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Outside Affleck's Palace, Manchester
Me with my Topshop coat, outside Affleck's Palace, Manchester. Scarf, vintage, yellow dress, Primark, grey cable knit leggings, clothes swap, blue over the knee socks, Topshop, gery legwarmers, H&M, boots, The Boot Room.

So, you can probably tell from this snap, above, that I decided to keep the Topshop coat from my recent shopping spree – and what a wise decision – this cold snap we’re experiencing doesn’t show any sign of leaving soon! It was even colder in Manchester, my destination of choice last weekend.

I’ve only ever been to Manchester once before, years ago, and I was struck by how different everyone dressed, compared to Bristol. Not bad-different, just different. There seemed to be more heels, more make-up but equally more ironic hipster, grungy looks too. This time Mr Ship-Shape and I had to contend with snow and ice (apparently not so much of a problem in Bristol), but on Saturday night there were seasoned locals walking down icey pavements in peep toe heels! I struggled in my biker boots, squealing at the slightest wobble, so I have to respect any woman how can walk through snow in six inch heels and make it look like her own personal catwalk.

The snow did put a slight dampener, literally, on exploring the city, but I did make it to the Northern Quarter, which was recommended by a friend, and was not disappointed. There were independent shops abound, including a Manchester version of Magma, and my favourite shop – Lomography. I waffled on about the delights of this shop a bit here, but suffice to say it had me dreaming about cameras for the rest of the weekend.

I paid a visit to Affleck’s Palace, a multistory marketplace that reminded me a bit of Camden market – the only place to by your clothes when you’re a teen looking for ways to stand out and blend in at the same time. I was drawn to perspex necklaces and retro rotary-dial phones and while I’m probably a littler older than their average customer, I was excited to be in a building that felt like a destination, rather than a soulless shopping centre.

We had a wicked weekend and I hope I can go back soon, preferably when it isn’t covered in snow. Have you been to Manchester? What do you love about it and where are the best shops/cafes/restaurants? Let me know by commenting below…

Oxford Road station graffiti
Oxford Road station graffiti
Snow! The view from our hotel room
Snow! The view from our hotel room
The Whiskycats performing at Sound Control
The Whiskycats, the gig we came to Manchester for, performing at Sound Control
La Sardina cameras at Lomography
La Sardina cameras at Lomography
More graffiti under the Oxford Road railway line
More graffiti under the Oxford Road railway line


  1. Hannah Smith
    February 8, 2012 / 9:16 am

    Ooooh Sarah, this has made me miss Manchester more than usual!! Afflecks is brilliant; did you visit Cow or Blue Rinse…places on Oldham Street are the best, they’re so tucked away and hidden that it feels like you’re going somewhere undiscovered each time. Font is my reccommendation for food – it’s under Oxford Road station near the beautiful graffiti you visited and has an amazing cocktail menu too. Actually, right under one of the station arches is The Thirsty Scholar which still plays old records straight from vinyl AND The Soup Kitchen in The Northern Quarter is just lovely. Can’t wait to move back up xx

  2. February 8, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    I love Manchester, the vintage shops are brilliant I always find something great there, especially my lamp ; ) I agree Oldham Street is the best. I’m glad you kept the coat xx

  3. February 9, 2012 / 8:16 am

    Ooh, don’t think we made it to Oldham Street – but will have to go back and check out all your recommendations! The snow made it harder to enjoy, but I did love that area around Oxford Road station – will have to try Font/The Thirsty Scolar next time : ) x

    Annie by Amy – we saw a couple of lamps in Affleck’s Palace! Way overpriced but you would have loved them! x

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