Monday, 31 March 2014

Style In The City

Style In The City

Hello again you lovely people. Time for another little blog post and this one is a little different for me. So on Saturday, I got the chance to be invited to a fantastic event at House Of Fraser in Edinburgh. Some of you may have heard of the wonderful This Is Edinburgh campaign. Now this is something I am really supporting. This campaign is all about attracting people into our wonderful capital and showing what it has on offer and even showing us locals new things we may have not seen before.
I love this city and it is so nice that people are taking more notice of how unique it really is.
So, this event I was invited to, was basically a chance to hear all about the campaign and get to see some looks for this season. Plus some beautiful macaroons, lovely bloggers, bubbly and a cheeky little goodie bag. How could I say no? 

So onto Style In The City. This is a fantastic part of the campaign which is dedicating the months of March and April to all things fashion related and this is right up my street.
During this time, they have a few great things going on.
The first is the Dress Up Shops. So, let's say you've bought a lovely dress and you think "well what can I wear with this?", well all you need to do is pop into one of the three Dress Up Shops in town and the stylists there will show you how you style it up. Plus after that, you get your own little photoshoot with the finished look. Stylists and a photographer, you'll come away feeling like a celebrity I would think! 
One of the best things about this Dress Up Shops is that they will be featuring a whole load of stuff that you wouldn't normally find in shops like House Of Fraser. You have boutiques such as Arkangel & Felon, The Red Door Gallery to designers like LK Bennett and our favourite high street brands like, New Look and Laura Ashley. So it gives you the chance to be introduced to brands that you may never have heard of before.
These three shops will be in House Of Fraser, Supercube and the Grassmarket Community Project on the 5th, 12th and 19th of April. I highly recommend you check them out!

As well as having these Dress Up Shops, the lovely Laura Russel from Satisfashion, who also talked us through everything at the event, will be on the streets hunting out all you wonderful fashionable people. So you may get snapped and end up on the blog!

Another thing I learned about from this event, was the style maps. These are amazing and so so handy for us fashion loving people. So if you are more of a high street lover or someone who just lusts after boutiques, this handy little map will show you some of the best places to check out.

I totally recommend you check all this out and more details are on the This Is Edinburgh website:

So lastly, I just want to say thank you to the lovely Fiona Dow from Sister's Don't Share who was the one who invited me to this event. I had such a lovely morning and it gave me the chance to meet other Edinburgh based bloggers which was lovely and they are all such babes!
I also got the chance to see and hear about shops that I had never visited before (i'm pretty sure my bank account isnt going to be too happy about that though!)

So thanks for reading, I hope you all get out and start exploring all the wonderful things on offer in Edinburgh. You would be mad not to!

Here are a couple of photos from the event:

Ta-ra for now


Monday, 24 March 2014

How would I style this...

Little Black Dress.

So hello there you lovely people, time for a little blog post. Now I'm doing something a little different than my usual rambling. The lovely people at Wear Eponymous are currently hosting a fantastic little competition. You are to pick one of your favourite items from their awesome range and then show how you would style it. 
Right up my street!

So I had a look around and found so many cute items but I decided to play it, well, a little safe and go for everyone's favourite LBD.

Let's be honest, you just can't go wrong with a dress like this. Simple, classic and I may add flattering shape and we all know black goes with everything. Dress it up, dress it down, you just can't go wrong!

So how would I style it?

Well at the moment, I'm going through this 90's goth, e.g The Craft phase. So I would for sure put that in there but still keeping it pretty modern.

Now let's begin, i'm going to start from the head downwards. 
I love love love love love LOVE a hat.
No, really I love hats.
So naturally I had to pick one for this outfit.

Just adding a fedora like this to your outfit can just edge it up a little. So my top tip is when in doubt, shove on a hat!

Now today the sun is shining, but it's still bloody cold. So I think we need a little jacket for this outfit:

There is a lot of black in this look so I felt the need to add a little bit of colour in there. I'm adoring pastel colours, especially pinks like this. Sadly, I don't actually think I can pull the colour off due to the old ginger hair I have going on at the moment.

Now for some tights:

I'm such a fan of crazy tights. Sometimes I don't have the "balls" to pull them off but I think every girl should own a pair of tights that isn't just black or sheer. Just adds a little bit of fun to your outfit.

Time for the shoes:

You just cannot go wrong with a good pair of boots. I'm currently on the hunt for a new pair as my good old Chelsea boots are dying on me. I'm in love with these bad boys from ASOS. So cute and the buckles add something a bit different to it.

So last but not least, some jewellery:

Necklace: Rock 'N' Rose Vintage Art Deco Cross: £22.00 

This necklace is just beautiful and it fits in with my slight 90's/Craft theme. So since we have crazy tights and a big necklace, I felt a simple delicate little bracelet would work best.

So I hope you have all enjoyed the look i've put together and you should tell me how you would style this dress.

Also, check out Wear Eponymous and their fantastic range and you still have time to enter their competition:


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Vintage Clothing, Macarons and Cocktails.

My three favourite things. 


So this is just a little post about how I spent my weekend. Some weeks ago my lovely mother bought tickets for Vintage Nation in Edinburgh. Hosted by the fantastic Judy's Vintage Fair. Now everytime they come to town, I am sadly working so I made sure I could make this one. 
I'm so glad that I did. As soon as I walked into the Corn Exchange, I was greeted by the sigh of some wonderful Macarons. 
I am always on the hunt for them in Edinburgh and i've never had much luck (any edinburgh readers fancy helping me out with that?)
So, of course I had to buy them.

They are made by the lovely Mademoiselle Macaron. Due to sharing them with my mum, we picked 8 flavours: Raspberry, Pistachio, Chocolate & Passion Fruit, Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, Hendricks Gin, Innis & Gun.
My favourite had to be Chocolate & Passion fruit. Was just the tastiest little thing ever. 
You should check our their website:

So after a good sugar fix, we went for a little snoop round the actual market. 
The amount of stalls were amazing. You really could have spent all day raiding through the many racks of clothing. 
My first purchase of the day came from an adorable little stall from Bunny's Beads. 
I just fell in love with their jewelery. Such quirky and cute little pieces.
The first thing I noticed was Star Wars, Doctor Who and Sherlock themed necklaces. The geek inside me just popped out. I was could have bought loads but I ended up finding two necklaces that I just couldn't not buy.

By now you must all be aware of my Batman obsession and even more my obsession with Harley Quinn. I just adore her and at the moment i'm going through a big phase of buying lots of Harley related stuff. Bascially, these necklaces are beyond adorable and if like me, you love to bring out the inner geek, you should check them out on Facebook:

Now in my dream world, I could have spent so much money but realistically that wasn't an option. I was on the hunt for a dress and by god did I find one!

Right now I am totally loving very floaty, hippy, Stevie nicks inspired dresses. The moment I found this dress, I just fell in love. You can't see it very well in the photo, but the under dress is actually a very pale pink and the over dress has a tint of green too it. At first I was worried about how it would go with my colouring let's be honest I'm pretty bloody pale but I think it works!
The stall I got this from is called VI Nouveau and again here is their website:

I never got any photos from the last stall I will mention but it was one of my favourites. I'm on the hunt for some new glasses. I do like mine but I've had them for years and I'm getting a bored of them and let's face it, I never ever wear my glasses and I need to be inspired to actually start putting them on.  Retro Peepers had the most amazing selection of glasses. All inspired by the 40's, 50's & 60's.
I can't wait to order myself a pair called "Ella Earth". Give them a check out:

So after watching the fantastic acts that were on and buying even more macrons, it was time to leave. 
As soon as we got back into town, we were feeling a little thirsty, so it was off to my new favourite place 52 Canoes Tiki Den.

This drink is called The Money Shot. (notice the very phallic imagery going on with my fruit)
If any of you are in Edinburgh, then you should for sure, check this place out. The cocktails are so tasty.

We also ended up in Tigerlily for another cheeky cocktails. 

Lastly, here is my outfit from the day:

Dress: Pop Boutique @ ASOS
Necklace: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Rings: Primark

So yeah, this posted ended up a little longer than I thought but hope you've enjoyed reading it and you check out the links i've posted. I can't wait for the next time Judy's Vintage Fair come along and maybe see some of you lovely people there!


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

I'm no Derek Zoolander....

...But I recently did some modelling. 

 So some weeks back my lovely friend sent me a message asking if I would model for her and how could I say no!
Of course after saying yes, I was full of dread. I've never seen myself as a model, the closest I've ever done to that is helping out at a charity fashion show.  In real life I'm pretty shy and more or less awkward. So naturally I was already doubting myself.
Luckily, I pushed those silly thoughts of mine aside and last Friday got myself on the train to Glasgow for the shoot.

The shoot was pretty much "floral/hippy" based (a theme that I love) and was set in The Botanic Gardens. 

So there I was, sitting on a bench in the Glass House getting my hair and make up done by some lovely and very talented ladies.
Now for someone who is a little on the shy side of life, there really is nothing more daunting than looking up to find people walking by and staring at you. Then again, there is something kind of exciting about it. 

So anyway, here are some of the pictures from the shoot:

I absolutely love how they turned out. I'm going to be honest, I was worried. The girls did an amazing job on my look and the photographer was amazing but I did worry about how my silly wee face was going to look. Thank god for good makeup and photography I say!

So here is my life lesson for the day, when you get asked to do something that is exciting but nerve wracking, then you should always go for it! You never knew, you might love it. 

So much credit has to go to the lovely ladies that made me look like a fairly decent looking human being. You should check them out:

MUA: Melissa 
HAIR: Sheryl

Lastly, now I did say in my last post that I was going to talk about The Oscars. Well, that never happened. I've actually not been well the last few days, so I've spent most of my time feeling sorry for myself (as you do)
But this Sunday, I shall be going to Vintage Nation. So I'm sure I will be blogging about all the amazing things I see and buy from there.

So, let me know if you've ever done something that you were crazy nervous about but turned out to be a blast.

Till the next time you lovely people


Monday, 3 March 2014

Stepping out of my comfort zone.

So to start with, I must apologise for the lacks of posts recently. I would like to say I've been a busy little bee but that's a lie. In truth, I've been a right lazy cow!

I'm hoping to do a post later in the week about The Oscars and my favourite looks from it, but for now I shall share with you some of my outfits from the last week.
Now anyone that knows me well, knows my love for skirts and dresses. I'm very rarely seen in trousers.
The reason for this is, quite honestly, I feel like I have a strange figure. Anytime I have worn jeans, I just feel like they look weird on me and highlight my "slightly" large bottom and thighs.
So I've always played it safe with a nice dress and a good pair of tights but recently I've branched out and bought some jeans and disco pants. I still feel mega out of my comfort zone but bugger it, they are just so comfy!

So first of all, this is an outfit I wore when my lovely best friend came to visit:

Kimono: Primark
Vest: Primark
Disco Pants: Primark (again)
Chelsea Boots: Topshop
Necklace: New Look

Now this was an outfit that made me feel VERY out of my comfort zone. I do love my disco pants but in the past I have worn them with slightly oversized shirts but for this outfit I went with a fairly tight vest. Somehow I think it worked and I didn't feel too massive. Good old black is slimming after all!
Plus I just adore my kimono.

Next up:

Denim Shirt: my mother's 
T-shirt: Ebay
Disco Pants: as before
Chelsea Boots: as before

So again I decided to be brave and wear yet another tightish top with my disco pants. This outfit was just for wandering around the shops. So kept it even more casual by shoving on a denim shirt that my mum gave me. 

And lastly:

Coat: River Island
Shirt: Primark
Jeans: Primark
Necklace: Primark
Boots: Primark
Bag: Not sure actually (had to for ages)

Okay okay, I've realised that alot of my outfits involve Primark. What can I say? I just can't resist them. 
I love this shirt so much, but I've struggled in the past to find other things to wear with it. If you have any other ideas on what would go with it, do let me know!
Again, I'm not a fan of jeans but I do love these ones. Mainly because they push in my stomach and push up my bum a little. The perfect jeans and cheap as chips too! 

So there we go, a quick wee post about my outfits. Hopefully will start making more of an effort with this blog of mine and try not to be so lazy in future.

Let me know if you have the same fears about trousers/jeans.

Thanks for reading!