The Fashion Library

My name is Ruth MacGilp, and despite that mysterious grade A in Higher English, I am terrible at reading. Fiction, that is. The only fiction books in my possession that have been read cover to cover are embarrassing teen flicks and romantic comedies, with the occasional classic by Bronte or Austen thrown in when I’m feeling brave. 

What I am excellent at, however, is being the proud owner of a 3-page-long Amazon wishlist of non-fiction books, which includes self-help guides and autobiographies, but overwhelmingly consists of Fashion books. Imagine my joy at being told explicitly by my lecturers to go out and read as much as I can about the industry, and having access to a fantastic library full of hidden fashion gems. 

Read more to here about my top 5!

This book from the Design Museum does exactly what it says on the tin. From Audrey Hepburn’s LBD and Cher’s Oscars gown, to Twiggy’s Bill Gibb masterpiece and Mary Quant’s mini. A fun compilation of fashion that made history!

More of a biography than a fashion book, this is 173 pages of pure hilarity and inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld’s crazy brain.


This book is so dog-eared as it came into my possession at 14 years old, and subsequently helped me decide I wanted to make my name in the fashion industry. It really is the most comprehensive and detailed careers guide out there!

My most beautiful possession. Literally endless stunningly gorgeous photographs and text from the decades that dramatically changed what women wore and how they lived.


This is probably the most widely renowned resource for those in the know. It’s essentially an A-Z of the names (from designers and retailers to models and hairstylists) that have influenced fashion as we know it today.

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Boux Avenue

A recent visit to lingerie boutique Boux Avenue (, during the Union Square shopping centre ( student lock-in, brought me two unwelcome surprises. 

Firstly, I discovered the bra size I thought I had was entirely wrong by a long shot, and secondly, I realised that the remainder of my student loan is going to have to be spent on the irresistible products at this ridiculously inviting store.

A lovely sales assistant, Emma, gave me a free fitting and then I went on to peruse the selection. I knew I desperately needed some good basics, so started out with the Microfibre T-shirt Bra ( which I bought in both black and white. One for the wishlist was this gorgeous Lace and Satin Plunge Bra ( which came with perfectly matching undies as part of Boux Avenue’s buy one get one free deal.

The pretty pink bra on the left fit beautifully and was smooth like a t-shirt bra so would be perfect for sheer/tight tops. The lacy navy and neon yellow bra on the right was actually in the sale for £12 so I snapped it right up!

Overall, i think my experience was actually more about the service than the products. From incredibly helpful and reassuring staff, free fittings, gorgeous interiors, and tiny details other stores don’t consider, from the lighting in the changing rooms, a concierge service, student discount and a VIP club. Boux Avenue has, much to my bank balance’s dismay, become a regular hit on my shopping trips!

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Sum Company Sunglasses

 Hey, Ruth here! I am loving this rare sunny weather in the UK right now, and there’s nothing better than cracking out your favourite shades and soaking in some vitamin D. But this year I decided to try something a little different when I came across American sunglasses brand Sum Company.


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Mallow Valley Cheesecake Cafe

Yesterday marked the opening of the brand new cheesecake cafe in Edinburgh. Right next to Haymarket station and decorated in striking yellow, it’s hard to miss, and it’s delectable delights are certainly hard to forget.
Here, Urbanity’s foodie Ruth reviews Mallow Valley. Warning: explicit food pornography 😉 Check out their website for more!


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