Charity Fashion Takeover


Last week I spent a brilliant day at Barnardos in Stockbridge in a charity fashion collaboration. My challenge was to recreate some London Fashion Week street style looks using only garments and accessories available at the retail store. I am passionate about ethical shopping, and what better way to do it than supporting a good cause too. This outfit was inspired by an Alexa Chung street style look, and we managed to recreate it with items all costing £20 and under! Read on to see the other looks we created using quality pre-loved fashion.


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Marija at Glasgow Film Festival 2017

On Tuesday night I was invited by Scotrail, Scotland’s train network, to see Michael Koch’s masterpiece Marija at the Glasgow film theatre on Rose Street as part of the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent cinema in Scotland’s most vibrant creative city. Watch the trailer and read my review below….


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I was lucky enough to attend a press dinner the night before the pop-up shop launched, where delicious food by Edinburgh foodie masters Dram & Smoke was served. We found out all about the concept, and chatted about great, affordable, accessible design over Hot Toddies and Haggis Bon Bons! Thank you for a fantastic event.
The main part of the pop-up shop is decorated like a living/dining room, with cosy armchairs, wall art and beautiful lamps, and through the back there’s a beautiful, luxurious bedroom. have totally transformed the space (which was previously Makers and Friends) into a stunning showroom; definitely worth popping along this month to browse!
This was my fab veggie menu on the night, served on beautiful teal dishes, modern glassware and gold cutlery. Vegetarian haggis bon bon on chestnut puree, crispy poached egg on pearl barley risotto, and Scottish cranachan/pannacota. Totally delicious!
All photos by Simon Williams
More information about the Edinburgh pop-up shop:

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Mark Vice: Metamorphosis

Scottish artist Mark Vice is embarking on an innovative project that will allow 25 participants to turn a year of their life into a work of art.  To celebrate the launch of his ‘Metamorphosis’ collection, Mark has hand painted 25 diaries that are to be used by art-loving participants throughout the year. Once completed, the diaries will be exhibited alongside his other artwork at an exhibition in early 2018. The diaries, which feature a mix of butterfly and dragonfly paintings, represent the process of change and transformation, otherwise known as metamorphosis.

The 23-year-old visual artist said: “I’ve been planning this project for some time and I’m super excited to finally get it off the ground!”

“I’ve always wanted to involve others in my artistic process but I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to do so. It seems that 2016 was a rough year for many people, so this feels like the perfect time to do a project that is all about transformation and moving on.”

Mark went on to talk about his hopes for the project and why he thinks it’s important to look to nature for inspiration. 

He said, “I think this project is for people who really love art – essentially you are completing the artwork by filling in the missing details. I hope that it helps others to think more about their lives and I would love if the project was to inspire some positive changes in 2017.”

“The beauty of exploring nature through artwork is that it can teach us so much about ourselves – just like the caterpillar we are all capable of turning our lives around and making our world a more colourful and happy place. I’m really hopeful that the world can pull itself together in 2017 and move forward – it’s time to put these beautiful new wings to good use!”

Diaries are extremely limited and will be available until 1st February 2017. If you are interested in participating visit Mark’s website for full details:

A new contender on the British Pop Art scene, Mark Vice is a Scottish portrait artist with an eye for all things bold, sexy and downright fabulous! A fascination with pop culture inspires his vibrant drip art and splatter art portraits, which explore the themes of celebrity, commercialism and sex. Described as a cross between Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, Mark’s intuitive and expressive painting style is immediately recognisable across each of his eclectic painting series. As a contemporary Scottish portrait painter Mark combines his interests in fashion, celebrity culture and Scottish iconography to create artwork that is fresh, unique and outspoken. Whether it is an enchanting female nude or a Karl Lagerfeld painting from his celebrity pop art series, Mark’s work is never shy of daring. 

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Herald Fashion Awards

So, although you all probably know already because I won’t shut up about it on social media, I thought I’d do a blog post about the Herald Fashion Awards too, cause you know, Fashion Blogger of the Year baby! I’m still in total shock that I was nominated yet alone the winner of such a prestigious award, considering the bloody amazing competition! It was a genuinely fantastic night and I still cannot wipe the smile off my face. Read on to see who all the wonderful winners were in the different online fashion categories, all based right here in Scotland.

The Best Use of Online Marketing was awarded to Instrmnt, a Glasgow watchmaker creating timeless quality timepieces. Aimee Kent won Best Sustainable Online Business, for her ethically produced surface pattern design and textile products.

Nu Blvck, my absolute favourite sustainable Scottish fashion brand run by the inspirational Becca and Andrew, were awarded the Best Online Newcomer award; their success in just a few short months is incredible, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.

Trakke, an accessories brand for the outdoor adventurer, were multi-award winners, going home with both Online Accessory Retailer of the Year, and Best Fashion Twitterati. Edinburgh knitwear brand Yellow Bubble, now available at The Scottish Design Exchange was awarded Scottish Fashion Graduate of the Year.

It was great to meet the team from kidswear brand Shapes of Things, who walked away with the prestigious Peoples’s Choice Award, while Edinburgh tweed establishment Walker Slater won Scottish Online Retailer of the Year and bespoke headwear designer Maggie Mowbray Millinery were awarded Luxury Online Boutique of the Year.

And finally, as strange as it sounds to say this, I was absolutely astounded to receive the Blogger of the Year for Scotland award sponsored by Therapie Clinic!

Look out for a post coming soon all about my beautiful bespoke dress from Birds of Prayers!
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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