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Florida day 4, Saturday: Wandering Wynwood

Yesterday. Saturday. Coffee break in Miami Beach at Paul’s – mum’s and Emma’s favourite café in Bangkok. We had to try it as well and it was delicious. The taste of pistachio was/is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

Bubba. Bubble tea. Wynwood.

We found Drake in the middle of the Art District. God’s plan? Who knows.

Miami forecast: sunny with a chance of sprinkles. Thanks, Taiyaki NYC Miami! That unicorn is going home with me.

There are a lot of cute shops around Wynwood with clothes that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the world. I fell in love with these. However, quite pricey. I bought a jumpsuit in another boutique though. I’ll show you in a separate blog post!

I like to look at walls and have too much time on my hands.

Aren’t we addictive?

Where there’s orange there’s joy. These flowers were so beautiful!

Wynwood Yard. Such a dreamy and film-like place. Food trucks, live music, palm trees and string lights. I heart Miami!

Look at these red lights. Obviously I had to stop – for dinner.

Downtown. Miami. Skyline. I had a wonderful day!

Florida day 3, Friday: South Beach, bringing the heat

I think I haven’t mentioned yet how warm and humid it is down here. When we got off the plane the other day I thought the stair thingy leading out of the aircraft was hot from standing in the sun. The heat really hit me when I stepped out but it turns out, it really is HOT here. I’m starting to get used to it now though (and I love it) but it’s definitely the opposite from Sweden; here you want to go out to get warm because inside you might actually freeze from the air conditioning. Quite funny. However, I’m very happy for the ACs, you certainly need to cool down after being out in the sun.

I’m just about to take a shower before we get on with day 4 in Miami but I’ll give you a Friday brief.

We spent half of the day at the beach thinking we weren’t going to burn after applying loads of spf 30 and even 50 in the face but of course we did. Two lobsters were later going for lunch and enormous drinks at a place called Sugar Factory right by the beach. We didn’t see any celebrities but apparently my drink was approved by Drake and Jennie’s by Pitbull. Ha.

Our next stop – Lincoln Road. Shopping. I got two basic tops from my favourite brand AllSaints and three cute and delicious macarons from Ladurée!

10 PM: Shake Shack for dinner with one of Jennie’s friends and then we wanted to go out but I didn’t bring any heels (because I don’t own any) so we ended up staying in the hotel room drinking wine and talking. Dress code is super important here. NO SANDALS! And here I was thinking mine from a Danish designer were cool enough to go out with…

Today we’re going to another hotel but we’re thinking about staying in Miami Beach for a while. I love it here! The Miami Beach Boardwalk was so pretty and the beach, the sand and the shells – perfection!

Florida day 2, Thursday: From Miami with love

Good morning guys! I just woke up about twenty minutes ago. It’s Friday and it’s 6:28 in the morning here. I keep waking up so early and I don’t get enough sleep. I’m not completely settled in yet but soon I hope!

Yesterday we left Fort Lauderdale and arrived alive in Miami! At first I went to get a mani and pedi at the cutest little nail shop called Luv Nail Shop in Midtown Miami. It was so pretty. I have never done my nails before so it was quite an experience. I feel so pretty now. I’m just going to have to nail the tan as well and then I’ll be ready to party! I don’t have any good pictures of the nails yet but I’ll show you in due time. I went for shimmery orange on the toes and light white/pink for the fingers. I also went for a natural look which is what I usually go for. I mean, I did not make them longer, I just told them to make the best of my own nails.

After the appointment we headed over to Miami Beach which is where we’re staying for two nights. We stay at another Hilton hotel on Collins Ave, right next to the beach which is where we’ll be chilling in a few hours if the weather is all right. I can’t wait!

Around 4 PM after check-in we went for a stroll down Lincoln Rd to get some food. It was the worst hamburger I’ve ever had! We were so hungry though because we didn’t eat lunch so we just picked a random place. Lesson learned!

Before we came back home (we were so tired after four hours of sleep the night before) we went for a little stroll to Whole Foods Market to buy some sweet things. I’m not big on the pictures here right now but they are being taken – rest assured. I just don’t find time to edit them all as I prefer to do. Make sure to follow @jubilejulia on Instagram in the meantime. I will show you more soon. Stay tuned!

Florida day 1, Wednesday: Jet lag

Both Jennie and I woke up at 5 in the morning local time which would be 11 o’clock in Sweden. I had to really force myself to go back to sleep. Not an easy one!

We spent the day shopping at a big fashion outlet called Sawgrass Mills. We thought we were going to stay just a few hours but we ended up leaving the mall around 10 PM. Ha! It was so big. There were shopping ”avenues” and you could go both inside and outdoors. I really liked it though. It was fresh and there were really good brands and discounts. I will be back at least one more time before we go home… I still have a couple of stores left to visit and I wouldn’t mind shopping some at Ralph Lauren Factory Store again. Such good prices! Actually, we didn’t even have lunch until dinner time around 7 PM… It was so big and we really wanted to see it all. When we finally made it to the food court where we started we ended up at Chipotle Mexican Grill. It was delicious.

As per usual, we took an Uber back to the hotel which is where I spotted those Ben and Jerry’s. Can’t wait to try them all. Ha. Later on we met up with two of Jennie’s friends and went out for drinks at Rhytym and Vine, and a place called Booze Garden.

I’m writing this the morning after. I slept for four hours… My body doesn’t want to rest here. There’s so much to explore and be excited about. Hopefully I won’t get too sleepy during the day… I’ll get back to you!

Touchdown Fort Lauderdale

It’s no ordinary day because me and my cousin just landed in the U, S and A! The flight was quite long with ten hours to kill but we did quite all right. Two movies, some sleep and a little chatting. Right now, we’re at our first Hilton hotel for this trip. My cousin, Jennie, works at Hilton in Stockholm and she arranged this for us. Cousins with benefits. Ha!

This is my first time in the States, it feels so unreal to finally be here. The heat and the palm trees, and all the American flags… Wow. I haven’t been abroad since 2007 (except from London). I am so excited!

I should be dead tired whilst writing this, it’s 10:18 PM here in Florida and it’s 4:18 AM in Sweden but we’re doing fine actually. West is best, apparently! I thought it would be worse. I guess we could sleep if we tried to but we’re making an effort to manage the jet lag.

Now, American pancakes!

We’re going to Miami

About two weeks ago I received a message on Snapchat from my cousin; she asked me if I wanted to go with her to Florida in mid-September. The answer was: ”YEAH”! Hence, in four days I’m leaving for Stockholm and in five days me and Jennie will be boarding a flight to Fort Lauderdale! I have never been in the States before so I am super excited. Jennie used to work and live there so I’m basically going there with a tour guide which is perfect. I cannot wait! I haven’t been abroad to palm trees since 2007 so I think I’m worth it. Although the everyday weather down there right now seems to be ”thundery showers and a gentle breeze” I think I’ll manage to get a tan as we’re staying there for TWO weeks and the UV is still very high.

The last couple of days in between work, the only thing I’ve been doing is planning our trip; watching Youtube vlogs from Miami and following lots of new local bars, cafés and restaurants on Instagram. Make sure to follow my public Instagram account @jubileejulia for updates! I will try to update here as well though so stay tuned!

Throwback

Just a few images from last year’s birthday celebration(s) in London that lasted for about three days! Friday: 155 metres up, the spectacular Sky Garden and pre-birthday drinks. Saturday: April 2nd and my 21st birthday, lunch with friends and a delicious homemade Swedish sticky cake. Sunday: unfortunately no pictures from the lovely afternoon tea at a new hotel nearby the O2 – with a fantastic view over to Canary Wharf and its skyscrapers!

Where I want to be

I may not always be in London, but London is always in me!

In love with a city

In this post I am going to reveal my true feelings about my London, but first I am going to let you know what I am up to right now, and the next few days. At the moment, I am in my flat listening to BBC Radio 1 which I must admit is severely addictive; once I have tuned in, it is nearly impossible to disconnect. Ha. I guess the combination of contemporary music, lovely British hosts and up-to-date news is what makes it hard to leave. Besides, it is the ideal mate when you are alone.

I am a person who knows exactly how to enjoy my own company. I had to learn it, the hard way. Today, I frequently choose being in my flat all by myself because it takes a lot of energy to make appearances. I easily get distressed by the expectations of others. However, those are surely just my own nowadays, yet as a result of others’ back in the days… I feel that I have so much to prove, so much to live up to and so much to be, that I may not have within me. Presumably one of the reasons that I find it easier to spend time with my elders – they are not as superficial. Anyway, I do not mind being solo. It is quite another thing to be/feel lonely – which is not really my case.

This weekend I have a dear friend flying in from Canary Wharf/London! I will see her on Sunday and I cannot wait. The last time I saw her was in September last year. I am sure she will bring a little bit of spring to our country. She is a ray of sunshine!

Ever since 2010 I have been visiting London and my friends there regularly. It has been a retreat, an escape from reality in a way and thus I associate London with sheer bliss. I always feel welcome and my worries are, without exception, left in Sweden; they certainly do not fit in my suitcase as I am travelling light, which is crucial when you are into London shopping!

I have my parents and siblings in southern Sweden. The rest of my relatives live in Stockholm. My friends are all over the world. In London, I left my heart. It was love at first sight. The diverse and friendly people, splendid architecture and a delightful overall atmosphere. Whenever I am not in London, I try to manipulate my senses in order to feel as much London as possible, simply, to feel good. BBC Radio 1 is obviously one of the tricks. Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley and Star Anise Body Lotion is another; a scent that I purchased in London and used there for the first time. Accordingly, I think it smells London. Movies, tea, Thomas Sabo Charms – you name it. I even take every opportunity to speak English. I may have been born and raised in Stockholm but just as you can be born in the wrong body, I was born in the wrong city!

Bridget Jones’s Baby

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I love watching films in London, no subtitles! Bridget Jones’s Baby was great, lots of laughs and crying as well. Hilarious. Emotional. Renée is brilliant and Colin is so handsome. Also, a lot of places that I have been to, Greenwich for instance as you can see above. I will tell you more about my last trip to London soon, stay tuned!