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Launch of the spring collection at Godiva Boutique, Edinburgh

There are some shops that you don’t pay much attention to when you’re in a hurry or have a destination in mind, but when that happens you tend to miss the wee hidden gems dotted about Edinburgh. A couple of doors down from the cat cafe Maison de Moggy on West Port, I recently attended the spring launch party for Godiva Boutique in Grassmarket and I realised this was one of those overlooked hidden gems.

Now that winter is over (although the cold weather still hasn’t shifted), everyone’s looking to update their spring wardrobe and wear brighter colours and prints to welcome in the bright sunshine. Personally, I believe that regardless of the season, we should always wear what makes us happy, even if this means wearing bright, cheerful colours in the winter. Call me a rebel, but I never understood the need to wear ‘warm’, subdued colours like black, brown, grey and white in the winter to match the darker months.

With the change of season though is a chance for stores like Godiva to introduce their newest collections! To celebrate the launch of the spring designs from brands they stock, guests were also treated to yummy sweet treats from local Edinburgh shops/suppliers like brownies from Lovecrumbs, beautifully printed Earl Grey chocolate shards from Mary’s Milk Bar and tablet by Bains Retro Sweets (sadly, I couldn’t be certain they were vegan so didn’t sample them, but I was assured they’re great).

Earl Grey chocolate shards by Mary’s Milk Bar

Tablet from Bains Retro Sweets

They also had lovely I Need My Girl beetroot, rose and pink grapefruit sodas from Roots Soda and fruit juice from neighbour Hula Juice Bar around the corner of Grassmarket and Victoria Street.

The LadyBoss Collective was also on hand to offer guests their nail art services, but it was quite busy at the shop and my nails tend to get in quite bad shape after I’ve had gel polish on them so I skipped it and browsed the beautiful clothes and accessories around the store instead. I loved the little antique touches to the shop which brings a sense of old Edinburgh into the shop (very apropos given it’s in Old Town) alongside the gilded floor mirror and cornices on the ceiling contrasting with the modern styles of clothing, jewellery and accessories dotted around the shop. To the back is also a host of vintage finds just waiting to be found!

There were a lot of lovely designs in the store, including a very interesting crinkle plastic material used for a luggage carryall bag and a shopping tote which looked like they were made from parcel paper (no kidding, you have to see it in person to believe it!), but my favourite designs were from designer The Emperor’s Old Clothes. The independent fashion label is based in Brighton and all designs are handmade using vintage and end of roll fabrics to create vintage-inspired dresses and skirts meaning each piece is one of a kind. This forest green Celtic-style mythical beasts dress is one of my favourites.

My favourite dress by The Emperor’s Old Clothes

It’s not something I would usually pick out for myself, but the vintage fabric along with the style of dress with A-line skirt is something I would definitely wear and I absolutely love the shade of green. I don’t normally go for busy patterns on a dress like this, but it’s really something that’s caught my eye.

I wasn’t able to purchase anything on the night, but we were all treated to a lovely gift bag with a beautiful simple gold necklace from Willow, prints by Gen Ryan and a chocolate heart lollipop from Mary’s Milk Bar.

Chocolate lollipop from Mary’s Milk Bar

Necklace from Willow

Lovely prints of Karl Lagerfeld in Paris and the Botanic Float by Gen Ryan

Thank you to Godiva Boutique for hosting the launch party, Roots Soda and Hula Juice Bar for the drinks, The LadyBoss Collective for offering their nail art services, and to Willow, Gen Ryan and Mary’s Milk Bar for their generous gifts in the goodie bag!



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