Thursday, 4 December 2014

DFDS Cruise to Amsterdam Review

I have just returned from a fantastic DFDS Cruise to Amsterdam. We booked the trip a little while ago as we were keen to visit the Christmas Markets and experience the city during winter.

I have previously stayed in one of the standard cabins, however on this occasion we stayed in the Commodore and Commodore De Luxe Cabins which were absolutely fantastic. Both boasted plenty of room, with a seating area and double bed.

Commodore De Luxe Cabin
The Commodore cabin included a stocked mini bar and the Commodore De Luxe offered access to a private lounge with inclusive snacks, wine and soft drinks.

Whilst on the ship we tried both the Blue Riband and Explorer's Steakhouse restaurants and I must say the food was fantastic. My personal favourite was the Blue Riband, however, where I sampled seared scallops and sushi for starters, before enjoying a main course of blackened salmon. We then spent the night watching a live band in one of the ship's many bars. 

Blue Riband Restaurant
Once we arrived in Amsterdam we stayed in the Hotel Agora. Although basic, it was in a fantastic location - around a five minute walk from Rembrant Square.

We only stayed in Amsterdam for one night and decided to stay around the Rembrant Square area which was lively and proved to be a good choice. There was a temporary bar set up on the square, which was serving mulled wine and Dissarono (surprisingly good) and there were also lots of stalls offering sweets and small Christmas gifts. After making a trip to the Ice Bar, we then headed into a few of the bars for some cocktails.

Rembrant Square Christmas Market

We left Amsterdam the following day and sailed back to Newcastle. For anyone who is looking for a reasonably priced city break I would definitely recommend the DFDS Amsterdam trip. With prices starting from just £49 per person you really cannot go wrong. I will definitely be making another trip soon! You can find further information about the DFDS Cruises available by clicking here.

Chocolate Coated Strawberries at the Christmas Market

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Crest White Strips Review - One Week

I have now been using Crest White Strips for one week and wanted to share my results so far. This is a 20 day treatment so I'm now just over one third through.

So far I have found the strips very easy to apply. I have experienced some minor sensitivity after using the strips, however it's been nothing too bad, and feel the results so far have been good. I can definitely see a difference!

An image of my teeth before I started (top) and how they look now (bottom) is below:

I've found 30 minutes feels like a long time when wearing the strips so have been putting them on to drive home from work or meetings, which I've found a great time to use them, except when I realised I had no petrol and had to stop at a garage on my way home. That said, they are virtually invisible so I doubt anyone would have noticed. They are relatively comfortable to wear and I haven't found them to be a major inconvenience to my routine.

If you have any questions about my Crest White Strips Review please do not hesitate to leave a comment. I'd be happy to help. You can find my previous post about the exact product I bought and my reasons for this choice by clicking here.

I'll share some additional photographs soon!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Fireworks Displays Newcastle 2014 - Lifestyle Blog

I've been doing some research into firework displays in Newcastle this year and wanted to share some information about the key events I've either attended previously or heard great reports about. I hope they're helpful! I'm not completely sure I'll make it to a professional display this year, however my family is hosting a display on Saturday night which I'm sure will be just as good (ha ha).

Wednesday, 5th November 2014

Kirkley Hall - Ponteland
Offering a fireworks display, bonfire and hog roast, gates open at 6pm, with fireworks starting from 6.30pm. Tickets are priced at £2.50 per person.

Blue Flames - Wallsend
Gates for this event open at 5.30pm, with the display starting from 7pm. Refreshments are also available.

Saltwell Park - Gateshead
This free display starts at 7.30pm, with the bonfire being lit at 7pm. A park and ride service is in operation as only limited parking is available.

Beamish Museum - County Durham
This is a pre-booked, ticket-only event so it is advisable to contact the venue before the event for ticket availability. Tickets are priced at £4 per person. Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7pm, before the fireworks display which will commence at 7.30pm.

Saturday, 8th November 2014

Tynemouth Cricket Club - Tynemouth
Offering a bonfire and fireworks display, the bonfire will be lit at 6pm, with fireworks commencing at 7pm.


Monday, 3 November 2014

Cruise Clothing Newcastle Fashion Show

I recently attended the Cruise Clothing Newcastle Fashion Show and wanted to share a few images from the evening and some of the items I've bought from their Autumn-Winter collection.

Running between 7pm-9pm on 16th October, the Cruise Clothing Newcastle Fashion Show allowed the store to showcase all of its latest lines and upcoming trends for the winter season. Sponsored by Scavi & Ray procecco and Peroni, guests were treated to drinks throughout the evening, before the main fashion show, which started at around 8.15pm. A stage was set up in the Menswear section of the shop, with the show running for around 20 minutes.

Although I did not buy anything on the evening, I have treated myself to some of the store's current stock including these beautiful Valentino Boots and a fantastic Gucci shawl (in two colours). The weather here in Newcastle has become quite cold recently, so I'm sure I'll get some good use out of both items.

 I'd highly recommend a visit for those who are looking for some unique winter accessories as some of the new stock is beautiful. The store is located on Princess Square, Newcastle, just off Northumberland Street.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Crest Whitening Strips Review - Day One

So, following on from yesterday's post regarding my Crest Whitening Strips review, I have now used Crest Whitening Strips Professional Effects for the first time and must say they were very easy to apply and seem to have made a difference on first use.

The top image shows my teeth before the treatment, with the second picture showing them after.

Unfortunately with a front-facing camera the quality isn't great - or very flattering - but I will try my best to keep all of the images consistent to try and demonstrate the results as best I can. I am going to continue using the Crest Whitening Strips and will post a new picture in a few days' time to show how the whitening has (hopefully) progressed.

I have not suffered any sensitivity so far, but will also post should this or anything else significantly change. I have now started using sensitive toothpaste as a precaution so hopefully this will help.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Crest Whitening Strips Professional Effects - Teeth Whitening Newcastle

My first post regarding Crest Whitening Strips Professional Effects:

I've been considering teeth whitening for quite a while now but have always refrained due to mixed reviews from friends who have had this done. I'd spoken to numerous people about just about every product and treatment possible, from at-home kits and laser whitening to bleaching and dentist-performed whitening.

One of the main products that had been mentioned, with primarily good reviews, was Crest Whitening Strips - a product that is currently only available online or in America. Following my recent trip to the States, I decided to purchase the Professional Effects line of this product and give it a go myself.

I've spent hours searching for reviews about Crest Whitening Strips and felt it may be beneficial to log my progress for others who are thinking of using this product in the hope that it would help provide some guidance to those who are considering using this too.

As mentioned, I bought the Luxe Professional Effects treatment, a product that is said to remove 14 years of stains on completion of the treatment. The product is applied once daily for up to 20 days. The duration of use is dependent on the level of whitening required.

I also bought the Gentle Routine strips as I was told they were good for general maintenance once the treatment was complete.

Just to give a background on my teeth: I do not generally suffer any sensitivity, have never worn braces or had any major dental treatment previously. This is also my first whitening treatment.

One of the key reasons I was reluctant to use this product was that it may make my teeth sensitive, however the packaging claims that any sensitivity would be temporary so I've decided to give it a go.

I am going to use the Crest Whitening Strips for the first time tonight so will update my blog with a post detailing my first treatment soon, followed by subsequent blogs detailing the milestones of the treatment and any other information that may be beneficial to those using the product. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Places to visit in Vegas

I have just returned from a fantastic trip to Las Vegas and wanted to share some of my key recommendations for those visiting, or thinking of visiting, this fantastic city.


The Flamingo Hotel
We travelled in a group of eight (four couples) and stayed at the Flamingo Hotel. We had received a fantastic deal on the hotel and we extremely impressed with its location and facilities. I'd heard mixed reports about the Flamingo but we were placed in a room that had recently been refurbished meaning we had fantastic facilities and a great view of the strip. For those looking for somewhere central to stay I could not recommend this hotel more. It's right on the strip and walking distance to all main attractions.


The Wynn

On our second day we decided to visit the Wynn hotel for a buffet dinner. Priced at around $60 per person, the package included unlimited food and drink. We arrived at around 5.30pm and the food available was fantastic, with almost any dish imaginable available including sushi, seafood, pizza and pasta, grilled meats, salads, enchiladas and some fantastic desserts. From memory, I believe this offer runs from 3pm-10pm.

Located in the Venetian, TAO offers high quality Asian fusion food. The atmosphere and surroundings of TAO are fantastic and the food was fantastic - especially our starters. Although it's not cheap, I'd definitely recommend TAO for those looking for something a bit different.

Yard House
Located close to the new LINQ hotel (and Las Vegas' version of the London Eye) was the Yard House Sports Bar. Offering an extensive menu, we enjoyed lunch here on two occasions and everyone who ate all thoroughly enjoyed their food. The Yard House also offers 150 craft beers and an extensive cocktail menu for those who are looking for a good place for drinks. Sports are also shown in this bar daily.


Located at the top of the Palms Resort, Ghostbar (pictured above) offers fantastic views across Las Vegas. The music was fantastic and the bar was very lively with a Club-style feel. I would 100% recommend this for those who are looking for a good night out in a truly unique setting.

Piano Bar
Located in New York, New York, the Piano Bar offered a bit of an alternative night out. Playing live music all night, the Piano Bar was quite lively when we visited and boasted a great atmosphere. It was a bit of a contrast to the others listed above but definitely worth a visit if passing, just make sure you have your dancing shoes on!

Located in the Bellagio, Hyde offers fantastic views of the iconic dancing fountains. The bar opened at 5pm and we arrived early to ensure we had a seat with a good view. Famous for its Bellinis, this bar is definitely worth a visit. The fountains are on every 30 minutes until 7pm and every 15 minutes thereafter.

Our view from Hyde at the Bellagio

We visited far too many places to mention but those listed above were definitely some of the highlights. Please feel free to leave a comment if you'd like further information or any other recommendations.