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September ~ Photo an hour.

On Saturday I joined in with Janey’s Photo an hour challenge. It so happened that my day was spent shopping ( and catching up over a few drinks) in Manchester with friends, so most of my pics were taken in the city for a change. The idea is to take a photo on the hour, every hour, and post on Instagram or blog or both. πŸ™‚

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8am ~ What does one wear for a day out in Manchester? Decisions! Decisions!

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9am ~ Watering this little beauty. Think it was thirsty!

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10am ~ Arwen and I on the train, not long into our journey to Manchester.

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11am ~ Arrived in the big city! This is a view of the footy museum if your interested.

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12pm ~ We’ve met our friend Gill and made our way to the canal side to Dukes 92 for lunch.On the wine already! The waterside venue is quite nice on a sunny day.
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1pm ~ View of the Hilton from Dukes. We have plans to nip there for cocktails later. πŸ˜›

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2pm ~ Shopping. I wish I could wear heels like this…..but I would soon be on the deck!

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3pm ~ Trying on a sparkley blue jumper from Quiz, which I did end up buying.

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4pm ~ Still shopping.Think were in Next here. Loving the blingy lights.
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5pm ~ In the Q for Cloud 23 , which is the bar in the heavens of the Hilton on Deansgate.

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6pm ~ Arwen and I with our cocktails, Cloud23.
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7pm ~ Lost track of time and forgot to take a photo at seven, so here are our cocktails. Notice Arwen also has a Hot Chocolate.:)

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8pm ~ Last photo.Its the train station. My phone battery is giving up so I call it a day on the pics. It was a lovely day out with friends, hopefully repeated soon.:)

Where do you like going shopping?

Eyelash Bars and Cocktail Bars : A Girly afternoon in Manchester :)

Sometimes its just nice to get away for a few hours with the girls for a spot of retail therapy and a couple of cheeky drinks πŸ˜‰

Luckilly we live only a little over an hour on the train from Manchester City Centre which is the perfect place for a girly shopping trip!

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MANCHESTER

First things first, my friend Vicky wanted to try out an Eyelash Bar.As im not really one for eyelash batting beautification , I wasn’t aware that such places exist.But they do! There is one in Harvey Nicks.

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At the eyelash bar there are hundreds of different styles of lashes.Vicky chose the peepers at the top of the picture below πŸ™‚

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It didn’t take long for her to be adorned with her lusious new lashes. Vicky looked very glam and maybe Arwen and I would have been tempted ourselves but for the Β£28 price tag.Yikes!

Next stop one of my fave indulgences ‘LUSH’ for bath bombs.Scrumdiddelyumtious πŸ™‚

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I went for my old favourites ‘Space Girl’ and ‘Twilight’ and couldn’t stop inhaling their gorgeous aromas for the rest of the day.Divine!

Time for a spot of lunch.Our first choice ‘The Hard Rock Cafe’ at the Printworks had an hours queauing time.It is not true that us Brits like to Q. We hotfooted it over to’ Waxy O Connors ‘instead ( also in the Printworks), which does good pub grub and we couldn’t fault it.

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Love this display in Oasis πŸ™‚

After our ‘good pub grub’ we hit the shops.Manchester has all the usual High street names and plenty of designer shops too.Arwen was on the hunt for wedding clothes( she is super organized- the big day isn’t until september), unfortunatly today she didn’t find what she was looking for.It was fun having a good nosy round the stores though.:)

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Hmm Giant rats performing Paul Weller songs outside Primark.Spooky!

Shopping is thirsty work thoughΒ  girls so I would highy reccommend you recharge with some delicous cocktails at http://www.cloud23bar.com.This is a fab cocktail bar with amazing views on the 23rd floor of ‘The Hilton’ on Deansgate. Ok here you may just have to queaue at weekends…..but it is well worth the wait.Before 4pm and you might avoid it altogether.Cloud 23 even has its own elevator with only one stop, the 23rd floor.Take me to the clouds above!

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Our cocktails left to right: Vertigo, Alexander Park & Chocolate Martini.All were divine.

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Clouds from Cloud 23

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Enjoying our Cocktails.:)

You don’t get much change from a tenner for your cocktail…..but it did feel like we had really treated ourselves. We also noticed you can order Afternoon Tea here which did look heavenly.These have to be pre-booked though.A definate for the future I hope.;)

Really didn’t want to leave `Cloud 23 ‘but home was beckoning , via a glass of prosecco at ‘The Oust bar’ on the way to catching the train back from Salford Central.

A fabulous afternoon out was had by all.:-D