Friday, 19 September 2014

LOTW // HEAVY METAL BROKE MY HEART

It's taken me a while but I've finally gotten around to blogging my outfit from day one of Bloggers Fashion Week! At first I wasn't too sure what to wear, being that we didn't have any themes this time around, but when House Of Fraser sent me this Therapy stunning dress, I knew instantly that I'd be fashioning it at BLFW!

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This textured skater dress is me all over and I absolutely adore the colour. It's just the right length to be classy and is the perfect fit - it's not too tight but not too baggy either. The structured shape of it shows off my figure and it's really good quality too. The material is lovely and soft but genuinely warm - I have so many dresses that are so thin and flimsy that it's a welcome surprise to wear something like this. The burgundy colour means its ideal for winter too and I'm already planning to wear it with some thick tights and stunning winter boots when the cold weather hits us.

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It's plain - but not boring. I had little effort in dressing it up as it's already so pretty by itself, but I chose to add a belt to clench it in a bit (and to match my shoes too), a silver skull necklace which was a gift and just some loose bangles. Overall I was left with an effortlessly stylish look that suited me down to the T, but was also very feminine too!

It was the perfect outfit for the first day of BLFW as it wasn't too over the top but it was still super classy. What do you think? Let me know with a comment!

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

BLFW // BRAND FOCUS

One of my favourite parts about attending blogger events is checking out and discovering new brands. Meeting brands in such a laid back setting somehow always makes me love a brand more than I would usually because I often have a chance to chat to the faces behind the brand and hear about the company's history or it's values. It's so nice to have a little chat with these people and put a face to a name and I often find myself much more likely to buy from a brand then, just because it's a different way to discover them.

Bloggers Love Fashion week did not disappoint in introducing me to new people. From fashion companies to beauty brands, I was pleasantly surprised and left with a whole new shopping list developing in my mind, already just knowing where I'd be heading come payday!

Didi's Boutique have become a firm favourite of mine and I absolutely love their stylish but affordable fashion. I managed to pick up a loose fitting coral top, a sky blue top with embellished shoulders (which I wore on the second day of BLFW and that my sister has already borrowed for herself!) and a gorgeous but daring and edgy faux leather and lace black dress. Some of their stuff ranges from casual everyday wear to more glamorous fashion for nights out and formal events - all of which is at affordable prices. I like that they do a bit of everything - and even a little bit of daring stuff too - all under one roof for really fair prices.

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Orange Pheasant Feather/Leather Slim Cuff from Sound Chick Accessories
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I adore Sound Chick Accessories, absolutely loving their feather accessories! It's the type of thing that sounds tacky on paper but really, really isn't. I particularly loved their glamorous hair pieces, but the pair of shoes covered in feathers were to die for as well! The wrist cuffs are particularly edgy and different, whilst the earrings are so very beautiful!

Another brand worthy of a mention is Betty's Bikini's who are a fairly new company but definitely caught my eye! The lady behind it all has an array of edgy bikinis on offer - the kind of show stopping ones that you just want to show off or that you want to buy as an excuse to go on holiday. Some are covered in stylish chains, others in bling and bows. If you really want to stand out on your next holiday, then this is where you need to grab your bikini from...

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Folklore Pocket Dress Black, from Fever Designs
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Finally, I am also pretty much in love with Fever Designs, a company that showcases a stunning array of clothing and some full on beautiful vintage dresses. I've never been a huge fan of vintage which is unusual for a blogger, but I absolutely adored some of their pieces showcased at BLFW. A lot of them had a modern twist and some of their dresses had a real funky 60s feel to them. During the task of styling our model, we made sure she tried on some of the dresses from Fever Designs and I've already decided on one dress I want to buy ASAP!

These are just some of the many brands I enjoyed meeting and checking out at BLFW, and are also some that really stood out for me. There are lots of brands I need to check out further and I'm looking forward to rooting through all the business cards I was given and finding out more once I have time! 

What do you think of the brands I've mentioned in today's post? Are you already a fan of any of these? Let me know!

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

LIFESTYLE // RECAP OF BLOGGERS LOVE FASHION WEEK



You may remember that earlier this year I was asked to be a VIB (Very Important Blogger) for the first ever Bloggers Fashion Week. I was lucky enough to be able to return as a VIB again for the second time around and immediately I couldn't wait to see all the other VIB girls.

The event was two days long this time and held in the same stunning location overlooking Leicester Square. I really enjoyed BLFW but felt it was more so to do with the company (seeing my blogger friends) then everything overall. Danielle had done another great job at arranging everything but unfortunately a lot of brands had to pull out (which was out of her control) and put a bit of a downer on things on the first day. I found that for the first two hours, as VIB's there wasn't really much for us to do except for talk to the two brands that did turn up.

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Whereas last year there was a lot more going on with talks, Q&As, a jewelry making workshop and the Mad Hatters Tea Party (as well as a themed dress code for each day), this time around a lot of the event seemed to focus more on showcasing brands. Although this is great and certainly felt much more professional, I did miss the laid back and fun atmosphere from last year and, whilst waiting for the second part of the evening to start, I felt a little bored once I had spoken to both the brands showcasing. 

However, the following day we had the opportunity to style our own models which was quite fun. It gave us the opportunity to talk more with the brands that were there that way and try different items from different brands, pairing them together to see what it looked like etc. I felt the second day was a lot more exciting because we had more things to do so to speak and more brands to talk to.

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The second day also featured a Tweet Boutique which I really loved. Rather then just receiving freebies, brands gave us products in return of following them and sending out a quick tweet about them. I found this quite interesting as essentially, this is what a lot of blogging boils down to when a brand sends out items and a blogger talks about them. It's all a way to promote a brand and help benefit the blogger and I felt this fun and straight to the point 'task' cut out the middle man and made something much more instant.

There were a lot of exciting brands that intrigued me further, including Didi's Boutique, Sound Chick Accessories and more. But of course I will do a post featuring my favourite brands from the event as this is just a quick recap of my time there!

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As always, the catwalks were a lot of fun too. I really loved how as VIBs, we got front row seats with actual seats allocated to us and with goody bags sitting on top. This made the whole event feel really professional and just like fashion shows in London Fashion Week which I loved.

Overall I felt Bloggers Love Fashion Week was another success and I really loved seeing my fellow VIBs again & mingling with some new and exciting brands.

Keep an eye out for some more upcoming BLFW posts including what I wore, my favourite brands from the event and more!

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Monday, 1 September 2014

FASHION // WINTER BOOTS

With the weather being so horrid these past couple of days, I can't help wishing for a nice pair of winter boots to warm my tootsies. It's no longer the weather for sandles, ballet pumps and the like. Instead we're all itching to buy ultra warm boots that will not only keep our feet warm but also, more importantly, dry. Thankfully the shops have answered my prayers and are beginning to stock lots of winter fashion right now which of course includes lots of shoes for winter.

Here are some of my top picks of the boots I'm lusting after right now.

And please excuse my poor Polyvore editing effects, I'll keep practicing, I promise...

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There's kind of a mix here, although typically a lot of boots are in the usual autumn shades of browns, beige and black etc. But thankfully there's a real mix of different styles and not just ugg boots *shudders*. The H&M ones (aka the stylish ones) are probably my favourite which is weird because a few years ago these would have been the kind of style that I'd avoided at all costs! But I suppose working in retail (and around these shoes constantly) does alter your opinion, especially when you see the way they've been styled and I'm definitely loving them at the moment. I think these are the proper 'stylish' pair of the collection.

The ones from Deichmann (the edgy ones) are also a favourite of mine, if even because I've been after a similar pair for a good few years now. Ever since I've seen the biker/military boots (I don't even know the proper name for them) that Sophia Monk wore in Blink 182's video for 'Always', I've wanted a pair. I think they can look so edgy and rock chick but I've found it increasingly hard to find a pair that are a little feminine too as often they look very manly. I spotted these when browsing the shops before work the other week and let me tell you, the picture doesn't really do them justice, 

The going out pair, from River Island, I think are super stylish and cute. These are ideal for a night out when it's really cold outside because no one really wants to be wearing strappy heels when it's been raining or it's snowing or whatever (not to mention heels are really dangerous when it's icy out). These are a bit more safe and warm without being too boring. I think they're also really fashionable too.

The practical pair from New Look are just that - rather then being suede and more likely to get wet for example, these leather look finish boots are perfect for the really snowy days. They're knee high which means they'll be really warm as well, and I doubt the rain and snow will get through these! I'm not too keen on the length of them but the colour is nice, as well as a contrast to the darker browns that seem to be so popular this winter.

Finally, we have the super comfy ones from Dorothy Perkins that kind of have me wishing for cold weather. I can just imagine my feet being sooo warm in these knit collar ankle boots. They're really cute too and I can't stop thinking about how sweet they'd look with thick tights and a skirt, proving that you don't always have to live in jeans or trousers once the weather gets cold.

What do you think? Will you be treating yourself to a new pair of boots this winter? Let me know!

P.S Both H&M & Dorothy Perkins are offering 25% discount online at the moment!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A DAY OUT // INVASION SCI-FI EXHIBITION @ STOCKWOOD DISCOVERY CENTRE

I wasn't actually going to blog about this - and this certainly isn't a review by any means - but I had so much fun at this sci-fi exhibition yesterday that I just had to pop up a little lifestyle post about it. Stockwood Discovery Centre, which is situated just outside of Luton currently has a small exhibition on called 'Invasion', which features props from famous sci-fi movies and the like. Although the exhibition only runs until this Sunday, the rest of Stockwood Discovery Centre has a lot to offer too. There are some beautiful gardens that are lovely in whatever weather, and all year round exhibitions too. It was a pretty gloomy and miserable day yesterday so, as I had the afternoon off work, I decided to go along and check it out so I could geek out a little! 

I'm not a MASSIVE fan of sci-fi movies but I had a lot more fun then I expected to and because my Dad is a big fan of them, I kind of grew up watching them. I was surprised to recognise so many of the props from the films actually. Entry to the exhibition only cost £3.95 and entry to the rest of the gardens and museum was free, so it was a really cheap day out.

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I mostly had fun acting like a child, running around and trying to complete the quiz and squealing with excitement when I recolonised a prop. I instantly recognised costumes from films such as Mars Attacks & Lost In Space (personal childhood favourites!) and more popular sci-fi films such as Star Wars, Star Trek etc. Some of the costumes and masks were super creepy though...

I also got a bit snap happy with, er, snapchat!

After a million laps of the exhibition to ensure we had all the answers to the quiz, we took a quick look around the rest of the museum then spent longer exploring outside. The gardens were really gorgeous and even though I'm not interested in gardening, I've always had a soft spot for pretty gardens. I love the idea of following down half hidden winding paths to discover secret gardens, and Stockwood had lots of these! I couldn't help but think how pretty it would all look lit up at Christmas.

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Even though I've lived in Luton all my life, I can't believe yesterday was the first time I'd ever visited Stockwood Discover Centre! Luton doesn't have much to offer in terms of culture, so it was a surprise to find something so fun and interesting right on my doorstep. I'll definitely be returning this winter if they have any Christmas events on.

Have you ever discovered anything fun right on your doorstep that you didn't know about previously? Or have you (or would you?) ever go to a sci-fi exhibition like this? Let me know!

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