// LET’S GET SHOPPING //

From a young age, going a good shopping trip on a Saturday has always been my idea of fun. Pair that with getting to shop with your besties and getting to call it some sort of ‘work’, well – dream come true.

After loving the St Enoch Centre garden party earlier this month, Victoria, Yasmin and I knew we wanted to plan a summer shopping trip.

Cue an early morning Saturday meet up at the Starbucks in St Enoch’s Centre to plan our style stops. Planning a shopping trip with military precision: this is why we’re friends.

// TOPSHOP ST ENOCH CENTRE //

You’ll know from reading previous blogs that I massively rate the Topshop on Argyle Street, but people are always surprised when I tell them that it’s actually part of St Enoch Centre.

We must have looked like heavy duty shoppers as the lovely Personal Shopping team helped us into the Personal Shopper suite to commence an almighty try on of approx. 29,623 items we’d picked up in the store.

Just an FYI, the Topshop Personal Shopping appointments at the St Enoch Centre store are completely free – more on that here.

// IN THE BAG //

I opted for pieces in Topshop that I can wear abroad or at home. Whilst writing this, I’m also packing for my holiday (last minute packing – eek) and I’m taking all the gorgeous styles from St Enoch Centre that I picked up, but that I can also see me wearing loads at home.

More on my style picks later – let’s get back to the shopping.

// HOLIDAY BEAUTY HAUL //

One of my main go-to spots in St Enoch Centre always has to be the Debenhams beauty hall. With brands from Dior and Make Up Forever, to Bobbi Brown and Kat Von D, it is a beauty lovers haven.

You’ll see the holiday beauty products I added to my basket if you watch my video below, including my favourite ever bronzer and the eye palette you need for holiday!

// SMELLS LIKE SUMMER //

One part of the beauty hall that really caught our eye was the Spritz Bar, helping you find your perfect scent.

The Mon Guerlain fragrance is still on of my favourites for summer!

// DESIGNER STYLE //

Finding the Calvin Klein section in Debenhams felt like some sort of hidden gem! Tucked away in the nightwear section, you could totally wear these CK tshirts tucked into jeans with layered necklaces.

Another designer I was happy to see in the St Enoch Centre Debenhams was Tommy Hilfiger accessories – there was a Tommy beach bag that I’m still thinking about now!

 

// WHAT I BOUGHT //

Striped shorts

Cropped khaki jacket 

Snakeprint dress 

Pink textured top 

Naked Heat palette 

Chanel Soleil de Tan 

Mon Guerlain fragrance

// WATCH THE VIDEO //

FIND YOUR OWN SUMMER ESSENTIALS AT ST ENOCH CENTRE GLASGOW!

St Enoch Centre gifted vouchers for our summer essentials.

You might remember earlier this year that we went to one of the gorgeous Solid Luxury lodges at Balmeadowside.

We loved our stay so were so excited when the lovely team invited Brian, Kass and I to try out their new Squirrel lodges at their Conifers site in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway.

If you haven’t heard, we’ve had pretty amazing weather in Scotland – and the weekend did not disappoint, it honestly felt like a holiday abroad!

The two-bedroom lodge is so modern and has everything you need for a relaxed weekend away. The decking area is perfect to enjoy the sunshine, complete with private hot tub.

If, like me, you’re a crazy dog person, you’ll love how well your pooch is looked after here. Kass was particularly delighted with the welcome Boneo biscuits – her fave!

Anyway, less words from me, instead I filmed what we got up to over the weekend. Hope you enjoy the video!

WATCH NOW

Want to book your own dog-friendly weekend away in Scotland? Head to the Solid Luxury website for all the info here.

Our stay was complimentary from Solid Luxury, all opinions our own.

I had no idea how to start this post. After my last blog posts talking about summer outfits and beauty events, I felt like a fraud for taking the topic of conversation to something so serious.

But, after a lot of thinking, I realised that actually, it’s important to bring this conversation to my every day chat – because that’s where it should be. An open conversation of support, power and awareness.

I can’t quite believe that, in the Glasgow area that the Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre covers with a population of approximately 1.2 million, 52% of whom are women, even the most conservative figures estimate that one in five of those women will experience sexual violence at some time in their lives.

One in five. That could be your sister, your mum, your best friend, your aunt, your niece.

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre Marks and Spencer - Tender Loving Style

Although I’ve been very open and honest about my struggles with grief and anxiety, I cannot imagine the pain of dealing with rape and sexual assault and, before Marks and Spencer got in touch about the work of the Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre, I would never have known such a support existed here in Glasgow. And it really made me think of how many other women won’t know abut this support service, because we all hope it’s something we never have to deal with.

The crisis centre is the busiest in Scotland and helps nearly 2,000 rape and sexual assault survivors, holding around 20,000 counselling calls in addition to face-to-face counselling sessions every year.

Before now, women with disabilities faced issues in receiving face-to-face counselling due to limited access to the centre, despite being three times more likely to have been abused as a child.

This was where M&S came in. Glasgow is one of 10 locations selected for M&S’s community transformation programme, as part of Plan A 2025. The retailer is currently trialling a range of actions in Glasgow to help tackle the issues that matter most to communities – such as unemployment, skill shortages, loneliness, poverty, mental health and wellbeing.

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre Marks and Spencer - Tender Loving Style

The M&S team got to work

Earlier this month, the M&S Argyle St store colleagues kick-started a week-long volunteering drive, helping to transform the facilities at the Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre and improve access for disabled rape and sexual assault survivors.

The store raised more than £6,000 over the last year for the charity and helped renovate a space at its base on Bell Street to enable women with disabilities benefit from its face-to-face counselling service.

Following advice from the Glasgow Access Panel, they required much needed funding and man power to install appropriate flooring, a hearing loop system and sensory lighting as well as an evacuation chair.

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre Marks and Spencer - Tender Loving Style

To gain a better understanding of the centre and its work, I speak to Isabelle from Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre, who answers all of my questions.

WHAT WORK DOES THE CENTRE DO?

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis provides support and advocacy services to any self identified woman who is a survivor of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence and harassment (including sharing of online images etc).

We offer a range of services that include our telephone helpline which is open every day of the week, face to face support by appointment, drop in facilities, email support, live online support, group support and outreach services across our service area. We provide support to women aged 13 years and over.

HOW CAN WE SUPPORT?

Anyone who wants to support our cause can do so in many different ways. Financial support is always very welcomed as the demand on our service increases every year. This can be done through a one-off donation or by contributing a small amount each month.

Our website www.glasgowclyderapecrisis.org.uk has information on all the ways we can be supported. All our staff and volunteers are women, so if any woman wants to volunteer with us she can get in touch with us at info@rapecrisiscentre-glasgow.co.uk.

There are many volunteering opportunities open, from helpline support worker, to fundraiser, to events staff and general cover for office and reception.

THE RENOVATION PROJECT

We have been really keen to improve access to our centre for disabled survivors. We know that a disabled child is 3 times more likely to be abused and we see many disabled women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, particularly where there has been very close personal care involved in their childhood.

The renovation has created a room that is barrier free for women who need space for a wheelchair, who worry about walking on potentially dangerous floors, women who need a hearing loop system or special lighting for their sight impairment. This can help women feel more comfortable, safer and more valued while seeking support for their experiences.

HOW TO GET IN TOUCH

We have a telephone helpline that is open every day from 11am until 2pm and on Monday to Thursday evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Women can call themselves or a friend or family member can make appointments on their behalf. We also offer support to family members and this can be discussed with our helpline support workers. All our services are shown on our website at www.glasgowclyderapecrisis.org.uk.

THE NEXT STEPS

The renovation has been an amazing achievement, but we do want to maintain the momentum with an additional piece of work. We are seeking resources to allow us to train a number of our staff to level one British Sign Language so that deaf women can use our drop in service, which they cannot do at the moment as we don’t have a signer on staff.

That facility will continue to bread down the barriers that inhibit disabled survivors from seeking support for the trauma that they have experienced in their lives.

 

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre Marks and Spencer - Tender Loving Style

As well as the work with Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre, M&S colleagues across the nation continued the week long activity by committing over 40,000 hours to volunteering at 685 local projects that make a difference to the communities they serve.

Several initiatives are already taking place across the city and surrounding area as part of the community transformation programme. This includes fortnightly meet-ups for new mums in the M&S Café to enjoy a coffee and a chat, working in collaboration with the leading social network MUSH, which connects mums locally based on their children’s ages and interests.

Stores across Glasgow will also host a monthly ‘Tea and Company’ get together in the M&S Café in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). The ‘friendship’ tables, hosted by RVS volunteers, are set up to encourage anyone sitting alone to come and join a conversation, with the retailer offering £1 off hot drinks for both meet-ups.

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre Marks and Spencer - Tender Loving Style

GET INVOLVED

M&S stores across the UK are connected to local initiatives by Neighbourly, the social network for social good. To get involved in the online conversation, follow @MarksandSpencer and #MarksinAction.

For more information on Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre and to support their services, visit their website.

 

This post was sponsored by Marks and Spencer. 25% of the fee was donated to Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre.

// SUMMER ESSENTIALS //

I’m the sort of person who starts planning their holiday wardrobe the moment the hotel email confirmation comes through. I’ve definitely got much better with my packing skills, though, and this year have vowed to buy pieces I know won’t date in my wardrobe.

This is where Buchanan Galleries stepped in, kindly giving me a £150 gift card for the Glasgow shopping centre to find some perfect summer style essentials.

I thought I’d talk you through my picks and share my advice on creating a wearable summer wardrobe.

// T H E  S T R I P E D  T O P //

My Pinterest saved pins have featured plenty of this coffee colour brown in polka dots and stripes – perfect colours for a summer tan.

I spotted this River Island striped top on a mannequin in the window of the Buchanan Galleries store and immediately went in to find it! I always like an oversized fit, but this is an XS so if you are buying, I’d stick true to size or go down a size.

I love this top with denim shorts and jeans, but I’m also going to wear it with a white skirt like this one with sandals for a more polished look too.

// T H E  S U M M E R  B L A Z E R //

I do love a good bit of outerwear all year round and white is great for the summer months.

I’ve been looking for a summer blazer for a while so I was so delighted to find this one from Monki. I posted some of my other fave picks from Monki on my Insta Stories and had lots of messages asking where the shop was so it’s located in the old H&M Divided store if you want to go take a look at the affordable and stylish collections.

The blazer itself is great quality linen material so will be great for night time on holidays or warmer days in Scotland where you still want a cover up. I loved the button detail too, it makes it look much more expensive than its £45 price.

// T H E  C L A S S I C  D E N I M  S H O R T S //

One thing I knew I wanted to find was a new pair of denim cut offs. I am so fussy when it comes to denim shorts and had a pair of Levi’s vintage ones that I loved and wore so much, so I knew I had to head to the Levi’s store ASAP to find a replacement.

The staff in the Levi’s Buchanan Galleries store are always lovely and helped me find the right fit. I love the slightly distressed finish and the fit is a lot more respectable than my good old vintage pair which were on the shorter side, to say the least!

// T H E   S U N G L A S S E S //

Another Monki find, I could not believe these sunglasses were only £10. Plus, they also come with their own little bag, which I thought was a nice touch for the bargain price.

I think these look properly designer with the gold metal frame and cat eye shape. They had some other gorgeous styles too, so I think I’ll need to go pick a few more up!

// S U M M E R  S T Y L I N G  //

With the perfect base of a summer outfit sorted from Buchanan Galleries, I added a few of my own pieces to create a laid back, yet still dressy look.

A pair of flat ankle boots are great for summer, especially if they have studs to give it a bit more of an edge. I added my trusty Gucci belt, but I spotted loads of amazing belts in the Mango in Buchanan Galleries too.

Leather bucket bags are on trend for this season and fit so much in that they’re great for any city breaks or even as your airport bag. The one I’m wearing is from Chloe, but they had some seriously stylish ones in John Lewis, including an amazing leopard print one that I might need to go back for!

When it comes to summer styling, I say comfort is key. Try and choose pieces you know will see you through more than one summer – nothing beats the classics!

This is a gifted collaboration with Buchanan Galleries.

I’m always looking for something a little bit different to do in Scotland, but I’m not what you’d call the ‘outdoorsy’ type.

It’s not that I’m fussy, it’s just that, well, I suppose I like some luxury and a glass of fizz. Nothing wrong with that!

When I got an invite to a luxury food tour from Laura at Glasglow Girls Club, complete with bubbly, I was already planning my outfit and not just for style. What was the stretchiest thing I owned so I could eat all the food?

TASTING SCOTLAND TOUR

The Tasting Scotland ‘Seafood and more in a day’ tour has been developed specifically by Tasting Scotland director Brenda Anderson, who is also the World Food Travel Association Ambassador forScotland to celebrate the Food Is Great celebration across the UK and Northern Ireland.

The one-day gastro and cultural luxury tour will take place every Wednesday from now on, starting out in Glasgow. We met at the Millennium Hotel on George Square. Luckily, we picked a hot and sunny day to head on the tour with not a cloud in the sky. Bliss!

 

LUSS SEAFOOD BAR

All aboard the Mercedes mini bus, my fellow foodies for the day and I headed off in the sunshine to our first destination: Luss. The tour has been created to give a VIP insight on smoked salmon, with the Luss Smokehouse producing all their own smoked salmon, trout, mussels and more.

The Luss Seafood Bar was a perfect setting to try some of the smoked produce. Welcomed with a refreshing elderflower cordial, the table was set with platters of delicious seafood. With the sun shining down on the pretty patio outside, it felt like holiday!

All of the produce is from the Luss Smokehouse, located mere seconds from the seafood bar, so it was amazing to eat so much incredibly fresh seafood. Surprising to me, one of my favourites was the smoked trout – something I don’t think I’d ever have tried!

Everyone loved the food so much that we were all pretty happy to hear the news that the smokehouse have opened their first shop, giving you the chance to buy the fresh produce to enjoy at home. Brenda, who is honestly the most knowledgeable food person I have ever met, was a pro throughout, right down to her preparing a cool bag for anyone who bought anything from the shop. We should all be a bit more Brenda.

 

LOCH FYNE OYSTER BAR

Anyway, raiding the contents of the shop complete, we were back on our bus and off to Loch Fyne. Of course, we couldn’t resist a quick stop in the glorious weather at the famous Rest and Be Thankful spot. Seeing Scotland look so beautiful, I felt a bit guilty that I’d never came to this part of the country. It really goes to show tours like this are great not only for visitors to Scotland, but also to let you be a tourist in your own country too.

Feeling like we were on a mini version of Coach Trip (which I’ve just realised is even more fitting as Coach Trip has Brendan and we have the fabulous Brenda), we arrived at the world renowned picturesque Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, overlooking the magnificent Loch Fyne.

With glass of fizz in hand, we enjoyed the views out over one of Scotland’s beautiful lochs before indulging in even more delicious seafood. From the perfect scallops right through to the gin-infused salmon, it really was the lunch of dreams.

 

INVERARAY CASTLE

The last stop on our tour was Inveraray Castle, the magnificent home and gardens of the current Duke and Duchess of Argyll. The castle is like something out a fairy tale and it was so interesting to hear the history behind the castle.

If my pictures of the castle tour look a little familiar, you may recognise the setting from Downtown Abbey’s fictional Duneagle Castle in the 2012 Christmas episode! Some of my other favourite discoveries of the historic location was the grand piano in the Salon, which had a framed picture of Audrey Hepburn on top. It turns out that very piano was where Lerner and Loewe composed many of the songs for musical My Fair Lady, whilst staying there as guests of the Duke.

Finishing the tour in the beautiful gardens was something I’ll remember forever. The lovely Duke and Duchess managed to join us whilst we ate scones with clotted cream and jam and sipped on some more bubbly. How all good days should end!

Suitably cultured for the day, it was back to Glasgow. I feel we ticked off so much from 9am until 5pm – a great activity for a Scottish summer holiday. I want to do this every Wednesday, please!

WATCH MY VIDEO OF THE DAY

Want to book your own tour? You can contact Tasting Scotland via their website here.

This is not a sponsored post, but I received the tour complimentary.

THE MASTERCLASS

Bobbi Brown has always been one of my go-to brands. From the first gel eyeliner I bought to my fave shimmer brick, it’s one of the long-standing brands in my makeup bag.

I was pretty excited when the invite to their #CANTLIVEWITHOUT masterclass arrived in my inbox, especially as it was being taught by Glasgow’s very own BB Pro artist Aimee Morrison who I worked with on one of my first big shoots years ago.

Aimee’s makeup talent is seriously impressive and I couldn’t wait to pick up some top tips from her!

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

The masterclass set up was amazing, with our own makeup station and all of the #CANTLIVEWITHOUT products for us to try.

The 10 #CANTLIVEWITHOUT picks were all chosen by customers, bringing together the ultimate BB makeup must-haves.

GETTING STARTED

After taking all my makeup off, a scary thing to do in public I have to say, Aimee soon spoke us through each of the ten stages in creating a gorge Bobbi Brown look.

1 // VITAMIN ENRICHED FACE BASE (£43)

A Bobbi Brown bestseller, it’s not hard to see why this base made the cut. It’s a primer and moisturiser for smooth makeup application, the oil-free face formula, with Shea Butter, instantly hydrates, softens and cushions skin.

Aimee tells us to use a small amount pre-foundation and it honestly feels like a dream on the skin, giving a really natural radiance and plump up.

I’ve never tried any Bobbi Brown skincare before this, but I’m really impressed by the instant results of the primer.

 

2 // CORRECTOR (£19.50)

I have to admit: I have never purchased an under eye corrector in my life. Oh, how wrong I was. Emily from the Bobbi Brown team at Debenhams Glasgow colour-matched me for this (and my foundation and concealer) and I had no idea the difference a corrector could make!

Aimee showed us how to apply this from the inner corner of your eye, then along under your lashes pre-foundation and I honestly could not believe how much it brightened my under eye.

My shade is Light Peach and I’m never going to be without this peachy delight again.

 

3 // INSTANT FULL COVER CONCEALER (£23)

With my under eye living its best life, my current breakout was kinda ruining my vibe. Luckily for me, the third #CANTLIVEWITHOUT is the BB concealer.

Aimee used a tiny amount of this to cover blemishes and redness, a little does go a long way. The product isn’t too heavy and still gives great coverage.

 

4 // SKIN LONG-WEAR WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION (£31)

With our faces prepped properly, the foundation went on so nicely. Using the brush, you can build it up to achieve the coverage you want.

5 // SKIN FOUNDATION STICK (£31)

Great for touching up your makeup on the go, Aimee showed us how you can use the foundation stick to add a little more warmth to your base. You can either use a shade close to your foundation or go darker to create a more contoured feel.

6 // POT ROUGE FOR LIPS & CHEEKS (£22)

I could not believe how well this blush blended, I’m always a bit cautious of a cream blush, but Aimee’s top tip was to smile and apply the product to the apple of your cheek and swipe out to your hairline using your brush.

I opted for the Fresh Melon shade, a lovely peachy tone, but some of the other girls mixed two shades to create another look. Such a good product for honeymoon or hen weekends as you can use it on your cheeks and lips for a summery beauty feel.

7 // PERFECTLY DEFINED LONG-WEAR BROW PENCIL (£30)

With our skin looking glowy, Aimee moved onto the brows. She advised the perfect brow pencil colour is one as close to your real brow hair shade.

The pencil itself is slanted and thin so it gives you really good control and mimics hair so your brows look full and natural.

8  // LONG-WEAR CREAM SHADOW STICK (£23)

As someone obsessed with a smokey eye, I feel disappointed in myself that I’d never tried one of these shadow sticks. Aimee said one of her fave shades was Golden Bronze, which sounded very suited to me and oh-my-goodness-you-need-this-in-your-life.

It glides on so effortlessly and can be buffed out with your brush if you want a more subtle look or, like me, you can build it up for more of a statement. I love!

9 // SMOKEY EYE MASCARA (£24.50)

Of course, what’s a good smokey eye without a good mascara? Bobbi Brown have formulated this mascara to create a serious impact – it gives a whole lot of lash drama from just one coat.

 

10 // LUXE LIP COLOR (£27)

We finished up the masterclass with our favourite lip colour. Some of the others in the class went for classic reds and more bold colours, but I couldn’t resist the Pink Nude. Perfect for daytime or a more natural look.

I feel I picked up loads of good tips in getting my makeup to last longer and you can do the same too.

If you head to a Bobbi Brown counter, the lovely teams can match you up with your own #CANTLIVEWITHOUT shades.