Monday, 17 December 2018

Theatre Review: Kinky Boots, UK Tour, Edinburgh Playhouse.*

I've never really been the kind of person who enjoys going to the cinema. I don't have the patience for it, I get so distracted and I hate how time seems to slow down. I've been to see three films in the cinema in the last five years. It's not for me. What I do love, however, is live theatre. It makes my heart swell to watch people perform, and if there is singing involved there's absolutely zero chance I'll make it out of a theatre without crying. So when an email dropped into my inbox inviting me to go watch the touring production of Kinky Boots at the Edinburgh Playhouse, I was strutting my way into town without a second of hesitation.


Sunday, 9 December 2018

The Perfect Festive Jewellery from Boho Betty.*

I've mentioned before that I am an absolute magpie when it comes to jewellery. I don't tend to think much about clothing, but I could spend hours browsing through accessories to find the perfect pieces. There's something about a perfectly picked bracelet or a gorgeous set of earrings that can really bring a whole outfit together, so I was delighted when Boho Betty asked if I'd like to try some of their gorgeous range.


Friday, 7 December 2018

Christmas Dinner at the Urban Fox, Edinburgh.*

Christmas is basically my favourite time of year. The cheery festive feeling that is hanging in the air always excites me, and apart from the threat of slipping over (I've already dislocated my kneecap but that's a story for another day), there's not much I don't like about this time of year. My number one favourite thing about Christmas though is FOOD. So when I was invited to go along to the Urban Fox in Edinburgh and try out their Christmas menu, I was delighted!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

My Favourite True Crime Podcasts.*

A couple of years ago, I wrote about my favourite podcasts. Since then, my interest in true crime has only grown, and I'm now subscribed to a bunch of excellent shows that deal with all things dark and scary. I know a bunch of you are also into the grisly details so I thought it was about time I shared a selection of the best podcasts I've found!

Monday, 26 November 2018

Jenny in Neverland's Beginners Guide to Blogging!*

Blogging might seem like an easy ride to outsiders, but it's actually a bit of a tricky old business. There are so many things to consider - from the obvious like interesting topics and pretty photography to the more obscure aspects like domain authority and search engine optimisation. It's fair to say that most newbie bloggers can feel overwhelmed - but fret not. My blogging idol herself, Jenny, has released a Beginners Guide to Blogging ebook, and it is sure to set you straight!


Monday, 19 November 2018

Is Your Car Ready For Winter?*

Winter is fast approaching, and alongside all of the excitement that it brings, there's a lot to consider. Do you have all the ingredients you need for Christmas dinner? Did you remember to buy Auntie Sue a gift? Is your car ready for the journeys you're bound to be making?


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Citrus Cheer Roll-On Body and Massage Oil from Kathleen Natural.*

As you might know, I am a huge skincare fanatic, and I love trying new products whenever I can. When Kathleen Natural asked if I'd like to try their roll-on body and massage oil, I was very intrigued. Promising to hydrate my skin while also delivering a gorgeous scent, could this roll-on deliver?

Designing the Perfect Book Nook with BoConcept.*

Ever since I first set eyes on my favourite Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, I've been daydreaming of owning my own at-home library. For me, the concept of snuggling up with a few hundred books is pretty perfect. Luckily for me, BoConcept have a huge range of furniture products that can make my dreams of being Belle come true...

Monday, 12 November 2018

Blog Tour || Dreaming of Christmas by T.A. Williams - Book Review.

There's a chill in the air, the coffee chains have their seasonal cups out, and even my tiny little town has started hanging up the lights along the high street - Christmas is most definitely on the horizon! Today is my stop on the blog tour of the perfect book to get you in the festive spirit - Dreaming of Christmas by T.A. Williams!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Blog Tour || The Cornish Village School - Second Chances by Kitty Wilson - Book Review.

I'm very pleased to be reviewing The Cornish Village School - Second Chances by Kitty Wilson today, as part of its blog tour. If you're after a new read, check out what I thought of it - it might be the perfect novel for you.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Wailana Willow Tree Yoga and Pilates Mat from Jump Up Online.*

I'm 29 this week, which is equally exciting and terrifying. It's also making me rethink my whole lifestyle. I've spent the majority of the last decade being very much a couch potato, but I've recently been (trying to) be a bit more active. I've heard incredible things about yoga from my good friend Jenny, so when I was offered the chance to try out this gorgeous yoga and pilates mat from Jump Up Online, I decided it was more than time to get off the sofa and give it a shot!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

The Radhuni - My New Favourite Indian Restaurant.*

Indian food is my absolute favourite cuisine, and I'm always trying to find the perfect restaurant.  There are a few options in Edinburgh but none of them have quite ticked all the boxes for me. So when I was invited to dine at The Radhuni restaurant, I was more than excited. And spoiler alert: I truly believe I've found the best curry in Scotland...


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Blog Tour || Dead End by Rachel Lynch - Book Review.

Today I am revisiting an author who I have talked about before on this blog, and whose work I really enjoy. I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Rachel Lynch's new DI Kelly Porter book, Dead End.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Man Polish - The Moisturiser I'm Stealing From My Husband.

Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes dehydrated, weatherbeaten and dull skin. Not exactly ideal, especially if your skin is already dry to begin with. It's something I find myself trying to ward off every year, but my dear husband with his equally dry skin doesn't ever take care of it. Then I found out about Man Polish - skincare aimed at men, with a built-in glow. I really should have given my husband more of a chance to check it out, but I was too busy thinking about myself...


Monday, 1 October 2018

Seatox Seaweed: Selkie Smooth and Kelp Help - Why You Need Seaweed In Your Beauty Routine.*

While some people lust after the newest eyeshadow palette or have a lipstick collection so large they could open their own Boots store, I am more enamoured with skincare. I love it - from body scrubs to overnight serums, I can't get enough. There's something about having a relaxing bath or taking ten minutes to do a pampering face mask that leaves me feeling much more human. So when Seatox sent me some of their gorgeous, natural seaweed skincare products to play with, I was so excited for the excuse to completely chill out and treat myself!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Blog Tour || Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn - Book Review.

There's something about the colder weather that makes me want to curl up with a book, and Darcie Boleyn's Love at the Northern Lights is perfect for when the temperatures drop!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

SoulTree Ayurvedic Kajals: 3000 Years Of Colour.*

I first started experimenting with makeup when I entered high school. My product of choice? Always eyeliners. I even went through a stage of wearing eyeliner without mascara, which I'm sure looked great and not at all bizarre. To date, it's still my favourite product: I'll quite often pop some on even when the rest of my face is bare. SoulTree asked me to try out their Ayurvedic Kajals and I was very excited to give them a whirl!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Getting Mystical with the Folklore Collection: Gin Liqueurs from Stirling Gin.*

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may have noticed my growing appreciation for gin. I started off not having ever really touched the stuff, and now I'm at a stage where my last gin-related post is my second most-read ever. My husband has also grown to love the stuff, so it's become the spirit of choice in our household. When Stirling Gin asked if I'd like to try their new Folklore Collection of gin liqueurs, it was an obvious yes from me!


Saturday, 15 September 2018

The Most Luxurious Bouquet From Appleyard London.*

We rent our home, and it's not my favourite decor ever. There's so much I would change if I could, but unfortunately I'm not allowed to remove the dodgy wallpaper in our living room. It's not the worst, but the whole place is a bit dull. I need a splash of colour in my living situation, and the easiest way to brighten up a room you can't paint is to add the biggest, most beautiful bouquet of flowers you can find - like these beauties from Appleyard London.


Friday, 14 September 2018

Sexual Health Doesn't Need To Be Taboo.*

Recently I wrote a post about a vibrator, and why I think it's okay to be open about sex. It's something almost all adults engage in and enjoy, so why are we so reluctant to talk about it? This is especially true when it comes to the topic of sexual health - and it's about time that changed.


Monday, 10 September 2018

Blog Tour || The Body on the Shore by Nick Louth

If you know me at all, you'll know I love a good crime book. I absolutely love losing myself in a police procedural, so I am delighted to be reviewing The Body on the Shore by Nick Louth today.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Mental Health Over The Years: Age 13 vs Age 28.

I first started experiencing poor mental health when I was around 13. At the time, a lot of it was brushed off as 'just being a teenager' and not taken very seriously. People assumed it was hormones and that I would grow out of it. It wasn't and I didn't. I've now been living with it for around 15 years, and I thought it might be interesting to see what's changed in my life during that time...

Thursday, 6 September 2018

What I Read In August.

I mentioned in an earlier post that this summer I didn't pick up a single book. After my 'What I Read In April' post, I just spent most of my time outdoors rather than engrossed in a book (one blog tour aside!). Once the good weather - and my husband - disappeared in August (this makes it sound like he left me, he was just working) I was back on the reading bandwagon hardcore. So what did I get through?


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Blog Tour || Finding Felix by Jo Platt - Book Review

Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for Finding Felix by Jo Platt. Read on to find out what I made of it...


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Blog Tour || Entrapped by Claire Ayers - Book Review.

Today I'm reviewing Entrapped by Claire Ayers - the first in her Musicians Hope series. There's also an international giveaway to win a signed copy of the book and a copy of 7th Symphony by Apocalypta - what are you waiting for?!


Monday, 20 August 2018

Your New Live-In Lover - The Lovehoney Deluxe Massage Wand Vibrator Review.*

Sex. There, I said it. Isn't it funny that I'm rapidly approaching 30 and still feel a little apprehensive talking about it in a blog post? Well, today I'm throwing caution to the wind - cause I want to introduce you to something very sexy indeed - the Lovehoney Deluxe Massage Wand Vibrator. Just a heads up family, you probably want to skip this post...

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Things I'd Like To See More Of In Books.

I read quite a lot. There's nothing better than curling up in bed with a good novel and drifting off to a different reality. So I think it's fair to say I've become quite knowledgeable about the usual plot devices, character types and sometimes tired tropes that are in your average novel. That's why, when I saw this idea on Jenny's excellent list of book blog topic ideas, I thought it was about time I had my say on what I wish literature had more of...


Thursday, 16 August 2018

Learning To Love Summer.

I am not a summer person. I do not do well with heat, I get bitten by every insect in a ten-mile radius, and my usual hobbies of watching Netflix and napping suddenly make me feel guilty. So I didn't exactly relish the prospect of an extended heatwave this year...

Monday, 13 August 2018

Blog Tour || Martinis and Memories by A.L. Michael - Book Review

Today I am very excited to be kicking off the blog tour for Martini and Memories, the third title in A.L. Michael's Martini Club series!

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Three Scottish Craft Drinks You Need To Try.

In Scotland, we take our alcohol pretty seriously. The drinks industry here is booming, and there are so many options to choose from. From beer to whisky to gin, there are craft options being produced around the country, offering unique, distinctive flavours and tastes. Craft 56° invited me to join them in Glasgow for a craft gin and rum tasting evening, giving me the opportunity to learn more about three brilliant small, Scottish companies, their processes, and their products.


Monday, 30 July 2018

A Pony Called Steve - Quirky, Cute Bath & Body Products!*

This might sound strange, but in our house, soap is a big deal. Some people like to splash out on fancy bags or indulge themselves with a new outfit, but for me, buying nice bath products is a little luxury that I love. In fact, owning gorgeous-scented soaps is so much of a treat for me that I nearly cried when I realised my husband was using my precious blocks of sudsy delights as a full-body wash in the shower. So I hope you'll understand why I've placed these two little gems from A Pony Called Steve under lock and key, to protect them from the monster I live with...


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Is The Vegan Life For You? Nutritional Testing with*

I'm a vegetarian, but my long-term goal is to go completely vegan (although don't worry, I'm not going to judge anyone who doesn't want to do so - my own husband is currently eating hot dogs next to me). For me, it just seems like the right choice. It would be best for my health (even though I'm lactose intolerant I struggle with giving up my beloved cheese - much to the detriment of my stomach), it's best for the animals, and it's best for the environment. However, I have definitely heard my fair share of horror stories about how going vegan has destroyed people's health. While it's true that not everyone will be able to completely cut out meat and dairy products for health reasons, perhaps a few of us just need a bit of help with adapting to a new diet - and that's where could help. 

Friday, 20 July 2018

Aeyshea Jones Boutique Review - #ShopSmall!*

Over the past few years, my focus for buying people presents has turned away from big shops or *whispers* Amazon, and has instead become squarely focused on buying from independent businesses. I trawl sites like Etsy, Notonthehighstreet and Redbubble for the perfect gift, safe in the knowledge that whatever I buy will not be lining the pockets of Jeff bloody Bezos. I love knowing that my purchase will help support small business and enable artists to continue creating beautiful products. So I've decided I'm going to share a few of my favourites on here, starting with the wonderful Aeyshea Jones Boutique!


Thursday, 28 June 2018

10 Things To Put On Your Pre-Holiday Checklist.*

We're currently in the middle of a heatwave which is making life in the UK feel unnaturally summery (seriously, it's 29 degrees here in Scotland, madness!). However, if the weather here isn't enough for you and you're jetting off on a summer holiday soon, there are a few things you'll need to think about before you go. Don't worry, they aren't too taxing - you'll be on a sun lounger with a cocktail in your hand in no time...

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Three Festivals Worth Catching A Flight For.*

Festival season is in full swing, but I have a confession: I've never been to one. I don't know why, as sitting in a field drinking and listening to music is pretty much my idea of a good time, but perhaps it's the price tags that put me off - I can do that for free! However, there are some festivals that you'd be hard-pressed to replicate in your back garden, and I've picked three that are definitely worth travelling for!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Dreamiest Subscription Box Ever - Cosy Candles Soy Wax Melts.*

I know it's a bit of a blogging cliché to say you were "super excited!" to work with certain brands, but in this case, I am a walking cliché. Living in a rented house means I'm quite limited in terms of what I can do with the decor, but home accessories are my absolute jam. Give me a throw, some cushions, or more specifically, a billion scented items, and I am one happy camper. So, I may be a stereotype, but I was absolutely overjoyed to receive this package from Cosy Candles!


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Blog Tour || I Never Lie by Jody Sabra - Book Review.

Happy Thursday everyone, hope you are all having a lovely week. Today I am very excited to be sharing my thoughts on I Never Lie by Jody Sabra, as one of the stops on Canelo's book tour!

Monday, 11 June 2018

5 Tips That Stop Me From Spending All My Money.*

I'm useless with money. I spend it as soon as I have it and I usually have nothing to show for it. It's the bane of my existence; I always want to mosey off for a week away in a cottage or some relaxing time in the sun, but I never have the funds. Saving money can seem like a real challenge, but I've come up with a few tips that are definitely helping me - and could help you too!


Saturday, 9 June 2018

Awareness Is Not Enough.

TW: suicide

I've been toying with writing a post like this for a long time, but it was only when the lead singer of Frightened Rabbit, Scott Hutchison, was sadly found dead that I felt... I dunno, angry? sad? frustrated? enough to do so. Sadly, since that day around a month ago, there have been further high profile deaths, with both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain tragically passing away this week. It is becoming clearer every day that awareness of mental health issues is not enough.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Three European Destinations I'm Adding To My Travel Bucket List.*

Travelling is one of my favourite things to do, and I am incredibly lucky to have visited some exceptional places and seen some truly incredible things. Even still, there's always room for more! There are so many places I'd like to visit, but I've managed to whittle my travel bucket list down to three sights I need to see...!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Kissing Boys, Just For The Thrill by Jennifer Juan - Poetry Review.

"I spent so much time,
kissing boys,
just for the thrill,
that I don't remember,
how to kiss for something more."

Jennifer Juan

Monday, 14 May 2018

Believe In Happy - with Funky Pigeon!*

Dealing with poor mental health or mental illness can feel incredibly lonely. While you might rationally know that people care, it can feel as if you are totally alone, with no one to talk to or reach out to. As today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share how are helping to combat this feeling of isolation with their #BelieveInHappy range.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Five Home Design Tips for Beginners - with Great Idea Hub.*

I first moved away from my parents when I was 17, but it's only now, over a decade later, that I fully appreciate that my little house I live in with my husband is actually my home. Years of student accommodation and fully-furnished flats have meant that we have had little ability to put our own stamp on things. Now that we live in what is essentially a blank canvas, we have much more freedom, but no idea where to begin. So I put together a little list of tips that might help us - and hopefully you! - when it comes to letting your inner interior designer run riot.


Thursday, 10 May 2018

What I Read in April + Blogger's Book Nook!

what i read in april 2018 books ibooks philippa gregory jill mansel

In April I wrote a ridiculously long post about the books I'd read over the previous four months, but don't panic - this is going to be much shorter. April was the start of me really trying to get back into blogging, so I didn't spend as much time reading as I'd have liked. I'm now 7 books behind my Goodreads schedule though so I do need to pick it up...!


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream Review.*

klairs rich moist soothing cream korean beauty skincare

I've ranted many times about my dry skin, and how hard it is to keep this old face of mine hydrated. I say that winter is bad, as the cold temperatures and terrible weather have my face irritated, but it's not like summer is much better as even a hint of sunshine dries me out to leather-bag status. I am constantly on a quest to find products that will keep my skin feeling soft and looking healthy.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Dear Husband...

love marriage couple husband arthur's seat edinburgh

Surprise! Well, you're always asking if you feature in my blog posts, so I thought it was about time I wrote one all about you.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Blog Tour || The Wrong Man by Kate White - Book Review.

Happy Monday everybody! Today I am very excited to be sharing my thoughts on The Wrong Man by Kate White with you, as one of the first stops on Canelo's book tour!


Thursday, 26 April 2018

What I've Read Recently.

The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

WARNING: This will no doubt be a ridiculously long blog post, sorry in advance!

I really enjoy writing a round-up of what I've read each month, but for some reason the last one I did was for November. I want to get back into it at the end of this month but I also didn't want to not mention the books I've read since then. Turns out I managed to get through a healthy 54 books throughout 2017, surpassing my target of 52. I have set myself the goal of 55 books this year in order to continue with that - but I'm quite far behind...!


Monday, 23 April 2018

Exploring Bristol with National Express.*

bristol harbourside waterfront river avon

I've visited quite a lot of places in the UK, but one place that I've always had my eye on but never managed to get to is Bristol. I don't know how this is possible - at some point or another all three of my cousins have lived there, so I have no real excuse for not visiting. Last week that finally changed, and I made my way south to my new favourite city.


Monday, 19 March 2018

Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy.

snowdrops blogging comparison

I feel like people are going to take this the wrong way, so it's a risky post to publish - but after reading Rachel's post on differences in blogosphere opinions I'm doing it anyway. Just give me the benefit of the doubt, and read the whole thing before you subtweet...!
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