3 Glasgow Museums to Visit When the Weather Outside is Frightful

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At this time of year, one of the things most people (myself included!) look forward to most is having a bit of downtime. Whether it’s a few days, a week or even a fortnight to recharge, having  some time off to enjoy ourselves is a very welcome treat!

As much as I love to hibernate (and work my way through as many holiday films as I can), I also try to balance that with getting out and about – though, when the weather is less than inviting, it can be hard to figure out what to do, right?

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Recently, I’ve been spending some time at my favourite Glasgow Museums, which make an ideal activity when you don’t want to be outside much. I’d love to share some highlights with you guys today, in case you haven’t been before or fancy re-visiting this season.

Here are 3 Glasgow Museums to visit when the weather outside is frightful…

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Kelvingrove and I go way back – heck, we even used to be neighbours! I’ve featured the museum  here many times before, sometimes due to an awesome exhibition we’ve popped along to and other times the building itself has been a dramatic backdrop to style shoots.

It has a solid place in my heart and I really enjoyed seeing it again this month. Kelvingrove consists of three stunning floors with several galleries and exhibition spaces, each with fascinating collections to take in. From the artifacts of Ancient Egypt, to the immersive Life in the Rainforest object cinema and stories of Scotland old and new, there’s something for everyone to discover.

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It’s hard to pick a favourite in such a historic, vast and varied space, but Sophie Cave’s Floating Heads are a must-see and don’t forget to say hello to Sir Roger before you leave (he’s one of Kelvingrove’s most popular residents…).

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Gallery of Modern Art

Of all the Glasgow Museums, GoMA is the most-visited and easiest to access given its place in the middle of the city centre just a hop, skip and jump from George Square and the Style Mile. This contemporary art gallery showcases the work of artists from around the globe and its exhibitions are refreshed regularly.

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At the moment, you can catch Aaron Angell’s exhibition in Gallery One on the ground floor of GoMA. I loved checking it out last week and taking in the eclectic range of pieces which included inflatables, ceramic sculpture, a giant cabbage (!) and a fully conserved Victorian fern case to name a few.

Every time I visit GoMA, I leave feeling inspired and looking at the world a little differently than when I walked in – whether it’s a quick lunchtime trip or a few hours spent wandering the floors.

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The Riverside Museum

As Scotland’s museum of transport and travel, Riverside certainly has a more consistent theme than some of its counterparts, but you better believe that there is just as much to see!

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The Riverside Museum boasts over 150 separate displays and over 3000 objects, telling the story of how our transport and technology has developed over the years.

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One of the most memorable parts of our recent trip to Riverside was taking a stroll down the cobbled streets of  ‘old Glasgow’ and seeing how our city’s iconic Subway system was first created.

The museum also holds regular events and at the moment it’s celebrating comic book culture with movie showings, collectibles and even the 1960s Batmobile!

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In Glasgow we are really lucky to have so many free museums and galleries on our doorstep (though donations are gratefully received to help support them). Whether you’ve lived in the city your whole life, or are just visiting during the Christmas break, wandering around these Glasgow Museums is one of my favourite ways to spend a cold, wet day.

Will you be visiting (or re-visiting) any of these museums soon? What are some of your favourite ways to spend time off at this time of year?

Is It Spring Yet? Denim and Florals at Kelvingrove

IMG_9566It’s that strange time of year when Spring hasn’t quite kicked in yet, but I’m feeling 100% ready to embrace some of its style cues in my wardrobe (even if i means I still need to layer up a little!). Its been a long, dark winter – great for hibernating and watching Netflix, but I want to put on something floral and frolic around outside now, okay?

Last weekend, Gary and I took advantage of the dry weather and headed out for some lunch and coffee in Partick. It was great to see the busy farmers’ market in full swing and enjoy some bursts of sunshine as we walked.

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Afterwards, we decided to take the scenic route to the city centre – swinging by Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and Kelvingrove Park. I’ve gushed about this grand building before, and every time I see it I gawk at it like a tourist! And who could blame me? It has to be one of THE most beautiful spots in Glasgow.

In the last year or two, I’ve developed quite the obsession with denim jackets! At this time of year, I wear them more like a denim shirt, and layer ’em up under coats. Then when the warmer months arrive, they are my go-to jacket for throwing on over a dress. I love how you can really make a denim jacket your own, with a few custom finishes here and there. I’ve used textile printing, iron-on patches and even sewing on sequins to give my beloved jackets a personal touch. This new indigo wash Pennymoor jacket from Fat Face is already super soft, as though I’ve already spent a season or two living in it – making it even easier to wear.

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I haven’t completely finished customising this jacket yet, but for now I’ve added a few awesome pins, including this cute avocado by Sugar and Vice and my Girl Gang pennant pin by Lucky Dip Club. My necklace was a sweet gift from Helen last year – it’s one of my favourites and it’s by Ladybird Likes.

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Mustard isn’t a colour that I wear too often, yet when I discovered this Botanic Skater Dress by Coco and Cleo, I could instantly see myself wearing it. The bright retro-inspired print is perfect for a fun day out, and it even has some groovy bell-shaped sleeves (which I will show off another day, when it gets warmer!).

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At this time of year, who knows what the weather will throw at us? A pair of comfy boots that I can spend an entire weekend in, come rain or shine, are a must-have! These brown Shalford ankle boots (also by Fat Face) were certainly made for walkin’, and I happily clip-clopped around the city in them.

Toughening up a floral dress with some boots is one of my favourite outfit combos – it makes me feel like I’m in a badass girl group!

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I’d just been to visit BLOW Finneston and had my bob freshened up. I wanted to show off my new ‘do, so I decided not to go TOO big with my hair accessories and instead opted for a simple pop of orange. My hair flower is an oldie, I’m pretty sure it’s from H&M circa 2008-ish…

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A stroll around Kelvingrove was a great way to spend an afternoon, and I’m looking forward to many more this Spring. Be sure to put this part of town at the top of your list – file it under Weekend Walks! 

Have you started to feel inspired by Spring? What is your favourite way to customise a jacket?

With love, retro prints and soft denim,

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A huge thanks to the lovely people at Fat Face & Coco and Cleo for helping me get to ready for Spring 

All photography by Gary at Trouble With Film 

 

Channelling My Inner Lydia Deetz at Kelvingrove

Sparkle Goth 10Is it any wonder I had a major goth phase as a teenager? The dramatic looks, the music and the poetry (thankfully, not penned by me!) featured heavily in my high school years. Even though I’m much more colourful these days, there will always be a part of me that will feel wooed by the dark side – so long as I can add a dash of glitter for good measure of course!

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I recently channelled my inner Lydia Deetz when Rare London sent me a lace dress from their new collection. As I tried it on, I loved the striking black lace, and the longer length of the skirt. I knew that it was just itching for a gothic photo shoot, and the perfect setting was just a hop, skip and jump away from the flat…

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If this photo shoot had a soundtrack, it would feature a lot of The Cure, The Damned and Bauhaus.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is probably my favourite building in all of Glasgow. Its Spanish Baroque-style and enormous stature is enough to stop anyone in their tracks, even for a second, and take it all in. What lies inside of course, is even more impressive, but on this day I was much more interested in showing off my lace dress outside the building and in the surrounding woodlands.

The lace on the dress has a little stretch, and is really soft – unlike some lace dresses which can have a tendency to itch. How’s a gal supposed to read her copy of The Raven in peace if she’s scratching at her dress all day? What a godsend…

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There is a slit on each side, just the right length too – we don’t want an Angelina-at-the-2012-Oscars situation on our hands! The slits made the full skirt easy to wear as I enjoyed mooching around the iconic stone steps of the museum.

I accessorised the feminine frock with a Meadow crown from my beloved Crown and Glory and my new favourite sparkly ballet flats. I kept jewellery to a minimum (although I DID consider a crucifix for the ultimate Like A Prayer look!) and wore cameo earrings by Tarina Tarantino and my Marc by Marc Jacobs watch.

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Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before…

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My Goth Girl getup included:

Black Lace Maxi Dress: C/O Rare London

Meadow Crown: Crown and Glory

Earrings: Tarina Tarantino

Watch: Marc By Marc Jacobs

Silver glitter pumps: New Look

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I loved indulging in the romance and drama that a little bit of lace can create – and re-visiting a gothic look that, with a few tweaks, feels more distinctly like ‘me’. The awkward teenage goth girl will always be an important part of my own style journey – and she’s still here in spirit although nowadays much less likely to reach for the black lipstick! You can check out the full collection from Rare London here.

Tell me about your style journey – how much has your look changed over the years? Any looks that you’d re-visit?

The bats have left the belltower…

Miss West End Girl x

 

All photography in this post by Gary at Trouble With Film