29 May 2015

Thoughts On Dropping Out of University & Moving Home


I'll say it from the off, this is probably going to be one big incoherent ramble. I have a lot of FEELS at the moment that I've been dying to get off my chest in regards to moving home and dropping out of university, so here is a blog post that may or may not make sense.

I can hardly believe that this is my last week in Aberdeen. It feels a bit surreal knowing that I don't need to come back here again. I decided to drop out of university about four months ago now but it still hasn't quite sunk in. I keep making plans for when I move home, forgetting that it is just a couple of days away now.

I've been thinking a lot about the first few weeks I spent in this city, how I thought I wouldn't make it through one year let alone two and majorly struggled with homesickness. Whilst it may seem like a cop out to drop out of university after two years I'm so proud of myself for making it through the first week. I will finish a degree at some point, maybe in the same discipline, maybe not, but it will not be in Aberdeen and that is honestly the best thing for me.

Sometimes I can't help but feel like a failure, like I gave up and bowed down to my insecurities, but in reality I was strong. I accepted my feelings and made the decision to change my life. I might miss out on opportunities but I will also gain them. It may seem a tad narcissistic to be so proud of myself but I made it through two of the lowest years of my life even though I didn't think I'd make it through the first week. I gave it a shot, I tried my very best, and now I'm moving on. Onwards and upwards, right?

A big factor in my over emotional state has been the uncertainty. As of yet, I'm still to hear back from the universities that I have applied to finish my degree at. With each passing day I feel like it's becoming more and more unlikely that I'll be starting at a new campus this September, but maybe that's a good thing! In all honesty, I don't mind the outcome either way. If I start this year then great! I can get straight back in to it and finish my degree. If not, then that's great too! A gap year would probably do me the world of good, I can take some time to get work experience, maybe do some of that travelling I've been talking about and then just apply again for next year. It's a win win situation in my eyes.

I'm sad to be leaving some great friends behind, if it wasn't for them I probably wouldn't have made it through that first year, but they're just a bus ride away and I'm sure the constant Whatsapp messages will keep me entertained for now. I met some seriously incredible people at Robert Gordon and I was involved in some great things too, so now I'm excited to see what other exciting opportunities and people I find somewhere new.

As of Sunday I will be back at home in the city I love to pieces, enjoying the best purchase I've made this year (which I shall be sharing with my cat) and not having to endure a 3 hour bus journey twice a week. It's a great feeling! I'm looking forward to being back with my friends, my boyfriend and my family. They've been so supportive over the past two years which means the absolute world to me, so I'll try my best not to annoy them too much after they thought they'd got rid of me!

What? Me, crying? Eh... no.... that's just a bit of dust in my eye.

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.
Max Depree
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28 May 2015

3 Ideas for Summer Celebrations

3 Ideas For Summer Celebrations UK

With summer just around the corner and exams out the way it’s safe to say that I am in a relatively celebratory mood. There’s something about summer that awakens the social butterfly hidden deep within me and I find myself concocting plans to catch up with all of those friends that I hadn't seen during my winter induced hibernation. Today I decided to share a few ideas for some summer celebrations to throw when the sun begins to show. Champagne glasses at the ready!

3 Ideas For Summer Celebrations UK

GARDEN PARTIES

One of my favourite things about my house is my garden; it’s got lots of space and is bathed in sunlight for the majority of the day. A few weeks ago we purchased some new garden furniture and I for one can’t wait to have the girls round for a catch up in the sunshine! My ideal girly catch up involves at least one bottle of something fizzy, such as a bottle of pink champagne or prosecco from the great range at Tesco, and some yummy nibbles to tuck in to. I don’t know about you, but if there’s snacks sitting in front of me I just have to eat them!

TIPS FOR THROWING A GREAT GARDEN PARTY:

  • Make sure you have enough seating for your guests; adding a few folding chairs to your collection should do the trick!
  • Lighting is a key part of making the celebration last; it's no fun sitting out in the dark! Deck your space with lots of solar powered fairy lights and lanterns for added atmosphere.
  • Fight off those pesky bugs with a citronella candle; you’ll thank me later when you've avoided all of those awful midgie bites!

3 Ideas For Summer Celebrations UK

BARBECUES

A shared love of food will always be a great bonding activity in my eyes and so why not celebrate this summer with a feast for all your friends? Drag that barbecue out of the shed and get your grill on! Gone are the days where barbecue food consisted solely of burgers, nowadays there’s a wealth of yummy recipes that are ideal for outdoor cooking – check out my barbecue board on Pinterest for some inspiration and get your apron at the ready.

TIPS FOR HOSTING A SUCCESSFUL BARBECUE:

  • Try to have a variety of food and drink available; catering to various dietary requirements and those ever so fussy eaters (like I used to be) is a sure fire way to leave your guests satisfied!
  • Ensure that your food is thoroughly cooked; no one wants to end the night with a funny tummy and a bout of food poisoning!
  • Prepare your food in advance so that all you need to do is fire it on the barbecue; this means you’ll have more precious time to spend playing host!
3 Ideas For Summer Celebrations UK

PICNICS

Now, living in Scotland means I am pretty spoiled when it comes to having beautifully scenic locations on my doorstep, so packing up the car and heading off for a picnic is one of my favourite ways to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon! Be sure to stock up on some easy to eat dishes and a decent blanket, pick a great spot and you’re sorted. Over the bank holiday I headed up to the east side of Loch Lomond for a meal with a view and it was so relaxing.

TIPS FOR THE PERFECT PICNIC:

  • Ensure you have plenty of napkins, cutlery and plastic cups if necessary; it’s no fun struggling to eat pasta with your hands!
  • If you’re planning on taking your favourite tipple on the trip then be sure to check out the local laws regarding drinking in public; a hefty fine can certainly ruin what was a great day!
  • Be sure to take all of your litter home with you, or at least dispose of it responsibly; the great outdoors is great for a reason and you wouldn't want your rubbish to ruin that, right?

I'm pretty desperate to throw a little get together in my garden after writing this – a blogger barbecue anyone? I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions for summer celebrations, so if you have any be sure to leave them in the comments!



This post was produced in collaboration with Tesco Wine.
You can read my full disclaimer here.
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27 May 2015

Space travel's in my blood

UK fashion blogger celeb look

UK fashion blogger celeb look
Playsuit* - Celeblook
Shoes - New Look

I'm not often one for a night out, I much prefer going out for meals instead, but when the end of exams finally rolled around it was time for one last night out with my uni ladies before I move back home to Glasgow. We're all heading in different directions now, with a few staying in Aberdeen, some off to study abroad in Canada, various placements and me moving back home, so I did get a little bit emotional at times. It's difficult to leave friends behind but I'll be dragging them down the road for a visit soon!

As impractical as playsuits can be I've become a pretty big fan of them recently. This gorgeous lace detail playsuit from Celeblook was a bit of a no brainer when choosing an outfit for the night, it's so easy to wear and the little peeks of lace add a bit of extra interest to what would otherwise be one of my typical all black ensembles. Can you believe it's only £14?! A crazy bargain if you ask me! I did intend on wearing my trusty black heels from New Look out, but in the end I swapped them for a pair of flats in order to maximise my capacity for dancing.

I mentioned last week that the bulk of my time is being taken up with packing my flat in to boxes and hopefully fitting it all in to the car this weekend. Alongside that I've been putting a bit of time in to some behind the scenes stuff on the blog, as well as some serious Netflix marathons and lots of sleeping too - bliss. I have the next couple of weekends off work which is a bit of a relief but my weekends are still jam packed with a visit to Manchester to see The Courteeners in the park I grew up next to and a wedding in Edinburgh too. So far, my summer is going well, but it's only a week in now so who knows how it will continue!

What are you up to at the moment? Any exciting trips planned?
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26 May 2015

#SassyBooks Book Club

uk blogger book club

I've been wittering on about exciting projects for a while now without really giving away that many details about what or who they involve, however that's all about to change! 


Reading is one of my favourite hobbies alongside blogging, so it makes sense that I do post about books a bit. Someone that also posts about books a fair amount and is also one of my best pals is Hayley and we fancied putting together a little collaboration over the summer, and maybe longer.

The result? #SassyBooks.

What is #SassyBooks? I hear you cry!

Well, to put it simply it is a book club. Currently we are the sole members of said book club - but hopefully that's not how it's going to stay. Each month we'll be picking a new book to read and then review, sharing our thoughts and feelings on various works and genres from Young Adult to Non Fiction and everything in between. Who knows where we'll end up? We would love for you to join in, so keep reading if I have managed to pique your interest...

How will #SassyBooks work?

Every month we will be picking a book which will be announced on the last Tuesday of the respective month. We will then read it and post our review on the last Tuesday of the following month alongside the announcement for the next book. If you want to get involved please feel free to join in with our choices as we will also be including links to the reviews posted by everyone taking part (as long as they're posted on or before the last Tuesday of the month!). We'll be open to suggestions for books to read in the future too, so be sure to send those our way.

Sound good?

Great! Our first book is going to be I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, a novel about twins driven apart by tragedy, and it is available to buy from Amazon here for as little as £1.61! 

So that's one of my fun summer projects that I'm really excited about and I know Hayley is too. We'd both absolutely love it if you joined in our little book club and we're looking forward to hearing your thoughts on I'll Give You The Sun. Our reviews will be up on the 30th of June so if you do decide to join in send your review links over to us to be included in the post and be sure to use the hashtag #SassyBooks to keep up with everyone's progress!

Will you be joining in with #SassyBooks? Sassy feels like a strange word for me now... sassy.
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25 May 2015

FOOD: Bill's Restaurant Glasgow

bills restaurant review glasgow uk

bills restaurant review glasgow uk

bills restaurant review glasgow uk

I was pretty excited when I heard that Bill's Restaurant was opening a branch in Glasgow, having previously heard rave reviews of the various joints down in the south. In the past month I've actually visited twice; once with some lovely blogging ladies at the start of the month and again at the weekend with Paddy and a couple of our friends. I've made it my mission to work my way through the various treats that caught my eye on the menu and so far I'm doing pretty well!

The restaurant sits on West Nile Street, mere metres away from what could be considered the heart of "burger central" and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Being Glasgow, it was pouring with rain on both of my visits so I've only experienced the indoor atmosphere for now! I can imagine it would be lovely to sit outside if that rare week of sunshine ever happens again.

Inside, the restaurant has a somewhat eclectic decor style with a mix of exposed industrial-esque ceilings and extravagant chandeliers. It's lovely and cosy, perfect for a catch up over a cocktail, but not the best lighting for blog photos... damn! That aside, I really love the interior and especially enjoyed fawning over the Bill's branded goodies that were available to purchase. I ended up at the exact same table on both of my visits which was literally right next to a massive stand of treats! I was tempted to pick up a bottle of the delicious pink lemonade but I've resisted so far.

The soft drink menu is pretty impressive with various juices and ice cream floats aplenty. Having recently finished my exams (and after a long day at work) I headed straight to the cocktail menu for one of their fantastic Amaretto Sours, made with pink lemonade. It went down an absolute treat and was possibly one of the best I've had in a while, but the same couldn't be said for the Strawberry Daiquiri which was a tad too synthetic for our liking.

bills restaurant review glasgow uk

bills restaurant review glasgow uk

Between a table of four people, we ended up with three burgers... Typical! I decided to save myself for the Great Glasgow Burgerthon and opted for the barbecue ribs which were really good. The chips were amazing too - worth ordering as a side if your dish doesn't already come with a portion! I wasn't totally blown away by the presentation but it is pretty difficult to make ribs look pretty. As expected the burgers were of a great standard, clearly made with high quality meat and cooked to perfection. The bun was a tad too toasted for my liking but no one else was fussed. On my previous visit I had the duck which again was also great, would definitely recommend that and will be heading back for more in the future - once I've sampled the rest of the menu that is.

bills restaurant review glasgow uk

bills restaurant review glasgow uk

When I first visited Bill's I knew I had to have the chocolate brownie, and it was a brilliant choice. Moist and fudgey without being too dense it's the ideal climax to a great meal. Last time I was a bit jealous when Roisin ordered the warm cinnamon doughnuts so I was swaying slightly towards ordering them this time but my mouth was watering at the thought of the plate of chocolate-y goodness. At first I was a little dismayed at the portion size but it is spot on, any more and I would be rolling home! I'm drooling right now just thinking about it, oh my.

bills restaurant review glasgow uk

Overall I'd say that Bill's is pretty much worth the hype. The service was a little bit on the slow side but it was a Saturday night and our waiter was ridiculously kind so we didn't feel ignored in the slightest. There's such a great variety available from their menu and it's something a little bit different to the bog standard burger and chips which I'm so used to right now. I'm already planning a return for breakfast, but they also have a pretty snazzy looking afternoon tea on offer too! I'm really glad that it has finally arrived up "over the wall" and here's hoping that lots of other chains quickly follow suit.

This meal was provided for the purpose of a review.
This does not change my opinion.
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22 May 2015

I NEED YOU!


Happy Friday everyone! Would winning a £75 voucher to spend at Boohoo make your Friday that little bit brighter? If yes, then keep reading...

Okay. I have a cheeky favour to ask! You might remember my post about the Style For Stroke collaboration I took part in with Boohoo, and if not you can catch up with it all here. To give you the jist, I designed a t-shirt with my slogan to live by (as you can see above!) and if you vote for me then it could be put in to production and available to buy on Boohoo... how awesome is that?!

Not only that - but by voting you enter yourself in to a draw to win a whopping £75 to spend on the Boohoo website as well as one of the winning tees!

Now, I have to admit I have some seriously tough competition out there, the other bloggers involved have put together some fantastic designs. Take a look through them all and pick your favourite to win, but it would absolutely make my day if you could vote for my design here.

So yeah... vote for me please?! I'll make it up to you with top class hilarity, general charm and maybe a grateful hug should I bump in to you in the street. I will introduce myself first, don't worry.

xxx
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21 May 2015

OUTFIT: Angels in the architecture

Dress - H&M
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell

Straight hair don't care, am I right? Yeah... 

I don't know if I've ever really posted photos with my hair straight on here before, probably because I don't really wear it this way on a regular basis! I do like how long it is straight though, I just feel like I look approximately 12 years old. Fun fact, when I was in high school I wore my hair straight nearly every day for at least the first year.

This is the outfit I wore to an engagement party at the weekend which was a great night. I had quite a busy weekend with a fair bit of studying jammed in as my last exam was on Monday. So relieved that they're all over now! It's such a strange feeling knowing that I won't have any more classes at RGU and now I can finally watch Netflix guilt free for hours on end. 

The next big thing on my calendar is moving home at the end of the month so I'm going to be running about like a headless chicken trying to pack and fit in all of my goodbyes. Last night was my leaving night out with the girls from my course which was emotional - I will miss those girls so much.

Aside from packing it means I can finally start to dedicate some time to those ever so mysterious plans I keep referencing. All will be revealed soon, but let's just say there'll be a few changes going on to mark this new chapter in my life! I'm probably the only one who finds it exciting... Awkward.

Do you have any exciting summer plans?

x
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20 May 2015

BEAUTY: Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum from Superdrug

Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum from Superdrug

Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum from Superdrug

Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum from Superdrug

VITAMIN E MOISTURE BOOST SERUM 50ml - £3.99 FROM SUPERDRUG

If you have an eagle eye you might notice that I'm very rarely a loyal shopper. No matter how much I love a product I often find myself choosing to search for an alternative as opposed to repurchasing, although there a few things that I do return to again and again.

A couple of months ago I reviewed a really great serum... but it ran out. I debated repurchasing but I'd had my eye on Superdrug's Vitamin E offering for a while and decided to take the plunge. A whole £3.99 later and it was mine! I've mentioned before that my skin doesn't have particularly expensive taste so I was quite confident that this drugstore bargain would work well for me.

The packaging is pretty basic as to be expected, it's a sturdy plastic container with a pump to dispense the product. I'm not sure if it's just my bottle but I find the pump a little bit stiff and it takes a bit of work to actually get enough product, although this prevents me from dispensing too much and prevents product wastage.

The serums that I've used in the past have been a bit lighter in consistency however the Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum from Superdrug fares more like a moisturiser. It has that typical skincare scent which fades quickly. It's suggested that you use 2-3 pumps for the face which I'd say is a decent recommendation, although I sometimes use an extra pump for my nose as it can be particularly prone to dryness. I find that it leaves a tiny bit of residue after application but it's not noticeable once a moisturiser is applied.

I've been using this morning and evening for a few weeks now and I'm really impressed with how well it's maintained my skin. I've not noticed any massive differences however I personally see that as a good thing as it's clearly been a good match for what I used previously and works just as I expected it to!

As a big lover of Vitamin E based skincare I'll definitely be purchasing a few more things from the rest of the range, it's all relatively affordable and has good reviews online. I particularly fancy the hair and body oil, but I might pick up this skincare hamper which is a massive bargain. You can check out the whole range here.

Do you have any bargain skincare recommendations?
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19 May 2015

BEAUTY: PMD Personal Microderm







PMD Personal Microderm* - RRP £150 available online or from Harrods

I first experienced the wonders of microdermabrasion back in November at a salon in Glasgow and I seriously could not recommend it enough. Since then I've been determined to include it in my skincare regime but struggled to justify paying £60 and up for a treatment. This is where the PMD Personal Microderm comes in. Now it's less of a treat and more of an essential step that I can include in my routine on a weekly basis... my skin is feeling very happy right now!

Handheld microdermabrasion doesn't seem to be much of a thing in the UK - yet - but it has been a bit of a hit across the pond and I had seen it do the rounds on a few of the big beauty YouTubers so I was actually so excited to be offered the chance to review this. I struggle a lot with dry skin on my face and keratosis pilaris my body which at times can be quite a knock to my self esteem so something like this plays a really important role in my routine. It's pricey, I'll say that from the start, but it's so difficult to put a price on self esteem and in the long run I definitely think it's worth the investment.

Microdermabrasion is essentially a form of exfoliation using a coarse disc consisting of aluminium oxide crystals and a vacuum action in order to remove dead skin cells, stimulate cell renewal and the production of collagen. It has numerous benefits for many skin types including light scar reduction, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage and it also helps to fight acne by clearing out dirt and oil from clogged pores.

The PMD Personal Microderm comes with seven exfoliating discs of different strengths and sizes, a charger with three different plug adapters making it ideal for travelling and an instructional DVD that shows you exactly how to use the device properly. There are discs for both sensitive and medium levels of abrasion but you can also buy more abrasive discs separately - something I am considering for my arms. Each disc is colour coded and there is a leaflet with details of each discs use included in the box too.

At first I was a bit nervous about using it properly but the DVD was so helpful. Being shown exactly how to use the device made my life a lot easier (I'm awful at figuring out instruction leaflets) and I felt so much more comfortable. To use the device you need to make sure you hold the skin taut and use constant movements, avoiding covering the same area twice. It's a bit of an odd sensation but you get used to it. When using it on your body it's much the same process.

I've been using this device for a little over a month now and have seen considerable differences in the texture of my skin, particularly on my arms. The skin there is really dry and occasionally painful, with a lot of discolouration and uneven texture thanks to the wonder that is keratosis pilaris. I finally feel a bit more comfortable having my arms on show, I'm hoping that with continued use it'll give me a bit more confidence on holiday in August! The scarring around my nose is fading slightly and overall my skin feels a lot healthier, with a noticeable reduction in my dry patches which are my main skincare concern.

Despite it being a bit more of an investment, it's not ridiculous and with the benefits that I've been seeing I would highly recommend it. It's worthwhile investing in your skin and in the long term it works out so much cheaper than repeated treatments. Typically a microdermabrasion treatment in a salon may cost anywhere from £60 and up, so a month's worth of weekly treatments would set you back £240 alone!

You can purchase the PMD Microderm from the website or from Harrods.
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18 May 2015

Meet My May Advertisers!


That time again! Once again am I so happy to have some lovely ladies in my sidebar, with both Stephanie and Jasmin staying on as medium advertisers for one more month. Some of you may also know my blogging pal Hayley who has recently opened her own Etsy store selling handmade crochet gifts & accessories - find out more about them below!

MEDIUM ADVERTISER - STEPHANIE FROM HOPE, FREEDOM, LOVE
My name is Stephanie, I'm 23 and I'm based in Hertfordshire. I run 'Hope, Freedom, Love' which is a beauty and lifestyle blog. 'Hope, Freedom, Love' is three years old and it's the best hobby I could wish for. If you like daily content then I'm the blog for you, as I post every single day at 7am! I write about everything that interests me; from new makeup releases, hauls and reviews, to recipes, life updates and fun things to do! I love meeting and chatting to fellow bloggers and readers, so please come by and visit!
Posts to check out: Tarte Poppy Picnic Palette & Feeling Peach with The Library of Fragrance

MEDIUM ADVERTISER - JASMIN FROM JASMIN CHARLOTTE
Hi all! I'm Jasmin and I blog over at jasmincharlotte.com - I am a kiwi living in London with a confused accent and a diet coke addiction. I can't keep my feet in the same country for long, could likely eat my body weight in cheese and am always looking for ways to make me and others happier! I blog all about lifestyle, including food, travel, London adventures, technology and occasionally beauty. Come and say hi! JC xx
Posts to check out: 7 Free Tools To Improve Your Blog & Greek Chicken Baby Kale Salad

SMALL ADVERTISERS
This month my small advertisers are Sue's Little Gems who sell affordable handmade jewellery and The Crocheting Chemist; a one stop shop for adorable crocheted gifts.

For more details on my advertising packages head over to this page, or get in touch if you have any further questions.
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15 May 2015

FOOD: An #ElegantExperience at Sugar Dumplin' Glasgow





If you know Glasgow, you may understand my surprise when a restaurant that wasn't a burger place opened in the city centre. In fact, the recently opened Sugar Dumplin is one of the only places to get a taste of the Caribbean in the heart of the city. I've never had Caribbean food before and knew very little about the cuisine but I was so excited to try it out after reading lots of rave reviews. As much as I would love to spend a fortnight in a luxury Caribbean resort I think it'll be a few years before I treat myself to such an experience, so for now I'll just have to try and emulate the dream destination with an Elegant Experience much closer to home.

Situated in the jam packed upper floors of Princes Square, Sugar Dumplin is not only home to fantastic Caribbean food but houses 40 types of rum and an extensive cocktail list - kaching! I love a good cocktail and after a very long time deciding I started out with an amazing Bajan Mojito with golden rum, lime, passionfruit and a hint of mint. Very strong, but went down a treat! I'd also recommend the Rum Runner and the Reggae Rum Punch, but there's plenty of classic cocktails if you're not a fan of rum. Pina Colada served in a pineapple anyone? They also had a decent selection of beers and I kind of forced Paddy to try a bottle of "March of the Penguins" purely for the name alone...





I'm one of those people who always struggles to decide what to eat, so in order to aid in my decision making I opted to have a few of the smaller dishes combined as a main. I am so glad I did this! I chose four dishes; the sticky BBQ ribs, hickory smoked wings, fried dumplings & sweet potato and garlic mash. Each dish was amazing, but the ribs were in a class of their own. The meat was beautifully tender, as soon as I touched it with my knife it fell away from the bone effortlessly, and the seasoning was just perfect. I'd go back just to eat those ribs alone! Paddy agreed too, nabbing a fair few from my plate. The chicken wings were great too, but I think the amazing ribs did overshadow them a tad. The fried dumplings were perfectly doughy on the inside with a crispy, golden shell and a tangy house mayo with a hint of spice on the side. I've never had sweet potato mash before but it's definitely one I'll be having again - especially with garlic as it complemented the flavour perfectly. I did order a little bit too much which is ever so typical of me, but I couldn't resist trying a few dishes!

Paddy decided on the smoked ribeye burger and ever so kindly let me have a bit (I did give him some of my ribs so it's only fair) which I found delicious. The meat was perfectly cooked, despite me usually preferring it a little bit more on the rare side of medium, and it worked perfectly with the pillow soft brioche roll. The chips on the side were great too, especially when dipped in the accompanying range of sauces from the menu.

Much to my surprise I decided against a dessert, probably due to the cocktails, but in the future I'd love to try out the chocolate rum cake or lime, mint & ginger sorbet with roasted pineapple. Mmm! Plus I'll need to make my way through the rest of the cocktail menu so a return visit is definitely required.


We were seated in the back of the restaurant, next to a huge window that gave a great view of the upper levels of Buchanan Street. Something that not many people notice in Glasgow is just how beautiful the architecture is above eye level so it was a very welcome view to have. Luckily it had turned in to a really sunny evening too, so it was nice and light within the restaurant. The decor was - what I imagine to be - typically Caribbean with lots of corrugated metal on the walls. It had a stripped back, industrial feel but not in an imposing way. I particularly loved the mix of bottle light fixtures, so cool! Behind us there were some beach hut style tables that looked like they'd be fantastic for a cosy meal too.

We visited on a Thursday night and whilst there was a few other tables seated it certainly wasn't busy. The general atmosphere was very friendly, with attentive staff and reggae covers of popular songs playing over the speakers. The bar is pretty central in the restaurant so you can see every drink being made and you can see the kitchen too, something I always like! Although it does make me pretty hungry...

It was so nice to experience something a bit different in Glasgow, we were both a bit unsure of what to expect as neither of us had eaten Carribean food before but it was all delicious. A great mix of seafood, meat and vegetarian options with lots of flavours. There's so many things on the menu I want to try! Definitely one to try.

x

Big thanks to Elegant Resorts for providing this Elegant Experience,
and to Talented Talkers for being generally awesome.
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14 May 2015

OUTFIT: Flying high and shaking hands

Top - Pull & Bear
Skirt - Primark
Shoes* - George at Asda

Fancy meeting you here, eh? 

I wasn't joking when I said I wear these shoes a lot. They're so versatile and comfy! I actually got this top in the sale back when I was in London for a mere £2.99 and despite being a tiny bit big for me I love it. I think it'll be great when the sunny weather comes back! The skirt was a wee Primark find, I think it was about £6, and I really love it but again it's a little bit on the big side despite buying a size smaller. Plus full length zips are not fun when you're sitting down - cue strange rippling. Despite that I still wear it a lot and would love a suede or denim one in a similar style too.

I had my Public Relations exam yesterday and I'm not sure how to feel about it... which is comforting. I think I had decent answers to two questions however my press release wasn't the strongest, it wasn't the best brief to work with but what can I do now?! My final exam is on Monday, for my Consumer Behaviour module, which was one of my favourites this semester so I'm a little bit more confident for it but in reality I just can't wait for it to be over! I've been feeling a bit burnt out and I have so many plans that I want to get started on. In all honesty, I'm think I'm in a bit of a rut when it comes to my blog and I really want to push through this. Hopefully my summer projects will help this!

In other exciting news, I'm going to be a guest on a radio show! My university radio has a show called What The Feminism and I am genuinely so excited to have been asked to take part. Make sure you all come and listen in! I'll be tweeting about it on the day and be sure to follow the show on Twitter too. You can catch up with their previous shows here. I'm a tiiiiiiny bit nervous but very excited.

Tonight I'm heading out for a little date night which is just what I need right now. We're off for some yummy Carribean food and a comedy show, more on that tomorrow! It's Paddy's cousin's engagement party tomorrow night which I'm really looking forward to then on Saturday I'm off to an album launch. Busy weekend!

What have you all been up to? Any exciting news?

xx
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13 May 2015

BEAUTY: Tresemme Volume Curls Curling Tong





Salon Professional Volume Curls styler by Tresemme - RRP £20.00, available from Amazon

Disaster struck a couple of weeks ago when my beloved Enrapture Totem Styler officially bit the dust. It had actually broken before back in November-ish time so I was a bit peeved off that it had broken again and decided it was time to move on. In an ideal world I'd have the GHD Curve however it's a tiny bit out of my budget at the moment so instead I picked up this styler by Tresemme after work.

First things first, the barrel is pretty huge. It's 32mm, which is definitely on the larger side of what's readily available. I personally like a bigger barrel however I do sometimes feel like it's a little bit too big for my hair. It's fine for the longer pieces in the bottom layers of my hair but I need something a little bit narrower for my shorter layers (I also need a hair cut, but that's a whole other story).

The styler is really lightweight - to the point that I've hit myself in the head with it a couple of times - and has a long 2.5m swivel cord. I love having a swivel cord because I switch between using it as a wand and as a tong so it means I can do that without it being too much of a faff. There's 3 heat settings, with the top temperature being 200 degrees celsius. It heats up relatively fast which is fantastic for me because I'm usually in a rush in the morning and don't have time to waste waiting for it to heat up.

I find that this styler gives gorgeous, defined curls with lots of bounce. The large barrel is perfect for creating a softer style with really long lasting results. I'm still getting used to it at the moment but I'm seriously impressed, it was such a bargain! It was a great choice to last me until I can afford my dream GHD Curve.

Do you prefer a large barrel for curling tongs, or do you like the narrow ones?

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12 May 2015

STYLE FOR STROKE x BOOHOO







You would think that as a fashion student (for a couple more weeks at least) I'd have some sort of design inclination, but you couldn't be more wrong. I can't sew/design/alter/draw for the life of me. When Boohoo got in touch to ask if I'd like to take part in their Style For Stroke Famous Last Words collaboration I decided to give it a go, cue a morning of swearing at fabric pens in my pyjamas.

Style For Stroke aims to increase awareness of strokes within younger generations, as they are often dismissed as something that can only happen when you're older. I think this is so important as it's essential to know what to do if you, or someone you are with, suffers a stroke. The best way to remember how to react is the Act F.A.S.T. acronym: has the face fallen on one side?, can they raise both arms?, is their speech slurred? If so, it's time to call 999. You can find out a bit more about Style For Stroke here and more about what to do in the event of a stroke here. Very important!

For the collaboration I was tasked with creating my own slogan t-shirt with the theme of "Famous Last Words", using either a sassy one liner or a motivational slogan as my inspiration. A quote that really stands out to me is actually a line from Michael Jackson's song Heal The World - "Stop existing and start living". It's always been a favourite of mine so I knew it would be perfect for my t-shirt! After a few rough sketches I started to transfer it to my t-shirt using the fabric pens (we are not friends.) and I'm actually really happy with the end result. What do you think?


What slogan would you like on a t-shirt?

Post in collaboration with Boohoo
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11 May 2015

BEAUTY: Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Concealer

maybelline super stay concealer review

maybelline super stay concealer review

maybelline super stay concealer review

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Concealer - RRP £5.99, available from Amazon

A few weeks ago I stupidly left my concealer in Aberdeen, which normally wouldn't be an issue for me, but I had a weekend full of occasions that required make up and a very angry breakout on my chin. Disaster. Whilst helping my dad out with the weekly shop I pottered off to the beauty aisle and perused the selection, hoping to find either Maybelline's "Fit Me" or "The Eraser" in a shade light enough for me; however it was not to be.

Instead I picked up Super Stay 24 Hour concealer in the lightest shade possible, Light Beige, which has turned out to be slightly too dark for me. Not awfully so, I'd just prefer it to be a bit lighter. After doing a bit of research it would appear that Maybelline do actually produce this concealer in lighter shades however they don't seem to stock it in any of the UK suppliers. Handy for us pale girls! Luckily it blends out okay so isn't too noticeable, more of a personal preference.

The concealer itself provides quite a full coverage, feeling a bit more like a foundation than a concealer. I find it quite dense on my skin and it seems to cling to my dry patches around my nose. This isn't ideal as I have a bit of scarring around my nose that I like to conceal as much as possible! As I previously mentioned it blends relatively easily however I feel it has a somewhat chalky appearance if not completely blended properly which only becomes apparent a while after application - cue awkward "has my face looked like this ALL day?!" moment after an 8 hour shift at work. Personally I've found it to stay pretty true to the original colour with little noticeable oxidisation which is a big plus. I doubt I'll ever need to test the claims of 24 hour coverage however it certainly lasts all day with minimal need for touch ups.

I typically prefer a concealer that's a little bit lighter on the skin, so this isn't really one for me, but if you're looking for a full coverage concealer then this is maybe one to try if you can get your hands on it. After digging around a bit it appears that this concealer is being discontinued, as it's no longer available on the Tesco or Boots websites. It may still be available in store, but if I'm being honest there's a lot better out there in the same price range.

What's your favourite drugstore concealer?
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