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

 

A Bewitching Evening with Scottish Ballet

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When an email pings into your mailbox inviting you to share an evening of ‘witches, hysteria…and tapas!’, you’ve gotta be a little intrigued, am I right? The fact that the email was from the awesome folks at Scottish Ballet, who have been working their magic behind-the-scenes on their new Autumn production of The Crucible, was even more exciting. To celebrate the upcoming world premiere of The Crucible double billed with Ten Poems (that’s September 25th, mark those calendars!), Scottish Ballet had planned a spellbinding evening at Glasgow Film Theatre, with a screening of 1996 teen witch drama The Craft, PLUS a ten minute mini-movie showing an exclusive sneak peek of the making of The Crucible, followed by witchcraft chatter and tapas at Blythswood Square. Was I in? You bet your broomstick, I was!

So last Tuesday, I pulled on my very finest ’90s goth girl’ getup and headed over to the newly-renovated Glasgow Film Theatre, where my coven was waiting! Armed with more candy than you could shake a wand at, we piled into Cinema 2 and enjoyed a preview of The Crucible.

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Dark, emotionally-charged and featuring an incredible score of powerful, and familiar, music; The Crucible brings the story of the Salem Witch Trials to life on stage. Choreographed by Helen Picket, the production promises to entertain, astonish and provoke thought – it’s safe to say I can’t wait until the 25th!

And then, of course onto The Craft, which was altogether much more familiar territory. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen The Craft, but I always enjoy myself when I do! The script (Skeet Ulrich! Breckin Meyer!), characters and soundtrack always transport me back to my high-school days, and it’s ENDLESSLY quotable (“we are the wierdos, mister”). I sat with Lori, who was also suitably gothed-up for the occasion – hey, we love a theme! – and other local blogging babes.

The theme that always sticks with me while watching The Craft is that when the four girls are together, anything seems possible which I love. Of course, once the madness and danger kicks in, it’s a little less romantic and a LOT more sinister!

Relax…it’s only magic

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Afterwards, we went to Blythswood Square where we were greeted at The Salon Bar with Pink Swan cocktails, delicious raspberry & elderflower fizz and a to-die-for selection of antipasti platters. We chatted about the film, witchcraft, and of course, The Crucible! Miriam from Scottish Ballet gave us the lowdown on all the goings-on that have helped bring the tale to the stage - including the vision of choreographer Helen Picket and the intertwining styles that are used. Like The Craft, the show sees a group of girls possessed by witchcraft, with a dramatic and chilling result. The production is also twinned with Ten Poems, to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of poet Dylan Thomas’ birth, and will see each of the ten selected poems brought to life.

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My witchy wardrobe included:

Hat: New Look

Sunglasses: Dickies

Lace Dress: Betsey Johnson

Boots: Dr Martens

Bag: Forever 21

Necklace: Runaway Fox

I had a lot of fun embracing the dark side with Scottish Ballet, and you can catch The Crucible with Ten Poems from 25th September. Full details, including tour dates, can be found here.

Now, who’s ready for a game of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board?

With cackles and cinema stubs,

Miss West End Girl x

 

A huge thanks to Scottish Ballet, Blythswood Square, and Glasgow Film Theatre for a bewitching evening! 

Photography credit: image 2 by Nisbet Wylie for Scottish Ballet

Friday Hi-Fives: Coats, Cakes and Cauldrons!

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Welcome to the weekend! As you might be able to tell from the photo above, this week has been pretty sweet! I had a ton of spooky, witch-themed fun with Scottish Ballet and Glasgow Film Theatre earlier this week (but there’ll be much more on that night on Monday!), and enjoyed an evening of coats and cakes at the Topshop A/W 2014 launch party on Wednesday. The delicious treats were provided by the ever-fabulous Three Sisters Bake, and I couldn’t resist a slice of lavender and lemon cake – SO GOOD!

It’s also been a week of little personal milestones (any excuse for a victory dance, right?) and making plans for upcoming collaborative projects. Watch this space! I’m looking forward to the weekend, which will mostly be spent making plans for our upcoming trip to Paris. Tres excitant! Before I start making to-do lists, let’s celebrate the very best of the last seven days…

Link Love

Dancing feet – Love these beautiful pictures from Lisa. Truly proof that you should dance like no-one is watching

As Tatty Devine turn 15 (SAY WHAT?!) they look back at the very best of London Fashion Week from years gone by

Elaine has been taking part in the One Week One Pattern Challenge – and coming up with some amazing pieces

Great Balls of Bokeh! I love these photography tips from Alexis

This left me wide-eyed: 26 Real Places That Look Like They’ve Been Taken Out Of Fairy Tales 

Also making me smile…

Hunting down the perfect Autumn coat

Fresh smoothies with LOTS of blueberries

Google hangouts – meetings in pyjamas are clearly the future…

Walking through the leaves first thing in the morning

Trips to Martha’s

 

I hope you’ve had a sublime week, filled with energy and good vibes. It’s time for the weekend, so let’s go get ‘em, tiger!

With cake crumbs and crisp mornings,

Miss West End Girl x

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