28 November 2009
On Wednesday morning I was lucky enough to be invited to a preview of the UK's newest Urban Outfitters in Edinburgh along with my fellow Edinburgh based blogger, Hannah from Hello Mr Fox.
The store is self is huge, spread out over three floors with some of the best Visual Merchandising I've seen. All of the installation ( I need to apologise here because my pictures of them were too dark to put up but Hannah has some on her blog so go over and have a look) pieces were made by the in store VM's from pieces salvaged in and around Edinburgh. I love that, its so important to support your local economy! The same goes for the paraphernalia that decorates the store, all sourced from local antique and vintage shops.
But above all else there is the clothes... climb the stairs to the top floor and you enter my idea of heaven. A shoe and lounge area that looks like its straight out of an episode of Mad Men and the Edinburgh home of t.b.a, Luella, Jeffery Campbell as well as Kimich & Blue and Silence and Noise. An iron bedstead would have fit the decor nicely and I could have just moved in.
There is only one downside to UO moving into my hometown and it is this - my bank balance is seriously doomed. Luckily for me I was given a few lovely, ever so wearable gifts to take home. I'm afraid I just can't hold it in any longer, I am now the proud owner of a t.b.a, scalloped edge, dress! Pictures to follow, I promise. I know you'll all sympathise with me when I complain about the waning light that winter brings us and the problems it causes when taking outfit pictures. Wah wah wah.
I really must say a massive thank you to Stephanie from UO, she made me feel so welcome, while we chatted blogging, tattoos and the demise of Luella. Stephanie, you really are the sweetest, Thank You!
24 November 2009
This week the well dressed people of Edinburgh will be given an early Christmas gift. Urban Outfitters will open a shiny new store on Princes Street. Number 124 to be precise.
Although the store officially opens on Friday, 27th November, there will be a preview party on the Wednesday 25th (2pm to 9pm) with drinks, music and 20% student discount. Amazing, right? You don't need to ask me twice.
Here are my favourites from the store
I can't even put my love for this t.b.a dress into words. It's pure perfection and its top of my Christmas list. The same goes for this pair of Seychelles Lace ups if I wasn't on a self enforced shoe buying ban, I would have these immediately.
Spooning with Rosie This is one of my favourite cookery books, full of scrumptious recipies from her days studying in Edinburgh, Traveling and most importantly what to eat after a great night out.
As for this Diana KitI think if I were to own it I may well give up using my Nikon all together. Ok, maybe not really but it would be so much fun.
15 November 2009
You are either a Blair or a Serena. This has nothing at all to do with hair colour. You either meticulously plan your outfits or you grab whatever comes to hand but still manage to look amazing. The Blair plans in advance and colour coordinates, while The Serena impulse buys and wears whatever takes her fancy.
I'm a Blair. I need control of my wardrobe, I need pre-planning and I need choices. I like everything to match, perhaps a little too much.
This is my homage to Miss Waldorf (really its to Eric Daman, the costume designer). I think it would have been truer to the character if I'd added coloured tights and a huge bow hairband but thats just not me.
This blouse is my newest and favourite find from Fearne Cotton for Very. Its exactly what I've been searching for, I think it was made to be worn with this wool pinafore and these brogues.
Winter has well and truly set in up here in Scotland. To keep warm I've been wearing this with a huge black beret, my navy TBA Coat, a really long black scarf and woolen mittens. All I want now is a little snow.
Do tell, are you a Serena or a Blair?
08 November 2009
When I think of all things quintessentially British, we have Tea and Sympathy, Red pillar boxes, Black London Cabs, Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, Washed out Summers, Victoria and Albert, Crumpets and jam, Stephen Fry, A Stiff Upper Lip, Cadburys Chocolate and The Bowler Hat.
What I truly love about the bowler hat is it's versatility. On one side it is formal and sincere like Winston Churchill but on the other it is silly and mischievous like Charlie Chaplin. Dress it up or dress it down, the bowler hat will always be delightfully stylish.
I have two (the dog ate my first one. No, seriously!) crisp and undented for smart and slightly bashed, shabby and dog eaten for, well... shabby and dog eaten. I just can't get enough of them
What do you think is quintessentially British and what will be adoring your head this winter?