25 December 2015

Feeling Festive #jumpindresses with George @ Asda

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

I hope you are all having a fantastic day and stuffing your face with as much chocolate as your body can handle. I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to show you all my new favourite "not christmas-y but still festive-ish" jumper dress courtesy of George for their #jumpindresses campaign. As somebody who is a big fan of both jumpers and dresses (this is pretty much all my wardrobe consists of right now) i'm not really sure why i've never tried combining the two and worn a jumper dress before. WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITH MY LIFE? - seriously? its the most comfiest fashion choice ever created by man. I would like to thank whoever came up with this idea.

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This is the time of year where all the super festive christmas jumpers appear covered in Santa Claus, christmas puddings, snowmen and all things festive. I admit a few years ago I did own a christmas jumper with a pudding on it, however it made me look the size of a christmas pudding and I haven't worn one since. For me this sequinned fox jumper is the perfect alternative to a tacky christmas jumper. The sequins still add a festive-ish vibe to it - making it totally appropriate to wear on any occasions where a christmas jumper is compulsory whilst still looking fairly stylish. 

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I decided to team my jumper dress up with this gorgeous black tassel fringed boots to add to my ever growing black ankle boot collection, which are stupidly comfortable for a heel that high. I even managed a trip to ikea and back without hobbling home in agony which I usually do with heels. I also picked up a gorgeous little black handbag with a pompom which is the perfect size for fitting all my bits and bobs in without ending up with a never-ending handbag pit of darkness. The bag itself is no longer available online however you can find similar items like this one which are just as nice.


All items have been sent by George @ Asda

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27 November 2015

Trying Something Different With Luxemme

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When I was contacted by Luxemme asking if i'd like to choose an item and feature it on my blog my first thought was "Shit i'll have to take photo's of myself" - something that I haven't felt comfortable doing in about a year and a half now. But then I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to push my limits and step out of my comfort zone, somewhere I really enjoy remaining inside. Plus with the christmas season fast approaching I felt this would be the ample opportunity to grab something for all these thousands of christmas parties i'll receive invites for.


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Remaining with the theme of 'stepping out of my comfort zone' I decided to go for something completely different to what I would normally wear, finally opting for the Laciann lace playsuit. Being a member of the itty bitty titty committee, deep plunging necklines or anything that requires no bra I usually stay clear of as I love a little extra boost from some padding. However I am so glad I decided to give this playsuit a go as the lace detailing is gorgeous, plus the built in vest keeps everything securely where it should be with no worry of a nip slip.  


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Playsuit, Lace, Party, Fblogger, Fashion Blogger

I mean just look at the back? Isn't it stunning! I'm a huge fan of the mesh back allowing my porcelain skin to contrast against the floral lace. Theres that whole 'flashing skin but not really' effect that I've always found rather sexy in a very sophisticated classy kind of way. 

As you can see Luxemme have some really gorgeous lace playsuits like this one, so why not go take a look yourself and you might find yourself that edgy party outfit. Luxemme sure know how to design some really amazing clothing and their lace playsuits are just perfect! If thats not enough why not take advantage of their christmas voucher giveaway where you can get your hands on a £15 voucher to spend in store HERE



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02 November 2015

Quaint Cafe's - Newcastle's Hidden Gems

Anybody who knows me will be aware that I love quaint little cafe's and coffee shops. The individuality of them, getting to know the staff and not to mention the range and variety on their menus. I'd happily pick that over a pumpkin spiced latte and a ham and cheese toastie any day of the week. So when I was asked by Talented Talkers and Travelodge to write about my favourite places in Newcastle I jumped at the chance to feature a handful of my favourite spots, and believe me it was hard to pick only a few.
Curious Leaves Tea Bar
Grainger Market, City Centre
The North East's Hidden Gem - Curious Leaves
The North East's Hidden Gem - Curious Leaves
The North East's Hidden Gem - Curious Leaves

Now for all you tea lovers out there theres one place I cannot recommend enough and thats Curious Leaves Tea Bar. Hidden away along aisle 1 of the Grainger Market, its one of my favourite local spots for a coffee free refreshment. Its not often you find places that specialise solely on tea (though you can get a coffee there too if you fancy) so Curious Leaves is definitely one of a kind. With an array of tea's to choose from, my favourite being 'Sleeping Beauty' theres something to tickle all your tea tastebuds. 

Check out Curious Leaves on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram



Flat Caps Coffee
Ridley Place, City Centre
The North East's Hidden Gem - Flat Caps Coffee
The North East's Hidden Gem - Flat Caps Coffee
The North East's Hidden Gem - Flat Caps Coffee

From one place that specializes in tea to one that specializes in coffee! Flat Caps Coffee is a truly hidden gem, tucked away in the basement of the Elula Gift Shop on Ridley Place, it may be hard to find but really is worth the effort. Owner Joe is an award winning coffee enthusiast who specialises in extraordinary coffee brewing techniques. You can choose from a classic filter style coffee, a sophisticated aeropress or you can give the syphon a try (warning it looks like a scientific experiment). Not only can you choose your brewing style but Joe features a selection of three different coffee's on his brew board, all with distinct flavours and undertones. 

Go see Joe on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram 

Dil and The Bear
Front Street, Tynemouth
The North East's Hidden Gem - Dill and The Bear
The North East's Hidden Gem - Dill and The Bear
The North East's Hidden Gem - Dill and The Bear

I must say I don't JUST visit cafe's for a caffeine fix, food plays a huge factor on my where I choose to go, and one of my favourites to visit on a weekend has to be Dill and the Bear of Tynemouth. Venturing a little further afield than the city centre a visit to this tiny little cafe is really worth the metro ride. With a selection of sandwiches and salads, not to mention an array of amazing looking cakes, theres bound to be something to please everybody. My top choice being the butternut squash and goats cheese sandwich served with a side of their homemade pitta chips which I would happily buy in a share bag if I could.

Go give them a look on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

So now you know about a handful of amazing places you can find in Newcastle, and believe me there are so many more, why not check out or should I say check in, to one of Travelodge's Newcastle hotels.



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22 October 2015

#BloggersWhitleyBayHoliday - A Trip To The Sea

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A few weeks ago now I travelled down the road to Whitley Bay Caravan Park to spend the day with Rachel, Rhi, Laura, Alison and Craig for a mini "bloggers holiday" organised by the gorgeous Beca. Now Whitley Bay is my local beach, so the caravan park isn't somewhere I was likely to visit before. So spending the day there was a great way to spent a rather warm October day. 

The park itself is in the perfect location of just being on the border between North Tyneside and Northumberland, with the freedom to travel up or down the coast as you please. Situated right next to St Mary's Island with transport links into Newcastle and beyond its the perfect place for a getaway.

When I was younger we had a touring caravan so I've spent a lot of time on caravan parks, however my experience of them generally was a field and a few washing facilities. However the Whitley Bay site houses only static caravans but comes equipped with its own swimming pool, restaurant, entertainment venue and amusements amongst other things. I must say I was really impressed with their facilities, if I had the money to buy myself a caravan there I would happily do so!

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We had a really good lurk around different models of caravans, slowly getting larger and fancier and ended in a huge one that is so fancy you're not allowed to call it a caravan, its a lodge! I really enjoyed this part of the day as I really love nosing around houses and looking at interiors, so this was right up my street. After our grand tour of the park we settled down into the restaurant where we got to sit and chill out for a little while and enjoy a meal courtesy of the holiday park. I opted for a southern fried chicken burger and a slush, I couldn't help myself. The inner child took over and I spent the rest of the day with a blue tongue.


With our time at the Holiday Park complete we had a wander down to the beach for a mooch about and then up to the lighthouse, where a wedding was in tow (felt a little like we were gate-crashing it) and had a poke about the rock pools. Sometimes it takes events like this to just remind you of how nice your local area can be, the sun was shinning, I spent the day with a great bunch of people and I came home with a goodie bag full of sweet treats from Lottie McPhee's Cupcakes and Made Cafe.

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05 October 2015

Pact Coffee - Artisan Coffee Straight Through Your Door.

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Believe it or not over the last decade I have gone from hating coffee in every single shape or form, to being a fully functioning coffee addict. Starting my coffee journey off drinking uber chocolatey mochas, which truthfully taste more than chocolate than anything else. To now being in a position where I enjoy tasting a range of different coffees with different undertones and flavours. Yep, not all coffee tastes the same.

Now i've always tended to buy my coffee from the supermarket and I can never seem to get my coffee at home to taste as nice as when I drink coffee in cafe's, FYI my favourites being Pink LaneBLK and Flat Caps Coffee. So when my brother mentioned ages ago about a company called Pact Coffee that he used who post artisan coffee's to you as often as once a week. I decided on my first Payday I would give them a go. 


Pact Coffee

The company themselves are really rather small, to the point where I received a phone call and a few texts from my own personal pact coffee representative when I first ordered my coffee to check I had received my order and if I had any questions at all. The little touches like messages and emails that just make you feel a little important and are a really nice plus when you're purchasing from a company.

You pay £6.95 for a each pack, which if you do order one a week is a little on the luxurious side. However I tend to get mine sent out every month as I don't drink enough to warrant a pack each week, which if you think about it is the cost of two cups of coffee and you get way more than that in a packet. I'd much rather spend my money on buying coffee from a small artisan coffee company than spending it in those typical high street chains.

You can get your first pack of coffee for £1 but I was too slow and my coupon code ran out before I got a chance to order mine that cheaply. Once you've ordered you also get your own coupon code to give to all your friends and family so they can order a £1 pact coffee pack for themselves. So I thought i'd share my personal code with you all so you can try them out yourselves!

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03 October 2015

#NEBOOKSWAP - North East Bloggers Book Swap

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Images nabbed from Rhi
As I mentioned in my last post, i've recently attended a few blogger events recently that have re-kindled my love for blogging. Theres nothing quite like being in a room full of bloggers to get you motivated again.

The event has to be one of my favourite I've attended in a very long time, hosted by the babes Rhi and Fiona, this was a book swap! I'd attended a clothes swap back in the summer which I really enjoyed. So as soon as I heard there was a one with books I just had to get me some of that. The principle was basically the same, you take a long a bunch of books and for each book you receive a tag/bookmark with your name on. Everybody puts their name in the books they're interested in getting, and at the end any books with more than one name goes into a draw. 

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Now I don't know how the hell I managed this but I somehow get all the books i'd picked, even the ones that had to be put into a hat and drawn out. How lucky was I? Now i've just got the try and find the room on my bookshelf which was bursting at the seams to begin with. Along with our book swap the evening consisted of black out poetry (which I suck at) book themed ice breakers, a raffle and of course tea and cake. 

Finally the evening ended with our "don't judge a book by its cover" wrapped book swap. The basic concept is that you choose a book on the description of it, not by how the cover looks and I'll be the first to admit I am a sucker for a pretty looking book. We were all told to pick a book, wrap it up on paper and write a short description of what the book is about. I opted for book wrapped in brown paper with the description:

"The history behind a classic brand of shoes. Including photographic cameos from many music and fashion icons." 

I was automatically drawn to the mention of shoes and photographs which are probably my two favourite things after books. So this book was a must have. Upon unwrapping I revealed a gorgeous book all about Dr Martens! I was expecting something on the lines of Louboutin so I was pleasantly surprised and a little happier it was a shoe brand i'm a much bigger fan of.

nebloggers book swap

A huge thank you to Rhi and Fiona for hosting such an amazing event. I hope theres more events like this in the future.

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28 September 2015

Hey Alice, Where The Hell Have You Been?

So you've probably noticed i've been pretty quiet over the past three months. Saying that I seem to have had an influx of new followers regardless. So hello to you guys, welcome! Its nice that you could stop by. Now the rest of you might have been wondering where the hell i've gotten to? Well do not fret I am still here, I've just been working constantly for the past three months. 

Back in June I finally started my new job, having had to wait months for my checks and my references to go through (please don't mention references to me ever again) and even though the position is for two days a week I haven't worked that since I began. Through my training I was working 4-5 days a week so on evenings and weekends I was basically slumped on the sofa trying to recover from the 9-5 routine. But since then i've been working loads of overtime so am still yet to have a 16 hour working week. 

Now my body has finally adjusted to working between 20 and 40 hours a week, I'm getting myself organised and back into the swing of things again. Plus having attended a couple of blogger events this month my motivation has returned and I'm raring to get going again.  I feel like i've totally fallen off the face of the 'bloggersphere' recently, hell i've barely even posted on social media either. As you can see most of my Instagram posts consist of books and pjs which has basically been my life recently. 

So yeah, thats all really. I just wanted to let you all know I am still alive and I shall be back posting again over the next few days. In the mean time you can follow me over on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  


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17 June 2015

#Toastofthetown: Cupcake Decorating @ The Copthorne Hotel


For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed baking and decorating cakes, and I always thought I was pretty good at it. In hindsight I can bake a pretty good vanilla cupcake and decorate it with vanilla frosting. Not very creative really. So when I was invited along to The Copthorne Hotel by Joe Blogs to attend a cupcake decorating afternoon, I couldn't say no. 

We were lucky enough to be under the expert hands of Julie from Julie's Cake House, a local cake business who specialise in beautifully decorated cakes and even decorating classes. Julie was amazing at helping us step my step in the decoration of the cupcakes and was happy to answer questions or assist any of us who were struggling slightly. During the afternoon we decorated 4 cupcakes with different designs. The first being a bright yellow floral design which was a lot easier to create than it looks. You simply cut some mini marshmallows at an angle and dip the sticky side into some coloured sugar and place in layers over a frosted cupcake. A really simple effect that looks rather fancy!


The second design was my favourite, an adorable little pink bear! I've never used icing like this before and I must admit at first I was a little nervous but it was super easy to handle and I was quite impressed with how my little bear turned out. Though saying that the third cupcake design I struggled with a little more as we made tiny fondant icing lipsticks, make up brushes and a pearl necklace. At this point the room was warming up somewhat and my fondant proved to be a little sticky. Or at least thats my excuse for my design being a little dodgy.


Now I did say we decorated four cupcakes, but I am honestly embarrassed at the state of my final one that I refuse to photograph it (however you can see a glimpse of it in the photograph above). This design was the hardest out of the three where we were required to create two toned flower petals and a little lady bug with optional glitter. As you can kind of see from my design I had a little accident with the glitter and it resembled a primary school classroom after a double lesson of art.


Read about the cake decorating afternoon here and see how everybody else did by searching the hashtag #toastofthetown
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16 June 2015

Bedroom Snippets.


Since moving back into my parents house i've become a little obsessed with making my bedroom look as homely as possible. I think its due to when I was living in a student house I was really limited to what I was allowed to do to make my room nice. But now back home i'm able to hang things on the wall, re-arrange all the furniture and re-decorate, I have been in my element. 

For me, my bedroom is like my haven, I can lock myself up in my room away from everything and just relax. I think having a calm bedroom and somewhere you love to come and sit when you're stressed is really important. I wanted my bedroom to be calm and relaxing but also represent me with fun little quirks and things i've collected over the years.

Initially I wanted an all white bedroom, however due to my bedrooms generous size I decided this would look too clinical and opted for a soft blue-ish grey instead. Along with my all white furniture i've added pops of colour throughout my room through books, accessories and decorative pieces. Its taken me about 9 months to get my room exactly how I want, so I thought i'd share with you a little glimpse into my little paradise.




These are my favourite parts of my bedroom, what are your favourite parts of yours?




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14 June 2015

Feeling Fruity

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As of late I have grown a weird and somewhat wonderful obsession with food, mostly fruit, related clothing an accessories. It all started with me getting my hands on a second-hand watermelon print midi skirt. A skirt that if I could I would wear every single day of my life as it makes me feel amazing (which is rare for me at the moment). I've a new found love for fun and colourful clothing especially those with food prints on them. I've even recently bought myself some pear print fabric to make myself my own version of my watermelon skirt, so watch this space for a D.I.Y post coming to Alice's Wonder Emporium soon.


Alice's Wonder Emporium, Fruity Fashion.
Alice's Wonder Emporium, Fruity Fashion.

Now my most recent, and probably my favourite fruit related purchase of late, are these two fruit shaped handbags I picked up yesterday from Primark of all places. I'd seen photos of them posted on instagram and was popping into my local Primark on a weekly basis to see if I could nab them for myself. Sadly the Newcastle store never had any in stock, or at least not that I could find. But low and behold yesterday whilst at the Metro Centre attending a Summer Swish event I popped into Primark with Amy and there they were! I grabbed them both and nearly ran to the till, because at £6 each you really can't say no. They're fruity and they're fun and they'll be perfect to jazz up a minimal summer outfit.
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13 June 2015

Hillary's Crafting Challenge: How To Make A Lampshade.

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Back in March I took part in an amazing event with Hillary's thanks to the team at Joe Bloggers, which you can read about here. At the event we were told there would be a craft competition for us to enter at a later date where we would be sent some of Hillary's fabric and have to make something out of it. I must admit at the event I didn't do ALL that well at the sewing, so I thought this competition would be a good opportunity for my to practice my crafting skills a little, all with the chance of winning a nice £1000 prize. Not to shabby eh?

Alice's Wonder Emporium, How To Make A Lampshade

What You Need:

For the Lampshade:
Small lampshade
1 metre square of the fabric of your choice
Fabric Scissors
Fabric Glue
Pins
Sewing Needle

Decoration:
1-2 Metres of trimming, this depends on the size of your lampshade
A selection of buttons of beads in colours to match your fabric
Embroidery thread, choose a shade within your fabric design

How To Make It:

One | To begin with use a piece of scrap paper to measure and trace your lampshade to create a template for your fabric.
Two | Pin your template onto your fabric and carefully cut around, leaving a 1-2cm border around your template.
Three |  Using fabric glue carefully attach your fabric to the bottom of the lampshade, tucking as you go.  I used clothes pegs to keep the fabric in place as I attached it to the lampshade. Keep the clothes pegs in place until the glue dried. Repeat this on the top edge until the whole lampshade is covered.

Alice's Wonder Emporium, How To Make A Lampshade

Four | When you're waiting for the glue to try gather your decorations. I opted for buttons but you could easily use pom-pom trimmings, tassels or beading. This is entirely up to you, but make sure your colour choices match your fabric as it finishes it off nicely. Work out the amounts you're going to need and cut lengths of embroidery thread of around an inch and a half and thread them though your buttons or beads and tighten securely. 

Five | Using a thread attach the buttons onto the base of the lampshade with a few simple stitches. Don't worry too much about how secure they are, just as long as they stay in place. Also you don't have to try and get them the same height, varied lengths and random colour patterns adds a nice effect to the design.
Six | Usings a hot glue gun, add the decorating binding to the top and bottom of the lampshade. Ensuring the bottom binding covers the threads that attach the buttons to the shade. This helps to secure the buttons into place. Once glued attach clothes pegs to keep the binding in place until it dries.

Alice's Wonder Emporium, How To Make A Lampshade


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