Monday, 21 August 2017

Girl's Day Out | Waterstones Fort Kinnaird


Hi Everyone,

Today's post excites me very much because it combines my favourite things, books and my little lady.

Girl's days are something me and my little girl look forward to, we take ourselves off somewhere nice together to get some quality time in, sometimes we go swimming, sometimes we visit tourist attractions, other times we hit the shops for a spot of retail therapy and one type of shopping we are always both excited by is book shopping.

I was invited to visit Waterstones in Fort Kinnaird Edinburgh with my mini me to check out their new store layout, Waterstones in Fort Kinnaird used to be situated on the opposite side of the retail park but recently moved into another building. I used to visit the old store quite a lot and I (like many other people) believed that they had closed down at this location, I can't tell you how happy I am that this isn't the case!

Upon arrival we spotted the new school book section, having just started school, my little one is excited by all things 'school' and instantly spotted the Topsy and Tim Start School book that has been a staple in our house at the moment! If you have a child due to start their first term soon I really recommend this book, it goes over the feelings of nervousness and the excitement of starting primary school.

If you're a book fanatic like me, being surrounded by all the titles of books you are yet to read is an exciting prospect, I remember spending literally hours a day of my late teens in Waterstones and that excitement for a shop filled with literary treasures has never left me and I'm so excited that this bookish love is passing down to my daughter too.

Each section in the Fort Kinnaird Waterstones is perfectly stocked and there are loads of little reader tips with various recommendations and added information about various books (in the pictures above you can see what looks like post-it notes on the shelves, they're what we are talking about here) which I love reading and have picked up some great new books this way in the past.

Along with the standard book covers for casual reading, there was also a sizable range of more gift worthy editions of books from classics to children's books all beautifully bound with the most beautiful covers, I occasionally treat myself to such prizes and I definitely buy them for my daughter for Christmas gifts too but I always like a browse, how beautiful is that hardback copy of 'A Little Princess'? I am adding that one to my wish list!

I couldn't write a post about visiting Waterstones and leave out my book shop ritual of hunting out the Enid Blyton selection, I have some serious nostalgia of autumn evenings as a kid reading about the Malory Towers capers and they still hold a special place in my heart even after reading thousands more books since those long cosy nights.

The Magic Faraway Tree was another obsession of mine as a little kid and I often think of this book on my many woodland walks to this day and if you have a child who loves a bit of magic and adventure, you can't go wrong with this story of a trio of siblings who move to the countryside from the city only to discover an enchanted wood full of exciting secrets, magic lands and quirky forest folk.

For those of you looking to buy a bookish gift for a reading obsessed friend or loved one, look no further than the gift section in your local Waterstones, there is always a plethora of goodies from Penguin Classics themed mugs to playing cards to tote bags to local themed items.

I do love seeing a bit of personality in shops and I always find things to suit the local area when I'm browsing a Waterstones store, Fort Kinnaird has loads of lovely Scottish items being that we are in Edinburgh here but when I travel up and down the UK, I have found books and gifts proudly showing off the area you are in at the time.

The range of kids character toys is fantastic, I have a fair few at home myself for both me and my daughter, I don't know about any of your children but my little girl loves picking a character soft toy to take to bed and then we read a story or two featuring the toy of the night, it's a little ritual we both enjoy immensely, my cottage however, is at serious risk of overflowing with the amount of cute things we both insist on collecting and perhaps we should rein it in... (as I look down at my new pusheen themed slipper socks Mr Sparkles brought me two days ago).

After our little browse I went to speak to the manager of the Fort Kinnaird store, Keith Cooper.

If ever there was a man to ignite a passion for books, Keith is your man. I asked about their Scottish author selection and was thrilled by all the information I was given whilst being shown various books around the store, I learned about Scottish folklore that I had never heard of before (although I live in Scotland now I'm originally from Newcastle) including a story of the Kelpie which was such an interesting legend, forget your Loch Ness, read up on The Kelpie! I also saw a Scottish Fairy Tales book I'll be going back to get next month!

I also discovered that some of our favourite kid's books have been translated into Scots now too, such as the Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson who now has a pizenous plook’ on his neb thanks to James Robertson, a Scottish writer of several short stories, poetry amd novels, who translated the book. 

I discovered Keith also had a liking for crime novels (which as many of you will know are a favourite of mine) and he pointed me towards some of his favourites from Scottish authors, there were so many exciting sounding stories to pick from but I finally settled on Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre as it came highly recommended, it is the story of a blogger who upsets a few people with her sexism posts and has information leaked about her online, then she meets Peter who knows nothing of her past and they marry after a whirlwind romance but before long Peter is dead and the press are calling her the Black Widow, but did she do it?

I can't wait to read this one, I'm excited to read more from Scottish authors as so far I've not come across many and living in Scotland I should remedy that asap.

My daughter picked up Princess Evie's Ponies: Willow The Magic Forest Pony which is her second book from this series now. She also latched on to a Mog teddy after being a huge fan of the Mog series by Judith Kerr and we went upstairs to the cafe to have a look at our books and have a hot drink, this is another ritual of ours on our 'Girl's Days' and I love that Waterstones at Fort Kinnaird have a cafe in the building because it is a perfect way to relax with your new read, little one had hot chocolate and I had an Earl Grey tea.

We were very kindly gifted our books and drinks and even Mog too which was a lovely surprise and I can't thank Waterstones enough for having me but in particular, Keith Cooper for taking the time to talk to me and give me loads of information and exciting recommendations, we had a lovely time.

I'd love to know how any of you blow off steam when you want some quality time.

Do you visit Waterstones yourself? Let me know if you've been to Fort Kinnaird!

Bye for now,

Rosy xx

*As stated above, books and refreshments were provided free of charge (Mog too!) but all opions are my own.
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  1. Such an adorable post! I love that you go book shopping together. It’s so rare to see lots of kids in book stores these days. My son also loves going to book shops too. Looks like such a lovely outing!

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  2. This is really sweet, hope you and your daughter had a lovely time x

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  3. What a lovely place for you and your daughter to spend an afternoon and revel in a love for books!

  4. The hardcopy of Peter Pan and Wendy looks SO beautiful. I can imagine you were absolutely in your element here Rosy; with books and your little one :)

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  6. I love bookstores, I could spend hours in Waterstone hunting down series and looking at all the different sections. Great post, thank you for sharing x

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  7. This looked like such a fun day out. I was saying to my OH yesterday that I can't wait to take our little girl to the library and book shops, as I have such fond memories of doing that.

    Amy –

  8. Such a stunning bookstore - I love spending time in bookstores too. Great post.

  9. Such a lovely experience, beautiful bookstore!
    Love, Paola.

  10. You got so many gorgeous photos! I'm glad they didn't close it down like you thought!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  11. I love visiting the bookstore with my son. It's so wonderful to see their excitement. Guess How Much I Love you is ready very often in our home. It looks like you had a great day out.

  12. Bookstores are such an incredible and magical place, Rosy!!
    How fabulous this one is set up, and what a great trip!!

  13. What a great trip out! I used to be obsessed with Mog!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  14. Photos of books make me smile.

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  15. What a big post, i love books...
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  16. I have no idea but the name of the book that your daughter picked made me chuckle :D I am glad you had a nice girly time out together and that books were involved. We need events like this to share the passion for literature. Love, Iga

  17. Omg, all the books look so cool! So nice you've had a fun girly day!
    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

  18. When our children were little I used to read every evening a book with them and I enjoyed this time so much!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  19. Well how fun! I used to LOVE bookstore trips as a kid!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  20. Awww I could spend hours there! Such a beautiful place for a quite afternoon :)
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | DIY & Lifestyle Blog

  21. This sounds like such a lovely day out. I love spending days out with my daughters too, even though they are both in their 20s now.
    I also love to pop into a Waterstones and 'the Magical Faraway tree' was one of my favorite books as a child!
    Julia x

  22. Sounds like you had a lovely day! Nothing beats spending time in a wonderful bookshop discovering hidden gems <3

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  23. So much books! Nice post :)

  24. what a lovely day out, it sounds like complete bliss. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside just reading it 😍

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  25. That's a lot of books! That's simply heaven for a bookworm like me!

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  26. Aw sounds like a really well spent day with your little girl <3
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  27. Looks great. Waterstones is one of my favourite bookstores, especially the one in Piccadilly Circus.

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

  28. Looks like such a cute bookstore! I am in love with those gift-worthy types of books with decorative covers. I want all of them. :)
    So glad you had a nice day with your girl, looks like fun!
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  29. How cute and a great way to spend time with your little one.
    I didn't think you had kids yet. You look so young.

  30. I love visiting bookstores. Looked like such a nice time!

  31. What a lovely idea! I am so overdue for a girls day out! Thankfully, my girlfriend and I are headed to New York in a week, We will have a girls week out =)

    Rina Samantha

  32. This place looks awesome, lovely photo selections. x


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