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You’re in for a treat

Currently busy editing a lot of stunning photos from Florida – Miami and Fort Lauderdale. There are so many pictures! Here’s a little sneak peek for you in the meantime. Stay tuned!

LUV NAIL SHOP

First day in Miami I went straight to this beautiful salon for both a mani and pedi. I went for a natural look, white/pink colour on my fingers and a light orange on my toes. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of the nails in particular but I might be able to find a picture with my hands or feet in it. Ha! It was well worth the visit though. I mean, look at the amazing interior. It was such a calm atmosphere, a great place to relax. Besides, I am very fond of the name of the shop, “LUV” – inspired by self-love. So, I basically went there to give love to my body and myself. It is so important. Don’t ever forget to take care of yourself – because you’re worth it!

Florida day 11, Saturday: Lazy Saturday

After I’d spent more or less half of the day by the pool. Back-in-Fort-Lauderdale-burger-brunch. Second time at this place during our stay. Buergerfi’s Burgers were A-OK. Especially this one, The CEO.

Post-brunch Publix shopping! I just love how Americans take every season and tradition very seriously. Pumpkin spice everything and Halloween items everywhere. I hit the pumpkin shelves fairly hard and I do miss them in Sweden. Besides, I can only imagine what pops up in the stores now as we approach Christmas time. I truly believe you have to experience every season in the States to get to know the country for real and I would certainly not mind!

American essentials.

At the end of the day in our huge shared hotel bed with The Weeknd in front of us. It was such a great show and I had that amazing feeling in my body – being on vacation whilst listening to his amazing voice. It was a live performance too, it almost felt like we were there singing along with the crowd. Just lovely.

Florida day 10, Friday: Dim the lights down low

I’m back. Almost one month later after we arrived in Sweden. Ha. These shoes I bought on Thursday (28/9), or the evening before if you will. Tory Burch. How fresh? I found them at Sawgrass Mills (the big fashion outlet).

I put on the new espadrilles, clothes (although I didn’t want to because it was so hot) and some makeup. Jennie and I were headed for Happy Hour around lunchtime; white sangria for me and red for her. Cheers! We did two rounds, at least…

Back in Miami. I left Jennie in Fort Lauderdale and went straight to The Salty Donut in Wynwood. I had tried to go there two times already – the first time the line was too long and the second time it was closed. But this day, I finally got to try those delicious doughnuts!

The Standard Spa, Miami Beach. I loved the place. Such a great atmosphere and a beautiful view. I will show you more photos in a future post.

I finally got my coconut drink! It was high up on my Miami bucket list. A very interesting taste so it took some time to drink it and I mean, look at the size too.

Out and about.

Rooftop bar. Aperol Spritz. Pour decisions…

East Miami Sugar (the very name of the spot). Miami/Florida weather is funny. Forecasts say it’s going to rain basically every day. It never rains – except from five minutes here and there. So, one of the few times I got to experience the rain in South Florida was in this bar. Actually pretty charming, I’d say. And that would be all for today. I’ll try not to wait a month until next time!

A-a-aye, I’m on vacation

Hey! Our Floridays are truly amazing. I will keep posting about every single day here. However, I cannot update daily because I’m literally busy living. I will get back to you ASAP. Check out my Instagrams in the meantime: @jubileejulia and @jmll (public and private one). Have a good one!

Florida day 9, Thursday: Keeping up with the Larsens

Breakfast. KUWTK. Pool. A little rain. Sunshine again. A little shopping at Sawgrass Mills. Again. Chipotle. Again. Drinks. Again. Ice cream on the beach, in the dark. That was our Thursday. Summarised.

Florida day 8, Wednesday: Catch some rays

Poolside lounging! The pool is behind there somewhere, I promise. I was just too lazy to stand up and get a proper photo. When tanning in southern Florida it looks like you’ve been in the pool because you’re dripping… That’s how hot it is, and that’s also my explanation for not moving.

Ben & Jerry’s by the hotel pool surrounded by lizards and Jennie. Unfortunately, the pistachio flavour wasn’t as good as I hoped. It wasn’t even green but white. Imagine the disappointment. It was good though, but I probably won’t buy it again. I have quite a few other flavours to try before I fly back home to Sweden.

First ice cream, then lunch. That’s the way it goes, right? Hummus for two, please!

8 PM drinks in an Irish bar by the pitch-black beach. Since I live in Malmö I’m used to sunsets on the horizon across the sea. In Florida it’s the opposite. So, the water was completely dark, but it was quite cool to see the big moon and the lights from the large boats/ships out there.

Pizza for three! Jennie’s friend joined us for late dinner, none of us are pregnant. Don’t worry mum. Don’t worry aunt. We may put on some weight down here but it’s merely from eating. It’s cheap and it’s good!

Before heading out for drinks, we went to the Galleria Mall next to the hotel. Again. I bought three bras and I got this pink, cosy companion for free. He’ll be perfect for the flight home as a travel pillow!

Florida day 7, Tuesday: Let’s just play it by ear

I’m so healthy here in the States, sometimes I put orange juice in my champagne. Mimosa, Siggi’s Swedish style filmjölk, strawberries and banana for breakfast this morning. It was delicious! When I was a kid I used to call my grandmother’s adorable cat Sigge for Siggi. Obviously, I had to try one of his dairy products. Ha.

Jennie and I was planning on spending the day at the beach but ended up with free drinks in beach chairs at her old Hilton hotel where she used to work.

We stayed in the sun for two hours tops and I put on spf 50 and 30 this morning. Yet, I managed to turn into a blushing lobster again. The sun is crazy here. It’s lovely but you can’t stay for too long, just as you miss the heat whilst you’re inside with all the ACs.

For lunch, Jennie introduced me to Burgerfi. I’m glad I had chips (fries) because I truly needed the salt from all the sweating here. I’ve been searching for salty liquorice but it’s impossible.

We didn’t really have any plans for today. After lunch we went to a mall just next to the hotel and I bought this amazing limited edition pumpkin spice milkshake from Godiva. I may have to come back for more, that’s how good it was.

Heroes save. We spend. The first day here in Florida my straightener broke. It was so unlucky. Jennie didn’t bring hers because I was going to bring mine. Since then, both of us have been forced to rock fluffy hair. I couldn’t take one more day so today I got a new one in white, as per usual. Ghd straighteners are not cheap, but they are gold. I also got some more knickers from Victoria’s Secret because one can’t ever have enough.

Happy hour is the best hour. More food at a place called Blue Martini. Lobster tacos and something else with artichoke that was super tasty!

Before we left the hotel today we left a note to house keeping about wanting more schampoo and conditioner since we’re two girls with long thick hair that like to shower. We came back to this. Ha! We expected like two of each since it’s always been one of each but no, now we have five of each! It’s so perfect. Schampoo and conditioner galore, plus a new straightener. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Florida day 6, Monday: It’s a tough life but someone has to do it

There are cookies like these basically everywhere in this country. Although we didn’t buy any from this place, I’m glad that Jennie and I walk a lot down here. Otherwise, I’m not sure we’d make it on the plane back home.

We started our Monday with another stroll around Wynwood. There is a doughnut place that I’ve been dying to visit but it’s not the bake shop in the picture. The other day when we walked past it, there was a crazy long queue. Yesterday, Monday, when we went back – it was closed. I hope I’ll get to go later this week!

As we kept on walking we found this little oasis. So cosy!

Next up Target, again. Jennie was going to buy something for her brother, my other cousin, and I spent some time looking at the Halloween flavoured range. My favourite colour is orange and one of my favourite spices is pumpkin so we certainly picked the right season to visit the United States! I wish I could bring these Halloween Oreos to Sweden. I don’t have time nor space in my tummy to try everything I want to here. Ha. It probably won’t fit in my luggage either…

Back in the stunning Design District. I had another ice cream shop on my Miami bucket list.

Even these (whatever they’re called) are cool here with palm trees. We don’t even have any tree on ours back in Sweden.

Went into Longchamp. I am very fond of their bags and have quite a few of them. Unfortunately, European companies are awfully expensive here.

Yasss, Fendi!

We finally made it to the +21 ice cream store, Aubi & Ramsa. I obviously had to snap basically everything on the way there… Anyway, I had a champagne sorbet called ”Strawberries and rosé” made with Veuve Clicquot rosé. Delicious! Jennie went for a ”Dirty mojito”.

I mean look at the environment there. It was so hard to leave!

When I get filthy rich, this is where I’ll buy most of my shoes. There’s no point in arguing.

After leaving the Miami Design District it was time for us to go back to Fort Lauderdale. Little did I know Jennie was going to show me a typical American restaurant where the girls wore the shortest shorts I’ve ever seen. Ha! The food at Hooters was good though. I had nachos with a side of Long Island Tea.

This time around in Fort Lauderdale we’re staying in a Hilton hotel by the beach. As you can see, we have a pink month coming up – Breast Cancer Awareness month. The huge pink ribbon in front of the beach were to pretty not to capture. Besides, we could tell at Ralph Lauren last week as they are selling their ”Pink Pony” collection.

Coconuts!

The rest of the evening was spent in the hotel room with some bubbles and American news in the background. We bought some breakfast for today, Tuesday, just before we got back since it’s not included at this hotel. We have our own kitchen though so it’s really nice. I’m starting to get hungry now. It’s 9:46 AM. Talk to you later!

Florida day 5, Sunday: At MDD.

Sorry about the minor delay in daily Florida blog posts. It’s Monday evening right now but I’ll to start with an update on yesterday – our Sunday. After the hotel breakfast, still in Wynwood, we went to my new favourite store. Target! You can find basically everything in there and we did, although we had to come back later to actually buy things because we we’re off to the Design District.

Miami Design District/MDD is very modern and obviously crazy beautiful. Look at the trees!

In the middle of the Design District there’s a place called St. Roch Market which is like a food court but a bit more fancy – yet not too pricey. Just the way I like it!

I had to try the matcha soft serve in a coconut from Chef Chloe. It was just as delicious as it looks. Yum!

If you’ve lost your appetite recently, I’ve got it! Jennie and I figured lunch would be a good idea as well and trust me, it was! Hummus for me, bibimbap for her.

There were people selling things in there, at the market. All kinds of super cute things! I would have bought a pair of sunglasses if it wasn’t for the gold details (I’m a silver gal) and the fact that I’m already a proud owner of pink shades thanks to Le Specs!

At MDD. Lovely surroundings!

A very high-end area with all the exclusive designer brands.

After spending a few hours in the Design District we went back to Target to buy all the unnecessary stuff that we needed, such as makeup tools, sweets and four drinking mason jars with handles from Ball. It’s so much cheaper over here!

Next stop: Nordstrom. I had to get new knickers, panties if you like, since I didn’t bring that many. I also found a pair of pink suede Jeffrey Campbell heels on sale. I wasn’t convinced since I’m a picky one but Jennie convinced me. Otherwise I won’t be able to go out in the city of Miami so I basically had to get them. Ha. They do look better on though and they’re really comfortable.

By the end of the day, I was so tired from the night before so I spent the evening in the hotel room with pumpkin pie m&m’s and called it a night rather early.