Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Edinburgh Secret Society

Shhhhh. The Edinburgh Secret Society are back, and have just announced that they have two secret (and, amazingly, free!) events coming up...

The Edinburgh Secret Society organise events for those of a curious disposition. They pop up every now and again in some of Edinburgh's quirkiest and unusual venues, and host nights that can be verbal, theatrical and experimental - all designed to inform, entertain and bewilder. Audiences are sworn not to reveal a single detail about the evening, but I can promise you that it's super fun, definitely worth getting a ticket for, and not quite as intensely weird as it might appear.

The first, on July 15th, is EXPERMENTAL - a preview of Richard Wiseman's new Fringe show. It promises to be a show like no other, because it doesn't have a performer... and you'll be taken through a series of psychological experiements to make you laugh, gasp and scream. I'm not sure what that means really, but Richard Wiseman is always excellent and very, very worth seeing.

The second, on July 16th, will be a preview of Peter Lamont's new show, THINKING OUTSIDE THE BRAIN (I'm spotting a previewy theme here). It promises to let you "actually get to think outside your brain" which makes no sense to me, but it's the Secret Society! It's going to be a bit weird, but it'll be bloody good too, and that's what's important.

As these are preview nights (and because the ESS are dead nice), the events are free - you pay £5 to buy a ticket, and you'll be given your £5 back on arrival. Tickets are onsale here at 10am on Friday 11th July (that's tomorrow!) and you'll need to be quick - the last event sold out in THREE minutes.
Monday, 7 July 2014

Fruity wishlist

My work recently moved offices, placing me about five minutes away from a big shopping centre - super handy if I need to grab something from the shops quickly, but not so good if I'm trying to save money!

Anyway, I was walking past New Look, trying to avoid actually going in, when I saw the cutest watermelon clutch bag in the window. They didn't have it in stock, so I tracked it down online, realised it had been out for AGES (I am so late to the party), and discovered that there was a whole world of fruity goodness out there.

So, this is an excuse to gather up all of the super-cute, probably-shouldn't-be-worn-at-the-same-time, fruity things that you can buy right now. I want them all!

Top row

Middle row

Bottom row

Thursday, 3 July 2014

June instagram

Summer seems to be here, hooray! Here's what I got up to in a (surprisingly) sunny June.

Instagram username: eversojuliet
1. I only started eating fish last year (because I was a massive wimp before), so it's really exciting getting to try out new things. Sushi is my new favourite thing - food that looks pretty and tastes amazing is the very best thing.

2. We moved into our new work offices, which means we've started pulling out all the fun things that the Science Festival has in storage, to decorate our space. This is an anatomical heart map of Edinburgh that Joshua designed (ain't he clever).

3. I met up with my lovely pal Muzzy, for a night of sunshiney pints. Muzz had just discovered snapchat... which meant we sent the most ridiculous photos all night. Sorry pals!

4. After years of owning a bike and not really using it, I have totally embraced cycling and I am loving sunny bike rides (I've changed). It means I'm getting to see new parts of Edinburgh too, like this lovely spot.

5. I was invited to Ishi to try out some festival hairstyles, and it was a total treat to sit and get my hair played with for an afternoon. This was one of my favourite styles - my hair is braided really tightly at the back. I will post proper photos from that day very soon!

6. The ever-brilliant Edinburgh International Book Festival launched their programme, and it looks like a pretty good year! I am the luckiest of pups and managed to get George R.R. Martin tickets (!) as well as tickets to Patrick Ness & Charlie Adlard.

7. One of my favourite parties in the summer is The List's Midsummer Party (aka the pig party!). It's all about eating roast pork, drinking gin, and standing in a beautiful sunshiney courtyard. Lovely, lovely stuff.

8. I took a couple of days off this month for a bit of at-home adventuring, and was so lucky to get totally glorious weather! We went on a trip to the beach for a bit of cycling (told you, I love my bike), tree climbing, paddling, picnicing, and lazy sunshine book reading. SO GOOD.

9. Then the next day was long, lazy breakfasts, followed by Botanical Garden exploring, and barbecues. Summer is off to an excellent start.

10. This is my adventure partner-in-crime. I have recently discovered that he is one of four people in the world who actually like Aperol Spritz, but other than that, he's all sorts of good.

11. I'm still obsessed with plants (it will never end) and have recently branched out into carnivorous ones. Turns out, it is WEIRDLY TERRIFYING to repot a venus fly trap. They move! They try to bite you! Ahhhhh.

12. I've also remembered that painting is fun. Pretty pleased with my cat, not so much with my hand. Still, practice makes perfect!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Dean Jones Hairdressing, Edinburgh

Recently I was invited along to Dean Jones Hairdressing, a new Edinburgh hairdresser, to get my hair chopped and try out their salon. Dean Jones is based on Elm Row, which is a lovely leafy street (just off Leith Walk, but tucked back from the busy main road). The salon is a super peaceful spot in a beautiful building, with huge windows, and light bulbs that I seriously want to steal.

Dean Jones Hairdressing: 3A Elm Row, Edinburgh
It was a super sunny day when I headed out for my appointment, so I was dressed for summer and COMPLETELY unprepared for the downpour of rain that soaked me when I was only half way there! I sheepishly limped in, soggy and dripping all over the place (and looking, once again, like the world's scruffiest person), but the staff were all lovely and helped towel-dry me off. Bless them!

I had a chat with Dean who was really inspiring. He's wanted to own a salon on Elm Row for years, and it seems like he actually can't believe his luck. We chatted for a while about my hair and what I wanted to do, and it was really good. I recently changed my hair, so I wasn't looking to do anything too drastic, but he (gently) steered me away from my impromptu decision to get an undercut (which in retrospect, definitely needs more than 10 seconds of thought), and suggested some layers to shape the hair around my face instead.

It only took about an hour to go from a drowned rat to a silky haired happy person. Dean explained all the products he was using on my hair as he did it (not that I can remember the names now, but it is useful to see what a proper haircare routine would be!).

Good things also included a PROPER head massage that felt like it went on for ages (I'm always a bit disappointed when I don't get to doze while getting my head rubbed at the hairdressers!); chat that wasn't your usual "got any plans for the weekend?... got any holidays coming up?" nonsense; products for sale, but no heavy sales chat about buying them; a little discount card for repeat bookings; and just a lovely, friendly atmosphere that really put me at ease.

Prices start at £25 for a blow dry, £40 for a cut and finish, or £45 for colour. The salon is open Tuesday - Saturday, and stays open late on Thursday evenings.

You can book appointments by calling 0131 558 7777 or by emailing You can also keep in touch with them on facebook or twitter!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Outfit: hello hat!

I haven't really worked out the best place in my flat to take outfit photos (and I'm very aware that I should probably stop thinking of it as my "new" flat as I've been there for almost six months!), but I am pretty into this outfit, and wanted to share.

Dress - Primark
Blazer - Urban Outfitters
Boots - ASOS
Hat - Camden Market 

I'm a big fan of cosy hats in Autumn & Winter, but always tend to be a bit of a wimp about wearing them in summer. I imagine glamorous models strolling around Paris in wide-brimmed hats and pretty dresses (or see the likes of What Olivia Did or WishWishWish doing exactly that) and get a bit intimidated. I don't look like they do (and I definitely can't pose like they can!). I'm just a wee former-scruff who has aspirations of dressing well, but frequently lacks the time/effort/funds to do so.

When I was last in London I was blethering about this to my best girl Steph, who promptly curled my hair, put a hat on my hand, and announced we were going out hat shopping. (This is said hat, which she also gifted to me. She's a good one, she is). So we went and tried loads on! And under the super Cockney eye of a London stallholder, I found this beaut.

So now I'm a hat owner! And, okay, I am perfectly aware that hats are just a NORMAL and fairly boring accessory that loads of people own and wear. But it feels like I've made another wee step into being braver in what I wear. Picking things because I really want to, without comparing myself to others, or feeling a bit shy about it. And that's why you're all being subjected to this grainy instagram snap. Buy a hat.Take your own posey photo. But mainly, have fun with what you wear and why you do it!