September favourites

You may have noticed some recent changes to The Fourth Month. I’m now residing at thefourthmonth.blog and pages like Food, Wellbeing and Shopping have returned to the site. In February, I wrote a blog about Changes, where I announced The Fourth Month would focus solely on the publishing industry and books. However, since I made this ‘niche’ for myself, I found myself completely uninspired. So I’ve decided to go back to my roots and The Fourth Month will be a mix and match of anything and everything once again.

In the spirit of embracing chaos, I am starting a monthly ‘favourites’ blog, which will be a list of random products from books and magazines to beauty and candles to delicious foodie treats.

Enjoy x


Breathe & Teen Breathe Magazine

I featured Issue One of Breathe Magazine in a blog last year (August 2016 Home Inspiration) when I first discovered this amazing publication. A year on and they have recently launched their sister magazine, Teen Breathe, which aims to help teens and young adults find a bit of peace and quiet in their hectic, social-media driven lives. The beautiful illustrations and peaceful content of Breathe magazines have resonated with me from day one. A year later and I’m still enjoying every issue. Not only does it look great on your coffee table but it’s bursting with ideas to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. I also think it’s pretty inexpensive as far as luxury magazines go. I recently subscribed so that I never miss an issue – I love it that much!

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If you’d like me to do a full review of the recent issues of Breathe magazine then please comment below or drop me a line at thefourthmonth@icloud.com.

Rustic bath shelf from Sainsbury’s

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Face cloths from Asda, candles from Aldi and Wax Lyrical UK, face mask and body scrub from Lush Cosmetics

I’ve been desperate for a bath shelf for AGES. I love running a hot bubble bath after a stressful day and some over-the-bath storage is the perfect addition to a soak in the tub. I picked this up in Sainsbury’s – their homeware selection is gorgeous – and I like to use it to show off my favourite bath time products: some rolled-up face cloths, Lush cosmetics and a couple of gorgeous candles. It’s like my own mini spa. There’s also room for a glass of wine (or two). If you’re on a budget, you can up-cycle an old wooden shelf for the same (if not better) effect.

Aldi Lime, Basil and Mandarin Candle

This Jo Malone dupe is getting ALL THE HYPE lately and I can see why. At £3.99, this supermarket candle will cost you 90% less than the real deal. While I’m not convinced about the ethics behind such a cheap dupe, I can confidently say that this candle smells just like the Jo Malone original and leaves a long-lasting, strong fragrance in the air. It also looks really luxurious and mimics the classic Jo Malone style beautifully. Ultimately, I will probably continue to splash out on a real Jo Malone candle once in a blue moon because you always get what you pay for but this Aldi dupe will definitely keep me going in-between – I’ve already bought three!

Mini lavender pots

I love a bargain! So I was pretty excited when I saw this set of three artificial miniature lavender plants in a cream wire basket reduced to £7 in Tesco. I skipped to the checkout and to my delight, these cuties were reduced even further – to £1.70! I couldn’t believe it. I love seeing these lavender plants perched on my kitchen windowsill every morning. I haven’t seen them in any local Tesco stores since and I can’t find them online but you can get a similar set from Melody Maison for only £8.95.

Try adding a couple of drops of real lavender essence to give some authenticity your artificial plants. Lavender oil has some wonderful healing properties which make it a great bedtime companion.

Lazy Sunday Coffee

Jamie and I recently bought a coffee grinder and French Press from IKEA so that we could enjoy freshly ground coffee in the mornings instead of instant. However, I often find fresh coffee too strong or too bitter but I was pleasantly surprised by Taylor’s of Harrogate’s ‘Lazy Sunday’ coffee. With hints of hazelnut and citrus, these coffee beans don’t claim to be “knock-your-socks-off, drag-you-awake coffee.” Instead, this is “coffee for lie-ins and Sunday papers, for lazy mornings with your feet on the sofa.” If I was a cup of coffee, this is what I would be.

You can buy three bags of Taylors of Harrogate Lazy Sunday Medium Roast Ground Coffee for £8.65 on Amazon.

On the subject of coffee, we’re thinking about getting a proper barista coffee machine for our Christmas this year. Do you have any recommendations or know of any coffee machines we should steer clear of? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Instagram.


What are you loving this September? The weather is cooling and it’s time to break out the hats and scarves again. Do you have any go-to products for Autumn? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram.

Get Cosy with Candleisima

This is the last time I’ll post homeware inspiration on The Fourth Month now that I have transitioned to only literary and publishing related posts. However, I saved a real good ‘un for last!

Way back in December, in my Christmas ‘Good Gift’ Guide, I mentioned two candles that I would like to try. The first being a Song of the Sea candle from Candleisima. I loved this slick, luxury aesthetic and, as someone who loves to be by the seaside, I was enticed by the idea of a candle scented with juniper, salt and seaweed. I was fortunate enough to get in touch with Szilvia from Candleisima who kindly offered to let me trial a couple of scents. She sent me a small sample of ‘Song of the Sea’, which is as entrancing as I had imagined, and a large ‘Cranberry Bliss’ candle which reminds me of one of my favourite Yankee festive candles.

Candleisima candles are created by hand in small batches ensuring that all candles are of the highest quality with an extra helping of love added to the ingredients. One of the main selling points for me is that their candles are made of natural soy wax with cotton and linen wicks so you can enjoy your candle without any toxins. They use high-quality fragrance oils to help you relax and they are currently experimenting with soy wax and coconut oil to make all natural coconut candles. I am excited to try one of those! Like me, Szilvia is passionate about lovely handmade products with quality ingredients.

‘Song of the Sea’ was my anticipated fragrance and as I write this blog it is burning on my desk. Inspired by British sea shores, it is scented with juniper, salt and seaweed, which leaves my room smelling fresh and piney. As someone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer screen and not getting enough fresh air, this is a real treat. You can buy a small tin for £4.99 or a full-size candle for £9.99.

In contrast to the salty ‘Song of the Sea’, ‘Cranberry Bliss’ is a fruity delight with a hint of cinnamon making it a sweet addition to the home. It was part of the festive range alongside the spicy cinnamon ‘Silent Night’ and the crisp and clean ‘Winter Wonderland.’ These limited edition candles come in a red glass as opposed to the slick black that encases the other candles. I keep a lot of candles in my room but when I come home from a long day this is the only thing I can smell when I walk in the door is ‘Cranberry Bliss.’ It is powerfully scented with natural oils and smells like sweet, juicy cranberry sauce. I haven’t even burned this candle yet so I am super excited to discover how good it smells when I do. I can’t wait to run a hot bubble bath and get this on because I just adore the fragrance. You can still buy one for £10.99 but there are only 20 left in stock so be quick.

Other fragrances I’d love to try out include ‘Orange Choco Chip’; I have yet to own a chocolate scented candle and it’s something I’d like to try in the hope that it helps with some of my indulgent tendencies. Plus, Jamie loves all things chocolate orange so I think he’d really like this burning too. I would also love to get my hands on ‘Citrus Basil Salad’ because I am a huge fan of Jo Malone’s Lime Basil & Mandarin collection and I think they would be pretty similar.

All these candles are made with pure soy wax and cotton-linen wick so they are as natural as possible, with a few splashes of high-quality cosmetics grade fragrance oils for a measure of luxury. Szilvia is continually experimenting with new ingredients and products so I’m excited to see what she comes up with next and I’m sure she’ll go from strength to strength with these gorgeous candles. Every one of them is made in her home by order with her own bare hands and that’s the kind of dedication and heart that I love showcasing in my home.


Check out Candleisima and create a cosy atmosphere for your next reading adventure with one of their candles

Christmas ‘Good Gift’ Guide – Under £25

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably have seen me talking about ethical shopping quite a bit. I am far from perfect (sometimes Amazon Next Day Delivery is just TOO CONVENIENT) but I have been trying to buy my gifts from local or independent sellers. It’s important to be aware of where your things come from and what you’re spending your hard earned cash on. A ‘good gift’ supports independent shopping and ethical products.
To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, I have put together a collection of some gorgeous gift ideas from Etsy that won’t break the bank . I came across all of these while doing my own Christmas shopping but they didn’t make the final cut so I thought I would share them with you all instead.

Candles & Lights

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Song of the Sea Candle from Candleisima – £9.99

Candleisima candles are officially at the top of my wish list. They are so classy and this one is scented like juniper, salt and seaweed, which makes it a perfect gift for anyone that loves being by the coast.

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Floral Votive Gift Set from Lace Emporium – £16.99

These delicate floral candles are so pretty I would be too frightened to burn them. They’re also organic and come in recycled packaging!

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Harry Potter Fairy Lights from Bristol Folds – from £22.50

OMG. These origami heart fairy lights are made from pages of Harry Potter making it the most adorable and unique gift for your favourite muggle.


Kitchen & Bathroom

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Girl Boss Mug from TheBestOfMeDesigns – £10

This mug is ideal for any badass women who are getting sh** done. Be quick: if you want to get this mug in time for Christmas you need to order by the 12th December.

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Personalised Breakfast Tray from Applecratescouk – £15.99

I actually saw this a few months ago and added it to my own personal wish list. It’s a lovely idea especially for a couple who have just moved into a new home.


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Vegan Drinking Chocolate with Raw Chocolate Hearts from Lovelight Chocolate – £12

Why don’t you spread a little cruelty-free cheer this Christmas with Lovelight’s vegan and organic chocolate gifts? All the festive indulgence with none of the guilt.

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Tea Taster Selection from Tea Belly Teas – £10

This gift box is the ultimate pressie for tea lovers. It contains Double Mint Brew, Sleepy Brew, Lemon & Ginger Brew, Detox Brew & Rosen-Berry Brew and each taster pack makes 3-4 cups of herbal tea. Absolute bargain!


Beauty

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Men’s Grooming Gift Set from Emina Botanic Boutique – £20

I don’t know about you but I really struggle to buy for the men in my life but this dreamy gift set (all natural and vegan) would make a gorgeous gift for under the tree. Hey, eucalyptus and peppermint aren’t reserved for men so it would be a lovely gift for ladies too.

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It’s a Wonderful Life soap from Wee Tree Soap – £4

You guys already know I love Wee Tree Soap so I don’t need to tell you why these vegan, natural soaps are awesome but this limited edition has the added bonus of Christmas joy! At four quid, it’d make a brilliant stocking filler.


What ethical gifts have you bought this year? I’d love to chat all things Christmas over on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

October 2016 Inspiration

Yet again I ran out of time for my monthly inspiration post but I really love these blogs so better late than never. Life has been totally hectic with my uni workload, placement at Scottish Book Trust and starting work as a freelancer for Gray Line Iceland. Luckily, I knew which products I was desperate to share with you so that made my job a lot easier. Here are my favourites from October.

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1. Humble Stuff Cleaning Products, £5

If you read my full review of Humble Stuff then you’ll know Humble Stuff is my latest cruelty-free discovery and I’ll never go back to cleaning with commercial products! These beautiful and naturally scented cleaners will make your house smell and look amazing. Humble Stuff is a small company run by the wonderful Marie based in my favourite city, Glasgow. Humble Stuff are currently making Winter Blend scented products as the festive period approaches so don’t miss out!

Check out these lovely earth friendly products on Etsy and follow HumbleStuff on Twitter.

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2. Meraki Villainous Candles, £17.99

I’ve raved about Meraki Candles on my blog before (July 2016 Homespiration: Candle Edition and Why I Love Meraki Candles) and I post a lot of pictures of these literary candles on my Instagram too. This is the first Meraki Candle box I’ve purchased and I was not disappointed. It is villainous themed in the spirit of all things Halloween! This box came with four small tin candles in a variety of spooky books scents (Darkling, Umbridge, Black Jack Randall and Demogorgon) as well as some amazing villainous book merchandise. I’ll be writing a full unboxing post soon so I won’t give too much away but I definitely recommend Meraki Candles monthly boxes. You can buy the December ‘Tale as Old as Time’ box on Etsy, it’ll make a gorgeous Christmas gift.

Buy some literary candles on Meraki Candles’ Etsy site. You can follow Heather on Twitter and Instagram.

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3. Shari Scribbles Outlander Bookmarks, £6.31

I received a little magnetic Jamie Fraser bookmark in the amazing Nerdy Post Outlander box (full unboxing coming soon) It came with a unique 15% off code for the Shari Scribbles store. Within minutes I was on Etsy buying the regular sized Claire and Jamie ‘Outlander Wedding’ set. Shari is the sweetest seller and all of her bookmarks are very reasonably priced. The next on my wishlist is the set of Stranger Things bookmarks to match my Meraki Demogorgon candle!

Shop Shari Scribbles Bookmarks on Etsy and follow Shari on Instagram.

As always, you can gather more inspiration on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Humble Stuff: Cruelty-Free Cleaning

Since I moved to Edinburgh last month, I’ve had to learn to become a real adult – yes, that’s right, I have to do things like washing my own clothes and cooking my own meals. Shocking! My flatmates and I share a cleaning rota to make sure our little flat is shining like a new shilling and this week it was my turn to clean the bathroom which meant I had the chance to use my gorgeous Humble Stuff cleaning products.

I first found out about Humble Stuff on Twitter and I contacted the lovely Marie to find out if they’d be interested in collaborating with The Fourth Month as I am keen to promote cruelty-free homeware just like Wee Tree Soaps: Part 1. Marie was more than happy to get involved and agreed to send me a package of her fantastic products so that I could share their awesomeness with you all!

Humble Stuff is a range of cruelty-free, eco-friendly cleaning products. They’re handmade in Scotland (based in Glasgow) and all their ingredients are fresh and sustainable. I’m struggling to see why they’re called Humble Stuff because these cleaning products are really something to brag about. They’re the UK’s first producer of handmade cleaning products and, with no artificial fragrances or harsh chemicals, they are doing something really amazing for the earth!

It all originated with Marie who has been a self-employed domestic cleaner for over ten years but was fed up of using toxic cleaning products. In search for an alternative, she discovered traditional methods like bicarbonate of soda and vinegar could  be used to clean just about everything. Marie continued to research and experiment with non-toxic cleaning solutions with the support of her clients and eventually took the plunge (pardon the bad toilet pun) and took her cruelty-free cleaning products to Trading Standards. Marie now sells these products at fairs and festivals and has gone on to win the prestigious #SBS award (Small Business Sunday)

I received all three of Marie’s ethical cleaning products in my parcel and I’ve now used them all to clean my new flat. Here’s what I thought:


1. Multi Surface Cleaning Spray, £5

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This is the product I will use the most out of the three. Multi surface cleaning sprays are a gal’s best friend; I use it on the kitchen counters, bathroom surfaces and my desk and bedside cabinet. Each spray is handmade with you in mind so you can choose from a variety of beautiful scents: Blood Orange (Limited Edition Halloween scent), Lemon Myrtle, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lime & Eucalyptus or go Fragrance Free. My spray was Lemon Myrtle and I am so pleased with it because I am a sucker for all things lemony. This leaves your surfaces smelling citrusy fresh, which makes a pleasant change from the chemical smells a lot of anti-bac sprays have.

It’s only £5 and you can buy it on Etsy.

2. Soft Cleaning Paste, £5

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This soft cleaning paste goes back to traditional cleaning methods as it is made up of sodium bicarbonate and organic Castile soap.  It is tough on grime and dirt so you can use it for greasy kitchen utensils. I used this paste on the shower tiles and bathroom taps and they were sparkling in a few minutes. You simply mix in 1 teaspoon of the paste with 500ml of hot water and use a microfibre cloth to buff whichever surface you’re cleaning. Again, you can choose from a variety of scents so your house will be smelling and looking like paradise in no time. I got Lemon Myrtle and, like the multi-surface spray, it left my bathroom smelling like lemon cheesecake.

It’s £5 too and you can grab a 250g tub on Etsy. 

3. Toilet Freshener, £5

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These sticks were probably my surprising favourite from the bunch – mostly because they require little to no effort on my part. The box contains a minimum of 12 fizzing toilet sticks. You pop one in the toilet, let it fizzle to freshen the bowl, scrub or just flush away. It’s old-school and uses bicarbonate of Soda and citric acid infused with 100% pure essential oils. Choose from Grapefruit & Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Fragrance Free. I got Lavender and Patchouli sticks; the smell is really soothing and if you read my blog you’ll know I’m a big advocate for the use of lavender oil. The best thing about these sticks is that it allows you to clean your toilet without using any stringent chemicals that harm aquatic life once they’re flushed away. Your bathroom will smell amazing without any guilt!

These sticks are also £5 and available on Etsy. 


Something to remember: these products are made with fresh ingredients so there is a recommended use-by date. Don’t stick these in the back of the cleaning cupboard and forget about them until next your Spring clean. Get use out of them!

If you’re interested in trying some of these products, Humble Stuff offer a special deal: all 3 products for only £12.

Not only will your house be sparkling clean but by using Humble Stuff you are supporting an environmentally friendly way of living as well as an independent company. Independent and ethical shopping is the way forward so do your bit by ditching the toxins and using Humble Stuff around the house.

Find out more about Humble Stuff on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Check out their website and buy their cleaning products on Etsy.


If you’re interested in more ethical products, check out my review of Wee Tree Soaps: Part 1 for vegan-friendly soaps and July 2016 Homespiration: Candle Edition for cruelty-free candles. Keep an eye on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates.

Zoella Lifestyle: Indie Dupes

Everyone is going nuts for Zoella’s gorgeous new range of lifestyle and homeware goodies and  I can see why.

They are beautiful and very affordable. The rose gold, copper and marble theme  is 100% on trend and a blogger’s dream-come-true. I would be lying if I said I’m not tempted to invest in her On My Travels set but the truth is there are thousands of incredible handcrafted and independent stores online who are doing the same thing with nowhere near the same amount of exposure!

Zoella’s success is incredible and inspiring to any blogger or any female with ambition but, let’s face it, she’s a millionaire and I think she will cope with a few less sales if some of us opt to support independent stores instead. So I’ve compiled a few dupes to spark your imagination. Next time you find a high-street product that you adore, why not search Etsy for an independent/local equivalent? All of the Etsy stores I have included in this post are UK based and none of them have sponsored me to write this blog.

Hover over the photos for links to their original source.


Zoella ‘Write on Point’ Pencils, £5 versus PoshGirlCo ‘Time For Champagne’ Pencils, £5

 

Like I said, Zoella’s pencils are really on trend with their rose gold and copper design but the quirky and celebratory messages that feature on every PoshGirlCo pencil make them really stand out. According to the Etsy store: “they’re designed from the comfort of silky pyjamas, snuggle blankets and a glass of rosé.” My personal favourite is their girly Time For Champagne Pencil Pack! Their pencils make a great gift; there are multipacks for graduations and weddings and for those with wanderlust they have a cool City Pack. I love supporting independent designers and PoshGirlCo was set up by two Fashion Marketing and Graphic Design graduates in England so it’s awesome to see the work they’re creating post-University. Their designs are so up my street and I’m enchanted by their “crazy, pink, confetti world.” They are  going straight into my Etsy wishlist!


Zoella ‘My Eden’ Candle, £10 versus MoBros ‘Wild Bluebell’ Classic Range Candle, £9.99*

I can’t find any information about the size or burning time of Zoella’s new candle range (that’s strike one for me already) so I guess they’re about the equivalent of the wonderful MoBros Candles‘ Classic Range. The Classic Range candles retail at £19.99* which is pricy but FEAR NOT: MoBros offer a whopping 50% off all of their Classic Range candles when you use the Mo50 discount code at checkout. I also offer a unique 10% discount code for purchases on their site: APRIL10. The ‘My Eden’ fragrance is described as the scent of a garden in full bloom: Fresh roses, jasmine and luscious geraniums float on a warm summer breeze. Similarly, the Wild Bluebell candle has top notes of crisp green leaves, bluebells and hyacinths and mid notes of jasmine, freesia, orange and gardenia. If you like soft floral scents then I seriously recommend this candle. It is one of my favourite fragrances ever and MoBros produce some of the highest quality candles I’ve come across. Bonus points: it’s an independent company based in my favourite city, Glasgow, and Jonathan who runs this small company is a seriously lovely guy! I’ve written more about why I love their candles in my Everything You Need To Know About MoBros Candles blog.


Zoella ‘Naps Fix Everything’ Cushion, £12 versus PopTeeCush ‘Nap Queen’ Cushion, £14.99

Fellow nap-lovers: if you are looking for a cushion that professes your love for napping on your behalf but also want to support independent shopping then look no further than the awesome PopTeeCush store. As their name suggests they make pop art pieces, t-shirts and cushions and I’m really digging this ‘Nap Queen’ cushion. Yes, it is slightly more expensive than Zoella‘s adorable throw cushion but you can opt for the cover only at £8.99 and buy your own cheap cushion insert if you want to save a few pounds. The PopTeeCush design is definitely aimed at the more suave and sophisticated nap-lover and will make a great addition to any bedspread or couch. Sunday afternoon snoozes will never be the same again!


Zoella ‘Once Upon A Time’ Journal, £12 versus RachelEmmaStudio ‘Stop Perfectionisting’ Journal, £7.50

There is a myth about buying independent and handmade products that they’re always more expensive than their high-street and commercial siblings but this gorgeous rose gold foil notebook by Rachel Emma Studio disproves this as it’s a mere £7.50 compared to Zoella’s £12 journal. Personally, I think the handcrafted RachelEmmaStudio notebook is prettier and I love that it is handcrafted with love. AND they accept custom orders so you could get your notebook customised with your name or your favourite motivational quote. They do loads of cute designs which are similar to Zoella’s trendy lifestyle range. I’m also loving the Read More Books Print.


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Mad Dog, Cheese & Winchin’: Claire Barclay Draws

Claire Barclay combines my love of Scotland, cheese puns and adorable illustrations in one beautiful and colourful online Etsy store.

Claire Barclay Draws epitomises why shopping independent is the best. Nowhere on the high street would you find so many Scottish culture gems, like this Mad Dog 20/20 print,  AND cheese puns, That’ll Brie Nice, all in one place. Through her greetings card, jewellery, tote bags, art prints and bunting, Claire combines nostalgic Scottish banter with vibrant pop culture and the result is magical.

I always smile when I receive my purchases from Claire. She delivers every time with amazing fun products and it’s even reflected through to her packaging! Would highly recommend. – Fay

Claire is animg_3910 illustrator and designer who works solo from her “wee studio” in Glasgow, Scotland. She loves making work based on funny elements of Scottish culture as well as anything else that’s jazzy, colourful or cute! She creates a whole range or products including greetings cards, art prints, tote bags and jewellery all with her quirky doodles on them. Claire also works on custom orders such as family/pet portraits and wedding invitations.

Super cute and super great also the Claire Barclay Draws customer service is amazing and one of the main reasons I will be a returning customer 🙂 – Jamie

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a bundle of Claire’s incredible designs and I can testify that the products are as adorable in person as they are on your computer screen. I received two awesome A4 prints, a gorgeous tote bag and a “cat lady” brooch.
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Designs by Claire Barclay and candle from Love Scottish Candles

Art

I’m originally from bonnie Ayrshire but after four years studying at The University of Glasgow, I’m a self-confessed Glasgow wean who is now living in Edinburgh. Claire’s Glasgow Girl designs were just so fitting for me so they were really what drew me in. Claire’s illustrations are personal and you can really engage with them. They’ll have you and your friends giggling with a sense of nostalgia that I don’t think many people are capturing in the same way Claire is.
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Claire managed to combine both my new home and my love of Glasgow in the two art prints I received: Edinburgh Girl and You Can Take The Girl Outta Glasgow, But You Can’t Take Glasgow Out The Girl. These make wonderful gifts for any Edinburgh or Glaswegian gals who want to show off their love of their city or memorabilia for a guest visiting the city for the first time. You can also have these prints personalised to showcase your own home city; I recently spotted a Paisley Girl print on Claire’s on Instagram, which you can buy in the Slug in a Bottle Shop that will be popping up in Paisley soon.
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For anyone that grew up in Scotland, there a few special items that will definitely capture your hearts and imaginations. I’m sure many a Scot’s teenage years were spent drinking one of the following: Tennents, Buckfast, Mad Dog, Lambrini, or Frosty Jack’s – which brings back fond memories of shoving my drunk boyfriend into the back of a taxi after he drank a bottle of ‘fabulous Frosty’s’ at a house party in Glasgow. Claire pokes fun of Scottish youth culture with a variety of prints, greetings cards and jewellery.

Fashion

Claire Barclay herself is a bit of a fashionista and self-proclaimed “jazzy outfit enthusiast” so the jewellery and tote bags she offers are just the cutest. I am so in love with my Glasgow Girl tote but, unfortunately, it has met a sad fate in an accidental washing machine fatality. As long as you don’t mix yours in with a hot wash of towels then you are sure to have a gorgeous tote bag with a long life and the ability to get everyone talking and smiling.

I keep my Cat Lady brooch pinned to my Alohomora Design tote and proudly display it at University every day. It is super cute and sturdy and, if nothing else, it sparks that age-old debate: do you prefer cats or dogs? If you are inclined to obsess over our feline friends then you need one of these little pins in your life. Claire’s brooches range from £3.50 to £9 depending on which design you’re looking for and they look awesome pinned to an oversized denim jacket. Other designs include Geeze a WinchGeein’ It Laldi and, for those of you looking for something less Scottish, there’s a motivational Be Happy brooch.

Claire also makes necklaces (like this quirky and colourful Unicorn Necklace) and earrings (my personal favourite: Taps Aff earrings)


Follow Claire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out her Etsy page and don’t forget my 15% off code expires at the end of October so hurry, hurry!