Spring has sprung and the clocks have gone forward, and now it’s time to (hopefully) look ahead to a lovely fresh spring season before the summer months arrive. In this issue, we’re taking a look at all of the wonderful things that are blooming along with our springtime gardens, from fresh fashion looks to perhaps a beautiful new wristwatch to celebrate the lighter nights and warmer days.  

We have some tasty recipes for you from Quality Meat Scotland so you can make sure that classic spring Sunday lunch is a success – you don’t always have to stick to the tried and tested roast however, and we have some delicious alternatives for you to sample using the best of Scotland’s seasonal lamb.

On the subject of seeking out the best in Scottish retail, I've been pursuing one of my favourite pastimes, which is of course, shopping. We have a wonderful spotlight on Bridge of Allan, where there really is a treasure trove of fabulous shops, boutiques and hotels serving up a brilliant dose of local, warm hospitality. The town is one of Stirling’s absolute gems, and I would absolutely recommend taking the time to explore its picturesque streets if you haven’t already.

Moving on to some gems in jewel form, we’ve also taken a tour round Edinburgh institution, Hamilton & Inches, to get an insight into the work that goes into crafting their beautiful gifts and jewellery, often for brides-to-be or members of the bridal party looking for a classic piece of silverwork. From wedding accessorising to the latest from the London runways, we’ve also taken a peek at London Fashion Week’s showroom highlights and picked out the best of the upcoming looks for Autumn/Winter ‘14.

Best wishes - and to spring’s new beginnings,


Maria M. Burnett

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