OOTD Layering Up in Naromode

Saturday, 18 October 2014

I don't know about you but I can't quite believe we're halfway through October already, October is one of my favourite months as the weather gets colder and of course not forgetting one of my favourite holidays Halloween! Earlier this month I headed through to Glasgow for the Naromode Sample Sale I've been supporting the hugely talented Anna and Iain from Naromode since I first laid eyes on their beautiful debut collection The White Snake. I love that their pieces bring fashion and literature together through beautiful illustration, excitingly I now finally own a dress from the original collection and it is an absolute beauty!

Jumper: H&M
Jacket: H&M (similar)
I've always been a bit apprehensive about outfit posts on this 'ere blog, mainly because I'm the most awkward poser ever! But hey I felt todays outfit deserved a little blog time and exposure, especially the newest addition to my Naromode collection my 'Nicola' dress
Forever making the weirdest eyebrow expressions...

The print is easily my favourite and I love it so much, it's so witchy and pretty! 
I'm not much of a fan of real life ants, in fact I'm pretty terrified of them; ants freak me out so much! But strangely I love them in this print, the cut of the dress is super flattering and easy to dress up or down too, perfect huh?! 

Dress: Naromode
Boots: M&S (old)

If you haven't checked out Naromode yet I urge you to do so, their new collection Little Snow White is incredibly beautiful, I love the darker tone of the illustrations and can't wait to add a piece (or two) from that collection to my wardrobe. I'm all for supporting local businesses and designers and finding incredibly beautiful clothes to boot, I've already received so many compliments on this dress already and the quality is top-notch too! Naromode recently won MadefromScotland's Graduate Design competition (along with Lucie Hunter Jewellery) another reason to check out their designs.

Graduatin' Celebratin'

Sunday, 12 October 2014

It's been one of the most talked about topics on my blog and earlier this week after three years of hard slog and working I graduated with a BA in Media and Communications with Distinction. This week has been another pretty hectic one, even though I've just graduated I'm currently studying my Honours year at the University of Stirling so it's still all go go go! I've also been busy with lots of shifts and a few blogger events too, a highlight of the week was definitely Thursday though.

It was lovely catching up with the rest of my college class and my lecturers and celebrating our hard work that we've all put in over the past few years. Thursday was easily one of the busiest days I've ever had, starting with a morning shift at work for delivery (sweaty work, as there are lots of stairs to climb with heavy boxes!) followed by a lecture at Uni, I then rushed home to get ready before a wash and blow-dry at the hairdressers. After all my rushing about my family and I all enjoyed dinner at the newly opened Hotel Colessio in Stirling, it was a great excuse to all head out for a celebratory dinner and a wee glass or two of Prosecco.
Hotel Colessio; I'll be back! Your food was spot on! Mussels,
Monkfish with Orzo and the grand finale Jammy Dodger Baked Alaska! YUM!

After dinner my parents and I headed to Stirling Castle for my graduation ceremony, I'm so grateful to have graduated in such beautiful historic surroundings. I'm lucky enough to live very close to the castle and visit it fairly often, but hadn't been before at night; it's truly beautiful and the views were spectacular! Add to this celebrating with my family and friends and you've truly got a night to remember. It was the perfect way to draw my time at college to a close and gets me even more excited to continue on with studies this year; it's pretty crazy that my Stirling graduation will be next June!

So I guess this all means you can call me a graduate now, the icing on the cake for me on the night has to be my local MP coming up to me after the ceremony to compliment my blue hair though! Definitely made me chuckle! Hope you've all had a fab week!