When it comes to buying luxury accessories – I’m not going to lie – I’m seriously picky. I’ll mull over a big purchase for months before pulling the trigger. So, a couple of months back, I was over the moon to get the opportunity to hear about and to meet Scottish luxury bad designer Sarah Haran. A former tech COO, Sarah Haran knows the needs of a modern working working, and the result is a line of accessories which are easy to wear, made of incredibly high quality leathers, can fit everything you need for a busy work schedule, and most importantly look incredible.


With handbags which can fit a laptop with ease, and pink interiors so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, Sarah Haran bags truly are a must-have. I’ve been lusting after the Iris Saddlebag here, which is pretty much the perfect everyday purse. At the event, were were very kindly gifted with the opportunity to pick one of the brands stunning Leather Tassel Keyrings. Available in a choice of gold or silver hardware, and in a whole rainbow of leathers, I couldn’t resist this tangerine number! It’s the perfect pop of colour for autumn, and I love it clipped onto a casual bag to add a bit of sass!

Sarah Haran Leather Tassel Keyrings are priced at £49 and are available here


Whenever the temperature starts to drop, I like to find a moisturiser which is a litter richer than my usual choice. Usually I’ve turned to high-end brands, hoping that the quality of ingredients will soothe and nourish my skin. This year, since I’ve been pretty obsessed with Glossier, I thought I’d give their Priming Moisturizer Rich a go.


Described as a ‘luxurious face cream’, it’s probably Glossier’s richest product – designed specifically for dry skin. As you would expect from the brand, packaging is completely on-point. I love the sturdy plastic pot and pink lid – it just looks great on the shelf.


More importantly of course, is what the cream is like inside. Thick, and cooling to apply, despite being quite a thick cream, the Priming Moisturizer Rich, sinks into skin quickly, leaving skin perfectly prepped for moisturiser.


I am absolutely obsessed with the scent of the Priming Moisturizer Rich. It has a subtle lavender scent which feels beautifully calming to use, and an anti-redness complex which means I get to wear less makeup than normal! The formula includes Red Algae Complex to continually deliver moisture to skin, whilst Murumuru Butter melts into skin leaving it feeling perfectly hydrated. A little patted into clean skin in the morning is enough to prep my skin for makeup (I’m still absolutely loving the Glossier skin tint in place of foundation) and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated until evening. It’s also lasted quite a few months, despite daily use. It’s so good, I’ve actually just ordered my second jar!

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich is priced at £29 and is 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!


This year has absolutely flown past, between work and trips, it feels like I’ve been pretty much non-stop. So, when Stobo Castle got in touch, asking if I’d like to try their new Celebration Spa Day, the timing couldn’t have been better. On a rather rainy Monday morning, we headed through to Peebleshire to have a day chock-full of r&r!


Just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Stobo Castle feels like it’s a million miles away from everything – perfect for leaving any stresses behind! This year marks Stobo’s 40th anniversary as Scotland’s only destination spa, and to mark the occasion, they have launched their Celebration Spa Day. Available until 31st December 2018, the days are perfect if you’re in the need for a little break away.

The Celebration Spa Day is the perfect choice if you’re looking to really relax and unwind. We arrived at the Spa around 10am, where we were given a tour of the facilities, and allowed to change into fluffy housecoats and slippers. At Stobo, everywhere apart from dinner is housecoat-friendly, so you can float around to your heart’s content!

The interiors of Stobo are absolutely glorious – Chinese ginger jars and beautiful artworks bedeck hallways, and the whole building it devoted to relaxing. The Celebration Spa Day includes a fabulous Top to Toe Face & Body Glow. The treatment includes a complete body exfoliation and mini facial, using Stobo’s own products.

fullsizeoutput_2584Lasting 40 minutes, the treatment was absolutely blissful, and left me feeling absolutely brand new. There was then time to laze around the pool for an hour or so, before it was time for lunch.


Lunch is served in a duo of stunning dining rooms. With views stretching over the gardens and on to nearby hills, it was an absolutely gorgeous spot (where phones aren’t encouraged – hence the lack of photos). You can opt for a buffet lunch, or choose from a la carte options. We picked the latter, kicking things off with a glass of fruit juice, then moving on to chicken curry, served with rice, raita and mini popadoms.


Dessert was a couple of scoops of the award-winning Taylor of Biggar ice cream – after all, this was a treat day!


After an hour or so catching up with some reading, it was time to head to the brand new cocktail lounge. This is a completely new addition to Stobo, and to say I’m obsessed with it is an understatement. Scotland’s chicest Tiki bar, there is a fabulous choice of cocktails on offer, and whether you’re after something gin-based, or perhaps some fizz, there will be something for you!


We opted for virgin Moscows – a delicious blend of ginger beer, mint and lime. It was a perfect spot to relax in – windows overlook the pool, so we sat and chatted whilst getting to people watch.

The whole day was exactly what was needed, and we’ve already discussed return visits!

If you’re in the mood for a spot of total relaxation – a Celebration Spa Day is just what you need! The packaged is priced from £99 per person, and can be booked here

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