Not enough shoes!

Yes, I bought the same shoes twice in different colours. In my defence, they were on sale.

I have a sickness.

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February wish list

My day job has been keeping me so busy lately, I haven't even had time to post a February wish list until now. This is a shocking state of affairs, as the wish list post is usually my favourite one to write.

With all the news on the Autumn/Winter 2011 shows, it's hard to focus on the fact that it's now almost Spring, and all those clothes I was seeing on the runway pics last year are now trickling into the stores.

One of the looks that I absolutely love, and can be worn right away, is the silk blouse. Equipment has been doing a lot of these, but my budget is more comfortable with the Marks & Spencer version. No bright colours yet though, I'm afraid, just beige and pink. But still very nice. Pairing it will a grey cardigan and a midi skirt, and you've got a total Mary Beth Lacey look. That may be just in my mind though, since I'm watching old episodes of Cagney and Lacey at the moment.

I do also like the cargo comeback, especially since they've morphed into skinny trousers this time around. Because of my ridiculous inseam length, I'll be getting my from Long Tall Sally (pictured) but J Brand has a great pair available at Net-a-Porter, and the Gap has a great pair in beige or black for a measly £36.
Jimmy Choo snake-effect ballerina flats
I read Tom Ford quoted in Vogue as saying he was sick of seeing women in flat shoes. Can someone remind me of why the way women dress has been largely left to men to decide? I love the way super high heels look, but being flat of foot means I'm far happier in trainers or flats. Sue me.
Scarves are such an easy way to add interest and colour to an outfit, no? Not content with the scarves that I already own, I really feel that I must buy one of Forget Me Not's giant silk ones with their fascinating and intricate illustrations.

Rose gold is virtually everywhere at the moment, which makes me happy because it's so pretty, and it suits my super pale complexion much better than yellow gold. This bracelet by Azzaro at Matches is so simple but really gorgeous.


Spring beauty buys

One thing I've done with my extra cash since going back to work full time is to buy all the beauty products and cosmetics I couldn't afford when my pay was cut down by a third.

The other reason I've been buy lots of beauty products is that, now that there is a wee bit more daylight in the mornings, I feel a invigorated and want to get into a spring vibe. It's too cold to wear spring/summer clothing, but I can give my medicine cabinet a good spring cleaning.

My favourite beauty outlets are Space NK (of course - it's the Net-a-Porter of beauty, and now even better with their N.centive programme), Cult Beauty (a recent discovery for me) and Zuneta.

Space NK

I'll always have a special fondness for Space NK because there's an actual, physical shop in Glasgow. And now the N.centive programme is very exciting to me, as ever since I started buying more and more products there, I've lamented the impact it's had on my Boots Advantage Card balance. I signed up when the programme started last year, and now have a free full sized Kiss Mix (one of my favourite lip balms - a birthday gift from Space NK) and a £10 voucher to show for it.

My favourite products:

Caudelie Vinosource quenching creme sorbet
Why? Because it's skin quenching but light, with a great texture.Kiehl's ultimate strength hand salve
Why? Because it lasts - your hands are soft, even after you wash them.Zuneta

Zuneta is truly making the most of online shopping by providing instructional videos on every product page. This is fantastic because it's like having your own beauty expert explain how to use the product you're considering. I'm not a natural when it comes to using make-up (I started very late, and still don't wear it much) so I find this feature very useful.

My favourite products:

INA Crystals white gold radiant skin tonic
Why? Because it's refreshing and smells lovelyBecca sheer lip tint in Alina
Why? Because it's a perfect balance of striking colour with subtle sheernessCult Beauty

As the name suggests, Cult Beauty specialises in hit beauty products, some of which you can't find anywhere else. One great feature of the site is the fact that product descriptions include reasons for their cult status. One thing I don't like about online shopping is when there isn't enough info to go with the product. When I can't use all my senses when browsing, I need more information to convince me. Cult Beauty has it covered.

My favourite products:

KaplanMD lip 20 moisture therapy with SPF in Sheer Nude Shine
Why? Because the tingly moisturising feeling is totally addictive
Lucas' papaw ointment
Why? Because you can put it anywhere for any skin complaint


All I want for Valentine's day

Dear Husband,

I am a woman of simple needs, simple tastes, and I am very easy to please. All I want for Valentine's day this year is a fabulous meal at the Blythswood Square Hotel (though not on Valentine's day, as I don't want to order from some bogus special menu, especially as I'm a vegetarian, and those special menus tend to offer fewer veggie choices).

And because I'm a woman of such simple needs, all I need is a bottle of Veuve Clicquot rosé, which I am happy to say, is now available online through Selfridge's website.

Am because I'm not fussy, I would be happy with this simple rose gold plated ring by Dominic Jones, from the Outnet. You'll be happy to know that it is 60% off.

And because I'm so laid back and easy to shop for, I would also be happy with a simple box of chocolates from Lucky's, purveyors of amazingly rich cake/truffle hybrids in a mouth watering array of flavours.

And that's it! I am working hard to make this upcoming holiday easier for you, with the enclosed web links, and I am here to answer any questions you may have.

Your loving wife,

Girl-e Glasgow


It's time for bold fashion in Glasgow

Bold Souls, 'Glasgow's monthly fashion network' has just been brought to my attention. Bold Souls offers monthly events where designers, retailers, bloggers, and fashionistas can get together and play dress up. Les Garcons de Glasgow also make an appearance to photograph the stylish results.

This is how Bold Souls describes itself on Facebook:

Bold Souls is a unique pop-up fashion and styling event in Glasgow, aiming to promote independent design throughout Glasgow and connect creatives working throughout the city. Bold Souls aims to nurse the fashion community within Glasgow. With so much talent within the city we feel the best way to show it is by inviting some of our favourite designers to come showcase under one roof – giving you the opportunity to buy direct from the designer (sans shop overheads) and learn more about the creative pool we have in Glasgow at the moment. Bold offers designers the opportunity to network with like-minded folk within the city, to help build up on collaborations. Bold Souls brings everything you need under one roof – designers, models, photographers, bloggers and stylists.

I'm sold. With the demise of Che Camille, I was looking for some good fashion news. The next Bold Souls event takes place on 29 January from 1 to 8pm at the Subclub. Tickets £2 in advance, £3 on the door.

Tickets can be purchased from http://boldsouls.bigcartel.com
Visit Bold Souls on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/boldsouls-fb


New Years Resolutions

I know resolutions are normally empty promises we make to ourselves, that we then later use to flog ourselves during the many hangovers we have for the rest of the year. Or is that just me? Anyway, I make them year after year regardless. Here are mine for 2011:

Cut back on coffee

I really think I must be an addict. At one point I was drinking so many cups a day, the caffeine was making me light headed, and my heart race. Lately I've been more moderate with it, but I still drink more than I should, so I'm moving to tea. I don't really like black tea, despite how truly ubiquitous it is in every household and office across the UK. So, as with anything, I've used this as an excuse to go shopping! My sister gave me a gorgeous little tea pot that makes about two large cups of tea, and comes with its own strainer, so I can use the loose leaf variety. In addition to my beloved Fortnum and Mason teas (Moroccan mint, elderflower and white tea with peppermint), I've discovered the delicious varieties and blends form Tea Forte. They come in lovely double lidded tins. My favourite flavours are African Solstice and White Ginger Pear.

Buy quality over quantity

I was working part time for the second half of last year, and as a result, my clothing budget shrank dramatically. During that period I was selling quite a bit on eBay, and it helped me notice how much wastage there was in my wardrobe. I bought things that I hardly wore, never wore, had no occasion to wear, or I wore until they wore out. If I had back all the money I spent on bad purchases, I could buy several nice, well considered items. So, I've decided to focus more on those forever items of clothing and shoes that will see me through many many years of wear.

Drink more champagne

I know this sounds like an odd one, but this is really the drink version of 'buy quality over quantity'. My husband and I get in this terrible habit of drinking a bottle of wine with dinner most nights, and it stopped being a treat. I want to only drink fine wine and lots of lovely champagne occasionally, rather than supermarket swill frequently.

Invest in myself

I plan to funnel some of the extra funds from going back to full time into taking better care of myself. That means eye appointments, hair appointments (James Dun's is helping this one by offering 50% off colour treatments in January and February), flotations, massage, and finding exercise that is fun, even it means dancing around to Cheap Trick in my flat. No sense in looking at exercise as punishment.

Travel more

A family trip to Arizona over Christmas has whet my appetite for more travel (despite being stuck there for an extra 5 days because of the East Coast blizzard). I used to travel all the time, but I haven't really been doing much of that of late. I've joined Voyage Prive, a private shopping club devoted to luxury holidays, to help me with this resolution, and perhaps spark my imagination. (to join, just fill out your details and use my email where it asks for the friend who recommended you: rhindarabbit@gmail.com)

Enjoy Glasgow more

I love Glasgow, but despite how it may appear from this blog, I do tend to take it for granted a bit. This year I'm resolving to buy the List regularly and actually go out and do things, not just write about them!


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