Monday, 12 October 2015

Glasgow Adventures with CitizenM

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Whenever we've visited Glasgow for an overnight trip we've usually stayed with friends. On occasion we've been known to kip in a hostel, bunkbeds and all. With the city only being a short train ride away staying in a hotel always feels a bit unnecessary. That's something reserved for fancier holidays further afield. But when we were invited along to CitizenM Glasgow's blogger shindig we weren't exactly going to say no to an overnighter in their only Scottish destination.

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Neither of us had stayed in a CitizenM hotel before but we'd always admired their fun styling and special touches so it was great to get to experience it all for ourselves. The rooms were compact but perfectly layed out with everything you could need and more. We're talking mood lighting, an Ipad to control the blinds, light and tv, plus an XL bed. After getting to grips with the tech (and spending way too much time changing the mood of the rooms and calling each other on our room phones) it was time to get dolled up for an evening of blogger chat and Glasgow culture.

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What Kimberley Wore:
Shirt | Monki
Flower Crown | Crown & Glory
Boots | c/o Duo
Jeans | Primark
Ghostly white ankles | Kimberley's own

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What Helen Wore:
Dress | George
Cardigan | H&M
Shoes | ASOS
Necklace | Karen Mabon
Bag | New Look

Things kicked off in the hotel bar with some drinks, sushi and steak pies. A bit of a strange combination but all delicious. This was a great opportunity to catch up with some of the blogger babes we've met before and meet some fabulous new faces. Getting the chance to properly chat to lovely people is a surprisingly small part of blogging events. From there it was on to Tramway to take a look at the Turner Prize exhibition preview. This was the first time the prize has been presented in Scotland which made it all the more exciting.

Nicole Wermer's piece teased us with a series of chairs covered in vintage fur coats. The temptation to stroke them was very hard to resist but somehow we managed. The idea of an unspoken ritual being made permanent was interesting, if understated. Bonnie Camplin's piece 'Patterns' featured five video interviews looking at extraordinary experiences. As is the way with busy opening nights it was difficult to view them but the surrounding research material gave an idea of the content and the snippets we heard were intriguing. This is definitely one to spend time taking in. The other two pieces weren't what we were expecting (if you can ever expect anything in particular from the Turner Prize finalists). One was a performance piece by Janice Kerbel. This featured singers from the Scottish Opera performing a series of disasters translated into musical form. It was quite beautiful. The second featured work by Assemble, a collective based in London. Their piece 'Granby Workshop' was made up of handmade interior items that were made to refurbish empty houses in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. The project is a social enterprise bringing small scale manufacturing to the area and creating products based on those used in the refurbished houses. The squiggle pattern tiles were sure faves (hello Saved by the Bell) and it was refreshing to see art in a big show that you can buy in to, even if it was difficult to view as one piece.

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After we'd all taken in the art on show it was time to head to Stravaigin, where we were treated to three courses of delicious food. This Glasgow restaurant specialises in mixing great local ingredients with exotic twists. Of course our favourite part was the dessert - a truly mouth watering Dulce de leche parfait with brownie and hazelnut brittle. A little bit of heaven on a plate. After a busy day and SO much amazingly rich food we were flagging badly so it was back to the hotel to get comfy in our super large beds. To watch late night Disney films under our perfect mood lighting obviously.

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With thanks to CitizenM Glasgow for their excellent hospitality.  

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