Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Pink Trench

Well hello there... it's been a while since you saw me blogging about an outfit!

I've moved house and there isn't anywhere great for me to take my pictures here... I really need to find a photographer or a blogging friend who will come out and about with me to take photos!
Nevertheless I thought I'd find an ok spot in my Mam's back garden just to show you some of the pieces I've been wearing a lot recently.

The weather has been so hit and miss in the North East these past few weeks, we've had it all; rain, sun and even snow, so a coat has still been a necessary part of the wardrobe!
As a nod to Spring and the weather we should be having all the time, I've been wearing this beautiful pink trench coat most days... it's the perfect cover up to smarten up a simple outfit, and it's the perfect in between for this transitional time of year.
It has become my go-to coat, which I didn't expect because of the colour, I kind of thought it would be more of an occasion coat, but it really goes with everything and it just feels so good on - the quality is amazing. Even better for you guys, this is it's now in the sale, and also comes in navy... which I am quite tempted to get for that awkward Summer/Autumn time, should I?!

What has become a bit of a fashion duo for me are these amazing leather look skinnies which just seem to suck me in in all of the right places (thank the lord) and the boots which are just the perfect match.
They are both so versatile, I wore them with a burgundy top when I went for drinks and to see Ben Haenow in Newcastle for a dressy look and I've worn them with an oversized grey jumper to go for an Indian with the girls for a more casual style.
Teamed with this trench, a plain top and my cross body bag is my favourite combination though, I feel like a bit of a power dresser in the outfit - ready to get stuff done!

I'm hoping to be featuring more outfits on here now, I've really missed it!
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Longhorns Jesmond Slaughterhouse Speakeasy Launch

Last Thursday saw the launch of Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse Slaughterhouse Speakeasy at their Jesmond restaurant and I was lucky enough to be invited along to sample some of their new cocktails and some really tasty food.

If you're not familiar with Longhorns, it's a BBQ smokehouse which started out with two locations in Newcastle (one in the city centre and the other in Jesmond) and now has another seven locations up North between Sunderland and Sheffield.
They serve all the meat you could wish for which is sourced locally in Northumberland before being rubbed with authentic spices and then smoked low and slow for up to 24 hours before serving - it really is a dream come true for a carnivore like myself!

The quality of the food is always perfect, everything is made fresh and prepared on site from the meats to the sauces and the slaws... the flavours are always incredible and unlike anything from anywhere else. If you go, I'd massively recommend the Memphis Hogg Butt or the Dirty Longhorn if you're extra hungry.
The event was really secretive, with the invite titled 'Shhhhh Don't Tell Anyone' and we were even given a password to allow us entry at the door. I didn't really know what to expect, but the promise of cocktails and meat was enough to tempt me!
The Speakeasy is located down a back staircase from their Jesmond restaurant and can be entered from a hidden side-door in the courtyard, it's the perfect hang out for a couple of drinks with friends, the atmosphere is really chilled and the cocktails are just the best!

There's a really relaxed vibe about the place, with it's stone floor, wooden bench seats and tables, retro signage and the moody lighting. You feel instantly at ease and as though you're in some kind of hidden away gem (which you kind of are!)
It's fair to say that we made the most of the free bar, all in the name of research for this blog post of course!
The drinks menu is huge with a full page of cocktails which are broken down into Bourbon/Rye, Old and New categories plus there's wine, beer and spirits too... something to tickle everyone's alcohol fancy!
Our first choices were the 'Bee's Knees' cocktail made from Haymans Gin, lemon curd, honey water, lemon, orange juice and orange bitters and the 'Celebration Mojito' which consists of Brugal Blanco, mint infused process syrup and lime, both were really tasty!

Watching the resident cocktail shaker and chief bartender Roy Varty create the cocktails was like watching an artist at work, it was mesmerising and I challenge you to find something he doesn't know about these drinks! I was most impressed with his technique of cooking mint with prosecco to create the syrup for my mojito... no mint leaves in sight in my glass meant no intense and too strong to drink mint at the bottom of the glass - genius! 

For our second helping of drinks we chose a 'Hemingway Daiquiri'; Brugal Blanco, luxado maraschino, agave, lime and pink grapefruit and a 'Mai-Talian'; Old j Gold Rum, campari, orgeat, lime, pineapple syrup and a salted tiki fire fudge on the side, they were both pretty strong, but delicious once again.
Once the drinks had been flowing for a while and everyone was settled in we were treated to a huge platter of cured meats, cheeses and American pickles to snack on whilst sipping our cocktails before indulging in what I could call the main event... A platter of 16 sliders consisting of beef brisket, BBQ pulled pork and homemade slaw in the cutest brioche buns stamped with the Longhorns logo... They were so delicious I will definitely be returning for more!
The Slaughterhouse Speakeasy is open now every week from Thursday - Sunday and I can't recommend it enough, even if you just pop down for a cheeky one before or after your meal I can guarantee you'll love it!
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Range for Hair & Body

So Paul Mitchell aren't just about haircare... Who knew?!

The Tea Tree range of hair and body products are not only cruelty free (as with all Paul Mitchell products) but they are also paraben free, gluten free and vegan too!
The products are all made using essential tea tree oil which not only helps to stimulate your senses while offering cooling benefits for the skin but works as a natural antiseptic, with excellent healing properties... Basically everything from the collection smells incredible whilst actually benefitting your skin at the same time.
Something we have all been loving in my house is the Tea Tree Body Bar, which proves that looks can be deceiving as this isn't just a regular bar of soap. Firstly, this smells incredible... it's quite herbal but very fresh and minty, which is perfect for an early morning shower - a real wake me up scent which lingers on the skin after use. The soap contains parsley flakes which exfoliate the skin as you wash and it gives a real tingly feeling to the skin as it lathers up... I've been loving using this before shaving to buff away any dead skin cells and to stimulate the skin and open the pores. 
While on the topic of shaving, my biggest hate in life is shaving my legs... razor burn seems to target me every time, I'm not sure wether it's down to my skin being so delicate or if I'm doing it wrong, but it's always been an issue for me. Since using the Tea Tree Shave Gel I have noticed a big improvement. The tea tree cools the skin and helps to avoid any irritation, special skin conditioners help to protect and sooth the skin and it moisturises as you shave to protect from that dreaded razor burn.
I'm not going to lie and say this is a miracle worker, my legs still do get a little sore in places and it hasn't stopped the occasional razor cut, but things are definitely getting better thanks to this, my legs feel so much softer after every shave. A little goes a long way with this, as the gel foams up loads as soon as it's applied and thanks to containing no artificial perfumes it's so gentle on my skin, I'm definitely going to continue with this product throughout the Summer and hopefully I'll be able to get my legs out all the time!
Multi use products always get a thumbs up from me and the Tea Tree Hair & Body Moisturiser is no different. This is a leave in hair conditioner that you can also use to moisturise the skin, a completely new concept to me, but a great one at that! If you're someone who travels a lot and needs to pack lightly, this is a great little addition to your suitcase or even if you're just someone who doesn't like to hang around in the bath or shower for too long, then this is definitely for you!
The wheat-derived conditioners and jojoba seed oil work together to refine the skin and hair while the tea tree and lavender refresh and soothe. As a conditioner for my hair, it smooths out the end and leaves them feeling so much softer than usual and as a moisturiser this is beautiful to use after the shave gel, it's definitely been a contributing factor in how much my legs have improved this past month.
Thanks to suffering from dry and sensitive skin, even my scalp can often feel sore and tight which sometimes results in flakiness, which nobody wants! The Tea Tree Hair & Scalp Treatment is designed to moisturise and soothe the scalp while reconditioning and repairing the hair, it is very cooling and refreshing upon application and adds extra hydration while removing any impurities (build up of shampoo and hair products can be an issue when you have as much hair as I do!)
I have been using this every other hair wash, which works out at around twice a week for me, and from the very first use it's been enjoyable to use... the feeling of this on my scalp is really nice, it's really gritty and feels as though I'm giving my scalp a deep clean. Although I have been using this for almost a month now and have noticed my scalp doesn't feel as irritated as usual and dryness around my hairline has decreased.
With ingredients including soy proteins, Vitamin E and Shea butter, the condition of my hair always feels great after use and the tea tree oil, lavender and peppermint aroma helps me to relax and really enjoy my 'me time' in the shower or bath, while leaving a really pleasant smell to my hair afterwards.

Have you tried any of the Tea Tree products before? Using these has just made me want to try more and more!
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