It feels like a long time since I've done any sort of 'catch-up' post here on my blog. I find this has become a place for me to share the more 'shoppable' posts and edits and as I've been sucked into the vortex of influencer life, with it my writing has disappeared into the distance as a long forgotten about hobby. But, today, I wanted to just talk, or type, for that matter. I don't often write anymore, and it honestly used to be one of my favourite things to do. It was my way of getting things off my chest, sharing with you and putting my thoughts out into words rather than having them scramble around my brain. I suppose it's a sign that times are better (which they definitely are) and maybe I don't need that particular release anymore, but nonetheless it's a part of my space online that I miss indulging in. This isn't to say I'm going to make a comeback with a million mental health posts, my content has strayed a long way from those topics in the last few years, as has my life, but I think I'd love to go back to opening up a little more and letting you get to know me from more than a simple instagram snap. 

So today, I'm just going to fill you in on some nice things that have been happening in my life lately. No hard-core topics to tackle, just some nice black and white photos surrounded by paragraphs. 

January was actually pretty Manchester heavy, and here I was thinking it was going to be a quiet month of days at home, struggling to get WHAM! out of my head for the 2nd week in a row and crying about paying my tax return. Well, I guess it was to a degree. There was an element of slowness that January always brings that was welcomed, but I also told myself I'd try and get out and experience more this year. I wanted to stop letting the Covid induced anxiety hold me back from taking up opportunities so, into Manchester I headed. 

I had a really love day catching up with my pal Han. We shot a bunch of outfits, braved the chilly weather and then rewarded ourselves with lunch at a new coffee spot that we hadn't tried before. I mean, I just love those kinds of days. The days that feel productive but also have that element of fun and friendship in them. There's no better way to spend your time than getting creative with a like-minded gal.

Josh and I also had a little Manchester stay-cation (I mean, it's no Barbados, but we'll take it), which was such a lovely way to start the year. We kindly got to spend some time at the Moxy Hotel in Spinningfields, where we got a cocktail on our arrival, a lovely room and played table football in their lobby (Josh won, of course). It's also in such a nice location, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, which I really liked. It's a really cute space, perfect to stay with friends or your partner.

We then also got treated to the experience of Van Gogh Live, where the art came to life and there was this amazing room of sunflowers (so so cool) and I think that was definitely a January highlight. I loved straying away from my usual walk round Market Street and seeing Media City in the sunshine, and then getting to immerse ourselves in some amazing art for a little while. It was so different to something I'd normally go and do and I'm really grateful we got to be involved with it. 

It'd be nice to do more things like that this year.

Last of all, this is just an outfit I really loved wearing. It's a stand out for me purely because of how confident I felt in it. I think I often lack confidence in my looks, always thinking it doesn't look that good or I'm not pulling it off as well as someone else might, but this one... this one made me feel great. I mean, it's not even a particularly special outfit, it's only a simple look. You'd think I was talking about some revolutionary fashion choice or something, but I suppose it made me realise even more so that, it's not about the clothes themselves or the look in general, it's how the overall outfit makes you feel. That's definitely a good reminder to keep giving myself this year.