Where to Have Brunch in Glasgow: My Top Picks

This is a post that’s been a long time coming. I mean, if you happen to catch my Instagram Stories on a weekend (and let’s be honest – the odd weekday here and there…), you’re more than likely to catch me brunching – yes, it’s probably a cliche, and I’m totally OK with that. Brunch in Glasgow is serious business after all.

I think I first declared my love of the humble brunch here and, over the last few months, I’ve been getting more and more requests to share my favourite brunch spots across the city. Rather than split them up into separate posts, I thought I would share my top picks of where to have brunch in Glasgow in one handy round up!

These places all offer something unique, over and above your usual run-of-the-mill eggs and bacon. You’ll soon see why they are my favourites!

Grab a fork and let’s dig in…

Cafe Strange Brew, 1109 Pollokshaws Road

Keeping Shawlands strange since 2015, Glasgow indie cafes don’t come much cooler than our Strange Brew. Not only have these guys recently moved into a bigger space (because, damn, the demand for avo-on-toast in the Southside is STRONG!) but they’ve also given their menu a little bit of a makeover with more of their awesome twists on the traditional bunch fare! My tip? Order the pancakes with apricot, lavender honey, mascarpone and blueberries. Or basically any of their magical one-off weekend specials. Hashtag YASS.

Crossing The Rubicon, 372 Great Western Road

Some of you might remember that I talked about Crossing The Rubicon fairly recently BUT, as well as their excellent vegetarian curries, the restaurant also offers a pretty fantastic brunch menu. What sets them apart is that they still bring their experimental, East-meets-West (end!) style to their brunches and you can expect Besan toast and a fully loaded breakfast naan to name just a couple of dishes. My favourite is the sweet potato hash & eggs – served in a skillet and pure comfort food at its best.

Singl-end Cafe and Bakehouse, 265 Renfrew Street 

One of the (many, many) things that keeps me coming back to Singl-end is that, not only do they serve brunch, cake and kick-ass playlists all under one roof, but they are also a bakery. Which means the smell of fresh artisan bread is constantly wafting in the air (if that smell was a perfume, I’m not ashamed to say I would probably wear it…). Which means you get to eat still-warm, fluffy slices with your brunch (ooh, heaven is a place on earth!) and who could say no to that?! I just love Singl-end’s take on Eggs Benedict – their cashew and tarragon ‘hollandaise’ is the bomb. Get it with an egg-stra (sorry!) slice of bread for dipping and thank me later!

Bottomless Brunch at McPhabbs, 23 Sandyford Place 

You know what’s even better than one plate of brunch? How about multiple plates of brunch?! In just a few short months, the bottomless brunch extravaganzas at McPhabbs have become sell-out events for foodies all over Glasgow. Gary and I managed to book places for the most recent one, which took place last weekend. The menu is different each time, which keeps things super fun and interesting. Last weekend, we enjoyed an American diner-themed feast – peanut butter and jelly French Toast, anyone? Also, coffee aficionados may like to note that they serve Papercup coffee. Just sayin’…

Until they invent a meal between breakfast and brunch, it’s safe to say you’ll catch me grabbing brunch in Glasgow most weekends at any of these spots! But I want to hear from you too: where is your favourite brunching hangout? And, would YOU wear perfume that smelled like fresh baking?

Beauty Hit List: December & January 2017

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Welcome to the first Beauty Hit List of the year! It feels like forever since I last shared a round-up of my favourite cosmetic crushes with you guys, so I’ve been really looking forward to this one.

Today I’m sharing some of the products that have been (literally!) saving my skin each day, seeing me through New Year celebrations in style and keeping my locks in check. So let’s dive in and take a peek, shall we?

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Ultra Facial Balm by Kiehl’s

It’s no secret by now that I’m a huge lover of Kiehl’s products, and I’ve gushed about their Ultra Facial Cream previously, due to its ability to keep my dry skin feeling super hydrated. Their Ultra Facial Balm takes this to a whole new level and it’s been my go-to for emergency levels of flakiness this winter!

Kiehl’s call this their ‘ultimate hydration blanket’, which is actually better than any description that I could come up with. It FEELS like a blanket in that it is soothing and comforting and makes the dry, rough skin I get around my nose and hairline feel soft and smooth instantly. It’s also non-greasy so, even though I slather my face in it some days, I don’t look like I have, hurrah!

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Glitter pots by Sara Hill

Fact: glitter makes everything better. It just does, OK? If you agree, then you’re in good company and I highly recommend checking out Sara Hill’s range of glitter for grown-ups ASAP! These pots of loose glitter look perfect pressed on top of a cream eyeshadow, twinkling under the lower lashes or worn over lipstick for a dramatic (and fabulous!) look. To be honest, the beauty of these cruelty-free glitters is in how versatile they are, and they are so much fun to play with.

I wore some during New Year’s Eve in a geometric-inspired shape (go big or go home, eh?) using some of Sara Hill’s glitter fix to hold it in place. There are 12 dazzling shades to choose from (you can see Queen P and Royal Purple above) – next on my shopping list is the irridescent Crystal Tits glitter because I think it’ll be a must-have for my Vegas trip…

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i-illuminise Liquid Illuminiser by New CID Cosmetics

My name is Lynsay and I am officially a highlighter convert – and you can thank this i-illuminise by New CID Cosmetics for that. Inside this shiny silver tube is a liquid highlighter that has the most gorgeous, pearlescent glow. I’ve been wearing it buffed into my cheekbones, brow bones, my cupid’s bow, the tip of my nose (not all at once I might add!)…did I say ‘convert’ because I clearly meant to say ADDICT!

The dewy finish along with the brush on applicator makes it a easy to add a bit of shimmer to your every day make up look and build up as much of a highlight as you like. It’s been in my makeup bag every day since December.

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick by Kat Von D at Debenhams

The day that Kat Von D makeup stopped being a Sephora exclusive and became available at our very own Debenhams in the UK, I swear you could hear a Mexican wave-like squeal of delight if you listened hard enough! Of all the Kat Von D products I’ve tried over the years, the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are, in my opinion, the best. Non-drying, extremely pigmented and in a range of lust-worthy shades, the liquid lipsticks last up to an impressive 24 hours – making them perfect for nights out.

Backstage Bambi was previously my weapon of choice, but I’ve recently tried out Bauhau5 (pictured above), and love its bold berry hue – the perfect pop of colour on a grey January day.

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Damage Remedy Split End Repair by Aveda

Sometimes post-party season hair needs some TLC and luckily Aveda have the perfect range to help out! This Split End Repair treatment from Aveda’s Damage Remedy collection is just the thing to repair hair that has split and also to prevent new damage forming. I’ve been smoothing the cream into my hair after it’s been washed, dried and styled so it can do its thing while I’m out and about. Also, unlike some treatments I’ve tried, as well as making my hair look a lot healthier, it smells AMAZING. If you see me swishing my hair around any time soon, this is why!

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So these have made my Beauty Hit List this month, but what about you? Any new obsessions from the world of cosmetics that you’re raving about? I love hearing about what you’ve discovered lately as well as your old faithfuls so be sure to give me shout below or on Twitter so I can check ’em out!

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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?

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