September 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Girl in the North September 2014

1. There's been lots going on this month and I feel like I've had hardly anytime time to blog! I treated myself to a manicure while Norman (my mini) had a trip to the valet. He came back polished and just in time as the weather the next weekend was perfect to put the roof down.

2. Lush night time walks on the Quayside have been more pretty than normal... I'll be sad to see the sign go down. 3. I joined the #GirlBoss club and I was pleasantly surprised. 4. You can never have too many trainers, especially when your boyfriend is a PT. My new Nike Free's make me feel like I'm floating but I'm still having issues with my shin splints.

In other news, I've been enjoying these: Restaurant reviews especially Tasha's review of Fat Hippo - Love their burgers. I'm planning a trip another trip back to London this Autumn (I miss my London friends), so these tips for free things to do will come in handy.

My absolute favourite offline read is The Guardian's Blind Date column so when I spotted this on Buzzfeed I had to share. Finally, recently I worked out I'd been writing online for a crazy amount of years which made me feel really old so I was glad I wasn't the only one when I saw this.

Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Great North Run Million

Every year I am amazed by the sheer amount of friends, family and colleagues who sign up to do the Great North Run and this year, was an extra special year! This year the Great North Run was even more special than usual because it was the first event of its kind to reach its one millionth finisher! An incredible achievement for the organisers and brilliant for our region.

So to celebrate, Bupa and the Great North Run Culture people threw a bit of a party down on the Quayside on the Thursday evening before the race. I grabbed my Barbour jacket fearing a chilly Autumn night and the Mr and I headed into town. I have to say it was one of the best events I have ever been to and completely blew away Disney's Epcot fireworks... if you've seen this then you'll know it was incredible!

From Mark Knopfler, Sting, Jimmy Nail, The Unthanks and Chase and Status, the whole night was a treat for the eyes and ears. It truly set everyone up for a great sporting weekend. When I got home, I stayed up late looking at everyone's photos but my favourite set were featured on The Chronicle website here. It was an absolutely amazing night and I hope that the Opening Ceremony returns next year.

Weekends at Home

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Durham, North East England View

When I was younger I used to really dislike how remote where I lived was but as I got older, I started to appreciate how peaceful it is. So this past weekend I headed home to enjoy a massive mug of tea with Dad in the conservatory and take a long walk up our fields. My brother's cat, Maggie is currently taking up residence while my brother has work done on his house so we got acquainted over a brew.

There's nothing better than when you need to clear your head, than taking a long walk around our fields so I took the dogs and we headed out to soak up the sun. You can see for miles and miles from the top of our reservoir and it's so quiet. It's now one of my most favourite places and I had to share it on here.

Win Tickets to The North East Wedding Show

Saturday, 30 August 2014

I usually don't do these kind of posts but it was an excuse to hunt around on Pinterest for a while looking at incredible dresses and beautiful table settings... and I also thought that it might be useful for a few of my readers who are getting hitched soon!

The North East Wedding Show is returning to the Metro Radio Arena on September 13-14 and I have 5 pairs of tickets to give away! Not that I'm in need of a wedding show myself just yet, the event does sound like a rather nice day out so if anyone needs a stand in bridesmaid, I'll happily come along. From details of spas, to mountains of dresses it sounds like The North East Wedding Show has pretty much everything wedding related you imagine covered.

In my head I think that one day if I'm lucky enough to ever have the question popped, I definitely think I'd be the non-traditional bride. My favourite film bride has got to be Rachel McAdams in About Time and I absolutely love her alternative choice of dress which The NE Wedding Show also has covered. So if you'd like the chance to win tickets, drop me an email & tell me your perfect wedding destination, whether it's the Maldives or Selfridges, the lucky winners will be chosen randomly using randomizer next Friday (5th) so get entering now!

To find out more about The North East Wedding Show and what's on click here.