Can you believe it’s mid-December? I certainly can’t! With Christmas shopping to finish, we decided to head into Manchester on Sunday. You could be forgiven for thinking it was an autumnal day. Truth be told, the sun was shining brightly but it didn’t last long before the traditional damp weather returned. Nonetheless, with the promise of a Common lunch, we drove into the city centre hitting the Northern Quarter first. 

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll have seen my favourite new shop, Fred Aldous. A wonderland of art, craft, haberdashery, books and curiosities encased under a bright and colourful  roof, you can see why I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. So much of our day was spent in the Northern Quarter in shops like Magma and Incognito. I’m guessing it’s no surprise that I still have lots of shopping left to do.  

// Dress – Vero Moda (via EBay) // Shoes – Primark // Cardigan – H&M // Brooch – Inherited from grandma // Coat – Topshop // Satchel – Cambridge Satchel Company //

Recently, I’ve been leaning towards the twee side of my wardrobe. Animal motifs, polka dots, hearts and collars have all been firm favourites. I love this micro heart and polka dot dress by Vero Moda. I bought it on eBay for a bargain price some time ago, I think it was about £5 and that’s including postage. For so long it sat unworn in my wardrobe, forgotten about. I can’t believe I haven’t worn it sooner! Even though the zip scratched my poor waist to pieces, I still love it and will be wearing it lots. This Izabel London dress is a ringer for it. 

Did you notice my brooch? I inherited this from my grandma, who was called Dee. Apt that my initial should also be D. Now that I’m settling in to my home (read: organised) I’m beginning to find hidden gems I’d forgotten all about. Why have I never worn this before? I’ve had it years.

With just over a week to Christmas day, I’ve got so much planning to do. Gift vouchers to buy, cards to send and my bag to pack for Edinburgh with Kirsty, Kim and Erica at the weekend. Eek! I’m ridiculously excited!

Are you ready for Christmas?
Will you come and wrap my presents? Please?

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