Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Styling a midi dress for summer

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ASOS floral midi dress | Stella McCartney leopard sunglasses | COACH silver bag | ACCESSORIZE espadrilles
Well hello there... How do? I'm currently stuck on a train instead of being out in the sun so if you hear the faint sound of someone weeping then, don't worry, it's just me. Last week I popped down to London on the Monday to shoot an exciting wee project (which will be coming your way this week actually) and then managed to squeeze in some lunch and a little shoot with Amby. These were actually taken just off of Oxford Street but ended up looking quite New York-esque in some of the snaps (minus, of course, a constant stream of yellow cabs). I don't know what's happened as of late but I seem to verrrry into my feminine, floral dresses and today's outfit is no exception. The weather's finally starting to pick up here - well, Glasgow has other ideas, but the UK as a whole is getting pretty sunny - and there's nothing I love more than being able to chuck something on and go on my merry way, which this dress is perfect for. I also spilled some coke down the front (classic me) and you'd never even know thanks to the joys of a mixed print. Why they don't write these kind of pluses on the website I'll never know. Also, I think the dress is actually supposed to be worn off the shoulder but I thought, 'do you know what? YOLO' and wore it up like this instead (ok it wasn't a yolo thing, I just don't really like that off the shoulder styles often accentuate my suspiciously broad shoulders). I just popped it on with my trusty Accessorize espadrilles, because the thought of walking along Oxford Street in uncomfortable shoes makes me want to do a little vomit, and my Stella sunglasses WHICH I ONLY WENT AND LOST IN POLAND. I don't want to talk about it.

Amy

Here's a round up of some of my favourite midi dress on the high street right now (as always, just click on the photo to be taken straight to it!)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Road Trippin' to Glencoe

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Well hey there. Hows it going? A few weeks back we got to borrow the amazing Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce to celebrate their on-going mission to encourage people to nurture their passions. Now, one thing I've been saying I need to do for a long time is explore more of Scotland. I've lived here all my life and have done all the usual suspects; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen etc but there's so much of it that I'm yet to see. One place in particular I really wanted to visit was the b-e-a-u-tiful Glencoe, so that's where we decided to take it for a spin.

To break up the drive, we drove to Loch Tay and stopped off there in one of the highland lodges, which was even better than I could ever have imagined. The little log cabin had everything you could ever need - hello wood burning stove - and sat right on the edge of Loch Tay. We had a walk down to the lake, a wee cup of tea at the cabin and headed off to the next village along, Killin, for some dinner (if you're gluten free and you go, you have to go to The Courie Inn; they have a whole gluten free menu that includes gluten free fish and chips (!!!) cooked in an entirely separate fryer and, oh mumma, it's one of the best fish and chips I've ever had). The next morning we got up early(ish) and went on a big walk through the hills that surround Loch Tay. We got very, very lost and came across a host of - surprisingly unperturbed - highland cows at one point, and very probably took around double the time you're supposed to take, but it was such an amazing experience with the most beautiful views you could imagine. My only regret is that I didn't take enough snacks, but that's the exact same story as when I go for a five minute walk to be fair.

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The next morning we packed up our stuff, said goodbye to our little lodge and made the rest of the journey up to Glencoe. Holy Moly. The views from that road are incredible, I can see why so many photographers love it up there. We took a long, long time doing it, stopping off at all the viewpoints, taking the obligatory 500 photos, and then finally arrived in Glencoe. We checked into the Riverbed lodges, which turned out to be the stuff that hobbit dreams are made of... Have a Lord of the Rings scene you'd like to recreate but can't afford the ticket to New Zealand? This is where to head. We did a little bit of archery (turns out I'm very, very... very bad), had some dinner and then headed back to the little hot tub in the back of the hobbit lodge which I'm prettttty sure even Frodo didn't have. Although I've never seen Lord of the Rings fully so forgive me if he was known for throwing wild hot tub parties. 

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And that was it, time to head back home. I'm honestly so glad to finally ticked this a part of Scotland off my bucketlist and a big thank you to Alfa Romeo for helping that happen. So, I'm sure you want to hear a bit about the car, yes? From my, very limited, knowledge on cars I can tell you that it was an absolute dream to drive; spacious in the front, built in touchscreen sat-nav (a true god-send, especially in the highlands), bluetooth, MP3, SMS reader and automatic gearbox (so no embarrassing stalling). However, if you want to get more technical than that then you can read about all of the exact specifications here.

Amy

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Adventure in collaboration with Alfa Romeo and their #FindYourPassion campaign

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The (Print) Clash

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This... this my Dolce & Gabbana outfit. Except it's from Matalan and it cost £28 in total.

I'm so, so excited about this post! I know I say this all the time but, as well as just being an excitable guy, I really am proud of this one. We'd been wandering around for a while - too long, some would say - looking for somewhere to shoot and then finally stumbled across this beautiful little back street with tiled houses and flowers galore. It was like a mirage, my oasis in the desert, and then birds started singing and confetti fell from the sky. Oh no... that last bit didn't happen. Now, as well as this wonderful backdrop I would like to talk about the outfit. Wild idea, being a fashion blog, I know, but bear with me. The top is one of my favourite Matalan discoveries yet - as you'll know, gingham is very 'in' right now, but I like that this one offers a little break from the usual black and white combo in the form of a very holiday-ish coral and white. I'm not normally one to repeat outfits on holiday, not because I'm a diva, just because I end up bringing too much, but I wore this top again a couple of times (once with wee white denim shorts and a straw hat and once tucked in high waisted trousers FYI). What I will say is that it's only £14 and I think it might be one of their sell-out ones - I know a lot of you were sad last time when you missed out on this dreamer jumper - so, if you like it, get awn it. The trousers I also love, with their big bold print and their high-waistedness. Much like the pair in my last post, they're nice and loose and flowy so allow good ventilation as well as hiding paella babies. Ooh, and are a steal at £14. I went for flat shoes for my evening look, controversial, because we normally like to wander round after dinner and go to a few bars so comfort is key (the subtext here is that margharitas + cobbled streets + heels = not good).

Accessory-wise I went for these big gold earrings again (told you you'd have to prise them from me, didn't I) and these amazing, amazing sunglasses. I know it's a night look but the sun stays out till around 9pm and they're v badass so I didn't need much of an excuse to wear them. The shape and colour are so flattering and they kind of remind me of my Fendi pair except - wait for it - they're £6. All. Hail. Matalaaaaaan. I've also put together a little video lookbook/vlog from our time there so I've linked that below if you want to see it!

Amy


                  

Post in collaboration with Matalan