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.

With this in mind, there’s plenty that’s brightened my world in the two weeks since my last Little Loves post: afternoon tea on a narrowboat, discovering red wine as a complete beginner, visiting bridal shops, #LOTD x Louise Thompson’s fashion launch at STK, Manchester blogger meet up and more. So, without further ado, here’s my last two weeks in review:


Tin Man. This week, I finally finished reading Tin Man by Sarah Winman and how I wish I could read it afresh. As I closed the book, I felt saddened that the protagonists of the story had lived their lives loving each other, but unable to be together. Novelist, Matt Haig, perfectly describes the book as ‘dripping with tenderness.’ I’m hoping to read, ‘When God was a Rabbit’ next, when my library reservation arrives. Have you read either?

Zest of Alice. In particular, her post entitled ‘Establishing Relationships and Expectations with Brands‘ from blogger and fellow digital marketer, Alice Fairweather. Waiting for my 6.10am train to depart from Manchester Piccadilly, I stumbled on Alice’s post via twitter and, working in a similar field, I was interested to read Alice’s view. I nodded along in agreement: establishing relationships is about being polite and showing a genuine interest in a brand.


Cabaret at The Lowry Theatre. John and I have recently discovered a shared interest in theatre, so when we were offered the opportunity to watch Cabaret, we knew it would make the perfect date night. Neither of us were aware of the plot line and we were intrigued to discover the show is set in the heyday of pre-war Berlin. Will Young shines in his role as the flamboyant Emcee and is curious to watch. Cabaret is funny and poignant, in equal measures.


Knuckle Puck. You know how excited I’ve been for their upcoming tour? Well, it’s been cancelled! In mourning for what could have been, I’ve sorrowfully listened to home-made films of their previous live shows over on YouTube.

The crunch of leaves. Arriving at London’s Euston Station, late afternoon, last week, we decided to walk the thirty minutes to The Strand. Dusk was falling and as we were to be in London for less than 24 hours, I bought a roasted hazelnut latte and stomped through the leaves enjoying the last remnants of autumn.


Time. I wish. Swiftly moving on…


Bodycon. For the first time in my life, I bought a bodycon dress to wear for the #LOTD x Louise Thompson launch at STK, in London. After seeing the collection, I knew the event was to be a glamorous affair and with the help of a friend, chose this black midi dress from River Island. Since losing weight, I’m trying to wear different styles but I still can’t quit dark eyeliner flicks teamed with red lips.

Joanie Clothing. Oh. My. Life. 40% off? I’ve lost count of the times I’ve worn Dina Dinosaur since my trip to Sheffield and after seeing the collection up close at their Christmas event, I couldn’t say no to bagging my favourite pieces from this season at almost half price. Investment pieces. To make my point, I wore last season’s tartan Clara dress to a wine tasting evening last night. Still love it.

And lastly…

I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend! I’ll be spending time in Liverpool, mainly to help a friend with her Gothic jewellery stall at the Winter Arts Market which takes place in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, and also to visit The White Closet to continue my hunt for the perfect wedding dress.



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  • Wow that afternoon tea looks amazing and sounds like you are so busy too. Good luck on the wedding dress hunt always a big challenge. Hope you find the one right away. Have a lovely weekend ahead. #littleloves

    • Donna Pilling

      Thank you – I’m hoping to stumble on ‘the one’ as easily as I found Mr Right 😉 You too, Jenny – have a lovely weekend!

  • Anna-Marie

    That afternoon tea looks delicious! Lovely Little Loves post this week, sounds like its been a busy one! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy wedding dress shopping! Popping over from #littleloves

    • Donna Pilling

      It was! Can you believe it was only £12.95 per person? Thanks Anna-Marie, have a great weekend too!

  • Rachel Murray

    What a great week you’ve had. Love the look of that afternoon tea, and those reading recommendations sound intriguing….will heading over to have a look. Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

    • Donna Pilling

      It was Morgana who suggested it to me, sure Tin Man will be the next blogger’s favourite and rightly so! Let me know what you think of it!

  • Tracey Williams

    Oooo I love a good afternoon tea and yours looks delightful. Cabaret sounds lots of fun and I didn’t realise Will Young was in it. Have a great time wedding dress shopping #littleloves x

  • Michelle Perticarari

    What an amazing summary! Thanks for sharing everything you’ve done, I just bookmarked Alice Fairweather’s blog post, and I’ll make sure to check out both books 🙂
    Those London shots are beautiful (but not as beautiful as the dress you wore on that event!) and last, but not least, hope you have an amazing weekend in Liverpool

  • Well you’ve been busy! That afternoon tea looked amazing. I’m gutted that I showed some restraint with the Joanie sale – was desperate to get my hands on their new jumpers! xx

  • Emma Farley

    All of the heart eyes for that cake! And I love Joanie. I had my eye on a top there for a while but as soon as it went on sale it went out of stock in my size 🙁

  • That afternoon tea looks absolutely delicious! I need to go there, my mum actually knows the lady who runs the narrowboat tearoom haha. And ‘When God was a Rabbit’ is a brilliant book, it was the first one I read by Sarah Winman and she’s great so I’ll have to give ‘Tin Man’ a go. Hope this coming week is a little less busy for you! xxx

  • Ah what a busy week, the afternoon tea looks so good, I keep reading loads about Joanie clothes they look fab, and I too love the theatre its the best form of entertainment and Cabaret looks great x

  • Mum Reinvented

    Hope you had fun wedding dress shopping. Will Young in Cabaret – I can just imagine how amazing he is. I love that dinosaur top. My little one is obsessed with dinosaurs, so he’d love it if I treated myself to one. Joanie clothing is relatively new to me, but I love what I’ve seen so far. Hope you’re having a good week. Oh and you’ve just convinced me to add Tin Man to my reading list x

  • I completely agree with you, Matt Haig’s take on Tin Man perfectly encapsulates the story. I hope you enjoy When God Was a Rabbit when you get your hands on a copy.
    I hope the wedding dress hunt is going well. I actually ended up getting the first dress I ever tried on. Nothing else compared to it xx

  • I am convinced, i would love to visit such an events! I think it`s a mind blowing idea…)

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