Misty Mountain Swap Shop

This gorgeous picture you can see on the left is a vintage visual merchandising masterpiece we saw last Wednesday at Misty Mountain Swop. What on earth is that, you ask? 

Well, from the 4th to the 17th of September, anyone and everyone is welcome to buy, sell and swap clothes at this innovative, ethical pop-up! Get rid of your unwanted fashion and come out with bagfuls of stylish bargains!

 Misty Mountain Swop is held in the Gayfield Creative Space in Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, a venue tucked away from the main drag of Leith Walk, regularly used for exhibitions and arts events. The space is like a magical wardobe, jammed full of rails and displays stuffed endlessly with everything from retro coats to Moschino jumpers and Topshop shoes. Once you get your former faves valued, you’re welcome to browse the huge selection and splurge your store credit!

In these pictures Ruth is modelling finds sourced from designer, vintage and high street brands. An oversized boyfriend shirt in crisp white is an Autumn essential, and can easily be dressed up for night with an embellished mini. We were also super excited to discover a gorgeous graphic print Rare London playsuit, and a cream H&M dress.

Find out more information about how the event works and where the next pop-up take place at http://www.mistymountainswop.com 

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Loving Youth Label

Ruth has recently been working for a fantastic vintage concession at Topshop called Loving Youth. The fun younger sister of Blue Rinse, this innovative label makes, sources and up-cycles everything from authentic vintage patterns, designs and pieces. You can check out their website here or pop in and say hello at Topshop on Princes Street, Edinburgh! Read more to see Ruth’s wishlist of lustworthy clothes and styling advice!

“Taylor Maxi” dresses
A slight white lie for the first items on the wishlist because I already proudly own the black floral print beauty! As well as the tie front and cut out detail, there are two luxurious splits down the sides so the dress effortlessly flows as you move!

Full length Jumpsuits
The wrap over silky jumpsuit will dazzle on a night out with gold jewellery and lace up kitten heels, while the 80s button up jumpsuit works perfectly by day with some classic Nikes.

Boyfriend Shirts
You really cannot go wrong with a great quality flannel shirt. I picked dark red and blue tones as they match denim like a dream!

Silk Bombers
Smooth, soft vintage jackets with traditional zip  and elastic detailing will take your classic jeans-and-tee combo Back to the Future!

Denim shirt dresses 
Bang on trend, authentic reworked vintage and easy to slip on over leggings and ankle boots for Autumn.

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Unexpected Art

Lynette Gray is the reason I first got excited about blogging and the creative industry in Scotland. Back in 2013, I assisted talented photographer John L Need with a photoshoot for Lynette’s emerging fashion brand Angel Pixie Love

At the time, I was setting up my journalistic blog The Question Cove (http://thequestioncove.wordpress.com) and was so fascinated in Lynette’s story that I decided she would be my first interviewee.

 Yesterday we reunited over coffee and I heard all about her exciting new project, Unexpected Art.

As part of Midfest (A multi-arts festival in Midlothian), from Tuesday 8th-Friday 11th of September, Dalkeith Arts Centre will be transformed into a creative community cornucopia. Local artists will be exhibiting their masterpieces, designers will be selling their crafts and textiles and homemade cakes and artisan coffees and teas will be on offer throughout the week.

What’s more, each day there are workshops at the venue, from yoga and meditation to jewellery making. A particular event to look forward to is  a design masterclass on Thursday the 10th with Donna Strachan of Ingingerness. Here you can create your own t-shirt, bag, wallet or mug from only £7!

The Unexpected Art launch night takes place this Monday which I will be helping out at so pop along and say hello from 6:30pm! You can meet the artists, be entertained with live music and poetry and enjoy a free drink or two! Don’t forget to peruse the pieces and pick your favourites, and pencil in the Friday evening to get involved with the Fundraising Auction Party. Part of all the profits go to deserving charity Pink Ladies First!

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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West End Makers Fair

On a rainy Thursday morning Ruth popped to The West End Fair in Edinburgh to check out local talent from the craft-o-sphere, and discovered a whole host of fantastic creative products and chatted to some lovely designers.

 A firm favourite was Carol Capaldi Crafts – a stall crammed full of quirky, kitsch gifts. Her vintage upcycled mosaics adorned everything from tile wall hangings to a guitar (which is firmly on the wishlist for a certain someone’s birthday present!) Check her out on Etsy!
Another fab company was Eclectic Shock. They were offering exquisite costume jewellery, from cuffs made with dismantled pocket watches, to pendants dangling with tiny jars of fairy dust. Other finds included gorgeous stained glass decorations, hand painted feathers, stunningly delicate fashion illustrations and The Edinburgh Bow Tie Company, 

Urbanity xxx
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Adventures in Norway & Scandinavian Style

Hey lovely readers, Ruth here! Sorry for the delay in posts, content will be regularly updated again now that I’m back from my holiday. Which leads me to the focus of this very post- I was lucky enough to visit Norway for two weeks, and was totally inspired by the stylishness of Bergen and Oslo, as well as the breathtaking scenery of fjords, glaciers and mountains in more rural parts of this fabulous country.

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