Over the weekend, I took a trip to Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Unlike my last visit, I looked around both glasshouses. The flowers did not disappoint, I do not have green fingers, so will not be naming them! All the photos were taken on my iPhone 6 and I cannot fault the quality. Particularly the one above!
Leopard print shoes for the occasion.
The sky at this time of year, pretty blue in places then grey in the next!
Inside the first glasshouse, this smaller one is mainly made of a variety of green plants.
Oh humidity, how I have missed you.
I love the squirrel details on the benches.
Into the larger glasshouse, has a range of different rooms that you wander through. I loved the vibrant colours.
A flower I do know! Hello Lillies!
My all time favourite flower, the Orchid. My absolute dream location is Singapore, having visited a few times, I just know I want to live here. The Orchids are in abundance throughout and the smell is incredible. Seeing Orchids never fails to make me smile.
Into the Jungle and into the palm trees. In this room, the humidity really does hit you. I honestly couldn’t have been happier or warmer.
My love for neon gym kit is no secret, just take a look at my Instagram feed. If I’m going to be at the gym every day, I do at least want to like what I wear. The gym is probably the one place that nobody overly judges you for wearing all neon and being perfectly coordinated.
Moving to Glasgow has been dangerous for my bank balance but beneficial for my gym wardrobe. Turns out there is two Nike Factory Stores, not far from where I live. One in Bishopbriggs and the other in East Kilbride, both around 20 minutes from where I live. As I said dangerous. However, the sales are definitely worth it. I’ve managed to pick up two pairs of Nike Freeruns 5.0s at £56. As well as some thermal leggings reduced to £23 from £66. Both stores have female, male and kids sections, with a huge selection of trainers. The neon and pink top was in the main Nike shop only a few months ago.
So if you fancy some neon in your life, or just some pretty trainers, I would suggest a visit to an outlet.
Way back in October, I met the lovely Rachel who owns The Butterscotch Bakery at the BBC Good Food Show. Since then Rachel has been super busy, luckily for me, opening a store in Hyndland Road. I may or may not have visited the past two Saturdays in a row, with further plans to visit again! Her little bakery sells incredible cakes, cupcakes with great tea and coffee.
My Dad was particularly impressed with the bagpipe cake in the window.
The place itself is mint and gold and my idea of perfection.
The china is mismatched which I again love, although not quite as much as I loved this red velvet cupcake.
All types of bakes are for sale, from custard creams to shortbread to tablet. The fact it was called tablet made my Dad so happy. My family have an ongoing debate about whether tablet/toffee is tablet or toffee. My Mum being from the east-coast calls it Toffee, whilst Dad from the west-coast calls it tablet. The endless arguments over what this confectionary is called will only continue!
If you are in the Hyndland/West End area of Glasgow and fancy a cuppa and a slice of cake, I could not recommend anywhere more. Or if you need a cake for any occasion, Rachel’s designs are incredible!
I can’t remember when or how I found out about Nick Mulvey, but his album First Mind is right up my street. It’s the perfect album for lazy mornings, or during my not so long 10 minute train ride in the morning. My favourite song on the album is Cucurucu, although the music video gives me massive wanderlust. I definitely miss having the beach on my doorstop and working on the water.
Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point is a book that I have remembered for years. In search for less trashy reads, I opted to read David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. The section about the advantages of disadvantages (and the disadvantages of advantages), definitely holds true. Having been in lectures ranging from 200 students to 6, I can definitely see the effect of the inverse U curve. Where reducing the size of a class, does not necessarily automatically increase the productivity or grades of the student. The theory about what high school you attend whether elite or medicore, and whether you go to an Ivy or non-Ivy college is interesting. Whilst the university I went to was not an Ivy league, nor was it in America, the idea that attending a high pressure school, that is high on the league tables, does not necessarily produce better results is definitely true, for me at least. The pressure I put myself under was in part due to my desire to do well, but equally knowing that I didn’t get concepts as easy as my peers so having to work harder in certain areas to keep up!