15
Dec
2014
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Humble Grape

The name of my blog is a bit of a give away that I like wine. No, scratch that, I love wine. Being brought up in an Italian family, there has always been wine on the table, designed to enhance each and every meal. So when Humble Grape got in touch and offered to send me a couple of bottles of vino rosso, I couldn’t say no. What I really love about Humble Grape is how accessible they make wines. There is a lot of snobbery around the what’s, where’s and how’s of this age-old drink, but Humble Grape’s philosophy...
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12
Dec
2014
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10 delicious porridge toppings

Scotland is known for its cold weather at this time of year. The chilly, dark days and nights can make it hard to eat healthy, when all I really want to do is indulge in comfort food. But one area where I haven’t fallen off the wagon is breakfast. I’ve been eating a steaming hot bowl of porridge or oatbran every morning, which isn’t only a healthy way to start the day, but it really warms me up. Here are 10 different toppings I regularly add to my porridge: 1.Peaches baked with vanilla and cinnamon (pictured above) 2. Blueberries and...
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10
Dec
2014
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Winter whiteout

I’ve been to a few Google City Experts events, and so I know those guys can show people a good time. And last Wednesday evening’s event was no exception. In fact, it might have been the best one yet. The venue for the evening was The Pompadour by Galvin restaurant, which sits proudly in the five-star Caledonian Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The theme was winter whiteout and this spectacular hotel looked even prettier than normal decorated with snow-laden branches and wintery back drops. The evening started with a gin cocktail and a selection of moreish canapés. What followed was a three-course...
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7
Dec
2014
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Tales from the weekend #4

We have just had one of those joyful long weekends. It kicked off at 1pm on Friday with lunch at the Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, where we had steak and chips. You know you’re having a good day when steak and chips is on the menu, or at least this is the case in my world. Following our meat feast, we went for a wander around the city centre. Edinburgh does Christmas really well and at this time of year, certain areas of the city play homage to the festivities, with stalls serving mulled wine, fairground rides, ice rinks and...
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1
Dec
2014
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Dear diary

Is anyone else out there still a fan of a proper diary? Sure, the diary on my iPhone is great and definitely handy, but at heart I’m a pen and paper sort of girl. If you are like me and buying a diary is a bit of an annual event, purchasing one early is essential – the good ones go really quickly. So with that here are four of the best diaries I could find. 1. Life Balance Planner from Anthropologie 2. Cath Kidston Kingswood Rose Diary 3. Paris Patchwork Diary from Paperchase 4. Iconic Journal from Anthropologie Which one is your favourite?...
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28
Nov
2014
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5 ways to avoid Christmas costing a fortune

So it’s 01 December on Monday. How did that happen? This year seems to have gone so quickly. With Christmas likely looming large in all of your thoughts, chances are you’re probably thinking that it’s going to be really expensive. Well it can be, but it doesn’t have to be. After years of battling with huge, depressing credit card bills in January that take me months to pay off, I’ve learned that Christmas is only as expensive as you want to make it. So here are my five tips to avoiding Christmas costing you a fortune. 1. Decide who you...
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