Tattoos and Future Tattoo Ideas

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As much as my parents hate it, I think tattoos are so cool. They are literally pieces of art you can get inscribed to your body which can fill you with confidence and remind you of stuff that keeps you happy and even remind you of things very close to your heart. Obviously, especially after getting my first tattoo, I do know of a lot more people who aren’t a fan and that’s fair enough. But I can assure everyone who tells me I’m going to regret my tattoos and want them removed one day (yes I’m looking at you parents), I don’t think that’s going to be the case and I’m very self-assured in that. Growing up as a female, I’m surrounded by stupid media trying to push the idea my body will not be good enough no matter what, and unfortunately a lot of the time it does succeed in that peer pressure. I’ve always loved art since I was young and growing up I can see the beauty and talent in a lot of tattoo artist’s work so obviously I was very drawn to getting a tattoo the past year and a bit cause I found so many amazing artists on Instagram. Some of my favourite artists that I follow on Instagram include the artists who did my lovely pieces; Hannah(@hfvtattoo) and Bekki(@bekki.lana.tattoo) – as well as other artists @alexrowntreetattoo, @laurenharpertattoo, @chelsietattoo, @tkennedyuk, @lydiatattoos, @kiki_tattoos, @hugotattooer, @warahshitehouse etc., the list goes on and I’ll probably find even more amazing artists in the future! I recommend you all check them out!

So far the tattoos I have is a beautiful My Neighbour Totoro piece on my right thigh by Hannah (@hfvtattoo, also can be found through Bravest Kids Tattoo facebook page). I got it in January of this year as my first ever tattoo and although it was way more painful than I expected – I bloody love it. I get so many compliments on it whenever people see it and it makes me feel really happy with my upper legs, considering a lot of the time I despise the size of them.

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My Tattoo about 10 hours after it was done!
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Recent image of my tattoo! (Excuse rubbish quality)

So my next tattoo is very recent, in fact so recent I still haven’t got it completed! I plan to go back and visit Bekki, (she’s a lovely, talented apprentice who works at Flesh Tattoo in Manchester) and get the dotwork shading completely finished! Admittedly, I must have been hell in the form of a client for Bekki, bless her patience, since I got it on the back of my left calf but my leg wouldn’t stop involuntarily twitching! It got so bad that, to make sure she could get the detail on the cat’s eyes done well, my boyfriend had to hold my leg down so it wouldn’t kick off. I was so embarassed! However so far, Bekki has done an amazing job on it – it’s a dotwork piece of my cat’s face! His name is Cozmo and he’s my first proper pet and I love him so much, so I decided to get his face tattooed on my leg. I’ve always wanted to get a small tattoo dedicated to my cat so this was very much a planned design. I can’t wait to get it finished.

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So of course, like most people who get tattoos, there’s a certain want to get more after getting some. I have one or two more tattoos planned and I’m not sure where or when I want to get them but I have basic ideas in my head of stuff I’d quite like. I’ve always loved the idea of more tattoos on my legs to help my confidence with my legs, but I’d also maybe like one on my inner arm! My older sisters both have recently gotten tattoos in dedication to my parents and I’d love to have one as well. I’m not entirely sure what design but that’ll probably be my next tattoo! I also want to get a nice bumblebee tattoo because it’d have quite a lot of meaning to me. Manchester uses a bee as a symbol called the Worker Bee. It was adopted as a motif in the Industrial Revolution and is meant to represent Manchester’s hard work during the era, now in my hometown you can find the Manchester Worker Bee illustrated on lampposts, bins; you can even get Manchester merchandise/souvenirs with it on. As well as it being a motif to my hometown, obviously bees are special to me because of my blog name! The bee tattoo would remind me of a turn in my life where I got the confidence to start writing and develop my blog. It also represents my change of attitude to my life ambitions, as during this time when I started my blog I decided to apply for University and write a lot more about my views. I think if it wasn’t for my blog a lot of things in my life would not have happened and I never regret making it.

So what tattoos do you guys have or want? Any favourite tattoo artists?

Thanks for reading,

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Favourite Cruelty-Free Products in May

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I can’t believe it’s already June and it’s like 3 months until I start University and 7 months until Christmas – where does the time go? So in honour of it being the end of May and that June has graced us with her presence; here’s a quick article of my favourite cruelty-free products this month!

1.Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade

I’m honestly so surprised and thankful that this product has the cruelty-free stamp! I’ve seen this brow gel used by many makeup artists/fanatics on youtube and whilst envying their perfect looking eyebrows, I decided to treat myself and get it. I’m so glad I did as I think it makes my brows look way better and more textured, plus the application is so easy. You do need to separately invest in a brush for using it and I literally just picked up a cheap seventeen angled eye brush from Boots and it applies fabulously. I bought mine on Beauty Bay for £15.00, I’m quite glad about the price as I think you definitely get what you pay for.

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2. DIRTY Springwash Showergel from Lush Cosmetics

As mentioned a million times in past blogposts, Lush is one of my all time favourite stores and when I’m not able to stock up on their Winter Limited Editon shower gel which is Snow Fairy, my favourite showergel to invest in, especially during the summer, is Dirty. Now I only got a good whiff of their Dirty fragrance last year as one of my friends wears the body spray from Lush, but I absolutely love it; it’s so minty and almost cooling, so in showergel form it really works wonders on hot days or after exercise, it also has quite a calming side to it’s scent so I love using it in showers before bed too! I paid about £16 for a big bottle of it so it’ll last me a good few months however you can get smaller bottles in Lush for around £4.95!

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3. Superdrug Instant Cooling Spray

In regards to my previous blogpost, it’s been absolutely boiling some days recently. Either that or when I go to the gym I end up so humid and hot that it feels rather gross. Back in the days at high school and such, I’d always try to counteract my body reacting to heat and sweating by spraying tons of Impulse body spray on my school uniform as if that would do anything. However all I probably did was make the top layer of my uniform smell kind of fragranced for a few minutes and choke everybody else in the room with the smell of artificial vanilla. One day impulsively on the way to my boyfriends, I remember popping into superdrug for something small like pads or dry shampoo; something I probably forgot to pack and it was a very warm day so I decided to grab superdrug’s own cooling spray. As the majority, if not all, of superdrug’s own; the spray is cruelty-free stamped! I like spraying it on my wrists, inner elbows, forehead and neck if it gets too warm for me and it really does cool me down!

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4. Fritz-kola Stevia & Fritz-limo Melon

Unfortunately this ‘fave of the month’ might be a little less obtainable than the others, but I wanted to give it a special mention because at my lovely new job in a certain beloved vegan cafe/shop in Manchester; I am consuming these drinks so much recently if I want a soft drink! V Revolution in Manchester sell a range of fully vegan soft drink brand Fritz! Their drinks also contain all natural ingredients including their caffeine. My favourites are definitely the Fritz-limo melon and when I’m in mood for something that’s a bit more like coca-cola or pepsi, I go for the Fritz-kola stevia! I’m still intrigued to try Fritz-Sugar Free and the plain out Fritz-Kola so I’ll have to fill you all in if those are just as tasty!

So those are my cruelty-free favourites for the month! I hope soon in the future I can swap out more makeup products and such for cruelty-free ones. Have you got any favourite products you discovered in May? Would love to read your comments!

 

Thanks for reading,

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How To Survive the Sun in Manchester

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So if you live in Manchester right now you’re probably thinking, what in god’s name is that massive glowing orb in the sky and where have all the clouds gone?! First of all, don’t panic people of Manchester – this is called sunshine, and god – it is BOILING.

And what’s even stranger is that Manchester has been blessed with a good couple of days of sunshine and rain-free days, which must be a sign the end is nigh, am I right? So get ready to see Piccadilly Gardens invaded with people in swimsuits as if they’re chilling in Spain, get ready to have almost all of the supermarkets on Market Street sold out of ice cream and get ready for a very crowded Deansgate and Northern Quarter full of day drinkers enjoying the sun. Although it can get annoying – it wouldn’t be a Manc summer without it all!

1.Get out the comfy shoes 

Honestly, I have only recently discovered how much walking I do when I’m out in town due to the heat. My feet get sore way faster and I pray that nobody can smell the sweat accumulating in my socks. Now you’ll see a lot of people whip out the flip-flops and sandals for this kind of weather but all in all, make sure your shoes are comfy. If you’re out in Manchester for a day out and don’t want to be wanting to sit down every 10 minutes; please put on your comfy shoes. Primark do thin cotton trainer socks for under £4, wear them and some comfy trainers and trekking all the way from Deansgate-Castlefield metrolink stop to Northern Quarter should be a bit less sore.

 

2.Be prepared for the pit stank on the Metrolink

Now, a lot of people who’ve grown up in Manchester know how ridiculously unreliable the Metrolinks are. But we still take them, right? They get you into Manchester, Eccles, Altrincham, Rochdale, Bury etc. a bit faster than some buses and the route map is pretty easy to understand. I can’t vouch that the tickets are cheaper than bus tickets (honestly, the amount of times I’ve collected my tips from work and just thought ‘ok that’s half of my tram fare for tomorrow sorted’), but I can imagine that I’d be pretty lost getting to places without the tram. However, busy trams in the hot weather are a good definition of nightmares. Especially if you have a massive pet peeve for B.O. This advice can go both ways; obviously if you’re gonna be travelling during a peak time on public transport – do yourself a favour and wash so the smell of your sweat isn’t getting up anyone else’s noses or prepare for the smell on the trams. When you jump on try and avoid standing under anyone’s armpit range; maybe even open a window on the tram to help cool the air.

3.Practice your resting bitch face mixed with power walk for Market Street

Market Street is probably the worst place to try and get down when you’re in a rush as there’s such a mess of different people on there you’re most likely going to stop every 2 minutes to quietly grumble and dodge around that one person that’s decide to stop dead in their tracks in front of you to check their phone. Don’t forget the groups of people who think they’re having a casual stroll down an empty beach, the people who see you coming towards them but then walk right in front of your path, the people who stop you and try to charm you into buying an overpriced magazine. The list goes on, if you haven’t experienced any of these, have you really been in Manchester? The best thing is always to just storm through the crowd, when people even come towards you with ‘hey, got a minute?’ go ‘sorry, going to work’ and quickly move on your way. Or you know, dive into BHS and use the Arndale as a shortcut.

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4.Don’t miss out on Manchester’s great places that serve ice creams, milkshakes and cold drinks!

At the end of the day, if you’re out for a shop or catch up with friends in Manchester – sitting down for a drink or some food is the best way to relax and chat in the sunshine. Of course there’s plenty of brand names chilling on Market Street including Starbucks, Costa, McDonalds, Nandos etc. But don’t waste the gorgeous day by hiding in Arndale’s food court queueing up for Mcdonalds. It’s just not worth it. There’s plenty of amazing places to stop by in Manchester – a good example for the weather is Ginger’s Comfort Emporium in Afflecks Palace; totally quirky and equipped with unique flavours such as Golden Syrup, Salted Caramel & Peanut Butter (a.k.a the Chorlton Crack) or even Apple Pie Sorbet! If you’re a fan of cold drinks, why not visit Mooboo in the Arndale and try a bubble tea; or head to Fuel Juice Bar located near the Arndale markets for a smoothie if you’re feeling fruity! Of course I can’t not mention my beloved V Revolution in this post – their milkshakes and soda floats are amazing. You can get milkshake flavours like vanilla, chocolate, raspberry and blueberry (you can also ask for a chocolate mix of chocolate with raspberry ice cream or chocolate and blueberry ice cream) which are all made in the cafe and made entirely vegan. Cruelty-free milkshakes for the win!

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But yeah, what do you like to get up to in the sunshine to survive the insane heat? Any places in Manchester or your home town you favour for ice cream and cold snacks?

Thanks for reading!

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Confession: I don’t know how to use jelly pots

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I might act like a bit of a know-it-all about Lush sometimes. There has been one or two occasions where I’ve dragged my boyfriend or a family member into Lush with me and given them talks about items they’re looking at and even recommended stuff to them. (If recommending is basically stuffing a colourful bath bomb in my overwhelmed boyfriend’s face and going ‘SMELL THIS’). I feel if I had a lot more confidence and was extroverted I could maybe even ace a job at Lush; advising Lush fanatics on our new products or what gift boxes people should buy family and friends based on said gift receivers personality or likes, mainly cause I believe Lush’s ideas and products have a lot of personality in each creation. There are some things I’d suggest to different friends and so on. Friend who likes nature, floral smells and is very gentle and calm? I’d definitely get them a Tisty Tosty bath bomb. Friend who hasn’t used Lush stuff before and you want to show them the amazing colours and swirls their bath bombs can produce? They should start with a Dragon’s Egg bath bomb or an Intergalactic bomb – both produce an amazing palette of colours and entertain you with the patterns they go through as they fizz up in your bath.

But I have to admit now there is one product, in my 7 years of using Lush products, that I still don’t know how to use properly. Shower jellies.

People’s favourite product to poke when they visit a store. The jellies are wonderfully smelling and coloured tubs of, well, jelly that you can use to clean both body and hair. I have owned quite a few tubs of Sweetie Pie and Whoosh shower jelly in the past but each time I have one I feel like I use the product completely wrong. I’ll be stood there in the shower staring down this tub of wobbly jelly wondering the best way to go about it. I’ve been told just to pick a bit off and rub that on myself, other tips have been to turn the shower off and use it or just use the whole blob and wash myself with it. But I’ve yet to find a way in which I think I’m getting the full benefit of the jelly. Whenever I wash with it I’m always dropping it and having it slip out of my hands. Bits and bits of jelly end up on the floor of my shower and I feel like they are bits of jelly gone to waste but is that what is meant to happen? All in all, the products smell amazing and are a really fun idea, however I’m totally naive to how to use these properly. Is it just me?

Thanks for reading! Please comment and share!

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Back to the Future Hearts tour Manchester 2016

If you know me well you’ll know one of my favourite bands is All Time Low and how much I’ve loved them since around 2009. I did get to see them last year perform at Leeds festival and I enjoyed it so much but it’s actually been so long since I got to see them live at their own headlining concert. I’ve always somehow lost the opportunity to go see them whenever they’re on tour or not had the money but luckily this year I got to go and it was one of my favourite nights of this year so far.

I’m making this short post to just talk about how incredible the band and their supports performances were and what songs I think people should check out if they have never listened to All Time Low before because I will always recommend their music.

Their first support of the night was a NY originated band called Against the Current who I didn’t know about until last night and admittedly they grew on me very much. The lead singer Chrissy Costanza is so gorgeous and any band with a female lead is always a band I appreciate. They started their set off with a song called ‘Running with the Wild Things’ which definitely pumped me up for the rest of the night.

They also did a couple other of their own songs as well as a great cover of Uptown Funk, a song loved by everyone. Chrissy definitely nailed the attitude that makes that song excellent and catchy.

Next up was a band I think a lot of people were looking forward to. The girls next to me were jumping all over the place in excitement for them. Good Charlotte. Now when I heard they were supporting, I wasn’t hugely buzzed because I thought I didn’t know any songs by them but I actually knew 3 of their songs and those songs are incredible! It shocked me that Good Charlotte have been a band for a good 16 years but that also explains why there were quite a few young girls/boys there who didn’t even make an emotional expression when the hit ‘Girls and Boys’ was played. Poor kids probably never heard of them.

Against the Current and Good Charlotte definitely set the bar for the rest of the night and I was so impatient for All Time Low to come on and boy, did they deliver. They literally rose up to the stage and everyone went wild.

Their set list for the night started with Kids in the Dark, an anthem for teenagers and youths who are going through struggles but who never give up. I love the lyrics to Kids in the Dark so much, it gives me so much enthusiasm and energy.

Now I won’t go on a tangent about every song they played on their setlist. But I’ll definitely leave the links to some of my personal favourites below. It was such an amazing night and I want to thank All Time Low, Good Charlotte and Against the Current for such a brilliant night. They set the bar high for any other concerts I go to this year.

 

Thanks for reading (and listening!)

Helena x

Favourite places to visit in Manchester City Centre

I’d say I’m at that age where I’m quite adventurous. Much like an angsty pop punk song I sometimes feel sick and bored of my ‘hometown’, I feel like going somewhere new and travelling and just getting out of the same old that I see everyday. The adolescent angst is more persistent when you’re in a bad mood – you just want to get up and disappear, make new friends, meet new people, go to a town where nobody knows your name.

But obviously it’s never that easy and it’s never the medicine you need when you’re fed up and melancholic. If you’re like me and live in a city like Manchester, chances are you’ve probably not explored everywhere. The daydream of travelling to another little city and sitting in a dainty little cafe is lovely but what about all the little cafes and stores you haven’t already found in your hometown? Maybe you should make your new goal to explore your hometown a bit more. Recently that’s what I’ve been trying to do and I get very restless when I haven’t got money because there are so many places I want to visit in Manchester but I can’t yet! I decided on this post I’d share some of the nice places I have visited in Manchester because I think you should visit them too!

  • V RevolutionThis is definitely one of the nicest places I’ve started visiting this year. Maybe I’m exaggerating, maybe I’m a little bit obsessed with their food. But the place is so nice! Located on Oldham Street in Northern Quarter, V Revolution is a little diner that specializes in vegan Junk food. Most non-vegan people do have the expectations of vegan food being maybe bland or mainly veggies but no way is that what V Revolution is like. They do hot dogs, milkshakes, burgers, nachos and all of them are vegan! But do not taste much different from normal, in fact I’ve never been a massive fan of hot dogs – but V Revolution’s regular hot dog is mind blowingly delicious. Whenever I’m in Manchester I’m always tempted to run down and get one. The staff in V Revolution are also very lovely and friendly! The whole cafe/diner is clean and comfortable and definitely my favourite place to go for a bite to eat and a drink. You can check them out on Instagram or Facebook!
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  • Nexus Art CafeThis adorable cafe is also hidden in Northern Quarter, not far of from Afflecks Palace and situated literally next door to Travelling Man(if you’re a Mancunian comic fan you’ll know where this is!) the Nexus Art Cafe is a little creative community venue for art displays/exhibitions, group meetings, events and obviously it’s lovely little cafe! I’ve only been here a couple of times for coffee chats with my best friends and significant others but the whole cafe is just so snug and relaxing to be in – with a lot of places to sit including tables, sofas etc., even visiting here by yourself would be a lovely thing to do. They also have free wifi if you want to pop in and bring your laptop whilst getting a cup of tea and some lunch! The menu is located on their website! They do a lot of yummy sounding sandwiches. Their twitter is also here!
  • Night & Day CafeMy sister took me here once and I really need to go back at one point when I have money, but I absolutely fell in love with Night & Day Cafe when I walked in. Also near Northern Quarter(I’m sensing a pattern here), this gem is a cafe in the daytime and an atmospheric bar with live music at night! You can get tickets for upcoming shows on their website as well as view their menu. When I went in I had some of their cinnamon french toast and it was so delicious and tasty. The atmosphere in general in Night & Day cafe is pretty funky, with lots of arts and neon signs on the walls. You can find information about them on their website, facebook or twitter!
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  • COWIf you’ve read one of my previous blog posts, you’ll know how much I rave about COW. It’s definitely a great place for anybody that is a fan of vintage clothing. You can sometimes find some really awesome, unique finds in COW and the staff there are really sweet too. I’ve gotten some clothes from here and they’ve become very beloved clothes to me so in return for their awesome vintage clothes I must spread the love! Visit Manchester COW’s Instagram or Twitter!
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  • Afflecks PalaceAfflecks palace is a unique, store-filled building in Manchester. Growing up Afflecks would always be joked as the ’emo’ place to shop, but there is definitely something for everyone in Afflecks. There’s three stories of different shops and cafes. On the second floor you can find Black Milk Cereal cafe which is known for its amazing cereal concoctions. On the third floor there is also another cafe but without a sole focus on cereal! You can also find retro game stores, crystal stores, bead stores, poster stores, vintage clothes and cool jewellery in Afflecks! I’d definitely visit it if you were having a day trip to Manchester as there is so much in Afflecks! They have a website with directions to it, and individual descriptions of all of their shops.
  • MOSIThe Museum of Science and Industry is a great museum that tends to almost all the senses. I haven’t been in years but it holds such good memories, there’s so many interactive displays that people of all ages can get involved with and learn from. They have the air and space hall which is filled with massive aircrafts that are amazing to look at, they also have the science experiment hall, which is my personal favourite because of all the interactive stuff in it, as well as the Manchester mills exhibitions and power halls! Entry to the museum is free, and a lot of the events they have going on tend to be free too! So feel free to visit their website and find out about it!

So yeah that’s some nice places to visit in Manchester, obviously there’s so many other places unique to Manchester that I want to visit like North Tea Power, Sugar Junction, Home Sweet Home and even Hula Bar! And when I do I will keep you all updated on where I recommend!

Thanks for reading,

Lenah x x

#WEARECOW: Manchester Vintage Lock-in!

I absolutely love vintage clothing. It took me a few years to catch on to the benefits of buying vintage or buying from charity shops when I first started clothes shopping for myself. When you grow up sometimes it’s hard to fall under the fear of seeming ‘uncool’ especially if you’re as shy and sensitive as I was. I remember being scared of the ‘popular kids’ at school judging how I dressed or what clothes I wore. There was always trends going round that people would always try to catch up on, even in a uniform based school. Jane Norman bags were immensely popular with the girls when I was in year 7 and I remember saving up for one because I felt uncool with a backpack. I’m pretty sure the Jane Norman bag broke and its being chucked away somewhere in my wardrobe. I can’t even remember it being a good bag or not.

But that’s really not the point of this post. In the past few years I’ve been introduced more to shopping vintage and finding unique treats in thrift/charity stores. Some of my favourite clothes have come from second-hand shops. Last Christmas I bought a denim vintage jacket at Pop Boutique in Afflecks Palace, Manchester. It is literally my comfort blanket in the form of a jacket.

Pop Boutique is one of the loveliest vintage/second-hand places in Manchester. My other favourite is definitely COW. Found in the Northern Quarter, it’s a two-story vintage store with so many choices. Recently they did a Vintage Lock In to welcome new students to Manchester, but anyone was invited! Me and one of my very good pals, Natasha, decided to head down and see what it was like!

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We got into the store for around 5pm when the party was starting and had a look around all the clothes whilst jamming to Baby Got Back, a brilliant song choice by COW right there!

One of my favourite things that I always seem to find in vintage stores is ridiculous t-shirts with dramatic realistic animals on it. Don’t know what I’m talking about? You are not looking properly in vintage stores..

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The WEARECOW Lock In also had awesome music provided by Electric Jug and delicious doughnuts provided by Common bar! Cow themselves also handed out free juice which gave me so much nostalgia as I haven’t had these little cartons of juice since discos in primary school!

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I wish on the evening I had more money to spend in COW because I came across a lot of cute, quirky clothes that I wanted to have and may have to go back for in the future. This pastel blue jumper definitely stole my heart. It reminded me of December winter because of the cool colour palette and I could picture it with some skinny jeans and doc martens definitely, it looked so snug.

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In the end I found two cheap adorable oversized jumpers that I chose between. COW provides quite a few comfortable, tidy changing rooms that you can try clothes on in! The first jumper which was blue only cost about £15 and the second one which was grey was £10! I went for the grey one as it was a lot lighter and unfortunately we are not into the completely freezing winter months yet, and with the lock in discount I got it for £8.50!

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I’d like to thank COW Manchester for such an awesome lock in experience and if they ever do any future ones I definitely recommend Manchester students and vintage fans alike to pop down and visit!

Thanks for reading,
Lenah x x