26.12.13

Come to mama!

Mr Girl-e and I don't give each other Christmas presents. He also didn't give me a birthday present. Instead, I have a limited budget to have a splurge in the sales. Plus, this is my last month of earning full time pay (I go back to my day job part time at the end of January) so I've got a bit of money to spend - and I'm going to make it count. Here's what I'm considering (no way I'll be able to get all of it, but a girl can dream, right?).

Siren sock, Bebaroque

Pashli satchel, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Farfetch
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Black cashmere sweater, Pure Collection

Embellished metallic cracked-leather loafers, Miu Miu at Net-a-Porter

Modal and cashmere scarf, Athena Procopiou at Liberty

Grey cords, Hobbs (marked down from £89 to £35!)
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A little birdie told me...

That there's an extra 10% off in the Matches sale with the code EXTRA10 at checkout (and more designers have been added). But this discount is only valid today, 26 December 2013. Hurrah!
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22.12.13

Christmas

We're going to be heading down to London on Christmas Eve, so the next two days will be spent packing and making sure I don't forget anything that Serena might need while we are gone. Babies use so much stuff in a day! This will be our longest trip with Serena. So far we've only gone to Edinburgh, Loch Fyne, and Manchester. This will be our longest train ride. Wish us luck!

In the mean time, I have to decide what movies we will be watching over Christmas. Traditionally we've always watched The Godfather I and II, but the last couple years we've branched out a little. The only rule is that they must have at least one scene set during the holidays or be Star Wars.

Last year we watched Die Hard 2: Die Harder; It's a Wonderful Life; Lethal Weapon; Batman Returns; Bell, Book And Candle (such a great film - Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart and Jack Lemmon, romantic comedy and witches - what more could you ask for?) and The Apartment (another great Jack Lemmon film - this one also has Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray - but prepare to be sad).

This year, my list includes Gremlins (always a Christmas favourite); 8 Women (French musical with Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant and Virginie Ledoyen - are you kidding me?); Trading Places, because I haven't seen it in ages, Eastern Promises, because I love David Cronenberg and I still haven't seen this one; Rare Exports and The Long Kiss Goodnight because Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson have great chemistry.

I guess the films constitute a tradition of sorts. My mom passed away in 2005 - she had been the driving force behind our Christmases, so ever since then, it has been a changing landscape of half formed traditions and just kind of going with the flow. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I've been thinking about what traditions I could pass on to her. I guess these things develop over time, usually by happy accident. I guess it will be a matter of living our lives with Serena, year after year, and holding on to the moments and the activities that we enjoy. So I guess we'll see. What holiday traditions do you have? Did they develop organically? Or did they get handed down from a parent or grandparent?

This will probably be my last blog entry until after Christmas, so I wanted to say happy holidays!

19.12.13

One last weekend

It's the last weekend before Christmas, which means you are probably going to be cleaning and last minute shopping or packing or doing whatever it is you need to do to get ready for Christmas. But if you're not, you could do any number of fun things in Glasgow.

Friday evening

If you're a swim fan, you'll want to attend Duel in the Pool, which sees European swimmers taking on the USA team at what is called the Ryder Cup of swimming. 
Saturday afternoon

Enjoy live big band versions of your favourite Christmas tunes with mince pies and mulled wine at Sloans - a perfect way to wrap up your shopping.

Saturday evening

Scottish Ballet's Christmas productions are always worth braving the horrible weather - this year's Hansel & Gretel should be no exception. 

Sunday afternoon

Be sure to check out Living Proof  - an exhibition of work inspired by Charles Darwin's HMS Beagle expedition. Artists include Elizabeth Blackadder, John Byrne, Scott Campbell, Ashley Cook, Eileen Cooper, Diane Dawson, Helen Fay, Alasdair Gray, Kenny Hunter, Marion MacPhee, Jila Peacock, Ray Richardson, Murray Robertson, Andy Scott, Alasdair Wallace, Fiona Watson and Adrian Wiszniewski. (Goats in Trees by Fiona Watson)

Sunday evening

If it keeps raining, the Irn-Bru Carnival at the SECC might be the best way to wrap up the weekend. It's Europe's largest indoor carnival and features rides and games for all ages. 

18.12.13

Shopping with friends - online

If you're friends are honest, shopping with them can be very rewarding. But they can't be afraid to say, 'nope' when you've put on something awful. That would have been very useful for me after Serena was born. I thought I looked more or less the same as I did before I was showing. I knew it wasn't possible, but I still thought it.

Ihave a friend who was going to wear a green jumpsuit to a party weeks after having a baby. Fortunately, she had a friend there who said, 'um, maybe not.' I think pregnant women experience a sort of body dismorphia immediately after they give birth. I don't know what causes it. Perhaps it's the fact that some pregnant women love their bump and by extension, love their bodies. For many women, that's a lifetime first. Or maybe it's all the hormones. They really are some crazy s**t!

This is all a roundabout way of talking about Mallzee. It's an app that lets you shop with friends but in that new fangled way we have of hanging out with people - social media. Perfect if you've just had a baby and don't have a chance to spend hours wandering around busy stores. The app sifts through thousands of items of clothing from dozens of stores and recommends items you might like. Then, if you need some advice on an item, you can get their opinions. Think carefully before you opt into the social media aspect though - Mallzee won't let you buy an item if your friends hate it!

Stores include ASOS, Liberty, Reiss, French Connection, Urban Outfitters, and many many more. When you first use the app, there is sort of an indiscriminate raft of items (though you can use filters for things like colour, price range, and type of clothing). You can swipe left to get rid of an item and right to save it. The more you swipe, the better the app knows you and the more discriminate the selection becomes. I hate to use the word 'curate' in this context - in fact I despise the rise of this term in a fashion context - however, if I were to use it in a fashion context, I would use it here. You end up with a nice little list of items that you've selected that you can either admire, get your friends to admire, or buy. Great for finding the perfect party outfit during the holidays.

The app is free - can download it from iTunes.

16.12.13

Matches sale

The sales are starting in the UK earlier every year. The Matches sale has already begun - with savings up to 50%. Some highlights:

Sophie Hulme tote - was £590, now £413
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Shourouk triple ring - was £448, now £313
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Alexander Wang tuxedo blazer - was £690, now £483
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Markus Lupfer sweater - was £305, now £213
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Thakoon Addition leather trousers - were £938, now £469
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Jil Sander ankle boots - were £630, now £441
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Chinti and Parker sweater - was £420, now £210
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3.1 Phillip Lim clutch - was £470, now £329
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Antonio Berardi honeycomb textured silk-blend blouse - was £748, now £523
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JW Anderson pleat wool skirt - was £520, now £364
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Christopher Kane embroidered leather clutch - was £400, now £280
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Carven faux fur dollar jacket - was £690, now £483
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Christopher Kane organza skirt - was £745, now £521
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Mother of Pearl bug-print blouse - was £295, now £206
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Giuseppe Zanotti slippers - were £630, now £441
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