I’m a bad blogger.

Just dropping in as I’ve been super terrible at posting recently!

For once in my life I’ve not had much to say. However, with the sun shining brightly and the days stretching longer, I’m feeling more inspired and all of that is about to change.

From a girly Rome trip to a romantic Edinburgh getaway – I have a gorgeously, shamazing few months ahead! So, expect some fun posts about wine, carbs and who knows, maybe even bagpipes! Don’t be jelly though, I’ll share pics…promise.

In the meantime, I’ll be around, scrolling…reading…commenting. I’m not going anywhere that easy!

Speak soon!

Love, Tasha x

Check Out The Gingham!

It might be raining outside, but believe it or not, this morning I woke up feeling surprisingly Spring-y. With my Rome adventure a short 4 weeks away, I’m sat on the edge of my seat awaiting an appropriate time to whack out the plastic and pounce on all the new Spring lines. The appropriate time? Always. The realistic time? Payday *hurry hurry*.

Life would be so much easier if we could swap chocolate for clothes.

So, while I impatiently wait for my monthly allowance, I’ve been screen shopping. It’s a bit like window shopping but the 21st Century version.

After looking at the Elle NYFW Spring Trends, I’ve realised that Gangham Gingham style really is going to be sultry this Spring.

Boasting Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta, the Elle favourites are some we lowly ordinary people can only dream of. So, scroll on down to find wearable, recyclable and most importantly, affordable alternatives for us ordinary folk.

ASOS

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In love with this dress. Perfect for a Spring lunch or a day in the office.

TOPSHOP

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RIVER ISLAND

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Also drooling over these joggers. They look so comfortable yet cool and stylish. Teamed with a white cami and a nice pair of flats/sandals. Simple yet sassy.

Fabulous alternatives to transform your Winter wardrobe to Spring.

What are your faves?

Love, Tasha x

Zesty in Zara

It’s no secret that big coats are the best in the winter months. They’re cosy, stylish and you can team them with anything. But, what do we do in that awkward transition between the winter and spring months?

It’s still cold yet not baltic, it’s sunny yet not stuffy and it’s crisp yet not frosty. The coats you bought over the Christmas period make you feel overheated yet an oversized blazer still has the potential to encourage hypothermia.

I found the perfect bargain when shopping in Manchester.

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My gorgeous orange coat was £19.99 (yes, you read that correctly) down from £79.99 (no, your eyes are not fooling you) from Zara. What. A. Bargain.

The orange colour suits the season change perfectly and the coat has loads of room should I need to layer up underneath or let the wind blow straight through.

At £19.99 and the only coat left (conveniently in my size) I couldn’t say no and I’m sure my fellow fashion lovers will agree.

This is most definitely my bargain of 2015 so far, what’s yours?

Love, Tasha x

7 Edinburgh Must Do’s

Although I’ve been a proud English woman for 22 years and have lived in the UK my whole life – I’ve never visited Scotland. I find it pretty shocking to be honest, I’ve been to so many places and have travelled as far as South Africa and America, yet I’ve never made the 2 hour train journey up North. However, the time has come and in a few weeks, I’ll be popping to the Scottish capital for a cheeky weekend away and I can’t wait! What makes this trip all the more exciting, is that I’ve booked it in secret for my boyfriends birthday and I’m itching to see his face when I tell him!

So, in honour of our impending trip, I’ve done my homework and have found 7 things I must do when there.

1) The Kitchin

I’m a huge foodie, I love going out for meals and eating gorgeous food – you’d be silly not to! Although, as much as I love to try new places, I’ve never been to a Michelin star restaurant and with Edinburgh housing a handful of them, it seems only fitting we try one out – it is a special occasion after all!

The A-la-Carte menu ranges from £11 for a dessert to £36 for a main meal, so it looks like I’ll have to take out a small loan even to afford a basket of bread and butter.

However, their set Lunch menu looks much more appealing, at £28.50 per person for a 3 course meal. Boasting a scrummy seafood pate, calf liver and lemon souffle – the Lunch menu is actually more tempting in my eyes and that isn’t my bank balance talking…I don’t think.

2) Arthur’s Seat

It seems that everybody who visits Edinburgh has to climb Arthur’s Seat, so you could say this is on my list as a formality more than anything.

Located in the heart of Holyrood Park, Arthur’s Seat is a dormant volcano sitting in the middle of the city with fabulous picturesque views of the Edinburgh skyline at its peak.

Although a 823 metre uphill trek isn’t my initial idea of a crackin’ day out, I’m partial to a pretty view and photo opportunity, so with the walk promising to only take an hour or so, I don’t think I can justify not giving it a bash.

3) Victoria Street

I’ve read great things about Victoria Street. A quirky alternative to the mainstream touristy stuff, it seems Victoria Street offers an authentic Scottish experience and it sounds super cool.

There’s loads of boutique shops, restaurants and bars, which in my eyes is a recipe for the perfect day trip! However, what caught my attention the most was Oink, a tiny shop that apparently serves the tastiest hog roasts.

With 3 different sizes;The Piglet (£2.95) to suit a smaller stomach, The Oink(£3.95) is somewhere in the middle and The Grunter (£4.95) better for bigger appetites, it looks as though there’s something for everyone.

I can already imagine strolling down the street, munching on crackling and admiring the vintage shops – perfect.

4) Edinburgh Castle

Similar to Arthur’s seat – Edinburgh Castle is another formality.

Dominating the city on its rock, it seems that the Castle is Edinburgh’s unique selling point. There were many a fight over it, royalty lived and died in it and countless generations were inspired by it.

With the Castle being such a prominent part of Edinburgh (it’ll be a constant backdrop of our trip – we’ll see it every day) it’d be a bit silly not to go and see what all the fuss is about.

Who knows, it might be fun!

5) Lulu Edinburgh

Situated in  Edinburgh’s New Town, Lulu might be inside a gorgeous Georgian building, but it’s decor is definitely 21st Century with Swarovski crystals embedded in the walls and a cocktail menu to impress.

We can’t leave Edinburgh without seeing what the nightlife has to offer. I love trying posh new drinks, having a boogie and getting dressed up, so I’m really looking forward to trying out this nightclub over the course of our weekend – maybe I’ll need a stiff drink after tackling the Castle and Arthur’s Seat!

After looking at the cocktail menu, it looks like Lulu is pretty affordable. Cocktails approximately £7-£9 and other drinks less than that – this looks like my kind o’ place!

Grey Goose le Fizz specifically caught my eye on the menu. At £7.95, Grey Goose le Fizz sounds like an elegant cocktail, combining Grey Goose vodka, fresh lime juice and elderflower, served in a champagne flute and topped with soda. . . I can taste the bubbles and hear the music already.

I’ll definitely be posting a review about this one!

6) Old Town

Described as a ‘labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards’, it sounds like Edinburgh’s Old Town is one wand shop away from posing as Diagon Alley.

As much as I love the modern and mainstream, I also love the old and unusual. I love not knowing what to expect, original buildings and pretty streets.

It’s a shame we’re going to Edinburgh in May, as the Edinburgh Fringe and Festival is held in August and it seems this is when the Old Town comes to life with performers drowning the streets with music and fun.

Nevertheless, seeing the Old Town in its quaint and peaceful normalcy will be just as enjoyable for us. We’ll pub hop and try real ales until we’re tipsy and will trundle over to Oink for drunken hog roasts instead of the standard kebab shop. Bliss!

7) Panda & Sons

This has to be the most unusual ‘must do’ on my list. I love the idea of a Speakeasy and coincidentally, I was actually having a chat about them the other day saying how much I want to go to one.

From the outside, Panda & Sons looks like a barber shop, but the foreign currency painted on the windows outside tells those ‘in the know’ that they’ve reached the hidden watering hole.

It boasts a creative cocktail list, extensive wine list and welcoming atmosphere – now that is my kind of excursion!

I have a feeling a blog won’t do this place justice, although, that won’t stop me writing about it after I’ve been! Take a look at their website (link in the subheading) to see the extent of its quirkiness.

So, there we go, my 7 Edinburgh Must-Do’s. Do you live in Edinburgh or have you been? What have I missed off my list? I know there’s tonnes to do – I’ll just need to find the time to fit it all in. I’d appreciate some more stuff to fill up my itinerary.

Love, Tasha x

Bread & Brie Butty

My love for sandwiches rivals that of Joey Tribbiani and although bread has to be to worst for adding rolls in unwanted places, I just can’t give it up.

Sandwiches are so handy to make when you’ve not much time, they’re cheap, you can have pretty much anything on them and most of all, they can be extremely filling.

Before you ask, I’ve not taken up sandwich endorsment in my spare time…I’m just partial to a bit o’ bread & butter!

So, imagine my delight when I came across this refreshing and alternative filling that even rivals a good ol’ ham & picallili with a side of salt ‘n’ vinegar crisps.

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Rocket, brie, avocado and slow roasted tomatoes on a lovely, fresh crusty roll. A northern girls dream.

I can’t rave about this enough. It was so scrumptious as all my ingredients were ripe, it filled me up without bloating me and it was god damn tasty!

I still had my side of crisps though…

I’ll be having another tomorrow – it’s my new fave!

Give it a go, or even better – tell me your favourite sandwich fillings and I’ll give them a whirl. Any excuse to buy a new loaf…

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It’s a Revolution!

I’ve been in dire need of a new eyeshadow pallet for like a century. I’ve always had the ingredients for a standard smokey eye but never a gorgeous pallet to mix up the look.

After seeing my friend’s gorgeous Urban Decay Naked pallets, I’ve been threatening to follow suit and invest. The neutral colours are just divine, you can’t deny it, but at £38 a pop, I just can’t bring myself to take the plunge.

I keep weighing up the pro’s and con’s but so far, my list is more pro than con and has endless excuses as to why I need it. The shades compliment each other amazingly, they’re as subtle or as dramatic as you want them – fab for any occasion from work to a night on the town.

Just as I was about to give in and delve deep into my (rather shallow) pockets, I came across a post by Whatsasssays. It seems she was in my shoes and had been wishing for the Naked pallet to magically appear in her makeup bag as well, but she’d found the perfect doppelganger.

The Revolution pallet by Makeup Revolution London has proven to be a fabulous stand in until I’m rich enough for the luxurious brands and at £4 – you can’t complain.

I’m one of those who’s pretty skeptical about cheap makeup and I’m apprehensive about buying it. I’d much rather invest in a trustworthy brand ‘cos I know I’ll get my money’s worth.

BUT, the Revolution pallet has definitely made me re-think a few things. It has great coverage, it’s thick so you don’t need to keep re-applying and the colours blend so well and easy.

It gets a whopping 7/10 from me!

I wear it almost every day to work and darken the colours when out with friends. I’ve even had some compliments about the way it looks and that is definitely reassuring.

I’d love to give it a rounded 10/10 but I can’t help but compare it to the Naked pallet – even though I know I shouldn’t. Even though the Revolution pallet has easy application, I’ve used my friends’ Naked eyeshadows before and they’re so smooth in comparison. There’s a nice mix of matte and shimmery shades, whereas the Revolution pallet leans more towards shimmer – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I’d personally prefer the option.

I’m really happy with my bargain buy – has anybody else used this? Or have you any other sneaky low budget options up your sleeves?

Let  me know.

Love, Tasha x

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