Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Welcome to Glencoe: Part II

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SEZANE embroidered suit, round leather brown bag, black blazer & cream cardigan (c/o) | TOMMY HILFIGER baker boy cap (c/o) | REFORMATION high waisted trousers (old, similar here) | KAREN MILLEN black & white slingbacks (now in sale) | NEEDLE & THREAD blue maxi dress c/o (old but lots of lovely new styles in)

Photos by the glorious Kirsty McLachlan

Hey there pals! Happy humpert day. Today's post doesn't have many words to accompany it because I already warbled on about the shoot in my last post (catch part one here if you missed it!), but welcome to the second part of our day in Glencoe! I did warn you there'd be an especially extra dress, didn't I? You might remember it from this lookbook post here; I don't get to wear it as much as I'd like - for some reason I just don't think the local Tesco or my sofa are quite ready for it yet - so the next logical step was to take it up to the highlands to do a big fancy editorial style shot. Concerning many, many sensible hiking boot and duffle coat wearers along the way, may I add. The other two outfits feature some very beautiful pieces from Sezane, who've become one of my recent go-tos - their clothes are amazing quality and fit like a dream (which my fellow five footers will know goes a long way) and there's always something a little different to what's available on our high street on there that'll let you add a sprinkle of French chic to your outfit. 

Well, we've just arrived in Lisbon to the most horrendous weather (if you're picturing me typing that with gritted teeth and a throbbing forehead vein you wouldn't be wrong) so I'm off to google 'things to do inside' in Lisbon. Or we could just cafe hop and cake-eat for four days. 

Maybe this rain isn't such a bad thing after all..

Amy
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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mulberry goes to the Highlands

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Photos by Kirsty McLachlan  | All clothing (apart from the big fuzzy jacket, which is Pepe Jeans) is gifted/loaned from Mulberry's glorious new collection 

Hey pals! Hows thangs? The first thing I have to tell you is something that's entirely unrelated to this post.. I finally started watching Mad Men. Oh my god. I loved Jon Hamm before (if you haven't seen the Travel Man episode with him then get it on) but this has taken things to a whole new level. I'm only a decade later than the rest of the world, but one is well and truly hooked. 

Today's post - I'm still thinking about Jon Hamm - is brought to you from the b-e-a-u-tiful Glencoe. Myself and Kirsty have been (very loosely) planning to go on a roadtrip there for a long time, so last month we finally blocked off a day and did it, vast amounts of snacks in tow. It's one of my favourite places in Scotland; it's so close to Glasgow, so peaceful and the entire drive up is as pretty as a Windows wallpaper. 

We shot four looks whilst we were up there, the first of which were these two Mulberry looks you see before you. You know how I love me a two piece, so you can imagine the sheer ecstasy I was in when presented with TWO two-pieces. The newest Mulberry collection is, as you may have guessed, very nostalgic/60s inspired and wouldn't look out of place in Jackie Onassis' wardrobe, which these two looks exemplify just perfectly. On that note, I'd also like to draw your attention to this colourful coat which is a little slice of outerwear heaven. The sunglasses are also Mulberry and from their new eyewear collection (well worth a browse if you're into your sunnies, there are some really lovely colours and styles in there) and the bags, of course, are Mulberry too. I have a wee Leighton myself - which you may recognise from this post here - and love the shape, but the Hampstead is a totally new style to me and I love it! It's nice and slouchy and a great one if, like me, you like a bag you can pop cross-body and forget about. 

The second Glencoe post will be up very shortly (beware, it contains an especially extra dress) and I'm also just finishing off my Cuba post. I've asked on Instagram as well but, just in case you missed it, are there any questions you have about Cuba that you'd like answered? I couldn't find a huge amount about it online before I left so it's just in case there's anything I can help with for anyone who's curious!

Amy 

(Still thinking about Jon Hamm)
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

AD - Travel Skincare Essentials

The Little Magpie La Mer The Concentrate Review Hey there pals!

Today's post is a little bit of skincare and a little bit of travel combined. As you'll know if you've read my blog, or followed my Instagram (or... read my diary) for a while, La Mer's been a long-term favourite of mine. The first time I was introduced to their products was when I was 12 and my Mum was given a tub of the Creme de la Mer cream as a gift for her 40th (please no one use that to work out what age my Mum is or she'll have my death warrant issued instantly) and it became known as 'that special tub on the shelf that we could look at but not touch', and long after the cream was finished that tub remained there as a little ornament. Fast forward a good few years and I started to use La Mer myself; I've been lucky enough to try out a range of their products over the years and started to understand for myself why that ornamental tub - capitalised for dramatic effect - was so special. I've genuinely yet to meet a La Mer product I don't like. I remember chatting with one of the lovely PR's a few years ago at an event and she said the question she gets asked most is, 'is it actually worth the price tag?' to which her response is always, 'try it and you can let me know'. Because it totally is! They really do know their stuff those La Mer geniuses. The products I tend to use most are the Creme de la Mer cream, the soft cream, the treatment lotion, the eye concentrate and, more recently, the concentrate. 'But what is the concentrate?', I hear you ask. It's a magical* restorative treatment that's infused with a concentrated form of Miracle Broth and is aimed to gently calm inflammation and to sooth and stabilize dry, irritated or inflamed skin.

*Technically it's not actually magic but if you told me it was created at Hogwarts.. I wouldn't be surprised

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If you're a frequent traveller then this product is a great one for you! Here's why it's a good one to have in your arsenal:
  • It's lovely to use mid-flight when your skin is having its scheduled help-me-I-need-hydration meltdown. Give your face a good cleanse and then apply the concentrate before you apply your moisturiser - if you're in need of an extra hydration boost, use a few wee drops of the renewal oil in between the concentrate and your moisturiser to seal it all in! 
  • It's specifically designed for fragile skin and to soothe irritation so is a lovely one if your skin's in need of a little bit of TLC after a day in the sun, of frolicking in the sea or even after a day in the snow. Any extreme weather conditions, really. If you're a little bit sunburnt (it happens, don't worry, we're all friends here) then this is lovely and soothing to use; both the redness and the tightness that you usually wake up with the next day are minimised massively. 
  • Aircon. Good god, it's hard to sleep without it but it really ravages your skin doesn't it. This again will provide a nice barrier for your skin and restore it to its normal healthy self.
  • Again on the the travelling front, a tiny little bit works wonders on an insect bite! I used it on a mosquito bite in Cuba and it really calmed it overnight (let's also not ignore the small miracle that I managed to escape with only one mosquito bite, a proud first for Amy) 
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When it comes to how to use it, it should slip very seamlessly into your skincare routine. I just pop it onto a clean face before applying a gentle moisturiser (again, the soft moisturiser is lovely to use after it) and Bob's your Uncle! It has a lovely, almost medicinal smell to it - you know the lovely aromatherapy smells that usually accompany a facial that let you know a product's going to do all the good stuff to you before it's even on your face? That - and leaves your skin feeling soft and silky, yet stronger and more resilient at the same time. It is, of course, a wee bit pricier than your usual skincare product so it's entirely up to you how you use it, but the glorious thing about it is that a little bit really does go a long way. You can incorporate it into your usual day to day routine as a serum if you feel you need it, or you can save it for when your skin is in need of a little bit extra TLC.

Whilst I can't vouch for them myself, I just wanted to add in a few testimonials I've seen online when I've been reading up about it. I've read that it helps with discolouration, acne scarring, rashes and dry, flaky skin. I also remember reading that Caroline Hiron's Mum uses it if she's in the midst of a lupus flareup (Caroline's my walking, talking, breathing skincare bible so I'm forever reading up about products on her blog before I take the plunge). Everyone's skin is different and, like I say, I can't vouch for any of these myself but I just wanted to share them in case anyone themself is suffering from these and wanted to keep it in mind.

I hope that helped for those of you who are curious about it! If you'd like to try a little bit and see what all the fuss is about, pop past your nearest La Mer counter - which you can also find in most airports - and you can try a little bit on the back of your hand to get a good feel for it!

Amy 

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Post in collaboration with La Mer

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Outfit shopping for the stressed wedding guest

Oh hello there! Remember how all of 24 hours ago I said I'd put together a post on wedding guest dressing that would be live on Sunday? Well, here it is today for you instead. It was sitting there ready to rumble and I figured the sooner the better with these types of things.

So, this time last week I was sitting in a pile of 9 dresses (thank god for Klarna, that's all I'm saying) considering going foetal because none of them were right. The fact that I might be being dramatic didn't come into my head, no. There are so many rules to wedding guest dressing that I'm always terrified of getting wrong; 'might this pale blue dress look white in photos?', 'might this one be showing a little TOO much knee?', 'is my boob going to pop out during some over-enthusiastic dancing to Proud Mary in that one?' (that last one genuinely happened) and so I got myself in a real tizz. It did mean, however, that I did a very extensive online browse and so have a multitude of outfits ready to share with you today. 

I tried to cover all types of weddings - countryside, church, romantic Italian manors, beach weddings - and I also threw a couple of other nice dresses and suits in there for those of you that might have galas/engagement dinners/cats birthday parties coming up that you're struggling to find something for. There is a LOT in there (don't try to guess the amount of screen time I put in trying to find a dress please) and all at different prices too. I did put in a handful of very expensive ones that you'd have to remortgage a house to buy, but sometimes it's just nice to look at them (as the tears roll silently down your face). Oh, and if you're wondering what dress I ended up with in the end, it was this Self Portrait one here!

Happy browsing! I suggest having some chocolate, a gin and at least five happy thoughts set aside for the trying on process.

Amy 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Curse of the Potato Brain

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PINKO camel coat & pearl embellished velvet bag (c/o) | ALL SAINTS grey polo neck dress | TOPSHOP beret | JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN tartan scarf

Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

Hey frens! Hows things? I apologise for slacking a bit on the blog front, I'm not really sure what's happened there. We were out in Cuba last month (no 3g and almost no wifi - glorious for the noggin, not so glorious for work) and then had a beautiful family wedding this weekend so I feel a bit like I've been chasing my tail trying to catch up on everything. Today's post is two outfits in one for you, shot in and around the Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel. It's not somewhere I've stayed yet but we were lucky enough to shoot inside one of the rooms and we've had lunch a couple of times there and it really is beautiful. And so well located too! It's right at the top of George Street so you're near both the old and new town as well as Stockbridge too.

What else do I have to update you on.. oh, wedding, yes. A few people have asked for some wedding guest outfit recommendations (is there anything more stressful than trying to find a dress for a wedding? Well, probably. But it's certainly up there) so I'm pulling together a post to go live on Sunday with as many outfit ideas as I can possibly gather so keep your eyes peeled for that.

I probably have so much more to catch you up on but right now my brain has been replaced by a potato. As I was writing this a thought genuinely popped into my head, 'maybe you should talk about Brexit?'... why would I talk about Brexit? I know nothing about Brexit. I think it's probably best for everyone if I regroup my thoughts and come back to you on Sunday. As always, you can catch up with what I'm up to on Instagram. Sometimes I'm even coherent there.

Amy

P.S. I do have something! We're looking for a wee hotel in Lisbon next month - does anyone have any recommendations they could possibly share? Obviously the usual food/things to do recs are more than welcome but I feel I should probably sort out accommodation first as a nice seafood dinner is notably less enjoyable when you know you don't have a bed to return to. 

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 REFORMATION white blouse (similar here & here) | URBAN OUTFITTERS jeans (old) | TED BAKER velvet boots (old) | MANGO leather aviator jacket (sold out) | FREE PEOPLE velvet bag (c/o)