SR:D Contemporary Scottish Design

On Thursday evening, I was thrilled to be sat second row for Scotland Re:Designed’s 2017 Private View Runway & Awards. I was surrounded by incredibly talented artists and designers, many of whom I have admired for years.

Menswear, crochet, silks, 3D jewellery, heritage pieces, all created by our leading Scottish contemporary designers made the show immensely impressive. Designs from CROSSCASHMERE, Euan McWhirter, Isolated Heroes, Siobhan MacKenzie, Appin and Third… and SO many more came down the runway, and also featured throughout market stalls around the warehouse venue.IMG_0440Scotland Re:Designed provides an incredible platform for Scottish based fashion designers and textile companies to showcase their current work to their relevant industries.IMG_0460SR:D was established in 2012; I had always heard of the fantastic support they provide towards creative industries, and the encouragement they give to young designers and artists – but had never directly became involved. All the 2017 events were held in and around SWG3 – Finnieston’s multi-cultural arts venue (also somewhere I had never been before)! During the month of November, SWG3 was home to high fashion shoots, influencer mentoring sessions, exhibitions, runway shows, private viewings, markets and expert discussions and lectures. Invited to talk were hugely renowned consumers, academics and designers such as Pam Hogg, Hilary Alexander OBE, Sally Homan, Lisa Trainer and many more.IMG_0462IMG_1652IMG_1653IMG_1654ISOLATED HEROESIMG_1655I really admire the work that has gone into the SR:D events, and entirely support the investment given to Scotland’s next generation of designers. I often find fashion married with Scottish heritage can easily become stuffy and twee, but the collections on show were so refreshing and current; I look forward to another round of diversity and innovation next year!IMG_1656Read more about SR:D

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R x

An inspiring evening with the man behind the iconic initials

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A professional golfer with a flare for creativity and style; Christian Macleod turned what was a fashionable hobby into a hugely successful career. Now an established fashion designer, Christian has completely reinvented ‘the belt’ and his initials have become internationally iconic. These luxury belts have been shown in British GQ and Vogue, and are constantly being spotted on celebrities.

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It was after the Blue CM Campaign that I first met Christian; a Christian Macleod charity event in partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust. I was just finishing off my arts degree and so chatting to somebody with as much passion towards the creative industries and a common interest in art and design was totally refreshing. I found his creative mind-set inspiring and his ability to constantly push boundaries was something very relevant and current for me at the time. Graduating from art school into a world where creativity is given a backseat was so daunting, so to hear from Christian who really made it to where he is today by taking risks and getting what he wanted with a determined attitude was exactly the kind of encouragement I needed.

An Invitation to The Story behind CM

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1000 guests, by invitation only. Held within the UK’s biggest BMW showroom, Christian told his story from his earlier years playing professional golf to his current success in the fashion world. Each and every person in the showroom that night was taken on a journey; Christian talked of his success, but also through his mistakes. We listened, laughed and even shed a few tears.

“I was the youngest designer in the world to showcase in GQ, at the time I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This is my story, my journey, my mistakes, my heartaches, my joys, my sorrows, my gift, my life. With every secret in between.” – Christian MacLeod

I left the event that night with a new sense of enthusiasm. I felt motivated and more determined in my own creative journey. I was reassured that constantly being told no was a rule to break. I firmly believe that without rule breakers in society, we would all live exceptionally grey lifestyles. It is because of creative risk takers that we have such incredible art, culture, fashion and design; and it is thanks to these creative industries that we have informed young people with freedom of speech, the ability form opinions and opportunities to push the boundaries that so often restrict.

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What I wore…

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Court heels – Stradivarius

Wide leg paper-bag waist trousers – Mango

Plunge neck crop top – Zara

Diamond necklace – Chloe

Gold watch – Olivia Burton

Bracelet stack – Hamilton & Inches

5* rating for our accommodation
Ardconnel Court Apartments

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Our weekend in Inverness became such a great opportunity for a girly catch up. We stayed in the beautiful apartments at Ardconnel Court. Our apartment on the ground floor had the most stunning private balcony with breath-taking views of the castle. I definitely need to visit again in the summer to make full use of outdoor space; it would be so perfect for some sunset alfresco dinners! The space was so light and contemporary; everything we needed was to hand – Wi-Fi, sound system, private parking, luxurious beauty products in the bathrooms and unbelievably comfortable beds. Being in the heart of the city was ideal for going a wander round the city centre the next day – we were literally a 5 minute walk from all the best local cafes and restaurants. The apartments have fully equipped kitchens, which we regrettably didn’t use – but being in such a central location we were able to order in some Zizzi salads before the event!

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Such a great stay – thank you for having us Ardconnel Court!

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Thanks for reading & a huge thank you to Christian for hosting such an incredible event.

Rona X

 

Grab a good book, brew a tasty T and hide from the cold weather

Welcome to Glasgow T2!

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I first came across T2 when I lived in Australia last year, I had no idea what the shop was at first – walking past it every day I was enticed with exotic smells and always wondered why there was such a buzz in the store. It was ALWAYS busy. Of course, once I went in and sampled all of their tasty sensations I ended up buying a lifetime supply of tea… not realising I wouldn’t be able to bring it all home with me. Well, fear not. We now have one in Glasgow and I couldn’t be more excited to fill my cupboards with flavoursome quality teas!

I love the aesthetics of the shop– everything is so beautiful and welcoming. Their staff are on hand serving hot shots of tea to sample, and the smell of their loose tea combinations fill the space with warmth. Not to mention the displays of ceramics, teapots teacups, saucers; in every colour and pattern!

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T2 recently launched their christmas inspired infusions. The Choc Molten Marvel was my winner, I think I ‘sampled’ it about 5 times while I wandered around the shop. I was so in love with it I bought two tins! It was served with milk, and tasted like a delicate hot choc with the fraction of the calories you’d find in a creamy hot chocolate.

Wild About Green Rose Tea Gift Set – at the T2 Christmas Launch we were all gifted beautiful sets available for the festive season. I chose this gorgeous leafy printed cup, saucer and matching infuser. It would be such a lovely xmas pressie!
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WITH ALL THE TEA LOVE IN THE WORLD

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Rona X

A Glasgow Food Map

LUNCH OUT - Eusebi Deli

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Genuine, fresh, quality ingredients – the whole vibe of Eusebi’s is homely and welcoming. Every time I visit, its like walking into an Italian Kitchen; there’s atmosphere and flare – passion for food & care for great service. Their take away menu is outstanding as well, I can’t leave the place without taking home some extras for later snacking! BIG LOVE for their coffee, its smooth and creamy and beautiful. My favourite place for a lunch out!

TAKE AWAY PICNIC - Kember & Jones

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Always busy (but always busy for a reason), so I love getting a take away picnic from Kember & Jones. Their simple foods are made with beautiful ingredients – anywhere that can make salad taste THAT good has won me over. Their goats cheese salad, with pine nuts and homemade pesto is my go to. They are also a bakery so have a fantastic range of bakes and breads alongside some Kember & Jones branded products – pesto’s, tapenades, salad dressings, granola, muesli, biscotti and amaretti… ALL so delicious!

BRUNCHING - Cafezique

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The best eggs benedict in Glasgow – bold statement, but absolutely true. Need I say more?

LIKE TO SHARE? - Ox and Finch

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Contemporary, relaxed sharing dining. Their menu is so exciting; you literally cannot choose what to order because it all sounds so delicious! Each time I’ve been, I’ve actually over ordered because I can’t choose – and then over-ate because it’s too good to leave a drop! Their service is informative and attentive, so its a delightful experience on all fronts. Just be sure to book! They are busy busy!

THE HANGOVER CURE - Meat Jam

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When we are lying on the sofa, craving a cuddle… and a take away! My flatmate and I without a doubt are ordering a Meat Jam to cure the hangover. Coral always gets the Sweet Chilli Chicken burger, but my favourite is Tattooed Hipster – check them out! Their sweet potato fries and chicken wings are also top of the leader board!

SOMETHING SPECIAL - The Gannet

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A stripped back modern Scottish bar and restaurant. The Gannet is probably the best place I have eaten in Glasgow recently, I loved everything about it. Their menu is tailored to the rhythm of the Scottish/British seasons, they serve the best Scottish produce – and support our local divers, fishermen, smokers, farmers, game producers. Beautiful food, and beautifully thoughtful. We were also a little buzzing over the wine from Patagonia!

DESSERT - Loop & Scoop

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I know I know, my Loop & Scoop picture is pretty average in comparison to their Insta snaps… but I was half way through my churro when I realised I should document the moment! 12 flavours of homemade gelato, and freshly made churros topped with hot molten sauces and crunchy toppings. Thankfully I stay in the city centre, otherwise the 8pm sugar cravings would have me on Great Western Road every night!

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Rona X

Cotterell & Co Bespoke Lighting

Bespoke Lighting Launch

Cotterell & Co hosted such a fab event for the launch of their wonderful new bespoke lighting services. I am a lover/obsesser of interiors, admittedly I am a bit of an ikea sucker – but that is purely down to budget limitations. If I could kit my home out with beautiful bespoke lighting in the most luscious fabrics, I absolutely would!

The Cotterell & Co store was a spectacle of light. Every section of the store was styled to match interior fabrics and furnishings with bespoke lamp and lighting designs. Emma and I had such a great time wandering around the store (with gin cocktails from Eden Mill) picking out all our favourite pieces. I have always convinced myself I didn’t like interior colour; my whole flat is white, with white wood and white accessories… but wandering around Cotterell I started to notice how much personality and atmosphere can be created with the simplicity of light – I think I need to rethink my white out design strategy!IMG_0344I had a lengthy chat with Ruth, who is the branch manager; she talked me through the amazing effect colour inside a lamp can have in changing the tone of light produced in a room. She also mentioned the importance of height for light shades; I always presumed anywhere above head height was totally standard – but Ruth explained the light dispersion, shadows and the mood of the room can totally change with height. For general lighting, her rule of thumb was 2m from floor level – however, to create some kind of atmosphere with mood lighting you do want a shade lower to the floor to create warmth and something a little more romantic!

Launching; Rocke Bespoke

Lampshades handcrafted by Cotterell & Co, designed by the customer. What I love about this feature of the shop is; I could take design elements from my own home – whether that is colour, texture, fabric; and seamlessly incorporate them into a shade that will perfectly pair with my room.

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The creation of something personal and entirely unique for your home felt to me like the process of art making – I guess this is actually no different. I can imagine it feels that extra bit special to have one of your own designs incorporated proudly within your home! The more I talk about it, the more I love the idea!

Flavour Bomb KING

Did I mention the food? Oh my goodness! STV’s chef ‘Flavour Bomb King’ was there providing the most amazing nibbles. 10/10 for those gin infused scallops!

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Bespoke for Eden Mill

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HOW SWEET ARE THESE! I love the idea of switching up the lamp stand. There doesn’t seem to be any limitations for creativity with this – I think this could be a really fun opportunity for an up-cycle. I’m going to go rummaging in some second-hand furniture shops for an antique to scrub up and use as a lamp stand… then, I can get started on my personalised lampshade. I will keep you posted!

Thanks for reading - and thank you Cottrell&Co for my interior inspo

Rona X