Edinburgh Zoo Members & Adopters Night

Saturday, 31 August 2013

group pose!

For Christmas last year my sister and I adopted my dad an owl at the Highland Wildlife Park.  I actually thought the adoption was for Edinburgh Zoo but stupidly didn't read the small print so hadn't realised that the two are related so when you adopt your animal could come from either.  After the initial confusion it all worked out ok in the end and he even made it up to the Highlands this summer to see his snowy owl in the flesh!

Anyway, the zoo holds special events through the year for its adopters and members and my parents invited me and B along to the latest one on Friday night.  This is basically an evening where you get to visit the zoo after hours and there are keeper talks and things so you can find out a bit more about the animals.  I absolutely love the zoo so we had a great night, and I even filmed some bits so I could put together a vlog which you can watch below!

Five Things

Friday, 30 August 2013
I struggled to think of a good title for this post as it's hard to convey what I mean in a short headline.   In a nut shell this is a post about five objects that have a personal meaning to B and I - little keepsakes from trips together or from notable events in our lives, gifts we've given each other etc.  Things that tell a story about our relationship over the last 5 years.  So yeah, it's a slightly soppy post I'm afraid! :)

This is a ticket from a show we went to see at the Edinburgh Festival on our first date.  We had just arranged to meet for drinks (at a bar called Oddfellows on Forrest Road, which is now Malone's) but B surprised me with two tickets to see a comedian later that evening.  After a few drinks we went over to the Udderbelly (the big purple cow in Bristo Square) to queue for the show and by strange coincidence bumped into my sister and her friend who were also going to see the same show (that must have been a slightly scary moment for B....meeting the family on the first date!).  The show he had booked tickets for was stand up by Australian comedian Jim Jeffries, now if you haven't heard of him before he's basically one of the rudest comedians on the circuit (the C word was mentioned about 20 times).  The fact that I wasn't fased by the utter filth being spouted on stage I think gave me some plus points (I passed the potential girlfriend test).  

After a few post-show drinks he walked me to my bus stop and waited with me until my bus arrived.  A drunk man saw us sitting together and asked us if we were married, which I like to thing was a little sign that we were destined to be together (maybe the drunk man was in fact cupid).  The following night we actually ended up going out again (cinema) and then again 2 days later (another festival show) - at which point we decided to officially become a couple.  And like they say, the rest is history!

This was a Christmas gift from B the first year we were together and I was super impressed that he'd even picked up on the fact I was a lifelong Westlife fan as I only mentioned it in passing once.  In fact all of the gifts he got me that year were so well thought out, he had even remembered a lantern I'd said I thought was pretty at the Christmas market and went back and bought it - what a guy.  

Anyway, this DVD has become a bit of a running joke with us as I've never actually got round to watching it!  So any time I have a day off or some free time I get told "why don't you watch that Westlife DVD?" or "have you watched that DVD I bought you yet?".  I will watch it one day, I promise! :)

This envelope was waiting for us in our room at Cambo House when we stayed for my 26th birthday.  B had booked it so they must have just assumed we were a married couple, but we found it pretty funny when we discovered the envelope in our room!  It's maybe a bit weird to keep an empty envelope but it's a nice little memory so it's definitely one for the scrapbook (I have actually started a scrapbook which I should probably start working on again at some point!).

A couple of years ago I had what I thought was a genius Christmas gift idea which was a clock from Next which had photo frames for each number.  I thought having different pictures of us together in the frames would look awesome, and in theory it worked but what I hadn't realised was that each frame had to be glued to the wall and as we lived in a rented flat that was a no-go.  I did attempt to stick all of the frames onto a cardboard base but it was too heavy and basically just collapsed so it was pretty much a present fail!  The frames have now been sitting gathering dust in a corner of our living room for like 3 years....I really should get round to doing something with them some day, although the pictures all look pretty old now!

Finally, this is a little card from a restaurant we had a lovely dinner at in London on our first proper trip away.  It was a nice little family run restaurant with good food, great service, and it was close to Leicester Square so we went for a wee walk around afterwards soaking up the atmosphere.  Ahh that brings back some nice memories of the early days, we were so excited that whole trip as it was the longest we'd been away together.

Five Colours in Her Hair

Thursday, 29 August 2013
As I'm sure I've mentioned before, over the years my hair has taken a lot of abuse and has been coloured pretty much every shade possible.  I actually did a whole post about my hair colour history about a year and a half ago but it was back when I only had a handful of followers so most of you probably haven't seen it, haha!

As part of my big five series I thought it was a good excuse to revisit the hair theme though, and luckily it worked out quite nicely as I have actually dyed my hair 5 different colours over the years!


I had my first daliance with red hair back in high school when I used a box dye to colour my hair a burgandy red.  I don't have any photos from back then unfortunately, but I remember liking it at the time but looking back I think it probably washed me out as it was far too dark.  I've had other variations of red over the years, always achieved via at home dye kits.  If I could go back in time I definitely wouldn't do it again though as those dye jobs basically ruined my hair colour for years....when I decided to go blonde it took about a year of bleaching for the red tones to finally leave my hair!

you can't really tell, but on the far left I have red/purple streaks in my hair


Ahhh look how pale this colour made me look...what was I thinking?!  This was from 2nd year of uni and again came courtesy of a box dye.  I loved it at the time, it was so shiny and I thought the black looked really cool (although with hindsight, I look like a wannabe goth!).  Never again.  Also, note how diverse my going out wardrobe was at this point - and the dark rimmed eye makeup, yeuch!


Whilst not as dark as the aforementioned black, I have also spent quite a long time as a brunette in the past with shades ranging from chocolate brown to the light brown that it is now.  I think the colour I have now is one of my favourite looks so far, I think it compliments my pale skin and blue eyes really well (it's probably also the closest to my natural colour...not that I can really remember what this is given that I've been dying my hair since I was about 15).  I also have a soft spot for my darker brunette days, although to be fair this looked best when I had a tan and I can't be arsed with fake tan these days!  B definitely prefers me as a brunette, but he doesn't really get a say in the matter....it's my hair, I'll dye it whatever colour I want....ha!


I've spent most of the last 2 years as a blonde, starting with highlights and then eventually building up to a platinum white blonde.  I'm quite lucky in that being pale with blue eyes means I can get away with pretty much any blonde shade, as well as still suiting most brown colours.  It's funny, when I was really young I had bright blonde hair and it's like I've slowly gravitated back to my original colour over the years.  Looking back I think the ice white colour is a bit too harsh looking (I'm not Daenerys Targaryen....no matter how much I want to be) plus my hair was in such bad condition due to the bleach, but I love the more natural blonde looking shades like caramel/honey so that's probably what I will move back to at some point.


A bit of a random one to finish up!  This time last year I became obsessed with wanting grey/lilac hair (a la Ellie Goulding).  At that point my hair was at the white end of blonde so I thought it would be fairly easy to achieve a lilac/grey look with a dye job at the hairdressers but what I didn't realise was it would have to go pretty bright purple first before it faded to the shade I had in mind.  So I had a few weeks of crazy hair which went from blue to purple to lilac to grey.....I'm not sure where that bravery came from!!

Paperchase Wishlist and 20% Discount

Wednesday, 28 August 2013
I am a total stationery obsessive and I LOVE a look around Paperchase - the home of cute notebooks, quirky cards, and pretty phone cases.

This weekend I found a Paperchase discount code in a newspaper flyer and thought I'd be nice and share it with you.  I've also picked out my favourite items from their website - a couple of which I may or may not have already bought for myself...

Anyway, if you fancy 20% off at Paperchase.co.uk then just enter the code PCOBS at the checkout (valid until 14th September 2013).

Five Crushes

Tuesday, 27 August 2013
As we established earlier this month, I'm a massive fan of the TV show Friends.  A great moment from one of the earlier series was when Ross and Rachel created a "list" of people that they were allowed to sleep with.  Well, B and I don't have an actual list (and it certainly isn't laminated) but we definitely have our crushes so as part of this months' series I thought it would be fun to share our top five....

Lynne's List

1. Ryan Gosling
2. Jake Johnson
3. Shane Filan
4. Kit Harrington
5. Idris Elba

B's List

1. Karen Gillan
2. Kristen Stewart
3. Scarlett Johansson
4. Zooey Deschanel
5. Ruth Wilson

Ryan Gosling - source

Jake Johnson - source

Shane Filan (my first love....still got it) - source

Idris Elba - source 
Kit Harrington - source

Karen Gillan - source

Kristen Stewart - source

Scarlett Johansson - source

Zooey Deschanel - source

Ruth Wilson - source

I like how between us we've chosen 2 TV couples: Nick & Jess from New Girl and Luther & Alice from Luther.....so in tune!


Monday, 26 August 2013

Earlier this month I went along to the Missoni (possibly my favourite hotel in Edinburgh) for a breakfast event to launch Appointedd.  Appointedd is an online platform where you can book salon appointments. I love the idea of being able to book hair appointments or facials etc on the internet, I pretty much conduct most of my life online - I shop online, I manage my banking online, I order my food shopping online, I book restaurants online, I buy flights and make hotel reservations online, so it makes sense for the salon world to move online too (as it's one of the few industries where the vast majority of sales/bookings are still made via traditional methods).

We had a really fun morning being introduced to the concept behind Appointedd (by the lovely Leah) and how the business got started.  Basically the idea came together after Leah found she was struggling to find the time to arrange salon appointments whilst also fitting in a busy job and organising the rest of her personal life - the idea being that if you can go online and find a hotel or restaurant, read reviews and book it there and then, why can't you do the same when looking for somewhere to get your hair coloured or nails done etc?  Having a place online where you can compare salons and read reviews and see prices and also then check availability and make appointments all without having to lift the phone definitely appeals to me!

I can't really think of many better starts to the week than a Monday morning meeting consisting of cakes, pastries, beauty chat, and spending time with some of my favourite blogger girls (as well as local salon owners, the team from Appointedd and some other partners.....we even had a Skype chat live from Bangkok!).  Oh and the goodie bags had pick and mix sweets in them which pleased me immensly.

Afterwards a couple of us went along to George Square to soak up some of the festival atmosphere and had a nice wee afternoon of margaritas, mexican food and plenty of gossip.  All in all it was a great day, and it was really interesting getting to hear about Appointedd.  The website is now live so if you're looking to book a salon appointment or just want to read reviews of local salons then check it out - Appointedd.com.

Images 2, 3 & 4 borrowed from the Appointedd blog and Facebook page

Top Five Lip Products

I don't really write enough makeup posts on here any more so today I'm going to share my current five favourite lip products, as part of my August big five series.

It's funny, before I started this blog 18 months ago I pretty much never wore colour on my lips.  I was a lip balm girl through and through, and didn't even own any lipsticks (I know!).  For some reason I just had it in my head that I didn't suit colours on my lips, but once I got into reading blogs (and writing my own) I got a bit more adventurous with my makeup and now I wear some sort of colour every day.

Revlon lip butter pink lemonade

Revlon lip butter pink lemonade

Revlon Lip Butter - Pink Lemonade
This is a lovely light peachy pink colour which is ideal for a natural day to day look.  It's my most worn shade, which you can probably tell from the picture as the stick is almost finished.

Topshop whimsical lipstick

Topshop whimsical lipstick

Topshop Whimsical
I lusted after this shade for ages after I saw it on a couple of blogs and it is the perfect coral matte.  It does tend to be quite drying though so I usually add a layer of lip balm as a base so it lasts longer.

Revlon lip butter tutti frutti

Revlon lip butter tutti frutti

Revlon Lip Butter - Tutti Frutti
I love this bright orange shade and as with all the lip butters the colour is really buildable and it has a moisturising slightly glossy finish.

Collection 2000 lasting colour pink shock lipstick

Collection 2000 lasting colour pink shock lipstick

Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Lipstick - Pink Shock
This is an awesome bright neon pink matte shade which I love as part of a night out makeup look.  As with the Topshop lipstick though it can be quite drying on the lips so I use a lip balm as a base to keep it from flaking.

Revlon lip butter macaroon

Revlon lip butter macaroon

Revlon Lip Butter - Macaroon
This is a lovely deep berry red with gold flecks - it's the darkest lip colour that I own and I wasn't sure at first if it would suit me as it's quite a bold choice for me, but I love it for winter with a fairly simple eye look.

As you can tell I mainly I mainly live in Revlon Lip Butters - I actually have 9 of them - but I'm trying to branch out and buy more matte lipsticks to mix things up a bit.  Let me know if you'd recommend any brands I should try (I don't own any Mac lipsticks so I might give into the hype and try one of those next).