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?
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.
Last Saturday my friends were working at an Artisan food truck in Leith food market, The Pitt Street Food Yard, so I decided to check it out for myself, and my god it was worth the hype.
Walking down this industrial-meets-residential street, you wouldn’t expect a thing, until you turn a wee corner, and a friendly face welcomes you to a summer foodie festival, hidden away in an up-cycled yard.
In fact, I loved it so much that I went there for lunch and dinner. Yup.
I don’t do outfit posts too often because I doubt many people are overly interested in my clothing (although I am partial to selfie much more on my instagram @urbanity_blog) but this weekend has been sunny and I’ve really enjoyed relaxed dressing for my rare weekend not working in a shop! These Zara culottes have been hanging unworn for a while but never find the right occasion of them. A summer evening walk and a cute cinema date in these babies was ideal, teamed with a simple black tee and birkenstocks. Also, you may notice my rather strawberry-milkshake-esque hair! Lately I’ve been getting bored with being blonde so I’ve experimented with different semi-permanent pinks and purples. Its great to use these wash-in dyes from Crazy Colour because there no commitment (as I’m way too scared to dedicate my hair to being forever pink) and it gives you a chance to bring out your fun side and see what suits you.
For my week in Argyll (Read all about it here!), I decided to give my skin and daily routine a break by not wearing any make up at all. Well, except from Carmex lip balm because without it I feel lost!I though, I’ll be in the middle of nowhere, no one is going to care if I don’t have a full face of foundation on. Its a scary step for me because I’ve always been pretty self conscious of my broken nose but I actually found it pretty empowering The fresh air paired with a couple of Superdrug mud masks has really cleared up some stubborn spots, so overall I think my skin is thanking me for it! However, I feel a million times more confident now I’m re-united with my cosmetics collection, so I’ve been thinking about why women wear make-up, or why they don’t, and whether its similar to how I feel. Read on to see the answers from lots of lovely Edinburgh Bloggers in response to my wee ‘Psychology of Make-up’ survey.