Monday, 14 August 2017

Fuck It Fashion: Ruffles and Perspex

Fashion rules are arbitrary at best. They can serve as a guide line sure - but I like to think of them as more suggestions that hard fast lessons to live your sartorial life by. Case in point - wearing things that flatter your body shape. However, if you tell me there is something I should 10/10 avoid and NOT wear, I'm going to try and find a way to integrate it in to my day to day. And this week it's ruffles. Ruffles that by all accounts pay more than a passing tribute to Liberace and 80's pop stars. Ruffles, that if you're not rocking a fashion titty are going to look awkward, add unnecessary volume and generally be notoriously difficult to work with. Ruffles, the diva of this seasons fashion trends. Fuck it guys, I love ruffles.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Best Full Coverage Foundations

When it comes to your make-up bag you can skimp on a lot of things. Basically anything you put on your eyes. Most lip colours. Hell, my favourite highlighter is £3 from Superdrug. Though the one place I'm willing to spend that little (lot) more? Foundation. There are some perfectly passable, hell, even great bases available on the high street but, when it comes to coverage, longevity and colour range?  Well I'm yet to find my foundation soul mate on a budget. If you're going to blow your load on one product you want to make sure it's a good one. And my preference towards a matte mid to full coverage and meant I've seen and sampled my fair share of foundations.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Karen Mabon: Today is Your Lucky Day

How much is too much Karen Mabon? Trick question guys. When it comes to this Edinburgh designer, the limit does not exist. At least if you've got any commitment to the kitsch, weird and wonderful. So basically anyone with a heartbeat right?

Over the last year she's dipped her toe in to sleepwear (read: what I want to wear to the office, a killer collaboration on Despicable Me 3 and is currently Stateside showcasing her new swimwear range. I think this is what we call building an empire right? Though, if we're going to strip it back and go back to basics, it's always been about the scarves. They've always been somewhat of a love letter to the absurd with a generous helping of nostalgia - and as a result we get collections featuring kitty cat weddings, a tribute to all our favourite vices (fast food, cigarettes, Champagne and dancing) and of course jumble sales. It's an exercise is full blown maximalism with Mabon's captivating and quirky illustrations providing a snap shot in to her own personal brand of off-beat story-telling.


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Monday, 7 August 2017

Rhubarb and Strawberry Margaritas

Does anything say Summer more than a margarita? I mean, other than being one of the all time classics (and perfect for lazy Summer days with friends) I can think of few cocktails that perfectly manage to tread the fine line of salty, sharp and sweet the same way a margarita does. Perfect with mexican food or on it's own this easy to make icon has become a bit of a stalwart in my kitchen cupboard.  While I think sometimes it's hard to beat a classic (I mean, why mess with perfection right?) thebar.com invited me to share my twist on the ultimate Summer cocktail and well, it was a no brainer. There was no way it could be anything other than a margarita. So it was time to combine my favourite summer time tipple with my favourite summer flavours. Strawberry and rhubarb margaritas anyone?
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Hungry? Let's Try Ardnamurchan Glasgow

Ardnamurchan seems to have missed the Great 2017 Glasgow restaurant hype train, but that doesn't mean this unassuming newbie based in the heart of the cities theatre land shouldn't be at least somewhere on your foodie bucket list this year. Directly across from Theatre Royal on Hope Street, Ardnamurchan have a focus on creating beautiful Scottish food with an extensive Scottish gantry to boot. Oh, and it happens to be the only place in the city you can get Ardnamurchan venison, so that surely should be reason enough to visit for any game fans alone right? (Short answer? Yes. Yes it is.)


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Monday, 24 July 2017

Making your World more Ribenary through Augmented Reality

Augmented reality and branding isn't anything new. Stripped back, it's using technology to mix objects and images within your real world. It's so normalised now (think brands face mapping so you can take a selfie with your favourite fictional character or hell, ANY snapchat filter.) The two go hand in hand and with augmented reality and virtual reality set to hit $150 by 2020 we're all but set to see more brands using it within their making campaigns. While we may not quite be integrating wearable tech fully in to out lives a la google glass or facebook's oculus, the easiest way is through a series of apps through our phones. And while this has primarily been used to encourage social sharing, the gamfication or altering our reality isn't only the next logical step but already in full swing. It plays in our desire to share, create and collect. I mean, come on, Pokemon Go! anyone? Nintendo's shares sky rocketed and it was the most download IOS app last year WORLDWIDE. That's nuts. 

Ribena invited me to their latest app and to Doodle my World with the entire concept based around making your life more Ribenary. From video to photography you're invited to integrate a bunch of weird and wonderful animated characters in your day to day life - from the personified goofy disco ball to bunnies shooting pink laser beams it's completely and delightfully off the wall.  Ribena: Doodle Your World is pretty much a big old playground for anyone who loves any excuse to goof about on their phone. I mean, when you've already had a penchant for cartoon imagery and have more than a passing interest in gifs and stickers, Doodling your World plays to all of those visual itches.



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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Why Dying My Hair Yellow was the Best Thing I've Ever Done (to it)

A new hair day can be completley and utterly transformative. No two ways about it. It's a tired cliche for a reason, but an outward change has always been a signifier of "inner personal growth." It's okay, I can hear your eyes roll from here, and trust me, I did the very same just typing it. But it holds true, for me at least. My barnett is a solid barromoter for my emotional state of affairs and a sure fire way to measure if I'm going to go through a "Big Change" wether consiously or otherwise.

I've been yellow for a while now, but it's taken a while to settle on my perfect shade of sunshine (seriously, that's what it's called. Sunshine. Talk about a positive omen right?) But I think the gals at BLOW have finally nailed it. And look, I get it. It's superficial. Feeling good about yourself comes from within. Blah. Blah Blah. But really, dying my hair yellow was the best thing I've ever done to it. And not just cause it looks cool in photos.

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