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Varicose veins? I am overjoyed with the results. All the unsightly veins have gone and I no longer feel self-conscious wearing shorts


atient experiences like this are now common after modern minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Just a few years ago treatment was limited to surgery, support stockings and in-patient stays. Between 1 in 3 to 1 in 4 adults in the UK have varicose veins. They are more common with certain conditions and almost half of all pregnant women will develop varicose veins. Despite the fact that so many people have varicose veins they receive little in the way of medical attention due to many NHS Trusts now only treating the 10% of cases which would be regarded as medically significant i.e. skin changes and signs of chronic venous insufficiency. For many people the appearance of varicose veins or spider veins prevent them wearing shorts or swimming costumes, alternatively they may cause discomfort which is

troubling. Our aim is to provide the best care to all of our patients with venous problems. Mr. Stuart Suttie, Consultant at the Aberdeen Clinic says, ‘Varicose veins are amongst the most common reasons patients come to see me. We are able to treat varicose veins with minimally invasive techniques such as radiofrequency ablation and ultrasound guided injection of foam. These techniques have revolutionised the recovery from varicose vein treatment.’ The multi-disciplinary team at the Aberdeen Clinic is expert at helping patients select the optimal treatment for their varicose veins. Patients can then benefit from a walk-in-walk-out treatment delivered by a specialist consultant at the Aberdeen Clinic. As a result varicose vein problems can be a thing of the past after a simple cost effective out-patient procedure.

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For more information or to book an appointment call: 0333 0143 488 or visit: theaberdeenclinic.co.uk.

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30 Country life - Huntin’ Shootin’ Fashion 36 Build a capsule wardrobe 40 Better than Bond - Big night out dressing for men



On your bike - time to get back in the saddle 20 All hands on deck 28 In the swim - swimming lessons for kids & adults 84


Win tickets to The Band at HMT 56 Find out who’s headlining at True North 80 Meet the creative couple behind Wood & Wool 88




Meet the chef at Aberdeen’s Silver Darling 44 Trend tries... Latin American flavours 46 Easy entertaining with Craig Wilson of Eat on The Green 55 Win a bottle of Raven Gin 68 Win tickets to G2Gin Festival 76



Win a stay at Macdonald Rusacks hotel in St. Andrews 77 Autumn Adventures - head for the action 78 Napkins at the ready for Aberdeen Restaurant Week 81


82 Meet the Life with Style Award winners 90 Treat yourself with Trend Events 92 What’s on in August and September 94 Peter Mitchell has the Last Word 96 And the winner is... Have you picked up a prize? 97 Reader offers




58 Snap up a design classic 62 Planning for year round interest in the garden

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elcome to another packed edition of Trend. Now, we’ll admit that we’re not really used to a full on summer in our corner of the world. Anything more than three consecutive days of sunshine counts as freak weather conditions! We’ve had an amazing July and the weather forecasters are promising sunshine throughout August and September. If they’re right, it may be a wee bit cooler, but let’s slather on the factor 50 and make the most of it. There are some great events on during August and September. Catch a show or two during the Northern Lights Festival, enjoy a laugh at the Comedy Festival, make the most of Aberdeen Restaurant Week, or head out to visit some of the region’s best designer craftspeople at NEOS. Take it easy in the garden, lie in the grass munching strawberries, or pack up the car and go for a family picnic in the hills or at the beach. Get out and explore. It doesn’t matter if it’s wandering round some of the shire’s picturesque villages or towns, exploring the grandeur of Aberdeenshire’s castles or just taking a stroll in the park. Make hay while the sun shines.

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I feel it is essential that patients are fully aware of the risks and complications involved in facial aesthetics. These risks can be minimised by using accredited specialists in recognised healthcare facilities with a reputation for excellence.


aking the decision to have aesthetic treatment can be a big step with high expectations about the outcome. There will also be some uncertainty or anxiety about what is involved, what the risks are and what your appearance will be like afterwards. Our sought after consultants are very experienced each with a reputation for high quality clinical care. They will be able to explain the process and any potential risks, and more importantly, how these will be managed. Why do wrinkles and lines appear? Our faces can be wonderfully expressive as our numerous different facial muscles allow us to demonstrate a wide array of emotions. In our youth, the skin folds created by our facial muscles disappear almost instantly. Unfortunately, as the years pass by our skin loses some of its elasticity, meaning that the skin folds don’t disappear, but instead present themselves as unwanted lines and wrinkles. Our skin also contains a naturally occurring substance known as hyaluronic acid, but over time the level of this substance in our skin diminishes, such that the skin can lose its shape and volume.

L-R: Mr Kazi Rahman, Mr Akhtar Hussain, Mr Athanasios Athanassopoulos What Treatments are available? There are two main types of non-surgical treatments available to counteract these ageing effects. Muscle relaxing injections like Botox act as a nerve inhibitor, and when injected into a muscle it blocks the nerve impulses which cause the muscle to contract. When injected into specific facial muscles (namely those which cause the skin folds to develop) those muscles contract far less, and so the wrinkling effect is diminished. Dermal fillers are soft injectable gels, containing hyaluronic acid, which add volume to the skin, filling the depressed area to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. Why come to Albyn Hospital? If you are looking for a service that is fully registered and regulated and only allows experienced Consultants to practice then look no further than Albyn Hospital. Following our latest inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland we were awarded a number of ‘Excellent’ grades, giving you the assurance of quality care in safe clinical surroundings. For further information or to book an appointment call

0800 1422311

21-24 Albyn Place, Aberdeen AB10 1RW bmihealthcare.co.uk/albyn

Non-surgical Rhinoplasty is a very popular emerging trend that is non-invasive. It entails an injection of various fillers to correct mild to moderate abnormalities. Although not all noses are suitable for non-surgical rhinoplasty, this procedure can be a very efficient and cost effective alternative with minimal down time.

WHO: Life with Style Awards finalists, sponsors and guests. WHAT: The 10th Life with Style Awards dinner. All the finalists, sponsors and guests arrived for a glamorous evening. Money was raised on the night for Home Start by way of a jewellery raffle sponsored by Finnies the Jeweller and Cocoa Ooze. The evening was hosted by Alex Fleming and the guests were entertained by Fifth Dimension, Paul Black and Bowjangles. WHERE: The Ardoe House Hotel & Spa

Hair: Hatstand Nelly. Photographer: Mauro Carraro. Make up: Amy Barrington. Clothes styling: Jiv D

CONTACT Hatstand Nelly 250 Holburn Street Aberdeen AB10 6DB Phone: 01224 210007 Email: reception@hatstandnelly.co.uk hatstandnelly.co.uk


FacialAesthetics comes to Andrew Scott Dental Care


ndrew Scott Dental Care has a great reputation for both corrective and cosmetic dental treatments, such as Smile Design and implants. Now they have extended their services to include aesthetic fillers and muscle relaxants, so your face can look as good as your smile! Debbie Robertson, a fully qualified and experienced aesthetic technician and Senior Staff Nurse, has joined the practice to offer a range of aesthetic fillers and muscle relaxant treatments. Debbie works

We aim for a look that is better, fresher, more youthful version of yourself closely with her clients to provide a naturally enhanced look, using Juvederm or Botox. Treatment starts with a comprehensive consultation, to discuss the client’s expectations and medical history. Debbie has a particular interest in eye and brow muscle relaxing. Debbie explained, ‘Treatment takes about fifteen to twenty minutes, then it takes ten days or so for muscle relaxing injections to take effect and the results last up to 12-16 weeks.’ Debbie can also provide lip enhancement with fillers as well as other facial rejuvenation. Benefits can be seen immediately. Dermal fillers take a little longer and they’re effective for four to six months generally, although some people get a year between treatments.

They become increasingly effective in subsequent treatments. ‘We aim for a look that is a better, fresher, more youthful version of yourself. The client is at the heart of the process, guiding the desired results in the mirror. Both dermal fillers and muscle relaxing injections work well for men as well as women. Many men now have muscle relaxing injections before their weddings or to remove frown lines. ‘We offer a professional, confidential service that offers both good value and great, natural-looking facial enhancement.’ Andrew Scott Dental combines the best in dental technology with a friendly and stress-free approach in their luxurious modern clinic. Now that Debbie is working with Andrew Scott Dental Care, Andrew, Michelle, George and Rachel are giving their patients something extra to smile about. Thistle Street, AB10 1XB Tel: 01224 806700 andrewscottdental.co.uk

Promoting the perfect balance of relaxation and creative energy


om Stronach’s new but relaxed feel, with a salon on Union Street dedicated barbering area’. may only have been open for a few months, but Check the salon’s social the team have already won media for special offers, a fabulous reputation for including a limited number bringing great hair back of makeup appointments, to the city or to discover centre. ‘We’re more about “Our stylists all so proud to their 20% have superb be a new local discount on business in Mondaystechnical and the heart of Wednesdays creative skills the city and for students, and great we’ve been customer rapport“ pensioners overwhelmed and those by the support employed and well wishes from by the NHS or the our clients’, explained emergency services. Tom. ‘Our stylists all have superb technical and 148 Union Street, AB10 1QX creative skills and great Tel: 01224 647376 customer rapport. tomstronachhairsalon.co.uk tomstronachhairsalon We’ve gone for a luxurious,




e all know we need to eat well and exercise to enjoy great health and well-being. Yet, what about eating right while exercising? How important is preand post- workout nutrition? Tuomas Lyons, one of the Personal Trainers at David Lloyd Aberdeen provides some pointers… Pre-exercise nutrition can make a big difference to performance. The aim of pre-exercise nutrition is to help maintain energy levels throughout the session, keep your body hydrated, speed up recovery post workout and help preserve muscle mass. Eat one well balanced meal 2-3 hours before your session, or 2-3 smaller meals 1-2 hours before your session. If you’re pushed for time, meal replacement shakes or bars are an option. Ideally you should eat

a mix of complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, pasta, rice and vegetables. Chicken, beef, fish, legumes and dairy are good protein choices, while oils, nuts and seeds are a great way to get your fat requirements. If you must eat just before your workout, opt for a smoothie or fruit with yoghurt. Post-workout nutrition should stimulate recovery, re-hydrate, promote muscle growth, and improve future workouts. Look to eat within an hour of working out. Simple and complex carbohydrates are important to replenish lost energy stores. A good quality

Tel: 01224 811040 davidlloyd.co.uk

protein is necessary to help with repairing muscle and for growth of new muscle, while good quality fats are necessary to complete the body’s need for a full complement of nutrients. Calorie intake will depend on each individual and their goals. An easy guide would be to make 40% of your daily intake from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, 30% from fat and importantly you should aim for around 30 grams of fibre per day. Provided you eat regularly and healthily, before and after exercise then there is probably no need for anything more.

At Fergus & Glover we passionately believe that if you can’t enjoy your smile, you can’t truly enjoy life... Experience & Expertise At Fergus & Glover we provide treatments that can transform a smile from one that is just nice into one that is gorgeous and gleaming. We offer the full range of treatments from cosmetic and routine dentistry through to teeth whitening. We would be delighted to use our experience to guide and advise you through the process and the expert treatments. Call us on 01224 644876 to discuss your free cosmetic consultation. We would love to see your smile. Ask us about our Free Cosmetic Consultations with one of our Treatment Coordinators. ■ Cosmetic Dentistry ■ Dental Implants ■ C-Fast Orthodontics ■ Preventative Dentistry ■ Invisalign ■ Hygienist Appointments

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ycling is a great way for the whole family to get out into the open air. There are some wonderful cycling paths in the city; try the beach front or take the old railway path that runs from Duthie Park all the way to Cults under shady trees. If you haven’t cycled for years, head to any of the city’s bike shops, where you’ll find friendly, expert advice to help you choose the bike that suits the type of cycling you want to do and works best for your body and budget. Decide what type of terrain you want to cover, whether it’s off-road on the forest tracks, or something for pottering down to the local shops. Whatever your needs, leave some money in the budget for a good helmet and visibility aids, so other road users can see you.

It’s also worth checking if your employer offers a cycle to work scheme. Many of these offer considerable discounts on bikes, so if you’re looking for a commuting bike, it’s a great option. If you’re likely to abandon your fitness campaign after a couple of rides, then consider renting a bike of buying something second hand until you’re ready to splash out. Gumtree is also a great source of bargain road racing and mountain bikes when you’re ready for something more specialised. Or try Thainstone on Sundays for kids’ bikes that have been outgrown. If you’re keen to ride longer distances, want to race or just have a strange compulsion to wear neon Lycra from head to toe (we’re not judging), then join a local cycle club, who have organised rides and events throughout the year. There are around a dozen in Aberdeen city and shire, from Elgin to Stonehaven. You’ll find them all very friendly and welcoming. Try cyclegrampian.co.uk for details of your nearest club.


hether it is a companion to talk to or someone to help with the gardening, our subscription service will give you the confidence to enjoy your lifestyle. Friendly, committed, compassionate? If you have the qualities to be a Crandeen Companion then get in touch today.

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an effortless way to update your wardrobe


re your wardrobes packed full of designer clothes you never wear? A bit of a shoe obsessive or a handbag hoarder? Why not clear some space and make some money at the same time? That’s where Pauline of DeeClutter Fairies comes in. Just call or e-mail, letting her know what you have to sell and she will arrange collection, photography and listing in on eBay for you. Pauline’s company sells branded clothes, shoes and bags on eBay, saving

you the time and hassle. Items must be new or nearly new and in excellent condition. Even better if you haven’t taken the sales tag off! DeeClutter Fairies take care of the selling fees, postage and packaging costs so all you have to do is wait on your cash. Why not put it towards a new outfit or two?

Tel: 07810355361 info@deeclutterfairies.co.uk www.deeclutterfairies.co.uk


Future Talent at Linton & Mac Linton & Mac has created a ‘Future Talent’ programme to ensure all salon juniors receive the support and training that they need to succeed in the hairdressing industry. Juniors are first matched to and shadow a ‘buddy’, who is a trained stylist, for three months. Once the assistant is ready, they are given the opportunity to offer

appointments to paying customers, as well as attending training days and getting involved in external events, such as backstage at Gray’s School of Art Graduate Fashion Show this year. The Aberdeen hairdressing and beauty salon scooped the Best Salon Award at this year’s National Salon Business Awards.

Open Monday to Friday 9.30am -5pm Saturday 10am-5pm



Complete hair and beauty in the new town

he Lounge at Chapelton offers such a great range of hair and beauty services that you’d expect a city centre location, rather than the charming environment of Aberdeenshire’s new town at Chapelton, south of Portlethen. At The Lounge, it’s not just about looking good, it’s about complete wellbeing.

The friendly, experienced and skilled staff offer individually tailored Elemis facials, body treatments and massages, brows, waxing and nails. If you’re looking to refresh your look, there’s a great hair stylist and colourist and a gifted makeup artist, specialising in bridal and occasion looks.

The Lounge offers the latest advanced skin treatments, including dermaplaning, microneedling, peels and LED facials. Alternative therapies available include traditional and cosmetic acupuncture, cupping, tuina, shiatsu, and reflexology. Treatments are suitable for men and women, with online booking available.

The Lounge at Chapelton is everything you could want in hair, beauty and wellbeing. 8 Hume Square, Chapelton, AB39 8AE Tel: 01569 739319 Theloungeatchapelton.com theloungeatchapelton



18-20 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1AU Tel: 01224 641664 lintonandmac.com


Looking for a fast, pain-free solution to hair removal

RYT 200 Yoga teacher training

Yoga classes in Aberdeen, Stonehaven & Laurencekirk

Children’s Yoga teacher training

Private sessions available

An advanced laser treatment has arrived in Aberdeen that promises to take away the pain commonly associated with removing hair.


he Vectus (Cynosure, USA) available to Grand Aura customers on Carden Place, is the only machine of its kind in the north of Scotland and can be used safely all over the body with substantially better results than conventional methods. Each laser pulse takes a fraction of a second and can treat numerous hairs at a time. Not only are the lasers far more precise, they selectively target dark, coarse hairs without the risk of burning or damaging the surrounding skin.

Instead of 90 minutes, customers can expect to complete a full treatment for laser hair removal on their legs within 15 minutes.

Tel. 07967 647 220


Grand Aura is a doctor-led professional dermatology clinic with experienced staff providing bespoke skin and beauty treatments - just minutes away from Union Street.

Absolute Beauty Academy

Medical director Dr Sanjay Rajpara is a renowned consultant dermatologist and derm (Mohs) surgeon, while managing director Karen Arthur has a background in private medical skincare.

professional beauty training

Grand Aura uses state-of-the-art technology, including the Skintel handheld scanner that provides customers with an accurate reading of their skin tone and hair colour. Call 01224 639100 to book your free skin consultation.

Tel: 01224 639100 grandaura.com

117 Victoria Street, AB21 7BJ Tel: 01224 774766 absolutebeautyaberdeen.com

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If the long hot spell in July has taught us anything, it’s that we need to pay attention to the condition of our hands and feet as much as our faces.


e may spend most of the year layered up and waddling about in our furry boots, but a hot summer means our hands and feet are on show. Hands and feet get some rough treatment, continually working and suffering from extremes of temperature, abrasion and, in the case of feet, often being squashed into footwear that doesn’t quite fit. Blisters, corns, rough skin and bunions cause discomfort in strappy heels, while constant chores can leave hands looking old and worn. Now’s the time to take action. Here are a few of our favourite tips for tip top hands and feet… Hands often look older than our faces, because we don’t remember to protect them from sun damage. Look for a hand cream that includes an SPF15 or higher, or just massage some sun cream into the skin. Water can be a stressor for the skin, so use rubber gloves when doing the dishes. Better yet, shove everything in

the dishwasher or get someone else to do the washing up. Use a good hand moisturiser three times a day to keep your skin youthful, soft and hydrated. Clarins’ Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is great for summer, while Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula protects even in the coldest winters. Avoid harsh products which can change the pH of your skin or strip out the natural oils. Go for gentle products and treat yourself to a professional manicure. This can help you grow stronger nails as well as making your hands look great. So what about feet? The best thing you can do is make sure your footwear fits perfectly. Up to 70% of us are wearing the wrong shoe size. Bunions, corns, ingrown toenails, blisters and rough skin can all be avoided if your shoes fit well. Put yourself in the hands of a professional. A good chiropodist can put a spring in your step for years to come. If you’d rather DIY, then foot experts Scholl have some brilliant remedies, from corn removers and skin softeners to a Smooth Express Pedi with diamond crystals!










it is easy to envy those women who always seem put together no matter the weather. the french seem to pull it off, but we often amass mountains of clothes we never wear

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The capsule wardrobe is a collection of around ten essential clothing items which never go out of fashion and can be enhanced by seasonal accessories to make the struggle of deciding what to wear non-existent. Sound good to us! HERE’S HOW TO DO IT:

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Choose a colour scheme. Begin with one or two base colours which will go with a lot. Navy, black, camel or grey all work well. Trousers, bags and coats should be bought in the chosen shades, becoming your staple items which can be worn all year round in various combinations. Now decide on some accent colours to add some dimension to your look, one or two brighter colours which you feel suit your complexion and personality. These could be tops, scarfs, accessories and dresses and can be in complementary patterns like spots, florals or stripes.

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Evaluate your body shape. Make informed choices here, as it is crucial that these items fit well and make you feel good. You should feel so comfortable that you want to wear it all year round. Confidence is key. Seeking professional styling may be beneficial if you are unsure what would flatter your specific body shape.

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Check quality and don’t be hesitant to splash out. These items should last you a while and save you money and time in the long run. Pick clothing that’s made of a durable high quality fabric which will continue to look great for several seasons.

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Something Old, New, Borrowed &Blue

Lava are known as the North-east’s premier designer makers of jewellery, with a great reputation for bespoke engagement and wedding rings, but the Peterculter studio has so much more to offer.



Lots of us have unwanted jewellery stashed at back of a drawer. Did you know that Lava can take this, whether it’s something you’ve inherited or a piece that no longer suits your style and work with you to create a brand new design that you’ll love? Yellow gold can be melted down and reused in the new design, while stones can be reset to make something just perfect.

Why not spoil yourself or someone else with bespoke jewellery from Lava? Jacqui is known for her design, creativity and the ability to make the most of your budget, while Duncan is recognised as one of Scotland’s best makers, with several pieces in royal collections.





Lava is taking part in NEOS this September, so some of the best emerging jewellers will be borrowing some space at Lava to show their latest creations. It’s a great chance to see some one-off pieces and discover more about the makers. Pop in between September 8-16 and you could pick up something rather special. This year we’ll have work from Marc Wood, Bruce Swanson, Sarah Leask and Nicole Ferguson.

Not just every shade of blue, but an entire rainbow of precious stones and coloured gems is available to suit your tastes and budget. Whether you’re looking for tiny tourmalines, amazing emeralds, deep red rubies or an impressive diamond to wow your intended, Lava can source a range of top quality stones direct from exclusive dealers for your approval.



265 North Deeside Road, Peterculter, AB14 0UL Tel: 01224 735000 lavajewellery.com


Summer brings with it a host of weddings and other events that call for a more formal look. So what should you wear to look good and maintain a classically elegant appearance?

Kilt You can’t go wrong with a custom made kilt outfit, which will last for decades and never go out of style, unless your middle age spread defeats your kilt maker’s abilities.



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The other options are a lounge suit or a tuxedo. Somehow almost everyone looks great in a tux. Look for a luxury fabric and a well cut fit. If you’re investing in something classic, look for a slim fit and have the suit altered to fit perfectly. It goes without saying that you should try a number of dinner suits on and take advice from someone you trust. Black is the only option here, and you’re aiming at Cary Grant or James Bond - suave, gentlemanly, but with just a hint of danger and concealed power.

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As a somewhat louche alternative, you could opt for a velvet dinner jacket. These look great in rich darker tones of midnight blue, emerald or burgundy, but need to be in a really good heavy velvet, rather than the cheap shiny version. Again, you’re thinking Kingsman rather than Austin Powers.

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Lounge suits can fit the bill, provided it’s clear that you’re making more of an effort than simply showing up in your office wear. This season, there are lots of chalky pastel suits, including some with the option of shorts. Let’s be clear - there is no excuse for wearing shorts suits unless you are under seven and unfeasibly posh. Grown men can’t pull the look off because it brings a huge conundrum of what socks and shoes to wear.

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That leads us to the subject of novelty items in formal wear. Would James Bond wear novelty socks? No.


Fabulous style in the West End


ince opening his wonderfully stylish hair and beauty salon almost two years ago, Dean Morrice has become a firm favourite in the West End. As many of the city’s most stylish know, Dean creates stunning cuts, and fabulous customer care at his innovative salon on Queen’s Lane South. It’s the perfect West End option whether you just need a trim or fancy a completely new look in terms of colour and cut. Chez Dean is more than just a great hair salon. From the moment you step inside, it’s clear that you’re in for an immersive experience. You

may go in feeling tired and run down, but the team’s exuberant expertise acts as a pick-me-up. Book an appointment and you’ll come out feeling bubbly, reenthused and will look better and feel great. Think of it as a dose of Vitamin Dean. As well as Dean and talented Art Director Danielle Palompo, Chez Dean also has two gifted beauty therapists offering perfect brows, waxing, make up and Gelish manicures. Dean has also worked with boutique makers Feather and Grey to create his own line of gorgeous scented candles, diffusers and even a signature

Rose and Oud cologne that reflects the salon’s ethos of individual attention, relaxation, a good natter and superb skills in an industrial chic setting, accented by fabulous baroque touches of fuchsia. Chez Dean even offers late nights to suit client lifestyles. It’s typical of Dean’s close relationship with his clients and desire to offer the best hair and beauty care in the city. You can check out the latest offers and looks on Chez Dean’s Instagram. As Dean says, ‘We only do fabulous!’ 11 Queen’s Lane South, AB15 4UZ Tel: 07595 494262 chezdeanQLS


Gents Black Bay Bronze Watch £2,860

Ladies Clair de Rose Watch £1,520

Limited edition Bell & Ross Laughing Skull Watch

Bell & Ross Laughing Skull Watch £7,900

Exciting addition to Finnies watch brands


innies is excited to announce they now offer an enticing selection of timepieces from Tudor watches which is part of the Rolex watch company. The Swiss made watches offer the quality and dependability of the parent group but at a more accessible price point (prices range from £1,220 - £4,500). Tudor watches are truly exceptional and they are designed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions and are made for those with a keen sense of adventure. We are particularly in love with Tudor’s Black Bay collection, which is a subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking. Black Bay watches are waterproof to 200 metres and come in steel, fabric or leather straps. For the girls, the ‘Glamour Date’ and ‘Clair De Rose’ will add style to any occasion.

219-223 George Street Aberdeen AB25 1HY


innies, the only stockist of Bell & Ross watches in the North-east, is pleased to have a rather different kind of concept watch in store which is bound to turn a few heads! Since its inception, Bell & Ross has had concept watches that are now an integral part of its DNA. BR 01 ‘Skull’, launched in 2009, was one of the first to ride the wave of the trend for Skull watches. Fast forward nearly 10 years later and Bell & Ross is going one step further with a new Skull watch, this time equipped with an automaton movement. It includes a surprise that will make you laugh: the lower jaw moves and the skull grins back at you! There are only 500 of these worldwide, all individually numbered and Finnies is thrilled to have availability of these watches. We love the quality, the style and the fun aspect of this watch and we hope you will too!

Tel: 01224 636632



‘At the start of the year, I came back to The Silver Darling to lead the kitchen team which was a real homecoming moment for me as this is where I got my start in the industry, and in fact, met my now wife. ‘Back when I was twenty, I was a commis chef here and starting out my career so I have always loved the restaurant. ‘Before returning, I was head chef at The Tolbooth in Stonehaven which taught me valuable skills but to return as head chef is a fantastic personal achievement. ‘When I’m not in the kitchen, you’ll find me walking in the hills and enjoying the countryside.


It’s a great way to unwind from the pace of a busy kitchen. ‘At The Silver Darling, our focus is on fresh and seasonal produce with a mix of seafood dishes and meat options to complement the new surroundings of the recent refurbishment. ‘We are lucky to be in the perfect location to get the best fish produce which is delivered daily to our kitchens. For example, our fresh crab comes direct from the boats in Gourdon. ‘I like to keep the dishes simple but I will add my twist with the accompaniments and get a lot of inspiration from the cookery books from leading restaurants. ‘Seasonality is key for us and we tend to change the menu every three to four months which allows us to get creative with seasonal produce which is great for our customers.

with hazelnut vinaigrette, pickled apples & pea shoots INGREDIENTS: (Serves 4)

16 medium scallops 50g washed pea shoots 1 Granny Smith apple 1 lemon (juiced) 85g roasted hazelnuts 60g olive oil 10g sherry vinegar

METHOD Slice the apple, discarding the core and chop into strips, mix with half of the lemon juice and leave to pickle for at least an hour. Blitz the hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped but not too powdery or chop by hand. Mix this with the oil, the other half of the lemon juice and the vinegar and season. When ready to cook, place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium to high heat for a couple of minutes, coat the scallops with some vegetable oil and season well. Place scallops flat side down into the pan and sear until lightly caramelised (about 1.5 to 2 minutes) turn over the scallops and lower the heat slightly and cook for the same length of time on the other side. Place the scallops on kitchen roll to absorb excess oil. Place four scallops on each plate, top with the apples, pea shoots and hazelnut vinaigrette.


Trend rounds up some Latin American flavours


ith Peruvian cuisine being this year’s hot gastronomic trend and a fair sprinkling of Mexican, Brazilian and South American restaurants cropping up in the city over the past couple of years, we decided to sample the delights South of the border…

We headed for Muchacho on a weekday evening, and at 5pm the aromas leaving the shop were very appetising. The shop is mainly takeaway, but there is a window bench with high stools if your hunger is too great. You create your own dish, with the usual choices of burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos and salad, along with tacos and a naked burrito (just the fillings and accompaniments). I chose Pork Carnitas as my main filling, which was as juicy and tender as advertised, and paired it with salsa verde and guacamole – the usual suspects of rice and beans are included in the burrito. My husband had the Guerrero Beef and the chipotle salsa but reckoned he could have coped with the ‘Punch in the Face’ salsa which boasts four chillis on the blackboard and is ‘for the hot heads’. Muchachos is bright, clean and friendly and also sells Mexican Jarritos, bottled fizzy drinks straight from the mother country. muchacho.co.uk

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Fresh Mex Fresh Mex duo Robbie Moult and Calum Wright started as a farmers’ market pop-up in 2015, and have very recently opened a restaurant of their own on Schoolhill, but it was to their food residency at the Adams and Hawthorn Sports Bar on Holburn Street that we headed on a Sunday night. The Adams is a bright and comfortable lounge with a pub feel and a wall of sport, perfect for a feed and catch up with the weekend’s sporting events. We ordered a nachos, a rice bowl and a burrito to sit in, with marinated chicken on the first two, and half and half mixed beans and beef & chorizo chilli on the burrito. We all declared the food well-cooked and really tasty, and great value for money too. There is a veggie option of smoky BBQ pulled jackfruit, as well loads of burger choices and a Cali-Burrito, a San Diego phenomenon which replaces the rice with French fries! freshmex.co.uk

Revolucion de Cuba Final stop on our search for Latin flavours was Revolucion de Cuba, in the Academy Shopping Centre Courtyard just off Belmont Street. There’s a laid back vibe during the day and more of a party atmosphere in the evenings. Hemingway with a mirror ball may seem strange, but it works. The décor is an eclectic take on a shady Havana bar and cantina, in wood, tile and mosaic. The appetising menu isn’t strictly Cuban, but draws on influences from across South America, even straying across to Cyprus for fusion tapas like their wonderful little Halloumi Tacos. We sampled a robust plate of chorizo in a red wine and honey sauce and patatas bravas perfectly set off with a spicy tomato sauce and a garlicky aioli. It may not be painstakingly authentic, but everything tasted great! Revolucion de Cuba is a great choice for vegetarians in search of something different, as well as carnivores. The main course mushroom, bean and spinach burrito proved to be the cheesiest of comfort foods, while my co-reviewer demolished his excellent Caribbean Chicken Curry, singling out the balance of flavours and the zesty rice for special praise. There’s a great cocktail menu, with alcohol-free versions for those who are driving. The Virgin Zombie Killer came with enough fruit on top to qualify as dessert. Viva la Revolucion! revoluciondecuba.com


First Parkinson’s UK Ladies Afternoon Tea in Aberdeen It’s time to gather your friends, family, neighbours or colleagues and enjoy the afternoon with bubbles and a blether at the first ever Parkinson’s UK ‘Ladies Afternoon Tea’ in Aberdeen in November. The event is being held at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa on Sunday 4 November and will be attended by Anne MacColl, the Parkinson’s UK trustee for Scotland, whose husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 50 four years ago. Tickets for the event include welcome drink, afternoon tea, entertainment and the chance to win some fantastic prizes at auction and raffle. To book and find out more information visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/ladiesafternoontea

National win is the icing on the cake for Laurencekirk baker A Laurencekirk specialty baker’s products have been named the Best Baked in Scotland in the 2018 Scotland’s Business Awards. Allison Stewart, owner of Cakes by Alli-Baba,

picked up the top award ahead of 13 other regional finalists from across Scotland. She started the business in 2011, working on a part-time basis as a hobby from a home kitchen.

Scotland Food and Drink awards winners Six out of the 26 winners at the Scotland Food and Drink Awards announced in June were from Aberdeen city and shire. Joseph Robertson fish merchants took home the Investing in Skills award, whilst Aberdeenshire firm Quality Pork Ltd. won the Success Through Partnership category. six˚north scooped the Brewing trophy with their Foraged and Found product, and Cocoa Ooze triumphed with their Liquorice and Black Pepper bar in Confectionery. Newcomers Hungry Nut Butter won Healthy Choice with ABC Crunchy Mix Nut Butter, and Stonehaven food hero Calum Richardson brought home Food Pioneer of the Year for The Bay Fish and Chips.




mpress your guests by serving a sizzling pan in the middle of the table surrounded by small plates of complimentary ingredients. The contrast of colours and textures pleases the eye and the appetite.

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Spread the workload by putting someone in charge of arrival drinks and making sure you have ice. Find out about food allergies, dislikes or dietary requirements in advance. Dishes like soup or salad can be made ahead of time and finished in a few minutes. A slow cooked curry, casserole or ragu with accompaniments is stress-free. For dessert, try a caramel cheesecake, pudding or tart with ice cream, crème fraiche and seasonal fruits for a deliciously simple crowd-pleaser. End with a cheese board. Try the Gourmet Cheese Company on Rosemount Place, for a great selection, tasting nibbles and expert advice.

Ingredients Porter’s Gin Amaro Montenegro Citric Acid Demerara Sugar Syrup

Spanish Bitters Soda Water Prosecco


rchid’s D.I.Y. Bru is exactly that; a ‘Do it Yourself’ version of Scotland’s tonic, Irn Bru. Our headbartender Adam Gray has used ingredients other than Irn Bru to replicate the taste of the beautiful stuff. Porter’s Gin and Amaro Montenegro provide the alcoholic centre, with the Amaro bringing bitterness to Porter’s citrusy base. Citric Acid Solution to balance and Demerara Sugar Syrup to bring a rich sweetness. Dr. Adam Elmegriab’s Spanish Bitters highlight the citrus notes, before our Bru is lengthened with Soda Water and Prosecco. orchidaberdeen.com


CALA homes site managers take pride in the job

Local businessman supports charity’s first classic car rally Four Aberdeen-based CALA Homes (North) site managers received recognition recently in the shape of prestigious industry awards from the National Home Building Council (NHBC). Fred Anderson, Iain Dickinson, Robert Murney and Rob Swanson - have each won a 2018 NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Award in recognition of

their work at CALA at Grandhome in Bridge of Don, The Grange at Balgownie in Bridge of Don, Cults Park development in Cults and Milltimber Grange at Oldfold Village, Milltimber. This represents an across-the-board sweep for all of CALA’s live developments in Aberdeen.

‘Building the Future Together’ at Aberdeen’s First Construction and Property Conference Aberdeen is set to host a brand new construction and property conference, Build It, which will take place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Friday 30 November. The one day event, entitled ‘Building the Future Together’, will bring together 14 speakers from right across the industry, as well as offering companies the chance to showcase their innovative products and solutions. For more information contact isla.stewart@mearns-gill.com

Neil Ross of AutoMasters Inverurie has joined up with local charity Fly Cup Catering to lend support to their first ever charity Classic Car Rally. Mr Ross who is a keen classic car enthusiast heard about the rally and contacted the charity to offer his backing. The rally will tour the scenic North East 250 route from

28 to 30 September with overnight stays at Pittodrie House Hotel and Eight Acres Hotel and Leisure Club. All funds raised will help Fly Cup Catering in their quest to raise £250,000 to provide training, qualifications and employment to adults with learning disabilities at their Inverurie base.

High five for Ballogie House Ballogie House, on the Ballogie Estate in Aberdeenshire, is one of only four self-catering properties in Royal Deeside to have been awarded 5 Stars from Visit Scotland. Situated between Aboyne and Banchory, Ballogie House can accommodate up to 14 people

and is suitable for larger groups or family gatherings, including weddings. It boasts its own natural water supply from a spring, a stunning elevated orangery with views across the garden and open parkland beyond, and a hot tub in the grounds.

John Pryde gallery opens Artist John Pryde has just opened a gallery and studio at 86 Great Western Road, which exhibits all new works as well as some stylish homeware pieces.

Our aim... To inspire you with these timeless but stunning monochrome looks Based within Treehouse Midmar, AB51 7NB Tel: 01330 833336 info@garrodinteriors.co.uk Open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm Sat-Sun by appointment

Deeside Music Festival is back! Deeside Music Festival is being held this year on 31 August and 1 September at Deeside Activity Park in Dess. Featuring the Gerry Jablonski Band, GypsyRoots, The Lorelei and many more, there is on-site camping, and some delicious local food stalls. Tickets at deesideactivitypark.com

Limited to only 12 guests, the evening is hosted in our library, an elegant and intimate location.

Douneside Dining Club presents an unforgettable evening for those who enjoy the finest food and wine

Our 3 AA rosette head chef, David Butters, will create a special 6-course tasting menu for these evenings, showcasing a variety of expertly crafted dishes that have been created exclusively for the event. Our sommelier will introduce each dish, explaining the provenance of its ingredients, followed by a brief history on his choice of accompanying wines, explaining why each vintage perfectly complements the dish being served. Above all, the Douneside Dining Club presents an opportunity to meet like-minded guests in a relaxed and picturesque setting, and to indulge in a true foodie experience. UPCOMING DINING CLUB EVENTS (BOOK NOW):

For further details visit dounesidehouse.co.uk/food-drink/douneside-dining-club *Restaurant open 7 days for lunch, afternoon tea & dinner. Reservation essential.

FRI 26th OCT BELLA ITALIA EVENING Our head chef perfected his craft in Italy, so this will be an italian based tasting menu to remember.

FRI 30th NOV FESTIVE MENU WITH A TWIST An evening celebrating ‘a festive menu with a twist’.


Zander makes the A-Team Stylist Zander, from Saks Hair & Beauty in Union Square, has made it onto the Saks UK ‘A-TEAM', which is an outstanding achievement. The A Team consists of stylists, handpicked from Saks salons all across the UK, to take part in a mentoring course which is provided by the SAKS UK ART TEAM to further develop their creative skill set. Zander pictured far right

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Rock the Western look with the new ‘Rockinghams’ from Fairfax & Favor. Mid-calf boots handcrafted from beautifully soft suede, with a subtle Cuban heel and decorative hand-stitched details. They are stunning! Team with a mini Windsor bag and you’re all set for an Indian summer. The eagerly anticipated wide-fit Fairfax & Favor Explorer and Regina tall boots have also just arrived. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK !

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The perfect recipe for a new kitchen


f you’re looking for a new kitchen that combines high quality, superb style and practicality, head to John Willox Kitchen Design in the heart of Ellon. You’ll find a welcoming showroom displaying a chic and ultra-modern range of contemporary and classic kitchen styles from three exclusive ranges - the German Rot Punkt range, Second Nature British Kitchens and the new Developer Range, all precisely designed and crafted with a top-of-the-line look and feel, but at a competitive price.

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Join them for a live cooking demonstration to see how they combine great design with practicality and effortless functionality. It’s the perfect recipe for a new kitchen!

Discover the latest innovations and design trends. Dark matt finishes in navy, black, or grey with copper or rose gold accents give a stunning, high impact look that also withstands the rigours of family life. The experienced and friendly team at John Willox Kitchen Design can create a design that suits your individual needs and your budget. With new options for finance available you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how affordable quality can be.

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ritten by award winning writer Tim Firth, The Band is a beautiful story for anyone who grew up with a boyband.

It's 1992 and for five 16 year old girls, the band is everything. Join us as this group of girls who were once inseparable reunite after 25 years apart and try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting the boyband whose music became the soundtrack to their lives. The Band features the music of Take That, Britain's most successful boyband of all time, whose songs include Never Forget, Back for Good, A Million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood, Relight My Fire and Rule the World. The Band has now become one of the most successful musical theatre tours ever. Don't miss your chance to see this breathtaking, brand new production before it hits London's West End. To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:

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The E-Type Jaguar, the Burberry trench and the Eames Lounger all show that classic design is worth investing in, whether it’s cars, clothes or furniture.


ou may have a higher outlay, but design classics are built to last and remain in style for decades. It’s a compelling combination of good looks, durability and perfect functionality. A solid hardwood floor may seem ruinously expensive, but it’ll age well and still look great after fifty years; the odd accident simply adds character. Similarly, choosing a design classic sets your interiors above fashion fads and takes you into the realm of effortless style. To stay current, all you need is a lick of paint and a few new cushions every now and then.

‘Whether it’s a Scandinavian modernist sideboard, or a sofa like the Togo, design classics adapt to changing trends and still stay relevant. Togo for example has been in continuous production since 1973, as at home now in a chilled out TV room or family kitchen diner as it was in a hip and trendy lounge in the 70s. Design classics move with the times rather than standing still’, explained Keith Dargie of Dargie Design. Look for clean lines, lasting comfort and style that lasts the test of time and design that makes your heart leap every time you see it.









Mike Loggie, Rosemary Taylor, Joanna Robertson, Stewart Milne

Gareth Innes, Fiona Suttie

Derren McRae, Ailsa McRae, Sarah Finnie, Arron Finnie

Russell Anderson Charity Dinner

Craig Burnett, Laura Burnett, Graeme Burnett, Lynne Burnett

Alison Yule, Carolynne Yule, Laura Yule, Steven Yule

WHO: Russell Anderson launched his recently formed charity with a fundraising ball to highlight the work in areas of social deprivation in Aberdeen.

Chris Carry, Lee Carry

WHAT: The inaugural event was attended by over 200 guests who enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing to raise funds for the free health and well-being classes being provided to over 2000 Primary School children in the city.

Fiona Harris, Lynsey Brosman, Ali MacLachlan

WHERE: The Chester Hotel

Suzanne Mackie, Layla Edrich, Kelly Work, Alex Reid

Paul Lawson, Hannah Brooks, Richard Stephen, Kate Rennie

Allan Reith, Kerry Reith, Dean Walker, Anna Walker

Claire Anderson, Russell Anderson

Simon Hay, Holly Vase

Luke Watts, Abbie Tough, Charlotte Thraves, Broghan Watts, Christy Burnett

Kimberley Robb, Rachael Pickard, Ashley Hall

Willow Lane Penny Stephen, Sarah Whyte

Rachel Wilson, Lucy Fullbrook

WHO: Willow Lane Fashion

Andrea Taylor, Bethanie Knowles

WHAT: Launch night to showcase the newest arrivals of Spring Summer style at Willow Lane Fashion. Guests included local bloggers, friends, family and fashion lovers from aberdeen and around.

Susan Paton, Karyn Paton

WHERE: Orchid, Aberdeen

Jim Murdoch, Daryn Bruce

Katie O’Brien, Julie Brander

Emma Murray, Gaia Podlesny, Kate Wilson

Karri Tough, Ailsa Stronach, Linda Stronach, Paige Quirie


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he definition of art is : ‘The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power’ and it belongs in the garden as much as it does anywhere else. In the same way that we adorn our living space with sculptures, paintings etc., art has a place in the garden too and it doesn’t have to be predictable. The secret is not to be daunted, allow it to be what you want it to be whether the subject is serious or humorous, it will have it’s place. It doesn’t have to be sculpture either, it can

be an arch positioned in the right place to create interest and intrigue or a planter filled with beautiful plants, a water feature or topiary and of course, it can be sculpture or statues too.

Gloria, Illona Morrice illona-sculptures.co.uk

One of my clients has a passion for art in the garden. In talking with them on this subject, they outlined that they don’t spend hours labouring over which piece goes where nor do they necessarily buy a piece for a specific location in the garden. Instead they buy what they love or makes them smile and then position it where they can see it or it feels most natural. I think the message is, if you simply enjoy whatever it is you choose, you will probably find others do too.

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LOCAL GALLERIES Tolquhon Gallery by Tarves Ellon AB41 7LP Gallery Heinzel Thistle House, 24-26 Thistle St Aberdeen AB10 1XD Enid Hutt Gallery (Aberdeen) 500 Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1TT Milton Art Milton of Crathes Banchory AB31 5QH The Lost Gallery Strathdon AB36 8UJ Keith Mellard, Sculptor 190 Ruthrieston Circle Aberdeen AB10 7LU Harrison Sculpture Boyndlie, Fraserburgh Glasstorm 2 Chapel Street, Tain Ross-shire IV19 1EL

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hen it comes to great interiors, sofas, armchairs and dining furniture, Dargie Designs’ new showroom is the home of modern classics. The family-owned design destination is just round the corner from John Lewis and is brilliant if you’re looking for a sleek, well designed modern sofa, suite or just a special chair. You’ll find gorgeous, colourful pieces from some of the best-regarded names in designer seating, including Ligne Roset, Kartell and Leolux. Whatever you choose is designed not just for looks, but also for comfort, practicality and longevity. Dargie’s are the exclusive Scottish stockist for many of the designs.

Sitting pretty with Dargie Design

There’s a genuinely warm and friendly atmosphere and you can browse and lounge on the furniture without feeling pressured. Take your time and try things out. That’s part of the reason 80% of their business comes from repeat customers who value quality, design and friendly service. The combination of design led-living that doesn’t sacrifice comfort or durability and outstanding personal service sets the store apart from other retailers. There are no one-season wonders here, just modern design classics engineered to suit your way of life. Whether you’re looking for a new sofa, dining furniture, bedroom fittings, cabinetry or occasional pieces which will still look great a decade from now, Dargie is the place to go. There’s also an expanded range of finishing touches including stunning statement lighting, gorgeous vases, clocks and mirrors. Dargie’s own range of beautifully scented candles and diffusers make for a great gift or a special treat. The best way to discover Dargie’s outstanding service and superb selection is to visit for yourself. The shop is open every day except Wednesday. Hours run from 10ish to 5ish, except on Sunday, where they open from 1ish to 4ish.

12 John Street AB25 1BT Tel: 01224 620069 dargiedesign.co.uk @dargiedesign


Raven Spirits take flight with gin launch success


t may have only been a few months since the launch of Raven Gin, but according to gin connoisseurs, the north-east brothers behind the brand have undoubtedly added to the rich variety of Aberdeenshire’s small batch gins. Callum and Peter Sim successfully launched their highly anticipated products (a signature Thought and Memory expression and a limited release Founder’s Edition) at an exclusive event last month and the brand has already gone from strength to strength. To the venture, Callum brings his business experience of over two decades as a lawyer - as well a compelling passion for Scottish spirits he has long shared with his brother. Peter has worked within the hospitality industry for over 30 years, having been instrumental in setting up whisky and gin bars at several high-end establishments. Under his independent business, Peaty Nose Ltd. - he organises tastings and is the founder of local Gin Clubs and was also one of the organisers of this year’s Gin Festival: North East. Callum commented, ‘Peter’s expertise, alongside my business experience, have been a great pairing. Both products have been a year in the making, but I wasn’t prepared to launch anything that wasn’t absolutely perfect. We wanted a distinctive taste journey, and we know from feedback, that that’s what we’ve achieved. ‘For us, it’s about authenticity and quality. No gimmicks, just a damn fine dram that I am proud to put my name to.’

Managing director Graeme McGuire (left) & business development manager DJ Robertson of AV One Solutions.

AV One Solutions moving on up AV One Solutions, which provides audio-visual services for onshore/ offshore installations and event support, has relocated to new larger office space at the Nevis Business Park in the city’s Bridge of Don area,

with a dedicated workshop and service area, along with a product demonstration suite to highlight different technologies. The company has also appointed DJ Robertson as business development manager.

New tour takes no prisoners Peterhead Prison’ is a new audio tour which has been created by the team behind Peterhead Prison Museum, after taking home the Innovation Tourism Award at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism awards last year. Beginning at South Breakwater - looking across at the “Harbour of Refuge” - the GPS audio Geotourist trail takes in Peterhead Port and Meethill Tower, before arriving at Peterhead Prison. It is narrated by staff member, Lorraine Murdoch.

RGU engineering manager launches Aberdeen Walking Tours app A Robert Gordon University engineering manager, Bryan Atchison, has launched a self-guided tour app for Aberdeen. A smartphone and a pair of headphones are all that’s needed for Aberdeen Walking Tours, providing great flexibility for the tourist. Three tours are currently available: Dark Aberdeen: Piracy & Slavery Tour, Explore Union Street Tour and a tour of the RGU campus. For more information contact info@aberdeenwalkingtours.com

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berdeenshire based Raven Spirits Ltd. is the newest premium gin producer to fly onto the gin scene with the launch of its signature product, Thought and Memory and a limited release Founder’s Edition. Having already gained a Gold Medal at the 2018 Global Spirits Masters Gin Awards, the locally produced gin is inspired by Norse mythology; Odin’s Ravens, Huginn and Muninn, (Old Norse meaning Thought and Memory) and has been developed by brothers, Callum and Peter Sim, over the course of a year. Raven Gin is thoughtfully distilled with six traditional botanicals including a sweet citrus

hint of delicate mandarin, delivering a balanced premium dry gin that’s set to be a classic. Fresh on the nose, light and smooth on the palate, with a distinctive warm and slightly spicy finish, there’s a distinctive taste journey. If you’re not lucky enough to win a bottle, you can purchase both expressions at ravengin.com or at a number of local retailers, including Aberdeen Whisky Shop, Inverurie Whisky Shop and Hammerton Store. To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:

Lonach to go the extra mile Organisers of the Lonach Highland Gathering & Games have joined forces with The Daily Mile to hold an event for primary age school children at this August’s gathering. The afternoon event aims to give children attending the Gathering an opportunity to clock up their daily mile in front of an audience of thousands. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, 25 August in the Aberdeenshire village of Bellabeg, with The Daily Lonach Mile starting at 12:30, and participants will be led into the arena by the local pipe band.  Pre-register at dailylonachmile@yahoo.com

Only three left as luxury development draws to a close

What is Raven Gin inspired by?

Only three homes remain at CALA’s The Grange at Balgownie development in Bridge of Don. The final trio includes the development’s sumptuous showhome, offering a rare chance for a buyer to snap up a five-bedroom Darroch in walk-in condition. The other remaining properties include another Darroch and a four-bedroom Cleland. The Grange at Balgownie comprises 32 three, four and five-bedroom detached, semi-detached and terraced homes as well as townhouses. cala.co.uk


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e’re committed to building and sustaining long-term client relationships based on trust, superior service and the quality of our initial and ongoing advice. Vee Thom provides a highly personalised service, with the aim of ‘earning the right’ to be considered as your trusted financial adviser for many years to come. We will help you make informed financial decisions to achieve your goals through personal, face-to-face financial advice. We provide a comprehensive wealth management service, offering specialist face-to-face advice tailored to you. Our services include Investment Planning, Inheritance Tax Planning, Retirement Planning and Intergenerational Planning.

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ow would you like to take a friend for a great night out? We’ve got two £50 vouchers from Aberdeen Performing Arts up for grabs. APA is the charity which runs His Majesty’s Theatre, The Lemon Tree and the Music Hall, so our winners will be able to use their vouchers towards anything from their amazing programme of drama, comedy, dance, music and children’s entertainment. With everything from opera to musicals, ballet and

modern dance, stadium filling headliners, leading comedians, and a raft of more intimate performances to choose from, a whole world of entertainment awaits. APA vouchers make a great gift and are available from the Box Office or from aberdeenperformingarts.com.

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CEO of activpayroll receives OBE Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, received her OBE from the Queen for her services to business in Scotland and abroad at an Investiture held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in July. Alison was one of three people from the North-east of Scotland to be honoured with an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in December 2017.

Isle of Skye Paint add more shades Following the success of their launch in Kynoch & Robertson, the Isle of Skye Paint Company have told us that later this year they will be adding 15 fabulous new colours to their existing range of 32 shades. Keep an eye on their website isleofskyepaintcompany.co.uk for further updates.

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The Gym is coming to Aberdeen this October Home to a wide variety of experts, The Gym will offer everything from fitness and nutrition to make-up and hair, pop-up shops and events. There will be a quarterly timetable of evening classes and fun packed Sundays where you can learn new skills, meet new people or spend time with old friends. Available for private hire, The Gym is the perfect place for a special occasion, with the added bonus of a beautiful inner city garden. Join the mailing list at thegym.ltd

Hatstand Nelly CALA bursary boost for youth health and wellbeing sessions is recruiting Hatstand Nelly, the fabulous Holburn Street hair and beauty salon is adding to its staff, thanks to customer demand. ‘Our client base has grown and we are now recruiting stylists and apprentices. We’re looking for people who love to learn and want to develop their hairdressing career’, explained Lorraine, Hatstand Nelly’s Director. ‘My team are amazing. They're great to work with and it would be great to welcome new people to join us!’ hatstandnelly.co.uk.

A local group, which offers opportunities for youths aged 13-17 to get involved in making their communities safer, has received a cash boost to purchase new kits for its health and wellbeing sessions. Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Aberdeen (PSYV) is one of 11 successful organisations to share CALA Homes’ community bursary in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire this year. The group was awarded £500 to cover the cost of new kit for 27 of its members.

Befriend a Child inspired by Huntly Street’s Junk Unicorn

Poppy Ball supports Poppy Scotland The Poppy Ball is a black tie ball which has been organised at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa to raise funds for UK servicemen and women, veterans and their families. Entertainment will be provided by HM Royal Marine Band Scotland and the event will also celebrate 100 years of the RAF. The Poppy Ball is being held on Saturday 6 October and tickets are available from cylross@aol.com.

Meldrum House awarded best boutique hotel in Britain Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course has won the title of Britain’s ‘Best Boutique Hotel’, awarded by premium publication Luxurious Lifestyle Magazine. The hotel has won numerous accolades over the years including AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland. Meldrum House has undergone a significant transformation in the recent years, creating additional luxury bedrooms and a specialty whisky bar and club.

Twelve children supported by Befriend a Child took part in a ‘Junk Modelling’ session as part of the summer playscheme sponsored by Nexen. The ‘Junk Modelling’ session was sponsored by One Stop Waste who donated carefully selected materials including plastic trays, plastic bottles and hula hoops, and the inspiration was the Junk Unicorn which was created as part of the Nuart Festival this year. befriendachild.org.uk

Befriend a Child staff receiving junk from One Stop Waste


Charity Overwhelmed by Local Community Support Sue Ryder’s two year £3.9million appeal to extend its Aberdeen-based neurological centre, Dee View Court has reached £2.2million in just one year. The funds will double the size of this local neurological care centre, which cares for people living with long-term neurological conditions including Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and acquired brain injuries. Supporters of the Brick by Brick initiative include local pharmaceutical company, Porter Pharmacy, who have pledged to raise £10,000 across its stores, and Abbotswell Primary who are raising £1,000. For more information, go to sueryder.org/brickbybrick

Name announced for Aberdeen’s new £333million event venue Aberdeen’s new £333 million conference, exhibition and entertainment venue will be called The Event Complex Aberdeen - TECA. The project includes a new 12,500 capacity arena, exhibition and conferencing space for up to 5,000, as well as two on site hotels with 350 bedrooms

DeeClutter Fairies: a new venture for Pauline After many years of working in the oil industry, Pauline Parkhill has turned her hobby into a new Aberdeenshire business venture. Pauline loved helping friends and family sell their unwanted designer label clothing, footwear and bags on eBay, and now provides the service professionally to customers in the Northeast.  Find out more at deeclutterfairies.co.uk. 

and a further 150 rooms coming shortly after opening. The venue is also extremely environmentally friendly boasting its own energy centre, which will use local renewable resources and advanced technologies to produce an energy eco-system. The complex is scheduled to open in 2019.

Aboyne Games benefits local community groups The success of last year’s 150th Aboyne Highland Games, is being felt throughout Royal Deeside after organisers granted £6,000 of donations to 12 local community groups. Donations ranged from £250 to £1,000 and benefit a wide spectrum of the local population. Aboyne Highland Games traditionally donates around £1,000 each year to local good causes and the philanthropic aspect of the event has existed since at least 1884 when educational bursaries were offered to local scholars.

Stormy photo triumphs in Love Where You Live competition An atmospheric photo of waves crashing on the rocks at Girdleness has won The Love Where You Live competition which asked locals to sum up why they love living in the North-east of Scotland. The competition was run by Northsound

2 to celebrate the station becoming the first commercial radio station in Scotland to make the switch to digital from analogue. The winning shot was taken by Callum Hardie (25), from Aberdeen.


As the summer wedding season comes to an end, we are looking forward to the next holiday celebration, Halloween. But did you know that weddings and Halloween are closely linked?


ome traditional customs we follow on All Hallows Eve are thought to predict the identity of a future spouse! If you didn’t use your apples for dooking, peel the skin in one long strip and throw it over your shoulder. The peel is believed to land in the shape of the first letter of your future spouse’s name. If this isn’t your thing, unmarried women should sit in a darkened room and gaze in to the mirror on October 31st and their future husband’s face will appear in the mirror…. Halloween isn’t just for guising children. We love to design and dress venues in cobwebbed chandeliers, spiders and carved neeps creating spooktacular nights to remember. If you are already agreed on ‘till death do us part’ consider black, orange and purple for your wedding theme for a bewitching finish! In any event, we’re here for you. Happy Halloween!

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Divorce and Family Law Team is firmly established as one of the leading family law practices in Scotland.


urcan Connell’s Divorce and Family Law team has a wealth of experience, both legal and from a human perspective, which justifies their top band rating in family law, allowing them to advise and support their clients through what can be very challenging experiences. The team, which boasts two dual qualified solicitors in Scottish and English law, two accredited specialists in family law, one accredited specialist in child law and a solicitor advocate, provides the full range of services that might be required at any stage of a relationship from the moment a couple choose to set up home together, to providing adoption and surrogacy advice, advising on the financial consequences of the breakdown of a relationship and the care arrangements for any children.

The team, headed up by Gillian Crandles, cover cases which are extremely wide-ranging both in scope, complexity and which often cross international borders. The vast majority of divorce and family law cases are resolved by negotiation or by using alternative methods of dispute resolution. However, where settlement cannot be achieved and litigation becomes unavoidable, Turcan Connell’s wealth of experience lends itself to adopting as robust an approach as is required as they guide their clients through the court process, whether in the local Sheriff Court or in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. If you would like to get in touch, please telephone or email us. E-mail: enquiries@turcanconnell.com turcanconnell.com

Four firefighters from Central Fire Station in Aberdeen are running the New York Marathon for two causes close to their hearts.


rew Manager Graham Smith, Crew Manager Kris Malcolm, Station Manager Andy Buchan and Firefighter Ross Urquhart are all running the race in September to raise funds for The Archie Foundation and The Firefighters Charity. Graham says, ‘Neither Kris or myself have ever run a marathon before, although Ross and Andy have done. ‘We selected the Archie Foundation because my son had a small stint in hospital last year, and I was able to see first-hand what fantastic support the Archie Foundation gives children and their


families when they have to spend time in hospital. Also as a watch on Christmas day, we like to visit the kids’ hospital to donate selection boxes that we get from the local supermarkets. ‘As for the Firefighter Charity we always like to help and support injured colleagues and families from around the country. We have all been training for the last couple of months and have booked the Aberdeen half marathon as part of our training.’ If you would like to donate go to uk.virginmoneygiving. com/NYrunfirefighter2018

Win tickets to G2gin festival


in lovers should head to Holburn Street’s Trinity Hall for the inaugural G2Gin Festival on 14 and 15 September. Want to go? Well, we have 6 pairs of tickets to give away. The G2Gin festival features twenty different craft gins and is supported by prestigious tonic producers, Fever Tree. You can discover a wide range of boutique botanical gins, cocktail recipes and perhaps buy a new-found favourite or two. There will be three masterclasses across two days, which are included in the ticket price, giving visitors the chance to find out more about flavour

profiles and the botanicals that make up their favourite brands. Tickets are £30 and include tokens for the different gins, canapes, a Copa gin glass, goodie bag and entry to one masterclass, and are available on Eventbrite: g2gin-festival-2018. eventbrite.co.uk To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:

Which famous tonic water producer is supporting G2Gin?

win a st andrew’s stay at Macdonald rusacks hotel


e’ve teamed up with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts to offer one lucky reader and their guest the chance to explore beautiful St Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife. Our winner will be treated to one night’s dinner, bed and breakfast for two in the stunning four-star Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in the heart of this ancient town. Explore the ruined cathedral, stroll along the beach, wander round the shops, take a road trip round the scenic coast or play a round at the home of golf. After sampling the mouth-watering new menu in the hotel’s exquisite three AA Rosette Rocca Restaurant, which overlooks the Old Course, the winner will enjoy a great night’s sleep in one of the hotel’s beautifully appointed superior bedrooms. The next morning, a full Scottish breakfast will provide the ideal start to a day of exploring the vibrant town of St Andrews and beyond.


There will also be the chance to sample products from the popular Eden Mill gin and liqueur range thanks to a trip to Blendworks, described as ‘a classroom dedicated to flavour’ which is located within the Rusacks building. Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is a stylish location for the business and leisure traveler alike. It lies within sight of the world-famous Old Course in St Andrews and close to the beach made famous in the award-winning film, Chariots of Fire. In addition to the stunning Rocca Restaurant, the hotel also offers a more relaxed dining experience in One Under Gastro Pub whilst R Bar is the ideal location to relax and unwind. Find out more about Macdonald Hotels and Resorts at macdonaldhotels.co.uk To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:

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Take a few days this autumn to try an adventure break. Its a great way of experiencing new surroundings while challenging yourself to leave both your daily routine and comfort zone well behind.


he level of adventure is up to you. You could push yourself with an intensive and challenging option, equal parts exhaustion and exhilaration, or opt for a gentler, family-friendly break that suits all ages and fitness levels. If you don’t normally walk further than the car, it may be best to start with bagging a Munro or two rather than heading straight for the Everest Base Camp! Exodus Travel are one of the country’s oldest specialist tour organisers, specialising in off the beaten track adventures such as snow shoe trekking in Finland, wildlife walking to get up close to gorillas in Rwanda, spotting the elusive snow leopard in the Himalayas or discovering whether bears really do poo in the woods in Romania.

If warm weather adventures appeal more, Exodus also offer cycling in Madagascar, or you can spend 15 days pretending to be Jeremy Clarkson on a 4WD desert safari through Namibia. If you’re more Top Gun than Top Gear and you have a month to spare, you could learn to fly in Cyprus, saving around 40% on UK prices. There are similar intensive courses in Florida and the German and Austrian Alps.

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Diving makes another great adventure, particularly if you choose a warm-water destination with as many fascinating sights onshore as offshore. Consider Cuba, which combines a lively nightlife, classic cars on every street, great food and some of the most pristine dive sites in the Caribbean. If you’re feeling very adventurous, you can dive in a shark cage or go snorkelling alongside saltwater crocodiles. Or maybe just read a Hemingway adventure story while sipping on a rum-based cocktail by the pool. If the weather holds, there’s plenty of adventure on offer closer to home, too. Head for Fort William or Lochaber on the west coast, which both offer a huge variety of outdoor activities. Fort William has Ben Nevis of course, but also markets itself as the Outdoor Capital of Scotland. It’s brilliant for mountain biking, holding the UCI World Championships each June. There are plenty of less pant-wettingly terrifying tracks too, thankfully. Head for the Nevis Range ski, snowboard and mountain biking centre on Aonach Mor. A gondola takes visitors 2,000 feet up the mountain for amazing views and access to the ski slopes.


If mountaineering appeals, Fort William’s Caspar McKeever Mountaineering specialises in Skye Cuillin guiding and Scottish winter mountaineering and climbing. They can provide a professional guide to help you conquer new heights, or teach new skills. Try Llama Trekking at Ecocamp Glenshee, leading the gentle animals on a short trek. You may come home with ambitions to buy a llama or two of your own. Lochaber makes a great base for an adventure weekend in autumn, particularly because the midges will have gone. You can try sea kayaking or other water sports, head to the incredible beach at Sanna Bay, or try indoor climbing on the ice wall at Kinlochleven Ice Factory. You can also have a go on their aerial assault course. For a less bruising adventure, try Loch Shiel Cruises. The friendly trip is packed with interesting Jacobite tales and birdspotting opportunities in a magnificent wilderness area. Go on, spice up your life with a bit of adventure this autumn.



eptember sees the return of True North, the music festival in the heart of the city. This year’s event runs from 20-23 September and offers the chance to see some amazing musicians and great bands. Better yet, you can do so without the hassle of heading to a field in the middle of nowhere, eating dubious lentil burgers, wandering for hours trying to find your tent, or wallowing through puddles of mud. We’re not even going to think about festival portaloos! Instead, True North brings a comprehensive selection of headline performances right into the heart of Aberdeen. Much more civilised! Standout gigs include headliners The Magic Numbers, Camille O’Sullivan’s celebration of David Bowie, and perennial Aberdeen favourites Mogwai, with

their self-described musical equivalent of William Blake’s divine angel visions and Francis Bacon’s horror paintings. Fellow Glaswegians Glasvegas make their debut True North appearance, while singersongwriters Tracyanne Campbell and Danny Coughlan offer a more pared back show. Colin MacIntyre, better known as the Mull Historical Society, headlines on 22 September. There’s also a selection of free Fringe concerts across the city, mainly in small, intimate venues. Kids will enjoy their own gig, while the masterclass programme and discussion sessions give the chance to meet and learn from some of the leading festival performers. To buy tickets and see the full programme of events, head to truenorthfestival.co.uk.


Grab a fork and tuck in, it’s Aberdeen Restaurant Week


ood news for foodies who appreciate great food and a bargain price. Aberdeen Restaurant Week returns from the 3 - 9 September.

Nicola Johnston, Evening and Night Time Economy Manager of Aberdeen Inspired, explained, ‘We’re delighted to bring Aberdeen Restaurant Week back in September. Aberdeen’s restaurant offering is incredibly diverse, it boasts some of the country’s best chefs, as well as award-winning bars and eateries.

After an extremely successful run in February, we have another chance to sample some of the city’s best restaurants, at exceptional prices. Opt it boasts some of for a two course lunch the country’s best menu for £10 per person or a three course dinner chefs, as well as menu for just £20 each at award-winning over 30 restaurants.

‘Aberdeen Restaurant Week offers the chance to explore some of the best of Aberdeen’s cuisine and perhaps try somewhere you’ve never been before.’

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Restaurants that have signed up so far include many of the city’s best regarded eating places including Café Boheme, Café Harmony, Café 52, Bistro Verde, Topolabamba, 99 Bar and Kitchen, Rye & Soda, The Carmelite Hotel and Mackies 19.2 ice cream parlour. With new elements this year including ‘bistro bingo’ and slow food pop ups there are even more chances to get involved and also learn more about the hospitality industry in Aberdeen.

Paul Mair, Owner of Café Bohème, who are taking part, added, ‘We were fully booked during February’s Restaurant Week, so we’re thrilled to be involved again in September. The event is a great celebration of Aberdeen’s food and drink industry and helps to showcase your business and attract new customers.’ You can discover more about the restaurants taking part, the complete events listing and discover how to book at: aberdeenrestaurantweek.com

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Swimming lessons were once such a dreaded part of P.E. that many of us fervently hoped for a verruca simply to avoid getting in the pool.

Yet swimming is one of the best all round forms of exercise, combining a full-body workout with great fitness benefits, fun and very little chance of injury since the body is fully supported. Add in improved flexibility, a break away from our allconsuming phones and enhanced body confidence and self-esteem, and it’s clear that learning to swim can set your child on the path of fitness and wellbeing for life. It can also save lives, so it makes sense to teach children to swim and to enjoy being in the water when they are very young.

If you don’t have the confidence to teach your children yourself, then there are plenty of options around the city and shire. It’s best to check out the timetable at your local pool and book a session or two before signing up for a block of structured lessons. If your child turns out to be a natural water baby, then consider signing them up with a local swimming club to develop their skills and competitive streak. You can find a list of clubs at scottishswimming.com.

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ow some schools no longer offer lessons and many parents either can’t swim themselves, or aren’t sure how to teach their children to understand water safety and become strong, confident swimmers. That’s why more than half of primary school children can’t swim a length of a pool by themselves.

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Aquatics Aberdeen offer lessons for pre-schoolers with options for babies, toddlers and nursery-aged children in five different age bands and at nine different pools in the city. They also run classes for school age children and classes for those with special needs, as well as teaching adults to swim. The latest timetables and booking information are available from sportaberdeen.co.uk/ swimming-lessons.

David Lloyd Aberdeen have a great 25m indoor pool and a regular programme of coaching for both adults and children. There are family swim sessions, a children’s training pool and a great area for kids to splash about and have fun. Find out more about family memberships at davidlloyd.co.uk.

In the shire, Aberdeenshire Council offer regular lessons from birth to adults, though there can be a long waiting list. They also have intensive lesson packages over most holiday periods. Places can be booked online at aberdeenshire.gov.uk or in person at a pool. Rookie Lifesavers classes are available for confident swimmers aged 8-12, with Survive and Save classes for adults and over 12s.

Turtle Tots offer classes for babies and toddlers at pools across the city and shire, and even have an Aqua-natal Yoga programme for pregnant women. See turtletots.com for details of class times.

Julie Murray, Nicola Pirie, Janice Murray, Emma Sim, Angela Farquar

Mairi Smith, Dawn Mahoney, Elaine Elder

Sands Party Night Helen Rennie, Arlene Morse, Sharon Merrylees, Laura Stewart

Cathy McKay, Mandy Thompson

Tracy Riley, Lyndsey Spiers, Michelle Peterson, Kelly McKenzie

WHO: 150 ladies enjoyed a party night organised by Aberdeen Sands (stillbirth & neonatal death charity).

Kerri Sangster, Nicola Findlay

WHAT: Sands Aberdeen is a local charity that provides support to bereaved parents following the loss of their baby. ÂŁ4460 was raised and money will go towards items for a Bereavement Suite at the new Baird Family Hospital.

Julie-Ann Whyte, Kellie-Ann Wood

WHERE: Rox Hotel, Aberdeen

Lorraine Taylor, Violet Michie, Sandra Stephen, Donna Duncan, Corrine Wilkie

Wendy Duguid, Sarah Dines

Nicola Esson, Lynne Hosie

Louise Fraser, Leighann Keir, Dawn-Louise Campbell, Linda Hynd

Annette MacDonald, Edith MacDonald

Debbie McFarlane, Gillian Watson, Fiona Windle, Susan McPherason, Mandy Aitchison

Louise MacKintosh, Julian Ranero, Arlene Chisholm, Lesley Foote

Trend Ladies Day Anona Gauld, Laura Gauld, Laura Mowatt

Adele Howie, Patricia Paterson

WHO: Trend Ladies Day Event. Jacquline Watson Bryce, Susan Brechin

WHAT: 40 ladies donned their finery and hats to be Race Day ready. They had a champagne breakfast at Malmaison and luxury coach transfer to the Perth Races Ladies Day. Monies were raised on the day for Friends of Anchor. WHERE: Malmaison Aberdeen and the Perth Racecourse. Sarah Murray, Cara Andrews

Linda Godini, Christine Stamper

Lucy Sutherland, Kirsty Buyers

Debbie Muller, Sheila MacKay, Dorothy Moles

Sally Hutchison, Wilma Lynne Buchan

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eet husband and wife Alan and Julie McIntosh, who have recently opened their working studios to the public at Mill of Hirn near Banchory… Wood and Wool make a range of gorgeous interior pieces that would grace any home. Alan makes bespoke furniture which combines fabulous quality with robust design, unusual accents and brings out the beauty of the wood. Multi-talented Julie concentrates on designing and making unique finishing touches, whether it’s soft furnishings, ceramics or paintings. Julie explained how Wood and Wool came into being, ‘We both enjoy creating things for our home. Having been quietly pursuing this as a hobby for a couple of years and acquiring a large range of machinery along the way, we decided that maybe people might want to buy something they can’t get in any shop. ‘Wood and Wool allows us to showcase our ideas and share them with other people. There’s always something new to see whenever you visit. We want to be a small enterprise, making everything by ourselves. It’s never going to be about projecting sales figures and turnover, that’s for sure!’

My Dad was a fantastic carver, turner and furniture maker, so he influenced me enormously.

Alan’s furniture making takes inspiration from the individual qualities of his material. ‘I’ve always loved really old trees with lots of character. Each part of the same tree can be so different in character. When you first cut it and see all the grain and you know you are the first to ever see it. It’s always a great moment at the start of a new project. ‘My Dad was a fantastic carver, turner and furniture maker, so he influenced me enormously. Some of the things he has made are truly breathtaking. He never sold anything just gave it to friends and family. So really what I am saying is this is all his fault! ‘The wood helps me decide what I’m going to make. I try to save the most diseased parts of a tree which can give really special features I love so much. Once the wood is kiln-dried, I get an image in my head that various combinations of wood, steel, glass, maybe stone will work together. I let it evolve naturally. I love making tables, mirrors, lamp bases, clocks, and coat hooks.

Whatever I make, there will never be another exactly the same.’ Julie’s passion is to create beautiful things. She continued, ‘I use a variety of mediums allowing me the opportunity to explore a wide range of techniques. What inspires me? The colours and materials I use take me on a journey. I might have a rough idea to start with, but I enjoy the freedom to change my mind. I am always learning. It’s exciting to explore the endless possibilities the digital world can offer, combining old with new techniques is fascinating! ‘For us, the saying ‘Two heads are better than one’, is quite often true. We bounce ideas off each other. We have very similar tastes which obviously helps. We both take commissions and can make pieces to suit individual requirements and taste. ‘At the Mill Studio we have a small gallery where you can view samples of our work and also purchase. You may see a design or an idea that you like but it may not be the correct size or colourway - we can adapt this to suit the customer’s own home.’ The Mill Studio, Mill of Hirn, Banchory, AB31 5QS Open: Thur, Fri & Sun 1 - 4pm or by appointment wood-and-wool.co.uk


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Come and enjoy a fabulous 2 course lunch with a glass of fizz on arrival, a goodie bag and much more. The fashion from some of Aberdeen’s best loved stores will be showcasing their Autumn Winter collections.

Our annual big fashion extravaganza! Showcasing fashions from all over the City and Shire in an evening of total indulgence.VIP Tickets (Limited) £25pp includes front row seating, goodie bag and fizz on arrival.



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Christmas Fayre THE MARCLIFFE HOTEL & SPA 12 - 4pm

Be ahead of your Christmas shopping this year and come to our annual Christmas Fayre to find that early Christmas gift. FREE ENTRY To book an exhibition space email: events@trendmagazine.co.uk

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Bubbles & Baubles THE MARCLIFFE HOTEL & SPA 12 - 5pm

Back by popular demand our Christmas Party event, come with friends or family to this fun afternoon. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, with a 3 course lunch and a Christmas goodie bag, it’s the most sparkling event of the year! TICKETS | £75

For more details and to book tickets visit: trendmagazine.co.uk

04-05 RACE BEACH BALLISTIC BALMEDIE, ABERDEEN Test your mettle at the Beach Ballistic. Choose from 6k, 16k or 32k of beach-based obstacle course including a dip in the North Sea. beachballistic.com

EVENT MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT PETERHEAD, ABERDEENSHIRE Look out your deerstalker hat and magnifying glass for an atmospheric Murder Mystery Night at Peterhead Prison Museum. £37.27 peterheadprisonmuseum.com

04, 11, 18, 25 TOUR HISTORY TOUR CASTLEGATE, ABERDEEN Every Saturday in August: Find out whether Crime Pays on a Darker History Tour in Aberdeen. Starts from the Mercat Cross in the Castlegate at 7.15pm. Booking necessary at scotfreetours.com

FESTIVAL TECHFEST (25 AUG-22 SEP) ABERDEEN Techfest celebrates all things STEM with a packed programme of activities and events. techfestsetpoint.org.uk

MUSIC FAMILY BIG SUMMER BLOWOUT BEACH BALLROOM, ABERDEEN LoveRara bring their family friendly Big Summer Blowout to the Beach Ballroom. Tickets from £10. zarawilke.wixsite.com/loveraraltd

BLAZIN FIDDLES BEACH BALLROOM, ABERDEEN Blazin’ Fiddles with Karen Matheson at the Beach Ballroom. Guaranteed to lift anyone’s spirits! blazinfiddles.com

10-12 FESTIVAL BANCHORY BEER FESTIVAL BANCHORY, ABERDEENSHIRE Banchory Beer Festival celebrates its 5th year. banchorybeerfestival.com

KIDS MARITIME MAKERS ABERDEEN Kids Maritime Makers session at Aberdeen Maritime Museum free, but book in advance aagm.co.uk

KIDS ADVENTURE ABERDEEN VARIOUS LOCATIONS ABERDEEN Adventure Aberdeen have a multi-activity week for 5-8 year olds. sportaberdeen.co.uk

EVENT MEET THE MAKER BELLABEG, STRATHDON Be part of the rise and rise of Aberdeenshire as a craft gin location. Come and meet the people behind Raven Gin at the splendid Lonach Gathering. ravengin.com, lonach.org

MUSIC FESTIVAL DEESIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL (31 AUG-1 SEP) ABERDEENSHIRE Deeside Music Festival at Deeside Activity Park. deesideactivitypark.com

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GAMES BRAEMAR HIGHLAND GAMES BRAEMAR ABERDEENSHIRE Keep your eyes peeled for a Royal personage at the famous Braemar Highland Games braemargathering.org

ABERDEEN SELFBUILD & RENOVATION SHOW ABERDEEN Procrastinate no longer! The Aberdeen Selfbuild and Renovation Show is coming to town. Head to the Doubletree Hilton for inspiration and free demonstrations. etiom.co.uk

CHARITY EVENT JDRF ONE WALK ABERDEENSHIRE Sign up for the JDRF One Walk Aberdeen at Lochter Activity Centre. jdrf.org.uk FAMILY JAPAN DAY CULTS, ABERDEEN Say konnichiwa to Japan Day Aberdeen at Cults Academy jdayaberdeen@gmail.com

RACE PRIMEFOUR BEAST RACE BANCHORY, ABERDEENSHIRE The PrimeFour Beast race at Banchory is only for the toughest. Entry from £56.55. beastrace.co.uk

EVENT DOORS OPEN DAY TRINITY HALL, ABERDEEN Trinity Hall, at the corner of Holburn Street and Great Western Road is open to the public 10 am to 4 pm on Doors Open Day. View a unique collection of 16th century furniture and other artefacts old and new. Tea/coffee available doorsopendays.org.uk

ART SHOWCASE NEOS VARIOUS VENUES North East Open Studios (NEOS) gives us a chance to see how and where local artists work, plus there’s loads of great work for sale. northeastopenstudios.co.uk


20-23 MUSIC FESTIVAL TRUENORTH VARIOUS VENUES ABERDEEN Truenorth, Aberdeen’s Contemporary Music Festival. aberdeenperformingarts.com

APPLE SUNDAY PITMEDDEN, ABERDEENSHIRE Celebrate the season of mellow fruitfulness at Pitmedden Garden’s Apple Sunday. You can buy apples and pears grown on the estate as well as playing giant lawn games and spotting vintage tractors. nts.org.uk




till basking in the glow of a summons to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in July to receive the insignia of OBE from Her Majesty the Queen is Aberdeen business woman Alison Sellar whose company, activpayroll, has spread like wildfire to more than 140 countries in the past 16 years. However, the envelope containing news of the honour being given to the former Aberdeen Grammar School pupil could easily have landed up in the bucket.

Australia, and are now well established in places like Singapore. Finding good people has been the key to success and our philosophy has been that we cannot afford to over-promise and under-deliver.’

Alison is not alone in dreading the sight of brown envelopes arriving in the post and said: ‘To be honest, I thought it was a parking ticket I was getting so I was thrilled to discover otherwise.’ She is proud of receiving the accolade for services to business in Scotland and abroad but is quick to acknowledge members of the team who sort out the payroll for thousands of people worldwide.

Alison is very grateful to her parents Norma and Allan Smart, of Grampian Business Bureau, for whom she worked before being made a partner in 1999 and branching out with activpayroll. Oh, and along the way, she is mum to Thomas and Danielle and, by the way, is an ardent fundraiser for charities, cycling hundreds of miles for good causes such as the Maggie’s cancer centre in Aberdeen. Yorkshire in August and India in November are next on the agenda.

At the helm with her are husband Euan, who is chief operating officer, business services director Sian Odgers and global tax director Graham McKechnie. ‘We are so fortunate to have great staff who fly the flag for us abroad,’ Alison added. ‘We started in 2001 with just one client in the oil and gas sector of the North Sea but by 2005 we had opened our first overseas office in Perth, Western

For obvious reasons of client confidentiality, she has to decline naming any of the companies activpayroll serves, but she did let slip a juicy titbit that one is a Formula One racing outfit.

It’s a full-on life for this 48-year-old who said at school she wanted to be a ski instructor. ‘I am humbled to have received my OBE from the Queen” she added, ‘but this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my husband Euan, my family and the entire team at activpayroll.”

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