Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dusk in FL

I miss this place. We took these pictures just outside the place we rented in Florida, in the early evening. It was wonderful, the dusk lighting created a lovely, peaceful atmosphere.

In these pictures I'm wearing ASOS high waist mom shorts with a striped top from Zara. Paired with my new Adidas Sam Smith trainers and a quick braid to control my windswept curls, it was the perfect casual day look.
Summer xx

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Diagon Alley, Universal, FL

The whole street was bathed in golden sunlight, cheerful voices filled the air, and every once in a while the roar of a dragon would interrupt the movie soundtrack playing in every street, putting everyone in a state of awe. The butterbeer was delicious, the chocolate frogs were tempting and the Goblins at Gringotts are extremely realistic. There are only so many positive adjectives I can use to describe The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal, in FL. Magical, overwhelming, beautiful, thrilling, delightful. I'm a massive Harry Potter fan, and as I wandered this place,  I desperately fought to contain my tears. (Others just let gave up after a while) All I can say is that this story shaped a whole generation, and it's impossible to not feel something when you walk among the cobbled streets and quirky buildings.

 I decided to dedicate a whole post to Diagon Alley.  (Hogwarts & Hogsmeade are located in Universal's Islands of Adventure, whereas Diagon Alley is located in another park.) The Hogwarts Express links both areas, and all you need to know is that it's the best train journey you will ever experience. I wanted to buy so many things there, and in the end I bought a Gryffindor mug, a huge blanket with the Hogwarts crest on it, and my parents had to drag me out of the shop before I could buy the cloak, wand and hat. I wanted everything.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Clear waters and blue sky - Sarasota, FL

The sand was just how I remembered it. Soft, white, and hot to the touch. The beach hasn't changed since the last time I was there, over 13 years ago. The water is so clear, and warm, it was so lovely to just completely let go, forget about everything for a moment, and let the waves carry me. 

Sarasota, FL
Holly xxx

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Florida Part IV - Universal

We spent three days at Universal, and it was just enough time to see everything. To be honest, I enjoyed Universal a lot more than Disney, I wish I could have spent another 2 days there at least. There's no way to accurately describe the feeling of walking around the park, all I can say is that the days I spent at Universal were probably some of the best, happiest days of my life. I can't imagine anyone going there and not enjoying themselves. Even if you're not a huge fan of the characters, fictional worlds, it's impossible to not feel a little overwhelmed and amazed at your surroundings. Being a pop-culture fan just made the holiday even more special! What we need to understand is that everyone is passionate about something, whether it be Pop Culture, Music, Sport, whatever it is, I've always believed that it's important to support each others passions, encourage each others dreams and most of all, never make someone feel ashamed for being passionate about something. That was the beauty of this trip, seeing people of all ages embrace who they are and what they love. You could feel the positive energy in the air, every single person smiling, brought together by a common interest. Because if we're not passionate about something, then what's the point? I couldn't stop smiling whenever someone walked past wearing the full Hogwarts uniform, or a whole family wearing Avengers t-shirts. And seven hells, everyone loves an awesome roller-coaster ride. 

 Today's post will be focused mainly on Universal's Islands Of Adventure, which consists of Marvel Superhero Island, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, Toon Lagoon, The Lost Continent & Seuss Landing. (Marvel and Harry Potter were my favorites!)

As Captain America, Storm, Spiderman, Wolverine & Cyclops came around the corner riding motorcycles in full costume, a huge smile appeared on my face. I'm a big Marvel fan, I have always loved superhero movies. I love the characters, I love their stories. As soon as Captain America appeared, we both jumped in the queue to get our picture taken. The Marvel Superhero Island in Universal's Islands of Adventure is amazing, especially the Hulk ride, and the Spiderman was probably my favorite ride of all. It was amazing be among so many people who love and appreciate something as much as you do. 

Needless to say The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter (Hogwarts, Hogsmeade & Diagon Alley) was overwhelming. Magical. Beautiful. The attention to detail was incredible. As a die-hard Harry Potter geek, I had tears in my eyes the whole time I was there. I was desperately trying not to cry during the rides, especially during our last evening in Diagon Alley. I will be doing a separate post for Diagon Alley as I have hundreds of pictures, and because Diagon Alley is located in the other park!