Friday, 1 July 2016

June Round Up

Helen
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Doing: June has been a crazy busy month. With a whole bunch of my fabulous friends celebrating their 30th birthdays and a hen do to attend, there hasn't been that much time for blogging! I did make it along to M Boutique Dundee's 1st birthday where I got to peruse they're fabulous fashions and do some flower arranging with Blooming Bees.
I also managed to make it along to the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show. Well, a little of it. Of course I made a bee line for the jewellery and textiles. There was plenty of good stuff but I particularly liked the work of Freya Alder.

Buying: Aside from presents for the aforementioned birthday girls, I've also been buying some jewellery making supplies. June saw me getting back to the bench and I've been spending some time hot desking at Genna Delaney's studio. I have used a lot of my time making gifts for the birthday girls but I also managed to make a little something for myself. I can't wait to get back in the studio and make some more!

Clicking: On a jewellery making note, I've been enjoying reading the Meet the Inker series on the Vanilla Ink blog. I love finding out about the designers different styles, ways of working and inspiration. Plus, seeing all their fabulous creations is just a joy.I have a lot of work to do to get half as good as this lot!


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Reading: I was at my mum's house recently and stumbled upon my old Uni copy of one of my favourites, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. So I read it again for the 10th time and was extremely thankful that I hadn't annotated it during my studies. I'm sure I'd be embarrassed by me. It's still a good read. Written in the mid-80s, it follows the main character Jeanette's life (interwoven with myths) as an oddly obsessive child, raised in religious oppression. Read it.

Doing: Hmm.. what have I been doing in June? Oh yes, celebrating a little thing known as a 30th birthday! I hate big parties centered around me, so I decided a week of fun activities would suit me better. You can catch my goings-on on my instagram but I managed to squeeze in a few delicious dinners, cocktails, a wee pedicure and pamper, a hair makeover, an afternoon tea, a night of dancing, mega milkshakes, some silk marbling and a wee surprise flamingo and pineapple themed party. Phew!
It was brilliant, though I spent half the week complaining that I was too old to keep up. Next year I may celebrate by napping. And sobbing that I've given away my age, so I can't start shaving off a couple of years.

Buying: With all my birthday gifts, I really wasn't in need of buying anything this month. But a girl is always tempted. Our pals Mint and Chillies have recently started a lifestyle brand to fit in with their yoga and cycling. While I can barely get on a bike, I've been into yoga for a really long time and their Positive Vibes t shirt seemed like the perfect item to wear. It's super soft, and a decent length for doing all that stretching. It's cute enough to wear out and about too.

Clicking: Constant nail inspiration. My nails have been spoiled this birthday month, with a heavenly pedicure at Hepburn Nail Lounge in Dundee to kick off my celebrations, and the week rounded off with a vintage tiki set of claws from Cutie Cool Nails at Zara-Leonie's Edinburgh- based vintage salon. It was the perfect treat to enjoy a quiet cuppa and cake while listening to some soothing 60s tunes. It's got me back on the nail art wagon so I've been checking out my favourite instafeeds, like Trash and Ready, Get Buffed Nails and blogger Mermaid Gossip whose nails are always perfection.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

June Wishlist

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1.) Body Shop Dress | House of Cards
I'm having a bit of an Australian moment. There are SO many great designs coming out of Oz right now, and being able to keep up to date with them on Instagram is amazing. House of Cards is a great example. All their prints are just amazing! I'm sure these body parts would go down with Helen too, being creepy but I like the striking colour combination and silhouette.

2.) Boston Print Clutch Bag | Quincy Designs
A bit more local, this Edinburgh-based brand is keeping things simple with a striking print- of Quincy Market in Boston- that they're rolling out to a small selection of bags and scarves. It's really effective (and really affordable!). Want!

3.) Orb Bacterio Necklace | Totem Works
These necklaces merge two of my favourite things: geometric shapes and 80s patterns. And what a fun collection! This is another instagram find so I'm not sure when these pieces will be available to buy but please make it soooon!

4.) Star Clear Heels | Public Desire
Public Desire just keep turning out these killer perspex heeled boots. I think I've had at least ten on my mental wishlists so far. I've chosen these as a new fave, but I've actually had a pair of clear shoes before and I know that they make my feet look like swollen sweaty trotters. So maybe these ones will remain here. Maybe the nude sparkles instead?

5.)  Melting Crop Top | Emma Mulholland
Rounding off with another Aussie love affair from Emma Mulholland. This street label is loud but wearable (like anything wouldn't be for me). This is one of my favourites- the only thing I love more than ice cream is an ice cream print in sequins. Delicious.


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1.) Lucky Black Cat Tee | La La Land
I'm forever on the look out for more items to add to my crazy cat lady wardrobe and La La Land have got me covered. This tee has some subtle kitty vibes that would give me a great everyday option. Just look at that cute wee face.

2.) 14K Gold Arc Earrings | Oh My Clumsy Heart
I love the simplicity of these arc earrings. Simple is not usually something you find on my wishlists but there's just something about these that's got me hooked. Oh My Clumsy Heart know how to do clean lines and minimalism to perfection.

3.) Vintage Yellow Summer Dress | Godiva
Yellow seems to be having a moment and I am right on board with that. It puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step. This vintage dress is super cute and would be excellent attire for a summer picnic. Plus it has pockets!And look at the size of them!

4.) Grid Pot | Homebody Makes
Gardening is not my forte. Any plants I've owned have quickly met their demise (well, apart from one cactus which is still going strong). But this pot is too cute to pass up. And, as cute as it looks with some greenery in it, it doesn't have to be used for plants. I'm always on the look out for more awesome storage spaces for my trinkets.

5.) Wristlet Pouch | Laura Spring
Yay for more yellow! This little pouch is available in a whole host of colours but I've been won over by this sunshine shade. It's a handy size and a cute shape. Plus it has a detachable wrist trap to make it super easy to take with you everywhere. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Blog Crushes 22

Kimberley is crushin' on... Tolly Dolly Posh
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I feel like a grandma saying this but- can you believe this girl just turned 16? She's a already got her style aesthetic together and makes me wish that opportunities like blogging were available to me at that age (I was all over embarrassing Live Journal entries then). Tolmeia writes thoughtfully but not LJ- angsty. Okay, there are the occasional playlists snuck in there but I'll forgive you Tolly, because I never thought I'd be taking style tips from a teenager. With aspirations of being a designer, I think this girl might be one to watch.

Catch Tolmeia over on Twitter and Instagram.


Helen is crushin' on... My Rainbow Feeling
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Bright colours - check, awesome hair - check, amazing photos - check. It was pretty much inevitable that I would fall for Mathilde's blog, My Rainbow Feeling. The blog itself may be pretty new but it basically ticks all of my boxes. I love reading about her life in Copenhagen and seeing some of the amazing vintage pieces she has in her wardrobe. Talk about style envy! She inspires me to be more colourful day to day and her photos always make me smile. 

Check out her bright Instagram for load more outfits. It's how I found the blog in the first place. Thanks Instagram!


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Friday, 24 June 2016

Morningside Makers Market

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We love a craft fair. A whole host of handmade goodness under one roof? How could we resist! Shopping local and shopping small are things we always strive to do. So finding a fair that has a good mix of stalls and designers is like hitting the jackpot. The Morningside Makers Market in Edinburgh is one such place. A monthly fair with a a whole host of quality crafts on offer. From bee houses to pottery, jewellery to homeware, there's something for everyone. What makes an afternoon at this craft fair even better is delicious cake and the chance to craft up a storm at one of their workshops. Both things we can get on board with.

We swung by the fair a few months ago and have been sure to go back since. Our afternoon was spent browsing the stalls and falling for a whole host of pretty things. Favourites included ceramics and pom poms from Tea with Jud, Scottish themed goodies from The Braw Wee Emporium and rustic homeware by Upcycle Scotland.

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After a good old look around we were ready to get our hands dirty with Tea with Jud and her fabulous ceramic workshop. Pottery is always something we've fancied having a go at so we were very excited to make an espresso cup. We were even more excited to find out we would be making two espresso cups, coasters and a sugar bowl! Nothing quite beats a full set. We had everything we needed to get designing. Luckily Jud had set us up with the basic mug and bowl shapes. That might have been rather tricky for a couple of beginners. All we had to do was attach the handles, and that was tricky enough! Who knew rolling clay sausages would be so tough? After cutting and shaping our coasters, it was time to let the clay dry. Luckily for us that meant time for a tea and cake break...

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The Tea Jenny had put on quite a spread! It was tough to choose but we knew it would be delicious, whatever we went for. After being thoroughly refueled it was time to get back to work. The paint brushes were out and we got busy adding the finishing touches. Now, glazes can be a bit of a mystery when it comes to ceramics. What they look like in the tub can be totally different once they're been fired. But we threw caution to the wind and added as much colour as we could. Jud then took our creations away to be finished and fired, and we kept our fingers crossed that everything would come out of the kiln in one piece.

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A few weeks later and our creations were ready to be picked up. And they were all intact! What do you think?

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The Morningside Makers Market returns to Columcille Centre on Saturday 2nd July and there's another Tea with Jud workshop happening at the fair in August. We thoroughly recommend you get yourselves signed up!

Thank you to The Glasgow PR Girl for inviting us along, Tea with Jud for being an excellent teacher and the folks at Morningside Makers Market for being so welcoming.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Styled by Helen: Never Monday

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While Kimberley's been creating a monochrome look for summer (dangers and all!), I've been figuring out how to work sequins into my day time outfits. I love sequins at any time but it's true that they're usually more of a night time thing. I have persisted and, thanks to this top by Never Monday, I think I've found the way to do it. The key is to keep it colourful. The bright design on this mesh tee and the white base help to keep it summery. Tying the top in a front knot also gives a beachy/casual vibe. Matching it with simple blue jeans keeps the sparkle down to earth and perfect for a day of walking in the sun. Volia! I can shine all day long.

As much as I adore this top I'm still not quite sure what the motifs are. To start with I thought it was broccoli. I admit that purple broccoli does seem a little unlikely. Others have suggested cauliflower. Kimberley is convinced they're lilies. She's probably right, but I'm sticking with my first guess. It makes the top even more weird and unusual in my eyes. Which is something I always enjoy from my clothes.

Top | Never Monday
Jeans | Primark
Shoes | ASOS
Satchel | Yoshi
Ring | Made by me

To carry on the relaxed vibes I put a bit of a wave in my hair. It's an easy peasy style that I don't do often enough. I've since had quite a bit chopped  off so I may not be able to recreate it for a while. My hair had started to feel way too long and as a results a bit dull. Looking at these pictures I kind of miss the extra length a little bit. Hair cut regret, it always creeps in at some point. I might give the curls a go on my shorter locks though. It could look even better. Or, it could look more like a birds nest. Place your bets now!

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