Friday, 24 March 2017

Coffee for your face, Scrub Love

You all know how much I love coffee. So much that I want to coat my body in it. Lol. 

I was very kindly send a coffee body scrub from Scrub Love and I tell you what, I can confirm that smelling like coffee while sipping on a latte is a very nice experience. One that I recommend to all coffee enthusiasts out there. 

The scrub came in the cutest packaging. I got the mint flavour (there is also original and a coconut one). I'm glad I got the mint one though. It's really refreshing and has gives that tingly minty feel. You're supposed to use it all over your body but i've just been using it on my face. Admittedly it's a really messy product and if I attempted a full body scrub there would be minty coffee all over my bedroom. 

I found the scrub to be very cleansing and refreshing. Probably the perfect scrub to use when you're hungover after a night out and you're feeling mega gross. My skin was left feeling super smooth and the perfect base to apply makeup on. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

L i f e lately


Some exciting things are happening in my life which has given me a good excuse to share some of the cute pics I have taken recently. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that my minimal black and white theme is no more. SHOCK HORROR! Pink has suddenly become my favourite colour and now I want everything to be pretty and pastel. 

I've got a new job! I'll be finishing my digital marketing internship for Top Collar at the end of March and starting a permanent Sales & Marketing job for the Great Yorkshire Shop (newly opening in York) on 10th April. Getting a permanent Marketing job was my main goal for 2017 so I'm pretty chuffed I've already achieved it. All the happy. 

I'm moving to York! My new job means moving out is a sure thing and I'm soooo excited to live in one of my favourite places ever (also ever so slightly nervous). I'm going to basically be like a PROPER grown up. Woah. 

Moving out means I get to decorate my new room and make it all pretty!!!!!! - my homeware loving self is very much over excited about this. All the fairy lights and succulents please. I already have some adorable prints (from Everything Is Fine - see above pic) but i'd love some more recommendations of places where I can get super cute accessories for my room.

I turn 21 next Sunday and although I'm not at all excited about being a year older cry, I am super excited to celebrate! One of my absolute faves, Emily, is coming to York for my birthday and the excitement is just too much!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The Flat White Café, Durham

After wanting to go for a very long time (thanks to all the amazing looking pictures on Instagram), I finally made a visit to the Flat White Café in Durham. It was very busy when we arrived but thankfully there was a free table! The decor was cool and very shabby/rustic kinda chic. Everything is mismatched yet it all seems to work together and look ever so cool. I took a LOT of pictures which is always a good sign.

Since it's the Flat White Kitchen I thought I better stick with the theme and order a flat white. Actually a vanilla flat white because I'm not grown up enough to drink coffee without an overload of sugar. The art was amazing and there's something about coffee served in a clear glass that makes it so much more appealing than when it's in a regular mug. The coffee was supER strong but in the best way possible. There was no bitterness and it was silky smooth. Ahhh just thinking about it is giving me all the coffee cravings. I think I must have downed the coffee in less than a minute. I hate to say it, but after experiencing all these amazing coffees I am now unable to drink Costa/Starbucks coffee. Not that I'm a coffee snob or anything.. but independent coffee shops serve coffee that is soooo much nicer and with no gross after taste. No going back after that!

The food was equally as amazing. I ordered a chicken and home made pesto sandwich because pesto is the besto. Haaaaaaaa. The seeded wholemeal bread was super fresh and tasted home made. The pesto was DELICIOUS and the filling to bread ratio was spot on. All in all, what I would describe as being the perfect sandwich. I'm dying to go back for brunch so I can try out the amazing pancakes they have (BAKEWELL PANCAKES). 

I was so v v v impressed with The Flat White Café. It's cute, quirky, cool and makes the ideal brunch/coffee date spot. 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Unibox

Subscription boxes are definitely all the rage at the moment and I can see why. There's something so exciting about receiving a mystery box of goodies! The Unibox were kind enough to let me try one of their boxes. The Uni Box is basically a subscription care package for uni students, because hey, uni students aren't always the best at looking after themselves!

The box contains a mix of things such as healthy treats and fun and useful items. The one I received was absolutely spot on for me as it contained my favourite Little's chocolate and caramel coffee (soooO yum) and a cute coffee flask. CARPE CAFFEINE GUYS. There was also a vegan oat bar, two marshmallow bars, a multivitamin spray and a hand made grapefruit soap which smells amaaaaazing.

A 6 month subscription costs £22.50 per box (one box per month) which may seem a lot for a subscription service but what's great about this one is that it's actually filled with really cool stuff and not just cheapy things that you'd probably leave on the side and forget about. The actual value of the box I received is £39 - so pretty good going! Oh and they also currently have an offer where you can get 15% off the March Uni Box if you use the code UNIBOX15 at the check out.

For those stuck on what to get your Mum for Mothers day, they also have an adorable Mothers day box coming up... helping students be on time this mothers day! But yeah, overall I think the Unibox is a really fab subscription box as you get such a great mix of things and the things you get are actually all really good! 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

I'm a brand ambassador & social media person! (for Mangobean)

I have a new and exciting announcement. Well probably not mega exciting for you.. but for me, very cool. As the title sums up, I'm going to be running the social media accounts for Mangobean in Darlington as well as being a brand ambassador. 

Happy days.

But really very happy days. Mangobean is definitely one of my absolute favourite places to go for coffee. Not only is the coffee extremely good (we're talking super smooth with no bitterness or weird after taste at all mmmMMMmm) but they also have every coffee syrup you could possibly imagine, they sell WAFFLES (with all different toppings), healthy smoothies, cakes, coffee cocktails and frappé's. Oh and they also stay open until 9pm which is so fab because there's not enough coffee places where you can get your fix in the evening.

I'm really excited to theme the Instagram and immerse myself in all things coffee! It would be much appreciated if you guys would give @mangobeandarlo a follow on Instagram and Twitter, as well as liking the Facebook page - then you guys will get to see all the stuff I'm posting which you really don't want to miss out on ;)

Friday, 17 February 2017

Quilliam Brothers' Teahouse, Newcastle

I went to another coffee place!.. well actually a teahouse. I can't really argue with it being a teahouse when they offer 60 loose-leaf tea varieties. Shockingly I'm really not a big fan of tea at all. EVEN more shockingly, I didn't order a coffee either. I needed something refreshing so I went for a chocolate milkshake. Lowkey wish I have forced myself to have a coffee because the latte art looked ever so majestic. The chocolate milkshake was sooooO chocolatey and great though. My friend ordered a chai latte which in the past I've not been a fan of, but this one was so sweet and delicious and coated in cinnamon. Yum. 

We also both ordered a honey and lemon chicken sandwich (or 'stottie' as they called it -  which I've never come across in my life). The sandwich was delish and It also came with new potatoes!!!!!!!!!!! Any variety of potato or carb for that matter is a yes from me. They have a student discount so it only came to around £8 each. What a bargainous time to be alive. 

I wish I'd got more pictures of the actual teahouse because it is literally so hipster and #edgy. To be honest I'm still a bit shy when it comes to taking photos in public. I am getting there though. Definitely didn't stand on a chair to get the perfect flatlay the other day :). 

Friday, 10 February 2017

b.tempt'd lingerie

So apparently I just blog about pretty underwear these days... 

Can we just talk about how gorgeous this red set from b.tempt'd is though. SUPER GORGEOUS and very in line with the Valentines vibes at the moment. When b.tempt'd said I could choose a set from their collection, it was quite the task. They honestly have the most beautiful range of underwear. However recently I discovered that red is 'my colour' and now I feel like I must have everything in red - so this set that is part of the b.sultry collection was the clear winner. 

The quality is absolute 10/10. I feel like red underwear can sometimes look a bit cheapy and tacky - which this set doesn't at all. Wearing a matching underwear set always makes your life feel that bit more put together, but a matching RED underwear set. Well. It makes my life feel more put together but also makes me feel like a sassy queen (I recommend teaming with heeled black boots (and obviously the rest of your outfit, lol) and power walking down the street. Sassy queen levels will be off the scale)). I need to stop using the phrase sassy queen before I vom a little bit. 

Where's your favourite place to buy pretty underwear?