This has been one of my busiest weeks in a while, which has been great, but it also meant that I spent most of Saturday in bed with a migraine because I was doing too much.

This week I’ve still got some big things on, but I’ve decided to slow down a bit, take each day as it comes and hopefully be up to full health quickly.

1. Rosso Meal

You might have seen my post over the weekend about my visit to Rosso in Manchester (if not, you can find it here.) It was such a brilliant night that I wanted to mention it here as well. It was arranged by my friend Georgie, who did a brilliant job of bringing together such a lovely group of girls, with great food and an amazing goodie bag. I already can’t wait for the next one.

2. Salon Success Event

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Salon Success for over a year now, which is why I couldn’t wait to go to their Blogger Christmas Dinner on Thursday. It was my first Christmas event that I had in my diary, and I’ve been looking forward to it for a good few weeks now. I knew some of the bloggers there, but it was also great to meet some new faces too.

3. Stylist Live

I want to do a whole post dedicated to Stylist Live because I had such a brilliant day there and I wanted to share my experience fully. I went with my Mum, who also thought it was great. We got the train early Friday morning to London, fit in a little bit of Christmas shopping, and spent the day at the event, nipping out to experience the Kensington Roof Gardens too, which, if you haven’t been, I would highly recommend – they have real-life flamingos!

4. Inspiration

I get a lot of inspiration for my blog by my everyday life, but I felt like I was lacking a bit in the last couple of months. I don’t know whether it was the day in bed on Saturday, but I feel really inspired with the ideas I have for this little blog, and I hope that I can pull them off in the next few weeks.

5. Brand Collabs

On the same note, I’ve been really lucky to have been contacted by some amazing brands in the last fortnight who have given me free rein of the campaigns too – always a plus. I can’t wait to share these posts over the next month or so and get your feedback on them.

6. Brunch

On Sunday morning, I went for brunch with my good friends Sophie and Abi to Sugar Junction in Altrincham. I hadn’t seen either of them in a few weeks, so it was really lovely to catch up over some great food and coffee. I went for the avocado stack (because I’m basic as hell) and it was absolutely amazing.

7. Ideal Home Show

I was invited to the Ideal Home Show a few weeks ago, and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to ever since. If you didn’t know, my boyfriend and I bought our house together back in March, and I’m always looking for inspiration to make it feel more homey. The show also hosted the food and drink festival and the cake and bake show so we had a really nice afternoon wandering about.

8. Kosmos Taverna

If you know me, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Greek food – I love the amount of different flavours they use and the fact you can have a bit of everything. We had the set mezze platter, which was three courses of pure deliciousness, and really well priced.

What have you been loving this week? 

xx

Whenever I meet someone new in the blogging world, one of the first questions I get asked is what I write about, to which I always answer, a little bit of everything.

Back when I first started out blogging, I never wanted to be restricted to what I write, and although I mostly tend to focus on travel, food and recommendations these days, I like the thought of not being tied to a particular genre; it makes me feel freer with my writing, allows me to change my content up when I feel like it and gives me a bigger scope for the future.

To the blogging world, my posts would fall under the ‘lifestyle’ category, therefore making me a lifestyle blogger, something I used to feel quite discontented with because of the sheer amount of others in the same category, whose blogs, I felt, were much more substantial than mine.

But once I got more into the groove of writing posts, I became much more proud about what I was producing and the opportunities I was been given and being a lifestyle blogger was something I was honoured to be called.

You might have heard the term ‘Lifestyle Blogger’ banded around over the years, but what does it actually mean? Well, in Layman’s terms, a Lifestyle blog is best defined as a digital representation of its author’s everyday life and interests, which, when I think about it, definitely describes Eleanor Graceful.

For a lot of bloggers I know, they fall nicely into a niche, whether its fitness, fashion, beauty or travel, but the beauty of not having one is that you aren’t confined to what you can write. Obviously, there are no rules when it comes to blogging and creating content, and that is what is great about the industry.

With blogging, there are two ends of the spectrum – those who have been doing it for years, where it’s their full-time job and the main source of income, and then at the other end are the people who are just starting out – and everyone in between.

I fall somewhere in the middle on the scale – I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but I also class myself as a much small blogger in comparison to others. In an ideal world this blog would be my full-time job as I adore putting posts on the internet, but at the minute, that is just a pipe dream.

In some ways, you could say it’s harder being a Lifestyle Blogger because you have to keep your content fresh with lots of different topics but also different to the other Lifestyle Bloggers out there; whereas, when you have a niche you become an expert in one category. That said, the more things you can talk about on your blog may also increase your audience reach, so there are pros and cons to both.

For the future, I personally can only see the Lifestyle category getting bigger and bigger. I think we’ll see more Lifestyle Blogs coming to fruition because of the scope of people they appeal to and the number of different topics we have to talk about.

Do you write a lifestyle blog? How do you feel about the industry? 

xx

You’ll have to bear with me for the time being, as I’ve just transferred my blog over to WordPress (via Pipdig, highly recommend) and I’m just getting used to it – but I wanted to get this post out on a Monday.

I hope everyone had a lovely start to November, and you’re all starting to get excited about Christmas – I know I am. I had quite a jam-packed week, but a fun one nonetheless.

Here are all the things I was loving last week.

1. Liam Gallagher Tickets

This week started on a high because I found out that one of my closest friends had managed to get us Liam Gallagher tickets for his Finsbury Park show next year. I’ve never seen him live so I’m really looking forward to it, and Finsbury Park is one of my favourite places to go for a concert after seeing Arctic Monkeys there back in 2014.

2. Reunited With Liz Earle

On Tuesday, it was payday for me after the longest month known to man. I’d been putting off buying new skincare, as I knew as soon as I started paying for things on my credit card, I would get carried away. I repurchased my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which is something I’ve been using since May and I felt lost without it.

3. Halloween Bake Off

To celebrate Halloween at work, they organised a bake off, which was judged by a professional chef, and the theme was to make it look as gruesome as possible. I didn’t take part in the baking side of things, but definitely the eating – I always enjoy a Tuesday afternoon with a side of cake.

4. Alex Ward Exhibition

I felt very cultural going to a photographer’s exhibition on Thursday evening in the city, and it was such a fun evening looking at Alex’s previous work as he’s such a talented guy. I’d spoken to him a few times before actually meeting him so it was nice to put a face to the name. I also got to catch up with Hannah as well which was an added bonus.

5. Gin Festival 

For Jordan’s birthday back in August, I bought him tickets to the gin festival at Victoria Baths, so we’ve been looking forward to it for a while. I went to the same one back in March, so I made it my mission to try some of the gins that I’d never tasted before. Victoria Baths is such a cool venue, and we had an awesome night getting tipsy and enjoying the atmosphere.

6. Countdown To Christmas

I don’t know if its just me, but this last week has made me feel so Christmassy. I think the clocks going back has added to the overall Winter feel, but it definitely felt colder this week. I may have even had a cheeky listen to my Christmas playlist on Spotify to get me in the mood for the festive period.

7. Manfrotto Photography Masterclass

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Manfrotto photography masterclass at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester. The day was a mixture of networking with other bloggers but also learning about the products and how you can use them for different types of photography. My good friend Lily was also at the event which was a nice surprise.

8. Come Dine With Me

You might have heard me talk about the ‘Alphabet Come Dine With Me’ that I’m a part of with a group of close friends, well this weekend it was my turn. My letter was Q, and as Qatar is the only country that begins with that letter, I incorporated other places. For a starter I did Brazillian cheese breads from Queimados, for the main I did a chicken stew from Qatar and the dessert was a sugar pie from Quebec. It was lovely to host at my house as most of them hadn’t seen the house.

9. Knutsford Makers Market

On Sunday, Jordan and I ventured over to the makers market in Knutsford, as it had been a while since we had been to that one. I had a bit of an ulterior motive to go as well, which I can’t mention on here just yet. The market was heaving because it was such a lovely sunny day, but that didn’t stop us from trying all the food avaialble.

10. Bonfire Night

We’re really lucky that where we live there is a park opposite, so we didn’t have to go far to watch any fireworks this year. It was a busy occasion, but I love bonfire night as it makes me feel as though Christmas is just around the corner – I even bought a toffee apple to get in the mood!

 

What were you loving last week? 

xx

I won’t be that person that says how is it November, but please be aware that I most certainly am thinking it. But I love winter, so for me, this is a good time of the year.

The clocks have gone back now which means the sun starts setting before I’ve even left the office for the day, but it’s also meant that I can get my knitwear out, which is my favourite time of the year. And you know what’s just round the corner…


1. Buy Jamie Oliver’s New Book

If you’ve been anywhere on social media, chances are that you’ve seen Jamie Oliver’s ‘5 Ingredients’ book popping up all over the place. I’m not a huge lover of cooking (more of eating) but anything that requires only 5 ingredients is right up my street. I have a tendency to buy cookbooks and never use them, but this is one I can see taking a firm place in the kitchen for the winter months.

2. A Seamless Come Dine With Me

On Saturday evening, I have my friends coming round for ‘Alphabet Come Dine With Me’. My letter is Q, and as there is only one country starting with that letter, I’ve had to get my thinking cap on. I won’t write what I’m going to make in case any of them read it on here. It’ll also be the first time that most of them have been to the house since we bought it, and I’m excited to play host.


3. Heading To The Christmas Markets

November is officially the start of Christmas in my eyes, and also when the markets around the country start. We’re lucky that Manchester really does Christmas markets well as they are on the doorstep, but I’d quite like to visit another city this year.


4. Getting Tipsy At The Gin Festival

This month is also when Jordan and I will be heading to the gin festival at Victoria Baths in Manchester after I bought us tickets back in August. He isn’t the biggest gin fan but has enjoyed all of the flavoured ones that he’s tried so far. Victoria Baths is such a cool venue for events as well so I’m looking forward to going back.


5. Finally Getting My Blog Redesigned

In October, I finally took the plunge and paid for my blog to be migrated over to WordPress. It’ll be happening at some point in the next couple of weeks, and it also means that I’m going to have a new template soon too – make sure you come back to see what’s changed.

6. Attending Lots Of Fun Blogging Events

I’ve really kindly been invited to a few blogging events this month, which I am really looking forward to. Some are with brands I’ve worked with in the past, but some are completely new ones, which is always exciting.


7. Catching Up At My Friend’s Birthday

This month it’s one my oldest friend’s birthdays, and she’s celebrating it in one of my favourite UK cities, Chester. She lived there for years and I’ve visited so many times so it will be nice to go back and celebrate with her in some familiar places.


8. Learning Lots Of New Tips At Stylist Live

In a couple of weeks, my mum and I will be heading to Stylist Live. If you haven’t heard of the event before, it is run by Stylist Magazine and is a mixture of experts, comedy, food, interviews, fashion, beauty and loads more. It’s at the London Olympia, which I’ve been to before, and it’s a great venue for what I’m sure will be a really cool event.

9. Returning To London

The week after, I will be heading back to London to see my friend Louise who has recently moved into her new house. I’m not sure what we’ll get up to when I’m there, but I’m really excited to see her and her new place, and finally meet her cat, Finchley.


10. Head To A We Blog MCR Event

It’s been ages since I’ve seen my fellow bloggers at a We Blog MCR event, and I only have to wait a couple more weeks until I’m reunited with them. We haven’t been told loads about the event, just that there’s going to be a guest speaker, which I’m sure will be incredibly useful.

And that’s it for November.

What are you planning on getting up to this month? 

xx

Last weekend, I met my friend Charlotte, who I used to work with, for brunch at the newly opened Mackie Mayor in Manchester. If you haven’t heard of the quirky-named establishment, it is Manchester’s latest addition to the foodie scene – think rustic-style venue, complete with resident vendors, low hanging lights, exposed brick and paint-splattered walls, and you’ve got it.

Mackie Mayor is the sister project of the popular Altrincham Market, which has been on my doorstep for the last three years, so I was excited to see what it had to offer: I’m a big fan of open-plan markets as well, having a bit of choice when you’re eating out and the whole community feel of these kinds of places so I was up for giving it a go.

Conveniently located at the top of the Northern Quarter (on Swan Street, a couple of doors down from Band On The Wall, to be exact) you could easily walk past this place (unless you’d seen the hoardings up for the past 12-months) but the grade two listed building is somewhat of an industrial-esque spectacle inside.

If I’m honest, I knew what to expect as I’d followed them on Instagram, and had seen a few people’s pictures popping up over the last week, but nevertheless, I was impressed. I walked in from the street entrance, and the first thing I noticed was that there wasn’t a ‘Mackie Mayor’ sign to say I was in the right place – luckily I saw ‘The Snug’ from the inside, and people were arriving at the same time as me.

We met at 11:30am, which was just as breakfast was finishing, and half an hour before brunch was starting at 12pm: That gave us enough time to drop our bags and coats off and have a wander. As I mentioned, I’ve lived near Altrincham Market, since it opened back in 2014, so I kind of knew what to expect food-wise. There were a couple new additions, but it was nice to see some familiar faces.

We got a coffee, which was delivered promptly to our table (I went for the Castlefield brew tea) before deciding on where we were going to eat. I was in two minds about whether to get a pizza dot on 12pm, from Honest Crust, but I refrained as the fish bar, Fin, had caught my eye (no pun intended…)

As we’d been there for about 30 minutes before placing our order, that had given us enough time to have a nosey at what was on people’s plates. As a self-confessed millennial girl, I knew my only option was to get poached eggs, and their option came with sourdough toast (again eluding to my basic-ness) and rainbow trout, which I am a huge fan of, but have never had on a breakfast dish.

We waited about 15 minutes for the food, which I thought was reasonable for how busy it was getting, and it was brought straight to our table. One of the things I love about Alty Market and Mackie Mayor is the fact they keep up topped up with tap water, which, if its the weekend before payday like this one was, is enough to keep you happy and hydrated.

The food itself was delicious – the trout was a welcome accompaniment, and a nice alternative to smoked salmon, which I usually would have gone for. The whole dish came with a side salad, and the portion size looked quite big when it was put in front of me, but it was actually just the right amount.

As we were leaving, we had a quick look upstairs where there was more seating available and took some pictures before wandering into Manchester.

Compared to Altrincham Market, I like the fact that it is bigger and there is more seating, and also that you don’t have to leave the building to go to the toilet. Although there are most of the same food stalls, there were a lot fewer families here, and it was more for the twenty and thirty-something market. There were also people starting to drink wine and beer from the two bars that occupy a stall there, and I can only imagine it is a lovely place to go for a drink after work or on the weekend.

Overall, I would highly recommend coming here because the atmosphere was great, and the food was delicious – definitely, go to Fin if you’re looking for something a little bit different. Although Altrincham Market is a lot closer to home, I would 100% make the effort to come into the city centre to go here again.

Have you been to Mackie Mayor? What did you think? 


xx