFORE the noise curfew of 11pm. 11pm may I add is when you should stop being too loud or noisy in a residential area in the UK. 11pm – 7am are the exact time. So we left at around half 10, to come back to a superglue’d door and no way of entry from 3am, to 5am. It was a pa-larva and a half but it was a great night none the less!

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My second 21st was in Watford for my wonderful friend Shannon, she was 21, we hit up Watford town and headed to Pryzm, a massive nightclub in the centre of Watford. With 2 floors with different music and a funky rooftop smoking area, the music is a main factor as it is amazing. Mixed with your typical chart music and house music that you’d hear in Ibiza it was a crazy night being picked up in a LIMO.

The best part of the night wasn’t just celebrating with Shannon but the fact that I also got to see some of my university friends, its nice to see them in/outside London and not in Lincoln for once! It was a really fun night, and Pryzm in Watford, for £7 entry, is where it’s at on a Friday night! Compared to Floripa where I paid that £21 for doubles I paid £6 for a double in Pryzm! I dont understand clubs sometimes but then Watford isn’t as central as Old Street in London!

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Now I saved the best for last! My wonderful friend Miriam turned 21 back in October and as she is from Spain it made perfect sense to go to the Spanish night they have at the club Tiger Tiger in Piccadilly, London! I went out with Miriam, Carlos who is also spanish, Alex, and Joanna who is Portuguese! There were a few more of us as well all to celebrate such a good night!

The club itself was huge with a large bar and dance floor as you walk in, flashing lights and what looked like a VIP Area up some stairs as you came in. The drinks weren’t too expensive, with a Double being £8-10, which isn’t so bad but also incredibly extortionate! Of course the music was your traditional and typical Spanish music, I discovered this night that I LOVE Spanish music and want to learn the Spanish Language. We discovered a second dance floor a little later on in the night and it was the best part of the whole night!

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We hit the club at about half 1 in the morning and stayed until the lights came up, I’ve never danced the way I danced in that club that night! It was phenomenal, it wasn’t just your boring typical trashy dancing you would see in a club, people were dancing traditionally and with partners and moving their feet and their hips like no ones business, it was an amazing place and atmosphere. When the lights came up even then the fun and singing didn’t stop as people were still dancing and singing, everyone was so merry and there were no problems at all, just like a huge family night, and it was a night I know I will never forget.

Shout out to Miriam, Carlos and Joanna for showing me how to REALLY move my hips to the wonders of Spanish music! I will be going there again one Wednesday!

 

The London Bucket List – Part 1, Camden, Primrose Hill & More!

So there is going to many many parts to this London Bucket list but I guess our first outing in London was the best place to start! I’ll be throwing in my trip to Wembley Stadium & the SSE Arena whilst Im at it too as it was a little before our first proper London outing!

So, You’ve found your way to the first part of My London Bucket list blog posts! I’ll be doing each trip into London and what we do from the bucket list on those trips!

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Now before Brad and I headed into London for our first proper outing with our friend Mason, I had a Wembley Stadium Tour AND we were lucky enough to be able to go to an event in the SSE Arena as well in the Wembley/Brent area!

20294075_10209290230204626_4748956707252157004_n.jpgThe Wembley Stadium tour was pretty awesome, I was lucky enough to get on the tour as part of my induction for my new work placement and It was pretty rad. With the tour being £15 each it was really fun! We started off heading into one of the tiers into the stadium, we were told loads of cool facts about the stadium, how many chairs and of course how many toilet where in the stadium. I’m not going to spoil it for you if you’re thinking of going but its a lot! haha! Then they take you through all the team’s quarters underneath the stadium, After walking down at least 10 flights of stairs we entered the team changing room and training roomS, physio rooms and finally the tunnel! The changing rooms all around the walls are football shirts with names on all around each room. The training room was really small but to have one in the stadium was pretty impressive itself.

20265020_10209290226244527_5408425040524119072_nNow the tunnel out into the stadium was pretty cool. As there was a large group of us on the tour we were split into two groups, almost like two teams, and walked side by side out of the tunnel like the footballers would and it was so much fun! We walked out onto the pitch and could sit on the chairs beside the tunnel for all the important people running the football teams. Talking about important people we also saw the royal areas! So where the queeny and all the royals sit during the games, and also where they have their meals before the game as well! Once we’d been shown around the entire ground we were taken and shown the artwork in the stadium which is made out of rubbish left by game goers once games are done! There were 3 animals and one being a lion which was made out of old team flags just left in the stadium, and made into art! Never heard or seen anything so useful or resourceful when it comes to tidying up and being inventive! Finally you can have a photograph with the cup and then you’re sent on through to the gift shop!

It lasts about 2 hours but is totally worth it,the entire thing is really fun, time flies and trust me you’ll definitely learn facts you never knew about at all! its pretty funky and I recommend it to anyone who has the chance to do a tour!

Another wonderful experience was an event in the SSE Arena next to the stadium as well. I’d managed to get two tickets to the Eubank Jr VS Abrahms fight that was taking place in the SSE Arena! Now I’ve never been into boxing nor have I really given it  a chance. But everyone at my work had also managed to get tickets so it was a really enjoyable group thing! And I knew Brad would enjoy it so of course I brought him along! I got to enjoy the experience with my man and my work friends so it was really good fun but as you can imagine drinks and food were expensive!

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IMG_7902Now we’re onto when Brad and I met Mason in London to see a little bit of London itself! So we headed away from Camden where we met Mason and headed to Old Street station where we had every intention of going to the small shop in the Old Market underpass/station area called Naked Dough. Originally seen advertised on Facebook as a place that gives you pots of scoops of cookie dough, and that it does indeed. And it was heavenly. It was laid out just like an ice cream shop and there were just some benches along the back wall where you could sit. IMG_7900I just had normal cookie dough and then a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough with a little Kinder Bueno on the side, Unfortunately I didn’t actually manage to finish my little 2 scoop pot as it was super duper sickly but it was another thing to cross of the list as I’d never been to a place like that before, and it was worth it being super yummy. It wasn’t that expensive either which was nice considering it was London, that and it was juat around the corner to the shop that only sold food with avocado in it?! one for all you avocado lovers there!

Once we had been to Old Street we went to The Shoreditch Boxpark! It consists of at least 20+ old shipping containers. The containers along the bottom were all things like vintage or hipster clothing shops! They were pretty cute, but one of them was a ball pit!! There were loads of cute little cafe’s inside these containers and upstairs the containers were full of different restaurants and places to get drinks! There were multiple seating area’s and it was a really cool place where you could just hang out in Shoreditch!

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We also headed to Camden Lock! Now I’d never been to camden properly before so we got to have a proper look around some of the funky shops on the road and also the food market itself! It was a really photogenic area of course and it smelt amazing of all the different foods! There were also other aroma’s floating around and if you’ve ever been to camden I’m sure you’ll understand what Im on about!

The food market itself is huge and covers 2 area’s beside the canal/lock. Shops and other little quirky items are also sold on their stalls in the market around the food. Although we didn’t get to have a proper stalk downtime windy backstreets of the market we knew we would have a chance to have a look next time we came! IMG_7904So we headed over the bridge  beside the lock which leads you the outside area of a whetherspoons and of course we had to have a quick drink to freshen ourselves up on our little look around.

 

Once we were nosing around Camden we headed to a large park area known as Primrose Hill. Primrose hill is beautiful because not only does the location feature in the programme I watch on Netflix Sense 8 Regularly, but Its genuinely in a lovely area and gives you a really nice view of London Skyline! It was really nice to visit an area in such a built up city that was spacious and where you could sit and just enjoy the view and the area itself!

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Once we’d visited Primrose Hill it was time to head back to home after a pretty fun and tiring day, Mason had been the best tour guide as he has been living in London for a while before Brad and I so he was the best help in taking us and showing us all these places!

So the first part of completing some of the things on My London bucket list have begun! Heres to hoping you’ll join me for all the other parts as well 🙂

 

Miami – Being terrified of scorpions, alligators & crocodiles. Star Island, Home of the famous and some HUGE houses.

The Everglades was an experience I’d really like to do again. We left the comfort of the heart of Miami to head a little way out to the Everglades to do a tour and try and see some alligators and crocodiles! It was a one of a kind experience and like I said I would totally go back and do it all over again. Firstly because the fan boats were so incredibly loud but SO much fun, they went a whole lot faster than I thought they would! And secondly, because we actually only saw one baby Alligator and that was about it!

I want to go again so that I have a little more of a chance to see some more of those water creatures I am so wonderfully afraid of! Although I say this now, chances are when it finally comes to going back It’ll be one of those things where I won’t see anything again. But the experience would be totally worth it.

 

We had a guide on the back of our fan boat, the boat sat about 15-25 people and we ended up at the back which meant we got given ear plugs because of how loud the fan was. Our guide was great, she was really talkative and open to all question and she actually got into the water at one stage of our tour where the water was only knee deep and all I could do was watch and listen and just PRAY that there was no creature with sharp teeth circling around her shins. It was pretty cool though when she just got back into the boat as if it was totally normal. But then I guess for her It was!

 

I could only imagine some of the beasts she’s been lucky enough to see on the huge area of water and grassland that is the Everglades! When we arrived back at the boat area we all piled out of the boat and headed towards a show area! Here we all sat around this large fenced area in the middle where another guide demonstrated how to tackle and catch an alligator or crocodile! I wasn’t the biggest fan of it, but it was so interesting to watch. And If I ever get into a spot of bother with an alligator or crocodile then I know how to handle it, because you know, its something I deal with on a regular basis in the UK… sure.

He also showed us other animals and reptiles and Its a safe to say GJ and I thoroughly enjoyed it when he decided to place a scorpion in his hands, pretty damn close to my entire body. The photographs sums up our exact emotions. BUT I did get to hold a baby alligator, and if thats not cool and totally doesn’t makes up for the fact he terrified me with a scorpion then I don’t know what will!

 

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When In Miami it would be almost rude not to do the boat tour of Star Island and all the other celeb inhibited areas! Although probably incredibly intrusive to those celebs that live on star island, some of the houses were absolutely out of this world. We went on the trip with Island Queen tours and it was honestly such a fun experience for our little trip.

The tour started in the harbour of Miami where theres also a huge market place! I bought a hoodie that said Miami on it and it lasted a grand total of one wash. I pulled it out of the washing machine and I hadn’t gone to Miami, I’d just gone to M-am- Instead, the letters had peeled of nicely!

 

We hopped onto this boat which had two tiers, it also had a bar with refreshments and an intercom across the entire boat so our guide could tell us who’s house/flat we were passing as well as all the other wonderful sights we did see. It wasn’t incredibly bumpy either on the boat so the journey was smooth. The water is such a clear blue when you hung your head out of the windows you could see all the jellyfish bobbing about in the water.

Not only did we get to see star island but you also get this totally different view of the Miami Skyline, all the cruise ships in the harbour were also massively impressive. It took us about an hour and a half to get around. We saw the houses that have been rented out by the likes of Kayne, P Diddy and houses that belong too Philip Frost, Shaquille O’Neall, Will Smith, Gloria Estefan and A few residents are women from the real housewives of Miami.

 

We also saw Fisher Island and Millionaire Row. Fisher Island is only accessible by helicopter or ferry and get people like Demi Moore and Bruce Willis renting the flats there. Plenty more famous faces still visit there too. It even has a golf course and a supermarket, I’d just never leave.

Nearing the end of the tour they take you under one of Miami’s main roads into the Port where the cruise ships sit and there were 5 HUGE big ships all docked. I’d never been so close to a cruise ship as nothing terrifies me more than cruise ships. But they looked wonderfully impressive from the outside, at a distance, in another boat that wasn’t a cruise ship. Much where I’d rather be!

 

We chose the best day for it too as there was no cloud in the sky! Overall I would totally go again, for the experience and because I enjoyed the boat trip that much!

 

 

Miami – Miami South Beach, Tiny Shorts wearing models & Nearly getting eaten by Sharks.

Miami south beach was my idea of perfect. I know I’m not yet travelled enough to have seen Thailand and Australia etc and I’m very sure my opinion will change once I do go to those places. But for now, Miami South Beach is my beach of dreams, its also where I realised I wanted to study tourism.

Our first day on Miami south was spent walking up and down the sand, not going that far into the water as there were swarms of jelly fish everywhere and watching a man nearly get eaten by sharks. No really,  he really did nearly get his ankles nibbled by a shark. But I shall get to that.

I was blown away. I love the beach. At home the beach is my happy place. So any beach that is more gorgeous than the seafront at home, which is most as its England, will never fail to absolutely blow me away. It had golden sand and the clearest sea I have ever swam in so far in my life. The lifeguard huts were even like ones you see from the movies. I fell in love. I won’t hide it.

This was also where I fell in love with the idea of working in the tourism industry. The influence of all the tourists and the sites that I saw as I wondered along the beach were something that made me realise that this industry was for me. So it really wasn’t just any old meaningless trip to Miami South for me because I decided my future. The best decision may I add.

One day I went for a wonder along Miami South on my own with just my headphones and I saw a stingray for the first time as it swam along the shoreline! I never thought I’d see one so close to the shore and because the sea was so clear it was so impressively large and swam so fast. i also saw a film crew filming someone who looked to be a male model, but its safe to say the swimming shorts were far to short for my liking.

The walk where the man nearly got bitten by the shark was an interesting one. I wasn’t on my own for this experience either so I had Imi’s shoulder to hide behind if I needed too. There was a a serious jellyfish problem at the time we were there so a few huge schools of fish were coming really close to the shore to feed, and following those schools of fish were some little sharks who wanted to eat the fish. Because they were so close to shore some man decided yeah Ill walk out into the water where the fish are, and the shark which you could see very clearly, and take some photos.

I think he realised the mistake he’d made when the shark spotted him and started to go for him and he was knee deep and humans running in knee deep water doesn’t always work in our favour. That and the shark was a lot faster than he was. So he literally JUST managed to make it back to the shallows before the shark decided he fancied fish instead of human for lunch.

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Honestly you know when you’re cheering someone on to win a competition because they’re winning and an opponent is just behind them and you get that rush of excitement and you’re alrmost screaming for them to win? It was a lot like that because we didn’t want his ankles to be devoured.

One day Imi, GJ and I decided we wanted to go exploring to the end of the beach where there was South Pier. The view of the coastline from south pier was literally something from a magazine, I was speechless. It made me realise Miami is a beautiful place. The other side of the pier was the harbour and I think what made it was when the disney cruise ship was leaving the harbour and they sounded the horn that played disney tune and I melted. It was an impressively large harbour and port which can hold up to 5 cruise ships! But I’ll get to that in my next post about our Star Island trip!

My stepmum and I also did a beach run along the boardwalk that they have along the top of the beach, almost like a promenade. That was perfect to run on. It was also incredibly hot, but really perfect for a 6 mile run as we went a little earlier in the morning! We tried to run along the sand but as you can imagine that wasn’t the easiest!

So the verdict from Miami south was that I’m going to live there one day and bury myself  under the sand so I never have to leave ever again. And go to Nikki Beach. 

 

 

Orlando To Miami – ROAD TRIPPIN’!!

We decided from the start of the holiday we were going to drive to Miami South Beach from Orlando as a convoy, two SUV cards both packed and ready to roll for the 5 hour journey! And it didn’t disappoint. Honestly I spent a majority of the journey wondering how the hell my parents knew where they were going. We did two initial stops, although there was a quick one because we got lost being adventurous.

162We’d been driving about an hour when we stopped for a toilet break and some breakfast,  Dunkin’ Doughnuts? Don’t mind if we do. The scenery hadn’t changed much; we could tell we were still in the depths of Orlando, but there was a lot less around as were were driving. Not as many buildings or places to stop and enjoy. So once we’d stopped at Dunkin’ Doughnuts and stocked up on munch and were satisfied, we were off on our road trip once again to the holy land.

A little further along the way more buildings and roads and cars generally appeared, which meant we were getting somewhere, and getting closer! We stopped for lunch on our journey to Miami at Palm Beach! I didn’t catch the name of restaurant we went to but we sat outside under a canopy and all 13 of us enjoyed a big lunch! Us younger ones went for a wander along the beach, there was a huge pier which I wish we’d had time to walk down. There were also countless volley ball pitches on the sand, which was awesome but I can’t play volley ball for love nor money. The food was lovely and it was a really good break in the journey as it was starting to get a bit tedious.

We got a little lost before we finally managed to make it to Miami. I could never have told you the route we followed but it involved looking at a lot of beautiful beachside houses that were impressively large. We had to make a stop to stretch the legs and figure out which way was the right way but we made it in the end!

I remember arriving in Miami and being absolutely lost for words. What a place is all I have to say. I would live in Miami if anyone gave me the chance because its hands down the place of my dreams. Beautiful beaches, houses, fast cars, better lifestyle, god If only.

One day hey! I’ll be writing about my experience in Miami from here on! These were some of my favourite experiences of the holiday!

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Orlando – Hot Air Balloon Mornings & A Beautiful Villa.

Orlando and Miami was a once in a lifetime holiday for me. I went with another two families and my own and we spent 10 days in Orlando at the parks and enjoying life and then a couple of days in Miami afterwards in absolute bliss. It was the best two weeks of my life in terms of travel, going to the disney parks, exploring Miami, what wasn’t to be loved.

This is that start of a very long Saga of blog posts, but only because there is so much I can write about, and I’m pretty sure those reading and those interested will enjoy it.

I’m going to go through Orlando, discuss the parks and what we did outside the parks too, then write about our road trip to Miami and how we stopped off at palm beach, and then from there Ill be writing about Miami and things like the everglades and star island etc, So theres a nice little summary of what is to come!

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The plane journey was your typical 8 hours, long haul, over night with no leg room. But I was with 4 of my favourite ladies for the duration of the flight and surrounded by families I also loved, so It was enjoyable. Not to mention the tears cried at the movies we watched on the plane #tragedies

Where we stayed was next level up the ranks I’ve never stayed in anything like it type of deal. It was phenomenal, very grateful to stay in such a place, waking up the following morning after going to bed and settling in with everyone the night before was really gorgeous as we stepped out onto the balcony of one of the bedrooms.

Usually an American flag flies too but this time it was also a hot air balloon! Lord knows why we were awake early enough to see the hot air balloon and gorgeous sunrise.

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We used rental cars from the airport so it was easier to drive to parks and to Miami together as a convoy. Lets just say the house was a pretty beautiful place, pool tables and ping pong tables to an actual pool. It was impressive, I never thought I’d be lucky enough to stay somewhere like it, especially with a cinema room too! I guess you get the picture, although just in case you didn’t, here are some.

Ive said it once and I’ll say it again, the house was beautiful and god was it a pleasure to stay in. I shared a bedroom with my friend GJ when we were in Orlando, we had our own en suite and wardrobe, and a bed that was beyond comfortable and huge, safe to say I slept like a baby when I did go to bed. I couldn’t even reach Georgia from across one side of the bed! Everyone had really gorgeous rooms and it was very cosy and homey. Its in a gated area, so its pretty pristine, everything house is slightly similar, all shapes and sizes too though, America is just so different to the UK its fascinating.

The villa was about 20 minutes away form the parks, not even that to be honest. It was also near a few restaurants that we visited like Red Lobster, we also went to an Italian nearby often too which was so lovely, We kept going back! If someone gave me the opportunity to stay in a place like this again I would 11110% say yes.

One day I’ll visit all 50 states #dreams.