A Night in at The Bridges

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Love Sunderland

I hate blog posts that start with 'A few weeks back I got an invite...' but there's really no other way to start this! In fact, I got more than one invite, I had about three emails and a Facebook message inviting me along to a little blogger soirée at The Bridges in Sunderland. I was attending a wedding the day after the event and I'd actually already planned a trip into the city after work to get a few bits and pieces, so the invite couldn't have come at a better time.

The event wasn't just about The Bridges and was instead about the city as a whole. Now I've moved back into Durham, I have to admit I haven't been into Sunderland shopping for a while so it was nice to hear from the experts, Sam & Andy at The Bridges and Gemma at the Sunderland Bid, about all the exciting and new things going on!

Now everyone knows what a shopping centre looks like and Sunderland's Bridges is no different! (So I used my favourite photo I've ever taken in Sunderland for this post!) It has everything you'd need which is why I'm often surprised when some locals say they'd rather go elsewhere. Convenience is key for me. So the news that late night shopping on Thursdays now included free car parking made my day.

As well as the retailers in the Bridges, Gemma gave a lovely talk about all the fantastic independent retailers in the city, like Serendipity (my favourite vintage teashop), Hot Rats Record Store and Pop Recs, Frankie & the Heartstrings very own shop! And about the events like the Airshow and the stage shows at the Empire! There really is so much going on, I'd be on all day if I tried to write about it all!

After hearing all about the new developments in the city, we were invited to make our own bath bombs in Lush and have make overs at Debenhams. I left everyone to their own devices at this point though and went on my confetti and last minute bronzer finding session. Thankfully I managed to get both plus a few other bits and pieces! If you're stuck for something to do or fancying a shopping trip I'd definitely recommend a little visit to Sunderland. The Bridges even has a really handy page which tells you about all the events either in the centre or in the city - click here to take a look! And finally a big thank you to Sam, Bernice & Gemma for having me along!

An alternative Friday night out.. at the Cricket!

Monday, 15 June 2015

I love a good night out in town, dancing with cocktails as much as anyone but it's nice to have a change every now and again - don't you think?

Durham CCC is somewhere I've drove past lots of times but never actually ventured in! Though I don't mind watching cricket... I've always been more of a football or tennis kind of a girl myself but a few months back an email asking if I'd like to attend landed in my inbox and I thought why not?!

So the other Friday, myself and my friend Debbie grabbed our warm coats and headed for Durham's first ever nighttime match under the floodlights. We grabbed two glasses of Pimms from the bar and made ourselves comfy outside and tried to figure out the rules. The atmosphere was really relaxed and much less intense than football matches but still just as fun.

It was a successful Derby night for Durham who won against Yorkshire by six runs! Tipsy and tired, J had kindly offered to pick us up and take us home so after a short hunt in the car park for him, we were on our way.

If you fancy something a little different for a Friday night out then I'd definitely recommend giving the T20 matches a go. They're much shorter than your usual cricket match and there's lots of other things going on too to keep you entertained! Thanks very much for having us Durham CCC!

Please note Durham CCC did provide me with the two complimentary tickets for the purpose of review. Although this post is sponsored the above ramblings are my 100% honest opinion.

Bucket List - 006 Buy my own house

Monday, 18 May 2015

Cup of Tea - Girl in the North

Friday just gone was an incredibly exciting but long and busy day for me. After finishing work and a visit to see one of my best friends, I got in later than I expected. That was when the reality of the situation sunk in, that in the morning a removal van was coming to get all my furniture and I hadn't packed one thing!

You're probably thinking, 'hang on a minute Katy, didn't you just move in?' And you're right it was only 12 months ago that I started to rent my little house and I've loved every second of it. It was however part of a much bigger plan to tick off an item on my bucketlist... 006. To buy my own house. I am still in complete shock that I've actually managed to do it. Admittedly a few opportunities came my way and after almost a year in my (now not so) new job, it seemed like the right time.

So at 10pm on Friday night, when I knew what I should really be doing was packing, I sat down and had a cup of tea and reminisced about the past year. It's been lovely living so close to work and handy too but I'm so excited to be moving back to my home city, Durham. I've got a few more weeks to wait until my house is ready so I'm staying with various family and friends at the moment and it's so nice to be back with them.

I cannot wait to be able to blog about my new home and I've been going mad on Pinterest... not to mention a few splurges in my favourite interiors store The White Company. What's your favourite house'y online shops? Make sure to tweet me the links & any home inspiration boards on Pinterest!!

E45 Review

Monday, 9 March 2015

I've never been one for beauty reviews and I've admitted before I could never be a beauty blogger. I'm not really a big fan of a lot of make up but one thing I am passionate about is a good skincare routine. So when E45 offered me the chance to try out a couple of their products... I thought why not?

To be perfectly honest, my Mom spied them when they arrived in the post and I even told her once I'd tried them she could have them. (I'm sorry Mom - you're not getting them!) I was sent E45's Body Moisturising Lotion & their Repair & Protect Overnight Hand Cream and like the bad blogger I am, I wrongly assumed they'd be too heavy/greasy for my skin.

I wish I'd taken some before and after photos but the before photo would have been a bit ugh to look at. I started using the products just before I went away on holiday and after a week of using the creams, my skin felt amazing and I was ready to bare my legs in the sun! For those of you who know me offline, you'll know I'm olive skinned and tan easily but lose it just as quickly... I swear this stuff has helped me keep my tan since coming back!

I couldn't recommend the Body Lotion enough! The Hand Cream is one of the nicest I've used but I'm rubbish at remembering to put it on so I haven't noticed any significant change. To find out more about E45 and about why a good skincare routine is important take a look here !

Please note E45 did provide me with the two complimentary products featured for the purpose of review. Although this post is sponsored the above ramblings are my 100% honest opinion.