I love cocktails but there's one thing I love more, and that's cocktails at Christmas or cocktails with a Christmas twist like a Spiced Haig Club Espresso Martini or Gingerbread White Russian. Christmas Eve has traditionally been my favourite nights of the year to go out, much better than New Years Eve in my eyes. It's a day where everyone that moved away from where they grew up, go back to visit their families, so the evening is full of old school friends and old girlfriends, which can get quite awkward if you had as many as I did!
In Aberdeen there are two incredible Mercure Hotels, both are very different but have their own unique charm and benefits to them. This one is the Mercure Aberdeen Caledonian Hotel which is in a city centre location and the other is the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe Hotel & Spa, which you can read my review here and is situated in a rural location. The Caledonian is right in the centre of Aberdeen town centre and only a 20 minute drive to the airport making it a great hotel for a short break or business travellers.
Patrick Grant is a pretty incredible man, successful, honest and modest. He is a British fashion designer who rejuvenated Savile Row's Norton & Sons in 2005 before relaunching E.Tautz & Sons as a ready-to-wear label in 2009. He was then awarded the Menswear Designer award by the British Fashion Council in 2010. His most recent success story is the Hammond & Co. range which is exclusively sold by British clothing retailer Debenhams in 2013 and still on-going today.
They say that fashion fades, but style is eternal. Even though the adage is true, there is no wardrobe that is complete without a few classics. It is still okay to snap a few cool pieces that make you stand out, but you still need an array of different collections to match different occasions. The winter season is a great time to layer and try a variety of new styles and trends. Here are some fashion trends to try this winter.
With snow falling across the UK over the last few days, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. With less than two weeks to go, there are so many amazing festive activities and events across London. Grab yourself a mulled wine and make the most of Christmas in the capital! Here are 8 places you definitely need to head before the big day.
For my 2nd night of my 3 night trip to Scotland I stayed at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe Hotel & Spa. The journey from Inverness to Aberdeen took around 3 hours 30 minutes as we took the road through Cairngorms National Park, so of course I had to stop off many times for photos and to take in and admire the stunning countryside views. It really was a stunning drive, passing landmark after landmark from green hills, windy roads, old brick bridges and snow topped peaks.
Okay so lets not mess around with a long winded introduction here, how incredible are these Taylor Morris sunglasses and how beautiful is this Morgan Motor car? Combine the two and you've got something truly spectacular which are these H.F.S sunglasses. Taylor Morris Eyewear desired to partner with a lifestyle brand which shares the same British sensibilities, has a luxurious and certain eccentricity to their designs, and a commitment to craftsmanship. There could not be a more perfect partnership.
With the countdown to Christmas now on, there are plenty of festive tipples in the shops to get us into the holiday spirit. Warming mulled wine and fruity sloe gin may be most peoples first choice, whereas Christmas beers are usually pushed to the bottom of the festive booze cupboard. Belgian breweries however have been producing popular winter ales for centuries, and over the past few years craft breweries and supermarkets have also upped their game for Christmas! Full of warming ingredients, here are 10 amazing festive beers to enjoy around the fire this month.