Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Moët on Girl in the North

I just wanted to do a quick little post to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Since finishing work on Christmas Eve, I haven't really felt much like blogging or even using the internet. Sometimes it's good to get a break from social media and technology.

I've been spending my days out in the fresh air as much as possible, working out in the gym and reading old books again. I've only worn wellies, trainers and slippers since getting here - it's been lovely.

I am however starting to feel ready to face reality again and I'll be packing up my things tonight ready to head home on New Year's Day. Tomorrow evening will be spent with family and friends, a bottle of Moët and a Terry's Chocolate Orange... just the way I like it.

Whatever you're up to, have a wonderful evening & see you all in 2015!

Katy x

Christmas Card Writing

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Christmas Cards from Asda on Girl in the North

I thought since I was on a roll with the festive posts this past week, I might as well keep up the trend! I used to always forget to send cards when I was younger and I'd buy a pack but never get them wrote out. As I got older I started to realise the importance of them. It's so nice to receive something in the mail that someone has taken the time to hand-write personally.

I suddenly realised today when I met with a printer for work that I'd forgotten to buy cards this year. So I popped to Asda after work to take a look at their selection. I fell in love straight away with these beautiful velvet lined cards! They were a bargain price at £2 for 15 cards in 2 designs with red and white striped envelopes. The really lovely part is that 10% of every sale goes to Tickled Pink too!

So I'm spending this evening with a mug of hot chocolate and a Christmas film writing out all my cards. I just need to tackle the wrapping of the presents next!

The Girl in the North Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Monday, 1 December 2014

With Christmas just around the corner and my shopping being scarily near completion, I figured I'd put together a little gift guide. I think I've got almost every eventuality covered but let me know if you think I'm missing something and I'll get it added to the list! So let's get started shall we? One of my absolute favourite online stores from the North East is Let it Reign - This print is perfect for everyone but have a nosey round their store, the jewellery is fab & I want ALL the homeware. Count Your Lucky Stars (I got you a present) £18 from Let it Reign

This would be absolutely spot on for my friend Nicola! Or Laura, or Louise, or Hannah... or me! Tis the season to be merry after all. For anyone who likes a tipple, this cheeky wine glass is guaranteed a smile on Christmas Day.
Personalised Wine Glass from NOTHS £22

My very first boyfriend's parents bought me a little gift from Jo Malone in this scent back when I was a teenager and I became addicted. It's not too girly, so it's a perfect gift for a couple who are hard to buy for!
Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Candle £40 at Selfridges

Know any Great British Bakers (or some notso)? Make sure that Turkey is done in time - this Magnetic Timer from Anthropologie is just the business.
Anthropologie Magnetic Timer £12

For those of you who know I've been studying holistics part-time you'll know I'm now addicted to essential oils. The Anthropologie wellbeing essentials kit will help you fight off winter bugs & see you have a cosy nights sleep. If you're on a budget try the Boots one!
Wellbeing Essential Oil Set £48.00 Boots alternative cheaper version for £13.49

I only recently found out Links of London did rose gold! I'm not sure how I didn't know this. If you know someone bitten by the travel bug or who has sea legs this Anchor charm is a perfect sailors treat.
Links of London Rose Gold Anchor Charm £295

My inner-geek did a scream when I saw this! For your smart-phone nerd & social media addict you really cannot go wrong here, thank you Fujifilm.
Fujifilm Smartphone Printer £160

Christmas Eve. Christmas Morning. Need I say more. Everyone needs a set of The White Company Pyjamas in their life.
The White Company Pj's £38

For anyone who knows a music lover where a cd or itunes voucher just won't do it - these retro Roberts DAB radios look and sound great. The only problem you'll have is which colour to choose....
£159.99 Selfridges

My brother is notoriously hard to buy for (sorry Adam if you're reading this) - Mr. Porter's Stylish Man Volume One is the perfect gift for a tricky stylish man!
The Manual for a Stylish Life - Mr Porter £20

For the Northern'ers! I LOVE these prints from the Geordie Gift company. I believe they sell them on the quayside market at the weekend but you can get yours right here online!
Whey Aye Man Print £14.99

Now I feel like I've covered all bases BUT if you think I've missed someone or you have an amazing gift you'd like me to add to list, drop me an email

Fenwick Christmas Window

Fenwick of Newcastle

Fenwick Christmas Window 2014

Fenwick Christmas Window 2014 on Girl in the North

It doesn't matter how old you are, there is nothing better to get you in the festive mood, than a little trip to Fenwick Christmas Window in Newcastle! The windows are unveiled in mid-November but I usually save my trip for later in the month when the weather is that little bit crisper and a mulled wine wouldn't go amiss. I was shocked and appalled to hear G had never been so we headed into town yesterday evening.

Every year the theme is kept a closely-guarded secret until the big unveil but sometimes when shopping you can get a little hint as to what is coming. (There's definitely a few inspired gifts if you're an Alice fan!) Fenwick created the first animated window display back in 1971, after the team their were inspired by department stores in Paris. 44 Christmas windows later, they're still going and still using the same Bavarian company to help make the displays.

This year's windows tell the magical story of Alice & Wonderland, all animated and polished off with fairy lights and decorations. I've on purpose not taken too many photos because you really have to see it yourself. It was dark when we arrived and most parents were leaving with their children so it was a perfect time to visit. After been big kids we headed to The Town Wall on Pink Lane for some festive drinks.

If you're in the area make sure to pay Fenwick a visit, they do also have a Santa's Grotto but I hear on the grapevine you absolutely must book as it's extremely popular. To find out more about Fenwick, click here.