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Manchester House and Artisan – a girly night of cocktails in Manchester

After a very long and tough week and to celebrate Lucy’s birthday, we headed out for a well-deserved girly dinner and cocktails at Manchester House and Artisan at Spinningfields, Manchester. And what a night it was, full of good food and yummy drinks.

Artisan is one of the latest additions to what has become the place to be for an evening out: Spinningfields. The interior is incredible and mixes the natural (indoor herb gardens grow by the open kitchen) with the industrial (exposed brick work and piping) to create an incredible loft-style space. It’s huge! The menu is impressive and reasonably priced, so it’s the ideal spot for a girly evening of food and drinks (my favourite kind of evening).

We started with a bottle of Prosecco to toast the birthday girl and moved onto Red Wine to accompany our steaks and sides. I had the fillet steak with hollandaise sauce and crinkle-cut chips on the side. Delicious, it was like cutting butter. Nothing beats a good steak in my books. The other girls had rump and t-bone (I surprisingly had food envy over the rump, which looked really juicey!).

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Link Loveliness – things that have helped me this week

This week’s Link Loveliness is all about sites and posts I’ve found that have helped me in some way this week.

With lots of changes happening in my life and lots of things happening very quickly, I’ve had to be organised and structured in the way I’m thinking about things. So these have helped in some way…

  • This one’s pretty obvious since we’ve just bought a new house (so much more on this to come)! Rightmove is probably the best property search engine out there in the UK and I’ve been utilising it’s helpful tools that show you other properties that have sold in the area you’re buying in, what they’re worth etc etc. So you know what you’re getting yourself into.
  • Home and Lifestyle Magazine’s website is full of inspiration for your home interior and other stylish bits.
  • When you’re buying a home, money obviously is at the forefront of your mind ALL THE TIME! You need to think about budgeting very seriously and it’s probably the single-most largest investment you’ll ever make in your life. Not to be taken lightly! And Money Supermarket gives you lots of simple, everyday tips that you can adopt to save cash daily.
  • Enough of the practical and onto the making it pretty.

So my week has been a fairly practical and grown-up one really. Full of mortgages, bank statements and solicitors (sometimes I forget I’m technically an adult and have to responsible things).

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