Friday Hi-Fives: Jet Lag, Glad Rags and Make Up Bags

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Hello, friends! And happy Friday to you! Our usual Friday hangout has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks while I was off gallivanting in Florida, but we are officially back ON for our weekly dose of chatter and good vibes. Hooray!

What’s new with you? I hope you’ve had a fabulous week. After arriving into Glasgow at 5:30am on Sunday, I’ve been battling with jet lag for most of the week – trying to avoid sleep as though Freddy Kruger was after me, I swear… #thestruggleisreal you guys.

As far as first weeks back home go, this one has been pretty great (and busy!) – no post-holiday blues around here! I had a fun afternoon out with the lovely Hayley on Wednesday and spent a long girly lunch at the Glad Cafe, before moving next door to Glad Rags Thrift and having a good old rummage. Yesterday, Gary and I went along to a preview screening of The Nice Guys and grabbed a dumpling-tastic dinner at Nippon Kitchen in the city centre. The movie was very funny and it felt like the first time in ages that I’d watched Ryan Gosling in anything. Go see it!

This week has been amazing for Scottish talent, with both Bonnie Bling and Sara Hill releasing gorgeous new collections. I’m seriously crushing on Bonnie Bling’s 1970s-inspired jewellery (it’s all about that cheese plant!) and Sara Hill’s luminous Nectar blush has ‘cult make up bag favourite’ written ALL OVER IT.

If you’re city bound this holiday weekend, don’t forget to check out Glasgow’s first Style Mile Festival, which is on until 30th May. With events, offers and treats for fashion and beauty lovers, you can find out more here, or by stopping by the pink Festival Hub outside House Of Fraser. It’s like Woodstock for shopaholics!

I’m ready to get into this three-day weekend, how about you?

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…Cafe Strange Brew have switched up their menu and their Turkish Eggs are perfection (even better when you’ve just bounced off of a transatlantic flight…)

… you can get some free summer styling from Blow’s braid bar at Topshop Argyle Street this weekend. Fancy joining the Braidy Bunch?

…being away is awesome but walking into the flat for the first time in over two weeks made me feel all warm n’ fuzzy

…pink smokey eye make up is the beauty look I never knew I needed! Can the Sephora MUA’s do my face every day, please?!

…Hello Giggles turned 5 this week! Happy birthday, ladies!

Hi-Five Homework: Pay it forward this week – maybe make a donation (no matter how small), help someone that’s having a rough day or support a small business. It’s that simple!

Have fun this weekend and I’ll see you next week…

LOVE LOVE LOVE,

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Vintage Diner Dreams with Love Ur Look London

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While we were in Florida, we couldn’t resist booking a stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort over at Universal Studios. The mid-century themed hotel with its bright bursts of colour and 1950s rock n’ roll soundtrack was at the top of our list, and we couldn’t wait to check in! I’ll be posting a separate review of our stay soon, but I wanted to share some snaps of this cute-as-a-button frock that I wore while spending our first afternoon at the resort…

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This Pink Candy Collar dress from Love Ur Look London reminds me of something you might find in a American diner – the black collar detailing is very ‘retro waitress’, dontcha think? Can I take your order, honey?

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I love the flattering cut of the dress, and it felt really comfortable to wear as we explored the outdoor areas (those vintage cars though!) and the hotel’s Bayliner Diner.

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The fabric also happens to be patterned with kitsch diner-themed motifs, like milkshakes and ice cream with extra scoops (is there any other kind of ice cream?)!

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When you’re hanging out in the Florida heat, keeping cool is a top priority! I wore my dress with simple sandals and my trusty Muir sunglasses from Iolla – the cat-eye shape made them the perfect accessory for this vintage-inspired look.

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My little pink flamingo necklace came from the latest Tatty Devine Lucky Dip launch, and I don’t think there was a better outfit that I could have worn to show him off!

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This was the first time I’d tried out a design from Love Ur Look London, and after hearing about their ethical approach to fashion production, I was looking forward to styling it. The dress has also been created from upcycled fabrics, but you would never be able to tell when you slip into it – it’s very well-made and the cotton feels super soft.

If you live around London, Love Ur Look are also taking part in the Pin Up Pop Up Shop – a showcase of 1950s awesomeness featuring everything from clothing and accessories to makeovers and homeware. Sound good? Skip on over to Truman Brewery in East London from 10th to 14th June in your finest circle skirt and get involved!

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I adored wearing this dress while wandering around our retro resort – and even went bowling in it later that evening! It was just made for stepping back in time and bringing a touch of bygone glamour to our trip.

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Have you checked out the designs from Love Ur Look London? What is your favourite vintage fashion era?

With ice cream and diner dreams,

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The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Topolabamba

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New to The Glasgow Veggie Diaries? Catch up here for more reviews!

It’s been a long time since I shared any reviews of Mexican dishes here – which is ironic, considering the vast majority of the food we cook at home is influenced by vegan-friendly cookbook Thug Kitchen (AKA THE BIBLE), which is bursting with fiesta flavours. In fact, the last feature was so long ago that I still ate chicken and had long hair! Yikes!

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I figured it was high time we remedied that so, when citzenMag got in touch and asked me to check out city centre restaurant Topolabamba and report back to you guys, my mission to find kickass vegetarian eats with a Mexican influence in Glasgow was officially back on.

Gary and I visited Topolabamba on a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, and despite this, it didn’t even occur to me to call ahead and book a table (maybe my brain was already in holiday mode?!). When we got there the restaurant was busy, but thanks to a very efficient buzzer system, we weren’t waiting too long (I’d say 5 minutes tops!) for a table to open up.

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About Topolabamba 

Topolabamba are known for their authentic Mexican street food and cocktails, and opened up on on St Vincent Street (one of the busiest streets for Glasgow foodies) in July 2014. The restaurant pride themselves on making everything fresh, and offer small plates as well as more filling options. Sharing with friends is encouraged, and the environment is very relaxed. Other than the odd burrito bar and fast food outlet, Topolabamba are one of the only places in the city centre offering Mexican cuisine, and they have quickly become a favourite with many visitors and locals looking for their fix of tortas and tequila.

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One of the most striking things about Topolabamba is the bright and fun interior of the restaurant. With cacti, candles and colour pops filling the space, it feels like the kind of place you could party or get comfy in, depending on your mood. As the restaurant and bar are open until 11pm (and midnight on weekends), there’s plenty of time to do both!

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The menu is pretty extensive, with lunchtime express deals making it a handy spot for any office workers to pop in on their break. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten free dishes, so we decided to pick out a few small plates of street food each. The range of dishes and vivid decor reminded me a little of Wahaca, which I visited twice on my last visit to London (what can I say, this gal loves her guacamole!) but with a more independent, local feel. I love the fact that Topolabamba also have their own taco happy hour, which is at 4pm Monday-Friday – much more appealing to me than the usual kind of bar happy hour…

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Before long, we had all of our small plates ready to try! The crispy corn tacos were filled with freshly roasted vegetables and topped with cool cream. These were a hit with both of us, and weren’t too spicy but had a nice flavour to them. We also tried the guacamole tostadas, which were filled with a mixture of corn and black beans – this was something very similar to what we would make at home, except these were topped with a sharp, crumbly white cheese (feta, maybe?!) which I will definitely try adding to my next kitchen attempt!

The chilli taquito was a little bit too hot for me (I know, I’m a wimp!) but I liked how crunchy the texture of the tortilla was and Gary really enjoyed eating most of that plate.

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It turned out that the humble cactus wasn’t just part of the decor, it was an ingredient too! I therefore couldn’t resist ordering the cactus quesadilla, which probably turned out to be my favourite dish. I’m not a huge fan of green peppers, but luckily the cactus didn’t taste at all like them, in fact it was more like a sweeter, juicier version of a green bean! It went really well in a quesadilla and I would definitely recommend it!

We kept our sides pretty simple, and ordered salt and chilli fries with some pico di gallo and guacamole (of course!) for dipping. Seeing as the guacamole comes with plenty of tortilla chips anyway, I’d skip the fries next time.

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We ended our meal on a sweet note, and even though my eyes said “churros”, my belly was telling me there wasn’t a chance (definitely skipping those fries next time!) so I kept things light with the mango sorbet. This was really refreshing and made me wonder why I don’t order sorbet more often! Gary had the chocolate chilli ice cream, which was rich and dark with a slightly spiced flavour.

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Even though it was a busy Bank Holiday, we really enjoyed our visit to Topolabamba and felt relaxed and well fed by the end of our Mexican feast! I’d like to come back and see how it measures up as part of a night out when I’m wearing something suitably bright and frilly, and you better believe I’ll be there for taco happy hour soon…

Have you ever visited Topolabamba? And can you resist the lure of churros?

Fiesta forever…

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This post was created in collaboration with citizenMag, but all my opinions are as always, honest 

 

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