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REFASHION GLASGOW POP-UP SHOP

Today (24th July) sees the launch of Refashion Glasgow’s two-week Drop Down Pop-Up in Merchant City. It’s all about ethical and sustainable design, and is even being housed in an old shipping container.

Refashion Glasgow is an eco design collective made up of 5 Glasgow businesses, with an aim to show that this kind of fashion can be stylish and on-trend. The pop-up shop will sell a range of ethically and sustainably sourced fashion, art, homeware and lifestyle products (many exclusive to this pop-up) from Rapa Nui Gallery, The Top Project, Think Boutique, allenomis (whose designs are in the image above) and Aimee Kent

It runs until 3rd August, 10am-7pm at 99 Hutcheson Street G1 1SN.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

TESCO HOME HAUL

I popped into the refurbished Tesco Silverburn for some food and ended up being enticed by their gorgeous new homeware department and its current sale.

My favourite purchase is this large mint green candle lantern that was reduced from around £12 to just £2.50. For my kitchen, I picked up three cute little faux-flower pots in a wicker tray for £4.50 (which I love), a set of pretty pastel measuring spoons (£2.50) and pastel glasses for just £1 each.

I also got a cute wooden shabby-chic door sign (£1.75) that says ‘please do not disturb’ on one side and ‘yes please to breakfast in bed’ on the other, plus Lindsey Kelk’s new novel What A Girl Wants for £3.85.

There are so many other things I want. I’m loving Tesco Home right now.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

IN LOVE WITH: SEW LOMAX BEACH HUT POSTCARD BAG

Cult make-up bag designers Sew Lomax recently launched their I’m Sew British collection with cute London cab and London bus designs. The next to launch is this British seaside-themed Beach Huts Postcard pouch.

I love the bright and cheery design on the front, and the fact you can personalise the back (if you want) with your own postcard message. It would make a great gift for your holiday housesitter.

It’s available for £25 from Sew Lomax

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

HOUSE OF FRASER BRINGING FASHION HOME

The House of Fraser Glasgow store was the launch pad for this, now UK wide, luxury department store brand.

As i’m sure you can’t have failed to miss, Glasgow is hosting the Commonwealth Games this week. As part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations, House of Fraser Glasgow are hosting pop-up concessions for 5 local womenswear, menswear and accessories designers.

                             

Each designer (Karen Mabon, Rebecca Torres, ten30, Strathberry of Scotland and Georgia Wiseman) have created exclusive designs to be sold only in House of Fraser Glasgow until 4th August. Get down there asap to snap up the likes of this pretty Karen Mabon Glasgow Scarf (£55), of which there are only 150 available.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

Photo Credits: Alex Lister/Vie Lumiere Photography

WHAT MADE ME SMILE LAST WEEK #18

I went on a trip to London for the day with my friend Adrienne from The Sunday Girl blog to do some Christmas In July press days- The White Company, Wilkos & Pegasus PR.

The displays got me feeling all festive, and I can’t wait to share my favourite Christmas product releases with you later in the year.

We also managed to fit in dinner at Five Guys (my first experience), and some mocktails at the Benefit Cosmetics’ World Cup pop-up pub Gabbi’s Head.

In Five Guys I had a Little Cheeseburger with Little Fries- more than enough for one person, and despite the bottomless soda machine having over 100 varieties, I opted for a good old Diet Coke.

At the very pink Gabbi’s Head pub I had my eyebrows waxed and tinted for a £5 donation to Refuge, and my favourite Benebabe Claire (Benefit’s Events Coordinator) treated us to yummy raspberry mocktails- as we weren’t drinking due to the lengthy train journey ahead of us.

After London, I took a week’s holiday from my blog, digital magazine, freelance writing commissions and social media, so that I could relax and clear my head, and I baked some deliciously-rich chocolate fairy cakes, which were gone by the next day.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

A LIFE WITH FRILLS IS ON HOLIDAY

I’m taking a week to have a relaxing Summer break and digital detox. I don’t have any posts scheduled while I am away, so that I can just completely switch off. I’ll be back to normal daily service from Monday 21st June.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

Photo Credit: cosmo-girl via photopin cc

FASHION NEWS FRIDAY #17

Urban Research Experiments With Virtual Changing Booths In Japan (Business of Fashion) - Japan is always at the forefront of gadgets, and I love what technology can allow us to do now; but can anything ever be better than actually trying a garment on properly? Online shopping makes things easy for us; but you must have lost count by now of the number of returns you’ve had to make because they didn’t fit. If you’ve gone to the bother already of leaving the house and being in the shopping mall, you may as well try the item on- these virtual booths seem like a waste of time and money to me.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

Image Credit: Wikimedia

BEAUTY REVIEW: AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES DE-STRESS MASSAGE AND BODY OIL

Aromatherapy Associates are a favourite of mine, as their powerful scents really do relax me and improve my wellbeing.

                                

The latest Aromatherapy Associates product that i’ve been using is the De-Stress Massage and Body Oil (£26 from Feel Unique). You can read another of my Aromatherapy Associates reviews here.

The De-Stress Massage and Body Oil is the perfect bedtime treat. I apply it to myself (after inhaling the scent with a few deep breaths) on my shoulders, chest, and on the back of my neck. The scent really lingers for a long time and helps me drift off to sleep.

The oil has a handy pump dispenser which makes it mess-free to apply. It contains Arnica Flower and Lavender to relax, plus Rosemary and Ginger to support healthy circulation and ease tired muscles. The smell is beautiful and very potent- just perfect to fall asleep lathered in.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

NEW LOOK INSPIRE NEON WISHLIST

Now the sun is finally staying out and we are actually getting a Summer, i’m loving the neon trend. Adding pops of these acid brights to an outfit is really eye-catching, and makes me feel cheerful.

New Look have a great selection at the moment in their plus-size Inspire collection. I’m a size 18 in New Look, and I love what their plus-size range offers. I’ve put together my favourite items in gorgeous electric shades for you…

Inspire Blue Ripped Denim Mini Skirt, £17.99 | Inspire White & Neon Yellow Floral Longline Top, £19.99 | Pink Contrast Ankle Strap Sandals, £15.99 | AX Curve Black Aztec Print Colour Block Dress, £38 | Neon Yellow Patent Zip Top Clutch, £12.99 | Inspire Purple Tribal Print Pencil Skirt, £17.99 | Inspire White Aztec Cami, £12.99 | Dark Pink Caged Zip Back Heels, £19.99

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By Laura Pearson-Smith