hot chocolate with ice cream

Morning Coffee | Mary’s Milk Bar

Mary's Milk Bar - amazing ice cream shop on the Grassmarket, Edinburgh

hot chocolate ice cream float

This week’s Morning Coffee is actually an afternoon hot chocolate: with ice cream on the top.

It came from the amazing Mary’s Milk Bar, on the Grassmarket in Edinburgh: it’s the kind of shop you’d easily miss if you weren’t looking out for it, but all I can tell you is that if you’re ever in Edinburgh, GO – because that was hands down the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my life. Terry also pronounced his ice cream “the best ever”, and if you know Terry, you’ll know that Terry’s had a LOT of ice cream in his life, so he would know.

We were in Edinburgh over the weekend for an overnight stay, which I’ll be writing more about next week, but suffice to say it was SO good to get away, even just for that one night. We had a fairly lazy time of it, but we also had tons o’ fun, so that’s the main thing, isn’t it?

Madewell transport weekender(My bag is the Madewell Transport Weekender*, which just about holds everything I need for an overnight stay…)

On our way home, meanwhile, we stopped at IKEA, and bought a few more essential items for our home office, stage one of which will ALSO be the subject of its very own blog post next week:

Forever Amber lightbox on desk

I’m getting a LOT of mileage out of that lightbox, let me tell me. A LOT of mileage. (It was £7.99 from B&M, if you’re curious: can’t seem to find it on the website, but there are loads of similar ones around, if you need something to Instagram…)

The office isn’t totally finished (And I suspect I’m going to be repeating that a lot this week, because I just know someone out there is waiting to hit me with the phrase “pop of colour” – I can feel it coming), but I’m really happy with it, and I don’t think it would be too much of an exaggeration to say it’s changed my life. Well, OK, maybe a BIT of an exaggeration. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, though, 2016 has been a year-long blog slump for me, and I’ve really struggled to stay motivated for a lot of it. For some reason, though, having a nice, shiny new office, complete with lots of drawer space to organise, has helped kick me out of it, and made me feel all #GIRLBOSS and stuff. Who knew that all I really needed was a bunch of pink roses, and a trip to Ikea? Oh, and a cushion:

Hope & Love cushionThis cushion isn’t actually in the office – it’s in the bedroom, and I don’t think Terry’s noticed it yet, or else the words “NOT ANOTHER ^^%”$^V* CUSHION!” would be echoing around our house right now. £3.99 from H&M Home, though: who was I to resist the siren song of the slogan cushion? I did, however, manage to resist this camel coat in ZARA, even although I really, really wanted it, so I think I’m to be commended for that, if nothing else:

camel coat

(Er, photo from my Instagram Stories – please excuse the cheesy text and blur!)

(EDIT: He’s found the cushion! While I was writing this post, in fact: which made me worry a bit that he’s, like, inside my head or something. Nah: if he WAS, that cushion would never have made it under his radar in the first place, would it? Phew!)

And that was my week. How was yours?

  • Hi Amber, that hot chocolate does look delish! Have a nice weekend. xx

    October 22, 2016
  • Sharon


    I have so much love for Mary’s Milk Bar. I was just telling my friends about it the other day. It’s a crime to live in Edinburgh and to have never been. Everyone I’ve taken (obsessed with it) has declared it the best ice cream they’ve ever eaten. It’s soooooo creamy.

    And can I say you may feel like you’ve been in a slump but it’s not reflected in your blog. I enjoy every post.

    October 22, 2016
  • Myra Boyle


    Your slump looks pretty good from here. I’ve had some fun this week and the informal photography club I’ve joined. They had s young male model trying to build his portfolio. I took some good shots, but towards the end of the shoot there were several hairs over his eyes, and that is almost impossible to edit out.
    Today we had a fun water fight with our grandson, but as I had a tiny pistol and the others had large guns that soaked me, I decided to cheat and stayed indoors, firing at them through a narrow opening, I think I won lol.

    October 22, 2016
  • Hot chocolate with ice cream!!! That looks amazing!

    It’s become a joke with my friends and my obsession with new cushions, so I’ve put a hold on myself in that department, ha. Costco has just great quality and inexpensive home decor it can be a challenge 😉

    What’s the saying, in like a lion out like a lamb? I know it’s in reference to actual weather, but I’m going to apply it to life weather. Here’s to hoping the last bit of the year is on an uptick for you 🙂

    October 23, 2016
  • Can you believe I still haven’t made it to Mary’s Milk Bar? As a connoisseur of desserts this seems like a travesty. Especially now I know you can get ice cream on top of hot chocolate, what a genius idea.

    October 25, 2016