OUTFIT 1: AUTUMN LUNCH DATE WITH THE GIRLS

OUTFIT 2: SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE

OUTFIT 3: DINNER DATE

OUTFIT 4: COCKTAIL O’CLOCK

OUTFIT 5: DAY TO NIGHT

Ahead of Glasgow Cocktail Weekend 2019, Victoria and I were invited to October Glasgow.

GLASGOW COCKTAIL WEEK 2019

Previously Glasgow Cocktail Weekend, the cocktail event has been extended for a whole week of cocktail goodness, all in partnership with World Class.

Starting from 23rd September, there are loads of amazing venues taking part this year and two different types of tickets. You’ll find all the details here or you can follow Glasgow Cocktail Week on Instagram here.

 

OCTOBER GLASGOW

Anyway, on to the special cocktails available at the Princes Square venue for the event week.

Both serves are seriously Insta-worthy, especially with October Glasgow‘s pink florals, cherry blossom trees and perfect pink menus.

COCKTAIL ONE | FLORAL KISS

Ketel One Vodka, Peach and Orange Blossom, Zinfandel and Cranberry Soda.

This cocktail is seriously refreshing, served with berries over ice and will be available for £5 with your Glasgow Cocktail Week ticket.

 

COCKTAIL TWO | BUTTERCUP

Ketel One Vodka, Limoncello, Lemon Foamer and Soda

This was my favourite out of the two and tastes like holiday – seriously, does Limoncello not just make you want to book a break in the sun?! Extra points for the cute flower decoration too.

 

WHERE TO GET TICKETS FOR GLASGOW COCKTAIL WEEKEND

The countdown is on for the cocktail week, but you can get your tickets on the website here.

Prices start from £5-£30.

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WHERE TO BUY

ROW 1 // 1. Studded stiletto  2. Patent mock croc  3. Tortoiseshell 

ROW 2 // 4. Block heel  5. Buckled strap  6. Snakeprint

ROW 3 // 7. All white  8.Faux suede  9. Studded flats

ROW 4 // 10: Burgundy  11. Pointed toe  12. Designer-inspired

ANKLE BOOTS UNDER £40

As you might see from my Insta pics, I love a good ankle boot all year round and autumn is when I like to treat myself to a new pair to see me through the seasons.

I’m always one to shop to a budget, but that doesn’t mean bad quality in my experience. I’ve had plenty of investment pieces that actually haven’t been as hard wearing as I thought. In contrast, many of my boots are high street sale, from the likes of Primark to New Look and they’ve stood the test of time.

I think the main way I prolong wear is by getting pieces repaired. Things like getting boots re-heeled or having a zip mended adds another few months at least of wear.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a round up of my top twelve bargain ankle boots for autumn 2019, all under £40.

From studded ankle boots to designer-inspired pairs, I think there’s something to suit every style.

I’d love to know what you think and if you buy any of the boots – let me know on Instagram!

I cannot tell you how many hours I spent the past few weeks trying to find the perfect couples’ spa break in the UK for Brian and I.

THE SPA HOTEL AT RIBBY HALL VILLAGE

The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village popped up on my Instagram and I kept coming back to it.

Located in the North West of England near Lancashire, The Spa Hotel is an adults-only hotel so knew it would be relaxing.

OVERNIGHT SPA BREAK FOR COUPLES

There’s lots of different packages available, but we decided to go for the Spa and Dinner overnight break.

This included an overnight stay in one of the Classic Bedrooms, £35 each towards dinner in The Orangery restaurant and breakfast, it also gave you access to the Aqua Thermal Journey.

I found the price really affordable compared to a lot of spa breaks I researched, costing us £238 for both of us.

 

CLASSIC ROOM AT THE SPA HOTEL

After a fairly long drive (almost 3 hours from Glasgow), we were so excited to arrive at The Spa Hotel.

As soon as we got to reception, I knew we’d made the right choice as the staff were immediately so friendly and informative – it makes such a difference!

Our ground floor room was spacious and had all the amenities you’d need – plus we were literally less than a minutes’ walk to the spa!

As the entire hotel is focused around the spa, you can change into your robes and slippers in your room and head along to the spa.

 

AQUA THERMAL JOURNEY

The spa reception is lovely and calm with plenty of amazing product ranges to treat yourself too, including ishga.

The Aqua Thermal Journey includes a number of different treatments, varying in temperature to detoxify, relax and revitalise.

These facilities were great, but my favourite part has to be the outdoor Zen Garden with a Himalayan salt sauna, hot tubs and relaxation areas with loungers – plus an outdoor bar too.

Sitting sipping prosecco in a robe is my idea of heaven!

After feeling suitably relaxed, I was also super impressed that the changing rooms even have ghd hairdryers and straighteners.

 

COCKTAIL O’CLOCK IN THE LOUNGE BAR

Before making our way back to the room, we stopped by The Lounge Bar for a cocktail, where they were serving up 2 for £12 between 4-6pm every day.

Again, everything is so relaxed and it doesn’t feel weird being around in your robe!

 

DINNER AT THE ORANGERY

Whilst getting ready, we opened a bottle of champagne we had saved from our engagement – I forgot to mention, this trip coincided with a whole year since we got engaged!

Dinner was amazing. I can honestly recommend the food, service and atmosphere and, if you know me, you’ll know these are all super important to me.

We both had steak, which was perfectly cooked, shared a bottle of prosecco and enjoyed the chilled evening.

 

IN THE MORNING

The Spa Hotel leaves a little itinerary type welcome when you arrive at the room, which I think is great as it outlines every detail that you might want to know.

After a delicious breakfast, we knew we could use the spa facilities again and it is so lovely and quiet as only hotel guests can use the spa between 9am and 10.45am (after that, there’s spa day guests too).

I really cannot fault any aspect of The Spa Hotel. We’re already planning a return visit!

One of the things that has got me in full-on wedding mode was attending my bestie Yasmin and Liam’s Italy nuptials. How could I not be inspired by such a gorgeous big day?!

My first ever destination wedding, of course one of the first things to cross my mind was what was I going to wear?!

I wanted something super stylish for the Tuscan backdrop, but also something that wasn’t going to make me too hot in the July sunshine.

After many (many) hours of searching online, it was good old Zara who saved the day.

I’ve had quite a few messages about finding an outfit for an abroad wedding so I thought I’d share my top tips in finding the right style – and some other beauty tips to keep you feeling fabulous all day.

THE DRESS

I think going for something floaty was key for me and this Zara silky gown was perfect.

As soon as I got to where we were staying, I made sure to hang the dress up to prevent too many creases, but check with your accommodation for an iron, just in case.

I was seriously worried about crushing my dress or spilling something on it when travelling so I had it in a separate bag, rolled and not folded!

 

ACCESSORIES

As much as I usually love hats, I knew I’d be too hot and bothered with any proper head accessories.

I think something like an embellished head band is perfect to add a little something, but after a search on Pinterest, I decided on a hair up with a hair plait, which I got from Claire’s for just £8.

Keeping the rest simple, I added a little luxe with a gold beaded bag and rose gold shoes.

Of course, remember your sunglasses for a sunny abroad wedding. I loved these ones from Nasty Gal – very 70’s glam!

 

THE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

I’m not quite sure how the Love Island girls keep looking glam when it’s seriously hot out – seriously, I’m far too used to Scottish temperatures!

For my hair, it was plenty of kirbys and Silvikrin hairspray, but I also love Creightons Frizz No More Sleek & Shine Serum to try keep things frizz free.

Make-up, I used Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray at every stage of doing my make-up and plenty of bareMinerals mineral veil.

As my bag wasn’t the most practical, I had to choose to pack light and think it’s easiest to take some essentials for quick touch-ups.

BareMinerals’ stick foundation was a life-saver, whilst Bobbi Brown’s mini shimmer brick helped give me a glow later in the day.

I also keep the mini samples of perfumes you sometimes get as a freebie with a purchase through the year as I think they’re the perfect thing to keep in your handbag. Mini deodorant and extra kirbys are also a must in the heat.

Are you attending a wedding in a hot and sunny location? I’d love to hear what you’re planning for your outfit.

 

I can’t believe it has taken me quite this long to share the news, but we’ve officially booked our wedding venue!

If you’ve read my engagement post (you can check it out here), you’ll know we got engaged last August and we’ve been super chilled about the wedding plans so far.

Having worked as a writer for a wedding magazine, I think everyone thought I’d be going round and round so many different venues, but actually it was the opposite! We only went to see one venue and we just knew.

 

THE ONE FOR US

Making our way down to Biggar last October, we arrived at Cornhill Castle for a gifted* overnight stay. I knew Manorview (the group who own the castle as well as other award-winning wedding venues) had a good reputation and the team were super helpful so it was on our list from the start.

We wanted somewhere that could accommodate a larger wedding as Brian and I both have big families so a venue with plenty of space was a must.

The location is also perfect for us as you get the beautiful Scottish countryside and the feeling you’re a million miles away, but still accessible for our families and friends. The stunning hills and views of the river are just so serene and we know it is the right setting for our big day.

 

EXCITING TIMES

The venue is the perfect mix of traditional and luxury – especially the amazing ballroom where we’ll have our reception. It still doesn’t feel totally real looking at it!

Our mums both loved the little bar snug too in the main area of the castle which we all agreed will be such a nice place for drinks the night before the wedding.

One part of the venue we haven’t seen is the three-storey honeymoon suite which sounds seriously amazing. With my role at the magazine, I’ve stayed in some gorgeous honeymoon suites so I kind of want to keep Cornhill’s more of a surprise.

The room we stayed in was one of the gorgeous double rooms and we loved that our families will have somewhere amazing to stay too.

 

SEAL OF APPROVAL

We took a few days to decide for sure – it is such a big decision – but we took our families down for a second view of the venue and they loved it as much as we did. I can’t believe we’ve actually booked our venue!

We’ve not planned much more of the day so far, but we’ve decided on quite a long engagement and our big day is booked for September 2021. I know time will fly in, but I want to chill and enjoy the planning process.

Let the wedding chat officially commence!

I’ll be sharing lots of my wedding planning journey, bride-to-be tips and more every week. Follow me on Instagram @tenderlovingstyle for the latest.