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Five Reasons to go to FRESH 14

15 Sep 2014

Glasgow University's freshers' fair promises free food, drink, dance and more

Drink up Far be it for us to perpetuate the broke student stereotype, but who says no to free food and drinks? There’ll be Keglevich vodka shots and Rekorderlig cider doing the rounds, plus Chicken Cottage and Crolla’s ice-cream. You know, all the…

Student Guide 2014: three of the best independent shops in Edinburgh

10 Sep 2014

Recommendations on where to spend your loan, including Herman Brown, Real Foods and Oxfam Music

Herman Brown This remains one of Edinburgh’s best spots for secondhand clothes - there’s an abundance of excellent charity shops in town, but for uncluttered, reasonably priced, hand-picked vintage shoes, jewellery and clothes, Herman Brown (and…

Student Guide 2014: three of the best independent shops in Glasgow

10 Sep 2014

Recommendations on where to spend your loan, including Artstore, Circa Vintage and Voltaire and Rous

Artstore Load up with oil paints, stationery, sketchbooks and materials for lino prints, screen prints, sculpture and illustration in this Aladdin’s cave of art supplies, which offers 10% off for students. There’s a city centre branch opposite the…

End-of-year fashion shows display fresh talent from Glasgow and Edinburgh's Art Schools

18 Mar 2014

Names to look out for include Joanna Dixon, Natasha Samasuwo, Salwa McGill and Colleen Leitch

Syrian techno from the ultimate wedding-party DJ, Omar Souleyman, and squelchy Nigerian funk from the mysterious William Onyeabor boomed from the no-nonsense Art School’s speakers on the opening night of the GSA’s Third Year Fashion Show. There was a…

How to have a perfect wedding without blowing the budget

24 Feb 2014

Knot & Pop and The Stitchery are just two organisations helping people have inexpensive weddings

For the blissfully engaged but not blinded by love, avoiding the traditional frillfest wedding is, thankfully, getting easier. The internet contains endless blogs and image-sharing sites full of inspiration, so instead of throwing in your lot with an…

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Interview: Laura Mac, co-founder of Glad Rags Thrift Shop

4 Feb 2014

A new secondhand clothes shop in Glasgow's southside, from the folks who brought you The Glad Cafe

Warmly welcomed and slotting successfully into the missing gap of vintage and thrift shops in the southside of Glasgow, Glad Rags Thrift is the new next door neighbour to sister business and entertainment hub, The Glad Café. Creating a marriage between…

Interview: Abdoulie Jagne of fashion project Mimosa Life

30 Jan 2014

The project incorporates live fashion events, design and blogging

A symbiotic union of fashion and club life, Mimosa Life is emerging as one of Glasgow’s most impressive new sartorial platforms. Part street blog, part events business and part fashion design team, Mimosa Life sewed itself into being in 2012 by four…

Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Glasgow and Edinburgh Christmas Markets round up

9 Dec 2013

The best places to get your hands on some crafty, foodie and retro gifts before Christmas

Glasgow By far the biggest and most popular in the city, Glasgow Christmas market (St Enoch's Square, Sat 16 Nov-Mon 23 Dec) offers shoppers a wide selection of gifts and food and drink from local produce to more exotic delights. Meanwhile, The…

5 of the best Christmas craft markets in Edinburgh and Glasgow

22 Nov 2013

South Block Christmas Market A weekend pop-up in the Merchant City, featuring the quality knitwear of Orkney-based Hilary Grant and Glasgow jeweller/ scarf maker, Kirsteen Stewart. South Block, Osborne St, Glasgow, opening evening, Thu 21 Nov, 6–9pm…

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The best student fashion - to take you from lecture hall to house party

9 Sep 2013

Girls and Boys fashion from Life Story, Eden and HB Electronics at Herman Brown

Life’s too short to plan multiple outfits for the same day, so we’ve done it for you. After scouring some of Edinburgh’s finest independent boutiques, we present our guide to making the tricky fashion leap from daytime lecture-hopping to night-time…

Hemingway Design bring their Vintage Festival to Glasgow

11 Jul 2013

Out with the new, in with the old: a weekend to party like it's 1939

Festivals? They’re so last century. No, really. Scotland’s first Vintage Festival (Glasgow, Sat 27--Sun 28 Jul), run by Red Or Dead’s Wayne Hemingway, takes a Quickstep back in time to somewhere between the 1920s and the 1980s and revels in the fashion…

Stockbridge fashion and homewares shop Dick's puts emphasis on quality and functionality

22 Apr 2013

Co-owner Andrew Dick has a 'passion for well-made, functional things – from clothing to homewares'

Why did you set up Dick’s? After being in London for years we wanted to be somewhere quieter, more compact. I was working in the newspaper industry (which is in a precarious state) and we fancied being close to one set of our parents. I’m from…

The best (anti-)Valentine's gift guide

25 Jan 2013

The perfect presents for both the pro-Valentine's romantics and anti-Valentine's cynics in your life

LOVED UP Utterly lost in Loveland, but not sure what to give without seeming like a total cheeseball? Or don’t know what to offer because you’ve only just begun dating? Or only got a fiver to your name? We’ve got a few ideas: Put a mixtape on a…

Food, print and zoo subscriptions - the perfect last minute gift

13 Dec 2012

Featuring animal adoption, monthly book and magazine subscriptions and early bird ticket offers

It’s 8am on Christmas morning. All the stockings have been opened. Wrapping paper is strewn everywhere. Grandpa’s on his third sherry. But you have one trick left up your sleeve: a gift that will last all year or, at least, a few months into…

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Festive fairs and markets in Glasgow and Edinburgh

13 Dec 2012

A round-up of the best places in both cities to get those last minute Christmas gifts

Glasgow Regular craft markets take a seasonal twist, with Granny Would Be Proud offering clothing and accessories with a retro twist (Hillhead Bookclub, 16, 23 Dec). Designers and makers will be showcasing their wares at The Lighthouse Design Markets…

Hot 100 2012: 69-60

11 Dec 2012

Rachel Sermanni, Limmy and Peter Capaldi among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

The best places to buy Christmas trees in Glasgow and Edinburgh

3 Dec 2012

Real Christmas trees, fake trees, wreaths, firewood and flowers

Caring Christmas Trees has outlets for their sustainably-farmed Nordmann Firs in various locations around the country, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Musselburgh, Paisley, Livingston and Fife. The ‘caring’ part of the title comes from…

Christmas activities in Edinburgh and Glasgow

16 Nov 2012

A round up of the best markets, concerts, light displays and sports events across the festive period

When does the Christmas season start for you? Is it a week before the 25th December, when you frantically check websites to see who’s still offering last-minute gift deliveries? Or is it OK to start drinking mulled wine as soon as Hallowe’en decorations…

Five great Christmas markets in Edinburgh and Glasgow

16 Nov 2012

The Lighthouse, Summerhall, Hillhead Book Club and more host festive markets this winter

Design Supermarkets A city centre market, upstairs at The Lighthouse. These two events will feature a range of sellers from the worlds of art, design and fashion, giving you two December dates to make a dent in your Christmas shopping list. The…

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Essential autumn fashion purchases

19 Oct 2012

Orkney-based knitwear designer Hilary Grant shares her fantasy autumn shopping list

1. Hello Jenuine’s notebooks are as beautiful as they are functional. The illustrated covers are screenprinted and hand bound. etsy.com/shop/hellojenuine, £7 2. Ally Capellino bags and leathergoods are produced in London and with responsible…

A buyer's guide to fashion photography

18 Sep 2012

Inspired by the Dundee V&A’s Selling Dreams exhibition, we find out where to buy fashion photo-lit

The artful ogle is celebrated this Autumn in Dundee, in the lead up to the V&A opening there in 2015. Beautifully captured moments from the fashion world are on show from the end of September – including a grainy, black and white one of Twiggy whizzing…

A guide to cheap deals for students in Glasgow and Edinburgh

31 Aug 2012

A quick guide on where to go for cheap films, music, travel, tech and more

We all know money can be tight as a student, so Niki Boyle and Suzanne Neilson do their homework and find you the cheapest tickets, greatest deals and biggest bargains CHEAP FILM The upsurge in movie piracy has led to a cinema industry eager to…

Design exhibition Scotland Can Make It showcases quality Commonwealth souvenirs

22 Aug 2012

The Panel-curated event dispenses with tartan tat in the run up to the 2014 Games

Enter ‘Scottish souvenir’ into your mental Google and what comes up? A crazy straw with a kilted bagpiper at the top? A See You Jimmy bunnet? What about a ceramic jelly mould based on the interior of Glasgow’s Rogano? A picnic blanket inspired by a…

Summerhall to host second Scottish Independent Music Fair

29 Jul 2012

The event brings together Scotland's finest independent labels and artists

Local, lovingly reared, carefully selected, packaged with care. Nope, it won’t be organic food being laid out across the stalls in Summerhall’s Dissection Hall. Just quality produce of the musical kind. Stuart Thomas from the Scottish Music Industry…