THE BEST PLACES FOR CAKE IN NEWCASTLE

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If there’s one thing I probably couldn’t live without, it’s cake. I absolutely love meeting up with my favourites and catching up over cake or taking a cake break whilst in town taking outfit photographs. I’ve lived in this city for my whole life now and it’s always been a little poor in the cake department, but in the past few years many places have opened much to my taste buds delight. So when I was contacted by the lovely people over at Travelodge challenging me to name where I’d recommend to anyone visiting Newcastle, I thought it would be fun to tell you about my favourite places for cake. One which is more of a sit-down cute cafe and the other a small shop which have the best selection of cupcakes to go – both which are independent and both which are incredible!

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The GB Cupcakery

Easily my favourite place to visit for cupcakes and the biggest slices of cake you can imagine is The Great British Cupcakery. It’s located a stones throw away from the iconic Newcastle Quayside, so is a must to anyone visiting the city (and anyone local who just hasn’t been). Often quite busy, you sometimes do have to wait a few minutes or so for a table to become free but it’s well worth the wait as they have a huge selection of cupcakes, cakes and scones available. Oh and the biggest milkshakes known to man, like, seriously. I’ve rather shamefully worked my way through half of their menu (not. even. sorry.) and my favourite so far have to be the Red Velvet cupcakes, Salted Caramel and Chocolate cake and Carrot Cake cupcakes – they’re all equally wonderful!

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Pet Lamb Patisserie

If you’re looking to pick up a cupcake/brownie whilst you’re exploring the city centre then The Pet Lamb Patisserie located in the Grainger Market is a great shout. Unlike The GB Cupcakery this is a small store without seats, but their brownies especially are not to be missed. I’m talking they have Nutella, Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and even Raspberry variations here, all which are as amazing as they sound. Everything is baked behind the counter too, meaning you’re met by the most incredible sweet smell when you walk in too, which is a total bonus. Alternatively if you’re looking to try these goodies whilst resting your feet, there’s a cat cafe in Newcastle City Centre called Mog On The Tyne (yes, you get to spend an hour cuddling little kittens) where you can enjoy some cupcakes/brownies from Pet Lamb Patisserie there too!

So where are your favourite places to eat cake? I’d love to hear your recommendations – whether you’re local to Newcastle or not!

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SUNDAY LOW DOWN #10

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(First of all, how adorable were these cocktails at Friday’s blog event?!)

So, I’ve decided to change my Sunday posts around a little, it began to feel like a chore and blog posts should’ve feel that way, right? In the light of that, today’s sunday post may be a bit of a ramble, whether that be a good or a bad thing.

The past week has been pretty hectic, filled with catch-up with friends, university preparation and ending on a high in the form of a blog event at Love Niche with a lot of my favourites. On Thursday night I attended a local fashion event to photograph on behalf of a magazine, which was a whole lot of fun. I always find myself panicking that I haven’t enough experience under my belt, and since I study Fashion Journalism, it’s very much based on contacts and what skills you bring to the table. And yet I realised, my writing and photography has been featured a number of times in a fashion magazine (that the editor of Vogue reads, or so I’m told), I’m now invited to events both as a journalist and a blogger (which is pretty damn cool) and here I am with a blog doing better than I ever could have imagined. I’m working with some of my favourite companies and places, I’m helping to photograph outfit posts for other local bloggers and I’m loving every second of it. I rarely give myself credit, but it’s something I’m determined to work on. Because, I’m in a good place right now.
In terms of blogging, I’ve been thinking a lot about it’s future. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere soon, I promise. Yet something hasn’t felt right. So whilst my posts may be sporadic over the next few weeks, it’s because I’ll be focussing more time into where this blog is headed and what I want from it, so please do let me know your favourite posts to read! I look at my favourite bloggers and think to myself, why isn’t my blog like that? Why can’t it be as good? And it got me thinking, there’s no reason why it can’t be and there’s no reason why I shouldn’t at least try, right?
I return to university on Tuesday to begin my third and final year. And if I’m honest, I’m not really sure how I feel about it. University hasn’t been that ground-breaking experience everyone goes on about for me. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the course itself and the modules, I’m one of those who people who loves to learn (and I even quite like some of the exams.. yeah, I said it). But everything else? Not so much. After not doing so well in my A Levels, I became a very self-motivated person and I tend to do things my own way or no way at all. My second semester of second year at university my attendance was shocking (for a few personal reasons which I’m not going into) and yet I got my best grades to date. The module I attended no lectures and 2 seminars all semester? Got straight firsts, weird huh. However, this year means I get to tackle my dissertation, which involves creating my own fashion magazine – everything from the design, to the features to the editorials and their photography – all of my own work. This year is going to be super busy, filled with deadlines, presentations and assignments coming out of my ears. I’ve told myself from the very beginning that final year I’d do everything in my power to come out with a first, and you know what? I’m going to do just that. And I couldn’t be more excited. Bring it on.
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How has your week been?
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