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Hello, 2020!


he start of a new year is always a big deal, but a new decade? Talk about fresh beginnings. However, I know all too well – as do you, I’m sure – that all of the struggles faced during that last 365 days don’t disappear on the stroke of midnight on December 31st. This is no Cinderella story. The reality is, once the sparkle fades and the music stops playing, what we’re left with is stains of (albeit metamorphic) pumpkin on our dresses that, try as we may, will never come out. But then, should we want them to? I imagine you mightn’t feel in the mood for a diatribe on how to be pure of mind, body, and spirit. Certainly, at Hood, we hope to offer more in the way of warm friendship to our readers than scolding lectures; hence any advice in the following pages is, as always, a gentle suggestion. But please indulge me when I offer you a piece of personal guidance, which you may take or leave. Don’t filter over your so-called “flaws” and opt not to plaster over your problems. Instead, acknowledge them. Cliché it may be but I’ve come to find that contentment can only be achieved by accepting things for what they are; by taking the bad with the good, the sorrow with the joy, the hurt with the strength. You can stride defiantly forwards, but there’s no weakness in looking back. As such, you’ll find no mention of “New Year, new you” in this special midwinter edition of Hood. In its place, you’ll find features that, I believe, will help you live your life in a more fulfilling way, without the needless pressure of resolutions. Inside, you’ll find clothing that’s just as comforting as your pyjamas but, at the same time, is so incredibly chic that it won’t instil the shame experienced by doing your weekly shop in the aforementioned pyjamas. Elsewhere, we take a comprehensive look at the skincare treatments actually used by the experts on their own faces. As for interiors, we’re here to help you create a stylish 23 January – 15 February 2020 snug in which you can bunker down to watch The Crown for six hours straight.“Unfettered joy from start to finish”

They say everyone has a book in them, so write it, with the help of a first-time novelist who has chronicled her creative process to help other aspiring authors do the same. On the cultural agenda is an insightful look at how the new government will affect women just like you. We also debut a new Hood columnist—someone who is on a mission to encourage us all talk about money, and alleviate the subsequent worries it can cause. Conversation is at the heart of Hood. That’s why we hope that our eclectic content mix gives a real sense of your inner life, as well as of the way you interact with the rest of the world. You don’t have to limit your interests or passions—you are you. Pumpkin and all. Happy New Year. May 2020 be full of small happinesses that make you feel connected to yourself.

The Herald

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What’s On Stage

Bristol Post

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Stage Talk Magazine

The Stage

The Times

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Until March,

Maxine Eggenberger, Editor


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Heading to the Lyceum in Edinburgh for the irreverent all-female adaptation of the Jane Austen classic love story, TICKETS 0131 248 4848Of ). Pride and Prejudice (Sort lyceum.org.uk

Rediscovering the art of letter writing, as I realised sending out my Christmas cards as the first thing I’d posted, well, since December 2018… Personalised stationery, from a selection at Papier.com

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8 This month’s must-do 9 This month’s must-buy 10 The style list 12 Amanda’s next move An exclusive interview with a Scottish supermodel 15 Models assemble We announce a very exciting competition 19 Day in the life Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland Editor 21 Anything is possible with resident coach, Kirsty McWilliam 22 “Get the words down, cringe later” Writing tips from author, Catriona Innes 24 What the election results mean for women just like us 27 The M word with finance expert, Rachel Stewart 28 When fillers go wrong 31 My midwinter moodboard Edited by Emma Carberry 32 Winter’s chicest outfit formula 35 Croc on 2020’s sleekest texture trend


66 36 And the living is easy Bestow your wardrobe with relaxed luxury 45 The derma dossier Supercharge your skin 48 Healthy hair MOT Stronger tresses in 6 steps 51 Into the blue Decorate your home in Pantone’s Colour of the Year 52 Create a cosy snug 54 Chic soak 55 The lap of luxury Two ways to do marble 56 Your tin can ally Recipes you can make straight from your pantry 60 A stylish day at Princes Square The Hood team’s top recommendations 62 Sleep tight 64 Hood reads 65 Playlist 66 Seeking Scottish enlightenment Wellness retreats on home soil 69 Hot flush Understanding the symptoms of menopause 74 Bruce Devlin Talks seeing things through


Publisher: Emma-Kate Miller Editor: Maxine Eggenberger Art Editor: Emma Goodman Digital Lifestyle Editor: Laura Mearns Partnership Manager: Sarah Ferguson PR & Marketing Manager: Gaynor Kay Intern: Ella McGregor Published by Miller Mitchell Media Limited, 2 The Old Engine House, Eskmills, Station Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7PB Tel: 0131 273 5245. Email: accounts@hoodmagazine.co.uk Website: hoodmagazine.co.uk All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. All prices are correct at time of going to press but subject to change. Hood Magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited material. The views and opinions expressed by contributors to this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the publishers. Hood Magazine takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisements in this publication. ©Miller Mitchell Media 2020

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Musical roots Glasgow’s annual folk, roots, and world music festival, Celtic Connections, is back celebrating Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 16 January – 2 February 2020​, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of over 300 concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events. Team Hood is particularly looking forward to seeing Kentucky violinist, Tessa Lark. For more info see Celticconnections.com

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After a four-year hiatus, during which she came face-to-face with the demons that plagued her early career, Scottish supermodel Amanda Hendrick is back on the style circuit with a significantly healthier and happier outlook. Here, she talks recovery, reinvention, and being a worthy role model to her daughter, exclusively with Hood…

Did you always want to model? My first foray with modelling was entering a modelling competition for Elle Girl when I was 14, and then I was scouted by a photographer on Halloween night in Central Station, Glasgow, when I was 15. So really, I started at an age where I was so young, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until I was a bit older where I started to appreciate the opportunity I had been given. You would go on to enjoy huge success early in your career—a Vogue cover, gracing Zac Posen, Balenciaga, and Vivienne Westwood runways, and a campaign for Topshop, no less. Was it overwhelming? To be really honest, it’s clear to me now that, at the time, I wasn’t present in the moment and didn’t appreciate what was happening. I can admit it now—I was a bit of a brat. Today, however, looking back, I can see what huge achievements they were and it’s only now I appreciate how cool it was. Being

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a young girl and having shopped in the likes of Topshop for years, and then to be doing the brand’s campaign and seeing photographs of myself blown-up in stores—it’s fair to say it was pretty surreal. In 2011, you were the centre of a furore when you were pulled from a campaign for looking too thin. How did it feel to have so much vitriol targeted at you? I’m human—it made me sad and I felt very attacked. I was just a young girl who felt very lost in life, but I understand why it happened. I see now that it was the right decision. In 2015, you bravely admitted to suffering from anorexia throughout your career, while also battling a drug habit. What made you take that step? I’d fought incredibly hard to get to a healthy place in my life; I’d been through so much and managed to overcome it all. I wanted to be honest and open, and maybe help others going through

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You dissolved your lip fillers last year. Why did you do that? I started getting fillers about five years ago and I had such a big build up that wouldn’t dissolve naturally. I hadn’t had them filled for about 18 months before I eventually decided to have them dissolved. I just wanted to go for a more natural look. I’m not as insecure as I was back then and I longed to have my old face back. I think a lot of girls will feel that way in the not-so-distant future…

Do you feel the modelling industry created your demons? Not at all. I was in a very toxic relationship, which is what spiralled me into the world of drugs and an eating disorder. It just all happened at the same time, so I guess everyone thought it was because of modelling. Modelling was the only stable thing in my life. How did you take the steps towards recovery? Getting out of the relationship I was in was the priority and the catalyst for my recovery. I began reading books on meditation and mindfulness, while the Internet also proved to be a source of strength. I became obsessed with other people on YouTube and social media who had been through eating disorders and overcame them. I started to realise my own self-worth and, put simply, that I didn’t want to be sad anymore; after that, I started taking the necessary steps towards recovery. You have recently become a mum to baby Misha; has this changed you as a person? Completely. She has given me so much purpose in life. She reminds me to be in the moment and appreciate all the little things. She will only ever be the age she is for the shortest amount of time and I want to soak it all in as much as I can. Is there any advice you’d want to give Misha for her future-self? I want her to feel like she can do anything in life that she wants to— nothing is off limits. I want her to be able to be whoever she wants to be and express herself, however she chooses, and to respect how others choose to express themselves, too. 14 hood

As you reach your 30s, what do you think you offer compared to younger models? I feel like I’m wiser and have experienced more in my life at this age, so I can take all those experiences with me and translate them into my work. You draw on your personal experiences when you’re in-front of the camera. I’m also a lot more confident and secure in myself now, which is also working to my advantage. As we enter 2020, people will start reflecting on the year gone by and the year ahead. As something of a comeback kid, do you have any words of wisdom for our readers who may need motivation? I’ve come to realise that so much can happen in one year, whether it’s emotionally, spiritually, or professionally. Everything can change in a moment, so that always makes me feel excited for the year ahead. As for my own goals, I’d love to model internationally again, and travel as much as possible with my baby. My partner is incredibly supportive, and is fortunate enough to have a job that he can pretty much do from anywhere in the world, so I’m lucky enough that I would be able to bring them both with me. Do you think our perception of is beauty changing for the better? Absolutely. There’s so much more diversity in the industry now compared to ten years ago; it’s refreshing to see and I hope it continues this way! While a lot of this comes from social media, it also has its dark sides. We all need to keep reminding ourselves that social media is an illusion, and to stop comparing ourselves to people on Instagram that seem to be more successful. You only see a fraction of someone’s life—it’s a highlight reel. Don’t take it too seriously and, if you ever feel like it’s becoming a negative thing, take an immediate step back. You don’t have to post everything on Instagram to make it count for something; enjoy a moment in its purest form. That’s something I try to do daily and, let’s face it, you’ll have way more fun in the process.


the same thing. I’d get so many messages from other people battling the same problems and, for me, it was almost like therapy to share where I had been and let people know that it is okay to talk about it, and that it doesn’t control you. You have the power to overcome whatever it is that has a hold on you.

You have recently re-joined Scottish agency Model Team—your very first agency. Why have you decided to get back in the game, and why return to Model Team? It was time to switch it up again. I’d been with another agency for almost ten years and the relationship had gone a bit stale—it was time to move on. I’ve known Model Team’s director, Michael O’Brien, since I was 16, so we have some history together. It just felt like the most natural decision. As for returning to modelling, I just want to see how things go—I’m not putting pressure on myself. I’d modelled since I was 15, so I needed the break; modelling was all I knew. Now that I’ve had time to explore different things, I feel like I’m ready to re-enter the industry. I feel stronger than ever; I feel like a woman now, not a frightened little girl, and having my daughter has given me more drive and determination than ever before.

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Scotland is becoming a major player in the fashion and beauty world. Not only has the last year witnessed the launch of this very magazine, but a movement of young creatives that hail from our country are now choosing to forgo leaving for the big smoke and instead, are staying put on home soil. This is in no small part thanks to the likes of Model Team, a Scottish modelling agency which, over the years, has discovered and launched the careers of Scotland’s most recognisable faces. And now, they’re looking for the next big thing. Model Team is on the search for one female model, one male model, and one commercial model to add to their ever-growing, ever-impressive roster of international talent. Could this be you or someone you know? We think so!

MEET THE JUDGES The esteemed judging panel includes Scottish supermodel, Amanda Hendrick, Model Team director, Michael O’Brien, fashion photographer, Aleksandra Modrzejewska and, of course, Hood editor, Maxine Eggenberger, who will collectively whittle down the finalists to three winners. “As someone who has modelled for half my life, I know how it feels to be starting out in this industry and can bring a level of real insight to the panel.” Amanda Hendrick “I have worked with models who look entirely ordinary in real life, but when they step in front of the camera, something changes. So if you feel you have that spark, please enter—we’re not necessarily looking for picture perfect looks.” Aleksandra Modrzejewska

“Being a successful model in 2020 requires a lot more than looks. We are looking for someone who can show us their personality through the way they move but who also has that extra, undefinable quality that brands and designers want.” Michael O’Brien “The perception of beauty has changed, and thank goodness for that. Having worked with the likes of Iskra Lawrence and Cara Delevingne, these are people who can captivate people as well as the camera. That’s the sort of person I’d like to discover.” Maxine Eggenberger

The competition starts on the 13th January until 1st March 2020 and will see three lucky people win a yearlong contract with Model Team, Scotland’s leading model agency, as well as a shoot with judge and photographer, Aleksandra Modrzejewska, which will feature in a future issue of Hood. The winners will be in great company, as Model Team is currently the agency to three of the most successful models of the moment; Zelda Smyth, Connor Newall, and Gillean McLeod. Connor was scouted by Model Team when he was 16. He left school the next day to shoot for GQ China. You’ve 16 hood

probably seen him in one of his many, many high-profile campaigns, too, as he has recently been shot for the likes of Tom Ford, AllSaints, Lacoste, DSquared, and G-Star, alongside Pharrell Williams no less. As for Zelda, she signed with Model Team when she was just 14. Her mother, a former model, arranged the meeting and since, Zelda’s career has gone from strength to strength. In 2019 alone she shot for Vanity Fair, Interview Magazine, Vogue Ukraine, L’Officiel, Matches, Selfiridges, Yoox, and Calvin Klein Underwear. While 62-year-old Gillean has modelled for Uniqlo, Sephora, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar Brasil.

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Now that your interest is piqued, here’s how to enter: 1. Head to the Modelteam.co.uk blog page to make sure you meet the requirements 2. Take two clear photographs of yourself – one headshot, one full-length, no makeup 3. Upload your photographs and fill out the short entry form 4. Alternatively you can post your pics on Instagram, and tag @hoodmagazine_ @modelteamscotland and comment #MODELTEAMXHOOD Not keen on being in front of the camera yourself but know someone who would love to be a model? Friends and family can also nominate their loved ones in the same way. All terms & conditions can be found at Modelteam.co.uk

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Edinburgh-born Sarah Smith is the BBC’s Scotland Editor, whose career in television and radio has seen her cover some of the most important news stories of our time. Here, she shares with us how a typical working day looks for a roving reporter. I set my alarm for… As late as possible. Which, in reality, isn’t all that late—3am when I am presenting the Radio 4 Today programme. On the days I’m not, it goes off at 7am in the hope it’ll spur me to get to the gym. My morning routine is… In an ideal world, it would start with a gym session, followed by a healthy omelette, and a walk to work. Often, however, it involves reading the papers in bed with a cup of tea, and then running late. I got my job by… Being very enthusiastic about wanting to report what was really going in Scotland to a UK and international audience. Oh, and already having 20 years of TV reporting experience under my belt probably didn’t hurt, either.

My typical day... I wish I had one! It could be a relatively quiet day in the office in Glasgow, or rushing around the country reporting breaking news. Or sometimes, it can involve standing in the rain outside the Scottish Parliament appearing live on the news at 10pm. Really, it’s anyone’s guess what I’ll be up to. My most memorable working day… Standing in a stadium in Chicago in 2008 watching Barack Obama win the presidential election. The atmosphere was the definition of electric. Moment I feel most proud of… I spent 10 days in Haiti after the tragic earthquake that ravaged the country in 2010. It was a harrowing experience but one that allowed me to produce work I

was truly proud of, and that mattered on a global scale. Best part of my job… Is it’s endless variety. Worst part of my job… The unpredictability—you need to give in to not being able to control any given situation. After work you’ll find me… Practising yoga or drinking a gin, depending on the day I’ve had. My bedtime routine… Listening to podcasts until I drift off to sleep. They help me take my mind off of the day’s stresses or responsibilities. If you struggle with getting to sleep, I recommend trying it. hoodmagazine.co.uk 19

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love the start of a new year and, as you may remember from last year’s column, I don’t “do” resolutions. Instead, I prefer to focus on celebrating achievements. The other part of the new year though, is carving out a new plan—fail to plan, plan to fail! And this year it’s a new decade, too. The excitement! At the start of anything new, I think there comes a feeling of anything is possible. My favourite saying is “it’s only impossible until it is done”, and a new year always feels this way to me. So, what could be possible for you this year? It may be a wellbeing plan, a fun plan, or a career plan. If it is a career plan, let me share with you the common “problems” I hear from women looking to progress to senior leadership: 1. Having to choose between career progression and time with family 2. Feeling overlooked by men who shout louder than them 3. Telling themselves they’re not good enough for the role Which “problem” is holding you back? 1. Women are still the main caregivers. Over a week, a woman will spend nine hours more on childcare and housework than her male counterpart. That is not how

much we spend entirely, but how much more we typically do. Over a year, that’s an extra three months of work… I don’t want to give up being a caregiver, I love being a mum but if I am going to have a career, too, then I will need support from my partner. 50/50 time is here. We can also be our own worst enemies - we have high expectations; we take on too much, and say “yes” way more than is needed. Then we wonder why we feel exhausted! 2. Find your own voice. You don’t need to shout to be heard but you do need to take a seat at the table. If you don’t, no one else will. Reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In would be a great place to start. You can also feel inspired by a Scottish woman now living in Australia, Lucy Foster. Lucy knew she wanted to progress to CEO from her current role, but she also had two young girls and didn’t want to be in the office full time. When the CEO job became available, she put an advert on Linkedin asking for a job share. What a genius idea. No surprise that when she found the

right candidate, the interview panel couldn’t argue with having a combined knowledge, wisdom and experience which now spanned 50 years! They are now the first joint CEO I know of, and they are going from strength to strength. I would encourage you to all find your own path; don’t keep asking for the same thing and expect it to work. 3. This ties back into our previous columns on self-regard and imposter syndrome. Many of us literally are holding ourselves back by not believing in ourselves, and if we don’t it is harder for those around us to believe in our ability too. But don’t do this alone—find people to help. Who, in work, will take a seat at the table for you when you are not there? What is your voice? How can you make an impact this year? And lastly, surround yourself with positive people and dial down your inner critic. Make a positive decision right now to move it forward this year, a new year and new decade and time to take that step forward. 2020—we’re ready for you!

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WORDS DOWN... CRINGE LATER” Catriona Innes talks exclusively to Hood about her first novel, The Matchmaker, and reveals how you (yes, you!) can finally put pen to paper and make that book you’ve long been dreaming of writing a reality... How did you start your writing career? Has it always been a passion? I’ve always written stories and kept diaries but when I look back they’re largely fiction, as they’re sprouting about how all these different boys were in love with me (they really, really weren’t!). When I became a teenager I set my sights on magazines, quite simply because I thought working for one would make me cool. And maybe get me a boyfriend. I eventually reached where I wanted to be in magazines (unfortunately, still not that cool). And that was when I felt ready to move onto my next ambition, which was writing my first novel. For a long time I knew I wanted to write a book but ideas didn’t come naturally to me, or maybe I didn’t have faith in them. My first (unpublished) book I wrote because it had very similar themes to my own life experience, and I found it was as if I had to get that one down on paper to make room for the next. Even though that currently remains in a drawer, once I’d written it I found I had this other idea. Then once I’d written The Matchmaker and handed that in, more ideas flooded to the surface. How would you describe The Matchmaker in your own words? You know, I still find this the toughest question! It’s about Caitlin, a professional matchmaker who has always had an amazing ability to know who is right for one another. She’s married herself, and knew her husband was right straight away—almost like love at first sight. But recently she’s been messing things up and keeps getting things wrong. It’s because she’s hiding a secret about her own relationship and she’s so scared if people find out it’ll ruin her entire business.

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It’s such a unique concept—what was your inspiration? I used to always want to be a matchmaker. I would try and set up friends and even strangers on nights out. One day I saw a couple at a party and they were so wrong for each other—and I began to write a little story about someone who thinks they know what makes a perfect relationship, but gets it entirely wrong. I didn’t think about it for years; until I pitched a feature for my magazine where I wanted to interview experts on where they go wrong in their own lives. Sex experts must have bad sex, so matchmakers must have bad dates… I then thought that would make a good book, and remembered the little stories I used to write. Being a journalist, did you find the transition into writing a novel smooth, or are they very different beasts? When it came to getting the deal I naïvely assumed because I was a journalist, it would be easy to get a deal. I networked my ass off, but the novel I had written wasn’t right for the market at that time. And no matter who you know, that’s not going to change. But I did eventually get the chance to meet up with someone from my wouldbe publisher and pitch this idea to her, which is how The Matchmaker came about. When it came to writing, being able to work to tight deadlines definitely came in handy. Of course, you have to stick to fact in magazine features, so I found it so much fun being able to write entirely from my own imagination; the hard part is holding someone’s attention for an entire book—you have to have a good mix of funny with the sad and balance that. Many people dream of writing a book but find it extremely daunting. Even with your writing experience, did you get the blank page fear? Yes! Especially when it came to writing the scenes that were supposed to be lighter or funny. I feel incredibly out of my comfort zone trying to make people laugh—and was sitting on my hands when reading over them in the editing process. But I was writing this book at 6am before work most mornings, and knew I had to get it done—working like that extremely helped me, as I had no choice. We had a builder come round and when we asked him tips on how to decorate well, he simply said: “you get paint on the wall”. I would say that to myself, “it’s just paint on a wall”. Concentrate on just getting the words down. I could cringe later.

Can you tell us how you went about structuring your novel? Any tips of the trade? The first book I wrote didn’t have a formal structure at all. I just wrote what came into my head—and I was so convinced that was the right thing to do. But all the feedback I got from agents was that they liked my writing but there wasn’t a proper plot to it. So for The Matchmaker I set about plotting it first. I read a book called Save The Cat, which shows you how most movies follow the same structure, and helps you structure your story in the same way. It totally ruins films for you! So I followed that, laying the structure out on cards, and pinning them up. It helped in the morning as I knew exactly where I was picking up, and knew I had to balance lighter chapters with the more serious, sadder ones. But I still let myself run wild every now and then— especially the scenes on holiday. That hadn’t been planned but I just decided one day I wanted to take the characters somewhere else… And it must have been cold at the time so it became the Maldives. Given your journalist day job, you’re used to working on the go, and we saw you editing your manuscript for The Matchmaker from different locations. Would you recommend breaking free from your desk when writing? I don’t know if I’d recommend it. But I am a big believer in saying yes to stuff; if I’m offered an opportunity and I can afford to go, I’ll go and do it. It’s why I’ve done stand-up comedy after only rehearsing at lunch, why I’ve worked in the Playboy club, why I’ve ended up at secret poker games at 7am on a work night… When I was writing the book I had to turn down a lot of invitations out, as I knew I had to get up and write. But it meant, every now and then, I’d go f*** it and do something mad. I went to Amsterdam to see Elton John (who cancelled!) when I was due to give a big edit back in. I then flew to Greece straight after that. I did a lot of editing on a sun lounger, feeling hungover, while the waiter came over and told me to relax as I was on holiday. I think I could only do those things because the rest of the time I had been so structured. I also think the wilder experiences will play into other, future books. So I guess find a mix of both is I’d prescribe—I hear about writers who get vitamin D deficiency staying in all the time! I just couldn’t do that, I’d end up creating drama in my own life and my husband would hate me.

We hear there’s a second novel on the way—is that true? Did you join a writing group? If so, would you recommend this You’re partly right; I have a few ideas. But this year has been so, so experience? mad, I kind of want to take a break. But every now and then I find I created my own writing group. At various book events I met other myself writing a random scene, so we’ll see... people who were also writing books, and we agreed to meet up every few months and give feedback Hood Reviews: The Matchmaker on our work. I’ve had experiences of larger writing From the moment we read the blurb, our interest was piqued. workshops that I’ve paid for, though personally I With the interesting, surprisingly under-explored subject matter don’t think I’d do that again. It could be the ones of matchmaking, it goes beyond the typical chick-lit script of girlI went to, but I did find them competitive and meets-boy and, instead, lays bare the complexity of modern-day intimidating. I like my group as I trust them to tell relationships, the acceptance of the past, and coming face-tome the truth but to do so in a kind way and for their face with your own truth. Yes, there are laughs and moments feedback to be based on nothing but seeing me of pure joy, but what really sets The Matchmaker apart from doing well, rather than an ulterior motive. Saying the rest of its genre is its deep underpinnings. Author Catriona that, I’ve since made lots of relationships with other Innes eloquently explores human complexities, which makes for authors on Twitter and they’re all really, really nice captivating characters; all of whom you’ll be fully invested in upon and welcoming. My advice would be to form your the book’s crescendo. Read with a box of tissues. own offset group of people who resonate with you and have your back.

The Matchmaker, £7,99, is available online and from all good bookshops now.

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What the election outcome means for women like us The General Election results showed strong support for the Conservatives everywhere except Scotland—so what now for our wee nation?

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as it an early Christmas present? Or the unluckiest Friday the 13th you’ve ever had? However you feel about the outcome of the General Election, there’s no denying that it changes our future. We now have a majority government—the Conservatives have 365 MPs, one for every day of the year and 80 more than the rest of the parliament combined. In short, Boris Johnson now has the mandate to push through all his policies for the next five years. So where does that leave us Scots? There’s no doubt the SNP recorded an impressive result, 48 out of the country’s 59 seats are now held by the Nationalists. Only one Labour, four Liberal Democrat, and seven Conservative MPs won seats. And while First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, admitted that not everyone who voted SNP necessarily supports independence, she believes she now has a very strong case for another independence referendum. Conversely, Michael Gove, former chief whip and now Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, has said very publicly that there is “absolutely no prospect” of a second Scottish Independence referendum.

“I think another referendum is inevitable so I wish they’d just get on and do it,” says Gillian Thomson, a mum and business owner. “I’d rather stay in the UK, but I do wonder how well-represented Scottish views are in Westminster. How much of a voice does my MP really have?” Gillian, the owner of Fearless Edge, which specialises in career coaching, lives in Aberdeenshire, where both her MP and MSP are Conservatives. Although she’s had some dealings with her MSP, Andrew Burnett, she doesn’t know anything about her Member of Parliament. “To be honest I’m sick of politics!” she jokes. “I voted to remain in the EU because I’m in favour of free movement and free trade. We’ve had years of uncertainty and that’s affected business confidence, so whatever we’re going to do, let’s just get on and do it so we can start spending money on the things that matter, like education and the health service.” Despite her pragmatism, she does admit to worrying about the future for her son. “I want him to be able to do whatever he wants to do and I feel like Brexit has reduced his opportunities to work and


travel abroad. I also worry about this increasing polarisation of viewpoints and the move away from the middle ground. I want him to see that it’s OK to have different opinions and to be tolerant.” Caring for your children is, of course, a primary concern for parents, but raising a family in modern times is proving difficult for so many. Families queuing up at food banks in a desperate attempt to sort their dinner for the night is becoming an increasingly common sight. “I never thought I’d find myself here,” reveals a woman we spoke to in the queue of our nearest food bank, who wished not to be named. “But here I am, putting my pride aside as, otherwise, my children will go hungry.” With supplies running incredibly low, this may not be a viable option for struggling families for long unless the government intervenes. Scotland has spoken, but what will the SNP do with its position? And what will the SNP’s reign over our country mean for the women who reside here? Advancing women’s equality was central to the SNP manifesto, as they promised to champion gender rights at Westminster.

“In the new Parliament, we will continue defending and extending women’s rights, fighting the gender pay gap, and standing up for equality,” the manifesto reads. How? By “demanding tougher action to close the gender pay gap, including introducing fines for businesses that fail to meet an agreed Equal Pay Standard. What’s more, we will press for the devolution of employment law so that the Scottish Parliament can protect workers’ rights, increase the living wage and end the age discrimination of the statutory living wage,” the manifesto continued. In regards to childcare, the SNP pledged to expand childcare to the school holidays for the poorest families, extend parental leave to 64 weeks with 12 weeks ring-fenced for fathers, and increase statutory pay and provide stronger protections against

and storage, to urge the UK government to match Scotland’s target of all cars being electric by 2032, and to reform taxes to support “greener choices”, including better home insulation. But with Brexit and the potential of a second referendum on the table, it’s fair to say these issues will take a backseat for the foreseeable. According to the Conservative manifesto, priorities now are to leave the EU by the end of January and then focus on creating 50,000 more nurses, 20,000 more police, putting in place immigration controls and investing in schools and clean energy. Scottish actress, Maggie Service, wasn’t pleased with the result, but she strongly believes that we can all still make a difference on home soil.

“It’s easy to catastrophise but we mustn’t create more negative energy” redundancy for new parents. The environment is also an issue resonating with much of the Scottish population but, as some constituencies didn’t even have a Green Party representative on their ballots vote for, were SNP able to sway a new legion of voters with their environmental policies? The pledges outlined in their manifesto were as such: To take £8.5bn in tax revenue from offshore oil and gas over five years and pump it into a fund to help transition to low carbon energy, to push the UK government into helping Scotland achieve net-zero emissions by 2045 using carbon capture

“It’s easy to catastrophise in this kind of situation but we mustn’t create even more negative energy about things we don’t have power over—yet,” she says. “What we can do is keep our little corner of the earth clean, volunteer for a charity or donate to a cause that needs you, buy someone less fortunate than you something to eat and a cup of tea, call a loved one to ask how they are and tell them you love them. Hold on to your moral compass, to what’s good in the world and to the fact that things can change... Make it a little better every day with tiny acts of kindness. We’ve got to keep looking for the light.” hoodmagazine.co.uk 25

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fter the headache subsides, the start of a new year tends to bring a (much needed) kick towards health and wellbeing. It’s running, yoga classes and health smoothies galore for me! But what many of us don’t consider in a New Year plan, is a financial health check. I find that the long dark nights lend themselves well to jumping into my pyjamas, grabbing a massive cup of tea, pen and paper, and doing some financial soul searching. I am passionate about financial wellbeing and the key here is mindset. This exercise is about personal growth and development in the same way we all enjoy in other aspects of our lives, but when we think about our finances our preference is to stick our head in the sand. The best way to start a financial health check is to jot down “outcomes” you would like to achieve, such as buying a house or seeing the kids through university. I feel that “goals” are too finite. Outcomes are adjustable as time goes on and circumstances change, to make sure they remain right for you. The next stage has two parts 1) looking at your expenditure and 2) ask yourself some tough questions. Think of it like building a house, you’ve got to get yourself a budget and build some good, solid foundations before you can build the actual house. There are some great budgeting

apps out there to help you arrange and categorise your finances. Or just grab your monthly statements and different coloured highlighters. Things like housing costs, utility bills, council tax, insurance, childcare and other expenditure necessary to protect yourself and loved ones should be categorised as essential expenditure. Then you will have every-day expenditure such as food, cleaning, travel, school and other things which you require in order to work and live. The part that is left over is your non-essential spend, clothing, birthdays, entertainment, holidays and such like. It is this expenditure which might give you a surprise. This is not about doing without, it’s about realising your emotional, quick fix spending and understanding if you could make better use of it. In my view the next part is the hardest. It’s human nature to avoid thinking about the big what ifs. No one wants to contemplate their own mortality but in order to protect your loved ones and your future self, it’s

something which is incredibly important to do as a part of a financial health check. I tend to touch on the following questions. What if you have a financial emergency? What if you are sick? What if you die too young? What if you live too long? I refer to these questions as the “foundations” and just like your house, your answers are essential for understanding whether your foundations are solid. Once you have your expenditure, outcomes and what ifs all written down you should start to see a basic plan emerging. You will start to see where there may be shoogly foundations and where you might need some advice on the best way forward. This is your financial health check. Stick it on your fridge or somewhere you will see it and you can add to it, take notes or cross things off as you go. I get a real feel good by physically deleting tasks that are completed. Stay tuned ladies, and don’t hesitate to drop me an email on rachel.stewart@sjpp.co.uk if you want to chat about your financial health check.

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Hood investigates a worrying trend that’s emerging across Scotland, as women are exposed to the dangers of cut-price aesthetic treatments…

he demand for aesthetic treatments has increased exponentially, with thousands of women, including high profile celebrities, using non-invasive injectable treatments, to enhance their features or boost their self-esteem. From BOTOX® to dermal fillers, women and men have been inspired to make subtle changes (or “tweakments”), to help them look and feel their best, at any age. But along with increased demand, unfortunately has come increased risk. Unbelievably, it’s currently legal for untrained, unqualified practitioners to inject patients – meaning that anyone from your plumber to your hairdresser could inject you, cause significant harm, and face no consequences. And despite what you might be led to believe, your beauty therapist is not adequately trained to inject you either. Scotland was one of the first countries to craft legislation around the practice of aesthetic medicine, but according to leading Scottish healthcare professionals, the system is failing patients at an alarming rate, and plans to further the regulations are currently at a standstill. Doctors across the country are now calling for the laws to be amended, making the practice of administering injectables illegal for anyone except trained doctors, nurses and dentists, in clinics registered and regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Hood spoke to Dr Nestor Demosthenous, one of Scotland’s leading aesthetic doctors, about this worrying trend. Dr Nestor recently issued a letter to Jeane Freeman MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport at the time of going to press) imploring the government to implement urgently-required changes, such is his concern at the current state of affairs. “The Scottish medical aesthetic community as a whole is gravely concerned with the legislation as it stands,” Dr Nestor tells us. “The current system effectively allows non-medics

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to inject their clients, with who knows what, putting them at serious risk of harm. Aesthetic medicine, like any medical procedure, carries a risk of things going wrong with possible complications including allergic reaction, anaphylactic shock, infection and even blindness. In my opinion injectables should only be administered by a medical professional.” For Dr Nestor, corrective procedures have long been one of the most common reasons for patients visiting his clinic, looking for him to dissolve and correct filler administered poorly and unsafely in establishments such as beauty salons, or even in the patient’s own home. “Unfortunately, we see far too many non-medic practitioners taking to social media seeking advice when they don’t know what’s gone wrong,” explains Dr Nestor. “It’s horrific to see, patients in pain and at real risk of permanent damage.” “However, if I were to treat patients outside of a regulated and registered clinic, I would be sent to the Procurator Fiscal,” says Dr Nestor. “Meanwhile, an air steward, beauty therapist, plumber, anyone without any medical training, can inject someone in the back of a van or a hotel room, completely legally, and then patients have to undergo painful and stressful corrective procedures when it goes wrong. It fails to make any sense – how can this be allowed to continue?” If you are considering making a change in 2020, and trying out aesthetic medicine for the first time, remember injectables are not cheap, and they shouldn’t be: you are paying for the training, experience and expertise of a healthcare professional, to treat you in the safest way possible and give you the most appropriate and effective results. Don’t reduce your safety to what’s cheap or convenient – aesthetic treatments are medical treatments and should be treated as such. You wouldn’t let your hairdresser give you a blood test, after all.

HOW DO YOU SPOT A DEAL THAT’S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? DO YOUR HOMEWORK – YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE ON YOUR HEALTH… - Cut-price deals, special offers and voucher-site bargains are all tell-tale signs; it’s usually rare for professional medical clinics to offer large discounts or special offers. - Any offer of “sharing syringes” with friends for a discount should be instantly avoided, as this poses a huge health risk and is extremely unethical.

- Procedures such as the ‘Brazilian butt lift’ and breast augmentation using fillers are extremely unsafe and not commonly found offered by a health professional, so if your practitioner is offering these, exercise caution and steer clear. - If you’re invited to a BOTOX® party, decline the RSVP. - If your practitioner of choice hosts

treatments anywhere other than a clinical environment, do not book in. - Do your research on your clinic and practitioner – look up reviews, ask around friends, and ask to see paperwork, proof of qualifications, testimonials and case studies from patients. Any reputable clinic will be happy to provide this.

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I’ll be travelling to… The Scottish highlands to optimistically catch the ski season. My husband and I always try to go snowboarding together, however, I missed last season because I was pregnant. Hopefully we will see the Cairngorms this time round.

I’ll be shopping… At one of my favourite lifestyle stores, Aume, based in the Southside of Glasgow. A quiet nook of perfectlycurated objects for the home. I love its selection of ceramics, notebooks and, of course, bunches of pampas grass.



I’ll be relaxing… At The Hair Club getting a fresh new cut and colour for 2020. This year I’m really tempted to go for a pixie cut and where better to take the plunge than Glasgow‘s first and only one chair concept salon?

I’ll be planning… Our bathroom makeover. The next room on our list to get renovated. I love the collection of tiles from Fired Earth; the finish always looks natural and so tactile, and will never go out of style.

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I’ll be drinking… Homemade hot mulled pear cider. There’s nothing more apt than a hot drink with plenty of cinnamon and warmth in it to keep me going through the rest of the winter.

I’ll be pining over… These Veja V10 leather trainers. I definitely don’t need another pair of off-white trainers but these would be perfect for spring once the snow melts.

Veja V10 leather trainers, £105, Anthropologie


mma Carberry’s love of interiors was sparked in her early teens when she became a Saturday girl in an independent Aberdeenshire lifestyle store, and has since made her passion into a career. Through her business @formandbalance, Emma offers bespoke interior and event styling and, with an eye for one-off vintage finds, her Instagram has become a relied-on source of inspiration for the entire Hood team (go follow—you won’t regret it). Here, she exclusively shares with us what’s on her 2020 agenda… I’ll be lighting… My gorgeous scented candles from Cedar. My staple is the Fig and Cassis, but I have different scents dotted throughout the house and make every room smells absolutely delicious.

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CHICEST OUTFIT FORMULA If you’ve already tired of your jeans, consider this on-point fashion pairing instead…

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t this time of year it’s all too easy to default to denim, particularly post the sparkle of party season. But even our trusty jeans become tiresome the further into winter delve. Which is why we’ve sought out another go-to ensemble to see us through ’til spring. Cue the jumper and skirt combinations the fashion elite are sporting at every given opportunity. While this look is hard to get wrong, there are five fail safe combinations we swear by. From perfect pleats to mini suede, all you need to add is your favourite of boots and an oversized coat.

CINCH YOUR WAIST If the slouchy look isn’t for you, choose a ladylike skirt and a sleek belted knit. Better yet, create the look at home using a belt you already own layered over the top of a well-worn jumper. Jumper, £95, Kitri at Harvey Nichols Skirt, £79, La Redoute

PLAY WITH PROPORTIONS For an cool take on the trend, size-up in your knit to create an oversized appearance, then enhance it by wearing it with a fitted mini skirt. We’re partial to this suede iteration. Jumper, £85, & Other Stories Skirt, £49.99, H&M

NEUTRALISE ANIMAL MOTIFS Animal prints can be daunting to wear, but the trick lies in what you style them with. Stick to classic separates – a vegan leather skirt, for example – and rest assured it’ll look sophisticated. Jumper, £35, Oasis Skirt, £60, Monsoon

ENHANCE AN ACCENT HUE Be it a printed jumper or skirt, zero in on one of the colours within the print, then match the corresponding piece to it. This checked skirt and blue roll neck being a prime example. Jumper, £115, Whistles at John Lewis & Partners Skirt, £125, AlexaChung at Net-a-porter.com

BLEND YOUR TONES Choose a colour and match it with its darker counterpart. Pink and burgundy makes for the prettiest union, but the look also works with pistachio and evergreen, or sky blue and cobalt. Jumper, £29, Topshop Skirt, £19.99, New Look hoodmagazine.co.uk 33


Belt, £45, Jigsaw

Cardholder, £195, Chloé at Harvey Nichols

Shoes, £85, & Other Stories


Boots, £39, Topshop

This design detail will ensure you look chic at all times…



Shoes, £29, Next

Bag, £390, A.P.C. at Epitome of Edinburgh

e fully advocate staying in your comfiest clothing as long as you please but, should an occasion call for something other than joggers, this season’s top texture trend will ensure you look sophisticated at a moment’s notice. Proving to be a subtle alternative to snake print, though equally as sought-after, mock-croc accessories were all the rage on the Chloé, Rejina Pyo and Max Mara runways. And now they’re dominating the high street, too. With the ability to make any outfit look more expensive, we suggest investing in a pair of shoes to wear with your work attire, or perhaps a top-handle bag to update your off-duty ensembles.

Alice band, £6.99, H&M

Bag, £35.99, Mango

AND THE LIVING IS EASY Cocoon yourself in a comforting blend of cashmere and silk for the ultimate in laid-back luxury

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Cardigan, £42, Micha Lounge Jumper, £69, Cos Skirt, £79, Cos Boots, £45, Asos

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Jumper, £95, Asos White Scarf, £25, Weekday Belt and jewellery, Stylist’s own

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Coat, £50, New Look Cardigan, £395, Bobby Farr Trousers, £69 Cos Shoes, £35, Asos Jewellery, Stylist’s own

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Coat, £590, ADVA Jumper, £125, Cos Jeans, £40, Monki Jewellery, Stylist’s own

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Shirt, £69, Cos Dress, £34, Vero Moda Grey scarf, £9.99, H&M Brown scarf, £25, Weekday Jumper, £95, Asos White

Jumper, £125, Cos Dress, £110, ADVA Skirt (worn underneath), £28, Asos Coat, £79, H&M Shoes, £35, Asos

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The top treatments to try out in 2020, for every type of skincare concern, from the best clinics and spas Scotland has to offer‌

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The treatment: SkinPen Medical Needling What is it? If your skin is looking and feeling less than its best, a course of microneedling might be just the ticket to create a smoother and more radiant complexion. SkinPen medical needling creates mini channels in the skin, which stimulates cell renewal and in turn, boosts production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, to give you stronger, tighter, smoother and plumper skin, with a hydrated natural glow. Plus, it will regenerate skin to help lessen the appearance of scarring and pigmentation, so it’s particularly good for those with lingering acne scars. Despite SkinPen being a needle-based treatment, it’s relatively pain-free, and unlike the needling facials you see across Instagram, it’s not a bloody experience either. A great way to resurface and reset skin that’s not looking its freshest. How much does it cost? £220 for 75 minutes Downtime: Minimal - you might experience some slight swelling or tenderness, or a pinkness to the skin which will last a couple of days. You can conceal this with makeup the day after your procedure. Where can I get it? The Source Clinic – Edinburgh

The treatment: Lumenis M22 skin rejuvenation What is it? The M22 is a fractional, skin-resurfacing laser, which treats the layers of skin under the surface, without damaging the surface itself. Heat from the laser works to promote collagen production, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, whilst the IPL (intense pulsed light) photo-rejuvenation solution eradicates pigmentation, sun spots and age freckles. The final step, the ResurFX solution, then stimulates collagen and elastic fibre production to give you skin with bounce. There are some ouchy elements to this treatment (more so if you have a low pain threshold), but the results outweigh the short-term pain, giving you plumper, smoother and tighter skin, with a heavy reduction in the signs of pigmentation and blemishes. How much does it cost? IPL is priced from £180, whilst ResurFX is priced from £350 Downtime: You may have some redness or tightness posttreatment, but nothing too dramatic Where can I get it? Clinetix – Glasgow, Bothwell and Inverurie 46 hood




The treatment: Phototherapy with Dermalux Triwave What is it? A bespoke facial that uses light therapy to boost skin’s radiance and health, ideal for boosting dull or tired-looking complexions. Phototherapy sends an intense delivery of light to target the cells and skin tissue, accelerating cell renewal and repair to give you hydrated and glowing skin, with a smoother and firmer texture. The process works from the inside out, boosting collagen and elastin synthesis, to give you an improved texture, whilst blood flow and lymphatic systems are also given a lift, to give you a fresher, more radiant overall look. How much does it cost? £45 for 20 minutes Downtime: None Where can I get it? Synergy Clinic – Giffnock


The treatment: VOYA Marine Facial Treatment What is it? If you’re suffering from puffy, tired eyes, then this marine-inspired targeted facial will be just the ticket. It uses organic seaweed eye compresses (hand-harvested from the Atlantic Ocean, no less), along with products rich in green tea and vitamin C, to refresh and rejuvenate the eye area, reducing puffiness and eliminating dark shadows. You’ll experience a mixture of relaxing massage movements, alongside more intensive (but still gentle) lymphatic massage, to decongest the area and banish the signs of puffiness. If the signs of ageing are your main concern, the eye masks can be tailored to address this too. It’s a firming, hydrating treatment that promises effective results, so you’ll look and feel revitalised afterwards. How much does it cost? £110 for 60 minutes Downtime: None Where can I get it? Fletcher’s Cottage Spa at Archerfield House – East Lothian



The treatment: Carbon Laser Facial Peel What is it? Also known as The Hollywood Peel, this A-list approved facial is renowned for instantly clarifying the complexion, blasting away blackheads and blemishes in seconds. A carbon paste is smoothed on to the skin, which grips onto impurities, before the laser is applied; the two combined cause a reaction where the carbon ‘explodes’, immediately removing dead skin cells, oil and congestion, and simultaneously jump-starting collagen production. The treatment isn’t exactly relaxing in a spa sense, with bright flashes of light and loud snaps as the carbon explodes, but it’s completely painless, and the results are well worth it. Just one facial will leave you with clearer, smoother and plumper skin (although a course of three is recommended) – a must-try if you suffer with acne, or an oily, congested complexion. How much does it cost? £120 for 60 minutes Downtime: None Where can I get it? Dr Nestor’s Medical & Cosmetic Centre – Edinburgh


The treatment: The Zen Triple-Action Facial What is it? A three-pronged approach to tackle the signs of ageing, promising a supercharged experience with instantaneous results. You’ll start with microdermabrasion to deeply exfoliate and resurface the skin, stimulating faster skin cell renewal and eradicating dry, dead skin cells. Then, Light Fusion LED light therapy is used (yes, you get to wear the mask!) to stimulate the body’s own natural processes to counteract the signs of ageing, whilst improving hydrating and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. As a final step, you’ll enjoy a deep recovery sheet mask, to intensively hydrate, plump and repair the skin. The results promise a brighter sheen to the skin, a supple texture and a noticeable reduction in lines and wrinkles. How much does it cost? £115 for 80 minutes Downtime: You might experience slight redness for around 15 minutes post-treatment Where can I get it? Zen – Edinburgh

The treatment: Oskia Signature Glow Facial What is it? Particularly in these chillier months, we might all find that our skin is looking less than its best. To combat it, try this facial, which uses a combination of anti-ageing and glow-inducing techniques, to illuminate, hydrate and tone the skin. It’s even been referred to as a ‘non-surgical facelift’! The facial blends specialised facial and eye contour massage techniques with lymphatic drainage and acupressure, to lift and contour, whilst you’ll also enjoy aromatic steam compresses, enzymes, face masks and serums during the facial. Truly relaxing, with a real boost of juicy radiance that you won’t fail to notice. How much does it cost? £115 for 75 minutes Downtime: None Where can I get it? Bob & Cloche – Gleneagles



air is not immune to the January blues. A dry scalp and frizzy, dull, lifeless hair can all be issues at this time of year. Giving stressed-out tresses a little extra TLC will pay off and bestow you with healthier hair throughout the year. Roz Orr, Salon Director from award-winning salon group, Charlie Miller, agrees. “The scalp is more prone to dehydration and brittle ends over the winter due to a combination of cold weather outside and cranked-up heating inside, while pulling woolly hats on and off causes extra friction on hair strands.” So, here ‘s how to ensure your hair holds up in the cold...

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“It may seem obvious, but make sure hair is properly dry before you leave the house,” stresses Roz. “Any moisture left in hair, combined with cold air outside, will only serve to make it brittle and dry.” Make sure thirsty hair gets plenty of hydration with moisturising products.



If you are suffering from dry hair, look for a shampoo that will work to help the cuticle on the hair shaft absorb moisture. “Charlie Miller Hydrate Shampoo will clean, condition and repair dry hair and is specifically formulated with Jasmine Extract, Organic Calendula Flower Extract and Organic Sage Oil to help lock in moisture,” reveals Roz. “I’d also recommend, when shampooing, to take the time to give your scalp a quick massage, as this will help boost circulation.” Then, follow with an intensive hair masque, such as award-winning Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense, to replace moisture and help repair damaged hair.


“If hair is in particularly poor condition, an in-salon conditioning treatment is a must to nourish hair, and add radiance and shine,” suggests Amber Swift, Charlie Miller Salon Director. “Kérastase Fusio-Dose instant treatments will keep your hair well-nourished. With 20 possible combinations these treatments can be tailor-made to target your primary and secondary hair problems resulting in smooth, shiny tangle-free tresses”. For a regular pamper at home, try Kérastase Fusio Homelab once every 10 days to help restore smoothness to super-dry hair—it will even work on fine hair without weighing it down.



SPLIT UP WITH SPLIT ENDS Regular trims will also help to keep hair healthy. Ideally have hair trimmed every six to eight weeks, this helps keep the shape of your style looking its best and will help reduce the chance of dry, split ends becoming a problem.


When it comes to styling, use a product that will help to protect and nourish hair. “I love Charlie Miller Smoothing Blow Dry Crème, as it expertly protects against colour fade and heat damage,” reveals Charlie Miller Salon Director, Cat Nicholson. “It will smooth and detangle hair in readiness for styling and protect against damage when using anything from a hairdryer to straighteners”. Add a glass like finish with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue.


We all know our skin benefits from a good diet, but hair does too. Make sure to include foods that are rich in natural oils, as well as vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamins B, C, A and E, and iron. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, which strengthens the hair shaft; so top up on blackcurrants, blueberries, kiwi fruit, oranges, grapefruit, broccoli and sweet potatoes, which are all vitamin C rich. “The new year is as good a time as any to ditch as much processed food and sugar as possible, and focus on fresh fruit and veg, lean meat, oily fish and nuts to boost hair health,” stresses Roz. “Taking a multivitamin will help make sure you reach daily requirements of each, which will boost overall health as well as your hair. It’s a win-win!” hoodmagazine.co.uk 49


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Matisse Blue Nude, £160, Kingandmcgaw.com

Planter on Stand, £12.95, Melody Maison


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Set of four towels £60, Habitat

JANUARY Overhaul your home in style for 2020, with the suits-all hue that’s been named Colour of the Year Cutlery and crockery, from a selection at Matalan

Stool, £115, Beaumonde.com


f you’re thinking of an interior overhaul to mark the new year, you might want to take inspiration from Pantone’s stunning choice for Colour of the Year 2020: Classic Blue. Described as a ‘“timeless and enduring hue, elegant in its simplicity,’’ we think Classic Blue would make the perfect choice to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to a living room or bedroom. Whether you’re feeling like a feature wall, want to go bold and paint the whole room in the new shade, or just want a hint of the shade by bringing in some furniture pieces and accessories, there’s a whole host of options available to bring your interiors bang on-trend for 2020.

Armchair, £349, Cult Furniture

Pouffe, £229, Made.com

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Poster, £395, Pullmaneditions.com

Table lamp, £349, BoConcept

Wool-blend blanket, £34.99, H&M Home

Cushion cover, £19.99, H&M Home



Take on hibernation season in style with these haute living room updates…

O Coffee table, £159.99, Zara Home

ver the course of the next few months, you’ll be spending copious amounts of time at home—specifically in your living room. So, now’s the time to turn it into a sophisticated setting for binge-watching Netflix, eating comfort food and generally staying cosy while the wind whips outside. Decorate your sofa with a plethora of pretty, sumptuous cushions, with a couple of woollen blankets thrown in for good measure, or create a soothing gallery wall that sets a tranquil mood. Then simply sit back, light a candle and relish in the blissfulness of making zero plans for the foreseeable. Candle, £7.50, Marks & Spencer

Rug, £199, La Redoute

Faux fur cushion cover, £19.99, Zara Home

Mug, £15, Oliver Bonas

Three-seater sofa, £579, Dunelm


Mirror, £8.99, H&M Home

LA Bruket 065 Mint Bath Salt, £21, Epitome of Edinburgh

Bath caddy, £24, Habitat

Basket, £13, Ikea


Give your wetroom a stylish overhaul with these luxe add-ons

Glass soap dispenser, £17, Bloomingville at Amara.com


Cashmere robe, £200, Marks & Spencer

hile a full bathroom refurb is something we all dream of, there are some swift updates you can make by way of premium-looking accessories that’ll breathe a new lease of life into your water closet until that time comes. From woven baskets to stash your guest towels in, to bath caddies you can perch a candle and a glass of wine on as you submerge yourself in bubbles, it’s never been easier to bestow your bathroom with a boutique-like feel.

Rituals The Ritual of Dao Scented Candle, £19.90, Lookfantastic.com

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Guest towels, £6.99 for two, H&M Home

In partnership with Laymax Bathrooms


Whatever your interior preference, we’ve found a marble finish to suit you…


othing has had such a monumental revival on the interior scene as marble. While it now adorns kitchen islands, coffee tables, and even our dinnerware, we think it looks its sleekest in the room it first originated—the bathroom. Classic, timeless and effortlessly stylish, this gorgeous stone suits modern, minimalist schemes as well as traditional ones, and nowhere is this more evident than at Laymax Bathrooms. Situated in Edinburgh’s picturesque The Grange neighbourhood, Laymax Bathrooms is a leading specialist in the capital’s bathroom design industry. With over a decade spent transforming Edinburgh bathrooms into hotel-worthy havens, the expert team creates spaces with future-proofing in mind. Thanks to meticulous planning, a Laymax bathroom will see you long into the future, saving you having to make costly adaptations down the line. For 2020, Laymax has ticked off every bathroom trend you can think of, but its marble offering is undoubtedly a highlight. Whether you choose an ornate Victorianinspired sink or impactful floor-to-ceiling Carrara tiles, marble accents will bestow your bathroom with a luxurious spa-like feel. What’s more, you can embark on your bathroom redesign confident in the knowledge that Laymax will bring with it over a decade’s worth of experience to your powder room.

For more information on Laymax Bathrooms or to book a free consultation, please visit Laymaxbathrooms.co.uk or call 0131 667 7700.

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A masterclass in making the most of the canned goods stashed away in your pantry


ess Elliott Dennison doesn’t consider herself a chef. She’s a cook. Spending most of her time cooking in the kitchen of 27 Elliott’s: her neighbourhood cafe, supper club and workshop space in Edinburgh. There, led by the season’s produce and local suppliers, she chalks up a weekly menu on the blackboard. In her new book, Tin Can Magic, she utilises those basic staples in your store cupboard – the humble tin – to create simple, delicious meals to be enjoyed with loved ones. Perfect, cosy winter cuisine. Here she shares two easy recipes to impress family and friends

LIME AND COCONUT PRAWNS Serves 2 very generously (Or 4 if eating with naan bread or rice) 45 minutes


1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk (ideally full-fat) ½ teaspoon fish sauce grated zest of 1 lime ½ teaspoon chilli flakes, plus extra to garnish thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger root, roughly grated on the large side of a box grater ½ teaspoon turmeric 12 raw king prawns shell-on stir-fried spinach, to serve (optional) Substitutes Fresh ginger root for lemongrass Fish sauce for pinch of salt These prawns are pretty effortless yet feel really special to eat and if you fancied, you could make some steamed jasmine rice or wok greens to serve alongside, but I prefer focusing on the prawns as they are, with a nice glass of white or orange wine. My favourite way to serve these is on a big platter with lots of

paper napkins and some side plates for the peeled shells and tails. I’m a big believer in the head juices having the most flavour but will leave it up to you if you want to slurp those out or not! First, heat a wide frying pan over a high heat. Pour in the coconut milk, fish sauce, lime zest, chilli flakes, ginger and turmeric, stirring until combined and rapidly bubbling. Add the prawns and cook for six minutes until bright pink, turning halfway through so that they cook evenly. Remove from the heat, then juice in half the zested lime and cut the remaining half into wedges – you can char these in a dry frying pan over a high heat, if you like. Taste the coconut sauce for seasoning; you want a nice balance of coconut sweetness, sourness from the lime, saltiness from the fish sauce and heat from the ginger and chilli, tumble onto a nice serving platter, then top with the lime wedges (plus extra chilli flakes if you fancy) and serve with stir-fried spinach. COOK’S TIP If you want to remove the prawns’ dark digestive tract, use a sharp pair of scissors to cut along the back of each, then pick out the tract and discard.

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Introducing an incredibly tasty, Low Calorie Ice Cream! sourceA good of FIBRE

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BROWN SUGAR CHICKPEA MERINGUES Makes 8 medium meringues 30 minutes, plus baking time 150ml chickpea juice, drained from one 400g tin of chickpeas in water 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes 1 teaspoon lemon juice 50g caster sugar 100g dark brown sugar First, preheat the oven to 120°C, then line two large baking trays with baking parchment. Next, whisk the chickpea juice, salt and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl until you’ve got very stiff peaks; this will take around five minutes. Combine the sugars, then whisk 1 tablespoon of the sugar mix into the chickpea juice, ensuring it’s fully dissolved and not grainy. You can check the mixture is smooth and not grainy by rubbing a small amount between two fingers. Repeat until all the sugar has been integrated and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Dot some of the mixture between the baking paper and the tray to help it stick down, then spoon eight large mounds across the two trays and bake for two hours. Try not to open the oven door to prevent the meringues collapsing, then allow to cool completely before serving. COOK’S TIP Stored in an airtight container, the meringues will keep for up to four days. If you don’t have a very powerful electric whisk, add one teaspoon cream of tartar to the chickpea juice before whisking; this will help it hold its shape.

NOW, CHOOSE YOUR TOPPING COCOA AND COFFEE CREAM 300ml double cream 4 shots of espresso, cooled 2 tablespoons runny honey 4 tablespoons cocoa powder Using a hand-held blender, whip the cream into soft peaks (take care not to over-whisk or the cream will become grainy). Fold in the espresso and honey, continue whisking to thicken, then spoon over the meringues, followed by a dusting of sieved cocoa. ORANGE, YOGHURT AND TAHINI 2 oranges (blood oranges are nice when they’re in-season) 200g strained yoghurt 4 tablespoons tahini (stirred in the jar if the oil has separated) First, slice the top and bottom off the oranges, then carefully cut away the peel and white pith. Cut out the fleshy segments and transfer to a bowl. Spoon the yoghurt over the meringues, add a few segments of orange then, using a clean spoon, swirl over the tahini and eat immediately POACHED RHUBARB 2 sticks of rhubarb, ends trimmed, cut into 3 cm lengths 5 tablespoons caster sugar juice and zest of 1 orange (zest peeled with a speed peeler into rough strips) Put the rhubarb, sugar, orange zest and juice in a large, wide pan. Top up with 100 ml water, then heat on high heat for six to eight minutes, or until the rhubarb is soft but still keeping its shape and the juice thickens to a syrup. Remove from the heat, set aside and allow to cool before spooning over the meringues.

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STYLISH DAY IN PRINCES SQUARE G 10AM lasgow’s chicest shopping and lifestyle destination, Princes Square, has everything you need to occupy yourself for an entire day, from finding your dream dress in one of the many fashion boutiques and sampling expertly-mixed drinks in rooftop bar October, to brunching in sleek eatery Darcy’s and catching the latest blockbuster at Everyman. Indeed, you’ll be forgiven for never wanting to leave…

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Bring on the brunch at Darcy’s In preparation for a day of fun, you’re going to need your fuel. Make Darcy’s, which you’ll find located in the courtyard, your first port of call and indulge in French toast with bacon and maple syrup, or perhaps smashed avocado on sourdough.

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Take your seat at Everyman Whether you’re an independent film aficionado or simply want to watch the latest film with five-star reviews, make Everyman your next stop. On a mission to elevate the cinematic experience, swap your soft drink for a nice glass of red wine served to your seat. Bliss. Get going-out ready Post-screening, it’s time to freshen up for the evening ahead. Swing by Sassoon and treat your tresses to a silky smooth blowdry or a relaxed up-do. Then, circle back to Space NK and invest in that gorgeous lipstick shade you were eyeing up earlier to help take your look from day to night.



Embark on some retail therapy Now that your hunger is satisfyingly sustained, turn your attention to shopping. Get your beauty fix at apothecary Space NK, gaze adoringly at the arm candy on offer in Kate Spade or take in the inspiring interiors in BoConcept. Try the tapas at Barca After carting around your shopping bags, chances are you’ll have worked up an appetite. Head to Barca where you can share small plates of traditional Spanish tapas and sip on ice-cold cava. Should the mood take you, you can even dine alfresco, as the restaurant spills out onto Princes Square’s stunning covered terrace.



Blend your own gin at Eden Mill Following lunch, it’s time to turn your hand to something a bit different. Eden Mill Blendworks’ bespoke gin classroom is the perfect cosy space to learn about your favourite tipple. You’ll then be bestowed with botanicals to create your own unique gin blend.


Snack up at Café BomBon By now, you’re likely in need of a caffeine or sugar (or both!) hit. We recommend pulling up a chair at Café BomBon, where there are decadent cakes and freshly-ground coffee on offer.

Fine dine at The Restaurant Bar & Grill Serving up simple but delicious dishes using the freshest local produce, The Restaurant Bar & Grill is the ideal place to kick-start your evening. With a menu that’s guaranteed to suit every palate, we suggest you save room for dessert—the sticky toffee pudding is not to be missed.


Dance the night away... After your meal, you’ll be pleased to hear that you need not leave the comfort of Princes Square in search of your go-to cocktail. Instead, turn to October, the barturned-nightclub where expert mixologists are ready and waiting to shake your favourite tipple. Then, for a stylish change of scenery, head over to JAX where the drinks continue to flow while the in-house DJ spins classic and contemporary floor-fillers.


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If you find yourself tossing and turning each night to no avail, here are some hacks we adhere to for a better slumber

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lmost one half of women (43%) are not getting enough sleep, and 45% don’t wake up feeling rested, according to a study by YouGov and the Sleep Apnoea Trust Association. But why are so many of us suffering with sleep-related problems? Turns out, it’s not reliant on the plumpness of your pillows or the amount you’ve spent on a mattress. There are several low or no-cost tricks you can try to help you drift off with ease… KEEP TIME We’re creatures of habit, but why doesn’t this apply to our sleep patterns? So many of us will go to bed and wake up at different times throughout the week but, if you do so at the same times daily, you’ll soon find that a regular sleep pattern will improve the overall quality of your sleep. TAKE NOTE All too often, life’s stresses come to the forefront when you’re trying to get to sleep; swirling around in your mind and preoccupying yourself from the task at hand. If this sounds familiar, try jotting down your worries in a notebook an hour before you actually retire. Putting pen to paper can be integral to stress elevation, and giving yourself time to quietly mull over your woes before you turn in will hopefully allow you to do so with a clear head. 1 Notebook, £3.50, Sainsbury’s Home SPRITZ YOUR PILLOW Pillow sprays are having a moment. If you’ve dismissed them before even trying them, we implore you to rethink. With a bespoke blend of melissa and lemon myrtle essential


oils, as well as St John’s wort and lady’s mantle top notes, Cowshed’s pillow mist will help to relax your mind and body with its subtle, expertly-crafted scent. 2 Sleep Calming Pillow Mist, £16, Cowshed DIM THE LIGHTS Light signals the brain that it’s time to be awake so lowering your lighting before you go to bed will help your brain to switch-off more naturally. Should, for whatever reason, your bedroom not be pitch black, try sleeping with an eye mask to prevent any light leaks from interfering with your slumber. 3 Sleep mask, £25, The White Company


EMBRACE WHITE NOISE While you sleep, whether you realise it or not, your brain still continues to register sounds. Cue white noise. As opposed to noise from a television or music that changes in tone and volume, white noise creates a constant ambient sound that masks louder outside sounds that may otherwise affect your sleep. Handily, there are machines that will help you achieve this (who knew?), but even the sound of a fan will suffice. 4 White noise sound pebble, £29.99, Firebox.com STAY COOL It’s hard to believe that, even in the depth of winter in which we currently find ourselves, sleeping in a cool room will affect your night’s sleep for the better —but it’s true. Heat tends to make you feel uncomfortable after a time so by keeping your room, or your face, cool, you’re more likely to sleep through. 5 Fan, £34.95, Muji.eu

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Our pick of the top titles perfect for uplifting your spirits, improving your lifestyle and helping you live your best life in the year ahead… Naturally Stefanie, Stefanie Moir Glasgow-based social media star and fitness enthusiast Stefanie Moir is renowned for her healthy lifestyle and vegan diet – she’s even been a previous recipient of PETA’s “Hottest Vegan” accolade! Her debut book combines delicious vegan recipes that she swears by, alongside goal-based workout plans and daily rituals, helping readers to create an all-round “nourished lifestyle”. Out now, £16.99, Black & White Publishing The Art of Sleeping, Rob Hobson If your goal for 2020 is to improve your sleep quality, and learn how to achieve that elusive eight hours, then this is the book for you. Nutritionist Rob Hobson blends personal experience, scientific research and expert advice, to assess your behaviour, environment and diet in a system he terms “BED” (get it?!), that will help you to learn the techniques you need to sleep deeper and more restfully, allowing you to live a happier, calmer and more fulfilling lifestyle. Out now, £9.99, HQ Rebel Recipes, Niki Webster Yes, being vegan has become a bit of a trend in the last few years, but there’s no denying that it does both our bodies and the planet no end of good. Whether you’re already a practising vegan, or if you’re looking to increase the plant-based content in your diet, Rebel Recipes is packed with inspiration for flavourful, exciting and impressive meals – think dishes like spicy Indian crepes, or chocolate cherry espresso pots. Veganism has never been so appealing! Out now, £26, Bloomsbury Absolute The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary, Catherine Gray Like many of us, you might be planning to enter the new decade with a bang, and make drastic improvements to your life – a bigger house, a higher salary, a better body perhaps? Author Catherine Gray reaches into the psyche behind the ‘hedonic treadmill’ that leaves us all endlessly wanting more, and helps readers to find real, lasting joy in the here and now – in ‘the average life, beautifully lived’. A life-affirming way to kick off the new year and enjoy what you already have, we think. Out now, £14.99, Aster The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2020, Lia Leendertz If you want to live your life with more awareness and presence in 2020, The Almanac is a must-have. Divided into the 12 months, this handy guide gives you all the information and inspiration you’ll need to appreciate the beauty and joy in every month of the year, including advice on the seasons, the best months to enjoy stargazing or meteor-spotting, seasonal recipes and even charts on the moon phases and tides, to help you live life with more meaning. Out now, £10, Mitchell Beazley 64 hood


CLASSIC SCOTTISH ALBUMS One for the musos, this podcast focuses on great Scottish albums past and present, interviewing the artists behind them. Episodes include interviews with a huge host of Scottish talents, such as Eméli Sande, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, and Belle & Sebastian. Gorgeous music, personal insights and unexpected facts about our favourite homegrown albums – what’s not to love? Available now on BBC Sounds

UNSUBSCRIBE With the power, pressure and influence social media has in our lives, it’s no wonder that sometimes we want to switch off. Unsubscribe, a podcast from Bumble and mental health activist Jada Sezer, helps listeners to do just that, by diving into behavioural patterns to understand how to focus on what matters the most. A great way to clear out mental clutter for the new year. Series one available now on Audioboom


Start your 2020 right, with Hood’s top picks of podcasts to inspire, educate and uplift… CONSCIOUS CHATTER Your New Year’s resolution may well be to live a more sustainable lifestyle – and if so, this is the podcast for you. Conscious Chatter explores the world of fast fashion and opens the conversation about clothing; from the meaning of what we wear, to its impact on the world around us. Helping to inspire positive change, this is an open podcast that doesn’t feel judgemental, just explorative and explanatory. Listen to all episodes at Consciouschatter.com

POWER HOUR We all wish we had more time in the day to just “get stuff done” – but the Power Hour podcast challenges you to make that time. Devoted to motivating you to pursue your passions and achieve success, host Adrienne Herbert speaks to coaches, creatives and innovators to help us all spend one hour a day focusing on our full potential. An inspiring choice for a new decade. Weekly, available on Acast and other platforms

HOW TO FAIL From time to time, we all trip up – mistakes happen, things go wrong, and we think about how we could or should have done things differently. How To Fail is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right, with weekly interviews exploring how mistakes can teach you to succeed better next time. Key episodes include interviews with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Miller and Jane Garvey. A podcast that will make anyone feel better about a bad day! Weekly, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast and other platforms MODERN LOVE A New York Times column, and now an Amazon Prime series, Modern Love’s podcast shares with listeners beautiful, eye-opening essays on a huge range of topics, read by big names including Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman and Sandra Oh. Equal parts inspiring and thought-provoking, there’s an episode for everyone. Weekly, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other platforms


ENLIGHTENMENT Hood has rounded up the best creative, spiritual and detox retreats across Scotland, so you can kick your 2020 with a clearer vision…


t will come as no surprise that Scotland welcomes almost 12 million visitors a year from the rest of the UK. The natural beauty of our great outdoors has long been a draw for burnt out city dwellers looking to reset and recharge. With the trends for self-care and mindfulness becoming mainstream, Scotland is now positioning itself as one of the world leaders in wellness tourism.    FOR SUSTAINABLE SISTERS Nick and Rachel Loening have been running yoga retreats at the off-grid ecoYoga Centre at Inverliever Lodge for nine years, as well as raising their family in the truly magnificent

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surroundings. Inspired by Japanese Sento public baths there are hugely relaxing bathing areas dotted around the resort as well as a Spa Dome featuring rainforest showers and a hot tub.  Their weekend yoga retreats are suitable for all levels of yogis and are complemented with fireside stories, candlelit meditations and rounded off with hearty vegetarian meals.    Ecoyoga.org Prices start from £595 for weekend yoga retreats. FOR WANNABE WRITERS            The private, car-free island of Eilean Shona is the perfect setting for a luxurious writers

retreat. Taking place this autumn, guests can expect an inspiring week of group talks, guided hikes around the island, yoga and meditation sessions as well as refreshing wild swimming in the crystal clear waters of the west coast. With no televison and mercifully weak mobile signals, you’ll have ample opportunity for that digital detox you’ve been talking about forever (although wifi is available if you can’t stop yourself from sharing your enviable pics of your idyllic surroundings on the ‘gram).  Beautiful accommodation, delicious home cooked meals and an extensive library, in the main house will no doubt leave you feeling inspired, refreshed and ready to


FOR CRAFTY CREATIVES Our desire to detach ourselves from the modern world and really get back to basics has seen a rise in the popularity of traditional crafts across Scotland. Husband and wife team, Alex and Rosie, have put together the unique programme ‘Fleece to Felt’ at their scenic farm in Beauly, Invernesshire.  From shearing the sheep to foraging for natural dye, after this week of traditional crafts you’ll leave with your very own piece of the Highlands.  Guests are also given ample opportunity throughout the week, to explore the scenic surroundings, partake in gentle yoga and meditation classes and sample Rosie’s healthy and wholesome home cooking.  Wildrose-escapes.co.uk Prices start from £160 for weekend courses, week long courses start from £995.   FOR DETOX DEVOTEES After overcoming anxiety, acne, depression and IBS herself, Katrina Mather created The Body Toolkit retreat programmes in 2014.  These award-winning retreats, one of which is based in gorgeous Cray House in rural Perthshire, are a real investment in health and wellbeing. These weeklong retreats start with gentle stretching, feature a fair amount of juice and finish with relaxation time and the opportunity to update your gratitude journal.  The luxurious accommodation and beautiful grounds encourage you to unwind throughout the course of the week, leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed (as well as having dropped a few pounds!).  Thebodytoolkit.com Prices start from £1249 for a week long detox.

tackle your next creative project. Shona-projects.squarespace.com Prices start from £900, writer announced April 2020, email vbranson.pa@gmail.com to register your interest. FOR BUDDING BUDDHISTS Arriving on the ferry from Ardrossan, you’ll find The Centre for World Peace and Health on the Holy Isle, a retreat used by Celtic monks seeking solitude and meditation as far back as the 6th century.  Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, puts together an extensive summer programme of retreats and courses every April to October. 

Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike can come together to take a break from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life on this stunning island and enjoy yoga, meditation and mindfulness courses. The centre has ample accommodation as well as a library and communal dining areas.  With an ancient spiritual history, the Holy Isle is the perfect location for an interfaith retreat that aims to help you disconnect from the modern world, recharge and experience inner peace.  Holyisle.org Prices start from £200 for weekend retreats and accommodation, short and long courses available.

FOR NATURE LOVERS            Dutch entrepreneur and meditation expert, Ingrid Valks, will be hosting a ‘Rewilding Retreat’ this summer at the spectacular Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Highlands.  Encouraging a programme of stillness, simple, healthy food and a strict notech policy, Ingrid believes spending time in nature will help you restore your equilibrium and ‘improve your ability to reconnect with yourself’.  A private chef will prepare healthy vegetarian meals and the Victorian lodge at Alladale offers plenty of privacy and downtime in luxurious surroundings so you don’t have to feel too ‘wild’.  Alladale.com Prices start from £2250 for the all-inclusive, six day retreat. hoodmagazine.co.uk 67



At award winning Williamstone Farm Steadings, East Lothian, Scotland 19th-23rd March 2020 4 days, 4 nights retreat from £400

ALL INCLUSIVE: 3 hours of daily yoga | Vegetarian food | Fletcher’s Cottage Spa experience, Archerfield | Beatitude Hot Stone Massage | Special Yoga Brunch at Drift plus more! EARLY BIRD OFFER 30 minute Indian Head massage


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Understanding the symptoms of menopause “The Change” – We all know what it is, but do we know when it’s coming? Here are the 29 symptoms to look out for, to help you stay healthy and happy during what can be a tricky time for all women to experience.

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THE PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS ALLERGIES You might experience increased allergies, or new ones for the first time BLOATING An increase of bloating symptoms, similar to those associated with PMS, is quite common BODY ODOUR CHANGES Perspiration levels can increase during the menopause, so you might experience associated changes in body odour BREAST TENDERNESS Your breasts may feel tender or sore - be sure to keep checking them regularly and consult your doctor if you notice any changes BRITTLE NAILS Hormonal fluctuations can limit the body’s production of keratin, resulting in brittle nails. Keep a bottle of strengthener handy, and try adding some supplements into your diet BURNING TONGUE Some women report a burning tongue, or similar sensation throughout the whole mouth area


DIZZINESS Menopausal women often experience unexplained dizzy spells ELECTRIC SHOCKS OR TINGLING EXTREMITIES It’s not uncommon to experience ‘electric shock’ sensations under the skin, or the feeling of tingling or ‘crawling’ on the arms and legs FATIGUE Overwhelming feelings of fatigue are among the most frequent and severe symptoms GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS Many women report an increase in various digestive problems, such as gas, cramps or nausea, during the menopause

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GUM PROBLEMS Bleeding gums can be quite common during the menopause, so maintain regular visits to the dentist


HAIR CHANGES Many women observe an increase in facial hair and thinning of hair on other parts of the body HEADACHES Frequent or more severe headaches are a common side-effect of the menopause HOT FLUSHES Hot flushes are among the most common symptoms of menopause, with a vast majority of women experiencing them. A fan or cooling spritz can help ease the symptoms


INCONTINENCE Menopausal women frequently experience bladder control problems, which can be embarrassing. Don’t be ashamed, consult your GP to get effective medical help IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT The feeling of a “running away” heartbeat is one of the most common menopause symptoms IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLE Menstrual irregularity is often the first sign that menopause is approaching; it can be helpful to use a tracker app to understand any changes that might be occurring in your cycle ITCHY SKIN For many women, one of the most annoying symptoms of menopause is relentlessly itchy skin


JOINT PAIN AND MUSCLE TENSION You might experience an increase in joint pain or muscular tension - take lots of relaxing warm baths to help ease any soreness NIGHT SWEATS One of the more common menopause

symptoms, you may experience intense night sweats that can disrupt sleep or make you feel uncomfortable


SLEEP DISORDERS It’s very common for women to develop insomnia during menopause; try sleep aids or if it’s severe, speak to your doctor for further help VAGINAL DRYNESS As oestrogen levels drop during this time, vaginal dryness can occur. Consult your GP for more information on symptom management to help ease the irritation WEIGHT GAIN Weight gain is a very common symptom, which can be a serious concern for women. A healthy lifestyle and balanced diet can combat this





ANXIETY A commonly-reported symptom is an increased feeling of anxiety or stress, so be sure to take some time daily to relax, and talk about how you’re feeling with a friend or loved one


DEPRESSION It isn’t unusual for menopausal women to experience depression, so keep an eye on your mood levels and make sure you’re taking care of yourself - if it’s a concern, visit your GP for professional advice IRRITABILITY AND MOOD SWINGS Menopausal women often become very irritable. This symptom is often closely tied to mood swings, which can swing from tears of sadness to tears of joy in an instant


LOSS OF SEX DRIVE Many women experience and feel a significant reduction in libido resulting from hormonal fluctuations MEMORY LAPSES OR DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING Some women experience concentration problems, or difficulty remembering things. Keep a diary or notebook handy to help you combat any lapses PANIC ATTACKS For some women, the feelings of depression, anxiety, and mood swings associated with menopause can turn into panic attacks, so try and take care of yourself, especially if you feel you’re at risk of becoming overwhelmed

ormer nurse Trish Healy, 57, says that for her, the menopause was a rollercoaster of both symptoms and emotions. “Perimenopause, the menopause itself and post-menopause took me from my late forties into my mid-fifties, and greeted me with symptoms that I didn’t know to expect, physically and emotionally. I experienced the shift from my normal functions into a totally different way of living – experiencing the heaviest of periods to no periods at all, and skin sensations such as numbness, itching and a ‘crawling’ feeling, as well as a burning tongue, dizziness, a lack of libido and of course, the hot flushes. Emotionally, I experienced symptoms of anxiety and paranoia, brain fog, and an overall loss of self-confidence. The worst part for me was feeling that I was living with a version of myself that I simply didn’t recognise any more. What really helped was to talk, talk and talk some more – join a support group, as I did. I felt very lost within my anxiety for a few years, and many women find that this symptom in particular the hardest to deal with, as most have never experienced it before. Some women suffer more with menopausal symptoms and others less, but nobody knows what to expect if we don’t speak about it. Now, I’m just happy to be my old self again - be assured, there is a light at the end of the tunnel!”.

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ell hello, and happy new year people! I hope that the festive season was, well, festive. Now, you’ll be pleased to hear, I’m not about to spout nonsense about resolutions. I don’t think anyone makes them, or at least sticks to them. So let’s not bother, eh? However, could we, moving forward, stop wasting folks’ time? Here’s the rub. In the Christmas run-up, I was asked by a local charity to become social media ambassador for them and help reach out to the blue tick Twitterati and glamorous glitterati in general (even more well-known than myself, can you believe that?) in order to do a brief video message, which both myself and said charity could retweet with the aim of raising awareness for their cause. Now, some came back immediately with, “Of course darling Bunty, what do I have to do?”, even though my initial message had detailed instructions and a link to further information, if required… Moving on. Others queried as to whether they were directly asking for donations. To reiterate, the link in no way mentioned that donations were being asked for—it was to raise awareness. Now, I get that folk are busy, though it’s interesting that, thanks to social media, you can see first hand what they’re busy with. Don’t get me wrong—I’m really grateful for any help my better-known mates can lend, but it was a bit odd that, in some cases, they pointedly ignored my polite requests but had ample time to thank Marge from Milton Keynes for the compliment about today’s slacks and her continued support of their show. Oh, come on! I was getting so stressed by one person I’d reached out to who was initially very keen, to the point they kept banging on about their contribution to this part of society and how they’d do anything for them. Then, when it came down to it, they were harder to track down than the Temple of Doom’s exit. My point is, yes we are busy and yes, we all receive lots of emails and messages. But, in 2020, could we just be more upfront? Can we commit to saying “yes” or “no”? I had no intent of hounding folk – remember, I was only trying to do a good turn – but the whole thing

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of people not committing on either side of the spectrum really ripped my knitting. By the end of it, the disingenuous donkeys had made themselves known and, I tell you, I hope I don’t see any of them soon… There’s some I’m disappointed with – the ones who complain publicly about politicians who won’t answer questions; well, fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it my friends? However, the people that did come through did so beautifully and promptly, and that makes me keep the faith. You don’t have to be in any way rude if your answer happens to be an honest “no”. I mean, look at Simon Cowell and his famous catchphrase—”It’s a no from me”. And you know what, Simon? That’s fine; at least you’re upfront about it. We’re all busy—even the people asking something from you are. I just can’t abide the fact you send a text or email and know it’s been looked at and ignored. Another thing that shouldn’t be ignored is my hair and beard post-Yuletide; I look like a boggart, so I’m committing to go Calder & Calder Hairdressing on Edinburgh’s Strathearn Road to be mown. See? Following through isn’t difficult. All the very best with a, well, decisive 2020...

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