Monday, 30 September 2019

My September Days

September has always been my favourite month. I love that we often get a bit of late Summer sunshine and the promise of Autumn days to come. This year September has been a month of mixed emotions.  As a family we have spent the last four weeks trying to come to terms with life without Dad and I went through extreme lows and highs - dealing with the funeral followed only a few days later by my third wedding anniversary. Although it can be hard in darker days to focus on trying to celebrate the joyous parts of the month I know that life has to carry on, so here are the bits of September that didn't make the blog.

Breakfast at Cafe Beam

This month I finally tried the new community cafe in Gosforth and it's somewhere I haven't stopped talking about since. Providing young people with learning difficulties and disabilities from across the North East the opportunity to work and learn, Cafe Beam is run by Smile for Life Children's Charity and serves the most incredible homemade food at amazing prices.  I opted for their Bacon, Sundried Tomato, Asparagus and Poached Eggs on Toast (£6.00) and it was faultless. The service is warm and friendly and the cafe has the most wonderful welcoming vibe.  I can't wait to return.

September Days - Cafe Beam


Wardrobe Updates

I definitely go through phases of buying a silly amount of clothes and I have to say after learning about my Style Code with Helenlee I definitely make wiser choices when it comes to updating my wardrobe, however September saw me going slightly crazy in the aisles. I've just rediscovered bodysuits (you know those awful things with the poppers that we wore in the 90s and swore we'd never wear again?). Who knew they were so flattering! I love that I can wear them with jeans and skirts without fabric rolls forming round my bum - amazing! You may have also noticed my new trainers on this picture, a hint at what's to come next month. We're off to New York for our first ever visit and I've invested in these Sketchers for pure comfort and street style.

September Days - Wardrobe Updates
Di Meo's Riverside

I think I may have found Newcastle's best kept secret.  Di Meo's (my favourite ice-cream shop in the North East .. as if you didn't know!) now have a little hidden cafe in Ouseburn - you'll find it on the Riverside Walk but blink and you will miss it.  The counter is smaller than their main shop in Whitley Bay but I promise you the ice-cream is just as good.  We're over the moon that we can now get our fix by the Tyne - make sure you pop in to say hello and enjoy a cone when you're next in the area.

September Days - Di Meos Riverside


Breakfast at Flamingo Cafe

Another breakfast spot ticked off my list, this month I finally got myself down to Flamingo Bar and Cafe at Seaham Harbour. The healthy food cafe are beginning to create a real buzz over their delicious breakfast menu and Instagrammable interiors and food.  I had the delicious Blueberries and Cream Cheese on Toast followed by a brisk walk along the seafront. I can't wait to go back on a sunny day and sit out on their beautiful sea view terrace.

September Days - Flamingo Cafe


Lost in the Streets

I can go weeks without really seeing Newcastle now I no longer work in the city centre so sunny weekends with no plans have now become my time to get lost in the streets I love. I really enjoy wandering with no agenda, taking endless photos of all the beautiful buildings and nosing through the windows of all the new places I hadn't realised had opened.  I can't believe how much you miss from not working in the city.

September Days - Newcastle


Sippo the Hippo 

Simon has a new obsession - Allendale Brewery Proper Pale Ale that you can only get at Fat Hippo! Out of all his obsessions it's definitely my favourite and not one that I am complaining about - I'm never going to say no to eating my favourite burgers in the Toon.  I'm never really going to be an ale girl but even I love these cans because they were designed by our very talented pal at Lines Behind and we are very proud!

September Days - Allendale at Fat Hippo


New Hair Do

Eagle eyed Instagram followers may have spotted that I had a bit of a mop chop this month. I shared this very quick photo on my Stories straight from my hair appointment. It was a little spontaneous and I only decided an hour before that I was going to have a dramatic cut - slightly fed up of my straggly locks I opted for a shorter do and I absolutely love it!

September Days - New Hair


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