Sunday, 9 April 2017

Scottish Design Exchange Part 2

Photography by Debbie McCuish

All items available from Scottish Design Exchange:
Culottes & Crop Top - Suk Wan Chan
Clutch bag - Rie + Mil
Necklace - C.Caricco

Following up from part 1, I've got some more fab Scotland based designers to tell you about! First up is Suk Wan Chan, who designed the monochrome outfit I'm wearing. Sophia Chan studied Fashion Design at Heriot-Watt University and has gone on to create womenswear collections from her studio in Edinburgh. She takes some of her inspiration from her Chinese heritage as well as art and philosophy. 

You'll know that my style isn't exactly minimalist, however I thought the Suk Wan Chan pieces were really unusual and felt very high quality. The crop top has a very sculptural silhouette which I've never seen before. I also love the culottes which have a leaf-like pattern created by the micro-pleated fabric. 

The clutch bag is by another Edinburgh based label; Rie + Mil. Created by two friends with backgrounds in Fashion Technology and Textile Design, they print and hand construct every item. Their designs are "created to give a relaxed elegance with on-trend print designs." I have a thing for crystal prints right now so this clutch was practically calling my name!

Sticking with the crystal theme, I paired the pink clutch with this stunning crystal necklace. There were various colours to choose from and I particularly liked the oil slick colours of this one. Created by jewellery brand C.Caricco, their beautifully handmade pieces are designed to suit every style and budget.

This outfit was shot in Glasgow Green on a sunny but extremely windy day - hence the half closed eyes! Debbie is a fab photographer to shoot with though and we didn't let the crazy weather ruin our shoot. Dream Team! You can check out one of our previous shoots (and one of my favourites) here. Also, thank you to Ruth MacGilp for letting me borrow these amazing pieces. Don't forget to visit The Scottish Design Exchange and support your local artists and designers.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Scottish Design Exchange Part 1

Rosamund of Scotland

Rosamund of Scotland door print dress

Scottish Design Exchange Edinburgh

Scottish fashion blogger Love from Lou Lou

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Photography by Debbie McCuish

Scotland is home to so many incredibly talented creatives, although they haven't always had the amount of exposure they deserve. Luckily, The Scottish Design Exchange is helping change that. The not-for-profit concept store launched in 2015 and allows shoppers to explore a diverse range of local talent. You'll find collections from fashion designers, artists, textile designers, photographers, jewellery designers and more.

When choosing outfits for this shoot, there were so many pieces I loved that it wasn't easy to decide! This silk dress by emerging brand Rosamund of Scotland was an absolute must though. It's beautifully cut and I adore the colourful print of door-fronts. The dress is from a Royal Mail inspired collection called Love Letters, designed by Chloe White and features textile designs by Susan White. Other pieces include a postbox printed skirt and a hand embroidered envelope clutch. They're so sweet and also sustainably sourced. I can't wait to see what comes next from the designer duo. 

When I was checking out The Scottish Design Exchange's jewellery collections, I was immediately drawn to the colourful bracelets designed by Marishah. The one I picked out features a tiny gold buckle on a turquoise strap. It's so pretty and unusual.

If you haven't visited this amazing store yet, head over to the 1st floor at Ocean Terminal and prepare to swoon. You can also follow on Instagram to find out what's new in store. My next blog post will feature three more amazing designers so look out for that.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Finishing Touches for Your Home

Recently I've been getting the urge to add some more decor to the rooms in my flat. There are so many beautiful homeware pieces in the shops right now, so I thought I'd share some of my favourites. From high-street bargains to indie boutique gems, these are a sure-fire way to add some style to your home.

Pomme Pomme merino wool throw
Chunky knit throw £85 - Pomme Pomme
These 100% merino wool throws are a great way to add some hygge to your home. They're handmade in Manchester and there are loads of colours to choose from. 

H&M Home decor 2017
Round Mirror £25, Frames £6.99 to £8.99 - H&M
I may be biased since I used to work there, but H&M do some gorgeous homeware. These sunburst mirrors and hanging frames look so pretty together.

Rose and Grey lanterns
Antique Brass Lanterns £36.95 to £49.95 - Rose & Grey
These lanterns would make a room feel so cosy at night, and I think they'd look beautiful even when they're not lit up.

Zara underwater collection 2017
Coral print cushion cover £19.99- Zara
Zara's new Underwater collection is absolutely stunning. I love the bright colours of the coral and it reminds me of swimming in the Great Barrier Reef.

Little Lies homeware
Moroccan shelf £18, Arrow hooks £12 - Little Lies
Little Lies is a Scottish online boutique that specialises in bohemian homeware (and clothes too!) These wall hangings are the perfect way to display your favourite things.

Vases £3 to £10 - HEMA
I first discovered the Dutch brand HEMA when I was on a work trip in Birmingham. They have some lovely colourful decorations which are really affordable.

Matalan homeware 2017
Tealight holder £15 - Matalan
I adore almost anything that looks oriental and this tealight holder is no exception! It's so unusual and you'd never guess that it's from Matalan!

Oliver Bonas sheepskin cushions
Sheepskin cushions £45 to £50 - Oliver Bonas
Sheepskin cushions are the ultimate way to add some luxury and texture to your living room. I want one in every colour!

I think my favourite thing about interiors is that, like fashion, it can express your personality and what you find beautiful. It's so nice when you visit someone's home for the first time and see how they've made it their own. I'm thinking of doing a little flat tour once I've added a couple of finishing touches. Stay tuned for that!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

My Favourite LBD

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River Island western buckle satchel

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Photography by Washington Gwande

Dress - Fashion Union
Boots - Ted & Muffy
Satchel - River Island

A little black dress isn't always the most exciting option for a night out, but this beauty is much more fun than your average. The frill is super flattering for my body shape and I love the unusual combination of a high neckline with the sheer panel.  For the past couple of months it's been my go-to dress for nights out. I either pair it with these OTK boots if I'm going glam or my patent ankle boots to add a bit of edge.

This is probably about the 10th satchel I've owned and it's by far my favourite. I've always liked western buckles on belts, and they look even better on the straps of my bag.

As always you can let me know what you think of my outfit on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.