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Showing posts with label reviews. Show all posts

Tempus restaurant at the Grand Central Hotel

Tempus Glasgow

I'm sure you're all aware by now of my dedicated love affair with wining and dining in Glasgow (read: pls don't judge pregnant me for ANOTHER food related post I JUST CAN'T HELP IT) The Tempus restaurant at Grand Central Hotel launched a new menu at the end of summer, and after sampling their delicious food at our annual blogger sleepover held at the hotel (2015 & 2016's posts) I was intrigued to see what new offerings were on their menu, which was designed to showcase the very best of Scottish cuisine and culture - featuring locally sourced seasonal produce and ingredients.

Yo! Sushi returns to Glasgow

Sushi

If you're hungry and like sushi, then don't read this post. I mean, maybe go get something to eat then come back and read it! Don't do what I did either and edit pictures of your favourite food on an empty stomach... I just thought I'd put forward a warning before you see any more pictures from my lunch trip to the newly opened YO! Sushi flagship restaurant in Glasgow City Centre.

The Duchess Of Argyle

Mexican Sunday Lunch

In the grand scheme of weekends, there's really nothing I enjoy more than a bit of Sunday brunchin'. Especially when it means a bit of quality time with my better half! Pete just launched his new business Black Pine Coffee in Perth a month ago (within Badlands Barber) and this week they've just opened a new Glasgow store on Great Western Road too. So we've both been pretty busy, and until recently I didn't tend to venture west of the city as much as I should. I'll definitely be exploring it more now Pete's shop is over there. The west end is such a hustling and bustling part of Glasgow, with food and drink establishments certainly being the areas forte, especially in Finnieston (already home to some stellar eateries such as Ox and Finch, Porter & Rye, The Finneston, and Crabshakk) It looks like there's a new gal in town too, and she goes by the name of The Duchess Of Argyle.

Laser Hair Removal with Therapie

Laser Hair Removal review

Hair removal isn't for everyone. Some people do, and some people don't - whatever floats your boat my darlings! Personally, body hair doesn't bother me in the slightest but I am a fan of de-fuzzing myself and I still remember the first time back in high school when I begged my Mum to let me shave my legs. Fast forward 15 years later and it's something which is part of my daily routine. I am far too scared of waxing to get it done on a regular basis, my eyebrows are pretty much the only area I can endure. Last summer I started dabbling in a little bit of home IPL, which gave great results initially but it slowed down after a few months and I felt like it was making no difference whatsoever. So, when I heard that Therapie had recently opened a brand new clinic in Glasgow city centre, I knew it was the perfect time to up the ante in time for my Ibiza holiday with the girls this summer.

Precious Metals

Guy Tang Metallics

I knew it wouldn't be long before a change of hair colour was on the cards. I grew bored of having dark roots pretty quickly. Isn't it funny how the grass is always greener on the other side (or, blonder, in my case!) when it comes to hair. When it's short, I want it long, When I have a sweeping side fringe, I want my micro fringe cut back in. One thing I knew for sure since hearing that Guy Tang & Kenra's metallic colour collection was landing in Glasgow (in the one and only BLOW) is that I definitely wanted a piece of the action.

Saturday Nights in Glasgow

Cocktails Glasgow

Sharing the love for my city will never be something I'm hesitant to do on this blog. Quite often I get emails for suggestions of things to do in Glasgow, most notably places to eat, drink, and be entertained. Luckily these are my three faaaaaavourite things to do in the city (along with shopping, because, y'know!) and although I have trusty haunts which I regularly frequent, I'm always on the hunt for somewhere new to try. Thankfully, Glasgow is host to an abundance of places to get your mouth watering and your toes tapping. I was long overdue a catch up with my friend Jacs, so we decided to get our glad rags on and have a little mate date on Saturday evening.

Oyster Happy Hour at Hutchesons

Glasgow Cocktails

They say as you get older, your taste buds change and you're able to appreciate the finer things in life (ie, you learn to love the food that previously wanted to make you vom) I'm not fussy at all when it comes to eating, but there are a few select things which have escaped me. I don't like them, and even though I try so damn hard to like them it's just not happening. Perhaps with time? Or maybe it's never meant to be! This list currently includes Olives, Avocado, and Red Wine (to name a few) Until very recently, Oysters were sitting pretty high on that list too.

The Mussel Inn - Glasgow

Date Night

I spoke so much about food in that last post that I thought it would be extremely rude not to share some foodie diaries from August. The proof is in the pudding, right? SORRRRY, I couldn't help myself. As you read this I should be a few hours into flight one of two (Glasgow to Dubai, then Dubai to Singapore) We left at 2pm today, and arrive in Singapore at 3pm tomorrow, and they're 7 hours ahead - which I think equals jet lag? We'll see! We are spending a few days with my Uncle Chris and his wife Rachel, then heading across to Hoi An and Da Nang in Vietnam, back to Singapore for the last few days of our trip, then home! I've scheduled a few posts for while I'm away, and you can keep up to date on my travels on instagram and twitter (@hellorogue) Any recommendations for things to see and do while on our South East Asian adventure would be much appreciated. Now, I'm pretty sure I mentioned food...

My Summer Essentials

Scottish Bloggers

On the 11th of June I turned 27 (yikes!) and every year it feels like my birthday properly marks the start of summer. Even if the weather doesn't quite match up to it (I'm looking at you, Glasgow) This time of year is always really busy for me work wise, as the longer days are always used to their full advantage by film & tv crews. This current BBC job has been super busy, we started filming on Monday and surprisingly I've had quite a nice spring in my step all week. It's probably a lot down to my medication kicking in right about now (Thanks for all the nice messages after that last post ♥) but also to do with the extended daylight! It gives me such a good buzz and I feel like I get a lot out of my week. I've felt inspired to kick start my self care regime again properly, refresh my routine, and spring clean (in summer!) my clothes, makeup, and pretty much every nook and cranny of my house. Anyways, whether this summer ends up being filled with rain or not, my brain is in a much better place now so I really don't mind. Here are my top summer essentials while the season is upon us.

#tastetheworld at Giraffe, Glasgow

Giraffe Cocktail

Last month I was invited down to Giraffe in Glasgow to try out their new Spring menu. I've only been to Giraffe once previously when me and Katrina were down in Brighton around 4 years ago now. The menu is extremely varied with a little bit of something for everyone, and dishes inspired by loads of different countries, so their #tastetheworld hashtag is pretty spot on!

A Bespoke Facial at 33 Dowanhill

33 Dowanhill Bespoke Skincare

The last 12 months have been an absolute roller coaster ride for me in terms of my skin and skincare routine. It was around a year ago now when we started filming Shetland (the very first day of filming, actually) that I came home from work having worn a beanie hat that day, and finding my forehead was itchy and had broken out into a sort of under the skin rash. You can read the post I wrote about it here (suitably named a mid twenties skin crisis!) From that point, my skin progressed from bad to really bad, and I can honestly say it was a huge knock to my confidence that I wasn't expecting. Makeup made my skin look and feel worse, and I spent so much money overwhelming my face with a boatload of different products every week, not to mention the expensive facial peel which scared the absolute life out of me. Your skin literally does peel, almost like sunburn or a snake shedding a layer of skin... you think I would have realised that before I went for one huh? Anyways, I recently went for a bespoke facial at 33 Dowanhill and thought I'd give an update on how my skin is looking almost a year on.

Lazy Sundays with The Trading House

Newspaper and coffee

I meant to publish this post on Sunday but I was tenderly nursing a hangover from my bestie's leaving do the night before. I still can't believe that Leah is moving to Canada on Saturday for two whole years. I am so proud of her, but man I'm gonna miss her. There's gonna be tears at the airport, that's for sure. What I reeeeally could have done with on Sunday, was to spend the afternoon at The Trading House like I did a few weekends ago. Coffee, a couple of newspapers, great banter, and a good old Sunday Roast - yes please!

Sunday lunch at the Drygate, Glasgow

Drygate Rogue Beer

Happy Sunday folks! As you're reading this, I'll be on my way down to the coast for my bestie Heather's hen do, but I thought I'd schedule in a rather delicious review of the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow, where me and Pete went for lunch on Easter Sunday. Think you don't like beer? Me either, so do read on...

Rocking the rainbow roots!

Rainbow Hair

It feels pretty appropriate to be sharing my colourful new doo on such a sunny Sunday in Scotland (I actually saw a double rainbow last week, as did most people in Glasgow on my facebook, does that mean we all get to make a wish? Or something magical along those lines) A couple of weeks ago I had a trip to Rainbow Rooms in George Square to let the awesome Paddy loose on my hair again, and do these fun-tastic rainbow roots!

A newbies guide to cruelty free beauty

Bath Pug and Tattoos

I love animals. All creatures great and small. Even little Barry the Bath Pug here, who keeps me company every time I take a dip. After working at Lush over the Christmas period, and learning so much about their strong stance and pro-activity when it comes to things like ethical buying, environmental policies, and fighting against animal testing, a little light bulb in my head switched on. Why should any of the products I use on a daily basis be tested on animals?

Caring for coloured hair

Products for coloured hair

I've had my fair share of different hair colours in the past 5 years or so. Growing up with a hairdresser Mum, she let me experiment with semi permanent dyes and various slices and flashes through my hair (Fudge paintbox, anyone?) However I'm not gonna be pulling any of those photos out from the dark depths of the internet! It wasn't until going blonde for the first time in my early 20's that I really started to take my colour into my own hands (no offence, Mum!) I think she was just worried about me ruining the quality of my hair, like so many others she had seen (and ultimately had to fix) over the years. To this day, despite my hair being pushed to the limit a few times, I think it's pretty safe to say it's still in a great healthy condition. So today I'm gonna share some tips on how I care for coloured hair.

A birthday weekend and the Lush Spa, Edinburgh

Eggs for Breakfast

Last week my lovely boyfriend turned 27 and it ended up being a four day celebration full of food, tattoos and spa treatments. On the Wednesday, Pete ended up taking the day off work (before his planned days off on the Thursday and Friday) because he's having mega back problems at the moment. That's what happens when you get oooold (Just kidding, I'm 27 this summer too. HALP ME) I'd had plans of running a few last minute errands that day, and going to Wholefoods to buy stuff for a nice birthday dinner and his birthday cake too. But OF COURSE the wounded soldier ended up complaining that he wanted to come with me. So the game was a bogey in terms of foodie surprises. I even tried to hide the birthday cake but they gave me it in a box with a see through top. I'd done quite well in hiding his presents anyways (this sorta thing becomes a bit of a challenge when you live with someone) so wasn't gonna beat myself up too much that he'd seen his cake, despite me trying my hardest to be a birthday ninja!

Make me up! I get by with a little help from the internet...

Untitled

Jeez guys, I need to be honest. I literally have no idea what I'm doing these days when it comes to makeup! I love all of the products which I use, but I feel like I'm on autopilot when it comes to their actual application. I decided to film a video for the first time in aaaages, chatting about makeup and using some tutorials to see if I could mix up my routine a bit and improve my technique. It's a long one - sorry about that! It should only really last 10 minutes but I spend the last 5 addressing a little something which has made me feel a bit deflated this week. High five in advance if you manage to watch the whole thing! After making this one I definitely know what I would do differently next time, I'm extremely inexperienced when it comes to vlogging - I take my hats off to all of you who do it on a regular basis! You must have the patience of saints. Any suggestions or feedback would be much appreciated ^_^ Thinking of doing this once a month if there's anything in particular you'd like me to chat about?

Winter Skin - From prep to party!

Naked Face
Face of the day

2015 has been the year of skincare obsession for me. After my skin took a turn for the worst (pretty much out of the blue) back in the spring, it has been a long and frustrating struggle to work out why it happened, and how to maintain the progress I have made so far. I last blogged about my skin back in September, so I thought I'd give you another update a few months on, and share what products I have been using.

A Bathmas Gift Guide

bathmas 

I can't believe that tomorrow is the first of December. Where has this year disappeared to?! I have just started doing my Christmas shopping in dribs and drabs, and I've really had to rethink my game plan this year. I have a lot of family and friends to buy for, and I absolutely love buying people presents. I just don't know where to stop, and when you end up spending £30+ for over 20 people... It all starts to add up. We've got a house, a puppy and a holiday to save for next year, so I've tried to be a lot more savvy with my present buying this Christmas. I'm trying to gift everyone with just one really special pressie, rather than 3 or 4 (often daft) things each. Does anyone feel like just one present feels really lonely? For example if I bought a friend a new diary from Paperchase, I'd need to get the matching pen, desk planner and other little bits for them... This is how it gets silly and out of hand!

 I actually feel a bit awful writing the above when there are so many people on this planet who don't even have a roof over their heads or a warm place to sleep at night. So I'd like to even up the materialistic side of this post and say if you're in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen doing your Christmas shopping, please pop into Social Bite for a sandwich or coffee. 100% of their profits are given to good causes, and 1 in 4 of their team are formerly homeless people. They also feel the local homeless community through their 'Suspended Coffee and Food' initiative. This means that customers can pay in advance for a coffee or any item of food from the menu, and a local homeless person can come into the shop to claim it. Social Bite are based in Scotland, but I can imagine there are other similar ran Social Businesses across the UK. Please take 5 minutes to look one up, and give a little kindness to those who really need it most at this time of year.