Outfits: Off Duty Denim


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A couple of years ago, you would never have caught me dead in a pair of jeans. But these days I find my rather large collection of black skater dresses are somewhat neglected, and most of the time I opt for a pair of skinny jeans instead. So when George at Asda challenged me to wear their jeans for a whole weekend as part of the #OffDutyDenim campaign. I was tasked with dressing up and dressing down my new jeans to come up with a few different outfits to take me through the weekend. I picked the Wondersculpt High Waisted Skinny Jeans* which are really comfy and flattering, and are the perfect base for a range of different outfits.

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Outfit 1: Friday Evening
To kick things off, I chose a smart-casual look which would be perfect for after-work drinks on a Friday evening. Luckily my work is very casual when it comes to dress codes so jeans are my go-to workwear, but even if your office is a bit more dressy this outfit is definitely smart enough for a "casual Friday". The light blue Longline Shirt* is a classic piece which is smart but not too formal, so it's great for wearing to the pub or for going shopping or having lunch at the weekend. I've paired it with some brown Block Heel Ankle Boots*, also from George, and my trusty beige mac which I bought in New Look about 5 years ago. It's still going strong, although it's definitely long overdue for a dry clean! To finish it all off, I wore my mini tan satchel bag and Runaway Fox stag necklace, both of which are from Godiva.

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Outfit 2: Saturday Night
Night-out outfits are probably the one time I'm least likely to put on a pair of jeans, but when dressed up with the right accessories I think jeans can be perfect to wear out for dinner and cocktails. In this outfit, I've paired my Wondersculpt jeans with a bright coral Duster Jacket* from George. I think this coral colour looks so nice with the dark navy wash of the denim, so I've kept the theme going with my favourite navy top from French Connection and lots of gold accessories. I bought these Asos Summer Heels a couple of months ago to wear to Lynne's wedding and they turned out to be soooo comfy. Before I ordered them I was a bit worried they were too Strictly Come Dancing-esque, but they're actually really nice and I love them just as much with jeans as I do with a fancy dress. The Crystallized Necklace by Wolf & Moon was also purchased for that same wedding outfit, but I've worn it loads of times since then already. The striped clutch bag is from New Look and I really need to start using it more often as I love it but always seem to forget about it!

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Outfit 3: Sunday Afternoon
And finally, to round off the weekend, I've got a comfy, cosy, no-effort outfit for a Sunday afternoon. I wore this last weekend to go out for a late brunch and a wee wander round the park, and it was the perfect thing to throw on quickly before heading out. Along with my George jeans, I've worn a striped jumper which I got from Primark a couple of weeks ago. This is basically the perrrrrfect jumper and I went back to buy it in a couple more colours after I realised how good it was! It was only about £4.50 and it's super soft, is nice and slouchy but not too oversized, it's great for layering and, well, I just love it. For a lazy day outfit, I've worn my navy striped jumper and jeans with some old ballet flats from New Look, a deceptively spacious wee bag from Primark, a pair of Sheriff and Cherry sunglasses* and my favourite Kirsteen Stewart necklace.

What's your favourite way to wear denim at the weekend?

Gillian x

Edinburgh: Civerinos


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If you like Italian food and casual, street food style dining then there's only one place you need to know about in Edinburgh: Civerinos. Calling themselves a street food and pizza slice bar, Civerinos have taken all the elements of Italian food that we know and love and have updated things to make it a bit more laid back and modern. I visited Civerinos for the first time a couple of months ago and really enjoyed the food, so I was delighted when they invited me back to try out some more of the menu.

After perusing the menu, we decided to start off with some bruschetta and calamari to share. Forget everything you know about bruschetta, because this is the real deal. No soggy baguette slices topped with tinned tomatoes here! A thin and crispy focaccia flatbread is topped with a delicious fresh mix of tomatoes, basil, red onion, garlic and olive oil, served on a board with its own pizza slicer so you can divide it up and share easily. It's hard to choose a favourite dish, but this just might be my top pick from Civerinos as it's so simple but done really well. The calamari was also really good; nice and crispy with a garlic & parsley aioli for dipping.

Next up, we moved onto main courses and our eyes were definitely bigger than our bellies as we ordered a lot of food. Seriously, the portions here are very generous so I'd definitely recommend sharing a starter and maybe even a main course between two. Civerinos really encourage sharing your food and making it a sociable experience; the tables are big long communal ones with benches so you can all gather around, and food is served on boards and platters with a stack of paper plates so you can share it out however you like. We opted for the meat & cheese platter which came with a variety of spicy sausages, proscuitto ham, mozzarella, gorgonzola and goats cheese, as well as salad and focaccia bread with a rich tomatoey beef sugo sauce for dipping. I think the focaccia and sugo was actually my favourite part of the whole platter - will definitely need to try out some of the pastas with sugo on my next visit! We also shared a pepperoni pizza which was perfectly crispy with a nice thin sourdough base and gooey mozzarella and sliced Italian sausage topping. I'm not really a fan of thick, stodgy pizza bases so I love Civerinos pizzas. And I've just discovered they're available on Deliveroo so no more horrible takeaway pizza for me!

By the time we got to dessert, we were pretty much stuffed full but we managed to squeeze in another course for the purpose of a well-rounded review (well, that's what I'm telling myself anyway). A nearby table had ordered the Nutella calzone which looked and smelled amazing, but sadly we couldn't manage this and instead decided to opt for the slightly lighter Italian zeppole hot doughnuts with cinnamon sugar. Drizzled with a little bit of Nutella, these were delicious and the perfect end to the meal - a little bit like an Italian version of churros. Yum Yum Yum.

To celebrate their first birthday, Civerinos are launching some new dishes so keep your eyes peeled for them on the menu soon. If you're a fan of Italian food then I would definitely recommend paying them a visit!

Gillian x

Autumn Makeup Routine


So, I am rubbish at Youtube. I think I've done about four videos in the last year, but lately inspiration has struck and I'm going to attempt to be a bit more regular with my updates (well... maybe). Starting with a good ol' Autumn Makeup Routine featuring the obligatory dark burgundy lips. The lipstick is one of my absolute favourites from last year, and unfortunately for you it's a limited edition from Bobbi Brown's 2014 Christmas collection. Soz!

But everything else is standard makeup and features in my current daily makeup routine, including MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy which is my go-to lazy eye makeup when I can't be bothered with liquid liner cat flicks, and the combination of Benefit Gimme Brow and Anastasia Brow Wiz for brows on fleek.

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What's in your autumn makeup bag?

Gillian x