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Oct 2016 / #129

THE STYLE EDIT Fashion finds and ones to watch


Issue 129 / October 2016


REGULARS 06 Editor’s letter 10 WIN… a weekend trip to Skene House 32 The Lifestyle edit Aberdeen. Dundee. Edinburgh. Glasgow. St Andrews 112 #i_online 114 Bit at the Back

NEWS AND VIEWS 12 14 22 24 30

Checklist The global round up Book Club Music Bossy Love Audio files Local insider Cecilia Cardiff, Andrew McMahon and Fiona Fowley

FEATURES 54 60 72


Stalwarts to Stars Scotland’s rising stars of fashion Hot Metal Golden hues Get the members club vibe at home 82 Home or abroad Two destinations

HEALTH & BEAUTY 86 Behind the Scenes Beauty secrets from behind the catwalk 94 Tried and tested Kinetisense - 3D motion tracking




98 Food and Drink Reader Awards 2016 100 On the Radar The restaurant and bar hit list 105 Dinner at Maison Bleue Le Bistrot 110 Homegrown Oktoberfest


i-on this month We’ve got our eye on style this month. Our fashion story on page 60 hints at how to dress with sartorial confidence and we give you an insight into some of Scotland’s up and coming fashion designers on page 54 while our interiors feature delves into the understated style of exclusive members’ club, Soho House. Good news is -bank balance aside- you can recreate the look at home with the launch of the Soho Home collection available to buy online. Check it out on page 72. For the time poor who need some time out we’ve spent 48 hours in two very different destinations at home and abroad, but both definite contenders for ‘most stylish city’ (p82) and we unveil the beauty trade secrets from behind the scenes at London Fashion Week on page 86 – a potato to remove dark circles from under your eyes? If it's good enough for A listers, it's good enough for us. We also introduce our new i-on Food section dedicated to the wonderful world of food and drink so if you love a new opening or want to read our latest reviews, you'll find it all starting on page 97. And on that note, voting in our Food and Drink Reader Awards 2016 closes on 06 October so if you haven’t yet cast a vote for your favourite food and drink places, find out how to do so on page 98.

Congratulations to last month’s competition winner, Rebecca Petford, who won £500 to spend at the contemporary furniture and interior boutique Tangram. You’ll want to round up a few friends if you’re the winner of this month’s competition too: a two night stay for up to six at Skene House in Aberdeen with a shopping trip thrown in for good measure. Turn to page 10 for more details. Until next month, enjoy i-on.

Nicky Howden, Editor

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THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS The people behind the bylines

LOUISE SYKES Louise Sykes is a freelance fashion and props stylist with over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry. Check out our fashion shoot, styled by Louise, on page 60.

SUSIE LOWE Susie Lowe is our resident photographer, working tirelessly to make the people, places and subjects we write about look their best. You can find out more at Box set you're watching? Stranger Things. Three things you can't live without? Not including family; music, Champagne and my car.

Box set you're watching? Narcos, season 2. It's a true story of the infamous cartel boss, Pablo Escobar; wellacted and fascinating. Book you're reading? City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. Best place for a holiday? Cape Town for the amazing food and blue skies.

Best place for a holiday? St Agnes, Cornwall. I go there pretty regularly - it's where one of my best pals lives and near where I studied (Falmouth). It’s like my home from home.

MATTHEW STYLIANOU Matthew Stylianou’s distinctive photographic style has him in demand for shoots ranging from editorial to portrait and creative. This month he’s shot our cover and fashion story on page 60. Box set you're watching? Just finished watching Archer season 7 on Netflix. Book you're reading? Franny and Zoe, second time; much better this time around. Best place for a holiday? Montreal, super creative and inexpensive.

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f a visit to the Granite City is on the cards, check out Skene House. Established in 1979 by Charles Skene in a bid to provide a better alternative to hotel accommodation for families, friends and individuals relocating to Aberdeen during the oil boom, the family run apartment hotel offers whole apartments, complete with separate living rooms and fully equipped kitchens. They also offer hearty breakfasts, guest lounges and hotel staff who can help with anything from booking a taxi to organising a shopping trip. To find out more Tel: 01224 659392, email: or visit

THE PRIZE: i-on has teamed up with Skene House to offer the ultimate girls weekend away for up to six people. The prize includes two nights in a three bedroom apartment at Skene House Apartment Hotels Rosemount, with breakfast included. You will also receive a £120 Shopping Voucher for Union Square – Aberdeen’s biggest shopping centre. TO ENTER: For a chance to win visit by 9am on 18 October. The winner will be notified by email and announced in the November edition of i-on magazine.

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HIGH 5IVE Five things the i-on office are excited about this month



Beosound 2 – Bang & Olufsen’s latest piece of functional sculpture comes in the shape of a 360 degree, room filling speaker. Aside from looking good, it works like a champ.


Walabot – This ingenious creation hits the UK soon and works with your smart phone to give you super powers to see through walls and help find studs and dodge pipes.


Inferno – It’s been seven years since we’ve had a silver screen instalment of Dan Brown’s novel series but 14 October sees Tom Hanks reprise his role of cipher sluthing academic Robert Langdon at a cinema near you.


Terra armchair –This laser cut, flat packed, cardboard framework (pictured right) is easily assembled and can be built right into your garden.


Stranger Things S2 – The Goonies meets Stephen King series on Netflix captured the hearts of many. If that was you, then you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s back for another series next year.

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Book Club

THE LATEST MUST READS THE RED NOTEBOOK by Antoine Laurain A bookseller comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, without a name and nothing but a red book full of musings. A charming, romantic and intriguing page turner. THE GRACES by Laure Eve The Secret History meets Mean Girls; this wickedly dark read will grip you from start to finish. Just like everybody else in her small town, River is obsessed with the Graces, seduced by their beauty, wealth and glamour but all is not as it seems. HOW NOT TO DISAPPEAR by Clare Furniss Hattie’s summer is not going to plan; she sets out on a road trip of self-discovery with her gin swilling Great Aunt Gloria who is in the early stages of dementia. Emotional, moving and thought provoking, this is a story of family bonds and love. MAESTRA by L.S Hilton By day Judith Rasheigh is a put upon assistant at a London Auction House, by night a hostess in a seedy bar. After uncovering a dark secret in the art world, she is fired and her world is torn apart. Think Talented Mr Ripley meets Gone Girl for this compelling thriller. I’LL DRINK TO THAT by Betty Halbreich Legendary New York stylist and personal shopper Betty Halbreich, a true original now in her 80s, has spent 40 years at luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman in New York working with socialites and stars. Here she shares her amazing life story.


I-SPY There’s only one name on the lips, eyes and lashes of the biggest beauty mavens in the business this autumn and that’s Charlotte Tilbury. The go-to make-up artist of A-list celebrities and Vogue cover stars has turned cosmetics mogul with a stellar range of products now available at Glasgow’s House of Fraser on Buchanan Street. Scottish fans of the redhead’s YouTube tutorials can try out her trademark looks (we’re loving her Golden Goddess) themselves with her appropriately named Magic foundation, £29.50, her Colour Chameleon colour enhancing eyeshadow pencils, £19, and those coveted Luxury Palettes, £38, all on counter now. Tel: 0345 602 1073,



THE GLOBAL ROUNDUP 17 September – 03 October: 183rd Munich Oktoberfest, Germany 07-09 October: Japanese F1 Grand Prix, Suzuka 07-16 October: Berlin Festival of Lights Photo by Angus Forbes

09 October: Chicago Marathon 12 October: Columbus Day, USA 27 October: Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan, Thailand 31 October: Dia de Los Muertos, Mexico

Head to the multi awardwinning Enchanted Forest in Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. The immersive, light based experience combines light, sound and interactive elements in a stunning forest setting. It attracted a record 62,000 visitors last year and an estimated £2m to the local economy. This year it runs until 30 October.

Photo by Angus Forbes



Where has been eating this month…

GOOD BROTHERS We love a good wine bar and this charming new addition in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, is well worth the visit.

OUR FAVOURITE FIND Scotland’s First Snorkel Trail Ok, so it’s not the Great Barrier Reef but it is a lot closer to home… This self-led snorkel trail has been created in the North West Highlands by the Scottish Wildlife Trust as part of its Living Seas programme and features nine beaches and bays on the coast of Wester Ross and Sutherland, including Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles, Camusnagaul and Achmelvich Bay. Beginner and advanced snorkelers can dive down to see the impressive variety of Scotland’s marine life; such as dogfish, barrel jellyfish and sea urchins.

TASTE An oldie, but a goodie. You can’t beat coffee and pastries at this little St Andrews gem. Read more on page 33.

THE CENTURY BAR Looking swish after an extensive refurbishment, it's time to visit the bar at Gleneagles (p109).

#THIRSTYTHURSDAY This sweet, fruity dram is the latest release from the Benromach Wood Finish range. Combining dark cherry with orange flavours and creamy milk chocolate, you’ll find the Benromach Hermitage 2007 at specialist whisky retailers for around £40.


THE WEST HOUSE, WESTPORT Delicious eggs Florentine, instant wifi and great coffee, you're guaranteed a good start to the day here. See page 36.

The perfect October 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 grownups. With all this and country pursuits too, a family break at Gleneagles can be as jampacked or relaxing as you’d like it. The hardest part will be choosing what to do first. From £315 Bed & Breakfast based on two people sharing a Classic room, or Sovereign rooms suitable for families available from £365. Available 1 - 30 October 2016.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… Keri-anne Payne


lympic open water marathon swimmer Keri-anne Payne hails from Manchester but moved to Edinburgh with her husband, David Carry, after he retired from swimming in 2012. Here she tells us about her love of swimming, training and relaxing.

on speed, endurance, power or technique. We usually work in four week cycles with each week building up and the fourth week being a recovery week. When we hit a goal we always celebrate - usually with pancakes at a Sunday morning breakfast club.

Why swimming? As a child all I wanted to do was impress my older brother and sister. They are the reason I learnt to push myself from a young age.

How do you relax? One Spa in Edinburgh is my absolute recovery and endurance at the same time. I enjoy some healthy food in the One Spa Café before I start my routine of stretching and relaxing in the sauna. The jets in the hydropool ease any sore muscles in my back and legs and the steam rooms flush out any remaining tension.

Is the sport a hobby or job? It has been my job for the past 15 years but it feels like a hobby as I absolutely love swimming. The amount of commitment needed is full on though – it’s at least 10 x two-hour pool sessions and 5 x one-hour gym sessions per week. How do you train? I have trained daily with a great squad of 20, along with our coaches Laurel Bailey and Kris Gilchrist, for the past four years. Each session has a different emphasis, either working

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DRIVE OF DISCOVERY words Alan Douglas


lasgow has been my home for almost 40 years and I love the place, the people and discovering the beautiful countryside on its doorstep. So when Infiniti’s Glasgow dealership offered me the chance to test drive its latest British-built and engineered QX30 crossover, I jumped at the opportunity to take to the road. I left the M8 to head over the Erskine Bridge and then headed for the hills along the busy A82, passing the town of Balloch at the southern end of Loch Lomond and onto the hamlet of Arden. Next I turned right onto the A817 and headed uphill with the magnificent view of Loch Lomond behind me. With its long sweeping bends – and a few tight ones which have to be taken at the advised 40 mph speed – the road is renowned as one of the best scenic drives in Britain. Even Top Gear has


been filmed here. And it certainly gave the Infiniti the chance to go full throttle on the 10 mile stretch across Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park through the spectacular Glen Fruin. Just a few miles further on I looked down on to Gare Loch. During WWI the loch came into its own as a vital naval harbour and its deep water was excellent for testing submarines. Further down the road at the junction with the lochside A814, I came to the base itself, surrounded by miles of high security fencing. The military makes sure the roads are well kept and it shows. Heading back to Glasgow, I passed through the town of Dumbarton before re-joining the main A82 tourist route to return to the city and wave goodbye to the Infiniti. We’d had a good time together exploring some of the backwaters and brilliant roads which I’d forgotten were just a hop, skip and jump away. To find out more on Infiniti cars, visit

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BOSSYLOVE words David Pollock


t says a lot about the dynamism and versatility of Glasgow’s music scene in the 21st century that a sound once associated with earthy barroom song writing and wistful indie-pop now sounds equally at home with lush, internationalist synth-pop which is absolutely deserving of a place high in 2016’s charts and playlists. This is the wonderfully named Bossy Love, otherwise known as 'Amandah, John and friends', a sleek but thrillingly original take on nailing the zeitgeist. The Amandah and John in question here have previous experience when it comes to doing just that. The former is Amandah Wilkinson, formerly of the band Operator Please, who formed in her hometown of Elanora on Australia’s Gold Coast and released two albums in 2007 and 2010, scoring their biggest hit (and an ARIA Award,


the Australian equivalent of a Brit) with the energetic punk-pop of Just a Song About Ping Pong. John, meanwhile, is John Baillie Jr, who was the singer with Glasgow’s indie-pop (they called it ‘fight pop’) should’ve-beens Dananananaykroyd for five years between 2006 and 2011. It would be nice to think that the pair of them will find the real success which has unfairly eluded them until now with Bossy Love. They’ve actually been a going concern since 2014, when Amandah – now based in London – sent John some of her vocals to work on and Baillie Jr, here acting as a producer and live drummer, started putting music to them. Things progressed well, and she travelled to Glasgow to work on them some more; at the time, The Guardian noted that she was “said to be a mechanical scientist” and he was “a part-time


barbecue restaurateur”, and that the early electrofunk groove Sweat It Out sounded like “Prince on a trampoline”. “We both love Prince, but we love a certain side of him that others don’t, the super weird, horny B-sides”, Baillie Jr told The Skinny earlier this year. Wherever the pair’s tastes happen to agree with one another, they fit perfectly as musical partners; super weird and horny is a good description, with a blend of electro-pop, future funk and gorgeously digital R&B flowing over Wilkinson’s addictively sassy vocal on tracks like Want Some and the recent Call Me Up. They’ve been remixed and released by Glasgow label boss and producer Nightwave, talked up by Radio 1, and their live shows are becoming the stuff

THIS IS THE WONDERFULLY NAMED BOSSY LOVE, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS 'AMANDAH, JOHN AND FRIENDS' of local legend. These launch shows for Call Me Up provide anyone who hasn’t caught on yet with a great opportunity to check out one of Scotland’s best kept musical secrets before everyone knows about them. Bossy Love play the Mash House, Edinburgh, Friday 28 October; The Poetry Club, Glasgow, Saturday 29 October.




words David Pollock

THE FALL Formed in 1976, now 31 albums into their career, and having famously had 66 members throughout their life (Smith keeps firing them), Manchester post-punk icons The Fall are a mustsee at least once. The Fall play the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Sunday 02 October; La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Monday 03 October.

JOHN CARPENTER Idolised as the director of cult ‘70s and ‘80s films like Halloween, John Carpenter also wrote the pioneering electronic scores for most of his work. He’s retired from the movie business now but he’s back to play live in a band featuring his son. John Carpenter plays the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Saturday 22 October. LADY LESHURR Birmingham born Lady Leshurr (real name Melesha O’Garro) is a freestyle rapper who blends sass, humour and style in her rhymes, notably her Queen’s Speech mixtape series. Lady Leshurr plays the ABC2, Glasgow, 24 October.   CORINNE BAILEY RAE With multiple Brit, Mercury, MOBO and Grammy nominations, Leeds’ Corinne Bailey Rae was a star in the 2000s. Channelling both the death of her husband Jason in 2008 and a lush, soulful groove, the new record The Heart Beats in Whispers has been well-received. Corinne Bailey Rae plays Oran Mor, Glasgow, 31 October.


NAO Born in Nottingham and raised in London, Neo Joshua records as Nao, following a youth spent studying jazz and singing backing vocals for artists like Jarvis Cocker. Her debut album shows off a sleek electronic soul and R&B sound. Nao plays Art School, Glasgow, 26 October.

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Cecilia Cardiff’s

Glasgow After studying in London during the '80s, Cecilia Cardiff returned to the Glasgow art scene, working as a designer and artist. Since turning to painting full time her work has exhibited regularly including The Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and The Paisley Arts Institute (PAI), gaining wide interest home and abroad, with Torchwood star and fellow Glaswegian John Barrowman a fan. Here she talks about art and the city. How did you get into painting? Art had always been a huge part of my life since I was a young child and although I worked as a graphic designer for 25 years I’d continued to carry out private commissions until busy family life took over. Then in June 2011 my husband, Douglas, bought me a set of acrylics and encouraged me to indulge in painting again. My mum was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease at the time and painting helped me relax.

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Cocktails? VinYard 28 Celebrations? Ubiquitous Chip A romantic dinner? Crabshakk Night out with friends? The Anchor Line A long walk? Kelvingrove Park

What kind of art do you produce? Figurative – waiters, Glasgow characters and tenements in oils. I like the strong architecture of Glasgow tenements and use bold blocks of vibrant colour in an attempt to reflect the lively character of the many occupants. Humour is important to my artwork and if I can make someone smile from my work, that makes me happy. Where do you find your inspiration? All around me. Urbanscapes and lifestyle inspire me. I love observing everyday life and the humour that lies behind individuals, their situations and personalities. Glasgow’s known for this vibrant art scene. Where would be your ‘must visit’ for viewing art? I enjoy open days at the various artists’ studios around Glasgow; the diverse works from paintings to pottery to jewellery are wonderful. Find out more at



What makes you a proud Dundonian? Its people come first; you’d struggle to find a more welcoming, friendly city. Also its ambition to become an internationally recognised destination, it has already been named the UK’s first City of Design by the United Nations, the universities’ constant expansion, the V&A’s imminent opening and the fantastic new waterfront developments. Biggest change you’ve seen in the city? The people of Dundee’s refreshing new pride in their city which is reflected by the number of independent businesses opening. Where you’d most like to live in the city? I already live in the West End, my favourite end of town. You have everything on your doorstep: bars, restaurants, shops, parks and it’s only a short walk into the city centre. Most likely to be seen… In one of our bars or searching for a ball in the rough at Piperdam Golf Course.

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Andrew McMahon’s


In the last four years, Andrew McMahon, aka Mackie, along with business partner Jakub, has opened four bars in the Westport area of the city - The West House, The D’Arcy Thompson, the Tinsmith and Gallery 48, picking up several awards and nominations along the way.


Three things I love in the city. 1. Magdalen Green. It has great views over the River Tay and also hosts the annual community led music festival “West Fest”, which showcases local talent and small artisan traders. 2. The Cheesery on Exchange Street. The shop not only supplies all our bars but has provided for many a great party. 3. One of our G & T’s from our new venue, Gallery 48, made with Arbikie Gin from Montrose, simply served with blueberries and lemon. It’s delicious.

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Best part of owning your own business? The fact that you are the decision maker and can influence directly how successful it is as you have the complete control to do so.

Best places for… ƒƒ A quick escape? I like running in the Hermitage and by Water of Leith, it really helps me clear my Rollo head and relax. ƒƒ Pampering? Zen Lifestyle. Try the Omnilux LED light therapy at Zen Lifestyle. It’s a totally natural method of light-only skin rejuvenation and a very powerful but underrated skin treatment. ƒƒ Favourite restaurant? We’re spoilt for choice in the city but I love trying new places. I recently visited the new Rollo on Broughton Street which was great and Dine is next on my list. ƒƒ Favourite bar? Tigerlily, it’s like my second home.

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As director and founder of Zen Lifestyle, the multi award-winning beauty salons in Edinburgh, Fiona Fowley knows all too well about the benefits of looking and feeling good. Born and bred in the capital, she spends her days balancing family and work life, going between the three salons - the original salon in Bruntsfield, Teviot Place or their flagship salon on Hanover Street. Here she talks beauty tips and recommends favourite haunts in the city.

Best thing about the beauty industry? It changes at an astonishing pace so as a business it’s vital Zen Lifestyle evolves too in order to ensure we’re always ahead of industry trends and clients always have access to the most up to date and effective treatments. Beauty mistakes to avoid? Wearing too much make-up, less is more. Your top beauty tip? Sleep and keeping hydrated is the best tip for your skin. Closely followed by great eyebrows. They can change your whole face – I highly recommend HD Brows. Find out more at


CHAMPAGNE DINNER Tuesday 15th November Number One will host an indulgent Charles Heidsieck Champagne Dinner in association with Liberty Wines this November. Experience a 4-course dinner created by Head Chef Brian Grigor, paired with exceptional Champagne and wine presented by Stephen Leroux, Director of Champagne at Charles Heidsieck. 7pm Arrival and canapĂŠs 7.30pm Dinner ÂŁ125 per person Advanced booking required Number One | The Balmoral | 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh 0131 557 6727 | @NumberOneEdin


Food + Drink + Style + Beauty + Health + People + Travel + Interiors + Events + Property

a handpicked selection of the best of life in Scottish cities in October


034 Aberdeen

Words with comedian Ava Vidal, a gin trail and trying out Linton & Mac’s style bar.

036 Dundee

The perfect Eggs Benedict, the return of vinyl and what to do on a Sunday.


A sensory dining experience, shopper’s guide to PAD lifestyle and all about Handmade Edinburgh.


046 Glasgow

The iconic Apollo Theatre, Gary: Tank Commander and The Mackintosh Festival.


Dunhill Cup preview, brunch at Taste and ceilidh dancing at Forgan’s.

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finalist at the BBC New Comedy Awards 2014, Ava Vidal’s career has been an interesting journey. A prison guard for five years, she’s also now one of the UK’s leading stand up comedians and one of 250 comedy shows taking place at Aberdeen’s first Comedy Festival from 14 October to 05 November 2016. Why comedy? I started 13 years ago. After pretending to be a comedian at a BBC competition, I quickly realised people wanted to see me perform. I turned to Ask Jeeves (Google at the time) typing in ‘how to become a comedian’. I did my research and started to get lots of gigs in London; I now get to travel the world. What are you looking forward to most when visiting Aberdeen? Hopefully I’ll be able to spend some time there with my four-month-old daughter. I’ve been involving her in my shows but if she’s started crawling, it might be a quick visit.


Your must see shows at the festival? Tom Stade is fantastic. I’d like to see Hardeep Singh Kohli too. I’ve never seen him perform but would love to check out his material. What advice would you give to someone trying to make a career in comedy? Write what you know, have your own material and don’t be afraid to tweak your material – it may be a case of working it in a different way. Visit for the full festival schedule. See Ava Vidal’s show on 04 November 2016.


Gin o’clock Just like the good old saying “The gift that keeps on giving” Scotland’s gin trail certainly seems to be doing just that. With four artisan gins now produced in Aberdeen city and shire, the North-east’s gin offering is blossoming.

TRIED AND TESTED Linton & Mac Style Bar words Julia Bryce

Porter’s Gin is the first gin to be produced within the city in 100 years. It is already available in Harvey Nichols stores across the UK and was featured in Vogue’s 100th birthday edition. A premium gin, mainly created to become bartenders’ go-to gin, it’s also extremely popular with consumers. Definitely one to watch.


Scotland’s first tea gin, The Teasmith, is based in rural Udny and takes inspiration from a rich heritage tale which links Aberdeenshire with the tea trade. Launching in Autumn, this small batch craft gin is a definite must-have for the drinks cupboard.


A micro-distillery set up in a back garden in Deeside, Esker has been creating bespoke gin since last October, officially launching this summer. Using botanicals from Deeside including silver birch sap from the trees of the Kincardine Estate and milk thistle, the gin boasts stunning citrus and floral notes.


4 Created in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Indian Summer Gin uses one of the world’s most expensive spices, saffron, by weight, which is infused into the gin, giving it a warm, rich, aromatic flavour. It presents a golden-yellow hue and is bottled at a higher than usual 46% ABV.


Taking inspiration from celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Linton & Mac’s style bar makeover has upped its game in delivering a wow-factor service to clients. Now one year old, it boasts eight core looks, all of which are fully customisable, and done in 30 minutes. Lucky enough to secure an appointment with creative director, Joanna MacDonald, she talked me through the style bar menu, highlighting which looks would suit me and how we could achieve more complex looks too. Using styling products and her unique tools, 20 minutes later my Ashley Olsen inspired hairup equipped with a small braid and Gigi waves was complete and I loved it. To book an appointment, Tel: 01224 641664 or visit




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In Search of…

There’s an army of Eggs Benedict aficionados whose eyes light up at the sight of those two words on a breakfast menu. Martel Maxwell highlights her pick of the bunch.

THE WEST HOUSE, WESTPORT A promising start with an early 8am opening granting instant wifi and great coffee. The moment arrived and two toasted muffins each hold a runny (hurrah) egg and generous servings of spinach (I opted for Florentine). There was enough but not too much sauce, slightly warmed. Astonishingly all for under £6.

BRUACH, BROUGHTY FERRY A well-trodden stop off for cocktails but little known gem when it comes to breakfast, opening at 10am. On both occasions I’ve been the only customer - perfect for getting your head down to work or watching the world go by at the comfy window sofa seats. Runny eggs with smoky, thick ham, and piping hot, quality Americano. Around £10.

TAYPARK HOUSE, PERTH ROAD Having tried all three combinations (Benedict, Florentine and Royale) here many times, not once have the eggs been anything other than perfectly runny, yolk oozing into a delicious mix with Hollandaise and waves of salty smoked salmon. Coffee is delicious and wifi reliable with an al fresco option should the sun shine. Around £10.




THINGS TO DO ON A SUNDAY words Martel Maxwell

Those boots were made for walking… and that’s just what I did, experiencing the established coastal walk from Broughty Ferry to Monifieth for the first time in years. Starting at Broughty Castle (pictured right), I headed along the Esplanade taking in stunning views of the Tay, the low tide exposing so much sand it looked as though I could walk to Fife. Years ago, there wasn’t the luxury of a refreshment stop because The Glass Pavilion cafe and restaurant with its beautiful vistas didn’t exist but now adds a civilised element especially on a windy day. Onwards to the rock gardens, taking in plaques on benches in memory of locals who loved to sit in quiet contemplation, as well as mini waterfalls, rock pools, an impressive

array of flowers, plants, trees and pretty displays. On to Monifieth along the beach, parallel to racing trains, a playground then caravan site. And all the way back again - though tired legs can cheat with a bus back with a five minute walk to the main road. Returning to the Ferry, you could reward yourself with all manner of treats - from fine dining at Tayberry to pub grub at Fishermans Tavern but with all those calories burned, Murray’s Fish and Chips all but winked to me to enjoy a poke of chips on the seashore.

IN A SPIN AT ASSAI Records are back in vogue and the comeback has inspired a gorgeous retro shop in Broughty Ferry to open its doors. Assai is the first such store in the Ferry since the 1970s and the brainchild of Keith Ingram who spent the previous 11 years selling vinyl online. With a focus on new products, you can find iconic albums from the likes of Blur and De La Soul, as well as a range of dinky vinyl record player turntables available in all colours of the rainbow.



EDINBURGH SHOPPER'S GUIDE TO… PAD Lifestyle Offering a wonderfully curated cornucopia of home treasures, wardrobe candy, gifts and collectibles from around the world, PAD Lifestyle in the New Town really is worth the visit. Bigger brands such as Muuto, Tom Dixon and Eichholtz nestle alongside local and international crafters at the studio. They also have lots of fashion goodies. For a chance to win a pair of shoes designed by Hatti Pattison for Taschka visit Pad Lifestyle, 48 Howe St, EH3 6TH, Tel: 0131 225 9012,

FEELING SHELLFISH Seafood week (07-14 Oct) offers the perfect excuse to head to foodie favourite, The Ship on the Shore for their delicious hot shellfish platter, £80, for two. Brimming with lobster, langoustine, mussels, scallops, oysters and crab, it’s the perfect solution to the conundrum of icy fruits de mer on a chilly Scottish evening. Try it with a bottle of Champagne for full celebratory vibes. The Ship on the Shore, 24-26 Shore, EH6 6QN, Tel 0131 555 0409,




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Farewell comb over

Macgregor Hairdressing has moved to a bigger and better salon on Morningside Road (next to Waitrose). Inside is bright and airy with a bold monochrome colour scheme and as well as hair styling, there’s a nail bar, beauty section and hair extensions coming soon. Take a nosey at 147 Morningside Road, EH10 4AX, Tel: 0131 447 1308,


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Once upon a time, male pattern baldness was just a fact of life that up to 50 per cent of men had to deal with. The options available to deal it were limited to a wig, boot polish on the scalp or the Bobby Charlton comb over. None of these really cut the mustard and a full head of hair was confined to the drawer of dreams, despite their self-esteem taking a battering. So it’s a relief to know that there is now anoption that actually works and is permanent. Hair transplant surgery has come a long way in recent years and is the go to treatment for men like Cold Feet’s James Nesbitt and footballer Wayne Rooney to name just two. There are two types of transplant available depending on your individual type of hair loss but the good news is that with high success rates, it’s now a viable option for the condition. Now available in Edinburgh, The Medical Cosmetic Centre by Dr Nestor is one of few cosmetic clinics in Scotland offering hair restoration surgery. Dr Nestor, 53 Dundas St, Edinburgh, EH3 6RS, Tel: 0131 467 1450,





For an exclusive sensory dining experience with Nejma and Daffy’s Gin make your way to the Forth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols on 13 October. Nejma’s seven scents will be expertly paired with seven courses and matching gin creations from Daffy’s mixologists with experts guiding you through each course. For tickets, priced £50, Tel: 0131 524 8350 or visit



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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO… food specialists Real Foods who turn 40 this month. To celebrate, they’re hosting a weekend of fun filled events at the Broughton Street store on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October and a special 40-year anniversary edition of Real Foods’ popular organic cotton shopping bags will be available.

My Style, My Way Leanne Arthur photo Susie Lowe

Who: Owner of Babu Hair and Beauty on Marchmont Crescent, 35-year-old Leanne took the plunge to open her own salon 10 years ago and has never looked back. From styling, cutting and colouring in salon to up dos on location at events, she knows the importance of good hair. Signature style? Changeable, I love soft bohemian style but can sometimes be into classic more tailored looks.

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Favourite place to shop in Edinburgh? I'm a sucker for a designer handbag so I love Harvey Nichols but I can also always rely on Zara to find something I like to wear.


Top hair styling tip? Choosing the correct brush style and barrel size for your hair will make or break your blow dry. The smaller the brush the more curl and body, the larger the brush, the straighter the hair. The hair trend you love most for AW16? Knots are chic and effortless so play around with your lazy Sunday style to achieve that perfect imperfection. 


Over the next few months The Dundas Street Gallery plays host to a couple of artists who specialise in landscape paintings from opposite coasts of Scotland and we’re rather fond of both. Since the '60s, John Lowrie Morrison OBE, also known as Jolomo, has been creating boldly coloured impressions of the west coast of Scotland, muchloved worldwide and available to view until 15 October (www.jolomo. com). Representing the east coast; best-selling contemporary Scottish artist Jamie Primrose presents his 30th solo exhibition next month, Luminosity. 50 ethereal Edinburgh and East Lothian oil paintings by the artist beautifully capture the transient light and shimmering reflections throughout the seasons in settings such as The Meadows, The Royal Botanic Garden and North Berwick. Luminosity runs from 04 - 12 November. Find more at The Dundas Street Gallery, 6 Dundas St, EH3 6HZ, Tel: 0131 557 4050,

Jamie Primrose - Spring blossom looking towards Bruntsfield


Jolomo Painting Windy day on Iona



DATE FOR THE DIARY Prepare to be inspired by the best contemporary craft makers from Scotland and beyond when Handmade Edinburgh rolls into town. The contemporary crafts and design fair will transform The Hub, Royal Mile, from 28-30 October and over a 100 makers working across disciplines including ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, wood,

furniture and fashion will showcase their wares and talents over the three days. From the fashion arena there’ll be the opportunity to meet textile designer Morag Macpherson; a master of digital printing who creates original kimonos in fluorescent designs with patterns inspired by her travels in Korea. If

Morag Macpherson

jewellery is more your thing look out for jewelers including Kaz Robertson, whose bundles of mismatching colours and patterns in resin create eye-catching collections. For the home there’s a handpicked group of talent including Helen Michie who produces stunning raku fired ceramic wall pieces, decoratively adorned with natural colours, shapes and forms.

Kaz Robertson


Helen Michie

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HIYAAAA! BAFTA award-winning Greg McHugh brings his Gary: Tank Commander – Mission Quite Possible show to The SSE Hydro on 20-22 October. The live production sees everyone’s favourite east coast squaddie take on his biggest mission to date aided and abetted by the boys of 104th Royal Tank Regiment. Book at


Buck’s Bar is the latest venture from the team behind Soho and Little Soho but those expecting more of the same will be in for a surprise. The service is just as friendly but there’s a marked difference in the food offering – while Soho salutes the Italian pizzeria tradition, this basement bar/diner gives a massive high five to the American southern fried chicken scene with addictive buttermilk fried chicken at the heart of the menu. The chicken comes in many guises including atop waffles and brioche buns (yep, buttermilk fried chicken burgers). But for those who like a serious hit of heat, a must try is the Nashville Hot Style Chicken option dips the signature chicken in a fierce chilli oil and serves it on white bread with pickles. Buck’s Bar, 111 West Regent St, Glasgow, G2 2RU, Tel: 0141 221 2327,




Sometimes a development comes along that makes even the happiest homeowner want to say; pack up, we’re moving. Hillside Gardens Lane is one such venture. Located on a tranquil lane and garden setting in the heart of Hyndland, developer NOAH has put a twist on the traditional Victorian townhouse with six contemporary four bedroom homes, all with south facing aspects and open views over private landscaped gardens. But whilst the homes are distinctive they’re also respectful of their conservation area position with each townhouse offering three thoughtfully designed floors of generously proportioned, light filled accommodation with meticulous attention to detail and finishes. Feeling tempted? We’re happy to recommend a good removals team… For more information, visit

I-ON EVENTS It was a Christian Macleod takeover of The Corinithian when the Scottish accessories designer staged a Black Tie event as part of his Blue CM Campaign to raise funds and awareness for The Teenage Cancer Trust. See the full gallery of photos online at

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HAVING A MOMENT Shawlands’ Kilmarnock Road isn’t the first place you’d think of for a glam makeover but if the recent arrival of fashion forward hair salon Blow at number 234 isn’t enough to convince you, the addition of POP make-up bar helmed by top Scottish make-up artist Ainslie Currie should. Launching on the first floor of number 26 on 01 October, the pop-up will allow clients to choose from an exclusive looks menu created by Ainslie, pictured, with a full make-up costing just £35 (£25 for Young Scot card holders) with Eldora lashes available. More at


Return of the Mack

As The Mackintosh Festival gets underway celebrating the work and life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, we take a closer look at this iconic Glasgow son and unearth five facts that may surprise you. 1. The original spelling of his name was McIntosh and was changed, for reasons unknown, to Mackintosh around 1893. 2. Before marrying Margaret Macdonald, he had previously been engaged to Jessie Keppie, the sister of his employer, John Keppie, at Honeyman & Keppie. 3. Mackintosh used to go to the Room de Luxe at The Willow Tea Rooms before it opened to arrange the flowers and ensure his creation was presented as he envisioned it. 4. In 1915, while living in England, Mackintosh was accused of being a German spy and arrested. 5. Despite his impact, Mackintosh’s career as an architect was short, with his major commissions built between 1895-1905. Building on his celebrated House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park was finally started in 1989, 61 years after his death. Visit for more details.

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he converted cinema became an important stop on any world tour. The adverts said “They’ve all played and they’ve all come back” and it was true – from ABBA to Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash to the Style Council, no British tour was complete without a visit to the Apollo. The big attraction was the ‘Glasgow choir’, the fans who treated every show like a religious experience. If they liked you, they loved you, and ordered you to remain on stage. If they hated you they turned their backs and ordered you off. The special relationship was highly-valued – Rick Wakeman explained that Yes would play a longer show in Glasgow, because the honest reaction helped them refine their performance. That honesty is why Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne launched his solo career at the Apollo. He declared that if he couldn’t please the Glasgow choir, he didn’t deserve a future


in music. The moment he kissed the stage is fondly remembered. Some venues have a vibe about them – a feeling, and often a smell, that confirms you’re in a temple of music. The Apollo had that and more, including purple glitter from the walls that stuck to you for months. Performers remembered the dangerously high stage that sloped towards the audience. Leo Sayer isn’t the only one to recall running on to start his show and nearly tumbling into the crowd 16 feet below. The bouncing balcony summed up the Apollo experience for many musicians – from the stage you could see 1,000s of fans jumping in time to the music, and the balcony moving in terrifying time with them. Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott once went up to experience it for himself, and was so scared he came straight downstairs again.


The lane outside the venue was a great place to meet the stars – from Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant through Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott to Motorhead’s Lemmy. Some big names loved the place so much that they’d stand about for hours to share the experience with fans who agreed with them. Dressed in evening suits with faces like stone, the bouncers were everyone’s evil arch-enemy. Stories abound of needless violence delivered with far too much pleasure. But head bouncer Danny Hendry always maintained that the stories were exaggerated. It’s true that there were dramatic incidents, including the drawn-out battle between The Stranglers and the security staff that contributed to punk music being banned in Glasgow for a time. But Danny argued: “In a room full of 4000 Glaswegians you’re always going to get a couple of bams” – and that’s what he was there to control.

The Apollo is long gone, but the legacy refuses to die. My book Apollo Memories, which includes 100s of anecdotes from bands and fans, just keeps selling. It was joined last year by a novella, Apollo Ambition, which tells the story of a fictional, magical night at the venue. There have been TV and radio specials, magazine articles and more – but the important task of passing the memories on to the younger generations has been taken on by Tommy McGrory’s award-winning musical I Was There, starring some of the best young artists in the country, and returning to Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium on 07 October. It’s the closest you’ll now get to the Apollo experience so get your ticket… and keep the stub. Apollo Memories and Apollo Ambition can be purchased via


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The Dunhill Cup

It’s October and that means the Dunhill Cup is back in town. If you love your golf, the attractions are obvious - you can buy tickets only on the final day at the entrance gate of the Old Course, for £20 and concessionary at £15, while under 16s and students enter for free. But it’s also a celebspotter’s dream. The great thing about St Andrews is that it’s small enough to increase your odds of sitting down for supper next to a movie star at one of the many fine restaurants. Our top tip is Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant the Balaka. Every year, owner, Michael Rouf, welcomes guests including, over the years, Sir Sean Connery, Hugh Grant and Samuel L Jackson. And when we say you can only buy tickets for the final day, that’s not entirely true. The Alfred

Dunhill Experience at the Old Course Hotel (06 to 09 October) is your ‘in’. If you fancy pushing the boat out for the Dunhill experience - where 168 golfing pros are paired with 168 amateurs from the worlds of sport, business and entertainment - the hotel is offering two experiences. For £95 (£125 on the Sunday) you get bubbles, brunch, afternoon tea, links times, draw sheet, entry badge and preferred parking. Or for £35 (£50 on the Sunday), a glass of bubbles, afternoon tea, entry badge and preferred parking. You’re welcome. Pre-booking is essential. For more information visit www.oldcoursehotel., Tel: 01334 474371.

I-ON LOVES… Spoiled Hairdressing. Firstly, because they’re stockists of the new limited edition GHD pink aid hairdryer and £10 from every sale in October goes to Breast Cancer Research. Secondly, when you introduce a friend to the salon through the ‘recommend a friend’ scheme, you both receive a 20 per cent discount. Spoiled Hairdressing, 9 Albany Pl, KY16 9HH, Tel: 01334 470564,


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BRUNCH @ TASTE words Martel Maxwell

DIARY DATE Scotland’s award-winning comedian Daniel Sloss has sold eight consecutive Edinburgh Fringes and now graces St Andrews for a night with his show So?. With special guest Kai Humphries. 8pm on Thursday 13 October at Byre Theatre, tickets £14.50/£12,

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND You’ll be reeling all the way on Friday nights at Forgans at The Shoogle: a modern style ceilidh for beginners from 10pm and Saturdays at the Forgan’s Hoolie Club: a modern twist on traditional ceilidh featuring some of Scotland’s best ceilidh bands.

The concept behind this charming residents’ favourite is to make it more living room than café, and Dutch owner, Jan, has succeeded. After a frantic start to a Monday morning, Taste was an oasis of calm for brunch. The emphasis here is on great coffee and everything else is designed to tempt you to a second cup. Food is simple with pastries, cakes and paninis on display. I opted for a chocolate twist (gooey and delicious) and latte, and, too late for a coveted sofa (worn, homely brown leather, against a backdrop of rustic stone walls and local art) I watched the world go by from a stool at the window. A cosmopolitan place serving delicious baked goodies and freshly brewed coffee, this little gem should be on everyone’s hit list. Taste, 148 North St, KY16 9AF.


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ithin 48 hours of showing his final MA collection at Central Saint Martins in London, Jonathan Saunders was commissioned to design prints for Alexander McQueen. It was an impressive start to a career that has seen Saunders bestowed with numerous accolades and attract global fans such as Michelle Obama. And it’s not only Saunders who has shaped and continues to shape the Scottish fashion industry. Typified by her bold, geometric prints, Holly Fulton’s fashion credentials include winning the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN award in 2010, not to mention collaborating with luxury handbag retailer Radley. Likewise, Christopher Kane burst onto the fashion scene in 2006 to a rapturous reception; he has expertly navigated the transition between high fashion and high street, creating soughtafter collections for Topshop.

“Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders have elevated the Scottish fashion industry on a global scale,” says Gordon Millar, founder of Scot Street Style. “All three were nominated in the Designer of the Year category at the Scottish Fashion Awards, which captured the imagination of the worldwide media outlets, keeping Scotland current and relevant.” Fashion never stands still however, and there is now a gamut of new vibrant labels and designers looking to make their mark on the industry. Gordon highlights the likes of Dead Sleekit, Isolated Heroes and Rachel McMillan to name but a few. “I'm particularly excited by KellyDawn Riot, a leader in the field of sustainability, and Siobhan MacKenzie, with a unique vision for contemporary Scottish dress,” he adds. Gordon believes a combination of investment and encouragement



will ensure their future success and that of the industry itself: “There is a new wave of confidence in the emerging social media-savvy generation, which must be nurtured and encouraged. Investment of course will help, but drive and perseverance are absolutely essential for the future of the Scottish fashion industry.” We take a closer look at six more of the industry’s young labels and designers who undoubtedly have the drive to succeed.


Emily Millichip

EMILY MILLICHIP What’s striking about Emily Millichip’s designs is her confident use of colour, evident in her recent collaboration with graphic artist Gabriella Marcella on a capsule collection of limited edition tops in bold hues. Nominated for Young Designer of the Year at the 2015 Scottish Fashion Awards, the Edinburgh based designer draws inspiration from seemingly unlikely places, such as cheap red wine, trash culture and the 1950s.


Panda bears by Karen Mabon


A panda baby shower, cats in fancy dress and a robbery in a sweet shop: Karen Mabon’s silk scarves are charmingly pretty, illustrating whimsical compositions that capture your imagination. She established her eponymous label in 2012 and regularly receives commissions from the likes of Anthropologie. The ever-venerable Liberty is only one of a raft of stockists where you can purchase her wearable pieces of art.


ISOLATED HEROES Launched in 2012 by CEO Samantha McEwen, following her much admired graduate collection, Isolated Heroes has attracted a cult following in a very short time, with Miley Cyrus, Pixie Lott and Mollie King counted among the label’s fans. Recognised for its oversized silhouettes and intricate use of luxury faux fur and sequins, the label’s fun and ebullient pieces are hand crafted in Scotland.


Isolated Heroes

Iain MacDonald’s unconventional prints are the stars of the label’s show; the fabrics are digitally printed with Iain’s hand illustrated designs, making for unique, edgy garments. A previous recipient of The Herald’s Scottish Online Fashion Graduate of the Year, Iain established his Glasgow based independent label Dead Sleekit in 2015 and has built up an impressive reputation since.

MAIRI MCDONALD For those aspiring for fashion that doesn’t play by the rules, Mairi McDonald’s seasonless womenswear epitomises laidback glamour. Marrying together luxe Scottish textiles such as lace, silks and fine lamb nappa, Mairi creates ‘forever’ investment pieces that are effortlessly cool and highly covetable. She began her career at Julien Macdonald, followed by a stint at Givenchy before launching her own label in 2014.


Mairi McDonald


After gaining experience with London based Felder Felder, Rachel McMillan set up her urban, contemporary label in her home city of Glasgow. Alongside a focus on sustainability, the label’s signature is its artistic printed textiles designed by Rachel in house. It was recently announced that as one of Scotland's emerging designers, Rachel will be supported by Fashion Foundry, a programme run by Cultural Enterprise and Creative Scotland and partnered with Topshop/Topman.



Gold and black lurex jumpsuit, £834, Julia Clancey,; sandals, £250, LK Bennett,



HOT METAL photographer Matthew Stylianou, stylist Louise Sykes, hair and make-up: Ami Penfold, using Nars and Aveda model Tova at Milk Management retouching Shot on location at HTH Arts Centre,



BELOW: Red long sleeve dress, £740, Andrew Majtenyi,; black heels, £325, LK Bennett, OPPOSITE PAGE: Gold bomber jacket, £209.95, Samsoe & Samsoe,; gold lace skirt made to order, £780, Ashley Isham,; rose gold trainers, £49.99, Tamaris,




Gold blazer, £159.95, and gold culottes, £109.95, Maison Scotch,; black shirt, £400, Kate Moss for Equipment available at Harvey Nichols,; gold sandals price on request Mimi Tran,



Jogging bottoms, £385, and silver top, £155, both M Missoni available at Harvey Nichols,; peep toe shoes, £250, LK Bennett,; gold and navy bomber jacket, £319.95, Maison Scotch,




Michael Welch and Sarah Murray

Successful entrepreneurs Michael Welch, founder of tyre specialist, and Sarah Murray, owner of Jane Davidson, a designer womenswear boutique in Edinburgh, are spearheading the relaunch of fashion portal “I met Mike through my husband David in early 2000 when we went to a ball at Prestonfield together" says Sarah. "The boutique was making the move to sell online and Mike gave me some invaluable advice; he’s had


such a success with Black Circles that he’s a leader in the eCommerce field. We decided to work together because Mike knows about e-tail and I know fashion, plus, we share the same work ethic, he’s so enthusiastic - that's very infectious. Add the other Atterley guys into the mix and we all make a great team.”

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WOMEN’S FASHION Fashion lust list STREET STYLE Featuring American model du jour Lindsey Wixson as the face of this season’s womenswear offering, River Island has upped its game with sophisticated casual separates, eveningwear and accessories. In store now.


BAG IT Drapers award-winning boutique COVET on Thistle Street, Edinburgh, has finally launched its own luxury handbag collection and it’s a cracker. Characterised by simple lines, timeless design and quality craftsmanship, the handbags can be worn as a clutch, shoulder bag or satchel and come available in a range of rich jewel colours. From £70 at Covet, 20 Thistle St, EH2 1EN, Tel: 0131 220 0026,


In need of a sparkly new addition? Start dropping some serious hints for this round brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring. Mounted in a four claw scalloped underwire setting on a 950 platinum raised shoulder band, it’ll set you back £10,100 at Hamilton and Inches, 87 George St, EH2 3EY, Tel: 0131 225 4898,




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STAR TRAINERS Dune have done a damn fine job with the latest menswear collection but we’re loving the £80 Tricks for autumn.


Autumn kicks GO NUDE The super stripped back pair of Stan Smiths from Adidas have a nice high end, minimal feel. Just white for now but expect the grey and black pairs to drop imminently.

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hen it comes to #interiordesigngoals, it doesn’t get much more back-of-the-net than the Soho House private members clubs. These exclusive clubs, which exist in various cities across the world (including New York, Berlin, Istanbul, LA and London - where the first club was founded in 1995) all share a unique cosy-yetluxurious style. The first time I visited a Soho House I was fresh from university, working as a slave for a shiny London based magazine. A friend was a member, and one long, hot summer she invited us for drinks at the club. In a Soho backstreet she suddenly stopped and pressed a buzzer, and an unremarkable door magically opened. I stepped inside and hot, dusty London vanished, replaced by the most glamorous house party I’d ever been to. We wandered freely from room to gorgeous room, eyeing up the butter soft leather sofas, jewel-coloured velvet armchairs and tables topped with sparkling crystal, before settling at a sexy curved bar. The cocktails (mainly espresso Martinis) served in crystal glasses, the



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in-on-a-secret vibe and the sumptuous, sink-in sofas added up to a wonderful night of intimate conversation, laughing-til-we-cried, and absolutely no FOMO (fear of missing out). Like Jess Glynn, there was no place I’d rather have been – which is probably why I left at 5am. I have since visited various other Soho Houses and every time I’ve been blown away by the oh-so-cool comfort conjured by their beautiful rooms. So you can imagine my delight on discovering that only last month Soho House launched ‘Soho Home’, its fresh-from-the-Houses range of furniture, glassware, textiles and accessories. “We started Soho Home because members always ask us where they can buy the things they see in the Houses. So we created a range to

bring the House home, from the Chesterfield sofa you sit on at Soho House Chicago to the Barwell crystal you drink your Negroni from at 76 Dean Street,” says Nick Jones, Soho House & Co founder. As the Houses open in new locations across the world, so too will the Soho Home range expand: “When we open a new House, the design team creates new products inspired by the location,” explains Soho House & Co’s head of interior design, Vicky Charles. “For example, I’m working on a sun lounger for our House in Barcelona at the moment, which will be available to buy on Soho Home in the future.” Here’s my room-by-room pick of how Soho Home could transform your home - time to install that entry buzzer…

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LIVING ROOM For the lived-in luxe look, I love the slouchy grey Belgian linen Loft sofa, £3,295, (pictured), which Vicky Charles describes as ‘the most comfortable sofa you’ll ever sit on’. Add a genuine 1950s Diamond Moroccan rug, £995, from Soho Home’s ‘vintage’ collection, a limited edition Dawn Mellor

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print of Michael Jackson’s transformation, £95, and a Hudson Leather floor lamp (£255, as seen in Soho House Chicago) and your mates will be queuing up for membership of 'Your House'. KITCHEN Whip off your House Stripe apron (£45 – there’s even a kids’ version for £25) and serve up a classic Sunday Roast (a Soho House special) for four on the Country House Dinnerware Set, £130. That full bodied red will taste all the better for being drunk from a Barwell cut crystal wine glass, £28, with its vintage wallpaper inspired pattern, as used in all the Houses. Go on – open another bottle and settle in for the evening.

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BEDROOM Snuggle up with a good book in the Franklin carved wood bed (from £2,445; as seen at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire), illuminated by the Reade wall light in brushed brass, £275. When the nights draw in, add a cosy layer with the soft, weighty Sullivan throw, £155, which warms members in Soho Farmhouse’s Oxfordshire cabins.



BATHROOM Whatever your bathroom’s colour scheme, there’s a striped House Pool towel , £50, for you – how about yellow from Istanbul, red from Shoreditch (pictured), or marine blue from Miami (my favourite)? Or if you prefer to keep things neutral, perhaps you’d prefer the House Hammam towel, £35, with its pale grey-and-white woven stripes, developed by iconic Italian textile company Frette. OUTDOORS Picnic in style with the Country House two person wicker picnic basket, £90, which comes with everything you need for fancy al fresco dining à deux, including the all-important corkscrew. Wet bottoms won’t add to the romance, so better pack the Country House picnic blanket, £125, with its cream, blue and green check and leather carry handle, and must-have waterproof backing.


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48 HOURS... HOME OR ABROAD We bring you two breaks with a difference for the time poor who just need to get away from it all.

SCOTLAND words Zoe Schmid

After spending 20 years in London, I moved home to Scotland a year ago and settled in Edinburgh. But even after all that time I still hadn’t managed to venture to the West, so booked a long overdue weekend away with partner, David.  We wanted to combine a city break with some country air and a night in Glasgow followed by a second in Loch Lomond seemed like the best of both worlds. We set off early by train on the Saturday morning and the journey was quick and easy, taking us right into Glasgow city centre. After dropping off our bags at the contemporary Citizen M Hotel (the urban retreat felt like the perfect accommodation), we hit the shops and much to David’s dismay, my purchasing came quick and fast. A refuel in the form of bubbles & brunch at Hutchesons, and it was on to some culture, of which there is plenty in Glasgow.  First on the agenda was the Mackintosh tour at the Glasgow School of Art. Unfortunately, the Mackintosh building still isn’t open after the fire two years ago but our tour guide and sculpture student, Catrina, did a great job talking us through the history of the building.  We then headed over to the West End, mooched around in the Kelvingrove Museum and in and out of the lovely boutiques on Byres Road. After a quick freshen up back at the hotel, dinner was at The Gannet in the trendy Finnieston area; it more than lived up to the hype and the meal was utterly delicious.

In the morning we were back on the train and took the short trip to Cameron House in Loch Lomond – an absolutely picturesque and luxurious hotel directly on the Bonnie Banks. We were amazed at how quickly you could go from the bustling city centre to idyllic country retreat and it was exactly what we needed after an action packed day in Glasgow. To make the most of the surroundings we took the hour long Champagne cruise on the Loch which was the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs. We then kicked back and relaxed in the Carrick thermal spa which was just divine. Feeling lighter, brighter and completely refreshed, we rounded off the day with drinks in the hotel bar followed by a fantastic dinner in the Cameron Grill. Waking up in the morning to the loch view was the perfect end to the weekend. I can’t wait to go back.

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NEW YORK words Nicky Howden

I’ve always been a forward planner. That’s why it was so uncharacteristic of me to agree to a last minute girlie weekend trip to New York. Caught up in the moment, and in the mindset of you only live once, I decided to do it in style and booked return flights from Edinburgh to New York JFK with Delta Air Lines in the Delta One cabin. With fully flat-bed seats, five-course meal with wines, outstanding service and on-demand entertainment from Delta Studio, it was the perfect way to start our mini adventure; the flowing fizz only enhancing the sense of occasion. With just 48 hours on our side we stayed central and checked in to the Lotte New York Palace on Madison Avenue and then, armed with recommendations from New Yorkers, we walked The High Line. Peppered with sculptures and artists selling their wares, it’s Manhattan’s urban park created above the city on an elevated section of the former New York Central Railroad and inspired by la Coulée Verte in Paris. A short walk from here took us to the Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street where we booked a tour (well worth it) to discover


famous works from the likes of Andy Warhol. We refueled at Urban Space Vanderbilt near Grand Central, a funky indoor food hall crammed with deliciousness, all before cocktails at the top of One World Observatory… and boy, what a view. With only hours until our flight home we managed A Slice of Brooklyn Tour (go with an appetite as pizza is included). You’ll also learn about Brooklyn-born celebrities, see movie locations from Hollywood blockbusters and discover Coney Island. A whirlwind of a trip of which only dreams are made. One word of advice though: once you turn left on the plane you'll never want to go right again.   

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SUN-KISSED YOUTH One of the easiest ways to cheat a youthful look is to draw on freckles. According to make-up artist Lynsey Alexander, this is a trick Kate Moss always uses. “It gives you that youthful freshness and glow,” explains Lynsey. “The trick is to use your brow pencil and dot randomly before smudging it with your finger, so it looks like skin rather than make-up.” BEE STUNG LIPS To create an enviably full pout, creative make-up director at Estée Lauder, Tom Pecheux, says: “Outline them with a pale gloss, then colour in with a darker gloss. Over time, the deeper shade will fade into the paler one, making lips look full and sensual.” ‘60S LASHES Celebrity make-up artist Hannah Murray is the master of Twiggy lashes that are making a comeback. If you want to get the look Hannah says; “Curl first, then immediately apply waterproof mascara as it holds lashes up much better than a regular formula. Follow with 2-3 coats of black mascara, wiggling the brush through.” HOMEMADE FACELIFT Tempted? You should be. Niki Metz, director of artistry for Jouer says: "As a little girl, I would watch my mother apply egg whites to her face (especially around her eyes) about an hour or two before going out to a special event. She would take one egg, separate it, whisk it until it was frothy, and apply the egg white all over her face and leave it on for 20 minutes. After, she



would wash it off with lukewarm water and immediately apply her makeup. The egg white tightens the skin and wrinkles to give you a temporary facelift." THICKER BROWS Eyebrows are in for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t been blessed with Delevingne brows, Terry de Gunzburg, founder of ByTerry says: "Apply a nourishing balm to your eyebrows before going to bed. This will guarantee extra strength and growth—thicker eyebrows in two weeks." DARK CIRCLES We’re always on the lookout for remedies to get rid of the dark circles under our eyes. Brazilian beauty Victoria Brito shares some of her home remedies. “To get rid of dark circles, take a potato, cut it into slices like a pepperoni, and put one slice over each eye for about 15 to 20 minutes once a week. I swear, after doing it about five times, you’ll start to see a drastic reduction of dark circles. The potato literally starts to get dark and shrivel up while you use it.” MIX AND MATCH Matte foundations can settle on the skin and often exaggerate pores and wrinkles. Joanna Czech, Uma Thurman’s facialist, says: “Skin looks younger and fresher when you can see it through your foundation so use a water-based version which doesn’t highlight enlarged pores and fine lines.” Mixing serum into your foundation is another great way to ensure your skin stays hydrated all day. Skincare expert at What Skin Needs, Sonja Dymalovski,


recommends using a serum that includes natural oils as they reduce the chance of breakouts. “Hydration is the key to young looking skin, and adding a serum to your foundation is a great way to get that youthful dewy look,“ reveals Sonja. “I would go for a serum with oils that have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties like Jojoba oil and Plantolin. I love our Hydrating Facial Serum, £17.99 at" HYDRATE YOUR HAIR Who knew that you could find a great conditioner tucked away in your fridge? Blake Lively told Brydie: “My mom taught me this really great beauty tip. She used to put oil or mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before she would shower. That way, when she would shampoo, the soap wouldn’t strip the bottom of the hair and dry it out making it brittle.” CHEEKY GLOW British icon Kate Moss always looks fresh faced despite being a party girl. She says: “Dick Page taught me this: After applying your lipstick, blot your lips with your fingers and then pat the remaining colour on your cheeks for an instant glow.” HOMEMADE MASKS Skincare expert Michelle Peck, whose past clients include Australian beauty Miranda Kerr, explains her top tips. "We used various different homemade masks to prep Miranda’s skin, from a delicious Pineapple Enzyme Peel to a Papaya Mask. We also use an avocado and olive oil mask for hydration and a coconut cream mask that we whip up to use for dehydrated skin."




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TALKING ABOUT… Laser hair removal


n our quest to never shave, pluck or wax again, we speak to Katie McGlade, co-owner of Thérapie Clinic which opens in Edinburgh and Glasgow this month, about the wonders of laser hair removal.

What makes Therapie Clinic different from other laser hair removal companies? We’re the largest provider of laser hair removal in Europe and we have exclusive use of the fabulous Soprano Platinum laser which guarantees a minimum of 90 per cent reduction after a course of treatments. Laser hair removal is still the most effective way to get rid of hair, millions of people get it done every year and it's the most popular non-surgical treatment in the world. We use the most advanced technology at Therapie Clinic. So, it’s the most advanced but is it safe? Absolutely, the machine has been approved by the FDA (an American testing body, that is often stricter than the EU) and it’s completely pain free.


Treatment has even been likened to a hot stone massage. To date, we’ve done more than one million treatments on very happy customers. I’m sold. How much will it cost? Much less than you think. Sessions start from £19 for permanently hair free skin without the pain.

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TRIED AND TESTED Kinetisense words Paul Dickson


ffice life is a comfortable way to make a living, but being a desk jockey can be detrimental to your health – as I recently discovered at Move Freely Sports Therapy, Edinburgh, the first clinic in Scotland to offer Kinetisense. In layman’s terms Kinetisense is cutting edge 3D motion tracking software that accurately measures 44 movements from eight joints, neck and back (KAMS test). The treatment begins with you performing seven physical tests in front of a camera and then your movements and posture being analysed on screen by Move Freely sports therapist Daniel. For me, the tests revealed stiffness in my mid back, tight, stiff and weak hips, poor balance and poor core stability. The posture assessment revealed my shoulders and hips were 6cm and 7cm in front of the plumb line respectively (if my posture was perfectly aligned with the plumb line my hips and shoulders would have been zero cm). My right shoulder was also below the left shoulder, right hip below my left hip, and I had a tilt in my spine. The results were worse than I had anticipated.


Daniel confidently pinpointed my desk job as the main contributing factor regarding my posture and movement problems and devised a plan to rectify the issues at home, from stretching to foam rolling and exercises to improve balance and strengthen weakened areas. After only two weeks there was an improvement in my range of motion, my core was getting stronger and there was a visible difference in my physique which inspired me to keep going. Two months down the line I continued to improve in every area, Daniel added in more strength exercises including deadlifts, overhead squats and rows. Three months later the retest showed I had improved in every area, my posture was better and I was feeling great. Highly recommended. The Kinetisense posture assessment is £30, the KAMS test is £65. Move Freely, 9 Mansfield Pl, Edinburgh, EH3 6NB, 0131 557 4404,

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WANTED Inspired by Wedgwood’s archive, the new Vibrance tableware range geniusly mixes a riot of colour and florals with gold accents and contemporary design. It's gorgeous for gifting or for seeking out the seal of approval when guests pop round for tea.



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ast month we provided you with a shortlist of establishments for this year’s Food and Drink Awards and there’s still time to cast your vote for the i-on Food and Drink Reader Awards 2016. As with previous years, i-on readers hold the voting power so it’s over to you to take a look at our nominees online and cast a vote for your favourite sources of culinary goodness, giving them a chance of being officially awarded an i-on stamp of approval. Voting closes at midday on 06 October 2016, the winners will be announced in our November issue of i-on. To place your vote, visit



WIN £250 OF DELIVEROO To celebrate the i-on Food and Drink Reader Awards 2016, we’ve teamed up with Deliveroo, the premium food delivery service bringing you some of the tastiest takeaways going in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, to give one reader the chance to win £250 of Deliveroo vouchers. For the chance to win this fantastic prize please visit To find out more about the service visit


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HANOVER TAP, EDINBURGH Whether you like spirits, craft ale, cocktails or smoothies, Hanover Tap on 112 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, promises day to night guilty pleasures. Food wise they offer seasonal salads, tasty vegetarian options and delicious hand-stretched, stone baked pizzas. Grab a bargain on Thursdays 2-4-1 pizza day. Tel: 0131 225 2022,


TAILEND, DUNDEE Anyone who knows this St Andrews institution will know there’s much more to it than just fish and chips. A fishmonger and restaurant serving up fresh fish, it’s now branched out to Dundee and will open its doors later this month. Located in the former Deep Sea Restaurant in Nethergate, expect an industrial interior and fresh, flavoursome fish.



NICK NAIRN COOK SCHOOL, PORT OF MENTEITH Three of Scotland’s top chefs are set to swap their kitchens for the classroom for The Great Scottish Chefs Weekend at Nick’s flagship cook school in Port of Menteith from 11-13 November 2016. Roy Brett, Jamie Scott and Michael Smith will share some of their top tips for cooking like a professional. Guests will cook a three course meal under the tuition of the expert chef which will be enjoyed throughout the day with wine. Tel: 01877 389 900,


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HALLOUMI, GLASGOW If you’re in the mood for some Greek cuisine, then head along to Halloumi restaurant now open at 161 Hope Street. With a focus on authentic Greek-Cypriot mezze style eating – think Greek tapas – the food is perfectly simple but bursting with flavour. There’s a well-chosen selection of Greek wines and craft beers on offer to wash that stiffado down too. Tel: 0141 204 1616,


REFINERY, EDINBURGH Drake & Morgan, the group behind some of London’s top bars and restaurants, swings open its rather swanky doors next month. On two floors, The Refinery St Andrew Square is the group’s first venture into Scotland and offers everything from replenishing breakfasts through to power business lunches, late-night dinners and cocktails. There will even be an al fresco terrace, complete with blankets and hot water bottles for year-round revelry… now, that’s what we call class. Tel: 0333 210 0017,


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Made with Eden Mill Chilli and Ginger Gin, Crème De Cacao, espresso and ginger infused egg white, this could be your new favourite tipple. Try the cocktail at the Gin House pop up in The Caley Bar, Edinburgh, where you’ll find a variety of delicious new gin-inspired cocktails. Not sure what to pick? Then try the five dram Gin Tasting experience for £25pp. Tel: 0131 222 8899,


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LUNCH @ THE PRINTING PRESS BAR & KITCHEN What: Elegant Edinburgh restaurant with an everchanging, seasonal menu. Price range: Mains range from £12. words Rebecca McCosh

Autumn has arrived and quite frankly I’m not happy about it. If I could, I’d hibernate until the sun reappears next spring but one restaurant is determined to show summer lovers like me what we’d be missing. Printing Press Bar & Kitchen creates seasonal dishes using fresh Scottish produce, and its latest menu has a distinctly autumnal feel. From choux buns filled with cheese sauce, £3.50, to duck egg served with bacon and broad beans, £6, I’ll admit my head was turned at the very first course. On to the main and the chef continued to make an even more convincing case. Truffled honey chicken with onion spelt, £17, and a dry aged Tweed Valley beef burger, £14, these were richly flavoured, hearty dishes that made summer salads pale in comparison. The rhubarb and star anise crumble, £6, was a ramekin of autumnal colours, aromas, flavours and warmth – a full sensory celebration of the season, and one that converted me wholeheartedly. The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, 21-25 George St, EH2 2PB, Tel: 0131 240 7177,


The new kid on the Dumbarton Road block, Six Degrees North (6DN), is well on its way to becoming a local hero. Housed in the former Velvet Elvis/Criterion premises, 6DN features a laidback scandi-meets-industrial-chic design but, let’s be honest, you’re really here for the beer and with a gargantuan selection of more than 30 taps and a 100+ strong bottle list you’re unlikely to be disappointed. Although the focus is clearly beers of the Belgian and Trappist type, if that variety is not to your taste you will find carefully selected UK craft beers, along with a decent selection of spirits and, if you must, wines. Six Degrees North, 566 Dumbarton Rd, G11 6RH, Tel: 0141 334 6677,



2 MAINS & 2 DRINKS FOR £20 Choose from any of our locally sourced dishes* whilst enjoying the vibrant and relaxing surroundings of The Raeburn. *Available Monday to Friday 12pm to 6pm. Subject to availability. Excluding Grill Section. Booking required, quote ‘Lunch Offer’. Choose from either, soft drink, small house white/red/ rose/ Raeburn Craft lager. Based on 2 people. Valid until the 31st of October.


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DINNER @ MAISON BLEUE LE BISTROT What: A dining destination in Morningside, Edinburgh. Price range: Mains from £16. words Sarah Johnston • photo Susie Lowe


hen it comes to eating out in Edinburgh, a lot has to be said about word of mouth. So when I’d heard rumblings about a new dining destination in Morningside, I had to visit. Maison Bleue Le Bistrot is the little sister of Maison Bleue on Victoria Street offering a bistro vibe, unpretentious interiors and an eclectic mix of French, North African and Scottish flavours on the menu. Settling down with a glass of Cuvee des Vignerons white wine, £4.50 or £16.95 a bottle, we decided on the much talked about Les Bouchees (mouthfuls in French), dishes that are designed to be shared. We opted for the delicious haggis balls, £6.90, seared king scallops, £8.90, and peppered fondant camembert, £7.50. The scallops were served simply with crispy boudin noir and sauce vierge. The camembert fondant was decadent and the crispy French bread perfect for mopping up the oozy cheese.

You could literally work your way down the Les Bouchees menu but we wanted to do our mains justice. The signature dish, the Le Tagine, £19.90, was a triumph – the slow cooked lamb, super tender and succulent, literally melted in the mouth and the blend of African and Mediterranean spices worked perfectly. The aromatic South Vietnamese coconut chicken, £15.90, was delicate but equally delicious with sweet basil, lemongrass and lime leaves giving a sweet, fresh taste. For dessert we shared a crème caramel and pencilled in our return visit. Maison Bleue Le Bistrot more than delivered and deserves the hype. Maison Bleue Le Bistrot, 372 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh, EH10 5HS, 0131 447 0345,


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Roasted Spiced Diced Pumpkin, Thyme Cream A pumpkin’s not just for Halloween, it’s for everything. This delicious recipe from Mark Greenaway and Nairn's Oatcakes is a tasty appetiser for eight people.

HEALTH KICK Need yet another excuse to visit Edinburgh's five star Balmoral hotel? We have the perfect reason – to try the new Rocco Forte Nourish menu. Created in collaboration with worldrecord breaking adventurer Mark Beaumont, the menu includes smoothies and salads and will be available on the breakfast menu at Hadrian’s and The Balmoral Spa menu. Tel: 0131 556 2414, www.facebook. com/BalmoralEdinburgh.


INGREDIENTS Pumpkin ƒƒ A drizzle of rapeseed oil ƒƒ 200g pumpkin, diced ƒƒ 10g ginger, finely diced ƒƒ Sprinkle of cinnamon ƒƒ 1 bunch spring onions, thinly sliced ƒƒ 15g pumpkin seeds ƒƒ Sea salt

Thyme cream ƒƒ 120ml double cream ƒƒ Generous pinch of salt ƒƒ 1 heaped tsp thyme leaves

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180C and Heat the oil in an ovenproof pan. 2. Add the pumpkin and fry gently until lightly browned. 3. Season with some sea salt. Add the ginger, cinnamon, spring onion and pumpkin seeds. 4. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 4-5 minutes until the pumpkin is just tender but still holding its shape then remove the pan from the oven. 5. To make the Thyme cream whisk all ingredients together till they form soft peaks. 6. To assemble, top eight Nairn’s Oatcakes with the pumpkin and thyme cream. For more recipes visit



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Bespoke Bubbles Bespoke your bubbles at The Printing Press. Share a bottle with friends and enjoy a selection of seasonal fruit, passion fruit purée, peach purée, crème de cassis and Aperol. Choose from a bottle of Vaporetto Prosecco for £27 or indulge with a bottle of Besserat de Bellefon Grande Tradition Brut Champagne for £55. Available every day at The Printing Press. Call 0131 240 7177 or book online Find us: 21 - 25 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB


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SPOTLIGHT ON The Century Bar, Gleneagles Under new management and now with a swish new refurbishment, the main hotel bar at the luxurious The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire is looking mighty fine. Designed by David Collins Studio, the imposing room now has an art deco twist, opulent red velvet booths, dark wood furniture, grand bookcases and an imposing bar dominating the centre of the room. With large windows framing the picturesque landscape looking out at the rolling hills you can’t help but feel enveloped in the haute couture of design excellence. But of course the emphasis is on the food and drink, which they do rather well. The ‘First of the Season’ menu includes highlights such as the butter soft Highland venison skewers, Dijon mustard and red cabbage, £18, and the deliciously aged Angus burger, bone marrow, pulled beef, rarebit, accompanied with scrumptious pot of handmade chips, £24, burger. Tel: 0800 731 9219,

AFTERNOON DELIGHTS If you’re partial to an afternoon tea, the Fairmont St Andrews has just launched The Savoy Afternoon Tea to celebrate the hotel’s new look and the appointment of executive chef Frank Trepesch, former executive sous chef at The Savoy, London. Available from £25 per person, it includes hand cut finger sandwiches, home baked scones, afternoon pastries and cakes. Tel: 01334 837000,




hile we concede those Bavarians really know their stuff when it comes to beer, the Scottish brewing scene isn’t too shabby either. And unlike the official Oktoberfest beers, our local liquid golds aren’t restricted by the Bavarian Purity Requirements (only water, hops and barley can be used) meaning there are some seriously interesting flavour combinations out there. The following all pass the i-on suppability test. TEMPEST BREWING CO. RED EYE FLIGHT 7.4% Why choose between a coffee or a beer when you can have both in this Porter from Tempest Brewing Co. Designed and built in the Scottish Borders, Red Eye Flight sees Fazenda Pantano Brazilian coffee beans (from North Berwick coffee roasters Steampunk) gain intimate knowledge of Columbus hops to produce a dark as night, intense, rich chocolate Porter. CROMARTY BREWING CO. RED ROCKER 5% Cromarty’s tagline is ‘beer worth believing in’ and one sip of Red Rocker will have you singing hallelujah. A Red Rye based beer, liberally laced with American Hops during the boil and dry hopped after fermentation with more USA and New Zealand varieties, this is a real fruity character with a smooth bitterness, brewed to rock your senses to the edge. Since launching in 2011, this family-run brewery has been quietly building its roster of quality and characterful brews.



PILOT BEER ICED TEA ALE 5% Capturing the super refreshing nature of a big glass of iced tea, this great summer beer from Leith, Edinburgh, brewery Pilot is so wrong it’s right. Featuring Earl Grey and Scottish Breakfast tea with fresh lemongrass alongside Amarillo and Citra hops to give big fresh, citrus-y flavours alongside smoky and spicy notes, it may have traditionalists raising an eyebrow. ALECHEMY BREWING CITRA BURST 5.4% This father and son run Livingston brewery has the luxury of being able to create experimental beers on a whim, producing small quantities of seasonal, occasional and speciality beers that intrigue and delight beer drinkers who are looking for something a little bit different. In the past Alechemy has produced dark imperial stouts, high ABV pale ales, fruity saison beers, red Belgian ales and whiskey cask conditioned ales. But we’re loving Citra Burst, with its citrus loaded flavours giving a refreshing edge to the biscuity malt base. FYNE ALES MILLS & HILLS 9.5% Fyne Ales is a brewery not content to rest on its laurels and produces some fantastic seasonal brews and specials including Mills & Hills, a jet black imperial stout with a dark caramel coloured head, created in collaboration with De Molen brewery in The Netherlands. The aroma is of prunes and dark fruitcake with a smooth treacle like taste and a lasting warm bitter finish. It’s also Fyne Ales strongest beer to date – that 9.5% ABV wasn’t a typo. DRYGATE OUTASPACE APPLE ALE 4.7% With distinctive contemporary art based labelling, Drygate beers are hard to miss on the shelf but who would want to? With a quirky studio and a solid core line of brews, no one can criticise this Glasgow brewery for a lack of ambition. Case in point is Outaspace Apple Ale, an apple based fruit beer that shouldn't work but does. It’s a little on the sweet side but we still wouldn’t say no.




Three awesome jobs How’s your morning of responding to endless emails working out for you? If being tied to your desk is driving you doolally, read on. With the help of Floridatix, we’ve compiled a list of three of the most awesome jobs in the world.  

City living certainly has its benefits but a lack of green space to harvest can be a major downer for many. In steps a Canadian startup with a fairly ingenious solution; Grobo. It’s a smart glass grow box for nearly any plant you can think of; needing little more than water and some nutrients. The built in photon LEDs simulate a full day of sunlight while the plants are monitored automagically sending you real time updates to the smartphone app. Available to pre-order now from

ISLAND KEEPER Salary: £78,000 per annum. Location: Australia. Job requirements: Ever been tempted to apply for Castaway, Shipwrecked or Eden? All you need is a resourceful attitude and decent snorkelling skills. WATERSLIDE TESTER Salary: £20,000 per annum. Location: Dubai, Emirates. Job requirements: A thrillseeker with a head for heights and a stomach for travelling at high speeds. The ability to swim might come in useful too… ICE CREAM TASTER Salary: £41,000 per annum. Location: Italy. Job requirements: The ice cream world is serious business so you’re going to need a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science or Food Science. Applicants must also have healthy tastebuds (so no smokers please, you’ve fried yours). Read the full article online at


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SEVEN MAGICAL FACTS ABOUT... Walt Disney World This year marks 50 years since the passing of Walt Disney, the visionary behind the Disney World in Florida. By way of celebration, Kenwood Travel, has compiled some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the park.

7 1. Never noticed Disney employees wandering around? That’s because there are underground tunnels to allow staff to move from A to B. 2. Walt preferred to be called by his first name, which is why employees have badges with just their first name. 3. The delicious smelling streets are down to the vents which pump out scents like vanilla, at Christmas they change it to peppermint. 4. Kodak and Disney worked out that coloured concrete would reflect light in a way which would create vivid and attractive photographs. 5. Disney World is 30,500 acres in size, making it about the same size as San Francisco. 6. Toy Story characters used to drop to the ground when guest yelled, "Andy's coming!" but the practice has beed discontinued for safety reasons. 7. If you head to Tom Sawyers Island, watch out for a paintbrush hidden on the ground. It’ll get you free fast track passes for a ride. Find the full list of facts at


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