14 March 2019

Our Liverpool city break

At the end of last month we decided that we wanted to explore a new city but saving for a house meant that going abroad wasn't really an affordable option. We had a look for somewhere a little closer and opted for a Liverpool city break as it wasn't too far to drive.

We chose to stay at the Staybridge Suites as they're one of the hotels near Albert Dock and only couple of minutes walk away from the city centre. Our room was spacious with a view of the M&S Bank Arena and Wheel of Liverpool and we were really lucky to have sunny weather the whole time we were there. Although I liked the hotel, I probably wouldn't stay there again as there were small things like no soap in the room that could have made our stay that little bit better for how much we paid.

Royal Albert Dock - Liverpool city break

The Albert Dock has lots of little independent shops to explore alongside bigger chain restaurants - we had coffee at Peaberry Coffee House and wished we could have stayed for food as it looked amazing! The smell of freshly made fudge and pastries as we wandered around definitely made me hungry too. After exploring all the shops we decided to make the most of the sunny weather and go on the Wheel of Liverpool - you can actually see our hotel room just behind! It cost £10 each which was quite expensive but it was still a great experience to see Liverpool from a different angle!

Wheel of Liverpool - Liverpool city break

When I was googling where we should go on our city break, Bold Street came up as a great place for independent shops, restaurants and cafes in Liverpool. We had a look in Utility which is the dream if you're into scandi style homeware! Maray, Leaf and Bakchich were all places we'd love to have eaten if we'd had time but instead we opted to try Crust because I can't visit a new city without trying their pizza offering.

Bold Street - Liverpool city break

On the second day we walked along the river and explored the buildings along the waterfront where we found the famous Beatles statue nearby. If you can visit Liverpool when the weather is good it's a great place to walk around as it's not too big and there is plenty to see. If we'd had time we'd definitely have visited some of the museums to find out more about the city.

Beatles Statue - Liverpool city breakWe decided we hadn't visited many touristy places so we had a look around The Tate Gallery as it was really quiet. It's conveniently located at the Albert Dock and spans several floors so there's something for everyone. I also really enjoyed all the arty things in the gift shop and there were also lots of tasteful Liverpool related gifts rather than the tacky ones you often find!

Tate Gallery - Liverpool city break

We really enjoyed our city break to Liverpool and i'm sure we'll visit again as there were lots of things we couldn't fit in! I'll be featuring the best places to eat in Liverpool in my next post so look out for my recommendations.
28 February 2019

Five good things in February

February favourites - The New Fashion Rules, Valentines Day and Liverpool City Break

Hello 2019! It might be the end of February but i've finally found a bit of time to give my blog some love - I have lots of ideas for new content this year but for now here is a Five Good Things post...

1. We went to Liverpool for a city break earlier this week and it was so nice to forget about the stresses of work for a few days. We are saving up to buy a house so booked this for a late Valentine's Day trip as it will probably be our only break this year. Going early in the week made it a lot cheaper than going abroad and we got a good deal on staying close to the centre too. I've got a full post coming soon with everywhere we explored and ate at but i'd definitely recommend Liverpool if you're looking for a couple of days away in the city - we were really lucky with the weather!

2. I bought a little backpack from Accessorize and it's been a game changer (I can't link it as it's no longer available but there are more here or cheaper options in Primark)! They've definitely become much more fashionable recently and while we were in Liverpool it was so good to have my hands free to take photos and be able to carry more around - it's definitely one of those things I wish i'd bought earlier and I can't recommend it enough.

3. I had a catch up with my friends from uni and saw them for the first time in four years on a little trip to Preston! You know you've got friends for life when you can do that and nothing has changed. I haven't laughed so much in such a long time and we've promised to make it a more regular thing. It did make me realise the bond you create from living with people for a few years and I know i'm really lucky to have so many memories from uni that I shared with them.

4. In January I set myself the challenge of reading 15 books in 2019 as i'm trying to get back into it and use reading as a way to relax every night to help me sleep better. February's book was The New Fashion Rules by Victoria McGrath (Inthefrow) which was a really interesting read. I've been blogging as long as Victoria has so it was quite nice to see how she's captured the ever changing blogging industry, while also learning more about fashion in a beautifully presented and well written book.
30 December 2018

Five Good Things To End 2018

Five Good Things - Pete Tong, Nail Polish and This Is Going To Hurt book

I haven't done too well at making my Five Good Things posts a regular thing this year but i'm aiming to create lots of new content in 2019 so i'm hoping this post will inspire me to get started.

1. In November we went to see Pete Tong in Manchester and it was such a good night! The live orchestra made it sound incredible and I loved the added bonus of seeing Beverley Knight and Becky Hill who also performed. Manchester is one of my favourite cities so we decided to stay over at the Cow Hollow Hotel, enjoy a meal at PLY and visit the Manchester Christmas Markets to get us in the festive spirit.

2. I'm getting better at reading more regularly and i've recently finished Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did but it was so relatable, and made me feel slightly less guilty about the amount of drinking I got up to at uni! I've also read This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay which has made me laugh and cry in equal measures. What makes this book special is that it can be read by anyone, even if you don't have an interest in medicine and you'll learnt lots about the reality of the pressure the NHS is currently under.

3. I enjoyed my third M&S advent calendar and while there are a few too many anti-aging products in there I still got lots of new beauty treats to discover. My absolute favourite was the Leighton Denny nail polish in Be My Berry which was the only thing on my nails over Christmas. Other stand out products include the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - I just wish they'd included the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm again this year!

4. Christmas was very relaxed and it was nice to spend the day with James and the rest of my family. James and I cooked Christmas dinner which wasn't as stressful as I expected and i'm now looking forward to buying a house in the new year. I didn't pick up much in the Christmas sales but did buy some new shorts from River Island and enough discounted Christmas cards to last me a couple of years!

5. ♫ Three (non-Christmassy!) songs i've been loving: Back in the Water (Gospel version) - HAEVN, Explosions - Rationale, and Through Glass - Hands Like Houses