Staple Uniform...

26 February 2017

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Oversized Grey Jumper - Zara (not online) // ASOS Ridley Jeans // Ash Boots // ASOS Fedora // Chloe Drew Bag

Are you getting sick of the constant Zara knitwear spam on here? Honestly though, Zara is knocking it out the park with their knitwear lately and I honestly can't get enough. You will probably have spotted this outfit from my recent Meet and Treat Cafe post. I always find that when I go shopping to Newcastle it's always one weather extreme to another - too hot in the shops and then not so bad outside. Instead of having to take a jacket with me, instead I decided to wear the thickest jumper known to mankind for extra warmth.

Unlike my other grey Zara jumper this one is really thick and cost either £34.99 or £29.99 (bargain), teamed with a long sleeved top underneath this really kept me warm while out and about. As much as I love my trust Ash boots, I think it's now time that I need to invest in a new pair - hands down the worlds most comfiest boots. I've also come to realise that a fedora is my new staple piece in my wardrobe and works a treat in hiding a bad hair day.

I've got a new guilty pleasure, I'll let you into the secret on my next post...

Sephora Favourites - Ready, Set, Style

14 February 2017

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Sephora Favourites - Ready, Set, Style - $29

Believe it or not I actually had a shopping list for Sephora - I know this is very hard to believe coming from me, however I did near enough stick to it. After browsing the website prior to going to New York, there was one set which stuck out to me and had to be mine. Sephora Favourites - Ready, Set, Style set contains five travel sizes of some of their cult brand products all for $29. To put the set into context, the Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish would have set me back $15 (excluding tax) for the same size bottle. Personally for me I was desperate to try that and the Ouai Texturizing Hairspray - so it would be foolish not to buy this set.

Luckily for me I managed to find this in Times Square and made what was a bit of a strange ordeal for my first Sephora experience that little bit better (don't worry there's a post on that coming). Anyway for this post, I thought it would be fun for me to give you my first instant thoughts and whether I would buy a full size version.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish (40ml) - I do find that this does dry my hair out, however if I'm going for a messy hair day, this is the spray I go for. If you're looking for extra hold, this wouldn't be the product for you. Would I repurchase? Probably another bottle this size, maybe not the full sized version.

Ouai Texturizing Hairspray (40ml) - Hands down this lives up to the hype. I was gutted that I couldn't find a full size bottle of this, however Selfridges stocks this as well as Space NK. If I were to describe this, I would say imagine the hold of Elnett hairspray with texturising elements thrown in. It adds just enough hold to you hair, but also you can easily brush it out. I'll be repurchasing the full size of this once I'm in London (and off the spending ban - post on that to come).

IGK Down and Out Dirty Spray (75ml) - IGK is a brand which is completely new to me and I don't know whether I'm using this wrong, however every time I use this, my hair looks greasy. Greasy as in, I've stuck my head in a chip pan. Personally I've put this to one side and refusing to even use this. Would I repurchase - no chance.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo (40g) - Again another brand which I've heard people rave about. To me this reminds me of a posher Bastiste - it refreshes your hair, yet it's nothing spectacular. Considering this is a higher end dry shampoo, I was comparing this to my beloved Paul Mitchell and Redken dry shampoos and unfortunately this just isn't up to par. As much as this is a good dry shampoo, I'd rather save my money and stick to Bastiste or Co Lab for a daily dry shampoo. Saying that, would I repurchase - maybe if money was no object as a treat.

Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray (99ml) - The last two times I've had the opportunity to get things from Sephora, I've always had a Living Proof set on my list, however then always taken it off last minute. This may be due to the fact that this is widely available in Marks and Spencer. This is a good hairspray when you use it on dry hair and it keeps your style in place. However Elnett does the exact same job and its a fraction of the price. Would I repurchase (or recommend) - nope.

Can you recommend any texturising hairsprays or products? Styling short hair is a pain in the backside...

Meet & Treat Cafe, Newcastle

12 February 2017

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Self proclaimed as having the North East's most instagramable floor (I can vouch for that), Meet and Treat Cafe has fast become one of Newcastle's most popular eateries. Located on the outskirts of Chinatown, Meet and Treat has hands down the best ramen I have had in years. Whilst in Newcastle last week with Tor, it was a no brainer that we were having something to eat here. With its intagramable interior, Meet & Treat Cafe has a laid back vibe which is ideal if you just want to stop off for cake and coffee, or like us have something to eat.

Personally what I love about Meet & Treat Cafe is their little touches - for example having Newcastle Upon Tyne in their coffee mugs. To their little trinkets around the till. Tor was desperate to try their Deep Fried Chicken Dumplings which were amazing - so tasty. As soon as I spied soup noodles on the menu, I knew that's what I would be having and as I love spicy food, went for their Spicy Beef Noodles. The beef literally melted in your mouth and the soup had a kick to it, but wasn't too spicy. Definitely the right choice for me. Tor went for their Teriyaki Chicken and Rice and I think the pictures speak for itself on how good it looked. Tor assured me that it tasted as good as it looked.

If you're ever in Newcastle and want somewhere to go for food or just a coffee, you need to go to Meet & Treat. I've been raving about it to everyone, and I can assure you it won't be the last time I'm there. 

Pink...

5 February 2017

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As soon as I posted this picture on Snapchat, I've never seen as many messages asking where this pink jumper is from. I have to admit Zara has totally upped their knitwear and over the last few months I've acquired quite a few pieces from there. However considering near enough the majority of the tops which I own are monochrome, it was about time I invested in some colour to go into my wardrobe. 

Personally I'm a fan of pink and leopard print and in order to dress this outfit up, I had to wear my Topshop Heart Boots - I've never known a pair of boots get so much wear out of them. Also you may have spied my new baby the Chloe Drew Bag in small - I'll do a separate post on this, as I managed to save some serious money on it. 

I know today's post has been quite brief, however I'm in one of those moods where I want to post, but the words aren't coming out. However on a side note, thank you for all the page hits since my post about Rachel aka Mrs Motivator, if you haven't read the post, go and have a look here.
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