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Wow, 2019 has been crazy. In December I met Isla, who you’ll all know as the founder of Opulence. She’s been offered the most amazing position in Melbourne and is currently living it up in the Aussie Autumn! Don’t worry - she’s still hands on with Opulence, and we’ll all be hearing a little bit about her adventures in every issue. Not so much that we make ourselves too jealous though!
EDITORS NOTE EDITORS PICKS Busy… Learning the Opulence ropes! Reading… What Would the Spice Girls Do? by Lauren Bravo Saving Up For… Some fabulous Covet accessories to spring-up my winter wardrobe Obsessed With… My to-do blackboard and fresh flowers Cooking… Anything Burmese!
I’m so incredibly excited to be given the chance to get involved with her creation, Opulence, as her new Editor. There’s a running joke between the two of us that we’re the same person. People mistake my ‘phone voice’ for hers, we drive the same car, we both wear leopard print 90% of the time, we drink the same way (long story)... We’re similar in our approach to the magazine, too. You can expect the same personality-led and readable content that represents the vibrant and elegant city of Edinburgh, just with my own little twist on some things. This Spring, we’re introducing our regular writers. From cooking to interiors, photography to ﬁtness, mindfulness to dining, we’ve got some fabulous voices sharing their seasonal thoughts and tips. We recently held our Meet the Editor Party at the gorgeous Tigerlily, and we’re letting you into that evening in this issue! We have some amazing restaurants like Condita and Paul Tamburrini to warm up the not-quite-Spring evenings, and some skin, hair and fashion tips for ridding the
Winter woes. Plus, Daniel Killeen lets us into his studio where he handmakes silver jewellery for men. I can’t wait for you all to read my ﬁrst issue. It’s been an exciting and challenging chapter so far, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes us. Naomi and the Opulence team X
A NOTE FROM DOWN UNDER... Melbourne is living up to the hype of being one of the world’s most liveable cities. First of all, I need to tell you about the brunches! Smashed avocado on toast is a thing of the past here, instead think baked eggs with scallops or pulled pork Benedict with Kimchi hollandaise. There really are no boundaries. Melbourne is super colourful, every corner you turn there is something funky, from cafés, street art, night markets, boutiques and more. Fitzroy, an inner-city suburb, is especially packed with personality, charm and creativity. I still have lots to explore and look forward to sharing it with you all. Melbourne so far: epic coffee, extravagant brunch and sunshine. Rest assured, Edinburgh still has my heart. Catch up soon, love Isla
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THE SOURCE OF GREAT SKIN
Jake van’t Hoff THE QUARTER-FINAL IS COMING!
Edinburgh Rugby Talk Through The Next Big Match OPEN HOUR WITH DR NESTOR
GETTING YOU BACK
MINDFULNESS FOR BUSY PEOPLE
Jojo Fraser THE CALL OF THE CUSHIEDOO REACHES THE ISLE OF HARRIS
The Perfect G&T… OUR MEET THE EDITOR PARTY!
Get the perfect picture 12 STEPS AROUND EDINBURGH
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HELP YOUR HAIR BOUNCE BACK FROM WINTER Winter wreaks havoc on our hair, leaving it brittle, dry and straggly. Spring comes around (ﬁnally!) and while the ﬂowers in the Meadows and Princes Street Gardens start blooming immediately, it might take a little longer for your hair to fully adjust. In our search for bouncy, healthy hair, we got some tips from Neil Barton and Simon Hill...
Neil Barton GOLDWELL AMBASSADOR & OWNER OF NEIL BARTON HAIRDRESSING
TIP 1: Invest in moisturising hair care products! Moisturising shampoos and conditioners are great for keeping hair hydrated at all times, as well as treatment masks which will provide dry hair with the nourishment it needs. Leave in conditioners are also particularly great to get hair feeling super soft and healthy. I always recommend the KMS Moisture Repair Revival Cream, a leave in conditioner that is light and weightless. TIP 2: Avoid being too rough when towel drying and brushing your hair. When brushing, always be gentle (especially when your hair is wet and most prone to breakage) and use a comb or brush designed to gently detangle wet hair. I’d also recommend using a natural hairbrush as opposed to a synthetic bristle brush, as this will create a glossy ﬁnish. Natural bristles will redistribute your natural hair oils, leaving your hair in much better condition and super touchable and swishy.
Simon Hill OWNER OF SESH HAIRDRESSING
TIP 1: I always recommend a good trim at the end of the winter season to get rid of split, damaged ends. Ask your stylist’s advice on how much you should have cut off to avoid further damage and try not to hang on to long hair that is not in good condition. TIP 2: Treat yourself to a nourishing treatment to restore hydration levels, at SESH we love the System Professional Luxe Oil Keratin Restore Treatment to leave your hair feeling super silky and smooth. It is crucial that you follow this up at home with a great hair care routine too and incorporate a nourishing mask once a week to maintain that healthy condition between salon visits. TIP 3: Take a few days off your heated styling tools per week to avoid causing further damage. Instead, get creative with up-do’s or try braiding your hair when it’s damp at bedtime to wake up to beachy waves. 8
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Meet the Regulars Here at Opulence, we’re all about people and readable content. For such a small city, we are absolutely chock-full of independent voices, artists and business-people. To celebrate that, we’ve brought together a fabulous team of regular contributors, hand-picked to share expert knowledge and perspectives on all things lifestyle. Our new team is a perfect cross-section of a community working hard at what they love, and we’re delighted to give you a chance to hear their voices.
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Barry is one of Scotland’s leading private chefs. Working at the head of a dynamic event catering ﬁrm, Cater by Barry Bryson (Cater Edinburgh), he can be found producing culinary creations for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, catering for some of Scotland’s ﬁnest dining rooms, and being a private chef for UK celebs. Now, he’s slipping Opulence readers the top tips that he learns along the way…
As passionate about Edinburgh as she is about food, Erica loves nothing more than ﬁnding the next big things and hidden gems of the Edinburgh scene. From a quick coffee to a threecourse meal, she tests out the city’s latest ﬂavours to let us know where it’s worth splashing our cash.
Nikki is the eye behind Westholme Property and Westholme Interiors, sourcing the most gorgeous interior pieces alongside her husband Mark. Renowned on social media for her distinctive design style and one of a kind personality, Nikki brings us the best of her home to ours.
MEET THE REGULARS
Naomi Prakash I’ve always had a love for the written word. Starting as a bookworm child, becoming an aspiring writer and now a recent graduate of English Literature and Philosophy at The University of Edinburgh, I have always found great romanticism in literature. After graduation, I worked in PR in London before meeting Isla, the founder of Opulence. I will never stop thanking her for giving me my start in publishing!
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Jake van’t Hoff
Jacob van’t Hoff is a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, originally from Newcastle and now in love with his new home, the beautiful city of Edinburgh. A self-confessed nerd when it comes to nutrition and ﬁtness, he offers some much-needed nutritional balance after Barry and Erica led you to gluttony! Beyond ﬁtness, he’s obsessed with food, rugby and is a representative for Mental Health Muscle, an organisation that supports mental health through ﬁtness.
Jojo Fraser is an Edinburgh-based author, blogger, podcaster and motivational speaker. Jojo is a force of nature when it comes to inspiring others with her uncut talks and articles on our well-being and mental health. Her mission is to help people get their mojo back.
Our regular piece, CrowdED, is one of our most talked-about pages. With an eye for fashion and the ability to charm strangers into an on-street photo shoot, Kwaku is bringing us the best in local Edinburgh fashion, focusing on personal quirks and individual stories.
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Spring in Scotland is tricky: one day can be a heatwave, the next can be icy... And most days are grey! We want to be warm, comfortable, but also inject some summer fun into our daily wear. Luckily, the girls at Covet are on hand to help us jazz up our winter wardrobes just in time for the transition into Spring. 4.
This clutch can take you straight from the office to cocktails (or, if you’re lucky, the beach bar). The bright, bold pattern will make you feel sunnier just by looking at it.
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Gold & Sapphire Earrings with Turquoise - Real Stones & Real Gold, £125 Covet Metallic Navy Edinburgh Bag, £185 Paulin Orange Watch, Glasgow Designer, £180 Anna Somerville for Covet, Aurora Art Scarf, 100% Fine Wool, £69 Milan Bag in Yellow, £289 Pippa Clutch, Portuguese Woven Fabric, £89 Lolita bracelet, £60
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DK Silver: EDINBURGH-BASED ARTIST BRINGING SCOTTISH FLAIR TO THE MALE JEWELLERY SCENE
Daniel Killeen is an artisan creating Scottish silver jewellery for men. Designed to blend power with elegance, his aesthetic is strong, simple and reﬁned. He has always surrounded himself with art. While his jewellery line is now his sole outpour of creativity, he has had numerous ﬂings with other crafts, including making gold leaf glass bowls and a published illustrative book based on his few years spent living in Shetland. 14
DK Silver, by Daniel Killeen, is an Edinburgh-based jewellery brand that draws inspiration from the wild and untamed Scottish Highlands. Taking reference from mythical and historic tales, Daniel creates strong and smooth silver jewellery reminiscent of the craftwork of the Picts, who lived in Eastern and Northern Scotland during the Late Iron Age and Early Medieval periods. Taking age-old craftmanship and blending it with contemporary design, his work infuses modern and traditional techniques that shine through in his bespoke pieces of jewellery. He has been a working artist for over ten years, but had always worked in other jobs at the same time. Recently, however, he has been able to commit himself to silversmithing full-time, and has set up shop in the famous Coburg House Studios. It’s a studio space he’s lucky to have: not only is he involved in the running of the Coburg Gallery, but he has somehow managed to get along with all his neighbouring artists, despite hammering and moulding silver at all hours! His process is both thrilling and calming to watch, the pure silver is taken through multiple
stages to ensure the perfect shape, colour and shine. Daniel has recently partnered with Eight Yards. Experts in providing kilts and Scottish accessories, Eight Yards is the perfect pairing for Daniel. Both brands are deﬁned by their Scottish ﬂair and innovative design, while remaining true to classic masculine design. Eight Yards hosted Daniel’s ﬁrst live jewellery event, where guests were able to fully immerse themselves in the design process. Helping guests to mould, embellish and heat silver, culminating in his classic-style cuff, Daniel was thrilled to be able to share his passion for independent jewellery creation. DK Silver is created with the modern man in mind – businessmen, travellers, adventurers. Men who wear Daniel’s cuffs often remark that they haven’t previously worn much jewellery, due to the lack of simple, strong and striking pieces available. His goal is to reﬂect a modern life: simple and clean jewellery that is easy to wear in hectic and non-stop days, enhancing conﬁdent masculinity using meticulous craft and understated style.
Daniel’s jewellery pieces are available online through his own website, and at Eight Yards. He often welcomes visitors at Coburg House Studios. Photo Credit: Connor McEwan dksilver.uk 15
AMARANTHINE Sarah Rueger believes that skincare should be a self-care ritual. Small, independent and Edinburgh-based, her start-up Amaranthine is amassing fans all over the country. A growing force on Instagram, Amaranthine is often featured in the Scottish blogging scene for its stripped back and luxurious approach to skincare.
The company is rooted in the following principles: Provenance: Their products are 100% natural and preservativefree. Ingredients are raw and unreﬁned, which means they retain all their amazing nutrients. Sustainability: Amaranthine sources their ingredients mindfully. Many are fair trade and from organic sources. Every product is Certiﬁed Palm Oil Free – Amaranthine’s the ﬁrst skincare company in the world to receive this certiﬁcation.
A Sit Down with Sarah... Your favourite thing about Amaranthine is… It’s hard to choose... I love the creative process of making all the products by hand, and knowing that our products are helping so many different women with different skin problems. Getting feedback on how our products are really making a difference is the most amazing feeling!
Starting a business was… Exciting! A steep learning curve. It’s really hard to switch off though, I’m constantly thinking about the business, even when I’m supposed to be relaxing! I love it though - having my own skincare brand is a dream come true. If you had to pick a favourite... The face oil my favourite - it’s our signature product. It was the ﬁrst product I launched and it’s become our bestseller so it’s a ﬁrm customer favourite too!
Aromatherapy: The essential oils are chosen both for their skin beneﬁts and for the positive effect they can have on the mind. It’s a brand built on the belief that skincare should be a ritual to look forward to, some time-out from a busy day to indulge in some ‘me-time’.
Let’s Talk About Sex… Sex is an integral part of life, love and relationships, yet we still find it a taboo topic to discuss. Why is that?
We are bombarded with a myriad of messages surrounding sex, which can skew our individual view of sexuality. From pornography to mainstream media, there’s an endless array of images and idealised versions of what sex should look like and how genders should behave. Sex education in our formative years, with its morally acceptable approach, often focused on the basic functionality and practicalities of sex. It did little to address the importance of the role of intimacy in sexual relationships, let alone equipping us for the difﬁculties or nuances we might face. The truth is that everybody is different, so every relationship is different. It’s important to have a conﬁdent and healthy awareness of your own sexuality and to express yourself sexually, especially if you ever experience difﬁculties or want to improve your sexual relationships. Sex and Relationship Therapy offers a healthy way of approaching this.
What is Sex and Relationship Therapy? Sex and Relationship Therapy is a specialist psycho-sexual therapeutic method, addressing the biological, psychological and social impact on your sexuality and relationships. It provides a safe and comfortable place for you to explore your sexual relationships and levels of intimacy, in order to reframe what sex means to you.
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Let’s Talk About Sex…
“ Sexual Difﬁculties
Sexual difﬁculties can occur at any stage of life and it is important to feel conﬁdent in seeking help. It can feel uncomfortable and awkward to talk about painful sex, or erectile and ejaculation issues, but they are incredibly common issues.
Feeling conﬁdent to express your sexual and intimacy needs is a key element to a healthy sex life.
Throughout life we go through a wide range of physiological changes. Ageing, childbirth, menopause, increasingly stressful lifestyles and illness. Things that once worked sexually change over time. In such circumstances, it is common to assume that sex is no longer going to be enjoyable or accessible, but that is not the case. Sex and Relationship Therapy can help you work through and understand these difﬁculties.
Feeling conﬁdent to express your sexual and intimacy needs is a key element to a healthy sex life. However, when sexual relationships become skewed, it can be an awkward conversation to have with your partner. The longer you avoid the conversation, the more fractured your relationship becomes and loss of libido can occur.
Sex and Relationship Therapy can be accessed individually or as a couple – allowing a healthy dialogue around your sex life to help strengthen your relationship.
West End Therapy 1 St Colme Street, Edinburgh EH3 6AA 07784 613239 email@example.com www.westendtherapycentre.co.uk 18
The Source OF GREAT SKIN
The right advice and knowledge can help treat the problem with less aggravation for the skin.
Julie Brown has been in the Beauty & Aesthetic industry for 13 years, working in some of Edinburgh’s top salons and clinics. She was nominated for Therapist of The Year UK in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and has treated a number of celebrity clients. She’s now ready to open her own business, The Source Clinic, offering results-driven procedures in a luxurious and welcoming environment. Tell us about The Source Clinic! We wanted to create a welcoming environment and build a community with our clients. We encourage skin conﬁdence and want every person to feel the best version of themselves. We offer simple and tailored consultations to empower you with positive skin attitudes and knowledge.
What's your favourite thing about your job? I love building relationships with clients and helping them feel conﬁdent and happy in their skin. There’s nothing better than a client coming in to see you delighted with the results they have achieved with you on their skin journey. It’s the part I’ve missed most while working in management, and I’m super excited to get back to being hands-on full time!
Do you do treatments for men? Yes! All our treatments are unisex and when it comes to speciﬁc skin concerns, or general anti-age, it can affect anyone and everyone. A lot of teenagers and men suffer from acne
and don’t know where to turn to for help. If left without treatment, this can lead to deeper and more visible scarring. The right advice and knowledge can help treat the problem with less aggravation for the skin. I’m also asked a lot about anti-ageing by men, something which is now a much more common concern. I ﬁnd active facials with immediate but long-lasting results are what these clients are looking for – such as peels, hydradermabrasion or laser.
My winter skin is isn't ready for Spring! What can I do? 100% Hydrafacial! It’s a 6-step facial which can be tailored for each individual. It uses hydra-dermabrasion to remove the remainder of the rougher winter skin while pushing antioxidants into the skin to replenish cells and protect against free radicals. We then use a peel to brighten the skin before a hyaluronic treatment to hydrate followed by LED light therapy to strengthen and repair the skin. We ﬁnish of course with an SPF to protect the skin, leaving you Spring ready!
Opening April 2019 The Source Clinic 20 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DA www.thesourceclinic.com
SUGAR ISN’T MAKING YOU FAT AND NEITHER IS ANY OTHER FOOD It’s human nature to want to have something to blame when things don’t go to plan, and the media knows this. When it comes to nutrition and getting in shape, we point to a food group or excuse to explain why we have gained weight or struggle to lose it. Currently that villain seems to be sugar, speciﬁcally added sugar, when in the past it was fats, saturated fats, gluten or chemicals. Subsequently many people have cut down on these food groups. In fact, consumption of sugar has reduced over the last 15 years. Meanwhile, obesity in the UK has risen from 15% to 26% of people being obese in the same period. Whilst encouraging people to reduce their consumption of added sugars, saturated fats and chemicals in their food is certainly not a bad idea, this fails to address the root issue of why obesity rates are increasing. Obesity rates are rising because we eat far too many calories and we don’t move enough. Most of us drive or take public transport pretty much everywhere we go (my bank balance hates uber!). We sit at a desk most of the day and our social lives revolve around eating and drinking. Of course, the other reason why we now consume too many calories, relative to how many we burn, is due to the abundance of hyperpalatable foods. Hyperpalatable foods are those which are very easy to eat, very tasty and most importantly aren’t satiating (ﬁlling) relative to their calorie intake. These are the foods that people point to when blaming sugar for fat gain, such as ice cream, cookies, cake, etc. However when you look into what these foods are made up of, it is actually fat and sugar - not pure sugar. From my experience of working with clients, the most effective method of fat loss is to focus on sustainable exercise which they enjoy (or at least don’t hate!), coupled with a reduction in calories, without cutting food 20
groups or speciﬁc foods. Crucially this is a sustainable approach, and it’s easier to adjust in order to maintain that fat loss over the long term. Science backs up this view: Schaumberg et al. (2016) found a rigid approach to dieting was correlated with less weight loss, more body image issues and more eating disorder tendencies. I believe avoiding demonising any speciﬁc foods or food groups can help to avoid eating disorders such as binge eating and orthorexia (clean eating disorder). Rather, focusing on diet adherence with an awareness of how many calories you are eating relative to your goal is the winning formula to long term fat loss.
Fit Tips! 1. Switch out ice cream for reduced calorie and high protein alternatives like Halo Top 2. Get away from the pizza takeaway app and make a homemade tortilla version instead 3. Say no to dough(nuts)... Grab some seasonal fresh fruit instead JVH Fitness Contact me about nutrition and personal training at Jacob@jvh-fitness.com
THE QUARTER-FINAL IS COMING…
Edinburgh v Munster Saturday 30 March, 12.45pm BT Murrayfield Edinburgh Rugby’s biggest game of the season comes to BT Murrayfield on Saturday 30 March as they take on Irish giants, Munster, in the quarter-final of the Heineken Champions Cup. The highly anticipated knock-out match sees Richard Cockerill’s squad take on the Irish powerhouse in the capital side’s ﬁrst home Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final in seven years. Having topped a pool featuring French titans RC Toulon and Montpellier, as well as English Premiership side Newcastle Falcons, Edinburgh will be hoping to defend their 100% home record when Munster come calling. The capital side achieved a record attendance in 2012 when over 37,000 supporters cheered on Edinburgh to a famous quarter-ﬁnal victory over four-times European champions Toulouse. With supporter fan zones, an indoor clubhouse and lots of matchday activities among the rugby action, there’s something for everyone. So don’t miss out on a great event – get the gang together and support your city on the big stage! Visit edinburghrugby.org to book your tickets today 21
Open Hour WITH DR NESTOR
It’s great when you can make people feel better about themselves. By helping to restore what they’ve lost
Above: Treatment Room Top: Dr Nestor’s Medical & Cosmetic Centre Left: Dr Nestor
Dr Nestor’s Medical & Cosmetic Centre has seen exceptional growth over just three years. With such strong success and an exhaustive collection of ﬁve-star reviews, we wanted to get to know the man behind the brand. Dr Nestor is an international speaker, renowned author and one of Scotland’s more experienced, award-winning Cosmetic Doctors. A Greek Cypriot, born in South Africa and raised in the USA, we wanted to ﬁnd out what led him to Edinburgh, and to aesthetic medicine.
What do you love most about your job?
Do you have a ﬁve-year plan?
It’s great when you can make people feel better about themselves. By helping to restore what they’ve lost, we’re helping them feel better and therefore improving their quality of life. The way my brain works is that “there’s a mechanical problem, so how do we ﬁx it?". Restoring volume, improving the jawline, addressing lines and sagginess in a non-surgical way helps to lift, contour and redeﬁne. There’s a great deal of responsibility in it too. People can be overly critical of themselves, so we sometimes need to hold a mirror up and explain that they’re seeing something that no one else can. This in itself can be very powerful as this can help people realise that actually, they are being critical of themselves and are looking great. I’ll happily turn away patients who I don't think need treatment – I think it’s causing harm if you’re doing something that’s unnecessary. When people come in, they’re at their most vulnerable, and I can’t take advantage of that.
I want to continue expanding the clinic – we’ve already established a strong Skin Health and Women’s Health Department, and our next big venture this year is going to be introducing a doctor-led weight loss program to promote healthy lifestyle.
Can you think of any especially rewarding work that you’ve done? I’ve helped several patients suffering with Bell’s Palsy, which causes one side of their face to droop. While most cases go away by themselves within a year, a few can experience lifelong effects. So, I restored some of the facial symmetry non-surgically, helping to drastically improve the patients’ self-conﬁdence. It’s a lovely thing to be able to do, to make that kind of difference to someone’s life. Who we are is very much tied into what we look like – there is of course more to us than what we look like, but outward appearance is all we have for a ﬁrst impression. We all want to feel conﬁdent in what we present to the world, and my work helps people to do that.
There are many things that I hope to achieve in the next ﬁve years, both personally and professionally, so I look forward to seeing what the future brings me. I get a real buzz out of all the amazing things I get to do – treating patients, travelling to conferences, giving talks and of course learning from colleagues, mentors, personal heroes – I hope to continue doing all of these incredible things along the way and dedicate myself to them as much as I possibly can. What do you have coming up? This summer, the clinic team are collectively taking part in Tough Mudder. We reached out to our patients to ask what charity we should raise money for, and a patient’s father got in touch to request we raise money for Melanoma UK, as his daughter had sadly developed melanoma and passed away last April. She had completed Tough Mudder three times so we thought it would be a great way to honour her memory too. The whole clinic has been signed up, so they’ve all started training – some like it more than others, but I’m excited! What do you do in your spare time? What spare time?! At the moment, I'm juggling a Master's degree in Aesthetic Medicine, teaching for 2 pharmaceutical companies, expanding the clinic, seeing patients from 9am to 8pm and also doing a fortnightly clinic on Harley St. I'm not complaining, I love all of it! So, sleep – in my spare time, I sleep.
Dr Nestor’s Medical & Cosmetic Centre 53 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6RS 0131 467 1450 www.drnestor.co.uk 23
Getting ‘YOU’ Back WITH LAURA BENNETT
Laura Bennett’s true passion is providing nipple and areola medical tattoos for women who have been through mastectomies and other breast surgeries, helping women to restore their confidence in their femininity. Laura runs a business offering permanent cosmetics and para-medical tattooing. She initially trained with Karen Betts and her team at Nouveau Contour, and has continued to train to an advanced level, becoming one of only a handful of platinum-level artists in the UK. She provides a range of services including brows, eyeliner and lip tattooing. However, Laura’s true passion is in the medical side of her work, primarily in 3D nipple areola complex tattooing following reconstructive surgery or augmentation. She takes great pride in helping women restore and rediscover their conﬁdence and self-esteem through medical tattooing. Her patients cope with alopecia, cancer, surgical scarring, vitiligo and other conditions that have an impact on their appearance, and her experience in medical tattooing can help provide a solution. Women can require nipple and areola tattooing for multiple reasons. Following mastectomies and breast reductions, the areolae may be left uneven, misplaced, discoloured or asymmetrical. Some surgical procedures can even leave the breast without an areolae, or even a nipple at all.
Photo Credit: Jim Payne
The aim is to create a detailed and realistic nipple. This can be done on an entirely ﬂat surface, creating an illusion of being 3D and is often the very last stage of a long and difﬁcult journey for my clients. I have been running a monthly breast clinic offering this treatment to breast cancer survivors and clients who have had risk reducing mastectomies as BRCA gene carriers. This is something I’ve done mostly free of charge, but I’m limited to 1 or 2 clients a month and would really like to be in a position to provide this service either through private medical care or through charitable funding.
Laura is based just outside of Edinburgh, offering her expertise to clients across the city centre and beyond. Laura Bennett Permanent Cosmetics Dalgety Bay Business Centre, Cochrane Way, Dalgety Bay KY11 9JN 07565 531977 Facebook: @LBPermanentCosmetics www.laurabennettcosmetics.com 24
One of her latest clients spoke about her experience: "Laura is amazing. From the start of my 3D nipple areola complex tattooing (bilateral) she made me feel at ease. I was feeling emotional and nervous – she took all that away and made me feel so comfortable. Laura, I really can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me today, giving me ‘a bit of me’ back. Thank you!”
Hi, my name is Jojo and I’m a recovering workaholic.
Mindfulness FOR BUSY PEOPLE
They say that when you launch a business it’s a lot like a plane. The take off stage is intense. You need to put the hard graft in and build momentum. With our fast-paced lives, it can be hard to then take our foot off the gas. Whilst it’s great for our mental health to have goals and a sense of purpose, I recently discovered that it’s vital we have strategies in place to deal with the urge to be constantly busy. The warning sign for me was when my mind was racing in the night, dreaming about work. I was writing books, planning podcasts and keynote presentations in my sleep. The creative side of my brain was in overdrive. I was starting to skip my exercise sessions, despite publishing articles about ﬁtness and movement being essential for our mental health. Finding balance is key for our mental and physical health. This in turn allows us to be more compassionate with other people, and ourselves. We appreciate the moments, knowing
that the days are ﬂeeting and precious. I promised myself I would take more time to prioritise self-care this year. I would work smarter, not harder. I’ve been enjoying practising mindfulness and learning how to quieten down my racing mind. Our minds are a lot like a puppy that needs trained. There are lots of things we can do to slow down the mind, be that through breathing, meditation and practising daily gratitude. There will always be more tasks, more goals and more places to rush to. My ask of you this month is that you go easy on yourself. When you are tempted to sprint on autopilot, why not walk a bit more and smell the roses.
Jojo Fraser is an author, motivational speaker and podcaster. Find her @jojofrasermojo www.mummyjojo.com
Our minds are a lot like a puppy that needs trained.
THE CALL OF THE CUSHIEDOO REACHES THE ISLE OF HARRIS Cushiedoos is a quirky and cheeky tonic water about to celebrate its first birthday. Created by Andrew Ligertwood, Cushiedoos is all natural, boasting no quinine and less sugar than the market leader. Harris Gin is a national treasure, providing jobs and a patriotic product to the Isle of Harris with a healthy dose of elegance and intrigue. Together, they make the perfect Scottish G&T. Enamoured with everything Scottish during a Highlands trip, Andrew Ligertwood ordered a gin and tonic in a Scots-themed restaurant. The tonic that arrived in front of him was distinctly not Scottish, and cast Andrew into despair over the lack of a patriotic alternative. Hence Cushiedoos was born, with aspirations of locally sourced ingredients and the smallest carbon footprint possible. Made with natural Cairngorm mountain water, Scottish heather, silver birch, yellow gentian and wormwood, the new tonic on the block contains no quinine, no artiﬁcial ingredients and 24% less sugar than the market leader.
nine carefully chosen botanicals, picked out to represent the elements of the island. The most crucial is sugar kelp: infusing the gin with the spirit (and subtle taste) of the ocean that is so integral to the spirit of Harris. Harvested by a single local diver from the underwater forests, the sugar kelp is also used as ﬂecks in the labels, along with copper leaf, making it near impossible to ﬁnd any two alike. The bottle, with grooves like waves, captures this serene soul of the spirit. The distillery is proud to provide jobs to the islanders, creating a community from the drink that captures their home so romantically.
The result is smooth, fresh and clean. Smooth enough to drink on its own and successful in converting gin-andlemonade loyalists, Andrew has hit a surprising market in designated drivers and tonic-doubters. G&T experts (or at least those who have a couple a week) appreciate the gentler, less acidic taste for complimenting a gin’s complexities and subtleties.
While the two brands have partnered together at multiple events, they have retained separate identities while intertwining their stories. Both have focused on creating a strong Scottish product using beautiful Scottish ingredients. After all, ‘Cushiedoo’ is the Scottish word for a wood pigeon, famous for mating for life. So it’s not just a great bottle of tonic – it’s the perfect match for Harris Gin.
Natural and sea-inspired, the delicate taste proﬁle of Harris Gin beneﬁts from the mellowness of Cushiedoos. Every drop of Harris Gin is made in Tarbert from 26
Facebook & Instagram @cushiedoos www.cushiedoos.com www.harrisdistillery.com
Meet the Editor Party! The second #opulentpartyâ€Ś
You might remember our launch party, held at the Edinburgh Grand Penthouse and covered in our Winter issue. Well, we decided that one party wasnâ€™t enough, so we got planning on a second. Hosted by the beautiful Tigerlily and with some help from amazing drinks companies, we got to celebrating a year of Opulence and all the exciting changes on the way in 2019. Below: Isla and Naomi
Above: The Veeno Wine Stall Below: Mark and Nikki Brown
Above: Erica and her partner Left: Harriette and Laura Below: Laura, James, Alison, Casey
Top: Gordon and the Magnum Stand Above: Michael and Samantha
We were in the mood for a party. Luckily, we had a pretty good excuse. There’s been a lot going on at Opulence recently. Our founder, Isla, has just moved to Australia! Fear not – her creation is still very much in her hands, and she remains Financial Director. Fortunately for me, she needed a new Editor to take her place. So we thought: what better way to bid Isla a fond farewell (for now) and to introduce me than to throw a party?
guests into the magical surroundings of The Green Room, where glittering fairy lights and immersive greenery make you feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical jungle. This led into The Sitting Room, with a majestic marble ﬁreplace and luxurious armchairs. The venue was perfect – large enough to hold all of our guests, but with such a cosy atmosphere that everyone felt immediately relaxed and ready to enjoy the evening.
I felt so lucky to be able to host the event at Tigerlily. From beginning to end, they went above and beyond in helping us put on a night ﬁt for all our loyal Opulence supporters, friends and family. The fabulous Jo ushered
Dotted throughout were our wonderful bars, all with their unique (and delicious!) drinks. Bellﬁeld Brewery took care of the all important beers, with their gluten free and innovative approach to brewing. They also provided
light-up pens, which ended up being the surprise hit – in fact, they were gone before the beers! Andrew paired his Cushiedoos tonic with Harris Gin, and it even turned out to be a favourite by itself for the drivers. Magnum cream liqueur brought the Scottish ﬂair with their tartan hat bottle tops, and the whisky-based cream drink was thoroughly lapped up by even the most whisky-averse guests. Veeno brought a full spread, with some absolutely delicious Italian biscuits to compliment their wines. I didn’t feel too guilty snacking on them, because Veeno’s Zero white wine has less calories in a bottle than an apple – my favourite fact to pass on during the evening! Tigerlily provided some amazing canapes, just in time to soak up all the alcohol!
OPULENCE Left: Sarah and Sarah-Jane Top: Ruth and Anna Bottom: Katy, Mercedes, Christina
Above Left: Daniel and James Above Right: Silvia and Fiona Right: Bellfield Beers
It was an evening full of food, drinks, music and laughter. I was so excited and honoured to be surrounded by all the people who helped Isla make Opulence such a success in its ﬁrst year. I’m truly in awe of the work she has put in, and so meeting everyone who helped support her through it was just fabulous. Business owners, bloggers, artists… There were so many talented and interesting people to speak to. I only wish we had even more time! I’m so glad that people had a chance to wish Isla good luck on her move in person, too. It was heartwarming to be able to celebrate her and her future endeavours with her family and friends. Here’s to the future of Opulence!
WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU… Tigerlily Bellﬁeld Brewery Cushiedoos Tonic Isle of Harris Distillery Magnum Cream Liqueur Main Image: Veeno’s Zero White Wine From Top: Isla, Andrew and Naomi Tom and James Richard, Caoilfhionn and Gary
Veeno Photo credit: Connor McEwan
CrowdED Interviews on the streets of Edinburgh Andrew. “I’m 44 years old and I am a full-time father of four, middle-aged bore and semi-retired from the Scottish legal industry. My favourite thing about Edinburgh is the heritage of the city. There’s a story behind every area, street, every building. I also like the fact it’s overrun with coffee shops! My style icon would be much of Steve McQueen, a bit of Tom Hardy and a pinch of Zac Efron, though my musical icon has to be 1990’s Bowie, or Murdoc From Gorillaz. I don’t have a favourite saying, but I like the quote from True Detective that “time is a ﬂat circle”. I do ﬁnd myself saying “put the bloody phone down” an awful lot these days (I have teenagers)!” Kwaku is a freelance photographer from London living in Edinburgh. He works with bloggers and loves portrait, editorial and ﬁne art photography.
Instagram: @kwa.k.u Kwaku.myportfolio.com
MOST INSTAGRAM-ABLE LOCATIONS IN EDINBURGH! Words: Talia Littlewood
As a local living in Edinburgh, there’s great accessibility to many locations, from new bars and great streets, to outdoor attractions within and around the city. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting Edinburgh spaces to visit for that perfect pic this coming springtime. THE VENNEL Photo: @KKLAND A laneway leading down to Grassmarket, The Vennel in springtime is a great location for bloggers, tourists and locals alike. JUPITER ARTLAND, WILKIESTON Photo: @thequietresolution Described as, “A private collection of contemporary art open to the public orbiting Edinburgh”. A trip to Jupiter Artland will not only be an educational insight into the city’s contemporary art scene, but also a beautiful place to explore this Springtime. DR NEIL’S GARDEN, DUDDINGSTON VILLAGE Photo: @whitneywanders_ On the outskirts of the city lies a natural hidden gem. Dr Neil’s Garden boasts a range of spectacular views and has been known previously as “Edinburgh’s Secret Garden”. Open seven days and free of charge, the only problem you’ll have is too many pictures to post. CHESSEL’S COURT, CANONGATE Photo: @gisforgeorgina This hidden gem is a Springtime snap space. Not known to the masses, this is a great place to leave the buzz of Canongate, sip a coffee and enjoy the blossoming ﬂowers! DEAN VILLAGE Photo: @keelymcdonough Off the very beaten tourist track, Dean Village transports you back to the 19th Century, giving a whimsical and fairytale-like feel to the busy Scottish city. Just 10 minutes away from Princes Street, the Water of Leith ﬂows scenically through the village. A great place for a springtime walk. 32
FOOD & DRINK
AROUND EDINBURGH WITH @FOODINBURGH
This Spring, Erica of @foodinburgh traces Edinburgh’s food scene in twelve steps. From brunch to evening drinks, we’ll sort you out with some decadent, indulgent pit stops guaranteed to make your day a little more delicious.
I’ve been a fan of food for 36 years (yes, I’m 36!), and started my food blog to celebrate the amazing restaurants, bars and cafés that I’ve found along the way. I’ve discovered a good few gems since then, so I’m looking forward to taking you on a voyage of discovery on what to try and where to visit in and around Edinburgh.
Our journey this Spring begins in Leith at Ostara (52 Coburg St), which came second in my top ten food experiences last year. This little cafe is hidden away, but it’s worth seeking out. They play great music and the chilled out vibes make it the perfect place to escape for a bit. I recommend the Mushroom Baked Egg, plus a slab of the Mocha Cake for dessert. If you can’t ﬁt it in, take it home with you!
Next stop was top spot on that same list, The Pompadour (The Caledonian). I recommend attending one of the special tasting events hosted by Head Chef, Dan Ashmore. I’ve attended a trufﬂe dinner and a wine-tasting dinner and both were incredible occasions, with some of the best food I’ve had anywhere. The palatial Victorian dining room is sheer opulence too.
Above: Ostara Right: The Pompadour
FOOD & DRINK
Above from Left: Galvin Brasserie, Raging Bull, Martin Wishart Cook School, Gautam’s Below: Yamato Bottom: Chop House
A short walk from The Pompadour, towards the top of Lothian Road, is a new bar called The Raging Bull (161 Lothian Road). They’ve cottoned on to the current trend of caffeinated cocktails and have created a cocktail menu that does several twists on the popular Espresso Martini. I recommend the Noche Dulce, featuring hazelnut liqueur and a topping of whipped cream. At £6.50 you can afford to stay for a few. A stone’s throw from The Raging Bull is our next stop, Yamato (11 Lochrin Terrace) – a very smart Japanese Sushi restaurant (named after the ﬂagship of the wartime Imperial Japanese Navy). Yamato is the ﬁne dining version of sushi, with everything delivered with extreme care and precision. Things you should try while you’re there: Yuzu Saki and Grilled Scallop Ngiri. Chop House (Arch 15 East Market St) is one of my favourite steak restaurants in Edinburgh and this offer is a good one if you’re on a budget. Head down to Market Street at The Arches for their Hanger Steak
& Chips at lunch time for just £12 – a perfect mid-week date or business lunch. Round things off with their Coal Roasted Pineapple Sundae, close your eyes and you’re in Jamaica. Almost! 6.
If you’re looking for affordable ‘experience dining’, head back to Leith where Martin Wishart has repurposed his Cook School to incorporate a Dining Room (14 Bonnington Road). Here they are running evening events where you can watch the chef prepare your four-course dinner. The relaxed vibe allows you to dine and chat and engage with the demonstration as much or as little as you choose. At £38 it’s good value for an evening out for foodies.
Back in town at the West End, Galvin Brasserie (Rutland St) have launched their new brunch offering -a small selection of dishes with brunch cocktails. There is one standout dish here that’s worth visiting for. If you love trufﬂe you need to try their Baked Duck Egg, Trufﬂe, Potato and Parmesan.
Bruntsﬁeld is an area that wasn’t renowned for its restaurants, but newcomers like Chop House, Southside Scran and LeftField are changing that. If you’re up that way at lunch time pop in to Tuk Tuk (1 Leven St) for their good value Tifﬁn Lunch – just £12 for a roadside plate (a starter), two curries and either rice or naan. Pair it with a bottle of Thums Up (Indian style Coke) for an authentic experience. Outside the city centre at Meadowbank is a new family-run Indian and Nepalese restaurant, Gautam’s (13-14 Dalziel Place). I met Khima, one of the owners, and was inspired by his passion for the cuisine and his family’s journey here (you can ask him about it when you visit). While the decor is pretty standard, the food is fresh and ﬂavoursome and cooked with love. I recommend the Tandoori Lamb Chops and Chicken Momo, Nepalese dumplings with a delicious dip made from tomatoes roasted in the Tandoor.
10. Bross Bagels (105 Leith Walk) is growing fast, with locations in Portobello, Leith and now the West End. Their owner hails from Montreal and has managed to create a very cool independent business serving up artisan baked bagels with various ﬁllings here in Edinburgh. Keep an eye out for seasonal specials which are worth making the trip for. No speciﬁc recommendation here, whatever bagel you have it will be good!
11. There are loads of good chippies in Edinburgh, but most of them are the take away variety. The successful Vittoria Group have spotted a gap in the market, and ﬁlled it with Bertie’s (Victoria Street). No expense has been spared on the reﬁt, creating a smart restaurant split over two ﬂoors. Serving ‘Proper Fish & Chips’, among a variety of other dishes, it’s a great place for casual dining in larger groups or with family. Don’t leave without trying the infamous Deep Fried Mars Bar which they’ve fashioned into a dessert with Mr Whippy style ice cream and some of that brightly coloured raspberry syrup. It’s all less sickly than I was expecting and – dare I say it – actually pretty good (I’d deﬁnitely have it again).
12. Finally, if you want to take a break from Edinburgh for a bit then MacDonald Inchyra (Grange Road) has you covered. The MacDonald Inchyra is in Falkirk, just a few minutes off the M90 towards Stirling but feels a lot more rural than it actually is. The hotel boasts a spa and gym and is popular for quick getaways. The Scottish Steakhouse serves some good food – the highlight for me was the Herb Crusted Scottish Lamb Rack which was one of the best lamb dishes I’ve ever had in a restaurant.
From Left: Bross Bagels, Scottish Steakhouse, Tuk Tuk
Left to right: Foie Gras. Grilled Orkney Sea Scallops
Follow the chimes of THE TAMBURRINI…
The world-class chef Paul Tamburrini launched his ﬁrst restaurant over a year ago at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel. Mixing French classic cuisine with uniquely sourced Scottish ingredients and fresh local produce, Chef Tamburrini’s cooking is a reﬂection of both his passion for the exceptional and his training under many of Europe’s greatest Master Chefs. The menu is seasonal, with rotating dining room specials, bookended by fresh appetisers, decadent desserts and freshly squeezed fruit juice cocktails. I was lucky enough to try the ﬁve-course tasting menu with paired wines. A rich potato espuma, a fresh beetroot medley, a sweet and creamy cauliﬂower and scallop dish, the most amazing lamb I’ve ever had, an artisan cheese board and a fabulous key lime pie... It all feels like a dream now. Edinburgh may be small, but it’s not short of exquisite dining experiences. Thankfully, there’s always room for more. Our growing food scene is a sign that we’re ready to explore, with more adventurous ﬂavours and experiences. Paul Tamburrini obliges, walking the line between tradition and invention with terriﬁc balance. His dishes are rooted in classic French recipes, a result of his expert training. That’s where the tradition ends, though, for what made dinner so special was his reinvention of every taste and feel of the dishes. Even the lamb, arguably the most classic, felt totally new. Not only was it cooked to total perfection, but the presentation of its complementary elements felt totally indulgent. 36
I was very glad to be staying in the gorgeous Macdonald Holyrood Hotel that night. After eating and drinking in such a pampered fashion, it felt only right to walk about ﬁfty steps to my hotel room instead of braving the cold journey home. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was reminiscing about the meal. Tasting menus can sometimes be overwhelming, leaving you lost or uncomfortably full. Paul Tamburrini manages to squeeze seemingly endless tastes into the meal while avoiding that over-stuffed glutinous feeling. His à la carte menu is astonishingly good value, with a three-course meal only £25. With a chic and relaxed atmosphere, the restaurant is as suited for a formal dinner as a leisurely lunch. Whatever occasion you’re using as an excuse to go, get the scallop and the lamb – I promise you’ll be dreaming of it for weeks to come. Paul Tamburrini at The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU 0344 879 9028
30 Minute Menus BARRY BRYSON Don’t fret - our beloved Winter cover star is sticking around! Barry Bryson, of Cater by Barry Bryson (Cater Edinburgh), is on hand every issue to bring you a seasonal recipe you can make easily at home, and to let us in on his current Food for Thought... Catching the last part of the cold water mussel season, this nutritious, affordable and soothing dish is perfect for an early Spring dinner. Serve with good bread and salad (and a glass of cold white wine, if it’s been that kind of day).
Mussels in white wine, leek & potato broth.
Ingredients • 1 kilo of cleaned, scrubbed de-bearded live mussels (email firstname.lastname@example.org
for how to do this part like a pro) – it’s essential that the shells on each mussel are tightly closed so look before buying
Method: • Tablespoon of UK rapeseed oil • 2 cloves of crushed fresh UK-grown garlic • 1 trimmed UK-grown leek, washed and ﬁnely chopped • 2 medium sized peeled rooster-type potatoes, cut into small centimetresized chunks and then gently steamed or boiled and placed into a bowl • Small packet of fresh parsley, stalks off and ﬁnely chopped • 150ml of fresh double cream mixed with 100ml of milk • 75ml of dry white wine • Rock salt and pepper
Serves dinner for 2
In a large saucepan (with a ﬁtted lid to hand) gently heat the oil.
Add the leek and then the garlic and gently cook for a few minutes.
Add the white wine and cook off for another couple of minutes.
Next pour in the cream and milk and add your potatoes and seasoning. Bring up to a gentle simmer.
Finally add your scrubbed mussels to the pot and cover with the lid for 90 seconds.
While the steam does its work cooking the mussels, take the lid off and remove the mussels that have popped open onto a large deep dish, leaving the closed mussels in the pot.
Replace the lid and check every 30 seconds until all are cooked and popped open.
Pour the rich broth over the mussels and serve immediately, garnishing with the chopped parsley.
Barry@cateredinburgh.com @chef.caterer.edinburgh www.cateredinburgh.com 37
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I really enjoyed reading so many food stories last month regarding veganuary, and of course the inﬂux of clean eating trends that greet the start of each year after an indulgent festive Season.
I do share the view that we should think more carefully about what we eat, but it also made me question why such little focus was given to “when” we should eat, not just “what” we should eat, meaning the massive amount of imported fruit and vegetables I was seeing on plates. Surely any positive food movement should take into account not just the food miles and carbon footprint involved in transporting the ingredients hundreds (or often thousands) of miles, but also the water consumption required to produce this enormous amount of green beans, avocados and asparagus? These are often grown in countries that have water shortages for the people that live there. Cooking and eating them is a joy for us all but I believe that only eating them in the same area as they are grown makes it a truly worthwhile concept. With this in mind, the next issue of Opulence coincides with the UK asparagus season, so next issue’s recipe will feature this beautiful ingredient with a morning, noon and night recipe classic!
Eat Well! Barry X
I believe that only eating them in the same area as they are grown makes it a truly worthwhile concept
Discover Fine Dining in Newington with CONDITA Condita is bringing inventive and intimate dining to Newington. In an area of Edinburgh that hasn’t been decorated with many fine dining restaurants, it is perhaps fitting that there is no great flashing arrow pointing pedestrians towards the door. The white building at 15 Salisbury Place has a simple hand-painted ‘Condita’ above the door frame, and is a well kept secret between those few who know what to expect within. With only six tables, guests are treated to a fully immersive and attentive dining experience. On arrival, there is a choice of three drinks, each chosen to accompany a few tastes that act as a prelude to dinner. Five or eight courses, dinner is a surprise tasting menu that focuses on the highest quality raw ingredients of Scottish provenance. In fact, the kitchen sources product from a 19th century walled kitchen garden in the Scottish Borders.
Condita places a keen focus on their wines: whether you choose a wine by the bottle or opt for their wine pairings, you can guarantee that the wines are from small scale producers working organically or bio-dynamically. For many of the bottles, this is the ﬁrst time they will be available in the UK - Condita makes a habit of specially shipping in handpicked wines. Despite the expertly picked vintages, Mark Slaney is on hand to make choosing the right one easy and accessible. Alternatively, try the ﬁve wine ﬂight for £50!
Seasonal dishes & wines
Condita moves with the seasons: dishes change, wines are adjusted, and even their décor follows suit. The simple white backdrop of the restaurant sees an evolving reﬂection of the season, echoing the moods of the landscape outside. Dinner is cooked by Conor Toomey, previously Head Chef at the ﬁve star ‘The Isle of Eriska’ hotel, near Oban. Before taking charge of the kitchen at Eriska, Conor was Executive Chef at Amberley Castle at Arundel, Head Chef at Storrs Hall at Windermere and Head Chef at Coworth Park, Ascot, all of which held a prestigious 3 Rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide. Despite the high calibre of wine and food, Conor and his Sous Chef Spyros make for a relaxed atmosphere. Helping bring the dishes to the table, they take time to chat with guests to give a full appreciation for the thought behind the menu. There’s no dress code, no starched white table cloths, only inventive tastes and welcoming service.
From Top: Spoutfish, brown shrimp, taramasalata, caviar Scottish langoustine, sea herbs, langoustine emulsion Coffee and chocolate bomb, namelaka, milk skin, malt ice cream
Dinner at Condita has to be pre-booked and is served Tuesday to Saturday. Condita 15 Salisbury Place , Edinburgh EH9 1SL Guest bookings: email@example.com www.condita.co.uk 39
Living The Pad Lifestyle:
MEET THE TEAM
Pad is a lifestyle collective: a celebration of beautifully unique furniture, homeware, art, fashion and lifestyle brands from all over the world. Pad Lifestyle launched in 2015 when Anna refurbished a run down paper shop on Howe Street, transforming it into Pad’s ﬁrst boutique. Today Pad is a multi brand lifestyle concept with over 150 home and fashion brands and over 3000 cool and collectible products from across the world. Most recently Pad opened an exciting new location in Harvey Nichols Edinburgh last year. Despite their super-speed schedules, the girls found some time to let us get to know the team.
Anna is the leader and founder of our Pad pack. With a killer eye for design she creates swoon worthy interiors ﬁlled by international brands and artists, always styled to perfection. A multi-tasking maverick, she balances running Pad Lifestyle across several e-commerce sites and two retail locations, running marathons and looking after her wee boy Leo and fur baby Skye.
Scottish (but New Yorker at heart) Steph joined the team to head up our boutiques and run the Harvey Nichols Edinburgh concession. Our stocktake queen, Steph keeps the concession running smoothly and looking fabulous at all times.
FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Favourite Pad Product:
Jonathan Adler Globo Table Lamp
BOU T IQU E S A L ES EXECU T IV E
Favourite Pad Product:
Assouline's New York New York
There is nothing Katy can’t do, and to the delight of her colleagues she is normally doing it with her Miniature Dachshund Pinto in tow. Katy works directly with our brands, and is often the one to thank for the addition of the indie designers we are delighted to support.
Interior-designer-to-be Amy can be found in Harvey Nichols, most likely dressed in animal print and animatedly talking about the new products in our concession. Most likely to be the one left standing at the end of a Pad night out, with Anna in close second.
W E B SALE S AND B R AND E X E C UTIVE
W E B SALE S AND C O NTE NT E X E C UTIVE
Cold-weather-loving Christina comes from Greece and when she isn't managing our web sales, writing our Newsletters and basically doing a million jobs, she is our in-ofﬁce DJ.
B O U TIQUE C O O RD INATO R
Our in-house styling extraordinaire and event planning pro, Mercedes is always dressed to impress with a wardrobe we all envy. When she is not at Pad she is whizzing around planning weddings all over the country - great for our newly engaged Pad gals!
BOU T IQU E S A L ES COORDINAT OR
BOU T IQU E S A L ES A S S IS TA NT
Dawn puts her Interior Design studies to practice at our Harvey Nichols concession, advising customers on what homewares they simply can't live without. Traveler, rugby pro, dog mumma, bride to be, design student: Dawn is one busy lady, but always turns up to work with a smile and an infectious laugh.
WEB AND BOUTIQUE SALES ASSISTANT
Organisational superstar Lucie is our very own Mary Poppins. With a twinkle in her eye, she transforms any mess or mayhem into perfection (practically perfect in every way, you might say), and spiritedly assists with web orders or any task she might be given.
Senga is well-known to our boutique regulars, who will not only visit us to admire our new products and look for some inspiration, but will come speciﬁcally to have a chin-wag with our chattiest staff member.
The Store 46 Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TH 0131 225 9012
B O U TIQUE C O O RD INATO R
Concession Store Harvey Nichols 30-34 St Andrews Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD 07958 220340 41
Luxe Living The Kingsford Residence, is a former Victorian School and features 74 apartments. With onsite management, residents gym, roof terrace, gardens, club room and private dining space its quickly becoming one of the sought after property developments in Edinburgh. Oliver and Samantha were some of the first residents and here they share their thoughts of the Kingsford Residence. What is living at the Kingsford really like?
How do the other features stack up?
It’s modern, upmarket living but still with that touch of homeliness. The building is quaint on the outside and tastefully modern on the inside. Even the take-away delivery people who came into the building commented how lovely the place was! So we feel really proud to live there. The Kingsford staff are wonderful, helpful and super friendly. We always feel at home in our place and in the building, and the staff did an excellent job to make us feel right at home immediately.
They’re all brilliant. The terrace provided a nice spot to chill, with a great view of Edinburgh. There are great gardens too, although I admittedly haven’t used them as much as I should! They’re really tidy and would suit the needs of any resident. There’s a new bridge as well, which looks fantastic.
What’s your favourite thing about Kingsford? The Gym! Being a bit of a gym fanatic myself, it’s amazing to have such a well equipped gym in our building. It has everything I need, and was extremely convenient, especially during the winter months when my motivation to go to the gym would have been sapped by the cold outside. Thankfully, having the gym not only saved me a gym membership, but also spared me from the cold. 42
Would I recommend the Kingsford? Absolutely. Wonderful place to live, great clean facilities with a fantastic set of friendly staff who will always greet you with a smile and enthusiasm to help you out. The Kingsford building is only outdone by the quality of the people who work there that make it so pleasurable to live/stay there. Kingsford Residence 154 McDonald Road, Edinburgh EH7 4NN 0131 285 7290 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kingsfordresidence.com
At Home with Halidon
Stockbridge has welcomed a wonderful new interiors boutique: Halidon Home. Previously located in Dundas Street, the store now sits opposite from Stockbridge Market – ideal for a spot of Sunday browsing. The world has been overtaken with buzzwords “hygge” and “Scandi”, and we’ve come to expect that interior stores should be spacious, serene and minimalist. But Halidon Home brings a refreshing change from sparse stores, showing that contemporary design can be packed with personality. Here it’s like walking into Ariel’s cave in The Little Mermaid. The small Stockbridge store is ﬁlled with treasures, stunning mirrors, elegant wooden furniture with contemporary bronze trim, marble coffee tables, lush cushions… and that’s just the beginning. Every corner is ﬁlled with surprises, personally picked out and brought to the Edinburgh interiors scene. An independant store focused on fusing contemporary with traditional, Halidon is Edinburgh’s sole supplier for many of the brands they have available. Often sourcing from Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Spain, as well as individual artisans, Halidon Home is an eclectic lifestyle store that somehow manages to blend opulence with industrial, offering a sense of both calm and of discovery. Good advice and a warm welcome encourages leisurely browsing for gifts as well as for your own home, while they also offer a helpful sourcing service. Aveline, the owner, has her ﬁnger on the pulse of emerging trends while keeping classic elegance in mind. She has a keen eye for value, too, with accessible pricing that suits the new homeowner. No matter what your personal style, Halidon will have something. The store is the furthest thing from minimal and yet they still offer gorgeous, simple Scandi pieces – interspersed with eclectic and individual pieces that make everything feel like a hidden gem. Mixing indulgent, luxurious fabrics with gorgeous rich woods and light, airy accessories, the store will make you feel like you’ve found something as unique as your own home.
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SPRING INSIDE THE WESHOLME HOME
Nikki is joining our Opulence family as our Interior Consultant. Not only is she our go-to girl for all things interiors, but she’s the life of any party too. We’re so excited to have her on board to give us a seasonal update on everything home-related, all with her incomparable personal touch. Nikki created Westholme Interiors with her husband Mark in 2017, following the popularity of their property development company, Westholme Property.
They founded Westholme Property in 2015 and took to social media to showcase their renovations, including that of their own home. Their home renovation ended up in 25 Beautiful Homes Magazine, and their social media following blossomed. Westholme Property was an immediate success, a perfect amalgamation of Mark’s engineering and hydraulics experience, and Nikki’s eye for interiors and business brains (having spent over ten years as a Chartered Accountant). Westholme Interiors ofﬁcially launched in June 2018, a response to the demand for Nikki’s take on interior design. Fans of Westholme Property love to admire the pair’s style, and now with Westholme Interiors, it’s possible to get our hands on the things that Nikki carefully handpicks. 44
They love to showcase unusual European art and accessories, acting as the exclusive UK supplier to many of their European artists and designers to bring you beautiful and unique designs. Available online, Nikki’s personal style is available straight to your door! Given her wealth of experience and natural eye for detail, it’s obvious why we asked Nikki to be a regular Opulence contributor! Every issue, Nikki is going to be on hand to give Opulence readers her top interiors picks for the season. Whether you’re decorating from scratch or looking for a new item to jazz up your current living space, she’s got you covered.
NIKKI BROWN We love neutrals at Westholme Interiors. Classic neutral colours will play a big part in our ﬁrst Spring edit, but we have also introduced some new striking colours that work well with our existing collection! This Springtime, bring in some light, fresh pieces that still hold intrigue and high design. IMAGES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
House Doctor: The round grey vase is new to the collection, and a bit more rustic than the traditional Cooee ball vase. We’re taking in a variety of more rustic vases to the collection to add some texture!
Cooee Design: This season, we’re showcasing the new Cooee colours launching this Spring, Cinder Rose and Ochre. Pictured is Cinder Rose, a dark dusty pink. The romantic neutral colour is available in many of the products already in the range. The colours ﬁt together so beautifully with the silk matt ﬁnish! Coming Home Cushion: We have just introduced soft furnishings to our range! We’re so excited about this gorgeous collection of cushions from Coming Home. The leather cushions are real quality leather from Norway and they come in various sizes and styles in both tan and black.
Kaerlig Beauty: These liquid hand soaks and silk lotions are vegan and non animal tested. They come in ﬁve indulgent scents and there’s a naked range too. The brand owner Amy makes the soaps and silk by hand, inspired to make nourishing natural products after her battle against breast cancer. Plus, the bottles look gorgeous on your bathroom counter.
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NOT JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL: MY ONLINE SCHOOLING IS REINVENTING KIDS’ EDUCATION As more and more parents are becoming disenchanted with the UK education system, the number of families turning to home-schooling is on the rise. Last year, the BBC reported a 40% increase in children being home-educated in the UK within the past three years, with a particular emphasis on children with special educational needs. Image: Tom Crombie, Head Teacher & Founder
As technology continues to advance, web-based learning is meeting the increasing demand for alternative methods of education. To better understand what online schooling is all about, we spoke to Tom Crombie, head teacher and founder of Edinburgh-based company My Online Schooling, established in 2017. What first inspired you to start an online school?
A favourite moment since launching the school?
I was curriculum Coordinator and Head of I.T. at a large private school in New Zealand. When I returned to the UK, I saw a growing need for an alternative style of education. I could see that technology was going to be a major player in the future of education.
There have been many, but exam results day was a special one. It was incredible seeing pupils who had previously struggled to access mainstream education walk away with some amazing exam qualiﬁcations from online schooling.
What can online schooling offer that a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ school can’t?
In March we launch our Australian base in Melbourne, to reach the Asia Paciﬁc region. Currently we have pupils from around 25 nations worldwide and we’re excited to see that number increase. I believe that online schooling is going to play a major role in the future of education, and I think ‘bricks and mortar’ schools will look to integrate it to complement traditional teaching methods.
A cost-effective alternative to private or international schooling, it allows pupils from all around the world to access world-renowned British education. It gives pupils and teachers the ability to work from a nice, quiet environment from wherever they choose.
What does the future hold for My Online Schooling?
What are your core values when it comes to educating your students? I believe in giving pupils a voice in their education and evaluating how individual pupils learn most effectively. Making learning fun, engaging and interactive is, in my opinion, the most important aspect when it comes to teaching and learning. My Online Schooling 9-10 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AF Facebook: My Online Schooling Instagram: @myonlineschooling 0800 031 4340 www.myonlineschooling.co.uk 46
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Books that make it out of the kitchen When it comes to decor, I’m a fan of anything that can multi-task. A great book is a star in itself, but when you manage to ﬁnd one that doubles as a conversation-starter and home decoration, you’ve hit the jackpot. I’ve put together a small collection of some of my favourite hardbacks that not only look great on a coffee table, bookshelf, or cookbook holder, but that educate and excite anyone that peeks inside.
Mexico: The Cookbook, Margarita Carrillo Arronte
Margarita Carrillo Arronte manages to capture the spirit of Mexico in her gorgeous (and huge!) cookbook. With colours that jump off the page and food photos that make your mouth water, Mexico: The Cookbook is stuffed full of everything from simple, traditional side dishes to more elaborate lessons in ﬂavour fusion, all inside a striking pink and orange hardback that adds colour and vibrancy to any setting. There’s a stunning dessert section too, including some fabulous margarita recipes that I’ve used far too often!
Burma: Rivers of Flavour, Naomi Duguid
Far more than a Burmese cookbook, Naomi Duguid delves into the anthropological nature of food and culture. Traditional recipes are interspersed with lessons on Burmese life and food, tracing her own experience of learning about this exotic and historical country. A writer, teacher, traveller and cook, Naomi is co-author of the cult favourite Hot Sour Salty Sweet and continues to use her expertise in travel literature to bring a freshness and authenticity to travel-based cook books. Beautiful and interesting enough to use as a coffee table book, intelligent and sensitive enough to learn from, and brimming with vibrant and authentic recipes to experiment with, Burma: Rivers of Flavour is a true multi-tasking hero.
The World Atlas of Wine, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
The Holy Grail for lovers of a glass of vino, The World Atlas of Wine is loaded with lessons about the world of wine… literally. Organised by locational area, Johnson and Robinson use their expertise to take the reader around the globe to reach every type of wine you could think of. Both hugely informative and elegantly artistic, World Atlas is fabulous for educating total novices and developing the knowledge of a well-trained wine buff. 47
TAKING A SEAT WITH
Justin Baddon launched Moleta Munro in 2007 as a lifestyle change business. While their showroom could be used as a backdrop in Vogue (seriously, go visit), Justin and his team are experts in helping you integrate new pieces into your existing space. We sat down together to get to know the brains behind Moleta Munro. 48
Q&A What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I was always into the military which seems a little incongruous now. Probably a marine. However, from my early teens I followed a creative path and wanted to be an artist, and some days a fashion designer.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
From everything and anything! That said, I love to travel and experience different places and cultures. When I was a student I travelled extensively in the Himalayas and worked for a charity in Karnataka, India. I am currently very inspired by Note Design Studio, David Thulstrup and Arent Pyke Studio.
What’s your favourite thing about the store?
It’s an ever-changing ﬁeld of play. It’s constantly evolving, with the coming and going of pieces and different displays. Recently we’ve used the space to great effect to host furniture and lighting exhibitions. Its central Edinburgh location is a bonus, as we’re surrounded by many interesting businesses in Broughton St and the East side of the New Town. In fact, factoring in Life Story, Hen & Crask and ourselves, I think a new New Town East Design District is emerging!
How do I learn to be more adventurous with my home decor?
Stop worrying about everything having to match – where the hell did that idea come from? Top tip: always bring lights a bit lower down than you think you ought to and go for lighting that’s slightly bigger. You will beneﬁt hugely.
Do you get to travel a lot for your work?
I travel very regularly in Scandinavia for work, mainly Sweden and Denmark. Occasionally I can be found in relevant fairs in Italy, like the Milan Furniture Fair in April. I can’t recommend Copenhagen enough, although it is expensive for food and drink.
What makes something worth buying for you?
It’s a mix between longevity, beauty and practicality. While many of our pieces may be expensive compared to everyday purchases, they last a lifetime – offering real value for many, many years to come. Moleta Munro 43 London Street, Edinburgh EH3 6LX 0131 557 4800 www.moletamunro.com 49
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