Thaikhun Manchester – A Review

on July 29, 2014

I was so excited when I heard that Thaikhun was opening in Spinningfields, Manchester. The area was in need of some good authentic Thai food and being one of my favourite cuisines, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Pronounced “tycoon”, the restaurant on The Avenue at Spinningfields, boasts bright and busy interiors, reflecting the streets of Bangkok with an open kitchen and casual dining setting. It has an impressive food and cocktails menu, which I enjoyed tucking into one Friday lunch time. Continue reading

My holiday in Italy

on July 25, 2014

So after 10 days in the wonderful country that is Italy, I’m back in blighty and reminiscing daily (while enjoying a glass of Prosecco).

Every time I go to Italy I fall in love with it more. I love the language, the food, the Prosecco (obvs), the scenery, the olive oil, the vespas… Continue reading

The Stagg Inn Herefordshire

on July 18, 2014

On our way to our friends’ Summer Solstice Wedding, we stumbled across this absolute gem for lunch - The Stagg Inn, Herefordshire. What a treat it was on a sunny Summer’s day.

We decided to have a lunch and were looking for somewhere with a beer garden to make the most of the glorious weather. And boy did we find the perfect spot when we drove past the Stagg Inn. The perfectly manicured front garden housed wrought iron garden tables with parasols, beckoning us in to enjoy with a cold glass of wine…mmm. Continue reading

Cubanisto House of Mask

I had the pleasure of working on and attending the awesome Cubanisto House of Mask event, held in Manchester at The Old Granada Studios earlier this month. And what an event it was!

The theme was a sort of secret masked rave where you could enjoy the rum-infused beer drink (surprisingly moreish!) in an awesome setting full of live graffiti art and neon lights.  Continue reading

Link Loveliness – coming from Italy

As I am now happily enjoying my holiday in Italy, I thought this week’s Link Loveliness should have an Italian theme. So here are some cool things I’ve found on the net this week…



  • Moretti are hosting an awesome series of events across the UK and their #morettimovement hits Manchester on 17-20 July at the Old Granada Studios
  • Want to check out some Italian Cinema in London?


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My Italy

Have you been to Italy? What are your favourite Italian things?


How to pack for your holiday

on July 9, 2014

Your flights are booked, hotel reservation made and excursions scheduled…but what will you wear? How many bikinis will you need? Should you take a pair of heels? Packing for your holiday is by no means an easy task, but here are some tips on how to pack for your holiday in the best possible way…

1. Make a list

If you’re like me, you’ll love (and need) a good list. A week ahead of your holiday, write a list of what you think you’ll need. You’ll have a fresh head and won’t be panicked by doing it last minute, so are less likely to throw random things onto the list. You can then keep going back to this list each day to see if you still need each thing.  Continue reading

Birdseye Inspirations Picture House

on July 1, 2014

As you’ll know I love my food and I also love a free dinner! Who wouldn’t? So when I heard about the Birdseye Inspirations restaurant, coming to Manchester, my ears twitched at the notion of a free supper!

To launch their new Inspirations Range, Birdseye launched their ‘Picture House’ - the first ever pay-by-picture restaurant. Instead of paying in regular ol’ cash, diners instead settle their bill by tweeting and sharing pictures on instagram, tagging #birdseyeinspirations. What an awesome idea huh?! Continue reading

Link Loveliness – Travel, Temporary Tattoos and Tunes

I’ve had a particularly busy week this week, but still plenty of time to catch-up on blogs and surf the net. Here are just some of the awesome things I’ve found in this week’s link loveliness…


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Dress of the week – a Summer Wedding

I love a good dress. Nothing feels better then when you have an excuse to wear a dress, and I’ve got a few in the wardrobe I can tell you! So I’ve decided to start a little mini feature here on HollyGoesLightly, naming my dress of the week.

It’ll be a combination of dresses I already own, dresses I’d like to own and dresses being worn in a way that I like (by other people – famous and friends!). Equally, if you’d like to be on Dress of the Week, then please email me a photo of you in your dress, along with details of where it’s from and what your accessories are (if any). Continue reading