Iolla Opening Party in Stockbridge!

Hi team!

So last week I had an invitation to attend the opening of Iolla, an eyewear shop who also have a branch in Glasgow. They were opening in Stockbridge, and I had been walking past the shop when it was being put together, wondering what it was going to be!

Walking in, it is a great space. You had glasses to the left, on beautiful wooden shelves, with green plants. It felt very relaxed. The range of glasses frames were excellent, with an extensive range to suit everyone. I headed out to the back room and there was a whole room dedicated to sunglasses, with some great options.

Some background on the company. Iolla in Gaelic means ‘sight’, and originally started in Glasgow. They wanted to bring a more affordable price point for glasses, whilst not compromising on style. The designs are all done in house, and are very unique and fashionable.

Here are some pictures from the event below:

As you can see, I’m a complete clown, but I seriously did love the pink ones with leopard in the first picture (called Muir, and have several colours). They had cake, cupcakes, prosecco and a DJ, and it seemed like a lot of staunch supporters of the brand were there to support the owners for the opening. The staff were all really nice and introduced themselves to me when I came in the door. There were a lot of bloggers there I recognised, and it was a really fun atmosphere with everyone really impressed with the selection and trying on their favourites.

I definitely recommend heading to them, just get your prescription up to date and then go in and ask them to style you with the  best glasses for you! I also recommend their blog on the website as they explored Stockbridge when they came to town and named their favourite places they found.

www.iolla.com

T xx

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The Disney Princess’ Wardrobe

Welcome to another edition of Wardrobe Attacker!

I went to one of my good friends house and while the men did work on the house downstairs we got right into her wardrobe.

Now this girl has a challenge to get the volume of clothes down to items that she can wear to work easily but still retain the cool items she has in her wardrobe.

We got to work pretty quickly and I quickly noticed that she had a lot of dresses. Now for her work dresses are perfect, with tights and a cardy look really sweet and work appropriate for the office. Plus she has some really cool patterned dresses, and the great thing about patterns is that it does the job for you, all you have to do is find a great belt to put around your waist to define it and then you are away!!

We also started sorting items into a holiday wardrobe. Over in the UK as it doesn’t get particularly hot people tend to go for the big summer holiday. People will specifically go out and get stuff for their holidays. Now some of this stuff might be alright to wear in the UK but most of it is purely for Spain and other hot countries (Hi NZ!). Sort your holiday only items into a pile (as we did) and hang it or fold it in another place.

As always, there is a pile of items to try on again. Here you can determine if you still like it, fit it, or want it. If you think you want to keep it, find three items in your wardrobe to wear it with and you’ll never go wrong. Also make sure there are no holes or damage to the clothing.

You can also do a gym/sunday chilling pile. This is good for your baggy t-shirts, trackies, and holey items if you are desperate to keep them.

We managed to get through a lot of clothes and at the end had a sizeable pile to throw away/donate. I recommend holding the items in your house for a week, looking through again and making sure that you want to donate them. This means that you will definitely know!

This wardrobe was very fun to do and thanks to my lady friend for participating!!

T xx

PS if you want me to come to your house and help you with your wardrobe and give you loads of invaluable advice tailored to you, and you live in the Edinburgh area please don’t hesitate to get in touch!!

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The Fuck it List.

 

Hi team! How are those New Years resolutions going for ya? Green smoothies starting to make you feel blue? Running starting to wear thin? Never fear, because I have the answer that will help you live your BEST life this year.

Its called a Fuck it List.

So basically, you have heard of the bucket list. Travel to a buddhist retreat, climb Mt Everest, blah blah blah. This list is often impossible to achieve as a lot of them are super high goals that take more than a few years to achieve, time, money, etc. Often they will just sit there until you hate that you put it on the list and feel guilty you haven’t done it yet!

My list is way better. Inspired by Cheryl Cole (yes really), when she got malaria and nearly died, when she got better she composed a Fuck It list. Still with me after hearing my idea from Cheryl Cole. Good. Its going to get better.

Basically a Fuck it list is all the shit that you feel in your heart you want to do, and literally say, “Fuck it, lets do it.”

Let me give you a few examples.

I want two more tattoos. One on my finger.

I want to improve my French so when I go back to France I can really speak it properly instead of just picking up stuff from my high school French.

I want to swim in my hometown lake that I haven’t swum in since I was a teen.

So you see, it ranges. I want tattoos, I want to swim. No idea is silly, and all contribute to the development of YOU. There are other things on my list but I don’t want you to laugh me out of the building on how funny/stupid they are – but they will contribute to me being the person I want to be, and thats important.

So pen and paper. Write down big and small goals. Goals about work, life, love, family, friends, travel, hobbies, etc. Write it ALL down. Then look at the themes. Then look at what will improve you, moves you, or will motivate you. Cull some if you want, or shove them to long term goals. This is only for your year ahead that we are concerned about at the moment. And the great thing is, this is a list you will have for life. You will just keep adding things on, and crossing them off!

I would love to hear about your Fuck it List and what you want to achieve over the last year. This is a really great way to motivate yourself, while not being drastic. You can work towards your goal all year, and if you haven’t achieved it by years end, you can move into the new year closer than you were!

T xx

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Charity Shop Shopping!

So I have an obsession with charity shop shopping.

I used to work for Barnardos in one of their stores as a Visual Merchandiser and it was so much fun! The dangerous thing was to see all the stuff donated and what a list I had of stuff that I wanted to buy!

These days charity shops are fully professional. There are chains of them, linked to well known charities, however there are still the odd ones that are linked to charities but there are only one of them in each city etc.

These ones I love because you can really find a bargain or a hidden gem!

Refer to my blog from last week on Shopping Mindfully, as this comes into play when you go shopping at a charity shop. Don’t get the £4 ‘because it’s only £4’. Make sure it is still a piece of you are and will fit into your wardrobe easily! Likewise with shoes that are a size too small, tea sets that you will definitely never use, and knick knacks that will clutter up your home. If you want to give to the charity itself there is always a donation point you can give money to them as well which is always appreciated and will give you that feel good feeling!

I will also do a few charity shop no no’s!

  1. Do not haggle. Not ever. Nope.
  2. Do not donate your holey tshirts. They are no use.
  3. Do not leave your donations outside if the charity shop is closed. This damages your items and squanders lots of potential money for the shop and they just have to bin it!

Be best friends with your local shop. When you have declutter your wardrobe, take your donations down. Then when you get unwanted gifts, or things you don’t want anymore, pop it in a bag, and when it’s full, take it down. You will be encouraging that sense of community and helping people in your area!

I would recommend charity shopping to everyone, as these days it is so acceptable to get items from there, and they are in great shape, look amazing, and are so affordable. Plus you will be donating money to charity and your karma points will rise!

Go the next step and volunteer at some point too! You will never regret it!

Let me know your charity shop bargains guys!!

T xx

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Short Hair, Don’t Care

So recently, I have had a bit of a fight with my hair. It is so much of my identity so when I want to act out, I simply dye or cut it and it perfectly reflects my mood. Permit me, to take you through my hair history (and please submit me yours!)

  • Dying my hair red to look like Lita, the WWF wrestler
  • Blonde, in attempt to regain my youth (I was only 15)
  • Remember Christina Aguilera’s hair from the ‘Dirty’ video? Yup had that.
  • Dreads (at uni, where else)
  • Purple
  • Fringes
  • No fringes
  • Demanding a single lock of blond in my brunette hair after my hairdresser said no to doing the Cruella de Ville hair (good choice)
  • Ombre (loved this one)
  • Pink (made me feel like a Sailor Soldier)
  • Buzzed side shave and full chop

So you can see I love the extreme. And lets face it, after having dreads you really don’t care what happens to your hair, you are just happy it’s growing back!

Recently I went to my friend Blair at Cheynes (www.cheyneshairdressing.com) who has been cutting my hair for years and always complies with my batshit crazy ideas. He and I decided on a great asymmetrical cut, with my left side of my head shaved to a 1. It turned out terrific and now I’m wondering why I didn’t do it before! If you can have the chance to cut your hair short, do it. Its really liberating!

Here is the pic I took in, we didn’t do the underside, but we did the side shave, and it looks amazing!

short-hair

Let me know what your next crazy hair idea is, or what you would love to get buy aren’t brave enough!

Shameless plugging, but I’ve been going to Cheynes for years and they really are great. Cheynes Bruntsfield is the best, but I’m biased as I’ve been there a lot and the staff are all so nice! If you are lucky enough to get an appointment with Blair, get it

www.cheyneshairdressing.com

Note: I don’t get paid by Cheynes, I’m just sharing the love!

T  xx

Wardrobe – From Nightmare Into Daydream!

Hey land mermaids.

I want you to do something for me.

Get up. Go to your wardrobe. How many things you know don’t fit? How many items have price tags still on (I know everyone does!)? How many items have holes in them?

You are in NEED of a wardrobe makeover!!!

I’ll give you my example. I did this on my wardrobe not too long ago and counted about 40 t-shirts. No lie. Do I wear half of them? No I do not. I prefer to rotate my t-shirt of the Rock when he was a teen (you know the one, check his instagram, it’s a treat!) and my Led Zeppelin t-shirt. The others are old band t-shirts that are way too small, and t-shirts so old that I should not have them at all (hello t-shirts from when i was 16!)

I got rid 8 bags worth of clothes. As a result, I now enjoy getting dressed again! It’s refreshing to finally go into my wardrobe and see items that I have not worn or seen in ages and make an outfit from them! Items that I am unsure of wearing with what,  I now have outfits for! Its a Christmas miracle.

I have a few friends that have volunteered to let me invade their wardrobes and let me help clear their unwanted clothing (blogs to come). If you are in need of doing this yourself and do not have my deets then please follow this guide.

  1. If it has a hole in it and it is not super expensive (i.e. something you can go to a seamstress for) then get rid of it.
  2. Items that you think you might get into one day once you lose/gain weight – get rid of unless you will get into it in the next two months – often women like to hold onto items for years thinking they will fit into it when they don’t realise the magic of the woman’s body and the baby bearing hips we all get. Buy items that are wearable now, not later/if/when!
  3. Gather a pile of holiday wear and hang or fold in another place. Items that you would only wear in the heat of summer or on holiday don’t need to be in your wardrobe full time. This clears the way for your day to day.
  4. Same with formal items, hang all your evening wear in another place. Even though it’s nice to look at them, you need a clear mind and wardrobe when faced with getting ready for the day.
  5. Formal items – are they dry cleaned? Do they need resewing or repaired? Do they have a covering bag over them? Look at these issues as you don’t want the next time you wear this item to be when you need to go to an event.
  6. Workwear – hang in your wardrobe all together. That way you can select quickly what you can wear to work on those mornings that you just can’t be bothered being.
  7. For your other items, look at each piece. Does it fit? Does it have any holes or pulls? Is it actually fitting in with what you want to project to the world about yourself? If you wore it when you were in high school chances are you aren’t the same person anymore – does it fit in with your new lifestyle? Decide from there.
  8. Make piles – one for getting rid of, one for repair, one for trying on again (just incase you aren’t sure about it) and one for selling.
    – Getting rid of – keep these in your house for a week. This way you can really decide whether you want them or not. Donate them to charity – or if they are well known labels, sell them on Ebay!
    – One for repair – make sure the item is worth repairing – either monetary or sentimental worth.
    – One for trying on again – make sure it fits well and you still want it as part of your wardrobe today.
    – One for selling – Separate items that you think might sell – items that are well known or are cool enough to sell – you can sell on Ebay and at least get a bit of money towards your wardrobe!

Lastly – hang your wardrobe in order of tops, bottoms, sweaters etc and dresses. This means that you can put together an outfit more readily in the morning. Make sure you have good quality hangers (not metal ones) and items that stretch easily are folded into shelves.

I hope you now enjoy getting ready in the morning!! Send me pics of you wearing something that you have unearthed and I’ll pop it on the blog!

T xx