There's a few things you need to know before visiting Norway. It's expensive. Like, really expensive. Like, £5 for a coffee expensive. The rumours it turns out are true. You can't buy alcohol at the shops after 6pm and if you want a bottle of wine, you get yourself to the Vinomonopelet. Oh and it's really cold. Like -10 frozen lakes cold. Not really going for the hard sell right? Yet Norway is one of the most beautiful countries you can visit and with return flights from £20, I can think of a few reasons to add Oslo to your bucket list.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Sunday, 7 February 2016
What would you like to happen with your body after you die? Seriously. Cremation? Donate your body to science? Or maybe you'd prefer a Tibetan sky burial and have your body left in the mountain to be devoured by vultures? As a culture we don't like to talk about death, writing it off as tomorrow's problem until we're left without a choice. The thing is though talking about what you want to happen when you die is one of the most liberating and important discussions you can have. Let's talk about death baby.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
For so long staycations conjured images of long sticky days at leisure beaches, are we there yet car rides and caravans in the rain. Sunkissed beaches and long days by the pools have become standard honeymoon fayre. While the Maldives, Bali and Hawaii are great for sun chasers, what if you like your creature comforts a little bit closer to home?
I'm going to be honest, the first time I went to Cameron House was straight after my wedding and it was not great. Worse than not great. We left early and ended up spending the weekend eating pizza and wedding cake. But here's the thing - people kept telling me how wonderful Cameron House was. It was there favourite place to stay, had I tried the Carrick Spa, and oh my god the views. So maybe we were an anomaly? Maybe Cameron House was worth the hype. Maybe it was time to go back.
And what a weekend to return on. Cameron House after the first snowfall of the Winter was like something out of a fairytale. Sure it's a cliche but really there really is nothing quite like a dram of whisky, a roaring fire and a dramatic view. It can be easy to get starry-eyed with the grandeur of Cameron House, even easier when there's the service to match. It truly was like night and day and all of a sudden I got it. I got why people continued to come back to Cameron House. When she's on, there's nothing quite like her. So for those looking for a minimoon or just a weekend getaway in Scotland, here's 5 things to do on your next staycation to Cameron House.
Monday, 1 February 2016
Panda parties, cats in fancy dress, and the garden of Eden, they may not seem the likeliest of bedfellows but all play a part in Karen Mabon's latest collection "Rosebud." Mabon isn't a stranger to surrealism with Panther Birthday's and Sweet Shop Robberies featuring in her previous designs. As always there is a high fantasy, child-like escapism with her work, it's fun with a capital F. Where else would you find a cat dressed as a pumpkin? Or a shark? Or even a scuba diver?
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
I can't sing the praises of good basics enough. A few safe investment pieces can last a life time and are worth the extra cash. I sound like a broken record at this point. By now, if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you'll know I love for capsule pieces and near enough everything in my wardrobe is black, blue or grey. But what about the personality pieces? The parts of my wardrobe that stop me looking like I've just rolled out of Gap?
Monday, 25 January 2016
"You can find inspiration everywhere, and if you can't, look again." I'm paraphrasing here, very loosely but there are far worse words to lead with than that of Paul Smith. "Hello, I'm Paul Smith"opened at Glasgow's Lighthouse on the 21st of January and inspiration is the very beating heart of the exhibition. Digging deep in to the archives of the label the exhibition is as close as you can get to stepping in to one of Britain's most iconic designers minds (how very John Malcovich) hitting all the creative notes on the head. Included within the exhibition you are a recreation of the first shop (a claustrophobic 3m x 3m windowless room) a tower filled with mysterious trinkets posted to Smith over the years from an anonymous fan, and yes - the original Paul Smith multi-stripe mini makes an appearance too. Really though this only scratches the surface of Smith's self-proclaimed "goosebump" exhibition.
Sunday, 24 January 2016
I've been on some what of a personal crusade recently. I say recently, really more of an ongoing saga, one that I'm not entirely sure has an end. In short I've been on the hunt for the perfect brunch spot. Seems pretty simple right? In Glasgow you're spoiled for choice if you're out West or even in the Southside, however I've found the city centre an altogether trickier beast. There's the obvious haunts like Trans-Europe and Riverhill but that's well trodden ground by now. All I can say is thank god for Singl End.
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