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A bite to eat

94a Fountainbridge Edinburgh EH3 9QA • Visit http://www.burgeruk.co.uk


We head to BURGER in Edinburgh to learn how-to cook up a batch of awesome Teriyaki Tofu Burgers:


How did you get started?

Burger was started when we noticed a gap in the market between the likes of McDonald’s and the upmarket $10 pub burger. We felt we wanted to do something high-quality where nothing was bought-in or frozen. We like to think of ourselves as a restaurant that does fast-food rather than a fast-food outlet run by autobots (see Terminator).

Where are you located?

Our first location is on Fountainbridge near Cargo and our second location is opening in August on Shandwick Place.

What are your specialities?

Burgers are obviously our specialty but there’s a lot more to it than that. We have a specials menu that changes every two weeks and includes hot dogs, desserts and guest beer. We take our inspiration from all over the world – sometimes a classic national dish or we think of a stupid name and try to work it out from there. We also noticed that Britain was really missing proper milkshakes. We make our own sorbets and ice creams for our shakes, without any stabilizers or additives and we use a lot of it. We’ve also started doing boozy shakes which have been really popular.

What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?

We do really good veggie burgers made from tempeh, roast chickpeas and beetroot among other ingredients. Looking out for vegetarians, and those with gluten intolerance is very important to us. We feel people with those dietary requirements get neglected in this kind of market so we like to accommodate them as much as possible. We’re always on the lookout locally for some cool guest beers.

What's on the stereo?

We have a varied playlist as we all have different tastes and we like our customers to have an input too. You can check out our jukebox on Secret DJ and request anything you’d like to hear.

Where else should we visit in your area?

Preacher’s Patisserie on Lady Lawson Street is a favourite. It’s a tiny, unassuming, family-run place that makes the best scones in town. They’re also happy to try anything you request and take orders for their amazing cupcakes. Loudon’s next door is always a busy breakfast place. And the Hanging Bat is a must for great beers.

Do you host any special events?

We are taking part in this year’s Lupe Pinto’s Chili Cook-off at the end of September. You can get your tickets at their shop on Leven Street. We’re also going to make our spaces available for private hire and we can cater to any tastes. Suggestions for other events are always welcome.

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94a Fountainbridge Edinburgh EH3 9QA • Visit http://www.burgeruk.co.uk

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Liquid Jelly By Liquid Jelly



Liz from Liquid Jelly recreates Alexa Chung's evil eye nail art and gives her an edgy feminine manicure:

I love how Alexa Chung's style is both laid back and chic at the same time. It looks effortless because of how well each piece works with each other. And while her outfits look relaxed, they still look refined.


Classic Look


After browsing through several of her manis, I noticed her nail art follows the same vibe as her outfits. Simple, but with a touch of whimsy. This evil eye nail art is one of her more well-known manicures. It pairs a neutral base with a striking eye design. It looks complex, but it's very easy to recreate. With proper tools, even nail art beginners should find this easy enough to do.

Makeover


I browsed through several of her nail art manis and noticed a common trait. Neutral/light bases with a small/simple design repeated across the nails. Generally the designs were more whimsical: daisies, lady bugs, mushrooms, candy skulls. For her makeover mani, I stuck with light base colors but added bold designs in black to make them pop. Instead of repeating one design, I did two different ones on just two of the nails. As a result, the designs feel edgier and more pronounced. I still wanted it to look refined, so the soft colors and pearls really help to balance out the black.
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chelsea mohrman | farm fresh therapy By chelsea mohrman | farm fresh therapy


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Chelsea from Farm Fresh Therapy recreates the style of TV Host and designer Emily Henderson's home:

"Emily Henderson has taken the design world by storm since winning Season 5 of HGTV's Design Star back in 2010. Her eclectic easy going style is reflective of her fun and quirky personality seen in her daily blogging. Her interior design and styling work always leave me in awe- I simply can't get enough of her colorful, bold, vintage yet modern with a touch of rustic style. Often embellished with original flea market finds or DIY projects- I still have yet to see a room she has designed that I haven't wanted to move into right away! She is definitely one of my top design idols!"


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linda.greaves3 By linda.greaves3


Outfit Details

  • Hair Braids - DIY (see below)
  • Dress - Romwe
  • Necklace - Romwe
  • Watch - Style Girl
  • Vest - Forever 21
  • Shoes - Just Fab

Milkmaid Braids

Recreate the look with Linda's milkmaid braids hair tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

My style is continually evolving, but it’s currently at a happy medium between bohemian, edgy, and classy. I’m not sure how that’s possible, but that’s what I feel like it’s transformed into. Who knows what it’ll turn into next!

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Oh wow, does it have to be just one piece!? This might be difficult…aha, but I’d have to say that out of my recent acquisitions, my crochet dress from Romwe is a favorite summer piece right now! It’s perfectly light and cool for a hot day.

Who are your style icons?

Vanessa Hudgens, Julie Sarinana (of Sincerely Jules), and Casey Marie (of Casey’s Collection)

Do you have any favourite designers?

Honestly, I’m not all that familiar with high end designers and their clothing line. However, from what little I know, I do love Prabal Gurung’s designs.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?

I do a lot of online shopping for unique finds, and I love browsing Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21 for affordable purchases.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Sometimes I do with my thrifted finds. I usually hem skirts with a cute print are too long.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

Layering is a huge factor in making outfits unique. By adding something as simple as a belt, you can make a simple outfit that much better.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I have several that I’ve been following for a while now, and I’d have to say that Little Miss Violet, The Drawing Mannequin, and Someone Like You are some of my favorite blogs to not only get fashion inspiration from, but to read as well.


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rainbowjo86 By rainbowjo86

Liverpool, England • Visit http://hiccupknitting.wordpress.com

"Every corner you turn in Liverpool you will see hints to its history, to its religion and to the continued development of its cultural celebrations."



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In the North West of England, on the east bank of the river Mersey, with a population of less than 500,000; Liverpool ranks 9th in city size in England, UK. It's a vibrant and exciting city with everything you could ever need close at hand. A student population of approx. 70000 there is always something fun and exciting to get involved in. But it's the cities wealth of history that makes it a cultural gem of the North West. Famous for its manufacturing and being one of the UK’s largest docklands since the late 19th century; famously known for The White Star Line shipping company registering the Titanic.....it's hard to believe that Liverpool’s Culture wasn't officially recognised until 2008; when the city won the European City of Culture Award. It's not only maritime history the city is known for, it would be rude of me to forget the musical genius of the "Fab 4" who are probably the most famous musical stars to originate from the city. Being a book lover, as well as a knitting addict, my two favourite shops have to be Reid of Liverpool; a second handbook store with floor to ceiling book cases and every possible title you can think of. I'd also suggest that the 'activists' amongst you to take a trip to News From Nowhere on Bold Street where you can pick up political books and magazines.

Having a great group of knitters at work, I was quickly introduced to Abakhan which is a stone throw from the office. Not only is it a great space to relax on your lunch break, but the friendly staff are experts in yarn craft, are super friendly and the prices are excellent!

The first Thursday of every month sees University Square on campus become a bustling farmers market where shoppers can sell their home made, home grown produce. Regular car boot sales both in and outdoor are held on weekends from March - December as well as a Liverpool vintage fashion fair being held in September.


Be Inspired

The architectural contracts of the city can be summed up between its two biggest cathedrals; the Anglican and Metropolitan. Not only great places to visit and experience their sheer size, but both beautiful structures and are always a great place to start when looking for inspiration. Both places of worship are complete contrasts to each other with the Anglicans gothic revival design, it's tower standing over 300 feet and resembling the shape of the famous Red Phone Box, is the largest cathedral in the UK and the 5th largest in the world - the views from the tower are truly amazing (there's also a lift to the top!) The Met in contrast is circular, glass crowned and on a sunny day, its stained glass pillars throw a beautiful kaleidoscope of colour across the pavements and the 86 steps to the door of the cathedral. With both cathedrals at either end of Hope Street, it's a great place to sit and consider the next crafty piece.

15 miles north of the city, in the small town of Crosby, is the permanent home of Antony Gormley's 'Another Place'. A piece of modern art; consisting of 100 6ft iron casts of the artists body stand facing the sea, spread over a 2 mile stretch of beach. Probably one of the most beautiful and haunting piece of site specific art, if you time the tides right, you'll be able to see the statues in different states of submission as the tide comes in. It's an amazing thing to see at night when there are fewer tourists around and the moonlight makes for an incredible photo opportunity. It's also a great spot for a bit of yarn-bombing.

As for photos, the top of the Anglican is an amazing spot to take panoramic photos of the city; some of my favourite photos of Liverpool have been taken from there.


Eat & Drink

For a quick, tasty and relatively cheap burger dinner, you can't go wrong with Free State Kitchen. For those pickle lovers the range of additions is not to be missed. A good Sunday roast with your friends or when the family visit has to be at Camp and Furnace where the main eating hall is filled with trestle tables and diners eat together. There's nothing better than carving your own roast chicken!

If you want something sweet, head to Patisserie Valerie in the centre of the city which maybe part of a wider cafe brand, but oh my goodness, I can't ever walk past their window without stopping and looking at their amazing cake. I'd recommend the chocolate Éclair every time!

Working in the centre of the University campus, there's always a busy student bar to have a quick after work pint in, the Cambridge is your nice traditional English pub, the Font is great for affordable pub grub and cocktails as well as the Guild of Students having a huge refurbishment including a sleek modern bar overlooking the cathedral.


Craft

Calderstone Park in L18 is a great space for a peaceful knit, especially in its Japanese garden, where is you're lucky, you'll be able to grab a seat and relax on a lazy afternoon.

I've yet to join a knitting club, but both Purlesque and the Happy hookers are really active craft groups whose yarn-bombing can be seen around the city. Currently, the cancer reach North West are seeking volunteer knitters for a Christmas craft fair that a few of us at work are involved in.

Oomoos is not only a great place for a coffee and a slice of amazing cheese cake, but also has a small library of knitting magazines as well as spare wool and needles for you to have a quick knit over coffee.


See Something Special

As part of the cities celebration for their 2008 city of culture award; statues known as Lambananas were erected around the city. Some of these still exists, some are dressed as the Beatles, or theirs are covered in Poppies, it's well worth seeking them for a photo. John Kings "A Case History" is another piece of art that is dotted around the city; you can find it and an information poster on Hope Street by the initiate of performing arts who commissioned it.


Take Home A Souvenir

You can get the, in a number of sizes from key rings to 8" statues whichever you decide, I'd suggest getting yourself a lambanana in its famous yellow which you can either admire in its original form, knit a woolly hat for or even create your own stencils for.


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Craft Room Tour

Posted August 28th, 2014 10:00

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We go behind the scenes at Mayholic in Crafts, to tour May's craft room in West L.A. where she makes handmade cards.


"My favorite thing about the space is a full long wall of windows. That makes me enjoy the views while crafting. I also love that my craft space is located in the living room so that I’m so close to all the action that goes on in my place. "



Tell us about your space

My craft space is technically part of the living room in our apartment. I placed a white book shelf to separate the living room area from the rest of the space. It solves as my craft space, my husband’s place to work, and as our living room. So naturally it’s the room where we spend the most time in, be it to work, craft, sit with friends. It's about 10 feet by 13 feet and it faces a full long wall of windows. It is where I do everything from cardmaking, sewing, blogging, and taking photos of my creations. Oh, I currently moved my sewing table to the bedroom so that I have plenty of space for only paper crafting. This is my main work spot! My computer is in here, as well as my printer/scanner, cutting machine, and wrapping supplies. Picture editing and blogging happens here, too, as long as the desk isn’t flooded with all kinds of craft supplies.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?

Even though my furniture is mostly white/light, I like to add a bit of spice with colors. I fill the space with colorful craft supplies on display here and there. I just let the supplies decorate the space for the most part. They are a great source of inspiration and it makes me happy just to look at them. I also keep my space with inspiration on the walls, and hang my cards as well. This gives the room a personal touch and gives me the opportunity to be delighted by my creations. I also change things around every now and then to keep it fresh and interesting.

How do you keep organized?

I’m definitely a messy crafter. I usually go through cycles of being messy and organized. I start with a very organized space so I can find everything I need and be inspired by my crafting supplies. If I’m in the middle of a project, there is some creative chaos. I don’t even bother trying clean up after myself until it’s finished. So often you can’t even see the table tops for the giant tangle of craft supplies. Once I’m finished though, I try my best to tidy up in order to make space for the new project. I have a lot of plastic baskets to keep finished projects in.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

I have a system that works for me: drawers and open shelves. I store most of my supplies on open shelves and in drawers. If things aren’t easily accessibly, I’m less likely to use them. I also try to recycle things I already have such as baby food jars, food tins, and cardboard boxes. A little paint and fabric/paper can make them pretty and practical as well. And they work perfectly for storing all the little things crafty. I keep certain supplies in the same spaces so I don’t have to dig through things to find that one piece I need. Just have a definite place for everything and once you’re done using it, put it away. If you have pretty ways of storing things, you’ll be happy to clean things up and you’ll like the way things look when it’s tidy.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?

I must have stamps, papers, and dies. Besides that, my favorite possession is a rolling kitchen cart from IKEA. I keep my most used supplies storing in it, so they are easily accessible. It makes my crafty life so much easier. My creations are everywhere. Especially I have some of my cards on display on the wall, called May’s Card Gallery.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I have a few mini notebooks for scribbling down ideas and making small sketches. I love looking back into the notebooks and being inspired all over again. I also use my iPhone to collect the ideas as soon as they come to my mind. I use my wall to keep inspiration on display, and everything I find on the internet goes onto one of my Pinterest boards.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Inspiration comes from everywhere. But I have to admit that the internet is an endless resources such as Pinterest, craftgawker, Etsy, and designer websites. I also really love looking at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Free People as well. Sometimes new ideas come to me by just looking around my home.

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?

I really couldn’t wish for more in my space, because I’m already very lucky with my craft space. However, if I had to wish for three things it would be…1. That we owned the space instead of renting. 2. I’d love to have a big crafting table that I could stand and create. 3. Bigger room(I guess I can never have too much space), it would have gorgeous clean white walls with lots of storage spaces.


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Rosie M. By Rosie M.


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Rosie from DIY Couture recreates the desert-chic style of comic book character Tank Girl:

"What's not to love about Tank Girl. Once described as "Mad Max designed by Vivienne Westwood; Action Man designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier" she's a rude, kind hearted anarchist with a mutant kangaroo for a boyfriend. Her clothing is a little bit riot grrrl, a little bit 80s hair metal. As well as looking cool, her clothing is extremely practical. It's all about hard wearing fabrics and plenty of utility pockets. I love you Tank Girl."


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A bite to eat

73 Blythe Rd, London W14 0HP • Visit http://www.bettyblythe.co.uk


We head to Betty Blythe vintage tearoom in London to learn how-to make homemade lemonade and a bergamot teacup crème caramel:


How did you get started?

Betty Blythe is five years old was was created when I needed a platform for my style of events and catering and somewhere to house all my vintage crockery, we started out selling very fancy foods,but it quickly developed in to a tea room which now is fully booked with hen parteis and baby showers, adored by so many peole for its Quintessentially English charm with a hint of Hollywood glamour!

Where are you located?

As the name sake was inspired by the name of the road, Betty Blythe can be found on Blythe Road in Leafy Brook Green in west London, and is easy to get to from hammer smith tube Station.

What are your specialities?

Betty Blythe can take you through the day, start with our delightful Brunch menu, coffee with croissants and granola, cheese and hams. Stop by for Lunch and have a soup or a traditional favorite of all - cheese toasties, relax with a good book and take a lazy pot of one of our fine teas delicious served with our amazing carrot or lemon cake, or book a party in where we look after your guests with champagne and a vintage style afternoon tea menu whilst you look in the dressing up box for something to wear to tea!

What's your personal favorite thing on the menu?

I love our Homemade scones with clotted cream and fine Jam, I can never seem to resist!

What's on the stereo?

FATS WELLER,GLEN MILLER Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith and the Boswell Sisters

Where else should we visit in your area?

Secret back street pub called The Pear Tree w6, a great place for a cosy evening with friends, drinking read wine, sitting by the fire and candle light and eating some good hearty food and Charm thai restaurant chiswick, great food, striking decor.

Do you host any special events?

We shall be hosting a speak easy in Betty Blythe very soon, and we have brought a Gatsby menu to the tea table, from £35 you can have savoury tea and champagne from coup glasses.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know?

Want to share a bit of Betty Blythe with friends? We have created our own biscuits which are available for delivery to anywhere in the UK


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73 Blythe Rd, London W14 0HP • Visit http://www.bettyblythe.co.uk

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Quiet Lion By Quiet Lion



Allison from Quiet Lion Creations recreated the look of Taylor Swift and gives her a bohemian beauty makeover:

The great thing about Taylor Swift is her natural beauty. With minimal makeup and that great curly hair, her style is all about All-American glamour. I wanted to give her style a makeover to something more moody, more gypsy-esque. I think that it would be a great contrast from her otherwise sweet, girl-next-door persona!


Classic Look


I love T. Swift's confidence and her ability to be comfortable without a face full of makeup. This classic look is a great everyday makeup look because of its simplicity, and it lets your natural beauty shine.

Makeover


This makeover is a total contrast to ordinary Swift. The dark, smoky eyes and the deep lip color add a lot of attitude and a bohemian flair to her look. I think it's a great alternative to her usual preppy-meets-retro style!
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Sailesh is a freelance digital designer by profession, but his heart lies in doodling. He currently spends his allotted doodling time, on an iPad, using the Paper by 53 app. It’s a challenging yet satisfying experience. He encourages everyone to give art a go, especially on the Paper app, as he curates a #MadeWithPaper blog celebrating artwork created on the app by other artists - fuckyeahmadewithpaper.tumblr.com is where you can find it. Follow Sailesh on Twitter! - @SaileshVaghela

Have you always been creative and artistic?

I think so, I remember when I was really young making a mess in my granddad’s room, painting butterflies (you know when you fold a piece of paper in half and paint one side, and then re-fold it and open it, and be in awe of how good you are at art? Genius.), along with being an avid viewer of Tony Hart’s Hartbeat on TV back in the day. I think those two things were my foundation in what I creatively do today.

How would you describe the style of your work?

Currently, my style is dramatic, fantastical, and eyes. I get bored really easily and my style changes from time to time but I’ve noticed that I find copying from real life is extremely boring, so I like to twist reality in a way that makes my pieces stand out. That’s the power we have to abuse I guess. Also I have this weird thing for eyes, I usually tend to make them standout quite a bit on my pieces. I’ve always focused on character design throughout my doodling life, I think it’s due to being awe-struck by the Mahabharat on BBC2 in the 80s, and fascinated by anime in the late 80s, and loving Street Fighter in the mid-90s. Cool, over the top, wild characters were something that I liked a lot. I guess that’s why a lot of my art is like it is, focused on a character.

What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?

My favourite tool right now, a part from the iPad, is my stylus. I’ve used quite a few iPad styli, but the first one I bought is my primary stylus. It’s Applydea’s excellent Maglus, it’s perfect for my chunky hands, has a good heft, and works amazingly well for what I do. It’s also magnetic so it’s less likely that I’ll lose it.

Who is your favorite superhero?

I like the idea of superhero comics but I haven’t read enough to give a solid answer. So I guess I’ll be going on from what I’ve seen in films, which is less than ideal for such a question. If I’m honest, it’s not a hero but a villain. It has to be Loki! Tom Hiddleston plays him so well, and his dialogue delivery is so cool. And even though Loki is not a ‘hero’ he’s not totally evil either, there are hints of grey in his character and I think that adds depth. He’s someone you love to hate and smile at whenever you see him.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

This is a hard question as there are so many. Perhaps teleportation? So I can go places without having the headache of transportation. Airports and planes are usually such a bane before going somewhere exciting, so ideally it would be cool to cut that out.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I think my inspiration comes from various places; Tumblr, mythological stories, video games, music, fashion, random faces in a crowd… I like to think I drink it all in without knowing and it somehow pours out onto the canvas.

Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?

I’ve always had a thing for pop art, Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein are probably my faves. I’ve also come to appreciate traditional art a lot more these days, I trip to the Louvre last year brought that out of me. I did say I wasn’t too sure about comic books, but I’ve been trying to get myself into that realm a lot more recently. I’d say favourite author is Kieron Gillen, he’s excellent, and the combination of Gillian, McKelvie (art), and Wilson (colour) is just fantastic and makes me very happy. Their past work on Young Avengers was awesome and their new series, The Wicked + The Divine, is perhaps the best thing to happen in 2014 - it’s really mind blowing stuff.


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