Thursday, 20 November 2014

Fashion Road Test: Christmas Party LBDs at Overgate

After having such fun working with Overgate on the AW14 coats review, I was delighted when they asked me to visit again, this time to try out Overgate's best Christmas partywear. The festive social scene is lots of fun but it's also really busy and pretty exhausting, so you want outfits that are easy to wear and make you feel great. So, with this in mind, what could work better than the LBD? My Overgater review consists of four variations of the classic little black dress.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Beauty Busters: Clarins Skin Spa at Debenhams

I made a discovery this weekend: there’s a Clarins Skin Spa behind the Clarins counter in Debenhams, Dundee. Who knew? Well, apparently quite a few people; I was informed that they have an excellent customer base in Dundee. The Clarins spa has been in Debenhams in the Overgate Shopping Centre since the store opened (almost 15 years ago), but was refurbished only a year ago. The new spa looks amazing from the outside; located right behind the signature red and white Clarins counter, a shiny glass door leads into the small but perfectly formed spa.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance

The weather this weekend isn’t looking too hot, Daydreamers, so prepare yourself for two days of indoor activities. Make of this what you will, but I would suggest a good few hot chocolates and a trip to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, where an exciting new exhibition opens tomorrow.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Dundee Shines

I love Christmastime, but I must admit I don't agree with Christmas starting too early. Last month (yes, October) I heard Christmas music playing in the shops (I know you want to know - it was East 17's Stay Another Day). For me, this was far too soon - Halloween hadn't even passed! However, now that Christmas is only six weeks away I feel okay about accepting a Christmas song or two (in public places) and with starting my Christmas shopping. If Love Actually documents Christmas from six weeks in advance, why can't we?

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A Gift for Jake: Mungo & Maud

I first heard of Mungo & Maud when I read a feature in Vogue years ago. Being a dog person, I remember being instantly taken by the images of the shop front, the proprietors standing in the doorway of what looked to be a very chic shop, considering it was a) a dog shop and b) before the real emergence of the spoiled pooch trend.

Mungo & Maud was always in the back of my mind, for years after reading the Vogue article. Finally, while I was Editor at the wedding magazine, there was an opportunity to work with the sophisticated dog and cat outfitters. We featured a real life wedding in which the bride and groom's dog was heavily involved, so Mungo & Maud was perfect for the 'get the look' style page - I suggested one of the collars to fit with the luxurious but elegant wedding style, so got in touch with the brand to request an image. After a few chatty emails, the PR learned about Jake and insisted on sending him a gift.