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SS19 trends you can get on board with now and keep wearing right through to Autumn.


Large, sporty sunglasses

Loewe
Stella McCartney
Each x Other

         
       
         
       
     
    

Neutrals

Max Mara

Fendi


         
       
         
       
     
        

Tie dye

         
       

                 

     

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Tibi

Molly Goddard

Balenciaga

         
       
         
       
     
        

Cargo pants

Fendi

Jonathan Simkhai

Claudia Li
         
       
         
       
     
        

The Day Dress

Alexander McQueen
Ulla Johnson

         
       
         
       
     
       

1980s

Dolce & Gabbana
Moschino

Marni


         
       
         
       
     
        

Cycling shorts


Chanel

Sportmax
Roberto Cavalli


         
       
         
       
     


Boilersuits

Stella McCartney

Hermes

Isabel Marant

         
       
         
       
     
        

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Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to stay at St Mary's Inn near Morpeth. I was actually really, really excited about this as I've been meaning to explore Northumberland more since the days I wrote for Living North magazine and was constantly writing about it and researching it online. For some silly reason, I'd never gotten around to exploring Craster, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth or any of the other lovely places I'd written about (despite them being so close to Newcastle, where I lived!)

So when the invitation landed in my inbox, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only was I being given the best excuse to explore, but I'd also be able to check out one of the region's most exciting new hotels, St Mary's Inn. After seeing a couple of bloggers mention it, I couldn't wait to see what the fuss was about. Read on to see if it lived up to expectation (I'll go through my itinerary after the review)...

St Mary's Inn Review

St Mary's Inn room

I loved the little touches in our (huge, btw!) room, like the Northumberland guide book and amazing tray of tea (green, peppermint, Earl Grey and English Breakfast), coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits!

As soon as we arrived, I fancied a bit of a freshen up, since we had been exploring all day (see below for details!). The bathroom, as it turned out, was my favourite part of the room with its huge window, high ceiling, plus massive bath and shower. How chic! And of course, perfect for doing your makeup in.

St Mary's Inn bathroom


St Mary's Inn room refreshments
The complementary refreshment basket of dreams
After a little bit of a refresh, we made our way downstairs for a three-course dinner. I went down the sea food route for starters AND mains with crispy king prawns followed by fishcakes, while my mum went for prawn cocktail and steak. I was so pleased with my starter choice though, it was bloody amazing with an accompanying home-made mango salsa.

The fishcakes came highly recommended by the lovely staff member, Sarah, and I definitely back her up - they were amazing! I love capers as well so this addition elevated them in my eyes.

St Mary's Inn prawn starter
Crispy King Prawns with Mango Salsa and Siracha Sweet Chilli Sauce

St Mary's Inn fishcakes
Cod and Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with Caperberries and Parsley Beurre Blanc

Prawn Cocktail
St Mary's Inn steak
Steak
Let's not forget dessert either which, as usual, was a highlight for me. Luckily my mum is big a chocolate fanatic as I am so I got to try BOTH the chocolate options, my mum's was a special while mine is a permanent fixture (yey!).

My mum's was the chocolate delice with salted caramel, cherry and white chocolate ice cream, and mine was the chocolate tart with white chocolate ice cream. It was honestly the richest, most beautiful chocolate tart ever and perfectly complemented by the ice cream and tangy raspberries. I also tried my mum's (obvs lols), which was a bloody delight! We were really struggling at this point, and I'd fully committed to letting my mum struggle on alone until she stumbled across a soft caramel centre in the depths of the delice, at which point I had to pick up my fork and participate once again. NEVER BEEN SO FULL. But well worth it.

St Mary's Inn chocolate delice
Delice
St Mary's Inn chocolate tart
Chocolate tart

After a couple of delicious flavoured G&T's, we had a lovely night's sleep and woke up for more food. We'd chosen our breakfasts the day before and after much deliberation, I'd gone for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on sour dough, and my mum had opted for the full English. Again, no regrets with my choice, the eggs were so perfectly cooked and I love smoked salmon. My mum also loved hers!


St Mary's Inn smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast

St Mary's Inn full english breakfast
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St Mary's Inn breakfast
There were also juice, fruits, muesli and cereals on offer, but I couldn't fit them in


St Mary's Inn blogger food review
Desserts and gins... what a dream
After breakfast, we were shown around the beautiful building. With its lovely fireplaces, local art, cosy pub and friendly management team, it really does feel homely, fresh and very much what I'd expect from a Northumberland Inn, to be honest! Scroll for our itinerary and tourist-style snaps...


Day one: the beautiful little fishing village of Craster & a short walk along the coast (about 7,000 FitBit steps!) to the amazing, derelict Dunstanburgh Castle and back.
Craster to Dunstanburgh coastal walk
The beautiful coast on the walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle

Craster, Northumberland boats
Craster

Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland blogger day trip
Me looking like I own the castle lol, great pose hun
Sheep near Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
An endearing herd of sheep we walked past, or ran, in my mum's case, as she was terrified

Day 2: Whitley Bay for a little explore and beach stroll, then on to Tynemouth for a coffee break and wander around the high street

Whitley Bay beach
Whitley Bay beach
Fashion blogger outside Spanish City, Whitley Bay
Outside the beautiful recently refurbished Spanish City building (yep, the one from the Dire Straits song). It's now a restaurant and champagne bar
Fashion blogger at Spanish City, Whitley Bay
The beautiful interior of Spanish City, plus my #OOTD. It's the perfect place for an Instagram outfit snap!
Tynemouth beach and priory
Tynemouth 

Mister Woods Coffee, Tynemouth
Mister Woods Coffee, Tynemouth


I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to visit St Mary's Inn and the beautiful Northumberland coast! 

Find out more about St Mary's Inn and book your stay here www.stmarysinn.co.uk
















St Mary's Inn Review & Itinerary for a weekend in Northumberland

Style blogger in pink coat, leopard print skirt, white boots outside retro building
























Firstly, can we appreciate the aesthetically pleasing nature of this Thirties art deco bus station at Seaton Carew beach? I've been doing some scouting for good North East shoot locations recently – so stay tuned for more – but this is definitely a great start. I'm glad it looks as good in these photos as it did in the ones I found on Insta (ye Insta is the primary tool of all the research in my life – restaurants, bars, hotels, potential boyfriends etc).

Anyway, on a similar subject to the latter point, and following on from my previous Valentine's/Galentine's fashion post, I thought I'd discuss the pros and cons of being single because this past year has been the most single year of my life, and, overall, I've loved it tbh. 

(If you want to skip the chat and go straight to the 'similar items' fashion widget, scroll all the way to the bottom!)

Style blogger in pink coat, leopard print skirt, white boots outside retro building

Pros


  1. You don't have to worry about being in the wrong relationship when you're not in one (been there, done this... & I think tbh it's put me off relationships in general lol)
  2. You can do what you want, when you want and never have to watch/talk/think about football if you don't want to
  3. Every night out is slightly more exciting cos you could meet the love of your life (not that this has happened to me or any of my friends literally ever but y'know)
  4. You can avoid shaving your legs for weeks (months) and no one will know/care
  5. All that money you were going to spend on their birthday/Christmas/Valentine's gift? FAB news guys – you can spend it all on yourself now. Get yourself to your nearest Mac counter

Style blogger in pink coat, leopard print skirt, white boots outside retro building
Style blogger in pink coat, leopard print skirt, white boots outside retro building
When you remember you can spend all your money on yourself

Cons: 

  1. No Boyfriend of Instagram means roping friends/your mum into taking photos like these for you
  2. You don't get the gifts mentioned above (kinda sad, but kind of not because you know yourself better anyway, hopefully, so just buy your own with the spare $$$)
  3. FAMILY GATHERINGS. Especially as you get to your mid-twenties (poor me), people will ask you about your relationship status and being single is never met with enthusiasm for some (out-dated) reason
  4. You don't have a go-to plus one to attend events with when you just don't want to go on your own because you cba socialising with lots of strangers constantly and holding the conversations all on your own (is this weird? It's tiring!)
  5. No one is buying you gig tickets. This really should be higher in the list tbf.


Style blogger in pink coat, leopard print skirt, white boots outside retro building

Overall, although this has been tongue-in-cheek, I do think it's important for us all to celebrate being single a little bit more, because there are so many plus points. Obviously, if you're in love -– that's great, but if you're not in the perfect relationship, it's an amazing opportunity to really enjoy being young, spending time on yourself and fitting in all those experiences that may not be possible or totally appropriate once you're more settled. I almost definitely wouldn't have gone travelling if I was in a relationship and I'm so glad for all the things I've experienced as a result singledom. You're only young once pals!x




Alternatively, if you're totally over single life, hang outside the gent's and hope for the best...*

North East Fashion blogger outside retro toilets


Obviously close your eyes à la myself as this will also be a MASSIVE help.

*JK do not do any of this pls
         
       
         
       
     






















Pros + Cons of Singledom (plus fashion things)