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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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Montreal Diaries

Summer is over and by the time that this post goes up, I’ll be all moved in to my new University house for third year. Terrifying… but I’m excited. However, I’m not quite ready to forget about my trip to Canada just yet. Two weeks honestly just flew by and we managed to fit in lots of exploring and spend lots of time outside enjoying the weather (loved the sun… humidity not so much).

First of all, on our first day we decided to wander around and walk from Saint Laurent down to Old Port. It was a really interesting walk and there were plenty of murals to take in and to take photos of which we all really enjoyed doing. As we got further down we stopped in a vintage store called EvaB which was absolutely huge and filled with such a variety which made it just so fun to walk around. They also had a little cafe at the front of the store which I thought was really quirky.

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After we finally dragged ourselves away from EvaB, with less money than we’d entered with we carried on our walk to Old Port. We stopped at a coffee shop called Tommy which had the most beautiful interior I had ever seen. Definitely an Instagram opportunity. I got a Nutella Cronetto and fell in love. I then got my heart broken because the nutella went all down my white playsuit but you can’t win everything. This area was so nice to look around and we even got to see Notre Dame which was where Celine Dion got married, cute.

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Moving away from the first day we then went to the Biodome, Planetarium and Botanical gardens which was amazing. My favourite part was the Planetarium because I’ve never been to one before. It was really surreal but so beautiful and the Northern lights show almost made me cry, so there you go. Typical.

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Something that just has to be mentioned is food. It wouldn’t be me unless I had something to say about what I ate whilst I was away. A favourite was Fabergé for brunch, I had the most wonderful, calorific cinnamon french toast with caramelised pecans which left me in a food coma for the entire day, but the cinnamon sweats were worth it. La Diperie is a place that we all fell in love with. You get plain soft serve ice-cream, dip it into whichever hot dip that you want and then it’s rolled in a topping. I got the hot hazelnut praline dip, dipped in crushed oreo and it was as good as it sounds. The portions are also really generous; the one in the picture is a medium and it was giant, but on another day I got a mini (the smallest one) and it still had so much ice-cream. Another worthy mention is Ch’Chocolat which has the largest menu all full of amazing chocolate *cries*. It took us a good half an hour or more to decide, but in the end I went for ‘Nutella sushi’ which is banana wrapped in a crepe like little sushi rolls with dark melted chocolate. SOS. Me and my friend Rosie also got a smoothie to share and added some tequila shots in there, beautiful. O’Noir restaurant was also such an amazing experience. It’s basically a blind restaurant where your waiters are blind and you are sat in the pitch black darkness so you can’t see who’s around you and most interestingly can’t see your food. You get to choose what you’d like to eat in a posh little seating area before you go into the dark and the food was really fancy and gourmet. Juxtaposed with me sat there eating it with my hands because nobody could see me. It was around $45 dollars for me to have a starter and main, so it is quite expensive but definitely an experience that I would recommend.

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Finally, one of the best places for shopping was in Mile End. I mean, I enjoyed the other shops as well such as Urban Outfitters and Sephora but these shopping experiences can sometimes feel really samey. Mile End had loads of little independent boutiques that were so lovely to look around and one in particular called Vestibule was full of amazing interior pieces, cute clothing items and an adorable dog, a winner all round.

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I really hoped that you enjoy reading through some of my favourite things that I did whilst I was away, and I’m definitely going to take a trip back whenever I can because I’m definitely going to be needing some of that ice-cream again.

L x

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Montreal Loving

So, I’ve been pretty bad at blogging over the past month or so. This is partly because I went away to Montreal  to stay with my best friend who goes to McGill (a University in the city) and didn’t have my laptop with me! However, that didn’t stop me from jotting down the places I felt were worth mentioning, and so on Wednesday a post will be going up on some of my favourite places… my own little Montreal guide if you will.

For now, here are some photos that I took on the trip. I took so many and I’m pretty chuffed with how they came out so have a lil’ gander if you’d like!

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Ok. So trying to pick photos for this post was a lot harder than I thought. There will be a lot more included in Wednesday’s post which will also be more wordy/informational/me rambling on about how much I love Montreal and all of it’s incredible food offerings. I hope you’re looking forward to that.

L x

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