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Posted on: Nov 24, 2015,  Categories: Fashion & Beauty, Lifestyle & Events

Just in time for Christmas! House of Fraser in intu Metrocentre has reopened its doors after a multi-million pound makeover. I popped in to check it out!

house of fraser launch intu metrocentre

The re-launch event had us spoiled with mini-treatments, live music, demonstrations, offers and discounts on the night. It was fantastic to see the refurbishment and the store looked stunning. There’s 20 new brands on offer, including Jo Malone, Nars, Kiehls, Michael Kors and many more.

Here’s some snaps from around the store, including their new restaurant, Cafe Botanical. I loved in particular, the new shoe section – introducing a ‘World off Shoes’ concept on the ground floor.

However, the jewel in the crown has to be the new Beauty Hall. It’s world class and has an amazing range of luxury counters from various cosmetic houses. It’s also a pampering destination with beauty services such as a SHOW blow dry bar (opening soon), Nails Inc nail bar, a Benito brow station, Decleor spa and Estee Lauder 10 minute beauty bar.

I was lucky enough to have some treats including a hair up do by the lovely photographer and hairdresser Jess from Aveda.

If you’re heading to get ready for party season or looking to pick up some Christmas shopping, make sure you check out the new look House of Fraser in intu Metrocentre!

Posted on: Nov 22, 2015,  Categories: Fashion & Beauty, Lifestyle & Events

Don’t you love discovering hidden gems in the city? Previously I was invited to The Glamorous Owl, tucked away on the cobbled streets by High Bridge in Newcastle City Centre.

glamourous owl newcastle gift shop

glamourous owl newcastle gift shop

glamourous owl newcastle gift shop

The shop is a great discovery if you’re looking for the gifts for this Xmas season. It’s not just a gift shop but also a gallery and a workshop space.

glamourous owl newcastle gift shop

glamourous owl newcastle gift shop

At their Bloggers tea party, we met owner and local jewellery maker Claire Chapman who shared with us her concept during a live jewellery demonstration.

The store houses regional artists and craft makers and is a fantastic showcase space for North East talent.

glamourous owl newcastle gift shop

glamourous owl newcastle gift shopNothing better than having a natter over a cup of tea and some lovely cupcakes, is there?!

glamourous owl newcastle gift shopWe had chance to browse around the shop and pick up some great ideas for this upcoming shopping season!

My favourite item in this treasure trove of a shop was this beautiful hand crafted fox with his cute Harris Tweed waistcoat! How gorgeous and dapper is he?!

I’ve blogged about The Glamorous Owl briefly before, in my Top 3 Hidden Gem Gift Shops in Newcastle for Travelodge – check out the post here.

Make sure you pop in and help support local this Christmas! More about The Glamorous Owl on their website here.

Oh and don’t forget this December 5th, it’s Small Business Saturday!