Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Dressing With Thomas Sabo

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Why hello there! What lovely weather we've been having huh (I apologise, being British prevents me from talking about anything else right now). These were shot last week on a sunny day in Edinburgh and feature one of my all time favourite jewellery brands. You guessed it... it's Thomas Sabo. You may remember this wee post I did for them last year and, if not, might still recognise the skull ring, 'together forever' little silver ring or hoop earrings that I wear almost daily. Aside from my big cray cray earrings, generally I like my jewellery to be quite simple and understated - I've just realised the skull ring fits neither of those labels; what a lady of contradictions I am - which is one of the reasons I love ole Thomas Sabo so much. Since I went down the silver route last time, today I decided to go for a bit of gold. I've always loved gold and silver equally, but I think I very possibly do lean towards gold during the summer months; it compliments summery outfits so well and looks mighty fine when paired with a tan.

The first piece I picked was the Glam Spirit watch. Now, it's been a while since I've worn a watch - I used to wear one every day and then I don't know what happened... I skipped a day and then just forgot and my wrist has been lonely ever since - so it felt good to be wearing one again. It's actually a man's design revisited with a smaller dial so it fits a female (or, if you're me, strangely childlike) wrist a little better, but still has the classic mesh strap and, of course, the pop of the blue dial. I chose blue because I loved how summery it looked paired with the gold, but it does come in other colour combos, so I'll let you check those out here if you're interested, the green and gold is another favourite combo of mine. What else is on my wrist? You guessed it, skulls. Even in the more delicate pieces I just had to slip them in there somehow. Thomas Sabo do the best skull jewellery in the land, and the little ones on my bracelet - that also feature on my earrings - are actually encrusted with baby (but very real) diamonds. Daaaaarling. I know. They do fall in the lower price bracket for diamond jewels but still leave you feeling excited that you're wearing real diamonds - and a little bit like P Diddy. Or is it Puff Daddy? Puff the Magic Dragon? I honestly don't know anymore - and would make a really special gift. I also paired it with some of their very simple, very lovely, gold stackable rings (which I could happily add 100 more of to my fingers) and this delicate little Hand of Fatima necklace. If you'd like to see the pieces closer up then give the links just under the photos a wee click so you can see them in all their detailed glory!

The dress is from a brand which I also love very much; Reformation. I don't know how they do it but they really do know how to knock out dress after beautiful dress. Lianne calls it my Pretty Woman dress and now I can't see it as anything but, so that's what it'll be known as from this point onwards. I'm so sorry if you now have Roy Orbison stuck in your head. Even more so if you didn't until I just said that.

Amy

Post in collaboration with my all-time jewellery favourites, Thomas Sabo

Friday, June 23, 2017

Going Nude (not that kind of nude, you animal)

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Yes, as some of you eagle eyed beans noticed from this post... I gots me some new hair! And the look was done with, wait for it, Nice 'n Easy. Magical, isn't it? Last week I headed down to London for the day to get my hair done by Michael Douglas. Once I realised that it wasn't actually Catherine Zita Jones' husband (sorry, Michael's probably heard that joke 568 times and found it less and less funny every time) I got settled in to hear what the day had in store for me and my barnet. 

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So, Clairol's whole focus right now is on #GoingNude and, after a minor misunderstanding, I re-buttoned my dress and learned what it really meant. Basically it's the very subtle, natural hair look that is chic (le freak) but also low-maintenance. In other words, it's my dream 'do.  I'm going to pop in a quote from Michael himself because he knows his stuff and describes it much better than I ever could:

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There we go, much more concise than I could ever have been. So, the idea is that Nice'n Easy's new Colour Enhancer will help you create this nude look with minimal effort by enhancing the natural colour of your hair by juuuust a few shades. There are lots of looks that you can achieve, but we decided to go for a balayage look that would make Alexa Chung proud with a mid brown colour fading into a blonde - shade 77 on my roots, 73 on my ends, if you want to get technical - and I'm so so happy with how it turned out. Because it's semi-permanent, it's a really healthy way to add colour to your hair (which is good because mine is still reeling from being blue last year), it lasts up to 8 washes and leaves your hair with the loveliest shine. 'But what will you do when those 8 washes are up, Amy?' I hear you ask. I'm going to give it a go myself at home, that's what. I may say it with confidence but I haven't done that since my uni days and, I must admit, I'm mildly nervous.. luckily you guys will get to see how it goes it my next post, so keep your eyes peeled for that. It's been such a great campaign and one that I'm really proud to be a part of... LET'S ALL GO NUDE TOGETHER.

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Amy

Post in Collaboration with Nice 'n Easy

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

The Little Magpie Glencoe Scotland Alfa Romeo Drive
Adventure in collaboration with Alfa Romeo and their #FindYourPassion campaign