With just over a week to go until Christmas Day, I’m very much loving the festive build up. From evenings out, to entertaining at home, it feels like there is something on nightly. This year has been an incredibly busy one, so I’m savouring every cosy evening, and as usual, M&S has been an absolute lifesaver when it comes to stocking up on seasonal goodies.


From turkeys to artisanal gins, M&S are a one-stop-shop for getting ready for Christmas, and I love how I can mix and match festive classics, like their incredible Christmas cakes (I chose the traditional fully iced version) with fun new arrivals like Salted Caramel Pine Cones and Shimmering Milk Chocolates.


M&S vol au vents are a bit of a running tradition in my family – there are stories about how my grandmother was never without them, just incase friend dropped by, and who am I to break tradition? My favourites are the Mini Deep Filled vol au vents (£10) – coming in three flavour combinations (bacon and mushroom, salmon and cream cheese & tomato and mozzarella) you can pop these in the oven a few minutes before guests are expected, and they disappear in front of your eyes!


If you’re heading to someone’s house around the Christmas period, one of my favourite things to take is a great cheeseboard, and M&S is absolutely killing it with their selection. Whether you opt for one with board included, or my favourite, the Perfect Pairings collection, it’s guaranteed to go down a storm! The Perfect Pairings box includes a selection of four cheeses with accompanying chutneys and jams. I loved the pairing notes tucked inside, and the combination of flavours are absolutely perfect.


At this point, it feels like M&S is pretty much synonymous with Christmas, and with good reason! From gorgeously scented candles (their Mandarin, Cinnamon and Clove and Mistletoe & Fir scents are divine) to easy gift buying (their beauty sections are an absolute dream) a trip to M&S seriously reduces any festive stress, and once your shopping is finished, you can even reward yourself with a drop of their Christmas Gin – made by Edinburgh’s own Old Curiosity Gin.

This post is sponsored by M&S but all opinions are my own. Thank you so much to M&S for working with me.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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!



Now that autumn is well and truly here (I can’t even begin to count the number of Pumpkin Spice Lattes I’ve enjoyed so far) it’s also the start of cold and flu season. Colds and sore throats are something I suffer from regularly – I pretty much just need to see someone sneeze to catch it, so I’ve been on the look out for sore throat cures which will keep me going all winter.


My favourite throat sweets have to be Grether’s Pastilles – an old school formula beloved my vocal stars throughout the decades – it’s rumoured that even Arianna Grande is a fan. I first stumbled into the pastilles a few years back on holiday in the US, and I’ve had a tin knocking around ever since.


Available in a range of flavours, I’ve been absolutely loving the redcurrant and blackcurrant varieties – they’re deliciously fruity, and they really get rid of any scratchiness you might be feeling. Before heading into a meeting, I like to have one, so I don’t suffer with a dreaded case of dry mouth!

Grether’s Pastilles are priced at £7.49 per tin, and are available here.


Happy weekend! I hope you’re spending it well! After a seriously busy few weeks, I’ve finally found a second to sit down, upload some pictures and finally get a post together. It’s Saturday, so obviously it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a bit of a treat, and I’ve become somewhat obsessed with Prestat Chocolate.


Not only is Prestat Chocolate the best looking on the shelf but it’s got the Royal Warrant – so it has to be good! The newest offering from the company is their Ruby Chocolate – a creamy not-so-sweet alternative to milk chocolate, which is surprisingly moreish.


The fruitiness of the ruby chocolate has been enhanced by Prestat, who have added almonds and cocoa nibs to the bar – and the result? A treat which you’ll be reaching for all evening. As you would expect from Prestat, the chocolate is sublime, and the addition of cocoa nibs and almonds are a delicious surprise!

Prestat Ruby Chocolate Cocoa Nib and Roasted Almonds is priced at £3.25 and is available here

dciDK239RJq352nXzqEU+A_thumb_28943Tomorrow, coffee mornings will be kicking off across the country, all for a fabulous cause – Macmillan Cancer Support. It’s the ninth year that M&S have linked up with the charity, and ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ has turned into something of a cult event.


If you’re looking to host your own coffee morning, M&S delivers the goods – you can get all the cakes you can imagine, all of which donate a portion of proceeds to Macmillan (including the limited edition Colin the Caterpillar) as well as mugs – so you can celebrate in style whilst doing some real good.


To get in the mood, M&S have been taking Colin on a bit of a road trip – so we thought we’d join in the fun! Starting off at St. Andrews’ famous Old Course, Colin made it to the famous Swilcan Bridge, before heading through to Dundee.


In case you haven’t heard, Dundee has become quite the spot to visit thanks to the V&A opening, and a whole lot of investment in the city. It’s also the site of M&S’ first store in Scotland, which opened 100 years ago! They’re even hosting the first of M&S’ Taste Trail events, which celebrate the fabulous Scottish producers you can find in-store!

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