Best Spots in Manchester for a Good Old Drink

I'm surprised I've never really covered this before, but in the past year I've ventured out a bit and gone around town looking for the best places for a drink, from cocktails to ciders there's a range of places across Manchester that deserve a bit of a spotlight. I like a mixture of drinks and there's nothing worse than going to a new bar and choosing the same drink you have everywhere else, I like to try something different each time. So if you're looking for a new place to grab a drink take note of where am about to mention, from the Northern Quarter to Spinningfields. 

First up, is Jimmy's if you're into the more indie scene of Manchester this is a great place to check out. They have a great range of cocktails, great music that you can't miss and they house a lot of gigs around the year. Some of my best gigs from the past year have been at Jimmy's and it's somewhere you really can't miss. It's a bit different to the rest on the lis…

Flatlays Let's Talk About Them

The marble background and tonnes of product have been surrounding my Instagram for a good couple of weeks. I never thought that I would be the one to have a proper theme for Instagram but it's actually quite therapeutic. It's nice to have everything organised around my blog posts as I've found that it promotes the posts a lot better.

I thought that I would sit down and go through the little tips and tricks I have to getting that good flatly. The first part is the background,  I like to keep the same background as I find it's looks a bit messy if I change in between. The marble background I have is actually a sheet of wrapping paper I picked up in Primark £1. It was an absolute bargain and has lasted me so well. It's a standard size so it allows me to fit all my products onto it. My tips for a background is use something that stands out but isn't gonna overpower the products you're including. As the products are the focus not the background try not to use one that is too bright and out there.

Once my background is sorted I normally put out the products and get my tripod out. I picked this up off of Amazon £5.89 and it's been a godsend. I like to take my photos landscape above the products as this allows me to feature the products in the best light. The tripod helps to balance my phone and stops me from having to do a lot of work cropping and touching up the photo.

The next big thing is lighting, I prefer to use natural light as my lighting at University always gives a weird tinge to flatlays. I normally plan what photos I need to do the night before and do them early in the morning when the lighting is just right. This saves time with editing and helps to get the best photo possible.

My next tip would be to take multiple photos, try moving the camera  a bit as you aren't always going to get the best one. For a majority of my photos I just use my iPhone as it has a pretty strong camera on it. Although I do sometimes use the Sony Bloggie Touch Mobile Camera. I sadly can't get a buyable link for this as it's almost 5 years old! But it's a really easy camera to use if you want to get a quick snap. The focus on this is great and it adds a bit of a blur to the photo.

The last tip is to download a good editing app, I am currently using SnapSeed. It's such an easy app to use to edit my photos. I don't tend to do an awful lot I just like to adjust the white balance and brighten up the background a bit. And that's pretty much for my flatlays.

Let me know the things you use for your flatlays and comment below any recommendations. I have a new post up every Friday on my Bloglovin and a new blog post on here every Wednesday and Sunday.

Until next time, Chloe!


  1. Lovely advice! I really struggle to keep a consistent theme, so this is really helpful

  2. Great advice, you should see the multiple shots we have of all the foodie flat lays we take!

    Jessica & James | /

    1. Yeah there's so many attempts on my phone now

      Chloe, MySecondAttempt

  3. this was really nice to read, that marble backdrop is such a bargain honestly, lucky you finding that. x

    1. I know I'm so happy I got it!

      Chloe, MySecondAttempt


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