Have You Met… ElevatorMusik?

I am very jealous of the multi-talented, especially when it comes to balancing work and life.

From writing about fashion, food or blogging to providing social media consultancy and creating her own prints ElevatorMusik, otherwise known as Gillian is a busy bee. I envy those who can find the hours in the day to explore their creative projects.

Have you met…. ElevatorMusik?

Why the name ElevatorMusik?

It has nothing to do with music – or elevators for that matter. I had been trying to think of a name for weeks and wasn’t getting anywhere, so decided to scroll through my iTunes for inspiration. I quite liked the sound of Elevator Music (a song by Beck) but as that was already taken I settled for adding a ‘k’ at the end. It was only intended as a temporary name until I could think of something better, but it has stuck around for 7 years now!

Describe your blog in three words:

Every day, personal, pretty

Where do you live and what are your three favourite things about that city?

I live in Edinburgh – I moved down here to go to university almost 10 years ago and I loved it so much I’ve never left! My three favourite things are: 1) the food and drink scene 2) the beautiful views and architecture, and 3) all the pop-ups, events and festivals throughout the year.

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"Dwight, you ignorant slut" 💅 Spent most of my afternoon adding new prints to my @etsyuk shop and I think this one's my favourite. Shop link in my bio! . I'm also in the process of creating a bunch of new products (like notebooks, cards, mugs etc) but I can't decide which items to get and which designs to use! If you have any favourites or ideas, please do let me know! 😘 . . . #edinburghbloggers #lbloggers #scottishbloggers #etsyshop #etsyfinds #etsylove #etsyuk #makersmovement #makersgonnamake #mycreativebiz #creativehappylife #abmcrafty #girlssupportgirls #createcultivate #beingboss  #thelifestylecollective #thatsdarling #petitejoys #dwightschrute #theofficeus #myeverydaymagic #creativeedi #flashesofdelight #pursuepretty #ohwowyes #inspiremyinstagram #thegirlgang #elevatormusik

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What is your favourite food to eat? Why?

I love anything spicy. Mexican is one of my favourite cuisines, and you can’t beat a good burrito. I like that you can customise it with your favourite fillings – lots of guacamole and extra jalapenos for me!

What is your least favourite food to eat? Why?

I absolutely hate goats cheese. If I’m at an event or party, I can instantly tell if I’ve picked up a goats cheese canape by mistake as the flavour is super strong and overpowering for me. Why are there always goats cheese canapes?!

What is your favourite restaurant to eat at, why and what do you order?

Passorn is definitely my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. I first discovered it about 6 years ago when it opened just along the road from my flat, and I took my parents there when they came down to visit me. Now it’s a bit of a tradition that we go back to Passorn every time they’re in Edinburgh. I usually have the spicy beef salad as a starter and then the Angel Curry with coconut rice as a main course. The Angel Curry is Passorn’s signature dish with spicy red curry sauce and marinated sirloin steak – seriously, it’s so good!

What is your favourite bar to drink at, why and what do you order?

I love cocktails (of course), so The Dragonfly is one of my favourite bars in Edinburgh. I love the relaxed vibe, cool music and big sparkly chandeliers. The cocktail menu is inventive but not too experimental, so all the cocktails taste delicious and have ingredients you actually understand. The Raspberry Ripple cocktail there is amazing – it’s almost more of a dessert than a cocktail and even comes complete with hundreds and thousands on the glass.

Where is your favourite place to have a coffee, why and what do you order?

I must admit, I’m one of those weirdos who doesn’t drink tea or coffee. Hot chocolate, on the other hand, is something I can definitely get on board with. Cairngorm Coffee do a great hot chocolate, and their café on Melville Place is totally Instagrammable (very important obvs).

You can only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chips. I mean, would anyone ever get bored of chips? No.

What is your biggest food vice?

I definitely have more of a savoury tooth than a sweet tooth, so crisps are probably my biggest food vice. If I open a bag of sharing crisps, it’ll be gone before I know it.

What is your favourite city for food? Any recommendations?

I visited Copenhagen a couple of years ago and really loved the food there. It had a very cool, understated Scandi vibe with lots of new Nordic influences. One of my favourite restaurants from the trip was Host because of its stripped-back interiors, contemporary Danish menu and delicious food.

Fill in the gaps: If I had to be food I would be… because…

A marshmallow because I’m squishy and nice and enjoy a good campfire.

What are your three favourite social media accounts to follow? (Can be any form of social media)

Exploring Edinburgh for beautiful photos of the city: @ExploringEdinburgh

Life Story because I’m always on the hunt for Pinterest-perfect homeware:  @LifeStoryEdin

And Retriever Puppies because… puppies: @RetrieverPuppies

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Evening reflections on the canal ✨ . As nice as it was to have some sunshine last week, I'm secretly quite happy that it's back to normal temperatures. It's nice to be able to snuggle up under a blanket for a Monday evening Netflix marathon and not feel like I'm melting 😂 . . . #thisisedinburgh #igersedinburgh #instaedinburgh #edinphoto #everyedinburgh #hiddenedinburgh #edinburgh #edinburghbeauty #visitscotland #scotspirit #edinburghbloggers #scottishbloggers #lbloggers #travelblogger #travelfolk #wanderlust #abmtravelbug #travelbug #exploreeverything #thelifestylecollective #letsgetlost #searchwandercollect #seekthepositive #aquietstyle #thatauthenticfeeling #myeverydaymagic #myedinlifestyle #inspiremyinstagram

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Thanks Gillian for getting involved! Follow ElevatorMusik on social here: 

Website: ElevatorMusik.com

Twitter: @ElevatorMusik

Instagram: @ElevatorMusik_

Facebook: @ElevatorMusikBlog

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