Tuesday, 5 December 2017

December Wishlist

Blogger Christmas wishlist featuring Dita Felici, yayvm, Sleekit, Polymorphics and MIG x Milk Tooth 1.) Mint Aero Clutch | Dita Felici
The level of detail of this hand embellished clutch is unreal. But then so it the price. I love the elevation of everyday items and the retro packages and books that Dita embroiders and beads are fun and nostalgic. This is my dream wishlist item, because I couldn't justify buying this at the moment, but it is an incredible piece of art.

2.) Fried Egg Wall Clock | yayvm
Honestly, you could buy me anything with a fried egg on it and I'm sold. I like the simple shape, bold yellow of the yolk and the frilly edge. To me it's much better than a flower. Although I don't think I own a single wall clock these days, I'd not complain about having this hanging on my wall.

3.) Orange Crush jumper | Sleekit
Scottish clothing designer Sleekit is really nailing jumper designs at the moment. A bit of a departure from past designs with a The Tiger Who Came To Tea theme, the brightly coloured sweaters all feature fun sketched motifs. I'm also really loving the Christmas jumper collection (especially that  fun MWAH one).

4.) Medium Geometric Planter | Polymorphics
I'm in dire need of new plants in my life, since my old ones didn't survive a house move and I've yet to replace them. I reckon a colourful geometric planter will make me take better care of them this time around! I'd also quite like a modern planter for my windowsill herbs. Any tips?

5.) Flower Earrings | MIG x Milk Tooth
This whole collection is fun but sophisticated and has a timeless quality that makes the pieces look more luxury than they are. Milk Tooth can do no wrong in my eyes right now but the Maria-Ines Gul collection is superb. Top of my Christmas list.

Blogger Christmas Wishlist featuring Kaye Blevgad for Anthropologie, Joanna Pybus, Cousins Collective, Studio Emma and Limpet Store
1.) Cat Measuring Pitcher | Kaye Blevgad for Anthropologie
I'm a huge fan of Kaye Blevgad's illustration style (as well as her jewellery line Datter Industries) so when I saw her cat designs for Anthropologie I may have squealed a little. I do love the Measuring Cups but I could definitely see myself using this pitcher as a vase so I could have this kitty on show at all times. Just look at that grumpy wee face!

2.) Pink Pebble Micro Bag | Joanna Pybus
I've been after one of Joanna Pybus' monster bags forever! In fact, I'm pretty sure one featured in a previous wishlist. Now might be the perfect time to make my dreams come true as she's doing a Christmas countdown and offering a bargain monster everyday in the run up to the 25th. I especially love the colour and print of this mini monster.

3.) Crying Heart Charm Necklace | Cousins Collective
All of the pieces from Cousins Collective share a strong tattoo style and enjoy it all. I particularly like this necklace as I think it would make for a great everyday piece, though the Four Eyes Cat Necklace is also pretty high up there on my list.

4.) Tangerine Vessel | Studio Emma
Ever since I came across Studio Emma's work at Craft Scotland's Summer Show I've been thinking about the pretty colour combinations and wanting to add a piece to my home. This little tangerine number is perfect, I just love the rough and readiness of how the colours combine.

5.) Macaroni Cheese Tshirt | Limpet Store
This tshirt is so me! I can't get enough of macaroni cheese, especially during the colder months, and this tshirt would help me share my appreciation with the world. A simple, comfy tshirt for eating simple comfort food.

Friday, 24 November 2017

10 of the Best Edinburgh Festive Markets

Gosh, Christmas is approaching fast! We like to shop local as much as possible and festive markets is the perfect way to combine indie shopping with that festive buzz (AKA mulled wine).

Helen has already shared a whopping ten of the best festive markets in Dundee, so now I'm helping you Edinburgh folk get ready (and maybe grab yourself a wee treat while you're at it?). In date order, so you don't miss out:
Beaverhall Open Studios
Beaverhall Studios | 24 & 25 November
Open studios are a fun way to shop- you get to take a peak behind the scenes of the designer and learn more about them, as well as buying. If you are considering a bespoke or personalised piece this can also be a fantastic way to discuss your idea directly. Find gifts in the form of millinery, glass, ceramics and jewellery.

Edinburgh's Indoor Christmas Market
Surgeon's Hall | 26 November
This indoor market is a new event to us and claims to have gifts for everyone and includes a Santa's Grotto for kids. We are intrigued to know what kind of vendors will be on display. Looking forward to finding out more.

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Market
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home | 26 November
It seems even your furry friends are catered for this yule tide, with this special pet themed market! As well as activities and animal gifts, there will be treats for humans too. Santa Paws will also be making an appearance... please send us photos if you go to this. We need to know more.

Coburg House Christmas Open Studios
Coburg House Art Studios | 1-3 December
Another open studios to allow you to browse the residents' work and hear more about their processes. The art studios houses 80 illstrators, painters, jewellers, ceramicists and photographers so there should be lots to see. There will also be a jewellery exhibition Hidden Gems every Saturday in December.

Morningside Makers Christmas Market
Columcille Ltd | 2 December
We've featured the regular Morningside Makers Market on the blog before but here's the bumper festive version. This is one we've bought gifts from before, and usually has an excellent selection of goodies. It's a great cake stop too.

Accessory Collective Christmas Pop Up
Hill Street Design House | 2 December
Featuring fab accessory designers like Emily Millichip, Maggie Mowbry, Hattie Pattison, Chloe Patience and many, many more! It will no doubt be a chilled, quality shopping experience, as is always the case at Hill Street Design House.

Out of the Blue Xmas Arts Market & Bruncheon
Out of the Blue Drill Hall |9 December & 16 December
Not just an art fair for all you print lovers out there- as well as paintings and photography there will be jewellery, homeware and stationery from the likes of Hygge at Home, Polymorphics, Concrete Sweet, Edinburgh Candle Company and lots lots more.

St Margaret's House Makers Fair 2017
St Margaret's House | 9-10 December
This event promises to be a high quality curated fair by the resident artists and will also include workshops, so it sounds great for bringing along kids.. This is a new one for us, so we're intrigued to know more.

#EdIndoorMarket December
Biscuit Factory | 16 December
A special edition of the monthly indoor market run by Edinburgh Social and Biscuit Factory which includes crafts, food and live music. It aims to be affordable and fun, with profits from teh £2 suggested donation going to the Edinburgh Food Social enterprise.

Edinburgh's Christmas Market
Princes Street & George Street | 18 November- 6 January
And of course there's the main event- Edinburgh's Christmas markets and events running all month. It has spread from Princes Street to George Street and now features shows for kids, and rides for all the family. This is also the best place to sip a mulled wine and sample some tasty treats- if you can face the crowds!

So there you have it! A month of markets to help you on your indie shopping way. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

10 of the Best Dundee Festive Markets

The best festive pop ups, markets and fairs in Dundee for Christmas 2017

Christmas ads keep popping up on TV, festive songs are blasting from high street shops and decorations are starting to appear in people's windows - Christmas is most definitely on the horizon! It's a bit early for me to put up my tree, I like to save the decorating and Christmas film binge until December actually starts, but it's about time I got around to making my list and checking it twice.

Every year I try to shop small and buy as many of my Christmas presents from local designers and independent boutiques, and this year will be no different. My calendar is already filling up with fairs, markets and pop-up shops, so I thought I'd share some Dundee events that you might want to pop in your diary...

Light Nights Christmas Market
Slessor Gardens | Pop Up 24 / Market 25 November
I'm excited to see Dundee's Christmas lights getting switched on this weekend. There's something nice about walking along the high street with multi coloured lights twinkling above that makes the cold, dark nights much more fun. I'm also looking forward to starting my Christmas shopping at the market that will be happening in Slessor Gardens. It may be outside but I'll make sure to wrap up warm!

Wasps Studios Christmas Sale
Wasps Studios | 26 November
These artist studios are filled with local creatives making prints, jewellery, textiles, accessories, ceramics and more. Every now and then they open their doors and Christmas is one such occasion. There's always a really good variety of gift ideas available, from stocking fillers and cards to special jewellery pieces and show stopping accessories.

A list of the best Christmas markets in Dundee 2017
Tea Green Pop Up Boutique
The Stables at Taypark House | 30 November - 24 December
Tea Green have had a Christmas pop-up shop in Dundee for the last few years and it's always a great opportunity to tick some gifts off of my 'to buy' list. I love that it runs right up to Christmas eve for any last minute shopping I need to do. This year it's taking place at Taypark House. I've been meaning to check out this place for ages and now I have the perfect excuse!

CRAFTED Christmas Market
DCA | 2 December
Disclosure time - I work for DCA so I may be slightly biased, but I'm really looking forward to checking out this event. So much so that I'll be going into work on my day off to have a look round! There will be plenty of awesome makers (I've been scheduling the social media for it so I've had a good look) and I'm sure I'll be adding to my own Christmas wishlist at the same time as shopping for gifts.

Christmas Night Market
Duke's Corner | 5 December
Duke's night markets are pretty compact but they still manage to fit a lot in. They're one of the best fairs for food and drink based gifts, which always go down well with the guys in my family, plus there's usually lots of tasters on the go so I get to try before I buy.

Winter Market
DUSA The Union | 7 December
This event is happening during the day on a Thursday, which might make it a little tricky for me to get to, but I think it will be worth spending my lunch break checking it out. I always enjoy seeing what the art school students are making and it's a great chance to discover new designers and find some truly unique gifts.

10 of the best pop ups, fairs and markets in Dundee to help you shop small this Christmas
Dreamland Clothing + Vintage Christmas Open Studio
Wasps Studios | 8 - 10 December
A huge favourite around here at Wardrobe Conversations, Dreamland have one of the most colourful studios around and it's always a pleasure to get a peek inside. I'm expecting there will be plenty of sparkly party dresses to choose from.

Urban Market Christmas
West Ward Works | 9 - 10 December
Usually found in Glasgow, this will be Urban Market's first time in Dundee. From their Instagram feed it looks like they have a great selection of traders lined up, plus food, drinks and a supper club. I'm intrigued and can't wait to find out more.

Dundee Mini Make Off - Christmas Extravaganza!
Blackness Library | 16 December
As well as a pop-up shop, Dundee Mini Make Off offer workshops and a live making competition. A full on day of creativity? Sign me up!

Dundee Christmas Market
Steeple Church | 16 December
Last, but not least, this market promises local food producers, gin distillers, chocolatiers, bespoke jewellery and gorgeous gifts, as well as mulled cider and wine to enjoy while browsing.

Christmas shoppin in Dundee 2017

Now if that little lot doesn't sort out your Christmas shopping then I'm not sure what will! I can't wait to head along to these events, discover new designers and buy gifts from some of my favourite makers.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Styled by Helen: Autumn Colours

Scottish blogger Helen from Wardrobe Conversations dresses for the changing seasons
Wearin autumn colours, a Datter Industries hand necklace and pointing pin and a vintage scarf
Dressing for the cold with autumn colours and layers
Dressing in autumnal colours inspired by the fallen leaves
Autumn outfit inspired by fallen leaves

I was delighted when Lauren (aka The Devil Wears Tartan) got in touch to Be Our Guest, but then super sad because I couldn't make it along for the autumnal photo session! I still enjoyed reading her post though and I loved her 80's look from last week - the colours and patterns of that blazer are fab! My autumnal outfit is a bit more casual but I made sure to include deep reds, greens and a touch of orange to match the leaves around me, plus I went for a Lauren inspired lie down in them!

Wearing a vintage scarf in the leaves for an autumn outfit

Coat | Charity shop
Shirt | H&M
Jeans | Charity shop
Boots | Zara
Scarf | Vintage
Necklace and pin | Datter Industries
According to Google, Autumn lasts from Friday 22 September to Thursday 21 December. I ain't buying that. For me Autumn was pretty much October and then the chill turned way too wintery. I've been wearing a hat and scarf almost everyday since the start of November and not just as a style choice! But (when it's not raining) I find myself enjoying dressing for this time of year. I love piling on the layers and picking out the right woollen accessory to keep me warm. Who doesn't love an excuse to wear even more of your wardrobe?!

Another good thing about the changing seasons is pulling out a bunch of clothes that have been hiding at the back of the wardrobe for a while. This coat is one of them. The colour is a kind of odd sludge green/ brown and there are holes in both the pockets but I still wear it every now and again because it's perfect for those chilly but not too chilly kinda days, making it the perfect transitional piece. Plus, this scarf goes really well with it. The rest of the outfit is relaxed and comfy because sometimes (especially when it's cold) that's all I want to be.

What are your go to autumn / winter pieces?

Kickin up leaves in the park while wearing an outfit of autumn colours

Thanks to Heather Mac for being my photographer extraordinaire!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Styled by Kimberley: Autumn Colours

This week we are styling up outfits inspired by our special blog guest: Lauren Aitchison. Lauren has already featured on the blog as one of our Blog Crushes so when she contacted us for a style challenge I was thrilled. I really don't remember when Lauren and I started chatting online but we've met IRL a few times now. Our similarities go further than the love of an 80s power jacket; we've had similar difficult life experiences, she can rival my biggest squeeze of a hug, and she's very switched on to current affairs. We can chat on any topic for hours.

I met up with Lauren to take these fun autumn colour inspired looks while she was in Edinburgh, and it was a horrible day to shoot on but it was also really easy. She was a breeze.

I'll admit I'm not the best photographer so I get quite nervous when I photograph people who aren't Helen. I've done it a few times now though and, you can never guess what someone will be like. Like anyone, bloggers can be quite different in front of the camera than you'd think. Some have their poses down and jump straight into it, Next Top Model style. Turn. Bam. Hand on hip. Bam. Look to the middle distance. Bam. Others find it difficult to perform in front of the camera, feeling a little silly in a crowded street. Because everyone is watching, right? Some can be kind of diva-level on photo control- they know exactly how they want to be portrayed online and want to approve every image on site. Why not? Their image is their entire USP.

Me? I find it directly relates to how good I feel on the day.
I have worked with a number of photographers by now, so I'm used to being in front of the camera. I know my natural face is pretty but mean. Being goofy might look cute on instagram but it takes effort, and feels and looks (outside the camera) strained. I'm far more animated than Helen IRL but I just can't fake it for photos.

All those faux laughs and weird contortions that photographers have asked me to use have produced great results but they really can be hit or miss. For every photo there's 3 unusable ones. Weird mouth and odd chin angles often ensue. Lying in probably-dog-wee leaves, oddly timed jumps in the air and sleepy mid-blink photos all exist on my camera roll. There's even one of me ungracefully squealing at a wasp.

If you struggle to get your best angle in, here's some help to get you posing like a pro (so, probably not me then):

1. Get to know your photographer. It's quite intimate to be photographed, and being comfortable is the main thing. It helps that I love to talk because chatting away and actually laughing in photos has produced some of my favourite ones.

2. Wear a comfortable look. When you are wearing something that you're not into, it shows. This is a mistake I've seen fashion bloggers make, wearing something on trend that's so clearly not their style. I've also styled up outfits I've not been 100% about and felt crap. Whether it's your new favourite OOTD or your old comfies, it will still be new to your audience and feel like you.

3. Loosen up. My body can sometimes feel frozen or stiff, and when I feel nervous I clam up. When Helen photographs me I literally do a little jump around and wiggle to prepare. If that's not enough I find that moving to a second location produces better images because I've already done a dry run and limbered up. I also often stretch my mouth between poses because my face can start to look tense.

4. Practise your poses. Honestly, this is something I didn't do and it took me a long time to find my groove. It's easy to do the same 3 shapes over but I like to add some extras at the end that can be thrown away. It's necessary to show off the shape of certain clothes, or get accessories in. To be honest, it's something I should do more work on but hey, I'm no model.

5. Let go. It can be difficult to hand over creative control to someone else. After all, they don't know about your 'bad sides'. But that is actually a positive! A fresh eye is going to find those gems of a photograph that you might have thrown out because you're hyper-focused on your goofy smile (guilty) instead of the overall impression.

Now I guess I just need to practise what I preach...

Coat | Oasis
Top | vintage
Skirt | Topshop (old)
Necklace | c/o Esa Evans
Brooches | Punky Pins and The Sad Ghost Club

I haven't even spoken about this outfit but I've discussed it before here. I hope I can squeeze just a tiny bit more out of autumn style but I think that turning of the leaves has passed already in Edinburgh. I'll be moving on to my winter version of this outfit, I think!

Thanks to Ian Finlayson for the photographs.