MY TRIP TO EDINBURGH + TIPS.

Be warned: this post is going to be very picture heavy! But as well as looking at the pics, I wanted to share a few of my tips and tricks about our trip to Edinburgh so be sure to check them out below!

 

1) RESEARCH

We kind of went to Edinburgh on a whim, so we didn’t have any ‘proper’ time to actually plan out our visit and decide what we wanted to do on each day. That being said, we did manage to do a fair few things. The lovely people over at my Instagram recommended a few places and things to do which was uuuuber helpful!

Places we visited and loved:

-Camera Obscura (worth the £15 each, definitely!)
-Calton Hill (the view is amazing!)
-Mamma Roma (italian)
-Hadrain’s (this place is expensive, but it was a nice treat just to eat in a mega fancy restaurant where they actually put the napkin on your lap for you!)
-Princes Street (this is where all the shops are!)

We stayed at Cairns hotel which was the most perfect location, about a 5 minute walk from the bustling city centre, but not noisy or loud at all and was off a lovely side street. Sidenote: it had free wifi which ACTUALLY WORKED! That’s a thumbs up in my book, fo’ sure.

2) PLAN

Get the weather app! Pronto. (Spoiler, but theres like a 50% chance of rain). I ended up bringing about 4 different coats with me, because we packed in a hurry. Also, with expensive restaurants like Hadrian’s mentioned above, it is worth booking in a reservation as it is quite popular. We ended up driving there which was around 4 hours, but it was so much cheaper than getting the train!

3) PREPARE

Like I said earlier, make sure you bring the right attire. Edinburgh is very hilly if you want to get the best views, so trainers are DEFINITELY advised! It doesn’t take long to get your bearings around the place, so we didn’t really need to use any maps. I also panicked before we got there thinking we needed Scottish money.. alas, we didn’t. LOL. With it being a very rainy place, make sure you plan a few things to do that are indoor. We ended up watching Wonder Women at the local cinema (side note: loved it), because it was torrential rain that day!

Have you guys ever been to Edinburgh? If not, is it on your list of places to go?

 

THE SUN WILL RISE AGAIN.

It’s been a tough week personally.

I’ve faced fears.

(I’ve failed.)

Theres been a lot of tears.

Now, this ISN’T a negative post.

Its a post about the sun shining again the next day. The hope of a better tomorrow, even if its only marginally. Day by day, feeling better. Feeling more ‘yourself’.

Just because you didn’t manage that particular hurdle, doesn’t discredit all the ones you’ve done before it.

Be proud of how far you’ve come.

The sun will always shine again.

You will always be okay.

xxx

MEAL PLANNING/FOOD SHOPPING FOR TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT EATERS.

 

I was totally inspired by a recent video from The Anna Edit, but I thought I would do my own take on it as me and the BF have completely different diets, but still buy our food and make it together!

The FIRST thing we do, is plan 5 meals for the week. These are just ‘dinner’ or ‘tea’ meals, those you have after work on an evening! We usually have a few items that we can both have (such as potatoes and fish, lol). My meals usually look like this:

Monday- Pasta with roasted vegetables
Tuesday- Jacket potato with lightly dusted haddock
Wednesday- Veggie stir fry
Thursday- Stuffed peppers and mushrooms, salad
Friday- Vegetable lasagne

As my other half doesn’t eat vegetables, I know how much of them I need to add on the food shopping list for one person. By planning out my meals and adding the ingredients onto the list, I know I have AT LEAST 5 main meals for the week (this might include leftovers). The other two nights I leave free incase we eat out or elsewhere.

I then do the same with Dan’s (he doesn’t mind me doing this BTW) and plan 5 meals for him to have. These all usually include meat, so I then add these onto the shopping list, knowing how much I need for one person. He also eats rice and other things from the freezer, so I check what we’ve got left from the week before and add any, if needed.

I also put all the things we’ve run out of for breakfast and lunches on the shopping list, such as cereals, porridge, bread, fruit etc. Of course, we go heavy on the snack section and pick up a few treats for us too! Dan’s not a huge snacker but I definitely am, so I like to make sure I have some healthy ones too (e.g., loads of fruit, nuts, medjool dates etc).

We’ve only been moved in together for a few months so this might change, but I doubt it incase either of us has a appetite transplant!

 

I would love to know if you and your other half have completely different eating habits or is it just us?

THE ANTI- DEHYDRATION EDIT.

 

Even though I drink loads of water, sometimes my skin can seem SO dehydrated. Which is not a look any of us really wants, is it? On the quest to cure this, I’ve discovered some real gems that I HAVE to divulge!

 

RODIAL SUPER ACIDS X-TREME ACID RUSH PEEL *

I got a mini size of this in a beauty advent calendar~ although I say ‘mini’ I actually think this is a really decent amount. At first I was super wary to use this on my sensitive skin as anything with the word ‘acid’ in it makes me want to shudder. Especially when you’re applying it on your face. I think the name is kind of misleading because it doesn’t feel acidic and it also doesn’t peel??? Who knows, maybe I’m using it wrong. Anyway, I digress.. This makes your skin feel super plump and healthy looking, it isn’t at all problematic on my skin and caused no issues, you just apply, leave on for 10 mins and then wash off. I love using this once or twice a week to give my skin some hydration.

 

ORIGINS DRINK UP OVERNIGHT INTENSIVE MASK *

This overnight mask is by far the best in that category that I’ve used. It smells delicious (kind of like oranges), but overnight it sinks into the skin and leaves no residue in the morning, just a lovely hydration and very soft smooth skin. Its so pleasant that you kind of want to use it every day. (Although I’m not sure how that would work.) I think Origins do some of the best face masks out there.

 

L’OREAL LUMI MAGIQUE PRIMER *

If we are talking hydration, you may think about skipping makeup. I use this primer on a daily basis, even when I’m not applying anything else. Just so my skin looks a bit healthier. It gives a gorgeous glow, without feeling tacky or sticky on the face~ which nobody wants am I right?

 

L’OREAL CUSHION FOUNDATION *

Lets talk about my favourite base at the moment. Its definitely up there in my top 5 too. This is the most perfect ‘Sunday’ makeup look.. which you can always layer for a heavier coverage but I personally like a light one. It has the coverage without making you look like you have *makeup* on and just leaves me looking radiant (if I’m allowed to say that!) This would be my number one makeup recommendation to anyone <333333

 

 

Do you ever feel you need a hydration hit?

 

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OVER-SHARING AS A BLOGGER.

 

Twitter.

Instagram.

Instagram Stories.

Blogging.

 

Bloggers (myself included), spend so much time sharing their life on social media that it is easy to feel like we’ve over-shared.

I can easily feel like I’ve over-shared just by tweeting a few more times or doing a lot of Instagram stories. (I did my makeup on there the other day and thats what brought on this blog post.. which I know is ridiculous!!)

It’s such a vulnerable, stripped back feeling that I don’t really like, even though it’s easy disproportionate. Like you’re opening yourself up to be judged. Its not like I’m telling the world my deepest darkest secrets (I don’t really have any, FYI!). I don’t go into great detail about my private life, apart from my mental health, which I am more than happy to share, as I feel I have a duty to.

I never want to seem that I’m attention seeking or thinking that I’m more important than others. The ‘ooh look at me’ kinda vibe. I’m not about that! I never want people to think ‘oh here she goes again’.

I post on Instagram twice a day, because I enjoy it and love the platform, not because I feel like I have to or that I’m sharing too much of myself.

At the moment, I’m really toying with the idea of upping my blogging ~game~ and maybe trying to post *5 days a week* instead of 3. I want to do this FOR ME. As kind of a challenge to see how long I can last. Doing the same ‘lifestyle’ type of posts as usual. I just don’t want to bombard people with content if they’re not interested!

 

How do you feel about over-sharing? Do you ever feel like you have? 

 

 

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