Birthday Treats

My birthday was actually on Monday (the 25th), but seeing as I haven't actually made any posts as a nineteen year old as of yet, I figured I'd just share a couple of photos, until I recover enough from the events of the past few days (I'm quite convinced I've contracted some form of  'post birthday flu') to put together a slightly more cohesive post!
 
There are three All Star Lanes locations in London (I attended the Holborn branch), all of which have three aspects; as the name would suggest, they all center around bowling lanes - I'm not actually much of a fan of bowling, so they've never much appealed to me, but each location also contains a 50s-style diner and bar. Upon searching for a fun, laid-back location for my (rather extensive!) birthday meal, I was told the bowling wasn't actually a necessary component, so it seemed the perfect solution, and I'd definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a fun night out in London, special occassion or not!

I didn't get too many photos from the evening (and the ones that I do have are far from flattering, as you're about to see!), as I had some family in attendence as well as my friends, and it turns out 12-year-old cousins aren't the most reliable photographers, but I couldn't refuse them the oppurtunity to mess around with my camera a little!
 



I'd also like to take the chance to thank everyone who sent me emails/tweets & left messages on my tumblr wishing me a happy birthday, it's lovely that so many of you took the time to do so!
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Forever 21's London Launch Party

 
Ever since Forever 21 launched their Birmingham store late last year, I have been eagerly awaiting a London branch (in all honesty, before the location of the London branch was confirmed, I was genuinely considering saving up to head to the Bullring for a major shopping spree); and, thanks to the lovely Sandra of 5inchandup, on Wednesday evening, I was given the oppurtunity to attend the London launch party!
With Bip Ling on the decks (and fronting the launch campaign), fortune tellers, a very well-stocked teepee bar, roller girls, catering by the 'Meat Wagon' food truck (plus a lovely selection of old-fashioned pick-n-mix), and manicures by Wah! Nails, it definitely shaped up to be a great night, and I don't think the well-loved American brand could have done a better job establishing themselves on the London scene.
And then came the holographic catwalk show; by far one of the best representations I could have imagined of the brands' image, compiled into a few snappy minutes of high-tech 3D fashion which left everyone (in the viewing I attended, at least) in complete awe. Jewellery samples and accessories galore were piled into beach huts on a custom-made replica of the Santa Monica pier, giving anyone unfortunate fashionistas who hadn't yet been exposed to the retailer's products a great insight into their brand's image.

Forever 21 opens at 360 Oxford Street (opposite Bond Street tube station) on Wednesday 27th July; head over to Forever 21's EU Facebook page for more details and pictures from the launch!
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