Welcome To Our Christmas Decor 2017!

christmas decor

Putting up our Christmas tree has fast become one of the holiday traditions that I get very excited about! So much in fact, that from the first of December I am ITCHING to pull out the decorations, put on a playlist and go to town.

christmas decor

My take on festive decor is very much in theme with the rest of our house, which a lot of you guys will be familiar with by now I am sure! The lovely gals over at hous. recently described our interior vibe as “vintage Palm Springs” (you can read the rest of that feature here!), so you can probably imagine that going full-on Santa’s grotto isn’t really our style!

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Instead, we like to keep things colourful, playful and a tad minimalist with our Christmas decor so that we can enjoy the seasonal theme but still have all of the colours and motifs that make us feel right at home.

christmas decor

Our Christmas tree is probably the most non-traditional item we have and, not only do I love the way it looks, but it doesn’t bother Bosley either (I honestly had visions of him trying to climb whatever tree we had!). It means we have to be stricter with our bauble collection, but I can spiral out of control very quickly when it comes to small, sparkly objects so that can only be a good thing.

We’ve switched up our cushions for our Christmas ones (from M&S a few years back) and we’ve got our teal tinsel high up on the picture frames and such (because Bosley does try to run around with it if it’s in pawing distance…).

christmas decor

Our gold 3D HO HO HO letters have made another appearance this year and, even though they are just cardboard, they’re one of my favourite decorations! I might even change them to say OOOH when Santa’s on his way…

christmas decor

Speaking of letters, this vintage-inspired pegboard* from Truffle Shuffle has been a constant source of entertainment! Whether it’s quotes from our favourite festive films or lines from childhood Christmas number ones, we’re having a lot of fun spelling things out and making it part of our Christmas decor!

christmas decor

Having our home ready for visitors over the holidays isn’t just about how it looks but how it sounds and smells too, am I right? Elvis’ Christmas album playing on the Crosley takes care of the sound, and burning something seasonal and spicy adds an extra layer of cosy to the room!

Shearer Candles have really outdone themselves this year with a new range of holiday candles. Their Red Apple & Cinnamon jar candle smells utterly delicious! And PS, I’m also a huge fan of the Gingerbread candle tin (not pictured) – it could fool people into thinking I’ve been baking all day, haha!

christmas decor

christmas decor

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into this year’s Christmas decor around our place. I really enjoy seeing how other people have styled their homes for this time of year, so let me know what you’re doing! Do you have a theme? What’s your favourite decoration?

 

 

 

*Hey! If you fancy ordering one of these for yourself and joining in the quote-tastic fun, you can get a cheeky 15% off using LYNSAY15

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Tempus at Grand Central Hotel

grand central hotel

New to The Glasgow Veggie Diaries? This series is where you’ll find me sharing the most awesome meat-free food options around town, so whether you or a member of your posse are vegetarian, feel free to use this as your official guide to who is doing it right!

You can also catch up with all of my previous Glasgow Veggie Diaries entries here

One of my favourite things about Christmas time is the food! I love the extra indulgence that comes with the season, whether it’s from snacking on a chocolate Santa or sitting down with friends and enjoying a festive feast.

Recently, I did the latter (though there has been the odd chocolate Santa, too!) at Tempus, the restaurant at Grand Central Hotel in the city centre, after Laura suggested that a few of us should get together for Christmas dinner.

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The Restaurant 

Grand Central Hotel has been in Glasgow since the 19th century and has welcomed the likes of Frank Sinatra when they’ve visited the city. And if it’s good enough for ol’ blue eyes then it’s good enough for me! Tempus, their in-house restaurant, strives to show-off fresh, locally-sourced food to give visitors a taste of Scotland.

Like our very own blogging Rat Pack, myself and the other girls arrived on a cold, dark evening at Grand Central Hotel, which looks extra luxurious when it’s all dressed up for Christmas (don’t we all?!)!

The Menu

The three-course festive dinner menu at Tempus has around five options per course, two of which are vegetarian. The team were very helpful when checking for dietary requirements and made sure that everyone in our group was catered for.

It was really encouraging to see a set menu with more than one meat-free option for each course, especially at this time of year when you half-expect nut roasts on every menu!

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What I Ate 

I was very tempted to order the butternut squash soup as a starter (is there anything better on a winter’s night?) but decided to go with the goat’s cheese instead – and boy, am I glad that I did. Presented beautifully with a generous amount of soft and firm cheese, this was a lovely start to the meal. I’m not ashamed to say that I used a piece of cheese as a ‘cracker’ and topped it with soft cheese – like I said, ’tis the season to indulge! #cheeseoncheese

For my main, I picked out the woodland mushroom and spinach strudel which was served with crushed buttery potatoes and truffle cream. I loved the way this dish tasted (I mean, TRUFFLE CREAM!) but it would have been even better if the pastry was a little more exciting to look at – when I read strudel, I was expecting some fancy latticing or similar. Regardless, it was cooked to perfection and I would definitely order it again!

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When it came to desserts, things got a lot more difficult for our group! Everything. Looked. So. Good. Even our waitress was laughing as we struggled to decide what to order, and kept changing our minds every two minutes. How come I can make fairly adult decisions about mortgages and such but, throw some salted caramel and cheesecake into the mix, I get all Sophie’s Choice?

Eventually, I decided to order off-menu after we found out about a special dessert that wasn’t listed. A Taste of Winter sounded delightful – and it was! Brown sugar meringue, mascarpone and plum together with candied clementine and sorbet even smelled like the most perfect snow-capped scene. I could have happily eaten a plate of the meringues alone to be honest, they were divine!

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The aftermath…

Final Thoughts

There’s a certain feeling of ceremony when it comes to eating Christmas dinner in rather grand surroundings and it doesn’t come much grander than Grand Central Hotel at this time of year. A few hours of delicious food, nonsense chatter and good company with my own little blogging Rat Pack was a wonderful way to toast the season.

You can enjoy the festive set menu at Tempus with your own nearest and dearest until 30th December. Click here to find out more and book a table.

What are your thoughts on Christmas food? Do you love it? And which member of the Rat Pack would YOU be?

Diaries at the Ready! Indie Christmas Shopping Events in Glasgow

Christmas shopping events in Glasgow

Earlier this month, you might remember that I shared my visit to The Hidden Lane and a peek into some of the retailers and studios that you can find there. I left with plenty of gift inspiration and I’ve been making a list of some locally-made goodies (and checking it twice!) to spoil my nearest and dearest with!

It’s safe to say that I’m well and truly in the mood to shop now and, with just a few weeks left until Christmas, there are lots of awesome pop-ups, markets and in-store specials going on around town that are just too good to keep to myself.

Diaries at the ready, this is my guide to indie Christmas shopping events in Glasgow…

Etsy Made Local (2nd and 3rd December): Back by popular demand, this yearly market showcases the very best of Scottish Etsy creatives all under one roof at The Briggait. Spread across two days, you’ll find the likes of Bonnie Bling, Nikki McWilliams, Heather Margaret Grace and so much more. Be sure to follow the Glasgow Etsy Team on Instagram for previews of the sellers you can expect to see on both days!

Boutique by Shelter Scotland’s First Birthday (2nd December): Can you believe it’s been a whole year since Boutique by Shelter Scotland opened their doors on Byres Road? It’s great to see an initiative like this thriving in Glasgow! This weekend, the shop is celebrating the festive season AND their first birthday with cake, mince pies and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

Christmas shopping events in Glasgow

Festive Fun at Sunshine No 1 (Sunday 3rd December): There’s a special festive day planned this Sunday at Mount Florida’s cutest gift shop! Shop for Christmas cards and stocking fillers while enjoying mulled wine and mince pies. The fabulous Claire Barclay will also be there drawing pop-up portraits, such a great idea for a present (or a treat for yourself!).

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza at Glad Rags (7th December): The Southside’s most stylish thrift store are throwing a special shopping evening next Thursday with a ton of bargains to be snapped up from 6pm to 9pm! All of their stock will be 3 for 2 and guest crafter Luna Viola Design will also be there with her signature marble effect jewellery. Why not round up your girl gang and make a night of it – The Glad Cafe (next door) is open until midnight…

The Glasgow Markets x Kiehl’s Xmas Pop Up Market (10th December): Both the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market at the Glasgow Independent Market have been a huge hit this year, attracting massive crowds to their monthly events at BAaD. On 10th December a range of the markets’ finest stalls will be popping up at Kiehl’s Buchanan Street with funds being raised for the MTV Staying Alive Charity. There’ll also be a DJ, cocktail bar and giveaways in signature Kiehl’s party spirit!

Hopefully you’ll fancy visiting one (or all!) of these Christmas shopping events in Glasgow over the next few weeks. Whether you love discovering local businesses, supporting good causes or indulging in a bit of holiday cheer, there’s something to suit everyone!