48 hours in Manchester

Hey everyone!

So back in August, my very best friend Shauna left to move over to Manchester with her boyfriend, Darragh. So in January, we finally got a chance to go over and visit after all the craziness of Christmas. Myself, My boyfriend and my two friends decided to double date over to see them! We flew over with a cheap and cheerful flight with Ryanair, flying out on the Friday evening. We were very lucky to all be able to stay with our friends so didn’t have to worry about booking any accommodation and we were only about 15 minutes away from all the main areas. We arrived in Manchester at around 7pm and a few of us went straight out to Sakana, which is an Asian restaurant/cocktail bar. I got the beef ribeye in blackbean sauce with XO chicken & asparagus rice and it was to kill for! the beef was cooked perfectly and the rice was so well flavoured. The cocktails were gorgeous too.

We then went to go into a few late bars/clubs but be warned they are very strict on dresscode, we were refused from everywhere because the boys had runners on! We then ended up just going for a few drinks in MOJO which is a cocktail bar. This place is really laid back, relaxed and the perfect place to go if you want to dance on the tables and have a messy night, that’s what everyone in the place did!

The next day we got up, severely hungover, for me and the girls to go into Trafford Centre to get our make up done for the night and do some shopping! We pre booked our make up months in advance since MAC is the same in every city, impossible to get an appointment, so make sure to drop in and pre pay to hold your place. For someone who’s never been to Trafford Centre this was heaven on earth for me! This place is like a small city! They have absolutely everything and the best stock too. The Missguided section in Selfridges was were I mainly wanted to visit and it has everything from shoes to jackets  to dresses for nights out! I would go back just for a shopping day to here.

We then went to Blackburn for the day to watch Darragh, play in the Blackburn VS Birmingham game at the Ewood park stadium, which was so exciting to get to see and after this we planned to go for dinner but opted for a quick Dominos instead!

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We then went into Tattu in Manchester to meet some of their friends. I loved Tattu, it has a ship wreck kind of theme to it and serves late food and has endless cocktails to choose from. I can’t comment on the food since we didn’t eat there but I it doesn’t disappoint. If you do go to Tattu make sure to have an ‘Old school rose,’ I loved these! They also had ‘Skull Candys’ which were made with vodka, bubblegum and strawberries which looked as good as they probably tasted!

We then moved on to the famous Bijou nightclub which is also strict on dresscode, so men, make sure to have your nice shoes and shirt out! We booked a table in the Shisha lounge where you get shisha on your table too. You order whatever bottle you want and pay in advance and it was probably the same size as my arm! You then just pay for your mixers and extra shisha liquid on the night. Make sure to book Tattu or Bijou well in advance if you want a table, they book out insanely quick!

The next day we went back into Trafford Centre for some food. They have a huge food hall and even a bar just incase! We went to Las Iguanas which was carribean food and it was dreamy! The portions are absolutely massive which is a huge plus in my eyes. I wanted to get the Jerk chicken and curly fries, but my hangover could only handle the curly fries! Everyone else’s meals looked amazing!

Then to make our day an extra fat one we ordered a Chinese from ‘Happy Seasons’. These portions were even bigger and better. Between the nightlife, cocktails, shopping and food portions I fell in love with Manchester. I feel like I’m talking about eating way too much in this post but anyone who reads my blog in the first place won’t be surprised by this crazy love for all kinds of food! We flew home at 10pm Sunday night with Aer Lingus, which was perfect since we then had the day to chill out.

Long story short, We all had an amazing weekend and I will be back anytime I can be! Definitely try it out for a girls/boys or couples trip away, it will not let you down 🙂

Just Jodie x

 

no photos above were taken myself. Photo credit to Sakana, Tattu, manchesterbars, Missguided, Bijou nightclub, Las Iguanas, MOJO, FGG and Trafford Centre.

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A night at the Druid’s Glen Resort

Hey everyone!

So in November, I took a week of holidays off work. It was my birthday that weekend but I had nothing planned during the week. On the Wednesday I was lying around doing nothing, when my boyfriend rings me, telling me to pack my bags because he’s bringing me away for the night! I was absolutely delighted and I’ve never jumped out of the bed faster to pack my bags since we were leaving in the next 2 hours, don’t think he thought that one through considering it takes me a week to pack but anyway.. We started driving down the roads and all I had to go by was the sign posts as he wasn’t giving away where he was bringing me, until of course the Sat Nav ruined the surprise by telling us we were going to arrive at Druid’s Glen in 30 minutes time ha ha! This hotel is located just between the Wicklow mountains and The Irish sea.

We pulled up to the entrance where there is a long uphill drive through beautiful forests and countryside pathways where we were finally greeted by a huge green golf course and a stunning white hotel surrounded by trees and lakes and amazing views of the Wicklow mountains.

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We couldn’t have come at a better time as the hotel was all decorated for Christmas and it was so cosy and festive inside. The hallway in this hotel was beautifully decorated, with a sleigh, reindeer’s, Christmas trees, wreath and lights everywhere. It is probably the most relaxing hotel I’ve stayed in as everywhere you go whether it’s for drinks, breakfast, dinner or even for a swim you have such an amazing view of the mountains from the wide windows all over. The décor in the lounge is brick walls, wooden floors, wooden ceilings, leather couches and wide wooden paned windows looking out at the most stunning surroundings. The rest of the hotel is a lot more modern which I loved as you get a glimpse of the countryside while the rooms and hallways are more fresh and modern.

When we arrived we went for lunch in the bar, I had chicken wings, chips and a sneaky sticky toffee pudding for dessert and both were delicious, my mouth is watering just thinking of that pudding!

Our room was so spacious and clean and had amazing views outside! the bathroom was also huge which is also a plus. We went down to the pool area after our lunch and drinks and there is a perfect pool area with scenic views of the outskirts, a jacuzzi and a steam room. Although the Jacuzzi wasn’t working while we were there 😦 there is also a gym and a spa area, both were not used by us though since we were too busy eating and drinking!

That night we got ready for dinner and arrived downstairs to the nicest dining room which was all lit up with Christmas lights and really nicely decorated. Now I won’t lie if you are anyway fussy when it comes to food this menu is not for you! I’m not usually fussy at all when it comes to food but I did struggle to find something on this menu for me. I didn’t fancy any of the starters so went for the safe option of the steak! The steak was gorgeous and cooked perfectly but was very small. So I went for a sponge cake with strawberries and passion fruit cream with ice cream after to fill the gap! This was delicious, they also gave us a miniature cake at the end of our meal which was made of beetroot and honeycomb! I’m not a fan of beetroof but Damien loved it!

Overall this hotel had pretty much anything you could possibly look for. The staff were also some of the friendliest and most welcoming staff I’ve ever come across. I couldn’t really fault this hotel and I would return here anytime! For me it was deserving of all 5 stars.

Thanks for reading,

Jodie x

Penneys SS17 collection

Hey everyone!

It has been way too long since I have written a blog post so I thought I would come on and speak to you all about the new Spring/Summer 17 collection in Penneys (Primark). The other day I popped in for a face mask, famous last words, when I came across the shoe section!

I got these padded on the inside, patent leather look boots with vertical zips down the front for only  €21! they are so comfy on and I’ve seen very similar styles in Zara, the dream!

Next up I got these comfy leather look boots with a wooden block heel for €23! they are so nice on with tights, leggings or jeans!

Then I also picked up a very similar pair except knee  high and suede. These were €28 and so nice on! I have skinny legs so I always find that knee highs slip down on my legs but these always stay up. The best part was when I got to the till they were reduced to €9!

I also grabbed a pair of these gold shiny sliders with a white foam bottom to them, which I thought would be so handy for holidays and they were just €5!

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While I was walking to the till with my arms full with shoes, I saw the famous floral dress that everyone has been looking for so I also picked this up in a size 6 for €16.

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I spotted this really comfy oversized long jumper for lounging around in, in a lovely peach colour for €8 and this is so much nicer on! I teamed it with a baggy oversized denim jacket, leggings and runners for a casual everyday look. I picked it up in a size 10 so it would be extra oversized.

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I am definitely expecting an amazing SS17 collection for Penneys so I can’t wait to see the rest!

Just Jodie x