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Pretty much everything I'm wearing in the post is Figleaves but it's all linked in the below text!

Ok, so, today's post has two parts and please bear with me on the first part - I hadn't planned it and it just came tumbling out as I was typing (picture something very similar to this) so it might be a little convoluted in parts.

So, bodies. I definitely haven't always had a funny relationship with my body, I don't really remember being particularly aware of my figure or shape until the age of around 19 or 20. Throughout uni I lived on a diet of Irn Bru, Dominos, tuna pasta and not much else (no ragrets) and was quite... soft by the time I got to my third year. But I don't really remember ever feeling bad about my weight or the way I looked until a while after I graduated. There's so much focus every day on women's bodies and what they should look like - there always has been - but, for me, Instagram in particular played a huge part in how I viewed myself. My eyes were suddenly opened to a world full of beautiful, slender gazelles (not actual gazelles, although you can find them as well on a different hashtag) and, despite being about two foot taller than me and a completely different body shape, I convinced myself I wouldn't be happy with my body until it looked like that. I know, I know. It looks so silly written down but such is the way the mind words. My self worth became linked incredibly closely with my weight and my head was often so all-compassed with negative thoughts that I'd notice myself acting like a different person if I had a particularly bad day. I'd become quiet and withdrawn and felt like I had nothing to offer. I indulged in some crazy-lady behaviour, including - wait for it - crying in the middle of the gym because of how I looked (at this point I weighed 46kg), crying in the middle of taking blog photos when I saw them back because of how bad I thought I looked (my tear ducts have had a really hard run over the past few years, yes), ruining evenings out for myself because I didn't feel nice, and shying away from being spotted in the nudey (quite the passion killer, believe it or not). People could tell me I was kind, considerate, loving, friendly, funny (it's mainly my Mum that tells me I'm funny but it still counts) but as soon as I felt a bit self-conscious about the way I looked none of it mattered. I instantly became this person who was completely unworthy. Now, I'd like to point out that I'm not saying in any part of this post that I was or am an unhealthy weight and I don't want it to come across as  'woe is me' or that I'm digging for compliments, I just want to show how poisonous and warped your brain despite your shape or size.

Ok, so where am I going with this and why on earth did I choose this post to talk about it. I'm getting there, I promise. So, between the end of last year and the beginning of this year I had a few things going on personally that knocked me a bit and, when I get knocked, I comfort eat. Simples. I gained a bit of weight and although I'm not talking huge amounts, maybe around half a stone, to me it was huge. Normally where I'd fall down the slipperly negative slope, I instead took a long hard look at myself and realised, well, I was an arse. It's hardly an Aristotle-level realisation, I know, but I've wasted so much of my adult life worrying about something as trivial as weight and it had to stop. My poor body has seen me through 26 years of life being healthy and strong and all I've done to repay it is mentally beat it up. I started exercising with the view that I wanted to get strong and fit, not because I wanted to lose weight, and tried really hard to stop the bad smog from creeping into my head again. You know Hexxus in Ferngully? It's like he's wrapping himself round my brain. Anyway, I've uploaded a couple of bikini photos this year since gaining that little bit of weight (again I'd like to point out here that I'm aware I still have what is deemed a slimmer figure, just that I was a little softer to what I was last year, really) and had lots of lots of people saying they were happy to see a curvy figure on their feed, which of course is lovely. However, I did have a good handful of comments that were along the lines of people congratulating me or telling me I'm 'brave' or 'inspiring' for having the courage to post bikini photos with 'my kind of shape' which made me feel sad about how many people are sitting with the mindset that just because someone doesn't have that stereo typical supermodel-esque figure they should be deemed brave for uploading a bikini picture. If I'd used my bikini top as a lasso to escape from a burning building, that would be brave, but we need to move away from the whole 'bikini ready' concept where you should look a certain way to be uploading a photo of yourself in swimwear.

So this post is two pronged-really. A promise to myself to keep working on having a better mindset and for us, as women, to celebrate ourselves as we are, no matter what our shape or size. I understand that some women out there already have a really healthy, lovely mindset where there is no link at all between their appearance and their self-worth who might be thinking, 'what kind of balderdash is she speaking' but I also know that far too many of us are caught up in the same thought process as me. Our bodies are miraculous things; they hold us up, they let us walk, they let us write, they let us jump and skip, they let us dance, they let us grow and nurture an actual real life human being in them and yet we're incredibly unkind to them if they dare get a bit wobbly, if they're too slim, if they've given us small boobs, big feet, bad eyelashes, thin hair and so on and so forth. Our appearance isn't in any way related to our worth or who we are as people so why are we all so hard on ourselves? I'm not saying don't take care in your appearance, but just don't let it affect your view of yourself as a person. Instead of berating yourself for letting your stomach initiate rotund mode think, 'I make an excellent - eggcelent? - omelette', 'I'm always there for people if they need me', 'I have fantastic timekeeping' or 'my shower singing sounds just like Adele at the Brits' and shove that bad thought to the back of your brain. And if you're having a day where that's particularly difficult just try to remember and rest easy in the knowledge that your that your head has the capacity to exaggerate and make things seem much worse than they are. Take it from the arsehole who cried at the gym.

'Ok Amy, yes, thank you for that, but tell us where your bikini's from'. I know, I got waylaid and I will return now to what I'd originally written. So today's post comes to you from the Amalfi Coast and - hence my previous essay - features swimwear, lingerie and nightwear because the nicer weather has finally (finally) decided to grace us with its presence. Swimwear shopping is always a wee bit of a pain in the butt so I've started doing most of mine online where I can try them on in the comfort of my own home with nice non-fluorescent lighting. I'm very sure you all know of Figleaves but, just in case you don't, they're a website that stock a whole variety of brands (from Maison Lejaby to Seafolly to UGG) and have all your lingerie, swimwear and sleepwear needs covered. So today I'm going to show you my Figleaves x Amalfi wardrobe! 

I used to be strictly a bikini-only gal but I've been getting quite into my swimsuits as well recently,  which I think might be something to do with getting older but let's not focus on that. I packed two black swimsuits this time; this one and this one. They're both incredibly flattering, they hold you in and give you support without looking like those mad heavy duty swimsuits from the 50s and each have little details to them that make them stand out. I did, of course, take some bikinis with me as well. The first is this yellow bikini which is so much girlier than what I'd normally go for but I love it! It's high waisted, which I often find myself drifting towards, and has a very cute retro vibe to it. My bottoms are a little big as it was a sample one but you should be fine with your normal size if you go for it! I also brought these lovely striped retro bottoms with me too (which come with a matching top as well FYI!). As well as the lovely brands I've mentioned, Figleaves do also have their own swimwear line as well with some beautiful (and well priced!) pieces which you can find here.


Now that we've covered swimwear we have - dun dun dun - lingerie. I love a good bit of lingerie so I do; nothing beats your old, well worn and deeply comfortable pants, but there's something about a beautiful lingerie set that makes me feel very good about myself. Like I've got my shit together. Like I understand taxes and mortgages (I don't). The first set I wore is from Bluebella and is so utterly beautiful and delicate that it makes my heart hurt to look at it. It's got a real pin-up girl vibe to it, whilst the lace keeps it nice and soft. The second piece is a black lace body (which also comes in white and pink) and I loved it so much that I decided to style it two ways; the first just on it's own as lingerie and the second for an evening look. I LOVE a body worn as a top, I think there's something really chic and - dare I say - sexy about it. I paired it with some big wide-leg trousers and a hat as I was in Italian Coast mode but I think at home it would look beautiful in black skinny jeans with a leather jacket and a red lip. And a chignon bun. Oh yes. 

Loungewear. My favourite word. These pyjamas are one of the best things that I've ever owned; it was the colour I was drawn to at first and then they arrived and turned out to be the softest most easy to wear set in the land. They're the ideal pyjamas for prancing around in during the summer months too as they're so light and airy. I also picked this charcoal grey Calvin Klein bralet and matching pants set which is SO comfortable, a little bit different to your usual black or white sets, and is especially enjoyable to wear whilst travelling.


And there we have it! I really hope that it helps you on your own swimwear searching path and gets you excited for the warmer weather. And, in regards to the first part of my post, I really hope that it helped in some way or got you thinking (even if all you're thinking is 'I can't believe she cried in the middle of the gym').

Amy

All photos by the incredible Kirsty McLachlan | Post in collaboration with Figleaves
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Hallo friends! Today's blog post comes to you from the wonderful Cornwall, which is somewhere I've wanted to visit for a long time. I had a few people message me to say that Penzance was a curious choice for a first timer but I honestly loved it! We really wanted to stay at The Artist Residence Hotel after hearing so many wonderful things and I did find that there was a lot to see and do (and eat) in the area. Don't worry though, St Ives, I'm coming for you next. 

I'll start with the hotel. If you go to Penzance, you've absolutely got to get your little butt to The Artist Residence hotel. I've visited both the Brighton and London ones and loved this just as much! Myself and my little bruv had the lookout room right up on the third floor which was the perfect home from home. There's a big airy bathroom - which has a view of the sea, a bar cart for toiletries and, oh, only the best big copper bath in the land - your own very well equipped kitchen (should you choose to stay in one evening and cook), a chilled out living room space (complete with log burner and antique furniture), a balcony with a beautiful view across to Newlyn (perfect to sit on in the evenings and watch the sunset with a wee gin in hand) and a beautiful, beautiful bedroom that's tucked away behind a big wooden door and framed with exposed wooden beams. My favourite. Breakfast is included and I'm honestly still dreaming about the egg, avo & spinach toast now. If you're not staying there I'd still recommend a dinner at their Cornish Barn restaurant for some locally sourced meat and fish dishes (the calamari is incredible) and a truly lovely ambiance, or taking advantage of their happy hour where you'll find a particularly good espresso martini.

WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO EAT


I'll start with where to eat. We had a few beautiful meals during our time there; I'd highly recommend The Tolcarne Inn which is - wait for it - a whopping 300 years old. It's got such a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and is a real must for those of you who are seafood lovers; there's a chalkboard menu filled to the brim with seasonal catches that's updated every single day according to what's been freshly caught. Mackerel, cod, scallops, mussels, you name it. They also do a Sunday roast which I've heard is not to be missed! We had a beautiful lunch at Archie Browns, which is a health food cafe that does the best salads in the land and is your one-stop-shop if you're vegan or veggie or have any kind of intolerance. They also do an amazing matcha latte (and you know how much I love a matcha latte) so make sure to get yourself one of those. Penzance have also just been awarded the first plastic-free status for any coastal town in the UK which is a pretty big deal, so you'll see lots of shops and restaurants embracing it with Archie Browns being one of them! Also worth noting in both Penzance and Newlyn are The Cornish Hen (said to be the best pasty in Penzance, I can't vouch for that but I can tell you they do an incredible GF brownie), Jelbert's Ice Cream (said to be the best ice cream in the WORLD. That's right. I'm not even a fan of vanilla ice cream and they had me converted. You can have it with a flake in or with clotted cream on top), Mermaid Alley (we didn't have time to visit but a few people recommended it for their amazing milkshakes), The Honey Pot (for cake and tea), Mackeral Skye for seafood (again we didn't have time to go but this was the restaurant that was recommended to us most) and Polgoon Vineyard is a lovely little winery that make their own wine, cider and apple juices. There are also a good few fish and chip shops that do gluten free in Penzance, including Frasers and Pirates Rest, so you won't have to miss out on that if you're a fellow allergy kid!

And now, of course, what to do whilst you're there! My favourite, favourite thing we did was take a trip to Minack Theatre which is a stones throw away in Porthcurno. It's an entirely open air theatre, built by the badass Rowena Cade, which is built into the cliffs and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is truly a spectacular sight. My photo doesn't show it in all its glory - hot damn do I need me a drone - but have a wee peek at it here. Of course you have to visit the famous Porthcurno beach while you're there too, where the sea is so turquoise you'll start to question whether you've actually accidentally ended up in the South of France. In and around Penzance there are lots of little cafes and shops to explore (No. 56 is one to note, it's homeware heaven), there's Jubilee Pool (we were there too early in the season to go but I've heard it's incredible in summer) and I'd also recommended taking a trip down to Mousehole for an afternoon. It's a lovely little fishing village about two miles down the road from Penzance and is the perfect place to paddle in the sea, to grab a bite to eat (FYI, Hole Foods Deli do a gluten free scone) and to buy a bag of shells to take back as a seaside memento.

And there we have it! I'm desperate to go back to explore more of the Coastline but Penzance was the perfect place to start.

Amy
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Hellooo there,

First up, thank you so much for all your lovely feedback on my Antwerp post - it took me at least 20 cups of tea to write and is a place I'm really passionate about (Amy and Antwerp up a tree-eee) so I'm really happy that it went down so well. Secondly, I had some very exciting news this week that I've been nominated for a Blogosphere award for best fashion influencer! I did not in any way expect to be nominated so it's a bit cray-cray. If you're feeling ever so kind then you can send a wee vote my way here (I'll send you a smooch if so. Although that offer might actually discourage some people).

Today's post is called 'A Week in Outfits' although if it was an official representation of my week in outfits then there'd be at least one jammie day and a few more mismatched socks in there. It was more just excuse for me to group together a few outfits I've worn recently! I'll start with my favourite


DAY 1


The suit to end all suits. I love it. It's such an unusual colour and it's made all the more badass with the contrast stitching. The trousers are also a little cropped so for once in my life I didn't need to worry about making a trip to the alterations shop. Rejoice! 




DAY 2

TOPSHOP striped blazer & metallic crop & flared trousers | FREE PEOPLE round rattan bag | LACK OF COLOR suede hat 


Second up is my accidental 70s outfit. I didn't mean for it to look quite so very retro but it happened and I'm ok with it. You'll know this hat very well by now - my Lack of Color baby - but the trousers are new to these parts. They're incredibly flattering, especially around the bottom area, and are also very leg lengthening too. I paired them with a striped blazer (which also comes with matching trousers and a matching jumpsuit) and a little metallic crop. And, of course, my Mulberry Amberley which you've seen almost as often as me on here. 

DAY 3

REFORMATION cord suit | UZMA BOZAI slogan tee





Another suit. I know. Who do I think I am, Anchorman? It's from Reformation, who are one of my all time favourite brands, and is, again, very 70s. I felt very like I was chanelling my inner Jim Morrison when I was wearing it, just with more make-up and less musical talent.





DAY 4





TOPSHOP embroidered blouse | & OTHER STORIES high waist jeans | CHUPA CHUPS lolly: model's own | VAGABOND shoes





I actually ended up whipping the beret off because I couldn't stand the forehead itch any longer and then realised I preferred the outfit with my hair down (photographic evidence here) but it was nice to be dressed like a match for a while.



DAY 5

CATH KIDSTON slogan jumper | LACK OF COLOUR hat





This isn't really an outfit, is it? I just wanted to show you this Cath Kidston jumper because I love it so. It's part of their 25 years of collection which is, you guessed it, to celebrate their 25th birthday! You can have a wee browse of the full collection here if you like. 



DAY 6

SANDRO blazer | TOPSHOP zebra shirt | ZOE KARSSON Barbados tee | URBAN OUTFITTERS jeans | TOPSHOP cat eye specs

I have a soft spot for this outfit as it made me feel a bit like Harry Styles. I have to say, a zebra shirt is not something I knew my wardrobe needed but now I have it I can't stop wearing it. It also comes with a matching zebra skirt which is pretty cool.

And that brings to a close a faux week in outfits! I've got a

good few travel posts coming up - Penzance, Italy and New York so I'm just

deciding which to put up next. I have 3000+ photos to go through for Italy (for

once that is not an exaggeration, that's a genuine 100% fact) so I think

I'll maybe go for Penzance first.

Ok byee,
Amy x

Photos by Kirsty McLachlan and last photo by Michaela Tornaritis
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Bonjour, and welcome to Antwerp! Well, to my Antwerp guide but I’m afraid that’s as close as I can get you to the actual place. I think I mentioned a couple of posts back how much I fell in love with the city – I had absolutely no expectations going there and didn’t know anyone who’d been there either who could give me the low-down, but within the first 24 hours I was totally and utterly in love. In fact, make that within two hours. I’ll start with the hotel, because that was our first port of call and played a big part in how deeply I fell for ole Antwerp.

The Hotel

So, De Witte Lelie. I’d looked at lots of photos before we’d arrived – as you do – so already had a rough idea of what it looked like but was totally unprepared for how lovely it was going to be in real life. As well as its incredible décor – which, seriously, is second to none – it’s one of the most welcoming hotels I’ve ever been in. There are only twelve rooms but there’s no sense of claustrophobia or being kept an eye on, it’s very much like staying with a very laid back host family who just so happen to have the house of dreams. The rooms are gorgeous, some have wooden spiral staircases in the middle of them (I know, amazing) and are quite dark and rustic and cosy whereas others, like the Presidential Suite, are more modern and airy. Breakfast was, much to my delight, heaven. There’s everything from meats and cheeses to pastries and croissants to eggs cooked to order. There are two beautiful lounges in the hotel as well which make for the perfect place to relax and read a book; we actually sat up late one night and had a wee cup of tea by the fire and talked for hours. Honestly, I don’t have a single bad thing to say about it and couldn’t recommend it more as a base for any Antwerp adventures! I, as always, found them through Small Luxury Hotels of The World - truly, you need to get your butt on there if you haven't already if you have a penchant for quirky, beautiful and all round wonderful hotels.

WHAT TO DO

What to do, what to do, what to do. We did a lot of wandering on foot, which is the best way to get to know the city for sure. Going up and down all the little streets, in and out of all the shops, down Vlaeykensgang - a little alley which dates all the way back to 1591 - with many, many cafe stops thrown in along the way. We walked down to the riverfront one day to see Steen castle and, whilst we were there, made a wee stop off at St Anna's Tunnel which goes right under the river to connect the left and right banks of Antwerp and is definitely worth a look, especially for the old wooden escalators - which have been there since it opened - that take you down to it (and take you back in time simultaneously). Of course, no visit is complete without a visit to Grote Markt which is home to the city hall, lots of beautiful traditional 16th century Guildhalls, Brabo Fountain and an ice rink in Winter. Just off of the main square is The Cathedral of Our Lady which dates all the way back to 1352 and has beautiful views across the city. We didn’t get the chance to visit whilst we were these – which I will live to regret – but The Chocolate Line is a chocolate shop that sells every kind of chocolate under the sun and is meant to be up there with the tastiest in Belgium. Ooh - also - make sure and visit Central Station which is a truly breathtaking building! The weather was very much against us when we were there and, although we still had lots to do, I’d really love to go back in the  Summer. One lovely lady told us that the streets are filled with food carts, live music and performances and people sitting outside in the sun drinking; "if you live in Antwerp, there’s no desire to go anywhere else in Summer", which I thought was truly lovely.

WHERE TO EAT

I have so much food fomo from our time there. Not that I regret anything we did eat, I just wish I had the ability to eat six meals a day instead of three as there were SO many lovely looking restaurants we couldn't squeeze in a visit to. One I will definitely definitely recommend to you is Falafal Tof. We ate there on our first night as it was recommended as being good for gluten free (it is) with me having a falafel salad box and Kirsty having a wrap and oh my god those FALAFELS. I still think about them now. It’s hard to imagine a falafel that’s anything but, well, falafel-y but these were something else. And the wedges, oh those sweet sweet potato wedges, please promise me you’ll get some if you go. So that meal, including drinks and sides, came to a grand total of 15e. Wonderful, huh? We loved it so much that we actually went back the next day for round ii. Right next door is Sultan's Coffee Shop which serves up all my favourite specialty drinks – matcha lattes and turmeric lattes, you know the kind – which I’d been struggling to track down. I know, I’m such a little asshole seeking out a matcha latte but I think I have a slight addiction to those green mugs of goodness. They also do lots of vegan food and cakes there too FYI! Another amazing, and really well priced meal we had was at Super Natural, which is just along the street from De Witte Lelie, and served up lots of delicious Thai and Japanese food - there were a few vegan and gluten free options here too. And Bubble Waffle Cafe! Newly opened and serving up some amazing waffle creations for your pleasure. The Hong Kong bubble waffles are a lot lighter than your usual waffle so you don't feel too naughty/bloated after eating them. We didn’t get to try it ourselves but we’ve also been told Het Gerecht, Meat Factory and Fish A'Gogo are great!

WHERE TO SHOP

And, of course, we shopped. There are SO many amazing independent shops and boutiques that are filled to the brim with unique and verrrry exciting products. You know sometimes once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all? Not here! They were all completely different and just as good as each other, much to the dismay of my already bulging suitcase. I’d recommend a visit to Mme Bovary for unique jewellery, plant pots, gifts and cards (make sure to say hello to the lovely Barbara whilst you’re there), The Other Shop for great books and for cards that are completely different to the usual, IMS for more magazines than you could ever dream of from all around the world and to Monique Stam for interiors. I’m not kidding, I think – big claim – that it’s one of my favourite shops I’ve ever been in, I could easily have spent another hour in there. The décor is out of this world - it’s like walking around someone’s house admiring everything and secretly wishing it was yours, except this time you can actually pick things up and buy them. Believe me, I’ve tried that at friends houses and it’s not as socially acceptable as you'd think. There are a whole number of other great interiors shops – Bazar Bizar and Sissy Boy (which I think might be a chain but does amazing, well-priced interior goodies) are two more worth noting - so make sure to take the time to have a browse around as many as you can, even just to window shop as they put so, so much time and effort and creativity into their displays!

And there we have it, a whistle stop tour to Antwerp! It’s one of the most excited I’ve been about a place in a long time and I honestly can’t wait to go back. I hope this mini guide helps if you ever decide to go there yourself!

Amy

Photos by my wonderful wee Kirsty McLachlan
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REISS long checked jacket (old, similar here and here) | BAIA leopard bag | MANGO via ZALANDO white blouse (I can't find a similar one but this one here is beautiful) | LEVIS jeans | OFFICE red suede boots | ASOS baker boy cap


Hello amigos! The sun has finally got his hat on and life is good. We're promised a heatwave tomorrow and Thursday but I'll believe it when I see it, I've been hurt too many times before. 

A few more photos today than normal huh? These were taken in Stockbridge in Edinburgh and I was so happy with how they turned out that it just felt right to share roughly 5000 of them. The photo of me sitting on a bollard and doing a triple chin laughing face? I sat up there to see how it would look and at the same time me and Kirsty realised I looked like a weird bollard goblin and we couldn't stop laughing for about ten minutes. Still, worth a try.

I'm off to London tonight for dinner with the lovely La Mer so I shall dash but you can keep up with what I'm up to over on my Instagram (@little_magpie1). Ooh - Antwerp post! WHERE IS IT AMY? I know. It's taking a lot lot longer than I thought to put it together and I want it looking tip top but Thursday is my goal!
Amy
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 TOPSHOP red tartan trousers (similar here and here and the same pair in green/blue can be found here), red leopard courts & Merci tee | H&M earrings | RAY BAN sunglasses

Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

Hey pals. I'd like to start with an apology because I can't find a single thing I'm wearing online anymore. How very frustrating, I know. I did manage to find the exact same pair of trousers in a different tartan though so I've linked them above in case you'd like a little slice of Scottish-ness for yourself. I wear these trousers all the time (maybe more than is socially acceptable now I come to think of it) and I wore them on a flight home back at the beginning of the year and the American man next to me loudly exclaimed, "oh man, I LOVE your trousers - what tartan are they?". And I had a horrible moment of, 'do I just make up a clan name to keep him happy and hope he doesn't ask any more questions or do I break his heart and tell him that we don't all wander round in Scotland brandishing our family tartans'. In the end, after a long pause, I just said '...um, Topshop' and I've never seen anyone look more disappointed. I knew I should have said the McDougallhaggis.

Anyway, that's the story of my trousers. Now, I want to get cracking on with my travel posts so I'm thinking maybe Sunday for a guide and then back to outfits on Tuesday?

Ok bye for now.

Amy

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LOOK 1

ALL SAINTS black wool coat (now in sale for 30% off FYI!) | TOPSHOP mustard trousers | & OTHER STORIES red scarf | FOREVER21 checked beret | MULBERRY Amberley satchel

Which naughty puppy said they'd post on Sunday and then never did? That's right, it's me. I do apologise, I like to be woman of my word but a few things popped up - read: a last minute lunch. It had to be something to do with food didn't it - and I got waylaid. But I do have two outfits for you today so I hope you'll forgive me!

 So, a few months back I asked what kind of things you'd like to see more of around these parts of town and a good number of you said 'ways to wear' posts. And that, my friends, is what we have today. I picked up this All Saints coat recently and thought it'd be a good one to start with as it's probably similar to something we all have in our wardrobes but have maybe got a wee bit bored of/need new ways to style. All Saints do a great coat and this one is no exception - it's light enough that you can wear it throughout Spring (Scottish Spring anyway and, let's face it, probably Summer too) but also a great one for layering during Winter. This was shot in New York in February when it was still pretty chilly so for my first look I popped it on over a polo neck* and tucked it in some tailored culottes which are another of my most worn items (you may remember them from this post here). My trusty patent ankle boots were added, then a beret that I picked up whilst we were out there - my wee arsehole of a PT text me and asked why I was wearing a finish line on my head so I ate an extra brownie that day just to spite him - and a really subtle red scarf.

* I really, really love a polo neck under a tailored jacket. Especially on a man but, alas, I am not one of those. I realise this is utterly pointless information but I just felt a strong urge to share it.

LOOK 2

ALL SAINTS black wool coat | TOPSHOP checked trousers (another similar pair here) | MANGO red leather boots (old but similar here and here) | FREE PEOPLE ribbed polo neck

Look two is a little more understated and is very much an every-day outfit for me. I definitely do seem to like dressing like a war time child or the artful dodger (if he was into red boots) but what can you do. This body from Free People has been a wee staple in my wardrobe since I bought it; it's the nicest, nicest material - a little on the sucky-in side too which comes in very handy on pasta-eating days - and is also good for layering under jumpers or dungarees. This time round, however, I wore it with my checked trousers, which you may actually remember from this outfit - just in case you have something similar and want another way to style them. I don't normally wear a belt but this day it just felt right (there she goes again with her pointless information).

And there we have it! One coat, two ways. If you'd like to see more posts like this then write me a postcard or send me a pigeon. Failing that, please do leave a wee comment below.

Amy

Photos by Kirsty McLachlan
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NEW LOOK cropped jumper (now £6 in sale!) | ASOS rip popper skirt | MULBERRY bag | TOPSHOP black ankle boots | ASOS baker boy cap
Hello friends! I was about to wish you happy hump day when I realised it is, in fact, Thursday. Wow. 

Today's outfit was one of my favourite things to wear last year, a wee go-to for days when my brain wasn't functioning properly (the kind of days when you think it's a Wednesday but it's actually a Thursday for example). I think the jumper and the skirt are actually two of my most worn items in my wardrobe actually - you might remember the jumper from this outfit here - and both of them together came to under £30 so the cost per wear is probably down to about 2p. Oh cost per wear, a great way to justify a purchase.

Well, short and sweet from me today because I've got a to do list the length of Ulysses to see to but I'll be back on Sunday with another post for ye!

Amy
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REFORMATION white corset top (similar, purse-friendly version here) | & OTHER STORIES checked blazer & matching checked trousers | TOPSHOP camel beret | SAINT LAURENT cat eye sunglasses (now in sale) | VAGABOND court shoes (I can only find them in black now, heh) | FREE PEOPLE straw bag

Photos by Michaela Tornaritis

Well hullo there. First of all, thank you so much to everyone who left a comment or messaged me about my last post - that product's been in my life longer than... Green & Blacks chocolate and the American Office (among other very important things) and has some lovely nostalgia attached to it so it was a really exciting shoot to be a part of!   

You might remember a couple of posts ago that I said I had a bit of a backlog of outfits to share, ya? And then I went a little mad and said that I was going to post one per day? That was silly wasn't it; no one wants to see my face that much. Not even my own mother. So I've decided to go for one every couple of days and then I'll maybe do a little Week in Outfits too, like this post many many moons ago, to mix it up a bit because I like putting those together! I've also got both my Antwerp and my New York guides going live this month - wait till you see the New York photos, they're crackers - so there's those to look forward to as well. 

What else has happened in the interim? I have made many many more matcha lattes and am officially obsessed (I'm not proud of that sentence, but there we have it), I've persevered with Love (as much as I wanted to I really didn't warm to Mickey or Gus in Series 1 but am getting a little more into it now) aaaand - on a completely different note - am thinking of doing a bungee jump or something along those lines to raise money for Cancer Research in the next couple of months. I'd do a marathon but I can't run for shit. Lastly, I'm off to Cornwall for the first ever time today! So if anyone has any Penzance recommendations then they would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

Ooh - one more thing - if you read one blog post this week then make it this one by Anna on the future of blogging!

Amy

P.S Don't worry, I'm aware I've got a cracking camel toe in that fourth down photo. I'm embracing it.

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Photos by Kirsty McLachlan

So, a couple of weeks ago you may remember me saying I was going down to London for an exciting shoot. Well.. here it is! The behind the scenes that is, anyway. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant - to give it it's Sunday name - was my first ever venture into the world of beauty. Ish. I was on holiday when I was around six and burnt the skin under my eyes (why does that always burn when you're a child?) and that evening my Mum tried every lotion and potion under the sun to sooth my skin while I lay there screaming my head off until my lovely neighbour popped her head over the balcony and said, 'sunburn? Try 8 hour cream, I use it on my daughter and it's the only thing that works'. And - low and behold - it soothed the skin and baby Amy was left happy once more. My Mum was probably cursing me under her breath for having such expensive taste in skincare at the tender age of six but that's a different story.



Anyway, since then it's been one of my travel essentials - it's my best friend on a long haul flight. I usually use it for my lips, wee bits of dry skin (elbows, hands, around the eyes, you know the drill) but what I love most about it is that, since talking to other people, I've realised it's one of those products that we all have not only our own 'discovery story' but our own uses for it too. To tame flyaways and dry ends, to shape brows, to smooth cuticles, on dry heels.. it's so nice to hear how different a product it is for every person. So, when I was asked to be a part of this shoot with Elizabeth Arden and Sheer Luxe - and in the beautiful Artist's Residence Hotel, too - I was over the moon! We put together a little video with tips for packing for a short break which I'll pop below for you if you'd like to give it a wee watch and you can watch the full version with lots of amazing ladies here. Also, if you have your own story as to how you discovered the product (nostaglic or not!) or you own use for it let me know as it's so lovely to hear them.

Amy


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