The Perfect Gym Playlist

* This is a paid for advertorial* After taking a large portion of last year off due to injury and home renovations I’ve recently got back into the gym, working out several times a week – both with my trainer – and solo and I’m feeling so much better for it. There are a few bits of essential kit I…

Manchester: Where to eat & what to do

Manchester is a wonderful city. There’s so many different things to see and do, everyone is friendly and in just a short walk you can go from the eclectic small cafes and bars in the Northern Quarter to the up and coming Ancoats, to the chic boutiques on King Street and sophisticated restaurants of Spinningfields. I’m a born and bred…

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Men

As Christmas grows ever closer (I can’t believe it’s Christmas day in one week) I don’t know about you but I’m feeling quite disorganised with my present shopping, so I’ve put together a small gift guide for the men in your life, whether you need ideas or you just need one last item to finish off your shopping. Osprey London…

Spicy Pumpkin and Lentil Soup

For years now I’ve been experimenting with pumpkin soups as a way to use up all that leftover pumpkin after Halloween but I’ve always been decidedly unsatisfied with the result. I find that – like butternut squash – pumpkin is such a sweet vegetable and the slight sweetness it brings is a flavour I’m not a fan of. This Autumn…

Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish Review

I think the general complaint by anyone is that nail polish we buy in the shops doesn’t last long but we can’t always afford to be going to the salon every couple of weeks. Enter Essie Gel Couture. A nail polish that creates a gel-like manicure without a need for base coat or UV or LED lamp. My nails chip…