Sunday, 20 July 2014

Tutus are always a good idea

If you're going to do high maintenance dressing you got to be ready to put in the work. At least that's what I found myself repeating over and over to myself as a I hiked several pounds of tulle along Great Western Road. To a baby shower. In the rain. My beautiful Bonnie Blinger is due to pop soon and god damn it, I was going to dress for the occasion.

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Jacket - a wee Betty number she customised and I swiped. As I am wont to do.
Dress (worn as t-shirt) - Primark
Necklace - Primark
Tutu - Mr Ben's Glasgow
Shoes - Converse

There are only so many appropriate situations for a massive tulle skirts (every day...obviously) however I thought this guy had to make its public debut at a special occasion rather than say, a nip round to Tesco.  Other than feeling incredibly fancy (while getting away with some cons and a loose tee- call it a tribute to early Lily Allen) it has the added benefit of making people give you a wide breadth. Cons? Having to make sure it doesn't drag, navigating layers for bathroom trips and of course knocking everything over as you forget just quite how wide you are.

I can't wait to meet the baby Blinger, though there was something decidedly surreal about going to a baby shower with no hangover on a Saturday morning (officially a grown up now right?) It's still super lovely seeing the people I love building these wonderful lives for themselves. 

I'm not entirely sure how to wear it for more formal affairs without looking, well, you know, bridal but it's safe to say this little cutie is my favourite thing in my wardrobe/life at the mo. So what about you? Would you tutu?

Friday, 11 July 2014

Date Days and Bag Ladies

Planning a date after a day of building furniture is perhaps not my most inspired of moves. Some would even go as far to call it poor planning? Me? I was just excited to spent time with my boo, but mostly (sorry bear) move in to the Betty and Bee office.

So armed with little but a hammer, a velvet cow head, a ceramic dog and some nails, Betty and I set to work in making our wee office in to our home away from home. I wasn't exactly prepared for an afternoon of furniture building, or indeed shuffling so pretty much ended up in my pants screwing legs on to tables. It's all glamour all the time for us. I did however find myself sans date night outfit. Thank the fashion gods for Primani that's all I can say.


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Dress, Necklace, Tights and Shoes - Primark
Bag - iKrush*

Meanwhile my hunt for my next "big bag" continues. I've got this gorge mint one from iKrush in the mean time which is so far ticking a lot of boxes. It took my laptop without totally freaking out and has exactly a bajillion pockets which is ideal. Turns out it was much bigger in person than on the site and while the main zip is a little stiff, it's fast becoming my daily bag of choice. I'm not quite ready to let go of my Lulu yet, but I thin I'm getting closer to finding my bag S.O.

I'm not sure what I'm quite looking for as of yet. I haven't really set myself any guidelines other than BIG. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Gin and Scallops

I don't do it often but it's been known to happen. Never really planned and never fully realised till I leave the house, but that slow creeping feeling that something's not quite right.  I'm not someone who wears one shop head to toe but between living in a hotel, Betty and I's live tv debut and an evening at gin club kicking off the week, I found myself waving that Topshop flag pretty high.

I've been staying in a pretty small hotel room while my bathroom's getting fixed and after the initial novelty of unlimited tea and coffee making facilities and daily fresh towels wore off I found myself climbing up some figurative fashion walls.

Top, Trousers and Jacket - Topshop
Belt and Shoes - Primark
Glasses - Pretavoir
Bag - Lulu Guinness

It really was a case of, what looks smart, what looks clean and what's going to get me from place to place quickly without me feeling flustered. Also I've been dying for an opportunity to wear these scalloped trousers since I picked them up in the sale.  Other than that just went for something loose, smart and pretty much pain free. The whole live tv thing was no where near horrific as I imagined (if you're curious, you can watch Sheri and I chat Commonwealth Uniforms on the Riverside Show here) and was really over in such a blur.

To finish off the day it was off to the Glasgow Gin Club in their latest pop up in a hairdressers tucked away in Finneston.  I'd heard incredible things about their inaugural gin club meeting at the Hidden Lane Tea Room so was super excited to make it down to their next pop up. Two words sold me. Coriander gin. 

We were trying No3 gin for the evening which is a London Dry gin, made all by one guy. The recipes pretty simple with it's 6 basic ingredients including cardomom, pink grapefruit and of course corriander. I've never really been one to experiment with my gins. A slice of lime/cucumber/strawberry and a dash of slimline and I'm usually good to go. Never in a million years would have I thought to serve it up with coriander and lemongrass, which is the only way I ever really want to drink gin again truth be told.


I'd never been to a gin tasting and I had all the questions. What makes a gin a London Dry and how does a pot still actually work?  Of course we had questions about how best to serve it. While No3 is designed or the perfect dry martini it goes super well with raspberries or if looking for something different, pink grapefruit. This was of course before the whole coriander revelation.

Glasgow Gin Club pops up around Glasgow once a month, a different gin and different locations. They return to the Hidden Lane Tea Room this August so if you're a gin connoisseur or just someone who likes a tipple and wants to learn more make sure to pop along!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Moet White Party: All White On The Night

I didn't realise quite how much white I owned till I was invited along to the Moet white party. For a girl with a wardrobe akin to a bruise I was unsure of how I was going to pull it off. Then I looked in my wardrobe. Not only did I have an outfit for the white party but I had several. I had options.

Shirt - Primark
Trousers - Topshop
Necklace - H&M
Shoes - New Look
Bag - Lulu Guinness

There's a fine line you tread wearing white. It's that uneasy balance between clean crisp elegance and "Can I park your car sir?" In my heart of hearts I was really hoping (praying, wishing, you know the usual) for something along the lines of Marlene Deitrech though whenever I put on a white shirt I often feel like I'm going for my first interview or to work in a really nice bar or SOMETHING. Which is utterly ridiculous as white shirts are one of my favourite things ever ever. I bought this slim fit mens shirt in Primark ages ago and love wearing it when it's all buttoned up to the very top but I really just fancied something maybe a bit more relaxed for Summer.  Paired with some tailored white trousers and my old faithful silver shoes and I was good to go.

Other than having to veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery careful (lipstick, red wine, just nature really) I could totally get in to this all white thing on a more recurring basis. What do you think?

(P.S: Sorry about the cheesy post title. I couldn't help myself.)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Shut the front door! Abandon Ship Slays with New Girls Collection

You can hardly walk the streets of Glasgow without seeing Abandon Ship. The cult Scottish street wear company has went from being sold out boxes in a bedroom to international lifestyle brand. From New York to Berlin, London to LA - Abandon Ship has snowballed in the last 3 years before launching both Glasgow and London flagships earlier in the year.

Top (worn as dress) - Abandon Ship
Necklace - H&M
Shoes - Faith
Belt - Primark

I've always had a soft spot for Abandon Ship. It was the bat print tee (everyone remembers their first ASA.) From then I'd find myself popping in to store and lovingly stroking clothes (like a massive creep) and silently coveting away the snake print joggers and the printed ragalans (which I obviously needed as a dress. Obviously.)  It may not quite pass the finger tip test (and let's face it, who gives a fuck about arbitrary standards of respectable dressing) but it's easily one of my new favourite things either with a pair of heels or lounging about the house.

Which is why I'm so super stoked about the launch of Abandon Ship Girls collection. They've dabbled before but this fully realised collection sees a line of tees, skirts and midi-dresses that are begging to be hanging in my wardrobe.  The new tattoo flash makes an appearance (featuring pups and cats) as well as a pretty killer watermelon print, which I am clearly ALL UP IN.

The collection lands in Glasgow the 8th of July (before becoming available online) with a sweer launch party. It's all drink and doughnuts coupled with hair transfers, temp tattoos and nail decals. Quite frankly I can think of far worse ways to spend my Tuesday night. I've already got my eyes on a few bits and bobs (tartan midi we should def become pals) so can't wait to see it in the flesh and play dress up.


If you're at a loose end on what to do with your Tuesday night (or really just fancy a kick ass time) then make sure you pop down to Princes Square next week and get your paws on the new line. See you hotties there?

Monday, 30 June 2014

Current Obsession: Bonnie Beasties

No big deal or anything but I think I may be slightly obsessed with the latest Bonnie Bling collection. And that's putting it lightly.  It's pretty much a smogasbord of all your favourite creatures around Scotland (no midgies then) brought to you in laser cut acrylic and finished with swarovski crystals. Featuring swans, puffins, crabs and my personal favourite - the highland cow - what else could the collection be called, but Bonnie Beasties?


Mhairi Mackenzie (the jewellery supremo behind Bonnie Bling) has always been inspired by her surroundings. Building the brand from her favorite local slang to the island of Bute where all Bonnie Bling jewellery is made. It was only a matter of time before wildlife got a look in. The swan twins already seem to be a popular- and how could they not be when it's swans KISSING. I totally have a soft spot for the crimson beaked puffins and I just know my wee mammy would go gaga for the sheep.

Starting from £15 (for my beloved highland coo brooch) to £55 for a pink swarovski embellished crab necklace (try saying that ten times fast) Bonnie Beasties ticks all the boxes or me this season.

Will you be adding any of the beasties to your collection?

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Handbags and Glad Rags

The past few days have been a real whirlwind of spa treatments, cocktails and excellent company. With Honey Pop's birthday this week we had to celebrate in style. From champagne at the Scottish Fashion Network to an afternoon getting pampered at the Blythswood, this week's been pretty peachy keen. We wrapped the whole thing off last night by heading to the Dhabba for dinner, but not before heading to Benefit to try the new They're Real Eyeliner (which I of course applied with a heavy hand.)

Jacket - Vintage and as old as time
Top - Primark
Belt - Primark
Skirt - River Island
Shoes - H&M
Bag - Lulu Guinness

I've been coming towards the painful realisation it's time I invest in a new big bag. My Lulu Guinness heart tote has been with me years and has gone through the wars. It's more than starting to show. From loading it with text books to using it as a grocery bag, it's been my default bag for a reason. It's the perfect size and it's served me SO well. However it's now wearing away at the bottom and looking worse for wear. It's certainly not looking better with age that's for sure. I mean, I'm going to keep a hold of it till it's essentially in tatters, but until then, my hunt for THE ONE begins. Every woman has one. What's been your go to "big bag"?