It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for a festive sleepover.

And, as Christmas sleepover settings go, The Bonham Hotel Edinburgh is pretty much the perfect location. 

Christmas tree lights twinkling, decorated fireplaces and winter warmer night caps all made it a dreamy night, so here’s what we got up to.

 

THE BONHAM HOTEL EDINBURGH

First things first: the location. Just minutes from Haymarket station, The Bonham Hotel is located in one of Edinburgh West End’s prettiest streets. It’s got a gorgeous boutique feel and has undergone a rather glamorous refurb recently so I was really impressed by the interior.

It’s a perfect place for a weekend away in the Capital, far enough away to have a calm and relaxing stay, but also within reach of the buzz of the city centre.

The staff were also really helpful  and friendly too, which always makes a difference!

CHRISTMAS TREATS

When I arrived, Victoria, Yasmin and Suzy were already there with a glass of prosecco waiting. When Rebecca joined us, it was time for the first festive activity of the night: cookie decorating!

I mean, I don’t want to brag, but I think I could 100% start a career as a profesh cookie decorator.

Continuing our evening of creating Christmas treats, it was into the cosy bar for a cocktail masterclass. The espresso martinis went down well beside the fire – so cute!

DINING AT THE BONHAM

With the suite all set up for dinner, we had a seriously delicious Christmas feast (I chose duck, beef and sticky toffee pudding, which I like so much that I forgot to take a pic).

With Christmas films playing and the tree providing the most festive of backdrops, it definitely got us in the festive spirit!

Of course, what’s a hotel stay without an amazing breakfast and the next morning we had just that. Eggs royale and a good latte were needed after a bit of a late night drinking prosecco, playing Christmas games and chatting about our plans for the festive season.

THINGS TO DO NEAR THE BONHAM

As I said before, The Bonham Hotel is in a really good location so we took a walk along to Princes Street for some shopping and – of course – a visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas markets.

The perfect way to end a festive stay in Edinburgh!

Thanks to The Bonham Hotel for a fabulous stay. All words my own.

Is there anything better than embracing the festive season with a glass of bubbly?

You might remember our day out with Glasgow Loves Christmas last year so I was so excited for this years evening of Christmas fun.

We started off with a Mac masterclass at House of Fraser before taking a look around the department store’s festive treats, from the Dior Christmas tree to their Santa experience, which is SO cute for kids, seriously magical! Santa will be in his HOF grotto every Saturday on the run up to Christmas and you can call the store to book.

Next up was a trip to the Christmas markets at George Square. If I’m really honest, I was a bit underwhelmed by the George Square one last year so I’m delighted to say this year is the best I can remember in a long time.

The food is amazing, there’s live music each day performing Christmas faves, the perfect setting to enjoy a Baileys hot chocolate from the bar and we even had a go on the big wheel and carousel.

Our night of festivities continued as we headed to John Lewis in Buchanan Galleries for a styling session with the store’s lovely personal shopper, Rachel. The personal styling appointments are completely free and is such a relaxed space to find your perfect wardrobe. We also got a glimpse into how to create the most amazing Christmas dinner table – check out those jewel tones! Serious goals for whenever I actually manage to do a Christmas dinner at my own house (sorry mum, looks like you’ll be cooking Christmas for us for at least another year!)

Last, but by no means least was my first venture to the brand new Everyman cinema in Princes Square. One thing I have to point out is this stylish little spot is so much more than just a cinema! We tried out their cocktails (the frozen pina colada is a DREAM), the food (also amazing and really fairly priced) and chilled out in the plush bar area. When you do go for a film, you can get all your food and drinks to your seat – hello Prosecco cinema dates! I was really impressed by everything about Everyman, from the friendly staff to the boutique feel of the theatre. Plus, they’re showing Christmas films in the festive run-up, which you can see more about on their website.

It’s official: Christmas is here, Glasgow!

When I want to relax, nothing really beats a spa day. Fluffy robes, a glass of bubbles and a luxury lounger are the key to happiness, I’m telling you!

The run up to Christmas is just so busy, if you’re not running around crowded shops trying to figure out what slippers your mum would prefer, you’re nursing a *slight* hangover from yet another festive party (just me?). And don’t even get me started on the bad weather and it’s affect on my poor skin!

 

FESTIVE SPA DAY 2018

I think it’s so important to treat yourself when things are so hectic, so I was so happy to see Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa encouraging people to remember to look after their skin this winter with its special Festive Spa Day.

I’ve visited the hotel before, as it’s not far from where Brian’s family live, but had never used the spa and knew I was in for a treat!

Back to the Festive Spa Day, it’s a totally personalised experience and is perfect for those looking for some much-needed indulgence or simply a spot of festive pampering. A gift to you, from you.

It’s also totally affordable too, from just £44.50 per person.

 

ELEMIS COUTURE TOUCH

Your festive day of relaxation includes a 55-minute ELEMIS Couture Touch Treatment as well as full use of spa facilities, a complimentary glass of prosecco and festive mince pie.

Plus, you will also receive 20% off additional treatments as well as a £5 retail voucher – perfect for those last-minute Christmas gifts or a personal treat.

The ELEMIS Couture Touch treatment offers a full body experience and is designed to condition skin from head to toe while rejuvenating tired muscles – perfect for some post shopping relaxation.

The treatment starts off with an indulgent facial where skin will be cleansed, toned and exfoliated before a mask is applied, with all products specific to the your skin’s needs. For the second half of the treatment, you choose between a deep tissue massage or deep hot stone massage. I opted for the deep tissue and felt so much better after it.

 

ANNND…RELAX

I then made full use of the v. stylish and luxurious relaxation room. Sipping my prosecco whilst reading a magazine was a dreamy Sunday.

We’re already planning a return visit, especially as the festive offer runs until 31st December and I know I’ll need some spa TLC by the time I finish my Christmas shopping!

FANCY YOUR OWN FESTIVE SPA DAY AT MACDONALD INCHYRA HOTEL & SPA?

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS + TO BOOK!

This was a complimentary treatment, but all words and opinions my own.

Neon pink branding – check. Affordable and stylish – check. Stocked with prosecco – check!

The brand new Moxy Glasgow Merchant City (it’s located right beside High Street station) has all the components for a good base for a girls’ night out in the city and the team invited us along to try it out for the ultimate girls’ night in.

There was pizza, prosecco, pyjamas and pillow fights with a giant bear. Just your average Wednesday night really.

MOXY GLASGOW

Before I get into the pillow fighting bear, let’s chat quick about the Moxy Glasgow Merchant City, Glasgow’s new affordable yet seriously stylish hotel. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill reception. There’s plenty of fun and games (literally), neon quotes and areas to chill.

The rooms are great as a simple but stylish setting to get ready with the girls (with a full length mirror for all the outfit selfies), a nice bathroom with lots of counter space for your makeup and a v. comfy bed for a kip after a night of cocktails.

#ATTHEMOXY SLEEPOVER

As soon as we checked in for Moxy Glasgow’s blogger slumber party, we were greeted with a cocktail. A good sign always.

After a bit of what to wear worries (nothing causes outfit panic between a group of girls like not knowing whether you should be wearing your normal clothes or your pyjamas – the stress that you’ll walk into a room and be the only person wearing PJs whilst everyone else still looks normal is real), we all embraced jammies and headed to the chill out area downstairs.

First task of the night: a cocktail scavenger hunt! As someone who would never want to be involved in any sort of sport at school, I was actually surprised at how competitive I got – maybe cocktail sports should be a thing?

We won the hunt, but our poor cocktail was beaten by the other team’s, which I have to admit was actually nice, if not potentially lethal if you were to drink more than one!

MOXY PILLOW FIGHT!

It’s not everyday you walk into a room covered in feathers and a giant teddy bear, but it was quite the Insta Boomerang opportunity.

Pillow fight photo opps with the unsuspecting bear, it was movie time with pizza, popcorn, nachos and hotdogs.

IN THE MORNING AT MOXY

Checking out was easy, breakfast was chilled and you’re so close to Glasgow’s main shopping that it’s a perfect location to walk into the city centre.

The ultimate girls’ night out hotel!

Thanks to Moxy Glasgow Merchant City and SKAPA PR for a fab stay! All words + opinions my own.

Halloween and Bonfire Night have been and gone, the clocks have changed and I had to scrape ice off my car last week so it’s officially okay to talk about Christmas: hurrah!

The first festive of the event calendar is here too, thanks to the lovely ladies at bareMinerals.

The bareMinerals Glasgow store in Buchanan Galleries played host to a glitzy blogger Christmas evening of beauty, fizz and plenty of new launches that you’ll want to add to your Christmas list – and now they’re inviting you to the VIP evening too!

This Thursday (8th November), you can book your free slot at one of their VIP Give the Stars Christmas Events, taking place at their top 50 stores and, lucky for Scottish beauty lovers, the Glasgow Buchanan Galleries store is included!

You’ll get an exclusive look at the Give the Stars collection with a VIP masterclass and some festive treats too.

I’ve not used the brand in a really long time admittedly, so it was so nice to be reintroduced to the cult classics, like their Original Foundation, and discover some of the new gift sets and products making their way to the brand in time for Christmas.

It’s not even just the gorgeous products and gift sets that has me excited for the Christmas shopping, it’s the navy blue and rose gold celestial inspired gift boxes and packaging. I love that you can get complimentary personalised gift wrapping  in-store in the festive run-up. How pretty will it all look under the tree?!

The team gave me a few lovely products from the collection to try too, but I thought I’d do a separate beauty post on them in the next few weeks for some party season make-up inspo! Let me know if you pop in store and tell me what your favourite pieces of the collection are.

If you fancy saving your place for this Thursday’s in-store bareMinerals VIP Christmas Event, click here for all the details.

Happy shopping!

 

If you read my post on motivation (you can see it here), you’ll have seen that a trip to London was ticked off the October to-do list.

Victoria already had her ticket to the BossBabe Retreat in the Bloomsbury Hotel, so I couldn’t resist going too. A weekend of cocktails, street style and – of course – finding my motivation again at the retreat. What could be better?!

Although we were mainly down for the retreat, I thought I’d share some of the places we stopped at during our trip, just in case anyone else is looking for a London trip which won’t totally break the bank!

 

WHERE WE BRUNCHED

Let’s get to the important stuff first: where to brunch on a Sunday morning in London? There’s just so many gorgeous Insta-worthy places, but I’m so glad Vic booked Dalloway Terrace for us.

Funnily enough, we didn’t realise it was located in the very hotel the retreat was being held in, so it was a nice surprise.

You’ve probably seen a good few bloggers post their pics from Dalloway Terrace and for good reason. The outside-in set up and beautiful seasonal decoration (hello, autumn leaves) make for a brunch backdrop of dreams.

It isn’t just one of these places that looks pretty, either. The staff were really lovely and helpful and the food was amazing (the best eggs royale ever, said Vic, which is a pretty big deal). It’s also not any more expensive than usual brunch spots so a winner all round.

Make sure you book way (way) in advance, though, as spaces fill up in advance. And wear an outfit you love because you’re going to need to get a pic in front of the leaves. It’s practically the law.

 

WHERE WE ATE

Sometimes, the best spots are the ones not plastered all over social media. Instead, we randomly came across a cute little Italian called Il Castelletto on the way back to our apartment after the all-day retreat.

We thought we’d stop for a quick bottle of prosecco before going back to get changed and heading out, but one bottle of prosecco turned into another and a little chilled night was just what we needed, so we ordered some amazing pasta and stayed put!

We loved the chilled vibe of the restaurant so much, we ended up back the next day before going for our train. Predictable as always, our fave waiter even knew our order before we sat down. We just really like a good prosecco place…

 

WHERE WE DRANK

// SKETCH

Let’s be honest: who hasn’t seen Sketch on social and ooh’d over the pink room, egg toilets, etc? We met my friend (and resident Scot-living-in-London) Aveen and made our way to the very place.

Now, I’m in no way dissing Sketch, and I’m sure it’s really cute when you book a table for the beloved pink room, but we were in the other bar area and felt a little underwhelmed. I honestly feel like I should whisper that as it seems such a popular place, it just wasn’t maybe as magical as Instagram influencers would have you believe.

Spending about £16+ on a cocktail that tasted kinda like a Woo Woo isn’t really my thing, but I’m glad we went along to see it and I’d maybe try it again if we were booking a table for food.

// THE CORAL ROOM

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored in any way to visit or talk about The Bloomsbury Hotel, but I swear we just kept gravitating towards it by accident! We stopped in the hotel’s The Coral Room for a drink when we arrived in London and liked the vibe before realising it was where the retreat was the next day!

I opted for a glass of one of their chosen English sparkling rose wines, which was actually v. good. A nice spot if you’re staying in the Bloomsbury area.

 

WHERE WE STAYED

Knowing we would hardly be in the accommodation, we actually booked an apartment through Booking.com called Studios2Let. It was in a really good location, so close to King’s Cross station and on a really pretty street.

The apartment itself was clean and totally fine for what we needed it for (mainly throwing our clothes around in a mild panic when we couldn’t decide what to wear and ordering Uber Eats when we couldn’t be bothered going out again for dinner #glam).

I really loved the nearby streets and the walk to Russel Square. Plus, there were plenty of nearby coffee stops, which we really needed at 7.45 on a Saturday morning.

We were also close to the gorgeous Kate Halfpenny boutique, which definitely brought out the wedding journo/bride-to-be in me!