Friday, 2 September 2016

August Round Up

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Doing: Edinburgh Festival has taken over my life this month! I made it along to all the shows from my Edinburgh Festival recommendations post and also a few others, including spoken word from poet Matthew Macdonald and improv from Spontaneous Sherlock. Matt's story of love and heartbreak, and the desire to be a living romcom, was lovely. I shed a wee tear. The improvised Sherlock show was a fun caper based on the recent Virgin train/ Jeremy Corbyn saga.
I normally hide away from the crowds (like every other local) but it was really good to catch up with friends at pop up bars and eateries, and meet new people too.

Buying: A new phone case. My eye one did its job in protecting my phone during a fall, but to its own demise. Sob! It's becoming harder to find cases for Samsungs so I scoured Etsy for a replacement. I'd planned on getting a very bloggerly one like faux white marble or chevron pattern but I just can't resist ridiculous bright things and this Memphis-inspired pattern was calling to me.

Clicking: The latest Scottish social fashion projects. This month there were two new crowdfunded projects: new ethical accessories brand Nu Blvck has reached their crowdfunding target to provide handmade quality goods from international artisans. The Fashioned in Glasgow Kickstarter is very exciting for creatives; which will aim to support British design and clothing manufacture by offering studio space, workshops and networking event. I've also been watching the movements of sustainable clothing brand One Memoir. Unfortunately I missed their recent launch in Edinburgh but I'm loving their upcycled jackets.

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Watching: Heather Mac and I had a sister date to go see Finding Dory. I did enjoy Finding Nemo but it was never one of my absolute favourites. However, I was looking forward to seeing the sequel. I'd heard some quite good reviews and I do enjoy Ellen DeGeneres' voice. I really enjoyed it and even shed a few tears. Dory losing her parents resonated more with me than the tale of Finding Nemo. There were plenty of laughs with some hilarious new characters. While it did get increasingly ridiculous towards the end, I went with it and had a really good time in the process. Sometimes you just have to keep swimming.

Doing: After a fun long weekend in Edinburgh where Kim and I caught the ECA Masters show, I came back to Dundee and headed straight for the DJCAD version. While I didn't manage to see the animation section, I did make it round everything else. My favourite was Chelsea Glidden's weird monsters. Creepy and colourful, that's my kind of combination.

Buying: Not only did I get to see and try on Charcot's new jewellery collection, I was also one of the first to purchase one of the new pieces. I do love having friends who are designers! I opted for the acid green brain skull necklace and I love it. It's amazing how much it goes with. Who new acid green could be so versatile?! The mirrored version is also a beaut. Plus she's been sharing sneak peaks of some silk scarf swatches that have got me rather excited.

Clicking: August saw the launch of Instagram Stories. I can't say that I was too excited by this. I've always avoided Snapchat and favoured Instagram because I like the curated aspect of it. I decided not to judge it too quickly though and set about on some research. Ok, so I headed straight for the Blogtacular blog. As always, they had pretty much all the info I needed to figure it out. I've had a little play and did enjoy making stories of my trip to the ECA Masters show and a day of making jewellery in the studio. I'm still not quite convinced but I do like watching Lynsay's videos of her new kitten. Basically any online platform is perfect for cats.

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