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…

CitizenM Shoreditch

You may have spotted on my Instagram recently, I took a trip down to London to stay in the Shoreditch branch of CitizenM. CitizenM hotel invited me down to experience the hotel and to share it with you, my readers. Their aim is of an inclusive global community of travel citizens; rather refreshing in today’s political climate. The brand focuses on good design but also on fun and affordability. They’ve worked hard to create a space that…

Ten Hotels to make you go oooooh….

This time of year I start longing for a little sun and some luxury, or maybe just a change of scene to get through ’till Spring. A girl can dream! I’ve come up with ten hotels where I would just love to spend some quality time. This is by no means  an exhaustive list, I could’ve easily come up with about 20 more. But ten will do for now. This is a “money no object” type list-…

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…

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…

6 Great Spots for Free From Food

It’s becoming increasingly common to be affected by food allergies and food intolerance’s. Whether it’s yourself, or a close friend or family member, it seems rife in today’s modern world. There are a few explanations for this which I’m not going to go into on here- after all, you don’t come here to read about scientific theory right!? As well as food intolerance’s and allergies, many people are becoming more mindful of what they eat, perhaps cutting…

Bringing your holiday home

So often we go on a holiday and have the best times of our lives, only to come back with just a tan and a handful (or phonefull) of holiday snaps to remember it by. Some of my best trips have been city breaks and I always bring something back from them. Often it’ll be a kitsch snow-globe as well as something random, like on my recent girls holiday to Berlin– I brought back a Frog Hook from an…

Whitby Pad Apartment

As you may know if you follow over on Instagram, I recently went on a family holiday to one of our favorite UK destinations Whitby. We’ve been to Whitby a few times now and each time stayed in different self catering accommodation. Our aim this time was to try and find somewhere that we’d like to go back to each time we come. Don’t get me wrong, the places we’ve stayed in previously were not terrible, just…

I popped my Airbnb cherry in Berlin

So Airbnb, have you tried it? Airbnb has been around for a while now and despite having a few saved properties on there I’d never actually stayed in one, until Berlin. I composed a shortlist of potential properties in Berlin on Airbnb and shared it with my three girlfriends, secretly hoping they’d all like my favourite. They did *phew*. The chalk wall where visitors have left little messages was a personal touch. The ceilings are high,…

72 hours in Berlin

So I’m just about getting back into the swing of things after my trip to Berlin. To be honest it’s taking a little longer than I thought it would! And this post is on the long side so make a cup of tea and get settled. We had a fantastic time. There is so much to see and do in Berlin that we’ve all come away saying we want to go back. I travelled to Berlin with three…

My Berlin Plans

Its been about four years since I’ve been away on holiday with my girlfriends and even longer since going abroad. So we have planned a weekend trip to Berlin. Berlin might not be the first place you’d think of when planning a girls holiday, but I’ve always wanted to go back after visiting years ago on a German school exchange. I was about 14 years old and it was probably the oddest and most awkward holiday I’ve…

Visiting Whitworth Art Gallery

Just this weekend I finally paid a visit to the revamped Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The gallery is somewhere I remember fondly from my childhood as well as later on, being a art student. I been here many times, but since its makeover I hadn’t managed a trip. I do remember always feeling like it should be bigger. And that in a nutshell (and understatement) is what they’ve achieved. I took both daughters and met a…