Urban Outfitters Controversy

As much as any other millennial wannabe hipster, I love a good browse in Urban Outfitters, although for my skint self it’s usually solely in the sale section. I have some great pieces of clothing from the American fashion and lifestyle store (which also owns Anthropologie), and really enjoy the selection of lingerie, books and homeware.  However, I am sure you are all aware of several controversial products they have released over the past few years that have caused a hell of a stir on social media. And encouraged many people like me to boycott and campaign against Urban Outfitters. Check out their top three most risqué collections below. 

 I also strongly recommend a read of ‘Mental Health is not A Fashion Statement‘ by blogger Frankly Ms Shankly, slamming online retailer Rad for their equally ignorant slogan tees. 

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Alexander McQueen Photoshoot

 

Have you ever dreamed of being half woman, half stag? Ever dreamed of dressing as a McQueen-esque muse?
Last month I had the incredible opportunity to model for creative director Cait Owens, a studying make up artist completing her final portfolio, and be photographed by the endlessly talented Daina Renton
We scouted for locations for hours but ended up on the stunning South Queensferry beach right underneath the old Forth Road Bridge, a perfect Scottish backdrop for my high waisted red tartan trousers, black suede ankle boots, white ruffled Victorian-style blouse, maroon leather gloves, and of course, this stunning antler headpiece that now sits proudly in my living room as we speak.

Sometimes, life presents weird opportunities. When one of them involved being stared at by old ladies in a small beach village, followed by sitting in costa for lunch wearing a crazy get-up, then I say hell yes.

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Gucci Rip Off

Diane

 

London based designer Diane Goldie creates bespoke ‘wearable art‘ inspired by female empowerment and individuality. Her work, now three years in the making, consists of unique handmade or upcycled clothing and accessories in bright colours and textures; fusing a melting pot of cultures and personalities together,, creating what she thinks creativity in London is all about. I urge you to check out some of her work at http://dianegoldieartist.com, along with her intelligent and insightful writing at http://dianegoldie.wordpress.com/
 
Anyway, I divulge from what this post is really about. Gucci, one of the most successful high-end Italian fashion labels in history, has recently revamped their aesthetic, to a patchwork quilt of quirkiness and colour, inspired by London style tribes (see here). And Diane realised she’d been ripped off. 
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The Arches New Waverly Edinburgh

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 Arches are 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…

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10 Scottish Artists to fall in love with

This incredible Karl Lagerfeld portrait with extra added pink fabulousness is my the talented Mark Vice, and it will be mine one day, I’m sure of it.
 
My most colourful post in a while, scroll on to see my top ten favourite Scotland-based visual artists and painters. 
 
The best part? The work of all these wonderful artists is available to buy at The Scottish Design Exchange
 
I am in love with all this gorgeous artwork and want to decorate my new flat with them all. I’m sure you will love them too, but let me know your favourite in the comments!

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