24 Hours in Glasgow – Travel Inspiration & City Guide

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Accor Hotels have asked bloggers to share how they would spend 24 hours in their favourite cities – and my favourite city is, of course, Glasgow! Glasgow is without a doubt Scotland’s coolest city – it might not have Edinburgh’s regal looks but it’s got personality, culture and energy by the bucket load and it’s really quick and easy to get to!

So what to do with 24 hours in Glasgow? Well first I’d get checked in to the ibis Styles Glasgow Centre George Square Hotel – it’s in a great location and has such a fantastic, fun and bright design – just look how fab this room is!

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Image courtesy of Accor Hotels

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Image courtesy of Cottonrake Bakery

Once checked in I’d jump the subway to Kelvinbridge, from where it’s a short walk along the Great Western Road to Cottonrake Bakery for a yummy breakfast of freshly baked treats. On the way pop into the Glasgow Vintage Company and Caledonia books for a browse and perhaps a purchase or two!

Work off breakfast with a 15 minute walk down to Byres Road – visiting Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens on the way.

Byres Road is the heart of Glasgow’s West End – it’s full of boutique shops, great bars and restaurants; grab a coffee at Tinderbox, wander down Ashton and Ruthven Lanes, get an ice-cream from Crollas Gelateria and if you’re hungry there are plenty of options to choose from here; one of my favourites is the Hanoi Bike Shop

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Glasgow University Cloisters

From Byres Road walk through the Glasgow University campus – the Cloisters are stunning and the university looks like something out of a Harry Potter film set

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Glasgow is known for being Scotland’s City of Culture and there’s no better place for a museum lover than Kelvingrove – the building itself is stunning but inside there are some fascinating displays – my favourites being the floating head exhibition and Sir Roger the elephant

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All that history and walking will have no doubt worked up a thirst – luckily Brewdog Glasgow is directly opposite Kelvingrove and offers a great selection of craft beers (plus soft drinks and coffees if you are that way inclined)

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Just around the corner from Brewdog you’ll find Tantrum Doughnuts – who hand make some incredible doughnuts *ahem even Christian Slater is a fan* – the Creme Brulee doughnut MIGHT have made me groan in a rather embarrassing way ;) From here you can jump a quick bus back to the City Centre where I reckon a quick snooze would be needed after this busy day!

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Once you’ve snoozed and freshened up head out to Paesano for one of the best pizzas in the city. Glasgow is famous for it’s drinking culture – and there are thousands of bars and pubs to choose from when it comes to a night out.

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Nice n’ Sleazy image courtesy of Time Out

Nice n’ Sleazy is a much loved Glasgow institution – burgers, booze and plenty of live music and events. Beer lovers can’t go wrong with the Republic Bier Halle , Waxy O’Connors serves traditional pub fare in a quirky venue that looks a bit LOTR meets Harry Potter, and for those looking for something a little risque check out The Riding Room; where you can get your classy cocktails with some classy burlesque and cabaret acts thrown in. End the night watching an up and coming band at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut  or some stand up comedy at The Stand! Whatever your ‘scene’ you’re bound to find a pub or bar that suits you in Glasgow and the people are always up for a laugh and a good time – it’s true what they say, the ‘people make Glasgow’!

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Potato scones – it’s not a Scottish Breakfast without one (or two!)

The next morning cure your hangover with a full Scottish breakfast at Cafe Gandolfi before spending your last hours shopping at Princes Square and Glasgow’s Style Mile (I’m pretty sure a stop in Lush counts as a hangover cure in itself!)

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Or head Southside for a full American breakfast at TriBeCa (the pancakes with maple syrup are lush) and a bracing walk through Pollok Country Park to blow away the cobwebs!

What would you do with 24 hours in Glasgow? What’s your favourite City for a short break?

Alex xxx

My Luxury (if money was no object) Wish List

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Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?!) I’m not a Kardashian and my bank balance certainly doesn’t have as many zeros as I’d like so clearly I’m not actually expecting to find any of these under my Christmas tree this year *I’ve not been that nice Santa*

If I did have a limitless cash fund (or wealthy friends!) then these are the things that would be top of my luxury wishlist🙂

Jimmy Choo Romy 85 pumps in Red Suede – these babies get me all hot and bothered under the collar just looking at them – imagine how hot I’d feel actually wearing them!

I love Alex Monroe’s designs and am always popping into the store to browse as it’s local to me – browse being the key word there! This journey pendant is so beautiful and feels very ‘me’

A Macbook Pro because I blew mine up years ago (don’t ask!) and never replaced it😦

A Mulberry Lily bag – I have a thing for Mulberry bags and this design is classic, simple and is called Lily which I think means it’s fated to be in my life at some point…

1920s jewellery is always stunning – this antique emerald and diamond ring not only features my favourite gemstone but I love the emerald cut of the stones and the unique details

The Sony Cyber-Shot Camera – I have my lovely big camera but its just so BIG; I would love a compact camera for out and about; plus this one video capability and built in WiFi making it easier to upload to my laptop

The Gucci Soho Disco bag – I have a thing for red bags clearly, and this bag is just so beautiful – perfectly sized for a day out shopping or for a night out with friends; in fact a couple of my friends have them in different colours and I’m just even more obsessed after spending the day with them!

Pomegranate Noir is one of my favourite Jo Malone scents – I’d love a selection please; with matching candles and bath oils and hand creams – cheers!

And of course last but certainly not least – I’d love a road trip across America taking in Route 66 and all of my wishlist destinations in the states, doing the trip in a red convertible with racing stripes would be a bonus!

Oh and anything from Louboutin, Agent Provocateur, Coco De Mer, Chanel or Vivienne Westwood would be welcome under the tree too😉

What would be on your luxury wishlist?

Alex xxx

Ivesons on Tour – There and back again… Loch Goilhead & Glasgow

I just got back from an amazing trip to Scotland to spend time with family and friends. I am now literally EXHAUSTED and of course, as always when I get time off of work, I’ve come down with the flu!

I had a really really great time up in the North (where Winter seems to have been delayed btw) – I spent a couple of days up in Loch Goilhead, which is not far from Loch Lomond and then a few more days in Glasgow where I drank quite a bit of beer and got to see Biffy. F*cking. Clyro!!

In Loch Goilhead we stayed in a premier chalet at the Drimsynie estate holiday village – the chalet was a sweet wooden building with plenty of space and a good-sized hot tub which was a real bonus. I don’t think much could beat sitting in the hot tub with an ice cold beer and staring up at the stars.

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The Drimsynie House Hotel leisure centre

The location was fab, although the long and winding road up to it was a little nerve-wracking but the view from the top was more than worth the anxiety inducing icy bends! The Leisure Centre has a pool, bars, restaurant and cafe plus a selection of things such as ping-pong tables. I’ll be honest I didn’t have much time so didn’t try them out although we had a celebration dinner in the restaurant which was OK and watched the rugby in the smaller of the two bars where I had my first Guinness (not keen – like cold coffee!)

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Being photo-bombed by my cousin’s dog Harley

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Stunning view across the Loch from the golf course

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My cousin loves golf but I’ve never played before so walked the course with them, taking photos whilst they played an afternoon round in the sunshine

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I couldn’t believe how stunning the scenery was – waking up to these views was just incredible. It’s made me even more excited about walking the West Highland Way next year!

The rest of my stay was supposed to be taken up with a huge beer crawl across Glasgow but unfortunately I was SO ill! Ended up spending most of it snoozing on the sofa under a duvet, watching TV and getting hooked on I’m a Celebrity Get me Outta Here!

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We did do visit a few bars including the Bier Halle and Waxy O’Connors which looked like a mad mix of Harry Potter and LOTR had popped up just by George Square! 
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We had breakfast one morning at TriBeCa South – it was really good but I just couldn’t eat it all between feeling ill and the HUGE portions! I’ll definitely have to go back when I’m germ free!

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Brewdog and Omnipollo Collaboration – Flat-Pack Fruit Bat

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On my last night in Glasgow we went to Brewdog for a Flat-Pack Fruit Bat and then see Biffy Clyro at the SSE Hydro – they are one of my favourite bands and so it was such an incredible experience to get to see them live! Not only that but it was my first time getting to see them, they were my first ever live band in Scotland, and are a Scottish band themselves so it all felt extra special. Will never forget hearing them sing Rearrange and Falling Stars live – just a massive feeling that is impossible to explain!

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A quick stop off at Paesano on my way to the airport finished off my flying visit – the pizza was great; really fresh and tasty and I’ll definitely be back again!

You know when I love a city because I completely fall for it – hook, line and sinker, and Glasgow is one of those cities that I could see myself living in permanently. It really does have an incredible vibe – it’s fun, beautiful and a bit gritty around the edges which makes it feel like home. In fact I’ve already scheduled in my next two visits!

Alex

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Glasgow Packing

Glasgow Packing

On Friday I fly up to Glasgow for 6 days with family and friends (living the jetsetter life obvs) and so i’m working out what I want to pack. Weather wise it’ll be COLD… like really really cold… and the southerner in me is dreaming of thermals!

Part of my trip will be spent hot-tubbing in Loch Lomond, the rest will be in Troon (on the coast) and in Glasgow city centre sampling the best beers and food around *can’t wait*
I also only have hand luggage so going as minimal as possible packing wise and this is what I’ve narrowed my choices down to, let me know what you think🙂
1. Jeans x 2 – I love my River Island Molly jeans in short leg #midgetproblems
2. Dorothy Perkins burgundy pinafore dress
3. Black ankle boots – Kurt Geiger *sold out*
4. Black swimming costume (this one is from here but mine is good old M&S)
5. Black bobble hat – I got my stupidly big one from Tesco
6. Superdry parka coat
7. ‘I Prefer the Bassist’ slogan t-shirt from Resilience Streetwear on Etsy
9. Burgundy sparkle knit jumper – this one is Whistles (£!) but I got a very similar one from Primark for £5
10. Pleather mini skirt
11. Star jumper from John Lewis
12. Simple grey sweater (again Primark came to the rescue!)
13. Copenhagen trainers from Topshop *sold  out but you can find similar here*
14. Michael Kors Watch
Obviously I’ll also be packing pjs and underwear but this is everything I’m packing clothes wise (although I might sneak in a black poloneck and another jumper!)
Now just to fit it all in my bag… wish me luck!
Alex
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Wednesday Wishlist

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Over the past couple of days I’ve had friends book holidays to Berlin, New York, Andalucia and New Orleans (all of which are places I’d love to go!) and so all I really want this week is a holiday somewhere warm #freezingmytitsoff and some pretty things to wear there!

The picture is of Lisbon in Portugal – how beautiful does it look there?

I love this embroidered sunhat but unfortunately it’s sold out everywhere – you can find similar designs here

The Janga jersey jumpsuit *talk about alliteration* from Monsoon is a simple piece that could be dressed up or down easily – perfect for throwing on as cover up around the pool, for teaming with sandals for a day sightseeing or with wedges for an evening out

I basically HAVE to buy these Accessorize sandals as they have my name – well ‘Alexa’ and that’s close enough!

This pretty wraparound friendship bracelet is neutral but adds a little sparkle statement to an outfit to take it from poolside to bar

Can’t go anywhere warm and sunny without sunglasses, although I always need to get prescription ones thanks to my terrible eyesight! These ‘Alex’ Rayban sunnies in tortoiseshell are beautiful and can you sense a theme with the naming?

Where would you jet off to today if you could? Have you ever been to Lisbon?

Alex

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I actually can’t believe that it’s already the 22nd November – this month has completely flown by and it’s been full of amazing adventures – and there are still more to come before the end of the month!

Going: ICELAND (!) // Nights out with friends // In Bed (well deserved rest!)

Doing: Ticking off plenty of things on my Bucket (or F*CK It) List // Floating in the Blue Lagoon//Drinking cocktails // Planning Travels//Hygge

Eating: the best burgers in Reykjavik // Tomato Soup//Afternoon Tea

Listening: Biffy Clyro// Rogue Valley //Svavar Knútur

Reading: Snowblind (Dark Iceland) by  Ragnar Jónasson // Beer O`Clock: Craft, Cask and Culture by Jane Peyton// Lonely Hearts Travel Club: Destination Thailand by Katy Collins

Wearing: Thermals// Stupid Bobble Hats// Warm Socks

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How has your month been so far?

Alex

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Christmas Gift List Ideas – for the man about town

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In my last Gift Ideas post I shared some gift inspiration for the geeky guy which you can find here but this week’s focus is on some perfect pressies for the man about town

I was recently introduced to Brewdog and I’m now a lover of their craft beers – this Beer Bullet from Beer Hawk is a great gift for a beer lover or just for someone who might like to try a new drink, my personal favourite from this selection is the Punk IPA but there are a whole load of mixes to choose from on their site

There’s something very attractive about a man in a smart coat like this wool blend pea coat from H&M (even better if they have a suit on underneath!) – the design of this one is smart enough for the office but casual enough for everyday

This Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet in the blue steel is smart and functional without being bulky – it stores a surprising amount of essentials for the size and looks sleek and stylish

Bose are well known for their high quality speakers and these Quiet Comfort 35 headphones have excellent sound quality, block out background noise and are wireless too

I always look at people’s shoes – my old boss used to always say you can tell a lot from someone from their footwear and i’d have to agree (mine says I have split personalities FYI). These smart brown leather Chelsea boots are from River Island.

The MenScience lip balms are simply packaged and offer protection from sunburn, peeling and chapping meaning his lips will be perfectly kissable (that’s a bonus for you too!)

If your man is beardy like mine – then this Mr Natty Famous Beard Elixir will go down a treat – it’s a moisturising beard oil which keeps the skin smooth and helps prevent ingrown hairs; plus it smells pretty damn sexy!

I’ve STILL not played Cards against Humanity but I have only heard good things and I reckon it’d make a good stocking filler for someone who isn’t too easily offended – plus there are lots of expansion packs available too

You’ll notice I’ve steered clear of things like aftershave and clothes because I think those are actually really personal items (hear me out!) – I hardly ever like a perfume that someone else has picked out for me and clothes can be really tricky to get right and so I’d rather not risk them in most cases!

Alex

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