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#100happydays: Day 12 ‘Montpeliers’

A funny thing happened whilst I was away in Canada; a few of my usual haunts got a wee facelift, including this baby and Oddbins across the street. Montpeliers was in danger of becoming just like every generic cocktail bar in the city, so this makeover was very much needed – they’ve replaced the oversized chesterfields and nondescript walnut veneered tables with a more continental feel, quirky knickknacks and a textbook warm industrial aesthetic. The new menu is pretty impressive as well!




#100happydays: Day 11 ‘Gone a little Runny’

Another day, another fantastic run! 10.5 miles covered along the Union Canal again on this fine Thursday morning.


#100happydays: Day 10 ‘Nailed it!’

Today I smashed my long distance running by doing a 12.8 km along the Union Canal. Longest run I’ve done since high school, and I have been on such a high all day! This was the point I turned back (at just under 6.5 km)…


#100happydays: Day 9 ‘Canada Day’

I had a fabulous day off today; filled with strawberry tarts and ridiculous burgers, adorable pups in maple leaf collars and of course, Kraft Dinner.







#100happydays: Day 8 ‘Catch up’

It’s catch up time here at Hempcloth and Cheesecakes! I’ve had some technical issues with my iPhone and nearly lost all my photos – heartbroken doesn’t even begin to describe it. Technology and I have always had a tentative relationship so I honestly thought all those snaps had disappeared forever! Thankfully a tech genius friend of my dad’s managed to rescue my memories, so I can resume my #100daysofhappy postings. So here is a selection of things that have made me smile in the past month :-).

The Bon Vivant Stockbridge serves ICE WINE!!! This one was a Peller Estate Cabernet Franc from the Niagara region of Toronto, and that honeyed tartness always makes me happy.


This little dude came and made friends with me one day. I was walking along Princes Street one afternoon when he scurried up to nuzzle my boot. I just love these reminders of wildlife in urban, built up areas.


May was a month of turbulent weather changes, but even dreich days had glorious hidden colour. The cherry blossoms growing along Middle Meadow Walk are a perfect example of this, and can brighten up any gray May fog.




I love LEGO, and this wee guy was just sitting in someone’s garden. Some folk may think a long LEGO head is peculiar, but it’s this sort of randomness that makes me smile.


#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 3 ‘Stuffings’

Here’s one from yesterday which I somehow managed to post to my Facebook but forgot to repost here. These mildly macabre window displays caught my eye on George Street yesterday afternoon; so much so I had to take a quick snap of them!




#100happydays: Day 2 ‘Cherry Blossoms’

We’ve been having a mixed bag of seasons this week, so yesterday’s glorious summer sun was followed by some driech Scottish rain. But the grass was still lush and green, the cherry blossoms were out, and I was just on my way home from the gym after a rather satisfying workout.



100 Happy Days Challenge: what I’ll be doing for the next 100 days

I may be the very last person I know to join the 100 Happy Days Challenge; I’ve seen it come up on the blogs I follow, Instagram, Facebook…so here I am, finally joining in with my 100 days of smiles, laughter, good times and optimism. And what better way to kick things off than to share some things that have made me happy recently, which in turn helped me start off this Monday with a massive grin on my face.

Wow, what a week! I’ve been spending it with some of the best friends a girl could have (both old and new), hanging with my gorgeous pup Rhod, having fun in the sun, revisiting my ‘hometown’, marathoning Breaking Bad , watching football in the pub with my boys, trying out new places to eat, birthday nights out for good friends I don’t see nearly enough, catching some local live music…I could not have asked for a better week, and to top things off I’ve discovered since the wifi router was moved a few weeks ago, I can actually take my laptop out onto the balcony and work in the sun!


Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, spring edition (Edinburgh Corn Exchange)

I’ve been in stealth mode since new year; with work, new flat mates moving in, the possibility of a new house this year, exciting trips to places I’ve never been and oh-so-much renovation work in my dust palace. Aka as home. Just call me the ninja blogger.

Today I decided to take a wee break from everything and visit Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. Their updates kept popping up in my Facebook feed so I could resist. This particular event was held in the Corn Exchange, which can only mean one thing – vintage furniture and housewares aplenty! I have to say, sometimes I just prefer these to the smaller dos in town, because as much as I love retro fashion I am a mid-century design kind of gal!





There were some serious gems today of the furniture variety; some which (if I’m totally honest) I almost didn’t want to share because I want them for myself! Like this late 60s Torbjorn Afdal rosewood coffee table from Dregs of Society, which I fell in love with as soon as I stepped in the door.

Dregs of Society have got some fabulous pieces, including a couple I couldn’t resist taking home for myself. The 3-piece Gimson & Slater Vesper leather suite was glorious but I just don’t have room for more seating in the flat so I had to (reluctantly) walk away.


I did take home both the oiled teak G-plan coffee table and a G-plan inspired ‘square’ table, which will sit just fabulously alongside my existing mid-century pieces – I’m going for a 70s bachelor pad aesthetic with mid-century references in my own home.
And I couldn’t resist this little cocktail side table, which I plan to spray paint copper for a metallic accent in my soon-to-be-painted charcoal grey bedroom.


I was looking for some pretty 20s jewellery, which I found at Tramp Gems. Perhaps to subtle for my Gatsby party outfit, but I thought this delicate necklace was beautiful, and the chunky costume bracelet inlaid with green stones.

Look at this beautiful cloisonné peacock belt buckle!

Mabel on the Table was another treasure trove of fun vintage homewares, and I walked away with a very unique square leather suitcase which I plan to use as a hat box and these old school promotional tins. I also scored a full 9 piece Royal Worcester gold tea set, which I will be displaying as part of my Tom Dixon inspired palette on a black backdrop.



As I was leaving with my bounty, I got to chatting with the girls at Mademoiselle Macaron and the lovely Caroline from La Robe a Caro. I’d already devoured a couple of macarons earlier on in the day, which by sheer coincidence matched my new manicure perfectly.
Caroline makes bespoke vintage style dresses in funky fabrics, and I will definitely be phoning her to make me something in this ‘tache print soon.


A successful shopping day for me, but I’ll need to do a clear out to make room for all my lovely new goodies!