Mixtape: August


August Mixtape · via Spotify

For most of the month, my August mixtape only had two or three lonely little songs sitting on it, and then when I realised there were only two days left in the month I thought I better get a move on and actually finish off the playlist. As a result, I've spent quite a bit of time in the last few days browsing the Browse section of Spotify and have discovered some new favourites, but as usual there's a big handful of old tunes too. Oh and also that Kylie song because it's on that advert for something, and every time it's on I HAVE to sing along.

Arctic Monkeys · R U Mine?
Queens of the Stone Age · Skin On Skin
Hot Chip · One Life Stand
Eagle-Eye Cherry · Save Tonight
Sia · Elastic Heart
Jonnie Common · Summer is for Going Places
The Be Good Tanyas · The Littlest Bird
Kylie Minogue · I Believe in You
The Silver Seas · Catch Yer Own Train
Rumbleseat · Restless
Listen to "August" here.

What have you been listening to this month?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #139


1.Fringe 2.Dinner at Tuk Tuk

Oh heeyyyy, Sunday evening already? How is this possible? As you can probably tell from the lack of Instagram photos, there isn't a huge amount to report back on this week yet it still feels like I've been super busy. I've got lots of wee clips from over the last couple of weeks which I need to edit into a vlog, so keep your eyes peeled over on Youtube if you fancy catching up with all that.

On Wednesday Laura and I made use of my Orange Wednesdays code and went to see The Inbetweeners 2 at the cinema. It's was pretty good and had us laughing rather a lot at several points. I haven't been to the cinema in ages but I've definitely got the urge at the moment; really fancy seeing What If and the new Sin City film. Have you been to see anything good lately?

On Saturday, Laura and I had planned an afternoon of shopping, wandering round in the sunshine, taking photos for outfit posts and treating ourselves to some froyo... but what actually happened was we spent half an hour in Superdrug, bought a bottle of wine and then headed to Tuk Tuk for dinner. Oops! I've been to Tuk Tuk a few times now and it's always great, I love having tapas-style dishes to share so you can get a wee taste of everything. The butter chicken is amaaaze, yum! After that, we considered heading along to the Fringe to make the most of the final weekend, but in the end we just went home to watch several episodes of Breaking Bad and go to sleep before midnight. Rock and roll, I tell ya.

There's also been some very exciting work-related news this week which I can't reveal quite yet, but keep an eye out on madefromscotland.com to find out soon. Oooh, mysterious!

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Edinburgh: Godiva Boutique


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Tucked away at the edge of the Grassmarket, Godiva Boutique is a dreamy little shop packed full of handpicked vintage pieces, quirky jewellery and clothes and accessories from independent designers. Even the decor is lovely, with fairy lights draped around the ceiling, slouchy leather couches piled up with cushions and a big Godiva mural on the wall. Godiva was opened in 2003 by owner Fleur MacIntosh, and in the 11 years since then it has well and truly established itself as one of Edinburgh's favourite independent boutiques.

Recently Godiva held their first blogger evening, so I headed along for an after-hours browse round the shop. The Grassmarket & West Port is one of my favourite areas in the city, and I love how it's full of independent businesses; at Godiva we were treated to brownies and cake from Lovecrumbs, chocolates from Mary's Milk Bar and fruit smoothies from Hula - plus there was some Pimms of course!

We began the evening by wandering round the shop to admire everything. Personal favourites include the Karen Mabon scarves, the Queenie Brown lavender foxes and the Runaway Fox taxidermy jewellery. Unfortunately I had to leave a bit early, but there were lots of fun things planned for throughout the evening, including some jewellery making with Runaway Fox and a DIY craft station to create camera straps out of vintage scarves.

Godiva is such a lovely place for a browse on a Saturday afternoon, and you'll be sure to find something to take home with you too. I received a brooch from Runaway Fox in my goody bag, and I'm sure I'll be back to Godiva soon to add a necklace to my collection!

Have you visited Godiva Boutique yet?

Gillian x