Sunday, 22 March 2015

Marks & Spencer Bring Fashion Week to Manchester

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Another season has gone by with me not attending London Fashion Week! Every time it comes around, I pledge to go and then something always crops up and scuppers my plans. There's always September...

Luckily, Marks & Spencer chose Manchester as the only non-capital location to host their exclusive Spring/Summer'15 catwalk show, which was held to mark their involvement as an official sponsor of LFW.

Sitting front row with some of my fave girls by the purpose-built runway at the Market Street store, we got a glimpse of the brand's key new season looks which if not already available, will be hitting stores very soon!

Front row Marks and Spencer SS15 Fashion Show Manchester
Frow-ing with Chyaz (and her lovely sister) and Anna
Marks and Spencer SS15 Fashion Show Manchester look 2 3
Marks and Spencer SS15 Fashion Show Manchester look 1
Marks and Spencer SS15 Fashion Show Manchester look 4 coral lace

The show was opened with a speech from Belinda Earl, M&S' Style Director. We were also shown a short film before the catwalk show which was produced with footage from London Fashion Week and outlined some of the season's top trends and how M&S had interpreted them for their own collections.

I loved the looks that were sent down the runway - as someone who doesn't really shop in M&S for clothes, I was surprised by how on-trend and wearable the pieces actually were!

There were some great monochrome looks which were really clean and minimalist; lots of floral prints and bold spring shades like coral and bright blue, plus plenty of seventies-inspired pieces with plenty of suede and denim. The 70s trend is undoubtedly one of the biggest of the season and one of my personal favourites too.

What spring trends are you loving right now?

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Branded Lab Spring/Summer'15 Showcase: Get Branded

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I recently went along to PR agency, Branded Lab's Spring/Summer showcase - 'Get Branded'.

Branded Lab look after some great high street fashion brands and as I'm not so familiar with some of the labels they represent, I was really excited to see their SS15 collections and get to know them better.

The brand showcase was held in Manchester's amazing Rosylee tearooms - one of my favourite places which has recently been transformed into more of a restaurant; I haven't been in for a while so it was great to see the changes to their menus and decor.

Pieces from South Avenue
Bejewelled Coord by KoKo Couture
Pick 'n' Mix!
South Avenue Coord and NaaNaa paisley playsuit
Alex and I looking at the ranges and being papped by photographer Sophie Lobban

Rosylee provided the perfect atmosphere for a fashion event - the inside is so sophisticated yet still maintains that Northern Quarter quirkiness. It has a real vintage feel to it and lots of pretty touches like interesting light fittings and plants around the venue.

While being treated to delicious, classic spring cocktails and the most incredible mini desserts (not ashamed to say that I tried all of them!), it was great to catch up with some of my favourite bloggers as well as meet some new faces.

On to the collections! I was really impressed with the brands on display which included British-made leather bags by Harriet Sanders, Jailbird Jeans, Ruby PromNaaNaa and South Avenue. The latter two brands were behind my favourite pieces of the evening which I've photographed above: the dreamy pastel pink Clueless-inspired check coord two-piece set and the cool boho-style red paisley playsuit.

Thanks to Branded Lab for a great evening and for a fabulous goody bag which included products from Lipcote, Elf and Avon - as well as a huge bag of sweets from their amazing pick and mix stand!

Have you seen anything you'd love to wear this spring from these brands?

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Rose Gold and Aqua Stones

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A jewellery-based post for you. With Mother's Day coming up, it's the perfect opportunity to give (or receive!) something special.

I was lucky enough to get a closer look at a beautiful piece of jewellery from the 'Bronzallure' collection available at Chisholm Hunter, a UK jewellers with heritage dating back to 1857 -  they've got a store in Manchester too!

Mac Velvet Teddy lipstick worn with drugstore Maybelline Velvet Beige Lip Liner
Bronzeallure Rose Gold necklace with stone

This rose gold plated necklace is made from a unique bronze alloy metal, plunged into 18ct rose gold and finished a aqua-coloured chalcedony semi precious stone charm.

I'm definitely not one for dainty jewellery so I absolutely love how chunky the rolo chain is. Despite its thickness, the necklace is surprisingly light due to the alloy base metal.

My favourite feature of this necklace is the unusual fastening. While a typical necklace closes at the back, the large lobster clasp on this pendant is designed to be worn at the front. I love how you can adjust it so that the stone hangs lower on your neckline.

I had the idea that the necklace would look great fastened tighter and put on backwards so that it was almost like a choker chain from the front, but with the lovely aqua stone hanging down the back. I've paired it with a low-back crop top below but I think it would look gorgeous with a backless or cut-out back evening dress.

MAC Velvet Teddy worn with chain necklace
Bronzeallure chain necklace worn backwards, Japanese tattoo

The Bronzallure collection is new to Chisholm Hunter for Mother's Day. The range is inspired by classic Italian design and given a modern twist with stones like topaz, quartz and amethyst.

You can view a great selection of Mother's Day gift ideas on their site, here - which includes well-known brands like Michael Kors and Thomas Sabo.

My readers can also receive 10% off site-wide by entering 'BLOG10' at the checkout!


On another note, I can't get enough of MAC's Velvet Teddy lipstick which I'm wearing in the photos above. I know it's not exactly groundbreaking news anymore and I'm not usually one to buy into celebrity makeup trends but I actually seriously adore this shade and I never would have chosen it without its huge rep! Not wanting to splash out on a MAC lip liner as well, I've paired it with a Maybelline liner I picked up which I think works really well - it's called 'Velvet Beige' from the 'Color Sensational' (cringing at having to write the American spelling) range.

I also can't wait to blog the playsuit I'm wearing in the top photos - I recently bought it from Boohoo after spotting a presenter on MTV wearing the White version and tracked it down! I'm going to Amsterdam for a few days towards the end of next week and will hopefully get some outfit shots in to share once I come back.

Are you looking forward to treating your mum (or being a treated mum) this Mother's Day?



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Sunday, 8 March 2015

A Day With Chiara Fashion

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Wow, this post is so overdue! I lost the photos on my SD card from my day with Chiara Fashion last year, but luckily I've managed to recover them.

Chiara Fashion invited me and a handful of other bloggers to their HQ in Leeds for a day of pampering, clothes and a photoshoot.


We took it in turns to have our makeup done by the fantastic, Marta. In between having our hair and makeup done we were running around trying to get our five chosen outfits together - which was an ever-changing challenge as we all kept discovering new pieces we loved!

It was great to spend time with my blogger buddy, Jess and also get to know some great girls I've never properly met before; Sarah of Sequin This, Laura of A Forte For Fashion and Hollie of Hollie's Closet.

My favourite outfit of the day was the grid print co-ord pictured above, worn with a black duster jacket. I also fell in love with a red tartan jacket which I took home with me and have worn so much since the day of the shoot.

Thanks to Chiara Fashion for a great day. They really looked after us - getting us Domino's Pizza for lunch sealed the deal for me!

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Thigh High Boots and a Spring Knit

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A quick outfit post from a recent chilly spring day.

Black fedora hat - Primark
Gold chain - charity shop
Gold digital watch - Casio
Leather & suede backpack - Oasis
Grey fine knitted long cardigan - Shelikes*
Black cut-out shoulder dress- Motel
Thigh high chunky boots - Public Desire


I always find this time of year the most difficult in terms of deciding what to wear. Once February hits, I always want to buy tons of new spring clothes - problem is, it's so cold at the moment that I can't even contemplate wearing most of the new season arrivals outside!

I've been wearing this oversize fine knit cardigan from shelikes.com all the time recently. It's perfect just to throw on as an extra layer when it gets a bit chilly.

My new thigh high boots are great for keeping my legs a little warmer too. I've seen loads of over-the-knee styles around recently and these ones are so comfy due to the platform and chunky heel, plus they stay up well thanks to the elastic panel in the side - I've seen quite a few bloggers find that some of these boots go baggy around the top and fall down.

What are you wearing most at the moment during this period of unpredictable weather?


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Monday, 9 February 2015

Valentine's Jewellery at Argento

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I'm sure it hasn't slipped anyone's mind that Valentine's Day is fast-approaching (not that I go crazy with it myself or anything!). Jewellery is always a winner as a Valentine's present but I think it can be hard to find somewhere that sells a great mixture of brands at reasonable prices; other than maybe Argos - though you won't score any points for buying us Elizabeth Duke, boys!

Step forward, Argento Jewellery; a site I've recently been introduced to. As well as selling big brands like Thomas Sabo, Pandora and Links of London, they also have a great range of lesser-known designers to discover.

Argento recently sent me a blogger 'Valentine's Box' which was really sweet and has introduced me to my new favourite affordable jewellery brand, August Woods.

In my blogger box, I got a selfie stick (how did I live life without one before?), some tanning mousse by Vita Liberata and the necklace below by August Woods.

Rose Gold Flower Necklace by August Woods


The necklace is actually probably a little too feminine for my tastes (not really one for flowery jewellery), however there are some amazing August Woods pieces on the Argento site, which is an exclusive brand. In particular, I love these Gold and Silver Rope Hoop Earrings and this amazing Ruby Red Druzy Stone Necklace, which is only £5 in their sale! The brand seems to have an abundance of lovely rose gold jewellery too, like my necklace above.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I've picked out my top four gift ideas for the big day. I am completely in love with the Olivia Burton watch, anyone buying?



As you can see above, Argento have their own brand which I feel is incredible value. There's loads of vintage-inspired jewellery featuring coloured stones in the range.

If you've seen anything you like in my picks as a present for someone else or just a gift for yourself, there's currently an offer online to receive a free heart bracelet when you spend over £50.

You can also get an exclusive 20% discount by using LOVE20 at the checkout!

Are you hoping to receive some jewellery this Valentine's Day? Which is your favourite piece above?

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Manchester Meets Las Vegas: DivasGlamVegas!

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Last week I attended a very glamorous event, allowing me the chance to get properly dressed up (for once).

The event, which was held at the ultra-glam Milton Club in Manchester, celebrated everything Las Vegas; complete with a roulette table, indulgent cocktails, a photobooth and even our very own Britney Spears!

Me left: Necklace - Vivienne Westwood

The #DivasGlamVegas event was hosted by Thomas Cook Airlines who really knew how to look after us. The Milton Club was a perfect venue for a Vegas theme as it's so opulent inside (and they can make a great cocktail, which is of utmost importance in my book).

There was such a feel good vibe and I really enjoyed trying my hand at roulette (which I was shocking at!) and messing about in the photobooth with Fikki and Lola from Pastime Bliss and the lovely Frances at Frances Cassandra, as evidenced above!

There were also some great mini makeovers on offer like ombre lips and sparkly eyelashes - the perfect finishing touch to our diva looks. I was actually a little apprehensive about wearing my dress as it's pretty over-the-top compared with my usual uniform of ripped jeans and trainers; though it was great to see that everyone else seemed to have gone all out for the Vegas spectacular.

I would absolutely love to visit Las Vegas myself. I'm sorry to say that I've never travelled further than Europe - I would love to see more of the world but struggle to get enough funds together for a big trip away. I was pleased to hear that Vegas is a little more within reach as this event was to mark the introduction of affordable return flights to Vegas from Manchester Airport, as well as a handful of other airports, which start from as little as £549.

Thomas Cook have put together a great mini website full of tips and ideas for things to do and see in the city, especially for us chicks! Get the low down, here.

Have you been, or would like to go to Las Vegas?

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