Category Archives: General

On Sunday the team from Jane Davidson were busy bees at The Glitteratea- an afternoon tea at the Sheraton in aid of Lisa’s Challenge for Maggie’s. This is the third Glitteratea- a unique concept dreamt up by the inspirational Lisa …

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Ask Alexandra

Get your thinking caps on ladies, as today Vouge’s Editor in Chief, Alexandra Shulman is taking to Facebook to host a live Q&A session. Anyone who watched the BBC’s recent documentary which showed us behind the scenes of Vogue, will …

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New November Vogue

I’m just loving the new November Vogue with gorgeous Emily Blunt on the cover. But it was the bylines that really caught my eye “New Season Fashion for Everywoman” “The Real Issue- a model free zone.” How refreshing! Particularly when …

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Meet Coline

At the heart of our personal shopping services, is our fabulous team of style experts, each with their own individual flair. We love to help you find everything from a new season wardrobe edit to an outfit for a special …

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Say hello to Steph

We are loving finding out our latest ‘must-haves’ from our in-store personal stylists so we thought we’d introduce a new member of the Jane Davidson family whilst letting her tell you about her favourites. Meet Steph…. Steph has an honours …

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Independent Success

As an independent boutique, we love to see our fellow indies achieving success, and what better accolade than being awarded ‘Best New Business’ at the Drapers Independents Awards? That’s exactly what our Thistle Street neighbours, Biscuit did yesterday! After perviously …

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Introducing The Collection

Amazon Prime’s latest original series, The Collection, follows a Parisian atelier as it pioneers the decadent New Look against a backdrop of scandal – political, romantic and sartorial. At the heart of The Collection are Paul and Claude Sabine, a pair of brothers …

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The No Make Up Trend

When Alicia Keys and Alessia Cara turned up at the MTV VMAs without so much as a slick of lip balm, the internet went crazy. Singer-songwriter Keys had previously announced this summer that she did not feel the need to wear …

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Ready, Set, Knit

It’s never too early to start thinking about winter. We have been receiving AW deliveries since May – and with each delivery it gets better and better. So we’ve decided that now is as good a time as any to start discussing …

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Trainer Debate

Whether it’s a glittery Louboutin or a bow detail Joshua Sanders – we are in love with statement trainers and I thought I’d show you my pick of the trainers of this season! If you fancy following Michelle’s lead then listen …

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Focus on : Theory

Theory is one of those 17 to 70 brands – completely ageless and classic. They provide the pieces in your wardrobe you’ll have for the next 5 years and keep wearing over and over again. Think of it like your …

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The Bell Jar

We’ve talked about Girl on the Train, we’ve spoken about our latest thriller reads but here’s a little under-the-radar one which we thought we’d let you in on. Kirsten Dunst may be famed for her talents in front of the camera, …

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Terence Donovan Exhibition

If you are in London with a few hours to spare there’s a new exhibition currently running at The Photographers’ Gallery entitled Terence Donovan: Speed of Light. Charting his career from 1959 to 1996 and encompassing his fashion and portrait …

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Our recommendations

There is nothing better than having to pick up the Fringe Festival guide and make your way through the thousands of shows which are on offer to us. Comedy makes up 34 per cent of all Fringe shows, and comedians …

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Welcome to the show

If you missed our fashion show yesterday then don’t despair – we’ve got a whole lot of fashion action from yesterday. First of the day was Osman’s perfect five – his collection which showcases the pieces he thinks you should …

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The Secret Agent

A few months ago Thistle Street was buzzing with the excitement of a film crew being located at the east end of the street for the week and now the final product has arrived. If you’ve been watching The Secret Agent …

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It’s here!

All the JD girls loved ‘The Girl on the Train’ and we were delighted to hear that it was moving to the big screen. If you liked Gone Girl, read on. We can’t decide if it was the right decision to be shot …

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With Alexa be the next Donatella?

British television presenter and model Alexa Chung is poised to launch her own namesake fashion label, building on her successful collaborations with other brands and her personal reputation as a style icon. The 32-year-old will step into the role of creative director …

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Sale picks

As we are now onto further reductions in our summer sale I thought today would be a good day to pick out some of my favourite buys. Shopping the sale is an ideal way to bag an investment piece without …

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New at Jane Davidson

Yesterday we introduced you to one of our new brands – but we thought we’d introduce you to a few more new faces which will be coming into store for the Autumn/Winter season: Belstaff British brand, Belstaff was founded in Longton, …

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Cooper & Ella

We love a new brand at Jane Davidson – and we are delighted to introduce a new face into the store! Cooper & Ella stemmed from the desire to find the perfect ‘date blouse’. We always find that those blouses are …

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Muir and more…

If you’ve picked up the Sunday papers you’ll perhaps be making your way through JD favourite read STYLE magazine and have spotted a little treasure for this coming Friday! As many of you know when Jane started the store in …

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From Weleda to Winklepickers

It’s been a fun and exciting week in the boutique this week with everything from – as the title suggests – Weleda to Winklepickers.  Last Friday we were involved in the fabulous fundraiser for Maggie’s at Dundas Castle which showcased …

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DvF in Scotland

Ex-Paramount Pictures boss Barry Diller has arrived in Scotland with his fashion designer wife none other than Diane von Furstenberg.  The 300ft long vessel, called Eos, arrived off the coast of Scotland last week and has been spotted a number of …

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From Harris to Paris

Last night the lovely Anna Freemantle (fresh from the new JD website shoot and fully dressed in two of JD’s favourites – Theory and Peserico) was at the opening of the ”From Harris to Paris” exhibition with the Duke and Duchess …

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Stella McCartney news!

Recently Stella McCartney confirmed the rumours and the British designer is in fact expanding by launching a menswear label. McCartney announced her exciting news at one of the most important menswear trade shows in the world – in Florence at …

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Multi-masking

Here at the JD boutique we always love to hear about a beauty quick fix. So when the term ‘multi-masking’ cropped up our eager ears perked up instantly. This new technique involves applying varying skin care masques to separate parts of your …

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Black is the new black

Osman has been a firm favourite in store since we started housing the British born designer and so we were delighted to see Taylor Schilling of Netflix created series ‘Orange is the new black’ donning one of his pieces at …

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Summer Edit

If you’re lucky enough to be putting together a get away packing list, or like myself, contenting yourself with a ‘staycation’, there’s no doubt that sunshine requires us to consider a new way of thinking when planning our wardrobe. It’s lovely and …

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Boutique team update

If you have been instore over the last month you may well have noticed a friendly new face – Judith Johnston. I’m delighted to say that Judith has joined the team as our Boutique Manager. Judith brings to the team …

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Here comes the sun

With weather as unpredictable as Scotland’s, it is unsurprising that it is probably our nation’s favourite topic of conversation. Whether catching up with an old friend or filling in an awkward silence, chat of an upcoming heatwave or (more likely) …

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Florals and Trainers

We spotted another amazing image of Preen’s Alberta dress, this time in a shoot for Grazia magazine entitled ‘Pretty Wild’. The image adds a new level to this dress, which on initial impressions, is best worn with a heel. Think again. …

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20 Years of Preen

“It was at the tech college on the Isle of Man, where we are from. It was the first day of Art Foundation and we were sat next to each other, waiting in the corridor…You were wearing, I think, Levi’s …

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Fashion School

There is good news for any fashion savvy teenagers out there – from next year, there will be a new A-level available for students in England entitled Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles. The course will focus on designers including Vivienne …

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The Horizontal Stripe Myth

There is one fashion ‘rule’ which is familiar to us all – the rule which says that horizontal stripes make us look wider and can be very unflattering. It strikes as a very sweeping statement – does this apply to all horizontal stripes? Thick ones? …

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An Exciting New Era At DvF

We shared some very exciting news with you yesterday – Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders has been appointed Chief Creative Officer at Diane von Furstenberg with immediate effect making him responsible for the overall creative direction of the brand. Saunders’ bold …

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Double Denim

Double denim. Some people love it, others hate it. It is a tricky trend that, for a lot of people, conjures up images of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s matchy-matchy patchwork denim look circa 2002. So the question is, how …

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Fashioning a Reign

It’s been well documented that the Queen celebrated her impressive 90th Birthday a few weeks back. As our longest reigning monarch, the Queen has become renowned for her consistently impeccable appearance. Famed for wearing bright block colours, pristine white gloves, …

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A Vogue Treat

We always await the arrival of the new issue of Vogue with much anticipation. This month, however, we are even more excited than usual. The latest issue, to hit the news stands tomorrow, features the Duchess of Cambridge’s first ever …

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My pick of the sale

The time has come for mid-season sale which is a little treat on a bank holiday Monday so I thought I would go through my favourite items from the sale and what I’m choosing to add to my wardrobe. Queene and Belle …

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Hair raising

It’s hard to imagine our lives without the latest gadgets being at our fingertips. Most areas of our daily routine now involve using technology to make even the most mundane tasks that little bit easier- from monitoring fitness to finding …

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To the Max

After reading an online article via the Telegraph this morning singing the praises of the maxi skirt, I have to say that I have been convinced that I need to invest in this key item of trans-seasonal dressing. The main …

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One Piece in Focus

I’m afraid to say that as I left my house this morning, my first thought was “I wish I had a woolly hat and gloves with me”. Transitional dressing from winter to spring [I can’t even think about summer] this …

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Taking the Plunge

There are many fashion trends that don’t easily translate from runway to real life and the plunging neckline would seem at first glance to fall into that category. It’s the kind of look that works a treat on the red carpet but it is …

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Apartment Envy

Much as I love my Edinburgh abode, I must admit that I have a weakness for having an online nosey at luxury pads all over the world- blame Instagram for making it so easy. I know I will never actually …

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Jump to it

Don’t know what to to wear on those in-between season days? We suggest investing in a jumpsuit. Whether you are looking for off-duty ease, boho breeziness, or minimalist simplicity, we have a jumpsuit for every mood. Our top labels to …

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Hot Ticket

We are always on the lookout for the next big thing in fashion, and there is no better place to find it than Graduate Fashion Week. Founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford to …

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The Magic of Nicole Miller

There is a very good reason why we have named Nicole Miller dresses ‘magic dresses’. The Nicole Miller creative team are masters at incorporating pleats, tucks, folds, and drape in just the right places, and this season is no exception. Whether …

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Any Excuse For Ankle

As anyone who lives in Edinburgh will know, there are few days when you can step out of the door without being swathed in thick tights/wooly socks/boots. So on days like today when the sun is trying its best, I …

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The Alternative Bride

One of the most exciting things about spring in the boutique is helping our customers find the dress for their wedding day. It’s fair to say that you will never make a bigger decision on what you are going to wear, but …

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It’s in the bag

While we all know that there’s no such thing as too many handbags, it has to be said that finding one which is functional as well as good-looking isn’t always an easy task. Large totes may have great fashion/visual impact, …

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Petite Dressing

For anyone of average height, shopping should be fairly straight forward. But for more petite women, finding clothes which fit well without needing to be taken in or shortened can be a bit more tricky. With that in mind, did you …

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‘Detoxing’ Your Wardrobe

There has been much talk among the JD girls of late about the idea of ‘detoxing’ our wardrobes. We previously blogged on Marie Kondo’s book, ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ which encourages de-cluttering to give you a sense of control and …

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VOGUE’s 100

If you happen to be visiting London within the next couple of months might we suggest you make a b-line for the National Portrait Gallery where British Vogue are showing their latest exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style. The ultimate …

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Easter Weekend

After yesterday’s spring fashion show we are ready to step into the new season feeling renewed and refreshed- from our wardrobes to our makeup bags (Thank you again to Lesley and Roz of By Terry and Space NK). We showed …

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Take Six

If you are looking for the definitive guide to what’s hot right now, then take heed of this advice from the head of Paris based label, Vetements. Demna Gvasalia has declared- ‘What do we need? A pencil skirt, a hoodie, …

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Claudia Winkleman in J Brand

Friday night was Sport Relief night (raising an amazing £55million!) and whilst we will slightly side-step the lovely Davina McCall’s unfair wardrobe critique by the British press I would like to commend Claudia Winkleman on her choice of denim! Claudia …

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Antipodium London

Each season we like to bring new and exciting labels into the boutique. The want and need for us to give our wardrobes a shake up is never more apparent than when spring comes knocking at our door. With that …

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Workwear Inspiration

Dressing for work can very often feel like a chore. The daily routine of pulling together failsafe pieces in a bid to look polished and presentable, can lead to a style rut. When you have 20 minutes to get ready …

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Subtle Exposure

As we mentioned in an earlier post, one on the big trends for the new season is the cold shoulder. However, this is not the only area of the body which designers are giving exposure to – cutouts to reveal …

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Dries Van Noten AW16 Show

When we began to see the first images from Dries Van Noten’s autumn/winter ’16 show from Paris Fashion Week of leopard print-clad models, we immediately wanted more. Luckily for us, we didn’t have to wait too long to see the full …

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How to Wear Cream

Cream, off white, oatmeal, there are many ways to describe this seasons dominant neutral shade. Cream is the new white as such, however cream goes very well with white. So well in fact that it has been a key trend this …

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Oscar Fever Mounts

We are fast approaching Oscars night! The 88th annual Academy Awards takes place in Hollywood tomorrow night and the anticipation is a little higher than usual this year. Other than the typical speculation over who will walk away as winners and the contents of …

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Seeing Double

New York fashion week has kicked off, and alongside what’s been happening on the catwalk, the street fash pack have been providing us with plenty of their own style inspiration. Lessons in layering whilst still looking ultra chic have been …

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Fashion Shake-up

As we know, there has been a lot of unrest at the the high-end of the fashion industry of late. From Raff Simons departure from Dior, to talk of Phoebe Philo possibly about to step down from her post at Céline, …

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Scandi Style

Scandinavian style has been on the radar for quite some time now. From home décor to eating out, we can’t seem to get enough of the laid-back, achingly cool aesthetic that is Scandi. So what is the key to getting …

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Feel Mellow in yellow

Yellow- It’s the colour of SS16, which is odd because for most of us yellow (at first glance) appears to be one of the most difficult colours to pull off. Earlier this week the Telegraph published a piece titled: How to wear yellow: …

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Valentines Day Dressing

With just over a week until Valentines day, we thought we’d share a few ideas with you which are sure to set hearts fluttering… As we mentioned earlier this week, Harris Wharf London’s collection of Italian wool coats have now arrived …

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My Shoe Secret

We all have our fashion guilty pleasures – mine is that I have a thing for Clarks shoes. Over the last few years this British brand has stepped away from its image of comfort over style, and has come up with collections …

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Barbie’s New Look

There has been much debate over recent years about the ‘unrealistic’ body images that appear in magazines of stick thin models and air brushed celebrities. There has even been controversy over the size and shape of the dolls our children play with. …

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Bring on the sun!

With the arrival of the new collections always comes the need for sunshine, and yesterday’s delivery of the brand new Dries van Noten sunglasses did little to quell that desire! As a massive fan of not only the Dries van Noten …

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McQueen the Movie

He may no longer be with us, but Alexander McQueen’s legacy lives firmly on. Hot on the heels of the recent record-breaking V&A retrospective ‘Savage Beauty’, comes the news that a biopic film is in the pipeline. The film of …

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She’s arrived

The Diane von Furstenberg delivery is one of our favourite deliveries of the year. Packed with colour, print and classic shapes it has everything the modern woman wants to wear. While we’re braving the cold, the collection includes pieces which make …

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My Thursday must-have

The Winter causes havoc with my skin, so when I needed a little pick-me-up yesterday I popped into lush and picked up something which I can see becoming a fast favourite. Lush isn’t my usual spot for beauty buys but their Salted …

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My New Read….

With the start of a new year always comes fresh resolutions. Things which perhaps go out of the window after the 9th of January. But here is one which I have fully gotten into and something which is aiding me along …

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HNY!

Hogmanay, New Years Eve, call it what you will, there’s no doubt that tonight is the night when people all around the world get their  party on. Edinburgh is well on its way to being transformed into a hub of …

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The Must Have Biker

As the fashion oracle itself recently stated, there are so many reasons Why A Biker Jacket Will Always Be In Vogue. Your trusty biker is an unspoken statement of cool with the power to transform almost any outfit into one which looks …

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Aran Knits At The Ready

When Vogue identifies a trend, we listen. So when vogue.co.uk wrote that the our festive knit of choice this Christmas should be the Aran knit, we were delighted. The Christmas jumper ‘trend’ that has been sweeping the country for the past …

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Party Frocks

Just in time for party season, this week has seen some seriously fabulous dresses arriving in store. These new season pieces are a delight of vivid colours and super flattering cuts. We thought we’d share our excitement with a quick round up of …

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The JD Girls Wish List

Having finished off all of my Christmas shopping, I am feeling rather smug! It can be a daunting task – trying to find the perfect gift while negotiating crowds of equally stressed out shoppers, and there is always the temptation to get …

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Golden Hour

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Yesterday the Golden Globe nominations were announced heralding the start of the awards season. This means plenty of frock watching ahead which of course we love! With serious red carpet contenders such as Cate Blanchet and Jennifer Lawrence nominated for awards, …

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A Wise Spend

Following the recent success of our evening devoted to Begg & Co’s limited edition scarves in aid of Maggie’s Centres, we were happy to see that the Financial Times have echoed our enthusiasm for the brand in this weekend’s edition. …

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M.i.h Returns

We are excited to announce that we have just taken delivery of our new season collection by M.i.h Jeans. Back by popular demand, this long established denim label is known for offering retro-modern styling and superb fit. For those of …

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The new face of Pirelli

The annual Pirelli Calendar has landed. However this year it’s had a make over, and we like the new concept! For this edition Pirelli have decided to move away from the super glamorous and overtly sexy nude shots that we have come to …

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New Queene & Belle

We love to see new season stock when it starts to arrive into the boutique, and Scottish knitwear brand Queene & Belle never disappoint with their unique take on understated luxury. A case in point are the fabulous new cashmere pieces which …

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Osman Resort 2016

London based Osman Yousefzada’s Resort 2016 collection has just arrived into the boutique, and as you would expect it is a mix of bold shapes and colours. Inspired by the life and works of artist Frida Kahlo, Osman is once …

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Black Friday Weekend

You can’t fail to notice the thousands of Black Friday discounts which are happening around every corner right now- but we’ve decided to do something a little different. Shop in store between Friday 27th November and Monday 30th November (inclusive) …

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Hooray for Mouret!

If there is one designer whose collections we can’t wait to receive in the boutique, it’s Roland Mouret. The reason? No one else cuts dresses the way he does. If you are looking for smart, sophisticated and sexy all rolled …

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Tinsel trends

So today is a firm favourite in our annual calendar at the shop – we are putting the Christmas decorations up! Yes it always seems too early, and yes we wish we had snow and mince pies to accompany the …

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The V&A Undressed

No matter what your style, there is one thing we can all agree on; good underwear is an essential foundation for clothes to hang well. This bit of knowledge is of course centuries old, and while we today don’t have …

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All that glitters…

We have been chatting a lot recently about getting ready for all our upcoming festive events, and once you have finally decide on your outfit, the next step is to start thinking about hair. It would seem that along with this …

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Roll with it

Now that we are battling some seriously challenging weather, we can’t think of an easier and more stylish way to keep cosy than with a good roll-neck knit. Turtle neck, polo neck, mock neck, whatever you wish to call it, …

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Nailed It?

Uber hip nail brand, NAILS INC have potentially revolutionised the tedious regime of painting our nails, with what claims to be the fastest manicure ever. ‘The Paint Can’ spray on nail polish has just been launched as the newest invention in …

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Final weekend of sale

We’ve been celebrating the chillier weather with a little mid-season sale which finishes this weekend. You still can get at least 40% off pre-collections until 5pm tomorrow, which includes some of our favourite brands including Dries van Noten, Diane von Furstenberg, …

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Suits You

Today we thought we’d voice our appreciation for the timeless and versatile trouser suit. A trusty wardrobe staple, fit for all occasions; a posh function? A night out on the tiles? Or a work meeting to impress? Either way you …

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The ‘Groutfit’

We often hear about a particular colour being ‘the new black’ but more often than not it is nothing more than a passing fad. Before long, black is once again our go-to colour for all things fashionable. However, if there …

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Bond is Back

It has been hard to escape the Bond mania which has swept the country of late – first there was the mystery and excitement over who would perform the theme tune and before the release of the latest film, Spectre, there was even speculation …

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Ready, Set ….. Go

Elbows at the ready ladies – today is the first day of our mid-season sale. We have everything from Preen to Pringle, Theory to Temperley, Roksanda to Roland Mouret and many more with 40% off. I thought I’d share a …

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Tonight is the night!

Tonight is the night – the girls are getting ready to hit the west coast. We are very excited about celebrating the Scottish Style Awards 10th anniversary this evening. The awards were founded and launched in 2005 by Mary McGowne …

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Balmain X H&M Runway Show

Way back in May we brought you news of a very exciting collaboration between Balmain and high street favourite H&M. After a painfully long wait, the first pictures have emerged as the collection hit the runway in New York on Tuesday. Models of …

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Make Mine a Hun

If you thought that the boys had officially taken onus of the hair – bun situation, think again… This season it seems that we are reclaiming it as our own in the form of the half bun, or Hun as …

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Welcome Coline!

We are pleased to announce our newest member of the Jane Davidson team, Coline. As well as teaching Fashion to 2nd year students at Edinburgh College of Art, she’ll be here at the boutique to help give you all the …

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Street Style

Over recent years the fashion world has become as fixated with outfits displayed off the catwalk, as well as on. Street Style blogs have cropped up at a fast pace, from the internationally cool facehunter, to the chic NYC exemplary of the sartorialist; …

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Oil or Nothing

Now that we have ticked over into October and the heating if back on, my skin would normally do its usual thing of becoming a bit unhappy about the changing of the seasons. However, this year I have been on the …

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Winter Warmers

Now that the crisp autumn days are drawing in we are getting excited about the new trends this season brings. Big on textures and prints, this winter brings us plenty of rich colours and prints. Checks are big this season; …

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Eyebrow Envy

There is no doubt that eyebrows have taken over the beauty world in the last few seasons. I must admit that I myself am guilty of eyebrow envy. Not everyone can wake up with amazing brows, some of us have to work at …

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New In: Karl Donoghue

We know it is almost winter when our Karl Donoghue delivery arrives! Made from Spanish Toscana lambskin these jackets, gilets and accessories have an irresistibly luxurious feel and a much sought after ‘Made in England’ label. This season, the lambskin features a …

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Alexa Chung on Fashion

Alexa Chung is someone who’s style I’ve always appreciated – my few (and quite terrible) forays into liquid eyeliner have been inspired by her. Now, she has been contributing to Vogue and her latest inclusion is in the form of …

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The Fashion Cast

Yesterday we were delighted to hear that Vogue have launched a podcast which brings you the latest fashion news; BTS at LFW, PFW, NYFW, what’s happening behind the keyboard at the magazine and interviews with those in-the-know! Following on from the …

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Osman WOW

Yesterday we received a delivery which brightened up a very grey Tuesday afternoon.  Osman is one of our latest additions into the boutique, coming into it’s third season on the shop floor, with every season hitting a new high – the …

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DVF returns….

Yesterday we gave you a sneak peak at our latest delivery from DVF. We were pleased to see that many of our old favourites have been carried forward, this time in a vibrant cosmic blue and cherry red. Last autumn/winter, …

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Back To Black

Have you ever been accused of wearing too much black clothing? A few of us JD girls have been accused of that once of twice! Grazia magazine recently reported that according to research done by Dazed, a tendency to wear …

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Ready for the Autumn…

Yesterday we had the second part of our Autumn/Winter new season photoshoot – featuring the fabulous Anna Freemantle – including our latest deliveries. Everything from Banjo & Matilda, Bernshaw, Theory to Canada Goose will be appearing on our website within the next couple …

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A Delivery From Canada

Canada Goose jackets and coats are into their second year at the boutique and their popularity is showing absolutely no sign of waning. The good news for anybody waiting patiently for them to make their appearance…they have arrived! Canada Goose …

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New Season Banjo & Matilda

Last season, we welcomed  Australian brand Banjo & Matilda to the boutique – they specialise in superfine knits in super soft natural fabrics such as cashmere and cotton, giving them a luxurious look and feel. Our latest delivery for autumn/winter ’15 …

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A new kind of MAGIC

Always on the lookout for new and exciting beauty products, I am thrilled to hear that makeup artist to the stars – Charlotte Tilbury – is launching her highly anticipated Magic Foundation online tomorrow. So what makes this a product worth …

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