Monday, 27 June 2016

Burrito Heaven




Last week I got a masterclass in making delicious fresh burritos at the new Mexican joint Bar Burrito on Lothian road, Edinburgh. I've always been fond on Mexican food and love making my own dishes, but have never attempted the holy grail, The Burrito, before! However, after that night, along with a great bunch of other Edinburgh Bloggers, I am confident in how to wrap the (nearly) perfect burrito, filled to the brim with rice, beans, veggies, salsa, guacamole and cheese! Photo by Talor Gilcrest, who organised the event and blogged all about it here!   

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Scottish Girl Bosses

I've been thinking a lot about my future career lately, so I thought I would compile a list of the talented, creative and utterly unstoppable businesswomen in Scotland that inspire and motivate me. 

First off we have Ellie Morag. Probably a favourite photographer within the Edinburgh and Glasgow fashion community, Ellie has photographed for Edinburgh Fashion Week, the ECA Fashion Show, Hunted Vintage, Deadsleekit, Kestin Hare, Scot Street Style. and so many more. And she's probably one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. What's not to love?

Check out this talented gal's website at www.elliemorag.com




Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Summer Style Haul


Although my bank account would sourly disagree, I am a true believer in retail therapy. Whenever I'm feeling down, a sparkly new pair of shoes, a new party dress or some colourful lipsticks never fail to cheer me up. 

Of course, I realise that it is beyond a cliche for bloggers to do 'hauls' that rub their perky financial situations in their reader's faces, and thats why I have never done one before, but believe me when I tell you I am broke. And that after today's spontaneous shopping spree, I'm back on a strict budget to save for my new flat, an you know, so I can eat. Also, thanks to the Summer sales, I got a few bargains, including heavily discounted Topshop (I'm talking a bra for £1) and H&M goodies, and a gorgeous new vintage rucksack from Godiva Boutique

As Donna from Parks and Recreation would say, Treat. Yo. Self. 

Anyway, read on for my thoughts on some lovely new products!

Monday, 20 June 2016

How would Brexit affect Fashion?

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Its not often that my blog gets political, but as a young person with strong left-wing beliefs, I think its important to get engaged, and what better outlet than Urbanity? Don't worry, I'm not going off on a rant, this is relevant to fashion, and very pertinent this week as Thursday we all vote on Britain's future in the European Union. I wanted to explore how a 'Leave' vote would affect my own future, and that of the UK fashion industry, so was interested to read some articles on The Business Of Fashion about how Brexit might affect brands. 

One possible outcome is uncertain prices, as BoF states: 
"The most immediate impact would come from the likely depreciation of the British pound. Already, the debate over Brexit has had a dramatic impact on the country's currency....a weaker pound may force international brands to increase their UK prices". 
In addition, our world-class fashion education system would suffer: "British fashion education benefits from EU investment in the form of research funding and initiatives that support innovation and bring together fashion designers, manufacturers and technology partners from across Europe."

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Urban Outfitters Controversy

As much as any other millennial wannabe hipster, I love a good browse in Urban Outfitters, although for my skint self it's usually solely in the sale section. I have some great pieces of clothing from the American fashion and lifestyle store (which also owns Anthropologie), and really enjoy the selection of lingerie, books and homeware.  However, I am sure you are all aware of several controversial products they have released over the past few years that have caused a hell of a stir on social media. And encouraged many people like me to boycott and campaign against Urban Outfitters. Check out their top three most risqué collections below. 

I also strongly recommend a read of 'Mental Health is not A Fashion Statement' by blogger Frankly Ms Shankly, slamming online retailer Rad for their equally ignorant slogan tees. 

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Alexander McQueen Photoshoot


Have you ever dreamed of being half woman, half stag? Ever dreamed of dressing as a McQueen-esque muse?

Last month I had the incredible opportunity to model for creative director Cait Owens, a studying make up artist completing her final portfolio, and be photographed by the endlessly talented Daina Renton

We scouted for locations for hours but ended up on the stunning South Queensferry beach right underneath the old Forth Road Bridge, a perfect Scottish backdrop for my high waisted red tartan trousers, black suede ankle boots, white ruffled Victorian-style blouse, maroon leather gloves, and of course, this stunning antler headpiece that now sits proudly in my living room as we speak.

Sometimes, life presents weird opportunities. When one of them involved being stared at by old ladies in a small beach village, followed by sitting in costa for lunch wearing a crazy get-up, then I say hell yes.


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Gucci Rip Off

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London based designer Diane Goldie creates bespoke 'wearable art' inspired by female empowerment and individuality. Her work, now three years in the making, consists of unique handmade or up cycled clothing and accessories in bright colours and textures; fusing a melting pot of cultures and personalities together,, creating what she thinks creativity in London is all about. I urge you to check out some of her work at http://dianegoldieartist.com, along with her intelligent and insightful writing at http://dianegoldie.wordpress.com/

Anyway, I divulge from what this post is really about. Gucci, one of the most successful high-end Italian fashion labels in history, has recently revamped their aesthetic, to a patchwork quilt of quirkiness and colour, inspired by London style tribes (see here). And Diane realised she'd been ripped off.