Wednesday, 8 June 2016

ON TRYING NEW THINGS

I’ve never been the best at stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things, but that’s something I’ve been working on recently, and this new found adventurousness has worked quite well timing-wise with what’s going on in my life at the moment. Graduating from uni has meant that my whole life feels a bit up in the air while I’m wondering what the hell to do next. I know I want to go into journalism but I’m interested in so many different topics as well as different platforms. I’d be just as happy writing for a music magazine as I would be for a news website. I’ve been enjoying looking into different areas and shall hopefully be dipping my toe into them all over the summer to find out what’s best for me.

The Trading House Glasgow Bar


In the spirit of trying new things, I was invited along to The Trading House in Glasgow last month for their #ChallengeTradingHouse event, which centred around cocktails. I love a good cocktail but always stick to vodka or gin-based ones (French Martinis are my fav!) The purpose of the evening was to encourage us to give other cocktails a chance and so head bartender Calum asked each of us which spirit we didn’t like and the challenge was for him to make us love a cocktail with that spirit in it.

The Trading House Glasgow Bar


I said I didn’t like rum as I’ve tried it a few times and have never found it pleasant at all, and in all honesty I did not expect to like whatever was made for me. Calum decided to make me their signature cocktail, The Trader. It was made from Bacardi rum, elderflower, apple juice and “English Summer Garden” tea leaves. I never really enjoy floral drinks so I was even more skeptical, but I had to admit, the drink looked beautiful! Apparently a previous customer said the drink looked like it had been created by fairies and I totally got that! I could imagine drinking this on a hot summer's day in a magical forest, and who wouldn’t want a drink like that?

The Trader Cocktail Trading House Glasgow


So, the important part: did I like it? Yes! Honestly, I really did, so much so that I ordered another one! It was so light and refreshing, the total opposite of what I imagine rum to be. It tasted very summery and fruity, and not too strong. The rum didn't overpower the other flavours and I really enjoyed it. Calum said it’s a shame when people automatically dismiss a cocktail because they don't like the spirit in it and I'm definitely guilty of that. This event encouraged me to be a bit more open to different ideas and if I like the sound of the other flavours, I'll give it a go! I had a little sip of the other girls’ cocktails too and let’s just say that I can definitely see why The Trading House was named best cocktail bar in Scotland!

The Trading House Glasgow Cocktails



Now that I have the confidence to be more adventurous with my drinks choices, I can work on transferring that confidence to other areas of my life. I want to try loads of new things this summer and I have a few lined up – I’ll be heading on my first-ever solo trip to London in two weeks, finally starting driving lessons next month and hopefully doing a lot of new writing. This will be the Summer of Newness and I’m so excited for what’s to come!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

MAY RECAP

May was a very busy month indeed, with quite a lot going on. The first half of the month was completely taken up by uni as it was my final semester. My dissertation was due on the 4th and I'm quite happy with what I produced. It was about the effects of social media on feminism so it was really interesting for me to research and I learned so much.

Dissertation Hand In

I then had three exams which were terrifying but I think they all went okay and the feeling of relief when I finished my last ever exam was insane! I can't believe I'm actually done with uni now, it's scary and amazing at the same time. Now it's just the agonizing wait for my results then I'll be graduating (hopefully!) at the end of next month.

Trading House Glasgow Bar


Just two days after my exams finished I had a lovely night at The Trading House in Glasgow for their Challenge event based around cocktails. Look out for my post about the event very soon, but it was great to hang out with some lovely ladies and relax after all the stress!

Sentido Zeynep Hotel Turkey


Adam and I booked a very last minute holiday to Turkey and left four days after I finished up with uni, so it was a mad rush to get all my holiday clothes on time but it was totally worth it for the amazingly chilled 9 days in the sun! Our hotel was beautiful and we had the most perfect sea view, plus the staff were all so lovely so it was a great holiday. I was able to just lay by the pool or on the beach, drinking cocktails, reading and generally relaxing and it was exactly what I needed. I feel so refreshed and with a much clearer head than before I left.

Kerrang Magazine Internship


Also this month I was offered an internship at Kerrang! magazine which I'm so, so excited about. I really didn't expect to have this opportunity and I'm so grateful for it as it'll be great experience for my career. I'll be spending a week at their offices in London in June so if you have any recommendations for cool things I can do on my own in the city please let me know!

Next month will be very busy too but it's all exciting things that are happening and I'm so happy that my summer has officially begun!

What did you get up to in May?

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

GANT WHITE SHIRT X WHITE PAGE | OOTD

Gant White Shirt x White Page


Gant have recently launched their White Shirt x White Page project to highlight the versatility of a classic white shirt. It's like a blank canvas for you to get creative with and tailor to your own style. They asked me to show how I would style this key piece and this is the look I came up with.

Gant White Shirt x White Page Project


I wanted to add a bit of an edge to the shirt as that's my kind of style and I don't tend to like looking too pristine or done up. A leather biker jacket is the easiest way to toughen up any outfit and it works so well as a contrast to the clean white shirt.

Gant Air Oxford Shirt White

Forever 21 Black Cord Wrap Choker


A shirt can be styled in so many different ways just by changing up the way it's buttoned - I unbuttoned it quite low to show off this awesome choker for a subtle nod to the Western trend. When unbuttoning it so far, I think the choice of bra is important. A non-padded, non-push-up keeps it more sophisticated and doesn't show too much.

Monochrome Grunge Outfit


I sized up in the shirt for a more casual feel and so that I could have it half tucked in without being too tight, but I probably could have stuck with my usual size as the shirt isn't too small-made anyway. The way you tuck in a shirt is another way to completely change the look and fit of it, so play around with different sleeve lengths and ways of tucking the bottom in to create different vibes.

Leather Biker Jacket Black Skinny Jeans OOTD


I always love a good black and white outfit because it just always looks chic and it's so easy to mix and match monochrome pieces. I do tend to wear mostly black so throwing on a lovely clean white shirt is a quick way to brighten up my look, especially now that we're getting some sun!

Gant White Shirt x White Page Project


Shirt: Gant*
Jacket: Mango (similar)
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: H&M
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Choker: Forever 21 (similar)

Big thanks to Adam for being my lovely photographer!

How would you style a white shirt?

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

HUNTED VINTAGE SS16

Last week I got a sneak peak at the latest collection from Hunted Vintage, a Glasgow-based brand run by the lovely Nicole Perry, who aims to provide awesome vintage clothing to facilitate self-expression and confidence. The event was so much fun and the collection was gorgeous, as well as surprisingly affordable.

Hunted Vintage SS16 Launch Party


Highlights of the collection were a fringed suede waistcoat, leopard print swimsuit and an oversized black leather jacket. I tried the jacket on and absolutely loved it, however it was just a bit too oversized for me so I reluctantly left it behind. My search for the perfect vintage leather jacket continues!

Hunted Vintage SS16 Launch Party


The awesome thing about this collection is that Nicole curated the whole thing herself after trips to Paris and Milan. You can tell the love and passion that has gone into building the collection and it adds a more personal feel to the shopping experience.

Hunted Vintage SS16 Launch Party Macarons Skull

The space was decorated beautifully and full of inspiration, from vintage furniture to copies of magazines like Dazed. There were quotes all around, including the inspiration for the collection - "The rogues, the rebels and the Underground Kings".

Hunted Vintage SS16 Launch Party Kate Moss Doughnuts


On the night there were plenty of treats to keep us going, including amazing doughnuts by Nic's NYC Deli, brownies, macarons and even a "pimp your prosecco" station. I had a Terry's Chocolate Orange doughnut and it was heaven!

Hunted Vintage SS16 Launch Party

A lot of the items sold instantly on the night, but you can still get your hands on the remainder at the Hunted Vintage website.

Where's your favourite place for vintage shopping?

Monday, 4 April 2016

CHVRCHES @ GLASGOW HYDRO | REVIEW

Lauren Mayberry Chvrches Live Glasgow Hydro
Photo Credit: TartanZone Photo


For a band from Glasgow, Chvrches have been gone for a long time. Saturday night was their first hometown show in a year and a half, but they definitely seemed happy to be home. The last time I saw them was at the Barrowlands, which holds just over 2,000 people; on Saturday they played to 13,000. That's an insane leap and the difference in the band's performance was equally big. They were far more confident and really put on a show more than their earlier Glasgow gigs.

They kicked off the set with one of my personal favourites from the new album, Never Ending Circles and continued with a good mix of songs from both albums. Empty Threat was a highlight - a punchy track that had the crowd singing every word with as much ferocity as Lauren herself. Another favourite was Gun, which received one of the best responses of the night and saw Lauren twirling across the stage throughout.

Martin Doherty Chvrches Live Glasgow Hydro
Photo Credit: TartanZone Photo


Martin took over as frontman for High Enough to Carry You Over and Under The Tide, and he was just as energetic as Lauren. His enjoyment was clearly evident and his voice was strong even whilst the running across the stage and keeping the crowd's energy up.

The last song before the encore was Clearest Blue, the lead single from the band's latest album. The atmosphere of the crowd was buzzing as the track built up, then everyone went crazy for the last minute and a half, dancing as the impressive light display flashed in front of abstract graphics.

Iain Cook Chvrches Live Glasgow Hydro
Photo Credit: TartanZone Photo


Afterglow was the first song of the encore, and a bit of a strange choice. After the hype of Clearest Blue, this slow, stripped-back track was a slight anti-climax and the crowd seemed almost lost, unable to dance as they had been all night. Closer The Mother We Share got everyone back on track, though, and was a perfect end to the show.

Lauren's performance in particular was impressive as her voice sounds just as good live as it does recorded and she was much more confident than she was in the early days. She really made the most of the huge stage, running from end to end all through the set as well as jumping on and off podiums. Her crowd interactions were natural and funny, including a slight tangent about the latest season of House of Cards!

Lauren Mayberry Chvrches Live Glasgow Hydro
Photo Credit: TartanZone Photo


I felt a sense of pride seeing Chvrches headline such a large venue with so much confidence, and playing to a crowd that clearly loved them. The band are only going to get bigger and they so deserve it as they've stayed completely down to earth and true to themselves despite travelling the world and touring with bands like Paramore. I'm already looking forward to seeing them again, I just hope they don't make us wait so long next time!

Have you seen Chvrches live?

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Friday, 1 April 2016

MARCH RECAP

This has been a pretty busy month, both in terms of fun events and boring uni work. I'm officially into the last stretch of uni now - I have things due most weeks right up until my last exam on the 17th of May. I'm obviously a huge ball of stress but I'm just trying to think about how good I'll feel when I walk out of my last ever exam!

Nobody's Child SS16 event Glasgow Blow Finnieston fashion blogger

I had two blogging events this month - the first was with Nobody's Child and I posted about it here. It was such a fun night and I met lots of bloggers for the first time, which was really lovely. I'm still dreaming of the fab Blow Finnieston where it was held, too, and think I might go there for my next hair colour.

Hunted Vintage SS16 launch party glasgow SWG3


I was also at the Hunted Vintage preview and launch party last night at SWG3. Their new SS16 collection is amazing and is one of the best (and most affordable) vintage collections I've seen. To find out more, keep an eye out for my post about it in the next few days.

Matty Healy The 1975 Live Glasgow O2 Academy
Photo Credit: Cameron Brisbane

I saw The 1975 live, which I did write a review for then ended up leaving it too late to post, because I suck. Anyway, they were amazing as always, if a little bit tired but that's understandable. The set list was incredible; really long and included plenty of older songs so I had a brilliant night.

25th birthday cake Champagne Chaophraya Glasgow


Adam's birthday was on the 25th so we had a lovely day out then went to Chaophraya for Thai food in a gorgeous setting. The staff were great and brought out Adam's cake whilst banging gongs and singing happy birthday so he was suitably embarrassed!

Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck


Last weekend I finally got around to watching Montage of Heck, the Kurt Cobain documentary that came out last year. It was so interesting and I loved seeing all the rare footage and even drawings that he had done, from a child right up until his last days. I couldn't hold back my tears when I saw him with his daughter Frances because it was just so beautiful. He clearly had so much love for her and the way he acted around her was so heartwarming, and that makes it even sadder that he never got to see her grow up. If you're a Nirvana fan, or even if you just enjoy music documentaries, this is definitely a must-see.

Chvrches Pvris


In terms of music, the first half of the month was still dominated by The 1975's new album, and the second half was all about Chvrches and Pvris because I'm seeing them both in the next few days. Chvrches are playing at The Hydro tomorrow night and I'm also heading to the after party so I'm really excited! Pvris are at the ABC on Monday for their first ever UK headline tour. I've been desperate to see them for so long and their album was one of my absolute favourite new releases when it came out. I might review the gigs if you'd be interested?

What did you get up to in March?

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

SHOE WISHLIST | HIGH STREET + HIGH END

I've been on the hunt for some new shoes recently - black ankle boots (yes I already own about 10 but I still need more okay?) and new heels to wear to my graduation. Because of this, I've been browsing the shoe section of online shops quite a lot so I've built up a little wishlist. I'm considering buying some of these but other ones are just never going to happen for me - I don't have over a grand to spend on one pair of heels! Anyway, hopefully you'll find something you like here or get some inspiration for your next shoe purchase.





The perspex heel adds something a bit interesting to an otherwise simple shoe. It's a subtle detail but looks so good.
Um, hello?! These are Western-style boots with sparkly stars all over them. Enough said.
My heart longs for these beautiful studded boots but at £975 they're a distant dream. Saint Laurent is my favourite designer brand and I'll know I've made it in the world when I can afford to shop there on a regular basis!
These would be ideal everyday boots for me as they'd match most of my outfits perfectly, so I might actually buy these ones.

These are the perfect night-out heels - they'll go with everything and look amazing.
These aren't the style of shoes I'd normally go for but they're just so pretty and the cut-out detail is lovely.
I love these! The colour and pattern on the heel makes them stand out from regular black platforms and it would be so nice to coordiate your bag/outfit to the colour of the heel.
The lace-up trend is huge right now and these grey heels are a more sophisticated nod to that. I'd feel more like a proper lady if I wore these shoes!





Are you noticing a theme in my taste in shoes? Black, leather and studs are my go-to.
Something a little bit different which could smarten up a more casual outfit for afternoon drinks.
These are all about comfort but they look cool too. Trainers aren't generally my thing but I'd definitely wear these ones.
I love Vans shoes and these ones are just perfect for summer. They're really appealing to me as I've been dreaming of tropical islands a lot recently...

What shoes are on your wishlist?

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