Cupboards are stacked with Red Bull and coffee. Eyes glare, as dark as the bags below them. Hair is as wild as Heathcliff’s character in Wuthering Heights (I threw in this simile in an attempt to engage both literature enthusiasts and Friends lovers – flashback to the episode when Rachel and Pheobe attend the English class). It’s the period that effects every student at some point and for me it was last week; you’ve guessed it, it was the dreaded coursework chaos week.
After days of wracking my brain for innovative, inspired (but nevertheless plausible) interpretations of literary works, I bid farewell to an essay and a presentation and felt a lovely wave of relaxation. Excited to soak up the festivity in Liverpool before I returned to Birmingham for Christmas, I was delighted to be joined by Bethanie Lunn today for lunch. You might remember my review of Bethanie’s latest book, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Fabulousness, and how much I enjoyed it, so I was very eager to meet the girl behind the glamour.
Considering that Bethanie and I had snow and trains to compete with we had to be sensible and, on this occasion, make only the essential retail stops. With this in mind, Peaches and Cream was therefore top of the to-do list. Popping in to their new Dale Street shop, we browsed their incredible eyelashes, gushed over their quirky selection of Tarina Tarantino jewellery (yes, she’s Quentin’s daughter) and got a first peek of some of their divine new nail art collections. If you have any special events coming up for Christmas I would definitely recommend popping in and snatching up beauty bargains to give your outfit the wow factor.
Following this we pottered along to Bold Street and paid a visit to Little Red Vintage. Full of it’s usual chic and inviting vintage garments, I was keen to rummage through knitted winter pieces but also found my magpie self being drawn to the sequins and glitter of some of the glitzy pieces. The perfect place to snatch up a quirky necklace or headpiece, you should certainly head to see owner Kate if you’re in need of some stocking filler suggestions.
To escape the wind and sit down for a gossip we headed to Leaf on Bold Street. Otherwise located in Parliament Street, this new Leaf is arguably a lot more convenient and appropriately placed amongst the independent and eccentric habitants of Bold Street. Settling down for coffee and cakes, it was a lovely place to sit and feel cosy whilst still being able to observe the inviting buzz of the shoppers along the street. I went for a slice of the chocolate and almond sponge and would strongly recommend that you run along to try some too. (Speaking of which… My favourite fashionistas at Pillbox Vintage have moved their vintage fairs to Leaf on Bold Street and will be there over the Christmas period! Make sure you visit their website for information on upcoming events.)
Sadly after this it was time to say goodbye, but I have made plans to visit Bethanie in Leeds in the new year so I will be excited to share my experiences of another of the north’s most popular cities.
In other news, I arrived back to Birmingham this evening to find a number of wonderful things in my sky high pile of mail. My business cards from moo.com have arrived and are exquisite! I decided upon three very pretty designs - a cat, some teacups and pink flamingoes – and now have an assorted box ready to dish out my details in style. With so many styles to choose from and a flexible system in which you can design your own things, moo is a great place to purchase personalised essentials. Also to be opened were lots of lovely books of all number of topics, from Paris during the war to the fashion illustrators of Vogue, so be sure to keep checking my book reviews if you’re looking for a trendy page turner to indulge in during the holidays. Number one on the list should, of course, be Bethanie’s.