NOTE: My camera’s “Auto Focus” said “Not Today” during this video. I apologize for the blur. Watch it with a glass of scotch and it won’t matter.
This is an unboxing and review of Stillwater Kilts’ Survival Sporran. It’s nylon even though I insist on saying “vinyl.” Nonetheless, it’s well worth the price. Go get one.read more
Charges Dropped, Sgian Dubh Returned to Canadian Bagpiper.read more
I’ve been enjoying keeping up with the work being done at The Kiltmakery. I follow them on Facebook and love seeing daily posts about new kilts being made, the process of making those kilts and even some brain learnin’ when they post facts about kilt and tartan history. I suggest you follow them too. I’ve got it on my list to have them make me a kilt very soon. It will be my first tailor-made kilt. I have dozens “off the rack” kilts and I’m looking forward to finally having one custom made for me. The only problem is, I can’t yet decide what tartan I want. My clan tartans are Wallace and MacDonald but I have a good many of those already from Heritage of Scotland, Kilt Society, Sport Kilt and some other shops which I can’t remember the names of. I’d like something different this time. Maybe even a tartan I don’t own yet. I’m seriously considering the MacDonald Ancient. I think it’s gorgeous and every time I see someone wearing it I want one.read more
We’re looking for new cohosts for the Life In A Kilt Podcast. Interested?read more
Greetings Kilties! Well, if you follow my Life In A Kilt Facebook Page, you probably know I announced earlier this year I would be cutting back on my Life In A Kilt duties. Last month started the 6th year since I started A Year in A Kilt and 5 since Life In A Kilt. During that time my own life has changed and gotten more hectic in several ways. It’s become increasingly more difficult for me to create content for all of the Life In A Kilt outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, videos on YouTube and the weekly podcast. Not to mention this site, which I had intended to turn into a kilt lifestyle magazine. It all kind of grew into a multi-headed monster that I never intended to feed back in 2011 when I put on a kilt for the first time.read more
Kilt people can be a difficult lot to buy Christmas gifts for. You know they love their kilts but you don’t always know what the little trinkets and hanging things are on their kilts and you don’t know whether they even need new ones. Maybe you’re aware that the person you need to buy a gift for has Scottish ancestry but you don’t know how they would like to show that off in their every day life. Is there a way to purchase something Scottish much cheaper than, say, buying them their own Highland castle? Yes, of course there is and Life In A Kilt in cooperation with the Life In A Kilt Podcast is here to help end your search for the perfect gift with our list of 17 Christmas 2017 Gift Ideas for Kilt Wearers. You can read the list here then listen to us chat about the list on the podcast! No matter if your Christmas gift buying budget is high or low, there is something on this list for everyone so make a choice and you’ll be ready to start wrapping in no time. We recommend the plaid wrapping paper with tartan ribbon. Yeah, we’re kilty like that.read more
Christmas and tartan plaid seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether on ribbon prints, wrapping paper, ornaments, blankets, pillows, tree skirts, tablecloths, wreath bows or Santa hats, it seems tartan has always been a part of Christmas our decoration. While a handful of tartan designs have always been the traditional Christmas staples, the last few years have seen new tartans making their holiday appearance, such as the Rob Roy MacGregor tartan seen on many products and decorations at Target and Big Lots. Even Christmas itself now has it’s own Christmas Tartan to specifically honor the holiday season.
If you intend to add tartan to your holiday decor but don’t know where to begin, here are “Life In A Kilt’s 15 Best Christmas Tartans” for your consideration. While we feel like these are the most festive tartans for the holiday season, any tartan is great for adding a traditional Scottish and Celtic element to your celebration, so your own family tartan is a perfect personal touch. For those who would like assistance in their Christmas tartan choices we suggest the following tartans.read more
Two movies that were issued in 1995 immediately spring to mind. They both portrayed real-life Scottish heroes of old. Liam Neeson starred as Scottish outlaw, Robert MacGregor, in Rob Roy and then there was Mel Gibson’s kilt-wearing portrayal of William Wallace in Braveheart. Whether William Wallace actually wore a kilt going into battle against the detestable English is a moot point, but it certainly made for some unforgettable scenes in the movie.read more
The Kilt Number is simply a number invented by an incredibly smart, handsome, studly kilt wearer, who can’t tell up from down. Yeah, okay, I invented it. The sole purpose of the Kilt Number is just to evaluate how often you wear kilts compared to how often you wear pants in your life. Let’s face it, not everyone can wear a kilt 24/7 but if you are able to do so, your Kilt Number would read like this:read more
If you ever had the urge to live in a room full of Royal Stewart tartan but didn’t know how to make it happen, it’s your lucky day! The folks at CustomWallpaper.com have a line of tartan wallpaper that will serve as the perfect accent for your pub, man cave, kilt closet or warrior room. The Royal Stewart pattern comes in two shades of red and if red is not your thing you can choose from several other colors as well. You can find CustomWallpaper.com on their website as well as Amazon and see all of the patterns they have to offer. You’ve been meaning to paint your nasty old walls anyway, right? Well, forget the paint and just wallpaper them! It’ll be like living underneath a kilt! Only without all that moisture and leg hair and… oh never mind.read more