Friday, 26 February 2016

My Most Worn

We all have those items in our wardrobe that we come back to again and again, and again, and again...

I definitely have some favourite staples in my wardrobe that have been amazing buys and I've used again and again. It just so happens that I also end up sharing them with you in a collection of outfit posts! You've probably noticed the items that appear again and again. But it's not just for posed OOTD posts that I bring them out for, I end up wearing them all the damn time.

They're a mixture of staples and things that I just really love, you've most likely got a few of them yourselves and if not here's a solid excuse to go shopping!

The Denim Pinafore

This was a fantastic find in Topshop a while ago. I had originally bought it for the Summer and it looked really cute with sunglasses and sandals in Croatia, but it was also perfect as a transitional piece. I wear it loads! It's perfect layered over polo necks or t-shirts or even with a jumper on top, turning it into a skirt. It's one of those things that hides in your wardrobe and whenever you're struggling to find something to wear you can pop it on and feel like you're in a sweet Instagram-ready outfit in a minute.

I paired it with the standard polo-neck and boots combo when I headed down to London and this was also a look that worked to explore Edinburgh in, all that changed was the polo for a long-sleeved top. I'd definitely say invest in a little denim pinafore, you can get them in all different styles from shift to dungaree style and I always spot a good one in New Look.

The Green Skinned Bag

Mango is one of those shops I rarely go into, but when I do I always find things that I love. I bought this back when I first got my job, all the time ago! as a well done to myself. I can't even begin to tell you how much I've used it since! I love the green colour as an alternative to navy or black and the kinda mock-croc-skin bumpy leather makes it look really sophisticated. For me it's pretty much the ideal size and I can pack everything in it I want to. It's also got a long strap to sling over your shoulder and a smaller handle if you want pop it into the crook of your arm and look chic! Basically this is a bag that comes everywhere with me.

When I did the Moveit Lookbook video the bag simply had to come with me. I was asked to dress in a style that best reflected me and because this is most like my most, most used item I had to bring it along. To be honest it features in most of my posts, as it comes with me wherever I wander at the weekend, often exploring the wonderful Glasgow.

Breton Striped Top 

There was no way I could not include this beauty. You've probably seen it time and time and time again and you most likely have your own version tucked into a drawer. I wear it constantly and quite honestly miss it when it's in the wash. You can wear it with anything, be that vintage waistcoats to bright pink jackets, it just always works. I'm starting to worry that my version is beginning to look tired and done! However, I bought this one from New Look many moons ago and cost per wear has exceeded itself! You can pick up simple striped tops like this from their basic range and recently I added a red striped version that is becoming just as worn as the blue version.

It's perfect with big necklaces and hats for days at the spa and it always has an almost Parisian vibe to it, which makes you feel oh so fabulous. It also works with other patterns. I really liked wearing it with this girly, flimsy skirt. It was the ideal outfit for Coco Chanel exhibitions and champagne and cake dates in London.

The Oversized Jumper

When I bought this a while ago I loved it so much I snapped it up in a pale pink colour as well, but I've found that I still wear the brown quite a bit more! It's oversized, slouchy and feels so comfy and relaxed. It's perfect for days curled up in jeans and chats over tea and cake, but also looks great with skirts and dress a like. The exposed seams also make it a bit more interesting, but it's also happy to have a big statement necklace added or a collar popped out. It's also lovely and lightweight so is perfect for when the weathers that annoying in-betweeny, but I also wore it loads over the colder months with long-sleeved tops underneath. Basically, it's an all-round do-gooder of a wardrobe staple.

When I first got it it was Easter time and daffodils were blooming. I packed it in my suitcase to visit my Gran and paired it with patterned trousers and brogues for days spend wandering around garden centres and eating scones. It was also perfect later in the year when the snow started to fall. Tucked into a burgundy skirt it took on a whole new slouchy shape.

Leopard-Print Sneakers

These leopard lovelies are the brainchild of a Keds and Oasis collaboration. I was invited to a press breakfast to reveal the different designs and immediately fell in love with the leopard-print ones. Now, I'm not a trainer girl at all, nope, but these ones are something special. The pattern give the a fun-vibe and the neon orange stripes add some jazz. They are also a super comfy slip-on style, perfect for lazy weekend days and they're just ideal with a pair of skinny jeans. They're called The Style Hunters, a name that I think fits them perfectly and as they were a limited edition I bought them straight after the event. They're probably the only "trainers" you're likely to find me in!

They were lovely paired with some cream skinnies as Spring set in and a stripy jumper completed the perfect weekend outfit. They were also ideal for pounding the London streets, stopping sore feet as we wandered around markets and with a simple white shirt and blue skinny jeans they really stood out and became the focal point of the outfit.

The Tartan Scarf

A huge, over-sized woolly scarf is pretty much an essential in any Scottish winter wardrobe. When it's so darn chilly outside and you're breath turns to ice you need a massively woolly scarf to wrap round and round to keep that winter chill out. I throw this around me pretty much anytime I leave the house. The red tartan is also lovely and bright and one fabulous thing about this scarf is that it's reversible, with a houndtooth pattern on the other side. Having the two different sides just breaks it up a bit and makes it a bit more interesting when it's wound round. When the weather can't decide if it wants to be warm or not it also looks fabulous hanging loose. It's a wonder in all ways.

It looks lovely with a plain cream jumper and the red check really stands out - perfect for comedy gigs and pints on a cold Autumnal night. With some wardrobe staples added it also stands out, blue jeans and black boots are sometimes all that's needed for a weekend away. But, it'll pretty much go with anything you pair it with and is a wonderfully versatile essential.

What do you always end up wearing....?

Saturday, 20 February 2016


Flying about, treats and fashion! What more could you ask for...

I was headed down to London just for the day last week, meaning a mega early start, meaning a mega early night the evening before! Not that I minded too much... I snuggled down nice and early with a cosy hot water bottle and Elle to read a goodnight story from and dozed until my alarm started buzzing at a time when no-one should be awake. I did see Stephen Mulhern on Oxford Street though, so some things make the 4.30am starts worth it...

Just kidding! The 4.30am start was made worth it as I got to have a girly night with pizza and Gossip Girl with my sister who lives down in the big city! I stayed the night with her before  I was up again at the crack of dawn the next day to fly back to Glasgow. But before I boarded I managed to fit in a wee Starbucks breakfast as a treat to keep me going. I think getting up extra early definitely means you get two breakfasts.

I'd hesitated about doing this outfit post, but you lovely lot showed it so much love on Instagram I decided to go for it! Throughout I rabbit on about how much I love these striped culottes from River Island - I mean they are fabulous aren't they. Teamed with some strap-up heels and a deep red lip they're just perfect for little evening out.

My BF had been away on a boys skiing holiday and arrived back the day before Valentines - what a perfect time to be passing through duty free! And he didn't even have to stress about choosing the right thing as I had heavily hinted (ok I pretty much out right asked - ooops) for Chloe, Love Story. And I was treated - yaaaa!! It's a lovely fresh floral scent and definitely one of my favourite things at the moment.

I'm still blabbering on to anyone who'll listen about how much I love our new flat and with the BF away skiing I took the opportunity to have my old school friends round for (more than one) glass of wine and chats. They were absolute cuties and spoiled me with cards, flowers and chocolates for my new home! Aren't they gems!

Stylist brought out their big Fashion Issue this week. It makes my face light up every year when I see the big glossy tome being handed out on the corner. It's always filled with beautiful editorial, amazing advice and some fantastical fashion stories. I'm saving this one for a Sunday morning in bed.

It's not just Chloe and my new home that are my favourite things at the moment. I've got some lovely new dresses, beaut new shoes and exciting things ahead. It was so much fun to write all about my favourite things just now and share them with you. It just made me smile collecting all the things that are adding a little sparkle to life.

I printed out a load of photos of some of my favourite memories and popped them up in my new living room. They make a lovely #tbt I thought! These two are of my little sisters graduation and all my family together celebrating my 21st. It's lovely to have little photos to make you smile dotted about all over the place.

I feel like I'm rabbiting on about my new home, so apologies! This was a little spot that featured in my Favourite Things. It's the most perfect spot for relaxing in the evening, feet up, candles glowing tea (or wine if you're that way inclined, definitely like me!) in hand.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

These Are a Few of My Favourite Things...

Here's a hint: it's not quite raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens or bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens....

It's just some lovely things that have been making me smile lately!

H&M Dresses

I'm a sucker for a lovely little dress. I always find dresses so versatile to wear - smart shoes and cardigans for work, ankle boots and fedoras for the weekend and heels and cute clutches for prosecco nights. H&M have got a fantastic selection in at the moment. The khaki shirt dress is a style that I've been seeing everywhere! I love the simple shape and I think it would also look great unbuttoned with jeans and a silky cami top. The floral number is a similar style and a pattern that's just so pretty! It's also a really nice, almost silky material that makes you feel all feminine and lovely when you wear it. Stripes, I'll never be able to resist stripes! The shape of this dress is great and it's a heavier material which means it hangs really nicely (I won't blabber on too much as I plan to include it in a special stripe themed post soon!)

New Home

We've been in our new flat for a couple of weeks now and I'm smiling every time I come home. It's such a gorgeous flat and I've loved filling it with little bits and bobs to make it feel like home (I've become obsessed with copper photo frames!) One of my favourite little corners is the one by the beautiful big living room window. The rocking chair is the ideal place to sit, reading a perfectly absorbing book, a cup of tea balanced on the arm, candles flickering and your feet up on the little tartan pouffe - bliss. I got the cushion from Santa and it's perfectly big and squichy, complete with chic embroidery to remind me of beautiful place in Switzerland. This is where you're bound to find me on chilly, but gloriously sunny, Sunday afternoons.

Chloe - Love Story

I first smelt this little gem on may way back from Switzerland and have been obsessing over it ever since. So when it just so happened that my BF was going skiing and would be back Valentines weekend I started hinting heavily at what he should buy at duty free - and turns out he does listen! Yaa! It's a really pretty, fresh, floral scent. Complete with orange blossom, cedar, neroli and jasmine, it's really feminine and elegant. "A floral love story, fresh and sensual. An unforgettable essence of seduction". I really like a light, fresh floral perfume during the day and this one imagines me on a hot summery day cradling the biggest bouquet of freshly cut flowers, dancing around Paris. Plus how pretty is the bottle! It's gorgeous parisian chic sitting on your dressing table.

Muted Make-Up 

At Christmas I was treated to the most beautiful Ted Baker gift-set. It's all pink, white and rose gold and packed with pretty things. A couple of my absolute favourites from it have to be the lipstick and nail varnishes. The muted colours are just the perfect understated chic. A nude lipstick can be really hard to wear if it's the wrong shade, but I've found this one perfect and I'm wearing it all the time! It's quite a peachy shade, not too brown as nudes can be, and sits on the lips perfectly. The nail varnishes are soft, feminine and sophisticated and the soft, neutral colours are perfect for Spring time.   There's a pink, creamy shade and a beautiful muted soft grey - that reminds me of a wonderfully soft cashmere hug.

Lets Make Plans! 

I love it when you have that 'I'm fantastically busy' feeling. When your diary fills up with wonderfully exciting plans it gives you a lovely excited feeling and a smug smile. It can be small things in there like 'wine night with the ladies' or 'cinema date to see that film you love' or the big things like holidays! But it just keeps you going when there's things to look forward to. I absolutely cannot wait to head to the snow soon and I'm so excited to plan a weekend for my sister coming to visit. Plus there's loads of lovely things in the meantime, pot-luck dinner and friends birthday celebrations, to keep me grinning. I also feel like I've finally got my blogging-head back on and I've got loads of plans for some posts buzzing about in there - so eyes peeled!

I Got My New Shoes On... 

New shoes are always something to smile about. I saw these heels in H&M and knew I had to buy them. As soon as I spotted them I couldn't stop matching them with outfits and had to rush back to snap them up (H&M is doing really well from me lately!) I always find myself going to the same pair of black heels and they're starting to look a little worn and tired, so these are the perfect replacement! They're more like a peep-toe ankle boot and I'll definitely be wearing them time and time again. Another new favourite shoe maybe isn't quite as exciting, but I've literally been wearing them every single day so to deny my love would be wrong. The perfect flats are from Primark. I love the tassels and the suede body and the tiny raised heel just finishes them off perfectly. I think they look so much more expensive than they really are just ideal little black pumps to throw on for any occasion!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Monochrome Moods

You can't go wrong with stripes, monochrome and the deepest darkest red lips!

I wasn't going to post this outfit - despite snapping away in my close - as the light was pretty bad and (although the photographer, thanks sister!, was fabby) I wasn't convinced the photos looked good enough. However, all you lovely lot on Instagram showed it so much love I decided to listen to demand and just go with the dark, moody-vibing images! 

The main point of shooting this outfit was so I could blabber on about how much I love my striped culottes!

I came across them in the River Island sale and snapped them up for a bargainous price. I'd avoided buying culottes in the past, mainly because I'm not particularly tall and thought they'd only make me look smaller. But, I couldn't stop thinking about them and with such an amazing sale price I couldn't resist! And, with a heel I actually find them a really flattering length. Plus, the vertical stripes are great for giving the illusion of longer legs.

I love the way they can look just like a midi-skirt, but are bit different and fun to wear. These ones are a really nice silky material and feel luxurious to wear as they swish about while you dance away. All I needed to do was pull them in at the waist with a belt to give them the finishing touches and perfect shape.

They've convinced me that I'll definitely be buying more culottes in the future. I think they look great smartened up with a buttoned shirt tucked in, statement necklace and smart heel or casual with a woolly jumper and chunky heeled boot. They're just a bit more unusual than you're standard skirt or go-to pair of jeans and I loved wearing them!

I just added a silky cami top with a pretty ruffle tucked into the waistband, a leather jacket slung over my shoulders (I won't lie I actually did put it on properly in a very un-pintrest friendly way) and some lace-up heels, that I uncovered in the back of my wardrobe.

The finishing touches were deep, dark red lips and a pretty clutch to match. 

And the winner of 'My New Wardrobe Favourites' the beaut striped culottes!

Jacket - H&M
Top - H&M
Culottes - River Island
Shoes - New Look 
Bag - Topshop 

Monday, 8 February 2016


A gosh-darn fabulous exhibition and other pretty things!

Sometimes the start of the week drags so slowly doesn't it! By Wednesday I was left clock-watching wondering how we were only possibly two days in...

I was lucky enough to be invited along the Hello My Name is Paul Smith exhibition at The Lighthouse recently. It was simply fabulous. I popped up a review and I implore you all to pop along and visit it yourself. Paul was an inspiring guy, with so many stories to tell and you could wander round and round the exhibition for hours, always finding something new to marvel at.

I moved home! We recently moved into a new flat in Glasgow and I love it so much. It was even better when these beautiful lilies bloomed in welcome.

The exhibition was filled with loads of fascinating and colourful bits and bobs - including this amazing button wall! It's all about individuality and nothing is ever uniform with Paul Smith. All the shops have an individual look and theme. Some have walls of collected dominos, others stamps or colourful buttons!

I loved this lil monochrome outfit I wore recently and all you lovely lot on Instagram seemed to be fans too! I wasn't sure about putting up a blog, but as it got so much love keep your eye out for a lil #OOTD post coming soon!

There's nothing better than a treat breakfast on a Friday morning, especially when you save that weeks Stylist for the occasion. I was working in Aberdeen and stayed in the beaut Malmaison for a night. After the alarm went off I soon fumbled my way around before heading up for breakfast where I feasted on pain-au-chocolat and tea flicking through the weekly fashion fix.