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.


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.