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TOP TEN Film Festival highlights FORTH FLOOR FANCY The ultimate foodie event GOING PLACES Future Islands WIN… £600 worth of jewellery from Laing Edinburgh

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10 Forth Floor Fancy The ultimate foodie event 12 Going Places Future Islands 16 Top Ten Film Festival highlights 28 On Your Marks A beginner’s guide to the Games

NEWS AND VIEWS 08 Eye on the City Inspiration for June 36 Fashion 42 Health and Beauty 60 Homes and Interiors 74 Food files


06 WIN… £600 worth of jewellery from Laing Edinburgh 14 Edinburgh Live Music events 18 My i-on Edinburgh Tristan Nesbitt 20 i-on People Beauty, Food, Property 26 You and Me Kathleen and Des Brogan 32 Men’s fashion 34 Shopper’s Guide to… Epitome 46 Tried and tested Stobo Castle 54 Our wedding, our way 66 Iconic Edinburgh 68 i-on Reader Food and Drink Awards 70 Dinner at… Ting Thai Caravan 72 Lunch at… Cranston’s Restaurant 78 Drink Talk 80 Reader Offers 82 At the Back





i-on Edinburgh this month

i-on launched its first ever Food and Drink Awards last month and the winners of each category will be chosen by i-on readers. If you’d like to get involved and cast your vote before the winners are announced in August turn to page 68 for details on how to enter. Unfortunately, due to technical issues beyond our control, all website votes made before 22 May have been corrupted and are no longer accounted for. To reflect the technical glitches we’ve extended voting by two weeks, until Monday 30 June so please REVOTE or vote for the first time free of charge online to help your favourite haunt be officially awarded an i-on stamp of approval. Vote for free online at

It’s hard to believe it’s June already. Summer is here and the city has months of fun in store for us - and what an exciting month it is. The 2014 Fringe programmes are now available and the glamorous Film Festival rolls into town at the end of the month. World Cup fever grabs the world’s attention, and ours, even if we didn’t qualify. At least the Commonwealth Games are just around the corner (or along the M8 in geographic terms). Find out what to expect from the major sporting event on page 28. If fashion is more your thing turn to page 32 for some key pieces for summer. We also take a peek behind the doors of ladieswear boutique Epitome on Dundas Street (p34). On the beauty front we highlight some must-have products and give the lowdown on a spa day at Stobo Castle (p46). Foodies are catered for too in our great reviews and the Food on the Forth event is sure to whet appetites, go to page 10 to find out more. Congratulations to last month’s competition winner, Hazel Petherick, who’s won an exclusive red carpet experience at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. This month our star prize is £600 worth of designer jewellery from Laing Edinburgh. Turn to page 06 for details on how to enter.

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FOOD ON FORTH Monday 14th July, 7-10pm Harvey Nichols Edinburgh is proud to host an evening with the experts. Join us for an event dedicated to food and drink, in association with i - on magazine. Activities include cocktail mixing, live cooking demonstrations, tastings and tours plus the art of Japanese cuisine with YO! Sushi, indulgence at the Chocolate Lounge and samples of specialised foods in the Foodmarket. Ticket price ÂŁ18 To book your ticket please call 0131 524 8350 or at ww w.theticket



EYE ON THE CITY Inspiration for June

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TEE OFF What brings you to Edinburgh? I’m on tour with the musical Annie Get Your Gun; a mix of circus skills, fantastic songs, and an amazing acting company. Great family entertainment. I’m playing Frank Butler.

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LIKE A ROLLING STONE There’s still time to see folk rock legend, Bob Dylan’s, art exhibition at Castle Fine Art. The gallery has released four never before published, limited edition graphics from Dylan’s latest and acclaimed Revisionist Art collection exploring media saturation, politics and pop. Castle Fine Art, 20 Multrees Walk, EH1 3DQ, Tel: 0131 261 9181,

What attracted you to acting? I was rubbish at football and, coming from Stoke, I knew I had to impress someone. What’s your prized possession? My little boy – he’s my world. What’s your favourite song? My Way, the lyrics say it all. The best things in life are… good food, family and quality time off. Annie Get Your Gun is at Edinburgh Playhouse from 17-21 June 2014.

MAGIC MOMENTS Be left spellbound by the tricks and sorcery at Edinburgh’s Magic Festival. Running from 27 June to 04 July at various venues throughout the city, the festival combines theatre, science, comedy and magic schools to get little wizards and even big kids trained up. For more information visit,


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ROLL UP, ROLL UP Diaries at the ready because the Assembly Rooms 2014 Fringe programme is now out and there are a whopping quarter of a million tickets up for grabs. This year the programme has over 1000 performances from over 200 performers and the St Andrew Square Garden becomes part of the action. For tickets visit or Tel: 0844 693 3008.

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of the Forth Floor bar team. There’ll also be a chance to see executive chef Stuart Muir duet with Great British Menu chef, Tony Singh, on live cooking demonstrations.

What’s this all about? Essentially it’s a foodie fiesta that will send your tastebuds into overdrive. Last year the event at Harvey Nics included big names like Cleo Rocos and this year we can expect an equally impressive line-up.

Great, so you get to try the goods too? Well, yes, sampling culinary delights is the name of the game. It’s an interactive event offering guests a chance to get involved in a range of activities including master classes in seafood preparation and cupcake decoration.

Sounds delicious, tell me details? Ok, if you’re a foodie or just partial to trying new things, clear your diary on the evening of Monday 14 July as Food on Forth will be taking over the entire forth floor of Harvey Nichols (that’s the restaurant, bar and brasserie, as well as the foodmarket, sushi and chocolate lounge) to dedicate it to all that is fabulous in the world of food and drink.

This just gets better. How much are tickets? Tickets are available for £18, including luxury goody bag and apron you can don as you taste the food and drink offerings, but as i-on is the official sponsor of the foodie event (we love it that much) we’ve teamed up with Harvey Nichols to offer one reader the chance to win an exclusive foodie experience. The prize includes Food on Forth tickets, a luxury goody bag and a Champagne dinner for two. For details on how to enter visit We’ll see you there.

So what’s happening this year? Prepare to be spoilt because on the night you’ll have a chance to meet the suppliers, learn the art of cocktail shaking, create your own sushi, learn how to sip and slurp at the wine school and sample some molecular libations courtesy

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merican talk show legend David Letterman might have announced his plans to retire from the Late Show next year, but one band will always have reason to pay thanks to him for more than just a bit of free airtime plugging their new song. Earlier this year, when Baltimore’s Future Islands appeared in the traditional show closing live slot, the group’s frontman Samuel T Herring chose to take on the challenge of burning his band into the consciousness of Middle America with scarily focussed determination. It felt like nothing less than a career making moment. The internet soon picked up on one of the most distinctive televised live performances of recent times, and it was all over the world in the next few days. At time of

writing his performance of the track Seasons (Waiting on You) had nearly one and a half million views on YouTube, everyone who’s seen it having witnessed nothing ridiculous or show-offy, but rather an appearance which is crammed with unique personality. Despite having a name like a stand-up comedian and a face which bears a distinct resemblance to Chewin’ the Fat’s Ford Kiernan (although admittedly, only Scottish viewers were pointing that out), Herring’s performance was one of remarkable intensity, mixing up the soulful, gravel voiced crooning of Elvis Presley, the deep, frightening roar of a death metal frontman and a dance which strayed dangerously close to ‘drunk uncle at a wedding reliving the 1980s’.

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It didn’t hurt, of course, that Seasons is a great song, an urgent and yearning piece of thoughtful synth pop infused with the romantic intensity of Herring’s live persona. The results of this appearance have been most pronounced on the road, where audiences have been flocking to the mid size venues of this tour to see just how Future Islands bear up in the flesh to their huge televised reputation. The current album Singles (not a greatest hits, despite the name) has been more of a critical than a commercial success until now, but it represents another step along on a road to what seems like inevitable hugeness. Formed in North Carolina in 2006, the trio (Herring, Gerrit Welmers on keyboard, William Cashion on guitar) moved to Baltimore two years later and released their debut album Wave Like Home on a small independent label. It was enough to see the much larger Thrill Jockey label take a chance on their next two albums In Evening Air (2010) and On the Water (2011), but in bringing Singles to the larger again and impeccably good quality 4AD – it wasn’t signed by the label until after they’d recorded it, a sizeable act of bravery from the band – they’ve shown a faith in what they do which matches the steely determination and laudable lack of interest in what anyone thinks that Herring displays so well on stage. Future Islands play SWG3, Glasgow, Wednesday 04 June.

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Stu Todd showcases a smorgasbord of music events happening across the city this month

FLY CLUB WITH BEN PEARCE @ CABARET VOLTAIRE Fly Club continue to impress with its guest DJs. On the line-up this month is Ben Pearce (pictured) who exploded on to the UK house and bass scene with his hit track What I Might Do. Support on the night comes from Fly’s fine array of residents playing a wide selection of genres. Doors 11pm-3am, advance tickets £6.


MUSIKA BBQ @ THE LIQUID ROOM Musika kick off its summer antics with a BBQ and combined club event at the Liquid Room. Starting at 5pm, the event will run into the small hours and feature a huge array of local heroes and of course the massively talented team of residents. There will also be a secret guest headlining the evening session. Doors 5pm3am, advance tickets £5.



BLACKBIRD ACOUSTIC @ THE BLACKBIRD For an evening of live music from some of the most talented musicians in Edinburgh get yourself along to The Blackbird bar. The new acoustic sessions are on every Sunday from 7pm and this month you can sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of musicians including Kirsten Adamson on 08 June and PJ Dourley (The Asps), pictured, on 15 June - having signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV the band are every bit accomplished as they are humble about their talents. Free entry.


DEEP EXCURSION WITH SVEN WEISEMANN @ THE MASH HOUSE Deep Excursions is a brand new night dedicated to the freshest house and techno talent from around the world, but resident and promoter Stephen Rodgers is no stranger to the world of club promotion having thrown some of the best parties in Glasgow under the Elements of Soul banner. Stephen’s new venture at The Mash House is sure to be a winner and will feature Sven Weisemann, a gifted young musician from Berlin. Doors 9pm-3am, advance tickets £8.




The Anomaly

With six world film premieres, live interviews with screen legends and workshops for all the family, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Here we unveil our top 10 highlights.

Outdoor Screenings Get in the film spirit before the Festival officially begins with a weekend of outdoor cinema from 13 to 15 June in St Andrew Square Garden. The programme is currently under wraps but it promises a mix of classic films and newer titles so keep your eyes peeled on for more details.

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Achtung! Maybe! This unique live event on Friday 27 June is part of the Focus on Germany season and combines spoken word, music, animation and film. Curators Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson present a special German themed Neu! Reekie! of Weimar republic animation and movies companied by live music and performance, the event will also showcase previous winners of the McLaren Award for Best British Animation at Summerhall.

The Awards Ceremony Join EIFF staff and guests and be the first to know who will be receiving those all important awards on Friday 27 June. As well as the big three - The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature, Documentary Award and the Virgin Atlantic Little Red Short Film Award - find out if your vote in the Audience Award paid off.

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Gala Screening of X/Y It’s the international premiere of X/Y on Thursday 19 June. The film sees husband and wife team America Ferrera (of Ugly Betty fame) and Ryan Piers Williams (previous winner of the EIFF International Feature Award) unite in an intimate and insightful character study. The film studies a New York group of friends and lays bares the emotional twists and turns each character faces in their quest for love.

FILM FOCUS | 17 Simon Helberg in We’ll Never Have Paris

Elijah Wood in Set Fire to the Stars


Dance Along Movie Magic This interactive event for all the family takes place on Sunday 08 June and gives you the chance to dance alongside some legendary movie toe tappers. Get down and show everyone that those hours of mirror dancing practice have paid off in the specially created outdoor cinema in the Grassmarket.

Family Feature On Sunday 22 June enjoy the delights of Islands of Lemurs: Madagascar. It’s a spectacular IMAX film narrated by Morgan Freeman where lemurs feature as the star attraction of the island. These strange creatures are in danger and scientists and islanders are working hard to secure their future.

Life After Beth On 26 and 27 June the film fest will screen this unique ‘zom-rom-com’ starring Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spiderman 2), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and John C Reilly in which Zach (DeHaan) gets more than he bargained for when wishing for the return of his recently deceased girlfriend Beth (Plaza).

Film Hub For talks, activities and workshops for all the family hit the West End from 19 to 21 June for a fun filled weekend.

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Hero Hangouts Throughout this year’s Festival, EIFF and Empire magazine will offer a series of special events for film fans. The Hero Hangouts will see a variety of legendary  names from the world of film interviewed live on stage including Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), Noel Clarke (Adulthood), Don Johnson (Miami Vice) and Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory).


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EIFF Goes Out With A Bang This year’s closing night film is the international premiere of We’ll Never Have Paris, the directorial debut from The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg. The semi-autobiographical picture with Helberg in the leading role will be shown on Sunday 29 and sees Helberg pursue the love of his life in a charming and intelligent rom-com.

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Tristan began his career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts 15 years ago and has done everything from sales and marketing to re-launching and managing top hotels across London and Madrid. He’s now the general manager of the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa and loves every minute of it. What gives Edinburgh its edge? The quality of life in Edinburgh is unparalleled; offering the culture and gastronomy of any major city, scaled down to a manageable size.


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As owner of the Edinburgh Larder bistro, a hidden gem for lunch or dinner in the West End, and cafe on Blackfriars Street, Eleanor’s job includes everything from number crunching to organising catering and events. Your signature dish at the restaurant? Our menu changes frequently so we don’t have a signature dish as such but we have lots of asparagus and foraged herbs on the menu at the moment – this time of year is fantastic for local produce. What are you most likely to eat at home? I’m a seafood fan so I’d probably head down to Welch Fishmongers in Newhaven Harbour and pick whatever looked fresh and tasty. Where have you always wanted to try for food in Edinburgh? I’d like to try Aizle – the concept sounds really interesting and they use great local and seasonal produce. If you could invite five famous people, living or dead, to a dinner party who would they be? Emma Thompson because she’s a fantastic actress, Annie Lennox because she’s inspiring (and she’s Scottish), Rick Stein because I love his style of cooking, John Rocha because I love his clothing and, finally, Margaret MacDonald because her paintings and furniture are beautiful.


PROPERTY Stephen Truscott photo ∙ Susie Lowe

“I think the people inside a house make it a home,” Stephen Truscott, associate director of property sales from Simpson & Marwick solicitors, tells i-on. After growing up in a semi-detached in Morningside, Stephen went on to own a three bedroom flat on Gillespie Cresent with his brothers before selling up and splitting the proceeds to invest in a one bedroom flat in Morningside in 2002. “I was the third person to own it since 1901 so it needed everything doing to it,” Stephen explains. “I converted it into a two bedroom by moving the kitchen to the box room, which isn’t ideal but I needed the rent from the extra room to help pay the mortgage”. Interior design aside, Stephen recommends speaking to a good independent financial advisor if you are buying: “Get agreement in principle so you know your budget and where you want to be and then start viewing, even properties that maybe don’t sound ideal, you may be surprised.” Sellers should also not be shy when if comes to spending money on the right agent.“Pick a good estate agent if you are selling and try not to be tempted by a cheap offering. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for and I would not risk my biggest asset to try and save a few hundred pounds that could cost me thousands in the end result.”


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Father and daughter ghost touring team, Kathleen and Des Brogan, have been running haunted and historic tours around Edinburgh since 1984. Des is the director of Mercat Tours Ltd and Mercat International Ltd and Kathleen is head of development of Mercat Tours Ltd. Here they talk to i-on about their professional and personal relationships through the ups and downs.

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The countdown is on for Glasgow 2014 and at just over one month to go until the Commonwealth Games, i-on brings you a beginners guide to the Games. words ∙ Michael Clancy

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nless you’ve been living under a rock for the past seven years you’ll know Glasgow bagged the distinct honour of hosting the 20th Commonwealth Games, the third largest multi-sport event in the world. To say there’s been a lot of hype surrounding the event is a bit of an understatement, but considering it’s set to be the biggest event of its kind the nation has seen, it’s not surprising. Formerly known as the British Empire Games, they were first held in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930 as a smaller sporting competition for athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. Since then its been held every four years - with the exception of 1942 and 1946 when they were cancelled due to the Second World War - and had 18 host cities across seven different countries including Malaysia, New Zealand and Wales. This is the third time Scotland will host, with Edinburgh having held the games in 1970 and 1986. What’s on the schedule From sprinting and diving to boxing and cycling, 4,200 athletes from 70 countries will descend on Glasgow with the hope of bringing home gold for their nation. The action kicks off on 23 July and a total of 17 sports will be on display over the two week period, with several Olympic events


taking place, including the 100 metre sprint, long jump and marathon. As well as track and field events, there will also be numerous sports that are mainly played in Commonwealth countries, such as lawn bowls, netball and rugby sevens. Scotland will hope to be able to continue the success they have had in recent years in the world of cycling, with competitions in road racing, track cycling and mountain biking. Team Scotland will also be hoping to build on their successes of 2010 in Delhi, where they won gold in boxing, shooting, swimming and tennis. Where it’s taking place Since the 2007 announced unveiling Glasgow would host the prestigious event, extensive preparation has taken place, with approximately £200m invested in


Six facts about the Games ƒƒ Only six teams have attended every Commonwealth Games since 1930; Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. ƒƒ Since 1930, Scotland have amassed 355 medals at the games, with 91 gold, 104 silver, and 160 bronze. ƒƒ When Australia host the 2018 games in Gold Coast, they will have held the event five times, making them the country to have hosted the event the most. ƒƒ Scotland’s most impressive tally of medals came at the 1986 games in Edinburgh, when they won a total of 33 medals, although their most golden year was in Melbourne in 2006 where they walked away with 11 gold medals. ƒƒ Nauru, a western Pacific island in Micronesia, is the smallest nation to be represented in the games. Having first taken part in 1990, it has appeared at every event since. ƒƒ Shooting proved to be Team Scotland’s strongest event in the 2010 games. They won four gold medals in the men and women’s 50 metre Rifle Prone for single and pairs.

fitness centres  across the city to ensure state-of-the-art facilities are offered throughout. 14 venues will be used for the sporting battles that will take place during the Games. Hampden Park will be the main venue for the excitement as the track and field events will be taking place in the national stadium. The homes of Rangers and Celtic will also be playing a significant part, with the rugby sevens event taking place at Ibrox, while the competition will no doubt begin in style at Celtic Park which will be the site of the spectacular Opening Ceremony. With an impressive capacity of 7000, the Emirates Arena at Parkhead will host the badminton, while the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the first of its kind in Scotland, will hold the indoor cycling events. The Tollcross International Swim Centre has had a £14m facelift in recent years, which has seen a second 50 metre pool added to the venue, and an extra 1000 seats installed at the main pool area, upping the capacity to 5000. This makes it the ideal location for all the swimming competitions, while the diving events will take place on the east coast in Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool. For more information about Glasgow 2014, 23 July 03 August, visit



MEN’S FASHION Focus. Finds. Flair

WEEKEND STYLE If you’re on the hunt for a good fitting casual or denim shirt get yourself along to Solo Menswear on the Royal Mile. The trendy independent menswear boutique offers a range of premium fashion brands and quality footwear that’ll keep you looking cool and casual. Scotch and Soda shirt, £75 at Solo Menswear, 276 Cannongate, EH8 8AA, Tel: 0131 558 7682,


SPORTSWEAR Add some texture such as PU or leather to your casual wear for a simple but effective take on the sports luxe trend. These sweatpants, £25, have a PU side panel. The T-shirt comes in at £12, backpack by Royal Republiq £155, trainers £30 and cap £14. All available at

You won’t fail to get noticed in these pixel sunglasses from Primark. At only £3 they are a bit of fun and the perfect quirky pick for computer nerds everywhere. Primark, 91-93 Princes St, EH2 2ER, Tel: 0131 226 3443,


CUFF LOVE It’s father’s day on Sunday 15 June and Pippin has gifts galore to spoil dads. From cheeky mugs and coasters to beer bread kits and cufflinks featuring dogs etched onto a disc of reclaimed British wood, the gift shop is full of inspiration. Cufflinks, £29.95 at Pippin, 30 Haymarket Terr, EH12 5JZ, Tel: 0131 347 8657,

WELL GROOMED Tame wild beards and get a new look at Stag Barber Co. The traditional barber shop in the Old Town specialises in men’s hair styling and also offers beard styling using the luxury Murdock London grooming products. Stag Barber Co, 22 Lady Lawson St, EH3 9DS, Tel: 07738 623142.


276 Canongate The Royal Mile Edinburgh EH8 8AA Tel: 0131 558 7682


a shopper’s guide to… Epitome

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hether you’re after exclusive cashmere from Cameron Taylor or a pair of clogs from Swedish Hasbeens, clothing boutique and concept space Epitome has all the essentials to help ladies looking stylish. Opened in 2012 by designer Lisa Taylor (the lady behind Cameron Taylor cashmere), the boutique offers an array of wardrobe essentials including MiH Jeans, classic collections from S’MaxMara and striking prints from Sofie D’Hoore and Aspesi. There are also some great gift ideas with trinkets from Nikki B Jewellery and Miller Harris luxury candles. Look out for… Common Projects’ Tournament high or low top trainers. It’s the must have shoe for spring/summer. Epitome, 35 Dundas St, EH3 6QQ, Tel: 0131 556 5554,

BUY/SELL/EXCHANGE with confidence

Where luxury & quality costs less for handbags, shoes & accessories, up to 80% less than rrp. All our designer items are guaranteed authentic. We offer a wide range of styles from designers such as Mulberry, Hermes, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and many more

36 Howe St, New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6TH 0131 225 4228 /Handbag-Heaven-Exchange


WOMEN’S FASHION Focus. Finds. Flair


188 Rose St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BA Tel: 0131 466 1745 E: W:

Daniel Henderson Jewellery

SKIRT TALK The midi length shirt can be tricky to pull off, especially tube shaped jersey ones. A far safer option is to go for feminine sunray pleats or an A-line shape like this version from Topshop and team it with a short, slim fitting top. Topshop, 30 Princes St, EH2 2BY, Tel: 0131 556 0151,


DAISY LOVE Featuring delicate silver daisies and white, crystal enamel petals, this pretty necklet is part of the Daisies for Emily collection. Designed by jewellery designer Sheila Fleet to support a former employee in her fight against a rare form of cancer, every Daisy sold contributes to the Orkney Charitable Trust. Necklet, £285 at


RAIN PROOF Look stylish rain or shine in this parka style jacket from Protected Species. The brand specialise in 100 per cent waterproof fashion jackets made from a signature fluid intelligence fabric. Northern Quarter Parka jacket, available in grey and black, £179 at Eden, 18 NW Circus Pl, EH3 6SX, Tel: 0131 225 5222,

SS14 COLLECTION 18 North West Circus Place Edinburgh EH3 6SX 0131 225 5222


HATS OFF Looking to stand out from the crowd? Whether it’s at a wedding or Ladies Day at Musselburgh Race Course, SallyAnn Provan Millinery at The Edinburgh Hat Studio has a beautiful range of handmade hats and headpieces to finish off that special outfit. For more information Tel: 07931 773410 or visit

AWARD WINNERS If designer accessories are your bag make sure you pop into Covet next time you pass. The independent boutique has just bagged a covetable Drapers Footwear and Accessories Award, the highest accolade for any business in the industry. Covet, 20 Thistle St, EH2 1EN, Tel: 0131 220 0026,

SS14 COLLECTIONS NOW IN STORE AND ONLINE MiH Jeans, Aspesi, Sofie D’Hoore, Barena, APC, Swedish Hasbeens, Levi’s Made & Crafted, Common Projects and many more. Exclusive Stockists of Cameron Taylor* Luxury Cashmere, Made in Scotland. 35 Dundas Street EH3 6QQ Telephone: 0131 556 5554


HOT FOOT IT Get ready for the summer season with these Sam Edelman sandals from Ooh Ruby Shoes. Available in leopard print and camouflage, there are also some gorgeous ballet pumps. Gigi sandals, £100 at Ooh Ruby Shoes, 117 Bruntsfield Pl, EH10 4EQ, Tel: 0131 229 6909,

Pink Silk Ukulele Scarf, £160

MIX AND MATCH For an eclectic mix of new and vintage inspired clothing check out Hoochie Coochie in Tollcross. The independent fashion boutique is now under new management and stocks a range of floral tea dresses, patterned blouses, scarves and satchels. Hoochie Coochie, 48 Home St, EH3 9NA, Tel: 0131 629 6559.

Large Yellow Pouch, £60

Lillipad Studs, £40

Python Print Satchel £435 All products featured are available at Covet, 20 Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1EN, Tel: 0131 220 0026,



Just minutes from Princes Street lies Edinburgh’s West End Village. A place where independently minded boutiques, bars, cafés and restaurants sit in perfect harmony; we’ve selected two of our favourite boutiques for summer fashion essentials.



The ‘West End Village’ offers a personal shopping experience and for women with a fuller figure, you’ll love the latest styles from Marina Rinaldi and Persona’s 2014 spring/ summer collections, available in UK sizes 14-28. Cool cottons and linens to smart/casual daywear or dress into the night in laidback glamour. The key here is effortless elegance for every occasion. Marina Rinaldi is all about unique clothing and accessories for unique women. Feeling comfortable and confident are the most important factors in deciding whether to buy an outfit or not, and the leading fashion brand is here to help.

Tucked in the West End’s William Street, Odyssey Boutique is poised to undress you in the season’s most stylish swimwear from Heidi Klein to Jets, and Sumarie to Seafolly. Not only can the team craft your beach look; but make a reservation for your pre-holiday precision wax and mani/ pedi too at the in-store salon. They’ll even help kit out your carry-on with travel essentials from This Works In Transit skincare range which includes an SPF Skin Defence and a 24-carat gold body serum. See the latest Odyssey Boutique arrivals on their facebook page – Odyssey Boutique.

Marina Rinaldi Diffusion, 17 Stafford St, EH3 7BJ, Tel: 0131 225 8566,

Odyssey Boutique Ltd, 39-41 William St, EH3 7LW, Tel: 0131 220 2908,




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18 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AL Tel 0131 225 5939

Lower Ground Floor, 48 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2YJ Tel 0131 260 2201

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BEAUTY NEWS People. Products. Places


HEAD TO TOE PAMPERING Get preened and pampered at the newly re-opened Wax Bar on Rose Street. Back after an extensive refurbishment due to fire damage, the beauty salon are specialists in precision hot and strip waxing but also offer professional make-up applications, semi permanent make-up, a lash and brow bar. The Wax Bar, 133b Rose St, EH2 4LS, Tel: 0131 260 9935,

Looking for a natural glow but not into bronzer? Check out Chanel’s new limited edition Healthy Glow MultiColour SPF 15, a trio of universal colours to create the illusion of a healthy glow, illuminate skin tone and embellish the cheeks. Priced £39, it’s a great multitasker in two shade gradations. Available now from Chanel counters citywide.

NEW FLAGSHIP TONI&GUY SALON IN SCOTLAND! Your hair is the ultimate fashion accessory so head to TONI&GUY’s newest salon for the definitive one stop shop in all things hair. From Fashion Fixes to trend led cuts and colours speak to experts at TONI&GUY Edinburgh today to answer your hair needs. TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL OR VISIT US: T : 0131 220 5425 52 FREDRICK STREET, EDINBURGH, EH2 1LN WWW.TONIANDGUY.COM

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HEAVEN SENT A limited edition for summer 2014, Angel Eau Sucre is sweet but not sickly with the addition of red berries to keep the fragrance fresh. A great summer scent. £42 for 50ml.

FREE TREATMENT ANYONE? Enjoy some pamper time for less with three treatments for the price of two at Ora Beauty. Available until the end of August, you can pick from everything from slimming wraps to hot stone massages, Fake Bake tanning and Shellac manicures. Bargain. Ora Beauty, 1 Gillespie Pl, EH10 4HS, Tel: 0131 228 5230,

Your passport to glamour... Leighton Denny Expert Nails introduces International Collection Spring/Summer 2014 Book your Leighton Denny Custom Manicure £38 or Pedicure £50 before the end of June and you will receive a complimentary upgrade to LonGELity gel polish with a glass of champagne. Make your reservation now! Tel: 0131 222 8836 Email:

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Introductory iLipo ULTRA treatments for £700

Before Facialist Liz McCarron has over 20 years’ experience in the beauty industry and has been providing women in Edinburgh with expertly delivered treatments at The Beauty Room for 14 years. Based in Stockbridge, The Beauty Room specialises in anti-aging therapies such as the renowned CACI Facial Toning treatment which has been voted the most effective anti-ageing treatment available with devotees such as Jennifer Lopez and Zoe Ball, as well as IPL skin rejuvenation and Guinot treatments. Liz’s loyal clients swear by her expertise. She has now introduced iLipo Ultra, which is the buzz word in the beauty industry, helping you drop a dress size in just a few treatments. The treatment works to reduce cellulite, and shape and slim the body. Treatments available at The Beauty Room include: • CACI Non-Surgical Face & Body Treatments: the best non-surgical facelift with incredible firming results- favoured by celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Jessica Alba.

After • Hydradermie facials: the most advanced beauty salon treatment for maintaining a balanced healthy complexion • Holistic treatments • Aromatherapy massage • Deep tissue massage • Eye Lash and Brow tints • IPL Hair removal

The Beauty Room is offering i-on readers a course of 8 iLipo treatments for £700 instead of £1000 The Beauty Room Located in the Stockbridge Pharmacy 34-37 North West Circus Place Edinburgh, EH3 6TW PH: 07773777758



PERFECT MATTE Introducing the new latex effect polish from nails inc. The collection of four super smooth polishes apply glossy but dry to a waxy finish that looks and feels just like latex. £12 each at nails inc in Harvey Nichols or online at

Estée Lauder’s new Revitalizing Supreme CC cream. Not only does it offer a sheer veil of colour to correct skin tone issues, its nutrient rich formula is ultra nourishing while the black bamboo extract boosts the light weight cream’s the antiageing properties – all in one tube. Available at Estée Lauder counters citywide priced £44.

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Christopher Sale Dentistry is a private family dental practice located in the New Town, and one of Edinburgh’s most established dental practices. NOW REGISTERING NEW PATIENTS Receive 50% off your first visit to the practice* Treatments include crowns, dentures, implants, teeth whitening, Invisalign and gum guards. MEMBERSHIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE FROM £12.50 PER MONTH 47 Dublin Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6NL 0131 556 2665

*offer valid for the first 50 i-on readers to book a consultation. Normal price £90, discounted rate £45.


TRIED AND TESTED Blissful Spa Day at Stobo Castle words ∙ Trish Sjoberg


here are many things blissful about Stobo Castle. Amongst them you could include its fabulous countryside setting in Peebleshire and a peaceful walk around the stunning Japanese Gardens. Not least is the Blissful Spa Day which comes in at a very reasonable £109 per person for an eight hour ‘check in’ at this award-wining hotel. My partner and I decided on a spontaneous ‘just the two of us’ day midweek. With a little piece of downtime topping the agenda a spa day at Stobo was the perfect escape, and a midweek treat was probably the right way to go to avoid the general busyness associated with weekends. Included in the Blissful package is a back massage, facial, full use of the spa facilities, a three course lunch and optional fitness and aqua classes if you can’t resist. We could, and before our two 25 minute treatments, we spent the day chilling in the hydro spa and enjoying the facilities at our own leisurely pace.

So in the moment were we that we stayed fully robed for lunch and, although we shared the dining room with many fully dressed clientele, the atmosphere at Stobo is laidback enough to feel like anything goes. Lunch was a plentiful affair and after gorging on the cold buffet with its great choice of meat, charcuterie, fish and salads, and indulging in desserts, we retired to the outside hot tub given that the sun was shining on the day of our visit. By going home time at 5pm, we left Stobo with a smile on our faces and a promise to return for another couple’s day soon. Life is bliss.

Stobo Castle offers a range of spa packages starting from as little as £42.50 per person. Stobo Castle Health Spa, Peebleshire, EH45 8NY, Tel: 01721 725300,

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Time for a change? Change your cut – change your colour. We can create a bespoke colour especially for you. Book an appointment with one of our Colour Degree Experts. 45 York Place 0131 558 1010 ∙ LATE NIGHT THUR 57 South Bridge 0131 556 0108 ∙ LATE NIGHT THUR 77 Lothian Road 0131 228 9977 ∙ LATE NIGHT THUR 3 Drumsheugh Place 0131 225 2234 ∙ LATE NIGHT THUR 2 Bruntsfield Avenue 0131 478 3522 ∙ LATE NIGHT THUR/OPEN SUN 46 George Street 0131 220 0777 ∙ LATE NIGHT WED & THUR Beauty & Body Zone now at 46 George Street 0131 220 0777


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The Newest edition to All About Eve is our beautiful boutique. Located next door to our original Edinburgh salon, we offer a large range of multi brand products including; Miller Harris, Neom, Glam Glow, Ellis Faas, Lola & Duwop, ZPM, Xen Tan, Cowshed and Wolford. Everything you’ll need for a glamorous night out or a pamper evening in, All About Eve has it all. All About Eve Boutique 120 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4ES

28 Comiston Rd, EH10 5QE, Tel: 0131 447 6611 14-16 Morningside Dr, EH10 5LY, Tel: 0131 629 4532


It’s time for award-winning Exilis Elite “Using Exilis, Dr Russell eliminated my double chin and tightened my turkey neck. A difference was evident after the first treatment. A fantastic result.” M.Q. A luxurious and friendly salon in the heart of Edinburgh. We specialise in colouring, balayage, long hair, bridal and vintage styling. Please call 0131 556 4478 for an appointment. 2a Broughton Place, EH1 3RX

Email Dr Clara Russell - GP and Cosmetic Doctor for more information and to book your appointment. Treatments from £150 per session.

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PHOTOTHERAPY A new age of timeless beauty


hototherapy is fast becoming the leading light in advanced facials so what’s the secret behind this skin treatment? “Phototherapy has become an integral part of mediclinics across Europe,” says Victoria Dobbie, medical director of Face & Body Cosmetic Clinic. “This year at the Monaco conference I listened to many dermatologists extol the virtues of phototherapy combined with facials, peels, prp or dermapen to give extraordinary results.” Convinced by the research Victoria purchased the award-winning, and clinically proven, Dermalux machine which emits narrow bands of light that stimulate, replenish and transform your skin and takes cellular repair to a new level. Exclusive to Face & Body is the ZO Medi-Facial, £79, straight from the clinic of Beverly Hills celebrity dermatologist Dr Zein Obagi renowned for his potent transforming skincare. Combined with the Dermalux, this facial will leave you feeling relaxed, happy and positively radiant. Fabulous for more youthful, beautiful skin.

The Hydra Medi-Facial, £89, is soothing and nourishing for sensitive and red skin. Releasing dull dead skin cells, infusing your skin with natural homeopathic ingredients to strengthen and defend your skin against environmental aggressors, the grand finale is a relaxing snooze cocooned by the Dermalux. Rejuvenating for skin and soul. These facials are easy to fit into a busy lifestyle and do not need a prior consultation. For skin issues regarding acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or rosacea you can book a complimentary consultation with Victoria who can advise on the most appropriate treatments for you.

Face & Body has high lunch time availability, is open late on Thursdays and every alternative Saturday. To book an appointment contact Face & Body Cosmetic Clinic, 32 Alva St, EH2 4PY, Tel: 0131 226 9610,


EXCLUSIVE I-ON READER OFFER Luxury Spa Experience at The Balmoral, £50 (usually £100)


ndulge in the five star surroundings of The Balmoral Spa with an exclusive offer for i-on readers. A retreat in the heart of the city, The Balmoral Spa offers a sanctuary of personal comfort and total escapism with the highest levels of personalised service. The Balmoral’s highly trained therapists will guide you through a consultation assessing your treatment needs before taking you on a journey as you revive, relax and rejuvenate. End your spa journey by winding down in the relaxation suite. Lie back and relax on a luxurious lounger and succumb to the scents and surrounds. To book: Quote i-on and email: thespa.balmoral@roccofortehotels. com or Tel: 0131 622 8880. The Balmoral Spa is open Monday to Friday from 6.30am until 10pm. Sunday 7am until 10pm. For further details on The Balmoral Spa, visit

The offer includes: ƒƒ Day access to The Balmoral Spa and all its facilities including: ∙ 15 metre crystal clear swimming pool ∙ Finnish sauna ∙ Turkish steam room ∙ Fully equipped cardiovascular gymnasium ƒƒ One 55 minute treatment with a highly trained therapist. Select from the following: ∙ Aromatherapy facial, tailored to your personal requirements ∙ Full body Swedish massage, tailored to your personal requirements ƒƒ Complimentary tea, coffee and water at The Balmoral Spa. ƒƒ Day use of a Balmoral bathrobe and slippers. Upgrade your treatment with one of the following: ƒƒ Salt Scrub £20. ƒƒ Express Cleanse Facial £20. ƒƒ File and Polish Manicure £15. ƒƒ File and Polish Pedicure £15.

Terms and conditions: Offer valid Sunday to Thursday from 01 June to 31 July. Offer is subject to availability and must be booked in advance. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.


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The Wax Bar team is proud to reopen our flagship salon at 133b Rose Street on Monday 2nd June with a range of new treatments and products.

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Lycon hot and strip waxing Luxury nail bar Semi permanent make up Lash Bar & HD Brows MAC certified make up artist, Nicci Weston Botox and fillers Treatments for men

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HEALTH NEWS Fitness. Focus. Nutrition

ACTIVE AND PAIN FREE I-ON READER OFFER Get to the core of your physical aches and pains with Active Health. Its expert team of therapists promote optimum health and wellbeing with assessment, treatment and preventative maintenance sessions by way of physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, craniosacral therapy and Pilates. For a 20 per cent discount off initial appointments quote iOn2014.

TRAIN SMARTER If you want to be like the athletes of the Commonwealth Games you have to learn to move with more power, flow and integration. Gyrotonic exercise sessions will re-educate your movement patterns by stretching and strengthening your entire body. It’s used by elite dancers and athletes but is equally suitable for people of all ages and ability levels. Available at Edinburgh Body Tonic, 21 Stafford St, EH3 7BJ. Tel: 07810 234 618,

MOUTH MAINTENANCE Avoid a build up of plaque and tartar and keep teeth in tip top shape with the monthly packages at Christopher Sale Dentistry. The exclusive dentist in the New Town is one of the longest established purely private practices in the city and offers members monthly maintenance packages for ÂŁ12.50 per month, including two routine dental exams, a 60 minute hygiene treatment, check-up and X-rays. Christopher Sale Dentistry, 47 Dublin St, EH3 6NL, Tel: 0131 556 2665,

Discover a uniquely uplifting balance of energy, water and heat. Unwind in the rejuvenating Thermal Suite, indulge in a soothing Spa Treatment and immerse yourself in our Hydropool. Experience breathtaking views from the infinity-edge pool, or find inner strength at our inspirational gym and fitness studios. One visit is bliss, membership is simply divine. Find out more at or telephone 0844 748 0212.

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Our wedding, our way Be inspired as newlyweds share their big day with i-on‌

David Anderson and Catherine Molloy Married on 26 October 2013, Venue: Prestonfield House Hotel

Say ‘I do’ in style...

Catherine and David


avid and I met through work in March 2010 but it wasn’t until the Edinburgh Festival that year that we got together after bumping into each other at the Spiegeltent. That meeting wasn’t entirely by accident, a text message and wine might have had something to do with it… Needless to say the first date was the following evening and that was that. “At first we thought we were clever hiding the romance from the office. But, contrary to our acting skills, our colleagues seemed to figure out pretty quickly what was going on, unbeknown to us. It took a long time before we made things official. “It was on 05 April at Dunblane Hydro when David popped the question. We were having an after dinner drink in the cocktail bar and I think the moment just felt right. Whilst we’d always talked about getting engaged, it was me that had organised the trip so a proposal was the last thing on my mind. And so it was all very spontaneous and last minute, which is very David. As such, there was no ring (which I was secretly glad about as I could pick my own) but the proposal still felt utterly perfect. I was in total shock. I cried, laughed and hugged him, and then we ordered fizz.

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David and his best man

“We got married six months later and I found it easy to organise everything within the timescale. I do believe you can make these things as difficult or as easy as you like. A short engagement wasn’t necessarily what we planned but there were other factors in terms of David’s career that meant our best option was to get married sooner rather than later. “I’m from Northern Ireland but we chose to get married in Edinburgh because it’s our home and we thought location wise it would be suitable for most guests. It was also a fantastic opportunity to show Edinburgh off to the Northern Irish contingent who travelled over. We chose Prestonfield as the venue mainly because of the setting, decor, reputation, service and quality of the food and the wine. They are first class at hosting and there was no other contender. “The dress was easy too. In fact, it was the only dress I tried. It was my mother's wedding dress and I felt privileged to wear it. The design is very different from current designs and materials but I loved its simplicity. I made some minor alterations to it by adding some sparkle and my mother and I joked that it was a ‘vintage dress with a modern twist’. “With regards to the wedding itself I never really had a theme. Prestonfield was so elegant and grand, I thought it was perfect the way it was. I suppose the main aim of the day was to ensure we were surrounded by our friends and family.



“We had one bridesmaid, my beautiful sister Sara, and one best man, David's brother Frank. I never considered having any one other than my sister as a bridesmaid and David felt the same about his best man. We did however have some close friends who were ushers and undertook the task of doing the readings. “We ended up having 128 day guests and about 30 evening guests. The guest list can be quite difficult as you’re paranoid about leaving people out but I think the key to avoiding problems is continually communicating and being open and frank about numbers and budget. “The best bit of advice I could give anyone getting married is to relax and enjoy it. Before I got married received a lovely letter from a wise lady who offered me one bit of advice –


‘Take moments to be still, look around and soak it up as it passes so quickly’. I did that and it was the best bit of advice I have ever had.”

Our favourite things Our favourite part was the ceremony; the beautiful quartet (provided by David’s sister, a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) sang Ave Maria, My Love Is like a Red Red Rose and One Love. I chose Ave Maria as I associate it with some very sweet memories. David chose the remaining two songs. He is much more skilled at music than me and I loved the song choice so much. My mother’s wedding dress was the personal touch; it was such a wonderful moment when my father saw me in my mother’s dress for the first time. David knew I was wearing it and loved the originality of the idea. It truly was the best day of our lives.

Suppliers: ƒƒ Hair: Jenni Muir and her assistant Sarah. ƒƒ Make-up: Jenni Muir. ƒƒ Wedding dress: My mother’s wedding dress was slightly altered by a very talented lady in Helen’s Bay, Co Down Northern Ireland. She runs a fantastic business called The Wardrobe. ƒƒ Invites: Pure Invitation. ƒƒ Cake: David’s mother. ƒƒ Flowers: Banks Florist in Stockbridge ƒƒ Bridesmaid dress: Designed and made by Alex at The Wardrobe ƒƒ Photographer: Marc Millar Photography.

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PROPERTY NEWS Finds. Facts. Figures

LIVE THE HIGH LIFE For some seriously stylish city living check out the latest penthouse released for sale at Quartermile. Located in Meadow Heights, the bright and spacious four bedroom, triplex apartment is on the market for £1.83m and has an expansive open plan lounge, bespoke designed kitchen and private roof terrace. For more details on the property, priced at, Tel: 0845 0002525 or visit

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deally located near the shopping haven of Ocean Terminal and the stylish bars and top restaurants of the Shore, Albert Dock on Ocean Drive is the latest development from Cala Homes and a good chance to get your hands on a blank canvas. Due for completion this spring the 31 spacious three and four bedroom townhouses have been designed over three floors, with flexible living spaces and generous windows throughout. Light and spacious in layout and design the properties will be a coastal retreat for those wanting to escape the inner city rat race. Externally, the properties are contemporary and in character with the rest of the Shore’s aesthetics’. If you’re partial to al fresco dining and sunset drinks, the residences

all benefit from private balcony decking too. And you can forget about trying to negotiate into a tight parking space as the homes all come with private car parking for two cars. At less than three miles away from the city centre and bus links close by, Albert Dock offers spacious townhouses, a chance to unleash your inner interior designer and value for money.

For further information or to register your interest in the properties contact CALA Homes, Tel: 0131 341 3145 or visit For help with finance ask about the Help to Buy Scotland.


INTERIORS NEWS Ideas. Innovations. Inspiration

TREASURE TROVE For some interior inspiration and amazing rustic interiors take a look inside the new bigger and better Time & Tide at Church Hill. The shop is split into four themed rooms and is packed with everything from large show piece mirrors (especially good for those in period properties with high ceilings), to coffee tables and lanterns. Time & Tide, 7-9 Church Hill Pl, EH10 4BE, postcards_postcards 02/10/2013 13:52 Page 1




Give traditional furniture a new lease of life with a little bit of help from Holster Design. Not only do the bespoke furniture and upholstery company restore sofas, chairs and footstools but they also offer their own super stylish furniture range by bespoke designer Ger Mack. Holster Design, 31 Albion Rd, EH7 5QJ, Tel: 0131 467 2502, ElementsHalfPage138x89.pdf 1 21/05/2014

Forget boring, beige interiors and redesign your bedroom with Casona. The family run, interior design business have spent years creating award-winning show homes and have recently launched a new concept called Luxury, Looks, Delivered online at It features 12 different 09:47 bedroom looks that can be delivered straight from its studio to your door.

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Sale starts in store Tuesday 3rd June with up to 40% off selected ranges







Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm 6 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AU 0131 225 5557

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ICONIC EDINBURGH Ramsay Gardens words ∙ David Hicks


amsay Gardens is one of Edinburgh’s most prominent buildings, a splash of red and white colour on the grey Old Town skyline. It’s a location that ensures the apartments have a fantastic view across the city, but it is also associated with two of Edinburgh’s most important citizens – Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes. It was around 1740 that Allan Ramsay moved into his newly constructed home beside the Castle. He was a successful man, having risen from being a wigmaker, to becoming a bookseller, to starting one of the first public libraries and finally making a name for himself as a poet. He named his new home Ramsay Lodge, but it soon gained the nickname ‘Goosepie Lodge’ because of its strange octagonal shape. In 1893 the building was bought by Patrick Geddes, the influential town planner who dedicated much of his life to the regeneration of the Old Town. It was to be a linchpin in his plans to revitalise the area, by linking town and gown in combining university residences with flats for private residents. His inspiration came from a visit to Montpelier seeing student living conditions and architecture. A new five storey block of flats was built, creating a complex of buildings that incorporated the old lodge. The building followed in

the styles of medieval Edinburgh, with steep pitched roofs, oriels windows and turrets. Mrs Geddes must have been particularly pleased with her new home. They occupied the entire third floor of the new building and their flat to entertain as part of their mission to bring the town and university together, holding enormous gatherings of up to 100 people. However the financial burden of their Old Town projects began to overwhelm them, and from 1895 the Geddes’ started to back away from Edinburgh. The University took over the Lodge and used it as a residential centre, until it was finally sold in 2007. Today, Ramsay Gardens must be one of the most sought after addresses in Edinburgh, even if the Festival fireworks and Tattoo in August disturb the tranquillity. But most importantly, the building shows how a new building can be successfully stitched into the Old Town, to become an intrinsic part of its fabric. David Hicks is communications manager at Edinburgh World Heritage, a charity devoted to conserving and promoting the city’s World Heritage Site. For more information visit




i-on Reader Food and Drink Awards 2014


ast month we launched the first ever i-on Reader Food and Drink Awards 2014. Here’s how to get involved and cast your vote before the winners are announced in the August issue. TEXT: Text ION to 84555 followed by a space and then the name of the shortlisted business you would like to vote for. For example: ION ONDINE Texts cost 25p per entry plus one standard network message. Voting closes on Monday 30 June 2014 at 9pm. Any votes made after the voting period, will not be counted but you may still be charged. All winners will be announced in the August issue of i-on Edinburgh magazine. Service provided by i-on Magazine. Customer Services: Tel: 0131 555 4126, WEB ENTRY: You can also vote for free via the i-on website at

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Votes can only be made from the UK. Each person can only make a maximum of 26 votes in any 24hour period. All voters must be over 18 and have the bill payers permission. Votes cast outside of the allotted period will not be counted but you may still be charged. In the event of a tie in vote, the judge’s decision will be final. By using this service you are agreeing to receive free marketing messages. You may opt out at any time by sending the word STOP to 84555.


Here’s our shortlisted choice of nominees.

BEST BAR ƒƒ LEITH: Bond No 9/ Lioness of Leith/ Nobles/ Roseleaf/ Teuchters Landing/ The Vintage ƒƒ STOCKBRIDGE and CANONMILLS: Bon Vivant/ Cross and Corner/ Hamiltons / Hectors/ The Last Word/ The Other Place ƒƒ CITY CENTRE: ƒƒ Best for drinks: Beer and Skittles/ Cumberland/ Dome/ Joseph Pearce / Queen’s Arms/ Treacle ƒƒ Best for cocktails: Bon Vivant / Bramble/ Lucky Liquor/ Panda & Sons/ Rick’s/ Tonic ƒƒ Best night out: 99 Hanover Street/ Amicus Apple/ Bar Soba/ Newsroom/ Opal Lounge/ Voodoo Rooms ƒƒ WEST END: Hanging Bat/ Indigo Yard/ Le Di Vin/ Priory/ Sygn/ The WestRoom ƒƒ OLD TOWN: Bar Kohl/ Devils Advocate/ Hemma/ Holyrood 9A/ Jakes Place/ Under the Stairs ƒƒ BRUNSTFIELD and MORNINGSIDE: The Blackbird/ Canny Man’s/ Earl of Marchmont/ Golf Tavern/ Hermitage/ Montpeliers

BEST CAFÉ/ BISTRO ƒƒ LEITH: Café Domenico’s/ Mimi’s/ Porto & Fi / Printworks/ Water of Leith/ Valvona & Crolla ƒƒ STOCKBRIDGE and CANONMILLS: Blue Bear Café/ Earthy/ Henri’s/ Leo’s Beanery/ Peter’s Yard/ Roamin’ Nose ƒƒ CITY CENTRE: Café Marlayne (Antigua St)/ Magnum/ Olive Branch/ Pep and Fodder/ Vin caffe/ Urban Angel ƒƒ WEST END: Brass and Copper/ Loudons/ Milk/ Sushiya/ Vittles/ Wannaburger ƒƒ OLD TOWN: Brew Lab/ Crafter’s Barn/ Edinburgh Larder/ Field/ Lovecrumbs/ Ting Thai Caravan ƒƒ BRUNTSFIELD and MORNINGSIDE: Blackwood Coffee/ Cafe Grande/ The Chocolate Tree/ Falko Konditormeister/ Freemans/ Project Coffee

BEST RESTAURANT ƒƒ LEITH: A Room in/ Bistro Provence/ King’s Wark/ Mithas/ Ship on the Shore/ The Shore ƒƒ STOCKBRIDGE and CANONMILLS: Pierre Victoire/ The Raeburn/ Rafael’s/ Rollo/ Scran & Scallie/ Stockbridge Restaurant ƒƒ CITY CENTRE: ƒƒ For lunch: Café Saint Honore/ Chez Jules/ The Dogs/ Gardener’s Cottage/ L’Escargot Bleu/ Stac Polly ƒƒ For dinner: Chaophraya/ Fishers/ Forth Floor/ The Honours/ Mark Greenaway/ Steak ƒƒ WEST END: A Room in/ Edinburgh Larder/ First Coast/ Kanpai/ La P’tite Folie/ Shebeen ƒƒ OLD TOWN: Divino Enoteca/ Monteith’s/ Ondine/ Timberyard/ Wedgwood/ Whiski Rooms ƒƒ BRUNTSFIELD and MORNINGSIDE: Bia Bistro/ Caffe e Cucina/ Harajuku Kitchen/ Nonna’s Kitchen/ Sweet Melinda’s/ Three Birds


DINNER @ TING THAI CARAVAN WHAT: Thai street food in a casual but cool setting. WOULD SUIT: Those looking for a quick, tasty dinner in laid back surroundings. PRICE RANGE: From £1.40 for snacks to £9.10 for a main. words ∙ Nicky Howden ∙ photos ∙ Susie Lowe


t was the Singha beer that did it. As soon as I spotted the beer chilling I was back on the beach in Ko Samui watching the sunset with an ice cold beer in one hand and fresh Thai food in the other. You see, my travels around south east Asia allowed me to sample some of the most delicious and innovative fusion dishes. Coming home and eating the seemingly same dishes was always an anti climax. And so, as I sat looking at that Singha beer in Ting Thai Caravan and smelling the same familiar aromas I had everything crossed my meal would give me my Thai fix. Fellow diners' meals looked delicious and the bustling atmosphere felt authentic so expectations were high. One thing that can be said for Ting Thai Caravan is that it’s understated. Mixing an urban interior with funky beats, long

wooden communal tables and a buzzing vibe it has garnered a reputation as a hip lunch time hang out for students. However, come evening this is definitely a place to be too – an alternative, relaxed destination for a dinner date or catch up with friends. The menu is the same (just slightly more expensive at night) and encourages sharing with its selection of Small Boxes (literally served in a box), rice and noodle dishes. The name of the game here is Thai street food and Thai chefs Ting (he’s cooked for the King of Thailand, no less) and wife Ae do a fine job using fresh ingredients to quickly create authentic tasting, quality food. From a delicious spicy Thai green curry, £8.10, to Seabass Maeklong, £9, that’s pan fried seabass with tomato, ginger, shallot, lemongrass, cashew nut and roasted chilli jam (there were a few more ingredients in here but I wont give the recipe away) and



king sized prawns with coconut beer batter, expect flavours galore. Even snacks such as the dried Thai beer jerky, £1.60, are moreish. What they don’t offer here are desserts so if you’re craving something to cleanse the palate try a Thai juice, £1.60, or go for the hard stuff with a Mekhong whisky on the rocks, £2.80. Delicious. Riding the current street-food trend, Ting Thai Caravan offers a refined version of authentic tasting street food. And whilst communal dining might not be for everyone, in my opinion it merely added to the experience. The queue out the door on a Saturday evening can only be testament to that. Understated cool and seriously good food, you can’t book a table in advance so get there early to avoid a wait. Ting Thai Caravan, 8-9 Teviot Pl, EH1 2QZ, Tel: 0131 225 9801.


LUNCH @ CRANSTON’S RESTAURANT WHAT: A city centre hideaway with a historic view on the city. WOULD SUIT: Shoppers after a culinary pick me up and a people watch. PRICE RANGE: A three course lunch starts at £11.95 per person. words ∙ Aimee Stanton


all wine glasses on every table anticipate thirsty diners at Cranston’s Restaurant in The Old Waverley Hotel. Originally christened Cranston’s Temperance Hotel until 1854, the Princes Street institution was built as a teetotal hotel by Robert Cranston in 1868. My friend and I dined there one drizzly Sunday afternoon and toasted the Cranstons with a nice and simple bottle of Chilean Las Condes Sauvignon Blanc, £17.50, before ordering. Cranston’s lunch menu is short with two starter options and three main course options available so we started with my favourite, Highland smoked Scottish salmon with caper florets, red onion and dressed salad leaves and the chef’s homemade lentil soup of the day for my friend. Served with two warm rolls, it was a perfect rainy day warm up. For my main course I was in need of some hearty nutrients so opted for the chicken supreme which was complemented with roasted mixed vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes and a rich garlic cream sauce. My friend chose the west coast grilled haddock with green vegetables, baby potatoes and finished with a creamy garlic sauce. Presentation was well

executed and taste on par, plus there were decent sized portions for even the hungriest diner. We’re not ones to skip on pudding, so at a biological push (and as a consequence of being a chocoholic) I ordered the creamy white chocolate and raspberry brûlée cheesecake whilst my friend nibbled on chef’s cheese selection to keep our gluttonous sides happy. Nearly 150 years after its birth and The Old Waverley Hotel still has a few interior traits of a time gone by with feature windows dominating the restaurant and simple pastel colouring keeping things elegant. Views are unrivalled for what Cranston’s charge and we had a direct view of the Scott Monument as well as a near uninterrupted sight of the castle during our meal. Additionally, should conversation die out you’ll always have a view of the unassuming general public to spy on from the comfort of your dinner table with a glass of wine in hand. Cranston’s Restaurant at The Old Waverley Hotel, 43 Princes St, EH2 2BY, Tel: 0131 556 4648,












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26 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH 0131 226 1036

9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE Tel: 0131 226 1446


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New Website Peroni on tap/Scottish Gins/Orkney bottled beers New seasonal lunch and A la carte menu Outdoor eating and drinking area 29 Dublin St, Edinburgh EH3 6NL Tel: 0131 556 2231 Email:

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FOOD NEWS Sound bites


FOODIES PARADISE Fill up on food and drink at the new Savour event in Summerhall on 15 June. The former Dick Vet will be transformed into a virtual menu with a variety of food producers, chefs and businesses including Edinburgh Larder, Eteaket and Roseleaf showcasing their wares. Tickets cost £15 at or Tel: 0131 560 1581.

It’s no secret Japanese people live longer, healthier lives. Take a leaf out of their dietary book with Scotland’s first sushi delivery, events and catering company, Soul Sushi - it can be delivered straight to your office between 10:30am and 4:30pm for a light, nutritional lunch. Soul Sushi, Tel: 0131 661 0544,

TOP BURGERS If you’re planning a BBQ this summer pick up awardwinning burgers from Crombies of Edinburgh and see what all the fuss is about. The butchers were crowned specialist burger champions at the Butchers Q Guild BBQ Competition grand final in April thanks to their steak, cheese and chive burger, now where’s the relish? Crombies, 97 Broughton St, EH1 3RZ, Tel: 0131 556 7643,

PAN-ASIAN EXPRESS South East Asia comes to Hanover Street via Bar Soba and their new express lunch menu. Escape the office between 12pm and 3pm and choose two courses for £8.95, the offer includes a 22 day aged beef Dirty Bangkok Burger, Northern Thai Yellow Chicken Curry and Vietnamese Chicken Wings for a spiced up lunch. Bar Soba, 104 Hanover St, EH2 1DR, Tel: 0131 225 6220,


FISH FOR THOUGHT Go for something fishy at Wagamama and order a bite from their new summer time lunch menu. The Pan-Asian restaurant has introduced nine delicious new dishes; we recommend the coconut seafood broth which comes with prawns, salmon, squid, scallops and mussels or the moreish lobster with green mango super salad (pictured). Wagamama, 1 Castle Terr, EH1 2DP, Tel: 0131 229 5506 and Ocean Terminal,

GARDEN PARTY If you’re anything like the team at i-on and deem yourself a summer time optimistic you’ll be pleased to hear The Dome Garden Café is now open for al fresco dining. Edinburgh’s very own city centre secret garden is accessed via Rose Street from 10am where you’ll be able to have a shopping break with teas, coffees, cocktails and nibbles. The Dome, 14 George St, EH2 2PF, Tel: 0131 624 8624,




ou needn’t travel abroad to enjoy a spectacular lunch or night out with friends and family: on a beautiful June evening, the Grassmarket and surrounding streets rival Europe’s capitals for atmosphere and cuisine. Kick things off at Bar Kohl on George IV Bridge with a refreshing mojito from Edinburgh’s cocktail kings. Recipe: Crush 1½ limes with 20 fresh mint leaves, two teaspoons of white sugar and a handful of ice. Add 65ml fine white rum, soda water to taste and stir well.

Petit Paris

Recipe: Simmer 250ml white wine and 1g saffron for 15mins. Add 500ml single cream, season and cook for 20mins. Add 500g fresh mussels and cook until they open (3-4mins), removing any that remain closed. Add a drop of oil to a separate pan on a high heat and fry 4 cod fillets, skin-down for two minutes. Transfer them to the oven at 220oC for 10mins. Combine the cod and mussels and serve with a sprinkle of parsley.

milk; add 4-5 crushed cardamom pods and a pinch of saffron. Cool the mixture before straining and freezing it for two hours. Beat with a handheld mixer. Freeze and beat alternately four more times until the mixture is smooth.

Bar Kohl

Meander downhill to Petit Paris  in the Grassmarket for cod and mussels. “When the weather is good, there is no better place to be,” says manager, Mathieu Cagna: “The Greater Grassmarket is like a friendly village in the heart of Edinburgh.”

Finish the evening with saffron & cardamom ice cream and a shisha pipe at Hanam’s  on Victoria Terrace. “We cook meals as our mothers did, using the freshest ingredients,” smiles manager, Ali Obeid: “Working in the Grassmarket is a privilege. All culture meets here in the heart of historic Edinburgh.” Hanam’s

Recipe: Warm 500ml double cream, 200g white sugar and 250ml whole

Incorporating: The Grill Room, The Club Room, Conference and Private Dining Facilities, The Garden Café. OUTDOOR DINING The Garden Café is open from 10 am. A wonderful selection of Hot and Cold Food, Coffees, Teas and Drinks are served in the beautiful surroundings of The Garden Café which is located at the rear of the Dome building with access from Rose Street. THE GRILL ROOM The Grill Room – Open from 12 noon until Late, every day. A la Carte Lunch and Dinner Menus are served. THE CLUB ROOM Open 10 am until 5 pm – Sunday to Wednesday Open 10 am until Late – Thursday, Friday and Saturday

14 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF Tel: 0131 624 8624; Fax: 0131 624 8649;;




Bars. Brands. Booze

Chris Mitchell, owner of Cork and Cask, gives his recommendations.

GOOD VALUE Domaine de Montradon, Picpoul de Pinet AOC, 2013, Lanquedoc, £9.95 A Mediterranean classic from this family owned estate and a fantastic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Pairs exceptionally well with fresh oysters and crustacean, and oily fish such as mackerel and sardines.

HAPPY GIN DAY It’s World Gin Day on 14 June and the bartending team at One Square takes gin very seriously. To help discover the wonderful world of gin and negotiate the 50 or so brands on the bar menu, try a tutored gin tasting. Including gins from new boutique distillers as well as all time classics, the tasting sessions have been designed to inform and invigorate in equal measure. From £18 for three gins. Advance reservations are required and minimum and maximum numbers apply. One Square, 1 Festival Sq, EH3 9SR, Tel: 0131 221 6422,

FINE DINING, PORTUGUESE STYLE Broaden your wine knowledge with a Portuguese Wine Dinner at Restaurant Martin Wishart on Monday 23 June. Owner of Quinta de la Rosa vineyard, Sophia Bergqvist, will talk you through a selection of ports and wines and Michelin starred chef Martin Wishart will cook a specially designed four course menu. For tickets, £95 per person, Tel: 0131 553 3557 or visit

RISING STAR MÁD Tokaji Dry Furmint, Szent Tamás, 2012, £14.95 This is our favourite and most obscure and unique wine. The Furmint grape comes from some of the oldest vineyards in the world and is expressed here as an elegant blend of apricots, pears and peaches with a warming, gingery spice. Enjoy with Asian roasted pork and Thai salads.

CLASSIC Carte Noire, Rosé, Côtes de Provence AOC, Les Maîtres Vignerons de SaintTropez, 2012, £10.50 This elegant and refined Provence dry rosé is fruity, versatile and is classically paired with Bouillabaisse – though worth a try with cassoulet and fragrant curries.

NEW SATURDAY LUNCH 3 Delicious Courses for just £20. Available from 12 Noon till 5pm 5 MERCHANT ST. EDINBURGH (0131) 225 1770 WWW.DIVINOEDINBURGH.COM

Fresh, naturally Choose from over 120 varieties of fresh organic fruit and vegetables at Real Foods, including Scottish Raspberries

BELGIAN "BEER INFUSED" BRASSERIE LAVA STEAK STONES GOURMET NEAPOLITAN PIZZAS BELGIAN AND SCOTTISH CRAFT BEERS BREAKFAST AT THE CRAFTERS BARN From the 1st of June we will be starting our gourmet Crafters breakfast menu. We have taken our time to source the freshest local ingredients ensuring you a healthy, wholesome breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7.30am till 12pm daily. Also look out for our new summer menu of small plates coming soon. 9 North Bank St, Edinburgh EH1 2LP Tel: 0131 226 1178 |


Fresh Scottish food served all day Restaurant, Bar, Whisky Shop, Tasting room

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This month’s offers, discounts and giveaways for i-on readers £20 off at Broughton Place Hair & Beauty

£50 off all Arche shoes or £75 off Arche Boots at Fishnets

£20 OF F For perfect summer style, book in for a cut and beach wave finish for just £30, normally £50, at Broughton Place Hair & Beauty. Valid on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for the month of June. Quote i-on when booking.

Broughton Place Hair & Beauty

60% off IPL and 15% off Caci at The Beauty Room

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£75 OF F If you don’t know this footwear brand, then you probably should. Arche uses glove quality leather, vegetable dyes, handmade flexible soles and they last for years. Fishnets Lingerie owner, Olivia Wells, is so passionate about the brand she’s offering i-on readers £50 off all Arche shoes and £75 off boots. Sizes 2-9.

Treat yourself to rejuvenated skin and a fresher face at The Beauty Room where there is 60 per cent off all IPL treatments (up to £220) and 15 per cent off CACI non surgical face lift treatments this June. Discover the secret of the women whose complexions defy their birth certificates.

The Beauty Room

2a Broughton Pl, EH1 3RX, Tel: 0131 556 4478,

Fishnets Lingerie 95 Easter Rd, EH7 5PW, Tel: 0131 661 9990,

Within Stockbridge Pharmacy, 35-37 North West Circus Pl, Tel: 07773 777758,

Save £100 on personal training sessions with Xplosive Fitness

50% off colour and cuts for new customers at Freddy Antabi

£10 off a Dermalogica skin treatment at The Lilac Rooms

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Get fit in the comfort of your own home. Buy 10 Personal Training sessions for £350 and get two sessions free saving you £100. Team up with a friend and train together for no extra cost. Offer valid in June and July.

Freddy Antabi is offering 50 per cent off colour and cuts for first time customers, and for those fighting the frizz, Nanokeratin straightening system is now only £70. Quote i-on when booking.

The Active Resurface treatment uses the most advanced cosmeceutical ingredients to deliver your healthiest, most luminous skin in time for summer. Offer price £35, valid until 30 July. Quote i-on when booking.

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did you know…? Do you come here often? The sun is shining. People are smiling. Lovers are holding hands. So how come you’ve not anybody to share the summer with? Fear not because once again our smartphones are coming to the rescue. One in five relationships in the UK now start online and more than 9 million of us are registered on a site. Here’s a rundown of three of the most popular dating apps: ƒƒ Tinder is the daddy of the dating apps right now. It’s simple, linked to Facebook and, just like meeting someone in a bar, based on first impressions. Swipe right if you like the look of someone, left otherwise. If both you and your potential beau swipe right then Tinder let’s you message one another. Free and easy. ƒƒ If you’d rather play the odds game then Plenty of Fish is the way to go. With 70 million members globally, the chances are that perfect person is just a few clicks away. Unlike Tinder, users can write a bit about themselves so scrolling through profiles isn’t just about browsing someone’s top five Facebook selfies. ƒƒ The original smartphone dating app is Grindr and if you’re gay, bisexual or just curious it’s still the best way to find love or just a bit of fun.

Red and white barber’s actually represents a wound and bloodied bandages. It harkens back to a time when the friendly neighbourhood barber would also perform minor surgeries including lancing boils, bloodletting and even amputations.

OUR FAVOURITE FIND If organising travel in the capital can try your patience City Cabs has made things a little easier with their brand new app. Available on Android and iPhone, the free booking app allows you to make and cancel bookings, save favourite journeys and track your cab as it makes its way to you. Easy. Download at

Call 0800 704 705 or visit

The perfect summer playground. Kids of all ages welcome. Think falconry lessons for all the family, splashing around in one of The Club’s pools and junior tennis camps for the young ones. Or imagine an indulgent day at the spa, with a stroll in the countryside and dinner in one of our four restaurants for the grown-ups. With all this and country pursuits too, a family break at Gleneagles can be as jam-packed or relaxing as you’d like it. The hardest part will be choosing what to do first. From £345 B&B based on two people sharing a Classic room. Available 1st May - 20th September 2014.


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