Fedora- Kangol via TK Maxx, Gillet-H&M (similar here), Jumper- Charity Shop, Leggings- Topshop, Boots- Topshop, Bag- Mulberry
1-OOTD, 2-Home Sweet Home MCR, 3&4- Street Art Northern Quarter MCR, 5-Will & I, 6- Oast House MCR, 7&8- Food @ Oast House MCR, 9- Christmas Teepee @ Oast House MCR, 10-OOTD2, 11-Christmas Markets MCR

Hola you lovely lot, I do hope you're all well and are ready for a very festive post...
the lovely lot at Smart Car treated me to a day out on them at the weekend, in conjunction with their very exciting competition.
Smart Car are hosting a little treasure hunt to get you into the christmas spirit, involving one heck of a prize. A cute lil Smart Car is taking a trip around three major cities, Manchester, Bristol and London, with clues being released throughout the day over on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, all you need to do is piece together the clues and pin the interactive map with where you think it is hiding for the chance to win a smart Edition 21 for eight weeks along with a variety of other exciting prizes every day, not bad ey?

So now onto our very cold, but very lovely day out in Manchester.
Will and I made our way to our favourite Manchester haunts for a day of shopping, tea and lots of food! Our first stop was Home Sweet Home, the best cafe in Manchester, one of those little haunts that have the most interesting walls, with everything from bicycles to plant pots and the occasional motivational quote (and boy do I love a good motivational quote), and of course they make the best breakfast and cakes EVER...FACT!
We then pottered around the trendy Northern Quarter, an area of Manchester filled to the brim with vintage and one off goodies. The Northern Quarter is always the place I recommend to anyone planning to visit Manchester, theres just so much to look at, such a quirky and eclectic place.
Lunch time called and we headed over to Oast House, an amazing thatched roofed building in Manchester's Spinningfields, a fairly new addition to the centre of Manchester. At this time of year the Oast house is pretty darn special with their Christmas teepee residing outside. Lit by fairy-lights and an open log fire it is the perfect place to refuel with a mulled cider and of course one of their hanging kebabs; mine halloumi, Will's steak, drizzled with garlic butter on a bed of chips, it really is just scrummy!
2 kebabs, a meat platter and 4 mulled ciders later we rolled ourselves out of the teepee and took a trip round the Christmas markets, the biggest in Britain apparently. They're such a lovely place to wander around, perfect for getting into that Christmas spirit, that is until 4pm comes and you can no longer move, then my inner Scrooge definitely rears it's ugly head!

So go on, what're you waiting for, get entering the competition here, imagine a new car for Christmas, can't be bad, ey!?

x M

Also for you observant folk, apologies for the two different fedoras that feature in this post, I bought the pink one whilst shopping and couldn't wait to put it on...patience is a virtue Megan, patience is a virtue!

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