Thursday 20 November 2014

Small Haul - Lush, Superdrug and Selfridges

I wanted to share with you a few things I bought while we were in Manchester at the weekend. There are a few other things but they are peoples presents so I don't want to include them just in case anyone sees! This weekend wasn't really about buying things though, since George has started work it feels like we hardly get any time together and when we do it goes so fast! We just wanted to spend some proper time together enjoying ourselves, feeling festive and it turned out to be the best weekend ever, I really don't think anything will be able to top it for a long time, I feel emotional when I think that it is almost week since we were there and got engaged! It sounds stupid but its unreal at how fast it went. I wish I could just relive it. 
Lush, Selfridges, Barry M, Primark
On to what I bought, I finally finished my bottle of Nails Inc black nail polish so I was desperate for some more. I know black isn't the most exciting colour but its one that I think always looks good and I do have it on either my fingers or toes every few weeks. I have a few Barry M nail polishes and I have always liked them and as they were on 3 for 2 I thought I would pick up a few of theirs. Aswell as the black, which is actually called 'Espresso', I also got 'Mustard' and 'Coconut'. I have the mustard shade on my nails right now and I love it! It is perfect for winter and I really wanted to try the Coconut shade as I had seen so many people with it on recently and it looks great. 

The Lindt Bear set was from Selfridges and we also got something else from Lindt which was quite similar, they are both presents for people even though George absolutely loves Lindt! I think its so cute and it was about £5 which I think isn't too bad. Also in Selfridges, I got a personalised Nutella Jar! I had seen on somebody's YouTube video a while ago that Selfridges did this but I wasn't sure if they would in the Manchester one, just because that would be typical when I wanted one! But they did! It was cheaper than I expected too, it was £3.99 which I thought was good as I was expecting them to be well over a fiver. We also got a few others made too again for presents, who doesn't love Nutella?

Obviously I had to go into Lush, it is one of my favourite shops anyway but around Christmas time it only gets better! I love the Christmas range, there were so many things to choose from, it was so difficult! I did get a bit stressed out as it was so busy and I don't do very well in crowded places but I still managed to pick up a few bits. I bought the Butterbear which just looks adorable, I don't want to use it because its so cute! I also got the Christmas Hedgehog which again is so cute. I had my eye on both of these as soon as the Christmas products were out so I was very glad to pick those up. Aswell as these two I also got the Blackberry Bath Bomb. This wasn't a Christmas one but it smelt amazing! It wasn't one I had tried before but now it is one of my favourites. I used it in the bath in the hotel and it was the most relaxing bath and so colourful! 

On the Sunday we went round the city on the way to the station and I popped into Primark as I was looking for some Christmas bedding. I didn't end up getting any but I did find a few things. Not exactly exciting but we have been needing a new laundry bin for our new place. I thought this was just really pretty and will do until we can get a really nice wooden one or something a bit better. I also picked up a few candles as the little jar ones from Primark are so nice and they are now only 80p! They actually had loads to choose from so it took me a while! I got the Blackcurrant and Orchid and the Sweet Pineapple and Ginger which is my absolute favourite! 

I don't even know how I managed to make this such a long blog post when I didn't even buy much! I just had the best time and want to share it all on here, even if people aren't interested it will be good for me to have it all down and look back on one day!

Have you visited Manchester at Christmas?

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

Manchester Christmas Market and The Trafford Centre

I have so many pictures of our first weekend away to Manchester and I was desperate to share them with you just because it was really the best weekend ever. On Friday night we headed to Manchester for 2 nights, our first time away together and I was completely unaware that George was planning on proposing at this point. At the time I just was excited anyway for a proper weekend away, I literally had no idea what he was planning. 

On the Saturday we started the weekend by a trip to The Trafford Centre and spent a little bit of money! I will do a separate post showing you the things I bought, I still haven't taken any pictures of it all yet but it was lovely to do a bit of shopping! The first place we went was Pancake Express. We went here last time we visited and it is just as good. We went for The Club which has chicken, bacon and cheese in and it was amazing. I definitely prefer savoury pancakes over sweet, I am not sure I could recreate this at home but it was so good that I would definitely give it a try. After this we went to Selfridge's and bought some personalised Nutella jars! I now have one with my name on it and we also bought a few as presents. Definitely something different and really not that expensive. We bought lots of nice food and nice presents for people aswell for Christmas and I just hope people love them as much as I do. I just can't wait to get everything out and have a proper look at what we got. I couldn't possibly name all the shops we went in, there was just too many.
The Trafford Centre, Premier Inn, Shopping
The Trafford Centre and the hotel, sorry my pictures aren't great! 
After the Trafford Centre, we made our way back to the hotel to chill for a few hours. Just before we were about to leave for the Christmas market, this is where he proposed! He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was saying yes in my head but it took a few seconds for the words to come out so I think he was a bit worried but like I was ever going to say no. It was just perfect, he said some very nice things and made me feel very special and I can honestly say I am the happiest girl in the world. I don't think I have ever smiled as much as this, I seem to just find myself thinking about it and smiling to myself! I don't think it has sunk in properly. I can't wait to get started on planning the wedding, even though it probably won't be for a few years, I am desperate to get myself a wedding planning diary of some sort and start putting ideas down. 

Obviously nothing could have made the day any better, but the Christmas Market was pretty amazing. It was massive, there were so many stalls, German ones, Italian, French, just so many different types selling all sorts of things. As it was so busy we didn't get to buy much but it didn't even matter. We did get some pretty amazing chocolate cakes though. I just loved been there and it was definitely a place we'll go again in the future, to experience it on the opening weekend was amazing, it's definitely got me excited for Christmas! 
Manchester Christmas Market
The Christmas Market. 
On the Sunday we went shopping round the city centre and went to Caffe Nero for some food, it was actually the first time we had been there for some reason but it was so nice. We ended up back home about 4ish, definitely straight back to reality but there is no other word to describe this weekend other than amazing! We will definitely be going back in the future and now we have even more reason as we got engaged there! I am now officially a fiancĂ©e! So exciting. 
Caffe Nero. 
I just thought I'd mention we were staying at the Premier Inn Portland Street and even though some people may look down on premier inns and think they aren't necessarily fancy hotels, you need to go to this one! It had just been renovated so we were in a new room which had just been done up, it was not what I was expecting. We had a huge bed, a flat screen TV on the wall opposite us, that was also huge, a sofa and a lovely bathroom with an amazing bath, I used one of my lush bath bombs too and it was so good. There was plenty of space in the bathroom for toiletries, a wardrobe, a fancy hair-dryer and mirror. I know this might sound boring that I am describing the hotel room but it was just so much better than we expected. I thoroughly recommend this hotel if you are visiting Manchester in the future.

Overall it was just the BEST weekend and I still can't believe what happened.

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Sunday 16 November 2014

I'm Engaged!!!

I don't even know how to start this blog post in any other way, but I am engaged! I can't put into words how happy I am, it has honestly been the best weekend.
I will do a separate post about the Christmas market in Manchester and the Trafford Centre showing what we bought over the next few days. I just couldn't wait to do a post to tell you all! It was very romantic and everything that I had hoped and more. We are both so happy, I don't even feel like it's real yet! I just can't stop looking at my hand, the ring is beautiful.

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