Friday, 29 July 2016

July Round Up

Kimberley
round up, best bits, July, Edinburgh blogger, Scottish blogger, Edinburgh Magic Festival, Magic Fair, David Gerard, Vincent Gambini, Girl Gang Weekender, MagicFest, Jazz Festival, National Museum of Scotland Instameet, Edinburgh Fashion Festival, earrings, statement earrings, Neko Noire, ethical hour, twitter chat, Tuesday Bassen vs Zara, Shop Art Theft
Watching: Magic! At the start of the month I headed along to the MagicFair at Edinburgh Magic Festival to see what all the fuss was about. I dressed in a bit of an assistant's theme but my contortion must be lacking because I wasn't picked up by any of the magicians. I did have a fun evening though, with lots of performers in one venue. I saw a number of shows, including a cute moving Pixar-style lamp. American mentalist David Gerard provided some slick mind reading but Vincent Gambini was my favourite, combining a routine 'debunking' magic with fast sleight of hand. Nothing could beat the ribbon maze though, where Emily (Frankly Ms Shankly) jumped out at me, and filmed me getting lost for your pleasure.

Doing: Mostly hanging out in Edinburgh (apart from our Girl Gang Weekender). There's a lot going on in the summer! As well as the MagicFest, there was a Jazz Festival, the National Museum of Scotland Instameet and the Edinburgh Fashion Festival (more on that soon). I also spent a really sunny day eating icecream in North Berwick.

Buying: Huge Pat Butcher earrings. I don't know what's got into me this month but I've bought FIVE pairs! My favourite pair were these mermaid shell earrings from new Edinburgh boutique Neko Noire. I've got my eye on a few more but I think for now I need to step away from the door knockers...

Clicking: I've been thinking a lot about one of our favourite topics; supporting creatives and small business, since I've been keeping up-to-date on the growing Tuesday Bassen/ Zara rip-off scandal. I've also been reading up more on sustainable businesses, and joining in the #EthicalHour twitter chat to connect with others. The Sustainability and Ethical talks during Edinburgh Fashion Festival were also really interesting, so it's safe to say it's on my mind right now!


Helen
round up, best bits, July, Dundee blogger, Scottish blogger, Tale of Tales, DCA, Cine Sunday, Apex Dundee, Malmaison dundee, sister date, wedding, The Glue Fastory, NYX, Illamasqua, cruelty free make up, cruelty free beauty, spar room, flatmate search
Watching: I went along to my first DCA Cine Sunday to see Tale of Tales. A breakfast roll, hot beverage and a movie, all for £6! Now that's a good way to spend a Sunday morning. The film itself was rather magical. A strange mix of three folk tales, inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile. With stars like Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel I knew I was in for a treat. The costumes were a dream and I loved watching the dark and twisted stories unfold.

Doing: July has been full of more fun adventures. At the very start of the month I took Heather Mac out for a sister day as a late birthday present. We enjoyed the spa and a rather delicious afternoon tea at the Apex, drank cocktails at Malmaison and then had a pizza and movie night back at mine. Also, my lovely friend Suzy got married. It was a wonderful day, spent with a bunch of gorgeous friends from uni. AND I spent one final weekend in Glasgow with Ashley (my old uni flat mate) before she heads off to pastures new. We went along to The Glue Factory for pop up putting. Basically like a youth club but with beer and properly good burgers. So. Much. Fun!

Buying: I decided to try some new cruelty free makeup and so headed to the internet and ordered some Illamasqua concealer and some Barefaced Beauty mineral foundation. The post office is currently holding the mineral foundation hostage but I have been using my concealer. It is super pale, which works rather well for my ghostly complexion and it helps to cover up the redness that I also suffer from. Plus it smells really good. A strange thing to say about make up but it's true. And, thanks to a heads up from Mermaid Gossip, I found out that Boots is now stocking NYX - another cruelty free brand. I bought the pore filler primer and the finishing powder. The latter is a little too powdery for my liking but it does help to mattify my face. I'm still getting the hang of the primer. It's a strange consistency but it does feel nice when it's on.

Clicking: I've been on the search for a new flatmate so got myself signed up to Spare Room. It's a free service (though you can pay to get first dibs) and it made me feel much more comfortable when messaging strangers. I had quite a bit of interest. I mean, who wouldn't want to live with me?! Plus it gave me a place to put up all the info and photos, which I was then able to share else where. I ended up finding someone off the site but it was certainly a good tool to use.

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