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

 

Take Me Down to Brass Neck City…

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…Oh, won’t you please take me home?! 

One of the most amazing things about shopping in Glasgow is its vibrant, and quite frankly, booming vintage fashion scene. From the Southside, to Merchant City and stretching all the way up the West End, there has never been a better time to get your thrift on!

I’ve posted before about the positives of second-hand shopping – it’s sustainable, purse-friendly and there’s always the excitement of finding one-off pieces that will transform your look. What’s not to love?

Vintage style is something that is always of huge inspiration to me, so when I heard about Brass Neck City – a fashion showcase dedicated to celebrating Glasgow’s independent and thrift shopping favourites (and a few newcomers too!), I was excited to find out where and when! Encouraging fashionistas and savvy shoppers to look beyond the high street, Brass Neck City features collections from Minted, Vintage Guru, Glasgow Vintage Company, City Retro, We Love To Boogie and Granny Would Be Proud. This lot make up a pretty impressive dream team of retro retailers, and I can’t WAIT to see what each of them bring to the show.

Each of the vintage stores will be tasked with creating looks that pay homage to popular Glasgow street styles – you can expect to see ensembles inspired by Art School Chic, Vintage Lovers, West End Wendys and more! Will you see your own style staples strutting down the runway? There’s only one way to find out…

What makes this event even more awesome is that it is being held in one of my favourite neighbourhood hangouts, HIllhead Bookclub. Oh, that and the fact that it’s totally FREE! If you’re new to vintage shopping then it is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the ever-growing local boutiques that we are lucky to have in our city, and why second-hand shopping is kind to the planet. And if you’re a seasoned pro, checking out a curated selection of thrifted fashion is always a pleasure, right?!

This unmissable show starts at 8pm this Thursday, will I see you there?

Where the grass is green and the clothes are pretty, 

Miss West End Girl x

 

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