Thursday, 1 June 2017

Glitter Queen

Louise Arnot

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Urban Outfitters pink glitter skirt

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Photos by Douglas Ferguson

Skirt - Urban Outfitters
Crop Top - Monki
Leather Jacket - Topshop
Sunglasses - Quay Australia
Boots - New Look
Handbag - River Island
Earrings - PlexiShock

Glitter is everywhere right now, and it's no secret that I'm addicted to it! I mostly wear it to complete my make-up looks for nights out, but it's also added sparkle to my wardrobe. I picked up this skirt in Urban Outfitters' midseason sale and I really love the colour of it. Since it's such a feminine and striking piece, I like to offset it with my leather jacket and chunky patent boots.

I'm also wearing the plexiglass earrings I'd mentioned in my last blog post. I bought them in Rome, straight from the jewellery designer who had such a fun and colourful collection at his stall. You can check out his online shop here.

Thanks to Douglas Ferguson for taking these photos of me in the Old Town. He's based in New York and came over to work for a few weeks in the UK. We're planning another shoot before he leaves so expect another outfit post soon!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

7 Things To Do In Rome

You might have seen on social media that I recently visited the beautiful city of Rome. I went with my Mum as part of my 30th birthday celebrations and we had so much fun. We stayed at Hotel Champagne which is a lovely traditional Italian hotel in the heart of the city. Four days felt like a good amount of time to discover the city because we packed so many things into each day. I think you'd need a week though if you wanted to see the sights at a slower pace. Also, I would say that May is the perfect month to visit as it was around 21 degrees. I don't think I'd enjoy walking around in a bustling city with the scorching summer sun. 

Rome is a city that I feel everyone should visit at some point in their lives. When I was younger I wasn't that interested because I was never into history, but now I can really appreciate it. I couldn't believe how old and well preserved some of the sights were! If you're planning on visiting Rome, make sure you tick these things off your list...

1. Shop at Mercatomonti Market

No holiday is complete without a bit of shopping, but avoid the usual chains and head to this amazing market. It's open on weekends and includes a mixture of vintage and Italy's independent designer clothing and accessories. We could barely contain our excitement when we started walking round the first few stalls! It reminded me a lot of the markets on Brick Lane, with unique items at reasonable prices (especially the handmade jewellery). I bought a pair of triangular plexiglass earrings from Plexi Shock and another pair of earrings made from Chanel buttons. 

2. Visit Santa Maria Maggiore

This basilica is so opulent and mesmerising that I couldn't stop taking photos! Founded in the 5th century, it's the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. There's so much to see inside, from the rows of confessionals to the beautiful gated rooms where I watched people singing hymns. 

3. Eat Gelato Every Day

One of the things I was most excited about was the Italian food. The pizzas and pastas definitely lived up to my expectations, but if I had to pick a favourite it would be the gelato. Each day we went somewhere new and tried different combinations of flavours. I'm quickly going to move on because I'm craving it badly!

4. Walk Round the Colosseum 

You'd be crazy to visit Rome without seeing the Colosseum! Some city attractions can be underwhelming when you see them in real life, but this is unlikely to be one of those. Its scale, structure and the history are really impressive. Although we didn't join a guided tour, there was plenty of information dotted around to learn about the history. It only cost €6 to get inside and we didn't queue for long at all.

5. Chill at Caffe del Pincio

After so much exploring, this serene spot was perfect for sitting back and relaxing with a magazine. Situated between the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese Park, the elegant restaurant looks over the city's rooftops and plays beautiful chill out music. We ordered wine which came with nibbles, and although it was pricey, everything else in Rome is so affordable that we didn't mind.

6. Take the Tour Bus To See The Main Sights

There are at least 3 different bus tour companies in Rome, and we went with CitySightseeing. From the different ticket options we thought the 24 hour ticket was a good choice as we could visit lots of attractions split into 2 half days. Apart from the sights mentioned above, we also stopped off at the Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, Altare della Patria and Castel Sant'Angelo. All of them were well worth a look. 

7. Shop at Stores You Won't Find Here

There's not much point in shopping in stores you can find in your own city. Instead, check out these amazing shops:

  • Fox Gallery - selling a fab selection of art and coffee table books
  • Furla - this Italian designer brand makes the most gorgeous brightly coloured handbags
  • Wycon - I'd never heard of this Italian make-up brand but I'm in love with an eyeshadow palette I bought from them
  • Kiko - although there are a few Kiko stores in the UK, it's cheaper to buy in Italy. Since it's one of my favourite make-up brands, I bought a few things.
  • Dolce Vita - a lovely fashion boutique with stylish pieces and a really friendly owner

I hope you liked my holiday round-up and let me know if you use my little guide to Rome.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Top Picks from BoConcept

After first discovering BoConcept in Glasgow, I was so happy to hear that the designer furniture brand recently opened a store in Edinburgh. Located on Rose Street, the store has two spacious floors which showcase their ultra modern furniture and accessories. The way they're curated with individual room concepts will have you dreaming of a home filled with their interiors. It's also lovely to see that the staff are really welcoming and friendly. They gave me a catalogue so I can now swoon over their full collections from my own home!

If you aren't familiar with BoConcept, let me fill you in! The brand launched in 1952 and has since then become Denmark's most global retail furniture chain, with over 250 stores around the world. Their Nordic inspired products are designed by BoConcept's in-house team, as well as international award winning designers. They ensure that each design meets the brand's core values of simplicity and functionality. It's great that their furniture is not only stylish, but designed to be comfortable too. 

I really like that the furniture can be customised with a range of options to fit in with your room's colour concept. On the website, I had fun playing about with different colours and fabrics to see how my favourite pieces looked after I selected each swatch.

I've put together a wish-list to share some of the products I would love to have for my home. Although I'm no interiors expert, I think the pieces could work quite well together in a living room. There's a mixture of sixties influences and geometric designs which I'm a big fan of. Like all of their products, they look really sophisticated, and a few of them would make great statement pieces.

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For more interiors inspiration, check out Edinburgh's new designer furniture store.

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.