Glasgow On Foot: Be a Tourist in Your Own Town!

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At the weekend, I spent the day with my girl Vicky, who lives in Edinburgh. I just adore when out-of-town friends visit (especially ones as lovely as Vicky!), not just because we spend the day chatting and laughing, but because it gives me an opportunity to show them around Glasgow and take time to enjoy the things I’d normally walk past most days!

Our Sunday adventures got me thinking about what you can see and do if you spend a day walking around the city. Not only was it fun to re-discover some of the spots we visited, but afterwards I felt happy and relaxed – it just shows the difference getting outside in the sunshine can make.

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It was really nice to be a tourist in my own town for a change, and I wanted to share a few ideas with you if you ever want to spend the day seeing some of Glasgow on foot (I highly recommend it!)…

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Grab an epic brunch
No-one likes to start a day of adventuring on an empty stomach, so take a stroll over to one of Glasgow’s many cafes for some brunch. My current favourites include Wilson Street Pantry and Spitfire Espresso – both based in Merchant City and sure to set you up for the day with eggs and good coffee.

Walking tip: plan your route to Merchant City along Ingram Street to spot beautiful buildings and drool-worthy designer stores!

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Hit up the museums and galleries
You don’t need a car to take in a little bit of culture you know! In the city centre alone you can find the Gallery of Modern Art and The Lighthouse – head a further afield and there’s the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Riverside Museum – to name a few.

Walking tip: if you’re visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, walk through the lush, leafy Kelvingrove park. There’s stunning views from the top of the hills and lots to see in the park itself – from skateboarders to ducks!

Go on a photo walk
Set yourself a creative challenge (for example, to take 10 interesting or colourful photos!) and go on a photo walk around the city. You might decide to capture street art, or monuments, or something personal to you! Have fun with it and I bet you’ll be amazed at what you discover.

Walking tip: You can might to cover a particular area of town with your challenge, or make it more spontaneus with your camera ready to click. I always like to start in the city centre, right in George Square, and work my way outwards.

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Head to an event on foot
Before your day out, do a bit of research and see if there are any events happening that you fancy swinging by, then plan your walk around that. And in Glasgow, it is very likely that there will be a pop-up, a craft fair or a mini-festival going down, just waiting for you to discover it!

Walking tip: On your way, keep your eyes peeled for a cute coffee shop (Glasgow is bursting with amazing places!) to stop into when you’re heading back.

Seeing how vibrant the city looks always makes me feel inspired to walk around more, and it’s an amazing (and free!) mood-booster. You guys know I am ALL about the good vibes around here, so let me know if there are any parts of Glasgow that you’re dying to explore or re-discover on foot! Greener Scotland are also encouraging everyone to share photos of their brightest journeys and walks (to work, school or otherwise!) online using the tag #walktaework – so be sure to check out their page to find out more.

Have you ever shown a friend around town and played tourist in your own city? Where are some of your favourite walks?

These boots were made for walkin’…

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With thanks to Greener Scotland

Home Tour: Welcome To Our Bedroom!

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The story so far: As some of you will know by now, the last ten months have been very exciting for us as we’ve gone through the process of buying our first home! After eight years of renting, we stumbled across a flat almost by accident that happened to be for sale. We fell in L-O-V-E hard with the place and could really see ourselves living there and styling it to our personal taste.

Fast forward just a few weeks and we were picking up the keys, and walking into what is now nicknamed the Rainbow Palace. But it was empty! Going from renting furnished beige (oh, so much beige!) flats to having our very own place to decorate? Talk about being like kids in a candy store! I’ve really been enjoying sharing the journey and little interiors tours of our home so far, so today I’d like to continue that – welcome to our bedroom!

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I love having the luxury of good storage all around this flat – and one of the main reasons for this is that it has helped us to create an airy, uncluttered space in our bedroom, which was really important to me. I think it’s the combination of this and getting off of the ground floor that has really made a difference in how much my sleeping pattern has improved!

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We’ve kept the walls in this room white for the most part, so that we can add pops of colour around the room. One of the most eye-catching ways we’ve done this is by painting the original chimney breast part of the wall in a bright statement mint (the same paint that we used for our geometric door in the living room). When I say we, I actually mean Gary – I went out one day and came home to find him painting it! I’m really happy with the result, and we’ve positioned our bed at this point of the room as it measured up perfectly – it was meant to be, eh?

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Painting this one section was a good way to experiment with a statement wall without going the whole way. We’ve furnished a lot of the room with simple, white furniture from IKEA which helps keep the room feeling spacious and clean. Our mirror is from IKEA too, and is from their PS designer collection. Fun fact: I loved this mirror so much that I bought it last year, way before we even discovered this flat. We were still renting and I stored the mirror (in its packaging), telling myself it would look great when we eventually bought a home and could put things up on the walls…

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The bedroom has a lot of the same characteristics as the rest of the flat – big windows that let in lots of light, high ceilings and a built-in bookcase. In the same style as our living room, we decided to line the back of the open shelves with some vibrant paper – this time we chose a map-print in a variety of colours. I can’t get enough of the contrast with the white shelves!

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My grey bedside table is by Ben De Lisi at Debenhams (from the same collection as our coffee table), which I picked up after a seemingly endless search. Its mid-century modern vibe was just what I was looking for and it’s the perfect size for holding a couple of bedside essentials. I found this vase in a charity shop just moments after eyeing up MUCH MORE expensive options – it was a totally lucky find.

Something that was really important to me when furnishing the bedroom was picking out the right bed. I wanted the feeling of a super comfy bed so that I could have the kind of blissed-out sleep I only seemed to get in hotels. So we did the whole shebang, picking out everything from the base, to the headboard to the mattress (all from Archers)! We sat on every mattress in the store before picking out the right one – I felt a bit like goldilocks, but it was so worth it!

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It’s all very well for the bed to feel good, but of course I like it to look nice too! Having fun geometric-print bedding, that ties in with the pastel colours of our home, was a clear choice. Right now I’m loving this pink set from George at Asda, and the snuggly grey wool blanket (also from George!) adds a little texture. I used some of the same geometric-print material to create matching covers for the throw pillows as part of a bloggers challenge set up by George and I’m so chuffed with how they’ve turned out! You can see other creations on Twitter by searching for #ThatsSewGeorge. My pineapple shaped cushion is from Primark – isn’t it cute?

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We had so much fun creating a gallery wall in the living room that we decided to replicate it in the bedroom, with a mixture of art and prints – including one of my favourite illustrations of Prince (!!) by Glasgow’s Claire Barclay.

I’m really happy with how this room has come together. I always feel really peaceful and comfortable hanging out in it – whether I’m reading, blogging, relaxing or even putting on make-up at the mirror.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out this part of our home tour! I’d love to know what you think and be sure to come back for the next instalment!

Love,

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Friday Hi-Fives: Spitfire, Sequins and Singing Puppets

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Hola, friends! And happy holiday weekend (if you’re also celebrating one)! This week has been jam-packed and I’ve been looking forward to sharing my adventures from the last seven days with you guys. At the weekend, Gary and I enjoyed the sunshine and had a yummy brunch at Spitfire in Merchant City – if you like your meal with a side of doo-wop tunes you must pay them a visit!

I enjoyed not one, but two babe dates with my girl Casci this week – and one included a trip to the King’s Theatre to see Avenue Q. It was one of the best productions I’ve EVER seen, and I can see why the singing puppets and talented cast are so popular. You can check out my full list of must-see Glasgow theatre Summer shows here!

On Wednesday I was treated to an evening of glamour and sequins at House of Fraser’s A/W 15 press day – this upcoming season is looking very stylish indeed and I’ll be posting all about the event soon.

Yesterday and today have been all about foodie feasts – with a bloggers event at Jamie’s Italian and an introduction to Le Petit Honours menu at Malmaison. It’s safe to say my tastebuds have been well and truly tickled this week! I’m looking forward to making dinner for our besties this weekend – is there anything better than getting together with your posse and catching up over food?

Before all that though, let me serve up some good vibes with this week’s hi-fives…

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Here’s your daily dose of cute, since it was National Dog Day this week – dogs dressed as um, dogs!

Online behaviour can be super confusing. Pip’s sharing a few great reminders that are worth checking out

Every girl needs this candy floss shaped bag in their life…

I love this dreamy outfit post by Keiko Lynn

17 life-changing beauty hacks every lazy girl must know. Feel free to click back on this one on Sunday morning!

Also Making Me Smile…

Coffee in turquoise cups

THIS pink leopard print bag

We went to see Straight Outta Compton and it was AMAZING

Robert Lopez and Jeff Mark’s fantastic songwriting

The truffle risotto at Jamie’s Italian (because, yum!)

 

Apparently it’s only 5 days until Autumn officially starts, so let’s make the most of this weekend! You’ll find me wearing lots of bright colours (no change there then!) and listening to all my favourite Summer playlists. Have an awesome few days and I’ll see you next week!

With love and laughter,

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PS: I’ll be chatting about blogging and doing a little Q&A at this year’s Freshers Fest. If you fancy coming along it’s totally free and I’d love to see you there! You can find out more about that and reserve your place here!

 

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