kiehls ultra facial creamI love Kiehl’s.

Before Christmas I bought a jar of off-the-shelf moisturiser from the supermarket. I’m over 40 and using moisturiser is now an essential. I’d run out of Kiehl’s and it was on my Christmas list.

The product in question smelled like 4 week old potpourri and was pink (I’m 41 I do not need pink moisturiser). So I returned to the said shop and bought another jar from a different brand. Which saw a repeat of the same situation. (What is it with pink, stinky moisturiser that costs nearly a tenner a jar?).
On my third attempt I bought some, non-pink, non-stinky, moisturiser for sensitive skin. But it’s thin, not at all creamy and I’m now using it for my feet.

Total spend waste = £28

Back to my love for Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It does not smell. It it not pink. You need use only a little on your face. It feels luxurious. If I use it on an evening, my skin looks lovely in the morning. It is more expensive (£24 for a 50ml pot) that the other three put together but lasts for ages.

I love all the freebies you get when you buy. I love the brightly coloured packaging.

But most of all I love that is really does what it’s supposed to, which is moisturise my skin. This little lot will last until my birthday in April, where upon I’ll encourage my nearest and dearest to buy some for me to get me through the summer.

And in the meantime, I’m off to try the Grapefruit body scrub as it sounds delightful.

You’ll have gathered that this is not a sponsored post!

Nic x

Jord watch and gift box

Buying beautiful items that are designed to last is an absolute joy. Never being a fan of throwaway fashion I love pieces that withstand the fickle fashion trends.

Step into the frame JORD wooden watches. Made by ‘artists, designers, marketers, and minders’ they are beautiful, different, classic and designed to last.

In a world where every second counts, having a beautiful timepiece on your wrist is a luxury worth paying for.

Undeniably, the JORD wooden watches are stunning to look at but I was as interested in their ethics; sustainability being at the top of the list.

In JORDs own words they are

‘Focused on creating timepieces that are modelled after a modern lifestyle. They value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living.’

It took an age to chose the dark sandalwood and smoke watch to review. It’s so different to the white ceramic watch I’ve worn for years. The wooden box is a beautiful touch, presentation is important and the box looks fab alongside my trinkets and treasures but helps make JORD watches a great present.

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You can see from the images the clarity of the watch face and how minimal the design is. The watch case is thicker and the face larger than those I am used to, but it is comfortable to wear, chic and the wood even warms a little as you’re wearing it!

Taking care of the watch means using an oil to clean the natural wood. And storing it, using the box and keeping it out of extreme temperatures (hot or cold) is advised (don’t store it near a radiator or wet environment.

At £149 this watch is a reasonable price for an exquisite piece of craftsmanship. Even better, there is an amazing $50 discount if you’re shopping for a JORD watch for yourself using the code 16ML6XTHYN3. I’ve set my sights on the Frankie 35.

Nic x

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Icarus Flight Simulation

Ever wanted to say that ? Know someone who does? Well now you can with this unforgettable Christmas offer!

Jump in the captain’s seat, take to the simulated skies and learn to fly with Icarus Simulation Limited.

A one-hour flight simulator lesson lets you experience the thrills of flying – all without ever leaving the ground.

During the lesson your personal instructor will help you to get to grips with: flight controls; take off, climbing, descending, turning, approach and landing; basic instrument flying and bad weather landings; function and use of flaps and undercarriage, and much more!

We’ve teamed up with Icarus Simulation Limited this Christmas to bring you a 20% discount on their one hour lessons. Simply book via this link and use “xmassparkle” at the check out to claim the discount.

What’s more, as the facility is predominantly used to train real pilots, the simulator can be used to train all aspects of light aircraft flying; so, if you do have previous experience you can let the instructor know in advance if you have any specific training requests and what you’d like to get out of the lesson.

Take to the skies and spoil the aspiring pilots in your life this Christmas!

*The offer is applicable to the junior (£49) and adult (£79) one-hour lessons and ends on 5 Jan 2017. 

Topher McGrillis

I’ve always loved stories by Roald Dahl, I wish I could have jumped into his brain and listened to the whirring of the inventive musings. We are all so lucky that he put down on paper his thoughts and generously shared them with the world.  I simply can’t wait to share one of my favorites stories with Emily my six year old daughter.

My lovely little lady can watch Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp) and Matilda on loop but this is her first experience of the grasshopper, centipede, earthworm, spider, ladybug, silkworm and glow-worm of James and the Giant Peach. What’s even better is that it’s on stage rather then screen at one of Emily and my favorite places, Northern Stage.

Dahl’s first novel for children tells the story of a lonely little boy named James. He escapes in a giant peach after a magical encounter and finds he’s capable of much more than he ever imagined.

Director Mark Calvert says,

James and the Giant Peach is a massive show which deserves to be on a massive stage, so for the first time in Northern Stage’s history we’re using both of our stages combined into one huge space to tell one story. It’s so exciting to be working on this scale, taking the audience on an epic adventure that deals with being lonely and discovering how important friends and family are, which is not a bad tale to tell at Christmas time.

Adapted for the stage by David Wood OBE and directed by Mark Calvert (who first introduced me to Northern Stage with 40 Babies back in 2009/2010), this new Northern Stage production has been designed by the ever-inventive Rhys Jarman (Institute, Gecko£), with original music inspired by big bands and swinging Broadway musicals of the 1940s and 50s.

 

Recommended ages 5-11 years with a running time of two hours (including interval). The production runs until Sat 31 Dec so why not book your ticket here . We’ll be posting our review soon but keep an eye on twitter and instagram for photos of our evening.

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See Santa at The Kingslodge InnEarlier this year we had the chance to pop to The Kingslodge Inn, Durham to see what we thought of it. And we loved it so much that I now run a monthly networking event for ladies there!

Well, they’re celebrating their first Christmas this year and we’re all welcome to join them.

They have a packed programme of events for all ages. Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday December 3, and bringing some special guests from the North Pole with him. Children will have the chance to meet the man in the red suit and his elves, and receive a gift.

The fun continues on Saturday December 10 with the band Soul Central, then pop and rock disco and funk from The Flytes on Friday 16th, pop, rock and soul from The Casinos in Saturday 17, and superb folk covers and originals from Guilded Thieves on Saturday 17.

Each evening includes a three-course meal alongside the entertainment.

Christmas Day celebrations are now sold out but there’s still time to book to join them on New Year’s Eve when you’ll be transported back to the ’50s with Ruby & The Mystery Cats, a rockin’ quartet, who play wild and energetic rockabilly, rockin’ blues and rock ‘n’ roll music.

With a fabulous three-course meal, this is the perfect way to see Inn the New Year! The team are a really lovely bunch and their new Winter Menu looks fab too.

If you’re heading to Durham to the Christmas markets or just fancy exploring the wonderful Heritage Coast, or go shopping in the Metrocentre the Inn has 23 bedrooms and provides a Taste of Durham breakfast as part of your overnight stay.

You’re in safe hands as they hold an AA Dinner Award and the Taste Durham Highest Quality Assured Award in recognition of the quality of its home cooked pub food made with local and seasonal ingredients wherever possible.

Check the Inn out, we know they’ll definitely Welcome You Inn! #WelcomeInn

Nic x