Champagne and getting your nails done. Sounds like the perfect combination, right? Well it is! And you can find them both at Levoi Champagne Nail Bar, on St. Mary’s Place in Newcastle.
Sometimes things just work out REALLY well. And sometimes you find yourself in San Francisco for three days with the sun shining and a sightseeing list as long as your arm. I had never really thought about San Francisco for a holiday before – it is pretty far away from the UK – and if I’m honest, I don’t usually turn to the USA for holiday inspo. I’ve spent a bit of time in New York, but this was my first trip to the West Coast since I was a wee nipper so I thought I’d share what I got up to in the big city in case you ever find yourself over that way.
I love travel and I’ve got a pretty exciting itinerary for 2017. For me, part of the thrill of travelling is reading guide books, scouring blogs and hitting Google to find the best route, the best places to stay and the unmissable sights when I go somewhere. But sometimes, you just need to give yourself a break, say f**k it and take the hassle out of planning your holiday by handing it over to someone else. Then you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fact that someone else is taking care of your holiday for you. I’ve rounded up a few no hassle holidays that are on my travel bucket list. Think of them as the easy way out of holiday planning!
Before I get stuck in, let’s get one thing straight. I don’t really mind flying. I am lucky enough to do it pretty often and it doesn’t really bother me. Sure there are a couple of things I find kind of irritating, but I am not afraid of the plane crashing and I don’t find it that difficult to nod off for a few hours sat upright (I’m like a bear, I can sleep anywhere). What I have learnt over time is that there are little things you can do to make your journey a whole lot more comfortable, particularly if you’re flying long haul. So I thought I’d share four little tips for making flying long haul more comfortable.
Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to get invited to the official launch night of new Newcastle Thai restaurant, Chaophraya, in the newly refurbished Food Quarter of Eldon Square. I am a huge fan of Thai food and was dying to get a look out at the Monument from Chaophraya’s enviable roof terrace, so of course I jumped at the chance. I had only heard good things since the restaurant opened just before Christmas, but did my experience live up to the hype?
Being on a diet can be tough. It’s hard to stick to a healthy nutrition plan when your friends are asking you to go out for dinner and drinks. You don’t want to feel like you’re missing out but then you have to be the awkward, fussy person who won’t just settle for a trip to Pizza Express. I am kicking my 2017 off with a return to my three week shred – a strict nutrition plan designed to detoxify after Christmas and break all those bad habits I got into. When I got invited out by intu Eldon Square to try their new restaurants, I thought I’d have to endure a night of serious FOMO. But luckily for me, the brief was to prove that eating out can still be healthy. So is it possible to stick to your diet when eating out?
Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones but it’s easy to get caught up in all the business of buying presents, going out for the work Christmas party and generally feeling frazzled. So when The Pip Stop offered to send me a wine tasting kit to enjoy at home, I couldn’t resist. It gave me the perfect excuse to spend a lovely evening in with my husband and try some new wines that the experts at The Pip Stop recommended.
Earlier this week I wrote a post telling you all about the lovely beauty bits I got for my 30th birthday. Well, the presents did not stop there. Andrew well and truly spoilt me and decided to hook me up with some serious 2017 travel plans. Adding to our already ambitious holiday goals, it’s set to be a killer year!
As I sit here writing this post I am feeling pretty hungover. Yesterday I went to York with 16 of my besties to drink lots of cocktails at Evil Eye and pig out at Ask (if you’ve never been there, you need to check it out – it’s in the old Assembly Rooms and is full of gorgeous marble columns) and I *may* have had a little bit too much to drink. And right now I could really do with a trip back to the beautiful, newly refurbished Ramside Spa at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.
If you recently read my post about our honeymoon itinerary (and if you haven’t, go read it now!) then you will know we had an absolutely incredible time on safari in South Africa. I can say, without a doubt, that the absolute highlight of that trip was our four nights at Newmark Hotel’s Motswari Game Lodge in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.