Monday, 29 August 2016

Blog Crushes 24

Helen is crushin' on.... SOINSPO
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Dreamy photography, colourful outfits and some seriously beachy vibes. Sophie's blog SOINSPO is filled with summer dreams, even throughout the winter months. She has a fabulously quirky style and a very impressive collection of sunglasses. I love her styling and use of fun props (see her post on pool floats for the perfect example of this). Alongside gorgeous outfit posts, Sophie shares short stories, playlists and wishlists - making it a great read, as well as full of fashion inspiration.

Catch her on Instagram and Pinterest for more colourful fun.


Kimberley is crushin' on.... Keiko Lynn
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I've been following this blog for a really long time and her photos always stop me scrolling on my Bloglovin feed. This is surprisingly uncommon for me where style bloggers are concerned- normally I get used to their styles and it stops feeling fresh (soz). But Keiko is just so adorable and always impeccably dressed. This is a cute, uplifting blog with plenty of colour and pattern. What more could you want?

You can catch Keiki on Twitter or Instagram.


We are also lovin'
  • Fellow blogging duo She and Hem are sharing some super bright florals-twinning is winning!
  • Hannah Westwater shares her body insecurities in a thoughtful post about women's hyper awareness of the need to be attractive
  • Our girl Lynsay has updated her home, aka The Rainbow Palace (we've visited and confirm it lives up to its moniker).
  • This truthful account of a surprise pregnancy from Ada Lovelace
  • Micro fringe- yay or no? A guide by the fabulous Scottish Bitches

Friday, 26 August 2016

Styled by Helen: Cactus Trend

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Turns out I haven't really gotten on board with the cactus trend. As much as I like a good cactus I  have nothing in the way of cactus clothing or accessories. I do own a cactus, if that counts? It's about the only plant I've managed to keep alive for any length of time. I love a plant that thrives on neglect! I've also just bought myself a succulent. So, now I own a grand total of two plants. And, with the help of Jewellery Club, I have jewellery to match! Some pretty cactus earring and a succulent brooch mean I can show off my plant collection when I'm out and about. And get on board with the cactus trend in a subtle and colourful way.Win, win!

I really like these jewellery pieces. The colours are bright, the illustrations are neat and the material is fun and unusual. There was a great mix of pieces in the box so there was something to suit both Kimberley and I. Plus they were also nicely presented. Pretty much the definition of happy post.

Jacket | Charity Shop
Tshirt | Monki
Skirt | Borrowed from my sis
Shoes | Charity Shop
Glasses | Spex Pistols
Earrings | c/o Jewellery Club
Brooch | c/o Jewellery Club
Rings | Made by me
Bag | Borrowed from Kimberley

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As well as cacti, there also seems to be a trend for subscription boxes at the moment. I for one am not complaining. Who doesn't want to receive some surprises through the post on a regular basis! It certainly beats the bills and takeaway menu's that I receive the rest of the month. As well as Jewellery Club, there are lots of other kinds of boxes to sign up for. There really is something to suit everyone. Looking for more reasons to get signed up? I have plenty:
  • New designers, baby! - There are lots of boxes that send a mix of pieces from different indie designers. Receiving a fun item can be a great introduction to a new brand. You get to see a product up close and personal, so it's the perfect way to sample the wares of someone you may not be familiar with. Plus the boxes usually include details where you can find, follow and buy more from the ones you like. 
  • Build a collection - Some boxes come straight from one brand and are full of exclusive or special designs by them. If you love the company in question, this is a great way to build up a mighty fine collection of their products.
  • Gifts galore - As well as gifts for yourself, subscription boxes can provide you with a wealth of presents for those last minute special occasions. The deal with a box full of surprises is that you might not love every item. But this isn't a bad thing. There's bound to be one of your friends or acquaintances that would be into the pieces your less keen on. Send them a little surprise in the post or add extra to their birthday gift. Brownie points galore!
  • The perfect gift - Subscription boxes themselves can make the perfect gift. One: they can keep on giving all year round. Two: they are usually beautifully packaged so you don't have to fight with wrapping paper. Three: the posting is done for you. Excellent for faraway friends.
  • Smile and share -  Not only will a perfectly presented package put a smile on your face every month, they also allow you to get involved in an online community of like minded people. Most boxes have a hashtag so you can see how everyone else is enjoying their items and share what you love most. You can catch Jewellery Club fans on #howjewelleryclub

Looking for some fun boxes to get involved in? I also have recommendations on that front:

Jewellery Club - Obviously. Three pieces of jewellery plus extras, what's not to love!
Lucky Dip Club - A mix of colourful designs and items from some fabulous indie designers.
The Glitterati - Sparkly head wear from the fabulous Crown & Glory. Glitter galore!
Not Another Bill - Surprise gifts every month catered to your style and preferences. Nice!

Have I convinced you? Or are you already signed up to subscription box? Let me know who you recommend for happy post.

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PS how awesome is this artwork by Kirsty Whiten? We love it. More colourful street art like this please Edinburgh!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Styled by Kimberley: Cactus Trend

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This post has been a long time coming because I am in love with the cactus trend. It's not even that new a trend any more; we are surrounded by these prickly pals right now. In fact, I've had these patches for months, and since then I've been meaning to put them on a dress. No, a pair of jeans. Wait, I meant a denim jacket. A plain t shirt?

It's a difficult time in your life when you can't even commit to a sew on patch.

I often consider customising clothes (it's how Helen and I started out), but I'm not all that skilled at it and I have a thrifty fear or ruining a perfectly usable item. I put it off FOREVER, when I should really just take the plunge. So, finally, I decided to use the patches to revamp this Monki dress I bought last summer. Oversized and slouchy, it's such an easy item to wear and I adore it... but it is a little boring in its shapelessness. I was a little tired of it and I was verging on getting rid of it altogether. While having a patch-based crisis I decided to give it one last go. I added the patches with a simple tacking stitch, so they can easily and cleanly be removed (ideal for us clothing commitment phobes). And there it is!
I love how a good detail can totally make a whole garment come to life. I've only worn this twice and I've received so many compliments (and had my photo taken my a lovely older lady in the street). I guess I'm onto a winner!

I wish I could tell you to go buy these patches yourself, but the awesome brand I bought them from seems to have disappeared. I'm gutted, to say the least! A couple of months ago London-based indie brand The Whitepepper had a big sale on.. and then closed down their site. At first I just assumed they were just doing maintenance.. but they've since deleted their social media accounts. Word on the twitter grapevine is that they've gone out of business, but these are only social media whispers. Does anyone know what's happened to them? :(
I will remember them fondly. Apart from that time I got stuck in the sushi jumper.
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Dress | Monki
Patches | The Whitepepper
Shoes | Office
Socks | New Look
Glasses | IOLLA
Earrings | c/o Jewellery Club
Necklace | c/o Jewellery Club
Bag | Katie Loxton

At least I have these cute new jewels from the Jewellery Club to cheer me up. These are from the uly Cactus Takeover and it came with two pairs of earrings- perfect for Helen and I to share (read: fight over). I heard the August box is about to be released so I've been snooping on social media for an early peek. It's an adventurer box and the illustrations on the teaser are a cute bear and teepee. Someone post an unboxing so I can be jealous and need everything, please.
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Top Five: Edinburgh College of Art Masters Show 2016

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As is now a summer custom for us, we got together to head along to the Edinburgh College of Art Masters Degree Show to see what amazing talent is on offer at our doorstep. We've already been along to the DJCAD Degree Show and the ECA Degree Show this year so it was good to make another. The shows are always open to the public, free, and you can show your support for the young artists (ans sometimes buy their work), so it's a great opportunity.

There was a lot on offer but we've narrowed it down to our top five picks (in no particular order):

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1.) Xin Liu
Graphic design in simplistic story- telling style, these cut out collage pieces tell The Story of the Stone, which is on of China's Four Great Classical Novels. Since it is a classic work that is read by entire generations, Xin Liu used the reviews and personal perspective to re-tell the tale.

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2.) Linda Macpherson
A beautiful series of theatrical portraits that looks at archetypes from mythology and folklore. The pieces are bold but understated and picking a favourite was difficult.

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3.) Helen McCartney
Strange fantasy creatures were displayed together to create an eerie tableau for Helen McCartney's work 'Truth, Beauty and Excretions'. The shadows thrown by the hanging figures added to the story of the piece, while the small details of each creature invited a closer look.

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4.) Patricia McCormack
A mix of collage, prints and a park bench come together to make the viewer feel small and accepting in the face of the vastness of time and space. The prints are beautiful, using the contrast of black and white to striking effect. The bench piece uses the space perfectly. The plaque informs of the approach of the Andromeda Galaxy, while the bench is positioned facing out of the window as if it's approach can be seen. 

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5.) And a special shout out to Alexia Psaradeli, whose work was scattered around the show. Using both visuals and sound to give a nightmarish, half-asleep quality, these pieces were down right creepy and caused us both to jump (and Kimberley to require some hand holding).

Sadly, the Masters Show is over for this year, but you should still check out the artist offerings online.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Jewellery Club Subscription Box

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Who can resist a subscription box? Not us anyway!
Jewellery Club is a newly relaunched subscription club by Berwick-upon-Tweed based designer Tessa Shearer of House of Wonderland, and we wanted first peek. Especially when we heard that this month's box was cactus- themed.

If you aren't familiar with subscription boxes.. um, where have you been? Like a lucky dip bag for grown ups, it's a box of surprise goodies delivered to your door. These days you can get them for anything, whether it's food and drink, geek boxes, pet products or what we love- jewellery.
The cute, colourful illustrations really fits our style, and if you aren't convinced by cactii (how dare you?), maybe you'll be won over by the troll dolls and ring pops of 90s nostalgia, or perhaps the Bourbon biscuit patches of earlier boxes. The jewellery was the stand out of the previous incarnation of the sub boxes, so we're glad to see that the focus is now primarily on this. Every single box will include and illustrated necklace and 2 pairs of illustrated earrings (so we hope you've got your lobes pierced!) along with bonus bits. We love that the main pieces are all limited edition and illustrated by Tess!

In our Cactus Takeover box was
- Cactus Nail Transfers by Rockin Claws
- Potted Stud Cactus Earrings
- Statement Cactus Tassel Earrings
- Long Chain Terranium Necklace
- Terranium Illustrated Brooch

The individual pieces are worth £39 RRP but the complete box costs just £12, which we think is pretty darn reasonable. UK postage is £3.50 but they also ship worldwide.
One of our favourite things was the way the package arrived, with all the pieces in these cute branded boxes. As well as ensuring their safe arrival, it definitely added to the 'unboxing' experience that people enjoy about subscriptions, and each one felt like a gift. To us from us!

If you aren't fond of a surprise though, you can still buy the Cactus Takeover box here to get one to match ours. Or sign up to a monthly Direct Debit here and you can get your hand's on each month's- shipping on 21st. We're already excited to see the Adventurer box!

If there are any negatives about this sub box, it's that the nail decals were pretty tricky to put on. While they were super cute, they did not want to come off their backing (and we're pretty familiar with nail decals). We recommend using tweezers, rather than trying to just slide them off onto the nail. The transfers are also quite large so if you have short nails they may be too big (see Kim's nails, above).

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Thanks so much to Jewellery Club for sharing their Cactus Takeover box with us. We'll be twinning in our cactii jewels very soon.
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