Friday Hi-Fives: Making the Most of Each Moment

Friday Hi Fives

I always read articles about making the most of every moment, and it’s something I really do believe in. If the last week has been anything to go by, I reckon I’ve made a decent go of it! You might remember that I spent last weekend in London, and I managed to jam-pack it full of meetings, brunches and coffee dates. It was awesome to see some of my main babes, like Erica and Kylie, chat blogging business (and see some of the swankiest offices EVER), and even squeeze in a trip to Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market. We also spotted Tim Burton & Helena Bonham-Carter having a browse at the market (LIFE. MADE.) and had our share of yummy meals (including an unforgettable brunch at the Ace Hotel!).

Back home, it was straight back into another busy week! We launched the second week of our Halloween Girl Gang posts with some unlikely style icons and I started buying furniture for the new flat (including the cutest sofa ever!). I also went along to some smashing events with Joules, Perfect Gifts & Interiors and YUU Beauty – I love discovering new brands and businesses, and it’s always exciting (in a different sort of way) when an established company decides to set up shop in our fair city.

I ended the week with a manicure from Glasgow’s finest, Swoon Nails. It features glitter, studs and some adorable decals by DIY Nails and Nancy Mc! Perfection. I can’t wait to show them off this weekend! Before we head into the next two days, let’s celebrate what’s made this week amazing, shall we?

Link Love

My lovely friend (and fellow Halloween Girl Gang member!) Vicky launched her new blog – go say hi!

Reading about Gary’s favourite moments in horror films is making me MEGA excited for Halloween

I want to try out Emily’s sugar skull make-up tutorial 

Sometimes you need no words – just striking photos. I love Emma’s little glimpse into London’s China Town

Why I Wanted to be Just Like Wednesday Addams Growing Up (and still do!) 

Also Making Me Smile…

Treasure hunting at Beyond Retro

Spotting beautiful street art

Devouring delicious handmade chocolates by Chocolat Blanc 

The fact that I am sporting a tiny bucket of popcorn on my left thumbnail

The first hug hello after being apart…

 

What’s made your week awesome? Have you been making the most of each moment too?

Love,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Scrapbook: Paris Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

Paris 9At the start of the year I posted about plans and goals to make 2014 awesome. I love seeing new places, so I thought it might be fun to document everything from the little trips to the far-flung holidays and all the experiences in between. I love putting together photo albums, silly collages and scrapbooks (blame this on watching far too many programmes like Art Attack as a child!) so Scrapbook is a feature where I can share photo diaries and memories. 

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Has it really been almost three weeks since we returned from Paris? It only feels like yesterday that we were skipping along Rue de Rivoli, snapping photos and gorging on delicious pastries! Oh Paris, mon amour, you were truly magical! This has to be one of the most difficult scrapbooks to put together for sure – I took oodles of photos and have SO MUCH to tell you about this fabulous city!

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The first thing that I fell in love with in Paris was the buildings. With deliberate and intricate architecture, I spent a significant amount of time facing upwards and taking in the balconies, carvings and rooftops. Le sigh!!

It’s easy to get around Paris, the Metro service is super fast (and cheap!), but to be honest we enjoyed getting around on foot most of the time. Comfortable (FLAT!) shoes are a must if you want to cover a lot of ground. And boy, did we ever! From sunlit strolls along the Seine, to museum runs and the impressive walk up Champs-elysees, there are plenty of places to explore.

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As it was our first trip to the city, we managed to take in a lot of tourist-y spots, along with some lesser-known gems. In a couple of days we visited the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, St Germain, Arc de Triumphe, and Sacre-Couer. Oh, and the Eiffel Tower, of course…

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What a beauty! I must admit, I didn’t expect to be excited by a big hunk of metal. But when I first laid eyes on it, I let out a little squeal. It’s especially striking when you see it unexpectedly. Like when we were walking down a street, happened to turn a corner and – BOOM! – there it was! Unashamedly swooning like a right tourist.

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The sun was out every single day of our trip, which was a stroke of luck! It meant that my already romanticised view of Paris was literally seen through rose-tinted glasses – specifically, these Dita Von Teese ones. Thanks Pretavoir for hooking me up!

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As well as seeing some of the ‘main’ sights, we also made time to visit a few things that were off the beaten track. First on the list was Pere Lechaise – the resting place of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. It may sound a little morbid, but it was beautiful and very peaceful. We also walked through Jim Morrison’s old neighbourhood, which was quaint and filled with pretty boutiques and cafes. We even found his apartment at Rue Beautreillis, which was awesome to see.

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The red light district, as you might expect, was gloriously scuzzy. We cut through it on our way back from Sacre-Couer and found Moulin Rouge – ooh la la! All of our days were jam-packed, but next time we visit Paris I’d love to take in a show.

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There are museums and galleries galore in Paris, so it was very difficult to pick a couple out (there wasn’t enough time to see them all!). We loved visiting Palais de Tokyo (hello, vintage photobooth!), and right next door is Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris which was also AMAZING.

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As with most cities, there is no shortage of shopping! However, as the weather was so glorious we preferred to spend most of our trip outside, soaking up our surroundings. In my opinion, there is no better place to spend a sunny afternoon in Paris than Jardin des Plantes – a massive botanical garden filled with gorgeous blooms!

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We couldn’t go to Paris and miss out on Disney (what do you take me for?)! You can read a full separate post on our DIsneyland adventures here!

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Food-wise, Paris is full of delicious and indulgent treats. A visit to Laduree was a must-do! Their macarons really are to die for and they also sell some cute gifts.

We had such a wonderful time on our trip, it would be too difficult to choose a favourite part! Could you blame us?

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Paris, you have bewitched me. I am sure it won’t be long before I’m back on your streets, hungry for more!

Have you ever been charmed by a city? Where are your favourite Parisian hangouts?

avec beaucoup d’amour, 

Miss West End Girl x

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

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