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Art, Music, Theatre and Dancing at Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival 2018

Hidden Door always makes it onto my summer festival schedule; I’ve been going to this fabulous event every year since its debut at the abandoned Market Street Vaults in 2014. My first year I made it to a handful of evening gigs, fuelled by gin and questionable dancing. This year I’ve been a wee Hidden Door gremlin, wandering around the festival …

6 Songs on a Playlist: The Music I keep going back to

“What music do you like?” It’s a great conversation starter. At a party, in the pub, on a first date; we all have a curiousity for what kind of music makes people tick. It tells us a lot about a person, a psych evaluation in one simple question. What do you listen to? I’ve listened to tunes in my room for as long …

The Last Days of Colette: The End of an Era at Paris’s Legendary Concept Store 1997-2017

“Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.” Paris. The concept store was born in March of 1997, at the corner of Rue Saint Honoré and Rue du 29 Juillet. In the 90s, lifestyle shops didn’t exist. Boutiques and department stores were the choices for multi-label retail therapy, and …

GUEST POST: The Importance of Independence by Roberta (Bob) Pia

If you follow my blog or social media accounts, it will come as no surprise that I feel very strongly about the subject of independence. Women’s autonomy, independent designers and makers, businesses, music – they’re all topics close to my heart. We’ve adopted an identikit culture in society that makes me cringe; people – especially young people – often aren’t encouraged to …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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If we were having coffee…

…what would I tell you? I’ve always loved this type of post, both reading and writing them. Maybe I’m just a nosy fucker. If I follow your blog, it’s because I’m interested in what you have to say; I want to know the rationalisation behind what makes you…you. Are we alike? Are we different? What are your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences? Maybe …