Playing office

I am a Sagittarius, but I was born on the cusp of Capricorn. That is what I chalk up my almost insane love of office supplies to. When I was a child I loved playing office - not realising that for many people, working in offices can often be boring at best, soul destroying at worst. I think it was the organising that I loved - putting index cards into a Rolodex  (which you can still buy by the way - who knew? I assumed they had gone the way of the cassette tape), making a rubber band ball and filing papers into folders.

Maybe when I go back to work when my maternity leave ends, I can pretend I'm eight years old again, playing office. These things will help:

70s ring calendar, Present & Correct
 Mid century stapler, Etsy
Plymouth touch task lamp, John Lewis
Stuff I'm likely to forget coloured notebook, Bread & Jam at Not on the Highstreet
Brass ballpoint pent, Midori at the Conran Shop
Dog bookends, Graham & Green
Tripod clock by George, Vitra at Heal's
Arctic animal stoneware drawing pins, Anthropologie


The Bay Tree

When I wrote my blog entry about vegan Glasgow, I was hugely remiss in not mentioning the Bay Tree on Great Western Road. The Bay Tree has a long history of serving vegan food in Glasgow (the restaurant has been around since 1960). It used to be entirely vegan, but the original owners sold. The current owners have started serving meat and dairy, but there are still plenty of vegan options on the menu, including milk shakes, ice cream and smoothies. 

It's a Mediterranean restaurant, so there are also plenty of options like hummus, dolmados, fatoush, vegetable stew, korma sabzy (spinach, leeks, lemon, beans, herbs and spices with rice or couscous) and a mezze platter. 

The service is very friendly, and the prices are very reasonable, and it's BYOB with no corkage fee. For a great, informal meal, you can't do much better.


Welcome to your weekend, people

Italian Caffe
Start your weekend early with a discussion of one of the biggest stories in the news right now, the conflict in Syria. The University of Glasgow is hosting a roundtable discussion on Syria, and the ethical, legal, political and practical dimensions of the conflict will be discussed. The Event has been organised by the Glasgow Human Rights Network. 

This weekend is September Fashion Weekend at St Enoch Centre. There will be fashion shows, workshops, demonstrations, and 3D body scanners to tell you once and for all what your body type is, essential to finding the right styles to suit your shape. You might be picked by a Style Spotter for a chance to win a prize - there are £1,200 worth of gift cards available, so dress to kill.

Arches Live, a festival of new works by Scottish artists and performers, will be running all weekend. There will be music, drama, performance art, improvisation and comedy, often with a political slant.  

80's anarcho-punk nihilists, Conflict, will be playing on Friday night at Audio. There probably won't be a riot following the performance like in the old days, but Colin Jerwood is still providing vocals, and there's still a lot to be angry about in this day and age, so some things haven't changed.

On Saturday, why not take in some art? An exhibit of work by Niki de Saint Phalle is currently on at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). The work, which includes 13 sculptures, 1 lithograph and various ephemera, was a gift from the Eric and Jean Cass Collection. Niki de Saint Phalle is the artist responsible for the mirrored tympanum (that triangle bit at the front of the building above the columns - I had to look it up!) and the mirrored entrance at GOMA. The exhibit will be at GOMA until 27 October.

In the evening, try the Italian Caffe in the Merchant City for dinner. The menu is mainly Italian tapas, and features a fantastic wine list. You can get wines by the glass there that you can't find in most places in Glasgow. The food is amazing and can cater to most diets (I don't eat meat or diary and can always find something there to eat, and they are always happy to accommodate me. They also advertise gluten free options on their website). It's one of my favourite restaurants in Glasgow.

If you've ever fancied bingo, but are terrified of those elderly hardcore players, try musical bingo at Sloanes. DJs Chuck Norris and Dangerous Dave accompany the fun. Don't worry, they'll be gentle. Sunday at 6:00pm in the Grand Ballroom.

If you want something funnier on Sunday, go to the Scottish Comedian of the Year grand finale - watch the remaining contestants with different levels of experience, who have been through a sort of Iron Chef of comedy during June and July. The finale will be taking place at the O2 Academy


Girl-e obsessions

This is what is preoccupying me right now:

Marble Hornets - a series of found footage style clips on youtube, Marble Hornets is a creepy serial that incorporates the Slender Man mythos. If you don't know about the Slender Man, read about it on Wikipedia. If you look closely, you can see the Slender Man in the background of this film still. Eeeeh!
Vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies - from The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets (affiliate link) by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. They were so good, we made two batches!
Knitwear with leather accents, like this one from J Crew
Team Girl Comic! - a comic writing collective of Glasgow based women who focus on autobiographical comics. They publish books, but there are a series of strips available on their website as well.
Winged socks from D. Lo London
Apple TV - it took us ages, but we finally got around to buying this tiny box. I can't get over how small it is. We can watch Youtube on it, Netflix, and videos from my computer - wirelessly. It's brilliant. And, because it's Apple, we just plugged it in and started using it. No faffing. I think there's like a 'No Faffing' guarantee at Apple or something.
Baby costumes - I cannot wait to get Serena her first Halloween costume. What's the point of having children if you can't put them in crazy adorable outfits that will embarrass them many years later? This one is from Etsy.


Eleven Paris

One of the nice things about having a blog is that sometimes my fashion questions are answered before I even get a chance to ask them.  A thought had been brewing in my mind ever since I wrote the 'Dress like Phyllis' entry - one that…how do I finish that metaphor? Percolated? A thought that developed into a hot strong cup of joe when a lookbook arrived in my inbox.

The thought? Where can I find clothes with big round zip pulls like the ones people used in the 70s? An example can be found on the sweater Phyllis wears in the still I used for my blog entry. The answer? Eleven Paris.

According to the lookbook, the Autumn Winter 2013/14 look is late 80s Iron Curtain. That's right - doesn't sound good, does it? But it is! Maybe it's because track suits, parkas and chunky knits are in right now, but they managed to make Gorbachev era Eastern Block fashion actually look cool. I kid you not.

The items I spied with big round zip pulls are all jackets. One of which is a great cream coloured leather jacket that I'm seriously coveting.
Here are some highlights:

Eleven Paris is available online from the Eleven Paris website, ASOS and Zalando.


If the internet was my wardrobe...

And money was no object, this is what I'd wear to drinks at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow:

Fine-knit cashmere sweater, Rick Owens at Net-a-Porter
Collection cafe capri trousers, J Crew
Rose gold plated wave bracelet, Dinny Hall at Avenue 32
Oxblood Willow clutch, Mulberry

Masculine coat, Neil Barrett at My-Wardrobe
Leopard-print loafers, Lanvin at Net-a-Porter



I read somewhere that one way to make a small room appear even smaller is to have too many cushions. I must admit, I'm a bit cushion mad. And our current sitting room is about half the size of our old sitting room, so I'm certain that I'm demonstrating that cushion rule. I need to re-evaluate the cushion situation, reduce the number we have, and replace some of the shabbier looking covers. We don't have much in the way of patterns in our sitting room, and not much in the way of bright colours, so some new cushion covers would be a great way of introducing some more interesting visual elements. I've been scouring the internet for some options. This is what I've come up with:

John Lewis has collaborated with Timorous Beasties to offer a slightly more affordable version of their home decor, which employs a delightful combination of modern subjects and historical styles.
I love the wistful expression on this panda's face - available at Etsy
This 'Cleopatra' cushion from John Lewis looks so tactile
At the pricier end of the spectrum, these beaded cushions by Jonathan Adler embody temptation! Available at Amara
Bo Concept has a whole range of beautiful, colourful cushions. These two might be my favourites.
This cushion from Zara Home exudes Jazz Age elegance
What's cuter than kissing sparrows? This cushion is available at John Lewis and House of Fraser
I said I wanted colour - this velvet cushion from Etsy has all of them
And finally, these cushions from Graham and Green combine style and whimsy

Kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss me, love...

Just one kiss, kiss will do.
Classic Duffle 6 studded leather bag, Saint Laurent at Net-a-Porter


Another weekend, more stuff to do

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Only one more day until the weekend. This weekend the main event appeals to my innate nosiness - Glasgow Doors Open Day events are happening all Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year, I'd especially like to visit my favourite Glasgow music venue - the Barrowland Ballroom. Visitors get to explore the sprung floor, backstage and the dressing rooms. The venue apparently even has its own ghost. I'd also like to see the parts of the Gallery of Modern Art that people don't normally get to see. The building is beautiful, and has been refurbished to retain many of its original features, some of which visitors will have access to this weekend. Gartnethill Synagogue is also worth a visit. I've been there before for weddings and other events, and was always impressed by the beautiful stained glass.

The Glasgow School of Art Graduate degree shows are also happening all weekend. Programmes include Graphics, Fine Art, Design and Fashion, among others. The shows will be running at the Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane from 10:30am to 5:00pm every day.

The CCA will be celebrating the Jarman Award - a film award named for cinema iconoclast Derek  Jarman. Work by the ten short-listed artists will be shown along with interviews with the artists. The award winner will receive £10k and a broadcast commission with Channel 4. Afterward, have lunch in the CCA's yummy vegan cafe, Saramago, or browse the shop, Home, for unique jewellery, gifts and housewares.

In the evenings, there are always plenty of pub and club nights to choose from, and music performances in the UK's city of music. For example, did you know that some of the buses on the 75 route are hosting experimental, folk, rap, rock, pop, swing, or world music this Saturday?

Or you can drop in on Singles night at the Flying Duck, where Andrew 'Divine' Symington and Chris 'Beans' Geddes (Belle & Sebastian) play strictly 45s all night, from punk to hip hop, rock'n'roll to soul.


If the internet was my wardrobe...

One of the reasons I started writing this blog again after Serena was born was to find an outlet for my love of fashion - an outlet I desperately need now that I'm on statutory maternity pay, and my shopping budget has been severely restricted.

So - I like to fantasise that the internet is my wardrobe (that's 'closet' to you North American readers). I was thinking about what I'd wear to Dance With Babies in that case. If you're the parent of a baby and you are based in Glasgow, I would whole heartedly recommend this class. It's run by Selen Karabulut-Yilmaz, a dance instructor trained in classical ballet and Argentine Tango. Don't worry - you don't have to have any dance experience (or abilities, in my case!). The class meets at the Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church on Observatory Road on Thursdays at 1:30pm.

So, if the internet was my wardrobe, this is what I'd wear to Dance with Babies:

Caven printed t-shirt, Mary Katrantzou at Farfetch
Leather panel v-neck sweater, J Crew
French terry cotton stitched track pants, 3.1 Phillip Lim at My-Wardrobe
Crystal-embellished leather sneakers, Givenchy at Net-a-Porter


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