Dizzy Miss James - Travel / Food/ Lifestyle


Keeping Warm This Winter

Keeping warm this winter can be expensive with the rising cost of heating supplies. Not to mention the stress of the possibility of a broken boiler. Contact Numbers UK is a directory system that allows easy access to a database of useful telephone numbers for a number of different sectors. It is the easiest way to connect you to organisations like British Gas. Contact Numbers UK are helping you keep warm with their #WinterHeatingHelp campaign. That's why I have put together some top winter heating tips for your home to help you stay warm this winter.

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Cold air tries to carry your body heat away. Blankets form a barrier between your body and that cold air. Since heat doesn't transfer through the blankets very well, they keep the heat from getting out. Wrap yourself up in a blanket on the sofa while reading a book or binge-watching Netflix.

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Hot Drinks

Very little in life can’t be improved with a hot drink. Switching the kettle on, sitting down and putting the world to rights with friends and loved ones is pretty much a national past time. Grabbing a tea, coffee or hot chocolate warms your cockles and warms up your hands, mouth, and stomach. Hot drinks also taste great!

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Slippers are comfortable, warm, slip-on shoes that you can wear inside. Experts warn having cold feet really can increase your risk of catching colds and the flu. So not only do slippers keep your feet warm and cosy they can decrease your risk of getting sick! 

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Hot Water Bottle

By keeping a hot water bottle near the foot of the bed it will not only help you fall asleep when it's cold, but it won't need to be turned off like a heater or electric blanket. Hot water bottles are a great cheap way of staying warm this chilly season.

Also keep warm, cosy and maintain that valuable heat by keeping doors closed and putting down a rug. By leaving the oven door open after you've finished cooking will also heat a room. Even moderate exercise can help keep you warm.

Energy providers like British Gas can help to keep you cosy this winter. They have flexible tariffs and they can provide you with smart meters and boiler/heating cover. You can also use active heating systems (such as Hive). British Gas is the largest provider of energy in Britain. Providing more than just electricity and gas to Britain’s businesses and homes. British Gas offers a wide range of services to help households and businesses. Not only helping you save money but also live in a safe home and work environment. 

How do you keep warm in the winter?


Opposites Attract: Mixing Old And New Décor Trends

It’s hipster to decorate a house with retro interior design trends. Whether it’s a cosy farmhouse or 19th-century Victorian apartment, going back in time is all the rage. Of course, an entirely outdated home is stylish but lacks practicality. In the 21st century, a homeowner needs elements of modern day living to make life easier. To get the balance right, it’s essential to mix old and new as one to bring the property together. But, be wary because making opposites attract isn’t as easy as it seems. If you are in need of some inspiration, these décor tips may come in handy.

Crazy Contrast

Non-specialists think interior design is about subtle changes but that isn’t the case with mixing modern and archaic. Slipping a 21st-century coffee table into a French cottage-themed home would look out of the place, which is why you need to be heavy handed. According to experts like Peter Frank on http://www.housebeautiful.com, the trick is to join opposites to create an eclectic contrast. All a homeowner has to do is consider everything from the shape to the colour and then incorporate its opposite somewhere within the room. Hardwood flooring, for example, goes perfectly with a soft rug, whereas a rectangular sofa matches with a round table.

Light Meets Dark

Light fixtures have changed dramatically over the centuries, and for a good reason. Years ago, there was only candlelight to illuminate the home and it wasn’t bright enough. Nowadays, lamps, lanterns, and spotlights are all stylish and practical alternatives. But, that doesn’t mean that candles are burned out and have no more use. In a house of old and new, they go perfectly well placed next to sharp, contemporary fittings. An industrial-style hanging lamp with a candle chandelier is the ultimate example to keep in mind. That way, there is the bright glow offset by the soft ambience of the candles.

Product Placement

Bringing two styles together is like a game of chess: you need to know where all the pieces go. The good folks at http://www.therenovationcompany.com.au don’t guarantee results on a whim but a carefully developed plan. They know what moves to make and when, and homeowners need to think in the same way. Take the bathroom. Nothing would please you more than a standalone tub, yet it isn’t quick or accessible. But, you can mask the shower by installing it in the corner of the room and decorating the wall with a drawer or English secretary. That way, the focus is on the bathtub and no one notices the walk-in shower.

Quality Coverage

Without a doubt, the best way to bring old and new together is with a cover. Traditional pieces of furniture have ornate, sprawling features, such as wooden arms on couches. So, there is nothing wrong with throwing a blanket over the top with an ultra-modern texture. For one thing, the contrast is striking and the mixture of two styles effortless. Secondly, it isn’t a waste because the sofa still sticks out and dominates the room.

What do you think? Do you have any ideas on how to mix old and new design trends successfully?  


Sunny Holiday Destinations And The Basic Travel Essentials

With winter well and truly upon us the days are chilly, the nights are even colder and my time is being spent wrapped up in a blanket and clinging to my hot chocolate. That's why I have been thinking ahead to 2018 and dreaming of sunny holiday destinations. The sun, the sea, the sand and that delicious fruity cocktail (or three) that I will be sipping by the pool. That special time and feeling that you can only get when on holiday. The time away from your everyday home life and work. It's your time to escape it all, let go and relax.

As I research and look into possible destinations (Singapore, Bali or maybe even Thailand), places I can have an adventure, places to explore and make new memories, I make lists. So many lists! I like to start with listing what items I'm going to take along with me. If you start with the basic essentials you can build on from there and prepare for your journey.


As well as looking stylish they are a must for eye protection against the glare of the sun and no sunny holiday destination would be complete without them. Admittedly I currently have seven pairs of sunglasses (is that excessive?) different styles and colours to go with different moods and outfits. And for my next trip I will most definitely be purchasing a new pair. Okay maybe I do have a slight sunglasses addiction  problem..


Whether you are a bikini, one piece or tankini kinda gal getting your ladies swimwear sorted for that fabulous sunny holiday is muchos important. It has to be comfortable, practical and stylish all in one. I mean you have to look and feel good right? I usually take about three or four bikinis with me on holiday. I then rotate them daily throughout the stay so I don't get sick of the wearing the same thing. 

Holiday Haircare Products

If you are like me and your hair expands in size, becomes frizzy and completely wild at any sign of humidity, then holiday haircare products should be on your basic essential list. Holiday haircare is a must for me. I always take a UV protector spray and a leave in conditioner that I use every other day to help prevent sun damage. Alongside these I always include a hair serum to keep my hair shiny and most importantly frizz free!



Yes the most essential packing tool the actual luggage you put everything in! I've gone through many suitcases over the years due to over packing and wheels breaking. I guess I have learned the hard way to pack lighter and be more organized. When looking for a suitcase I like to have luggage with at least three compartments. The main section for your clothes, one for shoes and one for your cosmetics. And when it comes to the design the more bold and colorful the better for me. That way you'll find your suitcase easily when on the airport baggage carousel. 

Once I have got my basic essentials in place I then move onto planing everything else and of course writing more lists!


Tapas Revolution New Lounge & Sangria Bar In Newcastle

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Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch night of Tapas Revolution’s highly anticipated Lounge & Sangria Bar on Blackett Street, Newcastle. Alongside the restaurant a beautiful separate bar area has been created. With vivid blue tiles, potted greenery and Iberian music it brings a taste of Madrid’s lively bar scene to Newcastle. 

Owner Omar Allibhoy comments: “I’m excited to be opening our first Lounge & Sangria Bar in Newcastle, there’s a great bar scene here and I’m excited to get involved and bring some Spanish twists to the mix.“

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The bar has a unique selection of tastastic sangria filled with innovative fruit and flavour combinations. I have only had sangria a few times so I was looking forward to sampling the five different kinds the menu had to offer. Some of my favorites from the night were;

Skinny Tradicional 
(£16.00) - with 30% less sugar, which is a mix of red wine, pineapple, orange and strawberry. 

Sparkling Tropical Sangria 
(£18.00) - a blend of refreshing sangria with crisp Cava, passion fruit, watermelon, pineapple.

White Berry Sangria
(£16.00) - made with white wine, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and blackberries.

Bar De Tapas also has a fantastic new Gin and Tonic menu or ‘Gin Tonics’ as they are called in Spain. The Gin Tonic menu features a selection of Omar’s favourite Spanish distilleries that use fresh regional botanicals to produce a fine aromatic spirit. Each served in the traditional balloon glass which makes it feel extra special. Highlights include;

(£8.00) – a blend of mahon gin served with Fever-Tree Indian tonic, homemade lemonade and a lemon and lime garnish 

Puerto de Indias Strawberry 
(£8.00)a mix of delicate gin made with Andalusian strawberries and served with Fever-Tree elderflower tonic, strawberry and mint.

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An array of Spanish beers from family owned premium lager Estrella Galicia will also be on the menu, alongside a carefully curated selection of craft beer. For wine enthusiasts there will be a large cellar wall with a wide selection of wines from across Spain.

I had such a fantastic night at the launch of Tapas Revolution Newcastle Bar. They have a splendiferous selection of sangria that will make your taste buds sparkle and your soul sing. The best sangria Ive tasted fo sho! I am already planning my next visit with the girls and we are going to make a night of it. Sangria, Cocktails, Gin Tonic & Tapas.. I can't wait!


Need Great Universal Christmas Gift Ideas? Look No Further!

Christmas is almost upon us and yes that means only one thing.. massive queues and a last-minute dash to find that perfect unique gift idea. Christmas is a time for giving, enjoying the company of your loved ones, being merry and eating your weight in festive food. It is truly a splendid  way of finishing off the year. However buying presents can be stressful. Trying to think of  that unique gift idea to stand out from the crowd is hard. That perfect present that they don't already have and something they will remember. Let’s take a look at some universal Christmas gift ideas that you may not have thought of..

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Some new furniture
This makes a great Christmas present idea for anyone who has a place of their own or is moving to a new home. Yes, it really is that universal, and with some research by asking your loved ones a few sneaky questions you can find out what they may want, need and desire. Furniture can be an almost-surefire fantastic gift. If you’re feeling generous, you could even get some luxurious furnitureNot that you have to splash out an insane amount of cash on a big one off piece, you could buy a smaller side table for instance which would go nicely with a preexisting sofa. 

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Accessories for the phone
In the day and age of communication technology, mobile phone ownership feels almost compulsory. We can then assume your loved one will probably have their own device. So why not accessories their phone with some universal gift ideas? This is a sure way to make anyone smile when opening their present on Christmas morning. Perhaps they are a bit more into music than the average person? Then maybe get them a good pair of over-ear headphones. Remember there are some fantastic headphones out there especially Beats by Dre, you may have heard of them as they are currently everywhere! And there is no need to spend several hundred pounds on a pair of headphones as you can find something of similar quality for much less, while still looking stylish.

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Maybe a sparkly new TV?
Have you been around to your friend's house recently and noticed that their TV might be due for an update about now? Why not help them out and improve their viewing experience for their sake and yours by getting them a new TV. That way the next time you head over for a movie, beer and pizza night you'll be sorted. Of course not everyone has the budget ready to buy a brand new OLED 4k-ready TV at the drop of a hat, so why not gift them something along the lines of a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription. That will most defiantly be a worthy substitute and to be honest this is something I would absolutely  love! After all, you do not need a top of the line, state of the art TV just to enjoy Stranger Things or binge watch Rick & Morty.

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