Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Holiday shopping!

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Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

Hey ma pals! First up, I need to talk about the weather. Not because I'm British - ok, a little because I'm British - but because it's currently 27 degrees in Glasgow. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. Honestly, what a rush. 

Anyway, all this talk of heatwaves leads quite nicely onto today's post which is all about holiday packing. I will hold my hands up and say that I'm world's worst when it comes to holiday packing. Weirdly, around the age of 10-13, I used to be great at it. I'd start picking outfits out around two weeks before we left, one very carefully and lovingly laid our for each night of the trip and then I'd add all the fun stuff like notepads and plastic jewellery and books as time went on. By the time the night before we left arrived I was tucked up in bed, sleeping the sweet, satisfied sleep of a Grade-A packer. Something happened in between now and then - puberty maybe - and I could not be more opposite nowadays. You can guarantee that at midnight the night before a flight I'll be awake, frantically ripping open last minute ASOS orders and throwing things into a case, cursing myself for being the way I am. Sometimes I like to dramatically shout out a few, 'WHYYYYS' if I'm feeling particularly indulgent. So today's post bring to you are a few things I panic bought for Dubai; I did a huge, huge big ASOS order and this sassy striped swimsuit and striped jumpsuit (I was clearly in a very stripey place) are the surviving contenders. There were many, many more in that parcel that, sadly, did not make the cut. The swimsuit's actually one of my favourite swimwear pieces I've bought in a while, it's such a lovely fit and so nice and jolly in colour. I'm like a human fruit pastille lolly when I wear it which - I've just realised - is probably why I love it so.

I put in said panic ASOS order using a payment method called 'Klarna', which you might actually have seen before without realising what it is. They run a 'buy now, pay later' system so, say like me, you're holiday shopping and want to buy half of ASOS so that you can guarantee you find something in there that you like. If you use Klarna then you can pay either 14 or 30 days after you've made your purchase, and with no interest added or anything like that when paying by card/bank transfer. The whole point being that, if you use it sensibly, you can put in a holiday order, or choose a few dresses for a night out, try them all on and return them without any money actually having left your account. So for this particular trip I ended up buying five different swimsuits - no ragrets - but only liked two of them so was able to buy them, try them and send them back without actually 'paying' if you like. Simples! It genuinely, genuinely makes holiday shopping so much easier when you can order all the things you'd normally hum and haw about without worrying about having to have the money in your account at that moment. Just, of course, be sensible when you use it and make sure that you'll definitely have the money in your account to pay for what you keep when the payment is due 14 or 30 days later! I'll leave you a wee list of the retailers who support Klarna at the moment here (ASOS, Topshop, Miss Selfridge to name a few) so that you can check it out if you so wish! And just look out for this little logo below to use it.

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Amy

Post in collaboration with Klarna

Italy on Film

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Hey friends! As you know, my Italy guides are coming soon (between this week and next week to be precise) but I thought I’d share some of the snaps Kirsty took on her film camera when we were there. Normally I’d put them in one big beautiful mish-mash in with non-film photos in my guide but I’ve got 206 snaps already for the two blog posts – help – so for that reason these are getting a post of their own! The other blog posts are my actual guides so they’ve got all the info on where we stayed and what we did and where we ate and how long we brushed our teeth for... so for today I’ll leave you with the images and the images alone!

Amy

Sunday, May 27, 2018

A Whirlwind trip to Berlin for a special launch

THE TREASURE HUNT
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Allo! You may or may not have seen over on my Instagram that I was in Berlin to celebrate the launch of the new Omega Tresor watch recently, something I was incredibly proud to be a part of. I think the only person prouder, in fact, was my Dad, who's Omega's biggest fangirl (it doesn't hurt that our favourite spy - 007, not Johnny English - wears one too). Myself and my wee Kirsty arrived in Berlin the day before the event for a wander around, followed by a dinner with everyone who'd flown in for the event, before catching an early-ish night. The next morning it was All. Stations. Go. We met bright and early - and by that I mean 9:30am, but bright and early just sounds more impressive - for a tour of Berlin and a treasure hunt rolled into one. We all loaded onto our tour bus and had stops at Voo, Haha Huis and more, picking up clues along the way. The answer to each clue was a letter (I know, it's exciting isn't it) and the letters eventually spelled out... MIRROR. Oooh. 'But why?!' I hear you ask. I'll tell you soon, don't worry. We finished up the day with a Trabi Safari (if you you're unsure of what that is, don't worry, I only knew thanks to our friend Richard Ayoade - have a wee look here) with Kirsty, who only passed her test a couple of months ago, taking on the role of brave driver. And it was so much fun! I'd absolutely recommend it if you go to Berlin, even Kirsty had a ball after the colour returned to her face. After that we headed back to the hotel, clues in hand, to get ready for the event. 

THE LAUNCH EVENT
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We arrived at the very-fittingly named Tresor nightclub in Berlin and were requested to give a password to the majestic lady you see in the hood above before we could enter. Which was, you guessed it... 'mirror'. Now, when a night begins with whispering 'mirror' to a hooded woman you know you're in for something special. We entered the space upstairs and I actually gasped like a character in a period drama. We had to walk through a maze like structure that was filled with mirrors, fairy lights and installations; there was a ballerina, there was a woman with Rapunzel-esque hair on a swing, there was a silent opera singer, there were two identical woman doing (temporary - don't worry, Mum) tattoos... it was like walking into the kind of dream you'd have after eating an awful lot of cheese. We walked through it at snails pace, making sure not to miss anything, and then chose ourselves a cocktail from the 'Past, Present or Future' bar and headed through to the main space thinking it couldn't get any better...

...Of course it did. We stepped into a fairytale land with a huge, golden-leaved tree, an entire floor covered with candles, cocktails in gas form that were to be inhaled through wall-mounted taps, a table filled to the brim with an Alice in Wonderland worthy dessert spread (that's where I decided I would base myself for the night) among more. We were then treated to a presentation from the face of the collection, the beautiful Kaia Gerber and from Raynald Aeschlimann, the president. Kaia's the daughter of none other than Cindy Crawford - who's been the face of the brand for over two decades - so it's really fitting that this new launch introduces another face from that wonderful, wonderful gene pool. The campaign was shot by the eternally cool Peter Lindburgh and showcases perfectly how Kaia encompasses what the brand and this new model is all about. We boogied the rest of the night away and the next morning I woke up half convinced it had all been an extravagant dream. I'm so incredibly thankful to have been part of such an unforgettable launch and so proud to be the mother, sorry, owner, of my very own Omega; my first ever 'grown-up' watch. I keep sneaking loving little glances at it every time I wear it - I haven't quite gone as far as to whisper sweet nothings to it but never say never.

THE OUTFIT
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OMEGA TRESOR watch | H&M 3/4 sleeve tee | ASOS checked wide leg trousers | MULBERRY silver Seaton | LACK OF COLOR baker boy hat


I also wanted to show you how it looks with a more casual day-to-day outfit, so here we are! The face comes in two slightly different sizes and, despite having world's most childlike wrists I decided to go for the bigger size (the 39mm). I've always gravitated towards larger, more 'manly' watches over traditionally feminine ones but this one sits perfectly in between the two, with the delicate strap balancing out the oversized face so it's not too chunky. It feels both timeless and contemporary at the same time, which is no easy feat to achieve. There's diamond paving curving along each side of the face, a special mirrored caseback and a variety of straps to choose from. I went for the navy because it's so versatile - and because I can't seem to stay away from dark colours - but there are nine different models in the collection to suit each personality and taste, each making a really, really special piece. It's safe to say I'm even more enamoured than when I discovered Orlando Bloom (I was eleven, ok). Now, PLEASE... would someone ask me the time?

Amy

Post in collaboration with the wonderful Omega