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One year of being Green

Last week marked the one year anniversary of the Scottish Independence Referendum. Blogs, newspapers and my Facebook newsfeed were filling up with memories on both side of the debate. Whilst these memories and anecdotes are on point and I have a lot to say myself (you can read my contribution to Charlotte's post here) what I did want to talk about instead is the anniversary of my decision to join a political party.

Like a lot of people who voted yes, in the aftermath of the referendum I felt I had to do something. Like a lot of people, this something was join a political party. However, my decision to join the Scottish Green Party had been final after I heard Zara Kitson talk at a Republic meeting in Glasgow about two weeks before the vote took place (the same talk that convinced me to vote yes).

For the bulk of my life I considered myself a floating voter. For the most part I voted Liberal Democrats but that was also largely because for most of the years I've been legal to vote I lived in a constituency where the SNP and the Lib Dems were the only ones who could legitimately win. I had voted for the Scottish Greens on occasion but usually on the regional list or as part of the council voting system.

But I was sold on the Scottish Green Party on that night with Zara.

Admittedly I was still hesitant to join a party for the same reasons I never joined the Lib Dems. It felt like I was putting myself in a box. Even though I can still vote for another party when I'm alone in my voting booth it can still feel like a badge you have to carry with yourself. And not every member of a political party thinks exactly alike - could I be okay with some stances the Scottish Greens carry that I don't agree with myself? I was worried that me joining might have been a knee jerk reaction to the vote not going my way.

But one year on, despite some of my initial worries, joining a political party has been a great decision. Maybe one of my best decisions. Some of the benefits have been an increased knowledge of how the political system actually works, an increased knowledge of Green Party policies, the feeling that comes with knowing you're playing a part in making a difference, and even the social side of being a member (does give me something to do on a Tuesday night other than watch Holyoaks). And I also get to be a part of the election counts, including the count in Glasgow when the SNP broke the BBC swing-o-meter (Nicola Sturgeon was also there - she actually is tiny).

So far in the party I have just helped every now and then, from leafleting to counting the votes to taking part in some social media planning to attending my very first Women's Network Meeting last weekend. If you're wondering what being a party member entails, it can be different things to different people. The roles can range from official election candidate to admin organiser. Political parties still need several functions just like, for lack of better term, a business organisation. I'm yet to find my feet on where exactly I fit in and where is best to dedicate my time, but that's okay as I'm still enjoying my journey.

Obviously, joining a political party is not for everyone. Not everyone feels that their political beliefs fit nicely into one box. But if you feel yours do than I'd whole heatedly recommend joining to help make change a reality. Or if your beliefs don't fit a box you could join a pressure group. I joined the Vegetarian Society but won't be renewing my membership as I haven't gained much from it and I'm not sure about its place in developing the vegetarian movement. But the Republic movement is gaining pace in Scotland and it might not be long before I put my money in the pot and become a formal member rather than someone who casually goes to meetings.

But whatever you decide, I've personally found it rewarding and worthwhile and will definitely be renewing my membership. 

The Linkables


I hope your Friday is going swimmingly. Unless something goes terribly wrong I should be waking up in London this morning, with this scheduled Linkables going live whilst I set out on a day of exploring before my plane back tonight. I'm going to head up to Camden, then across to Soho and Oxford Street before making my way to the train station. Busy busy! 

After a quiet on the blog due to a week of London-planning and new flatmate-ing, here's some links to keep you entertained! 

Sex & Relationships

The 13 best pop songs about female masturbation. Serious stuff....

My love language is words and a well-worded romantic e-mail can set my heart fluttering. Apparently some study show I'm not alone.

Personal & Self-Development

If you've got a few events coming up where there will be new friends to meet here's some tips on upping your first impressions game

I'm co-signing: flaking out is not self-care

I was clutching my pearls slightly while skimming through this, but if you're a fan of the creepy then this Creepy Girl Travel blog might not make you clutch your pearls. 


I discovered this week that Carluccio's have a separate vegetarian and vegan menu. Their vegetarian menu is available online

I'm not sure why I find a video of Beyonce dancing to the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune so alluring, but I do

I've mentioned before that I went to a non-uniformed high school and believe it's the way forward. This American high schooler also went to a school with no-dress code and feels the same way

Fashion Fabrics at Remnant Kings

Like most individuals who love clothes and fashion, I'm probably not alone in disliking wearing something that everyone else and their favourite blogger owns. And because of that I've entertained the idea on several occasions of designing and sewing my own one of a piece item. But for one there's the fact that I've never sat down to learn the art of seam-stressing. Then there's the availability of beautiful and funky fabrics. Because let's be honest your local high street fabric store is usually full of designs more appropriate for Halloween or a set of curtains rather than a Saturday night frock. 

My opinion on high street fabrics changed however this week when I was invited along to Remnant Kings on Argyle Street (the entrance is hidden near House of Frasers - you can easily miss it). Whilst Remnant Kings have been guilty in the past of offering only plain coloured fabrics, they are now a brand with their finger on the fashion pulse and have launched their very first fashion range ready for Autumn/winter 15/16. And I'm telling you, it's gorgeous. 

remnant kings fabrics

Throughout their store - which has been re-done to include a sewing hub - stocks a wide range of fabrics from a wide selection of designers. Their fabrics range from tartan, to faux fur to something that wouldn't look at all out of place on Etsy. There's the calender fabric I instagrammed which I still have buyers remorse about and might pick up again to send to my mum (who can sew). And as an extra special treat - you can purchase fabrics from the talent at Clyde College! On top of the fabrics, there's all you would need to actually carry out the sewing from patterns to thread and needles. And whilst some grinches out there will detest the use of the 'c word' in September, the Christmas range is already available and stocks fabrics for those who like traditional Christmas attire to those of who want something a bit more modern and Pinterest friendly.  

sewing room remnant kings

But if you're still sitting there thinking "but I can't sew??!!?". Don't worry, neither can I. But this is where Remnant Kings are also thinking ahead and have launched a new sewing room with a range of sewing classes. You can can contact the individual stores about booking but the from the handy press release I was given the following classes are coming up in the Glasgow branch: 
  • Quilting Classes - 27th September for 6 weeks, 12:15pm - 2:15pm - £120
  • Halloween craft night on 4th October, 5:30pm - 7:30pm - free
  • Christmas craft on 8 November, 12-2pm - free
  • Kids sewing class, 3rd October for two weeks, 10-11:30am - £30
  • Dressmaking, 11th October for 6 weeks, 2:30pm-5:30pm - £120 
On the night we also received a demonstration on creating a winter coat from a pattern by one of the lovely (and hilarious) seamstresses who had made it across from the Remnant Kings Falkirk store. Whilst a winter coat was not fully created right in front of our eyes, we learnt about using a pattern, the importance of creating a mock up first on toile before cutting up your pretty fabric, the different kinds of scissors and adjusting your pattern to sit nicely on your body shape. The staff definitely know their stuff. 

Remnant kings clyde college
The textile design talent at Clyde College

Me personally? Whilst I doubt I'll ever find my calling as a seamstress I'm certainly feeling inspired. Back in March I cosplayed for the first time as Misty from Pokémon and was raring to go with other designs. When I visited my parents in the summer I sat down with my mum' sewing machine to work on costumes in advance, but ended up so frustrated trying to create a Charizard costume (which was admittedly a bit ambitious) I swore off cosplay and have been attending cons in casual clothes ever since. 

But after my evening at Remnant Kings I'm feeling more confident about getting my thread and needle out again. I was also given a goody bag with some new kit (pins, needles, some plain thread and some basic patterns for a tote bag and circle skirt) and I've also discovered the Remnant Kings Stitch and Share blog for ideas and inspiration. Happy Sewing! 

Thank you to Remnant Kings and Palompo PR for inviting me to their event. As always all opinions are my own and all pictures from the night are available on my Facebook page

The Linkables

Once upon a time....

How was your week guys? I spent the last week chilling and planning next week's trip to London. This weekend I'll be out and about at the MCM Comic Con Scotland (holla if you're going) and deciding which vegan event I want to attend out the several happening. 

But first, here's some links! It's quite a mixed bag this week so I'm not working them into categories this time around. 

The biggest headache I had when planning my London trip was finding somewhere to stay in the city itself without too much pain to my bank balance. I settle on using AirBnB for the first time but I'm bookmarking for future trips

Instagram death match: Rosé versus avocado toast

In more morbid news I've always gravitated towards a natural burial, but I've never considered being a tree?  

Break-ups are shit. And one of the hardest things to work out is to be friends or not with the ex. This writer argues you should be 'nothing' with your ex

Something I've always wanted to own but probably won't ever realistically buy is a campervan. Maybe the re-released electric version of the Volkswagen campervan

I'm always on the look-out for indie comics, and I'm so glad I have Lauren on my blog feed to recommend new reads to me

Dundee has a lot more to offer locals and visitors than you might think. Helen has a round-up of pop-up shops happening soon in the city

If you're looking for your next Netflix binge, maybe one of these Scottish options will take your fancy

It feels as though all films and celebrities collaborate with make-up brands which test on animals, but there's rumour about an Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani range

I sometimes think the illustrations on the GBBO look better than the cakes, and here's the guy who creates them

It's always irked me when people mock unusual names. Because 1) it's hurtful (I know this firsthand) 2) it's rude and 3) in many circumstances it's racist

It's safe to say I'm a long term singleton, but if you're new to the single life here's how to rock your new lifestyle