Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Vintage Powder Room and Tea Shop

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Yesterday my friend and I popped along to The Vintage Powder Room and Tea Shop in nearby Whitley Bay (North East of England), for a mini manicure and some tea and cakes. This place has so much potential, I look forward to seeing what the new owner makes of it.

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The Vintage Powder Room and Tea Shop
164-166 Park View
Whitley Bay
NE26 3WQ
T: 0191 4472552

Thursday, 26 February 2015

February Buys

As I had a huge wardrobe clear-out, it left me with the opportunity to see some gaps in my wardrobe of items I was wearing a lot but didn't have quite enough of. I thought I would share them with you here as it is quite useful to see for myself exactly what I am buying each month (and where my money is going). I found it easiest to save the stock pictures from the brands' websites rather than take the pictures myself. Although I didn't start doing this until the end of the month when I came up with the idea, so missed out on some of the items I had bought earlier on (explained below). Most of the items are pure 'Capsule Wardrobe' pieces, basics that will be able to be worn many ways. The Zara coat and H&M two-piece are more statement pieces but still pretty classic in my eyes.

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Row 1 - Uniqlo HeatTech vests x2 in black; Uniqlo Heat-Tech Long Sleeve Top in black; Petit Bateau Breton Top in navy/white (slightly different cut to this one shown); Autograph Breton Top in black/white
Row 2 - Zara Frilly Blouse in dark red; Zara Polka Blouse in black; Zara Swallow Blouse in navy; Zara Knit with Gold Buttons in black; Zara Knit with Gold Buttons in navy
Row 3 - Zara Broderie Anglaise Top in red (not white as shown); Zara Coat in orange/red; Top Shop Cords in black; H&M Jumper and Culottes in beige (seen here already)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tea Today²

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Today's Tea choice comes via my Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine. Before owning one of these machines, I did not realise how amazing they are, coffee-shop quality coffee in an instant. Having already tried out a wide selection of their coffee pods, I was sent some more to sample, this time some Chai Tea Latte pods*. In the box there are tea pods and milk pods, so you pop the milk pod in the machine first and then change to the tea/coffee pod to complete. I wouldn't normally attempt latte art on a chai tea latte but couldn't help but have play around with the latte stencils I was sent too.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Everyday Jewellery

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I like to keep things simple when it comes to my jewellery pieces, so find myself reaching for these on a daily basis. Sometimes I will add to these to suit a different outfit for a night out. But these are the items I wear daily, no thought necessary. Apart from the Chanel brooch, which depends really on what I am wearing but makes a nice alternative to a statement necklace and sits rather nicely amongst the other delicate pieces.

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Rings - Dior Oui Ring (top left); Dior Mimi Oui (top right), 18t gold with 0.05 diamonds - post here
Cartier Trinity Friendship Bracelet (middle left) - black silk cord with yellow, white, rose gold - post here
Links of London Friendship Bracelet (middle) - gold plated - post here
Hermes Bracelet (middle right) - gold and black enamel - post here
Claire Aristides Star Bracelet - 9ct gold
Chanel Brooch - gold & black - post here
Tiffany Diamond Necklace - Elsa Perretti Diamonds by the Yard 18t gold with 0.07 diamond - post here

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Julian Opie at The Bowes Museum

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When invited along to the Birds of Paradise exhibition, I was informed there was also another exhibit to see at the same time, Julian Opie: Collected Works. Although I hadn't heard of the artist before, it was a great excuse to make the trip to Bowes extra worthwhile. The wonderful Bowes guide helped explain to us that this exhibition, as well as showcasing Opie's own work, was actually an amazing collection of art that he had accumulated himself. Within the one space, there was the modern and contemporary work of his own against the juxtaposition of the old, traditional artworks by 17th and 18th century artists such as Joshua Reynolds and George Romney. A very opposite collection of art in one room but as our wonderful guide pointed out, what made these two collections so cohesive was the common theme of portraiture and the fact that we are always leaning from our predecessors.

The modern works by Opie were so mesmerising, a moving gif picture would have been the best method to show you here, but I did manage some good Instagrams which you can view - here, here, here and here.

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H&M Jacket
Zara Polka Blouse
Top Shop Cord Jeans
Acne Star Boots
Chanel Handbag