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…

 

Friday Hi-Fives: Shoes, Spa Fun and Sweet Potato Korma!

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Happy weekend, everyone! We’ve made it through Storm Doris and hopefully things will calm down enough for us to get outside and have some fun over the next few days (a gal can dream, right).

Since we last hi-fived, I’ve been splashing around at the Village Hotel spa with Boohoo (more on that next week!), getting a makeover in the back of a taxi with BareMinerals (yup, really!) and picking my must-have pair of shoes at the Next Perfect Shoes event (they’re black and very chunky…let’s just say there’s a teeny goth girl that still lives in my soul).

All of that gallivanting was bound to work up an appetite, which is why I was very excited to visit Crossing The Rubicon, which has recently opened on Great Western Road. Filled with delicious Indian-inspired street food, and more craft beer than you could ever want, it’s well worth checking out. I went along as part of the #BloggingTheRubicon event, and got to try several of the dishes – the Roast Carrot & Sweet Potato Korma is pretty darn special! I can’t wait to go back for round two…

This weekend I’m looking forward to checking out the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market at Barras Art and Design. It’s the first of a new series of markets which will take place on the last Sunday of each month. With plenty of homeware for me to snoop around, plus appearances from a few of my favourites like Habiib, it’s shaping up to be a good one! See you guys there?

I hope your weekend is off to an awesome start! If you’re hibernating at home, here are a few links I’ve been loving lately – feel free to add them to your reading list.

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…why throw shade when you can bask in the sun? My girl Vicky talks girl-on-girl hate and why it needs to stop. NOW.

…I read this a few days ago and it was one of the most interesting articles I’ve seen all week: Ashanti is asking the question Is Attending London Fashion Week Still Relevant for Bloggers? Click here to read her take on this hot topic.

…you know what’s better than peanut butter? Home made peanut butter. And do you know what’s EVEN better than that? Easy home made peanut butter! Katy is sharing her recipe and my mouth filled with saliva just reading it!

…I was curious to find out how people put the Pomodoro technique of working / resting into practice and it turns out Xandra is sharing a handy guide to how she does it over on her blog.

…new lipstick is something I need like a hole in the head… but that still isn’t stopping me from obsessing over the Kat Von D Rock Candy collection. THREE shades of bright pink, you guys. Need I say more?

I’m putting my out of office on for the next couple of days and I hope you’ve got some down time to enjoy this weekend too! See you next week!

Love,

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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!