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

mario badescu ~ skincare routine

Oh how I have longed to try out some Mario Badescu products, but I never really knew what to pick up, well turns out I didn’t need too, as the lovely team over at Mario Badescu sent me over a WHOLE skincare routine for my dry skin, which cuts out me not knowing what products to choose, I have everything, and I honestly believe this will be my skincare routine forever.. Bold statement, but just listen (read lol).

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FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE HERBS AND ROSEWATER; This is bloody lovely, especially when you’re boiling and need a refresh. It can be used under and over makeup, so it’s pretty multi use! It’s been leaving my skin GLOWING, and it smells incredible! It’s such a fab mist as well, you only need one spritz to get you’re whole face (and my face is rather big) so it should last a while. Ps. this is one is for all skin types!

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ORANGE CLEANSING SOAP;ORANGE CLEANSING SOAP; Gosh orange is such a lovely smell, who wouldn’t want an orange smelling cleanser?! This product itself has a sheeny glow to it so of course it defiantly helps the skin have a natural glow! I have mainly been using this on my face, not eyes! Ps. this is for all skin types!

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ALOE VERA TONER; Again this has a fab smell, very refreshing! It’s really been hydrating my skin and making it glow! Normally I’m put of toners as they can sometimes sting, but this one doesn’t at all, it’s very gentle and does what I’ve always looked for in a toner. Ps. this is for dry & sensitive skin types!

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THE MOISTURE MAGNET; WOW! Best moisturiser ever honest! So it has an spf15 in it, which is brill, protects our face from them rays, looking after your skin in the sun is so important! It’s worked so well for me because it’s so hydrating, so it’s really softened any dry areas on my face (I felt my skin the other day and I was like woah is this really mine LOL). Again lush scent, and it’s not too thick so it sinks into the skin pretty quickly, leaves no residue! Ps. this is for dry, sensitive and combination skin types!

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ROSE HIPS NOURISHING OIL; So this is a super thick oil, that nourishes and revives dehydrated and dry skin! I use 2/3 drops on to my very dry areas, ie. round my nose, and on my forehead, I feel like it’s really helping as it’s so thick and it’s concentrated on just them dryer areas! Ps. this is for dry, sensitive & combination skin types!

OIL.jpgCHAMOMILE EYE CREAM; Not any fragrance to this really, which I like because around the eye area can be super sensitive! I find this eye cream to be very soothing, really helps to cool down the eye area, by hydrating them. Handy to use again if you have dryness around your eyes, and it also helps to minimise fine lines. Ps. this is for all skin types!

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CHAMOMILE NIGHT  CREAM; Again not a lot of fragrance from this one, it pretty much does the same as the eye cream but in a more thicker creamy form for your whole face! I love popping loads on before sleep and it just sinks in on it’s own, and you wake up with soft skin PERFECT! Really hydrating and just all round fabulous. Ps. this is for dry, sensitive & combination skin types!

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ROSE HIPS MASK; This smells like bubblegum, it’s bloody incredible! Hands down my new favorite mask for more reasons that just the smell.. The mask itself has little gritty bits in it ~which is my favorite kind of mask~ it really helps to get rid of dirt and exfoliate! It also doesn’t sting, which I find happens with a lot of masks, ~basically you aren’t left looking like a tomato after. Really helping my dry skin a lot, and gives me a glow! Ps. this is for dry, sensitive & combination skin types!

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Oh also the packaging and colour of all these products is fab! I love the colours and the design of each product! The green is very good for me to work with in photos, as it fits in so well with the garden WOO! The prices of each of these products vary, I’d say they were mid range, defiantly worth the little extra splash! Ooo also the whole range by Mario Badescu is cruelty free!

This whole routine I’m doing daily, and it’s totally improved my skin so much! No more dry areas, and I am glowing! I defiantly will be repurchasing every one of these products! It’s so fab to finally find a skincare routine that actually works for me (I’ve tried SO many other brands). They have a lot of different products too, so I’m sure they’d have something for you! Yes you reading hehe!

Also finally a HUGE thank you to the lovely people at Mario Badescu for sending me all of this, I am so grateful eeep!

Love yas x

ootd ~ red boots

Even though it’s now May I must cling on to wearing boots for as long as possible, I just love them, I have a vast collection now, but as soon as I saw these shiny red ones, it was love at first sight really, I had to get them. I paired them with a denim skirt and tights ~standard~, a stripey blue top of dreams, and then a lighter denim bag ~double denim, I’m doing it~, I think this bag is so so cool, it just finished of the outfit!

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Boots ~ Primark

Skirt ~ New Look

Top ~ TU; Sainsburys

Bag & Belt ~ Charity shop finds

Love yas x

ANATOMICALS.

Get braced to hear about the most fun brand I have ever come across, I am beyond excited to tell you all about it! Anatomicals, They sell a little bit of everything, mainly face masks, but everything else you could dream of in the way of body & skin care. The main draw for me is the colours, and the funny puns, but the products themselves, are pretty great too.

Let’s start with the face masks (I love face masks, and I’ve tried a lot, practically a connoisseur), and these ones are FAB, they are in the little packets, which I love, normally get one/two uses, mainly share it with someone else, ie. my mam ((hahah she loves it). They have such a variety, for every skin type, and also every sense of humour..

This seaweed mask, is my favourite from the whole collection, it’s such a calming ~smell~ mask, and it leaves my skin feeling the softest ever. Also very cooling, and leaves me feeling very refreshed. Definitely recommend, this is a one I will purchase again n again n agaiiiin!

I mean a chocolate face mask? What more could you want, especially when stressed as it states on the packaging. It left my skin feeling, soft and moisturised. The smell was out of this world, just pure chocolate, which was fab! YUM!

This next mask is a self heating one, which isn’t something I’ve tried a lot of, it’s also mainly for blemished skin, I don’t get a lot of spots as it is, so I can’t say it’s made a difference in that respect, but it’s still a lovely mask! I love whacking on a self

The cherry lip balm has been very close throughout winter, and it’s kept my lips very soft! It has a lovely subtle cheery smell, with a red tint to it, right up my street. It also has spf 8, which is so important, your lips can burn too (facts with sarah).

Hand creams are one of my favourite products (am I 90?) so when I spotted this blueberry one I was so excited, the smell is beyond divine. Then the product itself is very moisturising, this has been a saviour for the past few wintry months.

Have a look over at the Anatomicals website >here<!, they have so many goodies, that you need to have a look at!

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

Love yas x