Soap & Glory Goodies

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Soap & Glory Product Review

Every year at Christmas since I hit my late teens, my Mom has always gone out and bought me the amazing Soap & Glory Boots trunk of goodies! If you know Soap & Glory, then you know which one I mean (and if you don't you need to make sure you read this post again before Christmas)! It's so so good and stuffed to the brim with body butters and facial products that all smell good enough to eat!

So back before the festive season I received an email inviting me along to a S&G event taking place in the Metro Centre. Unfortunately my Dad took a turn for the worst and I never made it along but I did receive a lovely early Christmas treat in the post! And as I explained in my last post, I've been meaning to write about it for a while but never got around to it.

Since receiving the goodies I've been testing them out and I have now completely converted to using the Total Drama Clean Cleansing Water. I don't really wear much make-up on a day to day basis but this stuff slices through my mascara and makes my skin feel super clean before bed.

I'm equally as addicted to the Fruitgo body mist, which now lives in my gym bag on rotation with another few that I already had... all the body mists smell divine! The Archery Brow Tint Crayons are amazing according to my Mom - if you know me well enough, you'll know I have no need for these as my eyebrows are 'tattooed' thanks to the lovely Yemanya. So you're going to have to take my Mom's word for it! I haven't yet tried the speed plump moisturiser, purely because I haven't run out of the one I'm using just yet.

My absolute favourite and staple make-up bag piece however is Sexy Mother Pucker. It doesn't really need me to tell you about it, it does what it says on the tin and I love it, as do millions of other bloggers. So the bathroom in my house is now absolutely full to the brim with the famous pink lotions and potions bottles, much to J's disapproval (I'm sure he sneaks some bubble bath every now and again). After all, who wouldn't want to smell like a sweet shop!?

Please note Soap & Glory did provide me with these complimentary products. Although this post is sponsored the above ramblings are my 100% honest opinion.

New York New York

Saturday, 16 January 2016

New York View

November seems like a lifetime ago now but things just kept getting in the way of me sitting down and really having the time to write this post! Blogging isn't a business to me and it never has been. Don't get me wrong it's certainly helped my career and shaped the path I took - I've been writing online since I was 13 (& I'm 28 now) but it has always been because I enjoyed it. When I didn't enjoy writing online... I didn't do it and so over Christmas, naturally spending time with my family and friends took precedent.

So to fill you in: our luxury, romantic 5* holiday to Egypt got cancelled and after much debate about where to go and a lack of sunny holidays left for sale due to everyone doing the same as us, we found a bargain week long break in New York with Virgin Holidays instead. So I emptied out all the bikinis from my suitcase, filled it with warm jumpers and headed down south to Jay's. We flew from Heathrow to Newark and after a long flight and finally managing to navigate our way to downtown New York - we arrived pretty groggy at the Millenium Hilton Hotel.

We made our way to our room on the (almost) top floor, 54 out of 55 and were greeted by the most incredible view of downtown New York. The hotel is part of the World Trade Centre site and we overlooked 1WTC which is the most stunning building to look at but also very humbling. After our pure shock at how amazing the view was and how high up we were, we spotted the milk and cookies with a handwritten note welcoming us to the hotel. The long journey had kicked in by 10pm so we tackled the milk and cookies and headed for an early night in our super comfy bed.

We spent the week being 'proper tourists'... if you've read my blog for a while you'll know I went to New York while I was at university but I didn't really do a lot of the sights. So we spent our days visiting as much as we could thanks to our amazing City Passes! Over the week we explored the Statue of Liberty & Staten Island, headed up the Empire State Building & The Rockafella Centre... We popped to Tiffany's (of course), MOMA, The Natural History Museum, Central Park... The list could go on forever and I could pretend I took lots of amazing photos of my food and the hotel but on returning to the UK I found out I'd make a rubbish travel blogger!

And so no sooner had the trip started - it was over and we were flying back to the UK. The blow of our holiday coming to an end was softened by the fact Christmas was in full swing in England upon our return and so there was plenty to keep ourselves busy with. Make sure to let me know if you're heading to New York anytime soon or thinking of planning a trip - I can't recommend the Millenium Hilton Hotel enough - it was absolutely stunning & a brilliant location for travelling uptown.

Fenwick Food Hall Relaunch

Monday, 2 November 2015

Fenwick Food Hall

Fenwick Food Hall Chocolates

You might already know this if you've followed my blog for a while but one of my favourite places in the North East is Fenwick department store. Growing up, it was always and still is a treat to go see the Fenwick Christmas window display and my Mom and I will often pop in for a special occasion shopping trip. Fenwick is the place I was taken to choose my first Mulberry handbag and was the place I bought my first pair of designer shoes. It's where I go for special presents for the people I love and for the little luxuries that you can't seem to find anywhere else.

Now I have to admit, I only really used the Food Hall at Christmas. I'd pop in for stocking filler lollies and Charbonnel Truffles. Or if I was in desperate need of a sugary treat mid-shop, I'd pop for a macaroon. However I shall most definitely be spending a lot more time there now!

Fenwick Food Hall Cakes

Fenwick Food Hall Mason and Rye

The new Food hall officially launched on October 23rd and it looks absolutely stunning. I went along with Tasha and I didn't know where to look as we first went in. Just like children in a sweetshop, we stood a little bit in awe until a lovely lady from the marketing team popped over to tell us all about the new look Food Hall and what was planned for the evening.

What I love is how the new Food Hall combines local businesses such as The Naked Deli and OCC with well known National brands such as Fuego and Mason & Rye. And as we explored the store Tasha and I literally 'Oooooh'd' in sync as we spotted all the delicious food on display and tucked into the cakes and canap├ęs. I was also really impressed with the amount of gluten and dairy free products as it's a struggle to find luxury allergen free treats.

I couldn't possibly manage to squeeze everything into one blog post so you really will have to go see it for yourself! For more information on opening times and the store, take a look here. Thank you to Fenwick for such a lovely evening - I absolutely cannot wait to pop back in and do a little pre-festive food shop!

Byron Burger Grey Street

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Byron Burger Newcastle Grey Street

Four years ago when I was working in London my lovely boss at the time, Ellie, took me out for lunch in Camden. Though nothing particularly unusual happened that day, I remember everything about it... It was a baking hot summer's day, I was wearing jeans and a black top and we got on a bus only for it to be diverted and had to get off and walk back to Soho. However the best part of the day and probably the reason I remember it so well was because it was my very first experience of a Byron Hamburger!

Now anyone who has eaten out with me will tell you how much of a nightmare I am because of my allergy to black pepper/sulphur. The stuff is literally in everything nowadays. Waiting Staff look at me in despair when I explain and run to the kitchen only to usually come back and say the chef will make me a salad. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good salad but what I love more are burgers. Big, meaty, juicy burgers are the key to my heart but I've struggled for years to find a patty not pre-seasoned. That was until Ellie introduced me to Byron.

So for the past few years every time I've popped back to London, you guessed it, I've been getting my burger fix across the city. That was until an email pinged in my inbox last week inviting me to the launch of Newcastle's very first Byron! I did an excited scream in the office and rsvp'd myself and my good friend Debbie straight away. And let me tell you now, it didn't disappoint.

Who takes a vegetarian to a burger joint by the way?! Oh wait that's me... because Byron have no problems with that! Veggie lovers have a choice of veggie friendly patties which can be subbed into any burger choice. So Debbie opted for the Mushroom burger while I tackled my favourite, a classic cheese and we shared courgette fries, french fries & a blue cheese dip. All Byron burgers are cooked medium, unless asked for otherwise, perfect for me as I think over-cooking can ruin a good piece of meat (sorry Debbie)!

We polished it off with an Elderflower Cordial and a cheeky glass of Sauvignon Blanc, ready to leave when our super friendly waitress (who I really wish I'd got her name from) said 'Are you sure you don't want desert?... I'll just leave the dessert menus here.' One Banoffee Mess and a Caramel & Honeycomb Sundae later, Debbie and I pretty much rolled down Grey St!

A massive thank you to Byron for having us along and treating us to such a lovely evening. The great news is if this post has got your mouth watering, Byron now have restaurants all over the place. Find your nearest here! And if like me you've got a fussy allergy, Byron have that covered too - check out their allergen info here. As for myself and Debbie we've already scheduled in our next visit to Grey St!

Please note Byron did provide me with a complimentary meal on their opening night, featured for the purpose of review. Although this post is sponsored the above ramblings are my 100% honest opinion.