Saturday, 27 April 2013

Lunch Breaks & Carrot Cakes

Today was the equivalent of a Saharan heatwave for us Glaswegians. The first sign of proper sun rays that actually stay out for longer than twenty minutes is an absolute feat in this city and like a true Scottish individual when there's any sign of sun, I shoved on my sunnies and left the coat at home. I didn't go quite as far as some people I saw in short-shorts, flip flops and sun hats however, slathering each other in sun tan lotion. To be fair, I'm surprised I didn't burn to a crisp as soon as sunlight touched my face, it's been that long since I've felt or seen it. Even the cats were out basking. Hello cat.

Anyway, as it was so nice today we ventured out of the vending machine fest that is the library cafe and went for a nice lunch to Naked Soup and sat outside to soak up some rays. The best place for a cheap, healthy breakfast or lunch in the West End, you can never go wrong with a Naked Soup badboy. Their carrot cake is also so yummy I think cherubs must have made it (note empty plate, crumbs and slobbery fork.) I was feeling like wearing a very comfy set of clothes today as I was just library bound as usual (see previous post: pyjamas in library) so  there isn't much to it - just a baggy vintage shirt, the necklace I currently like to wear with everything and some shiny leggings. But I just wanted to get the old camera out and get some snaps while everything looked summery and bright as tomorrow, let's face it, it'll probably be snowing again!

Vintage Shirt | Shiny Leggings | Gold Chain Necklace| Seiko Watch | Vintage/Cambodian Rings | Vans 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Pin of the Day: 'Green,' Bronagh and the Boys

I have to admit I have never written a music review before, however, when approached by Bronagh from rising Glasgow band 'Bronagh and the Boys' to write a review on their new single, I definitely couldn't turn the opportunity down. So, here's my humble attempt at bigging up the brilliantly beautiful song that is 'Green.' Download it if you haven't already - link at bottom!

Green. For me, this colour brings to mind warm, hazy, summer evenings, with hot bums sitting on cool grass, trees blowing in the wind and fresh leaves growing on sun soaked trees. Ah, poetic. However, to this list, I now have to add ‘Green,’ the debut single of six piece Glasgow band, ‘Bronagh and the Boys.’ With beginnings in the West End of Glasgow, the band have had their fair share of gigs around the city's best musical venues, supporting different acts such as Rae Morris at The Arches, BBC Sound of 2013 Shortlist, Josephine at King Tuts, and most impressively, Newton Faulkner at Glasgow University’s biggest  end of year social event , Daft Friday.

Lead singer, Belfast born Bronagh, has been writing both musically and lyrically for the past two years and her sound has truly developed into something worth sitting up and listening to. With hints of Stevie Nicks, Laura Marling and Regina Spektor, Bronagh’s voice is a concoction of hauntingly beautiful melodies  and sweet harmonies resulting in an undeniably memorable musical quality . Imagine if Fleetwood Mac got in on musically with a more modern, soulful and mellow sound. ‘Bronagh and the Boys’’ ‘Green’ is what would be created.

‘Green,’ Bronagh admits, like many of her songs was written in around ten minutes, and like much of her writing reflects her mood or the fleeting thoughts of a particular moment.  She has also said that she wants to make songs that stick in people’s minds, which I must admit, ‘Green’ ultimately did. It’s kind of addictive, and the lyrics would not leave my mind as I struggled to shift them from my head and my under qualified voice box after giving it a first listen. With easy listening, mellow tones and the beautiful, harmonious voice of Bronagh throughout, I think ‘Green,’ is set to be, and definitely should be, on everyone’s summer playlist.  

Take a listen and download at: 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Evening Strolls & Spring Rolls

Yesterday was the first day of my finals. EUGH. I had two exams in one day and as such I was ready for a little bevvie in the evening. In light of this, my man friend and I decided we'd go out and have an evening stroll to the river and get some beers with some Japanese food at Wudon, near my flat to boot. (Note the rubbish chopstick walrus.) After wearing pretty much my pyjamas to the library all week I wanted to get dolled up, so here I am, posing like a posey queen in some of my gladrags. I donned my favourite dogtooth trousers, a croppy black top and a denim shirt, with my blue suede shoes (hello Elvis) and a gold chain necklace, harking to a modern take on 50s vintage. The west end of Glasgow is awash with vintage and thrift shops and I must say it's hard not to be slightly influenced by this style! It was a lovely warm evening, and I think finally, spring has sprung upon us in Glasgow. 

Jacket: Primark
Denim Shirt: New Look
Gold Chain Necklace: Topshop
Dogtooth Pattern Trousers: Vintage
Boots: Primark 
Bag: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Vintage 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

To Wear or Not to Wear...

Oh dilemmas. I have a job interview next week and I'm really stressing about what I'm going to wear as it's for a fashion based company... I'm excited but also extremely nervous and I've been trying on a few possible outfits tonight, but somehow ended up in the one you see before my favourite red heelies...and a very sheer shirt. Such a hussy. As long as I get sleazy young male interviewers who like to see bras through tops, I may be onto a winner... However, on the other hand, I doubt I'm going to be interviewed by Jay from The Inbetweeners.

However, if I were to wear the top with a nice black cami underneath and black or white blazer I think I could potentially be on to a winner. If not, my wee dress up session has resulted in finding a nice little outfit in general. That was a task I HAD to get done. So much more important than revision. 

Do any of you have any advice on what to wear to a job interview?? I've never had any very serious ones before... Any help very much appreciated. x

Shirt: H&M
Leather Trousers: Urban Outfitters
Nails: Nails Inc in Basil Street & Elizabeth Street
Sparkly Nail: Barry M in Yellow Topaz
Red Heels: Primark
Watch: Seiko
Necklace: Vintage

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage Camouflage

This is something that I don't think I could actually live without so I thought I'd do a little blog post on it this evening while I'm having a break from exam revision. I've worn Estee Lauder foundations since I was in sixth year of high school as my 17 year old self was pretty spotty (and horribly moody) and I needed something that was actually going to hide them. I'd always used the Double Wear Light, but about a year ago I thought I'd give the camouflage a go just as my chin has pretty bad scarring from all the spots. *Sob.

It's safe to say I've never looked back since in regards to what foundation I use. As you can see above it brightens and illuminates my skin, and completely hides any blemishes or freckles. It's supposed to be able to hide tattoos as well apparantly, so there's a little alternative to laser therapy for you! It is really quite thick so you don't need to apply much. A little goes a very long way and I've had my bottle for genuinely about 9 months and it's only starting to run out. Considering I wear it most days I think this is a pretty good feat. With some thicker foundations there is the risk of break outs, and while I strangely found that with the Double Wear Light, which is technically a lighter consistency, that's never been an issue with the Camouflage. 

It costs £25 for one bottle but considering it lasts months and months and months and has the above results, (look at the before and after skin mug shots!) I'd say it's absolutely amazing value for money. Go and buy it if you haven't already and if you're feeling like treating yourself. 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Nails Inc London

After feeling repulsed and not wanting to look at my chipped horrible Saruman from Lord of the Rings-esque nails in the library today I decided to give myself a wee manicure so I can type with pride tomorrow. My nails always seem to chip within about an hour of me putting nail varnish on and I genuinely don't know how it happens. Anyways, I digress...

After having a cheapo garish purpley - blue nail varnish on my nails that chipped within seconds I decided to go neutral with some more trustworthy Nails Inc nail varnish so any chippage wouldn't be so noticeable this time. I started with a base coat of the darker 'Basil Street' and then applied a couple of coats of the pinky 'Elizabeth Street' to get the opaque, shiny neutral effect.

I'm a big fan of Nails Inc. The varnishes dry quickly, they don't chip too easily, they don't dry your nails out and they've got a brilliant range of colours. The names for each nail varnish are also very British and quirky. Most varnishes are around £10 but they tend to have a few good deals on their website, usually 3 for £20 or something similar. 

Pin of the Day - Celine Sandals

All the above I can only dream about. Each pair would cost you on a good day around £400, thus concluding that I could only buy a pair when I master the art of growing a money tree. I can't help but love them, however. The ankle straps which add both support and a subtle point of interest, and the elegant, simplistic lines of the shoe make them uncluttered and sophisticated. However, instead of crying over the fact I couldn't afford even the sole of these shoes, there are some beautiful high street equivalents that won't harm your bank account. *No guarantee they won't hurt your feet.

These just as good as Celine, simply designed, 'barely there' sandals help to give a bit of edginess to any outfit while keeping it feminine and elegant. I really love the Chinese Laundry pair... Any spare change anyone?

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Best Beanies for £20 and Under

Rita Ora knows how to work her beanie and keep it girlie with hair that goldielocks would be envious of.

I have recently been looking to buy a good beanie as the weather in Glasgow has been, to put it lightly, atrocious. All my umbrellas are broken (due to wind and the fact I got them from the pound shop) and my hair is frizzing everytime I step out the door. Enter: the beanie. It's a real trend for women and men alike at the moment as spring resembles more an arctic winter this year. I've done some research and come up with the nicest ones I could find (and that I would genuinely buy) for twenty big ones and under...

Pin of the Day - Metallic Trenches

Silver Metallic Trench, Studded Preppy Collar and Lace Up Booties. This lady is as on trend as on trend can be. I'm currently in love with the Burberry Porsum Metallic Coats (purple and gold above) however with their £1000+ price tag I think I'll be waiting until the highstreet brings out some more similar, but quarter priced ones for me to get my hands on. This is the perfect light weight spring coat for those drip drip drip little April showers.