Eleanor Free Edinburgh Part 2 ! Featuring MORE Lindy Bop.

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Hi all!

Here’s the second half from my trip!

After going to bed on a full tummy and having a good relax, we decided to go down early for breakfast as we wanted to get some pool time in before we went out for the day. Breakfast was pretty good with a huge continental selection including pastries, cereals, meats, cheeses, salmon, fruit salad and tons more. There was also a hot buffet option serving a full scottish breakfast (including haggis and potato cakes) with the option to order eggs and egg dishes such as omelettes, eggs benedict and even pancakes. We both ordered pancakes and had pancakes, syrup and bacon which was lush. We went for our swim after breakfast and then back to the room to get ready for the day.

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I decided to wear my new skirt from Lindy Bop.  It’s the first time I’ve bought anything that wasn’t a dress from them and so I wasn’t sure how the fit would be. The skirt is small sizing and on the long size for my body but it still fit. I wore it with my ASOS Curve origami collar, my Collectif cardigan, soft pink suede loafers and my Banned Apparel flamingo bag. We drove from the hotel to a large parking lot which offered a good deal on 24 hour parking. We’d been stung with a parking ticket thanks to bad directions of where to park by the hotel and decided to move. From the car park we got on the bus to the main strip – it only took us five minutes and was super easy. We got off the bus outside the Doc Marten shop which is exactly where I wanted to go.

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My mum had given me some Christmas money and told me to put it towards a pair of Doc Martens which I happily did after deciding on a pair. I went for a pair of t-bar shiny shoes which I can wear with cute socks.

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Although I was shopping for myself, I couldn’t resist when I saw baby doc’s in the sale. We then decided to get a pair for Eleanor and decided on a pair of velvet boots with patent leather toes – I can’t wait for her to be able to fit into them.

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Next up we went for a walk around the streets having a look around and taking in the sights. We were overwhelmed by how beautiful The Dome is and just had to go inside for drinks.

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I was mesmerised by the chandelier in the bar.

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Our drinks!

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We left The Dome and had another good walk around and checked out another Christmas Market where we bought a ridiculous amount of flavoured fudge. By this time we were peckish but didn’t want a huge “proper” meal. We popped into a noodle bar for a bite to eat and were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. For £3.50, you got two toppings and a box full of noodles.

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I can’t remember what toppings I got, but they were really delicious. Princes Street Mall had a whole food court and honestly we were spoilt for choice. They had like mcdonalds, burger king, KFC, Subway, Greggs, Sushi, Pizza – the list goes on. I’m so glad we went for the noodles as like I said, they were super tasty.

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Walking out of Princes Street Mall we came to to Waverley Bridge which was full of open top tour busses. We had said we fancied going on one and climbed aboard. The tickets were £14 each which included unlimited travel on that bus which I thought was a bit steep although the tour was good. I was in love with the streetlamps with crowns on top outside the palace. After a long time on our bus tour we arrived back at Edinburgh Waverley Bridge and decided to pop into the markets. It was getting cold by this point and so we warmed ourselves with a hot gin toddy and a hot pimms toddy. We bought chocolate covered almonds which tasted like the white ferrero rochers and adam got caramelised cashews which he always gets from Christmas markets and absolutely loves.  We had a wander round but it seemed to be the same things on most stalls so we didn’t spend a ton of time in there. By this time of night (about 6ish) it was getting super busy and it was hard to walk up the streets so we jumped on a bus back to where the car was parked as it was on a complex with lots of restaurants called the Omni Centre. Adam wanted to go to a place called Tony Macaroni so we went and it was okay. We had raspberry and mango daiquiri’s with our meal which made it better but I bit into something hard in my burger which really hurt my tooth – the manager kindly comped my whole meal which was kind of him but I was still left a bit sore. Adam had a hotdog and enjoyed it so at least he was happy! We decided to leave the car at the omni centre as it was cheaper than moving it to the hotel and we didn’t want to risk another fine. After popping to tesco for drinks and snacks, we returned to the room where we relaxed for half an hour before heading for another swim. The pool was open pretty late and we were the only people in there so we stayed in there for quite a while just chatting. We headed back to the room and packed up ready for the morning and had an early-ish night watching TV on my laptop.

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The next morning was beautiful and it was sad to leave. From our room you could see all the way to the water and it was stunning.

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I soon got dressed in my lovely new Grace dress from Lindy Bop (which is big in sizing) and added a plain green cardigan from eBay.

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Me and my love on our way to breakfast.

Breakfast was exactly the same as the day before so we mixed it up ordering different bits from the menu.

We departed not long after breakfast as we wanted to get back for Eleanor. As much as we loved our time alone, it just felt a little weird not seeing her little face for three days and I missed her very much.

We loved Edinburgh again this time but IF we end up doing another post Christmas trip I think we’ll try somewhere different and probably take little bear with us!

Hannah x

Eleanor Free Edinburgh Part 1 – Featuring Lindy Bop & So Fabulous.

Hi all!

For Christmas this year, my mum decided to send me and Adam away for a mini break – WITHOUT baby. We thought it over and decided that we wanted to head back to Edinburgh between Christmas and New Year whilst Adam was still off. We found a great deal online on superbreak and my mum got it booked up. We decided on The Crowne Plaza hotel for two nights which included breakfast and dinner on one night and was ideally located to easily access the main strip of shops and Christmas Markets. The hotel also boasted great leisure facilities with its own private heated pool in the basement, gym equipment and steam room. This was going to be our first trip away since having Eleanor and seeing as we weren’t taking her, I was feeling very apprehensive and nervous even though I knew she would be in perfectly safe hands with my mum and then brother Shaun and his lovely new fiancee Anna. I packed my case full of lovely new clothes I’d received for Christmas, dropped off the bubba and we took the beautiful coastal road up to Edinburgh whilst singing loads of car karaoke.

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To travel in I wore my Lindy Bop Daria dress. This dress is quite stretchy and comfy and so was lovely to wear in the car. I popped on a cardigan that I had customised myself with patches and I was ready to go.

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The hotel was on an old cobbled road full of grand old buildings.

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It was an almost blink and you’ll miss it place with small signage..

When we arrived we decided to go for a swim as we couldn’t get booked in to dinner till quite late. This didn’t bother us as we got to have a nice long swim/mess around in the pool and then some time just hanging out in the room which was lovely (well the second one we went in was!)

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Seeing as I had plenty of time to get ready, I thought I’d try out my new lashes from All Dolled Up. I have tiny eyes and struggle to find lashes that fit well but these fit my eyes perfect and weren’t overly long.

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I also tried a new shade of lipstick. I’ve never really been into a nude lip but I tried a new one out which I got from ebay for about 99p and both me and Adam loved the shade on me.

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I wore my new dress from So Fabulous for dinner. I had spied this at The Curve fashion festival and they kindly gifted me one once it came online (here). I wasn’t sure of it when I first tried it on as I’d just had a baby and my stomach was very saggy but I tried it again after 2 months and really liked it on. This dress is unlike anything I would usually wear as I’m not usually into VBO but I didn’t mind it in this dress. The dress is a lovely length below the knee and it has a small slit either side which makes it easier to walk in.

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The only downside to this dress is that it absolutely sheds glitter. I found glitter everywhere all week after wearing this dress once. I even found it on my child.

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Regardless – it’s a beautiful dress and I felt pretty special wearing it. Here we are in the lift ready for our dinner in the hotels restaurant.

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The menu was pretty limited and there wasn’t much I fancied to eat. I figured as I was in Scotland that I would go for Haggis, Neeps & Tatties with whiskey sauce. It was cooked beautifully and I really enjoyed it.

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Adam went for the pork terrine with plum chutney and really enjoyed it.

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For main we both got the steak with peppercorn sauce. This was also beautifully cooked….when they finally got my order right!

We rolled back up to the room to have a drink and a relax there. Our dinner was at nine so by the time it was finished it was well past ten – very late for two new parents.

Our first night was lovely yet strange to be on our own. We had our drinks and got a good rest ready to head into Edinburgh centre the next day!

I’ll be writing about the next day in another part as I don’t want my posts to be super long, so keep your eye our for part 2 and more outfits!

Hannah x

Family Festivities. Christmas day featuring Lindy Bop & Vintageous Rags!

Hi all!

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas. I think mine was my best one ever! It was so full of family and love, I had the best day ever! For me, the day wasn’t about the gifts I was going to receive, but about spending the time with my family and celebrating the fact that my little bear Eleanor was here with us.

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Eleanor of course was dressed for the occasion as the cutest Mrs Clause in the land!

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I went for a lovely strappy floral dress I got for Christmas from Lindy bop and paired it with my huge, bright cardi from Vintageous Rags. Adam was wearing his new clothes too, a pair of dark grey vintage style jeans and a classic rollneck sweater which I had bought him for Christmas.

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Father Christmas!

Eleanor was absolutely spoilt by both families and it was so lovely to see everybody really loving her and enjoying spending time with her. Adam’s mum bought her this adorable little vest..

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it’s pretty self explanatory and I love it!

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She also got tons of bibs including this cute first christmas one.

Considering that it was such a busy day, we had such a blast. We woke up early and had a lovely chilled breakfast together and unwrapped presents from each other, then headed over to Adam’s mum’s where we spend around 2 hours unwrapping all our presents from each other. There was a ton!

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Auntie Sara bought Eleanor some elmo slippers and so they stayed on!

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After presents, we sat around and watched Frozen whilst Adam’s mum sorted the dinner. She was on the ball and had it all prepared which made the day go even more smoothly.

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She even had the table pre-decorated beautifully with little extra gifts for everybody!

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We decided to get a lovely family photo together. Thank gosh for timer!

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However, we spent so long taking pictures that the parsnips/potatoes were a little on the crispy side. OOPS.

After dinner and a good relax, we headed over to see my cousin and her two little girls who I bought matching frozen nighties for (which they looked adorable in!).

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Sadie was so happy to meet Eleanor and proceeded to decorate her with stickers and tell me how much she liked my baby bless her. She was so sweet with her, even cuddling her when she cried.

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From here, we headed to mums where I partied until around half 4 in the morning on firewhiskey and tried to get the hang of my new selfie stick. I didn’t get very far with it…

So that was my Christmas day! Definitely the best Christmas I’ve ever had – thanks to Eleanor for bringing us all together. I can’t wait for next Christmas when she’s walking about and playing and actually enjoying the day – it’s going to be fun!

Hannah x

A few thoughts about Christmas.

Oh Christmas time…

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So many people are caught up in buying the perfect present this season or making sure they’ve “bought enough” to keep their families happy. You see kids and teenagers on twitter come Christmas Day complaining that they didn’t get X, Y, Z gifts and that their iphone 6 isn’t a 6s etc. When did we get so materialistic?

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I love presents as much as the next person but for me Christmas isn’t about what you do and don’t receive, it’s about seeing those people you don’t see every day, like your brother who lives in London who you’ve been aching to see for months, or your best friend who’s away in Dundee, smashing it at University. It’s about doing little things for each other to spread good will and cheer. It’s about charity and helping out our fellow man. It’s about watching your families face light up when they meet the newest member and spending hours passing her round – proud as punch to of met her. It’s about your uncle getting home in time for Christmas.

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Its about spending time together putting up decorations and playing buck-a-roo with the tree, trying to get just one more decoration on. It’s about happily remembering those who couldn’t be here and the old traditions you used to take part in – and the new ones you’ve adopted instead.

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But mostly – Christmas is about spending it with those you love, family or not, and basically just being a decent human being to each other.

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Merry Christmas. I can’t wait to spend the next two weeks spending it with the most wonderful people that I have the pleasure and privilege to call my friends and family.

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(The best gift I’ve received this year)

Hospital Survival Guide – How to make Hospital more comfortable.

Hi all!

When I was scheduled to have a c-section to deliver Eleanor, due to having high blood pressure and some protein in my urine on  during a routine appointment, they decided to keep me in until the day she came. Thankfully, I was prepared in advance and already had my birthing bags ready to come in for surgery so that made life a lot easier for me. I absolutely hate being in hospital. It’s uncomfortable, there’s not a lot of privacy and it tends to be boiling hot and clammy. Also – I really hate being on my own and find it so isolating being in the ward and having to wait for visiting hours. So, over the last few months I’ve figured out my essentials and found out that having certain things with me can really make a difference to my mood and really perk me up!

Pre-packed bag.

I definitely recommend having an emergency bag packed for the hospital if you are prone to visits or know you need to come in in the near future – it takes the stress off and you can make sure you have exactly what you want/need.  Inside my bags I have –

Toiletries

To me, there’s nothing worse than being unclean, clammy or sweaty. I tend to combat this by having a few key pieces ready packed such as

  • Shampoo/Conditioner. I keep a cheap bottle of each in my bag – nothing I’ll miss in my usual bath-time routine.
  •  A small tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush.
  • At Least one flannel. I like one for showering/bathing with and one to keep to dab myself down with cool water when I get overheated -which is very often!
  • Shower gel/soap. Again, don’t take all your best stuff.
  • A clean towel. Hospital do provide them, but they’re stiff and about the size of a postage stamp.
  • Wipes. Always handy to have but more-so in hospital as sitting around can get quite sticky and uncomfortable. They’re also good for cleaning desks etc.

Other items to take

  • Phone charger. The phone/TV packages in hospital are so expensive and can really add up if you are in there for a few days/a week. Plus if you’re like me and take a tablet/laptop with you to watch TV on (again the TV packages are expensive and some rooms didn’t even have one) you can sometimes use your phone as a wireless router/hotspot and so keeping it charged is important.
  • Drinks and snacks. Hospital will offer you tea/coffee, water, milk or tiny juice cartons so its a good idea to take along your own squash to add to water or juice/soda as buying from the shops is pretty expensive.  Also taking little snacks like breakfast bars etc is a good idea as if you’re like me – they often forget to actually bring your meals or what they do bring isn’t particularly that great.
  • Desk fan.These aren’t allowed in some hospitals/wards due to infection control, however being in hospital heavily pregnant through summer trying to sleep on those plastic beds which get boiling hot is unbearable. Thankfully I tended to have my own rooms and so I was fine to have one. I literally had it on morning, noon and night because the wards were so clammy.
    • Finally, family/friends. Try to make a schedule for people to visit. It can be draining/overwhelming having too many people at once (I know it was for me at times after my birth) and you really need to look after your wellbeing when recovering in hospital. Try to keep people in the timed slots and try to arrange to go out into the hospital (you can go in a chair if needs be) to get you out of the room and give you something to look forwards to. When I was In the last few times, I really looked forwards to my partner and my mum coming as both would wheel me out for fresh air/to the cafe so I could “escape” from the room. It really made a big difference to my mood and helped to pass the time.

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(On one of our room escapes!)

So those are my tips! If you’re unfortunate enough to need a stay in Hospital, hopefully these will give you some ideas on how to stay as comfortable and happy as possible!

Hannah x