Seven tips for your first time at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

We left Fringe over a week ago and I am missing it. So. Much.

This year was my first experience of the festival, and it won’t be the last. I wanted to pull together a few tips for any other first timers;
Install the Fringe app. I used this;
  • 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.
Leaflets. There are so many leafleters at the Fringe, this was really helpful on the second day when we wanted to pass out our day, as the week went on it got annoying. After a show we went for drinks in the courtyard at the Pleasence, in half an hour we were approached by at least eight people for future shows, even as out body language communicated we wanted to be left alone. We avoided the space for the rest of our trip because of the leafleters.
Anything tagged with “Free Fringe” means there is no admission fee. At the end of each show the performer/s will be waiting with a bucket for donations as you exit the venue. Performer’s tended to request a £5/£10 donation, which is expected.

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

The National Monument of Scotland
View from the top of Nelson Monument. Worth the £5 to get to the viewing deck.

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.

Schedule in some downtime. Fringe is incredible, but it can be full on with shows running from the morning until midnight. Ours was a few days in Glasgow where we justtook things slowly

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.

Are you off to Fringe? If so, what tips do you have?


Half Term Adventures 

One of the absolute joys of working in a school is, of course, the enviable holidays we get. Not only did we get a nice week off, but the weather was completely on point. I took the opportunity to go on a few little adventures during the week and ended with a little sunburn. So here are a few snaps from my fun in the Cornish sun.

First up was the Monkey Sanctuary near Looe with my Mum and little 3 year old nephew. We had a wonder around the beautiful grounds and a look at some of the cheekiest monkeys that they have rescued. And for the price of admission you can go as many times as you want for the next year…bonus.

Next order of business was a dog walk at Seaton beach in the late afternoon. The cool sea air was a god send considering how hot and stuff the days were. 

And in case you needed any more proof that the weather was beautiful, my sunburnt back, legs, arms and chest are proof enough. This is why I shouldn’t be allowed out in the sun without proper supervision. 

Hope you all had a wonderful time in whatever of the weather you got to enjoy and that you were a little bit more sensible than me. I’d love to know if you have recommendations of place to go or things to do in the South West.
Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂 

The time I fell in love with Rotterdam

The Erasmus Bridge (Erasmusbrug)

I was recently able to visit Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam with my work; we were based out of Rotterdam for the first couple nights and spent the final night in Amsterdam. The stand out city for this trip was Rotterdam, but put me riverside in a city and I find it nigh impossible to fall in love with it.

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A City Breaks Worth Of Makeup In A Carry On

So I am currently in Rotterdam, and will shortly be in Amsterdam.  This trip is uniquely different to any other I have completed, as I went with hand luggage only, and we’re away for four nights. Last time I stayed in London overnight fir an interview I brought three changes of clothes…


I thought I’d do this post on make up, it’ll be very similar to my auto pilot makeup, but with a few useful additions from my Glossybox subscription over the last year or so. I have a separate bag for skincare and toiletries, if you want to see what’s in that let me know! Onto my travel makeup bits:


My makeup bag is from Glossybox, and reaching for it each morning is putting a massive smile on my face. When it came to packing this, it’s a very low key trip so I went low key with my makeup. I decided not to pack foundation, as my skin has been pretty clear lately. Instead I packed my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium Cool (2), and Rimmel’s Clear Complexation Pressed Powder in Translucent (021) allowing me to create a simple base if needs be.


Moving onto eyes, im not a huge powder shadow fan. It always creates on me, and I didn’t pack liner to minimise my getting ready time, instead I opted for two Glossybox products: Model Co More Brows in Light/Medium which is a lovely colour brow Mascara which defines and shapes my brows, it has a lovely small brush which helps minimise mess. I brought a Jelly Pong Pong Mascara (Fairy Lights Curl Mascara), it creates lovely definition but us far to wet a formula for me. With every application I have to reach for a cotton bud to tidy away flecks and streaks of black. The finish is lovely but the application is too much of a faff.

The products I packed for the “fun” factor were lip products:


Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti (015). A lovely sheer coral colour, it adds a very subtle something to your finished look. I like this when I want to do something different from my reds and pinks.


Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips (colour unlisted). This very glossy, almost Barbie pink is an easy colour for me, it’s the sort of pink I’ve been wearing since I was 18. It suits my colouring immensely and makes me feel cute.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine with the Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam behind me


Barry M 121. This lipstick is better known as “I was too afraid to bring my Ruby Woo incase customs decided my makeup was contraband, or it was pilfered by a clearer, or melted on the journey.” it’s very different to Ruby Woo, but colour is similar. It’s a glossy red which applies slightly sheet but builds well, it has a tendency to transfer but in a manageable way. I love a red lip, I feel classy and very “done” even with the most simple of looks.

And that’s the makeup I brought with me, the only thing I’m missing every morning is my highlighter. I like a glowy finish. There is one product I havent included in this and that’s a sample of foundation I got in a magazine. I’ve used it once, but foundation wasn’t something I planned on bringing.

I also have a tiny Yves Rocher perfume with me, also from a Glossybox. I put this on my pressure points and on the ends of my hair each morning, so whenever I swish my hair I smell pretty!

– Emily

All these pieces were purchased by myself, I’ve been a subscriber of Glossybox for the last year and a half. The perfume sample is older, whereas the Mascara was in this month’s box.

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