Lifestyle and Career

Boxsmall Edinburgh

 

Last week the boy and I were invited to go and check out Boxsmall Family Festival on the rooftop of Waverley Mall (with the best views of the Edinburgh skyline you can get!) to enjoy a complimentary round of mini-golf and a delicious meal from one of the many traders at the Box Small market
 

The wonderful mini-festival, which includes a 9-hole golf course, extensive food and drinks market, giant bungee trampolines and zorbing, as well as stalls by local artists and makers, plus loads of relaxed seating areas to catch some last minute summer sun, is only here until the 28th (Sunday!) so check it out as soon as possible; its hard to miss, being slap bang on Princes street right next to the train station! Located on the roof terrace of Waverley Mall, the Box Small cubes give shoppers and traders a breathtaking view of the Edinburgh city skyline, with access directly from Princes Street. You can even enjoy a fruity cider in the Rekorderlig garden or some gelato from the pop-up sundae bar (we tried the chocolate ice-cream and it was delicious!).

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Tuk Tuk Vegan Treats

 

Today’s post is long awaited and delayed, so for that I apologise! I have been preparing for the move to my new flat, new course at university, and being a busy bee at work, but I am so passionate about dedicating my time to this blog! I am super grateful for anyone that continues to support and engage with Urbanity as it continues to grow!

I divulge. Basically, this post is a delight to write because a couple of weeks back I was surprised with a wonderful invitation to try out the vegan menu at Tuk Tuk, an Indian Street Food style restaurant  in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Lucie (from Tetris and Cheesecakes), Emma (from Edinbug) and I dined on a feast of meat/egg/dairy free dishes at Tuk Tuk, and here is my review! You can also read Emma’s post here, accompanied by her wonderful food photography skills that sadly I don’t possess! 

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Blow Shawlands Launch and other Glasgow Adventures

 

I’ve just returned from a wee day trip to one of my favourite cities, Glasgow, which ended in the most fabulous way- the launch party of the brand new Blow on Kilmarnock road, the second branch to open after Blow Finnieston back in 2014.  

What is Blow? It’s a Colour Asylum/Hair Salon/Training Academy/Cult Blogger Hang-out/Selfie Spot/ Braid Bar/ Coffee and Cocktail Club/ Blow Dry Heaven/ Rainbow and Glitter Paradise.  Yup.

I’ve booked myself in for later this summer for a cut and colour treatment using their exclusive, cruelty-free, vibrant vegan hair dye product range, Manic Panic, and I’ll be sure to show you the results!

Why not check it out for yourself at http://www.ohblow.com or follow their Instagram @blowcolourasylum for some unique hair creations. Read on to see my snaps of their fabulous new store, which have given me some serious interiors envy, and inspiration for decorating my new flat!

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Edinburgh’s Best Coffee Shops

I am no stranger to a Starbucks, Costa or Caffe Nero, for convenience, location, choice, price and consistency.  However, lately I have been trying to make more of an effort to get my caffeine fix at independent coffee shops instead.

Since moving to Edinburgh, I’ve really enjoyed sampling the huge selection of artisan coffee roasters and cute wee cake shops all over the city. There’s no way I like to spend my mornings off work more than catching up with friends over a cappuccino, or blogging away in a quiet corner with a chai latte. 

Here I’ve compiled my Top Ten independent coffee shops in Edinburgh. What are yours?


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The Best (free) Apps for Bloggers

In addition to the obvious, most used mobile applications like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there are lots of other apps for Android and iPhone that can be pretty helpful for bloggers. As well as those mentioned in this post, I think a few more deserve an honourable mention. Pinterest is fantastic for gathering inspiration, and Layout is great for making photo collages. Tumblr is a good app (but web version is 100x better!) for not only following relevant accounts – for me its the likes of Who What Wear, Vogue, Topshop and Man Repeller- but also for distracting and relaxing with hilarious memes.

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