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Our guide to events & interiors for the festive season








20 Country Ways - Country style for city girls 26 Premier League - The Chelsea boot is tops in men’s footwear



Called to the barre - Give BarreConcept a shot 18 Winter skin saviours 34


86 Pryde of Scotland - Look at John Pryde’s colourful canvasses 96 Win tickets to HMT’s pantomime


Bottoms up! Win some Fierce Beer 41 Meet the chef at Aberdeen’s Malmaison 44 Trend Tries... a dram or two of whisky at the Carmelite 46




Maine attraction - Courtney heads to Portland 76 Christmas is coming - Get ahead with our events guide 78 Win a stay at Edinburgh’s Indigo - Princes Street hotel 83





90 What’s on in October & November 94 Ten years of Trend - A decade of style 92 Peter Mitchell has the last word 97 Trendy Locations




54 Cosy up for Christmas 64 Kirsty’s end of season garden advice




ISSUE N0. 60

OCT/NOV 2017



elcome to our 10th anniversary issue of Trend! There’s no denying that the city and the shire have both changed dramatically over the last decade. We’ve seen new shopping centres and swathes of new housing, we’ve seen the oil price drop off and a bleak global outlook. Even though we’re heading into autumn and winter, there’s a real sense of anticipation in the air. It feels like we’re ready to re-emerge as a region, more confident, more cosmopolitan and more optimistic than before. The covers will soon be off the refurbished Music Hall and the expanded Art Gallery. The last road cones will be cleared and the AWPR will improve transport links. We’re ready to take on the world once more.

PUBLISHED BY TREND PRODUCTIONS LTD PO Box 11858, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire AB39 9AN +44 (0)1224 596223

DIRECTOR Gill Buyers EDITOR Alison Daniels ADVERTISING Clare Findlay DESIGN Lisa Thompson ACCOUNTS Jill Walker PRINT Stephens & George Print Group DISTRIBUTION Nordrop

Contributors Newsline Media, Courtney O'Grady, Kirsty McLean, Peter Mitchell, Samantha Williams & Sarah Rose

On the Cover MODEL | Lucy Johnstone FACE | MAC Studio Fix foundation, Urban Decay Naked concealer, MAC bronzer & highlighter

We live in one of the best parts of a country which is ranked the most beautiful in the world. We have mountains and beaches and a great quality of life. We have superb scenery and an outstanding natural environment, history and heritage, as well as great artisan producers of everything from cheese to candles.

EYES | MAC Cosmetics

We all have our part to play in bringing about the renaissance of the North-east. Support your local businesses, try something new, take a day trip, treat yourself to something special, take a walk in the park and kick through the leaves. Let’s make the most of where we live. Just as we have been for the past decade, we’re here to help you make the most of life.

MAKE UP | Clarisse Morieux MUA

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LIPS | MAC ‘Sin’ PHOTOGRAPHER | Steve Smith STYLING | Raegen Smith, Samantha Williams & Sarah Rose

HAIR | Sarah Ironside, Salon 70 STOCKISTS | @hamishmunro, Michael Kors Union Square, Cruise, Escale & Tiger Lily Boutique

with David Lloyd Aberdeen


avid Lloyd Aberdeen is challenging both members and non-members to take part in a special fundraising challenge this October. The Swim, Ride, Run Challenge is in aid of the British Heart Foundation, David Lloyd’s chosen charity. The Swim, Ride, Run Challenge is a triathlon that can be completed in stages over 31 days, rather than in one go. It’s a great way to improve your fitness and help power the British Heart Foundation's life-saving heart research. If you decide to take part, but you’re not a club member, you can register online and will be given a special temporary membership that

allows access to the facilities on Tuesdays and Thursdays at your first session. Whether this is the first triathlon you’ve taken on or you’re a seasoned pro, you have 31 days to complete it whenever you want, in a way that’s a challenge for you. The challenge offers four different distance options, the shortest being the Sprint Triathlon which involves swimming 750 metres, cycling 20km and running 5km. You could also choose the Olympic Triathlon or Half Triathlon formats, or, if you’re keen, there’s the Full Triathlon, which is a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42.195km run.

You can take part on your own, with friends, co-workers or with your family - however you choose to complete it, you'll be raising money for an excellent cause. David Lloyd’s friendly, experienced staff are always happy to help and provide guidance about how to break your Swim Run Ride into achievable chunks and help with motivation. The cycling studio, 25 metre pool and state of the art treadmills will all help you achieve your goal.

You can find out more at: swim-ride-run or

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Endoscopy at Albyn:



here can be few people who relish the thought of an endoscopy process, but the professional, highly experienced and supportive team at Albyn Hospital are on hand to make the process as stress-free as possible. All procedures are performed by experienced consultant gastroenterologists or general surgeons. Endoscopy is an explorative procedure which involves examining the digestive tract using a small flexible camera. Albyn has invested in the latest endoscopic highdefinition technology equipment offering exceptional image quality. Endoscopic examinations take place in a controlled theatre environment, using a scope guide where patient comfort is monitored throughout. The patient and their wishes are central to the process, with the level of sedation thoroughly discussed, and patient choice respected. Safety is the utmost priority, with consultants taking time to explain what will happen and alleviating any anxieties.

Albyn Hospital offers a range of diagnostic and therapeutic therapy for patients with varying symptoms including: bowel cancer screening, altered bowel habit, persistent loose stool, blood in stool, acid reflux, abdominal pain or bloating with unexplained weight loss, difficulty swallowing, anaemia with an unknown source and many other gastroenterology disorders. Albyn can also reduce the wait and the worry, if you need rapid access to an endoscopic procedure the waiting list is under two weeks long. Albyn Hospital is part of BMI Healthcare, the UK’s largest independent provider of private healthcare, and 98.4% of patients rated the overall quality of their care as excellent or very good.

Albyn Hospital, 21-24 Albyn Place, AB10 1RW Tel: 01224 595 993

Louise McKenzie, Susan Law, Jane Warrender, Mairi Davidson, Patricia Raitt, Sandra Gray

Pam Sainsbury, Deborah Thompson, Carol Young

Fashion Lunch Mandy Aitchison, Debbie McFarlane, Louise Bird

WHO: Trend Fashion Lunch

Lindsey Christie, Gillian Carpenter

WHAT: The gorgeous models from Premiere Productions showed the A/W collections from @hamishmunro, Escale, Tiger Lily Boutique, Michael Kors and Cruise. Monies were raised for JDRF. The event was co-hosted by Gill Buyers from Trend and Jeff Burns from Fifth Dimension who brought humour and fun to the event with his magical skills. Cruise gave a ÂŁ500 gift card which was won by Lorraine Young who plans to spend it with her 2 daughters who attended the event with her WHERE: Malmaison

Linda Forsyth, Mary Cullen

Ann Peddie, Debbie Heads, Tracey Gray

Nicola Johnston, Tricia Lawson, Lorraine Young

Margaret McCartney, Grace McCartney Evelyn Park, Malcolm Park Tania Sinclair, Morag Gunn, Sylvia Riley, Michelle Gilmour

Winner of Cruise voucher and her daughter

Yvonne Smith, Elaine Donald, Kate Crichton, Vivienne Webster, Carrie Keenan, Lyndsey Donald

Victoria Stephen, Noelle Swinbourne

Moira Gordon, Lynn Melvin, Angela Christie, Morgan Cooper, Emma Gelati



The Aberdeen Clinic (TAC) are pleased to welcome Mr Alastair Lowrie, Plastic Surgeon to their team of Consultants at their facility in Cults.

Mr Lowrie has some words of wisdom when deciding to have plastic surgery:

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‘Having plastic surgery is a big step and worth thinking about carefully. It is natural to feel a bit anxious. You will want to know what can be achieved, what is involved and what the possible outcomes and risks are.’ As with all treatments at TAC, first you will need to be assessed. This is an opportunity to discuss what the goals for your appearance are. Mr Lowrie says ‘it is a good idea to think about specific things you would like to improve, for example bumps, wrinkles or drooping, rather than just having a broad dislike of yourself. Any previous treatments or injuries to the area are important, as is your past medical history. All of this information will help work out what is best for your appearance, concerns and health.’


As with any procedure there is not a one size fits all solution. There may be one or more operations or treatments that could help. Each will have pros and cons and these need to be considered honestly. Any surgery will have a recovery period, leave some scars and have some risk of side effects or complications. Good care will help to minimise these but they cannot be eliminated. The risks will have to be acceptable to you. It is also important to get a realistic picture of what your result might be. Whilst a good improvement in specific areas of concern is reasonable, ‘perfection’ is very difficult to achieve. Before and after photographs can be very helpful. There may also be specific information leaflets and websites that can help. A second consultation is usually a good idea before proceeding as it’s common to think of questions later on. Overall, there is a lot to take in. To make the best decision you need advice from someone appropriately trained, sympathetic, honest and skilled and most importantly who you feel comfortable and confident with.

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A second consultation is usually a good idea before proceeding as it’s common to think of questions later on

Some general advice is to look for a Consultant Surgeon with an interest in treating your area of concern. A Plastic Surgeon will have received training in all aspects of cosmetic work. Membership of professional bodies such as ‘BAAPS’, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, indicates they have an interest in cosmetic surgery, have met rigorous standards and continually audit their work. Think carefully and be safe and sure of your decision. You will then be fully prepared to undergo your chosen surgery with confidence. Fully regulated by Health Improvement Scotland we offer a range of walk in and walk out treatments from blood tests

to minor surgery at an affordable cost and at a time to suit you. For more information on the services offered at the Clinic, or to book an appointment to see Mr Lowrie or any of our other specialists, call us on 0333 0143488 or contact us through our website.



f you’ve ever envied the supple strength of a ballerina, but can’t carry off a tutu, then Denise Gracie’s BarreConcept Classes offer an ideal way to build core strength, improve flexibility and posture while enjoying yourself.

Denise Gracie

Denise retrained as a pilates instructor after having her second child, when she discovered how pilates transformed her lower back pain. Three years later, she now offers popular mixed ability pilates and BarreConcept classes in Newmachar, Potterton and Balmedie. Two pilates classes are specially designed for the over 60s. Denise also offers BarreConcept classes at a beginner level. BarreConcept is a hot new low impact total body workout. It is set to high energy dance music and combines the precision of pilates, the alignment of yoga, the technique of ballet and the strength from sports conditioning - making it a dynamic full body workout. It produces dramatic results that help to sculpt and redefine the entire body, all achievable to students without even being a dancer or having a dance background. In addition, BarreConcept helps to realign and rebalance the body, ensuring it works harmoniously and efficiently. Denise explains, ‘I try to make every session enjoyable. I aim not only to help each student achieve their goals and obtain the benefits they desire, but to do so in a fun and enjoyable way. It’s important to me for my students to buy into me and not only feel assured that I will keep them safe in every class but also allow them to reach their full potential and not hold them back in any way’. Denise’s classes are available in block bookings, with blocks based around school terms. Tel: 07977 218297


For more information on BarreConcept, please visit: © Nikita TV, Shutterstock

At the Alexander Clinic we provide bespoke residential treatment packages for men and women who suffer from addiction to alcohol, drugs and/or prescribed medication. We also offer confidential executive coaching services tailored to the needs of those who may be concerned about their current levels of drug and/or alcohol use by employing pragmatic, effective behavioural change therapies. As an independent hospital we offer a combination of high quality medical detoxification services and therapeutic programmes specifically designed to enable you to live a life free from dependency.

OUR TREATMENT PROGRAMME INCORPORATES: Medically supervised detoxification Group, individual and alternative therapies Mindfulness and physical/mental health and wellbeing activities Psychoeducational and resilience training Access to mutual aid Systemic family therapy

King Street, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire AB51 0EQ Tel: 0161 872 100 Email:

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Gentlemen, if you’re looking for a sartorial shortcut this autumn, consider the Chelsea Boot. Style-wise, it’s at the top of the footwear premier league this season.

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Always at ease, it’ll work with a suit for weekdays, or pair with a biker jacket and slim leg jeans for a pared-back weekend look. Suede offers a slightly louche edge, but opt for chestnut browns or black unless you enjoy trying to keep your footwear pristine. Failing that, go for a hard-wearing black leather instead, you’ll get extra kudos for being true to the original style. Look out for contrasting details to add interest. You can’t go far wrong with Chelsea Boots from classic British labels such as Church’s, Loake or Paul Smith for sharp and sophisticated selections. Words by: Samantha Williams




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There's something for everyone this Christmas at Brodie


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October brings a temperature drop and before we know it, skin loses its summer glow. Central heating and cosying up indoors do our complexions no favours either. Fake tan or a few sunbed sessions offer a boost, but there are other ways to banish the problems of winter skin. Here’s a few of our favourites…

Bobbi Brown EXTRA ILLUMINATING MOISTURE BALM An enriching balm you can use by itself or as a primer, to give your skin the boost it needs.

Clarins BOOSTER IN REPAIR Simply add a few drops to your face cream to repair and strengthen the skin over the winter months.

Charlotte Tilbury’s MAGIC CREAM This award-winning moisturizer will treat and transform with ingredients such as rosehip and vitamin E.

Kiehl's MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE FACIAL OIL Replenish skin with this luxury oil. It will soak into the face overnight without clogging up pores.

Glam Glow THIRSTY MUD HYDRATING TREATMENT Applying this mask will infuse the skin with moisture. Buy two as your other half or offspring will swipe it.

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We source unique gemstones and hand make the items in our Peterulter studio and workshop

LAVA JEWELLERY always the perfect choice

When it comes to gifts for your nearest and dearest, sometime a little pre-planning brings in the brownie points. Now’s the time to visit Lava Jewellery in Peterculter to discuss a bespoke gift for Christmas, birthdays or a special anniversary. Ranked amongst Scotland’s most skilled jewellery designers and makers, Jacqui and Duncan Grant, will work with you to design a piece which will be truly treasured. They hold a selection of gems in stock, but can also access an impressive selection of everything from ametrine to zircon if a particular type, shape or cut of stone is required. You can even present the stone and allow the recipient to help design the piece of their dreams. It’s possible incorporate heirloom stones or melt unloved gold into a bespoke ring, pendant or earrings, designing to suit the taste and lifestyle of the wearer. Each bespoke piece has its own story, but one recent commission was particularly special. Dean and Alana Stott asked Jacqui and Duncan to design and produce

a matching pair of gold and sapphire pendants to help raise funds for The Pan American Highway Challenge 2018 in support of the Heads Together campaign. One pendant was auctioned at a charity ball, to help fundraise for Dean’s 2018 epic record-breaking attempt to cycle the entire length of the Pan-American Highway from Argentina to Alaska. The other is destined for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, a patron of Heads Together. The commission process normally takes a few weeks from initial appointment, through modelling the design in wax, casting, mounting the stones and finishing. If you’re looking for something to take away, Lava also stock an amazing range of their own designs, ever-popular pearls and precious gem set jewellery. Bespoke, remodelled or off-the-shelf, Lava is a perfect gem! 265 North Deeside Road, Peterculter, AB14 0UL Tel: 01224 735000


Are you feeling Gucci today?



Country Ways

Yes “feeling Gucci” can be overheard amongst those in trendy circles to describe feeling great, confident or just plain awesome! And who doesn’t want to feel like that? Form an orderly queue please. Or alternatively, visit Finnies the Jewellers on George Street in Aberdeen and step into the natural world of Gucci’s latest watch collection. Featuring iconic animal symbols such as the bee, the snake and the tiger influenced by Autumn Winter 2017 kaleidoscopic, floral clothing collection, the nearly 100-year-old Italian fashion house has unified the creative process since the arrival of Creative Director Alessandro Michele.


Many of the Gucci watches (which are all Swiss made) are now designed as part of the overall Gucci collection. So expect to see the latest designs and patterns from Gucci’s catwalks on Gucci’s watches and jewellery. Allow yourself to be transported into Alessandro’s poetic and imaginative world and dare to stand out. Be bold. Be Gucci.

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01 | GUCCI LE MARCHÉ DES MERVEILLES 'BEE' £610 02 | GUCCI DIVE STRAP LION WATCH £780 03 | GUCCI G-Timeless Moonphase £1070 04 | Gucci Vintage Web Plexiglass Watch £450

This season at Country Ways it’s all about footwear and clothing to see you through Autumn and Winter. From Hunter wellies and Barbour quilts, to Dubarry country boots and Joules jackets, you’re sure to find something to keep you cosy on the coldest of days. Traditional leather, tweed and wax fabrics are co-ordinated with the latest in on-trend fashions and colours - look out for lots of beautiful berry colours toned perfectly with shades of grey and taupe. A highlight in their collection is the latest brand to join the stable - Fairfax & Favor. A super stylish collection of shoes and boots for men and women. We love the Ladies Regina and Explorer boots, at home in town or country, but the Amira above-the-knee boots really caught our eye! Look out for our VIP discount voucher at the back.

115 Holburn Street, Aberdeen


Handbag heaven

The North-east has a new star when it comes to handbags. Stellar, on Chapel Street, is set to become a firm favourite! Owner Serena Venegoni’s family had several shoe and handbag shops in Milan, so she has an innate understanding of quality and style which manifests in the Italian brands that Stellar stocks. You’ll find relaxed classics from Coccinelle and Furla, sophisticated casual leathers from Tosca Blu and fashion-led lines from Trussardi Jeans, as well as a beautiful selection of evening clutches and accessories. There are also some stylish briefcases and backpacks from Piquadro, complete with a battery recharging port and a location app which are perfect for international business travel.

At Stellar, you’ll discover the importance of trying bags on, so they sit properly. Serena, Elaine and Julie can help you find a bag that suits your height, colouring and personal style and that will become a wardrobe staple for years to come. Prices range from around £100 to £400, with accessories such as purses, scarves and keyrings starting from £30. There’s no rush or pressure to buy. You can have an espresso or flick through a magazine while you consider your options or browse Stellar’s collections. It’s handbag heaven! 15 Chapel Street, AB10 1SQ Tel: 01224 518140 StellarShopAberdeen



Ingredients • 30ml Porter’s Gin • 20ml cranberry sauce infused Martini Rosso • 20ml black pepper, celery & raspberry cordial • 15ml lemon juice • 2 dash Spanish Bitters • Top with soda • Mint sprig garnish

Ten ingredients are brought together to celebrate the ten years of Trend’s success. Our Porter’s Gin marries well with the sweetly indulgent cranberry sauce and Martini Rosso. Raspberry and celery cordial has been spiced with black pepper to give a kick of heat. Aberdeen’s own Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Spanish Bitters highlights the citrus elements throughout. Mint to give some fresh aroma, and soda lengthens it all. 


t FIERCE, we like strong, bold 'in your face' flavours - so we developed a range of beers that deliver that promise. To get maximum flavour in our beer, we only use natural stuff. We also source local ingredients wherever possible. Flavour is added throughout our brewing process. In every step, from the kettle to the fermentation tanks and conditioning vessels. Continual flavour loading, and lots of it. We don't pasteurise our beer or use nasty chemicals, so our beers are suitable for vegetarians.  We are all about quality, flavour and provenance. We think our beers pair really well with food, and BBC Saturday Kitchen agrees! We have hoppy, fruity, dark, and seasonal beers, and we also make delicious brews with other breweries where we design a recipe together! And we brew, package and distribute entirely in-house.

Our tiny team of five have won four awards and we’re nominated for several more, and by December we will have tripled in size to meet demand. Three lucky readers will each win a mixed case of beer including a Fierce baseball tee. To enter, go to and answer this question:

How many people work at Fierce Beer?


DOUNESIDE HOUSE steps into the spotlight Douneside House, the luxury boutique hotel on Deeside, has just been honoured as the AA's Hotel of the Year (Scotland) 2017-2018. It’s a remarkable achievement for the hotel, which only opened last year. Douneside’s Marcel Wassen explained, ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded the AA's Hotel of the Year (Scotland) 2017-2018. This award is one of the most prestigious in the industry with previous winners including Gleneagles and Cromlix. Success is down to the incredible hard work of our team who have brought to life the vision of our Board of Trustees’. As Douneside is owned by The MacRobert Trust, a charitable trust based near Aboyne, all of Douneside’s profits go to charity. ‘The MacRobert Trust recently invested in the complete renovation of Douneside and the on-site health club, transforming the house into one of the leading luxury small country houses in Scotland’, Marcel continued.

It’s not the only prestigious accolade Douneside have recently been awarded. The restaurant now holds three AA rosettes, one of the few in the country to reach this level. The food is fantastic, with the menus created by gifted head chef, David Butters and his team. Douneside grows over 80 types of organic vegetable in the kitchen garden, including many unusual varieties you won’t find elsewhere. David commented, ‘Being awarded three AA rosettes after such a short time is due to the complete dedication of the whole team. The award is not only about great food, it also relies on first class service from our restaurant team under our restaurant manager Tom Bielawski’.   If you’ve never eaten or stayed at Douneside House, this season offers a fantastic autumnal display in the gardens, or you could let your hair down at Hogmanay, when Douneside will be bringing in the New Year with a bang as part of a four night package!

If you want the best local produce for your Christmas festive dinner, then visit Maryfield Farm, Banchory. Our Bronze turkeys are free range and dry-plucked to produce a superbly flavoured bird. Reared in the time-honoured fashion, the birds can be seen grazing in the fields between Crathes and the Falls of Feugh. Book your Bronze bird or crown from the Farm Christmas shop or find your nearest stockist by visiting our website Our traditional method of production has been recognised by the EU as qualifying for the Award of Traditional Speciality guarantee. This is recognition that Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Association turkeys really do have a special quality





Warm poached salmon INGREDIENTS PER PERSON I was born and raised in Poland, but came to the UK over 15 years ago, when I decided to pursue a new challenge. I started at the bottom, learning the very basics in the kitchen, and worked my way up! I have a wonderful wife and son, and a new puppy called Luna. Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing my guitar, and fishing. For adrenaline, there’s nothing better than a good day out paintballing! Like many chefs, I learned my trade in a variety of different kitchens. At the Mal, I experience something new each day. The very best thing, without a doubt, has to be the team. They are great to work with and even after a busy day they’re always lively and cheery. Being a chef my ultimate passion is food. If I was limited to three foods for the rest of my life, I’d struggle. I would definitely choose scallops as I love the texture and flavour, pork belly because it melts in your mouth, and sticky toffee pudding... for obvious reasons. If I could cook for anyone at all, it’d be Gordon Ramsey who is my role model and Flash Gordon as he is my super hero!

5 wedges of normal beetroot (about 80 g) 3 wedges of golden beetroot (about 50 g) 60g-70g flaked warm poached salmon 10g watercress leaves dressed with extra virgin olive oil 30ml each extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dress the beets Horseradish crème fraiche (makes 10 portions) 200 g crème fraiche 3 table spoons horseradish sauce METHOD Horseradish Crème Fraiche: Take 200g of crème fraiche, 3 tablespoon of horseradish (adjust to taste), 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar and a dash of lemon juice and season to taste. Mix by hand or with a blender and set aside until required. Move on to the beetroot. Place the purple beets on a large sheet of tinfoil adding thyme, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Do the same with the golden beets, but omit the balsamic vinegar. Wrap both beet parcels in the foil and cook in the oven at 160oC until soft. Allow to cool, then peel the skins. Now marinade the purple beets with olive oil, sea salt and balsamic vinegar and the others in olive oil and sea salt. Arrange beets on a plate. Poach the salmon gently in simmering water for around 11 minutes. Remove from the pan and place the salmon flakes on top of the beetroot wedges. Pipe or spoon three piles of horseradish crème fraiche on the plate, dress with watercress and finish with a drizzle of balsamic and oil dressing. Enjoy!




is very much an acquired taste. In many respects, it’s seen as a complicated drink, with each malt’s flavour profile influenced by the land, the barrel, the barley and the water. Just as I can never really detect overtones of melon and pineapple in a bottle of wine, I had never taken the time to understand and unravel the complexities of Scotland’s national spirit and, deep down, I thought of whisky as a drink for middle aged men. That opinion changed after spending a couple of hours in the company of the Carmelite’s whisky ambassador, Ros Wardley-Smith and an impressive selection of bottles from the Glen Garioch distillery at Oldmeldrum. Ros was keen to break down the barriers to enjoying and understanding whisky. This may be part of the reason for the Carmelite’s ever expanding collection, which includes rare and discontinued malts and why a series of tasting events are planned. We’re taught to nose the glass and how to taste each malt properly and the way smells invoke memories. While many of those attending the session clearly knew a fair bit about whisky, the session was easy to follow, informative, unintimidating and well-paced for beginners too. Ros is always about on Friday and Saturday as part of her ambassador role, spending time with people explaining and sharing her passion about the hotel’s whisky collection and tasting events. Ros explained, ‘I believe there is a whisky for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding it! Everyone should have a wonderful experience at our tasting events. There's a great atmosphere and it’s a unique opportunity to try 3-5 different whiskies paired with food’. Check out the Carmelite’s social media pages for upcoming tasting events, which include gin, wine, champagne, sparkling wines and whisky. Exclusive and company tastings can be booked either direct 01224 589101, or email

Connecting with the community Café Connect is a small and friendly coffee shop on Great Western Road whose team wants to connect with their local community. The lunch menu includes homemade soups, bagels, wraps and sandwiches, alongside freshly baked cakes, traybakes and scones. There are also some local crafts and food produce on sale, and the team are able to provide outside catering for meetings, funerals and charity events in the newly renovated Mannofield church. Opening hours are: Monday - Friday 8.30-4pm, Saturday 9-4pm, Sunday closed. Tel: 01224 318962

Cafe harmony Green delivery of Trend is… A local family-owned restaurant offering the best of Mediterranean cuisine here in Aberdeen, using products such as Aberdeen Angus beef, monkfish and salmon from the sea and hills of Scotland. The Silician chef is from the old school of home-made food and the menu is great value with three appetizers for £9.50. The eatery is based on Bon Accord Terrace and imports the majority of its wines from Italy, each one hand picked to match perfectly with the food.

Linton & Mac crowned winner at HJs British Hairdressing Business Awards Linton & Mac has been named Independent Salon - Business Newcomer, at the Hairdressing Journal’s award ceremony. The awards, which have 17 categories recognising all aspects of salon life, seek to find the most forward-thinking, successful and valued businesses in the country. This award celebrates the owners of new independent salons which are less than two years old.

The distribution of the last edition of TREND coincided with a trial of an electric van by our local distribution provider NORDROP. This meant that of all the delivery drops made, just over a third of these were completed with zero emissions throughout both Aberdeen city and shire. This prevented an estimated 39kg of CO₂ from being pumped into the environment during deliveries. With the trial now ended, NORDROP are looking towards green options to support many of their deliveries in the future.


Gleneagles launches decadent Birnam brunch Gleneagles has launched its lavish new brunch, which will run on the first Sunday of every month in the hotel’s newest restaurant, the Birnam Brasserie. With live music, a Bellini, Mimosa and Bloody Mary station, and a decadent choice of brunch favourites, the Bellini brunch sets out to offer Scotland’s most indulgent Sunday dining experience.

Get your business cruise-ready VisitAberdeenshire will launch a new guide aimed at preparing the North-east for the arrival of the global billion-dollar cruise industry at a workshop in Aberdeen on 10 October, ahead of the new cruise-friendly Aberdeen South Harbour opening in 2020. Local tourism businesses are invited to attend the free

cruise-ready workshop at Aberdeen Treetops Hotel. The cruise sector is a significant growth market for Scotland, and this year passenger numbers are set to increase to 656,000, an increase of 145% from 2010 figures, adding £72 million to the Scottish economy.

Leading Angus hotel celebrates TripAdvisor 500 The Glenesk Hotel in Edzell is celebrating more than 500 customer reviews in five years on travel website TripAdvisor. Since the change in ownership in 2012, visitors to the 38-bedroom Victorian property have left hundreds of positive comments.

The hotel also holds four-star status awarded by Visit Scotland, and a Taste Our Best accreditation in recognition of the venue’s commitment to providing locally-sourced, quality food and drink.

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Aberdeen’s Comedy Festival Stand-up comedy fans from across the North-east will be able to laugh along with their favourite comedians as tickets for Aberdeen Comedy Festival are now on sale. Launched by Aberdeen Inspired in 2016, the eleven-day festival will run from Thursday, 5 October to Sunday 15 October. It features local, national and international comedians who will perform over 50 comedy shows in the Granite City at more than 25 city centre venues. The festival will also include free stand-up shows, comedy workshops for children and adults, kids shows, local talent showcases and comedy films screened at the Belmont Filmhouse.

McGinty’s makes charity the dish of the day A local hospitality group has served up vital funds for Aberdeen-based charity. The McGinty’s Group has raised £5000 for Archway by entering a team in the inaugural Great Aberdeen Run as part of the Business Challenge. A total of 27 runners from the group’s partner venues, McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, The Stag, No.10 Bar & Restaurant, and the Ferryhill House Hotel joined the thousands of runners in the 10k run, and over the last month the group has been fundraising with customers, family and friends.

Camphill School Aberdeen celebrates gift from the John Lewis Foundation A charity in Aberdeen supporting young people with additional support needs is celebrating a generous allowance of John Lewis store credit. The John Lewis Foundation has donated £10,000 worth of items to furnish Camphill School Aberdeen’s newly renovated home, Cairnlee House. The students visited the John Lewis store on George Street to select items for their new home.



Christmas cooking can be pretty stressful, especially if you have a big crowd and a small kitchen! My advice is to plan your menu in November, shop ahead and freeze in advance where you can. On the day, reduce last minute hassle by pre-cooking your veg on Christmas morning. Run them under cold water, then sauté for a few minutes just before serving. Heat your

soup and gravy in advance, then store them in vacuum flasks. It saves space on the hob and makes serving much easier! It’s lovely to use traditional family recipes or to give each dish a special little twist. Try giving your turkey a cranberry glaze or add rosemary, honey and cinnamon for great roast carrots. Pour yourself a glass of fizz, relax and enjoy yourself!

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WHO: The annual CHAS Aberdeen Ladies Lunch took place on Thursday 31 August.

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WHAT: Over 300 ‘ladies who lunch’ came along to enjoy entertainment from Michelle McManus and Feeva. Guest speaker, Bruce Edmond from Inverurie made an emotional speech about his two year old son, Jack, who died just 11 weeks prior to the event. Bruce explained the invaluable support they continue to receive from CHAS, and shared with the guests memories of him as a happy, playful boy with a beaming smile.

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A phenomenal £56,971 was raised which means after costs £41,531 goes directly to the charity to continue working to reach every family in Scotland who could benefit from its work. WHERE: The Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen. Yvonne Bedding, Lorraine Walton, Elaine Howie, Michele McLean

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No.18 Opening Night WHO: No.18 is a new gift shop on Chapel Street in Aberdeen’s Little Chelsea. We are an independent retailer selling beautiful cards, fashion accessories, candles, LSA glassware, baby gifts and lots more.

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WHAT: We are a gift specialist who can offer excellent customer care and attention to detail. You will not feel disappointed when you leave with a beautifully wrapped gift perfect for that someone special and a little treat for yourself too! We look forward to welcoming you to our new shop! WHERE: No.18, Chapel Street, Aberdeen

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02 Look for jewel rich colours, faded mercury metallics and soft velvets, offset with just a touch of vulgar jollity. It’s a look that involves rich combinations and has many layers - the depths of a single malt rather than a cheap fizz that soon goes flat. It’s a time for pine scented open fires, sheepskin slippers, heirloom baubles, squishy cushions and oversized cashmere jumpers with robins on. Sprouts optional…




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We have just celebrated our first anniversary since taking over Fairytale Events in September 2016. To mark the occasion, we are taking ourselves off for a night in a lovely hotel to ‘strategise’ over fizz and fine dining! Back at work, it’s celebrations of another kind as we are on the countdown to Christmas. Preparations for the parties, lunches and dinner dances throughout December have been under way for some time. Last year our team’s record for fitting chair covers was 1500 on Hogmanay! Festive parties give us the chance to really go to town with décor. Last year, black and gold were everywhere as seen here at the Ardoe House Hotel. We have also loved the styling on a Diamond Ball we recently worked on at the Jurys Inn, Aberdeen Airport. Gold and red are obvious choices but we love the winter wonderland effect of sparkles, white and ice blue. It’s never too late to arrange a celebration! Drop us a line to hear how we can help your party go with a bang! 70 Ardarroch Rd, Aberdeen AB24 5QS Tel: 01224 639937

If you’re looking for a wedding venue, then Glen Tanar Estate offers a fairy-tale setting for your big day. Set in the heart of Royal Deeside, this exclusive venue combines highland grandeur and stunning scenery. You’d never guess it’s only an hour from the city. The Ballroom, which was built in 1869, has hosted celebrations for over a century and has one of the largest dancefloors in the North-east, seating 160 for dinner or 200 evening guests. The spectacular vaulted ceiling is festooned with over 700 stag antlers and the open fireplace provides a picturesque

backdrop for winter wedding vows. If you’d rather have a church wedding, the charmingly rustic Episcopal chapel of St. Lesmo is a few minutes’ walk away. Couples have exclusive use of the ballroom and grounds, including the photogenic lawns, ancient woodland, heather moors and lochs. Onsite accommodation is provided in nine luxury self-catering cottages which can be booked for guests. Glen Tanar’s experienced and wonderfully helpful staff are on hand to recommend suppliers, help you choose caterers and provide the special touches that will make a lifetime of memories. Glen Tanar Estate, near Aboyne AB34 5EU Tel: 013398 86451

Engage Gaming: GAME ON FOR GREAT FOOD & A GOOD TIME Engage Gaming is a new gaming and eSports café and bar in the heart of the city. It’s a gamer’s idea of paradise with PCs, Xbox, PS4 and WiiU, two racing cockpits, virtual reality kit, and even a Minecraft Lego table. The menu includes lots of family favourites, and dinner for four includes an hour’s free gaming. Engage Gaming is also great for kids’ parties and there are kids’ camps during the school holidays too. It’s perfect for parking the family while you go shopping. Book an office night out to remember or have fun with friends with Engage’s hearty portions, a licensed bar and a private room for playing favourites such as Singstar Karaoke, Just Dance and Guitar Hero. Check the Facebook page for news of upcoming competitions and special events. 26 North Silver Street Tel: 01224 518115 Seven days a week 9.30am til midnight

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B Jamieson have been providing interiors products to the North-east for over 30 years, so they know a thing or two about making a house into a home. You’ll find everything you need including furniture, soft furnishings, wall coverings, lighting and accessories in their converted steading showroom at Potterton. There’s also a brilliant interior design service which works with you to take the pain out of finding the perfect finishing touches. The expert staff can guide you through WB Jamieson’s selection of inspirational pieces of contemporary furniture, a large fabric and wallpaper library and their comprehensive flooring range. WB Jamieson have one of the largest collections of Vitra furniture in the UK in addition to modern classics like the Polder sofa by Hella Jongerius and the Grand Repos by Antonio Citterio. There are stunning Scandinavian accessories from Menu and creative design lighting from Flos. Using their own in-house sewing room and highly skilled seamstresses, WB Jamieson can create beautiful bespoke

curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings to complement any room scheme or completely refresh the look of your interior. WB Jamieson also have an extensive range of high quality flooring products, all installed by their own team of skilled fitters. Choose from carpets by Alternative Flooring, Louis de Poortere, JAB and Telenzo, luxury vinyl tiles from Amtico, Quickstep laminates, or engineered and solid woods, all professionally installed. For the best in modern home style, pay a visit to WB Jamieson, the North-east’s own interior design icon. Opening hours: Tues - Fri: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 9am - 1pm, Sun - Mon: Closed Gourdieburn Farm, Potterton, Aberdeen AB23 8UY Tel: 01358 742086

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Plant and grow bulbs, corms and tubers for winter and early spring colour. If you want to extend the flowering season, planting bulbs, corms and tubers is a great way to achieve this. Bulbs can be planted in containers, borders or even in the grass. There are bulbs, corms and tubers to suit all sites and soils. Always plant bulbs with the pointed growing tip facing upwards. If it isn’t clear which is the top then try planting bulbs on their side. Some tuberous plants such as begonias will be flatter than bulbs and don’t have an obvious growing point. Position them just below the compost surface with the indented side facing upwards. What soil do bulbs prefer? As a rule, most will need a well drained soil that won’t sit waterlogged in winter which may cause them to rot. How deep should bulbs be planted? Bulb planting depths vary depending on their size and species but the rule of thumb is that most bulbs can be planted approximately three times their own height. Growing bulbs in containers: Planting bulbs in containers allows you to maximize on flower power and once they have performed, you can move the planters out of the way to let them die back. Use a good quality general purpose compost and mix in a handful of fine grit to improve drainage. Alternatively you can choose specially prepared bulb compost. Make sure you water bulbs in containers regularly as they begin to grow, and continue throughout their flowering period. Once the foliage begins to die back

you can gradually reduce watering as they enter their dormant period. Planting bulbs in the grass: Bulbs in grass can create a very natural look. They are best grown in informal areas of grass that can be left unmown until the bulb foliage dies back. Lift the turf and plant your bulbs and then relay the turf. Try not to walk on the area where the bulbs are after planting so you don’t damage the tips of the bulbs. When to plant: There are so many variations in the advice available as to exactly when to plant, what but if we follow the Royal Horticultural Society’s general advice then the following rules apply. Plant spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, preferably by the end of September. Plant tulips in November. Plant autumn/winter-flowering bulbs, such as nerine, cyclamen, snowdrop, winter aconite, ideally in Spring but at latest by late Summer. Plant hardy summer-flowering bulbs, such as lilies, alliums and crocosmia, in September and October. If however if you have a bag of bulbs in the shed that you have forgotten about, don’t throw them away. As long as they haven’t rotted, get them in the ground – you have nothing to lose! When to cut back: In whatever medium you plant, containers, grass or border, don’t cut foliage back for six weeks after flowering

Gifting all wrapped up Angela Buchan has just opened a fabulous new gift shop on Chapel Street. Angela has drawn on her art school training and years of experience as the buyer at West End favourite Nova to choose an outstanding range of cards and gifts for her new store. There’s something for everyone, for every occasion - from the cutest baby gifts to glass from LSA, Jellycat, Wax Lyrical candles and diffusers, Katie Loxton, Lily-flame and personalised Terramundi pots amongst others. No. 18 also offers fashion accessories, scarves, hats and slippers. Christmas stock will hit the shelves in October in No. 18’s special Christmas area, so take advantage of the luxury gift wrapping service to ensure your gifts look great. You can stock up on cards and presents in one go, so it’s great for those who don’t like to spend days shopping. Angela will, most likely, already have found the perfect gift for you. If you still can’t make your mind up, you can’t go wrong with a No. 18 gift voucher. Angela commented, ‘I’ve worked on Chapel Street for 18 years, but it’s long been my dream to have my own shop. I think there's a growing trend back to independent retailers who can offer a more personal service. At No.18, I’ve created a friendly and relaxed shopping experience with an exceptional service and attentive, knowledgeable staff. ‘It has been lovely to welcome the old Nova customers into my shop, and to meet new ones.  No. 18 gives me the chance to chat and get to know my customers better. There are lots of fantastic places to visit in the West end so I encourage people to support our businesses and to shop local!’ Open Monday to Friday 9.30 - 5.30, Saturday 10.00 - 5.00. 18 Chapel Street, AB10 1SP No. 18 Gifts and Cards

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Whether you’re looking for a gift, fashion accessories or a new outfit, KAGA Gifts is sure to come up trumps. The new store, which opened in the High Street in Turriff back in August, offers a great choice of exclusive yet affordable lines. Even as you approach KAGA’s windows, you know you’re in for a treat. The shop is bright and fresh, with great staff and popular weekly special offers. You’ll find some impressive handbags, purses, jewellery and scarves, as well as women’s clothing up to a size 22. Owner Ann Forbes is blessed with great taste and an eye for the unusual, so there’s always something

new and different in stock. The best part is that KAGA stocks many brands you won’t find elsewhere, as Ann explained, ‘When I find a new supplier, I only select them if they are not already in the area. I don't buy the same items again and again, so it keeps it different and my customers like the fact there’s never lots of one item, making them special. ‘I’ve just been buying for Christmas, so whether it’s presents or a little treat for yourself, KAGA has it all.’ 19 High Street, Turriff, AB53 4ED Tel: 01888 568067 Kaga Gifts Ltd


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hen it comes to modern kitchens, sometimes traditional materials and craftsmanship are best. Lethenty Cabinetmakers have a reputation for creating outstanding bespoke kitchens and custom made furniture. The company, headed up by Graeme Winram, employs five specialist cabinetmakers and is widely regarded as a centre of woodworking excellence. Customers include some of the most prestigious houses in Aberdeenshire, including those owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The firm is now fully back in business after a workshop fire last year, which destroyed the main workshop and much of the wood-working

equipment. The new workshop at Cairntradlin, just north of Blackburn, produces some of Scotland’s best bespoke hand-built kitchens and furniture. Fabulous design, the highest standards of workmanship and wonderful timbers mean a Lethenty kitchen is the best money can buy, lasting and looking good for decades. Lethenty’s furniture is all custom made to each customers’ exact requirements, using local or exotic timber and incorporating other materials such as metal, glass, leather and stone into the design. Graeme Winram explained, ‘We design and make things well and that takes time - normally 4-8 weeks. It’s modern design combined with traditional craftsmanship’.

Commissioning Lethenty Cabinetmakers is a personal and rewarding experience, and the results certainly justify the extra time and effort involved. A visit to the showroom will give you plenty of ideas for your own kitchen; before a site visit to see how you use your kitchen, and how it relates to the family’s way of life, then measuring up and producing a selection of design options. That way, Lethenty can create a kitchen that not only looks fabulous and performs perfectly but one which is individually designed to work around the way you live your life. Tel: 01224 790200 Mob: 07983 211017


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Kellockbank is a wonderful gift and garden centre with a great restaurant. You’ll find Kellockbank just 40 minutes north of Aberdeen on the A96 between Inverurie and Huntly. The garden centre is packed with well-tended plants, trees and shrubs, tools and accessories, whilst the gift shop is filled with exclusive and unique gifts, cards, art, china, glassware, accessories and furniture. If you’re after something to wear, the Autumn/ Winter fashion lines are just arriving, with some fantastic choices in knitwear and accessories. Younger members of the family will be kept busy browsing Kellockbank’s selection of toys, games, books and Christmas stock. Perhaps the best bit, though, is Kellockbank’s restaurant, which serves scrumptious homemade main meals, light bites and amazing home bakes from 9-4.30 pm seven days a week. The scones alone are worth the trip! Culsalmond, near Insch, Aberdeenshire, AB52 6SN

From Hallowe’en to Christmas, Hoodles offers family fun Hoodles play barn and coffee shop in Oldmeldrum has something spooktacular lined up for Hallowe’en! Join them for a fancy dress disco from 6-8pm on Friday 27th October, with party games, prizes for the best costumes and even a magic show! Tickets are £4.75 for those aged 1-2 and £6 for older children and available through The coffee shop will be open for cakes and drinks too. Parents can kick back and relax on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December when Hoodles’ Christmas Cracker Event takes place. Santa will be in his grotto with his real life reindeer waiting outside. There will be princess and superhero workshops on Saturday plus puppet shows and a touch of magic on Sunday. You don’t need to wait for a special event, Hoodles offers great fun every day! North Mains of Barra, Oldmeldrum, AB51 0BB Phone 01651 873813


Portland THE MAINE ATTRACTION America is so vast, you can spend a lifetime exploring and still never stumble upon some of the country’s best destinations. Fortunately for me, it only took me forty years to discover Portland, Maine.

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ust a two-hour bus ride from Boston, Portland’s charm lies in the seamless union between historic seaside village and bohemian metropolis. The challenge as a tourist is deciding where to begin. If history is your passion, you can spend a day visiting the picturesque lighthouses and the concrete military fortresses that are sprinkled around, reflecting Maine’s past as a coastal stronghold. If shopping and eating are more your scene, you will want to take in Portland’s town centre on foot, so you do not risk missing one of the charming, independent eateries or retailers hidden in the maze of streets. For shopaholics, every taste is catered for from Maine favourites like Mexicali Blues to national brands, like Alex and Ani. Foodies should call in to The Corner Room and b.good diner, where locally sourced classics are served alongside some quirky specialities like fried Brussels sprouts and potato doughnuts. Coffee lovers can while away an entire afternoon sampling locally roasted brews in Arabica and Bards Coffee. No visit to the coast would be complete without a boat trip and Portland’s collection of small islands gives you the perfect excuse. Hop on the Casco Bay Ferry, hire a private water taxi, or rent a kayak and do some island-hopping under your own steam. There are plenty of islands to choose from, but put Peaks Island at the top of your list so you can drop in on the Umbrella Cover Museum, the only one of its kind. Portland is one of those cities that you regret not discovering sooner. Regardless of your age when you do finally discover it, you will be glad that you did.


We know it seems a bit early, but there are so many Christmas events around the region that a bit of early planning is essential if you’re going to make the most of the run up to December 25th.

So look out your furry Santa hat, indulge in an early mince pie or two and peruse our guide to the best festive events for the whole family… The shops may have had Christmas stock on display for a few weeks, but for many, the season kicks off when there’s a parade down Union Street and the festive lights are switched on. This year, the tree, gifted by Aberdeen’s twin town Stavanger, will be lit in the Castlegate at 7pm on 23 November after a carol service, and Union Street’s lights are being turned on at 5.30 on Sunday 26 November. You can catch Santa and his reindeer at noon the same day as they go from the Castlegate to the Trinity Centre. Crafts fairs and farmers markets offer the chance to meet local makers, snap up an unusual gift or two, or just indulge in some local or seasonal delicacies. The Ministry of Crafts offers a modern take at their fair on 2 December in the Methodist Church on Crown

Terrace, and they’re helping to run the Christmas Fair at Maggie’s Centre in Foresterhill on 28 November. You’ll also find a number of Craft Roadshow events in Union Square and the Bon Accord Centre throughout November and December. Stonehaven Town Hall hosts Knittykittybangbang’s Craft and Vintage Market on 17 December and there are similar events in many towns in the region. Chainsaw carver Gary Shand has created 12 totem sculptures representing the 12 days of Christmas, which will be placed across the city centre, so you can track them all down. For some quiet contemplation and a retreat from the hustle and bustle, visit the Nativity Scene in St. Nicholas Kirkyard from 4 December. The National Trust for Scotland has a raft of festive fairs including Haddo House over the weekend of 4-5 November and Crathes Castle the following weekend. Castle Fraser has Santa Paws McClaws, a


delightful Santa’s Grotto just for pets on 2 December. The £5 ticket for a pet covers a gift wrapped pressie and a photo with Santa! Castle Fraser will also be screening festive films including Elf and The Grinch in the Great Hall on various dates in December, so bring blankets and a pillow. They are also holding a Christmas Concert with mulled wine and canapes on 8 December. Bringing blankets and a pillow to this one will probably be frowned upon! If you fancy a trip out of town, Brodie Castle at Forres has two concerts from The Marvel of Peru, playing exquisite Baroque music and festive favourites. Tickets are £15 including traditional mulled wine and mince pies. Book online at Travel back in time with Delgatie Castle’s popular Victorian Christmas Weekends on 26-27 November and 3-4 December. Explore the castle and chat with staff in period costume, visit the local craft stalls to pick up a gift or two and indulge with an award-winning home-baked treat. Tickets are great

value at £5 per person and Santa has a small gift for every child. Broad Street and Marischal College will be transformed into an alpine style Christmas Village and market with crafts and plenty of festive food and drink stalls. The village will be open from 17 November. The village normally includes a traditional ice rink, fairground rides and a live entertainment marquee to add to the special festive feeling. The ongoing refurbishment of the Music Hall means a few popular Christmas concerts are missing from this year’s line-up, but there’s still plenty of pantomimes and musical events for the whole family. Jimmy Osmond takes to the stage in HMT’s production of Aladdin, while Beauty and the Beast is on at the Arts Centre, and the Tivoli has the Attic Theatre’s Cinderella. There are tons of amateur pantos around the North-east too. If your tastes run to the classical, 7 December

sees St. Machar’s Cathedral lit by candlelight for a Winter Chorale, and The Bloody Marys bring their own interpretation of the festive season to the Lemon Tree on 16 December. There’s a free carol concert with the Bon Accord Silver Band at the David Welch Winter Gardens in Duthie Park on Saturday 16 December at 11am and 2pm. Donations for local foodbanks are welcome. Of course, the fun doesn’t grind to a halt on Christmas Eve. Aberdeen’s popular free Hogmanay celebrations on Union Street will feature fireworks at midnight. In Stonehaven, the annual Fireballs ceremony marks the passing of the year. It’s best to get there around 10.30pm to ensure a good view! The festive season draws to a close with Burghead’s Burning the Clavie on 11 January, which marks the Old New Year. The Clavie Crew carry a barrel of burning staves round the village and to the top of Doorie Hill after dusk falls. The Clavie’s embers are said to bring good luck, so grab one if you can.


CALA honoured at property awards A prestigious Cults development has been recognised in the UK Property Awards in the residential development category for North-east Scotland. CALA Homes (North) will be honoured at the UK Property Awards at the London Lancaster Hotel on 27 October for The Paddocks at Cults Park development. The leading housebuilder will compete against the best property professionals across the UK regions to be recognised in the category.

Partnership praised A group of 11 major North-east festivals has been recognised for its partnership working with a local accommodation provider, at the Aberdeen City & Shire Tourism Awards. Aberdeen Festivals and Skene House Hotel Suites have been shortlisted in the Working Together for Tourism category at the upcoming Aberdeen City & Shire Tourism Awards.

The Platform at Macduff, which was refurbished completely last June, has just finished adding an extension. Opening with a fashion show Fashion Rocks at the beginning of October, then they plan to open late October with new home, gifts and Christmas display. They are stockists of a brand new casual ladieswear collection called Lauren Vidal direct from Paris which will be launched at the fashion show, and modelled at Trend’s Love Fashion on 1 November at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. The Platform is open seven days, with the option to book appointments to shop in the evening. There is a new gift registry service as well as a babyshop called Kiddilicious, mens and ladieswear, homestyle and gifts galore, and to create the perfect shopping experience there is a lovely café on site. Annie’s Cakery offers coffee and homemade cakes, light lunches, and if you’re lucky, a view of the dolphins playing in the Moray Firth! Parking near the shop is plentiful and free, and the shop is fully accessible.

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Aberdeenshire-based Twin River Distillery launches craft whisky product after £200k investment


in the global bar and drinks trade, including a two-year stint in Singapore before joining Dusk Bar in Aberdeen as a Bar Manager in 2015.

Twin River comes from the team behind Deeside Brewery and has recently invested over £200k in the distillery to accommodate the production of its spirits, with plans for new premises in 2018. £1.4m will be invested to build a new brewery, distillery and visitor centre with taproom in the heart of Banchory.

Ryan said: ‘I’m passionate about craft drinks. My experience working in bars around the world has shown me that people want authentic quality when it comes to premium spirits. There is real potential for us to be a leader in the Scottish craft drinks market and I’m excited about being an integral part of Twin River - both in the production of and selling of our products.’

ewly launched Banchory-based Twin River Distillery is expanding its craft drink offering with the production and laying down of its first casks of Twin River Whisky.

Funds for the centre are going to be sought through both internal and external sources including private investment and crowdfunding, via the sale of early release octaves (55 litre casks). Demand has already been high prelaunch and the distillery has received a score of enquiries.

To support with the development and production of its products, the distillery has appointed Andrew Tulloch as a distiller where he’ll be using his brewing knowledge to underpin Twin River Distillery as a key contributor to the craft drinks industry.

Glad rags and cartridge bags blast into autumn The ladies’ shooting club is planning an exciting schedule of events.  In October the glad raggers visit Saplinbrae House Hotel in Mintlaw and November sees the club celebrate their third birthday at Raemoir House Hotel on the 19th. All equipment is provided all you have to bring is you.  Ladies learn to shoot in a safe, friendly, environment in stunning surrounds meeting new friends along the way.

Aberdeen ice hockey team supports Charlie House

Ryan Rhodes has been recruited as brand director and joins Twin River with over 12 years of experience

Twin River brand ambassador Ricky Chan, distiller Andrew Tulloch and brand ambassador Ryan Rhodes filling the first cask of Twin River Whisky

The Aberdeen Lynx Ice Hockey Team, the second most supported sports team in the city, will be fundraising for Charlie House throughout the 2017/2018 season. Charlie House is an Aberdeen-based charity that supports children with complex disabilities and

life-limiting conditions. It also provides practical and emotional support to families from diagnosis onwards, helping the transition home after a long stay in hospital and onwards through their life journey.



Hotel Indigo EDINBURGH - PRINCES STREET Fancy a capital day out? How about a stay for two in one of Edinburgh’s most interesting new hotels, with dinner and breakfast thrown in? Our winner and their guest will enjoy an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast at the fabulous 64-bedroom Hotel Indigo Edinburgh - Princes Street. The hotel is right in the heart of the city, with an enviable Princes Street location and amazing views of the Castle. The building, which previously housed the traditional Royal British Hotel, has been reborn following a multi-million pound refurbishment.


The modern, vibrant design effortlessly blends the building’s Victorian heritage with contemporary style and a nod to the city's literary history. You’ll find paintings and portraits of famous authors, poets and artists reflecting the city’s rich literary heritage, and contemporary Harris Tweed soft furnishings decorating each of Hotel Indigo’s luxury bedrooms. Each bathroom features a modern walk-in shower with rainfall showerhead for guests seeking a moment to relax or re-energise. The hotel’s Princes Street location is ideal for exploring the historic attractions of Old Edinburgh while equally conveniently placed to enjoy the delights of the New Town, with plenty of trendy bars, boutiques, designer and independent retailers to visit. Hotel Indigo’s restaurant, Twenty Princes Street, is widely admired for its innovative, seasonal menus and extensive drinks menu, with a refreshingly

informal yet glamorous feel. Before dinner, you can head to Juniper, Hotel Indigo’s vibrant and sophisticated cocktail bar and relax over one of the mixologists’ innovative concoctions. For a quieter setting, head on through to the library which has a relaxed and informal ambience and is the perfect spot to chill after dinner. To enter, go to and answer this question:

On which Edinburgh Street is the hotel located?

20 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN Tel: 0131 556 4901

Michelle Russell, Suz Bird, Lauren Mitchell

Chris Symonds, Dan Caddell, Lauren Pirie, Rebecca Findlay, John Chalmers

Jindea Gin Launch Mike Stewart, Scott Rose

WHO: Bottoms up! Gin lovers gathered at The Tippling House to celebrate the launch of Scotland's newest boutique gin. Claire Gordon, Colin Fraser

WHAT: Jindea fuses botanicals with a single estate Darjeeling tea from India. 10 Dollar Shake owner, Adrian Gomes, created the gin with London-based bar scene experts, Matthew Dakers and Jack Rackham of Emporia. WHERE: The Tippling House. Aberdeen

Aimee Ironside, Megan Sellar

Michael Ballantyne, Ross Davidson

Carol Brown, Adam Simpson

Matthew Dakers, Adrian Gomes, Andrew Samways, Jack Rackham

Charles Marshall, Katherine Kelly, Charles Marshall

Kathy MacGillivray, Martin Booth, Gwen Booth

Craig Wright, Phyllis Wright, Cramond Wright, Liam Robertson

Bang & Olufsen Grand Opening

Eddie Jacobsen, Jon Nesbitt

WHO: The Grand Opening of Bang & Olufsen of Aberdeen was combined with the global launch of three brand new products and was well attended by B&O clients and their friends.

Paul Mair, Paul Clarkson

WHAT: Guests were treated to live music from Myke Black, culinary delights from So catering and demonstrations of the new range including the new ‘Eclipse’ OLED television and the new bespoke audio system ‘BeoSound Shape’ which was a huge hit on the night. B&O UK were on hand to show off their flagship ‘BeoLab 90’ loudspeaker and guests were entered into a prize draw for a BeoPlay M5 with Eddy Jacobson being the lucky winner.

Jeff Riley, Lorraine Melvin

WHERE: Bang & Olufsen of Aberdeen, 445 Holburn Street, Aberdeen Neil Findlay, Clare Findlay, Kay Minellas, Andy Minellas

Mark Esslemont, Angus McLeod

Philip Martin, Ryan Hughes, Jonathan Turner, David Robertson


‘At 17, I left Brora and came to Aberdeen to study fashion and textile design at Grays School of Art, then started a career in retail visual display’, John explained. ‘I joined Archibalds as display manager, then became director of buying and store manager, before branching out on my own by buying Alexanders in Rosemount. In 2014, we sold the Alexanders building. It was one of the hardest business decisions I have had to make, but I’m glad the flooring side of Alexanders is still in Rosemount run by my former business partner. ‘I had painted continuously over the years so I felt this was an ideal opportunity to make the next step and become a full-time artist. Unlike many emerging artists, I could take time to evaluate what I wanted to do with my life and concentrate wholly on my passion for painting. I think artists in Scotland struggle a great deal with little or no help from government or any other organisation. Most need a regular job and the danger in that is that their art becomes their hobby. The true potential of that artist sadly becomes lost or diminished. ‘Previously, I was predominantly a landscape painter, painting in watercolour. Through my connections as a buyer, I was fortunate to sell paintings to Lennox Gallery in Loch Lomond. My work at the moment is mainly figurative. I start with an image of a face or figure and let that image develop in an almost imaginary setting. I start with large sheets of thick

PRYDE OF SCOTLAND When John Pryde sold his furnishings business, he grasped the opportunity to become a full time artist. We found out more about his intriguing work…


I take great joy in producing pieces of work that are colourful, thoughtprovoking and almost mystical.

watercolour paper and use inks to give texture, colour and pattern. This lets me then develop and expand the painting using acrylic and collage effects. ‘I’ve recently started to produce work that has either gold or silver leaf running though the painting, almost giving a simpler Klimt-like effect to the background. I love the more unknown Klimt works such as The Hope 11, which is full of texture, pattern and vibrancy. ‘My paintings develops of their own accord and I can never be sure how a painting will end up looking. That to me is the joy of the creative process. As I have developed over the last few years the pieces are becoming larger, with the last commissioned piece for a hotel in Portugal measuring 3 metres x 2 metres. ‘Our move to Portugal meant that I could fully concentrate on painting but it also meant that I was now influenced with a much more vibrant colour palette and you can see in the

development of my work that colour became more important. Now that I’m spending more time back in Aberdeen, I don't want to lose the vibrancy of colour and return to a more muted palette. ‘Portugal also meant that I was able to finally have an exhibition of over 30 of my paintings at the Rodnyer Gallery in Cascais and the Centro Ismaili Gallery in Lisbon. Both exhibitions were very well attended by both the press and public and I was lucky to sell the majority of the pieces. This has given me the confidence and drive to work towards an exhibition in Aberdeen, I just have to find the right venue! ‘I take great joy in producing pieces of work that are colourful, thought-provoking and almost mystical. I want people to use their own imagination when looking at one of my paintings, making their own stories.’



Charlie House Local hospitality firm nets key well-known North-east eatery announces appointment The McGinty’s Group, which operates five pubs, restaurants and hotels in Aberdeen including McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, The Stag, No.10 Bar & Restaurant, The Ferryhill House Hotel and The Fourmile, has recently acquired The Silver Darling restaurant, based in Footdee. The Silver Darling, which was first launched in 1986 by chef proprietor Didier Dejean following his relocation from the South of France with his family, is renowned as one of the best seafood restaurants in the city.

Barbering masterclass at Saks The Great British Barber Bash came to Saks Aberdeen recently and the entire team of stylists from both David Lloyd and Union Square salons enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining and educational masterclass.

To start the day, the barbers held a fun demonstration showcasing their barbering skills which was then followed in the afternoon by a hands-on session with the barbers and all the Saks stylists working together.

SensationALL introduces new ‘mayhem’ session with help from CALA’s community bursary SensationALL, a local charity that supports adults with Multiple Support Needs (MSN) and their families, has launched an additional ‘Monday Mayhem’ session following a £1,000 donation from CALA Homes (North). The weekly sessions enable clients to meet and socialise while taking part in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, baking, gardening, singing and dancing.

Centre stage for Dargie Design After 25 years in West North Street, Aberdeen style favourite Dargie Design has moved house! The home style icon is in a brand new custom-designed shop in John Street – providing a modern, more central location - just around the corner from the Bon Accord Centre. The new site features a brand new concept

Local charity Charlie House, a charity that engages in activities and projects to support children with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, has appointed Susan Crighton as director of fundraising. Susan joins Charlie House with a wealth of experience following 13 years as fundraising manager at CLAN Cancer Support. There, Susan was tasked with raising £2.5million per year to enable CLAN to offer their services free of charge to clients.

retail environment, which combined with their existing relaxed family business approach, promises to provide a unique experience. The design-led store features brand new displays from established partners such as Ligne Roset, Hulsta, Leolux and Kartell as well as a brand new design-lead accessories studio.

Aberdeen Science Centre secures £4.7million funding boost The North-east is set to benefit from an injection of £4.7million to radically transform Aberdeen Science Centre. The funding will revitalise and refresh the city’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) hub and lead to the creation of a state of the art, 21st century facility on Constitution Street in Aberdeen.



NOV Love Fashion

The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa Showcasing the best of the Aberdeen City and Shire’s independent and big brand retailers, as well as featuring work from emerging Scottish fashion and textile talent. Proudly Supporting Friends of Anchor

Tickets | £15 & £25






Christmas Fayre

Bubbles & Baubles

Fashion Lunch

Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Why not come along to our Christmas Fayre for the quintessential festive experience. Peruse some of the finest Christmas stalls in the North-east.

Free Entry | 12pm - 4pm Stalls fully booked!

The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa It's never too early to plan your Christmas party! Dress to the nines and be the belle of the 'baubles' at our fantastic Christmas extravaganza! Proudly Supporting Maggie’s Aberdeen

MAR Malmaison

A fabulous fashion show featuring the latest spring summer collections from the North-easts finest fashion houses, plus champagne reception and a decadent two-course lunch from Malmaison.

Tickets | Available soon

Limited availability!





Cinderella Sale

Afternoon Tea Garden Party

Perth Racecourse

Ladies Day

Life with Style Awards


Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops

Returning this spring its the Trend Cinderella sale! Clear out your wardrobe to make room for some dazzling new fashion pieces and make some cash at the same time!

Free Entry | 11am - 3pm Booking available soon!


The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa Enjoy an elegant afternoon in a beautiful venue, wearing your finest attire. Champagne and strawberry reception followed by a sumptuous Afternoon Tea.

Tickets TBC | 1pm - 4pm Booking available soon!


An event not to be missed and should be on every fabulous fashionista’s calendar for 2018. Enjoy breakfast at Malmaison, luxury return coach travel to Perth Racecourse, a Pimms reception, a two course lunch and more...

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Ardoe House Hotel & Spa You’ve put in the hard work, now comes the fun part! Enjoy an evening of entertainment along with a chance to win not only an award, but also some fabulous raffle prizes.

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COMEDY ABERDEEN COMEDY FESTIVAL Aberdeen City Centre Locations Have a laugh at Aberdeen Comedy Festival. Rising stars and panel show favourites are appearing at various venues throughout the city.


JOHN BISHOP AECC, Aberdeen Comedy superstar John Bishop is set to return to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s (AECC) GE Oil & Gas Arena on 17, 18 and 19 October 2017 with his long awaited return to stand-up comedy and brand new live show, ‘Winging It’.

HMT HALLOWEEN GHOST TOURS - SPOOKY! HMT, Aberdeen Head behind the scenes on a ghost tour at His Majestys Theatre.



LITTLE MIX AECC, Aberdeen Due to popular demand, Little Mix will be returning to AECC’s GE Oil & Gas Arena for two nights on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 October 2017. Since forming in 2011, the band have established themselves as one of Britain’s brightest pop acts and after the success of their new album ‘Glory Days’ which features their number one hit ‘Shout Out to my Ex’, they show no sign of slowing down.

EMILE SANDE AECC, Aberdeen Aberderdonian, Emeli Sandé will be embarking on a UK and Ireland Arena tour in October 2017 which will kick off on home turf on the stage of the GE Oil & Gas Arena on Saturday 14 October 2017. The tour will be in support of Emeli’s hugely acclaimed second studio album “Long Live The Angels” which was released last month and will see her perform at the Aberdeen venue for the first time in her career.


COMEDY MUSIC SENIOR SINGALONG The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen With Jim and Marisha - Sing along to all your favourites in the company of friends.

GREIG DAVIS: YOU MAGNIFICENT BEAST HMT, Aberdeen Freakishly funny! Greg Davis appears at HMT.

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LOVE FASHION Double Tree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops This catwalk presentation introduced by Trend Productions and Premier Productions UK showcases the best of the Aberdeen City and Shire’s independent and big brand retailers, as well as featuring work from emerging Scottish fashion and textile talent.

STEPS AECC, Aberdeen Hold on to your ‘boot scootin’ baby’, Steps are back with a huge UK arena tour, plus a brand-new single and album, all to mark their twentieth anniversary.


CULTURE CHRISTMAS FAYRE Double Tree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Why not come along to our Christmas Fayre for the quintessential festive experience. Peruse some of the finest Christmas stalls in the North-east, enjoy some delicious mulled wine or indulge in a comforting hot chocolate. Free Entry | Open from 12noon to 4pm

SHOWADDYWADDY The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen SHOWADDYWADDY have long been established as Europe's most successful ever exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll. The record speaks for itself! An incredible live show - acclaimed the world over!

MUSIC BOWIE EXPERIENCE THE GOLDEN YEARS The Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy including Life on Mars, Space Oddity, China Girl, Heroes and a whole lot more! Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe. So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance!

FOOD & DRINK GRANITE NOIR: POISONED COCKTAIL PARTY HMT, Aberdeen Raise a glass to dreadful deeds at Granite Noir’s Poisoned Cocktail party at 1906 Restaurant at HMT.



Duncan Skinner So you thought Aberdeen Football Club’s greatest achievement in Europe was winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983, beating the mighty Real Madrid 2-1 in rain-lashed Gothenburg? Well, think again. You will now have to add another major European honour recently conferred at a ceremony in Geneva on the club’s official charity partner, the Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT), for its dementia-friendly programme. In conjunction with other bodies including Alzheimer Scotland, Aberdeen Sports Village and the city council’s health and wellbeing team, more than 100 participants enjoy a variety of experiences every week, including walking football, gym classes, even afternoon disco sessions. Former Aberdeen players also take old fans down memory lane, reliving past feats on the pitch. Trust chairman is Duncan Skinner, a youthful and well-coiffed 60 year-old, the son of a vet from Oban and a mum from South Lochs in Lewis. ‘After Dunecht Primary and Cults Academy, Dad’s work took us to Stornoway where I attended the famous Nicolson Institute, and then came back to Aberdeen to study for a business degree at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology (RGIT),’ he says. ‘I enjoyed a terrific career in the oil and gas industry as a chartered management accountant for 34 years but after calling a halt in 2013, I wanted to put something back into society.’ That’s why is he is so proud that an initiative led by the community trust has been recognised as having the best community and social responsibility programme in this year’s European Club Association awards. A keen golfer and Munro-bagger, Duncan

adds, ‘What makes it even sweeter is that we are in the company of other category winners such as Real Madrid, Sporting Lisbon and Monaco’. He is a great believer in the power of sport. ‘Although I am also a non-executive director on the main board of Aberdeen FC, the trust is quite separate from the football club,’ he adds, ‘and we are able to use its powerful brand to raise substantial funds to deliver change in the community, through the efforts of 20 full-time staff and many volunteers involved in more than 60 activities. The great Denis Law is a patron of the trust, and former Aberdeen and Scotland manager and AFC board member Craig Brown is an ambassador’. The next fundraiser is a dinner at the city’s Marcliffe Hotel and Spa on 16 November. However, I am meeting Duncan in the boardroom of the custom-built bedmaking factory, Glencraft, in Mastrick and here is another enterprise which has benefited from the expertise of businessmen and women like Duncan, the company chairman. ‘Formerly the Royal Workshops for the Blind, it went into liquidation in 2009 after 170 years but reopened in 2010 with jobs for 42 people who wanted to return,’ he says. ‘You will now find our mattresses in, for example, Balmoral Castle and Gleneagles Hotel .’ Duncan and his wife Jackie have a son, Andrew, who is a sports journalist in Inverness, and a daughter Anna, who is studying animation at Bristol University. But does Jackie ever see Action Man? ‘That’s a good question,’ says Duncan. ‘You had better ask her yourself and chances are you will find her in the garden!’


10 YEARS OF TREND We still haven't run out of things to write about. Every issue turns up new places to visit and things to do. We've featured everything from carriage driving to flying a helicopter, kendo to firewalking, and visited historic sites and attractions from the Moray Coast to Johnshaven.

Fed up with being told there's nothing to do and no good shops in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Trend launches to celebrate all that's best in the North-east of Scotland. Naturally, we start with a party!

Life with Style Awards launches. Our annual awards ceremony honours the best local lifestyle businesses and those that make a difference in the community. It quickly becomes the most stylish awards night of the year. The dresses make the Oscars look dowdy.

Having built a reputation for events, we decide to hold regular events under the Trend banner. Regular fixtures on the North-east's social calendar include our Garden Party, Malmaison lunches and Ladies Day at Perth Races.

We're going from strength to strength. Every issue gets a bit bigger and has a larger distribution. Better yet, we get to go shopping and claim it's essential research. We do a lot of research!

Trend moves into new offices in Holburn Street. We soon regret it, because the new office is always colder inside than outside! Our Love Fashion event launches and our Cinderella Sales start.

Trend starts to work with Aberdeen International Airport to publish their quarterly publication upBEAT. Our sister magazine Trend Weddings launches in October and is soon followed by our Trend Wedding Fayres.

Our popular Christmas Fayres start.

We have a wee bit of a make over, because we want to keep looking our best.

We're 10 years old and have already started planning for our teenage years. Vogue has just celebrated being 125, so we have some catching up to do.


National success for Aberdeen elite swimmers

Win a family panto treat at HMT A trip to the pantomime has long been a favourite family Christmas tradition. Oh yes it has! This year, HMT has a sparkling production of Aladdin packed with stunning scenery, outrageous costumes, lots of laughs and plenty of boos and hisses. Jimmy Osmond plays the evil Abanazar, while Jordan Young takes the title role and

Alan McHugh is Widow Twankey. Flying carpets and a wish-granting genie make it a magical night out. We have one family ticket up for grabs for two adults and two children.

Aberdeen’s performance swimming team is celebrating after collecting an impressive 12 medals at this year’s British Summer Championships, leading to 14 swimmers being called onto national squads. The University of Aberdeen Performance Swimming (UOAPS), led by Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games coach Patrick Miley, is a partnership between Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen City Council, Scottish Swimming and the University of Aberdeen and seven of the city’s swimming clubs.

Best garden centre in Scotland The Mains of Drum Garden Centre and Restaurant in Drumoak were recently given one of the highest accolades in the industry from the Garden Centre Association. After inspecting all the garden centres in the whole of the UK they awarded Mains of Drum ‘Best Garden Centre in Scotland’ at their regional awards ceremony. The

GCA asks its garden centre members, from the moment they join, to meet the highest retail standards and to participate in an annual inspection process, to ensure these standards are maintained and improved. The National awards will be announced in January where they will then be judged against the whole of the UK.

To enter, go to and answer this question:

Who plays Abanazar?

Flying colours at Saks Aberdeen Hanna Farquhar from Union Square and Katya Paton from David Lloyd both recently passed their L’Oreal Colour Specialist degree - both receiving a credit score of over 90% in their exam. After months of hard work involving theory, practicals and exams they are now both fully qualified L’Oreal Colour Specialists. They join an elite group of the top 1% of L’Oreal Colourists in the UK!

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Judging by our winner’s list, it looks like half the North-east got lucky in our competitions in the last issue. Congratulations and great prizes go to: Jackie Webster, Caran Richardson, Freda Mutch, Eleanor Robb, Lesley Massey and John D Smith who each won a bottle of Esker Gin. We wonder if gin botanicals count as one of your five a day? Kayleigh Pirie and Gordon Angus are both off with a friend to see Grease at HMT, while Ali Will will be floating around ethereally once she visits Ivory Grace to choose a dress from Ghost. The very lucky Adam E. Smith, Rosie Mowat, Jennie Smith, Diane Mackenzie and Teresa Hainey will all be looking even more fabulous when they’ve visiting SAKS Union Square for their makeover packages. Maureen Buchan and three friends will be tucking into a scrumptious afternoon tea and Mains of Drum Garden Centre, while Julie Hamilton and Arlene Sleigh will be heading to Finnies to pick up something shiny.



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To enter Trendy Locations email with a picture of you holding a copy of Trend against the backdrop of your favourite holiday destination along with your name and details of your trip. We’ll publish our readers’ most inspired pictures from domestic or overseas travels and the most ‘trendy’ contribution will receive a bespoke box of chocolates from Hardy's Chocolates.

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Thur 26th October to Thur 2nd Nov at Finnies the Jewellers

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