Saturday, 1 September 2012

Top blogs:

I've decided to dedicate this post to all of the great bloggers who inspired me to start my own blog.  Thanks so much guys, and please keep up the great work!

I think Rhiannon's was the first blog I ever kept up with, and I still look forward to reading her posts every time she updates.  She is one seriously talented photographer, and I usually just want to crawl inside all of her photos and live there, especially the ones taken around her home.  Although I didn't realise it at first, it was definitely Rhiannon's frame collage above her bed (shown below) that inspired my own!  I would call Sewn Branches a beautifully illustrated lifestyle blog, with plenty of inspirational posts and a few great music recommendations.  Rhiannon also has a website dedicated to her photography:, so check it out if you get the chance!

Gem is pretty much a celebrity (she's been on telly and everything) but her blog posts are so down to earth and chatty that I feel like I'm having a conversation with a friend when I read them.  She recently started working as a Web Assistant at Company Magazine, and writes quite a bit (as well as posting photos) about what she gets up to at work, which I find really interesting and exciting to read.  I also really enjoyed reading about her time spent at London Fashion Week this year and watching the daily vlogs she posted from there on YouTube.  Gem's blog is great for fashion and beauty how tos, as well as inspirational outfit posts (with a lot of charity shop items included, not just brand new, expensive clothes).

Scathingly Brilliant
Kate at Scathingly Brilliant has one of the most unique styles I've ever seen.  I think I have only seen one photo of her where she wasn't wearing a lovely dress, and her perfectly coiffed pink beehive is a wonder to behold.  She's also a fantastic illustrator and has some extremely cute cats.

Cupcake Couture

Rani of Cupcake Couture is a fellow Scottish blogger who also lives in Edinburgh.  Her content is usually a mixture of beauty and fashion, with the odd foodie post thrown in here and there for good measure (she loves eating out, and her baking looks tasty!).  I really like that the majority of her pub and restaurant recommendations are relevant to me!  Recently, Rani was on a dream road trip holiday in California, and her posts and photos from there are amazing, definitely worth checking out!

One Girl and a Blog
Rach is another local fashion and beauty blogger who has just moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh.  (Sometimes I wonder what I would do if I saw these girls out and about in town.  Probably get very shy and not say anything, because I'm silly...)  I really enjoy her outfit and Instagram posts, as I'm completely nosey when it comes to other peoples' lives!

A Taste of Paint
I briefly mentioned my best friend Emily's art blog in my last post, but she definitely deserves some elaboration and a lot more attention.  Above is probably her most famous and loved painting, which she featured in her final year Degree Show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art earlier this year.  I know we've been friends since we were two years old, and some people might say I'm biased, but I think Emily's work speaks for itself: she is such an incredible artist.  Even though uni is over, she is still painting in her own studio space, and I'm very proud of her for keeping it up!  Check out A Taste of Paint for more examples of her work, and for some great foodie posts too (her cooking is just as good as her painting!).

I do what I'm told...

Thinking about it, I have some really talented friends...  Tom is another of my great friends who I went to both high school and university with, and he also recently graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone with a degree in animation.  Below is a very early animation of Tom's that I have always loved and I think shows how talented he was, even at the very start of university!  (He did the music too!)

As well as being a mega talented animator, he is also a brilliant artist, and his sketches and caricatures are my favourite.  I'm always so honoured when he draws me, and he captures people so effortlessly that there is never any question as to who his subject is!  Below is a recent sketch that he drew of three friends, and I'm top right (huge, wonky smile, tiny eyes and big hair: that's definitely me!).  Since finishing uni, Tom often updates with daily drawing challenges, and I'm sure he will post links to any future animation projects that he gets involved in!

I do what I'm told...

A few more friends:
Laura's cakes always look inventive and delicious - a perfect combination if you ask me!  She often posts recipes and baking tips and tricks which may be of interest to any budding bakers out there!

Dinosaur Circus
Faye loves all things vintage, and puts real effort into blogging a variety of fashion, homeware and lifestyle posts.  Check out her recent post about her niece's amazing 2nd birthday party: so cute!

Viewed Through a Lens
Joanna regularly posts brilliant film reviews, written to a professional standard.  Her blog looks great, and she is a talented and driven writer who is definitely going places!  Just watch this space...

Beauty and Baggage
I used to chat with Seonaid in class during our very last semester of uni, and it was only after the semester ended that I discovered she was already a well established beauty blogger!  She's extremely dedicated to her blog, and always has lots of great content to read (if beauty products are your thing, of course!).  Seonaid was recently nominated for a Cosmopolitan Blog Award in the category of Best New Beauty Blog, which I think is such an amazing achievement!  You can register and vote for her here:, and please do if you read and enjoy Beauty and Baggage!

A special mention also goes out to: Violet LuluTales for Karina MarieA Rosie Outlook and A Blessed Unrest whose blogs I also regularly read and enjoy.

Thank you and congratulations if you have made it to the end of this post, I know it's been a wordy one!  If you've made it through, you probably deserve a medal, or something.  Please feel free to recommend your favourite bloggers to me, I love having new blogs to read!


  1. YOU ARE THE BEST. Thanks for the best mention ever! Already checking out all the blogs you recommended!
    S xx

    1. You're very welcome! :) I hope you find one you enjoy reading! xx

  2. Aw man, I need a blog. Everyone has one.

  3. Awww, Thanks for the mention, you're so sweet! :) I love Gem's blog too, she's always so genuine and down to earth!
    Faye x

  4. Emily's and Tom's arty things = BOTH AMAZING GAH SO JEALOUS