Girl Date In The Big City

It’s getting to that time in the school term when Christmas chaos ensues and you feel more and more exhausted. Escape needed!

During the summer holidays, I took a short trip to Manchester to meet Flick (dressmaker of my Twinwood outfit). Flick introduced me to some other vintage vixens during my visit – one of them being Steph. We’d only talked for a few hours but we got on so well that we’ve been chatting to each other ever since. Apart from being generally fabulous and a good giggle, she’s a fellow foodie and fashion lover. With that in mind, we decided not long into September that we should hang out properly – doing what we do best. One of the great things about Steph is that as an ex-teacher, she totally understands the stresses and strains of the job; I don’t feel the need to justify my need for a break to her. Fast forward to the last weekend of November and our girl date was ready to begin!

Saturday Morning

As we are a bit ridiculous, we decided to theme our outfits for the weekend – the first theme being ‘Rainbow Vomit Realness’. My dress was a five pound bargain from Frock & Roll, full of colour. Cold weather called for a a cardigan from Vivien of Holloway. I also added my new favourite jacket from House of Foxy. I want one in every colour!

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My other half was off to techie happenings in London at the same time

Our day began with brunch at Duck & Waffle. We might have had two courses of waffle. It was all so delicious, I particularly loved the ‘Full Elvis’ waffle with all of its sweet additions. A great start to the day.

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Now because I was having so much fun, I didn’t take that many photos. After brunch, we headed to Spitalfield’s to check out Collectif’s Black Friday sale. Steph picked up her dream coat and a two gorgeous dresses and I picked up a cosy jumper.

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From here, we moved on to Portobello Road. We started at The Hirst Collection (best place to find unusual brooches). I picked up a prawn brooch I’d had my eye on during my last visit. Then we moved on to What Katie Did as Steph had never been before. The staff there are so friendly – always a pleasure. Not wanting to blow our bank accounts any further, we got the tube back to our hotel to get ready for the evening.

Saturday Evening

I smoothed my hair out and added a darker lipstick to go with my evening dress from Collectif. Our evening theme was black and gold – I must admit I did feel quite glamorous. Again, I didn’t get any proper outfit photos as I was out gallivanting.

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Our dinner destination was Brasserie Zedel in Piccadilly. To quote Rachel from WKD, “It totally embodies champagne lifestyle on a ginger beer budget”. We had a very decent three course dinner for thirty quid each. My particular highlight was the Tarte Tartin – a yummy pudding of caramel, apple and pastry. I be having it again!

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After dinner, we strolled over to Bar American in Zedel. The setting was perfect for sipping cocktails. We both ordered a ‘Lady Day’ – apt. I was very happy indeed.

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When your friend won’t let you have their lucite bag

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Our final stop was Cahoots for more fun and frolics.

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Sunday

Our Sunday theme was twin-sets – both our outfits were from Lindy Bop. I’ve definitely got my eye on more of these. I took my outfit photos when I got back home.

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We met up with my good friend Kelly and walked to Brick Lane. Stop one was hot chocolate at Dark Sugars. Steph’s friend recommended it so we decided to give it a try. I was awaiting disappointment but it did not come. I was quite impressed by my salted caramel hot chocolate – though it did make my heart beat a little faster.

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Next, we went to get beigels from Beigel Bites. I picked up a load for home and munch a salt beef one straight away. They are the best beigels I’ve ever had. We stopped for a cuppa before we had to run off for our trains home.

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My weekend was not only a welcome break from work but it was the perfect opportunity to get to know Steph better. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we’re already considering our next meet-up. Thanks so much for your wonderful company, Steph – it was a perfect girl date!

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