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26 February 2017

Nottingham Fashion Week Blogger Event | AD

[AD] Nottingham Fashion Week is right around the corner, so in advance of this, I was invited along to the Blogger's Event for a cheeky preview as to what's going to be gracing the catwalks.

The event was hosted inside Beauty Temple, which is a luxurious salon just off of Market Square. The d├ęcor was striking, with lavish velvet sofa's, copper accessories and ornate mirrors. It looked like a beauty lover's haven, and a place I definitely want to go back to for some much needed pampering.

The reception area was the main focal point, boasting stunning draped lighting and a DJ playing the best chart hits. It was adorned with cocktails, cake and pizza. Just off of the reception, was a nail bar, where you can relax with a glass of champagne whilst getting a manicure. There were also treatment rooms, one of which was offering make-overs using Delilah products, which were displayed beautifully around the salon.

On arrival we we're greeted with a pink and super sparkly cocktail, aptly named the Glitter Bomb. It was delicious, and something I'm going to try and re-create at home! There were also some adorable kilner jar mocktails.

MOD Pizza had supplied the event with lots of glorious pizza's and we were also very lucky to receive a free pizza voucher in our goody bag! Who doesn't love pizza. If that wasn't enough, there were also some adorable mini cupcakes for afters.

Once we were thoroughly fed and watered, and had done some much needed catching up with my fave blogger ladies, it was time for the main event.

We were treated to a preview of some of the trends that are going to be featured in the Nottingham Fashion Week Catwalk Shows. What I loved most was the concept of the show's being tailored around the people of Nottingham, and what they can take away from the upcoming trends and then recreate them at home.

The first concept is From Campus to Club, mainly aimed at student life in Nottingham, and being able to translate clothes through both occasions. Retailers such as Primark, New Look, River Island and Dorothy Perkins will be displaying their latest pieces during this show. Perfect to suit all budgets.

The next is Desk to Dinner, aimed at taking workers from their desk to dinner in one outfit. This one has to be my favourite, as I've often had to go from work to events. It's a style I'm trying hard to accomplish in my own wardrobe, pieces that work for all occasions. The retailers featured in this theme will be Warehouse, Marks and Spencer (which I'm loving right now), Next, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Monsoon.

 Finally there was Style Classic's that is aimed at those who love high end fashion. Perfect for working out your next investment piece, with the likes of Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Cath Kidston, Jigsaw, White company and Radley show casing their products.

Our sneak peek included some of SS17's top trends, which included; Check's, Floral's, Fuchsia, Sports Lux, Twisted Tailoring and Born in the 80's. A particular favourite of mine is the super sleek, orange, culotte jumpsuit from French Connection, paired with a simple white tee. This would look incredible in the summer with some sandals for a floaty, relaxed look. Then it would also look amazing on it's own, with some killer heels and a matching orange red lipstick. It's definitely a piece I can see fitting into my SS17 wardrobe.

Seeing the upcoming trends has definitely got me excited for some much needed sunshine, I can't wait to fill my wardrobe with new pieces!

The shows are taking place on Friday 24th March and Saturday 25th March at the Council House, and are perfect for getting some style inspiration before hitting the shops! Better yet, the Nottingham in Fashion event is free to attend! You can book your catwalk show seat here at

At the end of the night we were given a beautiful gift bag to take home. There were some lovely goodies inside including; Treat Kitchen Strawberry and Prosecco flavoured Bon Bons (which look amazing!), a More Nottingham Card, which is a discount card for some great places in Nottingham,  samples of Dior Poison Girl perfume and Diesel Bad, a free mod Pizza, a copy of Exclusive magazine, the Beauty Temple Price List and information about the catwalks themselves.

I didn't get chance to snap any photos of my outfit before or during the event, so I got my husband to take a couple for me when I got home! I went for a smart casual vibe, with a Black blazer, floral wrap top and black skinny jeans.

I'd like to take the opportunity to give a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in organising this event and for making it such an incredible evening of cocktails, food and fashion.
What trends are you most excited to wear this SS17?

15 February 2017

Galentine's Bubbles, Brunch and Beauty with Intu Victoria Centre | AD

On Sunday I was invited for an incredible brunch by the amazing ladies at Intu Victoria Centre, all in the name of Galentine's! We met at the new, and beautiful, prosecco bar, Caffe Rizzoli.

Caffe Rizzoli is located on the first floor of the Intu Victoria centre, its' chic and elegant design is stand out all in itself, but the cake and ice cream cases are enough to draw in even the most determined shopper!

I joined our table and perused the menu, despite it only being 11am, I opted for a Peach Bellini because it was Sunday and why not! The fizz of the prosecco and the zing of the peach puree was a match made in heaven. Bubbles ordered, it was time for the food, we were told that we could order whatever we wanted, and we were utterly spoilt for choice! It was a tough decision, but I decided that I was going to stick to the breakfast theme and opt for the granola.

The service was perfect, the team at Caffe Rizzoli made you feel very welcome and relaxed, especially the owner Jeremy. The presentation was also impeccable, everyone's food looked amazing. I loved the glass dish and fruit arrangement on my granola. The attention to detail didn't go unnoticed.

The granola was tasty and crunchy, which contrasted beautifully with the thick, creamy yogurt on top. I can honestly say it went down a treat! We were told we could also have a dessert, but having had my fill of food already I decided I should perhaps forgo more food! Though admittedly, I was insanely tempted after seeing what some of my other blogging girls had ordered! Instead I treated myself to another cheeky cocktail by the name of Country Breeze.

[AD] After munching our way through Caffe Rizzoli's menu we headed over to House of Fraser for make-overs. On arrival we were greeted with more champagne, we were very spoilt! We were then given the opportunity to have a look around the beauty counters. I headed over to Clarin's, Urban Decay and Bobbi Brown.

For my make-over, I had chosen Bobbi Brown as I've never tried any of their products before, so I was keen to see what they were like. The make-up artist was incredible, I told her to do what she liked as I already had a lot of make-up on. She touched up my existing make-up, added some highlight and gave me a pretty, muted, lip colour using the lip liner 'Pink Mauve'. I was really pleased with how it looked. It was nice to relax and enjoy being pampered.

Even though we had already been extremely spoilt with lavish food, drinks and beauty treatments the pampering didn't stop there! We were given some amazing gift bags and a stunning present from Skinny Dip in the form of a super sparkly iridescent purse, which was such a thoughtful surprise.  Skinny Dip actually have a counter in the Intu Victoria Centre!

We received two gift bags which contained some incredible samples to try out. I've already begun using Clarin's multi-active jour cream, and so far I'm really impressed with it. I'm looking forward to working my way through these generous samples, and will definitely give you my thoughts on them soon!

I would like to thank Intu Victoria Centre, Caffe Rizzoli and House of Fraser for their generosity and for putting together this amazing Galentine's event. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday and I'm so grateful for being invited.

When your next in the Intu Victoria Centre I would highly recommend stopping for a drink or a bite to eat at Caffe Rizzoli, I will definitely be taking my husband on our next shopping trip!

What did you get up to this Galentine's?

11 February 2017

The Striped Embroidery Shirt You Need this SS17


Although spring feels a million miles away right now, I am over my winter wardrobe. I am yearning for some spring warmth, to break out the pastels and floaty fabrics, and no longer be buried under layer upon layer of clothing.

I made my first spring purchase recently, which is this gorgeous, blue striped, embroided shirt from Next. I love the light weight, structured fabric, it'll be perfect for those warmer days. For now I'll be wearing it with a coat!

Embroidery is set to continue being a key trend this ss17. It's translating everywhere, from clothes to bags, to shoes. I personally love the intricacy and vibrant colours that these embroided flowers have on this shirt. They give a staple item a beautiful edge.

I wanted this outfit to be really comfortable and casual, so I decided to wear it untucked and loose with my black faux leather skirt, which is also from Next. This skirt goes perfectly with most shirt's and jumpers and it's an easy to wear piece, which is why I reach for it on a weekly basis.

I popped on some thick cosy tights, and plain black boots to complete the outfit. I decided to keep the rest of the outfit very simple and plain as I wanted the shirt to take centre stage.

My jacket is from Primark, and is classic and structured. I needed to add a black coat to my wardrobe as I have and array of different coloured coats from pink to khaki to camel, but no monochrome, so therefore I needed to add a neutral 'goes with anything' piece to it.

I've seen many stores coming out with very similar styles of this shirt, so it should be easy to find one to suit you.

What do you think?
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