Friday, 12 August 2016

Where to Eat & Drink in Glasgow

As I mentioned in my last post, I want to add a little lifestyle to my blog. I've been proud of being the only blogger in Scotland to solely focus on fashion, however after a few years you begin to run out of content ideas! I also started to realise that friends ask for my recommendations on things beyond fashion, including beauty products, TV shows and places to eat and drink.

After living in Glasgow for nine months, I thought it would be good to start off with my favourite bars, restaurants and cafes in this vibrant city. Although I still have a few on my list to visit, I feel like I got to know the city enough to make this little guide. If you haven't planned a trip to Glasgow, I hope it will tempt you!


For lunch or a sweet treat

I've been to Cup Tea Lounge on Renfield Street a few times and I seem to love it more with every visit. The Victorian interior (with original tiled features) is so stunning that you will want to get on Instagram immediately! Although it feels very decadent, the prices are surprisingly affordable. This combination, along with the delicious food makes this an extremely popular venue for a bite to eat. If you're visiting on a weekend I'd suggest that you book a table. 

Usually I'm quite decisive when looking at a menu, but Cup makes it a lot harder to choose! There are SIXTEEN different flavours of cupcakes and an even bigger selection of teas. I also really like the variety of sandwiches and toasties that are full of flavour. Just don't ask me which one to go for!



For casual drinks

Hillhead Bookclub in the West End is another impressive looking venue. It was originally a cinema, built in 1913 and it has maintained it's beautiful ceiling. I love the mixture of vintage furniture and the games area where you can play ping pong and retro computer games. Whenever I've visited this bar, there's always been a great atmosphere and good tunes thanks to their DJ talent. 

One night here that is still on my to-do list is Lady Balls Bingo, hosted by hilarious drag queens with a prize of £500. It's on at 9pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month. As for the drinks, they are known for their tasty cocktails. The majority of them are £6 - and a couple of mojito drinks are just £3! Cocktail drinking without the spending guilt is a pretty ideal night to me!


Hillhead Bookclub glasgow


For Dinner

The Burger Quarter in the central location of St Vincent street will spoil you for choice if you're craving a yummy burger. You'll find Bread Meats Bread, Handmade Burger Co, Five Guys, and Gourmet Burger Kitchen (plus Byron is a couple of blocks away!) Everyone has their own favourites but mine personally is Handmade Burger Co because they have such a large variety of quality burgers and it's a nice restaurant too (pictured below). Some of of my friends prefer Bread Meats Bread though and I do love their caramelised sweet potato fries. You're most likely to wait in a queue for a table there so it's better to go elsewhere if you're absolutely starving!

best places to eat and drink in glasgow


For a big night out

I'm sure most Glaswegians will agree that if you're planning a big night out, Bath street is the perfect place to go. Lots of people rate Hummingbird and Bar Bloc as their favourites. I really like the lesser known Saint Judes which is a colourful and stylish bar that was fully revamped a year ago. If you're after delicious cocktails, you won't be disappointed. 

Bath street also has some fab clubs with excellent DJs. I love Bamboo and Kushion which both have more than one room so you have a choice of music genres. These clubs mostly attract students, but I don't let that put me off because the music is THAT good! 

Saint Judes Glasgow


For gay bars/clubs

Anyone who knows me, knows I love gay bars (despite being straight! It's all about the fun atmosphere). Merchant City is the area you should head to (in the centre of the city, where I used to live.) Polo Lounge is the biggest gay venue in Scotland. It has a spacious bar on the ground level and a couple of different rooms in the basement to suit a range of music tastes. Throughout the whole week there are drinks available for £1.50 so you can't argue with that! I also like Katie's Bar on John street, but most of my favourite nights in Glasgow have been at AXM. If you're a fan of RuPaul's Drag Race, you need to book tickets to see some of the show's most popular queens there. The local queens are amazing too, and you can see every Thursday at Trigger.

blogger's guide to glasgow


For somewhere fancy

It doesn't get much fancier than The Corinthian in Glasgow, which is in the central location of Ingram street (my favourite street!) I've been lucky enough to go there twice - for a work night out and a press event. Both times I was blown away by the lavish interiors of the different rooms. There are five floors which include bars, conference rooms, a club and a casino. My favourite that I've discovered is The Flying Scotsman room (see below). I also really loved the music on a Saturday night which was well mixed chart music on the first floor and retro music on another floor. If you have enough cash to splash I would seriously recommend The Corinthian.

the corinthian glasgow


I hope you liked the sound of my selection and let me know if you have any other favourite venues in Glasgow.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Fashion & Lifestyle Websites You Need to Know

There is no denying that the age of the internet has completely changed the way we consume content as well as our shopping habits. As much as I still love physical magazines, I'm now becoming more hooked on online magazines. They offer daily updates, multimedia and usually they won't cost you a penny!

It's great keeping up to date with fashion news and browsing online stores, however sometimes you just want to be inspired. Blogs are great for that, but there are also plenty of websites that feature influencers who aren't normally as accessible. Insight into these tastemakers' lives can help shape our own lifestyle choices. You might want to read a book recommended by an actor you admire or find out what your style icon's top tips are for vintage shopping. 

I've compiled a list of my three favourite websites which offer copious amounts of inspiration. I hope you like them as much as I do!

semaine website

I was introduced to Semaine on Sunday during a talk at Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. One of the panelists was Semaine's co-founder Michelle Lu, and she explained the online magazine-meets-concept store. Every week, the website features a new tastemaker - who have so far included burlesque icon Dita Von Teese, fashion designer Bella Freud and the band Say Lou Lou. You can delve into their worlds and discover many different aspects of their lifestyles, from their sense of fashion to their favourite hotels or beauty products. If you're lusting after any of the featured items, you can simply click onto it and purchase straight away. 

Semaine's content is beautifully curated, with photography that captures the tastemaker's aesthetics so well. If you're a Girls fan then you should watch the video of Jemima Kirke and I'd also recommend listening to sex anthropologist/erotic jewellery designer Betony Vernon's podcast. 

dressr website

I came across DRESSR soon after it launched last year, as the founder Jessica Vince is an Instagram friend of mine. After working at Grazia for several years as the Digital Editor, she launched her own online business like a total girlboss. The concept is so simple but so relevant to the way we make purchasing decisions these days. Most of us swoon over outfits worn by our Insta-crushes, but we don't usually know where we can buy what they're wearing. The team behind DRESSR curate an edit of top fashion influencers, with links to items in their latest Instagram pictures. You'd be surprised at how many celebrities wear high-street brands! 

You can either scroll through the feed for some styling inspiration or use the search options for a particular style, occasion or celebrity. Some of the most recent fashion influencers featured include Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora and Olivia Palermo. Once you've checked out DRESSR it could easily become one of your go-to websites for some major fashion inspiration.

the coveteur website

You may already know of the American lifestyle website The Coveteur, as it was launched back in 2011. Originally, The Coveteur focused on exploring the homes and wardrobes of individuals who have a covetable personal style. It was one of the only ways you could get behind-the-scenes insight into influencers lives before the likes of Snapchat. Now the website has expanded into other areas of captivating content such as health and travel.

I've always really admired the photography in the 'closet' section of the website which captures interior details and wardrobe highlights. Having a peek at Coco Chanel's apartment and Grace Coddington's home is an absolute must!


These websites are actually making me consider branching out with by content beyond fashion. I'm thinking of adding city guides, beauty and home interiors although it's a little scary after focusing on fashion for six years! What do you think?

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Blossom Print

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Trousers - Nobody's Child
Top - Zara
Clutch - Katie Loxton
Sandals - Topshop
Necklace - Forever 21

Photography by Ellie Morag

After telling you about the fab new brand Nobody's Child a couple of months ago (catch up here if you missed it) I am finally sharing with you my first purchase. These trousers have been one of my go-to pieces when the sun has been out or when I've been to an evening event where I'm unsure of the dress code. They are in between casual and dressy and go well with either these sandals or my leather sneakers. 

I also love my new clutch bag which my best friend Kate gave me for my birthday. You can't really make out the gold writing from photos, but it says 'Pretty in Pink'. I had seen an Instagram photo a while back which Kate had taken of the whole collection. They have lots of pretty colours with cute phrases like 'Bag of Tricks' and 'Hello Lovely'. After telling Kate my favourite (not hard for her to guess since I'm crazy for pink) she remembered and kindly sent me one in the post. I really do have the most thoughtful friends!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I'm off to see Kim Chi from RuPaul's Drag Race who has such incredibly creative looks. If you want to see what she wears on Saturday then you can now follow me on Snapchat by searching for LovefromLouLou. 

Friday, 3 June 2016

Flower Power

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Photography by Ellie Morag
Dress - Mango (c/o House of Fraser)
Sandals - Topshop
Choker - Forever 21
Cuff - Maybury

It feels like summer has arrived early in Scotland and we've all been making the most of it! I've been having my lunch breaks outside, sunbathed whenever I get the chance and last weekend I had my first BBQ of the year. It also makes me so happy when I can wear all my summer clothes. Although I wear floral prints all year round, I usually opt for brighter florals on sunny days. This colourful dress caught my eye recently as I love the sixties style print. 

I have to admit that I made a styling boo-boo wearing the dress for the first time. I had completely forgotten after ordering it online that it's an off-the-shoulder dress! As a perfectionist, this almost makes me want to re-shoot, but Ellie has done such a fab job with the photography that I wouldn't dare!

We shot these pictures in Edinburgh's pretty Dean Village and the Gallery of Modern Art. I love how the tiles in the ladies room match my dress so well!

If you're on the look out for the perfect summer dress then there's a lovely selection you can browse here. Hopefully we can get a lot of wear out of them this season if the sun keeps being good to us!