On Friday night we went through to Intermezzo and then the Tyneside Cinema to see The Worlds End. It was not quite as good as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz overall, but the funny bits were hilarious!

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I had really fancied a cold bottle of beer, and after an iced coffee I decided to meet that craving. These remind me of being in Italy!

It wasn’t long before we were back to Newcastle again for the Summer Tyne Americana Festival amongst other things – Newcastle Pride was also on, and yep I fancied a bit of naughty sale shopping as much as I’d tried to avoid it! The town was buzzing.

IMG_5306Anchor necklace: Accessorize, striped cotton sundress: Dorothy Perkins, belt: Topshop, shirt: M&S Autograph via charity shop, bag: Oasis, sandals: New Look

The weather was a lot greyer and cooler here yesterday, although I didn’t actually end up wearing the shirt on top of the sundress that much. It was so nice to be able to walk around in a nice dress without being either freezing cold or a sweaty mess!

We always go for coffee in town and rather than just hit Starbucks we thought we’d try somewhere a bit different and independent.

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We went to Flat Cap Coffee and I had a cold drip coffee with in house made tonic water, James had a beautiful latte and we both indulged in some carrot cake. I can not rave about this place enough, the coffee was the best I’ve tasted (I also tried James latte) and the cake was delicious. It’s a real hole in the wall (well, cellar in this case!) kind of place and if you are ever in Newcastle and really like your coffee I’d highly recommend it!

I did find a couple of star buys yesterday. I’m trying to save them for a round up post at the end of the month, but I have to show you these shoes:

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OMG, I adore them! I love the colour and the material and best of all they actually fit! I have wide size 7/8 feet and struggle to find any kind of flats that fit and don’t either fall off my feet or pinch. These are perfect, love, love, love! I also found the most gorgeous vintage dress for only £5.

After coffee, trying to find Pride and going to the wrong part of town and then shopping, we walked over to the Gateshead side of the river to catch John Turrell do the last set of the festival. You know I love a bit of funk and soul and he is perfect northern soul, plus James knows him via his blog. We had a quick look in the Baltic Art Gallery shop on the way there:

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Lots of local loves this weekend!

In between the beer, coffee and cake there has been several coconut flour wraps with hummus, spinach and turkey:

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Big salads with salmon and spicy mango salsa:

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Strawberries and cream smoothies:

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Strawberry protein fluff topped with greek yoghurt, yum! Yesterday’s breakfast was fried peaches with greek yoghurt and seeds:

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Love the hot and cold combo of this! There has also been a lot of ice lollies:

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Home made strawberries and cream (just strawberries blended with 2% total greek yoghurt) and mini milks! I couldn’t help myself with the mini milks, I know they are full of chemical crap, but occasionally as a treat they aren’t that bad. Notice I matched my nail colour to the lollies :-)

Oh and I got round to colouring my hair yesterday. I can’t be meeting Gok next week with bad hair can I?

As much as we don’t live in Newcastle, it still feels more like home to me than Durham. It’s only a 15 minute drive away (on a good day) and I think I see everywhere from north of Durham, through Gateshead and up to Newcastle as home turf really!  I I spent most of my teenage years / early twenties in Newcastle, the streets have a lot of my memories! How has your weekend been? What do you love about where you live?