north face
I’ve never really considered myself the type of woman that wears a North Face. Not that it’s geared towards any ‘type of woman’ in particular, I just tend to opt for ridiculous oversized boyfriend coats or equally massive faux furs.

I’m a changed woman.

As my semi-recent relocation means I now live on top of a hill and am surrounded by exceptional countryside storybook scenes (weather permitting), I have become in dire need of a practical outerwear update. Enter, The Resolve. The jacket is waterproof, seam-sealed, and breathable in a magical way which makes it as comfortable during a Springtime walk as it is when skiing mountains.

Plus, the bright whiteness makes me feel like an off duty snow bunny.

What I Wore:
The North Face Resolve Jacket from Millets
Denim skater skirt (old, similar here)
The Graanite flats from Steve Madden

north face
north face

leeds corn exchange
I had arranged to catch up with a friend in Leeds city centre last weekend and – as a relatively new addition to Yorkshire’s hottest city – took my sweet time to pick a meeting point. As fate would have it, I stumbled on the sweetest little vintage store while doing some PR for ASOS Marketplace. As the physical shop was situated in Leeds Corn Exchange among hot dogs, camera shops, and a bit of history, the meeting point was set.

The Corn Exchange itself is a Grade One listed structure and one of the UK’s finest Victorian buildings. Now trading as ‘The Home of Boutique Shopping’, the building features balconies of independent businesses, ornate staircases, and artsy teens and adults alike.

As the nature of the businesses suggest, I couldn’t help but find a tantalising number of gorgeous and unique items behind every Corn Exchange doorway; vintage shopping wonders, handmade gifts…even bonsai trees. I think it is my new favourite place.

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leeds corn exchange
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fazenda leeds
For Christmas eve, The Boyfriend and I took a pitstop (one of a few) in Granary Wharf for a double dinner date at Fazenda.

The only order you place here is for your drink and, as it turns out, that is just the way I like it. Swapping restaurant convention for something altogether more appetizing, Fazenda’s concept is simple: bring a carnivorous* friend or two, sit in some atmospherically-appropriate leather or cowhide chairs, then enjoy the most gluttonous meat buffet you could dream up. All for a fixed price of £25.

Though I wouldn’t recommend wasting precious stomach space on too much of their gourmet salad bar (which – strangely – includes hot fish dishes and sushi), the smoked salmon, 18-month matured grana padano, beef with onion marmalade and 12-month matured parma ham are all worthy highlights.

When you return to your table, the real show begins. Using a cardboard disc (green on one side, red on the other) you are able to flip it over to welcome skewer-yielding waiters to your table, or take what we affectionately ended up deigning ‘a meat pause’. You will flip and flop more than you think.

Though a booklet is placed on each table to detail the various cuts of meat on offer, you can do no wrong by green-carding the following: filet mignon, bife ancho, alcatra, fraldinha, linguica, and the leanest, juiciest contra filet known to man. It is worth mentioning that the cordeiro (fresh mint lamb) – which I regrettably had no room for – truly wooed my dining accomplices, as well.

With eat slice of medium-rare meat dotted by a few complimentary chips or a nibble of grana padano, it took no time at all to throw in the towel. Nevertheless, we got through £100s of top quality meat and tapas in less than one hour. You can’t get better value for money than that, my friends.

*There is, in fact, a vegetarian menu but I would suggest leaving any veggie friends out of a Fazenda excursion. It would be like taking a nun to a brothel.

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