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WIN A LUXURY WEEKEND BAG Aspinal of London prize draw ARE YOU THE OUTDOOR TYPE? Great ways to spend sunny days IAN RANKIN’S EDINBURGH The crime writer on his home city SCOTL A ND’S FR EE LIFEST Y LE M AG A ZINE


Where to go and what to do when the mercury rises


Issue 137 / June 2017



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We Can’t Wait To… This month’s unmissable events Win… A luxury weekend bag The Lifestyle Edit Local news in Edinburgh and Glasgow Take To The Streets We meet the folk of Finnieston A Day In The Life Of… Fiona Ritchie, Siabban skincare


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i-on Breakthrough Awards 2017 Scotland’s Emerging Talent Are You The Outdoor Type? You could be with our must-read guide of where to go this summer Accessorise All Areas Emily Murray takes a peek inside a very stylish Edinburgh pad He Says, She Says Father’s Day special


50 Take me to the beach French Riviera chic arrives in Porty


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Hello Vietnam An action-packed two-week trip And breathe… A little R ‘n’ R in peaceful Perthshire


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I-ON THIS MONTH We all know how fleeting the Scottish summertime is so to help you make the most of any rare sunshiny days, we put together this issue jam-packed with ideas for where to go and what to do when the mercury rises. You might not think you’re the outdoor type but when you’ve made it through our must-read guide to the ultimate fresh air spots in Edinburgh and Glasgow (p.40), you’ll be dying to get out and about, whether you set off on a peaceful country walk or just park yourself in the nearest beer garden. As for me, I’ll be spending any warm summer’s days on Portobello Beach. It might not seem like the dreamiest destination but if you get up early enough and pick the right day, the blue skies and golden shoreline could rival the Riviera. At least that’s what we told our gorgeous model Rachel Flett when we talked her into taking a dip in the chilly waters on our summer fashion shoot (p.50). Sorry

Rachel, the resulting images might not have made the cut (blue lips and goosebumps just ain’t chic) but you will forever have our admiration for gamely striding into the sea. We take our (straw) hats off to you. Speaking of summer accessories, we’ve got a treat for one lucky winner this issue who will win a luxury leather weekend bag courtesy of Aspinal of London (p.10). If that’s not a reason to book a weekend getaway, I don’t know what is. Congratulations too to the winner of last month’s competition, Jane Williams, who will soon be tucking into a lavish Michelinstar meal for two at Restaurant Martin Wishart. Stuck for who to take? With Father’s Day coming up on 18 June, it might be time to indulge the old man. At least that’s what my dad keeps telling me. Sorry pops, it’s another bottle of whisky for you this year. Don’t pretend that’s not exactly what you wanted. Cheers!

Carrie Mitchell, Acting Editor

ON THE COVER: Photography: Susie Lowe. Make-up: Mairi Gordon. Model: Rachel Flett – Model Team. Model wears Denim shirt, £34, Topshop. Marine shorts, £155, Sandro at Harvey Nichols. Navy bandeau top, £18 and sunglasses, £15, both Next. Striped hairband, £28, Anthropologie. Beach towel, £9.50, Marks & Spencer.






Published by Treacle Productions Ltd, Suite 9, 2 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 6JA Tel: +44 (0)131 555 4126, Email, Directors Laura Cully, Jo Morris, Design Paul Dickson, Editor Nicky Howden, Acting Editor Carrie Mitchell, Lifestyle Editor Susie Cormack Bruce, Contributing Editor Carine Seitz, Digital Editorial Manager Rebecca McCosh, Account Director Amy Falconer, Head of Creative Solutions and Brand Development Zoe Schmid, Business Development Manager Amanda Southey, Finance Manager Cath Tait, Traffic and Distribution Manager Becky Conway, Head of Photography Susie Lowe, Contributors Martin Ebner, Mairi Gordon, Sarah Howden, Oliver Henderson, Anna Matheson, Emily Murray, Mark Nelson, David Pollock All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. All prices correct at time of going to press but are subject to change. i-on magazine cannot be responsible for unsolicited material. The views and opinions by contributors in this magazine may not represent the views of the publishers. i-on magazine takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisements in this publication. i-on is a trademark of Treacle Productions. ©Treacle Productions Ltd 2017.


WE CAN’T WAIT TO… The i-on team shares their must-dos this month



Celebrate world gin day “I’m heading to the Cairngorms on holiday so thought I’d pop into Balmenach Distillery to raise a glass to my favourite spirit. The distillery has been there for almost three centuries so there’s plenty of history to soak up, as well as lots of lovely Caorunn gin to try. Tours can be booked Mon to Fri for £10 per person, email or call 01479 874933.” Amy Falconer, Account Director


Dine in the sky “When it comes to eating, I’ve tried most things but dining at a table suspended 100 feet above George Square is a new one, even for me. I’m game though and I’m not alone – the initial ticket release for Glasgow in the Sky sold out super-fast so they’ve just announced two new dates on 19 and 20 June. Snap up one of the remaining tickets at” Laura Cully, Director

3 Have a jazzy brunch “Running every Sunday from 04 June to 30 July, the new International Jazz Sunday Brunch at the Fairmont St Andrews includes an unlimited buffet of continental charcuterie, smoked salmon, sushi and sashimi for guests to tuck into while enjoying live jazz. So sophis!” Amanda Southey, Business Development Manager


Going Up HARRY STYLES We might be old enough to know better but we just can’t get enough of One D’s hottest member. Gutted his Glasgow gig in November sold out in an instant. Bring on his movie debut in July’s Dunkirk. WIMBLEDON Can Murray do it again this year? We’ll certainly be tuning in to find out. Not a tennis fan? You can be on Pimm’s duty then.


Take in an outdoor screening “Edinburgh International Film Festival nails it once again with its Film Fest In The City outdoor cinema line-up. Returning to St Andrew Square from 16-18 June, movies include Clueless and Singin’ In The Rain (please don’t let that be an omen). There’s also a singalong Trolls for the minis and a dance along Dirty Dancing (for us oldies). Plus it’s all free. More info at” Carine Seitz, Contributing Editor

MEAT With Spatch chicken restaurant opening on Edinburgh’s Hunter Square and ‘Babs gourmet kebabs coming to West Nile Street in Glasgow, it’s not the month to try veganism.

Barometer Going Down PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN We’re not sure if we’re tired of Depp’s pirate schtick or if this fifth film is just one too many. But either way, we’re over it. Aaaaaaaaarrr you? (sorry…)

5 Feast in the East neuk “I’ll be Fife-bound on 10 and 11 June for the Crail Food Festival, where festival goers can sample the likes of venison, smoked fish, seafood, ice cream, gin and craft beer from a series of street food vendors in the harbour. There’s also children’s activities, live music and cooking demos for budding chefs. Day passes cost £6, kids go free;,” Carrie Mitchell, Acting Editor

T-SHIRT TANS It seems grossly unfair that our embarrassing tan lines are lasting soooo much longer than the two days of sunshine we’ve actually had. Knew we should have gone for #tapsaff DESIGNER WATER BOTTLES The bkr water bottle will apparently ‘change the way you hydrate forever’. Still doesn’t convince us it’s worth £25…





spinal of London creates covetable contemporary classics for men and women. The polished and practical accessories collections include bags, luggage, leather accessories and stationery and are designed to stand the test of time. Loved by the fashion-conscious for its stylish yet functional approach, Aspinal’s range of exquisitely crafted products, coupled with its personalisation service, is the perfect gift idea and offers something to suit every pocket, occasion and recipient. Aspinal of London’s handcrafted leather goods are made to be loved for a lifetime. Aspinal of London’s first standalone store in Scotland is at 43 George St, EH2 2HT, Tel: 0131 226 2815. For more exclusive prizes subscribe to the i-on weekly newsletter at

THE PRIZE To celebrate the launch of its first standalone store in Scotland, luxury leather brand Aspinal of London is offering i-on readers the change to win a Harrison weekend bag worth £595. Handmade from the finest smooth chocolate brown Italian calf leather, the Harrison Weekender is a chic day or overnight bag, perfect for work, the gym and short trips. This semi-structured, cabin-sized leather travel bag stands on brass base feet for extra protection and boasts a fully adjustable webbing shoulder strap as a comfortable alternative to the dual carry handles. Conforms to IATA & BAA regulation size for carry-on luggage. TO ENTER: For a chance to win, visit www.ionmagazine. by Friday 23 June 2017 and leave your details. The winner will be notified by email and announced in the July issue of i-on.

Terms and conditions: There will be one winner. The winner will receive a prize consisting of an Aspinal of London bag. The prize is as stated, is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Should the original prize, or any part of it, become unavailable for any reason whatsoever, the Promoter may substitute a prize of comparable or greater value.


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he entries are in and we’ve spent the last few weeks busily reading about all the brilliant people and businesses who took the time to be part of the inaugural i-on Breakthrough Awards. We received an incredible calibre of entries, confirming the quality of emerging talent across Scotland. Turn the page for our list of the businesses, people and places we think are worthy entrants and should most definitely be on the shortlist. But this is only the start. We need you to choose the finalists in each category; the people you think should go on to meet our judging panel in August.

HOW TO VOTE: • Check out the Breakthrough awards page at for the full shortlist and more information about each entrant. • Choose your finalists from some or all the categories (there are biogs to help you out). • Vote. • As a thank you for taking the time, we’ll enter all voters into a prize draw to win a magnum of Brut Reserve Taittinger Champagne, courtesy of Vino Wines. • Voting closes at 5pm on Monday 10 July.




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THE SHORTLIST CREATIVE STYLISTS AND POP-UP EXPERIENCES • Dram and Smoke pop-up dinners • Edinburgh Food Social • Fallon Carberry at Blow • Glasgow vintage and flea market • Ian Tod, stylist • I'll be your mirror, stylist team • Lash Art by Sarah • Lauren Gollan, make-up artist • Tammy Koslowski at NAF! Salon, nail artist • Murray McRae at Stag Barber Co. • The Pitt INDEPENDENT RETAIL • Bon Tot, baby and kids’ clothing • Catalog, interiors and design • Forty Clothing, menswear • Hoos, lifestyle and design • Instrmnt, minimalist products • Iolla, eyewear • Pad Lifestyle, design and lifestyle • Sara Hill, make-up brand • Scottish Design Exchange, design collective • The Method, lifestyle and massage MUSIC, ART AND CULTURE • Callum Beattie, singer/ songwriter • Ciara Harvie, singer • Emma McDowall, artist • Fiona McCrindle, Edinburgh drawing school • Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine • Matthew Hardy, Scottish Chamber Orchestra • Richard Gaston, photographer


ONLINE INFLUENCERS •, male grooming brand • Ellis Cochrane, • Sheri Scott, • Pam Gilmour, • John Robertson, • Chloe Milligan, •, online accessories brand • Adele Conn, • Lyndsey Whitelaw, Antonia Dowling, Zoë Dunnett, •, creative marketing agency DESIGN • ASHIRE, luxury accessories brand • Banton Frameworks, eyewear • Ilka, graphic design studio • Jaco & Co, commercial interior design • Lynsey Jean Henderson, handpainted art • Mairi Helena Wilks, textiles and photography • Old School Fabrications, design and build specialists • Rory Hutton, fashion designer • Shapes of things, children’s clothing • Warped Textiles, fabrics

FOOD & DRINK (PRODUCTS) • Aelder, whisky elixir • Bellfield Brewery, gluten free craft beer • Bon Accord, soft drinks • East Coast Cured, charcuterie • Edinburgh Beer Factory, Paolozzi lager • Shibui Tea • Tantrum Doughnuts • Twelve Triangles, bakery • Up Front Brewing, craft beer FOOD & DRINK (PEOPLE) • Craig Hutchinson at Colonnades, Signet Library • Helen Vass, Dulce • Jamie Knox at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe • Josh Littlejohn and Dean Gassabi, Maison Bleue at HOME • Kirsty McKerrow, Edinburgh Whisky Academy Ltd • Laura Wells, The Real Junk Food Project • Nicole Sykes at Voyage of Buck • Ricky Scoular and Brian Traynor at A'Challtainn • Stuart Muir, executive chef and co-founder of Dine

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i-on people We catch up with Penny Wotherspoon, director and financial adviser at PW & Partners, Edinburgh Financial Specialist, on the importance of supporting emerging talent and giving back

You’ve got behind the i-on Breakthrough Awards. What do the awards mean to you? Edinburgh is a hugely cultural city with some fantastic talent, incredible people and small businesses. I could not have built my business without the support of like-minded generous individuals. So, the opportunity to give something back is very important to me. Why did you chose to partner us on the Art, Music and Culture category? It would be difficult to live and work in Edinburgh and indeed Scotland without being affected by the wide variety of art, music and culture on our doorstep. I’m proud to live in such an inspiring city and the opportunity to champion emerging talent was one not to be missed. i-on Breakthrough party aside, what other events are you involved in this year? I recently sponsored and attended the Global Gift Foundation in Edinburgh. Set up by Eva Longoria, it aims to create a positive impact on the lives of children and women around the world. I’m also helping to organise two fundraisers in September this year: Lunch with an old bag, a lunch for 400 women to raise funds for the ‘Princes Trust’; and the St James’s Place Foundation Ball, an evening at the Museum of Scotland raising money for the SJP foundation.


In a nutshell Secret of your success? Absolutely know your weaknesses and play to your strengths and truly value the people who work with you to help create and build on that success. Key piece of financial advice? Set your objectives out very clearly and understand in depth why they are important to you and the impact that the results will have. Somebody hands you a million pounds, tax free. What do you do with it? I’m lucky enough to be able to support others personally and via my business – a share of this would absolutely have to go to others who need it more than me. In a parallel universe where you’re not a Financial Adviser, what’s your profession? Ah that’s easy – a wildlife photographer. PW & Partners Ltd, 18 Melville St, EH3 7NS, Tel: 0131 303 0053,

Ian Rankin’s

Edinburgh The crime writer on roadworks, rock star dreams and 30 years of Inspector Rebus

When did you first start writing? I've always written - I tried drawing comics as a kid, then moved on to song lyrics, poems and short stories. I was inspired by just about everyone I've ever read from William McIlvanney to Lawrence Block to R L Stevenson. If you hadn’t found success as an author, what job would you be in now? I suspect I'd probably be a teacher, an academic. Maybe a journalist. Those seemed to be the way my life was headed when I was in my 20s. But I'd rather have been a rock star... This year marks the 30th anniversary of your first John Rebus novel. Did you expect to be writing the character for so long? No, he was only meant to be around for one

book. But a detective is a good character for exploring society from top to bottom and I find him a fascinating and complex personality so he stuck around. The character was born and raised in Fife not far from where you were. What other similarities do you share? We both drink at the Oxford Bar and like the same music - but that's about it. We are very different characters; I'm not sure he'd have much time for me if we ever met. After living in Fife, London and France, what made you settle in Edinburgh? I spent seven happy years in Edinburgh as a student and met my wife here. It's a manageable size of city with an extraordinary history so I'm

Edinburgh’s best bits




For drinks: Traditional bars such as those Rebus frequents - from the Oxford Bar to The Abbotsford. But for a cocktail, I go to the bar at the Balmoral Hotel - they do a great Bloody Mary.

Books: I have an independent bookshop near me - the Edinburgh Bookshop on Bruntsfield Place. Lots of writers live in the neighbourhood and we all seem to shop there.

Dinner: I love Ondine for seafood; Castle Terrace for spectacle; but more often than not I head to the Bruntsfield Hotel - it's a short walk from my house!

To walk: The Water of Leith from Dean Village to Stockbridge. Or the canal out towards Ratho. Or The Hermitage. It's a bit out of the way so visitors often miss it. But walking into the woods, you feel like you're stepping into a Walter Scott novel - or TV's Outlander.

Live music: I love The Caves on Niddry Street. Such an atmospheric venue. And the Jazz Bar on Chambers Street is a great spot for music too.



never short of material for my books. Both our sons grew up in the city too and still live here. What’s the best thing about the city? Its geology and architecture. Walking through the city inspires me. Anything you would change about the capital? Is there any way to put a stop to the seemingly endless roadworks?! Where do you go for a quick escape from city life? There are so many quiet spots, from the Water of Leith to the various hills. Even the closes off the Royal Mile can lead to secret silent spaces. Where would you take visitors to see the ‘real’ Edinburgh? I always take visitors for a long walk, stopping off at bars along the route: the Blue Blazer, Bow Bar, Oxford Bar, Clark's... A real flavour of the city.

RebusFest: Celebrating 30 Years of the Iconic Detective takes place at various locations across Edinburgh from 30 June to 2 July. For information on all the events and to buy tickets, visit The 21st title in Ian Rankin’s Rebus series, Rather Be the Devil (Orion, £7.99) is published in paperback on 15 June.



EDINBURGH ON YOUR BIKE Running from 08-18 June and packed full of events for cyclists, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling is unmissable for those into biking. Talks, presentations, bike rides and workshops mean there’s something for cyclists of all levels. Find the programme of events at  


Billed as ‘one of the quickest, most stimulating stand ups in the land’, Russell Kane is bringing his Right Man, Wrong Age show to Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre on 18 June. For a night of razor sharp comedy, buy tickets at


PERFECT PAIRINGS The question of what to drink with dinner is no longer confined to whether you’ll have red or white – it’s now all about specialist collaborations between drinks brands and chefs. Brooklyn Brewery’s Head of Culinary Programming is flying over from New York to partner with the Edinburgh Food Studio on 15-17 June to create a series of dinners celebrating ‘good food, fine friends and rare beers’. Book a space at to experience limited and unreleased bottles from Brooklyn Brewery paired with Scotland’s best ingredients. And if you only ever associate gin with tonic, think again. The team at Dine are collaborating with gin brands to create an evening devoted to the spirit, with a three course gininspired menu paired with bespoke cocktails. To buy tickets for the event taking place on 12 June, visit


DESIGNER DETAILS Edinburgh College of Art graduate Frankie Dean, is about to appear at Graduate Fashion Week. We caught up with him before the show

Who are your style icons? Grace Coddington [the flame-haired Creative Director of American Vogue] and Agyness Deyn [model turned actress and BFF of designer Henry Holland]. What’s been your biggest ever fashion faux pas? I quickly realised I should never wear white because I just can’t keep it clean! Who would you most like to dress and why? I would like to dress people like Tilda Swinton, Erin O’Connor, and Hannah Martin. I admire their fearless approach to style – they dress for themselves, nobody else. Which designers do you admire? My work is informed by designers like Comme des Garçons and Dries van Noten. What’s next for Frankie Dean? I’m interested in moving into more print and textile development to pursue my interest in challenging how to use colour and line. Graduate Fashion Week takes place at the Truman Brewery in London on 04-07 June. Find tickets at

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BOOZY BRUNCH Because brunch without booze is just a sad, late breakfast


here’s no doubt about it; the days that start with brunch are the best days of the week. And if it’s a long, leisurely, boozy weekend brunch then that’s even better… just like the one on offer at Indigo Yard. Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch; brunch is that lazy, mid-morning meal where pretty much anything goes. From healthy smashed avocado and free range scrambled egg on lime buttered toasted sourdough, to full-on fry ups (and by this we mean the works; pork and herb sausages, Ayrshire bacon, eggs, hash brown, Heatherfield haggis, black pudding, tomato, mushrooms, baked beans…), the Indigo Yard brunch menu has got it all. As it’s the weekend, why not pair your dish with a few glasses of fine Prosecco? Or go for something a little more spicy; the Indigo Yard Ultimate Bloody Mary for example


is a clever concoction of bacon-infused Stolichnaya vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, pepper, lemon and a red wine float. Trust us, it’s a weekend winner and the perfect remedy for the morning after.

Boozy brunch at Indigo Yard costs £20 per person and includes any breakfast dish and two Indigo Yard Ultimate Bloody Marys or a half bottle of Prosecco, available every Saturday and Sunday.

Indigo Yard, 7 Charlotte Ln, EH2 4QZ, Tel: 0131 220 5603,


FLOWER POWER If you love all things floral, get yourself to Anthropologie on 10 June for a wreath workshop hosted by Narcissus Flower School. Learn how to make a Pinterestworthy summertime wreath for your home, or channel your inner earth goddess with a floral headpiece. Tickets available from


Robert Armstrong is head of business at Loake Edinburgh – a store responsible for kitting out Edinburgh’s most dapper gents with traditionally crafted brogues. I’ve been involved in fashion, textiles and footwear for over 30 years. I originally worked as an industrial knitwear designer and teacher in Scotland. I think of myself as retro, I’ve always loved original, well-made, timeless clothing and footwear. What sets Edinburgh gentlemen apart is our attention to traditional tailoring. It fits with our spaces, our architecture and our weather.

HOLIDAY INSPO Although best-known for his sought-after Edinburgh skylines, contemporary Scottish artist Jamie Primrose makes a seasonal departure in his latest showcase of new oil paintings at Dundas Street Gallery from 09 to 17 June. Inspired by holiday destinations and the gleaming luminescence of continental light in summertime, ‘Tranquil Destinations’ offers a glistening journey through France and Italy, from verdant vineyards in Provence and sparking vistas along the Cote d’Azur to the rolling landscape of Tuscany and the timeless, atmospheric waterways of Venice. It’s like taking a vacation without leaving Edinburgh.

I love to wear Loake brogues with clean, turned up denim and colourful socks from Corgi Hosiery. This summer look out for deck chair stripes, stone colours, colourful suede loafers and boots. My dear mother, Ruby, once told me ‘Fine feathers make fine birds’ so anyone well-dressed gets the thumbs up from me. Read the full interview at Loake, 18a Frederick St, Edinburgh, EH2 2HB, Tel: 0131 226 5444,



Out & about Acting editor Carrie introduces Little Magpie to the crowd

From maxi to mini and everything in between, we’d been searching high and low for the perfect summer dress. Thankfully help was on hand at Topshop’s style event held earlier this month at the Princes Street store. i-on’s very own Carrie Mitchell took on hosting duties quizzing Scottish fashion blogger Little Magpie on her tips for finding the perfect dress to see us through the summer.

Sweet treats came in the form of gooey chocolate brownies courtesy of Twelve Triangles. Yum.

Amy AKA Little Magpie meets some of her many followers

Alison Waddell, i-on’s Jo Morris, Marsha Cheyne

Angalica Brown, Emma Stewart

Fiona Dinsmore, Lorne Blythe, Issy Urquhart Grant Stott, Richard Laing, Helen Davey, Tristan Nesbitt, Alison Sproull, Mark Cooper, Andrew Anderson

LADIES WHO LUNCH It was a glamorous crowd who showed up at The Sheraton for the seventh ‘Ladies Love Lunch’ in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, Edinburgh. Grant Stott hosted the indulgent afternoon where the ladies enjoyed a welcome drinks courtesy of Pickering’s Gin, a delectable three course meal and mini treatments from One Spa, all while raising over £61,000 for the charity. Way to go, girls.


photography Lianne Mackay



Edinburgh’s premier luxury shopping street LINKS OF LONDON Hats at the ready. Links of London is now an official licensee to Ascot and Royal Ascot, a major highlight of the British social and sporting calendar, and is celebrating in style with this specially designed collection. Available at Links of London, Multrees Walk. Prices start from £45.

TOMMY HILFIGER The Bardot dress is everywhere this summer but there are few better than this Ivy Bardot Dress by Tommy Hilfiger, £125. It looks great teamed with a straw hat, sunglasses and espadrilles or layered over light denim jeans for more of a laid-back feel. Available at Tommy Hilfiger, Multrees Walk.

COACH We love the Rogue bag by new store about town, Coach, £795. It’s wellcrafted in glove tanned pebble leather with a luxe suede lining in the two outer compartments, and the top handles and removable straps allow in hand or over the shoulder carry options. Available at the new Coach store, Multrees Walk.

NORTH AMERICA TRAVEL SERVICE There’s no better time to discover Canada than when a sale is on. Deluxe accommodation in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, The Rockies and Calgary are all on the agenda in the 14 night Western Canada Discover itinerary, costing from £3,535 per person with discounts offered on selected departure dates.


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Laura Cully tries out the valet service at Edinburgh’s Buggy Repair Centre Words I never thought I’d say: “I’m taking the Bugaboo for a service and valet.” But after eight years of diligently obliging off-road, sandy beaches and cobblestones, the Rolls Royce of the buggy world (IMO) had done its time in our household and was headed to pastures new for the arrival of a friend’s newborn. So in a bid to ensure she was at the top of her game, off she went to the Buggy Repair Centre in Stockbridge. The shop specialises in Maclaren and Bugaboo but Graeme (the buggy guru) tackles broken brakes, wonky wheels and crooked chassis for Stokke to Uppababy and everything in between. Three days later (you can hire a buggy from them while yours is out of action) I picked up a good-as-new version of my beloved Bugaboo - steam cleaned to within an inch of its life using environmentally friendly products, pumped up and ready to go. Prices for a pushchair valet start from £39; servicing costs from £39. Buggy Repair Service,13 St Stephen St, EH3 5AN. Tel 0131 226 4141.


The Art of the Cocktail An exclusive exhibition of vintage menu art from 1930s-1950s. Framed prints available.


Amy Falconer visits contemporary Argentinian steak house CAU

Informal and bustly, and situated right in the heart of town on Castle Street, CAU is the perfect place for a catch up with friends over great food. As everyone knows, the best meals begin with cocktails so we started with a CAU girl martini, £8.50, and CAU-LYPSO, £7.50, before turning our attention to the Malbec menu (yep, a WHOLE dedicated menu). To kick off the meal, we shared paprika chicken anticuchos skewers with guacamole, £6.75, and belly of pork tempura, £6.95. The chicken was succulent and well flavoured, but the pork tempura a little heavy. Next up: BEEF, of course. I chose tender and melting medallions, £15.95, and my partner the sirloin, £18.50, with a plethora of sides including CAUSLAW (geddit?!), £3.25, onion rings, £2.95, and chunky chips, £3.25, doused in classic pepper sauce and blue cheese hollandaise, £1.95. Stuffed to the gunnels, we just managed to squeeze in (beside another glass of ohso-good Malbec) chocolate fondant and ice cream, £6.25, and berry cheesecake, £6.25. We left with top buttons undone and happy faces, delighted there’s another place to enjoy steak and chips in the capital without breaking the bank. To book, call 0131 226 2262 or visit

Hoefly’s Cocktail Kiss, California, 1930s

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ife & Style Edinburgh is an exciting new event due to hit the capital next month. Taking place 01-02 July, your ticket grants you access to everything from fashion shows and beauty treatments, to yoga workshops, cocktail-making masterclasses and talks from celebrity and local speakers, plus pop-up showrooms from big name brands and top local businesses. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, we’ve picked out our must-dos…


Life & Style Edinburgh will take place on Saturday 01 and Sunday 02 July at the Royal Society Edinburgh building, George Street.


Sophie Robinson of The Great Interior Design Challenge


‚‚ Catw at one of the fashion shows er featuring Anthropologie, Oliv Bonas, Marks & Spencer, Covet, L.K.Bennett and many other leading brands ‚‚ Styling sessions: Get top tips from the experts from r Jenners, Gap, Loake and othe top names


BEAUTY nts: Complimentary

‚‚ Treatme of treatments from the likes s Clarins, Neal’s Yard Remedie n Brow ton Mol and new ‚‚ Makeovers: Get a whole an look thanks to Benefit, Urb Decay, Nude by Nature and Cheynes Hair & Beauty very own ‚‚ Workshops: Make your take it bath bomb with Lush and away to enjoy at home


‚‚ Masterclasses: Shaken or stirred, learn from the cocktail pro’s from Badger & Co and Element ‚‚ Tastings: Enjoy tea tastings with The East India Company, tuck into the Marks & Spencer Food Hall pop-up, and sample Wagamama’s juice menu ‚‚ Pairings: Relax with food and wine pairing masterclasses with Veeno

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‚‚ Holiday el insider tips from STA Trav on how to get the most from your budget and plan your dream holiday


‚‚ Talks: YouTubers Gavin Bell and Shaun Vlog will show you how to create the perfect vlog ‚‚ Test drives: Head to St Andrew Square Garden to check out the latest from Tesla and book in for a free test drive


‚‚ Design advice: Get design and styling advice from Anthropologie, BoConcept and Junipa at Jenners on how to create your dream home or office space


‚‚ ‘Common Interior Crimes and Fixes’ with the BBC’s The Great Interior Design Challenge judge Sophie Robinson ‚‚ ‘How to vlog’ with Scotland’s top YouTubers Gavin Bell and Shaun Vlog ‚‚ ‘Top travel tips and inspiration’ with STA Travel ‚‚ ‘Get your hygge on’ with BoConcept ‚‚ ‘#BeTheBestYou’ with Scotland Women’s Rugby Captain Lisa Martin ‚‚ ‘#goals’ with lululemon ‚‚ ‘Breakfast hacks’ with Bibi’s Bakery


‚‚ Yoga sessions: Join lululemon for a free morning yoga session in St Andrew Square Garden ‚‚ Health MOTs: Ask The Roxburghe Hotel about their mini health MOTs and get involved in their nutrition and fitness workshops

Tickets cost £15 and are available at Tickets include entry to a morning (10am-2pm) or afternoon session (2pm-6pm), a welcome drink, a £5 voucher to spend at participating businesses, reserved seating at a fashion show, limited complimentary treatments and entrance to the Lifestyle Stage talks.


The best way to spend your summer A round up of June’s hottest offers

A BEAUTIFUL OFFER Summer usually spells a flurry of wedding invitations so whether you want to glam it up or keep it natural, award-winning make-up artist and hair stylist Caroline Stewart can create your look in the comfort of your own home. Quote i-on when booking to receive a 10 per cent discount. Tel: 07831 561 099,

SUMMER ESSENTIALS Before you hit the beach, head to Ocean Terminal and stock up on summer essentials. We love this halter-neck swimsuit featuring cut-out detailing and a sweet floral print. At £24.99 it’s perfect for lounging by the pool. Plus, if you download the H&M app you can earn points every time you shop. 98 Ocean Dr, EH6 6JJ, Tel: 0344 736 9000,

ZEN MEN Get groomed for less this June. With a full repertoire of customised treatments and services available, from advanced facials and tailored massages to brow taming and even men-icures, men can enjoy 20 per cent off everything at Zen this month. Teviot Pl, Hanover St, Bruntsfield Pl,

KEEP COOL It’s time to throw off those layers of cardigans, coats and scarves and embrace the fresh new summer looks at Jane Davidson. Nothing beats a crisp white slip dress, like this one by Charli London featuring delicate straps and a flattering v-neckline. It’s yours for £195. 52 Thistle St, EH2 1EN, Tel: 0131 225 3280,

SUMMER GLOW Cheat your way to the sun-kissed look with a little help from Vita Liberata Spray Tan, available at NOW by One Spa. This organic tanning treatment gives longlasting hydration and a beautiful golden colour. Usually £25 but i-on readers can enjoy a 20 per cent discount in June. 8 Conference Sq, EH3 8AN, Tel: 0131 221 7777,

TASTE OF SUMMER Le Di-Vin serves a range of small plates and sharing platters to complement your favourite wine, most sold by the glass. Enjoy a complimentary cheese or charcuterie tapas platter when you buy a bottle of wine, Monday - Wednesday, 3-6pm. 9 Randolph Pl, EH3 7TE, Tel: 0131 538 1815,



BEACH WAVES From beach waves to festival braids, head to Cheynes to get the hottest looks of the season. Alternatively, if you want to turn up the volume, check out the blow dry bars in every salon. Here you can glam it up any day of the week for just £25. George St, Drumsheugh Pl, York Pl, Lothian Rd, Bruntsfield Ave,

INSPIRATIONAL DINING Kick back with authentic Thai cuisine and cocktails and take in the spectacular summer sunsets at Chaophraya Edinburgh. Boasting one of the best views in the capital overlooking the castle and surrounding cityscape, where better to spend a laid-back summer evening. 4th Floor, 33 Castle St, EH2 3DN, Tel: 0131 226 7614,

SUNNY OUTLOOK Make the most of the sunshine and treat yourself to a pair of designer sunglasses at The Opticians at Marchmont. From Ray-Ban to Tom Ford, you can enjoy 30 per cent off any pair when you quote i-on. 26 Warrender Park Rd, EH9 1JG, Tel: 0131 662 9440,

GOOD MORNINGS Loudons is open daily for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Choose from a selection of 14 eggs benedict dishes, homemade cakes, loose leaf tea and fantastic coffee. Everything is freshly made on-site with a wide range of dietary requirements catered for. 94b Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA, Tel: 0131 228 9774,

NEW THREADS Update your summer wardrobe with a Scandinavian edge at Kakao by K. While you’re browsing their latest collections, sign up in store to their mailing list and receive 15 per cent off full price stock in June. Just quote i-on. 45 Thistle St, EH2 1DY, Tel: 0131 226 3584,

TREAT TIME If you’re looking for a dairy-free way to hold off the heat this summer, get yourself down to your local Real Foods store and grab one of these new, dairy-free, naturally sweetened, raw, chocolate coated, creamy lollies from Miiro. Nice without the naughty. 37 Broughton St, 8 Brougham St,



GLASGOW MUSIC CITY There’s an eclectic mix of performers in town this month. The mighty Stone Roses play Hampden Park on the 24 June; the voice of Frozen’s Elsa, Glee and Broadway star, Idina Menzel, is at the Royal Concert Hall on 20 June; composer Hans Zimmer performs at The SSE Hydro on 17 and 18 June; and 24 actor Kiefer Sutherland and his guitar visit SWG3 on 27 June. Contact individual venues for ticket and booking information.

A CORKING DAY Calling all Champagne lovers… Moët Party Day returns on 17 June to celebrate the birth of the celebratory Champagne spray when, on winning the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1967, Dan Gurney sprayed a Jeroboam bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne over the crowd. 50 years on, Moët marks the tradition with a series of global parties and Glasgow’s the host city for Scotland. We know the celebration will take place at The Social, other details are still being finalised, check in at for updates.


REEL GOOD TIME June means one thing in Glasgow West End Festival time. The annual fest, one of the city’s largest cultural and entertainment events, runs from 02-25 June with lots of free activities and entertainment including the Vincombe Street Outdoor Ceilidh. Check out for all the festival highlights and ticket information.

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What’s next for you and the blog? Our first baby is due this summer so I’m sure the blog is bound to evolve. I still want to keep fashion and travel as the main focus but I am also really enjoying interiors and have had such a great response to the start of my Home Tour post series.

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The stylish West End blogger behind on fashion, family and why she always loves coming home to Finnieston

What’s the story behind the name of your blog? I started my fashion and travel blog almost six years ago now after chatting with a friend who suggested I take the plunge. Her name is Fi so the name of the blog was born. I love it but my only regret is the numerous emails I receive addressed to Fifi!

Favourite area in the city? Finnieston for its amazing eats and drinks, and proximity to the beautiful Kelvingrove Park. I always like showing friends from out of town around my favourite haunts in the west end. City’s best kept secret? Its optimism. I often hear people putting Glasgow down but I truly think we’re a city full of friendly, happy people.  

Glasgow’s best bits

Which do you enjoy most – travel or fashion? Wow, tough call... probably the travel. Fashion is fun but transient. The memories of travel stay with you forever and I have been so lucky to visit some amazing places over the years. What’s the best thing about coming home? The dogs, always. They’re Finnish Lapphunds, aged 2 and 10, one good, one extremely naughty!  They have their own hashtag on Instagram #MrKandTux Where would you recommend for a day trip from the city? I’m a huge fan of the beach and we find ourselves in Troon most weekends but my favourite beach within striking distance is Yellowcraigs at North Berwick - it’s beautiful and quiet and you can head to the Lobster Shack at the marina for a meal or Steampunk for an excellent coffee afterwards.


What would make the city a stronger attraction? Probably better weather... but then it wouldn’t be Glasgow, would it? Lobster Shack

For coffee Kelvin Pocket Drinks with pals Cocktails at The Finnieston Pizza Paesano, Great Western Rd Posh nosh Crabshakk Sunday roast Porter & Rye A pamper session Blythswood Square spa Last minute outfit H&M or Zara


For one night only, i-on and GUSTO have teamed up to give you a top quality menu at an exclusive price On Wednesday 21st June you'll get three courses from the A La Carte menu and a GUSTO spritz cocktail for just £20 To book: gustorestaurants.

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YOUR GRAND ENTRANCE AWAITS A haven in the heart of the city, Grand Central Hotel is renowned for its exceptional wedding offering and abundance of style and glamour, making it one of the most sought after locations across Glasgow. The Grand Room has recently undergone a full refurbishment, bringing 21st century touches to the iconic venue that is packed with original features dating back to the building’s original Queen Anne style architecture, without compromising the hotel’s vintage glamour. | 0141 240 3700 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow G1 3SF



SUMMER SHOPPING GUIDE The city’s retail scene is heating up in time for summer - here are three of our favourite new stores across the city


New fashion boutique END is the start of so many wardrobe possibilities but, ladies, while there’s a smattering of female friendly gear, this one is predominantly male territory. There are some stonking brands on the rails including Yeezy Season 4, Neil Barrett, A.P.C. Maison Kitsuné, Vans Vault, Filling Pieces. Check them out for yourself at 196 Ingram St, G1 1DG, Tel: 0141 248 1351.


There’s much excitement around the mid-June opening of SWG3 Niche Bazaar Studio and having had a sneak peek, we can confirm it’s entirely justified. It’s the second site for Glasgow’s original optical provocateur, Brenda Connelly, (Candleriggs’ Niche Optical Tailor isn’t moving) and we bet you’ll be begging for a prescription when you see the range of iconic contemporary specs and vintage silhouettes curated and on display. 100 Eastvale Pl, Glasgow, G3 8DG.


Ruby Woo has joined Shawland’s Skirving Street’s cool coterie of independents. There’s a little bit of everything from designer-inspired accessories to summer separates from labels such as Sugarhill, all personally sourced by the boutique’s owner, Fiona. If you’re bored of the high street, chances are you’ll be wowed by Ms Woo’s wares. 39 Skirving St, Glasgow, G41 3AB.

A little TLC We’re very much a positive lot here at i-on but we know life can throw anyone a curveball, with cancer one of the most devastating and life-altering experiences. That’s why we’re giving a shout out to Moving Forward, a post-treatment survivorship course for women affected by primary breast cancer. The course runs in six hospitals across Greater Glasgow and Clyde (roughly 18 courses annually) with the next programme taking place at Gartnavel General Hospital from 02-23 June 2017. The course is free to attend and you can self-refer. Travel and/or childcare support is also offered. For more information, visit or to register, Tel: 0141 353 8330.


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With Father’s day coming up on 18 June, we spoke to one father and daughter about what it really takes to be a good dad...


Glasgow comedian Mark Nelson on the day-to-day reality of fatherhood


hat makes a good father? Disney playlist on repeat and If you actually bother to knowing every single key change read the countless baby to Hakuna Matata. It is almost books, you’ll hear the usual things: breaking your back installing car a father must be a pillar of strength, seats which are heavier than the car support and discipline. Aren't these itself. Then cleaning those car seats all a bit obvious though? I don't and finding organisms which are think there are many new fathers basically new forms of life. stunned to discover they have to Most impostantly, being a good support their kids: “What I need to father is doing whatever they want clothe them as well? Damn, wish to do. Your life is no longer your we’d just got a goldfish.” own. You will spend more time in No, what really makes a good a soft play now than you will ever father is all the small things you do in a pub. You will watch the do every day, the little tasks and film Frozen 18 times. A day. You responsibilities that no book or will have to listen to conversations expert will ever give you. Like where the only subject is how many changing that very first nappy cats they have seen that afternoon. and realising you will never fear You will spend a small fortune on anything again because you have a holiday which will essentially just experienced be you being as hell and may stressed as you “BEING A GOOD never have are at home, FATHER IS DOING but in a hot functioning nostrils ever WHATEVER THEY country instead. again. Or taking You will order a WANT TO DO. YOUR spinach risotto them home for the first time and LIFE IS NO LONGER for a three-yeardriving at three old throwing a YOUR OWN” miles an hour, tantrum because just in case. Then being worried that is apparently now their about them every single second of “absolute favourite.” Only to then every day for the rest of your life. have to send it back for sausages Waking up at every slight noise as and chips because said threeif someone has just driven a train year-old “doesn't like green things through your bedroom. Googling anymore.” You will play games that every cough, splutter or scratch and your child has just created rules being convinced by the results that for. You will then be chastised for they have caught the Black Death.  not following these rules which are It’s being prepared to be a literally changing by the second.  personal chauffeur for them and You’ll experience all of these little their friends regardless of time or things. You’ll get stressed, annoyed, location. It is being constantly asked tired, angry. But what really makes “Are We There Yet”?, even though a great father is going through all of you haven't even left your driveway. that and knowing that you wouldn't It is listening to a specially created change it for the world. 

Mark’s three-year-old daughter Isla on how her dad makes her happy


hen my dad asked me what would make him a good dad, I said if he let me open up another packet of Percy Pigs. He said he needed more than that. But that is what makes him a great dad, he makes me happy. Not just with sweets though. He makes me laugh. Apparently he is some sort of comedian, I don't really know what that is. But he makes me laugh every day. He pulls funny faces, he does funny voices. He picks me up and spins me round. It is like having a rollercoaster in my house. He puts me up on his shoulders until I can almost reach the sun. He tickles me until my tummy is sore with laughing. He plays hide and seek with me but he’s not very good because I

“HE PICKS ME UP AND SPINS ME ROUND. IT IS LIKE HAVING A ROLLERCOASTER IN MY HOUSE” always find him. He sits and watches Frozen with me and he must love it as much as I do because he never says he doesn't want to. Then when I am too tired from all the fun, he tucks me in and kisses me goodnight. I know my dad does a lot for me but what makes him a great dad is, he always makes me smile. Mark will be performing his new show ‘Irreverance’ at Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival from 02 to 27 August. For tickets, visit And watch out for more appearances from Mark and Isla on BBC Scotland’s Short Stuff.



OUTDOOR TYPE? You could be. Make the most of the (slightly) warmer weather and get out and about this summer with a little help from our must-read guide words Carine Seitz


Whether you’re looking for the perfect location for a spot of wild swimming or trying to find the most unspoiled Scottish wilderness, Wild Guide Scotland (£16.99, Wild Things Publishing) is the best thing to have at your fingertips. Promising hidden places, great adventures and the good life, the book is an indispensible guide to our country’s best beaches, mountainscapes, forest and wild life. Each regional section opens with a guide to the perfect weekend, which frankly, does all the hard work for you. i-on readers receive a 20 per cent discount and free P&P with code ‘ion’ at




‘Outdoor swimming in Scotland’ might seem like an oxymoron, but there’s always sunshine on Leith so there’s nothing to stop you from taking the plunge. David Lloyd’s ( Newhaven and Glasgow clubs have heated outdoor pools complete with sunloungers and parasols so if you squint your eyes you could be in the Med…. honest. For those a little braver, wild swimming has had something of a resurgence in the last few years, with wetsuit-clad fans taking to the country’s lochs and reservoirs for a dip. For two-time 10-kilometre open water world champion and Olympic silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne, the appeal lies in a sense of freedom. She says “there are no lane ropes, no fast lanes to navigate and no smell of chlorine, just an incredible buzz. Loch Lomond is my all time favourite place to swim, because the water is crystal clear.” Edinburgh’s Portobello beach is a popular spot, busiest during the summer months; while South Queensferry gives a pretty impressive view of the bridges if you take a pause to tread water. If you’re after a more serene swim, head to Threipmiur Reservoir in the Pentlands. Its high peat content means the water can be unseasonably warm, making for a less breath-stopping jump in. Gourock pool (west of Glasgow) offers the best of all worlds. It ticks the outdoor and salt water boxes, but is also heated to 29 degrees and has changing facilities and showers. Best of all, on selected dates over the summer they’re open for midnight swimming, so you can gaze at the stars while you’re back-crawling. How nice does that sound? For details visit enterprise/GourockPool. If you'd like to be coached by Keri-Anne Payne on open swimming and performance nutrition, see for details on her August retreat to Cameron House.




WEST on the Green

A drink in the sun is one of life’s greatest – and in Scotland, rarest – pleasures, so it’s important to get it right Best places in Edinburgh… FOR PUB LOVERS If you like things relaxed and low key, check out The Blackbird’s urban beer garden in Bruntsfield, head to Morningside for a drink on the Canny Man’s hidden terrace or hop over to Duddingston for a drink in the courtyard of the famous Sheep Heid Inn. FOR BEER FANS Eight real ale taps make The Cumberland’s beer garden the destination of choice for sunworshippers looking for a pint of heavy in the New Town. FOR COCKTAIL DRINKERS Not only is the terrace at Malmaison Edinburgh a total suntrap, if you go Sunday – Thursday you can get selected cocktails for £5. Cheers!

Best places in Glasgow… FOR A SUNNY SIESTA Check out the new terraza at Charing Cross’s Cubatas. With its authentic tapas, Spanish beers and Glaswegian accents you’ll think you’re in Marbella.

FOR HUNGRY BELLIES At street food market The Pitt you can eat to your heart’s content when you’ve had a few sherries and feel the need for a snack.

FOR EASTENDERS Drygate has an envy-inducing outdoor area and the beers are pretty special or there’s The Backyard at BAAD at The Barras - still a bit of an insiders’ secret (until now).

FOR FASHIONISTAS The Forth Floor Terrace at Harvey Nichols. Where else would the well-heeled go for Champagne al fresco?

FOR A PUB CRAWL Ashton Lane’s good all year round but its officially great in summer. Bounce from bar to bar before settling into Brel’s rejuvenated beer garden for the duration of your night. FOR CULTURE VULTURES After a visit to the People’s Palace, sample the top notch beers at West on the Green – the only UK brewery to produce all its artisan beers to German Purity Law. FOR MAXIMUM TANNAGE Another new addition to the city’s sunny delights is 1051 GWR. Set back from the street, this roof top terrace offers a bit of privacy but because it’s south facing, it’s worth investing in a SPF if you’re indulging in a long sesh.

The Forth Floor Terrace


FOR TOP TUNES With rum on tap and some of the best DJs in the city pumping out tunes, the Rum Shack’s Stranthbungo backyard suntrap will have you thinking you’re in Havana in no time.

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Gone are the days when a packed lunch meant a sweaty cheese sandwich and a flask of tepid tea. Set the bar high with our Ultimate, Luxury, Picnic of Dreams!

Collezione Riondo Prosecco, Great Grog Brownies, Twelve Triangles

Cupcakes, Cuckoo’s Bakery

Traditional pork pie and piggy black pie, Mr C’s Pies

Mixed olives, Valona & Crolla

Cheese, Ian Mellis Fruit and veg, Phantassie Organic Produce

Assorted charcuterie, East Coast Cured

Caesar Augustus Lager IPA, Williams Bros. Brewing Co Tracklements hot garlic charcuteriment, Valvona & Crolla Salmon, Uig Lodge




Assorted chocolate, Coco Chocolatier

Soft drinks, Bon Accord

The Hidden Garde ns

Bottled cocktails, Lucky Liquor Shop

If you’re not chef enough to put together your own picnic, this helpful lot will do it for you. ‚‚ CARLUCCIO’S Glasgow dwellers can take advantage of Carluccio’s ready-made picnic service, priced at £45 for two people (children’s options are also available). At least four hours notice is required. To order, go to ‚‚ WEDGWOOD Paul Wedgwood will tailor a hamper to your requirements at around £70 for two people, and can provide tableware (as well as the all-essential bottle opener, wet wipes, and various other items). See for more information. ‚‚ GALLERY OF MODERN ART / HOPETOUN HOUSE Visit the Heritage Portfolio-run cafes at the Edinburgh Galleries of Modern Art or Hopetoun House, and you can pick up a picnic to enjoy out on their lawns. Ask at the counters for more details.

FIVE PLACES TO TAKE YOUR PICNIC Hermitage of Braid & Blackford Hill Nature Reserve EH10 6JF A wooded nature reserve and a hill for you to climb off your lunch. Take a camera for the amazing views over Edinburgh. Seacliffe Beach EH39 5PP A small 2 unspoiled beach not far from North Berwick. The £3 access charge is worth every penny. Vogrie Country Park EH23 4NU Woodland 3 walks and a miniature railway make this a great spot for children. The Hidden Gardens G41 2PE A Zen like 4 greenspace located at the Tramway – alcohol and music free. Bliss. Glasgow Botanic Gardens G12 OUE With 5 the Kibble Palace (should it rain) and a neighbouring Waitrose (should you run out of pop), why picnic anywhere else?


Crackers, Earthy

Charcoal loaf, Twelve Triangles

Wild garlic pesto, Earthy Foods Photo by Susie Lowe




We put our heads together to give you some of our favourite places to go a-wandering in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Edinburgh RIVER ALMOND WALKWAY ‚‚ Suggested starting point: Cramond Glebe EH4 6JN ‚‚ How long: around 5 miles ‚‚ What’s en route? Not strictly on the walk itself, but The Cramond Inn is perfectly placed nearby for a post-walk congratulatory beer. UNION CANAL WALK ‚‚ Suggested starting point: Behind Akva on Fountainbridge EH3 9QV ‚‚ How long: The total length is around 32 miles and finishes in Falkirk, so if you’re up for a long walk you can fill your boots. ‚‚ What’s en route? Fuel up at Akva before you set off, and if you get far enough you can pop into Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho for a spot of bouldering. WATER OF LEITH WALKWAY: STOCKBRIDGE TO GALLERY OF MODERN ART ‚‚ Suggested starting point: End of Saunders Street EH3 6TQ ‚‚ How long: Just under 3 miles ‚‚ What’s en route? The Dean Village is plenty pretty for Instaworthy photo stops along the way.


Glasgow SOUTHERN NECROPOLIS TRAIL ‚‚ Suggested starting point: Caledonia Road G5 0JX ‚‚ How long: Roughly an hour and a half but longer if you want to fully investigate some of the monuments and memorials. ‚‚ What’s en route? It’s a residential area so you’ll find plenty of shops for supplies and after the trail you can visit the close at hand Glasgow Cathedral and St Mungo’s Museum or Drygate brewery – whichever is your persuasion. KELVIN WALKWAY: CLYDESIDE TO MARYHILL ‚‚ Suggested starting point: SECC, then follow the Clyde down river. ‚‚ How long: Around 5 miles. ‚‚ What’s en route? The Tall Ship, the Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow University, the Botanic Gardens… you’re unlikely to get bored of the view.


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FOR A GRAND DAY OUT In the east…

The National Museum of Rural Life © Sean Bell

DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK Part of a recent park revamp, Restoration Yard features a café, chic shops and a Wellbeing Lab (offering yoga and pilates classes amongst others). Scene of many an Edinburgh ‘80s-kid’s party, the adventure playground at the park is now called Fort Douglas and is better than ever – turreted treehouses, suspension bridges, slides and secret tunnels will entertain children no end. DR NEIL'S GARDEN Nestled between the loch and kirk in Duddingston Village, this beautiful garden is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets. Created in the ‘60s by husband and wife team, Drs Nancy and Andrew Neil, to encourage patients to get active outdoors, the garden is now open for the public to enjoy and has a café offering home baking. ARCHERFIELD ESTATE As well as being home to one of the best spas ever (Fletcher’s Cottage is amazing), the Archerfield Estate boasts a popular Walled Garden where visitors can explore a network of pathways, as well as a 5k running route. Children love the Fairy Trail, where they can sprinkle fairy dust at the tiny doors of fairy houses and this year, there will be an outdoor performance of Romeo & Juliet too. THE SECRET HERB GARDEN A summer must-see, the extensive gardens house more herbs than you knew existed, many of which are used in the café. There's also educational courses on subjects like beekeeping, and full moon dinners.

In the west… ARDARDAN Set in a restored walledgarden on the banks of the Clyde, this friendly family-run estate features a garden nursery, farm and woodland walk. Stock up on local produce in the shop and fill up on homebaking in the tearoom. ROUKEN GLEN PARK With lush lawns, woodland walks, impressive waterfalls, a walled garden and even entertainment for the little ’uns, it’s easy to see why it has a 4-star visitor attraction rating from Visit Scotland. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RURAL LIFE Ever fancied life on a farm? Get your wellies on and head to this interactive museum in East Kilbride. While you won’t get the opportunity to do any lambing, you will be able to visit the museum’s working farm and get up close to some of the livestock.

Dr Neil’s Garden


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BEACH Channel the French Riviera this summer with nautical stripes, high waists and some seriously stylish accessories photography Susie Lowe • stylist Carrie Mitchell • makeup Mairi Gordon model Rachel Flett - Model Team • location Portobello Beach

Helle cotton dark navy jumper, £115, Norse Projects at Epitome of Edinburgh. Bow fedora, £17.50, Marks & Spencer.



Red lace-up swimsuit, £29.50, Marks & Spencer. Inge classic stripe ecru top, £85, Norse Projects at Epitome of Edinburgh. Jeans, £105, American Vintage at Harvey Nichols, Gingham flatforms, £39, and turquoise tassel earrings, £8.50, both Topshop.




OPPOSITE PAGE Moto oversized denim shirt, £34, Topshop. Marine shorts, £155, Sandro at Harvey Nichols. Navy bandeau bikini top, £18 and sunglasses, £15, both Next. Aster striped headband, £28, Anthropologie. Beach towel, £9.50, Marks & Spencer. THIS PAGE Lace skirt, £209, Maje at Harvey Nichols. Scafati Ultramarine Necklace, £285, S Max Mara at Epitome of Edinburgh. Ribbed triangle bikini top, £14; Simone cateye sunglasses, £16; and black tassel earrings, £14, all Topshop.


FASHION Cropped jeans, £35; striped bikini top, £12; and navy tassel earrings, £10, all Next. Louis poplin shirt, £68, and Judith ‘Paradise’ floppy hat, £54, both Anthropologie. Ring metal necklace, £14.50, Topshop.


Indigo rayon/linen French sleeve shirt, £205, Blue Blue Japan, and brass bracelets (set of 3), £42, CATHs, both at Epitome of Edinburgh. Red cotton trousers, £118, Anthropologie. Gold leather sandals, £39, and pink tassel earrings, £14, both Topshop. Sunglasses, £6, Marks & Spencer.

9 WAYS TO STAY FIT ON HOLIDAY Personal trainer Martin Ebner’s guide to staying in shape in the sunshine


RISE AND RUN By exercising first thing, you’re far less likely to skip it altogether. One of the hardest parts of exercising on holiday is motivation. By delaying your workout to later in the day, you risk choosing G&T’s and guilt over exercise.


FIND YOUR SEA LEGS The sea offers an abundance of excellent ways to keep fit: swimming, kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, wind surfing, water skiing, diving, hell, even


hopping on the banana boat will help burn off a few calories.


SKIP DESSERT By digging into a second serving of that double chocolate sundae, you may well return home twice the person you were before you left. If you simply can’t resist the sweet stuff, split a dessert with your other half, do dessert every other night or opt for the fruit salad.


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GO FOR ACTIVE EXPLORATION What better way to explore your new surroundings than by using your legs and lungs? Bike shops, hotels and tour companies all offer cheap bicycle rental at holiday destinations. Failing that, strap on some comfy shoes and get pavement pounding. You’ll burn up to 500 calories per hour walking briskly – and it’s free. Win win.


FOREGO THE FRIES Where possible, chose baked, steamed or boiled foods over fried. You’ll not only enjoy a heartburn free holiday, you’ll also save up to 450 calories and 50g fat per meal. Enough said.


HIT THE GYM Hotel gyms are no longer made up of dusty crosstrainers and rusty weights. With the global fitness trend, hotels now cater to even the most enthusiastic of #gymrats. For a quick, effective session on the treadmill, try my simple HIIT workout: 60 second sprint, followed by 60 - 90 seconds active rest (walking/jogging). Repeat 5-8 times then you can get back to the sunlounger.



BOOK A LOCAL PT With the global fitness trend, personal trainers are now more affordable than ever. By bringing a pre-paid standing appointment to the table, you’re far less likely to cancel. And you never know, you might just get into an exercise routine you can take home as a souvenir.


CURB THE BOOZING It’s inevitable that you’re going to have a drink or two and rightly so, you are on holiday after all. If however, you’ve got a tendency to go overboard, try minimising the damage by a) sticking to clear spirits - vodka and gin have fewer toxins and impurities than dark ones like whisky and rum - and b) having a glass of water for every alcoholic drink - by doing so, you will slow down alcohol consumption and reduce your chances of waking up to a stinking hangover.


CHOOSE A BUFFER BREAKFAST As tempted as you may be to tuck into a bowl of sugar-drenched granola followed by a full fry-up, try to rein it in at the breakfast buffet. Opt for unsweetened cereal, poached or boiled eggs and a portion of fruit. By kick starting your day off right you’re physiologically more likely to follow suit for the rest of the day.


Martin Ebner is a Scottish born, certified personal trainer and the founder or Ebylife in Barcelona. His company offers tailor-made personal training and wellness services to tourists and short term visitors. For more information, visit



THE ULTIMATE GLOW-GIVER For a radiant, natural summer look, swap your cream or powder foundation for a lighter gel formula. Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation, £43, is an aqua-gel formula giving the dewy finish of a day spent outdoors. It also contains SPF 25 to protect your skin when the sun decides to shine.


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Best for detoxing Combining a juice cleanse with daily exercise and inspiring seminars, Amanda Hamilton's detox fit bootcamp break at the Macdonald Marine WHAT Hotel TO & PACK Spa in MAKEUP ARTIST North Berwick promises an average TIPS 0.3 fat loss PAGE of 1lb per day. TOPrices COMEstart FROM at £895; SUSIE

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Best for healthy eating At the exclusive SHA Wellness Clinic in Sierra Helada, Spain, the focus is on physical and mental wellbeing, taking the best from eastern and western medicine along with a team of experts to create goal-driven health programmes and Macrobiotic diet. Prices start at £1,109 for a four night break;


Best for yoga Offering an abundance of peace and tranquility, La Serrania in Majorca is a yoga hideaway in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains near Pollensa, Twice daily yoga sessions take place in the garden and there’s a swimming pool for a refreshing break. Prices start at £995 for 7 nights including meals and yoga;


SUPER SPFS Some of our favourite beauty buys now come with added sun protection • The ultimate antiageing cream by Elemis is now even more powerful. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30, £82 for 50ml. • Estee Lauder’s most popular long-wear foundation has a new high factor formula, Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50, £35. • Reese Witherspoon’s favourite moisturiser Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream now protects your skin with SPF 30, £24.50.

Leave your heavy scents at home and pack one of Tom Ford’s new all over body sprays, £44 for 150ml, when you jet off for warmer climes • For an intoxicating woody herbal, choose Tom Ford Costa Azzurra. • For Mediterranean florals and a hint of citrus, go for Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino. • For refreshing mandarin, lemon and spearmint, try Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi. • For sunbaked florals with addictive amber, it has to be Tom Ford Soleil Blanc.

LIP SERVICE Keep your pout soft and sweet with a lighter formulation than your usual lippie SHINE: Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gloss, £26 (pictured), offers mouthwatering colour and a refreshingly light texture. SAVE: Dr Paw Paw’s tinted balm, £6.95, offers subtle moisturising colour that can be used on lips and cheeks.


BRILLIANT BRONZERS The harmless route to healthy-looking tanned skin • Sisley’s Phyto ToucheSun Glow Powder, £71, comes in Golden Peach (for fair skin) and Honey Cinnamon (for olive skin). Sweep the brush across the three shades for a natural all-over glow or use the colours separately for contouring and highlighting. • Bobbi Brown’s Limited Edition Illuminating Bronzing Powder, £30, is available in three holiday inspired colours – Antigua, Maui and Santa Barbara - each offering varying shades of pinky bronze for a natural flush. • Tom Ford’s Soleil Bronzing Powder, £52, is a silky, lightweight liquid powder for long-lasting, buildable coverage in the chicest white and gold compact (pictured).

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HAIR SAVIOURS Keep your locks looking good in the sun, sea and sand PROTECT: Umberto Giannini Pool Proof Leave-In Protect & Condition Cream, £8 is a clever, deep conditioning treatment with builtin UV filters to stop the drying effects of salt water and chlorine. RECOVER: Davines SU hair mask, £19.90, replaces softness, moisture and shine during and after sun exposure. STYLE: Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Heat Protection Mist, £5.99, is packed with deliciously-scented coconut oil to nourish and repair.

PERFECT SUMMER SKIN Make-up artist Mairi Gordon’s step-by-step guide to a flawless, glowing base

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Start off with clean moisturised skin, I like to use Embroylisse Lait-creme Concentrate, £13. It moisturises the skin beautifully and gives a perfect base for your makeup.

For fresh, youthful summer skin, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation, £40, delivers every time. Apply with a Real Techniques sponge or buffing brush to get an even base all over.

For added glow, buff in a cream bronzer such as Charlotte Tilbury's Beach stick in Ibiza, £30. The creamy consistency glides on effortlessly for a gorgeous illuminating colour.

If you feel you need some concealer, blend YSL Touché Eclat, £25.50, under the eyes and over any blemishes then finish your base by applying a little Vaseline on the lips.

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Claire Leighton sets out to get her pins in shape for summer


Cards on the table time: my legs are not my best feature. They have never been slender, long or toned. They are more of the solid reliable type, an oak tree rather than a willow if you like. So, any suggestion that their appearance could be vastly improved is generally met with a dubious raised eyebrow. It was with said eyebrow that my doubtful legs and I attended Lift shape sessions at Edinburgh's YourGP. The treatment is supposed to give skin a firmer look, using radiofrequency waves to contract the collagen. Sarah, the cosmetic technician, took a glance at my thighs and said six sessions would make a difference so off we went. In each session, she'd simply rub a hand piece gently over the area, which wasn't painful, it just felt similar to someone gently squeezing. Still sceptical, I was shocked to see significant improvement after six sessions. Gone were the bumpy cellulite nasties and in their place, slimmer thighs and smoother skin. Whilst I’m not quite ready to break out the hotpants, I'll definitely feel more confident when my legs have to come out of hibernation this summer. Prices start from £150. To book, call 0131 225 5656 or visit


Make your eyes pop with a sweep of gilded colour SINGLE: Victoria Beckham’s Eye Metal in Bitter Clove, £36, delivers a high-shine finish of densely pigmented colour to add some serious spice. DOUBLE: Tom Ford’s Cream and Powder Eye Colours, £48, is a two-tiered product which can be used together to create a molten glow with an intense shimmer. MULTI: The NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, £55, (pictured) is a veritable gold mine of twelve gleaming shadows for your richest look yet.

HOT HIGHLIGHTERS Enhance your tan with one of these illuminating products • Bobbi Brown’s Glow Stick, £26, is an ultralight, easyto-use highlighter offering sunshine on-the-go in eight stunning shades. • Burberry’s Fresh Glow Highlighters, £45, have added two new shades to the range – Pink Pearl and Rose Gold – so now you can choose from four flattering shades to find the perfect subtle glowgiver for your skintone. • A new addition to Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess collection, the Limited Edition Illuminating Powder Gelée, £34, is a unique formulation blending liquid, powder and gel for a smooth, even application and incredible colour projection.


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Anna Atwal, owner of Edinburgh boutique PAD Lifestyle, shows Emily Murray of interior blog The Pink House around her inspirational home


nna Atwal is showing me around the third property in Edinburgh’s New Town that she and husband Haj have lived in – and renovated – over the past three years. But, confides Anna, this one’s different. “We won’t be selling this house in a hurry,” Anna smiles. “This is the one we’ve been looking for, on the perfect street. This is home. So we’re here to stay.” It’s easy to see why it’s a keeper – the house has me at ‘hallway’, a generous space which hints at the colour and pattern delights to come: green original encaustic tiles, leafy Christian Lacroix wallpaper and a throne-like rattan chair upholstered in deep pile apple green Designers Guild velvet. Turns out this chair is part of Anna’s own range of bespoke, hand-crafted furniture made in Indonesia. As we move towards the stairwell, light spills from above, reflecting off the pale walls and whitewashed floorboards. “I started by painting everything white, then layered on colour bit by bit,” explains Anna. The result is a wonderfully bright home, with grey accents below dado rails and on doors, fitted wardrobes, fireplaces and chimney breasts to ground the space and pick out interesting detail.



The white floor and walls also help to showcase the townhouse’s many eyecatching accessories, most of which can also be found in PAD Lifestyle, Anna’s luxury boutique, which sells a fabulous interiorsmeet-fashion mix on Edinburgh’s Howe Street, and online. As I stand there coveting everything around me, I ask whether PAD stands for “Pretty Awesome Décor”. Anna laughs: “I’d love to say yes, but it’s really ‘pad’ as in ‘your home’. It’s also a launch ‘pad’ for independent designers – I love helping new, talented designers reach a bigger audience of design-thirsty consumers.” One of the local artists Anna champions is Edinburgh-based textile designer Hatti Pattisson, whose ‘Into the blue’ velvet cushions adorn Anna’s bed. “Hatti was the first local creative we stocked at PAD – she’s an amazing artist,” enthuses Anna. As well as supporting up-and-coming artists, Anna has an expert eye for curating items by some of the interior world’s biggest names including Jonathan Adler, Kelly Hoppen and Designers Guild - both at home and in PAD. Perhaps her biggest designer crush though is on Christian Lacroix – her house pays

“PERHAPS HER BIGGEST DESIGNER CRUSH THOUGH IS ON CHRISTIAN LACROIX – HER HOUSE PAYS HOMAGE TO HIS FABRICS AND WALLCOVERINGS” homage to his fabrics and wallcoverings. The mostly-white wow-factor kitchen, for example, is set off and softened by a Christian Lacroix palm tree mural. The tropical kitchen mural is repeated in five-year-old son Leo’s bedroom, with added splashes of green. “Leo’s obsessed with the Incredible Hulk and all things green right now,” says Anna. “This mural worked perfectly in his room.” An oversized Bluebellgrey beanbag waits invitingly for someone small to superman onto it. The hint of green in the Pols Potten lamps in the blue sitting room – which I christened thus due to its striking navy feature wall (Designers Guild’s Moonlit Night) – is



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Oversized lamps bring sculptural statement, colour and form to a room. Art hung low means you can easily see it, and it feels more accessible. Fabulous chandeliers ramp up the wow-factor. I-can’t-believe-they’re faux flowers everywhere are an excuse for some stunning vases. Splashes of green bring vibrancy to the rooms – green goes with everything. The dark blue sitting room wall camouflages the large TV with ease.


another example of how Anna uses colour to take rooms to the next level. And then there’s the dreamy firstfloor pink drawing room, with which I fall instantly in love. A huge Muuto peachy-pink sofa, rose gold over-sized lamp bases, pink faux foxgloves in the fireplace and splashes of pink inside the lampshades combine to create a restful yet glamorous space. The soaring ceiling is accentuated with a supersized mirror, large lamps and the big sofa. “Playing with scale is one of my top interior design tips - I especially love oversized lamps; they make such a statement.” Any more interior advice? “Accessorize with abandon! Make your home your own – there are no rules…” Although Anna has no formal interior design training – her background is in PR and advertising – the years spent refurbishing their string of properties (along with an office refurb and another two flats) have clearly taught her everything she needs to know. “Some interior designers can be a bit sniffy about the fact I don’t have any qualifications, but I’ve learned as I’ve gone along. I’m always playing around with colours and layouts and different

items from PAD.” How does husband Haj feel about the ever-changing decor? “Oh he’s happy to let me get on with it. Although sometimes he will come into the shop, see something he likes and say, “why don’t we have that in our house?!” Chances are, by the following week, they probably will.


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Vietnam Hello

Anna Matheson discovers the best of the country in an action-packed two-week trip

FLY INTO CAPITAL CITY HANOI The centre of Vietnam’s capital is steeped in a millennium’s worth of history, but it’s also its busiest district. The lively streets are dotted with ancient temples amongst the narrow buildings and filled with an overwhelming mishmash of street vendors, locals and tourists – as well as more scooters than you can imagine. MUST-EAT: The city is renowned for its street food, but to find the hidden gems, you might need help. We booked ourselves onto a street food tour (, which gave us a friendly introduction to the city’s best bites from classic noodle dishes like Bun Cha (rice noodles with grilled pork,) to Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches and egg coffee. TREK IN SAPA An eight-hour overnight train ride from the capital, the beauty of Sapa is worthy of a detour. It was established in the early 1900s as a hill station by French colonists but today, its mountains and plunging valleys full of rice paddies are perfect for trekking. MUST-SEE: We booked a private guide through Sapa Sisters, a collective of local women from neighbouring Mung Hoa Valley. After opting for a tough climb that took us to the top of the valley, our hard work and sweat in the 30-degree heat was rewarded with panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery in almost total isolation from other hikers. CRUISE HA LONG BAY No trip to Vietnam would be complete without taking in the beauty of Ha Long Bay. Set in north Eastern Vietnam and about four hours by bus from Hanoi, the best


way to take in the serene emerald waters is by boat, so book yourself onto a cruise ( to sail through the thousands of towering limestone islands topped with rainforests. MUST-DO: A two night cruise will take you further into the more peaceful (and less touristy) Lan Ha Bay and allow you enough time to stop on the largest island Cat Ba, where you can hike through the mountainous national park and stay one night in a cabin on the beach. Paradise. CHILL OUT IN HOI AN Next, we flew into Hoi An, just an hour’s hop from Hanoi. With its mix of decorative Vietnamese tube houses, vibrant French colonial buildings and Chinese shop houses and temples, Hoi An is bursting with history. But it’s also a cosmopolitan destination when it comes to its gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and lounge bars. We spent most of our few days in this beautiful old town sipping Vietnamese drip coffee and watching the world go by. MUST-BUY: Take advantage of the expert local tailors and get yourself a bespoke outfit made at a fraction of the price you’d pay in the UK. I had a beautiful dress made by Peace Tailors in the Ancient Town and will think of my trip each time I wear it. DISCOVER VIETNAM’S HISTORY IN HO CHI MINH CITY Once known as Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city is an hour’s flight from Danang on Hoi An. It played a major role in the wars and remains the place to discover the country’s rich history. Sure, the city has a more Western




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feel, with plenty of chic brunch spots and restaurants on offer but with only a couple of days to spare, we focused on seeing the sights. MUST-SEE: The War Remnants Museum gives an essential yet sobering look at the brutalities of the war and its effect on the Vietnamese people, while a little way out of the city are the Cu Chi tunnels, where you can take a look into some of the 250km of secret tunnels used throughout the conflict. For some retail relief, stop by Benh Thanh Market to stock up on trinkets to take home. RELAX ON PHU QUOC ISLAND After travelling all over the country via plane, train and boat, a few days of sun, sea and relaxation was just what the doctor ordered. Located in the gulf of Thailand, an hour’s flight from Ho Chi Minh, Phu Quoc island is still largely undiscovered and covered in dense greenery but luxury hotels are popping up amidst the jungle. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is by far the most tranquil of the hotels on offer, as the fivestar retreat is nestled in one of the island’s southern bays near the beautiful Sao Cao beach – and only 15 minutes from the airport. Every suite offers a stunning view of that deliciously blue sea and whether you want to paddle board on the private beach, recline by one of the three pools or be pampered in the spa, there’s something for everyone. MUST-EAT: With five gourmet restaurants, there is plenty of food on offer, but our favourite spot was by far Red Rum – a romantic veranda style restaurant set by

Hoi An JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

the beach serving fresh meat and delicious seafood. A trip to the main town, Duong Dong, for local seafood in the night market is also a must. BOOK NOW! With the potential for direct flights from Hong Kong coming in the next few years, Phu Quoc won’t remain a secret for long so book yourself into paradise now. Rooms at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa start at $400 USD per night,

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And breathe… Rebecca McCosh escapes to peaceful Perthshire for some much-needed R ‘n’ R


hanks to a wrong turn, what should have been an hour and a half journey from Edinburgh to Crieff turned into a three hour ‘scenic’ detour via Bathgate. It wasn’t exactly the best start to our weekend so when we arrived, Knock Castle Hotel & Spa had a challenge on their hands to turn this into the relaxing break me and my husband needed. The transformation, however, was instant. Our room, the Drummond Castle Suite (pictured), featured a two-metre circular bath and a traditional four poster bed. Just the thought of a luxury soak and an uninterrupted sleep had an


immediate calming effect. There were plenty of thoughtful extras too such as a bouquet of fresh flowers, handmade chocolates and a bottle of chilled Prosecco. But most impressive of all was the stunning view of the peaceful Perthshire countryside. Already feeling the tension in my shoulders ebbing away, I headed to the spa for a relaxing full body massage then to the pool for a refreshing dip before dinner. Enclosed in a glasshouse and surrounded by woodland, even the pool makes the most of those beautiful country vistas. But it was dinner in the Rooftop Restaurant

where the hotel played its ultimate trump card. The culinary highlight was the dark chocolate sphere which, when smothered with hot salted caramel sauce, melted to reveal layers of chocolate brownie, mixed berries and ice cream. I took my last bite just as the sun was setting behind the rolling hills - a view definitely worth taking a detour to see.

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David Pollock on the band the world can’t get enough of right now




THEIR NEW ALBUM IS ONE OF THE YEAR’S MOST ANTICIPATED When news dropped in May that The National’s new album Sleep Well Beast would arrive in September alongside a UK and US tour in support, you could sense the intake of breath from their devoted fans across the world. And The National are clearly a band to feel devoted to, with nearly twenty years of history behind them and (soon to be) seven albums which have tracked them growing and developing both musically and as people. They’re exactly what you want from a career rock group, with a sound which challenges but feels comfortably familiar all at once.


THEY’RE A BAND EVERYONE NEEDS TO HEAR The Brooklyn quintet – lead singer Matt Berninger, with brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf – have grown alongside their fans, and it’s no exaggeration to say their last album, 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me, is a modern classic, an uplifting epic which takes listeners on a real emotional journey. File them alongside Radiohead or Arcade Fire (both also playing Scotland this summer), and enjoy the wealth of great music they’ve created, from 2005’s raw Alligator to 2010’s rapidly maturing High Violet. Hopefully Sleep Well Beast lives up to the expectations.


THE FRONTMAN’S A PRETTY SNAPPY DRESSER “A suit is a sign of respect,” says Matt. “I realised around when Boxer came out that I wanted to [be in a band] for a long time, and I didn't want to look like one of these guys in their forties trying to look like they are still in their twenties. So I got a suit fitted and thought "I can wear this until I'm a 100 years old." It's important to show I respect that more people are coming to our shows

now. This is important, and I should dress up for it.” One of Matt’s career highlights is being complimented on his style by one of his musical and sartorial heroes: “I passed Leonard Cohen between two tents at a festival in Barcelona and he complimented my hat. Those were the only words he said to me: ‘Nice hat’, so that was a big moment for me.”


THEY’RE 2017’S UNDISPUTED KINGS OF THE SAD SONG And their sombre mood is with good reason, as it turns out. “Can I say for the record, I’m a little bit in love with Hillary Clinton, and I’m not afraid to admit it,” Berninger told Rolling Stone in the run-up to last year’s US election. Since they formed in Cincinatti, Ohio, way back in 1999, the band have been staunch political campaigners, supporting Barack Obama’s election campaigns and many other causes. They were unlikely to have been impressed with the eventual election result.


THROUGH IT ALL, THEY SING OF LIGHT IN THE DARK On record, Berninger sounds like a man who has been through the mill and still found hope enough to stand tall, and it’s this quality which gives fans such inspiration. “Being able to put into some form of expression, the confusion and the anxiety and the fear and the loneliness and the heartbreak and the desire... you don't solve those things but just by writing them down, it helps you sort of own them,’ he says. ‘The songs I write are sad, but they're a way of staying above water.’ Plus he insists he is a pretty happy guy day-to-day: “The biggest thing is being a dad and a husband, those are the things I work hardest on and all that stuff has made me enjoy the music stuff so much more, because it puts it all in perspective.”

The National play the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, on the 20 and 21 September and tickets are on sale now.



THE HOT EDINBURGH FESTIVAL TICKET The hottest shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe are already on sale – here are our top picks to give you a head start

JASPER JAMES 03 June, Reading Rooms, Dundee. One of Glasgow’s hottest young DJs makes a return appearance at All Good.

FLEABAG 21-27 Returning to the AUG festival where it debuted and won a Fringe First in 2013, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s frank onewoman feminist comedy about navigating big city life is back after life as a hit, BAFTA-winning BBC show. While Waller-Bridge films the new Han Solo film, Maddie Rice will be stepping into the main role. Underbelly George Square.

THE LAST QUEEN OF SCOTLAND Created by the National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep Theatre and Scotland’s acclaimed Stellar Quines company, with a live soundtrack by Patricia Panther, this new play tells of forced migration through the eyes of a refugee from 1970s Uganda to Dundee. Underbelly Cowgate.

03-26 AUG

THE CRAIG FERGUSON SHOW Although he found huge fame in America on The Drew Carey Show and then with his own CBS talk show The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Scottish audiences are more likely to remember Cumbernauld-raised Ferguson as Bing Hitler at the Edinburgh Fringe or alongside Peter Capaldi in the band Dreamboys. This is his first time on an Edinburgh stage in 24 years. Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre.

07-18 AUG



SUB CLUB X NAUTILUS RISING 03 June, The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre. One of Subculture’s residents fulfils an ambition to DJ in space. Kind of.

SUE PERKINS LIVE! IN SPECTACLES Now bona fide television royalty following her run (alongside long-time onscreen partner Mel Giedroyc) as presenter of Great British Bake-Off while it was on BBC One, Sue Perkins returns to the stage for a limited run of her solo stand-up show. We’re promised stories, an audience Q&A and a “user’s guide to Mary Berry”. Pleasance Courtyard.

23-27 AUG

CHARLOTTE CHURCH’S LATENIGHT POP DUNGEON As a teenager, she sold millions with ‘Voice of an Angel’, and since, she’s been a pop star, television presenter and reluctant celebrity. Her Pop Dungeon was one of last year’s most celebrated live shows, a full-band covers set which sees the versatile and formidable singer tackle everything from Beyonce to Rage Against the Machine. Summerhall,

25-26 AUG

GARY BECK 10 June, Ice Factory, Perth. The Glasgow techno producer (Soma, Drumcode, Cocoon) guests at Tantric. MIKE SERVITO 29 June, Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh. A guest set from the house and techno playing veteran of Detroit and Brooklyn’s scenes. MANO LE TOUGH & THE DRIFTER 30 June, Riverside Museum and Sub Club, Glasgow. Sensu’s famous house boat party and afterparty returns.




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THE BOOK SHELF This month’s must-reads

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett (Orion, £12.99) This bittersweet follow-up to 2015’s bestseller The Versions of Us sees singer/ songwriter Cass Wheeler taking a musical journey back into her past. As she selects the songs to go onto her unique greatest hits compilation, the moving story of her life emerges and Cass finally begins to make peace with her memories. Out 15 June. The Child by Fiona Barton (Transworld, £12.99) When three women read the same seemingly insignificant paragraph in an evening newspaper, they each find themselves drawn into a decades-old tragedy. This gripping new thriller from the author of stunning debut The Widow sees the return of investigative journalist Kate Waters who is, once more, on a hunt to discover the truth. Out 29 June. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Penguin, £18.99) The second novel from the author of the Booker-Prize winning debut The God of Small Things is another remarkable tale, this time transporting us across a sub-continent and into the lives of a series of characters living on the fringes of society in Delhi and Kashmir. Above all, a story of love, this richly-told narrative is surely another instant classic. Out 06 June.



“Thank God it’s worked out, I have very few other marketable skills!” Edinburgh author Kaite Welsh on her debut novel The Wages of Sin a gothic murder mystery set in the capital I’ve always been fascinated by the 19th century and writing historical fiction is the closest I can get to time travel. When I was studying at Edinburgh University, I saw the plaque dedicated to one of the first female doctors, Sophia Jex-Blake next to one dedicated to Arthur Conan Doyle and thought “There’s a crime novel in there…” It took a few years to get around to writing it but now I’ve created a world and characters I don’t want to leave! The Wages of Sin is the first in a series following my character Sarah Gilchrist - fallen woman turned amateur detective. Sarah is one of Edinburgh University’s first female medical students who discovers the murdered corpse of one of her patients, a prostitute called Lucy, in a dissection class and goes on a crusade to bring her murderer to justice. It’s a bit Gothic and very feminist, but also funny in places.

It took two years to write the book, during which time I got married, left London for Edinburgh and let my friend convince me that watching six seasons of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman was valuable research. It wasn’t, but I do now have a healthy crush on Jane Seymour. The novels get written through a combination of coffee and not much of a social life. I’m lucky that my wife is also a writer so often our idea of quality time is to sit at our respective desks ignoring each other. As a child, I was constantly reading, writing or daydreaming. I wrote my first novel after I finished my Masters - it was terrible, but I had fun writing it, then I wrote two more that never got past a first draft. When the idea for The Wages of Sin came along, I had a good idea of where I’d been going wrong before and I’m delighted to say it’s worked out. I have very few other marketable skills. The Wages of Sin (£16.99, Tinder Press) is out now.

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A cut above Leave the burgers in the freezer and kick off barbecue season with this delicious dish courtesy of Edinburgh’s Chop House restaurant

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CHOP HOUSE STEAK SALAD WITH CHIMICHURRI AND PICKLED RED ONIONS ‚‚ Serves 2 Ingredients For the chimichurri ‚‚ 1 or 2 red chillies (depending on preference) ‚‚ 4 garlic cloves ‚‚ 12g parsley  ‚‚ 8g mint  ‚‚ 50ml olive oil  ‚‚ 30ml sherry vinegar ‚‚ 4g sugar  For the salad ‚‚ 300g gram fillet steak ‚‚ 2 gem lettuce ‚‚ Handful of tomatoes ‚‚ Pickled red onions (prepared in advance) ‚‚ Salt and pepper ‚‚ Olive oil

Method 1. Blitz all the chimichurri ingredients together in a food processor. 2. Season each side of the steak with salt, pepper and olive oil then put on the BBQ. For medium rare, cook on each side for approximately 2 minutes then check the temperature with a probe, in the centre of the steak. Rare is 52 degrees celsius, medium rare is 57, medium is 63, medium well, 66, and well done, 71. Cook until desired temperature is achieved. 3. Once cooked, let the meat rest for three minutes before slicing – this results in a juicier, tastier steak. While it rests, prepare the gem lettuce and tomatoes in a bowl or plate and add some pickled red onions and chimichurri. 4. Add the thinly sliced steak and then more pickled onion and chimichurri on top. Season and accompany with your favourite glass of red wine. Enjoy!  For the recipe for Chop House’s pickled red onions, visit



5 power-packed smoothies Kick-start your day with one of these delicious healthy recipes

Mango to Tango Mangoes are full of vitamins, are energising, and are known in India as “the fruit of the gods.” In combination with fennel and orange, it makes for an unusual, revitalising fruit experience. Blend together: ‚‚ ½ cup (100 ml) orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed ‚‚ 1 organic orange with some peel ‚‚ ½ cup (100 ml) water ‚‚ 1 medium ripe mango (or dried, soaked mango pieces, 8-10) ‚‚ 1 cup (80g) fresh fennel





MacCucumber Cucumbers are great for aiding digestion, rehydrating the body and replenishing vitamins. Combined with mint, they simply taste refreshing, especially served over ice. Blend together: ‚‚ 2/3 cup (150ml) water ‚‚ 1 apple ‚‚ About 12 mint leaves ‚‚ 1 tbsp (9g) coconut sugar or 1 tbsp (12g) xylitol ‚‚ ½ a cucumber ‚‚ Juice of half a lemon

Bloody Hell A very nifty and well thought out mix of grapes, red beets, orange juice and mint delivers an intense, beautiful purple color and a taste that leaves you wanting more. Blend together: ‚‚ 4 mint leaves ‚‚ 4 ice cubes ‚‚ 1 red beet ‚‚ 1 tbsp (12g) flax seeds ‚‚ 1 handful (1/3 cup or 60g) of both red and green grapes ‚‚ 1 tsp lemon juice ‚‚ ½ cup (100ml) freshly squeezed orange juice ‚‚ 1 tsp acai powder




Low Carb

The mix of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, as well as a bit of spice from the ginger, makes this smoothie into something extra special. More importantly, it is full of valuable nutrients.

Hangover Cure This exotic green smoothie with mango, avocado, banana and grapes awakens and revitalizes the body. The chia seeds make it a really powerful drink.


Blend together: ‚‚ ½ cup (100m) coconut water ‚‚ 1 handful (1/3 cup or 60g) of grapes ‚‚ ½ a banana ‚‚ ½ a mango ‚‚ ½ cup (40g) kale ‚‚ 2 tbsp (20g) avocado ‚‚ ¼ cup (50ml) rice milk ‚‚ 1 tbsp (13g) chia seeds ‚‚ 4 ice cubes

Blend together: ‚‚ ¼ cup (60ml) water ‚‚ 1 cup (30g) spinach ‚‚ ½ a yellow pepper ‚‚ 1 handful (1/3 cup or 60g) of grapes ‚‚ 1 medium apple ‚‚ 2 ½ tbsp (10g) parsley ‚‚ 1 tbsp (15ml) lemon juice ‚‚ 1 small piece of ginger ‚‚ 4 ice cubes

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EXCLUSIVE I-ON READER OFFER Start your day with a journey for the senses at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian


waken your senses and ease into your day with a luxury breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. Indulge in rich flavours freshly sourced from across Scotland and take in the unparalleled view of Edinburgh Castle. Take your time over the three courses, breakfast is always better when it’s savoured slowly.


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‚‚ The Quintessential Scottish Breakfast Experience brings together some of the best produce Scotland has to offer: ‚‚ A Continental selection of freshly baked bread and pastries, Scottish cheeses, meats, fruits and yoghurts ‚‚ A selection of fresh salmon including the signature orange salmon ‚‚ A main dish featuring ingredients sourced from Speyside, the Highlands, the Islands or the Lowlands ‚‚ Specialty coffee, tea or fruit juices

i-on readers can enjoy a complimentary cocktail with their Quintessenti al Scottish Breakfast when dining in June. Call 0131 22 2 8945 or email breakfast.r eservations@ m and quote ‘i-on’ when book ing.

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It’s a Grand Slam! Gleneagles serve up an ace with their new Wimbledon themed afternoon tea


nyone for tennis? Or would you prefer a tennis themed afternoon tea? Thought so. Gleneagles is happy to oblige with its delicious Wimbledon themed afternoon tea (£57) complete with art deco champagne trolley loaded with strawberries and cream and champagne to help celebrate the day’s play. During Wimbledon fortnight (03– 16 July) the special tea will be served (!) in the Glendevon lounge, a recently refurbished room that not only offers amazing views across to the Ochil Hills but also celebrates the heritage of the hotel and its tradition of highland hospitality. Expect elegant décor, exquisite silverware and china, and luxurious furnishing to accompany the quintessentially British tradition. And if you can’t make it during the tennis, you can content yourself that the normal afternoon tea (£40) is


anything but, with a selection of French pastries, beautiful cakes, buttery scones and finely cut finger sandwiches, baked and prepared each day by its team of pastry chefs. Available from 12.30–3.30pm by reservation, Tel:01764 694270. The Gleneagles® Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire PH3 1NF,


Fairy Blossom Book a very special birthday with Archerfield Fairy Trail’s most famous fairy, Blossom. Lunch £15 pp / Afternoon Tea £12 pp including wand or sword, face painting, fairy dust, Fairy Trail tour with Blossom, plus tea & coffee for adults. Archerfield Estate, East Lothian, EH39 5HQ 01620 388 588 |

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Is West (end) really best? We check out the newest eateries to open up Westside of Edinburgh and Glasgow to find out

OTRO Becky Conway makes herself comfortable at the new opening from the people behind New Chapter


alking into Otro on a Friday evening, we were greeted by a friendly front of house team who seated us in the airy dining room, perfect for a summer’s evening. Showcasing seasonal ingredients, the menu had ample choice but not so much as to be overwhelming. I chose mushrooms on toast, £5.95, to start. Served with wild garlic and a runny poached egg, it was comfort food at its best. For mains, after a lot of deliberation I opted for North Sea trout served with parsley mash, sea vegetables and smoked mussel veloute,


£16.50. Bursting with freshness, each mouthful was as enjoyable as the last. My dining companion chose the slow-cooked beef cheeks, curly kale and bourguignon sauce, also served with parsley mash, £16.95. The beef was rich and warming, making for a hearty dish. A shared generous side of green beans with roasted hazelnuts, £3.50, was the ideal accompaniment to the rest of the meal. I always make room for desert and I wasn’t disappointed. My pistachio and peanut butter parfait, £6.50, was delicious without being overly rich. We also took the hit and tried Yorkshire rhubarb cheesecake and stem ginger ice cream, £6.50, the perfect combination of tart and sweet. A lovely bottle of Sauvignon Blanc accompanied the meal, and we received a macaron each to take home, the perfect end to a lovely meal. Otro also serve breakfast, so a return trip will soon be on the cards. 22 Coates Cres, Edinburgh EH3 7AF, Tel: 0131 556 0004,



INNIS & GUNN BEER KITCHEN Susie Cormack Bruce gets down with some Glasgow gastropub grub


pread over the three floors of Ashton Lane’s former Cul de Sac – with a bustling ground floor microbrewery and bar, restaurant on first floor and the more cocktail friendly Attic Bar on the second – the Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen looks the part and it’s evident some serious investment has gone into it. Rightly so, as this is the Edinburgh brewers first venture west and the current flagship in I&G’s burgeoning empire Understandably beer is the focus here and this new addition is the first of the I&G Beer Kitchen’s to brew onsite, with special editions being offered for those who fancy something a little different. One of which, the marshmallow milk stout, £5, my partner happily sampled and clearly enjoyed as he soon ordered up another. Despite being fully booked (we reserved a table the week before), the restaurant felt spacious and the staff were on top form, allowing us a little time and space to reach our decision. The menu looked pretty standard British gastropub fayre but it proved to be a bit more polished. I started with the haggis Scotch egg, £5.50, while Mr. Milk Stout went for the KFC – Korean fried cauliflower, £5.50. The KFC surprisingly moreish and I’d definitely order both again. For mains, I chose the fish and chips, £11, but got serious food envy when I saw the pork belly, £12.20, being placed at the other side of the table. My dish was good but the pork belly definitely won the mains round. Plates cleared, we were then shown the desserts list but frankly I was stuffed and opted for an espresso, £2, instead while my man happily devoured the chocolate pot, £5.50. Is it the best in the west food wise? Mmm, no but then it’s not trying to be. This is honest, hearty gastro pub grub. If it’s an epicurean experience you’re after, head to Finnieston but if you’re looking for decent tucker in a


smart setting, along with a great atmosphere, smashing service, and, of course, all the beer - then this welcome new addition to Ashton Lane more than delivers. 44 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ. Tel: 0141 334 6688.

BEST OF THE REST PAESANO PIZZA The popular pizza joint now has a second home on Glasgow’s Great Western Road, bringing authentic Neapolitan artisan slices to those west of their original branch on Miller Street.

ISHKA This restaurant and cocktail bar is the newest addition to Morrison Street in Edinburgh, serving contemporary Scottish cuisine with a nod to the Mediterranean.

MEZZE AT THE ROTUNDA Perfectly located for those heading to a show at the SEC, Mezze offers small sharing plates as well as spectacular views over the River Clyde. mezze-glasgow



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old onto your hats… we’ve got one smokin’ evening lined up for i-on readers. We’ve teamed up with talented pop-up masters Dram & Smoke to bring you the exclusive Edinburgh launch night of The Campfire Feasts series of dinners at the Biscuit Factory. The event takes place on Thursday 03 August ahead of their month- long residency during the festival, until 27 August. Here’s how it works: 1. Dram & Smoke transform an unexpected location (The Biscuit Factory) into a one-of-a-kind restaurant. 2. The chefs take a four course, seasonal menu and adapt it into a nostalgic childhood camping trip experience. S’mores please! 3. You buy tickets online (letting them know if you need to sit next to anyone else on the night). 4. You arrive and kick things off with a welcome cocktail. 5. You eat and hang out with private party vibes and a wellstocked bar.

Dram & Smoke debuted in Edinburgh at last year’s festival with a month of sell-out events. There are limited places for the launch night on 03 August so if this sounds like your kind of night, then head immediately to to buy your tickets. We’ll see you there.

I-ON READER NIGHT On Thursday 03 August, i-on brings you the launch night of Dram & Smoke’s Campfire Feasts. Tickets are the exclusive price of £35 for one night only (usually £40pp) and £35 gets you: ‚‚ 1 welcome cocktail ‚‚ 4 course seasonal tasting menu (pork ribeye and venison Cumberland, pictured.) All dietary requirements catered for. ‚‚ Live Music ‚‚ Access to the bar after dinner until late (dinner finishes at around 9.30pm To buy tickets, visit and book for Thursday 03 August.



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TAKE T O T HE S T REE T S In honour of Father’s Day, we headed to Finnieston to find out the best piece of advice your dear dads ever gave you

“Be fair to others,” Anna Miranda, 42, walking the dog in Kelvingrove Park.

“You only have one life, enjoy it as much as possible,” Joey Ward, 26, spotted strolling past Lebowskis on the way to work at Glasgow Uni.


Photography Oliver Henderson

“Always rinse soap from a pint glass before pouring otherwise you lose the head,” Edinburgh-based James Redfern, 41, spotted after spending the night in Glasgow following the Iron Maiden gig.


“Have faith in your own decisions and be open to new possibilities,” geography student Dieuwertje Van Muyden, 25, spotted having a coffee outside Seb & Mill.

“Don’t be scared to stop something and start again if it isn’t working out,” student Callum Howe, 23, spotted on Kelvin Way just after completing his final exam.

“Only gamble with your heart,” Scott Hughes, 45, hard at work in his barber shop Soul Barber Room.

“Be kind to others as everyone has a story,” Ricardo Morales, 65, having a smoke outside The Grove pub.

“Have faith in yourself and be strong,” barman Leroy Maje, 28, on the way to work at Liberté.

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I WAKE UP… at 7am, shower and have a cup of tea while checking for any overnight web orders then I have to rouse the sleeping, teenage monsters. I present my 14-year-old daughter Lorna with breakfast as I wake her because she would happily just head out without eating. I tend to circumvent my 16-year-old son Scott who sticks to a rigid routine in the morning, requiring very little thought from him or me. Our two dogs, Izzie and Lucy, are always far more thrilled to see me than the kids, who just grunt. Once I get back from dropping the kids at school and walking the dogs, I’ll make a bowl of porridge or a smoothie before driving to work in our soap kitchen, just 10 minutes away, in the Ochils. AT WORK… I’ll have another cup of tea and get organised. I lay out tins and bottles and make up ingredients for products being made that day. I am responsible for creating, designing and making our range of products so I’m a bit of a one-man band in the soap kitchen. But I am lucky enough to have an amazing business partner who does all the jobs I avoid like the plague - cash flow, accounts, business planning and much form filling. She also keeps a rein on my ‘creativity’.

with homework, or work from home if the kids are sick. They are always the first priority. AND THE WORST PART… …is keeping my to-do lists under control. Each new list usually starts with “find yesterday’s list”.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… Fiona Ritchie, creator of Scottish skincare brand Siabann

I GOT THE JOB… …by creating it. I started making handmade soap when the kids were wee. I fed them lovely natural organic veggies and fish and wanted to give their skin the same care and attention. My product range has evolved and grown as my children have evolved and grown. THE BEST PART… …is the variety and flexibility. I am able to plan my own day which means I have always been able to be around to do the school runs, help


AFTER HOURS… You never really finish work when you run your own business. Paperwork and invoicing gets done late at night, couriers get booked before bed, and emails responded to while the kids are doing their homework. We tend to rely on pasta and easy meals as inevitably one of the kids has activities in the evening too. DOWNTIME… I head to bed about 11 and always take time to read and unwind for half an hour. You have to grab the ‘memoments’ when you can – and I don’t get nearly enough of them! IN 10 YEARS TIME… I'd like to still be creating and making natural products, perhaps more bespoke items for individual customers, or advising young entrepreneurs about the joys and challenges of setting up and running your own business. Discover all the products at


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i-on magazine | June 2017  

We all know how fleeting the Scottish summertime is so to help you make the most of any rare sunshiny days, we put together this issue jam-p...