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

Models Own is coming to Glasgow!

Edinburgh is an absolutely beautiful city and I love living here (apart from when it rains), but when I need a really good retail therapy session I always head to Glasgow. I’m originally from near Newcastle and I think these two cities are among the best in the UK for shopping. Today I heard the fantastic news that Glasgow is getting its own Models Own Bottleshop and I am absolutely delighted!

I love a bit of nail art and Models Own is without a doubt one of my favourite nail polish brands. I’m always in awe seeing the Bottleshop pictures on Instagram so I’m over the moon that they’re launching their first stand-alone Bottleshop in Scotland at Buchanan Galleries on Tuesday 20th October – whoop!

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Surgeons’ Hall: Scandal and whisky

May was all about Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh. One weekend I was invited to attend a Scandal at Surgeons’ Hall organised by the museums and the next I attended my yearly Whisky Stramash.

Surgeons’ Hall is a beautiful venue in the heart of Edinburgh, just across the road from the Festival Theatre on Nicolson Street. It’s a development by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and can be hired for conferences, meetings, weddings or other events.

‘Only ten minutes away from Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle, Surgeons’ Hall can accommodate between 10 – 300 guests and provides a truly unique venue in which to host your conference or event within the historic City of Medicine. Our hotel, Ten Hill Place, allows you to accommodate your guests or conference delegates in comfort and is situated adjacent to your chosen conference venue.  Ten Hill Place Hotel was recently awarded Conference Hotel of the Year 2014 at the Scottish Hotel Awards.‘ (source:

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OPI Hawaii review

It’s been all about food and the our new kitchen on the blog recently so here’s something a bit different – nail polish!

I used to blog about nail art all the time and created quite a name for myself by doing so. I would still never EVER dream of leaving the house with bare naked nails but I don’t really have the time to commit to nail art like I used to. I was delighted to be asked to review the Hawaii Little Hulas Mini Pack. They are perfect for taking on holiday and the pink are green are just my sort of colours.

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I decided to use the pink as the base and added some green dots using my nail art dotting tool. The little nail polishes are so cute and I was worried the brushes would be little and fiddly but they were a surprisingly decent size. I was a little disappointed by the coverage of the nail polish as after three coats it was still a bit patchy. OPI is one of the kings of nail polish (I usually opt for the cheaper BarryM or Models Own) so this was quite surprising.

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Super speedy nail art

It has been quite some time since I blogged about nail art but as I just ordered a big haul of the new BarryM speedy quick dry nail polishes I thought they were definitely worth a mention.

As I have an ASOS Premier account, I had the luxury of being super lazy and instead of searching through Superdrug and Boots, I just ordered them all from ASOS and with the free next day delivery they landed on my desk, as if by magic, yesterday lunch time.

BarryM speedy nail art

BarryM speedy nail art
Colours left to right – Kiss me quick, Lap of honour, Pole position, Eat my dust.


BeautiVine – Mobile hair and makeup in Edinburgh

Sometimes there is nothing better than spending a Saturday afternoon in a hair salon, basking in the relaxation, pampering and complimentary coffee. I love a good head massage as much as the next person. Last year I even found my new favourite hair salon in Edinburgh, Dean Jones Hair. However, there are also times when you just want to stay at home in your pjs, drink bucketfuls of tea and eat cheese on toast. Sounds pretty wonderful, doesn’t it?


May I introduce to you all my boyfriend’s super talented sister, Chelsea Greens (aka. BeautiVine). She’s a freelance specialist in hair, beauty and makeup based in Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders. Obviously I’m biased as she’s basically family, but she genuinely is very good at what she does. Last Sunday Chelsea came over to my flat and spent the afternoon pampering me. I was bored of my hair again so she gave me a subtle ombré colour and a voluminous blow dry.



My fabulous plan for 2015

These miserable, grey January days are the perfect time to have a good old think about the year ahead. As I’ve just turned the grand old age of 28, I’m old enough and wise enough to know that there is little point in me making new years resolutions shrouded in false hope. Instead I have just created a list of things that I hope to do/improve/work on, so here they are…

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