• Inlifestyle, Manchester

    Date night at Pier Eight, The Lowry

    Most people won’t know that The Lowry is where John and I spent our first date – it’s our best kept secret, albeit unintentionally.

    On a cold, frosty Sunday morning, back in 2013, we nervously strolled along the quays until the warmth of The Lowry enveloped us and there we sat; two people pretending to observe the artwork of its namesake, making small talk and stealing fleeting glances at each other. I look back with fondness and remember that feeling of nervous excitement. Because of this day, over four years ago, The Lowry holds a special place in my heart. Read more

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  • Inlifestyle

    A London launch, hazelnut lattes and the end of autumn (#4)

    Life is busy, hectic, chaotic – these are the words I’ve found myself repeatedly typing in emails, this week, to friends, colleagues and fellow bloggers (albeit the latter with a shared understanding and sense of camaraderie).

    I’ve only myself to blame. This autumn, I decided to throw myself back into blogging and with it, Manchester blogger events. Combined with work commitments, it’s been utter madness! I’m learning to embrace it and to simply, go with the flow – life will catch up, eventually. Read more

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  • Intravel

    Join the World – 24 Hours in Sheffield

    24 Hours in Sheffield

    When it comes to planning a short break, I’ll be the first to admit that my first instinct is to travel in Europe and, if you don’t believe me, this year I’ve travelled to Lisbon, The Algarve, Calpe, Altea, San Antonio, Ljubljana and Lake Bled (the latter, multiple times for ‘wedmin’). It’s only in the past month that I’ve started to travel in England and more through necessity; London with work, then Falmouth to choose my wedding ring. Curiosity piqued, when I was recently offered the opportunity to ‘Join the World’ and discover England, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. And so, I spent 24 hours in Sheffield with Erica and Visit England. Read more

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  • Inlifestyle

    Creature of habit: Wolf Alice, more Tin Man and the start of Christmas #LittleLoves (#3)

    It’s been two weeks since my last little loves post and I’m hoping the adage ‘better late than never’ rings true. I’ve been living life and trying to find time to write in between (the irony of having a lifestyle blog and being too busy to write about it). The past month has been spent travelling around the UK, attending blog events and completing some urgent ‘wedmin’. Life has been a bit of a blur. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m looking forward to returning to my quiet, cosy life of evenings wrapped up in a blanket, with the fire on. Read more

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  • Inlifestyle

    Christmas Traditions to Start this November

    John_Lewis_Secret_SantaNow that Halloween and Bonfire Night are over for another year, I feel it’s socially acceptable to start getting excited about Christmas and the traditions it brings. We’re right on the cusp of the festive season (already, Christmas adverts are starting to fill our screens) so if, like me, you’re a lover of organisation here are some of the Christmas traditions I’m making a start on right now, this November. 

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  • Inlifestyle

    Falmouth tales, wedding stories & Facebook HQ #LittleLoves (#2)

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    Falmouth tales, wedding stories & Facebook HQ #LittleLoves

    So here we are, another week I’ve managed to record my week of #LittleLoves and, what a week it’s been – little old northern me has travelled over 1000 miles to visit Cornwall and London! 

    Without further ado, here’s my week in review…

    Read

    Tin Man. I wanted a light read (literally) to take to Falmouth with me, so I picked up Tin Man from my local library after reading Morgana’s thoughts. I wanted a book I could become completely absorbed in. The Amazon description promises an emotive read, 29 pages in, I’m already touched by the warmth and tenderness of Ellis.

    Maps, maps and lots of them. Tube maps, Google Maps and town maps – you name it. Let’s just say, navigation is not my strong point – nor John’s. On the Cornish road to Falmouth, we took more wrong turns than either of us would admit to. It’s been testing, to say the least. 

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    Watched

    Not a lot. This week, I’ve been I’ve been immersed in writing, reading and listening to music. With visiting Falmouth and London, I’ve barely switched on the TV apart from to join my morning coffee partners: Susanna, Piers and Lorraine. There just hasn’t been anything to entice me. Moving on!

    Made

    A very big decision by choosing my wedding ring. I wrote about the experience in my last blog post – it was wonderful! I’ll say no more. Go read it, if you haven’t already.

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    Made sustainable choices. I’ve also started to consider the balance of second-hand clothes that I buy, and wear, in comparison to first-hand clothing. I’m trying not to make unattainable promises without understanding the ratio. I’ve made a promise to myself that in November I’ll compare the percentage of clothes I buy from high street retailers, eBay, Instagram and of course, online. 

    Wore

    A smile. As cheesy as it sounds, I’ve been feeling a lot happier recently. Of course, it’s been a great week filled with travel, music and learning, but I feel like I’m returning to my old self. 

    Lotta From Stockholm clogs. Last Christmas, John wrapped up a new pair of clogs to add to my collection. I bought my first pair in 2013 and featured them in one of my first ever fashion posts here. I’ve never had a pair of T-bar clogs before, but they’ve quickly taken pole position in my twee-loving heart. It helps that they’ve garnered so many compliments. I’m trying to get as much wear out of them before winter comes. Look at how cute they look next to this mosaic shop entrance!

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    Heard

    The sounds of the sea. Being a town girl at heart, it’s not often I visit the seaside (I could if I wanted, after all Southport isn’t far at all) so to hear roll of the waves lap on to Gyllyngvase Beach alongside the squarks of seagulls was surprisingly delightful.

    A soundtrack of feminist punk bands who make an unholy, but glorious racket. With the 692 mile round-trip journey, I’d downloaded a variety of Spotify playlists which we abandoned for a cocktail of feminist punk. Priests and White Lung were the perfect companions to power through the evening drive. 

    Many interesting facts. I’m enrolled on Facebook’s Fast Track programme, essentially that means I travel to Facebook Ground Control, in London, to learn about best practices for paid advertising on the platform, including workshops on attribution, Facebook business manager, conversion and my favourite, creative. Wednesday’s session focussed on the importance of creativity when creating ads. I came away with a handful of facts that really made me think, my favourites: we only need to see an image for 13 milliseconds to identify it and importantly, we should be aiming to provoke an emotive response. It blew my mind. I started to consider the use of emojis in captions and the importance of branding. I’m still thinking about it.

    And, lastly…

    Now that Halloween is over, it feels socially acceptable to talk about Christmas. I cannot contain my excitement any longer! This week, I signed up for Janet’s thrifty Christmas gift swap and weeks previous, I’d joined John Lewis’ Secret Santa!  These gifts arrived this week, bringing a little bit of Christmas cheer early- my gift features pink, sweets and stationery. What’s not to love? Secret Santa, you’re a keeper!

    And, if it wasn’t enough that I’ve travelled to Cornwall and London this week, I’m off to Sheffield this weekend with my blogging pal, Erica, and Visit England. I cannot wait!

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  • Inwedding

    Choosing my wedding ring at Mirri Damer, Falmouth

    Choosing my wedding ring at Mirri Damer, Falmouth

    One of the first decisions made for our wedding was made solely by John when he purchased my engagement ring. It was a decision that could only have been his, as the romantic in me always believed the engagement ring should be the proposer’s choice. In choosing an engagement ring by Mirri Damer, he inadvertently chose the designer of my wedding ring too. 

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