Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tartan? In Edinburgh? Groundbreaking

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PAUL SMITH tartan suit | MAJE studded waist belt | MULBERRY silver bag | TOMMY HILFIGER baker boy hat | ALICE CATHERINE x MIKAELA LYONS gold necklaces | ASOS leopard courts (old but similar here, here and here) | OMEGA watch | REISS check jacket (old)

Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

Hey frens, I'm back! First of all, thank you so much to everyone who left a comment on this post here, I've said it before and I'll say it again, it really does mean the world when people take a minute to leave something on a blog post and brings a wee smile to my day every time. I've shot lots of content in the past few weeks and am ready to get back awn it; these ole fingers are itching to type. But I have a question for you first; do you prefer posts as and when they come or on set days, say like a Thursday and a Sunday? Let me know!

Today's outfits is one of my favourites in a long time (as you can possibly tell by me including 5000 photos). The suit is Paul Smith, who I've had a crush on for a long time. Their clothes are one of the best fitted I've ever tried which, as you'll know if you're also in the munchkin camp, is verrrry important for a 5 foot person. Plus I do love a good suit - drinking game, take a shot for every time I've said that - they can be dressed up or down as you desire and the fact that this one is tartan just makes it all the better. The old town in Edinburgh, amongst the cobbles and the...bagpipes, felt like the perfect place for it*. I dusted off my baker boy, which I haven't worn for a while due to a beret being permanently glued to my head, and an old Maje belt which I found in the sale last year (or the year before? Grandma Amy can't remember). The ASOS shoes are also, sadly, old but I've linked some similar above for those of you who are interested!

Oh - and in regards to allergies I finally had my appointment with a specialist so I should find out in the next week what's going on with this dramatic little gut of mine, hurrah! 

Ok, well, it feels right to leave it on a note about my gut. Bye.

Amy
* I almost shouted 'FREEEEDOMMMM' going Victoria Street but managed to refrain

Saturday, October 6, 2018

A day in Gola!

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GOLA X SWAROVSKI trainers | ASOS polka dot skirt | BRANDY MELVILLE crop tee | FREE PEOPLE straw bag

Today’s post brings to you three mockingbirds, two outfits and one sassy new shoe collaboration*. That’s right, Gola and Swarovski have paired up to make a collection that’s unexpected but oh so right. I really love Gola as a brand; I love how effortlessly cool their trainers are whilst still being comfortable to wear (case in point; I bought this wee rainbow pair recently and they've been an absolute joy) so I was really excited to see what would come of this collab. There are four styles in total in the collection - which you can check out here -  so I chose to style up one white pair and one black pair to keep things even. Each trainer, you'll see, has a sparkly swarovski detail somewhere on them to make them stand out that little bit from your usual trainer. I often get asked what I team the polka dot midi skirts that I wear constantly (almost too often, some would say) with and the answer is either espadrilles or trainers. Because it’s quite a tight, saucy shape it’s nice to balance it out a bit with some casual action on the feet for daytime wear. We’ve been walking so, so much in New York - I know I like to exaggerate but I’m being serious here, I walked ten miles in one day last week. TEN - so the trainers have been a gift from god. Like walking around on two beautiful, sparkly clouds. We decided to go on a wee cycle too (honestly there is no end to the things women can do in bodycon skirts) so I popped on my trainers and off we went to explore Domino Park and the riverfront. It was another sunny day - I promise I'm not trying to rub it in your face, I'm merely documenting it so I can look back when I'm home in Scotland and remember that sun in Autumn actually exists somewhere in the world - so the light kept glinting of the tip of the toe and making them sparkle which was very, very enjoyable. In hindsight, possibly also a little dangerous to have something glinting at you when you're on a bike but helmets were invented so people could wear diamantes on their toes without any risk of danger, right?

*Oh no wait sorry, there are no mockingbirds.
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Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

For the second look I decided to channel my inner Parisian man; striped tees and high waisted trousers... you really can't go wrong. I own a couple of pairs of black trainers now and I love how versatile they can be but, also, how sleek and Sophisticated (with a capital S) they can look depending on how you wear them. For this reason they work really well for a city look; you're wandering around and want to be comfortable whilst still looking like a cool cat? Black trainers. I've since worn them with an all black outfit - Parisian man, cat burglar, my inspiration really is very varied - and they look uh-mazing. Very very chic. I'll leave you to have a little look at the collection here if you so fancy!

Amy

Post in collaboration with Gola 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Get your jammie on

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I say ‘AUTUMN’, you say ‘JAMMIES’ - ‘AUTUMN’, ‘JAMMIES!’, ‘AUTUMN’, ‘JAM... you see where I’m going with this. For me, Autumn and Winter are synonymous with cosiness. There is genuinely nothing Grandma Amy likes more than getting jammies on and cuddling up in front of a good film, perhaps with a log burner on and some hot chocolate in hand (I don’t even own a log burner but it's nice to dream). Basically what I’m saying is that I live for the jammie life. So, um, can you guess what today’s post is all about? How did you know! It's nightwear, yes. Everything I’m wearing is from the wonderful Figleaves, who you probably know already and may also remember from this swimwear lookbook I did a few months ago. Just in case you don’t, I’ll fill you in. They house lots of different brands - as well as Figleaves own brand - under one roof and have everything from swimwear to lingerie to jammies, so there's something for everyone on there. I’ve pulled together some of my favourite pieces in one big snuggly lookbook!

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I was very late to jump on the nightie bandwagonl I don’t think I actually got my first one until last year and realised they’re actually quite good for making you feel all slinky and lovely and... Audrey Hepburn-esque? Only me? So, whilst I feel I will always favour pyjamas or nudieness for sleeping (some people might have winced at that - to naked slumber or not to naked slumber seems to divide the nation but I personally love it) I’ve worked the humble nightie into my collection for three occasions. When I’m on holiday (very nice to throw on when you’re prancing around your apartment with a gin in one hand and a crisp or two in the other), for when I’m getting ready for an evening out (again, probably with a gin and some crisps in hand) and for in the mornings when I’m just out of the shower and have a bit more time to get ready. We’ve got the very exotic hummingbird print chemise here,  which has hidden support to make it that bit more flattering - nobody likes an unexpected nipple popping out when you bend down to get the milk out of the fridge, the red and black chemise and the ever-so-saucy burgundy lace chemise for special occasions! If you're not a chemise fan, there is also the a matching burgundy cami and shorts set that have a very very flattering low cross back to them. 

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 Ah, jammies. I actually can’t say the word without a contented sigh. I LOVE jammies. I live for jammies. As soon as I get in in the evening after a long day I kick off whatever I’m wearing and slip into a pair as soon as is humanly possible, normally whilst simultaneously hitting the kettle on in true British fashion. The sheer delight I get in saying ‘I think I’ll... get my comfies on’ is akin to the feeling you get when someone says ‘let’s order a Chinese’. We've got some beautiful navy floral ones which are nice and light and crisp that would also make a lovely present if you're starting to look at things for, dare I say it, Christmas. A DKNY lip print pair which are particularly delicious to wear; they’re very silky so that when you sit on the sofa or get into bed you slide instantly down into an optimum position. They're not in stock yet but will be very soon! If you're more of a fan of pyjama shorts then there's the option of the white DKNY set with grey piping you see above (which I felt like a very well to-do tennis player in) and there’s also the luxurious matching cashmere joggers and cashmere robe which is possibly my favourite set of all. It's a little more pricey than the others but is such a treat to wear; super soft, super warm and really lovely quality. It also comes with a matching hooded jumper if you want to go all out! Whilst we're on the cosy side of things, there's also the matching merino joggers and jumper in burgundy which are oh so cosy and perfect for a Wintery evening in. There's also the black lace teddy, which is a nice compromise between jammies and a nightie and has a bit of an edge with the lower neckline and lace detailing.

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Photos by Kirsty McLachlan | Shot in the beautiful Refinery Hotel in New York

And then, of course, we have the Calvins. I think Calvin Klein's my favourite brand for comfies, be it a pair of slim leg joggers, soft white tee or some nice undies. They really have it nailed, don't they? They also have the added bonus of being cool enough that you can wear them out and about and no one will judge you (I've worn mine flying a few times and you can stretch about like a yoga guru to your heart's content in those badboys).

And there we have it... one post, many, many nightwear looks. See what I mean about Figleaves having something for everyone? It really was such a fun shoot to work on, although one thing I learned is that it's incredibly difficult to get one of those cute, pinterest-y shots that girls do when they're kind of playfully pulling their pyjama top off. I got my head stuck at least seven times and on one occasion my arm was bent at such a weird angle that it looked like Lockhart had performed the bone removing spell on me.

Well, it feels right to sign off on a Harry Potter reference after such a cosy post. Happy jammie browsing!

Amy

Post in collaboration with Figleaves