WE BOUGHT A HOUSE…

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So we put in an offer for our dream first home and it has been accepted we are currently going through the legal aspect and if everything comes back sound we are hoping to move into our house come the summer/ Beginning of autumn. Which is crazy and exciting.

I understand mortgages and the idea of a mortgage is not everyone’s cup of tea. I guess for me its idealistic the over all pride of owning my own house, being on the property ladder and having a huge asset and security come later in our life is certainly more my style. I think the initial step we assume that once we pay our deposit of £10,000 we then put in an offer, sign some stuff and then we own a house is totally incorrect. This whole process has been a curve ball of new experiences and realisations and its all the hidden costs that you are not always talked about which as shook me up the most. Things like a solicitor, surveyor, credit checks and mortgage approvals that really up the stress factor and cost factor of being a home owner. Here are somethings i have learned so far throughout our process

1- Do your homework and make sure you check mortgages, rates, interest and solicitor fees these sure rack up very quickly.

2- Make sure you have your solicitor in place and already instructed plus this is a legal requirement when purchasing a house (something i never knew…)

3- Have lots of savings for additional costs and home alterations/ furnishings.. we have a bit of furniture and appliance shopping to do..

4-Prepare to wait a long time with not a lot really happening but that’s okay.

5- Try not to focus too much on the property until the deeds are passed over and you have legally signed for the house as you can be guzumped or the property can fall through.

6- Nothing is guaranteed and you might find you might not get the property as it is in the owners discretion how and if they sell you the property.

7- you feel the most stress and anxiety you have ever felt, the feelings you get from buying your first home is indescribable, you feel excitement, fear and happiness.

8- Its okay to not feel okay during this process and i have had sleepless nights thinking about the what ifs..

9- Make sure you have a  mortgage that leaves you enough money to still have your comforts and occasional holiday. People find it hard when they cant enjoy their life due to their mortgage payments, none wants to just be working to pay off their mortgage, make sure its affordable.

10- You got this, buying a house is no simple feat it is a huge commitment and legal dedication, it can be scary but amazing at the same time, becoming a home owner isn’t easy but with some courage and positvity things work out in the end and the hard work is always going to be worth it.

I hope this helps anyone who is looking to buy a house or who is currently in the process looking for some reassurance or guidance. Not everyone is lucky enough to be guided and without the information and advice i received from my mortgage adviser, parents and friends i don’t know where or how i would have started this process, so i hope this has helped someone, somewhere. Good luck

Macara

x x x

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20 Albums you need on your playlist ASAP

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. Lana Del Rey ~ Lust for life

. Graveyard ~ Hisingen Blues

. Bleached ~ Ride your Heart

. The Mezingers ~ After the party

. Alligator bop ~ A great big pile of leaves

. First aid kit ~ Ruins

. SOKO ~ I thought i was an alien

. WEYES Blood ~ Front row seat to earth

. Highly Suspect ~ The boy who died wolf

. Best Coast ~ Crazy for you and California Nights

. Alvvays ~ Antisocalists

. MGMT ~Little Dark Age

. The Temperance Movement~ A deeper cut

. Melody’s echo chamber ~ melody’s echo chamber

. The Greatest showman soundtrack~ EVERY SINGLE SONG

. Frankie Cosmos ~ Next Thing

. Haim ~ Something to tell you

. The 1975 ~ I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

. Dua Lipa ~ Dua Lipa

. St Vincent ~ Masseduction

 

Get these little beauties on your shuffle for those important spring and summer vibes.

Macara

x x x

Cake Stories Jesmond

28308330_10216278956433216_197599374_nI I recently visited cake stories in Jesmond after hearing much talk of their fantastic selection of cakes. Of course being the coffee and cake addict i am, i went in search of this coffee house.

Firstly it was very small and cosy, I loved the counter and display of the cakes. The interior was quirky filled with stone brick walls, mismatched chairs and a piano. The coffee packs a punch and the environment provides a warm and inviting place to enjoy a brew or two. Their was a range of families, students and couples occupying the seating area of cake stories which was nice to see. I really enjoyed my walnut cake, it was creamy and delicious as with some cakes it can be hit and miss but this little treat was perfectly baked. Over all nice atmosphere, vast selection of cakes and the most important thing delicious coffee.

Have you visited Cake stories before?

Macara

x x x

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February Faves

Meeting fellow blogger babe’s

Finally got round to see the lovely Amy Louise also known as anchoredteapot.com, Check this girl out her content is amazing certainly worth a read. We had a lovely afternoon eating pizza, catching up, Swooning over spring fashion and drinking coffee. NGL we had a perfect afternoon and i cant wait to organise more over the year.

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The Epic Ariel waffle

How can i not mention my latest tasty treat from the Great British cupcakery the Ariel waffle. Giving me all my Disney dreams. This waffle is certainly a worthy treat after a busy week, treat yo self.

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101 Dalmatian Cosmetic bag from Primark 

Come through 90’s Disney and this adorable cosmetic bag took me back to when i was kid and everyone had these cosmetic bags from the Disney store, my neice had a 101 Dalmatian one that was so similar to this, it brought back lovely childhood memories and i simply had to have it, even though i have loads of cosmetic bag’s  at £6 it was an absolute steal.

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Making Plans and booking up flights 

SOOOO i kind of have been looking at doing a couple of UK/Ireland staycations and enjoying the country i live in, seeing more of whats on my front door. I have a few hikes planed around Scotland and the lakes. Also i have a tropical getaway lined up but more on that soon. We are also counting down to our trip to Rome and Download Festival.

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Madame president Bath bomb from Lush

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Madame president certainly has my vote, this bath bomb smells and looks incredible. It is filled with grapefruit and petitgrain oil which is great for the skin.  This bath bomb packs a punch with colour and the fragrance is perfect.

What’s been your favourite things this month ?

Love Macara

x x x

 

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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Leons love Juice- Laundrette

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