Sunday, March 24, 2019

Three Looks For Spring!

The Little Magpie Three Spring Looks for Petite Women
Photos by Kirsty McLachlan | Post contains gifted items

Hey pals! Today's post is, as you may have guessed by the very cryptic title, three looks for Spring! It's been so lovely to see daylight lasting past 3pm and a bit of sun as of late (FYI, I'm talking the sunny-but-crisp-weather, not the 18 degrees global-warming-is-coming for-us we had last month) and shooting is always that little bit more enjoyable when you can feel your toes. So, in celebration, I thought I'd whip together three different looks for when the 'oh my god I don't remember how to dress without a coat and five extra layers' panic strikes. 

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H&M checked jacket | Mulberry bag | ASOS white blouse & croc print shoes

Look, feet that aren't entrapped by socks! What joy. I picked these shoes up on ASOS a couple of weeks ago and they've been so lovely and versatile to wear; you may actually have spotted them with this dress here as well. I went for a little hint of colour - when in Spring, and all that - in the form of this yellow checked jacket (size down on this one if you go for it, I ended up in a 4 and, no matter how much I suck it in, I am absolutely not a 4), some old cropped jeans and a big white billowing blouse that allows me to pretend to be Shakespeare at any given moment. Obviously you don't need the individual pieces for this look (or any look, really) but some wee cropped jeans, a blouse, a light tailored jacket and some wee strappy shoes always make for a good go-to Spring look.

LOOK 2 
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FREE PEOPLE leopard skirt & blue milkmaid top | REFORMATION stud leather jacket | MULBERRY tan bag

This one's a wee bit more unsure what season it wants to fall under but if that doesn't summarise the weather in Scotland then I don't know what does. A wee midi and a cropped blouse is possibly my most-worn summer look, as I'm sure you very all well know - when it's not quite warm enough to pair it with espadrilles then some knee high boots and a denim or leather jacket will do the job!

LOOK 3
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TOPSHOP coin print midi dress | PINKO pearl stud bag | Silver boots were a very lucky vintage find! | MONICA VINADER jewellery

All hail the humble midi dress. My Spring-Summer saviour. I really dislike my knees and their insistence on looking like Mount Rushmore so I always find myself gravitating towards this length. The real joy of a midi, however? It requires very little styling! Most of the hard work is done for you. They look great paired with trainers - a look I'm never quite sure I'm cool enough to pull off - or midi boots alike, pop some jewellery on, perhaps a fedora if you're feeling wild, and you're good to go! 

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Going back to The Glen

The Little Magpie Gleneagles Hotel Review
Photos by Kirsty McLachlan | Our stay with Gleneagles was very kindly complimentary but they did pay me £1b to say nice thin...I jest, all glowing opinions on Gleneagles are, of course, my own

Hey pals! Today's post is all about a stay at one of my favourite Scottish escapes... no, not the Irn Bru factory, The Gleneagles Hotel! I visited early last year (you can have a read of the post here if you missed it) and it really is one of the loveliest hotels I've ever been to, so it's always a pleasure to go back. This time we were there for a Galentine's overnight stay so, without further ado, here's what we got up to.

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Figleaves grey cashmere robe (so comfy it hurts)

We arrived around midday and headed straight over to The Dormy, a restaurant I'd yet to eat at. As I've mentioned a few times before - cough, seven hundred - I've got a good few food allergies and thankfully the staff couldn't have been more lovely about it; they gave my aggressively large list to the chef, who in turn made me up my own ristotto from scratch (something I can't normally have) and also emailed the list ahead to all of the other restaurants in the hotel so that a) they could prepare some dishes in advance and b) so that I didn't have to feel like a wally whapping out the list at every meal. If you're someone who suffers from allergies yourself you'll know how rare/welcoming this is! After filling up on delicious risotto and pizza alike, we headed back to the room and good golly was it beautiful. It was different to the one we stayed in last time and this time round had two separate bedrooms within the one 'room' - each with their own free standing bath, I should add - which would be very handy if you were there as a group of friends or with parents etc and wanted both your own space and a communal area to hang out in... Or if you were there as a couple and have a tendency to starfish (/would like to schedule in a post-dinner fall out). After admiring the room we headed over for a golf lesson which, initially, I was a bit unsure of. Every time I've seen golf on tv it's made me want to fall into a deep, eternal slumber - sorry, Dad - but I genuinely absolutely loved the lesson! We were taught by the lovely Steve which I think made all the difference as he was so attentive and didn't do even the slightest of giggles when I missed the first three shots (you know when you're trying to sing along to a song and the singer rudely changes the words last minute to the ones you know in your heart of heart are correct? Same thing with a golf ball; you line it up perfectly, swing the club and suddenly it's not in the same spot at all and all you connect with is air. It's one big conspiracy...). As I'm sure you know, Gleneagles and golf are synonymous so it's nice to say I've finally done some there and in snakeskin cowboy boots no less, which could be a first for the grounds. Just as a sidenote, you don't actually have to be staying at the hotel to use the putting green so, if you live nearby and the notion hits you on a Sunday morning then you're more than welcome to head along.

 After that we headed over for an equally strenuous activity... the pedicure. We visited Bob & Cloche on our last stay at the hotel and it was just and welcoming and homely this time! We had a wee tea and a coffee (respectively, we're not mad) and settled in to get some disco toes awwwn.

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The rest of our afternoon was spent having a wee massage in the spa - Gleneagles has one of my favourite spas I've ever been to, and that's not only because they offer complimentary flapjacks and yoghurt raisins - unwinding a little after a hard day of putting and pedicuring. That was, until I choose to have a deep tissue massage. It was so, SO good but good GOD does it hurt; it felt like there was about two decades worth of tissue being broken down. Kirsty, on the other hand, opted for a firm, but still very relaxing, massage... I'd absolutely recommend both depending on what you're after but just be sure to note that one will leave you writhing around like you're under the cruciatus curse. Make sure you leave enough time to check out the saunas, vitality pool and relaxation time either before or after your treatment! Again, not just for the yogurt raisins but... they don't hurt.

 The rest of the evening was spent having some cocktails (not strictly advisable after a spa afternoon but Galentine's Law says you must have cocktails so you see our predicament) and some food at Birnham Brasserie. By the time we got there they'd made me up and printed off my own special allergen-free menu which was so considerate it almost made me well up. That could also have been due to the alcohol or the fact I'd been recently pulverised, it's hard to say. Very, very satisfied we toddled off to bed. 
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The next morning, however, Grandma Amy woke up and had to roll out of bed because it was too sore to actually lift my own head up*. That deep tissue massage had well and truly done it's job. We were supposed to go off road driving - which I'm honestly so, so sad to have missed - but we had to cancel this time round because I had a vision of Kirsty driving, me stiff as a board beside her, and the other hotel guests thinking there was a Weekend at Bernie's situation going on. So instead we ordered breakfast to the room, got our robes on and watched a really bad (but incredibly good) romcom in bed. Which actually worked out in our favour because we hadn't had the chance to enjoy the room much up until that point!

*This is perfectly normal post deep tissue massage, especially for someone who's on a laptop all day and has gargoyle posture, so nobody panic.
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And how else to wrap up another beautiful stay than with afternoon tea. One of life's greatest extravagant pleasures. I think the joy of Gleneagles is that what they offer is so varied that there's no specific group of people its geared towards. You see families, groups of friends, people on honeymoon, couples... it's one of those special places that moulds around you and what you want from your trip. It really does have a special place in my little Scottish heart; from the people who work there to the decor to the activities they offer to the beautiful food... if it's one than's on your to-visit list then definitely keep it firmly on there!

Amy

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Feeling Grand at The Edinburgh Grand

The Little Magpie Guide to Edinburgh
Wrap dress from Monki (now in sale, woohoo!)

The Edinburgh Grand
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All photos by yours truly apart from the white tuxedo photos which were taking by wee cutie Adele Russell 

Hey pals! 

Told you another travel post was coming your way soon, didn’t I? Last week’s was Amsterdam - which you can catch here if you missed it - and today’s is taking place a little closer to home in ye olde Edinburgh. Despite living so nearby, I still don’t feel like I know Edinburgh all too well - generally I tend to be through for the day for a shoot and then I’m straight back over to Glasgow - but last month the beautiful Edinburgh Grand invited us for a wee stay and I finally, finally got the chance to explore a bit more. Now - I will say this. THIS IS NOT AN EDINBURGH GUIDE. Boo, hiss, I know, feel free to throw tomatoes at me in revolt. My aim is to get a big guide together later on in the year when I've had the chance to try a few more places out, so for now you're getting a round up of what we did during that weekend (which, I hope, may at least bring to you a couple of ideas).

The Edinburgh Grand is relatively new so it might not be on your radar just yet but it definitely should be. It’s so, so well located;  it's a two minute walk from Waverley station, is right between George street and Princes Street and about a five minute walk from the old town. It's also right next to Multrees Walk and Harvey Nichols for those of you who like to shop till u drop and, fooodwise, is right beside the delicious Dishoom, The Dome and The Ivy. The building itself is an old converted bank so, as the name suggests, is oh so grand. Look at that decor! It's art deco heaven. There are 50 apartments altogether, the biggest of which can hold up to six people. That view across Edinburgh you see in the second last photo is from the penthouse suite (we weren't staying there, we just sneaked in like the nosy little peasants we are to take some snaps*) but my personal favourite room is the Director's Suite which you should have a wee nosy of on the website for some interiors inspo! Our own apartment was perfect for a city break. For starters it had its own - very well equipped, may I add - kitchen and living area so if you fancy just chilling in one night with some homemade food, or perhaps having breakfast in the apartment each morning to save a bit of money, then you can do just that. It also had that gorgeous big jade-tiled bathroom you see above and a big marshmallow bed. Despite being an apartment, it did have the benefit of coming stocked with a few bottles of water, teabags and instant coffee and the apartments are also serviced daily too, which was a lovely touch. If you fancy escaping your room for a bit, the hotel also has a cosy, and beautifully old-timely, bar you can visit as well as a games room - complete with table tennis and chess! 


* I jest, we were invited in to have a look - I'm not quite at the stage where I'd invade someone's hotel room to get a photo... yet.
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(last snap is by Kirsty from a previous visit, I just wanted to show you a wee snap from Circus Lane!)

And what did we get up to, you ask? On our first day we took a little wander down to Stockbridge - which is a really lovely area to walk around, especially on a sunny day. You'll probably have seen many a photo of the famous Circus Lane, actually, where that last photo there was taken! This time we had brunch at The Pantry followed by cake at Cowan & Sons (who do hands-down the best gf brownie I've ever had FYI) followed by a drink - or three, but it's a Saturday so who's counting - at Under the Stairs which is another of my favourites. That was followed by some late night pizza at Mamma's on The Grassmarket - another glorious GF find - and an extravagant, candy floss filled cocktail at Dragonfly. I often get asked about which bars to visit, something I don't know all too much about at the moment, but this is one I'd add to your list! Sunday morning was quite slow (rumours that I was hungover are grossly exaggerated and not to be believed) with a brunch at the cafe I recommend to everyone going to Edinburgh - whether they ask or not, to be honest - and that's Urban Angel! Boy oh boy is it good. A slow wander round the shops on George Street followed and next came a wee visit to The Milkman - I pretty much just visited all my favourite places in Edinburgh like the predictable soul I am - which is the lovely wee cafe you can see above in the snap where I have a tartan suit on (a photo Kirsty took on a previous visit because my camera battery had given up by this time). After that we headed to Mysa - the wee shop you see above which is SO GOOD, make sure not to miss it if you're around the Royal Mile area - and then, alas, it was time to go home. I should mention, there's one set of photos above that weren't from this stay and that's the three of a meal at The Stockbridge I had a little while back - I've mentioned it before but I just wanted to add it in here again along with my other recommendations as it's a really, really lovely place to eat and one of my top dinner spots in Edinburgh! So, although it's not my usual bursting guide I hope it gave you a few starting points as well as a recommendation for a truly wonderful place to stay!

Amy 

Our stay at hotel was complimentary but all words and opinions are my own. Even, sadly, the bit where I said I might sneak into a hotel room for photos.