Saturday, 19 August 2017

Newcastle Highlights

Back in July me and Nick went to Newcastle as part of his surprise birthday "holiday".. I call it a holiday but it really wasn't, it wasn't even a break as we barely stopped the whole time we were away. But I arranged a 5 day "holiday" for Nick that he literally had no clue about, starting off in Newcastle where we'd then get a mini-cruise to Amsterdam! 

I've never been to Newcastle but I absolutely loved it and already can't wait to go back - there was such a variety of things to see and places to go with a brilliant town centre. Plus - THEY HAD UBERS. Which for most people means nothing but Uber's just made the whole 3 days in Newcastle so much easier when it came into going into town and coming home. 

On the way to Newcastle we had to make a stop at the Angel of The North and of course take a photo - it was so random, I didn't know what to expect but it was on the side of a main road not in the middle of nowhere which I kinda thought it would be. And yes, it's huge and took me SO LONG walking around trying to get the perfect selfie. It was great to read about though and even a little emotional looking through the memorial area. 




We stayed at The Cornerhouse hotel which is actually above a Flaming Grill as it meant we got Greene King staff discount (boom) and it was lovely, cheap and cheerful but nicer than a standard plain Travelodge! It was just out of the centre but I preferred that. We got Uber's back and forth and ended up finding some of my new favourite places...

As soon as we found out there was a Brewdog in Newcastle of course Nick just had to go and check it out. Now, I'm not really a beer or Ale fan but the Newcastle Brewdog was hands down one of my favourite places in the whole of Newcastle.. they had their own Gin as well as a Gin beer (legit not a clue about their official names!). We even had a Pizza which was beyond amazing and proper home made.. we were in our element. I even got excited when I went into the Loo and there was some gorgeous artwork on the wall... definitely Pinterest worthy! We went a couple of times while we were in the area and it's definitely made me want to visit even more Brewdog Bars. 




A few of my favourite bars (I have clearly forgotten the names of) but a particular favourite was the Rum Bar opposite.. the decor was crazy cool with Animal Busts on the wall and stunning bottle and glass displays behind the bar. It seemed like it was quite fancy but we felt so relaxed.. And Nick had found his happy place with BrewDog while I found my favorite.. The Botanist! As stunning as ever with the most beautiful cocktails.. and even a good view over Newcastle.




The second night we ate in Longhorns BBQ steak house after trying to get s table in a couple of Steakhouses and not wanted to wait an hour but it was definitely for the best.. the food was INSANE! We both had a platter and shared them both and my effing god, it was amazing. Epic beyond words. It's not fancy and it's not posh and you eat on bar stalls off a metal tray but hands down better than any steak house around there! 




I loved my 3 days in Newcastle as there was so much to do and we definitely need to go again to bar crawl the areas we didn't go to but for now... it's nice looking back at how much we enjoyed it!

Ps - I'd better include this photo of Nick as this was his personal favourite moment of the whole of his life, let alone week! 





Thursday, 3 August 2017

Zoella Jelly & Gelato Range

I can't ever remember doing any blog posts for any of the Zoella range before despite picking up pretty much everything she's brought out but there's something about this range.. and the fact I've been desperate to blog again, that made me think to pull up the laptop and have a scribble.

I first smelt the range the day it came out and in all honesty I wasn't too sure so when I went into Superdrug again this week I decided to give it another go. I still wasn't 100% taken by the smell of the perfume but I did end up buying a few bits while they were on 3 for 2 and I had my student discount card.

I wore the perfume the day after I got it and it did eventually grow on me (and Nick - who wasn't a fan either to start with) but after it settled we both agreed we liked it and it was a perfect Summer scent. What I love is that it lasts - the scent lasts so long, longer than some of the most expensive perfumes I've brought. The scent in the Shower Shake and the Body Pudding is lasting as well which is really impressive for it's price band. The Body Pudding is certainly a new favourite body product as the feel it leaves on your skin is just heavenly - it sinks in to the skin with ease and doesn't leave that horrible oily feel on your body.



If you know me you know I am the biggest SUCKER for bath bombs, bath oils, bath salts, bath anything really so when I saw the Bath Wafers (SO CUTE) I had to try them. When I first got them out the packet I didn't think they'd do a lot as they didn't seem overly fancy but after I got out the bath I realised how freaking soft my skin was! The Wafers melted away easily and didn't leave any random lumps floating around the bath. The smell again makes your bathroom smell wonderful.

So general first impressions weren't striking me but after giving the products a real go, and even though the original scent is still my favourite scent of the range, I'm definitely a fan! This is by far my favourite packaging of anything Zoe's brought out as I love the font and it's definitely a bit more modern and grown up. It's perfect for Summer and even though it's relatively cheap, it feels like a right good luxurious treat! I'd definitely give them ago while they're on 3 for 2 in Superdrug.






Tuesday, 1 August 2017

July Purchases and Favourites

July was a bit of a manic month and I didn't really stop from the very first day... we've been to Newcastle, Amsterdam, Nottingham a number of times... but each time has made new memories and made new opportunities to find a new shopping centre ;)

July was almost a month I'd been waiting for due to a couple of new launches that I've known about for a while, firstly the new Zoella range launched (whole new post about that coming soon!) but most importantly.. a range that will, as drastic as it sounds, change my life - CATH KIDSTON HAVE LAUNCHED A GUINEA PIG RANGE. YES. A GUINEA PIG RANGE. It's so exciting. I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this. And when I was in Nottingham last week I finally managed to have a look at a few bits and choose a couple of items while I was there. I picked up a mug and note book set while I was there but it took less than 24 hours for me to order another 4 items online! As much as I LOVE the cardigan with Piggies on, I can't yet justify £85 on a cardigan... I live in hope!



I'm known for my "drunk online shopping" amongst my group (remember when I added ONE item in my basket for £2.99 and accidentally ordered my whole basket which was over £200... yeah, you'd think I'd learn).. but I received a 10% discount code for Debenhams recently and after doing a make over on a client who used her own lipstick, I have been OBSESSED with it.. it's the Kat Von D in Countess. A gorgeous orangey red colour which is perfect for Summer. I ordered a couple of other KVD bits but this was by far my favourite!


Yankee Candles... something I normally only buy in Winter! But when I recently visited Cheshire Oaks, they had a sale on where you brought £20 worth of items and got a free large Yankee Candle... CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Tbh I spent it twice so got two but in that I got 2 Christmas presents and quite a few wax melts in the sale. They have a great sale on at the moment in their outlets and even their garden centre stores so it's definitely worth checking out if you're a YC fan! The Jelly Bean Candle itself isn't my favourite  ever Yankee Candle but it's definitely one of the strongest I've had. It's quite sweet but has a fruitiness to it aswell. Definitely good for Summer.


Wouldn't be a favourite without foods... and alcohol! So this month I've left my old gym as I never went and have turned into a bit of a salad lover and attempted to eat a bit better now the weather's nicer... plus we've booked a holiday for October so I need to get bikini ready. When we went to the Food Show last year we got a free Fibre One Chocolate Fudge Brownie and I've never been able to find them since. I then saw them in Tesco a few weeks ago and they've definitely become a firm favourite in my cupboard. I have no idea how they taste so good and the texture is the perfect Brownie Texture so even though they're a little pricier than I'd like, they're worth it for when you fancy something sweet!

As for the alcohol.. I've never in my life been a gin drinker, I don't like the taste and I don't like the smell at all! But a few weeks ago I went to a party where there was a gin section and one of the girls brought me a cocktail and asked me to guess what it was - I had no clue! When she told me there was gin in it I was gobsmacked. I guess I've only ever tried cheap gin or just plain old Gordons. But since drinking the cocktail, I've turned into a bit of a Gin Geek. I've tried a few different ones with different flavours, fruits or mixers and it's definitely my new favourite drink (as long as I have some fruit to flavour it with and it's not very strong!). My favourites are by far the gorgeous Bloom Gin - garnished with strawberries! As well as the new Ophir Gin with lime wedges. The bottles of them themselves are just beautiful (and very expensive!) but I've treated myself to just the one for now. I'm trying to only drink it on special occasions so it lasts longer but it's just too good! I'm loving them 2 (random!) mixers - elderflower cordial which I've found it cheapest in Ikea, and this Cranberry fizzy water! Hmmmhmmmmm!



Wouldn't be a favourites without a couple of bits from Boots or Superdrug that I've shoved on the Bathroom shelf and almost probably forgotten about them already! But 2 of my favourite buys of July for the Bathroom are the boring but effective foot scrubber file thingy and Superdrug's Salted Caramel Shower and Bath Soak... I shit you not, I just want to eat myself as I smell so good after. It's not very often you use a bath wash that leaves a really great smell not only on you, but in the room as well. The smell is incredible and despite it only being a couple of quid, it really does last and makes your skin really soft... and makes a bubble explosion in the bath!


So only a few but here's a few of my July favs.. .just an excise to write a blog post tbh but I now have a bit more time on my hands to write a little more often so here's hoping to have a few more up soon.

What else do I need to buy next time I'm out shopping? I've not really brought any proper new Summer make up this year so if you have any recommendations please send them my way!



Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Vlogging FAIL: Confession

So yes.. I have a confession.

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you'll see I started vlogging last week.. yes.. VLOGGING! I can barely keep up this blog yet alone a VLOG! I did really well for 2 days and blogged little bits and pieces getting ready for our weekend away (definitely a number of blog posts to come on this!) and pottering around the flat...

BUT... Even though I kept it up for a couple of days, I felt like an absolute idiot despite being on my own (purposely only Vlogged when no one else was around as I feel like a dick).. I even felt I had to put on make up and have a glass of wine to make myself more relaxed. I didn't feel comfortable Vlogging even when alone so when it came to Nick finishing work and being out in public, what chance did I have? I constantly walked around with my camera in the hope the courage would come from somewhere but it just didn't. I felt like an idiot and I felt like a failure. I was SO excited and so determined that this was the perfect opportunity and perfect weekend to Vlog but when it came to actually doing it, it was a different story entirely.

Why?

I don't know. I can't put my finger on it. I didn't even watch any of it back.

Maybe it was fear that I'd look fat on camera? Or sound like an idiot as I hate the sound of my own voice. Maybe it was even the fear that no one would watch and it would be pointless.

I'm so annoyed with myself after buying such an expensive camera then not using it for the original purpose. I've decided I want to start with the odd sit down video and ease in from there.. Nick is always pushing me to film stuff and do videos as he knows how much I love them.. I've watched some of my favourites for years and they're the reasons I even blog, let alone want to vlog... Fleur De Force, The Anna Edit, Saccone Jolys, JesssFam... I know they all had to start somewhere but I don't know what that start is for me but I'm hoping in time it'll come to me.

If you Vlog or do videos, please please please Tweet or comment below on the first videos you did, where you started and any advice.

Always appreciated.

Love,
Sarah xox



Sunday, 2 July 2017

Revolution Birmingham: Cocktail Masterclass

I am so beyond late for this blog post but I just love the photos as I used my Olympus Pen and I always feel they're a little bit more top notch than the normal ones so I didn't want to waste them.

I also wanted to say a very belated thank you to Revolutions in Birmingham for inviting me to their Blogger Cocktail Masterclass evening to celebrate the launch of their new cocktail menu - and even letting Nick come too! I was so happy to be invited as my blog has kinda gone down the pan so it was a good excuse to get back out there with my camera. Nick doesn't have too much to do with my blog (he probably couldn't even tell you what it was called!) but it was lovely for him to be able to come too and we made a bit of a night out of it as we very rarely get a chance to have some time together away from work.

It was a simple yet lovely evening meeting other bloggers and getting to try some amazing cocktails. We all got to take it in turns to head behind the bar and make a variety of cocktails - we had the opportunity to try them too, a sure highlight of the evening! It was a great laugh too as we had competitions and played games in cocktail battles and had a great Cocktail expert too from the Revs team (I want to say his name was Phillip? It's been a few weeks!)

It was a lovely evening and I'm really grateful to the team at Revolution for inviting us - hope to see you all again soon for even more cocktails!


 
(Nick's Mojito)
 
(Attempting to make a Cosmo)
 
(Competition time)
 
(A selection of our free cocktails.. a bubblegum cocktail, mojito, cosmos.. mmhmm!)

I've been spending a lot more time in Birmingham lately after learning how easy it is to get there from Shrewsbury and what a variety of places there are so let me know where else I need to try!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Holiday and Summer Make Up

It's sooooooo hot -and if you're like me, that means make up melting off your face because you wear so much! I always struggle this time of year as it's so warm but I had a bit of a practice run back in March when I went to Malaga (and actually take these photos - I'm just suuuuper behind on the blogs!) and practiced a couple of new products ready for the Summer months.

For my week in Malaga, these were my absolute favourite products and those which I've already been using over the last couple of weeks of hot weather..

FACE:
Base: SmashBox Photo Finish Primer
Foundation: Illamasqua Base
Concealer: Collection Lasting Finish - what a classic!
Shiiiiit loads of the lightest powder in the KVD pallet - particularly around the eyes and the T Zone.
KVD Contour pallet for contour.
Highlight: A bit of Seventeen's Liquid Highlighter dabbed on followed by the Collection Gorgeous Glow's light pink shade on the cheeks. The Make Up Revolution's Glow Highlighter then on the tops of the cheekbones.

EYES:
Base: Seventeen Liquid Highlighter.
Shadows: Estee Lauder's Nude Pallet - loooots of sparkle!
Eyeliner: Illamasqua Gel Liner
Mascara: Estee Lauder Waterproof
Brows: HD Brows Kit in Foxy

Everything Else:
Lipstick: Make Up Revolution - not one shade imparticular but I love a lot of the peachy shades right now!
Fixing Spray: Make Up Revolution
Sun Protection: Hawaiian Tropic Dry Oi
Shades: Primark

 


 
BTS on our little Malaga Apartment Balcony..

I do love the Summer despite soggy make up - let me know in the comments on Tweet me your top Summer Picks so I know what else I need to give a go during the hot and sweaty months!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

I Went Into Hiding!

I realised the other day that I've now not blogged for over 2 months. I was half tempted to give up and just jack it in as I was fed up of going "I'm fed up of saying that I'm going to get back into blogging then don't" but I realised how much I actually had to blog about lately and now I've finished the bulk of my NVQ (see further down for my geekiness), I feel a little bored as I don't have any work to do. So here I am, for the 3240978973904th time I'm restarting my blog.

The last couple of months have, in all honesty, been a little horrific and that's why I've not even thought about my blog or even Tweeted/Instagrammed as much as I normally would and everything just got a little on top of me with SO freaking much going on and having to juggle so much at one go...

Managing 2 Pubs at the same time.
One pub kills me off enough and earlier in the year it got quite tough working with Nick and trying not to kill him so an "empty threat" of moving pubs quickly became a genuine threat and within just hours after nearly killing eachother off, I'd found a job in a new pub down the road! 4 Months down the line, I've somehow -without having planned it or even expected it, ended up as Assistant Manager in BOTH pubs at the same time, doing half a week in each. It's taken a while to get used to and sometimes I do wonder what on earth I'm doing but with a great team behind me, helping me through and pushing me, I'm REALLY enjoying it and I think I've found what I want to do for a career - not bad considering I'm 25!

I've been travelling up and down the country over the last few months on various management training courses, sometimes having to stay away for nights and even little workshops and it's given me a fantastic opportunity to meet other people in the businesses as well as see so many other pubs (and steal ideas!).
 

NVQ
So yeah, as well as juggling 2 pubs and all these courses across the country, I've been juggling my Business Management (or something along those lines) NVQ Level 2. I'm not sure how I've managed it and everyone's always shocked when I explain how much I do but I actually really enjoy doing it - so much so, you get given 12-18 months to complete the course but 4 months in, I'm actually nearly finished. All the theory and paperwork has been completed, handed in and signed off! All the hundreds of pages of it - the feeling of it all being signed off after working until sometimes 1, 2, 3am between shifts was so exciting. I feel like I currently have a lot of eyes on me in the business so this is just something else I can add to my CV that I've managed to take a lot from.

Rattling like a pill bottle.
After feeling SO pants lately - and I mean SO pants, angry and just wanting to cry all the time for no reason, I've been back and forth to the doctor's over the last few months trying to suss out why I can't cope with life in general. It turns out that my Pill has been deactivating my anti-depressant so I've ended up coming off of all my tablets and starting over trying out new ones. It's also been a struggle to try and cut down on gluten and sugar after blood tests showed an abnormality in both levels but a few weeks on, I feel really good and am eating much healthier and much better - I'm sure I'll do a post of what food I've been loving lately too.

New Piggies
A year is the longest we've gone without getting a new Guinea Pig and after I went into Pets at Home for work purposes (genuinely was for work purposes!) I fell in love with a gorgeous little ginger fuzzbum. After losing Paddy at the start of the year (still kills me now) I'd said the only time I'd get a new piggy is if it was a Teddy Rex guinea pig which is a rare breed with a beautiful temperament. I went into Pets at Home and they had a gorgeous ginger Teddy Rex pig and I just knew I had to take him home - but taking him would leave 1 little piggy on his own in the shop... clearly I couldn't have that! So meet Simba and Marble: They're absolutely hilarious and totally full of character and despite being different breeds, they love snuggling up together.

 

AREN'T THEY CUTE!

The last few months have been a bit (lot) crazy and trying to juggle everything has definitely got to me at times but I know it's all for a good reason and in the long run it'll be the best thing I've ever done. I'm so grateful I have so many amazing people in my life to help me through and give me that push when I need it.

I've got some blog posts already drafted and almost ready to go so I think this Summer will give me a great chance to get back on it - again!

What have you been doing lately? I feel like I've lost contact with so many of my gorgeous blogging girlies so send me links of what you've been doing and catch me up with what you're up to.

Sarah xox