TRAVEL – Hotel Anthelia – Sunshine in Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Happy Monday everyone! Did you miss the blog last week? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear Frock Trade is back with a luxury hotel review to warm you up on this windy Autumnal day. After a busy Summer I took a week off to enjoy some rest and relaxation at the Iberostar Hotel Anthelia in Tenerife. Here’s how I spent my week….

Hotel Anthelia

With a giant clam shell bar, a soothing central fountain and a sleek grand piano, the lobby of the Hotel Anthelia is mesmerising. We were still in awe of its five-star grandeur as we were welcomed at reception by a friendly face offering us champagne and an efficient porter who barely let our bags touch the floor.

Hotel Anthelia

Our first impressions of the hotel were exceedingly positive with a thorough explanation of our surroundings plus a comprehensive guest pack filled with optional activities and menus for the hotel’s 4 restaurants. We were told our room was ‘a nice one’ and our hopes weren’t dashed as we were shown to a top floor superior double with stunning balcony and alcove window views within the hotel’s ‘Aida’ complex.

Hotel Anthelia Balcony View

The room was bright, airy and decorated elegantly in neutral tones with a marble bathroom and seating areas both within the window alcove and outside on the balcony. Our one and only disappointment were the two single beds pushed together against an iron headboard rather than a standard double, however this appears to be the norm in most European hotels so we weren’t surprised and laughed about the prospect of getting lost between the beds (they moved of their own accord!).

Hotel Anthelia

After a four hour journey to the resort we needed something substantial to eat so headed straight for ‘Zeus’, the hotel’s buffet restaurant. After a long Easyjet flight nothing is more welcoming than a sea of freshly prepared cuisine from prime beef steaks to designated pasta chefs and huge antipasti selections. After helping our selves to firsts, seconds and thirds we rolled upstairs to bed feeling happy and full of carbs.

In the morning we woke to the sun glittering through our windows. The weather was scorching all week reaching highs of 30 degrees which is difficult for us Scots to comprehend in the month of October.

The Anthelia has 3 swimming pools so we weren’t struggling for a spot to cool ourselves down. The largest of the 3 is a saltwater pool looking out to the ocean where the island of La Gomera can be seen on a clear day. There are also spa facilities available at the hotel but we were reluctant to venture inside in such glorious weather and decided to make the most of the sun by exploring nearby beaches and fishing villages. We even spent a morning on a Jet Ski bouncing along the coastline, travelling to the imposing Los Gigantes cliffs and back to our nearby beach in Costa Adeje. Here I am enjoying the sunshine…..

Costa Adeje, Tenerife

The Hotel Anthelia is the perfect combination of five-star luxury and relaxation. There’s no stuffiness about your surroundings or the service which made us feel completely comfortable and able to enjoy our week in the sun.

We stayed for a week at the Hotel Anthelia in Tenerife from 27th September – 4th October 2013. The average cost is approximately £220 per night for bed and breakfast in September/October. We flew with Easyjet from Edinburgh Airport to Tenerife South. For more information about the Hotel Anthelia visit their website here.


Kokomo & Sunshine!

I found myself in a derelict building this week shooting a film for new Glasgow nightclub Kokomo. This place used to be a training school for priests but has been left to decay for many years. The concrete structure remains and has now been decorated with lots of graffiti which adds a certain moody ambiance to the building. I can’t wait to show you the film we produced in these dramatic surroundings!

St Peters Seminary, Cardross

After a busy Summer I’m off to enjoy a week off in the sunshine. Stay tuned to the blog on Monday 7th October for all the highlights. Until then, have a great week everyone!

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A Day Out at Pout Edinburgh

Who was at Pout Edinburgh this weekend?

I popped down to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange for quick browse of the fashion and beauty marketplace and was very pleased to see a whole room full of handmade delights from the Entrepreneurial Spark collective, a stall dedicated to the exciting new fashion app Mallzee and a wonderful selection of scarves from new Edinburgh retailer House of Hogarth.

I watched the catwalk showcase by Debenhams and ate free Luca’s mint choc chip ice-cream. It’s safe to say I enjoyed the ice-cream more than the fashion show but I was probably spoiled by the shows I’d seen at London Fashion Week the previous weekend. The canapes and wine presentation by Edinburgh School of Food and Wine was a highlight for obvious reasons (the Salmon crostini was much more sophisticated than the chips-n-dip I offer to guests at dinner parties).

Debenhams catwalk

Speaking of dinner parties I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of this amazing dress by young designer Joanne McGillivray. Her dresses are perfect for special occasions and if you’re feeling organised why not snap one up for your Christmas party before the rush begins. Alongside Joanne’s stall were some beautiful handmade accessories from fellow Espark business Bella Brilla who are launching an exciting new website this week and some elegant designer dresses from ethical online retailer September Street.

Joanne McGillivray

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My London Fashion Week Diary No.2


If you’re following @FrockTrade on Twitter you’ll know that my weekend was filled with shows and presentations at London Fashion Week. I wrote about one of my favourite Scottish designers, Holly Fulton via my Fashion Spy blog for The Herald. If you missed it here’s a wee peek at some of the review to keep you in the know….

“Cheers for Holly Fulton echoed around the main tent at Somerset House this afternoon as the Scottish designer showcased her spring/summer 2014 collection on the second day of London Fashion Week.

The show opened with a sea of blue denim dresses embellished with Fulton’s signature art deco motif. Models glided down the runway stopping only to pose against a pillar covered in deco wallpaper, the perfect backdrop for Edinburgh-born Fulton’s pastel and citrus colour palette.”

Read the rest here

My London Fashion Week Diary No.1

London Fashion WeekWhat a great first day at London Fashion Week! Somerset House was swarming with journalists, buyers, photographers and bloggers all keen to check out the new trends for Spring/Summer 2014. I had two particular highlights amidst the shows today.

The first was Bora Aksu who was celebrating his 10th year at London Fashion Week. He opened proceedings at 09.30 this morning with a wonderful collection of Turkish inspired palette of blues, off-whites, bright yellows and fuschia pink. The designers heritage was palpable as the audience shared in his memories of Summer days spent on the Aegean Coast. The combination of a long fuschia gown and some clever musical accompaniment made the tent fizz with excitement. We all know that when editors and bloggers echo a collective nod the designer has shown something special.

After my emotional experience at Aksu I had another happy moment in the front row at Felder Felder when a series of shimmering ocean blue foamy fabrics floated past me. The watery wonderland that Annette and Daniela Felder created had mermaid-like models and oceans of reptile print. Smiles from celebrity fans Laura Whitmore, Donna Air and Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue sealed the approval for this body confident collection. Visit the blog tomorrow for more London Fashion Week highlights.
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My New York Fashion Week Highlights


It’s here. A whole month of international fashion shows! Check out my  highlights from New York Fashion Week below – thumbs up go to Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang and J.Crew.

Despite Harper stealing the limelight, Victoria Beckham’s show was a hit with the fashion crowd as she continues to boost her status as a credible womenswear designer. Her monochrome shirts, jackets and cropped trousers were punctuated with fuchsia pink as VB moved away from her trademark body-con dresses to show roomier silhouettes.

Pastels are a major trend for 2014 so hold onto some of your wardrobe from last season. Alexander Wang opened his show with pinks and blues and Prabal Gurung defied logic by making lavender look cool. Designer of the moment Wang (who splits his time between his own label in New York and Balenciaga in Paris) had a celeb-filled FROW with Kanye West, Courtney Love and Solange Knowles all excitedly awaiting his new collection. Plus his adorable niece Aila Wang sent street style photographers into overdrive as the first person to wear his ‘Parental Advisory’ t-shirt complete with a tiny custom made leather skirt. These fashionable kids are taking over!

At Jenny Packham a whole collection of glamorous skirts and dresses floated down the runway with perfect peaches and blues all ready for Kate Middleton’s wardrobe. However, the most wearable collection of the week came from J.Crew, the masters of Californian cool. Their surfer inspired collection was full of Hawaiian florals and relaxed sweatshirts. And don’t get me started on those yellow and orange print shift dresses! Love is an understatement. I also spotted J. Crew’s shoe collaboration with amazing British designer Sophia Webster. A savvy business move now that J.Crew have announced the imminent arrival of their first non-American store on London’s Regent Street.

As New York Fashion Week comes to an end, I’ll be travelling to London Fashion Week tomorrow. Share in my favourite fashion moments here on Frock Trade and on Twitter and Facebook. (Picture above: Sunnyside Social Media)

Scotland’s Favourite Fashion Blog

Twitter Fashion Bloggers

We’ve won an award! Frock Trade has topped the charts as Mallzee’s Favourite Scottish Fashion Blog. I woke up on Saturday to the happy news that personalised shopping site had voted Frock Trade as one of their all time favourite blogs. As the only Scottish blog at the top of the list I’m feeling both proud and patriotic. It’s great to appear alongside some of my favourite bloggers including Peony Lim, Emily from Fashion Foie Gras, Ella from La Petite Anglaise and Monica from The Elgin Avenue. The lovely people at Mallzee had this to say about Frock Trade….

“The champion of Scottish fashion. The lovely Ann Russell cut her teeth in the realm of fashion styling before starting up Frock Trade to document the latest fashion happenings. Expect snappy, fashion focussed interviews, the latest high street news and some awesome travel tips. Anyone who has ever moaned about living in Scotland – read this and zip it.”

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10 Questions With….Mohna Linton from The Chic Boutique

Mohna Linton The Chic Boutique

1/ Tell us about your career journey to date.

I graduated with a Masters last year and whilst at university I was gaining invaluable work experience interning for Harvey Nichols, The Scottish Fashion Awards and Good Housekeeping magazine. Working within these established businesses has given me skills and insights that will help to make my business a success.

2/ You recently lauched an online clothes shop. What makes The Chic Boutique different from other online retailers?

The Chic Boutique sells brands that are not currently stocked in the UK or Europe. To stay ahead of competitors I plan to source brands which are new in the UK or just emerging because I like to support new businesses.

3/ How has your business education helped in the launch of your website and what have been your main challenges?

My business education taught me the fundamentals of how a business should operate. I undertook a large research study on ecommerce and luxury branding which definitely helped me understand the industry and what consumers are expecting when they shop online. The main challenge has been finding new and unusual brands which are exclusive therefore I am always keen to make contact with new designers.

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Fashion – Happy Birthday! WIN Dr Denim Jeans as seen on Mila Kunis

Drum roll please…..IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! We’ve officially been bringing you the latest and greatest fashion news for 2 fun-filled years! To celebrate our favourite Edinburgh denim boutique ALC are giving away a pair of figure flattering skinny jeans as seen on MILA KUNIS. To get your hands on the best denims in town just LIKE these pages on Facebook and and share the photo. You have until midnight on Monday 9th September to enter. Good luck and here’s to many more years of Frock Trade fashion!

Dr Denim Competition

Fashion – Hayley Scanlan for Topshop

Collaborating with Topshop is a pretty big deal for any designer so I was really pleased to hear that Hayley Scanlan’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ collection went live in the Oxford Street store in London yesterday. Dundee designer Hayley was hailed as a rising star at the Scottish Fashion Awards in 2012 and has developed her label considerably ever since. The H.S x Topshop collection brings some of her signature styles, including digital print dresses, to the high street. London’s fashionistas will be fighting to get their hands on an H.S exclusive.

Hayley’s work is inspired by two of her style icons, Debbie Harry and Mary Queen of Scots so be prepared for cobalt blues, deep reds and a Prince of Wales check. She said: “Debbie Harry is one of my icons. I loved the idea of pairing someone like her with an equally rebellious heroine, Mary Stuart, the former Queen of Scotland. This is a collection that has taken me deep into the heart of my Scottish roots and represents a strong and feisty femininity.”

I’ll be checking out Hayley’s high street debut next week during London Fashion Week. If you’re in town make sure you drop by Topshop Oxford Street before 21st September to get your hands on the best of H.S. Alternatively follow Hayley on Twitter @HayleyScanlan for all her latest news and pictures

Hayley Scanlan Topshop