Aberdeen Inspired nights.

If there’s one thing that still thrives in Aberdeen in this often rocky economic climate, it’s the food and drinks industry. Dining out and socialising seem to rank pretty highly on the average Aberdonian’s list of ‘what I do in my spare time’ activities, and who can blame us with so many fantastic venues right on our doorstep? But answer me this… how many of you are guilty of frequenting the same old haunts time and time again out of habit, or knowing that you can rely on them for a good night? How many of us sit at the same table sharing the same old bottle of pinot week in, week out? Having somewhere familiar or a local that you feel comfortable in is great and all, and who doesn’t love walking in to a bar and having the bartender appear with your favourite tipple and a knowing smile before you’ve even taken your coat off, but are we overlooking some amazing places just a stones throw away, that could well become your new favourite hangout?

Enter Aberdeen Inspired, the driving force behind projects such as the Nuart festival and the Christmas village. In my experience, the natives will always be the first to grumble about how ‘nothing ever happens round here’, but are we just complaining blindly without opening our eyes to some of the amazing things happening all around us? They don’t call us ‘Abermoanians’ for nothing. Aberdeen Inspired are on a mission to make the most of our beautiful city and help us to truly appreciate what a great place we live in.

This week I went along to the media launch for their latest project aimed at getting us off of our sofas an on to those cobbled streets, Aberdeen Inspired nights.

Rye and Soda graciously hosted the event where local press, business owners and bloggers were invited to mingle and find out exactly what will be going on over the ten day festival.

For anyone that took advantage of restaurant week back in February, this is the next installment in the form of a night time extravaganza involving local venues who will be serving up a host of fine wines, temping cocktails and delicious dining opportunities for the night time revellers of Aberdeen to enjoy. Here’s what Inspired nights have to say about the event…

ABOUT INSPIRED NIGHTS

Welcome to Aberdeen Inspired Nights!

A 10-day food, drink and cocktail festival celebrating night-time culture in the silver city. This year we will be bringing together some of the most well-known and up-and-coming bars, restaurants and brands from the North East, Scotland and beyond.

Get your Inspired Nights festival wristband today and enjoy £5 cocktails, 20% off food and other fantastic, exclusive discounts from across the city.

Explore the city, experience the nightlife like never before and find new things to do in Aberdeen at night. Inspired Nights will be hosting exclusive offers on food, drink and tickets to events like tastings, pairings, brand parties and master classes hosted by a variety of the city centre’s best nightspots.

These wristbands are set to be the hottest accessory that no cocktail loving socialite will be seen without this May..

The event will be kicking off on Friday the 18th of may with a night market in the heart of the city, down on The Green. You’ll be able to enjoy street food from local vendors such such as the irisistible Melt, and don’t miss out on the Hard Grind X 10 Dollar shake pop up bar, where bartending and barbering will have a glorious meeting.

Check out full details of the night market here https://aberdeeninspirednights.com/night-market.

I’m not going to go in too much detail on the rest of the goings on across the festival, get out there and find out for yourself! Do we really need any more of an excuse not only to go out and enjoy some fabulous food and drinks at great prices, but also to support our local businesses? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we need to SHOP LOCAL, whether that be in retail or in the food and drinks industry, we need to keep our city’s heart pumping.

Over the festival I’ll be going out and compiling a list of my favourite hotspots, and maybe finding some new ones to report back to you, and I encourage you to do the same. We may live in the Granite city, but if we look hard enough it’s easy to see how vibrant and colourful it can really be.

Go out and enjoy a cocktail, maybe enjoy a few, I know I will..

B x

Annie Mo’s VIP bloggers evening.

Having only just extended the first tentative toe-dip in to the blogosphere, imagine my delight (and only the tiniest smidgen of smugness..) when I managed to bag myself a spot on the guest list for Annie Mo’s VIP bloggers evening!

For those of you who don’t know Aberdeen, Annie Mo’s is an independently owned furniture and homeware retailer based in the heart of the city centre since 1991 (ish…).

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m an interiors nut. As in borderline obsessive. If you could only see the look of sheer weary exasperation on the other half’s face every time I come home clutching another garish cushion looking like I’ve just won the lottery.. I’d pity him if I wasn’t in such a state of cushiony ecstasy.

Anyway, Annie Mo’s just so happens to have been my favourite interiors hotspot for as long as I can remember. Seriously, the whole store is a mirror image of most of my pinterest boards..

Can I just live here please?

Annie Mo’s has the perfect mix of gorgeously tactile, vintage inspired velvet and leathery furniture goodness, blended with contemporary accessories to adorn any surface that are hitting every current trend bang on the head. Prime example: just check out some of the botanical beauties ever so tastefully displayed here…

Getting that serious home inspo itch yet? Yeah, me too..

The evening started with the warmest of welcomes as I dashed in from the rain, soon to be warmed up by a glass of prosecco and a friendly greeting from who turned out to be Judith, the very lovely owner. Maybe I was exuding a subconscious air of ‘first time blogger’, but Judith soon put me at ease and quickly sought out some fellow bloggers for me to mingle with.

A little something chilled to warm the heart.

After a few minutes of socialising and enjoying the refreshments, Levi, store photographer and marketing aficionado, gathered the group and introduced the fabulous in house stylist Pam Picks who was next up to tell us a little about her involvement in the store. Pam basically has my dream job; not only does she source stunning one off pieces of eclectic curios that you can pick up in store, she also offers home styling visits. This lady really knows her stuff, having first started with Annie Mo’s over 15 years ago. What could be better than having someone with such an expert eye for effortless style and decorative flair come to your home and make your creative vision come to life in the blink of an eye? You can make appointments with Pam by calling the store, and I highly recommend that you do.

Pam’s displays were just an Aladdin’s cave of unique treasures..

Nothing was left lacking throughout the evening. Being the ever excellent hosts, Annie Mo’s had kindly arranged refreshments in the form of a tasty selection of ales from Fierce beer, and an assortment of tiny treats from Angus and Ale, even catering to my veggie needs with some delicious wee mushroom sliders – highly recommended!

When the night had finally come to an end and I had made a wish list as long as my arm of dream products for my imaginary ‘one day..’ house, I went on my way having had the most lovely cosy evening and making some fabulous new blogger friends along the way. We were very generously gifted treat filled goody bags (all I’m going to say is, you HAVE to try the scented candles!) and called it a night. All in all, I’d call that a pretty successful debut in to the world of bloggers events. Here’s to many more!

If there’s one message that I can take away from the night, it’s that we need to be shopping local. We need to support our last few remaining retailers that trade with passion and soul while the high street giants dominate heartlessly. We need to shop in places like Annie Mo’s.

Oh, and of course I bought a cushion.. 😉

B x

A selection of goodies I picked up on the night.

P.S. SHOP ONLINE AT Annie Mo’s AND USE DISCOUNT CODE ‘LATENIGHTS10’ TO BAG YOURSELF AN EXCELLENT 10% OFF!

Just another lifestyle blog..

IMG_20180509_000302Well, the time has come. After years of hearing ‘you should totally start a blog!’, you’ve got to give in eventually, right?

Enter an inside view of a thirty year old (for another two weeks at least..) ex mua with a passion for things that I can’t afford but that look too oh-so-terribly pretty to resist.

Watch me journey through ethically sound beauty  and cosmetic products with no bullshit reviews.

You can follow me through my completely out of budget lifestyle, and probably get really bored of how many brunch and gin pictures I share along the way.

Try to enjoy?

B x

P.s. If you would all like to give my insta a follow, that would be pretty sweet too..

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