Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Jim Lambie exhibition


So, um. Long time, no speak, huh? Long story short, I've been away at a music festival and I started college so I may have neglected the blog a bit. Never mind.

Today I visited a Jim Lambie exhibition at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery with my college class. I really liked it because I'm a big fan of anything bright and a bit funky which is quite a big factor in Lambie's work. He tries to take things of little value and turn them into art which, in turn, increases their value.

My absolute favourite thing about the exhibition was the floor. It's incredible. It looks so intricate and precise and you really start to wonder how he came up with the pattern. In fact, it's just vinyl tape looping round the walls of the room with the only specification being there must not be a visible pattern. Pretty cool, isn't it?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

DIY: homemade lip scrub

 I don't know about you but I am very prone to dry, flaky lips - especially during hayfever season when my nose is blocked and I'm breathing through my mouth, drying out my lips. Something that really helps are lip scrubs. Sure, Lush's are fab but isn't it more fun to make your own?

This lip scrub is really easy to make - it took me less than ten minutes and I had everything I needed in my kitchen cupboard. It also tastes amazing and works like a dream! You should definitely give it a go.

What you'll need:
 >Olive oil
>Sugar of any kind
>Golden syrup
>Flavouring (optional) - I have vanilla extract
>Food colouring (optional) - stick with pink or red because it can stain your lips and no one wants dark green lips.
>A container of some description to hold your lip scrub

Method:
1. Add the sugar - about a table spoon will do!

 2. Add the olive oil. Try about 2 teaspoons. Mix the mixture until the sugar is sticking together.

3. Add about two to three teaspoons of golden syrup. Mix this all together.

4. Add a few drops of your flavouring and your food colouring if you want to and mix them together.

5. Put your lip scrub into your pot.

And there you have it. Give it a go, let me know how it goes!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Daisies, stalls and ferris wheels

Jeans - Asda
Swimming costume - Motel Rocks
Cardigan - charity shop
Belt - charity shop
Shoes (which you can, like, totally see...) - Topshop
Not something I agree with but I kind of liked the chalk and the scratchy appearance of it, I don't know?
 I went into town to do a bit of shopping the other day. I decided to wear my daisy print swimming costume as a top with my high waisted jeans and a holey cardi. I bought the swimsuit to take on holiday because I'd been absolutely lusting after a low backed swimsuit forever. However, when it arrived, not only did it have a very low back, it also had very low sides and I felt far too exposed to wear it in the pool with that amount of side-boob going on so I decided to keep it as a top and wear it with a cardigan over the top. 

I had planned on hitting up the Royal Mile to see the Fringe and watch some of the street performers after I'd shopped but by the time I'd battled my way past the crowd and made it past the stalls I was feeling sweaty and tired and decided just to come home. I'm so boring sometimes, gawd.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Beaches, camp-fires and haribos


The other day my friends and I took a spontaneous late-night trip to one of the beaches nearby us. We left at about half nine, just in time to catch the sunset, as you can see above. The beach we went to is underneath the Fourth road Bridge and the Fourth Rail bridge which link Edinburgh and Fife. It's really very scenic and it was lovely sitting with a fire as it got dark admiring the lights of the rail bridge. It's been one of our favourite places to go since some of us have learned to drive and you can get the most amazing ice cream there during the day!

It did get fairly chilly after a while and I found myself with about 8 layers by the time we eventually went home and since it had been raining it was really hard to find dry wood to keep our fire going so it kept dying out. We salvaged the flames we had to toast marshmallows and make s'mores and we sang loudly to our heart's content (until we realised it was one in the morning and there's a house on the beach where people were presumably trying to sleep!) and mourned the fact no one had thought to bring a guitar.

A good night.

Do you ever have late night beach trips? 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Botanic gardens and Edinburgh Fringe

Yesterday my boyfriend and I went to the Botanical Gardens here in Edinburgh, where we live. We've both been loads of times before but not since we we were little. The gardens are a really beautiful place to walk and there's tonnes of space to picnic and just mess about on the grass. We had planned to take a picnic but the weather was looking dodgy (as it so often does in Scotland ha ha ha) so we ended up just going for a walk. Admittedly, we did get a little bored after an hour or two but we enjoyed ourselves for the most part. My boyfriend was particularly excited by the enormous leaves and kept telling me wished he could "pick one of the leaves and charge around with it." He was so excited he asked me to take a photo of him next to them, as you can see above! He also proceeded to twerk on the smaller leaves next to them "because they're rubbish".

Once we were done in the Gardens we headed into town to check out the first day of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you haven't heard of it, it's the biggest arts festival in the world and every year, thousands of people come from all over the world to see some of the hundreds of shows, exhibitions and presentations that are put on. We met our two best friends (who also happen to be a couple) and we wondered down the Royal Mile to see what was going on. Usually on the first day you can get loads of free tickets to various shows but we had no such luck yesterday and instead opted to see one of the un-ticketed free Fringe shows. However, on arrival at the venue we were told no under 18s were allowed in despite the brochure stating the show was 16+. So, that part of our day was basically wasted but all in all, we had a good day being tourists in our own city!

Have you ever visited the Fringe Festival?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Daisy prints and matching accessories

Dress: TK Maxx
Belt: Charity shop
Shoes: Topshop

I wore this outfit to a barbecue the other day. I wanted to wear something summery because it was roasting and what better fits that description than a daisy print dress, huh? I'm an absolute sucker for monochrome dresses. More than half my dresses are black, white or black and white. I think part of the reason is because they're really easy to accessorize - you're not stuck in the realms of black, white, silver and gold; you can put whatever colours you want together. Hence, the bright orange shoes and belt! Another thing I can't get enough of is things that match. I think matching accessories pull an outfit together beautifully, and it's even better when they're bright and make an impact!

I really love the pattern on the dress! I love it so much, I actually have a little shift dress with basically the same pattern in reverse - white on black (you can see that HERE). It totally reminds me of the Mary Quant logo or like, the daisy on the top of the Marc Jacobs Daisy bottle?

What do you think?

Amy

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Summer wardrobe favourites

I'm definitely bad for buying a new piece of clothing or an accessory and becoming obsessed with it and wearing it ALL THE TIME. I don't necessarily think that this is a bad thing however - on the contrary, I hate it when I spend money on something and never get good wear out of it. As long as you accessorise a piece differently, I think you can get a good few months wear out of it before people start wondering if you ever actually wash it. This summer I have a few things that I've barely stopped wearing and appear to create the base of my summer wardrobe. Here are the culprits:

1:
 Dungarees dress: www.glamorous.com
I actually nicked this little dungarees dress out of my sister's wardrobe because she's had it for months and hasn't touched it. I thought it was simply too good to go untouched for such a long time it has to be surrendered to the stuff-that-was-never-worn-and-is-now-out-of-fashion pile. I think there was actually a week where I wore it four times. It's just so versatile - you can pair it with basically anything you want; a fancy blouse, a baggy vest, a lacy crop top or just a good plain-old white tee (my personal favourite!). The other thing I love about it is that it's really short. 'A bit promiscuous, are we?' I hear you say. Nope, do not fret! My extremely short legs make a lot of dresses look too long, so this little dress is a gem on when I want to look in proportion to my legs (Which is most of the time, so that might explain why I wear this so much ha ha ha.)

2:
Dress: Primark
 THIS. This dress is the absolute holy grail of summer dresses, I'm telling you. It's light, its summery, the colours are fab and the pattern is even more fab. I love the shape, even if it is slightly guilty of making my legs look weird as I mentioned above. But, that's easily fixed my hoisting the dress up a little and putting a thin belt round my waist to keep it in place. I actually also really like the fact it has sleeves because Britain isn't the warmest of places, even in the summer so this means I don't need to take a cardigan or a jumper incase a breeze picks up. AND THE BEST BIT YET... it was an absolute STEAL at £5! That's right. I was so happy with it I went back and bought two more in different patterns. One of them actually has short sleeves but it's the same shape apart from that.

3:  
 Shoes: New Look
Every girl in the universe needs a pair of summery heeled sandals. Preferably tan because it goes with everything. I bought these in New Look a few weeks ago for going on holiday. I bought them for about £40 but I believe they're now in the sale for £18 if you'd like to get your hands on them (Damn you, New Look!). They're real leather which is so so soft and they're comfy and easy to walk in. Not to mention they look good with literally everything.

4:
Belt: New Look
Ok, this one's maybe technically cheating a little bit because this would probably appear in my Spring, Autumn and Winter favourites too but what the hey. This belt is probably one of the biggest staples in my wardrobe. It goes with anything and everything and I can wear it as a hip or a waist belt. I'll usually pair it with high waisted shorts or jeans but sometimes I like wearing it as a wasist belt with a dress. It's pretty, practical and comfy and I don't know what I'd do without it. It's also the second tan item on my list because I love tan (my boyfriend brought this to my realisation when he pointed out that I was wearing a tan belt, bag and shoes, and mentioned how I never seem to be parted from at least one of my tan belt, bag or shoes.) so that's maybe another reason I love this so much.

So. Which of these are your favourites? What are your summer wardrobe favourites?

Amy