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#1 city: manchester

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

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Tonight’s post has been inspired by the lovely Jen of style blog littlebirdfashion, who this evening wrote about being a city girl. I have been living in Manchester city centre for the past 12 months and have loved every minute of it; like Jen I too am a city girl through and through! I’ll be moving back home in a few short weeks once my work placement is over but until then I will definitely be making the most of my time left here in Manchester. I decided to compile a list of my number one places in the city and favourite things to do here; in short, a girl’s survival guide to this great city! Oh, and any recommendations on how I can spend my final few weeks here would be much appreciated!

#1 vintage shop: Retro Rehab, Oldham Street

#1 place to grab a coffee: be a victim of franchised coffee and head to Starbucks like me (you won’t have to walk far to find one!)

#1 high street store: the huge Topshop situated in the Arndale

#1 area to get lost: the Northern Quarter … so many lovely cafes and shops to explore!

#1 independent store: head over to Afflecks Palace for lots of independent stores under one roof and be sure to make a stop at The Bead Shop!

#1 chain restaurant: Las Iguanas on Deansgate

#1 place to sit in the sun: Piccadilly gardens, there’s always a great atmosphere here on a sunny day

#1 place to see an afternoon film: The Corner House on Oxford Road – showing a selection of niche, international and mainstream movies with cheapy ticket prices

#1 way to spend a Saturday morning: at the Manchester fashion market inbetween Debenhams and Starbucks

#1 view of the city: a little biased here but I love the view from our balcony, especially when there is a great sunset. The photos in the banner are taken from my balcony this evening, I could sit out there for hours!

#1 place to get freshly made food: the Arndale food market has a great selection of world foods

#1 place to find a great gift: Oklahoma on High Street is a fantastic quirky gift shop and cafe serving lots of yummy vegetarian and vegan food!

#1 place for a quick lunch: Barburritos

#1 place for a slap up meal: Room

#1 place to dance until the early hours: Canal Street

#1 way to travel: as with most Cities, walking is great to see all the little back streets in Manchester

#1 takeaway: sadly, we still haven’t found anything decent in this category so it’s usually a Dominos Pizza!

#1 bar: Odd and Odder, just need to try Oddest!

#1 independent restaurant: Dough in the Northern Quarter, a trendy Italian restaurant who are great at catering for special dietary requirements such as celiac and dairy free

#1 city event: Manchester 10K run! Go on, you know you want to!

#1 way to spend 30 minutes: at the Manchester Craft and Design centre, off Tibb Street. A hidden gem of talent!

#1 place to eat breakfast with your friends: Metro Cafe

#1 place to buy fabric: Abakhans on Oldham Street

retro rehab sale event, manchester

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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Retro Rehab on Oldham Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is my absolute favourite of the many vintage stores in the area. Their stock is displayed really well which makes shopping there a real treat, as well as the carefully selected garments being free from the musky smell that is usually a given with vintage clothes. Retro Rehab has price points for all pockets too… I have bagged myself so many lovely bargains in this place!

Next Thursday the store will be holding a sale night where you will find 100’s of items from just £1 and reworked dresses from £5. Make sure you pick up a ticket for £5 in store beforehand to gain entry into the event which you can exchange for a fiver off your bill on the night!

I’d love you know if anyone of you are planning on making an appearance?!

lace and the forties

Friday, July 16th, 2010

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Shoes – New Look

Trousers – Topshop

Body – TU at Sainsburys

Lace Top – Primark

Gold Heart Necklace – a gift

My first outfit post! I’ve been writing this blog for a few months  and up until now I haven’t had the confidence to do outfit posts. Im not particularly photogenic, infact I don’t even like having my photograph taken! I do however love putting my outfits together and decided to just go for it. What’s the worst that can happen…

This is what I wore yesterday for a day at the office. The trousers were a splurge on my Wednesday lunch hour (ooops) but I justified them by the fact that the turn ups can be turned down for winter and worn with my new black lace up boots… anyways, if you fancy a pair for yourself, they can be found here. My boyfriend’s reaction was that they make me look like I’m from the forties, which is funny because he was trying to tease me when infact I would quite actually have liked to live in that era!

This afternoon I nipped across to Manchester’s Abakhan store (I will seriously miss living 5 minutes away from this place when I move away from Manchester in August…) to pick up some bits for the current design project I’m working on. It’s a summer project set by my University to design an AW11/12 collection for Anthropolgie.

I was lucky enough to be able to sit in on a colour meeting this week on my placement so was able to see the colour predictions for the AW11/12 season! I’m planning on going cross stitch mad with this project, along with overdosing on fairisle and cable knitting. Here are the threads I picked up in shades of berry, dusky pink, creams and ochre.

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Tonight I am off to watch the new film Inception, very excited as it looks great!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you’re up to x

be inspired: daily photo

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Here is a little something I came across on a walk around Manchester last week. Something about old bicycles really inspires me, I think it’s the mix of childhood memories and that it’s environmentally friendly! I hope you like the photo. I altered the colours using Adobe Photoshop to create the 70’s feel.

This is so easy to do; I simply duplicate the image so that there are two layers with the same image, change the underneath layer to black and white and alter the brightness and contrast to get a really stark image. The second layer I adjust to about 30% transparancy, play about with the colour levels and add a warm photo filter.

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Retro Rehab, Manchester

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Have you ever been down to Retro Rehab on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter? This really is my favourite of the many vintage shops in the area as it has a real boutique feel , the prices are reasonable and the clothes and accessories are displayed really well. I was so excited when I received an e-mail from them this week informing me that there would be another of their ‘fill a bag for £10′ sales today! As I walked the short distance there from my flat this lunch time to get myself some bargains, I was met with a queue of very stylish young ladies waiting their turn to rumage through the many rails. It was finally my turn to explore the shop and boy was there a lot to look through! Here is what I got my hands on…

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My favourite pieces are the fuscia pleated 70’s dress and the butterfly print dress. Some of the other bits and pieces will need to customised and altered to fit me better, and other items I will be completely transforming into accessories such as purses and makeup bags. Not bad for just £10 for the lot! The retro rehab sale will be continuing until 6pm so hurry if you want to get yourself a bargain!

making a little lace top …

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I’m loving the lace trend at the moment, but not loving some of the over pricing of them! I am in the process of making my own crop style top with a crochet look trim for just £2.00! The lace and trim are from Abakhans in Manchester – in my favourite sale section! I have just got to finish the arm holes and neck and then it will be finished and ready to wear … I’ll post some photos later but for now here are some photos along the way.

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really easy pattern pieces and layplan

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spot and cross

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attaching the trim

If you like this simple and easy top, I’ll also be posting the instructions later this week!

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