Bank holiday weekend give’s everyone a reason to go out and do more with a long weekend and why not visit flamingo land, Its around a 2 our drive from Newcastle which is decent and it hosts a range of different amusements such as roller coasters, shows and a zoo filled with numerous safari based animals. When me and Alex found a 241 through the Daily mail we were sold that worked out at £38 for both of us for a full day of activities and fun. My favorite part was the sea lion show which featured flamingo lands resident seal’s showing us their talents and natural abilities, the show was very informative and wonderful. I had a great day and captured some great images.
I noticed that recently in this world we do so little for others and so much for ourselves. It’s always welcoming and admirable when we do something for someone we have never met or for a worthy cause. So when fellow Blogger babe Toni put on a fashion event in aid of the Burns unit, well i simply had to come along and be involved.
The wonderful owner of The Next Big Thing events Toni Eaton was presenting a night in aid of the Burns Unit Royal Victoria Newcastle, A heart breaking event shattered Toni’s life as she states in her own words “I received a call to find out my dad had been in a gas explosion, leaving him with 60% plus third degree burns internal and external” Toni Eaton (https://fashprenuer.com/2017/05/16/what-is-happening-at-the-burns-unit-catwalk-event/). This horrific and frightful experience shattered the whole family, after an induced comma and three months recovery, Toni’s father was then moved to the burns were he received excellent care, support and structure throughout his recovery. The dedication of the staff stood out to Toni and for her event she decided to host a spectacular run way filled of fashion, glamour and show casing brands from across the north east. All funds raised are being donated to the Burns unit at the Royal Victoria as a thank you for all their support and to provide the hospital with some funding to continue their valuable work with patients.
The event showcased Lingerie from the luxurious Black Velvet (Black Velvet), in which i have decided i want everything and especially for my honeymoon, The pieces were divine and simply oozed elegance. Some festival looks and summer pieces were provided by Slaves2style (Slaves2Style) showing us modern, chick looks for this summers 2017. Their was something for the Guy’s from Marshall Brady clothing (Marshall Brady Clothing). Which really stood out to me and had some great pieces, Which I might get Alex for our trip to Florida… I love seeing a catwalk that show cases both male and female trends, looks and must haves, especially when i am my fiance’s personal stylist!. My jaw hit the floor when Katherine Davidson’s (katherinedavidson.co.uk). Bridal and occasion wear came on and it provided me with so much wedding inspo, The dress with the tulle and floral detailing were extravagant, striking and breathtaking. These dresses are ideal for the ‘non traditional’ bride like myself or more alternative brides who want a bit more shall we say… Va Va Voom!
Congratulations to our Northern blogger and events planner Toni Eaton for raising £660.50 and it’s still going up, every penny can go to supporting staff costs or vital equipment and it is all for a valuable cause if you wish to donate, Toni has set up a justgiving page https://www.gofundme.com/burns-unit-catwalk and you can also follow Toni’s superb Blog www.fashprenuer.com.
It was a wonderful event filled with fabulous fashion and all for great cause!
When the lovely Laura from Ellefluence (ellefluence.com) extends an invite to an Urban Decay event, you know your are in for a treat, and as ever i was in make-up heaven.
As the fabulous team at Newcastle’s Debenham’s store presented us with their newest limited edition collection featuring the incredible and thought provoking art work from artist Michel jean Basquiat.
Jean Michel Basquait was an american artist born in Brooklyn who created, informal graffiti and used influences from Manhattan during the late 70’s. Basquiat was inspired by the hip hop and post punk movement and this can be seen throughout his incredible art work. Unfortunately Basquiat passed away in 1988 at the age of 27. His work was suggestive and focused deep on many social issues that Brooklyn and Manhattan was experiencing during the 70’s and 80’s.
Basquaits work and the Urban Decay ethics create a beautiful partnership as they both look to inspire and be different. Both of these concepts are about being different, exploring colour and not being ashamed of being who you are and in this modern day and age, these ideals should be whats implemented in the fashion and make-up industry as imperfection is beauty. I like how Urban Decay look outside the box on make-up and take daring and exciting opportunity’s to push the limits and go out of most peoples comfort zone’s with colourful pallets and glitter for all occasions. I must say the staff at Urban Decay never fail to amaze me their knowledge, training and passion are obvious and how they implement everything they know into providing stunning looks is fascinating. If only i could do it like the UD team everyday i know i would. This new collection is Limited edition and once it’s gone.. it’s gone so get to it ladies, guys and anyone who is interested in artistry mixed with make-up. I promise you It’s all worth every penny.
After repeating i want everything in every colour, i had a good look around the store and wrote a mini ‘must have list; on my phone… My bank balance will surely kill me.. BUT at least, i will have new make-up and who can say no to new make-up, i can justify it.
UD JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Tenant Eyeshadow Palette
Heavy Metal mixed with lipsticks
UD JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Gold Griot Eyeshadow Palette
The gorgeous Gemma from Gemma’ Little world UD Makeover
UD JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Tenant Eyeshadow Palette- SWATCHED
Thanks Laura for creating, organizing and planning a fabulous event, To the Urban Decay team for always amazing me and creating sickening looks that inspire, excite and spark my imagination to try new things and add more colour.
Shout out to my Blogging girls, who continue to surprise me with their kindness and passion, you are all the reason why i keep doing what i am doing.
Give these Girls a follow as their blogs are great and we are all from the North East!
We all get stressed, we all feel overwhelmed and often feel over worked. Our lives can seem erratic and dysfunctional, as we try to juggle finance, work, family and down time. It can feel as if you are never given 5 minutes peace without something happening, some drama occurring or something breaking that needs a lot of money fixing. Simply the world can feel as if its never on your side… but we must not forget that ourselves, soul, body and mind are important. YOU are important and YOU deserve to relax and enjoy life as you intended. Here are my five tips and tricks for an affordable and well deserved treat yo self relaxation guide.
MUSIC– music is important and it makes you think and feel thing’s beyond your mind. Music is powerful it can captivate you and transport you to a place or a memory, that is significant. I have a dedicated playlist that makes me happy and each song has a memory linked to it. I know that once i listen to the songs, i will feel at peace and switch off from any negative or worrying thoughts because sometimes we all take life too seriously and music reminds me to have fun and enjoy those important moments.
BUBBLE BATH’S– Their is something therapeutic about submerging yourself into warm and beautifully scented water. I find all my worries, aches and pains melt away as i transport my mind to a clearer place. After a long day baths can be the comfort you may need. Also feeling clean, fresh and relaxed often make’s me rather sleepy and can promote me to have decent night’s sleep. To spice up your bath try a bath bomb our bubble bar to add some oomph.
BEAUTY PRODUCTS– Nothing excites me more than having something new to enjoy in my bath such as a new face mask or skin product, I think treating your skin and body to some well deserved pampering is a great idea. If your stressed your skin can often take the brunt of it and blemishes and spots can appear and no one want’s this. I know i am one of those people who, when stressed breaks out against my will. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body so treating it with some nice products can do wonders and that includes you men as well !
FAVORITE TV SHOWS= NETFLIX AND CHILL– Sometimes watching a new TV program can help us all switch off as we delve from our own existence into those of Game of thrones or the walking dead. Why dwell on the aspects of mundane life when we can watch a zombie apocalypse or be transported to New York city and live the dreams of the fabulous Carrie Bradshaw.. Sometimes fantasy can be better than fiction? Just like reading a good old book, watching TV programs can make us laugh, cry and relate to that one character and feel a sense that we are not alone… and that can be the power of a good TV show and all of sudden we feel at ease and things make sense. As stimulating as TV is i can often find it very relaxing and a source of comfort for those lonely nights when the other half is working on the night shift.
FRIENDS– Having someone to talk too, someone to rant too about all of life little ups and downs, someone who just simply gets it. That someone you can relate to and speak to is so important when it comes to relaxing and switching off. whether that may be your partner or your best friend… friends are important for our emotional, mental and physical well being, Ever talked to your friend about something that has been bottled up and you feel a sense of relief as they comfort and relate to you… THAT, this exact feeling of worth and understanding can remove a lot of stress, anxiety and thoughts that might be troubling you.. Its true you can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends. I am lucky to have an amazing family and an amazing group of friends but not everyone is so lucky. So it’s important to have a friend to speak too and who always encourages tequila shots at 2am.
What suggestions do you have to relax, switch off and take time for you ?
Nothing gets me more excited than the words, ice cream and now in Newcastle we have our own beautiful ice cream parlor in the heart of metro center. MovenPick is a swiss ice cream brand who deliver everything using fresh and real ingredients. MovenPick choose the best ingredients from around the world, selecting only the finest of flavors and natural products. The ice cream is made with real swiss cream which adds to the consistency of the ice cream being extra creamy and super yummy.
MovenPick also bake their own sugar cones fresh in store and i was lucky enough to make my own cone, as the fabulous team showed me how it’s done. Within MovenPick the menu regularly changes every few months giving new flavors, coffees and sundaes to keep us all intrigued. For any of my Vegan followers, although MovenPick are a European company, the need and demand for vegan based products was very low but since coming to the UK they have noticed a huge demand for vegan ice creams and so far have only released one, the apple pie flavour!
But are planning more flavors for vegan and vegetarian ice cream lovers. MovenPick is currently only in IntuMetroCenter Gateshead but the next one is opening in the IntuTrafford centre Manchester and hopefully more will appear across the UK as this ice cream is simply divine.
I absolutely loved the pear flavored Sorbet, panna cotta and blueberry cheesecake ice cream. I would have never originally chosen the Panna cotta flavour but surprisingly enough it was by far the best and i can’t wait to try it again.
Along with incredible ice creams MovenPick do incredible sundaes which… honestly i could not complete on my own! The most tasty one was the chocolate lover which consists of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Of course MovenPick have a range of different pre made sundaes but you can also design your own.
Delicious coffees, lattes and cappuccinos are also available from the fabulous Nespresso Coffees and Nespresso range. MovenPick have created their own specialty drinks including The rose cappuccino which tastes very similar to Turkish delight and the Movenpick Affogato which includes a scoop of ice cream with hot espresso over the top, simply a coffee loves dream.
we as a family decided it was time to adopt something fury and cute into our new home. My parents especially are huge cat lovers and our last two Harold and Maude lived a grand old age of 15 years. I have grown up with cats and when my two passed away the silence was heartbreaking. I think any pet owner knows what i mean. Animals can be as close to you as a member of your family, and so moving on from a pet can be difficult but we felt it was time. I did some research to try and find the right kittens for us, and by this i do not mean their look but simply whether they came from a good home and had been looked after properly. Eventually i found this litter on Gumtree surprisingly enough and from that point we began chatting and planned a time to meet and see the kittens. As soon as we saw them we knew they were the ones. The care, support and love that had been implemented into the kittens already was paramount. Their mother misty was a supportive and nurturing mother. Last week they were ready to leave and join our loving home, although it was emotional for misty she understood in a strange way what was happening and we were away. We named them Leo and Dylan and they are the cutest kitten double act to grace the world. They are two boys and they were born in March. Our kittens mother was a tabby but the father is unknown and our kittens appear to have maine coon genetics and features. We now think that Leo and Dylan are Maine Coon Tabby’s and from the pictures you can kind of see why. Anyway to wrap this up short, i love my two little boys and i am so happy they are settled, comfortable and loving their new home.
Within our humble city of Newcastle we are seeing more and more amazing food and drinks venues popping up all over the place and one of those is the waiting rooms. Formally known as the long bar, this new renovated space has been transformed into a rustic and inviting place to enjoy their specialty beers and pies. The waiting rooms offer you their delicious pies from pieminster pies in many tasty flavors, I enjoyed Deer stalker and Free ranger the most, who can deny a good old reliable pie. The waiting rooms have deals on in which you can get pie and gravy for £6.50 or pie, gravy and a side for £8.50 and being in the city those prices are hard to bargain with. I love eating out but the expenses of eating out, can be off putting but with the waiting rooms you are guaranteed a tasty meal, humble environment and welcoming staff for under £10!. The waiting rooms have a range of draught beers and cask ales to wet your whistle if your into a good brew, if not they have a range of spirits and my favorite GIN. On a side note a highly recommend the pork crackling, its crispy and divine and simply made the meal even more tasty than it was. Over all if you love a good old pie and pint in the center of town than the waiting rooms is for you, if not head over and enjoy a cask ale, after all whats Newcastle without a good pint and pie.