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A little while back I was desperate for a change. I’d had the same light-brown/blonde ombre look for while; and after a trip to Mexico and a bit of neglect, my hair was in a sorry state. Just look at that frizz!

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Embarrassingly, it was watching Twilight in a hotel whilst on a business trip, enviously taking in Bella’s lovely locks, that triggered my initial urgency to have my hair seen too. I needed to switch it up, so I was on the hunt for a new salon and hairdresser who could help me out.

Luckily, a well-timed Facebook post from a friend brought James Roberts Hair & Beauty to my attention. I booked in with James and I couldn’t have been in better hands. He was really helpful and reassuring when talking through what I wanted. I wasn’t sure about a couple of things and he was really knowledgeable, steering me in the right direction and providing me with useful advice about what would work for my hair type and face shape, as well how I could phase in the changes I wanted.

In terms of the quality of the cut and colour, the pictures below speak from themselves. The richness of the overall colour contrasts beautifully with the caramel highlights. I didn’t get chance to sample the beauty treatments this time, but they have a whole range of different options which you can ask for while you’re getting your hair did – two birds one stone!

They offer a whole variety of new and trendy beauty and hair treatments, so if there’s something you’ve seen on Instagram that you fancy, the odds are they’ll have it! If you’re ever not sure where to get something done – I highly recommend checking them out.

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So a little while a go, I received and invite, it read:

“Calling all Manchester #CityExperts , foodies and science fans… you’re invited to join us for an experimental evening of food, drink and fun to celebrate the Manchester Science Festival.

You’ll have the chance to sample edible treats served in petri dishes, learn about molecular mixology whilst sipping on interactive cocktails and tuck into liquid nitrogen ice cream and edible mist.

What’s more, we’ll have world-renowned psychologist, Professor Charles Spence on hand to teach us about the multisensory science behind eating out. Come along to meet him and take part in his interactive foodie experiments.”


I took along the other half to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and we had lots of fun. There was a edible mist which you had to suck through a straw (from what looked like a small, illuminated space ship – top photo!), little Google coloured dots (you had to bite into them to reveal the taste within), various pipette/beaker/petri dish delicacies AND a steampunk ice cream maker, complete with edible white chocolate cups!!

They had a scrumptious cookie and salted caramel ice cream and a rather more adventurous port and stilton….that was an experience.

The talk by Professor Charles Spence was really interesting – apparently in the future virtual sushi may be a thing!

I also really enjoyed the talk and interactive cocktails by two mixologists who spoke about the science behind creating tasty drinks. At this stage they brought out a very bitter and sour grape fruit mix in a beaker with a smaller cup of salt water. Fascinatingly, the concoction was much sweeter and palatable once they were mix together – apparently as the salt water brought out the sweeter flavours.

All in all it was another cracker from the Google City Experts event team.

You can see other photos and more information about the event and how to become a Google #CityExpert here.






















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Back in November I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch party of the Baltic Cellar with a couple of friends. The invite promised a night of fire, vodka and various grilled Baltic delicacies – how could I refuse?!

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I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t really sure what to expect so I checked out their website. Any apprehension I might have had was allayed by the following description: ”Where traditional Baltic, Polish and Russian food is hand-crafted to your plate. We bring the essence of the Baltics to Manchester, with our traditional shashlik grill, warm interior and friendly staff. We hope you enjoy.”

On arrival at the event we were met with glasses of bubbly and a contortionist who performed a, quite frankly, unbelievable routine.


Next we were seated and provided with a fantastic looking starter platter of different meats, some fruity shots and an entire bottle of vodka! We truly were being spoilt and the menu seemed to suggest that more treats were in store.

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On to the main course and we had an array of grilled fish, a platter of each of the main courses and the most scrummy chicken shashlik. The chicken along with the Beef Stroganof was probably my favourite, but to be fair it as all amazing!!


The pudding platter was a another triumph – apologies for the photo missing a couple – we couldn’t wait to tuck in! If you do go, I’d highly recommend you try the traditional honey cake, it was absolutely gorgeous.


As the courses came out, we were informed that it’s traditional to complete each course with a shot. There was lots of drinking theatre including a vodka birdhouse you had to knock on to get a drink, a pyramid of luminous shots, flaming shots and a glass AK-47 filled with vodka! It was lots of fun and we were very merry by the final course :)



All in all it was a fantastic night, brilliant food, fabulous hosting and something a bit different than the usual. I’d definitely recommend you give it a try.



May 27th, 2013

This weekend we went to Solita in the Northern Quarter. I’ll let the picture do most of the talking for this one, but it was awesome.

Mr. Tom and I shared a pulled pork sundae and toastie, sweet potato fries and a parmo. It’s not for the faint hearted, but it was amazing – if you get the chance to go I’d highly recommend it. It’s hard to say what my favourite bit was, probably either the sweet potato fries or the toastie, but to be fair…it’s all good.

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One thing I would say, is be prepared to wait at peak time – it can be anything from 30 minutes to over 2 hours and you can only book in advance if you have a party of six or more. We went during a Friday afternoon just after lunch and it was still quite busy, but that’s the price of awesome eats in the NQ.

Don’t let that be a downer though, because it’s worth the wait! Whether you pick pulled pork and fried mac n cheese balls or go for the Big Manc, just be sure that you arrive hungry – because you’ll be leaving very, *very* full!

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