Getting Road Trip Ready: Bikinis with Boohoo

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This year, I’m going on my biggest adventure yet – a road trip across America with Gary and our two best friends – and I just can’t WAIT! It’s only two months before we set off (*squeals*) and it’s definitely about time I started preparing for this heck of a holiday.

First things first! Between beaches, hotel pools and um, a hot tub in the mountains (yeah, really!), one thing is certain: I’m going to need a swimsuit! I’d just started browsing some new season swimwear when, with impeccable timing, the team at Boohoo got in touch asking me to take a look at their latest drop of bikinis and suits for an evening of spa treats with them. Who could say no to that?

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Picking out a bikini from Boohoo was easier said than done! With a ton of bright colours and playful patterns to choose from, there’s really something to suit everyone in the new collection and I was spoilt for choice. I am a huge fan of retro high-waisted bottoms, so my first choice was this adorable Ava watermelon print bikini. As much as I loved it the fun pattern (dressing like a bowl of fruit is a recurring theme in my summer wardrobe…) , the fit wasn’t quite right so I swapped it out for another high-waisted option.

As well as having ready-to-go sets, Boohoo also have a selection of mix and match swimwear – perfect if you fancy coming up with your own combinations to suit your style. I picked out their Corfu moulded triangle bikini top and the matching high-waisted briefs and got ready for a night at Village Hotel Club Glasgow with some other blogging babes!

I’d never actually visited a Village Hotel before, so the hotel geek in me was really looking forward to it! I loved the cool, contemporary decor at reception, and the spa area was very relaxing. As well as enjoying a dip in the (heated!) indoor pool, and a blether in the jacuzzi, we also spent some time in the spa lounge.

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After being treated so some tasty nibbles and drinks, the beauty therapists from the Village Spa led us through an interactive skincare workshop. After scrubbing and rubbing my face with gorgeous-smelling ESPA products, my skin was glowing and felt super hydrated. DIY facials might just become a regular thing for this gal – watch this space…

Escaping to this girly get-together for a few hours was the perfect cure for the cold weather blues! This event was part of the Boohoo ‘Treat Yourself’ Spa Tour and, if you fancy treating yourself too, here are some handy discount codes: for an exclusive 10% discount off treatments or food and drink at Village Hotels, use voucher BOOHOO10 – and for 20% off everything at Boohoo use voucher BOOHOOXVILLAGESPA20 – hooray!

With a cute and very colourful bikini to start off my suitcase, I’m starting to feel the holiday excitement! Have you started looking at any swimsuits this year? If you could dress like a piece of fruit, which would you choose?

Here’s to poolside posing and hot tub gossip sessions…

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Swimwear by Boohoo | Skincare Workshop by Village Spa | Pool by Village Gym | Food by Village Hotel

Square Eyes Film Club at Blythswood Square Hotel

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Glasgow is a city that has had a long-running love affair with cinema. And with oodles of film-making talent, pop-up events, special screenings and even its own film festival (the latest of which launched today, by the way!), it’s easy to see why.

There are also several ways to catch your favourite movies in Glasgow – from the thrill of the blockbusters at the multiplex, to seeing cult classics in a more unique setting (the eagle-eyed among you might even remember the pop-up movies from Backseat Bingo that I enjoyed at The Old Hairdressers not too long ago). As a huge film fan, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to experience a trip to the movies!

So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear about Square Eyes Film Club – a new regular cinema event at Blythswood Square Hotel.

Square Eyes Film Club brings classic films to the luxurious setting of the five-star Blythswood Square Hotel in the city centre, and makes full use of the hotel’s exclusive (and often overlooked) bespoke screening room. With screenings planned right up to summertime, you can expect girl gang picks like Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing.

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Last week, I went along to the launch night to see what Square Eyes (ahh, I love a good play on words!) has planned for its guests, with a special screening of Kristen Wiig’s 2011 comedy, Bridesmaids. Who could say no to that?

Spending time in Blythswood Square Hotel is always a wonderful experience. The team is so welcoming and I instantly feel relaxed in its beautiful, yet comfortable, surroundings. I started my evening by meeting up with Lori and Michelle in the hotel lobby and we were whisked upstairs to The Salon for nibbles, drinks and a pre-fllm catch up.

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After being treated to an amazing spread, we chatted about our favourite movies and which ones we thought would look great on Blythswood’s big screen. With its decadent design and grand staircases, the hotel instantly reminds me of Film Noir and classic Hollywood stories. Couldn’t you just see Rita Hayworth sashaying down the staircase? I think a black-and-white double bill with vintage-inspired cocktails would be perfect for Square Eyes!

We headed down to the screening room, which seats up to 40 guests in its oversized colourful chairs. The seats alone are a feast for the eyes, with each one covered in a unique and striking tweed. Choosing the right seat at the cinema is hard enough when they all look the same, but when they are this pretty, it’s even more of a challenge…

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Armed with popcorn and drinks, we settled down and watched the movie. I hadn’t seen Bridesmaids for a couple of years, and it really is an awesome film to watch with a group of girls. Dress fitting faux pas (just don’t blame the Brazilian food, okay?)! In-flight misbehaviour! Bear sandwiches (ooh-err!) and of course, the EPIC sing-along scene at the end. Square Eyes really did pick a gem to kick-start their programme of screenings.

In a typical Square Eyes package, you can expect a delicious afternoon tea, followed by tea, coffee or Prosecco in the Monte Carlo Suite before heading into the screening room for the movie (with popcorn of course!). At £38 per person, it’s a little more expensive than a trip to the mainstream cinema, but the thing to keep in mind is that Square Eyes aren’t competing with the big guns here. What they are offering is a day out filled with delicious treats, comfortable and stylish surroundings, attention to detail and classic films. To me, that’s a totally different experience, don’t you think?

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Square Eyes Film Club is ideal for a special occasion, or if you were looking to treat yourself (or someone else!) to something a little different. As part of their line-up for March, Square Eyes will be putting on two special screenings for Mother’s Day – Bridget Jones’ Diary and First Wives Club. One that I’ll be keeping a note of in my diary is Breakfast At Tiffany’s – being shown on 27th March. You can catch the full list of upcoming films and details of how to book here!

I’ll still be using my Cineworld Unlimited card to keep up-to-date with the latest releases and 3D film experiences, but I’m equally glad that Square Eyes are here, bringing their own brand of cinematic chic to the table.

Will you be getting all square-eyed at Blythswood Square Hotel? And what is your all-time favourite choice for the big screen?

Love, popcorn and Hollywood glamour,

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With thanks to Square Eyes Film Club at Blythswood Square Hotel