I’ve been talking a lot about home improvements recently. With Christmas just around the corner, I’m trying to do as much as I can to get the house looking at its best before guests come to stay. The style of property I live in – a traditional tenement – means that I need to be careful how I present it. We have original floorboards, cast iron fireplaces and sash windows from the late 1800s, which are all very expensive to replace, so we need to get creative when upgrading them.
Recently, we’ve done a lot of work on our windows. Replacing them with new sash windows was far from budget friendly and so we sanded and stripped them, primed them and painted them – inside and out – which is quite a task when you live on the third floor.
Now the essential maintenance is out of the way, I’m looking to dress them. I thought about curtains, but the windows are late 18th-century and the sort that you can walk right into and admire the surround. So I decided on blinds so that they don’t obstruct any of the window surround and so far, the nicest ones I’ve found were from VELUX Blinds and John Lewis, who both have lovely ranges, with a lot of choice.
I’ve set up a Pinterest board with some of my favourite blinds – let me know which ones you think are the nicest. And tell me, are you a blinds or a curtain person? Or both? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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I am completely obsessed with aubergines, in what ever shape, manner or form they come in. Recently, I’ve taken to stuffing them and if you’re also a fan of stuffed aubergines, you’ll love my recipe for AO at Home. The filling is made from puy lentils, vegetables and beans and is perfect for catering to any vegetarians you have in your life.
Do you like aubergines? How do you cook them?
So, here is my first outfit post. I don’t plan on making these a regular feature, but sometimes you get sent something that’s just too good to say no to. Something that you know other people will like, which is made by lovely people. In my case, I’m talking about the parka that I’m wearing in these pictures.
Made by Protected Species, they specialise in keeping us ladies warm and dry, without compromising on style, which I think you’ll all agree is a pretty hard thing to do. My biggest issue with this style of clothing is that it’s normally really shapeless, but Protected Species has nailed it, with their selection of stylish, well-fitting outerwear. I love this parka, and living in Scotland, it’ll do a great job of protecting me against the elements over the course of the winter. If you’re in the market for stylish outerwear, pop on over to the Protected Species website, where you’ll find their full range to buy.
Have you ever moved out of your blogging comfort zone to talk about a product you really love?
Who doesn’t love a good burger? Beef, chicken or veggie, done well, a burger is one of the best things you can put between two slices of bread.
A few weeks ago, we went to Sygn for burgers after buying a voucher from itison. For the incredibly reasonable £14 we got a burger and a cocktail each. That’s pretty unbeatable in my book. Normally two cocktails alone would cost £14 in most Edinburgh bars.
Asides from the price, the thing I love about voucher deals is that it encourages you to try new places. We probably wouldn’t have gone to Sygn if it hadn’t been for this offer, but I am so glad we did. The burgers were very good.
There was a really good choice of burgers, but in the end we opted for the steak and cheese and the pork and chorizo. In both the meat was well seasoned, the burgers were well cooked and they tasted so good. And the chips … wow. They were really crunchy and there was a huge portion of them. All the better when you’re a chip lover like me.
The cocktails were also well made. We got to choose for a reasonable selection, which included a range of base spirits, so there was sure to be something for everyone.
I was seriously impressed with Sygn, so much so, I would go back and happily pay full price.
What are your thoughts on daily deals websites? Do you use them often?
The weather has really turned in Edinburgh over the past week or so. It has got much colder, so high up on my agenda is staying in and keeping warm. Weeknight cocktails out on the town have been traded for staying in, wrapping up under a cosy throw and drinking hot chocolate. And watching box sets. Lots of box sets.
I’m a huge lover of Netflix and so here is my pick of the six best box sets to see you through the winter.
1. The Bridge – This Scandinavian murder mystery drama will have you on the edge of your seat from the opening scenes.
2. The Good Wife – The UK version of Netflix has the first four seasons on offer. This easy-watching legal drama will have you hooked after only a few episodes.
3. Breaking Bad – I’m sure most of you will already be acquainted with Walt White, but I couldn’t possibly put together this list without a mention for this award-winning drama series.
4. Arrested Development – There’s a real collection of characters in this show. It’s light hearted and at just 20 minutes an episode, they are perfect for watching back-to-back.
5. Spiral – Based in Paris, this crime drama follows the French police force as they attempt to solve a series of gruesome crimes. This is a good one if you’re a fan of murder-mystery dramas.
6. The Killing – I have watched both the American and the Scandinavian version of The Killing and loved both in equal measure. And as you might have guessed, it is about … a killing.
Have you seen any of these? If you’re a Netflix lover and there’s other things on there I should be watching, let me know!
Image credit: Netflix