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After spending the first three weeks of my recent move settling into my new surroundings in Glasgow, my sister Helen visited from Edinburgh for a day of exploring, the main event being a trip to the trendy new Gin Spa in Merchant City.

The Gin Spa was opened in December 2017 by the owners of Gin71, a bar dedicated to all things gin, and claims to be the first botanically inspired day spa in the world. Gin is probably my sister and I's favourite alcohol (although I have been cutting down recently) so of course we had to try it.

Gin Spa Review, Glasgow

Yup you read correctly.

This Edinburgh lass made the (temporary) move to the west coast to Glasgow city centre three weeks ago. As expected when moving, I was a tad apprehensive but also excited. And I can now happily say I have settled in well to my new living and working situation. Why the move?

Well, for second semester of my third year at university (Fashion Management at Robert Gordon in Aberdeen, remember?), I am undertaking a 12 week work placement in Glasgow. Understandably, I was ecstatic when I discovered I had been selected for my first choice of placement! I am now working as Fashion, Beauty and Interiors Intern for The Herald & Times Group, working within the Saturday and Sunday Herald papers distributed in Glasgow. After just three weeks in the fashion cupboard, I am confident this is the placement for me and am thoroughly enjoying my work and responsibilities. One of my main projects whilst at The Herald is launching and growing the fashion department's presence on Instagram. You can follow us at @theheraldfashion - it would mean the world to me if you show your support!

A Breath of Fresh Air - Moving to Glasgow and My Fashion Internship

A Breath of Fresh Air - Moving to Glasgow and My Fashion Internship

Yesterday I returned home from a beautiful escape in Thailand. What better way to start the year than with winter sun for a much-needed boost of energy to beat the January blues? On January 6th, I flew out to Hua Hin, Thailand, to visit my good friend Lauren who moved there just a couple of months ago to teach English. As much as this was a great opportunity for me to have a holiday with free accommodation (thank you Lauren), it was also rehabilitating mentally to spend time with such a lovely friend in such a lovely place as Hua Hin.

Top 5 Activities in Hua Hin, Thailand

New year, new me. The phrase suggests our past year has sucked and that we are unhappy with who we are. And there's probably at least a little truth there for all of us (hence the phrase). But if we continue to believe this saying, we will forever be waiting for happiness and the perfect year. The perfect year doesn't exist. It's all too easy to remember and focus on just the bad, but we need to regularly remember the good also and be proud of ourselves for how far we have come.

To do this, for 2017 I decided to write down a list of highs and lows at the end of each month in my journal. And you know what? Even when I felt probably my lowest low at points this year, the positives always outnumbered the bad things.


2017: The Highs and the Lows - Mental Health, Canada and Squatting 70kg

Winter coats and I have never been the best of friends. Every year I mentally prepare myself for the long and tiring quest that is hunting down the perfect winter coat. And every year I visit the same high street stores, independent retailers, second-hand shops and online brands multiple times and ever year I end up buying nothing. No coat has ever felt quite right, and when coats can be expensive and a long-term investment, I want to make sure I make it a good one that will actually last for at least a few years.

Photos by Tóra Johannesen


The $10 Winter Coat from Black Market Vintage

"I promise to commit my life fighting for equal human rights for everyone. That is my new life mission." - Kesha

Living in the UK, I never thought I would get the chance to see one of my childhood favourite American artists live. So when Kesha announced her Rainbow tour in August, her first since 2013 preceding her legal battle with her producer, I hunted online for a ticket like the savage fangirl that I proudly am. Unfortunately, at that time she had no UK dates announced. My heart sunk. But then I realised that, fortunately, I would be living in Canada in less than a month's time. And lo and behold, Kesha was touring in Toronto on October 16th. I bought my ticket that same day.

Kesha Rainbow Tour Review - I'm Proud of Who I Am

Tumble dried towels. That fluffy, chilled, cosy, relaxed, content feeling of freshly tumble dried towels. That's exactly what this month's work in progress playlist reminds me of. And is exactly the feeling I'm trying to achieve on a regular basis in Canada. I have now been in Toronto for a whole month for study abroad, and I am quite surprised at how much homesickness has hit me.


Homesickness, Stress and Drifting from Friends - Tumble Dried Towels Mixtape

Hola amigos.

Another Friday, another vlog. Can you believe I've actually managed to stick to this routine for a whole four weeks?? Pretty insane isn't it. Proud of myself.


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