If you didn't know, this week was National Chocolate Week. The best week. A perfect excuse to indulge and binge on white, milk and dark - and everything inbetween. To celebrate this fantastic occasion, my family and I decided to try out The Chocolate Tree in Edinburgh (123 Bruntsfield Place).

And what a wonderful decision 'twas!

Excuse the camera case and phone...

Firstly: the decor is AMAZING! It's very warm and includes an eclectic collection of intriguing decorations, even the wallpaper had me staring. Our table was incredibly private, a little room all to ourselves which was lovely. I particularly liked the giant paper chandelier and a theatrical cat mask which embellished the swirly patterned golden walls.


Even the bathroom was beautiful!


And then the food came! *drools*

The cafe doesn't serve savoury food, but instead creates beautiful chocolates, cakes, macaroons, ice cream and sorbet; as well as a vast collection of unique hot drinks.
  

I decided to go for the option of four macaroons for £3.50 - roughly the same price for a slice of cake! The fun flavours included raspberry, lemon, cinnamon & honey, blackcurrant and Ecuador chocolate. All my macaroons were a melt-in-the-mouth texture and full of flavour.
 

My family decided to go for the vegan hazelnut chocolate cake, carrot cake and my mum tried out their ice cream. It's fair to say all of us thoroughly enjoyed our treats. My dad even said it was "good" and "moist" which is a huge compliment coming from him - he's a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to carrot cake ;).


As for drinks - I was delighted when I spotted Chai Hot Chocolate on the chalkboard menu. Chai lattes are a favourite of mine and since it was Chocolate Week I decided to try out this variation. Two of my favourite things in one drink resulted in amazingness!


If you'd like to browse and even purchase from their diverse range of hot chocolate flavours, click here. I am itching to try the Rose & Vanilla!
I think I ate too much...


But it was just too good to resist!


The Chocolate Tree has a fantastically fun atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff, not to mention the scrumptious range of food and drink for whenever you want to relax and indulge in all things chocolate!
To all chocoholics out there - I have found our haven (yes, it's really that good). You're welcome.

Attention Chocoholics - The Chocolate Tree Review

Having recently joined the Metropolitan Fashion team, I am extremely looking forward to the first fashion show I will be helping out at! It aims to be a very fun night for all with the fantastic opportunity to buy one-off pieces from the marvellous Christine Watson's new collection: 'A Touch of Pink'.
The team is still looking for models for this show and for future events so, if you're interested, leave me a comment and I'll give you all the information you need.
For more information, see the press release below (words not mine)!
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"Metropolitan Fashion is pleased to announce their second fashion show featuring the incredibly talented Christine Watson designer, on 29th of October 2014. After the huge success of our first collaboration, Christine won Designer Talent 2014. We have decided to take advantage of new opportunities! It’s time for you to see this season’s exclusive collection of Christine’s creations.

The new collection “Touch of Pink” has been inspired by Scottish culture,
representing traditional families back in the day: courageous men and woman. “I have incorporated Tartan as part of my Theme, using Black and pink as my main colour pallet. The black represents their dominant side and the pink represents their feminine side” says Christine.

The Event

Metropolitan Fashion show will be held on 29th of October 2014, at Le Monde,
George Street, Edinburgh. The guests are invited to join the venue at 6pm to enjoy delicious drinks before the show at 7pm. The catwalk will showcase the newest and most unique pieces by Christine Watson.

Tickets

The tickets can be purchased online and are now live, for the price of only £10.

The charity

October is well known as the month of breast cancer awareness, hence Metropolitan
Fashion believes “Touch of Pink” would be a great way to end this month. For this good cause a raffle will be held in aid of Cancer Research."

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I can assure you the night will be one to remember and I also know there are some pretty good prizes up for grabs in the raffle! For more information, you can find the event on Facebook and tickets are now available online for just £10.

Will I be seeing you on the night..?

Metropolitan Fashion Presents 'A Touch of Pink' by Christine Watson

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If you understand how unwilling I am to spend my own money on pampering myself, you will know I was very excited when I received a voucher for a manicure at the luxurious Harvey Nichols Nails Inc nail bar in Edinburgh. The 15 minute mani also came with a glass of champagne! Unfortunately though I am only 16 and so had to give the fizz a skip. My sister liked her morning drink though (what an alchy).
In addition to the manicure, the voucher stated we had £15 to spend on Nails Inc products. However, when booking our appointments, we were told the vouchers had expired after 6 months so we could only get the manicure and not the products. We were pretty annoyed by this as there were no expiry dates on the vouchers themselves and so had lost out on £15!!
I decided to go for the gorgeous nude shade Porchester Square. I only found out afterwards how popular this shade is but I can definitely see why! It is a lovely beigy nude but with subtle lilac undertones which can make your nails look very purple in some lights. I am in love with the shade however at £14 it is pretty expensive!
Luckily there is a £3.99 dupe available...
Wanting to achieve this colour at home, I hunted down a duplicate on the web! This article by Vivianna Does Makeup shows the perfect dupe: Barry M Hi-Shine Gel Effect Nail Paint in Almond.

I know what's on my wishlist now!

Overall,

the manicure was a relaxing experience with friendly and professional staff. The application had a few streaky areas and bubbles which was a little disappointing and, to top it all off, my nails chipped just two days later! I think I'll stick to the £3.99 DIY version next time!
How have your experiences of nail bars been? Any recommendations or horror stories you'd like to share?

Harvey Nichols Nails Inc Nail Bar Review

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