SUMMER MOODBOARD 2016

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With each new season comes an array of trends inspired by the catwalks, and a longing, a need, even, to inject them in to our wardrobes. However, it is important to remember that these trends will probably fade away again soon, so my advice is to buy only a few trend-led pieces and work them in to your existing wardrobe. With Summer especially this seems to come a lot easier to me, as I tend to gravitate towards the classics, such as denim, crisp white shirts and slip dresses. For me, these items exude that effortless feel that goes hand in hand with Summer. I imagine mornings spent lazily lounging around sipping coffee, before pulling on a pair of Levi's and heading out the door without brushing my hair.. and evenings spent sipping cocktails while overlooking the sleepy sea, lapping at the shore. This moodboard is meant to portray that feeling in images, and I hope it inspires you somewhat.

Please let me know if you like this new idea as I enjoyed putting it together and would love to do one each season! Thanks for sticking around through this period of irregular posting, it means a lot. X

FORT WILLIAM PHOTO DIARY

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Ben Nevis / Glen Nevix
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Old Inverlochy Castle
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The weekend before my 21st birthday, I enjoyed a relaxing getaway to Fort William with a group of friends. It was absolutely amazing to see Scotland outside of the busy cities surrounding my home town, and it reminded me of just how beautiful it can be. Peering out of my cabin window and being able to see towering mountains, encompassed in an abundance of trees and rivers, is an image that will remain with me forever. This picture was especially beautiful during the night, when thanks to a lot less light pollution, the stars literally lit up the sky.

Most of my time was spent exploring the surroundings, including visiting Ben Nevis and taking a walk alongside the river running beside it. It was definitely a tick off the bucket list and I hope to go back one day and climb the full thing - maybe when I'm more prepared and am not wearing Birkenstocks! We also managed to visit Old Inverlochy Castle and Treasures of the Earth, both of which were very interesting. Old Inverlochy Castle is the ruins of one of the most important castles in Scottish history. I love visiting sites like these as they evoke so much emotion and I find it fascinating to learn all about the history and imagine it in it's prime. Treasures of the Earth is a small museum which is home to many crystals, gemstones and fossils. As an avid crystal enthusiast and collector myself, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The family run business even hosts some meteorite pieces and glow in the dark rocks which is pretty damn cool! Although small, the museum is very interesting and also boasts a pretty amazing gift shop, filled with antiques, fossils and jewellery made from crystals and gemstones.

Fort William also has many trinket shops, pubs and restaurants in the town centre so it's worth a visit, especially if you're looking for something to do at night. I was pleasantly surprised at how busy it became, with the restaurants and bars spilling out in to the pretty beer gardens and cobbled streets. If you are interested in nature and maybe enjoy camping, then Fort William is definitely a place to visit. It has a lot to offer for such a small place, and really opens your eyes as to how lovely a place Scotland is.

AN EVENING AT JAMIE'S

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A couple of weeks ago, we headed in to Glasgow City Centre for a dinner at Jamie's Italian with our lovely Dad. We treated it as an early birthday meal for me, wherein Chloe handed me a card informing me that herself and my Dad had organised a trip to my favourite city, Barcelona! It was a pretty emotional moment and now I feel like Jamie's will always hold a special little place in my heart. (although that may also have something to do with the divine chocolate cake I ate there)

As soon as we walked in I felt an instant attraction, the rustic décor combined with a view of Glasgow's George Square suited me perfectly. Jamie's managed to intertwine the causal atmosphere of a café with the high-quality food and service found at restaurants, which made me feel so comfortable there.

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Tomato & Ricotta Bruschetta
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Italian Steak & Fries
Heritage Tomato Salad (without ricotta)
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Seasonal Greens
Buttery Potatoes & Green Beans
Turbo Penne Aribiatta
My Dad and I chose to go with the newly introduced Evening Meal Deal which gives you a full 3 course meal for just £18.95 - not bad for a delicious meal in the middle of Glasgow! Chloe instead chose a pasta and a couple of sides which we all cheekily dipped in to. As Vegetarians, Chloe and I were pretty excited about the amount of options available to us, and our waitress was so accommodating in terms of altering meals for us. She even offered to swap the cheese on my bruschetta for another topping if I wished for it to be Vegan friendly, so keep that in mind if you are Vegan and are interested in trying the Meal Deal out! Everything was cooked perfectly and I had absolutely no complaints at all. After the main course I had the biggest food baby in the world and even considered leaving out dessert - but since it came included in the deal anyway I quickly dismissed that idea and caved. And I am so glad I did. That night I ate the best chocolate cake I have ever had in my entire life, hands down. Again, our lovely waitress advised me on having it with salted caramel ice-cream rather than the vanilla that was featured on the menu, and went about checking I could have that instead.

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The Special
Molten Chocolate Praline Pudding & Salted Caramel Ice-Cream
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Lemon & Mango Sorbet
 My Dad chose the Berry Meringue which was on the Specials Board that evening and said it was really lovely and fresh tasting. It came accompanied with some fresh berries and a raspberry coulées, while Chloe went for three scoops of Sorbet. Everyone demolished their desserts with such fervour that I barely managed to snap a photo, so it was clear that they were all pretty tasty! Although none compared to my chocolate cake, as affirmed by Chloe and Dad.
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Downstairs led to a bar area which featured these beautiful little booths tucked away along one side of the room. They opened up at the top so you could see the street outside above you. I can't wait to come back one night for cocktails with my friends, looking up at the bustling Glasgow night-life just outside. Features like this always make a place as simple as a restaurant feel a whole lot more warm and inviting which I love.

So there you have it, a cosy café lunch, a semi-formal dinner, or a bustling bar - Jamie's appears to have it all! We really hope you enjoyed this post a
s we never usually go in to so much detail about one specific place or event in our lives, but we felt this might be a nice new feature to help you see more of what cities like Glasgow have to offer.

Check out the full Evening Meal Deal Menu or book a table here.

PITLOCHRY PHOTO DIARY 2015

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Pitlochry is a second home to my boyfriends family so it was a little tradition to visit yearly for them, then I got the chance to go with them three years in a row now! These are some images I took last year when we were there in the summer but I never got around to posting them but I think they show how beautiful Scotland can be so I wanted to finally share them with you all! 
Enjoy. 

Chloe x

LIFE UPDATE

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New Balance (sold out) - Asos (similar) | Duster - Newlook (old), similar here
Since we're trying to get back into the swing of things here at Vogue Mondays I thought I'd do a little update on everything that's happened since we took our break. I am still studying Fashion Technology at college and I am still loving it! It has been a tough year with graded units ect but I'm getting there and I am almost finished my first year. I also got a job since last posting. I was hired at Newlook as a sales assistant around September time and was then moved to the visual merchandising team in November. It's really cool to learn about visual merchandising and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to do so. And lastly I have also gone vegan! I will maybe do a whole post on this as I know it's very controversial and I don't want to make this post too long by going into why so I will leave that for another one. But above is a picture of my vegan lunch at the 13th Note in Glasgow which has became my favourite vegan restaurant. It's so chilled and the staff are very welcoming and it's also dog friendly!? Can it really get any better than that?

So that's pretty much everything that's gone on in the past few months. 
Thanks for reading!

Chloe x