So please please please

Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
This time

Sequin-embellished satin pumps, Marc Jacobs at Net-a-Porter

Have a spooky weekend!

Boo! Happy Halloween, people. Here are some activities to help you feel strange.

Thursday night

Tonight at 6:30, comic shop and geek hangout, Geek Retreat, will be hosing a special Halloween party, featuring a scavenger hunt. Come before 6:30pm to ensure you get to participate in the game.

Glasgay! event Scottee: The Worst of Scottee will be happening at the Arches tonight. Watch Scottee examine his past to discover why he ended up so badly. Scottee revolts and is revolting - a performance artist who uses some extreme imagery. Time Out says: “A progressive sensibility and tits-n-teeth showmanship… it’s as if he’s gone off the end of the pier, dredged the waters and returned bearing slime with a glint in his eye. He puts on one hell of a show”

Friday afternoon

Mono will be putting on a special menu all day Friday in honour of World Vegan Day. Come celebrate a far kinder, more environmentally friendly way to live by eating yummy Caribbean inspired meat and dairy free food. Going greener is delicious!

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) -  when aspiring writers can make a pledge to write 50k words of a novel in one month. It's as hard as it sounds. I've done NaNoWriMo for several years now, and never finished the word goal. This year I will attempt it again. There is a great website with forums and pep talks from famous writers to help participants along.

Friday night

Glasgow beer week starts tomorrow. Beer related events will be held throughout the city by brewers, pubs and restaurants.

Provanhall House, the oldest building in Glasgow and notoriously haunted, will be hosting a spooky lantern walk through the woods for families, followed by ghost stories at the house.

Saturday afternoon

Browse for graphic novels, back issues, games and DVDs at Glasgow's Comic and Toy Fair at Renfield St Stephen's Church. The fair will be running fro 11:00am to 4:00pm. Entry is free.

Saturday night

SWG3 will be hosting Day of the Dead Glesga - an evening of laying music, dancing, face painting and tequila to celebrate Mexico's Dia De Los Muertos.

Sunday afternoon

An exhibition at the People's Palace looks at the impact of Glasgow's most notorious housing scheme, the Red Road flats, which are due to be demolished soon.

Sunday night

1922 occult classic, Haxan, will be playing at the GFT at 8:00pm on Sunday. The film portrays satanic rituals, superstitions, and persecution of witches. The screening will feature live music.


Just in time for payday

Many stores are offering discounts right now, whether in the guise of mid season sales or Halloween treats to offer early assistance in (I'm sorry to be saying this so soon) holiday shopping. Some discounts that I've become aware of:

Wrap up in style! 20% off ALL coats, knitwear and accessories!
Wallis is offering 20% off all coats and free standard UK and Ireland shipping on orders over £30 using code SHOP30 (expires 31 December)

Up to 25% off New Season items at House of Fraser until 3rd of November
House of Fraser is offering up to 25% off and double recognition points

Crumpet England: 30% offer with code TREAT30 (expires 4 November)

French Sole: 10% off with code HALLOW10 (on 31 October only)

Duo Boots: 20% off all fitted boots using code SAVENOW13 (until 31 October)

Baukjen: 29% off with code EARLY291 (until 31 October)

3 for 2 on ALL Jewellery
Accessorize is offering 3 for 2 on all jewellery

More cashmere

Because of my reformed ways (enforced reduced spending), I decided to do a follow-up to my original cashmere post. This one will cover more moderately priced cashmere. I've recently sold some items on ebay, so I'm in the middle of a minor shopping spree, and a new cashmere sweater is next up on the list.

I absolutely love the zip on this Kooples jumper (now in the mid season sale at ASOS):

I don't always meet shopping success at Uniqlo because a six foot, UK size 18/20 woman doesn't do well with clothing designed for tiny Japanese women. I do wear their men's shirts - there's nothing that says chic as easily as a crisp men's shirt. And Uniqlo has a line of easy care shirts that don't wrinkle. Score! I hate ironing and rarely ever do it. And I like Uniqlo knitwear. Their cashmere constitutes a genuine bargain.

I love the colour blocking and the masculine vibe of this jumper:

Marks & Spencer is also great for affordable cashmere. This cobalt colour is rich and beautiful:

The side zips in this one elevate a basic black jumper:

This jumper from Monsoon is just a cashmere blend, but with the lace collar it was too cute not to include:

This v-neck from Pure Collection comes in a rainbow of colours:
Cos is so reliable for well designed, high quality basics, like this cashmere jumper:

And this one:


If the internet was my wardrobe...

I would love playing dress-up for dinner at Rogano. Rogano is a Glasgow institution. It was established in 1935 and retains the beautiful art deco interior. It's famous for its oyster bar, but it is a very vegetarian friendly establishment too. Rather than one or two veggie options, the restaurant has a full separate vegetarian menu. The last time I went, there were no options on the menu that looked vegan, so we phoned in advance to see if we there would be any options for us. They were very nice and happy to accommodate us. Everything was lovely, from my amuse bouche of through to the mains.

To avoid looking out of place in the elegant surroundings, I would forgo my usual trousers and opt for a dress. It's so unusual for me to wear a dress (the last time was to my father's wedding reception when I was 4 months pregnant) but I found a fabulous one at Anna Scholtz that could just convince me:

And while I'm dressing outside of my comfort zone, I might as well wear heels as well. These boots by Sigerson Morrison would be very flattering, as they hit right at the ankle:

And these earrings from Astrid and Miyu are so pretty and feminine:

Any excuse for a cocktail ring:

A clutch is all you need for dinner. These days clutches hold so much anyway. I love the 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute clutches:

And a nice silk blazer would pull it all together:



As I mentioned in a previous post, I've started to get a little tassel mad. Mostly on jewellery, but I love the oversized, multi-coloured tassels that Anya Hindmarch is doing at the moment too. Some examples on my radar at the moment - I must warn you first, I was a bit overwhelmed by the choices, so this is a long list.

'Lana' check print tassel slip-ons, Charles Philip Shanghai at Lane Crawford

Skull tassel keyring, Alexander McQueen at Farfetch

Autograph tassel necklace, Marks and Spencer

Cross body bag, Diane Von Furstenberg at House of Fraser

Swarovski crystal drop earrings, Anton Heunis at Farfetch

Sienna bracelet, Ela Stone at Monnier Freres

'Nevis Zipped' clutch, Anya Hindmarch at Farfetch

Nomad Multi Way Necklace, Anabel Campbell at Wolf and Badger

Black pearl bracelet, Elyona at Boticca

Vintage quilted handbag, Chanel at Farfetch

Natural gem slice tassel necklace, Astley Clarke

Cone tassel earrings, Eddie Borgo at Farfetch

Gold tassel cuff bracelet, Kei Jewellery at Etsy


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