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Saturday, 20 September 2014

New York Fashion Week

This time last week I was in one of the most amazing cities EVER. Yes, that's right, I was in New York. It's the first time I've been to New York and I was overwhelmed. Everyone tells you it's amazing, but you never quite know just what it's like until you see it for yourself. While I was there I was also lucky enough to attend the Diesel Black Gold collection at New York fashion week. I couldn't believe it myself either, not only was I in New York but I was attending fashion week!!



My next blog post will be about my adventure in New York, but this post is solely on NYFW!




The show from Diesel was amazing (as expected, obvs).  The collection kept the 'cool style' reputation that Diesel has, but it also gave that upmarket feel to the Black Gold selection. It was very rock 'n' roll but with a touch of elegance by featuring black leather and stud detailing, with crop tops and a-line skirts. "This collection is about a rockabilly girl gone New Wave", cited designer Andreas Melbostad backstage to journalists.


I even managed to keep my cool as celebrities such as Rita Ora walked straight past me.



I was actually surprised at the airport with news that I'd be attending NYFW, so as you can imagine, I didn't have much time to plan my outfit. As we were attending the show on the second day, I didn't have much time to shop either! Luckily, I'd packed some decent outfits and managed to get my outfit together! Plus, without even realising, the outfit pretty much fitted in with the show, with a girly leather look! Phew!


Top and shoes: New look
Skirt: Missguided
Bag: (which you can just about see, sorry) Next

Friday, 15 August 2014

Daring to be Bold!

I am in love with my new Ultra Colour Bold Lipstick from Avon. These colours are AMAZING. Not only do they glide on heavenly, but they also look vibrant and stay firmly in place. Avon have released 10 new colours in the Bold range, starting with the lighter nude shades and working up to the darker shades (I only have 8 shades below, but the other 2 shades are just as fab). My favourites are Power Plum and Fearless Fuchsia, the Fuchsia is an amazing barbie pink!


1. Fearless Fuchsia
2. Magenta Flash
3. Bold Bordeaux
4. Bright Nectar
5. Ruby Shock
6. Power Plum
7. Pink Punch
8. Rapid Rose

Below I have on Power Plum; with this colour you don't need a lot of eye make-up as the lipstick speaks for itself, I only applied one coat for daytime, but you can add some more coats for a more dramatic evening look. I always find a good lipstick can completely change your look. As the weather can't really decide what it wants to do at the moment, we can get away with wearing both light or dark lipstick.


You can order yours from an Avon Representative or through the Avon shop

Sunday, 13 July 2014

I'll Bring You flowers In The pouring Rain...

As I'm writing this it's chucking it down with rain, so I'm hoping by the time you're reading it, the sun has decided to show itself. To make myself feel better about the downpour in July (which is supposedly Summer), I decided to buy this gorgeous bright flowery dress. If the sun won't come out, I'll shine myself!

I've teamed this dress with a pair of black heels (which I wanted to just because they were new), but this dress also looks great with a pair of tan heels or some flat sandals for a more casual look. You also don't need to wear glasses with the dress, I accidentally look like I'm auditioning for a Specsavers advert.


Dress: Missguided
Shoes: New Look


 

Thank you Missguided for allowing some sunshine in our lives!



Thursday, 10 July 2014

Go Bright!

Another year another Summer! Head over to the Met Office to hear my views over the Summer on what's hot in fashion and beauty this year....

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/get-ready-for-summer/blog?blogid=9425




Monday, 9 June 2014

Festival Fever

So the festivals have started! There's no better feeling than the sun beaming down, cider in your hand, flowers in your hair and and dancing in a field to amazing bands with all your friends. I went to No Tomorrow festival in Nottingham on Saturday and absolutely loved it. The only down side is it's made me want to attend every single festival for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, I can't afford to attend every single festival, but if anyone would like to take me, please feel free to.



For anyone who hasn't heard of No Tomorrow, it's a festival held at Wollaton Park in Nottingham and included acts such as Clean Bandit, Sam Smith, London Grammar and Jess Glynne, plus DJs such as Duke Dumont and Artful Dodger. So as you can imagine I had pretty sore legs the next day from dancing non stop all day. Luckily after about lunch time, it decided to stop hammering it down with rain, and the sun graced us with its presence. The wellies definitely came in handy though, not sure my white converse would have been very happy with me if I'd have decided to take them along instead.

The other thing I love about festivals is you can wear whatever the hell you fancy. Jumping around in flat shoes and shorts is the dream. 


 Outfit choice
Jacket, shorts and jewellery: New Look
Top: Superdry
Wellies: Next

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Avon's Gel Nails

Anyone else got a gel nail kit that they've no idea how to use? Or is it just me? Don't get me wrong I love the machine and it made a great Birthday present (thanks mum). However, all I've done so far is manage to use it as a tanning bed for my hands. So as you can imagine, I was jumping for joy when Avon revealed they would be releasing their own range of gel finish nail wear, and you don't even need to use a machine! Wahoo!

                                 

The colour I have on below is called Very Berry. The shine that comes off these nail varnishes makes your nails look like you've just had them professionally gelled. They are a base coat, colour, shine and top coat all in one. What's even better is they dry in minutes, they come off with normal nail varnish remover AND they are currently only £3.50! Bargain! 

                                      

The gel finish varnishes come in 24 different colours. I'm off to get the other 23 colours before anyone else gets to them first.....

                                     

Friday, 23 May 2014

Raymond Blancs - LeManoir

Oh.Em.Gee. A couple of weekends a go I had possibly the best food I have ever had in my life. 2 weeks later and I'm still wishing I was there. My boyfriend, his family and I visited Raymond Blancs restaurant LeManoir in Oxford. It was for my boyfriends mums 50th and from start to finish the experience was amazing. The restaurant itself is just a spectacular thing to see (as you can see from the photos below). When we first arrived we were shown to a gorgeous lounge on some sofas in front of the fire, with cocktails and the tastiest canapes ever! After we had finished these we were taken through to the restaurant which was obviously laid out to perfection.

We all decided to try the 7 course taster menu, every single course was presented perfectly and tasted like little bits of heaven. I apologise for the lack of photos, I'd gone in there thinking I was going to take a photo of every course, but I got so info the food that after a couple of photos I completely forgot! The service was on another level and every member of staff made you feel extremely special.

                     
                    

                    

We even managed to spot a couple of famous people! I'm usually like the paparazzi when I spot a celeb, but as we were in a posh restaurant I decided to pretend it didn't phase me and left them to eat in peace. If you have a special occasion coming up, I'd definitely recommend attending here. Or add it to your 'things to do before you die' list..... It's definitely worth it!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Working with the Met Office

Last year I was extremely lucky and was selected to do some freelance blogging for the Met Office over the Summer. This was a fantastic opportunity and it definitely made me realise my passion and excitement for blogging. It was a risk on the Met Office's behalf, we all know they are the 'Weather People' so for them to start blogging about fashion was a completely new path. However, it paid off and I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity.

 
 
 



The stats over last Summer were:

The web pages achieved a total of 111,511 views (between 02/07/13 - 19/09/13)
Social media figures
  • Reach of over 2 million for the #loveukweather hashtag  - helped reach new social media audience through retweets from partners such as New Look, Boohoo, Visit England etc
  • Over 1000 social media interactions with our posts about Get Ready for Summer (likes/retweets etc)
  • Over 100 user submitted photos of UK summer weather
  • Facebook – total views of grfs posts = 60,000. Most popular was extreme weather videos with 12,500 views. Age range = 29% 25- 44
The links for my articles on the Met Office are below:

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Company Blogging Forum

The Blogging events are getting back into full swing this season so I wanted to share some photos from Company's Blogging Event that I attended last year. If anyone is thinking about attending a blogging event I would definiately recommend it. I got to meet fellow bloggers, learnt some great tips and even got some freebies!



For me personally, this blogging event shown me how much social media has evolved. I remember when I first started using social media, it was all about Myspace and MSN. Blogging wasn't a big thing then and Twitter didn't even exist (I know.. imagine that!).  The event also helped me to realise how big blogging now is. When I first started a blog, I did it because I loved to write, but after attending this event, it shown me that I can actually turn something I love into a career! Thanks Company… I owe you one.

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*Photos courtesy of Company

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Barry M Matte Nail Varnish

I've heard Barry M nail varnish is a pretty big deal, so I just had to go out and see for myself. I chose this matte colour in 'Crush' because I am addicted to dark colours and I think this looked a nice rich hot colour! I've gone for matte because as we know the whole 'leather' look is very in at the minute so I thought 'why not leather my nails!?'



I have had this nail varnish on for a week now and it has hardly chipped. Only the very ends needed reapplying and the colour hasn't faded and doesn't look dull, so we don't need to repaint our nails everyday! Hurrah! The matte effect really does make your nails stand out and I think it makes a change from having shiny nails everyday, it's a bit more edgy and rock 'n' roll!




When we are looking all pale and dull due to the weather, at least our nails will catch attention! Add some silver rings and a leather jacket to vamp the look up a bit.




I'm off to buy the rest of the matte colours!