R PLACE ~ doughnuts!

I think realistically this is the most exciting blog opportunity to date. I’m so excited to be writing this, a food review!! on a pop up café!! EXCITING, right!? So the pop up café in question is called ‘R Place’ it’s ran by two lovely ladies that became friends over their love of rock music & cuppa teas, perfect! They went from a permanent location in Newcastle to using a converted (very cool) Bedford CF truck, and basically the pop up wherever you want them, any events you can think of! They also do home delivery to Newcastle and surrounding areas!

The menu consists of doughnuts & drink, I mean that is bloody perfect menu! In all honesty I’ve never quite tasted doughnuts as good in my life (.. and I’ve tried a lot). Now I’ve been very blessed to choose 4 doughnut (from the huge list) to try out and tell me opinions on, so here I am, let’s get chatting about doughnuts!

One of my favourite combinations in the world is bacon with pancakes so when I noticed a maple bacon doughnut on the menu, I had to choose, and WOW, oh my goodness, what a taste sensation, it’s the best thing I’ve put in my mouth if I’m honest, I’d be happy with a box of 24, honestly YUM. ps. look how crispy the bacon is, gosh my favourite!!!

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Next one of my second favourite food combos is chocolate orange, again this was just a delight, a delicious delight, the perfect amount of chocolate and orange, just so divine. The orange zest is on the top, but also through the doughnut! Also the doughnuts themselves aren’t heavy or stodgy, you know you get some like that, these are so light and just wow. (can you tell I’m a fan..)

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I used to always eat the rhubarb and custard sweeties, and thought I better just choose this to see what rhubarb and custard tasted like in doughnut form. This had huge chunks of rhubarb which had been caramelised on which is fab and vanilla custard icing on, big yum from me!

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When you get me into autumn / winter I’m always thinking about black forest hot chocolates, you know seasonal. Yes you better believe they have a black forest meringue doughnut!! This has lemon in the doughnut it’s self, lovely fruity icing and mini meringues, how blooming cute, plus how pleasing to the eye!?

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I mean overall I’m a little obsessed, I know where I’ll be going when I want a doughnut or 12. The range that they do is literally incredible, they’ll have something for everyone I’m absolutely sure as there’s over 40 flavours!

I’ll leave a few of their links so you can have a little look for yourselves. (you so should) Website ; Instagram ; Facebook. If you want to order the doughnuts/drinks to your home just give them an email ~ itsrplace@hotmail.co.uk ~ they can give you a menu & prices from there!

Just want to finish with a huge thank you to the ladies at R Place for bringing me these doughnuts yesterday, I love them of course and I’m going to rave about constantly haha!

Xx

THE BOOKS I’VE READ IN AUGUST

I’ve only very recently got myself into reading, and like most things I do in life, I don’t just ‘like’ them, I become fully hooked & obsessed, and have to buy every book I lay my eyes on. But that aside, I’ve been loving it, so relaxing. You see I always thought I was a super slow reader, but here I am, I’ve read three ( !! 3 whole books !! ) in August ( ! pat on the back there Sarah ya gem ! ). So I thought ( if I keep up the reading.. ) I could do this every month, let ya know what I’ve read in the month, and what my thoughts on the books are!?

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The Queen of Bloody Everything

Synopsis

Have you ever wished for a different mother? Dido has… As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the fourteenth floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day Dido – age six years and twenty-seven days old – met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David. The day Dido fell in love with a family completely different from her own. Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family Dido dreamed of: Normal. Joanna Nadin’s first novel for adults, The Queen of Bloody Everything, is about mothers, daughters, and how family might be what you make it, but you can’t change where you come from.

Review

★★★☆☆ ~ 3/5

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but, the thing that attracted me to this book was indeed the cover, it’s beautiful and very 70s. I wanted to be able to just step into this book, and be in the garden that was described, it’s amazing. It has a great mother and daughter focus, along with neighbour relationships. You hear all about Dido’s life from her perspective, highly recommend!

The Keeper of Lost Things

Synopsis

Anthony Peardew is the Keeper of ‘lost things’. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Broken-hearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects – the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind – and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, he worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting housekeeper Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy. But the final wishes of the Keeper of ‘lost things’ have unforeseen repercussions that trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

Review

★★★☆☆ ~ 3/5

I really did enjoy this book also, you just from the start wanted everyone to retrieve their lost things, and find out the stories that went with them. It did turn and have a ghost storyline for a little bit in the middle, but it defiantly wasn’t overpowering, or confusing, it fit quite nicely. I’d just say I wish there had been a few more stories of the lost things being returned.

Three Things About Elsie

Synopsis

Eighty-four year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly a man who died sixty years ago?

Review

★★★★★ ~ 5/5

WOW, this book is the best I’ve read (granted that’s not many), but I don’t see any books beating this for a long time. I just fell in love with all of the characters, especially Florence & Jack. This was a page turner, it made my laugh at loud, wonder what was going to happen, it had me gripped, and also made me cry. It shows the effects of dementia very well, and portrays the older generation perfectly. I never wanted this book to end, and I will defiantly be read it again. Last quick point, the cover?! Gosh I love it, it’s so cosy and just perfect. If you haven’t read this, then do!

I’ve made myself a Good Reads account where ya can basically add all the books you want to read, and save the ones you’ve already read to see your progress, you can have a look at my account on there if you want to see what I fancy reading next.. ~here~!

Xx

wellvivid mirror

Mirrors are pretty much an essential for everyone, not just makeup obsessed people like me, but this one I’m about to chat about is very amazing for getting your face on, it’s very quickly became the mirror I use daily, and something I don’t understand how I lived without.

First of all the mirror size is perfect for everyday, you can see everything and it’s a lot bigger than the previous mirror I used daily (which was the no7 light up mirror). Because it’s more of a rectangle shape you can see everything, and it makes it fab to do your hair in too!

Along with the main mirror, on the left hand side you had a 2x zoom mirror and a 3x zoom mirror, which are perfect for looking close up, I tend to use the for when I pluck my eyebrows (when I can be bothered to go through the pain of that haha!) Then on the right hand side of the main mirror you are blessed with a normal rectangle mirror, which is fab as you can see side views, and just adds of course MORE mirror space!

Even though there is a lot of mirror space the mirror itself is still compact, and it all folds back up (as you’ll see in the photos), which is so handy for storing, and also for travelling! It has a shelf you could say where you can pop whatever you want, ie. the makeup you’re using which is super handy!

As well as being a fab general mirror it LIGHTS UP, woo! Perfect when you’re doing your makeup as you can see your face super clearly. You can choose how bright you want it too which is brill, just be dimming it. To make it work you can either use batteries, or just plug into a plug via a usb / just your phone charger!

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All in all I am truly obsessed with this mirror and don’t know how I did my makeup right without it!! ~haha~. 

Head over to the Well Vivid website ~here~ and have a lil read up about the mirror in there words! Also buy the Well Vivid mirror from Amazon through the link ~here~!

A massive thank you to the team at Wellvivid, they are so lovely, and I don’t think you could buy from a nicer couple! SO HELPFUL

*the products mentioned in this post have been sent to me for free, but all my opinions are my own*

Love yas x

brownies

I’ve been so into baking lately, I find it so relaxing and great for the mind. But I’ve never  been the best at making anything worth eating. But I’ve found something finally that one is easy to make, I mean come on if I can make it anyone can. And two actually tastes pretty damn fabulous if I do say so myself. So I thought I’d share the recipe with you in quick and simple way and maybe you can try it for yourself.

So obviously first you need to weigh out all your ingredients, pre heat your oven 180 degrees and line a couple of baking tins!

The ingredient measurements are;

  • unsalted butter; 275g
  • caster sugar; 375g
  • eggs; 4
  • cocoa powder; 75g
  • self raising flower; 100g
  • dark chocolate; 100g

When the above ingredients are weighed pop them all in a bowl apart from the chocolate and whisk them together until it’s all mixed basically (such a chef I know). When that is mixed and it looks right (you know when you know) break the chocolate into squares and mix it in with a spoon!

Now I spoon the mixture into 2 different tins, and on one of the mixtures I pop some jam puddles on the top, you can literally use any jam, for this I used black cherry, just basically spoon into the top. Now these brownies take roughly 40 minutes too cook.

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measured ingredients!

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all the ingredients mixed, including chocolate!

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mixture in tins, along with the jam!

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the cooked brownies, how yummy do they loooook!

When there done, grab a beverage of choice, stick you feet up and basically nearly eat them all because they are such a taste sensation.

The actual recipe; https://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/raspberry-jam-puddle-brownies

Love yas x

 

glossier review ~ cherry balm dot com

I am very late to the Glossier bandwagon, but ever since they launched I’ve been eyeing up the products that they have, the design is just beautiful, so simple, but very effective. They have a wide variety of products including skincare, makeup and even a fragrance!

I love a lip balm, I really do ~I have a drawer full~ (which defiantly doesn’t justify this purchase). Glossier sell a wide variety of ‘flavours’ haha, in their balm dot com which is; ‘a hydrating, long-lasting, multipurpose lip balm and skin salve that’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin. The dense, waxy texture stays in place to seal in moisture wherever it goes.’ & it comes in 6 different ‘scents’ so there is something for everyone!

I chose the cherry scent, and WOWZA it is devine, oh m geeee! I chose the cherry mainly because it is red, and leaves a red tint to your lips, which obviously is my kinda thing! It’s a very subtle tint of red but it’s defiantly still there, and fab for more natural makeup days, or when you’re wearing none!

This balm is incredible, it really has become a favourite of mine, it lives in my handbag! I’ve found it helps so much if you have any dry patches on your lips, and is defiantly handy for me as I wear matte lipsticks a lot, keeps them hydrated, and smooth!

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With this order I managed to bag a free little sample WOO, and I chose the Glossier ‘you’ perfume, honestly not that much of a fan, for me I found it to be a very strong scent, which i’m generally not a fan of at all, it has a very woody/musky scent, which is nice to wear occasionally but not an everyday thing for me! I’m glad I got the sample because of course it’s hard to know what these things smell like, unless you see them in person, so now I know not to splurge on the full bottle!

The Glossier order itself comes in the loveliest packaging, a baby pink outer bag, and then inside you get a little pink bubble lined pouch, which can be kept as a makeup bag, and then you get little stickers, it’s just all so blooming cute and I love it!

I really want to order from Glossier again, which I’m sure I will soon, I’m dying to try the ‘boy brow’, ‘lidstars’, more balm dot coms, and also the face masks OF COURSE!

If you fancy buying something from Glossier you can use my link which will give you 10% of your first order hehe YAY!! ~HERE~

Love yas x