A Sheffield Girls Quick Guide to Manchester… with the help of her friends!

I wasn’t planning to do a post on Manchester, however …it was too good a night not to share.

Friday night found myself and Rach winging our way across the Pennines to meet up with a gang of Rach’s ex-work colleagues ; Lisa and Jen, two lovely locals . Pam from Birmingham and Jit the soul guy from Leeds. By soul I mean the only one – he’s not a singer or anything!

I always say it pays to know somebody who lives / knows the city (you’re visiting); where to go, what to do etc. We were advised that the night would involve ‘cheap food, lots of drink and dirty dancing’ Music to my ears.

Typically we were the last to arrive at the Met apartments where we were all staying for the night. After lots of hugs and squealing (and that was just Jit) we made ourselves comfy with a glass of champagne, had a quick catch-up. Before changing and making the 5 minute walk to our first stop.

Up in your grill, B.Eat Street which is situated in Brownfield Mill (a grade II listed building) Tariff Street, within the Northern Quarter. Although I felt slightly over-dressed – I loved it.

It’s open Friday and Saturday for 10 weeks over the summer. There’s an outdoor courtyard where the DJ’s do their thing, colourful graffiti graces the walls and alternating pop up food outlets or ‘street food heroes’ sell their deliciousness. The smell as you enter the courtyard has your mouth watering within minutes.

All the dishes are £5 and you’re really spoilt for choice. Our offerings came in the way of The Real Sue Lee, Viet Shack, Hungry Hombres and Nkono. We grabbed a spicy chicken burger each from Viet Shack. (Now a good blogger would have taken a picture … I was hungry what can I say?!) Before making our way through the bar, into what can only be described as a school dinner hall to devour our food. It’s a shame we couldn’t eat alfresco but typically the temperature had dropped to ‘below freezing’ and stood shivering was not at all appealing. Not dressed like a dolls head anyway.

Inside it’s all a-bit rough around the edges; crumbly walls, flaky ceilings with exposed beams, pipework and uneven floors but it’s full of character. As anybody that follows me on IG will confirm I’m obsessed with old buildings and kept ‘ohhing’ and ‘arrhhing’ at how ‘beautifully shabby’ it all was.

Take a look for yourself…

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I think it’s on until the end of August, so you had better be quick if you want to pay a visit …find them on twitter #upinyourgrill for line-ups etc.

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Suitably stuffed and beered up we jumped into a taxi and made our way to a few more ‘watering holes’

Manchester really is a fabulous location for a night out. It’s even better when you’re with people ‘in the know’ and all these bars deserve a mention:

The Manchester House Bar and Restaurant , Spinningfield which couldn’t have been more different (from the above) if it had tried. We smiled angelically at the bouncers and were let straight in.

Jumping into the lift we giddily whizzed upto the 12th Floor to where the Lounge was situated.

It’s monographic, chic and beautifully designed. All shiny and lovely. It also has amazing views of the Manchester skyline. It was a shame it was dark and I didn’t have my glasses on. One big fuzz! It is however an excuse to get my glad-rags on and re-visit . Afternoon cocktails anyone?!

It also serves a mean Vodka and Tonic.

I pinched the pic below off the web just so you can admire the view and go whooaaaa yourself.

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Neighbourhood – Spittingfield , is just a little tootle down from the above. We walked in to catch a couple of guys, perched on the top of the tables playing instruments along to a soundtrack.

Everywhere we looked there appeared to be handsome men. It’s a hard life! Now unfortunately I can’t guarantee the same when you /if you go – perhaps we fell lucky? Yep I know, I know, I have a BF but it never hurts to admire your surroundings!

I also fell in love with the fluorescent wall art ‘The best way to view Heaven is from Hell’ I think it was meant for us…

Oh and I can’t guarantee this either – but as we walked out , Marco from TOWIE walked in

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Elixir Tonics & Treats – 123, Deansgate . Or Harry Potters Bar as Lisa and Jen refer to it. This is more than likely because it sells potions and lotions.

If you only ever do one thing that I recommend then I insist  you to go here (waves her wand) and order a sharing cocktail.

Ask for a La Petite Voliere – ‘The Little Bird Cage’. Sit back and wait patiently for it arrive…. smoking and smelling of Lavender. A place to cast spells indeed. It’s magical.

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These maybe amongst some of the loveliest toilets I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. There were even marshmallows in little glass jars for us to eat!

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After a rather disappointing visit to the new Club LIV – Very pretentious, lacking in people and atmosphere. 

We left ….

BUT not before having our mugshots taken…

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We ended the night with yet more Jaeger Bombs at Revolution De Cuba – South Central, 11 Peter Street

I loved it here. We got to dance!

You know proper bloody dancing, ‘one foot in front of the other, wiggle it on a dance floor stuff’ I really can’t remember the last time I danced? I was no doubt ‘dancing like my dad’ and I’m sure I was old enough to be the majority’s grandmas… but we belly laughed and that’s never a bad thing.

We left at daft’o clock. Heads were fuzzy, voices slurring and some of us kept falling down. My parting words being ‘but I’m only just warming up’

Growing up gracefully?

Nah sod that for a packet of crisps … we’ll be running at it head on, looking like death warmed up with terrific hangovers BUT with some funny memories…

Lisa & Jen were the perfect hosts.

Lady Manchester you never disappoint.

Until next time, Tracey and the Gang x

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Style Tips Part 1…The Jeans

‘I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes’ – Yves Saint Laurent

I live in jeans.

My current favourites and the ones which are seemingly never off my back-side are my H&M ripped ones. I’ve had these for many, many years – more than I care to remember! Jeans are so very versatile and that’s why I love them.

We decided for this first style tips post we would take a pair of jeans each, Liz black skinnies, Tracey blue ripped, and show how with just a few different accessories you can totally transform your look.

We are both firm believers that you can look stylish at any age but that style is also very personal. Fashion is fashion and comes and goes as quickly as it arrived. What’s in fashion may not necessarily be something that suits you, or your body shape. Style however well that’s your very own…

You take a piece of that fashion and make it work but in your own very stylish way!

Last week La Redoute emailed us, inviting us take part in a their ‘Style Tips’ competition with a chance to win a trip to Paris (Oooh la la!!) and more importantly, be Brand Ambassadors for them for a whole 12 months.

We didn’t need to be asked twice.

So, armed with a boot load of accessories, we donned our loyal denims and met on a rather blustery Yorkshire day at Tankersley Manor, Sheffield for a spot of lunch and our first ‘style tips photo shoot’.

First stop food and a coffee…

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Liz:

I live in my skinny black jeans and have lost count of the number of pairs I have.  I just love their versatility.

For my first outfit, I decided to go casual. I poured myself into a pair of my favourites (good ol’ M & S ones), teamed with a plain black Primani vest, then threw on a H & M denim shirt, my Zara black leather jacket and a pair of Miss KG ankle boots and tucked into my lunch…

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Tracey:

My basic outfit was the afore-mentioned ripped jeans and a simple black vest.

For the first outfit I teamed it with a leopard print jacket from Zara, red vintage handbag which belonged to my late gran, Top Shop Red ‘Boudoir’ shoes circa 2000, and chunky gold jewellery.

I’d say that a jacket and jeans were my style staple, mixed up with bright accessories.

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Liz:

To adapt the same outfit for a day at the office, I discarded the shirt, the leather jacket and the boots and smartened things up with a plain black blazer and black heels. To add a bit of colour and break up the black, I added a scarf and tote bag.

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Tracey:

For my second outfit I replaced the leopard print jacket with a stripy navy and white mac and my sandals for a pair of black killer heels. Bright accessories came courtesy of a yellow handbag…

…and the weather was typically English!

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Liz:

As its supposed to be Spring (the Yorkshire weather didn’t think so), I brightened things up a bit. This is my favourite coat/jacket at the moment – a fifties style lemon number by J Taylor. I kicked off the heels and staying with the fifties vibe added a pair of pointy black slingback ballet shoes by Miss KG.

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Armed with a pair of Prada Catseyes sunnies for the odd moment the sun appeared plus a pearl and gold cuff by Coast, et voila…a modern day fifties inspired outfit!

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For style tips on how to dress as chic-ly as the French, pop over to La Redoute and take a peak!

In the meantime, wish us luck with the competition and watch out for the 2nd part of out style tips…dresses!!

For now…Au revoir

Liz and Tracey x

What we wore @ work….

We had an idea … (it happens)

a post which features what we wore each day during a full working week. I’m not sure about you but both Liz and I share a love of fashion and are fascinated by what people wear. Most posts tend to feature ‘going out’ outfits but when the majority of us spend most of our time at work we thought hey why not bite the bullet and do a ‘what we wore @ work’ post .

So here it is. First up Liz…

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Rocking the ‘teapot’ pose in a black and white H & M tunic dress which I bought for £14.99 last season and then ‘lost’.  I was convinced I had given ot to my daughter but then found it in a crumpled heap at the back of my wardrobe. I have rediscovered how comfy it is so sorry Naomi but I’m keeping it a while longer. I teamed it with black River Island leggings and long black suede wedge boots bought from Next at the end of last year.

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