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

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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

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

From me to you

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TOPSHOP checked trench coat (similar, thicker version here which is also nice), circle bag (hello purse-friendly Chloe), ring detail vest, stonewash jeans & ankle boots | MADEWELL sunglasses

Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

Oh hey there! Long time no outfit post, right? I decided to take most of summer off from blogging because, to be honest, I’ve been feeling a wee bit lost. I completely and utterly love it, especially the writing side of it, but I felt like I needed to take a step back from it and find my place again. There’s been such a shift from blogs over to Instagram and I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t read blogs nearly as much as I used to. If I can't swipe up to read a post there and then I'll very often forget to come back to it because my poor grandma brain can't hold a to-do list for more than three minutes. Which is mad, because I love how personal blogs are and how much better you can get to know a person through them rather than what can be squeezed into one short Instagram caption. Instagram has made everything much more, well, uh.. instant, so you can now see in one post what you used to look for in a blog post (do I like that jacket, yes, is there a tag for where I can buy it, a-yes) so it's so easy not to click through to read a post, but it does make me sad that there isn't as much buzz around blogging as there used to be. I just needed to take some time away to find where I fit, I guess, but at the end of the day my blog's my wee baby and I absolutely love to write so I'll soldier on until the day it's only me and my Mum reading it (and that'll be because I'm slipping her fivers under the table).

Travel posts are my absolute favourites to put together, they often take days upon days but I enjoy every second of it. Well, almost every second; the part where it’s nearing the end of the day and I’m hunched over a laptop like Quasimodo with sandpaper eyes isn’t quite as fun. So the travel posts will continue! But rather than doing daily outfits or singular outfits like I used to I think I might change it up a wee bit and bulk a couple of looks together in one big post. With some occasional 'one-look' posts like this one here and there. I also want to do more skincare and beauty-based posts, which I've shied away from oh-so-often because I'd convinced myself I needed to know more about it first. But here we are years later and I still don’t know much about skincare and beauty and, although I’ll never have the fountain of knowledge that some people do, I realised there’s nothing wrong with sharing some favourites and telling you how they work for me personally. Maybe one day I'll know a bit more about the different types of acids and essential oils and... things, and then I'll be able to get a bit more clinical with you.

Another reason I've been a little quiet is that I've secretly been habouring a four year old child that I forgot to tell you I birthed. No, I jest - I've developed another allergy/intolerance in the past six months and I cannot for the life of me work out what it is. So I would say almost every day bar maybe two or three I've had bloating and swelling in my face (it kind of looks like someone's pumped water in to it a lot of the time) as well as perioral dermatitis on and off - is this... tmi? I can't tell - so I just haven't felt like myself for a long time. You'll know yourself how shite it is when you have a day where you look a bit off or just not 'you' and, as a large part of my job involves taking photos of said water-filled face, it's really knocked my confidence. I have an allergy test booked in a few weeks for when I'm home so fingers bleedin' crossed I can get to the bottom of it. If not then I'll just have to hope paper bags are going to be big this A/W.

 October will still be relatively quiet as I’m taking the first two weeks off for holidays and the second two weeks I’ll be content planning and shooting but, as of November, you can expect it to be a bit more happenin’ around these parts. On that note, thank you to everyone who’s stuck around - without going all Tom Cruise on you I can’t tell you how special it is to receive a blog comment, especially one where someone has really read or resonated with what you said. That’s what I loved so much about this post here, I felt like we were all at a big online slumber party sharing secrets. So, thank you very much for sticking around. I'd also like to thank my Mum, my boyfr- wait, why are they playing the music? No, stop, I have so much more to say!

(Sorry for the ramble)

Amy

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Guide to Praiano

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A hoy hoy! Welcome to part deux of my Amalfi Coast posts – you can catch the first one here if you missed it (which, by the way, I'd like to thank you for all your lovely feedback on! It took a soul destroying amount of time to put together so I'm really glad you liked it/found it helpful). Today we’re visiting Praiano, which is somewhere I knew nothing about prior to visiting. Shame on me, I know. I’d been so set on visiting ‘The Amalfi Coast’ for so long but could really only have named Positano and Amalfi as being part of it - geography Gordon over here - so I had no expectations at all. By about five minutes in, maybe even four, I was in love. It’s much quieter than Positano and also, on the whole, much cheaper; we stumbled upon a restaurant that sold takeaway pizza for 4e and a little shop selling beers for 1e. Heaven, right? I loved both towns for different reasons but I think I might just be that bit more eager to return to peaceful Praiano. It's a toughie though and a lot my love blossomed from how much I loved our beautiful hotel too, so let me tell you all about that.
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So, the hotel. We checked into Casa Angelina, another member of the wonderful Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, after a short coastal drive through the mountains from Positano - again, where are the vintage silk headscarves and convertible cars when you need them - and were received with the nicest welcome ever, along with the offer of a welcome drink. 'Why do I mention this welcome drink?' I hear you ask. Well, it's the most incredible almond milk-y cup of goodness I've ever tasted. Seriously, that’s my first tip – if you go there Get. That. Almond. Drink. Don’t opt for water, no matter how dehydrated you may be. Nut allergy? Well, actually, maybe avoid it in that case. The hotel has a very minimal and calm feel to it and is filled with the owner’s personal collection of Murano glass pieces, which give it a real arty pop of colour. I did slow down to turtle's pace any time I walked past one for fear of tripping up or getting blown over by a breeze and knocking into one, but all the more time to enjoy them I say.

Both Praiano and the hotel have a very relaxing vibe to them; you'll feel those shoulders starting to un-tense the moment you walk through the door (even more so once you've had the almond drink). It's another hotel I think would be so wonderful for a romantic break or honeymoon! The hotel even has a private dining area on the roof which they can set up for a meal for two - with a prime view of the sunset, may I add - which would be a really great place to propose to someone*. Out at the back of the hotel is the beautiful, lemon tree lined pool you'll see many, many times in the photos throughout this post, which is genuinely a slice of heaven on earth.We spent our first afternoon parked there, chilling on the lounger with an aperol spritz in hand and some nibbles in the other, reading our books and watching the sea and feeling very, very content and lucky. Ooh, whilst we’re on the subject of cocktails, the bartender does a take on the traditional mojito using lemons from the property that’s supposed to be amazing! I, alas couldn't tear myself away from the Aperol Spritz long enough to try it.

*I'm so unhealthily addicted to proposals that it's now verging on problematic
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There’s not a huge amount to do in Praiano, which is one of the reasons I loved it, but if you’re staying at the hotel they do offer a free shuttle bus to Positano and back each day! I'm normally itching to get out and explore but there was a real pull to stay in the hotel, especially as we only had two full days there. I honestly felt so content in our bedroom; waking up each morning with that sparkling sea view and the sun shining through the curtains onto the bed (I seem to think I'm writing a poem here but it's hard not to get all romantic about it). On a less poetic note, I think one afternoon I shouted, ‘I mean, LOOK at that view. LOOK AT IT’ at least seventeen times to Kirsty, who was last seen slowly slipping in earplugs. Our shower also had a view right out to the sea, which you can see in the photos above actually, which encourages a very long, relaxing bathe. The New York Times is delivered to your room every morning, along with a little L’Occitane hand cream and some truffles on your bedside table every evening. Again, they went out of their way to make sure I had gluten free ones which was so, so kind. Every single member of staff in the hotel was amazing and so very thoughtful – one morning at breakfast I asked if they had any of the delicious GF cookies I’d had the day before (for breakfast, yes, when I'm on holiday I'm on holiday) and came up to find a couple of packets of them left for me in the room with a wee note later that afternoon! The breakfast room has an outdoor seating area so you have that gorgeous sea view from the very start of your day, and you'll find table upon tables filled with every kind of breakfast food you can imagine. Apart from when we were at the pool, we tended to spend most of our time at the little cove you see above with crisps, a coke, a book and a lot of contentment. It's so sheltered and quiet there, I think there were only ever around 5-10 other people there, so you can chill or jump around and frolick in the sea to your heart's content.

And that, my friends, brings to an end my Amalfi adventure. I'm making it my mission to return again next year - it's one of those places that draws you in and keeps a hold of you and your thoughts for a long time after. Kind of like once you've seen Harry Styles.

Amy

Have a wee read of my Positano post here