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My Stamp of Approval – January

Last month was full of wonderful things, which was a tremendous surprise seeing as it was miserable old January. Maybe we should all give this unfortunate month a bit of a break? No one likes going first.

As always, tea has been a great support accompanying me each and every day. A cup of tea brought to me in bed on weekend mornings was also a very welcome, and relatively new, home tradition. But what else has been making me smile this month? (more…)

My Stamp of Approval – November

What a month November shaped up to be! Now I’m in full flow of festive spirit, I thought I’d do a wee review of what made my month last month.

Little Miss Christmas t-shirt

As I’m sure you all know, I LOVE Christmas. So, I’m pretty sure this Little Miss Christmas t-shirt from Truffle Shuffle was made for me. Perfect as a lyer under my Christmas jumpers when it gets a bit too warm.

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My Stamp of Approval – August

There has been so much going on this month. From buying new pet fish to eating all the cheese possible at Foodies Festival.

Our Breaking Bad fish!

One Saturday a few weeks ago I was walking along to the Co-op with my other half when I decided we should get pet fish. I few weeks, research and a lot more money than expected, we welcomed our new pets; three fish (Walter White, Walt Junior and Jesse Pinkman), two snails (Mike and Hank) and two shrimps (Saul and Gus). Our Breaking Bad fish Fast forward another few weeks and sadly Saul the shrimp passed away. We had to return Jesse Pinkman to the pet shop as he was bullying the two Walters (advice: don’t get a paradise fish as they have a bad reputation of not getting on with other fish). We then renamed Walt Junior to be Jesse Pinkman and bought another snail. This one was stripy so we named him Tiger after my late and great pet cat. Our Breaking Bad fish I then felt the one shrimp was a bit lonely so we bought another two and named then Dexter and Jon Snow – deviating from the Breaking Bad theme a bit. Now I love our little aquarium family, they all have so much character!

My super talented boyfriend

To be honest, I’m not sure my boyfriend and I could be much different. I am super practical and logical, whereas he is unbelievably creative. He is writing a novel, Bazookaville, and also draws (unbelievably well) and writes additional short stories. Below is his novel so far so if you fancy having a read of Bazookaville then I know he would love any feedback:

You can find more of his work under Joey Fantana on Wattpad.

Day at the Edinburgh Dungeon, Beer and Skittles and Pomegranate restaurant

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I jump out my skin at the drop of a hat! So when I was invited to go to the Edinburgh Dungeon to review it I jumped at the chance – literally! You can read all about our visit here. Afterwards we went for a walk along the Royal Mile to absorb some of the Edinburgh Fringe atmosphere. Here we saw a fantastic musician (pictured below) called Simeon Baker. His guitar skills captivated a huge audience and I strongly recommend you check him out. After lots of walking around we went to Beer & Skittles so my other half could watch the Arsenal game and we played a lovely chilled out Saturday afternoon game of Jenga. This went on for a very long time, had the bar staff cheering us on and resulted in my knocking over and accidentally smashing my prosecco glass (sorry!).

Edinburgh tourist day out

That evening we went to Pomegranate restaurant on Leith Walk. They offer a wide variety of Middle Eastern with delicacies from Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. Everything was delicious and the restaurant is decorated beautiffully and in-keeping with the Middle Eatsern theme. It is a BYOB restaurant so we took along a bottle of wine and left a couple of hours late very stuffed and happy


I have recently discovered my new favourite jewellery shop. I recently wrote a blog post about Lvndr but I couldn’t resist giving them another mention her. They jewellery is beautifully made and great value for money so you don’t even have to wait until pay day!

Lvndr jewellery

Foodies Festival (even in the rain)

I received free tickets to Foodies Festival from my lovely friend Nadine. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it on the lovely, sunny Saturday and we had to go on the torrential rain Sunday. Alas we still had fun, tasted all the cheese possible, ate a hog roast roll and bought cheese, ate a banana and strawberry macaroon and bought a champagne and strawberry macaroon for my lovely friend Robyn. A delicious day!

Foodies Festival 2014

Gone Girl on Audible

I recently downloaded Audible and it has revolutionised my ‘reading’. I have always been a painfully slow reader and usually fall asleep the minute I even open a book. So audio books was clearly the way forward! I am now flying through books – I listened to Fault in our Stars in a week and then moved onto Gone Girl. Now I can’t wait to see the films of both. I listen to my books on my commute to and from work on the bus and walking – Audible suits me perfectly!

Festival Day with my lovely mum and dad

Last but not least, my lovely mum and dad came up to Edinburgh from Northumberland for a visit as we’re going on holiday this weekend for a week and then they’re going on holiday so we won’t see them for a while. I love my parents to bits and although I’ve lived in Edinburgh for 9 years they’ve never come up and stayed during the Edinburgh Fringe festival is on. They’re going to rectify this next year but last weekend we fitted in as much as we could in one day. We hit the Royal Mile and saw juggling of weapons, musicians and some beautiful traditionally dressed people from Taiwan.Edinburgh Fringe FestivalTaken from the top of the big wheel on Princes Street. I love this photo and my Instagram filter does make it look like it is of Edinburgh way back when but if you look at the sign on the top of the galleries then you’ll see it’s not.Edinburgh Fringe FestivalAll in all I have had a spectacular August doing lots with the people I love. Thank you all! Now we’re embarking on new adventures in September, starting with Berlin this weekend!

My Stamp of Approval – July

I’m always discovering new things; places to eat, websites, new shops, etc. so I thought I would start to share them with everyone else every now and again. So here goes- here is a list of things that I love at the minute…

Our home

Although we moved in back in April, I still forget that we are actual home owners. I absolutely love our home, more and more every day as we gradually put our stamp on it. We’re getting rid of all the horrible floral wallpaper (I never knew there were so many varieties) and painting it with our choice of colours. The living room is the only room that is finished but it looks great and is perfect to relax in the evening. Three of the walls are cream and we have a ‘Proud Peacock’ feature wall, as you can see below. There is still so much we want to do and lots of bits and bobs that I would like to get to make it more cosy but this is part of the fun and I’m quite happy to do this over time.
Home sweet home

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

I was never particularly fussed on seeing the film but my other half was watching it when I got home one evening so I sort of fell into it. Most people aI’ve spoken to seemed to have read the book at school but I never did. The film was surprisingly good, however that could be because I had such low expectations. The best bit about it was, in my opinion, the soundtrack. Now I can’t stop listening to it when I’m at work so I recommend you give it a go!

My new hair

Although now, my new hair is not so new. I just love all the layers that I had cut into it. I am desperately trying (and failing) to blow dry it myself but I just don’t have enough arms! My default setting now is to put it in a french platt when it’s still a little damp and then I have 2 days of messy, wavy hair which I love. Since my trip to Dean Jones Hair Dressing I really understand the importance of a good blow dry and I will keep persevering to achieve this myself!

Getting my walk on

At work we have been taking part in GCC (Global corporate challenge) which has the aim of getting people more active and healthy and this is tracked by wearing a pedometer every day. This has fed my competitive side and although I don’t go running or ride a bike, I am more than happy to just keep walking. As part of this I have started a series of Discovering Edinburgh blog posts. I have the walking bug and can’t stop. Although it does help that there are so many pretty walks just on my doorstep in Edinburgh.
Last weekend, however, was different. We had a new challenge in which we had to beat our personal best step count. My PB was achieved when I was in Rome last month so I knew that to beat this I’d have to do some serious walking. My boyfriend kindly agreed to join me on a super walk on Saturday morning. We walked up Leith Walk, around Arthur’s Seat, up Calton Hill and back down to Leith. This didn’t quite beat my PB but with some dancing in the evening at my friend’s birthday and walking home after, I ended up with a new PB of over 31,000 steps and blisters on the soles of my feet – it was totally worth it!
Edinburgh walks

Indigo Aana Jewellery

I’m from a very small family, one sister and no cousins. My boyfriend however is from a huge family – he’s one of five. He has some super talented siblings (including himself) and today I thought I’d give a wee shout out to Steph. She has been building up her own company making and selling jewellery. From necklaces using bottle caps to earrings and bracelets. She shares what she is making on her Facebook page, Indigo Aana jewellery, where you can also find prices and details of how to buy. I’m sure she would love it if you had a wee look around so please do!
Indigo Aana jewellery

Serrano Manchego

If it wasn’t for the heat and the fact that I can’t speak Spanish, I would totally live in Spain. Okay, so the only reason I want to live in Spain is to drink wine and eat tapas. When I heard about a new bar/cafe/restaurant opening on Leith walk, a matter of minutes from our flat, I couldn’t wait to visit the new Serrano Manchego. When we did finally go, nearly a week after they opened, I was not disappointed. Inside it is beuatifully decorated with leather seats and bare brick walls. They even have a few seats which are perfect in the sunny summer evenings to sit in the sun. We ordered a variety of dishes which you can see below and everything was absolutely delicious. Of course, the serrano ham and the manchego cheese were top notch. My only criticism would be that they don’t take bookings which was a little frustrating. However this does fit in with the relaxed and chilled out Spanish vibe they have perfected.
I cannot wait to go back and try their churros and hot chocolate – ever since they posted a photo on their Facebook page I can’t stop thinking about it!
Serrano Manchego, Edinburgh
So as you can see, I really do love so much at the minute. I hope you enjoyed my little peak into my life in Edinburgh.