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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Time Together | Mother’s Day Gift



If you ask me about gifting ideas, I’d always recommend experiences over items. I mean if you can afford both, get both, but if it’s one or the other I much prefer the gift of an experience. A dinner event with family or friends, a fun activity like horse riding or quad biking, or, if you’re lucky, travelling to somewhere you’ve never been before. The memories you’ll gain from an experience are far greater than that from any gift in my opinion. 

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to show your mum just how much she really means to you. In the past, my sister and I have showered my mum with flowers, taken her for a nice bubbly brunch and even treated her to afternoon tea. This year though, I had the opportunity to treat my mum a little early with a trip to PURE Spa in Silverburn to enjoy some girly pamper time together. For this month only, the spa is running a ‘Two Gels Together’ package which includes a gel manicure each, a free PURE Skincare gift for mum, chocolates and a glass of Scott bubbly each for just £49. Having a little hour out of our busy weeks to catch-up in the relaxing setting of the spa to then leave feeling primed and pampered was just what we both needed.  








I think the package is great value for money and a brilliant way to squeeze in quality time with mum this Mother’s Day. After we indulged with our treatment, my mum and I had a casual wander around the shops in the centre and managed to stumble across my dream head piece for the wedding, so it was a great day all round! 

The Two Gels Together offer is available to book until the 31stof March or if you don’t have time to visit before then you can purchase a gift card so mum can choose the date herself. You can purchase the gift card here



In my short but sweet visit to the spa I can honestly say the staff went above and beyond to treat us like VIPs and were extremely attentive, friendly and welcoming. Thanks very much to PURE Spa for gifting both my mum and I with a gel polish. 
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Thursday, 10 January 2019

A PERFECT START TO 2019 | MY HOTEL BREAK



A new year means new beginnings, a fresh start, new ambitions and bigger and better dreams. So, this year I asked, why do we so often spend the entire first day of our ‘new chapter’ hungover on the couch? This year – partially due to working NYE and partially thanks to a blog opportunity - I did something completely new for new year. The boy and I got up at a reasonable hour, packed our bags and headed on the road towards one of Scotland’s most charming towns - St Andrew’s - for an overnight stay at a rather plush hotel. 


When My Hotel Break got in touch a month earlier and asked if I’d like to try out their services to test run one of their featured hotels, I jumped at the chance! There was so much to choose from with hotels right across the UK. We decided to stay local and while searching through their easy-to-use website a stunning DoubleTree by Hilton in South Queensferry and the Lochside House Hotel in New Cumnock quickly became some of our front runners. Not before long though I stumbled across The Fairmont in St Andrew’s and stopped searching instantly. It’s a hotel I’ve always wanted to visit and knew it would have everything The Boy and I love in a hotel.





We arrived in the early afternoon on a cold but bright New Year’s Day. On first impression, the hotel is set on a stunning cliff edge with golfing fields all around. On entering the hotel, a welcoming grand fireplace instantly warmed us up. After a quick check-in, we were directed towards our Fairmont King View room. Our room was elegant and modern with hints of Scottish heritage. We had gorgeous views of the sea front and a HUGE kingsize bed that would fit a family of four. My jaw dropped to the floor when I walked into the bathroom. With floor to ceiling marble it’s every girl’s dream. It featured a grand bath – perfect for a bubble bath for two, a large walk-in shower and a beautiful basin area that made for the perfect make-up station. 

When looking at pictures online, one of the biggest pulls to this hotel was their courtyard area and it was even better in real life. A breath-taking open space that truly is the beating heart of the hotel. It’s where you will find all of their restaurants, bars and lounge areas. Still decorated for Christmas, there was a gigantic real tree crowning the top of their ‘Beauty and the Beast’ stairwell as I liked to call it but even without it, the hotel has a beautiful art piece draped from the ceiling that is there year-round. 



After we got our bearings, we decided to take an hour out and make the most of the spa facilities before getting ready for dinner. We spent a nice hour, swimming in the pool, chatting in the jacuzzi and detoxing in the steam and sauna rooms.  

7pm came around before we knew it and we headed down for dinner. We decided to book into the hotel’s Italian restaurant as it only felt right - 2019 is the year we tie the knot in Italy in case you didn’t catch the reference J





I could go on for at least a few paragraphs raving about the restaurant, but I’ll keep it brief. The food and wine was some of the best Italian food we’ve indulged in since visiting Tuscany last July. It tasted very authentic and the staff were incredibly attentive. We were kindly sat on one of their balcony tables which was so beautiful. My heart could’ve burst at how happy I was spending my first day of the year, indulging in delicious Italian food with my hubby-to-be in a beautiful setting. It was perfect. 

Before checking out, we took full advantage of the spacious bath tub, had a peaceful sleep in our big bed and ate a very tasty breakfast in the courtyard area in the morning.



The staff at The Fairmont were some of the best I’ve experienced in a hotel and I can’t wait to return. Before jumping in the car back to Glasgow, we took twenty minutes to stroll down towards the coast line and simply take in the views. Standing on a cliff edge and hearing the waves come in was so relaxing and I was gutted that we had to head off so quickly. On our next visit I’ll definitely be scheduling more time to soak in the views and explore the local town. 


A huge thank you again to My Hotel Break for giving us the most perfect start to 2019. One thing I did want to mention before signing off was that My Hotel Break are actually based in Scotland. Over the years, I’ve developed a deeper appreciation for local businesses and always strive to support them when I can which is why My Hotel Break will be my go-to for booking hotels in the UK from now on. Not only are they easy-to-use but they also offer some fantastic deals. They actually have a deal for the Fairmont currently available for just £74.50 per person for bed and breakfast. From my own experience of this stunning hotel, I can say that is an absolute bargain. 

If you’ve made it to the end of this post – well done JI wanted to share every amazing detail about this experience with you and simply couldn’t stop typing. 

Until next time. 

XoXo 

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Thursday, 20 December 2018

SUITE LIFE AT THE BONHAM HOTEL


I'm back, once again with another hotel review. I feel like travel has been a huge focus this year in Scotland's blogging industry and I ain't complaining.

This time, I was headed to the Capital to stay at a charming 4 star hotel situated in the West End. The Bonham Hotel has recently undergone a huge refurb which has seen the bedroom interiors given a modern update which still reflects its original design. The hotel feels traditional Edinburgh but with wood panelled walls and original fire places but with a young, fresh twist mixed with plush turquoise velvet sofas and glitzy chandeliers.






Myself and some of my favourite Glasgow bloggers were kindly invited to the hotel to indulge in,what sounded like, the most festive night ever. After checking-in, Suzy and I headed to our room - a newly refurbed twin room that was going to be the perfect spot to rest of our heads. Eager to see the Executive Suite, we quickly hurried along to where Victoria was sleeping as this was where the main activities would take place. A large spacious room complete with not one, but two, bay windows, a fire place, two sofas, a tv cabinet, lovely white bathroom with both shower and tub, a big kingsize bed and a dinner table and Christmas tree set-up for later. I was so excited for the night ahead...







Not before long, we were sipping on champagne before the first activity commenced - cookie decorating. If there was ever a therapeutic Christmas activity to indulge in, this was it. We laughed at realising our serious concentration levels and successful and failing icing designs.  I went for a wreath, holly and (slightly dodgy) looking fairy light design.

Next up: cocktail making in their intimate bar area. We shaked up espresso martinis by the fire place and took the opportunity to capture a few pictures.

Two activities ticked off the list, we headed back to our suite to find gifts left for each of us at the table. This was one of the sweetest things ever and I was kindly gifted a hair set by Ouai - perfect! The rest of the evening saw us enjoy a deliscious three course meal in the suite while listening to Christmas music, followed by silly games, lots more prosecco and girly chat until 3am.


After a leisurely morning we enjoyed breakfast in the restaurant together before checking out. Myself, Rachel and Victoria took a quick jaunt to the Christmas markets before catching the train back home - both of which were handily in walking distance from the hotel. Heading back West, I couldn't help but feel incredibly lucky to experience things like this. A huge thank you to The Bonham Hotel and Beattie Communications!

The Bonham Hotel is still undergoing a phased refurb and early 2019 will see exciting new looks for the bar, restaurant, lounge and reception. I can't wait to see what the do with the place! It's already gorgeous and can only get better.



If you have an upcoming trip to Edinburgh and looking for a convenient hotel in the city centre definitely check out The Bonham Hotel.

XoXo





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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WHEN I COLLECTED MY WEDDING GOWN


Two weeks ago, an email I’ve been eagerly awaiting popped into my inbox. Filled with excitement and nerves, I read the words ‘your wedding gown has arrived in store, please call to make an appointment to collect your gown’.
I couldn’t believe it – six months had passed, and I was finally able to see my dress once again.

DREAM DRESS NERVES

In the hours leading up to the appointment I felt all kinds of excited nerves. I could barely remember what the dress looked like from my original appointment, so it felt as though I was about to see it for the first time.
With my mum, sister and bride squad in tow, we made the venture into the city centre to Eleganza Sposa.
After a short five-minute wait, I was whisked into the fitting room to try on my dress. Seeing it hanging up on the hanger for what felt like the first time, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed.

PERFECTION PRESSURE

‘Is this the gown that’s going to make me to look the best I’ve ever looked?’, ‘Is it ‘wow’ enough?’, ‘Will it make everyone think positively about my choice as opposed to critically like we often so harshly do?’.
So many things were running through my head that I honestly didn’t know what to think. Before I knew it, the curtain had opened, the big reveal was happening and, before I could stop it, tears came flooding down my face.
Unsure what was wrong, my loved ones questioned if I hated it. I absolutely didn’t hate it, but I honestly didn’t know what I thought.
The built-up nerves, pressure and lack of memory was overwhelming and it had to come out in some way.

THE RIGHT FIT FOR ME

Thankfully the tears only lasted a quick 20 seconds before I walked over to the mirror to analyse the dress.
After a few additions were added and when it’s eventually sized to perfection, I know it will be the perfect dress for me.
It took a while for me to warm up to the dress, but I now remember why I choose it the first time around. I want a dress that’s effortless, romantic and fits my Tuscany destination wedding and this gown ticks all the boxes!

RE-BALANCING

Looking back, I think the pressures that come with buying a wedding gown had taken over. The desire to find something that everyone will love as opposed to something that I want was imbalanced.
And, most likely, spending thousands on a gown will undoubtedly make your question your choice. I actually have a history of doubting big purchases – it’s something I’m working on!
Now that the gown is firmly in my possession (well, my mum’s), and I have pictures I can look back on to remind me of what it looks like, I feel so much happier. I know I’ve chosen the right dress for me and can’t wait to wear it down the aisle to marry my love.

THE HONEST TRUTH

I wanted to share my honesty in this experience for anyone who’s like me and puts unnecessary pressure on themselves.
I think there’s a picture painted within weddings that picking up your gown will be the most magical moment that will make you feel more beautiful than ever before.
This might be the case for some people, but if it’s not for you – don’t worry! I love my gown and I know Liam will too and that’s all that matters.
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Monday, 10 December 2018

FESTIVE THINGS TO DO IN GLASGOW



Christmas is less than two weeks away; can you believe it? I always try to embrace all things festive in December and like to mix old traditions with new activities. A few things that I never fail to miss include:
  • Visiting the Christmas markets to indulge in some of the delicious food and mulled wine      Making an occasion of putting up the Christmas tree (mulled wine and Christmas music are essential elements)
  • Writing out Christmas cards – it’s such an old-fashioned tradition but I love it. If I have time, I usually like to make my own.
  • Snuggling under a blanket to watch some of my favourite Christmas movies with festive chocolate by my side (current obsession: After Eights)
  • And of course, spending quality time with my loved ones


This year, budgets are tight with saving for our wedding but that won’t stop me from indulging in a little festive fun. Last week, I kick-started the most magical month of the year with a festive day out with Glasgow Loves Christmas. We got to tick off one of my must-dos and also tried some new things, so I thought I’d share our day with you as a little inspiration for festive activities to fill your December.

Wander the markets





Yes – I’ve already made it to the markets. Glasgow is great for Christmas markets as we have two to visit. For this trip, we visited the George Square markets. I love to just wander the markets, check out the hand-made gifts, try some of the German cuisine and drink a mulled wine or three. We also got a superb view of the square from the top of the big wheel and even took a spin on the carousel. I seriously love carousels and their vintage beauty! 

You can view the opening times for the markets here

Shop the Style Mile








Christmas and shopping go hand in hand and it wouldn’t be the December without a little (chaotic) trip to the shops. House of Fraser is by far the most festive shop in the city with rows and rows of fairy lights draped from every corner.  It is a must-visit to get me in the Christmas mood every year. Something I discovered this year is the store actually run a Meet Santa event within the cutest little grotto I’ve ever seen on the first floor. They still have a few dates upcoming on the 15th and 22nd – check out their website for more info.

We also took a little pit-stop to John Lewis. We were treated to a personal styling session and I honestly couldn’t believe the stylish pieces that could be found within their store. John Lewis is the store I tend to visit for beauty, trusty electronic purchases and homeware gifts but they have so many great fashion retailers that I didn’t realise.

If you’re looking for a little gift inspiration for a girl in your family or are not sure what to put on your wish list, take a trip to the beauty hall in John Lewis and give the new Dyson curler a try. I got the chance to test the new styling tool and couldn’t believe how polished my hair. It transformed my slightly frizzy hair to salon sleek in just ten minutes!

Festive Film








Glasgow has a hot new cinema in town and I’m legit obsessed! The Everyman Cinema is a cinema-goers dream. It has Insta-worthy interiors, a delicious food menu and cocktails that you can take into the screen with you. There are only three screens, but each has comfy sofas for a unique cinema experience and they play a mix of new and classic movies. They have a selection of Christmas movies running too including It’s a Wonderful Life in the lead up to the 25th. Definitely one to include in your December activities for a chilled but fun day out.  

The cinema is based on the bottom floor within Princes Square. 

I hope the above gives you a little inspiration for the festive season! Thanks again to Glasgow Loves Christmas for the perfect start to this year’s festivities!

XoXo




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