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  • 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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  • 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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  • Inlifestyle

    Birthday Brunch, Knuckle Puck & Gorgeous Books #LittleLoves (#1)

    Year_of_the_FloodWith my fascination of documenting the every day it was inevitable that I would, one day, begin to participate in Morgana’s #LittleLoves series. With the premise being to remember those small, sometimes overlooked, joys that light up each week, I wanted to take my love of journaling one step further.

    So, here we are, and what a week I’ve chosen to start with as this week marked my 33rd birthday. With both of my closest friends being on maternity leave, we took the opportunity to go for brunch at Cobble, in Ormskirk (one of my favourite places to sip coffee and watch the world go by), talk weddings and lavish in new baby cuddles. 

    Read

    This time last year, I discovered Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and became immersed in reading more of her gloriously dystopian books. I was dedicating time to read, usually at the end of the working day. Now that I commute into Manchester, I’ve lost that glorious mid-afternoon hour to motorway traffic but I’m reclaiming it before sleep, starting with Atwood’s ‘The Year of the Flood’. Although I’m only 18 pages in, I have so many questions that have so far gone unanswered. From the first paragraph, I want to know: Why does the elevator no longer work? And, why, if Toby slips and falls climbing to the room, won’t there be anyone to pick her up?

    Watched

    The Great British Bake Off. I know what you’re thinking, didn’t we all? Well, no. This was the first episode I’ve purposefully sat down to watch (better late than never, huh?). I’ve surmised that Bake Off is essentially, watching people bake whilst you yourself eat cake with a few quips from Noel Fielding. This I can get on board with.

    How could I forget ‘The Layover’ – the gloriously, mind-numbing film I watched on Sunday evening in an attempt to relax before the working week. Billed as a comedy, the plot centres on two friends competing for the attention of a love interest when their flight is cancelled due to a hurricane. Bordering on slapstick at times, it certainly provided a laugh or two. 

    Heard

    After booking tickets for their December tour, this week I’ve continued my obsession with American pop punk band Knuckle Puck – specifically, their EP ‘While I Stay Secluded’ and new album ‘Shapeshifter’. Although it’s not quite as addictive, it’s a welcome addition to my Spotify playlist and I’m sure it’ll grow on me ahead of their Manchester show.

    And with the arrival of #StormBrian, who didn’t have the Arctic Monkey’s ‘Brianstorm’ as an unwelcome ear worm last weekend? That said, it did provide the perfect soundtrack to accompany the strong wind and downpours, as well as the perfect excuse to spend a slow weekend at home. 

    Made

    New blogging friends. It’s absolutely wonderful to meet bloggers who are very much on your wavelength and willing to support you – even though they barely know you. Steffany, the design brains behind boutique creative studio ‘Haus of Coco‘, is helping me to redesign and reimagine Polkadot Pink, bringing it up to date while staying true to my style. 

    Wore

    Recently, I’ve been investing in my work wardrobe making autumn/winter purchases mostly from online retailers. I work full-time in a creative office, so I have complete freedom when choosing how to dress.  This week, I’ve wore lots of new (and new-to-me) clothes. I took advantage of a 20% discount offer and invested in this polka dot Clara dress in a gorgeous burgundy colour and have used my staff discount to buy this smock style dress. I’ve decided that as I spend 37.5 hours a week in the office – I may as well be comfortable and presentable, while attempting to feel good about myself. 

    Lastly

    Following on from our trip to Lake Bled, Slovenia, John and I’s wedding plans are starting to take shape. As you know, two weeks ago, I visited Magpie Wedding _ The Show and this weekend, we will travel to Falmouth to meet with Mirri Damer (the designer of my engagement ring, featured here) to discuss the design of our wedding bands. We’ve never visited Falmouth before, but it holds a lot of sentimental value to John’s sister – who got engaged on Gyllyngvase beach, so to discover Mirri Damer’s studio is based there feels like fate. 

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  • Infashion, lifestyle

    SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW ft. JOANIE CLOTHING

    Joanie ClothingSOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW (ft. Joanie Clothing)

    Recently, a lot of my posts have featured Manchester vintage-inspired brand, Joanie Clothing – and for this, I make no apologies. I’ve finally found an affordable fashion brand that plays to the twee-loving side of my personal style and matches both vintage and modern pieces alike. 

    Even though I love wearing dresses, I’m finding myself drawn to Joanie Clothing’s cute and casual basics – which is quite unusual for me. Usually, you’ll find me throwing my money at dresses with quirky prints or detailed collars but it’s Joanie’s knitwear and denim basics that I’ve chosen to invest in. Which brings me nicely onto Joanie Clothing’s Sarah skirt. 

    (Previous posts featuring Joanie Clothing _ Joanie’s Wedding Photoshoot and A Little Birdie Told Me…)

    Not that I needed to buy more denim, but it’s become the stalwart of my wardrobe (I even wear denim for work – a definite perk of working in a creative office) so buying another denim skirt feels more of an investment than overkill. With its scalloped edges, Joanie Clothing’s Sarah skirt looks like it was made to be paired with my latest eBay find- this beautiful embroidered vintage blouse.

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    It’s been a while since I’ve found a true vintage eBay gem and I found this one quite by accident. Since changing to an office-based job from a field-based assessor, I’ve had little spare time to pop in the north west’s charity shops.  So, you won’t be surprised to hear that my finds have started to dwindle and I’ve turned to eBay for my out-of-hours fix of vintage hunting. It was whilst searching for Mexican style embroidery that I found this shirt. Complete with vibrant embroidered flowers, scalloped edging and an amazing 99p starting price, I knew I had to make it mine. Four bids later, I departed with the grand total of £4.60 and became the proud owner of another vintage piece.    

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    Joanie ClothingIt seemed like the perfect item to build an outfit around for Joanie Clothing’s ‘High Summer’ event held at The Vintage Beauty Parlour, Chorlton. Invited to view Joanie’s summer range, the event also promised hair and beauty make overs on the day from owner Bethany Davies and her fantastic team. As you can see, I opted for vintage curls teamed with subtle retro make-up. 

    As you may have seen from my Instagram stories taken on the day, I stumbled into vintage-inspired heaven and came out wanting the entirety of Joanie Clothing’s new summer range -it was inevitable, I guess. Let’s just say Meredith, Clarissa and Thelma are the sassiest girl gang about to enter my wardrobe array.

    Have you seen what’s new at Joanie Clothing? What’s caught your eye? 

    Outfit Details

    Vintage embroidered shirt _ eBay // Sarah skirt _ Joanie Clothing // Bibi shoes _ Orla Kiely x Clarks // Tan handbag _ Brit Stitch // Watch _ Orla Kiely //

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