Friday, 22 March 2019

Overnight Stay At Dumfries Arms Cumnock

One thing Hubby & I love doing is going for little over night stays so we always check things like wowcher and itison for good deals. 
Knowing this, my mum got same and itison deal for an overnight including prosecco on arrival, 2 course dinner and breakfast at the Dumfries Arms in Cumnock so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it. 

Guys this place is so pretty, just look at the staircase omg! I didn't take any pics of the bedroom as Sam was already sprawled over the huge bed. The bed wasn't that comfy to be totally honest but it was ok for a night.

The bar was well stocked and done a massive range of cocktails, I was having my fave drumstick ones and Sam was on the French Martinis. 

The meal was also amazing, for starters Sam had Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and I had King Prawn Tempura which were scranned so quickly that I wasn't able to catch a pic of that either but the mains mmmm. 
I had mac and cheese that came with a side of garlic bread and chips. & Sam had steak and chips - a three pound supplement which isn't bad at all.

This was some of the best mac and cheese I've ever had and I'm still thinking about.
I don't know about you but I never really expect great things for the meal that comes with an over night stay but I honestly would go back just for the food.

This was such a good deal guys that I honestly am looking to get the voucher all over again and have got it for my brother in law's birthday.
The staff were so kind and so attentive and the whole hotel was stunning and so clean!

Is there anywhere in Scotland you have visited for a night away that I should check out?
Let us know!
G x

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

50 Get To Know Me Tag Questions No One Asks...

Seeing all of Gemma's amazing posts lately have me missing posting on here!

So I turned to good old Google, for a tag post to get me back into the swing of it and came across this post from Root Report and thought I'd start there!

The questions are ones I, personally, haven't seen before so thought they would 
be so much fun to answer!

  1. Are you named after anyone? My middle name Martha, was taken from my Dad's mum, she was called Mattie for short - I sadly never got to meet her as she died not long after my Dad was born.
  2. When was the last time you cried? Friday, in work.
  3. Do you have kids? If no, how many do you want? I do and I don't, I go through phases... I'm only 25 just now so feel like a kid myself, never mind raising one!!
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Hmm.. I'm not to sure how to answer this one... Pass?!
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? It's my 2nd language.
  6. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Usually their smile! A good, warm smile makes all the difference.
  7. What is your eye color? Green! 
  8. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings 100%. I'm a massive scaredy cat and rarely watch scary movies! 
  9. Favorite smells? Anything coconut or vanilla. 
  10. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? I went to Philadelphia & New Jersey in 2017 and that's the furthest and longest I've ever been away from home! 
  11. Do you have any special talents? Sadly no, how disappointing! 
  12. Where were you born? Glasgow. 
  13. What’s your zodiac sign? Do you believe in it? I'm a Libra, and I'm not sure - I've never really looked into it to be honest but I know people who are obsessed and can be like "oh my god she's such a Leo!" after a conversation with people and think that's pretty cool. 
  14. What are your hobbies? I sadly don't have any, hopefully I can get back into blogging and that can be it - but 80% of my life is consumed by work! The events industry never sleeps, and neither do I! 
  15. Do you have any pets? No, but I have pestered my boyfriend for a rabbit since the start of our relationship, so hopefully he caves soon...
  16. Do you have any siblings? No, I'm an only child.
  17. What do you want to be when you grow up? In nursery I wanted to be a lollipop lady & a shop keeper... I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up... As long as I'm happy.
  18. Who was your first best friend? It was a boy called Mark, who I then went to primary school, and high school with. 
  19. How tall are you? 5ft1 and 3 quarters - the quarters are important... 
  20. What is the least favourite thing about yourself? That I'm such a people pleaser, I hate confrontation and will do absolutely anything to avoid it, which often results in me keeping in all my feelings till they finally get too much and I have a meltdown...
  21. Funniest moment throughout School? I block out my school years, I hated them. 
  22. How many countries have you visited? Hmmm... like 7 or 8?
  23. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School? I liked art and hated everything else.
  24. What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume? Drink would be Cherryade, Animal would be a Rabbit & Perfume would be Hugo Boss Ma Vie.
  25. What would you (or have you) name your children? I haven't given it much thought to be honest! 
  26. What Sports do you play/Have you played? I am as un-atheletic as they come sadly! 
  27. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers? I love Amber Scholl & Syd and Ell just now! 
  28. How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had? One.
  29. Favorite memory from childhood? Spending so much time with my Granny.
  30. How would you describe your fashion sense? I don't really have any as I'm constantly in my work uniform!! 
  31. What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?) An iPhone. 
  32. Tell us one of your bad habits! Worrying!!!! 
  33. 3 things that upset you? Being taken for granted, seeing other people hurting & not being able to help and when you finish a good book and there is no sequel! 
  34. 3 things that make you happy? The people I'm surrounded by, days off & anything marble (how basic...)
  35. How is your relationship with parents? Amazing, I'm so so lucky that my mum and dad are two of my best friends.
  36. What’s on your mind? A lot.
  37. What’s your talent? Pretending everything is ok, when it's not.
  38. One word that describes you? Small?
  39. What’s your favorite quotes? Know the difference between what you're getting and what you deserve.
  40. Any pets? I've answered this already...
  41. What is the farthest you’ve been from home? And this...
  42. Are you an extrovert or introvert? Don't really know what they mean unfortunately hahah.
  43. Are you left or right handed? Right.
  44. Do you consider yourself a good cook? Absolutely not, I could burn water.
  45. Does your name have a special meaning? Not that I know of? 
  46. If money were no object what would you get for your next birthday? A holiday with all my best friends. 
  47. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Anywhere in the sunshine! 
  48. What’s your favourite thing to have for breakfast? Pancakes!!! 
  49. What’s your favourite gadget? FitBit? Kindle? 
  50. What’s your longest relationship so far? My current one, nearly 2.5 years.

Welp... There we have it,
My first post (hopefully of many!) back

Hope ya liked it...
I promise my next post will be way more interesting hahah! 

What's one of the best questions you've ever been asked?
Let us know! 

- L x 

Monday, 18 March 2019

MakeUp Wishlist!

Hi loves, sorry again that the posts were lacking last week but I'm feeling better now and hopefully back into the swing of this!
Today I thought I'd do a little make up wish list of all the things I am currently lusting after.

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Riviera Palette

I normally don't get excited or lust about palettes as I have loads but this is so different to anything I own now and I think every single colour is stunning and I love colourful eye looks so I know I would definitely get my use from this palette. I neeeeed it!
You can get it from Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and others for £46.

Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick - Graduation Day

I've quite a few Huda Beauty products, I love the eyeshadows and the liquid lips are fab too however I am dying to try one of the matte bullets as I've heard such good things about them. I love the colour 'Graduation Day' I think it would look good on all skin tones and really work as a 'your lips but better' shade for me!
You can pick this up at Cult Beauty for £22

Milk Makeup - KUSH High Volume Mascara

Unless you have been living under a rock you have probably heard of this KUSH High Volume Mascara from Milk Make up that is rocking the beauty community. Firstly as it contains hemp-derived cannabis oil and secondly for how amazing it works. I have read so many reviews on this and the difference really is amazing! I'm dying to try it for myself and see how it works for me!
Again you can get this at Cult Beauty for £20.50

I Heart Revolution Fantasy Liquid Highlighter Unicorn’s Glow

Make Up Revolution - we all know about them! Dupes galore and how the get away with some of it really baffles me but I'm not complaining! I tend to stay away from things called 'unicorn' or 'mermaid' or 'magic' because I hate all that gimmicky stuff, I'm an adult I don't want to feel like I'm using my 5 year old nieces play stuff! However I love highlighting drops -whether they are going straight onto my face for a banging glow or mixing it in with foundation for a glow. These look so good and for £6 how can you refuse!
You can get these from or Superdrug for £6

So that is what I'm lusting after right now?
Do you have any of the products and can recommend them?
Or is there something else I should check out?
Let us know,
G x

pics from google, all my own opinions

Friday, 15 March 2019

Book Club Blog Style - Take 9!

Sorry for the little lull in posts this past few days guys, I've been bed bound with a chest infection and unable to post at all.
I'm coming back with something I used to love posting - book reviews.
Starting with my new fave from my favourite author since I was obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson!

The Man Who Didn't Call - Rosie Walsh

The description that comes with this book is:
'Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything.
So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.
But he doesn’t call.
Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they're wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.
What do you do when you finally discover you're right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn't share with each other?
The truth.'

I have been obsessed with Rosie Walsh's work since I first read Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger which she wrote under Lucy Robinson. You can read the review I done on this all the way back in 2014 here.

Sarah Mackey is originally a small town girl who is big in town after moving to LA. In the mist of a divorce and some family turmoil, she stumbles upon Eddie David in a field near Sarah's parents house. They spent an amazing week together - both claiming love and promising to stay together and make this work when Eddie returns from his holiday and before Sarah returns to LA.
Then something weird happens.. Eddie vanishes completely. No calls, texts, messages or anything were answered and even after a desperate plea for information on his facebook page only increases Sarah's obession with finding Eddie as his friends are also looking for him. Her obsession with finding Eddie begins to even effect her best friends Jo & Tommy who at first tell Sarah to forget about him but after mysterious phone calls they also grow concerned. 

I wish I could say more guys I really do but I don't want to spoil anything.
There is so so many unexpected twists, I actually gasped out loud.
I'm normally good at guessing these things  and didn't guess one small thing but the others were unbelievable!

A few times I did feel like Sarah's friend Jo and was getting a bit ticked off with her, I wanted to shake her and say 'YOU ARE ACTING MENTAL'.
But this I think made her more relateable, I know quite a few of my girls that have obsessed over a phone call that never came. Not quite to the extent Sarah gets to but still... 

I'm not saying it because I'm a huge fan but I have mad respect for Rosie Walsh also, she always takes  time out to reply to us on twitter and did even when she wrote under Lucy Robinson.  It means a lot when someone you admire appreciates you!

All I can say is you have to try this book for yourself. It is a mix of romcom/chic lit and thriller all in one. Sometimes you do want to slap Sarah silly but you will love her and her best friends never the less!

I wish I could say more guys but there are too many spoilers!
You have to trust me on this!

Until next time guys,
Gemma x

Monday, 11 March 2019

Afternoon Tea at Grand Central Champagne Bar

Hey guys, if you read my last post you will have read that my hubby and I went out for Afternoon Tea, I originally wanted to take him to Cranachan in Princes Square in Glasgow as we go to NY Grill right beside it a lot and it looks fab, however they don't take bookings on Saturday's and due to it being for his birthday, we didn't want to risk it.
My friend then recommended the Champagne bar in the Grand Central Hotel and as we wanted to drink also, it sounded like a fab idea.
We had no trouble booking and everything was looking good!

We then arrived and were seated promptly which was nice, asked if we had any dietary requirements and brought our champagne over right away. 
Then 25 minutes after finishing our drinks and waiting, we tried to find someone to catch so we could enquire about the hold up and get more drinks. No-one was to be seen. 

35 minutes later our Afternoon Tea arrived.

It had your usual afternoon tea fair, finger sandwiches, scones and cakes.
The scones were warm which was a lovely touch. 
We ordered more drinks when our tea arrived and again we waited about 20 minutes for them.

This was so disappointing you guys I can't even describe, for such a nice place everything seemed chaotic. It was slightly busy however everyone who came in had a reservation (we were sat at the door) and I feel like if you are aware of how busy you are going to be then have the right amount of staff  one - I get things happen but there were two staff in a busy booked restaurant. 
We only had two drinks in over an hour and we could have spent a lot of time and money here. I wouldn't recommend coming here I'm afraid as so many places in Glasgow do Afternoon Tea now and it is better a lot of places.

Food - 4/5 - the cakes weren't fab but the warm scones were great. Usual chicken, ham etc sandwiches
Staff - 2/5 - Trying to catch someone when they hear you and still walk past doesn't sit well I'm afraid!
Decor - 4/5 - a little dated but lovely.
Value - 3/5 - For £30pp you could definitely get better for a better price within walking distance but there was a good amount of items.

I honestly am really disappointed I didn't enjoy it here and wish we'd got on better! But I think most people agree that if you are treating your partner to a birthday celebration - hanging around for an age isn't what you  are after!

Where is your favourite place to go for afternoon tea if you like it?
Let us know!
G x

Friday, 8 March 2019

Date Day Outfit

The other day was my husband's birthday so we done a little date day!
The plan was an afternoon tea (post on that soon!) and then a subcrawl, however good old Glasgow decided to treat us with us with its usual form of weather - downpour rain!

Before that happened though I was challenged with wear an outfit appropriate for both...

So when in town a few days before I found this super cute skirt from Miss Selfridge in the sale for £8! Then when I went into Primark I noticed this one shouldered body - the worst tryna put your poppers back after peeing after a few drinks! I then paired it with these Office very high heeled boots that I've had for a year or two and voila!
I really loved this look and thing the skirt can be wore dressy or casual and the top can definitely be worn a good few times!

I am sorry that the majority of my outfit pics will be mirror pics as I don't think I'm cool enough to pose and ask anyone to take them for me. I wish I could and it be in cute places but I'm a loser!

What do you guys think of this look?
What do you love wearing for date day?
Let us know!
G x

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Boots Ingredients sheet face mask - Moisturising & Nourishing Review!

Hey guys! If you read my feb faves post you will have read that I'm currently suffering from a lot of skin issues right now & it is starting to tick me right off! 
Something I love to use regular is sheet masks, I feel like they work well and are a lot less messy than your cream packet ones. 
When I was in Boots with my friend the other day I noticed their sheet masks were on offer - 3 for 2 so obviously I had to pick some up!
I picked up the three that I thought would be the best suited for my current skin problems.

I got the (L-R) Charcoal & Willow Bark Cleansing & Purifying, Lotus Flower & Tiger Lily Radiance and Brightening & then the one I will be reviewing today - the Super Hyaluronic Moisturising & Nourishing mask.
You can pick them up here.

Online this is described as 'This specially formulated sheet mask is enriched with Super Hyaluron to help leave your skin moisturised and nourished. Leaves skin feeling moisturised for up to 12 hours.' 

So this isn't a quick fix and it is recommended to do it once a week but lets be real, nothing is really a quick fix is it?

My first thoughts when taking it out the packet was that it is COATED in product, my hands were actually wet trying to apply it. This did make applying the nose section a little hard as the product was making the sheet a little harder to unfold.
However I would definitely rather loads of product and spend another minute sorting the mask, especially when they are only £2.50!

I keep the mask on for roughly 15 minutes and on the black, they advise that instead of rising any remaining product of your face, to just work it in to the skin which I really loved because you may as well make the most of it.

The mask promised 12 hours of moisture and I wish I was brave enough to take a pic of my nasty ass flaky skin as it is so dry that it actually looks like scales! I definitely noticed a difference right away and it did last for a few days, plus it isn't quite as bad as it was. I think this is something that will become a go to treatment of mines and I can't wait to try the other two!

Still cute doh!

So that is my thoughts on this particular mask!
Do you have any fave sheet masks?
Let us know!
G x

masks where purchased by me and are all my own opinions

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Oiishi Japanese Cuisine - East Kilbride

Something I really want start doing is restaurant reviews so I thought I'd start with a place that recently opened in East Kilbride - Oiishi.
Japanese/Thai is definitely my favourite cuisine so I was so excited to try here.

For starters we got the chicken katsu temaki and salmon maki. Which is pictured below. Sam also had a side of Korokee which is sweet potato cakes but these never made it into the picture - he was hungry!

For mains I had the Prawn Oiishi sweet chilli noodles and omg guys this was so so good! I already can't wait to go back for this. I hate beansprouts so next time I'll make sure to get it with out. Sam had the steak volcano ramen which was so so hot but so delicious. The meals are plentiful and there is no scrimping with the meat!

During the meal, the staff were great. However when we finished our meal, we struggled to find someone to pay it and as we had the cinema due soon, this was a bit of a pain and we had to go up to the bar to find someone. I think this may be a one of however as they were lovely the rest of the time.

I honestly think this maybe my new fave spot and I've already made plans with my friend Gi to go!

So here are my thoughts:
Food - 5/5 - I'm still dreaming about the prawn chilli noodles!
Staff - 4/5 - dropped one for the disappearing act
Decor - 4/5 - a little asian cliche but still cute and it was spotless
Value - 4/5 - sushi was a little pricey but if it is made on site then it is worth it, I'll try and find out and if it is I will definitely amend this score!
Overall - 17/20

If you have anywhere you love in Glasgow and around let us know so we can check it out!
G x