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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