A Weekend in Windermere

A month or so ago, Ankush and I went to one of our favourite places for the weekend. The Lake District is only 1.5 hours away from our house so it’s silly we don’t visit more often. As it was the weekend of the Great North Swim, most places were already fully booked but we…

Harvest Canteen – Ouseburn Coffee Company

Coffee heads listen up…There’s a brand new coffee house in town and you’re going to have to get yourselves down there! Ouseburn Coffee Company have opened up their first flagship coffee house, Harvest Canteen, at 91 St George’s Terrace, Jesmond. OCC is Newcastle’s first independent roastery, established in 2012 by “by a small band of Artisan…

The Butterfly Cabinet

You know it’s going to be a good day when you start it off with a trip to The Butterfly Cabinet for breakfast. Undoubtedly one of the most popular cafes in Newcastle, The Butterfly Cabinet has been open since 2010 and each time I go, I wonder why I’ve left it so long since my…

It’s Been Four Years

…since I moved to Paris for 6 months. Actually I lived in Neuilly-sur-Seine. One stop out of Paris. I miss it so much (sometimes), but if someone asked me today if I wanted to move & work there for 6 months… I’d say no. (This makes no sense really) This photo was taken outside a pretty…

I Love The Grainger Market

I can’t believe I haven’t been to the Grainger Market very many times despite having lived here ALL my life (ok, with the exception of my two instances of living in France). This place is amazing. Let’s start with the history lesson, there’s a test at the end. I LIE! This indoor market was the…

If French Women Can Wear Red Lipstick, So Can I

I’ve always loved beauty products, but had never worn lipstick until my late twenties, most memorably on my wedding day. Having gone to high school in the ’90s meant that I was very familiar with those iconic shades, you know which I mean don’t you? Coffee Shimmer, Heather Shimmer, Black Cherry if you were feeling super…

Cleanse, Cleanse, Cleanse!

Those who know me will testify that I have an all-encompassing love for cleansing… but not just any old cleansing, nope… no cotton pads go near my face because I hot cloth cleanse (also referred to as HCC). I was introduced to this wondrous beautifying technique a few years ago whilst reading my favourite weekly beauty…