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.

Corners of my Home

Friday, 29 August 2014

If you follow me on instagram then you might know I recently moved into my first real grown up home! I've lived on my own in various parts of England since starting university but this move felt different. Previously I've lived with an ex and other than that in places which always felt temporary or like extended student accommodation. I don't want to tell the whole internet where I'm at but it's a really nice estate in the North East and my house is completely unique - there's not another one on the whole estate like it, which was a huge selling point for me.

I love being nosey and seeing other people's homes on their blogs so I thought I'd give you a little peek into mine!

Despite having a lovely bright spare room which I do quite fancy turning into a bit of a home office, I always find myself working at the dining room table (probably because it's handy for the kettle). The window looks out onto my front garden and I seem to always find myself with a coffee day dreaming out the window. Pink Lilies are my favourite flowers so when I do my weekly shop, I often treat myself to a bunch to keep the place smelling delicious.

My bedroom already had fitted furniture in, when I moved in so I have a lovely white dressing table and a full wall of massive wardrobes. In my last place which I shared with a housemate, I didn't really have room for a dressing table and just used the floor and a massive mirror so it's been nice to be able to sit at my table and blow dry my hair or mess on with make up for a change. I'm addicted to Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle if you haven't guessed already! Everytime someone in my family goes on holiday I pester them to get me something from the duty free. I alternate between coco and my other favourite Marc Jacobs Daisy.

The Chanel addiction continues into my bathroom - as if spraying myself with it isn't enough, I also have the moisturiser (and on the shelf below is the after bath powder). I actually don't wear a lot of make up but I'm addicted to cleansing, I tend to use Liz Earle once a week but I love the Garnier Cleansing Water. I use it on a night to take the days grime off and again on a morning to freshen my skin up before I apply mascara and a touch of Nars Orgasm blush, then I'm ready to go!

Possibly my absolute favourite part of my house is the garden though! It's been amazing this summer coming home from a long day at work to take advantage of the sun. It's also been really nice to be able to hang my washing out in the fresh air and I've picked up a few outdoor toys such as my hula hoop which have been fun to play with out there.

I would have shown you my amazing cosy living room in this post but unfortunately I'm still waiting on my sofa arriving which has been a bit frustrating. I'm assured (after nearly 14 weeks of no sofa) that it should be here very soon but I'm not getting my hopes up. *Fingers crossed* it's here before Christmas. As soon as it is though, I'll make sure to do an update. I love seeing home tours on blogs so if you've done one, please leave a link in the comments so I can go see. I'm constantly looking for new furnishings too so if you know any amazing interior stores make sure to share!

Costa Coffee - Hello Summer Moments

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Last week the lovely people at Costa sent me an amazing wicker hamper full of summery goodies. I have to confess and apologise as I've been a bit of a naughty blogger and missed the deadline as life got in the way a bit. I have however been having a lovely time completing their challenge and so here's how I got on! (Click the links to see extra yummy/daft photos & videos!)

Day One:
I drove home to my parents the other week when it was delivered and Coco was absolutely fascinated... she quickly discovered how to get the lid off the basket when she realised their were some delicious looking cakes hidden away in it. In addition to the cakes, hidden away in the basket was a lovely make up bag, a frisbee, three lush nail varnishes and more! We quickly whisked the cakes out of Coco's sight and I took her out to play with the frisbee before dinner.

After dinner, I got one of Grandma's vintage cake platters out and we all picked out a cake to eat. There was lots of mmmm's and ahhh's from the room so it was definitely a good reception. I personally tried the Raspberry Ripple Fancy and it didn't last two minutes!

Day 2:
It was lovely and sunny on the Saturday after the hamper arrived so I treated myself to an afternoon in the garden and gave myself a summery mani/pedi with my nail polishes. I'm saving the pictures from this though for another post so you'll have to be patient.

Day 3:
After a long trek around the metro centre for the Mr's work related purchases we were in desperate need of refreshment and headed straight to Costa. I couldn't decide because the whole menu looks pretty yummy but I spotted a girl in front getting a strawberry & lime mint cooler and it had me at pink - I really enjoyed it. Phillip tried the caramel cream cooler which was pretty much like a dessert.

Day 4:
Sadly I don't have any photos from the final day of my challenge as I completely ran out of space on my iphone and didn't have my camera with me. -10 points for being a bad blogger again. My brother is an absolute nightmare to eat with as he can no longer eat gluten and various other things... so he was over the moon to discover Costa were doing a new Gluten Free Chicken & Basil Salad Wrap. I meanwhile opted for the Cherry Tart while we caught up over coffee.

I had so much fun with this challenge, it was an excuse to spend some quality time catching up with the people I love and miss now I'm an hour away from them. But it also gave me the chance to take an hour out for myself and I'll be posting my summer moments mani/pedi very soon. If you're taking a trip to Costa make sure to tweet them and tell them your favourite item @costacoffee and take a Summer selfie using the #HelloSummerMoments! Thank you so much to Costa for letting me take part.