Archive for March, 2010

Edinburgh – Tips And Hints For Tourists

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Edinburgh boasts to be among Europe’s most beautiful cities. It grasps the enchanting rocky panorama typical for Scotland, and tightly entwines it with the buildings and ancient monuments that can be found there, creating a successful and sophisticated mix of traditional and contemporary. This can be seen clearly in two of the city’s most famous names. Owing to the presence of neo-classical architecture, Edinburgh was known as ‘the Athens of the North’, well seen within its historic landmarks and abundant national heritage. On the other hand, Edinburgh is also regarded as ‘Auld Reekie’ (Scots for Old Smoky) , which would likely point people to the large quantity of pubs and bistros, and the constant nightlife and late-night parties, and also the soccer.

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Celtic Jewellery – Buying Guide

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Celtic jewellery is indeed still highly desired. Despite being age old designs, these patterns are still magnetic and highly alluring. The majestic beauty that the Celtic era signifies flows through these ornaments and it comes as no surprise then that many jewellery stores have flooded several other counters over and above the bridal jewellery section with these patterns. Jewellery UK designers have realised the potential of these designs and have begin to use silver, gold and platinum when creating these pieces. Right from corals and semi precious stones to even precious stones such as emerald and rubies, Celtic designs are making place for them all.

However, despite the high attraction of these jewellery pieces, not many of us know how to go about buying them. Keeping the advice listed below will go a long way in ensuring that one is able to pick the right kind of Celtic jewellery.

Everyday wear- Not all of us go to jewellery stores looking to buy grand and expensive stuff. Most of us are hoping to buy jewellery that we can wear casually too. Celtic designs can easily be incorporated into your daily wear jewellery, despite their grand designs. Most jewellery UK designers have understood this fact and designed, rings, pendants and even ear wear in materials like silver and other similar cheaper metals that can be worn almost everyday. Try and pick Celtic patterns that look complete even though they have been incorporated in smaller ornaments. (more…)

Famous Scottish Fashion Designers and Awards

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Caledonistas rocked the world of fashion in 2009 at Sterling Castle, Scotland with the ‘Catwalk Caledonia’. The fourth annual Scottish Fashion Awards presented a cortege of designs from Louise Gray, Holly Fulton, Graeme Black, Pringle of Scotland, Jonathan Saunders, Henry Holland, Graeme Armour, Laura Lees, Pam Hogg and many others.

[photo by: EraPhernalia Vintage]

Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame inductee was Pam Hogg, a young Scottish lass with a very unique flair for punk couture design. Pam Hogg attended Fine Art and Printed Textiles at Glasgow School of Art then the Royal College of Art in London where she obtained her MA. First shown as part of the Hyper Hyper collective from 1985-89, her collection is now the Hogg-Couture and consists of her trademark catsuits and colourful skintight dresses. (more…)

26 Kilts and Tartan Unusual Use/Capture

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Tartan and kilts are defenitely not boring. Just check this out.

Up Your Kilt

Up_Yer_Kilt

[photo by: robynejay]

Kilted Beer

Kilted_Bottle

[photo by: Meggrs]

TartanFlies

Tartan_Butterflies

[photo by: e.mel87]

Kilted Plain

Tartan_Airplane

[photo by Bob the courier]

Lego Highland Dancers

Lego_Highland_Dancers

[photo by: Rob Young] (more…)

The Classic Styling of Tweed in Fashion

Monday, March 1st, 2010

When choosing pieces to add to your wardrobe, the classic stylings of tweed can add to your collection in a way that will last for many years. Tweed has been used in fashion for decades, but it is interesting to note that its origins are actually very humble.

[photo by: Adam UXB Smith]

Tweed jackets and clothing was worn originally by folks who lived in the countryside and was well suited for jackets to keep the wearer toasty warm in the bleakest of conditions. (more…)