A Day In Dundee with The Daydreamer

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One of my favourite things about blogging is that is gives me the opportunity to meet so many awesome people. Being able to connect with like-minded ladies (and gents!) and get to know each other is really special. It has a real community feel, no matter where we all live.

Last week, I took a trip up to Dundee after being invited by Christina, AKA The Daydreamer, to an event she had organised in her home town of Dundee. Living a little further away, Christina doesn’t let a few miles get in the way of her fun and organises her own stylish events, collaborating with Debenhams in different cities. Go girl!

In her invitation, Christina described a super relaxed, girly afternoon tea in Dundee’s Malmaison Hotel. The girls from Debenhams and Urban Decay would join us for demonstrations and lots of fashion chatter, and we’d also be treated to a talk from V&A Dundee’s Tara Wainwright about the museum’s exciting vision. Well, who could say no to that?

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Soon, I was on the train to Dundee and looking forward to catching up with everyone. The hotel was stunning, and felt both old and new at the same time! We met in the cocktail bar, and moved through to a suite that had been set up for Christina’s #DaydreamerTea event decorated with gorgeous flowers by Acanthus, a few key pieces from Debenhams, and lots of yummy teatime treats!

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We talked about the holidays, cake and trying to achieve the perfect eyebrows (amongst other things!). Christina also shared the details on a few of her must-see local businesses – I’ll be checking them out on my next visit to the city for sure.

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Heather from Urban Decay in Dundee talked me through their brand new products, and even demonstrated a few of them on me by creating gold glittery eyes and raspberry lips that I couldn’t stop looking at afterwards! I could certainly get used to having someone do my makeup for me…

Afterwards, Tara from V&A Dundee took us through her presentation, detailing what the V&A’s plans are for its opening in 2017. As the first design museum outside of London, and with an enthusiasm for showcasing Scottish creativity, I can’t wait to see the end result – and let’s just say that the artist’s sketches so far make it look VERY inviting!

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Maxin’ and relaxin’ in the beautiful surroundings of Malmaison Dundee was a great remedy for the mid-week blues (what hump day?!) and it was made even better by spending some uber-girly time with some blogging megababes.

I have a feeling it won’t be too long until I’m back in Dundee again! If you’ve been to Dundee, or are from the city yourself – share your must-visit list with me!

With tea, cake and glitter,

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A huge thank you to Christina and everyone involved in The Daydreamer Tea for showing me a good time on a rainy day!

 

20 Fun Facts About Lush Cosmetics

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Did you know that Lush Cosmetics turned 20 years old recently? It’s true! Since opening their first store on Poole High Street in 1995,  the beauty company have gone from strength to strength – winning awards and becoming as well-known for their campaigns and spas as they are for their innovative beauty products. It’s safe to say they are a HUGE favourite of mine, and I always love hearing about their exciting journey.

This year alone has already been a pretty exciting one for Lush, with their biggest-ever store opening on Oxford Street, and over 200 brand new products to keep even the die-hard fans in suspense.

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Recently I went to celebrate their 20th birthday with the team at their Sauchiehall Street store – and boy, do they know how to throw a party! We had a wicked evening talking all things Lush, playing with some of their best-selling products and even learning how to make Big Blue bath bombs using their fresh ingredients. We also had a fun styling contest with their Knot Wrap scarves – now that’s my kind of party game!

One of the things I love about Lush is the interesting and unique stories behind their ideas, products and activities. So, to mark 20 years of their work, I’d like to share 20 fun facts about Lush that you might not know! Let’s lather up and take a look…

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1. One of Lush’s 6 co-founders, Mo Constantine, invented the world’s first bath bomb in 1989

2. Karma fragrance was inspired by the sight and smell of Carnaby Street in the 1960s – groovy, baby!

3. Hsuan Wen Hua hair treatment translates to ‘God Of Hair’

4. The glitter used in Lush products are PET free – they use food grade lustres and seaweed-based glitters

5. All of Lush’s products are still handmade in Poole, Dorset

6. Lush use the world’s first certified fair trade vanilla absolute from the Ndali Estate, Western Uganda. You can find it in some of their best-loved products like Rock Star, Vanillary and Oatifix

7. Lush’s first international store opened in 1996 in Canada

8. Their super fruity Miranda soap was named after Carmen Miranda

9. ALL of Lush’s products are cruelty free

10. Co-founder Mark Constantine is a hair trichologist with over 40 years experience in natural hair care

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11. You won’t find any microbeads in Lush’s products – all exfoliates are naturals, such as ground almonds, sugar, sea salt and polenta (to name a few!)

12. Tisty Tosty bath ballistic’s ingredients are taken from a medieval love spell! The seven rose buds float alongside you in the bath

13. Each Lush Spa treatment has its own unique soundtrack written by Grammy award-winner Simon Emmerson

14. 10p from every bar of FUN goes to FunD, helping children affected by the 2011 Japanese Tsunami

15. Last year, Lush sold 3.4 million solid shampoo bars globally – and for each one sold, 2-3 500ml bottles avoid being sent to landfill

16. All of Lush’s soaps have a palm oil free soap base

17. Fizzbanger is inspired by Roald Dahl’s The BFG 

18. Lush’s D’Fluff shaving soap is inspired by marshmallow fluff and full of whipped egg whites to achieve its light, fluffy texture

19. In 2013, Lush set a new Guinness World Record title for the most lipstick prints collected in 12 hours!

20. Every product made by Lush is vegetarian, and 81% are vegan

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Phew! I guess the last 20 years have been busy, right? It goes without saying that I recommend you treat yourself to something handmade and sweet-smelling from Lush, if you’ve never tried them before! And if you’re a massive Lush fan, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s post and maybe even discovered something about them you didn’t already know.

Happy birthday, Lush! Here’s to 20 more amazing years!

With love, fizzing bath bombs and confetti,

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A big thank you to the team at Lush Sauchiehall Street for having me and for sharing their rad stories!

 

Friday Hi-Fives: What a Week!

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Today’s Hi-Fives come with the bonus (albeit virtual!) smell of fresh coffee! I’m writing today’s post in Tinderbox and can hear the whirr of the cappuccino machine in the background along with excited chattering as people start their weekends. I’m reflecting on the past week – and what a week it’s been!

After seeing Ant-Man (in 3D of course!) together last weekend, Gary headed off to London for a few days and I jumped head-first into a week of awesome events to keep me out of mischief. On Monday, I visited the Wear Eponymous pop-up shop in Princes Square, which boasts a curated collection of Scottish creative talent. Having seen their gorgeous goodies up close I would urge anybody out shopping in the city this weekend to check out the store (tomorrow is the last day!).

On Wednesday I ventured up to Dundee for a short but very sweet visit to Malmaison for The Daydreamer Afternoon Tea. It was a wonderful way to chase the mid-week blues away – and you can expect a full report next week…

Yesterday I grabbed dinner with Ayden before we went to check out the Factory 45 bloggers event, which gave me the opportunity to meet some of the designers and of course the team at Factory 45, who have a lot of passion for their business. It never really feels like work if you’re doing something you love, right?

This theme continued later in the evening when I was invited along to the Onyx Makeup Masterclass with Beauty Vloggers Jamie and Amber. These ladies know all the tricks in the book and I was in awe of their skills!

Which brings us to today – another Friday and time to get hi-fiving! Here are a few things that I think you’ll enjoy checking out this weekend:

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Clueless just turned 20 years old (!!) so here’s 25 things you never knew about everyone’s favourite movie…

Kaylah’s photos from Ballarat are just incredible

I love what my girl Emily has done with her shed – it looks like the cutest clubhouse for girls!

Did someone mention Chocolate Coconut Bark?! Angela is saying all the right words with this recipe

Make the most of your evenings! MJ has 5 killer tips to get your energy back

Also Making Me Smile…

Phone calls with Gary while he is in London (even if I get jealous of the weather!)

Super glittery Bowie-esque eye makeup

This headband!

Launching my #Yay500kGiveaway (and there’s still time to enter…)

Meeting new faces and spending time with some awesome ladies

 

Here’s to an UH-MAZING weekend – see you guys next week!

Love, scones and sequins,

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