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Alison Sellar Still basking in the glow of a summons to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in July to receive the insignia of OBE from Her Majesty the Queen is Aberdeen business woman Alison Sellar whose company, activpayroll, has spread like wildfire to more than 140 countries in the past 16 years. However, the envelope containing…

D.I.Y. Bru

Ingredients Porter’s Gin Amaro Montenegro Citric Acid Demerara Sugar Syrup Spanish Bitters Soda Water Prosecco Orchid’s D.I.Y. Bru is exactly that; a ‘Do it Yourself’ version of Scotland’s tonic, Irn Bru. Our headbartender Adam Gray has used ingredients other than Irn Bru to replicate the taste of the beautiful stuff. Porter’s Gin and Amaro Montenegro…

The perfect recipe for a new kitchen

If you’re looking for a new kitchen that combines high quality, superb style and practicality, head to John Willox Kitchen Design in the heart of Ellon. You’ll find a welcoming showroom displaying a chic and ultra-modern range of contemporary and classic kitchen styles from three exclusive ranges  the German Rot Punkt range, Second Nature British…

Build the perfect capsule wardrobe

It is easy to envy those women who always seem put together no matter the weather. The French seem to pull it off, but we often amass mountains of clothes we never wear. Sometimes less is more, so building a capsule wardrobe of quality pieces could be the way forward. The capsule wardrobe is a…

Art in the garden

The definition of art is : ‘The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily or their beauty or emotional power’ and it belongs in the garden as much as it does anywhere else. In the same way…

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