Saturday, 25 May 2013

Road Trip

Last weekend me and my man went a road trip up to the Scottish Highlands and Islands.  We were even lucky enough to have the sunshine for most of our trip which was a huge bonus because Scotland is the one of the most beautiful countries when the sun comes out.

We left Glasgow early Thursday morning, stopping off for a picnic at Eilean Donan Castle and by lunch time we had reached the Isle of Skye. We decided to stay in Portree for the night which is the biggest town on the Island and not far from where we had to take the ferry the next day.



Eilean Donan Castle

Portree Harbour



We stayed for 1 night in Skye before moving on to the next Island.  On the way to Uig the following morning, (to take the ferry to Harris) we stopped off in a little village called Dunvgan where I stubbled across a little cake shop called Jan's Cakes. This little shop sells the most amazing cakes and chocolates I have ever seen and of course with me being such a food pervert, I had to purchase a slice to take away and eat on journey. I bought a slice of belgium chocolate and banoffee pie for £4.99, yes that's right people £4.99 for a slice of cake but it was worth every penny!! Defo worth a visit if you ever visit the Island.

Jan's Cakes


We then took the boat from Uig to Tarbet (Isle of Harris). If you have heard of Harris them I am sure you will have heard of Harris Tweed.  The shop sits just off the ferry terminal so really easy to find when you arrive. From there we had a 50 minute drive to our 3rd and final Island, The Isle if Lewis.

We spent the rest of the weekend in Lewis visiting my oldest friend Claire who has recently bought a cottage and spent the last year doing it up. I love visiting Claire, she is also such a good host and staying with her is sometimes better than a hotel.


Boat from Uig to Tarbet

Room at Hotel Claire's

We spent the rest of the weekend exploring the Island, partying at Claire's and had BBQ on the beach. One of my favourite things about the Isle of Lewis is the beaches. They are miles long, so quiet and better than any beach I have ever been to while on holiday. In my view they are the best beaches in the world!

I really do love living in Scotland!

Exploring

Celebrating Claire's 30th

Stoll along the beach

Tolsta Beach

Best Beaches in the World

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Clinique Even Better Eyes

Over the past few years I have noticed I am started to get fines lines under my eyes.  I did invest in an under eye cream from Origins but have to say it doesn't really cut it. Up until now my favourite under eye product has been YSL's Touche Eclat but since trying Clinique's Even Better Eyes I'm totally converted. It does the job better than the origins eye cream and Touché Éclat put together. After only a week of using it I have noticed a difference already. My lines have faded and puffiness has disappeared.

It comes in a small tube with a silver tip that cools the under eye area as you apply which helps to reduce puffiness around the eyes. It also fills in fine lines and conceals the under eye area hiding dark circles. The price tag of £28 is pretty steep for the size of the product but the results are worth it.  If you don't want to take my word for it Even Better Eyes has won awards in Elle, Harpers Bazaar and In Style. What more can I say.

 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

In Bruges

A few weekends ago I spent a long weekend in Bruges.  If you have seen the film In Bruges, I think it totally sums it up. It's a beautiful city but not a lot to do, especially at night. Saying that I loved Bruges and would definitely go back some day. 

When I first looked into going to Bruges, I was slightly put off by the fact there was no direct flights however, when we arrived I was surprised at how easy it was to get to Bruges. We flew into Brussels International Airport and took a train from the Airport to Brussels Nord and from there a train to Bruges.  The journey only took an hour and a half and it was quite a nice journey passing through Brussels and Ghent on the way.  It cost 39 Euros for a return ticket from the Airport to Bruges which I thought was pretty reasonable.  When we arrived in Bruges the city centre was just a 10 minute walk from the station and easy to find.

Bruges is busy city in the day with bus loads of tourists but at night it really quietens down and not a lot goes on after 10 o'clock. But if you are a fan of eating chocolate or drinking beer you will be quite happy in Bruges. The streets are lined with café/bistros and chocolate shops. One thing I will say about Bruges, the food is pretty amazing. I started off every morning with a Belgium Waffle. 

If you are visiting Bruges anytime soon then I definitely recommend a visit to Bruges Brewery and a canal cruise, each costing around 7 euros.  One other good thing about Bruges, the train station has good links to nearby cities Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp. We took a day trip to Ghent which was well worth it. It took 23 minutes on the train and cost around 7 Euro for a return ticket. So that's 2 more cites knocked off my list. Hmm where to go next............