About

Hello and welcome to Old Fashioned Susie, a leading UK lifestyle blog established in 2010.

First of all thanks for visiting, without you, I wouldn’t be here! I’m a freelance blogger, writer, photographer and interiors stylist. When I’m not updating these pages, you’ll find me writing for publications both on and offline, collaborating with some of my favourite brands and seeking out great places in Manchester and beyond to share with you here.

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Photo credit- Emmylou from Chiascuro

Redefining Old Fashioned

I get asked a lot about why I called my blog Old Fashioned Susie. Spoiler alert; it’s not because I love an Old Fashioned, the bourbon cocktail which experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to Don Draper and Mad Men. If you have arrived here expecting a Don Draper-inspired cocktail recipe then please head over here instead.

So I wanted to clarify what Old Fashioned means to me, I guess you could call it a manifesto;

  • Spending time with those you love
  • Quality over quantity, in everything
  • Repurposing, reusing, recycling- avoiding waste where possible
  • Appreciating the moment and what you have
  • Being true to yourself, authentically you
  • Treasuring being at home and the simple things in life
  • Connection with others, real eye to eye stuff!
  • Using libraries and supporting independent shops when possible
  • Not forgetting the past, embracing heritage and learning from it

What Old Fashioned does not mean to me;

  • Sexist attitudes or any other attitude about inequality
  • Seeing everything about the past through rose-tinted glasses
  • Not embracing technology or systems that can enhance your life
  • Being a purist
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Photo credit – Tori from @unfoldtheday

If you want to find out more about my writing, where I’ve written, or perhaps with a view on commissioning me to write something for you, then please take a look at this page.

I love to write about Home & Interiors, Women’s Lifestyle, Travel and Heritage. These are the topics I cover here on the blog too. I’m a real homebody but do love to travel, Berlin and Whitby being two of my favourite places.

I hope you find a down to earth approach to life, as well as real advice on interiors and home style. You’ll find inspiration on how to mix old and new, vintage and high street, hand me down and off the shelf. Helping you to give your home an individual and unique look and feel, just like you.

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Meeting Twiggy!

I am 37 and live with my husband and two daughters. We are based just outside of Manchester and I really love my city, having lived here most of my life. There are some fab posts about Manchester here on the blog. I’m always happy to recommend places too, so if you are visiting do tweet me and ask.

You will find some sponsored content here and when I do partner with a brand it is always something I’ve carefully considered. It comes from an authentic place, because I like them, and think you will too.

Brands that have heritage are really interesting to me, and I will usually prefer a classic, timeless look over something that is “in fashion”. I do dip into trends of course, but I don’t run my life by them, and like to pick and choose what suits me and/or my home.

My Virgo perfectionist tendencies are something I’m trying to tame. Once I have an idea I like it to be just so, although when it comes to home renovations and actually what is possible with our budget; I’ve learnt that being imperfect is actually way more interesting.

I’m passionate about creativity and individuality and believe these are incredibly valuable in our lives.

My favourite social media channel is Instagram so you can always find me on there– come say hi!

Affiliate Disclosure;

In some posts, I might use affiliate links which are a small way to add to my income. These links make no difference to how you view, or buy a product I mention, I just get a small percentage at no cost to you. Products only get a mention if I really like them and think you will too. I’m hoping you can support me in my efforts to be as transparent as possible here on the blog.

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6 Comments

  1. January 6, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Hi Susie,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Old Fashioned Susie has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Vintage Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/vintage_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Vintage Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

    • January 6, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      Many thanks! I got your email- I’m still in holiday mode…

  2. Lisa Patti
    January 17, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Susie,

    I love the Cavallini italian postcard wrap, do you know if there is a way to get one of his wraps done in wall covering? I would like to use this behind some shelving in an office. I also found a designer named Nicoletta Pagano in Italy who has some beautiful designs but only in wrap as well.

    Also trying to find a wallpaper I saw in Bella Italia in on Hanover St. in Edinburgh but have not been able to find too many UK design sites — it was a vintage Italian retro wallpaper, any ideas of where to look? Have contacted the business to find out who designed their restaurants to see if I can track it down.

  3. May 18, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Hi Old Fashioned Susie Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Old Fashioned Susie has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 UK Lifestyle Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/uk_lifestyle_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 UK Lifestyle Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

    • May 23, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Ah thanks so much!

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