Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Good Vibes Only: Adventures in Female Matrubation

Go fuck yourself. No seriously. It's good for your health (yes seriously) it can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes type 2 (yes really) and knocking one (or, two or three, delete as aprop) is basically going to sort out some of that stress. Cheaper than a massage. And a lot more fun.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Great British Chippie with Six By Nico

I don't think I've seen my news feed so excited about a restaurant launch, since, well, ever. But then, a restaurant that changes every six weeks with menus inspired by places and memories? Who can blame them? Six By Nico goes all out with the nostalgia vibes for their inaugural menu launch "The Chippie." How can you not be totally hyped by something like that? So of course I booked in. Really, how could I not? I would get to eat everything on the menu (taking away the whole dining paralysis when everything looks good) and I'd be getting a full story told through food.

Sunday night and Six By Nico is heaving. It's a small restaurant for sure, but for late on a Sunday night they were packed. The vibe is relaxed, clean and minimal with the exception of the large neon VI and the screen above the restaurant, showing a live-stream birds eye view of the kitchen plating up which is a nice and unexpected tough. Story really is king here.


Monday, 3 April 2017

Long Live The BFF

I'm a hopeless romantic. Not in the classic sense of the word, or indeed in the modern now that I come to think about it. Less cut out hearts and love songs more about hope and trust and laughter.
And tears. And screaming matches. Goofy faces. Sitting in with take out. Clasped hands, sore feet and walking home long after the sun has came up. The kind of relationships that leave you feeling completely and utterly full. There is this expectation though that all of this comes from one person. Confidante, lover, colleague, collaborator, partner in crime – no one person can tick all these boxes, at least not all of the time. It's why romance is dead, at least in the traditional sense. Forget your Mills and Boon and Nicholas Sparks. I'm here for the BFF.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Gin Inspired Dining with Gin71

The gin bubble isn't showing any signs of popping any time soon, so the arrival of a Gin71 in my local merchant city was a pleasant addition to the areas burgeoning restaurant and bar scene.  Tucked neatly away down Virginia Court, this intimate restaurant reads as a love letter to all things gin - from their extensive cocktail list to their carefully crafted food menu.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Feminism & Fashion: Are we leaning in or selling out?

“We should all be Feminists.” I mean. Obviously right? It's no longer just a statement but a battle cry. Though this time it's not on a protest sign or a bumper sticker. It's a t-shirt. Oh, and it comes with a £500 price tag. Yeah, sure, that seems reasonable. Dior's t-shirt tribute to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is hardly the first time a luxury brand has dipped it's toe in to commodity activism. Hell, even Chanel's faux protests from S/S 15 led by Cara Delevingne marching with girls in rainbow tweeds and twinsets wasn't the first outing of fashion using feminism as a statement. And look, we get it. Everyone's got something to sell. But should feminism be held to a higher standard than a marketing ploy?


Monday, 20 March 2017

Lazy Sunday evening dining at Browns Brasserie

Following a massive revamp that pays more than a passing nod to Glasgow's art deco history, coupled with the launch of a brand new menu - there never seemed a better time to visit Browns Brasserie. Based in the heart of Glasgow, sitting prominently in the old post office on George Square, a hop, skip and a jump from Queen Street Station - Browns has all the hallmarks of a classic brasserie. Lush booths, a well stocked bar and a well trained and turned out staff. So, I suppose the question is, is the food actually any good?


Saturday, 11 March 2017

What the fuck is so offensive about body hair?

Apparently nearly half (48%) of Scottish men dislike body hair on a woman, with over a third (33%) having been tempted to or encouraged women to remove their body hair. Let that just sink in for a moment.  Let that wash over you for a hot second in hot little waves of rage. Allow this to be followed by an eye roll because this was a press release I received earlier this week for a hair removal clinic. In 2017.  Well, where do I even begin to unpack this hot mess? The key points I got from it though - most men don't actually give two shits about your pubic regime, and the assumption that women should care is a big old bunch of bullshit. I mean, look, if you're in to sleeping with women and you're going to have a hissy fit because her pussy doesn't meet your exacting standards, then frankly we've got bigger fish to fry and quite frankly, you have no business having sex to begin with.


Friday, 3 March 2017

Japan: Mark II : Let's Go Shopping

There's a few thing I wish I knew before going to Japan. The fact that no one really speaks English. Street names? Yeaaaaah. Those aren't a thing. Oh and good luck if you haven't got portable WiFi for finding anything.  Culture shock. I had it. Big time.

So there were a few things I hadn't anticipated. What I was prepared for though was the shopping. Oh baby was I fucking ready. At least I thought I was. Turns out shopping in Japan is basically exactly as fucking nuts as you would hope it would be. We are talking constant eye candy.  Walls of cat plushies, pink neon and a throwback to basically my dream childhood bedroom. There's something about Japan (and more so Tokyo) that feels like coming home. Here's just a few of my favourite places to shop.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Taste of Ardoe

The trick, it turns out is butter.  What I hadn't really accounted for was quite how much of it was used. Of all the lessons I learnt at Ardoe House's Masterclass, it was the liberal use of butter that stuck out the most. I mean seriously we're talking a lot of butter. Think you've got too much? Add some more and you'll be somewhere in the sphere of how much butter was used. Somewhere. And it was god damn delicious.

I mean of course it's not all butter. From the salt-baked vegetables to the locally sourced double-dived scallops, the former Aberdeen mansion made for the perfect setting to explore some of Scotland's finest produce. Arriving to a picnic basket of goodies with a copy of the menu for the evening, there was one for certain. I was not going to go hungry.


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Reek: Where Bitches Unite

Commodity activism is hardly new. And while many brands try to exist in the space that functions between art, politics and a shit hot marketing campaign, many fall short with a neutered, de-clawed and placid efforts. Stay unchallenged. Stay safe. Stay smiling. It's hegemony disguised with a thin gloss of "making a difference." Thank fuck for Reek.

The women of artisan perfume brand Reek are full and complete - untouched pictures accompanied with their thoughts. They aren't just a prop to sell perfume. They are warm, wonderful, thinking women. The entire campaign oozes power. And joy. And sex. The women are unapologetic and defiant. Reek women don't ask for permission to exist. They take up space. They aren't small and won't be made so. Everything they've ever been taught to hide through shame, and guilt, and god, even good old fashioned internalised misogyny is laid bare. It's rough and raw and just a little bit punk rock. They're Damn Rebel Bitches. 


Monday, 20 February 2017

Japan Part 1: The Elephant in The Room

This is the story of how I ended up going on my honeymoon by myself.  No use in hanging a lampshade on it or trying to draw out a tired exercise in suspense.I can't quite talk about Japan without addressing the elephant in the room. That my husband, despite his attempts to medicate himself, cannot, will not and arguably,should not fly.  It all started in an airport, and ended with me on the streets of Tokyo clasping my portable WiFi and a steamed bun.


Friday, 10 February 2017

It's all about that Benefit "Big Sexy Lip" kit

What can I say? I'm a sucker for a lazy girl beauty buy. BB cream? You better believe I'm here for it. Mascara that curls and lengthens? Gimme. So when Benefit launched their "They're Real!" lip-liner and lipstick in one range  you just know I was all kinds of excited for it. I mean, who even really has time for lip liner, amirite?

Monday, 6 February 2017

If you're reading this I'm already dead....and other stories

"If you're reading this I'm already dead." It's a familiar enough trope, but as we continue to live more of our lives online it's also something we can expect to see more on our feeds. With apps like ifidie, Facebook users are able to post their final words/videos/memes/all of the above after they've shuffled off this mortal coil. With an estimated 8000 facebook users dying everyday, our digital spaces are increasingly turning in to digital graveyards. Most of us don't have a will, let alone a funeral plan and quite frankly, what happens to our social media accounts when we die seems like the least of our problems. Especially, with the whole, being dead thing. However social media hasn't just changed the way we perform identify, but also the way we grieve.

Photo c/o Camera Hannah

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Visit Auchrannie: Eat. Explore. Restore.

Itchy feet. I've got them. While I always have a tab open and a tentative eye on Skyscanner, there are other ways to scratch that travel itch without hopping on a plane.Within driving distance, a staycation has all the hallmarks of escapism and excitement of any holiday. And in Scotland? Travel long enough in any direction and you'll find enough beauty and strangeness to keep you utterly captivated.  Arran is less than 3 hours from Glasgow, yet couldn't be feel more different, with a tranquil stillness you only really can get from an island. I've never done the islands (okay, Millport. For a day.) but what a way to begin. And what better place to stay than the spectacular surroundings of the Auchrannie Resort? Perfectly blending together traditional grandeur with contemporary luxury with 2 4* hotels as well as a selection of lodges on site, Auchrannie is the perfect base for an exploration of Arran.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

5 Indie Lingerie Brands to Follow on Instagram

I'd like to think everyone has one vice. Minimum. For some it's going to be shoes, others, it's going to be records. For me? It's always been buying some kick ass lingerie. From those indie darlings to some good old fashioned Agent.P, there's nothing I'd rather spend my money on. Instagram is a lingerie lovers dream - with some tremendously beautiful brands out there just waiting to be discovered. So whether you rep for the itty bitty titty committee or got them heavy boobs, here are some of my favourite indie lingerie brands you're going to want to invite in to your wardrobe/life.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Retro Kitsch Vs Metalic Glamour

New Year has always been a time of renewal, of stripping things back and looking for a fresh perspective. But just because the party season is over doesn't mean it's time to hang up  the sequin and glitter. The mega babes at BLOW certainly aren't.  Always at the forefront of counter-culture and forecasting the next big trends in haircare, BLOW refuse to go quietly in to the good night, kicking off the year with some of the hottest trends in style and colour for the year ahead.   They've always dabbled in extremes, rejecting classics and traditional "good taste" and instead diving in to a world of high fantasy. High risk, high return right?   From dreamy rainbow melts and retro flicks to big, bouncy metallic blow outs, we see the Glasgow salon hit us up with retro kitsch vs metallic glamour.  And damn it, if it isn't exactly what we fucking need right now.

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