Christmas Party Wishlist 2016: H&M & River Island

Friday, 9 December 2016
Another round-up of Christmas party outfit ideas, this time from high street faves H&M and River Island.  If you missed my earlier posts, then check out these wishlists from ASOS & Boohoo and New Look & Dorothy Perkins.

dress | necklace | shoes | bag

O is for Owls

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

For our latest Alphabet Dating adventure Blair and I went to the Scottish Owl Centre, taking date inspiration from our good pal Alan Partridge.  I joked to friends beforehand that it would be interesting, as I thought it had potential to be a bit of a lame day out, BUUUUT it was actually amazing.  

Christmas Party Wishlist 2016: New Look & Dorothy Perkins

Monday, 5 December 2016
I've got another selection of Christmas party outfit ideas for you, this time from New Look and Dorothy Perkins.  If you missed the first in this series, you can see my ASOS and Boohoo picks here!

bodysuit | skirt | shoes | bag | necklace

Wagamamas: Don't Want None, Unless You Got BUNS Hun

Saturday, 3 December 2016
I think that title may be my finest work yet.  Nailed it.

I was kindly invited to Wagamamas recently to try out their new menu, in particular, their new hirata steamed bun range.  So along I went one Thursday evening with a couple of girls from the office, with a purse stuffed with Waga-vouchers, ready for some hot tasty bun action.

Christmas Party Wishlist 2016: ASOS & Boohoo

Thursday, 1 December 2016
It's time for the return of my favourite annual blog series - the Christmas party outfit wishlist, yay!  Fantasy outfit planning is so much fun!  

First up is a selection of my festive outfit picks from ASOS and Boohoo - let me know in the comments which is your fave!

dress | bag | boots | jacket | choker | necklace

Glasgow Review: Kothel Grill House

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

This weekend Blair and I popped through to Glasgow for lunch, after being recommended a place called Kothel Grill House thanks to CitizenMag.

Tucked away under the arches right next to Central Station, you'd be forgiven for walking past Kothel Grill House without realising it was even there.  It's a tiny tiny TINY wee quirky deli style cafe - the description in CitizenMag's review was of a "troll's house under the bridge" which is so true, it feels like you're dining in a Grimms fairy tale.  I don't mean that in a negative way btw - I'm all for interesting spaces!

Things & Stuff #2

Sunday, 27 November 2016
'Things & Stuff' is where I share the...emm...things and stuff that I've been enjoying recently.  I wrote the first one back in May with the intention of it becoming a monthly series.  That went well...!

  • Exciting news to start off with....we've bought a house!  It's a new build and should be ready for us to move in in January (we were originally hoping to be in before Christmas, but it kept getting delayed, as is the norm for new properties it seems!).   It's fairly close to where my parents live so we've been getting regular photo updates as the build progresses - it's been fun seeing it develop from a literal pile of bricks to an actual house with windows and doors!  At the moment they are working on the inside, and I can't wait to get in and see what it's like.  We've gone for a townhouse, so there's 3 floors, with a living room, kitchen/dining room, and WC on the ground floor, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom on the 1st floor, and a master bedroom with ensuite and dressing room on the 2nd floor.  Considering we currently live in a small 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom flat, it's going to be quite the change - and we've got so much stuff to buy!  So yes, link me your favourite interior/furniture websites in the comments please.

Kiehls #StayingAlive

Friday, 25 November 2016
A few weeks ago I popped over to Glasgow for a bloggers brunch at Kiehl's on Buchanan Street to hear all about their #StayingAlive campaign in association with MTV.

I actually didn't know a lot about Kiehl's as a brand.  I'd only really become aware of them in the last 2 years or so, after Blair put a couple of Kiehl's men's skincare bits on his Christmas list that he'd seen in a magazine (ahh girls, remember the days when you used to get skincare and makeup recommendations from magazines, not blogs?).

Halloween Inspired Fashion

Saturday, 15 October 2016
When I was putting together my Autumn/Winter Fashion Wishlist the other week I kept coming across so many cute halloween inspired pieces, so I thought I'd put a couple together into a post for you.

lace dress - new look
ghost bodysuit - asos
skeleton tights - asos
glitter cat ears - asos
lace bodysuit - new look
velvet cat dress - asos

Snapshots from Corfu

Wednesday, 12 October 2016
To celebrate our first wedding anniversary, Blair and I booked a week in Corfu - our Big Fat Greek Honeymoon Part 2 if you will.  It was organised aaaaaaages ago, so we'd been looking forward to it for most of the year and it didn't disappoint.

We were staying at the Grand Mediterraneo Hotel & Spa, via Thomson.  It was the first time I'd gone on a package holiday since the days when I went with my parents, so it was a nice change not having to worry about things like working out how to get to the hotel from the airport.  It was also the first time we'd ever gone All Inclusive, and now we've done it I don't think I could go back to just bed & breakfast again!  Yes to all of the cocktails, and to the entire dessert selection at the evening buffet.

35 High Street Autumn/Winter Fashion Picks

Sunday, 9 October 2016
Looking in my wardrobe as I was unpacking after my holiday, I realised that I basically had nothing to wear for the autumn/winter season.  I'd spent so much time looking for holiday clothes in the last few months that I hadn't got round to buying anything suitable for the colder weather.  What a perfect excuse to do some shopping!

I went to Primark after work one evening last week but wasn't that impressed to be honest and only came away with 2 pairs of boots and a cardigan.  My online shopping sessions have been much more successful though, and I've found loads of great looking A/W pieces, and have placed a few orders (I might do a haul video once they arrive!).

Here's a few of the things I found on my travels:

Dorothy Perkins Autumn/Winter 2016 Wishlist

Corfu Outfits

Thursday, 6 October 2016
I'm just back from an amazing week in Corfu, which I'll tell you more about it later, but for now here's a round up of a few of my favourite outfits from the holiday.

OOTD - white and navy playsuit outfit

playsuit - Primark
kimono - Primark
bag - New Look

An Edinburgh Staycation

Sunday, 2 October 2016

A few weekends' ago Blair and I were kindly invited to stay at the Edinburgh Novotel, to indulge in a little staycation in our own city.  It had been a busy few weeks at work for both of us, and with our summer holiday still feeling like an age away (we're back now though, waaaah) it was the ideal way to relax.

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!).  

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!

Wedding Guest Wishlist

Friday, 6 May 2016
This year I'm going to 3 weddings in the space of 6 weeks.  3!  They are all quite different too, ranging from the traditional to a casual country affair, so I probably won't be able to wear the same dress to all 3 weddings.  For the last few weeks I've been all over ASOS on almost a daily basis trying to find outfit options, and I thought I'd share some of the beauties I've found so far.

left - middle - right

far left - left - middle - right - far right

left - middle - right

Help me chooooooose!

A Big 'Ol Catch Up

Saturday, 30 April 2016


It has been a long time Mr Robot*, very well said.

Sorry I've been a bit MIA the last few months, life has just been a bit busy recently and I've not really had the time to put into blogging.  If you are subscribed to my Youtube channel you'll know I've still being uploading pretty regularly there, although I'm actually now just about to take a bit of a break there too as something has to give!  Blogging has always been a fun hobby for me but if life gets in the way then unfortunately it ends up going to the back of the queue - it's better that than me forcing myself to keep it updated, at which point it becomes no fun at all.

Anyway, things are still very busy at the moment but I was having one of those days where I fancied sitting down to write so I thought I'd put together a wee update post to fill you in on what's been happening over the last few months.

Rhubarb at Prestonfield - Edinburgh Restaurant Review

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The other weekend, Blair and I treated ourselves to a fancy pants Sunday lunch at Rhubarb at Prestonfield.  I'd heard of the place before but for some reason had its location completely wrong in my head - I thought it was out near the airport but it's actually just a few minutes from Holyrood in the east end of the city.  We arrived by car and pulling into the driveway you immediately feel like you're out in the country, not just a short walk from the city centre.  There were even Highland cows in a field outside!

After a slight bit of confusion as to where the restaurant was (there's no signage outside, but you just go straight into the main house and it's through the back) and being slightly terrified by the rather large peacock blocking the entrance, we soon found ourselves inside the rather grand dining room.  With its rich, dark decor it felt like we were dining in a fancy stately home - we felt a tad underdressed!  We had a table right next to the window so we had a good view outside (I enjoyed watching squirrels running up and down the trees) and also a good seat for one of our favourite activities, people watching.

90's Makeup Look

Monday, 29 February 2016

Hello and welcome to 1999!  Today I'm going to show you how you can get this totally awesome look that will make all your school pals sooooo jealous of how bang on trend you are.

My 10 Favourite Beauty Bloggers

Sunday, 28 February 2016

We're almost at the end of #FEBeauty, and I'm pretty chuffed that I actually managed to stick to my challenge and published a beauty post every day in February.  It was harder than I thought it might be - I have a new found respect for those of you who blog about beauty on the regular!  Speaking of which, if you want to follow some proper beauty bloggers then here are my top 10 faves:

Makeup Look: A Touch of Teal

Saturday, 27 February 2016

On ma face:
No7 Instant Radiance Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Natural Collection Blush in Pink Cloud
No7 Shade & Define Eye Shadow Stick in Cool Mink
Avon Super Extend Liquid Eye Liner in Teal
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sparkle Green
L'Oreal False Lash Superstar Mascara
Sleek Angled Eye Brow Pencil
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
Rimmel Lipstick in Peachy Beachy

Revlon Highlight Palette Review

Friday, 26 February 2016

How pretty does this look eh?  I literally did a double take in Boots one day whilst walking past the Revlon stand and had to pick it up.  I originally bought it to be used as a blush but quickly realised that it's a bit too shiny for that, and it's best used as intended - i.e. as a highlighter.

5 Beauty Steps I Need To Get Better At

Thursday, 25 February 2016

1) Serums
I currently have at least 3 serums in my drawer at the moment and do I use them?  Do I fuck.  It's the one skincare step that I forget about consistently - I go straight from cleanser to toner to moisturiser, usually remembering the serum whilst I'm halfway through my makeup.  I saw an ad for the No7 Protect & Perfect Serum at the cinema the other week and thought, hmmm that looks pretty cool - only to remember 5 minutes later that I already had it!  I'm going to make a conscious effort from now on to try use it on a daily basis so I can actually see if it makes a difference.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder Review

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

I've been using this powder for about a year now and yet I STILL can't get the name right first time, even when reading it off the jar.  Hyaluronic Hydra Powder is a stupid name anyway, it sounds like something from an Avengers movie.

It doesn't unfortunately give me any special hydra powers, but it does do a pretty good job of keeping my foundation in place which is all I ask really.  It's a really fine powder (so heads up, you will accidentally breathe it in through your nose, a lot) which looks a lot like talcum powder, but goes on transparent so don't worry you won't end up looking like Caspar.

I feel like it's lasting forever as I only use a small amount each time.  So even though it's pretty pricey at £42, it's been good value for money.  I don't have much else to say really - it does the job of keeping my skin shine free and setting my foundation in place without it looking too cakey or flat.  I'm not sure if it's one I'll repurchase as I like trying new products so will probably give something else a go next, but if you're looking to try a new powder then it's worth a look!

Hair Inspiration

Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Since the wedding I haven't really done anything different with my hair (besides a brief spell with a peachy toner).  I'd originally toyed with the idea of getting it cut short as soon as I was back from honeymoon, as in the run up to the big day I was getting really fed up of my long hair taking ages to blow dry, getting tangled all the damn time, and just generally requiring too much effort.  I chickened out though and decided to keep growing it for a while longer.  

I'm now at the stage where I'm itching for a change, so I've been looking at Pinterest for ideas.  I like lots of different styles and colours so I'm not really sure what I'm going to end up doing.  Can someone just decide for me please....?

3 Picks: Nail Colours

Monday, 22 February 2016

Mint is one of my favourite colours (hence the blog colour scheme) and Mint Candy Apple is such a beautiful shade.  It's definitely my most worn nail polish (it's what I was wearing when I got engaged!).  I do really like Essie polishes, I think they have a great shade range, they apply really well and the bottles are really cute but I'm not sure they live up to the hype that the brand is afforded, particularly in the blogging world.  In terms of wear they don't last longer or chip less than my more cheaper polishes (like Bourjois 1 Seconde), so the quality doesn't quite feel as premium as the price.

Pixi Glow Tonic Review

Sunday, 21 February 2016

It's been a long time since I last used a classic exfoliator.  In fact I think I went yeeeeears without exfoliating at all - there's a big gap between the good old days when I used to scratch my poor face with the St Yves apricot scrub that EVERYONE at school had, and my recent discovery of the joy of acid exfoliators.  

3 Picks: Hair Oils

Friday, 19 February 2016

1) Moroccanoil Treatment
When I first started blogging 4 years ago lots of beauty bloggers were raving about Moroccanoil so *of course* I ended up buying a bottle.  Amazingly despite using this for about 3/4 years now I still haven't finished the bottle.  What sorcery is this?!  

Up until very recently I only used this on wet hair, rubbing through the ends of my hair before blow drying.  I definitely feel this makes a difference when I use it, the tips of my hair feel much softer and look a lot less fried.  Oh and did I mention it smells delicious?  

The 5 Minute Makeup Challenge

Thursday, 18 February 2016
I know I'm about 2 years behind everyone else, but I've finally filmed a 5 minute makeup challenge!  Check it out below to see how I got on....

Beauty Products From My Teens

Tuesday, 16 February 2016
image credits: top row 1, 2, 3, bottom row 1, 2, 3

Time for a little trip down memory lane, looking at all the beauty products I remember using in my teen years.


I have to say, I wasn't one of those teenagers who went to school with a full face of makeup.  I didn't become dependent on foundation until I was in my early 20's, but the days when I *did* wear foundation I, like most teenage girls in the late 90's/early 00's, used Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse.  Was there ever a more terrible foundation?  Hahah!  It was literally like rubbing chocolate mousse on your face, and as no one could ever seem to get the right shade, sometimes the colour was close to chocolate too.

No7 Instant Radiance Foundation Review

Monday, 15 February 2016

I'm fiiiiiinally getting round to writing a review of the foundation that I've been wearing and raving about for over a year.  I don't have a huge amount to say about it mind you, other than - you need to buy it!

3 Picks: Makeup Brushes

Sunday, 14 February 2016

1) Real Techniques - Expert Face Brush
This is my favourite brush for applying foundation - the rounded shape means it's easy to get into all the nooks and crannies like round the nose etc.  Like all Real Techniques brushes, the bristles are incredibly soft and feel great on the skin.  Also as the bristles are tightly packed it's the perfect brush for foundation as you can really buff it into the skin.  

60's Inspired Look

Saturday, 13 February 2016
To celebrate the arrival of the Hairspray UK tour in Edinburgh, today I'm sharing a 60's inspired makeup look. This was surprisingly easy to put together and I can see how you could tone it down / up depending on the occasion.  

Here's my tips for achieving that 60's look!

Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser Review

Friday, 12 February 2016

These days it's very rare for me to buy skincare on the high street, i.e. in Boots / Superdrug.  I've got so used to using REN and Origins products that it rarely crosses my mind to look at high street brands.  A few months ago though I was having one of those days where you just wander round Boots picking things up on a whim (which incidentally is a good way to accidentally spend £100) and I decided to give this Vichy cleanser a try.

Cream Eyeshadows: High St vs High End

Thursday, 11 February 2016

As I've mentioned a few times recently, I've been on the hunt for a decent cream eyeshadow on the high street that I can use as an alternative to my much loved By Terry Ombre Blackstar.  I've found quite a few recently though so thought I'd do a round up post for you.

Longest Serving Beauty Products

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

As much as I like trying out new products, there are a select few that I repurchase again and again.  Here's some of those products that I've been using and repurchasing for a long time now.

3 Picks: Perfumes

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

1) Jo Malone - Pomegranate Noir

Last year I wanted to treat myself to a special perfume that I could use for my hen do, wedding, and honeymoon.  I liked the idea of having a scent that would remind me of those moments and settled on picking a Jo Malone fragrance for the job.  I'd never even smelled a Jo Malone perfume before but for some reason I had it in my head that it would be a nice fancy treat.  Whilst in the airport flying back from London one day last summer I spent a looooong time in duty free smelling every Jo Malone perfume they had.  Pomegranate Noir stood out for me - it's a dark musky fruity scent with notes of pomegranate (duh), raspberry and plum.  Now I wear it several times a week but it still hols those lovely wedding memories, just like I hoped!

Benefit Rollerlash Mascara

Monday, 8 February 2016

I've spoken previously about my never-ending search for the perfect mascara (here, here, and here).  It's one of those products where I flit between brands and am always willing to try something new.  I did previously claim to have found "the one" (Clinique High Impact), buuuut that love affair is well and truly over and there's someone new on the scene.  Step forward, Benefit Roller Lash.