Recently one of my good friends passed his driving test (woohoo!) and so the other night we happened to both be bored and decided to go for a drive. Not experienced in 'drives' it took us a while to agree on what we actually wanted to do and where to go. This resulted in s'mores on the beach as it was an unusually nice evening and the sky was colourful yet moody. Very Instagrammy.
A photo posted by Mairi Lowe (@copperpink) on


A photo posted by Mairi Lowe (@copperpink) on

The great thing about this trip is that (apart from the car, petrol, car insurance etc. lol) it was extremely cheap. A lot of the time when I meet with friends it's for food at a restaurant which can seem like a lot when you're a poor student. I think we spent £5 between four of us for this outing:

Not even £5 - £4.33! I would just like to state that I have definitely not been sponsored by Tesco for this post - it just happens to be the most convenient store where I live haha!

Oh and two of my friends had never tried s'mores!! I think they are made slightly different in the US and Canada, but here in Scotland, or Edinburgh at least, you simply roast a marshmallow on a skewer and then sandwich it between two chocolate digestives (with the chocolate on the inside). Tada - you now have a s'more! Enjoy!


Isn't that pretty.

We were lucky and had the whole beach to ourselves excluding the occasional dog walker. It was extremely dark and I must admit I did terrify myself when I thought I saw something move in the bushes. Turned out to be a shadow moving due to my phone's torch. Oops.

And of course, you have to take a few snapchats on a drive!



I have my driving test verrrry soon and hopefully will pass before moving to Aberdeen. If not, I'll resit when I come home for Christmas as I won't be driving in Aberdeen anway. But when I do pass, I'd love to go on more drives like this.

Any suggestions for an enjoyable 'drive'?

S'mores at Sunset

Sometimes blogger events can seem daunting when organised by a brand wanting promotion, but when you are invited to an event organised by a fellow blogger, you can be 100% confident it's going to be superb. Every event I am invited to as a blogger gets me excited however I was particularly looking forward to #ScotBlogMeet, hosted by Charlotte from Colours and Carousels, due to the 'for bloggers, by bloggers' atmosphere.

The majority of us are nervous for our first ever blogger meetup but some of us still get a little hesitant for our third, fifth, tenth, thirtieth... I think we can all, however, agree that once you are there, your nerves quickly dissipate (great word). Honestly, it may be hard to believe if you have not yet attended an event, but every single person there is super friendly and welcoming.

One of the best things is that you have a common interest: blogging. It's amazing how in depth and passionate conversations about SEO and photography can get between bloggers. Everyone understands exactly what you're talking about and is genuinely interested unlike my lovely but technologically challenged mum who still has a black and white Nokia brick.


The location was a very Pinterest worthy room in Darcy's in Princes Square, Glasgow. I think most people were based in Glasgow however there were a few Edinburgh-ers like me and others spotted from around Scotland and it was great to see a mixture of cities brought together. One of my favourite things about this event was putting faces to blogs that I usually wouldn't meet at solely Edinburgh events!



The event included three speakers to whom I would like to give my admiration as speaking in front of so many people can be intimidating, especially when we are used to typing our opinions behind a screen! The bright and colourful Lynsay from Miss West End Girl and the always smiling Lis from Last Year's Girl gave us their insights into blogging. As a still fairly new blogger it was fantastic to hear from more experienced peers and both gave me a major boost of motivation and inspiration!

We also heard from Anne from SAMH (Scottish Assocation for Mental Health) as this was the chosen charity for the blogger fundraiser. The event raised a pretty fab £320 but if you'd like to further donate even a little, you can do so via Just Giving!

In addition to the speakers, the afternoon included a raffle for SAMH, a 'build your own goody bag' station by Briony from Yelp Glasgow (the lipbalm contains coconut oil so I'm in love) and some gorgeous temporary jewellery tattoos provided by Bare Baroque which you can see below!







As if that wasn't enough already (!!) we were treated to a goody bag in the form of a snazzy tote from The Blogger Programme filled with a variety of wonders from lots of lovely brands such as Manuka Doctor and Godiva Boutique. I have been testing some products since the event so look our for some product reviews coming soon(ish).

This has to have been one of my favourite blogger events so far. Thank you so much to Charlotte for organising an incredible meetup - I would have no idea where to begin for something as big as this! I would love to see more social meetups for bloggers in future - perhaps like Twitter chats but in real life!! Anyone want to take a lead on sorting that out ;)?

This event in particular has further boosted my confidence in social situations and as I'm moving to Aberdeen all by myself in just over two weeks (omgoodness) I am incredibly thankful!

Do you still get nervous for blogger events (or is that just me haha)?

Scot Blog Meet: For Bloggers, By Bloggers

We all have those days when we just want to chuck on a t-shirt and jeans, but that doesn't mean we have to wear boring casual wear. I like this particular outfit due to its comfort, simplicity and playfulness. Twister is a truly amazing game - who's with me? Anyone?





You may have noticed I am wearing an Invisibobble (due to the fact you can see mine). I was recommended to try this brand by a friend after complaining of sore heads and hairs snapping from normal elastics. On my first attempt I felt it wasn't strong enough because it wasn't tight but now I am used to this feeling so trust it to keep my hair up all day! The brand have some surprisingly good & easy hair tutorials using it here and here which I will be testing out now I trust my Inivisibobble!


This is my 'fancy a game of Twister?' pose. Works every time. Honestly.


Do you have a favourite casual outfit like me? I think I wear this too much but I still love it!


Right Hand on Blue OOTD

I know, I know. I went to a chicken restaurant and had a dish without chicken. I didn't even have a Beanie wrap with the usual side of peri peri chips - I had a salad. A leafy, green, healthy, vegetable-stuffed bowl of salad-ness. Arrest me.

Quite honestly, I just fancied this new addition to the menu after ordering so many butterfly chickens with a side of coleslaw and chips. I have expanded my Nando's choices from that original order to a beanie wrap with peri peri sweet potato wedges to now choosing to have a salad. Choosing to have a salad.

Often when I order a salad in a restaurant (which isn't that often admittedly) I am left disappointed. A lot of places present what looks like the garden hedge trimmings and a tuft of grass perhaps with a nice slice of cucumber or two. However Nando's offering surpassed my hopes and I couldn't be happier with their Quinoa Salad.


"With sweet potato and avocado chunks, piccolo tomatoes, cucumber, crisp salad leaves and a good sprinkling of feta cheese, sesame & roasted seeds." - Nando's

Sweet potato and avocado are two of my absolute favourite foods so I was immediately hooked. Tomatoes and cucumbers - meh can't complain really. Salad leaves are a given and the feta cheese lured me in. I'm still deciding whether I'm a seeds sort of girl or not. I'll keep you updated.

Quinoa (pronounced keen wahh), in case you've never heard of it, is a grain similar to cous cous which the internet tells me is apparently almost a complete protein and is considered one of the healthiest whole grains. Not bad for a salad eh.

It's nice to step out of your comfort zone sometimes - lemon and herb butterfly chicken with peri peri chips can get a little repetitive - and I think a delicious salad at Nando's is one of the best ways to convey this.


Would you ever try a salad at Nando's? Let me know how you find the quinoa salad!

I Went to Nando's and Had a Salad

I always enjoy reading posts where bloggers share links they have been loving so decided to try one of my own. If you follow someone's blog, chances are you have similar interests/opinions and so you'll probably find the majority of links they suggest interesting. You may even discover a new favourite blog or cat meme! Now onto the links...

  • Honey Pop from Honeypopkisses created three gorgeous looks to show how to style a shirt dress - I think number three is my favourite!
  • Hayley from Water Painted Dreams has been writing a series called "Student Sundays" with advice about starting university and her most recent post about bonding with flatmates and friends is incredibly helpful.
  • The revelation (to me) that you can eat the stone of an avocado and that it's packed with nutrients has made me love the vegetable fruit even more. I posted a recipe for an eggvocado if the thought of eating the stone weirds you out a bit however.
  • The bae sandwich gets a mention simply because of the name however bacon, avocado and egg does sound like a spectacular combination. This post was uploaded a year ago - I didn't think 'bae' was that old!
  • I made this quick & easy banoffee pie shared by Louise last night for an afternoon tea themed dinner today and it went splendidly! You can see how mine turned out above!
  • This is the last food link I promise haha - I desperately need to try these two ingredient nutella brownies. I mean really, two ingredients?! If these work they will be a staple in my diet.
  • Music wise I have been loving Filtr UK's Spotify playlist of New R&B especially any song by or featuring Dej Loaf.
Which links have you been loving recently?

Links I Love #1

If you haven't heard of the eggvocado, it is essentially an egg baked inside a hollowed avocado. Tada. Its simplicity is one reason why I love it, but also because it's super healthy and packed with protein. After trial and error I have come up with a few tips on how to perfect the eggvocado.

For my eggvocado, I loosely followed this recipe but have since modified it a little to suit my needs and dodgy oven etc.

Ingredients:

  • large avocado
  • not large egg
  • salt & pepper to taste and whatever else you fancy (I used parmesan)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • Cut avocado in two (see tips below for optimum cutting ratio) and hollow out just enough flesh for egg to fit in snugly.
  • Place avocado onto muffin tray to keep it steady.
  • Crack egg into avocado hollow.
  • Cook in oven for approximately 15 minutes.
Please note my oven isn't the most reliable so your cooking time may be different to mine.


That's the basis of the eggvocado, but here are my top tips to make sure you cook it to perfection each and every time.

  • Instead of halving your avocado, cut one side a little bigger so you have more room for the egg. And with the leftover flesh...
  • you can either eat it raw (yum), put it on oatcakes, smother it in lemon juice or create a sort of salad like I did with avocado chunks, sweetcorn, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil plus salt and pepper. Go crazy.
  • I highly recommend using a muffin tray as pictured rather than a baking tray as it will keep your avocado in place and prevent the egg from spilling everywhere which is one mess I'm sure we'd all love to avoid.
  • You could always create a tinfoil basket to sit the avocado in for easy egg clean up.
  • And if you start sweating at the thought of spilt egg, first spoon the yolk into the avocado and then slowly pour in the white until you are satisfied. No need to panic.
  • If you're paranoid about overcooking in the oven like me and take it out while your whites are still liquidy - don't worry! You can always stick it in the microwave for a minute or two to finish it off. I haven't got food poisoning yet so I'm guessing you'll be fine too.
Although avocados aren't the cheapest vegetable (I just googled if the avocado is a vegetable to avoid looking silly and it turns out it's a sneaky fruit like the tomato - who would've known!) So, although avocados aren't the cheapest fruit (ew that sounds wrong) they are extremely healthy and can be used in lots of dishes - even desserts! They will definitely be a staple for me when I move out for university as well as Heinz mayonnaise and pink grapefruit diluted juice.

I'm also trying to go to the gym more so a protein packed lunch like this is an ideal meal. I'm actually so surprised I have stuck to the gym but I will definitely be continuing my membership in Aberdeen. I'll return to Edinburgh at Christmas bulking from the gym and eggvocados lol.

Have you ever tried an eggvocado? Please let me know how you get on with my instructions! And any questions, just ask :)


P.S. have you voted in Metropolitan Fashion's MFS Fashion Blogger Award 2015 yet? I'm the one sifting through social media and filling in spreadsheets to work out the winner!

How to Perfect the Eggvocado

Summer is probably my favourite season for nail polish. I like to wear bright bold colours and cute nail art designs to express my love for the hot warm mild weather (well I do live in Scotland).

To find out which shades I've been wearing this summer, take a wee look below.


Papaya is a gorgeous bright peachy orange colour which perfectly matches my H&M shorts. After wanting a yellow polish since forever but never finding one I really liked, Popcorn is the love of my life. I was rather shocked by how impressed I was by Bright Coral due to the price but this really is a fantastic product from MUA and is currently on my nails. Rebel Blue was a gift and although I don't tend to wear many blue polishes, this one has definitely tempted me to buy more thanks to its beautiful yet subtle purple shimmer.


Tropical Punch is a topcoat (seen here over Popcorn) of colourful matte confetti which also featured in this blog post. You'll know about my love of copper pink and Glisten is perhaps the peak of copperpinkness, although the search is ongoing. Barry M created quite a buzz with their duochrome polishes - Mediterranean switches between a warm gold and a stunning metallic pink. Spicy Orange was a gift and while not a true red, I'd definitely say it is more red than orange. It has an incredibly glossy finish whilst the orange undertones add warmth - perfect for summer.


Which is your favourite polish? Which nail polishes are you loving this summer?

And yes, if you're wondering, Copper Pink Nails is still going ahead. It's just taking a little longer to set up than I expected! I have already been brainstorming tons of designs though and I can't wait to finally get started! Keep following me on social media and checking back here for updates.


P.S. does anyone know where I can get a good but not incredibly expensive macro lens? I desperately want one for my Sony a5000! Thanks!

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