Mani Monday – Wigmore Street

Another Monday, another nail colour…..

Tonight I’ve been out for some lovely italian food with some friends in Sunderland. It was beautiful, but my goodness I’m so full now! I’m now back at home, in my pyjamas, ready to crash. Bliss 🙂

As well as the usual Mani Monday, I wanted to give a heads up on a product I’ve just discovered that I think might be my saviour over the next few weeks….

I love glitter nail varnish this time of year. Can’t get enough of the stuff. The only issue is that my heart literally sinks when it comes to removing it. I will leave it for as long as I can, until there’s so little varnish left that my nails look like stubs; before I try to take it off. I’m used to fighting a losing battle with the layer of glitter that just refuses to budge, but I bought some new, slightly more expensive nail varnish remover that has given me new hope 😉

Elegant Touch Get ’em Off nail varnish remover (rrp £2.65) works a dream! It’s developed for removing false nails and overlays so it’s pretty strong. It took me less than 5 minutes to remove all traces of Friday night glamour from my nails. Definitely a must for this party season 🎉

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Glamour magazine were giving away 4 different shades of Nails Inc nail varnishes in this month’s issue (which I imagine will soon be gone from the shops, so move quick if you haven’t already!). I bought one. Then bought another one. Whoops….I do recall telling you all from the off that I had a bit of an addiction!! Tonight I tried out Wigmore Street; a nice purple shade befitting of the 3 degree chill my car kindly pointed out to me this evening. Enjoy 💅

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Yes, that is Question Time you can see reflected in the glass....

Sunday is Funday in Newcastle Town!

We’ve been living in Newcastle for almost 3 years now; and we have fallen into that predictable habit of not getting to know the city that sits right on your doorstep. A few months ago, while we were out for a couple of drinks; we started talking about the amount of things there are to do in the North East that we just don’t ever think about doing. My resolution for 2015 (and I can’t believe we are already at the point in the year where we can start talking about things like that) is to do a bit more exploring of this canny little bit of land we live in!

To give myself a kick-start, today we went out for brunch at the newly refurbished Tyneside Bar Cafe. Now, as long converted fans of Tyneside I don’t think this can really count as ‘exploring’; however the bar is a recent addition to the cinema and I wanted to test out the nourishment on offer 🙂

Tyneside Cinema is an absolute gem of a building. If you live in Newcastle or the vicinity and you haven’t been, I insist you visit at once. It is an independent, old style cinema supported by lottery funding, and which shows a variety of current, vintage and foreign films. At Christmas they are showing a lot of old favourites, including It’s A Wonderful Life…. sadly the viewing I was hoping to catch on Christmas Eve is all sold out; sob sob! The cinema has recently acquired and renovated the bar area; and runs a free film with Sunday brunch every week.

The brunch menu
The brunch menu

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I opted for Eggs Benedict (minus Hollandaise, because I’m weird!) and James went for the Spanish meat platter. Both were delicious and I’m looking forward to going back and trying more!

Yummy eggs
Yummy eggs

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Aside from the food, they also have an impressive selection of local ales – perhaps not an option for brunch but definitely something to go back and try later!

After brunch we hit the shops and started the Christmas shopping…. already the city centre is packed and it wasn’t long before we had to stop for more coffee and sustenance – cake, this time 🙂 We stopped off in the Oak Cafe, situated in Barker and Stonehouse; among piles of furniture I will forever lust over but will never be able to buy! White chocolate and Raspberry tiffin was the food of choice, and very tasty it was too.

I’m looking forward to exploring more sites across the North East in the not too distant future…. any suggestions for places to visit are welcome!

Coffee and tiffin in Barker & Stonehouse
Coffee and tiffin in Barker & Stonehouse

Park West

Well, well, well…..how strange it feels to be writing a blog post after a long time off!

It doesn’t feel like two minutes since I was writing about landing in beautiful Canada, yet here I am over a month later writing a little Mani Monday post to get myself back into the swing of things 😀

Tonight’s long awaiting return to Mani Monday is Nails Inc Park West!

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