When it comes to splashing out and investing in something for our wardrobe, we want to make sure that whatever we choose, is worth it. Afterall, I know that for those of you who are like me, we save and save for that one special thing that we've had our eye on, the piece that will become a staple in our style lives for years to come and when you're spending a lot of your hard earned money, you need to make sure that that piece is the right decision. For me, I always find myself gravitating back to the same three things to invest in and it's because these are things that I know will stay with me. They won't become something that's shoved right to the back of my wardrobe, forgotten about and collecting dust like so many of my impulse buys do. Investment pieces are things that we put a lot of thought into, a lot of money and hopefully, a lot of wear, so I always find my way back to the pieces that I know will serve me well.

1. SHOES

When I think about investing and really putting some pounds into a purchase, my thoughts automatically go to my feet. Whether it's a boot, a loafer or a trainer, shoes stay with me and I never really feel the need to "update" season to season as I do with clothes. You know when it gets to the end of the summer or winter and you suddenly hate all of your clothes, you want to burn every single thing you own and start completely from scratch? Not that we're dramatic or anything. I don't feel like we get that with shoes because we just rotate them to suit our needs. I have so many boots in particular that are years old that just stick with me because they're such a foundational part of our wardrobes they come out to play time and time again.

For me, it's the boots that I love to invest in. I have my beautiful nude calf-high boots which come out for special occasions or I have my black KG ankle boots which have been my saviours on many a winters day. Farfetch is the site that has been behind most of my high-end deliveries and it's definitely the place to go for any kind of inspiration, particularly if you want to make some new discoveries in their marketplace style website. I recently came across Rick Owens, a designer which features gothic grunge, simple feminine silhouettes and pieces to form the perfect wardrobe base. Shoe wise, it's thigh high boots, chunky chelsea boots and black sliders, the kind that you can just reach for and add to any outfit to complete. These are the shoes I'm drawn to but I know that when some people are splashing the cash on a pair of booties or going out shoes, they want something a little bit different. I absolutely love these trainers from the Rick Owens x Adidas collab - they're just so edgy and are definitely something I'd over wear with dresses, dungarees and casual wear!



This is something that I never thought I'd have to be writing, or at least not for a very, very, very long time. There has been a slight radio silence on Salt And Chic over the past few weeks, the reason being that I lost my baby Harry, a little dog who any social media followers of mine will have undoubtedly seen plastered all over my channels over the past two years. 

Harry came into my life in September 2015. The family who were looking after him then weren't able to keep him due to having two young children who didn't understand how careful you need to be with puppies and so after seeing him on Facebook, my parents and I couldn't resist him. I named him Harry (after Harry Potter of course) and Luna took to him straight away, meaning that Harry never left my side. He turned into the most cuddly, affectionate dog you'd ever know who loved everyone he met and of course, he was ridiculously naughty (read: a loveable, cute little shit). He emptied bins, he chewed through a pair of brand new GHDs, ate a £100 underwear set, stole and ate an entire 10" margherita pizza while I turned my back for one second...you name it, Harry ate it. It was part of his personality that he was naughty but he'd wait at the door for me coming home from work, he'd throw his own ball down the stairs and chase it in a little game with himself and he'd take up the entire bed every night. He was best friends with Luna and had an ongoing beef with my parent's cat Oscar but he was clearly a huge part of my life and it was an absolutely huge blow to lose him.



I live on a busy front road and have a little yard on the side of my house where I let the dogs out. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago Harry managed to open my gate (such was his nature to constantly be doing things that he wasn't supposed to be doing!). I looked outside and saw that he was gone, with the gate open and went out looking for him and it was then that I saw him trot into the road and he was hit by a car right in front of my eyes. It's easy for a lot of people to say "it's only a pet" or "it's just a dog" but I can tell you I felt like my whole world had been ripped apart in that second. I was absolutely hysterical and ran down the street screaming, picked him up and ran back into my house with him but it was very obviously too late and speaking from the heart I can say that it was the worst thing that's ever happened to me in my entire life.

Pets become huge parts of our lives and the bonds that we build with them are like no other. Whether it's a dog, a hamster, a cat, a fish or any one of the unorthodox pets that you may have, the relationship we build with them is like no other. My dogs, both Luna and Harry, were with me through some of the most difficult times of my life, including the breakdown of a long-term relationship and adjusting to living alone. They were with me when I was with my grandma when she died over the summer, when I was struggling with personal issues and also, through some of the best times of my life. They were waiting at the door for me when I arrived home, I'd often wake up with Harry literally laid on my face in bed cause he loved me so much he didn't understand the concept of personal space (something which I had absolutely no problem with - doggy cuddles are the best). To lose all of this in a single minute, totally unexpected and out of the blue, is absolutely devastating.


It still feels empty when I come home and there's no Harry there. You go through a grieving process, feeling numb and in disbelief until one day you're driving home and it hits you like a blow to the stomach. I don't think you can truly understand what it's like to lose a pet that's such a huge part of your life until you've gone through it yourself and felt that sense of loss. It's hard to put it into words in real life as I still think that there is that sense of feeling judged, feeling like you're being "daft" and whether that's there in reality or not, it's still very difficult to put into words. There will always be a Harry-shaped hole in my life that will never be filled; he was only two, just a baby and only just at the start of his doggy life and I can honestly say my life will never be the same without him. 

Amy x




Jewellery is something that can totally define an outfit, particularly when you're like me and your fashion lines between casual, smart and dressy. It can dress up or dress down any piece of clothing and for me, jewellery is a really easy way to put my own twist into my looks day to day. I'm sure any regular readers will notice that I rarely leave the house without a choker around my neck, for example. I'll admit that I don't have a huge collection of jewellery but the jewellery I do have is timeless and the pieces I own are the pieces that I know will stay with me for not only seasons to come, but years to come and that's why I love Thomas Sabo; the entire jewellery brand brings us classic yet modern pieces of jewellery that will never go out of style and they really are great investments that you will not regret snapping up. For me, there are three key things you need in your jewellery box and all of these things are available in Thomas Sabo's new collections.

THE GRUNGY CHOKER

Did I even have to say it? Like I mentioned above, I barely leave the house without a choker or two around my neck so I couldn't resist adding another to my collection. For me, chokers completely transform an outfit, especially a quite simple and casual one like I'm wearing here. This one is Thomas Sabo's Black Lotus Choker, a beautifully simple piece that caught my eye straight away. It's got a real nineties vibe with the necklace itself being double-sided black velvet and the beading having stunning detail on the lotus. It's quite grungy too which is right up my street but the detailing also makes it rather feminine, meaning it's got my favourite quality when it comes to anything, whether it's jewellery, clothes, shoes or accessories and that quality is versatility. I've never been one of those people who wears something once or twice then lets it gather dust in a drawer somewhere so I'm constantly attracted to things that will easily fit into not only my everyday wardrobe, but also my going out wardrobe and this is the style of jewellery that does exactly that. Expect to see lots of this necklace on my blog and Instagram this season - I've worn it nearly every day since I got it!





It's fair to say I've been on my fair share of city breaks and have written blog posts about nearly all of them with my thoughts, advice and of course, a hell of a lot of photos! I've written about Paris at Christmas and the amazing city of Reykjavik, as well as Funchal in Madeira and a girls trip to Amsterdam. This time, it's all about Prague, a city that has always been on my "to travel to" list. Last weekend, I headed over to the Czech Republic with a group of mates to celebrate a few birthdays that were happening in October and if I'm being honest I wasn't sure what to expect from the city but as soon as our taxi pulled into the Old Town I knew it was going to be a place that was right up my street. 

If you've been reading my travel posts for a while, then you'll know I'm someone who gets quite restless and bored on holiday and can only spend so much time chilling out. I like to be out there, exploring and seeing things, probably eating a lot of food and drinking a lot of cocktails. Prague was perfect for that for me. We stayed in Amethyst Hotel that was about a 30 minute walk from the city centre but the walk meant we got to see a lot more of the quieter parts that you wouldn't normally see and the entire place is absolutely beautiful. Imagine cobbled streets and roads throughout, horse and carts and vintage cars showing tourists around, the Vltava River running through the city with boat trips and restaurants on it... it really is beautiful but as the beer capital of Europe, Prague really does have the best of all worlds when it comes to city breaks. 




So one of my favourite parts of Prague was the Old Town and I know I'm definitely not alone in this. The square in the Old Town is home to Prague's famous (and beautiful) Astronomical Clock and it's lined with museums, bars, cafes and restaurants, with of course some great beer. It wasn't warm by any means while we were in the city but it was lovely to sit outside the bars with a pint or a cocktail taking in the details of the intricately designed buildings that are all over the Old Town Square. However I must say that we did pay €6 to go into the worst and creepiest wax museum that I've ever been to but I'll leave that one for you to discover yourself as you wouldn't want to miss out of course....The Old Town Square also has some lovely horse and cart trips around the city and there are crepe stalls with mulled wine and I hate to say the C word this early in the year but it would be an incredible city to visit at Christmas time. 

Wenceslas Square has a more modern feel to it as it's lined with the shops that we all know and love. There's a Sephora (yes, it did take all of the will power in the world for me to go in), Footlocker, M&S...the list goes on as it's quite a big area! There are a lot of bars, clubs and restaurants around this area but it's definitely worth noting that it can get quite pricey on the main street. The Baileys hot chocolate you see in my photo above, as delicious as it was, cost me the equivalent of about £14 and my friend's pina colada set her back over £20 (much to her pleasure when the bill arrived!). However, step just off the main street onto the quieter back streets and into the traditional Czech pubs and you'll find pints for around £1.80 or less and food that is just as nice but so much cheaper. Be sure to try the Czech soup that's served in a bowl of actual bread and the traditional Czech dessert trdelnik or "chimney cake" - you won't be disappointed! 








When you're in Prague, you must walk over the Charles Bridge. Not only is the view of the city incredible but the bridge is home to some beautiful sculptures and there are so many talented street artists that pitch up around here, painting and sketching the views of the Prague skyline. I really wish I went to see it at sunrise though as I've heard the view is absolutely amazing; would it be bad to go back to Prague just for that reason? Just a short walk from Charles Bridge is St Vitus Cathedral. I'm not religious at all but I find cathedrals and religious buildings simply fascinating so they always make it onto my list of places I want to visit. The view of the entire city from the top of the many steps to get to the Cathedral is worth the tiring climb alone and presents some fabulous photo ops for any photographers or Instagrammers out there! 



Thailand is somewhere that my adventurous soul has always wanted to visit. I dream not only of the crystal clear waters of Railay and the luxurious spas, green rainforests and natures treks in Ko Samui, but also of the bustling cities that lie at the heart of Thailand, places like Bangkok or the party scenes of Phuket. It's not only the nature and the culture that draws me to Thailand though; it's also the food. I love Thai food (as you probably know I eat pad thai nearly every day of my life with no regrets) - it's the flavours, the spices and the fragrances, it's no wonder that it's such a popular cuisine. However, although I've eaten plenty of Thai food in my time, I'm still yet to wander down the streets and buy authentic Thai street food but fortunately for us, places like Zaap Thai are bringing it to us. 

Zaap Thai is located in the very centre of Newcastle right next to the Gate and when I walked through the door, it felt like I'd been transported away from the rainy streets of the North East and had landed myself right bang in the middle of a Thai street. From the minute you walk through the door there are neon hanging lights, signs, Thai accessories and so much more literally everywhere, with an open kitchen and the friendliest of staff. There's no booking at Zaap so you walk right in, get shown to your table and get stuck in. 







The attention to detail in the decor is quite frankly incredible and I think I could have spent all day just looking at every little piece of decoration, every light hanging from the ceiling and every picture hanging on the wall. There are tuks tuks to sit and eat in and even an actual bus (yes, a REAL life bus, how cool is that?!) at the back of the restaurant and the authentic Thai feels goes all the way back even through into the toilets. It's an Instagrammer's dream for sure. 

It was my birthday when I went (my actual birthday because I'm very aware my birthday celebrations went on for about ten days!) so of course, I had to go for cocktails and three courses of food! For starters it was the vegetable gyoza and the gai satay, followed by prawn thai red curry and of course, pad thai. I think I must have eaten pad thai in every restaurant that serves it in the north east but I just cannot help myself. Pad thai is basically running through my veins. Anyway it was absolutely delicious and went down very well with a cocktail and as it was my birthday, the dessert had to follow (I say this as if I wouldn't have ordered dessert regardless of the day...). I'd never actually tried Thai dessert before so I went for a real Thai classic with Tub Tim Krob; water chestnuts, coconut milk, shaved ice and syrup. It was nothing like I've ever tasted before but was actually really refreshing!

Our bill for two starters, two mains, two desserts and two drinks came to just over £40 which for the quality of the food, the decor and the location is brilliant and I'll definitely be going back to Zaap in the future, hopefully sooner rather later and it was the perfect place to spend a rainy 24th birthday!

You can check out the ZAAP Thai menu on their website and visit their Newcastle brand for authentic Thai food right next to the Gate in the city centre.

Amy x

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It is no secret at all that if I could only wear one accessory for the rest of my life, it would be a watch. Since I got a beautiful, gold designer watch for my 21st birthday, barely a day has gone by that I haven't had one on my wrist and my collection has just grown and grown. If you've been a reader or a follower of Salt and Chic for a while now, you'll have undoubtedly realised that Timex is a brand that I've grown a close bond with over the last few years. Nearly all of my watches are Timex, I got my mum her first Timex watch for her birthday earlier this year and I've come to realise that they are a total failsafe, a classic and trustworthy brand for beautiful, original watches. This Autumn, they have upped their game even further with their TIMEX x PEANUTS collection and as you'll see, this collection snatched my heart as soon as I set eyes on it.




For me, watches can transform an outfit totally. Want to add some bling to an evening dress? Slap on a gold bejewelled watch. Want to make some trousers look smart? Add a plain black leather watch. Want to add some fun and colour to an everyday outfit? Add one of the Timex X Peanuts watches. In this unique collaboration, the classic watch brand is giving a nod to four of the most iconic Peanuts characters that we all know and love, featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus Van Pelt or Lucy, who I'm sporting on my wrist here. When comparing to the rest of the watches in my jewellery box, the Peanuts vibe stands out immediately; I've never seen such a fun, vibrant watch in all of my life and I absolutely love the feel-good vibe that they have going on with their bright colours and cartoon details. 

For me, fashion isn't something that has to be serious all of the time and it's all about expressing yourself. The bright colours, the cartoon characters, the vintage throwback feels and the adorable illustrations all mean that these watches are the perfect way to add some real personality to your Autumn and Winter (and the rest of the year tbh!) wardrobe.



Amazingly, the watches are water-resistant for up to 30 metres, something which clumsy me can always get on board with, and they cost only £59.99, a price point which I think is incredible, particularly when considering the assured quality of Timex watches with the added huge name of Peanuts. I used to be obsessed with Snoopy when I was younger, to the point where I had around seven different stuffed animal toys of him in a whole variety of shapes and sizes so I'm definitely hoping to get my little hands on the red Snoopy watch too.

Last week, Timex held a party down in London to celebrate 160 years of Timex watches, trusted by watch lovers everywhere and I was gutted that I couldn't make it! However, I was in Orlando in Florida so I suppose I can't complain too much...The brand has some amazing things coming our way in future collections and after this collaboration in particular, I can't wait to see where my go-to watch brand is headed to next!




You can buy watches from the Timex x Peanuts collection at www.timex.co.uk or www.ENDclothing.co.uk at £59.99.

What do you think of this unique collaboration? Will you be picking one of the watches up for the seasons ahead?

Amy x

SPONSORED POST IN COLLABORATION WITH TIMEX. PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN SENT FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. AS ALWAYS, ALL WORDS AND OPINIONS REMAIN MY OWN. 




The north of England is a wonderful place. The green landscapes, the old cobbled streets in the tiny cities and people who have chips, cheese and gravy all in one without being judged (yes, it is the best thing ever). Although the north is definitely where my heart lives, I do sometimes find myself craving the glamour and the excitement that London seems to offer. That's why I love it when things expand up here to give us the chance to experience glitz and glamour for ourselves without leaving our own cities, and next month, American Express© and the 61st BFI London Film Festival are brining something very exciting to Newcastle.



This year, the 61st BFI London Film Festival takes place from October 4th -15th, screening exciting new films from around the world. In case you're not familiar with it,London Film Festival is an annual event held that showcases the best up and coming films from the UK and around the world,a nd as you can imagine, it’s quite the occasion. American Express has been the headline sponsor of the festival for a number of years now and this year is giving those of us in Newcastle the chance to enjoy the experience for ourselves with cinecast of the live red carpet event from the Opening Night gal, followed by the European premiere of Breathe. The film will be released across the UK and Ireland on 27th October.


So as I mentioned, some of the best up and coming movies are showcased at the London Film Festival, and this year one of those films is BREATHE, a drama directed by Andy Serkis and based on a true story, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. He plays Robin, a guy who contracts polio and becomes paralysed; the film follows his wife's emotional journey. With the star-studded cast, director and production team, as well as the fact that the film is based on a script written by Oscar-nominated William Nicholson - who has films such as Everest and Les Miserables under his belt, Breathe is undoubtedly the perfect choice to open the festival. On the 4th October, cinemas around the country including Newcastle Cineworld will be streaming live from the red carpet at Leicester Square, followed by showing the European premiere of Breathe, and guess what?

Yep, you read that right. Simply visit www.seeitfirst.com/Amex2017 to find out the venue closest to you, enter your details and reserve your completely free cinema tickets to the European premiere of a major film. This is a great opportunity so chop chop! Get reserving your tickets now before they all disappear, and experience what it's like to have some of the glamour London constantly showcases!

I'll be heading to the Newcastle showing so if you're coming along be sure to come and say hi! Plus, it's my birthday on 4th October so you northerners have no excuse not to come and celebrate. Arrive at Cineworld at 7pm, ready for the red carpet stream at 7:30pm, followed by the European premiere of Breathe at 8pm!

To register for limited free tickets to see the 61st BFI London Film Festival Opening Night Gala film ‘Breatheat Cineworld Newcastle courtesy of American Express, visit www.seeitfirst.com/Amex2017

Amy x

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So far in my house I've shown you around my living room and my bedroom but I haven't yet shown you my kitchen. As you'll have probably gathered, my house is old and when I say old, I mean old. That's what drew me to it in the first place because it has so much personality (not to mention the insane log burner in the living room!) but other than a few Instagram photos of my breakfast like the typical blogger I am, I haven't shared much of my kitchen. It's exactly how you would imagine an old, well-used, countryside kitchen to look and I absolutely love it. Yes, it's really old and no, it's not the typical style of kitchen that you'd see on Pinterest with white tiles and edgy decor, but it fits into my house perfectly and I wouldn't have it any other way.






As you can see, my kitchen wouldn't look out of place on Escape To The Country and I love it. The wooden beams on the ceiling, the brown tiled floor, the old fashioned cupboards with keys on the doors...it's no surprise that my house is so "countryside" that the other day I walked outside to find a vegetable growing competition happening on the village green outside my house (true story). I know that my style of house isn't everyone's cup of tea and I've become so accustomed to seeing the same modern style of kitchen on Instagram that I was slightly worried about sharing my own as it's so much more vintage but hey ho I love it and  that's all that matters right?! 

I accessorized with copper bits and bobs of course. My kettle is from good old Next and I also got some copper cutlery to match it. I picked up my tea, coffee and sugar pots from none other than Home Bargains would you believe!? They were a couple of quid each which is incredible considering I've seen them going for ten times that across the net so I snapped em up straight away! Like every other room in my house I've got fake plants everywhere, from huge floor plants to lavender on the shelf to sunflowers in the window. I don't know what it is about fake flowers but they just make me feel so much more relaxed, so much more peaceful and overall I just feel like they make me feel better (and sadly I don't have the dollar to keep buying fresh ones!). I've got my cookbooks on the shelves, from old pasta classics from the 80s to new and up to date blogger books (Tanya Burrs baking book is a personal fav!) and since moving into this house, I have done a lot more cooking and I think I'm actually becoming quite good *gasps in shock*. 

There are a few more things I want to do in my lil kitchen though. I do want some plants maybe putting on the walls, a few more pictures putting up and a new dining table but for the minute, I'm pretty happy! It's big enough to decorate for Christmas too so although I'm definitely not someone who waits for festive season to come round as soon as August is over, I'll admit I have been thinking about it a lil bit! 

What do you think of country kitchens?

Amy x
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