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Edinburgh's Best Sunday Roast at Kyloe Steak Restaurant

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Like most Brits, one of my favourite ever meals has got to be the roast dinner. I mean a proper roast dinner as well, not like some pretend version with steamed vegetables or only two side dishes going. I was totally spoiled as a kid because my dad's roast dinners are pretty much the best going and we had them almost every weekend, so I think I became a little spoilt. 

Not much can beat a fantastic home cooked roast, but now Sean and I live on our own we don't tend to go to the effort of cooking one for ourselves that often as it's such a lot of work for two people and we don't want to half-arse it! So instead we resign ourselves to waiting eagerly for invites from Sean's parents to head round on a Sunday, or the rare occasions we treat ourselves to lunch out.

HOWEVER, not all restaurant roast dinners are created equally. I'm sure you know the drill - maybe the gravy is too watery, the meat has too much gristle or maybe they've decided to just serve fondant potatoes instead of roast potatoes because they're trying to be 'hip'...NO. I want a roast the way it was intended to be, thanks very much.

Luckily, I was invited to try out the roast dinner at Kyloe recently and now I will never need to look elsewhere again. It was phenomenal you guys - really, I'm sad looking through these photos now knowing that I don't have a roast dinner like that waiting for me at this very moment.

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The Restaurant

Kyloe itself is known for being a pretty darn swanky steak restaurant - it gets great reviews for exactly that, and the service and environment match the great Trip Advisor score. As I was escorted to my table I was already giddy with excitement over the fact that each table had its own individual wall coat hooks (is this a common thing? it should be!) and sitting by the window with the view down Princes Street was a dream. 

The decor is quite similar to Gaucho if you've ever been - lots of wood and trendy cowhide, maybe predictable for a steak place but it's a good kind of predictable - it feels like a cool place to spend a few hours.

The Sunday Roast Experience*

Kyloe calls the Sunday roast it offers an experience and cor blimey, they are not wrong. Officially the best roast dinner in Scotland of 2016, you can opt to serve 2, 4 or 6 people family style - £25 per person for the group options or £65 for two of you (you're getting a roast fillet of beef to share after all). 

The aim is to provide a 'home' roast dinner experience in a restaurant environment and that's exactly what you get - and exactly what you want. 

The Food

No slices of beef sitting out on a warm plate for ten minutes in this place, no way! Instead your delicious hunk o' meat is brought out to your table and carved and served right in front of you (and it's the dreamiest amount of rare - perfectly cooked!) 

Family style sides are dished out onto the table so you help yourself to duck fat roasted potatoes, pan gravy, roasted organic root vegetables, creamed cabbage and horseradish cream. When I say help yourself I mean help yourself - I took Sean along as well as his dad and step-mum and Sean can put it away, but we still had huge spoonfuls of everything left once everyone had served up their ideal portions! 

The biggest compliment when out for food is that there is blissful silence at the table and, trust me, we did not talk for about twenty minutes other than to say things along the lines of "Oh my gawwwwd this is so delicious!" and "best roast dinner I've had in ages!" You can really tell that Kyloe is a steak restaurant - they know their beef and it is good beef. Like, really good.

The Sunday roast 'experience' doesn't miss a trick, which means that those of you who would always clear your plate and still have room for a nice stodgy pudding made by your mum, grandma (or possibly just the supermarket in town) won't be disappointed! Each roast dinner is followed up with a traditionally British pud to share and we were delighted when a steaming fruit crumble and scoops of ice-cream were brought out to us at the end of our meal. 

I'm not always a crumble fan as sometimes it reminds me a little too much of horrendous primary school dinners back in the day, but this one was a revelation - the fruit filling was tart and sweet and hot (like me, wink wink) and the crumble on top was buttery and crunchy and delicious. Plus proper vanilla ice-cream - what more could a gal want on a Sunday afternoon?

Would I go again?

You bet! I've always had Kyloe down as a pretty pricy dinner option for special occasions only, but the Sunday roast is £25 each for a HUGE portion of DELICIOUS food and that is more than reasonable as far as I'm concerned! 

If you want an avant-garde Heston style take on a roast dinner this isn't one for you, but if you're like me and you just really want a delicious, fantastic quality, home style roast dinner with your nearest and dearest, you need to hit Kyloe up. ASAP. 

*We were invited to enjoy a complimentary dinner at Kyloe to review the Sunday Roast experience, but all opinions, photos and mouthwatering is my own!
  • A Wedding Guest Outfit for Under £60 from Boohoo

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    What to wear to a summer wedding?

    Wedding season is here! With wedding season, comes the inevitable decision that absolutely nothing that already exists in your wardrobe will work for the day, even if you own more occasion dresses than you do basic jeans and t-shirts (guilty as charged, I'm not even sorry). 

    Of course, this year my wedding attendee outfit is pretty set, as I will be the bride and therefore I'm KINDA obligated to buy a new dress, but more and more of my friends are getting engaged at the moment so I have a feeling I'll be attending weddings all over the place over the next year or so. And that means EVEN MORE DRESSES.

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    wedding guest outfit from boohoo

    However, annoyingly, weddings of your pals tends to happen in that period of your life where you're actually pretty skint. Whether you're saving for a deposit or just bought a house, you're interning for pennies to get your dream job or you're preparing to quit your job to go travelling for a year, chances are you're not exactly rolling in it.

    If that is the case - mate, I feel you. I'd love to pretend I'm the kind of person who pops into Ted Baker or Hobbs for a head to toe look but that's just not the case. If your outfit costs £250, that's £250 that you can't spend on Deliveroo on a Friday night or train tickets home to visit your parents, am I right? 

    Luckily, I can tell you that if you head over to Boohoo right now, you can snap up a dress, a fab new pair of summer shoes and some accessories to go with it for less than you'd usually pay for a haircut. (Is £60 the going rate for a haircut? I haven't had mine cut since 2015, so not the best person to judge...) 

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    The garden party wedding look - for under £60:

    1. The Dress* - isn't this dress cute? I love the bright colour, and the lace detail. Spoiler alert, it's actually supposed to have little off the shoulder sleeves, but they fit really weirdly on me so I cut them off. Such a nice look for a summery outdoors wedding - plus the colour blends in really well with any accidental sunburn you might have got (oops!) While cut-out or sheer details would usually be a little bit risky for a wedding, I think it's subtle enough on this dress that you can get away with it - unless you're heading somewhere super formal. 

    2. The Shoes* - let's be honest, stiletto heels at a wedding are a nightmare, more so if you have to be outside in a grassy area at any point whatsoever during the day. Nothing takes away the glamour of a look more than unsteadily tottering through a field, shaking bits of dirt from the heel that inevitable sank into a soft spot. I had to climb a super steep gravel path up to our B&B after shooting these photos, so I can officially say that these sandals are comfy AND practical, as well as being totally gorgeous. 

    3. The Earrings* - the waitress at dinner the other night told me she loved these earrings, and I took great joy in saying that they were less than a tenner from Boohoo. They're statement earrings, but in an elegant way - and they're still plain enough that you can pair them with any outfit. I think these earrings would look amazing with a summery up-do as well, now I just have to figure out how to do one...

    4. The Sunglasses - these rose gold beauties are from Primark and I am OBSESSED. I've been wearing them pretty much non stop over the last couple of days, and whilst sunglasses might not be typical wedding attire, I'd say they're a necessity for a summer wedding if you're going to be spending any length of time outside. Opt for a metallic pair like these and they're basically just another piece of jewellery...for your eyes. 

    5. The Bag - this cute lil sequin clutch bag was a gift a few years back and is from Anthropologie - as far as I'm concerned, all you need at a wedding is cash or a card for the bar, a lipstick and maybe some powder or some blotting sheets, your phone and I guess your house or hotel keys so you can find your bed after an entire bottle of prosecco...
  • My Updated Skincare Routine (For Eczema Prone Skin)

    Skincare for sensitive and eczema prone skin

    So, as I covered in my latest overview of the makeup I've been reaching for recently, my skin has pretty much decided to have a hissy fit whenever I use anything that it even slightly doesn't like - and I can tell you, that made it PRETTY difficult to find an eye-makeup remover and cleanser for a while...I even tried pure coconut oil and had an allergic reaction, how is that even possible, face?!

    HOWEVER! I have, after a very long period of trial and error, lots of Googling of what other people used, and some leaps of faith, come across a basic skincare routine that has totally transformed my face. Not in some magical way, I still look exactly the same, but my skin is no longer basically melting off. What a lovely image eh?

    So, if you're interested, join me and take a peek inside my current wash bag...

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter

    This cleansing butter is a SUPERSTAR when it comes to taking off makeup - you only need a tiny amount and it just melts into the skin, and I have to say, it's very satisfying when you've got a load of eyeliner and mascara on and you just watch it smear all over your face on the first go! It's suitable for sensitive skin and the camomile extract is from Norfolk, which is nice to know! It is obviously an oily type cleanser (so technical innit) so you wanna wash it off with a nice hot flannel or muslin cloth, but it doesn't leave a residue behind - just a squeaky clean soft face! My only little niggle is that the tin is a bitch to open when you've got wet hands, but you can't have everything, can you.

    ishga Active Cleansing Lotion

    I discovered ishga when I was at the Auchrannie ASPA in January and decided to buy a couple of products because I liked that it uses Scottish ingredients - ishga is derived from the Gaelic word for water and the products use Hebridean seaweed and spring water to create fantastic products that are ideal for all skin types.

    I use the cleansing lotion in the mornings and after using the Body Shop cleansing butter to take off my makeup at night and I love it - it feels super light on the skin and leaves my whole face feeling really hydrated and soothed. The scent to ishga products is best described as 'natural' - it's not offensive, but if you're into super sweet smells it won't be for you. I like the fact that you can tell it's not been pumped with perfumes though!

    ishga Exfoliating Face Mask

    The face mask isn't one that I use too often - maybe once a week, but it's great for a Sunday pamper session! The exfoliating effect comes from fine seaweed grains and it leaves my face feeling really revitalised, especially after a long week.

    Skinade Collagen Drink*

    So, I was a little sceptical about this when I was initially approached to try out a 30 day trial of Skinade, which is a (surprisingly tasty) peach flavoured daily collagen drink that works from the inside out, increasing collagen in the bloodstream and improving skin tone, texture, suppleness and hydration (among other benefits).

    However, I was convinced to give it a try by the comment that it was known to help eczema sufferers, as at the time I was having a little flare up on my lower back and thighs that just would not shift - but it wasn't bad enough for me to justify using my steroid cream on it.

    I will put a little disclaimer in here - I ended up taking new medication in the middle of the trial that made me feel really nauseous so I had to miss a day or two here and there before picking it up again, but I feel like I got a pretty good idea of the effects to share with you .

    So, I don't think my fine lines and wrinkles were prominent enough to start with for me to comment on the improved appearance of those, but my eczema definitely noticeably cleared up whilst I was doing the trial and I haven't experienced any further issues on my problem areas like under my eyes and behind my knees.

    I've also noticed a big change in my hair which wasn't expected but is very welcome! Sean commented that it seemed much shinier, and I've had a number of people asking me if I've been trying new treatments. It's been much less knotty and seems to have grown quite a bit more than it usually would have as well - bonus!

    Skinade costs £105 for a 30 day supply, so it's a little out of my budget for consistent use right now, but it's definitely going to be something I bear in mind for any major eczema flare ups in the future - and I think I'll probably invest in a supply the month before my wedding to enjoy all the beauty benefits!

    Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion 

    Is it possible to have an eczema skincare round up without mentioning Aveeno moisturiser? I don't think so! I actually originally got this on prescription from my doctor, and it's worked so much better for me than some of the more expensive options I've tried. It's fragrance free which is very important when you have sensitive skin, and it really is just great for sorting out dry skin and keeping it hydrated. It doesn't tend to help if I'm in the middle of a full blown flare up, but if I can feel one coming on I smother myself in this and it holds it at bay!

    The Chase and Wonder Wash Bag*

    Okay, you got me, the wash bag doesn't actually have anything to do with helping with eczema. It's bloody cute though, isn't it? Chase and Wonder are an independent British stationery and gift brand based in the English countryside. Wherever possible they use traditional techniques to print and produce their products, like my wash bag, which is hand screen printed. 

    It's the perfect size for storing all my beauty bits and pieces - and it looks amazing on my dressing table, so you'll be glad to hear that there's an opportunity for you to win one for yourself! Simply follow the steps outlined in the Rafflecopter widget below (UK entrants only I'm afraid on this one) good luck!

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