Reuse, Recycle and Revolve at Ideal Home Show Scotland

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Last week, I shared a few of my favourite DIY hacks and interiors ideas with you guys and it’s clear that I’m not alone in wanting to create a happy, colourful living space! It’s also pretty clear that upcycling and producing our own fun updates from scratch is becoming more and more popular too, which is amazing.

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Personally, I picked up a lot of inspiration during last year’s Ideal Home Show Scotland (and I was still renting at the time!), so when this year’s event was announced, I was excited to see the exhibitors and gather some tips as a brand new homeowner (how grown up – I still giggle when I think about that!).

The theme of this year’s event was reusing and transforming and we were introduced to a selection of local companies championing this. One that I enjoyed hearing a bit more about was Revolve, a community recycling business who upcycle and repair homewares to give them a new injection of life.

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Revolve have developed from a simple idea to ambassadors for buying second-hand, with over 30 stores in Scotland. What really sets Revolve apart is the quality and reliability guarantee they offer on products in store; created to build confidence in thrift shopping. It’s pretty disappointing to pick up something great in a second-hand store only to watch it fall apart as soon as you get home – it’s Revolve’s goal to make sure that’s a thing of the past.

Look out for these guys if you are trying to kit out your pad on a budget!

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Before setting off to check out the hundreds of vendors, I enjoyed a demonstration from Emily Rose Vintage, who refurbish and upcycle vintage furniture in Glasgow. Not only does this process help avoid more unnecessary waste, but it also results in the creation of eye-catching, bespoke pieces – perfect if you are looking to put your own stamp on interiors.

Emily showed that a lick of paint, switching up hardware, or some sanding and stripping, can completely transform a piece of furniture. The aim is to help reduce throwaway culture – and I was amazed at some of the makeovers on display!

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After hearing about the work of Zero Waste Scotland, I took a look at their Something Old Something New display room. I loved the mid-century modern vibe and bright colours – but was even more impressed that everything in the room was upcycled or thrifted from the likes of Revolve. It just goes to show that second-hand doesn’t always mean second best.

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Exploring the rest of the show, I couldn’t wait to check out the home interiors exhibits – although I must admit I was slightly sidetracked by some of the yummy food pop-ups. It’s never too early in the morning for cake, right…?

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Back in Glasgow for its fifth year, Ideal Home Show Scotland was packed with tips to furnish, decorate, update and makeover your home – talk about a Pinner’s dream! As always, it was also a great opportunity to discover new and independent companies – especially the ones on our own doorstep! Highlights for me included the super-chic and eco-friendly Home For Life (complete with a rooftop desk – hey, a gal can dream…), Bagno Design’s dreamy bathroom, and stunning prints from Robertson’s Fine Art.

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I had a lot of fun at this year’s show, and left with a few ideas that I’m looking forward to trying myself at home.

If you want to find out more about the brilliant work of Revolve, Zero Waste Scotland or Emily Rose Vintage, you can check out their websites for information and inspiration.

Here’s to less trash and more treasure,

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With thanks to all at Ideal Home Show Scotland and Parlez for showing me a good time! 

Friday Hi-Fives: Swifty, Superscreens and Sneaky Peeks

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Hey there, pussycat! What’s new with you? I hope you’ve had a fabulous week. After a pretty relaxing weekend, I dived into a busy week of Swifty, Superscreens and sneaky peeks – and all of a sudden it’s Friday again! Phew! On Monday, I went along to get the first glimpse of Benefit Cosmetics’ brand new Real Colours products, which hit beauty counters tomorrow. I’m looking forward to experimenting with the blue They’re Real eyeliner to give my feline flicks an update…

As for Tuesday – where to begin?! I was treated to a very exciting VIP experience at The Vault in The SSE Hydro watching Taylor Swift strut her stuff and perform her hits as part of the 1989 World Tour – you can expect a full round-up of what that was like very soon!

Mid-week, Gary and I headed along to Silverburn for the launch of the new Cineworld cinema. Home to Scotland’s first ever Superscreen and amazing Dolby Atmos surround sound, it’s the perfect destination for date nights! We also caught a preview screening of the new Minions movie while we were there. You can see the movie (and hit the new Cineworld!) from this weekend.

Today I spent the afternoon with Bravissimo and learned a bit more about their current collection – while indulging in a little changing room montage as I looked for my perfect fit! I’m not gonna lie – playing with pretty lingerie was a fun way to end the week, and I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with you guys. This week has been awesome, but I am excited for the weekend! Before we bounce off into the next few days, let’s celebrate with some hi-fives…

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I don’t have a garden – but I can still swoon over Emily’s dreamy DIY tips, right?

Kimberley visited Savage Beauty at the V&A recently and reading about it makes me want to book a ticket, like NOW

If you’re anything like me (e.g. Casper The Ghost status!) you might find tracking down pale foundation a pain in the pasty butt – luckily, Amber has rounded up some of the best ones

I just love Erica’s photo diary from the streets of York and the hills of the Yorkshire Dales

Got 5 minutes to spare? Here’s 21 DIY projects to pick from!

Also Making Me Smile

Confetti shaped like paper planes

Seeing the trailer for the new Star Wars movie in 3D (and on the Superscreen!)

Tiny gold pizza slices adorning my nails

Extra pistachio ice cream

Getting ready to celebrate Elaine’s birthday this weekend – hooray!

 

Be sure to share your hi-fives with me, either here or over on Twitter. I want to know something that has made you grin like a maniac this week!

Love,

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Dinner at Millennium Hotel Glasgow

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When it comes to dining in Glasgow, we are pretty spoiled. There are so many restaurants, cafes and pop-up dining experiences that it’s easy to forget the ones right under your nose! This is particularly true with hotel restaurants where, if I’m not actually a guest, I’m less likely to breeze in for a bite to eat – that is, unless I’ve eaten there before and happen to love their menu!

There are a couple of examples that I can think of right off the bat. I love to eat, drink (tea!) and be merry at Blythswood Square Hotel as often as I can and I’ve also enjoyed a few afternoon delights at Grand Central Hotel lately.

When the team at Millennium Hotel Glasgow invited Gary and I along to try their latest menu and have a chat with Head Chef Jean-Paul Giraud, I was looking forward to dining in another of Glasgow’s most popular hotels.

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For visitors to Glasgow, the hotel is pretty perfectly placed. Looking right out into George Square and just round the corner from the city’s main shopping strip, the Millennium Hotel Glasgow is right in the heart of the city.

If you arrive by train at Queen Street station, you won’t need to travel far as the hotel sits right next door! For us locals, it’s also a central spot to grab a drink or snack with friends. But does the menu make this handy hotel worth visiting?

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Walking into the The Brasserie, we were given a warm welcome and shown to our table. The interior of the hotel feels very classic, and the restaurant has lots of traditional features such as high ceilings and decorative moulding. The soft lighting made for a relaxed and intimate-feeling environment (even if it did make the photography a little difficult!) and it was generally a lovely place to unwind after a busy day.

The team at the restaurant were very friendly and attentive, and it wasn’t long after ordering before our meals arrived. To start, I had the asparagus and mozzarella salad. Served with sun blushed tomatoes, red onion and a balsamic dressing, this was a light and fresh start to the meal. Gary opted for the soup of the day which was a warming bowl made with tomato and roasted red pepper.

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Since the new year, both Gary and I have made a conscious effort to cut a lot of meat out of our diet – including when we eat out too. Luckily, many restaurants have started to implement more amazing vegetarian and fish-based options into their menus; so it’s no longer an afterthought. Speaking with Chef Giraud, he explained that vegetarian and healthier options are a big focus when creating his menus at Millennium.

I ordered the sea bream, which came on a bed of wilted spinach and crushed potatoes, and featured a lively blend of flavours including tomato, lime and black olives. The fish was delicate and flaky, while the rich, buttery crushed potato brought some balance to the dish.

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The variety of flavours on the menu at Millennium Hotel Glasgow are influenced by Chef Giraud’s experience cooking around the world (including ten years in Barbados) and growing up with his father who was also a chef. I can think of a few friends that would enjoy his chicken Catalan and I think it would be rude not to come back and try the Thai crab cake…

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Soon, it was time for dessert – and if you’ve been reading here for a while you’ll know by now how much I enjoy a good sweet! I couldn’t see past the warm chocolate pudding – in fact, it pretty much had me at the word ‘chocolate’! Gary’s dessert – three scoops of the ice-cream (made in-house) – looked as good as it tasted. Each scoop sat on its own wearing a little shortbread ‘hat’ (the shortbread is homemade too!) and there was one scoop of each flavour – chocolate, vanilla and very strawberry. Who know ice cream could look so cute?

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Millennium Hotel Glasgow and I’ll be adding The Brasserie to my list of hotel restaurants to pop into for a bite to eat. A wee birdie tells me they also offer a pretty damn good afternoon tea as well – so maybe I’ll need to come back and investigate that further. Purely for research, of course!

Have you ever eaten at Millennium Hotel Glasgow? What are your favourite hotels to dine in?

With city love and tiny shortbread hats,

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Huge thanks to all at The Brasserie at Millennium Hotel Glasgow and Joe Blogs Network 

 

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