18 February 2015

What to wear in the city

It's official, my travels down under has came to an end. I'm back home in Scotland in my fluffy onesie sipping on my sugary cup of tea. Holidays are funny ae? All that excitement and then you get back home and you have this really daft look on your face like... "yep back to reality".

Being a blogger I guess when you go on holiday to the other side of the world or down south you want to have some good outfits. Outfits that are blog-able, Intagram-able and overall likeable. The truth is though, your too busy having a good time or trying not to die of dehydration in the Australian sun to really care. You get to the point where you think right I think this will just have to do. I had so much planned in my head and then it all went out the window when I realised I had lived in my flip flops for a month.

Let's dedicate this post to trying to be a good blogger by getting photos of my outfit. It was hot okay..

What to wear in the city

1. Anything loose 
You will be hot and sweaty so therefor if your going out for the day you need to be adaptable. Loose clothing will stay looking sweet all day but also keep you cool.

2. Stick to block colours
Keep the colour palette small so you can take the outfit from day to night. By opting for a colourful lipstick you can keep the rest of your makeup minimal.

3. Appropriate footwear
Let's be honest we don't want to look like a tourist in the city we are visiting so try opt for something other than the usual flip flops (even though I wish I could live in flip flops for life) Birkenstocks are the fashion shoe of summer so these are always a winning choice.

Skirt, bag, blouse and sandals - all Primark / Sunglasses - Alexander Wang x HM (sold out). 

I took my own advise, I went with a relaxed, cool and practical outfit for venturing into the city centre. I felt comfortable and I didn't feel like my outfit reflected your typical tourist. I could have put a pair of heels in my bag and easily turned this into an evening outfit if you were going out for dinner. Having bold sunglasses makes any feminine outfit that bit more interesting and makes you stand out, in a good way of course. 

As you can see the views are beautiful and there is never enough time to explore all the amazing streets. I think thats the same in any city, theres always so much to see. If only we had unlimited money to do some serious exploring. Do you have any style tips for keeping cool in the city?

Photos by David Findlay

10 February 2015

What to get your mum for Mother's Day


Happy Tuesday everyone. That's me finally back in Scotland after my travels down under and I got straight back into my busy schedule. The Lush store in Livingston was holding a bloggers event for a preview of the Mothers day collection which was really lovely. There's not much in the area in regards to blogger related events so it was nice to catch up with the girls. I literally got off the plane, got ready and left for the evening. Jet lag is yet to hit me..

Mother's day is fast approaching and I know you will be racking your brains trying to think what to get your lovely mum, gran, sister or significant other.  

Lush has brought out a Limited edition collection for mothers day including bath bombs, bubble bars, soaps, shower gels and a body conditioner. With such affordable prices they really do make the perfect gift. They also have little packages filled with the above incase you don't fancy picking them individually. 

This body conditioner is incredible. I got a tub to take home with me and as soon as I put this on my skin it's compliments galore. It smells like sweet caramel and it lasts until the following day, not too shabby for an all natural product!

The shower gel is yummy! Full of floral and fruity scents. Plus it's a pretty colour which is a bonus.

Ultra Violet bubble bar - such pretty colours

Rose bubble bar - very soft and delicate

It was a successful night and the Lush staff are so passionate about what they do and it really does rub off. They made me feel excited about the products and comfortable enough to discuss all my skin care problems. We left with a bag full of natural goodies so look out for my Lush reviews soon.

Check out the full product range HERE before popping into your local store.

Big thanks to Lush in Livingston and congrats on your first bloggers event. It was a fabulous evening!

Jumper - Zara / Skirt - Riverisland / Boots - DUO / Bag - Karen Millen

1 February 2015

Ghost London down under

Launched three decades ago Ghost is a heritage London fashion house producing contemporary, luxurious clothing.

Vanessa dress in emerald sea* - Ghost London (now on SALE) / Aphrodite Opalite necklace* - Shop Noxious (sold out)

I am so incredibly flattered to be writing about this beautiful dress and one of my all time favourite dress designers. 

Three years ago I was out shopping in John Lewis, looking for the perfect dress to wear to see the Phantom of the Opera (all time fave show). As you can imagine I had a changing room full of dresses to try on, some of those dresses were Ghost London. They looked so luxurious, I had to try them on. 

I can remember as soon as the floor length gown slid down my body I had the shivers. It felt so beautiful, silky and expensive! I looked in the mirror and I just fell in love. I felt like I should have been walking down a red carpet. Ever since that day I have always been a fan of the fashion house. I had been longing for an event to go to so I can purchase my dream dress. Patiently waiting for an invite to a wedding, christening, fashion show, charity night.. ANYTHING. Unfortunately my life isn't all that exciting and I never got that occasion - UNTIL NOW.

A few months ago I was contacted by Ghost London. They wanted to send me a dress to show all my lovely readers how beautifully made they are, little did they know I was already a HUGE fan. So much so that when I was reading the email I didn't even click to who it was, until I clicked on their website link, I nearly cried. I nearly cried because I was so flattered they liked my blog. They explained they have been big fans for quite some time now and would really value my opinion on one of their creations.
It was the perfect match. 

The fashion house creates some of the most beautiful occasion dresses I have ever seen. They are perfect for any event and I really wanted to show you a more relaxed view of the dress. I picked this stunning emerald sea green colour because it really did remind me of an emerald mermaid. I loved how natural it looked and I thought it would be really easy to show how casual it can be too. Of course I knew I was heading to Australia in the coming months so I held off showing you. I wanted you to see it in a different light, different temperatures and different surroundings. 

Ghost London has been seen on the likes of Lana Del Ray, Lily Cole & Kate Moss. Ghost is an extremely desirable brand for brides to be and their bridesmaids. Ghost does a 'Dye to Order' option which means you can really have your favourite style in the perfect colour of your choice. From their candy floss colours and their elegant finishes it's not hard to see why Ghost is the brand to go to. 

What did you think of my dress choice? 

Concessions include John Lewis & Urban Outfitters. There's different outlets and boutiques across the country but if you can't make the stores you can order online at www.ghost.co.uk

Behind the scenes when some local aussies were in awe of my dress. After I had told them it was from Ghost London, they were very excited explaining they too are big fans of the brand! 

Photo's by David Findlay