22 April 2016

North East | Fashion Weekend - Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland

Last night I went to the preview evening at The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland to launch their fashion weekend running until 24th April.

During the weekend there will be numerous discounts on offer throughout the shopping centre plus a catwalk show that will run twice per day showcasing some of the clothes available in the stores right now.

Brands that took part in the catwalk launch were Debenhams, Primark, Topshop, Van Mildert and Select plus there are more registered to take part over the weekend.

My favourite items were some tan wedges from Primark and from Topshop a pair of patch jeans and rust bomber jacket. I did notice when I popped into the shops afterwards that all the items were in key positions in the stores so they were easy to find. 

Here are some photos I took while sitting on FROW.

The models put on a good show and even did some dance routines. 

Commentary was provided by Heart Radio presenter Kelly Scott.

I have to say, over the last few month's I have been popping into Sunderland instead of the metro centre as it has the shops I want. It has a HUGE H&M, Topshop, Schuh, Lush, Primark and of course my favourite coffee shop - Starbucks.  Shops are also open late every Thursday until 8pm.

I used to have to travel through the crazy traffic if I wanted to stock up on my Lush favourites and now I don't have to - here is a full list of the shops available

Huge thanks for the invite from Sorted PR / Bridges shopping centre and for the generous goodie bag containing items from Lush, Milk Shake Hair, Fragrance shop and the shopping centre gift card.

Help make this event a success by popping to Sunderland this weekend for your shopping fix. 

Don't forget to tweet about the event if you do pop by using #BridgesFW

Love MISS K xx
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17 April 2016

Fashion | Ivy Park by Topshop

What is all the fuss about? Beyonce that's what. 
Image source - Topshop
Topshop have collaborated and co-founded a new lifestyle and fitness brand with superstar Beyonce called Ivy Park. 

From watching the promotional video B tells the story of why Ivy Park and why it is a special place for her. It's her go to place if she is wanting some time out and collect her thoughts. She wants you to find your Ivy Park.

Which has got me thinking... I do have some favourite places to go but I don't have one place I always go to. 

Image Source - Topshop 
Image Source - Topshop
Is it worth the splurge?
From prices ranging from £8 - £160 there is something for all price ranges.
What I didn't realise is that this collection isn't a one off. Ivy Park is here to stay with new lines arriving every 6-8 weeks. So there is no need to rush out and buy everything, so maybe join the hype and buy one or two pieces but the rest can wait its all pretty similar.

Sizes on most items are XXS,XS, S, M, L and XL

I didn't realise there was XL available which would probably have been my first choice but never mind, I picked up the sweater in grey in L and the Cap in black which is One Size. 

I am LOVING baseball caps at the moment, always have (I blame my brother he always wore caps when we were younger) but usually only if I have my hair up. It seems it is OK to wear them with hair down so you will probably see me wear them more often now.

My Top 5 favourites in the collection at the moment (minus the 2 items I have purchased) - 

Ivy Park is at most stores but some have more items than others.

I will be keen to buy a couple of t-shirts for my holidays in the blue or red and I am excited to see what else there is to come so I will keep you posted if I do buy anything else. 

I haven't been buying clothes very much recently but I needed to get something to wear on weekends thats not a blue denim shirt so this is a great edition to my weekend casual choices.

Let me know if you have bought anything from the collection or tag me on your Instagram @Misskeveryday

Happy weekend!
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9 April 2016

Yorkshire | Fleur & Grey - A beautiful home and gift shop

My mum has been telling me about home and gift store, Fleur & Grey for a few months now but my first opportunity to go wasn't until Easter bank holiday weekend. 

Fleur & Grey is based in Huddersfield, it has good curb appeal (complete with a flag) and lovely dressed window, with a very welcoming shabby chic stylish interior and the prices are surprisingly really affordable.I go to alot of gift shops like this and in comparison the prices were really refreshing. 

I think its clever really as there were beautiful items for all prices ranges and usually if you were looking for a little something in a few other places I have been before you would end up with a small scented candle for £5 instead of a lovely heart mug and bunny spoon for £6.50 like I did here at F&G.

The store is a small space but it didn't feel jammed, so you could browse everything with ease and the layout was like a home from home so you could plan where you could place the item in your own home if you decided to purchase. I especially liked the huge table in the middle of the room and a open draw near the counter with bits and bobs in it.

There was a lovely choice of cards available too, very Kate Spade!

This bunny print cotton cushion with inner included was only £12!

As you can probably tell by the name there is a theme of grey throughout which is very popular in home decor right now. There were some brands like East of India featured, but most of the items available I hadn't seen before and if you wanted to splurge they had more expensive items too. 

As soon as I saw this large grey bobble jar, it had my mums name all over it. With only one left in store, I said mum you need this and for only £25 we thought it was really good price. I think if we had left the store without it, we would have probably regretted it.

The cheapest thing I bought which has ended up being my favourite is this LOVE spike for only £1. It was shown in a couple of times throughout the store in different ways but I mostly liked the idea of including it in my roses to add a bit of something.

It was easter weekend and there were plenty of bunny themed items available, look at this cute bunny spoon for only £2.50 and heart mug for £4.50!

My final purchase was something that I think had been around since Christmas but I was sooo pleased to find him! Look at my new copper stag bottle topper!! He is the perfect new addition to my Bar Cart (see previous post here).

The owner behind the counter was so nice and she really added to the experience in store and you felt so relaxed just having a look with no pressure to buy, I can't wait to return.

You can follow Fleur & Grey on Instagram @fleurandgrey, where they post pictures of stock so you see more of the products they have available.

Fleur & Grey is also on Facebook and the postcode is HD8 9DA if you wanted to drop by. The store is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.

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4 April 2016

Food | Time for coffee and baking cookies

This weekend I attended a food and gift fair at a local college, as always there are some highs and lows when attending events with alot of stalls. You don't know what is going to be there, and you need to take cash as most can't take cards, so I went with £20 in my pocket and was going to be selective.

I am a sucker for cheese so thats what I was mostly looking forward to buying. As you can tell this post is mostly about coffee so I didn't buy any cheese! Infact there was only one cheese stall and it didn't offer anything much out of the ordinary and didn't seem to stock anything local. 

I love talking to the different sellers so passionate about their product for sale and you feel so bad for not buying from all of them and one in particular stood out which was organic skin products and soy candles which all contained wax from her dad's bees! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I am a coffee addict, so when I spotted Beanies Coffee stand on the way round with flavoured coffee's available I was so happy. Originally buying Very Vanilla and Coconut Delight for a surprisingly low price of £2.50 each, I then went back for few more - Nutty Hazelnut and Irish Cream. I know my dad will be happy with these purchases - as he will enjoy trying them too.

I've only seen flavoured coffee's like this before for french press so I was pretty pleased with these instant options!

I have tried all flavours now, and I think the one that has the most taste out of the 4 I purchased was Nutty Hazelnut. They all smell amazing, but they do have no added sugar to keep their low calorie guarantee so some can be quite bitter but nothing half a sugar can't hurt. 

While at the fair there was a man selling mixes for making your own cookies.. I thought cookies is one of the most simple things to make.. so I went home inspired and I made some using ingredients I had already in. Here is a recipe I use to make some quick and yummy cookies.

5 minutes to prepare, 12 minutes to bake.

You will need (makes up to 15):
200g Butter
300g Caster Sugar
275g SR flour
1 egg
75g Cocoa Powder
Dash of milk
1 bar of milk chocolate
1 bar of white chocolate
1 bar of dark chocolate

Mix all ingredients together except the chocolate until fluffy in a mixer, then break all the chocolate up into squares and then mix by hand. In a pre heated 200c oven, place spoonfuls onto a non stick baking tray with plenty of space, as they will spread. Tanya recommends to make 10 which is what I did, but they were super size, so I think aim for 15 would be best for portion size.

Remove after 12 minutes even if they do not seem cooked as they will remain soft and squidgy. Based on a recipe by Tanya Burr.

To make a less chocolatey version. Leave out the cocoa and swap the chocolate for 4 tubes of smarties instead :-)

Happy Monday!

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