A Peek Inside BLOW Shawlands

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When word got out a few months back that BLOW Finnieston were going to be opening a second Glasgow salon, it didn’t take too long before beauty junkies all over town (and by town, I obviously mean Instagram!) were speculating about where it was going to be. Not only that, but it was apparently going to be bigger than its original, with other services available.

Before the rumour mill spiralled out of control, BLOW revealed that their newest venture would be south of the Clyde, and not only would it be a salon – it would also be a training academy too. A place where up-and-coming stylists can learn the business’ own badass brand of creative colour, styling and hair care in their brand new (but still oh-so-BLOW) surroundings.

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This month, the doors finally opened and I got a peek inside BLOW Shawlands to see what we can expect from Kilmarnock Road’s newest resident…

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1. It’s bigger. Like, a LOT bigger. Yup, with two floors, a wraparound styling bar and a fully functioning academy downstairs, there’s certainly a lot more room for hair goals to be achieved at BLOW Shawlands.

Don’t worry, there’s still the same Pinterest-worthy decor, custom selfie wall, freshly popped popcorn and eye-catching window display (would it really be BLOW if there wasn’t?), there’s now just SO MUCH MORE ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES!

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2. There’s a secret garden in the back. First and foremost, BLOW are of course known for their hair cutting, colouring and styling skills. That’s a given. But, it is probably no surprise that the gang at BLOW also know how to throw a heck of a party! And the psychedelic garden in the back is the kind of place that will make you think you’ve died and gone to wonderland.

Seriously dreamy and the perfect spot for a summer soiree.

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3. It’s not just hair that’s on the menu. BLOW Shawlands is more than just a hairdresser’s, it’s a seriously stylish hangout that you feel immediately relaxed in. So when I heard that the new salon would be offering an afternoon tea experience, I was excited to come and try it out!

The afternoon tea has been created in collaboration with one of my favourites – Cafe Strange Brew – with sandwiches, cakes and scones to enjoy (I couldn’t get enough of the salted caramel brownies!). The package (£35) also comes with a signature BLOWdry, making it the perfect girly treat to start the weekend.

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It’s not a visit to BLOW without a selfie – just call me Curly Sue! 

These are just a few things that make BLOW Shawlands well worth a visit, but be sure to check them out for yourself! I like to think of them as BLOW 2.0, with all the same style and attitude as their first location, but bringing along some new ideas in their bag of tricks.

Will you be visiting BLOW Shawlands?

Love,

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Friday Hi-Fives: Brownies, Boots & Bouncy Hair

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Cuppa, anyone? I’m writing today’s Hi-Fives feeling utterly stuffed after spending the day at #BLOW’s new Shawlands salon, sampling their fabulous new afternoon tea package. With sandwiches and sweet treats provided by Cafe Strange Brew (those salted caramel brownies though!), endless cups of tea and a signature BLOWdry to top it all off, it felt like the perfect way to say hello to the weekend!

This week has been a pretty busy one, with lots of work happening around the flat, and a few fun events to keep me out of mischief.

I learned how to make burritos like a boss (it’s all in the wrapping, apparently!) at an evening hosted by BarBurrito on Queen Street, and enjoyed trying new menu additions like their superfood slaw. Not the first thing I’d think of to put in a burrito, but TRUST ME, once you try it, you’ll wonder what took you so long!

This week, I also checked out the new Marble Effects collection by Dr Martens at their supercool Glasgow store. The range includes easy to wear tees, satchels and of course, some seriously awesome boots. I can’t wait to style up this white pair – stay tuned for more on that very soon…

When I’ve not been out gallivanting I’ve been glued to my screen watching Stranger Things on Netflix. It’s easily one of the best TV shows I’ve watched in ages and if you haven’t seen it yet, pop it to the top of your list. OBSESSED!

Well, with my bouncy new hairdo I’m feeling ready to sashay into the weekend. Let’s do this!

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…the weather in Glasgow has been so bonkers that you can’t help but laugh. I’ve been able to rock my best sunny day ensemble AND bundle up for monsoon conditions, all in a matter of hours this week

…my eyeliner has been sharp enough to kill thanks to Eyeko’s Black Magic liquid liner. Flicks for days

…I spent a giggly afternoon catching up with Laura while she tried her first coffee. She started on an iced frappe but I’m convinced it’ll escalate quickly to a die-hard Americano habit, haha!

…The Prince’s Trust have been helping young people for 40 years (!) and their latest Parallel Lives campaign shows how valuable their work can be. Go team!

…over on the podcast this week we’ve been eating space ice cream (yes, really!) and feeling like we’re ready to move in with The Jetsons. Add us to your playlist here 

Have an amazing weekend, friends – see you on Monday!

With brownies, boots and bouncy hair,

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Self Care Sessions: Setting Challenges at The Color Run

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In my Self Care Sessions, you’ll find me sharing the ways that I’ve been investing time and care in myself, just in case any of you guys have been feeling the pressure and are looking for ways to balance things a bit better too! You can check out my last post here!

There’s a lot to be said about setting personal goals – challenging yourself in a positive and healthy way. Some people try to read a certain number of books within the year, whereas others decide they want to learn how to bake. Above all, it’s about deciding to do something, anything you choose, and seeing it through!

At the start of the year I signed up to take part in The Color Run, also known as ‘the world’s happiest 5K. Now, full (unsurprising!) disclosure: I am not an athlete by any stretch of the imagination but I have been taking steps to be more active and, seeing as The Color Run involves running (or dancing, or skipping or moving in any manner you like, really!) through the city while being pelted with a rainbow of powder paint, I felt like it would be an enjoyable way to set myself a new goal.

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The Color Run is all about promoting positivity and not taking things too seriously, which made it sound like the right 5K for me!

So, after signing up, a few months passed and I kind of forgot all about it. It wasn’t until the runner’s pack arrived on my doorstep that I suddenly remembered: Girl, you’ve got a 5K in two weeks.You best get reacquainted with that treadmill!  

I’d asked Elaine to come and run with me and, with my gal pal Kate signing up to the event a little while after that, I felt even more motivated to be participating as part of a team.

As well as taking place in Glasgow, The Color Run events visit cities around the world. Looking on Instagram, I could see that the Brisbane run was happening on the same day as ours – search #thecolorrun if you’re curious!

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I thought that getting up early on a Sunday to go and exercise was going to be tough but, the truth is, I bounced out of bed and couldn’t wait to see the girls before travelling to the start line. On arrival, we headed to the warm up area, where there were lots of excited faces and activities taking place with the event’s sponsors. 4000 people had turned up to run and the atmosphere was amazing.

One of the events themes was Tropicolor, with giant inflatable pineapples, hawaiian skirts and fruity puns a-plenty. I put my sweatband on and got into the sporty spirit right away. Eat your heart out, Mr Motivator…

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We set off and decided to dance our way through each zone. By the time we reached Merchant City, there were crowds of encouraging passers-by giving us a big wave and a thumbs-up.

The route of the 5K was a great snapshot of the city – starting along the River Clyde before heading up through the city centre, Merchant City and the Saltmarket. Every so often we travelled through designated Colour Zones where we were covered in powder paint before continuing on our route.

I love that it did not feel like a competitive race – it was more about having fun and getting a bit messy. OK, a LOT messy! And after we crossed the finish line, it was time to celebrate at the after party.

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This was one of my favourite parts of the whole day as everyone was in really good spirits. At 15 minute intervals there was a massive countdown before a ‘colour drop’ – where a rainbow of coloured power was launched into the air and floated down onto the crowd as we danced. Sunday funday at its best!

As well as having a ton of fun, I was really proud of myself for completing the 5K and sticking to my guns with this one. It would have been easy to switch off my alarm and roll over, but I felt really positive about setting a challenge and pushing myself to try something new. I’d definitely sign up for The Color Run again – maybe I’ll see you there?

With running shoes and yellows, pinks and blues…

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