Nov 29, 2011

There’s no place like home!

Me at Manchester Christmas markets

Wearing: jumper from Zara, jeans from Vero Moda via ASOS, coat from Topshop, leather brogues from ASOS, socks from Marks and Spencer, bag from Louis Vuitton via Selfridges, red lipstick by Kate Moss for Rimmel (shade 1)

It was so nice to go back to Manchester for a few days last week.  I haven’t been home since mid-September and I didn’t really think I was homesick until I got there.  I will always be a Manchester girl but in a city so small (in comparison to London) the opportunities can seem few and far between … that said I always miss Manchester when I’m in London and vice versa.  Yes I’m fickle!

Manchester Christmas Markets are now in full-swing and are incredible as always!  2011 is their 13th anniversary and the markets seem to grow annually (there are around 200 stalls across 8 sites this year).  The chalets dotted across the city sell food, drink, jewellery, leather goods, clothes, and beauty products (I bought 2 bars of handmade soap from the stall seen below).  It’s free to visit – click here to download a map of Manchester Christmas Markets.

Besides lots of nourishment Chris and I also both treated ourselves to new shoes.  I’ve been on the hunt for some for the most redonkulous amount of time so I was more than happy to discover these black brogues from Jones in the sale.  Fate, right?

I hope you’re all having a good week so far.  The weather seems to have turned pretty miserable with a constant chill occasionally accompanied by wind and / or rain.  The joys of a British winter!  Oh well, it’s only 5 months until summer …

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Selfridges and Barton Arcade

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Manchester Christmas markets

Town Hall and new shoes

Me as a reindeer



  • gaaahhh i miss manchester too. i’m only back for 4 days for christmas before i have to head back up north for work! tsk. not sure if i’ll get chance to see the markets too :( the edinburgh one is nice but so so small in comparison.

    loving your bag btw! i’m gonna get myself one of those one day.
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  • Love these pictures ! Was in Manchester last week and try to go as often as I can – love the area from st anns square, through avenue by Selfridges/harvey nicks to the triangle and print works – It all has a really good feel to it and it all looks good done up for Christmas
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  • Lovely photo diary. Love your coat.

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  • Love your look. Such pretty colors together. And great photo’s as well.
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  • Love little food stalls, reminds me of my time in Paris this time last year xoxo
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  • Well, Ms Manchester, your photo album is great! I would really love to visit your city and I think I’ll love it!

  • I love looking round Christmas markets :) Love your green jeans! :)

    Love, Vanilla
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  • ah no! hadn’t heard about google friend connect, so thank you for mentioning it!
    lovely photos, making me feel all christmassy!!
    Flora x
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  • wow your photos look amazing. I love markets they are so much fun, you never know what you will come across :)

  • J’adore ton manteau!!!

    Angela Donava

  • I agree those garlic potatoes were really lush and at just £3 a ptotion well worth the money and warmed the cockles of my heart x

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