Thursday, 27 August 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Butterfly and the Pig

Afternoon Tea at the Tearooms at the Butterfly and the Pig

The Tearooms at the Butterfly and the Pig

The Tearooms at the Butterfly and the Pig

The Tearooms at the Butterfly and the Pig

Afternoon Tea at the Tearooms at the Butterfly and the Pig

Afternoon Tea at the Tearooms at the Butterfly and the Pig

Last Thursday I had a day off again, and since my sister didn't start work until in the afternoon I headed into Glasgow in the morning to spend a few hours with her. The week before we had stumbled upon The Tearooms at The Butterfly and the Pig, and resolved to go there next time we had the chance. It's easy to miss from the outside, especially since it's on a street where you don't walk very often, but it's a lovely tea room! The interiors are wonderful - the building and the rooms are quite old, which makes it feel almost like you've travelled back in time, and the mismatched furniture, plates and cups give a quirky touch to the otherwise old-fashioned and classic room.

The afternoon tea itself was pretty good, but not the best I've had. Since I don't eat meat we asked for vegetarian sandwiches and were served some with cheese and a tomato chutney as well as some with an egg and cress filling. The sandwiches were tasty, although the bread was a bit on the dry side. Next, we got a selection of cakes and one teeny tiny scone each. The sandwich to cake & scone ratio was way off, in my opinion. The scones are usually my favourite part of an afternoon tea, so I would've liked two scones each, or at least one bigger! The scone itself was lovely, despite its size, but the filling (cream and some kind of jam) was a bit too sweet for my liking. As for the cakes, I was hoping we would get to choose from the the selection of cakes that they had out, since they all looked amazing! Instead we got four small slices of cakes - one little lemon & poppy seed cake each, as well as one carrot and raisin (I think?) and one chocolate and blueberry. I really can't fault the cakes though as they were all lovely! On the top tier we got oatcakes with brie, rocket and chutney, which were really good.

Considering the price (£12.95 per person), I think the afternoon tea was pretty decent, but of the ones I've tried in Glasgow I prefer The Willow Tea Rooms and Cup. The Tearooms at the Butterfly and the Pig seemed to have a lot of delicious-looking breakfasts, however, and as said the cakes looked beautiful, so I'd love to go back to try something else. If not just for the atmosphere!

What are your afternoon tea preferences? Do you prefer more of the savoury and less of the sweet, or more scones and cake, and fewer sandwiches?

Love, Mimmi. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Happy Post #25


Happy Sunday, lovelies! I hope you've all had a lovely August so far, and a great weekend. I was working yesterday, and am working again tomorrow, but hey-ho, that's life. I've only got three weeks left now, so I'm powering through! Here are a few things that have made me happy over the past couple of weeks....

Having days off mid-week. Since the start of August, we've had to take turns working weekends at my work, which of course isn't that much fun, but the great thing about it is that you get a day off mid-week instead. Like last Thursday, when I went to Edinburgh. I love having days off mid-week - it feels like such a treat, somehow, to not work when most people are! Even if it means having to work a Saturday...

Sunshine. Now, this summer has been pretty rubbish, but that has only made me appreciate the sunshine so much more, and there have been some lovely days, especially over the last couple of weeks! Luckily my day off last week was gorgeous, and that was spent largely wandering around outside. A lot of the time I've been stuck in an office when the sun has shown itself, but I've had the chance to enjoy the sunshine on my lunch break and when walking to and from work, which is at much better than nothing!

My sister. I am so thankful that I have family in the same country. My sis is my best friend and confidante, and I love being able to see her regularly and chatting to her about both fun and and less fun stuff. 

New jeans. This is a bit of an odd one, perhaps, but these posts are all about the little things, aren't they? I've always been one for skirts - especially skater skirts -  and with the exception of black skinny jeans, I haven't worn actual jeans in probably five years. Since my trusty black jeans were faded to grey I decided to get a new pair, and at the same time I decided to pick up a pair of dark blue jeans... and I love them! As a result of two pair of new jeans, my skirts have been spending an awful lot of time in the drawers lately...

Indian food. Last Saturday my sister and I had dinner at Mother India as a treat after I had helped her move to a new temporary room, and the week before that I went out with my co-workers to an Indian restaurant in Stirling to say goodbye to a girl who was leaving us. A whole lot of Indian food for two weeks, in other words! Indian is one of my favourite cuisines, so having excuses to eat it is pretty great. Is anyone else slightly addicted to peshwari naan? 

Catching up on skype with a close friend. I've never liked speaking on the phone, but since moving abroad Skype has become a necessity, because sometimes you need to speak with your friends and family, rather than just send messages. Earlier this week I had a long chat with my friend Alice, which was really lovely. We hadn't talked properly in a couple of months, and it was so nice to speak with her again! 

And finally, here are five blog posts that I've enjoyed reading recently:

'Friendship' on Britton Loves.

'Travel | The Turtles of Argostoli' on Daydreams of Summertime.

'An Escape' on Tori's Tales.


'Underrated' on Bluebell & Bumpkin.

What has made you happy recently?

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

A Sunny Day in Edinburgh

Grassmarket, Edinburgh


Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Deacon's House, Edinburgh

Scones at Deacon's House, Edinburgh

Greyfriar's Kirkyard, Edinburgh

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Spoon, Edinburgh

Spoon, Edinburgh

Spoon, Edinburgh

Cake and coffee at Spoon, Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Last Thursday, my sister and I decided to take advantage of the fact that we both had the day off (hooray for days off mid-week!), and headed to Edinburgh for the day. We were also blessed with gorgeous weather - sunshine and almost 20 degrees celsius - which hasn't been a common occurrence in Scotland this summer. Edinburgh was packed with tourists and Fringe-visitors, but we managed to have a really relaxed, fun day anyway. Essentially, the day consisted of wandering about and occasionally stopping to have a bite to eat or something to drink. When we first arrived, we had some tea and scones for elevensies at Deacon's House Caf'é, which is just off the Royal Mile. It's a bit of a tourist trap, and the scones were on the dry side, but the inner garden is a really lovely spot. We then walked the Potter Trail, which is a guided tour of Harry Potter-relevant places in Edinburgh and is held twice a day during the Fringe. We had both seen Tom Riddle's grave and The Elephant House before, but there were actually a few new places and facts that we didn't know about, so I'd highly recommend the Potter Trail even to the most nerdy of Harry Potter nerds!

After the Potter Trail, we headed to Mary's Milk Bar to try their hot chocolate floats. There was a massive queue (no doubt because of the BuzzFeed article, which was the reason we were there too, so we couldn't really complain...) and we got the hot chocolates in paper cups, so no photos were taken (you'll just have to take my word that it happened!). We wandered around for a little bit longer and headed to Princes Street for a spot of shopping before we went back to Old Town again, where we realised we hadn't actually had any real food that day, so we stopped at a pub for a late lunch/early dinner. Next, we decided we wanted to check out Spoon - a café that we passed on the Potter Trail, where J.K. Rowling used to sit and write. Spoon was lovely - open, airy and relaxed, not at all crowded, and with friendly service. We got a cappuccino each and a carrot cake to share (because cake), and settled down to rest our tired feet. At about seven or so in the evening, we decided to call it a day and headed back, tired but pleased with the day!

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

My Top Fifteen Favourite Books

My top fifteen favourite books

My intention was to write a Top Ten, but found it really difficult to narrow it down that much (hehe). Honestly, I don't understand how people can have only one favourite book, since I can't even stick to ten! And on top of that, a lot of these are trilogies or series. Oh well. This list isn't in any particular order, with the exception of Harry Potter, which will always be on the top. Okay, perhaps I do understand how people can have one favourite book (but then Harry Potter is a book series...). Let's get cracking, shall we?

THE HARRY POTTER SERIES
In case you hadn't noticed yet, I'm a tiny bit obsessed with Harry Potter. I've re-read the books countless times, and love them just as much every time. My childhood wouldn't have been the same without those books and I know I'll go back to this world over and over again. 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Jane Austen's most famous novel, and understandably so. I love how witty and intelligent this novel is. Austen was honestly an incredible writer! It's full of dynamic characters and clever dialogue, and the love story is one of the best ever (you know the one). It's a perfect escape from real life. 

EMMA
Another Austen novel, and I honestly can't decide which one I love more out of Emma and Pride & Prejudice. Emma is just as witty and clever as Pride & Prejudice, but with a heroine who is considerably more flawed than Lizzy, yet somehow just as lovable. And the love story is a great one here too.

THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY
This is post-apocalyptic YA in a class of its own. It's got everything - a brilliant and gripping plot, a strong yet very human protagonist, characters that are relatable and realistic, and a world that is both fascinating and horrific, yet not unthinkable. I strongly believe this trilogy deserves all the hype it gets. 

THE GREAT GATSBY
This book made me feel a little bit depressed, so perhaps it's weird that it's one of my favourites, but honestly, it's so good. It's short, but jam-packed with emotion and intrigue. The language is incredibly beautiful, and there is just something about it that left me feeling a bit dazed.

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
I love Hosseini's other two books (The Kite Runner, & And The Mountains Echoed), but I think this one is my favourite. The story is moving, yet horrid at times, and will make you both cry and smile. Hosseini has a way with words and a talent for tugging at your heartstrings.

PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
This one is a rather iconic coming-of-age book, and I strongly believe it deserves all the hype. It's compelling, intimate and very emotional. It made me cry a lot and left me feeling a little bit heartbroken, yet strangely optimistic about life. The movie was great, but the book is something else. 

NORTH AND SOUTH
Yup, another 19th century novel. It's my favourite of Gaskell's (though I really liked Wives and Daughters too). It's more grim than Austen's works, with social realism being one of its main concerns, and it's so well-written and clever. The love story is definitely on par with the one of Lizzy and Mr Darcy.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
The classic fantasy trilogy. The first half of the first book is incredibly slow, but if you stick it out you are generously rewarded. The world that Tolkien created is incredible, as is the adventure, and his language is stunning. I love the little witticisms that pop up when you least expect it. 

WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT
This one is a recent favourite, but one that I know I will return to again and again. You can read a slightly longer review of it here, but essentially it's a very beautiful and touching coming-of-age story that definitely won't leave you unperturbed. 

THE HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY
I read these books the first time in my tweens, I think, and then re-read them a few times in the following years. I don't get how this trilogy isn't more popular (or maybe it is?), as it's one of the most remarkable stories I've ever read. It's truly spellbinding, and made me cry bucket-loads.

BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY
Well look at that, a chick lit! I love reading chick lit occasionally, but Bridget Jones is the only one that I actually think is really, really good. It's a feel-good type of book that makes you laugh out loud and grin stupidly to yourself. Bridget is a lovable and relatable heroine, and Helen Fielding is hilarious.

JANE EYRE
Can you tell I have a soft spot for 19th century female writers? Jane Eyre is much more gothic, gloomy and dramatic than Austen's novels, and it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it. Jane is such an intriguing heroine and the story is so captivating. 

THE SECRET HISTORY
This one is a recent favourite, as I only finished it last week. I'm planning on writing a mini-review of it, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet. Donna Tartt is an incredible writer, the story is so engrossing and thought-provoking, and just sticks with you for ages after you've read it.

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
I read the whole series after watching the first two seasons of the TV show, and of course I ended up preferring the books. George R R Martin has created a world in a class with Tolkien's, and the story is really fascinating and intriguing, full of complex characters and relationships. 

Have you read any of these, and in that case what are your opinions on them? 

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Postcards from Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye




It's finally time for the second part of the trip that my mum, my sister and I took up to the Highlands in the middle of July! I can't believe it's been so long already - where has time gone? Anyway, after we had travelled with the Jacobite Train to Mallaig, we took the ferry over to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Since my sister and I were both working the coming Monday, we only had 24 hours to spend on Skye before we had to take the ferry and the train back down on Sunday. We didn't have time to see Portree, the fairy pools, or the Old Man of Storr, but we still got to see plenty of the island, both through the bus window and while walking around near Broadford, where we were staying. We had a lovely, chilled time; walking, taking in the beautiful surroundings, eating good food and drinking tasty beer. Skye is breathtakingly beautiful, and I already want to go back! 24 hours gave me a good taste of the island, but there is so much left to see and explore.

Do you have a favourite island, be it in the UK or elsewhere?

Love, Mimmi.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Happy Post #24




(a few random photos from my instagram...)

It's been quite a while since my last happy post! I just finished a six-day working week, which itself is a reason to be happy, even if I'm working again tomorrow (only four days though, since I'm off Thursday as well as the weekend, yay!). But let's not dwell on boring stuff like work. Here's what has made me happy recently -

Reaching 300 followers on Bloglovin'. It feels pretty great to pass another milestone, and to know that so many of you actually like my blog enough to hit follow! Thank you so much :) (Even if BL is not my favourite site at the moment because of that ridiculous Hunger Games-esque follower competition)

Scot Blog Meet. As you might have seen if you read my last blog post, I recently went to my first blogging event, and had a wonderful time. It was so nice to meet fellow bloggers, and I'm really happy to be part of such a fab blogging community.

The Great British Bake Off. I can't stress enough how much I love this show, and I'm so happy it's back in my life. It really made Wednesday so much brighter! Sue and Mel are such fabulous ladies, and although I'm not a big fan of Paul, Mary Berry is just lovely. So far I think my favourite contestants are Flora, Sandy and Dorret.

All the blueberries. I've been eating my morning porridge with a big dollop of almond butter (of course) and lots of blueberries recently. They are incredibly sweet and juicy at the moment! Plus I was really happy to see that Waitrose has 20% off berries until August the 18th, which is obviously the perfect excuse to eat as many berries as possible while they're in season. Right?

Going to a concert. Last Saturday, my sister and I went to Edinburgh just for the evening to see one of our favourite bands, Augustines. They're not that famous so I doubt you've heard of them, but they're really good, and they're brilliant live! I hadn't been to a gig in ages, so it was so much fun to finally go to another one.

Only having one month left of my internship (well, a month and a couple of days), and until I move back to Glasgow! As lovely as Stirling is, I really miss Glasgow, and even though my internship is pretty good, I miss being at uni. Plus I'm just really, really excited to move in with my dear sis. 

My lovely landlord and landlady. A new girl from Germany moved into the other room in the house a week ago, so on Monday evening they had made a three-course dinner for all of us. Even though I sometimes find it hard to live with people I don't know very well, it does make it easier that they're so welcoming and sweet.

Getting my tax refund, finally. I only worked for a few weeks last summer and (long story short) ended up paying tax even though I didn't have to. I thought I'd get it back in June, but didn't, and I've been worried all summer that I simply wouldn't get my money back. But this week I did, and it was such a relief!

Finally, here are eight blog posts that I've loved reading recently -


'Blogging is Not a Competition' on Water Painted Dreams.

'Yorkshire Lavender' on The Peppermint Pencil.

'Alone Time' on Bethan Likes.



'An Afternoon at Loch Leven' on Life in Ginger.

'Thoughts on Age & Blogging' on Colours and Carousels.

What has made you happy recently?

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Scot Blog Meet

Prosecco at Scot Blog Meet

Darcy's Princes Square for Scot Blog Meet

Darcy's Princes Square for Scot Blog Meet

Food at Darcy's Princes Square for Scot Blog Meet

Food at Darcy's Princes Square for Scot Blog Meet

Lynsey from Miss West End Girl

Lisa-Marie from Last Year's Girl

Scot Blog Meet Raffle

Scot Blog Meet Goodie Bag content

Last Sunday I attended my first ever blogger event/meet-up, namely Scot Blog Meet, which was organised completely by the lovely Charlotte of Colours and Carousels. Since I had never been to a blogger event before, I was undeniably a bit nervous. Even more so because I'm not the best at meeting new people (I seem to forget all my words and turn into a more boring person than usual). I shouldn't have worried though, as there were so many lovely people there. 

Since I was around in Glasgow anyway, I went down a little bit earlier to help Charlotte and a couple of others with taking everything from Charlotte's car to the location of the event - Darcy's in Princes Square Shopping Centre. The room that was hired for the meet-up was so pretty, and Darcy's provided us with prosecco and some light food. Being a vegetarian isn't always easy at these things, but thankfully Darcy's had a really good vegetarian platter too, with roasted vegetables and hummus, plus some bruschetta with tomatoes. 

The event itself went by incredibly quickly. There were three talks, one from Lynsay of Miss West End Girl, one from Anne from the Scottish Association for Mental Health, and one from Lisa-Marie of Last Year's Girl. All three talks were fantastic, in different ways. Lynsay's and Lis's were so inspiring and motivating in terms of blogging, and Anne talked about an incredibly important subject - mental health and how to look after your own mental health. Apart from the talks, there was also a raffle, in which I managed to win a gift voucher for the Beauty Kitchen (a Glasgow-based beauty salon/skincare brand), and a gift certificate for Scent City. I think the most coveted prize was Hayley's super cute crochet elephant though. I'm so tempted to get one from her Etsy shop

Briony from Yelp Glasgow was there with a fun "Build your own goodie bag" station, and the newly started Glasgow-based brand Barebaroque was there with their beautiful temporary jewellery tattoos. I got some lovely leaves down my forearm, plus got to bring a sheet of gold tattoos home with me! We were also treated to goodie bags with lots of free goodies - skincare from DermaV10, body scrub from TreacleMoon, a wee shower gel from Arran Aromatics, a cleanser from Bee Good, strawberry & banana chapstick, some samples from Manuka Doctor, ice tea from Virtue, a bracelet from Sue's Little Gems, a few perfume samples and some very tempting discount codes! I've been testing out the Bee Good cleanser as a morning cleanser over the past few days, and so far so good. The body butter from Derma V10 is also lovely - I just love all things coconut. So I'm excited to try out the scrub from TreacleMoon as well.

The best part of the event wasn't the free stuff though, but the blogging community. The talks that I mentioned were super inspiring, and it was so nice to meet and get to know fellow bloggers, such as CharlotteMoragHayleyLisNicoleEllisJude and Charlene. It was a nice change to be amongst bloggers, where no one raises an eyebrow when you photograph your food. Moreover, the event was held for such a great cause! With the tickets, the raffle money and the donations, we managed to raise £320 for SAMH, which is just incredible! All in all, it was definitely a successful first blogging event. I'm so impressed by Charlotte for organising everything all by herself! 

Have you ever been to a blogger meet-up or event?

Love, Mimmi.