Lifestyle blog; Edinburgh, MS, food, beauty and chit chat.

My favourite spring florals

I love spring! The blossom is blooming, lambs are leaping and the sun is shining! Well, maybe that’s not an entirely accurate vision of a Scottish spring, but parts of it are definitely true.

At this time of year the road leading up to our Edinburgh flat bursts into life as the lining trees pop with pink blossom – I can’t help but smile as I walk past.

Not only do I love what spring does to the trees and weather but I love dressing for spring; both myself and my home. So here are some of my favourite spring florals purchased this year…

Spring florals
‘Hello spring’ sign from Sainsbury’s

Floral bag

I couldn’t resist buying this gorgeous floral bag from Accessorize. It’s a wee bit smaller than I hoped (I ordered it online) but it is packed full of different compartments which I love for organising the chaos within. I’ve also recently been converted to across body bags rather than my usual go to shoulder bag. They are just far more practical and leave you with your hands free to hold your phone, shopping or that cheeky glass of wine.

Spring florals (more…)

Let’s get personal – with gifts

The influx of sites such as Notonthehighstreet.com and Etsy have created fantastic platforms for people to get creative and sell their own products. These in turn give the rest of us the opportunity to find the most thoughtful and relevant gifts for our friends and family.

There has also been a recent trend for personalised products – jewellery, mugs and clothing with inspirational quotes, funny slogans, names or initials on them. I love shopping for gifts on NOTHS as it makes it so easy to get a really thoughtful and good quality gift that will mean something to who you’re giving it to.
Personalised gifts
Here are some of my favourite personalised gift ideas:
Personalised gifts

(more…)

Models Own is coming to Glasgow!

Edinburgh is an absolutely beautiful city and I love living here (apart from when it rains), but when I need a really good retail therapy session I always head to Glasgow. I’m originally from near Newcastle and I think these two cities are among the best in the UK for shopping. Today I heard the fantastic news that Glasgow is getting its own Models Own Bottleshop and I am absolutely delighted!

I love a bit of nail art and Models Own is without a doubt one of my favourite nail polish brands. I’m always in awe seeing the Bottleshop pictures on Instagram so I’m over the moon that they’re launching their first stand-alone Bottleshop in Scotland at Buchanan Galleries on Tuesday 20th October – whoop!

Models Own Glasgow (more…)

Surgeons’ Hall: Scandal and whisky

May was all about Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh. One weekend I was invited to attend a Scandal at Surgeons’ Hall organised by the museums and the next I attended my yearly Whisky Stramash.

Surgeons’ Hall is a beautiful venue in the heart of Edinburgh, just across the road from the Festival Theatre on Nicolson Street. It’s a development by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and can be hired for conferences, meetings, weddings or other events.

‘Only ten minutes away from Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle, Surgeons’ Hall can accommodate between 10 – 300 guests and provides a truly unique venue in which to host your conference or event within the historic City of Medicine. Our hotel, Ten Hill Place, allows you to accommodate your guests or conference delegates in comfort and is situated adjacent to your chosen conference venue.  Ten Hill Place Hotel was recently awarded Conference Hotel of the Year 2014 at the Scottish Hotel Awards.‘ (source: surgeonshall.com)

Steampunk hair and makeup by Miss Dixiebelle. Edinburgh (more…)

OPI Hawaii review

It’s been all about food and the our new kitchen on the blog recently so here’s something a bit different – nail polish!

I used to blog about nail art all the time and created quite a name for myself by doing so. I would still never EVER dream of leaving the house with bare naked nails but I don’t really have the time to commit to nail art like I used to. I was delighted to be asked to review the Hawaii Little Hulas Mini Pack. They are perfect for taking on holiday and the pink are green are just my sort of colours.

OPI mini nail polishes - jenniestamp.com

I decided to use the pink as the base and added some green dots using my nail art dotting tool. The little nail polishes are so cute and I was worried the brushes would be little and fiddly but they were a surprisingly decent size. I was a little disappointed by the coverage of the nail polish as after three coats it was still a bit patchy. OPI is one of the kings of nail polish (I usually opt for the cheaper BarryM or Models Own) so this was quite surprising.

OPI mini nail polishes - jenniestamp.com (more…)