A Peek Inside BLOW Shawlands

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When word got out a few months back that BLOW Finnieston were going to be opening a second Glasgow salon, it didn’t take too long before beauty junkies all over town (and by town, I obviously mean Instagram!) were speculating about where it was going to be. Not only that, but it was apparently going to be bigger than its original, with other services available.

Before the rumour mill spiralled out of control, BLOW revealed that their newest venture would be south of the Clyde, and not only would it be a salon – it would also be a training academy too. A place where up-and-coming stylists can learn the business’ own badass brand of creative colour, styling and hair care in their brand new (but still oh-so-BLOW) surroundings.

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This month, the doors finally opened and I got a peek inside BLOW Shawlands to see what we can expect from Kilmarnock Road’s newest resident…

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1. It’s bigger. Like, a LOT bigger. Yup, with two floors, a wraparound styling bar and a fully functioning academy downstairs, there’s certainly a lot more room for hair goals to be achieved at BLOW Shawlands.

Don’t worry, there’s still the same Pinterest-worthy decor, custom selfie wall, freshly popped popcorn and eye-catching window display (would it really be BLOW if there wasn’t?), there’s now just SO MUCH MORE ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES!

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2. There’s a secret garden in the back. First and foremost, BLOW are of course known for their hair cutting, colouring and styling skills. That’s a given. But, it is probably no surprise that the gang at BLOW also know how to throw a heck of a party! And the psychedelic garden in the back is the kind of place that will make you think you’ve died and gone to wonderland.

Seriously dreamy and the perfect spot for a summer soiree.

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3. It’s not just hair that’s on the menu. BLOW Shawlands is more than just a hairdresser’s, it’s a seriously stylish hangout that you feel immediately relaxed in. So when I heard that the new salon would be offering an afternoon tea experience, I was excited to come and try it out!

The afternoon tea has been created in collaboration with one of my favourites – Cafe Strange Brew – with sandwiches, cakes and scones to enjoy (I couldn’t get enough of the salted caramel brownies!). The package (£35) also comes with a signature BLOWdry, making it the perfect girly treat to start the weekend.

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It’s not a visit to BLOW without a selfie – just call me Curly Sue! 

These are just a few things that make BLOW Shawlands well worth a visit, but be sure to check them out for yourself! I like to think of them as BLOW 2.0, with all the same style and attitude as their first location, but bringing along some new ideas in their bag of tricks.

Will you be visiting BLOW Shawlands?

Love,

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Skincare and Scones with The Body Shop At Home

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As many of you will know by now, I’m no stranger to afternoon tea in Glasgow – in fact, munching on sweet treats and having a good old catch up with friends is one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon. Add some beautiful beauty products to play with, and kitscher-then-kitsch surroundings into the mix and you pretty much have the perfect Sunday if you ask me!

So, when I was invited to spend the day with The Body Shop at The Butterfly and the Pig tearooms in the city centre last weekend, I RSVP’d faster than you could say “one lump or two?”. An afternoon of skincare and scones sounded heavenly!

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At the event (hosted by the rather lovely Talented Talkers), we got to learn a little bit more about the services available from The Body Shop At Home – which brings all of the beauty know-how and gorgeous goodies to the comfort of your own pad.

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Claire from The Body Shop At Home talked us through some of the newest ranges available and how much the company has really developed since starting its journey 40 years ago (talk about looking good for your age!). It’s come a long way (baby) even since my awkward teenage years using their White Musk body spray and strawberry-scented soap – in fact, The Body Shop have now come into their own as skincare experts, bringing quality products with natural ingredients at a very reasonable price tag!

They have also made over some of their branding, with an oldie-timey apothecary feel to some of their bottles that is just made for displaying in your bathroom…

The Body Shop seem to have a product (if not an entire line of them!) to match every skincare need. I tend to find skincare a bit tricky (though I am getting better at it!), so I was keen to take their skin diagnostic survey beforehand to see what kinds of products would be the most helpful for my combination skin.

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I had been wondering if mixing brands was the best thing for my skin, or if investing in one line of products was the recommended approach. Turns out, using a facial scrub from company A, a cleanser from company B and moisturiser from company C is perfectly fine – especially as everyone’s skin is so unique. It’s a bit like finding a magic formula I guess!

We chatted about the science behind some of the collections, (turns out there are a LOT of plants involved), how to get the most out of your skincare regime, and even digressed a little onto makeup and blogging (well, what did you expect?!). Claire was also on hand to answer any questions and Stuart Dreghorn Photography shared a few simple tricks to get the perfect product shot.

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I don’t know about you, but all that beauty chat tends to make me hungry, so with perfect timing, the team at The Butterfly and the Pig served us a delicious afternoon tea on their dainty collection of mismatched vintage china.

Afternoon tea at The Butterfly and the Pig is served to each guest’s dietary requirements, and my vegetarian sandwiches were delicious! If you’re looking for a yummy afternoon tea with a vintage theme, it’s an ideal setting – you can find out more details here.

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I left the event with a belly full of cake, a head full of new skincare knowledge and a generous goodie bag stuffed with treats. I’m especially looking forward to trying out the Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer and the All-In-One Instablur Universal after hearing rave reviews. I will report back soon!

Have you ever tried The Body Shop At Home? And what would your perfect Sunday afternoon look like (AND more importantly, does it involve scones?!)?

With love, lotions and potions,

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Thanks to the gang at Talented Talkers for a lovely Sunday 

 

Budget Vs Big Spender: Afternoon Tea in Glasgow

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A while back, I posted about my top places to enjoy afternoon tea in Glasgow – if you’ve been reading here a while (hey, thanks!), you might remember it.

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It’s been nearly two years and a WHOLE LOT of afternoon teas since that post, so I thought it was high time for an update – particularly as I have two new afternoon tea experiences to tell you guys about. Both are completely different, but well worth a visit! Are you ready? Grab your cup and let’s dive right in…

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On a budget? Try… High Tea at The Hyndland Cafe, West End

In the leafy Hyndland neighbourhood, you can find The Hyndland Cafe nestled at the bottom of Clarence Drive. Well-known amongst locals for lunch on the go and their legendary empire biscuits (which often sell out!), the cafe have recently added an afternoon tea to their extensive menu.

Using carefully-sourced vintage china to showcase finger sandwiches, cakes, scones, and even a cute miniature version of their signature empire biscuits, The Hyndland Cafe have put their own spin on afternoon tea. One generously-filled stand is shared between two and all of the goods are made fresh on the premises. The lemon drizzle cake was a particular favourite, as well as the home-made chocolate-dipped shortbread.

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Vegetarian sandwiches were not a problem, and we were also given a delicious savoury tart (there was no room left on the cake stand so this arrived on its own little plate!).

The Hyndland Cafe is cosy, and friendly – sort of like when you go to your favourite Aunt’s house and she spoils you with tea and treats. It doesn’t quite offer the grandeur of traditional afternoon teas you might find at larger restaurants, but for £7.95 per person, you certainly get plenty of bang for your buck (or should that be pastries for your pennies?) and fresh, high-quality food in a comfortable atmosphere.

You can find out more, and how to book high tea at The Hyndland Cafe, here!

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Looking for a little luxury? I recommend… Afternoon Tea at Blythswood Square Hotel, City Centre

In my previous round-up of afternoon tea in Glasgow, I included the Salon at the 5-star Blythswood Square Hotel for its decadent and relaxing afternoon tea. It’s always been a favourite of mine! Recently, the hotel have given their popular afternoon tea menu a makeover – so purely in the name of research (ahem!), I went along to Blythswood Square Hotel to check it out.

Replacing a previous choice of 3 afternoon tea experiences, now the hotel offers one set menu. Upon arrival at the airy, bright first floor, you are greeted with a glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic cocktail while you settle into your table. After browsing from their huge menu of teas, I decided to try the apple and mango variety.

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While waiting for the food and tea to arrive, I enjoyed taking in the beautiful surroundings of the salon, as well as the views of Blythswood Square. It really is the perfect place to relax and indulge! Soon, our waitress brought over a cake stand each, (which meant no fighting!) with assorted sandwiches and savouries such as wraps, brioche buns and a haggis bonbon. Vegetarian and other dietary needs are all taken into account when ordering, and nothing seemed like too much bother for the cheerful hotel team.

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Fresh scones and dainty home-made cakes made sure the afternoon had a sweet ending – the pistachio cake and cranachan macaron were my favourite treats from the selection! One of the most memorable parts of the visit was being able to take away a little something – in this case, a pouch of Blythswood Square loose leaf tea and chocolate bonbon from the trolley. A lovely touch that made the experience even more special. I do love to get a souvenier from a nice day out, don’t you?

With prices starting at £28 per person, if you are celebrating something special or want a mid-week pick-me-up, the new afternoon tea at Blythswood Square Hotel is an ideal place to start. You can find out more here!

Afternoon tea in Glasgow has fast become one of my favourite ways to spend a day, and with plenty of options available to suit different budgets, there’s never been a better time to treat yourself!

Love, tea and tiny cakes,

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With thanks to the lovely teams at Blythswood Square Hotel and Hyndland Cafe for showing me a good time!