There are so many amazing places to go in the world, so how do you pick where you want to go for one of the most amazing holidays in your life? Andrew and I both knew we wanted to go big for our honeymoon. We wanted it to be the holiday of a lifetime. I can’t quite remember exactly how we chose to go to South Africa on safari, but it was a bit of a no brainer. There were a couple of other contenders, but going on a safari feels like a real privilege and is a really exciting trip to plan and book. Because there was so much else going on (planning a wedding takes A LOT of time!) we decided to take the pressure off and enlisted the help of Trailfinders. With their advice, we came up with a fabulous South African honeymoon itinerary.
Last week I had the pleasure of trying out one of Gateshead’s best kept secrets and didn’t think I could keep it to myself! Sidegate Gallery, a gorgeous shop and boutique in Sunniside has started to host monthly pop up restaurant. Each month they bring in chefs and offer a three course meal, with a different cuisine every time. This month was the turn of Thai food and Oodles of Noodles were the caterers of choice.
Anyone who knows me will know that I have really struggled with the idea of changing my name now I am a Mrs. I have gone into my settings on Facebook and typed in my new surname at least five times, but every time I go to click Save, I get a wobble in my tummy and I just can’t do it. It’s absolutely mad and I can’t explain how frustrated it is making me feel. What should I do? How can I make my mind up? I’ve spoken to a few people about what they think to try and help me make a decision. Here’s what they said and what I have decided to do!
In case you hadn’t noticed (and I wouldn’t blame you for not) then it’s currently the Great British Summertime. And occasionally, the sun emerges from behind the clouds and blesses us with its presence. When it does, I feel like I need to take on even more water and I find hitting the gym even harder than usual. I turn into a big, hot sweaty mess and find myself chugging back more and more council pop. But hydration isn’t all about H2O, as I learnt when I tried electrolytes from elete Holistic Hydrate.
Well, what can I say? We got married! Our wedding day, on 20 August 2016, was absolutely wonderful. Andrew and I both felt so emotional, so surrounded by love and just had so much fun all day long. I swear my cheeks were aching from smiling so much. There is so much to tell about our perfect day, I don’t even know where to begin! I suppose I will break it down into some smaller bite-sized chunks so I don’t become a dreadful wedding bore. In the meantime, here are some of my favourite snaps from the day. We don’t have our official pictures back yet so these aren’t the best quality but I love them nonetheless!
Since a huge NYX counter opened in Boots in Eldon Square, I’ve found myself creeping back there time and again. There is something about NYX that I really love. Not only is the make up cruelty free, but it is also really well priced and there are a load of innovative products on offer. If I’m looking for a high end dupe, or just to try something new, NYX is the brand I find myself turning to. I first discovered it when I was shopping in New York and someone had recommended I pick up one of their matte lip creams. I did (post here) and haven’t looked back since. I got a couple of bits recently just before the wedding and I’m loving them all. Check out what I picked up.
Primer is only something I added to my make up wardrobe in the past 12 months. I can’t quite remember where I first heard about it, but now I can’t do without it. If I want my make up to stay in place all day, then I need a good base. As extensive as my skincare routine is, primer just makes my make up look even better. But there are tonnes out there, ranging in price from really rather expensive to really rather cheap. I picked two of my collection to put against each other in a battle to the death. High end – Too Faced Hangover Primer vs. high street – cult favourite Nivea Post Shave Balm. Which one came out on top?
Ever since I discovered I was lactose intolerant, pizza was one of the huge things I really missed. I was such a huge fan of Domino’s that they recognised my number when I called and texted me to say they missed me when I stopped ordering. That maybe says more about my diet than anything else, but trust me, pizza is a tough habit to break. So it is with great joy to my inner pizza addict that vegan restaurants are having a bit of a moment. Because that means dairy free cheese and LOTS of it. The latest to spring up in Newcastle is The Bohemian so I dragged Andrew along to try the launch of their pizza menu this weekend.
I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with foundation recently. It used to be one of those beauty products I never really got bothered about. I always bought the same one, same colour, because I knew it kind of made my skin look all right. I’m not entirely sure what shook me out of this foundation funk, but a few months ago I decided to shake it all up and try something new. I now have four foundations I play around with depending on what my skin needs, so I thought I’d share them with you on the blog.
If you fancy a coffee in Newcastle, where do you turn? There are tonnes of Starbucks, Costas, Prets and other mainstream chains, which are great when you want something filling on the fly. But how close to real coffee do they actually taste? Let’s face it, a whole load of Starbees drinks are milk, sugar, cream and flavourings with a side of coffee. And sure, sometimes you need a sugar injection, but sometimes you also need a serious caffeine fix. I always associated a strong coffee with a bitter taste, at least until I tried the coffee at Laneway & Co on High Bridge Street. And let’s just say, not all coffees are created equal.