Mother’s Day 2019 in the North East

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (March 31st to be exact) and this year there’s a bunch of offers on dinners, teas and staycations in the North East.

Instead of leaving it last minute to try and book up a delicious roast or rushing to the shop the night before to grab a card and a bunch of flowers, why not treat your Mam’s, Grandmother’s, Aunt’s or even a special friend to a spa break or a luxury 2 course meal?

I’ve done some snooping around and found a collection of really great offers for you to celebrate the special person in your life.

MEALS + SUNDAY LUNCHES

Browns, Newcastle City Centre

£15/16 per person

Sunday Lunch including Mother’s Day specials accompanied by live piano whilst you dine. Further information and to book click here.

Village Hotel, West Allotment

Prices from £15.95

4-course Sunday carvery including a free glass of fizz for Mam and Village vouchers. However this deal is snapped up quick so you must pre-book!
Further information and to book click here.

Toby Carvery, Various locations

Prices from £8.99

The king of the carvery! Sunday lunch at Toby suits the whole family. If you can’t make it for lunch they also have Mother’s Day Breakfast from £4.49. Further information here.

Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond

£42 per person

3 course Sunday lunch served between 12-4pm or alternatively Afternoon Tea with fizz also for £42pp. Further information and to book click here.

Crowne Plaza, Newcastle

Prices from £19.99

Sunday lunch at Crowne Plaza includes a 2 course lunch for £19.99 or a 3 course meal for £24.99. Also includes a complimentary glass of fizz for Mam! The hotel also have a speciality gin bar for afters!
Further information and to book click here.

Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street

Prices from £20

Choose from either a 3 course Sunday lunch for £29.95 for adults and £16.95 for Children which includes a free gift for Mam or enjoy Afternoon Tea for £20 per adult, £12.50 per child.
Further information and to book click here.

Hardwick Hall, County Durham

£26.00 adult, £14.00 child

4-course Sunday lunch including a complimentary gift for Mam and accompanied by live piano.
Further information and to book click here.

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

£19.95 per person

3-course Sunday lunch with gift for Mam. Further information and to book click here.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Newcastle + Durham

Prices unknown

Mother’s Day specials and delicious options from the A La Carte Menu.
Further information and to book click here.

Bella Italia, Various locations

For Mams that prefer something a little different, Bella Italia are giving all every Mam a free glass of bubbly when they order any meal. They’re also holding an exclusive competition to win £2k of holiday vouchers.
Further information and to book click here.

Keep an eye out for deals that might pop up at:

Local pubs and restaurants, Zizzi, The Botanist, The Salt Kitchen Sunderland, National Glass Centre Sunderland, Ramside Hall, The Treehouse Alnwick.

AFTERNOON TEA

The Parlour at Blagdon, Blagdon

£21 per person

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at one of the best spots for AT in the North East, it’s one of my favourites! They’re also offering a 3-course Sunday lunch for £25 per person. Further information and to book click here.

Six at The Baltic, Gateshead

Prices from £19.95 per person

Afternoon tea at the top of The Baltic Flour Mill includes. Classic Afternoon Tea for £19.95, Prosecco Afternoon Tea for £24.95 or Champagne Afternoon Tea for £29.95.
Further information and to book click here.

Matfen Hall, Matfen

Prices from £18.50 per person.

Classic Afternoon Tea for £18.50, Champagne Afternoon Tea for £28.50 or Cocktail Afternoon Tea for £23.95.
Further information and to book click here.

Tea on The Tyne, Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Tyne

Prices from £19.95 per person

Sail up the River Tyne all whilst enjoying an Afternoon Tea picnic accompanied by music and commentary of the sights of the Tyne. Adult price: £19.95, Child: £15.95 and under 2’s go free.
Further information and to book click here.

Wynyard Hall, Wynyard

Prices from £24.50 per person

Running between 29th and 31st March. Classic Afternoon Tea at £24.50 or Prosecco Afternoon Tea at £30.50.
Further information and to book click here.

Revolution, Newcastle + Sunderland

£20 per person

Enjoy a two hour bottomless brunch at Revolution on the 31st March.
Further information and to book click here.

Union Rooms, Newcastle

Newly refurbished bar and restaurant near Central Station are offering a Mother’s Day Sunday lunch and Afternoon Tea all accompanied by a live performer. Further information over on their Instagram here.


SPA + STAYCATIONS

Malmaison, Newcastle

£99 per person

Includes a stay at the hotel with breakfast, 30 minute spa treatment, complimentary chocolates and a 2 course meal with cocktail.
Further information and to book click here.

Village Hotel, Newcastle

£89 per room (2 people sharing)

“Girls at the Spa” Package. Exclusive to Thursday and Sunday nights only. Includes overnight stay, 2 course meal with a glass of fizz and a 25 minute treatment.
Further information and to book click here.

Beamish Hall Hotel, Stanley

£70 per room (2 people sharing)

Overnight stay and breakfast included. Restaurants on site if you also want to add a dinner option.
Further information and to book click here.

Seaham Hall, Seaham

£62.50 per person

Sunday spa package includes use of spa and a 2 course Sunday lunch. Further information and to book click here.

Doxford Hall Hotel, Chathill

£154 per room (2 people sharing)

Sunday night stay. Includes stay in luxurious room with breakfast, use of the spa and dinner in their award winning restaurant.
Further information and to book click here.

Hallgarth Hotel, Darlington

Offers a range of stay, dinner and spa packages which suits a range of different staycation needs.
Further information and to book click here.

Hopefully that’s helped a few of you who are struggling to figure out just what to do on Mother’s Day this year. Regardless if you’ve booked the fanciest getaway or are just celebrating with making your Mam breakfast in bed then I’m sure she’ll be appreciative. Spending time with your loved ones, is after all, the most important!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel


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What to do in Liverpool during December

Hello? Is this thing on?

It’s me, Chanel, the girl who used to write on this blog quite a lot. Yep, that’s the one. Well I’m back and before you all think I’ve given up completely on blogging, I haven’t. In fact, I’m really inspired to take my blog to new levels in the new year, especially now I have a car and a bucket load of new found freedom!

At the start of the month, me and a few of my gal pals took a trip to Liverpool to get into the Christmas spirit and scope out the markets. We did Edinburgh in 2017, so it was only fair we tried a new city to see what they had to offer.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

First thing I will say about Liverpool’s Christmas Market is…if you’re going specifically for the markets, choose a different city. Although, Liverpool does offer a handful of stalls and two mini bars, the scale of the market was tiny in comparison to Edinburgh, Manchester and London’s Winter Wonderland. However, if you live near the area it’s probably worth a pop in to see all the independent sellers for one-off gifts.

ACCOMODATION 

We found the most perfect little apartment on the docks of Liverpool to house the 5 of us during our stay and I couldn’t recommend it more. Located right next door to the Echo Arena (perfect if you’ve got a gig lined up) and a stones throw away from Albert Docks, the apartment had everything we needed and more. An amazingly charming host, Dave, who greeted us on arrival to show us about and the fridge stocked with essentials all for or own use. The tv even had Netflix if you decided on a cosy night in. I’ll leave the link here for anyone who’s searching for the perfect place to stay.

FOOD

As we were self catering we were searching all the time for great places to eat. However, Liverpool, especially in December gets VERY busy at night and you may want to reserve your table in advance to avoid any let downs. On the first night, we ate at a restaurant on the Albert Docks called What’s Cooking? which we all found did a fab range of foods to suit even the fussiest members of the group. The food was delicious and we all left feeling well fed and looked after!

We also ate breakfast at the cutest little cafe next to the Liverpool Lime Street station called Key Lime Coffee, which again served an assortment of meals from breakfast, brunch and lunch. If you have a chance, pop in and try their breakfast fully loaded omelette it’s the bee’s knees!

 

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Cocktails at What’s Cooking?

DRINK AND PARTY

As pretty much newbies to Liverpool, we really had no idea where to start looking for places to dance the night away. We had a few recommendations from friends and as Liverpool has so many options for clubs and bars we felt a tad overwhelmed.

On the first night, we decided to keep it lowkey and stick to bars rather than full on clubs. From the get-go we wanted to visit the Peaky Blinders bar. As fans of the show we were pretty excited about all the hype we’d seen online earlier in the year. However, if you’re going to go to the PB bar…don’t expect Cillian Murphy to be there to greet you with his finest G+T. The bar was ok, there was some live music which was good but the decor was a bit sparse if anything. It’s the type of place which felt like it had been rushed and not much thought had been put into it and really only for the purpose of making a bit of money of the back of a popular TV show. It was a completely different experience to the Breaking Bad bar I wrote about in July. Although, the area which the bar was set had quite a few novelty bars, including a Yellow Submarine which might be fun for someone looking to take their mates somewhere a bit different!

When we were all dolled up on the second night and ready for something a bit more dancey, we hit the city centre. We went to a tiny little tequila bar called Bar CaVa where they sell assorted and wacky flavours of tequila for only £1 a shot. The perfect place for pre drinking, and to prank your mates into drinking baked bean flavoured tequila (sorry for telling you it was passionfruit, Ellen).

A short stumble from Bar CaVa is Concert Square, a place we had all been told about from other friends who’d visited the city before. Here, you can choose between a number of different bars/clubs in the square and if you fancy a sit down, they have a huge outdoor seating area where you can hire shisha.

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Peaky Blinders Bar

THINGS TO DO

For the longest time, I wanted to go to the British Music Experience after I’d heard about the installment at The O2 in London. When I was searching for things to do in Liverpool, I seen the Experience had now moved to Liverpool and immediately notified my friends that I’d be going to see it whether they wanted to or not. To my suprise, they all wanted to come and we had the best time looking around the museum at the history of British music, admiring genuine costumes worn by the likes of Freddie Mercury and the Spice Girls. To top it all off, we even had a go at playing our own musical instruments and had a whirl in a recording booth. We sounded horrific but the Experience was great and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in music.

Shopping. Shopping. Shopping. If there’s one place that’s an absolute gold mine for finding everything you need for Christmas it’s the sheer amount of shops available to browse in Liverpool.

Of course, there’s the typical tourist Beatles experiences such as the Cavern Club, which is well worth a look if you’ve never been, and the plethora of Beatles museums dotted around the city.

That’s all I have for you on Liverpool,

If you’ve never been then it’s definitely worth a visit and the locals are very welcoming and helpful if you need advice or directions!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

 

The Ultimate Halloween Film and TV Guide

Hello and Happy Spooky Season,

With Halloween falling mid week this year, not many of us will be out partying the night away in our costumes. Instead, it’s more likely that you’ll be cuddled up, nice and toasty eating some spooky snacks and flipping through the TV channels to find something decent to watch. If that sounds like you, or if you’re having a few pals over for a movie marathon then let me help you pick a few to watch.

I spent pretty much the entire first year of university watching everything creepy and supernatural possible during the flat movie sessions and since I’ve been hooked. I’m a bit of a thriller snob and like a properly produced horror to those that seem to mess about with effects more than plot, so hopefully this list will narrow down some great watches and sweep aside all the films and TV shows that aren’t worth the time.

 

Family: 

These family picks are all rated PG unless stated otherwise. (All ratings by BBFC)

  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Scooby Doo and The Witch’s’ Ghost (U)
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Casper
  • The Witches
  • Monster House
  • A Simple Wish (U)
  • Coraline
  • Frankenweenie
  • Scooby Doo
  • Corpse Bride

Horror Classics:

Rated 15:

  • Stephen King’s IT
  • The Shining
  • Psycho
  • Halloween
  • The Omen
  • Jeepers Creepers

Rated 18:

  • The Exorcist
  • Scream
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Carrie
  • Friday the 13th

Supernatural Horrors:

All these picks are rated 15.

  • The Conjuring 1 + 2
  • Paranormal Activity (film series)
  • Insidious (trilogy)
  • Sinister
  • It Follows
  • Grave Encounters
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • The Amityville Horror (2005)
  • Jessabelle
  • Oculus
  • Annabelle
  • As Above, So Below
  • The Tunnel
  • The Uninvited
  • Before I Wake
  • Mama
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • The Lazarus Effect
  • Lights Out
  • The Craft

Psychological Horrors

All picks are rated 15 unless stated otherwise.

  • Shutter Island
  • Case 39
  • Orphan
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Mother! (18)
  • Split
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • A Perfect Getaway
  • Prisoners
  • The Call
  • The Others (12)
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Seven (18)
  • Panic Room
  • Frozen (2010 film)
  • The Strangers
  • House At The End Of The Street
  • Hush
  • Zodiac
  • Knowing
  • The Shallows
  • Open Water 1 + 2

Killer/Gore Films

Rated 15:

  • Final Destination (film series)
  • Get Out
  • Don’t Breathe
  • The Purge (trilogy)
  • The Collector
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Rated 18:

  • Wolf Creek 1 + 2
  • Saw (series)
  • You’re Next
  • Eden Lake
  • The Wrong Turn
  • Gone Girl
  • Hostel (film series)

TV shows:

Rated 15 unless stated otherwise

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Haunting of Hill House
  • Harper’s Island
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Bates Motel
  • American Horror Story (18)

 

Happy watching!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

x

Top tips for passing your driving test

Hi,

I haven’t written anything for quite sometime now because I’ve hit a bit of a wall with blogging, which I’m sure every person who owns a blog has had and I hope to get over it as soon as possible. (Praying to the blog gods)

One thing that has happened in the last month is that I passed my driving test after 13 months of learning! I found driving a struggle for the longest time, gears and clutch control caused such an issue, and don’t even get me started on roundabouts.

Once I was feeling pretty confident in the car, my instructor was encouraging me to book my test and at least try it out. If he hadn’t have, I would probably still be happy driving around avoiding the fact I had to pass a test and settled for being a learner driver for the rest of time.

I passed my test on the first attempt after hours of stress and anxiousness, (which is completely normal, by the way so don’t worry) with only four minors.

Before I took my test, I had been searching on Google and Youtube for tips on how to pass. There’s a tonne of articles and videos but I find that the majority are created by instructors and car insurance companies and not by the people who have recently taken the test.

So here are my top tips for passing your practical driving test:

Tips

  • DON’T TAKE YOUR TEST UNTIL YOU FEEL READY

This tip sounds the most simple, ridiculous advice because most people feel ready by the time they take their test, but if the date is approaching just a little too quickly and you still don’t feel confident in yourself, then please consider scheduling. If you get into the car on test day and you feel completely out of your comfort zone then the chances are you’re not going to be at your best. You can alter the date up to 3 working days before your test date free of charge.

  • READ AND WATCH AS MANY TIP VIDEOS AS POSSIBLE

On the run up to my test, I religiously watched videos on Youtube on every driving skill I could think of. Reasons for gaining minors? Maneuver run throughs? Mock tests? You name it, I’ve most likely watched it. I’ll add a few links below of the channels I found most useful:

Go2 Driving School

Ashley Neal

Purple Driving – Helen Adams

  • DO ALL THE LESSONS 

If you have the time/funds then try and get as many lessons on the week running up to your test as possible. You should also have at least one hour before test just to iron out all your nerves and do some last minute practising. I done about 8 hours on the week of my test and I honestly think it was one of the main reasons I passed.

  • GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP + EAT

This is just a basic self care tip but please, please, please try and get a decent amount of sleep and eat a hearty meal, no matter how sick you feel, on test day. Firstly, your brain needs it. Simple as. You’ll perform better. Secondly, there’s nothing worse than being distracted by a rumbling stomach and driving on little sleep is dangerous in the first place. Have a bath the night before and an early night to make sure you’re in top form.

  • PREPARE WHAT YOU NEED IN ADVANCE

For your test, you’ll need to present the DVLA centre with suitable ID and your theory test certificate. I had a wild goose chase around my house trying to find my certificate the night before my test and it gave me the worst panic when I couldn’t find it. Thankfully, my dad found it in the letter rack so all was fine but I wish I’d sorted it all earlier on in the week to save from the extra stress. Plus, if you have lost or misplaced your certificate you need to give time to order another copy.

  • TAKE IT EASY AND DON’T OVERTHINK THINGS

This is probably the most difficult tip to follow because you’ll undoubtedly be nervous. However, keeping your cool means you’re likely to make less mistakes. If you make a mistake during test, put it behind you and carry on as it might not be a failable fault. Don’t let it snowball either, if you keep thinking of the mistake you’ll lose concentration and probably make a mistake again.

So there’s my tips for your driving test. Most importantly, try to enjoy it and don’t overly stress. If you fail, it is not the end of the world and you can do it again and again if needs be.

From my experience, the real learning to drive begins when you pass and have to learn how to drive independently in your own car…it’s,well, an experience.

Finally, I hope you gained something from this post and good luck!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

 

 

 

 

The Reasons Why I Blog.

Hi,

It’s been a good few months since I sat down and wrote a blog post that was more on the chatty side rather than all planned out in my notebook. As this one is a little more personal I thought it would be better to do from the mind > fingers > blog post and speak a bit more from the heart.

I’ve been reflecting lately on the beginnings of my adventures into the blogging world and although it’s not even been one whole year since I began this blog and started taking it seriously, I feel really proud that I’ve kept it going and still love posting.

From the get go, this blog was for me to use as not only a hobby to keep myself busy but as a diary, where I can share my life experiences and have a place to look back on my emotions during that time and how I’ve grown since.

If you’ve followed my blog over the year, you’ll have seen how I have brushed upon my life as a university graduate to becoming a carer for my Mam (I wrote about it here). It’s not been easy, that’s for sure.

To put it straight, I don’t work. Not because I don’t want to. I’d love to be settled in the PR industry by now, which has been my dream since I was in school, but unfortunately for now my career pursuit is placed on hold whilst I look after my Mam. A job nobody truly wants to be faced with but also a role I’d never turn down in a million years.

It can be unbelievably disheartening, seeing all your friends becoming successful and earning proper adult wages but having this small space on the internet to call my own has truly helped to keep my mind focused and my toes in the writing world.

Even more so, the opportunities and support from not only local bloggers but from the online community has been incredible and it’s so nice to be apart of something so positive and uplifting. It can truly be a light in dark times!

I’d love to hear some other stories about why bloggers have created their blogs and what keeps them going. I’m tagging:

Please join in if you’d like to share your blogging story!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

 

giffgaff gameplan: Lifegoals Workshop Event

Happy Friday,

I hope you’re all well!

Firstly, before I get into this weeks post, I am THRILLED to announce that after almost three months of being locked out of my Twitter account, I have regained access! (*cue the audience cheers*) Hopefully, this means I’ll be more motivated to get back into the full swing of blogging without feeling completely out of the bloggers loop, like I have been these past months.

Yesterday, I was very kindly invited to another North East blogging event, this time ran by the lovely people of giffgaff: gameplan, at the Hilton Gateshead and I thought I’d give you a little run down of how it went!

You probably know giffgaff as the popular mobile network. However the company have started on another venture into the world of personal financing! The network have launched a saving money website, which allows you to compare energy prices, car insurance, loans and credit card providers. The site also offers a free credit report so you can be on your way to building your dreams and budgeting to keep on top of it all! You can find giffgaff:gameplan website here.

The event revolved around finances and money management, a topic which I think most of us tend to just assume we know enough about to breeze by in life. However, since finishing university and being shoved into the real world, I’ve found that I need to know a lot more than just the basics of how to understand financing. It’s all so adult.

Upon arrival to the event, we were welcomed warmly with a glass of wine and had time to mingle and enjoy the view of the Tyne Bridge before being ushered into our workshops.

WORKSHOP ONE: Everyday Savings

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Eileen Adamson of Yourmoneysorted.co.uk

The first workshop was based on ‘Everyday Savings’ and was ran by the charming Eileen Adamson of Your Money Sorted. Eileen talked about ways of saving on interest through paying just that little more than the minimum on credit cards paybacks and mortgages, meaning you are not only saving yourself a nice bit of money to spend how you like but can pay it off even earlier! I honestly would never even think to pay back more than the minimum, I sort of just go with the flow but I’ll 100% be taking Eileen’s advice on board.

We then enjoyed some interactive activities, including spending habits bingo, Jenga (which encouraged us to mingle and feel more comfortable discussing money), scheduling a meal plan for the month to aid in stopping the need to buy more than the essentials, which I am very guilty of! We then shared websites and apps that would help to both make money and save money, including Plum and Chip, two apps that work with your bank to save a small amount from your current account and build up savings.

By the end of the workshop, I really felt like I’d not only learned new ways to save and find great deals but also felt more confident about discussing money around my peers. I’ve always sort of shied away from the topic completely, when, like Eileen said, we don’t talk about money enough and it should be a more comfortable social discussion. Hey, with my new found confidence I might even try haggling!

buffetWe then stopped for a little buffet break and enjoyed some of the food that Hilton had to offer. This is always the part of any event where I feel like I’ve been so lucky with the opportunities my blog has given me, especially with not even having it a whole year yet! I had a lovely little chat with Yasmina, Kate and Becka about all things rom coms and snacks before making my way to the last workshop of the night.

WORKSHOP TWO: Bad Credit/Credit Score Advice

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Karyn Fleeting of Miss Thrifty

The second workshop was ran by the expert of credit, Karyn Fleeting of The Miss Thrifty Blog. If I’m being completely truthful, I went into this workshop only know the bare minimum about credit and most of my knowledge came from passing conversations with friends. Being only 22, I thought that credit would only affect me when I get a little bit older but Karyn has put me in a much better relationship with understanding that credit should be given more attention, no matter what age.

Karyn talked us through how to check our credit score, using Experian, Equifax and CallCredit, what each rating would mean for future referencing and the importance of a high credit score when applying for a loan or a mortgage. Karyn then went on to advise us on how to inflate our credit score through paying bills on time and avoiding payday loans, before demonstrating how to repair a credit score if it’s all looking a bit downhill, with a credit rebuild card and a smidge of patience.

As I said previously, I had such a small amount of understanding on what credit truly was and how it would affect the way I spend, loan and prepare for my future. Thankfully, after Karyn’s incredibly helpful workshop, I’ll now be more wary of my credit score and keep top tip on making sure it’s as high as possible. I even checked my score as soon as I got back to the house! Keen bean.

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To round up the event, I had a great evening and loved being in the company of other bloggers once more. It’s so nice to feel part of your local blogging community and put real life faces to blog names!

Thanks to the workshop speakers, giffgaff:gameplan, Jennie and Alice for organising the event and inviting me and the staff at the Hilton Gateshead for making us all feel very welcome.

Cheers for reading,

Chanel

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Struggling with Adult Acne

Hello everyone,

It’s been such a long time since I’ve written on my blog. I explained in my last post that I wouldn’t be posting until I had my Twitter account unlocked as it is my main blogging tool. However, I’ve been pining to get back to writing and the fact of the matter is, I can’t wait any longer! So here I am to talk about something that has affected me since I hit my late teens/adult years.

During my teenage years, when acne is present amongst pretty much everyone your age, I really didn’t have too much trouble with my skin. I was very lucky and only had the occasional spot with nothing too worrying. For a long time, I was insanely grateful to my skin as not only am I a redhead, I also wear glasses and the thought of acne in my teen years turned me into the typical bully victim we all know and love depicted on screen and in books.

It wasn’t until I turned 19, where I started noticing my skin wasn’t cooperating with me as much as it previously had done. The one place where I seemed to be getting recurring spots was my chin. At first, I thought it was the makeup I was using as I had recently changed my beauty routine. My mother thought it might be because I was using too much skincare, which she still blames today.

As the spots became more frequent, they also began to change in appearance. From little red marking to huge cystic under the skin boils which would be extremely painful and have left me scarred as a result.

Over the last few years, I’ve used multiple products claiming to aid in the fight against acne. I honestly can’t explain how many scrubs, face masks, serums, moisturisers, oils, strips, I’ve been through. I’ve used EVERYTHING. For the most part nothing has really helped.

Last year, I decided to take things to the GP. The option I had been dreading. I don’t like treating my body with medicine unless it is absolutely necessary and would much rather try and find a more natural remedy.

The GP explained that acne on the chin is caused by an imbalance of hormones that occured in a great deal of women and that using a hormone balancing drug would help my skin return to normal.

She put me on Limecycline, a huge sized tablet that I couldn’t take. I’m terrible at taking tablets to begin with and this was my worst nightmare. I cried for a good 45 minutes before hopping onto google and searching if there were any alternatives.

Instead of taking the medication, I found a natural oil, Evening Primrose Oil. The tablets came in different sizes and were all from an organic source. I purchased some from Holland & Barrett and started taking them immediately.

It took a little while before I began to see any results but there were differences to my skin. The cystic spots were smaller and smaller each time my skin flared up. I stayed on Evening Primrose Oil for a good 10 months before deciding that I wanted to give my body a break and see what would happen to my skin.

Mistake.

The acne came back. At this point, I was so fed up that I went to see my GP again and she instead put me on an antibiotic cream. I used the cream when I seen my skin was flaring up and it definitely helped.

Now I’m at a place where I’m not 100% happy with my skin, I still have the odd flare up and I have a lot of texture/scarring on my skin but I don’t get cystic boils anymore and that’s good enough for me.

My confidence is still controlled by how my skin looks though and I’m working my way to feeling more comfortable in myself and realising that I’m not the only one with skin concerns which is a more complicated concept to believe than you may think.

I try not to use as many products on my skin now. If I feel like my skin is flaring up, I’ll use a little tea tree oil and hope for the best.

This post was inspired by Joe Sugg’s video on his adult acne which he posted a few months ago on his Youtube Channel that has made me think ever since about how I look at my own skin journey. You can watch the video here.

I decided to talk about my struggle with acne as I want to hopefully find a permanent solution to my skin concerns and when I do, I’ll be writing about everything I’ve tried during the process.

If you’re reading this and also struggle with acne of any type, you’re not alone and there will be a solution out there for you. It might take a little while to find it and it’s hard not to be impatient when you’re trying so many different products and routines and watching thousands of Youtube videos! Trust me, I’ve been there!

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

x

 

Pin Up, Gal! – Old English Company Pins + Competition

Hi!

If you’re like me and love customising the things you wear to show off your personality, then you’ve probably at one point used pins to do so. Whether that’s jazzing up an old denim jacket with band related merch or a backpack with cute badges that make life just a bit more interesting!

If you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe then Old English Company have your back! The Stamford-based company specialise in unique hand lettered products, including the most gorgeous enamel pins.

These are just a few of my favourites from their collection:

Links:

‘Start Somewhere’ Enamel Pin

‘She Believed She Could So She Did’ Enamel Pin

Grow Through What You Go Through’ Enamel Pin

‘HeartBreaker’ Enamel Pin

Inspiring and motivational slogans are always eye catching to me and I love the vintage feel of the ‘heart breaker’ pin, its very reminiscent of all the 80s chick flicks I adore! Old English Company have a bunch of beautifully designed pins all made in England so each product has a place of pride.

Already stars in the stationary and accessory market, Old English Company are constantly growing in popularity and you might even spot their products in stores such as Waterstones and Paperchase!

Now for the part you’re all waiting for… the competition details!

*Competition*

Old English Company are giving away a set of their enamel pins to one lucky winner! All you have to do is click on this link ( https://oldenglishprints.com/pages/enamel-pin-competition-win-a-set-of-enamel-pins ) and follow the instructions to enter!  

Make sure you’re quick as the winner will be picked on the 30th May 2018!

If you want to have a peek on their store you can find their entire enamel pin collection here

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Chanel

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Legally Blonde The Musical UK Review

Hello!

The sun was absolutely glorious in the UK this weekend and we got all of three days to enjoy it before the clouds have made their return. Typical.

This weekend I went to see Legally Blonde The Musical at Sunderland Empire on their UK Tour. I’ve been a fan of the musical for going on six years now and was massively excited when my friend bought me tickets for my birthday.

First of all, I’m a big fan of theatre. Musicals especially, so my expectations for this show were a little higher than it probably should have been after years of watching the poor quality video on Youtube and screeching along to the soundtrack.

One thing I must say about this show is that, for a travelling musical, the stage set up and quality of the performance was top notch. I’ve been to a few touring musicals and the show never has the same magic as a proper West End production but Legally Blonde blew me away!

Lucie Jones, who I saw many moons ago on the X Factor tour, played Elle Woods and she did an absolutely fantastic job! As well as insanely great vocals, Jones quirky approach to Elle’s character played out perfectly alongside the ups and downs of Little Miss Woods, Elle’s time at Harvard. Although, Laura Bell Bundy, the original Broadway Elle is a firm favourite, Lucie really lived up to the role and made the show very special.

My favourite character in the musical is Paulette, the beautician with dreams of finding the perfect Irish man. Played by Eastenders actress, Rita Simons, Paulette’s husky tones and loud personality were definitely recognised on stage, especially during the performance of Ireland which was one of my highlights of the entire show!

Of course, all of the cast were amazing and you can really tell they have a close bond not only as colleagues but as friends which comes across in making the performance the best they possibly can.

My highlight of the production, which I’m sure is loved by all audiences, has to be ‘There! Right There! which is both hilarious and wildly impressive. I also still can’t get over the Whipped into Shape routine, how on Earth Helen Petrovna skipped like that and still carried top vocals is beyond me!

Overall, if you’re going to see Legally Blonde in the next few months then you are in for a treat! I’d definitely go and see it for a second time!

If you’re interested in buying tickets then the link for the tour is here

My last blog post can be found here

Thanks for reading, see you soon!

Chanel

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The Struggle of Losing Weight and Keeping Fit

Hello!

I’m back today with a more lifestyle/health based post, talking about how difficult I find it to lose weight and keep fit. Like many of us, I’ve been trying for years to get my body into shape, with every new year resolution being ‘lose weight’ or ‘go to the gym more regularly’. It goes well for all of a week before I find myself saying what the hell and eating my body weight in rubbish!

I’ve tried FAD diets such as ‘The Soup Diet’ where I ate soup, fruit and veg for almost a week straight in a hurry to drop a few pounds and although it did work and I felt great, it seemed even easier than ever before to put the weight straight back on and I’d be back to square one. I wouldn’t recommend FAD diets, they’re only good for quickly losing weight and there is no way it can be good for your body, in fact most FAD diets require a GP consultation before investing your time in the plan. Not only can it be a danger to your health but because you’ve eaten unrealistically for the week (it’s more a detox than a diet) then as soon as you’re back to introducing normal foods into your meals, the weight jumps back on.

Next thing is…exercise. Booo.

I used to be a huge fan of physical activities. Running, dancing, badminton, anything that would get my moving I enjoyed. However, as the responsibilities of life get in the way, I stopped exercising and instead would spend my time in front of the TV or my laptop and snacking!

The worst time for this was uni, I was eating unhealthy and the only exercise I would get would be walking to and from a lecture or busting all the moves on the dancefloor on a Wednesday night!

About a year ago, I vouched to myself that I’d lose weight to try and keep my mind and body healthy. I lost 8 pound within a few months and I’ve managed to stay the same weight ever since. I’m still not happy with my body and I want to try and lose another stone and a half to get down to what weight my BMI suggests is a healthy weight for my height and age.

I’ve started going to the gym twice a week with my friend to do some of the classes (legs, bums and tums is NOT an easy one). I’ve also started running once or twice a week too and hopefully I’ll start to feel a little better about my fitness and not get out of breath walking up a flight of stairs!

My goal at the end of all this is to ultimately be happy and feel like a 21 year old!

Fresh, fit and fabulous!

Another big goal for me is to wear shorts in the summer without tights as my legs are my main body hatred and I always try to hide them away.

If you have any tips for weight loss or fitness plans then please let me know.

Do you enjoy exercise? If so, did you have to learn to love it?

To read my previous post click here

Thanks for reading,

Chanel

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