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Having been a big fan of Moroccan Oil, I'm already a firm believer in the miracle qualities of Argan oil. So when the lovely people at The Body Shop invited me along for a Moroccan pamper evening and to try out their new range, I was more than a little excited. Since I'm not predominantly a beauty blogger (and I tend to stick to what I know), I've not read too much about the range so was happy to learn more from their staff. At the event we got grips with the new line including a sugar scrub, shower gel, body butter, balm and of course, oil. I've been a fan of The Body Shop for years now.. particularly their creamy body butters. Since getting back from holiday, I've felt like my skin's been tight and dryer than normal so I've been relying on my trusty Olive Body butter. But I was excited to see how the body butter from the Argan range was.
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Smelling slightly more perfumed than my Moroccan Oil, The Body Shop's Wild Argan range is deliciously indulgent. And after being treated to a mini makeover showcasing their new products, I was given an exfoliating hand massage using the Wild Argan range. So I can confirm it feels just as good on your skin, as it smells! My skin was left glowing and ridiculously soft. I'm not usually a big exfoliator since I suffer from dry skin and I find it a little abrasive. However the sugar scrub has nice thin particles so doesn't feel like it's tearing your skin apart.
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Primped, pampered and full of prosecco, with a pretty generous goodie bag containing the scrub, shower gel, balm and body butter, (which I'll be reviewing properly in a separate post), and dying for a full on pamper session. If you're in Newcastle and interested in the range, they're actually holding a VIP pamper night tomorrow (Tuesday 19th between 1pm-7pm) so you can get yourself and find out more. The spaces are filling up quick but you can call 0191 2221893 to book a slot! And if you quote Raspberry Kitsch, you'll get a special goodie bag.. so you've got the perfect excuse to pop by!

Since I headed straight from work, I decided to take along the Nokia Lumia 930 I've been trying out and get some snaps on there. It's camera is amazing, but I definitely feel like I'm still getting to grips with it!! I'll be sure to post a full review soon though.
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A few weeks back, I was invited along to try out the new Revs menu. Situated on Collingwood Street, it's one of those places that I used to frequent when I was younger, but now rarely find myself venturing to. And every time I go, I forget how amazing its building is! An old Grade II listed building. Formerly a Barclays bank, it's got the most amazing high vaulted ceilings and ornate features. Since it's a pretty well known chain, it's the sort of place that gets full of stag and hen do's at the weekend. But during the week, can be quite a nice spot for a cocktail or bite to eat.

Since I've not visited in a while (for food or drinks), it was a nice excuse to get myself along when the Revs people got in touch to ask how I'd like to sample the new menu. And since AC had some good news to celebrate, I asked her to tag along and help me out. After spending too much time gossiping instead of looking over the menu, we finally settled on a range of dishes and cocktails to try out. Including the not so politically correct, but delicious, Hobo Mojito, served in a tin can. Obviously.

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I'm never a fan of having just one big meal, so I figured if we just ordered a range of food to come all together, it was a better way to get a feel for the new menu. Starting with an order of Wild Berry Mojitos, the garlic flatbread with tomato, onion and basil, and the sweet potato wedges, we soon realised when the dishes arrived that we'd ordered far too much. For my main course, I chose the fennel sausage mac and cheese. Mac and cheese is one of those dishes I rarely have so when I see a decent looking one, it's difficult to resist. And our waitress for the evening was certainly convincingly enthusiastic about it! I was clearly feeling greedy though so asked for a side of fire pit beans to go with it. A opted for a traditional stone baked, pizza margherita. And after a little bullying from the waitress and me, added beetroot and a spicy sauce to accompany.

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After being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of food on our table, we started digging in. What I really like about the new menu is that Rev's have made a conscious effort to bring in something new. With a range of main courses, including traditional pub grub like burgers and their stone baked pizzas, they're trying to spice things up by introducing sharing platters, dishes like Katsu curry, burritos and pulled pork. It's quite an eclectic mixture which will no doubt help them appeal to everyone's tastes. And I found myself a little confused by the choice.
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One of my main concerns with such a varied menu is that the kitchen suffers from offering up too many options. I'm a big fan of visiting places that stick to doing one thing well. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised to find our food not only well cooked but really tasty. Our only problem with the food was that since we'd opted for so much, we struggled to get through it all!
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I've had a lot of stuff on my mind lately, and sometimes when there's a lot on my mind, all I want to do is distract myself. And what better way than to throw yourself into a project? And since had a couple of days off last week and a little extra time on my hands, I thought I'd do something productive. So the other day I decided pattern cutting was exactly the kind of distraction I needed, and pulled out my fabric bag. I bought this floral print months back from John Lewis and never really figured out what to do with it.

Pattern cutting is something that I never seem to find any time for nowadays. After having made a (slightly embarrassing) appearance on the cover of my old college's magazine, after featuring in an article about their textiles and fashion course, I've been thinking a lot about things I used to do. I was featured in the magazine for adult courses, because during my job hunting phase as a recent graduate, I decided to throw myself into pattern cutting as a way of distracting myself from mounting rejections from job applications. It's always something I was interested in and it was a nice distraction to keep me focused on something positive and creative. And when I found myself working for a design and branding agency, extra skills can always come in handy when you least expect it! Plus when is it not going to come in handy if you can make something nice for yourself?

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There's a really old episode of Sex and the City in which Carrie finds herself writing from the haven of a Starbucks, and she remarks on how she also wonders about the people who sit at their laptops. To be honest, I always find myself wondering about the people who bring their laptops to a cafe and sit clacking away. I like people watching too much to not find myself distracted by passersby. But having ended our current broadband contract, I've found myself without internet in the flat for the past month. So in a bid to not let my blogging slip by the wayside and use broadband as an excuse, I decided to drag myself out, macbook and all. So right now I'm one of those semi-annoying clack-clackers, sat in the corner with my americano trying to concentrate on what I'm doing. Having arranged to meet Amy this morning, I thought it made sense to choose a spot like Ernest, where I can tap away on my laptop without feeling too conspicuous. So anyway, back to the post I was supposed to be writing...

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Since getting back from Croatia, I've been sort of avoiding the sales.. It's not that I don't want to shop, it's just I really need to save. But I couldn't completely ignore them and of the few things I decided to treat myself to, I picked out this striped top. I love it's uneven stripes and it's made from a kind of stretchy, denim material. There was a matching skirt, but the cut was all wrong, so sadly I didn't end up with the coord. It's a nice weight and not too thick for the sporadic warm weather we've been having. I don't know if it's just me but I feel almost as though I can feel summer start to slip away.

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I've been trying to get myself sorted and put more outfit posts together, but since moving through Newcastle (and not being able to just bully my little brother into taking them), I've not really had anyone to help me. After spending last weekend back at my rents, I shot a few different sets of photos in an attempt to bring my blogging back up to speed by getting ahead with content. With no internet and no photographer, it's been a challenge.

Outfit details
top: Topshop, shorts: Topshop, sandals: Birkenstock, sunglasses: Rayban
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I love holidays but sometimes there's nothing better than indulging in some post-holiday pampering. Coming back with beach-ragged nails and overgrown cuticles, the first thing I always want to do when I'm home is go for a manicure. My nails aren't usually in that great condition, and from years of biting them, I find them brittle and easy to snap. So after a week of soaking up moisture from suncream and letting them grow long, I always feel like my nails look much better! And to discourage myself from biting them all off again, yesterday I decided to make a quick pitstop to the Metro Centre to visit Nails Inc, where I opted for this sugary pink polish called St George. It's that perfect kind of dusty pink that goes with absolutely everything. Especially newly tanned skin.

Since getting back from holiday I've ended up with a longer than usual weekend and because I'm usually pretty all over the place, I'm trying not to feel like I'm at a bit of a loss. I'm not used to sitting still for too long but I have to admit that while I've been catching up on my blog reading and adding a few new names to my reading list, dipping into the books that I didn't get around to reading on holiday, it's definitely nice to steal a couple hours for myself.
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How is it August already? After spending the last week in Croatia with a few of my besties, I've decided it's definitely time to get back on track with my blogging. In the run up to my holiday, I was too distracted by making lists, getting suncream and panic-buying summer clothes to remember to schedule some posts! So since I've got a few days off, I thought it was about time to get caught up. I took these a few weeks back with Bosson, on a particularly sunny day spent strolling along the quayside after filling our faces at Archer's Scran Social at Gusto. It was one of those really hot days where all you want to do is relax with a glass of wine, so food and wine tasting was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.
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This Joules dress has been a favourite of mine for a while now. I was gifted it by Joules back in March where it unfortunately hung in my wardrobe waiting for better weather. With their quintessentially British floral prints, I've always associated Joules dresses with summer time. In my mind, they're the sort of brand that is always synonymous with well-made, high quality pieces and this dress is certainly no exception. Made from soft white linen and viscose, the colours are the perfect complement to tanned skin and simple sandals or pumps. Let's just hope we haven't seen the last of summer yet!

Outfit details:
dress: c/o Joules, jacket: AllSaints, bag: Dr Martens, shoes: c/o French Soles, necklace: vintage, sunglasses: Ray Ban
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There are a handful of companies that I always find myself falling in love with loads of their products and REALLY wish shipped to the UK. Everlane and Madewell are my main two. And after seeing this latest collaboration from Everlane and Langley Fox, I feel like right now, they can do no wrong! What I love about Everlane is that they make even the most basic garments feel lustworthy. There's something about their effortlessly cool, stripped back style that I just can't get enough of. They keep things simple and their timeless cuts make everything look ridiculously wearable.
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