FOOD & COCKTAILS, NORTH EAST

Where to get your Cheaster Egg

Egg-cited for Easter? We know we are, and it seems last year’s obsession with Cheaster Eggs (cheesecake inside an Easter Egg) is truly taking over this year. Here’s where to get yours Chocolate Orange Tasty Tarts, Middlesbrough Creme Egg, Biscoff & Milkybar Oak Leaf Cakery, Stockton Cadbury The Cheesecake Kitchen, Wingate Brownie, Caramel Brownie & […]

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FOOD & COCKTAILS, NORTH EAST

Where to get the coolest cake pops

Okay, cake pops are nothing new, but while we’re used to a little ball of cake on the end of a stick, luxurious Magnum-style cake pops are taking over – and we’re in love! Glorious Grey Uzma Jannath, Darlington Monsters Inc. Tandcakess, Durham Pokemon Cake-Ology, Newcastle Pretty in Pink Connie’s Cakes, Hartlepool Blondies Oak Leaf […]

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NORTH EAST

Seven snowy scenes to enjoy from indoors

The snow is falling thick and fast but while many of us are staying inside, and close to home, why not marvel at whiteout wonders from a different angle? In Northumberland with Anne Benson In Jesmond at Cake Stories In South Shields with Patrick Routledge In North Yorkshire with Doug In Rothbury with Marshall Sisterson […]

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NORTH EAST

Where to walk this Valentine’s

Don’t live with your loved one? Meet your Valentine for a local romantic stroll… Viaduct (Durham) Alnmouth Lake District Embleton (to Dunstanburgh Castle) Newcastle’s Quayside Teesmouth Ingleby Greenhow North Shields Egglestone Abbey

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GIFT GUIDES

Alternative Valentine’s gifts made by tattoo artists

While tattoo studios have closed their doors, many of our favourite artists have been getting creative which means there’s plenty of unique and alternative gifts for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. About the Artist: Laura is a colourful artist working at Stockton’s Steel River Tattoos. About the Artist: Shona Lynne is an artist in […]

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FOOD & COCKTAILS, GIFT GUIDES

Valentine’s cakes to give a sweet gift

Make Valentine’s Day a whole lot better with these scrumptuous sweet treats 10 inch Heart Donut Big Fat Donut Co, Newcastle Smash Box Oak Leaf Cakery, Stockton Valentine/Galentine Collection Great British Cupcakery, Newcastle Valentine’s Boxes Sara’s Cakes North East Cupcake Bouquet Tandcakess, Durham The Cute Box Cadence Cakes, Newcastle Loaded Treatbox The Cake Boutique, Darlington […]

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BEVERAGES, NORTH EAST

Review: St Mary’s Gin, Vodka & Rum

After recently speaking to from Martin from Clarence Spirits, we couldn’t wait to try their range. Here’s what we thought *gifted Price: £13.95 each (20cl) St. Mary’s Premium Gin has notes of juniper laced with coriander spice and a zing of fresh grapefruit and cassis. We love:How it smells refreshing and light as soon as […]

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BEAUTY, NORTH EAST

An interview with Witchy Woman Wax

We caught up with the team at Witchy Woman Wax to find out all about their new wax melt venture. You may recognise the delicious donut shack R Place based in Newcastle, and while their donuts are proving as popular as ever, the owners have taken on a new challenge – wax melts. Witchy Woman […]

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GIFT GUIDES, NORTH EAST

Valentine’s gifts for chocoholics

Make hearts melt with these delicious and creative chocolate gifts Chocolate Heart Box The Gift Fairy, Newcastle Valentine’s Boxes Au Dairy, Sunderland Love Potion Chocolate Bar La Chocolatrice, Coxhoe & Newcastle Valentine’s Brownie Connie Sullivan, Hartlepool Valentine’s Boxes Chocolateslabatory, Hartlepool

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BEAUTY, NORTH EAST

Where to get your big brows shaped post-lockdown

Fluffy brows are back in style (and we’re so glad). This is where to book your next brow appointment – when we can. The Lash Lounge, Newcastle We love: Brow Lamination Made. by Mariella, Hartlepool We love: Fluffy Brow Salon G, Newcastle We love: Brow Lamination Stephanie Edwards Salon, Hartlepool We love: Fluffy Brow Laura […]

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LIFESTYLE

Seven Valentines Day dates inspired by romantic comedies

These days spending another holiday in lockdown seems almost grim. However, for those who live with their partners, this year Valentines Day won’t be a complete write off. But if your plan is a takeaway and a movie, it’s time to think outside the box and surprise your love with the perfect movie moment they’ve […]

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GIFT GUIDES

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Waitrose and John Lewis

Even in lockdown there are plenty of ways to celebrate the most romantic day of the year – and Waitrose have all the ideas we need They say more customers than ever have been seeking for ideas for Valentine’s Day as searches on Waitrose.com are up over 100% when compared to last year, and dinner […]

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BEVERAGES, NORTH EAST

An interview with Clarence Spirits

We caught up with Martin from Clarence Spirits. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m Martin Summers, born and raised in the North East of England, just outside of Newcastle and one half of the Clarence Spirits Team. My business partner is my wife Julie who is originally from Leicester and raised in Norfolk. When […]

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BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE

We’re seeking wellness with John Lewis

John Lewis & Partners have seen five times more searches for wellness products on its website this January as we’ve been in another lockdown. It seems customers are embracing selfcare with the help of weighted blankets, SAD lamps and candles, according to the chain. The usual energy we feel in the start of the new […]

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FASHION, GIFT GUIDES

Valentine’s gifts for jewellery lovers

Treat your loved one (or yourself) to a new accessory this Valentine’s Day from these amazing independents moon & marie Small batch handmade clay jewellery and accessories, based in Newcastle. etsy.com/shop/moonandmarie KiJo Jewellery Handmade statement mixed metal jewellery, based in Hexham. etsy.com/shop/kijojewellery SoulaSoula Handmade costume Jewellery, based in Newcastle. etsy.com/shop/soulasoula Melissa Alice Jewellery Small handmade […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

An interview with Bee-autiful Designs

We caught up with Emily from Hartlepool-based Bee-autiful Designs – handmade gifts to order for any occasion. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m a student nurse and I’ve got three beautiful dogs. When did you get into craft? I first got into craft in school. I’ve always loved drawing but I didn’t really do […]

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