Thursday 31 August 2017

August Days

Although I'm a little sad that Summer is almost over, I can't help but feel excited for the month to come. September brings with it our long awaited staycation in Anglesey and our first wedding anniversary as well as, of course, the opportunity to start building a new Autumn wardrobe.

But before I lose myself in dreams of snuggly jumpers and hot chocolates, here are some of the things that I didn't share on the blog in August!

Unicorn Cupcakes

Just when I thought I couldn't love Pet Lamb Patisserie any more they started making unicorn cupcakes! They first appeared in their Grainger Street store earlier in the month but I kept missing out.  You know what they say, the more you can't get something the more you want it so as soon as I saw they were back I was there like a shot to pick one up! Definitely worth the wait it was everything that I hoped and more!

Pet Lamb Unicorn Cupcakes

Coffee with a View 

The school holidays can be a little frustrating for the day time worker. The huge amounts of children suddenly filling the seats of my local coffee shops has lead to some fairly frustrating lunchtimes. One lunch hour saw me sharing a table with some business men who were trying to have a meeting and another saw me making my way up to Six at the Baltic for a rather fancy laptop lunch where I was so distracted by the views I got barely any work done!  I have to say I'll be happy to get my stress free lunch hours back!

Coffee at Six the Baltic

Girls' Night 

With diaries that never seem to match, organising a girls night with my lovely ladies Sam and Katie can be a bit of a mission. This month we managed to get a date in the diary and spent a lovely evening at Bealim House for drinks followed by an absolute feast at La Yuan. It was my first time revisiting since I wrote this review back in February and the food was just as good as I remembered!

Bealim House Newcastle

Restaurant Week at Cafe 21 

Restaurant Week this month was epic with over 100 restaurants getting involved. After a careful look through all of the menus we decided to book a table at Cafe 21, somewhere we've been wanting to go for the longest time. Everyone recommended that I try the Cheese Souffle for starter, it was delicious but a little too filling so not sure I'd order it again. The star of the show for me was the Apricot and Almond Tart served with the most amazing lavender cream. Heaven!

Cafe 21 - Newcastle Restaurant Week

A Primark Purchase 

Another month, another cheeky trip to Primark! I just can't help myself, I love a fashion bargain. I found this gorgeous green blazer with shiny gold buttons when I popped into Primark for a few essentials. I saw it, loved it, resisted it and then had to go back and pick it up! I've not actually worn it yet but I think it'll be making a definite appearance in Autumn.

Primark Blazer

Coffee at Kiln 

I've spent quite a bit of this month exploring Ouseburn, Newcastle's cultural suburb. It's an area I love but don't often visit so whenever we're there we tend to get a lost! With most of my "must visit" list now consisting of new places that have popped up in the Ouseburn valley we thought it was about time to tick one off. Kiln is one of the most beautiful places I've ever had a coffee! Part cafĂ©, part pottery workshop it serves up perfectly made coffee in the cutest cups that you can watch being made on site and then buy to take home!

Kiln Ouseburn Newcastle

Over indulging at the Quayside Market 

It's been a long time since we last visited the Sunday Quayside Market and after last Sunday's visit I think I know why.  We just can't be trusted around all that food! We did what I can only describe as a food crawl - shuffling our way down the pavements eating as much food as we could possibly manage.  We visited our favourites Simply Cheesecake (to sample their new brownie pots), Le Mini Macaron (to fill up our egg box with more colourful treats) and then finished with a visit to Little Fishy! By this point I definitely couldn't fit fish and chips in but so many have told me about their amazing food I practically ran when I spotted them. Despite a very full belly there are no regrets - those fish and chips were epic!

Little Fishy - Newcastle Quayside Market

Weekend Rules 

I often complain to Simon that the weekends just aren't long enough. Two days just isn't enough time to blog, have fun, do boring housework, eat and sleep - so when I spotted this cute Pusheen tee in Primark I had to get it. It was made for me!

Primark - Pusheen Tee

A Bank Holiday Road Trip to Milton Keynes

We finished our month with a Bank Holiday road trip to see our friends in Milton Keynes.  We hadn't seen them since our wedding last September so we had a fantastic time catching up and managed to cram so many actitivies into one weekend. The highlight was definitely a trip to Bletchley Park, home of the World War II codebreakers.  Such an amazing place to explore, I felt so humbled reading about what these incredibly intelligent people, the  unsung heroes of the war, did for us. If you ever get a chance to visit you must!

August Days - Bletchley Park

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  1. I can't believe La Yuan was this month - it feels like forever ago! Yeah to doing it again in Sept at meet and treat.

    Love, love,love the pic from six at the Baltic

  2. Unicorn cupcakes!! I'm heading to the Grainger Market today and will definitely be picking up one of those!!

    I'm loving the Primark purchase too!!

    You've had such a busy month!

  3. I love your blog, it always gives me tonnes of ideas about what to do when I visit home. I can't wait to try Kiln and unicorn cupcakes.

    Look forward to the next post

  4. I love that second bit where you had coffee with a view! Ahh what a dream place to be in! (Both literally and figuratively as in life-wise, hahaha) Also, ADORE that Primark blazer!
    You mentioned such wonderful experiences. That box of fish and chips look divine for a perfect day.
    Have an awesome rest of the week x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

  5. Please do full posts on try-on Primark Hauls. You always manage to find the best stuff in there.
    Love from an ex-tooner❤️

  6. I love that jacket - you seem to have had amazing weather! That cupcake looks amazing too!

  7. Sounds like a lovely month! I looove that Pusheen shirt! x

  8. Sounds like the perfect August to me! xx

  9. Don't be too sad September is meant to have a heatwave! Well that's what they are saying. You have picked some lovely spots to have a lovely coffe and the unicorn cupcake yes please Lucy x

  10. That Primark blazer is actually pretty cute, I'm impressed! Usually I'm not a fan of their stuff, but that's a beautiful piece :)
    la veine chronicles

  11. You guys eat the tastiest looking food ever!!! Alice xxx


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