Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Smoke and Mirrors

Here at Tantrum, we're blessed enough to have a whole bunch of cool, creative, artsy friends (and fans!) One such friend of ours is illustration student and all round cool-girl, Shauna Tranter, who, alongside her studies, will soon be launching a store, Smoke and Mirrors, selling handmade items including clothes, accessories, artwork and objects. 

The first original pieces available to purchase from Shauna's store are these incredible, individually handmade and hand-painted skulls, currently available in bubblegum pink and a lime green, all featuring unique hand-painted designs to finish. Reminiscent of popular Mexican Day of the Dead skulls, but with more of a contemporary and fresh twist, these quirky pieces are already incredibly popular with us at Tantrum, we can't wait to get one of these beauties down to brighten up our HQ!

Handmade Skulls by Smoke and Mirrors, £25 (including UK p&p) 
email: shauna.smokeandmirrors@gmail.com to purchase or for more info!

Sunday, 15 July 2012


Now, you guys know that when we come across something (or someone) cool, we can't keep our mouth shut. We've got to share it all with you, because we're just super kind like that... So, fans of fashion, graphics, design and independent brands, meet KILL JOSS.

KILL JOSS are a Glasgow-based lifestyle and apparel brand. Representing a fast-growing culture of creatively beautiful youth, they want to "Show our lives on clothing". With the motto "Apparel you would be proud to be buried in", this creative brand have a self - confessed "Fuck It" attitude to life.

The KILL JOSS trio is made up of three best friends (and siblings!) all from diverse creative backgrounds, ranging from hair-styling, blogging and designing to visual merchandising. The blog has been going strong for two years now and the UK and USA online stores both opened earlier this year. The entire operation from designing, organising photo shoots and packaging/delivering their hand-made pieces takes place in their HQ in Glasgow's chic Merchant City area.

Our personal faves include the "Dress like a doll, swear like a sailor" shirt (because, well... duh.) and the cool, graphic Blood Diamond shirt, but with so many one-of-a-kind designs to choose from, it's a tough pick! With their edgy and well-designed, high-quality pieces, we're predicting big things for this Scottish trio. And if we're being totally honest, we just really want to be part of the KILL JOSS crew... Well, wouldn't you?! 

Find out more at killjoss.com
Follow the team at http://www.facebook.com/killjoss and @killjoss

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Jewellery by Jaymie

We love many things, it's true. Some of those things include Morrissey,  Pugs, Kurt Cobain, Americana, Unicorns, Pineapples, Chanel No.5 and Brigitte Bardot. So it's no wonder then that we also love Jaymie O'Callaghan, the messy-haired, cat-loving, tea-drinking, film-nerd and fashion enthusiast whose whimsical collection of jewellery features all of the above and more!

The 22-year-old illustrator/blogger/jewellery designer is inspired by different era's (all of them!) and counts silver screen icons Audrey Hepburn & Marilyn Monroe as some of her biggest influences (alongside sparkles, flowers, pastel colours, fairytales and "Marie Antoinette-filled enchantment and whimsy")

Jaymie's unique creations feature her own hand-drawn illustrations of all the things that inspire her, fashioned into cute and quirky little necklaces and rings. Now, we don't know about you, but we just can't wait to pay homage to our idols (and cute bow-tie-wearing cats...) by wearing these one-of-a-kind handmade beauties round our necks! 

Find out more about Jaymie and her work at:

Jewellery by Jaymie: http://jewellerybyjaymie.bigcartel.com/
Facebook for Illustration: http://www.facebook.com/pages/By-Jaymie/149651425077566
Facebook for Jewellery: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jewellery-by-Jaymie/219965524745707
Tumblr: http://jaymieocallaghan.tumblr.com/