Art your Heart Out: Themed Life Drawing at Summerhall

“Try new things”, they said. “It’ll be fun”, they promised. “The weather’s too shitty to spend outside anyways”. This is how an artist (Kara), an aspiring architect (Leanne), a Food & Drink writer (Emily) and an interior designer (moi) wandered into Summerhall with pencils and sketchbooks and some very rusty illustration skills. This is how, somehow, we ended up at …

Independent Edinburgh Guide: Ethical shopping for the design-obsessed

I am a huge fan of independent retailers. I’d choose supporting a new designer working out of their kitchen over a high street retailer any day, and I have a serious Etsy habit. I just love the idea that the dress, bracelet, hat or pair of mittens I’m holding in my hand was made by someone who enjoyed creating it, not some underpaid …

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A few of my Vegan, Cruelty-Free & Ethical Faves from VegFest

I had an epic weekend. The kind with TWO consecutive birthday parties to go to, an exhibition launch at my gallery, house guests, and the biggest vegan event in Scotland. The kind that ends up with me falling asleep fully clothed on a Sunday night halfway through an episode of SVU. I will never know who kidnapped that girl now, …

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Gone Antiquing

Last week I spent a morning wedged between Edwardian wardrobes and Victorian dressers, trying not to knock over Art Deco glassware. I tripped over a wine rack holding a set of almost complete Czechoslovakian tea set and I didn’t break a thing, except maybe my dignity. I brushed layers of dust off marble. I sneezed, a lot. I rummaged through piles and piles …

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So close: thoughts on blogging challenges

After I did #BEDM in May, I believe I said to friends I would never attempt something like it again. Let’s be honest here, I’m a sporadic blogger at the best of times, so blogging for 31 days on the trot was always going to be a struggle for me. I love blogging, I adore writing, and the creative side …

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Happy Halloween

I love Halloween. It’s my favourite time of year, with everything from skulls and bats and all things creepy making an appearance. I love dressing up in a costume, decorating my flat with ghosts and ghouls and skeleton cats, and I adore a good Halloween party. Nothing beats seeing all my friends decked out in a full facepaint, masks, and …

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Survival tips for Horror Flicks

Emily from Frankly Ms Shankly and I went to the cinema this week to see Ouija: Origin of Evil, and being horror movie buffs came up with a few handy tips to stay alive if you find yourself needing to sidestep a demon or two. 

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The Offspring: Dust off Your Dancing Shoes

My taste in music hasn’t changed hugely since high school. I’ll always find new bands and artists to like, but my favourites when I was fifteen are still high up on my list of faves now. Take NIN, for example. I was a massive Trent Reznor fangirl when I was a wee goth teenager, and “The Only Time” is still …

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Independent Designers at Hannah Zakari (Grassmarket, Edinburgh)

I love independent shops. There’s nothing like buying a one-off piece that you won’t see on anyone else, and the fact something has been created with care by an individual rather than in a factory production line really makes me happy to own it. The thing is, sometimes the one-of-a-kind unique items of clothing aren’t all that affordable. It’s all …

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10 Tips for a Long-haul flight

I’ll be flying home to Toronto for Christmas, and that journey is one I take so often it’s almost routine. I have my packing list. I have empty suitcases ready to fill with everything I’ll need to brave a good old Canadian winter. I even have itineraries, details of meetings, family dinners, and events I want to go to in …