the only guide to a modern life in aberdeen
JUNE / JULY 2011
The best of summer fashion
Sand, scandals & sandals... Our guide to beachwear essentials
Jungle VIP... Trend goes ape
Every picture tells a story...
Meet artist Lisette Degioanni
All the latest...
Places to shop, eat, play and stay...
Win . . . A stay in Shetland A Borders break Stylish Polaroid sunglasses Family tickets to Fyvie Live All you need for a BBQ from The Store and Inverurie Garden Centre Garden benches from Cordiners
FASHION | BEAUTY | FOOD | PROPERTY | INTERIORS | REVIEWS | CARS
FROM ONLY £5 PRESCRIPTION 9 WITH FREE LENSES*
INCLUDING: RA YBAN, GUCCI, MICHAEL KOR NAUTICA, FEN S, DI, CALVIN KLE IN AND NIKE 01224 644927 Aberdeen,Belmont St. 01224 572368 tre Cen ty Trini n, Aberdee 01224 771144 Dyce 01569 762765 en Stonehav 01224 745888 Westhill the North East out ugh thro ches Plus bran
LABLE EXPRESS 1 HOUR SERVICE** AVAI
RHEAD TRE ABERDEEN, ELGIN & PETE AT BELMONT ST, TRINITY CEN
ORE FOR FULL DETAILS *CONDITIONS APPLY. SEE IN-ST
**AVAILABLE ON MOST PRESCRIPT
Contents published by Trend Productions Ltd 2 Rubislaw Place Aberdeen AB10 1XN Tel: +44 (0) 1224 631141 Fax: +44 (0) 1224 622280 email@example.com www.trendmagazine.co.uk Director Gill Buyers - firstname.lastname@example.org Editor Alison Daniels - email@example.com Advertising & Distribution Clare Findlay - firstname.lastname@example.org Finance & administration Jill Walker - email@example.com Business development Leigh Mathieson - firstname.lastname@example.org EVENTS Lynn Batham - email@example.com Design & Production EQ Design Limited www.eqdesign.co.uk Print CCB Limited All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Prices are correct at time of going to press but may be subject to change. Trend cannot be responsible for unsolicited material. The views and opinions by contributors in the magazine may not represent the views of the publisher. Trend magazine takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisers in this publication.
18 FASHION 08 Style File 18 Park Life – six pages of relaxed summer fashion 24 All you need to hit the beach 41 Win some Polaroid Sunglasses 72 Psst! Have you heard about the Trend Lifestyle Show? 74 Look good and raise funds for charity with stylist Danit Levi’s new book Health & Beauty 55 Biyoni Bucksburn’s guide to summer hair 56 Trend loves...the best products for teen skin Food & Drink 28 Yum, yum, yum - we try the Broadstraik Inn for dinner... 29 ...and Yorokobi Sushi for lunch 32 Meet Raemoir’s talented chef, David Littlewood 58 Just Delicious! Win a barbeque and food hamper
64 Features 51 Ulan Bator or bust! David Gillanders catches up with an intrepid rally team 62 Red Carpet - It’s time for the Trend Awards 64 Yorkie Girl – Kate Gray visits the ancient city of York 66 Win an idyllic break in Shetland 67 Lucky break – Win a stay at the Horseshoe Inn near Peebles 68 Queen of the Swingers - Courtney O’Grady goes ape 69 Readers’ letters 70 Explore Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter 75 Win a garden bench from Cordiners 86 Peter Mitchell catches up with Peggy Finnie Art, Culture and Society 47 Win family passes to Fyvie Live 59 Meet Banchory Artist Lisette Digionni 60 Ceramics artist Sarah Coonan potters about 76 Trend’s guide to What’s On 79 Shine on! It’s the Northern Lights Music Festival 80 Smile please! It’s the society pages
Editor’s welcome The lighter nights mean we’ve all been busy at Trend Towers, scouring the city and beyond for the best places to shop, eat, drink, visit and experience. It’s a rough job, but someone’s got to do it. We’ve been zooming off to York and down zip wires, checking out fabulous gems and the latest in beachwear, sorting out great competitions, trying out everything from teen skin products to sushi, and planning some fabulous new Trend events. We’ve also been getting ready for the Trend Life with Style Awards. This
always brings together some of the most glamorous people in the North East. Since the judging is independent, I have no idea about who the winners are, but I do know that all the guests will be looking great. The ladies would give most of Hollywood a run for their money when it comes to red-carpet dressing and impeccable grooming, and the gentlemen never let the side down either. Frankly, it’s slightly intimidating to be in such a well dressed gathering, so this year I’ve enlisted a secret weapon. You can read about it all inside... Alison
UNION SQ. STORE UNION SQUARE GUILD STREET ABERDEEN AB11 6NA 01224 211279
TRINITY SHOPPING CENTRE ABERDEEN AB11 6BE 01224 592070
SHOP ONLINE: WWW.AB10.COM
Contributors Michaela Waddell, Photographer Michaela is a fully qualified member of the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography), she also has a masterâ€™s degree in marketing. A general photographer: so as well as fashion she shoots commercial, PR, weddings, event, boudoir and lifestyle commissions. Working closely with a range of clients, she takes pride in providing striking and contemporary images, whether working with natural light, within a studio environment or on location in the UK and Europe. www.michaelawaddell.com www.photographybymichaela.com/blog Other contributers in this issue Newsline Scotland, David Nicholson, David Gillanders, Alison Shaw, Peter Mitchell, Courtney Oâ€™Grady, Kate Gray, Leigh Mathieson, Stylists: Charlotte Stroud & Alison Keith, Hair: Michelle Reid of Michelle Reid Hairdressing, Carol Brown www.wineuncorkededucation.co.uk
Cover Model: Valeria Danilenko Photography: Michaela Waddell Cover Look: Rae Mathieson Hair: Michelle Reid of Michelle Reid Hairdressing Stylists: Alison Keith & Charlotte Stroud For the face MAC studiosculpt foundation in NW30, MAC studiosculpt concealer in NW25, MAC bronzer in refined golden.
For the Cheeks MAC blush in peachtwist, beauty uk baked blusher in royal rose. For the eyes MAC paintpot in indian wood, MAC eyeshadow in goldmine, MAC eye pencil in smoulder, MAC opulash mascara. For the lips beauty uk lipstick in Naughty. www.maccosmetics.com www.beautyukcosmetics.com www.raemathieson.com
Style file visits... MATT KNEALE, age 30 RECRUITMENT TEAM LEADER
Q: What has been your best ever fashion buy? A: I have a really cool retro Adidas windbreaker I bought from Ebay. It turns into a bag, totally amazing. Shirt: Zara Trousers: Topman Belt: Topman Shoes: Kurt Geiger
STAFF FROM ATLANTIC RESOURCING LIMITED.
> words by CHARLOTTE STROUD
KERRY HADEN, age 24 ADMINISTRATOR
Q: What has been your biggest ever fashion disaster? A: I had a green bomber jacket when I was younger, which was a total disaster. Top: Zara Scarf: Tie Rack Tights: Jasper Conran Shoes: Oasis
age 23, ACCOUNTS
age 26, RECRUITMENT
What is your ultimate beach must have for this summer? I am going on holiday and will be buying an electric blue bikini.
Top: New Look Necklace: Primark Trousers: Primark Shoes: Dorothy Perkins Belt: New Look
Does your work look differ from your personal time wear and if so how? Yes it is different as I am a mummy, so at home I am a lot more casual as I have to run around after my child. At work I take advantage of being able to wear heels and dress up a bit.
Top: ASOS Shorts: Primark Tights/Shoes: Tesco Necklace: New Look
The largest stockist of Joseph Ribkoff in the North of Scotland Opening times: Mon - Sat 9 - 5, Sunday 12 - 5 Personal Shopping Service available by appointment 28 Main Street, Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 4AD T: 01888 568111 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNION SQUARE / ABERDEEN WWW.ROX.CO.UK
Eclipse Hair Designâ€™s experienced stylists offer the latest in cutting and colouring techniques from our comfortable & friendly salon in Torphins.
Enjoy a 'Little Pleasure'
We are excited to be the first Salon in Aberdeenshire to offer the revolutionary BEOX Professional, Brazilian Keratin Treatment.
AT ROSIE THISTLE'S TEA ROOM
Don't miss us, join us for tea, coffee, cakes, light lunches and Afternoon Tea. Book a birthday party or a special occasion. An ideal venue for networking. Take out available too. Always Open with a Smile
Rosie Thistle's Tea Room, 31 Thistle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UY T: 01224 632445
Please phone to arrange an appointment, a free consultation or for more information about BEOX Professional.
Tel. 013398 89089 14 Craigour Road Torphins, Aberdeenshire
ORKID BEAUTY ROOMS
10 years younger She can’t claim to turn back time completely but she’ll aim to make you a very happy ten years younger. Dr Vicki Guthrie
Using her skills as a GP and medical professional trained to administer antiaging treatments; Dr Vicki Guthrie MB ChB FRCGP has outstanding expertise in creating a beautiful, natural look. Available through consultations at Orkid Beauty Rooms in Bieldside, the Portlethen GP uses muscle relaxing injections, Restylane, Dermaroller, Jan Marini products for acne and Marini Lash to promote eyelash growth.
Exclusive Stockists of Lejaby and Aubade
"They won’t look false; they’ll look natural - and a decade younger than their age. That’s a pretty good expectation."
17 West High Street Inverurie T: 01467 625382
More and more women are turning with confidence to her professional blend of medical and beauty expertise. “Everything I do is individually tailored to the client’s needs. People can be anxious about aesthetic treatments but we offer a safe environment, approved, regulated treatments and are realistic about results."
8 West High Street, Inverurie AB51 3SA Tel 01467 670835
Orkid Beauty Rooms, 85 North Deeside Road, Bieldside, Aberdeen AB15 9DS T: 01224 864444 www.orkid.co.uk 11
Darl i ng - if I may? As you are a woman of exceptionally good taste a v i sit to Aberdeen’s latest fashion boutiq ue
Preen Beauty is pleased to offer new tantrick tanning parties. Come with your friends and enjoy a glass of champagne, whilst each having your flawless tan applied!
it’s darling Little Ladies Now Available at Bellino 17 Thistle Street Aberdeen 01224 648130
w ill not only i n spi re you to strike a pose but make you r Spri ng ward robe bloom.
Its darling 275 Holbu rn Street Aberdeenm AB10 7F L 01224 588886 www.its-darl i ng.com
Tantrick spray tanning is fast drying and applied in minutes. It delivers a natural looking tan that works with your individual skin tone with no streaking. We cater for parties 2 - 7 people and offer great discounted prices! Please bring loose dark clothing and loose footwear to ensure best results after leaving the salon. Minx Nails Nouveau Eyelash Extensions Gel Nails Make-up
Preen Beauty 321 Holburn Street Aberdeen AB10 7FL T: 01224 594066 www.preenbeauty.com
CUBELITE THE STRONGEST & LIGHTEST SAMSONITE EVER.
35-37 high street inverurie ab51 3qa www.casepoint.co.uk t: 01467 621729
Collections Commissions Wedding
Distinctive and exclusive jewellery Designed and made in Scotland to the highest standards of craftsmanship
www.lavajewellery.co.uk (m) 07847 056 661 14
Weddings are our speciality Our new department on the first floor, is dedicated solely to the Mother of the Bride, Bridegroom and Special Guests. The introduction of this new department on the first floor has proven to be a great success with fashionable ladies travelling from far and wide to view our extensive range of stylish outfits from sizes 8-24. Complete outfits with fabulous fascinators, hats and hatinators, all to compliment that very special outfit, can be found in our new department along with stunning shoes and bags, specially designed for Bentleys. Feel free to browse at your leisure or let our experienced staff help you select from hundred of stylish outfits, in a myriad of beautiful colours and styles, sourced from around the globe. Our ground floor has been so busy this year due to the introduction of many new labels and the continuing loyalty of our customers from far and wide. Having a new floor for special occasion wear has allowed us the luxury of introducing new labels on our ground floor without loosing the great brands that have continued to keep our ladies happy, whether it is a pair of jeans from NYDJ (not your daughters jeans) or party wear and cruise wear from Frank Lyman. Trading for 22 years in Bentleys has been interesting and challenging, now with a new department and complete refurbishment on both floors Bentleys has a new lease of life, let us share it with you. Look good for any occasion, look great at Bentleys. Outfit also comes in Bougainvillea Pink and Ultramarine Blue
Bentleys of Banchory
Outfit also comes in Bougainvillea Pink and Ultramarine Blue
32-36 High Street Banchory T: 01330 825655 www.bentleys-banchory.co.uk
Their face is their fortune and they know it pays to ensure they always look amazing. But for us less starry individuals, the path to glamorous, glowing and rejuvenated skin is also available in Aberdeen, courtesy of the Aesthetic Room at The House beauty salon and spa.
Roll On Gorgeous Skin Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and numerous other celebrities are all rumoured to be fans.
Please contact Louise for a free consultation. The House 34 Great Western Road Aberdeen T: 01224 586699 www.thehousespa.co.uk
Aesthetics nurse, Louise Mackintosh, a trained beauty therapist and former theatre nurse, is now offering one of the film stars’ latest favourite beauty boosts, dermaroller. Also known as micro-medical skin needling, a skin renewal technique that creates a smoother, healthier, younger-looking skin, it’s fantastic for tackling fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, stretch marks and uneven textured skin. A topical anaesthetic is applied before the dermaroller device is passed over the skin, creating micro channels to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The skin regenerates and repairs itself as a result of its own natural healing process. Suitable for most areas of the body, a course of three sessions is recommended. And unlike more aggressive treatments, the downtime is minimal, meaning you’ll be looking your best in virtually no time at all.
kintosh Louise Mac
Special Offer Receive £100 off when you book a course of 3 dermaroller sessions Quote: TREND > words by ALISON DANIELS 16
Restricted to one offer per client
COLOUR YOUR SUMMER WITH BODUM
18-24 Chapel Street, Aberdeen AB10 1SP 01224 641270 Open 7 days
Pink Skinny Jean - Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Lee - AB10 (Union Square) - £140 Socks - New Look - £2.99, Frankie Blouse - French Connection - AB10 - £52 Vesuvias flat leather lace up - Bertie - £60, Umbrella - Fulton - £23, Fairtrade necklace - Kazuri - £45 - All John Lewis
e f i L k r a P
Valeria: Woven bow detail top - Ted Baker - £55, Manner Black Loafer - Carvella - £110, Knot Detail Clutch - Ted Baker - £129, Pink Assorted Vintage Beads Voile Ribbon Necklace - One Button - £22 - All John Lewis, Galindo Skirt - Hobbs - £99, Polka dot socks - New Look - £2.99 Hugo: Saddle Raglan Red Polo shirt - Penguin - £60 The Abbot Pederson Collection Shorts - Penguin - £55, Blue Hooded Zip Top - Penguin - £70, White Boat shoes - Penguin -£57 - All AB10
Valeria: Printed Back Dress - Laundry Room - £48, Cuff - Big Baby - £15 - Both AB10, Headband - Big Baby - John Lewis - £15 Ainsley beige nubuck Courts - Carvella - John Lewis - £110 Hugo: Overall Jean - Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Lee Jeans - £184, Shirt - Gstar Raw - £95, Blue Solid Jersey – Penguin - £65, Desert Court Trainers - Fire trap -£55 - All AB10
NUDE NIXIE BUTTON TRAPEZE DRESS, MONSOON ORIGINALS £150.00, MONSOON GEM FEATHER ALICE BAND £6.99, NEW LOOK BLUE PHNOM STRAPPY LEATHER RAFFIA WEDGES, BERTIE £75.00, JOHN LEWIS
MADAGASCAR BLUE MAXI DRESS, DERHY £135.00 TAUPE POPA HILL PEEP TOE SUEDE SANDALS, BERTIE £75.00, BOTH JOHN LEWIS FLOWER CROWN BANDO £6.00, ACCESSORIZE (CUSTOMISED WITH ROSE BUDS)
Dana Beach Atripe Cullote - Whistles - £175, Cafe Multi Bag - Lulu Guiness - £295, Purple Skinny Rib Grossgrain Eyelet Belt - John Lewis Women - £12, Assorted Striped Nuggets and Oval Beaded Necklace - One Button - £18 - All John Lewis, Heidi Brown Suede Shoes - Kurt Geiger - £120
Valeria: Imogen Dress - £99, Lilly Bag - £99, Hannah Necklace - £45, Red Bow Belt - £39 - All Hobbs, Black and White Jacket - Yumi - AB10 - £40 Hugo: Reyma Blue Jacket - Full Circle -£99, Riley Loose tapered Jeans – Gstar -£100, Grey Low Blow Trainers -Firetrap - £35, Relax Print White T Shirt - Peter Werth - £21- All AB10
SARAH DRESS £75.00, GRACE EMBROIDERED WAISTCOAT £65.00, BOTH MONSOON MANHATTAN ROSE SILK BANDO £8.00, METAL KEEPER BELT £8.00, BUTTERFLY ROPE NECKLACE £10.00, EGYPTIAN GEM LONG NECKLACE £18.00, ALL ACCESSORIZE TAUPE ARK LEATHER STRAPPY SANDAL, CARVELLA £95.00, JOHN LEWIS
Pink Woven Shirt - J.C.Rags - £68, Solid Jersey Rain Sweater - Penguin - £65 - Both AB10 Thanks to: Our models Valeria Danilenko and Hugo Costa. Make up: Rae Mathieson. Hair: Michelle Reid of Michelle Reid Hairdressing. Stylists: Alison Keith and Charlotte Stroud. Photographer: Michaela Waddell. Alan Findlay, Facilities Manager, Duthie Park, and David Welch Winter Gardens. John Lewis, AB10, Kurt Geiger and Hobbs.
Our thanks to: Our Model: Kirsty Miller Make up: Fiona Smith Hair: Leah Dargie of Biyoni Bucksburn Stylist: Alison Keith Photographer: Ray Smith Stockists: it’s darling, John Lewis, Monsoon, Accessorize and New Look
Beach Babes Sizzle this summer in sexy prints and bold brights
> words by ALISON DANIELS
This summer is all about a seventies style and that includes on the beach. Get yourself a big floppy straw hat. Great for protecting your skin from the sun and also, teamed with a pair of Jackie O style sunglasses oozes vintage screen siren. Effortless and amazingly chic. Jewellery has to be big and bold, from necklaces to earrings. The key word this summer is colour and a great way to incorporate some colour is through your jewellery, the brighter the better. Bags should be kitsch and vintage inspired, think straw bags with polka dots or monochrome stripes. Tunics, kaftans, arongs, shorts, everyone needs to have a classic beach cover up. Tie a belt round your waist to cinch you in and enhance your gorgeous curves. Itâ€™s summer so donâ€™t stress, spray on some spf and let your beach style do the talking.
> words profile
by ALISON SHAW
Michele Ross is a classic example of the woman who liked the business so much she bought it. Formerly a PA and events manager with the Society for Underwater Technology, she’d been an enthusiastic client of The Yoga Spot in Aberdeen.
Participants can practise all levels of power yoga - derived from the Ashtanga Vinyasa system - from beginner to serious enthusiast, Mysore and Vinyasa Flow classes.
When the owner Gill McClean decided to sell up, Michele resolved to give up her job and take over the business herself.
The Yoga Spot, the only West End yoga studio, also offers pregnancy yoga, has a small, private studio for individual clients and runs regular workshops with renowned practitioners leading exercises and lecturing on anatomy and physiology.
Now she’s a full-time yoga instructor with her own studio, taking nine classes a week plus private clients, supported by a team of regular instructors including Jodi, Holly and Siobhan. Not bad for someone who never considered taking up yoga until just two years ago. Previously a gym fanatic and runner, it was only when she suffered constant injuries that it was suggested that the discipline might help. After a couple of classes she was hooked. “I fell in love with it and a few months later I started coming to The Yoga Spot. I then did teacher training and knew I wanted to teach.” Discovering that the business was for sale was pure serendipity - the chance to merge business with pleasure. In the cool, tranquil studio in Ruthrie Terrace, where early morning sessions are often accompanied by birdsong, she offers a wide range of classes throughout the day, evenings and weekends. 26
It also houses the Deeside Treatment Studio, where Holly Scotchburn-Snell offers osteopathy, sports and remedial massage and pregnancy massage. The Yoga Spot 1a Ruthrie Terrace, Aberdeen, AB10 7JY E: michele@the yogaspot.co.uk M: 07745 929660 www.theyogaspot.co.uk
LARGE SOFA – WAS £1,489, NOW £1,199 SOFAS, diNiNG FuRNituRE, bEdROOmS & hOmE FuRNiShiNGS 6-14 Great Western Road, Aberdeen. telephone 01224 596181. mon to Sat 10am-5.30pm, thurs 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
> REVIEWS BY CAROL BROWN & LEIGH MATHIESON
Dinner Review, Broadstraik Inn Iâ€™ve always been a fan of local and country pubs and stepping up to the mark is the Broadstraik Inn in Elrick, Westhill. Well placed, just 8 miles west of Aberdeen, the Broadstraik Inn has a homely bar leading through to a large restaurant area. Food is important with many local suppliers listed on the menu which features a range of pub classics as well as more elaborate dishes. Arriving at 8pm on a Friday night, both bar and restaurant was very busy and lively. Our visit coincided with one of the occasional entertainment nights. J C Lee is a Tenerife based entertainer and his banter and covers of the Drifters and Michael Buble soon has a couple of tables of ladies up dancing. 28
Back to the food, there is an Asian influence to a number of dishes which saw my partner enjoy a platter of battered salt and sweet and sticky chilli sauce squid whilst I had a bowl of sweet chilli Shetland mussels from the specials board, the broth had a good spicy kick and Thai fragrance. A steely, crisp and tangy Domaine De Chatelain Expression Terroirs Sancerre 2009 provided a refreshing backdrop. I followed with a tender pan fried venison haunch, sweet potato dauphinoise (Iâ€™m going to try to do that at home) and honeyed shallots and beetroot. My partner raided the specials board for a delicate rock turbot steamed in
banana leaf and served with Asian coleslaw. After all that, 1 pudding with 2 spoons was the only option and the trio of apple was a great idea- apple crumble ice cream, apple tart and apple brulee. So if you like your pub experience to be a welcoming one with good food then head to the Broadstraik Inn. The Broadstraik Inn Elrick, Westhill Aberdeenshire AB32 6TL Telephone: 01224 743217 E: email@example.com www.broadstraikinn.co.uk
Lunch Review, Yorokobi by CJ I had only ever had great sushi in big cities like Toronto, New York and London, and so when I discovered that there was great sushi in Aberdeen I was over the moon, it makes sense in a city that is famous for its fresh fish. Yorokobi has only been at its Huntly Street location for about a year now but sushi lovers may know it from its days as a take away in Aberdeen Market. At first glance the menu is extensive offering a long list of sushi, sashimi as well a selection of traditional Korean dishes making it hard to make a decision. We decided to share a selection of sushi with a portion of the spicy edamame beans to
share, I would usually just have these with salt and lime but the spicy coating gave them an extra kick. The sushi comes served with a side of wasabi paste, pickled ginger and a soy sauce. Our selection included the salmon nigiri (4 pieces),sushi rice topped with slices of fresh salmon that melt in your mouth, these are simple but delicious and best dipped in some soy sauce with some pickled ginger and a spot of wasabi, if you like it hot. We also ordered two portions of the maki (6 pieces) one salmon and avocado and the other spicy tuna. These did not disappoint the salmon and avocado made a perfect combination and the tuna topped with the spicy sauce was fantastic.
In my opinion I saved the best for last, the soft shell crab hand roll. These are a cone-shaped sushi filled with rice and a delicious soft shell crab that has been deep-fried in a light tempura batter, by far my favourite. The name Yorokobi actually means â€˜joyous blissâ€™, which is a perfect way to describe the sushi here. I will definitely be going back to sample some more of their great selection of dishes. Yorokobi by CJ 51 Huntly Street Aberdeen T: 01224 566002
Repairs Alterations Commissions Antique
Thursday Tasters 9 Little Belmont St - 01224 467156 41 High St, Banchory - 01330 822600
seasonal tasting menu’s being offered £45 per person | See website for dates and more details Cow Shed Restaurant, Raemoir Road, Banchory Tel: 01330 820813 www.cowshedrestaurant.co.uk
Innspired Pub Food There was a time when pub grub meant one thing – unimaginative stodge and a packet of pork scratchings if you were lucky. Today that couldn’t be further from the truth – especially at Elrick’s Broadstraik Inn near Westhill. Yes, you’ll find the old favourites like fish and chips, steak pie and macaroni cheese, but thanks to executive chef Chris Wills’ time in Thailand and New Zealand, you’ll also find a fascinating fusion of East meets West – salt and chilli squid with Asian coleslaw, anyone? Thai-style chicken cakes with pineapple salad? For traditionalists there are dishes like grilled 30
North Sea fish mornay or egg Benedict but the menu circumnavigates the globe offering antipasti, tomato and feta salad, haggis fritters and wok-fried duck and noodles. On occasion, you might spot wild boar or venison. General Manager Lesley Hardie says: “We like to source local produce and create different kinds of food. Our menu changes dramatically from lunch – all under £10 – to dinner and new menus are introduced every couple of months, with mini versions of dishes available for children.” As a country pub open all day, she believes good food should be available all day, so
> words by ALISON SHAW breakfasts and bar snacks ensure you’ll never go hungry at The Broadstraik. The Broadstraik Inn, Elrick, Westhill T: 01224 743217 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.broadstraikinn.co.uk
. . . a i l a Cockt ntury
To celebrate the recent birthday of Sir Ian Fleming on May 28th, we bring you a cocktail made famous in print (1953) and on film (1967 & 2006) in â€˜Casino Royaleâ€™. In this 007 adventure, Bond orders this at the casino. Pour the Lillet over ice in a mixing glass then add the gin and vodka. Top up the glass with more ice and stir around 40 times until the liquid and the ice are at the same level. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a long thin twisted piece of lemon skin. VESPER MARTINI 75ml Martin Millers gin 25ml 42 Below Vodka 12.5ml Lillet Blanc 1 Lemon Twist
Fleming was an almost unknown author who may not have had such success, had it not been for JFKâ€™s admiration for the Bond character which made the world take notice. So raise your glass to both these gentlemen as without either we may never have had the pleasure of the Vesper Martini.
www.duskbegins.co.uk As the day ends.....Dusk begins. T : 01224 594430 31
How would you describe your approach to cooking?.I always use the best quality ingredients, in season and locally sourced and cook them simply, but well. I try to offer a good balance of texture and temperature in the elements of each dish, to make it more interesting for the diner. Quality ingredients deserve respect, both in the handling and cooking. How does a chef develop their own style? First, learn the basics, understand what is happening during the cooking process and why, then begin to experiment! For example, if you understand why bread rises or what is happening as ice cream crystallizes, then you can think about how changing an ingredient might affect the end result. What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you in a kitchen? Things go wrong and equipment breaks down all the time in kitchens (usually on Saturday morning so you can’t get it fixed until Monday!!). You just have to improvise, innovate and adapt your way through it. If I had to choose a worst thing, it would probably be the day I cut the end of my finger off – right to the bone!
Executive Chef at Raemoir House Hotel
What do you eat when you're off duty? Anything as long as I don’t have to cook it myself. Other than your own, what's the best restaurant you've been to, or the most memorable dish you've eaten? I had a chilled tomato consommé at Gordon Ramsays @ Hospital Road which was amazing. Very simple, yet light and bursting with flavour.
Fillet and Slowed Cooked Featherblade of Royal Deeside Beef, Potato and Horseradish Pancake, Roasted Roots 4 x 3oz fillet steaks (centre cut, minimum 28 days aged), 600g beef, featherblade, 2 carrots, 3 shallots, 1 stick celery, ½ leek, 2 bay leaves, 1 star anise, 8 peppercorns, 3 juniper berries, 1 litre good quality beef stock, 200ml red wine, 20g red currant jelly, 3 garlic cloves Featherblade • Seal featherblade in a hot pan with a little oil, when coloured remove • In the same pan, roast chopped shallots, carrots, celery, leek • Add spices, wine, stock and jelly • Bring to boil, add beef featherblade, cover and place in oven at 160°C for 3 hours or until tender
• • •
Allow to cool slightly in cooking juices, remove while still warm and roll tightly in cling film, refrigerate until cold and slice into 4 portions Strain braising stock and reduce by ⅔ To serve, warm featherblade in stock, serve with gravy
For the Fillets • Season and sear the fillets in a hot pan until well coloured • Place in a hot oven (190°C) for 5 minutes • Rest for 8 minutes, carve and serve Potato and Horseradish Pancake 400g mashed potatoes (still warm), 2 egg yolks, 2 egg whites (whisked to still peaks), 50g clarified butter, 50g plain flour, 1 tbsp horseradish sauce, 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley, 1 chopped button shallot, Salt and pepper
• • •
Place all ingredients expect the egg whites in a bowl and mix well (do not overwork or the potatoes will become gluey) Fold in egg whites, 1/3 at a time Cook pancakes in rapeseed oil or butter in blini pans
To serve • Serve with roasted root vegetables, shallots and seasonal mushrooms • Drizzle with the red meat braising stock
L IA HE 80 EC R T £2 SP FO &B E S B N HT 2 JU NIG OF E
Now under the same ownership as The Milton, the refurbished and two AA rosette Raemoir House Hotel is re-emerging as one of the most attractive and relaxing Country House Hotels in Aberdeenshire. Set in 11 acres of secluded parkland providing complete privacy, the hotel lends itself perfectly to everything from sumptuous Afternoon Teas to Exclusive Use. The AA rosetted Milton Restaurant continues to offer one of the best dining venues on Deeside, with anything from a quick Coffee in the Conservatory to a more grand dining experience in the restaurant. Both venues are available for private use - call Carolyn or Jan on 01330 824884 who will be able to tell you more about what we can now offer.
Tel: 01330 844566 www.themilton.co.uk
Tel: 01330 824884 www.raemoir.com
RAEMOIR HOUSE HOTEL
AMICUS SUMMER AD_64x183mm.pdf advertisements
New Lunch enuCM reations M & Spring C ble! MY now availa
Welcome to La Stella,
Aberdeenâ€™s Bistronomy restaurant.
Why not come along and try our new menus & extensive Daily fish specials. The chefs at La Stella have been experimenting with lots of local spring produce and have came up with some delicious new dishes. As recommended in this years Michelin Guide. Booking essential.
28 Adelphi Aberdeen AB11 5BL 01224 211414 Open Mon - Sat 11.30am - late email@example.com www.lastella.co.uk
WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED AN AA ROSETTE!
Lunch deli Ice cream parlour Lunch Room Evening bistro
Lairhillock Lodge offers comfort, style and value
The Lairhillock Lodge at Netherley may only have been open for a few months, but itâ€™s already becoming the place to stay for business travellers to the industrial estates in Tullos, Altens, Portlethen and Stonehaven, as well as for the tourist looking to explore Stonehaven and Royal Deeside or for those Aberdonians looking for a relaxing break without having to travel too far. Comfort and style are high on the agenda, with the spacious rooms featuring dimmable lighting, irons, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, and free wi-fi. Each spacious room benefits from a large en-suite shower room and visitors will love the complementary cooked or continental breakfast.
Food like it should be @ 33-35 Fountainhall Road, Aberdeen
Lairhillock Lodge, Netherley AB39 3QS T: 01569 731866 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lairhillocklodge.co.uk
T: 01224 640368 / 647468 www.pregoaberdeen.co.uk
Falls of Feugh Restaurant There is. . .
no other place near this place. . . like this place. . . so. . . this must be the place 265/267 Holburn Street Aberdeen AB10 7FL T: 01224 574141 www.perfectbridalrooms.com
286 Holburn Street Aberdeen AB10 6DD T: 01224 211830 www.perfectbridalrooms.com
New for 2011 - Speciality High Teas. Booking advisable.
Ne No w C w oll Ar ec riv tio in ns g
Opening Times: Wednesday - Sunday for lunches 12-3pm and high teas 4-6.30pm
Bridge of Feugh, Banchory AB31 6NL Tel: 01330 822123 www.thefallsoffeugh.com
North East Skills Sought in Australia Santos, a pioneering Australian energy company, held career events in Aberdeen in May to promote the significant oil and gas employment opportunities the company has to offer Down Under.
£10 billion, world-class venture converting coal seam gas into LNG, will create more than 5,000 jobs during construction and about 1,000 ongoing positions during operation.
The company has been providing Australia with natural gas for more than 40 years and today is the largest producer of natural gas for the Australian market.
While in Aberdeen, Santos’ Brisbane Recruitment Manager Greg Kerr spoke about the benefits on offer to workers interested in relocating to a warmer climate.
Its flagship GLNG project in Queensland – a
“Santos has major new offices in Adelaide,
Success Jo Malone has enjoyed nearly twenty years of success, travelling a perfumed path that started with the eponymous founder blending scented oils at her kitchen table, to a running a retail empire spanning twenty two countries. Their range of scents, luxurious bath oils and scented candles make excellent gifts for both women and men - especially if you’re on the
receiving ends. You can even order a signature bespoke scent, combining your favourite scents. Newly launched Dry Body Oils are a delightful lighter textured product which is quickly absorbed and ideal to use in the warmer months. They nourish the skin leaving it feeling satin-soft yet dry to the touch. The natural conditioning qualities of olive, kukui and macadamia-seed oils together with the skin-softening properties of vitamin rich wheat germ extract encourage a healthy-looking, luminous glow.
Brisbane and Perth, where our employees can enjoy the benefits of a fulfilling, progressive c career with the lifestyle opportunities that Australia has to offer,” Greg said. Santos is seeking to recruit people with considerable experience in disciplines including reservoir engineering, geology, petroleum engineering and others. Go to www.santos.com/jobsinoz for more information.
The Aberdeen store has recently celebrated its 1st birthday, here in the City, and any visitor will realise, success doesn’t smell any sweeter than this. Jo Malone 41 - 43 Loch Street Aberdeen AB25 1BW www.jomalone.com
Best Kept Secret Tucked discreetly in Aberdeen’s West End, the Paula McEwen restaurant is possibly the city’s best kept culinary secret. But for those in the know, it’s a gem of a discovery. And its ethos is an absolute joy: simple food, served well. Inspired by cookery styles from around the world, Paula and her highly-skilled team deliver sumptuous dishes in stylish surroundings at amazingly good value. Crab and wild garlic risotto, chicken with mixed bean cassoulet and orange pannacotta with poached dates – a cut well above your average table d’hote options. But with a two-course dinner at £15.95 or three courses for under £20, that’s just a flavour of the ingenious set menu. Known for its speciality teas and infusions, the restaurant is also the perfect place to enjoy the retro revival of the afternoon tea ritual with delectable home-made scones, jams and pastries. Book a table. Discover what you’re missing.
239 Great Western Rd, Aberdeen Tel: 01224 587002 Email: email@example.com
Russell Gibson going from strength to strength Russell Gibson Financial Management, Aberdeen’s independent financial planning company is going from strength to strength. The firm, which was established three years ago by directors Alan Ball and Tom Hyslop, has just welcomed a new member to its team. In addition, following last year’s move to new premises at 6 Albert Street, it has also refreshed its identity. The company’s latest appointment is Emma Singer, who has joined Russell Gibson as a mortgage consultant. Her appointment brings the company’s headcount to six. Built up with spells at a large UK bank and a firm of solicitors, Emma has over 15 years’ experience in
financial services. She holds a diploma in financial planning and is currently working towards gaining the advanced and internationally recognised CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM designation. Alan commented, “We are very pleased to welcome Emma into the team here at Russell Gibson and know that she will provide an effective contribution to the company going forward. Her in-depth knowledge of the mortgage market is a valuable addition to the impartial services we offer our clients.” More about Russell Gibson Financial Management can be found at www.russellgibson.co.uk or telephone 01224 264999.
Belmont Bridal BOUTIQUE
Wedding Dresses Bridesmaids Accessories and Wedding Planners T: 01224 627214 www.belmontbridal.co.uk 43 Union Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1NP
sunday make it the perfect
12 - 2pm
Afternoon Tea 2.30 - 4.30pm Sandwiches, warm scones with butter and jam, cakes and homemade shortbread, tea/coffee £8.95 per person Homemade scones with cream and jam, tea/coffee £5.95 per person Homemade shortbread and pastry/croissant, tea/coffee £3.95 per person High Tea 4.30 - 6pm 6 high tea main courses to choose from, tea/coffee with toast, scones and preserves on arrival, followed by pot of tea/coffee and cake £11.95 per person Dinner 6 - 10pm Full dinner menu available in our restaurant
Waterton Road, Aberdeen | T 01224 712275
Boars Head Kinmuck Hi guys, Come in and enjoy our southern hospitality. A blend of home cooked American and Scottish food made with love and attention. We would love to see you Wed-Friday 6-9, Saturday 12-9, and the last Sunday of every month... Can't wait to meet you
Jaclyn xxx The Boars Head Inn Kinmuck Inverurie AB51 0LY T: 01224 791235
COMPETITION Instant style: Win one of 3 pairs of cool Polaroid sunglasses There’s nothing that finishes off a summer look like a new pair of sunnies and Trend has three of the best up for grabs. With their celebrity looks and catwalk styling they’re the perfect cover-up. Polaroid makes styles for women, men and kids all with Polaroid’s super high tech Ultrasight™ lenses for 100% UV protection and no glare. Check out the stylish range online at www.polaroidsunglasses.co.uk We have three different pairs up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning, go to www.trendmagazine.co.uk click on the competitions tab and answer this question: What is the name of Polaroid’s lenses. 41
> words by ALISON SHAW
Keeping you talking Somewhere deep in DF Communications they still have a mobile phone that resembles a brick – a legacy from the firm’s inception 25 years ago.
Incredibly, some people actually convert such relics for 21st century use, enjoying the reaction they provoke. Obviously they hadn’t used them in the last millennium. Just like today’s high-tech handsets, DF Communications has been transformed over the decades. The staff of three has grown to 15 and the business has expanded beyond recognition, providing communications equipment and expertise spanning a range of products and services. Founded in 1986 by the late Dick Fleming, the company is now headed
by his daughter Fiona with Craig Forsyth as sales director. The business prides itself on being local, easily accessible and approachable. It caters for professionals from the one-man plumbing business to farmers, hauliers, entrepreneurs and large energy and service companies requiring hundreds of handsets. Focusing on business clients, it meets their needs not only for standard mobiles, BlackBerries and iPhones on contract via Vodafone and O2, but also provides landline services, hands free car kit and DVD installation plus tracking systems.
The hallmark of DF Communications is its relaxed atmosphere and awardwinning customer relations, recently recognised by O2 as the best in the UK. Clients often pop in for advice over a cuppa or a free Wi Fi session at the firm’s coffee shop and conference rooms, At The Arches, next door to its office in Aberdeen’s South College Street. DF Communications 33-37 South College Street Aberdeen AB11 6LE T: 01224 588844 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dfcommunications.com
Win an... HTC Wildfire S smart phone And now the company will be sharing its expertise with Trend over the next year, answering your technology queries and giving you the opportunity to learn more about and win one of their latest gadgets. For the chance to win an HTC Wildfire S smart phone, answer the following question: When was DF Communications founded? Go to www.trendmagazine.co.uk and select the competitions tab to enter.
Transform Stylists celebrate platinum anniversary
your outdoor space
Most people don’t celebrate their Platinum Anniversary till they’ve been married seventy years, but Platinum Hair’s enthusiastic staff just couldn’t wait. The busy West End salon just celebrated their own Platinum Anniversary marking their fifth year as one of the city’s friendliest salons for ladies and gents. “We decided on a bit of a makeover ourselves, so we have a new logo and window graphics. We’ve also added a few new faces to the team recently,” enthused Jamie Tait, Platinum Hair’s vivacious owner. “We’ve got a tremendous team of talented stylists and the salon has a great atmosphere. Platinum Hair’s a really fresh and bubbly place to come for anything from a quick trim to a complete hair makeover. We offer great cuts, great colour, great service and a great atmosphere without charging designer prices”. Platinum Hair, 51g Rose Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UB T: 01224 624214
“I’m delighted to recommend Anson Mackay as I can always rely on top quality workmanship and attention to detail” Vilma McAdam, Garden Designer (Retired) “Our design set Anson Mackay a huge challenge that was accurately interpreted and professionally executed, resulting in a beautiful garden we will enjoy for years to come” Ann and Trevor Rosbrook
Take a look at the Feb/Mar issue of Trend online for a full feature on our services.
Clockwise from middle front is Jamie Tait,Nadia Lagrichi, Leigh woods and Elaine Brown 44
01224 790021 www.ansonmackay.co.uk
> words by ALISON SHAW
Maintenance management and recruitment company OIE Services is building a brand to envy as it reputation soars. The Aberdeen-based recruitment expert has recently enhanced its status by securing a number of large contracts at home and abroad and expanding its core team with new staff. Boasting a fresh image, the company is embracing an exciting new chapter this summer, creating job opportunities in the region externally as well as internally. Headed by proprietor Mark Cavanagh, OIE Services is situated in the heart of the Granite City in North Silver Street and provides high calibre oil and gas professionals to companies worldwide through its Recruitment Services arm. Its specialist staff, in both onshore and offshore divisions, are highly experienced in sourcing the best quality candidates and career enhancing vacancies. Flexibility and adaptability are their tradmarks, along with in-depth knowledge of each client’s requirements.
OIE Flying High
“We’re a dynamic enthusiastic company, with a young enthusiastic staff,” says recruitment team leader, Keith Ogilvie. “We can deliver a fast turnaround and we’re available whenever our clients need us – we’re adaptable enough to work with clients worldwide, with this comes the need for flexibility to take calls anytime”. “We’re currently working with lots of new clients and we pride ourselves on ensuring we get the right fit for the right job. It is all about really understanding and building relationships with our clients and getting to know what they want. We understand their needs and align that with the capability of our candidates, anyone from a project engineer up to managing director, all of whom usually have no less than ten years’ experience.” OIE Services also has a Maintenance Management division, specialising in providing clients with a fully integrated maintenance solution, and its Electrical Integrity service ensures certified equipment is maintained to operate safely in hazardous environments. “OIE is on the up,” says Keith Ogilvie “and it’s such an exciting time.” OIE Services, 10 North Silver Street, Aberdeen AB10 1RL T: 01224 652952 E: email@example.com www.oieservices.com 45
Kellockbank COUNTRY EMPORIUM
FOR INDOOR & OUTDOOR LIVING
Gift and Garden Centre with Coffee Shop
Our detailing service can leave your cars paintwork looking better than new 16 Lochview Way Denmore Park Bridge of Don AB23 8QQ T: 07855 137969 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.premium-detailing.co.uk
OPEN 7 DAYS 9am-5pm Coffee Shop 9am-4.30pm AB52 6TG ON THE A96 Midaway Between INVERURIE-HUNTLY
www.kellockbank.co.uk 01464 851114
Win family passes to Fyvie Live 2011
Fy vie Castle 1211-2011
BEVERLEY KNIGHT CAPERCAILLIE, KIM ANDERSON WYNNTOWN MARSHALLS MASS PIPES AND DRUMS GRAND FIREWORKS FINALE
This summer’s most spectacular birthday party is taking place on Saturday August 13th and thanks to Fyvie Live 2011 and Friends of ANCHOR you could be part of the celebrations. Fyvie Live 2011 is a charity open air concert which will celebrate Fyvie Castle’s 800th birthday. The event will be packed with live performances including mass pipes and drums, Scottish super group Capercaillie, country rock band, Wynntown Marshals, and local up and coming singer, Kim Anderson before reaching a crescendo when soul star Beverley Knight takes to the stage. A spectacular fireworks finale will draw the memorable party to a close. Concert goers can picnic on the castle lawns, and browse the many top quality food, drink and art stalls. There are also a number of corporate hospitality options available. With the event opening at four and ending at 10pm, and Fyvie Castle just 40 minutes from Aberdeen, it’ll be one of the highlights in Aberdeenshire this summer. Not only will the 5,000 strong crowd enjoy a great event, but local charity, Friends of ANCHOR will benefit from the proceeds. The charity supports the Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy (ANCHOR) unit and funds the purchase of non-NHS provided
equipment and provides additional care, comfort and support for patients attending the ANCHOR unit. It also funds vital cancer research at the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Science. The ANCHOR unit’s support area extends throughout the North-east of Scotland and includes Orkney and Shetland. For a chance to win one of two family passes, which admit two adults and two children, just go to our website, www.trendmagazine.co.uk click on the competitions tab, and answer this question: Which birthday is Fyvie Castle celebrating? Readers can also buy tickets in advance; £25.50 adults, £14 concessions and £68 for a family of four by visiting www.fyvie-live.co.uk. Tickets can also be bought at the gate for £30 adult and £18 concession. Children under five go free. For more information about local charity Friends of ANCHOR please visit: www.friendofanchor.org
A girl's best friend
Marilyn Monroe may have been on to something when she sang that diamonds were a girl’s best friend, but Aberdeen’s jewellery fans may well have a new best friend in the shape of > words by ALISON DANIELS Helen Plumb and her beguiling new shop in Cults. Helen is an internationally renowned gemologist with a deep and infectious enthusiasm for all types of gemstones. As well as certified diamonds, she stocks a dazzling array of coloured gemstones of truly exceptional quality. As a geologist, she has trade contacts all over the world and makes regular overseas buying trips. This means she often has stones that simply aren’t available elsewhere at very fair prices. I’m soon cooing over tray after tray of sparkling, exquisitely cut stones. Helen’s stock includes gorgeous green emeralds and grossular garnets, sparkling sapphires and spinels, rubies and rubellites, topazes, tourmalines and tons more. With prices from £20 to around £10,000 per stone, you're bound to fall in love with something. My Christmas wish list has been sorted really early this year! Choosing your perfect stone is just the start, as Helen will work with you to design a unique piece of jewellery to suit your style, colouring and lifestyle. Prices start around £200, excellent value given that your bespoke piece is made completely by hand in the UK by one of a very small team of leading goldsmiths. 48
Should you already have enough gems, then Helen also stocks a marvelous selection of natural freshwater pearls in all sorts of colours and shapes. With a string of pearls ranging from £20 upwards, you can choose a clasp and Helen can have your new necklace strung and ready to bring a smile to your face in just a few hours. Just Gems Open Monday — Saturday, 10am–3pm 322a North Deeside Road (right beside Cults Post Office), Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9SE T 01224 543717 or 07732 835704 www.just-gems.co.uk
Become a Master (or Mistress) of Fashion Love fashion? Fancy a high flying job in the industry? Then Robert Gordon University’s newest qualification may be just what you need to launch a stellar fashion career. The new MSc in Fashion Management is a one year, full time course which is designed for graduates, or those with exceptional experience, who want to join a growing and glamorous industry which can offer an exciting career path. Prospective students should have a passion for fashion and an aspiration to follow a career in the fashion industry. The course is likely to attract a mix of those who have graduated in Management, Design, Fashion Design, Communication and media alongside fashion-loving graduates from the arts, science and technology. “The wide range of career opportunities which exist within the fashion industry makes this mix of students with different backgrounds not only feasible, but desirable, since each student will bring a different set of knowledge and skills with which to contribute to the learning experience of other students”, says Dr Morag Hamilton.
Course modules include Fashion Business, Fashion Buying, Forecasting and Merchandising, Public Relations Theory and Practice, Fashion Identity and Communication, Fashion Internationalisation and Distribution and Research Methods. The course is not completely classroom based and students will enhance their understanding through visits to fabric and clothing manufacturers and essential industry events like London Fashion Week. Students also complete a dissertation in their third semester on a topic agreed with their tutor. Dr Morag Hamilton, continued, “The course could lead the way to a career in fashion marketing; merchandising; as a buyer or manager. Students might also go on to work in fashion journalism, brand management, market research, business management or in events, new product development or public relations”. For more information contact: www.rgu.ac.uk/mscfashionmanagement or phone Morag on 01224 263027 49
Scent of Success > Words by ALISON SHAW
Flower Vogue, Aberdeen's longest established florist, which started in Rose Street 41 years ago and has continued to flourish through the decades, is now moving around the corner to new bigger premises in Thistle Street.
George Pegler & Co Ltd which held a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen Mother.
The spacious new modern studio, in Flower Vogue's trademark greens and creams, is giving owner Kirsty Thomson ample room to work on her favourite part of the trade wedding flowers.
Her late father, Gus Thomson, founded Flower Vogue in 1970 and Kirsty started working in the business from an early age. The business now comprises three shops. The main branch on Schoolhill was opened in 1994 and a branch on Banchory's High Street, managed by Katherine Elliot, was launched three years ago and business is booming.
Coming from a family of generations of highly respected florists, she has a superb heritage qualifying her as an expert in her field. Her Grandfather, Douglas Thomson, owned Union Street fruit merchants and florists,
Flower Vogue has a reputation for supplying beautiful blooms to many corporate clients and a variety of big events including Juneâ€™s cHeRries awards for the HR sector. Kirsty says: ''I enjoy the challenge and
demands of my business and am lucky to have an enthusiastic and committed staff. Together we take great pleasure in serving our customers and getting to know them and their personal favourite flowers. â€œEvery day is different and flower design is always evolving with new trends and ideas. Life is busy, often hectic, seldom time for lunch - but I wouldn't have it any other way!" Flower Vogue 30 Thistle Street Aberdeen AB10 1XD T: 01224 643344
Mongolian Odyssey It may have taken Odysseus ten years to make his epic journey, but a team of three Aberdeen chaps are planning to spend the summer on an automotive on a challenge of a lifetime. > Words by DAVID GILLANDERS
On the 23rd of July, they’ll drive from Goodwood to Mongolia, covering 10,000 miles by road, track and desert, over rough terrain and through isolated mountain regions. Chris Gauci and teammates Martin Lisle and Chris Wells say the trip will take them at least 4 weeks travelling through Russia and Kazakhstan. If this does not sound daunting enough, they’re not using a state of the art long distance rally-prepared car. Instead, their mode of transport is a standard 1994 GMC ambulance which has a 6.5 L diesel engine. Chris and his team might be the only ones who’ll be leaving their vehicle at the finish line, however. They’ll donate the ambulance
to a suitable hospital in Mongolia. The fully functioning ambulance will be stocked with essential medical supplies will be given to a deserving home in one of the most remote parts of the planet. The team hopes to raise as much money as possible for the Ellenor Lions Hospice www. ellenorfoundation.org which provides specialist care for adults and young people with progressive life illnesses. The boys will be up against two hundred teams from as far as Canada, Norway and Spain, all heading for Ulan Bator. As with all adventures of this nature, they require proper backing and support and with this in mind the team hope some of Trend’s readers can lend a hand either by supporting their fundraising efforts or helping out with some essential equipment like sump guards or tyres. You can reach Chris Gauci by email: email@example.com. The team will be meeting their own costs for the rally and getting home again.
Whether he’s on the job on off duty, ZZ Top were right about one thing – every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man! Here’s Trend’s pick of the best in high-octane summer business wear, casual clothing and accessories. Think rugged masculinity and luxury accessories; think Steve McQueen meets Tom Ford. Gentlemen, start your engines...
Rope Belted Shorts, ASOS
Pocket Watch, Finnies
White Brogues, Office
Suit, Austin Reed
Scarf, Austin Reed
Gucci Aftershave, The Perfume Shop
Satchel, River Island
TIME TO GO IT ALONE IN BUSINESS? Starting your own business is an exciting but challenging experience and that is particularly so in the current economic climate. There is no doubt however that, when measured against other areas of Scotland, the Northeast continues to offer some interesting opportunities for entrepreneurs. To make sure your new business gets off to the best possible start and provides you with a stable platform for the future, it is crucial that you give careful consideration to some fundamental legal issues at the earliest possible stage. These important issues include the following, 54
What will be your trading vehicle and what are the pros and cons of each – i.e. sole trader, partnership or limited company? Do you have an agreement with your business partner or investor? What about premises, should you buy or lease and if so how do you go about it? Do you have terms and conditions with your suppliers or customers and do they protect your business? Do you have contracts in place for your employees? What is your liability if things don’t work out? Have you thought about your exit strategy? At Aberdein Considine & Company, our experienced legal team works closely with our in-house independent financial advisers
to make sure all of your business’ legal and financial interests are protected. For further information, please contact Ritchie Whyte, partner on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01224 589700 at Aberdein Considine & Company’s Bon Accord Crescent office.
Take a dip into this summer’s styles with Biyoni
> words by HARRI GARRICK
Celebrities including Drew Barrymore, Alexa Chung and Danni Minogue have been seen rocking the latest two tone hair colour trend.
Harri Garrick Salon Manager
This style, known as ombre or dip-dyed hair, has proved a hit on the catwalks and is set to be the biggest trend for Summer 2011. The subtle bohemian/surfer look is achieved by using two colours, usually dark at the roots and a lighter tone at the ends. It is low maintenance and easily changeable, so anyone can enjoy a quick style update to bring their summer locks bang up to date. Biyoni Bucksburn Salon Manager, Harri Garrick, said; “I went for a natural look for our model Lucy, the style is fab as it doesn’t require a lot of up keep. It will look good all year round with regular maintenance and it’s certainly this year’s hottest look!” Another hot summer style is the ballerina bun. This is a timeless classic and is suitable for both day and night. A bun can be a great saviour for a bad hair day as it can be worn messy and textured or sleek and sophisticated.
Harri said; “The bun is a style that anyone with longer hair can recreate for themselves and it is very versatile. It has been very popular for bridal hair but it would also be great to wear as a wedding guest or a night out with the girls. I opted for a high bun for Lucy but the bun could also been worn as a low bun or to the side.” 3 easy steps to get the perfect bun: • Pull the hair back into a ponytail and secure with a hair bobble but as you pull the hair through for the last time stop half way, so you are left with a loop of hair and a tail. Wrap the tail around the bobble to hide it and secure with a hair pin. • Tease out the loop to separate it and pull forward to meet at the front, secure with a hair pin. • You should now have a bun shape and all that’s left is to secure the bun tightly with hair pins. There you have it - this seasons must have pin up! www.biyoni.com 55
Teenage skin: A spot of bother > words by ALISON DANIELS
In France, it’s common for girls of twelve or thirteen to be whisked off to a beauty salon by their mothers to be initiated in the mysteries of skin care and personal grooming. For teenagers, spots can feel like a social disaster, while acne can leave scars on the psyche as well as the skin.
with a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser then hydrating and protecting with a light-weight moisturiser with a built-in sun protector will be sure to regulate young, hormonal skin”.
According to Image and Grooming expert, Nicky Hambleton-Jones, “For young teens, it’s important to keep the skincare regime as simple and fuss-free as possible, to ensure it does not turn into a chore and is seen as essential as brushing your teeth. Adopting a basic regime such as cleansing morning and evening
The Cleanance range from Eau Thermale Avène is ideal for sensitive oily or problem skin. All the products in the range contain soothing Avène Thermal Spring Water and the anti-irritant properties of Cucurbita Pepo to help regulate sebum production. Their new TriAcnéal non-comedogenic cream combines
Here are a few of Trend’s favourites for problem skin:
Efectiose®, Retinaldehyde and Glycolic Acid to encourage the elimination of blemishes and prevent scarring. Elemis has a reputation for keeping skin well moisturised and in tiptop condition, so it’s no surprise that their new freshskin range also makes Trend’s hot picks list. Each product is formulated with active raw ingredients, such as elderflower, rosehip seed oil, apple, blackcurrant, goji berry, geranium combined with skin kind bases specially chosen for their ability to help cleanse, exfoliate, prevent damage, moisturise and boost skin’s elasticity to keep it youthful for longer.
Trilogy’s range includes a gently effective Balancing Gel Cleanser and Energising Face Lotion that particularly suit teen skins. Derma-e is new here, but is the USA’s No 1 brand for problem skin, with products specifically designed for teenage skin. Their range uses tea-tree, willow bark, rosewood, lavender and chamomile to sooth inflammation and combat blemishes. The Spot Blemish Treatment is ideal for isolated breakouts, too. Tisserand also do a natural AntiBlemish Stick which works well.
Many teenagers believe a tan will make them look better, but sun beds are off limits to the under eighteens and many instant tans leave unfortunate streaks and an orange complexion. Proto-Col’s Instant Tan is a reliable product that gives a natural healthy glow. Gentle exfoliation can help clear pores and prevent sebum building up, but many products are harsh. We love RawGaia’s hand-made natural and organic Bamboo and Pumice Exfoliator. It’s a finely ground powder made that exfoliates energizes, polishes and leaves the skin glowing, radiant and blemish free.
Nothing beats a healthy diet and a decent night’s sleep, but for some teenagers, a supplement like Work’s with Water’s Help Clear Skin can help rebalance the complexion. Alternatively, you could do worse than follow the French and book a late afternoon appointment at your favourite skin care salon. In our experience, teenagers don’t really do mornings...
a new Outback BBQ and a hamper from The Store The first glimmer of summer sunshine always leads to firing up the BBQ in the North-east, regardless of the temperature! An impromptu BBQ always seems to bring out the aspiring alpha male super chefs whom you would never normally catch near the kitchen! Andrew Booth, who runs The Store farm and coffee shop at Foveran, says that buying great local produce is the secret to a successful grill fest in order to impress your guests. Farmer Booth has some top tips to ensure TREND readers can host super sizzling BBQ’s! Don’t keep turning Turning the meat too often can increase the cooking time, cook one side then turn over. Don’t eat straight from the BBQ Let your food rest as this will enhance the flavour. 58
Don’t cook straight from the fridge Bring the food to room or outside temperature prior to cooking. Cooking from cold will take longer and meat can become tough. Do give your BBQ an MOT As many BBQ’s are in hibernation for the majority of the year it is important to give yours a spring clean. Use a wire brush to remove grime and check there are no gas leaks or rust.
the chance to win a new Outback BBQ and a hamper filled with the finest meats and local produce from The Store. To be in with a chance of winning, go to www.trendmagazine.co.uk click on the competitions tab and answer the following question: What is the secret ingredient to a marinade?
Do try a BBQ marinade It is important to experiment with tastes. Andrew has a secret ingredient to make any wrong marinade right…a high quality tomato ketchup! The Store stock BBQ packs using their local produce or if you need a new BBQ, the Inverurie Garden Centre has a great selection. The Store has teamed up with the Inverurie Garden Centre to give one lucky TREND reader
The Store, Foveran, Newburgh Aberdeenshire, AB41 6AY T: 01358 788083 www.thestorecompany.co.uk www.inveruriegardencentre.com
> words by ALISON DANIELS
tells a story EVERY PICTURE
LISETTE DEGIOANNI IS AN AWARD-WINNING ARTIST WITH A COLOURFUL PAST AND A BRIGHT FUTURE
Born to Italian parents in Tangiers, she spent her teenage years in Spain before settling down in Scotland and raising a family. “Morocco and Spain are countries of strong colours and strong emotions! I like deep, intense and warm colours, but I seldom think about it they just creep in,” Lisette laughs, “I always meant to be an artist, drawing and painting since I can recall, and taking part time courses while the children were small. It was only when I came to Scotland and my children were older that I could finally enrol at Grays School of Art, graduating with a travel scholarship.
“I am interested in people, and the interactions between people. I am also interested in our sense of identity and how it is shaped. For me, a painting will always start from a story or some recollection from my past. I then will use models to enact my version and I use props that I find are relevant to that narrative. It then takes on a life of its own, but as I paint I need to have a plot in my mind, a plot that thickens and changes but a story nevertheless to make the painting interesting to me. I also find it fascinating that the viewer, often unaware of my story will come up with his or her own version,
dictated by their own experiences, one painting can have many different narratives”. Lisette exhibits throughout the UK and regularly show at Aberdeen’s Heinzel Gallery and the Milton in Banchory. In June, her work will be shown at Craigcrook Castle as part of the Venice Biennale, which celebrates the links between Scotland and Italy. Lisette also undertakes commissions and can be contacted at www.degioanni.co.uk
designer feature profile
> words by ALISON DANIELS
Feat of clay Sarah Coonan
Ellon-based Sarah Coonan is one of those people lucky enough to discover what she wanted to do with her life and to have fulfilled her ambition.
After a visit to the Grays School of Art Degree Show in 2007, she was so impressed with the high standard and diversity of the ceramics on display that she decided to switch from her plan to study French and Art History in favour of a more practical course, opting for Three Dimensional Design. Sarah explained, “Having no experience with clay I experimented for the first year and came to the conclusion that I wanted to combine fine art and design in my work. Japanese ceramicists such as Takahiro Kondo influence me to a large extent. His approach to creating contemporary ceramics while conforming to the characteristic cobaltblue-on-white decoration is fresh yet still remains traditional”. “Japanese prints by the masters Hokusai and Hiroshige along with Nana Shiomi, a printmaker based in South England who practices the old method of wood carving, influence my drawing style with their clean lines and flat, vibrant colours. Another enduring influence is irezumi -a Japanese form of tattooing provides which involves creating one piece to cover the whole body rather than numerous small designs. This fascinates me as transferring a two dimensional image onto a three dimensional form without distortion is extremely difficult. The irezumi masters have perfected their technique to create stunning, flawless imagery which follows the movement of the human body without any obvious distortion. As well as artists, poets such as Jacques Prévert will continue to inspire me in my creation of narrative pieces exploring my interpretation of their works through drawing”. Sarah makes a variety of objects in clay including jewellery, bowls and bottles. “I’m researching constantly. Whether it is visiting Art Galleries and Fairs or reading books and articles, it is essential for inspiration. Having thought of an idea I explore various options for surface decoration through sketching and then develop the form following this. The beginning to the end product can take around a week. Four days for making and three for the firing. First the bisque firing to vitrify the clay, then glaze firing and a final decal and lustre firing”. The end result is a wonderful fusion of cerebral, visual and tactile qualities, creating objects that you’ll love for years to come. Sarah’s ceramics are available from: Coco Violet, 70 The Green: porcelain jewellery pieces which are priced between £16 and £22. Junction Art, 282 Holburn Street: stocks jewellery and some miniature porcelain alcohol bottles. These are priced from £15 to £35 or sets for £100. Larger pieces including stoneware bowls are priced at around £130. Pieces are also available from Sarah’s website and she is happy to discuss commissions: www.sarahcoonan.com 61
t h g i N s d nd Spa r a a l e t o Aw H e ff li c 1 The Mar 9th June 201
Introducing our finalists
Interiors Elite Sponsored by Treehouse Interiors Jane’s Design Studio Lynne Frost Interiors Claremont Office Interiors
Elite Fashion Retailer Sponsored by John Lewis & The Bon Accord & St Nicholas Centres Celebrations of Turriff Concept Clothing De-zire The Bridal Boutique
Creative Minds Sponsored by Newsline Scotland Inspire Dolce Vita Flowers Creative Interiors
Lifestyle Retailer Sponsored by Malmaison Athena Gifts Rox Peltoniemi Excellence in Beauty Sponsored by The House Spa Naturel Orkid Beauty Rooms Pure Spa Divine Dining – Restaurants & Bistros Sponsored by Raemoir House Hotel The Cock & Bull Cocoa Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course Malmaison Divine Dining – Delis & Independent Fine Producers Sponsored by Prime Events The Store Andrew Gordon Butchery & Fine Foods Berry Scrumptious Divine Dining – Coffee Shops & Cafes Sponsored by De-Zire Books and Beans Mains of Drum The Store Hair Designer Crown Sponsored by Rox Biyoni Hatstand Nelly Platinum Hair
Hotel Star Sponsored by VisitScotland Hilton Garden Inn Malmaison Meldrum House Country Hotel & Golf Course
Print & Design sponsor
Table Decoration sponsor
Health Destination – Clubs Sponsored by David Lloyd Leisure Transition Extreme Aberdeen Sports Village Health Destination – Clinics Sponsored by David Lloyd Leisure Temple Aesthetics Queens Cross Dental Practice Slanj - Drinks Destination Sponsored by Red Bull Dusk Orchid Paramount The Albyn The Community Award Sponsored by The Craig Group Transition Extreme The Breadmaker CLAN Satrosphere Outstanding Contribution to the North-east's Lifestyle Scene Sponsored by MGF Associates John Lewis Union Square Raring2Go Treasure Trails
Event Management sponsor
Our chosen charity
Trend Readers' Award Sponsored by Trend Magazine
I Old York
profile travel feature
My first trip to York definitely will not be my last. Far enough away to be really different, but close enough to still be convenient, it makes for the perfect weekend destination. > words by KATE GRAY
My boyfriend and I chose the hassle free travel option, hopped on an East Coast line service, and idled away a pleasant few hours watching the countryside fly by and taking advantage of the table service in first class. Nothing improves a journey quite like a pleasant view and a fresh bacon roll.
We walked, we shopped, and we must have sampled cakes in the majority of tea-rooms in York.
We arrived in York rested and ready to make the most of our time...and eager to see the hotel.
The view from the top – not only of York, but of the minster itself – was well worth the exertion of the climb. I could have stood for hours looking down on all the crooked charm of the city, but there was more to do.
The five star Cedar Court Grand certainly exceeded our expectations. The building itself – the old York railway headquarters – was magnificent, and inside the hotel was even nicer - a stunning blend of original Victorian features and luxurious modern furnishings. Our room was big enough to be a room of pairs – two levels, two bathrooms, two TVs - we almost didn’t want to leave. York, however, was beckoning, so we set off to explore, spurred on by friendly tips from the staff. As well as boasting one of the finest restaurants in the city, the Cedar Court Grand is a stone’s throw from the historic centre of York, so it’s ideal for a packed weekend break. In minutes we were among perfect medieval buildings, working our way along cobbled streets and ducking in and out of lively alleys filled with restaurants, bars, and shops, every one set in buildings that - in any other city - would be attractions in their own right.
The climb up the York Minster tower began as a token effort to burn off some excess calories, but – several hundred steep steps later – ended up being one of the highlights of the trip.
We could not have gone to York without visiting The Shambles – the city’s oldest street, and one of the most photographed places in Britain. It is so old, and so narrow, that the buildings lining the street lean toward one another at the top, buckling under their own age and forming a kind of medieval canopy. The whole city is astonishing, and seems designed to be admired – everywhere we went, no matter what square we were in, what alley we explored, or what corner we turned, there were people sitting outside, enjoying the city, watching the olde world go by. I was, at first, sad to leave. Until I remembered that I’m only ever a few easy hours away. www.eastcoast.co.uk www.cedarcourtgrand.co.uk
something for the weekend
Win an idyllic Shetland Hotel stay Thanks to the Brudolff Hotel Group, Trend is offering one lucky reader and their guest the chance to head north and experience Shetland’s most luxurious hotel, Kveldsro House, for two nights. The Kveldsro, which is Norse for “Evening Peace”, is located in the southern end of Lerwick, just a few minutes stroll from the coast and the centre of town alike. The ambience is that of an elegantly cosy relaxed country house hotel, but transplanted into town so you can make the most of your Shetland trip. Shetland offers unrivalled opportunities to watch wildlife and the streets of Lerwick abound with local artisan jewellers and craftspeople, so you’ll be sure to find a souvenir or two to bring home. Add in some dramatic scenery, an amazing number of fascinating heritage sites including
the must-visit sites at Jarlshof, Mousa Broch and Scatness and it’s perfect for a weekend break. That’s not all, as our winners will also be treated to dinner in the Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, which, like all Brudolff’s hotels maintains a commitment to good food, freshly produced, using local produce where possible. Typically the menu will feature local Shetland lamb, fish, seafood and a fabulous wine list chosen from one of the few remaining independent merchants in Edinburgh. To be in with a chance of winning, just go to www.trendmagazine.co.uk click on competitions tab and answer the following question: What does Kveldsro mean? The prize does not include travel to or from Shetland and is subject to availability.
Win a weekend break... and escape to The Horseshoe Inn at Eddleston One lucky winner and their guest can win a break to the beautiful Scottish Borders and relax at one of the newest members of the Great Inns of Britain collection (www.greatinns.co.uk), The Horseshoe Inn. Situated just 30 minutes south of Edinburgh near Peebles in the Scottish Borders, The Horseshoe Inn at Eddleston is widely revered as one of the finest places to dine in Scotland. Within just two years it proved a hit, bagging a string of awards for outstanding hospitality and cuisine, which include three AA Rosettes, AA Restaurant of the Year (Scotland), Scottish
Hotel of the Year Awards Rising Star and an EatScotland Gold Award. Housed within a former blacksmith’s smiddy, Bardoulet’s (Fine Dining) Restaurant and informal Bistro offer imaginative, seasonal menus that combine the best of local Scottish produce with the Chef’s European influences to create dishes that blend traditional with modern. The winner can enjoy a two-night break staying in one of the Inn’s eight individually designed and recently refurbished luxury guest rooms as well as dinner in the Bardoulet’s Restaurant on the first evening.
Readers can also enjoy 20% off accommodation if they dine in the restaurant during their stay. Present this page on arrival. Valid until October 2011. For a chance to win just go to www.trendmagazine.co.uk click on the competitions tab and answer this question: How many AA rosettes does the Horseshoe Inn’s restaurant have? Terms and conditions: Competition prize is subject to availability and exclusions may apply. No cash alternative. Travel to and from The Horseshoe, insurance and any extra activities undertaken during the trip, other than those stated, are the responsibility of the winner. Drinks are excluded from the prize.
The last time I used the words ‘treetop’ and ‘adventure’ in the same sentence, I was nine years old and about twenty minutes from a visit to A&E. It was a hard way to learn that swinging from trees is something best done under the supervision of experts. Fortunately for Aberdeen, those experts have arrived. Go Ape is a heart-pounding obstacle course, set high in the trees of Crathes Castle that will have you facing your fears and calling on your inner gladiator in equal measure. What begins with a thirty-minute training session ends with over two hours of climbing, swinging, leaping, crawling, flying and, of course, primal screaming. As a person who gets weak knees standing on a chair to change a light bulb, I was a bit worried that my fear of heights would get in the way when my sons and I joined the team at Go Ape on their launch day. I needn’t have 68
worried because from the minute you climb your first rope ladder, you are so focused on harnesses, foot placement, and generally trying to look brave, the height is actually the last thing on your mind. The course presents an endless array of challenges, from rope bridges to Tarzan swings to zip wires that go on forever. By the time you reach the end, you are as overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment as you are with the trembling in your arms and legs, though the children seemed unaffected by the latter. If you want to try something totally different, I highly recommend a visit to Go Ape – but be warned, there is no graceful way to land in wood chips at the bottom of a 125-metre zip wire, so plan to leave your ego at home. Book online at www.goape.co.uk
Your letters page We love reading your letters at Trend and we’re always happy to hear about new things you think we should cover and what you thought about some of our features and fashion spreads. What difference has Trend made to your life? Share your thoughts, or send us your Trendy Location picture and you could win a fantastic prize... STAR LETTER Dear Trend,
Any chance of a few more articles about men’s fashion? The girls are spoilt with a photo shoot in each issue and tons of advice about what’s new and where to buy it, but us blokes don’t get much of a look in.
I recently had to stay in Aberdeen for three weeks for a work project, being put up in a serviced apartment. I had heard from my colleagues who’d previously visited that the city had little to do and it would be too cold to venture outside.
Some of us don’t want to live in jeans and old t-shirts and do own more than two pairs of shoes, you know. Thanks Anthony Jones, Aberdeen
Dear Trend, I am emailing to thank you for the amazing experience my partner and I recently enjoyed at The Chester Residence in Edinburgh as a result of your competition! Located within walking distance of Princes Street, we not only took full advantage of the apartment suite we won for the weekend, but also enjoyed dining out in the small boutique restaurants and visiting all the well-known visitor attractions during the weekend. The suite itself was just stunning – relaxed and comfortable as it was luxurious with complimentary Molton Brown goodies, wine and nibbles. The staff also made our stay very comfortable offering anything and everything to ensure our visit was as stress-free as possible. This is somewhere I would certainly consider returning to. A much appreciated treat which we thoroughly enjoyed! Thank You Trend, Lesley McIntyre
Luckily for me, there was a copy of Trend in the apartment and I had a fabulous time trying out a few bars, restaurants and doing a bit of shopping, guided by your recommendations. The sun even shone for most of my stay, making the city centre sparkle. Thanks for making being away from home that bit more enjoyable. You’ve even made me wonder what treasures my own town has to offer and I’m determined to make more of an effort to find out. Best regards. Linda Hall, Reading
Please email us before 14 July 2011 at: email@example.com. Include your name, address and contact numbers and tell us where you picked up your copy of Trend.
> WORDS BY KATE GRAY
The Heart of the City Standing outside Union Square, watching a stream of people work their way up Bridge Street and towards the Trinity centre, I decide to forgo the elbows and harassment and go against the crowd. I want a more interesting route to the Bon Accord centre.
With that in mind, I head off along Guild Street, pass under the scaffolding-clad Tivoli theatre, turn left up Stirling Street, and suddenly find myself in the heart of Merchant Quarter. Among the fluorescent lights and big chain shops and restaurants in Union Square, it is easy to forget that Aberdeen is an old city. As soon as you enter Merchant Quarter, however, it hits you again. And stays with you. Cobbled streets are the first big reminder. Cobbles, to me, suggest strolling, rather than rushing, and they scream ‘Look up!’ because, inevitably, where there is a cobbled street, there are historic buildings worth looking at. Stirling Street soon proves me right. Here, I am within a few streets of the site where the Carmelite Friary once stood. It was founded in 1273, but when I look up I see its influence in the buildings that stand here now, in carved stonework and statues and arched windows. 70
When I reach the top of Stirling Street I turn towards the Green. Two hours, some dinner and a coffee later I’m still at the Green. The afternoon has turned to evening and my plans of going to the Bon Accord centre are a distant memory. This place invites you to linger, and the growing darkness only brings more atmosphere, proving – I have to say - that the charm of old fashioned lamp-posts should never be underestimated. The area draws you in and makes it impossible not to sit and consider its age.
of the city, watching people come and go, and wondering who was coming and going, two, three, or even four hundred years ago. An area with history - history that is everywhere, unmistakable, and in every detail – makes it infinitely more interesting than anywhere new. Character, uniqueness, and soul – these are the things that history can bring to a place, and it has certainly brought them to the Merchant Quarter.
As early as the twelfth century, Aberdeen harbour was turning into a busy port, which in turn meant that the Merchant Quarter area gradually grew into a trading hub.
Merchant Quarter extends North from Guild Street up to the top of Correction Wynd, and West from Bridge Street to Ship Row.
Even now, on a Saturday evening, there is a real market feeling around the Green, and I am reluctant to leave. There is something very satisfying about sitting in one of the oldest parts
BON ACCORD & ST NICOLAS CENTRE
UNION SQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE
www.carmelitehotels.com 01224 589101
Pre-book now for Trend’s first ever
We’re so excited; we just can’t wait to share the news about Trend’s latest event. Our Lifestyle show will be held at The Mercure Ardoe House Hotel on South Deeside Road on Sunday 25th September.
sumptuous three course Sunday lunch, followed by coffee. During lunch, you can watch Trend’s catwalk fashion shows with outfits from some of Aberdeenshire’s most fashionable retailers. There will be something there to suit everybody.
Join us at 11am and browse our selection of exhibitors, who’ll be bringing all that’s best in beauty, fashion, jewellery, accessories, interiors, food and fine dining for you to share. Whether you want to catch up with the latest styles, think about a makeover or give a room a new look, we’ll have all you need.
Tickets are strictly limited, so advanced booking is recommended.
At noon, join us for a champagne reception, before heading through to your table for a
For further information on tickets please visit our website www.trendmagazine.co.uk and select the events tab. For exhibition spaces please email firstname.lastname@example.org all will be allocated on a fist come first serve basis.
E C N A H C
Miss out last time? we are now offering a select Amount of VIP cards, available to use between Aug 2011-FEB 2012, for only £30! The Trend VIP card is your passport to special offers from some of the North-east's most exclusive lifestyle retailers. To get yours, send us an e-mail to email@example.com with VIP as the subject and we'll send you an application form.
OTTE CHARL1 0 TR0
I enjoyed an LVL treatment in February at Preen Beauty with a discount of £25. Normal price £100, with Trend discount £75. I have bought some lovely gifts at Athena gifts on Rose Street, also enjoying a 20% discount with Trend card. I also love the discount on my regular visits to The House.
I have used my card at a few places but mainly The Store at Foveran and the discount for the cafe has been very welcome and it is a lovely place to stop for a coffee or lunch and a chat and this is an added bonus and I have never had a problem obtaining the discount or special offers.
I have used my VIP card frequently at La Stella, The Courtyard, The Albyn, Rox, Raemoir House Hotel, The Double Tree and Amicus Apple. Without exception all venues are happy to honour the card and the discounts given easily cover the initial £50 outlay. I have highly recommend the VIP card to friends and am sure it is here to stay, year after year! Julie Grant 73
Invest in dressing with confidence > words by ALISON DANIELS
Like most women, my wardrobe is crammed full to bursting point, but I still have nothing to wear. On average, each of us has twenty two things we’ve bought but never worn. I’m a serious offender. Let’s skip over the 137 pairs of shoes, shall we? As Trend’s editor, I feel I should dress like a much, much, younger version of Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada, but too often my inner Kathy Bates triumphs. So when Danit Levi, one of Scotland’s most experienced stylists, spoke to us about her new book and offered to have a look over my wardrobe, I couldn’t resist. Despite having some very high profile clients, Danit is supportive and nonjudgemental and this comes across in 74
her Body Glory Style Tips Journal, written in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Danit classifies women’s bodies as types of flowers and the book, which is designed to encourage you to explore your own style, gather ideas, record feelings and plan outfits, is sprinkled liberally with nuggets of Danit’s style wisdom. I’m not promising that I’ll never make a mistake, or have the odd day when I look as if I’ve slept in a skip, but Danit and her book have left me with the confidence to wear new shapes, colours and styles and a much clearer idea on accessorising than before. I shall repeat my new mantra as I plan outfits...
WWDD? What would Danit Do? Buying a copy of Body Glory supports two great causes. The first is the Teenage Cancer Trust, so they can continue the great work they do and the second is your own clothing confidence level. The book is available for £10, but it, or a personal session with Danit, is going to save you a fortune. Available from: www.dressyourway.com www.amazon.co.uk www.teenagecancertrust.org
5 beautiful Hardwood Garden Benches to be won Cordiners Timber Centre started life in 1870 as a small boat building business in Aberdeen. Today, over 140 years and five generations later, it is still run by the Cordiner family and continues to strive for excellence in quality and service. Our range of products is vast, it includes skirting boards, decking, fencing, joinery products, structural timber, garden furniture and sheet materials. Large stocks and our own fleet of vehicles guarantee easy availability and fast delivery. Whenever possible Cordiners
ensures that the timber used is derived from indigenous, sustainable forests. As summer approaches it's time to get the garden and barbeque area in shape. Our wide range of decking, fencing materials and garden furniture makes Cordiners Timber Centre the one-stopshop for these products. Feel free to visit us and someone from our team can help you to select exactly what you need.
To enter this competition please go to www.trendmagazine.co.uk click on the competitions tab and answer this question: When was Cordiners established? Cordiners Timber Centre Sinclair Road, Aberdeen AB11 9PJ T: 01224 877341 Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7.30am – 5.00pm, Sat 8am – 12noon E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cordiners.com
We are only 3 minutes away from Union Square!
Trend's Guide to
What's On Thurs 9th - Sat 11th June Barry & Stuart Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen
Conjure up a magical evening with Barry & Stuart at the Lemon Tree www.boxofficeaberdeen.com
Sat 19th June Highland games Hazlehead, Aberdeenshire
Peruse the plaid at Aberdeen’s Highland Games 04 05 www.aberdeencity.gov.uk
Sat 18th June Herbal Workshop Pitmedden House, Aberdeenshire
Join the herbal workshop at Pitmedden Gardens. Advances booking at: www.nts.org.uk
Sat 18th - Sat 25th June Gray’s School of Art Degree Show Garthdee Rd, Aberdeen
20th June 27Mon Dylan Moran 28 Music Hall, Aberdeen
Catch gorgeously grumpy Dylan Moran at the Music Hall www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Sat 18th June, 9.30pm Soul Funkin Hot The Bluelamp, Gallowgate, Aberdeen
Back for one night only - An evening of superb high quality music Tickets £5 - Contact The Blue Lamp
Sat 19th June It’s Darling Fashion Show Malmaison, Aberdeen
Tickets: email@example.com 76
Sat 2nd July Iron Maiden AECC, Exhibition Avenue, Bridge Of Don
ake your daughter to the slaughter - Iron Maiden play the AECC. www.aecc.co.uk
05 Wed 6th July Squirrel Spotting Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire
Go squirrel spotting at Crathes Castle advance booking details at:
Fri 22nd July Twelth Night Drum Castle
Fri 22nd - Sun 24th July Culture Crush
25 of creativity, various 26 events hapA weekend pening across the city as part of this year's London 2012 Open Weekend. www.culturecrush.co.uk
Wed 27th July - 6th Aug Aberdeen International Youth Festival for all details:
Get a bit of culture at Drum Castle’s outdoor 23 24 performance of Twelfth Night. For further details T: 08444932161 or buy tickets online www.nts.org.uk
Sat 30th-Sun 31st July Northern Lights Music Festival Seaton Park, Aberdeen
Tickets priced £50/day, £90/weekend are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk www.northernlightsfestival.co.uk
SUBSCRIBE TO TREND MAGAZINE To ensure you are first with Aberdeen’s style news, or to send a friend in another city a bi- monthly snapshot of what’s happening at home, sign up for an annual subscription of Trend. At only £11.50 for six issues, it’s great value for money and the ideal way to ensure you have your finger on the latest trends in the North-east. Complete the attached form, enclose a cheque for £11.50 made payable to Trend Productions Ltd, and return to: Subscriptions Department, Trend Productions Ltd, 2 Rubislaw Place, Aberdeen AB10 1XN.
Just Gems 322a North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen, AB15 9SE Tel 01224 543717
Name of recipient: ............................................................................................................ Recipient’s address: ............................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................. ............................................................................................................. Telephone: .......................................................................................... E-mail: .................................................................................................. Age group (circle): under 25
Please tick this box if you do not wish to receive information from Trend magazine or associated companies regarding future promotions, competitions and events. Delivery is available to UK addresses only. Your annual subscription will start from the issue of the magazine following receipt of payment.
Competition Winners Ellon’s Louise Tosh was particularly thrilled to win our £350 gift card from Outfit as she’s just had a baby and is looking forward to freshening up her wardrobe. She’s hoping to be sensible but things she might give in to temptation and spend the lot in one go. Jill Florence, who works at the Carmelite Hotel will be munching her way through £350 of bespoke cake from The Breadmaker. We’re hoping she saves us a slice. Lesley Hall is off to see Rod Stewart at Pitoddrie, courtesy of the Doubletree by Hilton. While Elaine Smith will be off to Ortak to choose £350 worth of beautiful jewellery from their new spring range. Platinum Hair couldn’t decide between two of the entries for their hair pampering package, so decided to double up and both deserving ladies Amanda Gillham and Jill Paterson are in for a treat. Melissa Chalmers will be packing her flipflops and factor 50 as she’s off for a week’s holiday in sunny Lanzarote this summer with her boyfriend. Outdoorsy Aberdeen lorry driver, Rory Smith, will be whisking his wife off to the Real Retreat where they’ll try yoga, painting, spa treatments and even give belly dancing a go! 78
SEATON PARK, ABERDEEN 30/31ST JULY > words by DAVID NICHOLSON For a multitude of music fans, the summer months mean only one thing - festival season. For Aberdonians, this usually means a dilemma: either fork out for a ticket, plus accommodation, plus travel costs…or watch the live coverage on TV, all the while thinking “I wish I was there”. “If only…” you’d say, dreaming aloud. “If only Aberdeen had it’s own music festival...a proper, bona-fide festival, with two days of music spread over three stages, right here in the city! Imagine a weekend of chart-topping superstars like Tinchy Stryder, Kelis and Paloma Faith , top DJs and bands like Maximo Park, Idlewild, The Noisettes, Madness…right here on our own doorstep! Just imagine!!” “Ach..forget it,” you’d shrug, feeling defeated. “Nothing like that ever happens in Aberdeen…” Except - you’d be wrong! Thanks to the tireless efforts of Jim and Rachel Sandison - Aberdeen’s very own Michael and Emily Eavis - these very acts (and more) will wow the crowds in our very own Seaton Park at the inaugural Northern Lights music festival on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of July. “We feel like this is something the city needs,” Jim says. “Between the support of
the council and the enthusiastic response from the public we’re hoping that this marks the beginning of an annual event.” In addition to the array of Main Stage acts, the Dance Tent features an impressive line up including Example, Kissy Sell Out and Sander van Doorn among others. Meanwhile, a third “Home Sweet Home” stage will feature harder dance acts on the Sunday. On the Saturday however, Aberdeen’s finest will have a chance to share the stage with indie favourites such as The Pigeon Detectives, We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Sunshine Underground. “Aberdeen boasts a fantastic music scene”, says Rachel. “We want to help bring it the recognition it deserves.” Café Drummonds are holding a series of showcases to decide which local acts will secure a slot. Footage of the heats can be found at local.stv.tv/Aberdeen. For more information including details of Corporate and VIP packages, go to: www.northernlightsfestival.co.uk Tickets priced £50/day, £90/weekend are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk
BLING FLING Over 300 women - and a few brave men - blinged up to take part in Bling Fling 3. Participants enjoyed a 10km walk followed by a sparkly reception afterwards in the Duthie Park Winter Gardens. All proceeds will go to a new Breast Care Centre at ARI and local charity Archway.
01. (Clockwise from top left): Morag McCall, Ruth Mathers, Simon Heys, Kate Shand, Alison Hopley, Fiona Graham, Nicola Smith and Angela Dunn. 02. (Left to Right): Wendy Wilson, Sylvia Harper, Bonnie Lynch, Margaret Rafferty and Orla Fowler. 03. (Left to Right) Julia Rodman, Elaine Reid and Sarah Souter. 04. (Clockwise from top Left) Emma Budd, Carol Davidson, Gillian Reece, Elaine Davidson, Jill Henderson, Melanie Ballantyne, Lesley Strachan and Alison Smith. 05. (Left to Right) Julia Reith, Leah Dargie, Rachael Wood, Danielle Palompo and Rachael Shepherd. 06. (Left to Right) Moira Craig , Moira Murray and Lis Macdougall. 07. (Left to Right) Evelyn Howlett and Amanda Porter.
JDRF CRYSTAL BALL No one could have “predicted” the phenomenal success of the recent JDRF Crystal Ball. The annual black tie event raised over £120,000 to benefit this very important cause. The Marcliffe at Pitfodels underwent an exciting transformation to create a magical backdrop for the Aberdeenshire glamouratti, with Chris Harvey of STV and Ian Taylor of Taylors Auction
Rooms, Montrose adding more than a touch of humour and panache. 01 REBEKAH SUTHERLAND, DAN BROWN AND LUCY BUGLASS 02 GWEN SUTHERLAND, CHRIS HARVEY AND MANDY AITCHISON 03 DIANE REID, JILLY POWELL AND SARAH TURNER 04 CAROL STRANGER, LINZIE McDONALD, CHERYL BROWN, SOPHIE REBEIX & NICOLINA REA 05 SANDY AND SHONAGH BROWN 06 TOM AND PAULA REYNOLDS
07 DEBBIE MELDRUM AND NICKI COURTNEY
THE HAPPY COOK BOOK LAUNCH The HappyCookbook was launched at Gallery 121 on Holburn Street. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to CLAN Cancer Support and the ARCHIE Foundation. It contains a fantastic collection of recipes from 17 celebrities including Sir Alex Ferguson CBE and Carol Smillie and 14 top TV chefs including Tom Kitchin, The Hairy Bikers and Gary Rhodes OBE as well as, Aberdeenshire's finest eateries. Visit www.HappyCookbook.Org Clockwise from top left: SHONA REYNOLDS AND ANN KELLY 02 SCOTT AND DEBBIE CONWAY DENISE ARKLEY, LORRAINE WATSON, SHIRLEY GOURLAY AND FIONA ALLARDYCE...PIC LEX BALLANTYNE/ NEWSLINE JILLY AND IAIN POWELL GAIL GORDON, ABE TAYLOR AND DEBBIE ANDERSON ARRIE McCOURT, JAMES MILNE AND TANYA CRAIGIE 05 GERRY KELLY, ANNE McINTOSH AND DUNCAN CHARLES 82
Champagne Afternoon T ea Fashion Show
Papillon of Cults and Trend organised a champagne afternoon tea fashion show at Raemoir House Hotel. The ladies who attended were treated to a splendid afternoon tea which included sandwiches and a delightful selection of cakes and scones. To accompany this they watched the models show the latest fashions from this exclusive boutique. The money raised from the raffle will go to the Bling Fling charity. 01 Jaclyn Strachan And Linda Forman. 02 Mandy Marples, Lesley Hardie and Jenna Hardie. 03 Kim Fordyce and Louise Craig. 04 Liz Marchant , Claire Vannet, Fiona Gray and Ivana Petrovich. 05 Lois Cutler , Lesley Davidson, Lesley Elrick and Yvette Rayner. 06 Eileen Mcguigan, Corrine Farquhar, Amy Farquhar, Alison Farquhar and Sharon Coutts.
Life with Style Awards Finalists Evening Excitement is mounting as Trendâ€™s Life with Style Awards 2011 Finalists have been announced. They all gathered at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa for their last chance to impress the judges and receive their finalist certificates.
1 Tytti Peltonieme and Leigh Mathieson 2 Lynn Batham, Ainslie Scott 3 Findlay Cran,Paul Wood 4 Lee Sutherland,Angela Robb 5 Claire Rennie, Liz Johnston,Craig Wilson 6 Phil Sanders, Jenny Ogden, Luke Dargie 7 Kris Lovie, Ben Iravani, Martin Brown 8 Kenny Gunnyeon, Craig Willox, Greg Leslie
08 Property & Office Rental
Secure Car Parking
Meeting & Conference Facilities
Waterloo Quay Properties Ltd Horizons House, 81-83 Waterloo Quay Aberdeen, Scotland AB11 5BH
Reception & Admin Support
Gymnasium & Squash Courts
Tel: 01224 565000
Facilities Management Support
IT & Comms Support
Fax: 01224 565009
Cash for Kids
01 ELAINE ROBERTSON, NATALIE LOSZAK AND KERRY NELSO 02 JENNIFER DUNCAN, DANA McDONALD, ERIKA SCOTT, SANDIE RITCHIE AND LUCY HERD 03 NICOLA SHEEHAN, AMY MANSON AND DEBBIE LEONARD
A glamorous crowd of over 320 people attended the Northsound Radio Cash For Kids'
04 EMMA COLEMAN AND AVRIL HENDERSON
Fashion Show at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. The Show featured womenswear and
05 JANICE BROWN, CLAIRE SMITH, MARIE LAMB, CAROL SMITH AND BIBI KONING
menswear from John Lewis and were modelled by a team of professional models from
06 SHEILA AND VICTORIA GAMMIE
Modelz UK. The evening, which was sponsored by Xodus Group raised over £9000
07 LINDA HENDERSON, JILL COOPER, KELLY CAIRD AND LYNN DAVIDSON
For a brighter future... Visit genesis-personnel.com
Genesis Personnel Ltd Mariners House, 2 Marischal Street, Peterhead, AB42 1HU 01779 476311 01779 476312 genesis-personnel.com
profile last word with peter mitchell
hell itche Pet eteerr Mitc P The last word with...
A gem of a lady in the world of charity – that’s Peggy Rita Finnie, of the famed jewellery concern in Aberdeen’s George Street, who was presented with the insignia of MBE by the Duke of Rothesay at Buckingham Palace last January. The honour was announced in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List and left the 71-year-old mother-of-four speechless, a rare occurrence for this most chatty individual, who has eight grandchildren. “I could not believe it and did not leave the house for two days,” said Peggy. “After all, it’s lovely to be able to help people and to be involved in their lives. It is so rewarding.” She cherishes the 160 letters and messages of good will that flowed in but is equally proud of the many testaments of thanks to her from people she has helped, including a former drug addict. For example, on the day of our chat, she had been to the Glendaveny Teddy Bears shop in Peterhead’s Broad Street which she helped to fit out when it opened in 86
1996. “The bears are made with pride by adults who have disabilities,” said Sheffield-born Peggy, who celebrated her golden wedding with husband Ron on March 28, 2009. The couple met when Aberdonian Ron was stationed at RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire and tied the knot in Grimsby before knuckling down to building up their jewellery business in Aberdeen. She has overcome serious health issues, most recently while on a cruise in South America. “That involved being airlifted to Santiago for emergency treatment but I survived,” she said. Action woman Peggy also likes to garden in between chasing about to places such as the Inchgarth community centre in Aberdeen. Go and have a cuppa there - it’s called Peggy’s Tea Room. There could be no higher compliment, not even an MBE.
Made to Measure Heavyweight Kilt
Don’t forget to visit our new website to see our full range of Kilt Packages & Accessories:www.mccallsltd.org
£250 (normally £395)
Choose from 100 tartans 15 - 17 Bridge Street
HUGE SELECTION OF
another reason why people keep coming back to Finnies. Hundreds of watches from 26 of the worlds leading watchmakers is a huge selection - one of the largest in Scotland, and they are here for you at Finnies. With prices from under ÂŁ50 to over ÂŁ50,000 friendly expert staff will help you choose the right watch for yourself or that special gift.
Skilled watchmakers in our workshop will also care for your watch for life. So for the best watch buying experience visit Finnies at George Street, Aberdeen and enjoy every minute of your time. Visit Finnies at George Street and see our huge selection of watches for yourself.
For life. George Street, Aberdeen (01224) 636632 www.finnies.co.uk
Open: Mon/Fri/Sat: 9am-5.30pm. Tues: 9.30am-5.30pm. Wed: 9am-1pm. Thurs: 9am-7pm.