I may be slightly biased but Glasgow has to be the best city to shop in, particularly during the festive months. I recently caught up with some fellow bloggers to experience a full day of shopping in the City Centre to showcase all that Glasgow has to offer in the run up to Christmas when it comes to shopping, food and drinks, both of the hot and the cocktail variety.
So let's go Christmas shopping in Glasgow;
Our day started at Kimble's, which is located on the second floor of the St. Enoch Centre. We grabbed a table on the upper mezzanine level and caught up over hot drinks and chocolates. I went for the DIY white hot chocolate, which is assembled by pouring the delicious white chocolate chips into the warm cup of milk, topping it off with a dollop of cream and mini marshmallows. To say that it was incredible would honestly be an understatement. If you're ever in Glasgow City Centre, I'd give the chain coffee shops a miss and head straight to Kimble's.
One of the chocolates I devoured so quickly I didn't even get a chance to take a photograph of, was an adorable little milk chocolate praline penguin. It was almost too cute to eat. Almost.
I think everyone I know will be getting one of these chocolate Santa's with their Christmas presents this year. Speaking of Santa...
A hop, a skip and a jump away from Kimble's is Hamleys. If you're shopping for toys this year. then you'll most definitely find what you're looking for in this enormous toy shop. And if you're taking the kids in so they can put together their Christmas lists and letters to Santa, you can even meet the main man himself; Santa or subsequently post their letter straight to the North Pole via a chimney located at the front of the store.
Santa was absolutely hilarious, as were his two elves who gave us a tour of the shop and showed us this year's top toys.
It even snowed! I'm talking actual, wet snow which landed in our hair and on our hands. It was a real experience, even as an adult, so I can only imagine how special it would be if you were a child.
After leaving Hamleys we headed along Buchanan Street to House Of Fraser and my absolute favourite beauty counter in all of Glasgow; the Charlotte Tilbury counter.
One of the great things about the Charlotte Tilbury counter in House Of Fraser Glasgow is the fact that it doesn't feel like the sales assistants and makeup artists are trying to push products on you, which can't be said when it comes to all of the beauty counters in the City Centre. You can always ask to try some of the products out and on you before you buy and they even offer a complimentary quick trick service for you to truly experience the brand whilst you're shopping.
I finally got around to trying out the iconic Pillow Talk Lip Cheat lip liner, having it applied all over my lips.
What do we think? I'll also take this opportunity to do a little bit of an outfit of the day for you.
I paired my favourite Topshop dip dye jumper with my brilliantly black Wonderfit jeans from George Asda and my bargain Kate Spade New York buy from the outlet in Orlando, which perfectly matches my brand new Winter boots from Hotter.
It would have been tricky to truly show off the boots during our jam packed day but here they are the day after when I headed back into town to do even more Christmas shopping, this time with my Mum. These are honestly the comfiest boots I own and as someone who's tried about ten different pairs of Winter boots this year, all of which went straight back to New Look, Marks & Spencer, ASOS, River Island etc., you honestly feel like you're wearing your slippers, they're that comfy.
You might remember how much I wore the Hotter Tourist sandals, both here in the UK and in Florida and I have a feeling the same will be true of my Romance boots*.
Back to the Charlotte Tilbury counter;
We were treated to a makeup masterclass where we were shown the Dolce Vita look, which is one of my favourite of Charlotte's, even if I'm not too sure if I'd be able to pull off the bronzed goddess look with my pale, freckly skin and auburn hair. You never know...
Next stop on our shopping tour of Glasgow City Centre was ROX in Argyll Arcade for afternoon tea.
Argyll Arcade was looking fabulously festive, as was ROX's shop window.
Once inside we were taken upstairs to the Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar where a table was set up with the most incredible afternoon tea that I've ever witnessed or experienced. The cakes and sandwiches were that big that it was difficult to eat them in a dignified or elegant manner so I just went for it, powdered sugar all over myself and all.
We then had a wander around upstairs where I took about a million photographs. It was just that pretty. I then spotted the most beautiful and delicate bracelets.
Something I don't wear enough of, jewellery-wise are bracelets, so if one of these stunning 18ct gold bracelets just so happens to find it's way under the Christmas year this year, I wouldn't be one for complaining.
We then headed up Buchanan Street to Buchanan Galleries where me and my fellow bloggers took part in Secret Santa. With a budget of £20, we were each tasked with buying for a fellow blogger. I headed straight to Boots and Tiger to pick up some great gifts, of which you'll see on Emma's blog. as I was lucky enough to pick her name out of the hat. I'm so glad that she liked her gifts!
After we'd finished shopping we headed to the John Lewis Christmas shop.
Now if you know me, you'll know that I could easily spend hours and hours in the John Lewis Christmas shop looking at all the intricate tree decorations, twinkling lights and adorable stuffed toys, so I was definitely in my element.
We took a trip to Buster's garden. I mean, how cute are those little toys?
We were then tasked with picking out our own tree decoration. I went for the All I Want For Christmas bauble as it just stood out to me straight away. Here are a few of my other favourites;
We then took a trip back down Buchanan Street to Princes Square, which is one of the most beautiful shopping centres at any time of year but especially at Christmas-time when they put up what I can only describe as the swirly hanging Christmas tree. Hopefully you can get a feel for how it looks from my photograph;
We took the escalators up to Restaurant Bar & Grill, which you'll see at the top left hand corner of my photograph and on the top floor of Princes Square.
We were treated to a cocktail making class, where we sampled their trio of festive cocktails aptly named gold, frankincense and myrrh. My favourite of the three had to be frankincense which was a strawberry based drink with a hint of balsamic vinegar of all things but trust me, it was divine. It also didn't taste like alcohol which can be oh so dangerous.
As someone who doesn't ordinarily drink on a weekday/weeknight or any day/night of the week, I was feeling suitably merry by the end of the epic day of Christmas shopping. I had such a fantastic time with my fellow bloggers Sandra, Charlotte, Emma and Laura and would just like to thank Glasgow Loves Christmas for inviting me along.
Have you started/finished your Christmas shopping yet? Have you ever shopped in Glasgow? If so, what did you think of it? And what part of the day would have been your favourite?