Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas: For your Mum who always seems to have the right advice and makes the tastiest mince pies

For your mum

- luxury PJs for cold winter nights and new sheepskin slippers to go with them
- a gorgeous log stand to go next to the new log fire she's always wanted
- high quality brushes for her chalk paint obsession
- a sweet calendar for her desk
- a statement necklace to wear on Christmas day
- new Yoga wear for her weekly session

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas: For your sister who has the same daft sense of humour and taste in festive films

For your sister

- A gorgeous cake stand and bell jar for displaying her cupcakes {for as long as they last}
- Flowers delivered in the post to cheer her up
- Glitter hair ties so when she's at work she still feels nice
- Simple gold jewellery for when she wants to mix it up
- Leather gloves because we live in Scotland
- an initial catch all tray and pretty earrings to drop in it
- a blarf {blanket scarf} because who doesn't need a giant blanket that you can wear outside
- art for her house

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Eat: Peal Barley and Chorizo Risotto

This is an easy, delicious and fairly budget friendly midweek supper. Delicious enough to serve up to friends and comforting enough to curl up with on the sofa in front of your favourite box set. The recipe uses pearl barley instead of your usual risotto rice and it gives the risotto a little bit more bite and a nuttier flavour too. Even better, at less than 60p a bag {from Morrisons at least!} it brings the cost of making a midweek risotto right down into my budget suppers corner. If that wasn't enough to make you give it a try, Pearl Barley is full of the good stuff. It contains plenty of fibre, potassium and other vitamins and it's low GI keeping you fuller for longer.  Give it a try and you won't miss your usual risotto rice, I promise! Winner winner {risotto} dinner.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Stockbridge Market

This weekend has been back to back glorious Autumn days that have reminded me why Autumn is maybe my favourite season. Enough chill in the air to pull on thick jumper but crisp and dry so need to brace yourself for the weather! The clear blue skies were just too tempting and it seemed the perfect day to visit the lovely Stockbridge market on the other side of town. 

This little farmer's market is lovely and on down in Stockbridge every week. It's a bustling mix of hot food stands, vintage nicknacks, coffees, cheeses, get the idea! It's one of my favourite ways to spend an hour or so on a Sunday.

This week they were participating in the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival too which meant we had plenty of options to choose from for lunch! 3 courses for £8 was just too tempting and we tucked in with gusto!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Eat: Pesto baked cod

This post might be a little bit like teaching your granny to suck eggs. This recipe is that simple. That said, it is delicious and worth sharing. You're going to need:
sweet potato
tomatoes on the vine

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Upholstery class

Also known as making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Earlier this year I went through a bit of a rough patch. Things weren't quite as I had imagined they would be, to say the least. One of the wisest snippets of advice I got was to focus on making myself happy and to do something I had always wanted to do but never found the time for. The indulgence of doing something solely for me, putting aside concerns that I should work later or worrying about someone else, was pretty novel. I think it's an easy trap to fall into thinking that doing things for yourself can just wait while you finish off a myriad of other jobs.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Eat: Chilli non Carne

This is a lovely and horribly easy recipe that fills the mid-September evening trifecta: comfort food {without the expanding waistline}, purse friendly {still 10 days from payday? Use whatever is in the fridge!} and utterly scrummy.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Autumn update

autumn update

autumn update by bridget-s featuring a topshop top

The leaves are falling off trees, there is a distinct chill in the air and today, a rather ominous amount of mist. And I have to say...I love it. I love when Autumn rolls around. As much as I love sunshine and long days outdoors, there's something about the {romantic] notion of Autumn in my head. Cooler days, crunchy leaves and ever darkening nights. Cozying up by the fire, drinking red wine and layering up. Chunky knits, tights and boots. I'm much more at home dressing for Autumn and definitely have my eye on these items come payday. That coat and bag in particular are calling my name...

Love B x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Life lessons as learnt through spiralizing

I'm back. It's been a while. Let's not talk about it?

Now, life lessons. Stick with me on this one...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The kitchen

The kitchen

The kitchen by bridget-s on Polyvore

So there were plenty of stored Kitchen pictures to choose from. Clearly I like open shelves, light colours, white subway tiles and natural wood but I also love the personality that comes from little colourful details - like the vintage sign, the patterned tray and the fresh herbs. I like that these kitchens all felt clean and airy without being sterile. I spend a lot of time in our kitchen so I want it to be a place I enjoy and all of the pictures I had pinned all seemed home-y without being twee.


Sunday, 9 February 2014




We've lived in our flat for the past 3 - nearly 4 years - and we're itching to buy our own place. We've been lucky in that our landlord has been supportive of us redecorating our flat but it's still not quite the same. For me, this means I'm spending hours pouring over properties {that we aren't in a position to buy yet}. Slightly less tortuous, and probably more productive, is the time spent on pinterest working out what I would and wouldn't like in our home. I thought I'd share some of the clear ideas that have come through for different rooms.

With bathrooms, it's all about the roll top bath {I would kill for a proper working bath right now!}. Greys and whites give a calm, spa-like feel, whilst pops of colour from the green would still make a big impact. Wire baskets for storage and some feminine touches in the vintage mirror and the gold accents would finish it off perfectly. Hopefully the wire accents and the masculine colours from the floor and walls would stop it from being overly feminine!

What do you think?


Sunday, 19 January 2014

Moments that mattered...

It has been a LONG time since I last wrote. Since way back in July, there have been plenty moments where I considered starting again having genuinely missed writing. There were also plenty or moments where I dismissed it - too much to do, not enough to write about, a total writer's block on where to start. I wasn't sure I had enough to add to the conversation or anything to say that anyone would want to read but, as always happens with a new year, I've thought about the things I do {or don't do enough of} that make me happy and this little corner of the internet - full of waffle - is one of them.

Reading one of my favourite blogs, this little competition seemed the ideal time to start again. So here it is, without further ado - some of the moments that mattered in 2013. Sit back, it's a big one and there are a LOT of photos.

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