A spot of shopping in Scotland

Edinburgh. What can I say about this gorgeous city? I’m a little bit speechless. Beautiful buildings seeping with history, an impressive old castle perched high on the hill overlooking the town’s folk as it has done for hundreds of years; Wide, well-kept streets, and contemporary structures linking ‘New Town’. Edinburgh is a pleasurable escape from London where the people are friendly and everything seems just a little bit less expensive!

Stay at the lovely King James (Thistle) Hotel – it’s right in the city-centre where you can walk to clubs, restaurants, the famous Old Town, contemporary New Town (lined with the usual high street favourites like Top Shop, Monsoon and M&S) and of course… shopping malls.

The Thistle Hotel is located next to The Saint James Mall. A sign outside dates the precinct back to 1770, however the present shopping area is nothing short of modern, and boasts a range of local shops offering chic fashions for all ages at more affordable prices. Whether you’re keen to stock up on seasonal basics, hats or accessories, this is an ideal spot to start.

Ask for directions through this mall towards Harvey Nichols, the first Scottish store of the group which opened in 2002. The complex is five glorious stories located on the eastern end of St Andrews Square. From the street level (where shoppers can browse the likes of Mulberry, Pandora, Armani and other designer stores should a ‘splurge’ be in order) to the very top of the complex, a plethora of shopping delights await. Weary feet can rest on the top floor – the best kept secret in town – a luxurious dining, coffee and cocktail area aptly named Forth Floor Brasserie, surrounded by sweeping views of the historical city, mountains and a magical body of water known as the Firth of Forth (hence the name of the brasserie is not a spelling mistake, but a play on words referencing the view). There is even a level outside the restaurant where, if asked politely, the staff will let tourists sneak out to take a few happy-snaps of Edinburgh city. 

 Edinburgh Harvey Nichols

Probably my favourite of the stores in this precinct was Mulberry, and am love with their colours and styles this season. Check out the latest Mulberry fashion show on their website now.

From the New Town malls and high street to the inevitable stroll along the cobblestoned path of The Royal Mile towards Edinburgh Castle, stop in at a quaint little store, Ness, located at two points along the road (and . I quite liked the bright pink, purple and tartan themed bags, boots and accessories. Keep an eye out for the second of these stores on the way up the hill towards the castle. Turn left and follow the winding road and stairs down towards another old area that locals encouraged us to seek out, called Grassmarket. More wonky old streets, dated buildings and windy stairs opened up to a row of restaurants and pubs as well as a few eclectic and ‘one off’ clothing stores stocking everything from street-wear to formal wear and sexy chiffon gowns resembling ensembles once seen on Sex in the City.

Edinburgh is a city not to be missed if you’re in the UK, and while soaking up the historical atmosphere during a city-break here, you can certainly enjoy some retail therapy at the same time. 


Check inThe Thistle

Chill Out: The very glamorous bar at Hotel Missoni for it’s sexy decor and delicious cocktails, or The Walkabout Bar for its large, clean spaces, Aussie themes, live sport broadcasts, music and decently priced food and drink deals.

Get Around: Stay in the City and walk. The people are friendly so simply ask where they recommend you hang out.

Find out more at: edinburgh.org

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Sugoi: Live from London Fashion Week

New York, London, Milan and Paris – the ‘it’ centres playing host to Fashion Week events that set the trends for the months to come. From Vogue to Stylist, Grazia, Harpers and Cosmopolitan, media flock to the epicentre of the action to report on what to watch in six months time. This year though, fashionistas from all over the globe took part in London Fashion Week by participating online – a trend in itself, that will continue to boom simultaneously with technological advancements. Thanks to live sites like www.londonfashionweek.co.uk and Twitter, you don’t actually need an exclusive ticket to be first to see what’s new. Some webcasts are even being promoted as ‘events’ now, such as Burberry’s hot show, beamed live to 150 countries and on to a big screen in Piccadilly Circus. In London, alas it’s all over for another few months, so in summary, the trends we noted from the action over the past week are:

Animal prints are here, and soon you’ll see bright dog, fox and bird patterns decorating many fashion articles in stores around the UK. Similarly Leopard print remains popular, and colourful fabric mixes including spots and dots are on the way en-masse.

Longer hem-lines are in, battling it out with ‘midis’ (a slightly shorter version of maxi dresses and skirts). Maxi dresses were popularly sported by many a fashion editor in attendance this year; but we’ll soon see more pleats and below-the-knee designs in store, along with fur-trimmed knits and jackets, sleeveless, tailored vests and buttoned-up shirts with neat collars.

Toni & Guy also offered up an LFW catwalk trend, Dip Dyed hair (where the tips of your hair are bleached in fabulous shades of pink, blue or red). Hats are back and for spring / summer any size or shape goes. Keep your eyes peeled for shoe trends that include rubber soles and wooden heels. Evidently the new ‘it’ bag is Mulberry’s Tillie, also touted by ‘anyone who is someone’ at this year’s LFW. Carry this soft-leather satchel in the crook of your arm to showcase your outfit!

And never fear, if you can’t afford the original bag (or any of this gear for that matter) keep an eye out for copy-cat versions in the usual high street fashion stores soon.


Inspiration and puppy love

Well, at the moment I am fighting off a flu (everyone in the office is sick!), enjoying the special Valentine’s Day ep of Glee (love it!) and planning what to wear to tomorrow’s exciting line-up at London Fashion Week (yee ha)… but there’s something special I’d like to share. I’ve just discovered this beautiful story, about Oogy the rescue dog. Inspirational, amazing – let’s support by buying this book

This video (linked to image) says it all – big congrats to Larry Levin and family. May good karma be coming your way.