On Friday I travelled waaaay up north near Middlesbough; to cover the newly refurbished opening of the Outfit Teesside store. It made a change from going to London events so I was quite excited. I got to meet up with my blogger pal Steph and meet a couple of northern bloggers.
If you love the Arcadia brands (Topshop, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge & Evans) then Outfit is an amazing place to shop! All of the brands under one roof. We had a task to raid the rails and put a couple of outfits together. I only had two hours in store before rushing back to get on the train again (more on that nightmare journey later on) so I literally went grabbing, hoping that I would have an outfit to put together in the changing rooms.
Here are the looks….
Kimono – Topshop @ Outfit // White Shirt – Miss Selfridge @ Outfit // Gold embellished toe cap courts – Dorothy Perkins @ Outfit // Leather Look Treggings – Topshop @ Outfit // Stag Statement necklace – Topshop @ Outfit // Find your nearest Outfit store
As said in my post yesterday, Last week I took a mini trip to Cardiff to support my blogger friend Dawn for herDress Me Perfect Boutique opening. Named after her blog. Makes me want a Memoir Mode boutique!
We arrived in Cardiff at roughly 3pm and after quickly checking in the Park Plaza hotel we spent a couple of hours looking around Cardiff City center and taking a gander at the castle. After a quick bite to eat I left my Baukjen shirt on (I love this shirt), threw on a floral Lashes of London skirt, put on some heels and made our way over to Whitchurch.
On the 22nd of July (Baby Prince George’s birthday) I made my way into London for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards2013 Shortlist Party, on the hottest day of the year so far. I had plastered my face in make-up and by the time I had reached St Martins Lane hotel – it had completely melted off my face. That is no thanks to South West trains and their unconditioned hell hole trains. If the devil was to choose a public way to travel…he would choose them! Thankfully St Martins Lane hotel is beautifully air conditioned and AOFM pro had a counter to put my face back together again.
This time last Friday I was making my way to Wembley to watch the final Robbie Williams date in the comfort of the Fuse Fashion box. I have never been to Wembley arena before and have never watched anything from a private box before, so I was pretty excited.
A teeny veer away from fashion in this post. Radio/TV presenter, style icon and new mummy Fearne Cotton launched her new collection with Very yesterday. The launch was held at the lavish Home House in Portman Square and I couldn’t resist going along to check it out.
When I get an invite to a themed event..I am there like a bear! In this case I had an email from Blogger & all round social media entrepreneur Abi Marvel who was gathering a group of bloggers together for a Dulux Apartment shin-dig. ‘Dulux’ I hear you ask…how could a fashion blogger possibly write a post about paint?!
Well…Dulux are launching a new product; Ultra White. To promote this to us fashion bloggers Abi had curated an all-white wardrobe – In a chic London Apartment that was accessorised by The White Company. A photographer was on stand-by waiting for us to get our make-up did by Michelle Campbell and nails painted by Nails Inc.
I have a bunch of photos of things I got up to in May that I haven’t blogged about. Some things I only have one photo for so I thought it would be easier to do one big round up post. Things include the Next AW13 press day, House Of Fraser AW13 press day. WIWT & Ministry of Waxing – Wax Off!, Canada Day London cocktail sampling evening, Style Noir magazine Launch party & the Lipsy VIP Awards….phew. So I am starting off with the Next AW13 Press day..
On the same day as the M&S Aw13 press day I went along to check out the Monsoon and Accessorize autumn/winter pieces. I love their glam boho style and after this visit, I was unsure why I don’t shop there more often. Its completely up my street after all; even in the winter months.
I have had mixed feelings about M&S in recent years. The brand has always been the main place where I would head to for underwear. Clothing I would skip straight passed. To me it was the place both my grandmothers would go shopping. A couple of years ago I felt there was a shift in direction for M&S. It seemed they were trying to reach out and appeal to a younger audience; while keeping their existing customers happy.
Aged 8 or 9, the topic we studied in the first term of the year was the Tudor and Stuarts. We visited Castles and learned about the period. Ever since that time I have been highly interested in the Tudors (more so than the Stuarts). I think it was down to the drama, like a 16th century Eastenders. Henry VIII and his 6 wives, annulments, beheading, affairs. Elizabeth I, a strong & successful female leader. A long reign as an absolute monarch – In a time when women were classed as a lower citizen. The last of the Tudor dynasty. Beheading her cousin Mary Queen of Scots (mother of Elizabeth’s successor) for her murderous plots. I could go on all day and there have been plenty of books, movies and TV series telling the story of this fascinating chapter in history.
I love history, I love fashion so what could be a more interesting for me than attending a preview to the exhibition ‘In Fine Style – The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion’. In the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
I am a bit rubbish when it comes to press days. I used to go along and photograph all the clothes on the rails, but the posts gained less than average visits. So I assumed nobody was interested in those types of posts. Or maybe they should just be designated to Instagram?
We all love fashion, but photographs of rails of pretty fabrics is not the most inspiring. Fair enough press days are there for journos & stylists to get ideas of what to include in features, but bloggers generally go along in the hope of getting content for a post… The next day or so. Mainly wanting to use their own images for a personal spin on it.
One of my favourite PR agencies ‘Push PR‘ are a forward thinking agency. They design their events with journos, stylists & bloggers in mind. After seeing them excitedly sharing photos of their cinema ‘now showing‘ themed press day… I just had to go along
Well hello there. In case anyone was wondering, I decided to have an impromptu blog break. Hence not a single post last week. My blogging antics didn’t stop entirely though as Monday night was spent catching up with the girls at Jarlo & Thursday night I was at Next press office. The peeps at Next put together a little throw-back inspired blogger get-together to check out the SS13 collections.
While I was away in sunny Fuerteventura I received an email asking if I wanted to go along to a secret Professor Green gig promoting Barclaycard Contactless. I haven’t covered a music event for a while (well since Guilfest), so jumped at the chance to go along.
I wrapped up warm in my wool sailor slacks from Tara Starlet and blouse from Hedonia prepared to battle the freak blizzard we had on Monday night. Thankfully the German Gymnasium where the Marc Jacobs for Diet Coke bottle design launch party would be held, was only a 30 second walk from Kings Cross station.
Just to warn you there is a bit of nude life in this post. I wouldn’t want for you to be at work and your boss walks past you as you have a very naked lady on the screen. It was erotic, it was crazy, it was theatrical, it was Pam Hogg!
Theatrical it was in more way than one. The English National Ballet joined the models wearing Pam Hogg latex numbers, dancing their way up the catwalk. There was a huge applause after each dancer had finished their routine; the movements and the dark music made it all very bewitching.
I loved the make-up. It was all centered to the middle of the face. False eyelashes that were cut on both sides and I would absolutely like to try, could imagine wearing them on a night out.
I have felt since fashion week last September that this was the show that got away. I had an invite to the show, but it was pandamania outside Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Everybody wanted to watch it and this year was no exception. Even with a photographer pass I struggled to get past security. I finally made my way up to the already crowded photographer pit and was extremely lucky as they wouldn’t let anymore photographers in due to health and safety.
Among the latex and sequined outfits you are more likely to see on Lady Gaga at one of her concerts; there was some wearable outfits thrown in. I spotted a beautiful emerald top and a divine gold rolled neck dress. Of course they had to be Hogged up with a mahoosive hat and fierce shoes! If I was a superstar popstar I would most definitely get in contact with Pam Hogg to design a statement stage costume.
I was absolutely delighted to be able to see this catwalk show. Its not one I would forget in a while and was much more than a catwalk show. thank you to Pop PR for inviting me along.