26/07/2014

Sunsetter

Come on, press play and come and watch the sunset with me.



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Lagos, Portugal, June 2013

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On the road in Alberta, Canada, January 2013

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From Café Mambo, San Antonio, Ibiza, July 2014

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Ibiza 2014, again.

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Canmore, AB, Canada, December 2012

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Lexington, Kentucky, October 2013

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Flying into Cologne, Germany, March 2011

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From my parents' house, Ayrshire, Summer 2012

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Dubrovnik, Croatia, August 2011

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Hvar, Croatia, August 2011

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Kelvingrove, Glasgow, June 2012

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Hvar, Croatia, June 2011

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Hvar again.

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Hamburg, Germany, March 2011

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Paris, October 2010

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Ibiza, April 2011

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Milna, Croatia, August 2011

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Ibiza, April 2011


I'm a sucker for a good sunset. My friend Sarah says "I can never get tired of skyporn," and I completely agree. In fact, if I were to post to instagram every single picture I take of the sky, I would bore you all to tears. Besides, it never looks as good on camera as it does in real life.

I've watched the sun set from San Antonio's sunset strip in Ibiza twice now and I think it's my favourite sunsetting experience. Not least because they've completely ritualised something that is literally an every day occurrence, albeit a beautiful one. I mean, people clap when the sun finally dips below the waters. I was in Ibiza with fellow sunset lover Sarah this summer and as we perched on the beach, mojitos in hand, we spoke about how lovely it is that the simple act of watching the sunset in San Antonio is an event in itself. Sure, for most of those visiting the island it's all about the all night parties, the big name DJs, the euphoria of dancing to your favourite music in venues that are incomparable to anything at home, but it's quite remarkable that so many people take the time out of their eat-sleep-rave-repeat schedule to do something so simple as watch the sunset. It feels like the whole island stops to breathe and appreciate things for a moment. The atmosphere is so chilled out, the music is incredible and the view is so beyond picture-perfect your little heart will feel like it's going to burst from the beauty. Even if you've got misgivings about the White Isle's hedonistic party reputation, in my opinion it's entirely worth going for the San Antonio sunset alone.

The ritualisation of watching the sunset is something I want to bring into 'real life' a little more. It's not just whilst on holiday in Ibiza that you can take pause, grab a cocktail and relax as you watch the day turn into night. Sure, the sunset in Edinburgh is probably not going to be quite as beautiful as the one in the Balearics, but it's more about taking those moments to chill out a bit and appreciate the simple beauty of it all, right? Besides, all you really need is a nice west-facing view, a glass of something cold and a decent playlist.

I may be far too pale to ever be a fully-fledged sun-seeker (hello sunburn), but sunset-seeker is a moniker that sounds right up my street.

19/07/2014

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Design First Wedding Dress

Despite having worked in a few weddingy establishments - wedding waitressing and selling engagement rings - I'm not particularly wedding-obsessed, and tend not to be one to ooh and aah over all things bridal. If I am ever to get married myself, I'm certain of a few things: there will be steak on the menu, my dress will be comfortable, there will be a significant lack of flowers because the damn things make me sneeze and all pomp and circumstance will be at an absolute bare minimum.

Wedding unwillingness aside, when I saw that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had designed their very first wedding dress for their close friend, stylist Molly Fishkin, I had to see it. And it's a beautiful dress. It's not me - I think I'd want something a little more simple -  but it is beautiful. I love the fluted sleeves and I'm absolutely crazy for the drama of the veil, but mostly I'm in love with these pictures.  It looks like an incredibly beautiful setting for a wedding, and as a total "Olsen Obsessive", I love seeing MKA at work in this kind of personal setting, not to mention ogling what their wearing. Ashley's jewellery situation has got me drooling, and I'm really into these low little buns they're both sporting.

Plus, it's got me excited to see if The Row will now branch into a bridal collection, or just do bespoke pieces for their nearest and dearest, and I imagine, those willing to pay. Perhaps in a few years time they'll have knocked Vera Wang off her bridal gown top spot, who knows. They've already proven time and time again in their collections that they can get simple, chic elegance to a flawless standard, and this dress seems to push that elegance in a more dramatic, intricate and romantic direction. So perhaps a bridal collection from The Row would appeal to an even wider consumer group than their core collections do. Maybe you wouldn't consider yourself a The Row kind of girl, but maybe you could be a The Row kind of bride?

Anyway, enjoy the pictures, from Vogue.com, and let me know what you think of the dress. Do you have a dream wedding dress in mind? Or is this a topic that you give absolutely no thought to whatsoever?

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Seriously, look at that ring!

Read all about the wedding on Vogue.com - it sounds even more beautiful than it looks - and see all the other pictures that I decided not to pinch.

14/07/2014

Kim Kardashian Style Inspiration. Yes really.

I have a Konfession to make.

I am a Kim Kardashian fan. 

Now I'm not saying that I consider her to be an excellent role model or that I find her so inspiring that she has forever altered the way I approach life. I certainly don't admire her for her humanitarianism or her intellect. 

However, I do think she deserves some merit for managing to wrangle the not-so-favourable notoriety of a leaked sex tape into a hugely successful, multi-million dollar business empire. That at least shows some savvy. 

She's also extremely adept at practicing the kind of self-admiration and adoration that I think more girls and women should partake in. It might be vanity, but I think it's a helluva lot better than constantly picking at your flaws and wishing you were thinner. When it comes to bodies, Kim's is a million miles away from the nigh on emaciated frames teetering around the entertainment industry and yet she hasn't bowed to the pressure to live on kale smoothies and morph into a stick insect, which I think is commendable. She may not be a perfect role model, but as someone with a different look from the "norm," as dictated by celebrity culture, and who chooses not only to not apologise for it but to celebrate it in the form of scantily clad selfies, she provides another option. Kim Kardashian's dramatic curves say that it's okay not to be Rosie Huntington-Whitely or Cara Delevingne or any other thin and leggy starlet, and as a fat-arsed girl myself, I'm grateful for that. 

But enough about Kim Kardashian's ass.

Never in a million years did I think I would be drawing style inspiration from Kimmy K, but here I am. She's just been getting it so right lately and looking totes gorgina that I can't help myself. She just looks incredible. And I'm loving it. Pencil skirts are go.


 






















K dolls. That's enough Kardashian for one blog I think. Bible. 


P.S. Those of you that are sticklers for formatting - sorry, this is a mobile post! I'm getting the hang of it... sort of.

P.P.S Pictures taken from the bazillions on tumblr.

28/06/2014

Summer Soundtracking

Sunshine makes things sound better.

It's a fact.

This is what I've been listening to lately, imagining I'm off somewhere else instead of traipsing past tourists on the Royal Mile on my walk to work.



You're on a beach, sweating out last night's sins. Toes in the warm sand, hot sun on your face and the gentlest of salty breezes taking the edge off the blistering heat as the beautiful Banks' soft-yet-sultry vocals trickle through your headphones. It's the perfect track for relaxing under the sun as your hangover slowly recedes. Could even be time for a nice cold beer now...





One of those nights when you've ended up somewhere you've never been before, wearing a weird outfit because you've been out in beer gardens all day, and you really didn't think you'd end up going out tonight. Then something like this comes on and it feels like everything's just clicked into place.

Plus, I love elephants.




I couldn't wrap my head around this first time around. But I'm now obsessed. I want to play this on a balcony after coming home from a big night. Someone's handed you a warm beer or some hideous concoction of whatever was left from earlier, and you really don't want it but you really don't want to go to bed yet. The piano bit towards the end is just perfect!



I know that this song is old, and to be fair even this remix isn't completely fresh, but I'm still every bit obsessed with this song as I was when I first heard it. I've been loving this little tropical revamp for a while, but now that summer has finally kicked off it's feeling even more apt. If I had somewhere to barbecue, this would be my soundtrack.



After a day at the beach, you head into one of those sundowner beach bars, just for a quick drink before you go back to get ready for dinner. But then you realise it's happy hour on mojitos, people have started dancing and the sun is dipping down over the sea in the most beautiful way that you couldn't possibly leave. They start playing music like this and all of a sudden dinner has turned into a dodgy looking soggy burger at midnight before the next party, you're still wearing your bikini and toting around suncream and a beach read, but you're on holiday. So what does it matter.



I first started listening to The Weeknd, walking home alone from bars through the streets of Cologne on moody, muggy May nights.  It's nowhere near The Morning but I still love it, and it still takes me back to the end of my time in Germany, in the streets between Zülipicherstraße and Rudolfplatz. This is also brilliant, but he's no B.



Sarah, she of the always on point music taste, alerted me to this piece of brilliance when she shared this mix (which is awesome, by the way). Eventually, we found the original. Just in time to be played relentlessly when we jet off to Ibiza next week... ! :)

What are you listening to right now?