GLASGOW LOVES CHRISTMAS
Christmas really is my favourite time of the year and one of my favourite Christmas days out last year was when Glasgow Loves Christmas invited myself, Rachel & Yasmin along to experience the best of Glasgow's Christmas offering. When they got back in touch this year, we were so excited to take them up on the offer.
MAC MASTERCLASS AT HOUSE OF FRASER
We met at Frasers on Buchanan Street for the first part of our whirlwind tour of Glasgow at Christmas and there really isn't a more iconic or more photographed building at Christmas than my favourite department store in the city. We headed into the huge MAC department for a masterclass with make up artist extrondinaire, Marc Sinclair. The Frasers team had kindly left us a Tory Burch goodie bag and some Prosecco for us to enjoy whilst Marc showed us how to achieve the perfect, dewy, 'no make up' make up. There were some great tips and I'll definitely be booking in with Marc to see what he can do with my face.
We also visited the stunning Boardroom to see where Santa would be visiting over the coming weeks for meet and greets as well as taking some obligatory pics of the beautiful lights inside the store (expertly switched on by Celtic's Kieran Tierney a few weeks previously - is there nothing he can't do?!). I love the atmosphere in Frasers at Christmas and it's my favourite shop to visit with personal styling clients.
THE FUN OF THE FAIR AT GEORGE SQUARE
We then paid a visit to the George Square Christmas Market to take in the sights, sounds and smells. First up, we headed for the ferris wheel and got a great view of George Square at night from way up high.
We then had some photos taken in the light tunnel before wandering around the market stalls and tasting some of the delicious German sausage (not as rude as it sounds!) and then jumping aboard the carousel.
We topped off our visit to George Square with some delicious mulled wines to heat us up on a cold night before heading off to the next stop on our Christmas tour of Glasgow.
CHRISTMAS STYLING AT JOHN LEWIS
Next, we headed to John Lewis in Buchanan Galleries for a styling session with the lovely in store personal shopper, Sarah who had picked out a few of this season's must-have looks. Yaz tried on the most beautiful champagne colour silk dress from Reiss which fit her like a glove.
We had a few more bubbles (it's like they know we like to drink Prosecco) before we headed upstairs to the homeware department.
There, we were given a masterclass on how to beautifully dress a table using different colours of placemats and baubles. John Lewis has an amazing selection of really unique baubles and, although they're a little more pricey, I like to pick up a couple each year to add to add to my collection.
We then visited the Dyson to see exactly how the new Air Wrap works. Yasmin with her oodles of hair was obviously the perfect guinea pig and we couldn't believe how easy it was to use and how well it worked - we were SHOOK!
LOUNGING AT THE EVERYMAN CINEMA
The final stop on our tour of Glasgow Loves Christmas was the newly opened Everyman Cinema in Princes Square. The movie we were booked in to see was a zombie film (I don't do zombie films) so we opted for some cocktails and food instead of the film. The lounge are is absolutely gorgeous and the couches and seats are all plush velvet in jewel tones - right up my interior street!
Considering how expensive food and drink is normally in cinemas, I was really pleasantly surprised how reasonably priced the food and drink offering was. We sampled a pina colada, espresso martini and some kind of cocktail involving candy floss and they were all delicious. I normally hate pina coladas as I don't like coconut but this one was actually very pleasant indeed.
For food, I went for a chicken burger with some sweet potato fries which was really nice and exactly what I needed at the end of a fun but busy evening.
Although we didn't watch anything, we were shown around the screens and the seats are so comfortable. I don't go to the cinema particularly often because I hate how cramped and busy and uncomfortable it is at busy times. The Everyman has a much more chilled and relaxed vibe to it with much more space on the couches than having to rub elbows with strangers for two hours so I'll definitely be back before Christmas, hopefully to see a festive flick!
Huge thanks to Glasgow Loves Christmas, Frasers, George Square Market, John Lewis and The Everyman Cinema for looking after us so well all night.