Harvey Nichols – The Art of Style*

Harvey Nichols - The Art of Style

If you’re from Edinburgh, you’ll know how glorious Tuesday was. It was the perfect Autumn evening – all golden light and cool breezes, and it was an absolute joy to walk down George Street to Harvey Nichols to attend their Art of Style Trend Presentation.

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Nestled in the middle of all of this season’s most beautiful clothes, I got to attend the most fabulous panel discussion which focused on the links between art and fashion (i.e. my main two loves)! As an Art History major, I can seriously geek out over the tiniest brushstroke or fabric pattern, so the evening was a must for me!

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Designed as the pinnacle of Harvey Nichols’ The Art of Style calendar, the panel of speakers was really something special – the iconic Molly Parkin, Harvey Nichols’ Buying Partner Darren Skey, Project Director of Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art Mal Burkinshaw along with Anne Lyden the Curator of Photography at National Galleries of Scotland.

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Discussions ranged from Molly Parkins’ rather unorthodox childhood in a Welsh mining town to the technicalities faced by fashion buyers, as well as the on-going David Bailey exhibition currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery not to mention the burgeoning number of students currently flooding fashion schools. We even got a glimpse of Molly’s technicolor do!

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The conversation flowed freely for over an hour, and the chance to ask such a distinguished panel questions was a real thrill! I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I could have easily sat listening to everyone chat for hours, and once the panel had concluded, there was a chance to chat to everyone, resulting in the most interesting discussions which were wonderfully plied by the free flowing prosecco (Harvey Nichols’ own is absolutely delicious I have to say!) Chatting with both Molly and Anne was really incredible, and I’ve already arranged a trip with friends to visit the David Bailey Stardust exhibition next week (it’s on until the 18th of October).

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols for inviting me to this event.

Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and Aspinal of London – Burgundy Red Travel Collection*

Aspinal Travel Collection

If you follow me on Instagram (you can find me here) you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh kindly invited me to an event being hosted with Aspinal of London.

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Positioned right in the centre of the swoon-worthy accessories department, Aspinal of London had set up a seriously old school monogram press, which meant that anything purchased could be personalised to your heart’s content. The selection of leather goods from Aspinal was truly the stuff of dreams – neon pouches, sleek clutches and the most glamorous of totes were all crying out for a little bit of initialing, so when I was handed a rather sleek box, I’m not ashamed to admit that I squealed more than a little bit!

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Aspinal of London Travel Collection

Tucked inside was the chicest of collections – Aspinal of London’s Burgundy Red Travel Collection. I cannot tell you how long I have lusted after this selection of goodies! Every time I’ve stepped foot inside an airport I’ve promised myself that I’m going to treat myself to an Aspinal of London travel wallet – they are just the epitome of glamorous travel (not to mention being incredibly useful) and I’ve never gotten around to choosing one. So, you can imagine how excited I was to get my paws on the entire travel collection! Safe to say I can’t wait to book up somewhere terribly exotic to christen the set!

Aspinal of London Travel Collection Travel Wallet monogram

Crafted out of the finest Italian Saffino calf leather, the Travel Collection comprises of a Classic Travel Wallet, Passport Cover and two luggage tags (one for hand luggage and one for checked) and is available in a veritable rainbow of shades. Mine, burgundy is a new shade for Aspinal, and it’s also my favourite!

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The Classic Travel Wallet is everything you want and need when you’re travelling. Whenever I travel I tend to get super paranoid about losing tickets and passports, so to have everything in one terribly good looking package is an absolute dream!

Aspinal of London Travel Wallet interior

Inside the Travel Wallet, there’s a place for everything! From a zippered compartment for coins, to a slot for your boarding passes, tickets and passport, it means that fumbling around at passport control is a thing of the past!

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Aspinal Travel Collection Travel Wallet interior

The interior of the Travel Wallet is trimmed in stunning blue suede. It’s buttery soft, and it adds the most beautiful pop of colour to the wallet.

Aspinal of London Travel Collection Passport Holder

I was so happy to see the Passport Cover tucked into my box – my passport has definitely seen better days, so to get a super sleek cover like this one is the stuff of dreams. In addition to the gorgeous Saffino leather, the Passport Cover has reinforced corners so it stays looking pristine no matter what adventures you get into!

Aspinal of London Travel Collection Passport Cover ribbon

Once again, the Passport Cover is lined in gorgeous blue suede, and comes complete with a navy twill ribbon which acts as a page saver for whatever stamps and visas you need to keep out.

Aspinal of London Travel Collection Luggage Tags

The duo of luggage labels is just adorable. The two sizes means that one is perfect for hand luggage, whilst the other can be used on checked bags. I absolutely adore how the gold monogram shines out from the burgundy Saffino leather – it feels super grown up and glamorous, and it means I can easily identify my bag when it comes off the plane!

Aspinal London Travel Collection Luggage tags interior

Both luggage labels have little flaps which cover your name and address details, and again, the conners are reinforced with brass corners to make sure they hold up through even the most vigorous of baggage handlers.

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and Aspinal of London for the beautiful Travel Collection!

Champagne Blow Dry – Electric Hair Edinburgh*

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I’m not sure that there’s anything quite as luxurious as having your hair blown dry. Sitting back and letting someone else brush, tease and gloss your hair just feels like such a treat, add in a glass of champers, and I’m practically in heaven. So, as you can imagine, when I was kindly invited to the gorgeous Electric salon nestled in Harvey Nichols, I was rather excited!

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The Electric Salon is tucked into the front corner of Harvey Nichols’ Beauty Hall. It’s a little haven from the bustling store, so, as you relax and enjoy a little primping, you can people watch everyone sampling the most divine perfumes and makeup. When I popped in for my appointment, the weather outside was the definition of miserable – rain, wind, and basically everything else that leaves your hair flat and fuzzy, so as you can imagine, I was in desperate need of a bit of hair help! Thankfully, Electric’s wonderful Scott and John came to my rescue!

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I was greeted with a much needed glass of icy champagne, and then after catching up a little, I was led over to for a shampoo. The salon uses the Electric haircare range, of which I’m such a fan! Since my ends were feeling a little frazzled, Scott used the Hydrating Shampoo, and followed it with Electric’s restricting treatment. As my ends were soaking up all the goodness, I was treated to the most heavenly head massage, which made all of my stresses completely melt away. John then discussed exactly what I was after with the blow-dry (smooth, glossy with a bit of volume) and got to work. I’ve never seen the technique he used before, but it was genius. Rather than the regular barrel brush from root to tip, he used a shorter brush to achieve volume at the roots, then finished everything off with the barrel brushes. The result was smooth shiny hair that had an amazing amount of bounce. I do wish I wasn’t the world’s most awkward selfie-taker, and it was an absolute work of art!  I felt so good with my new ‘do that I just had to go have a wonder around the store, and ended up leaving, not only with a glossy mane, but a new pair of winter boots, and a pot of the Restructuring Treatment too!

A Champagne Blow Dry at the Electric Hairdressing Salon is priced at £40

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols and Electric Hairdressing for having me!

Electric Hair Dispensary Launch – Harvey Nichols Edinburgh*

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As I hinted at in my last post (here) two nights ago I enjoyed a wonderful evening in Harvey Nichols with Mark Woolley and his incredible Edinburgh team to celebrate the launch of the new Electric Hair Dispensary. It’s the only one of its type outside of London, and it’s a great idea. You can buy a duo of generous 500ml bottles (which have limited edition designs released each season) which is filled with your choice of Electric’s shampoo and conditioner in the salon from the achingly cool apothecary-esque dispensers.

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Once you’ve worked your way through the bottles, you can then return to the salon to get them filled up again complete with a discount compared to the price you would pay for the regular bottles. Every season, Electric Hairdressing are going to team up with an artist to create a limited edition design, and at the moment Paloma Faith (an Electric Hair client) is currently designing the next duo! I couldn’t resist the gorgeous design coupled with their amazing Hydrating Shampoo, so obviously had to pick one up!

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As if the unveiling of the dispensary wasn’t exciting enough, Mark and his team were also kind enough to give a couple of styling demonstrations which showed off how amazing the new Electric Hair Hairspray is! (You can read my review of it here.) The models gave the entire audience some serious hair envy, as Mark transformed the first girl from rollers, to sexy bedhead, to some incredible volume and then ended with a couple of ponytail ideas.

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It seemed that all he had to do was spritz the hair and give it a few strokes with a brush to take it from one style to the next.

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It was incredible to watch, and has rather inspired me to try to mix things up a little when it comes to my own hair as I do have a tendency to just opt for the same thing all the time!

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We then heard from Steve Robinson who works out of Electric’s Oxford salon, and even though he had had an awful time trying to travel up to Edinburgh, he performed an incredible demonstration where he recreated a hairstyle from Harvey Nichols’ fashion show which had opened London Fashion week.

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Again, the new ºC7 e.Spray played a major role in the look, as Steve used it to give hair a smooth, almost plastic-y sheen which was then contrasted with a rope braid.

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I adored how sleek the whole look was, and it was amazing to see such an editorial look up close! Who knew a ponytail could be so chic?! As if the evening wasn’t great enough, we were sent home with goody bags containing samples of (my favourite) Hydrating Shampoo as well as prizes which included blow outs and the special edition bottles of shampoo and conditioner.

The special edition reusable 500ml bottles of shampoo and conditioner are £55 each and are on sale in-store.

Thank you so much to Harvey Nichols and Electric Hair for inviting me to the launch of the new Dispensary.

Harvey Nichols Summer Sale

Victoria, Victoria Beckham at Harvey Nichols - Candy pink ruffle mini dr...

Victoria Beckham dress was £855 now £427.50

In my family there’s a bit of a running joke that the Harvey Nichols sale falls in the same week as my birthday every year. It’s rather beneficial as I can point clueless relatives in the direction of the shoe department and it always ends well.

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Vince mules were £315 now £157.50

Harvey Nichols sales are always my favourites – they don’t mess around with 10% off, instead the discounts are insane, and you can pick up pieces you’ve been drooling over for a serious saving.

Sophia Webster Exclusive at Harvey Nichols - Lola Gem bright pink satin ...

Sophia Webster pumps were £340 now £170

So, if you’re near a store, or a computer, log onto Harvey Nichols and treat yourself!

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