The Things You Need To Do In Newcastle, By a Geordie | AD

Oh Newcastle, we’re just so much more than football and Greggs, I promise you. Although they are a great part of what makes us a great destination. I wanted to share with you today some of my favourite things to do in Newcastle, by someone who has lived here their whole life.

 

Go to a Football match. I know we said we’re more than just football, but catch Newcastle on a good day and you’ll have a great time sipping a brown ale in the crowd of canny football fans. The mince pie after is a staple too. St James’ Park is a beautiful ground and the atmosphere at the football matches are unmistakable.

Visit the Quayside. It’s beautiful, we proper love our bridges and on an evening it’s exceptionally beautiful. The Tyne Bridge, Millenium Bridge, Swing Bridge, High-Level bridge and more make a beautiful sight, connecting Newcastle and Gateshead. With lots of bars such as the Pitcher and Piano, Head of Steam, Tiger Hornsby and some beautiful restaurants like Hop and Cleaver, Dobson & Parnell and Quay Ingredient. There isn’t a shortage of places to eat and drink during your stroll. On a Sunday there’s the Quayside market, packed full of local businesses such as local cheeses, geordie gifts, doughnuts, lots of food stalls and vegan options too.

While you’re there, pop into the Baltic or keep walking and take yourself to point number 3…

Ouseburn is a must, The Cluny, Tyne Bar and even just for a nice walk. The live music scene here is second to none and the foods great too. It’s such a beautiful place and somewhere I really recommend. Many a night I’ve spent at The Cluny at a gig in the summer. Sitting at the Tyne Bar having a BBQ. Check their websites out, they have lots of events on during the summer and they get very packed out. A very popular spot.

Not technically Newcastle, but did you even go to the North East if you didn’t get a picture in front of the Angel of the North? The iconic statue designed by Antony Gormley that was completed in 1998 is an eye-catching piece that lets everyone know they’re in the North East. It’s a quick stop off too, so you will have plenty of time to fit lots into your day if you want to visit the statue.

The Great British Cupcakery, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is your place to be. Indulge in a milkshake or dessert after a nice quayside stroll. Famous for their Geet Big Milkshakes, they’ve taken the Newcastle Instagram by storm. At the moment their menu is full of mermaids and unicorns, so if you feel a sugar rush coming on, this is the place to head to. They do lovely lunches, lots of types of cakes and hot drinks too. The picture speaks for itself really…

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Meat:Stack. They really are the best burgers in Newcastle. Absolute must have. Located in the Grainger Market and also inside No28 as a pop-up, they’re a meaty treat you really must sink your teeth into. My usual order is the West Coast Classic and some parmesan truffle fries. Very reasonably priced and such great quality food.

A helicopter ride. A bit out there, I know, but Newcastle is beautiful even at a bird’s eye view, and there’s this great deal where you can fly over St James’ Park. How can you say no? Arm yourself with your camera and set to the skies, soak in the great views of Newcastle or the beautiful countryside, you decide. We’re much more than just a city.

Go to a play/musical/show. We have a few theatres and lots of amazing things to see and do, there’s the Theatre Royal, Tyne Theatre, Northern Stage, City Hall, O2 Academy, Metro Radio Arena. We aren’t short of places to go for something to watch. I’m usually found at the O2 Academy catching a gig, Newcastle have a great live music scene and I’d definitely suggest looking up some of the best bands here and trying to catch a show in their hometown.

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Indulge in some shopping at the Intu Metrocentre, with loads to choose from and some great food spots,
it’s a good choice. Alternatively, stay in Newcastle and shop at 
Intu Eldon Square (the Primark in Newcastle
is the best one too!)

I don’t think I can really finish this list off without including the endless pubs/clubs/bars we have in Newcastle. It’s great for a night out and popular with stags/hen dos for a reason. So, get your best night out gear on and hit the toon for a drink. You can’t wear a coat though.

Keep your eye on Groupon for savings on things to do in Newcastle, there are some great deals on there!

See you soon.

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How I’m Preparing For Summer 2018

Summer is looming and it will creep up on us before we even realise it’s here. It feels like we’ve been waiting for years in the UK as the weather has been dreadful. Snowstorms in March? No thank you. Bring the sun, please. I miss the days where I could walk home at 6pm and actually see where I’m going, or actually wanting to take a brisk stroll in the sunshine. Summer just makes me smile a little wider and walk a little more confidently.

Every year there are certain preparations that take place so I know I’m ready for whatever summer may throw at me. Summer is the time for spontaneous plans so I like to make sure I’m ready. Fruity ciders in beer gardens and outdoor gigs are aplenty. From dresses to skincare, I’m going to talk you through everything I do to get ready for the warmer weather.

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Trends change as seasons go by, which ultimately means we end up buying new clothes every year. A total nightmare for the bank balance but we secretly love it. Every year I try to invest in some key pieces like a good pair of denim shorts, sandals, sunglasses and skirts. I usually just head to Primark, New Look and Matalan for my tops because I hate spending a bomb on such little material. I absolutely adore summer dresses too, they’re fun and easy to throw on and make a full outfit. Bright colours, bold prints and floaty skirts are my go-to. I tend to use Latest Deals, a website where you can browse some amazing deals and includes Topshop, Matalan, New Look, Oasis and more. I’ve been finding some amazing bargains on there so it’s worth a little peep for your holiday box. In particular, I love this Pink number from Miss Selfridge reduced to £5. I mean, what?! This Lace Up Topshop dress too. I really want it!

Sun damage is a huge reason why our skin ages and gets damaged, finding an sunscreen that will protect your face but also sit well with makeup is mega important for me. In previous years I always thought that the SPF in my makeup would do, but after watching this video by Wayne Goss, (my favourite YouTuber and makeup guru) it’s made me realise I should really buy a facial SPF that will actually protect my skin. The sun catches you even when you think it isn’t. Check out his video on his favourite sunscreens, I’ll be purchasing one of those for sure!

A new lip colour is always on the agenda for summer. I love my bright pinks, reds and oranges for the summer paired with a simple cat eye or a pair of sunglasses. They make any outfit pop and I love being able to experiment with colour in such an easy and versatile way.

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Changing my hair colour is a big deal for the summer, I have balayage so I like to go even blonder and brighter in the summer. I still haven’t got to my perfect shade of blonde yet so let’s hope I manage to hit that this year. Embarking on a new hair journey can make you feel much more confident, may it be adding a few more layers or completely re-doing the colour.

More beauty prep, I know. But ensuring you have a colourful pedicure is vital. Personally, I find it easy just to get shellac or gel polish on my toes and forget about it for a few weeks. Toe colours take FOREVER to grow out, seriously. So just treat yo self and get gels. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone on a night out and forgot to paint my toes so at the last minute done a dire job and smudged the lot, forcing my foot into my shoe as I’m leaving the house. I usually opt for a red or pink on my toes!

All about that summer glow ☀️ #byterry #teatotan #summerglow #glowing #malaga @dowalwalkerpr @byterryofficial

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Tan. Oh fake tan, how I love to hate you. A comprehensive review of my favourites will be coming up soon because I could talk about them forever, and I really want to do a bloody good review for you all. AKA before and afters, a week check up – the lot. Might take me a while but I’ll get there. Summer is just more effort, fact. Shaving, exfoliating, moisturising and tanning can easily be forgotten about in the winter because who even sees your legs under thick thermal tights?! I do feel better with a banging tan though. All worth it.

Lastly, I make a summer bucket list of everywhere I want to go. This year I hope to go away on holiday, even though I don’t have one planned yet – I bet it will be a last minute job! There’s also plenty of places in the UK I’d love to go to and I have a beautiful beach right at my doorstep, I plan to utilise it more as I’ve neglected it the past few years! I find when I write down everything I want to do, I’m more likely to do it. I always have all of these amazing summer plans and I just end up forgetting about half of the things I want to do and never do them!

This summer is about making memories, enjoying myself and exploring. I vow not to worry about being ‘beach body ready’ and just focus on being happy.

 

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Beautiful Lingerie, Dealing with Being Single on Valentine’s Day and How To Pick Out Underwear For Your Girlfriend.

There’s only one bit of continuity in my life, I’m always single on Valentine’s Day. I’ve given up hope of someone else making me happy and decided it’s time I invest in MYSELF. Time, money and self-love. All a gal really needs. I don’t need anyone else but myself to make me happy, so when the opportunity presented itself to show you all some lovely lingerie from John Lewis, I didn’t want to pass it up just because I’m *forever alone*.

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I was asked to get my partner to pick out some underwear for me this valentines day, but you know… I chose it for myself instead. Which means not only is it BEAUTIFUL but it will be a staple in my wardrobe. I now will feel like I have my life together because I have two sets of beautifully practical sets underwear. There’s no confidence like it. I picked two Bluebella sets, the Gabriella and the Lyla set. As you can see, the two are very different. Gabriella gives my bust a little bit of a lift and is a high waisted brief, yet the Lyra is a soft bralette with a low rise bottom. They are both very different and I am in love with them both. Not only do they look beautiful on, but they are super comfortable to wear. I love the attention to detail on both sets, the lace is intricate and subtle. Gabriella (the black set) has lovely flower detailing and isn’t as revealing as you’d expect.

Bluebella is one of those brands I constantly stalk in Instagram and think to myself ‘one day I’ll treat myself to some cute bits’ – so I was so happy to see that John Lewis stocked them! Naturally, I gravitated towards them but there are also lots of other brands too, like Fantasie, And/Or and Freya. Lots of great brands with some beautiful lingerie, not just bras and knickers but also some super sexy fancy bits and nightwear. Such gorgeous pieces!

So. Let’s talk bodies for a little bit. I’m not particularly fond of mine at the minute but I’m trying to embrace it anyway and learn to love who I am. I don’t have the biggest boobs (I mean, who doesn’t wish theirs were bigger/rounder/perkier?) and I’m still carrying some Christmas Chub. Ok I’ll stop lying to myself. It’s not Christmas chub. Just chub. Choosing the perfect underwear can be pretty difficult, especially for me. I struggle with what looks good, what is comfortable but also compliments my shape nicely. So god knows how hard it must be for guys to buy underwear for their girlfriend. Luckily, John Lewis put together this handy guide on Lingerie Buying Tips for Men. Check it out and maybe slyly text this blog post to your SO to hint for some new underwear. I wonder what a man would pick if they were given the reigns…

That’s why I think splurging a little extra and getting underwear that makes you feel sexy is a MUST. It can rocket your confidence and make you feel amazing. I’m so happy with the two sets that I chose and they make me feel beautiful. So thank you Bluebella, for restoring my confidence in my body.

So, being single on Valentine’s Day isn’t all that bad. Treat yourself to some new underwear, buy yourself a bunch of flowers and sit and invite your friends over for a night of wine and chocolate. Spend V-Day with people who you love, not just someone you’re IN love with.

Speak soon!

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