A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Friday, 28 December 2012

My sister doing some last minute wrapping.

Rockin' around the Christmas tree.

Christmas pudding prep.

Say 'cheese'!

Boxing day meal.

As I type I'm on the train (in First Class might I add!) to London for our overnight stopover before we head off to Amsterdam for New Years Eve so no blog posts for the next few days I'm afraid! I thought in the mean time though I'd share with you some of my Christmas photos and wish you ALL the best for New Year!

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What's in my Christmas Stocking?

Monday, 24 December 2012

Seeing as it's Christmas Eve I thought I'd do a little Christmassy post and show you all what my boyfriend got me in my Christmas stocking and kind of do a little play on the 'What's in my Handbag?' posts. I have to admit I did open it before Christmas but only because my boyfriend made me, literally made me open it!

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Bloggers Digest and Life Update

Christmas 2011.
So this week I'm taking part in the lovely Nykki's Blogger's Digest, I haven't done one before but thought it would be fun to share with you all what I've been up to in both my blogging and personal life!
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So Long World...

Friday, 21 December 2012

Thought I would share with you some animal related humour with you for your last moments on earth.

And lastly...

All pictures sourced from Pinterest.

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Top 3 Seasonal Beauty Deals

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Although these probably won't arrive in time for Christmas theres no reason not to buy them anyway for a little post Xmas treat!
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Daisy Street Faux Fur Coat

Monday, 17 December 2012

Faux fur coat* - c/o Daisy Street
Wet look leggings - Miss Selfridge
Black clutch - New Look
Purple peplum top - New Look
Black bow heels - Primark
So as my regular readers may know, a couple of weeks ago I attended the Daisy Street Bloggers Christmas Party. Whilst there I was asked to tag an item of clothing which I'd most like to review and I was torn between a faux fur coat and their wide array of disco pants (which I'm still set on getting!) but practicality won me over. Quite a few people tagged my chosen item so I was absolutely delighted when I got this baby through my door and decided it would feature in my first ever Outfit of the Day/Night post! Although first I have a confession...
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Sleeping With the Devil

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Okay so today this is going to be quite a personal post - I'm going to talk to you guys about something called sleep paralysis.
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The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer...

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

... is by singing loud for all to hear! I haven't done a life update for a while so I thought I'd just let you all know what's going on in Efia land!
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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Monday, 10 December 2012

Ease into Monday with some Christmas pictures! 15 days to go!
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Blog of the Month #2: Sparkly Vodka

Sunday, 9 December 2012

I'VE BEEN A NAUGHTY BLOGGER! Yes, it's true. I forgot to do this last month. However I hope you can forgive me and I'll endeavour to remember in the future!
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Mallzee - The Future of Online Shopping?

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Picture taken from Malzee website.
So recently I've been hearing a lot about Mallzee* in the blogosphere and finally I've found out what all the fuss is about. I was recently contacted by Mallzee and asked to share some information with you guys and I found the concept really interesting so here it is!
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Daisy Street Bloggers Christmas Party

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

So last Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to the Daisy Street Christmas bloggers party to view their new party and winter collection. I've never been to a blogger event before because one I've only had my blog since August and two I live up the top of Scotland and everything usually happens in London! 
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The First of The Month

Saturday, 1 December 2012

psst - this picture was shamelessly pinched from Pinterest
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Getting to Know You Tag

Friday, 30 November 2012

So I decide to do this tag after seeing it on Joelle's page, hope you like it!

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Stress Be Gone!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

So today we're going to talk about stress. I've seen a few posts lately, including my own a month or so ago, saying how stressed everyone is and I can completely understand. Up until recently I was incredibly stressed about uni and deadlines and quite frankly just everything was getting to be too much. It truly happens to the best of us, the main thing though, is to make sure stress doesn't get the best of you!
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'Tis the Season to be Jolly

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

It's that time of year again! So thought I better start getting in the Christmas spirit so I pinched this tag from Ellie. I tag everyone and if you do it please leave a comment with the link so I can check yours out too!
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All I Want For Christmas is... EVERYTHING!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Dear Santa,

This year I passed (and survived!) my first year at uni, successfully completed a three month internship and have been almost consistently employed since February so I would be grateful for a little reward. I'm not asking for much,  and an iPad with retina display would come in really hand for uni even though I have a great laptop - it's just a bit too heavy to carry around all the time. Especially when I go down south to see my boyfriend too.

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Five Stocking Fillers For Under £5

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

1. Barry M, Glitter nail polish (£2.99)// 2. NYX, Round lipstick (£3.50)// 3. NYX, Jumbo eye pencil (£4.50)// 4. Eylure, Evening eyelashes (£5.00)// 5. Soap and Glory, Travel size hand food (£2.50)

So it's that time again... Christmas! Well... almost so i've decided I'm going to do a couple of Christmas gift posts ranging from affordable to luxury items. These are a few of my picks for affordable Christmas stocking fillers!

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Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 2 Premiere - What Was She Thinking?!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Okay so before I get to into this post I have to admit I am not a massive Twilight fan to begin with. I found the first film quite boring and Kristen Stewart's acting (if you could even call it that), a whole different story. Saying this I have been suckered in by the trailers for the final Twilight film and would quite like to go and watch it. Of course for the last film to make sense I'm going to have to watch all the other ones which for some reason I keep putting off.
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Best of Pinterest - Textured Nails

Monday, 19 November 2012

The past few days I've been a Pinterest maniac, it is just so addictive! There's no good keeping all this excitement to myself so I thought I'd share one of my favourite trends with you guys. This season nails have gone to the next level and it's all about playing with different textures to get that bang on trend look. So put your shiny topcoats down and keep reading to get the lowdown on these new looks...

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Autumn Beauty Trends: #2 Face

Friday, 16 November 2012

Now this next trend is one that most of us struggle with - the bare face. If we wear too much make-up we look like we're trying too hard but on the other end of the spectrum if we don't wear enough people have a tendency to think (especially for the pale ones amongst us) we're ill. Because being unwell is the only possible reason there could be for a naked face? No it's not! Real people have uneven skin the odd blemish and God forbid sometimes even a spot or two.

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New Job #2

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

So remember how a few weeks ago I posted saying I got my dream job? Well... turned out to be not so dreamy! Everything was going great - I got my first pay check, invested in some lovely (albeit Primark) heels, you get the picture, living the dream. But then... I received a letter (and Facebook message) saying due to unforeseen circumstances the Aberdeen team (it was a national company) would cease to exist until next year.
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Review: The Living Room Restaurant and Bar

Saturday, 10 November 2012


For the past week I've been down in Manchester visiting my boyfriend. I had some time off uni for consolidation week so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go down! On my last night in Manchester we decided to eat out (a regular occurrence) and since we always eat Asian food I wanted to try something different. We'd been shopping all afternoon and when we finally got outside it was raining quite a bit so we speed walked over to Deansgate (which if you don't know Manchester is a busy road which bounds the west side of the city centre) in the hopes of finding that something different. 

I think initially we were thinking La Tasca, but I thought if I'm going to be spending a fair amount of money on food I want it to be a full meal not loads of mini ones! A couple of restaurants down from La Tasca sat The Living Room and after a peek at the outdoor menu we decided to take the plunge and go inside.



So as you can see when you walk in there is a bar and then towards the back of the room is the restaurant part, both of which were beautifully decorated although had no resemblance to the living rooms of anyone I know! When faced with the task of choosing our meals I have to say both of us took our time - there was just so much to choose from! 

In the end we both settled for their soup of the day, which was a smoked haddock chowder, for our starter and Taba chose the Pappardelle pasta with a slow cooked shin of beef and pancetta ragu for his main whilst I went for a total wildcard (and I say wild card because I'm going through a chicken hating stage!) of Rosemary and lemon baked chicken with roasted garlic and mash.

The starters took about ten minutes to arrive, which is pretty reasonable in my opinion, and they certainly did not disappoint. The chowder was a nice creamy consistency with small flakes of haddock, peas, cubed potatoes and a strange white lump in the middle which took about a minute identify which in the end turned out to be a poached egg! 

The soup itself was SO tasty, and incredibly moreish although I did end up giving Taba half my poached egg as I didn't want to get too full before the main event. If I had one criticism it would probably be that I was expecting larger haddock flakes but that's about all I could fault!

When we first ordered we worried there wouldn't be enough food as we're both quite big eaters, but by the time we'd finished our soup those worries were long gone. Shortly after we finished our starters and I'd had enough time to worry about whether I'd made the right choice by picking a chicken dish - The main courses arrived.

Taba's looked a little like a posh spaghetti Bolognese, but he claims it tasted completely different. The sauce was rich and had almost shredded pieces of tender slow cooked beef and was served on what looked like a wider version of tagliatelle. While mine was a chicken breast (curiously on the bone) served on a bed of mash and savoy cabbage which was accompanied by a dash of red wine jus.

I was SO glad I ordered the chicken it was moist, the flavour was just incredible and what they had done with lemon flavouring was something I had never experience before. Interestingly there were pieces of rosemary actually IN the chicken and I spent quite some time trying to figure out how they got it in there to no avail.

Although arguably one of the best meals I've had recently I would have liked a bit more of the red wine jus. I know the small serving is supposed to look visually appealing but a jus moat would have done me just fine.

For dessert we were both quite full so just ordered some hot drinks, a latte with a shot of maple spice syrup for me and an Earl Grey tea for Taba. I have to admit I completely ruined my coffee by adding sugar to it before I tasted it. The maple syrup was a lot sweeter than I anticipated and it was just so sweet to the point of undrinkable, but kindly Taba offered to swap drinks with me and I leapt at the opportunity!

Overall I'd rate my experience 4.5 out of 5 only losing half a point due to the atmosphere being slightly disturbed by the bar, which wasn't too big a deal but it did slightly effect the intimacy of the meal. Nonetheless our waitress was lovely and the food exceeded both our expectations. As we were leaving I noticed someone playing a piano in the middle of the room so maybe next time we will time our visit so we get to hear the music.

I apologise for the lack of my own photos but it was such an impromptu trip that I didn't have my camera on me, sorry - next time!

What about you guys? What's the best place you've eaten recently and what did you have? Let me know!

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