Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Belfast loves a bargain

Boxing day is a time for cold cuts and Internet shopping, but not in Belfast.

The shoppers were out en force yesterday taking full advantage of this antiquated consumer led Christmas tradition.

I watched tons of teens patiently queued outside a plethora of places as stores worked on a one in, one out basis.

The only reason I breached the front door was to take full advantage of the build in babysitters, also known as the grandparents, for a spot of lunch with the other half.

I wanted to scream at the swarm of shoppers 'go home and log on'. But bazaarly they appeared to be loving the mayhem and mess as clothes chaotically got chucked around the shops in Victoria Square.

Mon' the madness!

Monday, 26 December 2011

New Years Eve 6 Ways

Last week the style squad&I took over the gorgeous George Hotel in Edinburgh for a New Years Eve fashion shoot.

We broke the festivities down into six looks:
Dinner Date
Glam Pyjama Party
Street Party
Dancing Queen
House Party

Here are the shots from a fruitful day at work...

With big thanks to the style squad
George Thain
Jeanie Muldownie
Andrew McLaren
David Vallance

The feature went in today's Edinburgh Evening News.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Last shoot of the 2011

The George Hotel was home to my last fashion shoot of 2011.

I had a wonderful style squad by my side to create New Years Eve looks from glam pyjama parties to dancing disco diva's and even laid back dinner dates.

You will be able to get your peepers on the shoot in this Monday's Edinburgh Evening News.

But here's a tiny sneaky peek...

Happy Hogmanay when it comes!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Hats with ears inside the broom cupboard

This morning I made my way down to the radio studio's at The Tun to discuss hats with ears on BBC Scotland.

Sadly said head gear has seeped into our shops and onto Joe Public's nappers, with both adults and children committing crimes against their craniums by wearing them.

The trend, which looks a little like a halloween hangover, has been sported by stars such as Jessie J and Snoop Dogg.

A duo not really known for their prima fashionista status...

Anyway, here's a peek inside the studio at The Tun. It always makes me think of Andi Peters in the broom cupboard!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Tis the season...

The temperature has tumbled and the trees in Princes Street Gardens are trimmed which means it's Christmas in the city.

I know I'm bias but you'd be hard pushed to find a prettier place this festive period.

From the twinkling lights by the Castle to the decorations on The Dome there really is no place like home for celebrating Christmas.

Just look...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

A little Harvey Nichols at the Portrait Gallery

Friday night called for a spot of frocking up to attend a very special fashion show.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery opened its doors to a select few a week before its grand re-opening on December 1st.

The beautiful building has undergone an enormous amount of work which put the gallery out of action since 2009.

And to celebrate the return of the gallery they teamed up with Harvey Nichols to put on a show of epic proportions.

Held in the opulence of the Ramsey Room amongst portraits of tartan clad titans dresses fit for such an occasion sashayed down the runway.

My stand out piece was a Marlene Birger feather mini dress that I must have for Christmas day!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Fashion & Freddie Mercury

Fashion shoots are always fun, hard work, but definitely fun. And when I get the chance to do one in an iconic building it's even better.

Edinburgh Playhouse unlocked its gilded doors to the team and I today and I was like a kid in a candy shop.

I'm obsessed with old things, be them buildings or ball gowns, so being let loose in one of the capitals landmarks was always going to be distracting.

As my photographer shot our marvellous model I got snappy happy with the fixtures in the Overtures bar.

And this bronze statue of Freddie Mercury just happened to be one of them.

The shoot will be in Monday's Evening News.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Lace Legging Lust

Last year lace leggings taunted me as my ever growing pregnant belly prevented me from partaking in the trend.

I looked longingly at the lassies wearing their's and liaised daily with my calendar, counting the seconds until I could slip into mine.

That day has arrived, almost a year since I bought them I am now lounging in ma leggings. And oh, how I adore them. I don't care if they can't keep the cold out!

These beaut's are H&M.

Radio Ga Ga

On Tuesday the troops at MacAulay&Co called and asked for some fashion facts on kids clobber.

I do enjoy me a bit radio participation so when BBC Scotland come knocking I always answer my calls. I dabbled as a disc jockey in a past life so it's like riding a comfy old bike when I get back on a mic.

The chosen topic was picked after a boutique began stocking kids party clothes starting from £175.00 up to £2000.00!

Here we all are gasping at the prospect of parting with that much cash to pop some clothes on your children's backs.

We're 70mins in...

Although I do LOVE this baby Lanvin frock!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Dream a Moonbeam

Saturday afternoons are rapidly becoming cake, cuppa&chatter day with Ms Carolyn Baxter.

We tend to frequent our favourite little bistro on Dalry Road (perfect walking distance from both our flats) and put the world to rights over posh nosh and pastries.

En route up the road I popped into her flat for a quick Pug squeeze (that's her dog, Malia) and one more herbal tea before heading home.

While inside I was privy to a peek at one of her newest dresses which goes by the name Moonbeam. This is the full length version I snapped. It also come as a mini dress.

Isn't my girl a talent! Go visit her fabulous world...

Friday, 4 November 2011

Wedding Belles

2012 is the year of the bride.

Three of my closest compadre's are swapping single life for their new roles as wife.

I too will be saying I do. And many dresses have been scouted. Four, to be exact.

But today was all about stamping my style seal of approval on a girlfriend's garment.

A quick trip up to Kudos in Morningside confirmed what my friend already knew. She had found the perfect frock.

While she slipped in and out of the dress I went snappy happy around the store...

Friday, 28 October 2011

Auld Alliance = Great Lunch

In honour of the auld alliance I thought I'd get my French on for a spot of lunch.

There is nothing simpler or more satisfying than banging a baguette and Camembert in the over for 15 mins then tucking into the creamy goo with crusty bread.

Of course I had to put some grapes on the side to ensure I was eating at least one of my five a day with it!

In the words of the great Julia Child's
Bon Appetit.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011