Lifestyle and Career

An Ode to Man Repeller

Leandra Medine has got to be one of my favourite fashion icons. Her eclectic personal style inspires women young and old to push the boundaries of fashion, experiment with prints, colours, textures and shapes, and encourages them to truly encapsulate the mindset of the man repeller; a woman who gives zero fucks what the opposite sex think of her clothing; she dresses for herself and no one else. Whats more, her journalistic empire has given a refreshing insight into the so-called ‘elite’ fashion industry, bringing an authentic sense of personality to her writing. Together with her team of total girl-bosses, Leandra has built a community of strong, independent fashion-forward thinkers. And that’s why I’m dedicating this blog post to Man Repeller, a fashion blog with a difference.


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The Transformative Powers of a New Haircut

Last week I was treated to a re-style at Austen Thomson Hair by the talented Lauren, who has developed a unique freehand cutting technique that managed to translate my novice ramblings of what I had in mind for my lanky locks into the ideal result; a cut that liberated me from flat, limp hair and a low-maintenance look so I could indulge my lazy side. I’m now the proud owner of a tousled, layered bob in fairy-cake pink, and couldn’t be happier!


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Big Hair Do Salon Event: Austen Thomson

On Wednesday I attended a wonderful event at boutique Leith hair salon Austen Thomson, The Big Hair Do, a nationwide celebration of hair salons organised by Layered and Creative Head, aiming to encourage people to try out new season styles, colours and products. 
Austen Thomson’s ethos is to Inspire and Evolve, with contemporary fashion trends translated into wearable hair styles, a wide selection of cutting edge product, and hugely knowledgable and talented stylists at hand. I had a wonderful time at the event and even discovered a new miracle product, read on to find out more!


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Back to University and Gap Year Reflection

I have recently started my first year at university after taking a gap year. This time last year I had just started my first year at a different university, after taking a gap year after deferring from that university. Confused yet? 
I may not have had the linear path that many school leavers take, and now at nearly 20, I’m a fresher yet again. A perfect time to, when I’m not snowed under with coursework, reflect on the last few years of studying, working, interning and travelling, and how they have benefitted or costed me in many ways. This post is aimed at those in their final year of school stressing about university, those who are at university and unhappy, or those that consider themselves inferior for not having a degree. I hope it helps!


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An Ode to The Gentlewoman

Welcome to my new monthly blog series, ‘An Ode to…’ where I will be shamelessly confessing my love as a proud fashion nerd to my favourite publications, whether that be books, magazines, journals, zines, look books, websites, or of course blogs, in an attempt to inform and inspire, but also just because I’m a gushing super-fan of far too many things and they need an outlet. 

Firstly I’ve decided to dedicate a post to The Gentlewoman magazine, and more importantly, Penny Martin, its Editor-in-Chief and founder. I first came across this wonderful publication whilst researching for a project during my fashion management course at Robert Gordon University, and after attending the PaisleyMake Design Festival a few weeks ago, I was inspired to delve deep yet again into the world of The Gentlewoman after an incredible talk by Penny Martin herself at Paisley Abbey.


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