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22 August 2012

Wayward Son: Ruffians

When Adam and I first switched rolls on the blog, I joked about giving him a 'Wayward Son' spot but we really quite enjoyed the experience so here we are again. This time I shot the photographs while Adam enjoyed a little male grooming at Edinburgh's finest barbers, Ruffians. If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful snip and shave look elsewhere because Ruffians is the real deal. This is a place for dapper chaps, a place where you just might find the Laird's son decked in Harris tweed, drinking a single malt and sporting a damned fine haircut.


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When Ruffians asked me to come down and sample their haircut & hot shave, I was in dire need of a some male grooming. My previous haircut had grown out and my beard had become a wiry mess as a result of my electric shaver taking an unexpected plunge into the handbasin.

Before we talk about anything else, I have to mention the interior, it is a designers dream. Entirely bespoke, commissioned by Ruffians owner, Andrew Cannon and expertly executed by the most talented Scottish tradesmen. The main grooming area incorporates six Belfast sinks and accompanying grooming stations, each section has a pop up mirror, and beneath this, tools of the trade sit gleaming neatly encased in blue leather. A central vacuum system takes care of hair too here, sucking the it away rather the blowing. This could be a future must for obsessive compulsive cleanly types. Basically, if James Bond has a haircut station, it would look like this.

The blue, dove grey and citron theme features in every aspect of the barbers, from the awesome shaving chairs imported from Asia, down to their Ruffians branded facial and styling products. Quite simply, there isn't one single thing that has not been meticulously thought out.



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Ian started my consultation with a latte and a chat about my cut and shave. According to Cait, when I shave my beard off, I look like a 16 year old on a first date so I opted for a tidy up rather than a clean shave. A volcanic rock and willow bark exfoliating scrub, followed by hot and cold towels nearly lulled me to sleep. The only thing that kept me alert was fear of the cut throat razor, (its all in the name) but my worries quickly faded as I could feel the hair on my face positively tingling as the cut throat blade barely grazed my skin. I left the chair feeling like a new man!

If given the chance, my hair is prone to taking free reign or perhaps that has been the mistake of previous hairdressers… Ian took his time over getting that vital balance of cutting my hair to look like its 'just not been cut', but at the same time, neat and clean around the back and sides. Call me a tricky customer, but I think he nailed the balance of my unruly mop. I stuck to the rough matte clay to finish for a flat, ruffled look.

The Ruffians experience is about as macho as it can get when you consider this was a few hours of self indulgence. I may have experienced more creams and lotions in one afternoon that I would in the rest of the calender month, but believe me when I say that the whole thing made me think of strapping lumberjacks, motor oil, whisky and pocket knives. I can only imagine the experience would be even better on a brisk winter's day with a brewsky in hand.

Ruffians sum it up perfectly themselves, "We're going to redefine male hairdressing", and that they have done.

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Ruffians Barbers - 23 Queenferry Street, Edinburgh



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12 August 2012

Refresh

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For the entire month of August Edinburgh is inundated with comedy acts, pop up bars and all manner of interesting events for the various festivals that are held in the city. This means it is a pretty manic place to live, which has been the perfect time to take on the Sure Women 'Refresh' Challenge. As I mentioned in my previous post, Sure Women and French Connection are giving away an outfit every day until September, including these two dresses.

I started my day with a spritz of Sure Linen Dry which smells lovely. Really fresh and comforting. As I'm sure they intended, it remind me of fresh laundry without any strong floral notes. I paired it with a navy silk dress, a vintage bag and sunglasses. Usually I would think the sparkly details were a bit too much for during the day but with all the festival activity, pretty much anything goes. It was a blazing hot day and I spent most of the afternoon running errands but the beauty of wearing silk is that it keeps you nice a cool.


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By the time I made it home through the heavy traffic, I only had time to switch into this navy lace dress, grab a jacket and run out the door to meet friends a pop up Mojito bar (it's not all bad). When I arrived my friend asked what my new perfume was, which must be testament in itself as I completely forgot to apply any. Thanks Sure Women!

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10 August 2012

Sure Woman and French Connection

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Sure Women and French Connection have joined forces in a fantastic giveaway, offering Sure Women customers the chance to win a brand new French Connection outfit every day from June through to September – the idea being that you can ‘refresh’ your wardrobe and be kept fresh by Sure Women.

I will be taking part in the challenge, trying out Sure Linen Dry and documenting my day while sporting two outfits from French Connection.

All the details and a chance to enter the competition can be found here.

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06 August 2012

Season of mists

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Crisp leaves under foot, pumpkin baked into cakes and the comforting scent Woolite and lanolin. I adore autumn, there is something so completely reassuring about that time of the year that I cannot resist. The only thing better than September to November is the the anticipation. When the AW collections start to trickle in I go into a mild panic and trying to find the perfect winter coat and cosy woollens.

For me autumn is all about mixing textures and mixing masculine jumpers with feminine dresses. When this time of year rolls around you are likely to find me rummaging in Adams wardrobe or perusing the mens section under the guise of buying for him. I recently realised that I own more grey jumpers than there are days in the week so it is high time that I introduced some colour. I think that this ocher cable knit jumper fits the bill. Buying clothes at this time of year is also about buying versatile pieces that will see you through until spring. A pale lace dress is always a staple in my wardrobe because it can be styled in so many different ways.

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