Hello! So a couple of weeks ago I was invited to a local bloggers' Autumn/Winter Fashion Preview evening at Hamish Munro in Aberdeen by the lovely and amazing Anastasia over at NatBees. Just a couple of days home from my sweltering August visit to Massachusetts, I figured it was as good a time as any to resign myself to the fact that, so sayeth the Starks of Winterfell, winter is indeed coming to Scotland!
I won't lie, the thought of Autumn and cooler (even cooler in Scotland) temperatures does not fill my heart with joy. Saying that, I am partial to a nice wooly knit and a cozy boot, something Hamish Munro has been offering up the local citizens from their West End boutique for almost 90 years! I have often had a browse through their particularly bountiful and elegant selection of shoes and boots over the years. So the opportunity for a private snoop was indeed tempting!
A rainbow coloured shoe cabinet display is basically the wardrobe of my dreams.
The selection of quality footwear really is hard to beat -the shoes are all quality brands sourced in Europe. The lace up Victorian boots below left are definitely calling my name!
Also these wine strappy Pikolino numbers - yes please!
If you don't like looking at shoes, well...prepare to look away now...because apparently I am a shoe-a-holic. I think what I really loved about the dress shoes in store were the great selection of modest/retro type heels that feel far more do-able to me than most dressy shoes. If I am lucky enough to have any holiday parties to go to I will be sorely tempted by some of the offerings here.
These chunky glitter Mary Janes are definitely going on my "If I am extra good pretty please Santa list" Pictures don't do them justice, they are seriously adorable.
If you prefer your glitter in comfy trainer form, well you are in luck there too, these sparkly Superga beauties were also calling my name.
Along with the amazing shoe selection, Hamish Munro does a rather impressive balance of carefully selected party wear, cozy knits with an emphasis on Scottish cashmere, a great selection of stylish winter warmer jackets, and probably my favourite, a sweet plaid (sorry tartan!) shirt selection that brings me back to my college days when flannel and plaid were my wardrobe mainstays. Yes, I am officially old enough that my college wardrobe is now a fashion re-boot!
|90's grunge lumberjack chic is back!|
|Oakwood down winter warmer|
|This star print cashmere jumper from Brodie was giving us all the luxe drools|
I found Hamish Munro's accessory and jewellery collection quite funky and modern. The pieces are dotted throughout the store casually, so when I spotted something I liked I did get that magpie discovering a shiny new thing feeling!
|I really love the hammered metal and bead jewellery by Tutti & Co., it is crying out for a visit to a Florida beach am I right?! ;-)|
|Fluffy warm hats - go check out my pal Iga's post to see them modelled adorably!|
The icing on the cake of this sweet event was that Hamish Munro collaborated with several of their brands, as well as local gift shop Nova, to treat us to some beyond lovely goodie bags.
|Katie Loxton's logo clutches are my new favourite thing ever, they come in all different colours with various witty slogans.|
Hamish Munro also generously gifted us all with sets of jewellery by Miss Dee and a chunky heart keyring- some of us got silver, others including myself rose gold, in several different variants. I have to say I really love mine, I had a rose gold heart shaped gap in my jewellery drawer I didn't know was there!
|Jewellery Miss Dee. Spotted Tote bag Part Two|
Hamish Munro gifted us all with pretty scarves by Part Two in all different colours and fabrics, I was really pleased with the colours of my muted autumnal scarf, it will be perfect for the upcoming chilly weather.
Also keeping out the winter chill will be these bejewelled gloves by Powder which match my clutch!
|Sparkly warm gloves by Powder!|
We also received a mug and some mini lotions and bits and bobs from Gabor, one of my favourite "I wish I could affort to wear only their comfy half sized shoes" lines! It was a very generous collaborative effort from Hamish Munro and the West End business group, and we learned they often do things like this for one another for customer nights and events, which I think is really nice. I think so many people who come into Aberdeen to shop nowadays forget there is life outside Union Square - yes, it is convenient to the train station, but the cobbled streets, boutiques, cafes and personal charm of the West End are a very important part of what makes Aberdeen unique, it is well worth exploring on your next visit!
Thank you for reading. I wrote this post as a courtesy, I was not asked to write about the event and all opinions are my own.