J is for Jupiter Artland

Saturday, 13 August 2016
As I've mentioned previously, Blair and I are doing "Alphabet Dating" where we take it in turns each month to organise a surprise date starting with a different letter of the alphabet.  July was J, and it was Blair's turn to plan a secret date so one Sunday morning we jumped in the car and headed off on a surprise adventure.  

I had a suspicion that our destination might be Jupiter Artland as I'd heard of the place before and thought it sounded like something we would both really enjoy.  However, I had no idea where it actually was so I couldn't tell if we were driving in the right direction for that guess or not!  Once we started seeing signs for it though I excitedly exclaimed "yaaaay I thought it might be this!".

I'd describe Jupiter Artland as a combination of Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and the Modern Art Gallery.  It's a huge space (it takes about 2.5 hours to walk round the whole thing) and there's loads of sculptures and pieces of art to take in.  You get given a map and then you can just walk around and view the different pieces at your own pace, in any order you want.  

I won't give away too much as it's fun discovering the artwork for yourself, but I did take a few snaps on the day to share. I also vlogged so keep an eye on my Youtube channel for that coming soon.

 Marketing geek point, but I really LOVE their branding! The maps are really cute and the drawings , colours and font etc are just spot on.

 This is a huuuuge Gormley sculpture, with a beautiful view of Edinburgh behind (and I'm not talking about my husband).

Wedding OOTD

Monday, 25 July 2016

I think this might be one of my favourite dresses I've ever worn - it's totally not my usual style, I can't even remember the last time I wore a long dress, but I fell in love with it the minute I tried it on.  I've worn it to two weddings this summer (with a wee haircut in between!) and got so many lovely compliments each time.  I'm not sure I'll get much more wear out of it in Scotland as it's a bit fancy for everyday wear, but I can't wait to take it on holiday in September.  I can just imagine standing with a cocktail in hand, the lacy skirt floating in the breeze whilst I watch the Corfu sunset - just think of the outfit photos!

What I Actually Do For a Job

Saturday, 25 June 2016

I am an incredibly nosey person.  It's why I love vlogs so much, there's something strangely appealing about watching people go about their normal lives.  

One thing that I find really interesting is what people do for a job, and what they actually do day to day.  In the last week or so I've had to answer the "so what do you do?" question a couple of times while chatting to new people, and when I say "digital marketing" I can tell that most people have no idea what that  actually entails.  

Sooooo I thought it would be quite interesting to share an example of a typical day for me - every little task that I do in a selected 9-5.30 period.  Obviously every day is different, but this is a fairly normal mix of tasks for me so it gives you a good idea of what I actually do for a job - hopefully you find it interesting!

For ref, my job title is Senior Account Manager and I work for a digital marketing agency that specialises in the luxury travel industry.

9:00am - I sit down at my desk and read through emails from last night / this morning.  I open up my notepad list of tasks and decide what my priorities are for the day.

9:30am - I send an email to a booking engine provider re one of my hotel clients who is launching a new website this month.  The email includes the new Google Analytics tracking they need, and guidance on the design.

A Visit to Alnwick Castle

Sunday, 12 June 2016

As I've mentioned before, Blair and I are currently doing "Alphabet Dating", so each month one of us organises a surprise date starting with a different letter of the alphabet.  We started in October when I organised date A (a weekend in St Andrews including a visit to an aquarium and fish & chips in Anstruther), and in May we were up to date H.  

H was Blair's turn so a few Saturdays ago I was told I needed to be ready to leave the house at 8.30am(!) for a surprise adventure which would involve us driving "for a couple of hours".  Oooh the mystery!  After a fun journey annoying him with my fake guesses (is it something to do with horses? or hills?) we eventually arrived in the beautiful wee town of Alnwick.  We've spoken about taking a trip to Alnwick a few times but it's never happened for some reason or other, so I was dead excited about the prospect of spending a day there.

In case you're wondering - the H stood for History (and Hogwarts, as it's where they filmed some of Harry Potter.....also an H!).  

Things & Stuff: May

Wednesday, 18 May 2016
One of my favourite types of blog posts to read are those round-ups of things people have found or liked online recently - like Charlotte's Saturday Share, or Juliet's Sunday Links.  I always find something of interest each time, whether it's a link to a funny story, a new blog to read, an outfit I want to wear, or somewhere I want to visit.  I thought I'd follow suit / blatantly copy them and start my own monthly series I'm calling "Things & Stuff".  So here's the first....

One thing I have become OBSESSED with recently is looking up Ikea Hacks on Pinterest.  If you haven't heard of this before, a 'hack' is basically just taking a piece of Ikea furniture and making it unique.  So that could be a simple change like painting a dresser or a big project like building your own storage bed.  I'm dying to go buy some furniture and do my own hacks!