If you read my last post you will have seen that I've had a mini hiatus due to computer difficulties. But you'll be happy to know I am writing this post via a brand new iMac and I am officially back online! I feel like I've not been around properly for ages and ages, so I thought I'd give you a little update on what I've been up to over the past few weeks.
Even though I haven't been blogging as much as I'd like, I've still managed to attend a few blogger events. I always find that in the North-East there will be a quiet lull of no events then BOOM, loads of them come along at once. They always remind me of how much I love attending these and mingling with my fellow NEBloggers.
A few weeks ago I was invited along to the Lancome counter in the Fenwick store in Newcastle nice and early on a Saturday morning. This mini event was to introduce us all to the new Lancome Juicy Shakers lip products. I'd seen these mentioned a few times on the youtube, but didn't really know too much about them. Basically they're a mix of pigment and oils that you have to shake up to activate. I must admit Chloe and myself quite enjoyed just shaking them, like a teeny tiny cocktail. I normally wear quite bold matte lipsticks so this was a really nice change as the product felt super nourishing on my lips. I didn't think the colour pay off was amazing on its own, but maybe I just prefer really bold lip products. It would be great to layer over the top of a lipstick to give you an added boost and nourishment for spring summer.
If you don't know already, Newcastle is currently undergoing a revamp in Intu Eldon Square and Intu Metro Centre and we are being introduced to a number of new and exciting restaurants over the next year. I was excited to be invited to the V.I.P launch night for Thaikhun, a beautiful thai restaurant. I'm sad to say I didn't get many photos of the restaurant itself as we were tucked away in a cosy little corner. But I can assure you the interior is amazing, theres just so much to look at!
We were lucky enough to sample a wide selection of the menu, starting off with a mixed platter of salt and pepper squid, thai fishcakes, honey pork and spring rolls. I've got to say the salt and pepper squid was A-MAZE-ING like so good I couldn't have eaten a restaurant full of it. We were then given a selection of main dishes to try, Pad Thai, Thai Green Curry, Chicken Salad and Pork in Red Curry sauce. All were amazing and punched a fiery kick. Also, can we just talk about how amazing this cocktail looks? Served in a takeaway carton, whats not to love!
One thing I've started recently is a bullet journal. The basis is that you design and layout your diary however you wish, giving you the freedom to be creative and not to be restricted by pre-set out diaries. The system is supposed to allow all your organising needs to be in one place, giving yourself an overview of the month, the week and even the day. Allowing you to slowly tick off tasks or migrate them to other days if needed.
For me its been really useful to have everything all in one place. I used to have a diary in my handbag for work and social stuff, another diary for blogging, plus numerous notebooks scattered all over the house. This way I can have it all in one place, plus enjoy jazzing it up and making it look pretty.
Now I finally having a work computer again, it's motivated me to get my office in order and make it look cute. I finally fitted some shelves a few weeks ago and I've gotten one of them looking quite cute. The other one however looks like a shit-tip, so we will just ignore that one. I've got a small selection of prints and photographs to decorate the walls soon, and I made myself a cute little pom pom garland to hang across my shelf brackets.
But I am really enjoying having a designated desk space to work, keeping myself away from any distractions like Netflix and Jeremy Kyle. So hopefully i'll end be a little more productive on my days off work.