Road Trip Diary Part 5: Shopping, Ruins & Soccer

Time for the next part of my road trip. Although we were still staying in York we drove all the way to Manchester (actually it’s just an hour but whatever :P) because my brother is quite the fan of Manchester United and he wanted to get a soccer jersey or whatever you call these things and he didn’t want to buy it anywhere else than in Manchester. First me made a stop at the Trafford Centre for some shopping and oh my gosh I’ve seen many many shopping malls in my life but this one must’ve been one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. It almost reminds me of a temple with all the pretty paintings, statues and fountains. After dragging my brother and dad around with me for 2 hours (they despise shopping) I put them out of their misery and we drove over to the Old Trafford stadium. My brother got excited like a little kid and before I knew what was happening I found myself in a huge store full of Manchester United everything. It took my brother forever to get everything he wanted so I had to sit there and wait and probably looked totally out of place. Guess it was only fair. I wish I could’ve seen more of the actual city of Manchester but we had to get back to York. I have to admit I was quite disappointed but hopefully I get to see the city some other time.

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So the next day it was time to drive on to our final destination: Durham. Until that day I had never ever even heard of that place but it’s somewhere up in the very north of England close to the Scottish border. As always we made quite a few stops on the way. Our first stop was Castle Howard. It’s pretty much a huge castle in the middle of nowhere. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many castles in so little time.

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Next we stopped by this little small town by the sea. I totally forgot the name of this (sorry. really wish I could remember) but it definitely was a beautiful place. We went on a walk by the sea side and had some ice ream. Yummy.

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Another stop we made was at the ruins of this incredible old abby. I thought it looked so cool and a bit creepy. Apparently it gave the inspiration for Dracula. I can definitely see why. Oh and I saw this adorable horse there. Isn’t it cute? I just had to take a picture. Gosh, I’m such an animal lover.

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Before finally making it to hour hotel we took one last stop at this upper old train station. They still run their trains with steam and the trains ration was actually used for some Harry Potter scenes. I think this is the train station they arrive at when they go to Hogwarts.Nevertheless it was pretty magical to see.

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This was the hotel we stayed in. It’s in the area of Durham and from what it looks like i’s quite old. It looks a bit like some old spooky haunted place to me and not just from the outside. Our room was pretty dark and there were weird paintings hanging on the wall. Plus it was in the middle of absolutely nowhere and I heard some really creepy noises at night.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post :) The next part is coming up soon.

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Sophie

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A Day In Town

Yesterday my best friend came to visit me over here and we had pretty much the best day ever. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we had so much fun. After picking her up from the train station I gave her a little bit of a campus tour and showed her around my University.

At around 1pm we went to have lunch at this lovely restaurant, where you can sit on a rooftop and enjoy a beautiful view over the city.

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Then we did a little shopping and I picked up quite a few things including these:

Loved this dress and it was on sale.
Loved this dress and it was on sale.

 

Some lovely scarfs and this gorgeous little notebook
Some lovely scarfs and this gorgeous little notebook

 

Bought my first crop top.
Bought my first crop top.

 

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A little while later we treated ourselves to some ice cream and went down to the river side.

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We sat there for hours just talking and enjoy the warm sunshine and the pretty view. It was just one of the best day in a very long time and it was over way to fast.

Happy Friday, lovelies!

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Sparkly Outfit for the Holidays

So we’re still on Christmas break and my family has decided to end off Christmas by going to a fancy restaurant. Now the question is always: WHAT TO WEAR?  You don’t want to be overdressed and definitely not underdressed.

Here’s an idea from me.

I’m wearing this party dress tonight but I’m going to turn it into an appropriate outfit for a restaurant by adding a few accessories.

One of my favourite dresses
One of my favourite dresses

I decided to match a pearl bracelet with it to make the outfit look more sophisticated.

Of course the right shoes are alway important! Since I’m going to a restaurant I decided to go with a low heel.

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Since the dress is strapless and that might be a little cold I decided to wear my sparkly little black jacket with it.

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As for the hair and make up…. I kind of wanted to create a messy hair look so I washed it and put it up in a bun right after to make it a little wavy. I also put one part of my hair like this Photo on 26-12-13 at 06.26 pm #3

I’m a fan of red lipstick and since it looks good with this dress I decided to go with red lipstick but a light eye make up.

No, my eye lashes are not fake!
No, my eye lashes are not fake!

So this is my sparkly and festive outfit for the holidays. I hope you guys like it. Let me know what you think!

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