and bold stripes. TraditiOnal department store John Lewis lBuchanan Galleries. Glasgow (ll-il 3:33 6677; St James Centre. Edinburgh, 0131 5:36 9121i boldly embraces the desire for funky designs WIN) bold geometric shapes and quirky colours.

If it's off-the-wall uberkitsch you want. then best log on to the Gadget Shop l‘.‘f‘.'.”.‘.'.g{i(igCiShtu). coml or self-professed fH‘.‘()l()US website Here you will find the needless novelty items think lava lamps and neon creations which no self-respecting student flat could be furnished Without.

For probably the best selection of (:laSSI(:aIly-(lesrgned light chains. head to lnHouse Wilson Street. Glasgow, 0141 5902; Howe Street. Edinburgh. 0131 225 2888) which has a range of bright colours and styles. But if it's gaudy fairylights that spark your match. try Lava (Cockburn Street. Edinburghl or Urban Outfitters (Buchanan Street. Glasgow. 0141 248 9203) which have enough fluffy, floral and playful chains to destabilise the national grid.

As yOu might expect from the name. The Lighthouse (Mitchell Lane. Glasgow. 0141 225 842) is crammed full of original lighting designs. many by young local deSigners. The Helen Rawlinson and Harfield Jones lamps both exude retro cool.

May you never have to darken the door of BHS again.

(1) Alberta lamp, £33, John Lewis.

(2) Scyntilla table lamp, £29, Habitat.

(3) Spiral Pendant shade, 1245. John Lewis. (4) Plugg Led cubes, £22, Habitat. (5) Red rocket lamp, £10, Gadget Shop. (6) Oxford table lamp. £65, BoConcept. (7) Bubbly table lamp, £50, Habitat. (8) El Ultimo Grito red shade, £55, Gadget Shop. (9) Mathmos Aduki light, £35, Form at the Lighthouse. (10) Heart Red table lamp, £35. Habitat.

(1 1) Flair wall light, 1220, John Lewis.

(12) 0 table lamp, £149, John Lewis. (13) Slow table lamp, £32, Habitat. (14) Harfield Jones table lamps, £65, The Lighthouse.


Pamper, preen and polish

Virgin Vie’s first Scottish store arrived in Buchanan Galleries in September 1999, along with its Living River treatment rooms. Having one of the treatments allows you to enter the peace and tranquillity of the two cosy therapy rooms. They have low lights, candles and soft music playing while you discuss your treatment and medical history with the therapists.

There are a wide selection of alternative therapies including reiki, reflexology and massage as well non- surgical equipment for the face and body. These include Caci treatments such as the electro-cellulite massage,

Futur-tec aged-hands treatment and anti-ageing facelift.

You decide whether you want a pampering and relaxing session, or a treatment for weight loss, body firming, scar tissue therapy or even detoxification.

in fact, it’s not until you come out that you realise just how much you needed that extra bit of attention.

(Jane Hamilton) I Virgin We. Buchanan Galleries. Glasgow, 0741 353 0633.


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I DID YOU KNOW that one in three women have wavy hair? 80 if you fall into that kinky category and feel inspired by our ‘tried and tested‘ ceramic hair straightener article - but you don’t fancy the hassle of using straightening irons every day - then why not head along to one of Glasgow’s UConcept salons to try out a revolutionary new treatment. X- tenso, by L’Oreal, is a semi-permanent straightening treatment that lasts between eight and 12 weeks, and is exclusive to UConcept in Scotland. Already endorsed by Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman (so say the PR-peeps), it can be used on any hair type and helps increase shine and decrease volume. The treatment costs £40 for women and £25 for men, although introductory offers are available now costing £25 and £15 respectively. For more information, call 0141 339 0900.

I IF YOU'RE STILL struggling to find that last-minute Valentine's gift. Illuminati in Glasgow's Princes Square stocks an excellent range of gift ideas. from Aroma Cushions and funky room decorations to unusual jewellery and quirky cards. Hidden away on the first floor. it's a veritable treasure trove of original ideas.


Boots launch top range of hair accessories. Yes, the store which was once the bastion of the hair net, the tortoise-shell slide and kirby grip has come up with a range of vintage- inspired accessories


including soft pink silk flowers, ceramic hair ties, and jewelled clips.

I THE EXCLUSIVE Elstree Walk adiacent to Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh remains worryingly bereft of luxury retail Outlets. But. fingers crossed. that is set to change in the spring. Rumour has it that both Louis Vuitton and Joseph Will open their first Scottish branches in the spring, With Zara pOised to open a new store on Princes Street imminently.


French Collection

launches decidedly «a T

‘un-FCUK' new catalogue. The brand which is best known for design- heavy clean lines, chunky materials and no-nonsense clobber has gone all romantic on us. In the girly section you'll find cheese- cloth floaty blouses (blousesi), summery turquoises and floral prints. In the gents’, it’s deck-chair stripes, Hawaiian prints and open toe sandals. More disturbing is that it works. All of it. Go to www.fcukbuy to see for yourself.

I THREE SCOTTISH shopping centres were awarded 'merits' at the 'Purple Apple’ awards. The 10th annual awards are made by the retail property organisation 8080 and the stores recognised were the St Enoch Centre, for its marketing campaign; the Paisley Centre. for media relations; and the Almondvale Shopping Centre in Livingston in recognition of its community relations.

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