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#100happydays: Day 7 ‘Faces on Things’

I’ve been in salon limbo the past few months; I’d been wanting to try a new look and wanted to find a hairdresser who just gets me. Truth be told I’ve always been more adventurous with my colour than my cut, with the frazzled ends to prove it! I’ve always avoided chain salons because I have a not entirely unfounded fear of coming out looking like everyone else. The same bland highlights, the same boring layered bob.

I don’t know why, but the sight of this put me at ease as soon as I walked into Cheynes…

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REVIEW: A sunny Saturday at TIGERLILY (George Street)

My rainy Saturday turned surprisingly sunny so I decided to have lunch at Tigerlily with a friend yesterday. To be honest I’ve not been there for years; I’m not a George Street kind of gal and my usual haunts have the quirky speakeasy feel of The Bon Vivant or are the kind of pub frequented by old men.

Let me just start by saying the service isn’t great; we turned up and asked the hostess if we could have our food outside then proceeded to wait for a waitress to come out and bring me a menu. And wait. And then wait some more for our bottle of prosecco.

My Thai coconut chicken dumpling and noodle soup came out with an accompanying Japanese teapot of coconut broth for what turned out to be chicken balls rather than dumplings, a couple strands of rice noodles and julienned vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, dem ‘dumplings’ were delicious, but the broth was rather bland. I liked the idea of the separate teapot for the soup, but would have preferred it left rather than poured for me.

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Instead of a main I went for the whole lobster because I can’t resist lobster when it’s on the menu. I am a huuuuuge seafood fan and there are few things in the world that I would choose to eat over that sweet, sweet meat. The chunky cut chips were a perfect partner, and I can guiltily admit I may have dipped a couple into my pot of garlic butter.

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Unfortunately my phone ran out of juice so I didn’t manage to take any photos of our cocktails (including a very generous piña colada) and their take on a strawberry Bellini. I’ll still be going to my usual eccentric, super-chilled lounges and grotty live music venues on a Friday night, but Tigerlily is an undeniably pleasant place to while away a few hours with friends on a Saturday afternoon over cocktails and that sweet, sweet lobster meat…

Tigerlily
125 George Street, Edinburgh
Www.tigerlilyedinburgh.co.uk

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#100happydays: Day 6 ‘Go Canada’

My flat mate is my best friend. He is my person. I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t tell him, and some of the best times we’ve spent together have been marathoning ‘Breaking Bad’ and stuffing our faces with takeaway. We have some of the most ridiculous conversations sometimes, and yesterday we sat in my bed looking up hilarious Canadian beer commercials on youtube.

So he brought me these…

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#100happydays: Day 5 ‘Tetris geekery’

I was stumped what to wear out, until my friend sent me these perfect leggings in a taxi! Never have I fallen so utterly in love with an item of clothing!

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#100happydays: Day 4 ‘Freshly laundered and fur’

Nothing puts a smile on my face faster than my little guy; Sir Rhod the Boxer Dog. I’d just taken my sheets out of the dryer and no sooner had I made the bed, he decided to do some quality control. You can’t beat freshly laundered linens and a sleepy dog on a lazy Saturday morning!

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#100happydays: Day 1 ‘Sidewalk Sunning’

Today was quite possibly the sunniest day we’ve had all year, and on my way to the pub to watch the football I saw this; two people sunbathing between two parked cars.
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‘Cerulean blue’ shellac love heart manicure

I had these glorious shellac love hearts done a couple weeks ago by Zara at CutieCool nails, and they are my favourites yet! Zara specialises in vintage styled nails; she’s my go-to for manicures and some of her work can only be described as art.

I wanted something a little different this time so chose a bright, summery turquoise ‘cerulean sea’ over a glitter base. Stunning!

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Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain

I just watched Amelie for the first time in years; it’s a Friday evening and there’s nowhere I want to be more than snuggled up with my dog watching the colourful world of possibly one of the most feel-good films ever made.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s vision of technicolor Paris is peppered with tinges of nostalgia; his characters are timeless, though of course the catalyst for Amelie’s adventures is the death of princess Diana…which leads her to a hidden treasure she feels compelled to return to its rightful owner…

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This film always reminds to be playful, to be kind, and to see the mischievousness in the mundane. And it’s hard not to be at least a little in love with Audrey Tatou…

Amelie’s style is so gloriously French; nonchalant mismatched Montmartre glamour rather than the polished Parisian luxe we associate with French style now. Bohemian rather than boho, rich colours in well worn fabrics; it’s a look the French pull off impeccably but so often falls short in attempts to replicate the same effortless, guileless, almost incidental design.
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TRAVEL REVIEW: FUZZ Wax Bar (Toronto)

Can I just say, I was loving the ‘wax bar’ phenomenon that seems to be taking place in Toronto? The last time I was there I’m sure there weren’t nearly as many depilatory depositories as there are now! I stopped off at FUZZ Waxbar before dinner one night for a quick half leg wax; I’m fastidious about de-fuzzing usually so try to make a point to wax every ten days or so…whether I need it or not!

Check out the hilariously named products they sell…

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FUZZ was clean, efficient, and my aesthetician Jana was super-fast. My only complaint? Hot (called ‘hard’ in Canada) wax isn’t usually used for legs, but my aesthetician was happy to accommodate when I requested it. She did say strip wax was more efficient for finer, shorter hairs; however it’s not possible to go over an area more than once using strip wax, so it’s six and half a dozen! Not exactly ‘painless’, as I’ve had waxes with less ouch, but she made up for it with speed. And how cute is their sign?!

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Fuzz Wax Bar
701 Queen Street West
(647) 748 3899

TRAVEL REVIEW: Ritual Spa (Toronto)

I enjoyed a fabulous fortnight holidaying and working in Toronto, my hometown…I nearly had to be dragged back kicking and screaming! As I wasn’t visiting family this time, I had the opportunity to properly explore the city and I properly fell in love with the place again. So of course I wanted to share some of my favourite places with you guys!

I spent a lovely hour having my hands and feet buffed to perfection one Saturday afternoon; the first of many spa appointments planned during my two week stay in Toronto. This time my one-woman pamper party made a stop at Ritual.

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This place came highly recommended by both BlogTO and Yelp, and I can see why! I have never, I repeat never, had such a thorough manicure and pedicure. The amount of dead skin that came off my soles and my cuticles could have fashioned a mini sculpture of me, gross but so satisfying at the same time.

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And at under $50 Canadian for the two treatments, a total bargain for someone who is used to paying upwards of £60 in Scotland!

Ritual Spa
789 King Street West
Toronto, ON
(416) 306 0040

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