Saturday, 28 February 2015

LFW Day 2 OOTD Black and Blue

Best part of fashion week? Somerset House. Shows are great for seeing how clothes move but they really are a blink and you miss it kind of affair. Meeting the designers, getting to see the collection up close and feel them, well that's a whole different ball park.  Millinery is always a highlight. Seeing the Fyodor Golan collection up close and discovering new favorites in the form of Phiney Pet and catching up with the latest from Cat Brothers was unbeatable.

Head piece - Rene Walrus
Bra - Agent Provoceteur
Top - Topshop
Jacket - H&M
Skirt - Obscure Couture
Shoes - Faith at Debenhams
Bag - Radley

Gonzo, My Little Pony and biker girl gangs - fashion week this season was heavy on a nostalgia kick, and while the streets were paying lip service to the 70s, the collections that really got under my skin were playful and fun. It's the best kind. It doesn't take itself too seriously, is divisive and is all the better for it. Muppet turbans and vampire cat leather jackets may not be for everyone but it's collections like those that keep me inspired and coming back for more.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Bora Asku AW 15

Love is in the air folks. Or so Bora Asku will have you think. The first show of LFW for me and what a way to kick it off. High romance, just a hint of gothic drama and lots of texture was on the cards with Bora Asku's AW15 collection. Inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and The Rose, Bora Asku's fairytale collection features all of his best hallmarks in a series of gorgeous statement pieces that move seamlessly from thee floaty and girly to dark and seductive.

 From soft feminine lilacs to the deepest black. Bora Asku is working within my colour palette. Blues, purples, blacks and golds make a magnificent bruise collection which is high on detail and with  just enough fantasy while remaining wearable. Roused flowers, lace griding and sheer layering allowed for a shamelessly girly collection with just enough bite to get beneath the skin. If this is what to look forward to next Winter, sign me up.


Thursday, 26 February 2015

LFW Day 1 OOTD The Good Ship Navy

The fact Betty and I got to London Fashion Week let alone survived it is a miracle in itself.  We thought this year we had it in the bag. Our gold buses were booked to ensure a luxurious sleep en route down, our hotel booked, bags and outfits packed - we were ready. Till we turned up one day early for our bus. Can you say OOPS? Betty used her womanly whiles, I pouted with the bags and we managed to blag a bus down. Not the sleeper. No no no. A 10 hour Megabus. Below my friends is the culmination of a 10 hour journey and no more than 3 hours sleep. No one can say we're not dedicated to the cause.

Trench - H&M
Roll neck - Topshop
Cropped Top - ASOS white
Shorts - Topshop Boutique
Socks - Primark
Shoes - River Island
Bag - Rhodesian of Edinburgh in custom colour way

Day 1 felt nothing short of a haze, dashing between Somerset and Freemasons and between it all managing to take street style snaps without looking like we wanted to die entirely. The thing is I didn't regret it for a second. The Friday was one of our busiest days and I saw some of my favourite collections, both up and coming and well established cult brands. From hyper real presentations to floaty fantastic runways, Day 1 was off to a bang (and a whole host of shows.) Most inspiring time o the year? You bloody bet it is.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Karen Mabon The World Outside This Room

Inspired by Mary Berry, picnic, mermaids and flamingos - Karen Mabon's latest collection "The World Outside This Room" is the kind of drop that gets you excited about fashion again. Finding the high fantasy in the mundane, Mabon has a knack for hyper reality, whimsy and all out fun.

It's hard to get tired of looking at any of her scarves. While her latest collection features Flamingos, Pond Life and Dalmatians are slightly more stripped back (and no less beautiful for it) her forte truly is in her magical collage style conceptual scarves. Black Forest Gateau (which I'm lovingly dubbing Teddy Bears picnic)  has everything you want from a Summer picnic. French fancies, scotch eggs, slices of watermelon, party rings, like any good art, the more you look at it, the more you discover and the more you completely and utterly fall in love.

While Mary Berry is a delight in chocolate drops and sprinkles, my favourite has got to be Colour Me Beautiful which you can bet when it's live on the site I'll be snapping up. Lips, eyes, blusher and girls applying make up - I can't quite decide if I want this so I can hang it in the Betty & Bee office (I can almost here Betty cry YES from here) or just over my body. All the time.  Really though picking favourites among Karen's work is like choosing among children.  It's hardly like my love for her work isn't very well documented.    So much so that I've asked her to design Paul and I's wedding invitations. I honestly can't think of a better way to spend some of my budget and I'm delighted that she agreed to do it in the first place. Mostly because she's one of the most talented women I know and secondly because I get to bring in something I love so much in to our day. 

As always I'll be saving up and keeping my eyes open so I can add to be rapidly growing collection. Until then though, I'm trying to convince the boy if he'll wear a Karen Mabon X Freud handkerchief on our wedding day.....

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Squishy Faces and Fat Babies Abandon Ship launches Kewpie Collection

You know when Abandon Ship first dropped their full women's range last year I didn't think it could get any better. That said, I didn't know they had a Limited Kewpie line in the works. Basically it's a collection dedicated to big beautiful squishy babies with wee fat tums and dimply knees. Created in collaboration with bad ass illustrator Barbie Lowenberg from Longfox, the Kewpie collection is inspired by Rosie O'Neill's original work and it's pretty perfect.

Kissing babies, sailors and mermaids to tacos, watermelons and the classic Abandon Ship cross tee, there isn't a single piece from the collection I don't want/need. From £3 - £28 the collection has everything from patches to high waisted panties and wooden phone cases.  The cropped tees and vests are already on my wishlist (right at the top) and I know more than a few people who would love to get in about the skater and pencil skirts.  It's limited so make sure you pick yours up quick.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Bomb(er) and other stories

Let's face it, there are some classics that just belong in your wardrobe a good leather, an excellent trench and of course the perfect bomber. Ever since last fashion week and seeing "Bus Girl" (that's her name) in a tea dress paired with a vintage bomber I've wanted one. Any one.

Bomber - Jonathan Saunders for Debenhams
Cropped Top - ASOS White
Jeans - Bethnals
Shoes - Doc Martens

While I'm still looking for the varsity jacket of my dreams this bomber from Debenhams has well and truly scratched my jacket itch. The fact that this little babe was down 50% only sweetened the deal. There's some gorgeous little wine trousers that go with this but I think (and I can't believe I'm saying this) but together I think it would be too OTT. Pairing this with some mixed textures to keep things lifted especially the new ASOS white top which I love for the leather look and big structured sleeves. That and a cropped denim with embroidered detailing and I'm good to go.

Do you have any pieces you need in your wardrobe?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Be My Bloody Valentine

Screw you guys, I love  any excuse for novelty heart shaped goodies. Hearts, roses, glitter, the lot. I'm mad for it.  I know Valentine's Day isn't for everyone, hell, it isn't even really for me but I'm always super excited about all the limited edition love themed goodies that drop around this time of year, so obviously I've pulled together my favourite local goodies that I wouldn't mind giving (or receiving) this very special love day.

My Bloody Valentine's Flowers from Floral Menagerie
From £15

I'm completly and utterly obsessed with Lisa at Floral Menagerie's work. If you've been a bridal market or two around Glasgow you'll be familiar with her work. After leaving Little Bottanica to set up on her own last year she's become THE independent florist to get all your fresh and fancy goods from.  She's got a special Valentine's deal on at the moment with bouquets of Spring flowers tied together with your favourite music mags of yore. Clocking in at £15/25 a pop and with free delivery in Glasgow, get your orders in before 6pm tonight (10th) to make sure  to get yours on time. She also takes custom orders if you REALLY want to push the boat out. Ask her about her ice cream poseys.

Leilani Pearl Jumpsuit - Obscure Couture

A bespoke bouquet not your thing?  How about a full floral print jumpsuit landing on your doorstep this Valentine's day? Wither through an act of self love or from someone you love, you're guaranteed to turn heads with this number. As part of a limited run of 250 the hardest question you'll need to ask yourself isn't if but which colour way (I'm Team Jet all the way.)

Kissing Swans - Bonnie Bling

Last year Bonnie Bling's Luckenbooth Brooch topped my most wanted, though this season I can't help but completely swoon over the kissing swans. Swans mate for life so this is my favourite way to let someone know that yeah, you're pretty grand. A solid 10/10. Your person/lobster/swan (delete as culturally appropriate.) 

Glittery Heart Bag - Luna on the Moon

I'm a firm believer that everything and anything can be improved by added glitter. There isn't a single bag from Luna on The Moon that I haven't lusted after at this point but since I'm feeling heavy loved up and a bit cheeky, the Heart Hand Bag has got to be a bit of a no brainer right? Get in my wardrobe now. TA.

Valentine Facsinator - Janine Basil

Remember the thing I said about glitter, literally seconds ago? Well it applies here too.  I have been listing after Janine Basil's work for ages and the big old glittery hearts with cupids arrow are my bar my favourite.......with brains being a close second.  I love the glittery pink beauty though if more traditional v-day colours are a bit much for you, you can also order them in the colour way of your choice.

OBVIOUSLY you should show those you love that you care about them all year round because you're not an ass, but seriously, I'm always looking for an excuse to splurge on some sweet little indie treats. Now pucker up and give me some love.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Grey Skies

I think everyone has them. Those safety nets in your wardrobe you turn to to feel more lie your self. Sometimes it really is as simple as a roll neck and a slick of red lipstick but no one ever said it had to be any more complicated.

Grey wool dress - Cos
Roll neck - H&M
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Doc Martens
Watch - Casio
Necklace - Primark
Jacket - Vintage

Also made my last official sale purchase and don't think I could do much better than this little grey wool dress from Cos. Clocking in at just over £20 this is exactly the kind of guy that fits in to my wardrobe with zero effort (it's slouchy, it's grey, it ticks a lot of boxes) and is also the kind of thing the boy puts in the tumble dryer. I've lost many a wool dress (vintage and otherwise) that way so determined to save this beauty from the same fate. I won't put you in the tumble dryer lovely wool dress. Not to you. I promise.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Sometimes you just need a beauty haul

Okay guys so remember a while back I won that Scottish Blogger of The Year thing? Good times for all involved. Better times for me as I may or may not have (I totally did) get £300 worth of vouchers for Debenhams. Not bad right? So of course I spent a fair whack of it on make-up (I'm not even a little bit sorry.)

Urban Decay - All nighter setting spray, Urban Decay glide on pencil in Yeyo, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked,  Urban Decay Subversion and Perversion, Illamasqua - Matte Veil and Tom Ford - Sahara Noir.

Basically it was wonderful excuse to throw my hands up, say FUCK IT and treat ma self to products that I had wanted to try for ages, wouldn't normally buy or just needed to have in my life. As luck would have it, it turns out I love them all they've all been on near constant rotation in my make-up bag.  I know guys, it does read a bit like a list of hype products. So was it worth it?

Urban Decay - All Nighter Setting Spray: I'm still not entirely sure what this does other than be a solid alternative to not hair spraying my make-up in place. It keeps my make up in place, gives my skin a nice little perky fresher and generally makes me feel all fancy. For those days when primer ust isn't enough.

Urban Decay - Eyeliner in Yeyo: Confession time. I owned this before and I lost it. White eyeliner is one of my favourite things and in a pinch has become a highlighter to a way to blend that smoked eye up. I use this in the hope of one day having big ass anime eyes. Not going to happen. LET A GIRL DREAM Y'ALL.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked: You're noticing a theme here. I totally spent a small bomb in Urban Decay. They DID do my make-up for the Herald Awards and a sister likes to pass it forward. As a full-time congregation member of the Church of Red Lipstick, more paired back colours just never seemed my bag. And then I actually realised I liked the pink creamy lips that weren't a million miles away from my own. Kylie Jenner I am not but the textures gorge and it was super easy to find a good match for my skin.

Urban Decay Perversion and Subversion: I'm reviewing these two together because they SHOULD be sold together. Biggest jip ever Urban Decay. The white Subversion eyelash primer may in fact be my favourite beauty product of 2014. It's the guy that has people ask me if my lashes are false. I cannot over egg this one guys, it's pretty god damn fantastic. Perversion's not bad either. A good solid black that doesn't clump but really, Subversion is the hero product here. If you can only get one....well, you know what I'm saying.

Illamasqua - Matte Veil: If I want my face to stay on this is one (of my ever expanding primer collection) that I go to. It's my night out face or when I'm going long haul and can't have my forehead go all shiney. The texture is incredible and I can feel it smoothe my skin out something awful. Matte Veil is pretty great. The tiny fiddly spoon? Great idea but I'm utterly bollocks at navigating anything that isn't attached to the end of my arms. A good primer to have in your arsenal.

Tom Ford - Sahara Noir: I'm a slut for scent. I love a good perfume and good old Tom, he's my favourite. While Tabacco Vanille may be officially my favourite scent ever ever ever, I adore Sahara Noir.  Smokey, spicy - it's not a perfume for wallflowers. Bitter orange, cinnamon, Moroccan rose, incense and jasmine are the main take aways I get from this. It's not for everyone but a truly good perfume isn't. A good perfume is like putting on a slick of lipstick. It's a finishing touch. A nice bit of battle armor.

OBVOS a good few of these have made it on to my buy forever list (Subversion being the main contender) and Sahara Noir is gorgeous and a nice stopping off gap before I finally invest in a nice private blend.

I'm a lucky wee bear and still crazy grateful to the good folks over at Herald HQ and the amazing panel for picking me from a bloody amazing line-up of talent. And obviously a big old sexy thank you to Debenhams for all those vouchers. Prize money well spent.
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