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Women in Music: Showing support for artists in Scotland

Earlier this week I wrote a post about DAREFest, an event I’m very excited about. It’s a one-day festival offering workshops on empowering women through music, and celebrating some of the finest local riot grrrl musicians and bands. If you want to read more about it you can find my post here, or check out their website.  In the spirit …

DAREFest Edinburgh 23/9/17: A new festival empowering women through music

I love a good festival. There’s nothing quite like spending a day – or a whole weekend – at an event with some incredible music, art, and general good vibes. It’s great to see so many talented women in the arts, and I’m very lucky I’ve had a chance to meet and hang out with some awesome musical lassies at some of my …

Frock Me Vintage at Chelsea Old Town Hall

I’ve been trying to avoid fast fashion to adopt a more sustainable approach to my own wardrobe, and I’ve found more and more of my clothes are pre-owned. Charity shop finds, thrifting, clothing swaps, and of course vintage. I love vintage. I had a few hours to kill before my train home from London; so I thought I’d stop in …

Lunch at CREAM Café in Shoreditc 

In 1996 I was going through a goth phase. I remember this because I played Nick Cave and Kylie’s “Where the wild roses grow” on repeat, wore a lot of black velvet, and explored the many uses for eyeliner. It was also around the time that I dated the most wholesome individual on the planet, who stubbornly refused to be …

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Simon Community Scotland: A Period with Dignity

I woke up this morning to a rogue insistent paw on my arm. My dog is 26 kilos of perfection with no sense of personal space, so when he’s up, I’m up. I stumbled through to the kitchen to dish out his breakfast. 6am walkies? He’s not embarrassed by my first public appearance of the day being in jammies, and …

The Problem with Ableism and Animal Rights Activism

The more I delve into the deep dark world of Facebook vegan discussion groups, the more I wonder – are we losing sight of the end goal? I’ve only been vegan for two short years, but even I remember the good ol’ glory  days when vegans talked about how we all want the world to embrace veganism, and for plant-based …

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Another year, another Kelburn: Festival Essentials

This year I have plans to go to a grand total of six festivals, from one-day wonders in a local woodland to a trek across the country for Boomtown. Festival season is well underway; I’ve already been to two, volunteered at one, and have my bag half-packed for the next. For me, music festivals aren’t just for catching some of …

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Vegan dining at The Gate (Islington)

  I have a Master List. Every vegan or vegan-friendly cafe, restaurant and bar I hear about is added to an increasingly long wish list of places I want to stuff my face at. I’ve diligently marked them off, one by one, sometimes two or three in a day. The past couple years I’ve been to London more than ever, so …

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ECA Degree Show 2017

A few things signify summer for me; the last of the daffodils make way for daisies in Bruntsfield Links, Meadows Festival, Hidden Door, and of course, the ECA Degree Show.  This year I was invited to the Business Preview, so we got a sneak peek at some of the fabulous creations from this year’s graduates. 

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Blogger Photo Shoot with A Couple of Photos

When I was a kid, my parents documented every five years of my life with a studio family portrait. I remember that first sitting; I was dreadfully uncomfortable in a plaid Burberry dress and stiff patent leather mary-janes that my mum had insisted on, because they were “made in Italy”. My dad had freshly shorn my hair into a timeless …