Wednesday, 17 October 2018

All new Burberry Her...

Burberry Her...


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner, that I love London town-Cara Delevigne for Burberry


A present from me to me, I couldn't resist buying the new Burberry Her fragrance, just a couple of days after it landed.  I had high hopes; my favourite fragrance is My Burberry, I love all of the My Burberry range and with Ricardo Tisci making amazing changes at the house, I had a feeling this new scent would be something special and I'm pleased to say it didn't let me down!!

The all new Burberry Her ad campaign...

Image from Harper's Bazaar (here)

I opened my Instagram (Follow me!) on the day of the launch to hear Cara Delevigne singing to me from my Insta story feed, so I instantly knew that the new scent would be a success!! The little ditty was advertising gold and stayed with me all day; it was heavily planted in my consciousness, I needed to smell it!  Cara talks about her love of London and travels around showing off the stunning London sights from an open-topped bus (watch the campaign here).  It's a match made in fashion heaven!

A Sunday shopping trip and a little purchase...

So it was a Sunday shopping trip to Fenwick, Newcastle that sealed the deal.  I got to smell the fragrance which is quite light, fruity and floral (and stays with you all day, no need to respray!)  


The first fragrance to feature the new Burberry logo, the bottle is sleek and cool and would look amazing on any dressing table.  And the scent is just beautiful! Described by Burberry as 'A burst of red and dark berry notes lightened by a white woody accord' and the bottle design inspired by an archival Burberry fragrance design, Burberry Her really is something special.


Lucky for me, as I bought on it's first weekend of release, I also got this amazing Burberry cosmetic bag and some mini-fragrances absolutely free!  Regular readers will know I love all things Burberry, so I was so excited about this! Thank you Fenwick!


Kudos to Burberry, they just keep getting it right all of the time!  If you like a light and floral, sweet scent, that isn't too heady, Burberry Her is definitely worth a try! I'd love to know what you think!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Kay xxx

Shop Burberry Her here 

(Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post-I bought the fragrance myself and absolutely love it! All opinions are my own)
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Monday, 8 October 2018

Punk up your Pizza at Pizza Punks!

It's time to join the pizza revolution!


What's it all about?

Pizza Punks is a pizza revolution!  Newly opened on Grey Street, Newcastle, it's a place to order amazing and delicious pizza, made to order with as many toppings as you'd like but at a flat rate, there are no pizza-topping penalties at Pizza Punks; go with an appetite and get ready to punk up your pizza.

My Pizza Punks experience...


I visited Pizza Punks on a mid-Sunday afternoon, with a huge appetite after a long morning's run (my favourite time to eat pizza!).  After previewing the menu online, I was really excited to punk up my pizza!  The menu works in two ways; you can either order a standard pizza with toppings already chosen, or you can create your own from a gargantuan list of toppings (known as punking up your pizza!).  My Mister and I both decided to punk it up and the great thing about it, is that you can choose as many toppings as you want, but the pizza will always be £10 (remember no pizza-topped penalties here!).  I'll tell you a bit about each pizza in turn, but first I want to talk about drinks.  Pizza Punks has an amazing drinks menu covering cocktails to gins, and there's a healthy selection of soft drinks too.  You can check out the extensive drinks menu here.  As it was a Sunday afternoon and my Mister was driving, we decided to keep it soft with a Ginger beer for him and an amazing Cherry Pop Soda for me (they were so tasty I had two!).

 Cherry Pop Soda-handcrafted in store

As it was a punk theme, I took Sid, my Burberry bear bag charm, along for the ride!


Okay, back to the pizzas...



Okay, to the important part (I should probably also mention that every pizza is fresh and gets stone-baked in a pizza oven, for that quality artisan pizza taste).  For my pizza, I chose a Sourdough base with a San Marzano tomato, basil and garlic sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Then for the toppings I chose Fajita chicken, red onion, olives, mushrooms, sweetcorn, red peppers and finished off with a sprinkling of chilli flakes.  My Mister chose the same base, sauce and cheese, but he had ham, Tuscan sausage, beef meatballs, red onion, sweetcorn, pineapple and finished with oregano and chilli.  We also got a chilli cheese garlic bread to share.





The pizzas were absolutely delicious, as was the garlic bread.  The sourdough base was cooked to perfection and I loved how the toppings were shredded and spread evenly, so there was an amazing, even taste with every bite.  The garlic bread was probably the nicest I've ever tasted-although you get so much pizza that I think the ordering of sides is more practical for those that are sharing a pizza or for larger parties as we struggled to finish ours (it was super tasty though!).  However, we did manage to polish off our pizzas (must've been all the running we did beforehand!!).



The coolest interior...

As well as the amazing food, I loved the whole Pizza Punks set up.  Think graffiti walls and neon lighting, Pizza Punks is cool, fresh and modern and also offers the best soundtrack to your meal, playing bands such as Editors and the Killers as well as throwing in the odd eighties banger.  I love any place that plays a good indie anthem, so I was really happy with that!






I also think a great place to eat is highlighted by the coolness and cleanliness of its restrooms, and I LOVED them!  



I felt like like a movie star when I stood at the amazing light-up mirrors and I loved the punked-up images of stars from the past hung on the toilet doors.  

So the verdict...

Pizza Punks ticked all of the boxes for me and my Mister.  The food was delicious, with a wide range of toppings to suit both of our tastes, the interior was amazing, there was a chilled out atmosphere, great music and the staff were super helpful and friendly.  You get a lot of food for a reasonable price and I'd definitely like to go back to try out the cocktail menu and a few more of their delicious sides.

THE PIZZA REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN! BOOK YOUR TABLE HERE!

Thanks for reading,

Kay xx


I was kindly invited along to review Pizza Punks so our meal was complimentary but all views and opinions are my own-I loved it! Thanks so much to the staff for having us and looking after us so well!
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

BFG and a gorgeous afternoon tea...

Hello lovelies!



There're lots of reasons why you should make time to visit The Bowes Museum (and most of them you can read about on my blog!) but there's an extra special reason to visit this weekend!  Yes, this weekend is the last that you'll be able to visit the lovely BFG exhibition and if you loved the book as a child (or if you're a child-or a big child-that loves the book now!) it's definitely worth the visit!  Quentin Blake illustrated many Roald Dahl books; his illustrations really help to bring the characters to life and seeing his BFG illustrations collected together in one space really helped to bring back some amazing childhood memories for me.  When I was little, my favourite Roald Dahl book was George's Marvellous Medicine (I still list it as one of my favourite books today!).  Miss Brown my primary school teacher at the time, gave each character a voice when she read it to us at story time, and even though I've read it numerous times since, I still hear the voices in my head that she assigned to them.  When I think of the book, I always think of Quentin Blake's drawings of George and his giant evil Grandma after she drank the potion George concocted.  Similarly, I alway think of the wonderfully tall BFG, with his large ears; the illustrations are a perfect partner to Dahl's beautiful words.








"The BFG in Pictures" looks at how the BFG first came to be a Roald Dahl character, how he evolved from black and white to colour and how you can draw your own BFG too!  And for all of the chiddlers visiting the exhibition, there's a place to create your own artwork too!  I really enjoyed reading the wishes in the wishing jars added by those that had visited!  I don't want to tell you too much about it in case you're planning to visit this weekend, but it really is a lovely little exhibition for the whole family.


As an added bonus, there's a BFG trail too!  If you fancy hunting out the clues, pick up a trail map at the museum's reception desk, and follow the trail.  If you're lucky, you might spot the BFG strolling around the grounds too!


Hunting for giants is hungry work, so how about a BFG inspired afternoon tea to finish your day?  At £18.95 for adults and £8.95 for a special children's version, the afternoon tea provided by The Bowes Museum is AMAZING!  Special credit to the Café Bowes staff, for the delicious treats and wonderful service!



I'll break each section down layer by layer so you know exactly what to expect.  Starting with savouries, you'll get a Pastrami, Rocket and Snozzcumber sandwich with mustard mayonnaise (although I think the BFG ate my Snozzcumber!!), a delicious Whoopsy Whifling Ham and Pease pudding sandwich (my favourite of the bunch!), a Svollop Smoked Salmon and Crodscollop Cream Cheese wrap, a Time Twiddler Cheese and Chutney sandwich and a delicious sausage roll!


Moving up the cake-stand, the Glummy Fruit Scone is EPIC!  I love a fruit scone from Café Bowes and this one near enough finished me off, but it was worth every mouthful!


And then it was the cake layer, but sadly, I didn't manage much of it as I was so full!  There's a Lemon Phizz-Whizzing Meringue Hug which was deliciously tangy, a Mango and Passion Fruit Bavarois, also lip-smackingly delicious, a Delumptious Caramel Choux bun and a Strawbunkle and Raspberry tart, which I couldn't fit into my ever expanding tummy, but I took them home for my Mister who can vouch for how delicious they both were.


It was so nice to treat my friend Fi to this afternoon tea on her visit to the museum and it was a great way to end our afternoon, so if you're visiting this weekend, why not try it for yourself?  But remember, if you want a special BFG afternoon tea, booking is essential, so be sure to call the museum before you visit.


To learn more about the BFG in Pictures and to book your entry tickets check out The Bowes Museum's website here.  The BFG afternoon tea is available on Friday, Saturday and Sundays only and is due to end on September 30th, 2018, so make sure you book today! You can book your afternoon tea here.

Until next time,

Kayleigh xx


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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Burberry: Kingdom SS'19 by Ricardo Tisci...

Hello lovelies!

Kingdom SS'19 by Ricardo Tisci

Image credit: taken from Harper's Bazaar Singapore (here)

September 17th, 2018, the Monday of the Spring/Summer shows at London Fashion Week and the one that I've been waiting for, Ricardo Tisci's new vision for Burberry was finally revealed.  During the build up to the show, we'd been given some tasters.  First there was the new branding and logo, which sent mixed messages about the direction that the house might take.  Was this to be a complete departure from Burberry's heritage?

Image credit here

When I first saw it I wasn't sure, but I could imagine it looking beautiful in the lining of a bag, or as a silk scarf.  Then there was the launch of #theBseries and a first peek into Tisci's new look Burberry; pieces launched on Instagram that could bought for a short space of time before, during and just after the runway show.  This was really cleverly done, as the looks were quite cool and street, yet the show for the majority was a stark contrast to this.

Image credit: Burberry instagram

During the build up I was apprehensive.  I'd heard so many great things about Ricardo Tisci and how he transformed Givenchy, but I was worried that with a complete break from the past, Burberry just wouldn't feel like Burberry anymore.  The brand has always been about history and heritage and although it's always been quite forward thinking (the first to adopt see now, buy now under Bailey), it's always managed to preserve it's iconic history whilst still being quite fresh.  To imagine a world without the Burberry trench, or the iconic check was a little daunting.  However, I need not have worried, because it seems that Tisci completely understands the beauty in Burberry's history too.

Kingdom, SS'19, almost carries on from where Christopher Bailey left off in celebrating eclecticism and everything that encompasses Britishness.  

"...This Show is a celebration of the cultures, traditions and the codes of this historic fashion house and of the eclecticism that makes up the beautifully diverse United Kingdom"-Ricardo Tisci

The first part of the show focused on refined dressing, showcasing some of the amazing tailoring that the house is best known and loved for.  The Womenswear was particularly exquisite; the new logo was delicately patterned onto silk head scarves, wrapped around the neatly coiffed hair of the models and the iconic trench coat colour greatly influenced the colour palette throughout.  The nova check was subtly reimagined too, and floated along the runway on silk shirts and blouses.  Think Céline and Hermès, elegant Parisian chic; business dress never looked so glamourous.  I particularly loved the bags that featured the new logo as a gold clasp (who'd have thought I'd have been so easily converted!)

Image credit here

Bag goals! (Image credit here)

The menswear that followed was pretty formal too, and although it wasn't groundbreaking, it was certainly chic.  There were some rather unusual accessories, such as an umbrella on a chain belt which looked a little out of place at least in this section but nevertheless, although a little underwhelming in the shadow of the beautiful womenswear, it certainly worked.

Image credit here

Then, as if out of nowhere, there was a punk revolution.  In homage to some of the best fashion moments in British history and possibly a tip of the hat to Vivienne Westwood who is set to collaborate with Tisci on a small collection later in the year, the show dynamic completely changed.  Think trench coats with bondage-style straps, flat beetle-crusher style shoes and zips and leather, this was a more daring edge to Burberry, and weirdly it worked!  Inspiration taken from an eclectic and diverse London, Tisci showed his love for our beautiful capital city by making his show mirror its diversity of styles and trends.  And there was still some amazing and elegant tailoring to be seen in this part of the show too; music to my ears!

Image credit here

Image credit here

The verdict...

For a debut collection, Tisci ticked all of the boxes with Kingdom.  By creating excitement in the build up and then by sending an array of styles down the runway, he's certainly shown what he's capable of as a designer and that the future is certainly bright for Burberry.  Womenswear was the outright winner for me, the detail in each piece was truly exceptional and I can't wait to see them in the flesh when they hit our stores early next year (now that Tisci has traded Bailey's 'see now, buy now' for the more traditional seasonal fashion model).  Here's to some more amazing collections in the future...I better start saving!!

Thanks for reading,

Until next time,

Kay xx


WATCH THE FULL SHOW HERE




(Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to any of these images, they are credited to their owners)










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Friday, 14 September 2018

Great Exhibition of the North 2018

The things I loved most about Great Exhibition of the North, 2018...


What was it?


Great Exhibition of the North ran from 22nd June-9th September 2018 across Newcastle and Gateshead.  Museums and creative spaces took part, allowing people to visit special pop-up exhibitions, live performances, artwork and displays of innovation for free, right across the summer!  There was even an app where you could track down everything you wanted to visit and create a trail that linked each thing together on a map.

What did you visit?


Well...as my blog is fashion orientated, I tried to visit with that (and you lovely people!) in mind.  There were loads of things to see, and after a hectic summer of working, there was no way I'd have ever have found the time to visit them all!  So I started off with fashion, but spotted some other bits and pieces on my travels that I thought I'd share.  Although GET North was spread right across Newcastle and Gateshead, my coverage here is just from the Great North Museum, the Discovery Museum and of intu Eldon Square, as these were the places that housed everything I was interested in seeing.

SO...how about you show us some fashion...


Okay, without further ado, let's start with some Vivienne Westwood!



'Pirate' at the Great North Museum

From the 'Pirate' collection of AW '81, this ensemble by Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren was top of my list for the pieces that I most wanted to see at GET North.  On loan from the V & A, this outfit was part of the first collection that the pair took to the catwalk and was inspired by portrait paintings from the 17th and 18th century and gave an early glimpse of what was to come from the 'New Romantic' era of music and fashion in the eighties.

Unbeknownst to me, the museum also had some other Vivienne Westwood pieces that I was particularly excited about!




In 2014 (and more recently redesigned in 2018), Vivienne Westwood was commissioned to design uniforms for Virgin Atlantic staff and cabin crew.  These stunning and impeccably tailored uniforms were also on display at the Great North Museum, and I just stumbled across them as I had no idea that they were there!  I'm so in love with the red skirt-suit; I'd love a job where I got to look that stylish every day!

The Little Black Graphene Dress, intu Eldon Square...




This dress was on display beside the food court in Eldon Square and is both fashion forward and technologically advanced!  Graphene, is a material that was discovered by scientists in Manchester and has since won a Nobel Prize!  It is highly conductive (it conducts electricity better than anything else currently know to humankind) and is a million times thinner than human hair and two hundred times stronger than steel.  This is the first dress ever to be created from Graphene and is packed with LED lights which change colour every time its wearer breathes!  The dress is stunning and gives a great insight to how Graphene could be used in the fashion industry in the future.

What else did you see at the Great North Museum?


Lots of things! Although I went with specific pieces in mind, I was pleasantly surprised with what the Great North Museum had to offer.  Here are some of the other bits and pieces that caught my eye:

Damien Hirst: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living





This Damien Hirst installation was created in 1991 (although this is not the original 1991 shark! If you want to learn more about this piece you can do so here-it's so interesting!).  A piece made to provoke thoughts about life, death and the feeling of immortality that comes from being alive, it's super impressive.  To see a creature that was once capable of killing in such close proximity is quite eerie and unusual, but at the same time, I did feel a little sorry for it knowing that it was killed for the sake of an artistic message!

John Lennon's Piano



My dad is the biggest John Lennon fan, so for all I love the Beatles, I took this photo more for him than me.  Although Lennon owned lots of pianos, this one is said to have been his favourite and the last one he ever played before he was assassinated.  Can you believe that some of the greatest Lennon songs that we've come to know and love could have been created on these very keys?  Mind is blown!

Pob!



I only vaguely remember Pob as it was released the year I was born, but for children of the early eighties, this one's for you!  


Postman Pat and Brian Cox?!


I don't really understand the relevance of this unusual pairing (or why Pat is an astronaut?) but there's certainly an astronomical vibe going on with these two!  I loved Postman Pat when I was little so it was nice to see him looking all futuristic in the Great North Museum!

Which leads nicely on to this...Helen Sharman's spacesuit!


Helen Sharman was the first British woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991.  She was also Britain's first astronaut!  She's super interesting; she applied to an advert that she heard whilst listening to her car radio which said, 'astronaut wanted: no previous experience necessary' and the rest as they say, is history!

And here's to another amazing woman, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill...


My favourite sporting woman of all time, I love Jessica Ennis-Hill, and I loved watching her take gold at the 2012 London Olympics, so I was really pleased to see her hurdling spikes at the Great North Museum.  She's an inspiration and such a worth winner!  It was pretty cool to see the Olympic and Paralympic torches too!


So...anything good at The Discovery Museum?


I'm glad you asked!  We went to the Discovery Museum specifically to see Stephenson's Rocket.  It was pretty much the star attraction of GET North I'd say, as it was constantly referenced in the news and publicity for the event.  Although I'm not massively interested in trains, it's an impressive piece of north-east history.  It was built in 1829 and was a great example of innovation for many steam locomotives which would be built thereafter. 




My favourite part of the exhibition at The Discovery Museum was the virtual reality video journey of the Rocket.  I'd never tried a VR headset before, but they are so impressive!  You totally get sucked in to the VR world; the technology is amazing!  You can see in the photo of my Mister below how it works; he was wearing the headset so whichever way he looked in his virtual world, I could see what he was looking at on the computer screen!  When I had my turn, I found it fun but very disorientating!



And I couldn't resist this cute photo of the Rocket Snow dog as I was on my way out; what a cutie!


And that's a wrap!

I was so impressed with Get North and the variety of interesting pieces on offer right across Newcastle and Gateshead!  I'm so pleased I got to see the Vivienne Westwood pieces and the Graphene dress, they were so amazing and you guys know how much I love my fashion.  I'd hoped to post this before the exhibition finished, but as always, time ran away with me, but I hope you all enjoy it just the same and if you missed it, it's a way to see the exhibits for yourselves (through my eyes at least!).

Thanks so much for reading,

Kay xx
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