It’s been a long time since I posted around here and although I have no decent excuse to disclose, I have come back with an exciting post that’s been in the making for a good few months. That makes it sound a whole lot bigger and more important than it actually is, but for me it IS exciting. For longer than my close family and friends care to remember I’ve been banging on about getting myself a nice little camera, and today I can tell you that it’s finally happened!
It’s taken some time to find the right one for me, but eventually I made the choice of the small but mighty Panasonic Lumix GM1 and I’m thrilled to pieces. Of course after purchasing my long awaited new companion, I immediately had to give it a run around the block, which brings me onto the second part of this post: Papersmiths. I don’t think I’ve expressed my love of stationery on here before, but it’s right up there on my list of favourite things to browse and buy. As if my habit needed a helping hand in any way, I’ve found a haven of all things paper and pens. Nestled away in Clifton is Papersmiths, a stationery boutique if you fancy. Stocking all things niche and independent, I mentally wrote my next shopping list as I wandered around. We happened to arrive just as the sun was starting to go down and had turned that beautiful golden colour that makes all photos look fab, even though I’m definitely still learning what all the different buttons do! All in all it was a very successful day and I can’t wait to get snapping some more. And ya know, buy some more pens and pencils. Don’t even get me started on the Washi tape choices!
In approximately a few weeks time I’m going to reach a landmark in my life. As it’s something that’s never happened in my life before thought it deserved a mention over here, despite my lack of beauty blogger status. I’ve never finished a make up product. Sure, I’ve had mascara’s and eyeliners dry up on me, but I’ve never managed to get all the way through a product before that happens, nor have I ever had a ‘oh god, I’ve hit pan’ moment. At the moment I have one product that is getting pretty close to the end of it’s life, and it’s purely because I can’t stop wearing it.
In terms of what I put on my face on a daily basis, I keep it pretty simple. I do some evening out, some covering up and a tad of lengthening/volumising of the lashes. Sometimes I also tame the brows, but I like to get it all sorted and presentable in a very timely manner. Because I keep most of my face fairly basic, I often like a little bit of sumthin’ on my lips and this is where my secret weapon comes into play. Most beauty fanatics will spend a lot of time searching for the illusive my-lips-but-better lipstick/gloss that you can pop and run out the door in a few seconds flat. My favourite is a L’Oreal Privee in the colour Eva’s Nude. Although I was dubious about the colour at first (I definitely don’t have the similar golden tones of Eva Longoria – pale is the key word over here) but it literally hasn’t left my lips! So much so that I might have to buy a new one soon, which as I mentioned before, is a record in my books.
Living in Bristol there is an absolute abundance of small independent eateries around pretty much every corner. It makes choosing where to go a pretty tricky affair. Do you try somewhere new, or pay another visit to somewhere that was such a pleasure last time? My God, the decisions I have to make…
In Edinburgh we had a whole spectrum of different places to test out. With ‘independence’ in mind we opted for small businesses, local favourites and one that I’d had my Instagram-trained eye on for awhile.
One super cool place we visited was the Royal Mile Market, which was a bit of a clever find as we were just strolling by. I was expecting just a small market selling little bits and bobs and pretty things, but this renovated church also housed a sweet little cafe offering some amazing looking sandwiches and the like. It was slightly chilly, but eating lunch under a beautiful stained glass window made up for it!
A few other places worth a mention are The Dogs Restaurant, and as I said in my last post, it was very tasty. They had a small but perfectly formed menu and some interesting, very dog-orientated décor! Slightly odd name for a restaurant perhaps. I did accidentally call it The Dogs Dinner on a few occasions (I can assure you, a dogs dinner it is not!).
Pete’s Yard is another cracking place that Edinburgh has to offer. Primarily a bakery, it has a bright and airy cafe offering breakfasts and lunches complete with their fresh, fresh bread. It’s not the cheapest of places but it’s worth a visit, and we definitely left with a few extra bits for later!
Love Crumbs have made a name for themselves with their unusual but fabulous flavour combinations (rose and rhubarb – don’t mind if I do!) and for their wardrobe full of cake. Wardrobes are good for storage, so why not put your cake in there. As I said before they have a pretty tempting Instagram feed, that’s worth checking out, just in case their wardrobe display wasn’t enough for you.