Autumn Home Wish List

Since moving to a new flat my wish lists have developed from what shoes and bags I fancy buying next to what cushions and duvet covers (sad, I know.) Since writing my post on making your home cosy for autumn, (you can view it here) I have been making a wish-list of all the things I would love for my new flat. I have selected my most desired objects… aren’t they gorgeous!?

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These items make for a perfect, cosy night in when it’s wet and blustery outside. A soft, dimmed light is perfect for when the evenings start getting dark earlier and the fairylights give a magical effect, without being too christmassy. Grab a mug of steaming hot chocolate, light some spiced candles and snuggle up with these cosy cushions… and, relax!

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1. Single Sheepskin Rug in Mocha, £35.00, John Lewis

2. Torsbo Table Lamp, £30, Ikea 

3. Giant Mug, £3.00, Tiger Stores

4. Luxe Natural Faux Fur Cushion, £18.00, Next

5. Driftwood Hanging Heart, £15.00, Matalan

6. Indoor LED Lights, £4.00, John Lewis

7. Apple Spice Pot Pourri Candle Jar Large, £13.00, Yankee Candle at Asda

8. Cattle Tapestry Cushion, £12.00, Next


The Smart Girl’s Guide to… Making your home cosy for Autumn!

Darker evenings, falling leaves, colder nights…now that summer has decided to leave us for another year, we have now had to come to terms with the fact that it’s autumn. One thing that softens the blow for me is shopping. After I have stocked up on a new winter coat, scarves and boots, it is then time to shop for the home. It doesn’t have to be expensive, as a few key pieces really make a difference. Snuggle up under a throw, light some candles, grab a hot chocolate and aaaah… Don’t you just love autumn?

Here are a few top tips on how to make your home feel warm and cosy for autumn…

  • Swap your bright summery cushions for some cosy faux fur ones. You can pick up some great ones on the high street and all reasonably priced too. Drape a cosy throw over the corner of the sofa for easy reach when your chilly watching the telly.

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Faux Fur Cushion & Chevron Cushion,  £4 each, Primark

  • Nothing says “autumn’s here!” like spicy, scented candles. Look for candles with a winter berries, cinnamon, clove or spiced apple scent to provide instant comfort. Yankee Candles are great, or try Asda or Primark for great priced candles.

 photo (44)Apple & Spice Pillar Candle, £3.50, Asda

  • Invest in a cosy lamp for when the nights start to become darker earlier. Use a lower watt light bulb to give the room a warm glow. Fairy lights are also a great, low cost way to give a bit of light without being too glaring. Try white or red for a cosy feel, without being too ‘Christmassy’.  Wrap them up and sit in a clear glass vase or hang over your mantelpiece or shelves.

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 Silver Moroccan Shade Lights, £6, Primark

Style Icon Zandra Rhodes launches new bed linen collection in Glasgow

Spring/ Summer 2015 Fashion Week may have taken place in London recently, but Sterling Furniture stores in Scotland have earned serious style kudos after Dame Zandra Rhodes launched her new bed linen collection at both Scotland’s largest furniture and interiors store in Tillicoultry and their London Road store in Glasgow last Thursday.

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Zandra’s choice to launch her new collection of vibrant designs at the store was due to
its “style and retail ethos” and its reputation for being the place to go for on-trend pieces for the home, with the Dame revealing it’s “very exciting” to be launching at Sterling Furniture.

The collection features three bold linens which all reflect Zandra’s bright and vibrant personality.  Of course, the classic iconic pink is featured throughout all three, matching her bright pink hair.

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Vader is a splash-painted design with a dot painted reverse in a dazzling colour spectrum on a striking white background. Juno is a fun, brightly painted small-scale painted floral design, again, on a crisp white background with a coordinating reverse. Finally, there is Milo, with brightly painted large florals. Milo can also be used in the reverse side, featuring ombre-stripes in a matching colour palette.

Gordon Mearns, Managing Director, Sterling Furniture, said: “We are delighted to welcome Zandra to our flagship store to launch her new bed linen collection.

“A true stalwart of the textile industry visiting our store is a huge coup, not just for us but our customers who are equally excited about her appearance. The vibrant designs are also sure to be a hit with our modern and traditional customers alike.”

With her bold prints, fiercely feminine patterns and theatrical use of color, Dame Zandra Rhodes has stamped her identity on the international fashion world. With her bright pink hair, dramatic make up and jewellery that could be mistaken for pieces of art, she herself is a style icon. Her talents have seen her dressing the rich and famous in the celebrity world, including Debbie Harry, Sarah Jessica Parker and the late Joan Rivers.

Dame Zandra Rhodes, said: “Launching this new range in Tillicoultry at Sterling Furniture is very exciting, it is a very individual collection and Sterling’s style and retail ethos reflects that.

“I love that by dressing up the bed you are dressing up your entire bedroom. You can decorate your room by choosing these designs and accessorize around them. I like to think my creations really enhance life and I’ve always reinterpreted my designs to keep them relevant to today.”
The new Zandra Rhodes bed linen collection is available from Sterling Furniture Homestores in Glasgow, Tillicoultry and Aberdeen and online at The range is available in Single (£25), Double (£40) and King (£45) sizes.


Club Noir 10th Birthday – The Big Review

Walking into the dark bar of the O2 Academy, feathers were flying, glitter was in the air and as a woman wearing nothing but underwear walked past, no one batted an eyelid. Welcome to Club Noir, the biggest, baddest burlesque club night in the world.

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Club Noir, a club night featuring burlesque shows, DJs and bands, is officially the biggest burlesque club in the world, as recognised by the Guinness World Record with 2,000 attending each event.

Since March 2004, Club Noir has been putting on up to six events a year, each with a theme. This year is was a Commonwealth Carnival theme, to tie in with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Taking place on Saturday, 3rd August – the day before the closing ceremony – it was a perfect date for everyone to let their hair down after a manic 11 days.bigg taj

Walking in wearing all black, I felt seriously underdressed. Looking around, there were men in drag, kilts and 3-piece dinner suits and women in latex, corsets and ballgowns. This is a crowd who doesn’t give a monkey’s what anyone thinks of them, the open-minded and the non-judgemental.

At 11pm, it was showtime. With an extensive variety from the French Maid and servant, who dropped his trousers to reveal red suspenders, to the Edinburgh Bhangra Crew with their Punjabi dance performance.

One of the highlights for me was Bigg Taj, a beatboxer who sounds like he has an entire musical band in his mouth. His renditions of White Stripes ‘7 Nation Army’ and ODB & Kelis’s ‘Got Your Money’ was outstanding, and the crowd went wild. Another highlight was Tiff Finney, whose mesmerising pole-dancing performance left the crowd stunned, and of course, wanting more.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get more bizarre, on walked the Puppet Master, The Great Aldo and his ‘puppet’ who eventually turned the strings on him, getting her revenge.

What about the bupuppetrlesque, you say? There was plenty of it, from Vanity Kills, a Dita Von Teese lookalike to Luke Amour, a ballet burlesque star, we were spoiled. Organiser and burlesque performer Tina Warren performed her act ‘Tina Beans’, standing in a tin of beans, an alternative homage to the famous Martini glass act we all know.

We were then treated to a performance by the Dollhouse Burlesque, with their sultry rendition of Happy Birthday.

In my opinion, there couldn’t have been a more fitting way to end the Commonwealth Games. With the upbeat buzz that filled the room, the bright lights and sparkle of Club Noir, it was a night to remember.

Sorry this post is a bit late in being uploaded!