Crafted by Catherine Aitken


Recently I’ve started doing PR and social media for Edinburgh-based accessories designer Catherine Aitken, and have totally fallen in love with her huge range of products for men and women. From cosy mohair snoods to classic Harris Tweed handbags, quality and integrity outweigh fashion fads for Catherine Aitken. 

In particular the Easy Hobo Grey Herringbone bag from her new collection caught my eye, so I thought I’d do a wee street style outfit shoot on a rainy day, photographed by Daina Renton. The bag is available to buy here on Catherine’s website, for £105.oo. 

I styled the bag with a long black wool coat from Zara, a grey midi pleated skirt and black crop top from a charity shop (thrift queen!), black ankle boots from River Island and my new favourite necklace from Kakao by K.

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Blue Hair, Don’t Care

So I got my hair did. Its blue. Yep.  I let the team at Austen Thomson Hair experiment on my locks all night long until it transformed into an aqua mermaid fantasy, whilst filming for a halloween hair tutorial. 

With tones of bright cobalt blue, mint green, pastel yellow and baby blue, using Schwarzkopf Professional, it feels totally unique, but sure takes a lot of getting used to after having very pale pink hair! I decided to do a little outfit post showing a classic autumnal look, which really pops against the bright blue ‘do!

The striped sweater dress with side splits is from H&M, styled with a grey wool coat from Debenhams, thigh high suede boots from Schuh, watch from Olivia Burton and a Charlie Feist bag (my new favourite minimalist vegan accessories brand!)

I was worried it might be tricky to style coloured clothing with such bright coloured hair, but I really like the warm, autumnal tones of the dress against the cool, wintery tones of the hair. I feel like an ice queen mermaid and I’m learning to love it. What do you think?

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Embracing a Healthy Body

I have been roughly the same weight now, a healthy BMI of 20, for about a year now. This is something that at one point was inconceivable, as anorexia and bulimia destroyed my body and my mind over and over again, I was in a constant state of flux throughout my teenage years.
To love my body felt unrealistic, unachievable and downright impossible. To accept my body, well, that seemed pretty out of reach too, but i have discovered that, at least some of the time, i can accept myself for what i look like, broken nose, big thighs, chubby cheeks, DD boobs and all. 

And guess what, there are even those moments when I think, yeah, I’m cool with who i have become, I’m going to stay this way. Nobody can dim my shine, as Tyra Banks would say. I am fierce. Today, as I write this blog post, I accept my newly healthy body, and I celebrated it with some (read: many) pictures  down by Newhaven Harbour. Scroll on to see me attempting to be a model. or you know, one of those cool bloggers that travels all over the world, not just down the road! 

If you take one thing from this blog post, please remember that when you hate your body, its not your body that needs to be changed, its your mind. I am slowly beginning to realise that actually, no matter what my dress size or how defined my abdominal muscles are or whether or not I have the dreaded thigh gap, people like me for me, so maybe I should too.

Your body is simply a vessel, a shell, a machine for your soul and your beautiful brain, and more importantly, its the only one you’ve got.

I am so honoured to have worked on this  body confidence shoot with Jasmine Baeur, talented photographer, and downright lovely human being, from A Couple of Photos, an Edinburgh based freelance photography agency that creates personal, memorable and beautiful images for any occasion. Please go and check out their website!

Outfit Details

Dress: H&M (buy here)
Necklace: H&M (similar here and here)
Shoes: Topshop (similar here)
Jacket: Vintage (similar here)
Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar here)
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Harvey Nichols Style Academy

I’ve been working at Harvey Nichols for a few months now,and yesterday I got the chance to take part in Style Academy with a few of my colleagues, including stylist/blogger Georgia Gordon. The one-day intensive course including tutorials by  various experts on how to style different genders, skin tones, body shapes etc, and for different budgets, styles and occasions. We got to learn about how make up, jewellery, accessories and fragrance can bring the look together along with the clothes, and a more in-depth review of how different styles of service work on luxury fashion customer. It culminated in a styling adventure challenge, where Georgia and I teamed up to be personal stylists for eachother and take pictures of the outfits for various briefs. It was great dressing up with no inhibitions, no limitations on price (of course we went a bit crazy!), and with a new, refreshing perspective from others.

My first outfit was a 
Sachin & Babi light blue satin gown  with embroidered floral design, sequin embellishments, contrast black crepe bodice, and oversized bows at the back. You can buy the dress here

We paired it with the iconic silver Crisp Packet Clutch by Anya Hindmarch, and some silvery grey Jimmy Choo court shoes to die for!

I loved the combo of black, silver and blue, with pops of colour in the flowers. If we’d had more time I would definately play about with hair and make-up, perhaps opting for an Edwardian style up-do and some natural, glowy beauty products from Laura Mercier or Charlotte Tilbury.

Look number two: a cute little suede frock by BCBG MazAzria. This fit me like a glove, and I was surprised how much I liked the bold coral-red against my pale skin.

 The ruffled, pleated bottom of the skirt added a really cute touch, so we decided to push that kitsch element further with some awesome Mickey Mouse Trainers, part of the Disney x MOA collection. 

Finally, to add a bit more of a chic finish, we HAD to add the covetable Givenchy Antigona bag! (A steal at only £1430.00! I joke….)

Last but not least,the most bright and colourful outfit that I would never usually wear or pick for myself in a shop, but I loved it once it was on, and I’m glad I was encouraged to take risks! 

For this one we paired the most beautiful metallic, sparkly pleated midi skirt by Christopher Kane (see that swish!) with a hot pink t-shirt by Kenzo, fabulous wee yellow chain handbag by Stella McCartney and finally, mesmerising emerald Manolo Bhanik stilettos

The clashing colour pop look is not very me (there’s no black, say whatttttt), but what do you think?

 Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Pink Hair and Pinstripe Cullottes

I don’t do outfit posts too often because I doubt many people are overly interested in my clothing (although I am partial to selfie much more on my instagram @urbanity_blog) but this weekend has been sunny and I’ve really enjoyed relaxed dressing for my rare weekend not working in a shop! 

These Zara culottes have been hanging unworn for a while but never find the right occasion of them. A summer evening walk and a cute cinema date in these babies was ideal, teamed with a simple black tee and birkenstocks.

Also, you may notice my rather strawberry-milkshake-esque hair! Lately I’ve been getting bored with being blonde so I’ve experimented with different semi-permanent pinks and purples. Its great to use these wash-in dyes from Crazy Colour because there no commitment (as I’m way too scared to dedicate my hair to being forever pink) and it gives you a chance to bring out your fun side and see what suits you.

Here are the outfit details
Cullottes: Zara
Necklace: H&M
T-shirt & Sandals: A wee boutique in Australia whose name escapes me!

Big thanks to my better half Jack Hinks for being an excellent ‘Instagram Husband’ (i.e. taking stupid pictures against random brick walls sometimes!). 

Make up
Foundation and Concealer: Bourjois Healthy Mix
Lipstick: Topshop Sweet Orchard
Eyehadow: Tanya Burr Galaxy Pallette
Mascara: L’oreal Volume Million Lashes
Eyebrows: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara
Hair Dye: Colour Crazy Violet

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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