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Happy Valentines day

(Photo from my current work )

Valentines day is one of my favourite holidays and this year was even better than last . We celebrated yesturday as my boyfriend had work today and apart from the late taxi and awful rain it was a lovely evening.

We went to The Italian restaurant  Strada in Birmingham by the ICC  we allways walk past it on the way to my boyfriends house and for once i didnt have pasta …( Very rare for me ) i was adventurous and had chicken . : )

The food and service was really good but due to us running late we couldnt squeeze in desert which was a shame but we had seats booked at the Electric cinema to watch the strange yet beautiful Never let me go .( which i will mention in a different post )

I hand made my gift for my boyfriend this year which was two cusions with our intials on S and K .

All hand stiched and you can tell as Im not the best at sewing, but hey it was made with love …. theres ” i love u ” stitched on the K cusion on the back .

I recieved some beautiful flowers and L’ Artisan chocolates which are some of the best chocolates ive ever tasted !

Another great valentines day , i even got sent some love hearts sweets from O2 in the post saying happy valentines …..

Im hoping next year to be in our own home ( with those cushions sitting on the couch ! ) and my boyfriend to give me a little pug puppy with a red ribbon round his neck !

Yes im dropping hints for next year allready ! ha

Happy Valentines

x

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A late merry christmas a Happy new year !

Im writing in pain ( exstream back ache )and disgust on why it took me so long to blog mainly as time went to quick both christmas and new year is a blur it feels like i got a weekend off work and thats it…

All though i did get most of my christmas presents apart from the Jeffery Campbell boots or the dior compact ….. sold out  story of my life  so far this year…

My christmas day was presents with the kids, lots of food and monopoly , and boxing day i spent the evening visiting the rest of my family in birmingham and going to the lovely italian  restaurant Piccolinos with the other half  and the place is now my favourite restaurant !!! and then spent the eveining opening my loveley presents !!


My little brother and below me with my lovely Marc Jacobs necklace..

I night out with people from work followed by my sisters birthday which was the 2nd of january … my photos from new years are on my dads laptop but that was another family affair …

My little sisters 3rd birthday which included dance off on the wii  ! loved it !

My bag from camden market when i went to london which i now wear everywere !

And a new fur hat ! as my last one was stolen …. dam it !

But yes its a New year and my resolutions are as followed ….

1. Cancel the gym membership ! Cheaper to do it at home

2.Clean out my wardrobe and sell my old beauties

3.Sort out my work …and set up my website !

4.Plan at least 2 holidays

5.Save …Save….Save

Lets 2011 be a good year !!!

xx

My little Paris story

Well Where do i begin …. The coach trip was terrible and my experience with the Euro tunnel wasnt the most glamorous way to travel but it got us there and seeing that sun on the other side made me smile.

The weather was lovely But the hotel was basic …(don’t stay in an Ibis hotel if you go there … that’s all im saying,) but yes our first evening me and the other half went for a walk round and i felt so free… just strolling round Paris …yh i nearly got run over couple times but it was so refreshing to be somewhere new !

Everyone has told me before paris was dirty … well they obviously don’t realise there in Birmingham ! because i thought it was so beautiful the architecture of the apartments above all the bistros and bars are stunning with there balconies and french window shutters .. i was sold … i will live there one day !

But yes we went and saw the Effiel Tower and went down by the river and on the evening was taken to the latin quarter which was full of places to eat.. it took us ages to find somewhere but when we did it was worth it ! Food amazing i tipped quite a lot too . I think the only time i moaned was in the hotel in the morning for breakfast there was no tea left ! i know its so typically English but i always start the morning with a cuppa tea !

We did go to a great bistro where i had a black tea and it was lovely … only in Paris though soon as i got home i was like ” stick the kettle on babes and i want milk please !!”

The whole time i was constantly sidetracked by little gift shops even though most of them was the same i loved the trinkets ! Much to my boyfriends annoyance who was on a hunt for Colette ( Frances Selfridge’s ) the one shop he wanted to go to ! but seems as we was in the most “romantic city in the world ” i bit my tongue and even though we got lost , getting lost in somewhere you have never been like Paris is a great adventure.

One of the most beautiful sites i seen was a Just married couple sitting at a bistro i couldn’t tell you where because we were lost but it made me stand still and just stare , she was still in her wedding dress and it was an amazing dress so beautiful and strange at the same time … because no one batted an eyelid ?? Like it was normal ? maybe it was a photo shoot or something i dont know but another thing that surprised me was the children … they all looked they were born To model like given a contract for Gap when they left the hospital ??.. the little boys where so handsome and the girls where such little ladies and you saw no groups of kids or trouble makers it was like everyone just knew how to be civilised such a change from the UK ! .Another thing was everyone was on a cute bicycle or scooter!

I must admit the people there gave me some strange looks maybe its how i dressed ? a man even scared me to death , giving me a look as if i was a ghost and then chanting something !! very strange ??? But a waitress did compliment me on my Vivienne Westwood boots which made me smile .

This a view from the Tour Montparnasse the tallest building in paris and the perfect photo opportunity ! Unless your camera’s dead …. yes it happened typical ! so yes this is an iPhone picture but the views with my own eyes where amazing withe the telescope i swear i could see people s curtains in their cute apartments !

And yes we did eventually find Colette ! on our last day we were dropped into the north of Paris, which from what a tour guide told us is very Parisian and is known for its light-fingered thieves and tricksters. We was given an hour untill we returned to the coach for the journey home and rather than visit to the Sacre- Coeur unlike everyone else we took a quick snap and went running Past the Moulin Rouge in search of a cab to head for Colette !!

And it was an amazing store the boyfriend got his wish and some new trainers and i got some trinkets for the new apartment , we had a quick stop at Marc Jacobs and a cute french supermarket to pick up some snacks . Then began the race to get back to the coach before we was left stranded with no cases.. ( not that i would have minded …) And that’s when the romance ended the cab dropped us at the top of the Sacre- Coeur and its a long stair case down filled with pick pockets trying to sell you key rings or tie string round your finger telling you your beautiful … Suddenly i was mobbed ( slight exaggeration but there was loads of them ) my boyfriend was way ahead and my arms were filled with bags …and yes i admit i hit a gypsy lady with them as she tried to sell me something or tell me my future ! The boyfriend stepped in but i have still never rushed so much in my life only for the coach to be waiting for us, And then the long journey back home began.

But other than that … it was an amazing trip ! and we’ve started planning our next visit in April this time by plane and a nice hotel… you learn from experiences and this was a great one at that !!! All i can say that Paris is a beautiful , dignified, and romantic city and i cant wait to go back !

See you next year Paris

FIN
X

Paris !!!

Bonjour … i have been back from the Lovely Paris now for a week and started back at work , i would of posted as soon as i gt back but was ill ,,,( due to coming back to shitty English weather !! )

Well how was it ? …. erm Amazing wouldn’t even some it up !  i loved it i think one day i may call it my home , once i learn French that is  and hopefully after having a taste of what a lovely city it is i will try and learn fast.

This trip made me realise how narrow minded i had been towards learning another language , my excuse all these years is presuming everyone speaks English  right ? erm no everyone told me that everyone speaks English in Paris  ! well they dont and it was ignorant for me to expect them too  ( i know this ), French is such a beautiful language and im kicking my self for throwing the chance away at school to learn it !

Well here’s some photos …The Eiffel Tower

And  here is a picture of me that the other half took

This was on our last day to a visit to the Sacre- Coeur

And on the lovely tour bus  driving past the Moulin Rouge  !

(taken with  a 35mm Yashica film camera )

We went on a bank holiday weekend and everything was closed on sunday : ( so any shopping was done on the last day … ( got some goodies to show you ) but the food , sights and company was perfect .

Paris made my summer this year.

x

Easter Holiday Plan !

Well the holidays have started and if your a uni student like me , you’ve got 3 weeks to get all that work done that you didnt have time to do in term time… why ? … beacuse you were to busy on a bar crawl, pissed out your face missing your 9 am lecture ! ….. So if that applies to you what is your  plan ??… because  god help it i need one …

Not only have i got a job to go too … my social calendar is pretty booked up too a wedding, birthdays, nights out , baby sitting …. endless list aswell as loads of uni work… oh and a 3000 word essay which so far ive managed to get 30 to 40 words down … thats including title and my name ….. dam it !

There is also the endless sketchbooks of research i need to make …. so i have made a list

I brought this stick on chalkboard from urban outfitters and stuck it on my door to remind every time i leave to go work , socialise or go to lunch that i still have alot of work to do !!!…. and its also quite pretty  : )

Oh i forgot something of the list i have to make a website too !!! : O

My plan is to complete each one then rub it off within the 3 weeks break …. ! lets see if i can do it  wish me luck !!!

x

Summer please come now !!!

Summer could not come quick enough im sick of this boring weather wheres its not cold enough to wear 3 jumpers and look cool overly layered ….. but its not warm enough to go out without , tights, leggings or Jeggings…. unless its at night when all girls freeze their ass off to show their sexy pins ……. Anyway  All i can think of is going on holiday …. im 20 this year and apart from my dads wedding in Cyprus when i was 13 and the spain cruise with the jd girls back in 2007 i havnt been on holiday since !!!

How depressing…. i need a tan, the sand in between my toes , shopping in cute foreign shops and having my hair smell of the sea !!!   i need it all and since my plans to do camp america have come crashing down ! ( unless im a proffesional rock climber im not needed !!! ) Its my own fault for having a stupid out of date passport but hey theres allways next year to go…. so if im not gonna spend my summer looking after posh american campers what am i gonna do ????

Im thinking Egypt , Italy, Portugal, Florida  ? at least 2 holidays im thinking ?  …. im being adventurous or maybe just one big long one  !!  But all this internet shopping for one gives me a headache those compare sites arnt that easy to use as you think !!!!

I need to find a holiday before april and the quicker i do the sooner i can go holiday clothes shopping …. something that i love !!  I want to hit Topshop club tropicana collection and dress all bright and summery ……i love bikini shopping !!!

xx

Is it too late to say merry christmas??

Im really sorry for being such a shit blogger part of it is my fault for being so busy and the rest is some very sad circumstances…….

Were do i start …erm well 1st of all my lovely house became less lovely … to the point where i was hardly even in it i could go into details but its a long story and if you know me well enough you would have heard me complain countless times….. other than that i have some really bad news that has effected the blog quite significantly my beautiful amazing iMac apple computer was stolen for legal reasons i wont go into it but wow it has left a big empty space on my desktop and in my heart !!! lol it sounds sad but my whole life was on that computer countless pictures of my family, videos of my siblings, personal information, bookmarks of amazing artists..blogs and shops and most importantly priceless amount of beautiful future portfolio work of my photography !!!!

It’s just what i needed after an amazingly shit 2009 ….. being broke, failing my course, the worst summer ever, then uni losing my re submission work then nearly not even being able to go back to uni ……

Apart from being hit by a car it was the “best” worst ending to the ultimate shitest year in my life it was 2006 all over again …. even though now i look back at 2006 as a year i learnt so many lessons ( mostly about men … or should i say boys ?) i suppose next year i will look back at 2009 and realise that i learnt alot about the choices i make and the company i keep !!!

Well apart from all this horrible bad news i had i still have my ideas and my dreams so i can continue to make even more brilliant work….. i have my health and i have my family and friends and all i can say is when bad things like this happen it shows you who are your real friends !!!!

I hope everyone else had an amazing christmas mine was okay time of work was the best thing ever and seeing the little ones open their presents….. i got some Vivienne Westwood boots and jewelry off kevin and a necklace off anna all of it i love very much and then make up and bath stuff which is always lovely …..

No matter what happens keep smiling : )

love little tortoise x