Thursday, 20 February 2014

A Little Heart Detail

I love adding a bit of festivity to my nail art and I really lovely this gorgeous and subtle idea from Five Things on Cupcakes and Cashmere this year.

Here I have replicated the cute idea with Fiji by Essie and a white Rimmel manicure vanish.  This has a very thin brush which means it's easier to do the cute little hearts.

Love cute. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Things That Made Me Smile

As I spend myself reading through magazines, experiencing new places and flipping through different blogs and websites I find there is a lot that inspires me, makes me happy or makes me want to share.

This week I found this cute gift; a Knitting Set that comes in a gorgeous presentation box with instructions for beginners on how to make a gorgeous scarf.

The Simple Things Feb issue did a lovely article on Tea Rooms and featured the lovely Blackbird Tea Rooms in Brighton, which Bean and I visited (here).

Found the fantastic Strathisla Whiskey on my Edinburgh trip the other week...had to bring a bottle home with me!

Monday, 17 February 2014

A Wee Trip to Bonny Scotland

The Palm Court Afternoon Tea Room, The Balmoral, Edinburgh
I had a fantastic work trip to Edinburgh last week. I was working away from the office and had the pleasure of spending 2 days in the gorgeous 5* Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh city centre.

I spent the days doing work and then in the evening treated myself to a lovely little spa treatment.  It had been so long since I had a back massage that it was so luxurious and relaxing.  The spa isn't just a pool with treatment rooms, like with some hotels claiming they have a spa.  It's beautifully decorated, with a drinks station and atmospherically lit pool.  The robes and slippers are all neatly placed in your locker when you arrive and the staff could not have been nicer.

I also treated myself at the end of the day to a Whiskey recommended by the lovely Balmoral Barman.  Strathisla is now my fave new tipple, and I cannot wait to go back to the Balmoral for more Whiskey and spa relaxation (here's hoping I can go back for a weekend where I can explore during the day rather than work).

Gorgeous sinks at The Balmoral, How GORGEOUS!
Very tasty Strathisla Whiskey from Speyside, a definite must try
Early Morning Royal Mile on the way to work

What an absolutely lovely shop!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Red All The Way

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Did you have a lovely day? I think whether your going out for a lovely dinner, having a night in with your loved on or having a girly evening with bubbles and chocolate it's important to make yourself feel special on valentines day. 

My lovely husband cooked a tasty spag Bol, bought me red wine and flowers and we watched the lovely 'About Time' film.

What a lovely lovely film...a definite recommend.


Winning a bottle of Moet for my first placements in my new job

Can you be happy for 100 days in a row? I quite often find myself being stressed and miserable.  My worrying mind takes over and then I think that I'm not happy.

I think it's so important to have happy moments every day, but it's often that I forget these when the worry takes over.

#100happydays is the new thing that me and my sister have been doing for the last couple of weeks.

We haven't registered for this, it is just something we are doing on Facebook/Instagram.  I'm excited about looking back in 100 days and remembering that (even though I might not have been happy all day long) each and every day I had a happy moment.

Amazing Thai take away from Kemp Thai
Homemade Marmalade on tasty bagels