No. 9 Manchester

Fashion, outfit, Style, travel

This Valentines weekend I travelled the furthest north I have ever been to Manchester. My boyfriend and had rented a hotel for the weekend and I was so excited to explore a new city.

Upon arrival I met up with two school friends who now study in Manchester for a drink at a trendy bar/pizza place/ arty hangout. It was great to catch up and of course check out the new geo filters I could use on snapchat.

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Tom and Laura dropped me of at my hotel in Salford Quays where I waited for Haydon to arrive from Scotland.

Friday night was spent eating pasta and brownies in Frankie and Benny’s followed by a late night screening of Deadpool. I wouldn’t usually choose to watch a superhero movie at the cinema but as Deadpool said himself, he’s not a superhero. The film was hilarious and kept my attention from start to finish.

On Saturday we spent the day in town wondering round the huge Arndale shopping centre before making our way to China town (much smaller than I thought it would be!) and Canal street. Both were tourist spots I couldn’t visit Manchester with out going to see.

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Hat: Topshop, Bomber jacket: Zara, T-shirt: FLUXDEUX, Jeans: River Island,           Shoes: Converse, Bag: Topshop, Gloves: UrbanOutfitters

Being the middle of the day there weren’t many other people about along Canal street (other than a furry convention at one of the bars) so we walked up, then down, and up again as my terrible sense of direction took us the wrong way back to the Arndale.

It was Franky and Benny’s for dinner again as it was right outside our hotel to line our stomachs for our night out at RAM: Records Mantra festival at the Manchester SU. We cheekily managed to slip in the front of the 3 hour queue and so were able to make the most of the night in the venue. The music ended at 5am after the the main act, and Haydon’s favourite drum and bass DJ, Prototype played so we stumbled into a taxi straight back to the hotel. The night was amazing with such good music and cheap drinks!

Unfortunately Valentines day was spent hungover waiting for our trains at Manchester Piccadilly before travelling our separate ways.

Manchester bettered my expectations, there was so much more to see around the city than I thought, so many beautiful old buildings that I dont get to see around Southampton. It won’t be long until I visit again.

 

No.8 

Fashion

Monkey business! We travelled up to the north of the Island to visit the nature reserve at feeding time. It was amazing when we got there to see so many monkeys, deer, tortoise an iguana and a couple of peacocks all eating happily from the same food source!  


I wore my black shorts again (River Island) and my orange vest top (Topshop) which I bought for summer last year. Although I would usually shy away from colours like this I actually love this top and how it compliments a tan. It goes with any dark bottoms and pretty much any necklace.  

 

No.7 

Fashion

Last night we held a party for my Gran’s family who all live in Barbados. I bought by skirt two winters ago from Forever 21 but it has hardly left my wardrobe because I only like to wear it when I have a tan or it will wash my legs out! It’s one of my favourtie skirts though and I love that the zip opens up at the front. The orange top (River Island) made an appearance again because I think when you find a combination that looks good you should wear it as much as you can!  

 

No.6 

Fashion

Beach day! It has been so gorgeous and sunny I have had to spend as much time as I could on the beach! My black white and pink Aztec shorts are from primark but you would never tell! The bright pink is a great pop of colour and I love wearing neon colours against black and white. My bikini is from topshop, they did lodes of colours in this style which is always very tempting to buy the whole rainbow when holiday shopping!!  


We went out for lunch along the west coast at a restaurant sat right on the beach. My shorts (topshop) and top (river island) work really well together as I find it hard not wearing either black top or black bottoms but the white shorts makes a nice change. I have always been so against wearing orange (it is my least favourite colour and my mum once said it should only be used in emergencys) but after trying on this tip I thought I should give orange a chance and am glad I did!!  

 

No.5 

Fashion

I spent the day exploring Barbados as the sky was overcast so we thought we would make the most of the slightly cooler weather by going into the City. Bridgetown was not what I expected of a city but was great to see and I bought some novelty shot glasses for my friends. I wore my little green shorts from topshop which have been my summer staple even since I bought them about 3 years ago! I’ve never seen any shorts the same colour so love wearing these as much as I can. Because they aren’t highwaisted I never pair them with a crop top as I feel there would be a little too much on show so wore my plain black vest top from River Island. The top goes with anything and like most clothes I have bought out here with me keeps me nice and cool. My once white converse and now my ‘dirty shoes’ but I love the all white style and would love another pair to try and keep clean! 

 
This bull (called Marge) was in the court yard of Lime Grove, the designer shopping area where unfortunately I was only looking and not buying.

No. 2 

Fashion

Friday’s outfit was this casual look. I work as a promoter for a Southampton bar so was doing some day work creating a guest list of people working in shops in the city centre. The red hoodie is our uniform on Tuesday and Thursday nights as well as during the day. I also wore  my favourite new black skinny jeans from River Island (Lana jeans) and Nike trainers- both of which is used my student discount on!  

 

No.1

Fashion, outfit, Style

Outfit no.1 had to be this gorgeous shiny dress from Topshop! I originally got this dress in the sale for New Years eve which I celebrated at home in the local Weatherspoons (classy). Back in Southampton and with a Saturday night in Oceana on the cards I paired the dress with my black heeled sandals (also from Topshop) for that Saturday night glam! I’m in love with this dress as it makes me feel like a disco ball and changes colour; rubbing the dress so the sequins face the other way the dress becomes a matte bronze. I don’t often wear heels out clubbing but Saturday nights are an exception, plus these shoes are incredibly comfy so I’m able to dance (badly) all night long.

Topshop colour change dress

Topshop colour change dress

Topshop colour change dress

Topshop colour change dress

Apologies for the terrible full length image but a photo can only come out so well after a few double vodka red-bulls!