Friday, 30 October 2015

The Gulls



Here's a little video that's a bit more upbeat compared to last years Halloween Girl Gang creation but, don't worry, there's still a horror element to it. Created quite a while back to test out the video on my new (at the time) compact camera it centre's around this fabulous Karen Mabon scarf. The Tippi Hedren scarf had been on my wishlist for quite a while. So long in fact that it was no longer available on Karen's website. Luckily I found it over on the fabulous Howkapow website and it was finally mine. The scarf itself is inspired by one of my favourite Hitchcock films - The Birds. I love the scarf centre's on the initial seagull attack rather than the more familiar crows. Being in a seaside town beset with gulls it seemed like a perfectly sensible idea to make our own (shorter) version of the film.



So there you have it - a film inspired by a scarf, inspired by a film.That's some kind of inception stuff right there. Huge thanks to filmmaker extraordinaire Ross Bull.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Unlikely Style Icon: Bride of Chucky

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While Helen is a lover of horror films, I generally have someone watch them before I do to vet them because I love a good ghost but I can't stand any gratuitous gore.
I grew up hooked on horror- I collected 'real' ghost accounts, read Point Horror and then Stephen King when I was way too young to and was pretty obsessed with all things supernatural. However, my parents didn't let me watch it on TV (beyond Are You Afraid of the Dark? on Nickelodeon). I couldn't tell you what happened in any gorey horror films I watched at friends' houses- I've wiped them from my memory. I guess I was traumatised. I'm not squeamish though. While I enjoy suspense, I don't like watching people being mutilated (fake as it is) and I don't understand getting a thrill from the thought of people suffering. I'm quite a delicate flower.

But I do like a good outfit, and I like a theme, so when Helen suggested I be her bride I obliged. On Monday Helen was talking about doubling up your every day clothes as a wearable costume. In that case, this outfit is working doubly hard. It is the exact outfit Helen wore last year for her A Clockwork Orange outfit. Genius, no?
Essentially this look is just a trashy nineties biker chick look. I haven't seen Bride of Chucky but pinterest told me all I needed to know- white dress, black biker jacket, bleach blonde hair, dark arched eyebrows and a shit ton of 90s purple make up. Easy.
I'm in the process of moving away from the pink anyway so I put off using my next toning shade to shoot this. Like a pro. To top off the look I used a temporary tattoo of an anatomical heart from the Jolly Good Valentine's collection two years ago.

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Dress | borrowed from Helen
Jacket | borrowed from Helen
Boots | Topshop
Socks | New Look
Temporary Tattoo | Jolly Good
Lips | Lime Crime Black Velvet + Revlon Shameless

While I won't be rushing out any time soon for the mauve eyeshadow, I actually really liked the deep purple lip. The LimeCrime wasn't great (sorry, I know everyone raves about it)- it was slippery and messy so my cupid's bow looks odd- but I'd probably re-wear the Revlon colour stick. I have it one almost every other shade flung in my handbag, so what's one more?

For Halloween I'll be diving into my wardrobe once more to make another wearable outfit for a party on Friday before I enjoy not-too-scary ghost movies on the night itself. But before then, we have one more Treat/Trick up our sleeves so keep your eyes peeled for our final Halloween instalment...
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Monday, 26 October 2015

Unlikely Style Icon: Child's Play

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Halloween is always one of my favourite times of year. Any excuse to watch copious amounts of horror movies and eat piles of sweets is good in my book. Add into that a bit of dressing up and it's easily my number one holiday on the calendar. Since the start of October I've been planning my costumes (yes, I have more than one up my sleeve), buying anything Halloween themed (hello spooky peanut M&M's) and generally getting my creep on. One of my favourite posts from last year's Halloween extravaganza was our Unlikely Horror Icons so we've decided to revisit that idea with some new creepy inspiration.

Being one of the only horror ginger's I can think of, I've been wanting to dress up as Chucky from Child's Play ever since I started dying my hair. I pretty much planned out the look in our first Halloween post. So I thought it was about time I gave it a go. And here we have it -an insanely wearable outfit that, with the addition of some fake scars, makes for a pretty good possessed doll look (even if I do say so myself). I love a costume that can be made up of items you have/want in your wardrobe. Makes for a much better investment rather than a cheap, flammable costume you're never going to wear again.

Jumper | H&M
Dress | borrowed from Kerrie Aldo
Shoes | H&M
Socks | Topshop
Necklace |gift from my sis
Scars | Tiger

This little get up consists of a super snugly jumper that I got in preparation of the colder months. I love the orange colour and the thick knit. I also love how it looks under this Kerrie Aldo pinafore. She does an excellent line in pinafore dresses (like this crazy cat lady one) and she kindly let me borrow this one. It's the perfect stylish stand in for Chucky's Good Guy dungarees. While the linen fabric may be more associated with summer time, layering it up makes it work throughout autumn too. Perfectly cosy for a night of trick or treating.

As a subtle hint at Chucky's murdering ways I added my little meat clever necklace. It popped up in last years Halloween post too. See, creepy accessories can be super versatile. If you're not into the whole full on costume idea, I would thoroughly recommend investing in some spooky jewels. Accessories are a great way of working Halloween into your wardrobe and keeping it with you all year round.

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Blog Crushes 14

Kimberley is crushin on...Ever So Juliet

Are you sure I haven't featured her before?!
...I can't even remember when I started reading fellow Edinburgh resident Juliet's blog because it was so long ago but I remember why: great hair, bakes cakes. The same is true today, although she no longer runs her cupcake company (boo!).  I really thought I'd 'crushed' on her here before because she's someone that I read consistently. I have been eagerly awaiting her Halloween make up tutorials- I loved the series last year. For me, she's one of the few lifestyle bloggers who really do the label justice- offering crafting, baking, hair and make up tutorials genuinely worth looking at. And her undercut is a constant source of hair envy!

Weirdly, while she is entirely lovely on social media* and we've probably been in the same room ate events a few times, until recently I have never spoken to her beyond a distant wave and 'hi'. That's the trouble with blogging, you know people (ie stalk online) but don't know people, ye know?
*We hung out at the recent Citizen M event and I can confirm that she is lovely in real life too!

If you too want to keep up with Juliet's latest projects you can follow her in instagram, twitter or facebook.


Helen is crushin on...The Daydreamer
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Dundee is a small city. It doesn't quite have the same blogging community as Glasgow and Edinburgh but there are a few of us and our numbers are only growing. Christina Miller, the Daydreamer in question, is one of my favourites. She has a chic and classic style that is timeless and she knows all the best places for coffee. Couple all this with beautiful photography and a super cute dog and this blog makes for the perfect Sunday morning read. I can't wait to get on board with the Dundee blogger meet ups this one has planned.
Get more style, coffee and quotes by following Christina on Instagram.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Scotland Re:Designed Interiors Showcase

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I love pretty home accessories. A lamp here, a pillow there. It all comes together to make a house into a proper home. These little touches can make such a difference. And seeing all that was on offer at the Scotland Re:Designed Interiors Showcase made me instantly want to up my home style game. Featuring the best and brightest of Scotland's designers and makers this showcase was filled to the brim with interiors inspiration and items to covet. From established independent brands to new graduates there was plenty of local talent on show. Here's a look at some of my personal favourites from the inagrual event.

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Colourful geometric designs catch my attention every time. From coasters to cushions I loved all of Fun Makes Good's collection. They re-work unloved items into fun homewear and know how to bring patchwork bang up to date. Special mention has to be given to their fabulous pouffes. I want one in every corner of my home.


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More gorgeous colours were to be found at Hatti Paterson's stand. She turns beautiful paintings into even more beautiful fabrics. It was amazing to see how they looked on different textiles. From silk to velvet the textures were just stunning. Some of them were even finished off with metallic brushstrokes to make them extra luxurious. 


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Now if you're looking for bright, Laura Spring is your gal. Being more familiar with her fabulous bags and holdalls it was great to see her colourful interior pieces. Those neon tea towels would make drying the dishes much more fun.



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Textile designs featuring bugs may not be top on everyones list but I love a touch of creepy in my home decor. These layered designs build up subtle details to create fabulous over all prints. The colour combinations, butterflies and flowers add some additional pretty into the mix.


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My absolute favourite from the showcase had to be Morag Macphersons patchwork designs. I loved the full on 70's colour pallet and mix of prints. The bang cushion is top of my list. But what I really fell for was the fact she sneaked in some fashion pieces in the form of these gorgeous kimono's. They would make the prettiest house coats.  

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Monday, 19 October 2015

IOLLA

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Talk about glasses with anyone at the moment and there's only one word on their lips: IOLLA. We are always suspicious of anything with a lot of hype but after checking out their website we were hooked. We were a little disappointed that we couldn't make it along to the launch night of the much- instagrammed show room of the brand new Glasgow eyewear brand. And we had to admit, everyone who has them looks pretty terrific, so we thought we'd take them up on an offer to visit for ourselves. After all, no one knows glasses like we do!

The concept of the brand is very clever: keep it simple. The showroom is exactly that- a beautiful showroom for beautiful frames; no opticians, no hard sell or jargon about your weird prescription to make you shell out for extras. The frames themselves are designed in house; they're on trend, they're a shortlist of frames (but still manage to be plenty when trying on!) and there's a decent choice of colour in each.
The thing we can't quite get our head around though, is the price. They don't feel cheap.
However, they are a set price of £65- frame, lens, anti-scratch and anti-glare. Even as sunglasses if you like. Say what?! And if you're pretty blind (like Kimberley) you normally pay a fortune for thinning, right?
Nope!
Up to a prescription of -/+7 they'll do the necessary so you don't look like you're wearing milk bottles at no extra cost. As they point out, they want their customers to look great in the frames. There are certain cases where there's an additional fee (multi focus or super thin) but honestly, they're still pretty affordable even then.

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So, we were let loose to choose our frames. Glasses shopping, whether specs or sunnies, is one of our favourite kinds of shopping. We must admit, we spent ages trying almost every pair there. Customers came and went and still we were playing. We even stopped for a chocolate milkshake break from the cute wee honesty bar set up in the Try On area. The truth is, we felt too at home and the decision was too hard! But we were given all the time we needed to make our choice.

We each picked our favourites and used the nifty tablets to place our orders. along with some help. It was good to be in control of the process and it was fast and easy to do. Helen chose Bell in clear crystal and Kimberley went for the popular Muir in classic tortoiseshell. They were delivered to our home addresses within two weeks and we've been enjoying them ever since. You can see us wearing them over on our instagram page (where there's also some spooky happenings!)

We may also be putting in a further order as we speak (we totally are). There's just too much to choose from!
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Thanks so much to IOLLA and Betty and Bee for inviting us to visit and for our new favourite glasses.