Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Mental Health in the Workplace - #WorldMentalHealthDay.

fox mug autumn mental health

This year's topic for World Mental Health Day is 'Mental Health in the Workplace'. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this, as I think it's an incredibly important but often neglected subject. It's also something that is very personal to me, as someone who has been unable to juggle both work and my mental health for a long time. Is it time that businesses did more to help their employees with mental health concerns?

Friday, 6 October 2017

Blog Tour || The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn - Book Review

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn - a coming-of-age period piece that puts family secrets under the spotlight.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Wine Tasting at Veeno Edinburgh.*

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If there are two things in life that I love, they are wine and cheese - so I think you can see why I was absolutely delighted to be invited along to Veeno - the Italian Wine Café. I was asked to review one of their wine tasting options, and I don't think I've ever accepted an invite so enthusiastically before in my life!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

What I Read In September.


I wrote one of these about both June and July and as they went down pretty well, I thought I'd do another. I've had quite an eclectic month in terms of books so hopefully there's at least one title that catches your eye!


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Birchbox September 2017.

birchbox september 2017

Okay, I know that it's technically now October and that this is clearly very out of date, but I just did a review of the September Glossybox, and it felt really weird not doing one for Birchbox too. So if you could just humour me this time, I'd appreciate it.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Glossybox September 2017.

Glossybox UK September 2017

I didn't write any beauty box posts last month, because I was away on holiday. I actually missed it though. They may not be the most deep and meaningful entries on this little blog of mine, but I like getting a little surprise in the mail, getting to try new products, and giving my honest opinions on them. So they're back - and I'm really happy about it.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Blog Tour || The Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth - Book Review

Today I'm taking part in my very first blog tour, and what a book to start with! The Body in the Marsh is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that had my attention completely in its grip from the first chapter.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

5 Reasons To Go Wild Camping.

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Summer is over, and while I'm looking forward to cosy nights in front of fires, digging out my scarf collection, and getting ready for the festive season, it does kind of limit the kind of adventures you can go on. Luckily, in Scotland at least, September usually has a last burst of sunshine so there might be time to squeeze in a camping trip or two. Wild camping is one of my favourite things to do - and here are some reasons why you shouldn't let the weather put you off (all these photos are from April so you've got no excuse!)


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Chaotic Goddess!

I started this interview series by asking my friends on Twitter if they'd like to take part. Since then, I've had some absolutely wonderful people sharing their experiences with me. Today's interviewee, Rachel, is unique as she was someone I didn't know before she responded to my call on Twitter, but I'm so glad that this project has brought her to me. Rachel runs Chaotic Goddess, one of the most insightful and thought-provoking blogs I've read in ages. It's exactly the kind of blog I enjoy the most, and if you have an interest in mental health, you'll love it!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

What I Read In July.

Last month I rambled on for ages about all the books I managed to power through. This month, I kind of lost my way a bit. You know how it is - when it's summer you want to be outdoors enjoying yourself, rather than curled up with a book which is much more of a winter activity. That's part of the reason why I only managed to get through three books in the past month, but what a variety of books they were!


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Glossybox July 2017.

So this is the latest I've ever done a beauty box post, mainly cause I just completely forgot. July was a weird old month and I got a bit sidetracked by 'real life' so whoops, soz. Also, my photos are atrocious so overall this is a shit-show of a post (really selling this aren't I?) but it felt weird to not post it. 


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Birchbox July 2017.

As much as I've been enjoying the sunshine (sometimes), it's been strange seeing as I've not seen my husband since mid-May. However, we've finally booked our honeymoon - despite being married for two years already - and we're going on holiday next month! So I was very excited to see whether July's beauty boxes had anything in the that would be coming on holiday with me!


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Mami Skilts!

Isn't blogging amazing? On the one hand, you can find excellent tips and reviews for beauty, fashion and books, but on the other, you find bloggers who open up, share their story, and really connect with their readers. Sarah (aka Mami Skilts) is the driving force behind not one, but two blogs, which is very impressive in its own right! But when you read about the challenges life has thrown at her, it's even more remarkable that she finds the time. But I am so glad she does, as her posts are always really well-written, heartfelt and so genuine.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Alcohol and Me.

I feel like I could sum up this whole post in advance by just saying "alcohol makes me even more of a dick than I normally am", but I'm not sure you can really call one sentence a blog post.

TW: Self harm

Thursday, 6 July 2017

What I Read In June.

Ever since I was a young 'un, reading has been one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon. In my opinion, there's nothing better than curling up on a sofa (or, as is usually the case with me, in a bed) and spending a few hours in a completely different reality. Reading is so good at calming me on panicky, anxiety-ridden days, at helping me to see another person's perspective, and at letting me experience thousands of different existences, all from the comfort of my own home. 
I noticed that over the last few years, the amount I was reading for fun significantly dropped off. I found myself glued to screens instead, but I've been desperate to stop spending so much time on Netflix and Twitter. I decided to take up a challenge on Goodreads and set myself a goal of reading 52 books in 2017. So far I've read 34, so I'm not doing too badly - I'm 8 books ahead of schedule!


Monday, 3 July 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Curious Pandora!

I have been incredibly lucky with the people who have taken part in this series: every single one has had something unique to say, and I feel like each one has taught me something valuable that I hadn't thought of before. This is particularly true of Pandora, who I feel like I am constantly learning things from! Pandora's blog is one of my favourites because it is so individual and full of her personality. It's so refreshing to find a blog that's a bit different, and that actually makes you think. Pandora's definitely does that.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Glossybox June 2017.

Something I've discovered this month is that people on the internet are absolute crooks. Okay, so I already knew that - I mean I have been online for decades - but while Googling the full-size weights of the products in this box, I noticed people on eBay were selling the items individually for a tenner each (at least!). I appear to be missing out on a real money-making scheme...


Monday, 26 June 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Abbie Huggan!

In this day and age, in our world full of bloggers who have very carefully curated themes, some of my favourite blogs to read are those who completely buck that trend and talk about anything and everything. I love getting to know a blogger through their posts, seeing their true personalities and finding out what makes them tick. Abbie Huggan, and her blog Over Peach Chic, is a great example of this. Abbie writes about such a wide variety of topics - from university to Disney, to favourites, and chatty posts about her life - there's something for everyone. Abbie is also an absolute sweetheart, so I was really pleased when she agreed to take part in this!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Dear Old Friend...

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It's been a while since we last spoke - well over a month since our last brief text exchange. Isn't that strange? For years, I spoke to you every day. I couldn't have imagined this is where we'd end up.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Birchbox June 2017.

birchbox june 2017

I'm Scottish. I can't cope with heat. June has had my brain melting into a puddle of unproductivity, and I'd apologise but let's be real, you're feeling it too aren't you? I feel like a bit of a summertime Scrooge, but bring back rain - please!


Monday, 5 June 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Charlene McElhinney!

In blogging, there are some faces that stand out and really make their mark. People that others naturally gravitate to, who really make an impact and who everyone knows. For instance, I'm sure you all know who Charlene is. She is one of those amazing people who not only blog so beautifully that everyone pays attention, but she has created her own little community that is just growing in strength and members. She's one of the friendliest faces online and has time for everyone. In fact, she's one of the first friends I made on Twitter, and I have always been so thankful for the kindness she's always shown me.

Friday, 2 June 2017

I Don't Need You To Fix Me.

A couple of weeks ago, I had one of my annual "Awkward Mental Health Discussions" with a close relative. Bless them, every so often they make an effort to try to understand me, to ask relevant questions and find out a bit more about my current mental state. But there's always the moment when the questions turn into a blundering, artless attempt to offer a 'cure'. And while I do appreciate it comes from a place of love, it doesn't half frustrate me.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Glossybox May 2017.

I'm really pushing it now, aren't I? Uploading about a beauty box on the last day of the month... I am definitely not fulfilling my aim to stop leaving everything till the last minute. On the other hand, I've used these products a fair amount over the last 3+ weeks, so I feel like I can make some pretty informed reviews.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Birchbox May 2017.

I'm just going to start this by apologising in advance for the weird pink background. Oh, and the fact I'm yet again posting this right at the end of the month when I've had these products for about three weeks. I'm a terrible blogger for many reasons, but I'm sure you already knew that.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Life Through TSG!

I have always believed that it is only in your worst moments that you find out other people's true personalities. It's only when you're at rock bottom that you can look around, see who is still by your side, and count them as a good person and a great friend. It was actually in this very situation that my friendship with Hayley, the blogger behind LifeThroughTSG really began. She reached out to me when I felt the worst I've felt about myself in years, and for that, I am unbelievably grateful. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

I ♥ Unicorn Born Jewellery!

I'm not the kind of girl who spends lots of money on clothing. ASOS and Boohoo are websites I tend to visit only out of necessity. Clothing for me is just a hassle, but jewellery? Jewellery is the love of my life.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with This Stuff Is Golden!

Every so often, I discover a blog that I fall in love with, and I wonder to myself, "How in the hell is this person not a household name?!" I genuinely feel this way about Lauren from This Stuff Is Golden. Her blog is one of the most beautifully written that I've ever seen, and I regularly find myself nodding along with her writing. If you're looking for a witty, honest and deeply personal blog that has a tagline we could all relate to - "Learning how to be the best kind of human" - then look no further. I kind of wish I could keep her blog to myself as my own hidden gem, but she deserves to be recognised for her unreal writing.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week: Surviving or Thriving?

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, with a focus on Surviving or Thriving? Earlier this week, one of my favourite people, Abbey Louisa Rose, wrote a brilliant post on this topic and tagged me to share my own views. Turns out, I've got quite a lot to say!


Monday, 8 May 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with A Beautiful Chaos!

Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week, so it's only right that I have one of my absolute favourite mental health bloggers featuring here today. Nicole is amazing -  in fact, you might remember me talking about how much I love her in this post. Since then, she's had a gorgeous rebrand, and A Beautiful Chaos is one of the most supportive, educational and inspiring blogs I've ever read. Her posts are so mature, so open and so brave - Nicole is so strong and constantly motivates me to be better, both at blogging and at life in general!


Monday, 1 May 2017

A Little Sleek & NYX Haul.

I won't lie to you, I bought these items literally months ago. In fact, if you have me on Snapchat you might remember me unboxing them on there. For some reason, I took these photos on a bleak winter's afternoon, and then got a new SD card and promptly forgot all about them. Recently though I've been wearing these a lot, so I definitely wanted to share my thoughts!


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Katrina Wilson!

Recently I received a package in the mail. Inside this package were chocolates, every flavour of tea even imaginable, a book mark, an adorable postcard with a Dr Seuss quote, and a card. I'd been having a really horrible time and this was the most wonderful, thoughtful surprise. It came from my amazing friend Katrina - and it reflected exactly what she's like: kind, giving, warm-hearted and always thinking of others. Kat is an absolute gem of a human, and I'm so thankful both to have met her and to have her involved in this series.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with No Space for Milk!

You should probably be aware that I'm trying really hard not to fangirl too much right now, but it's very difficult as today's post features my absolute favourite blogger, Rachel. Ever since I started chatting away to her on Twitter, I've been in awe of Rachel's blog, which features some of the most well-written and thought-provoking posts on mental health, lifestyle and wellbeing that I've ever read. Not only that but she's just the loveliest person too.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Music That Made Me.

You can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to. For instance, from my music collection, you can deduce that I have absolutely no taste in music.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Glossybox April 2017.

I'll tell you something for free - if I'd known how much time I'd spend worrying about the placement of sequin stars, I'd never have opened the stupid box. As it is, they're now all over my house and I can't be bothered cleaning up. Also, I've realised how sloped my floors are - no matter how much I try I can't make some of these pictures look straight because my house isn't straight. Sorry lads, you'll just have to deal with it. 


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Abbey Louisa Rose!

Happy Easter troops! Today is a very exciting day for me. I am finally getting to feature one of my favourite bloggers (and one of my favourite people for that matter) on my little corner of the internet. I'm sure you're already aware of Abbey, seeing as she is absolute killing it in the blogging world, but one thing she hasn't spoken about much (yet!) is mental health. I was really honoured when she agreed to take part in this collab, and I hope you'll find her answers as informative, educational and inspiring as I do.

Friday, 14 April 2017


Just a warning: if you don't like whinging, whiny type posts, this isn't the one for you. It's literally just me bitching about not having any friends. I'll be back to inoffensive posts about beauty boxes again soon, I'm sure.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

If We Were Having Coffee...

Recently, one of my favourite Scottish bloggers, Emily, tagged me in a post with a twist. Instead of the usual question and answer style, this post focuses on a more personal approach - what are the things I'd tell you if we were sitting together over a coffee?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Birchbox April 2017.

Every single month, without fail, the Hermes delivery driver who is supposed to attempt to give me my Birchbox decides that knocking is too much effort. Therefore, every single month, without fail, I have to basically climb inside my recycling bin to collect it, as the lazy bugger just chucks it in there. Over the past few months, there have been a couple of boxes that probably should've stayed there. Is this month any different...? 


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Jenny in Neverland!

It's time for part two of this little collab series, and I'm thrilled with how well it's already doing. My most viewed blog post last week was the first part featuring Marc Lamberts - and since that was published I've had lots of requests from people who want to join in! It's brilliant that so many people are interested in hearing about people's experiences, and I'm so excited to be sharing Jenny's story today.


Friday, 7 April 2017

RuPaul's Drag Race Tag.

I have three favourite TV shows - The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and then RuPaul's Drag Race. Some might call it a guilty pleasure, but I think you can learn a lot from it, even if it is ostensibly just about men dressing up as women. So when Meggan from Cardigan Jezebel put together this amazing tag, I was so excited for an excuse to talk all things Drag Race!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Finnich Glen + The Devil's Pulpit.

Every so often, I get really sick of being stuck indoors. I'll demand that my husband drives me somewhere for some sort of adventure, but usually, neither of us can think of where we'd like to go. Googling usually brings up the same places time and again, either somewhere we've recently visited, or somewhere too far away for a day trip, but still I love scanning through the articles invitingly titled '20 places to visit in Scotland before you die'. And thank the lord I did, otherwise, I'd still be completely unaware that this place existed.


Monday, 3 April 2017

Lush Easter 2017 Haul.

Okay, for real, though. This is the last Lush haul I'm going to do for a while... hopefully. I've splashed out at Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Mother's Day - enough is enough! Lush, please stop releasing collections that I can't resist! I fully expect to be divorced soon... worth it, hehe.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Mental Health + Relationships - with Marc Lamberts!

Being an absolute motor-mouth on Twitter has its benefits, namely in the fact I've met some bloomin' wonderful people. A lot of these talented, creative individuals openly talk about their mental health, and I wanted to get them one-on-one for a chat about how their mental health impacts on their relationships with those around them. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Birchbox March 2017.

How is it nearly the end of March? I swear Christmas was about five minutes ago, and now we're being treated to sunny days and double figure temperatures! I'm not complaining, but as usual, this year is racing past. I'm so excited to ditch the scarves and gloves and swap the dark lips and golden smokey eyes for pretty pink and peach makeup shades. Bring it on Spring!


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Dangers of Worn Out Car Tyres.*

In 2011, my family and I were making the 400+ mile journey back to Edinburgh from my nanny's funeral in Salisbury. It had been a long day, and we were all more than ready to get home. At about 6pm, we were in the outside lane of the M6, surrounded by lorries and commuters, going at least 70mph while attempting to overtake. It was then that we heard a funny noise, like the sound your tyre makes when you accidentally stray into the hard shoulder - our tyre had blown. Within a matter of seconds, the car was out of control, swerving all over the place, before we crashed into the central reservation.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Glossybox March 2017.

It's that time of the month again! No, not that time (cause fun fact, I don't actually get periods... what on earth am I going on about!?) but time to talk all things Glossybox! What treats lie in store for me this time?


Friday, 3 March 2017

"Tell Her I'm Not Here".

When I was about 14, there was this boy that every girl I knew fancied. He was beautiful - at least to a group of girls who listened to Nirvana and spent entire weekends sitting watching our boy friends skate. One miraculous night, he kissed me. In fact, we spent an entire 'night' at the under-18s club we went to (I swear this was cooler than it sounds; we were all steaming drunk regardless) just kissing. At the end of the night, he gave me his home phone number (because I am actually old enough to remember when not everyone had a mobile) and told me to call him. So I did. Twice. Both times I had lovely conversations with his mother, but on the second call, I actually heard him telling her to say he wasn't there. 


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Lush Mother's Day 2017 Haul.

All right, I'll just go ahead and say it. I think Lush Cosmetics are trying to bankrupt me. The Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's and now Mother's Day collections have all been in such quick succession, but so good that I've not been able to resist them. I also know full well that the Easter collection is just round the corner. I actually need help: please, someone, take my bank card away...

Monday, 27 February 2017

Glossybox February 2017.

If there's one thing Glossybox do a lot better than Birchbox, it's curate a theme. Obviously, February is the month of Valentine's Day, and Glossybox really brought a delicate and pretty romance-inspired feel to their box and the products inside. Who needs a Valentine's Day date when there are beauty and skincare treats to enjoy?


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Birchbox February 2017.

I'm such a good blogger. Not only has it taken me nearly the whole month to write this post (lol whoops), I managed to lose the outside of my Birchbox before I could take any of the photos for it. I haven't posted about my beauty boxes for a few months, and not just because I'm inherently lazy. Birchbox in particular really let me down lately, with boring boxes full of cheap, crap products. I'd been waiting for them to get their mojo back.

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