Sunday, 11 February 2018

Galentine's Day - Celebrating Female Friendship in Style!


Valentine's Day
noun
  1. 14 February, a day when it is traditional to send a card, often anonymously, to a person one is romantically involved with or attracted to.

    "I want to be with the woman I love on Valentine's Day"


If you're single, newly or chronically - sitting in on your own on a day that celebrates love and relationships can be a little depressing. But I have decided to concentrate on the latter part of that definition 'be with the woman I love on Valentine's Day'. 



For the last few years, some of the most meaningful, reliable and supportive relationships in my life have been that of my gal pals. The love and encouragement they have shown me are really special and for me, it has always been more stable than any relationship I have had with a man. For this reason on February the 14th I will be celebrating my friendships and the love I have for my girlfriends.

With some help from the lovely Rachel at Hooray Cakes, we threw the most amazing Galentine's Day Brunch for the amazing women in our lives. Everything from food, flowers, decor and music was covered and it was the perfect way to treat the amazing women we have in our lives.

With help from Rachel, she showed me how to work that budget and how a dash around the big Tesco and some creativity is all you need.

The Decor

Every time I work with Rachel she blows me away with her imaginative and incredibly creative way of decorating on the tightest budgets. She has shared with me some of her top tips for decorating;

1. Give yourself time to plan, and the best time to find amazing decor bits for a low price is the day after the holiday. So after Valentines Day this year, start looking for bargains for next years party.

2. She swears by the local grocery stores, B&M, eBay and charity shops.

3. Before planning any type of party she hops onto the inspiration mothership that is Pinterest and pulls together different looks and ideas that she loves.

4. Then the creativity comes in - things like swapping the gold cutlery on Pinterest for plastic dupes from Tesco can really pull that party look together.



Another gorgeous way to decorate and also gift the ladies in your life on Galentine's is with beautiful and customised flowers from the amazing Mud Urban Flowers. The amazing team have just started delivering in Edinburgh and there really isn't any better way to spread the love. Mud Urban also have the amazing Olivia Hope Calligraphy on board to personalise the boxes for that extra edge.



The Food

Rachel is the most fantastic baker and can do everything from dainty little macaroons to decadent five-tier wedding cakes. Her number one tip is to keep everything simple. Rachel and I decided to go to our old favourite Lidl the day before and picked up some of their amazing waffles and pancakes. Let everyone decorate their own brunch treats with fruit, Nutella, yoghurt and syrup - and its so much less stress and clean up for you.

Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without some gorgeous baked treats from Rachel. She treated us all to a gorgeous Victoria Sponge Cake, heart-shaped cookies and cute as a button festive cupcakes. These treats are great for eating on the day and giving away as a cute Galentine's Day Gift!




Hooray Cakes is the ultimate destination for homemade, creative and beautiful cakes. Check out their Facebook page here for all your baked good needs!



 How are you all celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's this year?

L x






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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Howdy there: this is 2018's first big trend.


If like me your brow was slightly crossed when you read that Western styles were coming straight for our wardrobes at the start of the year please don't feel like you were alone. I can't quite see myself lunging for a cowboy hat or some electric red cowboy boots but, as always, I'm open to trying something new. Think more flared jeans, fringed and studded suede jackets or waistcoats, a bright and bold leather studded side bag for all our city needs or even an ankle cowboy boot rather than the full calf length. Don't be worried it's not about a FULL injection of western but just touches and why not? Often I feel like the trends shared and influenced onto us are predictable and repeated but I wasn't expecting western with a city girl shake up. I've tried a few of my favourite finds to try add some texture into my wardrobe. Plus is love anything with a fringe so i'm more than happy to swing my way around this rather chilly January/February we're having. This jacket has breathed a new lease of life into my wardrobe but if you see me flapping about in the wind please don't laugh.








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Monday, 22 January 2018

Our Guide to Burn's Night in Edinburgh

As TQR is made up of 3 Scottish gals, we decided to put together a very patriotic blog post about a traditional Scottish celebration that is almost upon us. Burns Night celebrates the life of our national poet, Robert Burns and all of his wonderful poetry of course (see example below):

The Silver Tassie

Go bring to me a pint o wine,
And fill it in a silver tassie;
That I may drink, before I go,
A service to my bonie lassie:
The boat rocks at the pier o Leith,
Fu loud the wind blaws frae the Ferry,
The ship rides by the Berwick-law,
And I maun leave my bony Mary.

The trumpets sound, the banners fly,
The glittering spears are rankèd ready,
The shouts o war are heard afar,
The battle closes deep and bloody.
It's not the roar o sea or shore,
Wad make me langer wish to tarry;
Nor shouts o war that's heard afar –
It's leaving thee, my bony Mary!

A very traditional Burns night involves bagpipes, whiskey, highland dancers and the main event is, of course, the Haggis. But seeing as we are three twenty-somethings living in 21st century Edinburgh, we like to do things our own way. And so for you, we have put together a few different and more modern ways of celebrating the wonderful Robert Burns.


1. Calvin Haggis Burger at Byron

For a limited time only (from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th) all of Byron's Scottish restaurants will be celebrating Burns night by serving the delicious Calvin Haggis burger. This wonderful creation is made up of a 6oz hamburger, bacon and onion relish, a potato scone, American cheese, dry cure bacon, a fried egg, onions, Byron sauce and of course HAGGIS. This is the only Burger at Byron that includes Haggis so get it while you can. (Also, the cheese and bacon fries are a must-have. You will thank us later)




2. MacSween Haggis Afternoon Tea at The Beer Kitchen

A Haggis themed Afternoon tea is being served in The Beer Kitchen from Monday the 22nd to Sunday the 28th of January between 12pm and 6.30pm. It is £15 for two people which include a half pint of Beer each. Cant go wrong with that.



3. Eight Course Scottish Tapas Night at Butternut Squash in Portobello

The small but delicious little cafe on Bath Street in Portobello - which is about as east as you can go without leaving Edinburgh, is hosting a truly spectacular Burns feast. 8 Scottish inspired dishes for only £25.00 per person, complete with live music and dancing. You can book via Butternut Squash's Facebook page which is linked above. Such a great way to support a local business on Burns night and this is where Lyndsey is heading this year.

4. Teuchters Landing Amazing Scottish Food All Year Round

Teuchters Landing has to be one the best place to get traditional Scottish food in Edinburgh. Situated on The Shore in Leith it's the perfect place to grab something to eat with friends or family. The food is super fresh and delicious, and there is something for everybody on the menu. Teuchters offers haggis, smoked salmon and black pudding all year round, so if you are planning a last minute Burns celebration look no further!


5. The Ghillie Dhu for a Traditional and Spectacular Burns Celebration!

The Ghillie Dhu at the West End of town in Edinburgh is a gorgeous venue that knows how to throw an amazing party! This year they have the 'Rabbie Burns experience' running all week beginning the 19th of January starting from £25.95 per person. This includes a dram on arrival, a 4 course traditional Burns feast, the unforgettable addressing of the haggis and a live ceilidh band throughout the night. The place to be in Edinburgh to celebrate Burns in style!


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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Resolutions


Last year was a brilliant year for The Quiet Resolution. In January the blog was still really in its infancy and although we had already had some amazing experiences at the latter end of 2016 - I don't think we were prepared for the whirlwind of the year to come.

I know it's a bit of a cliche but it is incredible how lucky we have been and it's overwhelming to have worked with some of the brands we have. 2017 has included our first taste of being paid to blog, press trips, award nominations with of course lots of prosecco and canapes. We worked really hard to improve all of our photography, learnt how to use analytics properly and balanced work, university, blogging and life better than ever. 

At the end of 2017, we had a long overdue meeting and sat down to discuss our goals for the year ahead. Our resolutions for ourselves and of course for TQR. Rather than giving you them at the start of the month, we thought we would wait a bit and see how we have been getting on so far with our goals and resolutions individually and as a blog. 


TQR Goals & Resolutions for 2018
  • Make more time for team meetings - at least one big meeting a month. So far we have had one really great meeting and photography day which left us really pumped up and inspired. We have another meeting planned for next week and we are having weekly phone meetings to catch up on smaller details. 
  • Continue to improve photo quality (less dodgy iPhone photos). This resolution already began at the end of 2017 and we are so happy with the content we have produced this month. The images are cleaner and our Instagram feed is something we are now so much more proud of. 
  • Work together on blog posts and content more. We absolutely always do our best work when we sit down the three of us and work on a project. This is something we have been doing with blog posts, being more collaborative with content. Hopefully, within the next month, we will get to work physically together a lot more. 
  • Stick to our blog schedule better - no excuses! So far so good with this one, but only time will tell if we can keep it up. Proud of our efforts so far though!
  • Introduce more food and cooking content into the blog. We all love to cook and eat so it is crazy that we don't do more content that reflects this. This resolution hasn't really started yet, give us a few more weeks to get organised and you will be seeing lots of amazing food and drinks all over TQR!
Lyndsey's Goals & Resolutions for 2018
  • To be kinder to myself. I am so critical of everything I do and I really believe it ends up having a reverse effect when you are trying to achieve something. I have been doing pretty well with this so far - forgiving myself on bad days and not sweating the small stuff. May this please continue as I can feel the difference in my overall mood.
  • Get healthier, slimmer and happier the right way. I spoke about this a little on an Instagram post a few days ago. I have struggled with my weight and general health since I was a teenager and it is something that I would really like to get under control this year. In the last three weeks, I can see positive changes in my choices and I am hoping this is the beginning of an amazing year for me.
  • Delete Uber, Just Eat & Deliveroo apps from my phone. I have been amazing with Just Eat and Deliveroo the only place I have slipped is Uber - must be better and stronger!

Toni's Goals & Resolutions for 2018
  • Graduate! The only thing I have in my sights at the moment is pushing through the next few months of uni so that I can (hopefully) get a first class honours degree. It's easy to lose enthusiasm for this one when there is so much to do in such a short period of time, but I am determined to keep that first in my sights.
  • Be the best Maid of Honour. I want to make sure that I do everything I can to make my sisters wedding day exceed her expectations. I know this isn't really a goal but her wedding is going to be the biggest and most significant day of 2018 for my family so a lot of my time and thoughts will be going into making it an amazing day.
  • Get my dream job. This one is a bit of an exaggeration. I'm not experienced enough to know what my dream job is yet but so long as I can find a job that makes me happy, I will be able to check this one off the list. 

Zoë's Goals & Resolutions for 2018

  • Save, Save, Save. I am fully addicted to shopping. It fills me with pure joy which I know sounds ridiculous and you may laugh but it's getting to the point now where I need to get it under control because of the scary graduation/end of uni life is coming swiftly towards me. So far I've stopped buying food every day and meal planning/using Hello Fresh, I resisted the sales (how I don't know) and I've got a saving plan. I also deleted Uber which was a tragic habit and horrific amounts of money were going into it.
  • Build better relationships. Last year was a really difficult year for me when a lot of unexpected things happened I couldn't control and everyone was there for me every step of the way. I can be quite a removed person and push people away which is a terrible trait I want to get rid of. So far I've made more of an effort to organise things to do with friends, see my family more and made more of an effort to see people I don't see enough which I already feel so much happier about so I'm starting the year stronger than I was before!
  • Graduate. This is basically a goal I've had since I can remember. Nobody in my family has been to University and all I want to do is make them all proud. I'm determined to throw everything I can into this final semester so I'm hoping it'll continue and I'll be standing on that stage cheesing/crying most likely because I've actually made it. So far it's been terribly rocky but it's all absolutely fine.
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Friday, 19 January 2018

So You Thought Your Earrings Couldn't Get Any Bigger?


Statement earrings...I hear your sighing through your screen. What a bore and am I the only person totally over them? I live and breath my hoop earrings and even ventured into a dangly number from the lovely Atticus Boutique but that's really as far as I went. Please don't think I didn't try the tassel trend or the beaded trend or the feather phase because I did and they just didn't work for me. I've got a short(ish) neck, really dark short hair and olive skin so it was a bit difficult finding ones I loved.


Lyndsey however, is fully obsessed with a big earring and cheeky tassel which she wears with sheer pride because they suit her so well. But, it's just not for me. Let's just take a second thought because right about now is where my opinions have changed. Swan diving in, as of springtime, will be...SUPERSIZE earrings. That's right, oversized and statement earrings were apparently just not enough for our ears and this is the obvious answer. Thanks to the delights of Queen Bey's Instagram gracing us with perfect examples of ridiculous earrings- laugh no more because she's way ahead of us. Take Burberry's wild chandelier's or WWAKE's designs to kick-start your inspirations.

WWAKE - image curtesy of netaporter.com

Burberry - Image curtsey of Burberry.com
Think more clean and classy though so stay away from wild feathers and think more clean lines, structure and textures. The WWAKE earrings are something I would 100% go for. The crafted lines and dedication that have gone into such a stunning design are enough for me to hand the money over. They're not too in your face but still bang-on trend/will go with everything for ay occasion. Burberry's infamous Chandelier's are obviously a bit more glam with the sparkle and varying colours of stones but they are just as elegant. If you love trying a bit of everything and you're not so stuck to one style then they are the kind of thing you need to get you hands on.

So please say a swell toodle-pip to your beloved hoops and tassels and a warm hello to your newest edition.

Z x
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Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Restoration Yard



The glorious Restoration Yard is in Dalkeith just outside of Edinburgh and is the perfect place to blow away those January blues. It's the kind of place you can LITERALLY do it all. There's an amazing wellness lab which offers regular classes including yoga and pilates. There's what I can only describe as my dreams all coming together in the form of a country shop/cafe/restaurant/mini continental food shop and interiors floor and thats just the beginning. 

Shall we start off by just admiring the absolute beauty of this building? 


I was invited along to try out their restaurant and have a proper nosey at all their new bits and bobs around the shop. I couldn't help myself but pick up every single book in the place. There's everything you could think of. All those Instagram brands you see but always think you'll never find their stuff in Edinburgh? YOU'RE WRONG THEY'RE ALL HERE! As well as their array of amazing stationary, books and general things we all need in our lives but don't even realise they have the best selection of beauty and homeware.




So the food...I'd like to say I am somewhat of a foodie so I can be quite picky when trying new places. I have of course heard from friends the food is divine but I still wasn't sure about it. I've been to my fair share of country cafe's coming from the countryside and had super high expectations. I took my time to decide what I was going to have and settled on ordering the poached cod with chorizo cream, chestnut mushrooms, peas & broad beans with a potato rosti, mussel dressing and let's just say it literally blew me away.


 I had to take a small break to just appreciate the flavours that were coming from the fish and the chorizo cream and mussel dressing were like a sauce party happening altogether. The food is of a standard I would expect from a high-end restaurant and the price is ridiculously good. I cannot fault the food in the slightest. It was simply perfect. It's an open dining and kitchen are so if you so wished you can see your food being freshly made and prepared with local ingredients. We sat beside the window so had the serene view of a crisp winters day. The setting was perfect, the service was homely and comfortable, the food was exceptional and the day just flew by. 






Isn't this just the prettiest setting you've ever seen? The RestorationYard is the kind of place you can just relax and have a 'see what happens' kind of day with friends, family or to be honest it would be a great place to study or socialise for everyone at any age. They have it all. They even offer the space for any event from a wedding to a birthday party and occasionally hold craft events to learn new skills so keep your eyes peeled.


We ate, we drank, we wondered and we bought everything in sight. I couldn't help myself but splurge on the incredible sale of homeware and bought a few bits of stationery and cards of course. If you're stuck on something new to do with the girls, a date, a family outing (it's and amazing destination for kids), a reunion, somewhere new to study, this is the place to be. 


Z x

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Experiencing 4DX with Cineworld*




TQR got a little treat this week and were invited along to Cineworld at Fountain Park to view a special screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 4DX. None of us have ever experienced the cinema in 4DX before so we didn't really know what it would entail but when we heard that it would involve moving seats, sprays of water, lightning, blasts of air and even smells, we were all really excited for it.

I think the most surprising part for me was how much the seats really moved, it felt like a rollercoaster at times. At one point (during a very rocky helicopter ride) Lyndsey thought she was going to be thrown right out of her seat which of course Zoë and I thought was hilarious, especially when she started asking for a seatbelt. There were plenty of times during the film that we were just crying with laughter, at the actual film yes, but also at the fact that we were getting sprayed with water or when we could feel something brushing our legs. The only sensory part that didn't quite live up to expectations was the scents, we couldn't really notice them but I would probably rather that than have really strong overpowering smells sprayed at me.

The film itself was of course hilarious. I wouldn't expect anything else from Jack Black and Kevin Hart but with The Rock and Karen Gillan, the four together were just brilliant. The idea that they were all teenagers stuck in the bodies of other people worked so well, Jack Black's performance as a sassy teenage girl had the whole audience in stitches. It was also a nice surprise to see Nick Jonas in there, looking q fit. Although it is a remake, the film has a completely different concept to the original. Rather than a bunch of animals appearing in their world, the characters were transported into the jungle within the game. I think that this modern take on Jumanji worked really well and the 4DX was just a bonus.

If you want to see Jumanji in 4DX for yourself (which you definitely should) then you can click here to view the trailer and book your ticket!

We really would recommend trying it out, we enjoyed it so much that Zoë went back the next night for the double bill of Star Wars: The Force Awakens followed by the midnight 4DX Premier screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We had no idea that Zoë was a Star Wars Super-fan but she couldn't contain her excitement for the new movie and she's still raving about how good it was in 4DX. You can view the new Star Wars trailer and book your tickets for that here.

T x


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