Sunday, 13 April 2014

Use it or lose it - The Great Fashion Purge

Beg. Borrow. Steal. A barganistas ethos to fashion though borrow, rediscover and restyle would be a much more accurate representation of the state of my wardrobe at the moment. I can't remember the last time I bought anything that was full price (I'm a certified sale rail junkie) and I'm more likely to pinch something of my sisterling or borrow something off the bestie than buy a complete new look. After doing a MAJOR wardrobe clear out recently (and I mean major) I still managed to find clothes that I bought, that I loved and still hadn't worn. FOR. SHAME. I never considered myself one of those people who like to "keep their clothes nice for special occasions" but some how a long sleeved little sequined number I'd picked up in Zara for £20 had managed to be relegated to the back of my wardrobe for months. Luckily after an invite to the Feast of the Commonwealth landed in my inbox I had the perfect reason to crack this little guy out.

Dress - Zara
Necklace - H&M
Jacket- Debenhams (similar)
Shoes - New Look (similar)
Bag - Chanel

I'm not usually in to wearing anything this short, for a variety of reasons (I dance between not loving my legs and doing my darnest not to flash the general public as top of the list) but it's a gorgeous light Summery dress and I'm trying to employ a use it or lose it policy to my clothes at the moment. Pretty much everything I'm wearing is an old sale number and it's kind of nice to be rediscovering old favourites and refreshing them with a few key trend details. I love clothes. I could buy clothes for days but it's nice to fall back on things that work and wear them with different bobs rather than just buying new things. Like a normal person. I'm very wary about posting very similar outfits on the blog and become very self conscious if I find myself wearing the same certain items over and over again. And then I realised I needed to crawl out my own arshe. I don't have endless wardrobe's and there is no use in pretending I do. While I can't say I'm in a particular rush to do anything like One Month One Dress again (if I ever see that black t-shirt midi again it will be too soon) the challenge did make me very hyper aware of my wardrobe, what pieces have clung on to years and what's been handed down to the sisterling. It's made me a better buyer and more aware of what's going to have longevity in my wardrobe and what I'll want to burn in a few months. I feel completely daft that it's taken me so long to click on to it. It's not anything particularly new, or innovative. It's just clothes. Buying smarter, experimenting with different styles and actually wearing our clothes. I'm going to start operating the use it or lose it rule on my wardrobe more this year (this goes double for my shoes) to see if I can actually rediscover some of my style mojo, save a bit of cash money and see how with the things that I know and love work rather than having to do completely new outfits. With the notion of beg, borrow, steal (or borrow, rediscover, restyle) I'm going to see if I can manage a self imposed clothes spending ban. No idea how it's going to pan out but I imagine I'm going to either going completely bonkers in the first couple of weeks or come out completely fashion zen.

Let the great purge begin.
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Outfit Post - Spring Fever

It feels like Spring has finally sprung. For weeks the weathers has been threatening to be take something season appropriate shaped but the blossoms are out and daffodils are everywhere and I am so ready for it. It's officially the time of year to make sure my sunnies are a staple in my handbag next to my brolly.

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Glasses - Alan Mikli c/o Pretavoir
Biker - Topshop (similar)
Necklace - River Island
Top - Primark
Dress - Motel
Shoes - Debenhams (similar)
Bag - Leko

My beloved Betty and I found ourselves taking a jaunt to Edinburgh for a Jaeger-Lecoultre masterclass in watch making. Other than being utterly spoiled in the Balmoral (I don't think I've ever been so excited about a bathroom in my life) we made sure we stopped off at H&M to check out the home section (NEED. EVERYTHING.) and took a wee wander around Princess Street Gardens. I always love coming to Edinburgh and have fond memories of lurking about Cockburn Street and the Cowgate but it never seems like I get as much time as I'd like. Perfect time of year for people watching! 

Are you in the Spring mood yet?

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Dalmation print, bubblegum pink and loads of glitter - a love letter to Isolated Heroes

I am completely obsessed with Isolated Heroes new collection. COMPLETELY OBSESSED. Ever since Samantha McEwen released her graduate collection Voodoo Zombies 3 years ago, McEwen has been going from strength to strength. Taking inspiration from counter culture, regional traditions around the world and cinema has seen Isolated Heroes transcend fluidly from bold graphic colourful prints to pretty pastel and feminine cuts.

 Her latest collection may be my favourite to date. Soft candy hues of bubblegum pink and baby blue with lashing of love hearts, faux fur and dalmatian print makes the latest Isolated Heroes collection the most unabashedly feminine to date. The look keeps that cool 90s alt girl vibe (any of her looks wouldn't look out of place on The Face) with luxe oversized slouchy bombers, leather wrap skirts and fur trimmed heart print jackets. It's super fun - which is one of the things that's do refreshing about McEwen's designs. Playful, cute and always on the cutting edge of the trend, it's no wonder than Isolated Heroes is becoming one of the most popular emerging young designers from Scotland.

So think it's safe to say I need a dalmation bomber in my life right?
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Monday, 7 April 2014

Mixed prints, macaroni and Miu Miu

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Jacket & Shirt - Tatty Bon
Jumper & Necklace - River Island
Jeans - Henry Holland for Debenhams
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Dr Martens
Glasses - Miu Miu from Pretavoir

My friend Christina is on the hunt for the best macaroni and cheese. A noble cause I'm sure you can agree. We'd both had a positive mac experience at Skinny's in the West End so along with Betty, we thought it was time for a visit. While it wasn't quite the same euphoric mac experience as last time, it was great to head out with a couple of my fave girls for shakes and eats (we managed to get burgers, sides of mac and milkshakes for a super pocket friendly £10.) Perfect considering it's mid-season sale time and I've been getting a little spend happy.

 By now we've all seen the Zara embossed Stressed But Well Dressed clutch (a staple in my wardrobe at the mo since fashion week) and thought it was the perfect palette cleanser as I decided to go for a wee pattern clash. I fell in love with this jumper in River Island with it's bright colours and 70's kaleidoscope print. The fact it came with a necklace (this necklace) was a total bonus. I'm never usually in to tops that come with their own jewellery but on this occasion I know I'm going to get plenty wear out of both. Does it help that it was a sale purchase? You betcha.

Have you picked up any sale bargains yet?

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

That time Betty and I decided to start vlogging

I guess it's been a long time coming. I've always been curious about vlogging (self confessed YouTube addict) so it was always going to happen sooner or later.  Armed with little more than our phones, a mini tripod and our trademark rapier wit, Betty (long time readers will know her as my fashion soul mate, BFF and business partner)  and I decided to throw ourselves full pelt in the world of vlogging. There's loads that we want to cover from interviews with our favourite designers, trend reports and other general lols but to kick off we started with a classic Get To Know Me Tag. Other than concluding that we are the most Scottish sounding couple of BFF's ever, we pretty much manage to cover all the major bases from favourite chidhood tv shows, Oprah, Lindsay Lohan and dream homes. It's fun and a bit daft and we really enjoyed doing it so would love to know what you think!

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Pastel Mermaid Aspirations

The vibe we're going for is pastel mermaid. At least that's what I tell myself after a happy accident with the hair dye (decidedly not violet you may have noted) and a frantic throwing on of all the clothes before hurtling out the door. In truth though I really just wanted an excuse to wear my Meadham Kirchoff's that I picked up in London. These bad boys have been BEGGING for me to take them for a spin and like the terrible shoe mother that I am, I've let them gather dust on my proverbial shoe shelf (it's really more of a shoe mountain, but we've covered the terrible shoe mother point already.)

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Top & Necklace & Socks- Primark
Skirt - River Island (similair here)
Jacket - Debenhams
Shoes - Meadham Kirchoff for Topshop

After a week in bed and missing some amazing events (still not over missing ASOS or William Chambers launch) it's good to be back in the swing of things and what better way than with Debenhams SS14 launch?  Every season they just keep upping their game. I have my eyes on a gorgeous pair of ombre shorts by Jonathan Saunders and of course THIS BAG.   Weather is a total roll of the dice at the moment, sliding the scale between slightly warmer than your fridge to a brief daliance with TAPS AFF temperatures. Which of course means more sunglasses, lunch outside and packing away the 80Ds for the season. I never thought I'd be so excited for Summer!

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Monday, 10 March 2014

On taking over a shop window on Buchanan Street and other sensible life choices

"Want to take part in a style challenge?" The premise sounds simple enough. 5 bloggers over 5 nights, each with 3 manequins to style up and one hour to pull the looks together. It pretty much sounds like my bread and butter and I'm signing on the figurative dotted line before I know it. I promptly ignore the voice in my head that reminds me I've never done anything like this before. Ever. Hell, I have enough trouble getting myself dressed in the morning and my entire retail experience can be summarised as a brief Summer in a comic book shop. But then again, how often do you get to take over a window on one of the busiest shopping streets in Scotland?

To celebrate Glasgow stores new late opening hours (7pm every week night, most open till 8pm Thursday), Buchanan Galleries have invited 5 bloggers to create their Spring looks every night this week. Add a countdown complete with ominous ticking clock and you've got the Late Night Style challenge. And guess who's up first?

Tonight I'll be doing my level best to pull together 3 womenwear looks. In an hour. I've got some bloody amazing stores to choose from. I can't quite tell if this is a good thing or bad thing quite yet. I've managed to blackmail,bribe and beg a few friends to be on hand with safety pins, soothing words and second opinions (#teambeewaits) to help me get through it. An hour isn't a particularly long time to do anything but knowing I'm working to a time limit is part of the fun!

If you find yourself at a loose end this evening, fancy a laugh or want to chance your arm at winning £50 of shopping vouchers for Buchanan Galleries pop on down tonight between 5-6 while I frantically (and by frantically I mean zen like demenour) pull together my favourite 3 Spring looks. Pass by, give us a cheer and make sure to tweet your selfie next to the "Have you got Glasgow Style" tagging @peoplemakeGla #latenightstyle for your chance to win £50 worth of shopping vouchers.

I'm up against some proper talented babes and can't wait to see what they come up with. Till then I'm just focusing on the task at hand and narrowing it down to 3 outfits. The time has come for me to visual merchandise for my life. Wish me luck, see you on the other side!

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