Sunday, April 23, 2017

Guess Who's Back

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FRED PERRY x BELLA FREUD tee (also available in white) | ZARA polka dot trousers (similar and similar) | NEW LOOK pumps (old sadly) | MAJE studded biker jacket | CELINE sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop) 

Well howdy there! It's been a while since I've done an outfit post, hasn't it? I had a weird little crisis of confidence as of late where a)I completely forgot how to put an outfit together and b) eating a kangaroo testicle seemed more appealing than taking a photo of myself. Weird when that happens, innit? Anyway, I thought the best thing to do was to take a little time off rather than force anything which would, inevitably, end up with me foetal on the floor crying into a tub of peanut butter. Or something like that. Long story short, after a little Easter trip with some gal pals and a week away from blogging I've shaken my funk and am back and a-raring to go. 

We all know how much I love Bella Freud, so as soon as I saw her new collection with Fred Perry had dropped I got out my bank card, apologised in advance for what was about to happen, and bought me this amazing tee. They've got loads of cool stuff in the range so make sure and give it a wee browse if you're into either brand. The trousers are also new (yes I went down the cliche route of shopping to try and make myself feel better, if you could not judge me for that that'd be great. I also ate an entire Easter egg in one sitting whilst we're confessing things) and are in a very Amy-like high waisted, tapered shape. It's been pretty chilly in Glasgow so I popped my little Maje biker on, some sunnies (not strictly necessary but my eyebags had bags) and some little leopard pumps which I swear are trying to slowly kill my stupid wide feet, one blister at a time.

And there we go! I'll be back on Sunday with another post so I shall see u there.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

An Updated Morning Routine

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Bonjourno! Today's post is a nice lifestyle-y one, and it iiiiis (drumroll.... anyone?) my morning routine! This is something I change around often but that, I would say, almost always errs on the lazy side of things. If it can be done quickly it goes in, that's my motto. However, one thing I don't ever rush on - and I think I've spoken on how anal I am about this before - is my gnashers, my teeth, my pearly whites. Ever since I was little my Mum's always drilled it into me: 'brush your teeth for the full two minutes Amy, morning and night, and make sure you do it properly' and, as an adult, two of my close friends are dentists, so the thought alone of not doing it properly sends me into a spiral of panic. It's something I always notice in other people as well, before I can help it I'm shouting, 'NICE TEETH' in their face before either of us have had a second to process what's happening. However, this I shall come back to.
The Little Magpie Oral B Morning Routine

So, I wake up. I think, 'maybe I could squeeze just five more minutes out of this delicious duvet time', and then force myself to get up and face the music upon realising that five minutes will most likely turn into ten, then twenty. then... you get the picture. I hop in the ole shower, have myself a little sing-song (and a wash. but the sing song is more important) and then get to beautifying. So, teeth.  For me, Oral-B is my go-to oral care brand; I'm currently using the Oral-B Pro-Expert toothpaste alongside my trusty Oral-B GENIUS 9000 toothbrush (which, if you cast your memory back, you'll have heard me rave about in the past). The Oral-B Pro-expert the number one toothpaste used by dentists in the UK - hashtag humble brag - and my dentist amigo was very happy when she saw I was using it. I'm not a fan of going for check-ups but, if one thing makes it a little easier, it's knowing that I can sweet talk/impress the dentist with what toothpaste I've been using. The secret to the toothpaste being so wonderful, if anyone's wondering, is a little something called the Stannous Fluoride Complex, which is totally exclusive to Oral B. Basically it provides better protection against enamel erosion by creating a wee protective shield on the surface of your tooth, as well as re-mineralising areas where enamel is already weakened, keeping your teeth nice and healthy. So there we have it! I'd like you to picture me telling you that whist wearing a scientist's coat and writing equations on a chalkboard, please. But, in all seriousness,you can genuinely feel the difference it makes to your teeth after using it.

Other products in my current morning routine are the Kiehl's deep cleansing foaming face wash, which I've been using for a while now and is one of my absolute favourites, the Nuxe multi-purpose dry oil - a new find which has fast become a staple, I use it all over my body instead of moisturiser and it has the loveliest, most subtle smell ever - Bobbi Brown's Repair Nourishing Milk, which is a really lovely light moisturiser, especially good on gym days, finished off with a spritz of Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka cologne, my current favourite scent (I'll come back to this in a different post but, seriously, give it a sniff, it's lovely).
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After I've beautified, I'll go and grab me some breakfast (now, I know I talked about toothpaste in the previous section but I always do my teeth after breakfast. I think there's a bit of a divide in the order in which people do these? I was horrified to learn that some wild cats do it BEFORE) and a big cup of tea, and head through to the living room to put on a record to wake me up a bit. Current favourites are Northern Soul Underground and Angel Olsen (who's ridiculously good live if anyone gets the chance to see her). After that, I'll either get cracking on with work or go to the gym. Told you I was serious on my new quest to get healthy, didn't I?

The Little Magpie Morning Routine


Post in collaboration with the wonderful Oral B, who've been keeping my gnashers healthy the longest of times.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Big Bird

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Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

Today's outfit I like to call Big Bird. Well, that's actually the first time I've called it that but I've decided I like it. It's been a while since Bella's seen the light of day - I think I mentioned before how nervous I am taking her out in case I spill (insert any form of coloured food or drink here) on her - so I thought I'd take her out for a spin. I picked up this little skirt when I was through in Edinburgh with me Mam last month, so straight on that went, and the big crazy (faux) fur jacket is a Forever21 number from last month that was something crazy like £34!? Pretty amazing, I know.

The hair isn't a style I'd normally wear, but I still had little pleats left in from this shoot so I thought I'd try something new. Half of me loves it, half of me thinks I look like Adam Sandler's German assistant in 50 First Dates.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Where are the pockets?

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Well, if I talked about dipping my toe in girly outfits in my last post then I've fully thrown myself in head first this time, haven't I? Tulle? Mint green? NO POCKETS? Who do I think I am. But something about this little two piece - which you might recognise from this instagram - drew me in. Then I saw Taylor Hill wearing it in the advert and thought, 'Ok, Amy, great choice' Shame it doesn't come with her face. The best part, however, is that the whole outfit comes to under £50. That's right, shoes included. It comes to £46.97 precisely, so if you take £50 out with you to buy the outfit then you'll have enough change leftover to buy, oh I don't know, some delicious McDonalds fries. Or a nice mint coloured nail-polish to tie the look together. But I'd go down the fries route if I were you. The shoes, I should tell you, are the comfiest things in the world, and we know how hard I find it to hunt down comfortable shoes. I wore them for an entire night out in Santorini (picture street after cobbled street of your worst heel-wearing nightmare) and there wasn't a single wince in sight. They also, along with the skirt, come in black

Well, happy Sunday! I'll be back to my usual dressed-down self next time you see me.


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pigs Do Fly

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H&M polka dot midi dress | ALL SAINTS suede biker jacket | CAMILLA ELPHICK silver moon boots | SEE BY CHLOE bag

Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

That is, indeed, me in quite a ladylike outfit. Now duck before that flying pig hits you square in the face. I jest, sometimes I do quite enjoying throwing a dress on and being girly for a day. But only, as a rule of thumb, if the dress has pockets, which thankfully this one does. It's from H&M's new spring collection, which you might already have seen me wearing some pieces from in this instagram (blog post of that coming soon actually), which has the loveliest Spring-like palette you ever did see, filled with mint greens and floral prints.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must dash because I want to learn how to teach myself how to do Dutch braids before I go to Greece and time is ticking. That sounds like an excuse to get out of a bad date doesn't it? But really, my... my flat flooded too.