You've Got To Hide Your Days Away- Top Manchester Spots



Now in my last post I mostly complained about the dreadful weather (which was very stereotypically British of me, I know) and how impossible it is to not only dress for summer but from day to day. A few weeks on and I'm afraid to say not much has changed. We're now comfortably sat in the middle of June and it's grey, wet and frankly a little chilly. This morning for example I woke up around 7am to let Pep (the pup) outside and it honestly felt a little like Autumn! Where is the sun? Will Summer ever arrive? and more pressingly, what on earth am I going to do for Glastonbury in a few weeks time? Unfortunately there is no miracle cure for the bad June weather (I heard that apparently yesterday in particular received a months worth of rain... great, good to know) and so we just have to make the best of a bad situation. For some that could be escaping the weather by jetting off to sunnier climates and for others that's simply grinning and bearing the weather right here as best we can. Now as a born and bred Mancunian, aptly titled one of the rainiest cities in the UK, you may say that I'm a little bit of a dab hand when it comes to expertly avoiding the rain at all costs. Living, working and more challengingly shooting in Manchester has certainly taught me a thing or two about where to head when caught in a down pour and so I thought I'd share some of my all time favourite hide away's in my favourite city!

Famous Beige Raincoat


This is a post dedicated to the wonderful summertime weather of England and more specifically of the north. For the past few weeks now I've been planning to shoot some lovely, rather summer focused outfits to get us all in the mood for some much needed sunshine. Each time I've set out to snap some photos the weather just hasn't been on my side and I've been faced with grey skies and down pours of rain which Manchester in particular is so famous for. Not one to be deterred too easily and refusing to let the dubious so called "summer weather" rain on my parade (quite literally) I decided I would shoot a look made for those drizzly summer days when your heart wants to embrace the summer season but the your head is telling you to be more practical. After shooting this look, true to form the unpredictable weather did a complete turn around on me once more and we've since been faced with wonderful sunshine and warm temperatures. I can't win and although I don't want to complain about glorious weather, I also can't help but ask "can't a girl just catch a break please?".

Sweet Talkin' Girls- Podcast Launch



The time has finally come to share some rather exciting news- Me and my amazing friend Alice Catherine have started our very own little podcast "On The Outskirts"! Truth be told we've actually been toying with the idea of joining forces for quite some time now and after many a discussion on the subject we finally decided to kick ourselves into gear and make it happen. As with any new venture or project there's always that dreaded feeling of the unknown and I'd be lying if I said the prospect of starting a podcast didn't at times fill me with beginners fear. I'm a real stickler for concentrating on the negatives when it comes to trying out something new and before we'd even began creating "On The Outskirts" I was already over worrying about hypothetical if's and but's. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had Alice by my side to encourage me along and give me the push I needed to enter the unknown. Of course I still feel a little nervy putting our podcast out there into the world but I'm only human and now the first episode is up and running, I definitely feel a sense of pride that we actually made it happen.

Summer Style- Pistachio Magnifico


My blog has been a very quiet place recently, sorry for the radio silence guys but I've wanted to make it my aim for the year to ensure I'm only writing when it's 100% relevant and I actually feel like I've got something to say. That said the fact I've not written a post in a few weeks would kinda indicate that I've had absolutely nothing going on and therefore I have absolutely nothing to pen down! This is completely not the case and I still stand by my point a few blog posts back in which I mentioned this year is going by quicker than I can comprehend! I feel like I've been so none stop that I've not even had chance to compute we're almost in sniffing distance of summer which subsequently means I've not really had a chance to think of my "summer appropriate" wardrobe or look at what goodies are out there in the shops at the moment. I've spent the last few weeks, very naughtily living in jeans and tees day in day out... Something I'm well aware I was making a conscious effort NOT to do. Whoops! This week however I've put my bum firmly in gear and I'm starting to actually slow down a little, taking the time to hunt through vintage stores again and sort through my wardrobe. I promise you there will be more seasonally focussed outfits on the blog very soon but for now this one will have to do!

Come Fly With Me, Come iD With Me


This week I took a little trip down to Manchester Airport where I visited their lovely new pop up Clinique stand! The stand is in celebration of the brand's very clever, very versatile new hydrator Clinique iD. To put it simply Clinique iD is a lifesaver for anyone out there who finds their skin doesn't just fit into one typecast... Which I think is applicable to most of us really isn't it? It allows you to customise the hydrator any which way you think is best for your skin. We can personalise pretty much anything these days from handbags to birthday cards, so why not tailor the one thing which is probably the most personal to us all, our skin regime! Clinique iD allows you to pick the right hydrator for you, targeting your specific needs and most importantly your biggest concerns. The cherry on the cake is that personalising your own hydrator couldn't be easier!

Thirty, Flirty and Thriving?

Today I turned the ripe old age of thirty and I'm seriously asking the question how on earth did I get here so quickly? Let's be real thirty so far feels absolutely no different to twenty nine, there's no official certificate through my door saying"congratulations you should now have your life 100% together" or an award presented for "becoming an adult successfully". I am completely aware that when all is said and done thirty is simply an age and it doesn't change a thing. It doesn't scare me, I don't feel panicked that the "prime of my life" is over and credit where credit's due I'm actually kinda pleased with where I'm at and what I've achieved. And since I'm giving myself a mini pat on the back I'd actually like to add that I think twenty one year me would also be pretty satisfied with where she hoped she'd be vs the reality right now! The only thing that actually takes me by surprise is how quickly time has whizzed by and I realise that ironically by making statements like this I do actually sound possibly a little old before my time. 

The Mean Reds- How To Stay Inspired



You can tell I'm off to a slow start when we're close approaching March and I'll still saying it's the beginning of the year. The problem isn't how fast the months are rolling by, but more that I feel like I'm stuck in a 2019 kick start rut. I guess you could say I feel like recently I've lost my get up and go, I feel a little out of sorts and worst of all I just can't quite put my finger on why. There's that one scene in Breakfast At Tiffany's, the one which makes me fall for Holly Golightly hook, line and sinker where she very articulately explains "The Mean Reds". They're horrible, you feel afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. The first time I watched this scene I remember thinking "she gets it", as truth be told the more I think about it, the more I'm certain I might be a long standing sufferer of the dreaded Mean Reds. I'm well adverse to over thinking, over worrying, suffering with imposter syndrome or the unexplained feeling of displacement, all of which I think fall neatly into the category of "The Mean Reds". My issue over the past month or so was that I just couldn't shake this feeling off, Mean Reds sounds so aggressive, bold and slightly dramatic... Mine was more a slow and steady underlying feeling looming in the background, maybe The Mean Magnolias would be a little more apt? Or how about The Mean Eggshell Beige? Needless to say I can't stay feeling like this forever and over the past fortnight I've been doing my upmost to get my va-va voom back and as I don't believe I'm the only one who ever feels this way, I thought I'd share my POA which hopefully can help metaphorically give yourself the kick up the bum you sometimes need!