My Month in Pictures: April 2017

I’m back, baby! This is my first blog post as Lynsay Loves and it feels GOOOOD, you guys. I thought I would start things off with a little visual round up of what my last month has looked like – I’m always snapping photos when I’m out and about, playing with my iPhone, Instagramming  (of course!) and trying improve my photography skills.

Some of these pictures are personal, some are just for fun and some are snippets from places I’ve been to lately. Enjoy!

Benefit Cosmetics opened their all-pink pop-up charity shop in Glasgow as part of their #raiseabrow campaign this month and so many people turned up to donate, buy and help empower women. Did you scoop any bargains?

I was featured on the Tatty Devine blog this month, hop on over and find me sharing some of my favourite pieces from my jewellery collection!

Pausing for a quick shoefie with Gary (with a floor like THAT, it’d be rude not to!)…

We stopped by the new Paesano restaurant launch on Great Western Road. The pizza was delicious but it was their dessert menu that stole my heart – simple, classic ice cream dishes with super cute branding!

I was beyond flattered that the uber-talented Folklorique recreated my Minnie Mouse look from last year’s Disney trip in one of her illustrations! I think she’s nailed it, don’t you?

Don’t let that grumpy face fool you – Bosley is a very affectionate little guy. We dropped him off at his brother’s yesterday where he’ll be staying for a few weeks. I miss him already!

Here’s looking at you, April 2017! I hope you’ve had an awesome month, and I really hope you like the blog makeover! Let me know what you think in the comments below or over on Twitter…

Digging for Treasure at Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market

Glasgow VintageGlasgow is no stranger to a vintage market or five – in fact, I’ve been writing about local events like Granny Would Be Proud and Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair almost as long as I have been blogging. If you’re a long-term reader (thank you!), you’ll know I get a huge kick out of rummaging the racks and digging for treasure!

So, when a new market comes along it needs to stand out from the crowd, am I right? Otherwise it might get lost in the sea of thrifting events that are held regularly all over the city.

When I first heard about the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market back in January, the plans made me sit up and pay attention. And not only that, I made sure to mark the date in my diary so I could go along to the inaugural market day and check it out!

Recently, I headed for the Barras Art and Design centre – an awesome indoor space that I don’t visit as often as I would like – on a Sunday morning to see what the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market was all about.

Since the market is going to be a monthly event, I thought it might be handy to share a few details about it. Whether you made it along to the first one or not, here are a few reasons to visit on 26th March…

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  1. Interior gems! Yes, the market has plenty of vintage fashion but what REALLY sets the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market apart is the plethora of homeware and interior bargains that you can browse. From one-off decorative pieces (I was banned from bringing home a certain kitsch pink cat ornament but believe me, I was sorely tempted!) to Habiib’s gorgeous selection of curated 20th Century furniture (pictured above – hubba hubba!), you’ll be kitting out your pad with retro pieces in no time.
  2. Local brands! In amongst the pre-loved and upcycled goodies, the market is also showcasing some emerging homegrown talent. At the last event I spied pop-up pampering for gents from Primo barbers and loved picking up some illustrated paper goodies from Hux Loves Honey. I’m looking forward to seeing who will be appearing at the next event.
  3. Food, glorious food! The BAad centre isn’t just a venue, it’s also home to A’Challtainn – a Scottish seafood restaurant and bar. All that shopping is bound to make you hungry, so why not make a day of it and grab some lunch too? If seafood isn’t your bag, you can find lots of other options close by. After we cruised the market last month, we headed over to Drygate for a bite to eat; just a hop, skip and a jump away!

Bonus tip: even though I haven’t officially listed it, it would be wrong to tell you about the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market and not casually mention all of the cute dogs in attendance! So, if you love pooches, you’re going to have a field day (I know I did).

Sound good? The next Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market takes place at BAaD (54 Calton Entry) on Sunday 26th March. Be sure to keep up to date with the market and their upcoming events over on Facebook.

Do you love digging for vintage treasure? What about cooing over adorable pups?

Love,

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The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Gin71

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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.

As a big fan of CUP tea rooms (because, cake!) I’ve always been curious to try the brand’s chic, sister restaurant, Gin71. Now, on the surface of things, I may not be their target audience (on account of my not being able to distinguish a good gin cocktail from a glass of bottom-shelf mouthwash) BUT, one thing is for sure: I love food. Not only that, appreciate good food and any menu that has been crafted with a bit of care and consideration.

So, when Gin71 recently invited me to visit their newest Merchant City location, I had a feeling that there would still be a lot for me to get excited about…

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About Gin71

Where you find CUP tea rooms, you’ll also find Gin71 – at least, you will after 5pm! When CUP finish serving their usual array of afternoon teas and light bites, the full food and drink menu of Gin 71 becomes available. Gin is clearly a huge passion for the team as it makes an appearance in many forms! Several botanical infusions flavour the food on the menu in an imaginative, yet subtle, way that doesn’t feel forced. The menu has a good, varied spread – including meat, fish and veggie options.

Tucked away in Virginia Court, just around the corner from Miller Street foodie favourite Paesano Pizza, the new Gin71 building looks contemporary from the outside (almost pod-like in appearance!), but once I got inside it was all dim lights, palm leaves and speakeasy glamour!

It was just the right environment for a night of gossiping and life talk with one of my top dolls, Casci. After starting the night with a gin cocktail (Casci) and a fruity cocktail (me) from the extensive drinks menu, our starters arrived.

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I ordered the goats cheese and beetroot pannacotta – a dreamy little concoction that was lightly whipped into a soft, smooth consistency.  It was served cold, with a topping of pear and candied walnut, making me think I’d enjoy it even more in the warmer months.

Picking a main course was quite difficult as I was torn between the mushroom-based Blue Murder Gnocchi and the Botanical Mac and Cheese. On the basis of ‘when in Rome’, I went with the latter this time around. The fun part about ordering the macaroni is that you get to completely customise it, picking as many fillings and botanical flavourings as you wish! I decided to go with classic mac and cheese (no meaty fillings of course!) and enhance mine with rosemary and fennel.

Before long I was tucking into a very generously-portioned plate of creamy, comforting macaroni. The flavours were delicious and not too overpowering – I’d be keen to try a different combo next time to see how it measures up.

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Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t finish my main and our lovely waiter suggested we have ‘a break’ before coming back to chat dessert. A man after my own heart. How’s that for great service?

And the thing is, the dessert menu at Gin71 is something special and I would have hated to have missed it! My dark chocolate pot with a layer of gooey salted caramel hidden underneath and crumbled chocolate ‘soil’ (AKA biscuit) sprinkled on top was utterly divine! Decadence at its very best.

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Next time, I might need to start with dessert and work my way backwards because there’s no way I’m going without this chocolatey delight.

Casci’s rhubarb fromage frais looked equally tasty but I was far too wrapped up in my own dessert to try it out!

Feeling very full and very happy, we called it a night and (slowly!) walked through George Square agreeing that catching up over a yummy feast is surely one of life’s greatest pleasures.

You can find Gin71 Merchant City at 4 Virginia Court, with a range of dining menus and offers. As soon as this food baby wears off, I have a feeling I’ll pay them another visit!

Have you been to Gin71? What is your all-time favourite comfort food?

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