Saturday, 31 December 2016

Ultimate Favourites 2016...

2016 is almost, but not quite finished so I thought I would share my ultimate favourites of 2016.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Monthly Favourites | December...


I am now onto the part of December where rolling everywhere seems to be the only option. The festive period was far too good for me.

Anyway here is what I was loving in December

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows:

Cold weather and Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows. Need I say more?

New Balance Water Bottle:

I definitely did not need another water bottle but this one from New Balance is beautiful. It actually holds more than any of my other ones which means it is great as I don't need to constantly refill it.


This month I have been obsessed with Marshmallows. I've been loving them in Hot Chocolate as mentioned above but also simply just eating them.

Raspberry Proats:

I've had proats on numerous occasions but never until recently had I thought to add some Raspberry flavour in the form of MyProtein flav drops.Delicious!

Revlon Valentine:

This nail varnish was in a recent Glossybox and I have been in love with it ever since I received it. It is such a lovely colour and in fact I did a recent post on it here.

Grey Zara Bag:

This bag is something I have had for a couple of years and it wasn't until I was looking for a smaller bag for an event that I pulled it out. I forgot how much I love it.

Marie Kando Book:

I have had this book for around a year and it is only now that I am actually getting around to using it. Even though I have currently only read half of it, I am already changing the way I have been thinking about stuff/items I have in my flat.

Eco washing up liquid:

This is a bit of an odd one but I ran out of washing up liquid and so purchased this on a whim. And you know what? My dishes have never been so sparkly. Honest!

Scottish Rugby Team Hoody:

I am a huge rugby fan and I love nothing better then heading down to Murrayfield to cheer on the Scottish Rugby team. Both of my parents are massive fans too so it is always a complete family affair when we go. I fell in love with this hoody in the shop when I was at one of the games and added it to my Christmas list. My parents know I love hoodies and rugby so they kindly bought me it for Christmas. I have actually not taken it off since I have received it!

Travel | York Staycity Aparthotels...

When travelling there is always the fear that somewhere you may book will not live up to your expectations and that was certainly true when I travelled to York. 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Travel | York: Betty's Tearooms...


Having visited several traditional tearooms over the years, I can safely say that I have never visited one quite so eloquent as Betty's Tearoom in York.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Travel | York...


When people tell you York is beautiful they are definitely not lying. Before Christmas I spent a few days in York with my Mum exploring the city and doing a little Christmas shopping. Unfortunately we just missed the Christmas markets but it's always an excuse to come back next year, right?

Monday, 26 December 2016

Eats | Mad Penguin...

I scream, you scream, we all scream for.....Gelato? Well we do in Aberdeen anyway!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Life | This Week #064...

001) First things first - Merry Christmas!! I hope you all have a fabulous festive day with all your Family and Friends. I know I will be enjoying myself (and finding Gin!)

002) This week hasn't exactly gone to plan. I had scheduled in a couple of days to work purely on the blog (mainly background stuff not posts) and I managed to squeeze only one full day of blog work in. Here's hoping to more next week.

003) On Friday I finally received my new Fridge/Freezer which took me around 2 years to order. It's much bigger than I had before with more freezer space which is great for food prep.

004) Speaking of which on Friday I randomly decided that it would be a good idea to deep clean my kitchen. It 's amazing how long it took me to do properly. Once again another reason why I didn't get more blog work done.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Traditions...

I don't know about you but I love hearing about other people's Christmas traditions so much so that I thought I would share some of mine. Ours change depending where we are in the country but for the last few years this has been a typical few Christmas days up in the North of Scotland.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Beauty | Festive Nails...


When the festive season hits, my nails are one of the first things that get a little TLC.

Christmas Gift Guide | Stocking Fillers...

Secret Santa's,particularly in the workplace, are now a common thing and you always hope that you get someone who is easy to buy for. More often that not you don't and you end up with someone who you literally didn't know existed until you drew their name out of the hat. Cue panic buying of something that says you have put a little bit of thought into it but also is within budget.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide | For Her...

Sometimes you want to treat a female relative to something special...and sometimes an item of clothing will simply not cut it.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide | The Bestie...

Sometimes you have just got to treat your bestie and what is a better time then at Christmas? With the High Street full of potential ideas, it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the perfect gift.

Christmas Gift Guide | For Him...

Why is it that males are always difficult to buy for? They either tell you they want nothing (My Dad) or if they do tell you then it is something quite obscure and you have no idea where to start.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Life | This Week #063...


001) How are we just one week away from Christmas? Madness.

002) This week saw me finish work until 2017 (holidays and careful planning if you're wondering, haha) and that means I have had a lot more free time to myself for once. Usually my life revolves around 4 things: Work, Gym, Blog & Friends/Family. However, this week I have actually had time to sit and do things like sit and read a book all afternoon. I would definitely be lying if I said it hadn't been wonderful to be able to do this. I have also done some jobs that never get done such as changing over my electricity to a new supplier and ordering a new fridge freezer.

003) In addition, this week I also went for lunch at Food Story which is a local, independent vegetarian/vegan cafe in Aberdeen. Let me tell you the food (particularly their salads) are incredible and their White Chocolate Millionaire Slice....well you're just going to have to visit. Whilst I was there I also got a little brainstorming done for Teacups & Buttondrops.

004) Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows in particular seem to have taken over my life. I really can't get enough. In addition, this week I had my 1st red cup of the season which was the Fudge Hot Chocolate. It is SO good! Note to self: have more before they disappear

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide | The interior edition...

I am self-confessed interior junkie. I would quite happily spend my money on interior items for my flat then let's say a new dress. I'm being serious (although a new dress is also sometimes nice)

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Life | This Week #062...

001) This week was a little bit more exciting than usual. On Thursday I attended the Moxy hotel launch (1st of it's kind in the UK) which was one of the best events I have been to but also one of the most random. Stay tuned for more on this on the blog.

002) Christmas has  definitely been on my mind this week - I've wrapped up even more presents and I have a list of the last few things I need to do. 2 Weeks today...

003) This weekend I had my annual friend-mas: Food, Alcohol and Good Company topped off with a lovely walk to Slains Castle earlier today. Lovely.

004) Sound the alarm - I only have 2 days left of work until I am off for Christmas. I am pretty excited to be a lady of leisure for a bit. So far my plans are including multiple lunch dates, gym visits, a birthday and then plenty of blog time. I may (or may not) declutter the flat a little too...

005) Finally this week I have discovered that I am actually much more productive blog-wise when I am watching a David Attenborough documentary. Weirdly enough this worked well throughout uni too....

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Eats | Brownie Energy Balls...


Brownies are one of my favourite sweet treats however they are by far not the healthiest.

These easy brownie-inspired energy balls are simple and quick to make. Perfect for that mid-afternoon slump.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Trend Report #009 | The Sparkly Dress...

Whenever the Festive period rolls around, it goes without saying that anything sparkly is never far away. Needless to say, as it's now December and all that, the High Street is currently an array of sparkly goodness.

Personally, I love the sparkly dress which is perfect for an office party, a night out with the girls or even Christmas Day itself. The High Street has some great options of sparkly dresses right now and below are my favourites:

Black Sequin Over-sized T-shirt Dress - £26.00
Pink Sequin Midi Slip Dress - £45.00

Monday, 5 December 2016

Monthly Favourites | November...


November saw a couple of rugby games, a trip to York, a trip back home and the start of a new healthier lifestyle. It also saw the Christmas panic set in, various flat issues and a well-deserved Sunday spent doing nothing.

Here is what I have been loving:

Butternut Squash:
This vegetable has pretty much been a weekly staple this month. I love the sweetness of it. Combined with some roasted sweet potato, it makes a tasty addition to any meal.

Continuing with the food theme, this month I have been loving satsumas. Small and succulent, Satsumas make a tasty afternoon snack or just when you need a little something.

Gimme Brow:
This actually featured in my favourites last month but my love for it this month is still going strong.

With all the cold weather that we have been having, my lips have been a complete nightmare and to be honest, the only thing that has saved them is Carmex. Thankfully, they seem to be back to normal now.

Polar Watch:
I've had this watch for over a year and I go through phases of using it. This month I have been using it a lot and it's been interesting to see the data.

The Cuckoo's Calling:
I'm always reading books and this month my choice has been 'The Cuckoo's Calling' by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). I've not quite finished it yet but so far it is really good.

Heck Food:
As a fitness lover, this brand is one of the best that I have come across in regards to protein and fat content. They taste pretty fine too and I thought I was doing so well finding them until the Christmas ranges started to move in and I haven't been able to find them anywhere. Hopefully come January, the supplies will be plentiful...

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Life: This Week #061...