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Silent Sunday – 4 October

Glasgow institution and East End shopping adventure…

The Barras outdoor shopping market in Glasgow

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Discover Glasgow’s vintage variety

Big sigh.  Autumn’s here, time to bundle up and add extra layers.  And there’s no better place to get something with a bit of personality than at Glasgow’s many second hand shops and vintage fairs happening across the city.

Very reasonable vintage

Vintage brooch - Glasgow Vintage CompanyThe Glasgow Vintage Company  specialises in spectacular vintage items that won’t break the bank.  This West End wonder’s friendly staff are happy to help, and whether you’re looking for that woolly jumper to warm up in, a dazzling dress or for dapper dudes, perhaps a top hat – it’s here.

I’m delighted to find a vintage costume brooch for a mere £6.  It may not keep me any warmer but it’s certainly heats up my outfit and is  a bargain.

Proud Grannies

Granny Would Be Proud is a West End treasure chest of interesting stalls and an eclectic mix of vintage and retro fashion, crafts, arts and anything in between.  Its ideal setting at the Hill Head Book Club means you can have a good nosy and satisfy both your fashion desires and a rumbling tummy.  Normally held every second Sunday, their next event is on 7 October.

Afternoon treats

Afternoon Twee - Glasgow,  stationery and glasswareThe South Side’s Afternoon Twee is a vast vintage fair held at the Tusk Club on the last Sunday of the month.

Free entry in – a slew of vendors offer everything from vintage clothing to new independent designs as well as jewellery, cakes, trinkets for the house and other charms like quirky owl pillows, beautiful stationery and delicate glass delights.

If you’ve got the time, there are endless options to discover.

Melting pot of choice

If you can catch it, Gin in Teacups is a fantastic travelling fair with dates around Scotland – including in Glasgow.  Here Camden punk meets Paris chic topped off by Art House Tacheles in Berlin.  This melting pot of independent sellers offer a distinct and diverse selection of fashion, cakes, records and rarities at ‘cheap as chips’ prices.  Check their site for upcoming events.

When only spectacular will do

Slightly off the beaten path on Hydepark Street is Saratoga’s Trunk – an absolute treasure trove of vintage glee.  This long-standing savvy specialist is a massive warehouse overflowing with thousands of wonderful finds including costume jewellery, vintage clothing, accessories and even props from the Victorian age through to the 90’s.

Admittedly this isn’t for the everyday occasion and is more expensive than the other shops. But if you’ve got something special coming up, it’s definitely worth a look.  Alternatively you may be able to hire some items.  Viewing is by appointment so give them a call 0141 22 4433 to book a time to explore their impressive selection.

Happy hunting!

– T

Discover Glasgow’s design innovators

Rain or shine, Glasgow doesn’t falter.  Simply put, this city has style for miles.  Whether you’re West End vogue, city-centre slick, South Side style savvy or anywhere in between – flair is celebrated in all its many facets.

Glasgow revels in individual style

Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show 2012And while, yes, we’re considered one of the best shopping meccas outside London – our extraordinary and diverse panache isn’t merely about easy access to shops or High Street replication.

It’s about interpreting, experimenting and revelling in illustrious, individual expression.

And never more so than at Glasgow School of Arts’ annual Fashion Show.

This invigorating event showcases new and innovative designs by the art school’s talented third year textile students.  Last year’s show had me skipping all the way home and vowing to wear sculpted creations that would rival GaGa and be at home in the Tate.   This year’s show promises to be just as sensational, not least because it’s being hosted in the SWG3 studio warehouse – a fantastically creative space.

Go FROW* and discover Glasgow’s fashion talents close up

So what are you waiting for?  Get yourself FROW* and meet tomorrow’s design innovators today.  This style extravaganza is only happening on the 13 and 14 March (5pm, 7pm and 9pm), so snap up your tickets quick .  At only £5/7 a pop it’s a steal and even better – it goes towards funding their graduating exhibition at New Designers 2013 in London.

Enjoy dahling!

* FROW (Front Row)

– T

Food shopping gets interesting

Admittedly it’s not every day that people get excited about their weekly shop. But hear me out.

On a quest for healthy food after the excesses of Christmas I found myself in on the South Side of Glasgow in Giffnock.  At the end of what feels like the longest road is bright lights shining big, bold and welcoming.   Simply put, this is not just M&S – because it’s not M&S.  It’s Wholefoods.

Great balls of cheese at Wholefoods in Giffnock, GlasgowI’m greeted by pyramids and pyramids of the shiniest looking fruit, everything from apples to exotic figs.

I am Alice in healthy Wonderland where samples of food with Eat me and Drink me entice me to try wonderful things like blood orange juice and butterscotch chocolate.  And here bigger is better – in the distance I see colossal balls of cheeses and huge perfectly formed meringues.  Heavenly!

No ordinary peanut butter

Churn your own peanut butter wholefoods in Giffnock, GlasgowEven better are the clever gadgets to make buying your food that much more interesting.  Wee porcelain scoops for the spices  actually work out much cheaper than the supermarket, 69p/100gms chilli powder.

My personal favourite gizmo is the churning machine that allows me to magically turn (churn) peanuts into peanut butter – and for the more discerning taste there’s cashew butter!

The helpful man working behind the fish and meat counter – who rushes to my rescue when I’m in danger of walking away without pricing up my spices and peanut butter – is reflective of the friendly accommodating staff at Wholefoods.

Satisfy your soul and your sweet tooth

And if after roaming around the wares your appetite is awakened,  appease your hunger at the far side of the shop boasting a comfy café and a selection of stalls, a delicatessen and you can even create fresh sandwiches or build tortillas.  And don’t forget to  satisfy your sweet tooth at the decadent cake counter – rocky road and bumpy brownies galore.

I leave Wholefoods  feeling remarkably ‘whole’ with my bag full of carefully selected goodies, but £20 poorer – admittedly the jury is still out on whether I’d shopped wisely.  Among my finds I seem to have acquired two random coconuts obviously bought in the height of excitement.

–          B

Joy to the world – I’ve found the perfect Christmas gift!

There’s less than a month till the big day and usually this countdown sends me into absolute panic.  What and where to get that perfect gift for all the people in your life?

Christmas shopping is enough to drive even the most sane batty.  And I totally sympathise.  So here’s a few of the great places in Glasgow that will set your mind at ease and make your shopping a snap without breaking the bank.

The quirky

De Courcy’s Arcade on Creswell Street is home to a variety of shops and an absolute treasure trove of wonderful things.   The Maisonette is just one of the fantastic shops and is a must for any of those hard-to-buy excentrics.

Describing itself as ‘a gloryhole of unusual homewares, stationery, art, gifts, textiles, music and more’, it truly has something for everyone and even better has treats and trinkets for all price ranges from 1-100 quid!

Christmas tree at Maia shop, Glasgow
Maia – something for everyone

The person with everything

Maia is quickly becoming one of my favorite shops – boasting some of the most unique gift ideas and possibly the friendliest staff and best customer service in Glasgow; this lovely shop is a must stop.  Whether you’re looking for him, her, friends, family, colleagues or the kids, you’ll find it here.

Tucked down the stairs on 21 Bath Street this magical wee shop is stocking stuffer heaven and offers some of the most original and well priced jewellery, books, bags, kids stuff and best novelty gifts in the city.  And so much more – so go, you won’t be disappointed.

The man

As the saying goes, food is the way to a man’s heart – and no more so than in January.  Because once the festive season bubble has busted along with the bank account, it’s nice to have a delicious meal to look forward to – so treat him with a gift certificate to somewhere delicious.  Some of our absolute favorites  are for the semi-traditionalist – Left Bank ; for the quirky cool dude The Tiki Bar  and for the foodie –Two Fat Ladies – possibly serving up some of the best food on the planet – let alone in Glasgow.

Failing that, warm his heart (and body) with a choice bottle of whisky from the Whiskey Shop  in the Buchanan Galleries.  And give him the perfect resting spot in one of the inviting, comfy chairs from Nancy Smillie’s shop in the West End.

The fashionista

Also located at De Courcy’s Arcade on Creswell Lane, Miss Lotti Lou’s specialises in creating beautiful made-to-measure 40’s and 50’s inspired fashion – that much more authentic because it’s all created from vintage and repurposed materials.  You’ll definitely be on the top of the best gift of 2011 list.

You

Yes, don’t forget to treat yourself – especially as you’ve been out pounding the pavement for everyone else.  You’ve scoured the shops – and you know where to get the most wonderful gifts – so go for it,  you totally deserve it!

-T