Beamish Photo Diary

Beamish Photo Diary

The last time I went to Beamish was probably a good sixteen years ago for a school trip or some family day out to learn new things. Since then there has been so many new additions to the open air museum. The staff who work there are full of information of what life was like in the North East of England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. You can spend the day walking round all the different attractions including a farm, school and a little town centre where you can even buy old fashioned sweets. It even has a Barclays Bank and a photography studio shop (the inner art student in me was super excited about this) where you can have a picture taken to remember the day. There are so many places to interact with whilst you are there and if you can’t see it all in one day you don’t have to worry. Their new ticket pricing means that you can attend Beamish museum as many times as you like for a full year which I think is excellent for families with young children or if you are like me and find things like this quite exciting. The museum have recently won a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to reconstruct a 1950s Town packed with a cinema and a Great North Road coaching inn where you can stay overnight, exciting!

I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day there with my family, it was so chilled and we could just see whatever we wanted. Have you ever been to Beamish before?

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Introducing Lucy & Yak

Introducing Lucy & Yak

Launched by Lucy and Chris in 2017, Lucy & Yak is an ethical and sustainable clothing brand that started by selling dungarees made from organic cotton or recycled materials and has now expanded into much more than that over the past two years. You can read more about how they started here but to give you a brief overview; Lucy and Chris visited many small businesses to work with in China, Thailand and India who had the same ethical values. They wanted to find a tailor where the staff are treated fairly and paid well for the work that they do.  Once they found the right business, an overseen tailor based in North India called Ismail, they made 30 pairs of dungarees and uploaded them to Depop. They sold out within hours and so the Lucy & Yak story began. Nowadays they have boilersuits, socks, t-shirts and obviously, dungarees.

One of the reasons why I have fell in love with Lucy & Yak so quickly is because they are so open about where their products are made. Early this year, they relocated to a new factory with improved working conditions and their staff are paid four times higher than the state minimum wage. As much as I love keeping up-to-date with other trends that are around in the high street stores, it is nice to see little brands like this crop up out of nowhere and beginning a more environmentally friendly journey.

I decided to use Lucy & Yak for a module whilst at University. As part of my market research (okay, I just wanted to treat myself) I bought a pair of dungarees and a boilersuit. They came in 100% biodegradable bags and send them in handmade material bags so you can reuse them for just about anything. It’s all about trying to limit the amount of plastic from the production. Don’t get me wrong buying online makes me so nervous especially because I class myself as a plus size person and sizes vary so much between high street stores however there is nothing to be nervous about. I ordered my usual size in both and they fit perfectly.

I’m not the only one who enjoys wearing Lucy & Yak either…


“Not only are Lucy and Yak an independent company based ini the North of England, but they are the epitome of self expression. As somebody who stops predominantly from sustainable and ethical brands, it’s refreshing to find a company that’s full of creativity, personality and create fun and colourful clothing in an ethical way. The team behind the brand are always so welcoming and friendly and the community of Yakkers is wonderful and friendly. Wearing my dungas make me feel like I’m part of a funky family!” – Alice Christina

As a fashion student who enjoys trend forecasting and finding out what is on trend, it can sometimes be difficult to remember the ethical values but since shopping with Lucy & Yak I have tried to think more ethically about what I am buying. If I am not going to be able to wear one piece of clothing for seven days a week with different things then I probably won’t buy it. From having that kind of mindset, not only have I saved a lot of money but I have started to shop my current wardrobe more. I have been exploring my personal style and what I enjoy wearing as well as mixing things up a little bit.

Have you ever shopped at Lucy & Yak? What’s on your wishlist?

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Introducing Lucy & Yak

Yaoh Brand Review*

Yaoh is a UK based company, founded in 2002, who use hemp oil in all of their products. Hemp Oil is used within skincare products for two main reasons; it is a natural moisturiser especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin, hair and nails and it helps to improve skin hydration and oxygenation. They offer food products and an extensive range of body and haircare ranging from lip balms and shower gel to shampoo, conditioners and body butters all available in exciting scents. All of Yaoh’s products are 100% vegan and free from animal testing, and their food range is 100% certified organic.

The brand very kindly sent me some of their products to try and review. I’ve been trying them out over the past couple of months as well as repurchasing a couple of the products again and its about time I shared my love for them with you guys. They sent me: Deep Forest Moisturiser, Original Body Butter, Tropical Fruits Bubble Bath, Caribbean Breeze Lip Balm, Coconut & Lime Shower Gel, Tropical Fruits Shampoo and Summer Breeze Conditioner.

The shower gel and the bubble bath were the first two products that I used up out of the selection of products that they sent to me. I’m in love with the shower gel that I received and have since repurchased twice before. It lathers up really well and has left my skin feeling nourished after stepping out the shower without even applying moisturiser. The bubble bath smells like those Fruit Salad chews that you used to get within pick and mix selections. It doesn’t create as many bubbles as a bubble bar from Lush however the scent lasts for such a long time. My bath time usually lasts an hour or two and I can still smell the fragrance on my skin when I’ve got out.

The body butter is one of those staple products that you should have in your skincare collection especially if you have dry skin. I’ve had eczema ever since I was taking my GCSEs and have tried a range of products to help improve and hopefully clear it especially when I am feeling stressed. Apart from E45 cream that is unfortunately tested on animals and my beloved Dream Cream nothing else has worked however this has helped on the days it hasn’t been as bad during a flare up. The formulation is thick and creamy but leaves your skin feeling nourished and moisturised. One of the things that I look for in a body butter or moisturiser is how fast the product dries as there is nothing worse than standing in your underwear waiting for it to sink into the skin. Luckily enough the body butter dries extremely quick which I love. I’ve not had the chance to try the moisturiser properly yet however the scent is so unusual compared to anything else that I’ve had before. The best way I can describe the scent is earthy and natural. I can imagine that this would be the scent that would suit either men or women looking to buy a new moisturiser.

The shampoo and conditioner has been my favourite combo of products that I have tried from the collection. My hair usually feels pretty dry and damaged when I’ve not gone for the dreaded hair cut regularly however this combo has changed that. My hair feels so soft and looks healthy too. As well as being organic, cruelty free and vegan, the formulation doesn’t contain parabens or sulphate which is meant to be good for you hair. At first, I didn’t think it would be so effective on my hair due to how thick and curly it is however I’ve had no problems. Unlike other shampoo and conditioners the formulation doesn’t lather up which is one of the reasons why I didn’t think it would be as effective as it is. I still use the Umberto Giannini No More Frizz Serum as mentioned in my post last week and my hair still feels amazing.

Finally, the lip balm has become a handbag staple. I don’t use it as much now compared to the days I was at University and during the winter but this is a god send. It is so moisturising on the lips and leaves them feeling soft and plump. If you are someone who deals with cracked lips then this is definitely the product for you as it combatted mine. Beeswax is an ingredient found in many lip balms however they’ve managed to recreate a formulation like their competitors without this in. Did I mention that the scent is amazing too?

As well as the products that I’ve mentioned above, you can also buy: suncream, hemp oil and hemp seeds. You can shop all of their products here or find your local stockist here. As you can see on the website, the prices are extremely affordable as well which is perfect if you are on a budget. Have you ever tried Yaoh before? What’s your thoughts? Is there anything that you’ve got your eyes on?

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Introducing Lucy & Yak

Six Things I’ve Learnt Before 26

It’s my birthday! I know I’ve probably said this every year but I can’t believe how fast this year as gone. I don’t feel like I am a year older and it just feels like another day. It feels extremely strange because usually I’m the one counting down the days to celebrate my birthday shenanigans but this year is different. I’ve also learnt a lot of lessons over the past year that I wanted to write down so when I am feeling low or need a motivational word or two then I can refer back to this post.

The first one isn’t really a lesson that I’ve learnt, it’s more of a process that I think everyone who has had a difficult breakup or isn’t too sure where their life is heading should be on. Stop comparing yourself with others! Every single person on the internet compares themselves to other people and although it is super difficult not to do that, it is equally important to try. You could be flicking down someone’s Instagram feed and think how amazing their life is on the surface but behind that publish button could be a person who might be dealing with some really tough things whether that be a breakup, mental health, family issues etc. Similarly to vloggers on YouTube, you don’t see every single minute of what they do. They only edit the parts that they want you to see for entertainment or to make the viewer smile or laugh. I think what I am trying to say is to just focus on achieving your own goals rather than overthinking about the pedestal that society tries to put you on at certain ages.

There are certain situations in life that gives you a chance to meet new people. I used to be the type of person who could trust just about anyone until they give me a reason not too which is one personality trait that I used to love about myself. However this year I’ve realised that you don’t really know who anyone is unless you’ve known that person for an extremely long time. I’ve dealt with some pretty tough friendships over the past year which has led me to question who my ‘real’ friends are and who I should put my trust into many times.

Exercising isn’t as bad as I thought it was. I’ve never really been the one to go to a gym. I’ve tried to lose weight in the past and it just hasn’t worked. Earlier this year, my friend asked me to go along to a Boogie Bounce class and I honestly didn’t know what I was going to be letting myself in for but I surprisingly enjoyed it. I’m not really doing it for the physical health benefits, although they are good, I’m doing it more for my brain. It has been so good mentally! For those who are unsure what it is, you basically jump on a trampoline for an hour to songs that are really motivating. It’s like doing an insanity workout because you can burn up to 800 calories in one session.

It’s okay to feel like a little bit of a geek. Since starting my degree I have fell in love with anything to do with art, fashion or photography. I’ve really enjoyed going to the Baltic on a day I’ve had spare to just look round or putting my phone down and having a read of a factual book. When I was younger these things that I was interested in were classed as ‘geeky’ but it has only really been this past year when I’ve learnt that it isn’t. It’s called having an interest in something. People are allowed to have different interests and hobbies because that’s what makes them the person they are today.

A couple of days after my birthday last year I broke up from my ex. Since then I’ve dated other people and also gone back to him time and time again. I’ve been single since March this year and in all honesty I was so scared but I am doing okay. It’s okay to not be in a relationship with someone all the time. Use that breakup to concentrate on yourself for a while. I wish I took that advice last year instead of jumping into two different relationships that were short and unfulfilling. At the moment I’m not really interested in being with anyone else because I know in my heart that I am not ready to be deeply in love with someone else yet but the main thing is that I am completely cool with that. I’m not going to say that it isn’t difficult being the only single person in my group of friends but someone will walk into my life that will treat me how I want to be treated. I just need to give it time.

My most important lesson I’ve learnt is you do you! This was once said by a friend at University and it has stuck with me ever since. You shouldn’t care about what others think of you. If you enjoy something whether that be writing a blog, posting on YouTube or anything else that is unique and slightly unusual then you go and make the most of it because life is far too short to be worrying about what other people are saying about you.

 I’m off to enjoy a slice of birthday cake whilst getting ready for the day. I’ve not really got any plans for the rest of the day because I went to Beamish with my family at the weekend. Have you got any lessons that you’ve learnt this past year?

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