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STEALING THE SHOW Grammy award-winner Kendrick Lamar THE DARK SIDE Interiors inspiration for the home WIN MENSWEAR ACCESSORIES Loake Shoes and a weekend bag


BLOGGING IN STYLE Getting to know The Little Magpie


Issue 145 / February 2018



08 We Can’t Wait to… This month’s unmissable events 10 Win… A pair of Loake shoes and luxury weekend bag 18 The Lifestyle Edit Local news in Edinburgh and Glasgow 80 Take to the Streets Your fashion faux-pas 82 A Day in the Life of… Nadia Cunningham, entrepreneur


30 Getting to know The Little Magpie Glasgow’s influential blogger 38 The new Queen of Jeans A chat with Donna Ida Thornton 50 i-on Homes Inside a West End flat


13 On Sale Now Preview evening at Fazenda and supper club at Gardener’s Cottage 14 RSVP Now Beauty evening with John Lewis


40 Laid Back in Neutral 46 Trend Watch Gelato hues


58 Aloha, Hawaii 60 24 Hours at… Stobo Castle


62 Beauty Notes Latest products, treatments and reviews 66 Tried and Tested Tattoo removal


68 Five things you need to know about… Kendrick Lamar

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78 The Spice of Life Sensational Asian food


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STEALING THE SHOW Grammy award-winner Kendrick Lamar THE DARK SIDE Interiors inspiration for the home WIN MENSWEAR ACCESSORIES Loake Shoes and a weekend bag


BLOGGING IN STYLE Getting to know The Little Magpie

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February. It’s the month in which we celebrate love – for one day, at least – but for me it means so much more. It’s a month of film festivals (Glasgow’s starts on the 21st), award ceremonies, global fashion weeks (pastels are HUGE, see page 46) and Six Nations rugby (We Can’t Wait To on page 08). And, it’s the first month (sorry January) that truly feels like we’ve got our act together with goals in place for 2018. It looks like the Edinburgh restaurant scene has been busy making plans too. The dining landscape will become practically unrecognisable soon with some serious heavyweights mixing things up; read about who’s doing what on page 20. If food’s your thing and you’re planning your social calendar for the month, i-on events are worth checking out – we’re hosting an exclusive dinner at Gardener’s Cottage (p16), or if you’re more into retail therapy we’ve got a date with the John Lewis beauty hall for a night of beauty exclusives (p14) and firsthand advice from the experts. In the sartorial department, we’ve been hanging out at Eden Locke aparthotel with one of our favourite bloggers and cover star, Amy Bell AKA The Little Magpie, to find out what makes her tick in the style stakes (p30), and we meet the new Queen of Jeans, Donna Ida on page 38.  Speaking of fashion, congratulations to last month’s winner, Anastassia Doubovskaya, who is now the proud owner of a Holland




Laura (acting editor!) and Jo (co-director)

Cooper blazer. This month, to celebrate the opening of its Glasgow store, we’ve teamed up with menswear specialist Loake for the chance to win a pair of shoes and luxury weekend bag (p10). Lastly, for me, February means the return from mat leave of our editor, Nicky, which means it’s time for me to return to the day job. It’s been a pleasure. Until soon, enjoy i-on



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


2 …catch some culture “I’ve only ever been to a traditional ballet, so I’m really looking forward to seeing Ballet Hispánico’s production of CARMEN.maquia, a Picasso-inspired contemporary take on Bizet’s classic. With nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco, it’s set to be an electrifying performance.” 06-10 March at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, tickets available now from Michelle Clancy, Finance Manager


…party Like Gatsby “Any excuse for fancy dress and I’m there, so when I heard about Party Like Gatsby I didn’t need any convincing. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby knew how to throw a party – add a little bit of modern day magic and what you get is a massive event full of 1920s glamour, fancy dress, music, entertainment and more. The Mad Mansion party is coming to Glasgow on 02 March and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on 03 March and I’ve got my tickets – get yours at” Holly Tracey, Content Coordinator

…get my festival on “With TITP now a distant memory, TRNSMT is where it’s at and it’s definitely where I’ll be this year. I love Arctic Monkeys and they’re headlining – it’s their only UK date. I’m also pretty excited to see Liam Gallagher, and the Killers. Now, where did I put my wellies?” Friday 29 June – Sunday 01 July, Friday 06 July and Sunday 8 July, tickets from Charlotte Hulme, Editorial Intern



4 …get multicoloured “After abstaining during my pregnancy, I’ve been enjoying having the odd drink over the last year and discovered a taste for gin. With so many to choose from at the moment, the one that caught my eye is the small batch Australian Ink Gin – so named because it changes colour from deep blue to blush pink when it comes into contact with an acid like citrus fruit or tonic water. Sold exclusively at The Sheraton’s One Square, I’m taking myself off for a tasting. For research purposes only, obviously.” Nicky Howden, Editor


Going Up MILKMAN We’re going back to the old school with milk delivered to our doorsteps – in proper glass bottles too. JAMES NORTON We can’t get enough of the British actor currently tipped to be the next Bond. James Norton’s versatility has seen him play a psychopath in BBC drama Happy Valley, a clergyman in Grantchester, and most recently the English son of a former Russian ‘Godfather’ in McMafia. If he’s in it, we’re glued to our screens. MILKSHAKE DUCK Internet memes get weirder and weirder but we kinda like this one. How do we explain it? It’s probably easier that you ask Google – start with Pixilated Boat.

Barometer Going Down KITCHENALIA New research has shown that the average UK household has £415 worth of kitchen equipment that never gets used. Cooking gadgets bought and then routinely ignored include sushi mats (guilty), pasta makers (guilty) and yep, spiralisers (guilty).

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…watch Scotland win “Well, here’s hoping. I love it when it’s time for Six Nations, and this year I’ve been lucky enough to get tickets to the Scotland V France game at Murrayfield on 11 Feb. Delighted! Allez les Scots!” Natwest Six Nations kicks off on Saturday 03 February, Paul Dickson, Creative Director

VODKA AND… WATER?! A new vodka designed to be mixed with water claims that doing so brings out its natural citrus flavours, and offsets dehydration. Sure it does. TRIBUTE BANDS Or more specifically, their names. Every time a press release drops for Red Hot Chili Pipers we have a heartstopping moment when we think Flea is going to be in town; and a recent email about Coldplace left us literally shivering.





nglish shoemaker Loake is renowned for its classic yet contemporary designs, essential styles that every discerning gent should have in his wardrobe. The luxury brand was established in 1880 and still today uses only the finest leathers and materials to make its enviable collection of footwear and leather accessories for men. Loake wearers also benefit from a measuring service, and shoes come in half sizes and different width fittings. Visit the Edinburgh store or newly opened Glasgow city centre shop where personal service comes with an espresso, cold beer or even whisky to make your shopping experience more enjoyable.   Loake, 18A Frederick St, Edinburgh, EH2 2HB, Tel: 0131 226 5444 and 83 St Vincent St, Glasgow, G2 5TF, Tel: 0141 221 4954,


THE PRIZE To celebrate the launch of its new store in Glasgow, Loake is offering i-on readers the chance to win a pair of Loake shoes and weekend bag, up to the value of £575. The prize can be redeemed in the Edinburgh or Glasgow store and includes a fitting service and refreshments.   TO ENTER For a chance to win, visit by noon on Monday 26 February and leave your details. The winner will be notified by email and announced in the March issue of i-on. For more exclusive prizes subscribe to the i-on weekly newsletter at



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A splendid assortment of exclusive events, put together by i-on, especially for you



e amongst the very first to try Edinburgh's newest restaurant Fazenda ahead of its official open date on Friday 23 February. Inspired by the authentic churrascarias of Brazil, where meat is grilled over hot stones and carved at the table, Fazenda will rock the dining scene on George Street, offering an interactive experience that diners will love.


The i-on exclusive preview of Fazenda takes place on Wednesday 21 February. Ticket includes: xx xx xx xx

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For one night only We’re inviting you to stock up on all your beauty favourites at our i-on reader beauty event with John Lewis.


n Wednesday 14 March, the John Lewis Beauty Hall will open for i-on's VIP guest list (i.e you and your friends) for an evening of complimentary mini treatments, demonstrations, exclusive free gifts, fizz and canapés. You'll also be automatically entered into a prize draw and will receive a goodie bag to take home, worth £10. John Lewis Beauty Hall offers an amazing range of premium and accessible brands under one roof, all of whom will be on hand with advice and tips as well as mini treatments, and exclusive gifts with purchases. We’ll be rounding up the troops for the spring make-up tips and special offers.

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ooking for a night to remember? We know that i-on readers love all things food and drink so we are delighted to share our latest event with you. We’ve teamed up with Gardener’s Cottage, one of the most exciting restaurants in Edinburgh, for a one-off exclusive supper club on Tuesday 27 February. Think of it as a dinner party version of the Gardener’s Cottage experience, with the intimacy of being cooked for by the restaurant’s founder and chef, Dale Mailley, behind closed doors. You will dine on a tasting menu of seriously good food with the change to chat and mingle with other guests. You can even bring along your favourite vinyl to play on the turntable. On arrival you will enjoy a classic serve gin and tonic with a lemon twist

from local producers Leith Gin, who have made quite a stir with their full-flavoured and citrusy spirit. You can even bring along your favourite vinyl to play on the turntable. Renowned for its exquisite seasonal and local food served in a social setting, Gardener’s Cottage has frequently appeared in top restaurant listings and garnered rave reviews since opening in 2012. This is a unique opportunity to experience a tasting menu, in a relaxed and informal setting with likeminded diners. Buy your ticket at

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EDINBURGH CITY OF LIGHTS Just as we were thinking we can’t put up with these dark winter evenings any longer, something comes along to brighten our mood. Edinburgh Lumen, a visual spectacular of light installations and sound projections will illuminate St Andrew Square, Assembly Rooms Lane and the Mound every evening from 08 February to 11 March, 5pm - 10.30pm.

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SAY IT WITH FLOWERS Great news, i-on favourite Mud Urban Flowers is set to launch its delivery service in Edinburgh on Valentine’s day. The daily design of seasonal blooms comes in three sizes with same day delivery. Prices start at £19. To order, visit

INTERIOR ELEGANCE Ever wanted to live in one of the city’s iconic buildings? Well, look no further than The Playfair at Donaldson’s. Built in the 19th Century and designed in the style of an Elizabethan palace by renowned Scottish architect William Henry Playfair, it’s been extensively restored and converted into a range of seriously impressive apartments. Think generous ceiling heights, original features and contemporary specification. Prices from £240,000. For more info, Tel: 0131 610 6000 or visit



DATE FOR THE DIARY… If you’re intrigued by Pilates, or want to learn more about women’s health and fitness, join Blue Sky Pilates owner and Sweaty Betty ambassador Claire Gordon on 08 March, for a free event in celebration of International Women’s Day. She’ll be raising awareness on women’s health issues and covering everything from bone strength to pelvic floor conditions. Blue Sky Pilates, 50 Queen St, EH2 3NS, Tel: 07872 349073.

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ART ATTACK For a stunning collaborative exhibition between the Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland, head to the Royal Scottish Academy The Mound. Showcasing the best in contemporary and applied art, SSA & VAS Together 2018 is on display until 08 March.

TRIED AND TESTED Sean Lowe, aged 11, puts an inflatable water playground to the test AquaDash is a new water assault course at the Commonwealth Pool, it costs £5 per child and £7.50 for adults for around 50 minutes and you can use the pool after the session is finished. The obstacles include a cliff jump, slippery slide and lily pads you jump across. You need to be six years or over to use it so families can enjoy it together, however, I think it’s best suited to kids - it took my mum ages to complete. I had great fun and definitely recommend it. Aquadash opens on 12 February, for tickets visit




Best thing about the city? Architecturally, I love the uncompromising consistency of the New Town against the haphazard irregularity of the Old Town.

The director at GRAS talks East Lothian, design and revamping Princes Street

Where do you go for a quick escape? Always the coast. I feel the weight lifting off my shoulders as I head East. I also love to surf.

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What’s the city’s best kept secret? Custom Lane. It’s still a secret to most. How did you come to live in the capital? I was born and brought up in Edinburgh but moved away to study Architecture in Glasgow. I returned 12 years later with my wife, son and a young architecture practice, GRAS. We live in East Lothian, about 20 minutes from Edinburgh, which gives a great balance of open, natural space and proximity to everything the city has to offer. Describe a typical day: I’ll have a short design review on a handful of projects, sitting with the project leads, thrashing out the issues and sketching. I’m constantly looking for inspiration on how we should shape our business so try and make as much time as possible for speaking to people. I’ll often grab a coffee at Custom Lane, a design hub we established last year, and meet with the team to discuss the programming of upcoming exhibitions and events. I try and get home for dinner, bathtime and bedtime with my family. Any new projects in the pipeline? We’re really excited about getting started on the Ross Pavilion project. We’re working collaboratively with wHY Architects in New York to design the new Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.


Edinburgh’s best bits

What would you change about the city? I’d make Princes Street fitting for a capital city. It’s such a perfect set up, with an outlook that surely no other shopping street in the world can match. Describe Edinburgh in three words: Historic, creative, beautiful. Custom Lane

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On the food radar Edinburgh’s food scene continues to thrive in 2018 with hotly-anticipated restaurant openings


et’s face it, we’re already pretty spoilt in Edinburgh for brilliant places to eat, but the expansion and arrival of new restaurants to the city this year is set to make the food scene even more exciting. Dubbed the ‘cuisine quarter’, the development of St Andrews Square shows no sign of slowing down. Number 42, former global HQ for the Royal Bank of Scotland, is undergoing a spectacular transformation into a development to be called ‘The Registers’ – comprising The Edinburgh Grand and The Mint Building – which over the course of this year will become home to London stalwarts Hawksmoor (steak), Franco Manca (pizza) and Carluccio’s (Italian), as well as a luxury restaurant from Di Maggio’s (Cadiz, Café Andaluz). There will also be a coffee, food and live music venue courtesy of the Bon Vivant Group

Chop House, Market Street


El Cartel, Thistle Street


– who in addition are busy opening a second branch of the massively popular El Cartel on Teviot Place in the forthcoming months. Brunstfield is about to welcome some serious Edinburgh food contenders to the neighbourhood – Chop House will open its third restaurant on the site of what was Tribeca; and Tom Kitchin – although yet to confirm in what format – will open his fourth restaurant this year on Bruntsfield Place. New kid on the George Street block will be Fazenda, a churrasco steak restaurant, opening on 23 February (see page 23 for an exclusive i-on preview night); while Roy Brett of Ondine fame is setting up shop in Newhaven Harbour, in partnership with Welch Fishmongers. Gourmet fish and chips by the sea, anyone? Yes please.


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BOSS A slim-cut piece knitted in technical yarns with a precise ribbed structure by BOSS Menswear. Tapping into leading trends with high-impact colour blocking, this crew neck jumper is finished with ribbed cuffs and subtle BOSS branding at the hip. Wear it with authentic denim or crisp chinos for a contemporary ensemble. £219.

LINKS OF LONDON Don’t forget the one you love this Valentine’s Day. Treat them to the new Links of London sterling silver Infinite Love collection. It features the heart and infinity symbols entwined, embodying true and everlasting love.

HARVEY NICHOLS A whole food supplement packed full of beauty-boosting, anti-viral, anti-ageing and antioxidant superfoods, POTION London’s Eat Your Greens is the perfect way to boost your five-a-day. £30 at Beyond Beauty, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh.

NORTH AMERICA TRAVEL SERVICE Sale now on for selected dates on the Rocky Mountaineer Explorer itinerary. 14 Day multi-centre holiday visiting Vancouver, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary, travelling by either selfdrive car or motor coach, including rail - aboard the incredible Rocky Mountaineer. Staying in deluxe accommodation throughout. Prices from £3,550 per person, discounts available on selected departure dates.


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READY, STEADY, SHOP For up to 70% off luxury fashion and stylish homeware check out Pad Lifestyle’s warehouse and sample sale at Custom Lane running from 22 - 25 February, 10am - 5pm. It’ll feature bargains from local designers and brands including Rebecca Minkoff, Markus Lupfer, Jonathan Adler and House Stockholm. Custom Lane, 67 Commercial St, EH6 6LH.

Moveable Feast is set to return to three dates at The Edinburgh Restaurant Festival this year. A gastronomic tour of the city centre, guests enjoy five different courses in five different eateries. To begin the culinary journey, diners meet at the ornate Voodoo Rooms for welcome drinks and canapes, followed by a short stroll to St Andrew Square for a starter and paired drink at luxurious Argentinian steak restaurant, Gaucho. Enjoy a quick palate cleanser of Mackies tea sorbet at the new eteaket before heading along to the newly refurbished Rose Street restaurant, The Rosehip for main course and drink. Like all good nights out in Edinburgh, it’ll then be time to hit George Street for dessert at Tigerlily before enjoying a night cap at Hyde & Sons. 06, 13 and 20 February, tickets from

I-SPY The world’s first dockless bike hire scheme, ofo, has just launched in the capital and aims to make the ‘burgh a cleaner, greener space. Hard to miss, the bright yellow bikes are accessible via the mobile app which locates your nearest wheels. Rides cost just 50p per half hour with a daily cap of £5.



GLASGOW IN THE SPOTLIGHT Glasgow’s celebration of cinema is back in town from 21 February, promising red carpet premieres and special events. Highlights include screenings of Oscar nominee for best foreign language film, A Fantastic Woman, Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here (pictured), Rebel Heroes is a season of free morning screenings of some of Hollywood’s most smouldering anti-heroes - think Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront and James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause, and Groundhog Day will be screened at the same time, daily. Glasgow Film Festival, 21 February to 04 March,


Sailor Jerry rum is unlocking the doors to Jerry’s Open House, the mother of house parties, from 15 February to 15 March. Set in a Finnieston warehouse on Houldsworth Street, the calendar of events will host unsigned artists, art exhibitions and storytelling workshops. The House warming party on the 15th kicks off with Glasgow’s very own Honeyblood and welcome drinks of Sailor Jerry. You’ll also be able to print your own kick-ass t-shirt featuring authentic flash art work designs. It’s a party not to miss. Jerry’s Open House costs £5 for each event, which includes two of Sailor Jerry’s bold as hell drinks and entry to the house.


PARK LIFE The Botanics go all romantic and magical on us from 15 – 25 February with a stunning, enchanted forest style light show that’ll be a hit with the whole family. The Mystical Gardens runs from 6pm and tickets cost £9 (£24 for a family) at



Different ways to enjoy mealtimes


Whoever needs a package holiday in Greece when the monthly Greek party nights at Mezze are on our doorstep. We like the joint for its authentic Greek dishes. Lamb souvlaki, anyone? And the stress-busting plate smashing session is simply an added bonus. £25 per person for a three-course meal and live Greek entertainment.



We can all agree that melty cheese raclette, charcuterie and wine make for quite the soiree. It’s the sociable, diet-killing dining style that’ll be familiar to any ski lovers and, while it’s fun to eat at home, it’s extra fun to eat out and it’s now on the menu on Tuesday evening at Brel on Ashton Lane.


Maybe, after a night of raclette, you’ll feel impossibly virtuous if you sign up for the Walking Lunch. Basically, it’s a two-hour tasting tour of the city by food and travel writer Andrea

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Pearson, and sheds light on questions you’ve always pondered like ‘What connects Robert Burns to a milkshake on Duke Street?’ Next tour is 10 March. To book call 07769 676 899 or email

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Brunch; best enjoyed with time on your side and a big group of friends. If the proceedings - and wine- flow into the afternoon it tops any other kind of social get together and we’ve just found a new spot of choice when we feel like going to town. Southside fave Black Dove has brunch down to a tee with its Bottomless Brunch. Belly-bustingly good. bottomless-brunch



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Glasgow The owners of CoLab Store on art, the West End and working together

Favourite part of the city? We love the vibrancy of the West End. There’s a great mix of people, loads of great bars and restaurants, good parks and shops. We live and work here - we opened CoLab Store in the heart of Partick. Where did the idea for CoLab Store stem from? We liked the idea of a creatively driven concept and lifestyle space with in-house coffee shop and had seen similar ideas on the continent. The name came from it being a collaboration between me and Peter and between retail and coffee.   Did you always plan to work together? We’ve always chatted about it since the days we sold Peter’s photography prints at local markets. When we started printing his images onto cushions, coasters and mugs, retailers began approaching us asking to sell our products – so we decided to do it ourselves.   What does a typical day involve? We only opened in December last year so every day is different. We could be serving in the coffee shop and store or merchandising, sourcing new products and working on our social media. It’s a constant learning curve.


Glasgow’s best bits

Date Ox and Finch Dinner with pals Cafezique Coffee CoLab Store Walk Botanic Gardens Pamper Blythswood Square Hotel Posh nosh Hotel Du Vin Cocktails Lebowskis

Where do you go for a quick escape? Around Loch Lomond. It’s close to Glasgow yet feels like a different world; it’s just one of the most stunning areas in the country.   The city’s best kept secret? Look up – the architecture!   Something that deserves a shout out in the city? All the amazing street artists who have brightened up otherwise dull areas.   Describe Glasgow in three words: Vibrant, edgy and fun.

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GETTING T O K NOW THE LITTLE M AGPI E Charlotte Hulme catches up with Amy Bell, the Glasgow girl behind The Little Magpie blog, to talk high waisted trousers and Keith Richards’ style

photography Susie Lowe shot on location at Eden Locke, George Street, Edinburgh




t’s a drizzly Friday late morning, when the work-weary are pushing through the final slog of the week. But for Glasgow lifestyle blogger Amy Bell, Friday brings another day of outfit-arranging and fashion-shooting for her stylish blog In a corner of Eden Locke’s Hyde & Son, Amy is nestled with matcha latte in hand, wearing an emerald green cropped jumper and highwaisted checked peg trousers. “I got my hands on the jumper in Monki in London, and the trousers are Topshop”, she says, crossing her legs to reveal glam sequin-heels. “It’s one of my go-to looks, I’m incredibly short so I like to have a play around with proportions. I also wear a lot of chunky knits, skinny jeans with big boots, and hats. I’m a big advocate for Topshop, and I love Free People and Revolve for their unique Boho style. For a leather jacket my favourite has to be AllSaints – it is more of an investment piece but you'll have it forever”. With more than 130,000 Instagram followers, and a blog readership in the region of 120,000 readers per month, it’s no surprise that the 25-year-old attracts fashion names with clout – recent collaborations include Ted Baker, Topshop and ASOS. Well past the required 10k Instagram followers mark, Amy has the ‘swipe up’ function on the app which allows fans to ‘shop the look’ she wears, a function which obviously appeals to brands. “Instagram wasn’t around when I started blogging. When I first got the app I was totally unsure of how to use it and I was mainly posting




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photographs of packets of crisps and my cat. Then people started using it more for business and I’d say it’s become more prevalent than blogs in the past year or so. I try to post daily to keep it fresh.” Hers is a unique style, mixing current pieces like her statement Thomas Sabo skull ring with vintage pieces inspired by style icons of the ‘60s. “I love young Keith Richards’ style, his add-ons like skinny ties and quirky shirts really appeal to me.” She adds that current trendsetters inform her look too, saying “Manchester blogger Megan Ellaby has an experimental and bold style I admire too, oh and then there’s Alexa Chung – an obvious choice but she never gets it wrong.” Amy’s success hasn’t meant immunity to committing the odd faux-pas, however. “Oh, there have been some bad looks along the way. I went through a wannabe rock chick phase where everything had to be hand ripped and fringed. Or when I tried to dip-dye my own hair – I literally shoved it into a bobble, bleached it and hoped for the best. Needless to say, it wasn't great. Finally, after a questionable attempt at cutting my own fringe, it dawned on me that some things are best left to a professional.” It’s this refreshing openness that readers like and relate to, and has added to her success. Studying English Literature and Psychology at Aberdeen University, Amy started The Little Magpie seven years ago as a space where she could record the things she was interested in, from fashion to travel. “I was fortunate to start blogging whilst the community was still very small, so as the genre grew I was lucky enough to grow with it. I hadn’t intended for it be a business. I began as a girl with a


love for fashion and travel, sitting in my room taking photos, and now it’s taking me off to New York at the end of the month followed by seven days in St Lucia. It’s been incredible.” If the wide smile illuminating her face is anything to go by she’s quite happy with the way things have turned out, adding that “New Zealand, Canada and Australia are all unexplored spots I’d like to visit in 2018.” While it doesn’t exactly sound like a gruelling working week, she insists that it’s not all glamour. “Blogging does take up a lot of time, especially the social media side of things. Behind the scenes there's admin, accounts and finances, e-mails, meetings and travelling (though the latter is my favourite part of it all). Shoots are great fun but typically take five or six hours plus editing and writing up. You do struggle to switch off but each day is different and fresh and the positives always outweigh the negatives.” With this constant on-the-go demeanour and an eye for shiny new trends, it’s little wonder Amy’s chosen name is Little Magpie. Find Amy’s blog at or on Instagram @little_magpie1



A shopper’s guide to…


We take a peek behind the doors of the eyewear brand that’s been shaking up the industry since 2015


he people at eyewear brand IOLLA have got a lot to be excited about in 2018. Since opening the doors to its Finnieston showroom two and a half years ago, the brand and its new approach to shopping for specs has been a massive hit, and not just with the people of Glasgow. IOLLA frames have made their mark on 29 countries through the online platform, but the voice of one community was louder than any other. When the people of Edinburgh asked for a showroom near them, IOLLA listened, and we’re positive you’ll love the new store in Stockbridge as much as we do. IOLLA focuses on the fashion and leaves eye testing to the opticians. All the frames in the collection are designed in-house and cost a flat price of just £65. This upfront price includes your frame, prescription lenses glazed in a Glasgow laboratory, coatings, and even lens thinning. Varifocals only cost an extra £60, so stylish eyewear is covered


for less than ever before. Better still, the majority of frames are unisex, so you don’t have to limit your choice to one shelf, or even one pair. The IOLLA community grew twice over in 2017, as more people joined the brand in changing the game for the better. They’re helping to spread the word that the days of arduous shopping for the right glasses are gone. IOLLA is all about creating a relaxed, warm environment where shopping for the perfect pair of specs is less about pain and more about pleasure. Try on the whole range at the shiny new showroom and look out for the new collection which launches this month. As the mantra goes: Life’s too short... for boring glasses.

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tips on picking your perfect pair of specs


Step outside your comfort zone - you don’t know if the frame will suit you until you try it on.


Can’t choose a frame colour? Take your eye and hair colour into account when deciding between warm and cool tones.


Wear your contacts when trying on frames, so you can see how fabulous you look.


Break the ‘face shape’ rules; if you look and feel great in a pair you have your heart set on, ignore the rule book.


Not sure what suits you? Stylists are always on hand at IOLLA to give you expert and honest advice.



QUEEN OF JEANS Donna Ida Thornton on throwback style and the perfect pair of jeans interview by Charlotte Hulme




f you haven’t heard of the denim-based DONNA IDA brand yet, you will do soon. The Aussie designer moved to London more than a decade ago and has been on a mission to find women their perfect pair of jeans ever since. Firstly, by stocking an edit of the best denim brands on the market in her eponymous boutiques in Chelsea and Belgravia, and, for the last five years, by designing her own collection. “We had a regular customer named Jeanie who kept asking for a high-waisted option so I eventually decided to make them myself,” she says. “Cue the birth of my first jean, the cigarette leg, which I named ‘Jeanie’ after my customer. She still comes in regularly – and loves that we’ve got a signature piece with her name on it.” The brand comprises super-flattering high-waisted jeans (ladies, give them a go if you’re not already a convert) and directional pieces like the relaxed skinny dungarees that we love. IDA jeans are complemented by a range of separates including the Miss Maggie Pussybow silk blouse (worn by the designer in this photo) and kitten-soft cashmere jumpers. Here we find out more about the woman behind the brand.

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What inspired your love of denim? I love jeans because they’re so democratic. You can wear the same pair every day for a week and no one would bat an eye. There’s just an effortlessly cool vibe about them, you never feel too dressed up or too casual. They really are the perfect medium. Your recent 1973 collection screams nostalgia. Tell us more. It’s a celebration of the ‘70s, an era that had great style and the era I was born in. I love the Rolling Stones and that super cool style, it just feels so relevant. I think these looks flatter everyone. Who are your style icons? The ‘70s girls – I love Bianca Jagger. She has such an effortless glamour and that’s what I love. What’s your biggest fashion faux-pas? Crimped hair and hair bows. Madonna has a lot to answer for! DONNA IDA is stocked in Harvey Nichols, Jane Davidson and online at

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Indulge in tactile knits and sumptuous silks in pastels and neutrals for the ultimate lounging experience photography Angela Graham • fashion styling Carmen Haigh make up & hair Allana McTrusty  • model Olivia Ross at Model Team



Champagne silk button down blouse, £340, Zadig & Voltaire Deluxe at Harvey Nichols; ivory lace racerback bra, £20, Free People at Harvey Nichols; moonbeam satin check pyjama bottoms, £35 for set, Fèleil; golden shell and pearl chain necklace, £55, Mirabelle at Frontiers   





OPPOSITE PAGE Cream lambswool and cashmere roll neck bib, £175, Cameron Taylor at Epitome; duck egg cashmere V-neck sweater, £260, Zadig & Voltaire at Harvey Nichols; ivory silk shorts, £98, Gilda & Pearl; stone cashmere bed socks, £35, Fèleil THIS PAGE Nude lace bralet, £15, Fèleil; grey cashmere joggers, £195, Jumper 1234 at Frontiers; ivory heart motif socks, £18, Royalties at Frontiers; small ‘f’ pendant chain, £12, Fèleil          


Grey cashmere cardigan, £445, Cameron Taylor at Epitome; pink silk slip, £190, Gilda & Pearl; golden twist hoop and black diamond earrings, £65, Mirabelle at Frontiers; golden shell and pearl chain necklace, £55, Mirabelle at Frontiers; golden long chain necklace wishbone pendant, £72, Mirabelle at Frontiers Stockists Epitome, Fèleil, Frontiers, Gilda & Pearl, Harvey Nichols, Prices correct at time of going to press.



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GELATO HUES Why you’ll be looking pretty in pastels this spring

Pleat panel dress, £85, Hush at

Rixo Coco dress, £365, Jane Davidson

Cowboy print dress, £243, Anthropologie


FASHION Stephen Webster earrings, £3,100, Hamilton & Inches


he SS18 catwalks were awash with soft blush, crisp pistachio and baby blue as designer heavyweights including Tom Ford, Nina Ricci, Calvin Klein and Victoria Beckham showed love at all things pastel. Whether you work the trend from head to toe, layer it with a crisp white shirt or inject pastel shades through accessories, the high street is brimming with some great new finds.  “Pastels are huge this season and the perfect go to for special occasions because they’re fresh and flattering,” says Sarah Murray, owner of designer womenswear boutique Jane Davidson. “For weddings I love this Rixo Coco sequin dress. For a more casual look try the Smythe Duchess blazer in pink, £550, (Meghan Markle recently wore the label in Brixton) or Harris Wharf flamingo coat (pictured right) with washed denim straight leg jeans and loafers.”  Elsewhere the Hush concession at John Lewis has some lust-after wearable pieces like the floaty Santana rose tan midi skirt, £45, available from March. They also have a gorgeous baby blue pleat panel dress (pictured left). Whistles, Anthropologie, Topshop and Zara are also worth the journey for pretty separates and dresses. For a statement handbag that’ll stand the test of time, Coach on Multrees Walk has some fantastic leather styles including the Charlie Carryall and Cooper Carryall in colours of melon and dusty rose. Or you could just nod to the trend with your jewellery. These Stephen Webster Double Deco Haze quartz and diamond pave earrings in 18ct white gold may blow the budget at £3,100 but they’re a piece of pastel loveliness that will be yours forever. Available from Hamilton & Inches.

Harris Wharf Flamingo coat, £379, Jane Davidson

Cooper Carryall, £650, Coach Maze Apricot heels, £66, Office



WEAR YOUR ART ON YOUR SLEEVE A new exhibition shows the work of iconic artists – on fabric


ans of fashion, art and textiles should make their way to New Lanark World Heritage Site (a former 18th Century cotton spinning mill village founded in the height of the cotton spinning industry) from 26 January – 29 April 2018 for Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol, an exhibition from London’s prestigious Fashion & Textile Museum. Tracing the history of 20th Century art in textiles, the exhibition features over 200 rare pieces and fabric printed with work from artists including Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso, as well as pieces from iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes’ personal collection. With their work available by the metre to turn into everything from dresses to drapes, artists saw designing fabric as an opportunity for greater exposure and to make art more accessible for the masses. The exhibition also features four pieces of clothing made from printed silks designed by Andy Warhol – two


of which have never been exhibited before. Two dresses printed with large ice cream cones, and a candy apple blouse, are all part of a group of food-related designs printed by Stehli Silks, who had a long history of commissioning artists and illustrators. Warhol gave several rolls of his Stehli designs to his friend Stephen Bruce, a wholesale fashion business owner, who used these fabrics for part of a collection. Who knows – if you’re a fan on vintage clothes shopping, perhaps you could have a Warhol hanging in your wardrobe. London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol, New Lanark World Heritage Site, 26 January-29 April 2018. Tickets from

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We step inside a main door flat in Glasgow’s West End to explore a space adorned with bold interiors and contemporary art photography Susie Lowe


lasgow resident Steven McGill has lived in the city’s West End since 2015, a stone’s throw from Victoria Park. While he has worked in the travel industry for 20 years, he indulges a passion for design and interiors on the side, buying and renovating property before selling and moving on to his next project. He’s particularly keen to stay true to the style of the building in question, saying “I take into account the original architectural style, and respect the history of the building and the period in which it was built – whether it’s Victorian, Georgian or a loft – and I put back in what I can; like all the cornicing in here, and Victorian-style column radiators.” While this might sound like hard work, Steven enjoys the process, adding, “I do as much as possible myself. I like to graft; I’m happy to refurb doors, I like tiling. I find decorating therapeutic. With interiors, I like to mix old and new, traditional and contemporary.” Steven’s enjoyment in his pastime is evident. The flat is immaculate, every item in it clearly well-considered and appointed, and despite its bijoux scale the property feels comfortable and open. The use of dark colour serves to complement the space rather than make it feel gloomy. Stephen says “The sitting room walls are Carbon Blue by Fired Earth,


and the woodwork is Off Black by Farrow & Ball. The room is north facing, and rather than fight with that I’ve tried to work with it.” And it’s these dark hues that provide the perfect backdrop for his eclectic mix of furniture and art. An Ercol Studio Couch, spotted in the windows of New York store Bergdoff Goodman, is upholstered in brightly coloured limited edition fabric from Glasgow design studio Timorous Beasties, with whom Steven has an existing relationship. “I already had two wingback chairs in the same fabric. I also have one-off dining chairs from them – I had to beg for more fabric to upholster another couple of chairs sourced from a wee antique place in the Barras for 40 quid.” Another of Steven’s passions, which



neatly complements his love for interiors, is Scottish contemporary art. Paintings adorn the walls, with china sculptures called Dresden Girls by Aberdonian artist Maralyn Reed-Wood displayed on the mantel, and a striking bronze figure titled Shadows Fade in Dying Light by Rachel Ann Stevenson, stands on a little wooden table inherited from his Grandmother in the bay window. “I started collecting 18 years ago. A Glasgow organisation used to show graduates’ work, it was a great way to discover emerging talent. I now pick up pieces from different places – I’ve been lucky enough to see different countries in my career so I’ve got bits from my travels (I found a beautiful Korean handmade celadon clay vase in Calgary) and I


Dresden Girls by Maralyn Reed-Wood

Timorous Beasties limited edition chairs

buy a lot from Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh.” And while he’s east, he can also be found in Pad Lifestyle investing in furniture and accessories, where he’s bought pieces including an Afghan rug by Berlin company The Knot, and a huge black rattan chair which takes pride of place in the hall. When asked where he takes his inspiration, he’s emphatic that he doesn’t just follow trends. “I don’t like it when there’s a mass of the same thing. A popular item or style might be beautiful, but if it’s in every magazine it puts me off. I might just choose elements from it, like colour or style, and pursue that instead. I love architecture, galleries, visiting old buildings, I can walk for hours in new cities. I take lots of photos; doors I like, colours, random things.” Does he ever stop thinking about interiors? “I can’t sit still, I’m always rearranging things. On Saturday morning I insisted on moving the dining table. It was 10am, my partner was bleary eyed, half awake and hadn’t even had his breakfast yet. I drive him crazy.”

Shadows Fade in Dying Light by Rachel Ann Stevenson

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“H&M Home do great velvet cushion covers, and I just bought a lamp from Jasper Conran’s new range for Debenhams. I have a tallboy from Ikea and my bed headboard is from Tesco.”

Any lapses in judgement?

“I papered an old bedroom in raspberry pink flock Cole & Son wallpaper once. I like balance between bold and understated but this was BOLD and very feminine. It was a nightmare to hang and expensive, so I lived with it!”


“I buy lots of things in sales if I think they’re going to work in a future project, and I put them aside – I use my mum’s house as a storage unit (which she’s thrilled about).”

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LOOK Moody, broody and bold, here’s how to rock statement-making dark colours in your home

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A ROYAL high

Blasts of royal blue create a sense of luxury and depth in your living room

Carla pendant, £180,

Blue velvet armchair, £199.99,

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Compiled by Charlotte Hulme

Pols Potten semi-precious side table, £255,

Grandeco botanical leaves wallpaper, £14.99,

Sweet dreams candle, £22,


Caravaggio Pendant Light, £486,

Paint it


Shades of black combined with bold, opulent and moody interior pieces give striking home colourcontrasts this winter

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Midnight floral watercolour cushion, £15, Theo side table, £59,

Cosy throw, £55,

Floral duvet cover, £29.99,

Deer in leather print, £59,

Decorative globe, £100,


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Anaïs Dimech rediscovers the Hawaiian islands in a romantic trip for two Na Pali hike, Kalalau Trail


or our first ever holiday together back in 2010 my boyfriend and I decided on a whim to spend a week on the Hawaiian island of Maui. We had a taste of the waterfalls and rainforests and the laidback lifestyle, and seven days just wasn’t enough. Our last night, on Ka’anapali beach with the moon high in the sky, we vowed we’d return if ever we were to marry. Seven years later, we spend our honeymoon in Hawaii, splitting our time between Oahu, The Big Island and Kauai. OAHU Our first stop is the state capital: busy, high-rise Honolulu. Surf lessons on Waikiki Beach are a must – the waves are friendly, the water glassy and Diamond Head (part of the Honululu Volcanic Series) as a backdrop makes a thrilling ride to shore. Out of the city, Oahu has incredible hikes offering breathtaking landscapes. We do the Pillbox Hike, cooling off on Lanikai beach and


refuelling with fresh Ahi Poké (raw fish salad). A short drive on the freeway takes you to Hanauma, a beautiful sheltered bay renowned for snorkelling, where we arrive at daybreak to see the tropical fish before crowds descend. An hour’s drive to the North Shore takes you to legendary surf spot, Banzai Pipeline. Stop at the historic surf town of Haleiwa where the original plantation town architectural style is preserved. STAY AT… The magnificent Kahala Hotel and Resort is far enough from the Waikiki crowds to feel secluded, but gives easy access to all parts of the island. Opt for an ocean view and watch the otherworldly sunrises. Prices from $425 per night plus taxes, ISLAND OF HAWAII ‘The Big Island’ is larger than the others combined and is formed of five volcanoes, making for a landscape rich in plants, wildlife and heat-shimmering lava fields. To the


Anais and husband

Lava hike

Lanikai beach



is unique to the Big Island, the vast creatures drifting gracefully beneath us and looping inches from our snorkels. The Orchid’s own bay is a hive of underwater activity, where we respectfully snorkel and see plenty of Humuhumunukunukukapuaa – Hawaii’s state fish. Prices from $359 per night,

east, lush rainforest gives way to black, ashy volcanic rock on the Kilauea Iki trail. Book a tour with Kilauea Eco Guides for a three-hour hike across the alien terrain of cooled lava to encounter the movement (and heat) of the live flow. Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s largest volcano, can be reached easily by car, and offers a glimpse of the Milky Way with extraordinary clarity – the sky is thick with an unfathomable quantity of stars. Towards Hilo are excellent farmer’s markets where you can buy local pineapple, rambutan and grab lunch, but be prepared for impromptu rainstorms. We travel the coast road past Punalu’u, a black sand-beach frequented by Green Turtles (Honu), to tourist hotspot Kona where there’s everything required for a tropical beach holiday – consistently good weather, idyllic beaches and luxury resorts. STAY AT… The Fairmont Orchid has great rooms and a knowledgeable concierge who booked us a nightsnorkel excursion with manta rays. This show of beauty

KAUAI Kauai has a notably more rural feel and is home to the exquisite Na Pali coast; a rugged shoreline of peaks and valleys streaked with waterfalls which can be seen only by boat, helicopter or hike. The most impressive view is by catamaran (try Captain Andy’s sunset cruise), but in order to see the full breadth of Kauai’s otherwise inaccessible magnificence a helicopter tour is necessary. Driving around the island you get a sense of déjà-vu – it’s been used as a location for films including Pirates of The Caribbean. STAY AT… The budget but comfortable Kapaa Hilton Garden Inn has bungalows that open onto the beach and a great breakfast offering. Centrally located and surrounded by amenities, you can reach the arresting beaches of the North Shore or sunny Waimea to the south in an hour by car. Prices from $189-$329 per night,




24 hours at… STOBO CASTLE Michelle Clancy discovers her inner zen


iving in a busy city like Edinburgh is amazing, but occasionally it’s nice to escape the rat race and recharge the batteries – and what better place to do that than destination spa, Stobo Castle. Nestled in the Scottish Borders, just a 40 minute drive from Edinburgh, the secluded 19th century castle has everything you need to relax and unwind.  We check into the deluxe Lennox Room, with impressive views of the stunning grounds. But it’s the spa – complete with outdoor hot tubs, hydro spa, Swedish sauna and 25m ozone-treated swimming pool with views across the Scottish countryside – that steals the show. With more than 80 beauty and health treatments to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. I have an indulgent full body massage, while my husband chooses his go-to sports massage. Testament to a therapist’s skills, both treatments hit the spot. Thoroughly relaxed, we then enjoy cocktails overlooking the pool in the new


cocktail lounge before reluctantly hanging up our robes and changing for dinner. In an attractive dining room, our steaks are cooked to perfection - the following morning’s buffet-style breakfast is just as good and in a similarly informal setting. The rest of the morning is spent chilling by the pool, but for the more actively-inclined there’s a full itinerary of fitness classes, tennis court and mountain bikes to explore the countryside.  We leave feeling rejuvenated and are already planning our return visit. Stobo Castle ticks all the boxes and with some outstanding views to match, it really is a winner.   Stobo Castle, Stobo, Peebles EH45 8NY, Tel: 01721 725300, Prices from £145 pppn, including breakfast, lunch and use of all spa facilties.

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The reason I set up shop… to create a relaxed environment where people can experience beauty, hair and make-up all in one place. It’s the perfect place to celebrate a special event or time out with friends. My top beauty tip is… look after your skin: A good skincare routine is so important and helps make-up sit better too. My favourite make-up look is… dewy, glowing skin with a nude lip and warm colours like orange and brown used on the eyes. 1. Michael Kors Sexy Ruby, £46 for 30ml, includes notes of Indian Jasmine sambac, rose petals and cashmere woods, secured into a bottle reminiscent of its name. 2. The anniversary edition of Sisley Izia, £95 for 50ml, has a fresh new look courtesy of modern surrealist Quentin Jones. The scent of the D’Ornano rose will be available for a limited time only at Sisley counters and 3. Tom Ford Vanille Fatale, £158 for 50ml, joins the Private Blend Collection from 10 February. Base notes of suede, Madagascan vanilla and mahogany create a warming and sophisticated earthiness. Available at Harvey Nichols and


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EXILIS ULTRA 360 Holly McEwan puts a body sculpting treatment to the test


wo eye-watering big babies in four years had left my stomach looking like a sad deflated balloon and no matter how much I pounded the treadmill, I couldn’t shift it. So I was delighted when my therapist, Melissa at Zen Lifestyle, said I was an ideal candidate for Exilis Ultra 360 Body, a noninvasive body sculpting treatment. You see, Exilis Ultra 360 tackles small to medium areas of stubborn fat that don’t respond well to exercise. Thighs, hips, upper arms, buttocks and even knees can all be treated. The advanced technology quickly works to reduce localised excess fat as well as lift and tighten sagging skin by delivering focused radio frequency and high intensity ultrasound straight to specific depths below the surface of the skin. My in-depth consultation alleviated any concerns and a bespoke treatment plan was created. After

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TATTOO REMOVAL Carine Seitz erases her name at The Face and Body Clinic


wenty years ago, I saw Geri Halliwell’s lower back tattoo and decided in my infinite late-teen wisdom that I needed one too. A whole week’s very careful consideration later, I decided the tattoo should spell out my name (because I’d never go off that), and I got myself inked. Unsurprisingly, the novelty wore off fast and after years of mortification (even the anesthetist at the birth of my daughter laughed at it while administering my spinal), it’s got to go. Enter The Face and Body Clinic’s Q-switched AlexTriVantage medical laser tattoo removal. Traditionally, removal treatments haven’t been able to remove red or green ink, but recent innovations have led to more effective treatments like this one which removes black, blue, red and green ink. Mine is black, but as Derna explains when I go for my patch test, often a combination of colours are used to achieve a ‘blacker’ black. I’d love to say it feels like a tickle with a feather but the truth is it feels like a short, sharp, hot prod with a fine laser to break up the ink, which is essentially what


it is, but an iCool system blasts cold air on the area being treated which helps with the discomfort (and an anaesthetic cream can be applied). My tattoo is relatively small, so each session doesn’t last long – I’m in and out in half an hour – and three sessions in the difference is already striking; it’s faded by half. You need six weeks between sessions to allow healing, and most take around eight treatments, so it can be a lengthy process. But to get to a point where I don’t cringe when I catch glimpse of my back in the mirror, it’s absolutely worth it. Getting it removed is the best thing I’ve ever done. Next I’ll tackle the ill-advised star tattoo on my shoulder, but that’s another story…

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KENDRICK LAMAR David Pollock talks politics, tours and being the main contender for hip hop artist of his generation. 68



HE’S ALREADY MADE ‘THE GREAT AMERICAN HIP HOP ALBUM That’s what one critic dubbed Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 third record To Pimp a Butterfly, the one which elevated him from promising young rap star to voice of a generation. Next in the hip hop line of succession after the fiercely authentic if bling-obsessed Jay-Z and loose cannon sonic adventurer Kanye West, Compton, California’s Lamar combined elements of both with an intense level of political consciousness which perfectly fitted its era. HE’S RETURNED THE POLITICAL TO RAP MUSIC Kanye’s post Hurricane Katrina claim that George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” aside, Lamar has become the most overtly political rapper since the era of Public Enemy and NWA. Butterfly’s track Alright was the unofficial anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement. The album was homage to much of black American music’s recent history. Lamar borrows from jazz and soul influences, as well as his parents’ love for artists like Michael Jackson and Prince, and his own adoration for Tupac, Nas and Jay-Z. “If I said it on a record, I never retract my statements,” he told Rick Rubin in GQ, “because it’s my self-expression… and I can’t contradict that at all.”   LAST YEAR’S ‘DAMN.’ SHOWS THE ROLL HE’S ON ISN’T ENDING ANY TIME SOON Although 2016’s Untitled Unmastered set of studio outtakes from Butterfly quelled fans’ hunger for a while, the world was anxious to hear how he could follow-up such a defining record. ‘DAMN.’ was a turn at a sharp angle. Wrapped up in a loose theme of Biblical redemption (for Lamar is a religious man), it laid down the organic, jazz-influenced style of Butterfly for a slicker pop feel. Rihanna and U2 guest, and ‘Duckworth’ tells the unlikely tale of Lamar’s father navigating a hold-up at the KFC where he worked in the 1980s; the crook eventually went straight and ended up signing Lamar to his label Top Dawg Entertainment.  





HE’S THE PRESIDENT’S CHOICE Or a President, at least. Certainly not the current incumbent’s, but in continuing the tradition of selecting his favourite tracks of the year gone by at Christmas, Barack Obama made sure that Lamar’s Humble was on 2017’s list alongside the likes of Jay-Z and The National. Although his lyrics and music still position him with a foot outside the mainstream, there’s no doubt that Lamar is now music royalty in the US; a friend of Obama’s who was invited to the White House, he has won seven Grammys and was named in Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2016. HE’S NOT THE ONLY REASON TO SEE THIS SHOW Support comes from young London producer James Blake, another artist of his generation who can’t quite claim the same influence as Lamar, despite having a Mercury Prize and a Grammy nomination of his own, as well as production and collaboration credits for Beyonce, Kanye West and Chance the Rapper.   Kendrick Lamar and James Blake play the Hydro, Glasgow on Sunday 11 February. The album ‘Damn’ is out now.





As winter comes to an end, a spring of first-class music, theatre and art awaits, including the biggest residency of gigs Scotland is likely to see RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO 13-17 Causing controversy last year when it was banned and then unbanned by FEB the Royal Court Theatre in London for its portrayal of a married older man in a relationship with two teenage girls, Out of Joint’s play is an adaptation of the late playwright Andrea Dunbar’s play and film, which is uncompromising and blackly funny in its portrayal of working class life in 1980s Bradford. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow,

THE LAST BORDELLO Theatre company Fire Exit presents the work of theatrical auteur David Leddy, whose recent hits include Sub Rosa, Long Live the Little Knife and International Waters. Set in a brothel in a warzone, this piece – self-described as “the bastard child of Margaret Attwood and David Lynch” – looks like it will be every bit as provocative. Tron Citizens Theatre, Glasgow; 21 - 24 February, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, FOUR TET FRI 16 Grammy-nominated last year for FEB his remix of The xx’s Violent Noise, English electronic music producer Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet has built a reputation for densely eclectic work, the most recent of which was 2017’s ninth album New Energy. Here he plays in-the-round in the middle of the Barrowland dancefloor, which should be an unmissable experience.Barrowland, Glasgow,

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GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL The eighth edition of Glasgow’s biannual festival of art arrives, and this first under the stewardship of new director Richard Parry features over 80 shows with 190 artists from across the world. Early word is of an added political edge to the works, a major new group exhibition named Cellular World at the Gallery of Modern Art, and shows at Film City in Govan and Platform Swimming Pool in Easterhouse. Various venues, Glasgow, ED SHEERAN 01-03 Mild-mannered solo singer Ed JUN Sheeran’s unlikely quest to be as big as The Beatles or Michael Jackson looks like it’s nearly over. Not content with huge international sales, occupying most of the top 10 singles chart at one point in 2017, a Christmas number one with Beyonce and an MBE, three nights at Hampden Park is a huge undertaking.

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GUESTLIST The club nights you’ll want to get into FATIMA YAMAHA 08 February, SWG3, Glasgow. A late night live set from the Dutch DJ and Dekmantel producer. NIGHTVISION: MUSIKA 11TH BIRTHDAY 10 February, Liquid Room, Edinburgh. Celebrate 11 years of Nightvision cofounders Musika with Alan Fitzpatrick, Slam, Ejeca and more.   AVALON EMERSON 16 February, Bongo Club, Edinburgh.One of the most exciting DJs in the world right now returns to Scotland.   BEAUTIFUL SWIMMERS 16 February, La Cheetah, Glasgow. The Washington, DC duo play an all-night set at Partial.   CHRISTIAN SMITH 24 February, Tunnels, Aberdeen. The German-Swedish techno DJ and Tronic label boss arrives at Ignition.




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Behind the joke Comedian and political activist Mark Thomas on his new gig Showtime from the Frontline

Thrilling new reads for 2018

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh (Little, Brown Book Group, £12.99) Unconvinced by the police report that determined her parents’ brutal death was suicide, Anna sets out to uncover the truth. With twists and turns galore, Let Me Lie will keep you guessing to the very last page. Out 08 March. The Smiling Man by Joseph Knox (Transworld, £12.99) Detective Aiden Waits returns in Joseph Knox’s razor-sharp new thriller to track down the identity of a corpse found with no fingertips and a smile on his face. As the pressure mounts, Waits gets embroiled in a dangerous game with a mysterious player from his own murky past. Out 08 March. Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (Vintage, £20) Bestselling crime author Jo Nesbo reinterprets a Shakespearean classic; Inspector Macbeth is a successful cop with a troubled past, convinced he is being denied the rewards he deserves and plagued by hallucinations and paranoia. He will stop at nothing to get what is rightfully his. Out 05 April.


Inspiration came when I watched the Palestinian Freedom Theatre rehearse a new show in 2014. I love the idea of a theatre in a refugee camp. It defies the narrow-minded view of a refugee and speaks of our amazing creative energies as a species. The main theme of the new show is freedom of expression. I find it most interesting how this works in Jenin, a conservative place under military occupation. Its inhabitants subvert the regional stereotype of them as being poor and downtrodden. It’s sort of a liberation version of Fame… without the leg warmers or dancing. I’m joined in the show by Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada, two actors from the Freedom Theatre and the nicest young men I have met. Faisal is from Jenin Camp, the hardest place in the West Bank. Alaa is a young man who dreamt of becoming a performer whilst facing his dad’s expectations that he would go to IT’S A LIBERATION university, so I recognise bits of VERSION OF FAME… his story.


I first came to Edinburgh back WARMERS in 1983 with my girlfriend. Since then I have performed many times at the Fringe and it remains my favourite part of the year. I’ve seen everything from terrible student productions of Ubu Roi to First World War plays performed in the Edinburgh bus station canteen. Having the biggest arts festival to explore for a month is bliss. Showtime from the Frontline is at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 14 – 17 February,, and The Tron, Glasgow, 21-24 March.


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THE SPICE OF LIFE Two very different venues to enjoy hot street food

TING SABOTEUR Amy Falconer stops by Ting Saboteur for sensational street food


ing Saboteur opened a few doors down from its sister restaurant Ting Thai Caravan last summer, offering a Vietnamese twist on the successful formula of its older sibling. Unassuming windows clad with old gym bars, and dark signage, belie the fact that behind the doors is a restaurant, stripped back in style and with an achingly cool hip hop soundtrack. After we’re shown to a booth for two, we home-in on the Small Box & Sides section of the menu and order Banh Phong Tom (Vietnamese prawn crackers with chilli jam), £2.60, Ga Sa Te (grilled chicken skewers with ajard and peanut sauce), £4.40, and Goi Cuon (fresh summer rolls with prawn and vermicelli noodles), £4.40. The prawn crackers are exactly as a good prawn cracker should be; light, white, with no grease; the chilli jam is thick and almost syrupy, with a nice kick of heat. The spring rolls are light and fresh, but it’s the chicken skewers that bowl us over; the mixture of sharp vinegar in the ajard mixed with delicious nuts, chilli and perfectly cooked chicken. For mains, I choose the hearty bowl of pho named Bun Bo Hue (braised beef with aromatic herbs, rice noodles, mixed leaves, bean sprouts and chilli oil), £7.80. It’s a gargantuan portion, the broth light and fragrant, and every mouthful packed with meat, slippery noodles and crunchy veg with


a hint of chilli. My partner chooses Vit Curry (roasted duck with coconut milk, chilli, basil, lychee, tomato and pepper) £8.90, and a side of Jasmine rice, £1.60. A rich dish with flavours reminiscent of classic red Thai curry, and devoured in record time before moving on to a Boa Ga Boa Bun, £6.80. Tender and crispy fried chicken served with Asian slaw, sweet chilli mayo and Sriracha sauce was addictively moreish. With no dessert menu we’re finished within the hour, but wholeheartedly satisfied. Saboteur is unpretentious, serves strikingly good street food from its exciting menu and is roomier than its sister restaurant. We’ll be back, time and again. 19-20 Teviot Pl, EH1 2QZ, Tel: 0131 623 0384,



THE DHABBA Tracey McCallum discovers why exactly an institution is an institution


igh up on my list of loves are birthdays and curries. As luck would have it, The Dhabba in Merchant City recently celebrated its 15th birthday and the launch of a new menu so I had more than one good reason to venture out on a cold winter’s night. Despite the weather, the place was bustling and the warm welcome was a sign of good things to come. The menu, laid out newspaper style, offers authentic North Indian dishes and a selection of street food. Far removed from the popular curry dishes that have become a Friday night takeaway staple, The Dhabba isn’t afraid to shake up our idea of what constitutes Indian cuisine and offers diners a whole different experience. Here, exciting, edgy and never tried before dishes are served with a smile and a full explanation and description of ingredients by the waiting staff. (Ours even brought spices from the kitchen to help in our decision-making process). My chum and I started proceedings with a Gol Gappa, £4.95, and a Tawa Macchi, £7.95.

“FAR REMOVED FROM A FRIDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY STAPLE, THE DHABBA SHAKES UP OUR IDEA OF WHAT CONSTITUTES INDIAN CUISINE” Gol Gappa is Indian street food; essentially a crispy shell filled with spiced potato, chickpeas and cumin – topped up with a cold spiced water. As weird as it may sound, it’s a taste sensation - warmth from the spices, cold from the tangy water and crispy too. Tawa Macchi is a melt-in-the-mouth pan fried fillet of sea bass, accompanied by a little bit of dressing we couldn’t get enough of. Despite all the tasty sounding mains on offer, Nick and I were seduced by the Tandoori oven and our waiter suggested the Tandoori Sangam, £29.95, a sharing platter for two consisting of tandoori monkfish, chicken and lamb, which we dutifully ordered along with sides; Masaledar – tomato, onion and chilli sauce, £4.25 , Ubla Chawat – steamed basmati rice, £3.35, and Pilee Daal Tadka – yellow lentils with garlic, tomatoes and coriander. Oh my. Without a doubt the best Indian food both of us had ever tasted. It’s easy to see why this little piece of loveliness is celebrating 15 years. Happy Birthday The Dhabba, and may you celebrate many more. 44 Candleriggs, G1 1LE,




In honour of fashion weeks across the globe, Holly Tracey heads to Edinburgh’s West End to find out your style faux-pas “Flame shirts. Nobody should imitate Guy Fieri’s style.” Mike Allan, 35, on his way to work.

“Dying my hair black; it was not a good look.” Emma Newlands, 21, working at the Voyage of Buck.

“I took my love for vintage clothes too far. I was all victory rolls and colour overload.” Saadia Jack, 26, on her lunch break.

“My colleagues would say the snood that I wear to work every day.” Scott Costello, 25, grabbing lunch at Herbie.


“I wore a pyjama shirt on a date once and I think she noticed.” Alex, 22. “For me, striped shirts and plaid shorts; too much pattern.” Joe, 21, sightseeing in Edinburgh.

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“Getting a tramline haircut done a few years ago… biggest mistake ever.” Sharon Long, 34, working at Eve Manders Salon.



HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY? It’s a mad rush in the morning. I live on a farm on the outskirts of Perth with Murray, my fiancé, and our six children. My alarm rings at 6.30am but I hit snooze until at least 7am. I’ll have a cup of peppermint tea, then get showered, dressed, and the kids out to school. I always find time to go for a blow dry (a necessity in a girl’s life) and I work out with my personal trainer three mornings a week.

glamourous versatility, so you will often find me in a pair of leather look skinnies teamed with heels and my tartan Knightsbridge blazer.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK No two days are ever the same but that’s the way I like it. I’ve had my salons, Lia & Olive, in Perth since 2012, Murray and

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… Nadia Cunningham, entrepreneur

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I have UK distribution rights for the tanning product Bellamianta, and recently I opened the Holland Cooper on Multrees Walk. I met the brand founder and designer, Jade Holland Cooper, at the Royal Highland Show when I bought a Duke cashmere cape from her. I love the brand for its

WHEN DOES YOUR DAY FINISH? As a business owner, I’m not sure if you ever switch off but I like to spend as much time with the children as I can. Murray normally cooks and his dishes range from a good chilli con carne to his signature steak dish – except on Tuesdays, date night. Normally bedtime is around 10.30pm but I usually spend a good while flicking through my phone on Instagram or Facebook. Bad habits, I know. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS’ TIME? Spending time travelling and exploring the world, with a few more businesses under my belt. In realistic terms, I would like to know that I have set the children up well and give them something to take over the reins if they want to. My ideas book is bursting with ideas still to be achieved.



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i-on magazine | February 2018  

February. It’s the month in which we celebrate love – for one day, at least – but for me it means so much more. It’s a month of film festiva...

i-on magazine | February 2018  

February. It’s the month in which we celebrate love – for one day, at least – but for me it means so much more. It’s a month of film festiva...