Lifestyle blog; Edinburgh, MS, food, beauty and chit chat.

Relax at Edinburgh’s Soul Retreat

Back in Autumn of 2017 (remember 2017? Me neither!) Soul Retreat burst onto the spa and beauty scene in Edinburgh. Before I go any further, I must disclose that this awesomely fabulous spa was created by 2 of my sisters-in-law but honestly, if it was crap I just wouldn’t write about it! If you still don’t trust that my judgement is unbiased, go and visit and find out for yourself!

Edinburgh’s new urban spa offers a range of hair and beauty treatments, yoga classes and wellbeing workshops. Their opening day was a huge success last year and offered a range of sample treatments to get a flavour of what they were all about. Whenever I tell people about the spa’s location – at a very well-known junction at Fairmilehead – everyone who lives in Edinburgh knows where it is.

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Guest post: How to get a salon blow-dry at home

My usual home blow dry involves flipping my head upside down and blasting it. This does tend to be quite an efficient way of drying but I do end up with quite a few frizzy bits and need to run the straighteners over it.

My favourite Edinburgh hair salon is Dean Jones on Elm Row. I had a complimentary blow dry from Dean himself a few years ago and have been going back ever since. There’s nothing quite like a salon blow dry to boost your confidence and leave you feeling fabulous. So how can I replicate this in my own home?

Love a cheesy stock image 😂
Love a cheesy stock image 😂

Getting a sleek and bouncy salon-style blow-dry at home isn’t actually all that difficult. As long as you have the right tools and products to hand, and a willingness to go that extra mile, you can get professional level results – and at no extra cost, too. So what’s the secret? Read on… (more…)

Guest post: Homemade masks for dry and damaged hair

If your hair is constantly exposed to heat styling, sun and hard water, it will eventually become dry and dull from all the damage. Dry and damaged hair shouldn’t be washed every day, so its natural oils and nutrients have time to work their way through the strands – you can help with this by brushing often from roots to ends, in order to bring these oils all the way down your locks.

Another key rule to prevent dry and damaged hair is to keep it moisturised and well nourished. So, if you want to know how to make your hair soft and healthy again, homemade masks are one of the treatments you can try every one or two weeks. (more…)

My favourite spring florals

I love spring! The blossom is blooming, lambs are leaping and the sun is shining! Well, maybe that’s not an entirely accurate vision of a Scottish spring, but parts of it are definitely true.

At this time of year the road leading up to our Edinburgh flat bursts into life as the lining trees pop with pink blossom – I can’t help but smile as I walk past.

Not only do I love what spring does to the trees and weather but I love dressing for spring; both myself and my home. So here are some of my favourite spring florals purchased this year…

Spring florals
‘Hello spring’ sign from Sainsbury’s

Floral bag

I couldn’t resist buying this gorgeous floral bag from Accessorize. It’s a wee bit smaller than I hoped (I ordered it online) but it is packed full of different compartments which I love for organising the chaos within. I’ve also recently been converted to across body bags rather than my usual go to shoulder bag. They are just far more practical and leave you with your hands free to hold your phone, shopping or that cheeky glass of wine.

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Let’s get personal – with gifts

The influx of sites such as Notonthehighstreet.com and Etsy have created fantastic platforms for people to get creative and sell their own products. These in turn give the rest of us the opportunity to find the most thoughtful and relevant gifts for our friends and family.

There has also been a recent trend for personalised products – jewellery, mugs and clothing with inspirational quotes, funny slogans, names or initials on them. I love shopping for gifts on NOTHS as it makes it so easy to get a really thoughtful and good quality gift that will mean something to who you’re giving it to.
Personalised gifts
Here are some of my favourite personalised gift ideas:
Personalised gifts

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