Most Inspiring Places to Write in Manchester

It’s actually rare, as in once a year maybe, that I work on my laptop somewhere other than home. But, I do carry notebooks everywhere, and I’ll happily sit and write free-hand for an hour or two providing the environment works for me. So here are my top five places to write (digitally or by hand) in Manchester. In no particular order; Waterstones Cafe- to sit amongst all the books on the top floor of Waterstones on…

My Manchester on Instagram~ Part 2

I thought it was high time I shared another Manchester on Instagram post. A place to share some of my favourite Instagrammable locations in my favourite city and the surrounding areas. The first one I wrote back in April- find it here. As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram I do love a red brick! It’s such a big part of our heritage in Manchester. Below is one of my favourite shop fronts…

My Manchester on Instagram

I think I might make this a series but lets see how we get on shall we? I get asked about where I take my photos of in Manchester and its surrounds. I thought sharing locations here would be great, so you can go and check them out for yourself! First up is this gorgeous combination of walls and chairs. This is in Leaf on Portland Street in Manchester city centre. The space was previously an…

Incredible Interiors Manchester

Secret interiors tour of Manchester with some blogging mates? I couldn’t get throughout the Paypal checkout fast enough. I’ve known about these tours for a while, just never having the chance to to go on one. Finally the stars aligned, and I booked myself onto the Incredible Interiors tour. The tour is a walking tour around the city centre of Manchester and lasts two hours. I’m not going to tell you every place we went to…

Oliver Bonas comes to Manchester

The title of the post is a little untrue, because Oliver Bonas arrived in Manchester a few months ago. Situated in Piccadilly Train Station. Small but perfectly formed as they say. And it is- I just wanted more! It seems I got my wish.. The branch I’m taking about, I feel marks the true arrival of Oliver Bonas in Manchester. This place is huge. It’s three floors of OB goodness. This post is photo heavy, but…

Finding Refuge in Manchester

On a rainy Saturday morning in January recently, I had the pleasure of meeting a few blogger friends who also happen to be local to Manchester. Our venue of choice was Refuge, inside the Principal hotel on Oxford Road. I’d been hearing loads of great things about the rejuvenation, and lets face it completely brilliant restoration job, that was going on at the former Palace hotel, now renamed The Principal. The downstairs hotel bar and restaurant area…

Shop Small in Manchester

Sponsored post in partnership with American Express® As you know, I love where I live. One of the things that makes Manchester so vibrant is the small business scene that continues to grow every single day, with small shops and restaurants opening all the time. We’re coming up to Small Business Saturday this week, a day when people across the country are encouraged to get out support their local small business. That’s why I’m working with…

Emerald Street comes to Manchester

How many emails do you get that you delete without even opening? Scanning through emails has become something of an Olympic sport for me, I love clearing my inbox(s) of anything that isn’t of interest, saving the few I do want to open and read until last. One of those which gets opened frequently, and even more so now- probably every day, is the Emerald Street email. The reason I’ve been treasuring this email newsletter and…

Chairs on tour #styleyourcity in Manchester

Sometimes, something comes into my inbox which scares and excites me in equal measures. Taking a pair of chairs on a tour of Manchester- say what?! These photos are the result of that initial email from Italian furniture design house Calligaris. Pushing me out of my comfort zone, the brief was to take two of their chairs on a tour of my city, and “Style My City” with the chairs. As you probably know, I love…

Frog Manchester ~ Flower Workshop

Today I’m sharing with you my experience of a Frog Flower School Workshop, held in their studio in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. This post is photo heavy so you might want to make a cuppa before you start reading! If you have read my most recent newsletter you’ll see that I’ve been trying to be more creative lately. Doing something other than type at my laptop or scroll on my phone, which are typically the most active my hands…

Motel One Manchester- A Review

Hello and Happy New Year! I had a really relaxing break over the festive period and part of that I’m sharing with you today. We were lucky enough to be invited to stay at the new(ish) Motel One in Manchester as part of our wedding anniversary. Yes we got married on Christmas Eve Eve. Yes it’s probably a bit bonkers. Motel One is a German hotel chain with a unique selling point that is, “Great design…

Macdonald Townhouse Manchester

By happy accident I recently had the chance to stay the night in the Macdonald Townhouse on Portland Street in Manchester. The building is somewhere I’ve always noticed as it is rather grand and has a beautiful façade, its also on on of the busiest roads in the city centre. Formerly a cotton warehouse which was built in 1870, it now has Grade II listed status and is a four star hotel. It has been a…