Holiday shopping is a real pain. I love giving gifts, especially gifts that are genuinely going to make someone happy, but the process of acquiring those gifts can be nothing but hassle (and an expensive hassle at that). This year, I killed about eight birds with one stone by doing my Christmas shop all in one go at McArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. Cheshire Oaks is located just outside of Chester and roughly half an hour's drive from Manchester; if you're not local, McArthur Glen have outlets outside of London, Cardiff, York and Nottingham, but Cheshire Oaks is the biggest of the bunch.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Sunday, 22 November 2015
Friday, 20 November 2015
Sort of... I haven't been much of a 'gamer' since my early teens, choosing phone games over consoles (yes I was climbing levels on Candy Crush for considerably longer than anyone else except my mum, yes I was obviously really dedicated to the Kim Kardashian game). I am exactly the sort of person who gets extremely into whatever game they are playing (you should've seen my Farmville), and since getting my hands on a Nintendo 3DS, my first console in forever, I fear I'm heading down that road once again. Nintendo is a brand everyone of my generation grew up with; from blowing the dust out of the very first Game Boy to play Pokémon, to accidentally smacking my dad in the face while playing 'tennis' on the Wii Fit. I never got a DS, or 3DS, when they came out (my last handheld Nintendo was a Game Boy Advance), so I was super excited to get started.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Monday, 16 November 2015
Thursday, 12 November 2015
Like every other ~young creative~ in the entire country I recently moved to London, but my heart is still in Manchester. I love London, but the worst thing about it is the nightlife. Sure there are dozens of fancy bars and great-in-theory club-nights, but in Manchester there's a night for everyone, any day of the week, and you don't need to buy tickets 10 weeks in advance. Manchester's night-out fashion is reflective of this: you could go to a student club in a t-shirt and trainers (if you are that way inclined, although I can't say I've ever been a trainers in a club kind of gal), or go full Deansgate weekend warrior in a bandage dress and heels that you will inevitably be carrying on the way home (if not before). As well as all that, people in Manchester do actually dress well, so here's a bit about how to do that...
Miss Selfridge's party dresses are, imo, their forte. A few weeks ago (and you may have noticed this if you follow me on Instagram) I was invited to shoot with Miss Selfridge for their brand new Dress Hub, which is based around the distinctive styles of four different UK cities. I'm representing Manchester, obviously, whilst super babes Olivia, Amelia and Jennifer showed off London, Birmingham and Glasgow respectively - how incredible are the photos and video with the cityscape projections?
You can shop Manchester style here, and if you're not sure which city style suits you best take the short quiz (and be in with a chance of winning a 200 quid voucher, too!)
*this post is in collaboration with Miss Selfridge*