Edinburgh Cocktail Recommendations

Sunday, 28 August 2016
Given that my blog is called Cocktails & Daydreams, I publish surprisingly little content on the former.  Well today I'm making up for that with a bumper cocktail related post with my tips on good places to grab a drink in my favourite city.

Foundry 39
A newbie on the Edinburgh food & drink scene is Foundry 39 on Queensferry Street.  I was invited recently to try out their cocktail menu so I took along my mum to help me (she didn't need much persuading).

For my first drink I went for an East 8 Hold Up - Absolut Vodka, Aperol, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, lime juice, and sugar syrup.  This was the perfect thirst-quencher - it fell into that category of tasting just like juice, so I could have quite easily drank the whole thing in about 5 minutes.  My mum went for a Peach & Rhubarb Bellini - Prosecco, white peach purée, and rhubarb liqueur - which she enjoyed so much that she had the same for her second drink too.  I however went for a different choice and picked a Purple Rain - Lavender-infused Bombay Dry Gin, violet droplets, blueberries, lemon juice, and honey - which came in an Instagram friendly copper mug (unfortunately it was too dark to take a photo, but it was so cute I was tempted to nick it for my new house).  

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!).