Today is Saint Andrews day in Scotland (Where I live)
St.Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and today is when people get the day off work/school to kind of celebrate being Scottish, i suppose.
I thought that I would have a little Scottish themed post today
First up I want to show you one of my favourite up and coming Scottish designers
Her name is Niki Taylor and she has the clothing label Olanic
Here are some images from her past couple of collections
I really like how her clothes have a girly side but also mixed with a masculine edge to them too

I don't know if I'm being biased or not but i think Scotland has a really great music scene just now, there seems to be new bands appearing all over the place
My favourite band of the moment is one of them
Although frightened Rabbit are a lot more established than a lot of other new bands here
they have yet to break through to the mainstream
But with a new album coming out and this new single i don't think it will be long till they do

And St.Andrews day wouldn't be St.Andrews day if there wasn't any Robert Burns involved
Robert Burns is the most famous poet from Scotland his songs/poems are legendary
In case you weren't familiar with Burns poems he writes them in old Scots language which is basically a slang version of English
So I've put a translation next to the poem in proper English so you can get the meaning
This is one of my favourite Burns poems
It's called
A man's a man for a' that
I think it's amazing that even though it was written so many years ago
It is still so relevant to today

Is there for honest poverty That hings his head, an' a' that? The coward slave, we pass him by -- We dare be poor for a' that! For a' that, an' a' that, Our toils obscure, an' a' that, The rank is but the guinea's stamp, The man's the gowd for a' that.
What though on hamely fare we dine, Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that? Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine --
A man's a man for a' that . For a' that, an' a' that, Their tinsel show, an' a' that, The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor, Is king o' men for a' that.
Ye see yon birkie ca'd 'a lord,' Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that? Tho' hundreds worship at his word, He's but a cuif for a' that. For a' that, an' a' that, His ribband, star, an' a' that, The man o' independent mind, He looks an' laughs at a' that.
A prince can mak a belted knight, A marquis, duke, an' a' that! But an honest man's aboon his might -- Guid faith, he mauna fa' that! For a' that, an' a' that, Their dignities, an' a' that, The pith o' sense an' pride o' worth Are higher rank than a' that.
Then let us pray that come it may (As come it will for a' that)
That Sense and Worth o'er a' the earth Shall bear the gree an' a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that, It's comin yet for a' that, That man to man the world o'er Shall brithers be for a' that.

A man's a man for a' that-Translation

Is there for honest poverty That hangs his head, and all that?

The coward slave, we pass him by -We dare be poor for all that!

For all that, and all that,Our toils obscure, and all that,The rank is but the guinea's stamp,

The man's the gold for all that.

What though on homely fare we dine,Wear course grey woolen, and all that?

Give fools their silks, and knaves their wine -A man is a man for all that.

For all that, and all that,Their tinsel show, and all that,The honest man, though ever so poor,Is king of men for all that.

You see yonder fellow called 'a lord,'Who struts, and stares, and all that?

Though hundreds worship at his word,He is but a dolt for all that.

For all that, and all that,His ribboned, star, and all that,The man of independent mind,He looks and laughs at all that.

A prince can make a belted knight,A marquis, duke, and all that!

But an honest man is above his might -Good faith, he must not fault that

For all that, and all that,Their dignities, and all that,The pith of sense and pride of worth

Are higher rank than all that.

Then let us pray that come it may(As come it will for a' that)

That Sense and Worth over all the earth

Shall have the first place and all that!

For all that, and all that,It is coming yet for all that,

That man to man the world over

Shall brothers be for all that.

P.s excuse the gigantic space between the words and the video i don't know what has happened there!
Oh and i meant to say that i was being funny in yesterdays post
It was meant to be a joke
I dont think drinking beer and cigerettes make you cool at all
But I know a couple of people refrenced that in comments etc
So sorry!


Sophie said...

Love your Scottish themed post today, very appropriate. I love the clothes you have shown, she seems like a really good designer.
Also, I agree Scotland does have a very good music scene, its a shame people often forget about it, I feel the same about Northern Ireland at times as well (but then again i may be biased too). Hope you had a lovely day! xo

Nina said...

Now I know a little more about Scotland! Great post!


kpeach said...

v cool looks and thanks for intro-ing me to that band! xo

GWYN said...

liking the themed post :)

The Haute-Shopper said...

Great tribute to Scotland! I had no idea you currently live there... my husband is originally from Scotland as well (and his family still lives there). Love all the outfits you posted and I agree with you re: the music scene there. I also think that most people tend to forget that Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders are from the area as well.

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