Sunday, 22 July 2012

Nelly High Heels Tour.

Regular readers of our blog will remember, we were recently giving away VIP passes to the Newcastle event which was part of the High Heels Tour. On the promise of a girly night and a free pair of shoes, we went along with local bloggers Ray, Laura, Carla and our best buds Kaite, Sarah and Nicki; not really knowing what to expect.

(Photo taken from, such awkward turtles!)

We arrived at Perdu to be greeted by cases of some amazing shoes and a Swedish guy telling us to choose a pair, enter our details into a near by computer and our shoes would be sent out to us. OK, Swedish guy! No problem!

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Now I know obviously we got shoes for free, but we would never big something up just because of free stuff. Before the event we extensively browsed the site to get more of a feel of this brand which is new to the UK. The shoes are affordable and come in a excellent range of styles and colour. There were quite a few Jeffrey Campbell 'inspired' shoes too, available at a way cheaper price than the real thing.

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We would definitely order from the site in the future, although we have heard some people have had problems with delivery times. Hopefully these are teething problems, which will be sorted out.

Overall, we had a great night and it was lovely to meet up with some local bloggers. It's a shame there isn't more of these events up in the North East so we could all hang out more :(

Anyway we'll leave you with a photo of Claire making a fool of herself, as usual....

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Has anyone else attended any of the Nelly High Heels Tour events? Which shoes did/would you pick?

Claire & Bryden

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Sale bargains- The accessories edition!

I popped to the MetroCentre yesterday to meet my Mam for one of our regular Nandos trips and ended up picking up a few more bargains in the sales.

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Pink bow- Dorothy Perkins £5 £1, Floral headband- Miss Selfridge £12 £2, Collar tips- Miss Selfridge £10 £2, Floral hair bobble- Dorothy Perkins £7.50 £1

I recently got my hair cut and seeing as it no longer resembles dodgy extensions, I thought I'd buy some accessories so I can try some new styles with it. I'm also, like a lot of fellow bloggers, currently obsessed with collared shirts and collar details. I can't wait to jazz up plain shirts with these tips.

Also, when I was at the MetroCentre I saw there was a shop selling American candy and snacks. I couldn't resist...

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Claire x

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Tatty Devine Picks

I used to be absolutely obsessed with Tatty Devine when I was younger. I remember my Mam buying me the trapeze necklace for my 19th birthday and I was absolutely over the moon. Unfortunately, it broke after the hole that holds the chain to the perspex was far too close to the edge and snapped! Boo hoo! It's a good job my dads canny good at DIY and he managed to drill another hole in a much safer place and re-attached the chain. You can't even tell and it just looks like her knee!

Alongside this I also have invested in two name necklaces and a glasses necklace. I don't wear them that often but after seeing Tatty Devine's new pieces I think I'm going to bring them back out!


Trapeze Necklace, Glasses Necklace and Name Necklace (only one name necklace pictured - I also have one in black with gold chain and heart charm)


My Tatty Devine Picks:

Tatty Devine Picks

My absolute favourites are the Magpie earrings, Seahorse brooch and the Corn Dolly necklace! I think my first purchase would have to be the brooch - I think it will look really nice on my winter coat or one of my chunky knitted cardigans. I think I'll have to get saving!

Do you like Tatty Devine Jewellery? What is your favourite piece?

Bryden x

A trip to Amsterdam

My boyfriend and I went on Amsterdam for our holiday this year. Was such a good couple of days! The hotel was nice enough to upgrade our reservation to an apartment rather than just a room so we ended up having two floors to ourselves.

We did plan to go to the park for a picnic but the weather didn't hold and it was raining for most of the two days! We still had a great time and I brought back some of their weirdly named 'old cheese' - apparently this is just an aged gouda. It's absolutely delicious!

Here's what we got up to:

Steven, Steven and I on the boat, View of South Sheilds from the boat, Vintage DFDS poster

A drawbridge???, Curdled my coffee by stiring it?, Burger bar!, Steven

View from the apartment window, Amsterdam, Coffee from Paradox, The walls outside Soundgarden (bar)

Steven, View of the canal from Soundgarden, Steven... again!, THE BEST STEAK EVER IN THE ENTIRE WORLD at San Pedro

Sandwich Shop, Roast beef and 'old cheese' sandwich, BLT sandwich, A canal

Febu chicken burger and cheese 'souffle', Steven and I, Antipasto at Tomasso, Amsterdam

4 Cheese pizza at Tomasso, Lasagne at Tomasso, Street Art, Karl Sticker

Febu, English breakfast at The Greenhouse, Our Hotel, Carpet on a table???

DFDS boat model, View from our cabin... water, water, everywhere!, View from the deck, English Breakfast at the Royal Quays, Newcastle.

Bryden x

Mobile Montage - June

OOTN for a friends birthday night out, Zebra nails, Olympic Torch

New JuJu Jelly Sandals, Me!, Spaghetti and meatballs

Nails - For Audrey by China Glaze and Models Owen Indian Ocean, Town Wall (Newcastle) Fish and Chips supper, Funny Dvd cover

Antipasto (Uno's Newcastle), Lasagne (Uno's Newcastle), UO Nail Varnish

Bryden x

Birthday Wishlist

(l-r clockwise)
Lilac lace dress- Jones & Jones £60, Black lace dress- River Island £30, Light purple lace dress- River Island £40, Light pink lace dress- River island £35, Coral lace dress- River Island £40, Navy lace dress- Topshop £48, Nail polish- Deborah Lippmann £16, Rouge Volupte lipstick- YSL £23.50

I'm currently on the hunt for the perfect birthday dress, as you can see I'm lusting after all things pretty and girly. I don't think I can pick a favourite, they're all so nice!

Claire x

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Days out: North East Chilli Festival


On Sunday; I battled my two day hangover (Yes, that's what happens when you hit my age) and dragged myself out of bed, to attend one of the more random events I've been to- The North East Chilli Festival. I've recently become obsessed with the Newcastle based Mmm... deli which is where I first heard about the festival which was to be held for the first time at Seaton Deleval Hall.

Having never attended a 'chilli festival' before I didn't really know what to expect, but it was a really great day out. There was a good variety of stalls selling any chilli goods imaginable, the best thing being most stalls had samples to taste.

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One of my favourite stalls was Viva la Frida- selling Mexican gifts and household decorations. I loved the heart wall decals and Frida Kahlo items.

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Through the back of the hall were food stalls and vendors; selling delicious looking curries, crepes and my snack of choice- fresh, locally caught, barbequed fish wraps. HEAVEN.

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Tickets not only granted you access to the festival, but also to Seaton Deleval Hall and it's stunning grounds. It's a shame there were so many screaming kids running around everywhere!

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Obviously I went a bit nuts when it came to buying chilli related produce...

HHH mayo, RSJ chilli sauce and Tamarind Chipotle from Mr Vikki's


Chipotle dried chillies from Cool Chile Co

Chipotle Chilli paste from Trees Can't Dance (Can you tell I like Chipotle yet??)

Seaton Deleval Hall ale from Delevals

Salted caramel, wasabi & white chocolate, chocolate & chilli and strawberry & cream cupcakes from Pet Lamb Patisserie
(Check out Katie from Pet Lamb's blog here, which is one of my favourite food blogs) 

Considering this is the first year the Chilli Festival has been held, I thought the organisers had done a great job and I will definitely be going back next year.


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Viva Spa at Village Hotel


Last week the lovely people at Village Hotel Newcastle were kind enough to invite us to another event they were holding, this time to celebrate the re-opening of their spa. We hadn't been in the spa before it's recent refurblishment, but it sounds like some excellent changes and improvements have been made. We were taken on a tour by the staff who are extremely friendly and knowledgable of their job.


The treatment rooms are gorgeous. They are everything you would want from a spa treament room- beautifully decorated, clean, with a relaxing atmosphere. The spa is stocked with top brands such as Dermalogica, Jessica and Espa.


Viva Spa offer a variety of treaments from manicures to enzyme facials and a range of package deals. We're hopefully planning on taking an overnight trip there soon and trying out some of the treatments.


Of course we couldn't go the Village Hotel without visiting the Victory Pub and Kitchen for one of their amazing Victory Burgers, it would be rude not to...

Claire & Bryden