My March Faves

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I have wanted a chip mug for years and been unable to find one in the UK i gave up hope UNTIL with the recent release of beauty and the beast, Disney decided that the UK deserve the chip mugs after all these years, once i got my hands on my own little chip mug i squealed with happiness and now he leaves on my bookshelf.  The mug is a fantastic size for display or for use as a tea cup. At £15, I couldn’t say no.

IMG_5181[1]As spring is coming back to us i have recently found my love for fresh flowers. I purchased these of a woman in the market. I really like buying local and supporting local businesses but also how beautiful is this bunch i picked up!. This photograph enchants me every time and it reminds me that beauty can be found in this simplest of things.

I recently won a competition with IntuMetrocentre and won this fantastic Byron cookbook filled with alternative burger recipes, sides and deserts. The book is beautifully presented with pictures and interesting tips and ideas. I cant wait to attempt the B-Rex burger and of course those incredible looking sundaes!

IMG_5124[1]Collecting pins is now a recent hobby i have attained. i love collecting badges from different countries or places i have been. I like to display them on my denim jacket and i adored this little set from primark at £3. I love the palm tree as it reminds me of all my tropical getaways. The pack comes with a range of different styles to choose from, great way to accessorize.

SPMW1923[1]My final March favorite is Gucci Flora. This perfume just reminds me of spring and makes me feel fresh and ready for warm days, holidays and long walks in the woods. The packaging is simply beautiful and the bottle is well presented. I really love this fragrance and it brings back memories of all the exciting plans i have made this year.

What’s your favorite thing about this month?

Love Cara

xxx

18/3/2017

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Wearing my  hallow collective patch on my favorite cosy jacket, i love the mix of faux sheep skin with the tan suede jacket. I wore my stripey top and mixed denim skirt to complete this look.

love Cara

xxx

18/02/2017

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Today’s looks is very rock n roll inspired. I spent the day with family and friends visiting a vintage record sale, enjoying a latte from the cold and snapping pictures of my beautiful city Newcastle in all its glory. My look today was to incorporate my new favorite metallic skirt, with some black and white vans on my feet and my zara ‘kiss the boy’ tee famously posted about here – kiss the boy tee. I then layered my LA bomber jacket on top to add that certain grease is the word look to my outfit. Along with my shades i set off and took some amazing pictures and had a lovely time.

Hope everyone is having a sweet Saturday.

Love Cara

x x x

 

Love your body with the Body shop

I was invited to another fabulous event hosted by the Body shop Metrocentre and this is my third invite along and each time, i am amazed with the warm welcome from staff and the always evolving products which never fail to amaze me. I love the body shops ethics and i enjoy sampling their products as there is always something new in the pipelines.

During my visit i met up with northern-geordie-gotindeapthof.blogspot.co.uk and anchoredteapot.com. We chatted and had a good old catch up since it has felt like ages since we last spoke in person. It was refreshing and enjoyable to see both of these girls again. It is good being in the blogging community but it can feel kind of lonely and disconnected at times, so seeing some of the blogging girls was a breath of fresh air.

We then printed off our own personalized body butter labels available at certain Body shop stores which allows you to customize your body butter, add a design or phrase to add that something extra special. I went with the peace and love design. I loved the rainbow print and of course the words peace and love felt appropriate as i think the world needs a little sprinkle more of it, especially since recent events.

We also sampled the amazing liquid peels available in three different variations to target specific areas. Be that vitamin c or anti aging. This peel is so therapeutic you simply rub into your face and the dead skill cells melt away and all impurities are removed from the skin. I loved the vitamin C and drops of youth peel as they smelled and delivered lovely results. My skin felt more nourished and cleansed and i think this will be a great addition for when i go on my travels later in the year.

Another interesting product was the hemp oil hand creams which are very nourishing if you have extremely dry skin. Hemp seed oil is really beneficial when softening and targeting dry skin. The benefits of hemp oil has been brought to the attention of doctors and medics and is now often used as a form of skin care in hospitals. For any of my readers who suffer from extremely dry skin the body shop hemp hand protector could be an interesting product to try out. My fiance suffers from very bad dry skin so i understand how challenging it can be to tackle dry skin and to find products that actually work, So trying hemp oil could be a positive way forward.

Over all i had a wonderful time, sampling some old classic body shop products and got to see the new range coming in for spring. Thanks for having me Body shop Metro Center and i am looking forward to using my body butter after a nice warm bath,

Over and out

Cara

x x x

Coco loco for Whittard’s Hot chocolate’s

Sometime’s you find something so unique and spectacular you cannot resist delving into your purse and making that all important purchase. I find i fight my January blues by ensuring i consume more coffee than my own body weight, That i plan some really exciting things to look forward too and i enjoy consistent retail therapy. There is no shame in finding fun in splashing out on yourself or others and i find this sense of reward more encouraging. So for example i will treat myself to a caramel latte from costa just because i made it through the whole of monday…. My new shopping addiction is these whittards hot chocolate’s and i am not being paid or any special blogging goodies, I simply adore the products and paid with my own dolla as i actually do with most things featured within my blog.I think more people should know about these incredible and beautifully packaged treats that are affordable and delicious, and for my my friends who may be on specific diets or food plans whittards also do a skinny chocolate and white chocolate mix.

So for a delicious tub of this hot choc is £6.50 but right now students can get 10% of WIN WIN. Not only that but they do a multitude of flavors as photographed above i got the rocky road and raspberry ripple white chocolate. I cant wait to cosy up in bed with hot cup of coco and enjoy a tasty treat just for me.So go on be devilish, treat yourself and make sure you find time in your busy day,week or month to do something extra special just for you, I promise you its worth it.

Love Cara

xxx

新年快乐 – Chinese New year in Newcastle

 

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Today me and Alex had an adventure into Newcastle’s china town to join the festivities of Chinese new year. 2017 is the year of the rooster, unfortunately not my year, but let’s hope that the year of the rooster brings good luck and prosperity. As we strolled through the streets of china town Chinese cooking filled the air and children were running around with their colorful dragons. China town was alive and booming. I especially loved the traditional Chinese new year dragon dance, the colours and atmosphere was electric and exciting. I couldn’t resist buying my own Chinese lucky dragon as a memorable keepsake from my first year experiencing Chinese new year in my home city. After wandering the streets of china town we headed up northumberland street and went into the hay market where a hidden gem lies. The recent opening off Shijo is my new favorite place to eat out not only is it reasonably priced if you are a student you can get discount off your food. Although Shijo appears small do not let its size deceive you as it packs a lot of punch and flavor into every dish.  A tasty treat that you can also take-away with you or sit in the cute little restaurant space. I truly loved experiencing a new cultural experience and i think i need to look into some travels over to Asia sometime in the future.

Love Cara

xxx

Tattoo’s and why they aren’t a Taboo

At the age of 17 i anxiously waited outside of a tattoo parlor, waiting eager and excited for my skin to be zapped a million time’s with a needle. I have always wanted a tattoo from a young age. I became fixated around the art work and history of tattoo’s and always said i wanted one right on my wrist. BUT this decision did not come lightly in fact it took a lot of thought to decide what i wanted,where i wanted and why… many people bite the bullet and get a tattoo on random occasion, seeking that lust for adrenaline and rebellion, which can often follow with regret… But  not me and i would caution the same thought process to anyone else. Tattoo’s are permanent and they are embedded into your skin, they are not without pain and of course repercussions can come from having specific ink such as nudity and violence. If you have tattoo’s on your neck and hands you might struggle with employment opportunities. Although i think this is wrong and a very negative stigma which is attached to tattoo’s but the people behind them are often kind,loving and spirited people with open mind’s and an appreciation for art. In this 21st century the taboo of tattoo’s has melted slightly and people are more open to the idea as more and more of us go under the needle.  As a young woman with 7 tattoo’s myself and having a space to blog, i thought i would share my experience and tips for getting tattoo’s.

Here are my top tips for those who are considering getting tattooed

1- Remember this design is permanent get something that you will love 20,30,50 years into the future, think about what you want and make sure it is what you want

2- Try to avoid getting tattooed on holiday, if you do check the artists credentials such as previous work

3- research your artists and the tattoo parlor, check their work and reviews

4- Consider your future if you want a job in public services you cannot have tattoo’s that represent violence, racism or sexuality/nudity

5- Think of where you want tattooed, think about the pain element as well as the size of the tattoo and the type of job you may have

6- cheap does not always mean cheerful and sometimes people will go with the cheapest artist which could lead you with a nasty piece of ink that you didn’t want, the cost comes with the artists skill’s

7- Research prices, some artists might over charge you for a design that is simple but another artist might have a more reasonable price

8- Do not tattoo yourself with a kit bought online, only allow professionals to tattoo your skin, due to skin infections from the needles etc

9- Always ensure you follow the aftercare using tattoo cream such as bepanthen to support the healing process and avoid submerging your tattoo into hot water such as baths or showers as this can damage the healing process and make your tattoo fade quicker

10- Always eat 4 hours before being inked, ideally mars bars are a great choice as the sugar thickens the blood and provides you with something on your stomach in case you may feel poorly

Getting tattoo’ed for some can be a important aspect. Some of my tattoo’s have been from part of my grievance process and it has been a way for me to express my identity and self image in a way that i felt appropriate. I love art and have a deep fascination with the different styles of art and having that converted and painted upon my skin i find truly mesmerizing. I love tattoo’s and they do not define me as a person, they do not make me less adequate or less passionate than the girl without tattoo’s, my ink does not make me less intelligent or more likely to commit a crime… In fact far from it, My tattoo’s represent my open mindfulness and acceptance to being different and surely that should be celebrated not classed as a taboo. Difference is what makes us perfect, What a truly awful world it would be without our unique differences. It’s your body, your rules, with freedom of speech and a right to represent yourself in whatever way you can, do it, and if that is through tattoo’s then go for it. We are not hear for a long time so have a good time.

Rock on, express yourself and do not live in fear of what other’s may think of you

love Cara

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