LIFESTYLE

Seven fun things to do this Easter weekend

Keep the whole family entertained this long weekend with this roundup of fun things to do this Easter. 1. GARDEN EASTER EGG HUNT We may still be in lockdown but why not host a fun Easter egg hunt right in your own back yard — if the weather is awful, do it inside. 2. TEA […]

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LIFESTYLE

Six tips to help you with your Spring Cleaning

It’s Spring and nothing feels quite as satisfying as coming home to a clean house. However, spring cleaning can be overwhelming — especially when you can’t find the time. This year, many of us find ourselves in a situation where we have more time on our hands than usual, and actually have time for those […]

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LIFESTYLE, MOVIES & TV

How to get involved this Red Nose Day from home

Red Nose Day is back on Friday March 19, and this year it’s never felt more important to have some fun and raise money to support people living under incredibly tough situations. This year fundraising events may look a little different, however you can still get involved from home including buying a Red Nose or […]

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LIFESTYLE

What we’re loving this February & March 2021

February seemed to fly by without us even realising. So there’s plenty things we’re loving to share this month… We’re watching: Behind Her Eyes A single mom becomes entangled in a twisted mind game when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss while bonding with his mysterious wife. It’s sure to have you hooked […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

Traditional: The interior trend Newcastle loves

It’s been revealed that the people of Newcastle just love traditional decor in their home. So here’s some inspo for your Spring transformation LuxDeco, the luxury online interior marketplace, has revealed the most popular interior design styles in the UK over the last 15 years. When it comes to the most searched for design style, […]

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LIFESTYLE

The millennial therapist Sara Kuburic talks self-love

One in two women worldwide feel more self-doubt than self-love, according to the Global Self Love Index. The Millennial Therapist, Sara Kuburic, shares her tips on sharing the love for yourself What is self-love?Self-love is many things, but it starts with the recognition and appreciation of our inner worth and value. It is giving permission […]

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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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FASHION, NORTH EAST

Five fashion brands to watch out for this year

Fashionistas rejoice and rejig your wardrobe. These are the exciting brands, based in the North East, to have on your radar Canny Crafty Where: Gosforth Why we love them: Perfect gifts Saint Belle Where: North East Why we love them: Considered and conscious Knit Knot North Where: Newcastle Why we love them: Perfect for cold […]

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NORTH EAST, SKINCARE

An interview with Nature + Nature

We caught up with Nicola from Nature + Nature. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m a North East girl and have spent the past 20 years working for a large corporate organisation, and after building a successful career I made the leap into the small business world in March this year. I spent time […]

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LIFESTYLE

Asda will provide 7,000 Dell laptops for school learning

Asda has announced that it is working with Dell Technologies to provide 7,000 laptops to schools across the UK to help children who are at risk of falling behind in their education Some children do not have the technology to take part in online lessons during lockdown, so the supermarket has formed a partnership with […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

An interview with Stephen Carr Art

We caught up with Stephen from Stephen Carr Art. Tell us about yourself My name is Stephen Carr and I am currently studying my final year of an honours degree in illustration at Newcastle collage, as a mature student. I have worn many hats in my life: I’ve been a salesman, a bar tender, an […]

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NORTH EAST

Seven local photographers to discover

Photos are offering us an escape to the places we love while we’re locked down. Here’s some photographers who capture our region in the perfect light… Jack Tennyson Based in: Guisborough Website: jacktennyson.com Ryan Booth Based in: Sunderland Website: ryan-booth.co.uk Deb Seth-Jackson Based in: Newcastle Website: yogatherapies.co.uk Martin Burdon Based in: Sunderland/Newcastle Website: Insta @martin870 […]

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NORTH EAST

Five North East places we’re dreaming of post-lockdown

While we’re spending 99% of our time indoors again, we’re dreaming of these beautiful places in our region… Blast Beach Where: Hawthorn Why we love it: The long walk there through the wildlife Roseberry Topping Where: Near Great Ayton Why we love it: The beautiful views of the Tees valley from the top Saltburn-by-the-Sea Why […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

Make your house a home with these homeware brands

As we’re spending more time indoors, we want our homes to look and be their best. Here’s where to get your inspiration Olives & Lilys Where: Rowlands Gill Reinvented with Love Where: Sunderland Naked Lane by Charlotte Crosby Ships regionwide Terra Homeware Where: Sunderland Finishing Touches Where: Stockton Our top picks: Faye Candice

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VEGAN & CRUELTY-FREE

Vegan things we’re loving this Veganuary

Here’s everything that’s making Veganuary in lockdown that little bit better for team Style-and-Wear. We’re watching: The Game Changers Listening to visionary scientists and top athletes, we’ve been discovering the optimal diet for human performance and health. We’re listening to: Therefore I Am Billie is a regular advocate on social media for animal rights and […]

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