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Some thoughts on ‘flattering’

oversized dress
oversized dress
oversized dress

Today I’ve got a couple of new things to show you! The first is the dress. It is by COS, and as you can see, it’s their signature oversized style. I am really into oversized things but I’ve never known if they suit me or not on account of boobs and very much not sticky legs. And turns out that indeed, they are not the most flattering thing (and by flattering everyone means it makes you look thin, which is ridiculous enough). HOWEVER. I DON’T CARE. Yes, it makes me look massive, but you know what, that’s fine, because why should the highest measure of a garment be if it makes you look thin? I love the way this dress feels, it swings around in a lovely airy way, its soft and comfortable. So there, society, I am making myself look fat on purpose!

oversized dress

More flattering here but I am not going to spend all day with my hand pointed into my waist

oversized dress
oversized dress

That being said, I do need to mention though that I do not recommend anyone buys this dress, because the quality is not great. It’s a lovely looking fabric, it’s blue on the outside and red on the inside which gives a lovely subtle effect, and it’s also super soft. The only problem is that on its very first wear (this), it formed little see through bubbles/pilling where the fabric got in contact with stuff (my bag, back of legs from sitting down etc). This is not a good thing. If I had still had the order form I would have sent it back, but I’d already returned something else so I guess I’ll just keep wearing it. It is amazingly comfortable, but still, that is ridiculous!

felted silk scarf

The other new thing in this outfit is the scarf. It’s by Paper High, who are an online Fairtrade gift company and I was sent it to try out. Lots of what they sell is notebooks and knick knacks and stuff, which isn’t really for me, but I love these scarves. It’s a printed floral silk scarf with felted bits in different colours brushed on. Cool, isn’t it? It’s quite a warm scarf, definitely more autumn than nearly summer. It’s made in Kathmandu in Nepal by hand, and of course like everything else it’s Fair Trade. There’s also a few other things on that website that I really like, some of the leather bags are lovely, and I really love this rug! (Those are not affiliate or sponsored links btw, I just really like the products so happy to share)

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Dalkeith bluebells
21/52 Milo
21/52

We finally made it to see the bluebells in Dalkeith Country Park this weekend, we’d had a couple of days where we’d planned it but were rained off, and I was so worried we’d miss them, but they’re still out in their full glory. We met up with some friends who just moved back to Scotland after many years down south, and Milo and their little one got on brilliantly, yeah!

Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells
Dalkeith bluebells

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Edinburgh streetart!

Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart

If you’ve been around here for a long time, you’ll know I love streetart – in fact, my first ever internet presence was a (super-clunky) website I had built myself from scratch to share streetart photos. This was before flickr even. I can’t remember what it was called or how it was hosted, and sometimes wonder if it’s still out there somewhere.

Anywhoo, after years and years of virtually nothing, there’s been a few new things. Some of the things shown in this post are obviously old things that have somehow survived, but there’s also new artists, yeah! The paste up monsters are all by the same person, @creaturesexist on instagram and are round the Shore. I think they’d been there for a while when I discovered them, so not all in great condition, and one I saw from their instagram is completely gone. I hope they make some more because they are the best!

Special shoutout also to the stomachaches person. I wouldn’t usually include them, as it’s not a very visually appealing thing, except for the fact that they obviously live really local to me. I’ve seen a few around town, but on the block around where I live in the Newington side of the Grange, they are literally on all the bins and boxes!

Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart
Edinburgh streetart

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That Burda dress V.3!

Burda 03/2017 112
Burda 03/2017 112
Burda 03/2017 112
Burda 03/2017 112
Burda 03/2017 112
Burda 03/2017 112

So… another one of these dresses (version 1 here, and version 2 here). I hadn’t really planned to make another practice one before the one for the wedding, but after number 2 ended up so wide I thought I better figure out what was going on. As I mentioned, I did cut it on the fold adding a seam allowance in versions 1 and 2, so I took that out for this, taking 3cms out of the centre. But apart from that, I didn’t narrow it at all and it was fine. No idea what was going on since I took 4 inches/10cms out of version 2, and nothing out of version 1. I am terrible at cutting out, but that’s A LOT of variation!

Anywhoo, it was ok. The only other change I made was to shorten the sleeves by about 10cms (which is also the bell-ey bit of them), just so I wouldn’t have two completely identical dresses. It’s not as noticable as I expected though. The fabric is stash stuff I got from a swap, originally Kerry‘s, I think she made a party dress for her daughter out of it. It’s quite stiff and I’m not sure how well the colours it will hold up in the wash, but I like the print and the colours. I wore this to go for a fancy(ish) child free lunch in the Scran and Scallie.

Nothing much more to say about this pattern now, but only one more version to go, which is the final one!

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Project 52: 20/52

20/52 Ellis
20/52 Milo

Just some stuff at home this week

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An hour in Newcastle

Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle
Newcastle

I went to Newcastle for work for a day and had an hour and a bit before getting my train to see stuff. I asked on facebook and Instagram what I should do, and the consensus was the Baltic, so I walked down to the Quayside and just managed to go up to the viewing platforms before it closed. I wasn’t much impressed with the city as it seemed to be 99% chain shops and restaurants (although I did have an excellent coffee from pink lane coffee). I wonder where all the students/hipsters are hiding? It’s a big city with two universities there must be indie shops and cafes somewhere!

Anyway, some snaps from my wander.

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Badger and co
Badger and co
Badger and co
Badger and co
Badger and co
Badger and co

A wee while ago when Badger and Co first opened, everyone went, but I assumed it was a cocktail bar and therefore not for me since it’s super hard for me to go out at night on account of sleeping kidlets. But then I was offered a chance to review it and discovered that not only is it a restaurant, but also a restaurant with a kids menu! So I decided to take the boys to try it out. When you have kids you so often find yourself eating in chain restaurants like Pizza Express and Wagamama when in town, so it’s nice to have some options (we do have our independent favourites in other areas, but we’re not round Princes Street often enough to have any).

Badger and co
Badger and co
Badger and co
Badger and co
Badger and co

The house that Badger and Co is was the former home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in the Willows, and hence it’s all Wind in the Willows themed. The vibe is sort of vintage gentleman’s club with modern details. There’s tons of cool badger prints, and a little outdoor garden with a big mural with all the characters, which we snuck into (I’m guessing it’s mainly for cocktails in the evening) and the boys loved it!

This is what happens when you attempt a selfie with the big camera which I can hardly hold up with one hand and definitely not aim correctly, clearly!

Badger and co

Photo by Milo. He can hold the camera allbyhimself now!

Badger and co

The staff were super nice, and definitely good at dealing with kids, so didn’t feel out of place at all although we were the only family in. The food is a mix of British pub type food and more restauranty meals. Dave had the game pie, with a side of triple fried beef dripping chips.

Badger and co

I liked the sound of the vegetable pie but I thought that in the interest of reviewing, I should try one of the main courses, so I went with the sea bass with cauliflower cous cous, samphire, saffron potatoes and grapefruit alioli. The potatoes could have done with a smidge longer cooking time, but everything else was so delicious.

Badger and co

The kids meals are massive, but then ours are still wee, so you would expect them not to manage it all. Milo had spaghetti and meatballs, which surprised me because he usually always goes for sausages if available, he could live off them!

Badger and co

Action shot

Badger and co

Ellis had the fish fingers, failed to get a picture before Dave cut into them.

Badger and co

The kids meals also came with a pudding, but everyone was getting a bit restless so we left and dropped in at Bada Budan for coffee and doughnuts and train watching afterwards.

Price wise, I would say Badger and Co is towards the high end of the normal range for this sort of stuff. The game pie is £12.5, the seabass £15.5, the veggie pie a tenner, which all seems fine, although the side of chips is £3.5, which maybe a bit steep given the size, but nothing out of the ordinary. The starters are £6-8, although I can’t comment on them as we didn’t have any. Unfortunately I didn’t take an note of how much the kids meals are!

But overall, I think this is a fun wee place to go after shopping in town and would definitely go back!

Finishing off with this week’s Project 52 photos, Milo doing his usual crazy ‘cheese’ face, and Ellis drawing, which he loves. Milo at that age wasn’t bothered at all.

Badger and co

Badger and co

Disclosure: we ate for free in exchange for an honest review

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Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench
Yarnbombed bench

When we were through in Glasgow on the Easter weekend, we went and looked for this yarnbombed bench in the Glasgow botanics, after I read about it on Karie’s blog. It was done in memory of textile artist Rita McGurn by her daughter. The full story here.

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Project 52: 18/52

18/52 Milo

We went down to the vintage event in the Grassmarket on Sunday and got a window seat in Mary’s Milk Bar ice cream parlour, which is a miracle cos it was mobbed. Someone I used to work with once appeared on her social media for doing the massive ‘challenge cup’ with his three kids, which I would love to do but the chances of (a) getting a table and (b) not feeling like you are completely getting in the way are frankly negligible. If the challenge cup even still exists, that was years ago!

18/52 Ellis

We had a playdate on Saturday and when it was time to leave, Ellis refused to relinquish this bag, so we borrowed it for the week. He took it out with him on Sunday and kept saying his wee friend’s name. I love this picture, it looks like he’s out window shopping like in sex and the city or something.

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