The past week has been a rather indulgent one, which we have spent shopping, eating out and generally spoiling ourselves. I went to the Cocktails in the City event on Thursday evening, which is new to Manchester and has taken over the Old Granada Studios venue. Over 20 different bars have launched pop-ups for the event and I was happy to see that gin cocktails dominated, although there was plenty of choice for people who prefer other tipples. There was also loads of entertainment, from a miniature Junkyard Golf course to face painting, henna tattoos and an inflatable surfing experience and a virtual reality tour from the guys at Patron tequila.
We had a nice family celebration on Saturday and we all met up at Quantro restaurant in Harrogate, where had a greedy three-course lunch. I chose smoked haddock risotto to start, followed by baked salmon and then an indulgent sticky toffee pudding for dessert. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic and the restaurant has a really relaxed feel to it and the lunchtime menu was really great value (less than £20 for all three courses). I have a feeling this will become a GS favourite.
I’ve treated myself to some new jewellery additions lately, making sure they all coordinate nicely with my everyday favourites. My newest purchase is this beautiful Riva diamond hoop ring from Monica Vinader, which I wore at the weekend alongside my existing rose gold and gold accessories.
On Sunday I headed over to Redbrick Mill in Batley. I’ve been sprucing up my apartment a bit lately as I’ve been there nearly four years now and it felt like a good time to make a few small changes. I’m starting with a revamp of my office area (where I do most of my blogging) and was in need of a comfy chair, which I happily found at Redbrick Mill (I’ll post a picture when I’ve completed the revamp). I really enjoyed noseying around the different departments at Redbrick to get ideas for the rest of my home and there’s also a new Made.com showroom there so I had chance to check out a few things in real real life that I’ve been browsing online. No visit to Redbrick would be complete without a trip to Cafe Casbah, where I had a fresh salmon and prawn salad and a quick coffee before stocking up on pictures and ideas for our home inspo boards on Pinterest.
I had a day off on Monday which extended the weekend nicely and I went into Manchester to do some shopping. We’re going to a family wedding in a couple of weeks so I was on a mission to buy the perfect dress, which I found at Cos in Selfridges. It’s a pretty blush pink satin and cotton dress with a ‘cocoon skirt’ that feels quite princessy and I can’t wait to wear it! After the tiring shopping it was time for lunch, so we went to Harvey Nichols restaurant and enjoyed views of the Manchester rooftops while dining from their seasonal lunch menu. I started with courgette carpaccio topped with feta and spinach samosas, then a prawn thai curry on coconut rice with passion fruit (I definitely want to recreate this at home). Dessert was a coffee and caramel chocolate éclair. The perfect end to a very greedy week indeed!