Monday, 29 February 2016

February Round Up

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Watching: I was home ill earlier in the month so I decided to watch tv again for the first time in ages. This led to me binge watching the most recent series of First Dates on 4OD. I love people watching and I find this show quite uplifting. As well as shipping pretty much everyone on it, I think that I fall a little bit in love with nearly all of them. Is that just me?

Doing: I headed along to check out the new Scottish Design Exchange at Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh. I love the whole concept of pushing great Scottish designers that aren't focused on tartan or tweed. It's a not-for-profit shop and I particularly like the way they want to work as a foothold for students and graduates to turn out real sales. While there is a wide range of artists, furniture and home accessories, of course I am drawn to the Loft, where the fashion is. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces Ryan Cowie and Mischke Lingerie alongside some new (to me) pieces like the Queen Bee scarf from Heather Margaret Grace. Her prints are sensational!

Buying: make up, which isn't like me. I'd tried out a new bronzer  and returned to an old foundation around Christmas time and I wasn't really happy with either (probably because I haven't been on holiday in yonks and I'm ghostly pale.) So I popped along to Boots last week to try the No. 7 Match Made foundation service. The wee camera thing was fun and it was nice to have the second opinion, especially when you're shopping in the dark (literally) so you can't trust the lighting. I am pretty happy with the soft dewy glow of my paler Calico shade and I also dropped the bronzer and picked up my old favourite Benefit Dandelion blusher. Who needs contour when you have actual cheekbones to flaunt?

Clicking: alll the new season fashion. The Gucci AW 16 collection is my one true love. Pink fur, clashing 70s prints and cartoonish details, it's just the best. I'm also loving Clio Peppiatt's girly collection, featuring the Streetzies bunny slippers that have been on my wishlist for nearly a year!

Helen
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Watching: I took a little trip to Glasgow to check out some of the offerings at Fright Fest. My choices were mainly random and based around the times of the cheap train tickets I'd booked, but it was a varied selection. I saw three films in total - Pandemic, The Wave and Southbound. I'd been looking forward to seeing Cell, an apocalyptic film with Samuel. L. Jackson and John Cusack, but release dates changed and they showed Pandemic instead. I wasn't overly impressed with this predictable Zombie-esque action film. Shot in the style of a first person shooter it was much less exciting than watching someone play Resident Evil (and that's not that exciting). I enjoyed The Wave much more. This Norwegian disaster film had some amazing scenery and lots of tense moments. Unfortunately, it lost it's way in the second half and the ending was a bit too happy for my liking. My final film was Southbound, a series of loosely connected short films shot by different directors. It had some creepy parts, funny moments and a few gruesome bits. All in all, pretty entertaining.

Doing: As part of my birthday celebrations at the start of the month, I took a trip to The Lighthouse to check out the Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition. While being pretty small it certainly packs a lot in, taking you from the start of the designers career, to his inspirations and his working environment. It has a real sense of fun, colour and vibrancy. I especially enjoyed the behind the scenes at a Paul Smith fashion show and getting a closer look at a selection of his designs.

Buying: While visiting Wear Eponymous I treated myself to a Girl Meets Brush foundation brush. The brand are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to build on they're online tutorials and to add to their collection of brushes. Since their products are all vegan friendly and cruelty free, I thought I'd give them a go. Wear Eponymous have some of they're reward packages in store so I took advantage one of the amazing deals. Check out they're Kickstarter page for more info.

Clicking: Blogtacular tickets went on sale last week. Last year was so much fun but sadly I won't be able to make it this time around. So I've decided to torture myself by reading all about the opening keynote speaker and the fun plans for all  the awesome events. I've also been really enjoying their new podcast. The recent episode with Leona from Lucky Dip Club was particularly fun and inspiring.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Styled by Kimberley: Insects

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Have you tried the old 'Rule of Two'? It's fantastic if you're not confident in wearing colour or pattern. While I clearly have no problem with either of these, it's still a great way to mix more
than two patterns but keep the look coherent. As it says on the tin, you wear two of each. This means you can look put together while wearing a bold pattern along with a vibrant clashing colour. I suppose the classic version of this would be to wear matching shoes with bag, or a twinset, or matching necklace with earrings. However, you can bend these rules a bit to keep it modern (although am I mad or is a twinset suddenly sounding pretty good right now..?)

In my not-great-example here I have toned the rule down with two black (jacket, jeans), two brown/gold (shoes, clutch) and two insect motifs. The whole thing hangs together with the pale neutral top.
The insects are the stars here and they're my favourite pieces too. I'm wearing the adorable bee earrings that Sugar and Vice sent me. They must be mind readers because I love bees. I'm kind of funny about earrings- I looove big Pat Butcher door knockers but I have tiny ears and often find them too heavy. These are so lightweight and they're big enough to make a statement but aren't going to get tangled in my jacket collar etc. Win! I'm also excited to style up the ultra wearable bee necklace too but matching the earring and necklace would've been to easy for my demonstration! I just learned that Sugar and Vice recently celebrated their 9th birthday. Wow, what an achievement for any small business. Congrats, guys!

My other insect pairing is my favourite Naromode scarf, which has flies being zapped by a bug light. Exactly how Helen likes her bugs- dead! I personally quite like bugs. I find them interesting and just the right measure of creepy without being too dark or scary. I really should open the scarf out to show the print in its full glory- and it is glorious! Dead Sleekit (aka Naromode designer Iain's new brand) have just smashed their Kickstarter target and I could not be more thrilled for them. Partly so that I can get my reward haha.. but mostly because I'm just chuffed to see what incredible illustrations he'll have me drooling over next. You can still snap up a limited edition reward if you're quick- it ends on Sunday 28 February!
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Jacket | borrowed from Helen
Top | New Look
Jeans | Primark
Shoes | Topshop
Scarf | Naromode (now Dead Sleekit)
Clutch | borrowed from Helen
Pompom hair ties | New Look
Earrings | c/o Sugar & Vice
Glasses | c/o IOLLA

It's funny how one item can completely change the vibe of a look. In this case, the addition of Helen's jacket to meet my Rule of Two has turned it from casual basics to a creepy version of a Pink Lady. If I'd seen this coming I'd have definitely done my hair up a bit more Frenchy style! My old candy floss hair is calling...

I think next I'm going to use this to inject pink back into my wardrobe. I'm missing my colour pop- and spring is coming after all! And the next way to step up the matchy matchy game is to make like the #LFW bloggers and match my dress to your handbag. It's next on my list...
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If you have a go at Rule of Two (or a twinset!) give me a shout- I'd love to see how you wear it! If you're instagramming, hit me up @wardrobeconversations so I can take a peek.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Styled by Helen: Insects

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I hate insects, they freak me out. They have way too many legs, too many eyes and move far too fast. It doesn't matter if they're pretty ones, like butterflies, I will still do my best to avoid being close to them. Insects in fashion though, that's a whole other matter. I find myself constantly attracted to bug prints and details. I've managed to build myself quite a little collection, including scarves, tshirts and jumpers. This collection has now grown to include more jewellery, thanks to the lovely Sugar & Vice sending me this little Grasshopper set. I love the bright green colour and knew instantly that I'd have to wear them with my green H&M dress. Green items are another small but growing collection I've been working on. I love the way it clashes with my hair. And, because you can never have enough (not real) insects in one outfit, I added my H&M but jumper over the top. It may be rather grey and shapeless but I can't get enough of the embroidered bugs. Plus it's keeps away the chill that you get from hanging about in a hallway taking photos.

Dress | H&M
Jumper | H&M
Boots | Zara
Necklace and Earrings | c/o Sugar & Vice

Unlike my hatred for bugs, I'm never quite sure how I feel about wearing matching earrings and necklace sets. It seems to be a bit of a fashion faux pas but I'm not that against it. I think it works quite well for me as I usually wear my hair so it covers my ears (when I'm not taking photos to show off jewellery). With these earrings that means there's just a small flash of green, which I like, and stops it from being too matchy matchy. Of course matching earrings and necklaces don't have to be worn together. I can use each piece to inject a bit of grasshopper fun in different ways.

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Monday, 22 February 2016

February Wishlist


1.) Black Takeout Bag | Skinnydip
Skinnydip can do no wrong at the moment (except for their lack of Samsung phone cases, they seem to be fazing them out *sob*) and I'm a huge fan of their novelty bags. The Unicorn Magic potion and Mermaid Tears potion clutches are obvious faves. This one is cute and not too out there and is a nod to the original Chinese takeaway novelty bag I fell for back in the summer of 2004 *sighs dreamily*. Want!

2.) Pineapple Silk Cushion | Silken Favours
I am moving. Yay! Which obviously means I need cushions because never enough cushions, right? Silken Favours have so many lust worthy prints and I couldn't even begin to pick just one scarf for he list but this little pineapple would be perfect in my tropical boudoir.

3.) Moon/ Night Sky Coat | Plastic Bones Store
Plastic Bones Store is another instagram find- I love stumbling upon new brands that way. I've been a fan for a wee while now as they have lot of really vibrant 80s graphic prints that I adore but this coat has been calling out to me lately...

4.) Chloe Perspex Heels | Public Desire
Since I let a pair of green velvet Zara booties fall through my grasp I've been on the look out for an alternative. I love that these have the perspex heel- in pink!- to keep them sweet.

5.) Ants Collar | Tres Chouette London
Again, a brand I discovered through social media. I think it was Pinterest actually. It's amazing how accessible everything is now. I love a collar anyway but with prints of lobsters, glasses and scissors these cute peter pans are a must!





1.) Pom Pom Skull Cushion | Gappy Gobs
This online shop features a whole bunch of weird and wonderful illustrated homewear. From Snoop Dogg to your very own pet, the collection of cushions is wonderfully weird. I love this skull number, especially with the added pom pom fun.

2.) Hip Hop Nail Varnish | Little Ondine
The lovely Miss West End Girl gave me a bottle of this nail varnish as flat warming gift and in the process introduced me to this lovely brand. Using all natural ingredients they have a wonderful selection of colours and glitters available. I love the mix of colours in this Hip Hop glitter. Plus, it's nail varnish that you're supposed to peel off! 

3.) Sorrow Club Jacket | Stay Home Club
I find myself really wanting to jump on a current trend and buy myself a bomber jacket.  There are loads out there at the moment but I love this embroidered number from Stay Home Club.The panther may look sad but the jacket looks nice an cosy.

4.) Moumi Frilly T-Bars | SUPERSWEET x moumi
Cat print shoes. Need I say more?! Oh yes, they also have a cute frill detail and super duper cute t-bar shape. Perfect for crazy cat ladies who want to show of their feline love in style, aka me!

5.) Them Bones Earrings | Karen Smith Jewellery
How cute are these little bone earrings! Simple, yet fun and a little bit creepy. Just my cup of tea.


Friday, 19 February 2016

What Helen Wore: Lou Lou's Vintage Fair

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Here I am wearing another dress by The Whitepepper! What can I say, they just get me. The hand pinafore, the face shirt dress and now this red pinafore dress. Another great gift from Heather Mac, this time for my birthday. Basically she wins at present buying. I've already been eyeing up they're new sushi themed collection. Who could resist the super cute kawaii print dress! I'm thinking of starting a fan club.

For a relaxed Sunday checking out Lou Lou's Vintage Fair I paired my new dress with a vintage tee. When going to any kind of vintage event I always feel the need to wear an item of vintage clothing. I don't always manage it but I do try my best. Plus this patterned pink tshirt beside the red helped me fulfill my dress to a theme desires. It was Valentine's Day after all. The necklace was a little Valentine's treat to myself from last year. Ok, so it was just a thinly veiled excuse to buy a necklace I wanted but hey, that's good enough for me. 

Dress | The Whitepepper
Tshirt | City Retro 41
Shoes | H&M
Necklace | Karen Mabon
Coat | Topshop
Brooch | Lou Taylor
Belt | Primark

As well as vintage shopping and eating cake with Kimberley, I also took a trip to the cinema with some friends to see True Romance. It was so nice to see one of my favourite films up on the big screen. The music, the costumes, the witty dialogue, the cast. seriously, I just figured out the Gary Oldman plays Drexl! For a tasty Valentine's themed cinema snack I brought along some Krispy Kreme Love Bug donuts. They were super cute and super delicious. All in all it was a pretty perfect love filled day with some of my favourite people.  

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

What Kimberley Wore: Lou Lou's Vintage Fair

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I don't know why I look so pissed off. That's just my face sometimes. Maybe I was bloody freezing, maybe I was already mourning not buying that gold dress at the Vintage Fair, or maybe I was mad because no one even noticed I had new glasses. Let's address all three:

When you are taking photos out and about it can sometimes be a case of a quick snap before diving back into the warmth.This is definitely the case when you're in peep toes and it's approaching freezing outside. Ah, Scotland! Having spent the day before dripping in Isolated Heroes sequins for a chilly wintry shoot for Cobbled Street Style, this outfit did not have the glamour to push me through the chilblains. (FYI we'll be sharing more of the glamour soon!)

Anyway, I was dressed sensibly for a day of snooping around Lou Lou's Vintage Fair (as mentioned yesterday) and a #girlboss meeting. Which is essentially Helen and I eating cake (because always cake) and going through our schedule for the month ahead. If you want to find out how we get ourselves organised, I wrote about it here. The Fair was surprisingly busy given that we arrived within an hour of opening. I found a few amazing amazing pieces but with my weight dropping right now I'm oblivious to what size I actually am. The gold dress felt a wee bit nippy (excuse the pun) around my chest but it did feel pretty good on. Now that I've seen the classy toilet cubicle photo I am totally wishing I'd bought it. That's the trouble with vintage fairs- you snooze you lose!

Also, I have new glasses everyone- take notice! My cheeky sister advised me they look pretty much the same as my last pair but I can assure you they are very different. I attended the lovely Betty & Bee Scottish blogger dinner back in December and picked a coveted IOLLA gift card from the Santa Sack. I didn't even have to consider what I wanted, as I'd already planned to treat myself to these Carnegie frames from my last visit to the show room. It was quick and easy to pop in my order online, upload a photo of my prescription and get the ball rolling. I'd planned to pick them up in person in case they needed adjusting (and to have another nosey for prescription sunglasses I need for May) but January seemed to just disappear on me (anyone else have that problem lately or am I just getting old?) and I couldn't make it through to Glasgow. So I sent IOLLA a wee email to ask for them to be posted out and they sorted it out straight away. Great customer service!
The one tiny thing I would say about them is that I ordered them in the walnut tortoise and I'm surprised by the lack of green that made them really pop in the showroom. There's just one tiny piece. I guess it's luck of the draw as to how the glasses are cut but it's a bit of a shame. Still, they look amazing!

I'm wearing a lot of New Look in this outfit. Like Helen, H&M is my preferred high street chain but I worked for New Look for a bit after graduating and out of habit it's still my staple for basics. Also, I always get their gift cards for Christmas (seriously, aunties- it's time to upgrade me!) so none of it cost me any pennies. I'm pretty good at sifting through the naff cheap looking rubbish to pick out bits I can mix with more luxe items but these were just to feed my recent jumper layering cravings. Because brrrr!

Coat | Oasis
Jeans | New Look
Shoes | Topshop
Scarf | New Look
Top | New Look
Jumper | New Look
Earrings | c/o Sugar and Vice
Brooch | Bonnie Bling
Glasses | c/o IOLLA
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Thanks to IOLLA and Betty & Bee for helping me squeeze out a little smile with my new specs!

Monday, 15 February 2016

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair

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It's no secret that we both love a vintage fair and Lou Lou's Vintage Fair is no exception. With events all across the UK, they know how to pick some awesome vintage traders. On Valentine's Day we headed along to their Dundee fair at the Caird Hall.  We tried our best to get their early, because from past experience we knew it would be busy. Turns out it was still pretty packed when we arrived just before 11. Lou Lou's certainly know how to get the word out! This is great for the stall holders and any event that's successful for small businesses is good to see, even if it does mean you have to have your elbows at the ready. We do hear on the grapevine that Lou Lou's are on the hunt for a bigger venue for their next visit to Dundee, so watch this space. 

For it being a smaller venue than some of their other events, there was still a good variety of stalls and items available. From homewear and children's toys to menswear and jewellery, there was certainly something for everyone. Of course, we were instantly attracted to Thrifty Little's stall. With a small but fabulous selection of vintage pieces, alongside her upcycled collection, we couldn't resist! From there we were drawn to a suitcase full of scarves and had a good old rummage. With a whole host of wonderful prints (and at only £2 each) there was no way we were leaving empty handed. A lightweight Paris print and a jungle themed number made their way home with us. We certainly could have added several more to our collections but thought it best to be at least a little restrained.

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After making our way around the stalls it was time to play a bit of dress up. From glamorous party dresses to summer wardrobe essentials, we do enjoy trying things on. Plus it's especially essential when it comes to vintage because the sizes vary so much. Plus, who doesn't love parading around in a fringed dress! The black number is from Goodbye, Norma Jean and the gold dress is from April's Vintage Emporium. Now, if only there was an occasion to warrant either (or both) of these dresses.  *Begins planning cocktail party*.

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Despite the crowds, we really enjoyed revisiting Lou Lou's Vintage Fair. And it made us think about why we love vintage fairs so much. Here's what we cam up with:

1.) Variety
Whether you're looking for some new glasses for your drinks cabinet or a cocktail dress, you're pretty much guaranteed to find something that fits the bill. We loved the selection available at Lou Lou's, even if it does make you want things you never thought you needed. Hello egg poacher and pan! Why is it a bit of vintage styling makes even the most mundane items appears so much more attractive?!

2.) Individuality
Shopping vintage makes it much less likely that you'll turn up to a party wearing the same dress as someone else. It also means you can add fun and interesting items to your home to give a bit more panache to your interior design. They're brilliant places to unearth some unusual treasures.

3.) Price
There's usually a mix of prices at these events. From the £2 scarves we were hunting through, to full on sparkly party numbers for special occasions, there's something to suit everyone's budget. We also noticed a lot of the stall holders with special offers on at Lou Lou's. This all helps you to build up a fabulous and unique wardrobe in a super affordable way.  

4.) More Than Just Shopping
As well as a bunch of kickass stalls, Lou Lou's also had a  pop up hair salon and tea party set up. Blush Hair Design where busy transforming shoppers into vintage vixens. Perfect for getting the vintage hairstyle to match your vintage purchases.

5.) Supporting Indie Businesses
With some Dundee favourites like Nicely Eclectic, alongside other traders from across Scotland, it was great to see each stall looking so busy. It's encouraging to see such an event attracting so many people, especially on a Sunday morning. And with indie sellers, the person behind the stall is usually the same person who sourced the items. This means they come with a font of knowledge about vintage in general and the history of specific items. 

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Thanks to the folks at Lou Lou's for welcoming us along to the event and look out for their Edinburgh fair on Sunday 28th February at The Assembly Rooms. It promises to be even bigger and better.