Violets Cafe – Newcastle Quayside

Violets Cafe opened on the Quayside at the beginning of June this year. Located right next to The Side Gallery, this cute little cafe is owned by Abbie Atkinson, wife of NE chef Kenny Atkinson. I’ve followed Abbie on Instagram for a while and she often posts pictures of delicious-looking home baked treats. A few months…

Bircher Muesli Recipe

I decided to give this recipe a try after watching Vivianna Does Makeup’s video. I changed it up a bit and use some mashed berries. I’ve since made it with mashed banana and topped with chopped pistachios which was delicious! Also totally yummy with just oats, seeds, nuts and milk. This has fast become my favourite weekday…

Benefit’s New Brow Collection

Benefit have been into eyebrows since the brand was founded, in 1976. I was invited to the Benefit Brow Bar in Debenhams, Eldon Square to learn about the new brow collection, which is available as of right now! From Friday 24th June, there will be 9 eyebrow products available, compared to the 3 they had…

Branches Ponteland – Review

Branches Restaurant opened in Ponteland at the beginning of April, I spotted it on a random trip to Waitrose mid-April. The restaurant is on Brewery Lane, right next to the entrance to the Waitrose car park where Indian restaurant Sampan (RIP) used to be. This new venture is owned by businesswoman Aysha Pervez, with Chris Finnigan as Head…

NYX Counter Opens in Newcastle

Much to the delight of beauty junkies across the toon, NYX Cosmetics counters opened in Boots Eldon Square and Boots Metrocentre last month. You’ve probably heard about it already. I think I’ve done pretty well to hold out until now if I’m honest. I was in town for The Botanist event last week and got there early so I…

The Biscuit Factory – Summer Launch

When I got an invitation for the Summer launch at The Biscuit Factory, I couldn’t wait to go. It’s been years since I last visited and this gave me the perfect opportunity to  pop down. When we arrived, it was already really busy with people of all ages milling about. The first thing I noticed…

Desserts & Decadence at The Botanist

The Botanist opened in Newcastle at the end of 2014, and no matter what time of day I’ve been in or walked past, it’s ALWAYS been busy… there’s sometimes even a queue to get in – the people of the Toon clearly love it. The Botanist have very recently launched their new food menu, I was invited…

Fenwick Beauty Week – Newcastle

Those of you who know me, know of my intense love for all things beauty. I’ve been meaning to start the Beauty section on my blog for ages… so here goes! I received an invite to the blogger preview for Fenwick Beauty Week which runs from Saturday 7th May – Sunday 15th May, this was pretty exciting to…

Jamie’s Italian – Newcastle

Jamie’s Italian opened in Newcastle two years ago and over those two years I’ve been there a whole two times (I tried to go on Easter weekend this year but there was a 45 minute wait so we went to Byron instead, my friend’s husband was too hungry to wait!). The people at Jamie’s kindly invited…

Learning to Accept Compliments

Those of you who follow my blog (thank you!) or know me in real life, will already be aware that I’m on a bit of a fitness journey. It started almost exactly one year ago to this day and you can read more about it here. I’ve lost four and half stone so far, so I’m looking…

Chia Pudding Recipe

I’m sure you’ve heard of chia seeds, they’re everywhere these days. I first started buying them two years ago, after starting the 5:2 diet (you can read about this here), now they’re always on my shopping list. Tesco have started selling their own chia seeds, for £1 a bag, this is a steal compared to…

Hinnies – Whitley Bay

When I read that the people behind Blackfriars, were opening a restaurant serving Geordie comfort food in Whitley Bay, I was interested. I mean, the name is propa cushty/lush/mint hinny! (Sorry) Hinnies is located on East Parade, looking out onto the sea front (where How Do You Do used to be) and even on a cold,…