Sunday, 29 September 2013


I sprained my ankle last weekend. Because of this I'm on strong medication, I can't train properly and it's too swollen to get into most of my shoes. Despite sitting on my backside most of the time I'm researching a dissertation and trying to run the University Korfball Club. So I haven't really had time to people watch or draw. Just to explain my absence...

Because my ankle is strapped up I don't really fancy showing them to the world. However, wherever I look, people are showing off beautiful ankles with cropped trousers. Here are a few of my favourites...

 I guess I love this look because it's a staple of Karla Deras over at A pair of rolled up 501s with some amazing heels. I like the contrast of the slouchy trousers with sharp heels, or for a more casual look with a pair of beat up trainers or plimsols.

These high-waisted vintage trousers were paired with a white roll neck. The bright pop of colour was a welcome break amongst the standard monochromatic outfits of most Art Historians. They were worn with heeled Chelsea boots which sharpened up the loose form of the trousers.

 We all know I love a good pair of tartan trousers. This girl was wearing a pair that were high-waisted and skin-tight with brown woolen ankle socks and Jeffrey Campbells. She looked like a modern punk

So there is a brief look into the ankle baring styles spotted around St Andrews. I'm off to the library now to research Prostitution... I hope you are all having a great week!

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Sunday, 15 September 2013


Because I live eight hours from home whenever I travel home I have horrifically long train rides that make for the best people-watching. Passing through Edinburgh Waverley on my way home a few weeks back I saw these two girls chatting in a cafe. They were obviously great friends but their styles were so very different.

 I've always wished that I could be one of those people who wore all black, it's just so chic. She wore a black roll neck mini dress, a black belted leather jacket, black Jeffery Campbells and sleek black hair with a blunt fringe.
 In stark contrast her friend was wearing this ensemble. Extravagant gold jewellery, a leopard print jacket, Mickey Mouse leggings, red knee-highs and be-ribboned Doc Martens. It was a crazy clash of colours, but somehow it seemed to work.
What I loved most about the pair was that, despite their clearly differing approaches to fashion, their personalities just clicked. They were two extremes. It was perfect.

When I was home I went out in London with The Sisters. A girly night out at a cocktail bar was a great break from working in the Highlands all summer. I wore a pale yellow Topshop dress I picked up in the sale with a patented Aquamarine belt with gold studs and my new fringed boots from River Island. Other than my Aquascutum tweed jacket the whole outfit was bought first hand which is very strange for me. 
 I wore this outfit back in Scotland when I went on a 'sexy date' with my friend Sarah ti celebrate me finishing work. I wore a grey and black checked dress which used to belong to my younger sister, with the same fringed boots as before and my faithful blue Billy Bag. We got chatted up by aging golfers and drank far too many cocktails.

I spending the day in vintage pyjamas, watching Smash and drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey. Lectures kick in tomorrow so I'm making use of my final day of freedom before essays and matches take over my life.

I hope you've all had a good week


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Wednesday, 11 September 2013


As normal I've got massively behind in my blog posts. University has started again, korfball training has begun and I'm moving from a very large room to a very small one. And I have a lot of stuff.

In the past few weeks I've seen kilts everywhere. In clearing out my room I found my notes from the 21st Century Kilts set at FS2013, which were amazing, but I also went to London with the sisters and they were popular as a fashion item. I never understood the appeal of kilts before coming to St Andrews, but I definitely think I've been converted...

My sister text me the other day that she saw a guy in a t-shirt, snapback, kilt and Docs. He sounds like my kind of man... So here is my sketch. I really like the idea of a simple black t-shirt with a kilt as it makes it more casual, plus if you have the physique it's a great way to show of good shoulders and legs.

I've been watching a lot of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and I just love the character of Byron. His wardrobe is almost entirely Vivienne Westwood, but it's his wedding outfit that I love. It's a traditioal kilt, with a white tailcoat, white vest and Doc Martens. Plus his standard black eye-make up. Whoever did his costume deserves a medal.

I saw  this guy in London a few weeks back. He wore a black polo-neck and leather kilt with a khaki tweed jacket and black Doc Martens. I just really liked the simple colour combinations.

So there is the small post on my general appreciation for a casual kilt.

I hope you're having a great week, I'm doing my best to avoid the freshers!