Thursday, 19 May 2016

Favourite Posts of the Week

I wanted to try something new to help promote some of the amazing Edinburgh Bloggers by sharing my 5 favourite blog posts from the week. If you want your latest post to be included, make sure you are on our blog roll so we can find you.

In no particular order here are my 5 favourite posts from this week:

Ultimo Styling. Ultimo Fun by Little Kaatie's Little Thoughts.
Katie has been sharing all the details from the recent Ultimo event at Jenners. Now I may be bias since I was also at the event, but this was one of the most creative and exciting events Edinburgh has had in a while. When else to you get free run to try on clothes and have your photos taken in Jenners. Katie looks so beautiful in her pictures (when doesn't she) and has made me want to go check out the Ultimo range in Jenners.

Reflections on Recovery by Urbanity Blog
A vulnerable and honest post from Ruth sharing her own journey to recovery. Ruth reflects on her experience of anorexia and the important factors in her journey to recovery. This must have been a difficult post to write (and put online) and I'm proud of the positive steps Ruth has taken to aid her own recovery - she is one inspiring woman.

I Dream of Shapes x Flaminosaurus Rex by Wardrobe Conversations
Kimberley from Wardrobe Conversations has been sharing all the gossip (and behind the scenes pics) from the recent bloggers photo shoot for local brand I Dream of Shapes, which will be stocked in Flaminosaurus Rex (a new studio/shop in Bruntsfield). You'll fall in love with the clothes and will be queuing up to be part of the next photo shoot after reading this post.

Have you met...Tuk Tuk? by Talor Gilchrist
Talor is talking to Indian restaurant Tuk Tuk in this weeks post. Be warned this post contains food pictures which will make you crave a curry. Talking to the owners is a unique method of working with a restaurant as a blogger. As a reader its interesting to hear the owners thoughts on their own restaurant and the photos make me want a curry right now.

How to Start a Youtube Channel by Layoutlines
A good old fashioned advice post over on Layoutlines this week. This post will be incrediably useful to anyone thinking of venturing in the world of Youtube. Sonia covers all the basics involved in developing a Youtube channel as well as sharing an insight into her own experience.

So there you have it my favourite posts by Edinburgh Bloggers from the week. Let me know your favourites in the comments and let me know if you have a post you'd like included in next week's post.

Jen x

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Press Release: Fashioning a Reign

Exhibition opens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday The first of three special exhibitions, Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe, is now open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

The group of outfits, which chart Her Majesty's life and reign from childhood to the present day, and represent family, official and ceremonial occasions, is the largest display of The Queen's dress ever shown in Scotland.

For public appearances during childhood, Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret often wore formal dress, such as the pink, princess-line coats and matching bonnets in the exhibition. These outfits were worn by the Princesses, aged nine and five respectively, for a Service of Thanksgiving for the Silver Jubilee of their grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, at St Paul's Cathedral on 6 May 1935. Princess Elizabeth also wore the coat for an official visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse with their parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

The British couturier Norman Hartnell, who was knighted for his services to the Royal Household in 1997, first began designing for the then Princess Elizabeth in the 1940s. For a State Banquet at the Royal Palace of Bangkok, during Her Majesty's State Visit to Thailand in February 1972, he created a silk-cotton evening gown for The Queen, encrusted with crystals, sequins, beads and diamantes. The panels of rich golden fabric in the skirt and the coordinating jewelled embroidery are in the colours of the highest order of chivalry in Thailand, the Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri.

The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle is second only in precedence to the Order of the Garter and represents the highest honour in Scotland. As Sovereign Head of the Order, Her Majesty wears the mantle, hat and insignia of the Order on ceremonial occasions, such as the installation of a Knight of the Order at the Thistle Chapel at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. The mantle, on display for the first time, is of dark-green velvet, lined with white, and is embroidered with a representation of the Star of the Order. The hat of black velvet has a plume of white ostrich feathers and an embroidered badge of a thistle, surrounded by the motto of the Order 'Nemo me impune lacessit' (No one harms me with impunity).

A ruby, gold and diamond brooch, presented to The Queen by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1966, was designed by Andrew Grima and is an example of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's patronage of British design. Grima was the only jewellery designer to be awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Elegant Design, which was established in 1959 and given to a designer of 'a contemporary design in current production distinguished by its elegance'.  Grima, who trained as an engineer, was subsequently awarded The Queen's Award for Industry and the Royal Warrant.

The exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be followed by exhibitions at the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from 23 July 2016 and at Windsor Castle from 17 September 2016. In total, around 150 outfits worn by The Queen will be presented across the three Palaces, many chosen because of their close association with the location.