A Sugar Coated Spring

I don’t know about you, but I am SO READY to retire my winter layers and get into the swing of spring! My faithful faux fur coat is starting to feel like a villain in a bad movie…just when you think you’ve seen the last of him, he comes back out. To celebrate the four day weekend over Easter, I put together this Spring-inspired outfit from some of the 80 stores at Buchanan Galleries, and spent a fun afternoon with Gary walking around our old neighbourhood.

Outfit Details:
Sugar Coated tee | H&M
Gingham skirt | Mango
Silver camera bag | Accessorize
Hair flower | Claire’s
Puma sneakers | Kids Footlocker (yep, really!)
Fuchsia Fever lipstick | Benefit Cosmetics at Boots

All available at Buchanan Galleries 

Hair by #BLOW | Nails by Swoon Nails 

We visited the Botanic Gardens, where it feels like a spring day all year round! I’d visited #BLOW earlier that morning for a quick hair appointment, and they gave me the 1960s fantasy bouffant of my dreams. It just goes to show that you can get the Priscilla Presley-meets-Betty Rubble hair you’ve always wanted (you just need the right salon!).

My favourite part of this outfit has to be the mint Sugar Coated tee from H&M. I’ve been falling in love with slogan tees all over again lately, and that pastel green shade has ‘Spring’ written all over it!

Also, can we just take five and talk about these creeper-style Puma sneakers? Yes, they are technically definitely from a children’s shoe store, but hey – if the shoe fits (boom boom!), who am I to complain? I walked around in them all day, from the Botanic Gardens, to lunch at West on the Corner, and back into the city centre again. Cute AND comfy!

I hope you guys have been starting to enjoy the sunnier days and got a chance to take it easy over Easter. Thank you for your patience and support with my blog rebrand also – I really appreciate it and can’t wait to reveal more!

Tell me, have you started wearing your favourite Spring pieces yet? And which cartoon character’s hair do YOU most admire?

Here’s to a sugar coated spring…

 

An Escape from the City with Argyll Holidays

argyll holidays I love living in the city – it’s a massive part of the way I go about my day to day life and I couldn’t imagine living any other way right now. The energy, the sights and even (at times!) the sounds of city life are exciting – especially in a place like Glasgow, where there’s never a dull moment!

Spending most of my time in the hustle and bustle means that I place a lot of value in being able to find somewhere that is truly relaxing, where I can unwind and enjoy some quiet downtime. if you’ve been reading here a while you’ll know by now that I’m a huge believer in investing time in yourself to avoid burning out! It had been a particularly busy few months when I was invited by Argyll Holidays to spend a long weekend in the Scottish countryside – talk about amazing timing – with a couple of my best blogger buddies.

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No distractions, no noise. Just fresh air, beautiful scenery and good company. Oh, and a hot tub! It sounded like a little slice of heaven, and I was practically throwing my pyjamas in a bag before I hit ‘reply’!

So, a few weekends ago, I hit the road with Ayden and Lori and headed out to Hunter’s Quay in Dunoon – only an hour’s drive plus a short ferry ride from Glasgow. Armed with face masks, 90s playlists (c’est la vie!) and enough snacks to feed a children’s birthday party (trust me, the phrase “ooh, I guess since we’re on holiday…” was used a LOT over the few days!), it wasn’t too long before we were driving up through the hills and ready to check in.

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Hunter’s Quay is one of Argyll Holidays’ award-winning sites, located on the banks of the Holy Loch. We hopped out of Ayden’s swish new car and into our Oak Premier Hot Tub Lodge, which was bright and spacious with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and (of course!) a private deck with our own hot tub!

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All of the bedrooms were kitted out with comfy beds, flatscreen TV’s and plenty of storage space. We ended up taking a room each, though if we had wanted to share it wouldn’t have been a tight squeeze. The living, dining and kitchen space was open plan and fitted with everything you need for a weekend away.

At night, we ate, talked, relaxed, hot-tubbed and enjoyed the lodge before getting in a good night’s sleep. It might have been the clean, country air, or it might have been the fact that it was SILENT outside, but I got the best sleep I’d had in ages! I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to go and explore with the girls.

But first, it was time for breakfast. And coffee. With my cup in my hand I slid open the living room door and walked out onto the wraparound balcony to take in our view…

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I could get used to seeing that every morning!

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We decided to go to nearby Inveraray and Loch Fyne, in search of local produce which we found in abundance! Loch Fyne’s deli was packed with the most delicious-looking food and surrounded by stunning scenery. We picked up some nibbles for the car and continued towards Inveraray, where we spent a couple of hours.

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While in town we checked out come of the local stores, took in the majestic beauty of Inveraray Castle and grabbed lunch at a really cute cafe called Brambles. If you find yourself in Inveraray, this is where you want to eat!

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On our drive back to the lodge we spotted some highland cows, and some pretty walking trails which we would have explored if the weather had been a bit nicer.

That night, we had a super girly night in with movies, games and facemasks. We discovered that there is no end to Lori’s talents, that Ayden will fall asleep pretty much anywhere (aww!) and I somehow ended up hooked on The Hunger Games (who’d have thunk it?!). There are a lot of positives in the blogging community, but one of the most awesome things of all is clicking with genuine people that become friends offline too and that you can be your daft self around.

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Continuing the spirit of “we’re on holiday, we can do what we like”, we had a cheeky lie-in the next morning. A little later, Lori headed up to the on-site leisure complex (which has a jacuzzi, two pools and a sauna) for a swim while Ayden and I hung out and enjoyed the mountain and loch views from the balcony. We both remarked how well we’d slept again and how nice it was to take things at a slower pace for a change.

We had one last dip in the hot tub before we got ready to leave our little bubble and join reality again! Before we headed for the ferry we decided to grab some food at Hunters Bar & Grill. Three words: tattie scone nachos. I’m not kidding! I couldn’t leave without trying them (and I’m so glad that I did!).

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A chilled-out weekend away with the girls was just the thing to help this city slicker recharge her batteries and, if you’re looking for a country getaway that isn’t too far, I’d recommend checking out Hunter’s Quay by Argyll Holidays. You can find out more about where we stayed here!

If you live in a busy area, how do you like to unwind? And have you ever tried tattie scone nachos…please don’t say I’m the only one?!

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A huge thank you to the team at Argyll Holidays for showing us a good time! 

Bosley Tries Lily’s Kitchen & a Purr-fect Giveaway!

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I can’t believe Bosley is going to be turning one next month! He has quickly grown from a tiny kitten to our happy little lion, and it feels like he’s always been here.

A while back, I posted about the learning curve that being a new cat mama brings (catch up here!) but the truth is, I still discover new things all the time about Bosley’s personality traits, general kitty behaviour and wellbeing factoids. He’s become more talkative over the last six months, and loves looking out of the window – he’s the unofficial neighbourhood watch!

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One area that can be quite daunting however, is researching what kind of food to feed our furry friends. Wet food, dry food, treats…what should I be looking for, what’s the right portion size and how do I know for sure what is right for my cat?

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Luckily, the lovely humans at Lily’s Kitchen also want to do their bit to look after our pets, putting health and happiness at the heart of their natural, wholesome recipes. And when a parcel arrived bursting with their proper food for pets for Bosley to try, he couldn’t wait to get his paws on it!

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Our lucky boy has taste-tested every flavour from the wet food range over the last few weeks, plus the chicken and herb flavour dry food and some tasty treats. While he got stuck into the first flavour (Hunter’s Hotpot!), I was reading up on Lily’s Kitchen and their helpful hints for happy meal times.

As well as using sustainably-sourced ingredients, Lily’s Kitchen also use all-natural and grain-free recipes, to aid good digestion, heart and eye health, hydration and a shiny coat. They also have a pretty great sense of humour – check out this Cats Host Crufts video on their YouTube channel!

Having our little guy looking good AND feeling good is all I want for him, so it certainly seems like he’s in good hands… but how did it taste?

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I mean, OBVIOUSLY I can’t tell you, but I can share a few observations. First of all, when I opened the packaging, I could really smell the difference. It didn’t smell like cat food, it smelled like real food – the Lovely Lamb Casserole did smell just like a lamb casserole, and not like generic meat and jelly. In fact, I couldn’t really see much jelly.

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And it wasn’t just me that noticed a difference, Bosley was purring away before he even started eating his meals! His favourite wet food was easily the Whisker-Lickin’ Chicken (and yes, it smells just like chicken!), and he licked the bowl clean afterwards. We uploaded a little time-lapse video to his Instagram page recently, you can see him tucking in here!

Bosley is also now a huge fan of Lily’s Kitchen Little Lovelies treats, which are hand-baked in the shape of little hearts (aww!). These were a bit bigger than his usual treats, but funnily enough, he seemed to adapt quickly and not let that stop him!

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WIN a hamper of Lily’s Kitchen Purr-fect treats! 

Calling all crazy cat ladies and gents! It’s safe to say that our Bosley loved trying out this range, and if you think your feline friend will think Lily’s Kitchen is the cats pyjamas too, today’s your lucky day!

I’ve teamed up with the gang at Lily’s Kitchen to give away a hamper of their complete and balanced cat food (cat pictured not included!). All you have to do to enter is follow me on Twitter (@lynsayloves) and comment below with your Twitter profile name and a little something about your kitty (it could be their name, their favourite toy, a fun fact or whatever you like!).

This giveaway is open to UK residents only and closes one week today (that’s 10th April) at 6pm. I’ll announce the winner here and over on Twitter too. Good luck!

Love,

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