3 Alternative Ways to Shop This Christmas

 alternative ways to shop

It’s the last day of November so, if you haven’t started to at least plan your Christmas shopping yet, now’s the time!

Monday’s post was all about the best beauty gift sets that our favourite department store makeup counters have to offer, but today I’d like to focus more on HOW we shop, rather than what we’re buying. Over the next month, there are some exciting shopping events and new shop arrivals in Glasgow that are well worth checking out!

 alternative ways to shop

Not only will these stores and markets leave you spoiled for choice, but they’re also a chance to discover something a little bit different while picking up a few festive treats. I can’t wait to share them with you, so let’s get started!

Here are 3 alternative ways to shop this Christmas…

1. Etsy Made Local AKA The Christmas Market You Must Visit 

Returning to Glasgow after last year’s successful event, the Etsy Team are organising an even bigger Christmas fair this year to celebrate local makers and creative talent. Showcasing the work of 132 designers and small businesses over a lively two-day stint at The Briggait, you can expect to browse the work of such clever cookies as Bonnie Bling, Nikki McWilliams, Claire Barclay Draws, Neil Slorance Art and many more.

At Etsy Made Local you’ll find oodles of homeware, art, illustrations, jewellery and accessories – perfect for anyone looking for Christmas gift inspiration. AND you might just discover your new favourite indie designer while you’re browsing! It all kicks off this Saturday at 11:30 and entry to the fair is free – see you there?

 alternative ways to shop

 alternative ways to shop

2. Boutique by Shelter Scotland AKA The Thrift Store for the Style Savvy

Shopping in second-hand stores is something that I talk about a LOT, as not only does it help support charities and the work that they do, but it is also a way to help contribute to sustainability (and avoid clothes going to landfill!). So when I heard about Boutique, the newest project from Shelter Scotland, I was excited to see what the charity had up their sleeve. Teaming up with Wayne Hemingway, Shelter have created a charity shop with a stylish, design-conscious feel (the interior design has been created by Wayne Hemingway himself…need I say more?) and are opening their very first Scottish store tomorrow at 177 Byres Road.

 alternative ways to shop

Having had a sneaky peek inside the store for myself, I really love the curated feel of the shop floor and even spied a few pre-loved gems ready to be snapped up (a beautiful oversized Chloe bag that would be perfect for a few gals I know…).  Shopping second-hand this Christmas will help to support those struggling with poor housing conditions and homelessness, but don’t forget how valuable your donations are too! If you’re planning a pre-Christmas clear out, the team at Boutique by Shelter would love to hear from you – you can pop in store from Thursday or drop them an email at ByresRoadShop@shelter.org.uk

 alternative ways to shop

3. Wear Eponymous x Leiper Gallery AKA The Pop-up Concept Store

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle and bustle of Buchanan Street you’ll find the stunning Leiper Fine Art Gallery, where Wear Eponymous are hosting their latest pop-up shop. Within this traditional space there’s an explosion of contemporary designer brands and more award-winning talent than you can shake a Christmas tree at; including luxury fashion, accessories, interiors, jewellery, lifestyle pieces and art.

 alternative ways to shop

This is Wear Eponymous’ 4th pop-up event, the latest in the team’s quest to introduce key independent designers to a wider audience. After all, some discoveries are too good to keep to yourself! Expect to find pieces from the likes of Helen Ruth, Rebecca Torres and Edge Only (LOVE!) as well as lots of others – all artistically presented in this classic building at 117 West George Street until 31st December.

 alternative ways to shop

With a mega market, a chic charity shop and a powerful pop-up to choose from (OR why not visit all three?) it just goes to show that there are lots of alternative ways to shop over the festive period.

Glasgow is always bursting with fresh ideas and ways to support others, whether it’s charities, small businesses or local design talent and these three retail events are just a small selection of ways to get involved this Christmas! Let me know if you visit any of them – and if you have any other alternative or local shopping destinations for me to check out.

Love,

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Scottish Scarf Designers to Fall In Love With

Scottish Scarf Designers

When it comes to accessories, I’m a scarf girl through and through – I’m not talking about the chunky, knitted kind (though at this time of year, I like to keep them pretty close to hand too!), but the endless, dreamy style options that only a printed silk scarf can give.

Whether looped around my neck, jazzing up a bag or (my favourite!) tied in a big ol’ bow in my hair, there’s nothing quite like a beautifully designed scarf to add a punch of colour and let my imagination run wild. When I started putting a shortlist of my favourite brands and new discoveries to tell you guys about, something occurred to me: they were all based in Scotland!

So today, I’d love to share some of the amazing Scottish scarf designers that make accessorising extra fun, with the hope that you might love them as much as I do…

Scottish Scarf Designers

Heather Margaret Grace

From queen bees to delicate flowers and even tarantulas, Heather Margaret Grace’s designs have more than a hint of the botanical about them. Created by a dynamic sister duo and inspired by the strong women in their family, this brand have a small, intricately-designed collection that combine sketch-like images with vintage-inspired prints and colours.

Heather Margaret Grace’s ability to make even insects and arachnids appear stylish remind me to always look at things a little bit differently! You can find out more about the brand here.

Scottish Scarf Designers

Karen Mabon

My love for Karen Mabon’s bold, whimsical designs is utterly endless – but really, can you blame me? I remember falling head over heels with the very first design I laid eyes on – the Taco Nights scarf – and I HAD to have it. Nearly three years later and I’m still hooked.

Watching this lady light up the fashion world with fried eggs, kittens dressed as astronauts and vintage funfair rides just makes my heart sing – it’s the way life should be. A scarf by Karen Mabon will always make you smile. Fact!

Scottish Scarf Designers

Urban Reivers

I became aware of Urban Reivers over the summer, when I noticed their pop-up during the Edinburgh Fringe and sniffed their Reek artisan perfume. What’s really unique about Urban Reivers is that they put their passion for Scotland’s history at the heart of all of their projects, and their scarves are no exception!

Part of their BIDE collection, their scarves bring Scottish landscapes to life, using original vintage maps as a basis for their vibrant pieces. Bringing the old and the new together with a seriously wearable result is what makes this brand stand out.

Special mention: I’m currently loving the bright and beautiful printed scarves by surface pattern designer Mimi Hammill, who I discovered on Instagram earlier this year. Mimi’s scarves are all designed, printed and finished in Scotland and you can see her collection here!

Scottish Scarf Designers

These are just a few awesome Scottish Scarf Designers that I couldn’t resist sharing, but I want to know who YOUR favourites are! And how do you like to wear a silk scarf?

Love and enormous bows,

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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