A Sugar Coated Spring

I don’t know about you, but I am SO READY to retire my winter layers and get into the swing of spring! My faithful faux fur coat is starting to feel like a villain in a bad movie…just when you think you’ve seen the last of him, he comes back out. To celebrate the four day weekend over Easter, I put together this Spring-inspired outfit from some of the 80 stores at Buchanan Galleries, and spent a fun afternoon with Gary walking around our old neighbourhood.

Outfit Details:
Sugar Coated tee | H&M
Gingham skirt | Mango
Silver camera bag | Accessorize
Hair flower | Claire’s
Puma sneakers | Kids Footlocker (yep, really!)
Fuchsia Fever lipstick | Benefit Cosmetics at Boots

All available at Buchanan Galleries 

Hair by #BLOW | Nails by Swoon Nails 

We visited the Botanic Gardens, where it feels like a spring day all year round! I’d visited #BLOW earlier that morning for a quick hair appointment, and they gave me the 1960s fantasy bouffant of my dreams. It just goes to show that you can get the Priscilla Presley-meets-Betty Rubble hair you’ve always wanted (you just need the right salon!).

My favourite part of this outfit has to be the mint Sugar Coated tee from H&M. I’ve been falling in love with slogan tees all over again lately, and that pastel green shade has ‘Spring’ written all over it!

Also, can we just take five and talk about these creeper-style Puma sneakers? Yes, they are technically definitely from a children’s shoe store, but hey – if the shoe fits (boom boom!), who am I to complain? I walked around in them all day, from the Botanic Gardens, to lunch at West on the Corner, and back into the city centre again. Cute AND comfy!

I hope you guys have been starting to enjoy the sunnier days and got a chance to take it easy over Easter. Thank you for your patience and support with my blog rebrand also – I really appreciate it and can’t wait to reveal more!

Tell me, have you started wearing your favourite Spring pieces yet? And which cartoon character’s hair do YOU most admire?

Here’s to a sugar coated spring…

 

A Vintage-inspired Day on the Town

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There are some traditions that are so good, you keep them up forever. When I was little, my mum used to take me to see a pantomime around Christmas, and it was always such a special time of year that I looked forward to. A day out in the city with a nip in the air and all of the Christmas decorations lighting up the streets just feels more magical somehow!

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Now that I’m a bit (ahem!) older, it’s a tradition that I still like to keep up. As well as all the fun of the pantomime (which is a tradition in itself – panto shows have been going strong for 300 years now!), it’s also a good excuse to get all dressed up and go out for some dinner before the performance. Not that I need an excuse…

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In honour of vintage shows and, of course, the traditional theatre buildings themselves echoing a bygone era, I decided to go for a retro look on our recent trip to the pantomime!

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As well as keeping my bangs and length in check, I can always rely on the babes at BLOW to coif my hair into something awesome for a special occasion. A wash, a blow dry and some vintage-inspired waves later, I was feeling flapper-girl fabulous (and I was in and out in an hour – how’s that for service?!).

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Some of you might remember Love Ur Look from when I twirled my way around Cabana Bay resort last summer in one of their pink 1950s throwback frocks. For my day out, I wore another one of their dresses – the Blue Apple Shirt Dress. This piece is a lot better suited to this time of year – it looks great with or without tights and the longer sleeves and thicker material feel nice and cosy.

I love the cut of this dress – the exaggerated shape of the nipped in waist and flared skirt feel very feminine and it’s so easy to wear. It was the perfect accompaniment to my vintage waves and I’m looking forward to seeing how I can style it again in Spring… something tells me maybe with a cute cardigan and fruit-inspired accessories.

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The little cream Knightsbridge bag is from Marc B’s latest collection. The quilted design makes it feel pretty timeless, so it’s ideal for accessorising all fashion decades!

Finally, I took inspiration from all of my old-school silver screen heroines and kept warm in a faux fur jacket. I’m not sure if Marilyn would have worn a marshmallow-pink fur to a Hollywood party, but to be fair she didn’t have a TK Maxx back then, right? If you’ve been catching my Instagram posts lately, you’ll probably recognise this jacket – it’s been a hot favourite of mine this season.

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Getting dolled up is half the fun of going out if you ask me, and I just loved going for a vintage-inspired look to celebrate one of my favourite traditions. Oh, and the pantomime was brilliant (Cinderella at The King’s, if you’re wondering!) – I’m already looking forward to the next one!

Do you have any traditions that you like to keep up? Have you tried a retro look lately?

Love,

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Thanks to BLOW and Love Ur Look for helping me bring my vintage-inspired style to life!

Friday Hi-Fives: Kitten Tales & Colour Changing Nails

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Hello and happy weekend everyone! I’m writing this week’s hi-fives while our kitten rolls around on the floor at my feet, grabbing at his tail (which he hasn’t quite understood is actually attached to him yet!). I can’t believe it’s been two months since we brought him home – he’s a constant source of hilarity and has made himself right at home.

Other than kitten parenthood keeping me busy, I’ve enjoyed some visits to a few of my local beauty heroes – starting with Swoon Nails. Sure, the manicure in the photo above may LOOK a little simple compared to my usual wild nail art, but it’s actually colour changing Calgel polish! It reminds me of the mood rings that I used to be obsessed with when I was about 11. Nostalgia aside, this is exclusive to Swoon Nails at the moment so hop to it if you fancy some colour changing nails yourself!

Next up, I headed to BLOW in desperate need of a haircut. Luckily my stylist Rachel had just returned from her exotic travels and had me feeling like myself again in no time. I also popped over to Pixie on Dumbarton Road to visit eyebrow queen Dale who whipped my unruly brows back into shape. Finally, I enjoyed an unbelieveable Comforter treatment at the LUSH Spa in Edinburgh, which started with a divine chocolate body scrub and ended with a candy floss mocktail! Truly scrumptious.

It’s safe to say I’ve had a spring in my step lately after all that pampering!

If you haven’t heard, I’ve launched an exciting giveaway with Paulin Watches this week. Up for grabs is your choice of watch from their gorgeous collection (usually worth up to £250), so be sure to check out this post for more details on how to get involved.

I’m excited to get this weekend started! Let’s get hi-fiving and keep those good vibes coming.

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…my girl Vicky has just launched her first collection of retro-inspired scarves! Talk about a proud pal moment! She’s also offering 25% off to celebrate her launch – hop over to her Instagram to find out more!

…there’s a rather awesome Moxie pop-up fashion event happening this Sunday with vintage and pre-loved designer pieces galore. It all kicks off at noon in Blythswood Square hotel – see you there?

…and next Thursday, Glad Rags are hosting the first exhibition from Operation BoPo – a celebration of empowerment, self-love and body positivity. As well as a photography display you can expect punch, cake and goodie bags

…I just seen the Disney x Lazy Oaf collection and DAMN, it’s good. Bye bye, bank balance!

…last Sunday evening was spent dancing under a shower of confetti with my favourite people by my side. That’s pretty much my idea of pure happiness

I hope you have an awesome weekend! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a hyper kitten to look after…

With love,

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