Nola Spritz Girls Night In

So firstly, this post is long overdue as I enjoyed our Nola girls night in last Winter (before I fell pregnant I might add). But secondly, you really need to try this awesome vodka spritz!

Obviously I can’t currently enjoy Nola Sprtiz, as I’m pregnant, but I’ve recommended it to plenty of friends who have enjoyed it since our girly night in last Winter. Continue reading

Chorlton Green Brasserie

on March 21, 2015

Being a Chorlton-ite, I love pretty much everything on Beech Road and one place that is creeping up to being my favourite eatery, is the Chorlton Green Brasserie.

Located at the top of the road, just before you reach the Horse and Jockey, this little gem is nestled just before the corner and if you blink, you might miss it. But it’s understated elegance and chic but comfy interior, make it always welcoming.  Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at the Great John Street Hotel

I had the pleasure of enjoying Afternoon Tea at the Great John Street Hotel in Manchester recently – one of my favourite hotels!

Me and the girlies enjoyed the Ladies Afternoon Tea but also got stuck into the Gent’s version too (yes, they have a different, more masculine offering for the lads). The girls enjoyed theirs with a glass of bubbles, but I had mine with sparkling elderflower, which made me feel like I was drinking :-)

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The Ultimate Chocolate Orange Cake

on February 16, 2015

I don’t often post a lot of recipes on here. I like to eat, I like to cook, but I’m not hugely accomplished in the kitchen and don’t always have a lot of time. But when Valentine’s Day loomed, I knew I had to surprise hubby with something he’d love…welcome The Ultimate Chocolate Orange Cake!

Now as I say, I’m not accomplished, so I totally followed a recipe for this one, but added in my own tweaks to make it to mine and hubby’s taste and maximise on the chocolatey-oranginess (that is a word!). Continue reading

Photoshoot with Lucy Ridges

Well this post is long overdue! Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Lucy Ridges, a wonderfully talented photographic artist.

I was looking for a photographer to work with on my blog title photoshoot and ‘About page’ photos. As soon as I saw Lucy’s work, I loved her originality and artistic approach – I knew it’d be ideal for HollyGoesLightly. I wanted something a bit different with an artistic and sophisticated feel and if you take a look at her website, you can see the array of amazing work she’s done. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day

And what a lovely Valentine’s morning I’ve had so far…

A lie in, snuggles with Bobbi (and hubby), a pain au chocolat and a little surprise waiting for me downstairs… Continue reading

Devoted Dog Food

Just before Christmas, the wonderful people at Devoted Pet Foods asked me (well actually my dog Bobbi) to trial their new premium grain free dog food. After a quick chat with Bobbi to check she was happy to change her diet for a few weeks, we agreed to give it a go.

Actually, in all seriousness, the offer came at a really good time. We’ve always struggled getting Bobbi the right food and without going into too much detail, she’s often had problems with soft poop! She’s always had a diet of dry dog food and we’ve tried a few different brands, including an organic (very expensive) dog food and yet it never seems to sit quite right with her.  Continue reading

Merry Christmas

And here it is, Christmas Day! Woohoo! 

Wow how time flies and so much has happened in this last year. We’ve settled into our new home, had 2 amazing holidays and embedded ourselves further into Manchester life. We’re excited at the year to come – I think 2015 is going to be a good one…watch this space!

Right about now, am settling into a festive cocktail, turkey in oven and obligatory Christmas CD on in the background. Am sure I’ll be asleep by mid-afternoon.

So now seems a good time to say thank you to all the readers of HollyGoesLightly and I hope you continue to check-in next year.

Lots of festive love and MERRY CHRISTMAS!



Besties at Christmas

Right now I’m thinking of these lovely girlies – the best friends a girl could have. Am totally jealous as they’re 1000s of miles away, galavanting across Singapore and Bali as we speak. I wish I could be with them, but wasn’t meant to be this year.

So this is an early Merry Xmas ladies – can’t wait to see you all in 2015!