Wednesday, 1 October 2014

#187. Most wanted: Dahlia

Hi pals,

I love clothing that is a little different and expresses my personality, which is part of the reason I love Dahlia so much. Dahlia are a small independent clothing and accessories designer, run by sisters Tracey and Leigh, based in London. Styles are carefully considered and designed and produced in small numbers, making each piece unique and exclusive, which is exciting and a refreshing change from fast fashion. I love the creativity and playfulness of the designs, which explains why I have quite a few of their dresses in my wardrobe! (7 and counting!)

Dahlia have recently released some of their Autumn/Winter collection and I adore most of it, so thought I would share a few of my favourite pieces. The collection has a lot of beautiful styles which would make great wardrobe staples. The pieces are unusual but also quite classic and will withstand changing fashion trends, so are good investment pieces.

Clockwise from top left. 1. Francesca contrast collar shift dress; 2. Claudine flower embellished jersey top with mesh shirt; 3. Harlow navy and black checked cocoon coat; 4. Ava black embellished flower shorts and top; 5. Freya chiffon blouse with contract sleeves; 6. Tammy grid pattern top and shorts set; 7. Millie grey neoprene skater skirt ;8. Florence swing blouse

Dahlia are strong on quality but also on detail, from lace, to neckties and flower embellishments, which makes their pieces really stand out from the crowd. As you can see, their designs are young, creative and really individual, which I really like. I particularly love the swing Francesca dress above, with its simple silhouette 60s and lace cutaway detail.

What do you think of the new pieces at Dahlia?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

#186. A visit to Godiva Boutique

During the Fringe in August, I was invited along to one of my favourite independent Edinburgh shops for a special bloggers evening. Godiva Boutique is in the Grassmarket and sells a whole range of independent designers clothing and accessories, with most of them being limited edition or one-offs, in addition to having a great vintage section through the back of the shop. Godiva have also built up great relationships with emerging designers, showcasing new work, which is so important. 

Godiva is one of my go-to's for something a little bit different for a special occasion and I bought a dress from Rowan Joy there a few months ago for a friends wedding. I could spend many an hour wandering around looking at everything...its all just so pretty!

After an introduction from owners, Fleur and Adele, we were treated to glasses of pimms with tonnes of fruit and cute floral straws, piles of brownies and two huge delicious cakes from Lovecrumbs and fresh juices from Hula. Godiva are part of the Greater Grassmarket group which celebrates the range of exciting independent retailers in such a small area, so it was great to see this relationship continue into the night. You will have seen me rave about Lovecrumbs on here before, I love it and the cakes are always amazing. I wasn't disappointed this time and had a slice of the salted caramel, which was so tasty! So tasty in fact that I ate it before I got a chance to take a photo of it! 

We then had a chance to have a wander around all the clothing and accessories and have a good look - definitely some gems I have my eye on!

One of the designers who are sold in the shop are Runaway Fox, a young company based in Edinburgh. Their designs are quirky and unusual and past collections have been inspired by nature and history. This was the first time I had came across Runaway Fox and I am in love! I particularly like the Animal Friendly Taxidermy collection, featuring foxes, badgers and ducks. Poppy and Luis were there on the night and spoke about the company, their collections and their new project - The Edinburgh Casting Studio.

This is a really exciting new venture for the company and really cool I think. They create casts straight from your body and can cast other things too - they have made a set of dark inspired jewellery cast from skulls, snouts etc. They have a very fun snout coat hook, I really fancy buying one for the flat! The casting service is different and would make a really unique gift for someone.

Some lucky bloggers got a chance to try the life casting for themselves and cast of one of their fingers, to make into a necklace. The casting results are quite detailed, so you can even wear rings and can see all the little grooves around your knuckles in the end result. The bloggers who were chosen all had a red hand print on the back of an information sheet and had to pop their fingers into the casting liquid and wait. Then by the end of the evening, they had a lovely cast of their finger to take away with them. How fun!

Godiva has also organised the chance to customise a vintage bag or create a camera strap out of a vintage scarf. I decided to make the camera strap and choose a beautiful lilac, green and cream scarf, which was twisted and little hoops added to attach it to the camera, along with little charms like elephants and love hearts. It was great to be able to make something and just have a play about and be creative. I was quite chuffed with my strap at the end. I just need to get it on our camera now, but not sure robin will be happy with that one! haha 

Sadly after that point, I had to run of early as I had flyering to do for my Fringe show, Sanitise, but I had a great time learning more about Godiva and some of their designers and catching up with some lovely blogger pals too. Thanks for having us Godiva, will be back in soon!