The Halloween Girl Gang Project: Unlikely Style Icon

Wardrobe Convos Lynsay11If you were around this time last week, or have been following my adventures on Twitter and Instagram, you might be aware that I revealed the first part of Halloween Girl Gang – a style project that I’ve been working on with my ladies at Wardrobe Conversations and Miss Vicky Viola. It’s a collaboration that’s been born out of a love for fashion and horror movies – and what better time of year to let it loose on the world than Halloween?

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The first photo shoot was based on an eerie family portrait, and it was all very solemn. Not smiling for photos was certainly a challenge! The next shoot, was a totally different vibe indeed! We challenged ourselves to find an unlikely style icon from the movies, and build an outfit theme around the character of our choice. WIth so many to choose from, it was a difficult choice! But when there’s something strange, in your neighbourhood…can you guess who I picked yet??

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Yep, everyone’s favourite silly spectre – Slimer from Ghostbusters!

A couple of months ago, I unwrapped a Ted Baker dress so bright it nearly had me reaching for my phone (WHO YA GONNA CALL?!). It was lime green. No, wait – make that slime green! It was a clear winner when it came to making a start on my outfit for this shoot.

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Slimer is always eating. That’s part of his charm! In fact, he’d much rather eat a huge sandwich than haunt a house, and well – I must say that I would make the same choice! Accessorising with some fun food-themed accessories helped bring this ensemble to life, and I immediately reached for my hamburger clutch bag from New Look and a glittering pizza slice for my hair by the fantastic Alternate Normality.

My trusty New Look boots, some more slime green (this time on my nails – the colour is Radium by Illamasqua) and a pair of glasses that Janine Melnitz would be proud of helped finish off my look! My little ghost brooch is handmade by moi – with the help of Tatty Devine at one of their glitter-packed workshops!

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So, why DID I pick Slimer? Well, I kind of like that for a ghost he isn’t very scary – in fact he is pretty silly. We also both have a penchant for bright colours and would rather befriend someone than intimidate them. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, so I thought it would be a fun way to mark the occasion! I can’t believe the movie is really 30 years old! I’m excited to be going along to a screening on the 28th of this month and laughing along at every joke (again!). Will I see you there? Don’t forget your proton pack!

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I’ll leave you with a shot of the Halloween Girl Gang in its entirety for this shoot. Can you guess who the other girls picked as their unlikely style icons?

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Don’t forget to keep up to date with the rest of the shoots over on Wardrobe Conversations this week to see if you’ve guessed correctly!

Do you have an unlikely style icon this Halloween? What’s your favourite line from Ghostbusters?

Cause bustin’ fashion makes me feel GOOD, 

Miss West End Girl x

 

All photography by Ross Bull

Friday Hi-Fives: Ghouls, Glitter and Gelato!

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Greetings from Shoreditch! I’m sitting in a Starbucks in my home-from-home, sipping my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season and reflecting on the last seven days. It’s not a bad way to end the week at all in my book, and I’m looking forward to some fun meetings and catching up with my London ladies over the next couple of days!

As well as switching up my coffee order, I’ve also changed my hair for Autumn – cue the makeover montage! A trip to BLOW on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered and I walked out after much pampering and gossiping with a head full of colour – purple and copper ombre to be precise! I’m in love…

This week also seen the launch of the #halloweengirlgang project with my ghoulfriends at Wardrobe Conversations and Miss Vicky Viola. We had so much fun shooting these spooky sets, be sure to check back on Monday for the next installment! I spent a glitter-packed girl date with Vicky on Wednesday, as we cruised some of Edinburgh’s finest – including Hannah Zakari, Hula and Mary’s Milk Bar. Hooray for quality time with like-minded babes! On the home front, we’ve started packing up the flat and I’m determined to find the PERFECT statement armchair. If you see something suitable, tweet me!

I am so ready for this weekend, how about you? First, let’s celebrate this week’s most awesome…

Link Love 

Cosmetics queen MJ shares her top tips on how to shop for make-up like a pro

Scotland Re:Designed have launched their 2014 showcase, and it’s just the thing for aspiring designers AND fashion lovers!

Ever wondered what a pizza the size of a table might look like? I know I do. Erica did too, and found somewhere that serves them!

Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow are throwing a HELLUVA bash for #Pinktober – featuring Swoon Nails, We Are Faux and much more

I can’t stop cooing over the new BOB skirts by Dawn O’Porter and Karen Mabon – especially this one!! 

 

Also Making Me Smile…

Hope Street issue 3 – their Elvis Made Me Do it editorial is flawless

Starting the day with sequins…and lots of ‘em!

Dark chocolate and sea salt hot chocolate

Hotel beds that look (and feel!) like giant marshmallows, aahhhhh…

Getting excited over really trivial homeware items (fruit bowls! Rugs! Toilet roll holders!)

 

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and managed to spend time with the people that make you smile. See you next week!

With ghouls, glitter and gelato,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Ultimo Launches at House of Fraser Glasgow

Ultimo2There are few things in life that can give you a little sass in your step like the feeling of some new lingerie, don’t you think? For years I was always guilty of wearing the wrong sizes (I know, THE SHADE OF IT ALL!) and not taking the care that I really should. I was more focused on the outfits, rather than the underwear. It was only after I was measured and wearing something that fitted and flattered me that I realised what a difference it made!

As well as working wonders for your confidence, improving posture and enhancing the natural, feminine shape under your clothes, a beautiful piece of lingerie can be appreciated all on its own – ooh, la la!

Last week, House of Fraser was all a-flutter as Ultimo launched their first ever Scottish concession in one of Glasgow’s most iconic stores – the first of 12 in the pipeline. I went along to celebrate the launch and check out the collection – which boasts a carefully curated selection of show-stopping pieces, delicate bridal sets and shapewear.

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Lingerie departments can sometimes conjure up images of tired, uncomfortable spaces that don’t feel too inviting. Father Ted Christmas Special, anyone? The Ultimo concession itself is a different kettle of fish (or should I say, barrel of bras?) – combining a luxurious shopping experience (thanks to its sleek, stylish surroundings), with an accessible, fun collection (bras in the latest range start at £20) – staffed by a friendly team of ladies that know their garters from their g-strings! It makes for a very pleasant and welcoming shopping experience indeed.

At the event, I couldn’t stop ogling the beautiful pieces, especially the vivid pink and long-line bras. There was something very retro, and pin-up inspired about some of the pieces, which featured intricate details and delicate eyelash lace. A little birdie told me that Ultimo also have some bold, fashion-influenced designs for next season too! Excited, much?

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One of the best things about Ultimo, which launched in 1996, is that they cater for a huge spectrum of sizes – in fact, you can find bras up to a size G at the new concession. And if you aren’t sure which size is best for you, the team are on hand to help with free bra fittings and a knack for customer care. It’s as easy as that! Don’t be that girl with terrible backache that’s too embarrassed to get measured! There’s NO need for that. I took home The One Va Va Voom set, which features one of my favourite colour combos ever – black and candyfloss pink! Let’s just say it lives up to its name…

You can find the new Ultimo concession on level 2 of House of Fraser Glasgow. Will you be paying them a visit?

With shapely silhouettes and saucy winks,

Miss West End Girl x

 

With thanks to Ultimo and all at House of Fraser Glasgow

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