Friday, 27 March 2015

Get Shorty | Style

Now, we may just be seeing the start of Spring. Hallelujah!
And about time, right? This weekend, the clocks go forward meaning we get that extra hour of daylight and I can't wait to get out and make the most of it.

For me, with the light nights, comes the unbridled desire to be outdoors, running, cycling, beach boot-camping, all balanced out with the occasional beer garden excursion.

For those week night outdoor workouts, I'm after some new gear to see me through Spring and Summer, particularly in the shorts arena. I used to hate flashing my stems when the sun came out, but now I fully embrace it. And what's more, the range a beautiful sports shorts you can get your mitts on at the moment is ace. So, when the sun's out, it'll definitely be guns pins out.

Here are my top picks, just in time for payday.


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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Trial Shift at Cookhouse

On Saturday night, we headed into Ouseburn for a pop-up dining experience by the guys from Trial Shift. Ever since I first saw tickets go on sale, I knew the evening would be something rather special.

The duo behind TS, Tom Anglesea and Shaun Hurrell, have recently started putting on pop-up food events around the North East, and this weekend, took over The Grazer's Cookhouse venue for a veg feast, starring produce grown in the North East by king of the veg, Ken Holland. Now, I love a good old supperclub, and having been the several of Anna's own events at Cookhouse before, it was great to be back in familiar surroundings sampling something a bit different.
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Weekend Edition | Clean Salted Caramel Smoothie


My friend Kate told me about a smoothie recipe she'd concocted ages ago, and as soon as she said the words 'salted caramel', I was obviously sold. Now, this isn't an exact recipe as such, as her creation was a bit of an experiment, but sometimes the best things come out of whacking anything together in the blender. This is totally different to any other smoothies I usually make (no greens here) but I know it's going to be a firm favourite from now on.

The key ingredient to the butterscotchy taste is lucuma powder, which is anti-inflammatory, packed with iron, and contains boat loads of carotene - essential for healthy eyes and supple skin.

I've tried to recreate the milkshake-like drink here and have added a couple of other bits and bobs in to put my stamp on it. My word, it's like a creamy, silky, salted caramel pudding. *wolf whistle*

It does require a tiny bit of prep in terms of the roasted butternut squash, but seriously, it's all the better for it.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Budget Wellbeing Picks | Newcastle


There can be a massive stigma around the cost of wellbeing and a general feeling that living a healthy lifestyle comes with a hefty price tag. However, it is possible to eat clean, make the most of your workout and consequently, feel ace, all on a budget.

I'll be doing a few more posts around the subject of living well on a budget, but to kick things off, I've done a round-up on some my top tips for budget wellbeing, in and around the beautiful Newcastle upon Tyne area.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Weekend Love | Wellbeing


Barbour Newmarket jacket / Fjallraven Kanken backpack / Barts hat.

I've just had a much-needed three day weekend, including a trip up to Craster and Newton-by-the-Sea on the Northumberland coast, tea at Tea Sutra in Newcastle with my pals (holy hell, their raw chocolates are amazing) and the opening of a new exhibition at Three Tanners Bank on North Shields Fish Quay.

Here's a few snaps from what's been one of the best weekends in a long while. Bring on the next one.

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