Glasgow Food Map (Summer eats)

Breakfast

Bramble Cafe Giffnock

I can not fault this place. Wonderful fresh food, great service and spotlessly clean. The cafe is small, so sometimes I’ve had to wait for a table… but absolutely worth it. Delicious cakes for after, and fantastic coffee.

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Brunch

Cafe Strange Brew

ALWAYS busy, but for good reason. I could shout about these pancakes all day – they’re incredible. Great food, quirky and fun atmosphere. Always buzzing with groups and families – super fresh food with an ever-changing specials board. Strange and fabulous!

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Wine bar

Vino Valentino

Why has nobody ever told me about Vino Valentino? My dad took me here for some wine tasting mid-week, and what a delight! The bar/shop is small and cosy and ran by an Italian family – who are all very knowledgable. The set up is very charming, with a large sit around wooden table that seats about 12 people – so could easily pop in for a glass alone or as a group for wine tasting and nibbles.

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Fast Food

Kimchi Cult

If you’re looking for something a little different and bursting with flavour Kimchi Cult is the one. Korean style fast food available to sit in or take away – burgers, loaded fries, rice bowls, fried chicken… all delicious and topped with Kimchi (fermented cabbage). Fast and friendly service, great for a quick meal.

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Date night

Gather by Zique

It takes a lot for me to say this, but I’ve found a new favourite. Gather by Zique is outstanding, a restaurant that combines fine dining in a relaxed environment is something that Glasgow has needed for sometime. Our service was delightful, very helpful and non-intrusive and the food was exceptionally fresh and delicious. The wine was great, the cocktails were even better and with such a lovely ambience I could begin and end a night here with no complaints. I can not wait to revisit.

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Steak night

(at home)

Is anyone else growing tired of overpriced steak in restaurants, especially when you know you can create something just as tasty (if not tastier) at home for less than half the price? Steak night is now date night at home for us… and this week we ditched the usual red wine suspect for something different. Wester Spirit Co. have just launched the first in a series of collaborative projects with ampersand01 and microbrewery DRYGATE in creating this Spiced Scotch Ale. The Ale is developed from Wester’s spiced rum (which is also fantastic, and makes a great dark and stormy) and has lovely rich flavours of ginger and vanilla.

We cook our steaks really simply on a hot griddle pan, salt, pepper, rosemary and some whole garlic cloves (2mins each side for rare) – then serve with some steamed greens.

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Dinner party (for 6)

So keen to make paella we even bought a new pan – and spent too much money on saffron, but again… worth it! Traditionally paella is made with chicken and chorizo along with all your fresh seafood – but we skipped the chicken and made up our own recipe… which is (as far as I can remember)…

  • 350g paella rice (a bit more if your feeding a hungry bunch)
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 12 raw tiger prawns/large bag (more the merrier)
  • 12-16 mussels (with or without shells)
  • 6-8 langoustines
  • 70g frozen peas
  • 1 or 2 lemons
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 large onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (roughly chopped)
  • 150g spanish chorizo (skin removed and chopped)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Fry onion, pepper and chorizo (6-8 mins medium heat)
  2. Add garlic, paprika, cayenne and saffron (1min)
  3. Add tomatoes, season and add 2pints boiling water and simmer uncovered for 10mins
  4. Add rice and simmer uncovered for another 15-20mins
  5. Add seafood and cook until ready (5-10 mins depending on how much is added)
  6. If the rice has become too dry and isn’t ready yet add some more water now (with some extra seasoning)
  7. Serve with lemon!

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Thanks for reading – if anyone gives my paella recipe a shot let me know how it turns out… sorry in advance if its rubbish.

Rona x

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Tasting Scotland – Seafood Special

What an incredible day, we are going home happy, sun-kissed and full up on seafood! We left Glasgow at 9am this morning for a one day gastro and cultural tour of the west coast, and we are blown away by everything we have experienced today. From food and scenery to drink and conversation we have thoroughly enjoyed our day with Tasting Scotland.

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Top 5 elements from my Tasting Scotland experience 

Brenda! This tour of the west coast really thrives from the master mind behind the brand. Brenda and her talented team have such incredible knowledge of food & drink heritage – specifically in Scotland but also worldwide. Throughout the day we had fantastic conversations with Brenda about food through the ages, local food history along with recipe tips and restaurant recommendations.

Chatting to industry professionals – I found this a really special element of the trip. At each location we were introduced to local people working in the smokehouses, on the production line and in the restaurants and kitchens, which gave us an extra insight into Scottish seafood.

A tailored experience – as well as the Wednesday Weekly tour (that leaves from Glasgow every Wednesday morning), Brenda and her team are experts in creating tailored tasting experiences. Weather it’s whisky, craft beer or gin, seafood or curries they can create packages perfectly suited to your personal taste. Brenda was telling us about a 3 day tour she recently set up for a client that included hand selected accommodation, luxury transport as well as lunch, dinner and activities every day. What a way to experience Scotland at its best!

Luxury products and locations – Tasting Scotland tours are SO far from naff Scottish tat and the unfortunate reputation we have for deep-fried food! Brenda focuses solely on the luxury market and premium Scottish product which is incredibly beneficial in the support of local businesses while at the same time gives her clients a taste for what Scotland really has to offer.

For locals as well as visitors – having grown up on the west coast surrounded by stunning scenery and eating local seafood I was really intrigued by this tour and whether or not it would be worthwhile for me… and truthfully it was such a great day, I wouldn’t hesitate to book again. I learnt so much from Brenda; about food, cooking, drink pairing as well as local history that I had never picked up on before. I am already sending messages to my friends and family to recommend Tasting Scotland – a 5 star experience in every way.

So where did we go?

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If you are interested in a Tasting Scotland tour feel free to contact Brenda Anderson by email at brenda@tastingscotland.com or on +44(0)7974212529 – she’s super friendly!

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Thank you to Tasting Scotland for inviting us along.

Thanks for reading 

R x

The Arrochar Alps in December

The Arrochar alps – sitting quietly in the midst of surrounding giants. Blue sky and views that stretch forever, glistening icicles, frozen burns and that iconic rock formation iced with heavy coats of white. The Cobbler in December!IMG_2190IMG_2198The best thing about winter hill walking in Scotland is unpredictability. The worst thing about winter hill walking in Scotland is also unpredictability! It is so hard to plan ahead, weather flickers by the second and so you either have to go super scout prepared with kit or take a risk with the elements.IMG_2197IMG_2195Without an abundance of waking kit this year, the plan was to stick to the wee hills only. 6 hour max routes, so we didn’t end up walking down icy ridges in darkness. Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) is one of my favourite hills, sitting at 2884 ft and with breathtaking views down Loch Long. We completed the hill up and down in 4 hours, and given our lacking kit of no crampons or poles it felt pretty speedy. IMG_2196We reached the summit at 2pm – the sun was low in the sky and cast incredible pink hues across the landscape. IMG_2194-5 at the top, and at least -10 with windchill meant our decent was slightly more challenging with frozen fingers and toes – IMG_2193But we weren’t as chilly as the ice climbers! IMG_2192IMG_2191Triple layers on the way down – and a teeny bit frosty/grumpy!WARM AGAIN! Thanks for a fantastic day Callum!

-and thanks for reading

R x

Tips and tricks for keeping a sketchbook

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Why bother?

If your asking yourself, why bother? I feel ya! I often feel disengaged and don’t touch my sketchbooks for days because I feel my phone is easier to keep notes in. Often I’m ‘too busy’ to come up with interesting thoughts or ideas and to be honest, I’d much rather watch Netflix than sit doodling in a book. Eventually it comes full circle and once I get back into the habit of keeping a visual journal I really enjoy it. I should also mention ‘sketchbooks’ aren’t just for sketching, so don’t tap out quite yet if you don’t believe yourself to be much of an artist.

So, a few reasons why keeping a sketchbook could be beneficial to you…

  • It’s a really nice way to record your everyday, kind of like a diary – that you can then look back on in years to come.
  • Positive use of time – you can still be a couch potato, but be a couch potato doing something interesting!
  • Brain training – encouraging your mind to think and develop thoughts that are usually disposed of.
  • Being creative is an excellent tool – skills developed through creative thinking can be applied to all jobs and walks of life. Practicing creativity will encourage us to think outside the box and stand out from the crowd a little!
  • And most of all, it’s just a handy thing to carry around… especially when our phones run out of battery and we need to note something down!
10 Tips and Tricks
  1. Keep it portable – if its small enough to stick in your pocket or in your bag then your more likely to carry it around with you. The most uninspiring sketchbooks I have are ones I’ve bought and hardly touched because they’re too big or heavy to take around with me.
  2. Use it for everything – as I said, sketchbooks aren’t just for drawing – write in it, design in it, take notes. Wether your sketchbook contains nothing but shopping lists and silly poems or the next NASA rocket design it doesn’t matter –  just fill it up!
  3. Don’t be precious – accept mistakes and imperfection, sketchbooks can be what you want them to be, but they’re usually more interesting when they’re unedited and uncalculated.
  4. Keep it up – a sketchbook is really easy to start, but even easier to stop! Thankfully its a forgiving hobby in that there are no wrong answers and no time limits – but the more you make it a habit the easier and more enjoyable it becomes!
  5. Break the rules – not that there are any rules to break, but avoid being neat and tidy – use the pages differently from how you were taught in school – write from right to left, draw upside-down, be inventive!
  6. Jumpstart your pages  – sometimes a white page is daunting, so to avoid ‘fear of the blank’ I suggest prepping some of the pages before hand. Add a wash of paint, or a few random lines and scribbles so you worry less about making mistakes when you turn onto a new page.
  7. Cheat – by this I mean nicking ideas from other people – creativity often comes from inspiration (nicking ideas from other people) – so if you like the way something looks, or the way someone else has done something then try it for yourself – the art world calls this ‘appropriation’ and it’s totally encouraged!
  8. Play with medium and colour – monochrome is fine, if that’s your style. But don’t forget about colour! Also use mark making tools other than a pen from time to time,  I often use a twig and some ink to draw with, but it could be anything!
  9. Don’t try too hard – sketchbooks aren’t for masterpieces, they’re to help ideas develop and end up being a place for happy accidents to occur!
  10. Draw – try not to draw ‘things’ as you see them literally – in my opinion that’s what cameras are for. I find the most interesting drawings are those where the subject is the least important thing! If you find this hard, start with blind drawings (drawing without looking at the paper)!

If anyone is interested in the art I do, I have a separate artist Instagram – so take a look if you like! @ronamcmillanartist 

Ciao for now

Rona X @ronamcmillan

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Contemporary art; an introduction of some kind

Contemporary Art does not have to be pretentious and confusing, and although it often seems that way, it is down to you (the viewer) to make it relevant to yourself. So i’m here to provide you with the do(s) and don’t(s) of contemporary art; maybe a few gallery etiquette tips as well to help you through those prolonged moments of gaze in front of artwork making attempt to reason its existence.

Why though? (the benefits of art and creative thinking)

Just briefly I should explain why creativity is beneficial, and why I am on such a mission to break barriers of a common understanding that art is only for certain stereotypes. So… contemporary art reflects the society surrounding us; it is an exploration of issues that humans come in contact with every day; gender, politics, economics, environment, science, relationships, people. This means that no matter the subject, art can be influential to us all. A subject that addresses both social and cultural issues excels the development of informed, open-minded and innovative citizens. I really believe this is important for all ages not just throughout educational years, but into adulthood and beyond.

Confessions of an Art Student

After four years studying contemporary art, and after many many hours spent in art museums I feel my approach to art galleries should be fairly polished by now; but no. I still find myself questioning how much Marina Abramovic is getting paid to sit still in a chair, and worrying incase I am looking at the dehumidifier in the room thinking its a meaningful piece of artwork (my granddad did actually do this at an exhibition opening!) As long as we are mindful, and don’t say these things out loud, I recon we are safe – although the dehumidifier situation is a tricky one to get out of; I’m yet to find a solution for that.

The beauty of contemporary art is; there are no rules and nobody can tell you you’re wrong or don’t belong. The best piece of advise I can give, is to be open-minded – simples!

The Do(s) and The Don't(s)

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  • This is a biggy! Don’t suggest you or your 5-year-old could have made the artwork. Because your probably right, they probably could have. But, they didn’t. Some art appears unskillful, easy to make, childlike… but considering beyond the visual to a point where you are challenged to question why an artist has made it and put it there in front of you is the important part.
  • Do ask questions – art often needs to be solved, and the easiest way to understand is by asking yourself questions. As I said before, there are no wrong answers – so by asking, and answering your own queries, the work becomes relevant to you. This way, you’ll probably have a more worthy experience than if someone spoon fed you information about what the artist intended in the creation of their work.
  • Don’t assume art should be pretty – contemporary art is not decoration! Sometimes it is beautiful, because the beauty is relevant or the aesthetic of the work appeals to your taste – but sometimes not. It can be terrifying, or smell bad, it can leave you feeling uncomfortable or angry. It exists for a purpose, to convey a message, raise a question, make a statement, encourage the viewer to think. Try not to discard the work in the realisation that it won’t look very good on your living room wall!61rHswKFepL
  • Do accept defeat (sometimes) – its alright to walk away feeling a bit baffled. Not understanding right away creates opportunity for an epiphany a few days later – light bulb moment!
  • Don’t – describe work as ‘weird’ or ‘cool’ – this doesn’t mean an awful lot, why is it weird, why is it cool? Oh, and ‘its nice’ is probably the worst of the worst, no artist wants to hear their work is ‘nice.’
  • Do your own thing – feel free to ignore program sheets and writing about the art, pompous paradoxes and a plague of adverbs can be helpful if you have google handy to help you out; but if not, don’t stress… art encourages rebeliation after all!
Art Lingo Cheat Sheet

Its degree show season! Meaning many of us will be attending art school exhibitions with some fear of the unknown – with the help of a few safety phrases and after a few glasses of free wine, you’ll get through no problem.

  1. Conceptually strong – this is an ongoing joke within my family, so much so the term ‘conceptually strong’ is used when something is so bad we have to try to appreciate it for something other than its existence – for example, my new flat form trainers were 100% conceptually strong in the opinion of my brothers – it’s also been used to describe some of my Mums cooking (sorry mum!)
  2. This is very suggestive – you don’t need to state what the work is suggesting, but raising the question to others in confidence implies you already know the answer – effectively you are passing the baton to someone else to do the hard work.
  3. Negative space – this refers to the areas around and within the artwork that are absent of form, line, colour, sound; it is often deliberate, so highlighting the fact you’ve noticed it proves your attention to detail.
  4. I find this work challenging – is your get out of jail card, for when you really are stumped – saying your challenged is far more acceptable than saying ‘I don’t get it’ – the likeliness of the person stood next to you understanding it is also fairly slim, you should get away with it!

That’s all I’ve got for now, but since I mentioned Marina Abramovic earlier, I’ll leave you with this TED Talk. She discusses some of her best performance art; of which she is a true master.

 

Rona X

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The Skin Diary – Microneedling Q&A

Finally after a few months of Heiman from Therapie Clinic Glasgow providing me with the most amazing facials I EVENTUALLY got round to having my first derma pen session, i.e. lots of tiny needles in my face. So just to recap, for the last four months I have been receiving a range of facials at the clinic, from chemical facials, skin peals and the more gentle skin reviving facials. I have a seen a huge change in my skins appearance, smoother and less visible pores, increased brightness around my eyes and a reduced pigmentation – as I said before, I had the rosiest cheeks from sun and wind exposure and spent a lifetime covering up imperfections with concealers. Well; now no need! I’d say now, I wear 50% less concealer than I did previously, and very often go without foundation.

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The next step - braving the teeny needles!
So how does micro-needing work?

The idea is simple, create a small wound and the skin will respond with collagen production and skin regeneration. The treatment introduces fine needles to the skin to create microscopic channels (lots of little ‘wounds’). This means dermis is then encouraged to produce new collagen and elastin which generates new skin cells… making skin thicker and plumper. Anything that is then applied to the skin, i.e. serums, moisturisers are way more effective as the pores are opened and the product is absorbed deep into the skin.

Sounds pretty good... but does it actually work?

Like anything, it totally depends. I have naturally good skin, so I had a head start. I found this treatment really beneficial around my eyebrows – It genuinely lifted my brows up and made everything appear firmer and plumper… an inexpensive and less traumatising face lift? I don’t have any scarring on my face, but from images Heiman showed me, it seems like a really worthwhile treatment for anyone with acne scarring and stretch marks.

What are the benefits?
  • Reduces stretch marks, scarring and wrinkles
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin
  • Repairs and plumbs skin
Is it painful?

Yes and no. Before the needles go anywhere near your face, a numbing gel is applied generously… I literally couldn’t feel my cheeks when I touched them. I’d say the forehead and around the eye brow bone was a little bit uncomfortable at times, but with those areas out the way first I actually found the rest of the treatment really relaxing. Not sore, but a little nippy for a minute or two.

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It looks a lot more painful that it actually is – this was mid way through treatment, as you can see my skin is really red and blotchy, there is a little blood – but not much at all!

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The best bit! A cold mask to cool the skin after needling… and a hand massage while I wait!

What is the downtime after this treatment?

Regrettably I didn’t take a photograph of my face the night after my treatment, but I was truly horrified at my swollen monster face I couldn’t bare a selfie. This treatment is probably best done when you have a few days of hibernation to follow, my face was really puffy, swollen and felt a little funny for a few days. I got this treatment on a Wednesday; didn’t wear make up for a few days and by Sunday my face was completely normal again. So I would say three days to totally recover.

Was it worth it?

Yes! And I have booked my second appointment. My skin is so bright, clear, smooth and glowing. This photo was taken one month after my first micro needling session, and my skin is the best it has ever been!

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Thanks for reading!

R x

 

5 stars for The Fairmont

Admittedly I do not play golf, but I do absolutely love St Andrews. My gran lives in the centre of St Andrews and for the last few years I have become fairly familiar with the area through friends at University there, and weekend trips to eat scones and gossip with my fabulous Gran! The town has such beautiful architecture and history, the cobbled streets, old harbour walls and castle attract a huge amount of tourists in the summer, so I actually prefer to visit during the winter months when all is a little quieter. In January I can get Jannettas ice cream without a 20 minute queue, and a walk on the beautiful sands without many people around. So to beat those infamous January blues I booked a chilled weekend in St Andrews at The Fairmont Hotel – which is located in all its glory at the top of the hill just 10 minutes from the town centre. I say in all its glory, as this 5* establishment is HUGE, 520 acres to be exact and it is absolutely beautiful.

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Once checked in, we were treated to a champagne afternoon tea, courtesy of The Fairmont. Inspired by ‘The Savoy’ in London, The Fairmont’s Savoy afternoon tea was something truly special; traditional, elegant and tasty! The menu offers 28 different types of tea to accompany the three courses of finger sandwiches, seasonal cakes and impressive bakes. Although I’d say read the menu twice before ordering, because I totally overindulged on the first course… not realising there was another two to follow. But our waiter kindly boxed up everything we couldn’t finish!

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The hotel itself was such a lovely place to chill out, with so many places to sit and relax it would be easy to spend all day there reading a book, drinking coffee or even a few cocktails… which we also sampled! The staff are all incredibly attentive, we were actually really impressed with the service.

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I totally forgot to take a snap of our room, which was a Deluxe Sea View Room. But it was really spacious, elegantly decorated with quirky Scottish touches! Our bathroom was huge, with a large walk in shower and a luxurious bath!

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…and this was the sunrise I woke up to!

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The Fairmont Spa was defiantly one of the best hotel spa’s I’ve ever been to; even although we didn’t book in for any treatments it was really nice to wrap up in robes and relax by the pool for an hour in the evening. The hotel is super family friendly (which is great) but did mean that there was a lot of kids around in the evenings playing in the pool – so that’s something to consider if you wanted a child free zone!

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After breakfast on Sunday morning we wandered round the golf courses (of which there are two) – and had coffees in the clubhouse, which has stunning panoramic views over the courses and St Andrews Bay!

Overall, our stay was fantastic. A beautiful location for a romantic and chilled night away. A walk round St Andrews is always so lovely as well, with plenty of options for good food and drinks!

R x

 

SR:D Contemporary Scottish Design

On Thursday evening, I was thrilled to be sat second row for Scotland Re:Designed’s 2017 Private View Runway & Awards. I was surrounded by incredibly talented artists and designers, many of whom I have admired for years.

Menswear, crochet, silks, 3D jewellery, heritage pieces, all created by our leading Scottish contemporary designers made the show immensely impressive. Designs from CROSSCASHMERE, Euan McWhirter, Isolated Heroes, Siobhan MacKenzie, Appin and Third… and SO many more came down the runway, and also featured throughout market stalls around the warehouse venue.IMG_0440Scotland Re:Designed provides an incredible platform for Scottish based fashion designers and textile companies to showcase their current work to their relevant industries.IMG_0460SR:D was established in 2012; I had always heard of the fantastic support they provide towards creative industries, and the encouragement they give to young designers and artists – but had never directly became involved. All the 2017 events were held in and around SWG3 – Finnieston’s multi-cultural arts venue (also somewhere I had never been before)! During the month of November, SWG3 was home to high fashion shoots, influencer mentoring sessions, exhibitions, runway shows, private viewings, markets and expert discussions and lectures. Invited to talk were hugely renowned consumers, academics and designers such as Pam Hogg, Hilary Alexander OBE, Sally Homan, Lisa Trainer and many more.IMG_0462IMG_1652IMG_1653IMG_1654ISOLATED HEROESIMG_1655I really admire the work that has gone into the SR:D events, and entirely support the investment given to Scotland’s next generation of designers. I often find fashion married with Scottish heritage can easily become stuffy and twee, but the collections on show were so refreshing and current; I look forward to another round of diversity and innovation next year!IMG_1656Read more about SR:D

Thanks for reading

R x

An inspiring evening with the man behind the iconic initials

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A professional golfer with a flare for creativity and style; Christian Macleod turned what was a fashionable hobby into a hugely successful career. Now an established fashion designer, Christian has completely reinvented ‘the belt’ and his initials have become internationally iconic. These luxury belts have been shown in British GQ and Vogue, and are constantly being spotted on celebrities.

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It was after the Blue CM Campaign that I first met Christian; a Christian Macleod charity event in partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust. I was just finishing off my arts degree and so chatting to somebody with as much passion towards the creative industries and a common interest in art and design was totally refreshing. I found his creative mind-set inspiring and his ability to constantly push boundaries was something very relevant and current for me at the time. Graduating from art school into a world where creativity is given a backseat was so daunting, so to hear from Christian who really made it to where he is today by taking risks and getting what he wanted with a determined attitude was exactly the kind of encouragement I needed.

An Invitation to The Story behind CM

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1000 guests, by invitation only. Held within the UK’s biggest BMW showroom, Christian told his story from his earlier years playing professional golf to his current success in the fashion world. Each and every person in the showroom that night was taken on a journey; Christian talked of his success, but also through his mistakes. We listened, laughed and even shed a few tears.

“I was the youngest designer in the world to showcase in GQ, at the time I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This is my story, my journey, my mistakes, my heartaches, my joys, my sorrows, my gift, my life. With every secret in between.” – Christian MacLeod

I left the event that night with a new sense of enthusiasm. I felt motivated and more determined in my own creative journey. I was reassured that constantly being told no was a rule to break. I firmly believe that without rule breakers in society, we would all live exceptionally grey lifestyles. It is because of creative risk takers that we have such incredible art, culture, fashion and design; and it is thanks to these creative industries that we have informed young people with freedom of speech, the ability form opinions and opportunities to push the boundaries that so often restrict.

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What I wore…

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Court heels – Stradivarius

Wide leg paper-bag waist trousers – Mango

Plunge neck crop top – Zara

Diamond necklace – Chloe

Gold watch – Olivia Burton

Bracelet stack – Hamilton & Inches

5* rating for our accommodation
Ardconnel Court Apartments

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Our weekend in Inverness became such a great opportunity for a girly catch up. We stayed in the beautiful apartments at Ardconnel Court. Our apartment on the ground floor had the most stunning private balcony with breath-taking views of the castle. I definitely need to visit again in the summer to make full use of outdoor space; it would be so perfect for some sunset alfresco dinners! The space was so light and contemporary; everything we needed was to hand – Wi-Fi, sound system, private parking, luxurious beauty products in the bathrooms and unbelievably comfortable beds. Being in the heart of the city was ideal for going a wander round the city centre the next day – we were literally a 5 minute walk from all the best local cafes and restaurants. The apartments have fully equipped kitchens, which we regrettably didn’t use – but being in such a central location we were able to order in some Zizzi salads before the event!

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Such a great stay – thank you for having us Ardconnel Court!

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Thanks for reading & a huge thank you to Christian for hosting such an incredible event.

Rona X

 

Grab a good book, brew a tasty T and hide from the cold weather

Welcome to Glasgow T2!

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I first came across T2 when I lived in Australia last year, I had no idea what the shop was at first – walking past it every day I was enticed with exotic smells and always wondered why there was such a buzz in the store. It was ALWAYS busy. Of course, once I went in and sampled all of their tasty sensations I ended up buying a lifetime supply of tea… not realising I wouldn’t be able to bring it all home with me. Well, fear not. We now have one in Glasgow and I couldn’t be more excited to fill my cupboards with flavoursome quality teas!

I love the aesthetics of the shop– everything is so beautiful and welcoming. Their staff are on hand serving hot shots of tea to sample, and the smell of their loose tea combinations fill the space with warmth. Not to mention the displays of ceramics, teapots teacups, saucers; in every colour and pattern!

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T2 recently launched their christmas inspired infusions. The Choc Molten Marvel was my winner, I think I ‘sampled’ it about 5 times while I wandered around the shop. I was so in love with it I bought two tins! It was served with milk, and tasted like a delicate hot choc with the fraction of the calories you’d find in a creamy hot chocolate.

Wild About Green Rose Tea Gift Set – at the T2 Christmas Launch we were all gifted beautiful sets available for the festive season. I chose this gorgeous leafy printed cup, saucer and matching infuser. It would be such a lovely xmas pressie!
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WITH ALL THE TEA LOVE IN THE WORLD

Thanks for reading

Rona X