Alice-Christina | Twenty Five | North East Fashion & lifestyle blogger.

27 May 2016

Springtime Wishlist

It's official, I have fallen in love with a jacket and I don't know if I can survive without it in my life. This Zara faux leather biker jacket popped up on my radar recently and it's inspired me to create some springtime outfits featuring pops of pink. If you can't tell already I'm a huge lover of stripes and its my favourite pattern to team with statement jackets and this striped tee would look perfect teamed with a cream pinafore dress, these silver platform trainers and this super sparkly cross-body bag for a fun spring time look.

Now whenever I've worn stripes I've always opted for the classic horizontal style of a breton stripe, but since seeing the most perfect Whistles shirt at the recent Intu Metro Centre summer fashion event vertical stripes have become my new favourite thing. This black and white stripe shirt with a pop of pinky coral which is great to jazz up a basic pair of black skinnies, which I basically live in these days.  Typically in Britain the weather at the moment can be a little hit and miss at this time of the year where its too warm for a coat but too cold to not wear something, so this waterfall linen jacket is a must have in my wardrobe right now.  With the addition of these AMAZING Charlotte Olympia kitten trainers and this gorgeous blush pink cross body bag I think i've found my ideal spring outfit. 

This post has been sponsored by Daniel Footwear, but all opinions and words are my own.

23 May 2016

Eating In Newcastle On A Budget.

Now its been almost been two years since I was last a student, although I swear it was more like two minutes ago. But I still enjoy having a good night out on a budget. When I was at Uni I did the whole 'going out out' thing, partying with my housemates and rolling home at 4am with little memory of what happened that evening. I loved that time in my life, but after a year or so I grew tired of it and now find so much more pleasure in going for a night out to a restaurant for a meal. Old lady much?

So when I was asked by Walton Robinson to feature some of my favourite spots for a student friendly budget, I used this as an excuse to visit some of my old favourites, and a couple of new ones too.

Firstly I couldn't write this post and not feature my favourite university food haunt, Zapatistas. Having studied at Northumbria University, this was the perfect place to visit after rolling out of a lecture or a group crit. Its literally across the road so perfect for convenience, not the mention the food is incredible. I have recently tried a chain burrito bar that has opened up in the North east and was horrifically disappointed. Theres always so much choice at Zapatistas so you literally could have a different meal every time you go with all the different combinations of fillings you can have. My favourite to have is a naked burrito, basically all the goodness of a usual burrito (meat, rice, beans, salsa, salad) minus the tortilla wrap. I often find burrito's a little heavy and this is a nicer alternative, plus you get to taste everything a little better as its not mushed together in a edible blanket.

Most of the time I try and eat fairly healthy and really enjoy meals packed full of fresh veggies , but sometimes you just want a hearty meal of meat and fries and Longhorns is my top choice for that. Last time I went I opted for a three meats and two sides consisting of pork ribs, chicken wings and Andouille sausage with fries and coleslaw. In hindsight I should have opted for two meats and two sides as my chicken wings ended coming home with me. They also serve my favourite drink, root beer - which I admit is an acquired taste, but it reminds me of my time in Canada a few summers ago. For both Lee and myself to have three meats, two sides and a drink came to just over £30 which for the amount of food we got I thought was a really good deal.

You'll have to be living under a rock to not notice Five Guys has now arrived in Newcastle, you really can't barely miss the one on Northumberland Street. I've got to admit having tried them recently I really do understand the hype. Some might say £15 for a burger, fries and a drink in a takeaway style restaurant is a lot, but just hold on a minute. When I tried it I opted for a cheeseburger and fries and could barely eat the fries as the burger was super generous (and that was without all the additional toppings you can add). So you could easily opt for a small cheeseburger with some additional toppings if you're wanting to spend a little less. Not to mention the fact the drinks are re-fillable and theres so much choice with different flavours of Coca-Cola and Fanta that you'll never have heard of before. 

These are three of my favourite places to eat in Newcastle but I'd love to hear some of your recommendations! 

This post has been sponsored by Walton Robinson but all words and opinions are my own.


07 May 2016

Fenwick Beauty Week 2016.

beauty, Fenwick, Clarins, Dermalogica,

Starting this weekend begins my favourite event of year, Fenwick beauty week. This event takes place over the space of a week starting today, in which you can undergo a number of different treatments or masterclasses in the beauty hall. My favourites this year being, Charlotte Tilbury masterclass on how to achieve her signature golden goddess look and the Clarins summer skin masterclass to help you achieve the perfect summer skin. You can read about all the different events happening here. Not only is there an amazing range of classes to attend, but you can also be in with a chance to receive an amazing beauty bag when you spend over £75 between the 7th and 15th of may. 

I was lucky enough to be invited down to Fenwick Newcastle for the second year in a row for a little taster of what was available during beauty week. Last year helped cure my fear of make up counters, which you can read about here. Just like last year, this years little event certainly did not disappoint. 

beauty, Fenwick, Clarins, Dermalogica,
beauty, Fenwick, Clarins, Dermalogica,

Firstly we were greeted at Mason and Rye situated in the food hall, for a little introduction to the evenings events, alongside some delicious little cakes and Prosecco. Here we where we were able to choose which treatments we fancied. I must say we did all strategically hover near the ones we wanted as some had a select number of slots available. 

Last year we were able to select three shorter treatments in 15 minute intervals. This year however, we selected two, one at 6pm and one at 7pm. Even though last year we were able to choose extra treatments once everybody had chosen and experience a lot more of the different counters. However I felt this year was a lot more personal and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to have more in-depth treatments. The two treatments I opted for were a shellac luxury manicure at the Clarins Spa, followed by one to one skincare session at Dermalogica with FaceMapping skin analysis and a Microzone Facial.

beauty, Fenwick, Clarins, Dermalogica,
beauty, Fenwick, Clarins, Dermalogica,

I've only ever had a manicure once before but never using shellac gel polish. I tend to paint my nails quite a lot, however really struggle to keep it chip free for longer than 12 hours. So I was really excited to try something with a stronger staying power than my usual polish. I'm going to admit I had no idea Clarins has a spa inside the beauty hall, let alone that they did manicures and pedicures. With the luxury manicure I was treated to a hand and arm exfoliation and skin treatment before my shellac was applied. I opted for a gorgeous pastel blue, spring has gotten me obsessed with pastels again, topped with a gorgeous silver glitter. These photo's don't do the colour justice at all, its super super sparkly and gorgeous.

I then hopped two steps away to the Dermalogica counter for my facial and skin mapping treatment. I was greeted by a lovely skincare expert Cat, who took me through a few questions about my skincare routine and any concerns I had. She began with gorgeous pre-cleanse and  an amazing steam system to remove all my make up whilst I laid down and relaxed. She then looked at the 14 different zones on my face and pin pointed any issues I may have. I discovered I have some sensitivity across my cheeks and nose which I've never considered before, but it makes sense as I do notice redness in my cheeks from time to time. 

She then mixed up a personally made face mask made of oats, which smelt so much like breakfast that I wanted to eat it. Alongside this she used electrodes in which I held onto a rod like contraption whilst she ran another over my face. This helps the treatment to work in the deeper layers of your skin which helps the treatment to continue working for the next 4-5 days. I truly cannot recommend this treatment enough, it allowed me to really understand my skin type and discover things about it I didn't realise, not to mention it was incredibly relaxing. 

What treatments would are you planning on going to this Fenwick Beauty Week?
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