Monday, 23 March 2015

Trip to McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

To celebrate the arrival of Spring/Summer 2015, McArthurGlen have invited bloggers to take part in a fun accessory style challenge and we were lucky enough to receive an invite. The challenge was set at two accessories for £250. So over the weekend, Lola and I headed down to Cheshire Oaks, one of McArthurGlen's six UK designer outlet. 

With more than 145 boutiques, restaurants and caf├ęs, Cheshire Oaks is the UK’s largest designer outlet. There brands on offer range from high-street favourites, like Warehouse and French Connection to high-end designers, including Burberry, Michael Kors and Mulberry. 

Even though the outlet is just an hour away from Manchester, Lola and I had never been to Cheshire Oaks. However I am not a stranger to McArthurGlen's Ashford outlet. I tend to pay it a visit once in a while when I am down in Kent. 

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Restaurant | Dinner at Mr Cooper's House and Garden, Manchester

The boy officially got his first surgical training job!
So to celebrate, I decided to take him out for dinner at Mr Cooper's House and Garden, Manchester.

This exciting restaurant sits across the lobby of the Midland Hotel from the French, the other, more expensive, Manchester restaurant by culinary god Simon Rogan. Whilst I haven't had the pleasure of dining at any of his other restaurants (a trip to L'Enclume in Cartmel would be dreamy), the food at Mr Cooper's House and Garden simply highlights how deserving Simon Rogan is of all the critical acclaim.

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

What We Wore | Primark Quilted Coat

Coat/Primark; Jeans/Topshop (Joni); Boots/Office

I picked up this coat for the grand sum of £5 from Primark last week. I had seen the pastel version on Jen Electro's blog and was definitely going to pick it up regardless of the price. Luckily Manchester Primark had decided to make a huge reduction on the coat. If you live in or around Manchester, I only picked this up on Friday 13th so there definitely should be plenty of this left at the store. This will definitely make a great addition to my wardrobe for as an everyday coat for spring.

In two weeks, Fikki and I along with a few other friends will be jetting for to Amsterdam for a long weekend. It all came about last year when all my friends decided to take me to Amsterdam as a 25th birthday present as I had been chewing their ears off about wanting to go there for a long time. We are really excited to see the city and stay in the pretty Citizen M hotel.  If you have been to Amsterdam, some handy hints and tips on what to do whilst there would be great!

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Travel | Lisbon, Portugal

The next addition to our travel post series is Lisbon.

After a few months into my life as a junior doctor, I was in desperate need of some time away! So what better way to spend this time off than with one of my oldest friends from medical school. A proper catch-up was long over due and I was looking forward to doing just this with a few glasses of wine in a foreign destination. Doctors struggle to get time off so it took a lot of planning to decide on a destination but eventually Lisbon seemed to tick all the boxes: cheap flights, flights from manchester and London, warm mediterranean climate, easy on the budget and the perfect cityscape. I also had a bit of an insiders guide to a few good places to eat and drink as the boy has a lot of Portuguese friends. 


Friday, 6 March 2015

Travel | Ibis Style, Liverpool #CaptureIbisStyle

We were both recently invited to Liverpool to take part in the Capture Ibis Styles game and stay at the Ibis Style hotel on Dale Street. This was to showcase the hotel's unique style, decor and design.

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