Two Weeks in Thailand: Koh Tao and Koh Samui

21 July 2017

Koh Tao and Koh Samui Travel Guide
Oh hello! Me again. I thought it was about time I sat down and wrote about my trip to Thailand in May-June of this year. I spent quite a while whittling down the 470+ photos taken on the trip (at least on my Olympus Pen, but there's far more lingering on my iPhone...) but I've finally got it down to a reasonable amount so I don't overwhelm anyone reading this! I'm going to split this into two posts, so this first one will be about my time on the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Samui in the south of Thailand. It was a whirlwind of delicious pad thai, boat trips, cheap beer and stunning sunsets, and definitely an area I'd like to visit again one day.

So, without further ado, here's what I got up to during the first week of our trip!

The Art of Afternoon Tea at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

12 July 2017

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh Summer Afternoon Tea


One thing I am slightly obsessed with is a good old fashioned afternoon tea; all china tea sets, white linen, cake stands filled with tray upon tray of mini savoury and sweet treats, and endless cups of tea. Basically, take me out for afternoon tea and I'll be your best pal for life. But whilst there's always time for trying out new cocktail bars around Edinburgh, I haven't had enough occasions lined up to try out new afternoon tea spots. So, when Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh got in touch with me and my pals to invite us in for an evening of sampling their new summer afternoon tea menu* (for dinner!!), I was v. v. v. up for it. Beware: you're going to need to cosy up with a cuppa tea and a biscuit for this one... jeez, it's like watching an episode of Great British Bake Off.


There's More To Wagamama Than Just Chicken Katsu Curry

4 May 2017

Wagamama Edinburgh St Andrew Square
When I heard that Wagamama was opening a new branch in St Andrew Square in Edinburgh, the first thing that popped into my head was "excellent - a new place to go for lunch" sort of half-heartedly. As much as it felt like a nice addition to that side of the city, by the new Dishoom, The Refinery and Wahaca restaurants, it wasn't anything new. At least, that's what I first thought, until I was invited to come along to try out their new spring menu, hosted by Wagamama Executive Head Chef Steve Mangleshot. Steve's goal of the evening was to get us tasting something new that we hadn't tried before, and boy did we do a lot of that...

My Current Go-To Spring Outfit

28 April 2017

My Current Go-To Spring Outfit: The Floral Miss Selfridge Tea Dress

I have to admit something: I'm a serial outfit re-wearer. When I fall in love with a piece, I will wear it over and over (albeit after washing it, I'm not that bad...) until I lose interest. This long-sleeved Miss Selfridge floral tea dress is no exception. I bought it on ASOS a month or two ago and, ever since, it's been a pretty passionate love affair. Graeme even makes cutting remarks about how he's "never seen that dress before..." Men, eh. From wandering around Madrid all day to having tea and cakes with my best pals, it's perfect for pretty much any occasion. On the day my camera whizz friend Louise took these photos, we were spending a little afternoon around Stockbridge, drinking the best chai lattes and eating avocado on toast (I bloody love it and I feel no shame, guys) with fellow babes Gillian and Lauren.

Read on to see the outfit details up close, along with a few outtakes of me impersonating Louise's outfit poses... she loves it really.

Easter Chocolate Cupcakes: The Recipe

14 April 2017

An Easter Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe, featuring Mini Eggs and Galaxy Golden Eggs


Happy Easter, you guys! It's officially the weekend of overindulging to mark the end of Lent (where my no-takeaway pact lasted about two weeks... incredible efforts there, Laura). I'm not a religious person at all but Easter really is a lovely time of the year to come together with your friends and family over sweet treats and gigantic Sunday roasts - and an even better time to get your bake on. So, to mark the occasion, I baked some quick and easy Easter chocolate cupcakes to share with my friends, and Graeme, if he's lucky.

Read on to find out how I created these light and fluffy cakes...