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

Monday, 19 January 2015

Wedding Dress Shop Newcastle - Epernay Bridal

Epernay Bridal - my new wedding dress shop in Newcastle!

I want to apologise for the serious lack of posts over the past month! I do have a very valid excuse however, as my time has been spent launching a fantastic new venture, a wedding dress shop called Epernay Bridal in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.

I've absolutely loved the process of setting up my own wedding dress shop and have handpicked each and every dress in our boutique. We are now officially open and currently in the process of recruiting some new staff (anyone who is interested in our vacancy can find further information here) who will work in the boutique alongside my mum and I. Our services include bride and bridesmaid dresses, made-to-order veils, headpieces, alterations and wedding post box hire.

Many of my readers may know that I got married in July last year. I loved every minute of it and one of the most exciting prospects of owning my own wedding dress shop is being able to help and assist others whilst they make the same journey. I have always had a keen interest in fashion, something which played a big part in my decision to branch out and start my second business.

The whole ethos of our store is to create a friendly and relaxed environment for every single person who walks through our door. No hard sales pitches, just friendly advice and help.

The shop was previously a physiotherapist clinic and I fell in love with the premises the minute I walked in. We look out onto a beautiful village green, have a garden at the back, ample free parking and plenty of space for our many gowns, veils and headpieces. Additionally - and probably my favourite feature of all - our boutique boasts a completely private dressing room with enough room to accommodate a bride's full party. We also have a seating area in our main showroom for those who don't wish to use the private facilities. 

We do encourage brides to make an appointment to guarantee use of our private dressing room, however walk-in appointments are also available. At each appointment, brides will have a one-on-one consultation with one of our consultants before picking out the dresses they would like to try. Complimentary tea, coffee and prosecco will be provided at each consultation.

Epernay Bridal is located in Melton Park in Gosforth, which is located opposite Brunton Park and in between Newcastle Racecourse and the Northern Rugby Club. We are now officially open and appointments can be booked by emailing

I am currently in the process of completing our website, which can be found at I apologise for the lack of images - they will follow soon!

If anyone is planning on getting married or know someone who is, please do pass on our information. I promise everyone will be well looked after! Additionally, if you have any wedding-related questions please do not hesitate to contact me as I've recently done it all myself and will hopefully be able to help!

I'm really excited for what 2015 has to bring! 

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.