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Friday, 29 June 2018

A little Windermere summer shabby chic outing

Lake District mori shabby chic style blog
Happy Friday everyone! It's easy to feel a lot of pressure while blogging, am I thinking about branding, making my best images? Am I SEO friendly? It is so lovely to forget everything for a minute and go snap happy with the camera on a 27c afternoon in late June, the sun with its haze turning everything milk pink in your gaze. This is why I love blogging. Here is a little summery daytrip photo diary...
Lake District mori shabby chic style blog
I try to capture it with my camera, the felicity and fragility of a summer's day through lavender glazed houses, windows flung open, liquid rooftops and sun caught spider webs. 
Monday, 25 June 2018

Amazing old places and hangouts in Manchester


*this is a collaborative post. Image credit
Manchester is a fascinating place. The perfect fusion of modern and historic architectures, the incredible buzz and atmosphere, its flamboyant, youthful and creative energy and its buildings and streets steeped in history make it one of the most vibrant, diverse and lively places in the UK. There are an unlimited ideas for a city break, great school trips to Manchester and exciting, yet educative things to do in and around the city today. Here is a look at the biggest tourist attractions in the city, whether you're looking to plan a holiday or plan on bringing your class on a fun trip this summer.

1. Castlefield - Castlefield is an area in Manchester which will transport you immediately back in time as you stroll through the centre of Victorian houses and even a reconstructed Roman fort. There are also many of the old factories from the time of the industrial revolution which have been converted into offices these days but you’ll be able to enjoy the original architecture of it. 

2. Museum of Science and Industry - Manchester is the home of some of the greatest scientists in the world and the universities in the city have been the birthplace of many great minds including Alan Turing, John Dalton and many more. This is why the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is a site like no other and it is a museum which will allow you and the class to interact with many science experiments and get to grips with tough concepts in a clever way. You can also join one of the many workshops the museum holds in order to help your class learn more about science. 

3. Manchester Cathedral - Lovers of amazing architecture and rich history will adore Manchester Cathedral, perched proudly on the banks of the river Irwell. This cathedral dates back to 1422 and it is a stunning piece of architecture and culture. The detail and intricate design of the building itself and the choir stalls will astound you, the perfect place for an art or history student.

4. National Football Museum - Manchester is the home to some of the biggest sporting teams in the world - most notably Man City and Man United. It is the UKs hub of sport and this is why the national football museum is located proudly in the middle of town close to the arndale. The football museum is a great place to see as it features old artifacts from the history of the sport such as the first ever rule book and historical clothing belonging to the greats. Outside there is a huge screen, chairs and seating areas where during the summer sporting season, football matches and other sporting matches can be shown for free for anyone passing. 

5. Chetham's Library - Chetham's Hospital was a Home for priests back in 1422 and now it has been converted into a stunning library for people to enjoy. You can visit this library at any time and it has a staggering 100,000 books within its walls to date, of which many were printed before 1850!

6. Manchester Art Gallery - Manchester Art Gallery is one of the most beautiful places in the city and it is the home of one of the biggest art collections in the country. This gallery contains modern pieces, has traveling exhibits from the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, and is the home of many absolutely gorgeous pre-Raphaelite paintings (I am biased) and French impressionist pieces too. There are many artworks and artifacts in this museum which are perfect for anyone to enjoy. 

7. Chinatown Manchester is nestled next to Piccadilly gardens Chinatown, one of the most striking and beautiful roads of the whole city. Within this small section you will see Chinese restaurants, bakeries, craft shops, supermarkets and more. It is an amazing place that celebrates the unique fusion of culture right from home and you’ll be able to experience some unique delicacies.

8. Manchester Town Hall - You simply can’t visit Manchester without coming to see the Town Hall. This building was erected in 1877 and is in placed in the centre of Albert Square. It is a stunning building and one which offers some amazing views of the cityscape around.

9. People's History Museum - The People's History Museum is one of the most Mancunian places in the city as it is dedicated to the working people of Manchester and Britain as a whole and protects their history which can often be forgotten alongside the key historical figures. It is full to the brim of stories, objects and artifacts relating to working people and acts as a gateway to see what people were really like in those days. Perfect for lovers of old things and old ways like me!

10. Heaton Park - To see one of the most wonderful parks close to the city, this 600 acre plot of land is ideal for anyone who wants to get away from the busy city life and enjoy some nature and sunshine for a while. The park is home to a huge playground, picnic areas, cows, wildlife and much more. You can head here for a relaxing walk and enjoy the charm of north west England, learn about ecosystems, or enjoy one of the many concerts they have on during the summer months.

11. Natural History Museum - The natural history museum is one of the most beautiful and fascinating museums in the country, a place to learn about animals and science from a unique point of view. It hosts a huge number of taxidermy models of the most wondrous creatures from around the planet and it gives you a real sense of what they look like and how they live. There are also ancient Egyptian and Roman exhibits which will offer a unique insight into the history of our world.

12. Thunder Egg - I had to throw this in at the end! I adore a good dress shop and this place is magical, all my dress dreams lovingly poured in to one adorable shop. They sell brands like Run and Fly, Sugarhill Boutique and all kinds of darling Modcloth-esque garments. Okay, this probably isn't the most educative of places but it's perfect for a good old clothes browse! 
Friday, 22 June 2018

The cutest Disney purse of all time, under £10!

Primark Disney Alice in Wonderland collection purse
I found this purse in my local Primark in Lancaster and wanted to share it immediately! My Primark missed out on the beautiful Marie collections, I was over the moon to find the Disney Alice in Wonderland range in
Sunday, 17 June 2018

What I've been buying and getting up to, photo diary*

Shabby chic girly blog photo diary
 These kinds of posts are really great for just having a catch up, rambling about things while I'm having my tea and talking about what I've been loving lately. Right now it's raining, my ear is blocked and Oscar is eating
Monday, 11 June 2018

Victoria ITV cosplay, Scotland inspired look

Jenna Coleman Victoria cosplay vintage girl outfit
Hey guys, it me! I am back with another modern vintage outfit experiment, again inspired by the beautiful Jenna Coleman in ITV's Victoria. Something I always dreamed of doing is to be able to go out in full long skirt 
Thursday, 7 June 2018

What's in my spring bag and hayfever essentials*

What's in my bag blog and hayfever essentials
 I always love 'what's in my bag' posts, they are one of my favourite kind of posts to read, probably because I'm nosy haha! I think that the things kept in someone's bag can offer a unique look in to their world, namely
Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Revitalising your household exterior, make it pretty!

When we talk about renovating a home, we usually think about the interior. However, there is a whole world of tips out there, a whole Pinterest movement dedicated to showing us that household design extends way beyond the front door; you can make the outside of your humble abode just as pretty and cosy as the inside! It's so true that even the littlest things will go a long way and make an impact, here are my favourite tips to change the outer appearance of your home and where to start...

Garden, garden, garden - One of the most fun ways to improve your house’s outer appearance! The simplest maintenance tasks can go a long way and work to change your home's entire image, like mowing the lawn, deweeding and trimming back shrubbery all nice and neat. It might seem insignificant, but it can make a huge difference to the aesthetic of your outdoor space. Think of it in the same way as tidying up in your house - plus you are learning all the time. Take a minimalist approach and really strip back the space, especially if it has collected clutter over the years.
Once you have prepped the space nice and neat you can get seriously creative with the exterior! When choosing plants and flowers think about sights, smells and seasonal produce, maybe a blossom tree
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Easy and free ways to treat your pets like royalty*

We always want to spoil our pets to bits - the more you make them happy, the more they will associate you with this emotion, and this will mean that they want to spend more time with you. I made a list of some things you can do for free to treat your pets to make them over-the-moon happy right now!
*this is a blog collaboration

Spend time with your pets - gifting them your time can make the best present ever for a pet, even if it is just feeling calm in your company, stroking your cat whilst you read or watch a tv program, or if you have gerbils, close the bathroom door and lie in the empty tub and let your pets run around and explore and climb on you! They will love it as you will act as a giant climbing frame for them, they can get used to your smell and scent, it will become familiar to them and they will associate it with playtime and feeling happy. Whenever you hold them, they will get used to knowing they are going to have a fun time and this will really get them to warm to you. This is a great idea to save money instead of forking out for a pet playpen - just use a dustpan and brush to sweep up any droppings afterwards and give it a clean, plus wear clothes that you don't mind getting knawed just a little! The time you spend with your pets will have a significant impact on the way that they act around you.

Listen to what they like - it can also be true that pets, old ones and especially new additions need space. While many are eager to spend every second with you, being fussed and pampered, often pets need a little alone time and some more than others. Some are sensitive souls, some crave playtime, just like humans they each have their own personalities - this goes for smaller critters like gerbils and even fish! Interacting with them often to find out how they respond to certain stimuli, certain toys, food and even lots of hugs for your furry pals can help you to get an idea of their personality, what is important to them and even what frightens them. If you manage to stick to their preferences and dedicate your time to honouring their likes and dislikes you will reap the rewards of becoming their favourite person and best friend. It might take a little while for some pets, for you to gain their trust, but it will be incredibly rewarding for both of you once you’ve managed to create this bond. 

Make a little scavenger hunt - any pets you have will love going on a scavenger hunt to find their favourite food, treats or toys! Just hide and bury little bits and bobs in their enclosure or around the garden for them to find, it will provide hours of entertainment and even exercise too!

Dedicate a little space in your home for your furry friend - You can make your home more special and welcoming for your little ones by adding a special dog pillow, cat bed, or even premium gerbil bedding - these don't cost much, but will improve the life of your pet dramatically, making him or her feel nice and comfortable. You could even use some spare fabrics or even pick some up cheap in a second hand or charity shop to craft your pet a lovely bed. When pets are depressed or stressed it's a lovely idea to have a little safe refuge there for them, somewhere that smells like them, a favourite place to go if they need time alone. Along with being given enough time to develop trust and be happy, it’s also important that your pets are able to be comfortable. They don’t understand the world around them as humans do, and this makes their home even more critical to their wellbeing, with the chaos of the outside world only going away when they are in their favourite places.

Learn their language - learn how they like to show affection and try and mirror it back to them. As humans we often love to hug, kiss and snuggle in to our pets to show them love but to your pet this could be very strange! Learn where they like to be groomed or petted and let them show you.

Make little homemade treats - find out their favourite foods and flavours and have fun creating little treats for them. I often find that my gerbils food favourites seriously differ from each other, some absolutely love pea husks and all the greens, vegetables that I put in, and some only like the dried carrot pieces, some go absolutely mad for pumpkin seeds and squabble over them and some aren't too fussed and will happily abandon them for a piece of maize. You can make treats similar to the ones they sell in shops, only much cheaper! Try making doggy biscuits, biscuits with apple and carrot, healthy treats baked in the oven that your pet with enjoy - even try 'pupsicles' for the summer months!

The vast majority of pet owners want their animals to live for as long as possible. This will give you more time with the creature you love, while also giving them the chance to experience as much as possible while they’re around. Giving them the best food, making them happy, and generally treating them like royalty is an amazing way to increase their lifespan and will help them to live their best life!