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Sunday, 12 October 2014

AX Paris Autumn/Winter'14 Press Day

Hello!

I was recently invited to attend the AX Paris Autumn/Winter'14 press day. It was nice to see the brand host the event in their hometown of Manchester- there's so much going on here at the moment, I can't keep up!

The press day was held at Black Dog Ballroom on New Wakefield Street where I've attended a few blogger events before, though AX Paris really made the private terrace space unique. We were greeted by cocktails, cupcakes and rails and rails of stunning partywear.









Black tattoo choker- eBay
Gold moodstone chain choker- ASOS
Vintage gold chain- charity shop
Tartan duster jacket- Rare London*
Black T shirt- The Ragged Priest
Black high waist jeans- Primark
Reebok Classic trainers- Bank fashion

Above is what I wore to the event. I wore my new Reeboks as I was going into town to meet friends afterwards and these are so comfy, though kept things a bit smarter with a longline jacket. I'm loving duster jackets at the moment, they're so easy to throw on, and this checked one from Rare London is perfect for Autumn. 




Everyone loves a good photobooth and me, Irena, Martyna and Lily got stuck right in! Always great to see these girls. I was also really pleased to finally meet Gail from The Equinox Fashion who's recently moved over to Manchester from Thailand. There was a bit of a fangirl moment too chatting to Amy Valentine, who's blog I've read for ages.

After catching up with some lovely bloggers- we checked out the clothes! The AX Paris AW14 collection is full of sequins, embellishment and sparkle; perfect for those Christmas parties!

My favourites were the faux fur pieces above- a beautiful cream shaggy faux fur coat (seriously want) and a black gilet.

After a while, the team at Black Dog Ballroom started bringing out an amazing buffet with sweet potato fries, pizzas and mini burgers- my kind of food!

There was also a henna tattoo artist which unfortunately I didn't get chance to indulge in, though from the seeing the other girls who'd had it done, it looked awesome.

Keep your eye on AX Paris' New In section for these beaut new season pieces!

Have you spotted anything to add to your wishlist?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend: Hancocks Jewellers

Hello!

A few weeks ago I was invited along to Hancocks jewellers in Manchester along with a handful of other bloggers as part of their 'Finest Diamonds' event.

Not knowing what to expect, I happened upon Hancocks on King Street, not having noticed it before. I was lead through the shop into the back room where an intimate group of us were treated to champagne and an introduction to the company's collection of diamond jewellery.

It was really interesting to hear the history behind the brand, who've had origins in Manchester since 1860. Still family-owned, Hancocks are internationally-recognised as a leading authority in fine diamonds and gemstones; all on our doorstep!







We were, of course, also invited to try some of the pieces. I fell in love with the beautiful art deco diamond and emerald bracelet above and couldn't resist putting the HUGE yellow diamond ring (well over £100k FYI...) on my engagement finger- had to also send the picture round my friends' Whatsapp group for a larf, totally had them fooled.

It's hard to do the jewellery justice in the photos, being difficult to truly pick up just how sparkly the diamonds are.

I had an absolutely lovely afternoon at Hancocks and was well looked after. We were even sent home with a lovely gift bag and a yummy cupcake!

Are you a fan of diamond jewellery?

Monday, 22 September 2014

Last Day's of Summer: Coral Tones

Hello!

Summer is swiftly leaving us behind (where did it go this year?) as Autumn approaches. I'm actually not sad about that. Autumn is my time.

Autumn/Winter is undoubtedly my favourite season in the fashion calendar. I have friends who are all about the bronzed legs, cut-off shorts and strappy tops of the summer but seriously, give me fluffy knits, rich velvet and chunky boots over that every time.

That said, I am partial to a bit if sunshine, even though my complexion might suggest otherwise.

A few weekends ago, the sun seemingly came out of no where so me and the boy made the most of the nice weather by going out for a Sunday lunch at a pub down the road.

Whenever the weather's not grim (and it usually is in Manchester) and I have a bit of spare time, I always try and get an outfit post shot outside.


Black felt fedora hat- Primark
Sheer floral kimono- DivaDames*
Wu-tang Clan halter crop top- Forever 21
Riding Pants- American Apparel
Religion coral spike clutch bag- Psyche*
Cleated sole patent heels- ASOS

Kimonos have been my saviour for the past few months; they're so easy to just throw on over a summery top to keep the chill out when the sun goes behind the clouds. This one's from a new site I discovered called DivaDames who do lots of trend-led clothing at really good prices.


I found myself wearing lots of coral in this outfit. From the coral tones in the print of my kimono to the gorgeous colour of this Religion box clutch from Psyche. It's the perfect size for a night out for a bit of makeup, some money and your phone. Psyche stock lots of accessories including Michael Kors bags and watches, Olia jewellery and Ted Baker purses. I was pleased to see Religion in the lineup which has been one of my favourite brand's since I was about 13.

This clutch isn't really a colour I would usually choose but I'm glad I did as it adds a nice pop of colour to my typically all-black outfits. It also perfectly matches my new Loreal Colour Riche Intense lipstick that I picked up on a three-for-two offer a few weeks ago. It says that it's for blondes but who I am to be told what does and doesn't suit me!

Are you enjoying these infrequent bursts of nice weather?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Best of British

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This post starts out a little differently. I've decided to include more lifestyle-type posts on my blog because I often get the chance to go to some great events with more of a food, drink and various other random things focus and it would be a shame to miss out on sharing those. I also seem to have less time on my hands nowadays (take me back to being a student when all I had to worry about was whether I could get up in time to watch the Jeremy Kyle repeat at 1:30pm) which means I don't get as many opportunities to do dedicated outfit posts.

Waitrose British Dish Challenge


I was recently thrilled to take up a challenge from Waitrose to recreate a classic British dish. I was more than happy to accept as I love cooking, though this presented a bit of a problem; British cuisine! I actually don't tend to eat many traditional British dishes, I tend to be into more exotic flavours found in Indian, Moroccan and Mediterranean cooking.

I thought about the typically British stuff and the ways I might be able to put my own spin on things. I came to the conclusion that actually, the British dishes I like the most are dead simple; steak pie, a Sunday roast and fish and chips.

It was the latter that I decided to go with. A fish and chip shop conjures up memories of visiting seaside towns when I was younger, or scraping together change with friends to buy a cone of chips to share smothered in salt and vinegar when we were teenagers.

As much as I wanted to reinvent traditional fish and chips, I figured that it's one not to be messed with. Instead I altered the concept slightly and made fish goujons rather than a large fillet so I could have a posh version of one of my favourite variations- a fish finger butty!

Beer Battered Cod Goujons with Crusty Bread and Hand-cut Chips
Ingredients from Waitrose:

Maris Piper Potatoes
Cod Fillets
Crusty Sandwich Loaf
Plain Flour
Sparkling Water
Lemon


Maris Piper potatoes make the best chips. I washed and peeled a handful and cut them into thick, chunky chips. I then parboiled them, then coated them in olive oil and seasoned. I baked my chips so that they were a bit healthier.

I must say that the quality of the cod I got was amazing. I cut the fillets into thick strips, coated in plain flour and then dipped into my homemade batter before frying. I followed this recipe for the batter.


This crusty bread was divine with loads of thickly spread butter.

To add to the English theme, I decided to try some of Waitrose's own brand gin, paired with Fever Tree ginger beer and a generous wedge of lemon. Amazing.


An awesome meal. The man agreed too.

Checked shirt- vintage


Stylefruits Brilliantly British Fashion Blogger Card Game


This post seemed like a good opportunity to share another recent British-themed venture. I was asked by Stylefruits to take part in their annual fashion blogger card deck. This year's pack is titled 'Brilliantly British' and features a set of British-themed statistics for 32 fashion bloggers.



They're so cool and a great way to discover new bloggers. You can nominate bloggers for next year's pack, here.

I'm going to give a pack away to a lucky reader who comments on this post so don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know that you'd like to win the pack!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Reading Festival 2014

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It seems like ages ago that I was getting home from Reading Festival but it was only last week!

This was actually my first ever camping festival and safe to say, I loved every minute.

I didn't take as many photos as I probably should but I got enough to put a little blog post together.

Warning- floral overload!


Sunglasses- Primark
Earrings- vintage
Choker- ASOS
Crop top- Forever 21
Tassle bag- ASOS
Floral culottes- Cow Vintage






Some of my favourite acts over the weekend included Queens of the Stone Age, Duke Dumont, Beardyman, Arctic Monkeys, Andy C, Papa Roach, Klaxons and Blink 182.

We were fairly lucky with the weather, it only seemed to rain at night (other than the last day which was torrential during the walk to the car-grim!) and was actually really hot in the morning and early afternoons. I even got myself burnt, complete with bikini top, t shirt and wristband lines. In a slight hungover haze on Friday we also had a little kip in the main arena at midday and I managed to burn just my knees which now looks pretty ridiculous.

I actually didn't get any decent photos of my favourite outfit which was a gorgeous gingham crop top I got from Cow Vintage with some denim cut-offs, knee high socks and a red checked flannel shirt I bought while I was there.

I think we were also a bit guilty of going overboard with the stick on gems and bindis, they got more elaborate every day!

Have you been to any festivals this summer?



Thursday, 7 August 2014

Sunshine and Beer: Moretti Gran Tour

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Okay so the weather has definitely took a turn for the worse since my last post. This one was a few week ago when we still had glorious sunshine in Manchester.

I went to a great little event by Italian beer brand, Birra Moretti. It was held at the Old Granada Studios which made for such a cool venue. They had made a 'mini Italy' in the studios with different stands offering authentic Italian street food from some of the best-rated eateries in the UK and of course, lots of Birra Moretti!

I was invited as a VIP guest which was great as we were able to try as much as we liked.

I can't even pick out a favourite from the food stalls, it was all so good. I tried most of dishes from the different vendors. I started with gnocchi with slow braised pork shoulder in a tomato ragu from Pasta e Basta; then I moved onto an amazing spit roast pork roll with rocket and and pesto from Forza Win before going in for my fave- pizza! Pizza Pilgrams were offering the most amazing and authentic wood-fired margherita pizzas.

After all that, I was going to give the food a rest until I bumped into the gorgeous Hannah who told me that I must try the deep-fried calzones from Cheeky Italian (yes, they tasted as unhealthy as they sound- delicious though).

And of course I had to try some gelato from Gelupo and an amazing Italian coffee from Terrone & Co.





Sheer leopard print shirt- charity shop
Clubmaster sunglasses- Ray Ban
Backpack- Primark
Metallic gold sliders- Office via House of Fraser*



I was gifted these Office gold sliders from House of Fraser recently and they've rarely been off my feet. The weather has gotten cooler over the past week and I've started wearing trainers and boots a little more- come back summer!

Have you indulged recently?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Afternoon Sunshine

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A quick outfit post.

This is an outfit I wore to a friend of mine's (baby's, obvs) christening that I went to just after we got back from Brussels.



 Clubmaster-style sunglasses- New Look*
Off-the-shoulder floral crop top- New Look*
Belt- charity shop
High waist trousers- ASOS
Bag- Vivienne Westwood
White court shoes- Dorothy Perkins



I'd had this floral bardot-style top for a couple of weeks and was been looking for an opportunity to wear it. It's quite girly for me but I was glad it was there hanging in my wardrobe- can hardly rock up to the church in my usual uniform of ripped jeans and a baggy top.

I was so surprised by the weather! I was expecting to return from Belgium to the usual dreary Manchester skies but it was so gorgeous the weekend we got back.

I had a white blazer with this outfit but couldn't bear to keep it on for these photos. The shoes are also horrendous to walk in, worst pair I have by far; I don't know why they're so uncomfortable! I walked down to my little outdoor blog photo 'spot' in my Nike sliders and threw on a big T shirt with an ice cold drink when I got back in.

The things bloggers go through for a photo opportunity...

Have you had any nice weather where you are recently?