Limited Edition – A Festive Pop-Up by Scotland Re:Designed

Limited Edition 8As someone who loves to shop local and discover emerging indie businesses, pop-up stores are particular favourites of mine. Where else can you pick up one-off pieces, chat with the designers & makers themselves AND support homegrown talent? Exactly.

We’ve seen a few pop-up stores appear over the last few months, but recently the awesome people at Scotland Re:Designed have pushed things towards the bigger and better by creating Limited Edition – a pop-up department store featuring no less than TWENTY-ONE local designers and companies! Exciting? You better believe it…

At the weekend I rounded up my blogger babes Vicky, Helen and Kimberley and we plotted a day out in Edinburgh that included heading for Ocean Terminal to visit Limited Edition (with a brunch date squeezed in, of course!). A short trip on the bus later, and we had arrived.

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Ocean Terminal have worked with Scotland Re:Designed to create a unique space that is buzzing with excitement, yet pleasant enough to let you have a good, uninterrupted browse! I was amazed at the size of the unit, at 4000 square feet allowing for all 21 designers to have their pieces showcased equally, and couldn’t wait to have a look at the range of womenswear, menswear, accessories, childrenswear, homeware and gifts.

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First things first (*slams down phone*)! As soon as we piled through the door, there was something multicoloured and covered in faux fur beckoning us…of course, it could only be Obscure Couture’s concession! After living out all of our Barbie-punk-meets-Rainbow-Brite fantasies for a few moments (as you do…), nothing could have prepared me for THIS luxurious Blaspheme coat from the brand’s AW13 collection! I slipped it on an instantly felt like a badass. Cue much posing and purring!

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Next, I enjoyed checking out some beautiful illustrated scarves by Helen Ruth, sweet-scented soya candles by Skye Candles, and contemporary printed pieces from Abetwix. The vibrant knitwear by Eribe made me want to snuggle up to a log fire, and we even got chatting to designer Victoria Rushworth (We Are Rushworth), who talked us through her collection. Inspired by adventure and imagination through young eyes, We Are Rushworth have an eye-catching range of knits and designer t-shirts which are all designed and brought to life in Scotland.

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Kerr Watson’s display of simple, chic accessories caught my eye, and after that I found myself lovingly gazing at the Kirsteen Stewart collection. Gorgeous!

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With the house move, interiors are now becoming a little bit of an obsession, so I made a beeline for Iona Crawford’s designs. Featuring puffins, stags and geometric patterns (and DRESSES!), this collection was surely one of my favourites.

These stunning handcrafted bags by Rhodesian of Edinburgh came in just about every colour possible – making one for each outfit I reckon (hey, a gal can dream…).

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With so many unique concessions under one roof, Limited Edition is the perfect place to do a bit of Christmas shopping while supporting local talent. The other amazing thing about this project is how interactive it is, with workshops and shopping guides hosted by the designers themselves planned over the coming weeks!

The pop-up will run until 31st January and is worth a visit if you’re Edinburgh based, or just visiting for the day. You can keep up-to-date with the plans from Scotland Re:Designed, and find a full list of all 21 designers involved, here!

Have you visited Limited Edition? What does your dream coat look like?

With shopping fever,

Miss West End Girl x


How D’ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?

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When I think about the perfect brunch (and it happens a LOT more often than I’d care to admit…) I picture delicious poached eggs, gingham tablecloths, endless cups of coffee and awesome conversations. How about you?

On Saturday I headed through to Edinburgh for the day to spend some time with the Girl Gang, and check out the newest pop-up project from Scotland Re-Designed (but much more about THAT on Wednesday!). We couldn’t think of a better way to start our egg-citing adventures than having brunch at The City Cafe, and I had the perfect outfit for the occasion…

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As far as outfit themes go, ‘brunch’ has to be a new one (for me, anyway!) so I started off with a checked smock dress from East London fashion darlings, The White Pepper. I love the easy feel of this dress – it can be worn on its own or layered up for a cosier look and the fabric is so soft. I paired it with a blue cardigan from Fred Perry and grey knee-high socks.

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Can we talk about this egg-cellent necklace for a moment? I love the oversized egg motif on this Chelsea Doll piece, and I reckon it’s a must for brunching babes everywhere!

I’m still head-over-heels with my Joules satchel (swoon!) and can’t get enough of the pop of hubba-bubba pink against the blue tones of my dress. It’s also the perfect bag for a day in the capital and toting around all my rubbish essentials.

Any outfit is best topped with some Crown and Glory – and I’ll be wearing this gold glitter Sophie headpiece all the way into party season! My boots are from Faith at Debenhams and may just be the most comfortable boots ever.

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And as for brunch? Well, we had a fantastic time in one of The City Cafe’s retro-style booths eating eggs (of course!) and chatting. I ordered Eggs Florentine (perfection!) and a “Cup Of Joe” – anywhere that has their coffee as Cup Of Joe on their menu is pretty amazing in my book! I loved our brunch and will certainly be back to try one of their famous milkshakes sometime!

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Tell me about your favourite brunchtime diners! If you could theme an outfit after any meal, what would you choose? And how d’ya like your eggs in the morning?

Here’s to lazy, girly brunches…

Miss West End Girl x


Happy as a Pig in Muck: Lunch at The Crafty Pig

The Crafty Pig 3 I am on the subway pretty much every day, which means that I see the same posters and advertisements on a daily basis. One such poster that has been particularly taunting me lately has been for The Crafty Pig. Promising a delicious barbecue smokepit and brewhouse, The Crafty Pig replaces LUAC on Great Western Road and in its first two months has built quite a following. So last weekend, the temptation became too much and we found ourselves craving a massive lunch to set us up for a long day of furniture browsing…

The Crafty Pig isn’t quite a themed restaurant, but there was definitely a strong MEAT motif running throughout. From juicy, dripping burgers, to OTT hot dogs and tender brisket…even the brunch omelette had pulled pork in it! Now, that’s dedication!

Curious to try said omelette, I decided to give it a go. Gary chose the brisket sandwich. I don’t think it’s taken us as long to order food in a restaurant since…well, I can’t remember! We had to ask for a few more minutes a few times before making up our minds, everything on the menu looked amazing – we were even umm-ing and ahh-ing over the sides before eventually settling on bacon cornbread – yum!

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It’s clear that these guys are passionate about barbecue food, which is awesome to see. With attention to detail, clever names and an astounding variety of toppings and sauces (it doesn’t sound like a tall order, but TRUST me – the right toppings can make or break a good meal!), The Crafty Pig offers a solid menu full of choice. They even have an excellent pizza menu (FYI, 2 for 1 all day every day…) and, despite all the pork, plenty of meat-free options to keep our vegetarian friends happy. There’s also a staggering variety of premium and craft(y) beers for all you beer lovers.

While we waited for our food the staff were super friendly and kept us updated on how long our meal would be. The decor is in-keeping with the traditional smokehouse feel and features exposed bricks and wooden finishes. I even spied a smattering of fairy lights at the back of the room – not very smokehouse-y, but I’m always happy to see some twinkly lights! I really enjoyed the music, which was mostly 60s soul and blues tunes.

I couldn’t help eyeing up the pizzas that arrived at a table near us – I think I’ll need to go back and try them to see if they taste as good as they look…

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Of course, I soon forgot all about the table next to us because Holy Moly, the size of that omelette! The eggs were light and fluffy and the pulled pork was juicy and plentiful, they made for a very surprising perfect couple. Despite being very hungry, I couldn’t finish it. I know, I know. Whatta wimp, right? Gary on the other hand, wolfed his brisket down. He gave it a thumbs-up which, along with the clear plate, meant it had been very much enjoyed!

The Crafty Pig is a welcome addition to Great Western Road – we really enjoyed popping in for a quick Sunday lunch and with quality food, friendly service and more than decent prices I’m sure we’ll be back sooner rather than later. I’d better start choosing my pizza, then….

Have you visited The Crafty Pig? What’s your favourite barbecue treat?

Happy as a pig in muck,

Miss West End Girl x


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