Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside...

Last week was half term for the kids and what better way to spend a school holiday than a trip to the seaside!   Okay so it wasn't the sunny shores of Spain or even Dubai like some of her class mates but Whitby was good enough for me and is plenty good enough for my daughter!  

  I know the pictures make it look like a wonderful sunny day but that’s just my Hubby’s amazing camera skills, it was freezing and crazy windy!  

As soon as we arrived we climbed the 199 steps because it was so cold we needed to warm up somehow.  I like to think i am relatively fit but those stairs are something else, the wind kept taking my breath and skirt and my knees were groaning in protest.  Safely up and down the steps we decided it was still ridiculously cold so we ventured into the Captain James Cook Museum.  It’s an okay museum but the girls thought it was totally boring (to be 12 again).   

This brought us to lunch time and like everyone else we headed for the Magpie Cafe, the queue was ridiculous and i was too cold to wait forty minutes so we decided to chance it and eat in Harry’s.  It wasn't the Magpie’s fish and chips but it was pretty close. So good!
After lunch the girls wanted to go in to the arcades and try their luck on the 2p machines, this lasted over an hour!   We then decided to have a game of mini golf...i lost...because golf isn’t a spot!

Ending our visit with a walk down the pier we decided ice cream would be much better from Pacitto’s Redcar because NO ice cream tastes as good and trust me i sample ice cream everywhere i go! 

Moschino A\W 2015 ....@Moschino #AW15

This week has been totally manic with work, family and general life but today i made time to watch the Moschino A\W 2015 runway show!  
As expected it was entertaining and made me smile so i am sharing the show with you because everyone needs a good Friday smile!. 

As you will know Moschino loves nothing more than setting the next quirky trend with added shock value and this collection gives you just that... i started smiling when the two peek yellow hat graced the screen and didn't stop through the whole show.  There were some head tilts when i couldn't decide if i liked the outfit or if it was just too out there for me.  Come on inside out jeans...they would get a head tilt out of anyone!   

Neon was front and centre too but I'm not really a neon kinda girl, maybe I'm too old?!

 As you can see the Looney Tunes seem to have been embraced in this collection in the style of sports tops (totally brought back Space Jam). The bugs bunny bag was my star accessory!

 Not sure about the Converse looking heels?!?!?!
 Same picture twice because it's just so darn cute! 

 I really love the print!
 This first dress is stunning, it looks super cute and elegant from the from and totally kick ass from the back! Love it!
The second dress is a typical Moschino gown, costs a bomb but made to look funky with the spray paint graffiti and can bag!

Anyway let me know what you think, what you like and dislike.

Lazy Sunday with a Good Book...@StuartMacBride @Jamie_Begley @KristenAshley68 @ChantalFernando

As much as i love fashion i also love to read.  I would rather spend my evening’s reading a good book over watching rubbish telly and 80% of that time i do just that.  I’m not saying i don’t like TV because i do but what i tend to do is record a week’s worth and watch it over the weekend! Any way i thought i would share with you the books i have read and loved since January.
The tabloids call him the Birthday Boy. He snatches girls just before their 13th birthdays. One year later the family get a homemade card in the post - 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!' scrawled in blood-red ink above a Polaroid photograph of the missing girl. Detective Constable Ash Henderson is seconded to the investigation.Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger.

Some men won’t take no for an answer.
And some women might find this flattering, being asked out over and over again by a man determined to have you. But not me.
Not that the man in question isn’t sexy as sin, funny as hell and charming as they get.
Because he is.
Sometimes you just can’t allow yourself to be interested in someone for other reasons, other variables.
This is one of those times.
Saxon Tate is my best friend’s ex-boyfriend.
He cheated on her.
He could possibly cheat again.
That's three strikes.
He’s out.

This is a stand alone book however i would recommend you read the others because they are fabulous!

She needed a hero; instead, she got Cade.
Cade was no hero. He was a nomad, a wanderer with no ties and he liked it that way. Hired out to save Fat Louise and her spoiled sister from a cartel run Mexican city was a risk he was willing to take, for the right price. With a certain gray eyed woman on his mind, he set's out to find her, fuck her and forget her. No harm, no foul. But it's all easier said than done when it comes to this plain Jane.

He expected a biker bitch who knew the rules; instead, he got Fat Louise.

Fat Louise wasn’t about to put her crew in danger. She had to learn to handle problems on her own, even if they included a six-foot biker she was forced to rely on, if she was going to rescue her sister. She never expected to see Cade again after she'd left Mexico, but all it takes is one night with him to prove that even a bitch’s heart can be broken.

I was so excited for Fat Louise story, i really wasn't to sure where it would take me but i loved it!  I have loved every book Jamie Begley has written and i can't wait for book number 11.
As you can see the last three books are all by the same author Kristen Ashley, this is because i adore everything she has written (with the exception of the supernatural ones, just can't get in to them).  I would 100% recommend the Rock Chicks series, the Burg series, the Unfinshed Hero series, the Dream Man series, the Colorado Mountain series & the Chaos series because they are all fantastic.  seriously i devoured the Rock Chick series like it was a packed of cookies! 

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

The owner of the house, Holden "Max" Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max's past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba's. It's a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn't want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he's also the bar's part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . . 

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?

There are three more books in the Colorado Mountain series that i will read over the next couple of weeks, i'm sure they will be equally as good because Kristen never lets me down.  I love a good romantic read with a mix of grit and crime!  

I have shared 6 books with you but if you want to see all the books I’ve read have a look at my Goodreads page.

Spring/Summer is nearly here...@Coach @katespadeuk

I know spring isn’t here yet but the fact that it’s light when i get up and light when i leave the office has me all excited for Spring/Summer.  I’ve been mentally planning my S/S staple items of clothing and one thing i am in need of is a new handbag.  Okay so need is stretching it maybe i should have written want.  Yes i want a new handbag!   I currently have my eyes on two bags; the first is the Cedar Street Mini Maise by Kate Spade and the Swagger 20 Carryall in pebble leather by Coach.  Both these bags are mini bags that are super adorable and perfect for your phone, cash/cards and your lippy with no room for all the other rubbish i carry around with me on a daily basis.

This is the super adorable Cedar Street Mini Maise by Kate Spade

I can’t decide on which i love the! 

Everyone needs a break! @BromptonLakes

What i love most about living in Teesside is we are surrounded by so many beautiful places.  There is nothing better than jumping the car at the weekend and picking a direction and of you go, we are surrounded by amazing places such as York, Whitby, Durham, Richmond & many, many more.  It’s almost like we are spoilt for choice!  

The Hubby and i decided to take a weekend away (without the children...but with the dog!). We settled on Brompton because Hubby’s family are from there and we can have some alone time and visit with family (win-win).

If you haven’t heard of Brompton Lakes please take note, Brompton Lakes are self catering luxury lodges and when i say luxury i seriously mean it.  You can hire a person chef to come to your lodge and cook for you and your friends, every lodge is a first class standard with three double rooms on suites and open floor living/kitchen.
They have tennis courts, hot tubes and sauna area & treatment facilities.  The fact that they are dog friendly is just amazing!

If you want a romantic getaway or somewhere large enough to enjoy some family time Brompton Lodges is the perfect place. 

Oink Oink! #Food #Yummy

Pete and i are creatures of habit.  Once we find somewhere we love to eat we tend to keep going back and The Bay Horse, Hurworth is top of our list. 

The food it truly amazing, the chef is a food genus.  The way all the flavours blend together to make every mouth full perfection, it’s a gift; also the food always looks perfect, so perfect it could be art!

Even though the pub it’s self is tiny and always packed once you go through to the dining area the whole atmosphere changes to a relaxed romantic feel set with mood lighting and candles.  The decor is traditional English Pub and it works really well.  The Staff are attentive but not over bearing and really friendly.  For any foodie this is the place for you, don’t be put off by the portion size because both Pete and i have never left hungry!

My starter was Roasted Carrot Risotto with goats cheese beignet, pine nuts and 12 year old balsamic. (i would have taken a picture but my inner piggy tucked straight inn and devoured it! oink oink!).
Pete went for the French Black Pudding with Beetroot Remoulade, Worcestershire Sauce Mayonnaise, and Pressed Toulouse Sausage & English Mustard Cream.

We both went for the Slow Cooked Daube of Beef with Broad Beans & Bacon Fricassee, Broad Bean Mash, Irish Cabbage, Salted Beef Cake, BĂ©arnaise Sauce and Red Wine Jus.

My desert was Banana Tart with peanut butter ice cream.

Pete’s desert was traditional Sticky toffee pudding.