Wednesday, 20 November 2013

You dancing? Am asking. What I Wore: Scottish Baftas

There ain't no party like an after party because an after party is mandatory. And that's how I found myself on a drizzly Sunday night making my hair look big and heading out to the Radisson for the BAFTA Scotland after party with my main girl Betty.

Top: Next
Trousers: Next
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: Next
Bag: Red N Bold
Glasses: Miu Miu c/o Pretavoir

I'm fully feeling trousers for going out (and just life in general) at the moment so when I found this little two piece number in Next I had to snap it up. £72 for the whole look which I just can't get over and can already see me wearing the separates with loads more in my wardrobe (already wore the trousers with a little neon number on Monday.) I'm slowly coming round to the idea of glasses for going out. I've been told I've needed opticals since I was yay high and has a pretty hard time of it (this was back in the day of your full on Grandmum NHS specs and they took up about 75% of my face) so the second I could get contacts I was well and truly on it. I've been coming round to wearing specs the last few years but never ever for going out. Until I found the Miu Miu's. I have never felt so good in a pair of glasses and hell, they made me feel FONCY. I love an exaggerated cats eye and they feel like a more feminine take on my usual day to day frame.

Anyway turned out this outfit was perfect for dance offs to good old JT, learning to jive and 5am trips to the Corinthian. My feet were well and truly swollen by the end of it but totally worth it. Trousers for the dance floor? I think I've found my antidote to the festive sequins. I'll see you on the dance floor.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

10 reasons you need to get down to Scottish Designers Pop Up

Elbows sharpened ladies. The ultimate indie designer pop up is rolling in to town. I'm already pretty much foaming at the mouth for it after receiving regular updates via facebook but in case you're not convinced here are the Top 10 Reasons you need to hit up the Scottish Designer Pop Up this week.

1. Supporting Independent Designers

I love a good rummage round a department store as much as the next gal, but are you really going to get anything THAT different? Indie designers not only make some of the baddest stuff on the streets, but odds are if you pop along, you're going to meet the person that made it who HIYAS turn out to be some of the most talented, passionate and creative people going.

2. Bling for your head

Rene Walrus makes the BEST bridal (and let's face it) party headwear. Heavy on sparkle and fun, always delighted to see what she comes up with next. Her millinery and jewellery is big on colour and always super playful. I'm still not over the massive lip veil she did at last years Nightwalk. The lady knows how to make an impression, and her stuff is perfect if you're looking to do the same!

3. Scrummy yummy cashmere

Rosie Sugden makes some of the most luxurious cashmere staples I ever did see. We're expecting snow this week too so it's time to be investing in something to keep you cosey through them long winter nights. I know when the cold snap hits I want to be layered up in some good and toasty nits and Sugden has it pretty much covered.

4. Ladies Love a Torres

I pretty much think it's impossible for anyone not to feel like a major sex bomb in Rebecca Torres. Slinky graphic prints, hunners of colour. Perfect for under the tree or those looking for something a little less sparkly this party season. Super slinky, maybe not one for a big Christmas dinner but perfect if you are looking to make an impact on the dance floor.

5.....but in case you love sparkle

Scottish jeweler Georgia Wiseman is utterly killin' it at the moment. Her Sirus collection is flat out to die for and her selection of big old sparkly rings are perfect for edging out any outfit. Her jewels are adored by mum and daughters alike (speaking from experience) and are perfect party outfit finishers/treats for under the tree.

6. It's in the city centre

Located in Princes Square, if you are based round the central belt of Scotland you literally have NO EXCUSE for hitting this up. A hop, skip and a jump from both Queen Street and Central Station and a nose bleed from St Enoch Subway centre, it could not be easier to find this guy.

8.Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Audrey Kitching....

Are all mega fans of Edinburgh brand Bebaroque who made their name in the bis for embellished legwear and bodies. There sample sales are always to die for with prices slashed and press samples and one off goodies often making it to the rails. I'm mentally preparing a wish list of goodies. Note to self: GET THERE EARLY.

9. Award winning design on your doorstep

Scottish Fashion Awards Graduate Designer of the Year 2012, Joanne McGillivray on your door step Glasgow with some of her amazerous printed goodies. It will be great to see this emerging designer who is going from strength to strength among some of my other local favourites.

10.Karen Fucking* Mabon

Errrrrrrrything she does is just amazing. I want all of it on my body immediately. The Fox Midnight Feast scarf may be sold out (weeping forever over heres) but a chance to scoop up some sweet samples and limited editions from her back catalogue? Sign me up! Just keep doing what you're doing Karen cause it is just, working for me so much.

Running Thursday till Saturday (such a short window, IT'S A GOD DAMN CRIME) these bad ass hotties will be working together to bring their goodies to the high street. It's a proper killer selection with something for every one.  Collaboration is bloody key for young designers and with this line up, well, it's safe to say I've not been excited about anything as much as this in a looooooooooooooong time.

See you at the till point.

(*sorry mum. I just really like her scarfs.)

Monday, 18 November 2013

Think Boutique & Rapu Nui Gallery Take Byres Road Back for Christmas

No strangers to a cheeky wee pop up, Think Boutique and Rapu Nui Gallery are returning this Thursday to Byres Road with their latest month long pop up. Just in time for Christmas me thinks!

Byres Road was/is still one of my favourite haunts, but in the last 10 years, it's like there has been a near constant rotation of different shops. Our high street is loosing it's vibrancy. With the shift to online shopping, I guess it shouldn't come as much of a suprise, however I'd hate to see our high streets loose their vibrancy and it seems like pop up shops are the way to get the best of both worlds. I love a good rummage and let's face it, you can't beat browsing through the rails. Clicking through your browser just doesn't quite measure up.

I'm actually heavy excited about this guy because after heaving a deek on both the Think Boutique and Rapu Nui Gallery websites I've got a Christmas list as long as my arm for pretty much everyone in my life. Eco friendly, stylish and sourced from U.K based artists - it's two of my favourite things - fashion and art under one roof.

Eco friendly, pocket friendly and without sacrificing style - this is exactly what Glasgow needs on the run up to Christmas (and just on our streets in general.)  Other than stocking some utter delights that are perfect for stocking fillers (this pug broach from Rapu Nui is AMAZING) and I'm already fantisising about how I could wear these wool culottes from Think Boutique.

Located at 112 Byres Road, the pop up will be open from the 21st of November - 21st of December. With family friendly activities, live fashion mannequins and a few other tricks up their sleeves/rabbits under their hats, Think Boutique & Rapu Nui's latest pop up sounds like it's going to be utterly killer.


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Radley X Holly Fulton

I think it's safe to say I never saw this coming. Never has a collaboration had more of a transformative effective on my perception of a brand than this one. I LOVE Holly Fulton, she is one of my favourite designers working today. Radley however well Radley was the bags my mum bought when she was looking for something well made and practical and a bit well, for me, dull.

When I first heard Radley were teaming up with Holly Fulton I'm pretty sure I straight out guffawed (which people still do btw, case and point.) Fulton's signature graphic prints are teamed here with statement clutch bags (a fan, an envelope and of course a Scottie dog.) It is one of the best collaborations I've seen in a long time. It's not completely inoffensively priced either with the doggie bag (lol I see what you did there Radley) clocking in at £129 creeping up to £249 for the moon and slouch bags.

Quirky, high fashion statement bags. What's not to love? I find myself quite taken by the tan leather but if I had to choose just one piece to be mine? It would totally have to be the Renn clutch bag in black, white and red. It feels like an instant classic and I surely can't be the only one feeling total Twin Peaks vibes off it no?

So what we thinking guys - Radley X Holly Fulton. Design match made in heaven?

Monday, 4 November 2013

Abandon Ship Hits Glasgow. About time too.

To say an Abandon Ship Apparell pop up in Glasgow is overdue is a bit of an understatement. Just a bit. Since launching ASA has developed a cult following and a bit of a reputation (not the bad kind, unless you count playing around in a strorm tropper suit on a mobility scooter as bad, in which case I don't think we can be friends any more.) They've went from strength to strength, utterly smashing Europe and already making ripples Stateside. And now they've opened their first Glasgow Pop Up. The only question I have is - why did it take them so bloody long?

The shop looks flat out amazing -with this really clean, industrial feel. It's a bit like visiting your best friends house. If you're best friend is in to taxidermy, video games and hot sauce. Tattoo illustrations from past collaborations and previous events, suits of armour and wild boar - it all seems like it would be a bit disjointed (and it is) but it all feels so wonderfully right in the Abandon Ship boys little corner of Princes Square.

I'm not going to lie. I would never have called Princes Square as the natural location for a cult lifestyle brand to set up shop for 3 month. But after seeing it, it oddly fits. It may seem like having bearded gents selling kitten balaclava's next to Jo Malone, but in it's own twisted way it makes complete sense. The place looks great, the vibe is amazing and holla up out of towners - it's super easy to find and close to all your key public transport. 
My Swollocks and I, DIY Nails and Honey Pop. Clearly having the time of our lives.

With a few store exclusives in the pipeline and Christmas on the horizon, I'm super excited to see what the Abandon Ship lot do with their 3 month tenure in Princes Square. If there track record is anything to go by, it's going to be bloody brilliant.

Opening Times
Monday 9am-6pm
Tuesday 9am-6pm
Wednesday 9am-6pm
Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

Abandon Ship Apparel, Unit 24, Ground Floor, Princes Square, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Grunge mermaid? I'll take that!

Dress - River Island
Belt - Primark
Bag - You should know where by now...
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell
Tights - Primark

ALL CHANGE! Who says you need to wait till new year to change things up? Fresh off the back of my quarter life crisis, this week has been a bit off a doozy. I handed in my notice at a job that I love, I dyed my hair green and I started wearing pink (amendment: one pink thing. Ever.)

It all feels a bit surreal and completely utterly mental. At the beginning of the week my best girl Betty and I got our notice through to say that YUP we were officially a limited company. Which is weird because now I have things like shares (worth utterly zilch but SHARES - those things are for people with mortgages and fancy kitchens) and can legit call myself a director and a bidn'ess woman. We all know what that means right? From here on out we are sophisticated, educated, successful career women. Do you have some sort of business women special?

Clearly to deal with that the logical reaction to that was to dye my hair green (Bleach: Wash Up Mermaid FYI) and buy the brightest piece of clothing I could possibly find. Which I am totally in to. Look I KNOW Winter is meant to be my season.I should be having a ball getting be going for full out gothic eleganza but I'm finding myself going for more neons (which are pretty much a neutral colour as is) and silvers. Because that makes sense.

I  got to celebrate the end to a pretty big week at the opening of Abandon Ship's first Glasgow pop up (coinciding with Betty's final day at work) surrounded by some of my favourite people in the world. It's all feeling pretty surreal right now but I'm not going to lie, feeling pretty hyped on life at the mo. I just can't wait to get started!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Scottish Style Awards: I'M READY FOR YA

Could there actually be a grander event in the Scottish events calender than the Scottish Style Awards? A celebration of pretty much the creme de la creme of Scottish style not only across fashion but of music, eateries and hotels. It's essentially a who's who of what's happening, what's next and where to go. The nominees dropped at the weekend and was DELIGHTED to see some of my fave spots making the shortlist.

So without further ado - the nominees are

Most Stylish Bar

Black Bird, Edinburgh
Lucky Liquor, Edinburgh
Scotch @ The Balmoral, Edinburgh
The Finnieston, Glasgow
The Hill, Glasgow

My dollahs on: My vote is with Lucky Liquor in Edinburgh. The sister bar of Bramble, they've pretty much nailed it as the single coolest cocktail bar going.

Most Stylish Restaurant

Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Central Market, Glasgow
Ondine, Edinburgh
Scran and Scallie, Edinburgh
The Jefferson, Kilmarnock

My dollahs on: Central Market Glasgow gets my vote every time.  

Most Stylish Hotel

Aldourie Castle Estate, Loch Ness
Citizen M, Glasgow
Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Luss
Mhor 84 Motel, Balquhidder
Whitefalls Spa Lodges, Breasclete, Isle of Lewis

My dollahs on: Whitefalls Spa Lodges - for the ultimate escape. OBVIOUSLY.

Most Stylish Entertainment Venue

SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Kokomo, Glasgow
Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow
The Riverside Museum, Glasgow

My dollahs on: Home of Supermax The Berkley Suite baby!

Most Stylish Retailer

Emporio Armani, Glasgow and Edinburgh
Cruise, Glasgow
Miu Miu, Glasgow
Strathberry of Scotland, Edinburgh
Walker Slater, Edinburgh

My dollahs on: Walker Slater in Edinburgh. Sleek as. Always have to double take when I pass this guy!

Womenswear Designer Of The Year

Aimee McWilliams
Henrietta Ludgate
Judy Clark
Philip Colbert for The Rodnik Band

My dollahs on:  This is such a strong category. I love Judy's work and think Deetz are cracking however I am totally with my beloved Betty on this when I say my money is on Philip Colbert for The Rodnik Band. High on energy, high on fun and generally high on life (how else can you explain a shark bag as you) - they are for me, this years winner.

Menswear Designer of The Year

Cathal McAteer for Folk
Gianni Colarossi for Duchamp
Kenneth MacKenzie for 6876
Kestin Hare for Common People
Patrick Grant for E.Tautz

My dollahs on: Common People. Who else?

Most Stylish Male

Dauvit Alexander, Metalsmith
Martin Compston, Actor
Michael Bonsor, Hospitality Guru
Patrick Grant, Designer
Howie Nicholsby, Retailer

My dollahs on: Dauvit Alexander. Now that is a man who knows how to dress!

Most Stylish Female

Sophie Kennedy Clark, Actress
Susie Wolff, F1 Development Driver
Arielle Free, TV Presenter
Sara MacDonald, Public Relations Guru
Pollyanna McIntosh, Actress

My dollahs on: POLLYANNA MCINTOSH. Massive fan of her face/work/style in general. I still get chills every time I watch The Woman.

Most Stylish Band or Musician
Éclair Fifi
The Cuban Brothers
Nina Nesbitt

I love wee Nina Nesbitt (who walked for In The Company of Wolves shows I did a life time ago) and think she is super cute and has this really amazing laid back style buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut Chvrches just have this real amazing energy about them. I also have a massive sweet spot for Lauren Mayberry after her amazerous article calling out online misogyny in the Guardian. Feministing her way straight to my heart.

With tastemakers and outstanding contributions still to be announced it's shaping up to be a HELL of a night. Make sure you deek my beloved Betty's predictions (as expected there is some we both love with a few key differences of opinion) and let me know who you are rooting for,

Make sure you're following @scotstyleawards on twitter on the night. It's going to be a killer!
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