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.

post contains gifted content, all words my own.

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!

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.

After a pretty busy few weeks of work, events and making big plans (more on that soon), I was so ready for a girls’ night away with my besties.

Packing up the car with enough outfits to last a two-week holiday, Victoria, Yasmin and I were soon on the road, heading to our overnight of luxury.

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TRUMP TURNBERRY RESORT

Our location for the evening was one of the brand new Cottage Suites at Trump Turnberry resort, a gorgeous two-storey villa with everything you would need, from an Amazon Alexa to the most Insta-worthy interiors.

We didn’t have long to take in our humble abode as it was straight for afternoon tea. Yes, it’s a tough life.

 

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AFTERNOON TEA TIME

I have to say, this is probably the best afternoon tea experience I’ve ever had, right down to the fact they were so accommodating to my nut allergy and created my own tea stand of tasty sweet and savoury treats.

With amazing views out over the golf course and sea, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a glass of bubbly as you indulge.

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SPA LIFE

Continuing the luxe vibes, after a quick change, the 24-hour transfer picked us up and took us to the spa. After a welcoming check in, we relaxed at the pool before we each had a full body massage – the dream!

 

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THE COTTAGE SUITES

As we arrived back at our cottage, the Turnberry team had so kindly surprised us with a bottle of prosecco and even more treats.

The new Cottage Suites are the most ideal stay for a girls’ trip, but they’re also doggo friendly so I think Brian, Kassie and I will 100% make a future trip.

It was so nice to just chill in the v. stylish living room and get a proper catch up with the girls over a glass of prosecco, especially with our new gal pal Alexa making finding the right soundtrack easy. Thanks, Alexa xo.

We were so chilled, we ended up in a little bit of a rush getting ready (seriously, how quick does time pass when you’re having a good chat with the girls?!) so there was plenty of last minute outfit stresses before we headed to dinner.

 

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FINE DINING

Dinner was such an amazing experience, with the perfect setting of the hotel’s prestigious 1906 restaurant. The entire team were amazing, from start to finish. We were spoilt for choice when it came to menu options as we knew the food was going to be incredible.

To add to the fine dining, the venue’s sommelier paired each course with spectacular wines. From my starter of scallops to the most divine chateaubriand I have ever tasted, his knowledgeable recommendations were all perfect and I went away with my new favourite rose that I’m now going to have to source…

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EARLY RISE

Chauffeured back to our cottage suite (seriously, I could get used to my own driver), we made a plan to set out alarms for 5.30am so we could go watch the sunrise at the lighthouse. Yes, Turnberry even has its own lighthouse that you can stay in!

 

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BREAKFAST IS SERVED

I’m not quite sure how I managed to leave the world’s comfiest bed, but watching the sunrise was so pretty (and also absolutely freezing). After a nap, we headed to the hotel once more for breakfast in the Crystal Ballroom, which is every inch as glamorous as it sounds.

Looking out across the grounds, latte in hand and being served Eggs Royale by the incredibly charming staff, the three of us agreed the luxe life is 100% for us.

 

A STYLISH EXIT

As we set off (very unwillingly) for the journey back home, we didn’t get very far as we had to stop to let another guest cross our path – in their helicopter! My Clio now has an inferiority complex, but what a way to exit. We’ll be back soon, Turnberry (hopefully in our own helicopter).

 

* This was a gifted stay from Trump Turnberry Resort.

 

 

 

 

“Hi, we’re here to check into the penthouse”.

Now, there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say when I first started my blog.

BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HOTEL PENTHOUSE

It’s safe to say the first time Blythswood Square Hotel’s penthouse was unveiled to us, we were head over heels.

With its amazing rooftop terrace, dreamy marble kitchen, Insta-worthy bathroom and spectacular plush bedrooms, Blythswood’s penthouse has been the setting for some of the most exclusive parties in Glasgow and is the luxury the go-to accommodation choice for celebs (not that we can get any details on exactly who has ever stayed; discretion is part of Blythswood’s charm).

 

THE PERFECT PRIZE

At the official launch last year, Victoria, Yasmin and I couldn’t believe it: we won an overnight stay in the penthouse! After months of trying to find a date that suited all of our diaries, 1st March was set as the day we lived the penthouse life.

It was such an exciting moment that we decided to share it with some of our closest family and friends and Victoria and I seized the occasion to mark  the launch of our new social media management and content creation business, Peachy Creative Media (more on that later).

 

OUR DREAMY STAY AT BLYTHSWOOD

Staying at the penthouse was every bit as glam as we could have hoped.

With the prosecco flowing, Ariana Grande performing (okay via Spotify, unforch she couldn’t make the penthouse party as much as she wanted to) and the sun shining for most of the day, it was honestly a stay of dreams.

As part of your stay at the penthouse, you’re treated like a VIP, with everything from twice daily servicing, plus turn down service and Perfumer’s Story bathroom amenities to valet service, including one item of laundry or dry cleaning per day!

With a penthouse this gorgeous, we just had to have breakfast to the room. Hearing our private lift open and our eggs royale, pain au chocolat and  lattes arrive, well – it’s what my breakfast dreams are made of.

BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE SPA

You, of course, also have use of the stunning thermal experience in the award-winning Spa – something we 100% needed the day after to help our slightly sore heads from one glass too many of bubbly…

With our slightly hungover selves, we indulged in sheer relaxation so didn’t take pictures in the glorious spa, but you can see more about the spa from a previous visit here.

A massive thank you to the team who looked after us so well – we never wanted to leave!

If you fancy living your best life in Blythswood Square Hotel’s penthouse, you can find all the details here.

 

When you’re visiting a new city for the first time, it can be hard to decide on where to stay.

You want a nice, stylish setting that is close enough to the shopping, restaurants and bars, but not on a noisy street that keeps you awake at night.

A hotel with a good bar is a plus and – of course – friendly and helpful staff can really make or break a stay.

THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN NEWCASTLE

We go to Newcastle a few times a year. Brian is a Newcastle football fan so has been going to games since he was little and we decided to take a trip together to to his beloved toon in 2015.

Since then, we’ve tried out a few different hotels (side note: one time Brian decided we should just go down and back up the same day for a game. This ended v. badly with my perhaps overindulging in some pre-game rose wines and I’ve refused to go down just for the day ever again!) and hadn’t found one that was quite right.

Don’t get me wrong, they were all lovely, but it was when we arrived at Hotel Indigo Newcastle for the first time that I knew it was instantly my favourite. Firstly, it’s super close to the train station, which is a big thing for me and my overpacked bags. It’s also just a few minutes’ walk to the very heart of the city and – of course – Newcastle stadium, which Brian is particularly thrilled about!

The staff are always superb, the rooms are Instagram-worthy and they do the best Pornstair Martini in the hotel’s Grainger Lounge Bar.

 

NEWCASTLE ROOM WITH A VIEW

We’ve visited the hotel now countless times so it was a no-brainer to book it for Brian’s birthday stay. The Hotel Indigo team kindly invited us to stay in one of their Superior Double rooms, which even has its own balcony*. It may have been freezing outside, but with amazing views across the city, I just had to put on one of the fluffy white robes and sit outside with a glass of chilled prosecco. Well, it would be rude not to!

The blogger in me was also delighted that the bright and airy balcony turned out to be the dreamiest place for outfit pics too. My long-suffering reluctant photographer Brian was not as thrilled about this, if I’m being honest.

These rooms also have SkyTV and a complimentary mini fridge to make you feel very at home. It’s all these little touches that make the hotel really stand out.

 

MARCO PIERRE WHITE STEAKHOUSE NEWCASTLE

The one thing I love about Hotel Indigo Newcastle is the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant. Forget your standard hotel dining, the famous chef’s on-site restaurant serves up the most delicious breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner dishes.

With breakfast included in room, I’m delighted to report the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon was cooked to perfection, with plenty of pastries, fruit and cooked breakfasts to choose from.

Come dinner, we’re shown to one of the plush booths and we order a bottle of prosecco, which I have to let you know is only £20 all day Friday and Saturdays at the moment. Seriously, I love this place!

 

DINNER CHOICES AT HOTEL INDIGO NEWCASTLE

We peruse the menu (probably for a little too long – there was just so many options for my foodie loving brain to choose from!) before I finally opt for Seared Sea Scallops with Black Pudding and Brian goes for the Classic 1970’s Prawn Cocktail. Both seafood dishes are presented beautifully and taste amazing. I’ve been telling everyone about the scallops since we came home as they were cooked to perfection!

 

For mains, I could not resist indulging in one of the famous steaks, choosing the Grilled Centre Cut Fillet cut. Served with pommes frites, roasted vine tomatoes and a sauce of my choice (grilled wild mushrooms in garlic butter is my go-to), I could not stop myself ordering a side of baked macaroni cheese. I insisted this was to share with Brian, but I cannot lie to you: I ate the entire thing myself and I regret nothing.

Brian tells me his main meal (The American burger) was equally amazing and believe me when I say, Brian is a burger pro!

We decided to forgo dessert (mainly because if I had ate one more thing, I’d have had to have had a nap at the table) and moved into the chic bar area for one last drink before bed, but not before Brian had to watch the highlights of the game again. Newcastle won 3-2 and I had a balcony where I could go sip prosecco – the most idyllic of Newcastle stays!

 

BOOKING A ROOM AT HOTEL INDIGO NEWCASTLE

If you’re looking for a stylish yet affordable Newcastle city centre hotel, Hotel Indigo Newcastle is the one. With the most amazing team (a special thanks has to go to Laura who looked after us so well in the MPW Restaurant), you can really relax and unwind.

To book a room, visit Hotel Indigo Newcastle’s website here or you can find them on Instagram @hotel_indigo_newcastle.

 

*This stay was gifted by Hotel Indigo Newcastle, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.