Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Mimi and Weesse EAT...... Cafe Cossachok

I am well and truly enjoying my year out of my body-building diet and as a result visited one of my favourite restaurants which just happens to be Glasgow’s (nay, Scotland’s) one and only Russian restaurant, Café Cossachok. The King Street eatery offers the most popular ethnic dishes of Russian and Eastern European cuisines. I first visited the restaurant last year after fawning over the silk scarf-laden lamps and Persian-style rugs in the window. The décor really does pay tribute to traditional Russian and former Soviet Union styles. I particularly appreciated the 1970's Soviet movies projected on the big screen, and the sheet music of Tchaikovsky violin concertos pasted on the bathroom walls.

Not sure what Russian food entails? Think good, honest hearty food, presented beautifully. The stand-out starters include their soups such as Borscht (a traditional Russian soup with sour and spicy notes, thanks to it’s beetroot, tomato and garlic base, and comes with delicious syrupy dense rye bread and a dollop of sour cream to lighten the mood). And how can you go wrong with meat, potatoes and veg? The eatery’s shashlik (chicken, pork or lamb) are definite crowd-pleasers. On my most recent visit, I had my first ever taste of monkfish and was not disappointed; pan fried, in a mussel and white wine sauce, served on mash with seasonal vegetables.

We booked through 5pm and got 2 courses for £15.95 (some supplements apply to some courses). If I had any room left I could have taken advantage of one of their many honey-based desserts for an extra £3. Considering we visited on a Saturday night, this was particularly good value for money. Even so, main courses (including steak) range from a mere £9 to £15. BARGAIN.
My review would not be complete without commenting on the excellent service we received. The staff are friendly and look genuinely delighted to hear that you are enjoying your meal. There is a real sense here that it’s a family run establishment and the staff put their heart and soul into your experience.
So next time you are in the City Centre and are looking for a bite to eat, whether a snack to share with a coffee or a cocktail (there’s many a Stalin and Putin-punned cocktail) or a full slap-up, rib-lining meal, skip past the usual generic chain eateries and give this place a go. I guarantee you’ll be RUSSIAN back.
Yes, I did just say that. 
Mimi x

10 King Street
Merchant City
G1 5QP

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The High Fives- January 2018 Catch Up

Happy New Year peeps! So you'll have noticed that being firmly locked in to 2018, I've failed miserably to offer up any recommendations now for THREE months! Full to the brim with excuses, I'll gracefully refrain from boring you with the deets-let's just say 'life happened'! You get me, right?! Anywho it's not too late to round up some firm faves discovered along the way, thus bridging the noticeable gap and hopefully offering a helping hand in to what is clearly now Winter! 


The commutes continue to be frequent and lengthy sadly. An avid fan of a podcast to help soothe the agony of the stop/start traffic, I've been enjoying a few new finds as well as my usual faves. If you want fun but topical, laid back but punchy talk show-esque vibes, be sure to check out 'Is it Just Me?' with Jo Elvin and James Williams (formerly of Glamour magazine). Not too heavy for an early morning brain to digest, each episode gets you pondering over a variety of subjects with plenty giggles in there for good measure, with guests including Davina McCall, Nigella Lawson and Gok Wan. 

For something a little more intense, Under the Skin with Russell Brand tackles politics, global issues, mental health and a plethora of topics in great detail, with a special guest on each episode. I particularly enjoyed the episode with Ruby Wax- such an inspirational, wise, witty woman. Having just finished her brilliant book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled I'm keen to go listen to that episode once again. If you're looking to explore some of life's more challenging, thought-provoking issues this is the podcast for you. 


Every year I make a vow to go see more shows, be it music, theatre or comedy but alas never quite manage to go as often as planned. At the tail-end of last year I did go to a few music gigs which totally sparked the bug for catching more live entertainment. In October I saw Lady Antebellum in concert at SSE Hydro and they did not disappoint. If you like rock or country music you should definitely check them out. They're known mostly for their hit 'Need You Now'

In the same month hubby and I were delighted to catch one of our all-time favourite artists live at Glasgow's O2 Academy. Jason Isbell is a singer-songwriter (formerly of the band The Drive-By Truckers) who Rob discovered a few years ago and has listened to daily ever since. A wonderful story teller, he has a unique sound with each track taking you on an emotional journey. Every song feels like he's bearing his soul and to see him and his band the 400 Unit live you understand where the drive to make meaningful music comes from. You must go listen to 'Cover Me Up' now!

2018 HAS to be filled with more outings to see live performances- it's so good for the soul, don't you think?! As someone who works in the arts the irony is I'm often the one producing content for performances  and not actually seeing any. We kicked off January with a night at a Glasgow's comedy club, The Stand which was so much fun. Here's to more outings!


I've acquired the title of 'Serial Decorator' amongst my friends which I feel is a tad harsh but admittedly I do love a lick of paint, a regular jaunt to Ikea and any excuse to revamp our two-bedroom terraced abode. Our bathroom and hallway are in need of freshening up and so, with the green light from hubby, I'm currently in decorating mode....and loving it! Inspiration comes mainly from Pinterest (what did we do without it?) and my Instagram feed which is chock full of beautiful interiors to swoon over. I've never been one to purchase home magazines-if I'm honest I'm too thrifty to spend the money on them. However there is something to be said for sitting down with a cuppa and flicking through a glossy publication filled with the dreamiest of images to inspire your next revamp session. I was kindly gifted a year's subscription to ELLE DECORATION magazine by mum and let me tell you, the thrill of receiving something so beautiful in the post (as opposed to the usual bills and bumph) is not to be dismissed-I was so excited when the first issue arrived! They are currently offering a 6 months subscription for only £10! I may not be able to afford anything in the magazine but it's giving me major inspo for our decorating spree and also makes for a chic coffee table addition. Winner! 

Check out our progress via our Instagram page. Job one complete-pallet wall erected! 


 I love fashion and although I wouldn't say I've been particularly adventurous in my choices over the years, there has been a noticeable shift in my style as I've gotten older. Like my decorating habits, I take inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest mainly, pinning my favourite looks in an album hoping to recreate them one day. 'New year, new you' and all that jazz sparked a need for prints-something with which I tend to play it safe and don't dabble much in. Embracing the January sales and the Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket, I opted for a few new pieces to inject some colour, texture and more importantly, pattern into my wardrobe for the year ahead. At only £5 this H&M shirt wasn't much of a gamble, although I did hesitate a little, as the floaty, Dynasty-esque sleeves and pussy-bow neckline seemed like very bold choices for me. Ultimately it was the polka-dots that sold it for me and alas I've grown to love it! Teamed with a pleather mini skirt and chunky aviator jacket it's first outing was a success and I can indeed conclude that I'll be wearing it throughout 2018! Sadly I couldn't find it on line for you but here's a few that tickled my fancy in the H&M sale and are along the same lines (all 3 images sources from H&M's website). 

Monday, 8 January 2018

Paris- 5 Top Tips

Mimi turned 30 in November and what better way to celebrate than a trip to her favourite city, Paris?! Having been lucky enough to have visited on a number of occasions, it's one place we never tire of and was deemed the perfect location for a long weekend of eating, sight-seeing, shopping and some well-earned girly fun with our mum. It's always handy to arm yourself with some recommendations pre-visit to a new place, especially when you have limited time and want to maximise it. Our last visit to Paris was a few years back for Mum's 60th and you can find our top tips from that particular visit here,

With every stay, we've discovered some hidden gems and must-see attractions which we are ever-keen to clue up any first timers to the city on. So here's our 2017 highlights...

Sweet Inn Apartments

Having previously opted for an apartment over a hotel stay, we were keen do so again for this particular trip and Sweet Inn Apartments were the perfect choice for us. We went for a two bedroom apartment situated in le Marais region of Paris and seriously lucked out in terms of location, with a metro station across the road, a department store on our doorstep, plenty bars and cafes around us and independent stores and thrift shops a stone's throw away. Sweet Inn were extremely efficient and great to deal with prior to our stay, with the excellent customer service throughout our visit. Greeted on arrival  by the most friendly, helpful member of staff, she kindly pointed out all the places we may want to visit on a handy map of the city and took the time to chat and get to know us a little. A really lovely start to our trip indeed.

The apartment itself was pretty darn awesome! Modern with a vintage edge, both bedrooms and the living room were decorated beautifully. The kitchen was stocked up with everything we needed and the bathrooms provided some complimentary toiletries, with a pair of slippers each to boot. A safety deposit box, iron, ironing board and hair-dryer were all to hand too. We couldn't fault it! 

On checkout we were able to take a short Uber ride to their offices where they stored our luggage for the day, leaving us hands free until our evening flight. Complimentary snacks and drinks were available as we awaited our taxi to the airport in the comfortable, very stylish waiting area they provide. A stress-free end to what was a pretty perfect stay. We highly recommend you check Sweet Inn out if you're Paris bound this year. With apartments also in locations such as Madrid, London and Milan (to name but a few), we may just need to organise another girls' weekend away in 2018!

Paris Opera House, Palais Garnier 

As we've been lucky enough to visit Paris on several occasions and had already checked off many of the main sightseeing points, we decided it best we book a few things in advance to ensure we had something new to enjoy each day. Being winter time, we also anticipated the need to be indoors for periods of the day with a tour of the Opera House seeming like the perfect addition to our itinerary. Having only ever admired it from the outside we booked a guided tour for our first full day in Paris and it proved to be one of the highlights of our trip! Our guide was so incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining and her commentary made exploring the building far more interesting than just wondering around on our own. The opera house is one of the most beautiful buildings you will ever see and it's history absolutely fascinating. 

At around just £14 per person taking a guided tour is well worth money. We booked with Viator and would recommend you do so in advance to avoid disappointment. Palais Garnier also offers audio headset tours which are even cheaper. 

A Bird's Eye View of Paris (for free!)

We're pretty sure we mentioned this in our last Paris blog post but be sure to go to the roof top of Galleries Lafayette department store for a perfect view of the city and all it's landmarks. Take your lunch with you and enjoy a picnic as you take in the sights Paris from above....for free! The department store is something to behold itself, with the most elaborate stained-glass dome you'll ever see. Being Christmas time, the store's decorations were an added bonus on this particular visit. If you're in to interiors, the Homeware section is a must-see also! 


As an extra special treat to celebrate Mimi's 30th, our wonderful mum treated us to an evening at LIDO. A Parisian spectacular, this was one of the most impressive, outstanding productions we've ever seen. We opted for the 9pm performance and were given what we perceived to be the best seats in the house (in the centre of the upper balcony). 

With around 45 performers, including dancers, acrobats and a vocalist, it was a real feast for the senses. The costumes alone stole the show and halfway in we'd lost count of how many costume changes there had been.  From a traditional Can-Can to contemporary, jazz to poppin' and lockin', it was truly breathtaking from start to finish. 

We wouldn't want to spoil the surprise but if you go, expect the unexpected and be prepared to a wowed! A pricey night out indeed, costing around £200 for the 3 of us but no more than a trip to the West End would be. We booked in advance directly through the LIDO website. It's a chance to dress up and be thoroughly entertained in the most decadent surroundings.... Paris style!

Thrift and Vintage Shopping

If you're a lover of all things thrift or vintage, le Marais area of Paris is the place to be. A random Google search revealed that we were in fact surrounded by some seriously great second-hand stores. If you're prepared to rummage check out  Free 'P' Star on rue de la Verrerrie (they actually have a few stores in the area). All 3 of us bagged some 1 Euro bargains, including a velvet blazer which fits Weesse perfectly. We also recommend Vintage Desir on rue des Rosiers and Tilt Vintage on rue de Rivoli if you're in the market for leather. 

And that my friends is your lot. 5 top tips for your next adventure to Paris! It truly is a magical city and having experienced it in all weathers, there is plenty to explore and enjoy at any time of year. We'll no doubt be back again (Mimi looks for any excuse to go!) so please share your tips with us too. 

Bonnes vacances!

Monday, 23 October 2017

Buying 'Deid People's Clothes' and other Bargains

Click bait title I know, but that's literally what my husband likes to call my charity shop treasure.....much to my dismay as one might imagine! He always takes great pleasure in grimacing to wind me up, denouncing my bargain finds as if they were actually clothing the previous owner as they kicked the bucket! Needless to say it never puts me off! I've always loved a rummage in second hand stores, whether it be for china tea sets (a business venture I didn't end up pursuing) or a wee hidden gem to add to my wardrobe but recently I've really gotten back in to it in a big way. I don't shop much for myself (the joys of being self-employed and careful with my dosh!) but when I received some birthday money last month I decided it was time to go shopping for some Autumn/Winter pieces. Uninspired by the high street, I took to the charity shops and boy, they did not disappoint. 

Having recently donated two lovely winter coats (which I'd simply fallen out of love with) to my local charity shop in a mass clear out session, I was in search of a warm but stylish coat or jacket to fill that seasonal must-have-shaped hole in my wardrobe. Following a Pinterest-athon I had it firm in my mind that I was in the market for a tweed or checked monochrome piece. Low and behold one Saturday morning on the way to the bank, a quick nip into our local The Salvation Army store resulted in the purchase of not one but TWO stunning coats. The first find was this brand new Tesco black and white checked single-breasted coat (currently in store at £39!) that I'd actually nearly bought the previous day at full price. I love it as it's got that smart/casual thing going on. It can be dressed up but also works well with my skinny jeans and Converse. Result!

On my way to the till, I spied another long-line coat from Principles and just had to have it.This pure wool coat will be perfect for our trip to Paris in November-stylish but warm! Both coats came to the grand total of £20!! Both in great condition and both very on-trend. The charity-shop challenge had begun...what else could I find?!!

Often it can just be your pot luck as to whether you come across something you really like and you do have to be prepared to trawl through those rails. A trip to Morningside Road in Edinburgh, where I was convinced I'd bag myself several bargains from the array of charity shops on offer, proved to be a flop with not one single purchase made. So I now try not to have any expectations when I venture out on a second-hand shopping spree. Another trick is not to hunt for something very specific, as chances are you won't find it. My search for a pleated metallic knee-length skirt goes on, however, in the interim I did find this brand-new grey pleated skirt (originally from Primark) for £3. Not metallic sadly, but still a good find which will go well with my both my new winter coats. And at three quid I can still afford that gold or silver skirt when I find it.....which I will!!

For sometime I've been on the lookout for some slogan tees. Instagram is awash with some seriously cool chicks wearing t-shirts brandishing all manner of statements and sayings that add a little more personality to an outfit. Teamed with a pleather skirt and heels it makes for an uber stylish Saturday brunch 'I'm not trying too hard-but I kinda did' vibe. An early finish on a Friday saw me in Stirling town centre (which has an abundance of charity shops!) in search of a bargain or two. This Topshop beaut was only £3 and as I'd found it actually on a Friday, I felt the universe was telling me it was meant to be!  

Additional bargains have included a Zara khaki denim shirt (yes, the paint splatterings are part of the design Dad!) for £1.99 and a leopard-print blouse and mustard fine-knit jumper, both from H&M and both only £3 each. You can't argue with that! 

I'm thrilled with every single piece and know I'll get heaps of wear out of them this Autumn/Winter. Bargains they may be but like with every purchase I make, I ensured each item was in good condition and fitted me before committing to a sale-after all, I don't want to add more stuff I'm not going to wear to my collection when I literally just had a clear-out! You can't beat the thrill of finding a hidden gem and unearthing something that not everyone and their granny is sporting right now. If you have an eye for piecing things together and are willing to experiment with your style you never know what you'll come across in those rails. I'll be sure to keep you all posted on my charity shop adventures. I love being able to support so many wonderful charities and breathe life back in to clothes that someone has fallen out of love with. I actively encourage you to go check out your local charity shops-it's amazing what you can uncover and you'll be helping the planet and a worthy cause in the process! 

Happy rummaging! 

Weesse x

Monday, 4 September 2017

The High Fives August 2017

If you've been keeping up to date with The High Fives you'll have gathered that I land on the end of each month totally bamboozled as to how we got there so quickly. Blink and you miss it (life, that is!), so I particularly enjoy taking the opportunity to reflect on the month's highlights, recalling fun moments with friends and family, new-found faves and the buzz of discovering something quite special that I then can share with you lovely lot! So without further's August in 5!


August saw Mimi and I take some needed time out, migrating to sunnier climates. On holidays abroad I always require a book to accompany my afternoon balcony chill-out sessions (whilst hubby takes his siesta). When it comes to reading, I tend to opt for non-fiction, biographies and alike and if you can throw in some life-hacks or some inspirational and motivational stories, I'm there with bells on! My dear friend Linzi had been recommending Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay Alive for sometime and having heard an interview with him on a podcast I listen to regularly, I was really keen to read it. The cover, adorned with quotes of admiration from so many well-known respected public figures, gives you the sense that you may be about to read something quite special and indeed, I found the book to be outstanding in so many ways. Such an incredibly open, honest account of his mental health issues, Matt Haig speaks to you, whoever you are, whatever you're dealing with and reminds us that ultimately we all have mental health which we must be tuned in to and treat with the utmost care. He speaks from experience and although his may be unique to him, the resounding message is that there is always light where there is shade and depression, anxiety and similar illnesses are treatable. His wit and the humanity permeating his writing  helps the reader to digest and relate to what can be, for some, still is a taboo subject. Chapters appear in list form at points, with bite-sized chunks giving you food for thought, helping to put you right there with him. He writes in a way that you feel you are reading a friend or a family member's story, in their words which you can connect with wholeheartedly. Matt Haig's zest for life and the gratitude he has to be living and not just existing is palpable and something to be greatly admired. Everyone should read this book....yes, even you!  

2. EAT

 A trip to the Edinburgh Fringe would not be complete without some seriously good grub and boy did we feast on some tasty treats?!! Meze Meze on Rose Street Edinburgh is a must-go...must-eat-EVERYTHING! Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, the tapas-style dining (although the portions were incredibly generous!) allows you to try a number of dishes, perhaps brave something new and also, share with others (yes, I said share!). Halloumi, falafel, hummus, calamari....everything was fresh, flavoursome and filling. We literally had to be rolled out of there! Don't even get us started on the desserts! Opting for the pre-theatre menu which was awesome value for money, we found the restaurant small but perfectly formed, with an informal, friendly atmosphere that we were more than comfortable with. Can't wait to go back....and we won't be waiting until next years festival, that's for sure! 

Psst. If you're in Glasgow, why not try Maggie's Buns (no, I'm not alluding to anything remotely dodgy!), Maggie Mays' new burger joint?! Tasty grub, cool decor, live music and in the city centre. Boom. Done! 


Photo from Twitter
I'm not much of a telly buff. I'll rarely make an effort to tune in to a programme regularly or series-link something-I'm more of a Netflix viewer and even at that, I'm fickle in my loyalty to anything that requires more than one sitting. However Channel 4's Craft It Yourself came along this month and it converted me-I was hooked! Upcycling, DIYing and crafting have always fascinated but slightly terrified me. Fear of royally screwing up a piece of furniture or super-gluing my index fingers together, I've shied away from attempting anything (apart from painting and glossing the skirting boards) that may require manual labour, apparatus and well, a certain level of skill (or maybe just patience?!). That is, until now! The bug has most definitely bitten and I'm mad on transforming and creating home ware bits and bobs. Craft It Yourself not only inspired me to give-it-a-go but gave practical, handy tips for mini-makes, as well as more involved projects. Transforming one room each week, working with a different theme, the 3 presenters made a variety of pieces demonstrating a number of skills and techniques which didn't all seem so specialised that you couldn't at least try your hand at it. Sadly the series is now finished but you're be able to get it on catch-up so go check it out! Definitely worth doing if you're looking to get crafty and need some inspo other than Pinterest. 


If you haven't quite jumped on the podcast bandwagon as yet, you must subscribe to BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. Originally created in 1942, this popular radio series, now hosted by Kirsty Young invites each 'castaway' to select 8 tracks they would take with them to their desert island. Famous footballers to actors, musicians to fashion moguls, the stories that surround each track chosen are truly fascinating. Kirsty Young is a wonderful interviewer and I'd be hard pushed to pick out a favourite guest, as there are so many I've listened to that I have loved, not only for their music choices but for the tales they've so brilliantly told. Music has a real power to evoke feeling and to spark memories for us all and with every selection, there is an opportunity to learn more about each guest as a person, rather than the personality we already know. A perfect driving companion, this series is a firm fave and with over 3000 episodes I've got plenty of commuting time left to continue my love affair. 


Some days things are just okay and other days...Glasgow gets an H&M Home!!!! Oh my giddy aunt was I excited when I heard that, finally, beautiful home ware would be adorning Buchanan Street?!! A visit to the new (mahoosive) store quickly confirmed what I already knew to be true....I NEED EVERYTHING! Honestly, I moved from one god damn gorgeous aisle to the next, loving every single item. I managed to restrain myself to a modest purchasing of just 4 cushion covers but that was merely a warm-up for the up and coming spend-athon that will inevitably ensue when we finally decide what room we are decorating next. Affordable, stylish and decent quality pieces for all corners of your humble abode, H&M Home Glasgow is well worth a look...just don't buy everything...leave some for me please!

And just like that August was over. Hoping September has lots of goodies in store!

Thanks for reading...hope you found something you like!

Until next time,

Weesse x

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The High Fives- July 2017

C'mon, own up! Who stole July from right under my nose?! I swear it was just the 1st of the month and now it's gone...bonkers!

I've had such a busy month (I'm always saying that, eh?!) and haven't quite had the time to discover as many new found faves as I would have liked but I do still have a couple of gems for you to peruse! As I'm prone to doing from time to time, my focus switched over momentarily to home decor (and crafting!) and away from beauty and fashion In July but you can bet I'll be back in style mode come August when I'm going on holiday! That's just how I roll! Anywho, here's my July High Fives....

Fan-Girling over....

Instagram home decor/interior pages have been my jam this month. Man alive, there's so many good 'ins on my radar! I love seeing how other folks piece things together and what colour schemes they use throughout their homes. I love me a hack or a bargain find so I've trawling Instagram non-stop recently and boy, am I itching to get decorating again?!! If you're looking for inspo for your humble abode be sure to check out Violet and Thistle, My Home Impression, Lucy J Whitehouse, Theresa Gromski, Malmo and Moss, and On a Wing and a Chair

Get Listening to....

As I'm a big advocate of podcast listening, I feel it's only right I continue the theme and recommend at least one new one that I've discovered each month. Although there's only been one episode realised thus far, I'm  waiting with great anticipation for more of popular Youtuber beauty and lifestyle guru, Estee Lalonde's recent release, THE HEART OF IT WITH ESTEE LALONDE. In this pilot episode she discusses her first experience of protesting at  as a young person living in Canada and what standing up for what you believe in means to her now as a woman. A very open, honest and thought-provoking account of getting to grips with what is important to you, respecting others' views and how you can make a difference in the world. Give this a whirl for sure! 

Quids in with....

Never one to turn down the opportunity to nab a bargain, I've been loving using Quidco this month. Offering cashback on 1000s of online retailers, it's the UK's top cashback site.  Mimi uses it for many of her on-line purchases but annoyingly there's been so many times I've just clean forgotten to check for Quidco before buying something. It's simple to use and although you don't always receive the money immediately you will, of course, eventually (I got a little surprise of £41 back from purchases I made earlier in the year when I signed back into my account the other day). 34% cashback from my airport parking? Eh, yes please! There's an app and it's super easy to use! Go on, start saving some dosh! 

Fill up at....

Hubby and I decided to check out Big Feed a few weeks back to see what all the fuss was about. Attracting a lot of interest since it started earlier in the year, this street food social held in a warehouse in Govan offers live music and a variety of food vendors serving up all sorts of yumminess, from seafood to burgers, mac 'n' cheese to cupcakes. I opted for fish tacos and Rob a burrito and they were delish. It's such a cool concept and with fairy-lights, mismatched furniture and boardgames there's a relaxed, fun-for-all vibe which we really enjoyed. Highly recommend to anyone looking for grub and somewhere new to hang out on a weekend! 

Just Because....

On a visit to Princes Square in Glasgow city centre, I was lucky to grab myself (and Mimi and mum) a gorgeous bottle of Jo Malone Basil and Neroli. I say 'grab' as I literally did....using one of those grab machines you get at the arcades! As part of their Just Because campaign, this giveaway grab machine was visiting the Glasgow store that weekend and we were lucky enough to win ourselves this stunning scent. Having been a loyal Pomegranate Noir gal, I'm delighted to say that I have found another love in this lighter, fresher scent. Always nice to find a new perfume..especially when you win it! 

Happy August peeps! See you real soon!
Weesse x