Friday Hi-Fives: Joining the BLOW Braidy Bunch

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Happy Friday! Who’s ready for the weekend?

This week, I joined the Braidy Bunch – and no, that’s not a spelling mistake! BLOW Finneston have launched their brand new braid bar just in time for summer festival season and I went along to check it out this week.  As well as getting some punk rock Heidi hair styling, I was also treated to an exclusive session with Topshop, who have brought their top fashion pieces to the salon as part of a pop-up takeover.

If you’re in Glasgow tomorrow, remember you can swing by BLOW for complimentary braids, drinks, Topshop personal styling and more! There’s never been a better time to get in on the braid parade.

Earlier this week, I went to the National Museum of Scotland to admire their Fully Fashioned exhibit, which tells the story of 200 years of Pringle of Scotland. I’ll be sharing much more on this fabulous event very soon. Tonight, I’m just a tiny (OK, a HUGE) bit excited to go and see Prince’s 1984 movie, Purple Rain at the Glasgow Film Theatre. Yes, I’ve seen it approximately a bazillion times and can recite it line for line, but what can I say? Any excuse to go watch Prince on a giant screen sounds like my ideal Friday night!

Before I go and slip into something purple and/ or spangly (gotta love a theme), let me share the best of the week…

Link Love:

Kimberley dressed as Helen and the result is 99% awesome (and 1% Twilight Zone)

I cannot even express how excited I am by this – hurry up, Netflix!

Need a cute pick-me-up? You’re welcome

Gary shared his top three reasons why you MUST see Mad Max: Fury Road

Can we take a moment to appreciate this volcanic creation from Lou? SWOON!

Also Making Me Smile…

Planning our seaside road trip this weekend!

Bright pink retro ski suits

Tea, and all the chat with the lovely Vicky

Eyes on my fingertips

Pastel sunsets on the train from Edinburgh

 

Here’s to a colourful weekend filled with friends, epic playlists and surprises! See you next week…

L-O-V-E,

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Cows and Cherry Blossoms at Pollock Park

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When visiting friends tell me about their perception of Glasgow, it’s normally that they see it as a very urban and industrial place. They aren’t wrong about that – in the busy city centre, we are surrounded by an eclectic (and beautiful!) mix of buildings and a whole LOT of people. But like all good characters, Glasgow has another side. A softer, laid-back one in the shape of its green spaces and parks.

To me, this side of Glasgow is just as special. Is there anything more relaxing than spending a day at the park? I’ve found myself lazing in Kelvingrove park in the summer, hiking up the hills of Queens Park in the frost (just to get to THAT view at the top!) and wandering through Glasgow Green with my beau chattering like a pair of monkeys.

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Recently, I decided to go to Pollock Park for a walk under the cherry blossoms… and to visit the cows!

Pollock Park, for you out-of-towners, is located in the South West of Glasgow. It’s a massive country park with woodlands and gardens to explore, as well as wildlife, walking and cycling trails, and a rich history to boot (it’s been the home of 3 castles in its lifetime!). You’ll also find Pollock House and the Burrell Collection still on its grounds.

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A visit to the park makes for an awesome day out, just bring a picnic and you’re good to go! You can’t go wrong with a cute outfit either, if – like me – you’re forever taking snaps while out on your adventures…

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To stroll around the woodland paths, flat boots were a must – I’m wearing a pair of Darcie ankle boots by Boohoo which are super comfortable and didn’t require any nasty breaking in! The boot gods were smiling on me for sure!

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I love the look of a biker jacket with a floaty dress, and especially adore the combination of black with the vivid blue of this chiffon wrap dress.

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It just wouldn’t be a visit to Pollock Park without seeing the Highland cows that live there. This one almost got close enough for a selfie! Aww!

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With the sun peeping out from the clouds, I couldn’t wait to wear these blue and gold sunglasses. They are a little more ‘Vegas, baby!’ than country park, but I’ve never been one for sensible accessories.

What I Wore:

Dress, boots, tights and sunglasses: C/O Boohoo

Jacket: Topshop

Peony hair clip: Crown and Glory

Necklace: Bonnie Bling

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I didn’t make it round the whole park that day, but you can bet I’ll be back again over the summer. It makes my heart happy to know that we have these quiet leafy pockets within our reach in Glasgow – perfect for days when the hustle and bustle gets too much.

Tell me about somewhere special to you!

Here’s to park life,

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Psst! Boohoo are inviting everyone to share their style story with their #WeAreUs project. I think I identify most with their #WeAreCreators tag! You can find out more here

 

All photography by Gary at Trouble With Film 

 

How To Shop Vintage in Glasgow

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Vintage shopping is like a treasure hunt – you never quite know what you’ll find and when you uncover something amazing, it makes all the digging around worth it. Recently over on Those Gals, we did an episode chatting about why we love vintage shopping and shared a few stories about our favourite vintage finds – it was something we could have easily talked at length about! Vintage fashion is a huge part of my personal style and I often find myself influenced by bygone eras when pulling outfits together.

I’ve had quite a few emails and messages asking about vintage shopping in Glasgow, looking for tips and ideas on where to go. This post has been a LONG time coming and, even though I’ve shared my thoughts on local vintage fairs before, I thought it was high time I shared a guide on how to shop vintage in Glasgow! So today, I’m revealing a few of my vintage shopping tips, reasons to buy second-hand and some of my must-visit destinations in the city for a good ol’ treasure hunt…

First things first – why shop vintage?

The first thing that comes to mind is that by re-visiting pieces from days gone by, we are more likely to find something totally unique. I don’t know about you, but wearing the same thing as 5 other gals at a party is not my bag at all! Buying something beautiful and one-of-a-kind feels special, especially when it fits as though it was made for you (talk about hitting the jackpot!).

Buying vintage is also inexpensive (most of the time!). When second-hand shopping, you can usually expect to have a little more change in your purse after rummaging around your local vintage store, which is an even more appealing reason to give it a chance.

Finally, by shopping for vintage clothing, we are contributing to a sustainable fashion environment. Donations to vintage boutiques save unloved clothes from going to landfill and give them new lease of life again. If that’s not a win-win result, I don’t know what is!

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Where to start your search

In Glasgow, we are very lucky to have a strong selection of second-hand and vintage stores, so today I am just sharing a few favourites to get you started. Here are my picks on where to shop vintage in Glasgow:

Retro, 8 Otago Street, G12 8JH

Starry Starry Night, 19 Dowanside Lane, G12 9BZ

Beautiful Cosmos, 14 Nithsdale Road, G41 2AN

Vintage Guru, 195 Byres Road, G12 8TN

The Glasgow Vintage Co, 453 Great Western Road, G12 8HH

Events for your diary

As well as having some pretty great vintage stores all year round, there are also some awesome vintage shopping events in Glasgow that appear on a pop-up basis. Be sure to add these to your calendar – grab a couple of friends and make a day of it…

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair – this is the UK’s leading vintage fair and has even been hailed as a ‘shopping phenomenon’. It tours on a national basis so keep an eye on the website for their next stop in Glasgow.

Beatroot & Lace Bazaar – a two-day vintage extravaganza that features design, fashion, art and music. The next bazaar takes place at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Halls on 30th and 31st May. See you there!

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Vintage shopping tips 

All set to browse some of Glasgow’s finest vintage fashion? Hooray! Let me finish off with some final shopping tips:

Keep an open mind – vintage shopping gives you the chance to play dress up and think outside your usual style comfort zone. Never tried sequins? Not sure if you could pull off a cape? There’s never been a better time to find out…

Forget sizing – the way clothing was made decades ago is a little different to the way it’s made now. The best thing to do is try things on!

Check and inspect – for imperfections that is! As with anything second-hand, it’s important to give things a little once-over. And if there are one or two things needing attention, decide what’s repairable and what isn’t before you walk away.

Think of the potential – are you swooning over that fabric but not sure about those massive shoulder pads or puffy sleeves? Maybe that dress would look better as a skirt? If you can see the potential in a one-off piece you might just find yourself channelling Molly Ringwald in Pretty In Pink and turning it into your next project!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little guide on how to shop vintage in Glasgow. Do you have any tips to share? Let me know!

Here’s to the thrill of the treasure hunt,

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