August is always a fun filled month in Edinburgh especially when you live, work and love the Fringe as much as I do. The city plays host to the biggest arts festival in the world and with over 50,000 performances spread across every genre, there really is something for everyone.
Now in it's 70th year, this years Festival's extra special for me with the launch of the JustBe Fringe chocolates. For those who follow JustBe Botanicals on Instagram, you'll have seen that I've taken the opportunity to share some bars with some well know faces.
Those that I managed to get chocolate to, that wasn't captured on camera included Sir David Attenborough, Russel Brand & Steve Wright (although the chocolates did get a mention on his Radio 2 show that was broadcasted live from Edinburgh 🍫)
i-on magazine featured the Golden Ticket competition. Some of the big prizes have still to be claimed - so there's still time to win 🌟
The winners of this year's JustBe Loved Fringe award went to Secrets Life of Humans for their their amazing theatre piece at the Pleasance Courtyard ❤️
Graeme Norton happened to be waiting to see the same show 🍫
We've had an exciting start to the month with Vogue giving us a call. Twice. On the same day. In relation to the iconic September issue and requesting samples for October edition! There's been a fair amount of travel too with in-store demo's at WholeFoods Giffnock & High Street Kensington stores to support the Gift With Purchase promotion that we're running at 3 stores inc. Piccadilly Circus, during July.
I was also in London for this year's FreeFrom Skincare Awards at Olympia. And was delighted that JustBe Happy Body Butterwas awarded Silver and JustBe Soft Lip Balm received Bronze. The comments from the panel of testers were glowing. This brings the number of accolades for the range up to a total of 14!
A selection of our products were used on Big Brother as part of the Champagne & Pamper reward this week. And if that wasn't enough excitement, the fringe launched the Golden Ticket chocolate competition yesterday: celebrating 70 years, with 70 prizes - more details below.
Looking ahead to next month, we're excited to be part of the program of talks put together by Lululemon for the new zen healthy living area within this year's Foodie Festival in Edinburgh. Join me 4.30-5.30 on Saturday the 5th of August.
Receive a Free 15ml Restoring Cream with any JustBe purchase from WholeFoods during July 🌟
JustBe products used in Big Brothers Champagne & Pamper reward.
it's the last day of June doesn't mean that it necessarily feels like Summer! It's been raining almost non-stop for the last couple of days here in Edinburgh - although the sunshine featured in the snaps received for our JustBe Fringe chocolate competition have been keeping us going. If you'd like to enter and be in with a chance of winning a JustBe hamper, simply send us your snaps featuring the new Fringe chocolate bars before the end of August or use the #EdFringeInYourMouth on Instagram 📸 Here are some of our favourites so far:
As massive fans of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I'm very excited to share the new JustBe Fringe chocolate bars that have been launched as part of this years 70th anniversary celebrations.
Exclusively available from the Fringe shop on the Royal Mile, we hope you'll enjoy #EdFringe in your mouth. "Created here in Edinburgh by the wonderful JustBe, these unique flavour combinations will surprise, delight and maybe, just maybe, make your day."
Competition time: For a bit of extra fun, take and share some snaps of the Fringe chocolates to be in with a chance of winning a JustBe hamper. Entries must be received by email, twitter or Instagram the 28th of August.
Zesty Lime White chocolate with zesty lime & refreshing pink grapefruit 🍫
Fresh Spearmint Milk chocolate with fresh spearmint & a hint of cloves 🍫
Blushing Rose 70% Dark chocolate with pure rose oil, topped with rose petals 🍫
Whilst the clocks won't 'Spring forward' until the Equinox on the 20th, the 1st of March is the beginning of Meteorological Spring which will see the days getting longer, temperatures (hopefully) rising and bulbs bursting with colour.
For some, the 1st also marks the start of Lent. Historically a period devoted to fasting and abstinence, I invite you to consider what simple changes you can make to increase your sense of well-being. What can you do for the next 40 days that will make you feel more happy, energised and alive?
With Valentine's Day approaching there's so much talk of love. Whilst some may have found, lost or still be looking for love, we all have the opportunity love ourselves more.
Much has been written on the subject, including the well know adage 'we only accept the love we think we deserve'. As with everything intention is key. Having attended a goal setting workshop at Lululemon last month, one of the group shared that they'd stop waiting for a plus one before doing things, especially travelling - which struck a cord with the room.
So this Valentine's and indeed this year, know what you deserve, be okay by yourself, treat yourself, take the trip and eat the chocolate (if that's what you want to do).
We've had our first JustBe video made in Edinburgh this week and are looking forward to sharing it with you soon.
Join us at the Business Women Scotland event on the 23rd of Marchat The George Hotel, Edinburgh. Hear from an inspiring line up of speakers. Early bird tickets are available now.