Archives for the month of: August, 2013

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While I was in Glasgow Fi took me to explore Arran Aromatics, a Scottish company. On my first visit to the store I decided to try out all the different fragrances and left with a handful of cardboard, each with a different scent. The reason for my return wasn’t to buy a new scent for myself, though I did leave with a small bottle of their Eydis fragrance for myself and a new cleanser/toner. Instead I returned to buy a bottle of their Driftwood fragrance for my boyfriend. As soon as I smelt it I was in love, it’s woody and perfect for a tree surgeon (my boyfriend’s occupation). I could barely put down the sample I made in the store, so bought him some as a gift. I now just have to hope that he likes it as much as I do! But even if he doesn’t I am still keeping a small sample tucked away in my notebook. As for my impulse purchases, I am enjoying my new fragrance, and it is the perfect size for a little handbag kit that Fi and I are putting together for a blog post later this month. I had been looking for a new skin routine for a while now but I am normally quite bad at leaving enough time before bed to cleanse, then tone and moisturise. With this combi option it is quick enough that I have no excuses not to find the time to look after my face before bed. I am only a week in on trying out this new plan, and I think it may be abandoned in Morocco, but I am feeling positive that it will work out.

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This afternoon my boyfriend and I are flying out to Morocco. It is our first proper holiday together, we have only previously done weekends camping, or our recent trip to Hunstanton and I can’t wait, though I am a little nervous as I have been in charge of the planning and organizing the whole trip! I took these photos on my trip to Glasgow and I didn’t have room to include them in my three Glasgow posts last week, so I thought I would give them their own post, as they are all of little alleyways and artwork that people had left there. I’m back from Morocco in two weeks, but until then I have tried to schedule some posts for while I’m away. Have a good two weeks!

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On Monday, my last day in Glasgow, we headed back into the centre of the city to visit The Lighthouse. The Lighthouse holds several different exhibitions, including one on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the architect. It was this that we went to see, the exhibition displays all varieties of his work, plans of his buildings, furniture, paintings and models of his unbuilt designs. After looking around the Mackintosh exhibition we then climbed the Lighthouse tower, right to the top to take in the Glasgow city skyline. I seemed to manage to pick a pretty poor weekend for weather, (as I look out of my window now as I’m writing this, the sun is shining) but during our brief dart outside to take the photos, I managed to get a few good ones (I think). We left the tower, feeling dizzy after climbing down all those stairs and headed out to find the Willow Tea Rooms, one of Mackintosh’s designs, both interior and exterior. You can see the detail he went into with the window designs and the chairs first hand as the building is still open for afternoon teas. Though after having one the previous day we didn’t feel like we needed another one. Having found the tea rooms we did some last minute shopping before heading back to the flat for me to pack to head home that evening. I had a lovely weekend with Fi and will have to make another trip back, as we didn’t manage to fit in everything that we wanted to do (next time we might try and fit in a trip to Edinburgh and maybe Arran, since I fell in love with Arran Aromatics during my brief stay).

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On Sunday, I was feeling full of enough beans to head into the centre of Glasgow city in search for afternoon tea. We found a winner at Hugh’s Bar & Restaurant which was located within House of Frasers. We were worried it might be quite loud being situated within the department store but as soon as you walked in, it was like you were some where entirely different. We sat at the front of the restaurant so we could people watch whilst working our way through a selection of sandwiches, with vegetable crisps, cakes, scones and petit fours. We washed it all down with champagne and tea before wandering through the department store, pausing by all the make up counters to try out different lipsticks. I then managed to snap some photos of Glasgow with a bright blue sky, including a lovely one of a statue with a traffic cone hat, Fi told me that apparently the police have given up removing it now, as everytime they do a new cone appears a few days later. When the sun started to fade, we returned to the flat to make beef stroganoff, with cool beers and watch a good film, though thinking about it, it may have been Step Up 2 that we watched…

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