Around August last year, I headed up to Manchester to meet my seamstress friend Flick to sort out a special dress (you can read about it here). While I was up north, I got chatting to Flick’s friend Steph and we just seemed to click. We kept in touch and hung out in London for an epic girls’ weekend in November. Not long after Christmas, we made plans to spend some more time together in Liverpool. Perfect for the end of a very long term at school!
After a four and a half hour train journey on Friday, I settled down at Steph’s with prosecco, fajitas and the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race – she knows me well. Early the next morning, Steph drove us to Stockport for our appointment at I Love Lucie. I’ve been having my hair cut by Lucie for over two years, initially booking her guest spots in London. Her guest spots in London have closed for the time being so if I’m ever in the area, I love to get my hair by her. As we were both going, we took advantage of their ‘bring a friend’ deal…as did Flick and Karen who were meeting us in the salon for a catch-up.
I always know my hair is going to look ruddy fabulous when I visit Lucie’s. It was such a lovely experience going with friends though! We got to chat and have a giggle. There’s a brilliant cake shop opposite the salon and Steph spoilt us rotten with some sweet treats (I went for the salon recommendation of a peanut butter brownie – I was not disappointed). Definitely a good way to spend a few hours.
To say we were happy bunnies is quite an understatement. We’ve already decided to do it again! Karen had to hop home for her evening plans but we’ll be stealing her away next time. With our barnets coiffed, we nipped back to Steph’s to get ready for a night on the tiles.
Our evening kicked off with dinner at Steph’s boyfriend’s restaurant. We had a seriously delicious Turkish feast and a little bit of fizz. A return visit is on the cards.
From the restaurant, we caught a taxi to Steph’s mystery evening location. It turns out she’d booked us a table for cocktails at The Panoramic in Liverpool – it was stunning to say the least. Flick isn’t the biggest fan of heights but I know she definitely appreciated the rest of the surroundings.
Steph seriously pushed the boat out and we ended up having the most wonderful night out. We talked about all kinds of stuff – from the ridiculous to the sublime. I think it’s safe to say that we all know quite a bit more about each other. After an interesting drive home, we were all definitely ready for bed.
In the morning, we woke up to a killer fry up (you are the best hostess Steph!). We then headed to Lime Street so I could catch my train home.
What a weekend! I always think it’s amazing how a chance meeting can turn into a proper bond between people. Next time, I’ll be hosting – though I doubt I’ll meet Steph’s level of hostessing skills.