Sunday, 30 December 2012

Mobile Montage - December

Snacks - Shower Gel - Snow
Christmas tree - Oh Christmas tree - Me (Bryden)
Egg on Toast - Living Room Members Card - Christmas Party Oufit
Christmas Nails - Cal's Own Pizza, Heaton - Ghost World
Christmas Jumper - Christmas Pj's - Oreo Cheesecake (Made by Claire!)
Me, again... - Christmas Nails - Food at Sky Apple Cafe, Heaton
Food at Sky Apple Cafe, Heaton - Party Times - Christmas Dinner.

Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all well into the New Year!
Bryden x

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Tis the season to make a bucket load of pom poms!

Being too cheap to spend £1.50 per pom pom bauble I decided to make my own (DIY post coming soon!). I ended up spending £7.00 on my wool and saved myself about £30 on decorations! After about 13 hours work and a very messy floor my tree was complete and I am over the moon with it.

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All decorations made by me apart from the Gingerbread man and the Deer - They're from Wilkinsons.

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I plaited some wool to make my 'tinsel'. Easier than it sounds.. Turned out to be a two man job because the ends kept tangling up.

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Even made myself a little pom pom wreath with the extras.

What do you think?!

Bryden xx

So many nail varnishes and all I want to wear is red, red, red...

Like the title, I have so many nail varnishes in a variety of colours but as soon as it hit November it seems like all I want to wear is shades of red. I must have gotten into the Christmas spirit a little earlier than usual and suppose if there was ever a good excuse for wearing red nails then Christmas would be the best excuse in the world!

It's also made me realise how many shades of red I actually have! Guilt setting in about wasting my money on shades which are more or less the same was made worse when I actually found two Nails Inc. varnishes in the same sodding colour! GRR.. I'm hoping these were a freebie in a magazine. Mind you who buys two magazines to get the same colour varnish which will last forever anyway?! Obviously me if this was the case...

Anyway! Moving on to the favourites... I seem to be wearing these on rotation, sometimes even changing my colour every day if I'm bored.

Left to Right - China Glaze 'Long Kiss', Ciate 'Kitten Heels', Nails Inc 'Tate', Deborah Lippman 'Razzle Dazzle', OPI 'The Spy Who Loved Me' From the Sky Fall mini collection.

Left to Right - China Glaze 'Long Kiss', Ciate 'Kitten Heels'

Left to Right - Nails Inc 'Tate', Deborah Lippman 'Razzle Dazzle', OPI 'The Spy Who Loved Me' From the Sky Fall mini collection.

My favourite out of all of them is China Glaze 'Long Kiss'. This was one of my first varnishes from China Glaze so the bottle looks a bit bashed up - The product is still perfect inside and I must have had this since about 2007! Beautiful rich colour. Perfect for wintery days.

The Deborah Lippmann one is a love/hate. It's a very rich and dark berry with pinky/fushia-y/red glitter inside. It's beautiful in the bottle but I always feel a little disheartened when I apply it. I love the colour and the glitter as it gives a lovely texture but it's kind of dull once its on the nails. In the bottle it is so sparkly but on the nails it's a massive dull let down. I just feel for something that should be a night out/party varnish it's been pushed into my office wear category (Read as: Safe) and it should've been more than that.

Another varnish of note is the OPI 'The Spy Who Loved Me' which is a bright red with gold glitter running through it. Given to me by Claire for my birthday (Thanks Claire!) it's became one of my most worn shades at the moment. All I can say about this is - Christmas in a bottle!!

What are you wearing on your nails at the moment? Are you in a red nails phase at the moment too? What's your favourite red varnish? Let me know as if I overcome my guilt about too many red varnishes then I'm up for buying a couple more!! 

 Bryden xx

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Eating Out: Dining in the Dark at The Living Room.

If you're a regular reader of our blog,or if you scan through a couple of pages of posts, you'll see that we both really love food. So we were obviously delighted when we were invited by The Living Room in Newcastle to sample their new menu; except this wouldn't be normal dining, oh no, we were 'Dining in the Dark'!


We arrived at The Living Room a bit curious and puzzled about what lay ahead. It was explained to us that we'd be sampling a range of dishes from their new menu whilst blindfolded, then between dishes we'd answer a series of questions and would compete against others in an attempt to be crowned the Dining in the Dark champion. 'Easy' we thought, WRONG! So, it turns out eating blindfolded is difficult, very difficult. You drop your cutlery, you can't find your plate, you end up with food all over your face (that might just have been me) and god help you if you need a drink from your wine glass.




We had arrived straight from work and had major hunger pangs, so had to resist the urge to hungrily stuff the food into our faces (our usual approach) and instead take time to smell and take in the flavours of the dishes. Holding back clearly paid off and it was announced we'd come out on top and we were the winners of a (totally real, obvz) gold trophy!


Despite our difficulties with feeding ourselves, we had great fun and tasted a lot of delicious dishes. Our favourites included- The pork and chorizo burger with a smoked paprika aioli on a brioche bun, Moroccan spiced lamb with apricots, dates and almonds served with giant cous cous, Venison 'shepherds pie' with chestnut Savoy cabbage and the Basil Grande Eton Mess.


'Dining in the Dark' isn't something The Living Room offer to customers at the moment, but they said it's been so successful at the nights held nationwide and they'd consider holding other nights in the future. If you get the chance, definitely give it a go. We've eaten at The Living Room before and were really impressed with the food (they also make some mighty fine cocktails).

Did anyone else attend one of The Living Room's 'Dining in the Dark' evenings or would you try it?