Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Brits Awards - The Best of The Best

The Brit Awards are arguably the biggest and most exciting music awards ceremony in Europe. As always, the red carpet is watched and analysed by people all over the world. A highlight for all of us was everyone supporting the #timesup campaign wearing a rose pin and carrying a white rose. A beautiful protest supporting such an incredible cause.

If you saw our Instagram stories from the night you probably saw my full girl crush on Dua Lipa's baby pink tiered tulle Giambattista Vali extravaganza. The layers of tulle, high-lo structure and contrasting with the black velvet is a dream come true. Completely and utterly stunning. Her after party dress was just as extra as the pink- a metallic bronzed two piece with madonna-esque circa 80's sleeves it's a winner for me. I'll be taking this dress as full inspiration for my grad ball dress so watch this space. 

Next had to be my Queen Maya Jama in this custom pink glitter mini dress designed by Henry Holland. The sleeves, here again, are the perfect gradual trumpet and the coat style is ultimate chic. For the after party Maya changed into another Henry Holland dress with one sleeve and a half and half situ- she's killing it as usual. 

Feathery love is in full swing in Adowa Aboah's sleeveless white gown. I love how effortless and glamorous this is. 

I couldn't write about the Brit's without mentioning the Haim gals. Their tri-colour afterparty threads are perfectly uniform straight from fashion week.

Z x

All images are courtesy of Getty. 


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Galentine's Day - Celebrating Female Friendship in Style!

Valentine's Day
  1. 14 February, a day when it is traditional to send a card, often anonymously, to a person one is romantically involved with or attracted to.

    "I want to be with the woman I love on Valentine's Day"

If you're single, newly or chronically - sitting in on your own on a day that celebrates love and relationships can be a little depressing. But I have decided to concentrate on the latter part of that definition 'be with the woman I love on Valentine's Day'. 

For the last few years, some of the most meaningful, reliable and supportive relationships in my life have been that of my gal pals. The love and encouragement they have shown me are really special and for me, it has always been more stable than any relationship I have had with a man. For this reason on February the 14th I will be celebrating my friendships and the love I have for my girlfriends.

With some help from the lovely Rachel at Hooray Cakes, we threw the most amazing Galentine's Day Brunch for the amazing women in our lives. Everything from food, flowers, decor and music was covered and it was the perfect way to treat the amazing women we have in our lives.

With help from Rachel, she showed me how to work that budget and how a dash around the big Tesco and some creativity is all you need.

The Decor

Every time I work with Rachel she blows me away with her imaginative and incredibly creative way of decorating on the tightest budgets. She has shared with me some of her top tips for decorating;

1. Give yourself time to plan, and the best time to find amazing decor bits for a low price is the day after the holiday. So after Valentines Day this year, start looking for bargains for next years party.

2. She swears by the local grocery stores, B&M, eBay and charity shops.

3. Before planning any type of party she hops onto the inspiration mothership that is Pinterest and pulls together different looks and ideas that she loves.

4. Then the creativity comes in - things like swapping the gold cutlery on Pinterest for plastic dupes from Tesco can really pull that party look together.

Another gorgeous way to decorate and also gift the ladies in your life on Galentine's is with beautiful and customised flowers from the amazing Mud Urban Flowers. The amazing team have just started delivering in Edinburgh and there really isn't any better way to spread the love. Mud Urban also have the amazing Olivia Hope Calligraphy on board to personalise the boxes for that extra edge.

The Food

Rachel is the most fantastic baker and can do everything from dainty little macaroons to decadent five-tier wedding cakes. Her number one tip is to keep everything simple. Rachel and I decided to go to our old favourite Lidl the day before and picked up some of their amazing waffles and pancakes. Let everyone decorate their own brunch treats with fruit, Nutella, yoghurt and syrup - and its so much less stress and clean up for you.

Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without some gorgeous baked treats from Rachel. She treated us all to a gorgeous Victoria Sponge Cake, heart-shaped cookies and cute as a button festive cupcakes. These treats are great for eating on the day and giving away as a cute Galentine's Day Gift!

Hooray Cakes is the ultimate destination for homemade, creative and beautiful cakes. Check out their Facebook page here for all your baked good needs!

 How are you all celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's this year?

L x


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Howdy there: this is 2018's first big trend.

If like me your brow was slightly crossed when you read that Western styles were coming straight for our wardrobes at the start of the year please don't feel like you were alone. I can't quite see myself reaching for a cowboy hat or some electric red cowboy boots but, as always, I'm open to trying something new. Think more flared jeans, fringed and studded suede jackets or waistcoats, a bright and bold leather studded side bag for all our city needs or even an ankle cowboy boot rather than the full calf length. Don't be worried it's not about a FULL injection of western but just touches and why not? Often I feel like the trends shared and influenced by us are predictable and repeated but I wasn't expecting western with a city girl shake-up. I've tried a few of my favourite finds to try to add some texture to my wardrobe. Plus is love anything with a fringe so I'm more than happy to swing my way around this rather chilly January/February we're having. This jacket has breathed a new lease of life into my wardrobe but if you see me flapping about in the wind please don't laugh.

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