Today’s #ShareAdvent is all about wreaths. I really want to make my own this year so if course my first stop was Pinterest for some ideas and DIY’s.
I found three styles that a really love. I’m not organised enough to have researched and made my wreath by the 4th December, I plan to make mine this weekend. Now just to decide which one.
The first one is my favourite but I’m not convinced it will survive our dramatic weather. The second is gorgeous but given my busy life these days I think I may end up opting for the third as it seems simplest.
Which do you like best?
It’s Begining to Look a lot like Christmas
So I missed the #ShareAdvent tag yesterday as I’m rubbish. The prompt was write a letter and send it, so here’s my letter
Thank you for taking good care of my bother, sister in law and most importantly my gorgeous niece for the last year and a half. I hear you are having some pretty fabulous weather just now, so I thought I’d pop over and help you take care of them.
See you on the 31st December, just in time for my birthday.
That seamlessly links to today #ShareAdvent dance like nobody is watching, only I don’t care if anyone is watching as I do my happy dance around the office.
Down Under – Men at Work
This year I’m planning on joining in with Skin and Blister’s #ShareAdvent. She has provided a prompt for each day in the run up to Christmas Day. You can join in by blogging, tweeting or instagraming.
Today’s prompt is Joy to the World, a classic Christmas carol. It doesn’t really seem fitting today though following the tragedy in Glasgow this weekend. I’m sure you will have all heard by now about the helicopter crash which has killed 9 people and seriously injured 14.
I was shocked as I’m sure everyone was when I heard the news on Friday evening. It is like a scene from a movie not something that happens in my home city. It struck me even more given I pass that pub on a regular basis when travelling to work. I can’t begin to imagine how those directly effected by this are feeling.
But just when things seems senseless and hopeless, there are gestures that remind us of the courage and selflessness of human nature. Reports of people running to the scene rather than away from it to help, a ‘human chain’ carrying people from the building to safety and Glasgow TOA taxis offering to take families and friends to hospital free of charge to visit those injured. Glasgow is living up to its reputation of being not only strong but protective and kind.
So we may not be celebrating but there is still cause to take pride in the strength of human spirit. How very fitting at this time if year.
Joy to the World
Last week I skipped off to St Andrews for a work conference. Unfortunately, I had no photographer so instead of getting some amazing ootd shots with beautiful Scottish scenery I got some in my hotel room. It was a really nice hotel room though.
These boots were a Christmas present from my lovely man last year. They are my staple throughout the the colder months, which is most of the year in Scotland. This is the first time I’ve donned them sans tights, I was worried my not so little thighs would look horrific, turns out it’s not that bad.
The conference was a bit later this year so a got see all the festive decorations around the hotel. It really put me in the festive mood, now need to start tackling all those Christmas presents.
Dress – H&M (worn as shirt)
Boots – Kurt Geiger
These Boots are Made for Walking – Nancy Sinatra
Wed-nails-day has been missing for a few weeks. I’m shamed to admit this is because my nails haven’t really been painted, another consequence of being so busy.
I spotted a little caviar nail kit in Primark the other week, it was bargain so I thought I’s give it a go. You may have seem the instagram of the kit, I didn’t fancy the silver polish it came with so went for this deep purple instead.It’s very easy, you simply paint your nails and pour over the little beads right away while its wet. I forgot how long it takes nail polish to dry but managed not to smudge my purple base coat. Instead of a statement nail I wanted a little detail on each. I painted a triangle of top coat at the top and poured the caviar over. I think it looks really cute but I’m intrigued as to how long these will last. When I add details with shellac they last days, not sure that will a the case here.
You need to do one nail at a time and make sure you use the tray to catch the ones that don’t stick. You can then pour them back into the bottle using the little funnel. Easy as pie.
Primark have a few different colour combinations on offer i may pick up a couple more.
Royals – Lorde
I discovered this this morning and had to share it with you. From a band who currently remain anonymous, this song just beautiful. I’ve spent a little bit of time online today trying to find out who this band are and have come up with precisely nothing.
They somehow managed to catch the attention of Tyler, The Creator, well known rapper and record producer. He was apparently so moved by the song he decided to write and produce a video. The video is just as beautiful as the song focusing on a couple who meet and fall in love in childhood and remain happily together despite the chaos that ensues in the world around them.
The track’s soft melody and smooth harmonies have a definite 60′s/70′s vibe to them and remind me of late Beatles or Gillbert and Sullivan. The lyrics are just lovely and the video captures their sentiment perfectly; two people happy together regardless of what’s going on around them. It has that ‘All You Need is Love’ kinda feel to it.
Perfect easy listening to put a smile on your face on a cold Monday.
I’m very excited to learn that some of my favourite Scottish designers are being featured in House of Fraser in the run up to Christmas. Can you imagine nestled there right beside your go to high street and designer stores you can now pick up some Rebecca Torres, Joanne McGillivray and Saunt & Sinner.
The ‘House of Fraser presents’ series features each designer in a pop up on the 2nd floor for two weeks. The series launched on Friday with my personal favourite Rebecca Torres. I have been lusting after her gorgeous dresses for a good while now. She celebrates the female form with her use of colour and shape. The bodycon dresses may be a but scary at first but I urge you to try one on, you’ll feel fantastic I promise.
Next up on the 2nd December is the awesome Saunt and Sinner. Saunt and Sinner are duo Emma Noble and Toni Roddie. They previewed their Doomen collection in The Lighthouse earlier this year filled with awesome graphic prints. They even have a celeb following in the shape of Emeli Sande already.
Last but by no means least is the wonderful Joanne McGillivray. Scottish Fashion Awards Graduate of 2012 presents a collection full of wonderfully cut pieces and decadent prints. I’m hoping to get a chance to try on this beauty when the collection lands on the 17th December.
Dedicated Follower of Fashion – The Kinks