Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Postcards From Paris

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Ooh have I been excited to share this post. So, as promised, here is our big photo diary from our Paris trip! Where we stayed, what we did, where we eat... it's all in there and with a whole load of photos for you to have a little gander at. So grab a cup of tea and let's go! Or maybe... a red wine? Jus' sayin'.

WHERE WE STAYED
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All photos by the amazing Kirsty McLachlan who, I have to say, has completely outdone herself with these

We stayed at the beautiful Le Pavillon De La Reine which is part of the Small Luxury Hotel group and has one of the most beautiful hotel fronts I've ever seen. It's situated just off of the bustling Place Des Vosges but you would never, ever know it; you step through a little tunnel which opens up into this big, beautiful, green courtyard that could quite easily be mistaken for a country retreat. I think both of our jaws genuinely dropped, cartoon-style, when we saw it for the first time. Once we'd stopped admiring it and had taken our obligatory 500 photos we were taken to our room which was split over two floors and had some very cool Missoni-esque decor going on. And then we spotted it. The balcony. Oh my god it was beautiful. Two big sets of double doors that opened up into a leafy, Parisian haven. If you look closely in that last photo above you can see a tiny me taking in the view from it... It's beautiful isn't it? The staff were wonderful, the breakfast was Delicious with a capital D and the hotel is so, SO well placed, right in the heart of the Marais district. It couldn't honestly have made a better home for our time there! Another little bonus was that the hotel was situated quite literally a stones throw away from Carette who, in my humble opinion, do the best hot chocolate in Paris. My Mum introduced me to it years ago and I still think about it weekly. Sometimes daily.

WHAT WE DID
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So, for such a short amount of time we actually managed to fit in a surprising amount. We spent a lot of time exploring the Marais as that's where the hotel's based and it's also where my wee Mam used to live so I know it relatively well. Ok, that's an over-exaggeration, but I can manage at least two streets before I need to look at google maps. We ate a lot of good food when we were there (if there's one thing me and Kirsty do well, it's eat) but some of the stand-outs were Breizh Cafe - another one introduced to me by my Mum. They do incredible savoury and sweet galettes which, hurrah, are gluten free. Make sure and try some of their ciders whilst you're there - and Hank, who do one of the best vegan burgers I've ever eaten. In fact, just one of the best burgers I've eaten in general. 

One thing we did do that I've never done before was go and see the Eiffel Tower at night! Me and my Mum went to go a couple of years ago and I ended up being ill that night (classic me) so we had to give it a pass. I was worried it was going to be one of those things you build up in your head and then turns out to be a bit of a let down, but it's even better than you could imagine. Me and Kirsty did a wee scream when it came on - completely involuntarily - and then got a little transfixed by it. It gives you a nice warm, fuzzy, magical feeling in your stomach, like you've stepped into an old film and anything could happen.

...Oh wow, someone just got a lot soppier than they meant to. Apart from that we just wandered; we saw The Louvre, The Tuileries and lots of lovely places in between! Le Pavillon de La Reine also have their own bikes for guests to rent so we did that one day which was such a good way to see Paris! And that, my friends, sadly brings my Paris photo diary to an end. I do actually still have one outfit to bring you (I know, I'm really dragging this out aren't I?) so that'll be with you shortly.

Amy

A big thank you to the wonderful Pavillon De La Reine and Small Luxury hotels for hosting us on this trip!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Little Christmas Gift Guide!

image1 Christmas? Can't say I've thought about it... I've hardly mentioned it have I? Oh no wait, I've mentioned it almost every single day for the past week and couldn't honestly be any more excited for it if I tried. Last week the lovely Cath Kidston invited us into their beautiful new Edinburgh store to do some Christmas shopping and, I have to say, I was in my absolute element. You know how much I love Cath Kidston already, but the store just made me fall in love with them even more. It's a gift giver's wonderland in there and I left feeling so incredibly festive and fuzzy. I've put together a wee gift guide today with the bits and bobs I picked up and I've included some snaps from inside the store too so that you can hopefully pick up a bit of giftspiration for yourself if you're struggling! 

THE STOCKING FILLERS
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...and by stocking fillers I mean the smaller gifts. The secret santa presents, the wee things for your besties, the fun ones. And Cath K have them in abundance! I picked up some little hand creams - which come in the sweetest designs and are the perfect size for fitting in your handbag - some tissues, which may seem like a random gift but my Mum always gets me a really pretty wee pack of tissues each year and I love it. I also picked up a pen WITH CATS ALL OVER IT which, as you can tell, I'm quite excited about, a box of charades, which I'm also very excited about. T'is the season to play fun games with your loved ones (let's not talk about the arguing that, inevitably, always follows) and I love that charades comes in such a pretty box. They have a good few different games and all in different coloured, beautiful packaging! And mugs, oh mugs. They're my favourite present to buy and my favourite to receive so of course there had to be at least two options in there. There's an initial one, I have many 'A' mugs at home and can never get enough of them, and an exceptionally cute Mickey Mouse one from the Disney range. Ooh, and last but not least a candle! Another of my go-to gifts. You need to go in and have a sniff of them, they're beautiful. This is one of the minis but they also come in a bigger size complete with gift box! 

THE BIGGER GIFTS
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Ok, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Two of these things are for me. Yes, I treated myself as well... I just couldn't help it. I like to get a Christmas jumper every year - I never thrown them away either, I just have a growing mound of brightly coloured jumpers that I like to work my way through each season - and as soon as I saw this 'sparkle sparkle one' I knew it had to be this year's. It's so lovely, isn't it? And so soft too! And speaking of soft, the bow print jammies are also mine and they're an absolute delight to wear. They're soft, fitted but not tight and, most importantly, have bows that look a little like candy canes all over them. The other gifts you see these are tea towels (which I honestly think make a lovely gift, especially when the prints are as nice as these ones) and the teeniest tiniest pyjamas you ever did see. Now I know I'm quite short but you'll be surprised to hear that they aren't actually for me. They're baby pyjamas! Cath Kidston has the most amazing range of baby bits in at the moment; from pyjamas to cosy jumpers to cuddly toys and back again. If you have a baby or tiny little chiddler to buy for this year then this is your place!

IN ACTION
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And here are a few more snaps of some of the bits they have in store...as well as some snaps of my pieces in action! I've had the jammies on non stop (washed in between, nobody panic) but the very first time I wore them was to put up the Christmas tree which was a magical experience for everyone involved. Even the pyjamas. And the jumper I actually wore for the first time to the Christmas markets last week which was oh so festive! It's now tucked away in my drawer ready and waiting for the week leading up to Christmas. You know, when the special jumpers come out to play.

For those of you wondering, Cath Kidston's new amazing Edinburgh store is 98-99 Princes Street. For more info see here!

Amy

Post in collaboration with Cath Kidston

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Party Dressing

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Photos by Kirsty McLachlan 

Hello my friends! After a brief step away yesterday, we are back in Paris mode. Tonight's post is to try and help with that yearly dilemma... what to wear to a Christmas party. Why is it so difficult? It should be no different to any other night out but for some reason it puts the fear into me time and time again. I'm no stranger to a dress but I'm infinitely more comfortable in a top and trouser combo, which I'm sure I've spoken to you about many a time; I can kick my legs up in the air when I'm dancing (I can't say I've ever been so enthusiastic as to kick my leg up in the air when dancing but the option's there), I can bend down if I drop something, I can do many, many things in a trouser/top combo. So that's what I've went for today.

The trousers are one of the most flattering things I've ever worn, they suck you in in all the right places and lengthen your legs infinitely - I'm only five foot tall remember, and I think they make me look at least... five foot two. I've also worn them casually since this - which you'll see soon actually - and they look great with a big oversized jumper or with a shirt tucked in too. They seem to be sold out onsite at the moment, but Topshop do have a similar black pair at the moment which you can find here! Because it's Christmas, legally, you have to go for a bit of sparkle so I went for a heavily embroidered crop which I think would look amazing with many a pair of high waisted trousers; I want to give it a go with some wide legged ones next. Clothes-wise, I topped it all off with this velvet blazer which I think is incredibly lovely and festive and can be worn in so many ways and to finish i off completely I went for quite a dramatic make-up look - it's not often I go for a dark lip but I quite enjoyed it, great for hiding pasta sauce stains and red wine marks - and a fancy beehive. And, of course, some big ole platforms.

I won't have a new post tomorrow but there will be one last Parisian outfit with you on Wednesday. I hope this post helped at least one person out there with partywear dilemmas!

Amy