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Curves fashion show

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I apologise well in advance. My photos are terrible!

I used my phone and they just aren’t good photos.  I am showing you them anyway because I want you to get the flavour of last night.

Official photos will be available soon.

Anyone been to the Curves gym in Hamilton Place, Stockbridge?  It’s a nice space and normally got gym equipment and mats so I was astonished by how they transformed it into a mini catwalk and seating area for around 60 guests. Carol Harris, whose gym it is, is a bundle of energy and warmth.   When I arrived, Carol was calm and ready for the show to begin.  Truly she should have been modelling.  Showing the models how to strut their stuff and encouraging the four guys who had come along to model but didn’t even know what they were modelling. I believe they are footballers from the Spartans team.  Good on you, guys – you did great.

Clothes from our good friend Karina at Kakao by K in Thistle Street, and from Worn Once (met Karen  a year or so ago because I used her services to sell my ball gown. It’s a fab idea – split is 50/50) and Vivaldi at Bruntsfield. I don’t know this store so well but will be visiting it now. and of course, Kilts and jackets from 21st Century Kilts.

The seats were all soon taken and guests had a wee glass of something sparkling.  Shonagh (part of Team It’s Good 2 Give) and I had hoped to be able to help but they had everything in hand so we sat and watched the show.  The models are all members of the gym and one lady had lost 4stone in weight.  She looked amazing and certainly enjoyed her moment on the catwalk. I think Shonagh marked off lots of clothes for putting on her wish list.  They really all had gorgeous outfits on and did themselves proud.

The evening ended with a fabulous raffle – top prize being a night’s stay at the Scotsman hotel!

The good photos from the night will be around soon and they were taken by Adrian Carr – was so nice to bump into him again – he had seen on Facebook that I was looking for a photographer and offered his services.

I probably get boring saying that this is community fundraising at its best but it is!

Thoroughly enjoyed my evening.

Well done all at Curves, stockbridge.

Lynne’s top twenty-ish christmas gift ideas

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It’s really 22 top christmas gift ideas because I am sneaking in

It’s Good 2 Give gifts –

how about making a small donation of just £1 or £2  for a message on our wishing tree – if you pay a wee bit extra we will even put it on our facebook page so you can share it with whoever you wrote it for!

or…..we have 2012 wall calendars with gorgeous photos of Scottish landscape scenes by Donald Ford – just £8 each or an insulated mug for these chilly mornings – £4 each.  Got a runner in the family?  Buy them one of our running vests – a great buy at only £12.

and if you like our events – how about buying a gift voucher for one of our afternoon tea events – £25 each and the recipient can choose from any of our 2012 afternoon tea dates once they are announced in January.  Email me if you’d like to buy one

Gift vouchers make splendid gifts – they are always welcomed and are easy to purchase (often possible to do online)

As you know, I love to promote local businesses  so, in no particular order, here goes-

1.   Hamilton & Inches, incredible jeweller in George Street.  Yes, they have utterly divine and expensive pieces of jewellery but they also have utterly divine and affordable silver jewellery – fantastic bracelets, earrings, charms, cufflinks.  And friendly, charming, wonderful staff.

2.   Renideo – what a wonderful gift to give or get – a voucher for time with Karen Finlayson a style coach who is, quite simply, fantastic and very interested in the self belief and self confidence of the person.

3.  Orocco Pier – great food and awesome views of the Forth Bridges

4.  Fifi Wilson – stunning clothes and accessories from this gorgeous boutique in the heart of Bruntsfield

5.  More gorgeous clothes – this time from Kakao by K inThistle Street

6.  All things kilt-y – and contemporary 21st century Kilts – just across the road from Kakao by K

7.  Food again – consider a voucher for one of the Fishers restaurants – Fishers, Fishers in the City or The Shore (my personal favourite is The Shore)

8.  Books your thing?  Consider a visit to the Edinburgh Bookshop at Bruntsfield – personal service and once you’ve been once or twice they will start to recommend books to suit you.  And if you need any recommendations for books – I thoroughly recommend Sara Sheridan‘s Secret of the Sands or The Secret Mandarin, Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand that First held Mine and for younger readers any of Cathy Cassidy’s books.

9.  Bruntsfield again (well it is a fantastic shopping area) – if you like Stollen then you must visit Falko’s bakery – and why not have a coffee while you are there.

10Craigie’s Farm has a huge range of products for christmas dinner and more.   Who wouldn’t like to receive a hamper as a gift?   Plus there’s the cafe too!

11. Keen photographer?   I can highly recommend the Kolo range of albums available at 50% discount from me.  They are truly stunning albums – lots of different sizes and colours

12.  Personalised stationery – how decadent.  and luxurious.  And gorgeous.  And available from luxury online stationer Magenta Ink

13.  If  you have relatives visiting Scotland in 2012, Timberbush Tours has a huge range of tours they could go on and in luxurious style too.

14.  Maybe you need to get fit in 2012 (yes, I know that’s got to be top of my list with the Kilimanjaro trek coming up in 2013) – if you live north west edinburgh consider joining Curves Barnton gym.  if you live south east then consider contacting Pamela Stafford of Fitness Bodies and enlisting her help.

15.  We all love a bit of pampering so consider a voucher for a treatment at one of the Zest health and beauty salons – the treatment list is long and there is something for everyone, even teens.

16.  Talking of teens, how about a voucher for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe in George Street, Edinburgh?

17.  More clothes talk – at the West End of Edinburgh we have two stores to highly recommend – Sam Brown in William Street and The Cupboard in Stafford Street.  AS well as amazing clothes the personal attention and service is second to none.

18.  Still at the West End, how about a voucher for a hair treatment -the fantastic Charlie Miller salon in Stafford Street though there are also salons at Ocean Terminal, Bruntsfield and South St David Street.

19.  What about stocking fillers?  Lily -Mo has a lovely range of bracelets and if you mention It’s Good 2 Give she will give a donation to us for each sale- she can be found on facebook or email her lilymosparkle@yahoo.co.uk

20.  My ‘office in town’ and for me, the best coffee in town too.  (I’ve seen the hot chocolate and it looks sublime too) – Victor, Carina and their staff will make you feel like family.  Try Centotre in George Street and the Scottish Cafe at the Gallery on Princes Street.  Both well worth a visit.  You can buy a gift voucher for here too.  A pressie I would love.

21.  Last and certainly not least if you are in town around Frederick Street visit Dickson Reid hair and buy the lady in your life a voucher for a hair or beauty treatment or a set of GHD’s.  Super friendly and they are also promoting our Christmas Wishing Tree tags!

Hat fashion show

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Hats and fascinators are something we love at It’s Good 2 Give!   So it is with much pleasure we recommend to you a hat fashion event that is wait for it (drum roll please) free to come to!

The venue is the City Art Centre, Market Street, Edinburgh and the date is Saturday 14 May 7pm.  Although tickets are free it is essential to book  and you do that by emailing Margaret Findlay on margaret.findlay@edinburgh.gov.uk

It’s Good 2 Give has a wee hand in the event providing several of the models – (and we will be having a collection on the evening.)

Karina at Kakao by K is the provider of all the black dresses – another of It’s Good 2 Give’s friends.

Michael MacLeod of the guardian local has written a cracking article on the event – read it here