I hope you all had a lovely, weekend. This last week has whizzed by, which was nice because it was my first full week back in work since the middle of March!

And the weather has just put the biggest smile on my face. Everything looks so lovely when it’s sunny and it puts everyone in such a good mood. I hope it’s just a taster of what’s to come.

Here are all the things I was loving last week.

Nails

I had a voucher for a local beauty parlour so I decided to treat myself and get my nails done on Tuesday evening. I gave myself a break after having gels for most of last year back in January, and I thought that I didn’t miss it until I had them done. Now I think it’s going to have to be some sort of monthly treat for myself – treat yo-self right?

Awards

As you may know, I was nominated for a Lovin Manchester Social Media award for best lifestyle blogger and the awards ceremony was on Wednesday evening at the Hilton. I went with my friend Lily and also met Gabi before for a drink who was also up in the same category. Although I didn’t win, it was lovely to catch up with some friends and see the gorgeous sunset from 23 stories high.

Sunshine

I mean, it’s a given this week that the sunshine was been BLOODY BRILLIANT but really, hasn’t it just? It’s put me in the best mood and I feel much more productive when it’s out. I’ve even been sleeping better and waking up before my alarm.

Junkyard Golf

On Thursday I had a training day in Manchester and we played Junkyard Golf afterwards. I’d been to it once before but it’s since moved to another part of Manchester. It was really lovely to spend time with my wider team, and because the weather was so lovely, we had some drinks outside too.

Martin Miller’s Gin

After Junkyard Golf, I walked over to King Street Townhouse for the Martin Miller’s gin event. I was there slightly early so went up to the south terrace on the 6th floor which overlooks Manchester. It was absolutely stunning and I really want to go for a spa day there, which is on the floor above. The event was really fun and we got to try the different strengths of gin and make our own gin and tonics; they also treated us to a bottle in the goodie bag!

Come Dine With Me

It was our next ‘Alphabet Come Dine With Me’ on Friday evening, which is pretty good for us seen as the last one was also this month – we’re busy people, so we usually have at least a month or two before each letter. This time around it was T for Thailand and it was delicious. I’m a huge fan of Thai food too!

Date Day

As the weather was so lovely, Jordan and I went into Manchester for a bit of a date day. We started off with drinks at Patron in the sunshine before moving on to a few more bars and dinner at PLY. It was such perfect sunshine and it was really nice to spend some time together just the two of us.

Brunch

On Sunday morning, a few of the We Blog North girls and I had organised a surprise baby shower for our good friend Holly. We went to Tea Hive in Chorlton and it was a great morning. She had some lovely presents to open and the food was great. Next time we see her she’ll have a little baby and I can’t wait!

What have you been up to this week? 

xx

 

Happy Monday everyone! I’m in a very chipper mood as I’ve spent the weekend exploring a new city which always puts a smile on my face: I also got to spend time with two of my favourite people, which is always a plus.

Last Friday also marked the one year to the wedding mark, which has come around so quickly – I can’t quite believe it. I’ve written this post about where we’re up to with the planning if you fancy a nosey.

Here are all the things I was loving last week.

Nobody’s Child Order

I was targeted (albeit, very effectively) by Nobody’s Child on Instagram stories, and I decided to have a little browse. I wasn’t in the market for anything new, but the sale was really good and there was 10% off as well so I picked up a few bits. As I’d never bought from there before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was really impressed and I ended up keeping most of it. It also came in a huge brown envelope which I wasn’t expecting, but thought was very cool!

Liz Earle

I finally replaced my Liz Earle ‘Cleanse and Polish’ after finishing it over a month ago and my skin could not be happier! I’ve been using a few different samples that I’d been sent, but nothing is as good as this cleanser and I’m so glad I bought another.

Wedding Shoes

This week I sorted out my wedding shoes from ASOS. I’d ordered a couple of pairs, but the main thing I wanted was to be comfortable and not have to worry about my feet on my big day. I’ve gone for a smaller heel than I usually would, but I’m glad I’ve ticked something else off the list.

Team Lunch

On Wednesday afternoon, my team and I decided to go for a team lunch at a place that my company own. The food was really lovely and it was nice to get out of the office for a bit of team bonding. I had cod goujons and sweet potato fries and it set me up nicely for the afternoon.

New Makeup

I treated myself to some new makeup bits from Primark last week including a brow gel, primer and concealer, and I tried them out for my work makeup this week. I know some people might think that because it’s cheap, it’s not the best product, but so far I’ve been really impressed.

Homemade Cooking

This week we’ve really made an effort to make homecooked meals from scratch. I love food (if you didn’t realise) and I’m starting to enjoy cooking more and more these days

Eindhoven

I’ll be writing up my post about Eindhoven in the upcoming weeks, but I had to mention it on here as it was such a fun weekend. We booked the flights back in January in the sale and chose one of the cheapest places. I’ve been to Holland once before but knew nothing about Eindhoven which turned about to be quite the blessing in disguise.

Sushi Takeaway

After arriving back on Sunday evening, Jordan and I couldn’t be bothered cooking and treated ourselves to a sushi takeaway from one of our favourite places just down the road. I always like ordering sushi as it doesn’t make me feel as guilty but it still feels like a bit of a treat.

What have you been loving? 

xx

This week started on a high because of the bank holiday, which meant that it was only a 4-day week to – always something to put a smile on my face.

It’s also been really lovely and sunny on a few days over the week, which made me so excited for the warmer weather, which has surely got to be on the horizon!

Afternoon Tea

On Monday, I had afternoon tea with a couple of my nearest and dearest friends at Lost and Found in Knutsford. It was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon, and the food was amazing. We had scones, finger sandwiches, lots of different kinds of cakes and so much tea – and the restaurant itself is just stunning: Definitely one I can’t wait to go back to!

Ikea 

On the same evening, we took a spontaneous trip out to Ikea with one of our friends who is in the process of buying a house. We only picked up a few bits (quite restrained if you ask me!) but the best bit was the pick and mix at the end – a great way to finish off the bank holiday!

Flowers

One of my lovely friends Hannah gave me a bunch of daffodils that she had grown a week or so ago, and this week they were in full bloom and looked so lovely, brightening up the kitchen. Fresh flowers are always something I love having in the house, but with two mischief-making cats, it’s sometimes not the easiest thing!

Hair

Over Easter, I dyed my hair dark brown, but since then it has faded out quite a bit, but this week, I really enjoyed the colour it had turned. It’s much darker than I usually am, but I think it suits my pale skin and it feels a lot healthier than it did – I just hope it stays this way for a while!

Finalist

This week I found out that I am a finalist in the Lovin Manchester Social Media awards for Best Lifestyle Blogger (you can vote here if you’d like to) and I was really over the moon. I never in a million years think I’ll win because the competition is tough, but just being nominated is a real achievement and thank you to everyone who has voted so far.

Blog Email

On Tuesday I was feeling a bit down about a number of different things, but I got an email from a reader which really made smile saying that she really enjoyed reading my blog – sometimes it’s the little, unexpected things that can change your mood just like that!

Pizza

The work girls and I have been talking about getting Crazy Pedro’s pizza on a Friday after we’ve finished for a while, and this week we did just that. We shared three different ones, and cocktails and they were all great – it’s definitely one of my favourite places to go to in Manchester for pizza and drinks!

Vegan Festival

On Saturday, I went to the Northern Vegan Festival with my Mum at Manchester Central. I’d heard about it on Facebook, but wasn’t too sure what to expect, but it was amazing – some of the vegan alternatives taste exactly the same and the choices were so extensive. I’m still trying to be vegetarian where possible, but I’m going to start thinking about some vegan changes too.

Brunch

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll be aware that brunch is one of my favourite meals ever, and even better when you get to try somewhere new. On Sunday afternoon, a group of us went for some food at Love Thy Neighbour, which has opened up in Chorlton. I had a smoothie bowl with fresh berries and granola, and it was lovely – definitely a recipe I’ll be trying to recreate at home!

CDWM

To finish off the weekend, I went over to my friend Siobhan’s house in Chester for the latest instalment of Alphabet Come Dine With Me, which is basically where we take it in turns to cook a meal from a country beginning with that letter. This time round was S for Switzerland and the food was incredible – especially the raclette, which I now want to buy for our house!

How was your week? What did you get up to? 

xx

 

Can anyone in the country believe that it’s April and our wedding is officially ONE YEAR AWAY this month!? It feels like yesterday that we got engaged and I’m sure the next year will fly by faster than I ever expected.

I had a brilliant March! I went on my first ever ski trip, caught up with friends old and new and spent lots of time with my family – it was a great month. And now I’m excited for some, hopefully, warmer weather and spending more time outdoors.

1. Discover Eindhoven

Next weekend, I’ll be jetting off to Eindhoven with my two blogging friends Lily and Erin for a weekend of exploring a new city. We’ve never been away before, but we all love travelling so much so it seemed like the perfect excuse. We booked the trip in the January sales and I can’t believe how fast it’s come round! I’ve been to Holland once before and loved it so I’ve got high hopes.

2. Try Something New At Vegan Fest

I’m all up for eating vegan where possible, so when I heard about the Manchester vegan festival, I asked my Mum straight away if she wanted to come with me (she’s also a veggie). It’s this Saturday and I’m really excited to try some new flavours dishes!

3. Enjoy The Next Come Dine With Me

This weekend will be the second Alphabet Come Dine With Me, which you must have heard me talk about by now. The letter is S and the country is Switzerland, which works well for me and chocolate and cheese are two of my favourite things. It’s also a great chance to catch up with my lovely friends.

4. Try Not To Be So Awkward In Front Of The Camera

This month, Jordan and I will be having our engagement photos done. We’re not having our wedding photographer for these ones, but instead, it will be my friend’s boyfriend who is trying to build his portfolio. I’m an awkward mess in front of the camera, so I hope that doesn’t come across in the pictures and we get some nice shots that I can share on here.

5. Catch Up With My Blogging Friends

Later in the month, I’ve got a brunch planned with some of my friends I’ve made through blogging. The place hasn’t been set yet, but I haven’t’ seen a lot of them since January so it will be a great way time to catch up with them all.

6. Cook More At Home

This last month we’ve been so good with coming up with new vegetarian recipes a few times a week. I’m getting more into cooking at home, especially when we’ve already invested in the ingredients, so I’m hoping we can come up with some more interesting creations for the next few weeks – maybe we can even take advantage of the warmer weather and eat in the garden!

7. Surprise

I can’t say too much about this one as it’s a bit of surprise, but let’s just say that there is something in the month that I’m really looking forward to around the theme of a new arrival (not mine – this is not my pregnancy reveal!)

8. Celebrate Jordan’s New Job

Jordan starts his new job on the last day of April, and we’ve both got free calendars the weekend before he starts. I’d love to spend some quality time with him and get all excited about his new beginning.

9. Read More

I don’t know what it is about the lighter evenings making me want to cram more in, but at the moment I’ve been going to bed a bit later than usual which means I haven’t had the chance to read as much before bed. I’d like to try and finish two books by the end of the month, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but definitely doable.

10. Start Our Wedding Countdown

Next Friday (Friday 13th… take from that what you will) will be officially one month until I walk down the aisle and marry my best friend. I’ve got a couple of things I’d like to do to remember the weeks leading up to the wedding, and this month I want to get them kickstarted.

And there you have my April wishlist! Let’s hope I can achieve all of them by May!

What are you wishing for this month?

xx

Happy Bank Holiday everyone! I’m so happy that we still have a day off work to go, and then only a four-day week until the next weekend. Easter is always such a great time of year – everyone is in the best mood and it involves lots of food and drink, which is always my favourite.

This is everything I was loving last week!

On Wednesday evening, I went with a group of my friends to see Mó at the Ritz in Manchester. We were meant to go last November, but it was rescheduled to this week, and she was incredible. Everyone at the concert was in the best mood and her voice is just as amazing live as it is on recordings – definitely go and see her if you get the chance!

4-Day Weekend

How nice is it that we still have a day off work to go? I bloody love Easter weekend, and next year I’ll love it even more as we’ll be on our honeymoon! To start off the bank holiday celebrations, a few of the work girls and I went for a cheeky drink after work on Thursday to the pub around the corner, and it was a lovely way to end the working week.

Smoothies

After a lovely little lie in on Friday morning, I met up with my friend Louise who was back for a few days from London. It hadn’t been that long since we last saw each other, but we still had loads to catch up on. She is being incredibly healthy at the moment and went to the gym before meeting me, so we went to get a smoothie afterwards.

Toast

After seeing Louise, I met up with some of the girls I went to school with at a cafe called Toast in Altrincham, where they serve everything on, you guessed it, toast! The menu is more than your usual poached and scrambled eggs (although you can get them too!) and I shared crayfish and avocado and cod loin and capers with my friend Emily, and both were delicious.

Bottomless Brunch

For my friend’s 30th birthday on Saturday, a group of us went to the Electro Brunch at Gaucho in Manchester. We were sat in our own room and had unlimited food and drink for two hours! The staff were really attentive, and we went through a fair few drinks. They brought our food on big sharing platters so we could have a bit of everything.

Sunday Lunch

On Easter Sunday, Jordan and I had my Grandma’s and parents round for Sunday lunch. My mum very kindly provided the food, and Jordan baked a lemon drizzle cake. It was lovely to catch up with them all as I hadn’t seen my parents since I came back from skiing and we had a few wedding bits to share with them.

La Casita

Jordan and I treated ourselves to a Mexican meal on Sunday evening at one of our favourite places in Chorlton. I absolutely love Mexican food, and this place is really authentic and only 5 minutes from our house – winner winner!

H&M Treats

I treated myself to a few bits from H&M over the weekend as I hadn’t bought anything for myself for a couple of months. I picked up a checked shirt with flowers on, a pair of slip-on sandals and a dress in the sale. I hadn’t been to H&M for a while, and they’ve got some lovely things in at the moment.

What were you loving last week? 

xx