E. Coudray Iris Rose Perfume*

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Ok, I know it’s not popular or fashionable, but I have to say, I adore Valentine’s day! From the glorious boxes of chocolates, to the luxurious bouquets of flowers dotted throughout the house, it’s a fun weekend to enjoy a little bit of luxury and pampering. To celebrate the weekend, I can’t think of a perfume better suited that E. Coudray’s Iris Rose Perfume.

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Packaged in the most romantic of etched glass bottles, E. Coudray’s Iris Rose feels like it should be found on the dressing table of some terribly glamorous silent movie star. The fragrance itself is just as classic and opulent. A true rose fragrance, Iris Rose mixes top notes of Iris, Rose and Violet Leaves with heart notes of Rose, Iris Butter and Heliotrope. On the skin, the perfume smells richly floral, and I only need a couple of squirts to enjoy the almost powdery scent all day. It’s a truly special fragrance which I feel like I should enjoy on special evenings when I’m all done up! The base notes of Woods, Tonka Bean and Vanilla really round out the perfume, and give it an almost gourmand base.

E. Coudray’s Iris Rose is priced at £58.00 and is available here

Triumph Spring/Summer 2016 Collection*

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So, this weekend is Valentines, which invariably means it’s time to treat yourself to some rather luxurious underwear.

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Even if you don’t have that special someone, it’s probably time to update your underwear drawer. We’re a month and a half into the year, and it’s a good point to go get re-fitted and treat yourself a little! I’ve been absolutely lusting after basically all of Triumph’s new collection, as I love how the pieces are comfortable enough to wear all day yet pretty enough to feel incredibly special!

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I’m absolutely obsessed with the colour palette in Triumph’s Spring Summer 16 collection.  The mix of neutrals shades feels so chic and elegant to wear, and the attention to detail is spotless. From lace trims to tiny diamante finishes, Triumph’s underwear is the perfect mix of function and form.

 

The fabrics Triumph use are beautifully soft and comfortable, and I love the softly moulded cups, which gives the perfect amount of coverage and support, and keeps you looking perky!

Triumph’s Spring / Summer 2016 is available now, and you can find it here

Quintessentially Flowers*

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Quintessentially is one of those brands which is basically a genie. No matter how extravagant your wish, they can grant it, so, when a holiday like Valentines comes up, you can imagine how beautiful their flowers are!

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Packaged in the chicest of silver grey gift bags, Quintessentially Flowers can be delivered anywhere in the UK from their London headquarters, and despite being sent to me up in Edinburgh, mine arrived perfectly fresh and fragrant. They were the perfect way to brighten up a dull Friday!

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A mix of some of my favourite blooms; roses and hydrangeas, along with a selection of other little beauties were arranged into a huge pom pom of flowers.It was such a fun and unusual way to see to display flowers, and once I got home, I popped them straight into a large crystal fishbowl vase which I’ve just been dying to use!

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The bouquet is absolutely perfect for a Valentines treat! It makes me smile every time I look at them, and they’ve easy lasted five days since delivery, and they’re still going strong!

Thank you so much to Quintessentially Flowers. Bouquets start at £60.00 and are available here

Charbonnel et Walker Fine Milk & Dark Chocolate Red Heart*

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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!

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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

 

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Byron Edinburgh North Bridge*

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Winter Feasts at Harvey Nichols

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I always feel like January can be a bit of a flat month. Everyone is in full-on resolutions mode, so it can feel tricky to treat yourself. Harvey Nichols is making it all-too-easy though, with their new Winter Feasts menu. From now until February 11th, you can enjoy a three course meal, plus cocktail for just £20 in their gorgeous Brasserie.

Harvey Nichols Forth Floor has to have one of the best views in Edinburgh, so getting to enjoy a rather delightful menu accompanied with some impressive vistas sounds like my idea of a rather pleasant evening! Highlights from the menu include Treacle cured salmon, pickled fennel, lemon grass and beetroot salad, orange and anise dressing, Borders chicken breast spiced with paprika and rosemary, wild mushrooms, kale, green beans and pancetta and Rhubarb and custard crumble sundae, but all the options sound absolutely delicious!

Charbonnel et Walker Christmas Baubles*

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If you can’t indulge over Christmas, real when can you? I love an unexpected treat, and when these Charbonnel et Walker beauties were delivered I absolutely fell in love!

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Considering Charbonnel et Walker have to be my favourite chocolatier, and I’ve loved their Pink Marc de Champagne truffles for years, the pink bauble was a seriously welcome addition to the Christmas tree! Containing eight of the delicious little treats, I think it’s the most adorable little stocking stuffer. If you’ve never tried the truffles, you really must! The smooth outer shell of the truffles is a delicate pink shade, holding a creamy ganache centre. The truffles have a surprisingly punchy champagne scent, which give them a wonderfully grownup flavour.

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My new discovery is the bauble containing Milk Sea Salt Caramel Truffles. The blue bauble is just as beautiful as it’s pink cousin, the the chocolates inside are really incredible. The exterior of the truffles is a crisp milk chocolate shell, which melts into the gooey salted caramel centre. In a word, it’s heavenly. The centre’s saltiness is perfectly balanced with the creamy sweetness of the chocolate, and they are far too easy to sit and enjoy!

Charbonnel et Walker’s Chocolate Truffle Baubles are priced at £12.00 each and are available here

Vita Coco Coconut Oil*

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If there is a singe tub, which you absolutely, definitely, just have to own – it’s got to be coconut oil! For the past few years or so, I’ve kept a couple of tubs of the stuff handy, both in the kitchen and in my beauty stash, as it’s just so versatile, I can’t bear not having some to hand!

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I first tried out using coconut oil in the kitchen, and I absolutely fell in love! Since consuming it in small amounts can really help combat high cholesterol, as well as work to prevent Heart Disease, I use a teaspoon of the oil rather than regular olive oil whenever I need to cook vegetables. A real favourite use of mine is sautéing kale in a teaspoon or two of coconut oil, then sprinkling a little lemon juice and sesame seeds over the top – delicious!

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Because Vita Coco’s Coconut Oil is 100% Raw and Organic, I also love keeping a tub of it in my beauty stash as it’s just so versatile! Starting from the top, my hair absolutely drinks coconut oil up! I tend to apply it to the ends of my hair, then throw it up in a topknot over night, letting all the goodness sink in. I can then just shower it out in the morning, and my hair feels super soft, and has a great amount of shine. Another great in-shower use for coconut oil is mixing it with coffee grounds. You can pick up a bag of them for free at Starbucks or Waitrose, as they are also great for the garden, but I just melt about a cup full of the coconut oil on the hob, and then add about 3/4 of a cup of the coffee grounds. Once the mixture has cooled down and solidified, you can then use it as a scrub. It’s such a simple mix to make and use, but your skin feels absolutely amazing afterwards! Even out of the shower, my Vita Coco Coconut Oil is a bathroom must-have. It works amazingly as a moisturiser, and I use it everywhere from under my eyes to layering it on my elbows and knees.

As you can probably tell, I am such a fan of Vita Coco Coconut Oil, have you got any other uses for it?

Vita Coco Coconut Oil is priced at £9.99 and is available here

Beauty&Go Drinks*

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Even though I’m something of a morning person, I’ve never really been all that keen on breakfasts. No matter how early (or late) I wake up, I can’t really deal with the idea of something big or heavy, no matter how important breakfast is supposed to be! So instead of chowing down, I usually just grad a fresh juice or smoothie and I’m on my way.

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Thankfully though, Beauty & Go have made my mornings incredibly easy with their yummy Bioactive Beauty Drinks. As well as tasting delicious, the choice of four drinks have been designed to have added beauty benefits, and who doesn’t need that at 6am?! The first drink from the range that I got to try was Detox, which is designed to cleanse the skin and detox. Packaged in a cute green bottle, Beauty & Go claim that the drink helps to stimulate your metabolism and contributes to toxin elimination thanks to the inclusion of collagen, hyaluronic acid, cucumber, spirulina algae, artichoke, orange fibre, broccoli, dandelion, spinach, mint and nettle, citrulline, natural olive fruit extract, resveratrol, zinc and vitamin C.

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I think my favourite of the two is the Anti-Ageing smoothies, which tastes super fruity. Like it’s Detox counterpart, it’s a serially scientific drink, with collagen, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate, raspberry, hibiscus, orange fibre, citrulline, natural olive fruit extract, resveratrol, selenium and vitamins C and E all included in the drink!

You can find Beauty&Go drinks exclusively at Tesco and Selfridges

Edinburgh Foodie Festival*

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Since I spend an absolute tonne of time in Edinburgh, I’d like to think I know the good places to go. There is the little German Bakery, a tiny little Japanese spot, and a whole host of bars and coffee shops I visit on a regular rotation. So, when I got the chance to visit Endinburgh’s Foodie Festival, I absolutely jumped at the chance!

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The Festival was held in the gorgeous Inverleith Park, which is situated in an absolutely stunning residential area which surrounds the Edinburgh Botanic Garden. So we parked the car just outside the park gates, and got to exploring the festival!

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This year marked the Edinburgh Foodie Festival’s 10th birthday, and it was absolutely filled with local restaurants, producers, cafes and bars showing their wares, whilst everyone pottered around enjoying the sunshine.

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As well as getting to sip and sample our way round the park, there were incredible demonstrations sponsored by Aga, featuring some incredible chefs from the city’s best restaurants.

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Home bakers were also well catered for, with a fabulous Tasting, Cake & Bake Theatre.

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After feeling like we had learned some secret tips, we decided to go explore a little further, and found these stunning macarons …

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and made some new friends!

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Then we got to kick back and enjoy some of the stunning venues on offer.

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The cutest of the bars had to be the Pimms teapot. Positioned front and centre in the park, it was definitely a focal point, and in addition to some good old fashioned Pimms, we got to enjoy some people watching with swing music!

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Thank you to the Foodie Festival for having me!