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!

 

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: TGI Friday’s

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If you’ve been reading here a while, you’ll probably know by now that I really enjoy dining out around town – be it breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner (or an ‘afternoon delight’ which generally means something sweet!)! But recently, there has been a little bit of a difference: at the start of this year, Gary and I started an experiment in which we decided to cut out meat from our diets (you can read more about that here!).

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 after thought – the places with dishes to delight everybody in your posse, whether carnivore, vegan or something in-between! You’ll find me sharing all the details in a mini-series called 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!

Today’s edition of The Glasgow Veggie Diaries brings us to TGI Friday’s…

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About TGI Friday’s

Wait…you’ve NEVER heard of them? Just in case, this all-American themed bar and restaurant have been a HUGE hit in Glasgow for many years, and are as well-known for serving cocktails the size of your face as they are for their food! Recently, we went along to celebrate the launch of the new menu at a special themed event called #MeetYourMatch

The New Menu

If you’re a fan of TGI Friday’s classics like their famous Jack Daniels glaze, don’t fret – a lot of the old favourites are still there! But the menu has been given a remix to include new ideas like a range of specialist baseball-themed hot dogs and a mix of flavours from around the world. This is a bold move for the chain, but with burger joints as far as the eye can see, head chef Terry McDowell wanted to show what else TGI Friday’s could pull out of the bag.

On arrival, we got a sneak peek at what was on the menu – with a Hall Of Fame-esque collection of glass cabinets showcasing the new dishes.

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Summertime Starter

I couldn’t wait to get started and, after eyeing up the smoked tomato bruschetta (think a heart-eyed emoji, but less subtle!), had a clear idea of where to begin. Gary couldn’t resist the lure of the bruschetta either! TGI Friday’s are known for their generous portions, and this starter was big enough for two to share without squabbling. Loaded with juicy tomatoes in a smoky, balsamic glaze, it tasted like summertime on a plate. Next time, I’m getting this as my main dish – it was THAT good.

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On Wednesdays We Eat Tostadas

For the main event, we had a choice of nachos, vegetable pasta or crispy tostada stacks. I hadn’t had tostadas since our trip to Bibi’s Cantina (A WHOLE YEAR AGO YOU GUYS!), so felt that I needed to rectify that post-haste! Never one to turn down a Mexican-inspired feast, Gary also joined in the tostada fun (matching starters AND mains? What a couple of nerds! But they were so tasty, I really didn’t care!). The tostadas were crispy and filled with freshly roasted garlic vegetables and melted cheese, and sat on a bed of Cajun-spiced rice. They were topped with all the good stuff like sour cream and guacamole, and weren’t too spicy either – I’m a real wimp when it comes to hot dishes!

So did I meet my match? You bet I did.

I was really impressed with TGI Friday’s take on tasty vegetarian dishes. Their selection wasn’t massive, but the punchy flavours and smart presentation more than made up for that. Plus, having chatted to Chef McDowell, I have a feeling that there is a real hunger (sorry!) for more veggie options to be explored.

You can find out more about TGI Friday’s, and find out if you can meet your match from the new menu here!

Have you tried the veggie options at TGI Friday’s? And do you ever match plates with your beau?

Here’s to that Friday feelin’…

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With thanks to TGI Friday’s for showing us a good time!

5 Ways to Snap Outta that Beauty Slump!

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Can you guys believe that summer is almost over? I can’t! Everywhere I turn right now it feels like change is a-coming, no matter how much we try to escape it. From end-of-season sales to back to school organisation – it seems now is THE time to get your act together and get ready for the coming months. No more slacking, buttercup!

Personally, it’s often at this time of year that I find myself trying to switch things up a bit with my beauty routine. I love trying out new lotions and potions (and it doesn’t take much to get me making gooey eyes at some beautiful packaging either!), to try to get myself out of a rut and keep things fresh and exciting. It’s nice to have favourites, but sometimes we just have to jump out of the comfort zone and experiment a little!

So today, I’d love to share 5 ways to snap outta that beauty slump – featuring a few products that I’ve tried and tested lately and just can’t get enough of…

1. Give your eyes a pop of colour!
I am a creature of habit when it comes to my eye makeup. I love my 50s-style winged eyeliner to the point that I don’t feel quite like myself if I’m not rocking some feline flicks. So, the best way for me to try something new was to add a bold injection of colour into my beloved makeup look! Using the new colours available from They’re Real! Push Up Liner by Benefit Cosmetics, I discovered that something as simple as a new colour can make a fresh style statement. My favourite shade is Beyond Blue, for full Liz Taylor realness! They’re Real! Mascara also comes in the same shade, which looks purr-fect with my usual black flicks too.

2. Shake up your skincare
Facial skincare is probably the one part of being a girl that I was kind of sucking at up until recently! Body butters, hand lotions and anything you can slather on from the neck down? I’m your girl. But taking care of my face? Well, that sounded like a LOT of work. Which was so silly when I think about it now! So with a little help from the babes at Kiehl’s, I’m kicking my regime up a few gears. My current essentials include their Ultra Facial Moisturiser, Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and Midnight Recovery Concentrate – it’s official guys, I’m a convert…

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3. Give your tired locks some TLC!
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be putting your hair through a lot. From colouring, to overheating and saturating with styling products… and everything else! Deciding my poor locks needed a treat, I booked myself in for the repairing treatment that everyone’s talking about – Olaplex. Having the treatment available in the city at BLOW’s uber-chic salon meant that I didn’t need to look very far to try out Olaplex. The process takes just over half an hour for the conditioning treatment by itself, which is a two-step procedure (it feels like even less time when chatting with the girls at BLOW!). Afterwards, I couldn’t stop touching my hair, which felt super soft and smooth. It still feels amazing after a few washes at home, too – I can see what all the fuss is about and can happily report that this treatment isn’t all celebrity hype and no results! I’ve been flicking my hair like a girl from an advert ever since.

4. Scrub yourself smooth
Is there anything more refreshing than scrubbing yourself silly in the shower? If I’ve been running around the city all day it feels GLORIOUS! I’m always looking for new bath and body products to make my skin feel primed and polished, and right now my go-to shower buddies include the Seaweed & Mineral Salt Scrub and Grapefruit & Shea Butter Massage bar – both by Arran Aromatics. As well as boosting circulation, these bad boys smell AH-MAZING and are packed full of yummy ingredients and essential oils. Heavenly!

5. Pick up some tips and tricks
Have you ever watched a YouTube makeup tutorial (perhaps some of you clever cookies even make them yourselves – if so, send me a link!) and thought, why don’t I know this stuff? When it comes to applying makeup, I know the basics and maybe even a little bit on top of that, but over the last few months I’ve been brushing up on my skills and it’s making a big difference! I was invited along by Onyx to a live makeup masterclass hosted by YouTube queens Jamie Genevieve and Amber Dean last month and it was a real treat to see them in action. After watching two full demonstrations by these talented ladies,I learned so many tips and I’ve been enjoying putting them into practice.

As much as I love a good makeover montage (Tai in Clueless is my favourite, just FYI), it just goes to show that there are lots of little ways you can shake things up a bit – from top to toe! You could try all of these steps, or even just one or two if you have found yourself in a beauty slump lately. Feel free to refer back anytime you need to get out of your comfort zone – and let me know if you have any tips to add!

Here’s to feeling gorgeous, whatever the season…

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This post was made possible with thanks to the lovely people at Benefit Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, BLOW, Arran Aromatics and Onyx. This post features some samples and gifted items, but all feedback and opinions given are, as always, 100% honest.

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