Glitter and Fur [IshSays]

As much as we all adore a festive flavoured Starbucks latte in a red cup, the twinkling canopy of lights adorning Royal Exchange Square and hearing Mariah Carey bursting about what she wants for Christmas a dozen times a day – as well as being a delightful time of year, the holiday season can also be the most stressful few weeks on the calendar.

Panic present buying and Scotland’s harsh winter weather, mixed with a diary bursting with social engagements and those last university deadlines to meet, can bring even the most confident epicurean into a panic. But dressing yourself and staying stylish doesn’t have to be a hassle. There are two things which will always save you during the winter months, allowing you to cruise through the holiday period: glitter and fur.

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There are few things more classic nor more perfect for frosty Winter nights than a fur coat. Whether fake or the real deal, a fur coat can be thrown on top of anything to keep you snug and looking stylish. Vintage Guru on Byre’s Rd has an excellent collection of pre-loved, affordable furs starting at just £25. Alternatively, animal lovers should hit the high street to find a faux fur, like this plush number from Mango (£69.99). Either paired with some black boots and black skinny jeans for daytime or thrown over your favourite party dress in the evening, a classic fur coat always looks cool whilst keeping you warm.

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The second ingredient to your winter wardrobe has to be a touch of sparkle. All year designers have bombarded us with glitter, studs, metallics and every other type of embellishment imaginable, and if you haven’t succumbed to this trend yet, the weeks leading up to Christmas has to be the time to do it! The key is to focus on accessories and instantly your trusty little black dress will be transformed into a fashionably festive ensemble. Sparkly shoes either with a killer heel or sensible flats will make you feel like Cinderella and will brighten up any outfit. Or go all out with a show stopping dress like this one from French Connection (£230), guaranteed to get you that kiss under the mistletoe!

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Of course, dressing well will not guarantee to solve all of your Winter problems (that flight home might still get delayed due to snow, your family will probably drive you mad and shopping has never been such a stress) but at least you’ll still look fabulous with some fur on your back and some glitter on your heels. Happy Christmas!

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Dysfunction Designs [Artdealerchic]

Dysfunction Designs is a Glasgow based company owned by Kristy Rice that specializes in handcrafted, elegant and intricate jewelry and accessory pieces. Her collection of necklaces and bracelets boasts of tribal, natural and alternative influences. Notably, Rice’s choice in natural materials – colourful clay beads, wood and occasionally metals complement each other brilliant to create these beautiful and earthy pieces that can be worn by all free spirits.

Below is our interview with Kirsty Rice on her creative process and the inspiration behind her jewelry collection

MimosaLife – What was the inspiration behind Dysfunction Designs ?

Kirsty Rice – Originally, DysfunctionDesigns was nothing more than a hobby of mine. I’d started making jewellery for myself as I wasn’t happy with the selection available on the high street. Everything looked the same and I wanted something different, something that was more me. As time went by, I started to receive more and more compliments on my jewellery and the positive feedback from others sparked the idea to open my Etsy shop. Since then I’ve been striving to create funky, one of a kind pieces for all those individuals and free spirits out there who are looking for the same thing I was.

Mimosa Life -It is evident, that there is a tribal theme recurring in some of your jewelry pieces, where do these influences come from?

Kirsty Rice – I love, love, love the whole tribal look! I really like the style and also the freedom it represents. There are so many jewellery designers out there focusing on precious metals and gemstones, but that’s just not me. The natural, earthy style of a lot of my pieces is not only enjoyable to create, but it also reflects my own personality. I feel that it’s important to make something I’m passionate about so that my customers and fans get the most from my jewellery. Any other style of jewellery just wouldn’t cut it for me.

Mimosalife – Are all the individual pieces handmade?

Kirsty Rice – All of the jewellery available in my shop is made by me. I mainly use clay beads, all of which are made by me, by hand. I sometimes add natural handcrafted wooden and bone beads in some of my creations to compliment these. I also make custom pieces on request.

MimosaLife- What is the process or craftsmanship that goes in the creation of  your  jewelry collection?

Kirsty Rice -When creating clay beads, I cut off the amount of clay I need and condition it until it is ready to work with. I then sculpt and texture each bead by hand before curing them in an oven. They are then ready to be laid out in a pattern on my trusty bead tray, ready for stringing. I like to use elastic cord to create stretchy, one-size pieces, but I also use beading wires and closures to make easy to wear and extendable pieces.

MimosaLife- How many individuals are involved in Dysfunction Designs.

Kirsty Rice – The show is run by me, myself and I. I’m a one woman machine at the moment and I do everything personally, from making the jewellery to taking product photos and packaging the orders ready for shipping. I hope to get more people involved with DysfunctionDesigns in the future and have plans to expand and open a bricks and mortar shop.

To Purchase click here – Dyfunction Designs

West End Promenade [Oeuvre]

On Friday November 17th, a quiet afternoon in the West End of Glasgow. The busy streets of Byres Road were awfully silent, the city appeared to be hibernation.Despite the piercing cold and rain, we encountered brave souls in our journey along Byres Road, Great Western Road and the Hillhead area. These individuals were clearly advocates of style over colourless layers, timeless fashion over trends or fads. Enjoy, share and hopefully be inspired.

‘A Modern Classic’, At Main Gate, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Guo

‘Military inspired Jacket, our personal favourite’ At Queen Margaret Union, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

‘ Quirky & Eclectic we are enamoured’ At Byres Road, Photographed by Lucy Shardalow.

‘ The perfect marriage of comfort & style’ At Hillhead Street, Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

At Ashton Lane, Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

At Ashton Lane, West End Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

At Main Library, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

At Main Library, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

At Main Library, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow.

At University Gardens, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

‘Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises’ At Main Library, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

The Devil Is In The Details [Oeuvre]

Arguably, for many individuals fashion accessories – bags, jewelry, belts e.t.c are often an afterthought. However, the citizens in the Greater Glasgow Area that we came across in our travels make a strong case for accessories being the ultimate fashion statement. We came across an array of different pieces – tribal, elegant, eccentric and alternative which enhanced their outfits and style on that day. Enjoy, Share and Be Inspired!

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed By Lucy Shardalow

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed By Lucy Shardalow

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed By Lucy Shardalow

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed By Lucy Shardalow

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed By Lucy Shardalow

At Bute Hall, University of Glasgow. Photographed by Lucy Shardalow

On Kersland Street, Glasgow. Photographed by Michael Raymond

On Kersland Street, Glasgow. Photographed by Michael Raymond