Wednesday, 28 June 2017

St Enoch: Colour Summer

I love how Summer fashion is always about big, bright and bold colours!

I recently went along to a little summer event that the St Enoch Centre was holding. If you don't know much about the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow I'm guessing you're not a shopper. It's basically got everything you need for looking and feeling fabulous all under one roof and is definitely a 'first for shopping'. There's Miss Selfridge, H&M, Debenhams and even a huge Boots. Beauty: tick, Fashion: tick, Homeware: tick. Love it.

Colour Summer is all about injecting a bit of colour into the next few months, even on a grey Glasgow day.


I think we can all agree that so far summer has been, well, grey. It's been grey, grey, grey. But, this doesn't mean that we have to dress grey! There's nothing like an injection of colour to get you feeling a bit more summery and it without a doubt brightens up a dull July day.

It was so lovely to arrive at the (newly re-vamped) Food Court to be greeted by some beautiful, vibrant flowers from the perfectly Instagrammable Mud Urban Flowers, along with a pretty delicious looking summer spread from Kimbles. Once we'd nibbled and sipped away for a bit it was time to get down to the more serious stuff. Shopping.

There was racks and racks of amazing clothes there to browse...

The rainbow of options, from some of the top shops was really hard to resist! I fell in love with so many pieces. I loved the mixture of denim and embroidery, but I also found it very hard to walk away from the amazing parrot dress. The embroidery was so intricate and it was actually had so much detail sewn on it was a little heavy.

Plus the Topshop mules - I can't be the only one who has fallen for these beauties can I?

And who doesn't love a summer hat? Especially one with some beach vibes and poms-poms. I'm pretty sure both will fit into my suitcase.

As well as the clothes we also got stuck in to some of the beauty.


I stopped by the No.7 counter for a bit of a make-over! I've been using No.7 for so many years and it's definitely a brand I love. They're always introducing new colours into their eye and lip collections and there was some really lovely products. Benefit were also there. This is one of the first beauty brands I was ever introduced to and I still love their quirky packaging and amazing products. You have to try the 'Gimme Brow'!

A new brand that absolutely had me head over heels was Guerlain. It was fascinating to listen to the stories behind the products and believe me the new perfume is to die for. I'm going to do a separate post all about them, so eyes peeled!

Browsing all that St Enoch had to offer definitely got me really excited about summer and I'm so looking forward to heading back in and picking up some bits and bobs for my holidays this year. Whether you yourself have got a week of relaxing by the pool booked or summer weekends filled with garden BBQ's we always need new summer outfits and St Enoch will give you that splash of colour that's needed.

Thanks so much to the St Enoch Centre for having me along and a huge thank you to Big Partnership for the invite - I'll be back!

x x x

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Hands Up Who Loves a Pleated Skirt?

Always thought you couldn't pull something off? My advice - give it a go and you may surprise yourself!

I don't know why it took me so long to come around to the pleated skirt. I always thought people looked amazing wearing them and they were amazing for making you look so chic without even trying, but I'd convinced myself they were something that I just wouldn't be able to pull off.

And then I gave in. Tried a couple on and fell in love.

I love the midi length. I'm not really one for shorter skirts and I mean how often do you really get the chance to get your legs out in Glasgow. But the longer length gives you a bit more coverage and makes it really easy to wear whatever the weather.

Swish, swish!

The pleats just add a little detail and give it some structure and shape allowing you to twirl around! This particular one is also a little heavier and the material has a kind of shine to it, which makes it perfect if you need it for a bit of a dressier affair.

Of course I paired it with a breton top. I mean what's an outfit without a little stripe!

With your top I don't think you want it to be too baggy, just to give you some shape. It's also nice to tuck it in to the waist of the skirt to, again, give the outfit more of a silhouette and to stop the skirt from just looking like it's hanging.

Add some ankle boots and you're good to go!

I kinda want one in every colour now...

Top - New Look 
Skirt - Primark 
Boots - Dorothy Perkins 

x x x 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Burnsyde Beach House: The Weekend

How we spend weekends escaping - plenty food and plenty wine!

Did you check out my post all about the fabulous Burnsyde Beach House?

But how do we while away a weekend in a place as gorgeous as this...

On Friday we all arrived from various points across the country - Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. It's always so exciting whenever my sisters and I get together, with the other halfs in tow, we turn into a bunch of giggling girls so excited to spend the weekend together. And lucky for us when we were eventually all there on the first night the sun was definitely out to play!

So pop the fizz!

Whilst we were waiting on the final two to arrive my sister and I decided to wander down to the beach to take in the view. We were completely overjoyed to find out how close it really was, I really should have counted how many steps it took! We watched the waves rolling in and out before the 'beep beep' of the car horn alerted us to the last load arriving.

Once all the fizz had been consumed outside we headed in for an amazing 'picnic dinner' that the boys had pulled together.

This is one of our favourite meals. All different kinds of bruschetta, delicious meats and cheeses and of course a couple of bottle of the most mouth-watering vino. We all pulled up a pew on the big wooden table and dug in. The best thing about it as well is that you can sit and watch the sun go down behind the cliffs as the evening sets in. We sat for hours, joking, catching-up, laughing uncontrollably and every now and again pausing to admire the spectacular scenery once again.

The next morning was all about a little bit of laziness.

We woke up to the rain pattering on the window and although this wasn't ideal it did mean that we could have a perfectly slow Saturday morning, just enjoying the house and spending some time relaxing. And the best way to start of a lazy weekend morning? Breakfast!

With mimosas of course...

The rain started to slow down, so we decided to was time to head out for a week and explore the beach.

It was a little windy as we wandered down the pier...

We walked along the pier, taking in the views and watching the sea rolling in and out.

There's something so blissful about spending an afternoon on the beach, even if the sun isn't beaming. I may have needed wellies to go paddling, but it was still perfection. We skimmed rocks, tossed a rugby ball to and fro and picked our favourite shells out of the sand.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

The evening was all about getting dressed up and opening another bottle of fizz!

Cheers to a fantastic weekend!

The boys cooked up another amazing meal. We took a break before dessert to watch the sunset over what had quickly become a favourite place for everyone.

Lets just all take a moment...

We finished off the magical evening with the most fabulous dessert! Can I have another slice now? Please?

We couldn't have asked for a better night.

The next morning the sun came out and we had time for one last breakfast outside.

I completely fell in love with Burnsyde Beach House and we all left planning our next visit. It's the most perfect place to spend a weekend with your favourite people - thank you to my favourite people for making it so special! It's the most fabulous house to spend the days relaxing in, playing games and cooking up some fabulous food.

Burnsyde thank you so much for having us - we'll be back!

x x x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Burnsyde Beach House: The House

I've found the most perfect house for you all to escape to...

The other weekend we went on a little getaway to Burnsyde Beach House. We loaded the car up with loads of goodies (food and wine) and headed off to Saltburn-be-Sea on the North East coast.

And what a destination!

Burnsyde is a luxury beach house and self-catering accommodation. It sleeps up to six people and is also dog friendly if you've got a little woofy friend. There's three bedrooms and two bathrooms, so plenty of room! There's also a beautiful open plan kitchen-dining-sunroom space to relax in, as well as a gorgeous lounge to cosy up in.

As soon as you open the door and turn the corner you're confronted with the most breath-taking view - I mean look at it! I literally stopped in my tracks and gasped! I love the way the wall slopes around the cliffs framing the stunning view of the shoreline.

First impressions - fabulous!

The house has recently been completely renovated and refurbished into the most stylish beach getaway. The decor is just stunning. It's like walking into a pinterest board. Every last details has been carefully thought out from the scented candles in each room to the copper light shades. It's just so chic and tasteful with an almost scandi feel to it. It's just so beautiful, I walked round for the first half hour just mouthing 'wow'.

Every room is really bright and welcoming with natural and calming colours. I mean I just can't even get across to you how dreamy the interiors are. All the rooms flow into each other and fit together perfectly.

The sunroom was my favourite spot to sit.

I could have sat all day watching the beach and the tide travel in and out.

Can I please just take every room and transform my house into a look-a-alike?

If you get a bit of sunshine there's also the perfect patio to relax on. All you need to do is sink into the big couch cushions with a glass of fizz and relax. With the outdoor space this house really does have everything. It's a beautiful space for an afternoon of chatting in the sunshine, enjoying a glass of something cold or even enjoying an al fresco dinner on a balmy evening.

The final thing that makes this place so heavenly is the location.

The house is literally a stones throw from the beach. All you need to do is trot out of the gate, turn the corner and start paddling in the waves. You are pretty much sleeping on the sand. The views are stunning with the cliffs dominating the scene. You couldn't ask for a better spot for a weekend getaway, there's just something so amazing about being by the seaside.

I've found a little slice of paradise and I can't wait to go back to Burnsyde Beach House!

Stay tuned for Burnsyde part 2 where you can see what we got up to on the weekend!

x x x

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Window Shopping

Don't tell me I'm the only person who's dressed exactly like a mannequin that they've seen in a shop window....?

So there I was just taking a little daunder down the High Street and I passed by H&M. 'Ooooh that's nice' I thought and then the next week I found myself copying exactly what the mannequin was wearing. We all take inspiration from different place after all. Although I can't help being reminded of that line from Mean Girls "I saw Cady Heron wearing army pants and flip-flops. So I bought army pants and flip-flops"....

So anyway what did I see in that fateful H&M window...

It's actually a really easy look to copy as I already had all the components in my wardrobe!

I'd bought the black top when I was shopping with the St Enoch Centre for the perfect Valentine's outfit. The top is a really cute one, with a velvet-style texture and lace trim. It is quite more of a 'going-out' top,  but by layering it you can create a whole new look.

I spotted it with a a long-sleeved white top on underneath - so that's exactly what I did! It makes the top go a whole lot further and proves how versatile it can be. The touch of lace and gorgeous texture also adds a little more interest to the casual look.

I already had the perfect 'Mom' jeans to style it up how H&M had done, so that was another tick in the box. Tucked in with a buckle belt more shape is created with a nicer silhouette. The only thing I switched out was the shoes - I swapped black boots for a cute pair of metallic loafers.

This is also the first time I've done an outfit post wearing my glasses - what do you think?

After going to a Specsavers event I was inspired. After vowing to wear my glasses more I went along to Specsavers and treated myself to some new frames. I can't lie I absolutely love wearing them! I think it's all about the right pair to suit you and feeling confident in them. I'm sure you'll see them more in outfit posts in the future!

White Top - Marks and Spencer
Top - H&M
'Mom' Jeans - Topshop 
Shoes - Next 
Glasses - Specsavers 

x x x