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Beautiful Scottish-made items for your home and wardrobe

Scotland is full of history and culture so it’s no wonder that the country produces such amazing products. Here are some gorgeous items that have all been made in Scotland.

For the home

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As far as I’m concerned, everyone needs a tweed stag head on their wall. This would look fantastic when paired with tartan throws, a roaring fire and a glass of single malt Scotch.

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This jack rabbit print is so charming. It’s a great way to bring a little element of nature into your home while maintaining a very modern look.

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These thistle napkins are simple and beautiful. They’d look great in a really bright dining room with fresh flowers on the table.

For your wardrobe

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This oxidized silver ring is just striking. The unusual design is bound to turn heads. Wear with a simple LBD and some sparkly high heels.

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This printed scarf could be worn in so many ways. It looks great here with this simple outfit but it would also look lovely with a nice dress ready for an evening out. As the scarf is so big, it can be used as a cover up when evenings get chilly.

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This scarf would make a beautiful cravat. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, it would look great tucked into a black shirt.

For the cupboard

As we’re here, we should look at food. Why not, who doesn’t love food?

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Want to start your own veg patch? Why not treat yourself to this starter kit. It contains everything you need to grow radishes, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and more.

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Dark chocolate and raspberries, a great combination but have you ever seen chocolate as pretty as this?

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Glittery, tartan chocolate, what more could you want? These would make great gifts for anyone at any time of the year.

If you want to see all this and more, take a look at www.madefromscotland.com. The site is full of unique items for your home made in this beautiful country by independent sellers.

A guide to the Paleo diet

IMG_1248The Paleo diet has been championed on The Pleasure Forecast before but it’s now time to look into exactly what it is, why people eat in this way and how it can benefit your health.

Paleo is all about going back to the way that Paleolithic man ate thousands of years ago. That means plenty of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.

The idea is that we go back to eating how our bodies evolved to eat. So many people have intolerances to gluten and dairy — even if it’s not severe — and we’re one of the few mammals that consume milk past infancy. The reason these health problems occur is because we’re not evolved to eat like this. Continue reading

Mother’s Day gifts for happy mums

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With Mother’s Day coming up (March 30th 2014) I wanted to look at some lovely gifts you can treat your mum to. Some people feel that Mother’s Day is an over-commercialised holiday with no real worth. While in part I would agree and I don’t need a special day to appreciate my mum, it’s still nice to treat your mum once in a while.

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Pretty, sustainable candles

Sustainable soy candles

 

These sustainable candles are a great alternative to paraffin or beeswax candles. Not only do they burn for 40 hours each but they’re non-toxic too.

I had to post these because they’re just so pretty. I’ve found that a lot of scented candles can make my cat sick (crazy-cat-lady alert). I wonder if these would be a bit more gentle on his sensitive soul.

These candles are £9.95 each and come in scents such as amber & nutmeg, rose, and bergamot.

Visit Dotcomgiftshop.com for these pretty candles and much more.

Take a weekend to do something you love

If you work during the week, the weekend can be the time for visiting family, doing chores, going to the shops and seeing friends. Sometimes, though, it’s best to get away from it all and do something you want to do rather than what you’re obligated to.

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A few weekends ago I headed to Birmingham with the boyfriend and spent two glorious days at the Autosport International Show with a wonderful overnight stay at the Forest of Arden, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Continue reading

Playing with your friends

This slightly ambiguous title isn’t anything sexual (sorry) but it’s about taking part in a team sport. Our first guest post from Ali Bunn – or should that be Knockturn Ali?

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If you read the Pleasure Forecast regularly you’ll know by now that fitness is dead important for enjoying the life you lead. Physically this is understandable – exercise releases endorphins which make you happy in the short term. In the long term regular exercise helps to control your weight and boost your energy too. There are mental benefits as well, though… Continue reading

The reasons you feel self conscious at the gym and how to beat it

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Hello new gym goers! How are those 2014 resolutions going? Are you in the gym three times a week as you promised you would be? I’m guessing that if you’re here you’re either answering ‘no’ to that final question or you’re struggling.

As someone who was petrified of the gym, I know how you feel. You feel like everyone is looking at you, judging what you’re doing and how much you can lift. I promise, that’s not the case. Continue reading