The Events Round-Up: Christmas in Glasgow

The cold wind’s a-blowing, and the streets are getting dark* – there’s so much going on, that I don’t know where to start! With the neon lights glowing in George Square, it’s officially Christmas in Glasgow and there are lots of events planned to get us in the mood this season. I’ve picked out some of the city’s finest festive happenings and and rounded them up, so let’s hop to it…


There’s never been a better time to shop small, and this Christmas there are some awesome ways to discover independent businesses in the city. In Princes Square, Wear Eponymous are showcasing fabulous UK talent with fashion, accessories and lifestyle products to browse and buy. Scarves from Helen Ruth, stationery by Think Traingle and headpieces by Maggie Mowbray Millinery are a few of my top picks from the range of designers stocked.

Over the next month, there’s also a great selection of pop-up markets to explore. On Sunday, you can find over 60 creatives at the Glasgow Etsy Made Local event at the Briggait, including the likes of Claire Barclay Draws, Bonnie Bling, Neil Slorance and Laura Spring. Expect jewellery, homewares, art and more. Perfect if you’re looking for some gift inspiration!

Tea Green will return to Glasgow three times over the next month to bring their line-up of sellers to both the city centre and West End. As well as being able to buy handmade pieces at Tea Green’s markets, customers will also be able to meet the designers themselves. You can find out more about Tea Green’s programme of Christmas events here.

The weekend before Christmas can sometimes feel like a mad dash, and the idea of hitting the high street on those last few days makes me feel exhausted before I even leave the house! Luckily, Adventures In Vintage has planned their inaugural event on Saturday 20th December in the heart of the city, but tucked away from the hustle and bustle at Trades Hall. Selling vintage, antiques and hand crafted goods, those last-minute present panics will melt away. I’m personally looking forward to cute accessories from Doris Does Doodles and sipping something hot at Tea Jenny’s vintage tearoom. A little turtle dove told me there might even be an appearance from Santa himself (but you didn’t hear it from me, OK?).



Got somewhere fabulous to be over the next few weeks? Want to look your best? I hear ya, sister! Glasgow’s very own Sara Hill has launched her pop-up shop and Glitter Bar (!!) in the West End at Salon 659 and it will be running until Christmas. As well as stocking her range of coveted make-up products, the pop-up will also offer rare appointments with the lady herself! I went along to the launch over the weekend and was treated to a super glam look using some of Sara’s exciting new range of glitter. A sure-fire way to sparkle this season!

Now that our faces are sorted, let’s talk killer ‘do’s! When it comes to party hair, making up your mind is a LOT easier said than done! The babes at #BLOW salon have been bringing their own brand of sassy style to Glasgow’s Silverburn shopping centre, making sure no-one feels anything less than 100% bombshell over the holidays. And, with an express menu of fashion-inspired styles to choose from, finding your ideal look has never been easier. You can even tick a few presents off your list while you’re there, as the pop-up also stocks gorgeous goodies from Bed Head and GHD.

Festive Florals

Fancy getting creative with your seasonal décor this year? Lorraine Wood Flowers has you covered with her programme of festive wreath workshops. Running every Saturday at Lorraine’s studio in Linwood, you can get in the Christmas spirit and have something pretty to decorate your home with afterwards. You don’t need to have a green thumb to get involved as the workshops welcome people of all abilities to come and take part.

It’s Panto Season

..Oh yes, it is (sorry, couldn’t resist!). Pantomimes are pretty much tradition in Glasgow, and a great way to get the whole family together for an afternoon (or evening) of entertainment. This year, I’m looking forward to seeing Gregor Fisher star in Snow White (though not AS Snow White, I should point out!) at the King’s Theatre in the city centre. Based on one of my favourite fairy tales (and Disney characters!), I can’t wait to see this Glaswegian take on the classic story. See you in the stalls!

These are just a few of the amazing events this Christmas in Glasgow. Which ones will you be popping in your diary?

With love, laughs and lots of local legends,


* – PS: if you recognise this reference, we can officially be friends!

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Thaikhun

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The story so far: This year, Gary and I decided to cut out meat from our diets, which has meant a huge change in the way we eat (and WHAT we eat, of course!).

With this in mind, I want to continue to share my experiences dining out in the city, but with a new focus. I want to give you guys the scoop on the places that aren’t serving meat-free menus as a mere afterthought – the places with dishes to delight everybody in your posse. You’ll find me sharing all the details here in The Glasgow Veggie Diaries – I hope you’ll join me as I try out vegetarian options in Glasgow and report back on what you can expect!

This week, The Glasgow Veggie Diaries visits the newly-opened Thaikhun restaurant…

With a reputation for punchy, Thai flavours served up street-food style, it’s no wonder that the opening of Thaikhun’s Glasgow restaurant was hotly-anticipated. Silverburn shopping centre’s Winter Garden area has grown into a hub of dining and socialising and offers so much more than your average mall food court.

About Thaikhun
Pronounced ‘tycoon’ (see what they did there?!), Thaikhun is part of a chain of casual dining restaurants owned by the Chaophraya restaurant group. They opened their first restaurant in May this year and have more UK destinations planned. Inspired by the cuisine you’d expect to find on the streets of Bangkok, the restaurants aim to bring people together in celebration of exciting and authentic flavours.

Excited to see what was on the menu, Gary and I headed down to Thaikhun Silverburn the weekend after it opened.

Inviting Interiors
The first thing that I noticed when walking in was how much I liked the décor! Designed to reflect contemporary Thai style, you can expect blasted wooden planks contrasted with delicate flowers and golden statues. Vintage Thai movie posters towards the back of the restaurant also added an extra element of cool. Sitting in a middle table and taking in the surroundings, I felt fully immersed in the relaxed feel of the brand.

The team at Thaikhun were extremely pleasant and friendly, though during our visit were clearly busy and a little overwhelmed. Considering that it was opening weekend and that there wasn’t an empty table in sight, this was totally understandable.

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Massive Menu
Once we had ordered our drinks (a Melon Refresher smoothie for me and a Pennywort Juice for Gary – it was brilliant to see that the Thai influence was reflected on the drinks options too), we browsed the menu. The food menu is pretty extensive – excluding sides, we’re talking 52 dishes. That’s quite a lot of choice, right? Well, yes and no. If you eat meat, you will feel spoiled for choice, no questions asked! Of the large number of dishes on offer, only nine of them were suitable for veggies (and most of them had simply replaced meat with battered tofu, which was a pity).

I was also a bit surprised to see that all of the salads contained meat! A genuine first for me – usually I can fall back on a salad if all else fails.

We started with the Por Pia Sod Tofu which came wrapped in lettuce and packed with shredded vegetables and tofu. The flavour of the dish wasn’t too strong but certainly tasted fresh, and the chilli dipping sauce kicked things up a few notches. I also tried some of the salt & pepper squid, which again lacked a lot of flavour on its own but was livened up with some of the Thai fish sauce that came on the table.

For mains we tried the Phad Thai Jay, which we were told is Thailand’s national dish. Primarily noodles and tofu, the Phad Thai Jay is made with the chef’s own authentic sauce recipe. We also tasted the Pad Mee Phuket, which was another noodle dish but served with a colourful variety of vegetables.

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I felt that the food itself just didn’t quite match the impact that the restaurant surroundings had on me. Thai food is so well-known for its eclectic and memorable dishes, and I think there could be a little more scope for going further with the vegetarian ingredients and flavours at Thaikhun, to enhance the full experience.

As much as I enjoyed the relaxed and well-styled environment at Thaikhun, I couldn’t help but feel that there has been a missed opportunity with the menu, given the impressive number of dishes and the positive feeling behind the brand. Seeing as they are a fairly new restaurant chain, there is a chance that they may still be developing their range of dishes so I’ll be keeping an eye on their social media for updates!

Have you tried Thaikhun? What are your thoughts?



Take One Princess Skirt: Daytime

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With Christmas just a handful of weeks away (!!) and an ever-bulging diary, it’s the time of year where we feel like we need to be in multiple places at once. Catch ups with family, Christmas soirées, festive events…it’s no wonder they call it ‘party season’, right?

I don’t know about you, but I often don’t have time to go home and plan a whole new outfit in between being out and about during the day and scooting off to wherever the night is taking me. I’ve not got the greatest track record with the whole “day-to-night” thing when it comes to fashion, either. Throwing on a party dress at 6am SOUNDS amazing and very girls just wanna have fun on the face of it, but it’s more likely that the guy in Starbucks will think I’m nuts / still out from the night before as he eyes me suspiciously and takes my order.

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So, what’s a gal to do?

When the team at St Enoch challenged me to show you guys how I take my seasonal style from daytime to dancing time, it gave me the perfect opportunity to finally up my game and think about how to do this realistically. And friends, I think I’ve cracked it: it’s all about having one versatile piece! Something you can comfortably wear during the day and then dress up after dark (ooh, la la!). So, in other words, not turning up in layers and layers of tulle for meetings all day then? Well, maybe not EVERY day…

Luckily, when it came to finding this elusive multi-functional piece, St Enoch had me covered with their range of stores.

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When I laid eyes on this black skirt by ONLY at Debenhams at St Enoch, it seemed to scream princess at me. Longer than a midi, yet shorter than a maxi skirt, floating out in all the right places and generally looking like something a Disney character might wear, I immediately dubbed it a “princess skirt” (there’s probably is a proper name for it, but let’s just go with it…).

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This is exactly the kind of item that can be dressed down or jazzed up, and I couldn’t wait to take it on a test drive.

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Look 1: Daytime 

For a relaxed weekend look, I wanted to show off how great this skirt looks with simple pieces. I layered it with a Topshop shearling denim jacket, a pink tee by NINE by Savannah Miller at Debenhams and a hat from H&M (all at St Enoch). I’m also wearing my Cambridge Satchel Company neon satchel, Sugar and Vice key necklace and Primark sneakers.

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Cute accessories are my favourite way to add a pop of colour to a black skirt AND keep warm on chilly days, and I couldn’t resist picking up these adorable pink gloves from H&M at St Enoch. They make me smile instantly when I look at them, which to me is what fashion should always be about.

It was the kind of easy-breezy Sunday outfit that was made for brunch and shopping – which is exactly what we did that day!

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Photo from my Instagram

After a mooch around Merchant City and spying the finishing touches being put on the Christmas Market, we hopped over to Wilson Street Pantry for some food. Sourdough toast, poached eggs and avocado with lemon and smoked salt made for a dreamy brunch indeed.

We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping and making the most of being outside in the short bursts of sunshine. But, how do I plan to style up this swishy princess skirt for night time? Stay tuned to find out in part two…

Here’s to Sunday sunshine and poached eggs fit for a princess!


With thanks to St Enoch


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