Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Fashion: Silverburn Your 5

At the weekend I was invited along to Silverburn Shopping Centre for a fashion consultation as part of the Your 5 event. For my consultation one of the stylists talked me through the five key items for Spring/Summer. These items were the cropped trouser, the sneaker, the shirt, the short jacket and the silks. 
I found the consultation really useful and felt it saved me the time and hassle of walking round the shops to choose something as the stylist had already picked out a number of gorgeous items. It also brought certain items to my attention that I may never have choosen if I hadn't been shown them and given some ideas on how I could wear them. 

During the consultation, I registered my details with Silverburn which allowed the stylist to email me photos of my favourite items.  I thought it was a really good idea as I could take the pictures into the shop and ask the shop assistant to help me find the item, again a really good time saver. 

The Your 5 team at Silverburn also introduced me to the Silverburn App which featured a list of all the stores in the centre and any promotional offers that were running at the time including money off vouchers, free gifts with purchases and competition entries. 


Once my consultation was over I was given a goodie bag and voucher to purchase my favorite items I had picked.  As I didn't have a lot of time I found my consultation had been really useful as I rushed to the shops knowing exactly what I wanted to buy and even better I was able to use the Silverburn App in Warehouse to get a 20% discount.  (Search for Silvernburn Plus in the App store and you will find it).

With my gift card I purchased a pair of crop trousers from Marks and Spencer and a stripped linen shirt from Warehouse. Both will be key items in my Summer wardrobe which won't date and hopefully they will see me through a few more Spring/Summers to come.


Big thanks to McFrank PR and Silverburn Shopping Centre for inviting me along I had a great morning.
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Fashion: intu Braehead Style Garden


At the weekend I headed over to intu Braehead to check out the Style Garden. The Style Garden, decorated with stylish mannequins, came to life over the weekend with numerous fashions shows, showcasing the latest trends from the likes of Oasis, Marks and Spencer, Warehouse, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, River Island and Monsoon. The show featured the latest key trends for SS16 which are Nauticaluxe, Imperial Red, Boho Bandit, Pink Soda and Monochrome. You can find more about the latest key trends over the intu website

My favourite look from the fashion shows was the Monochrome trend from Marks and Spencers which included the Archive by Alexa Chung Range. As well as catching a few of the fashion shows I took to the shops to shop the latest key trends and spotted quite a few floral beauties from Oasis and Warehouse.  Floral prints are always a favourite of mine during the summer months. I love bright bold prints and these are top of my wish list.

Floral Dress Oasis, £75
Floral Top Warehouse £29
intu have also been working with fashion industry experts and bloggers to find out what hot this season and asking them what's their SS16 Hero piece which you can read all about if you follow this link.

My hero piece for SS16 would have to be a good pair of brown sandals. Brown goes with nearly everything and brown sandals can either be dressed up with summery dress or dressed down with jeans or shorts. They would also be a great addition to a capusle wardrobe if you are going on a summer city break and need to pack light. I love these from Office for £45.

 

*Thanks to intu for inviting me along to Style Garden.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Lifestyle: Five favourite places to shop for interiors


I'm interiors obsessed at the moment, if you hadn't already noticed (just take a look at my Instagram). I'm just loving our new house and still can't believe it's ours. I've been going a bit mad lately buying stuff for the house and have told myself I need to calm it before I bankrupt us. 

When it comes to interiors, I do like my home to be a bit different and not have the same as everyone else (IKEA I'm looking at you).  I try to avoid the obvious places and shop somewhere a bit more individual. My favourite places to shop for interiors are:

On my Travels
I love discovering interior stores in other countries and you can guarantee you are going to end up with the same interiors as every other Tom, Dick and Harry. Recently I've discovered and purchased from Depot in Munich and Pasabahce Magazalari in Istanbul. The only downside is trying to fit it all in your suitcase. I also love to pick up a Christmas decoration on my travels and when decorating my tree it brings back memories of where I've been. 

Charity Shops 
I love charity shop snooping. Mainly for picture frames and vintage plates/dishes. The picture frames I love to up-cycle and vintage plates and dishes I use for tea parties. I know, I'm such a granny but I love afternoon tea. Some of the best charity shops I've come across are, the Chest and Heart Foundation Boutique Stores, and I do remember the charity shops in St Andrews being quite good when I visited.

Shop Local 
There are some lovely interior shops local to me in Glasgow. I recently discovered  Paul Hodgkiss Designs  (in the picture above) and his other shop Bumblebee (which I already knew about) just around the corner on Clarkston Road. The West End of Glasgow, particularly down the wee lanes, is also great for independent shops where you can find something a little bit different. 

Paperchase
I love Paperchase for buying all my crafty stuff so I can up-cycle and make things. The post cards at 75p and washi tape are great way of adding some wall art on a budget. Also the wrapping paper is so pretty I have put into my up-cycled picture frames (see previous post).

TK Maxx/Homesense 
The TK Maxx home depart is my absolute favourite place to shop for interiors. It's so reasonable and they don't have a lot of the same thing so chances of everyone having it in their home is pretty slim. If you ever see anything you like just buy it as it won't be there when you go back (I've made that mistake). We have purchased so many things for the new house from TK Maxx and I love every single thing. Homesense is just a bigger version owned by TK Maxx and unfortunately we only have one in Scotland and it's in Edinburgh. Can we have one in Glasgow please?