DSC_0623

A box of chocolate for Valentine’s Day is something of a no-brainer, but I think it’s safe to say that Charbonnel et Walker have completely blown  typical chocolates out of the window with their stunning new Fine Milk & Dark Chocolate Heart which has been released just in time for Valentines.

DSC_0630

Coming wrapped in a beautiful ivory satin ribbon, the box of chocolates is an absolute treat to unwrap, and it has to be the prettiest choice I’ve come across!

DSC_0650

Underneath the mounds of ribbon is the most glorious of illustrations by Queen’s Scholar Kerry Lemon. Her specially-commissioned peacock sweeps over the top of the box, referencing Victorian courting traditions, whilst it’s little crown is a subtle reference to Charbonnel’s Royal Warrant.

DSC_0680

Like all good boxes of chocolates, tucked inside the lid is a little menu of the goodies inside. Charbonnel’s is a stunning gold and ivory confection which is the loveliest way to ponder over which chocolates to select!

DSC_0690

Inside is every chocolate lover’s dream! Tucked snugly into little compartments is a rather decadent selection of the brand’s truffles.

DSC_0697

There are flavours to suit everyone – from gloriously rich and boozy to light and fruity, one of the truffles is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee, or a sweet way to end a meal.

DSC_0688

Inside there’s a great balance of milk and dark chocolate,and getting to select them from such a stunning box is such a wonderful way to celebrate Valentines Day!

DSC_0734

The special edition peacock-adorned boxes are available in a selection of Charbonnel et Walker’s chocolates, so if you would prefer to feast only on Champagne or Salted Caramel truffles, they’ve got you covered!

Charbonnel et Walker’s Peacock Fine Milk and Dark Red Heart is priced at £30 and is available here

 

If you have a baby then it is always good to use best crib mattress for better comfort.

 

DSC_1446

No matter how hard I try, my hands are always rather dry and messy looking. For the past few weeks I’ve been relying on Bee Good’s Intensive Hand Repair in an effort to look a bit more groomed. Packaged in a super easy to use pump top bottle, the bottle is small enough to pop into your handbag, or keep in your bedside table. The formula of the Hand Repair is wonderfully rich and nourishing, so my poor little hands really drink it up! Fortified with Honey, Borage and Echium the cream is the most intensive moisturiser in the Bee Good range, and I’ve noticed such an improvement in both my skin and nails! Where my hands used to feel dry and tight throughout the day, they now feel super soft, and my nails are growing so much faster than before. My nails are also so much stronger than before!

Bee Good Hand Repair is priced at £12 and is available here

 

Sisley Phyto-Khol Glittering Eyeliner Black Diamond

Sisley is one of those brands I’ve fallen deeply in love with all too quickly. Everything I’ve tried, from their skincare to makeup ends up being holy grail material, and the fact that the products are always so chic and luxurious means I end up loving them even more.

Sisley Phyto-Khol Glittering Eyeliner Black Diamond 3

Case in point is the Sisley Phyto Khol Star in Black Diamond. It’s a long name for an eyeliner, but rather than your typical liner, which leaves eyes black and defined, Sisley’s offering is a glittering liner. It sounds as if it would be odd looking, or something too flashy to wear day-in-day-out, but in fact, I’m on to my second Phyto Khol Star in Black Diamond, and tend to reach for it daily.

Sisley Phyto-Khol Glittering Eyeliner Black Diamond 2

The formula is a creamy hit of the blackest black, and it’s shot through with subtle silver glitter, which rather than turning your eyes into glitter-bombs, just gently glints and glistens. It’s the perfect way to add a little something if you feel like your makeup has been a little samey, the khol is a beautifully subtle way of changing it up. I wear mine daily, and rather than looking ott or sparkly, the silver just brightens up my eyes, making them look bigger and me more awake.

Sisley Phyto-Khol Glittering Eyeliner Black Diamond swatch

The formula of the liner itself is heavenly. I can get away with using a single swipe and I still get an insane amount of colour. Even though I wear my liner on my upper waterline, Sisley’s Phyto Khol Star doesn’t smudge or fade away during the day, so I thankfully don’t need to touch up or worry about it at all!

Sisley Phyto Khol Star is priced at £33.50 and is available here

DSC_0024

DSC_0012

Byron is one of those restaurants that everyone seems to rave about – a true American style joint that produces a quick and hearty meal that you’ll be dreaming about for days to come. So, when an email popped into my inbox inviting me to grab a friend and head over to their newest location on Edinburgh’s North Bridge, I couldn’t wait!

DSC_0005

Ducking out of Storm Henry’s wind and rain, we were greeted by the loveliest of hostesses  who, even though we were rather early for our reservation, sat us down and explained all about Byron, their hamburgers and the new location.

DSC_0003

Situated in what used to be a bank, and before that a school stationers, the North Bridge Byron is an absolute stunner of a restaurant. Bare bricks, leather banquet seating and filament bulbs all work together to give the restaurant a feel of cozy comfort.

DSC_0032

DSC_0001

The dining areas are split over two levels, encompassing a bar and exposed kitchen, meaning that even when the restaurant is packed, which will, most likely, be every night, it will never feel too cramped or crowded.

DSC_0007DSC_0040

As we pondered over which of Byron’s ‘proper’ hamburgers to try, we ordered some drinks and enjoyed our surroundings. Since I wasn’t driving home, I opted for one of the rather tempting sounding ‘Hard Shakes.’ It’s a genius idea – you choose your ice-cream flavour from a choice of oreo, vanilla, chocolate or strawberry then add a shot of bourbon, spiced rum or Bailey’s.

DSC_0049

Served in a frosty shaker, I opted for chocolate with a shot of spiced rum. The liquor comes on the side, so you can control how boozy you want the shake to be.

DSC_0053

DSC_0054

Since it had been a rather blustery Monday, I popped the whole shot in. Then, we got on with ordering our meals. To be honest, every single one of the options sounded delicious, but since there were two of us, we thought we should go half and half.

DSC_0056

We opted to split the signature Byron Burger as well as the Smoky. Both burgers come with a generous wedge of pickle, and for sides we pulped for our mutual favourites – onion rings and french fries.

DSC_0071

After ordering, we were served surprisingly quickly. With all food coming out of the open kitchen, the food is the definition of fast and fresh. Every morning the restaurant receives all their burgers freshly made, and the beef is responsibly sourced and British. to make the most of the quality ingredients, the burgers come cooked to pink and juicy perfection.

DSC_0061

With a wide choice of cheeses, extra toppings and side dishes, I’m pretty much sure you can’t go wrong with Byron. Both of our burgers were sheer perfection – from the soft, sweet bun, to the fresh vegetables and juicy patties, we couldn’t get enough of them. They tasted like the best American burger you could imagine. The Byron was a perfect classic choice, with a hit of the restaurant’s signature sauce, whilst the Smoky was a heavenly mix of salty bacon, melted cheese and BBQ sauce.

DSC_0063

DSC_0059

The sides were as heavenly as the burgers – the onion rings were seasoned to perfection, crisp and flavourful. They were also huge. The french fries were hot and crisp and incredibly moreish. We just about finished everything, as the portions were huge. We absolutely loved everything though, and we’re already planning a return trip!

Thank you so much Byron North Bridge Edinburgh for inviting us for such a delicious supper!

556020_gold_and_other_1

So we’ve already hit February 1st, so I don’t feel too bad about sharing these gorgeous little treats that Harvey Nichols has right in time for Valentines Day. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite holiday, but I’m something of a fan. If there’s a chance to shamelessly enjoy some chocolate and bubbles, who isn’t going to indulge? How adorable are the Love and XOXO earrings from Maria Francesca Pepe, they’re a bit of a steal at £70.00 (here)

569749_honey_1

I’ve been lusting after Fendi’s Monster bag charms for what feels like an age! Valentines might just be the perfect time to cave in! They’re something of an investment, but I can’t get enough of the fluff! They’re priced at £510 here.

574041_addiction_1

If you want a little treat that’s easier on your wallet, Laura Mercier’s new Velour Lovers Lipstick is the perfect choice! They’re available in a rainbow of colour saturated shades, and they’re the perfect choice for sealing those cards with a kiss. They’re priced at £22 and are available here.

408515_1

Last up is a Valentines essential – you simply can’t celebrate without some fizz! Harvey Nichols’ champagnes and proseccos are some of my favourites! The Two’s Company gift box includes a 375ml bottle of Rose Champagne along with two glasses so you can share with your favourite person. It’s such an adorably simple gift, and it’s only £40 (here).