Green Gallery

I found the most amazing independent art gallery – away from the city and FILLED with incredible contemporary paintings…

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Not your average gallery entrance – SO SO BEAUTIFUL!

I follow a lot of artists on Instagram (especially Scottish ones) and I kept seeing information about this small gallery popping up. I’ve mentioned before how much of a picky pain I am when it comes to art – undoubtably overly critical! I hang my head in shame. But online, GreenGallery had a few artists I really like listed in their current show ‘Rooms.’ Admittedly, the majority of work on show wasn’t my cup of tea, but I was really keen to see the pieces I knew I would like. I learnt as well that the Gallery reworked the space for this show to include textiles, sculptures, furniture and lighting to create an interior compliment to the artwork – which I am SO into. I LOVE interiors, but I am completely untalented when it comes to styling my own space – everything ends up white and looking a little like a white cube featuring all my own artwork – cringe!

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So, for interior inspo and even functional art (ceramics that you can drink tea out of) this place is an ideal day out. The gallery is in Buchlyvie – about 40 mins from Glasgow, but also have a gallery in Dollar.

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Functional and beautiful – love love love these ceramics

And for anyone interested in a visit, this weekend would be a good one. GreenGallery celebrates their 25th anniversary this Sunday (25th March) – owner & art consultant Becky invites everyone to join the celebrations at the Buchlyvie Gallery. View art, maybe even buy art, and leave with a goodie bag… who doesn’t love a goodie bag!

Painting picks - my favourites from 'Rooms'

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Jackie Gardiner 

Winter Solstice 

11.5 x 15.5 in

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Jane Blair 

Sound of Sleat

39 x 29 in

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Andrew Squire

2 Gannets

11.5 x 11.5 in

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Andrew Squire

Colony Chough

11.5 x 11.5 in

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Alison McWhirter 

Into the Pleasure Gardens 

39.5 x 39.5 in

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Alison McWhirter 

Nyhaven

24 x 31.5 in
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I have my eye on these gorgeous handmade rings by Hannah Grace Ryan

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Nothing says extra like gold antlers and a mosaic deer head – Bambi works by Poppy Cyster

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Much needed hanging tips from the master art consultant Becky –

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With art comes fashion – I have been itching to get my hands on a VVA design for months. I think finding these beauties at Green Gallery was a sign…

For more info on Green Gallery check out their website for more art, events, shows and news! greengallery.com

Thanks for reading! 

R x 

@ronamcmillan

The Skin Diary – Microneedling Q&A

Finally after a few months of Heiman from Therapie Clinic Glasgow providing me with the most amazing facials I EVENTUALLY got round to having my first derma pen session, i.e. lots of tiny needles in my face. So just to recap, for the last four months I have been receiving a range of facials at the clinic, from chemical facials, skin peals and the more gentle skin reviving facials. I have a seen a huge change in my skins appearance, smoother and less visible pores, increased brightness around my eyes and a reduced pigmentation – as I said before, I had the rosiest cheeks from sun and wind exposure and spent a lifetime covering up imperfections with concealers. Well; now no need! I’d say now, I wear 50% less concealer than I did previously, and very often go without foundation.

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The next step - braving the teeny needles!
So how does micro-needing work?

The idea is simple, create a small wound and the skin will respond with collagen production and skin regeneration. The treatment introduces fine needles to the skin to create microscopic channels (lots of little ‘wounds’). This means dermis is then encouraged to produce new collagen and elastin which generates new skin cells… making skin thicker and plumper. Anything that is then applied to the skin, i.e. serums, moisturisers are way more effective as the pores are opened and the product is absorbed deep into the skin.

Sounds pretty good... but does it actually work?

Like anything, it totally depends. I have naturally good skin, so I had a head start. I found this treatment really beneficial around my eyebrows – It genuinely lifted my brows up and made everything appear firmer and plumper… an inexpensive and less traumatising face lift? I don’t have any scarring on my face, but from images Heiman showed me, it seems like a really worthwhile treatment for anyone with acne scarring and stretch marks.

What are the benefits?
  • Reduces stretch marks, scarring and wrinkles
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin
  • Repairs and plumbs skin
Is it painful?

Yes and no. Before the needles go anywhere near your face, a numbing gel is applied generously… I literally couldn’t feel my cheeks when I touched them. I’d say the forehead and around the eye brow bone was a little bit uncomfortable at times, but with those areas out the way first I actually found the rest of the treatment really relaxing. Not sore, but a little nippy for a minute or two.

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It looks a lot more painful that it actually is – this was mid way through treatment, as you can see my skin is really red and blotchy, there is a little blood – but not much at all!

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The best bit! A cold mask to cool the skin after needling… and a hand massage while I wait!

What is the downtime after this treatment?

Regrettably I didn’t take a photograph of my face the night after my treatment, but I was truly horrified at my swollen monster face I couldn’t bare a selfie. This treatment is probably best done when you have a few days of hibernation to follow, my face was really puffy, swollen and felt a little funny for a few days. I got this treatment on a Wednesday; didn’t wear make up for a few days and by Sunday my face was completely normal again. So I would say three days to totally recover.

Was it worth it?

Yes! And I have booked my second appointment. My skin is so bright, clear, smooth and glowing. This photo was taken one month after my first micro needling session, and my skin is the best it has ever been!

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Thanks for reading!

R x

 

5 stars for The Fairmont

Admittedly I do not play golf, but I do absolutely love St Andrews. My gran lives in the centre of St Andrews and for the last few years I have become fairly familiar with the area through friends at University there, and weekend trips to eat scones and gossip with my fabulous Gran! The town has such beautiful architecture and history, the cobbled streets, old harbour walls and castle attract a huge amount of tourists in the summer, so I actually prefer to visit during the winter months when all is a little quieter. In January I can get Jannettas ice cream without a 20 minute queue, and a walk on the beautiful sands without many people around. So to beat those infamous January blues I booked a chilled weekend in St Andrews at The Fairmont Hotel – which is located in all its glory at the top of the hill just 10 minutes from the town centre. I say in all its glory, as this 5* establishment is HUGE, 520 acres to be exact and it is absolutely beautiful.

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Once checked in, we were treated to a champagne afternoon tea, courtesy of The Fairmont. Inspired by ‘The Savoy’ in London, The Fairmont’s Savoy afternoon tea was something truly special; traditional, elegant and tasty! The menu offers 28 different types of tea to accompany the three courses of finger sandwiches, seasonal cakes and impressive bakes. Although I’d say read the menu twice before ordering, because I totally overindulged on the first course… not realising there was another two to follow. But our waiter kindly boxed up everything we couldn’t finish!

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The hotel itself was such a lovely place to chill out, with so many places to sit and relax it would be easy to spend all day there reading a book, drinking coffee or even a few cocktails… which we also sampled! The staff are all incredibly attentive, we were actually really impressed with the service.

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I totally forgot to take a snap of our room, which was a Deluxe Sea View Room. But it was really spacious, elegantly decorated with quirky Scottish touches! Our bathroom was huge, with a large walk in shower and a luxurious bath!

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…and this was the sunrise I woke up to!

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The Fairmont Spa was defiantly one of the best hotel spa’s I’ve ever been to; even although we didn’t book in for any treatments it was really nice to wrap up in robes and relax by the pool for an hour in the evening. The hotel is super family friendly (which is great) but did mean that there was a lot of kids around in the evenings playing in the pool – so that’s something to consider if you wanted a child free zone!

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After breakfast on Sunday morning we wandered round the golf courses (of which there are two) – and had coffees in the clubhouse, which has stunning panoramic views over the courses and St Andrews Bay!

Overall, our stay was fantastic. A beautiful location for a romantic and chilled night away. A walk round St Andrews is always so lovely as well, with plenty of options for good food and drinks!

R x