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Highland Hiatus

I recently styled two tablescapes, including one with a touch of sweetness, and the other with more savoury delights to indulge in. Although, we held the Welsh Rarebit for a later tea party, believe me, this table had plenty to satisfy the palateAnd, since you know that I have a passion for all things stylish and decorated, I wanted to share this minimal, yet sophisticated tablescape with you.  

In collaboration with Walkers of Scotland, here's one of the tables that I created, as apart of my respite from an extended vintage journey, and rather savvy curated auction finds to pick-up. 

The crew and I decided on an intimate and light afternoon tea time together. So, I wanted the feeling of a cosy outdoor setting. I used a few family pieces of my own to add the finishing touches, whilst still keeping the concept simple, yet refined.
Instead of using a full tablecloth or table runner, I decided on folding my cloth and having it run down the middle of the frosted glass table. This entire setting is a fusion of contemporary and dated elements, as I am an aficionado of blended eras in styling.  

Tip: If you don't want to go elaborate for your décor, then try to focus on one or two investment pieces for your table, such as your tableware, serving pieces, or even florals, then decorate around them. Sometimes simple elements can be of great impact.  

The family owned company makes a conscious effort in maintaining sustainability and their working relationships with local suppliers. They still create traditional favourites, like their infamous buttery shortbread, however you might be surprised at their impressive range of other goods, including gluten-free and USDA Organic shortbread, as well as gourmet tarts, meringues, and cakes.
Naturally, the heavenly Ecclefechan Tarts, a plush butter encrusted pastry (for the sweet tooth lover), promptly dissipated. A personal favourite was the Highland whisky cake, laced with Glenfiddich single malt whiskythis moist and tasty cake, full of sultanas and cherries did not disappoint. To be honest, it has just the right amount of everything, and a more than suitable pairing for coffee or tea. But, just in case you're not a fan of traditional fruit cake, make note … you've likely never tried this one. It is highly recommended.  

Needless to say, this was a perfect time for us to recharge on a sunny afternoon, before heading onward with travelling for the day.  


What do you think of our intimate outdoor table?
The goods: Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle assortment in tin, Glenfiddich Highland Whisky Cake in tin (Buy here), and Pure Butter ShortbreadEcclefechan Tarts-Courtesy of Walkers, Floral décorTartan fabric/tablecloth and 1920s Edison Highpoint cream and sugar bowls-Vintage, Silver serving trays-Country antique shop, and Sheffield (Shop here), Crystal candle holders, Cups and saucers-Family own (Shop Maxwell & Williams here), Harvest printed platter-Marshalls3 Tier glass stand-(Buy similar).  

*Shop Gluten free Walkers shortbread here

Stay tuned for inspiring Easter décor, coming soon …






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Sporty Elegance

I decided to upgrade the traditional perspective of "sporty-chic" à la contemporary fashion, being that I love a touch of elegance in my sportswear. I could have easily added trainers to this look, but wanted to kick my outfit up a notch after a meeting with a friend since I was going out for dinner afterwards. Being that it's not summer, and just in the infancy stages of spring, the weather is fickle. This means that a sleeveless fashion piece will need some stylish company.  

This jacket by Vero Milano is exactly that! It has the beautiful appeal of sportswear, yet also an edgy refinement that's hard to ignore. With the fitted seaming and removable zippers there's the option for style versatility within minutes. I had my mission, the occasion, and now all that was needed was an easy transitional outfit that I could dress up or down. 

Vero Milano creates luxury garments that are essentially statement fashions. From dresses to swimwear, their entire collection has a stately aesthetic. 

Style Metamorphose:  
I knew that needed transforming layers that would work for both occasions when I put this outfit together. And, since there's much talk about spring's arrival, jackets are more than favourable options to include in one's wardrobe for the changeable season. 

I also brought back a few oldie-but-goodie elements as well--a bold wine colour mixed with the leatherette sharp cuts in the side seams. This was my workable style palette to blend with natural tone pieces as neutral accents. I love a great dash of colour, but you can certainly welcome spring in various ways without leaning to traditional florals. 

The knit dress itself can be for day or night, and I love the structured jacket with it because it adds a bit of sophisticated grace to an already edgy piece.  


What do you think about this sporty elegant look? How do you play with texture for different seasons? 


The goods: Sculptural Jacket in Beige c/0 Vero MilanoCarrie Mini dress-Assali, Faux snakeskin clutch-F21, Necklace-Olive and Piper (buy similar)Geo sandals-Canada boutique (buy similar). *Shop the Vero Milano collection here  






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