Life

It’s really hard to nail down what a lifestyle blogger really does. The term encompasses so much that every blogger has their own unique definition. For me, as a graduate lifestyle blogger, I’ll be documenting the trials and tribulations of life after university.

Every now and then I’ll be writing features regarding careers, relationships, health and well… general life I suppose! I try to approach even the most serious of matters with a degree of comedy, so hopefully nothing in this category comes across as preachy.

If there’s a particular topic you’d like me to cover I’d absolutely love for you to tweet me about it.

OOTD | Superstore Review

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Notes on my outfit: It’s finally time to crack out the wooly hat! I’m a huge fan of winter clothing and I’ve been counting down the days to be reunited with my tights and knits! 

Once upon a time I’d have shunned the Northern Quarter as a hyped up area where only yuppies congregate. It’s easily done. You see a guy in a top knot and offensively tight jeans, sipping artisan coffee and think it’s a place only for hipsters.

Not true.

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is host to some of the most incredible eateries in the city, which welcome anyone with open arms. One of the most recent additions to this district is Superstore.

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Restaurant on top, supermarket below; its easy to walk by this place without a second thought. Whilst many of the neighbours have outdoor seating, bunting and quirky marketing ploys; Superstore doesn’t need to shout about its offerings.

I was spoilt for choice with the Superstore menu. This wasn’t your average ‘mushroom burger to keep the vegetarians quite’ place, every dish was designed to be bursting with flavour. Whilst I was impressed, I’ve heard many suggest some of the dishes were ‘trying too hard’, but what’s wrong with a newcomer offering us something different for once!? If you’re after a simple steak or burger, there’s a hundred other places to go.

My friend and I opted for a small plate and side as we had plenty of important things to be doing (shopping) and didn’t want to spend too long of our day eating (for once).

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Look at how glorious their salt&pepper tofu is! This was much different to the greasy take out version I’m used too. The aioli was a perfect accompaniment and wasn’t too overpowering, so I could still appreciate the flavour of the tofu. I can’t be certain, but I feel like saying they used the silken variety. The contrast between soft inside and crispy exterior gave excellent texture.

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I ordered a side of fat chips that came with what was described on the menu as a ‘sexy onion dip’. It genuinely lived up to the name!

Washed down with a caramel tea, this was a great way to refuel after being battered by the crowds in the Arndale.

How Superstore didn’t win the best newcomer award at the Manchester Food & Drink festival I’ll never know *cough* fix *cough*. My friend and I both agreed Superstore fully deserved to win and I take her opinion highly as she’s a chef herself.

I’ll be returning to this wonderful place soon to tackle their vegetarian breakfast, who’s coming with me!?

What story lines could fuel a Friends reunion show?

If Friends ever returned, my flatmate and I would make excellent script researchers. Watching old episodes really made us think about how old the show actually is. The first episode went to air 20 years ago and many of my personal favourite episodes are those filmed in the 90’s. Yet, even the more recent episodes seem so old now.

For example: Ross films Emma birthday on a camcorder, Chandler takes a print film photo of Ross’ tan (I’m a four?!); and don’t even get me started about the lack of hipsters with laptops in the background of Central Perk. It got Natalie and I talking about how different the story lines would be if Friends ever returned to air.

Now I’m not saying it should happen this way. I’d be a little scared of ruining the magic if the gang did ever reunite, but if Friends was still being filmed it might look a little like this…

The one when Joey gets catfished
Joey would definitely be on Tinder if Friends was still on air. Despite his undeniable charm working in person, I think he’d certainly struggle online. “How you doing?” doesn’t quite have the same effect via text, does it?

Eventually after not much luck, Joey receives a reply from a beautiful young woman. Bragging rights indeed. Until he finally meets her and realises who the mysterious woman is… Janice!

The one when Ben is ready to propose
Ben (now 18, whaaat!?) falls madly in love with his first girlfriend. Turning to his father Ross for advice, he admits that he’s ready for marriage. Cue awkward life coaching and flash backs from serial monogamist/divorcee Ross on how now might not be the right time.

The one when Phoebe goes viral
I’d dread to think there would ever be a time that Phoebe stopped making music, but I imagine that her marriage to Mike tamed her wild heart somewhat.

After not picking up her trusty guitar in years, she’s shocked to be recognised on the street. Smelly cat has resurfaced and it has become the anthem to a new ‘slacktivision’ campaign to raise money for a national animal shelter. Whilst Phoebe tries to cope with the new found fame, she uncovers the fact that the money might not be going to the animals after all!

The one with the fashion bloggers
You know exactly who I’m talking about. Despite the ‘blogosphere’ being full of total babes, there’s always a few bad eggs. In this episode Rachel hosts a launch event for a new line with Ralph Lauren. Amongst the traditional journalists are group of bloggers who are unimpressed by what they’re presented with.

They each write a scathing review of the event and Rachel is certainly not happy. She starts her own blog in competition to them to show them the error of their ways – talk about damage control.

 

I genuinely cannot believe Friends is almost as old as I am. I will never get bored of watching reruns of this fantastic show. I doubt it will ever return to screen for a new season and part of me is glad that it won’t. We can always dream though, right?

If Friends ever came back, what other story lines do you think they’d use?

In the middle of nowhere | OOTD

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This little floral number really came in handy. I stumbled upon it tucked away in the corner of H&M and scurried into the changing rooms. “I can wear this in the office.” – Instant justification of any purchase. View Post

How do you pronounce the word scone? | Teacup Manchester Review

The day after my graduation felt so surreal. I met up with my old flatmates, Alice and Amy to celebrate the end of an era over tea and cake. One of our favourite haunts is Teacup in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Don’t let the hipster vibes put you off. This quaint part of the city is packed full of great independent retailers and eateries that welcome anyone.

I’d like to say we reminisced, but since we’re all in denial that we’re no longer students, we’ve reveled in stories of what everyone is up to back at home and people watched a couple across the road who were clearly on a Tinder date.

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When are you too old for gigs? | Lower Than Atlantis – Deaf Institute Manchester

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At the somewhat young(ish) age of 21, you’d think I was far from being a bitter old woman. Yet, I slipped into grandma territory when I went to see Lower Than Atlantis play at The Deaf Institute, Manchester.

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