Scaramanga St Andrews



I so love this bag.  I’ve been looking everywhere for a satchel like this.  It’s a bit more than I usually spend on something to carry other things around in but maybe if I save my pennies, I’ll be able to afford it.  It reminds me of my days as a school girl … a little flash from the past for me.  So sturdy and I love the look.

If you live a little closer to St Andrews than I do, you could pop by the shop … although I should mention that they ship overseas … or there is a fair going on this weekend in Cupar and it looks like there will be some lovely deals. Their website can be found here.


Scaramanga satchels

Arran Aromatics

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Arran Aromatics had a wonderful Gift Pick Giveaway over Christmas and I was thrilled when they wrote to say I had won the Bay Citrus eau de toilette.  Not only did the Bay Citrus come for my hubby but they also sent me the Citrus Shores travel size pack.  So excited!!! It smells like grapefruit, which I absolutely love. These guys rock!  (I did write a bit about Arran Aromatics when I returned from Scotland last summer).  I will definitely be shopping for more of their products when I hopefully get back to Scotland this year.  I should mention though that they do mail internationally from their webstore if you are interested.  They have the most amazingly pure and natural scents.  I’m a huge fan.

Arran Aromatics

This is just one of those posts when I don’t have a lot to say and am feeling the need for a little inspiration.  It’s very warm today and that always slows me right down. Contrary to what is popular, I am not a heat-lover.  Give me a day in a woolly sweater out in the wind any day.  However, I digress.

I have been remiss in not thanking my dear blog friends, Lorna from Lorna’s Tearoom Delights and Christine from Writing from Scotland for their nominations of my blog, both for an Illuminating Blogger Award.  That was enormously kind of you both.  I follow these blogs almost daily and enjoy them immensely.






I have been meaning to write a blog on Arran Aromatics, which I am quite excited about.  When I was in Scotland this year, I received a group of small samples from this company:  a Just Grapefruit soap and shampoo and a Bergamot and Ginger Shower Gel.  4 months later, I am still savoring the shower gel and shampoo and although I am now finished my soap, it did last me about 3 months.  I love the smell of grapefruit and this is one of those companies that makes you feel clean just smelling the products before you even use them.  For a full list of their products, have a look at their catalogue.

Red Door Arran


I came across this delightful little shop today that’s located on the isle of Arran.  It is too fun … it’s tiny and cute and sells handbags!  (there’s also a blog that is kept up to date with what’s happening in the shop … I am going to add it to my sidebar with my links).


There are also some amazing wooden toys. It’s really worth having a look and next time you drop by Arran, you may want to pop in for a browse. 🙂


Planet Soap

Just this morning, I have discovered another wonderful soap maker in Edinburgh.

Quote from her Facebook page:

“Lemongrass and Lime is my best seller so far this Spring. Apart from smelling zingy and fresh, the essential oils are gently and naturally antiseptic and anti-bacterial, and are also known to be soothing, healing, uplifting and revitalising, – great for stress and depression. And I have just made a big fresh batch, now curing under fleecy blankets on my table. Plenty to go around. : – )”

Okay, now that just sounds amazing …. lemongrass and lime …. zingy and fresh.  That sounds like a soap I would love to have.


A wonderful write-up about Jill, the soapmaker on Shop Scotland:

The soaps are made from plant-based natural ingredients, scented with aromatherapy oils and are free from parabens, detergents, SLSs or animal fats.  The primary oil used is olive oil, which is added to palm and coconut oils.

And here’s where you can find Jill’s lovely soaps:

Edinburgh – Cloudberrry, Barnton; Cove, Portobello; Maisies, South Queensferry; The Whole Works, Old Town; Cloud 9, Stockbridge; The Stick Factory, Mayfield Road.

Glasgow – Libby Libby, Gallowgate and Hamilton; The Wooden Heart on Byres Rd.

Lanarkshire – the Scottish Arts Crafts and Design Centre, Crossford.

Borders – Gifted, Roxburgh St, Kelso.