24.9.10

September wish list part two - jewellery

The only thing I might love even more than handbags would be jewellery. All kinds of jewellery, but mostly rings. And there is so much out there right now that I'm totally loving.

Like this Bombe ring by Astley Clarke's AC Silhouettes line. It's perfect for this Autumn/Winter's minimalist looks.This druzy quartz ring by Erika Pena at EC One is perfect if you want to tap into that 'wild in the country look' that you'll be seeing everywhere. I can just picture this with tweeds, chunky knits and shearling.With rings, as far as I'm concerned, the bigger the better. And it doesn't get much bigger than this abalone ring by House of Harlow at My-Wardrobe.This necklace and ring from ASOS, part of their new ASOS WHITE line scream - no, elegantly suggest - minimalist chic. I just love that big chunky crystal.There's nothing minimalist about this St Tropez knuckle duster by Katie Rowland at Liberty. It's just pure glamour - wouldn't it look amazing on a hand holding a martini glass?
While Net-a-Porter have styled this Modern Nostalgia bracelet by Juicy Couture with a military/utility look, it strikes me as a very lady-like looking piece that would look just as good with a pencil skirt and silk blouse.If you're looking for something a bit tougher, this Vicious pendent by Glasgow based designer Beardiebloke (that's his Etsy moniker) would fit the bill. Beardiebloke has painstakingly soldered together dozens of sewing machine needles from an abandoned sweatshop in Clydebank. Who knew industrial waste could be so fabulous?

23.9.10

September wish list

I usually write my wish list posts early in the month, because I spend the last few weeks of the month plotting and planning for the next payday, so by the time the first of the month appears, I've already got an idea of what I want to buy. This month was different though, as all month long new things appeared that made me rethink and revise. That's just the nature of September - all the new lines come in, and everything is sparkling and new, and a girl with an attention deficit like me doesn't stand a chance. I change my mind on the must have item every day pretty much.

So on this advanced date of 23 September, I've finally put a stop to my indecision and gotten all the things I'm lusting after on paper. Well, on virtual paper. And because there's so much I've got my eye on, I had to break it down into 2 entries - tomorrow's will be all about jewellery.

Zara has finally launched its online store, though Glasgow's Zara girls have long been satiated by the Buchanan Street outpost. There's plenty of gorgeous stuff on the site, though half of it is already sold out. This cardigan in particular stands out to me, as it combines two things I love: military and knitwear.

Leather insert skinny jeans
If you haven't yet checked out the new ASOS WHITE collection, it's well worth a visit to the website. They've focused on quality materials and minimalist designs for a collection that looks more expensive than it is. These jeans seem very Rick Owens reminiscent.

Asymmetric wool-jersey top
And speaking of Rick Owens, I'm in love with this wool top from his Lilies diffusion line. It manages to be cool and elegant at the same time.

These wedge boots by Ash are amazing and I love them enough to give me foot pain amnesia. It must be what it's like to have a child, when the hormones kick in and make you forget that it's actually incredibly painful giving birth and you start wanting another child.

Brown opal print silk scarf
It's easy to see why Richard Weston was discovered at this year's Best of British design open call at Liberty. His stunning silk scarves manage to capture the complex beauty of natural stones in 2 dimensional prints. It's hard to pick a favourite, but I would say this brown opal pattern stands out just a bit more from the rest.
Cut grass scented bubbles

If you're already missing summer, this fragrance treat from Maison Francis Kurkdjian at Space NK is like summer in a bottle. And if you happen to have a cat, this will provide hours of fun watching said cat go mad trying to bite the bubbles.

Exploding Toad

Because I've left this list so late, I'm already thinking about Halloween, which has to be my all time favourite holiday. Fortnum and Mason has a whole range of witty Halloween treats, including this chocolate toad, filled with popping candy.

22.9.10

I'm going down to La La Land

As if Sarah Graham wasn't busy enough. She's a stylist, she runs an online vintage boutique, she founded Scotland's own fashion magazine, Coveted. Now she's opened a shop in DeCourcey's arcade. The shop, La La Land, specialises in stocking the brands that bloggers love: Babooshka, Tatty Devine, I Heart Norwegian Wood, Jefferey Campbell, and Lazy Oaf. It's basically a wee slice of indie fashion heaven.

The shop launched last night, with bubbly and Auntie M's fabulous cakes. Auntie M has taken one of the spaces upstairs in the Arcade with a 1950s style 'cake lounge'. I took lots of pictures, but you'll really just need to pop in yourselves to take a look.

De Courcey's arcade has long been Glasgow's destination for shoppers who are too cool for school. And if the smashing success of Felix and Oscar (once a small shop in De Courcey's, now a chain) is anything to go by, there are plenty of those shoppers in Glasgow.

Be sure to drop by the shop on 21 October for the fashion magazine swap shop, where you will get a chance to trade some of your fashion mag hoard for something you haven't read yet.

www.livinglalaland.co.uk
And in honour of the new shop, I thought I'd share my favourite Green Velvet tune with you...

21.9.10

Lotsa Louboutin

In case you missed the Christian Louboutin fabulosity at the Outnet last week, a new shipment has just arrived and will go on sale tomorrow. We're talking shoes and bags at up to 60% off.

If you haven't already registered with the Outnet, do it now to be notified when the sale opens.

Here's some shoe porn to get you in the mood:

Oh baby!

10.9.10

A 'swish' night out in Glasgow

If you're anything like me, you might be feeling a tad left out by all this 'Fashion's Night Out' talk. It's meant to be a global celebration of fashion, yet what's happening in Glasgow?

You can console yourself with a visit to The Swish - described by their PR as 'A fabulous evening of clothes swapping and shopping.'

The clothes swap will be happening at The Hub, Pacific Quay on 30 September. And it's for a good cause - all proceeds will go to the Scottish Huntington's Association, a charity that helps people in Scotland affected by Huntington's disease.

It's not just a clothes swap though. The night will include: a craft market with handmade accessories and housewares; a live auction of special outfits; personal style advice; mini-pampering treatments; live music; sparkling wine and cupcakes; and of course, a bar.

The tickets cost £10 in advance (£12 at the door). The event starts at 6:30pm and runs until 10pm.

Tickets and info: www.hdscotland.org

Poor advertisement

This sign was found on West Graham Street. I hope this isn't representative of the standard of quality he's offering...

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