Creative, quirky places in Manchester
One of my general life resolutions is to educate myself more about this island I live on. So when a long weekend between jobs came free, I hopped on a quick 2 hour train from LDN to Manchester to discover the city that everyone holds dear.
My boyf and I stayed in this lovely spacious Air bnb (as always) and it proved to be the perfect location for our ambles around the creative Northern Quarter. With lots of close streets, Manchester is the perfect city to get lost in and discover for yourselves. We fell into the Craft and Design Centre by accident (photo of the artists studios below) and came across more restaurants we loved the look of than we could ever have hot dinners. #GreedyPeopleIssues
On the evening we stayed in the city, we drank craft beers in a ‘tasting room’ basement and then popped to a jazz gig next door. Here are a couple of the favourite places we ate, shopped and drank in that are worth putting on your list. Then see where the night takes you!
A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of being paired up with one of my insta-Heroes (come on, we all have them), Xanthe B on a photoshoot in Notting Hill for Boden. With the task of capturing 4 outfits in stills and video, Xanthe called up on her friend Sophie at interiors shop and cafe Pedlars and it was there that we made ourselves a base.
With every outfit came the fun task of location hunting. From the street with Hugh Grants house from Love Actually (we didn’t even realise we were shooting outside the house next door) to secret colourfully painted walls, the cold and wind wouldn’t stop us finding those perfect spots!
Fancy Italian, Danish or Vietnamese?
In a sea of burger pop-ups and fusion food, it’s sometimes nice to go back to basics with some quality, authentic dishes from your favourite destinations. I’ve taken 3 restaurants from 3 corners of London with authenticity at their core…
When I heard that Uniqlo were collabing with my favourite shop in London (Liberty, dur), I whipped my proverbial pen out and asked where I could sign. Those iconic prints and I go way back. Still at uni, I managed to wangle myself an internship at the prestigious store helping out with the visual merchandising.
I ended up getting to know that Tana Lawn pretty well, popping into the print archive department and asking the haberdashery for swathes of cotton which I then draped and pinned around mannequins to look like clothes.
Fast-forward 5 years and I’m wearing slightly more sturdy versions of my creations created by Uniqlo. Take an early look at some of the pieces in their collaborative range before they launch at the end of this week!
Shopping, snacks and social handles
Last Saturday The Hoxton in Holborn, London watched the stumbling in of 5 fashion bloggers (that’s Kristabel, Carrie, Olivia, Dunya and I), their helpers, 5 fabulous assistants (Nadine, Rebecca, Kate, Ghenet) and many, MANY suitcases of clothes, all for you lovely lot to come and loot from later! #TheBloggersMarket was back!