Wednesday, 3 June 2015

2015 Summer Fashion Picks - North East Fashion Blog!

I wanted to share a post detailing some of my 2015 summer fashion picks. I've done quite a lot of shopping recently and there are some fantastic clothing and accessories around. A few of my recent buys are below and I'd expect most to still be available in the shops! 

Day-to-Day Items 

Zara Biker Trousers
Although I love it when the sun is shining, it can sometimes be deceiving how cold it is outside so I was keen to buy a pair of summer trousers that can be worn in slightly more chilly weather. I came across these beautiful faux leather, white biker jeans from ZARA and having worn them a few times I am in love. In addition to being extremely comfortable, they are also great teamed with smart or casual shops. They are in-store now!

 Zara Shorts
On the same visit to ZARA,  I also came across these fab shorts, which are available in a range of colours and patterns. At just £19.99 they are great for wear at home or abroad - I'm just hoping we get the weather here in Newcastle to wear them.

Warehouse Spotlight Top
I have been on a few hen nights recently and needed a black outfit for one of them. Thankfully I came across this beautiful top from Warehouse Spotlight. Featuring a beaded panel running down each side, it's great teamed with jeans or shorts.

Topshop Blazer 
I try to avoid wearing white as it's so hard to keep clean, however I couldn't resist this Topshop blazer. Let's hope I can get a few wears out of it before it needs dry cleaned.
Mori Lee Dress
Owning a wedding shop definitely has its benefits, especially thanks to the new range of occasion dresses that we have recently taken on. With five weddings to go to this year I decided to treat myself to a few new outfits, my favourite however is this Mori Lee lace dress which I bought in coral. Anyone looking to buy one can find more information at

And now for some treats...

I absolutely love shoes and bags and couldn't resist buying this Celine Trapeze Bag when I saw it in Cruise recently. I love the colour and the option of using this with both a long and short strap. I have another Celine bag and find they never go out of fashion. If you're looking for a treat, this is definitely worth a look!

Burberry Wrap
Although summer is coming, the nights can sometimes be cold so I decided to purchase this beautiful Burberry Wrap as I thought it would be ideal for summer evenings. This is also available with your initials on, however I opted for the plain version!

Chanel Shoes 
Another of my guilty pleasures are shoes and on a recent trip to Dubai I couldn't resist these beautiful leather pumps. I was a bit worried about the size of them initially, however they have stretched since being worn and now feel like slippers!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Newcastle Fashion and Lifestyle Blog - An Update!

It's been a little while now since I last updated my Newcastle Fashion and Lifestyle Blog as I have had an extremely busy few months. 

In addition to launching my second business, Epernay Bridal, I've had the pleasure of attending four fantastic hen nights, in addition to a fantastic holiday in Dubai with my husband. I will be adding a more in-depth blog about each place and where we stayed, however I thought it may be nice to add some brief information for anyone who is currently in the process of organising a hen party or trip away.

My first hen party was in Albufeira in Portugal and we had an amazing time. We stayed in some fantastic apartments located just outside of the town. Albufeira is a really good place to visit as a couple or group of friends as it offers something for everyone. Split into two main areas, New Town offers lively bars and Clubs and Old Town is perfect for those looking for live music and nice restaurants. This was my second visit to Albufeira and I would certainly recommend it!

The second hen party took me back to Portugal, this time to Vilamoura. We managed to get a fantastic deal in a Hilton Aparthotel and found some fantastic beach bars that I would highly recommend (further information will be posted soon). Vilamoura boasts a beautiful marina and a great nighlife and I will definitely be making a trip back. It's also a great for those who love golf!

A few weeks later I made a trip to Spain's Benalmadena resort. This time we stayed in a hotel located very close to the beach and main town centre. Our accommodation was half board and the food was great. We ate out at lunchtime to sample the seafood, which was absolutely delicious. The nightlife at the main square was fantastic and we had a great night partying in some of the more lively bars!

My fourth and final hen night was this weekend just gone in Benidorm and we had an amazing time. I arrived slightly later than the rest of the group due to work commitments but this didn't spoil my trip at all. Benidorm certainly lived up to its reputation and we had an amazing few days, especially on the Friday when we visited Tiki Beach! If you are visiting Benidorm, you have to go here!

As mentioned, I will be uploading some further posts over the coming days about each area and the places we stayed and visited, however if you do have any questions or would like any specific recommendations please do not hesitate to contact me!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Newcastle Civic Centre Wedding Fair 2015

The Newcastle Civic Centre Wedding Fair is taking place this weekend and you wedding boutique,  Epernay Bridal, is delighted to be one of the exhibitors.
Kicking-off at 12pm on Sunday, 19th April, the event will showcase some of the region’s premier wedding suppliers. Entry is free and all guests will receive a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival. A prize draw will be taking place every hour, on the hour, and free goodies and giveaways will also be happening throughout the day.
We would be delighted if you called over to visit our stand where you will be able to find out more about our wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, veils, accessories and post box and candy cart hire. We will also be taking appointment bookings.
The event will finish at 4pm and the address is Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Longsands Clothing Tynemouth - Newcastle Fashion Blog

As someone who loves fashion I was delighted to hear about a new store that has opened up in Tynemouth called Longsands Clothing.

 Specialising in surf and casual clothing, I was delighted when my new baseball jacket arrived as there's nothing I love more than throwing on some comfortable clothing when I'm taking out my dog or heading up to ride my horse, Piper. The jacket is inspired by the US and features large 'LS' letters on the front. It is extremely warm and looks great teamed with jeans or a pair of leggings.

All of the clothing from Longsands is designed and printed in the United Kingdom and the company constantly released new designs in a bid to keep its range fresh and current. Located in the Land of Green Ginger Shopping Arcade, the company also has an online e-commerce site which can be found at

Men, women and children's clothing is available, in addition to a range of hats and accessories to keep you warm.

I'd defintiely recommend checking these guys out or calling in for a look if you're passing!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Beamish Park Hotel Wedding Fair February 2015

As it's the first weekend after Valentine's Day it seems very apt that my Sunday this week will be spent at the Beamish Park Hotel Wedding Fair with the team from Epernay Bridal

Taking place on 22nd February 2015, the event provides the perfect opportunity for any brides-to-be to meet potential suppliers and kick-start their wedding planning process. It is also a great opportunity for anyone with an upcoming wedding to finalise any last minute plans.

The event takes place between 12pm - 3pm on Sunday and admission is completely free. All brides will be given a goody bag and free fizz on arrival, allowing them to browse the event at their own leisure.

Singer Joshua James will be providing entertainment throughout the day and brides can also book up for the Beamish Park Hotel amazing summer 2015 wedding package, which provides a full day and evening wedding package for just £3,875.

The event is taking place at Beamish Burn Road, Marley Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 5EG and further information can be found by emailing

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Restaurant Review - The Bake One, Gosforth

It's been a little while since I did a restaurant review however I felt my recent visit to The Bake One in Gosforth was definitely worth sharing.

The Bake One is a new Lebanese restaurant that has opened on the High Street. It came highly recommended and I can certainly see why.

Offering a sit-in and takeaway service, The Bake One boasts an extensive menu that incorporates everything from curries to Lebanese pastries. I don't eat red meat, so trying new restaurants can sometimes be problematic, however there was absolutely no way I was going to struggle finding something to eat as there was an array of chicken, vegetarian and fish options available.

For starters we opted for Hummus and Lebanese Bread, Vegetable Moussaka and Falafels with a Yoghurt Sauce. All three were extremely nice.

I was looking for something light for my main course and decided to sample a Grilled Shish Chicken Wrap, which was made up of grilled chicken, garlic sauce, tomato and salad wrapped in a flatbread - the fact that there was nothing left on my plate at the end of this meal speaks for itself.

My mum and husband opted for a Mixed Shawarma Wrap and a Kabsah Lamb, both of which received glowing reviews.

For those looking to try something a little different, The Bake One also offers Parmesans. For those who aren't familiar with this dish it's basically a pizza with a chicken breast base instead of dough! I can't say I've tried one but I do know it's a popular Saturday night takeaway dish.

The Bake One offers a bring-your-own-alcohol service so for those looking for an alcoholic drink it's best to turn up prepared. There are several shops on the High Street if not however!

I really can't recommend The Bake One enough and based on the amount of people eating there on a Tuesday night I'm sure it will be there for the long haul. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the restaurant.

You can view the menu by clicking here.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Newcastle Racecourse Wedding Fair - Epernay Bridal Shop Gosforth

I'm looking forward to this weekend as my new wedding boutique, Epernay Bridal Shop Gosforth, will be showing at the Newcastle Racecourse Wedding Fair.

The event is taking place on Saturday, 31st January and Sunday, 1st February 2015 between 11am and 3pm.

We attended a similar event prior to the opening of Epernay Bridal, however the thought of doing this now we're fully established is very exciting!

Admission to this event is free on Saturday and £3 on the door on Sunday. There is also free parking for over 2000 cars. Wedding brochures and the latest editions of five bridal magazines will be available free too.

There will be  food and refreshments available from Cocktail Lounge on Level One and Sunday Lunches are available at the Border Minstrel pub located next door. 

As mentioned, Epernay Bridal will be exhibiting on the day and we are located just a few minutes from the racecourse so please do call in if you are passing. We have an extensive range of services including bridal and bridesmaid gowns, made-to-order veils, accessories, alterations, wedding planning and post box hire. 

You can find further information about Epernay Bridal at You can find further information about tomorrow's by clicking here