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Manchester - Part 1 Shopping

About a month ago Ian and I went to Manchester. I've only just managed to start putting these posts together, but here is the start of our Manchester trip.

When going up to Manchester I was eager to visit some vintage shops. I was really excited to visit the different shops and find some bargains. I was a little disappointed, but a few of the shops where by far my favourites.

The first was a shop called Retro Rehab it had a great vibe. It felt unquie and homely and I only wish I lived closer. I got two beautiful dresses and I probably could've bought more.

I had such fun looking through the rails and there was so many beautiful pieces. If you're in the area go take a look. It's a great place with lots of treasures.

My other favourite shop was  We Are Cow. I didn't take a photo's, but go take a look at their website. 

Another shop that caught my eye though was Pop Boutique.

The feel of the shop was welcoming, it felt more like it was reworked pieces instead original vintages pieces. There were still some nice pieces, but I couldn't find anything in my size.

Along with the vintage shops there is an array of different shops. You have the Arndale and the boutique clothing shops. It's a great place for shopping and I much prefer it to London.

Wish List Wednesday

This is belated post for yesterday. I'm really loving vintage shopping and especially looking online. It's not the same as being in the shops, but there's not really any where I live.
As you probably know from my blog I love patterns. These are a few bits that have caught my eye. I love some of these classic colours and patterns. Each of these pieces is really striking to me and they'd all fit in great with what I've already got in my wardrobe. 

Blueberry Muffins

Small Punnet of Blueberries
260g Self Raising Flour
125ml Semi Skimmed Milk
120g Caster Sugar
150g Butter
2 Eggs

Start by creaming together the butter and sugar. 

Then combine the eggs

Then fold in the flour and then the milk. 

Finally adding in the blueberries making sure they are evenly distributed throughout the mix. 

Then pop them in the oven for about 20mins at 170

Now you can enjoy them. 

Wish List Wednesday

Cream Striped Button Detail Shirt
Gingham Print Tie Front Dress
Coral Butterfly Print Dress 
Rework Red Checked Aline Dress

Today's Wishlist Wednesday is all from We Are Cow a vintage shop. I went to Manchester and loved their shop. You can also purchase bits online. These four pieces are beautiful and I'd love them all.
What girl doesn't always need a new dress and I love the different prints on each of these. The skirt is classic with the fun red on it. I could look on the website all day there are so many pieces I'd love on there, but these are my favourites.

Monday Musings

There are many things that will be thrown at you in life and this brings you with a choice. Do you give up or will you keep on fighting. 
For me at times I've consideried giving up, but it's never an option to me.
I always find the strength and courage to continue fighting and for me it is choosing to be hopeful and positive. Deciding that it's meant to be and that something better will come along.
It has taken me a while to get to this stage and I think it is something you've got to learn.
It's not always easy and sometimes I find myself feeling disappointed and disheartened, but you have to find ways to pull yourself out of it. I usually give myself that day to feel like that, then the next day I jump back.
Ian is a great help in this and reminds me of the positives and why I'm doing what I'm doing. He really is my rock and knowing I have that support makes it easier.
Recently I've found myself feeling a lot like this. I applied for teacher training and unfortunately I didn't get in. I got some great feedback and was told what to work on ready to reapply. At the time I was so upset and felt like my dream was over a little dramatic I know but that's how it felt. I soon realised it wasn't a bad thing and that it meant I had the time to be more prepared and ready.
This has however brought me to worry about what I do now. I need a job as I have bills to pay just like everyone else. I'm applying for lots and I've had interviews, but I'm yet to get a job. It worries me and often makes me panic.
I believe things happen for a reason and that there is a reason for everything.
Which to me means that the right job will come along and I will get a job. I'm choosing to be positive. Of course I'm still going to need and want a job, but it's not something you can force. If it was it would be easy and everyone knows life is definitely not easy. It's there to test you and make you stronger.
I feel extremely blessed and appreciative of everything I have in life. I know I'm lucky and there are people with bigger problems out there, but that's not to say those of us with smaller problems are any less important. I just feel that maybe it's easy to see the problems sometimes and that it can overshadow the good things if we let it. This is why I've decided to start changing the way I think not a massive overhaul, but to think and focus my time on the positives and all the good times however small they are. They are the things that matter and when I let myself worry so much I sometimes feel like I miss those things.
I want to be more in the present and enjoy every moment to the fullest. In turn I hope it will attract more positivity into my life as I have no time for negativity. I already feel it changing me in a sense. I've found myself wanting to try new things and to be a bit more carefree. I just want to do what I love and enjoy it, no matter what anyone thinks and that is how it should be.

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