Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Reopens

This week has certainly been a great one – on Monday, for the first time since Boxing Day, non-essential retail, as well as hospitality was allowed to re-open, and to say I was excited was a serious understatement. There was only one option for my first port of call – Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols. I hadn’t been in since before Christmas, so I couldn’t wait to see all their gorgeous Spring-Summer 21 collections.

The store’s second floor plays host to Premium Fashion, and I could spend days mooching around and looking through all the rails. With brands like Stella McCartney, Moncler and MaxMara, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re after something that’s bang on trend, or if you’d rather invest in a classic, there’s so much to choose from, and up on the third floor, I fell absolutely in love with the brand People’s Republic of Cashmere. A selection of real wardrobe staples, the understated sweaters are now top of my wish list.

It’s not just about the clothes though, the Forth Floor has its own Pad Lifestyle pop up, along with swish bar, and gorgeous Restaurant and Brasserie (top tip – head for supper around sundown to enjoy some of Edinburgh’s best views). On the ground floor, you’ll find a swoon worthy Gucci concession, as well as a selection of the most lustworthy bags you can imagine. Whether you’re after a Celine, Saint Laurent or even a Loewe.

Obviously I spend most of my time oohing over the new beauty bits every time I pop in. As a welcome back gift, I was very kindly gifted a voucher to spend in-store, so couldn’t resist a trip to the La Mer counter. Their original moisturiser has been a long-time favourite for me, and I’ve been eyeing up their Skin Tint all spring, so it was such a treat to be able to pick up a tube.

If you feel like you’re in need of a bit of a post-lockdown refresh, then the store’s Personal Shopping team are offering 1:1 complimentary stylist appointments to anyone who downloads the Harvey Nichols Rewards app in the first two weeks of opening (subject to availability).  It’s a genius idea, and if you don’t already have the app, you should! You get fun gifts every quarter, as well as amazing perks like free coffees, early sale access and even complimentary tailoring!

Innersense Detox Mask*

When it comes to hair masks, I feel like I’ve tried them all. From hydrating to balancing and everything in between, I tend to reach for them two or three times a week to try and keep my ends in check. Over the past few months, I’ve really stepped up my regime. I’ve ditched silicones, and I’ve been trying to keep everything as natural as possible, which is where Innersense comes in.

I absolutely fell in love with their Hydrating Hair Masque late last year, so when I caught wind of their Detox Mask, I couldn’t resist giving it a go. It’s the only product of its type I’ve come across – designed to gently yet effectively purify ends, it’s a pre-shampoo treatment which you only need to leave on for 5-10 minutes.

The ingredient list is designed to be seriously effective – kaolin, glycerin, organic vinegar and charcoal powder are all included to cleanse hair whilst precious oils and butters work to strengthen, smooth and rehabilitate stressed ends. It’s one of the only cleansing treatments I’ve tried which I don’t need to follow with a tonne of conditioner – so hair is left feeling perfectly balanced.

Innersense Detox Mask is priced at £28 and is available here

The Heritage Store – The Palma Christie Castor Oil & Lavender Castor Oil*

When it comes to things I’ve missed over lockdown, eyebrow appointments are seriously high on the list. I’ve not touched mine since before Christmas, and whilst I’ve (secretly) enjoyed the process of growing them out (because everyone looks better with a thick structured brow) I do desperately need a good tint, as although my brows grow in quite decently, as I’ve gotten older, they’re paler than they used to be.

So, in an effort to get my brows in the best shape of my life, literally, I’ve been incorporating Castor Oil into my daily regime. Each night after cleansing, I take a clean spool brush, dip it in the Castor Oil and swipe it through my brows in an upwards direction, and leave it to work it’s magic overnight. It’s long been said that Castor Oil can help encourage hair growth, as well as deeply hydrate and nourish dry skin. A few drops of the Lavender Castor Oil is all you need for a spa-like massage, as not only does it feels super indulgent, but it’s incredibly relaxing too. Over the past week or so, I’ve also been experiencing some dry patches of skin, and a few drops of the unscented has absolutely worked magic in keeping everything soft and hydrated!

Heritage Store Castor Oil is priced from £6.99 and is available here.

Try it: Otterbeck Cotton Gin*

When it comes to my favourite tipple, not much matches the perfect G&T. Whether it’s enjoyed as a sundowner after a glorious spring or summer day, or savoured after a busy work day, I like to keep things classic, with a simple tonic, lots of ice and a wedge of lime. Obviously the quality of gin seriously counts, so I’m always on the lookout to find new options to try, and one of my newest favourites comes from the Yorkshire-based Otterbeck distillery – Cotton Gin. The name itself is inspired by the machines which once filled the building it’s now produced in, and their magnificent hand engineered four hundred and fifty litre copper still, has been christened Eliza – named after the mill owners wife!

With the distillery itself nestled in the stunning moors of Yorkshire, Cotton Gin is flavoured with hand-foraged botanicals and distilled slowly to produce the best possible flavour. Scented with delicate floral notes, the gin itself is beautifully smooth, with fresh citrusy notes – making it perfect for seasonal sipping! I love the slight pine notes, and it makes for the most refreshing treat to end to a busy day with! The brand recommend serving alongside a ribbon of fresh lemon peel and with a sprig of rosemary – so it’s looking like my at-home drinks are about to have a bit of an upgrade!

Cotton Gin is priced from £37.95 and is available here.

Cooking with S. Pellegrino, Waitrose and Claude Bosi*

It’s not every Sunday afternoon that you get a personal cooking lesson from a Michelin-starred chef in your own kitchen, so when S. Pellegrino collaborated with Waitrose to organise the ultimate evening in. Broadcast right before the BAFTAs kicked off, it was the perfect end to another weekend spent in lockdown.

Prepping for the class couldn’t have been easier – Waitrose had a whole page dedicated to the ingredients, which could then be ordered through their click-and-collect service. Then, about two hours before the class was due to start, I got busy prepping my ingredients – toasting bread for croutons and measuring everything out.

If I’m completely honest, I’m always a bit nervous about cooking fish at home – I’m paranoid about under or over cooking it, so the chance to get guided through the process by Claude Bosi felt like a real privilege. As I pottered around getting everything ready, I got to enjoy an ice cold S. Pellegrino Melograno e Arancia, which has quickly become my favourite evening treat.

Connecting to the class couldn’t have been easier – a link emailed over about an hour before things kicked off meant I could have my laptop all ready to go when it hit 5 on the dot, and the fun really began. Interviewed by a member of the Waitrose team, Claude Bosi was the perfect mix of fascinating and hands-on. From infusing milk with toasted bread to segmenting a lemon, I got to learn a whole range of techniques I’ve never come close to trying before.

The result was an hour which absolutely flew by, as well as a supper which felt like it came straight from a restaurant kitchen. Thanks to following Claude’s instructions I had perfectly steamed cod loin, fluffy browned-butter potatoes and a sauce which was absolutely delicious. In fact, the supper was so good that we’ve already replicated it for a weeknight treat.

Thank you so much to S. Pellegrino for organising such a lovely night!

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