Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Your 5 Event At Union Square, Aberdeen

10 weeks after having Willow I'm now completely out of maternity wear and actually started to wear button up jeans for the first time in forever last week! OK, they're a bigger size than normal and I still have to cover up that little mummy tummy but I'm well on my way to a normal body shape! Yay!

Union Square Your 5 Event

I do however feel like I've lost track of what's happening in the world of fashion, so I headed to the Your 5 event in Union Square in Aberdeen to find out what I should be looking for to update my wardrobe for Autumn.

Jo the stylist took me through the five key pieces that she feels are the backbone of a capsule wardrobe: the coat, the knit, the wide-legged trouser, the boot and the skirt. She talked me through all the different styles and asked me to pick my favourites and here's what I chose:

Your 5 Picks

I'm pretty impressed with that I chose and I was quite surprised that I had two Wallis items in there! It's not somewhere I'd even think to shop, is it because I'm getting older or is their range getting younger? I'll go with the latter!

I'm not sure wide-legged trousers are for me, although I like that joggers are a trend because I actually have a couple of pairs in a sleeker fabric that I bought after having Sorsha and the loose fabric and elasticated waist are great for covering my mum-tum! They're also great for casual or dressed-up for the evening!

And give me a military coat, cute boots, grey knitwear and a leather-look skirt any day and I'm happy!

I took my new found knowledge and went for a hunt around the shops and found loads of things I want!

Union Square Wishlist

By the way, if you're in Union Square take a look at the Union Square Plus app. It's free to download and has lots of offers and discounts for the shops and restaurants in the centre. I was trying to figure out where to go for lunch so I checked the app and found a "kids eat free" offer for Giraffe, so that's where we went!

What are you key trends or items for the season?

This post was written in collaboration with Union Square

Monday, 3 October 2016

A Tour Of Dundee Contemporary Arts

I recently met up with a group of bloggers in Dundee for some brunch and a tour around Dundee Contemporary Arts or the DCA as it's commonly called!

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Back in my twenties I lived in Dundee and my only real experience of the DCA was drinking in the bar or enjoying the sun in their beer garden so I was keen to see what else they had to offer.

First up we headed to the cinema where a live band was rehearsing for a showing of the oldest surviving feature-length animation film "The Adventures Of Prince Achmed" and I must say I was completely enthralled! The music played by Sink was absolutely perfect for the style of animation and I wish I could have stayed longer and watched it all!

Next up we fulfilled a dream of mine and visited the projection room! It was pretty much as I'd hoped, dark and warm and full of expensive equipment! The DCA shows a wide range of films so have the kit to play digital files or old-school film reels and I got to ask all about how they receive the film and splice it, and where and how it's stored and it was fascinating!

We finished the tour in the print studio which was another area I was keen to visit. I've done some screen-printing in the past which I hope to pick up again and I was impressed by the setup they have at the DCA. Aside from screen-printing they do courses and workshops in so many things including laser-cutting, bookbinding, letterpress, calligraphy, 3D printing, etching, photography, Photoshop, woodblock printing and even fish printing!

I was totally beaming after this tour and felt my creative juices stirring! I totally recommend a visit to the DCA whether you want to get creative, watch a movie, dine in style or just enjoy a drink!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Wedding On A Budget: How To Get Your Rings For Free!

Hi everyone! I recently mentioned that Allan and I are getting married in August 2018 and we're on a very tight budget so I plan to share some money saving tips on here!

The first one that I want to share with you is about wedding rings, because this one actually involves getting started early, like about two years before your wedding! In fact, you can also apply this one to engagement rings, wedding jewellery and bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts too!

goldsmiths wedding ring boxes

It's really simple (don't worry, I won't be posting anything dodgy!) all you have to do is shop at Tesco and sign up for a Clubcard!

By the way, this post isn't in any way paid for or affiliated with Tesco, I'm just genuinely excited about getting jewellery for free!

Every time you shop in store or online you get Clubcard points, 1 point for every £1 spent. Every quarter your points are tallied up and you get vouchers to spend at Tesco or through partners using Clubcard Boost. The vouchers are valid for two years.

So, if you get your groceries, petrol, Christmas shopping etc from Tesco you could end up with quite a tidy little sum in Clubcard vouchers over a couple of years. You can then use Clubcard Boost, which allows you to take the vouchers you've earned and TRIPLE THE VALUE at Goldsmiths stores! Yup, you can take these vouchers that you've received for free and triple their worth!

Allan and I did exactly this. We shop in Tesco anyway and use their grocery delivery service because with £1 delivery slots it's cheaper than us going to the store ourselves, and we saved up £115 worth of vouchers. We went into Goldsmiths and picked out our rings which were slightly above our budget, but we tripled up the vouchers we had to £345 and ended up paying the difference of £10. But obviously if you pick rings which are within the value of your vouchers they will be FREE! Yipee!

As with everything, terms and conditions apply so I advise you to check if it's the best route for you, and it only applies to Goldsmiths, but even if you have £5 worth of vouchers, that's still £15 off your rings and any discount is a blessing when you're on a budget!

I hope that's been of help to someone, it would be great to hear if it has! I won't necessarily blog about every bargain I find, but keep an eye on my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter under #tinybirdwedding to see what I find!

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