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Friday, 29 December 2017

Forget Settling

Untitled How many times in your life are you asked to settle? It's a simple six letter word but one that fills with me a little rage if I'm honest.

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Monday, 18 December 2017

7 Things To Remember On The Daily

Untitled Some days you'll be soaring on cloud nine, others you'll just wanna pull that thick duvet over your head and avoid life completely. So what do you do when you're feeling down? Remind yourself of the below. And maybe whack out that pack of chocolate digestives.

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Friday, 8 December 2017

10 Bars To Get On Your Manchester Bucket List

Untitled Whether you're new in town or just fancy a change, here's ten bars I happily back as places to go on your next night out. And no, I'm not recommending you do all in one night...



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Monday, 4 December 2017

5 Ways To Live A More Free Life

Untitled Our lives fly by at such a fast pace that sometimes, to feel more free, we need to take a step back and slow down. If you're feeling snowed under with lots of little things, here's five ways to live a more free life.



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Saturday, 2 December 2017

How I Got My Blogging Sh*t Together

Untitled I'm writing this post for a few reasons. One, I have all the notebooks, organisers and calendars in the world, and despite my best efforts, I'm not any more organised. And two, because despite that admission, I've scheduled my blog two months in advance. So with what few pearls of wisdom I have, I thought I'd share how I got here. Granted I've not won a nobel peace prize, but I have managed to achieve something, albeit small, that may help one or two along the way.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Review | Brunch At Browns

Untitled There's a universal debate on when breakfast turns into brunch. For me, anything 11am onwards qualifies as just that. So with our 11am booking, we visited Browns.


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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Mottram Hall with Spa Seekers

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Being a country girl, I love that I’m surrounded by acres of greenery, stately homes and sweeping drives. Chatsworth House is one I’ve grown up with and Lyme Park is practically just round the corner. Yet, I’d never been to Mottram Hall, so when an invite from Spa Seekers popped into my inbox, I was more than intrigued.
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Monday, 27 November 2017

5 Places To Get Work Done In Manchester

Untitled Whilst most of my blogging takes place from my bed (no lie), sometimes it's good to get a change of scenery. So if you're in Manchester and in need of some inspo, here's five places to get work done.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

10 Things To Do In Manchester This Christmas

Untitled It's the most wonderful time of the year: fact. So if you're in need of festive things to get you in the mood, I've got ten of 'em to make you more than a lil' bit merry in Manchester.
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Review | Hotel Gotham Afternoon Tea

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What I Thought Of My First Fizz Festival

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Now, if you're anything like me, you'll have seen an array of prosecco festivals doing their rounds on Facebook events. Usually they're in the next year and by the time it comes around, I'll have forgotten all about it.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Review | Masons

Untitled I'll hold my hands up and say I 'do it for the 'gram' more than most. If there's a pretty place, I'll wanna go. So when Masons came on the Manchester scene and images of its inviting interior snuck on social, it was on my visit list. But did the food match the fancy venue?

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Friday, 17 November 2017

10 Things To Do This Autumn

UntitledStuck on what to do this autumn? I feel ya. I'd be the first to want to hibernate until next season but stop what you're doing and try one or all of these things, because despite the darker days, there's a whole lot to do.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Review | Grill On The Alley

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Anyone who knows me, knows I love steak. If it's on a menu, chances are, I'll order it, and since moving here three years now, it's safe to say, I've tried most across the city. So any chance I have to try a new place, I take it.
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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Things I'm Sick Of Hearing...

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I knew I was different right from the get go. Sure I watched Disney like most other girls but instead of wanting to marry the prince, I liked Aurora from Sleeping Beauty for her wardrobe choices and because she got to spend a long time in bed. I love my sleep okay?

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Monday, 6 November 2017

How-To | Make Your Rented Flat Feel Homely

Untitled The renting game: it can be tough to turn your pad into your own. But don't fear friends, you can put your sassy stamp on your crib to take it from beige to beaut in no time.  

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Review | Love Thy Neighbour

Untitled Brunch. My favourite six letter word. And despite me being called out for calling a 10am Eggs Benedict brunch instead of breakfast, a weekend ain't complete without eggs on my plate. 'Love Thy Neighbour' for those unaware is a hidden gem located on Liverpool's vibrant Bold Street. I'd seen this place pop up on a few Insta feeds so armed with a day's annual leave, off we went.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Review | Blow LTD

App I'm the first to admit, I'm not a girly girl. But whilst nails are never something I spend much time doing, I actually enjoy getting them done. So when Blow LTD got in touch offering me an at home service - with the NBAs looming, I thought it the perfect time to road test the service.



Whilst my service was booked for me, you can select a range of things from massages, nails, hair and lots more before choosing your date and time. I'd say inviting a stranger into my home was weird, but having blogged for over five years, meeting people I don't know has become more than the norm.

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Luckily my technician was lovely and super easy to talk to. I was impressed at how much kit she had brought and despite me offering, she had everything you could need. I opted for a manicure - going for a girly nude shade so that it would go with everything I wore following. I really wish I was that girl that got excited about glittery nails and funky colours - but hey ho - this is who I am.



The service took around about an hour and was a lovely subtle touch to my look that night and for the rest of the week. And having the service at home was fab to not have to then factor in going to and from the salon before a big night out - one less stress to think about. Because whilst I love doing my own hair and make-up, nails is quite frankly where I fall down, so having someone else come and sort that part of my life out - gets full marks from me...
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Monday, 16 October 2017

5 Manchester Walks To Do This Autumn

Untitled Maybe it's because I'm from the country, but come the weekend, there's nothing I love more than stretching my legs and getting some fresh air. Autumn's the perfect time to get exploring new areas and to see some stunning scenery in between the seasons (tongue twister much?).
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Brunch At The Alchemist

Untitled When I think of Media City, I think of the BBC, ITV and The Lowry. But in the past month, two powerhouse restaurant come bars have sprung up adding yet another element to the waterside neighbourhood.


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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Junkyard Gold Manchester | First Street

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My memories of golf range from rounds of the mini kind when I was younger and trying (and failing) at the driving range and barely hitting a decent distance. Tiger Woods I am not. Luckily, when it involves a pun, a bar and some good times, you can count me in.
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Friday, 1 September 2017

L-O-V-E

Untitled More than too many people mock Taylor Swift for writing about her past relationships, but why? Adele's best songs come from her heart, and whether you guys agree with me or not, some of my favourite writing comes from 'within.' The world would be an awfully dull place if it didn't come from a varied picture that's for sure.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Hey It's Okay...To Fall Out Of Love With Life

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I love life. Many don't believe me when I say it, but I think of it like an engagement ring, not everyone will like yours or want it for themselves but as long as you like it, as long as you want to wake up every damn morning because you just can't wait to see what the day has in store for you - to hell with everyone else.



Whilst I'm a lover of life, I like to think I've got my head on my shoulders too and I don't always walk around with rose tinted sunglasses on (although I recommend you wear yours often as often as possible). Because life is a rollercoaster as Ronan Keating once famously sang - "you just gotta ride it." But at the same time, hey it's okay...to fall out of love with life.



You can fall out of love with absolutely everything and anything at any one time. A few years ago I was pleather obsessed and loved wearing my hair in the biggest beehive you've ever seen. I've fallen out of love with that now and that's just my life evolving. It can be something as small as that or it can be more of a life changing turning point. Maybe you've spent your entire life working towards what you thought you once wanted but you've been coasting along with an OK life but what's not OK is settling with your life if you're not absolutely in love with it.



Perhaps the career you've trained for and having been doing since day one doesn't light up your life anymore. That's completely fine. So do something about it. Maybe you're like me and have always had a list of things you want to do. I love photography, videography, interior design and writing so I hope that if I ever do fall out of love with what I do, I'll have a plan B.



You'll fall out of love with where you're living, with certain foods and even your partner. Look for the signs because guess what, it's time to make a change. What does your heart want? Shut off that head for a second. Maybe you've been living in the city for a few years but deep down you're yearning for village pubs, a garden for your dog and rolling hills. Perhaps you always thought you wanted to be a lawyer but animals are everything to you. If so, go do.



Falling out of love ain't bad. OK, romantically speaking it's like having your heart ripped out, but it's life's way of giving you a second, third or fourth chance to live your life to the absolute fullest. Don't ignore it, because that's slapping life in the face. Follow your heart and sometimes that's not where you ever thought it would take you, but maybe that's exactly where you need to be.



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Monday, 21 August 2017

Review | Blow Dry at Rush Manchester

UntitledRaise your hand if you hate washing your hair? I am one of those people. In fact I haven't touched my fancy schmancy hairdryer in over a year, which the girl I was a few years ago would shudder at. So when anyone offers to help me be a girl, I am all for it. Cue Rush Manchester

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

When's Too Soon?

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There's probably some blogger law out there that advises against opening a post with a question. But heck, it's the weekend and I'm throwing the rule book right outta the window.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Here's To Imperfection

Untitled When I was younger I strove for perfection. In school you're naturally encouraged to be the best, to get full marks on a test or colour perfectly within the lines. You're pushed at every layer of education to improve on your previous. Yet when was the last time someone asked you what you got in your GCSEs?
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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Review | Bongo's Bingo

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I remember when we first went to Bongo's Bingo. It was a team activity at work and when bingo was offered up I was a little apprehensive. I'm from a small village where bingo happens once a week on a Wednesday and it's never anything that lit up my life with joy. But Bongo's Bingo ain't your regular number calling.

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Review | Fress

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I'll admit it, once I have my 'go-to' places, it's rare I'll veer off that path of what I know and love. So when a new brunch spot was thrown into the mix, and when I say 'mix', I mean the group chat, I was in two minds. But I'm a 'say yes' kinda gal, so off to Fress we went.
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Pizza Making With Pizza Express

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You can't go wrong with pizza right? But can you go wrong when you make it yourself? Because that's the test we took when we were invited down by Pizza Express to have a pizza making party. Armed with beers, wines and prosecco - what would be the end result...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Review | Neighbourhood Liverpool

Untitled There's certain cities that I never tire of. Liverpool is one of them. Okay, so I suppose it helps having friends who live there but on paper, it's pretty damn special. The culture, the docks, the space, the people - I guess this is starting to sound like an advert for the Visit Liverpool tourist board, but I promise you, it's not.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

48 Hours In... Paris

Untitled So last week we mastered the art of spontanaeity. We needed a vacay, a trip, a break. So two days before we flew, we booked it. And by 'it', I'm talking about Paris. It's not the first time I've been and each time I've been, I've travelled there differently. But with each trip comes new findings so if you find yourself for the first time in the city of love, don't fret. Whilst you can't see allllll of the wonders this magical place has to offer, you can have a pretty good go at it. Get ready to clog up your camera roll and fall a little, well a lot, in love...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Oh hey, 26

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My big, little sister turns 30 this year. Today, I turn 26 and memories of a life before the working world, seem a mere memory. They say life flies when you're having fun and whoever 'they' are, they're bloody right.
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Monday, 26 June 2017

Manchester: My Edit

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I did a full round-up of all the places I recommend in Manchester a while back which you can find here but in the interest of those needing a narrow down, here are my 'if I had to choose' and make a bloody decision places. The ones that shape my home, hold a lot of memories and are damn good at what they do.
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Cocktails At The Botanist

Untitled Untitled If I could move The Botanist closer to where I live, I would. Every time I go, I get reminded why I should go more often, and that can only be a good thing. Quickly growing (there's 13 at the moment across the UK), you could be worried of a chain like effect on the empire, but with its attention to detail branding and homely interior, it's a venue that's got charm around every corner, and cocktails.



Over the past five years I've come to really enjoy alcohol rather than my late teens when its only purpose served was to 'get smashed', or as politely as you can put it. My current poison being a pornstar martini which tastes as good as it sounds, and if you've never had one, I recommend you try one next time you're out on the town.

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We nipped down to check out their latest updates to the cocktail menu - yep, I know, life's tough. Their Manchester branch is on the Deansgate stretch and is the perfect spot on a warm day to watch the city go by sipping a tipple, or three. First up we gave the Poppy and Pomegranate Martini a go. I'm a sucker for presentation with a pretty purple flower floating, it's a light and fruity option to start your night off. Next up was the Velvet Green Martini. I'll be honest, hearing any drink with egg whites in does sometimes send alarm bells ringing and with a rich green colour, it's not one I'd ever look at and think 'yep, that's the one for me' but appearances, like most instances in life, can be deceiving. It was deliciously refreshing and once the egg picture was out of my head, it made for a thoroughly enjoyable drink for a hot summer's day.

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The final one, after some nibbles of course, was served in a 'so on brand it hurts' terracotta plant pot. I said The Botanist did branding well, didn't I? And is named the Raspberry Disaronno Sour. I'm a big amaretto fan so it's no surprise that this one was my favourite, even if it was the strongest of all three for me. And yes it has that cool cold ice effect when it's poured, so you get that perfect Boomerang every time.



If cocktails are your thing then check these guys out - all I've got to do is convince them to open one in Ancoats...



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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Unwinding 101

Untitled Unwinding - seems simple but in a world full of juggling your job, partner, friends, family and ‘me time’, it can be harder than it sounds. Add that to living our lives on social media and switching off can be almost impossible. So in honour of my first day off everything this year, I’m doing just that, so here are my top tips and tricks to switching on that off button.



Write

Ok, ok, so not everyone’s down with the written word or putting themselves out there, but jotting down ideas, thoughts or simply what’s on your mind can unleash a whole lotta stress. And writing when something’s on your mind is the best kind, it comes from a genuine place and I know I do my best writing when something’s bothering me. One of my favourite blog posts came to me on a train back from London and I wrote it up in ten minutes on my phone.


Head to the country

Maybe I’m biased because I grew up surrounded by hills but heading somewhere green where the only noise is the odd bird can work wonders for your mind and soul. And you’re never too far away from those spots.


Go solo

Sometimes you just gotta cut ties with everyone and go somewhere solo. I prefer flying alone if I’m honest and just recharging your own batteries will clear your mind. That might mean a 10k run somewhere scenic, going for breakfast or heck, travelling abroad. Being around people is great but being okay alone is important too.


Read

If you’re stressed where you are, escape to some place new in a book. But not just any book, browse those shelves for hours finding the one that you won’t wanna put down.


Make those calls

If I’m ever feeling down or stressed, hearing the voice of someone I love turns my day the right way. Even if nothing’s new between you and them, a random and what seems like pointless call can be just what you’re craving.


Treat yourself to a massage

Research where you go beforehand and tailor your massage to your needs. Like most people, I carry tension in my upper body so having an hour of literally releasing those knots sends me to a good place and even to sleep sometimes…


Find your jam

Downtime music is always a good option. Make a playlist and blast it out when you most need it. I’m loving Tom Walker’s voice at the moment and Kodaline always get me.


Lie in

Sleep wins in most situations so if you can, don’t set an alarm, get some blackout blinds and a ‘never wanna leave’ duvet.


Switch it off

Technology is both a blessing and a curse but when it comes to unwinding, switch it off or at least on ‘do not disturb’ until you’re ready to face the world again. Same goes for your TV, avoid having one in your bedroom and use that space for resting and well, other things.


And just breathe

Sounds straightforward but focusing on your breathing can be the cheapest and easiest way to chill out.


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