Friday, February 1, 2019

Sustainability and... Olly Murs' crotch?

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Hey pals! So, I know I always mock us Brits for talking about the weather, but today it's minus 8 in Glasgow and I feel like it would be bordering on illegal for me not to talk about it. What. The. Heck. I know people who live in places like Canada are probably rolling their eyes and thinking, 'toughen up Amy, we wear t-shirts in -8', but I am weak and I get chilblains and I can't handle this. 

You may recognise today's red outfit from this post here but I wanted to do a blog post about it as well because there's only so much you can fit in an Instagram caption. So, the Boden Take 10 capsule collection is all about investing in high quality pieces that will stand up to the test of time and are also versatile enough to be mixed in with your existing wardrobe; the idea being that you can get your wear out of them and thus get that cost-per-wear down to a deliciously smug level. This is kind of how I want to approach my wardrobe as a whole this year as it's currently more bulging than... I was going to say something rude about Olly Murs there but I won't. Sometimes I look at it and think, 'I would like to burn you bit by bit' sometimes I think more normal things like, 'there are simply too many pieces in here, some of which I've worn once, or never at all, and I'm not able to wear pieces I actually like because I get overwhelmed every time I look at it'. Obviously because of the nature of my job my wardrobe's going to be a little bigger than the average so I do need to cut myself some slack there, but I have a terrible habit of buying things that I know deep down I'll never wear because I forget what I actually look like. You know how it is, you're browsing ASOS, see a tiny pair of checked hot pant shorts and think 'yeah... yeah they'd look great on me' without realising you're picturing them on Alexa Chung and in reality you're five foot small and have thighs that are an exact replica of your papa's. I'm not saying I'm going to cut out shopping completely, because that would be almost as ludicrous as saying I'll never eat fajitas again, but I am going to think a lot more carefully about things before I buy them, making sure I can think of at least three outfits I can wear the piece with first. And that's me, Amy, not Alexa Chung.

Boden is a really wonderful place to start for pieces that have a bit of longevity to them; they tend to be more classic than trend-led and the quality is great. I have a parka from them that I think I've worn about 50 times in the past 3-4 months (note how I could seamlessly tie in the weather here... but I won't). So that's the kind of thing I was looking for when I put this look together! The coat I've already re-worn with a black polo, black jeans and big black biker boots and, when the w-word (the weather) gets nicer, I have big plans to wear the red trousers with the Barbados t-shirt I wore in this post - also with Boden trousers, weirdly - and with a little white shirt tucked in for that cool-girl-French look that I long to embody.

If you'd like a wee look at the 10 pieces Boden have pulled together then you can do so here and the last thing I want to do is to draw your attention towards this polka dot suit (!) because I think it's the best two piece I've seen in a long time, modelled oh-so-perfectly by the lovely lady on the bike.

Have a good weekend and stay warm out there.

Amy

(I'm actually going to finish with this photo because I think it demonstrates perfectly two ways to wear primary colours and, also, how much of an arsehole that woman thinks I am)
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Tornados, Dad dancing and a very cool collection

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All clothing from the new French Connection collection, gazing into the distance my own

Hey frens! Happy hump day. In fact, happy halfway-through-hump-day, even better. 

A few weeks ago myself and Kirsty headed up the The Pentlands to shoot the new French Connection SS19 collection. We had a very strong idea of what we wanted to do, the weather had a very strong idea of how to stand in the way of that. OH MY GOD WAS IT COLD. It was right before it snowed so the air had that lovely bite to it that only comes with minus-something temperatures and the wind decided to emulate a tornado it had seen on The Wizard of Oz at some point. However, we did it! And I'm oh so very proud of how it turned out. I really really wanted to do the collection justice as it's one of my favourites yet; there's flowy maxi dresses, there are big oversized jumpers to layer over said maxi dresses, there's a badass biker jacket, there's the cutest little denim two piece and there's a lilac suit that's got Mick Jagger all over it. Not literally although, note to future self: great idea for a suit.

You can have a look at the full video here (shot and edited beautifully by our Kirsty with a soundtrack from the glorious Girl Ray). I really hope you like it! I will finish with a beautiful photo of me being blown over by a gust of wind whilst attempting to do the 'cool girl' squatting down pose which Mother Nature, clearly, is not a fan of.

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All clothing kindly gifted by French Connection but the blog post isn't sponsored, I just wanted to share some shots from the day. Innit.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Suited and Booted (times three)

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TOPSHOP black suit | VICTORIA'S SECRET leather bustier | TOPSHOP tan patent boots | MULBERRY bag

Photos by Anthony Lee

Hey pals! I'm writing this on Blue Monday from beneath a dressing gown whilst on my sixteenth cup of tea of the day. It seems depressingly fitting that it's freezing on the saddest day of the year, doesn't it? To be honest I felt a lot more blue last Monday but I'll take any excuse to have a moan (I jest, I'm not really even that sad... I am on my 5 millionth cup of tea though). I realise my last few posts have been big ole lookbooks and, whilst I've got a few individual outfit posts coming soon, I've been quite enjoying putting these whoppers together so I hope you like them.

Today's lookbook is dedicated to one of my favourite things... Paolo Nutini? Wait that can't be right, sorry, it's dedicated to one of my favourite pieces of clothing, not one of my favourite things, and that is the humble suit. It's something I tend to feel at me best in, partly - maybe mainly - because they let me live out my dreams of being Mick Jagger or Harry Styles. I have actually done a suit lookbook in the past (here's the link to the first one, the second one and the third one. Oh, and more recently this one here) which were some of my favourite blog posts but I've acquired a few more suits since then - somebody stahp me! - so here we are again.

The first look is an all black one that I call my 'Parisian Spy' look... Now I've said that out loud I realise how horrendously uncool it is and will cease immediately. I bought the suit in Topshop last year online and was very excited when it arrived to find that it actually fit me without having to get it altered. A five foot girl's wildest dream! I opted to pair it with a leather bustier - saucy - but I'm really excited to wear it again with a white shirt for a more mannish, tailored look. Because it's double breasted it's also possible to wear it completely on it's own if you so wish!

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RIVER ISLAND tartan suit & zebra heels | FREE PEOPLE cropped white tee

Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

FREEDOMMM! Excuse me, a Scottish person is legally required to shout that every time they're wearing something tartan. This suit's a favourite because, as well as wearing it a few times as is, I've been able to wear the jacket and trousers separately with different outfits. For anyone who's sitting at home feeling uncomfortable wondering if I've realised you can do that with literally any suit, I'd like to reassure you that I'm fully aware of this, but there's just something about a red tartan one that makes it especially versatile. I paired it on this occasion with some zebra heels but it'd look just grand toughened up with some chunky black brogues or made 'cool' with some trainers. Why can't I say the word cool without sounding like a 47 year old woman, why?

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TOPSHOP polka dot suit with feather detail

Photos by Kevin J Thomson

This look screams 'wallflower' with it's oversized polka dot print and it's feather detailing, I know. I bought this suit in the Black Friday sales - any excuse - not knowing if it was going to be a bit too much but I friggin love it. It's a lot more wearable than you'd think; I've had the trousers on with an oversized grey knit, a leather jacket and some patent ankle boots and the jacket with a white t-shirt, stonewash jeans and court shoes. And if you're feeling extra snazzy, wear it on it's own like this crazy frog (the crazy frog is me). You can also see Megan Smellaby styling up it up beautifully here if you own it yourself and are looking for new ways to wear it!

Sidenote: Kevin is one of the funniest people I've ever met hence the lols in all the photos, I'm not just completely overcome with giddiness at the thought of wearing my new suit. Although a little bit of it might have been that.

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RIVER ISLAND tartan suit & tartan heels

Photos by Kevin J Thomson

FREEDOMMM! Sorry, you know the drill. Same suit, different day. I told you I'd been wearing it a lot. There's not really much to say about it a second time round so what I'll do instead now is link some other glorious suits below that I've come across recently to give you a wee bit of suit-spo for yourself! I also finally got round to updating the 'Shop my Wardrobe' section of my blog which has both things that I currently own and things that I'm a-lustin' over in there. These weary January bones are slowly creaking into action, people.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New year, new Spanish-speaking me

Hallo friends! A Merry Crimmas and a Happy New Year!! I hope ye all had a wonderful time. I ate more cheese than man has ever eaten before - I'm talking nightly cheeseboards - and at the time was like, 'this is wonderful! Why don't I do this more often' and then put on a stone in a week and realised why I don't do it more often. So this week has mainly been about weaning myself off the Wensleydale which, I won't lie, has been difficult.

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Floral dress | Tan ankle boots (available in 9 other colours and SO COMFY) | Velvet bucket bag (now in sale for £16!) | Khaki beret

What else have I done this week.. I've written my resolutions down. I don't think they necessarily need to be done at New Year but I do think it's nice to sit down every now and again and refocus and see what you'd like to change up a little. I'd planned to write down one or two things and, one hour later, I was sitting there with pages and pages full. Most of them are just simple little changes - do half an hour of yoga in the morning, stop scrolling through social media so often - to help ye old noggin, because mentally I didn't have the soundest year last year, and others are the usual culprits... You know, 'learn a language!'. That old chestnut. I really do want to do it this year, though, so maybe now I've said it out loud to you I'll be shamed into doing it, lest I come back next January unable to say much more than 'bonjour'. I did toy with putting 'stop biting my nails' on there again, but it's been 23 years so what's another 1 (I started biting them when I was four years old because a girl in my primary school class that I thought was cool did it so, naturally, I followed. Good one, Amy).
 
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Velvet suit | Leopard shirt is an oldie from Topshop, sadly

I started back at the gym after three weeks off which wasn't pretty, especially post cheese-gate. I also started running again after a couple of years away from it and the number of fellow runners out there at the moment is off the charts; we all have that similar 'new-year-new-me-new-year-new-me-new-yea-Iwanttodie' look in our eyes. What else... I cried my eyes out at Kenza's pregnancy video. Of all the bloggers I follow, I think she's the one I've followed for the longest (seven years and counting) so when I saw she was pregnant I did a genuine happy whelp as if I'd seen a friend's pregnancy announcement. And then when I learned the story behind her pregnancy and the trouble she had, it made the video all the more emotional. Plus it's that time of month anyway and I'm crying at nappies adverts so this was a real dehydrating moment.

In fact, speaking of crying lots, I finally watched the Theory of Everything and oh did I bawl. I know people throw the phrase 'I cried my eyes out' around a lot, but I'm talking crying so hard (solidly) for the first half an hour that we had to pause the film. Thank god I didn't see it in the cinema, people around me would have been inching away slowly as I drenched my popcorn. So that's one I'd definitely recommend watching if you haven't seen it already! I also re-watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - cried at that too didn't I - which I love, and a documentary called 'Twenty Feet from Stardom' which one of my amigos gave me for my birthday last year. It's all about the long term backing singers behind all of your favourite songs over the years and is so, so interesting.

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Photos by Kirsty McLachlan 

I saw my family, lots of them in fact, which was lovely as we all live quite spread out so times we're all together are few and far between, saw amigos, ate some more food, and next on the agenda is a huge huge clear out which I'm outrageously excited for. One of the many reasons I know I'm getting old. But, in all seriousness, I hate clutter and my flat's now got to the point where everything doesn't have its own set place and it's messing with me head.

So, the photos! This shoot was actually done last year, before Christmas, and - as you may have spotted - is focused around one of my favourite brands; the boho queens that are Free People. We wanted to do something ever so slightly more editorial-y in place of our usual street-style shots for once so headed up The Craggs in Edinburgh to take some snaps! It was so oddly mild for December, wasn't it? The weather overall's been very nice and if you think I was going to go a whole post without mentioning the great British weather then you're grossly mistaken. 

And with that I'm off to do my taxes. I'd honestly rather go a run.

Amy 

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