I started writing this post over the weekend before the events happened in London on Saturday night, and I think it would be wrong of me to not acknowledge them, and say that my thoughts are with everyone involved and been affected.
I was in two minds whether to post all of the things that made me happy last week, as I would never want to come across as ignorant, but it is important for us to still go ahead with our normal lives as much as possible, and fill the world with as much love and positivity as humanly possible.
No matter how much hate there is in the world, it will never win. The spirit of Britain is absolutely phenomenal and I am proud to be part of such an incredible community.
Love will always win.
1. Meal With Friends
On Monday night, we tried to prolong the bank holiday by going for a curry with a few friends in Altrincham. Because we’d all been to our friend’s wedding the weekend before, it was nice to see everyone in a less alcohol-fulled state. We went to Essence in Altrincham, which is one of our favourites and it was a really lovely, chilled way to start the week.
On Thursday evening, I met my lovely friend, Jacinta, at the market in Altrincham for a catch-up and a few drinks. The weather was absolutely gorgeous (yet your girl thought black jeans in 25-degree heat was a good plan…) and we sat outside the market, putting the world to rights: I always feel so inspired after spending time with her!
3. Double Zero
The lovely staff at Double Zero in Chorlton offered me a pizza for mentioning them last time on here, so me and Jordan decided to have a little date night on Friday evening. The great thing about this place is not only are the pizzas absolutely divine, but you can bring your own alcohol. We started with the antipasti board, which was a mixture of different meat, cheese and breads (which I 100% would eat right this second) and shared the Toscana (Calabrese and Italian sausage).
4. Barton Arcade Blogging Event
I got an email earlier in the week about a blogging event that was coming up on the Saturday at Barton Arcade in Manchester, about raising awareness for such a beautiful space in Manchester. If you’re not sure where or what Barton Arcade is, it is basically a stretch of shops inside a glass-roofed building linking St. Anne’s Square with Deansgate. We met at the Six & Flow offices, who were running the event and started with brunch at Pot Kettle Black which was incredible. The manager, James, brought over a selection of food for us to enjoy (and Instagram) and the staff were just lovely. We then had a wander around some of the stores before heading up to the roof terrace and breaking for lunch. Afterwards, we were treated to a wash and blow dry at Too Funky Hair and cocktails at Be at One. It was really lovely to catch up with some familiar faces and meet some new ones.
I wanted to mention this past of the Blogging Event separately as I thought it deserved some recognition. As a food lover, I was surprised that there was a tapas restaurant that I hadn’t been to in Manchester as I’m a massive fan of trying lots of differnt food at once. Lunya is situated on Deansgate, with the back leading into Barton Arcade and has authentic Spanish decor, and also a deli next door (where they have free samples of cheese and olives… just saying). We were lucky enough to be treated to 3 tapas dishes and a glass of wine each as part of the event. I went for the hummus, calamari and deep fried hake with bechamel sauce – all of which were amazing. Visit their website here.
6. France 2
This one is quite a random one, but on Saturday, I was interviewed about the memorial in St. Anne’s Square in Manchester for France 2, the French version of the BBC. I was asked by Jacinta to be a part of it the day before and I of course agreed as it is such a raw emotional part of my life right now. It was very surreal to be at the memorial, but also humbling to see what an incredible community Manchester really is.
If you’ve known me for a while, you will know that I used to be quite a big football fan, but in the past few years, I’ve developed other interests and that part of my life has kind of fallen by the wayside. That said, on Saturday, we had a friend over to watch the football and I really got back into it. I’m not saying I’m going to be cheering United on every weekend next season, but it was a nice reminder of something I was so passionate about.
8. One Love MCR
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. On Sunday evening, I was lucky enough to get tickets for the One Love Manchester show at Emirates Old Trafford. I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge Ariana Grande fan, but as soon as I read about what she was doing, and all of the amazing artists that were playing, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The whole show was absolutely incredible yet so emotional, but I was so glad I was able to go and show my support to the city I will always call home. My favourite acts were Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Liam Gallagher, but I also thought Ariana sang beautifully, and credit to her for putting on such an unbelievable show at such short notice.