Friday, 28 December 2012

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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!


Monday, 24 December 2012

What's in my Christmas Stocking?

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!


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!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Winter Skin Revival

Without sounding like I'm bragging - I have always been complimented on my skin, once my flatmate just sat stroking my face for five minutes. Most of the time it is lovely and smooth and doesn't even require me to even it out with foundation. But come Winter it's a whole different story, and there's little stopping me from recoiling in horror when I look at my weathered skin in the mirror.

My skin is dry, spotty, blotchy and everything you would wish for your skin not to be. I am blaming one culprit and one culprit only - the cold. Less moisture in the air and increased central heating inside leads to major skin drying and my normal skin care routine just isn't enough to repair/prevent the damage. This climate change also has a drying effect on our lips which leaves them chapped, flaky and desperate for attention and no one wants that.

 So keep reading for some tips keep your skin in top condition this Winter!


Saturday, 22 December 2012

With Winter well on it's way I can't help but notice how much my skin has begun to suffer. Over the Christmas period I had a hideous breakout which was only worsened by my attempts to clear it up! Now that my skin has finally reached some degree of normalcy I am determined to keep it that way and get in to a routine that works for my skin.


Friday, 21 December 2012

So Long World...

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.


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Top 3 Seasonal Beauty Deals

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

Monday, 17 December 2012

Daisy Street Faux Fur Coat

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...

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Sleeping With the Devil

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.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer...

... 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!

Monday, 10 December 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Ease into Monday with some Christmas pictures! 15 days to go!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Blog of the Month #2: Sparkly Vodka

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!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Mallzee - The Future of Online Shopping?

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!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Daisy Street Bloggers Christmas Party

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! 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

The First of The Month

psst - this picture was shamelessly pinched from Pinterest

Friday, 30 November 2012

Getting to Know You Tag

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


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Stress Be Gone!

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!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

'Tis the Season to be Jolly

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!

Monday, 26 November 2012

All I Want For Christmas is... EVERYTHING!

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.


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Five Stocking Fillers For Under £5

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!


Monday, 19 November 2012

Best of Pinterest - Textured Nails

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...


Friday, 16 November 2012

Autumn Beauty Trends: #2 Face

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.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New Job #2

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.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Review: The Living Room Restaurant and Bar

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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