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With Valentine’s Day hitting this weekend, I couldn’t wait to share this absolutely stunning bouquet of Valentine’s flowers which Appleyard London very kindly sent over.

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The bouquet features baby pink sweet avalanche roses, white avalanche roses and lilac memory lane roses along with sprigs of silver eucalyptus.

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The bouquet is available in three sizes, and I opted for the large. It’s got to be my favourite bunch of flowers I think I’ve ever recieved!

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Packaged in a sturdy gray box, my flowers were delivered to my by a courier, and came complete with card, arranged in water and with a sachet of plant food. Considering they had made the trek from London to Edinburgh, all the roses were perfectly fresh, and the scent of them was just sublime!

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As you can see, I got a little snap happy with the flowers, but can you blame me? The mix of ivory, pink and lavender was just the prettiest you can imagine. I adore the mix, and it looked really stunning in a big crystal vase in my bedroom.

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Appleyard London guarantee their flowers for at least seven days, and I have to say, my Belle Bouquet easily lasted for ten before looking a little droopy. Even then, I just edited the flowers down a little and downsized the vase for a few extra days of floral lovliness.

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If you’ve fallen for the Belle Bouquet like I have (it’s seriously jaw-dropping) Appleyard London have been kind enough to give you an amazing 33% of any of their floral arrangements – just enter the discount code BLOG33. I absolutely adored my flowers, and I’m already deciding which ones to order next!

The Appleyard London Belle Bouquet is priced from £49.99 and is available here

 

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I’m always looking for the best little spots to go to in Edinburgh, and on Thursday I found an absolute gem in the form of the Holly Blue salon on Church Street in Edinburgh’s Morningside.

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I first popped in as part of a bring a friend evening, where we got to have a look around the salon, sip bubbly, chatwith the therapists, and watch as magic was performed in the form of HD Brows and LVL Lashes demonstrations.

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The salon itself offers every sort of treatment from waxing to manis and pedis, so when I got the chance to try one of their signature manicures using CND Vinylux polish, I absolutely jumped at the chance!

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So, last night, after a rather tiring day at work, I hopped up to Morningside for an hour or so of pampering!

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The salon itself is a little jewel box of relaxation, tucked away from the buzz of the city. High ceilings, soft music and butterflies all combine to create the absolute perfect place to get all girly -There are shelves and shelves of polishes, shellac and glitter to choose from, so you can imagine how excited I was!

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Since my nails were’t in exactly in tip top condition, I opted for a neutral shade of Vinylux polish. I’d never tried CND’s new formula before, but since it promises up to seven days of shiny, chip-free wear, I went for a stunning baby pink (middle row third from right).

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I was looked after by Sophie, who, by all accounts is a complete miracle worker! My dry and ragged cuticles were clipped, nails filed, buffed and shaped, and within an hour I swear, my nails looked longer and felt a million times better!

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The CND Vinylux applied smoothly, and was completely opaque in two coats. It even dried remarkably quickly! I haven’t really stopped looking at my hands since it was done, as the look and feel so much better than before. I love a pale pink or super vampy nail, but if you’re braver than me, Holly Blue offer the widest selection of glitters and nail art you can imagine! I’ve already booked up my next appointment!

Thank you so much to Holly Blue Salon for having me!

 

 

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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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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)

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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.

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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.

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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).

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A few months ago, a new Lululemon store opened up right in the middle of Edinburgh’s George Street, and if you’re not familiar with the brand, you pretty much owe it to yourself to have a good look around!

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The store is completely filled with the most swoon-worthy yoga wear.

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There are cuts and colours to suit everyone, and their leggings are some of the softest and comfiest I own.

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They also have the best selection of yoga accessories you can imagine – towers of mats, bundles of water bottles and bags, they have the cutest stuff (I dare you to go into the store and leave empty handed).

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As if the store wasn’t stunning enough already, if you slip downstairs there is the cosiest of yoga studio tucked beneath the store. Lululemon hold classes down there weekly, and the best part of it is, they are completely free! It’s such a nice idea if you’re just looking to start practicing yoga, or if you want to practice your vinyasas.

DSC_0294The Resolution Revolution class was a little different to the normal offerings, as the store had invited Sinéad Duffy, the creator of Yoghanda Oils over to talk about her brand and how best to use them.

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Sinéad is such an inspiring speaker – she’s a qualified yoga teacher, and her line is just divine, so getting tips on how to really focus energy towards our goals was truly inspiring.

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A lot of what Sinéad recommends is body-led, you can go up, smell all the different fragrances and see what your body responds best to. It sounds so simple, but actually taking a few minutes out of your day to really listen to yourself is incredibly important.

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She also talked about how the different oils can help with your different intentions. If you feel you want to cleanse yourself of energy the Detox Oil is the one for you, or, if you need a sense of calm, the Relax Oil is probably best.

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The Yoghanda Oils range includes three rollerballs and three body oils, and I have to say, they are some of my most used body care! Every night I massage a couple of drops of the Relax Body Oil into my arms and chest to help me calm down and unwind. The fragrance is really beautiful – a blend of lavender and vetiver which is just heavenly after a long day!

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Then, after listening to Sinéad and letting her guide everyone through breathing exercises, it was time for the class to begin.

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Crystal from New Town’s gorgeous new Tribe Yoga studio led the class, which was filled with everyone’s favourite stretches.

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The classes are such a wonderful way to practice yoga with some of the city’s best teachers, and they have such a lovely community feel.

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The mix of levels means that no matter how new or experienced you are, you won’t feel like your on your own.

 

Thank you so much to Lululemon Edinburgh and Yoghanda Oils for inviting me

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