Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Three New Places To Eat in Edinburgh

One of the best things about living in Edinburgh is that there are new restaurants and cafes opening up all the time. I love discovering how the venues have been decorated and trying something new from their menus. Since my Twitter followers seem to appreciate my recommendations for new places to eat, I thought I'd go in to a little more detail for you. 

Five Degrees

Starting with my favourite, Five Degrees opened two months ago and is situated just down from Bruntsfield Links on Barclay Place. I discovered this cute cafe last weekend when I was looking for somewhere to have brunch with my best friend. We were both really tired and hungry after a big night out and luckily this was the perfect place to pick us up. 

The interior is super stylish, from the colourful walls to the modern furniture. What makes it unique is that dogs are not only welcome, but they have their own dog menu! How sweet is that? Sadly there were none when we were there but hopefully next time! As for the menu for humans, there were some seriously tasty options including 15 flavours of bubble tea! I chose the taro flavour with lychee bubbles which is delicious if you have a sweet tooth like me! I also really enjoyed the chicken and roast pepper bagel.

Five Degrees cafe Edinburgh review


After living in Glasgow, I thought I was going to miss my lunches at the Cup tearoom in the centre of town. Luckily though, just after I moved through, Cup came to Edinburgh! It's located on South Charlotte street and I've already visited three times! 

Cup is a large sized tearoom and it's proving to be extremely popular already. If you like Eteaket this will be right up your street! I don't think I've ever come across such a huge selection of food and drink from so many menus! There's the tea menu which covers every type, from herbal infusions to health blends. I most recently tried the White Snowdrop from the Comfort Teas section which I swear cured my hangover! They also have an extensive list of cocktails including their own creations and a wide variety of gin cocktails as in the evening Cup becomes a bar called Gin 71. I recommend A Single Rose which is made with Hendrick's gin, elderflower liqueur, prosecco and rose water bitters. I also love their cupcakes and macaroons - in fact the violet and red berries flavour is the best macaroon I've ever tasted. They also do lovely lunches and afternoon tea so you're really spoilt for choice.
Cup tearoom Edinburgh review


Topolabamba also recently opened up in Edinburgh after doing well in Glasgow. This stylish Mexican restaurant is located on Lothian road, just up from the Usher Hall. I went for a work lunch and I didn't want to return to the office after! I loved the fun and vibrant look inside so much that I quickly took the photo below before I even sat down! 

My team found the menu slightly overwhelming as there was SO much to choose from on their menus. This includes classic Mexican dishes, street food and cocktails. I opted for the pork tostadas, roasted quesadillas and chilli fries. I really enjoyed my meal even though the tostadas were very spicy (but I'm just not used to spicy food so don't let that put you off!) I would definitely go again and next time, when I don't have to head back to work, I'll try their margaritas!

Topolabamba review Edinburgh

Let me know if you head to any of these fab new hangouts and tell me what you think. I might even see you there!

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Wishlist for Autumn 2016

As much as I love dressing for summer, it's always exciting when autumn comes around with new trends and colour pallets. Burgundy and shades of grey are my go-to colours each autumn, and you'll also find me in plaid patterns and high-neck jumpers. This autumn I'll be embracing my favourite trends including velvet, floral embroidery and shearling. Don't even get me started on knitwear as I already started buying chunky knits and a bodycon rib-knit dress at the beginning of August. I wasn't kidding when I said I was excited!

I've put together some of my favourite pieces that have hit the high street so let me know what you think!

Dress - Mango
Trousers - Zara

Handbag - New Look
Dress - Topshop

fashion blogger a/w16 wishlist
Jacket - Glamorous
Crop top - Boohoo

topshop boots a/w16
Jumper - Mango
Boots - Topshop

edinburgh fashion blogger
Backpack - Zara
Cami - New Look

Friday, 12 August 2016

Where to Eat & Drink in Glasgow

As I mentioned in my last post, I want to add a little lifestyle to my blog. I've been proud of being the only blogger in Scotland to solely focus on fashion, however after a few years you begin to run out of content ideas! I also started to realise that friends ask for my recommendations on things beyond fashion, including beauty products, TV shows and places to eat and drink.

After living in Glasgow for nine months, I thought it would be good to start off with my favourite bars, restaurants and cafes in this vibrant city. Although I still have a few on my list to visit, I feel like I got to know the city enough to make this little guide. If you haven't planned a trip to Glasgow, I hope it will tempt you!

For lunch or a sweet treat

I've been to Cup Tea Lounge on Renfield Street a few times and I seem to love it more with every visit. The Victorian interior (with original tiled features) is so stunning that you will want to get on Instagram immediately! Although it feels very decadent, the prices are surprisingly affordable. This combination, along with the delicious food makes this an extremely popular venue for a bite to eat. If you're visiting on a weekend I'd suggest that you book a table. 

Usually I'm quite decisive when looking at a menu, but Cup makes it a lot harder to choose! There are SIXTEEN different flavours of cupcakes and an even bigger selection of teas. I also really like the variety of sandwiches and toasties that are full of flavour. Just don't ask me which one to go for!

For casual drinks

Hillhead Bookclub in the West End is another impressive looking venue. It was originally a cinema, built in 1913 and it has maintained it's beautiful ceiling. I love the mixture of vintage furniture and the games area where you can play ping pong and retro computer games. Whenever I've visited this bar, there's always been a great atmosphere and good tunes thanks to their DJ talent. 

One night here that is still on my to-do list is Lady Balls Bingo, hosted by hilarious drag queens with a prize of £500. It's on at 9pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month. As for the drinks, they are known for their tasty cocktails. The majority of them are £6 - and a couple of mojito drinks are just £3! Cocktail drinking without the spending guilt is a pretty ideal night to me!

Hillhead Bookclub glasgow

For Dinner

The Burger Quarter in the central location of St Vincent street will spoil you for choice if you're craving a yummy burger. You'll find Bread Meats Bread, Handmade Burger Co, Five Guys, and Gourmet Burger Kitchen (plus Byron is a couple of blocks away!) Everyone has their own favourites but mine personally is Handmade Burger Co because they have such a large variety of quality burgers and it's a nice restaurant too (pictured below). Some of of my friends prefer Bread Meats Bread though and I do love their caramelised sweet potato fries. You're most likely to wait in a queue for a table there so it's better to go elsewhere if you're absolutely starving!

best places to eat and drink in glasgow

For a big night out

I'm sure most Glaswegians will agree that if you're planning a big night out, Bath street is the perfect place to go. Lots of people rate Hummingbird and Bar Bloc as their favourites. I really like the lesser known Saint Judes which is a colourful and stylish bar that was fully revamped a year ago. If you're after delicious cocktails, you won't be disappointed. 

Bath street also has some fab clubs with excellent DJs. I love Bamboo and Kushion which both have more than one room so you have a choice of music genres. These clubs mostly attract students, but I don't let that put me off because the music is THAT good! 

Saint Judes Glasgow

For gay bars/clubs

Anyone who knows me, knows I love gay bars (despite being straight! It's all about the fun atmosphere). Merchant City is the area you should head to (in the centre of the city, where I used to live.) Polo Lounge is the biggest gay venue in Scotland. It has a spacious bar on the ground level and a couple of different rooms in the basement to suit a range of music tastes. Throughout the whole week there are drinks available for £1.50 so you can't argue with that! I also like Katie's Bar on John street, but most of my favourite nights in Glasgow have been at AXM. If you're a fan of RuPaul's Drag Race, you need to book tickets to see some of the show's most popular queens there. The local queens are amazing too, and you can see every Thursday at Trigger.

blogger's guide to glasgow

For somewhere fancy

It doesn't get much fancier than The Corinthian in Glasgow, which is in the central location of Ingram street (my favourite street!) I've been lucky enough to go there twice - for a work night out and a press event. Both times I was blown away by the lavish interiors of the different rooms. There are five floors which include bars, conference rooms, a club and a casino. My favourite that I've discovered is The Flying Scotsman room (see below). I also really loved the music on a Saturday night which was well mixed chart music on the first floor and retro music on another floor. If you have enough cash to splash I would seriously recommend The Corinthian.

the corinthian glasgow

I hope you liked the sound of my selection and let me know if you have any other favourite venues in Glasgow.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Fashion & Lifestyle Websites You Need to Know

There is no denying that the age of the internet has completely changed the way we consume content as well as our shopping habits. As much as I still love physical magazines, I'm now becoming more hooked on online magazines. They offer daily updates, multimedia and usually they won't cost you a penny!

It's great keeping up to date with fashion news and browsing online stores, however sometimes you just want to be inspired. Blogs are great for that, but there are also plenty of websites that feature influencers who aren't normally as accessible. Insight into these tastemakers' lives can help shape our own lifestyle choices. You might want to read a book recommended by an actor you admire or find out what your style icon's top tips are for vintage shopping. 

I've compiled a list of my three favourite websites which offer copious amounts of inspiration. I hope you like them as much as I do!

semaine website

I was introduced to Semaine on Sunday during a talk at Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. One of the panelists was Semaine's co-founder Michelle Lu, and she explained the online magazine-meets-concept store. Every week, the website features a new tastemaker - who have so far included burlesque icon Dita Von Teese, fashion designer Bella Freud and the band Say Lou Lou. You can delve into their worlds and discover many different aspects of their lifestyles, from their sense of fashion to their favourite hotels or beauty products. If you're lusting after any of the featured items, you can simply click onto it and purchase straight away. 

Semaine's content is beautifully curated, with photography that captures the tastemaker's aesthetics so well. If you're a Girls fan then you should watch the video of Jemima Kirke and I'd also recommend listening to sex anthropologist/erotic jewellery designer Betony Vernon's podcast. 

dressr website

I came across DRESSR soon after it launched last year, as the founder Jessica Vince is an Instagram friend of mine. After working at Grazia for several years as the Digital Editor, she launched her own online business like a total girlboss. The concept is so simple but so relevant to the way we make purchasing decisions these days. Most of us swoon over outfits worn by our Insta-crushes, but we don't usually know where we can buy what they're wearing. The team behind DRESSR curate an edit of top fashion influencers, with links to items in their latest Instagram pictures. You'd be surprised at how many celebrities wear high-street brands! 

You can either scroll through the feed for some styling inspiration or use the search options for a particular style, occasion or celebrity. Some of the most recent fashion influencers featured include Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora and Olivia Palermo. Once you've checked out DRESSR it could easily become one of your go-to websites for some major fashion inspiration.

the coveteur website

You may already know of the American lifestyle website The Coveteur, as it was launched back in 2011. Originally, The Coveteur focused on exploring the homes and wardrobes of individuals who have a covetable personal style. It was one of the only ways you could get behind-the-scenes insight into influencers lives before the likes of Snapchat. Now the website has expanded into other areas of captivating content such as health and travel.

I've always really admired the photography in the 'closet' section of the website which captures interior details and wardrobe highlights. Having a peek at Coco Chanel's apartment and Grace Coddington's home is an absolute must!

These websites are actually making me consider branching out with by content beyond fashion. I'm thinking of adding city guides, beauty and home interiors although it's a little scary after focusing on fashion for six years! What do you think?