The Great British Cupcakery~ The Ariel Waffle

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THE waffle of everyone’s dreams has finally arrived into the heart of Newcastle, The Great British cupcakery have brought their mermaid fantasy to life through the fantastic Ariel Waffle. Grab a seat in their beautiful parlour, order a coffee and tuck in. This giant bubble waffle is filled with two scoops of ice cream, strawberry sauce, Meringue, Rainbow drops and a beautifully constructed mermaid tail to complete.  The attention to detail is gorgeous and when it was presented it certainly had a certain wow factor!. This is a very indulgent and photogenic treat. For any of my northerners go check the great British cupcakery out, Their is certainly a little treat for everyone’s tastes.

Love Macara

x x x

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Cocktails and Carbs ~ Laundrette

While going out with one of the girls, we decided to go and explore the much talked about Laundrette down by Newcastle’s central station. I have heard so many blogger babes heading over there for the spectacular cocktails and food so i thought why not.

Upon entering Laundrette the interior was chic and modern with really beautiful furnished chairs and bar. I could not help but swoon over the Neon signs and wish i had them all up in my house. The staff were really friendly and happy to offer suggestions as their cocktail menu is pretty vast.

In the end i went for leon’s love juice and a Raspberry Flossi which were both incredible. Although the cocktails cost around £7/8 each they were certainly worth it and the attention to detail was paramount. We had a side platter of nibbles complimentary with our drinks and we got a side order of chips but the guys on the table next to us ordered the full whack including 21 oz sirloin steak which looked incredible, so i would love to return and try the food in the near future.

Over all a beautiful bar with high quality cocktails in the centre of Newcastle. Certainly a must visit place for food and cocktail loves alike.

Love Macara

x x x

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Raspberry Flossi- Laundrette
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Thing’s To do in Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland

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When visiting Edinburgh their is lots to see,eat and do within this incredibly historic city. One of my favourite places to visit is the national museum of Scotland a beautiful building rich of history, fashion and technology. It is extremely family friendly with something to do for everyone’s taste and age. A lot of the museum is interactive allowing you touch and explore you way through different fragments of history and science. Not only is it interesting but the building and contents is extremely photogenic and makes for lovely photograph. The national museum of Scotland is FREE and is open 10-5 everyday.

 

 

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Camera Obscura and world of Illusions

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Camera obscura is a great place to visit for a variety of reason’s. It is one of Edinburgh’s tallest buildings and once you reach the top you are given the most spectacular views of the city below offering you a panoramic view. You can also see Edinburgh castle from here and it is 5 minute walk away from Camera Obscura. The illusions vary and are really obscure and hilarious, we had a good two hours within camera obscura and i really enjoyed the variations of illusions from images to interactive mazes. We paid £15.50 each but the exhibition did not disappoint and again this one is for all ages and interests.

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Princess Gardens and Edinburgh Castle

 

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Princess gardens has always been a special place for me. Growing up my dad worked in Edinburgh and i used to spend many weekends in princess gardens during the summer. Of course more active and scenic during the summer princess Gardens is  a beautiful walk through the city centre of Edinburgh and it provides you with scenic views of the castle and the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh city life.

Tron Kirk & Royal Mile Market

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A lovely Market inside one of Edinburgh’s old churches providing a place for local sellers to sell their wares, art work and handy crafts. The market is very spectacular with stunning stained glass windows and original brick work giving a regal look to the venue. I purchased a fabulous print  from a stall called Diedododa which you can follow on instagram @diedododa. A unique place to visit with something a little different inside. Certainly a good place to visit if you enjoy supporting local businesses.

Honourable Mentions

 

Edinburgh Dungeons

Arthur’s seat

Mary’s king’s close

Dynamic Earth

Scotch Whiskey Experience

Edinburgh Zoo

I had a great time in Edinburgh but i know i will be back real soon. Until them Bye for noo.

Love from Macara

x x x

Best Places to eat and drink in Edinburgh

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One of my new favourite places to hang out and enjoy a delicious cocktail is Paradise palms Edinburgh. A quirky, unique and individual hideaway situated on the outskirts of the old town.  Filled with alternative decor, neon signs and tropical vibes this unique bar is a great place for instgrammers alike. Even the bathroom will give you jungle tropical fever. The drinks are delicious and the staff are friendly and welcoming also they sell VINYL with a mini record shop near the entrance. What’s not to love.

 

 

BrewHemia

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The fabulous Brewhemia next to Waverly station. This modern, chic Prosecco Bar and  restaurant is the perfect post travel meal and drink destination. With beautiful copper and blue decor inside and the iconic wreath over the entrance its hard to miss out this quirky spot. Brewhemia is a spacious venue with lovely views onlooking princess street and princess gardens. Perfect place for those gals and guys who love their prosecco.

 

Pappii’s Cafe

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Pappii’s cafe Edinburgh is great brunch spot that will certainly fill a space in  any hungry or hangry travels belly. I went for the buttermilk waffles, bacon and maple syrup with a latte to top it all off. The food was incredible and as you can see from the above photograph the portions alone are certainly worth it.

 

The Devils Advocate

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This little gem is hidden down advocates close and is known as The devils advocate, a secret bar hidden down one of Edinburgh’s many old side streets and closes. This bar hosts many whiskey and cocktails and is a cosy, snug get away from the hustle and bustle on Edinburgh’s busy streets. Photographed below is Stayin’ Alive and i also enjoyed Sloe Your Roll.

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Brew Lab

IMG_3825[1] IMG_3826[1]For my Fellow coffee addicts i recommend Brew lab serving a range of speciality brewed coffees and teas. It is a modern and cosy little coffee shop south of college street and it is certainly worth a visit. The coffee was perfectly brewed and had the right amount for that caffeine buzz.

Honourable mentions 

  • Candy Bar
  • Copper Blossom
  • Panda and sons
  • Hoot the redeemer
  • The witchery by the castle

 

Edinburgh is filled with hundreds of amazing places to eat and drink and is certainly a place worth visiting. Its filled with modern bars and historic rich places that are just so amazing and quirky its hard to not want to visit. I hope this list helps anyone out if you are visiting Edinburgh or if you already live up North possibly somewhere to visit.

Love from Macara

x x x

January Faves Babes

25022855_552016395163967_3941780714931879936_n(1)My Vivienne Westwood Leopard print clutch. Anyone who knows me should be aware of my love of the Westwood from the ethics of this designer to the simplicity of the brand i just adore everything Vivienne. Especially when Ms Westwood brought out a bag collection called Newcastle! Simply awesome and Rock and Roll.

 

26868457_1805488522819184_6862028558299037696_nCome thru Stevie Nicks meets Peaky Blinders. I absolutely adore this checked flat cap. It is so complementing and i love wearing it. Its stylish and easy to wear with comfy fit.  I purchased this hat from Primark.

 

25037252_172426423489864_6574765885523755008_nRupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey has really brought in a breathe of fresh air and positivity especially coming into a new year and January blues. This book has brought so much joy and comfort especially when i have had a few negative set backs so its always a pleasure to have something to there to put your thoughts into perspective. Milk and Honey is beautifully written with lovely illustrations to accompany the poems. Of course along with mt latest read i have enjoyed many lush baths from my Christmas stock pile of bath bombs and you can never go wrong with a lush bath.

 

Image result for tumblr lana del reyI got Lust for Life on Vinly for my birthday and i utterly adore the whole album. It simply dreamy and i would not expect anything less from my queen Lana Del Rey. Some of my favourite songs are Lust for life, Beautiful people, Beautiful problems, White Mustang and Summer bummer. I highly recommend this album.

 

26073198_1958715247714932_225410681241862144_n I have enjoyed wearing more bold colours on my lips being more dangerous and adventurous with my looks. Wearing more red lippies has given me loads of confidence and a sense of identity which i am enjoying.

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I am ready for summer and i cant wait to do some travelling and festivals so i have started getting prepared for my Rome adventure roll on August. I am going for bold colours, dramatic flare and being fearless with my Italian chic look. I purchased this Kaftan from Boohoo £15. I adore the bright orange colour and the tassels and wide sleeve looks so 70’s.

Love Macara

x xx

 

How to start moving out…

 

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As i am buying and preparing for eventually moving out. I have noticed how much of a perfectionist i am.

Of course when it came to fashion i knew i was super picky about clothes and fashion  but when it comes to home decor, i am just as precise and particular maybe even more so. Alex could not care less as long as the appliance or decor works and is practical but for me i look at durability, colour and style.I have colour coordinated each room of the house to ensure everything flows beautifully within.

The best places i have found for buying home ware is Next, Wilkos, Cath Kidston, Asda, Argos and Primark. I have found loads of lovely pieces that connect with each other but in all honestly 80% of my home ware has came from Next. The pieces are beautifully tailored and have a modern chic to each item that fits with my aesthetic so well. I have  found that for electrical appliances curry’s is a great place to start with constant deals and offers i have got most of my key kitchen and living room appliances for under £200. Moving out is slightly over whelming when you realise you have a full house to furnish and lots of things needed to fill the home ready for living in. It was not until i started getting utensils, a toaster and cutlery that i realised truly HOW much is needed and if you have never moved out and this is your first time brace yourself. Here are my tips and tricks that have got me half way there….

1- I recommend starting a stock pile. Buying a couple of items each month and getting set up for your move. Buying a little each month has proved really beneficial by spreading out the cost and it has allowed me to edit each room exactly how i want it.

2- Look out for deals and sales as sometimes you can grab designer or better made items at a similar cost.

3- Use Pintrest, Instagram and google to look for home inspiration, if you can afford nice things then save up if not you can always find similar items for a cheaper price. I planned my rooms based on research and specific aesthetics i saw online. Instagram was a great tool to see what other people were up to and to feel inspired.

4-  Think outside the box,you don’t always have to use certain items for specific things and of course you can DIY and upscale items to save money. Especially on things like dinning room tables and chairs.  I found a metal tin that was copper with bath goodies inside and i am reusing it as a biscuit tin for the kitchen. Be Creative its your home.

5- Don’t be afraid of flat pack stores such as IKEA offer great chic furniture and accessories that can really transform your room. This is a great idea if you are on a tight budget or have a slightly smaller space to work with.

6- Look at discount stores such as outlets for quirky decorations and storage. I have found some really great photo frames, ornaments and candles reduced and of course they are the remaining stock so they are more quirky and unique.

7- Save save save.. believe me when you start you struggle to stop buying for your home. it is uber ADDICTIVE so make sure you have some cash spare to put towards it. Trust me the world of home decor is so much fun and i will not know what to do with myself once i am done but for now i am going all out.

8- If you are moving out with a partner, friend or husband/wife make sure the house represents both of you and that it reflects both your personalities. a house is just a house but whats in it truly makes it your home. Lots of arguments, disagreements and some strong wording will be used during your planning and moving out process so make sure you value each others opinion and style remember it is the two of you and therefore should involve and reflect both of you.

9- Commit.. hard as it is moving out and buying for your home is shockingly expensive and sacrifices will be made you might not get date night as often or cocktails when you need them but at least you have nice cushions and bed sheets to go. The commitment is hard but worth it for the final outcome.

10- RELAX its going to be over soon and in the end no matter what your home will be beautiful. Sometimes you will buy and build your home over the years or you will have it set out instantly. Either way you will make it your own in the end. It takes passion, commitment and drive to move out. its tough to move and everyone is struggling and trying to make it but we will all get there, with hard work comes amazing pay off… so stay strong my fellow first time movers or first time buyers, your awesome and will get there in no time.

Love Macara

x x x

Turning 23- Accepting change and new chapters

Image result for tumblrThe reality of  hitting the dreaded 23. The last time i had a birthday with a 3 in it, i was 13 and that came with its own set of dramatic and emotional rules and difficulties. Turning 23 i am sick of drama, Alcohol doesn’t seem to agree with me and when it does i lie in bed filled with regret from a painful hangover. My body is getting more wobbly and less defined.  As i hit the first section of my prime i reflect on my achievements and honestly i think i am doing okay. I look to the future, what will i accomplish, will i aspire to what i need and want and my answer is YES. why not? why should i allow doubt and worry to shadow my mind and consume my thoughts, yes somethings will take time and yes i know my life is moving into a different direction and i myself am changing and that is okay too.  The things i was terrified off i am beginning to feel more comfortable around.

change is inevitable but if i am honest i am ready for a change. I am ready for many commitments into independence, marriage and motherhood. My mind and body are crying out for this new chapter and i could not feel more deeply ready for these steps to begin. Some people in my life are already here, past this point or no where near me its a strange move from adolescence and ‘normality’ to a different format of life, i used to be afraid of being the only one, on my own taking these steps but during my recent trip to Florida i had an epiphany, a moment of pure bliss and understanding that i knew i was now 100% ready. Maybe some of my viewers can relate and some are still yet to reach this stage but all i can say is i am ready to move forward, make strides and stop worrying about other peoples opinions and trust my gut.

Love from Macara

x x x

 

 

5 things to remember in the New year

1- I am enough–  Sometimes i feel i am not enough as a whole person and constantly see simple errors in myself forgetting that i am enough and i can do anything. In the new year i need to appreciate myself.I am guilty of pushing myself when i should be appreciating myself instead

2- Self Love–  LOVE WHO I AM and what i am more. Recently i have had doubts over my body/appearance in Florida i truly embraced my natural self. No makeup, No falseness and appreciating all the curves and shapes for what they are and loving them rather than wishing they were something else.  Self love is so important and as i verge the age of 23 i am finally accepting all of me and i am loving it.

3- I will buy my first home- Being in a relationship for almost 5 years, living together at our parents and experiencing a raw perspective of life together along with finally having  the funds and lifestyle we are hoping to have a house or be putting in offers over the coming year. Independence and adulating responsibilities are now paramount.

4- I will manage my Diabetes better-  i am a type one diabetic which means i live with a never ending chronic illness. I have good days and bad days but i want to be better and manage my condition better. It is the hardest thing to live with but i will not allow my diabetes to define my quality of life and i will try my best to make the healthier and better choices.

5-  make time for whats most important-  Sometimes my needs are more important, sometimes its Alex’s and sometimes its something else. I must ensure that i make time for whats important when its important. Don’t worry about whats to come and what could be, live in the moment and live for now and if my needs, need to be met then so it shall be.

Love Macara

x x x

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2017 Summary

Sorry i have been so MIA but…    YKTT3645

I have taken a long and thoughtful break from the blogging community to focus on my own self love and prioritising time with friends, family and my other half. (Along with adjusting to my new work regime).

I was left with very little time and that is hopefully something i will work on in the new year. Sometimes you need to step back and adjust. I feel my blogging content will always come thick and thin but my IG content will be more consistent as i just love Instagram and the simplicity of it all. BUT doing meaningful and passionate blog posts that i enjoy doing must become a priority and i hope you all understand that. I only want the best content on  Macara’s space and the best images and sometimes it comes at a cost i.e time, money and oppertunitys that i truly enjoy so please bare with me.

I wish you all a more positive, meaningful and inspiring year as 2018 fast approaches and 2017 begins to leave us. 2017 has been a good year filled of memories but also grinding away. Saving for my house, buying home ware and wedding planning.  I went on my dream trip to the states and saw Iron Maiden live in my home city. I adopted two gorgeous kittens who fill my life up with so much life and happiness. This year has not been a year that has had many downfalls but more eye openers sure i have had to commit to things that adulating has brought has presented many realisations that many 20 somethings experience or as my mam says the ‘reality check’  but within this realisation, i have found comfort in my goals, purpose and drive to where i want to be and that guidance and ‘reality check’ has changed me more as a person.

2018 is already looking up, with a couple of lovely trips, a flight over to Rome to watch our good friends tie the knot, Download festival with my best chums, Iron Maiden for the  second year and of course seeing the current reigning drag queen Sasha Velour is just some of the amazing plans ahead. 2018 looks like the year we will be buying our first home and experiencing being ‘first time buyers’  and owning our own slice of heaven together. 2018 is the year of Music, friendship, Travel and new chapters for us.

what will your 2018 bring ?

Love Macara

x x x

 

The amazing Hail to the string burger at Fat Hippo underground

Hello Spacers

I am big on my Halloween season and just like Christmas i go all out, watching horror films, doing scarefest at Alton towers and dressing up consecutively every year without fail. Halloween is a fun time and at times it provides me a reason to dress up and act like the big kid that i am

I recently saw and read a recent blog post by the fabulous www.newgirlintoon.co.uk also known as Chloe McGuirk and i realised i had to make a trip down to the Fat Hippo to sample this incredible burger and boy was i not disappointed.

The incredible Hail to the string burger is certainly  worth the wait. The burger is loaded with a double patty, Pumpkin hash which reminded me of Florida and the iconic charcoal burger is certainly eye popping and a huge game charger compared to your standard classic burger. Me and Alex made a lunch date since we were both off and enjoyed a selection of starters including mac and cheese balls, sweet potato fries and tasty burgers.  If your more subtle about the hallows eve why not get yourself down to the Fat Hippo and taste the delicious hail to the string burger.

www.fathippo.co.uk

Love Macara

x x x

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