Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Eleganza Sposa | Wedding Dress Shopping

The search for the one begins, the white dress of dreams.

Oh my goodness I can't quite believe I'm saying this, but it's time to go wedding dress shopping!

The very phase has always sent shivers of excitement down my spine and now I actually get to head out and find the dress that turns me into a bride, a mean wow. Whenever I think about it I get a little flutter of butterflies. It's so fabulous, so exciting, but also a little bit scary. This is the dress that you dream about and probably the most expensive piece of clothing you'll ever own. Everything about it is just so magical.

We've now ticked off most of the big things when it comes to wedding planning, so the dress is next on my list! This is why I was so excited when Eleganza Sposa invited me along to a wedding show at Bothwell Bridge Hotel. I immediately was on the phone to my mum and she was just as excited as I was!

Eleganza Sposa is the bridal boutique in Glasgow.

It's a magical, fairytale place filled with dresses that make dreams come true - a wonderland of lace, satin and silk. Founded in 1992 the bridal boutique has a selection of couture gowns which have been carefully selected from a range of designers, such as Yolan Cris, Suzanne Neville, Rosa Clara, Riki Dala, amongst others. They have always been at the cutting edge of bridal fashions and were even the first Glasgow boutique to stock strapless gowns! Now their range has every kind of dress that you can imagine as brides want to do their own thing more and more.

The runway show at Bothwell Bridge Hotel celebrated 25 years of Eleganza Sposa and the catwalk was all about 'A Return to Glamour'. It showcased new and exclusive dresses from their own collection, Argento Collezioni, and featured key trends for 2018, such as delicate 3D florals, beading and lace illusion.

I hadn't really thought too, too much about what I seriously wanted from my wedding dress, but I came away with so many ideas! There won't be any hints though!

Managing Director and Head of Design, Dr Anna Cirignaco said: "The runway show presents a return to glamour and will be a spectacle of beauty." Anna was just the loveliest person to chat to and she made me feel so much more confident and comfortable about finding my very own wedding dress. She was just fabulous!

Eleganza Sposa also have an beautiful range of exquisite evening and occasion wear, including the amazing Tarik Ediz.

They look simply fabulous strutting down the catwalk!

The best thing about Eleganza is how much they care. They really are dedicated to finding the perfect dress for each and every bride. Their personal assistance and attention to detail is just amazing and they really do want to ensure that it's the one for you that you walk away with. Eleganza also understands that every bride is different and that's why they have such a stunning array of styles and experienced bridal stylists on hand to help you to find the dress of dreams.

I can't really put into words how excited and unbelievable to feels to be going wedding dress shopping! And a little note to my Mum and sisters - you better shed tears when I step out in the one!

A huge thank you to Eleganza Sposa for having me at the Runway Show! Thank you so much for having us along, we really did have the most magical day and now we can't wait to visit your boutique when the serious shopping begins!

x x x 

**I was invited along to the event as a guest, but all wedding dress excitement is my own!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The Classics

There's certain items that everyone should have in their wardrobe.

The basics. The wardrobe staples. The classics.

I love shopping and I love fashion and it's always fun when you find something a little bit extravagant, something that's a bit outlandish and attention-seeking. However, I may be completely head-over-heels in love with some sort of fringed, or feathered, or overly embellished buy, but it's the items that have become known as wardrobe staples that I find myself going back to time and time again.

For me these classics that I can't get enough of are; a white shirt, a good pair of jeans, a black leather jacket, ankle boots and a cross-body bag.

A white shirt you love is something everyone should have.

They just make life so much easier! Plus they don't have to be boring. I adore the frill detail on this one, it just updates it a little and makes it a touch more interesting. When it comes to white shirts we really are spoilt for choice on the high street, there's so many variations. I spied a gorgeous one in Zara the other day with subtle feather details on the shoulder. Or go for one with detail buttons or tie sleeves. I love a good white shirt and if they've got something just a little unique about them then that's all the better.

I'm a jeans fiend at the weekend. I always say I'll try and wear more dresses and skirts, but I always end up in my trusty denims.

Jeans shopping can be a bit of a trial, but I've found that Topshop is the denim supplier for me. The cut of their jeans just fits me well and I've never found an alternative that I like as much. When it comes to style I always used to go for the super-skinny 'Joni', but now I've moved on to 'Jamie' and discovered this is one for me. The denim is super, super comfortable and has a bit of a stretch to it, the cut is fairly high-waisted and then cropped at the ankle. So comfy, so easy to wear, they're my winner that's for sure.

There's not a fashion blogger out there who doesn't have a leather jacket!

A while ago I decided to spend a bit more and invest in a good quality leather jacket and I'm so, so pleased with this one. From Zara, the leather is buttery soft and just has a bit more of an indulgent feel than imitation leather. I love the biker style and it's one of those things you can throw on over a jumper, or add a little edge to a floral dress and you immediately feel a bit more stylish. I would definitely say that this is the classic wardrobe item which you should invest in. Leather jackets will probably never go out of style and if you get decent one in a design you adore you'll be wearing it for years to come.

I'm one of those people who probably has far too many ankle boots in my collection!

I love finding new ones with different details on them. The gold studs on this pair make them just irresistible and I've been wearing them all winter long, getting a truckload of compliments on them as well! The pointed toe and small block heel just finish them off. I've always got a good pair of plain black boots on the go, but I love having a couple of pairs that are a bit more special.

My collection of little weekend bags is constantly growing.

I have quite the range of cross-body bags, because I love them! Throw in your purse, pop in a lipstick, sling it over your shoulder and you're good to go. I love the bright pop of red of this one. It makes a simple outfit stand out a bit more and gives it a zap of energy. This one is from Mango, which is a place I adore for bags. I have a green one from there that I've used for years and it's lasted so well. Little cross-body bags are definitely weekend wardrobe staples for me and I love getting brightly coloured, or patterned ones that are just a little more fun.

What are you're wardrobe classic?

x x x 

Jacket - Zara 
Shirt - Primark 
Jeans - Topshop 
Boots - Primark 
Bag - Mango 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Armani: Because It's You

The red lipstick of the perfume world.

Armani's Because It's You perfume has been described as 'delicious and sparkling'. For me there's something empowering about it. It's like when you paint on bold red lips, or slip on a LBD and feel like you can conquer anything. It's a perfume that gives you a confidence boost.

When I smell it I find it quite a complex perfume and I can't quite put my finger on what it is I like about it. It captures your attention and it's enchanting. It's almost like you want to keep smelling it so that you can work it out. It reminds me of an old Hollywood starlet that's full of secrets.

Top notes: raspberry, blackcurrent, neroli essence
Heart notes: violet leaves, rose, jasmine
Base notes: patchouli essence, vanilla, musk

I can definitely smell the musk in it and it's almost like a dusty floral smell. It's not sweetly feminine and is more elegant, it's sophisticated and refined. It feels like more of a grown-up scent as it manages to balance the freshness with a heavier, musty, sultry smell. The raspberry in perfume is a new thing to me and I quite like it, I think it adds a bit more energy to it in a way.

Armani perfumes are "an example of invisible sophistication". Like their clothes Armani perfumes want to be noticed by passers-by. Inspired by the different elements of nature they create a harmony that's timeless and vibrant.

"Giorgio Armani's fragrances are dedicated to the modern and sophisticated Armani woman." 

This is definitely going to be the perfume that I spritz on when I need a little confidence boost. I love the intriguing smell and the fact that you just can't really decide what it is you like about it. It's like it just won't whisper all its secrets and leaves you waiting for more.

x x x

Thursday, 4 January 2018

French Style

Parisian ladies just have a touch of je nais se quoi...

There's just something about French style. When you wander the French boulevards you can spot a true Parisain lady a mile off. There's just something indescribable about the way they dress and carry themselves, an innate confidence in who they are and what they're wearing. It's an effortless look that's eternally stylish and one that we're all forever trying to emulate.

There's been countless books, blogs, articles, you name it, written about the allure of French style and how you can capture it.'Chic' is the best word how to describe it, but you just can't put your finger on what it is about these Parisian style icons.

Now I am by no means an experts, or an elegant French lady (I wish!) but this is how I would attempt to capture their essence.

The key is to keep it simple. Have staples in your wardrobe that you can mix and match, it's all about the minimalist basics. It's simplicity and having pieces that you can wear again and again. Plus whatever your wearing, wear it with an air of confidence.

Yes, French style can seem like a cliche, but it's an enduring cliche.

So, what do I wear when I'm playing at being French?

Everyone should really own a trench coat and it should be a must-have in any wardrobe. Yes, they may have a British history, but because they are such beautiful basics there's something a little French about them. They are 'throw on over anything chic' and are a real classic that you'll wear year after year, a truly timeless investment. Go for a camel coloured version and you'll wear it every day for any occasion.

Stripes, of course! I am a complete sucker for stripes and I'm pretty much always in some form of the nautical print - it's just so easy to wear! It's doesn't have to be a plain breton tee and a cute top dresses up any outfit a little more. I really like how this peplum design is a little more tailored and the light blue and white stripes are oh-so-french.

Skinny jeans are a must.

I fell hard and fast for these shoes, they're the perfect Gucci loafer dupe. They beautifully capture high-fashion with their classic style and the horse-bit detail emulates the Gucci look. They are also fabulously simple and effortless - I honestly wear them constantly. I've got a big collection of colourful flats, but these are definitely my go-to shoe. Plus they are so super comfortable!

Trench - Zara
Top - Zara
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - New Look 
Bag - Primark
Sunglasss - Ray-Ban 

x x x

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Happy Christmas from St Enoch

On your marks, get, set.... Christmas shopping!

Hands up who has started their Christmas shopping? At least started to think about it? Or are you one of those really organised people that already has it all wrapped up and under the tree already? (If that's you I'm very impressed and jealous!) But if like me you've still got pretty much everything to pick up then get your empty Santa sack on your back and head to the St Enoch Centre.

St Enoch Centre is the perfect place to go to get all of your Christmas shopping done - from sparkling party outfits to the perfect presents.

The shopping destination has over 70 retailers under one roof, including department shoes, high-street fashion favourites and little boutiques. There's beauty, fashion and food, really everything you could every need. It's the perfect place if you love to take your time wandering around the shops, or even if you hate Christmas shopping you can get in and out really quickly as everything is under one roof!

Me, I love Christmas shopping, there's just something so lovely about picking our present for people you love. Even if I get distracted by pretty shoes in the branches of Christmas trees...

I'm also a big fan of a Christmas red and there's plenty of it about just now. It's the perfect seasonal colour for any festive celebrations. I loved the lace design and I also thought this embroidered piece was just so lovely.

The centre is also filled with festive sparkle! For the lovely little people there's Santa's Grotto where every little Santa's Helper gets a special gift. Hamley's are also doing a meet Father Christmas so there's platy of chances to the big man himself.

There's even some amazing Christmas crackers to get you excited for the main event!

Christmas is a time for indulging...

Kimble's kept us fed on the night and I had to stop by Aulds to try some of the amazing baking!

There's also plenty to keep beauty lovers happy. The Urban Decay Naked palette is amazing gift and the Bobbi Brown eyeshadows are just insane.

Plus, do you remember me declaring my love for the Mon Guerlain perfume, well it's still fabulous!

I'm also a big fan of knitwear and I was so tempted by this amazing jumper, just add some jewels and tassels on to a piece of knitwear and I'm a happy person. It's the perfect alternative to a novelty Christmas jumper and is also ideal for Christmas Day celebrations.

And after all that shopping a little treat for yourself - Santa I've got my eye on these red boots....?

So much beautiful shopping to be done!

Thanks so much to the St Enoch Centre for having me and another huge thank you to Big for inviting me along - best get on with my Christmas shopping!

x x x 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Glasgow Christmas Markets

Nothing gets me feeling more festive than wandering through twinkling Christmas markets.

If you didn't already know, Glasgow Loves Christmas. As soon as the glittering lights drape over Royal Exchange Square and Frasers switch on their curtain of lights the whole city starts buzzing with the Christmas spirit. And if you really want to start feeling festive then head to the Christmas markets.

Glasgow is lucky enough to have two Christmas markets - one in George Square and one in St Enoch Square. They're filled with all kinds of stalls, amazing food, traditional carousels and a Big Wheel (of course). These traditional style markets are overflowing with Christmas cheer and I just love them so, so much. 

There's amazing food, warming mulled wine and cute and unique presents. 

The Dutch pancakes had to be my absolute favourite. 

They were just unreal. They're something that are so simple, but so damn delicious. You can watch as the batter goes golden brown and the pick your favourite accompaniment. There's a whole array of toppings to chose from nutella to dutch syrup, but I actually liked the classic melting butter and sugar the best. Please bring me more.

The markets are also a place which are filled with stories. The sellers and their stalls come from all over to share their traditions and a lot of thought is put into who is going to be. There's stalls from Austria, France and Italy sharing their delicacies and the air is filled with amazing smells. It's fascinating to hear different Christmas traditions - and taste the food that goes along with them!

Also have you heard of The Roast Wrap Co.? Oh my goodness wait for this! 

It's basically a roast dinner on the go. The yorkshire pudding is the wrap and all kinds of delicious roast dinner fillings are popped in the middle. It's just insane.

It's all twinkling lights and Christmas wreaths and baubles - a little winter wonderland. You can spend hours getting lost in the stories and watching how everyone makes their treats. All the traditions are still there to and the spinning 'windmill' is an age-old tradition where the rising heat from the cooking below would turn the blades. 

What's Christmas without a little tipple! 

Makar gin is such a good stocking filler!

Make sure you stop off for some mulled wine as well. There's a couple of bars spread across the markets, so there's plenty of places to relax and warm up. There's also so many amazing flavours of mulled wine and cider - even a special Irn Bru one!

The Glasgow Christmas Markets are the most perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit and I'll definitely be visiting for more dutch pancakes! Thanks so much for having me! 

x x x 

Monday, 27 November 2017

Marie Claire X Emporio Armani

When beautiful clothes get together with a fabulously glossy magazine...

I recently popped along to a Marie Claire event at the gorgeous Emporio Armani shop in Glasgow to see the AW17 collection. A fabulous evening filled with lots of amazing fashion!

The Fashion Director of Marie Claire was there on the night to chat through her favourite pieces and to depart some of her style wisdom. She went over how to replicate the catwalk looks as models strutted their stuff. It was really great to see how items can be taken from the catwalk and worn every day. I also got the chance to chat to Jayne after the fashion show and she was just the loveliest lady. Of course she was dressed impeccably as well.

There was even a fashion illustrator creating prints of you wearing your favourite pieces - she was mesmerising to watch!

Emporio Armani is a world-renowned Italian fashion house and always been at the fore-front of high-fashion. Every season they march some amazing looks down the catwalk and the themes always make an impact. Armani always add their own individual stamp to the clothes and they're completed with a 'cool-girl' edge. The fashion brand is also known for touching on androgynous styles and Giorgio Armani made the trouser suit chic. It's all about 'elegance of the uncomplicated' and there's an understated confidence to the designs.

I mean I just fell completely head over heels for this red jacket - Santa are you there?

The event was organised by Marie Claire, one of the top women's magazines and the place to go for fashion and beauty advice, trends and tips and stylish updates. It began in France in 1937 before coming to the UK in 1941 and it's always been about inspiring women. It's a "worldwide icon and a compelling media destination that combines provocative features with outstanding fashion and beauty to inspire women who want to think smart and look amazing". It makes sense for them to support a brand that empowers women.

Armani was filled with luxurious clean-line blazers, stylish monochrome pieces with pops of red and touches of hot pink to add some vibrance to your outfit.

This bag!

The Glasgow store is really beautiful and is an amazing place to visit. Everything is presented in a beautiful and chic way and the clothes and accessories are just waiting to be admired.

Thanks so much for having me!

x x x