‘New Waverley‘ is an exciting development in Edinburgh, including a re-vamped shopping mall, two brand new hotels and of course The Arches, the first stage of the project so far. The Archesare a series of salons, restaurants, cafes, shops and offices located in the unique Victorian architecture underneath the old Waverley bridge. I was lucky enough to attend the launch party last month, and got to mingle with some fellow bloggers while getting an exclusive look at all the new independent business there. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to stay and take lots of pictures (or even a slice of free pizza!) My favourite Arches tenants? Tempo Tea, Lauren Gollan and Buff…
Today I went along to the Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show at Evolution House, namely to see my friend James St Findlay‘s incredible graphic design project, but also to check out the work of the other students, from illustrators to architects. I was truly in awe of the talent and creativity this year and although every exhibition piece I visited was beyond anything I could dream of creating (note to self: get back into art again!), a few projects really stood out to me. If I could have spent all day admiring the art I would, but if you have a moment, the degree show will be on until the 5th June at various campuses, so definitely worth paying a wee visit.
I was devastated to wake up to a world without one of the greatest influences on music and fashion of the 20th century. Just 2 days ago, I was at a Bowie tribute night celebrating his life on his 69th birthday, so the timing of his death today, after an 18 month battle with cancer, is ironic. More than anything, Im beyond sad for my mum, Leah MacGilp, as he was her absolute hero and meant the world to her every year of her life. She asked me to do a blog post about his impact on fashion and culture, so read on if you want to know more about his legacy.
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word Birmingham? Perhaps it’s the famous Selfridges building inspired by a Prada dress, the big dirty canal system, the old brass bull, or even the strong Brummie accent. For me, Birmingham will always be associated with my childhood, my upbringing, and my family and friends. But on a recent trip down south, a long walk around the city I used to call home brought new surprises in the way of unique street art.