Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Snake skin and kitty cats

Turns out I have quite the thing for novelty cat bags. While this will be a surprise to absolutely no one, most would think one cat clutch would be enough. They'd be wrong. When I first clocked this furry little beast online a few months ago I knew it had to be mine. His furry little tale, his grumpy wee face - this little New Look number was my must have bag for Winter.

Roll  Neck - H&M
Necklace - Primark
Trousers - Next
Shoes - Debenhams
Bag - New Look (OMG also comes in black)

Emerald green is everywhere this season (there is a sequined skirt in Debenhams that I have my eye on) so it's the perfect time to dig out these little beauties from Next. The fact they also look like fish scales? A welcome cheeky bonus and the perfect backdrop for my new kitty bag. While the novelty kitty may not be for everyone (madness) fluffy bags are pretty much everywhere at the moment, which I'm more than okay with.

Do you think you'll be rocking a fluffy clutch this season?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tutus and Tartan

It's officially sale season which is the worst possible news for my bank account.  While I've been on a massive wardrobe purge recently and trying to do this whole buying better thing, it can sometimes tricky to get over that wardrobe fatigue. It gets to the point where you feel you've worn everything you love to death (not untrue, everything here has made an appearance on here at least once) and sometimes a wee timed purchase can revitalise your wardrobe and make you love everything again. Remember my 3 ways to wear rule?

Top - River Island
Necklace - Next
Skirt - eBay
Bag - Charity Shop
Shoes - Doc Martens

If I can't imagine it with 3 different looks in my wardrobe, it doesn't get bought. It's a pretty good rule of thumb when you're trying to be thrifty. The River Island sale is always one of my first port of calls when the red signs go up in windows (and online.) I completely fell in love with this print and treated myself to a little co-ord set for under £30. And I haven't worn them together yet. Both pieces blend seamlessly in to my wardrobe already. Long shorts and a crop? Dream team!

So yeah, a few squid dropped has been giving me a totally fresh perspective on my wardrobe. I'm looking out old favorites that I forgot I had and mixing them with some staples. Peachy keen. When was the last time you bought something that gave your wardrobe a new lease of life?

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Abandon Ship's got True Guts

There's no cure, an estimated 250,000 people in the U.K have it and it's not something many people like to talk about. Crohn's disease is a chronic irritable bowel disease with a list of super fun symptoms like the worst cramps imaginable, fatigue, bloody diarrhea and can lead to death.  Sufferers (because yeah, it's hardly a walk in the park is it) find themselves in and out of hospital at the mercy of their body. And the treatments available? Colostomy bags, steroids, bowel removal and keeping a strict control of their diet.   In a word, Crohn's fucking sucks.

Abandon Ship Apparel are raising money for Crohn's and Colitis U.K with their "True Guts" and "Fuck Crohn's" tees. This isn't the first time they've supported the charity either with a previous "True Guts" line.  With more people developing the disease (it usually sets on between 16-30) they are donating all their profits to the charity that specialises in informing, support and research.


Crohn's has seen a spike in awareness recently with more people talking about it (remember Bethany Townsend and her massive fuck you to Crohn's this Summer?) but it's still vastly misunderstood by anyone not directly effected by it.  So if you fancy doing your bit for an awesome charity and get a pretty sweet t-shirt in the process, make sure you grab your True Guts tee from Abandon Ship and let Crohn's know it can go fuck itself.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Top Haircare goodies for Dry, Damaged and yeah....brightly coloured hair

I have super dry hair. It's the kind of thing that is going to happen if you, you know, bleach and dye it on a regular basis. However I keep it manageable with a few key products that find themselves on a continuous rotation in my bathroom. Basically? This is my dyed hair girls guide to haircare.


The "Everyday" Shampoo: Pro tip. Or you know, common sense. Don't wash your hair every day. I give my coloured locks a good shampoo and rinse twice a week MAX.  For this I reach or Phyto's Phytocitrus shampoo. It's not the cheapest going (£10-£12 a bottle) but it lasts for ages and it smells bloody incredible.  It's been designed for colour treated hair so it gently washes without stripping away colour. If I had one little niggle it would be the metal bottle which can be tricky to get product out of when you're nearly out but it's made more than one appearance in my bathroom cabinet meaning at it's price point, it must be good.

The "Everyday" Conditioner: I don't usually believe in the whole use the same shampoo and conditioner combo for max effect, it tends to read a bit scammy to me. That being said I love the hell out o the Phyto Phytobaume conditioner. Again it's for colour treated hair and it smells fruity and delicious, but the real thing that won me over? EXPRESS CONDITIONER. Usually when I leave a conditioner on for 10 minutes I'm wondering if it's actually really good for my hair or if it's just that it's been on for ages. This guy is an on/off kind of deal with instant results.  Basically it acts as the detangler of my dreams.


The "Treat Yo' Self" : I have thirsty hair and I try every couple of weeks to give it a bit of tender love and care.  For this it's all about lighting the candles, running a bath, sticking on netflix and loading up Bleach Reincarnation Mask on my hair. It's a product DESIGNED by people who specialise in fucked up hair.  It reminds me of the super thick conditioner you get in all hair dye packets so having an embiggened version off that is a total dream.  Use when your hair is MEGA thisty.

The Leave In Number:  Lush continue to make some of my all time favourite products (their Curly Wurly shampoo missed out by a horses hair) but I couldn't leave out R&B Hair Moisturiser. This is another one for those with super dry hair. It's great for after a bleaching as it is essentially like giving your scalp a "I'M SORRY BRO. HERE'S A HUG." I'll throw it on when my hair feels like it needs a conditioning treatment and I don't have time to go the full 9 yards. Super snaps for being vegan.

The Ladies Choice: I'm going to let you finish but Milkshake's Conditioning Whipped Cream is one of the best hair care products off ALL time. I use this little number religiously because it makes my hair feel silky and smell the proverbial tits.  It comes out looking like whipped cream, goes on your dry hair and sweet lord, it smells like Banoffee Pie. Look if you don't have a sweet tooth give this one a miss but it's a great little fixer upper.

The Not so secret weapon:  I'm lucky that once I'm blue, I tend to have a colour that just won't quit. This is great if you're looking for something bold and vibrant, however if you're looking for something a little tamer (or want to begin the process of stripping your hair) Head and Shoulders is a girl's worst kept secret. Or you know "Hair & Scalp" from the poundshop. You get the same effect. This little baby strips the colour out your hair a peach and is how I keep my shade in the minty family after a fresh dye job. Only problem is that this guy is going to dry the shit out o your hair. I mean, if you thought it was thirsty before, your locks are going to be full on dehydrated. There is a reason I use a lot of conditioner.

So there you have it. Without giving my colours away (spoilers: it's a mix of Crazy Colour, Bleach, conditioner and a lot of fine tuning in the bathroom) you've got my haircare routine. Essentially the reason I manage to go through life without loosing all of it to the elements. I'm sure you guys have your top beauty buys. Am I missing any of your major hair care products?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Full time fashion fanny

T-shirt - Hope Street
Parka - H! by Henry Holland for Debhenhams
Jeans - customized
Shoes - Shcuh
Watch - Caravelle

Hope St has fast become one of my favourite magazines. There is literally no reason for you not to read it. Other than some of the most beautiful fashion editorials ever, in depth conversation pieces (the latest topic? pubegate) and oh yeah, Dolly Parton riding a unicorn. No big deal. So yeah, it's pretty obvious I'm in love with all the content and it's faux ad campaigns (Pish: Mark Your Scent) it's pretty much perfect.  Gorgeous conceptual shoots and with the tongue firmly in cheek, Hope St is well worth your cash money. Call it the ultimate coffee table magazine.  Bonus points? They are based in Glasgow (right next to the Betty & Bee office) and throw the best parties, hands down. When I saw the "Fashion Fanny" t-shirts promoting the latest mag drop I was ready to beg, borrow or steal (okay, maybe not the later) to get my paws on one. Luckily it didn't have to resort to that and I have a new wardrobe staple.  A wee birdy tells me they may be available to buy soon which is obviously the best news I've had all year, so it's something you will 100% want to be putting cash money on to.

If you love gorge visuals, irreverent humor and some of the best god damn writing you better be ordering yours stat. Issue 3 has me wanting every image hanging on my walls. Look like print isn't dead after all.

Over and out fellow fashion fannies.




Sunday, 5 October 2014

Scot Street Style kicks off Crowdfunding campaign for crowdsourced annual #Onward

If you spend any time on the internet, you've more than likely come across Scott Street Style. And if you haven't?  What rock have you been hiding under?

Scot Street Style is a creative community started by Gordon Millar centred around promoting creativity, style and innovation in Scotland. Through instagram.  While the idea of street style is hardly reinventing the wheel, what made Scot Street Style different was it's openness to share everyone's story and to promote outwith and within Scotland. With 5 Gatherings (social networking events bringing people off the screen and together in real life) Millar is hoping to ignite the community in his most ambitious project to date.


The Scot Street Annual #Onward is a book featuring crowdsourced stories of the people of Scot Street Style. Designers, photographers, musicians et al are all contributing their stories and images to be part of the project which will see the book hit shelves before Christmas. How about that?

However to make it happen, keep costs low and pretty much take over the world (the next Gathering is already pinned for NYC!) they need your help. Scot Street Style is crowdfunding to raise £7000 via kickstarter to make the project happen with 9 days to go. Those of you not familiar with Kickstater, (under the same rock as the non-scot street style lot I imagine) - it's easily the biggest crowdfunding platform out there. One small snag though. If they don't reach their target they get none of the money. ZILCH. O course this means if you pledge and the project isn't funded you don't get your reward (but you do get your cash money back) which would be a damn shame as the rewards are amazing.  Other than copies of the book they've got some rare treats up or grabs to be added this week including photo shoots with renowned photographers, grooming hampers and custom jewellery. 


It's time to give back guys and when you pledge you are helping grow and develop the Scot Street Style community.  Also, no matter what you pledge, be it £1 to £100 (yes please) you'll guarantee yourself an invite to the book launch.

I thin it's an amazing project and would love to see this one go through. Make sure to make your pledge here, and you, I'll see you at the launch party.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

I Believe in Isolated Heroes

There are few designers who when their new collection drops my heart effectively stops.  Well perhaps not stops, but my bank balance definitely does a shudder, sensing a disturbance in the force. With a new collection from Isolated Heroes, it's got every right to be quaking in its metaphorical boots because I.Want.Everything.

"I Believe" may not seem like a natural fit for me, after all it's a literal explosion of sequins and colour, but damn if that doesn't make me want it more.  It's playful, satirical and a whole lot of fun, inspired in part by the designers 20s. Cocktails and teardrops,  embroidered self help slogans (just in case you forgot your daily affirmations) and floor length sweeping sequined coats with removable Mongolian fur in rainbow colours, "I Believe" manages to hit all the right notes from girls under pressure, to girls in love. It's all very girl power for the millennial, and manages to be nostalgic without being overly derivative.




Every collection from Isolated Heroes keeps getting stronger. It's smart, self-referential and perfect party wear.  Obviously the ombre sequin dresses are a highlight for me as well as the oversized mermaid biker but the trophy jacket with embroidered detail and detachable collar has got to be the centrepiece for me. 

If  you're looking to add some texture and colour to your life, Isolated Heroes brand of post-apocalyptic retro futurism is a pretty god damn good place to start.