10 December 2013
A personal favourite - my Ecosse necklace may not go with much but it's still one of my favourite pieces. If having Scottish slang hanging from their neck isn't in your receivers lookbook they also sell flowers, other random slang and a certain Glasgow statue with a cone on its head.
With gothic leanings and Wonderland-esque lines this is for the more flamboyant fashionista. But if you're gal is brave enough to head out in a see-through skirt than this here is the brand for her. Their site is still in construction but you can still buy their tremendous pieces from ASOS marketplace.
Waving the Dundee fashion flag high is Hayley Scanlan who offers a small but wearable collection including studded and PVC numbers, but also stripy off the shoulder pieces.
If your receiver has a bit of a scarf fetish then this is the designer you should wish to get pally with.
Something for the other 50% of the population, this Edinburgh based brand combines mens clothing with short sleeved shirts, knitwear and hipster tendencies.
Other honourable mentions: Abandon Ship Apparel // Saunt & Sinner // DIY Nails // Lucky Edge Decks // Catherine Aitken // Rebecca Torres // Bebaroque // Deetz // Henrietta Ludgate
9 December 2013
If you're looking for a new cruelty-free hair care brand to try, then Mop Hair may be one you haven't heard of. I only knew about this brand because I had spotted their products in John Lewis and something about the branding drew me in (doesn't the bottle just say 'clean' and 'refreshed'?) and after some animal rights research I discovered it was a cruelty-free brand that carries a few vegan products.
There were a few products that caught my eye but given how stubborn my hair can be I'm usually cautious when dipping my toes into a new brand, and usually stick to one or two products.
Both of these products were of a very light consistency given how they are meant to volumise the hair, and both of them have a lovely clean smell. My hair does have slightly more bounce than usual but I wouldn't say it has taken on new heights of volumity (and I may have just made that word up). I honestly prefer a much thicker conditioner as due to my hair's lengths I need a strong conditioner for the ends (given that it may easily be five years old) and I have to use a fair bit of this in one go to get my desired result.
I do hate leaving a review on this note as I like to have a firm 'yes' or 'no' opinion, but this is going to get swished with the 'okay' brush. I would possibly consider buying the shampoo again but the conditioner just wasn't thick enough for my tastes but it's not the sort of product I would warn people away from as I can imagine it working for some other hair types.
8 December 2013
Pixie purchase arrived // Indian mac and cheese // wrapped my Christmas presents
As the small amount of photos suggest I had quite a mellow week. I was meant to be in Edinburgh for a friend's birthday this weekend but unfortunately I couldn't make it across and ended up spending my weekend shopping for final Christmas prezzies, wrapping said Christmas prezzies, buying my dress for my work do this week, and even a bit of cheeky vlogging. I've also been working on my new blog design which I hope to have up as the new year comes in, I'm really happy with the new layout/spacing but can't find just the correct colours (which is quite important!). I'm hoping to finally get around to 'business cards' afterwards so this re-design needs to be a relatively permanent look.
Next week looks likely to be a bit more active with the Scottish bloggers Christmas party on Tuesday and then my work night out on the Thursday and then whatever else the weekend brings :)
Hope you had a good weekend!
Tags: in this week
7 December 2013
As you may now, I've been attempting to the be the grower of my own fruits and vegetables for, erm, quite some time now. But the truth is kids, gardening is an expensive hobby and whilst I have collected bits and bobs for my balcony garden over the past year - compost, seeds, one of those big fork things - I still don't have enough to fully turn my back on the the Tesco fresh veg isle.
So if you also have a gardener in your life, consider saving their purse some weight loss and get them something garden related. And because I'm a magpie this will be gardening furniture that can be doubled as an ornament.
1. Seed markers - The Thoughtful Gardener
2. Green Wooden Garden Tidy - dotcomgiftshop
3. Potting Shed Tea Mug - dotcomgiftshop
4. 2014 Calendar With Seeds - Seedlings
5. Sage Green Compost Bin - Freshly Forked
6. A monthly seed subscription - London Herb Garden
7. Grow your own Christmas dinner - The Urban Farmer
8. Brightly coloured twine - Pinks and Greens
9. A personalised swing - Oak and Rope Company
10. Food maker for your plants - Ellen Mary Gardening
11. Garden Twine Dispenser - Boots
6 December 2013
If you read and share anything after this post, make it this: intersex women speak out to protect the next generation.
Develop magazine have honoured their 30 programmers under 30 many of which have links to Dundee.
More Dundoanian stuff: The Rusty Hip Collective have started an advent calender.
Blink-182 to release new album ahead of Reading and Leeds Festival headline appearance
A great band I discovered this week: A Plastic Rose
Portraits of children from around the world and where they sleep.
Some Christmas gift ideas for the rocker in your life
I'm an advocate of working out because you enjoy it/for your health not because you're desperate to have a perfect bikini body
A fantastic nail art blog I found this week: one nail to rule them all
21 Disney employees tell us about the craziest thing they've witnessed at work
A university studied Santa's carbon footprint (and it's not good)
What Native Americans want you to know on thanksgiving
Here's what a really famous marketer had to say about Black Friday
The Radical Politics of #selfies
Because yolo is so passe: 56 Victorian slang words you should be using
And finally, Katie Morag has been turned into a television series and you can catch-up on iPlayer.
4 December 2013
Just over a week ago I landed myself a free ticket to the Nickelback concert in Glasgow. I only got to go because my friend's friend pulled out and I was given the spare ticket but I pair a lot of Nickelback songs with certain memories from my pre-twenties days.
There was all the classics such as Rockstar, Photograph (an all-time fav), Gotta Be Somebody, How You Rewind Me and then some more I hadn't heard of (I'm not a super-fan okay?).
And they also played Far Away, as the perfect accompaniment to this...
Because if you're going to get someone else to propose for you it might as well be Chad Kroeger (and your sister).
(Katie said yes btw)
And then the Daniel Adair did a solo on the drums...
And much props to their support act Skillet. I had never heard of them before but apparently they had a really famous song in The Transformers (which I've never seen, cause I'm uncool) but they delivered a really impressive set. Operatic metal (or Christian Rock as their Wikipedia goes with, but I'm sticking with the metal/opera hybrid) isn't really the kind of thing I'd jam about my bedroom to but with that much energy and stage presence I'm not complaining. If you're a fan - even a minor one - I'd say put seeing them live on your bucket list.
Also: I leaned that Chad Kroeger looks different in real life. And doesn't really have much of an accent.
Tags: the gig audit
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