A little while ago, the The Barbican Leisure Park invited a few bloggers on a night out.
I’ve been visiting the Leisure Park since I got a Saturday job as a teenager. It was the venue for my first date, and many, many subsequent dates. It’s where I first discovered Cheesy Bites, and that I am terrible at bowling.
It’s the only place I feel completely, unhesitatingly confident driving as I know the route so well.
Accepting that invite was an easy yes.
We started off at Pizza Express, where there were cocktails and doughballs (and olives, and sun-dried tomatoes and all sorts of incredible things).
We got to sample the new drinks menu, with a light Tails Cocktail as a welcome drink. Espresso Martini’s are an easy favourite any time, and Pizza Express’ addition of vanilla added a sweet edge to the cocktail.
At Bella Italia, we shared some of the new menu options family style. Carbonara, Marinara pasata, Pollo Piccante pizza and a couple delicious vegan options with the both a pizza (i can’t find the name of), and a spaghetti in a lentil ragu.
The pizza was my first time trying Vegan cheese and there was no, noteable difference, i really enjoyed it.
We then split off into smaller groups, a few of the bloggers went to see A Simple Favor (Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick👌), a couple made their way home and Nicole and I went to see Venom.
Avoiding spoilers, it was as fun as the trailers made it look.
We were lucky enough to be treated to the evening, but a trip to the cinema is one of my favourite things to do with Matt, family or friends.
It’s one of the better things about the cooler months, in the last couple weeks I’ve been to see First Man, and Bohemian Rhapsody.Mow just to tick A Star is Born off the watch list…
We left Fringe over a week ago and I am missing it. So. Much.
To find the ticket office, there was only one show i attended by myself which was an impulse buy. Finding the nearest ticket to the show I was attending prior was really useful in planning my day.
The planner section of the ap. You can add shows to a schedule, with locations and times to structure your day.
The Nearby function, where you can see shows in an area you define. Useful if you find yourself with a free hour or two and want to impulsively attend something.
If the show says you dont need a ticket, but you can reserve a seat, reserve a seat. We made this mistake, arriving at a show half an hour before its start time and were asked to sit to one side and wait until those with tickets were seated. We waited until late comers had been seated, and were permitted to enter the venue a couple minutes after the shows scheduled start time.
Experience Edinburgh. Yes the festival is incredible, and it feels like there is always something happening but explore the city. We climbed Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano the base of which is a short walk from the city centre. It’ll take you 30-40 to climb, and is a little bit of work but completely worth it for the panoramic views of the city.
I also stumbled across Calton Hill whilst watching some shows by myself. Walking here just before sunset I was awed by how beautiful the area was. I Messenger called my partner from the top of Nelson Monument to share the incredible views with him.
Over excited from the top of Arthur’s Seat
Opt for a backpack with a hidden pocket, or a cross body bag. Areas like the Royal Mile are rammed with people at all times are there are signs everywhere advising attendees to pay attention for pick pocketers. Security aside, you’ll be able to carry a water bottle easily. Supermarkets and corner shops weren’t the most obvious things, so water bottles we could ask venues to refill were helpful.
The Festival was a real high point of this year. My schedule has been ridiculously full (I’m quickly moving towards Hen Do number four of five this year) , and just spending a week with two incredible friend’s watching comedy, live music, hanging out and just enjoying ourselves was exactly what I needed from a week off.
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Throwback to Monday, where after walking Arthur's Seat I started my Fringe with Pottervision then the Potter Trail, (both part of the free fringe). Wandering round Edinburgh following a man in a cape, whilst carrying a wand? 👌👍 – – – – – – – – – #edinburgh #visitscotland #ilovescotland #igscotland #fringefestival #edfringe #edfringe2018 #fringe #intotheunknown #pottervision #pottertrail #potter #harrypotter
“Radio: it ties a million ears to a single mouth.”
“Her fingers walk the tightrope of sentences…”
That said, as much as I don’t expect to re-read this book, I can appreciate how beautiful it is. Part of me wants to pass this onto my dad, who though he isn’t a big reader loves radio.
There is a short video on YouTube from the author explaining how the story composed itself.
I’ve been eyeing up this dress for what feels like months. I spotted it in my size a few weeks ago, and of course it came home with me.
It got me thinking about the trends I’ve been loving, and that are probably on their way out.
Basket bags started to appear all over Instagram last summer. They were calling to my vintage loving heart.
I picked this up at a Miss Ivy event at Mount Edgecombe last summer, and have been waiting for an opportunity to wear it out. I’m a little nervous about wearing it, due to the changeable British weather, currently it is full of scarves.
I know when the trend is over, if I no longer gravitate towards wearing it, the basket will work as a piece of home wear.
Ultimately it’s a basket, so it could store; blankets, cushions, shoes…
This is probably my favourite trend from last year. It’s more than just floral, this Primark dress marks the move away from embroidery with the motif on the bust, and the small flowers across the skirt.
It’s 100% cotton, with a tie string tassel back. The small details, and material make this stand out a bit more from your usual dress.
Thanks to the thin straps, it means I probably won’t be fitting it into my work wardrobe but for weekends and beach trips it’ll be perfect.
The grey cuties in this one are from Lovisa. I bought them before the Turtle Bay Launch event, I’d wanted to try the trend but was struggling to find a pair in a colour way that suited my style and Lovisa had a wall of soft toned earrings.
Since then I’ve added a red pair to my collection (thank you Nicole) and about five pairs from Primark in an array of colours.
These are my favourite thing to add to a simple outfit, to snazz things up a bit.
What trends are you not looking forward to ending?
According the calender Summer doesn’t start until June 21st, but it feels so much like we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer.
Scarves, Hats, and Winter coats and now in storage or at the back of the wardrobe. I’m having to accept that Jumpers probably need to join them, though I feel the minute I pack them away we will probably be hit with a cold spell.
Mac style coats.
That light layer, that is completely timeless and smartens up even the most basic jeans and tee shirt.
Mac are to my Spring/Summer, what Berets are to my Autumn/Winter.
Eternally grateful to friends like Sally who are actually happy to take photos of me.
The fourth and fifth people he met were the ones that hit me hardest, and had me crying. Its reminiscent of The Green Mile, and how the story reflects on a moment of a man’s life, (though with less mice and magic).
Veronika Decides to Die; Paulo Coelho
The Lovely Bones; Alice Sebold
A Man Called Ove; Fredrik Backman