the writing bug

I have really enjoyed doing bits and pieces of writing lately… on Friday I made a trip to the Hannah Zakari shoppe to pick up my copy of their spangly new zine, a collection of interviews, reviews, arty features and tutorials. I was excited to get my copy – not only because it’s a beautiful little magazine full of insider info on some of the fun places to visit in Edinburgh – but also to see my name in print! I wrote them a little article on eateries around Edinburgh’s urban coastline and also provided some photos for the Granny Green’s interview with my co-organiser, Sarah (also known as @whoopdedoo).





I was incredibly tempted by all of the very pretty things in the shoppe – a wide range of jewellery, prints, bags, postcards and accessories available for an equally wide range of prices. In the end I caved and bought this pair of cute lightning earrings, which seem appropriate for this weekend’s weather, and I have been wearing them every day accordingly…





Also, The Jazz Emporium blog published another of my guest posts yesterday – a piece on my vintage makeover at The Sheffield Vintage Fair last Saturday. You can read it here. The Vintage Fair runs fairs all over England and they are definitely worth checking out.

I’m also potentially going to be a regional blogger for another arts blog, but more of that later…




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fashion show tonight!

Just a quick post today, to let you know that there is a (free entry!) fashion show on tonight at The Granary on The Shore It is going to be showcasing the work of Edinburgh based fashion label Nayane, and I’ll be taking some photos. For more info – and to see some of the pictures I took at the last one – see my guest post on The Jazz Emporium blog.
The show starts at 8pm and will run until 9ish, to be followed by live music. Maybe see you tonight!

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happy ‘yorkshire day’?!

Apparently today is Yorkshire Day. Not that I want to diminish the great county – I am a great fan of it and grateful to have grown up in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (otherwise known as the People’s Republic / The Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire) but I think that a national day to celebrate is perhaps, well, a little out of character…

Having just returned from an all-too-brief trip to my hometown, however, and missing the dry banter, slightly sunnier weather and – sorry Edinburgh – much better nightlife already, I’m up for marking the occasion with a celebratory song.

Here’s a very Sheffield track from The Arctic Monkeys




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july magpie

Just back from the July Magpie Market – had a great day taking photos of all the wonderful stalls and crafting with the Granny Green’s crew.

My interview with Emily Chandler, founder and organiser of Magpie Market, is now up on the Jazz Emporium blog.

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exciting news x2!

I have two exciting pieces of news to share with you today!

1) I have been selected to be the weekly guest blogger for the wonderful Jazz Emporium blog for the next two months! The Jazz Emporium is not only a blog full of vintage fashion, articles on style icons, fashion photography and style competitions, but it is the name of Janine and Veronique’s upcycled, re-worked vintage label. They sell their clothes and accessories online and at vintage and craft fairs in Glasgow and Edinburgh and I’m incredibly excited to be writing for them over this summer! They have welcomed me with my own profile – here

My first article for them will go online this Saturday and I’ll have something up every Saturday throughout July and August.

2) My other exciting news is that I’ve been accepted by Stills photography gallery as a volunteer over the next couple of  months… I met some of the lovely folk there this evening and am really looking forward to my time volunteering with them.

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granny greens big day out at magpie market

Just a quick post to let you know that Granny Greens, the craft and networking group I co-run, will be holding a crafting table at this Sunday’s Magpie Market (who have just posted my photos of the last one!). If you are in Edinburgh and into crafting, come along! I, for one, will be both snapping and stitching… For more info, see the Granny Green’s blog, at

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oh i do like to be beside the seaside!

Apologies for the radio silence!

I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks, including a couple of photography ‘engagements’, one of which was my good friends, Tom and Hannah’s wedding in Kent. I won’t be posting any wedding pictures today (though I’m tempted, as it was a beautiful day!), but the bright seaside charm of Whitstable provided lots of other great photo opportunities. Plus the weather was amazing – there was a heatwave whilst we were down there, with temperatures of around 32 degrees, which my pale Celtic skin was a little unused to, but it was fantastic to be on a beach that was hot underfoot and still be in the UK! Coming back to the 2 hour thunderstorms that have been raging in Edinburgh over the last few days, it all feels very nostalgic and otherworldly looking back on these pictures of down south.

I love beach huts. It has long been a dream to have a little bolthole by the sea to escape to and crash out in – and let’s face it, huts are a bit more affordable than bricks and mortar, so slightly closer to a realisable fantasy. I have vaguely daydreamed about decorating it with bits of driftwood, flowers, seashells and the sort of stuff you find at Time & Tide  (a nautical themed interiors shop which I recently discovered on a daytrip to North Berwick). When down in Whitstable I discovered that my husband Chris is equally enamoured of the idea, though I think it unlikely that our dream will come true unless we move down south as a beach hut in the UK anywhere north of the South coast is likely to be pretty rain battered!

The above snap was taken in the Katharine Hepburn themed guest room we stayed in at the lovely B&B, The Pearl Fisher, just near Whitstable station. I definitely recommend staying there, as the room was beautiful (in a happily quirky way), the couple who ran the place were lovely and – importantly – the breakfast was mahoosive (loads of fresh fruit and coffee as well as the classic full English). I would also recommend watching Katharine Hepburn in action in one of my all-time favourite films, Philadelphia Story;

Whitstable’s historic harbour is famous for it’s oysters, which I didn’t try while I was there, but snapped a few pictures of the shells!

I don’t want to be too disparaging of the Scottish weather, though. There has been sunshine up here too, and I love living by the coast in Granton. To illustrate that it’s both pretty AND sunny (sometimes!) up here too, this is a picture I took the other day down by Granton Harbour.

And if you are making a visit to Edinburgh’s coastline, I can heartily recommend The Peacock Inn (in fact I just have, to the newlyweds, Tom and Hannah), on Newhaven shore. They do great fish and seafood and have recently beautifully redecorated following a fire a few years ago. The staff are friendly and the food is fresh and local. If the sun is out (!), you can even sit outside. And I do believe you can also buy oysters there!

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