Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Wake up and smell the roses.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015



It's easy to forget to appreciate the little things in life, I am completely guilty of this! I get so wrapped up inside my own head that sometimes I forget to open my eyes (not literally, I wouldn't get very far). Every once in a while I like to go for a wander somewhere new, sometimes on my own, sometimes with my other half and the dogs. You'll be surprised what you come across if you just pause to look.

Whilst we were all at a staff lunch at West I took a little walk down to the fountain in Glasgow Green with one of our photographers for an impromptu little shoot, not because I thought the fountain was beautiful but because I thought it would be a cool backdrop...well wasn't I surprised! The fountain is HUGE, it's the biggest terracotta fountain in the world IN THE WORLD! How cool is that? Not only is it massive it's also stunning, restored in 2005 the Victorian sculpture really takes your breath away.






I couldn't resist throwing on a headscarf with my new polo dress, maybe it's all the Amy Winehouse I've been listening to recently (have you seen the movie yet?) but I can't wait until my hair is long enough to rock a beehive! When the sun shines in Glasgow I am straight to bare legs, it doesn't happen that often so I need to take advantage! Luckily this is one of those dresses you can just throw on & not worry about accessorising, there is a serious lack of non floaty day dresses on the high street at the moment and this little baby fits that description perfectly. Pair with some converse & a backpack for a super causal look, headscarf/beehive optional.


Shop the look:
Vintage headscarf
Stacked bracelets from Annie Haak
Abandon Ship Apparel polo shirt dress
Matt & Nat Backpack
Converse trainers

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Things I love - August 15 edition

Sunday, 30 August 2015



If you've been a fan of my blog for a while you will know my love for Cry Baby, I have watched this movie countless times and it never gets old. Wanda is one of my all time favourite style icons, she is full of sass and this tshirt from Valfre is emblazoned with my favourite saying.

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So And Smile Studio have basically made my dream house into a brooch! This pink delight is inspired by the town houses in Amsterdam & would make the perfect addition to any outfit!

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The 90's have brought back some awful trends, but patches are totally something I can get behind. No longer reserved for girl scout cookies! I totally love the explosion of home grown talent being channelled into these, not to mention the fact that they are being made my total boss babes with have a fuck you attitude! This particular baby is by Hanecdote & is made with love in London town. Are you too cute to care?

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I love vintage trunks but good quality ones are so hard to find! Luckily Cambridge Satchel Company have come to the rescue with their vintage inspired trunk collection. They come in a variety of colours and obviously the baby pink colour is my favourite I couldn't ask the other half to put this in our bedroom so we opted for navy with room for a mini pink one on top of course.

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One of my favourite bloggers ever Ghost Parties has launched an online store stocking stationary and all things adorable. This little kitty coin purse has to be one of my favourite items, head to the store to have a look but I must warn you to hide your credit card because everything is amazing.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Blogging with Anxiety

Wednesday, 26 August 2015



Hi,  my name is Amanda and I have anxiety... sounds like I'm entering a self help group right? 

I have struggled with anxiety for years, sometimes it's ok, sometimes it's not but it is something I've learned to deal with. This isn't something widely talked about, in fact anxiety isn't something widely talked about in general and I guess it is harder for people to understand how someone with anxiety can work in an industry in which social events, networking and self promotion are so integral.

I'm not going to say it's easy, I still have those panics that I'm not good enough, that no matter what my stats say no one actually reads my blog. I still get nervous when brands seem to be working with lots of other bloggers and I will question myself over it, why is that brand not working with me? Is there something I'm lacking? Is my blog not worthy of them? It's hard to get those feelings under control and the best advice I can give is breathe. You are you, no one else can be you and whilst it is lovely to work with people if they don't fit your blog ethos then it won't be a good fit for either you or the brand. The same goes for social media,  this is the highlights from peoples lives, no one is going to upload a photo when they have been in front of the laptop for hours, haven't brushed their hair in days and look like Stig of the dump, it's just not going to happen, so don't compare yourself to someone who seems to have the perfect life because everyone has their issues.

I have found having a close blogging group has really helped with those awful 'not good enough' feelings, find girls who have similar interests to you and friendships will develop naturally. Luckily I have met two of my closest friends through blogging and, whilst I LOVE this, some days I just don't know how I'd survive without them. If you do need some internal reassurance then just read some of your first blog posts and you will see how far you have come, trust me it's a massive pick me up!

We all need reminded that we are all on our own journey, and just because you are not at the same level as someone else it doesn't make you any worse, or them any better than you, just different....and who wants to be the same as everyone else? We are not made to be clones, and if we all had the same content/inspiration no one would read any of our blogs! I started blogging because I love fashion, there may be times when I feel jaded with it all & the pressure feels too much but I never started writing my blog for anyone else but me. This baby is mine and it's far from perfect, but so am I and that's just fine.



Life is not a competition, or a race, it's yours and whilst you have to make the most of it, it's ok to spend a day in bed too.

*images by Anastasia Tasou








Friday, 21 August 2015

IOLLA eyewear - a review of the coolest new eyewear store

Friday, 21 August 2015



A few weeks ago I was invited to the launch of a new eyewear store, Iolla. The concept is simple, beautiful eyewear for less. Now less does not cheap, all these frames are designed and assembled in Scotland using the highest quality raw materials, all they have done is streamline the process. You can create an account at Iolla.com and add your selected glasses to your try on list, the if you are lucky enough to be in the Glasgow area all you need to do it pop in and try them on! Remember to take your prescription with you so you can get the correct lenses for them. If you are not a Glasgow resident they will deliver them straight to your door, wherever you are in the UK! What could be easier?


Starting from only £65 these babies are a complete bargain and with a plethora of frames to chose from you won't be left wanting! Whether you want normal frames or some sunnies Iolla has you covered. Not only do they have amazing glasses the store itself is beautiful, a very relaxing environment to shop for eyewear and not an optician in sight!



I must admit I fall in love quite easily, and these frames are no exception. I knew as soon as I saw them that I had to have them, now I know what your thinking, "she doesn't need glasses?!" no no I don't but you think I'm going to let something as trivial as that get in my way? Of course I'm not! I have already been teased relentlessly by my work but I do not care if I'm "one of those guys", I'm in love with these glasses and nothing will stop me, not even 20/20 vision...I can be a little single minded can't I? Anyway! The frame is called Muir and comes in a variety of colours but the smoke tortoise has to be my favourite, they will add anti glare to your clear frames so that when you snap your new glasses they look totally real, even if you are just faking it.

These trousers must be on of my all time favourite sale purchases but I never seem to wear them, I have no idea why. They go perfectly with this cream vintage top and grey clutch, all topped off with my baby blue tasselled dream shoes! I really like this look with the glasses, I feel very chic, anyone know of any jobs going at Vogue in Paris? I could totally work there in this outfit. No? Oh sorry I meant to say Non, I'll need to brush up on my French!

So now we have the million dollar question....do you like my glasses?















Glasses - Iolla
Top  - Vintage
Trousers - Miss Guided
Bag - Sample
Shoes - Daniel Footwear



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