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!

Friday Hi-Fives: Burns, Warhol and The Devil Inside

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Hola friends! Today’s post comes to you from the exciting location of…er, my bathroom. I’m writing this with a freshly mixed batch of Lush henna in my hair, and thought it would be much safer (for the rest of the flat!) if I just stayed in the one spot while it works its magic (clumsy, moi?). I’ve never used henna before, though I’ve been hearing great things about the Lush ones for years – today has been the day I finally get around to trying it!

How has your week been? I hope that you’ve managed to keep warm and dry in this crazy weather. After celebrating my friend Casci’s birthday at the weekend, it was the start of another week before I knew it! On Monday we enjoyed some veggie haggis from McSween before heading to catch the Cancer Bats show, not quite a traditional Burns Night but an excellent one all the same. The next night was the media event for The Devil Inside – a very striking and modern opera by Louise Welsh and Stuart MacRae. It’s always a pleasure seeing a performance from Scottish Opera (not to mention have an evening out in the gorgeous Theatre Royal), and after seeing Carmen a few months back, it was good to experience a completely different approach.

Later on in the week, I caught up with the lovely Pam while trying out some of the new menu at McPhabbs. With some yummy veggie options and decent prices, I’m sure it won’t be too long before I go back to try the truffle mac n’ cheese! I also spent some time with the team from Aveda, who took me through some of their upcoming launches. With hair trends, make up and even travel essentials covered (I’ve got my eye on their Daily Light Guard SPF30 – it’s light enough to wear with make up and has the dreamiest texture), there’s a lot to look forward to over the coming months!

A hop, skip and a jump later I had a juice date at Martha’s with Lori. I love our blogging chats (and our nonsense chats too!) and hearing all about her new African Pygmy Hedgehog. And now here we are, it’s Friday once again!

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…the new Warhol Special Editions prints, exclusively at King & McGaw, launched today! Featuring classic Warhol quotes from the archives created in bold colours, they make the perfect interior update. See the full collection here!

…there are two Minnie Mouse collaborations that will be released this Spring – with Kate Spade and Sephora. I’m swooning just thinking about these – bows at the ready

…the Sackler Staircase at Theatre Royal is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G

…I got a little sneaky peek at some gorgeous homeware coming soon to New Look this week. Did someone say copper side tables?

…I can’t get enough of this divine pumpkin ravioli with charred leek and pistachio butter at McPhabbs

Here’s to an awesome weekend – I hope you have the best time!

Hi-five homework: make a list of the next three cities you’d love to visit. Where does your wanderlust take you?

With love,

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5 Awesome Things To Do in Glasgow This Summer

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One of the things that makes Glasgow so special is that there is always something new and interesting to check out – and this summer is no exception! With the buzz of the West End Festival, as well as countless other pop-ups and events to get excited about, I’ve been making an endless itinerary of things to get out and discover.

Today, I’d like to share 5 awesome things to do in Glasgow this summer – feel free to add these to your to-do list, or tell any friends that are visiting the city and looking for some fun or eclectic experiences. Are you ready?

Let’s dive in…

1. Battle against the clock at Tick Tock Unlock – If you’ve been following my adventures over on Twitter lately, you might remember that Gary, my friends and I spent an evening with Glasgow’s newest live escape game. On paper, it sounds easy enough: you and your merry gang will be locked in a room for one hour, and will face a series of challenges in order to unlock the door and escape before the clock runs out. Trust me when I say, it ain’t that simple! But I can wholeheartedly guarantee that it’s a LOT of fun.

2. Visit the Dinosaurs at Kelvingrove – Can’t wait for Jurassic World to hit the big screen? I hear ya! Get your fossil fix and see a spectacular collection of artefacts as the world-touring Hatching The Past exhibit, which is currently enjoying its residency at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. I can’t guarantee a smooth-talking Jeff Goldblum, but it’s a great day out and a really impressive display.

3. Eat (and make!) Pizza at La Favourita – After opening in the West End less than two months ago, La Favourita has quickly gained a reputation as being THE pizza joint in Glasgow. With a mouth-watering menu including award-winning pizzas, fresh pasta and specially-made ice creams, it’s easy to see why. Fancy making a day of it? You can also learn how to make your own pizza with the chef in a custom-built kitchen in the restaurants basement.

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4. Lose Yourself in a Show – This summer at Glasgow’s theatres is set to be pretty special. Expect everything from big-screen adaptations (East Is East), to musical comedy (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) to Sesame Street for adults (Avenue Q) – and everything in between. The thing I love most about the theatre is that I become truly immersed in another world for a few hours, and Glasgow’s Theatres are some pretty awesome surroundings to get lost in! See you in the foyer, yeah?

5. Create a Piece of Wearable Art with Square Club – I’ve blogged about my ace experience screen printing with Square Club before, and can’t recommend it enough! It’s a really enjoyable, hands-on way to spend a morning (or afternoon!) and I loved brushing up on my high school art days. What’s more, Square Club have released this new video, and are offering the chance to win a free workshop to anyone that shares the video and signs up to their mailing list. Go, go, go!

I’m excited to get out and experience what our fair city has to offer this season, how about you? And do you have any other recommendations to share?

Here’s to the best summer ever,

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