Monday, 26 September 2016

An Ode to The Gentlewoman

Welcome to my new monthly blog series, 'An Ode to...' where I will be shamelessly confessing my love as a proud fashion nerd to my favourite publications, whether that be books, magazines, journals, zines, look books, websites, or of course blogs, in an attempt to inform and inspire, but also just because I'm a gushing super-fan of far too many things and they need an outlet. 

Firstly I've decided to dedicate a post to The Gentlewoman magazine, and more importantly, Penny Martin, its Editor-in-Chief and founder. I first came across this wonderful publication whilst researching for a project during my fashion management course at Robert Gordon University, and after attending the PaisleyMake Design Festival a few weeks ago, I was inspired to delve deep yet again into the world of The Gentlewoman after an incredible talk by Penny Martin herself at Paisley Abbey.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Autumn Accessory Essentials

The leaves are turning brown and the haar is drawing in, Autumn is here, and although its fabulous to enjoy Pumpkin Spice Lattes again, personally I'm panicking about what to wear every morning. Its an awkward transitional time, with bright sunny days with random rain and shine, never being able to predict the temperature, so I've been desperately searching for fashion inspiration that actually matches Scottish weather

Autumn/Winter trends tend to repeat every year because its a time of year that people revert to the classics. Think staple white shirts, suede ankle boots, trench coats and warm, earthy colours. 

Instead, this season I'm focussing on changing up my accessories to update those failsafe autumn outfits, and instead of feeding my shopping addiction, I decide to delve deep into my existing wardrobe.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The Secret to Lasting Pink Hair

Having been a true blonde, a grey granny, a bleach blonde, a silver fox and a lilac violet, I have finally settled on pink hair. After years of admiring stunning bloggers like Honey Pop Kisses (hair goals!) and trawling through Tumblr and Pinterest for inspiration, I bit the bullet and got my hair dyed a dusty rose shade at cult Glasgow salon, Blow (read about my experience here!), but unfortunately this kind of 'fashion colour' never lasts more than a few weeks, and is generally quite high maintenance.

However, I am proud to claim I have discovered the answer to (semi) permanent pastel pink hair! Read on to find out the two miracle products you will need to stay pretty in pink for months after your salon treatment! The best part? You can do it all for under £10! Perfect for my new student budget!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

City Break Outfit Diary

I've just returned from a wonderful long weekend (the best kind of weekend!) away in London and Manchester with my boyfriend for his 21st birthday, and thought I'd tell my lovely readers all about it through the medium of outfit photos, because for me, looking back at what I wear is usually the best way to remember things! 

Most of them feature my new favourite jacket, a pale pink/nude coloured duster coat, a shameless panic purchase from Primark. I adore long length coats, and own similar styles in grey black and navy, but I decided to splash out on colour to match my pink hair, and make more of a statement at London Fashion Week

Despite the rain and cloudy skies, I loved standing out from the sea of black in my pastel colours, paired with a metallic silver jumpsuit, classic ankle boots and a bright red lip.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Thou Shalt Covet

After 8 years of cherry picking quality designer handbags from all over Europe, Covet, Edinburgh's top designer handbag boutique, are now proud to present their debut eponymous collection. The opulent 2016 Autumn/Winter Colour palette takes inspiration from rich jewel colours and precious metals: Platinum, Gold, Copper, Pewter, Rose Gold, Turquoise metallic, Amethyst metallic, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, Quartz and Onyx.

“After listening to our customers tell us what they want, we have created a capsule collection of beautiful, quality, luxury handbags at an affordable price, which we hope they will love” - Anna and Blaise, founders of Covet.

I really enjoyed previewing the gorgeous new products at the event held at their Thistle St boutique last week, alongside Edinburgh Bloggers and loyal Covet customers alike. Read on to see all the accessories form the new collection!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Saunt and Sinner x Lauren Gollan

Last Sunday, myself and the #girlboss team from The Scottish Design Exchange; Lynzi Leroy, founder and director, Judith Hamilton-Wright, artist and head of fine art, plus Jodie Given, visual merchandiser and head of product design, attended a wonderful event at The Arches, New Waverley in Edinburgh.  The event was a celebration of a successful creative collaboration between Glasgow fashion brand, Saunt & Sinner (headed by the talented Scottish designer Toni Roddie) digital artist Vincent Wolf, and the Lauren Gollan Academy of Make Up Artistry, coming together to create and promote the Flux collection, combining classic womenswear, digital prints, virtual reality and high fashion make-up looks.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

PaisleyMake Design Festival

PaisleyMake is a new festival of creativity aiming to encouraging people to reconnect with  the heritage and explore the future of textiles and design, in the original home of the iconic Paisley pattern.  Last week I was invited to the blogger preview of the event, which involved a tour of the beautiful Paisley Museum and it's huge extensive pattern archives within the fascinating environment of huge ancient weaving looms. In addition we had the opportunity to network with industry professionals and view exhibitions and participate in workshops from emerging Scottish fashion, jewellery and interior designers as part of Scotland Redesigned at Paisley Abbey.  Finally, my favourite part, we attended an inspiring talk by former Glasgow student Penny Martin, editor-in-cheif of one of the industry’s most intellectual and informed women’s magazines, The Gentlewoman. I even sat next to her in the FROW!