Sunday, 12 October 2014

AX Paris Autumn/Winter'14 Press Day


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


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?

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