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

 

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

Christmas Countdown at The Grainger Market; Blogmas

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Me  and  Toni (Fashprenuer.com)

Christmas is truly on our doorstep. In minus 23 days we will be waking up to presents, The smell of home cooking and gingerbread, Along with Tucking into a delicious feast of turkey and many other wonderful delights.

At the heart of Newcastle lies the Grangier Market. The Grangier market has been around for decades, opening those iron gates back 1835 and since then has become an iconic trademark of the North East. Over 100 small local businesses reside within the Victorian building. You can find anything from fresh meat to quirky home ware. The Grangier market has it all. On the 1st of December me and Toni A.K.A the Fabulous fashprenuer.com  Ventured out into the wintry cold to attend the Christmas night market. I had a wonderful time enjoying a variety of alternative music. I absolutely loved Ragtime Rewind. The vibe was festive and energetic and i felt humble to be in the presence of so many fabulous people supporting local businesses and coming together to enjoy the festivities.

During my time in the market i had a huge slice of pizza from slice and a delicious Baileys cupcake from http://petlambpatisserie.com/. I adored all the stunning cupcakes and coffees on offer.The girl’s are YouTube Vloggers/Bloggers as well! Double win for me. Supporting business and bloggers. You can check out Pet Lamb’s youtube channel here > https://www.youtube.com/c/petlambgirls.  They really are as delightful as their cake’s.

We had an good explore around the market. Meeting the Vendor’s and sampling some delicious goods. My favourite was at La casa, Me and Toni got to sample some delicious sweet,dry white wine and explore the world of wine tasting. I loved all the alternative and different wine brand’s, especially since i know a lot of wine lover’s. These Spanish wine’s would make a great gift.  (http://www.lacasadelicatessen.com/).

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Then we got an exclusive preview of the underground air raid shelter. Hidden out of sight underneath the ginormous market. Our guide was truly wonderful and very informative. Hearing all the stories and facts of life in the shelter really brought home the struggles of the war on the people of Newcastle. The tight passage ways were dark and dingy. item’s that have been abandoned lie dormant around the shelter. Clothes, Suitcases and china (I.E cups and plates) are stacked as only a memory of once was. The eerie atmosphere was almost spine chilling. I would have not enjoyed spending days underground in the air raid shelter, i can tell you that. To venture down into the shelter was a rare opportunity as it is not open to the public, so i felt very humble to be allowed to go down into the dark underground of the toon’s streets and market. I surely will never forget it anytime soon.

A wonderful performance topped the evening of by the Glamorous and Northern star Trixie Blue. Sashaying and working the center stage with some Fabulous Burlesque. Trixie provide’s classes and one on one sessions for you Northern Naughties who want to have some fun while getting your clothes off! Believe me the benefits of burlesque are amazing and i would highly recommend it. More info about the House of Trixie Blue can be found at http://www.houseoftrixieblue.co.uk/

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I had a wonderful evening and i couldn’t fault the atmosphere, the variety and experiences available. Thank you to Toni and Pixie for an awesome night! Have a look at both of these Ladies Fabulous blog’s and spread some Northern Love. ❤

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What are you excited for this Christmas?

Love Cara

x x x

Aberdeen Adventures!

Over the weekend i was invited to Aberdeen to visit our friend Sam before his exciting adventure over to the Middle East.Aberdeen is a stunning city in the North of Scotland. I was half expecting it to be freezing 24/7 but it turned out Aberdeen was warmer than Newcastle… Who would have guessed it ? i Surely didn’t. After a long 5 hour drive we arrived at Sam’s and then checked into our hotel room (Thank you Micheal and Sam) As the deluxe apartment was our engagement gift. The next day we got up early and Climbed the volcano known as Mither Tap! I struggled A LOT (Hill’s are not my my thing.. Generally any exercise in general is not my thing) But i made it to the top and i am so proud of myself as i conquered the mighty hill. After a latte in the adorable Old Post office Tea Room and a slice of cake. we headed back to the hotel to rest up.

Later that night we all headed out for a night out in Aberdeen which started off at Slain’s Castle Aberdeen for some drinks. I  went for the lovely vodka themed cocktail called ‘Happiness’. I loved the cocktail menu, especially the seven sins theme as photographed above. We then went to a few other pubs including Six Degree’s North, where i met this lush pug, I was in my happy place drinking a Gin and Tonic with my adorable pudgy pug friend. (Its the simple things in life).

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Angus&Ale

We then had an amazing meal at Angus & Ale. I had the Angus and Ale burger which included an Angus beef burger,smoked arran cheese, black pudding and apple chutney. Hands down the best burger i have even eaten. I shall be dreaming about this burger for days.

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Alex skipping stones

 

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Beautiful Aberdeenshire!

On the last day we went on a walk along the beach at Newburgh, which had incredible sand dunes and a stunning still lake. On the other side was the ocean. This walk was very refreshing after a long night out and i felt very relaxed and rejuvenated. This was the perfect way to end our awesome trip to Aberdeen. Thanks Sam for having us and showing us all the cool stuff in Aberdeen!

If you haven’t been to Aberdeen i highly recommend it.The mix of the city life with visually stunning landscapes gives you the best of both worlds. This break away from reality has been the best thing before christmas. Bye Aberdeen you have been awesome

Love Cara

x x x

Alton Tower’s Scarefest 2016

 

 

Every year from the end of October to the start of November Alton Tower’s host’s Scare Fest an awesome Halloween theme park experience. With any Cadbury’s or kellogs product you can find 241 voucher which are valid throughout the year including scare fest. Which is perfect if you are in a party of 2 or more!

open to all guests up until 9pm at night allowing you to ride your favorite roller coasters in the dark and to enjoy the most out of the park for a longer period of time in comparison to the summer opening times. Scare fest has a great atmosphere and the park is well decorated and thought out as you walk along the grounds, the amount of detail that is incorporated into each section is very tentative and effective. Along with enjoying the rides you can also pay extra to do the scare mazes each based off a different theme adding to the Halloween experience for those who don’t scare too easily? There are loads of great activities for the bambinos along with sing along’s and skelvins spooky story time for those who little’ins who need it a little more PG this Halloween. Scare fest is my favorite time to visit Alton  Towers and i am certain 2017 will be yet another visit to one of the best theme parks we have here in the UK.

p.s Alton towers are now providing thermostat scare fest mugs for £8 which allow unlimited refills on lattes and hot chocolates galore which ended up being our savoir as the night became gradually colder. Over all my scare fest experience came to around £35 for my ticket and unlimited hot drink and cup.

 

I’m in the love with Corfu

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On a bleak Tuesday morning in February i had a spontaneous look around the Thomas cook website, i say spontaneous it  is almost everyday! (i swear i don’t have a problem just a bad case of wander lust) I  like to look at exotic and international destinations dreaming of where to next and if i can find a great deal, well to say i found a great deal was an understatement when i saw this great package holiday to Corfu,I could not say no! all inclusive for 7 nights for around £400 each… I was sold. Me and my fiance had a really busy year experiencing new things such as distance while i studied and stayed with my parents down Durham and he stayed in Newcastle we both went back to education to complete diplomas and it was a year filled with challenges, so i thought we should reward ourselves with a holiday, something relaxing and romantic and Corfu sounded like a dreamy destination. So i searched around and thought about both of us getting some winter sun for a change and i found a great deal with the Mareblue Resort a 4* hotel complex, which is literally breath taking, as photographed above, The Mareblue is on the edge of the coast next to a nature reserve, which provided plenty of peace and serenity. The hidden beaches are only a 5 min walk from the resort, which was our personal favorite place to chill out. The food was good and the Apricot cooler was divine, literally my favorite cocktail of the week. The best thing about the Mareblue was it was completely isolated allowing complete relaxation. Although Alex preferred  the main Corfu town we both agreed that this type of trip was well needed and deserved. It was such a lovely holiday as my parents decided to grab a flight ticket and book up a room and come along for the adventure too, which allowed lovely time with my parents and even more bonding time for Alex to spend time with his future mother and father in law. I find time with family and friends extremely important and in our busy lives we sometimes forget to pause and spend some extra time together especially since this world is turning so fast we should enjoy every minute and holidays such as these are ideal for clearing time for each other while having fun. Corfu is a small island on the North West coast and the whole island is surrounded by aqua blue water and rugged mountains, Corfu is filled with vast natural scenery and dense amount of nature and wildlife that live on the island.It is a great Greek island to visit and i truly enjoyed returning back to cool, calm corfu.

Now we are back in the UK, where to next ?

Love Cara

xxx

 

 

The Lady Boy’s of Bangkok

My yearly tradition is to always heading down to the center of life to see the stunning lady boys of Bangkok in which i get to see beautiful women, enjoy a whole bottle of wine and the best chicken satay and peanut sauce. YUM! The lady boys of Bangkok effortlessly put on a fabulous show each year showing of different stunning costumes and hilarious cameos. For the price of the ticket you are guaranteed a great night out especially with all the girls, The Lady boys of Bangkok never fail to make me laugh and it is part of October i look forward too along with Halloween of course. I highly recommend seeing the Lady boy if they are in town because as they shared happiness also spells penis.

Love Cara

xox

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Aveika Newcastle

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Hello Lovelies

Today i went for a stunning lunch with my eldest niece, we went to Aveika in Newcastle. Aveika is a contemporary Japanese restaurant situated beside the Quayside. We started with some cocktails as photographed above:

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each cocktail cost £6.95 each. They were both beautifully presented, with great Asian infusions such as dragon fruit and passion fruit.

We then got two course for £12.50 which included a main course and desert, we both went for the salmon which was full of flavor and very well cooked with a side of rice. The dish was well presented and full of color that perfectly represented that aspect of Japanese cuisine. The service we received was very tentative and the servers assisted with every need. The atmosphere was very relaxed and quite with the kids back to school so it was very ambient and enjoyable.

My cocktail and two courses came to a total of £19.45 which was great value for money with an exclusive and luxurious setting and dining experience, Will certainly be returning to Aveika for another gorgeous meal.

p.s Dog filter selfie

Love Cara

xxx

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Disney and Paris Haul

                  Disney Land Haul 

When visiting Disney i wanted to start Pin trading, a few of my friends had started over the years and i thought it was an adorable way to hold memories, (little fact if a cast member is wearing a pin you want you can trade with them!!! ) I loved the concept and being a student while training to be a practitioner,working alongside children i thought the lanyard would be a lovely touch as all the children love Mickey and Minnie Mouse. My Lanyard was €10 and my pin as photographed below was €6-8, The Disney pins have different price bands for specific pins. Since i got engaged in Paris and it was my first Disney pin,i went very cute and traditional. Now my first Disney experience and engagement  will be attached with a special memory with the pin

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Those nearest and dearest to me will know i am obsessed with Disney even from childhood i was transfixed, Of course this love of all things Disney has followed me into adulthood and i do indeed collect the Christmas decorations. My goal is to have a Christmas tree filled with different characters. This one will symbolize mine and Alex’s first Christmas together as a couple engaged. We both adored this one of mickey and Minnie holding hands and this cost €13.99.

Next we bought some Lollipops,they came to €5. They come in different flavors and designs, but we went went for the berry flavour for our giant souvenir, YUM.

I also purchased my Minnie mouse ear’s because who doesn’t go to Disney without purchasing a pair, I will be going to Disney again so i plan on collecting the ear’s but i went for the classic Minnie mouse look and these cost €14

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Alex called me a big kid for purchasing thumper but hey he is a Disneyland exclusive, and the one’s in the UK have nothing on this guy!! super soft and fluffy and as soon as we got back to the UK, i think after giving thumper a cuddle a falling asleep with him, Alex agreed it was a good purchase after all!! THE FUTURE WIFE IS ALWAYS RIGHT. Thumper stole my heart and he cost me a total of €25.  (LOOK AT THAT FRONT TOOTH) 

                                Paris 

First things first SEPHORA, now i was slightly disappointed although their was plenty of french products, it was a lot of products i could get at home such as Dior,Chanel and YSL. I was after some Kat Von D,Tarte and specific Too Faced pallets such as the peanut butter and jelly pallet. I wanted products i could not get back in the UK. Although they had Too Faced, i was after certain pallets which were unavailable and apparently because Tarte and Kat Von D were american beauty lines they were only available in the states. DEVASTATION!!! But on the plus side i discovered a french make-up brand called Lollipops and this was their french souvenir pallet which came in Day and Night options, I went for the night as photographed above and this came to €20 . I also purchases the Sephora pearl face mask €4, I have seen lots of reviews about these Korean beauty innovations where it is a mask that almost represents a second skin and they are meant to be pretty fabulous, Further review and results will follow, I went with the pearl option as it sounded interesting.

 

IMG_0871[1]Me and Alex enjoy visiting the Hard Rock cafe’s across the word and of course we visited the hard Rock Paris in which Alex got a souvenir glass un-photographed at €5 when purchased with an alcoholic beverage and i purchased a pin for my Hard Rock Pin collection, €13. This is where we had our engagement meal and although it was slightly pricey the food was so delicious it was worth every penny. We love the concept of the Hard Rock Cafe’s and we plan on continuing seeing them all over the world. Couples who rock together, stay together.  

when in Paris a girl has to purchase a lipstick or two, I love YSL and i went for a little stroll through the Duty free and i swatched a few shades and then picked one at random who would have guessed before i landed in Paris i would pick the Lipstick called ‘Pink in Paris’ and at £20 it was an absolute steal and i just love the colour plus it smell’s of watermelon!!! when in Paris we also went into the Louvre and their is a shopping mall actually in the art gallery. I purchased this really nice cream leather wallet/pouch at a shop called Delfonics stationary, which cost  €15. As photographed below with my YSL lipstick and a few of my favorite necessity’s. 

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Along with the very traditional Eiffel tower statue for my office, Delicious Macaroons from the Marquis chocolatier Paris and my survival pin from the Catacombs, Another and my last favorite item from Paris was this piece of art work i picked up from Notre Dam, this is from late 18/19th century, She is a fortune teller but also provides guidelines of astrology and star signs, with a calendar hidden on the back. I just loved this for my new house and i have even got it framed already to go on the wall. I absolutely love it the price i cant remember as it was from a market stall. 

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post, as much as i did writing it and sharing my Haul of French Treats.

When going to Paris i will admit the city is very expensive and it is filled with so many charms and goodies to tempt you,it is certainly a city of luxury and grandeur, i cant wait to return to the Paris and of course Disneyland one day in the future ! maybe you are inspired or you are already travelling to Paris, i would recommend it,100% but take plenty of spends because if i could i would have bought everything in this stunning city in a heart beat.

Bon Voyage Paris

Love Cara

xox

Bluedot Festival

Hello Lovelies

For my dad’s birthday being the RockNRoll legend that he is wanted to celebrate a big coming of age Party at the Bluedot Festival at Jordell Bank ! What a way to spend it.

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We spent the day enjoying music from MoonDuo,Air and of course the main attraction of Jean Michel Jarre, feasting upon the festival cuisine of hotdogs and home made strawberry cider. Lounging in the sun at the stunning Jodrell Bank, an observatory with much to look at and explore. Literally i was start struck watching the telescope move and the sheer Monumental size of it made my jaw hit the ground. This Festival has dynamic of music and science mixed together and is a totally unique festival which welcomes all walks of life and all ages, I would LOVE to bring my children one day to this festival as it is so friendly,warm and the atmosphere is extremely welcoming, Everyone is relaxed and down to earth. I loved my experience at BlueDot, it was a very different festival to what i have experienced at the likes of Leeds Festival. I would love to return back one day and possibly do the full weekend of camping. 10/10 for Bluedot festival and Jordrell bank for putting on a fantastic festival filled with ambiance,excitement and fantastic music form up coming artists big and small.