It was a beautiful sunny day in Manchester. If you’re a Mancunian, you know that you have to make the most out of this weather, seize the day and get out of the house. If you’re a blogger, you reaaaaaaally need to make use of the weather and take photos.

I picked this shirt up from Zara a while ago. It’s cute and versatile. It gives you a romantic look when  wearing on its own with a skirt or some nice slags. However, if you know me, I like giving my items a bit of a twist. The combination of romantic/rock-chic looks has been of my faves for many years now.

ruffles shirtTo achieve this look, all you really need is a ruffled/frilled shirt and combine it with a leather item. Whether you’ll opt for a leather jacket or leather skirt is entirely up to you. However, you should feel comfortable in whatever you choose. I don’t know about you guys but when wearing the ‘wrong’ outfit, I don’t feel confident and get a bit funny.

We went to London for my birthday last year which was when I picked up this lovely blue shirt with ruffles and frills from Zara.

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“Oh perfect leather jacket, where art thou?”

For years I’ve been looking for the perfect leather jacket. Endless browsing and scrolling on the internet, popping into endless shops on the high street, nada, absolutely nada. “It just has to feel right” is what I kept telling myself. I’m very picky when it comes to my fashion (and men ;))… and then one day whilst having had a look around H&M, I spotted the perfect leather jacket. Perfect fit, perfect size, perfect length. YASSS, only took me a few years!

skinny jeans

I am so in love with these skinny jeans, especially with the distressed details. They’re perfect for summer and when combining with quirky socks.

High-waist skinny jeans from New Look

 

And don’t forget to smile. Life is all about the happy moments <3

 

 

 

Love, Nina x

‘You said I must eat so many lemons because I am so bitter, I said I’d rather be with your friends’ mates ‘cause they are much fitter.’

Ring a bell? This has got to be one of my favourite lines. Kate Nash landed a number one record in 2007 with ‘Foundations’.

Kate Nash proved to be a role model for modern feminists, articulating women’s issues in modern society in her songs. Needless to say that I was a big fan of her back in 2007 and have followed her career over the years.

Given recent events, Kate Nash came to Manchester and played a charity gig at Jimmy’s NQ which happens to be down the street from me. Scrolling through my twitter feed on the bank holiday Sunday, the MEN tweeted about the charity gig and mentioned Kate Nash being in the NQ handing out free hugs at ‘Vintage Cow’.

A couple of my friends and I made our way to Jimmy’s, donated a couple quid for the charity fund and waited in the tiny room downstairs. And when I say waited, I mean we literally stood right in front of the teeny-tiny stage.

I always thought, the older you get, the less you care about meeting musicians you look up to. Oh boy was I wrong.

Being able to connect with people through music is incredible but getting to see them live and actually being able to communicate with them, is a completely different level.

Kate opened her 30 minute gig engaging with the audience and showed support for the victims and families, as well as all Mancunians.

Her set included songs such as ‘Foundations’, ‘Dickhead’ and ‘Mouthwash’. The crowd sang along to her biggest hits.

Unfortunately the gig ended way too soon. However, we’ve had the chance to catch up with Kate. She is an absolute babe and super down to earth. It was a pleasure meeting her. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon.

 

 

Love, Nina x

new hair

Living in the Northern Quarter sometimes keeps me from travelling outside the city centre. I literally have everything in front of my door step, so why get on the train, tram or bus when I can easily walk anywhere. Well, I don’t want to turn into a city centre snob and before I became a city girl, I actually used to be a country girl, hard to believe right?!

Days out in Manchester are my favourite!

Nothing beats a Saturday strolling around town, however, if you fancy a more natural scenery, you might have to hop on the train. Leaving the city for a day or two also helps me to switch off.

A few weeks ago my best friend from Germany visited me and we decided to take a trip to the Bramhall. A quick 15 minute journey on the train later, we arrived in a town that has a ‘Hamptons’ flair. Lovely bars and restaurants along the main road, people enjoying their brunch in the sun with oversized sunglasses, WAGS and other minor celebrities sipping their skinny lattes.

I also decided that it was time for a new haircut, colour and a fringe. Do you guys get the ‘fringe-itch’ as well? Every 16-18 months I feel the urge to get a fringe, about a week later I am fed up. And let’s be honest, fringes in Manchester aren’t ideal at all. I wonder why they call Chicago the windy city, Manchester definitely deserves that title.

The first time I went to Ed’s must have been about 3 years ago. I instantly fell in love with Ed and Mike – two amazing human beings. After my sister moved back to Manchester a few months ago, she started a role as a Senior Stylist at Ed’s.

Before and after

before and after hair

Ever since I went dark again, I felt a bit boring. Having defined myself through my hair, it was time for a change. I needed a fringe and a bit of colour. As you can see in the photos above, my hair just looked dull :(

eds bramhall hair salon

@Eds Hair Bramhall – Facebook

The best part about going to a salon, prosecco obvs and getting your hair shampooed by a professional.

A few hours and lots of fizz later, I looked fairly presentable. My sister Denise did an amazing job, as per usual.

We discovered a hidden gem opposites Ed’s. A little Thai place called ‘Chilli Banana Thai Street Food’.

 

For as little as £9.95 this place offers a Two-Course lunch menu which compared to city centre prices is like peanuts. Speaking of peanuts, from satay dishes to traditional curries, Chilli Banana offers a big variety of traditional Thai food.

green thai curry

 

We’ve opted for the Thai Green curry with tiger prawns and a spicy flat noodle dish called ‘Drunken Noodles’ which was super tasty. As you can see, the portions are pretty big.

Unfortunately we’ve not managed to take any photos of the starters, we were simply too hungry.

 

Days out in Manchester are fun. It doesn’t always have to be in the city centre, we have so many beautiful little towns around Greater Manchester/Cheshire.

Where do you like spending your Saturdays? Any plans for new hair dos?

Love, Nina x

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