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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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Strapping lumberjacks,whisky and pocket knives


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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14 October 2011

Edinburgh Guide: Out of the Blue Flea Market

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Rummaging around in search of tatty old treasures just might be my favourite pastime. You just never know what you are going to find! So when the organisers of the flea market at Out of the Blue asked if I would come along and take a few pictures of my visit and I was delighted to accept. The pictures were taken back in the Summer, on a rain soaked Saturday morning but the flea market runs once a month including this Saturday. Edinburgh has car boot sales, antique fairs but until now we have been missing a middle ground. The flea market at Out of the Blue totally bridges this gap. All the stalls sell reasonably priced vintage, unlike many of the antique fairs where prices for similar items are often double. Yet it is a far cry from the car boot sale, which is housed in a dingy multi story car park. Don't get me wrong, I relish a trip to either but it makes a refreshing change to find so many great stalls all together in one place in such lovely surroundings. The icing on the cake has to be their wonderful cafe which, for me anyway, is an extra incentive to haul myself out of bed on a Saturday morning.

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While I was there, I picked up a couple of coronation cups to add to my collation and this green medicine tin. If you fancy popping along to Out of The Blue to unearth some vintage treasures, it will be on from 10am - 3pm tomorrow - Saturday 15th at The Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street, just off Leith Walk.

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31 July 2011

Sunday Best: Visiting the Museum

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This weekend the Nation Museum of Scotland reopened after almost four years of refurbishment so naturally Adam and I paid a long awaited visit. I'm quite sure that I was not alone in exhaling a great sigh of relief upon seeing that the main hall remains relatively unchanged. Aside, of course from the sad departure of Scotland's most beloved fish. This revelation, I admit, was a little distressing but after strolling (elbowing) through the taxidermy rooms any upset was quickly forgotten. All manner of animals - lions, tigers and a polar bears are all housed together under an ocean of sea creatures aswell as a lone hippopotamus all suspended from the ceiling by wire. The inhabitants of Noah's Ark have been my favourite part of the museum ever since my first visit seventeen years ago when I was only eight so in celebration of their return I dressed for the occasion in a fox and deer print shirt dress.


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Shirt Dress - H&M, Pyjama Blazer - H&M, Tote - The Orphans Arms, Loafers - New Look.


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Another of my favourite artifacts was a gigantic light from a decommissioned lighthouse. I visited the exhibition on Lighthouse Life on my birthday this year and became utterly enchanted by the seemly romantic, though probably lonely life of a life house keeper. I can already see this winter wardrobe containing roll neck sweaters, flat caps and a pipe! After a good nosey around all the exhibitions and a cup of tea we made for the roof terrace to admire the view. If you are in the city this summer, I would thoroughly recommend visiting, admission is completely free and the view from the terrace is only second to climbing Arthurs Seat which would involve, well... climbing.


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10 July 2011

Sunday Best: Nice and Easy

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This weekend Adam and I went to stay at The Glasshouse. Staying in a hotel in my home town felt a little surreal, I couldn't help but feel like a tourist but it was great to see Edinburgh from a different vantage point. On the roof of the hotel is huge terrace over looking the old observatory on Calton Hill and down over the Firth of Forth. Right before we checked out we went to take in the view and in my case, peer tentatively over the edge.

I didn't realise at the time but this outfit is 110% influenced by Alexa Chung's collection for Madewell. The Asos dress is just a sleeveless take on one of her designs and everything else could have been lifted from the lookbook. At first I was mentally congratulating myself for finally pulling together a 'causal' ouftit but once again it has eluded me and all credit must go to Miss Chung. I guess that I just have that collection tattooed on my brain. Thank you, Alexa.

Edit: I've received a few of emails and questions about this dress so I thought it was best to answer them all together. The dress is from Asos Petite, I'm 5'6 so I don't fall into the 'petite' category but I bought one size up and it fits fine. Although it is ivory, its lined in the skirt so no need to worry about showing off your unmentionables, however it isn't lined in the bodice so a white bra is a necessity. The skirt falls a couple of inches above my knee and even with bare legs I wasn't worried about flashing my kickers. If anything, I think it would be quite long on petite girls. If you would like to know anything else, just ask.


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Sweater - Thrifted, Dress - Asos, Key on necklace - Vintage, Bag & Sunglasses - H&M,
Loafers - New Look.


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