Manchester-based content creator and model Holly Rebecca White has amassed a loyal following over the past six years, blogging about personal style and mental health.
She began sharing her thoughts and photography online aged just sixteen and has, in her own words, grown from “an insecure teenager, with a love for clothes, make-up and taking photos, into some-what of a woman… a self-employed, organised, yet still wildly emotional woman, who is easily stressed.” Her candid account of her mental health struggles have helped develop a strong rapport with her followers, and lifted a weight off her own shoulders by providing a platform to express her emotions in a more creative way.
A self-confessed daydreamer, Holly’s fashion sense mixes minimal Parisian chic with 60s and 70s bohemian flair, while her photographic style chases the light into the realms of an ethereal dreamscape. Manchester born-and-bred, she opens up her Little Black Book for us and reveals her favourite local creatives, places to shop for vintage, and where to prop up the bar this summer…
• • •
Favourite photographer? Sophia Carey – she’s an amazing photographer who’s images are just flawless! She’s super talented and I’m always so excited every time I get to work with her. She also shoots weddings and I love seeing those beautiful images from those beautiful days!
Most visited arts venue? Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley St. I love walking round there on a rainy day, taking shelter whilst surrounded by truly beautiful art work. I love that there’s a mixture of old and new work in there too – it’s a really beautiful place to get inspired.
I remember discovering Cow Vintage when I was about 16 and its still one of my favourite shops to visit today!
Best fashion brand? Olivia Annabelle. Olivia is one of my close friends and I’ve modelled her collections several times – each time I’m just totally wowed by her designs and the quality. She’s super talented and if you’re into ethereal, vintage vibes you should definitely check her out!
Favourite blog? Onyi Moss is an absolutely incredible blogger/influencer. Her images are like no other – they should be on the cover of Vogue, they’re truly beautiful. She’s also one of my favourite creatives to bump into at events! I love her honesty and her creativity – I just think she’s amazingly talented and hard working.
Favourite shop? Either Magma or Cow Vintage in Manchester. Magma is a really cool arty bookshop on Oldham Street. It has everything from editorial magazines, to general reads and gifts/prints! Cow is also really cool. It’s a vintage shop – very well known in Manchester. They have amazing vintage clothes, from all different eras and styles. I remember discovering Cow Vintage when I was about 16 and its still one of my favourite shops to visit today!
Favourite local coffee spot? I can’t just choose one, haha! Ezra & Gil, Common, Foundation Coffee House and Teacup Kitchen are all super cosy, welcoming spaces to grab coffee/brunch with a friend, or to simply set up shop for the day with your laptop and do some work. They’re all based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which is a great spot to walk round too!
Best hotel? Cow Hollow Hotel. I got the opportunity to stay there for a night at the start of the year and I was truly wowed by it! It has such a cosy, homely feel, and it even has a little bar downstairs when you can get a drink or take out coffee. The staff are all super lovely and the breakfast there is just delicious! I highly recommend!
Best bar? One of my favourite bars in Manchester is Terrace – it’s the best place to be in the Summer. I love getting a gin and tonic and chilling out on their roof terrace!
Restaurant for a celebration? probably San Carlo – I’m a sucker for Italian food and the meals there are just delicious. I went there for my 21st last year – it’s a great place for special occasions!
Lead image © Sophia Carey, inset © Holly Rebecca White, used with permission.