Monday, 24 February 2014

LFW Outfit: White Chalk

Pre-fashion week you're filled with this real unbridled glee and optimism. You are going to wear all the clothes, see all the shows, go to all the parties - after all you can sleep when you're dead right? It's amazing what a few short days can do. Day 4 and my brain was basically focusing on 3 things - comfort, making notes and not falling asleep. The need for the later disappears pretty quickly as you throw yourself back in to it but I don't think I'm making any small exaggeration when I tell you now, I am still recovering from Fashion Week.

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Jacket - Aymee Charlton
Bra - Agent Provoceteur
Glasses - Miu Miu at Pretavoir
Shirt - Zara
Trousers - Topshop
Bag - Biba
Shoes- Call it Spring at Debenhams
Bracelet - Jane Gowans

Today's a day for shows (mostly from the screening room), networking (so many business cards, so many double aired kisses but slightly more high fives so this sits okay with me) and managing to sneak in the Isabella Blow exhibition and crying over THAT lobster hat.

Other than the shows (which there were many and which reviews will promptly follow) there is just this real energy about London. It's pretty god damn inspiring. It was great being inspired by people who were as excited about fashion as you are, who share your enthusiasm and who also enjoy exaggerated hand waving because there just. Aren't. Words. Seeing the shows was great, though truth be told I definitely enjoyed checking out the exhibitioners much more (sacrilege surely?)   Returning to life post fashion week has been an adjustment. I'm back on the berocca and spend more time at a laptop screen than behind a camera. It was a nice change of pace and was brilliant to meet so many passionate and inspired people who totally get it.

So eh, SS15, who's in?

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

LFW Outfit: Pastel Princess

Staying warm at fashion week is akin to smart flying with a budget airline. The trick? Wear all the jackets. Somerset House is brilliant but it's still London. It's still February. We did manage get some utterly gorgeous weather (read:dry) but the fact of the matter is that about a good 70% of the day is spent outside. Can't get in to a show? It's on the big screen live? Getting from show to show? You're doing it on foot and quite frankly it's quicker to hot foot it than try figure out your nearest Subway. Temple? Embankment? I think it's a fair assumption that if it wasn't for city mapper, Sheri and I would have been wondering about London sobbing in to the wind.

Jacket - Aymee Charlton
Slip - Dior
Cropped Tee - Primark
Bag - New Look
Bracelet - Jane Gowans
Belt - Primark
Faux Fur Shawl - Obscure Couture
Socks - Primark
Shoes - Faith at Debenhams
Sunglasses - Miu Miu at Pretavoir

Day 3 was shopping, shows and more exhibitors as well as catching up with some friends old and new. Cuddling up to watch  the Viv show was brill (though seeing the papparazi irl going full on MENTAL for Jessie J was less so.)
At this point my list of things I love love LOVED is as long on my arm. That said, there's a fair few bits and bobs I found myself seriously underwhelmed by. Mon A/W. You're meant to be my jam!

Any highlights for you guys?

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Tea & Biscuits with Dundee designer Nikki Mcwilliams

When it comes down to it, I'm a total home body at heart. Dancing? I can be in to it. But I'm happiest curled up with one of my favourites, watching telly (new season Drag Race obvs) with a mug of tea and some biscuits, and more often than nought a wee cushion nestled in to my tummy. Dundee based designer Nikki McWilliams home wear biscuit inspired designers were always going to be a firm favourite at Waits towers, heavy on the nostalgia factor and bringing my favourite British biccies to the bedroom. Best bit? No crumbs in the bed.  SCORE. I needed to know what made the queen of tea time tick.

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Hiyas! So tell me a bit about yourself:

Hiya! I'm Nikki, I'm 28 and I'm a designer currently based in Dundee. I run a homeware label under my own name, which I've been doing since 2010. I like drawing, making things, interiors, cats, taking photos and cooking food...most of which I'm very lucky to be able to do as part of my job (apart from cats- but I'm working on that)!

Usually I ask where people get their inspiration from, for you though it seems pretty obvious. I got to ask though - why biscuits? (in my mind already answered this with: because delicious.)

Haha, I'm not entirely sure! Because Delicious is definitely part of the answer, but I suppose the other part is, Why Not? I remember I told someone my Biscuit Cushion idea while I was still at uni  back in 2006- and they looked at me like I was a crazy person. Since then I think I've learned to trust my gut- and just go for it if I have an idea and then let everyone else decide if it's good or not.

Run me through the design process. How do you go from brain to mahoosive biscuity cushion goodness:

Usually it starts with some doodling- the more carefree the better. Then I'll probably close my sketchbook and forget about it for a while- the doodles I feel strongly about will be revisited and developed to turn them into a three-dimensional object. I really enjoy experimenting with different materials and colours before we make a few production samples. I choose the one I like the best and we go with that!

Sophie's choice. Favourite product?

At the moment, it has to be our new 2014 Jammy Heart cushion. It's just been released in a small batch online, and they're doing really well so far! 

What do you love about being an independent designer in Scotland? (Dundee represent - woop! woop!)

I love that I have a beautiful bright studio to work in, in Dundee.  My boyfriend is an artist and he has another studio in the same building- which is really convenient for us both. It's nice to be able to pop up to his studio for a change of scenery (he's an oil painter, which is at the other end of the scale from what I do!) and to have someone there to offer a second opinion and a totally different visual perspective.

Dundee feels like a really exciting place to be at the moment as well- the developments on the waterfront are changing the city's landscape very quickly and having the V&A at Dundee literally on our doorstep within the next few years will be incredible. 

Any advice for anyone starting their own business?

Don't give up!

Quick fire round

Bourbons or Custard Creams:
Bourbons

Jammy Dodgers or Party Rings:
Party Rings

Teacakes or Caramel Wafers:
Teacakes!

Big sexy smoochies
Biscuit hugs! Nx

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Monday, 17 February 2014

LFW Outfit: Bee Waits Learns a Lesson About Shoes

"So how would you describe your look?" There's a camera in my face and I'm not sure where to look before stuttering out something about "Um, goth sports luxe?" thinking that it sounds ABOUT right and masks quite craftily that I'm in £10.50 trainers after slicing up by feet the day before. It's fine. The whole of the FROW are in flats this season so as far as they know I'm a seasoned pro.
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london fashion week street style
london fashion week street style
london fashion week street style

Dress & Cape - Obscure Couture
Jacket - Lavin for H&M
Bag - Topshop
Shoes - Debenhams
Glasses - Miu Miu at Pretavoir

The second day was a mix of shows (popping quite freely between Freemasons and Somerset House) as well as deeking out the exhibitors. I may or may not have committed to dropping some obscene amount of money on a spectacular piece of millinery from William Chambers. After seeing some pretty spectacular accesorise I would always find myself looping round to say Hi to it. What a beautiful beautiful hat.  Also my favourite day for shows? HIYAS BELLE SAUVAGE.

The week's been flying in and it's back to Glasvegas for Betty and I tomorrow. We're JUST about still in tact after the last few days (our bad for forgetting to pack the berocca, but still managing to bring 10 pairs of shoes.) I am however really excited about getting home to my kitty cat.

I don't know about you but no one prepared me for how physically demanding LFW is! Can def see the appeal of just live streaming, but you just can't beat the atmosphere!  Any of you been following LFW?

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

LFW Outfit: Beauty School Drop Out

The first thing I notice on arriving in London isn't the iconic skyline. No. It's the fact all the pubs are closed. It's 10.30 at night. This is exactly the type of thing that makes a Glasgow girls heart run cold. I clock on quickly that this may have something to do with the fact we're staying in the business sector. Sheri and I check in. Order a bottle of wine. Welcome to London Fashion Week.

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london fashion week style
london fashion week style
london fashion week style

Dress- Coco Fennell X Karen Mabon
T-shirt - Primark
Shoes - Faith at Debenhams
Glasses - Miu Miu at Pretavoir
Bag - Chanel

First things first. I appeared to miss the memo about wearing flats (the only real option unless you have a car to cart you from show to show and even then) so it wasn't long before I was practically crawling along Oxford Street. I held out for a solid 7 hours in my courts so I definitely get a star for effort.  This was promptly remedied and it's looking like I'm spending the rest of the week in flats. We'll see how long that pans out.

Day 1 of Fashion Week was exactly to be expected. Long, wet and just a fair bit manic.  A fair few shows I can't wait to gush, gasp and generally wave my hands about.  Pam Hogg was a definite highlight and was a real high to end on for the first day here. With Day 2 behind us now and 3 more to go (gulp) I'll be steaming along on berocca and strong coffee. Safe to say I never want to leave.

Any of you other babes hitting up LFW?
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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Outfit: Lipstick and Skin

I always told myself I'd never wear white from head to toe. I live in Glasgow. It's Winter. And black just goes with everything.

Of course that train of thought didn't last and I promptly went and blew my proverbial load on all white clothes and her popular younger cousin silver metallics. I wasn't quite sure what was going on with me but the path to a white wardrobe was proving to be quite the slippery slope. I mean what woman in her right mind thinks white trousers are ever a good idea? It's like a set up to a bad joke.

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Glasses - Miu Miu c/o Pretavoir
Top - Neon Rose c/o House of Fraser
Necklace - H&M
Skirt - River Island
Shoes - New Look
Jacket - Charity Shop
Bag - Topshop

That said I'm a full on convert. I love how crisp and clean it looks and it feels like a natural alternative to just wearing black for days. I'm still having mixed feelings about my Neon Rose Top. I get the mesh  and the white leather look and I'm in to it, but I also found myself very very aware that there were my boobs. Right there. Treading that very fine line between looking fashion and just flat out indecent. A long silver pencil skirt however managed to save most of my modesty (and is a wardrobe favorite.)  Everything else is wardrobe forever items including by New Look shoes which have seen both many a dance floor and office space, my default jacket and finished off with a pair of Miu Miu frames which I'm hard pressed to take off. Ever.

Other than embracing white as a feasible life choice, for the first time in years (actually YEARS) I'm fully enjoying what my hair is doing. For years it was chopped, layered and fringed but after the first few days it never sat right or just tended to do it's own thing. It still does that for the most part but the colour isn't looking awful (a happy accident) it's tangling a lot less (my only real answer hear is witch craft) and it's finally sitting like hair that's actually been "did" opposed to the tangled mass it usually defaults too. Please keep it up hair. You're doing a spectacular job.

I don't know about you but I think bringing white in to Spring could be something I'm okay with. Now I just need an excuse/occasion to crack out the white trousers.

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Tooth and Nail

When it comes to birthday's I'm a go go big or go home type of gal. I love any excuse to dress up (obviously) and any excuse for cake (ditto) and with my sister's birthday, I knew it was the perfect time to crack out this little number from Warehouse.

I go on about how much my wardrobe palette for the most part is like a giant bruise but I've been finding myself drawn towards softer colours and shades recently (perhaps to go with my accidental mermaid tresses?) I'm not quite there on embracing full on pastel pink but I can totally get behind powder blues and dusky peaches. It was also about time  added a bit more structure to my wardrobe as after Christmas I was all about keeping my clothes loosey goosey and very very forgiving.

Dress - c/o Warehouse
Necklace - H&M
Scarf - Karen Mabon
Jacket - Charity Shop
Watch - Casio
Shoes - Primark
Bag - c/o Next

I thought this little guy was perfect for afternoon tea with the sistering so  wore it with leopord print (obviously) and my gold tooth necklace bought in the Winter sales. Paired with my old faithful Dorothy Perkins charity shop jacket, a cheeky bit of Karen Mabon and my Casio watch and I was good to go.

So what we thinking? More colour in my wardrobe for the season? Stranger things have happened.

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Valentines Day is Dead. Long Live Valentines Day.

I love kitschy holiday goodies more than anything and Valentine's Day is MY JAM. Pink and red is fo' realsies my favourite colour combo going (sorry guys) and I am all about novelty prints and jewellery. Hearts and roses for days people. Other than loading up my house in novelty heart shaped goodies (and let's face it, who doesn't need a heart shaped cake stand?) I love all the cute limited edition goodies that come out this time of year as well as discovering some gorgeous goodies from favourites old and new.

Dachshund Valentines Card - Paper Source, Oversized Rose Headband - Rock N Rose, Magician Scarf - Karen Mabon, Luckenbooth Brooch - Bonnie Bling, Hey You Earrings - Nasty Gal, Flamingo Candle in Pink Lemonade - Spoiled Brat

It doesn't matter if you're looking to drop some serious hints to your SO, fancy getting something fancy for your besty or just straight up want to treat yo' self there are a whole mess of goodies to choose from. OBVIOUSLY Bonnie Bling's new Luckenbooth collection is a Bee Waits favourite (the red and gold brooch looks like it's straight out of Sailor Moon) and I can't help fanning myself over Karen Mabon's Debbie McGee and Me Scarf. Kittys, cards and roses on a scarf? Well hot damn! 

I adore Rock N Rose's headbands and for Valentine's Day go big or go home with an oversized rose crown. Pair that with the gorgeous "I Love You" drop hoop earrings from Nasty Gal and you have a recipe for all kinds of perfect. If you're not looking to add something to your wardrobe but still want to treat yourself to a little somethin' somethin' the Pink Lemonade candle from Flamingo Candles sounds all kinds of delicious (though Thai Mango and Lime or Parma Violet also sound like they would be an utter dream.)

And if you do nothing else - let someone you love know you care. Preferred method? Dachshunds.
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