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We can’t wait to… This month's must-dos Win a luxury break to Iceland My Edinburgh: Model Simone Murphy on her hometown The Lifestyle Edit Edinburgh and Glasgow news A Day In The Life Of… 2moreheads. owner Catherine McCallum


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He Says, She Says: Hardeep Sing Kohli and Caroline Young talk tartan The Two Of Us: Stylist team Kirsty Halliday and Stuart Truesdale The New Scandi: Nordic design is evolving


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A New Direction: Dean Newton meets accessories brand Nu Blvck Less is More: Monochrome is having a moment


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Battery-powered Beauty Cosmetics go high tech The Cheek Of It: The best blushers Tried and Tested: Brow tattoos


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Afternoon Delight: Mum-approved afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh Review: The Sisters, Kelvingrove


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I-ON THIS MONTH London, New York, Paris, Milan – it seems unfair that neither Edinburgh nor Glasgow feature on the list of global fashion centres. I mean sure, we might be more well known for our boozing and banter but that’s not to say we don’t know how to dress. Take tartan. Some may think of the fabric as a bit twee but how many other countries have their own signature textile that inspires pride, patriotism and punk spirit? We asked two writers for their thoughts on our divisive national cloth on page 14. When it comes to design, we also have plenty to be proud of. Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton - they all hail from our homeland and there are plenty of new names making their mark on the industry up here too. On page 34, we discover an innovative new accessories brand backing local design and bringing Scottish talent to a global audience. One of the biggest advocates for our fashion scene, model Anna Freemantle, took time out from


planning this year’s Edinburgh International fashion festival to appear in our stunning shoot on page 40. While on page 18, we meet Simone Murphy, the only Scot to make it to the final twelve of Britain’s Next Top Model. So who does a budding young model look to for sartorial inspiration? Kate Moss? Gigi Hadid? “Nah,” she insisted, “my mum!” Of course, this is the month we should all be celebrating our dear mums. Not sure where to take yours for Mother’s Day? Turn to page 74 for afternoon teas with a mum’s seal of approval. Or, if you’d like to treat her to a trip further afield, enter our competition to win a weekend break for two to Reykjavik on page 12. Congratulations also to last month’s winner, Stephanie Anderson, who can look forward to bringing a touch of spring style to her home with a Wendy Morrison designed floral rug. Speaking of spring, don’t forget the clocks go forward on 26 March. We might lose an hour’s sleep but longer, lighter evenings are on their



way. I’ll be making the most of mine with a few glasses of rosé by the Shore. Well, someone’s got to keep up our reputation for boozing…

Carrie Mitchell, Acting Editor P.S. An error in the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian reader offer in February’s i-on contained a spelling mistake in the name. We apologise for any confusion caused.



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1 ...rave it up at the BBC 6 Music Festival in Glasgow. “The stellar line-up includes electronic super-group Depeche Mode, US rockers The Shins, Edinburgh lad Edwyn Collins and Glasgow favourites Belle and Sebastian, among many, many others playing across the city from 24–26 March. You’d be mad to miss it.” Dean Newton, Features Editor

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...get a snazzy pair of custom DMs. “The Scottish Tattoo Convention hosts some of the world’s best tattoo artists, some of whom will be customising pairs of Dr Martens boots on 25 and 26 March at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.” Rebecca McCosh, Digital Editorial Manager

3, drink and be merry at Canteen. “East Lothian’s first street food market launches on 25 March at Archerfield Walled Garden, with a selection of the UK’s best vendors and live music from the Four Corners DJs. £1 per adult, kids go free.” Laura Cully, Director


4 Gung Ho. “The super fun 5k with enormous inflatable obstacles is back at Edinburgh’s Meadows on 13 May and early bird tickets are on sale now.” Cath Tait, Finance Manager

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“FOR MANY FOLK, THE IDEA OF A MAN WITH A TURBAN AND KILT IS A CURIOSITY” Hardeep Singh Kohli on his very personal love affair with tartan


've got 35 pairs of Adidas trainers. I have 27 suits. And I have nine kilts. I love wearing a kilt. Not all of my kilts are tartan. At least two are plain of colour yet still manage to be stylish and suave. I'm not sure that there is any fabric that can challenge tartan when it comes to history and controversy. Has any other fabric been banned from use? Does any other fabric unite families and societies? Does any other fabric, when wrapped round the waist of an average looking man, elevate him to the status of international love god? No. And I should know… While many may believe that tartan is an ancient tradition, locked into lore and predicated on the past, such thoughts couldn't be further from the truth. Did you know that there is a Sikh tartan? Having fought and died for the freedom of her colonial masters, the Sikhs were granted the honour of having a tartan issued exclusively for their use. This recognition of the selfless sacrifice, of gracious giving by my forebears and

family means a very great deal to me. I have great grandfathers that served in the British Indian Army. I am by no means certain that either of them wore tartan as they fought but I like to think they did. Nonetheless I hope they look down on their great grandson with his nine kilts, with his love of Scotland and his proud Punjabi heritage, and they realise that it was all very worthwhile. For many folk, the idea of a man with a turban and “DOES ANY OTHER FABRIC, WHEN kilt is a curiosity. But, for me it's the most natural, the WRAPPED ROUND THE WAIST most obvious thing in the world. And it makes me feel OF AN AVERAGE LOOKING MAN both proud and like a sex god. Impressive.



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“CLUELESS WAS A REVELATION IN HOW TO WEAR, NOT JUST CHECKS, BUT CLOTHES” Caroline Young on how Cher changed her mind about tartan


’m a little bit obsessed with tartan. The bold, contrasting colours, the warmth and comfort, and that every pattern has a story to tell. But before I appreciated it as a thing of beauty, tartan was always a bit enforced and ceremonial for me. At school, it was awkward ceilidhs with the boys in their rented kilts, and a form of branding as we were conspicuously ‘tartaned’ up in vivid kilts specially created in the school colours. We couldn’t help but be noticed when walking down Princes Street – a tribe of identikit school girls marked out in plaid. Some girls hiked up their skirts to reveal their knees, or wore them long and grungy with the sleeves of their baggy jumpers stretched over their hands, but every so often we were threatened with the skirt length test – where the skirt had to exactly touch the ground when kneeling on the floor. I was 15 years old when Clueless was released in the cinema, and it was a revelation in how to wear, not just checks, but clothes. Cher and Dionne wore those natty eye-popping checked suit jackets and mini skirts, which just seemed oh so grown up when I was more awkward than sophisticated. I headed straight to Miss Selfridge after the credits rolled to try and find something that matched what I had seen on screen. While you could buy tartans on the Royal Mile, it was down Cockburn Street where tartan rebelled. Whiplash Trash,



where I got my ears pierced, sold punky red tartan skinny trousers with zips amongst its bondage-wear. However, I’ve always preferred the comforting side of tartan – and nowadays I choose a checked shirt for relaxing and my muted grey tartan blanket, completely over-priced but as soft as a lamb, for enveloping myself while watching telly on the sofa. Forget Scandinavian lifestyle trends, the ultimate cosiness is tartan on cold Scottish nights. Tartan + Tweed by Caroline Young and Ann Martin (Frances Lincoln, £19.99) is out now.

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Edinburgh The Britain’s Next Top Model contestant on her hometown and her big break

How did you get into modelling? I appeared in my first fashion editorial for a Scottish newspaper at age two. My mother was a stylist and writer while my father is a photographer and graphic designer so I guess you could say I’ve never been camera shy. Have you been a fan of BNMT for a while? Absolutely; I can remember watching Abbey Clancy on the second series so meeting her while filming was incredible. I never imagined I’d be on the show. How did it come about? Completely spontaneously. One day I just looked the BNTM website up and it so happened that they were taking applications. Everything sort of fell into place from there. How did you feel when you heard you’d been chosen to appear? What’s fun about this series is that we’re starting with a 90-minute

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feature length episode so viewers will be able to watch the judges picking the final 12 contestants and our reactions. It’s a moment I’m so glad I have on film as I was just so over the moon.

Were the judges as scary as they seem? No, the judges are incredible and have our best interests at heart the entire course of the show. However, the elimination days themselves were nerve-wracking and the judges really don’t hold back. Do you think you’ll leave Edinburgh now as your profile and career grows? It’s a joy to live and work in Scotland and lots of modelling is international so as long as you’re near an airport, you can get to where you need to be. That said, the diversity and volume of agencies, brands and opportunities still lies in the south. Fortunately, London is only a train journey away and Edinburgh is the best place in the world to come home to. Best thing about Edinburgh? It’s thriving culture scene. We’re so lucky to have so much on our doorsteps.

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What were the highlights of your experience? I’ve met and worked with fantastic creatives from the industry and people I really admire. And I’ve made some lifelong friends too - although, as I’m sure you can imagine, putting 12 girls competing with each other under one roof was a disaster waiting to happen.

Edinburgh’s best bits

For drinks Hoot The Redeemer. For a vegan dinner Lucky Pig at Paradise Palms. Pamper session Ishi hair salon. Sunday brunch Blue Bear in Canonmills. Date night Bramble. Escape A run around the Botanics. Most stylish local My mother.

on St. Stephen Street are incredible and the charity shops are gold mines. Best Edinburgh buys in your wardrobe? An Aquascutum floor-length camel coat I found in Stockbridge for £40.

And the worst? I mean, am I really from Edinburgh if I don’t say the trams?

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Where do you like to go shopping in Edinburgh? Stockbridge. The vintage shops

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EDINBURGH NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM Who says the kids should have all the fun? The National Museum, as part of the Monkey Business exhibit, are putting on another of their Museum Lates series of parties on 10 March. Headliners for the night are Glasgow act White - a hurtling juggernaut of synth stabs and razor-sharp guitars. Elsewhere there’ll be aerial theatre, live DJs, silent disco, themed food and more. Tickets from £12 via

A FAMILY AFFAIR As part of a £12 million refurb, the awardwinning Radisson Blu on the Royal Mile has unveiled dedicated family rooms with lounge area, children’s furniture, games and toys; the ideal solution for when you have more visitors than space. Little appetites are catered for free of charge for under 12s when eating with one full price paying adult. The rooms cost from £180 per night, including breakfast. 80 High St, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH.

EXPENSIVE S**T The multi award-winning show and runaway success of the Fringe returns to Edinburgh on 10 and 11 March. Directed by Adura Onashile with an afrobeat soundtrack by Fela Kuti, the moving drama is an exploration of female empowerment through the eyes of Tolu, a black toilet attendant in Glasgow. And at £16.50, tickets aren’t expensive at all. Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED.



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PRINTS CHARMING The rather marvellous Scottish Design Exchange has launched a new textile department in it's Ocean Terminal store with fabrics and wallpaper samples available for order. First Floor of Ocean Terminal, EH6 6JJ.

Scotland’s first global craft beer gathering takes place 26 - 28 May at The Biscuit Factory in Leith with tickets now on sale. Over 30 global craft brewers will exhibit 200 beers to a festival audience of 3,000 people. Tickets are £38.50 and include entry to the festival, souvenir glass and unlimited 100ml tasters of beer. Tickets and info at

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MIKE AIKMAN’S TALES OF THE COCKTAIL Anyone au fait with Edinburgh’s bar scene will be aware of Mike’s work. For the uninitiated, he’s co-owner of three of Edinburgh’s finest cocktail joints; Lucky Liquor, The Last Word and the multi-award winning Bramble - most recently named in the World’s 50 Best Bars list. He’s also part of the reason why the world’s biggest mixology festival Tales of the Cocktail has been tempted to set up camp in Edinburgh this year from 01-05 April. We asked him which events local cocktail-lovers would be mad to miss... LIQUIPEDIA SEMINAR – 04 APRIL, 1:303PM, THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS. Two experts try to answer 90 broad ranging booze questions over a 90 minute period. “I saw this in New Orleans last year and it’s both educational and hilarious.”

DYNAMIC DUOS – VARIOUS. Top mixologists are paired up with a select spirit for two hours to see what they can muster.“Go to at least one Dynamic Duo, they’re held for two hours in the partner bars. They’re free to get into and an opportunity to meet interesting people and try interesting drinks in our city’s best cocktail bars.” SCOTTISH FLAVOUR MAKERS - 02 APRIL, 4-6PM, THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS. A celebration of the country’s fantastic spirits made into some marvellous cocktail creations. “An opportunity to taste some of Scotland’s fine booze.”

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lanning a night out can take a serious amount of organisation but when the stars (and your diaries) align, you can’t beat a Friday night out with your friends when the gossip and cocktails are flowing. When you’re not quite ready to call it a night but not in the mood to hit the clubs, Tigerlily’s After Dark package is just the one for you; a speakeasy offering which allows you to avoid queueing at the busy bar. Instead, relax at a table and help yourself to your own bottles or enjoy the theatre of Tigerlily’s talented bartenders mixing you up a cocktail. From your favourite spiced rum served with a medley of tropical juices, to the punchy package of beer and bourbon, or the gin lover’s dream where you can mix and match a whole host of tonics and garnishes, Tigerlily really do have your thirst quenched. Or make way for

the impressive award-winning sharing cocktails. These are stacked high with three tiers of liquid perfection and guaranteed to give others table envy, as you sit back, slurp away, and embrace Tigerlily’s chic nightlife. If after a few more drinks you’re in the mood for dancing (and really, we don’t blame you) then you can all take advantage of free entrance to Lulu, escorted by a Tigerlily hostess via the exclusive VIP lift. Now, that’s how to really make an entrance! Available seven days a week from 10pm. Quote ‘After Dark’ when booking. Tables must be booked in advance.

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George Street jewellers Laing were on hand to buff up guests’ diamonds.

Stylish buys from the likes of Epitome, Biscuit, and Kakao by K flew off the racks.

Spotted i-on’s pop up fashion sale on 22 February was a roaring success with over 200 readers showing up at Lulu to grab a bargain, indulge in a little pampering and get some style advice

Makeovers came courtesy of Bobbi Brown, Cheynes and Zen Lifestyle.

from the experts. Over £5,000 was raised for Edinburgh charity Smartworks, which empowers women in need by providing them with the clothes and the confidence to succeed at interview. If you were there, visit to

Readers enjoyed a welcome glass of Whispering Angel rose wine and delicious canapes courtesy of Lulu.


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EYE CANDY The city’s vibrant contemporary art scene has some great new exhibitions and shows well worth a visit this month.

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irst up, the gallery of the Edinburgh Drawing School at 13a Great King Street has a raft of amazing talent on show for its Spring Exhibition with works by Sally Gatie, Iain Holman, Paul Crook, Arie Vardi, Tiffany Barber, Lindsey Lavender, Deborah Phillips and many more until 08 April. At the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the whole ground floor is given over to a series of six major exhibitions spanning three years called NOW. The series shines a light on the extraordinary quality and range of work being made by Scottish artists today. The show is free entry and opens on 25 March, The Fruitmarket Gallery hosts Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger and his exhibition MARK WALLINGER MARK from 04 March until 04 June. It’s a presentation of sculptures, films and wall-based works exploring the theme of identity. More info at

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GLASGOW A WRITE GOOD DAY OUT Glasgow’s book festival Aye Write! is back with an enormous line-up of authors, poets, writers and books from 09 – 19 March across three city venues. Highlights include appearances from Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, comedian Elaine C. Smith, poet Liz Lochhead, and author Ian Rankin who is celebrating 30 years of John Rebus. Buy tickets and view the full programme of talks, workshops and events at

NEW GUY IN TOWN Top tailor Richard James has launched his diffusion line, Richard James Mayfair, exclusively in Scotland at Frasers. The collection is designed in-house at James’ Savile Row studio, and offers an attention to detail that lifts the collection beyond your usual department store tailoring. The new spring/summer collection is available now. House of Fraser, 45 Buchanan St, Glasgow, G1 3HL.


GOOD MOVE Just when we thought Tantrum Doughnuts couldn’t get any better, they do – by moving a few doors down from their original shop into bigger premises. That means more space for customers to enjoy these seriously addictive handmade doughnuts – and hopefully less chance of our favourite Crème Brûlée flavour running out. 27 Old Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, G3 8RD.


WEDDING OFFER The iconic four-star Grand Central Hotel has forged a partnership with highlandwear specialist MacGregor and MacDuff to offer every couple who book their wedding at the hotel two free kilt hires, plus extras, to help the groom look great on his big day. For more details, visit www.

MUM’S THE WORD With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we’re all on the lookout for something a little bit special for our long suffering mums. West coast painter Nikky D’Aguilar may have just the thing with her beautiful range of silk scarves (£89 each) featuring colourful brushstrokes inspired by the natural landscape of Bardowie loch where she lives. See the full range of artful designs at

HEADS UP The line up for the Summer Nights festival at Kelvinside Bandstand has been announced and it’s a corker. Texas kick off the series of gigs playing two nights on 01-02 August followed by (among others) Brian Wilson, KT Tunstall, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Pixies and finally Arab Strap on 13 August. Tickets are available now but selling fast, hence our early heads up. Book at

MATERIAL PLEASURES Design fans are in for a treat this March when The Lighthouse welcomes SAMPLE, a threemonth exhibition showcasing the work of 15 contemporary Scottish textile designers. Enjoy a programme of workshops, and a special trends presentation, in which the designers’ process will be brought to life with performance, talks and life-size sets. Friday 24 March – Sunday 18 June 2017, at The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Ln, Glasgow, G1 3NU.



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gig on nearly every night in Glasgow – one of my favourites is at the State Bar on Holland Street every Saturday night.

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Where’s your favourite place to gig? Friday or Saturday night at The Stand comedy club. It’s absolute madness, I love it. Best heckle? Please die.

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What’s your favourite area in the city? I love Glasgow city centre, so many different cultures and people in this city and it’s just beautiful to look at. I find it peaceful.

Where would you take visitors to show them the real Glasgow? I would take them to the seafood restaurant in The Barras. Don’t say “seafood restaurant” in The Barras to anyone though, I don’t think that would go down well.

The best place for..

Darren Connell: No Filter is at Blackfriars Basement on Thursday 09 March as part of the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival. To book tickets or for full details, visit

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City’s best kept secret? Not many people know but Partick Thistle are the best team. Where do you go to escape the city’s hustle and bustle? I like walking up a canal in Bishopbriggs, it goes all the way to Falkirk. Anytime I feel like I need a break or just to get fresh air, I walk along it for miles up. What would make the city a stronger attraction? I think they need to sort out Hampden, make it look like the Hydro, and let younger people into sports events for a small donation to a charity. What do you think of the city’s comedy scene? If you look for it, you will find a


Coffee The Hillhead Bookclub. Drinks with pals The Box. Pizza Frank’s Pizza in Bishopbriggs. Burgers The Butterfly and the Pig. Cheap eats The chippy in the Savoy Centre. Friday night out I love the GFT.

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THE TWO OF US Stylist duo Kirsty Halliday and Stuart Truesdale on their creative partnership...

How long have you been collaborating? Kirsty: “I moved to London with Miu Miu and although it should have been my dream job, I missed Glasgow and wanted to focus on styling full time. Eventually, I moved home and convinced Stuart to bite the bullet and start up our own creative agency, I’ll Be Your Mirror.”


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How did you two meet? Stuart: “Eight years ago at Che Camille when I was interning and Kirsty was planning the Belstaff launch party. I'm extremely awkward when meeting new people but we hit it off straight away. She suggested I join Belstaff and we helped launch the brand’s Scottish flagship store. We then both moved to new roles; me to Prada and Kirsty to Miu Miu, but we’d end up chatting all day at work and then getting home and messaging all night.”


Best bit of working as a duo? K: “There's always a second opinion. If one of us does something that looks rubbish, the other one isn't shy in saying. We’re like an old married couple sometimes.” S: “Disagreement helps us produce the best possible work. If I have an idea that Kirsty doesn’t instantly love, the challenge is to try and refine it into something she can believe in; if I can’t make that happen I accept the idea is wrong. We've both been in a position of really loving something but respect the other enough to know that it needs to be shelved if we can’t agree.”

Do each of you have dedicated roles? K: “We don’t but Stu is very meticulous and well-organised so he usually takes the lead with commercial clients. I’m more visual and chaotic but that lends itself well to our editorial work so I spend more time coming up with concepts, putting teams together and finding the right designers. When it comes to shooting, it's very much a joint effort - we’re a well-oiled machine.” Find out more at or, for fashion inspiration, follow them on Instagram





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Dean Newton discovers an exciting new accessories brand shaking up the fashion industry


Small pyjama scarf, £75, Nu Blvck

he traditional business models of the fashion industry have been robustly challenged in recent years; from Burberry’s decision to sell direct from the catwalk to Stella McCartney’s ethical business model. It’s clear that change is afoot and one Scottish startup doing things a bit differently is Nu Blvck (pronounced New Black), a high-concept accessories brand based in Glasgow and making waves globally. Andrew Vincent and Becca Flory’s business works by connecting emerging fashion designers with expert artisans to create limited edition, luxury accessories that are made to order and sold exclusively online. “We think our model brings the designers and artisans closer to our customers,” says Andrew. “They’ll be made to feel very much part of our brand with our customers hearing the stories of all involved in designing and making




our accessories. It’s taking transparency to new levels and our customers love it.” Even more uniquely Nu Blvck has a policy to only manufacture once a product has actually been bought, and by selling their accessories in strict limited quantities. Not only does this mean the customer is buying an exclusive, quality product but it helps to support the artisan makers who don’t have the mass production facilities of fashion factories. “We want our brand to be known for high quality, unique, stylish accessories but also for putting people at the forefront, reducing waste and for more ethical trade,” explains Becca.  Makers include the likes of Di Gilpin, who, from a bothy studio in Fife, has created an internationally renowned name for herself as a knitwear maker,

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even creating pieces for Kanye West’s Paris show and producing limited edition designs with Nike. Another highlight of Nu Blvck’s makers roster is Kalopsia Collective, textiles artists turned micro-manufacturing facility, pushing the boundaries of production with a combination of traditional methods, innovative ideas and ethical goals. Exciting business models and fantastic makers mean nothing though, unless the designs are up to scratch.

It stands to reason that you wouldn’t be reading this article if the designers had missed the mark here and it’s true, the first two collaborators, Hannah Louise Baxter and Ruth Williams, have each created something quite special. The collections comprise a range of belts, bags, purses and scarves which represent a superb prelude to what could well be a new movement in the fashion world. For more info visit

Knot bag, £275, Nu Blvck


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Keep things chic and simple this spring with sharp tailoring and a crisp monochrome palette softened with a touch of chiffon and a flash of flesh. It’s strong yet feminine, just like model Anna Freemantle, who stars in our shoot. photographer Aleksandra Modrzejewska stylist Ian Tod



Delphina feathered black jacket dress by BCBG MAXAZRIA, £423, Harvey Nichols; diamante drop earrings £115, Eclectica Jewellery; fishnet tights £6, Marks & Spencer; gold metallic strappy sandals £46, Topshop



Self Portrait hall black lace crepe jumpsuit £340, Harvey Nichols



When Dutch model Anna Freemantle first visited Edinburgh seven years ago, she fell in love with the city and decided to call it home. A champion of local design talent, Anna launched The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival in 2012 and the annual event is still going strong. She lives in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, with her two sons, Max and Leo.

Open back pink gown by BCBG MAXAZRIA, £478, Harvey Nichols; Acne Studios white mohair rollneck, £300, Harvey Nichols; gold metallic strappy sandals, as seen previously, black ball and chain western stud belt £24, Topshop



Helmut Lang white tie embellished poplin shirt, £305, Harvey Nichols; Osman style Madison black pleated culottes £395, Jane Davidson



Streamline your style Anna’s guide to a capsule wardrobe… 1 Invest in quality fabrics and classic cuts. You can add more on-trend pieces to make your look a bit more modern but it’s worth spending more on key pieces that last. 2 Choose neutral colours such as white, black, grey, and navy blue with the odd pop of colour. 3 Keep searching for that perfect black dress. Mine is knee-length with long sleeves, a low plunging neck and a split at the front…but I haven’t found it yet. 4 There is nothing better or more classy than a crisp white shirt – mix it up by looking for collarless versions and trying men’s styles. 5 Don’t underestimate the importance of good shoes and a good coat to enhance an outfit. My nude and gold Christian Louboutins dress up any outfit, while my grey Pringle coat has had almost as much wear as my favourite J Brand black high waisted skinny jeans.

Dark rose palazzo cropped wide trousers, £55, Topshop; nude ankle boots with toecap detail, £75, Topshop;  Theory Quinlynn pale rose dress £349, Jane Davidson


FASHION Silver earrings, £24, Oliver Bonas

Skirt, £22.99, sweater, £19.99, both New Look

Gingham has grown up and developed some serious attitude

Peplum blouse, £10, Primark

Bag, £19.99, Zara Silver heels, £34.99, H&M

Tie-front shirt, £65, Hobbs


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Trenchcoat, £79, Topshop

Step hem jeans, £38, Miss Selfridge


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Actor Bryan Larkin knows you don’t have to spend a fortune to dress well.


lasgow actor Bryan Larkin is hitting the big time… in Asia. In 2017 he plays a leading role opposite the biggest names in Asian cinema in Chasing the Dragon, and he’s been chosen to front the UK marketing campaign for Giordano, one of Asia Pacific’s clothing giants which started in Hong Kong over 30 years ago. Here he shares his personal take on style with i-on. You’re fronting the Giordano campaign here in the UK. What does that mean to you? It’s a very unique and special privilege, made more so by the team behind it as they were more interested in my personal journey as opposed to a specific look. I think part of the brand’s success lies in its ability to appreciate substance

and life stories of the people in the marketing of its clothes. Giordano is all about style and affordability. How did you get the position as ambassador for the brand? I met Thomas Sandfield, one of Giordano's official photographers, when I was shooting a movie in Hong Kong and we discovered that we had a lot in common: same life values and struggles on our paths to our goals. He recommended I meet Mark Loynd, Giordano’s Head of International Brand Collaborations. We met the next day and I had a very good feeling about him. I told him how a guy from Scotland came to be working with Asia’s biggest stars and he decided that my story was a perfect match for a campaign, so we made a short film about it. You can see it here at How would you describe your own style? Smart casual: suit jacket, jeans, with a shirt or T-shirt. For special occasions, like premieres, I go for a tuxedo or a kilt. Any style icons? American icons like James Dean, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen. My upcoming movie, Chasing the Dragon, is set in ‘70s Hong Kong so I got to wear a lot of insanely cool clothes.



STYLE FILE Shoes, aftershave or facial hair… what’s most important? Shoes. A new pair always gives me a bit of a kick in my step. I’m also an advocate of a well-maintained beard so that would have to come second.   Best brands? Matchless London for jackets; Hugo Boss for suits; and T-shirts from Giordano – they do great high quality basics and their tees are quickly taking up space in my wardrobe. A piece of advice… Style is nothing without substance. Having a positive outlook is what completes any outfit.  


What’s your favourite piece of clothing? My Matchless Silverstone Blouson leather jacket is pretty much my second skin. It was a gift from the Malnotti Brothers who used to own and design Belstaff. Matchless is as cool as it gets in leather jackets. I also really like Giordano and Lowe Alpine's collaborative Caulker Jacket; it's a clean, smart casual jacket packed with outdoor functionality - a great example of what modern, urban outdoor wear should be. The shops we’re most likely to find you in in Scotland… Anywhere between H&M, Primark and the designer stores in Princes Square. I personally think you don’t have to spend a fortune on designer labels to dress well. What’s important is to find a style that complements your personality, that's why this collaboration with Giordano is such a natural fit. Describe the Giordano brand in your own words. Smart, active, casual; the kind of clothes that don’t look out of place on the high street, at the gym or outdoors. The tailoring is minimum and really comfortable. I really like it. For more information on Giordano visit



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I think everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the fashion industry’s 70s revival didn’t quite gain the flared momentum that the catwalks had predicted. What we’re left with are welcome hints of a bygone era, perfectly exampled by APC’s Hunt jacket with bigger buttons, boxy fit and chunky collar. £455 from


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scandi Nordic style is set to takeover our homes once again. Carine Seitz discovers its latest incarnation.

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t’s official: we’ve been seduced by all things Scandinavian. Trips to Ikea for flat-pack have turned into fullon love for the Nordic look. While architects and designers have drawn influence from Scandinavia for years, we were first offered a proper glimpse of their interiors through the Nordic Noir we couldn’t get enough of on TV. We fell hard for the furnishings in Wallander and The Killing (not to mention Sara Lundt’s knitwear), and before long we were scouring the internet for bargain Mid-Century Modern to replicate the look. But if you really want to keep up with those Swedish style-setters, it’s time to update your interiors. Get ready to embrace the New Scandi. DARK IS THE NEW LIGHT Neutral colour palettes have traditionally provided the backdrop, but now muted colours (hello blue, green, pink) give a richer warmth, and dramatic dark greys are used with balance to maintain a monochromatic appeal. Xanthe Weir from Edinburgh’s contemporary design store Moleta Munro ( explains “We’re seeing more ‘maximalism’. Scandinavian designers are involving more texture, a much richer colour palette incorporating more decorative elements. A nod to understated luxury without compromising design eponymous with Scandi heritage.” Natural elements are still heavily utilised, with wood, ceramics, marble, and textiles like wool and sheepskin; but with the addition of fabrics like velvet, and metals like gold alongside more traditionally used copper. This doesn’t need to have a luxurious price tag – high street brand H&M’s home range features key styles at affordable prices (pick up stoneware bowls and mugs for £7). GOOD DESIGN NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE Scandinavian furniture design, with clean lines and functional form, has an enduring quality. It’s no coincidence that classic pieces



SCANDINAVIANS LEAD THE WAY Nordic countries claim some of the world’s best design schools (Norway’s Bergen Academy of Art & Design, the Aalto University in Finland), and the emergence of exciting designers like Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rutzoü, (the duo behind Space Copenhagen who designed the interior of restaurant NOMA), furniture designers HAY, and lighting designer Louis Poulsen, mean we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to achieving that coveted Scandinavian look. All of these brands are stocked by Catalog Interiors (, suppliers of

Space Copenhagen Fly Sofa £2,804, Moleta Munro, photo by Uli Schade

Pli Supplement Table by Victoria Wilmotte. £976,

furniture, lighting and interior design based in the Scottish capital. Interior Design Director Dixie Mirowski says, “We’re heading to the Stockholm Furniture Fair next week and we’re so excited to see what we find. Norr11’s Mammoth Armchair (pictured overleaf) is one of our bestsellers and already looks iconic despite being only five years old.” In this age of Instagram, everyone’s into aesthetics. Type ‘Scandinavian’ into Pinterest and you’ll be met with thousands of images – and our appetite shows no signs of abating. It seems that the bolder, more colourful New Scandi is set to remain very much de rigeur.


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by designers like Hans Wegner, Alvar Aalto and Poul Henningsen* remain so desirable – they’re not only stylish, but durable. Kevin Tronel from L’Atelier Vintage (www. who sources retro and mid-century furniture for the Dean Village showroom, attributes their popularity to timeless design, robust materials and skilled craftsmanship: “These designers embraced new techniques and materials like moulded plywood and fibreglass. Combining aesthetics, comfort and practicality was the essence of good design. Those such as Arne Jacobsen followed this school of thought, leading him to create iconic pieces like the Egg chair. Good designs are good forever.”


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Blue cushion, £28, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

get the look Matt emulsion in After Hours, £9 for 1.25l, and Soft Hessian, £10 for 2.5l, both Wilko

Pink cushion cover, £17, House Doctor at Life Story

Recreate the New Scandi style with subtle touches of colour and texture

Terracotta planter, £19.99, H&M

Side table, £150, Oliver Bonas Blue and ivory pot, £8.99, H&M

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Forget the Maldives; you can experience the castaway lifestyle right here in Scotland, says Nicky Howden.


ometimes we all need to escape the rat race, recharge our batteries and give into a little me-time. Located on a 300-acre private island ten minutes from Oban, in rural Argyll, the luxury Isle of Eriska was just the kind of tranquil hideaway I was looking for. Even the drive up there was idyllic. It’s around three hours from Edinburgh and two from Glasgow but the scenery is out of this world so you’ll want to make some stops to capture the envy-inducing views for Instagram. Finally arriving at the Isle of Eriska, you’ll feel far removed from everything. The remote escape is accessed by a rickety bridge over the loch then a winding driveway leading to the manicured grounds. Inside, the family-run Relais & Chateaux country manor is brimming with old school charm from its old-school reception area to the wood panelled drawing rooms complete with roaring log fires. Upstairs, the giant bed dominating our antique-filled room looked all too inviting after our drive but our rumbling tummies soon drove



us downstairs for dinner. Sipping our drinks in the library bar as we drooled over the Michelin-starred menu, we quickly felt at home – we’d only been here hours yet the staff knew our names already and tread just the right balance between attentive and discreet. Taking our seats in the restaurant, we soon discovered it wasn’t just the service that was second to none, it was the food too. The creative menu of flavoursome food features local seafood, game and beef and varies in decadence from a four-course feast to an eight-course extravaganza. It’s no wonder people travel from near and far just to dine here. But there’s much more on offer here than good food. If you’re in need of some serious pampering, book in for a luxurious ESPA treatment at the Stables Spa then refuel at the laid-back Deck Restaurant. Or if you’re of the active persuasion, there are plenty of outdoorsy activities too - with everything from a nine-hole golf course to clay pigeon shooting (admittedly, not my strongest skill) to countless walking trails. Luxurious but not try-hard, Isle of Eriska feels like a home from home, albeit a considerably posher one than most of us are used to. Isle of Eriska, Benderloch, Argyll, Scotland, PA37 1SD, Tel: 01631 720 371, Rooms from £185 including dinner, bed and breakfast, and afternoon tea. Book this month and quote i-on March to receive a complimentary upgrade and glass of Champagne on arrival, terms and conditions apply.

FANCY ISLAND LIVING MINUS THE LONG-HAUL FLIGHT? Here are three more escapes where we’d love to be stranded…

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BEAUTY The home beauty industry is finally going high tech, Susie Cormack Bruce discovers


echnology has revolutionised many industries, but so far, the home beauty business has been relatively unreceptive to its charms. However, with technology giants eyeing up the potential profits of the market, following the success of the Dyson hairdryer and Clarisonic range, our beauty regimes are about to go super-powered. TECH-SAVVY SKINCARE Clinique was one of the first premium beauty brands to dip its well-pedicured toe into the at-home technology market with the launch of its Sonic System Massage Treatment Applicator last year. The metal applicator, £22, is designed to fit onto the brand’s Sonic Cleansing Brush, £79, to create a salon massage experience with better results. Along with improved product performance, electronic solutions are also being sought to tackle issues like acne and ageing. French company Feeligreen has launched i-feel Beauty, a set of face and body creams sold with an electronic handheld device used to apply the creams via micro-currents and LED light therapy, a favourite with celebs like Kourtney Kardashian and Jessica Alba. The device is steered by an app which makes personalised application recommendations.


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PLUG-IN PRODUCTS If you’re more of a make-up maven than a skincare geek, don’t feel left in the shade. L’Oréal has launched its Makeup Genius app which transforms smartphones into an interactive mirror, letting the user try different products in real time. The free app uses advanced facial mapping technology to overlay products like lipstick and eyeliner onto the user’s face. But perhaps the most exciting beauty advances look likely to come from the field of 3D printing. Beauty tech specialists are now finalising plans that could allow customers to design, produce and wear their own bespoke make-up formulations, powered by in store 3D printers. This could essentially allow consumers to be the ‘creative director’ of their own make-up brand. And you thought those colour changing nail polishes were clever…



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BROW TATTOOS Amy Falconer gets serious in her pursuit of the perfect eyebrows


e all want beautiful brows. Some are blessed with good genes but most of us plucked the living daylights out of them in the nineties. I’m part of the latter gang and coupled with the fact that I’m a blonde, I ended up with an ever-increasing monthly brow bill made up of HD Brow appointments, eyebrow pencils and every other new brow product on the market. The daily rigmarole of drawing in my brows often left me with uneven, slug-shaped and sometimes squint (on hangover days) brows. I’d had enough. Step forward permanent cosmetic artist Christina McLean. THE BROW-DOWN Choosing to commit to permanent cosmetics is a big deal. I’d followed Christina’s work closely for over six months completely in awe of her brow transformations and decided to take the plunge. She is a cosmetic tattoo artist. Not to be confused with a body tattoo artist, she specialises in bespoke, realistic hair stroke eyebrows as well as 3D lip blush and eyeliner.


The consultation was the longest part of the appointment where she carefully drew on what she thought would be my perfect shape. We went back and forward with the pencil until it was perfect and she got to work. The area is numbed so all you feel is a slight pinch. It started to feel slightly uncomfortable towards the end but in no means painful. THE VERDICT I was astonished. Christina has created the most beautiful, even shape with little individual ‘hairs’ that look completely natural. She even added in an arch where I didn’t have one, which has completely lifted my face. The transformation has been life-changing. I no longer start my day frustrated with the daily fight with my brows and it’s given me the confidence to wear less makeup. At £300 for the procedure with an annual top up of £100, I’ve actually saved myself hundreds of pounds a year. And, most importantly, my brows are always on fleek. Christina McLean permanent makeup, 86 Newington Rd, EH9 1QN, Tel: 07414 116555.

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BLOSSOMS David Pollock on the most exciting band to come out of Manchester since the Britpop era



OF THE MOMENT… Well, the Sound of 2016 at least, if you believe the BBC’s annual taste-making poll of who is anticipated to be big over the next 12 months. They were placed fourth in the ranking, behind that year’s winner Jack Garratt, and this time it got its prediction right. The band released their self-titled debut album last August and it went straight to number one in the UK. Take a listen to their signature track Charlemagne or At Most a Kiss; big, clashing epics of clean ‘80s production, howling, atmospheric guitars, and vocal pop hooks ready for the big stages.


YET THEY HAVE ONE FOOT IN THE OLD SCHOOL. Being from Stockport doesn’t technically make them a Manchester band, but they’re closer to it in geography and in sound than most other young groups you care to mention. The influence of the old Madchester sound of the late 1980s and early 90s can just about be heard in those guitars (they were one of only two guitar groups in the Sound of 2016 list) and in singer Tom Ogden’s heavilyaccented vocal. There’s a hint of shoegaze in there too, their synth-heavy songs dreamy and thoughtful rather than simplistic and macho.




THEIR HEROES LOVE THEM. In their short life, Blossoms have earned more celebrity endorsements than Hillary Clinton. They’re old friends with Liam Fray of the Courteeners, who helped them out in their early days; the Stone Roses’ Ian Brown, the Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner are all fans; the Stone Roses even asked them to play support at their Etihad Stadium gigs, which is handy as Ogden is a Man City fan; they’ve supported the Charlatans and the Libertines; and the Coral’s James Skelly produced their debut album.


THEY REHEARSE IN A SCAFFOLDING YARD. Blossoms legend has it that everyone in the band (Ogden, guitarist Josh Dewhurst, bassist Charlie Salt, drummer Joe Donovan, drummer Myles Kellock) was born in the same hospital and grew up within two miles of each other, although they didn’t begin to convene until Ogden and Donovan went on a school trip to Alton Towers. They made music together because there was nothing else to do in Stockport, and Salt’s granddad’s yard was – and still is – the place to do it.


THEY’LL BE BACK IN THE SUMMER Their April date at Glasgow’s O2 Academy is the final show of this year’s NME Awards Tour, with support from Cabbage and fellow Stockport artist Rory Wynne. But just a few months later, they’re back in town with a place on the bill at this year’s T in the Park replacement festival TRNSMT. Blossoms play the NME Awards Tour at the O2 Academy, Glasgow, Saturday 01 April, and the TRNSMT festival, Glasgow Green, Sunday 09 July. Their self-titled debut album is out now on Virgin EMI.



This month’s must-reads... HOLD BACK THE STARS by Katie Khan (Doubleday) Carys and Max are stranded in space with only 90 minutes of air left and no help in sight. It was their love that led them here – they have broken all the rules and face the wrath of their families but can they challenge the way of their world and stay together? THE NIGHT BIRD by Brian Freeman (Thomas & Mercer) A series of shocking deaths rocks San Francisco as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breakdowns. Homicide detective Frost Easton looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Her controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories - and the victims were her patients... THE WINTER OVER by Matthew Iden (Thomas & Mercer) Each winter, the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research facility faces nine months of isolation, around the clock darkness and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to escape the guilt of her troubled past and rebuild her life, but the death of a colleague triggers a series of mysterious incidents that push Cass and the rest of the crew to their limits.


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BEAUTY & THE BEAST Emma Watson is the beauty in this live action retelling of the Disney classic. The star-spangled cast also features Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Downton’s Dan Stevens as the beast. Out 17 March. CERTAIN WOMEN Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Laura Dern star as three strong-willed women trying to forge their own paths against the bleak backdrop of the American Northwest. Out 03 March. ANOTHER MOTHER’S SON This powerful true story celebrates the bravery of a woman determined to protect a young man’s life in Nazi-occupied Jersey during WWII. John Hannah and Jenny Seagrove star. Out 24 March.

YOUR NEXT NETFLIX OBSESSION Debuting on 31 March, 13 Reasons Why is a powerful drama telling the story of teenager Hannah who committed suicide and left a series of tapes to explain why. Directed by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and co-produced by Selena Gomez and her mum Mandy Teefey; the series is a labour of love that is set to get everyone talking.




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The Hot Ticket You won’t want to miss out on these in-demand events on sale now

WED 27 SEP NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Enjoying a renaissance thanks to the superb Skeleton Tree album, Nick Cave and co hit Glasgow on their European tour. SSE Hydro, Glasgow,

TERMINAL V Edinburgh clubbing brand Nightvision present a huge all-day event with a sublime list of guests, including Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Carl Craig and Space Dimension Controller. Secret location, Edinburgh. TRNSMT 07-09 This year’s T in the Park JUL replacement has been revealed, a lower-key city affair with a big line-up. Radiohead, Belle & Sebastian, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro all appear across the weekend at Glasgow Green.   MAC DeMARCO WED 30 The off the wall, self-styled AUG slacker rock of Canada’s Mac DeMarco crosses over to the big stage, ahead of his new album This Old Dog. Usher Hall, Edinburgh.


FRANK QUITELY: THE ART OF COMICS Scotland’s most famous comic artist of recent times – Frank Quitely, the alter ego of Glasgow’s Vincent Deighan – presents a display of original art for characters including Superman, Batman and the X-Men. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

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THE GUESTLIST NIGHTVISION BIRTHDAY PARTIES 04 Mar and 11 Mar @ Liquid Room, Edinburgh. Celebrating 12 years of Xplicit with Noisia and a decade of Musika with Patrick Topping. HORSE MEAT DISCO 17 Mar @ La Belle Angele, Edinburgh. The unstoppable disco juggernaut makes a rare trip north of the M25.   25 YEARS OF CLONE RECORDS 04 Mar @ Sub Club, Glasgow. Quarter of a century of the Dutch techno label, with Serge and Alden Tyrell.   GORGON CITY 09 Mar @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh; 22 Mar @ Tunnels, Aberdeen; 23 Mar @ Sub Club, Glasgow. A DJ set from the duo who had a hit with Ready For Your Love.


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i-on food+drink A SWEETSHOP CLASSIC Putting a thoroughly grown-up spin on the childhood favourite, Edinburgh Gin has developed a Rhubarb & Custard cocktail named ‘Pink Delilah’. Here’s how to mix one up at home…

METHOD • Shake gin and liqueur together with egg white, lemon juice, bitters and cubed ice. • Strain, then shake again without ice. • Dip rim of coupette glass in liqueur and rim with crushed sweets. • Double strain into glass.

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INGREDIENTS • 37.5ml Edinburgh Gin • 25ml Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur • 10ml lemon juice • 1 egg white • dash rhubarb bitters • rhubarb and custard sweets (crushed)


AFTERNOON DELIGHT Emily Murray took mum Norah Rogers to try the afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian. But what did Norah really think? Let’s ask her…



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The Waldorf Astoria Afternoon Tea (£35 per person) and The Waldorf Astoria Champagne Afternoon Tea (£45 per person) are available Monday to Friday from 12pm to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm to 6pm. To book, Tel: 0131 222 8888 or visit




y daughter says I have a habit of telling long drawn-out stories. ‘Cut to the chase!’ she says, drumming her fingers impatiently. ‘Summarise!’ So I will: my afternoon tea at The Caledonian with my daughter was absolutely delightful. The food and drink, the space, the service, the décor, the flowers – all splendid. We told tales, took photos and savoured and discussed each gulp and morsel. We also roared with laughter a few times which felt a bit rebellious in such a luxurious setting, but the high ceiling absorbed the noise effortlessly. Then we went home. Emily says I’ve summarised so succinctly she’ll allow me to indulge in a few more details. So… at 4pm we breezed through the foyer of the hotel and into Peacock Alley, a vast lofty space with a flowery centrepiece of forsythia and yellow orchids. We had both prepared well by foregoing lunch; I’d suggest you do the same. The Champagne trolley cruised up and we each ordered pink Perrier Jouet. There were 18 choices of tea, with some wonderful names: Assam 2nd Flush, Iron Warrior Monk, Venetian Rose. I chose the latter at the waitress’s suggestion. One sip and I was transported to a Helsinki cafe; the last place I had tasted such a brew. The cake stand arrived, piled high. First we tucked into tasty finger sandwiches and a delicious crab, avocado and lime brioche bun, then warm, crumbly scones with jam and clotted cream. We were too full to finish the cakes and pastries (special mention to the red velvet cupcake) but no matter; our waitress was ready with a pedigree doggy bag. If you’re looking for a truly indulgent Mother’s Day afternoon tea, this one comes highly recommended. And that’s the long and the short of it.

FOUR MORE GREAT PLACES FOR A MOTHER’S DAY TEA BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HOTEL, GLASGOW Lounge on Harris Tweed chairs scoffing a delicious selection of sweet and savoury treats in Blythswood's chic salon. £28 per person. Tel: 0141 248 8888. THE BALMORAL, EDINBURGH Experience the award-winning afternoon tea under the shadow of a spectacular glass chandelier in Palm Court. £35 per person. Tel: 0131 556 2414. PRESTONFIELD, EDINBURGH Enjoy a magical fireside feast in the glamorous surrounding of Edinburgh's most opulent hotel. £25 per person. Tel: 0131 225 7800. BUTTERFLY & PIG, GLASGOW Indulge in an old school afternoon tea in the shabby chic tearooms. Bubbly afternoon tea for two £33. Tel: 0141 221 7711.



DINNER @ THE SISTERS, KELVINGROVE Food blogger Pam Gilmour checks out the new menu


ver since my first visit to The Sisters Kelvingrove outpost, I’ve loved it. So when I heard that they were launching a new menu I was filled with a little bit of fear. Are they going off in a new direction? I peeked inside with nervous anticipation, and at first glance knew everything would be alright. Phew! The menu is bigger, but not so big you feel intimated and there are no foams, dust or exotic ingredients on the menu, that’s just not what The Sisters is all about. It’s about fabulous Scottish produce being cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. After humming and hawing for ages, I decided to start with the Uist smoked haddock & Isle of Mull cheddar arancini served with Tomatin whisky & Isle of Arran mustard mayonnaise, £7.95. These were delicious golden balls of creamy rice and gooey cheese, flaked through with haddock, and the sauce had just the right punch of mustard and a hint of peaty whisky. For mains, Mr G and I chose dishes we could swap. I started with the trio of Ardunan

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Farm rare breed pork – which was described as homemade sausage roll, slow cooked belly and braised shoulder & black pudding bon bon, purple sprouting broccoli, spiced apple puree and Thistly Cross cider jus, £19.95… holy cow what a dish - so good, it could make me weep meat-laced tears of joy. I was reluctant to swap for Mr G’s Desperate Dan-sized homemade steak pie, £12.95, but a deal’s a deal. Big and with a bone protruding from the centre full of yummy bone marrow, it looked excellent. It’s made to order so the pastry was light and golden and inside was jam packed with tender steak and carrots which still held a little crunch. For dessert, I went for the white chocolate tart served with lime mascarpone & fresh mint, £6.95. It was well-balanced and had my tastebuds zinging at the end of a rather fabulous dinner. I can’t wait to go back to try more of the new menu – so please don’t go changing, The Sisters! 36 Kelvingrove St, Glasgow, G3 7RZ. Tel: 0141 564 1157. Read more from Pam at


MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH Sunday 26th March, 12.30pm to 2.30pm Michelin-starred Number One will once again open for an exclusive Mother’s Day lunch. Celebrate this special day with a leisurely 3-course lunch created by Head Chef Brian Grigor, followed by coffee and petit fours. £49 per person Advanced booking required For more information or to make a reservation, please call 0131 557 6727 or email: BalmoralEdinburgh



MENU Mushroom Veloute, Truffle, Tarragon Cream Smoked Haddock Tart, Poached Egg Yolk, Curry Emulsion Pressed Ham Terrine, Pickled Vegetables, Black Olive Tapenade *** Hake Fillet, Squid Cassoulet, Red Pepper, Fennel Whitmuir Pork, Medjool Date, Cox Apple Gartmorn Farm Chicken, Wild Garlic Risotto, White Asparagus *** Lemon Tart, Blueberries, Crème Fraiche Ice-cream Valrhona Cremeaux, Hazelnut, Green Cardamom Scottish cheese selection, oatcakes, prune chutney, fruit loaf *** Coffee and Petit Fours




For a Sunday lunch with a difference, add some fire to your cooking. Michelin-star Indian chef Alfred Prasad has lent his skills to a popup Sunday menu at the Dormy Clubhouse at Gleneagles. Better yet, he’s given us the recipe to his crowning dish…

KASHMIRI LAMB SHANK Ingredients: (Serves 4-6) ƒƒ 4 lamb shanks ƒƒ 4 tbsp vegetable oil ƒƒ 3 medium onions, peeled and finely sliced ƒƒ 1 ½ tbsp ginger paste ƒƒ 1 tbsp garlic paste ƒƒ 1 tsp turmeric powder ƒƒ 1 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder ƒƒ 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala powder ƒƒ 650 g chopped tomato, (tinned), blitzed to a coarse purée ƒƒ ½ punnet rock chives ƒƒ ½ punnet edible flowers (optional)

Method: 1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot. 2. Sear lamb shanks and set aside in a deep baking tray. 3. Add onions to the oil and sauté over high heat; stirring until golden. 4. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and spices; sauté over a medium flame for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. 5. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 6. Add the puréed tomato and cook over a slow flame for 15 minutes, then blitz the mixture into a coarse sauce. 7. Pour the sauce over the lamb shanks, add a little hot water if necessary, cover with two layers of foil and bake for 90 minutes. 8. Remove and turn the lamb shanks, set the oven to 90°C. 9. Re-cover with double foil and bake for 4-5 hours or until done. 10. Serve garnished with rock chives, edible flowers (optional) and a sprinkling of garam masala.

Book a table for the Prasad menu at or find out more about the chef at



THE CHAMPAGNE PARTY Thursday 20th April

Cocktails & Canapés 4 Course Tasting Menu 4 Champagne Houses Black Tie £70 pp Come and be fabulous @ROLLObroughton 79

what’s new SEEDLIP It’s the answer to the age-old question of what to drink when you’re not ‘drinking’. Distilled in much the same way as gin, Seedlip is the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit brand. Packed full of botanicals and citrus notes, the first in the range, Spice 94, has a suggested pour of tonic with a red grapefruit twist... sure beats a soda and lime.


PASTA FROM THE DEEP Seamore’s I Sea Pasta may well look like tagliatelle verdi but it is, in fact, 100% wild, handpicked seaweed from Connemara in Ireland. Perfect for carb-dodgers, it also has 50% of your daily veg intake and 80% fewer calories, plus it’s organic and sustainable. Try it out as a super healthy pasta alternative or veggie side. £5.49 at



A study by Seafish, the UK’s seafood authority has discovered that 70% of adults in Scotland are not eating the recommended amount of seafood each week. The organisation is urging Scots to fall back in love with fish adding that just two portions a week will have a plethora of health benefits. More at

Scotland’s only social enterprise bar group, Beer for Good, has unveiled a chef training programme that aims to give disadvantaged young people the qualifications for a career in catering. The chefs will cook an adventurous new tapas menu that enable trainees to learn a broad range of cooking styles and can be sampled at the group’s flagship Harry’s Bar, which was recently reopened as a social enterprise venue.


GIN-O-RAMA Gin haters need read no further as the Gin Festival rolls into Glasgow’s Briggait from 3-5 March. It’s the UK’s biggest gin festival with events around the country, Scotland’s first visit will give the opportunity to experience over 100 gins (hic), live music, tastings, food, talks and more. Visit for tickets.

MARCH OF THE VEGANS “Unprecedented” is how All Bar One described the popularity of their pop-up menu for Veganuary. So much so, that the most popular dishes have become a permanent fixture. You’ll find the Superfood salad, Miso rice bowl and more at the Edinburgh and Glasgow branches, check out the menu at

T 01620 388588

When the fairies meet the Easter Bunny! Easter Weekend Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th April

Meet the Fairy Trail’s new willow animals

Tie a ribbon on the Wishing Tree

Ice cream bike

Fairy Quiz - win a Lindt egg

Garden games

Giant Easter Egg raffle archwalledgarden




back to my old corporate job in property. I had been brought up surrounded by creative people - my dad’s an architect, my mum’s an interior designer - and I have always felt that I wanted to do something that tapped into my natural love of design so with my family’s support, I started up 2 More Heads.

Catherine McCallum, owner of online concept store

I WAKE UP… …when my alarm goes off at 6am. The first thing I do is check my emails and social media. My husband, Cammie, takes our two young sons downstairs while I get ready then we have breakfast together – usually a green smoothie for me. A cliché but I love it.

Amaris earrings, £20,

Porcelain candle holder, £45,

WORK STARTS… As soon as I get back from dropping the boys at nursery, it’s straight upstairs to my home office. My first priority is to make coffee then I schedule social media for the day. As I work for myself, I am responsible for everything to do with the business, from website maintenance to marketing, social media, customer orders and accounting. I am constantly researching new products and communicating with suppliers. Lunch tends to pass me by as I collect the children at 3pm so I keep working for as long as possible. I DO WHAT I DO BECAUSE… I started the company after having my second child as it was a struggle to see the financial benefits of going


AFTER HOURS… It’s all about spending time with the kids. I also try to be as healthy as possible so I go to a gym class twice a week where we do kettle bells and Meta Fit. For dinner, I might knock up a halloumi and avocado salad. The kids are fussy, but love the usual pizza and pasta. When they’ve gone to bed, I pack up customer orders. I love to make them look beautiful. DOWNTIME… I try to go to bed at 10pm but it’s usually 11pm, after watching something on Netflix. (We have just finished The OA… amazing). I try not to look at my phone too much, but I do have a mindfulness app called Quility which helps me switch off. IN 10 YEARS TIME… I would love it if 2 More Heads had become more of a design service as well as an online shop. I hope to open a physical store or pop-up in the future too so watch this space!





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