Sunday Summary #141

14.9.14

141ss1
141ss2
1.Hello 2.Shakeaway Skittles milkshake 3.Chinese takeaway and movies 4.Cosy Sundays

I feel like I say this a lot these days, but this has been a busy but fairly uneventful week. I've mostly just been working away; the madefromscotland.com Pop-Up Shop is now a week old and it's going well so far! I can now add shop girl to my ever-growing list of skills. The only bad thing about working in a shop full of lovely homewares and jewellery is that I want to buy everything for myself - I can feel one or two sneaky little purchases coming on! If you fancy visiting the Pop-Up Shop, you can find us at 115-117 Rose Street.

Apart from that, this week has been almost entirely filled with Netflix and naps. I seem to have lost all motivation to do anything productive these days but hopefully my mojo will return soon. But then again, it's getting pretty autumny and there's nothing better than snuggling up in a blanket and watching films all evening when it's cold and dark outside! Yesterday evening Laura and I ordered a Chinese takeaway and then spent the night watching films and X Factor and it was glorrrrious. One of the things we watched was Napoleon Dynamite, a favourite from my teenage years, and it was still as good as ever. GOSH.

We've got a flat inspection on Tuesday so I think the rest of this afternoon will be spent cleaning the flat, possibly followed by a bit of baking, blog post writing and (no doubt) Netflix.

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Wishlist: Joules Autumn Florals

10.9.14

joules autumn winter clothing wishlist
It's finally time... I'm allowed to get excited about autumn and winter without being told to shut up by all you sun-worshipers. Not only is this time of year great because it includes Halloween and my birthday, but it's also my favourite time of year for buying new clothes. Summer shopping is my worst nightmare, but give me chunky knits and dark colours and I'm happy as Larry. Another thing I love is floral prints, and Joules are spot-on this year with their deep navy and blue floral patterns teamed with classic Joules mustards and reds.

One of my favourite pieces is the Navy Floral Tunic which looks super soft and comfy, perfect for chucking on with a pair of leggings and boots for an everyday outfit. Joules have lots of lovely floral dresses, and I love all their classic striped ones too! I also love the Floral Wrap skirts which would be ideal with a fitted cardigan for autumny office-wear. Speaking of office-wear (or school-wear, or just any-occasion-war), I reaaaally want the cute little Navy Satchel bag which is complete with floral lining. I'm in dire need of a new bag for everyday use which is big enough to fit my laptop plus all my other stuff, so I might need to treat myself to a satchel!

I also love the range of cosy jumpers and cardigans from Joules, especially that mustard one with floral detailing around the collar. It would look lovely with a little white collared shirt peeking out the top. Another essential for autumn and winter is a good trench coat and I've fallen a little bit in love with this Red Trench Coat from Joules. It's the perfect shade of pillarbox red and the navy floral lining sets it off beautifully. It would make a nice change from my usual uniform of black winter coats!

What have you got your eye on from Joules at the moment?

Gillian x

This post is sponsored by Joules but, as always, opinions are my own.

Sunday Summary #140

7.9.14

140ss1
140ss2
140ss3
1.Rasperry Ripple cocktails 2.Burger 3.Enchiladas & margaritas 4.Fireworks 5.Post Pop-Up Launch wine 6.Dinner at Frontier

Oh heeeeyyy, long time no speak! August was a pretty busy month, and it looks like September will be too. I feel like I've barely switched my laptop on at all during the last few weeks. But never fear, I'm back with a bumper Sunday Summary (as I didn't have time to do last week's one, oops!) to catch up on what's been going on.

One of the main reasons why I've been super busy is because of work. We've just opened the Madefromscotland.com Pop-Up Boutique on Rose Street and the last two weeks has been a mad rush of building flatpack furniture, trying to get enough stock to fill the shop, designing shop and window displays, and sticking price stickers on eeeeverything (which takes a lot longer than you'd think!). We had our bloggers & press launch party on Thursday evening and then opened properly on Saturday so after lots of planning we now have an official real life shop. If you like supporting independent designers and shopping for quirky homeware, jewellery and fashion accessories, come visit us at 115-117 Rose Street, Edinburgh. We're open 7 days a week until October - and hopefully longer if it turns out to be a success!

Apart from work, most of my other spare time has been spent eating and drinking, as you can probably tell from my Instagram. My partner in (food) crime Laura has accompanied me for burgers at Burger, cocktails at Dragonfly and steak 'n' shakes (twice) at Frontier - all of which get the thumbs up. I also caught up with uni friends at Viva Mexico whilst my best pal was up visiting (followed by a trip to The Hive of course). Not content with all that, in the last couple of weeks I've also headed along to Bar Kohl, Illegal Jack's, The Cuckoo's Nest and The Red Squirrel. Phew!

I feel like I'm very out of the loop with blogging at the moment, so I think this afternoon will be spent attempting to catch up with emails and then reading through my Bloglovin feed. I suppose I better do some boring chores too like doing washing and changing my sheets - having an afternoon nap seems much more appealing however!

What have you been up to lately?

Gillian x