Danielle Gourlay at Scarborough - behind the blonde

Last weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip across to sunny Scarborough, North Yorkshire, for a little weekend away at the seaside – and it was gorgeous! The last time I’d been to Scarborough was when I was much younger with my parents but it was a hazy memory which blended in with other seaside resorts. So I was excited to see what this part of Yorkshire looked like now and what there was to do, aside from arcades and fish and chips – which are obviously both a given!We stayed the night at this stunning luxury Scarborough hotel…

ESPA exfoliator scrub beauty blog Leeds

I am so bad at neglecting my skin, I look in the mirror and know I need to do something about it, but think I’ll deal with it another day. So after months of putting it off I’ve decided it’s time to give my skin some much needed TLC! My face is particularly prone to dehydration at the best of times but the last few weeks have really taken their tole on my poor face, clearly demonstrated by my chapped lips, flaky skin and dry patches of foundation – not a good look. I started by scrapping my existing skincare routine – if…

Zara home blue bedroom

I’m super excited that one of my all time favourite high street fashion stores, Zara, is opening a Zara Home store in Leeds. I was minding my own business strolling down Briggate yesterday and I spotted a ‘coming soon’ sign, so I had to take a snap and Tweet about it right away. I’d not heard anything about it on social media or in any of the local publications so I was totally surprised. Of course I can’t keep this new found information to myself, hence sharing this amazing news on my blog to get the word out. So far, with my talented detective…

La Redoute clothes

The fabulous French style fashion retailer, La Redoute, threw us northern bloggers our very own Christmas party – how nice is that? I love it when brands hold events in and around Leeds. So many events are just in London which makes it really hard for us bloggers up north to get down to them or to take the time off work to travel etc. So, after scouring their website I got super excited to see what sparkly Christmas numbers they were going to have on display for our festive blogger do. The venue was Lamberts Yard, the go to…

Linda Barker cookery class

A few weeks ago I was invited along to a lovely little blogger event at the Wren Kitchens HQ. It was an opportunity for us local bloggers to test and taste three of Linda Barker’s favourite family recipes sent in by people on Instagram as part of the #WrensFamilyFavourites campaign. I was expecting, delicious, but complicated, fancy recipes with names I couldn’t pronounce and recipes I’d never be able to follow. But actually all of Linda’s favourites were really simple, hearty, good grub recipes: marble cake, peanut butter and banana loaf (obviously this was my favourite – it had peanut…

Gu wild flowers

I think I may have a problem… I think I’m addicted to Gü puddings! It doesn’t help that they have been on offer all week or that every single flavour is absolutely UNREAL. I can’t even pick a favourite: salted caramel, millionaires cheesecake, lemon cheesecake, key lime pie – they’re all just so good. So you get the message, I love these goddamn puds! Which means I have loads (over 30) of the glass ramekins stacked up in my kitchen – I told you it was bad. I thought about throwing some of them away as it was getting a bit excessive. But…

River Island check grey top

I feel like this shirt is my way of trying to make an effort without having to actually make an effort – my kind of fashion. I initially bought this shirt from River Island with the intention to wear it to work, I thought: Neutral grey to go with the rest of my grey wardrobe – check! Cute checked pattern suitable for work – check! Ruched hem so no tucking in – check! Mid-length sleeves to hide those bingo wings – check! Plus it was around the £30 mark so not too bad for a work staple. But actually, I…

Bubbleology Leeds

I think I am just about the only person who hadn’t heard about the bubble tea phenomenon. So when I went to the Bubbleology opening event I was like ‘bubble what?’ – I seriously need to get with the times! I have since learned that bubble tea is the latest craze which has been popular around London in places like Soho and Nottinghill for a while now. Bubbleology has recently made it’s way to Leeds and is situated in the Trinity shopping centre, smack bang in the heart of the city! If you are anything like me then you might be asking, what…

Danielle - blue shirt

This post title is quite fitting as I do actually kinda have post-holiday/summer blues, having just returned an amazing holiday in Sorrento. But returning home initially wasn’t so bad as it was almost as hot in England as it had been in Italy! Obviously, that didn’t last and here we are in July and so far this week it’s not been warm enough to crack out any of my summer dresses. So today I opted for this beauty. Almost every time I wear this shirt people ask where it is from, I suppose it does stand out from the crowd. A…

Positano - behindtheblonde

There are no words that can justify the beauty, culture, atmosphere,  food and simply the experience of Sorrento. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was, both my first trip to Italy and the town itself! I would go as far as to say its the most beautiful place I have been to date. I could spend hours writing up reviews on each restaurant or reciting each day trip, but as there are so many great guides out there already, I’ve decided that instead I’ll share my dreamy break along the Italian coast in pictures to give you a snapshot…