If you have read my post from a few weeks ago you will know that I was invited to the Charlotte Tilbury event in Leeds, so we decided to stay the night and have a little one night getaway in the city. A little escape from reality and quite a spontaneous decision, but a fantastic one. Also another vlog style video goes alongside this post, which I am really enjoying as a little addition to my writing at the moment.
We decided to get a morning train so we could have as much time shopping as possible. My boyfriend lives closer to another train station so I got on first and met him on the train later on, which was more convenient. It was a really smooth journey with no delays, and just over an hour later we were in Leeds. Check in at the hotel wasn’t until 2pm so we dropped off our bags and then went shopping. I find that Leeds is so good for shopping and although I didn’t buy too much, it was good to have a wander and just relax. I particularly like the trinity shopping centre as it is so nice to walk around.. and the Christmas tree is up now which made me feel so festive!
We stayed at the Hotel Novotel at Leeds city centre, and it was actually where the event was being held. It was such a nice hotel and the room was gorgeous, we had so much space! Ive never stayed there before but I would definitely recommend it as it was so close to both the city centre and the train station, but still really quiet. We went back to the hotel room and chilled out for a couple of hours, and then got ready. I really wanted to look nice because we were going out for a meal, so I curled my hair and touched up my makeup. I actually also wore colour for the first time in ages and weirdly I really liked it! If you know me you know that my wardrobe consists of black, white, grey and not much else, so it was nice to step out of my comfort zone for the night.
For our evening meal we had a reservation at Gusto (an Italian restaurant), and it was truly so perfect. It was about a 10 minute walk from our hotel and it was pretty much in the centre of Leeds, so very convenient for anyone staying in the city. One of my favourite memories of the year without a shadow of a doubt, and it was so nice to have a romantic meal. The decor is really special and makes it seem so fancy, I particularly love the fairy light trees as they were so pretty and almost magical. I would certainly recommend the restaurant as the food is gorgeous and it was honestly such a lovely night. The cocktails were especially incredible, and there was a wide variety on the menu… I had the strawberry and kiwi one and it was lush. Thank you to the lovely team at Gusto for looking after us and making our experience so memorable, we both loved it. If you want to check out Gusto’s website please click here.
We walked back to the hotel from the restaurant (about a 10 minute walk) so we were back in time for the Charlotte Tilbury event. I won’t go on too much about this because I wrote a whole blog post about the event and what I thought, so if you want to read that please click here. I was back at the hotel room about 10pm (oh I do live life on the edge) and after having a bath, I got tucked up into bed and fell to sleep. I had such a long lie in, which was absolutely amazing… the bed was so comfy! Check out wasn’t until 12noon so we just chilled out and got ready at our own pace, and it was so nice to not feel rushed. There was nothing particular in the city that we wanted to explore so we took the time to relax instead.
We were so hungry so immediately after checkout we went back to The Soap Factory (where the event was held) for lunch. I had tried some of the nibbles at the event the day before, and they were so good so I really wanted to return and bring Adam with me. I had lots of different side dishes (the chicken wings were incredible) and Adam had a burger, and we couldn’t have been happier with everything. Such good service and atmosphere, there were even people there all afternoon sat on their laptops. The selling point was definitely our drinks though. I had a strawberry and mint cocktail which was served over crushed ice, it also had pieces of strawberry chopped up inside, which was gorgeous! Adam had potentially the most extravagant chocolate milkshake that I have seen, with melted chocolate and even a brownie sat on the top… loved it! Would recommend the soap factory without a doubt to anyone in Leeds, about a 10 minute walk from the centre but so worth it!
We did a last bit of shopping before we went home, and had a final wander along the city streets. The train home was a little delayed so we just got a coffee and waited at the train station for a while, and then made our way home. I honestly didn’t want to go home, the couple of days were so perfect and I didn’t want to go back to reality.
Overall it was such a lovely couple of days and I’m a lucky girl, so many memories were made and I can’t wait to look back on this in the future. Little city breaks are my favourite and although it was short it was incredibly sweet. I really want to go back to Leeds closer to Christmas to see the lights and do some Christmas shopping, as I think it will look so pretty when the trinity Christmas tree is all lit up. As always thank you so much for reading this and I hope you enjoy my travel posts, they are some of my favourite to create ❤
(Some of the products mentioned in this post were kindly gifted to me, although as always all photos and opinions are my own)