Friday Hi-Fives: All About the Popcorn

all about the popcorn

Hola, friends – and happy weekend to us all! Whether you’re reading this on your Friday commute or maybe catching up with me over the weekend in your pyjamas, I hope you’ve had an awesome week!

If you read Wednesday’s post, you’ll know that I spent a fun-packed day in Edinburgh recently and I’ve also been out and about in Glasgow this week. On Sunday I checked out the MOXIE fashion pop-up at Blythswood Square Hotel, where I got to meet the bubbly babes behind Heather Margaret Grace. As well and being able to check out more of their work in person, it was so lovely to put faces to names!

Later that day, I headed to Kiehl’s where I was treated to a yummy lunch from Halloumi (a new Greek restaurant in town that I’d been dying to try!) and plenty of skincare chat with a few blogger gals I hadn’t seen in ages.

Jumping forward to midweek, it was ALL about the popcorn on Wednesday evening when Gary and I attended the launch of Cineworld Renfrew Street’s brand new VIP experience. With 4DX launching in August, the Superscreen launching in September and now the VIP experience, there’s never been a better time for a night at the movies! We just loved the gourmet buffet and unlimited snacks, but the best part for me was the enormous reclining chairs – super comfy!

Tonight I’m kicking off the weekend in style with dinner, a new dress and a good ol’ catch up with my flame-haired fox, Casci. I can’t wait. What are you up to the next few days? Here are a few things you might want to add to your agenda…

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…it’s all about Your 5 this weekend at Silverburn – a free fashion & beauty event to help get you ready for the new season (and any help I can get finding the perfect pair of winter boots is much appreciated!). You can also scoop extra discounts & deals on your day at the centre by downloading the Silverburn PLUS app (it’s free!)

…this post about body confidence by Ellis might be full of sunny poolside photos, but her important message about loving yourself can be applied to any outfit, all year round. Yes girl!

…new beauty launches make my heart sing! And the new Wine & Chocolate makeup collection by Bobbi Brown hit counters yesterday in a parade of rich, vampy tones – ooh la la!

…like everyone else on the planet I have been OBSESSED with Stranger Things this year, so these outfits inspired by Barb (oh, poor sweet Barb!) and Eleven by Kim and Helen are just perfect. Roll on season 2!

…my feel-good playlist of the week has included a LOT of 80s rock (did I mention I watched Rock of Ages on Saturday night?). Pour some sugar on me, why dontcha?!

Let me know what’s been making your week that little bit sweeter – who gets YOUR hi-fives today? Have an excellent weekend, kittens! You deserve it.

Love, popcorn and plenty of air guitar…


A Day in Edinburgh: The Great City Swap

The Great City Swap

Over the last year, I’ve visited Edinburgh quite a few times. From staying at friends’ houses, to attending events and most recently spending the afternoon at the LUSH Spa; one thing is guaranteed: I will ALWAYS have a good time.

A few days ago, I was invited to spend a fun-filled day in the capital as part of The Great City Swap by ScotRail and experience one or two new things while I was at it.

The Great City Swap

Encouraging the people of Glasgow and Edinburgh to literally swap cities for the day, The Great City Swap is all about sharing must-do activities, hidden gems and celebrating what makes these two destinations awesome!

Before I hopped on the train, I made a plan for my day out using another new feature from ScotRail…The Swapatron! This name immediately conjured up Futurama-esque robots in my mind, but what it actually involves is a bank of knowledge and insider tips from the people who know the cities best – their own residents!

The Great City Swap

Yup, within the 200 (and counting!) suggestions for a grand day out in Glasgow and Edinburgh you’ll find unique attractions, shopping , foodie recommendations and much more. You just enter the kinds of things you’re interested in and the Swapatron does the searching and sifting for you. Easy!

As a firm believer in supporting local businesses, I was over the moon when the app brought up several suggestions based on independent boutiques and cafes! My personalised itinerary also included a trip to Dynamic Earth, which I’d never heard of before but liked the sound of.

The Great City Swap

With my plan in hand (literally – seeing as it was emailed straight to my phone!) all that was left to do was sit on the train for the 50 minute journey to Waverley Station.

The Great City Swap

First up: lunch! I’m no stranger to the award-winning Hula juice bar, but I hadn’t been back to visit since the cafe had been redecorated by none other than the fabulous Karen Mabon. I was excited to revisit them and fuel up for the day ahead!

I had the avocado on sourdough toast and had to order one of their famous juices (I tried the Whirling Dervish – it was delicious!). So far the Swapatron got things spot on!

The Great City SwapNext, I headed for a walk through the quirky and colourful shops of the Grassmarket area and on towards Dynamic Earth – which you couldn’t possibly miss on Holyrood Gait because it is HUGE! Before stepping inside I was already impressed by how cool it looked, it was obvious why it is currently rated as the top visitor attraction in Edinburgh.

The enthusiasm of the team was infectious, “are you ready for some science?!” one whooped at me when I arrived, with the same manner you might expect from someone warming up the crowd for Beyonce. Yes, yes I was!

The Great City Swap

Over the next few hours I experienced walk-through simulations of The Big Bang, active volcanoes, icy tundras, tropical rainforests and much more. Oh, and watch out for raptors! Clever girl.

I really enjoyed it and if it hadn’t been for The Great City Swap, I might have never have thought to spend a day there. I didn’t do every single thing, but since Dynamic Earth hold special events from time to time I am sure I’ll find a good excuse to go back one day.

The Great City Swap

Thanks to another walk (this time back towards town), I got to appreciate all of the vintage touches dotted over Edinburgh. From original buildings, to old street signs and even a fully restored red double decker bus, the city seemed to ooze retro charm around every corner!

I finished my day cosied up at Hendersons for a vegan dinner and a slice of home-made pumpkin pie. It felt like the perfect finish to the perfect day out and, as I headed back to the station with the sun dipping down and the castle sitting looking all majestic in the distance, I was already wondering what I would get up to on my next visit.

The Great City Swap

The Great City Swap

The Great City Swap

What I wore…

Dress: River Island at Intu Braehead 

Jacket: Topshop

Bag: Marc b

Boots: Dr Martens

Sunnies: H&M 

If you fancy planning a trip to Glasgow or Edinburgh soon, take a tip (or three!) from the locals by visiting one of the Swapatron information hubs (located on Buchanan Street in Glasgow and St Andrews Square in Edinburgh), or click here to use the Swapatron app and learn more about The Great City Swap. You can also see what other people are up to on their visits by checking out #GreatCitySwap.

Tell me some of your favourite things to do in your city. Where should I visit next time?

With trains, toast and tundras,



This post was created in collaboration with ScotRail, though all experiences, thoughts and Futurama daydreams are my own.

Guest Post: Five Movies To Watch This Halloween

Movies To Watch This HalloweenThe spookiest time of the year is ALMOST here, and to celebrate, I wanted to dedicate a post to one of my favourite Halloween traditions: watching scary movies! It only felt right to invite the person that shares my enthusiasm for spine-tingling tales to get involved, so today I’m handing things over to Gary for a special guest post as he shares fives movies to watch this Halloween…

Halloween is a big deal round our way. Every year, we set aside a day and night to watch as many horror movies as possible with our pals. This ranges from classics to new-school movies via hits and some MAJOR misses that we will never speak of again.

After much deliberation, we pick some films, load up on snacks and binge on both until everyone collapses. And it’s great.

To help speed up that selection process, Lynsay asked me to put together five recommendations for Halloween this year. Now, these aren’t the absolute best horror movies out there – there is no place for Halloween or The Shining on my list because it’s a given that you’ll squeeze them in at some point before the pumpkins go bad – these are some lesser known additions to your horror playlist for 2016.

I’m gonna make it easy by focusing on movies available on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. If you are anything like me, you have a million horror DVDs and Blu-Rays but they are packed away and the horror of delving into that Monica Geller cupboard is worse than any gore-filled slasher movie.

So, in no particular order, here are my five picks for Halloween 2016…

1. The Skull

I want to kick things off with a classic and The Skull takes us right back to the Hammer Horror-era of genre legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

The story centres around the skull of the Marquis De Sade which afflicts everyone who owns it with a mysterious and deadly curse. It’s stolen from Christoper Lee but he’s none too bothered because well… it’s not exactly a great addition to the mantle piece given the whole death thing…

Lee does his best to warn his pal to keep well away. But, does he heed the advice? Of course not.

2. Hush

Hush centres around a pretty straightforward home-invasion plot as author Maddie is tormented in her rural home by a masked stalker.

Seeking quiet seclusion to work on her latest novel, Maddie is first annoyed by the over-bearing good-nature of her neighbour before being pestered through iMessage and later up-close-and-personal by a mystery assailant.

Maddie suffers from an hearing impairment and the movie uses this to build a real sense of fear – the lack of dialogue meaning that there isn’t much to break the tension.

As is always the case, you’ll be really impressed by some of Maddie’s decisions and horrendously frustrated at others. Given how many times you’ve seen it go wrong, would you go back in the house??

3. Starry Eyes

Starry Eyes follows aspiring actress Sarah as she spends her days longing for success while waiting tables in a Hooters-esque burger joint.

Bubbling under the surface of Sarah’s character is a MANIC frustration that manifests in outbursts of wild self-destruction.

With strong character development and a nice occult twist, Starry Eyes is not an original tale but there is enough slow-burn tension for retro-horror aficionados and plenty blood and guts for the new-school too.

Five Movies To Watch This Halloween

4. Deathgasm

From the moment the opening credits hit on Deathgasm, it’s pretty clear my 14 year old brain has been raided of its contents and had them splattered across the screen. Skulls, crows, guitars and graffiti’d school jotters – a particular favourite among high-school goths – all explode amongst satanic symbols and a particularly heavy soundtrack.

The film quickly (mosh)pits the new metal kid in town with the dungeons and dragons geek in a war against the cool kids. Sound familiar? Not for long…

Metal fans will find laughs at the in-jokes of horrendous black metal videos while those whose brains have not been mashed by years of headbanging will find plenty satisfaction in the gore-feast of the particularly explicit fight scenes.

AND, in true metal fashion, it is rumoured that the film syncs perfectly with Iron Maiden’s Live After Death.

5. It Follows

Confused teenagers stalked by a mysterious presence, It Follows – on the face of things – doesn’t carry a particularly inventive premise but this is no simple stalk n’ slash.

The film begins with a chase of sorts… The only problem? We don’t know who is doing the chasing! The pulsating soundtrack tells us that things are going to be tough for the pursued and inevitably, before the opening credits begin, ‘It’ delivers victim number one.

Yeah, It Follows is full of allegory about promiscuous teenage behaviour but don’t get hung-up on the metaphor – at its core, It Follows is just a really ominous and creepy horror film.

And, like any effective horror, ‘It’ lingers for days after the credits roll.

With these five movies, we’ve moved from 1965 right through to 2016 and hopefully given a few new titles to haunt their way onto your screen.

Let us know what else is on your must-watch list this year. And, can think of a movie scarier than the thought of clearing out THAT cupboard?

We hope that this gets your Halloween movie night off to an awesome start! And thanks Gary for giving us the lowdown on these picks. Time to plan the rest of this year’s festivities, am I right?


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