Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Stay at The Marbella Club

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We're coming to the last of the summer posts (I'm not quiiiite done yet but I'm getting there I promise) and today's is taking us to the Marbella Club HotelMy Mum lives abroad and we don’t get to see one another all that often - rumours that she'd had enough of me banging on about my allergies are unconfirmed - so when the opportunity to visit Marbella for a few girly days away arose we did a joint squeal and hopped on skyscanner. Neither of us had been to Marbella before so we didn't really know what to expect, all we knew is that we wanted a few days somewhere we could switch off, read a few books, catch some sun, have some gin and eat some great food. We had a good read up about the hotel in advance - which has a really interesting history (you can have a wee read about it here and see all of the famous faces that have visited over the years if you fancy) and thought it sounded right up our street so got those plane tickets booked and headed over to experience it for ourselves. 

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I honestly can't put into words how perfect our stay was (but I'll try my best because it's, well, my job). From our separate cities we flew into Malaga and had one eve and one short morning there which I'd definitely recommend, we both wished we'd had a bit longer there to explore. There's loads going on; lots of cool shops, restaurants and streets to wander down, and my Mum's also a huge Picasso fan so for that reason alone she was in her element. We travelled to Marbella Club by car, which was about 50 minutes if memory serves me correctly, and were met by the loveliest team ever who chatted us through what the hotel had to offer over a welcome drink before taking us to our room. Oh my god, the room. You can see the photos of it right at the top of this post and, if you just add in me murmuring 'holy moly' repeatedly under my breath and my Mum giggling manically, you'll have quite a clear picture of our initial reaction to the room. I was unpacking and heard my Mum shout, 'AMY LOOK AT THIS, IT'S BIGGER THAN ME!' and found her lying down fully clothed in the bath as she brushed her teeth. Giddy's the word. We had a dining table, a living room (which was excellent for a night in with room service), two bedrooms and bathrooms (with previously mentioned extra large baths) and - best of all - a really peaceful, flower draped balcony which made for one of the nicest, most tranquil rooms I've been in. 

The whole hotel, in fact, is a slice of tranquility; we realised within the first hour of arriving that we'd both managed to completely unwind (no easy feat for two of the most manic brains in the west) and, despite being near a busy road, the hotel felt so quiet and secluded that I kept forgetting we weren't actually up in the hills somewhere. And that's not just because my geography's terrible. Normally one of the first things I want to do once I've checked in to a hotel is go and explore the surrounding area and see what it has to offer but we ended up not leaving the hotel once. Not one single time. Every day we kept saying '...tomorrow?' and every day we'd find another excuse to postpone. 

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We ate onsite the entire trip; from the Beach Club, to The Grill, to MC Beach, to MC Cafe, to the Garden Pool, and each one was better than the next. All had a huge selection to choose from and were also amazing with allergies which is always a relief! Breakfast is possibly my favourite meal of the day so you can imagine my delight when I was faced with smoothies, gluten free pancakes, matcha lattes (I gasped at the sight of them like the millennial I am), endless fresh juices, meats, cheeses, gluten free granola, eggs benedict... the list, and my escalating gasps of delight, go on. We filled our time at the hotel reading by the pool, having treatments at the spa (I had a massage whilst my Mum had a facial and both were incredible), chilling on the beach or our wee balcony, wandering through the botanical gardens, trying reformer pilates for the first ever time with Amazing Ana - which I'm a firm fan of now, I keep meaning to find somewhere to do it in Glasgow, actually - and with more chilling. Lots of chilling. We walked along the pier most nights to watch the sunset and on one eve saw a couple sitting on the edge who'd had a bottle of fizz and some glasses delivered to them from the hotel. It took every inch of self control I had not to shout 'WHAT A FANTASTIC IDEA!', managing instead to smile like a normal person, tucking the idea away for future reference. If you fancy a bit more of an active trip and slightly less chill time than us potatoes, there's also horse-riding, a gym, tennis and golf available to guests and, of course, you can walk into Marbella for a wander. 

I think I've spoken about it before but I'm absolutely abysmal when it comes to switching off or relaxing, but we both felt so incredibly calm (and happy!) throughout or entire stay and everyone working there couldn't have been more friendly or made us feel more welcome. It was such a perfect place to go and switch off and spend some quality time with me Mam and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a trip away to that part of the world. Thank you Marbella Club, to Bird and to the lovely Alexia for such a special few days away.

I'll leave you with a couple of snaps of my Mum making fun of me posing for the camera (I've since filed for adoption)

Amy 

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Some Great A/W pieces online right now

Hello fellas! Despite us officially being in Autumn, the Scottish weather's been quite kind to us this week; Mother's Nature's graced us with a very welcome 18-22 degrees, so I've been stretching ye olde summer wardrobe out for as long as possible. I know this is around the time that we all start thinking about coats, cosy knits, chunky boots, wine, family sized bars of chocolate (just kidding, that last one's an all year round thing for me) so I thought I'd pull together a round-up of some of my favourite Autumnal pieces on the interweb right now. I tried to focus most on pieces you could wear again and again; you can't go wrong with a leopard coat (I look for leopard coats every year, it's an illness, and this is one of the best ones I've come across), some cropped black jeans, my silver boots are - surprisingly - one of the most worn things in my wardrobe, a pair of chunky black patent boots for pairing with jeans and midi skirts alike (I have these and can confirm they're great), and I really love this cream patent trench too. & Other Stories have also brought out a very similar version of these trousers I wear all the time and another two favourites on the list I want to quickly point out (I could go on all day so I'm limiting myself to two) this wee leather mini dress which I think would look lush layered over a victorian style blouse or big chunky knit and this Alexa Chung x Barbour coat which may just be the chicest trench I ever did see.

Over and out

Amy

Thursday, September 19, 2019

A (baby) Guide to St Ives

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Hey fellas! For today's post I thought I'd share with you some snaps from St Ives, the place that encouraged me to shout 'I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS THE UK' at least seven times a day. I've been to Penzance before (you can have a read of the guide here if you missed it) but, as much as I loved it, it was March and the weather wasn't fantastic, so this is the first time I've seen Cornwall in all its turquoise-sea'd glory. We were down there for Meggy's birthday so I was in holiday mode and didn't capture as many guide-style photos as I normally would, but I thought it'd be worth sharing some snaps along with a wee round-up of the places we stopped! 

We flew from Manchester to Newquay (a short forty minute flight with incredible views) and from there it's about an hour's drive to St Ives. There were six of us altogether so we booked into this Airbnb here which I couldn't recommend more; it was in a great location and had the most beautiful views across the harbour (again cue spontaneous, 'I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS THE UK' comments). Over the course of the weekend we filled our bellies with some wonderful food in the form of:
- Burgers and gluten free (!) fish and chips at Hub
- An insanely good brunch at Scoff Trough
- Cocktails and seafood dishes a-plenty at Rum & Crab Shack
- A big, hearty brunch at The Cornish Deli which has a really welcoming, homely feel to it as well as a deli in the front where you can buy local produce (chocolate and teabags for me)
- A morning-of-the-airport run to St Ives Bakery for Cornish pasties
- Delicious ice cream at Moomaid

There were a few recommendations that kept popping up, like Porthmeor beach cafe, that we didn't get a chance to try so I'm taking that very seriously as instruction to go back. 

Amy