top: Zara, skirt: River Island, coat: Zara (similar here), watch: Links of London, sunglasses: RayBan, boots: Kurt Geiger (similar here), bag: Mulberry.

Words have been tricky lately. With the warm weather and a few busy weekends, my blogging has taken a serious nose dive. I've got posts lined up and plenty of photos, but words and the motivation to write have been evading me. And what's a writer without words? Instead of words, I've taken photos. Hundreds and thousands of photos. Yet they're all sitting on my hard drive, waiting for the words to go with them. After a difficult morning, I've spent the day feeling frustrated and exhausted, but strangely restless. So I thought that maybe the catharsis of writing might help clear my head.
When I was feeling restless tonight, the first thing I thought about was going for a walk along the river. Over the last few weekends, wandering down the quayside in the sunshine, has been one of my favourite things. There's something unmistakably calming about the river and being close to the water. It clears my head and steadies me. During the week, at night, it's different, peaceful. But come the weekend, the Quayside has a completely different energy and it buzzes with people. Especially on Sundays for the morning market. The whole stretch of the Quayside comes alive with stalls selling everything from handmade leather goods, to freshly made crepes, street food and second hand books. It's the perfect place to lose yourself for a few hours.
Usually I'm all about making the most of my bank holidays. Three day weekends don't come around too often, so I'm usually trying to find ways to cram in as much as possible. This weekend though I decided I need a break. And instead of trying to cram in as much as possible, I decided I needed a little space from everything and everyone. Which is weird for me. I'm about as far from an introvert as you can get without being a serious pain in the arse, and I love being around other people. It's not really that I hate my own company, or that I've got 'fear of missing out'. I just like to keep busy. But after a mental few weeks, I've needed a step back. I'm not quite ready to hang up my party shoes and become one of those bloggers that claims to love nights in with cosy PJs. I don't. But right now I'm giving myself a bit of down time and keeping my pennies for my upcoming travels this summer.. not to mention having some much needed catch ups with my favourites. And what better way than with a couple of bottles of Bloom Gin and Rose lemonade from Fenwicks, new Game of Thrones and stuffing my face with pizza? Staying in isn't the new going out, but I'm happy enough to enjoy a little JOMO for now. Recently, I've been challenged by Ladbrokes to enjoy a night in (instead of heading out partying). Instead of spending my hard earned cash on alcohol, I'm going to arrange a girly night. And as you can probably guess, it'll be involving pizza, good ice cream, films, the works! Their research has shown that the majority of 18-24 year olds say it’s the photos that make them feel like they’re missing out the most, and they feel even worse about missing out if they see photos and comments on social media. But then what beats a great night in with the girls.. and knowing us lot, there'll still be instagrams and photos all over social media even form our night in!
harvest canteen
Breakfast has always been one of my favourite meals. But most mornings I'm in too much of a hurry to grab much before work so I settle for cereal at my desk. Real life ruins things sometimes. When I do have time to indulge myself though, I'm all about a good breakfast. Although since I'm invariably not a morning person, it usually ends up being brunch. Dippy eggs and piles of hot buttery toast cut into little soldiers. Pancakes dripping with maple syrup and topped with crispy bacon. Poached eggs drowning in hollandaise or with a side of smashed avocado. And of course, enough coffee to make you feel like you're vibrating for the rest of the day. The setting has to be light, airy and it has to be the sort of place where you can linger for a little while. Somewhere you can escape the hustle and bustle and take your time. Right now, the place that ticks all those boxes for me is Ouseburn Coffee Co's Harvest Canteen.
I don't usually venture much to Jesmond. I think Harvest Canteen has given me the perfect excuse to go more often though. With white washed floorboards and reclaimed wood, it's got something of a nordic look. It's that The clean minimal layout mean that it's got a sort of peaceful vibe about it. It's the sort of place you wouldn't mind sitting for a few hours and writing. Losing yourself scrawling in an old notebook, or pouring over a yellowing, dog-eared paperback. Or in mine and Sarah's case, gossiping over hollandaise-soaked eggs, avocado and coffee. And instagramming everything in sight..
After fussing over what to get from the menu, we settled on sharing a couple of dishes (mainly so we didn't have to pick one each). Since breakfast isn't breakfast without hollandaise, we ordered poached eggs with hollandaise and prosciutto, and avocado and feta toast. And I promise that the photos don't come near enough to how good it all was. The portion sizes don't look huge, but when served with doorstopper thick toast, they were deceptively filling.
So after wolfing down half of each, we sat back and nursed our food babies over another couple of flat whites. And if there's one thing that Ouseburn Coffee Co know, it's how to make the perfect flat white. As the city's first independent roastery, they've earned a name for themselves as the local coffee experts. And it's easy to see why. They're a proud local company and everything is ethically sourced. Whether you're just looking for a decent place to grab a coffee or somewhere to spend a couple of hours brunch, Harvest Canteen is a great place to visit. There's only a handful of places in Newcastle that I think offer a great breakfast, so I'm happy to add another to my list. And especially one that does good avocado toast. Just promise me you'll try it out.
When it comes to Japanese and Asian food, Newcastle only has a handful of great places. And even fewer who offer Japanese for a decent price. So when Sohe first opened last year, I was obviously keen to try it out. Having heard great things about the cocktails, I headed there with the girls. We spent the night working our way through the cocktail menu, piles of dim sum and rendang. After filling our faces, we all agreed we'd be back soon. But somehow, I just didn't get around to going back. So after getting invited along to sample their new lunch menu, I couldn't wait. After visiting for an evening meal, I thought Sohe's food was lush, but expensive. Their lunch menu is much more reasonable though, offering two courses for under £10.
jumper: Cooperative | skirt: Topshop | boots: Kurt Geiger | coat: Vintage | watch: Daniel Wellington

Somehow we've managed to fluke a bit of good weather over the bank holiday.. so it feels a bit strange uploading this outfit post while I'm sat on the balcony enjoying the sun! But it was only shot a couple of days ago. I'm still feeling pretty motivated about blogging, so after stuffing our faces at the Boiler Shop, me and Charissa headed for a wander around Ouseburn. And of course take a couple of outfit shots. Unlike today's glorious weather though, it was a bit overcast and with massive food babies from the Steamer, I was a bit of a reluctant subject. I'm still getting over the awkwardness of style posts.. and realising how hideously unphotogenic I am. But bear with me, while I'm getting back into the swing of things! I'm starting to feel like I'm getting a bit more direction (and frequency) with my content. Which can only be a good thing, right?
With the exception of the last couple of days, we're still in that in between season. Most days it's still been cloudy and a bit too cold to leave the house without a jacket. Or at least a pair of tights. Don't get me wrong, I do love autumn/winter (especially for fashion), but I'm ready for the sunshine now. I'm ready for bare legs weather and loose fitting linen dresses. One good thing about our slightly unpredictable spring weather is that I can still get away with light jumpers like this. So I've been making the most of getting my wear out of this Cooperative ribbed jumper. It's the sort of top that makes me feel like I'm in a Wes Anderson film. I love the colour, the shape and the knit. And even though I knew when I was buying it, that it's definitely not going to be jumper weather for much longer, I couldn't resist. Clearly still a sucker for that 70s vibe right now. Or Urban Outfitters. Or both maybe.
As the weather starts to shift, I'm hoping I'll still get away with it for a little while longer. But I'm not going to lie, as soon as I see a bit of sunshine and it's feeling a bit hotter, I'm not really one for layers. And with my trip to Cape Verde quickly approaching, I might change my mind after a week in bikinis.. I can't help but think that as soon as I've got a tan, I'll be in full summer mindset and ready to pack away all my knits. Weather permitting of course. I mean just because we've fluked a couple of nice days, doesn't mean I'm naive enough to think we're out for tropical weather for the rest of the season. Here's hoping though. Here's really hoping we luck out this summer.
Life has been busy lately. Sometimes the best thing to do over a long weekend is to take a step back and get some rest. But sometimes the best thing to do is to keep busy. To fill your days with things that make you happy. And fill your hours up by spending time with people who make you smile. This weekend, much like the last few, I've focused on doing the latter. I've always been the sort of person who loves being busy. So when things aren't quite right, the best medicine for me is to flood my senses. Or throw myself into being productive. And what better way than with a visit to the Boiler Shop Steamer?

I'm not sure how it's come around so fast, but the months seem to flying this year. And the start of the month, is always made for the Steamer. Every first weekend of the month, the event brings together some of the best food places in the city. Since Charissa hadn't been, it seemed the perfect place to spend yesterday afternoon. There's nothing I love more than wandering around the old Stephenson Works. It's the perfect medley of food stalls, drinks and live music. What better way to get lost for a few hours? And if you're in Newcastle, it's all back again tonight. I don't want to fill this post with words. Which probably sounds strange coming from a writer. But I think the photos say enough.
There's not many places with a great cocktail menu, good food and amazing views of the city. So The Botanist is a welcome addition to Newcastle, taking over the shell that was Monument Mall. It's one of those places I've been meaning to write about for months now. I was lucky enough to get invited along to their opening and enjoyed sampling a LOT of their cocktail menu. And like Sarah, I kept thinking I'd get around to writing about it when the buzz died off. Since they're always so packed, no matter what night of the week it is. But yeah, that's not quite happened yet. Not many places still command a queue outside their door on an afternoon five months after opening. Yet The Botanist is still managing just fine most weekends. After visiting on a few occasions, I thought it was about time I got along for a proper review. So cameras in tow, me and Charissa headed along a couple of Saturdays ago. There's nothing like enjoying a few Saturday afternoon cocktails and a feast. And even better having it served up with amazing views of Grey Street. If you're looking for an impressive place to take someone for dinner or drinks, you can't beat floor to ceiling windows with views on the pretty street in town, then look no further. With graduation creeping up in the next couple months, I'd definitely recommend looking at booking somewhere like The Botanist. The mixed menu means that there's something for everyone. And the views of Newcastle can't be beaten. So whether your family is from the North East or not, it's still going to have that wow factor you want for your special day. But anyway, I'll get on with telling you about the food, shall I?