Friday, 28 June 2013

June Round Up

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Doing: My wedding preparations are well under way. It's pretty much all I talk about, think about and make lists about. I'm going to be in serious need of a hobby come September. Helen and I have just finished my beautiful invitations and posted them out to my guests. I'm suffering from a stationery come down.

Reading: Still on my Gillian Flynn kick. I've just read Dark Places. It's as twisted as her other novels and the unraveling of the mystery was really satisfying. I like it when mysteries genuinely surprise and it's pretty rare. Now that I've read all her novels, I need something new!

Buying: I haven't bought much this month because I've been given lots and lots for my birthday. The only thing I've actually been buying is some plants for my garden. My spring plants are still only coming out now but I'm trying to make it more summery.
Pretty exciting times.

Watching: to counteract all my grown up pastimes, I recently discovered Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on TLC. It's my guilty pleasure. I can't explain why I love this  gassy, self- proclaimed red neck family and their pet pig Glitzy.  I'm also quite intrigued by the transformation of the little beauty queen, Alana (Honey Boo Boo), because out of costume she is nothing like her pageant princess persona. Mama June is the real star of the show though.

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Watching: This month I have manly been watching old episodes of Criminal Minds. The first few series are on Netflix and I'm working my way through them at an alarming speed. Most of the episodes follow a very similar structure but I like the characters, especially Reid and Garcia. It's nice having something I can just stick on and not have to think too much about.

Doing: I had a great weekend away in Oban with Ross and my sister, Heather. We spent our time visiting landmarks, going to the Sea Life Centre and eating lots of tasty food. The weather was surprisingly nice and it was lovely to have a little mini break.

Reading: As I'm a bit of a slow reader I've still been working my way through Gone Girl. I did also find a bit of time to read the latest issue of Company magazine though. This was done in a Glasgow park with a glass of Pimm's by my side and the sun in the sky. I wish all my reading could be done this way.

Buying: At the start of the month the weather was lovely and I couldn't help but treat myself to a new summer dress. I picked this one from River Island because I loved the print on the skirt. Watch out for it in an outfit post very soon.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Styled by Kimberley: Evening Florals

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Blouse | Urban Outfitters
Hareems | Topshop
Shoes | Next via Ebay
Rings | H&M - a gift from Helen :)

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So, here I am on a casual mid-week evening out on Mars.
Okay, not really but I think the Martians would want a pair of trousers that make legs look as long as these ones do. For once I'm pretty impressed by my pins! These hareem style trousers are soft tailored sports luxe but they are also my limit to anything athletic so I have paired them with this beautiful floral blouse.

I like this outfit because it's a good day to night (or cave) one. I can wear it with a blazer and lower heels for the office and then heavier make up in the evening.

The stackable rings are one of my many birthday gifts from Helen. That girl has taste! From a distance their beady eyes look a bit insect like and my fiance thought they were slugs.. my worst fear... But I still love them! I want to get some other plain bands to stack with them.

I'm also trying out a middle parting right now. Or leaning towards one, I'm not quite there yet. I like the look on other girls but it is a bit reminiscent of my middle parting back in primary school. I've not decided if this season's microtrend of tucking it behind the ears is 90's cool or a bit too Sweet Valley High (which is certainly who I was copying when I had this look, aged 12). It is an easy fuss-free look at least.

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Shame my highlights didn't get the message about the move.

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Styled by Helen: Evening Florals

Top | Borrowed from Kimberley
Floral Top | Charity Shop
Trousers | New Look
Shoes | Peacocks
Necklace | Rebecca Smith

I have so many floral items in my wardrobe.  They are so easy to wear and can be used to create a number of different looks. You may remember my floral day look from a few weeks back. Well, here is my floral evening look. The easiest way to put together a dressier ensemble is to get yourself a black base and then add some heels and a little bit of sparkle.

Friday, 21 June 2013

To Do #6

This weekends to do list is very cinematic. Lots of fun film stuff going on around Scotland so get the popcorn at the ready.

1. In Celebration.
On 22nd June the DCA are showing this 1975 drama, which features Dundonian actor Brian Cox in his big screen debut. The man himself will be there to take part in a Q&A after the screening.

2. Tomorrow Never Knows.
CCA show Ed Atkins and Naheed Raza film based works and host a symposium (love that word) on Saturday 22nd June.

3. Edinburgh International Film Festival.
This opened earlier this week and is jam packed full of interesting films to see. This weekend sees screenings of Monsters University and The Bling Ring, among many others.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Helen's June Wishlist

I loved everything on Kim's wishlist last week, especially the batman tote bag (choose that one Kim). As a fan of a good wishlist I couldn't pass up doing one of my very own. These are the items I am coveting at the moment.

This Red Brick necklace just makes me think of summer picnics. The colours are so bright and cheerful and those strawberries look good enough to eat!

These Lazy Oaf sunnies look super sleek. The gold is the perfect shade so they don't look too brash. Perfect for those summer picnics I mentioned earlier.

This Motel dress looks really easy to wear. I'm not normally a fan of denim dresses but this denim is nice and subtle. It would look great with some bright accessories.

This see through satchel by Golden Ponies has been in my Etsy favourites for ages. I love it so much I really should just take the plunge and buy it. The only thing that really stops me is the shipping time. I know that once I add it to my basket I'll want it straight away!

Well all I'm missing is a pair of shoes and then this little lot would make a pretty perfect summer outfit. What are you lusting after at the moment?

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Styled by Kimberley: Summer

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Top | Topshop
Shorts | Miss Selfridge
Headband | Topshop
Shoes | New Look
Bag | New Look

It's been around 3 years since we actually had a summer here in Scotland. Or maybe I mean 3 years since I saw daylight between the hours of 9am and 5pm! I've been digging around in the back of my wardrobes to find these old gems. Can you tell that when I first bought these clothes I was working for New Look and spending all my lunch hours in Topshop? My outfit's a Toppers extravaganza.

I'm a bit plumper than when I first bought this adorable pineapple crop top but I just love it so much- is there anything cooler than pineapples in sunglasses?! Fruity clothing is definitely having a moment. I'm not sure if like me everyone's been watching old episodes of Sex and the City. Fluoro or acrylic fruits remind me of everything Samantha.

I've also been inspired to find this outfit again by my latest attempt at gardening. My home grown strawberries are beginning to ripen this week :) When I first saw my headscarf I thought it had a strawberry print but in fact it's covered in cute little ladybirds. It's quite handy for tying back by hair, which was pretty flat by the end of the day when I took these photographs.

I'm hoping that next time I snap a pic of this t shirt it will be outside in real sunshine. Come on, summer, I'm ready for you!
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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

What Helen Wore: In Oban

Jacket | Primark
Tshirt | Monki
Skirt | Charity Shop
Socks | Topshop
Shoes | Clarks
Brooch | Tatty Devine
Necklace | Finest Imaginary
Watch | Urban Outfitters
Glasses | Borrowed from Heather
Ring | Made by me

I had a lovely weekend away with my other half and my sister in Oban. It's so nice to have a little bit of time away from home and I love exploring other parts of Scotland. Plus the sun was shining which always makes adventures more fun. This is what I wore for a day filled with aforementioned adventures, including a trip to the Sea-life Sanctuary, treats from the chocolate factory, charity shop shopping and picturesque drives.

The sunglasses were nabbed from my sister, Heather, so I could avoid the squinty eye look in these photos (not sure this was completely successful). I love the way they look next to my hair and pink lipstick.  I am also very chuffed with my skirt which was a £1 bargain from the Cancer Research shop. And I have now taken to wearing frilly socks with pretty much everything. I am such a child at heart.

Check out my awesome fish impression.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Happy Birthday Kimberley!

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Jacket | New Look
Top | M&S
Trousers | Topshop
Necklace | New Look
Shoes | Clarks

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This week was my birthday! I say week because I like to string my celebrations out for days and days of enjoyment. I'm probably ageing in dog years so I must be about 130 by now. I'm always spoiled but this year my birthday is also my engagement anniversary so I have been extra extra lucky!!

I got a lot of lovely gifts but with the exception of my outfit, most of them un- photographable:
driving lessons, theory test, a spa day, a cake decorating course, and a shiny Samsung tablet to help my write this :)
I was most excited about these polkadot towels- a sure sign that I am too old to still be enjoying birthdays so much.

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My actual birthday was on Monday so I spent the weekend celebrating- my mum came to visit and we threw a barbecue on Friday and spent Saturday the beach. On Sunday we went to the little French tea room I took Helen too a while ago and my fiance took me to see The Great Gatsby too because our wedding is themed by the art deco period. We are too cute.

He thoroughly embarrassed me on Monday by having flowers and balloons sent to my office. Incredibly sweet but my aready- sunburnt face reached a deeper shade of red entirely. What a git.

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Even back at work the party hasn't stopped- it carried on on my nails!
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I'm wearing (slightly smudged now, sorry) H&M Peachy Girl nail polish and these delicate Kate Broughton nail stickers. I love her collection so much and have loads of them!
This weekend I am travelling home to see my family for yet more cake and gifts. Birthdays are great, roll on the next, I say!... Let's just forget to mention how many have already past.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

To Do #5

Happy Friday one and all! It's a Dundee To Do list Special this week. There is so much going on in the wee city over the weekend. Unfortunately Helen will be missing it all as she is off to Oban but hopefully some of you guys will manage to make it along.

1. Let The Right One In - Dundee Rep. A stage adaptation of the Swedish novel and screenplay of the same name. This runs until 29th June so hopefully we will make it along at some point.

2. Vintage Night Fever - Bonar Hall. Saturday 15th June is set to be a night of vintage fashion, entertainment, dancing and more. Join in by going along in your finest vintage get up.

3. Summer Craft and Design Market - DCA. The Christmas market was filled with amazing handmade goodies and the summer market looks set to be just as jam packed. Pop along on Saturday 15th to grab some treats.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Kimberley's June Wishlist

Some things I would like. Please and thank you.

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This Mussel Shell pendant by Marie Walshe Jewellery is just beautiful to look at. I'm not I'd even want to wear it, just hang it up on my jewellery stand...Ooh pretty.

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I have absolutely no need for a handerkerchief- and anyway this one is too beautiful to wipe my beak on- but every time I pop into Hannah Zakari I stop by these Olivia Mew prints. The illustration is so charming and I find the teenage emo theme quite amusing, although I'm not sure it's the intention.

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I seriously cannot decide which one of HelloDODO's tote bags to buy! I've been mulling it over for weeks and I have narrowed it down to four. I already own a lot of shoppers and I feel I should pick a bright summery colour but I do very much enjoy this one.

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What do you think?

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

DIY: Gift Wrap

It was Kimberley's birthday on Monday but unfortunately I didn't get to celebrate it with her. Luckily this means more time for present buying and, most importantly, wrapping. I love taking the time to wrap gifts and make them look all pretty but it never usually works out that way. Too often my gifts are wrapped at the last available moment, only to be ripped open minutes later. So, with a bit of time on my hands, I decided to go all out with the gift wrap for Kim's birthday surprise. Here's my super simple DIY so you can give it a whirl too.

This is what you'll need:
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1) Some paper. I bought a sheet from Paperchase but you could use brown packaging paper or even plain old printer paper.
2) A selection of stamps. These could be shop bought, carved yourself or you can order your own design from a site like The English Stamp Company.
3) An ink pad. I went for a nice gold one from hobbycraft. There are loads of different makes and colours available or just use some plain old acrylic paint.
4) A selection of ribbon and fancy paper for added extras. These can be used to make a gift tag and for extra finishing touches to give your gift even more pizazz.

Step One:
Layout the paper flat. If the paper has been rolled it's a good idea to set some heavy objects at eaither end to hold it in place.

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Step Two:
Press the stamp into the ink. Make sure it is fully covered and that you have a good grip of the handle.

Step Three:
Stamp the design onto the paper. Repeat steps two and three to form any design you wish. You can map out your pattern before hand by marking the positions with a pencil and ruler. Or, like me, you can go with a more haphazard application.
Keep on stamping until the paper is covered or you have enough for the present you want to wrap.

What's good about stamping your own wrapping paper is you can have several different designs on the one role by experimenting with the spacing or using different stamps.

Easy peasy!

And here is the fully wrapped gift.     
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I used some ribbon and spare wool to add a couple of finishing touches and I made use of some matching card to create a personalised gift tag. It all adds up to create some extra special and unique wrapping for an extra special and unique lady.

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