Steak On Stones Edinburgh

Monday, 30 March 2015

Hello everyone, got a fairly exciting blog post on the cards today! On Thursday night me and one of my good friends from uni went down to Steak On Stones to sample their new menu*. Steak on Stones has just opened and is the little sister restaurant to Steak and Beer and Skittles, two existing restaurants at 14 Picardy Place. The concept is pretty simple, they bring out a hot lava stone and allow you to cook your own meat at the table. This means that you can have it exactly how you like it, nothing worse than when you order a steak and it comes undercooked/overcooked to how you like it!

We started off with the only starter they really have which is some pretty great bread. The bread is baked with clarified butter in the bottom of the loaf tin so that it absorbs into bread as it cooks. It was seriously tasty and the photos really don't do it justice! Then we moved onto the main event: we ordered 200g of steak each, a portion of fries, a portion of the creamed leeks, peas and bacon and peppercorn and wasabi hollandaise sauces. We also had some cheeky wee gin and lemonades too. I like steak but this was like nothing I've ever had before. Like it was amazing, I don't really have the words to describe how good the steak was! The chips were really good and the veggies were so tasty. And I'm not a massive veggie person to be entirely truthful. 

We followed up with some doughnuts. OH MY GOD. Best doughnuts I've ever had. Home fried and then piped with a filling of your choice. Jam, apple, custard or fudge. We went for custard and fudge. Both were amazing but I think I preferred the fudge one. The custard was quite runny but still really nice. Overall a really great meal.

In conclusion, we really enjoyed our meal at Steak On Stones. It was a dining experience like no other. It is quite expensive compared to what I usually spend on a meal out but I think the food was worth it and it would be a real treat to go.

When did you last have a posh meal out?

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Jewellery Box - Abella Range

Thursday, 26 March 2015
Hello everyone. Today I'm talking about some lovely new jewellery I received recently from Jewellery Box.  These are from the new Abella Range. It consists of a necklace and earrings* which are available in silver and gold. Since Christmas I've been wearing jewellery a lot more frequently so it was nice to have some new pieces to add to my arsenal. I really love the design, the little bees are so cute! After wearing them a few times I got a lot of compliments on them so they really are noticeable!

I really love the packaging that the Jewellery Box use. The tiny clothes pegs on the cards are such a nice touch and everything was done up so beautifully with brown paper and twine. So pretty! The jewellery its self is of really nice quality. They have a lot of nice jewellery that's very reasonably priced and free postage on orders over £10. It would be a great place to bulk buy some jewellery for, dare I say it, Christmas presents?!

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How To Have a Good Night's Sleep

Monday, 23 March 2015
Hello everyone! With the clock change coming up at the end of the month, we'll all be a bit out of sorts for a few days. But if there's one thing that I'm good at, its getting a lot of sleep! So I thought I'd do a quick little blog post with some of my best tips for catching some zzzs.

  • Try keeping your bedroom a little cooler. Your body temperature naturally lowers as you sleep so sleeping in a colder room will help you fall asleep easier, and have a better night's sleep. Trust me, this works! Whilst the temptation to be really snuggled up and cosy is there, it won't help you in the long run!
  • Avoid using screens before bed. I always try to read for at least 15 minutes each night before I go to sleep(although I'll take longer if I can). I've always found that reading on paper tires me out a lot more than reading on a screen. And it helps you switch off. Perfect.
  • Take your make up off as soon you come home. I always cleanse my face either when I'm in the shower or just when I know I'm not going back out again. There's nothing worse than getting comfy in bed and then realising you still have your make up on! And its really not good for  your skin if you do fall asleep with your make up on!
  • Try not to sleep too late at the weekends. Whilst its nice to have a wee lie in, sleeping until midday will totally mess up your sleep schedule. I never really sleep past nine, even on my days off.
  • Take a warm bath before bed. As I've already said, your body temperature drops slightly before you go to sleep. So when you go for a warm bath and get out, your body temperature drops and you subconsciously start to feel tired.
  • Get regular exercise. If you get a little bit of extra exercise each day then you'll really feel the benefit of it when you go to bed. I always have a great nights sleep if I've done a lot of exercise that day, especially if I've gone swimming.
What are your best tips for having a good night's sleep?

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Book Review: Under My Skin

Friday, 20 March 2015
Hello everyone, today I'm going to be reviewing a new book. Under by Skin by James Dawson* is a new YA book that was published by Hot Key Books at the start of the month. In this book a young girl called Sally finds herself getting a tattoo. Its is really out of character, she's very quiet and always follows the rules. She goes into a tattoo parlour whilst getting chased by a homeless man and finds herself drawn to a pin up girl, Molly Sue. After getting the tattoo she realises that she can see it speaking and moving. At first Molly Sue becomes a great help, she gives Sally more confidence and tips on hair and fashion that help her become more popular but after a while Sally starts to feel like she's taking over. 

This is a really interesting premise for a book but there were parts of it that I felt unsure about. The scene where Sally actually got the tattoo just didn't sit right with me. Sally was very easily swayed into getting a tatoo even though she really wasn't the type. She has really strict parents and always seems to follow the rules. Plus she's 17. So it was just a bit weird. 

Despite that, I did really enjoy this book. The characters were all really interesting and well written, I also think Dawson done a really good job of showing what high school is really like. Sally and her friends are big fans of a TV show called Satanville and it was really funny to see them talking about their OTPs. It was so realistic of what teenagers are like today. After I started reading this I really didn't want to put it down. The writing style was so addictive which lead to a really quick read. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it!

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Wings - Edinburgh

Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Hello everyone! Today I'm doing a quick write up about a restaurant I went to with my friends last week. Situated in Old Fishmarket Close, Wings is one of those places that I'd never passed and had never really thought about going to. One of my friends is a big fan however, so we made some plans to go down and check it out. Their menu is pretty simple, chicken wings, lots and lots of chicken wings. They have bowls of 6 wings for £3.50 and over 50 flavours of sauce to chose from. As a side you can pick a bowl of chips or fried tortilla strips to dip in your leftover sauce.

I was kind of apprehensive about going because I wasn't sure if the food would be really samey but I was really impressed. We ordered 4 bowls between the 3 of us but 3 would really be enough. We ordered Schticky Wings(soy bbq), Oh Canada(maple bbq), French Bee(honey garlic) and Disco Wingferno(siracha chipotle). They were all really good but I think my favourites were schticky wings and I would definitely eat a whole bowl to myself! I also had a side of the fried tortilla strips which were pretty tasty too. Big thumbs up from me.

The atmosphere in Wings is something I've never really experienced in a restaurant before. It reminds me of studenty pubs. They have a ton of geeky decor, board games and some tables even have Play Stations. It is pretty awesome! The dishes all come in paper plates and there are buckets on the tables for you to put your bones into. It has a really chill, no fuss vibe that makes it perfect for just hanging out in with friends. I'll definitely be back.

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London Retro Presley Frames

Thursday, 5 March 2015
Hello everyone! And welcome to my first post of March, how quickly is this year going already?! Sorry for being a bit AWOL on the blogging recently, uni has really been taking up a lot of my time! But today I'm going to be talking about my beautiful new pair of glasses. These are the Presley glasses from London Retro*. I've been a big fan of London Retro's glasses for a while so I was really happy to get the chance to try out a pair. They're from Glasses Direct who are an online glasses retailer who specialise in designer specs, including Ray-Ban glasses. You may remember them from this post about my home trial. The Presleys were everyone's glasses by far, thank you to everyone who gave me an opinion!

I'm a really big fan of cat eye style glasses and I think that's what really drew me to these glasses. I always used to buy black frames but when I bought my last pair of glasses I realised that slighlty lighter glasses are a lot softer and nicer on my face. I like that these are still quite dark but the tortoise shell softens the frames quite a bit. The quality of the case is really nice too. It would also make a great sunglasses case as well. All of the London Retro frames can be made into sunglasses as well. I think I might treat myself to a pair of prescription sunglasses this summer as I always feel like an idiot wearing proper sunglasses on top of my regular pair! 

Overall I'm really impressed with Glasses Direct and the quality of my London Retro frames. I ordered my home trial on a Thursday afternoon and it arrived on the Saturday afternoon. My glasses came a few days after I ordered them as well. The glasses retail for £125 which I think is pretty decent for a high quality pair of prescription glasses. I bought a really cheap pair once from Firmoo and I genuinely think they worsened my eye sight. I promised myself after that, that I would never go cheap on my eyes! I have no regrets with this pair!

You'll see a photo of these on in an upcoming OOTD. But if you want a sneak peek before that then be sure to check out my Instagram.

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