Manchester

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//Happy 1st of May everyone – I hope you’re all doing great 🙂

This weekend I celebrated my graduation for my Master of Arts degree (technically finished in 2020 but…Covid!) and to celebrate my and my boyfriend went up to Manchester City Centre and stayed in Manchesters most desirable hotel, The Midland.

Superior King Room

I came up on the train and got off at Oxford Road Station, which was only a 7min walk to the hotel. I grabbed a latte in Pret while I waited for my room to be prepared and just chilled out for half and hour enjoying watching the people go past the cafe window.

Loved this robe – kinda wanted to keep it

We stayed in a Superior King Room which came with extra space and complimentary bath robes and slippers! They also bought over a bottle of Prosecco to the room for me and my boyfriend to share and extra bath robes in case we needed them. The staff were lovely and couldn’t do enough for me.

Yes, we did drink it all (plus other drinks)…

I’d also booked me and Harrison into a French Restaurant called ‘The Cote’ at 8:30pm, so once we’d settled into the room we set off to find it and enjoyed a nice walk through the city centre. It was a beautiful warm evening and the sun was setting. I enjoyed watching everyone heading out for the evening (Friday night) and seeing all the cool restaurants – there were endless ones to chose from…

Once we got to the restaurant, we both ordered French onion soup to start with a bottle of rose wine. I then ordered a mozzarella and caramelised onion tart and H ordered the pork belly with truffle chips to share. I couldn’t taste the pork because I’m veggie but H assured me it was insanely good! My favourite thing by far was the soup though – honestly it was out of this world!

Freshly made cocktails ❤

After dinner we decided to get drinks at the bar at our hotel as it was such a stunning bar and lobby it would have been a crime not to haha.

I genuinely think it’s the nicest hotel lobby I’ve ever stayed in anywhere – from the gorgeous pillars to the tree covered in lights growing in the bar, it was just stunning. It even smelled like perfume when you walked in! We ordered a daiquiri and a gin and tonic before heading back to our room for the night ❤

Couldn’t help it 😉

The next day we checked out at 11am and headed into the city for more food and some shopping before heading home. The weather was unusually sunny and warm and we had the best day exploring.

I had such a fantastic weekend I wish I could stay here every time I come to Manchester – I love love LOVE IT!//

Best wishes,

~Charlotte x

Birthday Night Away

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Good evening everyone…

…and happy (day after) Valentine’s Day <3. This year was the first time I ever properly celebrated Valentine’s Day with my boo. The past two Valentine’s have been during COVID and it’s just been difficult to plan anything special. It’s also just after Christmas, New Year, both me and Harrison’s birthday’s (both January bebe’s), and our anniversary…so by the time it comes around we can never be bothered to do anything. BUT, this year we DID! H treated me a really nice dinner at a restaurant near to where we live where they have *insanely* good food. We ordered sooo much food and I even got some of my favourite chocolates :). Kinda makes me want to celebrate it every year now…haha.

I never took any photos last night but I completely forgot that I saved a draft blog post from my birthday a few weeks ago!

Did you really go to a spa if you didn’t wear a white robe?

H organised for us to go to a nice spa hotel not too far from my house for an evening with a nice meal, drinks, and a lovely room back in January. I’ve driven past the hotel so many times in my life yet it was the first time I had ever set foot in there!

Those pillows were as squishy and as soft as they look

The room was super nice with really high ceilings and a massive comfy bed <3.

We had dinner in the evening and a bottle of wine. The food was delicious and it was super fun to dress up a little bit nicer for a change. I actually have a lot of photo’s from dinner… but I look a bit tipsy in nearly every one so I think it’s best they remain off the internet haha!

I was so Hungary I forgot to take a snap of my main! oops. (How dreamy does that chocolate look?!)

We ended the night watching movies and YouTube in bed snuggled up in our awesome bed. In the morning we order breakfast to our room before heading back home.

I was sooo great getting to do something for my 25th birthday after missing my last birthday to COVID. I love celebrating birthday’s as it think it’s important to commemorate every year of life that’s given to you. I want to look back and remember all the fun things I did each year, with the people that I care about the most :).

All for now,

~Charlotte x

Dinner in a Dome

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Happy Christmas Eve Eve everyone – if you are someone who celebrates Christmas I hope you are excited for the upcoming festivities!

One of my favourite things about Christmas is actually the build up to Christmas. I love doing all the typical Christmas activities, seeing all the pretty decorations lighting up peoples houses, and getting excited for some time off ~

One of the Christmassy activities I did recently was to have Christmas lunch in little dome ~ with Covid cases rising with the new variant here in the UK, having dinner out in your own personal dome is perfect 🤍

How pretty is this coffee art?

We got all dressed up and ate some lovely food, and drank lots of Prosecco.

The dome was decorated with fairy lights and a little Christmas tree and even came with heating (it’s cold in England always) and waiter service!

I had a baked Camembert to start followed by a butternut squash tagliatelle (mega yum) ~

As we ate it started to get dark and the dome looked even prettier at night ❤️.

*This was at Weston Park in Staffordshire for anyone wondering*

The only downside to the night was that I broke one of my stilettos…a great shame but also an excellent excuse to buy new ones hehe…

I love how cute it is
The best I could do with minimal lighting …

This is a great example, I think, of doing something fun and festive in a safe way that even feels quite ‘normal’. I would for sure do it again and would recommend it to anyone who asked 🙂

I think with Covid here to stay for the foreseeable future, it’s good to start thinking of new ways of getting out and experiencing life. We don’t want to endanger ourselves or others, but we also can’t lock ourselves up forever.

All for now,

~ Charlotte x

Perfect Eggs for Breakfast

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Hiya everybody,

I hope you are all keeping well ❤

I wanted to share with you the best poached eggs on toast I think I have ever done! I mean…look at them 😍!!

I made these beauties for a friend the other morning and oh my God they turned out great!? I served them with smashed avocado (with lemon juice, salt and pepper) on fresh olive bread toast with a little vegan butter ~ so GOOD! It’s so basic but something I love to eat and it’s and absolute go-to for me at the moment! 🙂

What’s your go-to fav breakfast been recently?

Lots of love,

~ Charlotte x

Eating Our Way Through Cyprus

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//Good afternoon everyone,

This is the final post from my trip to Cyprus a few weeks ago… I should have posted this sooner but I feel so busy at the moment. (Where has the time gone?!)

Anyways~ I think that we can all agree that one of the best things about going on holiday is trying new foods and just eating LOADS and loads. Well…it’s one of my fav things to do anyway 😉

Pina Colada for me EVEY time (…the cherry matches my nails…)

Well, that’s what we did while in Cyprus! We ate out pretty much everyday and had fresh salads, bread, cheese, pastas, fruits and even some FAB cocktails.

Our favourite bar to eat at was called ‘Restomar’ because it was right on the harbour, covered in fairy lights and served some of the freshest food and cocktails ever!

This was one of our starters ~ it’s a Russian dish but the name escapes me.

Funnily enough, I know I just said how great the restaurant was but this ended up being our least favourite thing we tried the whole time we were there. It’s sourdough rye bread with tomato, and it’s not necessary a bad dish, it just wasn’t suited to our palates at all…but everything else was amazing haha (looks pretty in the photo though!)

Also, bread to share is always a must ❤

Fours dips came with the bread and these included beetroot caviar and hummus but I genuinely can’t remember the others (my fault for writing this blog post so late…oops).

I also had a strawberry daiquiri one night and WOW, it was lush 😍.

One of the main meals we had at Restomar was a mushroom risotto and a mushroom carbonara ~

Both were very tasty. My carbonara initially came with pancetta cubes but because I’m vegetarian I asked for it without, and they did this for me no problem! I liked that because some restaurants will not let you do that I’ve found, but they were super nice about it and it was so delicious!

I don’t have photos of our other meals, but we also tried a steak ( well Harrison did not me), vegan sushi (very yum), and Nachos. Harrison actually said the steak was one of the best cooked steaks he’s ever had 🙂

I’m a big fan of this place, and I’m a big fan of Cyprus. I hope I get to come back soon. //

Thanks for reading,

~ Charlotte x