Reykjavik Travel Diary Part 1 – Flights, Hotels & Sightseeing

This was a holiday for me like no other. I’m not exactly one for lounging around on beaches, but it seems like with the exception of a cold but crisp November trip to NYC, my excursions have always been to destinations on the warm side, full of sunshine. When my friend suggested we head to Reykjavik because she’d found a good deal, I jumped at the chance. Heading to a land covered in snow and…

September 6th: A Short(er) Story

We’d sat in the cold white student house for hours, and when no-one turned up, thought ‘Fuck it’. I was designated driver, as always, so had that weird fake-but-real buzz you get when you’re around drunk people despite not having had a drop yourself. The middle floor was the worst, all 90s R&B that you’d rather forget, but it was dark and smoky and the flashing lights were heady, and the floor sent vibrations of…

Why I Chose The 9 to 5 Over Working For Myself

There’s so much talk on the internet about being self-employed, going freelance, joining the flexible working revolution and how if you’re doing so, you’re living the dream. And for some that may be true, but what if it’s not sunshine and rainbows? What if you decide that the 9 to 5 is best for you? Does that mean you’re failing? I don’t think so. Just over a year ago I left my job at a…

10 Days in NYC: A New York City Travel Diary

New York, New York. So good, they named it twice – and it only takes one trip there to see why. There’s something inexplicably magical in the air, across the skyline, on the streets. As soon as you step into the wall of blaring taxi horns, you feel it. You get it. You know what the city is trying to tell you. You feel at home. I went on a mind blowing 10 day trip…

Discovering Manchester: 4 Vintage Havens

Prepare for more checked shirts, denim shorts and retro accessories than you can handle; I’ve been vintage shopping. I distinctly remember the first time James and I got stuck into Manchester’s vintage clothing scene, right back when we first moved here. We wandered the streets, stepping in each boutique we saw, finding treasures aplenty. Feeling that vintage shopping itch, we went back for more a few weekends ago. For all the other vintage lovers out…

My top tips and tools for making freelance life easier (plus FREE …

Making the move to go freelance isn’t easy, for anyone. It’s quite a risk to take, even if you’ve got clients ready and waiting. The days of a guaranteed income at the end of each month is gone, and it’s up to you (and you alone) to bring in the business, keep yourself organised and pay those bills – have I put you off yet? I loved my job before I went freelance, working at…

Discovering Manchester: American Eats at Home Sweet Home

Welcome to the first in my Discovering Manchester series – blogs all about my favourite things to do, places to see and food to eat in this beautiful city. There’s nothing better after a day of walking and exploring a city in the sunshine, than sitting down to some great food. James and I went in to the city centre on Saturday to have a good nosy around the Northern Quarter. It was the best…

A Belated Barcelona Travel Diary

When I say belated, I mean belated. I actually went to Barcelona almost a year and a half ago, back in September 2014. It was the first abroad holiday that me and my boyfriend James went on together and so will always have a special little corner in our memories. We were so ridiculously excited when we booked it! We chose Barcelona because we wanted somewhere hot and sunny, that felt like holiday, whilst also…

‘Eat the world, Piper’

Welcome to sophiefbutcher.com! It’s a brand new space that I’ve put together for all my ramblings about the stuff I love; expect pictures and travel guides for the places I visit on holiday, roundups of my fashion week favourites and what’s featuring in my wardrobe, the best beauty bits I’ve found, as well as a cheeky recipe, restaurant review and general life chat now and then. For those who don’t know me, I’m a full…