Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Personal Styling Experience at John Lewis Edinburgh

Booking a personal styling appointment has never been something that has crossed my mind, but when I was invited to one at John Lewis Edinburgh last week, the idea intrigued me. With a bit of encouragement from Zoë (who is my full-time personal dresser), I decided to go along and see if I could learn how to be a bit more versatile with my wardrobe choices.

My sister Jinny came with me in the hope of finding an outfit to wear to a wedding that she has coming up, and although she didn't leave with an outfit in the end (these things take time if you are as... particular as she is), she was definitely inspired by the experience. Anyway, it was great having her there, it was nice to have a second opinion from someone I trust.

I would definitely take someone with you if you fancy booking in, we had such a fun afternoon and the appointment costs nothing. I had this image that personal styling was for super-rich people who are ready to splash the cash, but actually, there was no pressure whatsoever to purchase anything at the end of the appointment. 

This is the perfect, stress-free way to shop even if you are just looking to buy a top or a new pair of jeans. Everything is handed to you, in your size, ready and waiting for you to arrive. It doesn't have to be a two-hour long appointment where you end up buying a whole new wardrobe. The appointment is completely personal to you so you can make it what you want. Our appointment gave me the perfect opportunity to have a look at some possible graduation outfits, which is a scary thought, but exciting, and I now have my eye on a certain little Eudon Choi number.

Our stylist, Mary, was amazing. One look at us both and she knew our sizes and told us what colour palettes we could wear. John Lewis Edinburgh isn't somewhere that I am naturally drawn to when clothes shopping, I think of it as more of a homeware store. But after Mary talked us through some of the brands and the exclusive range that John Lewis stock, I felt a bit like I had been missing out. I didn't realise just how much of their clothing is exclusive to JL (its a lot), and they stock almost all of the brands that you can find on George street. I don't know if its just all of this snow talking, but the idea of being able to find all of those shops under one roof is pretty appealing to me right now. Don't get me wrong, it's not often that you would find me shopping on George Street, you know £££, but next time I'm shopping for occasionwear I am probably going to make John Lewis my first stop.

They have also just released their gorgeous Eudon Choi collection. You probably have to be about 3 feet taller than me to pull it off but the dresses were just beautiful and so elegant. I was expecting everything to be very pricey but I was pleasantly surprised with some of the price tags. Most of the pieces that Mary pulled for us weren't alarmingly expensive. I still wouldn't shop here for my every-day wear but some of the clothing wasn't much more than you might pay in the likes of Zara. I have added prices and links to the outfits that we tried on below to give you an idea.

They recommend booking an appointment a day or two before you want to go but there are always two stylists in so I wouldn't worry if you are a bit last minute. I should also mention that they don't really stock much in a size 6 at the moment which could limit you a bit if you are petite like me, but Mary knew which clothes were made in a smaller fit so it wasn't a problem.

Toni x


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Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Brits Awards - The Best of The Best

The Brit Awards are arguably the biggest and most exciting music awards ceremony in Europe. As always, the red carpet is watched and analysed by people all over the world. A highlight for all of us was everyone supporting the #timesup campaign wearing a rose pin and carrying a white rose. A beautiful protest supporting such an incredible cause.

If you saw our Instagram stories from the night you probably saw my full girl crush on Dua Lipa's baby pink tiered tulle Giambattista Vali extravaganza. The layers of tulle, high-lo structure and contrasting with the black velvet is a dream come true. Completely and utterly stunning. Her after party dress was just as extra as the pink- a metallic bronzed two piece with madonna-esque circa 80's sleeves it's a winner for me. I'll be taking this dress as full inspiration for my grad ball dress so watch this space. 



Next had to be my Queen Maya Jama in this custom pink glitter mini dress designed by Henry Holland. The sleeves, here again, are the perfect gradual trumpet and the coat style is ultimate chic. For the after party Maya changed into another Henry Holland dress with one sleeve and a half and half situ- she's killing it as usual. 



Feathery love is in full swing in Adowa Aboah's sleeveless white gown. I love how effortless and glamorous this is. 


I couldn't write about the Brit's without mentioning the Haim gals. Their tri-colour afterparty threads are perfectly uniform straight from fashion week.


Z x

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Galentine's Day - Celebrating Female Friendship in Style!


Valentine's Day
noun
  1. 14 February, a day when it is traditional to send a card, often anonymously, to a person one is romantically involved with or attracted to.

    "I want to be with the woman I love on Valentine's Day"


If you're single, newly or chronically - sitting in on your own on a day that celebrates love and relationships can be a little depressing. But I have decided to concentrate on the latter part of that definition 'be with the woman I love on Valentine's Day'. 



For the last few years, some of the most meaningful, reliable and supportive relationships in my life have been that of my gal pals. The love and encouragement they have shown me are really special and for me, it has always been more stable than any relationship I have had with a man. For this reason on February the 14th I will be celebrating my friendships and the love I have for my girlfriends.

With some help from the lovely Rachel at Hooray Cakes, we threw the most amazing Galentine's Day Brunch for the amazing women in our lives. Everything from food, flowers, decor and music was covered and it was the perfect way to treat the amazing women we have in our lives.

With help from Rachel, she showed me how to work that budget and how a dash around the big Tesco and some creativity is all you need.

The Decor

Every time I work with Rachel she blows me away with her imaginative and incredibly creative way of decorating on the tightest budgets. She has shared with me some of her top tips for decorating;

1. Give yourself time to plan, and the best time to find amazing decor bits for a low price is the day after the holiday. So after Valentines Day this year, start looking for bargains for next years party.

2. She swears by the local grocery stores, B&M, eBay and charity shops.

3. Before planning any type of party she hops onto the inspiration mothership that is Pinterest and pulls together different looks and ideas that she loves.

4. Then the creativity comes in - things like swapping the gold cutlery on Pinterest for plastic dupes from Tesco can really pull that party look together.



Another gorgeous way to decorate and also gift the ladies in your life on Galentine's is with beautiful and customised flowers from the amazing Mud Urban Flowers. The amazing team have just started delivering in Edinburgh and there really isn't any better way to spread the love. Mud Urban also have the amazing Olivia Hope Calligraphy on board to personalise the boxes for that extra edge.



The Food

Rachel is the most fantastic baker and can do everything from dainty little macaroons to decadent five-tier wedding cakes. Her number one tip is to keep everything simple. Rachel and I decided to go to our old favourite Lidl the day before and picked up some of their amazing waffles and pancakes. Let everyone decorate their own brunch treats with fruit, Nutella, yoghurt and syrup - and its so much less stress and clean up for you.

Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without some gorgeous baked treats from Rachel. She treated us all to a gorgeous Victoria Sponge Cake, heart-shaped cookies and cute as a button festive cupcakes. These treats are great for eating on the day and giving away as a cute Galentine's Day Gift!




Hooray Cakes is the ultimate destination for homemade, creative and beautiful cakes. Check out their Facebook page here for all your baked good needs!



 How are you all celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's this year?

L x






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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Howdy there: this is 2018's first big trend.


If like me your brow was slightly crossed when you read that Western styles were coming straight for our wardrobes at the start of the year please don't feel like you were alone. I can't quite see myself reaching for a cowboy hat or some electric red cowboy boots but, as always, I'm open to trying something new. Think more flared jeans, fringed and studded suede jackets or waistcoats, a bright and bold leather studded side bag for all our city needs or even an ankle cowboy boot rather than the full calf length. Don't be worried it's not about a FULL injection of western but just touches and why not? Often I feel like the trends shared and influenced by us are predictable and repeated but I wasn't expecting western with a city girl shake-up. I've tried a few of my favourite finds to try to add some texture to my wardrobe. Plus is love anything with a fringe so I'm more than happy to swing my way around this rather chilly January/February we're having. This jacket has breathed a new lease of life into my wardrobe but if you see me flapping about in the wind please don't laugh.








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Monday, 22 January 2018

Our Guide to Burn's Night in Edinburgh

As TQR is made up of 3 Scottish gals, we decided to put together a very patriotic blog post about a traditional Scottish celebration that is almost upon us. Burns Night celebrates the life of our national poet, Robert Burns and all of his wonderful poetry of course (see example below):

The Silver Tassie

Go bring to me a pint o wine,
And fill it in a silver tassie;
That I may drink, before I go,
A service to my bonie lassie:
The boat rocks at the pier o Leith,
Fu loud the wind blaws frae the Ferry,
The ship rides by the Berwick-law,
And I maun leave my bony Mary.

The trumpets sound, the banners fly,
The glittering spears are rankèd ready,
The shouts o war are heard afar,
The battle closes deep and bloody.
It's not the roar o sea or shore,
Wad make me langer wish to tarry;
Nor shouts o war that's heard afar –
It's leaving thee, my bony Mary!

A very traditional Burns night involves bagpipes, whiskey, highland dancers and the main event is, of course, the Haggis. But seeing as we are three twenty-somethings living in 21st century Edinburgh, we like to do things our own way. And so for you, we have put together a few different and more modern ways of celebrating the wonderful Robert Burns.


1. Calvin Haggis Burger at Byron

For a limited time only (from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th) all of Byron's Scottish restaurants will be celebrating Burns night by serving the delicious Calvin Haggis burger. This wonderful creation is made up of a 6oz hamburger, bacon and onion relish, a potato scone, American cheese, dry cure bacon, a fried egg, onions, Byron sauce and of course HAGGIS. This is the only Burger at Byron that includes Haggis so get it while you can. (Also, the cheese and bacon fries are a must-have. You will thank us later)




2. MacSween Haggis Afternoon Tea at The Beer Kitchen

A Haggis themed Afternoon tea is being served in The Beer Kitchen from Monday the 22nd to Sunday the 28th of January between 12pm and 6.30pm. It is £15 for two people which include a half pint of Beer each. Cant go wrong with that.



3. Eight Course Scottish Tapas Night at Butternut Squash in Portobello

The small but delicious little cafe on Bath Street in Portobello - which is about as east as you can go without leaving Edinburgh, is hosting a truly spectacular Burns feast. 8 Scottish inspired dishes for only £25.00 per person, complete with live music and dancing. You can book via Butternut Squash's Facebook page which is linked above. Such a great way to support a local business on Burns night and this is where Lyndsey is heading this year.

4. Teuchters Landing Amazing Scottish Food All Year Round

Teuchters Landing has to be one the best place to get traditional Scottish food in Edinburgh. Situated on The Shore in Leith it's the perfect place to grab something to eat with friends or family. The food is super fresh and delicious, and there is something for everybody on the menu. Teuchters offers haggis, smoked salmon and black pudding all year round, so if you are planning a last minute Burns celebration look no further!


5. The Ghillie Dhu for a Traditional and Spectacular Burns Celebration!

The Ghillie Dhu at the West End of town in Edinburgh is a gorgeous venue that knows how to throw an amazing party! This year they have the 'Rabbie Burns experience' running all week beginning the 19th of January starting from £25.95 per person. This includes a dram on arrival, a 4 course traditional Burns feast, the unforgettable addressing of the haggis and a live ceilidh band throughout the night. The place to be in Edinburgh to celebrate Burns in style!


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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Resolutions


Last year was a brilliant year for The Quiet Resolution. In January the blog was still really in its infancy and although we had already had some amazing experiences at the latter end of 2016 - I don't think we were prepared for the whirlwind of the year to come.

I know it's a bit of a cliche but it is incredible how lucky we have been and it's overwhelming to have worked with some of the brands we have. 2017 has included our first taste of being paid to blog, press trips, award nominations with of course lots of prosecco and canapes. We worked really hard to improve all of our photography, learnt how to use analytics properly and balanced work, university, blogging and life better than ever. 

At the end of 2017, we had a long overdue meeting and sat down to discuss our goals for the year ahead. Our resolutions for ourselves and of course for TQR. Rather than giving you them at the start of the month, we thought we would wait a bit and see how we have been getting on so far with our goals and resolutions individually and as a blog. 


TQR Goals & Resolutions for 2018
  • Make more time for team meetings - at least one big meeting a month. So far we have had one really great meeting and photography day which left us really pumped up and inspired. We have another meeting planned for next week and we are having weekly phone meetings to catch up on smaller details. 
  • Continue to improve photo quality (less dodgy iPhone photos). This resolution already began at the end of 2017 and we are so happy with the content we have produced this month. The images are cleaner and our Instagram feed is something we are now so much more proud of. 
  • Work together on blog posts and content more. We absolutely always do our best work when we sit down the three of us and work on a project. This is something we have been doing with blog posts, being more collaborative with content. Hopefully, within the next month, we will get to work physically together a lot more. 
  • Stick to our blog schedule better - no excuses! So far so good with this one, but only time will tell if we can keep it up. Proud of our efforts so far though!
  • Introduce more food and cooking content into the blog. We all love to cook and eat so it is crazy that we don't do more content that reflects this. This resolution hasn't really started yet, give us a few more weeks to get organised and you will be seeing lots of amazing food and drinks all over TQR!
Lyndsey's Goals & Resolutions for 2018
  • To be kinder to myself. I am so critical of everything I do and I really believe it ends up having a reverse effect when you are trying to achieve something. I have been doing pretty well with this so far - forgiving myself on bad days and not sweating the small stuff. May this please continue as I can feel the difference in my overall mood.
  • Get healthier, slimmer and happier the right way. I spoke about this a little on an Instagram post a few days ago. I have struggled with my weight and general health since I was a teenager and it is something that I would really like to get under control this year. In the last three weeks, I can see positive changes in my choices and I am hoping this is the beginning of an amazing year for me.
  • Delete Uber, Just Eat & Deliveroo apps from my phone. I have been amazing with Just Eat and Deliveroo the only place I have slipped is Uber - must be better and stronger!

Toni's Goals & Resolutions for 2018
  • Graduate! The only thing I have in my sights at the moment is pushing through the next few months of uni so that I can (hopefully) get a first class honours degree. It's easy to lose enthusiasm for this one when there is so much to do in such a short period of time, but I am determined to keep that first in my sights.
  • Be the best Maid of Honour. I want to make sure that I do everything I can to make my sisters wedding day exceed her expectations. I know this isn't really a goal but her wedding is going to be the biggest and most significant day of 2018 for my family so a lot of my time and thoughts will be going into making it an amazing day.
  • Get my dream job. This one is a bit of an exaggeration. I'm not experienced enough to know what my dream job is yet but so long as I can find a job that makes me happy, I will be able to check this one off the list. 

Zoë's Goals & Resolutions for 2018

  • Save, Save, Save. I am fully addicted to shopping. It fills me with pure joy which I know sounds ridiculous and you may laugh but it's getting to the point now where I need to get it under control because of the scary graduation/end of uni life is coming swiftly towards me. So far I've stopped buying food every day and meal planning/using Hello Fresh, I resisted the sales (how I don't know) and I've got a saving plan. I also deleted Uber which was a tragic habit and horrific amounts of money were going into it.
  • Build better relationships. Last year was a really difficult year for me when a lot of unexpected things happened I couldn't control and everyone was there for me every step of the way. I can be quite a removed person and push people away which is a terrible trait I want to get rid of. So far I've made more of an effort to organise things to do with friends, see my family more and made more of an effort to see people I don't see enough which I already feel so much happier about so I'm starting the year stronger than I was before!
  • Graduate. This is basically a goal I've had since I can remember. Nobody in my family has been to University and all I want to do is make them all proud. I'm determined to throw everything I can into this final semester so I'm hoping it'll continue and I'll be standing on that stage cheesing/crying most likely because I've actually made it. So far it's been terribly rocky but it's all absolutely fine.
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Friday, 19 January 2018

So You Thought Your Earrings Couldn't Get Any Bigger?


Statement earrings...I hear your sighing through your screen. What a bore and am I the only person totally over them? I live and breath my hoop earrings and even ventured into a dangly number from the lovely Atticus Boutique but that's really as far as I went. Please don't think I didn't try the tassel trend or the beaded trend or the feather phase because I did and they just didn't work for me. I've got a short(ish) neck, really dark short hair and olive skin so it was a bit difficult finding ones I loved.


Lyndsey however, is fully obsessed with a big earring and cheeky tassel which she wears with sheer pride because they suit her so well. But, it's just not for me. Let's just take a second thought because right about now is where my opinions have changed. Swan diving in, as of springtime, will be...SUPERSIZE earrings. That's right, oversized and statement earrings were apparently just not enough for our ears and this is the obvious answer. Thanks to the delights of Queen Bey's Instagram gracing us with perfect examples of ridiculous earrings- laugh no more because she's way ahead of us. Take Burberry's wild chandelier's or WWAKE's designs to kick-start your inspirations.

WWAKE - image curtesy of netaporter.com

Burberry - Image curtsey of Burberry.com
Think more clean and classy though so stay away from wild feathers and think more clean lines, structure and textures. The WWAKE earrings are something I would 100% go for. The crafted lines and dedication that have gone into such a stunning design are enough for me to hand the money over. They're not too in your face but still bang-on trend/will go with everything for ay occasion. Burberry's infamous Chandelier's are obviously a bit more glam with the sparkle and varying colours of stones but they are just as elegant. If you love trying a bit of everything and you're not so stuck to one style then they are the kind of thing you need to get you hands on.

So please say a swell toodle-pip to your beloved hoops and tassels and a warm hello to your newest edition.

Z x
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