Wednesday, October 29, 2014
But while I've got a love for all things Halloween related - the parties, the stories, the candies, the films - there's one bit I'm not so keen on now I've got a bit older: the costumes. I don't know why I've got this about fancy dress. I hate the effort I have to go to thinking of what to wear. I hate then having to buy my costume. Despite growing up with the biggest dressing up box of all my pals, somehow as an adult, I've got no interest.
Since this year I have plans to head to Screenage Kicksfor their Halloween double bill AND Lane 7's Halloween party, I thought I should put a little more effort into things. Rather than just opting for my fluffy black jumper a pair of hotpants and drawing whiskers on my face. So I've been looking on Pinterest for some inspiration for the spooky season. And whether you're spending Halloween at parties, or binging on Netflix all weekend hopefully these will give you some ideas too...
images from various sources via pinterest
Sunday, October 26, 2014
After working my through (and helping Helen out with the fries), we ordered a couple of coffees and settled back to catch up on gossip. I always think Garden Kitchen is sort of in a strange place for a restaurant. But being in Eldon Gardens, rather than the main part of the shopping centre, it has a sort of peaceful feel to it. You don't get too many shoppers bustling past and it's a quiet place to sit and catch up with friends.
Monday, October 13, 2014
From old favourites like my vintage sheepskin coat, to new favourites like the black thigh high boots I invested in last year, I've got a handful of pieces I know I'll be dragging back out for the next few years. But then there's nothing I love more than treating myself to new additions for my winter wardrobe.. Like an extravagant cashmere scarf. Or a statement print skirt? Well you know those moments when you know you should've bought something weeks ago? That leopard print skirt is right at the top of my list. I've been carefully avoiding Topshop for the last few weeks in the vain attempt to not just spend all my money on clothes (and to try and keep my purchases to occasional investments that are made to last), and look how well that pays off.. Now I've tried pretty much every Topshop in the North East to get my hands on an 8 or a 10. So far, no good. And I resent paying any more than RRP for it on eBay. Which just proves to myself that my impulse purchasing instinct should always be followed. I mean, I've usually got at least two weeks to justify it to myself.
In the mean time though and by avoiding Topshop, I've become completely addicted to TK Maxx. Between their Gold Label treasures (like the See by Chloe cardigan above), you never know what you might find. And with more and more popping up all over the North East (like our most recent addition in Bishop Aukland), I've had the perfect excuse to visit different stores and see what goodies they each have to offer. It's definitely hit or miss. But after finding the most perfect winter coat (photos to come soon), I'm convinced it's completely worth taking the time to rummage!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
jacket: c/o Great Plains, dress: Topshop, boots: Kurt Geiger, necklace: vintage
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Returning on Saturday night to show Breakfast Club at Northumbria Uni, it's safe to say I'm pretty excited! As Newcastle's favourite pop-up cinema, for those of you who haven't been to an event yet, Screenage Kicks is about becoming completely immersed in your favourite cult classics. I've not been able to attend the last couple, but from having been to the Reservoir Dog Screenage Kicks back in May, I'm pretty sure this weekend won't disappoint. And I'm pretty excited to see how they bring Breakfast Club to life. The real question is to fancy dress or not? I could be tempted to go in for oversized slouchy denim and crimped hair.. we'll see though. Now, gimme the popcorn.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
After they arrived and I'd managed to take a few quick photos, we dug in! Served pink in the middle, I had pretty high expectations for Byron's proper hamburgers. Sadly, I felt they fell a little short of the mark. Since I'd opted for the chilli, I expected the juicy flavours of the meat to be accompanied with a bit of a kick. Instead, the meat felt a bit dry and even the chipotle mayo failed to completely perk it up. Kate agreed that despite the size and impressive appearance, her Smoky kinda fell a little short of expectations. The macaroni cheese on the other hand was brilliant. Although, not really what I expected to rate from the experience. Still at least the burgers photographed pretty well.
Verdict? While it's a little hard to get the hang of at first, the Nokia Lumia 930 is definitely one of the best camera phones on the market for bloggers! And the burgers? Dryer than expected and sadly somewhat lacking in flavour. Since it was my first experience of Byron, it left me a little disappointed and I hope it was just a bad experience. That being said, I'm not sure I'd bother next time. And I think if Byron do make their way up North with their empire, Fat Hippo certainly don't need to be quaking in their boots just yet.