Friday Hi-Fives: With Love for a Long Weekend

long weekendBonjour, beautiful! It’s Friday once more – and an extra-special Friday since it marks the first day of a long weekend, hurrah! So, what do you have planned? Easter celebrations, a mini-break away somewhere exciting or simply kicking back and enjoying some downtime? I’m happy to have four days of relaxing and day trips ahead – including another visit to Edinburgh tomorrow to meet up with fellow Blogcadette Sara!

This week I’ve enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the Botanic Gardens, had another article published (this time all about West End shopping favourite, Granny Would Be Proud), and been feverishly excited about hitting Disney World in less than 3 weeks’ time. Let’s jump right into this wonderful weekend and get hi-fiving…

Link Love

Theresa on Visiting San Francisco Vs. Living In San Francisco and how the city has her heart – definitely placing it firmly on my must-visit list…

Fuchsia fried potatoes, anyone? I’m drooling over Natalie’s awesome recipe!

Xandra shares her love of visiting art galleries (and dressing in theme!) – a girl after my own heart!

Are you a Valencia or a Hefe? Here’s Every Instagram Filter, Definitively Ranked if you can’t make up your mind!

The energy of your words & importance of a gratitude practice - this post by Louise is my favourite thing that I’ve read this week

Also making me smile…

Hatching meetup plans over the coming weeks and months

Karen Mabon and Vacation Days’ Taco Night scarf is all kinds of awesome! Swoon!

The satisfying feeling of a MASSIVE Spring clean

With Katy Perry tickets and some new Crown and Glory head candy, it’s safe to say it’s been an epic post week!

Granola and almond milk. Officially my new breakfast jam (I don’t know how I lived without it for so long).

 

Let’s make every minute of this 4-day weekend count! And tell me, who gets your hi-fives this week?

With sunbeams, smiles and supersized Easter eggs,

Miss West End Girl x

Easter Treats

Easter Ah, Easter. A time for chocolate eggs, bunny ears and overzealous use of the “chick hatching out of an egg” emoji! I’m looking forward to a long weekend featuring all of the above and more, how about you?

With bright colours, bows and cute motifs galore, how can I NOT love this holiday?

Today, I’m sharing some of my favourite Easter-themed goodies with you, and where you can pick them up if you fancy a treat (or just tweet a link to this page to the Easter Bunny…).

1. Flowers AND bunny ears? Crown and Glory are talking my kinda language with this Rachel headband

2. Tatty Devine’s Easter Egg necklace is so adorable, just try not to nibble on it…

3. I came across this Live Life in Full Bloom art on Etsy – the cherry blossom design is PERFECT for Spring!

4. Have you seen this Stand Out flower prom dress? I’ve been drooling over it since seeing it in Topshop last week…

5. This new Sunshine necklace by Sugar and Vice gives me hope for a sunny Bank Holiday, I love the bright colours!

6. Little Bunny Shoe Shoe! These flats, my LAWD! Such cuteness over at Modcloth.

7. Need a sugar fix? Hotel Chocolat have you covered with these milk chocolate Tiddly Chicks

8. Egg decorating? Pah! Make your nails look sweet enough to eat with DIY Nails x Nancy Mc decorating decals!

9. A surprise bath bomb within a bath bomb – Immaculate Eggception from LUSH is like a Kinder Egg for your bath!

I hope you have an egg-cellent (sorry!) Easter. Fingers crossed for bucketloads of sunshine! What are your favourite Easter treats?

Love,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Spring into Your Skin with LUSH Cosmetics

CIt’s a well-known fact that I am a huge fan of LUSH Cosmetics – I’ve been a devotee of their soaps and bath ballistics for years and I’m rarely seen without a tube of their Passionate Emotional Brilliance lip colour close to hand.

So, when one of my local branches of LUSH got in touch and asked if I’d like to help them organise a Spring event for bloggers, I was delighted and couldn’t wait to get involved!AThe concept? Spring Into Your Skin – a crash course in reviving tired, winter-ravaged skin and giving it some much-needed TLC, along with a sneak peek of what was new this season from the gang at LUSH. After months of cold weather taking its toll on my poor face, it was just what the doctor ordered.

I got in touch with some local blogging babes and invited them to the city centre store – located on Sauchiehall Street – for an evening of face masks and fun.DSoon, the night of the event came around and the team at LUSH – led by Casci, Cara and Rosie – provided sweet treats including pink lemonade, fresh fruit and biccies to welcome everyone in from the cold!BJTaking photos inside a LUSH shop is amazing, the products themselves look good enough to eat and everything is so VIBRANT. I swear my memory card is now packed with snaps of bubble bars, slices of soap and gift sets that I just can’t bear to delete! The Sauchiehall Street store is a Glasgow original, small but bursting with energy.

The LUSH ladies took us through a detailed chat about LUSH’s wide range of skincare solutions – with something to suit every skin type and beauty routine. I loved the interactive presentation, with the opportunity to feel and sniff all the products mentioned. There was a lot of ooh-ing and ahh-ing, especially when we looked at Let The Good Times Roll – a cleanser that smells just like popcorn!EGWe then got the chance to roll up our sleeves and make our very own Cupcake fresh face mask – one of LUSH’s all-time best-sellers. It was almost like cooking real cakes, as we mixed fresh ingredients including mint, cocoa butter and Rhassoul mud in a big bowl, with the unmistakable chocolate-mint smell starting to drift into the air.

Having used Cupcake fresh face mask before, I know that it works wonders on impurities and was so chuffed to have helped make a batch.HAfterwards, Cara revealed some details about the LUSH Kitchen – a brand new concept from LUSH that creates small batches of exclusive products and engages with customers to create one-offs and bring back old favourites.

We also got the juicy details on new products, including Movis soap and Granny Takes a Dip – a warming bath ballistic that turns your bathwater into a psychedelic rainbow! Needless to say I’m VERY excited about that one!IFeeling truly pampered, and ready for Spring, the evening came to an end. The team at LUSH truly spoiled each of us with our own pot of Cupcake to take home, along with a generous bag of goodies to sample. I had a fantastic time at LUSH and loved seeing first-hand how one of my favourite products is made.

What’s your skincare routine? And your favourite LUSH goodies?

With face masks and bubble baths,

Miss West End Girl x

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A huge thanks to all at LUSH Sauchiehall Street for a fabulous evening!

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