If you decide to visit, expect to see lots of amazing garments, facts you didn’t know about YSL, and to see items you wouldn’t normally see, such as design work with swatches and toiles. Toiles are garments made from calico. Basically prototypes used during the design process, to judge if any adjustments are needed before the garments are made in the final fabric.
Last Wednesday I attended the Hawthorns terrace party at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Newcastle. I’d heard lots about this hotel but I’d never actually visited before, so I was super excited.
I arrived a little early, but luckily bumped into Chloe from New Girl in Toon outside so we headed in together where we were greeted with a cocktail and a profesh-looking name badge. Swanky.
We decided to stay inside for a little while as it was so hot outside. There was a guy playing acoustic guitar which I was particularly enjoying.
After a few minutes we headed outside to enjoy some of the sunshine along with Melissa from The Girl and the Treadmil; Mandy Charlton; Pixie from Fashion Voyeur; Rachel from Life in Geordieland and Ashleigh from Ashleigh Money Saver. Nyomi from Nomipalony popped along a little later, too.
There were some yummy canapes handed around, I particularly enjoyed the savoury profiteroles, which were filled with cream cheese – so delicious.
After some speeches from the hotel manager and head chef we were invited to head off and sample some of the food on offer. There was everything from a BBQ, sea food from Craster and Seahouses, meats from Turnbulls of Alnwick, a huge selection of cheeses from the Northumberland Cheese Co, breads from Geordie Bakers and drinks from Fentimans.
After grabbing a cocktail made with Fentimans, we all got ourselves a table and tried to decided where to start first. I headed outside and chose some spit roasted Northumberland lamb and the most delicious slaw I’ve ever tasted. I meant to try some seafood, but I only had a scallop – which I’d never tried before – but it wasn’t really for me. I have this thing with the texture of certain foods, such as tomatoes and prawns. Scallops unfortunately fall into this category for me. After sampling another Fentimans cocktail, I headed over to the deserts and had some honey flavoured ice cream from Doddington’s Dairy, which was so good!
All in all I had a fab evening with some lovely people. I definitely go back back to Hawthorns for food again as it all delicious.
A couple of weeks ago, on my birthday, my bestie and I decided to treat ourselves to a date night at Sea & Soil, Amble. The restaurant has been open for a few years now, but we just hadn’t gotten around to trying it out, so as a birthday treat we decided to (eventually) eat out at Sea & Soil.
When we arrived, the first thing I noticed was that there was only us and one other customer in the restaurant. The atmosphere was very friendly and cosy though, not uncomfortable at all. I loved the rustic décor and lighting. We sat by the window, which was great for people watching. The playlist was fab, too – Tom Odel, James Bay and Jason Mraz all added to the relaxed vibe Sea & Soil have going on.
Leanne decided to have a starter, Goats Cheese Panna Cota with Sweet & Sour Tomatoes. There wasn’t really anything that caught my attention on the starter menu, so I decided to save myself for the main course.
As for main courses, we both went for burgers. The Chef for me (with bacon, mature chedder cheese, boozed onions and fried eggs), while Leanne went for The Mexican (with nachos, salsa, and chedder). I chose sweet potato fries with my burger, which were amazing!
The burger was huge though, I only managed to eat around half of it but I enjoyed every single bite of it! I do prefer burgers that aren’t big and thick, but I made an exception for this one!
I didn’t think I could manage after the delicious burger, but seeing the Peanut Butter Cheesecake on the specials menu, I just couldn’t leave without tasting it. As expected, it was amazing! I’d go back just for a cuppa and the cheesecake to be honest.
Leanne and I have decided we’d like to go back and have brunch at some point, as that menu sounded yummy, too.
If you’re in the area and looking for somewhere to eat, I’d highly recommend Sea & Soil.
Yesterday I (finally) got to visit the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. The YSL -Style is Eternal exhibition is the reason I headed down there, but we also had a browse around the museum. Which, by the way, is beautiful!
I wanted to write this post straight away as there’s not long left to visit this exhibition, just a heads up. So if you like what you see, get yourself there before the 8th November!
My photographs don’t do the exhibition justice at all, being so close to these beautifully, hand-crafted garments is a dream for any fashion lover. like myself.
I’d highly recommend the YSL -Style is Eternal exhibition to anyone even remotely interested in fashion and/or textiles. It is beautifully curated and extremely interesting.
Beautiful flowers, shady mazes and poison gardens. The perfect place to loose yourself for a few hours.
I’m talking about the Alnwick Garden, a place very close to where I live yet I hadn’t visited since the day it opened, in September 2002. A few weeks ago, on a beautiful day, myself and my friend Leanne decided to visit the gardens. It ended up being such a lovely day!
If you live locally, or are ever in the area, I’d highly recommend a visit to the gardens, are they are truly beautiful. I never knew somewhere so nice was on my doorstep! I will definitely be heading back soon for more exploring…
I’m going to let the photographs I took that day do talking, and direct you to the Alnwick Garden website for more information.
The Dirty Bottles Taproom and Smokehouse is a brand new bar/restaurant in Alnwick. There has been such a buzz around it’s opening that I had to try it out at the first opportunity I got!
The cocktails were what I was most excited to try out. The Dirty Bottles has a huge selection of amazing sounding, and looking cocktails available. It was so hard to choose just one, which is why I ended up with two. Oops. The first has to be the Frozen Bubblegum Daiquiri, and the second the Strawberry and White Chocolate Mojito. Both tasted amazing and I’ll admit, I was a little tipsy afterwards so there was no scrimping on the alcohol content!
Now we’ve got the cocktails out of the way, I had to mention the amazing décor. The whole place has a rustic, cool feel to it yet incorporates some unique technology!
I love the idea of the self-service ipad booth, although I haven’t had a chance to try this out myself. yet. Flicking through the menu, ordering yourself and even re-ordering drinks throughout your meal seems super fun and convenient.
Now for the food. I’m really not a foodie, not at all. But this was delicious! I decided to go for the Smokehouse special, which was two meats and two sides for £10. As you can see, I chose the pulled pork, smoked sausage, coleslaw and onion rings. It all tasted so good, but the coleslaw was out of this world, I’d of eaten a tonne more of it if I’d had the chance. Leanne went for the build your own burger, which also looked amazing.
So my verdict? Definitely worth a visit. Make sure you book a though! I’ve already been back for drinks and I’m planning to head back for food sometime next week, too.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by my good friend Rachel, who wanted to know if I’d be interested in taking part in a vintage pin-up themed photoshoot with a local photographer. Of course I was! I sent off my blog stats and didn’t think much about it. But low and behold, along with three other NE bloggers; Rachel, Alice and Kathryn, I was chosen to taken part in the shoot. How exciting!?
So of I went last Sunday to be transformed into a Vintage babe. It was so much fun. The stylist, Nichola, had picked out two perfect outfits for me. They were exactly what I would have picked out for myself. Liam from SalonLRM gave me the coolest hairstyle ever. I actually visited my Grandma on Monday and she showed my photographs of her wearing a very similar hairstyle back in the late 50’s!
Next up was make-up time. Emily did an amazing job, I absolutely loved how she made my lips look! All the models had the classic pin-up make-up look – black winged liner, lots of lashes and a matte red lip. Absolutely gorgeous, if I do say so myself.
Myself and Kathryn were taken out for the first round of filming. So we all jumped in the Buick. Oh, did I forget to mention we had a VINTAGE BUICK!? It was amazing. So beautiful! We headed over to a lovely little marina where we filmed by Visual Punch, and Photographed by Laura. I was so nervous at first, but it was so much fun that my nerves quickly vanished.
Today I’m sharing with you some sneaky peeks from the shoot, with EXCLUSIVE snippets of video clips to come VERY SOON!
This image was taken from behind the scenes, while Laura was taking a professional snap. I absolutely adore how my dress looks with the car, and I just can’t wait to share more photos/video with you!
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On Tuesday my friend and I decided to head off for some brunch since we both had the morning off. We settled on going to the Coquet Tea Rooms in Amble, Northumberland, which is only a few minutes walk from where I live.
I decided to the have the poached eggs on toast, which was delicious. I had a pot of tea too, too. I’m always drinking tea!
I had my arm twisted into a piece of cake, too. I didn’t take much persuading. I chose the toffee cake, which I hadn’t tried before. It was the nicest cake I’ve tried in a very long time! If you’re in the area and fancy breakfast, lunch, or even a cuppa and a slice of cake, I’d definately recommend the Coquet Tea Rooms. My meal only came to £8.50, what a bargain!
Not only is the food great, the Coquet Tea Rooms also sell some lovely homey bits and bobs, including fun, vintage-looking looking signs, little boxes and various other knick knacks. Well worth popping in for a look….
Having afternoon tea is something I’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to it. When my friend suggested we headed over to The Running Fox Bakery, Felton, Northumberland, I jumped at the chance.
The Running Fox Bakery is a lovely little cafe, which is much smaller than I was expecting. It is located in a gorgeous area, with the the River Coquet running through. It was snowing rather heavily when we arrived, so we didn’t really get a chance to appreciate it, but I hope to go back again very soon!
Back to the afternoon tea. For £20 for two people, you get to choose from a selection of delicious sounding sandwiches; a piece of pie or quiche; a slice of cake; and of course, a scone with jam and cream. Along with all of this, you get unlimited tea or coffee. I’m a huge tea lover, so I was super happy.
There was an ample choice of sandwiches on the menu to choose from, and I went for the Local Sausage, Chedder and Onion Chutney on white bread, which was absolutely beautiful. We then chose a slice of corned beef pie and a slice of quiche Lorraine, which we had halved to shared. I only had the pie, which again was lovely. After this I felt stuffed, and didn’t know if I could possibly eat any more…
The scone with jam and cream looked too good not to have a little bit of, so I cut it in half. It was delicious, but I was so full I just couldn’t eat any more. Thankfully though, the staff brought us some boxes so we could take away our cake, and the other half of my scone!
I’d highly recommend a trip to The Running Fox Bakery if you’re in the area. Whether that be for afternoon tea, some lunch, or even just tea and a slice of cake!
Have you been to The Running Fox Bakery? Is there anywhere you’d recommend a visit to?