Back in September I went to the Remnant Kings AW15 fabric launch.  Along with introducing us to the new fabric trends for AW15 we were given the chance to have a peek at their new sewing room!

We were treated to cupcakes and tea when we arrived and given a chance to have a wander round to look at the fabrics and haberdashery and mingle.

I got chatting to the lovely Lorraine who is the manager in the Falkirk store, she gave me lots of information about the workshops that the stores have to offer (including her store, which is my local store).

I was drawn to the tartan (surprise, surprise!) and the amazing glitter fabric!

After this we were welcomed by one of the Remnant Kings directors, Lisa.  She gave us an overview of the company’s history and talked about the launch of the new sewing room in the Argyle Street store before passing over to Hazel, one of the assistant buyers.  The AW15 fabric collection is really fashion forward and there will be a mini Liberty of London shop in the Argyle Street store with archive fabrics as well as new designs.  Remnant Kings are looking to help inspire their customers to make their own garments and throughout the store there are examples of what can be made from the fabric if you are in need of a bit of inspiration.

Every member of staff sews themselves, meaning if you are unsure how well a certain fabric will work for a particular garment, or are even just looking for a bit of advice on how much material you will need they can help.

I couldn’t leave without trying my hand at a bit of a sewing, it has been years since I have used my sewing machine!  The sewing room was open so we could all have a shot of making our own bag.  I think for my first attempt in years I did not too badly.

My visit to Remnant Kings has left me wanting to dust off my sewing machine and seriously get around to doing that dress making course I have been wanting to do for years!
All photographs taken by me

A couple of weeks ago I went along to the Debenhams AW15 press show to see what treats they have in store for us for the new season.  The event was held in the beautiful Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow.

I have said before that autumn winter is my favourite season.  Layering, knitwear, coats and boots, what’s not to love?

This was my first Debenhams event and I was definitely not disappointed!  I was keen to see the H! by Henry Holand collection, I’m glad to say that it lived up to my expectations. I love the use of print and cuteness combined with a bit of edginess from this brand.  The masculine oversized winter coat in maroon with pleather sleeves was my favourite piece from the AW collection.

Nine is the debut collection by Savannah Miller and it is amazing.  Think sequins, lace and embellishment.  The black sequinned dress is on my wish list for the festive season.

Of course no autumn winter collection would be complete without some faux fur.  I fell a little bit in love with this shearling lined jacket (above), the lining was so soft I didn’t want to take it off!

We also got a sneak peak at the make up collections and there are some great gift ideas for Crimbo.

The new season at Debenhams is going to be far from boring!  You can see their full collection here.

All photographs taken by me.

Autumn/winter is by far my favourite season.  As much as I love the pastel colours of spring/summer the mustard yellows, forest greens and maroons of autumn are perfect for my pale complexion and red hair.  Also living in bonnie (but cold) Scotland where we don’t get much use out of a spring/summer wardrobe the arrival of collections for the colder months in the year is always welcome!A few weeks ago I attended the House of Fraser AW15 preview to get a sneak peek at what we will be treated to to keep us warm in the coming months.  The event was held at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow and it was a beautiful venue for it.  We were greeted with cocktails, one of which tasted like liquid parma violets!

As well as racks of clothes there were mannequins wearing the outfits and models wearing gorgeous party dresses.  My favourite collection of all was Biba, I have not been able to stop thinking about the amazing forest green coat and a green lace dress with a black collar.

Along with staple pieces for your autumn/winter wardrobe there were also some pretty fabulous party dresses ideal for a Christmas party and so many pretty bags.

We are going to see even more of the 70s vibe for autumn/winter with a bit of a rock n’ roll edge.  Also expect to see the military trend with a dark palette and masculine feel, bright pops of colour – think acid yellow and red and of course what would autumn/winter be without a bit of faux fur?

To see the full collection visit the House of Fraser website.
Top image taken by me.  All other images courtesy of House of Fraser.

I recently attended an event at Crabtree & Evelyn in Edinburgh.  The theme for the night was Garden Celebration, think bunting, little plant pots and afternoon tea!

I was first introduced to Crabtree & Evelyn around a year ago, and honestly before then I thought the brand was aimed at an older age group.  This isn’t the case at all, and a Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream has become a handbag staple for me.

We were welcomed into the shop by Jamie and the lovely staff and pointed in the direction of tea and scones.  Did you know Crabtree & Evelyn also sell food?  I didn’t but they have a range of jams, teas and biscuits.  I tried the blackberry green tea and a scone with strawberry and rose water jam, they were delicious!

We got a chance to test out some of the products by getting a nice relaxing hand massage using an exfoliating hand scrub, lovely fragranced soap (which is ph balanced so super kind to skin) and a really moisturising hand cream.  I picked pear and pink magnolia hand cream which smelled amazing, the pear scent really came through.

The displays in the store were so fitting, bunting adorning the shelves and hand creams displayed in plant pots.  Perfect for their garden celebration theme.  No garden party would be complete without tea served out a teapot and drank from teacups.  Very British.

There was also a selection of perfumes in the store.  When it comes to scents I’m amazingly drawn to the sweetest smells, especially parma violet.  So imagine my delight to discover that Venetian Violet smells just like the sweets.  The addition of the atomiser makes the perfume even more perfect and one of these bottles would look perfect on my dressing table.

If you haven’t visited the Crabtree & Evelyn store yet you should get yourself down to one asap.  With fathers day coming up soon you could treat your dad to something from the men’s range.  Or treat yourself to one of their 60 second Fix Kits (containing an exfoliating hand scrub and hand cream) to get your hands super soft.
Is anyone else a fan of Crabtree & Evelyn?  What is your favourite product?


Photographs taken by me

Last Thursday night I went along to Coast Edinburgh’s blogger night, only my second blogger event in our fine capital I was slightly nervous about heading along to something by myself!  The theme for the night was a magical secret garden.  The store was decorated appropriately with vines wrapped round the columns and hanging from the chandeliers.

We were welcomed into the store and given a chance to look at the clothing, I was instantly drawn to the pastel shades and the lovely soft, light fabrics.  It really made me wish I was a guest at a wedding this year so I could justify buying one of the dresses.  I could always just buy one to wear while I do the hoovering…

After we had a chance to mingle and I had compiled a wish list (for imaginary events) in my head, we were treated to a fashion show accompanied by Erskine String Quartet.  It was a nice touch having live music.

I love the print on this dress, it is also available on a skirt which I will definitely be back in to try on.

Before attending the Coast event I have only ever really looked at Coast concession stands in department stores if I have been looking for a dress for a wedding.  After Thursday night’s event I will definitely be back, Coast’s range is so much more than just wedding appropriate outfits.  I have my eye on a few of the skirts which will be perfect additions to my work wardrobe and the statement necklaces are to die for!

The night was great fun and I met some lovely new bloggers.  Thank you to Emily and Sultana from Edinburgh Bloggers and Jacqueline from Coast for organising such a good night.

Photographs taken by me