Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Peace Out

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On those days where I just want to be comfy and casual, what can be a better sartorial choice than these super soft collaboration t-shirts?* A collaboration between Lynx and an array of cool designers to celebrate World Peace Day on 21st September, they are available to buy from ASOS.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Cool and Breezy

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I'm sure every non UK resident at the moment must be totally fed up with listening to us Brits bang on about the current hot weather. My flat remains relatively cool but the nights lately have been pretty unbearable, hot and sticky even with a window open. The windows I have which are sectioned into a large pane with two smaller at the top, allow only for the small panels to be opened, so although I can feel a very slight breeze, I can't help but dream about a window that will open more and give me a great amount of light flooding through to capitalise on this current glorious summer we are enjoying. 

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VELUX windows are particularly desirable to me, with the matching VELUX blinds being particularly good for the warmer summer months: 'VELUX awning blinds help keep your room comfortable on warm, sunny days. They cut out the direct rays of the sun and reduce heat intake by up to 90%. The semi-transparent net still allow natural light to enter your room.'

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The windows can be dressed up with a variety of blinds, when the light really is too bright and some darkness is preferred. The blinds area available in an array of light-blocking colours as well as having some very cute Disney designs for children's rooms. 

You can check out VELUX Blinds online*.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Morning Coffee with Nescafe Dolce Gusto

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I thought Sunday a very good day to share with you my new coffee machine, the Nescafe Dolce Gusto*. Aren't constant cups of coffee whilst relaxing at home, what Sunday's are made for? Despite my recent tea addiction, coffee was always my first love. I could not start my day without a pot of coffee, tea was what I would drink later in the day. Lately that has changed, I start my day with a cup of chai and move on to coffee later. 

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I was asked to be a Dolce Gusto Blogger, which I was more than happy to take part in. I was sent a goodie pack with some biscuits, cups and coffee pods. And the machine arrived with me later. I have so much coffee paraphernalia, stove top pots, French presses, measuring utensils and storage. I have had a machine in the past but found that the water did not heat up very well and the milk frother did not work as expected, so have given machines a wide berth since. Hearing so much about the new pod machines however, as a coffee addict I was pleased to give this one a go.

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This morning I decided to get the machine out of it's box and read through the instructions. This machine is so so easy to use. And cute to look at too. Water in the back panel, insert pod, wait to heat up and press a button. The coffee was hot and so tasty, just like a good cup of coffee I would buy from a coffee shop. I like my coffee strong, so chose the Grande Intenso as my first trial and it is so good. One cup down and I am off into the kitchen to make myself another. I am a Dolce Gusto convert.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Dinner at Gusto

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The last couple of Saturday evenings, we have had dinner out at Gusto in our home city of Newcastle upon Tyne. I really like this restaurant, on Newcastle's Quayside, it's a really love place to sit outside to eat and afterwards stroll along the riverside and go for drinks. We chose to sit inside last night, as although it was incredibly warm yesterday, it was a little breezy. I don't usually take my camera out to dinner but as I had it with me, thought I would take some snaps to show you what our dinner last night entailed.

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I didn't write down the exact descriptions of the dishes, so my memory will have to do. I chose a pea, mint and chilli bruschetta and my boyfriend had sardine on toast. A light enough snack to start with, I don't like my portion sizes too big as I get full quite quickly.

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For the main course, I had a starter size of salmon and dill rigatoni with a side order of fries, my boyfriend had a prawn and chilli tagliatelli. Lots of fresh black pepper and grated parmesan cheese of course.

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And as the only sweet-toothed person between us, I chose the Bombalino - mini donuts with cream and chocolate sauce for dipping. As well as a cappuccino to finish.

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Gusto is one of those restaurants which has a good atmosphere but is never too rowdy. A lot of the restaurants in Newcastle get full with hen parties (never good!), so to find somewhere to sit down and just relax and enjoy the food in pleasant surroundings is quite a bonus.

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The Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
T: 0191 260 2291

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Last Few Weeks in Pictures

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Goodies from Nescafe Dolce Gusto. Huge salad. Healthy ingredients.
Haloumi salad. Favourite magazines. Strawberry mocktail. Toni & Guy products for a giveaway.
Iced coffee in the sunshine. Date for one - Tyneside Cinema to see Russian Dolls. Brunch at Carluccio's. The best dessert ever (a week later, not all in the same day!).
Latte art. Current favourite sunglasses by Miu Miu from The Sunglasses Shop. Cute flower bicycle outside a favourite ice-cream shop. Inside the Jam Jar in Jesmond.