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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

VIDEO: VLOG #32 - Edinburgh Travels 2016

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Welcome to my first travel vlog of 2016! For this trip, we headed to Edinburgh for five days which was just enough to see all the attractions we had planned. I have also written a blog post which is more of an extensive guide to what we did, so please do check that out for more information. I hope you enjoy this vlog and please give it a thumbs up if you liked it.
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Saturday, 30 April 2016

A Travel Guide To Edinburgh

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Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, was the first trip of my travels this year. Dan and I went for a four day trip and that was enough to visit all the attractions we had planned with a good amount of relax time too. I'm going to kick off this guide with where stayed, followed by places to visit and places to eat. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful if you're planning to visit Edinburgh.

holiday inn edinburgh
holiday inn edinburgh
holiday inn edinburgh
holiday inn edinburgh
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town and only a fifteen minute walk to Edinburgh Castle, Holiday Inn Express was the perfect location for all the main attractions we wanted to see. The rooms are adequately sized with a spacious bathroom, double bed, sofa and desk area. We spent most of the day out of the room, but it was nice to come back every evening as the area was quiet making is great for relaxing after a long day. Breakfast is inclusive in the rate when booking and consisted of hot foods such as sausages, eggs and beans as well as a range of cereals, pastries and yoghurts. The staff were friendly and helpful when we asked questions and housekeeping staff always ensured our room was clean and tidy when we came back. If you're looking for somewhere convenient, quiet and affordable to stay in Edinburgh, then I highly recommend Holiday Inn Express.

Places To Visit
what to do in edinburgh
what to do in edinburgh
what to do in edinburgh
what to do in edinburgh
edinburgh castle
edinburgh castle
what to do in edinburgh
edinburgh castle
Edinburgh Castle - Only a fifteen minute walk from where we stayed, Edinburgh Castle was the first place we wanted to visit. Tickets were £16.00 per adult and allowed you access to the whole castle and the war museum. Boasting amazing views of the city and a huge amount of history to read up on, the castle will definitely take up most of the day. There is a tea room and a cafe situated within the castle grounds and makes the perfect spot for a little break. I recommend trying out the Red Velvet cake in the Queen Anne Tearoom, it was so lovely and probably one of the best I've tasted.
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edinburgh zoo pandas
Edinburgh Zoo - I do love a good zoo, so having a day dedicated the Edinburgh Zoo was a no brainer. If like me, you also love visiting a zoo and getting up close with the animals, then make sure you visit this one if you're in Edinburgh. A moderately sized compound housing some of the world's most amazing animals, I highly recommend you get your walking boots on as there will be a lot of that and it will definitely be worth it in the end. My personal favourites were the tiger (he was huge!), the pandas and the penguins. You have to stay till the end of the day to see the penguin parade, it was by far, one of the cutest things I'd ever seen. Tickets are £17.00 per adult if bought online and £19.00 at the door. From our hotel, there were three buses that went straight there and only took about fifteen minutes.
national museum of scotland
national museum of scotland
national museum of scotland
national museum of scotland
national museum of scotland
National Museum of Scotland - A diverse collection which will take you on a journey of discovery of everything Scotland, this museum is definitely the place you need to visit. There are floors and floors of a variety of exhibitions that is informative, exciting and intriguing. There's also a dedicated area for children, so the little ones can learn and keep themselves occupied. Do make sure you also visit the the roof top terrace of the museum as the views of the city are absolutely incredible. Entry to the museum is free for everyone.
scotch whisky experience edinburgh
scotch whisky experience edinburgh
scotch whisky tour edinburgh
scotch whisky experience edinburgh
scotch whisky experience edinburgh
The Scotch Whisky Experience - No trip to Scotland is complete without sampling the famous whiskies and if you fancy learning a bit more about the drink, then I suggest taking a tour at The Scotch Whisky Experience. Dan and I are literally whisky experts now (jokes!). We were taken on a barrel ride, learning all about the history and how the drink is made, then we sat with a group of other visitors and taken through a more extensive presentation which we both loved. Then, with our own glass of whisky, we went on a tour of the entire Claive Vidiz collection which I can tell you now, is completely mind-blowing, you have to see it in real life to understand what I'm talking about. Tickets for the tours start at £14.50 for the silver tour and go up to £35.00 for the platinum tour.

Places To Eat
where to eat in edinburgh
where to eat in edinburgh
oink hog roast edinburgh
For Lunch 

Mrs Macintyre's - If you're looking for a small, quiet cafe for some yummy bagels and coffee/tea or hot chocolate, then this place is a definite must-try.

Oink Hog Roast - For delicious pulled pork rolls with range of different sauces, Oink Hog Roast will fulfil those cravings and keep you full for ages.
the southern edinburgh
the royal mile tavern edinburgh
the royal mile tavern edinburgh
the worlds end pub edinburgh
the worlds end pub edinburgh
For Dinner

The Southern - Burgers are always a good choice in opinion and the gourmet burgers at The Southern are incredible. Served in brioche buns with a choice of side, the meat is more-ish and just so, so tasty.

The Royal Mile Tavern - I tried Haggis here for the first time and it was surprisingly good. Because it was my first time, I opted for the chicken stuffed with a small amount of Haggis and it worked together perfectly. Dan on the other hand is a massive fan, so he went for the full dish and said it tasted real good.

The World's End - We actually read online about this pub before and knew it was somewhere we had to try as they're award winning fish and chips and beef pie had amazing reviews and the reviews didn't lie at all, the food was so lovely. Dan opted for the fish and chips and it was really fresh and tasty, I opted for the pie and that was also yummy, the beef was tender and super flavoursome. If you're looking to visit The World's End, I suggest you either go in a bit earlier than normal dinner time or book a table as they do get full pretty quickly and the restaurant is quite small.

So that's brings me to the end of this travel guide for Edinburgh, I do hope you find it useful if you're planning a visit or if you've already been before, let me know if you visited the same places or have other recommendations.


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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Essie Spring Collection 2016

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essie spring collection 2016
Essie is and always will be one of my favourite nail colour brands and every collection they bring out, I am always there, ready to snap up the latest shades to adorn my nails. I always get excited for spring colours, mainly because I'm a huge fan of anything pastel and usually, this season is all about the lighter shades. However, Essie's spring collection is slightly more on the bolder side this time round, not that it's anything bad, I mean they have already perfected the baby pink, sky blue and mint green, what more can they add? With that being said, I still absolutely adore every single shade in the collection and some of them, I can definitely see myself wearing all the way through to autumn.

A little description of each shade is as follows:
  • High Class Affair - amorous blush nude
  • State Of Mind - blazing coral tangelo
  • Lounge Lover - pretty pink peach
  • Shades On - medium toned purple
  • Poolside Service - refreshing cerulean blue
  • Off Tropic - lush grove green
The collection contains six colours and I have three of them. Like all Essie polishes, they have a nice wide, flat brush which ensures even coverage and easy application. My favourite shade is Lounge Lover, it's such a pretty pink colour and will look amazing with a tan. All shades are available now in Boots or Superdrug at £7.99 each.

Just before I head off, I wanted to share a competition that Essie is currently running. Photographer Rankin and Essie have teamed up to celebrate beautifully painted nails with their long-awaited 'Colour Portrait Studio'. Opening for one day only, on the 17th of May at a secret Central London location, hundreds of colours will be brought to life and attendees at the event will be treated like VIP's. They will have their nails polished, hair and make up done and will have their very own photoshoot with Rankin. This unique opportunity is open till the 28th of April (not long left guys) and to be in the chance of winning, simply follow Essie on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and upload your best nail selfie with the hashtag #essiexrankin and tagging @essieuk. For all T&C's, visit essie.co.uk.

Have you tried any colours from the spring collection yet?

*This post contains PR samples.
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Sunday, 24 April 2016

How To: Easy Sunday Roast

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sunday roast
Ahh, sunday chicken roasts, probably one of my favourite British dishes of all time. The succlent taste of meat, combined with a plethora of potatoes and vegetables, alongside a couple of Yorkshire puddings, the perfect sunday lunch indeed. Luckily for me, Dan is a bit of mean machine when it comes to cooking a roast, he's got the recipe right down to a tee and loves the whole preparation, cooking and serving of it all. So in today's post, I'm sharing his 'easy' sunday roast recipe, normally he does the vegetables separately, but for this recipe, he wanted it to be a quick one, so he's put all the vegetables in to the pan and cooked it together with the chicken.

Step one - Prepare the chicken by placing it neatly in the plan, drizzle some olive oil on it and marinate with some salt and pepper.

Step two - Cut up all preferred vegetables, we used potatoes, carrots, onions and parsnips and place them round the chicken. This will ensure all the juices of the chicken will be infused in the vegetables.

Step three - Set oven on 200 degrees and place the tray in the middle of the oven and cook for an hour and twenty minutes.

Step four - With ten minutes to go till the chicken is done, start preparing the gravy. For this receipe, we used Essential Cuisine's Savoury Gravy Mix which tastes so good. They also have different types of stock such as chicken and vegetable flavour which we're yet to try. At this stage, we also grilled some asparaus just for that little bit of extra vegetables.

Step five - Serve! The chicken should be cooked and ready to go, so all that's left is to cut up the meat, place on the plate, add the vegetables which should be nicely roasted and poura generous amount of gravy on top and tuck in. Enjoy!

Are you a sunday roast fan? If yes, do you have a recipe?
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sleek Make Up Lip VIP Lipsticks

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When it comes to make up, lipsticks are one of those products that I am always obsessed with. Regardless of how many I already own, there can never be enough and there's definitely no signs of slowing down in owning every single colour from collections either.

Sleek's newest VIP lipstick range is the latest addition to my addiction. A set of six, gorgeous creamy lip colours inspired by the luxuries of being a VIP, each shade is packed full of pigmented colour that's long lasting as well as moisturising. A personal favourite of mine is the nude shade (Private Booth) and they all apply so smoothly, gliding on like a dream and produces a semi-matte finish. Containing Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, each colour is super moisturising and doesn't dry out the lips at all. The result is a creamy sheen of colour that is flattering on anyone, lasts ages while keeping the skin soft and smooth.

What is your make up product favourite? Have you tried any of the Sleek's lipsticks before?

*This post contains PR samples.

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