Travel & Day Tripper Treats

Springtime is the perfect time for a short trip or even the (first?!) holiday of the year. The spells of sunshine we’ve had are like a tease of what could be. Making me want the feeling of the sun on my back more and more. Inspired by my slightly itchy feet I’ve come up with a Traveller and Day Tripper collection in my shop and wanted to share it with you here. Ah, the open road!…

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…

London Travelodge

Recently Mr OFS and I had a little jaunt down to London, actually together!! Its a rare thing for us, but the occasion was a U2 concert at the O2 arena London. Of all the bands and music my other half likes, U2 are his favourite. He’s been a huge fan since the early eighties and its fair to say I’ve now heard every song they’ve done. I personally prefer U2’s older back catalogue from the late…

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…

Best Vintage Cocktails in Manchester

This is one of those posts that I’ve been meaning to write for a couple of months but things kept getting in the way! As I’m sure you know I love a good cocktail and I love it even more more if the surroundings I’m drinking in are easy on the eye. A touch of vintage flair in the interior décor goes a long way in any establishment but in bars the vintage style adds a…

Eating in Manchester- blogger recommendations

As I’m sure you know by now I love Manchester. And food! The Manchester food scene is thriving and it can be tricky with so much choice, to know where to go. Did you know that the number of foodie outlets has shot up in Manchester by 57% over the last ten years, compared to London which reports growth of 32%. And it is still growing. So its no surprise that it often feels like there…

Staycation in Travelodge Manchester

Hello readers! I was recently asked by Travelodge to take part in their current #bloggerlodge campaign. We had a choice of hotels across the country but we chose to stay in our home town of Manchester. This might seem an odd choice, but for us it was an easy one, especially as it was just to be the two of us- Mr OFS and I. And when you’ve two little ones, a couple of nights away…

Train journeys- India in Colour

Have you ever been on one of those cross county rail journeys, like you see in the movies? No I dont mean from Manchester to London and back, I mean something much more adventurous. Something perhaps a bit grander like something from a Wes Anderson film. Something like the Orient Express and similar. I’ve always had my imagination captured by the idea of these journeys. Passing through the country overland, watching the scenery change from place…

The tale of the Heirloom Blazer

We all have items of clothing that are special to us. Whether its that pair of designer shoes you finally treated yourself to or that vintage scarf your grandma gave you… There are things in your wardrobe that are precious and speak to you of a special time, person or moment. I like to call these my heirloom pieces- things I’ll pass down to my girls when they are older. I’ll tell them the story of…

Things to do in Whitby

Whitby is one of my all time favorite places to visit. The North East coast, the British seaside attractions, the landscape and the history, all combine to make a certain kind of flavour that some people (me included) cant get enough of. We went recently and I thought I’d share with you my top things to do in Whitby. Go and spend time near the sea. Might sound obvious this but looking out at the see…

A visit to Grand Designs Live

Saturday just gone saw me off to London at the crack of dawn for a trip to London to visit Excel and the huge exhibition that is Grand Designs Live. The lovely people at Vaillant had invited me down to explore their visionary renewable energy options, and of course for me to explore what Grand Designs Live has to offer. I’d not been to Excel for years- and had forgotten how massive it is! There was…

Bringing the 1940s to life at IWMN

The 70th anniversary of VE Day is on May 8th this year and the Imperial War Museum North is putting on a fantastic day of 1940s activities to celebrate. On Sunday May 3rd, ahead on VE Day, the IWMN will be bringing the 1940s back to life. There will be a vintage beauty parlour and lindy dancing as well as artefacts on display for the first time. A new archive film compilation depicts VE Day celebrations…