How To Find Edinburgh’s Secret Basement Bars

Edinburgh boasts a collective of secret underground bars that are waiting to be explored – if you know where to look. For the perfect tour of Edinburgh’s hidden cocktail bars follow the Yelp map below, stopping along the way to admire some of the city’s favourite landmarks. In between cocktails stroll from one basement bar to the next taking in the sights and sounds of Scotland’s capital. STOP ONE – PANDA AND SONS – 79 Queen Street, EH2 4NF Three years ago Panda and Sons opened to much hype with Edinburgh locals flocking to venture through the barber shop frontage into the bar downstairs.… View Post

How To Get Your Wardrobe Ready For Winter

If there’s one thing us Scots do well it’s preparing for winter. Why? Because spending half the year underneath a rain cloud gives us plenty of practice. Take my cosy jumper pile for example – a knitwear stack that has evolved into a free-standing column towering above my lightweight t-shirts and shorts that rarely get an outing (poor things). We can’t avoid it any longer – winter is coming (say that with a straight face Game of Thrones fans). So it’s time to get your winter wardrobe in order. LAYERS ARE YOUR FRIEND Hands up if you’ve thrown on a really thick jumper before a winter shopping… View Post

How To Carve A DIY Statement Ring

Make time to pick up a chisel next month. Yes, I said chisel! CARVE classes are in town and it’s time to reveal the magic of jewellers wax. Before long you’ll discover that a humble chunk of wax can become a statement ring shaped by your own fair hands (smug face!). DIY takes on a whole new meaning in the cosy surrounds of Century General Store, Edinburgh (and at other local venues across Scotland) where chisel wielding creatives are presented with a circle of wax, a selection of tools and have two hours to craft a ring design that will be… View Post

How To Take a Break from Blogging (Without Feeling Guilty)

Feeling pressure to maintain a strict blogging schedule? You’re not alone. Almost every blogger I meet in person or online via social media is anxious about the frequency of their blog posts. So be honest with yourself. If an unrealistic blogging calendar is clashing with the demands of your day job or family commitments then it’s time to take stock. You’re only human after all! After more than 5 years of blogging and some careful self-reflection about the reasoning behind my blog, I’ve realised that my strongest and most popular posts are those that are well researched rather than rushed.… View Post

6 Pinterest Accounts To Get Lost In

When I have a spare moment I like to pop onto Pinterest for a quick browse…three hours later and I’m still in the same position, dead legs from crouching on the couch and mug of cold tea by my side. It’s so easy to get blissfully lost in the world of Pinterest so if you’re game for some distraction check out six of my favourite accounts. Oh and whilst you’re there don’t forget to give style_stamps a follow, ta! THE GLITTER GUIDE My all time favourite Pinterest destination (alongside another 1 million followers). There’s an indulgence for everyone here from… View Post