3 Alternative Ways to Shop This Christmas

 alternative ways to shop

It’s the last day of November so, if you haven’t started to at least plan your Christmas shopping yet, now’s the time!

Monday’s post was all about the best beauty gift sets that our favourite department store makeup counters have to offer, but today I’d like to focus more on HOW we shop, rather than what we’re buying. Over the next month, there are some exciting shopping events and new shop arrivals in Glasgow that are well worth checking out!

 alternative ways to shop

Not only will these stores and markets leave you spoiled for choice, but they’re also a chance to discover something a little bit different while picking up a few festive treats. I can’t wait to share them with you, so let’s get started!

Here are 3 alternative ways to shop this Christmas…

1. Etsy Made Local AKA The Christmas Market You Must Visit 

Returning to Glasgow after last year’s successful event, the Etsy Team are organising an even bigger Christmas fair this year to celebrate local makers and creative talent. Showcasing the work of 132 designers and small businesses over a lively two-day stint at The Briggait, you can expect to browse the work of such clever cookies as Bonnie Bling, Nikki McWilliams, Claire Barclay Draws, Neil Slorance Art and many more.

At Etsy Made Local you’ll find oodles of homeware, art, illustrations, jewellery and accessories – perfect for anyone looking for Christmas gift inspiration. AND you might just discover your new favourite indie designer while you’re browsing! It all kicks off this Saturday at 11:30 and entry to the fair is free – see you there?

 alternative ways to shop

 alternative ways to shop

2. Boutique by Shelter Scotland AKA The Thrift Store for the Style Savvy

Shopping in second-hand stores is something that I talk about a LOT, as not only does it help support charities and the work that they do, but it is also a way to help contribute to sustainability (and avoid clothes going to landfill!). So when I heard about Boutique, the newest project from Shelter Scotland, I was excited to see what the charity had up their sleeve. Teaming up with Wayne Hemingway, Shelter have created a charity shop with a stylish, design-conscious feel (the interior design has been created by Wayne Hemingway himself…need I say more?) and are opening their very first Scottish store tomorrow at 177 Byres Road.

 alternative ways to shop

Having had a sneaky peek inside the store for myself, I really love the curated feel of the shop floor and even spied a few pre-loved gems ready to be snapped up (a beautiful oversized Chloe bag that would be perfect for a few gals I know…).  Shopping second-hand this Christmas will help to support those struggling with poor housing conditions and homelessness, but don’t forget how valuable your donations are too! If you’re planning a pre-Christmas clear out, the team at Boutique by Shelter would love to hear from you – you can pop in store from Thursday or drop them an email at ByresRoadShop@shelter.org.uk

 alternative ways to shop

3. Wear Eponymous x Leiper Gallery AKA The Pop-up Concept Store

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle and bustle of Buchanan Street you’ll find the stunning Leiper Fine Art Gallery, where Wear Eponymous are hosting their latest pop-up shop. Within this traditional space there’s an explosion of contemporary designer brands and more award-winning talent than you can shake a Christmas tree at; including luxury fashion, accessories, interiors, jewellery, lifestyle pieces and art.

 alternative ways to shop

This is Wear Eponymous’ 4th pop-up event, the latest in the team’s quest to introduce key independent designers to a wider audience. After all, some discoveries are too good to keep to yourself! Expect to find pieces from the likes of Helen Ruth, Rebecca Torres and Edge Only (LOVE!) as well as lots of others – all artistically presented in this classic building at 117 West George Street until 31st December.

 alternative ways to shop

With a mega market, a chic charity shop and a powerful pop-up to choose from (OR why not visit all three?) it just goes to show that there are lots of alternative ways to shop over the festive period.

Glasgow is always bursting with fresh ideas and ways to support others, whether it’s charities, small businesses or local design talent and these three retail events are just a small selection of ways to get involved this Christmas! Let me know if you visit any of them – and if you have any other alternative or local shopping destinations for me to check out.



2016 Makeup Gifts for Beauty Belles

2016 Makeup Gifts

Sleigh bells ring, are ya listenin’? Today marks the first of my holly jolly holiday gift guide series, a new(ish) blog project for me. Last year, I really just shared one bumper edition to cover all manner of gifts and recipients and the year before that was a post dedicated to gifting on a budget. But this year? Oh, it’s ON! Brace yours-elves (sorry).

Every Monday for the next 4 weeks I’ll be talking about the treats we (or someone we know!) would love to see waiting under the tree. To kick things off, I am starting with the 2016 makeup gifts to thrill the beauty junkies in our lives!

With so many sensational sets available this year it sure can be overwhelming to narrow things down so, to give you a little helping hand, I’ve hand-picked three releases that I think are rather special. All you need to do is try not to keep them for yourself…

2016 Makeup Gifts

The suit-everyone palette: The Wish List by bareMinerals 

bareMinerals are a brand that have really knocked it out of the park with their Christmas collection this year. Urging us all to be present (geddit?) with a range of gifts including everything from Happy Glow Lucky skincare to mistletoe-ready Moxie lip colours. The Wish List palette is a sleek eyeshadow kit with 12 shades to compliment all skin tones and encourage us to get experimenting!

The pretty black and gold packaging makes this gift feel gloriously Christmassy and the shades within the palette range from soft matte neutrals to shimmering rich shades; making them easy to wear alone or blended together for a statement look. It also has a big ol’ mirror, which doesn’t seem like much but trust me – when you come across a palette that DOESN’T have a mirror, you’ll notice! This gift is £39 (though is valued at over £87) and you can pick it up here!

2016 Makeup Gifts

The perfect stocking stuffer: They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit by Benefit

You know what they say…good things come in small packages! Benefit are well-known for their seasonal special editions, and this year is no exception, but this little beauty is a new release and from the brand’s mainline collection. The Big Sexy Eye Kit (from Benefit’s They’re Real! range) has everything you need to create a defined eye makeup look with just one sweep!

This pocket-sized tin contains 3 different colour combos (in Beyond Nude, Bombshell Brown and – my favourite – Naughty Neutral) and a custom shadowblender sponge, designed for applying two shades at once (i.e. to your lid and crease). Ideal for the gal on the go! They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit is cute as a button, and is available in-store and online at £27.50.

2016 Makeup Gifts

The Big Guns: Dreamy Look in a Clutch by Charlotte Tilbury 

Dreamy? Dreamy doesn’t even COVER this one, my friend! Charlotte Tilbury’s Christmas gift shop has luxury written all over it, from small trinkets starting at £16.50 to a pretty legendary advent calendar which comes in at a cool £150. The Dreamy Look in a Clutch is packaged in Charlotte Tilbury’s signature rose gold and contains… well, a full red-carpet-worthy makeup look!

The Dreamy Look was created to be super flattering and radiance-boosting with a touch of golden shimmer. It includes an eye palette, eyeliner, lipliner, mascara, lipstick and even a USB stick with a tutorial video from the lady herself! At £90 it’s definetly at the top end of a lot of budgets, but it is a beautiful box of goodies and if you’ve been especially nice this year then it’s worth adding to your letter to Santa. Point the big guy towards House of Fraser, or click here to shop.

2016 Makeup Gifts

Choosing the right gift for someone that deserves a treat is never easy, but hopefully my top picks from the many 2016 makeup gifts available will give you the head start you need.

Do you have any makeup lovers to buy for this year? And which of these would you love to unwrap on Christmas Day?



Friday Hi-Fives: Black Friday, Rainbow Soul

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Well, hello there! If you’re reading this on Friday night, you’ve either managed to resist the Black Friday mayhem OR you’ve swooped in super early and have snapped up everything on your shopping list already (you clever thing!). Either way: welcome! I thought it was about time we had another catch up and shared some hi-fives, don’t you?

Lately, I’ve been checking out a couple of new openings around Glasgow – including a brand new Swatch store on Buchanan Street. It’s filled with super cute watches, jewellery and even sunglasses! Well worth a look next time you’re hitting up the Style Mile. I spent an evening with Kiehl’s (also on Buchanan Street) discovering some of their latest Christmas gifts – I’ll be sharing a few of my top picks very soon, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled…

I also took a few days off and had a little long weekend to myself! My lovely friend Vicky came through to Glasgow for a few days and we had a sleepover. We got through multiple cups of tea, a few movies (including I Am Divine, one to add to your Netflix watch list if you haven’t seen it!) and I was able to introduce her to the wonderful Cafe Strange Brew. Vicky is always taking me to fabulous places in Edinburgh so it was great to return the favour!

This week, I’ve been along to a couple of awesome dinners with some of my favourite beauty brands. We were celebrating a very merry Glitzmas (hint: all things pink!) with Soap & Glory at The Bothy on Tuesday, then on Thursday I headed to The Corinthian to chat about being kind to your hair with the Salon Success / Paul Mitchell crew. With two Christmas dinners under my belt (and it’s not even December yet!), you can bet I am dying to put up my tree ASAP.

Before I go reaching for the tinsel though, let me share a few more hi-fives with you!

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…I had the most relaxing facial at the Clarins Beauty Bar – I was actually ENCOURAGED to take a nap during it! Surely this is pampering at its very finest?

…Tatty Devine have released their new Home & Accessories collection and it’s glittery perfection

…The Glasgow Food Blog is back with a bang (and a sassy makeover!) – go check it out here

…it’s just one week until the #EtsyMadeLocal event kicks off at The Briggait with oodles of everyone’s favourite indie makers, I can’t wait to pick up some locally made stocking fillers!

…our latest podcast episode went live on Monday and we’re falling down the rabbit hole of forgotten celebrity clothing lines – come find us here and add us to your playlist

Here’s to the weekend! Have a great one and I’ll see you next week…


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