The Girl with the Big Hair

Saturday, 3 August 2019

THE WEDDING ALBUM: the morning (Part I)

Hello everyone!

Gosh, it feels like forever since I last sat down at my laptop to write a blog post. 

If you follow me on my Instagram you will know I recently headed off to Tuscany to marry my love. I have so much I want to share about the big day from the pre-day stresses to what was worth the cash and what was not, to help anyone that is planning their own wedding, but for right now I want to share the first of a little wedding album series. Just a few days ago, a very exciting email entered my inbox and it was none other than our wedding photos! I honestly couldn't believe it as I know most photographers in Scotland generally take 2-3 months to share images so with it only been two weeks since we landed back in Scottish soil the surprise was very real. 

I'm not going to go into a lot of detail as I want this to be more of a photo diary but what I will say is that the morning of my wedding was actually very relaxed, calm and enjoyable. I didn't have a huge amount of nerves ... more like an occasional bout of stomach butterflies. We drank champagne, got our hair and make-up done, listened to some chilled music and really just helped each other get wedding ready. That's one thing I loved about my wedding morning - there was no one in my room that didn't mean the world to me. My super talented cousin and best friend, Jill and Naomi, did the bridal party make-up. Then my sister and I helped all of the girls with their hair.  

P.S. we hired an Tuscan-based photographer for our wedding and I'm honestly so happy with our choice.  My goal was to have images that told a story and showed the day unfolding through candid shots and he captured this beautifully! Our photographer was called Francesco Spighi for anyone interested. 


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. 

Thursday, 10 January 2019


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. 


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