My Princes Square – shopping with rewards

I have to be honest here and say that with the rise of online shopping, browsing and wandering around stores is often not something I have time for, or rather make time for, but Princes Square is the exception. Take everything you loathe about shopping centres and just delete it from your mind because this is truly a destination like…
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Philips Steam Sanctuary, Limewood Hotel

The invite blogger dreams are made of. Twenty four hours of pure bliss at Limewood Hotel dipping myself in that picture perfect heated pool and de-wrinkling first my clothes (I will never iron again* thanks to this lil’ guy who shall from here on in be known at Philip) followed by myself in the mindfulness workshop, discovering rose lined boulevards,…
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A girls weekend in Fayence, France

A photo diary of a weekend in the most beautifully French villa, Les Terraces, just outside Fayence with the most wonderful group of girls. This was in fact a hen weekend but not as we know them…  Yes, there were games of pass the parcel and guess the knickers and an illuminating Mr & Mrs quiz but mostly this was…
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Simple ways to embrace an outdoor life

I have never spent so much time outdoors as I have in this past month (and I have had dogs, for over a decade, who get walked up to four times a day).  And what I have realised is perhaps not exactly groundbreaking but, boy, the outdoors is so good for your soul.  Sunshine helps for sure but that fresh…
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Why I quit the day job

First of all let me be honest…  There was no grand ‘I quit’ moment.  There was no walk out.  Rather more of a ‘me sobbing quietly into my boss’s very understanding arms’ moment and accepting that it was time for things to change. I started working with Fi at Bluebellgray just one month after launching the blog in 2011, wow… …
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Why you need more baskets in your life

As if I need a reason to justify more baskets in my life… But these are baskets that make a difference – yeah they look great but they also have a real tangible impact in the world.  This May TK Maxx and Homesense have deliveries of baskets and coffee as part of the Sustainable Trade Project in Uganda, developed in 2011…
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The new Pinterest worthy store to put on your Glasgow wishlist – Bluebellgray

Stepping past pots of lavender, placing a hand on the giant pink handle and opening that door to Bluebellgray is not really just ‘shopping’, not as we know it, it is an experience; immersing yourself in a world of colour and interiors inspiration and you better have your phone in your hand because you are gonna want to take pictures……
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Some thoughts on warmth

Weekends are spent here, by this fire, filled with warmth and laughter (and sometimes toasted marshmallows).  This room was what sold the house to us…  The previous owners showed us around and filled our heads with this vignette of cosy family life and whilst we’ve changed the superficialities of the space, the bones remain the same and this roaring fire the centre.  We…
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Five things I do every morning

I don’t know about you but I am always really interested to know what other people’s mornings look like.  So if you don’t mind I’m just gonna go ahead and share five things about mine…  they might surprise you and then again they might not.  I went ahead and skipped a couple of super obvious ones like waking up and brushing…
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Valentine’s Day… from my sofa

With the day of romance almost upon us I have big plans…  to stay in.  Because staying in is the new going out and, truth be told, we have never been ones for celebrating Valentine’s Day anywhere other than at home.  Somehow the thought of sitting amongst tables of other loving couples always seemed like it would detract from the…
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Home tour – the unstagrammable rooms

Welcome.  This is my home.  The real, unedited, not quite there yet situation I live in.  You might as well grab a cuppa and retire your ‘Pin it’ finger right now.  So it’s not done but as my general approach to decorating turns out to be one of tackling every room at once and finishing none of those rooms anytime soon, I…
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2017 – a year of change

2017 was a year full of highs and lows – all at once the most wonderful and yet by far the hardest of my thirty-five years.  I like to keep Thankfifi as a space filled with positivity but behind the scenes this year was tough, it still is.  I was encouraged to assess what was really important to me and…
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Love from Santa

His first Christmas…  I asked for family, he asked for more hair.  I got my wish and he got his – in the form of a beautiful rocking sheep.  To be in this home with my boys and my mum today is just everything. Wishing you all the most wonderful Christmas.x … issa dress – House of Fraser   |   alexa…
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‘Tis the season to twinkle twinkle

Recently I was treated to a trip to the new Cath Kidston Edinburgh store at 99 Princes Street to finish off my festive shopping – first year in our new home and I am literally obsessed with Christmas so sorry (not sorry) that I am all about the sparkles and the pressies right now.  We took Cath Kidston floral taxis to the store (spy one around Edinburgh by the…
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Weekends with the Joolz Geo

So it feels like we’re getting the hang of this village in the country thing… I have been meaning to share a mini review of the Joolz Geo pram for some time but obviously I needed a little time to properly road test him and here we are, at four and a half months in (woah), taking a look at my typical…
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Home tour – the family room

Welcome home.  I never thought that this move would be ‘the move’, the forever home, but one room complete and it feels so right, you know?  After our offer was accepted (ok, actually way before then), we were pouring over the Rightmove images and had a plan for this room (which was a burgundy dining room) if nothing else.  With…
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Getting the Luxe Oil treatment

This level of shine is…  ok I’ll fully admit I just spent more than five minutes trying to think of a humorous analogy so let’s just say it is…  off the charts.  And my hair ain’t shiny these days.  Like, ever. That post baby hair was getting all kinds of special and on top of the greasy roots and the…
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Blank canvas : adding personality

The thing about moving into a new home is that it can take some time to feel like ‘you’.  Our open plan living space is currently the only room that’s ‘done’ and by ‘done’ I mean it has had a fresh lick of white paint.  Because this is the room we are spending all our time in right now (aka the…
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Keepers

Waiting for these photos was up there with waiting for the wedding photos to arrive – a moment in time that can never be repeated.  These were shot when Hunter was only 4 weeks old and already he looks so tiny – at the risk of being a complete cliché, they grow up so fast. In some ways it seems kinda crazy to…
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We’ve moved

We’ve moved.  Not domain name…  like an actual real life move.  To a proper house.  In the country.  We are grown ups now. And my life is in boxes – I mean, there was a full two weeks where I could not find my underwear and I still only have one dog leash (although thankfully two dogs).  My walk in wardrobe…
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Home tour – the living room

The home tour continues…  which somehow seems a little strange considering the Thankfifi Home is on the move.  But life has been hectic and we got some catching up to do.  So first things first, let’s finish this home tour. The living room is open plan with our kitchen and such a great space to live and entertain in.  It’s…
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His first haul…

It was only a matter of time before he had his first haul right?  And with a massive drop of kids clothing in TK Maxx at the moment, now was the time…  We’re burning through clothes at a rapid rate in the Thankfifi home at the moment with Hunter outgrowing outfits from one day to the next (I swear I shed a…
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Home tour – boho nursery corner

For the first couple months at least Hunter’s nursery is a corner in our bedroom so the style was kinda predetermined to fit in with our boho vibe.  We already had the rattan rocking chair with cactus cushion (already spent a few hours rocking away in this guy) and the berber rug (total bargain for a real wool rug) but a couple of quick additions…
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Hunter

Never before have I felt a love like this…  Hunter arrived safely a week ago and, honestly, nothing can prepare you for the love you feel the moment you set eyes on the tiny person you’ve been growing for nine months – every time I look at him my heart is close to bursting.  Our little family is complete. … bassinet…
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Nine months

And just like that the nine month mark is here…  what seemed like it would forever be far away in the future is now and our world is about to change more than we can imagine. Honestly I never thought I’d be one of those girls who feels ‘ready’ but the past two weeks have been spent with baby feet…
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The hospital dash

It’s the strangest thing knowing that something so huge is on the horizon…  and yet not knowing when.  Much to the husband’s relief my hospital bag is finally packed, save the going home outfit which proves to be somewhat elusive – online searches reveal that something loose and comfortable will be best and yet I can’t get images of Kate…
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Last minute mama

If you know me at all you know I am not the most organised girl in the world…  but I have been getting my last minute mama on with a little help from Collectplus (picking up deliveries at 9.30pm on a Sunday evening from the shop round the corner – now that’s more my style!). Head over here to see the…
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Home tour – boho bedroom makeover

The husband jokes that I am turning into some kind of bohemian earth mama…  I’m ok with that.  Our bedroom turned from basic and minimal (although looking at these ‘before’ pics I am more inclined to say sparse and completely void of character) into a sanctuary.  You know when you go stay in a hotel and you wonder why your bedroom…
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Eight months

Hey little one…  I’m not sure there’s any space for you to grow any bigger. My belly is tight like a drum and someone is playing that drum day and night from the inside, with gusto.  I get feet in my ribs and my belly button looks like it could just pop right off – in fact I’m pretty sure this…
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Home Tour – console table Ikea hack

Initial searches for a console table proved to be…  expensive.  I mean, have you ever looked for a console table?  It’s like the least complicated piece of furniture you can own – and yet somehow they were coming in at around £500.  I was searching for something simple, clean and white, that wasn’t going to require a remortgage, to pop…
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Seven months

Time is like a steam train right now…  (or maybe galloping horses – the midwife tells us that a baby steam train heartbeat is a boy and a baby galloping horses heartbeat is a girl). I look back at that six month baby bump, which seemed so large there and then, and now in just one short month it’s transformed…
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Bedtime rituals

In this house we are all about bedtime.  As soon as dinner’s done the pyjamas are on (ok, sometimes before dinner).  I remember when bedtime was something you went out of your way to avoid but as grown up life takes over bedtime, or rather the time you get to bed becomes less reliable, anything before midnight is a high…
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Luxe volume with Sassoon

It might not surprise you that by this point I am really trying to embrace ‘bigger is better’…  Some aspects of the new mantra I have no say over (body parts seems to be growing at quite the alarming rate these days) but the hair, the hair gets stronger and shinier by the day. I dropped in to see Sharz…
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Six months

Just like that. And all the awkward and awesome things that come along with it.  Like feeling all those little fluttering movements turning into body popping dance moves in my belly that literally fill me with all the warm fuzzies (even when it’s 5am).  Like standing on the scales and weighing a pound more every single week, 10lb so far, which…
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Dream space dreaming – bedroom

linen bedding – La Redoute   |   macrame hanging – Etsy   |   woven wall art – Laura Ashley table lamp – John Lewis   |    cushion – Anthropologie   |   rocking chair – La Redoute artificial palm – Not on the Highstreet   |   H&M braided storage baskets (Large & Small) … Feeling all kinds of home related feels…
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Christmas for him – the custom fit tee

And then all of a sudden it’s December and the decorations get pulled from boxes under beds and dusted off and it’s finally socially acceptable to play Christmas tunes (even though, clandestinely, you have been for weeks).  And the list of gifts is looming… For the man in your life, at least, I have found the ideal gift – a perfectly fitting, custom…
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How to win at LFW

I’ve been doing London Fashion Week for four years now and along the way there have been highs and lows – I can’t honestly say I feel like I’ve cracked it yet but there are a few things I’ve picked up along the way and, after chatting with so many of you on social media, I wanted to share a few tips, honest thoughts…
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Shop my Depop

Maybe it’s a sure sign of growing up (or old?) but this week I’ve been in full on ‘home mode’.  Sometimes, I won’t lie, it’s all a big sea of shoes and bags swimming around my head but this past while I’ve been pretty set on realising my dream home (within the realms of reality obviously, not my Pinterest dream home…
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Shop my wardrobe

After spending a few hours (ok, more like days) raking through my closet, it’s happening.  The Scottish Blogger Shop is opening it’s doors on Sunday 21st August. I know I’ve got bags and bags of… well bags.  Clothes, shoes and other bits and pieces on top of that.  Probably even a bargain bucket at this rate…  We’re setting up camp…
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Summer lob – two ways

If you have been following for a while you probably know that my hair has undergone some pretty major changes over the past couple of years.  And now, the shortest hair I’ve had since I was about three years old, seriously.  And I actually love it. Sassoon and I became very good friends when they were roped in to fix that…
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48 hr city break – capsule wardrobe

I’ve done my fair share of travelling and packing this year and I always fall back on that saying, ‘Failure to prepare is preparing to fail (especially when your luggage allowance is one tiny carry on)’.  I teamed up with Zalando to share my ultimate suitcase for a 48 hour minibreak which I tried and tested in Berlin and I…
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Down time favourites

As much as I live for travel, it makes time at home all the more special – moments to read magazines and paint toenails and take extra long showers…  I’ve been slowly but surely decorating (it’s only been a decade since we moved in) so here’s just a peek at some of the finished bits and the things making me…
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Styling My Dream Home with DFS

Dream home alert…  A few months back I had the chance to style this beauty of a space with DFS – remember the peek behind the scenes?  I’m so happy to finally be able to share the final images for a few reasons. 1.  I genuinely LOVE the pieces I chose.  This wasn’t one of those things where you rock…
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Skinny nutty banana bread

This post really should be called ‘Skinny nutty banana bread that makes you feel like a pro domestic goddess’.  But a link that length wouldn’t work too well on Twitter’s 140 characters… In any case, this banana bread is skinny – almost virtuous using Greek yoghurt instead of butter and 3 whole bananas.  One could argue that if one ate…
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On dogs and chips…

If you know me at all you’ll know that these guys are everything to me.  They spam up my instagram feed and are the reason I change from heels to flats about 4 times a day.  They keep me healthy and happy and make me laugh every day.  Life without them, quite honestly, would suck. I try my very best…
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London – packing essentials

Somehow I’m never very organised.  And in the middle of the night before our flight to London Fashion Week I find myself scrappling around trying to pull outfits together and searching for an oyster card (every time… I must have about 23 oyster cards by now… but where are they?). But some things I know for sure.  So here are…
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Get up & go – pink power smoothie

Hey it’s Wednesday – up and at ‘em!  Or not?  Why are mornings so darn hard?  Well I have a few ideas… and how to combat them! First things first – the foundation of sleep.  I might have mentioned my resolution to stop working at 8pm?  Well, aside from one major ‘up till 3am before a 7am flight fail’ lapse,…
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A January fitness mantra to live by

All hail January, the month of health and wellbeing… I ate my fair share of cheese and chocolate during the holidays and I’m ok with that.  But…  it’s time to get back on track.  I know when I eat healthy (95% of the time) and exercise, I feel good, inside and out.  So there’s one little mantra that I use…
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His’n’hers – the gift list

Because it’s that time of year again!  And I finished off my shopping yesterday, online, from the beach… in Barbados…  No crowds to battle and a cocktail in hand… done! FOR HIM personalised Burberry scarf for the most discerning ’Lucky Dick’ pants (‘nuff said) also avail. at House of Fraser Mason cocktail shaker the (affordable) action camera for your action…
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Winter ready hair – the lob…

Seven inches of hair on the floor and I’m starting to feel ever so slightly uneasy…  I’ve had long hair since I was 5 years old.  For real. But winter is well and truly on the way and I was pretty determined to get my hair healthy and that meant a cut.  If there’s anyone I trust by now it’s…
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Big claim: London’s best afternoon tea

It’s no secret that I’m not usually a fan of afternoon tea.  However…  now and again life throws you a curveball and you leave The Sanderson’s Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea pretty sure you could eat afternoon tea every afternoon. So there I was, last week in London for the day, taking time out from press days on Berners Street… As…
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On location with DFS

So excited to finally share this peek behind the scenes on one of my recent trips to London with DFS – serious home envy…  I put my styling hat on, picked out my favourite trends from the SS16 shows I saw at New York and London fashion week, and, based on those, basically created my dream living space.  It was FUN.…
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But first, coffee

Let me tell you a story.  It’s the tale of one girl’s quest for the perfect cup of joe.  I don’t know about you but it seems to me that a good coffee is pretty hard to come by…  and I don’t even drink caffeine so it’s all about the flavour for me.  I teamed up with the good folks…
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Spring hair fix

You know when you walk past shiny surfaces and you kinda rock half back on your heel to get a second look at that head of hair that must surely belong to you?  Usually follows a trip to the hairdresser.  That’s me. Last week I visited Sassoon Salon in Princes Square where Declan and Sharz literally worked magic on that…
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Shop my closet

One thing’s for sure – I have too many clothes (and dogs) – both weaknesses of mine.  It’s a good problem and obviously came in handy for starting the blog… but, when your clothing rail breaks (not even when you’re touching it, just under the weight, literally all on its own…) and your shoe line-up has developed a second row,…
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Meanwhile at the day job…

It’s been a busy one this week at the day job…  The new collection just launched and it’s a beast – and a beauty might I add.  A beast in terms of being the biggest collection launch to date and a beauty in terms of, well, its gorgeousness.  There’s been some pretty serious desk time going on but just look…
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Juice Garden – my 3 day cleanse

There’s just something about the start of a new year isn’t there?  The kind of something that has you approach a 3 day juice cleanse with the same enthusiasm as a toddler in a swing park.  Thank goodness there’s at least some point of the year when we unequivocally crave health and inner beauty…  Actually I won’t lie, I’m pretty…
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Chocolate peanut butter protein balls

January… month of health kicks.  This month I’ve done bikram yoga, I’ve re-committed to my morning work-outs, I’ve walked further and faster and I’ve been eating healthy.  Only in January can I show this kind of committment – heck I’ll put it right out there, I’m even on a 3 day Juice Garden cleanse right now (more on that later).…
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2014 in review

LOOK 1 :: LOOK 2 :: LOOK 3 Well hello 2015!  Where did you creep up from?  The start of a new year often seems like a good time to sit down and take a look back at the year just gone by… somehow from day to day and week to week it’s so easy to forget all the things…
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Best of the sales

Zoe Karssen tee – £42 :: Monica Vinader bracelet – £47.50 :: Warehouse coat – £40 Agent Provocateur bra – £60 :: 7 For All Mankind jeans – £110 Kenzo clutch – £77 :: Asos glasses – £21 :: shearling Birkenstocks – £59 Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas?  Ours was spent with family and friends and my good…
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Christmas come early

This is the look of sheer anticipation.  What you can’t hear are the ‘I can barely contain myself’ whimpers as he tries his very, very best not to look down because he knows as soon as he sees that squeaky toy, just inches under his chin, it’s game over and he’ll be powerless to resist it.  But I need him…
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New lashes for Christmas

Hey hey Monday… Hope you all had a great weekend? Last week I had the chance to visit Merili at Eden Beauty Garden to try out her eyelash extensions – I’ve been after these bad boys for a while so I couldn’t get myself booked in fast enough!  Well I have to tell you it’s been 5 days now and…
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Sunday mornings & ‘The Rebel Journey’

Spent my Sunday morning lounging and lazing with coffee (the best way!) and discovering The Rebel Journey, leafing through this gorgeous coffee table book and watching this short video snapshot which I had the honour of collaborating on! The project explores the world of yesterday and today’s nonconformists: creative free spirits that, thanks to their strength, their long view in…
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Time to sparkle with Links of London

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I’m so excited to share this post with you – we had a lot of fun shooting these pics to create something a little extra special to showcase these sparkling Links of London Sweetie bracelets.  We took a peek in the dressing room and I found a new purpose for my Killner jars…
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Braided tails & summer eyes

Summer is on my mind and big, fat, messy braids.  With a little help from Bellami I managed to throw my mane into some kind of side swept, loose French braid which I then pulled apart to make it grow and grow until I was left with this.  And I love it.  Finally I have Pinterest hair (you know, that…
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Instalife lately

Monochrome favourites from the daily routine with all my fav Calvin Klein makeup and new Nike Free’s and signs of spring with fresh berries and sunshine park walks and bare toes and nautical stripes and puppy love and shooting new collections at the day job and wanderlusting in watercolour and shoe-shaped dreams as Manolo Blahnik landed in Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols…
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Ombre spring hair with Bellami

Oh my gosh, I feel like a pony – you know the ones you see in movies (they may have unicorns) and they prance through the clouds swishing their glossy manes?  Well, that’s me. I’m so excited to partner with Bellami and show you these Piccolina clip-in extensions because I truly love them.  I have plenty of hair but it…
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Craving paradise

Zoe Karssen paradise sweatshirt – £105 Perhaps it’s the impending summer (I’m hearing chatter of warmth south of the border) that has me craving azure blue and all that goes with it?  Pineapples for example. (If you haven’t entered already then don’t forget today is the last day to enter my Hush giveaway – there are stripes my friends…)
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Pinteresting

All images via Pinterest A snapshot of the images in my mind right now… and all saved on my Pinterest boards (otherwise known as the more reliable version of my memory).  Chalet nomad hybrid interiors and fresh spring eats and colour and uber ripped denim knees and travel are all top of the list and I’ll be redecorating and creating……
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#ThankfifiGoesSkiing

These views are blowing my mind! Just checking in to give you a snapshot of how this week is looking – there’s been a lot of sun, snow and skiing.  Feeling super lucky to be here and loving every moment!  Follow the day to day on Instagram.x And if you’re feeling a little fashion deprived pop over to Coco’s Tea…
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DIY sheep

Most of my clothes are girls.  The sheep is a boy. There were a few floating around the www and all were clocking up minimum 3 figures, sometimes 4, but I was smitten.  So I made a DIY sheep.  And I love him. I took him to fashion week, in fact I gave him some minor cosmetic surgery in the…
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Travel style

Apple ipad mini – £249 :: Molami pleat headphones – £250 (or here) ladies quilted jacket by Barbour International – £179 :: Porter magazine – £5 Barbour laundryman tote bag – £79.95 :: Mango mirrored aviators – £17.99 GoPro Hero 3+ camcorder – £279.95 I have travel on my mind and, as much of my case will be filled with thermals and…
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Instalife lately

Image via Pinterest Woah, March?  Where did you come from?  Honestly the last month has been something of a blur… but I did my best to capture it on Instagram (at least when I look though my feed I can recollect some of where I’ve been)… A few amazing days in Paris with the day job (it wasn’t all champagne…
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House of Fraser SS14

Hats off to House of Fraser for the most incredible event venue… Kibble Palace was lit to within an inch of its life and it looked awesome.  There were giant goldfish and there was the indoor jungle and there were wonderful new offerings from Maxmara, McQ, Acne and even Linea (for the embroidered breton stripes) and the new season bag…
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Daks AW14

I may or may not stop banging on about London Fashion Week soon and, certainly whilst Paris Fashion Week is only just beginning, this still feels relevant so bear with me because there’s no way we’re not going to talk about the Daks show. The atmosphere inside the Courtyard Space at Somerset House is something which gets right to my…
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Antipodium AW14

Can we talk about the feet at Antipodium AW14?  I’ve long been a fan of socks and sandals done right (I know some of you will be saying there is no right way but, trust me now, there is) but these hairy porcupine toes take things to a new level.  Are they practical?  Nope.  Do they float beautifully in an…
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#LFW Insta-prep

London Fashion Week is a funny kind of monster – it creeps up on you and you think you’re just going for a jolly and then all of a sudden it takes hold, a real ferocious up-all-hours-planning-outfits hold.  Later you know that your whirlwind momentary insanity was pretty irrelevant but until TNT turn up last minute (I hope) and you’ve…
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Underneath it all

Sporty Dick?  Lucky Dick?  Clever Dick?  These are the Dicks of Distinction by Dick Winters, a new brand born in Glasgow just recently but one which gives you that feeling that it’s been around for really quite some time.  The newest Glasgow brands to jump on the House of Fraser Presents… concept in our Glasgow Buchanan Street store are on…
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Over the knee

Asos beanie – £10 :: Catarzi fedora – £30 Pure Collection Gassato cashmere longline cardigan – £129 Mango leather dress – £119.99 :: River Island ‘Mon Belle’ tee – £18 Pure Collection the new Pimlico bag – £199 Gap patched jean – £49.95 :: Asos quilted leather gloves – £14 (ON SALE!) Sophia Webster Hallie boots – sold out (similar…
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What’s in my handbag

Image c/o www.whatsinmyhandbag.com When the lovely girls over at WIMH asked for a peek into my handbag I was happy to spill my guts…  Lurking around between dog biscuits, Nakd. bars and emergency tea bags are my top beauty picks – head on over to What’s In My Handbag to see them all.  There’s even a sneaky wee ‘TRY’ button…
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Iris & Ink SS14

Taking a step back to this time last week I was lucky enough to make the trip down to the Net A Porter Group head office in London to take a peek at the new season Iris & Ink collection from The Outnet.  The site is already a favourite of mine because, in my mind, designer pieces at affordable prices…
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Lounging

Since organising my studio come closet over the holidays I’ve been inclined to spend a lot more time in there.  When I say organising that probably doesn’t really cover it to be honest… you know that cupboard Monica has in Friends?  Yeah?  Imagine that cupboard were a room.  That’s pretty close to what was going on here.  Now I’ve flipped…
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Soupe a l’oignon (et cognac)

It’s not healthy but it’s still soup so it can’t be all bad right?  And it tastes of ski holidays.  Fact.  And that’s all good I promise. Soupe a l’oignon et cognac (serves 4) olive oil & a knob of butter 7 medium onions, halved and sliced 2 tsp sugar 150ml white wine 850ml beef stock (I used cubes, so…
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Instadiary & the UGG winners

Morning bread runs to Kember & Jones and feeding my yellow obsession with the coloured door in the bluebellgray studio and the ugly truth about late night dog walk fashion (clue: pyjamas) and keeping cosy and my boy waiting patiently on his window seat and a big thank you Lucky Magazine and my favourite chicken raspberry salad and dog walk…
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The sales

Zoe Karssen tee – NOW £34.50, Simone Rocha veil – NOW £78 Proenza Schouler leather biker – NOW £556.60, River Island ‘le bombe’ – NOW £12 Clements Ribeiro daisy collar – NOW £161, Reiss chain bag – NOW £95 Topshop camo skirt – NOW £15, Topshop check skirt – £40 Topshop sequin skirt – NOW £30 Liliyang bag – NOW…
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Instagramagical

It’s true what they say… Christmas really is the most magical time of the year. So before the festive feelings have completely disappeared and we are engulfed in the madness of the approaching Spring/Summer (it really is approaching, just behind the rain), here’s a whistle-stop recap of the holidays through Instagram. Also, please tell me I’m not the only one…
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2013 in review

Happy 2014 to you all – may this year be more wonderful than the last!  Hope you all had a safe and happy new year and are excited, like me, about what this year has to show us… Looking back at the past year there have been so many high points, many blog related, and for that I am so…
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Winter party pavlova

Confession: I am a pav-lova (see what I did there?). We make this recipe, yes sometimes me, sometimes the husband, for basically every party we host or event we attend which requires a dessert shaped token.  It’s easily modified to suit however many mouths you want to feed but we find this one generally does about 12 at a party.…
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The classics

It’s Christmas Eve and time for the classics – golden baubles and cosy socks and furry tails and homemade popcorn with chocolate sprinkles and golden cinnamon (recipe) and family and old movies you used to watch when you were a kid and Christmas jumpers and naps on the couch. Somehow Christmas often seems like the best holiday don’t you think? …
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The Highland Spring Pretox

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me at parties and events sipping on indulgent looking drinks and you might even know that those were actually sparkling mocktails.  In fact I took up the 2 week Highland Spring Christmas Pretox challenge.  So what’s that all about then?  In a nutshell – 2 weeks, no alcohol and always 2…
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Meanwhile at the day job…

Meanwhile at bluebellgray I’ve been decorating Christmas trees and making Christmas trees and drowning in summer flowers and creating pretty, little, colourful setups, racing against the Christmas clock to get the summer lookbooks finished in time.  I do love photoshoot season!  Winding down for the holidays would just be dull right?! P.S.  Hoping all my friends and family won’t mind…
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Forever 21 Christmas giveaway

necklace – £10.65, scarf – £10.65, fedora – £13.90, jumper – £18.75 jean – £19.75, socks – £3.90, plaid PJ – £10.65, lace bra – £8.40 T’is the season for giving after all so here’s a lovely giveaway for you!  Whether you want to get warm and toasty in your PJ’s, just fancy some new threads, or, you know, workout…
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On my arm

dark star collection jewellery – Georgia Wiseman It’s hard to believe I first met Georgia in London, where she helped me out of a pickle and bejewelled me for the Scottish Fashion Awards, when in fact we are both Glasgow based.  I was delighted she agreed to send over these beauties from her Dark Star Collection so that I could…
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Insta-life lately

Just what’s been up lately with us on Instagram…  A weekend away with some of my fav London girls and the lights on Regent Street and the obligatory macarons and WHotel and the morning after breakfast and Christmas sparkle MiuMiu style and some #TheDailyDowns (clue: there’s stripes and plaid) and the first big freeze turning the pond to ice and…
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Polargram

You guys probably already know I’m a bit of an Instagram addict but recently I started thinking about all those great shots that wind up a fleeting moment in cyberspace, the cutest shots of my boy that race lower and lower down the feed until, one day, they are forgotten. So I found Polargram.  Now I’m sure there are other…
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Bits and bobbins

Lexi scarf – bluebellgray, bobbins – Anthropologie Even as I was carrying these ‘bobbins’ to the Anthropologie checkout another customer asked me what I was buying them for.  Erm… because I like the colours…  But what are they for?  Your guess is as good as mine but they’re mine.  Please tell me you also buy completely useless objets?  Chocolate teapots…
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The day job

abstract bedding – bluebellgray  Some of you may know, and some of you may not, that I pass a few hours of the day in the bluebellgray studio – not just for fun, although it is fun, but it’s the day job where I head up PR & Marketing.  I started there within weeks of starting the blog and the…
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Dear #Carnaby…

Barbour jacket – £269, Scotch & Soda scarf – £51.95, Jack Wills knit – £59.50 Scotch & Soda tee & jean – £44.95 & £114.95, Monki lace bra – £10 The Kooples glove – £110, Pepe boot – £122 Dear Carnaby, I’m so sorry I can’t be with you this Thursday between 5 & 9pm to party my socks off…
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Princess

cashmere blend coat – Betty Jackson @ Debenhams peplum top – Asos (ON SALE!) Pink has arrived and not in the soft and gentle way one might imagine pink to arrive (if pink in fact had characteristics), rather in the way that Pink (the popstar) might arrive at a party – loud, all of a sudden and entirely unavoidable. The…
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Fall in an Insta(nt)

Something about autumn and just loving looking up and down into colour (full look here) and tiny bag love at Armani and bringing home the House Beautiful Gold Award with the day job for bluebellgray’s rug collection and clearly enjoying Oakley’s new Airwave goggles (with wi-fi, GPS, jump and speed analytics, social and the rest in the corner of your…
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Chocovocado tarts

You’ll be gathering round about now that I really can’t get enough of all the autumn leaves but I’ll make no apologies – whilst they’re here I’m enjoying them.  Also, happy Halloween everyone! Today a recipe that’s super tasty and healthy, I’m not saying skinny because it’s stuffed full of fats but they’re good fats from nuts and avocados.  I…
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Furbies

Topshop mohair knit – £45, Topshop fur sleeve knit – £34 Iris & Ink calf hair skirt – £270, Topshop Boutique fur skirt – £90 M&S umbrella – £15 Kurt Geiger lexi crossbody– £105, LK Bennett elaine boot – £395 I blame Bambi.  Or, in other words, I blame Carven’s deer print skirt for sparking my current lust for all…
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Dabble

Painting can be calming for the soul and now and again it’s nice to find a couple of hours to have a little play around with colour – of course art comes with its own frustrations (why does MrK look so darn grumpy?!  Maybe because I took the expression from a blog image – a ‘MrK on the beach’ image…
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Insta-sun (& winter coat dreams)

Instagram snapshots of the sunshine life over the past 4 days – laying by the pool and willing this Debenhams coat to arrive in store very, very soon… romantic cliff-top dining and sunset strolls and long, lazy lunches and watermelon breakfasts and #TheDailyDown in the failsafe Gap boyfriend shorts just to prove that my legs are in fact very brown…
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No more AW blues

M&S coat – £89, Reiss dress – £169, Miss Selfridge leather jacket – £165 Hobbs teddie leather handbags UK– £99, Ash boot – £209 The lack of colour appearing this season on the high street had me a little disheartened so I took a nosey round the www for some blues for my AW blues.  The only problem with researching…
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Blackberry rosemary collins

Alexander & James were kind enough to send me a beautiful package filled with luxury purple boxes (the colour of quality is it not?  Just ask HRH).  These boxes were padded and filled with the most sublime of gifts – a rather slick glass ice bucket and glass and, my holy grail, gin.  It seemed only pertinent to invite our…
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Spaghetti but skinnier

My head knows it’s courgette but my mouth says ‘gosh darn, that’s some good spaghetti’. Let me introduce you to my new friend the julienne peeler… I got this one and, of course I have never had another to compare it to but, it did the job and has a handy wee guard so you don’t julienne your fingers.  I…
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The month of Insta-travel

September has been a glorious month of travel with 2 weddings (North and South), the London trip, torrential rain and the last days of summer sun and, as much as I love to be seeing new places and experiencing all that there is on offer, it always feels wonderful to be home with my boys.  Two whole weeks before the…
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A bowlful of healthy

Been eating macaroons and chocolate pear pastries all morning and need some yin for all that naughty yang?  No?  Just me?  Well, here’s a healthy yin anyway (see what I did there?). A bowlful of healthy (Serves 2) 1 large mango 1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed) 1 avocado 1/2 a red onion 1/2 a lime Directions Chop the…
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Vestiaire Collective, j’adore

This little parcel from Vestiaire couldn’t really have come at a better time – on the one hand feeding my new Carven obsession and one the other arriving by courier on the very day I start to colate my looks for London Fashion Week.  And, if I had 3 hands, I’d say that on the last hand it showcases the…
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Now and then

lace insert cami – Topshop (or this one) wrap effect skirt – Carven via Net-A-Porter quilted sweatshirt – Topshop Got candy on my mind (and my toes in fact) these days.  So this Carven number is high on my wishlist – for now with a delicate cami and flat sandals and for colder months with a big grey chunkster and…
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Replay’s #RoadTripToBestival

Want to feel like a teenager again?  Go see New City Kings.  They’ll be at Bestival this weekend where you can grin like a groupie whilst simultaneously remembering you’re standing next to the husband and you should act your age (shortly before you notice you’re foot-tapping like a dad and it’s painfully driven home that you are in fact a…
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Signature scents

I’m sure it’d be great to be that woman whose scent is instantly recognisable as hers and hers alone.  For me though, different days and different places are for different scents.  And who would ever want to discourage a loved one from gifting new perfume – there’s something so special about knowing the scent you’re wearing is the one he…
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Summer Sunday roast

I’m just gonna say it – if your guests are arriving in the next few hours then this is not the one for you.  If your guests are arriving for lunch the day after you’re planning a night out then this is going to tick all the boxes. Around 12 hours before you want to eat it, rub a little…
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Johnnie Walker Voyager

Last week we were invited aboard the Johnnie Walker Voyager – dress code ‘glamorous’.  So we donned our best yachting attire and pretended to be those people for whom it is perfectly normal to be partying aboard luxury yachts on school nights.  Pretty sure we fooled nobody but we did have a rather spiffing evening sipping on Cinnamon and Orange…
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LFW – The conversation

One month till London Fashion Week… Aaaaand? Well, there’s a lot of pressure, you know, to wear the right thing… Hard blogger life huh?  Brown fur is going to be big this AW.  Fact. Really?  I was thinking more along the lines of pink, maybe a crop here or there, the usual wide leg pants… And the shoes?  None of…
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Caviar

The only time I ever tasted caviar was at a 10th birthday party.  What?  You didn’t have caviar for your 10th birthday?  Nah, me neither.  My lounge got transformed in a kick-ass Tutankhamun themed discotheque with mirror ball, strobe lights and New Kids on the Block on vinyl.  That’s how I roll. So anyway, it seems caviar is en vogue…
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Summer on Instagram

Life lately… the best weekend on the beach and shiny, sparkly, dreamy, things at Dower & Hall and Lobster Tuesday at The Finnieston (and the husband worried I wouldn’t eat when he went away on business) and falling for the new Twist & Tango collection in London and chilling in (the not so green) Green Park and breakfasting with the…
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Guess girl – behind the scenes

Rewind to June and a couple of really fun weekends with Guess Summer Styling – thanks so much to everyone who came along and made them generally awesome.  I powered through a generous helping of travel with a good dose of Guess girl makeup and some home-grown big hair and embellished myself with more of the new Guess collection than…
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#SummerStreets

So that’s the longest catwalk in the world and that’s the frozen courage for getting down it. All of July Regent Street was closed to road traffic on the weekends which I can say, having experienced the street on a busy Saturday, was a treat.  I was lucky enough to be invited down to take part in Summer Streets last…
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Clements Ribeiro at EIFF

I am certainly aware of just how dramatic this makes me seem but… one of the best nights of my life.  For starters lets just touch on the fact that this is a major fashion event happening in Scotland (and not the kind that only celebrities from the other side of the world are flown in for – the kind…
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In the pink

The sales have been good (and I have taken advantage).  Now is the time for the serious bargains with Net-A-Porter, My Wardrobe and Asos all offering some pretty serious discounts. Newest in are these pink beauties from the Harvey Nichols sale.  I did not see this coming at all but it seems I am growing quite fond of pink.  Sometimes…
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Heatwave

Well a Scottish heatwave is certainly rare but also very, very welcome.  We’ve been stocking up on watermelon and fresh flowers and I fan Mr K daily with palm fronds… And I finally got my mitts on this Nars shade which I been after for ages and is aptly named Heatwave.  I’m super picky about my lipstick and gave it…
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Yesteryear for TK Maxx Modbox

Meet Yesteryear (aka our mate Dave). TK Maxx invited me to have a bit of fun with men’s styling in their new Modbox department and this guy said yes.  Cannot tell a lie, he doesn’t need much help from me in the style stakes (although I will continue to ridicule his low cut v-necks… sorry Yesteryear).  Some men can do…
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Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

Are you ready?!  This Friday night sees the second Edinburgh International Fashion Festival kick off with a runway show by Clements Ribeiro in the incredible setting of the Mansfield Traquair.  The design duo promise us a collection including kilts and Scottish cashmere, harking back to their ‘Punk Trousseau’ collection, but with a mix of the prints I love these two…
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Greece Insta-diary

  Sunshine and beauty and lounging and cocktails and love and bikinis (this one) and food and history and arm parties (poolside by Claires and evening by Stella & Dot) and waves and colour and happiness and time – all the time in the world to enjoy it. A week of Greece through the eyes of Instagram… For those of…
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Come away with me

Tomorrow my month of travel concludes – a week with my love and my new loves.  Leather and hammered down to £30 in the River Island sale, they may not be a classic but they’ll be crashing down cobbled alleys at sunset in search of seafood and cocktails for this summer at the very least. Sorry Isabel. sandal – River…
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#RegentTweet & other stories

Regent Tweet was a whirlwind of travel, shopping, wrong turns and tardiness (London, one day I’ll master you), befriending, sleep deprivation, cocktails, Susie Bubble, filming, eating and pretty much a marathon of tweeting.  I know I’m so lucky to have been able to attend what can only be described as a blogger’s dream along with so many amazing international bloggers…
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Pets Pyjamas

photo c/o Emma Levy for Pets Pyjamas I’m super excited to share this shot with you – a sneak peek of a collaboration with Pets Pyjamas for their Summer Edit which will be out next month! We had such a fun afternoon shooting with Emma and Vicky round our favourite doggy friendly spots styling Pets Pyjamas new season accessories.  Mr…
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Super skinny blueberry pankcakes

Operation beach body is in full swing and this recipe (suggested to me by a lovely reader Jules) is the perfect weekend breakfast ‘treat’.  Packed with protein and other healthy stuff but still with the illusion of naughtiness?  I’m in.  The husband deemed them ‘awesome’ and I’d say although you’ll not be fooled, they’re a darn good alternative. I sprinkled…
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Poolside

Finally I made my choice and this Asos bikini arrived.  I gotta tell you it’s really the most flattering bikini I ever owned.  I have tried it on several times and I love it more each time.  I see another one in my future – leaning toward this one because it has the same gorgeous shape (tan lines beware).  Cheapie…
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Thank you Scottish Fashion Awards

  Yesterday morning I woke up to the news that Thankfifi has been nominated in the Scottish Fashion Awards for Communicator of the Year 2013.  I am so completely gobsmacked to be sitting amongst a group of nominees including fashion editor of The Times, features director of net-a-porter and many other incredibly talented Scots. We’ll have to wait until October…
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Join me in Leeds for #GUESSSummerStyling!

I’m so excited to be co-hosting a summer styling event with Guess this Saturday in Boutique Goldsmiths, Leeds.  I’ve seen some of my favourite bloggers hosting events and inviting readers so it’s kinda surreal, but completely amazing, for me to be to share this invite with you and ask you to come along!  If you’re in the area I’d love…
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#PinItForwardUK

all images via Pinterest Pinterest is one of my favourite places for inspiration on the interwebs… I mean I love blogs and gather visual fodder from all over but the one place I store it all, in a gorgeous image smorgasbord, is Pinterest.  This means I can get dressed in a hurry in the morning by checking out my ‘What…
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Operation beach body

Dusting off my weights and 6 week 6 pack has once again become part of my morning routine.  With only 4 weeks to go is it completely unrealistic to hope to be in the same shape I was almost 2 years ago?! This is Operation Beach Body. I’m super busy but when the alarm goes off half an hour earlier…
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Sexy boyfriend

Well, let’s face it, who doesn’t want a sexy boyfriend?  Finally, after a year of searching and a makeshift DIY attempt, Gap have come up trumps with this pair.  A little distressed, just the right length and the perfect loose fit (I’d size down as they loosen with wear as most denim does). the destroyed pair are currently sold out…
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Signs

Signs of summer are beginning to creep into the Instagram feed… with bare arms outdoors and 2013’s first alfresco Friday night drink and afternoon river paddles.  Also thrown in are some snaps from a new menu tasting at the Hilton’s Morblas (thanks for letting me taste my weight in your delicious steak) and yesterday’s shoot at the bluebellgray dream home…
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Bikini mixer

Been having a lot of fun with the Asos Bikini Mixer this week.  It’s a little like one of those old school books little girls had where you could mix and match what the girl wore by flipping the pages.  Just like that except she’s hot and semi-naked… My ‘bootylicious’ (erm) recommendation was for the 50’s halter top and the…
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Slim

I actually love this little collection of rings I’ve been cultivating over the last month.  It started with the tiny heart, a birthday gift, and shortly after her I ordered the slim set of 4 from Boticca.  In fact I ordered the wrong sizes (I intended one for each finger) but I found myself with a tiny halfway ring which…
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Skinny icecream

So the trouble with having a sore throat is the medicine.  Gallons of icecream.  That’s not necessarily a problem except that, with 6 weeks to go, it’s wreaking havoc with Operation Beach Body. But then… lightbulb moment – I remembered about this little gem.  Icecream but not as you know it.  It’s bananas.  No really, bananas.  And that’s it. I…
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Oasis & the stripey bicycle

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Oasis Glasgow’s SS13 show at The Corinthian with Itison.   The location and styling of the room were incredible – hello stripey bicycle with a basket full of flowers (made all the more special when noting upon closer inspection that said stripes had been applied by hand…). My top picks from the show…
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Blue heelers

Seems I’ve been wearing my jeans a lot like this lately (blame this girl) – only side-effect is stained blue heels inside all my shoes.  My feeling is that it’s cool but I’ll let you guys be the judge… In other news I’m really excited to be competing for a spot on Vanity Fair’s best dressed list.  For the first…
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