Sunday, 21 May 2017

#useyourvoice


Image: Simone Rocha


There's only hours left to register to vote in the UK. Meer hours left to take your future by the balls and decide what you want to do with it. We're a generation that has the most to lose yet we're a generation with the lowest voter turnout. But why?

TV babe, film and documentary maker, a solid voice for a silent generation; Billy JD Porter along side WHO, publicly launched the campaign '#useyourvoice' to help people understand WHY it's so important for us to use our voice and vote. This video 'Use Your Voice' is how it all started and a pretty sound explanation from people of all walks of life and different ages as to why they don't feel involved in politics and the unfortunately deprived issue that needs a lot of attention. The point of the video isn't to sway or influence your voting chose but to raise attention and encouragement for young people to use their vote.

Billy has drawn a social media following attention to the importance of using your vote and how you should pay attention to the politics of today because inevitably it's going to be us that will feel and see the biggest changes and effects on society. The campaign is in collaboration with people like social media influencer Gemma Styles to British Youth Council chairperson Anna Rose Baker and poet Isaiah Hull. Billy made it clear it's not about showing your specific support for a party - nobody is expecting that but a simple reminder that the deadline to register to vote is coming is suffice. 

Politics can be a bit of an ugly word and still today seems to be awkward to talk about amongst friends but it's so important to get involved in to understand our future. Whether you want to study abroad or at home, it affects your chances to do this. If you want to go into the international field of work or you're thinking of working from home- it affects you. It affects your food shopping, your kids, your mum, your gran, your favourite lady in the Tesco checkouts that always gives you a sweetie she hides under her till. YOU. It will effect your everyday life and can have massive changes on things that are important to you. Don't think that because you're not shouting about your political opinion or think you don't really know enough THIS guide will help you understand. If you want an easier channel to listen about politics and the manifesto's or challenges parties are facing and what they care about there's TV programmes like 'The last leg' that are weekly leading up to the elections and talk about what's going on in a more comedic approach. I personally love it and can't get enough of Josh Widdicombe.

We're three women who want a brighter and better future for us and generations to come. Please register by midnight tonight and think about what really matters to you and make a change that matters.

Please register here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Z x

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

KYLOE: Sunday Roast review

If you live in Edinburgh and still don't know about KYLOE then you 100% must be living under a rock. KYLOE is the only gourmet steak restaurant in the city and is situated above the Huxley in the West End of Edinburgh. It has a glorious reputation for its luxurious menu and is probably best known for their Sunday Roast which definitely does not let down. 

The atmosphere as soon as we were welcomed was warm and relaxed as host Emma greeted us and took us up to our window side table looking over Princes Street. There's quirky little pegs you can pull down from the wall to hang your bag and jacket on to avoid the usual floor dump. After settling in we were offered starters but to be honest we were far too excited being surrounded by the smell of Roast beef around us to even think about waiting any longer to try it. So with that, we swiftly declined and chose a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon which was a great match for the richness of the beef that was coming. Our first waitress was lovely and so knowledgeable about each wine we discussed to find the perfect taste for what we all liked and were looking for.



We waited what felt like a lifetime but realistically was probably only about 25 minutes and through the restaurant came a steaming prime piece of roast beef in all it's glory. It was hand carved in front of us and we were kindly asked if it was pink enough. Naturally, it was. What followed was only what I could describe as Christmas, birthdays, New Year and every special day of the year rolled up and served in the form of the most perfectly fluffy duck fat roasted potatoes, the creamiest cabbage, just crunchy enough mix of diced carrots, parsnips and turnips which had a nutty sweet glaze too. Obviously there were Yorkshire puddings which were impressively puffy although a bit too crunchy for my personal taste (Toni and Lyndsey thoroughly enjoyed them however!). Now, please keep yourself seated for what I can only describe as one of the most luxuriously creamy and ridiculously moreish creamy, buttery horseradish sauce. So good in fact I may or may not (definitely did) have eaten it with a spoon even though I thought I was about to burst due to excessive roast potato consumption. The only thing that slightly took away from the perfectness of the meal was that it wasn't as hot as I personally would have enjoyed but I was only 1 of four who felt this so take of that what you will.



After a break to decide whether we really could squeeze in dessert we without hesitation, after moaning and groaning about how full we felt and how no more food could possibly fit, we said yes to the apple strudel. We were informed it would take around twelve minutes which we welcomed and encouraged as long as a wait as possible but as soon as the waitress said there was a fresh vanilla custard I could see our eyes all lighting up. It arrived beautifully on a wooden board with two jugs of freshly made vanilla custard (Toni literally couldn't help herself but to drink it, that's how good it was). The dessert admittedly was too heavy after the roast and from what we could see around us on other tables everyone took it home in a doggy bag- including us. 



KYLOE's Sunday roast is definitley a contender for your Mum's roast, if not better (sorry Mum). It's traditional, rich and delicious. We enjoyed the Sunday Roast that could easily be shared between 4/5 and was a set price of £100 which includes the dessert. Any drinks and starters are additional.  It's a light-hearted but warm and professional atmosphere paired with passion from each and every member of staff for what they're delivering: expect only the best. 

KYLOE is considered by many as a very formal environment reserved only for special occasions, but it is also an ideal atmosphere to enjoy a relaxed and casual Sunday roast. The food is exceptional and sharing the roast with friends and loved ones makes it an even better experience whether it be for a graduation, rainy Sunday's or a day visit to Edinburgh. Without realising we ended up spending the best part of the day here. Great company, a wonderful atmosphere and delicious food made the time pass effortlessly, but it was undoubtedly time well spent.


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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Four Cleansers you need in your Skincare Collection


Cleansing is the most vital part of your daily skincare routine, FACT.

Do you need four cleansers, probably not. What I will say is that these four cleansers represent four different states of mind I may be in as a busy, glowy skin seeking but sometimes lazy twenty-five year old woman. You definitely don't need all of them but select the state of mind you relate with the most and that cleanser is the one for you.

First of all I do my absoloute best to cleanse twice a day, every day. It's one of the best ways to kick start my day and also wind me down in the evening. I tend to use a different cleanser in the AM to the PM. In the morning I just want to give myself a nice gentle cleanse, but in the evening you are removing all the grime of the day from your face and tend to need something a bit more heavy duty. So four cleansers isn't that excessive when you really think about it.

The bright eyed and bushy tailed cleanser

The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel makes for the perfect morning cleanse. In the morning before applying make-up you want your skin to look as bright and awake as possible which is exactly why I like this cleanser. It contains pumpkin enzymes which help to deeply cleanse the pours and remove dead skin cells without being overly abrasive on the skin. It is also full of Vitamin C and E which are known to restore and protect the skin from the elements. If you have had a late night studying or drinking too much this cleanser will aid you in looking far more presentable. Your face and skin are usually what betrays you when your looking extra tired so for the very busy, or very tired Oskia is for you!

The I need an early night and to chill the hell out cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is a classic and I imagine this isn't the first time you have read about it. These raves are for good reason as this is one of the most consistently great cleanser I've ever used. I reach for this cleanser on evenings where I am in for the night and I really want to relax and take care of myself. With ingredients such as chamomile and rosemary it doesn't only deeply cleanse your skin but also helps you to relax and wind down for bed. It is also great for removing light make-up so it is something you could use daily if you wanted to. The consistency of the cleanser is a lovely rich cream and it is a really beautiful product for evenings when you really need to pamper yourself. 

The I am wearing all the make-up in the world and need it off my face immediately cleanser

The Clinque Take the Day off Cleansing Oil is a firm favourite of mine. This is the cleanser that I reach for the most and you can purchase it in either an oil or a balm consistency but I am definitely an oil girl as its more hygienic and I like the way it feels on my skin. This is a quick, no nonsense product that will remove any amount of make-up you have on. Waterproof mascara was the real test and it passed with flying colours! Seriously though if you often wear a full face get this cleanser it takes your make-up off in two minutes and leaves no residue whatsoever. 

The I can't be arsed taking my make-up off cleanser

Okay so admittedly this cleanser isn't used very often but it has a firm place in my bedside cabinet for emergency purposes. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a lifesaver and I am sure most of you reading this have had experience of this quick fix cleanser. I wouldn't use this everyday because lets be honest it isn't cleaning your face very well, but when I am drunk as hell it comes in very handy. All you need is some cotton pads and your sorted, with enough determination you can get almost all of your make-up off which is the most important factor here. 

The best way to ensure beautiful skin is to clean your face, it really is that simple. So whether you are double cleansing and delving into a 10 step skin care routine or grabbing the emergency micellar water after a heavy night, your looking after your skin. As my mum always says you only get one face, so take good care of it.


L x














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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

ONDINE: Restaurant review

Ondine is a Seafood and Shellfish restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh just past the Royal Mile that has now become my favourite fish restaurant in the city. Ondine was the perfect place to rediscover my utter love for seafood. Everything I ate was freshly caught no less than hours before AND every single thing on each plate boasted only the best flavours from the local produce. 

The restaurant pride themselves on providing 'proper seafood' and that's exactly what they deliver. The food presented is serious and the attitude from the staff and their passion to explain minute details from where it was caught, and who caught it to everything about the seafood itself is admirable and made me feel comfortable that this wasn't just another seafood restaurant.



We were introduced to the Spring menu preview and talked through each dish briefly before the meal began to which they proceeded to discuss the dish individually prior to each course being served. The menu was five courses which I was slightly concerned about being a bit overwhelmed by the seafood but I was totally proven wrong. Each course was delicately put together and proportions were just enough.



We started with Oysters from Cumbria; one of which was served traditionally fresh and the other was crispy and served with a light mayonnaise. Both were light and a taste of the sea really came through. Colin the restaurant manager explained to us when and where the Oysters were caught as well as why they chose Oysters from this region. It was a nice touch from the restaurant to be able to leave with new knowledge about each dish.


Next we were served Skye Langoustines accompanied by a wild garlic mayonnaise which was so creamy it married well together with the freshness of the fish. The langoustines were difficult to eat as we had to break apart the shellfish ourselves which turned out to be quite messy. Although obviously provided with all the correct materials to do so adequately I would have preferred not to do this as it took time. I could understand why they were served like this to maintain freshness and their mantra. 

  
A palette cleanser of Grilled Wye Valley Asparagus was served with crispy quails egg and a hollandaise sauce was next. Simple, fresh, tasty and easy to eat.The flavours spoke for themselves with no fuss. The wine served was a Rioja Blanco from Spain that shared tastes of coconut and mint. Although, yes this sounds weird on paper it was honestly one of the nicest and freshest wines I've ever had.  



Roasted North Sea Cod followed which was served again with crispy asparagus and romanesco. The dish was vibrant with the green coming through against the bold orange. Although the cod was cooked beautifully and flaked like a dream I would have preferred a crispier skin. Flavours were bold and with a bit of heat it brought the dish together. Accompanied by an Alberinio wine, the crisp and dryness of the wine was perfect against the heat from the fish.



The dessert was lemon meringue Mille Feuille (which can I say is my favourite dessert when done perfectly). I won't lie when I saw it on the menu I was slightly worried that this was going to be the make or break moment for me. The lemon was vibrant, the meringue was fluffy and the pastry made a crack Mary Berry would be proud of. Although it was perfectly made, it was a heavier dessert than I would have chosen to end the meal. The wine was a Mondazillac Jour de Fruit from France which was effortlessly light and perfect against the zesty lemon and sharp sweetness from the meringue.

If you ever get a chance to make a trip to Ondine whether it be for a tasting menu, a special occasion or to visit for their famous 'Oyster Hour' then please do. It's the kind of place you can roll your sleeves up and get involved with every dish you choose. Even if your'e not a massive fish lover, you'll only leave with a smile on your face and a full tummy. 

Expect nothing less than freshly caught seafood and shellfish, local produce and exceptional service.


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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Big boobs and Bodysuits




There's something special about wearing matching underwear; whether it gives you that extra confidence for the day ahead or makes you feel that little bit more sassy. If its your fave M&S matching comfy set or your Agent Provocateur slinky lace bodysuit it's always going to do the job. 

It's that time of year when we're itching for full Summer and slowly buying our summer wardrobe piece by piece trying not to indulge too much on the new-in section of ASOS every night like I do. Now is when I love to invest in amazing new underwear. Whether it's an embroidered bra, a full lace bodysuit or a super pretty matching silk set, I can guarantee you it's gunna lift me up that little bit. If you've got someone you want to impress, even better but it'll make you feel 10/10 knowing underneath your work or uni clothes you've got something pretty on underneath. 

My obsession with bodysuits came after a birthday when I was wearing a full white jumpsuit and couldn't find any underwear to go underneath it so a friend recommended a nude spanx style bodysuit from M&S. I almost shrieked at the thought of nude underwear but following her advice- it's one of the best things I've ever bought. Yes is nude, yes it's Spanx style and no it isn't the prettiest piece of underwear in the world but honestly wearing it and having everything in the right place AND it sucks everything in, is like a dream (and it's the comfiest thing ever).

 After this revelation I decided to venture into some more attractive bodysuits which lead me to my obvious go-to ASOS. As usual, I was spoilt for choice and got over excited but because I have big boobs, small shoulders, a small waist and a bum to match my boobs it can be a little tricky to actually chose underwear I know will fit properly. Because we're now in the bodysuit phase this needed a lot of buying and returning but thanks to premier deliver this was obviously no hassle. I ended up trolling trough every colour, every style, shape and fabric until I found three I absolutely love. I tend to stick to high leg styled suits because of my waist and so they're not too tight across my bum. This navy lace body is honestly one of the comfiest things I own- if I could wear it every day I would. It's saved outfits and even though it's sheer, it's been very durable on nights out. It's cups my boobs perfectly and feels really good so it's a solid 10/10. This pink one looks really pale online but it actually a full blush pink. I'm not a pink underwear gal so this was nearly a return situation but after trying it on- it was just dreamy. It's so so soft and the lace detail is so pretty and compared to the navy it's a good in-between sexy and pretty. The cups are a little small on me so it acts as a push up for me but it general it's a 8/10. This Topshop black lace bodysuit was something I bought on a total whim, didn't try it on situation when on a girly city break in London because we were going out and I wanted to wear a sheer t-shirt and had no good underwear with me so I had approx 25 mins to find something before a hair appointment. Anyway, it's just fabulous. It holds everything in, has a high leg and looks good just on its own if you want to impress someone. Because of my bigger boobs I had a little bit of worry they'd just spill out but they're secure enough. I don't usually go for mesh but it looks pretty against skin and the back is just beautiful. This one is ideal for layering because there's a bit more to it rather than just being full underwear making it a 9/10. 

I've picked some of my favourite bodysuits that are ideal for any occasion, outfit and body shape. If you've never tried a bodysuit before, just try it. They hold everything in, keep everything in place and saves on the washing in the long run. Perfect for going out, layering and when you're feeling like you need that little cheeky boost mid month to make yourself feel better. 

Z x
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Gin cocktails with eteaket Tea


When I think of tea, I think of a warm mug of English breakfast tea with a dash of milk on a cold Winter morning. So when I found out that eteaket was teaming up with Isle of Harris Distillers to create a limited edition Gin Tea I was very intrigued. I not only love experimenting with cocktails but gin is always my go-to drink at the weekend. So I decided to experiment with some Gin tea cocktails for a few friends when they come round for a girls night this week. It was super simple and something a little bit special and different which is always fun!


Ingredients

1 lemon/lime
25ml of soda water
10ml of triple sec
Ice for serving
Strawberries to garnish

Method

1. In a jug mix together 200ml of Isle of Harris Gin Tea Blend with 50ml of Isle of Harris Gin and leave for 3-4 minutes 

2. Serve the blend over ice

3. Add 25ml of soda water

4. Add 10ml of triple sec

5. A squeeze of lime 


6. Garnish with fruit




The Isle of Harris Gin Tea is a tasteful blend of Juniper, Coriander, Orange Peel, Liquorice Root, Cassia Bark and Sugar Kelp which makes for a delicious distinct and unique flavour. The combination of flavours paired with the gin is an amazing after dinner treat and is perfect for any gin lover. 


If you love experimenting with cocktails and love herbal teas this is the recipe for you. Head along to the eteaket Concept store at 41 Frederick Street, Edinburgh to pick up the ingredients or on the eteaket and Isle of Harris Gin websites to pick up the ingredients. 

L x

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Pink, pink then a little bit more pink. Please.

Pink to make the boys wink you feel effortlessly feminine and not look like Barbie. This Spring's trend of pink is making itself very obvious across high-street windows, cover pages and any trend spotting article you've read. Gigi's wearing it, Kate's wearing it, my Nana's wearing it, everyone is wearing pink. It's fun, bold, exciting and available in hundreds of shades so why are you so scared to take the plunge? 

Pink seems to be associated with super girly and feminine women when at the moment everyone wants to be a little bit more edgy, still obsessed with sportswear and i'm still waiting for it to catch on in Edinburgh. Please believe me when I say pink can be anything you make it. You could go out in a full pink outfit and nobody would bat an eye- it's just how you dress it. If you LOVE pink and are super excited to get involved, amazing! If you're very on the fence and don't want to look super girly and it's not your usual colour then have no fear these trend tips will help you slowly introduce it into your wardrobe.

This 90's raspberry pink raw edged jumper is IDEAL for you gals still loving the sportswear trend. It's fun, can be worn with some smart jogger style trousers, a bold yellow shirt underneath so the collar is peaking through or with a denim skirt as featured on the model. Trainers, shiny boots, metallic brogues. It's a solid staple.


These cropped trousers are the perfect mix between a little masculinity but obviously they're bright pink so are super smart. The model wears it with the matching long-line blazer which is sooo lush but if that's not your thing you could easy wear them with a furry mule and a white shirt with a printed bag or even a grey t-shirt, heels and a leather jacket would look really fresh.


This is the cutest pink dress i've seen so far this season. The sleeve, the length, the frill- everything is so perfect I bought it as soon as I saw it. The bubblegum isn't overwhelming to see because it's got that mid-sleeve so don't panic that it's one colour. The red lip on the model is a perfect clash and those boots are keeping it a very cool. I'd wear it with black suede and maybe a tortoise heel boot with my leopard print side bag or black fluffy bag if i'm going out. Ideal with a duster coat too with a leather backpack and black trainers with a fishnet or sparkly sock.


This raw dusty pink jacket is good for you if you're really unsure about this trend. Because it's so pale and has a bit more going on with the raw detailing and buttons, you can wear it as much you would your black or blue denim jacket lurking in your wardrobe. Don't be put off by the model wearing it with the jeans to match- you can wear this with ANYTHING and look like you've got a bit more going on in your outfit.



This is the shocking pink I will never not love. It's bold, it's fun and it's just a bit wild for everyday. The leg is beautiful and those frills on the torso and sleeve are stunning. I swear you'd feel a million dollars in this. A lot of people are still worried about this awkward length of leg out of fear it will shorten them but please do try and experiment because I never thought id be able to wear this length at 5"1 and I wear it nearly everyday now. Get a cheeky leather with this and a super dark smokey eye, matching fuchsia lip and patent or metallic heels you're gunna be looking SO fit.


Here's a bit of insider knowledge: cropped jackets with sleeve details are going to be worn by everyone. If you don't have one by the end of June i'll be really surprised. Get way ahead of the game with this super sweet Topshop cropped jacket. Ideal for everyday, day-to-night or for an occasion. I love love love the fact it doesn't close so you can't hide. A graphic T like the model is wearing is cool and really in just now but I'd love it with a denim jumpsuit or dungarees for a bit more contrast.  



I stumbled across these matte pleated trousers and literally thought they were the coolest thing ever. Matte AND pleated...are we ok? YES. These are perfect if you love pink but are a bit worried to venture into new bold trends just yet. I don't know anyone that hasn't got a black silky pair of these or has at least tried some on. Fab for all weather and occasions. Trainers, heels, sandals, mules: all of them will go.


I'm really not a skirt kind of girl but this is really really cool. The asymmetric line across the hip with the zip is definitely worth a try. It's a bit more Gigi than your normal pencil skirt that just reminds you of a news presenter. The model is wearing it with a simple grey tank but i'd love it with a super pale pink half tucked jumper and accessorise with an over the top embellished side bag or crazy textures.


Z x

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