Monday, 6 April 2015

What Helen Wore: DCA Exhibition Opening

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Coat | Warehouse
Jumper | Zara
Shirt |H&M
Jeans | New Look
Shoes | Clarks
Scarf | Karen Mabon
Bag | DIY
Lips Brooch | Rock Cakes
Hand Pin | Datter Industries

Being a blogging duo and not being based in the same city can sometimes be tricky. Our inbox keeps filling up with invites to fabulous Edinburgh events. These are easy enough for Kimberley to pop along to but a bit more of a trek for me.  Working full time, combined with the tendency for blogging events to be held on weekday evenings, means I can only make it through on the odd occasion. Being sat at home in my pj's watching all the excitement unfold on Instagram has been getting me a bit down. But then I thought 'don't be silly Helen!'. I live in a wee town called Arbroath, making Dundee my nearest city and it actually has quite a lot going on. It's a small but creative city that is only going from strength to strength, what with the V&A on the way. While it may not have the same blogging community as Glasgow or Edinburgh it has a strong arts culture that it's about time I embraced it with a bit more enthusiasm.

On Friday that's just what I decided to do. Kimberley was through for the Easter weekend so we both headed out for some Dundee fun. The DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts) was holding an opening for their new exhibition so, after a catch up and a fruity beer at Jute Cafe Bar, we headed along to that. The DCA have brought together three female artists for their new show, entitled Spring / Summer 2015. It mixes sculpture, photography, video and fashion into a cohesive display. We'll be sharing more from the exhibition later this week so check back if you can't make it in person, or if you want a sneaky peek before heading along yourself.

After wandering around the exhibition, enjoying a fruity cocktail (chosen by one of the artists no less) and seeing a few familiar faces, our stomachs were beginning to rumble. Dundee has a lot to offer when it comes to eateries but I usually find myself heading out for lunch more often than dinner. I decided to take the opportunity to try someplace new (to me) and we opted to pop into The West House for pasta. I was a little disappointed when our meals arrived and it was just a bowl of pasta. What can I say, I'm a big fan of garlic bread and do enjoy some greenery on the side (even if it is just for show). I didn't need to be so down though as the pasta was beautifully dressed and filled me right up. I went for the Aubergine pasta and it was filled with the most delicious olives I've ever had. The West House also offer gluten free options so it's perfect for folk with trickier dietary requirements.

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Since I'd been at work all day my outfit was a basic monochrome affair. Layering is usually a good idea in my office as I'm never sure if it'll be too hot or too cold. I went for a jumper to prepare for the latter and a light shirt for the former. To make things a bit more interesting I added my Karen Mabon penguin scarf, because a scarf is always a good idea in my book. A bit of lipstick was pretty much all I added to make my outfit more evening appropriate and to get a bit more colour involved.

While this evening was far from my first in Dundee (the city and it's events have featured on the blog before), this was one of the first times I approached it from a more blogger perspective. I enjoy this wee city a lot and am definitely looking to feature it more on here. If you know of any exciting events or happenings do give me a shout. It can be so easy to think of Glasgow and Edinburgh as being the places where ALL the things happen but it's important to remember to take time and look at what's going on right outside your doorstep (it may even turn out to be me taking outfit photos).

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2 comments:

  1. Cute bag! I must make one of my own for uni :)

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    1. Thanks Alecia. It was a super easy to do. Would love to see the result if you do give it a go. H x

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