Autumn Adventuring… and a Giveaway!

Autumn Adventuring

I spent a few days last week getting away from the city and exploring some beautiful Scottish landscapes – from forests, islands and endless blue skies at Loch Lomond, to coastal walks and bracing winds at Largs and Gourock. Getting wrapped up in cosy layers, armed with my trusty camera, felt like the perfect way to embrace the new season and do some Autumn adventuring!

Autumn Adventuring

Autumn Adventuring

Along with a pretty Wes Anderson-esque colour palette, I stuck with the theme of exploration by accessorising with this violet scarf by Urban Reivers which is inspired by 1942 maps of Scotland used by RAF pilots.

Autumn Adventuring

At this time of year, incorporating some hats into my ensembles is a must-do, and there’s no style of hat I love more than a beanie with a flourish. Whether it’s with some delicate netting, a scatter or sequins or (in this case) a fluffy pom pom, I always throw one in my bag just in case I need to keep warm! This one was a recent impulse buy from Primark for a couple of pounds and goes with almost everything!

Autumn Adventuring

Spending the day following forest trails and watching the boats bobbing on the water has a lovely calming effect – making time almost stand still. That being said, every adventure needs to end sometime, and I kept track of my days with this C201 watch by Glasgow-based luxury brand Paulin Watches.

Autumn Adventuring

With it’s glistening, scale-like strap and large, striking face, it’s a statement piece that looks just as good with snuggly sweaters as it does with my favourite tea dresses. The unique strap makes it perfect for mixing textures – something I love to do at this time of year!

Autumn Adventuring

So, here’s the REALLY exciting part! I’ve teamed up with the gang at Paulin to launch an exclusive giveaway to celebrate the new season and our love of Autumn adventuring. We’re sharing our Autumn style obsessions over on Pinterest and would love to see what’s inspiring you too!

To be in with a chance of winning a super-swish Paulin watch OF YOUR CHOICE (you can check out their full range here), all you have to do is create a board on Pinterest with the title Paulin Autumn Style and show us your fashion and lifestyle favourites for fall. Which pieces from Paulin would you style? Get creative and HAVE FUN!

Autumn Adventuring

This contest is open worldwide and will run until 5pm GMT on Friday 28th October. Only boards using the title Paulin Autumn Style will be counted as entries (so we can find ’em!) – apart from that, let your creative juices run wild! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Good luck and happy pinning…

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All photos by Trouble With Gary 

Friday Hi-Fives: Braehead, Brunch and Bath Bombs

braehead

Well, hello there! Happy FriYAY – how has your week been? It’s been another fun (but busy!) one around here, so let me start at the beginning! On Saturday I had an exciting visit to the brand new Charlotte Tilbury counter at House Of Fraser, where I spent the morning swooning over decorative golden palm trees and having a ‘Tilbury Transformation’ – I’ll be sharing much more on what THAT is on Monday so stay tuned…

On Sunday I went along to Cote Brasserie and celebrated their first year in Glasgow at a lovely brunch event. We discussed all of the important things (eggs, fashion week, Stranger Things…) over coffee and I had an epic vegetarian breakfast that more than set me up for the rest of the day!

A few days later, it was time to celebrate Lori’s birthday and a few of us went for dinner at Las Iguanas. I hadn’t been there since the start of the year and I found myself wondering why I’d left it that long. The menu is AWESOME and they do a pretty mean dessert! It was the perfect way to toast our favourite goth girl.

On Thursday I went along to Braehead to their Fashion & Beauty Bloggers event to top up my wish list for the new season. After feeling inspired by their catwalk show and beauty demonstration, we hit the shops and ended up starring in our own shopping montage. Myself and a few of the other girls also visited LUSH and got all the scoop on the new Halloween & Autumn range which hit stores today. I can’t wait to try the Monsters Ball bath bomb…

If you haven’t visited the new MAC counter at House of Fraser, make sure you head along there this weekend as they celebrate their official launch. I got a little Friday makeover there this afternoon while learning all about their amazing new Liptensity collection before I headed off for dinner with Vicky.

And now, would you look at the time? It’s time to get this weekend started if you ask me!

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…the Organic pop-up market hits the Botanic Gardens tomorrow and you can expect health, beauty, food and more from the likes of Whole Foods Market Giffnock

…we’re having our besties over for dinner this weekend and I can’t wait to try making something from one of my new cookbooks

…I have some pretty great girls in my life and that makes me feel very thankful and happy

…Aveda have just launched their new Damage Remedy Split End Repair treatment – just the thing to treat poor neglected locks!

…The first drop from the Cath Kidston x Disney collection hits stores on MONDAY and I am so excited to see it

I hope you have an awesome weekend and thanks for hi-fiving with me!

Love,

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Is It Too Early for Polar Bears?

too early for polar bears

With the leaves changing colour and tartan scarves hitting the streets (yes, really!), there’s no denying a new season is upon us! There’s only so long you can get away with wearing a sundress for from here on in (even with a few layers over it!), so I’ve been on the lookout for frocks that will see me into Autumn.

too early for polar bears

I can always count on Yumi to bring their A+ cute dress game no matter the time of year, and I think I might just have found my ‘ seasonal transition’ dress. But, there’s one question we need to get out of the way first…

Is it too early for polar bears?

I generally associate polar bears with *whispers* Christmas (I KNOW, it’s too early for all that malarkey – I won’t mention it again!) but you know what I mean, right? I can’t look at a polar bear without humming the Holidays Are Coming music in my head, but there’s something about dressing them up with a pussy bow and puffy sleeves that makes it feel OK to be wearing them in September!

too early for polar bears

This grey Yumi dress – stocked at House of Fraser along with oodles of other fun frocks – was an absolute godsend on a recent afternoon when the sun was shining but a strappy dress was out of the question (because, September!).

Earlier that day, I went to Swoon Nails for a morning of pampering with Alexandra Godwin and Louise Mitchell AKA Lexy and LouLou – the Swoon room’s newest additions. There’s no look that this glam squad can’t pull off and I left feeling like a million bucks!

too early for polar bears

Lunch, coffee and a walk around the neighbourhood while showing off my pin curls and fancy new makeup felt like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, so I met up with Gary back at the house and we headed out.

too early for polar bears

I decided my polar bear parade needed a pop of colour so used my mint Kate Spade bag to carry around my bits and pieces.

too early for polar bears

We tried out Ovenbird coffee for the first time that day and I wore this awesome Damn Fine Coffee brooch by Kate Rowland to celebrate. I like to think that Agent Cooper would be very proud! Oh, and the coffee was great by the way!

too early for polar bears

My gold flamingo earrings are by Lou Taylor and were a recent birthday present from my girl Casci. Quite possibly made to be worn with freshly coiffed locks, don’t you think?

I’m also wearing my old faithful monochrome Clarks t-bar shoes – they’re super comfy and ideal for a day of walking around.

too early for polar bears

After a day of styling up some jolly polar bears I am more than convinced they make an ideal transition into the chillier months without screaming Here Comes Santa Claus.

…just don’t put on any Slade songs while you’re wearing them, OK?

How have you been switching up your outfits for the new season? Would you wear polar bears in September too?

Here’s to relaxed afternoons and damn fine coffee,

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