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With just over a week to go until Easter hits, I’ve become way too invested in the holiday. From chocolate eggs to fluffy chicks, I’ve bought them all, and sprinkled them around various corners of the house. I’m loving the blast of spring energy Easter brings, and when L’Occitane sent over news of their new Beauty Easter Eggs, I couldn’t resist getting my hangs on a Verbena one!

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Available in two scent options – you can pick from Verbena or Cherry Blossom, the Beauty Easter Eggs are the no-calorie option for getting into the holiday mood! They come packaged in a gorgeous seasonal tin, complete with ribbon, and whether you want to use them as part of an egg-hunt, or you’d rather just treat yourself – the eggs are an absolute delight.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_15d5Tucked inside the eggs are three generous bottles of L’Occitane must-haves. There’s a deluxe sample bottle of the Verveine shower gel, which is perfect if you’re after a super-fresh, morning choice. It smells gorgeously clean and fresh – very green and soapy, it’s a perfect everyday choice.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_15d0There’s also a bottle of the Verbena Body Lotion. I am in love with the lightweight, milky formula, which sinks in almost immediately, leaving skin feeling soft and smelling incredible. I love to use it on mornings when I know I’m embarking on a long day, as it keeps me feeling fresh all day long.

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The last present tucked inside the egg is the Verveine Hand Gel Cream. Unlike other hand creams, this feels like water to apply and immediately feels cooling on the skin. I keep it in my makeup bag for use when I’m out and about, as it doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy or sticky. Instead, it just seems to disappear, leaving hands feeling soft and smelling great!

L’Occitan Verbena Beauty Egg is priced at £15 and is available here

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At this time of year, I’m all about the joys of Spring. The whole house is filled with tulips and hyacinths, and I’m counting down the days until Easter. So, it was perfect timing when L’Occitane sent over their Rose Eau Parfumee – a fresh, lightweight scent for days when you want a burst of something beautifully light and clean.

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Coming right in time for Spring, the Eau Perfumee is a beautiful choice if you’re after a fragrance which just smells clean. I love it spritzed on sweaters and scarves, as it seems to linger on fabrics for hours, and it’s a great choice for days when you just want to smell great. Even though I’m not always the biggest fan of rose scents – they sometimes feel too old-school or traditional for me, L’Occitane’s take on the flower is really beautiful and feels absolutely perfect for Spring!

L’Occitane’s Rose Eau Parfumée is priced at £32 and is available here

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When it comes to sleep-overs and girls’ nights in, I feel like it’s not something I’ve done since uni, so when Edinburgh’s Old Town Chambers invited me, along with a whole host of other Scottish bloggers to visit their Penthouse for a glam, girls’ night in, I couldn’t wait!

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Nestled in the heart of the Capital’s Old Town, the Old Town Chambers is one of Edinburgh’s premier hotels – it’s regularly ranked within TripAdvisor’s top choices for the city, and it could not be more central for seeing all of the historic sights. Shown up to the Penthouse, we also got to witness the incredible views down to Princes Street – with sites like Scottish National Gallery and the Scott Monument all lit up for the evening.

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Unlike a regular hotel, Old Town Chambers offer the most stunning hotel-apartments. They’re perfect for travellers who want a little more space to relax and unwind. Whether you’re in Edinburgh for business or family travel, staying at Old Town Chambers means you’re not curtailed to a single bedroom – all the suites come with a fully equipped kitchen and jaw-dropping bathrooms. The Penthouse we visited had three stunning bedrooms, all of which served up some serious interiors inspo!

After a glass (or two) of bubbles, we found out what our evening held for us – celebrity chef Jimmy Lee was demoing his Singapore Noodles in the Penthouse’s kitchen, whilst the GBBO’s Tom was going to hold a masterclass on cake decorating.

Not a bad way to spend a rainy evening – between the glamorous setting and demonstrations – everyone was had an absolute ball. Did I mention there was was also Breakfast at Tiffany’s on too?!

After learning the best ways to prepare and decorate cakes Bake Off style (hint, in real life keep things simple, stay prepared, and worse case – shop bought jams and curds are fine) it was time to head back out in the rain.

Thank you so much Old Town Chambers for having me!

 

 

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When it comes to make-up, I like mine as neutral and as natural as possible. I’m never one for a full-on face of make-up, and this time of year makes me want to embrace all things fresh-faced. So, when a tube of Erborian’s iconic CC Creme Clair appeared through the letterbox, it felt like perfect timing.

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Released a good few years ago, I feel like Erborian’s was the OG CC Creme. Claiming to visibly perfect, illuminate and enhance skin whilst providing SPF 25 protection it’s a multi-purpose product which makes skin look flawless. If you’re looking for a quick-fix product which is going to get you out the door in the morning, this is the CC Creme for you!

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Smoothed on after moisturiser, the Erborian CC Creme Clair is shockingly white out the tube – I like to dot a little of my forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin, and smooth in with my fingers. Once it gets into contact with skin, some sort of magic kicks in, and the cream magically changes colour to reflect your own skin tone. I’m not quite sure how the cream does it, but the effect is a finish which gives skin a lit-from-within glow.

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The creme has a rich, hydrating feel so it’s perfect for dry skin like mine. Once it’s on, it creates the perfect base for a quick swipe of concealer too. Skin is given a healthy glow, and imperfections are subtly blurred. The effects last all day long, and it doesn’t feel like anything is on the skin once applied. It’s a perfect product for long days when you need to look the same at 8pm as you did at 7am.

Erborian CC Creme Clair is priced from £17 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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When it comes to choosing supper spots in Edinburgh, George Street’s Printing Press always tops the list. I’ve been lucky enough to review it a couple of times now, and each time I visit it gets even better. I’m in love with the moody interiors which are all mirrors and velvets, and the food is seriously impressive too!

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In addition to the restaurant serving up some of Edinburgh’s best food, the bar shouldn’t be missed either. They have their own No 22 Gin, and their cocktails are delicious to boot. We kicked the evening off with a cocktail tree (priced from £70) which held Pornstar Martinis, Devil wears Principal and French Martinis. Over the course of the evening I sampled a Pornstar Martini (more on that later), as well as a Devil Wears Principal. Both were exactly what I was in the mood for – fresh, fruity with a kick (much like the Principal George Street itself).

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After getting suitable hydrated, we were shown through to the dining room, where the fun could really start! The new Spring menu has just launched, and it’s worth travelling for. Filled with seasonal Scottish produce, it’s a celebration of call things Springtime, and I’m already plotting a return visit.

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The evening kicked off with and absolutely divine Orkney crab and leek thermidor tart (£8). The most buttery, delicate pastry base held soft morsels of crab which were topped with a gloriously bright leek foam.

Burrata, red chicory, blood orange, pine nuts, chilli dressing (£7.50) was up next. A riot of colour and flavour, this truly tasted like summer evenings. The burrata was a cloud of soft cream, which positively oozed just by looking at it. The richness was nicely cut through with peppery chicory, fresh blood orange segments and a fiery chilli dressing. Pine nuts and crostini provided a perfect amount of crunch.
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Honestly, when it comes to eating out, I’ll rarely order the fish. I’m not sure if I’m more or a carnivore or just a creature of habit, so the Roast Scrabster cod, broccoli, kale, caviar butter sauce (£16.50) was a lovely change. The cod itself was glorious – it flaked into translucent morsels which more than held up against the greenery it was served with. The caviar butter sauce, as you might imagine, was deliciously rich. Slightly salted and flavoured like the sea, I could have happily spooned it up.
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Talking of my carnivore tendencies, venison is quite possibly my favourite meat – rich and lean, I love the melt-in-the-mouth texture a good hunk of the stuff has, and since I’m scared of over-cooking it at home, I only ever enjoy it in restaurants. So, I was delighted when Pan-seared venison, caramelised celeriac, spinach, brioche herb crumb (£19) was served. With a seared exterior and rare middle, the dish was a true celebration of Scottish produce. The meat itself was a triumph – full of flavour, it was truly the stuff of last requests. The vegetables served alongside were similarly tasty – perfectly roasted parsnips, creamy potatoes and sweet celeriac.
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After all our savoury goodies, it was time for a palette-cleanser which came in the form of chocolate sorbet served with blood orange. Normally, a scoop of this comes alongside an orange rice pudding (yum) but we felt two desserts might just be too much of a good thing. The sorbet itself was incredibly flavourful – rich and deeply chocolate-y, none of us could believe it was a sorbet rather than a full-blown ice cream as it was so silky smooth.
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As if we hadn’t feasted enough, we ended the evening with an iconic dessert – a Vanilla crème brûlée, served with sablé biscuits (£6). There’s something wonderfully theatrical about cracking the well-fired crust. The custard below was silky smooth, fragrant and studded with vanilla beans. Served alongside (another) Pornstar Martini, we debated our favourite dishes (all of them) and whether to sip the martini’s accompanying Prosecco or pour it in (undecided). As if all of the culinary goodness wasn’t enough, we were sent home clutching bags of homemade chocolate truffles and bottles of house gin!
Thank you so, so much to The Printing Press, The Principal George Street and to Jigsaw PR for such a wonderful evening!
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