Thursday, 31 July 2014

June 25th 2014: Woven Fashion Show-Fashion in Durham..

Hello my little beauties!

I'm trying desperately to get caught up with all of my blog posts, I feel like I have so much to share with you!  For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that last year, my Mister and I went to a fabulous fashion show in a secret location (a car park!) as part of Durham's first ever Fashion Week (here!)  This year Durham's Fashion Week was on a much smaller scale (four days instead of the full week), but we had so much fun last year that we decided we had to go back to another show.  This time we chose the Woven 'Gentleman's Evening' which was a bargain at £5 a ticket and as an added bonus, Woven is my Mister's favourite clothes shop!  Situated in The Gates shopping mall, if you've never visited Woven before, they specialise in bespoke suits to buy and hire, and sell a great variety of men's fashion that unless you look online, you can't really pick up anywhere else.  With brands such as Merc and David Watts, and tailoring from Saville Row, it's the perfect little haven for all you fashion conscious lads out there, particularly those of you who prefer a more 'Mod' style of dressing.  Okay, okay, I know I'm not male, but I absolutely love men's tailoring, and Woven is such a unique and quirky little shop; I've picked up some great pieces for my Mister there over the last couple of years, including a couple of Merc Harrington jackets which never ever seem to go out of style, so I was really excited to head along and see what they had to offer.

Cakes provided by 'Flat White' Durham

Upon arrival, my Mister was given a free goodie bag, and entered into a free prize draw to be drawn later in the evening.  We had a browse around both Woven and the Woven Outlet, where he bagged a gorgeous Merc shirt and a new belt for just under £40, before enjoying our free pizza and bubbles provided by Wiff Waff and yummy cakes from Flat White.  There were lots of other activities going on, including free table tennis, shoe shining and the most amazing man I have ever seen dressed head-to-toe in tweed, riding a Penny Farthing up and down the length of the shopping mall! My photos of him are a little blurry, but I hope you get the general idea, because he was fandabbydozy! I was gobsmacked!  Once I'd picked my bottom jaw back up off the floor, we took our seats ready for the fashion show (the pic above was our obligatory fashion show selfie!).

The Looks from the evening!

There were so many Looks that I've tried to condense them a little for you! I only had my Iphone so some of the photos are a little dark, but the three photos above were my favourites.  I love that red jacket!  I think you got a real feel for what Woven are really about from the show and I think the individuality of the store really shone through in both the clothes shown and the choice of models in the lineup.  It was such a great evening, I really wish events like this happened more often!

After watching the show, we were a little peckish (it seems a slice of pizza and a little cake didn't really cut it although it was delicious!) so we ended the night with a trip to Chiquito's.  I had the biggest Mojito Mocktail I've ever seen, which I'd really recommend if you're the designated driver...they taste just like their alcoholic sister!!  

Mega Mojito Mocktail!

With full tummies and my Mister's wallet empty, we headed home after a really amazing night of Fashion and fun...for a fiver!! Thank you to all at Woven, it was great...same again next year...?

 For all my blog's a nosey in the goodie bag!!

And another highlight I almost forgot to Mister also won a prize from the draw...

A whole host of 'David Watts' goodies!!

As a total random end to this post...check out 'David Watts' by The Jam here (just because it's going around my head every time I write 'David Watts' in this post!).  You're welcome!


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lovely Leeds for a VBF birthday celebration...

This year for my lovely VBF's early birthday celebrations, we decided to have a break from London life and stay a bit closer to home with a shopping trip to Leeds.  I know I've talked about Leeds before on my blog, but I just love it so much! The shops are amazing and there's so much to do!  It's the perfect place for a fashionista, and as an added bonus this time, the weather was amazing!

 #Selfie on the train!!

We started the day off with a bang with a few cheeky purchases in Victoria's Secret (in the swanky new Trinity Centre), because it would be rude not to really! We then headed to the Victoria Quarter for a browse around Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westood, Jo Malone and Micheal Kors where I basically could've spent a small fortune!

(Above) windows at LV and Mulberry (below) a LV bike!
For lunch, we had a quick bite at Pret, which we quite often do.  Even when we're little old ladies, I think we'll still be sharing a tuna baguette and a packet of crisps at Pret!!  We then went on to browse some more, with a look around Harvey Nichols, then on to Debenhams where we made our Chanel purchases (oh yes!...I'll come back to this later!).  Shopping is thirsty work, and the weather was really bright and humid, so we decided to test drive the Harvey Nichols roof terrace bar, to refuel our shopping energy with a leg rest and some gorgeous mocktails!  The roof terrace is quite a new addition to the department store, so it was the first time we'd tried it.  It's quite small, but on a glorious day I'd really recommend it! Our mocktails were quite reasonable too at £3.50 each (although you are expected to pay a small service charge) and they were so refreshing and absolutely delicious! We were quite lucky too, as just as we sat down with our drinks there was a Miner's march taking place below, which meant we could watch it pass by without being caught up in the hustle and bustle along Briggate.

Squinty eyes as the sky was so bright! But here we are enjoying our drinks!

Rather than having a heavy lunch, we decided to have an early dinner at Zizzi.  So after a few more shops and some sweetie purchases at 'Bon Bons' (one of the best sweet shops in the world!), we set off to try and find the restaurant.  On the way we found the Leeds Corn Exchange, which is a really impressive little building filled with vintage shops and other quirky little gems! There was even a street dance class taking place inside.

Beautiful architecture and street dance!
Our favourite part of the Corn Exchange however, was the inappropriate greeting's card shop...I literally don't think I've ever laughed so much!! It's definitely worth a visit, just for the crude greetings!

After giggling like school girls we'd certainly worked up an appetite, so headed to Zizzi for dinner.  The food was delicious, and the restaurant was pretty and spacious.  We love Zizzi, but this is one of the best I have ever visited, a great little way to round off the day!

After our food, it was pretty much time for us to head back home, but not before another trip to Victoria's Secret, just in case there was anything we'd missed the first time!  If shopping was a international sport, I definitely think we could represent England quite easily :).

Matching Chanel bags on Bertie's dashboard!
Oh yeah, the Chanel purchases!  I got myself the new Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid in Number 10 (I honestly don't know how I lived without it!) and Natalie got a gorgeous foundation.  Always loving a little taste of Chanel!  I also got 5 pairs of VS knickers for £20, a VS 'Sparkling Citrus Citrus Dream' Fragrance Mist in grapefruit and red lily (smells divine and was half price at £5.50), some sweets and a Kate Moss Lipstick (number 16 a perfect summery Coral shade).

Oh and I almost forgot...I also bought a gorgeous present for the handsome man in my life...what do you think?

Jay-Jay posing in his new Cath Kidston collar!
 We had such an amazing time, can't wait for the next one!


If you missed our last Leeds adventure you can read all about it here!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Scone Bar, Richmond, North Yorks

Hello lovelies!

As all good bloggers know, life is so much better when it involves cake! Honestly? I only go out running so I can indulge in all things cake at every opportunity.  So when my Mister told me that our lovely friend Jane had opened her own tea room in Richmond, I couldn't wait to try it...squeeeeee!!

The Scone Bar...damn that man for photobombing!
Jane's little establishment is called 'The Scone Bar', and it's everything that you could ever want from a tea room.  I feel like tea room isn't the right way to describe's more of a cake and scone emporium!  But that's not all, there are sandwiches and delicious soups on offer too!

On entering, we were greeted by the lovely Jane who was dressed head-to-toe in Edwardian clothes, as were all of the waitresses which really added to the feel of the place.  The first thing that caught my eye was the gorgeous selection of cakes and scones paraded in front of me in glass mouth was already watering and I hadn't even gotten through the door! 

Some of the cakes on offer...and Jane hiding!

One of the waitresses then led us upstairs to our table, where we sat and started to try and choose what to have.  My Mister and I hadn't had lunch yet so opted for vegetable soup, but obviously it would've been rude not to have one of the amazing scones as well to round off lunch perfectly.  We all chose white chocolate and cranberry scones, Mister's mammy and I just got butter with ours but he chose popcorn cream for his (they do unique creams to put on your scones too!) and I have to say it was one of the best things I have ever tasted!  The menu is massive, and there are scones to suit every taste, sweet and savoury.  But if scones aren't your thing the cakes looked pretty impressive too and I hear the lemon cake is out of this world! And that's not all, I have to also mention that the soup was super filling and so tasty...I wish I'd asked Jane for the recipe so I could make some at home.  Jane was also kind enough to give us three little complimentary scones with cream to try too, so needless to say after my visit I felt like I needed a lie-down to recover!

A word to the wise, if you're visiting Richmond, 'The Scone Bar' is often quite busy, but Jane will definitely do her best to accommodate you.  There aren't a huge amount of tables, but there's plenty of room as the building itself is quite tall, so you don't feel like you're sitting on top of the people around you.  If you can't get in at dinner time, I'd recommend hanging around until there are tables available, no visit to Richmond town centre now will feel complete without a visit!

You can find out more about what's on offer at 'The Scone Bar' on their website here.  Alternatively, you can also find them on Facebook here.

Thanks Jane for the wonderful hospitality, we'll certainly be visiting again the next time we're in Richmond!

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