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

July Round Up

July, you’ve been and gone like a flash of sunlight! Here in Glasgow we’ve seen some of the warmest days in a very long time and despite the odd grumble I suspect many people have been making the most of it! For me, this month has seen some excellent times spent with The Boy, family and friends. Barbecues, feel good music, long walks in the sun and slapping on the SPF – it sure feels like a Scottish summer. This month has also seen some awesome events – not least the Vintage Festival  in Merchant City, and I even found myself being a tour guide in my own neighbourhood for a day (quite happily I add).

Here’s my July round up (in photos of course):

1. “an ocean of violets in bloom”  at the Botanic Gardens   2. Donut day at the office  (DROOL)
3. Family barbecue day   4. An exciting find in the record section while shopping
5. Mandatory police car posin’ at TriBeCa   6. Skin Guru spritz in the heat has been a SAVIOUR!
7. Clever girl…dino spotting at Kelvingrove   8. A visit to Burger Meats Bun on opening day
9. Blogcademy giggles (full post here)  10. Starbucks Refresha (my new summertime beverage)
11. Dinner with The Boy at The Lansdowne  12. Beautiful building-spotting in Dundee
13. Another glorious day at the Botanics   14. Photobooth action at the Somewhereto_  launch
15. Rainbow cake – truly a feast for your eyes!   16. Shopping for my beardy Boy at Beardcraft’s stall
17. At Vintage Festival (more on which very soon)   18. Enjoying my annual McFlurry!

I hope you had a marvellous month of July! I’m looking forward to seeing what this next month brings.

How was your month? What did you get up to? What is your favourite Summertime treat?

Thanks for reading!