Lifestyle, Style, Travel

The Leeds Edit: Anthropologie

Something that I really love about Leeds is that it literally has every shop that you could ever want. Topshop, Zara, Harvey Nichols etc… and even the Victoria Quarter (renamed ‘The posh bit’ by me and my mum), which has loads of higher end shops, where I’ve been tempted to blow my entire student loan in one go, but thankfully that hasn’t happened yet.

There is a new addition to the plethora of places to shop and that is in the form of Victoria Gate. Inside, there are lots of new, lovely shops including & Other Stories, COS, T2 and to add to the madness, a giant John Lewis (madness in a good way).

However, my favourite addition is the new Anthropologie store, literally every homeware lovers dream come true. Every single thing I am convinced that I need; whether it’s one of their gorgeous candles or if it’s a pretty ceramic kitchen utensil that you’d probably never have a use for, but still confidently place in your basket whilst convincing yourself that it’s essential.

It’s spread across two floors and doesn’t follow any particular order in terms of clothes on one floor and homeware another, it’s kind of all just mixed up nicely which makes it interesting when you’re wandering around.

It’s also a fab place to go and look for Christmas presents, and so what better time to go and have an explore than now!

L x

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Lifestyle, Travel

The Leeds Edit: Ragdoll Nails

I first came to Leeds back in 2014 when I started University and I can honestly say it took me no time at all to feel at home. It’s the perfect transition for me; coming from a small town, I’ve never felt overwhelmed, it’s a beautiful and vibrant city. I’m now in my third year and so I’ve had an opportunity to scope out places that I like to shop, eat and treat myself. As a result, I’ve decided to begin a blog series ‘The Leeds edit’ where I can tell you about my favourite places and where I would recommend to anybody that was thinking of visiting.

I’m going to kick off the series with one of the best places I’ve discovered (modest), Ragdoll Nails. It was about this time last year that I was swamped with work and felt like I needed a little pick-me-up and so I booked in with Laura to get a Shellac manicure. I’d never really had my nails done before and as mentioned in my Summer Nails post (where I also rave about Ragdoll…surprise surprise), I hate painting my nails myself and I can never file them equally. This is when my obsession for Shellac started. The polish lasts for so much longer than a standard one and they’re so low maintenance, which is ideal for me. Since coming here, I’ve left other salons and felt quite disappointed with the results, because I feel like the time and precision that Laura gives, just isn’t met. I believe that you get what you pay for; not only do the polishes last for ages, but there’s such a high level of perfection that’s given with every manicure I’ve had.

Laura runs an amazing Instagram page for Ragdoll packed with inspiration of different designs that are really on-trend and unique. I’ve never been to another salon and had such a wide choice of colours, designs and finishes. What I’d never seen before coming to Ragdoll was metallic foil, which is pressed onto the nail for a sort of gold-leaf effect, it’s beautiful, I’d definitely recommend visiting the website and viewing the gallery and treatment menu to get an idea of the colour/design possibilities. You also get a little ‘rewards’ card, so after receiving 7 treatments, you get 20% off your next! I’ve just filled mine so I’m looking forward to using my discount in the near future!

I would 100% recommend Ragdoll Nails for an amazing manicure and if I could insert the *hands up emoji* after everything I’ve written I would, and obviously the sassy painted nails emoji also.

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Treat yourself!

L x

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