Join Us at the Scottish Blogger Shop

Being able to share awesome events around town that I think you guys will love is one of the things I enjoy most about writing here – and when it’s one that I’m directly involved in it makes me even happier.

So, grab your diaries and a big ol’ pen, because today I’m super excited to finally tell you all about a shopping party that you won’t want to miss! Some of my favourite blogging buddies and I have teamed up and organised Glasgow’s first ever Scottish Blogger Shop, and we would love to see YOU there!

On Sunday 21st August (only a few weeks away!) you’ll find us at one of my favourite venues, Hillhead Bookclub, armed with fashion, beauty and homeware items as well as other treats for you to enjoy. Think of it as the ultimate yard sale, and a chance to raid our wardrobes (heck, we might even need to resist raiding each others’ stuff at this rate…) with a cocktail in your hand and a squad of girls to chat with.

At our Scottish Blogger Shop you can expect to find a mix of high street, designer, vintage and independently made goodies at better-than-sample sale prices.

I’ll be bringing along a huge selection of pre-loved clothes and accessories from the likes of Topshop, Urban Outfitters, The Whitepepper, Vivienne Westwood, Crown and Glory and many more (as well as lots of pieces that have never been worn at all).

You’ll also find my infamous 321 rack, with all items on this rail priced at just £3, £2 and £1 – who says you can’t find a bargain these days? On the day there will be one or two other surprises that I’m keeping under wraps for now so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Wondering if the Scottish Blogger Shop is for you? Well, collectively, we have such an eclectic mix of personal styles and sizes available that there’s bound to be something that catches your eye – along with myself, you can also shop with Amanda, Ayden, Sheri, Tatiana, Wendy, Lucy, Michelle and Claire.

We’re also bringing in some of our friends from the Glasgow beauty scene to join in the fun, with Swoon Nails on hand to pamper your paws and Hair Dazzle by KK ready to dish out hair sparkles (well, it IS a party!). You can even capture your day out at the shop with Look Look’s GIF photobooth – though be warned, their photobooth is addictive…

I hope you can make it along to hang out with us, it’s going to be a lot of fun! There is NO need to RSVP and entry to the event is completely free. You can keep an eye on all of the action leading up to the day of the shop, and get involved in the conversation by using #ScottishBloggerShop. So round up your girl gang, spread the word and find us from 11am until 5pm at 17 Vinicombe Street – I can’t wait!

Love, Signature

Take Me Down to Brass Neck City…

Brass Neck City

…Oh, won’t you please take me home?! 

One of the most amazing things about shopping in Glasgow is its vibrant, and quite frankly, booming vintage fashion scene. From the Southside, to Merchant City and stretching all the way up the West End, there has never been a better time to get your thrift on!

I’ve posted before about the positives of second-hand shopping – it’s sustainable, purse-friendly and there’s always the excitement of finding one-off pieces that will transform your look. What’s not to love?

Vintage style is something that is always of huge inspiration to me, so when I heard about Brass Neck City – a fashion showcase dedicated to celebrating Glasgow’s independent and thrift shopping favourites (and a few newcomers too!), I was excited to find out where and when! Encouraging fashionistas and savvy shoppers to look beyond the high street, Brass Neck City features collections from Minted, Vintage Guru, Glasgow Vintage Company, City Retro, We Love To Boogie and Granny Would Be Proud. This lot make up a pretty impressive dream team of retro retailers, and I can’t WAIT to see what each of them bring to the show.

Each of the vintage stores will be tasked with creating looks that pay homage to popular Glasgow street styles – you can expect to see ensembles inspired by Art School Chic, Vintage Lovers, West End Wendys and more! Will you see your own style staples strutting down the runway? There’s only one way to find out…

What makes this event even more awesome is that it is being held in one of my favourite neighbourhood hangouts, HIllhead Bookclub. Oh, that and the fact that it’s totally FREE! If you’re new to vintage shopping then it is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the ever-growing local boutiques that we are lucky to have in our city, and why second-hand shopping is kind to the planet. And if you’re a seasoned pro, checking out a curated selection of thrifted fashion is always a pleasure, right?!

This unmissable show starts at 8pm this Thursday, will I see you there?

Where the grass is green and the clothes are pretty, 

Miss West End Girl x

 

Image used via Betty and Bee PR

A Sunday Granny Would Be Proud Of


After that freak snowstorm the other week it was nice to wake up to a nice calm and sunny Sunday. When I looked out the window and seen the weather I couldn’t wait to go for a stroll around the neighbourhood (my new favourite Sunday activity). I’d heard that Granny Would Be Proud vintage and craft fair was on at Hillhead Bookclub and being no stranger to the GWBP events or Hillhead Bookclub itself I knew it would be well worth a visit. With the promise of a lazy Sunday lunch following a browse round the stalls I was happily accompanied by my beau.

Hanging about Hillhead Bookclub on a Sunday whether there is a fair on or not is still good fun, thanks to the shabby-chic decor, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and great food (more on that later). While weekend regulars and visitors alike lunch on the ground floor all of the vintage and craft stalls are set up on the mezzanine looking over. Today there was an excellent selection of vendors and a few really stood out to me as being extra appealing.

First up were the friendly and very helpful guys of Eyedresser Vintage, set up at the top of the stairs next to Flamingo Bakery’s tasty treats. I loved this stall and it really made me wish I needed glasses (although having to work with computers every day makes me think my spectacle-free days are numbered…). Eyedresser Vintage specialise in vintage, retro and antique-style glasses. They had literally hundreds of styles and as professional opticians they offer to expertly fit prescription lenses. The staff were very attentive and assured me that although the website isn’t quite ready yet (keep checking back), they can be contacted by email at the moment (eyedresser@gmail.com). As a fifties vintage fanatic I was especially drawn to Eyedresser Vintage’s cat’s eye style glasses, but there were far too many fabulous frames to pick just one favourite pair.

A selection of glasses available from Eyedresser Vintage

As we wandered around the fair to an excellent soundtrack (I could have sworn they had my iPod on shuffle…) the next stall to catch my eye was the handmade goodies by Something Different. I remembered seeing this vendor from previous craft fairs, including Say No To Plastic at Oran Mor and it’s always nice to see what cute creations are on offer.

Something Different’s stall

Today I was especially excited by the bow-shaped shoe clips, which can be seen at the front of the table in the photo above. At first glance I assumed these were bow hairslides, but these little cuties actually clip onto the front of your shoes, instantly glamming them up from drab to fab! Genius. The shoe clips (£6), along with pretty headbands and other accessories can be purchased online at Something Different’s store if you didn’t make it along today and want to see more.

Lastly, but by no means least, I fell in love with some of the original handmade pieces at West End-based Pure Brass Neck’s jewellery stall. With earrings, necklaces and brooches made from silver and plastic, featuring skulls and animals (two of my favourite motifs) I was truly spoilt for choice. Also, the girls at the table were cheery and approachable, which always makes for a pleasant shopping/browsing experience I think!

A selection of quirky jewellery by Pure Brass Neck

Even though I didn’t buy anything from Pure Brass Neck today, something tells me I will next time. Until then, there is always the website to peruse or I am reliably informed pieces are locally stocked at Lupe Golightly (639 Great Western Road) too. Bonus!

Phew, after all that I needed a sit down and the boy was ready for food so we headed downstairs for some lunch. Hillhead Bookclub is a local haunt for many people on a Sunday and getting a table between 12 and 2pm can be slim pickings but we still managed. The brunch menu is a little more succinct compared to the lunch menu, but the prices are great and the food is yummy so no complaints here. I had the french toast & bacon (below) and the boy had the biggest burger we’d seen in a long time!

Lunch at Hillhead Bookclub (soon to be demolished by yours truly)

After a long and lazy lunch we were suitably stuffed and headed out into the sunny afternoon to walk it off. All in all, a great day.

Be sure to check out the vendors’ websites (all linked above) for more info.

What did you do today?