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Dundee Delights: Lily and Stone


Dundee Delights is a series I've been wanting to get on the go for a while now. Dundee is not the most glamours or metropolitain of places (though admittedly Scotland as an entirity doesn't have that image either) but inbetween the Cash-Converters and Tesco Metros lie a few golden gems. 

The first one I'm going to talk about today is the cafe Lily & Stone just opposite the Overgate shopping centre.


My main course, dessert and my own bought wine!

I eat here just last night for a private meal for everyone in my university dance team. It's a small place so it was just one long table set up for the evening. The place has a very casual atmopshere and a book shelf with magazines in the corner. The meal was already set out with chilli for most and Tuscan Bean Stew for the veggies, like myself. For dessert it was a brownie which tasted like chocolate orange and was one of the best foods I have put in my mouth for a while, along with some cream. Before dinner there was bread on the table and throughout garlic bread was served. All this was £6 which was amazing value! They also allowed us to bring our own booze but had to be drinks that were already mixed which I imagine had a lot to do with licensing laws.

I did look across at the menu on the wall and it was very 'cafe'-esque food with paninis, baguettes and salads. I spotted some vegetarian options on the menu that were just as interesting as their meat companions. Admittedly not loads of options but at least enough that you would find something. Though on inspection on their site if you're vegan you're limited to not much above a side bowl of olives.

Lily & Stone is a quiet albeit small cafe in the middle of Dundee. It has a old fashioned charm about it with its decor whilst serving food of the Mediterranean style.

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How I Looked: Swirls and Hues




A few things about this:
1. I still haven't got used to my DLSR when it comes to self-portraits and believe I need a different lens for these shots.
2. Ignore my grubby carpet
3. Also, ignore the way my shoelaces are tied.

All in all though this is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe right now. I bought it a month ago for the speed dating adventure I went on. Whilst I didn't secure any romance in this dress I still get compliments whilst wearing it. I've been wearing it today and got called "cute". I bought it from H&M on a quick whim as I really needed to buy a dress for that event within the next hour but I am really happy with this. Admittedly the belt is really fiddly to get through the provided straps so I've been doing without it since that night. I also sometimes where a jumper over the top half for day wear.

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Blogs You Might Be Surprised To Know I Read


My blog is quite of the mixed niche variety. Which means very little of life goes uncovered. I post what I wear, what I eat, personal and professional developments, where I've travelled and just general ramblings. But occasionally some topics do slip under the radar. Did you know that I find the games industry one of the most interesting industries there is? Or that I spend large chunk of my days getting my knickers in a twist over gender-politics? Or that despite my assertions that kids aren't really all that "me" I still read mummy blogs? You maybe didn't because I don't really cover these on my fashion/veggie/self-reflective blog. 

But here I introduce some of my favourite blogs that do!

Bleubird Vintage
I'm not all that keen on kiddies but oh my isn't her blog so lovely? Isn't the clothes her kids have so lovely? Isn't their lunches so lovely? I think the way James is raising her kids is all round so lovely. I love the study rooms she has for her kids. I love their clothes. I love that she feeds them simplified versions of adult food instead of pre-made tinned stuff.  I also love that she was one hot pregnanat lady

I discovered Glasgow Caledonia's careers blog due to my job in my own university's career service. But even if I wasn't working in this field I would still have GCU Careers on my RSS feed as it's still helped me loads in my own graduate job search, as well as providing me with useful links for my current job. 

Yes, yes, another parenting blog. I found this blog back in maybe 2007 pre-baby. However I'm still reading it despite it's shift from PHP to parenting. And a big reason for it is her focus and posts about the should be non-issue of breastfeeding in public. Her posts illustrate really well why feeding your baby in public shouldn't be an issue.

It has been stated several times that I consider myself a feminist. However I'm certainly not one of the front line feminists (something I suck at: debating!). Rachel Hill however is a front line feminist. Also been called a "bad feminist" via search terms that find her blog, resonates with me due to people confused by a baking feminist

Offbeat Empire can be broken down into: Offbeat Bride, Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Home. Admittedly weddings really aren't me so that gets ignored however I am all over Offbeat mama and Offbeat home. The later is probably less surprising as it is food related and also goes into DIY and growing your own food. But Offbeat mama is just one more of those mummy blogs I like to occasionally coo over! 

I didn't really get into games until I started university. Partially because half the people I met at this particular university were studying a course that allowed them to develop games. The other part because my own business course threw in a lot of case studies and examples from the industry. I do play games but my main interest is the industry itself. And this blog helps feed that interest.
Any blogs that you read that might surprise others?

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In which you'd think I was a novice baker



We all screw up at something we're supposedly good at occasionally. Don't we?

Well I certainly did. Thankfully my attempts at Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes (via With Sprinkles On Top) were not for a bake sale or anyone else's mouth. Just my own but I don't even think I want to go that far. 

First there was the cake mixture itself. Standing there with my electric mixer for ten minutes I was creaming in my head WHY AREN'T YOU CREAMING? Before realising it was because I was trying to cream together flour and butter, rather than sugar and butter (as it is in every.single.recipe.in.the.world.ever). 

And the icing? Well before starting I didn't even check to see if the icing sugar to butter ratio in my cupboards was up to par. And it wasn't. I had more butter than sugar in the mix which led to it becoming stiff as tar and then a few splashes or milk later turned it mushy. And on top of it? I didn't sieve the sugar which led to it becoming lumpy. Hahaha - ha! 

Look at all those pumps - and chocolate that got into it! Mmmm, nommy! Or not!

Though I will give my recently purchased Cupcake Maker from Elegento top marks for perfectly formed and well-bakes cakes! 

Ever messed up something which is usually your area of expertise? 
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Versatile Blogger Award



Thank you to Naomi for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Really great to know that people read your blog and count you amongst some of their favourites!

Here are the Versatile Blogger Award rules:
Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
Let them know that you have nominated them.
Share 7 random facts about yourself.
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post

Seven random facts about myself:
1. My reason for being vegetarian is moral beliefs. I wouldn't grab a sausage out of a meat-eaters hand but I don't believe that animals are for human consumption, especially when they're are no minerals or vitamins in meat that can't be found elsewhere.
2. I work part-time as a social media assistant in my university's career centre and it is a job that I have absolutely loved, and will be really sad to leave when I graduate.
3. I suffer from arachnophobia. I once had a panic attack walking past a toy shop, and have ran out of a homeware shop because of it.  
4. I'm not 100% sold on the idea of having children, but mummy blogs are one of my favourite category of blogs.
5. I have a huge interest in the Titanic and will be marking the 100 year anniversary which is coming up soon. I also plan to try and get to Southampton (or possibly Belfast) for my twenty-second coming up this year for the exhibitions.
6. A personal flaw of my own personality is my inability to accept the flaws of others.
7. I consider myself a "floating voter" however I still generally mark my 'x' next to the Liberal Democrats.

Unfortunately I haven't managed to gather 15 blogs to share that are new-ish but I have ten here which I read regularly and that deserve so many more followers than they currently have! :)















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