Food Friday – Byron Burger, Newcastle

Byron Burger 8

One thing that has always bothered me until very recently was the North East dining scene. Yes we do independent and awesome and we do it VERY well, but for the longest of time, hip and trendy ‘London’ based brands and chains wouldn’t set foot up North. This has changed and it has changed for the better.

Byron has landed on Grey Street in a prime location right next to the Monument and most importantly – the giant screen showing the Rugby World Cup!

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Minimal travel make up

Minimal travel make up 2

I have been warned by the husband that I must pack light for our city break today as we are solely responsible for lugging our own bags on the ferry, coach and intercity train. No luggage trolleys for us!

This is pretty much my usual go-to travel make up and just the selection I keep packed at all times. It means I can just grab it on a morning if I know I need to redo my make up at work or an impromptu over night stay crops up. I just pick it up and go.

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Keeping keys classy with Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westood Heart Keyring

I posted last week about how obsessed I was with leather tassel keyrings and now I have another one to show you.

In the last few weeks I have added a new set of house keys and new car keys to my bag so I need something pretty for them, right?

This black glitter heart keyring from Vivienne Westwood (£35) from Selfridges was a very kind gift from Paul. As it has a textured leather fob, it ticks the boxes for 9th wedding anniversary which is leather… and it just looks rather handsome hanging from the ignition of the car!


We are sailing…..

Utrecht, The Netherlands

It’s Travel Tuesday or #TTOT if you follow tags on Twitter so I wanted to tell you all about my mini break this week as we are super excited!

On Thursday we will be hopping on the ferry from North Shields to Ijmiuden which is the principal port of Holland. After a quick zip on the train, we will be spending a long weekend in Utrecht which was voted as having the best canals in Europe by a travel company survey.

A mere half an hour south of Amsterdam, we are on a mission to uncover more of Holland than the bright lights and reputation of Amsterdam. With a Dom Tower, canal cruises and a nightly city light show, we can’t wait to get there and explore.

Keep your eyes peeled for live tweeting and instagram pictures of our trip and a post when we get back.

I have found a Sephora in Utrecht……. ’nuff said.