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After-work wander: Glasgow’s Buchanan Street

I was working in Glasgow today, so of course I had a wander before I caught my train home. I love The Weej for its friendliness; much as I adore Edinburgh and call it home, it can be a bit contrived at times. Though you’re as likely to see a man fashioning balloon animals on the street in The Burgh, it feels put on for the tourists.
How fun is this guy though?!

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I stopped at Rogano’s pop up ‘champagne garden’ on Buchanan Street for a lunch of oysters and creamy Caesar salad with king prawns. And a pot of peppermint tea to keep me warm!

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I stopped in Frasers to look for a smaller wallet to fit into my clutch bag (so tired of schlepping my massive Prada number around everywhere) so of course stopped off at Shu Uemura…such a fabulous experience from a customer care perspective, the sales girl was so lovely so wait for a separate post about it! It’s so rare, especially in a busy department store, for sales staff to pay such attention and care to customer service. Oh and I spied these amazing Chanel sunglasses that have gone right to the top of my summer wish list!

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Birthday present from the parents: Chanel Jumbo

I adore Chanel; to me the fashion house represents French style, never trying too hard, always perfectly polished. Every girl wanted a Chanel handbag in buttery soft agneau leather with the interlinking C’s and the playful chain strap. I remember the first time my parents took me to the Chanel shop on Rue Cambon…awestruck didn’t even cut it!

Well check out my new baby, my new Chanel jumbo, in black with silver chain…a birthday present from my wonderful parents! They phoned me yesterday, handed me over to the vendeuse and told me to choose a bag! Let me say it was a hard decision between the 2.55 and the Jumbo, but as I feel naked without my Smythson diary, Jumbo it was!

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Can’t wait to have this wee beauty in my hands!!

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Bee Stung

This is me, officially announcing (I’m not sure to whom) that I’m venturing back into the realms of fashion again. Maybe it’s the almost-2-stone I’ve lost in the past year, maybe it’s the fact that fashion is finally veering in a direction I can get inboard with again, maybe it’s just an undeniably good mood this fine Tuesday afternoon…who knows…

Let’s clear a few things up, my aesthetic isn’t pretty, flirty, frilly or pink. I am so far from being a girlie girl I can’t even see it in the horizon. My fashion icons are Sailor Moon, Minnie Mouse and Spider-Man. Most of the time I channel Japanese schoolgirl with my ever present purple tartan mini kilt and dip dyed Crayola-red hair a la Hayley Williams of Paramore circa 5 years ago.

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I’m always on the lookout for funky, eccentric, different pieces, conversation starters because deep down I’m actually quite shy and terrible at small talk. I’m also obsessed with bees. I know I look rather fetching dressed as a bumblebee, and today I saw, fell in love with and had to buy this gorgeous McQueen ring.

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Heavy as a rock, lavishly impractical and breathtakingly beautiful. With a bee!! . Never before has a piece if jewellery been so thoroughly meant for me!

Ring:Alexander McQueen at Selfridges

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What’s in my fridge this week: Waitrose

Today I did something I haven’t done in years, triggered by too much partying and holidaying over the past month. I went and did a…wait for it…huge supermarket shop. Maybe it was because I’m still worn out and recovering from the weekend. Perhaps I was feeling lazy and the lure of a home delivery from Waitrose was far too strong. Besides I needed to stock up on some storecupboard supplies. So off to Morningside I went, armed with a delivery time slot and a very basic list…I came out with this!

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Yes that’s right, the world’s longest receipt! That’s my pantry sorted for the foreseeable future, enough dog and cat food to last the wee critters for a long time, staples, fruit, vegetables, dishwasher tablets, laundry supplies and other boring essentials.

I have however decided that this is the week I am going to start menu planning. Stocking up on items I wouldn’t usually get was actually kind of fun, though I’m not sure about the whole supermarket experience!

Fresh
Baby avocados
Large navel oranges
Potted basil
Raspberries
Mango
Chestnut mushrooms
Nectarines
Corn on the cob
Haricots (green beans)
Pineapple chunks
Baby spinach
Chantenay carrots
Ready to roast Mediterranean vegetables
Roseval baby new potatoes
Leeks
Sugar snap peas
Red onions
Bananas

Dairy & eggs
Yeo valley half fat creme Fraiche
Beurre d’insigny full fat creme Fraiche
Sea salted butter
Semi skimmed organic milk
Creamed goats cheese
Saint augur creamed blue cheese
Free range eggs
Duck eggs

Storecupboard
4-pack Cirio plum tomatoes
Tinned tuna
Lemon and garlic couscous
Wholewheat israeli couscous
Wholesome soup mix
Grain mix
Casserole mix
Soft dried apricots
Green & blacks organic cocoa
Halen mon sea salt

Meat and fish
Hot smoked trout fillets
Unearthed prosciutto crudo
Raw king prawn tails
Pork tenderloin with apple butter
White Cornish crab (fresh, flesh only)
Crayfish tails

Asian
Chinese rice vinegar
Amoy ready to wok noodles
Amoy ready to wok udon noodles
Rice noodles

Italian
De Cecco spaghetti
De Cecco tortiglioni
Sacla sun dried tomato pesto
Sacla fiery chilli pesto
Sacla diavolo pasta sauce (tomato and chilli)
Sacla tomato and garlic pasta sauce
Sacla organic tomato pesto
Fresh pumpkin and pine nut stuffed fiorelli
Tideford organics tomato, basil and butter pasta sauce

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Snack foods & deli
Grilled artichokes
Unearthed hummus with yoghurt
Unearthed hummus with pomegranate
Tyrells sweet and salty popcorn
Tyrells sea salted popcorn
Duchy originals chicken and heather honey pâté
Taiko akane sushi
Seriously fruity mini apple tarts

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Drinks
Copella pink apple lemonade
Pink lady apple juice
Cherry juice

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I will be crossing items off as and when I use them!

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Shoes, glorious shoes

I’ve been searching for the perfect dress to wear to my friends M and C’s wedding next week, and after an afternon wandering around Harvey Nicks and George Street I was nearly ready to give up.  Say sod it and rustle up something from my own wardrobe.  Ok admittedly my wardobe is better stocked than some shops, but there is something about a wedding that really requires a new outfit.

Or so I keep telling myself.

Well, several hours and a champagne lunch with D later, we found this great little shoe shop on Castle Street.  I’d heard about it before but had never wandered in as it’s usually by appointment only – guess that’s just a subtle way of saying ‘we’re only open Thursday to Sunday, so if you want us any other day of the week phone and make sure someone will be in’.  Says on their website drop in times are Thursday to Sunday anyways, so luckily for us it was a Saturday!

Now I am a total design geek (amongst other things), and one thing I have always been a little obsessed with over and beyond my usual geekery is architect-designed objets d’art.  I don’t mean buildings, but anything that utilises the knowledge an architect has over a designer of structure, engineering and form in alternative mediums from concrete and glass just kinda makes me swoon.

United Nude is a label I’d heard about over the past couple months, but as Edinburgh isn’t exactly a fashion capital (I think we have cobbled streets to thank for that) I had never seen their shoes in person.  I did know however that they designed a line of ‘EAMZ’ shoes with a structural heel inspired by the works of Charles and Ray Eames and had seen them online.  I think once you look at the shoes close up it doesn’t come as any surprise that the guys behind these beautiful shoes are a Dutch architect and an British shoemaker.

So today I will be going back to bring these babies home.  Moulded carbon fibre sole and 5″ heel and designed as a structural frame for the foot (a little like the steel beams that hold up skyscrapers).  Rest assured I will be snapping a photo of my own wee feet once these darlings are mine!

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Resources:

United Nude: designed by an architect and a shoemaker

Shhh…: concept New Town shoe shop, Edinburgh

KidViskous: Style breakdown, 9 of spring’s strangest heels

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Etro dress

In London for a Very Important Appointment and some serious shopping time!

I’ve been a bit lax with the exercising lately as my dear friend M has been giving me lifts into uni most mornings, so am feeling a little on the rotund side.

Bought myself this little Etro dress yesterday because, well, I needed something that would cover my arms from shoulder to wrist. Super cute full sleeves and so comfy! The dress can be worn short or pulled right down for a more demure look.

My half sleeve is in progress and I didn’t think my parents would love seeing yet another tat, though when it’s finished there may be a sneaky unveiling! We had a dinner reservation at Le Gavroche and a cardi just wasn’t going to cut it…

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Shopping on a rainy day in Edinburgh: Jigsaw (George Street)

The winds are picking up, here in Edinburgh; I had to rescue some of the more delicate herbs from the balcony this morning, and my poor potted lavender nearly drowned.  I’ve been doing mostly back-to-school shopping of notepads and fresh pens.  I am fully prepared for the crappy weather armed with new cosy jumpers, cashmere layers, stupendously long scarves and soft woollen mittens.

I stopped in at Jigsaw this afternoon and fell in love with the new collection.  Loads of super-soft knits in shades of aubergine, plum and forest green. Bow-tie blouses a la ingenue, and my ubiquitous Breton striped top.  Curvaceous draped jersey dresses and prim French Roman Catholic schoolgirl-esque frocks (minus the obscene skirts, almost nun-like in simplicity).  Pencil skirts, secretary skirts, sexy schoolmarm skirts.  And beautifully tailored trousers, in a easy slouchy fit or my new favourite – neat and cropped, with button detailing at the dainty ankle.  All finished off with the most adorable pair of velvet trainers and a chunky wool scarf woven through with satin ribbon.


 

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