Monday, 27 April 2015

Breakfast of Champions

After a late night at the O2 watching WWE we ventured out late the next morning, after a well deserved sleep in, to find some food. It was around 12pm when we finally found our venue of choice, The Breakfast Club. I've already visited their restaurant in Soho, so I thought we'd go to the London Bridge one for a change. It was easy enough to find after trekking ages from the wrong tube station, it is like two seconds from the London Bridge station but for some reason we got off on the one before, and there was plenty of free seats which makes a change from queueing!

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge Review

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge Review

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge Review

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge Review

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge Review

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge Review Pancakes with berries

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge Review Chorizo Hashbrowns

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge Review

I had decided before we arrived that I would be having pancakes. I put all my savoury cravings aside and picked the pancakes with berries whilst Matt went for chorizo hashbrowns with added feta cheese. I also got a mango, orange and strawberry smoothie whilst Matt went for a cup of tea!

My pancakes were amazing! So light and fluffy! With the berries and the vanilla cream it was so good! The only thing I didn't like was the raspberries as they were very tart, but the blueberries and strawberries went really well with the pancakes. I only managed to eat half of what was on my plate as they were so filling! Matt said that his dish wasn't what he was expecting and on paper he didn't think it would go but it was delicious. The portion size was huge but he still managed to finish it all off!

The venue had a lot more seats than its sister shop in Soho and as there wasn't anyone waiting to come in it seemed very relaxed. I'd definitely give this Breakfast Club a visit again when I'm in London!

Have you been to any of the Breakfast Club locations? What do you think? Are you a fan or do you think it's overrated?
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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Let's get Ready to Rumble

The day finally arrived. We were going to see the WWE wresting filmed live for Monday Night Raw. We took the train down to London on the morning and got the cable car across to the O2. Before we went to the show we were kindly invited to the pre-show party. I was quite nervous to go along but I really shouldn't have been as it was packed out with people all mingling, taking advantage of the food and drink as well as taking part in the various activities dotted around the room.

I spotted a few famous faces when I got into the crowd including two Harry Potter stars, Rio Ferdinand, Lethal Bizzle and Simon from Blue. We noticed that a few superstars were there to take photos so we joined the queue. Unfortunately one of the most well-known stars, Ryback, had to get ready for the show so we didn't get a picture with him but we managed to get one with Golddust and Renee. There was a red carpet and back drop to get pictures with, lots of superstars and diva cut-outs around the room and also a photo booth that we took advantage of. Overall it was a great party and I was very glad I got the chance to go along!

WWE RAW London O2 arena show and pre-show party

WWE RAW London O2 arena show and pre-show party

WWE RAW London O2 arena show and pre-show party

WWE RAW London O2 arena show and pre-show party

WWE RAW London O2 arena show and pre-show party

WWE RAW London O2 arena show and pre-show party

WWE RAW London O2 arena show and pre-show party

WWE RAW London O2 arena show and pre-show party

From the party we went straight across to the arena and found our seats just in time for the show to start. It was an amazing atmosphere to be at a live event with almost everyone supporting their favourite superstar or diva by wearing a branded t-shirt, including myself wearing my Brie mode top! There lots of matches on throughout the night which meant we had the chance to see many of the wrestlers we see on TV.

I had a brilliant time. Its great to see the matches from a different angle and understand what happens behind the scenes, what you don't see on TV. The only thing that was missing from my night was meeting Roman Reigns but I suppose I'll get over that..
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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Up in the sky, above the River Thames

In London there are many ways you can get around town. By tube, bus, taxi, bike and by foot. Did you know that you can take to the sky? The Emirates Air-Line I mean! On a recent trip to London we found that our hotel was right next to the cable car link to North Greenwich. As we were already planning on going to the O2 that night for a show we thought this would be the perfect way to get there!

Emirates Air-Line London Cable Car Transport

Emirates Air-Line London Cable Car Transport

Emirates Air-Line London Cable Car Transport

Emirates Air-Line London Cable Car Transport

Emirates Air-Line London Cable Car Transport

Emirates Air-Line London Cable Car Transport

Emirates Air-Line London Cable Car Transport

A single fare is £4.50 but as I have an Oyster card both our tickets were discounted to £3.40 each which was a bonus. The ride lasts around 10 minutes but it seems to go much quicker as you try to take in all the sites as it moves along the line. I won't lie, this is quite scary! Being up so high and having the cable car hanging on by so little was unnerving but it gives you an amazing view of the river, surrounding area and the O2.

If you do want to ride on the cable car over to the O2 you'll have to get off at the Royal Victoria tube on the DLR line which is a bit tricky to get to if you are coming from central London. Make sure you leave enough time to get to the tube station but also to get a cable car as you might have to queue for a short while.

It was definitely an experience that I'd recommend and I'd probably do it again!

Have you been on the cable car over the Thames? What did you think?
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Friday, 17 April 2015

A few useful blogging tools!

Over the time that I've been blogging, which is over a year and a half now, I've learnt a lot about blogging, social media and online promotion. Most it I've taught myself and learnt from others through twitter or blog posts. I wanted to share a few things that I've discovered that you may really benefit from if you are a blogger.


Google Link Shortener - Does what it says on the tin. It shortens URL links so that you can get more content into tweets without your link taking up most of the characters. What I like about this, and what I didn't realise to begin with, is that it tracks the clicks to your shortened link and keeps it safe for future use (if you are logged in to your google account). This has become an invaluable tool for me in scheduling tweets as I have all my links in one place. I also love to see how well my link is doing from the click through rate. Its such a good tool that I stumbled across and I wanted to make sure everyone knew about it!

Alt Text with images - This is something a lot of people talk about on their blogging tips posts and something I think is really important. When I look at my analytics and where my posts rank in searches I often find that they don't feature highly in the main web search but when you switch to images I'm right up there at the top! Make sure you clearly label your images for what people are searching to get the best position. If you don't know where you are going for this in blogger click on your image and then click properties. In there type in the alt text bar and describe your image.

Webmaster Tools - Everyone knows about analytics but does everyone know about webmaster tools? I didn't and one day I stumbled across it. It may have even been through another blogger but when I found it I was in stats heaven! When you link this up to your blog you are able to see what search terms people have looked up in order to find your blog. This goes in to the detail of how many clicks you received, where you rank in the search engine and how many impressions you've had. I find this so interesting as I am able to see what posts are getting attention through google and try to make others better. As well as this there is so much more, you can see where your blog has been linked on other sites, look at content keywords to see what you write about most and a lot more other techy stuff that I don't understand!

I hope some of these may be new to you and you'll have a look into them! Do you have any good tips for me? I love to learn and constantly keep up with anything new!
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Is there anything better than pie and mash?

On a rather grim Good Friday, my mum, her chihuahua Penelope and I decided we'd take a trip to Whitby. We weren't prepared for how cold it was and the constant drizzle of rain. We went round the shops looking at all the little nick knacks and soon we were feeling peckish. As we had Penelope with us we had to find somewhere that would welcome dogs. After a quick search of google we came across Humble Pie 'n' Mash.

As the name suggest they sell pie and mash, many types of pies with mash, peas and gravy. As it was a bank holiday they were rushed off their feet and we just managed to get in before the place was full up. It is such a cute little place with many small tables adorned with chequered covers and the sound of 1940's tunes in the background.







I picked corned beef and potato and Mum picked steak and stout. It didn't take long for them to be brought to our table with a good portion of real mashed potato, peas and gravy. The pie was delicious full of lots of corned beef and chunks of potato. Although there were many people coming in to look for a table we weren't rushed and we had as much time as wanted to enjoy our food. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and coped well with the amount of people they had to serve. I'd definitely recommend and would certainly visit again when we are in Whitby in favour of fish and chips!

Have you been? What did you think? Would you go?
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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Work Spring Capsule Wardrobe with George at ASDA

Today is the day I show you the two outfits I've picked for work from my George at ASDA Spring capsule wardrobe! I've tried to keep it smart but fun using the shoes from last week's casual post. Although most of the items in this post are very different from the last all the pieces could be mixed together to provide different outfits. I could have easily paired the tops from last week with either of the bottoms from this and vice versa, very flexible.

Work Spring Capsule Wardrobe with George at ASDA

Work Spring Capsule Wardrobe with George at ASDA

What I'm wearing - Dotty Woven Cami - Tapered Mock Zip Trousers - Lightweight Blazer - Navy Block Heel Sandals

Within my brief for this Spring capsule wardrobe I was to pick a skirt from the George at ASDA range. I'm not one for short skirts really as I'm always worrying if I'm showing a little too much flesh so I kept it safe and went for this long black skirt. It is super comfy, very smart and nips you in at the waist which is brilliant.

Work Spring Capsule Wardrobe with George at ASDA

Work Spring Capsule Wardrobe with George at ASDA

What I'm wearing - Black Pleated Skirt - Jersey Shrug - Embellished Neck Vest - Bow Ballet Shoes

So that's it! Did you like my picks? Do I make it in the world of the fashion bloggers. I do hope so. Although taking these pictures was harder than it looks. Next time I need a photographer rather than using self timer for each image!

*Clothes were provided to feature on the blog
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Thursday, 9 April 2015

#StationPosters

As you all may know, I'm from Middlesbrough. I'm proud of my area and frequently promote the amazing people and places we have right here in Teesside. I wrote a guest post for Chloe, New Girl in Toon, last September in which I talked about all the reasons I like Middlesbrough and why it isn't as bad as people seem to think it is. 

Someone who shares the same thoughts as me is Middlesbrough born and bred artist, Mackenzie Thorpe. He is so incredibly passionate about the area and has created a collection of station posters to show his pride for Teesside. These eleven posters, commissioned by Middlesbrough Council, have been placed in Middlesbrough Train Station to bring art to the public and make the station into a little art gallery for the many people who pass through on a daily basis. I was lucky enough to get invited along to the press launch of these amazing pieces to hear what Mackenzie had to say.

Mackenzie Thorpe Station Posters Middlesbrough

Mackenzie Thorpe Station Posters Middlesbrough

Mackenzie Thorpe Station Posters Middlesbrough

Mackenzie Thorpe Station Posters Middlesbrough

Mackenzie Thorpe Station Posters Middlesbrough

Mackenzie Thorpe Station Posters Middlesbrough

Mackenzie's enthusiasm was obvious through his images and also his words. He spoke so passionately about Teesside and he touched on the bad reputation Middlesbrough has following on to say "Middlesbrough knows fortitude, and it has courage, and with that we have pride". He described Middlesbrough as the 'Heart of the North' supporting this with one of his pieces, one that was larger than the others on the platform, which shows the love he has for the area.

These posters will be displayed in the station for two years so make sure to come down to Middlesbrough and have a look. They might even inspire you to visit somewhere new!
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Monday, 6 April 2015

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse

Following a late night (early morning) watching WWE Wrestlemania at the end of March, myself and Matt both had Monday off. With this we decided to visit the brand new Barker and Stonehouse store. We are big fans of B&S owning many items from the shop. The items they sell are unlike anything available in normal furtniture shops. It fits our style perfectly as we love chunky wood, industrial metal and quirky accessories. Walking around B&S in Middlesbrough always made me excited so you can imagine what I was like walking into the newly opened shop on Teesside Park, it's MASSIVE!

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

In the new store they have added a café on the top level. B&S have partnered with restaurateur, Daryl Chadwick, to run Chadwicks & Co Coffee House and Kitchen. Daryl has been a part of some of Teesside's top restaurants including D.P Chadwick's in Yarm and Café Lili in Norton. Now he has turned his hand to this new venture and created a menu full of treats for B&S's customers. We were very peckish so headed on up to see what we could have.

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Chadwick & Co - Coffee House and Kitchen in Barker and Stonehouse, Teesside Park

Up on the top floor is lovely as you get to look over on the store and also out of the large glass windows. All the tables and chairs featured in the café are available to buy in B&S which I thought was a nice touch. There isn't a huge menu here so we both decided on a piece of cake. I chose chocolate and pistachio gluten free cake and Matt chose carrot cake accompanied by a pot of tea to share. When the cake arrived I did think the portion sizes were a tad on the small side but once I started eating I could see why. It was so tasty but very sickly. I didn't manage to finish mine! Matt really enjoyed his cake and loved the large pieces of carrot on top.

I will definitely be back to have some more cake and maybe more of a savoury snack. They also do an afternoon tea which looks amazing so I am sure that I will be visiting to try this.

Have you visited yet? What did you think?
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