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Edinburgh’s Dine is a restaurant which has been on my radar for a while now. Situated in the same building as the city’s Lyceum Theatre, it’s perfect spot for pre-show dining or post-show drinks, and it’s central location means that it’s easy to pop into if you’re looking for a lunch or dinner spot when you’re out shopping too.

It’s a stunning space – located on the first floor, you have to pass the most gorgeous living wall beautifully lit with the restaurant’s name. It’s a gorgeous spot, and sets the scene nicely for things to come. The dining room is equally beautiful – all twinkling lights, and a tree seemingly growing through the floor.

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The restaurant is currently serving their Festive Market Menu – available for lunch, pre-theatre and evening dining, it has a curated selection of seasonal dishes, which are perfect for getting into the Holiday mood!

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We started the evening off with glasses of Prosecco as we perused the menu. There was a great selection of seasonal dishes, which although they had traditional elements, didn’t feel too cliched. There is no turkey on the menu, instead duck, lamb and sea bass all have a starring role.

We kicked things off with the Smoked salmon, served with lemon and dill cream cheese, compressed cucumber, toasted brioche. It was a deliciously rich start to the evening – the toasted brioche was toasted and buttery, with a curl of smoked salmon, as well as a smoked salon mouse. The lemony cream cheese really cut through the fish, and I’m more than a little obsessed with the compressed cucumber!

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We also had to try the Caramelised goat’s cheese which came served with soused winter vegetables and a bitter leaf salad. Another absolute delight – the mix of bitter salad leaves, root vegetables and goats cheese was heavenly.

I couldn’t resist the sound of the Crisp Confit Leg of Duck, which came served with mulled wine cabbage, fondant potato, cardamom and orange puree. I am beyond glad I did. With skin perfectly crisp, this felt like the ideal festive meal – the duck flesh was rich and delicious underneath, and it absolutely came alive with paired with the zesty orange puree. The cabbage was delicately scented with mulled wine spices. The potato fondant was absolutely perfection too – buttery soft with crisp edges, and it just melted in the mouth.

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We also ordered the Roast Chump of Lamb, with thyme and garlic mash, honey-glazed baby vegetables and kale. This felt like winter on a plate – with perfectly medium cooked lamb which absolutely melted, along with perfectly roasted vegetables. A delicious alternative to the traditional turkey roast – this is perfect to enjoy if you’re looking for something a little different.

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Even though we were absolutely stuffed, we could resist a little dessert, with both of us going for the traditional Christmas pudding with brandy butter. Perfectly spiced, and wonderfully dense, it was a picture perfect end to the meal.

The Dine Festive Market Menu is priced from £21.50 at lunch and £23.50 at dinner. Thank you so much to Dine for having us!

 

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Getting presents for friends and family can be the definition of stressful. I never want to get anything too boring or too predictable, but at the same time, I want my gifts to be something that they’re going to love. So, when Amazon got in touch to share some of their handmade-options for present ideas, I couldn’t wait to see what was available.

Everything is better with a little personalisation – which is why I just love my new cheeseboard. Big enough to hold a variety of cheeses, crackers and fruit – it makes such a gorgeous centrepiece for entertaining, and I can see this being pulled out year after year.

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It’s also the perfect size for sharing, without seeing too big, meaning I’ll get to pull this out pretty regularly. The iron handles feels sturdy, and it looks absolutely adorable too! Not only would this make a gorgeous Christmas present, but a great wedding or new home gift too!

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This Christmas I’ll also be enjoying my drinks in my rather adorable personalised wine glass. Another great gift (especially for those awkward people like Secret Santa recipients or co-workers) the glasses are etched with a name of your choice – so there will be no mix ups over the dinner table, and no one can steal a slug of your wine either!

Amazon Handmade has a fabulous selection of gifts in a range of budgets, and there is still time to order before the big day!

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Over the past couple of years, Clean Reserve has pretty much become my go-to for everyday fragrance. I just love how beautiful and clean each of the scents are, and the mix of notes like Oud and Amber, which can sometimes feel like a little too much on me, are incredibly wearable in Clean Reserve’s hands.

As if the scents weren’t glorious enough, the brand has travel-sized versions, which are perfect for slotting into makeup bags for on-the-go top ups. Available in four of the brand’s most loved scents (Rain, Blonde Rose, Warm Cotton and Sueded Oud) they can be layered to create a bespoke scent, or worn on their own for an elegantly simple fragrance.

Clean Reserve’s Raid scent, as you might imagine, is a beautifully clean, aquatic scent. It’s fresh, and incredibly clean smelling, so I just love to wear it during the day. It feels almost unisex in it’s mix of salt and water notes. The cute size, isn’t only incredibly practical, but it also makes for a perfect stocking filler or secret santa gift!

Clean Reserve Rain is priced from £20 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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Without a doubt, Drunk Elephant has be 2018’s most talked-about beauty brands. It feels like it took forever to head over from America, so being able to see and play around with the products in-store now, feels like a godsend.  I’ve got a rather long list of products I’m dreaming of trying (the Baby Facial sounds divine) but I’m trying to work through my stash of masks, so I ended up picking up one of the brand’s Lippe Balms.

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Packaged in an adorable chunky little stick, the balm is scentless and flavourless, but it’s perfect for beating winter dryness. The formula is loaded with antioxidants, including green tea leaf and vitamin C, and there is a mix of avocado, mongongo, cranberry and marula oils with sea fern algae and peptides for maximum hydration. I love how easy it is to use, and it makes the perfect base for lipsticks too.

Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm is priced at £15 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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Last week, a rather large box appeared out the blue, and inside was a rather wonderful surprise. Space NK had very kindly sent over one of their incredible advent calendars. This year, it feels like there has been a real push on seriously luxe calendars, and I think Space NK’s offering tops them all. Coming packaged in a chic purple box, you’ve got 25 beauty gifts which can see you right through until Christmas.

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Inside, as you’d expect – each of the products come individually packaged, in gorgeous gold, plum and emerald boxes. I love the deco styling – and mix of box sizes makes for a rather exciting start to the mornings.

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The mix of products inside the calendar is wonderfully balanced between skincare, makeup and luxury goodies, meaning each morning you’re going to get a wonderful surprised. The month kicked off with a mini Space NK Shimmering Spice candle, which smells pretty much exactly of Christmas,  I opened up a random selection of four days to see what’s in store, and I was not disappointed!

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With brands like Christophe Robin and Sunday Riley, the calendar is filled with products and brands I’ve been absolutely dying to try. Although I’ve packaged them all back up in their respective boxes, I am counting down the days until I get to crack open the Luna Oil, the Cover FX Glitter Drops (perfect for Christmas) and the Oribe Mystify Spray. The contents have a total worth of over £600, and there isn’t a product int he lineup which you wouldn’t be absolutely thrilled with, and it’s going to make my run-up to Christmas far more glamorous!

If you’re interested to find out what’s inside – I’ll be sharing each morning’s goodies on Instagram !

 

  • The Space NK Advent Calendar contains:
  • • Chantecaille – Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask (10ml)
  • • Christophe Robin – Volumizing Paste (75ml)
  • • Cover Fx – Glitter Drops (15ml)
  • • Darphin – Hydraskin Light (30ml)
  • • Dr Dennis Gross – Extra Strength Peel (5 pack)
  • • De Mamiel – Cleansing Dew (20ml)
  • • Drunk Elephant – Marula Oil (8ml)
  • • Eve Lom – Cleanser (20ml)
  • • Goldfaden MD – Bright Eyes (15ml)
  • • Hourglass – Veil Powder (2g)
  • • IGK – Rich Kid (50ml)
  • • Kevyn Aucoin – Lipgloss in Sunlight (5g)
  • • Lipstick Queen – Medieval Mini (1.5g)
  • • Malin + Goetz – Dark Rum Votive (67g)
  • • Nars – Mini Laguna/Orgasm (2.5g)
  • • Odacite – Vital Glow (5ml)
  • • Omorovizca – Queen of Hungary Mist (30ml)
  • • Oribe – Mystify Spray (50ml)
  • • Ouai – Wave Spray (30ml)
  • • Patchology – Weekend Trio (3x28ml)
  • • Space NK – Shimmering Spice Candle (35g)
  • • Sunday Riley – Luna (15ml)
  • • Tan Luxe – The Face (10ml)
  • • Tata Harper – Regenerating Cleanser (50ml)
  • • Votary – Toning Serum (50ml)

Space NK’s Advent Calendar is priced at £250 and is available here.

 

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