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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Private chef in your own home

If you’ve ever watched MasterChef then you’ll be no stranger to the talents available in the world of private chefs. I always assumed this was only something for the rich and famous who owned their own yachts or mansions, but when I was contacted by the lovely people at La Belle Assiette I found out otherwise.

When offered the chance to host a dinner party at home with a private chef cooking for us and tidying up after, my reply was a no-brainer. The night I chose for our dinner party was the night before my husband’s birthday in January so it was the perfect opportunity. We invited 4 friends and asked them all to bring a bottle. After we set the date and invited our guests, all we needed to do was set the table and look forward to the feast!

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Cuckoo’s Bakery launch summer cupcake range

Cuckoo’s Bakery was taken over by new owners Thomas and Joanna Partridge back in June this year. The husband and wife duo have just launched a retro summer cupcake range, celebrating classic ice lollies and ice cream such as The Fab, Solero, Twister and Ninety-Nine.

Cuckoo’s Bakery first launched on Valentine’s Day in 2011 with its cake shop and tea room on Dundas Street. They then opened a second shop in Bruntsfield in April 2015. All cakes are freshly baked daily, by hand, with up to a whopping 1,000 cakes produced each day!

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TSB Local Pride: Vintage Vibes Edinburgh

On Friday I joined the TSB and Pride of Britain teams on George Street in Edinburgh to take a wee selfie with a Mini to support their Pride of Britain campaign. Their fleet has been touring the country, from London to Edinburgh, to raise awareness of the Pride of Britain nominations and all the fantastic people, charities and causes we have in Britain.

I’ve always loved the Pride of Britain awards so when I was asked to get involved, I couldn’t wait.

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Leith Cafe Quest

One of my favourite things to do in life is to chill out on a Saturday afternoon in a pretty, cosy cafe. Edinburgh is great for this, but my neighbourhood of Leith is particularly special.

The diversity of people, pubs, cafes and restaurants is what made me fall in love with Leith. From the recently opened Starbucks (I’m not ashamed to like chains too) to the vast range of little independent coffee shops featured in this blog post.

Whenever I’m driving or walking down Leith Walk there always seems to be somewhere new that catches my eye. Recently, there seems to have been an influx of cafes so I decided to share my faves and hopefully you can tell me about some I’ve missed!

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Review: Dishoom brunch

If you speak to anyone in Edinburgh about new foodie establishments at the moment, chances are you’ll hear about Dishoom.

Dishoom, Edinburgh

There are already a handful of Dishoom restaurants in London (Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Carnaby and Covent Garden) that I’ve heard people are raving about. St. Andrew Square in Edinburgh has recently had a large scale makeover, with the introduction of new restaurants, hotels, a TK Maxx and more to come! This was clearly a prime location, central and close to Waverley Train Station, for Dishoom to branch out of the big smoke and open their first restaurant in Scotland.

Back in mid-January we were invited to their official launch party, a spectacular affair filled with luxurious nibbles, cocktails and chai – word quickly spread on the Edinburgh grapevine about the new eatery in town. The most frequent whispers I heard revolved around their Bombay cafe style brunch and, luckily, I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to pop along and review it for myself.

Dishoom, Edinburgh

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