Thursday, 27 July 2017

Hungry? Let's Try Ardnamurchan Glasgow

Ardnamurchan seems to have missed the Great 2017 Glasgow restaurant hype train, but that doesn't mean this unassuming newbie based in the heart of the cities theatre land shouldn't be at least somewhere on your foodie bucket list this year. Directly across from Theatre Royal on Hope Street, Ardnamurchan have a focus on creating beautiful Scottish food with an extensive Scottish gantry to boot. Oh, and it happens to be the only place in the city you can get Ardnamurchan venison, so that surely should be reason enough to visit for any game fans alone right? (Short answer? Yes. Yes it is.)


Monday, 24 July 2017

Making your World more Ribenary through Augmented Reality

Augmented reality and branding isn't anything new. Stripped back, it's using technology to mix objects and images within your real world. It's so normalised now (think brands face mapping so you can take a selfie with your favourite fictional character or hell, ANY snapchat filter.) The two go hand in hand and with augmented reality and virtual reality set to hit $150 by 2020 we're all but set to see more brands using it within their making campaigns. While we may not quite be integrating wearable tech fully in to out lives a la google glass or facebook's oculus, the easiest way is through a series of apps through our phones. And while this has primarily been used to encourage social sharing, the gamfication or altering our reality isn't only the next logical step but already in full swing. It plays in our desire to share, create and collect. I mean, come on, Pokemon Go! anyone? Nintendo's shares sky rocketed and it was the most download IOS app last year WORLDWIDE. That's nuts. 

Ribena invited me to their latest app and to Doodle my World with the entire concept based around making your life more Ribenary. From video to photography you're invited to integrate a bunch of weird and wonderful animated characters in your day to day life - from the personified goofy disco ball to bunnies shooting pink laser beams it's completely and delightfully off the wall.  Ribena: Doodle Your World is pretty much a big old playground for anyone who loves any excuse to goof about on their phone. I mean, when you've already had a penchant for cartoon imagery and have more than a passing interest in gifs and stickers, Doodling your World plays to all of those visual itches.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Why Dying My Hair Yellow was the Best Thing I've Ever Done (to it)

A new hair day can be completley and utterly transformative. No two ways about it. It's a tired cliche for a reason, but an outward change has always been a signifier of "inner personal growth." It's okay, I can hear your eyes roll from here, and trust me, I did the very same just typing it. But it holds true, for me at least. My barnett is a solid barromoter for my emotional state of affairs and a sure fire way to measure if I'm going to go through a "Big Change" wether consiously or otherwise.

I've been yellow for a while now, but it's taken a while to settle on my perfect shade of sunshine (seriously, that's what it's called. Sunshine. Talk about a positive omen right?) But I think the gals at BLOW have finally nailed it. And look, I get it. It's superficial. Feeling good about yourself comes from within. Blah. Blah Blah. But really, dying my hair yellow was the best thing I've ever done to it. And not just cause it looks cool in photos.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Skincare Worth Investing In

I've managed to scrimp and save with other beauty products in the past covering everything from nails to hair. What I refuse to scrimp on though is what goes on my face. I love skincare. Serums, moisturisers, cleansers. They do it for me. And if I fall in love with a product I'm in for the long haul. It doesn't always work out the cheapest, but that being said these products tend to last me a long time. And more importantly? They work. It's tried and tested skincare worth investing in.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Mesh Bodysuits, Origami Bags and Finding Your Style Mojo

I've got a whole section of my wardrobe dedicated to safe bets that I don like warm blankets. The thing is though, my go to roll neck and jeans combo begins to feel a little tired the fifth time in a row and isn't exactly the most emotionally or aesthetically rewarding. It's not just the clothes that begin to feel tired. I do too.

Don't get me wrong. I straight up love a style uniform. For me though I find it better to lean in to this with colour (it's a long standing joke among my girls and I that I dress the equivalent of a human bruise) rather than shape.  Moving flat made me reevaluate my entire wardrobe. I had to be unrelentingly brutal with what could fit in my new wardrobe (even with a little imagination that did turn all of my room in to an extended version of that.) As a result I wear everything more because, well, I know what I've got. Nothing tucked away only to resurface 3 years later any more.  And that was how I got my style mojo back.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Coming off anti-depressants

I was doing everything right. And on paper everything was right. Peachy fucking keen even. I'd started a business with my BFF, had negotiated some sweet contracts to start us off. We had funding. The healthy eating, exercise, life balance thing. You fucking bet I was checking off all those boxes left right and centre. But I was straight up struggling. And not in, oh I was having a bad day or a rough week. I wasn't so much floundering as I was drowning. I felt hollowed out and overwhelmed and there was no rhyme nor reason for it. It was while I was out for a run when it hit me. All of it. I didn't want to do it any more. I wasn't entirely convinced I could do it any more. I was emotionally spent and dying, well dying seemed like a viable option. Attractive even. I sat on a bench, defeated and called my best friend and howled.  The kind of crying that leaves your body aching and without any sense of catharsis. It was time to give anti-depressants a go.


Monday, 10 July 2017

The Big Old Baby Question

There's a question that women of a certain age will find themselves subject to. Especially if you're in a long time relationship. But the closer you get to 30 (or heaven forbid 40) more and more people will start to ask “So, you guys thinking of having kids?”
I mean it's a fairly personal and invasive question and weighted no matter what side you fall on. Having fertility problems? Well, hello to a particular sore spot. And heaven forbid you've decided you don't want them. The later? More likely to be met with “Oh, you'll change your mind when you're older.”


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

3 Summer Scents Worth Getting Obsessed About

Real talk time. I am a straight up scent slut. A big old whore for anything that smells fucking great. I mean, look, I get the appeal in having a signature. To be the woman who always smells of Chanel No 5, or Guerlain Shalimar - there's something enigmatic about it right? Properly low key sexy. Well I'm not really one for being low key. At least when it comes to my perfume. I mean I love bold, punchy scents. When it comes down to it, I want something lingering and identifiable. From my first perfume loves (Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue and Hugo Boss Deep Red and Jean Paul Gautier were on a near constant rotation for me as a teenager) to now (a mix of dark florals and gourmands from everything from Le Labo, Serge Lutons and Tom Ford) I am near enough constantly following my nose. I mean if we eat with our eyes, we lust with our noses right? Nothing quite captures the memory or the moment like smell.  So in the spirit of the season, I've picked out 3 of my favourite perfumes at the moment that are worth falling in love with and making them mark some spectacular Summer memories.


Monday, 3 July 2017

Is Body Positivity the New Body Shaming?

So, is body positivity the new body shaming? Short answer. No. Right, case closed guys, we can pack up. Good job all round. Lol, okay. I'll bite. Because while body-positivity at it's heart is well, positive, it's not perfect and still, at least in the wider populas version of it that's been co-oped by brands – it still sells a very commercially palatable form of the female body.
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