Monday, 31 August 2015


I'm not a fizzy juice fan but one sip of Kitsch's All Natural Cucumber and Fennel Seed Soda had me hooked and would now seem quite addicted!

Kitsch, Handcrafted Soda in Edinburgh

In his 'introduction of sorts', Craig the founder of this Edinburgh based handcrafted soda company explains:

Eventually I started to make soda, that to my surprise, actually tasted pretty good, and this whole crazy thing started to feel possible.  A throwaway Bowie lyric gave me an idea for a name and as I saved away as many spare pennies as I could find to pay for bottling equipment, Kitsch very slowly became a reality.  That was just over a year ago now, so its been a long road in even getting this far, to our launch just last week.  This blog serves as an introduction of sorts, an idea of things to come, and over the coming weeks I’ll be able to tell the story of how Kitsch came to exist.  The story of how a young man with big dreams and even bigger glasses juiced a lot of fruit and eventually cobbled together a craft soda works right here in Edinburgh.
Along with their other flavour, Rhubarb and Thai Basil, Kitsch Sodas are tastefully unique and delicious!

...Just a thought: One of Edinburgh's hand crafted gins mixed with Kitsch Cucumber and Fennel Seed Soda...

Friday, 28 August 2015

Die Zauberflöte by Komische Oper Berlin

On leaving the Festival Theatre last night I was approached by BBC Arts to see if I would like to say a few words about the performance I had just watched.

Still mesmerised and captivated by the magical world of Die Zauberflöte by Komische Oper Berlin, and noticing the camera ready to record, I screamed 'No' while running for the exit.

However, I would like to say a few words here: Barrie Kosky and theatre group 1927's production of Mozart's Magic Flute was beautiful, quirky, sometimes mad (I'm thinking of the pink flying elephants!) and absolutely wonderful!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

From Scotland With Love

There is always something to talk about when the Edinburgh Festivals are on and it really doesn't get better than watching a screening of 'From Scotland With Love' with King Creosote performing live.

Love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play – but most of all, Scotland, in a film that brings out not only the vividness of the past in the present but also very much the personal. With archive footage from the Scottish Screen Archive, Virginia Heath’s poetic documentary From Scotland with Love is screened with a transcendent original score written and performed live by Kenny Anderson, aka Mercury-nominated indie-folk hero King Creosote. (Edinburgh International Festival)

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Dear [The] Jewelry Story Lover,

In celebration of their 25 years in business, The Jewelry Story are having a party and we are all invited! For the month of May, their garden, studio and home will be open every Thursday through Sunday. And if the serving of locally made New York cheesecake, edible jewellery and 'bubbles' don't entice, then their jewellery certainly will.

Necklace in Titanium

Wide Ring in Gold and Sapphire

Big Wooden Brooch

After '25 years looking for beauty', I think it is fair to say that Marion and Jan's new collection 'Nature' epitomises their continuing quest.

Nature: a long necklace made of wood

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Pastel Paisley, Brushstrokes and Black and White Squares

Jumping around with the colour palette and patterns this week. 

This one was motivated by the glorious sunshine, a beautiful light pastel Liberty print dress.

One of my wrap style dresses in a Liberty print of browns, greens, greys and cream brushstrokes

layered with jeans,

a top and a scarf. The sun is shining but it is still pretty chilly here in Edinburgh.

And working on a new dress, a maxi dress. This one is in a large black and white gingham - small gingham and vintage gingham coming soon!

And this time layering with the stunning Hip to be Square necklace by The Jewelry Story 

herringbone tweed and some black denim.

And here, I'm just mixing up lighter layers in anticipation of those warmer days to come.

Friday, 27 March 2015

'One To Watch for 2015'

Last year I wrote about Waël Seaiby after seeing his work at the ECA Degree Show 2014.

This year he is one of the thirty finalists shortlisted for the 2015 New Design Britain competition.

Lots of luck Waël.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Coding Like A Girl

Originally given as talk at an AlterConf in Oakland, Coding Like A Girl addresses gender diversity in the tech and gaming industries and is well worth a read.

...I encourage you wear exactly what you want. Be as flamboyant, fancy, frilly, girly as you would like to be. Do it while being a gamer, a programmer, a game designer. Because you are helping to change people’s ideas of what a programmer/gamer/game developer looks like. And you are making the world a more awesome place by being you. - Coding Like A Girl by sailor mercury


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