Bonbon Chocolate Boutique

Delicious treats from the Northern Quarter

 

With Easter fast approaching, we’ve been checking out Bonbon Chocolate Boutique in the Northern Quarter and chatting to chocolatier Sharon about some of her favourite flavours.

Regular foodie blogger Elaine and photographer Jenny were our lucky chocolate tasting duo! But we haven’t kept all the good stuff to ourselves – read on and you too could be getting chocolatey with our top Bonbon competition!

 

Over to you Elaine ……

Elaine

 

I say forget diamonds, chocolate is a girl’s best friend (well for this girl it is anyway!).

Especially chocolate that is made with love and has exciting flavour combinations.

I like chocolates you can savour and really enjoy, so when Sharon from Bonbon Chocolate Boutique came to tell us about what she does AND brought some to try I was very happy indeed.

Sharon has been making her own chocolates for just over a year and started by selling at local markets before Bonbon opened its doors.

 

Bonbon Chocolate Boutique.

Hot chocolate

 

The boutique and cafe is tucked away on a corner of John Street and has just four tables inside to sit and enjoy their famous hot chocolate – some say the best in Manchester – or some of those renowned cakes from sister company Teacup Kitchen.

 

Handmade chocolates

 

Sharon prides herself on making all the chocolates and truffles by hand. She makes 100’s per day using fresh ingredients and no preservatives so they are actually better for you (good news) and many varieties are vegan or dairy free too, including the hot chocolate.

 

Sharon

 

Known for their flavour combinations, the chocolates are crafted so that you can taste all the different elements throughout.

We asked Sharon which was the most unusual flavour and without hesitation she told us it must be the Stilton & Caramel! However it’s one of the most popular flavours and so she makes them every week.

 

Salted Caramels

 

Our selection was less controversial but very enjoyable all the same.

 

 

Pistachio & Vanilla

 

A light vanilla cream centre that you actually taste first before the rich dark chocolate coating and then a subtle nutty flavour from the pistachio on the outside.

 

Coconut & Lemongrass

 

Toasted coconut pieces on a Valrhona milk chocolate shell. Inside is a fresh tasting lemongrass ganache – full flavoured but not overpowering. I would liken it to the ultimate Bounty, all that is missing is your own dessert island to enjoy it on.

 

 

Chocolates by Bonbon

 

 

Rose & Cardamom (v)

 

Dark chocolate with a gloriously perfumed centre. The filling has warmth from the cardamom and then the rose flavour really comes through to finish. It genuinely makes your mouth water and I think this is my favourite of the four.

 

Salted Caramel

 

A combination that is always a winner in my house. This unassuming looking cocoa dusted dark chocolate is generously filled with liquid salted caramel gold. You could very easily eat another so you get the enjoyment of the shell cracking and the caramel pouring out.

 

Chocolate and wine matching

 

If this has tempted you to pay a visit, Bonbon is open from Wednesday to Sunday (Monday and Tuesday are spent making more chocolates for us all).

There is also an upcoming event with Hanging Ditch where six of Sharon’s creations are being wine matched. Bon’ditch as the evening is called takes place on the 16th April (see Hanging Ditch website for details).

 

 

Competition time

Win

 

We’ve got a Bonbon Golden Ticket gift voucher (redeemable to the value of £10) and a box of luxury handmade chocolates to give away.

 

Bonbon vouchers.

All you need to do is leave a comment in the box below telling us all about your favourite chocolate story.

Me – It would have to be a trip to a chocolate factory in Switzerland where the air was so thick with the smell of chocolate you could almost eat thin air!

 

Bonbon Chocolate Boutique, 9 John Street, Manchester, M4 1EQ

Website: bonbonchocolate.co.uk

Tel: 0161 839 4416

Email: hello@bonbonchocolate.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/BonBonChocolateWorkshopt

Twitter: @Bonbon_NQ

 

 

Elaine x

 

Photographs: Jenny McAvoy, Bonbon

 

 

Other restaurant & café reviews:

Teacup Kitchen – Northern Quarter

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium – Afflecks Palace

Artisan – Spinningfields

Caffine & Co – Longford Park Chorlton

Manchester Food & Drink Festival preview

Room Restaurant – City Centre

Didsbury Lounge – Didsbury

Salvis – Exchange Square, Manchester City Centre

The Parlour – Beech Road, Chorlton

Linen – Manchester 235

The Angel – Northern Quarter

Stock Restaurant – Manchester City Centre

The Oxnoble – Potato Wharf

Etrop Grange – Manchester Airport

Thomas Restaurant – Northern Quarter

Saffran – Trafford Centre

The Blue Pig – Northern Quarter

Yang Sing – China Town

 

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Monday 21st April 2014.

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Monday 21st April 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February 2014). Winner Laura Vitty.

Ethical African Bags – win a BagsandMore demi lune bag and scarf (3rd March 2014). Winners Sandy Hendry and Jenny Miller.

Manchester Fashion Bee – win an Essential Burt’s Bees Kit (11th March 2014). Winner Angela Norton-Kelly.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – win a Mum’s Mumisms typography print (19th March 2014). Winner Natalie Gillham.

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous SS14 Fashion Trends

Which is your favourite?

 

The Tweet Seat was back in action again last week at Manchester Arndale, with a plethora of bloggers being treated to a behind the scenes look at some of this season’s hottest fashions.

 

SS14 Fashion Trends

 

Fashionista that I am, I arrived in a woolly hat – staying for a grand total of five minutes before rushing off to The Lowry where we had tickets to see Goldfrapp.

However – it was long enough to be thoroughly inspired by the four key looks that the Manchester Arndale team had put together.

 

SS14 fashion ideas

 

Here are my interpretations of the four different looks.

 

1. Pretty Things

pretty things

 

Embrace your ladylike side this season with the most girly of trends. Think fondant fancies and all things sweet.

Bubblegum pink, baby blue, lavender and lemon.

 

Pretty Things

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2. Paintbox

paintbox

 

From pillar-box red to cobalt blue and yellow, this bold and bright trend is not for the faint hearted.

Clean lines, tailoring and short hemlines, in the brightest colours will help you stand out from the crowd.

Pair with clashing bright accessories, like a bright clutch or chunky colourful necklace to really make a statement.

 

Paint Box

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3. 3D Floral

3D Floral

 

Nothing says Spring / Summer more than florals and the latest looks don’t disappoint with everything from soft pastel prints and vibrant hues, to darker and edgier garden prints.

 

Over sized motifs and 3D motifs add a fun twist to this romantic trend – and for the daring fashionista, more is more! Try pairing two floral separates together and add over sized floral jewellery to truly bloom!

 

3D Floral

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4. Bold Statements

bold statments

 

Whether you fancy Aztec or geometric, there are some dazzling prints around that promise to add a stand-out twist to any SS14 wardrobe.

Monochrome and neon prints are perfect for a glam night-time look and this season’s designs look stunning when partnered with clashing bright jewels and statement accessories – the bigger the better!

 

Bold Stagements

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Competition time

Win

 

Courtesy of Manchester Arndale, we’ve got two bottles of O.P.I Nail Lacquer to give away to one lucky reader.  OPI Nail Lacquer

Just leave a comment in the box below telling us which of our four is your favourite SS14 Fashion Trend to be in with a chance of winning.

 

 

SS14 fashion trends

Me – I love the bright clashing colours of paintbox!

 

Good luck!

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Manchester Arndale. Click on the individual sets for more information.

 

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Thursday 17th April 2014.

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Thursday 17th April 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February 2014). Winner Laura Vitty.

Ethical African Bags – win a BagsandMore demi lune bag and scarf (3rd March 2014). Winners Sandy Hendry and Jenny Miller.

Manchester Fashion Bee – win an Essential Burt’s Bees Kit (11th March 2014). Winner Angela Norton-Kelly.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – win a Mum’s Mumisms typography print (19th March 2014). Winner Natalie Gillham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health & Fitness Workshop

Intelligent Health & Fitness for Busy Women, including the chance to win a workshop place

 

I like the sound of this intelligent health and fitness for busy women. Tick, tick and tick! But more to the point what does it actually mean? Does such a thing exist?

Well apparently it does – and personal trainer Sara Perry from Renaissance4Women has the key to the door, which she’ll gladly share in her forthcoming workshop. Even better, she’s giving a place away to one lucky winner – so you too can be party to her wisdom!

 

Over to you Sara ……

Sara Perry Renaissance

 

I was going to start this blog with the following question:

Did you, like me, shed a tear or two when you watched Davina complete that gruelling 500 mile challenge for Sport Relief 2014?

But then I realised I wasn’t being entirely truthful. Really what I needed to ask was:

Did you, like me blub uncontrollably like a baby when you watched Davina complete that gruelling 500 mile challenge for Sport Relief 2014?

I hold my hands up – I was totally and utterly in awe. Gobsmacked, amazed, blown away – pick your own superlative, I can guarantee I experienced it.

 

What physical challenges tell you about yourself

 

Sporty woman with yoga matAnd then I got to thinking how much more a physical challenge like that tells you about yourself than your levels of stamina and fitness.

When I first started training with weights I spent a lot of time telling myself “I can’t”. As time went on I realised that this wasn’t true and at the pinnacle of my training I was lifting 16kg kettlebells up over my head with one arm.

As a result, not only did I become stronger in my body, but my mind became stronger too. If I could lift all that weight and achieve all those physical challenges I could do anything.

I could face up to my bullying boss, and I could start retraining to build a career I love. The possibilities were endless (and still are) and the same goes for you.

 

You don’t have to ‘do a Davina’

 

It doesn’t have to be a commitment to an ultra-challenge like Davina’s or revolve around traditional physical activities like running or cycling.

It might involve trying out a new sport you’ve never attempted before, going on a holiday that involves daily physical challenge or aiming for a personal best in something that you already enjoy. The key is to push yourself to discover what you can do as opposed to assuming you can’t.

 

Women riding bicycles

 

 

Then, next time you’re facing a difficult task at work, or have to tackle a difficult subject with someone just remember what you achieved when you pushed yourself and that chore will suddenly become so much easier to deal with.

 

Workshop

 

In my Intelligent Health & Fitness for Busy Women workshop I’m going to be helping attendees discover how to choose exercise that plays to their personality type turning it from a chore into a pleasure along with giving you lots of nutrition and mindset advice to help them start living a fitter, healthier and happier life.

You can find out more about the workshop here.

 

 

Competition time

Win

I’m offering one lucky 4Manchester Woman reader the chance to win a place on my workshop (value £97.00).

Saturday 12th April 2014 from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Manchester YHA Conference Centre on Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4NB.

 

 

All you need to do is leave a comment in the box below telling us which sport you’d like to try and why to be in with a chance of winning.

Me – I’d love to have a go at belly dancing!

Good luck!

 

Sara x

 

 

renaissance-logo

 

Web site: renaissance4women.co.uk

Contact: renaissance4women.co.uk/contact

Twitter: @Renaissance_4W

 

Photographs: Free Digital Photos, British Cycling

Disclosure

 

 

Other articles by Sara:

TV Workout

Healthy intermittent fasting

Get in shape in the new year

Personal training for 40+ women

Holiday healthy eating

Countdown to Christmas

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Wednesday 9th April 2014.

Please include a * in your answer if you don’t want to receive updates from Renaissance4Women.

 

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Wednesday 9th April 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

 

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February 2014). Winner Laura Vitty.

Ethical African Bags – win a BagsandMore demi lune bag and scarf (3rd March 2014). Winners Sandy Hendry and Jenny Miller.

Manchester Fashion Bee – win an Essential Burt’s Bees Kit (11th March 2014). Winner Angela Norton-Kelly.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – win a Mum’s Mumisms typography print (19th March 2014). Winner Natalie Gillham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating National Puppy Day

A day to indulge in a spot of puppy love

 

According to our round up of National Days in March – 21st March is National Puppy Day. OK so it originates from the US, but that doesn’t mean that we’re immune to photos like these!

 

National Puppy Day

 

Cute puppies

Ahhhhh!

If you want to treat the fur ball in your life then here are a few ideas.

 

Puppy love montage

 

1. Purplebone Pink Stripe Bow Tie Dog Collar £24.99 – £28.99

2. Alessi Lupita Dog Bowl £49.95

3. Mutts & Hounds Bone Print Pillow Bed, Heather £48.00 – £88.00

4. Mutts & Hounds Ticking Dog Bone Toy £16.50 – £18.50

5. Mungo & Maud Pull My Leg Rhino Dog Toy £22.95

6. Barbour Quilted Tartan Dog Coat, Olive £32.95

7. Mungo & Maude Petite Amande Dog Shampoo, 500ml £19.90

8. Mungo & Maud Preppy Lead, 2cm, Beige / Red £92.50

 

There is of course a serious side to National Puppy Day, which also campaigns to stop puppy farming and promotes responsible dog ownership.

 

Competition time

Win

 

To celebrate National Puppy Day, we’ve got a doggy brooch of your choice from the selection below to give away. The prize has been kindly donated by Helen at MisHelenEous who specialises in handmade doggy craft.

 

Dog Brooch

 

You can choose from a Border Terrier, Staffie, English Bull Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Schnauzer, Pug or Basset Hound.

All we want to know is what’s the name of your dog.

Me – we had a black Labrador when I was little called Zebedee, because he bounced like he was on a spring!

Woof woof! (that’s dog for good luck).

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: John Lewis, National Puppy Day, MisHelenEous

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Monday 31st March 2014.

 

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Monday 31st March 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Dairies / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). Winner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February 2014). Winner Laura Vitty.

Ethical African Bags – win a BagsandMore demi lune bag and scarf (3rd March 2014). Winners Sandy Hendry and Jenny Miller.

 

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition. The winner is Claire Deakin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Is in the North

A new interiors event set to launch in vibrant Ancoats

 

Home is in the North

 

Home Is In The North, an exciting new interiors shopping event is launching for the very first time at Hallé St. Peters located in up and coming Ancoats, Manchester.

Saturday 26th April 2014, 11am – 4pm.

Built in 1859 at the peak of Ancoats industrial boom, Hallé St. Peters and its historic location will provide the idyllic backdrop to host an eclectic mix of 30 independent designer-makers from across the North who specialise in modernising traditional crafts.

 

Halle St Peter's Ancoats

 

The Exhibitors

 

From intricate wirework, surface pattern design, lustre glazed ceramics, bespoke upcycled lighting, fine art illustration and ideas etched in glass, many of the talented exhibitors are united and inspired by the industrial North.

Taking inspiration from key Manchester landmarks, is surface pattern designer Annabel Perrin who used the contemporary architecture of Salford Quays to create her ‘Imperial’ geometric pattern used in her cushions, footstools and fabrics.

Annabel Perin cushions

 

Continuing the ‘Industrial Chic’ trend is bespoke lighting designer, Richard Linford of Greymoose Designs with his upcycled lighting collection that experiments with camera tripods, sturdy steel basins modernised with colourful braided lighting cords.

 

Grey Moose Designs Industrial Style spot lamp

 

For a full exhibitor list click here.

 

Future Design Showcase

 

Home Is in the North, will also be launching ‘The Future Design Showcase’ in partnership with Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Northern Quarter concept store Fig & Sparrow and online market place What I Always Wanted.

The area has been created as a support network to give emerging artists and makers the unique opportunity to meet potential stockists in person and seek advice and guidance about building their brand.

 

Interactive Workshops

 

There is a full schedule of complimentary interactive workshops, demos and seminars taking place throughout the day. Highlights include a ‘Create Your Own Art’ workshop with interiors blogger, Kimberley Hughes of Swoonworthy, who will also be sharing her trend predictions for 2014 during a 30 minute seminar.

 

Home Is …… Where?

 

An event which brings together a collective of unusual and creative designer / makers requires an innovative approach to marketing. Therefore, to support and promote the launch of Home Is in the North, founder and creator Rachael Adams has commissioned a unique and conceptual collection of images entitled ‘Home Is… Where? ‘

Drawing on interior themes such as:

  • Waterside View
  • Industrial Living
  • Rustic Woodlands
  • Opulent Luxury
  • Suburban Independence

Five pop-up rooms were installed in five various locations within Manchester city centre and Chorlton, to explore the concept of modern home.

Whether you live in a semi-detached house in the suburbs or a converted church, hospital, mill, canal boat or even tree house, there are lots of exciting new trends that can transform even the most generic blank canvas.

 

Waterside View at Castlefield Basin

 

Home is - industrial

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits – Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Northern Letters, Eclectic Chair, Claire Murray Designs.

 

 

Industrial Living at Greengate Square

 

Home Is in the North Greengate Square

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits –  Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Sarah Evelyn Marsh, Eclectic Chair.

 

 

Opulent Luxury at Hallé St. Peters

 

Home Is in the North, Halle St Peter's

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits – Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Sarah Evelyn Marsh, Eclectic Chair, Oh Bother Design, Charlotte Nash Textiles, Northern Letters, Claire Murray Designs.

 

 

Rustic Woodlands at Chorlton Ees

 

Home Is in the North, Chorlton Ees, Gary Lomas

Photography – Garry Lomas.

Interior Credits – Lomas & Lomas, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Eclectic Chair, Oh Bother Design, Charlotte Nash Textiles, Northern Letters.

 

 

Suburban Independence on Beech Road in Chorlton

 

Home Is in the North, Beech Road, Chorlton

Photography – Garry Lomas.

Interior Credits – Lomas & Lomas, Eclectic Chair, Northern Letters, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs.

 

Whether you are looking to spruce up your home this Spring, take part in a DIY tutorial or get invaluable advice from our event partners, Home Is in the North will be by far one of the better ways to enjoy your Saturday!

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Buy your tickets

 

For £3.00 advance tickets visit Eventbrite and Skiddle. Excludes booking fee.

Advance ticket holders will receive a free copy of our Home Is zine.

Tickets on the door. Adults £4.00. Children Under 15 Free.

To see a full list of exhibitors and more information visit eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com

Facebook: facebook.com/HomeIsEvent

Twitter: @HomeIsEvent

 

 

Competition Time

Win

 

To celebrate the launch of Home Is in the North, we’ve got a beautiful lampshade from Home Is in the North exhibitor Lomas&Lomas.

I love these lampshades – I have two!

 

Sparrow Grey & Blue Lamps

 

The lampshade is handmade with a Sparrow design, created from a photograph of the humble Sparrow and inspired by 1960s wallpaper patterns. As the lampshades are printed in the Lomas&Lomas studio it means clients can pick any colour-way they wish to suit their interior. Colour shown Blue/Grey.

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All we want to know is which is your favourite pop-up room from the photoshoot?

Me – I love Suburban Independence on Beech Road in Chorlton!

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

Good luck!

 

Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Garry Lomas, Stella Photography, Annabel Perrin, Greymoose Designs

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Monday 14th April 2014.

The winner must be present to collect their prize from Home Is in the North, Hallé St. Peter’s, Ancoats, Manchester (between 11am – 4pm Saturday 26th April 2014).

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Monday 14th April 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

The Independent Interiors Show – win a house hamper (3rd September 2013). Winner Nichola Gill.

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Dairies / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). Winner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February). Winner Laura Vitty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester Spring Fashion Bee

Celebrating Spring and the Manchester Bee

 

Manchester has many symbols – but the worker bee is probably the one we identify with the most. Look at the traffic bollards in the city centre and you’ll see a gold bee telling you that you’re in Manchester City Council.

The worker bee was adopted during the industrial revolution to symbolise the hard work of that era and Manchester being a hive of industry. The Manchester bee even makes it onto our coat of arms on the globe at the top – as well as the Red Rose of Lancashire, three stripes and a ship (representing the rivers Irwell, Medlock and Irk and the Manchester Ship Canal).

 

Manchester Coat of Arms

 

This lovely little bee can be found decorating a wall in the Northern Quarter.

 

Black & white Manchester Bee graffiti on wall

 

I saw my first real bee of the year today in the lovely Spring sunshine. We have a number of hives on our allotment and the beekeeper sells their honey in our local chemists, which beats New Zealand clover honey and the like any day. Plus local honey is also supposed to help the symptoms of hay fever.

 

Fashion Bee

 

So inspired by the sunshine and my first bee, I thought I’d put together a bee inspired collection so that us Mancunians can wear our city’s symbol with pride and style.

 

 

Bee collection

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If you see anything you like in the above collection, click on the main image and all will be revealed!

 

 

Competition time

 

Burts Bees

 

To celebrate Spring and bees we’ve got an Essential Burt’s Bees Kit to give away.

All we want to know is your best bee story.

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

 

 

So don’t be shy – whether it’s the best honey sandwich (Winnie the Pooh style), the memory of a bee feasting on a sunflower whilst on holiday or trying to remove a stinger from your foot when you were little, we’d love to know?

Good luck!

 

Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Manchester City Council, Alison Staples, Polyvore

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Tuesday 25th March 2014.

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Tuesday 25th March 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

The Independent Interiors Show – win a house hamper (3rd September 2013). Winner Nichola Gill.

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Dairies / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). Winner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February). Winner Laura Vitty.

 

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition. The winner is Angela Norton-Kelly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethical bags from Africa

Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with ethical African bags from BagsandMore

 

We’re in the midst of Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February – 9th March 2014) which focuses attention on better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

So it’s a perfect time to hear once again from Jackie Savage at BagsandMore. Jackie who is from the north west specialises in ethically sourced bags and accessories.

We’ve asked her to tell us a bit more about how her bags are made and introduce us to this season’s additions to her collection.

 

Over to you Jackie ……

Jackie Savage

 

After all the terrible weather the UK’s suffered over the past months, nothing could be better to cheer you up than a bag or scarf from BagsandMore.

In my last 4Manchester Women guest blog (read here), I told you a little bit about the ethical background to our bags from Madagascar.

 

This Indian Ocean island is one of the poorest countries in Africa. In 2012, its population was estimated at just over 22 million, 90 percent of whom live on less than two dollars per day.

Any initiative which offers to improve the lives of the people has to be a good thing, and our bags achieve just that.

 

African bag with stars

 

The work involved in making these bags is complicated and it’s important to appreciate the input of the craftspeople working in these communities.

Making raffia bagsThe inner layer of the bag is made from reeds which are harvested and hand woven to create a light-weight inner basket which adds strength, durability and shape.

The outside of the bag is made from the leaves of the raffia palm which are harvested then hand processed, dyed and sun dried before being hand woven into these colourful designs as mats ready to produce baskets.

 

The mats are cut ready to be assembled for the outer surface and appliques. The bags are then individually machine-stitched together with their linings and finished with the leather straps and corners, which are put on again by hand.

Finally all the elements are brought together and this is what you see here – our BagsandMore bags!

 

African bags.

The work involved in making every bag is demanding. However it not only provides income, it also offers an opportunity to develop new skills and generate self-respect.

So when you buy a beautiful Madagascan bag, remember the person who has put much time and effort into making that bag in Africa. Check out the new additions to our range below.

 

African bags poppy and terrier

 

Buying handcrafted items

 

Finally, a story to demonstrate the importance of recognising the role of the artisan in every hand-crafted item you see for sale:

A woman saw a beautiful crocheted dress in a local shop so went in to find out the price. When the artisan told her how much the dress would cost, the lady thought that the price was too high and said “I want to buy a dress from you, but I think you charge too much.” The artisan was a little taken aback but replied “OK, how much do you think I should charge?”

The lady replied “I know the cost of the raw materials and the yarn, the ribbons and the buttons. I will even factor in the price of scissors.” Eventually she gave the artisan a price based on these calculations.

The final price which the woman had calculated was a lot less than the original price, but the artisan thought about it and said “OK then, give me a week”. 

The woman was very pleased with herself and told all her friends what a clever deal she had negotiated. 

A week later her parcel arrived. Full of excitement the woman opened it and inside discovered yarn, ribbons, buttons and a pair of scissors. Angrily she contacted the artisan and asked “How could you do this to me? I asked you for a dress and you sent me a box of yarn, ribbon, buttons and scissors?!”

The artisan quietly replies “My dear, you got exactly what you paid for. If you think there is something missing, you need to pay for it.”

The moral of the story is when you buy handmade goods you are not just buying the materials, you are paying for the time, effort, love and dedication which goes into making the product. Never undervalue this element – it is the most important one.

 

Competition time

 

bag & scarf

 

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and the launch of the new BagsandMore SS14 collection, we’ve got a gorgeous demi-lune bag (first prize) and a Mara Marin scarf (second prize) to give away to two lucky winners.

All we want to know is:

What’s lurking at the bottom of your bag?

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

So don’t be shy – whether it’s a supermarket receipt for family size Toblerone, a pair of flip-flops or some emergency wet wipes , we’d love to know?

 

 

Good luck!

 

 Jackie x

 

bags-and-more

 

Web site: bagsandmore.co.uk

Twitter: @JBagsandmore

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Bags-and-More

Email:  info@bagsandmore.co.uk

 

 

Photographs: BagsandMore

Disclosure

 

Previous articles from BagsandMore:

Eco-friendly accessories

Summer in the South of France

Fashionable French Lemons

A February post card from France

A Christmas post card from BagsandMore

Introducing BagsandMore

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Monday 17th March 2014.

The winners will be the first names selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Monday 17th March 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft Show – win tickets (1st September 2013). Winners Claire Jackson, Pauline Rendell, Joanna Arthur, Fran Morgan, Liz Ferguson, Michelle Smith, Dil Price, Pam Gregory, Linda Weatherley.

The Independent Interiors Show – win a house hamper (3rd September 2013). Winner Nichola Gill.

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Dairies / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). Winner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February). Winner Laura Vitty.

 

 

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition. The winners are Sandy Henry and Jenny Miller.

 

The Big Allotment Challenge

Green fingers needed to take part in a new prime time TV programme

 

We’ve had The Great British Bake Off, The Great Interior Design Challenge, The Great British Sewing Bee and now it seems that there’s even more mileage to be squeezed out of this tried and tested format.

The next one to feature in BBC2′s portfolio is currently in production -  a primetime gardening show called ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’.

As the custodian of an allotment myself I have to say I’m tempted!

 

The Big Allotment Challenge

 

Be on a show!

 

And so the search is on for a handful of talented amateur kitchen gardeners.

The series will follow them as they transform a plot of earth into a patch of beauty and reveal all the wonderful possibilities that can be unlocked from allotment growing.

Kitchen gardening and growing your own produce is an amazing way to live and this series celebrates that.

Producers are on a nationwide search, looking for contestants to feature in the series – those who have the skill and dedication and who could dig their way to victory and be crowned the winner of The Big Allotment Challenge. People who can cultivate the perfect carrot, make their green tomatoes into award winning chutney and turn their dahlias and sweet peas into floral arrangements fit for a Queen.

So whether you’re an allotmenteer, a city living window box grower, or a gardening enthusiast, the producers want to hear from you!

 

How to apply

 

The Big Allotment Challenge

 

It couldn’t be easier to apply; all you need to do is email grow@silverriver.tv or call 0207 907 3401 for an application form.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 13th of March 2014.

 

Good luck!

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

 

 

 

 

Design a mascot competition

Winning mascot will be created by Hollywood special effects legend Shaune Harrison

 

Sharpen those pencils – The Printworks has launched an exciting competition to find a new mascot and is looking for budding artists in the region to submit creative designs.

The winning entry will win a once in a lifetime prize by having their mascot brought to life by Hollywood special effects make up artist and sculptor, Shaune Harrison, who created make up for Voldemort from Harry Potter!

 

Shaune harrison  make up artist.

The Printworks’ previous mascot, Harry the Hound, will retire this year after a faithful 13 years of service.

 

Harry the Hound.

The Competition

 

The mascot competition will be split into three categories; under 11s, under 16s and 16 and over and from these three categories, one winner will be chosen as The Printworks’ new mascot. The winning designs from each category will feature in their own comic strip within The Printworks’ newspaper – News of the Works – and the overall winning mascot will go on to have a regular comic strip and have their design created by Shaune.

 

Competition Rules

 

The mascot design competition is open to Mancunians of all ages and Shaune himself will pick the winner along with a panel of judges. Entries close on the 28th February 2014 and the winners will be announced mid-March. The winner will work alongside Shaune to develop the design and bring it to life.

 

Shaune Harrison Makeup Academy

 

Shaune is coming to Manchester to open his own makeup academy later this year (Shaune Harrison Academy). He started in the film industry in 1988 at the age of 20 working in the field of special make-up effects and has gone on to on work on blockbuster films including creating make up for Red Skull from Captain America.

 

Red Skull Captain America.

Shaune has been involved in creating creatures and prosthetic make-ups on some of the world’s top grossing films such as:

  • Harry Potter (1 – 8)
  • Star Wars (Episodes 1 and 2)
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Mummy
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • World War Z.

He is currently working on Marvel’s Avengers 2 and has won several accolades including an award at the New York Short Film Festival for Art Direction.

 

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The New Mascot

 

Fred Booth, Centre Director said; “The new mascot will be an essential member of The Printworks’ team and we want the new character to symbolise fun and entertainment, to be interesting, memorable and dynamic and to represent the legacy of The Printworks.

“I’m sure the winner will design us an awe-inspiring new mascot which expert designer Shaune will then bring to life. We are very honoured to have the help of such a successful movie legend and it’s a great opportunity for the winner to be part of such a unique experience. We have already had some fantastic entries and we look forward to seeing more creative designs from the people of Manchester.”

To download the application form to submit your entry or more information about the competitions and criteria, visit: theprintworks.com/newmascotcompetition

Good luck!

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: supplied by The Printworks

 

 

 

 

Interview with Rianna Phillips

Shortlisted for Young Vision Vogue x Muuse Awards 2014

 

Every once in a while I stumble across something that stops me in my tracks – Rianna Phillips’ distinctive designs did just that.

Add to that the fact that she’s from Manchester and has been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Young Vision‘ Awards hosted by Muuse and Vogue and I just had to get her on our Manchester blog for you!

 

Rianna Phillips clutch bag

 

Rianna kindly agreed to answer our interview questions – and asks us all – very nicely, that if you love her designs to vote for her to win and bring the award back to Manchester. VOTE HERE!

 

 

1. Tell us a bit about your background and influences

 

I’m from Stockport, I loved art and design at school and college so went on to do an Art Foundation year at Manchester School of Art, within the year I was able to experiment with fine art, photography and Fashion.

Rianna Phillips

 

This was my very first taste of the subject.

I loved studying at that uni so I stayed there and went on to study ‘Textile Design for Fashion’. I’m now a Graduate teaching assistant at the uni, they can’t keep me away from the place!

At the moment I’m really inspired by a lot of the fantastic architecture we have in Manchester, one of the future print ranges features photography from Manchester and London skyscraper skylines.

 

Travel is a huge inspiration in my work and a trip to Australia last year was the catalyst behind the collection that has recently been nominated in the Vogue x Muuse award.

 

Rianna Phillips AW13

 

2. The Vogue x Muse accessory award – tell us more!

 

A colleague (my tutor that taught me back in the day!) saw the competition and forwarded it to me.

The prize is fantastic! The winner has their next range made in collaboration with Muuse and Vogue.

To have them behind you and promoting your collection would be fantastic press and a huge jump in my career. I have to be in the top 50 to make it through to the final round. The votes determine what position you’re in. So I need all the votes I can get!

 

Vote Here

 

I’ve been in the M.E.N newspaper campaigning for votes and on Stockport’s Pure Radio. The closing date is February 17th. So please vote everyone!

There were thousands of applicants for this competition, there are now 173. I’ve been in the top 20 for a few days now and am also number 1 out of all the U.K contestants. So it’s looking good, I just need to keep the votes coming in and the support of my local community.

 

Rianna Phillips

 

 

3. What are your top tips for SS14?

 

The art scene is a big inspiration for this upcoming summer. Abstract/modern and pop art is appearing on tops, dresses and of course clutch bags and scarves.

 

Rianna Phillips

 

Rianna Phillips

 

 

4. Manchester is brimming over with creative people – why do you think that is?

 

There is a big push to keep graduates in Manchester and with the likes of Vogue holding Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in our city centre, well that just says it all. Manchester is the new place to be.

 

5. What’s next for you?

 

I’m working on a few new bag shapes and I’d love to do clothing. I’ve got the support of fantastic pattern cutting staff at Manchester School of Art so watch this space.

 

Rianna Phillips AW13 Lookbook 4 - Caloundra

 

e-boutique: riannaphillips.com

blog: appliquefashion.blogspot.co.uk

twitter/instagram: @riannaphillips

vote: vogue.muuse.com/riannaphillips

 

 

Competition time

 

Rianna needs all the votes she can get!

To celebrate she’s running a little give away alongside the Vogue x Muse competition, to win one of her most popular prints to date ‘Byron’ (win a Byron mini pouch bag pictured below).

So click VOTE HERE here to go straight to the page and vote for Rianna, then leave a comment / message of support on this blog to let us know you’ve voted.

One lucky reader who leaves a message in the comments box below will then be chosen at random as the winner – but only one comment per person and please vote for Rianna to win the Vogue x Muse award first .

 

Byron mini pouch bag

 

Good luck!

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Rianna Phillips

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Monday 17th February 2014.

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Monday 17th February 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

Cocktails & Dreams – win a cocktail making masterclass at Lock 91 (29th August 2013). Winner Nicola Robinson.

Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft Show – win tickets (1st September 2013). Winners Claire Jackson, Pauline Rendell, Joanna Arthur, Fran Morgan, Liz Ferguson, Michelle Smith, Dil Price, Pam Gregory, Linda Weatherley.

The Independent Interiors Show – win a house hamper (3rd September 2013). Winner Nichola Gill.

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Dairies / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). Winner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

 

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition. The winner is Laura Vitty.

 

 

 

 

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