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LAST month I moved to London for two weeks to intern at fashion business magazine Drapers. I thought that I should share my London photo diary with you, here goes!

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A group of us from uni had work experience lined up in London, so after our first day we decided to meet up at Pizza Express in China Town (unusual, I know!), for a meal and a few drinks. I have to say that I have never laughed so much in my life – the things we were discussing at the table was definitely not restaurant-friendly to say the least! Most of us had a really good first day, and we were eager to see what our internships had in store for us next! But not before a cheeky trip to Oxford Street with Gemma!

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I love Oxford Street at Christmas time – the lights brightened up the area, and for some reason (probably due to the fact it was Christmas), everyone seemed to be merry – I bet it was their post work drinks! After spending a while in Topshop, I decided to deter myself away from the clothes, and buy myself some of Lola’s famous cupcakes instead! They were so nice and I would definitely go there again! 

As an intern at Drapers, some of my duties included working on the Indicator, picture sourcing (as seen on the Show Calendar photo above), and I got to write for the website! It was a good experience as I have never written for a business publication, so it was good to know how it differed from consumer magazines.

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Being in London during December also meant that I could celebrate my 21st birthday early! My boyfriend decided to take me on a shopping trip on Bond Street and Oxford Street as a present. We stopped at Wasabi, our new favourite Asian restaurant for a chicken yakisoba and sushi! It’s so cheap and filling – I would definitely recommend it!

The celebrations continued on our final night in London. We headed to Yates for a few drinks before heading to TGI Friday in Covent Garden for free cocktails and dinner. It was again, another good night! Playing ‘I have never’ in a family-friendly restaurant was weird, but good fun at the same time! I also got a free chocolate cake slice for my birthday! (Which is always a bonus!)

Overall it was an amazing experience and it did make me realise that I could live in London if I did get a job there. It was good as well that my friends were there with me to share this experience! And I cannot wait for the next adventure!

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This weekend I went to Blackpool to sample the shops, the food and of course, Blackpool Illuminations!
Here is a quick post on what I got up to!

Apology
Big apologies for not posting a lot throughout the past couple of weeks! I have been very busy with uni assignments, work, my radio show and doing things for other blogs. However, I will be back in full form this week – I have plenty of post ideas lined up, I just need to write them! So stay tuned, and thank you for sticking with me and reading my blog, I appreciate it!

Outfit
Apologies aside, here is the outfit I wore. I decided to incorporate a bit of ‘goth’ into my look with the cross necklace (which later broke when I was in the arcades – gutted!), my vintage black cut-up Levi’s, vintage boots and my trusty Primark tights. I wanted to wear a cosy jumper to complete the look, so I opted for my polka-dot Primark number! Polka-dots are big at the moment with Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs including them in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections, so I had to include this knit into today’s look!


Jumper – Primark
Cross Necklace – Primark
Tape Measure Ring – Topman
Levi Shorts – Vintage (via Urban Outfitters)
Tights – Primark
Boots – Vintage

Savvy Spending
As soon as I arrived in Blackpool I marched to Republic to buy some more ‘uniform’ clothes. I had a quick dash around the small store and settled for this black and white star crop blouse for only £10!

This blouse reminds me of up-and-coming boutique; Numph’s white & black Luella Bat Print Blouse, from online fashion store My Label. I love this blouse, which is owned by top bloggers such as Gem Fatale and Carrie of Wish Wish Wish. However, I chose to opt for a quite different and cheaper version which I could wear for work. I would pair this with my River Island light blue skinny jeans and metallic vest top.

River Island was my next and final stop. Why you ask? I ended up spending a whopping £60 in there! I didn’t mean to spend that much, but I just couldn’t help myself when my eyes caught this lovely vintage-style black beaded dress!

I have been looking for a dress similar to this one for ages, and when I saw it, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bag this baby! I could wear this dress for nights out with the girls and special occasions. I could also make like Altuzarra and team it with a Miss Selfridge khaki parka – the possibilities are endless! Despite the fact these thoughts were running through my mind, my hand was still shaking at the cash desk. In my mind I was thinking: “Hello overdraft!”

Unfortunately as soon as I bought my new dress, my ‘sensible’ side started to rear its ugly end and I decided that £70 was enough to spend on a day’s shopping trip. Hey, I still needed to hit the arcades and spend lots of money in there!

Ooh La Laa Pizza Express!
Me and Ali chose to eat at Pizza Express for tea. Both of us had never been to Pizza Express before and heard lots of raving reviews from our friends, so we decided to give it a try. And boy, was it worth it!

I ordered garlic bread for starter, whilst Ali opted for the chilli version. The garlic bread was just the perfect size for a little one like me! Usually, when you order garlic bread in Italian restaurants you are greeted with a full on 11 inch pizza version! So I was happy when this one turned up on my table.

For mains Ali decided to have the chef’s special hot pizza, whereas I went for pizza with a vegetarian mushroom topping. I really enjoyed my pizza, despite not being able to finish it! After Ali ate his pizza, he decided it wasn’t hot at all – this is the guy who piles on extra hot sauce on his Nandos meals! So it didn’t really surprise me when he claimed it wasn’t spicy enough for him.

Even though we were both full, we decided to share PE’s chocolate fudge cake dessert – which we finished off within minutes of it arriving! It was so nice, and wasn’t as bitter, or ‘too chocolaty’ as I thought it would be!

Overall, I enjoyed my tea at Pizza Express, and would happily go again – although I would skip the starters so I can finish off the mains next time!

Blackpool Sights
After our meal, we decided to have a long walk along the Promenade and view the illuminations. We had also managed to catch the sun set!
Watching the sun set by the beach was beautiful and prepared us for the illuminations. I have never been to see the illuminations before, despite living nearer to Blackpool than Ali (who lives in Ipswich by the way!) So it was a nice experience to walk down the Promenade and take in our surroundings before hitting our last stop, Coral Island.
Coral Island is basically a casino, but with games, bingo and arcades. Me and Ali tried to win as many tickets as we could, so we could win each other prizes. We played Guitar Hero, went on the dance mat and played Deal or No Deal. In the end, Ali won me this cute Coral Island bear!

Overall it was such a fun and nice day out after handing in our uni assignment! We both enjoyed the illuminations, and of course Pizza Express!

Have you guys been to Blackpool? What do you think of it?