Fruit Punch Dress on a Sunny Day

Outfit Details

Fruit Punch Dress | c/o Love ur Look London

Watermelon clutch bag | birthday gift from last year (I think it might be from TK Maxx?)

Wesley sunglasses | c/o Stella & Dot

Sneakers | Primark

Pineapple necklace | c/o And Mary

Pineapple ring | Sugar and Vice

When the sun comes out in Glasgow, all bets are off. Finish off whatever you were doing later because it’s SUMMER, baby – and we don’t know how long it will last (a day? An hour? Who knows!) so it’s time to get outside and enjoy it!

After a liberal coating of factor 100 (because as much as I like the sun, I don’t want to look like I do!), I put on my most summer-appropriate frock and skipped over to Queen’s Park to sit on the grass, smell the roses and pet the doggos.

This cute Fruit Punch Dress by Love ur Look London (you might remember them from this post!) has all the vintage design features that I love, a multicoloured fruity print and contrasting gingham details (swoon!). PLUS, it has pockets! And if you find that as exciting as I do then I guess we’ll be friends for life…

I think what I love most about this dress is that it totally works as a day dress with it’s shape and length – it looks great with a denim jacket too. But with a quick change of shoes and some pin curls I reckon I’d be all set for a night on the town.

A watermelon bag felt like the most sensible option (!) to carry around with me, along with some pineapple jewels to top the whole thing off – plus you can never have too much fruit, am I right? Carmen Miranda, eat your heart out!

I hope you guys have been enjoying the sunshine too! What are your go-to summer outfits?

Merchant City Festival 2017: What to Check Out

Summertime in Glasgow means a few things are for certain: there’s less chance of you getting soaked as you go about your day (oh, sunshine – how I’ve missed you!), the ice cream van in Kelvingrove Park will do a roaring trade (because any price is reasonable when you’re spending your day basking in the sun, loving life…)  and, finally, Glasgow’s festival season kicks off!

Yup, Glasgow LOVES a summer shindig and, hot off the heels of recent TRNSMT and Mela festivals, we now have Merchant City Festival launching on 22nd July.

This nine-day celebration of arts and culture is jam-packed with events and activities. We’re spoiled for choice with music, comedy, exhibitions, street food, club nights, performances and much more – so deciding what to check out over the festival period is tough! 

I’ve got my eye on a few things and I thought I would share my Merchant City Festival 2017 picks – just in case you need help making your mind up, or if you’re new to the festival altogether and don’t know where to start!

Red Bus Bistro

Hanging out in a 1966 Routemaster bus has vintage style written all over it but throw a tasty afternoon tea into the mix and it’s EVEN MORE appealing! The Red Bus Bistro will be stationed in Wilson Street on the 22nd and 23rd of July serving teatime treats by day and cocktails n’ deli platters by night.

Massaoke

Part gig, part karaoke and 100% party, Massaoke’s events have been sweeping the nation and, for one night only (29th July at the Old Fruitmarket), it’s coming to Glasgow as part of Merchant City Festival. What’s Massaoke? I’m so glad you asked! A live band plays everyone’s favourite hits while the lyrics are displayed on huge screens, inviting the crowd to belt out the words together. It’s so crazy it just might work. I’ve got my ticket – see you there?

Punk Archaeology

Anyone walking around the city can see the spirit of 1970s punk well and truly lives on in Glasgow today and this one-off event delves a little deeper into punk history and culture. With a panel of guest speakers exploring punk in Scotland (and Glasgow in particular of course!), the evening will then be concluded with a special screening of Derek Jarman’s 1978 cult movie, Jubilee. Get in touch with your punk roots on 26th July at City Halls.

Merchant City Photography Tour: Glasgow Doors Open Day with Dreghorn Photography School 

The eagle-eyed (and very loyal!) amongst you may remember I had a class with Dreghorn Photography School a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I’d recommend learning some tips from these guys whether you’re a beginner or seasoned snapper! They’re running two free classes (places booked via Eventbrite) on the 23rd and 29th, and will be giving their attendees exclusive access to some of the areas beautiful buildings to nail that perfect shot.

Big Feed on Tour

If you love mouthwatering street food and a friendly atmosphere, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of Big Feed’s regular indoor markets which have foodies all over town swooning. Showcasing the very best of Glasgow’s indie food vendors, their events are already becoming pretty legendary so, when I heard they were going ‘on tour’ to Merchant City, I popped their dates in my diary. Catch them on Brunswick Street on the 28th, 29th and 30th of this month.

Phew! Can you believe that I’m only scratching the surface here? You can find out more about these events, plus the ENTIRE Merchant City Festival 2017 programme, here!

Will you be visiting the festival this year? And what are some of your favourite things about Glasgow in summer?

A Picnic in the Park

IMG_4283 One of my favourite things about summer is eating al fresco. There’s just something really relaxing about getting together with people, organising some food and throwing down a blanket under a big tree… or a beach… or… well, you get the idea!

So when the gang at Krispy Kreme recently invited me along to a picnic in the park, celebrating their newest openings in Glasgow, I was only too happy to join in the fun.

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First things first though: if I’m going to a picnic, you know that I am all about dressing in theme! I’d been saving this vivid gingham dress for a suitably kitsch occasion – and, if you ask me, gingham and picnics go together like doughnuts and sprinkles. I picked this up in the Lindy Bop sale about a month ago – £12 well spent…

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When thinking about accessories, it really was a case of ‘go big or go home’, and I decided my oversized watermelon necklace by SWANK wasn’t enough. I carried my usual essentials in my all-time favourite bag by Kate Spade which is (you guessed it!) ALSO watermelon themed!

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Arriving on time to a doughnut picnic is essential if you want first choice of the treats, right?  I made sure I popped on this Cora watch by JORD before walking out the door. I love the deep, red-purple colour of the wood and, in case you were wondering, I did get a good choice of doughnuts!

The new Nutty Chocolatta (filled with pure Nutella spread!) is pretty dreamy but my heart will always belong to the melt-in-your mouth classic, original glazed (cue the Homer Simpson-style drooling…).

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I got into the spirit of things all too easily and swapped out my hair flower for a Krispy Kreme-themed hat – think I can pull it off?

We were treated to quite a spread in the picturesque surroundings of Pollok Country Park, and I left with a sugar high so powerful that made clearing out the living room cupboard later that day an absolute breeze (I know, I know, I’m living la vida loca you guys)!

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You can visit new Krispy Kreme stores and try their new varieties for yourself in Silverburn, Buchanan Galleries and (very soon!) Central Station. Household chore results may vary.

Have you had a picnic in the park this year? Did you dress up? And what’s your favourite kind of doughnut?

Love, sugar kicks and picnic baskets…

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