TRAVEL: A Trip to Scotland

Being a long drive from where we live, we decided to go up on the Sunday and stay in a hotel in Carlisle. The next day, we continued the journey and after picking up some groceries, we checked into the resort. We were staying in a gorgeous lodge, nestled deep in the trees. The rooms were spacious and comfortably kitted out with everything thing we could want. The best parts had to be the private sauna and hot tub – hidden away from any onlookers so you could really relax.

The resort had plenty of activities from you to choose from for a fee. Matt had brought along his clubs especially for their golf course and he was really impressed with it all. Together, we went along to archery which was good fun (I felt a bit like Katniss – except rubbish!) and hired out the tennis courts for an hour which were both a really reasonable price.

There is also a pool free to use for guests with a sauna, steam room and gym which are all really high quality facilities. Although we didn’t venture into the onsite restaurant ourselves, it sat overlooking the Piperdam’s loch and the menu sounded really lovely.

The true beauty of the place only hit us when we ventured up a mountain half way through the week. I’m not one for long walks (I was enticed by a particularly delicious picnic) but upon reaching the top and the view, I was so pleased we’d done it. The sun was shining, making everything even more beautiful and we settled down with our picnic to really enjoy our surroundings.

If you were thinking of booking Piperdam, I would advise you prepare for no internet whatsoever and very little phone signal at times but there is something quite nice about being out of touch with reality for a while. It’s easy to forget to look up from our various electric devices and really take in what is going on around us. And where better to do that than somewhere as picturesque?

Emily x

Wishlist – Summer Edition

Summer wish list

Naked Smokey – As the proud owner (and lover) of
all three current Naked palettes, I feel it is necessary, no obligatory,
that I must have Naked Smokey too, so this is particularly high on my wish
list. Even the packaging is enough to make me drool, let alone the twelve
stunning shades. I need. Now.

Instax Mini 8 – I shouldn’t
want this, but I do. The camera roll for these things are pricey at around
£13.95 for a roll of 20 photos (I can practically hear Snapfish shuddering).
But I’ve always loved Polaroid pictures, not to mention the array ofpastel
colours it comes in means it even looks nice sitting on your shelf.

Charlotte Olympia slippers – I would probably actually start
eating my vegetables if it meant I could own a pair of these adorable pumps
from Charlotte Olympia. These could be paired with so many outfit combinations,
day or night. I daren’t do
more than drool over them, but a girl can dream right?

Retro Slush Maker – If
my boyfriend had let me, I would happily have gone and purchased this slush
maker by now. What’s more refreshing in Summer than a nice cool slush? Think of
the fun you could have! And the flavour combinations! And the red chrome matches my toaster
and kettle. It’s a match made in heaven.

Oreo Peanut Butter – I may
not have tasted these, but I don’t need to. Oreo? Peanut Butter? What’s not to
love? I will be eying my local supermarkets until they are in my stomach!

What’s on your wish list this Summer?

Emily x

July Favourites

July has come and gone already, with many people already citing how many days it is until Christmas(!). I decided to take a look back at my favourite things this month!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow

A recent boots splurge led me to pick up three of the most lovely shades from Maybelline in their Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadows in (from L-R) pink gold, metallic pomegranate and on and on bronze. I’m not sure how much the photos do the colours justice, but they are a richly pigmented cream formula, blending beautifully across the lid. I’ve worn them all individually across numerous events such as a wedding reception, dinner out and even just a shopping trip, so you can really incorporate them into any occasion. And at only £4.99, it’s a good excuse to pick up a couple of shades!

I Let You Go – Claire Mackintosh

I’ve always been into books, but for the last year I’ve been reading consistently, constantly carrying my iPad round in my handbag. One of my most recent favourites has been psychological thriller, I Let You Go. Similar to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, it was one of those books where for the first 100 or so pages, I wasn’t really convinced by it. But then the twists and turns began and things began to slot into place and I couldn’t put it down! Luckily I had a nice seven hour journey from Scotland to devour it in and I found myself crying out at parts to my boyfriend (who was doing the driving, poor thing). The writing is excellent for a debut author and really engaging. I don’t want to spoil anything so shall leave you with the book’s blurb:

It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…

Dungarees – Topshop

I’m sure that everyone must own some of these by now as they seem to have really come back into people’s wardrobes this summer. It was a purchase I never thought I would actually make (as much I pined over them from afar) but one day, feeling brave, I marched into the Topshop changing rooms and was pleased to find they didn’t actually look too bad! I’ve been wearing these with a plain white t-shirt underneath and sandals or converse though they are versatile enough to really make your own.

The Book of Mormon

As part of our London trip for my boyfriend’s birthday, we booked tickets to see The Book of Mormon which I knew would be a perfect trip as it was created by the writers of South Park which my boyfriend loves. Everywhere that promotes it goes on about how crude it is, but we didn’t find it too bad. Sure there’s plenty of bad language, but nothing happens which horrified us. Anyway, I’ve never really seen any comical musicals in London, so this was really different for me personally. It was very enjoyable and plenty of laughs were had, with a very talented cast. Unlike the likes of Wicked and The Lion King which are a lot more theatrical, I wouldn’t want to see it again, purely because you wouldn’t find the jokes as funny second time around but was really great to see something new in the West End!

Emily x

REVIEW: The Ivy Chelsea Garden

As it was my boyfriend’s Birthday, we decided to head to London for the day to celebrate. After some shopping (obviously!), we made our way to Chelsea for some dinner.

I’d never been to that area of London before and all I really knew of it was what I’d briefly seen through snippets of a certain reality show. It’s certainly a grand, gorgeous place, with tall white houses which I was dying to know what they looked like inside.

I’d booked the Ivy Chelsea Garden months in advance after seeing a few bloggers talking about it and it was everything I could have hoped. Inside the restaurant was stunning itself, but then we were led outside to the garden which was the real gem. I had specially asked beforehand to be seated outside and was so glad I had done so. Tables and sofas were spaced well apart around a fountain in the garden and greenery surrounded us from all angles, winding up and above our heads. We were kept warm with heaters and there was a large basket of blankets for you to snuggle under just in case. I love to eat outside, but the weather in England doesn’t often allow me that pleasure so this was absolutely perfect.

Now onto the food! We skipped starters and headed straight for the mains. The menu was plentiful with a great range to choose from. My boyfriend ordered the rack of lamb which was gorgeous and tender while as usual, I went for the steak which came with egg and chips. It wasn’t my favourite steak but it was more the seasoning that wasn’t to my liking!

The best part of the meal however had to be dessert! Being a major chocoholic, it didn’t take me long to pick the chocolate bombe. As the menu reads: Melting chocolate bombe with milk foam, vanilla ice cream
and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce.
I was in heaven! So many of my favourite things in one dish. It wasn’t cheap for a dessert, but totally worth it. When the waitress came over with it, I was a little confused as to why she started pouring the caramel sauce for me, but then it made sense as the top half of chocolate began to melt to reveal the ice cream and honeycomb inside. Naturally, I whipped out my phone! Words couldn’t possibly describe the taste for you, but the mixture of textures: warm, cold, soft, crunchy and sweet truly made this dish one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. When I was finished (holding myself back from licking round the bowl in front of all the Chelsea socialites), I couldn’t help but feel disappointed the experience was over!

Overall, our experience at The Ivy Chelsea Garden was really enjoyable. We couldn’t fault the staff who were lovely and attentive and the restaurant itself was stunning. I would definitely recommend anyone to head there if your spending time in London, it’s well worth it!

Emily x

Welcome!

Hello, I’m Emily & welcome to my tiny little slither of the internet. I have decided to start this blog because quite honestly, I miss writing! Like many others, it has always been my favourite thing to do and my every day life unfortunately no longer offers me any reason to have to write, like when I had a lot of free time or was at School and University. Even if only my friends and family read this, I feel happy just being able to have somewhere where I can ramble. I plan on posting on a variety of topics such as baking, beauty, books, hauls, interiors and anything else I feel the urge to.

I’m quite new at this and learning, but come along for the ride and enjoy my musings and more!

Emily x

Emily x