Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Chanel Linlithgow Show

13 days until Christmas! It's really beginning to feel like winter now. I absolutely love this time of year! Last week was the Metiers d'Art's Chanel show at Linlithgow in Scotland. I wanted to blog about this sooner as it took place last week on the 4th of December. Unfortunately, that was presentation day for me at uni so no time for blogging but i just had to mention it regardless! I really would have loved to have been there at the beautiful Linlithgow Palace. Doesn't it look stunning?!

The show is held in a different country each year and of course this year it took place in my native Scotland! Such a massive boost for Scotland on the fashion map! Very proud! The show highlights the work of Chanel's manufacturers from around the world. Fashion genius Karl Lagerfeld is rumoured to have spend 2 millions pounds on the show. He is undoubtedly the most classiest and fabulous 80 year old ever!

The show had a very scottish heritage vibe, inspired by Mary Queen of Scots who was actually born in Linlithgow palace itself. It featured a great mix of tartans and tweed. My favourite model Cara Delevingne was one of the stars of the show and our own Scottish model Stella Tennant kicked it off !
Looked amazing! Click here for a little video covering the show by BBC.
On another note, this week I had one of my first Christmas night's out. A sort of unofficial Christmas work's night out as my real one is on Sunday. Nonetheless a great night and here's what I was wearing.
I am a huge fan of backless detail in clothing. I think if worn correctly it can make an outfit! Everyone has been asking me where this is from so have decided to post it here to let you know. It's actually a body from ASOS and it cost £16.00. The extreme back dip and long straps are unusual, a great statement piece. My skirt is from New Look and originally £24.99 but I got it for around £9.49 or something due to their seasonal promotions they have had on. I love the sparkle it has through it and the dipped hem is one of my fave things. Perfect for some Christmas sparkle on your night out.
Have a great week. Lots of love
KG x

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Colour Pop

With the Christmas party season in full swing, i've already been planning outfits and picking out accessories. Over prepared? perhaps but it is definitely the season to be fabulous! Today though,  I have been playing around with my make up bag. Make up itself is like the perfect fashion accessory! If you use it well you can add some of your own personality and really finish off an outfit, creating different looks every time. Here are a few of my favourite items i am using right now.

MAC Studio fix foundation, MAC make up brush, 'Famous' eyebrow compact kit, Inglot red lipstick and Maybelline gel liner pot and brush.
I bought this lovely little dress for my winter holiday which is coming up, i am so excited! I've pulled it out of the wardrobe to show you how to liven up the dull winter days and add some colour to your festive night out. I've ditched all the accessories and have only used the dress and make up to create this look.
River Island - £25.00

 So basically i started off by creating the base for my face then used my gel eyeliner to outline and add these little statement flicks. Using the brush is a must for this, I find it so much easier than eye pencils etc because you have more control. I only added a little mascara here so not to overpower it.

Next I applied my bright red lipstick for a pop of colour. I use a variety of different lipstick brands but Inglot are good for bright colours and give the matte effect i usually prefer. Best red lipstick except from MAC's but if you're on a budget definitely the cheaper and equally good option.
I also subtly highlighted my eyebrows ust to give a bit more definition. I've kept it really natural though. I find using the eyebrow shadows give a nicer, natural look. My kit has a few different shades and a little brush but i tend to just use the lighter brown shade as my eyebrows are naturally light already.
I've styled my hair quite tousled and not really done much with it to be honest just to show that the pops of colour in the lips and the dress are the key components.
So there you go, a simple pop of colour can be really effective! I will leave you with this beautiful little satchel from the Cambridge Satchel company. The colour is exclusive to ASOS and the perfect colour pop item to go on your wishlist! It's £100 but they are amongst the best in the business for what they do so you know you are getting quality and well... it is christmas soon!
Talk to you soon.
KG x

Monday, 26 November 2012

Perfect In Print

Hello! I hope you are all well and feeling the excitement of the festive season! Christmas is definitely in the air and working in retail, I am already noticing the crowds of anxious shoppers filling the shopping centres! I do have a few festive treats planned for future posts but today i'm going to be looking at prints - one of my most favourite things in fashion! Check out my new printed trousers and the inspiration for this post!

Primark (would you believe)  - bought for £5!! Yes, a rare find and on sale! Ideal for my student budget. They are very similar to the Zara trousers I see in my work. Printed trousers like these add a bit of character to your outfit and can be mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe. I've added a skinny black belt here and my Topshop cross necklace for a laidback look - perfect for a shopping trip! For a night out I would wear them with my white long sleeved blouse and heels. Below is another pair of printed trousers i own. These ones are probably the most comfiest trousers I have and still look fab!

They were bought from River Island for about £12. The print is a quirky floral pattern. Again, can be dressed up or dressed down but here I'm matching them with some knitwear and converses for a more casual look.

Tartan is amongst my all time favourite prints! Perhaps it's a cultural thing, being scottish or maybe it's simply because it is a classic that will always be worn in some way! At the moment tartan/checked shirts are everywhere. There is a definite adrogyny about the look and i'm going to show you how it works for males and females. I bought my boyfriend a great Tartan shirt for his birthday recently.

Zara Man - £25.99. Craig wears it with his skinny jeans and  blue brogues. Can be worn under a jumper or with a blazer for a smarter look.

It appears the trend is popular amongst different ages as well as genders and my younger sister  bought her own checked tartan shirt this week.
Internacionale - £14.99.  Tammi wears it with red skinny jeans and red lipstick. How beautiful is she by the way! You can find some great printed pieces out there and if tartan's not your thing I guarantee there is a print out there for you! Happy shopping! Look out for my next post soon.
KG x

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Vintage Fair

This week is reading week for uni, so no lectures or classes! This means lots of catching up on coursework and not much time for anything else. It's been a week since my last post so I have decided to take a little break and let you see what i got up to last week. The town centre of Aberdeen was busy and bustling with the arrival of the international market at the weekend. A regular occurence here, yet I always feel excitement from the buzz of cultural diversity. Walking from one end of the market to the next makes me feel like i'm in a different city!

Last weekend I also attended a vintage fair! I had been looking forward to this for a while so on the day I was a very excited bunny! I went with my mama and my little sisters, so a bit of a girly, family day out. Planning ahead I knew i'd be doing a lot of walking around so decided to go for a quite natural and comfortable outfit. I wore my white knitted tunic with leggings and my white converse style high tops. I added a touch of character with my aztec print cardigan and fabulous fur collar (taken and re used from my jane norman blazer!)
The fair was right up my street and I enjoyed seeing all the stalls and having a good rummage! Lots of furs and dresses, as well as bags and quirky accessories. Even teasets and jewellery and a yummy vintage popcorn machine! Pretty much something for everyone! I could have very easily got carried away and bought everything!..but I am trying to save, so therefore behaved! My sister kindly helped me get lots of photos on the day to share with you.
There was a make up artist there too and my mum volunteered me for a free vintage makeover by Rachael Ashcroft. I got my eyes done all smokey and retro. I loved it and just so happened to be going out that night too - bonus!
So yeah, I basically had a great day and can't wait for the next one! I will definitely be spending heaps next time! Last week we also carried out our second photo shoot for uni. It was a vintage themed shoot so seems appropriate to mention it here. I even did the make up for the stunning Hannah below. It was 1920's elegance, flapper dresses and headpieces. I'll leave you with a few shots I took on set.

Have a great weekend! Much Love
KG x

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Freak is Chic

Happy Halloween Everyone!

This is one of my favourite holidays ever! I personally tend to get rather creative with my outfits and have a lot of fun playing around with my hair and make up! I was out on Saturday night with my fashion girls and getting ready itself was an experience! Think 4 students, fake blood, contact lenses and lots of white hairspray! I was a corpse bride and amongst my friends were a vampire, a dead schoolgirl and a ghostly lady of some sort! I think we did a pretty good job!


Special mention to my mother who found me a lovely pair of vintage gloves for my costume! Very elegant and the little gold bows are a cute touch. She also found a few other rare pieces which I may blog about later on.
In the spirit of things (excuse the pun!) I've decided to do a post on halloween inspired fashion! This week I've been scowering the high street and browsing online for the best freaky but fabulous pieces!  Finding items I could relate to the theme wasn't as hard as I initially thought. With the gothic trend still a firm favourite at the moment, there are many black lacy numbers and long flowing styles out there! Skulls and crosses are everywhere as well, a re-occuring trend from last year and of course we still have studs on clothing and footwear which is showing no signs of disappearing! With all these factors it appears there is a little of the dark side on the fashion scene. Here are my top 5 must haves!
5. Zara TRF Skirt - £22.99

 Zara are embracing the skull mania at the moment! I also found a skull shirt which you can see on their website and some quirky skull necklaces.
4. River Island Lace Bodice Maxi Dress - £55.00
Spotted this one in the window display of the new River Island Boutique store in Aberdeen
3. Topshop Gothic Cat T-shirt - £20.00
 *Styling tip!*  Tuck in to a leather skirt and team with metallic creeper shoes for an edgy twist.
Skirt  - Motel £45.00,  Creepers - Topshop £86.00
2.  Sister Jane for ASOS jacket - £95.00
As predicted velvet is creeping back in for winter and i always seem to associate it with halloween too. Definitely more of a seasonal fabric but I must admit it i love it! I found this blazer quite interesting because of the velvet/stud combo. Could this be the new thing for this year? we shall see!
1. Urban Outfitters Skinny Bones Leggings - £28.00
These are amazing! Very in the style of Black Milk's leggings collection. Perfect for use in your halloween outfit and to keep using after! Even reasonably priced. Therefore, My number one find!
Hope you like! Have a good halloween!
KG x