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The Vintage Beauty Parlour by Bethany Jane Davies BY: JESS HARDIMAN | 15.6.2015

ParagraphThere’s no doubt that the glamour of decades past remains unrivalled, with the sirens from the 1930s and the pin-up era of the 1940s still showing us a thing or two about how to be stylish, feminine and sensational.And for a retro blast from the past, Chorlton has upped its charm with the recent arrival of The Vintage Beauty Parlour [http:

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Introducing Jessica Hardiman our Manchester Style Expert

How did you get into writing?

I’ve always been an avid writer, and when I was younger I used to use it as a form of escapism by writing short stories set in sunnier climes. Nowadays my words tend to stay more grounded, writing about local events for Manchester Wire, musing over food, films, booze and more on my blog and dabbling in the odd bit of copywriting. My style has evolved from whimsically fantasising about life overseas into a playful cynicism about life in the big city, with a few added swear words.

What do you love about Manchester style?

It’s got something for everyone, with vintage dens nestled among high street giants and Doc Martens stomping alongside skyscraper heels to prove that we’ve got both dressed-down street style and dolled-up glamour totally nailed. We also have markets galore, meaning that shopping here is always full of choices.

Any insider tips for getting the best out of Manchester?

Head to Home Sweet Home for the best brunch of your life, before making a dent in their brilliantly kitsch cake selection. If you’re in need of a vintage fix, Ryan Vintage on Oldham Street has row upon row of great pieces (plus a separate section of pre-loved homeware on the cheap) and the furniture warehouse on Upper Chorlton Road also offers some truly amazing bargains that often just need a bit of TLC. I love browsing the magazines, books and gifts of the Northern Quarter’s Magma and just round the corner you’ll find the city’s best coffee at North Tea Power. That said, don’t be afraid to explore beyond the city centre, there’s tonnes going on in the suburbs and surrounds.

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