Monday, 31 October 2016

Monthly Favourites | October...

You know that the dark nights are well and truly setting in when the heating is on and you're writing your October favourites. This month brought several exciting blog experiences, a weekend back home doing absolutely nothing but chilling with my bestie and blog work. It also saw a Halloween party, my first attempt at following a Youtube tutorial, a FloatFit session (more on that soon) and a rediscovery of a previous favourite product.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Life | This Week #056...


001) This week I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase a new jacket from Fat Face. It's a beauty and more than likely one of my most expensive clothing purchases to date. It's pretty cosy though!

002) On Saturday, my friend hosted her Halloween party. I'm not the type of person who goes all out for Halloween but I decided this year to go as a deer using one of the many tutorials on Youtube. Considering I didn't try it out before I left, it actually turned out ok.

003) On Monday, I finished reading 'Me before you' which was absolutely amazing. I managed to miss the film when it was out so I thought I would give the book a go. Loved it so much that I'm definitely going to pick up the 2nd one. Now I need a new read...any recommendations?

004) Between working full-time and heading to the gym, I miss a lot of TV so I have to rely on catch-up. This weekend I have managed to catch-up on Paranoid (which is incredible) and I've also just started The Level which is also really good.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Events | Orchid Winter Menu Preview...


With Orchid being seen as one of Aberdeen's most exciting cocktail venues, it was with no hesitation that I headed along to their Winter menu preview event along with some other Aberdeen bloggers.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Currently Coveting #009 | The Jacket Edition...

With Autumn here and Winter well and truly on it's way, my thoughts have turned to looking for the perfect, cosy jacket to see me through the cold months.

The High Street currently has a really good selection available with plenty of styles to choose from. So if you prefer Pea over Puffer or Leopard over Bomber, there is something available for everyone.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Life | This Week #055...

001) On Sunday, I headed along to Corner Tree Cafe for a blogger brunch. The French Toast which I had was absolutely incredible and it was lovely to chat away with the girls about blogging and all sorts. It was lovely to see a few new faces too.

002) This week I booked Kitty Yoga at the local Cat Cafe for November. I'm quite intrigued by this whole concept and also I have never been to the Cat Cafe.

003) Thursday evening was spent down at Orchid experiencing some Cocktail Making, Gin Tasting and being introduced to their brand new cocktail menu. It is really good but you will have to stay tuned to see more of that later!

004) On Friday, I headed home to dog-sit for my parents for the weekend. As I had time to kill in Glasgow before my train, I decided to have a look around the shops for a little while. I must say that Glasgow Beauty Bloggers are so lucky to have so many brands on their doorstep! Aberdeen needs to play catch up!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Fitness | The Beast Race 2016...

               "Your Body can stand almost anything, It's your mind you have to convince"

Sometimes it is only when you challenge yourself that you can see the true strength that your body has. And that is certainly true for me.

Only a few years ago, I really struggled with the concept of exercise - I had no interest in it whatsoever and I hadn't done since I was very young (You can read my fitness story here). Nowadays, I'm never away from the gym and the harder that the session is, the more I enjoy it (I'm a glutton for punishment) and so now when new opportunities arise for a challenge, I jump at the chance.

The Beast Race is a 10K obstacle race which takes place in September in either Banchory or Loch Ness. Having seen Christy from Dinner Stories take part the last couple of years, I decided that I would definitely have to give it a go at some point. And so this year I signed myself up along with Christy and also Laura from Laura Whispering as team 'Bloggers & the Beast'.

Now aside from the Beast looking like fun, I also signed up to prove a point to myself that I was capable of doing such a thing. In addition, I was also interested to see what my body could do outside of a gym environment as well as seeing how far I could run (By no means am I a runner in any shape or form!). I also thought it would be fun to get a little mucky and wet for once in my life.

The day of Beast Race approached much faster than I thought it would (I swear life speeds up as you get older...) and admittedly I hadn't done much in the form of running at all. I generally do some cardio throughout the week but for Beast, I wanted to focus on running a little more as I had heard all about 'the dreaded hill'...

On race day, leaving my thoughts about 'The Hill' aside, I put on some suitable workout gear (I actually had to pop out in the morning to get a longer sleeved top as the weather was rubbish with weather warnings and such...), laced up my trainers and waited patiently for my wave time (2pm if you must know).

Wave time eventually arrived and with registering and the warm-up complete, it was then time to tackle the Beast!

The first obstacle that we had to complete were 4 rows of hay bales. Now these things are much higher than you think. Surprisingly, I managed to get over them without too many issues although you can lose your momentum when someone comes flying over the top of you...

After the hay bales, it was onwards and upwards towards the dreaded hill. Here, we had a steep run up the hill but at one point a lot of people were walking as the path was so narrow and you couldn't pass anyone. Once we reached the top there was a Piper piping and also a mini wall to climb over and then we were on our way all the way back down...

On the way back down, we encountered a run through the forest, 'ankle biters', cargo net, a bog, a sandbag carry and a few other things in between. After that....things got really messy!

The messy obstacles were definitely my favourite. These included a slide (where I picked up my beast wound), a clay pit with a rope climb, a skip filled with water that you had to climb in and out and a few other obstacles. It was so much fun!

One of the worst photos ever taken of me....(on the left!)

Overall, I really enjoyed my 1st Beast experience and I'm definitely wanting to do it again. I think that if you are thinking about giving it a go, then definitely do it. There were people of all ages and abilities taking part. If you don't feel that you will be able to do an obstacle, you have the option to miss it out completely. I actually missed out the high wall as I hurt my shoulder going over the hay bales at the start and didn't want to push it seeing as I had physio for my shoulder not too long ago. If I'm honest, I'm actually surprised that my only injury was my beast wound which is down below for your viewing pleasure (or viewing non-pleasure)...

If you want to see the full action from the day, you can check out Christy's go-pro footage here

Thank you Beast Race for creating an enjoyable experience for us!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Life | Cosy Autumn Night in...


 This time of year is my favourite. I love seeing the colour carpets that form around us and the cold, crisp air which is perfect for an Autumn walk. I also like evenings where I can light a candle, snuggle up in a blanket and binge-watch my favourite Netflix show (currently Gilmore Girls) without feeling guilty that I should be doing something.

So what are my essentials for a cosy, Autumn evening?

Monday, 17 October 2016

Beauty | Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm...


Base products are something that I am a little picky about and never change. However, for some reason (make sure you're sitting down for this), I decided to go a little crazy and switch up one of my base products before my current one had run out.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Life | This Week #054...


001) On Sunday I headed along to Revolution for the launch of their new pizza menu. As usual, the food was incredible and who would have known that Chicken Satay on a pizza tastes so good! You can get a full pizz-a the action here.

002) This week, I also got to experience Float Fit for the first time. Only available in London and, surprisingly, Aberdeen, Float Fit really tests your core strength to the limit. I'll actually have a full run-down coming to the blog very soon.

003) Is it me or is it when you get older, you care less about material items and more about the experiences? I've had this huge urge this week to go through my flat and minimalise. It's quite possible that this is to do with the fact I hate cleaning/tidying with a passion.

004) This week, I decided to switch up one of my base products and opted for a Dr Jart product. So far so good...

Friday, 14 October 2016

Fitness | Lululemon 3mm Reversible Mat review...


Having been a Yoga convert for two years, I have used a variety of mats. It was only once my gym got some mats that were far too slippery for practice that I decided to invest in my own.

Originally, I bought one from TK Maxx which is brilliant but it is starting to get a little worn through practice. So when I was down in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago, I decided to visit the Lululemon store and invest in a new one.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Fashion | Trend Report #008: The Boyfriend trend...

I'm going to be 100% honest: I love an oversized, boyfriend trend. How can you not love the idea of sitting curled up in something oversized with a hot chocolate and a log burner on the go? It is definitely my idea of heaven.

Right now the High Street is full of all things oversized: everything right from shirts to jackets is oversized. There is something that will look good and appeal to everyone.

Navy Colour Block Oversized Knit Jumper £38.00

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Eats | Getting a Pizz-a the Revolution...


Revolution is one of those places that I have always recommended for good food and good cocktails and in particular their pizza.

Recently I was invited, along with some other Aberdeen bloggers, to come along and sample their new pizza menu which is officially launching on 12th October. Now as a Pizza lover, I definitely couldn't turn this opportunity down!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Eats | Slice 'N' Easy...


Aberdeen has a lot of good places to eat but not so many independent pizza places until now...

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Life | This Week #053...

001) This week saw a launch of a new pizza place in Aberdeen called Slice 'n' easy. Lots of yummy pizzas available to try with a few unusual combinations. Stay tuned for more on that soon.

002) The Yoga Mat that I bought last week was put through its paces this week. It's definitely one of my best investments yet and, like the pizza, I'll have more coming up on this later this week.

003) The arrival of October seems to have brought an instant chill to the atmosphere and needless to say I don't have a suitable jacket. Time to go shopping I think!

004) Urgh Cold Season! I've had a headache all day which gets worse if I cough. Strangely enough, on my timehop for the past 3 years, I have had some form of cold/illness.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Fitness | More Mile Cheviot 3 Off road trail shoes...


Signing up to Beast Race, I only had one thought on my mind: Footwear. Originally I was planning on wearing just normal gym trainers but after realising that my normal pair slip even on wet pavements (Aberdeen pavements are slippy), I decided to have a rethink.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Blogging | What Blogging has taught me...


As you may have recently noticed, this lil' old space of mine recently turned 6 years old. Over this time, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly side of blogging. However, it has also taught me some important skills and life lessons.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Fashion | Union Square PLUS app...


If I could tell you that you can now get an app with exclusive discounts to use for when you shop at Union Square in Aberdeen, would you believe me?

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Life | This Week #052...


001) Well the first part of this week was spent recovering after Beast Race last weekend. Monday was sort of interesting at the gym to say the least....

002) Speaking of the gym, this week I finally got to try out some of the new releases: Body Combat, Body Balance, Sh'bam and Body Pump. Initial thoughts? Body Pump & Body Balance are incredible; Body Combat is good and sadly Sh'bam I'm still not convinced about but I'm going to persist with it as I generally love Sh'bam. I've still to try out Body Attack which should be a double dose for me next weekend...oops!

003) On Tuesday, I met up with some other Aberdeen bloggers and headed along to Bon Accord's annual student lock-in. I had arranged to meet the girls before the lock-in and as I went to meet them at Starbucks, the queues were already massive at 5pm. The event didn't start until 6.30pm....

004) On Wednesday, I got up in the early hours of the morning and headed down to Edinburgh for the day to meet up with some family - some who were up from England. It was really nice and although I was pretty shattered the next day, it was completely worth it as besides my Mum, I hadn't seen anyone else this year.

005) This week, I seem to have gone on a little shopping spree. At the student event, I picked up a pair of the Adidas Gazelles which have been on my wishlist for a while. In Edinburgh, I picked up a Yoga mat from Lululemon and a Yoga block from Sweaty Betty. Again, both items had been on my wishlist. Finally, my boots decided to go to boot heaven so on Thursday, I picked up a couple of new pairs to see me through Autumn/Winter.