21 December 2014

Christmas Skirt

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Jacket- c/o Bank
Tee- Primark & Clutch
Fur Stole- Off my c/o NaaNaa Clothing coat
Boots & Hat- Boohoo
I have probably mentioned it before but I have never been one for being girly. Every year when Xmas party season comes round I have the same last minute panic about the glitter hell that I am faced with when I go to shop for my outfit!!
Although girly clothes are not my forte I do enjoy taking moderately girly things and putting an androgynous/grungy twist on them. I wore this skirt for my works doo with a black crop, statement necklace and my leather jacket. I also love how it looks here with boots....my legs were freezing and I was hungover so pat on the back to Tim for taking pictures that actually looked ok!

9 December 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year

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I love Christmas because....
1. The dark, cold, wintery weather means nights in front of the crackling fire and lighting lots of candles
2. When the sun rises on a frosty morning it paints a beautiful canvas of pinks and purples across the early sky
3. The Christmas markets arrive in Manchester and the city centre if filled with the smell of hearty festive food and drink
4. We get to decorate the house from head to toe in twinkling lights without feeling over the top

5. Mulled wine & Christmas Films
6. You get to wrap up warm and go for walks. There is nothing better than the crunch of frost under your boots
7. You can sink into warm bubble baths every night
8. I get to dig out my hot water bottle!
9. I can eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, tea and for supper
10. When I go back home my little village is always filled with Christmas carols and the tree on the green is covered in lights reminding me of when I was a little girl.

8 December 2014

Meet Bella

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Every year when I was a little girl I would blow out the candles on my birthday cake and wish for a cat. My wish half came true when our next door neighbours cat adopted us as his second home but I still always wanted one of my own.
Fast forward many years later and I am now the proud *slightly obsessed* owner of a 5 month old semi long haired tabby called Bella.
On a rainy Saturday a few weeks back we randomly decided to visit our local cat rescue centre. We had been there a few times before but had always left empty handed, getting a cat wasn't something we were going to rush into and I wanted to make sure we got one that was right for us.
There was a real mixture of gorgeous mogs there that day and initially we had our eye on a fat ginger tabby called Rufus...that was until we spotted a cage with 3 tiny fluffballs piled up on top of each other. At first we were drawn to the grey boy who with his piercing green eyes melted my heart but he was a nervous little thing. The girl explained to us that the 3 of them had been feral from birth and were still very apprehensive of people. I then spotted Bella (She was named Minky at the time) and my heart melted even more. It didn't take much convincing!! An hour later we were home with our new addition.
The first few days she hid behind the sofa and wouldn't come out...not even to eat. I was worried that she would be like that all of the time but slowly she started to come out of her shell and is now ruling the roost!
She absolutely loves rolling on her back and having her fluffy belly tickled and at the same time every night she brings me her favourite toy mouse to play fetch with. She is super affectionate and when me and Tim are lying on the sofa watching tv she comes and squeezes in the middle of us. Bella is also your classic keyboard cat and she definitely wont think twice about sprawling her fluff over my keyboard when I am trying to blog (she is doing it now).
Cheeky personality aside.....I couldn't have asked for a better cat

7 December 2014

NaaNaa Boyfriend Coat

Shirt & Jeans- Topshop
Hat- Boohoo
Boots- c/o Ash
Being impatient is one of my worst habits. This amazing coat from NaaNaa arrived yesterday morning and as soon as it came out of the packaging I dragged Tim to take some pictures.....hence the creases! My mother wouldn't be very impressed!!
Creases aside I am sure you can still appreciate how gorgeous the coat is, how beautiful is the colouring in the fur?  
I feel as though I am showing the same clothes over and over on my blog now. So much so I have stopped putting where things are from...you know the drill! I just get too attached to the staples in my wardrobe. Sorry!
This weekend was spent eating an insane amount of carbs and chasing the kitten out from 6ft up the xmas tree. Now the baubles are on Christmas has definitely come early for her.

30 November 2014

Chiara Jacket

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Jacket- c/o Chiara Fashion
Jeans- Topshop
Boots- c/o Ash Footwear
Hat & Bag- Primark
I'm not too happy with how these pictures came out bit we were in a rush in between doing the usual boring Sunday grown up chores and putting up our new 7 FOOT Christmas tree.
This evening I made our living room all festive whilst listening to the Now that's what I call Disney album. Perfection!

25 November 2014

Home Sweet Home Northern Quarter (Manchester)

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Even though I have lived in Manchester for 8 years now, I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to eating out. New restaurants keep popping up all around the city and old ones are begging to be tried. Home Sweet Home in the Northern Quarter has been on my list for some time now and after hearing good things from numerous different people, me and Tim decided to give it a go.
I wasn't sure what to expect but I certainly didn't anticipate what I was met with. On first appearances it looks like somewhere you would go to enjoy a slice of cake (I'll come on to that in a second) but in reality Home Sweet Home is quirky café meets American diner. The food comes in extremely generous portions and served typical yankee syle in classic red baskets. Pancakes and waffles adorn the breakfast menu and the milkshakes come in a range of devilish flavours.
Although I am by no means vegetarian, quite often my eyes drift to the veggie selection on a menu. On this occasion I was particularly drawn to the chilli bean burrito *served with cheese, lettuce, fries (inside), chipotle sour cream, guac mayo and pico de gallo*. I can tell you this little Mexican delight was delicious. Tim.....lover of all things meat actually had several bites, you know coz his giant chilli hot dog wasn't enough!!!!
To share we unnecessarily (but totally justifiable) ordered a side of jalapeno mac n cheese. Oh sweet creamy gooey cheesy jesus this was good. I loved the kick that the jalapenos gave it...perfect combination of flavours. And who doesn't love a side dish served in an aluminium cup!
Whilst I wrap this up I will leave you to drool over the amazing cake creations that are on offer for dessert (or to take out if your too full like us). Home Sweet Home are renowned for their incredibly bizarre cakes and take it from me....they taste as good as they look. And yes that is chocolate teeth you see in the picture above!
Have you been to Home Sweet Home?

23 November 2014

Glamorous Skirt

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Jumper- New Look
Boots & Bag- Primark
Hat- Boohoo
For as long as I can remember I have favoured skinny jeans over skirts and dresses. I still tend to steer away from dresses even on nights out but my skirt collection however is growing rapidly. I work full time in an office and find a lot of work wear hideous. But throw on a nice fitting skirt and your looking smart and stylish and you haven't spent your hard earned cash on horrible fitting black trews that never leave the office! I absolutely adore this A line skirt from Glamorous...it fits so nicely around the waist, it's the perfect length and looks so 60's...I love it. I also love this cowl neck jumper which I picked up in the New Look sale for ten pounds. I never wear pink but I thought it would look really nice paired with the skirt. Who said winter was just for black and white!

16 November 2014

Knee High Primark Boots

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Jacket- Bank
Everything else- Primark
I have always been an ankle boot kind of girl but I have recently been enjoying the over the knee trend that I keep seeing on other bloggers. I can't say for sure as I haven't tried any on but I don't think my short stumpy legs would look right in a pair. I came across these knee high ones at the weekend and fell in love. I definitely think they look a lot more expensive than £20...Primark outdid themselves on this occasion!

13 November 2014

Get More Vitamin Drinks

Get More Drink
This is a bit of a random one for the blog but I thought I would go with it as Vitamins are important kids!
After receiving a bottle of 'get more' in a goodie bag at the Rare London event a few months back I was contacted to see if I wanted to be sent some samples to blog about. Drinking is one of life necessities so I thought why not but then I actually read the email properly and realised these were just a little bit more than bottles of water.
The Mango and Passion Fruit Vitamin D drink actually provides you with 200% of your daily recommended allowance and you also get a bit of calcium in there too. I was told by the doctor a few years back that I had a vitamin D deficiency (I blame the UK and its lack of sunshine) and that I was to take daily tablets for the foreseeable future. Now...I am horrendously rubbish at taking tablets, I always forget to take them or take them for a week and give up! If I can get at least some of my Vits from a drink form then I can't complain and they actually taste pretty good. They get a thumbs up from me for quirky packaging too.
There are also 3 other flavour/vitamin combinations available if you fancy shaking up the vitamin intake a bit more!
Have you tried any of the 'get more' drinks?

(*can be found in most Tesco stores)

10 November 2014

Homeware Haul

Sign, Basket, Cushion and Wicker Heart- B&M
Postcards, Candle & Planpot- Ikea
Plant- Tesco
When you live in a rented house there is only so much you can do to make the space your own. Every now and again I like to spruce up the living room with a few little knick knacks, homeware shopping is my therapy and last week was a struggle so I took a few trips.
Last weekend it was to the mothership (*ikea) as it was a miserable day and I had a serious hot dog craving (if you haven't had one you haven't lived), obviously I couldn't depart empty handed so an obligatory candle made it's way into my basket along with these pretty postcards which I have now put into old photo frames.
The ultimate mothership for homeware however is B&M. I simply cannot enter that shop without buying something even if I don't need it. The 4 items pictured above all together came in under £10 which is insane if you ask me. You can't even get a door knob in most home shops for that!
When I am 87 and finally have a place to call my own there will definitely be a nod towards the Scandinavian décor that is floating around Pinterest at the moment. I love anything grey and neutral...my boards are slowly filling up with inspiration ready to go one day.