This and That #3

So, I had intended for my This and That posts to become a semi-regular series on the blog, but it has been about six months since the last one. And this one is only post number three, so I’m not doing very well overall.

But anyway, I’ve been really busy lately and have lots to tell you, so I thought it would be the perfect time to resurrect the series. And perhaps, you know, actually turn it into a regular thing. So here’s a chatty little post filling you in on what I’ve been up to over the last few months.

scottish bloggers collective

Scottish Bloggers Collective

Probably the biggest news of all, I’ve just launched a new project – the Scottish Bloggers Collective – along with help from the lovely Briony. Basically, it’s a community for Scottish bloggers. We’re organising events and workshops so bloggers (or people interested in starting a blog) can learn new skills, up their blogging game and meet lots of lovely new people.

Our first Edinburgh event sold out in just two days, which I still can’t quite believe. Fingers crossed it all runs smoothly next week! We’ve just announced the details of our first Glasgow event too, and I can’t wait to see how everything develops. If you’re interested in finding out more, sign up to our newsletter for all the details.

the ivy edinburgh

New restaurants & bars in Edinburgh

There have been lots of new bars and restaurants opening lately in Edinburgh, and I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few launch parties. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Hyde & Son inside the new Eden Locke aparthotel – SO Instagrammable! It has beautiful interiors and a lovely relaxed vibe, being more of a coffee shop during the day and a bar at night.
  • The Ivy on the Square – just as glitzy as you’d expect, we enjoyed champagne and canapés at a little pre-launch party last week. It’s now officially open, and I can’t wait to head back to try out the full menu soon.
  • Chameleon – a new venture from the Seasons team, Chameleon is a cocktail and tapas bar. It’s such a cool space and there’s really interesting food and cocktails on the menu (which changes regularly, hence the name Chameleon).
  • The Principal Charlotte Square – I’m actually heading along to the opening of this tomorrow evening, so I will report back soon! Previously the Roxburghe Hotel, The Principal looks very stylish – and I’ve heard rumours of a very pretty Garden Room & Bar which I will definitely be seeking out.
  • Vapiano – it doesn’t open until October, but I’m already looking forward to the opening party for Vapiano Edinburgh. If you want to find out more, have a read of my post 24 Hours in Stockholm with Vapiano.

not on the high street summer of surprise

Summer of Surprise

A couple of weeks ago, Owen and I headed along to the Botanic Gardens for an evening at the outdoor cinema. Not On The High Street invited us along as part of their #SummerofSurprise campaign, so we got to enjoy a mini hamper of handmade goodies whilst watching La La Land on the big screen. Sadly it was pouring rain (typical summer in Scotland…) which spoilt things a bit, but I’d definitely recommend checking out the Luna Cinema on a sunny day!

freelance work from home desk office

Feeling settled with freelance life

It’s coming up for two years since I started my freelance business, which is kind of insane. Last year I was still finding my feet and working out what I wanted to do, but this year I’m feeling much more settled. I’ve got the work-life balance figured out, I’m earning what I want to be earning, I’m working with great clients and I’m finally starting to feel confident at what I do. Freelance life isn’t for everyone, but I love it and could never imagine going back to a “regular” job now.

A small thing that’s made a big difference is getting my own desk. For the past year and a half I’ve just been working from my bedroom or the dining table which was fine, but not ideal. Laura moved out this summer and, rather than moving elsewhere myself, I decided to stay put and turn the spare bedroom into my office. Having a separate workspace is such a good thing – I feel much more organised, less inclined to procrastinate and it’s easier to switch off at the end of the day. I’m also super proud that I’m able to pay the rent on a two bedroom flat in the centre of Edinburgh (plus still have enough money to live off and save a little bit) all by myself with my freelance income. So to people who think it’s not a “real job” or is just a “hobby”, ummm, GOODBYEEEEEE.

Speaking of job stuff, my boyfriend Owen just got himself a new job and I’m so pleased for him. It’s been a long, horrible and gruelling job search but the end is in sight, and he starts the new position in a couple of weeks. He’s promised me a champagne and lobster dinner with his first paycheck, so I’ll be holding him to that…

scottish highlands

Mini holidays

I haven’t been on a proper holiday since Berlin in March, but I’ve managed a few long weekends recently. I went down to Bristol for Lauren’s hen do in August, have got a couple of weekend trips to Glasgow coming up, and I’m just back from a few days camping near Aviemore. My parents go up there every year, and I always try to fit in a visit to coincide with their stay. Owen and I spent the weekend camping, going for walks in the forest, having barbecues, going canoeing and spending lots of quality time with my parents’ dogs – which makes me even more desperate to get a puppy of our own.

Wedding time

Lauren is getting married in a few weeks and I can’t wait for the wedding. Laura, Louise and I have rented a cute little Airbnb to stay over the night before so we can all get ready together before the wedding. Only problem is, I don’t have a dress yet. I’ve got a couple in my wardrobe that I could wear, but I really want a new one. Ideally a midi dress with a vaguely ’50s shape, with sleeves, and not a pastel colour. You wouldn’t think that would be too hard to find, but nope. I’ve tried all the usual culprits (ASOS, Warehouse, New Look, Very, French Connection etc) but can’t find anything I like – any suggestions?!

What have you been up to lately?



Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Jo Thomas says:

    Re: the dress for the wedding – have you looked at – some of the designs (Lyra, Pheobe etc) have sleeves and some of the prints are awesome. I have one of the tea dresses and it looks fine without the petticoat, so they’re not mandatory for those styles!

    • Gillian says:

      Ooh thanks Jo, will have a little look!

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