Friday Hi-Fives: ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas…

week before ChristmasOh, hi! I was never under the impression that the week before Christmas was ever going to be a quiet one. There’s just so much to do, right? I wasn’t quite prepared for this crazy week though! I’ve spent a lot of time this week seeing friends before the holidays kick in, slurping lots of hot drinks, making plans and exchanging gifts. It’s the loveliest kind of busy!

Mid-week I trotted over to BLOW to get a haircut and came out feeling like a new woman naughty 1920s vamp! Ooh la la! I’d been toying with the idea of a short, sleek bob for a little while now, and I’m so happy that I took the leap. It’s Velma Kelly-meets-Mia Wallace-meets-Enid Coleslaw and I am Ob. Sessed! I couldn’t wait to show it off, and go out somewhere fancy – luckily I didn’t need to wait long as the following night I found myself in the beautiful National Galleries of Scotland attending Watch and Wolf’s special screening of The Wizard of Oz. You can expect a post with ALL the details of that magical evening in the new year though…

Today, I’ve spent a lot of time wearing festive eyewear, drinking delicious concoctions at Browns (the Diamond Fizz is pretty spectacular!) and planning the next few days. We can’t wait to welcome some friends into our new pad tomorrow and get the last preparations for Christmas finished. What are you up to this weekend?

Here’s a few Christmas-themed hi-fives to get you started…

Link Love

Lush created a beautiful Christmas video showcasing the abstract art of the humble bath bomb as an antidote to the chaos of recent Black Friday scenes – its divine!

A gift guide for the movie lover in your life, courtesy of Gary. I love these picks!

Visiting Glasgow over Christmas and wondering what to see and do? Me and a few other ladies have you covered…

Sometimes some gorgeous snaps are all you need. Emma shares her London Life At Christmas photo diary

Cintia’s DIY string art Christmas card display is the cutest!

 

Also Making Me Smile…

Excited blethering about home decor with Pammy 

Tiny toffee apples!

Festive playlists that go on for hours

The smell of hot food at the Christmas market (I’m lookin’ at YOU, donuts and hot dogs!)

My sweet friend Casci bought me the Amy Poehler book and I can’t wait to read it!

 

This will be the last edition of Friday Hi-Fives until after New Year! I hope you’ll keep in touch with any hi-five worthy articles or other online awesomeness until then though…

Merry and bright,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Tea Green Festive Market

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Last weekend I braved the Sunday morning chill to visit Tea Green’s festive market, checking out over 40 independent artists and designers. I love any excuse to spend time in The Lighthouse, it’s a beautiful space and even hanging out in it seems to get a little inspiration going.

When I heard that Tea Green would be holding an indoor shopping event to showcase some of Scotland’s best creative talent within the bright, airy 4th floor of The Lighthouse, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist popping along for a browse!

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On arrival I received a cute goodie bag that was jam-packed with discount vouchers and little gifts – I especially loved the hand-stamped leather keyring from Pretty Vexed, and it wasn’t long before I was at their table. With intricate laser-cutting techniques, pretty-with-a-tough edge jewellery and their infamous leather harnesses, Pretty Vexed’s designs have been on my radar for a while now, so it was amazing to see their pieces up close.

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Other stand-out exhibitors were Little Dot Creations, who had a beautiful collection of art and textiles inspired by animals and nature. I also couldn’t help but look at the bright coloured, Scandi-cool designs of The Store Hus – who had items starting at just a couple of pounds.

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Briar Rose Designs caught my eye with their awesome arrangements. Far from your average florals, Briar Rose Designs use plants to create wild, vintage inspired pieces with colour and plenty of character. At Tea Green’s event, the brand had cacti and fun displays featuring dinosaurs and skulls – too adorable!

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Finally, my favourite stall of the day had to be the prints & cards by Lucy Gordon – and in particular the ‘Dolly’ poodle print. Who doesn’t need a glammed-up pooch to decorate their pad?

My babe Helen from Wardrobe Conversations was providing some photo fun at the event, encouraging shoppers to pick their favourite item at the market and pose for a photo with it in her tinsel-tastic photobooth. For me, it could only be Dolly the Dog – so I headed to the booth with the coiffed canine in tow!

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The idea behind Tea Green is simple: to showcase the creative energy that we have here in Scotland and make it accessible to everyone by creating unique pop-up shopping experiences. The selection of designers and artists have been hand-picked based on their talent and quality, and having browsed the market for myself I can truly say that it shows. If you couldn’t make it along on Sunday, you’re in luck! There will be another market this Sunday at The Lighthouse – see here for a full list of exhibitors!

Will you be paying Tea Green’s Festive Market a visit?

With cacti and creative spirit,

Miss West End Girl x

 

Magical Orlando: A Break from the Brr!

Magical Orlando 3 As excited as I am for Christmas, I must admit that unpacking holiday clothes in the new flat and listening to the rain and hail battering off of the windows is making me long for Florida just a little bit! If you’ve been reading here a while, you might remember that we’ve been on holiday to the sunshine state every year for the last 6 years and we just can’t get enough of the laid-back atmosphere, amazing food, beautiful weather and of course, Walt Disney World!

So when I was invited to take part in the Magical Orlando tag and presented with a list of questions, I was only too happy to start thinking about all of the fun things to do while visiting my favourite place. Since I’ve not really seen any of the Harry Potter movies or read the books (sorry Potter fans!), I’ve amended two of the questions so that I can still talk about something fun from my Florida adventures…

1. Which Hogwarts House would you be sorted into? CHANGED TO Where is your favourite place to eat in Orlando?  

This is a really hard question to answer because Orlando is full of delicious places to enjoy a meal! I am a big fan of themed restaurants and fortunately get to indulge in that quite a bit in Florida. I would probably say that my all-time favourite is House of Blues – their style of cooking, variety of food and brand ethos keeps us coming back for more every year. Oh, and the fact that it’s in Downtown Disney doesn’t hurt either!

2.Name a Disney character you’d like to have dinner with?

Baloo the bear from The Jungle Book. Not only was he voiced by one of my favourite Disney actors, Phil Harris, but he also reminds me of my dad – and dinners with my dad are ALWAYS awesome. We’d have a huge meal in the jungle and then take an even bigger nap afterwards. Perfect.

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3. Which Marvel Superhero power would you choose? 

I’d want to try Sue Storm from Fantastic Four’s invisibility power. Who wouldn’t want to experiment with invisibility, even just for a day?

4. If you could bring back one dinosaur breed from Jurassic Park, which would it be?

All the ones I like are kinda deadly, but I guess that wouldn’t be very responsible would it?! Since I don’t want to cause utter chaos, I’ll go with Triceratops!

5. Where would you go on a school trip to Hogsmeade? CHANGED TO Where is your favourite place to shop in Orlando? 

The shopping in Florida is INSANE! Two of my favourite designers, Kate Spade and Betsey Johnson are widely available and on top of that there are outlets for just about everything you can think of. Over the years I’ve picked up gorgeous handbags, one-off dresses, make-up favourites and more. I’d say that the two outlets run by Premium Outlets plus the Mall at Millenia are my top shopping destinations.

6. Name a scene in a Disney, Marvel or Harry Potter movie that you wish you wish you could experience.

Too easy, it has to be the jazz cats party in Disney’s The Aristocats. Partying in old-time Paris with Thomas O’ Malley and his pals always looked like a lot of fun!

7. Name one item from any Harry Potter, Disney or Marvel movie that you would want for Christmas.

Hmm! That’s another tough one! Maybe Iron Man’s suit? Sure would make flying to Florida next year a lot easier…

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8. Name one unforgettable experience you’ve had at the Orlando Parks.

I do have a tendency to go on (and on!) about Walt Disney World, but that’s because it’s my favourite place on the planet. When I think about the simple things, like being on the ferry and seeing Cinderella’s castle in the distance or huddled up under the fireworks at Magic Kingdom, those are the unforgettable experiences!

I’ve enjoyed geeking out over my most-loved holiday destination today and sharing some of my favourite things about Magical Orlando and the movies that the parks are based on. I also invite any fellow bloggers that share the Florida love to join in and tell me what your answers are! Until it’s time to start planning our next trip, I’ll guess I’ll be keeping warm in my Mickey Mouse beanie…

With love, sunshine and holiday dreams,

Miss West End Girl

 

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