Thursday, 30 September 2010

A Weekend in Leeds

First stop, the Victoria Quarter Arcade and my favourite shop Rose & Co. It is a vintage style apothecary selling lots of traditional tinctures and remedies as well as lots of sweet smelling toiletries. Downstairs is a boudoir full of vintage-style clothing and lingerie. The staff are dressed in old-style uniforms, my favourite was the vintage rockabilly girl with amazing tattoos

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A peer through the Mulberry window at a treasure trove of handbags

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I can't remember which boutique this was (possibly Thomas Sabo) but it had a very pretty display of jewellery

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The All Saints window displays are the same around the country I think, featuring lots of old sewing machines

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A beautiful flower shop at the entrance of the Victoria Quarter

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The Corn Exchange is another 'shopping mall' and another beautiful Victorian building. I remember being here one New Year's Eve many years ago when it was turned into a nightclub, it was a lot of fun and a fabulous venue. Meanwhile, during the day it has lots of little boutique units and a lovely restaurant in the basement. I loved the detail on the pink dress which was clothed on a mannequin outside one of the boutiques, although I can't imagine at what kind of event I would ever have an occasion to wear it. I ended up buying only this pink fan

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There were so many sweet treats that took my eye - candies, cupcakes, chocolates, ice-cream... mmmm....

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We went into Harvey Nichols department store for a Strawberry Champagne cocktail to drink alongside some marinated olives and honey roasted cashews. I also bought some boxes of Japanese sweet snacks from the Food Hall, I really love foreign packaging, especially Japanese

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And finally, the view from our hotel window, reminding us of the major industrial player Leeds once was.

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47 comments:

  1. I'm currently training to be a primary teacher in Leeds... and Rose and Co is absolutely my favourite shop in the whole city! You got some really great photos! Love it!

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  2. I love those cluthes by Mulberry! *sigh*

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  3. Thank you for those fabulous pictures !

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  4. Your pictures are always a feast for the eyes!

    Leia

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  5. So beautiful and you just got me hungry;)

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  6. i went to uni in leeds and i cant tell you how much i loved shopping there...rose ad co. was one of my favourite places to visit purely for all the lovely packaging and bottles of bath salts etc. i miss it :(
    margief
    x
    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh, I'm craving those cupcakes and chocs! And hello panda is one of my favourite snacks:)

    xx

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  8. Love these pics, yummy cupcakes, I will be in Leeds soon so will be checking out all these shops!

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  9. We've been to the exact same places. Isn't that funny!

    Can't wait to be back in Leeds soon. It's a great city...

    Where is the great cupcake place? I need to know! ;)

    xx

    S*

    (Email-Answer coming soon!)

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  10. Oh my... I'm salivating over those cupcakes and sweeties. I've always been a fan of the Rose & Co lip balm - trouble is it smells good enough to eat! x

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  11. Cupcaaaaakes!!

    and yes, i used to eat one packet of Hello Panda each and every day i went to school!!

    :)

    thanks for sharing these pictures!
    xoxo

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  12. I've always wanted to visit Leeds but never had an idea of where to go or what to do as I don't know anyone from there. I'll have to make a not of there just in case I do visit there xoxo

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  13. Stunning pictures, as always :) I love old sewing machines! I find them very beautiful. Though I can't find so many here in Japan!

    *Ena*

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  14. All the sweets are making me hungry :) Sounds like a great trip!

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  15. This looks all so beautiful & having visited your blog now several times, I've learned that it's your gift to make things look beautiful... Gorgeous, wonderful pictures!

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  16. Love these photos, Leeds is such a great city. By the way, I tried to go to Scrumpy Willow for breakfast last Sunday and couldn't get a table - I blame you and the post you did about it, I've never seen it anywhere near as busy!

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  17. Great post - that cocktail is reminding me that it is Friday tomorrow!

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  18. I love those sewing machines in All Saints. Wish I had one to display!

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  19. I've never been to Leeds, but those photos are fab! And yep, the window of All Saints in Spitalfields looks exactly the same (but I guess you knew that already). Hope your week is going well. Love from London x

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  20. This looks absolutely gorgeous - I'd love to visit it at some point!

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  21. lovely pics-- I have such a sweet tooth and looking at these made me want a cupcake.

    www.originalprototype.com

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  22. Oh, I've only visited Leeds once but had a great weekend. My 'used-to-live-in-Harrogate-now-in-Chester' friend that I've mentioned before lived in Leeds for a short while back in the day when he was single. He rented one of those ultra-modern high rise flats with balconies down by the waterfront (there seemed to be loads of development work going on down there). We went to an amazing 1920s restaurant on the Sat night -Bibi's I think. The decor was beautiful (mind you, I'm going back at least 5 yrs). We went to the David Hockney place (Salt's Mill) on the Sunday - interesting, but was too hungover to appreciate it. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  23. Such lovely photos! I love your new pink fan. I've been wanting one for months, especially one with a little Rococo flair. (:

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  24. Really lovely pictures! I love those sewing machines in the All Saints window, never know where they find so many! We used to have an old Singer machine but I've got a horrible feeling my mum has got rid...

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  25. YESSSSS! Charbonell & Walker! You always capture the most lovely things darling. it's such a pleasure to see the world through you lens...

    xoxo B.B.

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  26. Thanks for those pictures! Everything is so beautiful!!

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  27. Looks like a fun weekend! I love the angel wing jewelry!

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  28. Oh wow! I love how Britain still celebrates those special traditional things. Gorgeous pics as always Paula x

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  29. Oh I adore these snapshots. That pink dress looks so organic and plantlike!

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  30. as always, beautiful photography. those panda cookies are delish!

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  31. i want to eat everything in this post. good lord!

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  32. hmm those cakes look lovely!

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  33. Did I tell you already how much I love your pictures? You always find the best little details, and make the world look so beautiful! One thing I miss though- you should have taken the picture of the sales people uniform ! :):) But other than that, this is a perfect post in my eyes! :)

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  34. That cocktail is the drink of my dreams!

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  35. The nicer boroughs of Leeds are charming. So glad you enjoyed yourself there. X

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  36. All these sweets !!! Yummy !
    I also adore the old sewing machine, it looks so pretty ! You took great pictures !

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  37. Amazing pictures, I'm craving for a travel to Britain! I really mean it.

    Japanese packing is so sweet and cheerful.

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  38. Hello Panda are my absolute favourites! x

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  39. that looks like a wonderful weekend. Your pictures are lovely.

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  40. Never been to Leeds but now I really want to go. Love those Mulberry clutchs. x

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  41. found your blog accidentally and omygod, I actually live in Leeds. :D Although it looks like I'm not enjoying it as much as I am supposed to be.
    Your images are very very pretty by the way.

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  42. my hood! ;)
    ive actually never been in rose and co but did walk past it today and linger a bit, so pretty.

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