Friday, 22 July 2016

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival 2016

Last night I attended the launch of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, a week of educational and creative fashion events at various city venues, run by Anna Fremantle for the fifth year running.  Fashion Festival Opening Reception with Gianni Scumaci was a 2 hour event, including drinks and a browse round the photography exhibition, a talk by Gianni about hairdressing as a social concept and some inspirational anecdotes, as well as interviews with industry experts.
Scumaci is a third generation London hairdresser who has become stylist to the stars, regularly collaborating with Vogue, i-D, David Bailey, Tim Walker, Stella Tenant (Picture on left) and so many more, including his most recent project with Sink The Pink. The second half of his talk, and the surrounding exhibition, at The Image Collective in Ocean Terminal, was about a photoshoot he styled 4 men from this eccentric, cross-dressing performance collective. It focussed on how he created, developed and discovered their inner characters and brought them out in a visual way.
Read on to see my picks of the upcoming events of the fashion festival! 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tuk Tuk Vegan Treats

Today's post is long awaited and delayed, so for that I apologise! I have been preparing for the move to my new flat, new course at university, and being a busy bee at work, but I am so passionate about dedicating my time to this blog! I am super grateful for anyone that continues to support and engage with Urbanity as it continues to grow!
I divulge. Basically, this post is a delight to write because a couple of weeks back I was surprised with a wonderful invitation to try out the vegan menu at Tuk Tuk, an Indian Street Food style restaurant  in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Lucie (from Tetris and Cheesecakes), Emma (from Edinbug) and I dined on a feast of meat/egg/dairy free dishes at Tuk Tuk, and here is my review! You can also read Emma's post here, accompanied by her wonderful food photography skills that sadly I don't possess! 

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Blow Shawlands Launch and other Glasgow Adventures

I've just returned from a wee day trip to one of my favourite cities, Glasgow, which ended in the most fabulous way- the launch party of the brand new Blow on Kilmarnock road, the second branch to open after Blow Finnieston back in 2014.  

What is Blow? It's a Colour Asylum/Hair Salon/Training Academy/Cult Blogger Hang-out/Selfie Spot/ Braid Bar/ Coffee and Cocktail Club/ Blow Dry Heaven/ Rainbow and Glitter Paradise.  Yup.

I've booked myself in for later this summer for a cut and colour treatment using their exclusive, cruelty-free, vibrant vegan hair dye product range, Manic Panic, and I'll be sure to show you the results!

Why not check it out for yourself at or follow their Instagram @blowcolourasylum for some unique hair creations. Read on to see my snaps of their fabulous new store, which have given me some serious  interiors envy, and inspiration for decorating my new flat!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Edinburgh's Best Coffee Shops

I am no stranger to a Starbucks, Costa or Caffe Nero, for convenience, location, choice, price and consistency.  However, lately I have been trying to make more of an effort to get my caffeine fix at independent coffee shops instead.

Since moving to Edinburgh, I've really enjoyed sampling the huge selection of artisan coffee roasters and cute wee cake shops all over the city. There's no way I like to spend my mornings off work more than catching up with friends over a cappuccino, or blogging away in a quiet corner with a chai latte. 

Here I've compiled my Top Ten independent coffee shops in Edinburgh. What are yours?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Best (free) Apps for Bloggers

In addition to the obvious, most used mobile applications like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there are lots of other apps for Android and iPhone that can be pretty helpful for bloggers.

As well as those mentioned in this post, I think a few more deserve an honourable mention. Pinterest is fantastic for gathering inspiration, and Layout is great for making photo collages. Tumblr is a good app (but web version is 100x better!) for not only following relevant accounts - for me its the likes of Who What Wear, Vogue, Topshop and Man Repeller- but also for distracting and relaxing with hilarious memes.

I'm also pretty late to the Snapchat bandwagon for blogging. I've always used the photo-messaging app to send silly selfies to friends, but only this week have made one for Urbanity Blog (add me: and discovered snapchat's potential as an additional marketing tool.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Pitt Street Food Yard

Last Saturday my friends were working at an Artisan food truck in Leith food market, The Pitt Street Food Yard, so I decided to check it out for myself, and my god it was worth the hype. 

Walking down this industrial-meets-residential street, you wouldn't expect a thing, until you turn a wee corner, and a friendly face welcomes you to a summer foodie festival, hidden away in an up-cycled yard.

 In fact, I loved it so much that I went there for lunch and dinner. Yup.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Pink Hair and Pinstripe Cullottes

I don't do outfit posts too often because I doubt many people are overly interested in my clothing (although I am partial to selfie much more on my instagram @urbanity_blog) but this weekend has been sunny and I've really enjoyed relaxed dressing for my rare weekend not working in a shop! 

These Zara culottes have been hanging unworn for a while but never find the right occasion of them. A summer evening walk and a cute cinema date in these babies was ideal, teamed with a simple black tee and birkenstocks.

Also, you may notice my rather strawberry-milkshake-esque hair! Lately I've been getting bored with being blonde so I've experimented with different semi-permanent pinks and purples. Its great to use these wash-in dyes from Crazy Colour because there no commitment (as I'm way too scared to dedicate my hair to being forever pink) and it gives you a chance to bring out your fun side and see what suits you.