One For The Boys: The Brotique Pops Up

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With so many pop-up fashion events in Glasgow, I’d say us ladies get a pretty sweet choice when it comes to checking out new stores, awesome brands and one-off goodies. But sometimes, we’ve got to let the fellas in on the action too, right? Right.

Last Thursday seen the launch party of The Brotique in the city centre, where even the snacks sported little moustaches – one for the boys indeed! So who better to report back from such a soiree than my favourite male blogger (and always well-dressed!) Gary from Trouble WIth Film? Today, Gary acts as our male style correspondent and shares his thoughts in this exclusive guest post…

Once damned to the realms of quiet whisper between only the closest friends and those afflicted by the dreaded metrosexual term, male grooming has thankfully made it into the mainstream. Men are now free to enjoy the benefits of specifically tailored products for the demands of the masculine routine.

Whether you need the right¬†comb for your Crybaby-esque pompadour or the perfect notebook to record your Fear and Loathing in Glasgow adventure, the range of products available to the discerning gentleman has reached heights not witnessed since Victorian times. Would it not be great if there was someone picking the best of what’s available and presenting it all in one place for our perusal?

Well, it just so happens there is!

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Edinburgh’s premier outlet for male goods and gifts is The Brotique and the GOOD NEWS for us Glaswegians is that The Brotique is popping-up in our city. Specialising in the ManHamper (more on that later), accessories and grooming, The Brotique stock both well established brands including comb-makers Kent and those newer to the market (but nonetheless fast gathering support and acclaim) such as Apothocary 87.

Thursday saw the launch party for the pop-up shop which will be situated in Bath Street hangout Hummingbird, running from 23rd September through 4th October. In addition to the products offered by The Brotique, each day the guys will be showcasing work from various local businesses, designers and artists – all the more reason to make sure you visit! The main attraction is the aforementioned bespoke ManHamper which can contain your choice of The Brotique’s ever-changing selection of products. No wine or cheese in sight.

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The launch party saw a gathering of writers, bloggers, models and photographers with live grooming from Safe Hands Barbers and photobooth fun courtesy of Glasgow favourites The Bygone Photobooth Company who never fail to enhance an evening with their retro props and instant prints.

Each guest was gifted a #BROBAG full of goodies from the likes of Lush, Runaway Fox and Braw Beard Oils. The Lush product, Kalamazoo – a beard and facial wash, I’ve already enjoyed using; the almond, apricot kernel and jojoba oils does a great job of cleansing and softening my scruffy face.

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In addition to the #BROBAG, I was lucky enough to win a cigar box overflowing with AMAZING products from The Bearded Bastard and Big Red Beard Combs. Not having had the chance to sample everything due to the sheer volume of products I was lucky enough to receive, an early favourite is certainly The Bearded Bastard’s vanilla beard oil – another product you can pick up from The Brotique instore or online.

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One of the most engaging elements of The Brotique’s raison d’etre is their strong focus on products not readily available on the high-street. So, if you are looking for gift inspiration for the man in your life, or simply to treat yourself to some TLC, pay a visit to The Brotique pop-up in Glasgow from tomorrow or anytime at the permanent store in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh.

It was an amazing night and a huge thanks to the guys at The Brotique for inviting us along to celebrate their latest venture! And thank you to Gary for giving us the lowdown on what we can expect from the pop-up. I’ll be paying them a visit for Christmas inspiration, will you? You can also read more from Gary over on his site! We’ll be resuming our usual programming on Wednesday – see you then!

With flannel shirts and freshly-trimmed facial fuzz,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Friday Hi-Fives: Fancy Jewels & Fake Moustaches

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Oh, Friday. At the start of the week you seem so far away, and now that you’re here we’re super happy to see you! Tell me, how has your week been? I want to hear all about the fantastic things and people you seen. I started my week by having Swarovski crystals stuck onto my brows (you gotta try it!) by the amazing Jared Bailey (Benefit’s brow king extraordinaire). From there, I sparkled my way through the rest of the week and visited the very glamourous Sheenashona jewellery event (which featured yes, even more bling!) on Tuesday and the launch party for The Brotique on Thursday (more on that very soon!). We also managed to squeeze in the Gala screening of 20,000 Days On Earth midweek – which featured live tweeting, amazing performances and one epic piece of Tatty Devine jewellery!

This weekend sees Beatroot and Lace open their vintage bazaar at The Art School, if you’re in town tomorrow be sure to check it out – I’ve heard awesome things about this one. I’m about to get packed for a weekend away for a very special blogging project – hurrah! But before I start whizzing around with my overnight bag (picture the Tasmanian Devil…on Red Bull…), can we take a moment to celebrate the awesome little things about the last seven days? It’s Friday, so let’s do this…

Link Love

A love letter to magazines – as a magazine maven, I enjoyed checking out Kailey’s top picks

I totally want to eat this Breakfast Root Cake. Like, EVERYDAY.

It’s the future, maaaan. 17 Cool New Startups that will change your life!

Five tips for finding useful basics in a charity shop – cheers, Donna!

Planning your LUSH Christmas hauls? I know I am! Adrienne has put together this great guide

Also Making Me Smile…

Turquoise panna cotta (it tasted like vanilla, I mean WHOA!)

Beautiful Art Deco-inspired rings

Pink surprise parcels in the post – at the end of the longest day in history

Custom-stamped pencils in bright colours!

The heady scent of a room full of beard oil

 

What and who had rocked your world this week? Share your hi-five love with me!

With fancy jewels and fake moustaches,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Autumn Brights On a Blustery Day

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All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey… and I just can’t bear to say goodbye to vivid Summer colourways yet! This weekend I was out and about doing a couple of shoots for ScotStreetStyle and Cut Out and Keep (watch this space!) and I made it my mission to stand out against the Autumn leaves that littered the ground! I was wearing some of my very favourite bright pieces and thought it would be the perfect way to say goodbye to the sunny days for another year…

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We found a beautiful, quiet street where the only sound was the odd gust of wind rustling through the trees!

This lime green dress by Ted Baker is quickly becoming one of my favourite frocks EVER. I love the texture and full skirt shape, plus it feels amazing on! Great for the warmer months but I will also be wearing it lots with thicker tights and a cosy cardigan in the Winter!

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You might remember this jacket from the Love Your Clothes event I went to a few months back. I never got around to showing it off properly, but I can’t get enough of those sequinned raindrops. Too cute.

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For jewellery I looked no further than my go-to rings (by Thomas Sabo & Bloody Mary Metal), a Bonnie Bling necklace and a little bee brooch by Karen Mabon. I reckon it’ll be a few months before we see some real bees again though…

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JuJu’s jelly sandals are super comfortable and pretty ideal for skipping down a tree-lined street in! And of course, ice cream goes hand-in-hand with jelly (shoes!) so what better bag than this treat by Betsey Johnson?! Yum!

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It wouldn’t be an afternoon out if I didn’t have¬†something extravagant sitting on my head. This Crown and Glory Lisa headpiece is one of my most-worn items – I just adore it.

Colours are the smiles of nature

Leigh Hunt

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I loved bringing a little colour to a blustery day with my Autumn brights! Are you ready to leave Summer behind for another year?

Crunching through the leaves,

Miss West End Girl x

 

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