Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Blythswood Rainforest Facial

2 weeks of late nights, canapes and cocktails. I make it sound like such a chore don't I? While there are elements of working with in Glasgow Film Festival that all sound glamorous and fantastic - dead skin, festival lurgy and little sleep is not. Post festival I look like the worst version of myself. My best attempts to go to the gym, eat well and generally act like a real human being fell by the wayside in favour of picking up rails in taxis,making nice with pop ups and a lot of printing. The offer of trying out the new iLA Rainforest facial post festival sounded completely dreamy.
As always the staff at the Blythswood were nothing but helpful, and I had a good steam down in the thermal experience before my facial. I was greeted by Sally, who really I cannot praise enough. She was attentive, informative and was really put at ease by her presence. She really was wonderful and you could tell she was passionate about the treatment as she gave me a history of iLA and the whole spiritual aspect behind the treatment as she washed my feet (apparently to get rid of any negativity.) It was all shaman woman and amazonian jungles, which sounds lovely but a bit flowery for my taste. The organic nature of the treatment and the use of natural products however was something I found really interesting, and would love to find out more about the actual properties of the oils in the treatments and how they affect your body.
The facial itself is unique in the fact it's suitable for pregnant woman (even in first trimester) which I know a few of my girlies will be glad to hear. It's designed to revitalise the skin and after an hour my skin just looked brand new. It was plumper and more even. I floated out the Blythswood (there is really no other word for it) feeling ready to take on the world, or at the very least another festival.
But first, sleep.

The Rainforest facial is available at the Blythswood Spa for £80. They have a mothers day deal on where you can book your mum in for the new Rainforest facial with Thermal Experience for £95. My mum's already been hinting....
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Monday, 27 February 2012

glitter witch nails

About 80% of the time my nails are a hot mess. Chipped, peeling and uneven. I've not got the patience/skill to do my nails myself so Salute is pretty much a dream come true. Set in the heart of the Barrowlands in B.A.AD, Salute spans two floors and pretty much feels like coming home. I mean don't get me wrong it's painstakingly cool with its limited edition art print, dj booth and skull paraphernalia but it still feels like the place for your every girl.Salute is the brain child of Danity Blame - who puts down the birth of Salute to her desire for their to be a place for people to come get some sick as fuck nails but in a social atmosphere. This is the place you and your girlies go before a night out. Get some prosecco, some tunes and some nails art. For me it was flicking through some mags, drinking coffee and generally getting the feel for the whole ethos behind the place.Salute's been open less than two weeks but Danity's already setting to make the nail boutique a destination arts hub for finding cool new products from designers with a mix of street punk ethos and all out fucking glam. It's all shades and gold nail rings in store, but the website it looking like it's going to be something special. For Danity it's about keeping it fresh, citing boredom as one of the contibuting factors for Salute's rise. It's all about not letting things get stale and always doing new exciting things, which let's face it, I'm all over.I mean don't get me wrong, I love doing a shop or a movie with my friends but the idea of us heading down to get our nails all gussied up on an afternoon and catch up on everything is a fucking dream. Salute has a real chilled out atmosphere but has this real attitude at the centre of it. It's about having your own style and being comfortable in it, so there is this real heart at the centre of it.
Prices are reasonable. I paid £30 to get myself some witchy glitter acrylics from the amazing Lisa. I went for long pointed talons, mastered typing but still need to figure out how to open diet coke and peel oranges. Tips of the trade from nail vets would be a treat btw.
Salute is open Thursdays-Sundays and you can book yourself some fancy ass treatments and find more about em over on their old facebook.
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

So I did some styling work

When my friend Levi Macdonald asked if I wanted to do some styling work for her for an editorial in The Pulse I was reluctant at first. Reluctant and clearly mad. I fretted about insurance and how much time I would have and all sorts of little stress monsters. And then she gave me the brief. Marie Antoinette meets Marie Queen of Scots. Diary at the ready, suitcase in hand and we were set to go.
I got to work with some of the most beautiful clothes, shoes and jewellery this side of Scotland (seriously I was spoiled for choice) while working with people I think are all sorts of fantastic. The day was all kinds of cold but we stormed through it. Levi got some beautiful shots, Taz generally looked crazy gorgeous and Kaeleigh was on hand mixing lipstick shades and generally making sure Tara looked super sweet. Within the brief I was given a lot of creative freedom. I wanted it to be decadent, nothing would be too fussy. I liked the idea of mixing lace,silk,tweed and leather and creating softer looks with lots of detailing. While I love the romantic tulle skirt with the bebaroque body, I had a total soft spot for the all pink outfit. Lots of pearls, crystals and leather. It was easily the outfit I had the most fun with.
I had a wonderful day and was an overwhelmingly positive experience. I'd like to say a wee personal thank you to all the designers: Lilly Wiggler Couture, Obscure Couture, Bonnie Bling, Judy R Clark, Bebaroque, Euan McWhirter, Sarah from La La Land, Steven Moffat from Shhh...oooh, Fi from Elanor's Riot & Godiva Boutique as well as my friend Lorainne for the emergency costume pearls, Lynne from Tatty Bon for the gloves and hand steamer and anyone else who helped make this shoot happen. A special thank you to the gorgeous Taz, the tremendous K-wo and as ever the ever talented Levi Macdonald
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Sunday, 19 February 2012

on desire,nail polish and the ballet

I'm the sort of girl who flits mostly between bold brash patterns and black. I look pretty much daft in anything soft so this whole pastel trend is completely lost on me however much I fantasise about looking ethereal and elegant- like my life was tuned to soft focus. OPI however have become my saving grace. For their latest collaboration have teamed up with New York ballet to create a collection of dreamy pastel shades (and a glittery guy for good measure.) I have to say this makes far more sense than The Hunger Games collaboration (which I will still buy every single polish they release and use the grand total of once) - this limited collection is classic shades that are bang on trend while becoming shades that will live in the bottom of your drawer in seasons to come. With names like "My Pointe Exactly" (a sheer grey) and "Don't touch my Tutu" (a snowy white) the collection is fun with all the makings of a modern classic. My favourites have to be "Care to danse" - a soft lilac (like I need another lilac polish) and "Pirouette My Whistle" -a silvery flecked topcoat. I can't seem to find an official release date other than the vague mention of April.

Speaking of ballet and indeed April (see how smooth that transition was) this year marks the 65th anniversery of Tenesse Williams Streetcar Named Desire, and to mark the occasion Scottish Ballet have produced a new show coming to Glasgow the 11-14th of April. I'm hoping I'll manage to get down to some of the talks at the Tramway in March (hoping if I pout at the boy long enough it will merit a trip to the Southside.)
This wee behind the scenes trailer of their poster production popped up the other day and it looks like the production will be as flawless as per.

Scottish Ballet: Streetcar 2012 - Poster Photo Shoot from Scottish Ballet on Vimeo.

Scottish Ballet presents A Streetcar Named Desire, sponsored by Adam & Company

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Wed 11 – Sat 14 April 2012

Evenings 11-14 April – 7.30pm

Matinee 14 April – 2pm

Free pre-show talks at 6.30pm Thu 12 April with Artistic Staff and Fri 13 April with Music staff. Call box office to reserve tickets.

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Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Art of Deco: Bold Souls presents Prohibition Glamour

From the creator's of Bold Souls comes an evening of fresh independent Scottish design. Featuring new designs from Chouchou, Lilly Wiggler Couture, Rene Walrus, Nadine Schloen and Ursula's Designs this pop up one off fashion event create a 3 mini fashion shows. Set in the heart of Glasgow at The Rainbow Room's International Salon, guests will have the opportunity to buy the designs straight off the catwalk in this unique shopping experience.
Tickets are £8/£7 for concessions and are available to purchase from Rainbow Rooms or online. The evening will benefit the charity - the Association for International Cancer Research with 10% of any purchase made on the night from the designer going to charity.

For some good old deco glamour deek Prohibition Glamour on the 22nd of February, 6:30pm at Rainbow Rooms International.
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Friday, 17 February 2012

mary katrantzou for topshop

While I'm sure every blogger worth her weight is going to post about Mary Katrantzou's collaboration with Topshop - launching today - when I saw the preview images there was no way I could not post about this. Busy patterns, zebra prints, matching nails by the girls from Wah!? Well fuck me gently with a chainsaw Topshop have gone and done it again.
I'd recently fallen out of love with Topshop in favour of River Island and Zara who have been completely killing it lately, and truth be told, I was not overly enamoured by their collaboration with Christopher Kane. It felt inconsistent. Their collaboration with the London fashion week favourite sees a very literal interpretation from her main collection for the high street with lots of draping, layering and patterns.The collection is infused with bright florals and waves and naturally feels very high end. I feel like I've been underwhelmed by a lot of designer collaborations in the past (*cough*Lanvin*cough*) but Topshop's collaboration with Katrantzou really raises the bar.
Is it so terrible I want one of everything?
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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Raise a Salute

I am so crazy excited about this it is unreal. I've always fantasised about making trips to London to go to Wah!, or more realistically, periodically stalking DIY Nails as she does the round of the fares but my nail art crazy can be put to bed as looks like I can now get a regular fix in Glasgow.
Salute is the newest nail art salon to hit Glasgow. Based in B.A.A.D (an unassuming black building home to photographers, artists and the Obscure Couture girlies) - Salute is set to be the place to go for kick ass nails, sweet tunes and awesome threads. There are these AMAZING gold nail rings that I am dying to get my hands on! I genuinely can't wait to try this guy out, my nails are looking awfully sad these days.
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If you're in Edinburgh today you really should pick up The Pulse

A few weeks ago I worked on a little project with the super talented Levi Macdonald, Kaeleigh Wallace and Tara Nowy. The results will be in The Pulse today, available in the good old Burgh. Safe to say I can't wait to see what images they used and share more about it!You can deek the online version here.
Pic credit: Levi Macdonald
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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Design Collective Scotland Spotlight: Marc Ross

The Design Collective Scotland, made up of Marc Ross, Emily Lamb and Di Gilpin are producing an eclectic range of work across the board. Specialising individually in womenswear, shoes and knitwear each of these young contemporary designers bring something fresh to the Collective.
Marc Ross is a man after my own heart. The collectives resident womenswear designer shares my affinity for lots of black and studs, mixed with flashes of geometric print and colour.Add ImageHis designs are overtly sexy, a running theme throughout the collection. The feel I get from it is this idea of power and ranges from bodycon dresses to evening gowns with slashes through the centre to the more fantasy based leather bustier gown. I love his use of lemon,orange and purple throughout the collection, and feel that it mixes up the palette without the collection loosing it's edge. Studs everywhere remains a weakness for me. From leather dresses to the leather jacket of my dreams. The matte black studs added a feeling of luxury and helped me buy in to the old adage "fashion people wear black." I loved the print design, especially on the first dress. It has a contemporary off the wall elegance.

Ross' collection was beautiful and featured the right combination of wearable and fantasy. Marc Ross is currently up for the Scottish Variety Awards Designer of the year (last year won by the super talented Alan Moore of ten30.) If you're swooning over his collections as much as I did then go vote for him over at the Clyde 1 site here.
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Friday, 10 February 2012

Design Collective Scotland Spotlight: Emily Lamb

It's a cold and dreary Thursday night, yet I find myself in the decedent surroundings of the Rox Thrill Room. I'm here for the latest collections from Design Collective Scotland - a collective of like minded talented young designers working to build and develop Glasgow's ever evolving fashion scene. Knitwear, shoes and geometric prints are what's to be expected and quite frankly I could not be more excited. So with cocktail and hand, camera ready to snap I prepare myself for the latest catwalk colletion from The Collective.
The Design Collective Scotland is made of of three emerging contemporary designers including Marc Ross, Di Gilpin and today's focus Emily Lamb.
Emily Lamb set up shop in 2010, creating beautiful handmade shoes in Scotland sourced from leather in the U.K. Every pair is made to order and her ethos is set in making sexy,beautiful and timeless creations for women's feet.Her designs are eclectic and fun ranging from romantic, to classic to sexy. I love the hot pink design of Sophia. For me it evokes feelings of a contemporary Marie Antoinette. The green t-bar that is Yamilex is unusual but very wearable and the injection of colour keeps the shoe feeling fresh, young and exciting. The black Ofelia with diamond panelling feels fun while the open toed black Carmen lends more of an edge to Lamb's collection. The predominant feature through her collection seems to be experimentation - and you can tell they have been designed by a shoe lover. They evoke a sense of grown up whimsy with flashes of colour and unusual detailing. The shoes featured here are priced between £220 -£320, and considering they are made to order in Scotland with U.K leather would say that is not too shabby. Not too shabby at all.

You can buy Emily Lamb Shoes directly from her website. Follow her on facebook here.
To find out more about Design Collective Scotland follow them on facebook at "Design Collective Scotland."

Emily Lamb will be featuring on a panel for Glasgow Film Festival at the UK premier of God Save My Shoes on the 24th February. Buy tickets here.
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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Save Tatty Bon

In the past year we've seen the likes of Che Camille and Made in The Shade shut up shop in Glasgow, and it's looking like Tatty Bon is now suffering the brunt of the recession. While we all love our independent retailers, the high street still offers that fast fashion fix. I sat down with Tatty Bon owner and Merchant City's resident bad ass Lynne Anderson to talk about Tatty Bon, the recession and fighting the good fight in the indie market place.

Bee Waits: First of all - for those not in the know - What is Tatty Bon and what made you decide to open a vintage shop? Could you tell us where the name comes from?

Lynne Anderson:Tatty Bon is an independent boutique based in Glasgow Cross; the heart of Glasgow. We like to think of ourselves as an alternative to the high street. We offer a wide range of handmade/handmade jewellery, hand crafted accessories (bags being a favorite) as well as customised clothing (all recycled from second hand & vintage garments) and a good bit of vintage to boot! As for the name.....well, as many now know I'm sure, I named the shop after my cat, Tatty Bon-bon. It seemed fitting as I'm a crazy cat lady & she's now the shops mascot and is sometimes to be found in the shop.

BW: Who is the typical Tatty Bon shopper.

LA: I like to think we don't have a 'typical'. We get such a mixed bag of people in. Of course we get the our fair share of stylish students in, but we also get their mums! I pleased that the shop is such that anyone can walk in & feel comfortable.

BW:There seems to have been a backlash against the high street, yet with fast fashion outlets like Primark - how do indie shops make themselves stand out aside the competitors?

LA: Well, attitudes do seem to be changing towards the high st. I think that we've all experienced that awkward moment when you turn up at the pub and see someone in the same dress as you! That's not going to happen when you buy vintage or customised clothing, you know your a one off. I think it's a similar feeling you get when you by bespoke designer items, but without the price tag. You can still buy current styles in vintage/customising shops, fashion is ever evolving and always influenced by the past, so you know you can be fashionable, stylish & there's no chance of anyone turning up in the same outfit as you!

BW: As an indie retailer what have you found to be the challenges with running your own business?

LA: The recession has hit the whole country hard and when we look to the rest of the world so many are either the same of have it worse. In this kind of climate, it's always the little guys that are hit first, and often the worst, especially for a young business like myself.
As the shop is young we're still building the brand, looking at what weaknesses are & trying to build on our strengths. We're always working on building a solid customer base as well as customer loyalty and that's hard to do at the best of time, much less now. People often forget the DIY nature of small business, we don't have the budget and resources that large shops, owned by larger companies, have. It really takes time....

BW: What are the best things about your own business?

LA: I love what I do. I love creating and coming up with new ideas all the time. I think that most of my customers enjoy it too. It's important for there to be options other than the high st giants, the city needs to have the life and vibrancy that we bring to it. It's great to feel a part of that.

BW: You've ran your own series of events in store and are known for the market circuit. How have you found working with other indie retailers and why run events in store?

LA: It's great working with other indie retailers, there's so much variety out there and the people are so nice! I've made a lot of friends doing this, and much of it has been through other retailer/crafters that I've met along the way. we're all small and I think we need to support each other....and it's great to have people to bounce ideas off of. I really enjoy the in-store events. It's giving something back to the customer, some of whom are very loyal and supportive, so I can say thanks with some discounts, cake and a wee tipple, then why not?! It's also a great way to encourage folks who may not normally venture down our neck of the woods down to check out what we have to offer.

BW: What are your top 5 in store picks?

LA: Hmmmmm. Well I LOVE the over sized eagle necklace, I made myself one & I wear it most times when I'm going out. Also, you can't beat the heart scroll necklaces; you can be as sweet or offensive as you like. Express yourself through jewellery you might say. The small winged ones are a particular favorite.
I'm a big fan of bags, esp when you can fit tones of junk in them! So the hand made bags are def in there. They've been really popular & make great gifts.
Another thing I think makes the shop stand out are the hand painted shoes. All ladies love shoes & every pair are a one off. I also have loved plastic animal toys since I was a kind, so the taxidermy for toys range is my new favorite. They're so quirky...and funny.

BW: Do you have a favourite vintage era at all?

LA: Well I love the style of the 40's, especially the late 40's. But I must admit I'm also very partial to 70's sun dresses and print shirts.

BW: So who is your vintage style icon?

LA: Marlene Dietrich!! Marlene forever!! Now that was a woman with style. She was even involved with designing her film costumes. She should've been a designer. Marilyn Monroe is a close second, no one did adorable/sexy like Marylin.

BW: Where can the Tatty Bon shopper get herself/himself some goodies if not Merchant City bound?

LA: We're well represented online too. Log onto tattybon.co.uk for links to Etsy, Folksy as well as the online shop. There's also all our online networking sites such as Facebook, so you can always feel free to chat or even put in a wee sneaky custome request. I'll also be at GWBP Boyroom Blitz this Sunday with a range of mens goodies.Tatty Bon is a great wee shop and it would be a bloody crime to see it shut down. Follow Save Tatty Bon on facebook for updates of in store events or follow @Tattybon on twitter for updates and tweed #savetattybon. Remember sharing is great but buying something would be better. Tatty Bon is based on 61 Parnie Street (next to Static Games...imagine if you're walking to Mono) or online via etsy or folksy or direct from the site here.
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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Brand Lust: Minna Parikka

I first came across "Minna Parikka" when I was visiting Shhh..ooh in Edinburgh and Parikka's elegant shoe designs instantly stood out. The blood drip design (or frosting if you want to think of it as something a little bit less morbid) through pieces of her collection instantly captivated me. After looking in to her designs a bit more I was hooked. I was declaring my love for Minna Parikka all over the shop, fantasising about my dream graduation shoes and posting links of nearly everything on the shop to my long suffering nearest and dearest.
Launched in 2005, Minna Parikka emerged from the designers love of shoes and tied close to the idea that "shoes-unlike clothes don't need to be inhabited by a body in order to look attractive." Its routes lay strongly in shoes as objects of power and how they can help shape how a woman looks and feels about herself. Parikka's designs could only be crafted by a shoe lover. They are playful and surreal and all kinds of beautiful. I could have spent hours on the site shifting through her heels, clutch bags and collection of gloves.

diaryofmu.com presents Minna Parikka DIARY from Diary of Mu on Vimeo.

Parikka's designs feel seamless and for me feel a bit like if Lulu Guinness did shoes.The same sense of whimsy without sacrificing craftsmanship is present in her designs. Her collection is wearable, practical and stylish - though I do have a fondness for her mask collection. While as a whole Parikka definitely has a certain edge throughout her collections it's when you view her mask collection that she shrugs off any pretenses of being prim and proper. Her work is girlish and fanciful and you can tell that there is a real sense of fun running through her work.

If you're Edinburgh based you can pick yourself up a pair of Minna Parikka's in the wonderful boutique Shhh...ooh on 9a Castle Street (shoe lovers you will just DIE, ask to see the white room, trust me.) However for those of us who don't fancy a trip to the Burgh you can buy online. Clocking in between £115-£300 a pair the seem like like something I may just be able to justify to myself.
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