Tag Archive: LFW

Feb 24 2014

Fast Beauty: Blow Ltd At The Apartment

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As well as enjoying the fashion, catching up with friends and discovering new designers to crush over, I love that fashion week always means that I get to hangout at The Apartment and have a team of beauty professionals make me pretty.

I am so bad at make-up and doing my hair, something other than straight, that I really do need all the help I can get and this season I took full advantage of Blow LTD and their approach to fast beauty – doing a fabulous hair style in 30 minutes, refreshing my make-up in 15 minutes, and even putting a pop of colour on my nails in a speedy 15 minutes – a full look in 60 minutes – what more could I ask for.

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For favourite look out of the three had to be Beach Blow (above), tousled waves to make it feel like summer in this crappy wet weather. I just loved the relaxed vibe of this blow dry, it was just enough curls and volume to make me feel really pretty, plus I loved how they kept my make-up quite natural with just a pop of colour on my lips and cheeks.

I also was also convinced to try on some Eylure lashes, normally I shy away from fake lashes as they touch my glasses, but the lovely make-up artist just used half of the strip to add some volume without them being uncomfortable and I think she has made me a convert and I will have to look into having that done for my wedding. You can’t see them so well under my glasses in these photos but every complemented me on how great they looked – so I will be definitely trying those again.

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Second favourite look was my Power Blow (above), more sculpted waves than the Beach Blow that made my hair look shorter and shinier. I like the slight wave and the volume and even in this rain we’ve been having you could still tell that my hair had been given a makeover.

It is tough to say my least favourite, as I really did love all three blow dry styles, but out of the three the Luxe Blow (below), lots of volume, more glamorous and bigger than the others was just maybe a little too much for fashion week shows, a party yes, running around London probably not. But I am so glad I tried it as it is something I really wouldn’t have normally gone for.

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The whole team was amazing, they made me feel so comfortable and I never felt rushed as it was super quick. They also used the new GHD pastel straighteners on my hair and I am kind of addicted – I think I need to look into upgrading my plain black ones!!!

I really can’t wait to try out more styles off the Blow menu – especially the Scarlet Blow for a night out and the Blow N’ Braid for a bit of fun.

Which Blow Dry would you select?

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**Thanks to Blow Ltd & The Apartment for letting me try out the service**

Feb 23 2014

What’s In My Bag: My LFW Lifesavers

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Each fashion week I always lay out a different bag for each day and each season I never really stray away from one as it turns out to be perfect for carrying all my LFW essentials, which are better known as my lifesavers as fashion week turns me into a right drama queen!!!

Last year I did a blog post on the 8 Things A Fashion Blogger Needs On-The-Go, you guys all seemed to love it, and most of the things I still really agree with – the phone is still important, fast connection is a must, never go anywhere without a pad or a proper camera, and always go for a bag that is not only roomy enough but is comfortable when it is all packed in.

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For the autumn/winter 2014 shows I packed my loaned Russell & Bromley Gilt Edge handbag with all that and more. The major change from my blog post last year has to be the technology, I still agree with ditching the laptop, but this season I am all about the Windows Surface 2 - part tablet, part laptop – just slimmer, lighter and so perfect for putting in your handbag.

I have gushed about the Windows Surface 2 before, I am obsessed with using it while I am cooking with its hand-swipe technology, but it is also great for doing my work while I am out-and-about. Not only is it light, it also comes complete with Office – so it means I can do all my work using Word, which is so much easier than using notepad on the iPad, plus it means that there isn’t a chance of sending copy that has spelling mistakes in, which is so easy to do when you are rushing about during fashion week.

The other piece of technology that has been a lifesaver is the Samsung Note 3, I spoke a little about it in an earlier style post, but I really can’t stress how amazing it has been especially when it comes to editing photographs on-the-go. The camera itself is great, it has an amazing 13 MP, but it is the combination of the large 5.7″ display and S Pen that makes it great for getting the best picture ever, and the pre-loaded editing software is just as good as any of the apps you can download like VSO Cam and Snapseed.

The phone also has a Scrapbook function, I think this is available for all Samsung devices, which is great for organising photos and videos to make them easier to find. The other lifesaving function had to be the multi-window, which allows you view two different applications on the large screen – so I could look at my social media channels, while checking out my schedule for where I was suppose to be heading.

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As well as technology there were three other items that I couldn’t leave the house without – my fingerless gloves knitted by mum, cosy and perfect, my Lola by Marc Jacobs perfume, everyone needs to smell nice, and Soap & Glory’s Kick Ass Concealer, a three-piece camouflage kit that always to perk up my make-up.

What essentials do you swear by for fashion week?

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** Microsoft Surface 2 & Samsung Note 3 were both gifted**

Feb 18 2014

My Style: Jeans & Dotty Heels For LFW Day 5

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Day 5 of London Fashion Week is generally when I am full of ‘fashion flu’, done with all the bitching, too tired to string a sentence together, and so over outfit posing – this season was so much more fun than in previous years that I actually think I left my best and most comfortable look until today.

I rave a lot about Donna Ida and her own collection of jeans, IDA by Donna Ida – I have four pairs and counting and I love each one because they are so flatting, have lots of stretch and are high-waisted for the most perfect fit. These Ice Bright Vintage wash Mabel’s took a little bit of convincing for me to buy from the jean queen herself, I always shy away from such a light finish as I instantly think it will make me look fat, but I actually think these beauties make me look slim, and I never say that!!!

They were also the perfect shade of denim to pair with these cute polka dot heels from Russell & Bromley’s spring/summer 2014 collection that I kindly borrowed from The Apartment. I do love skinny jeans worn with high heels, I just don’t like stiletto height, so these were perfect and they were surprisingly so comfortable even on the cobbled street where Alex and I posed with balloons in front of a crowd of builders.

Finishing off my look is one of my favourite statement T-shirts, a cool wolf which kind of reminds me off those silver foil engraving art sets I used to get as a child. It is from Hobbs NW3 collection and I love that it can be dressed up or paired back with a chunky cardigan and biker boots.

Are you a fan of light denim? Or do you always go for darker washes as it is more flattering?

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My Style: Ida Mabel ankle skinny jeans, Donna Ida // Polka dot heels, Russell & Bromley (SS14 sample borrowed from The Apartment) // Watch, Fossil // Wolf top, Hobbs // Glasses, Retro54 //

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Feb 16 2014

My Style: Day 3 At London Fashion Week

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The weather this London Fashion Week has sucked, it has really thrown me off my outfit picking game, and has made me hate each and every look I have worn for a while. I think it is the fact that you have to rush to get the shot and the fact that the weather is making everyone so miserable – but I really wanted to share this amazing midi skater dress from ASOS.

Wearing this dress felt amazing, super flattering and was a great colour, I love navy, and it is a great length – plus at £42 is it also a great price – I will be wearing this beauty a lot. But for some reason it didn’t photograph as well as it felt, which is probably down to my poor posture and my current uncomfortableness in front of the camera than the dress.

To brighten up the dress I paired with my LFW Russell & Bromley bag - the Gilt Edge, as well as a cute pink watch from Fossil and some silver jewellery.

Nothing too showy, just simple and comfortable for a day of shows.

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My Style: Midi skater dress, ASOS // Boots, Next (c/o) // Necklace, Primark // Gilt Edge bag, Russell & Bromley (borrowed from The Apartment) // Glasses,Retro54 // Watch, Fossil (borrowed from The Apartment) // Bracelet, Bella Jane Jewellery (c/o) //

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**Thanks to Jaclyn for taking my piccies**

Feb 14 2014

LFW Diary: Day 1 – Dinosaur Jumper, Bora Aksu & A Nokia Skirt

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There is a calm about this London Fashion Week, maybe it is because it is like my tenth or eleventh season, I really have lost count, or maybe it is just with the rain I know there is less pressure on my outfits because lets face it I am going to spend the whole five days soaked.

Today, I most certainly got soaked, it poured all day, so no proper outfit picture, just a crappy one taken on my mobile inside The Apartment, but I just had to share as I love this stripy dinosaur jumper from ASOS. I promise that I will share this beauty in another outfit post soon.

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Day 1 at LFW has always been seen as filled with ‘lesser’ designers or ‘emerging’ talent, and some editors and writers even miss it out completely, I am not sure why as the Friday schedule is always packed, and I love the mix of the romantic nature of Bora Aksu with the demi-couture vibe at Fyodor Golan, to the exquisite tailoring at Eudon Choi, and the outerwear chic you always see at Christopher Raeburn.

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Bora Aksu brings a touch of spring to AW14

Always a highlight for me is Turkish designer Bora Aksu, this season he presented a collection that was filled with his trademark femininity and a nod of nostalgia, with a line inspired by the letters his mother wrote while at boarding school. The uniformed school girl and the 1950s silhouette could be seen throughout the collection, which included Peter Pan collars, pencil skirts, high-necks and patchwork detailing. For the most part this seemed like a collection more suited to warmer climates than London, but it was nice to see girlie pinks and vibrant yellows alongside bold blues, oxblood red and monochrome. I can’t stress how much I loved this collection and I promise I will be sharing more images later in the week when I have edited them.

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Hair trend – Plaits

I know it is only day 1 but I have already spotted plaits on the catwalk, from the Heidi meets milk maid vibe of the ribbon plaits seen at Bora Aksu to the edgy braids at Fyodor Golan, which were hidden under sporty hats, and even Jean-Pierre Braganza sent his models down the runway sporting a braid with a white and blue painted strands. I wonder if this will continue throughout all of LFW.

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Technology Meets Fashion

Technology and fashion always seems to collide during fashion week, whether its Google glasses on the DVF runway or Burberry filming their show with iPhones, it seems everyone wants a piece of the fashion pie. Well this season, Fyodor Golan pushed the boundaries by creating a skirt made out of 80 Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphones. The design was really cool to see as each mobile was broadcasting its surrounds so it looked like the colours fluttered when the model moved.

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Pink Isn’t Going Anywhere

One of most coveted items this autumn/winter has to be the pink coat and it seems pink it still on the minds of LFW designers, as it is only Day 1 and we’ve already seen it on the catwalk of Bora Aksu in a soft hue, as well as vibrant bold pink colours at Mark Fast and at Fyodor Golan who added a sports luxe vibe with this textured bomber jacket and baseball cap.

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Blue, Blue, and a bit more Blue

As well as pink, blue hues from baby blue to cobalt blue strutted down the catwalk. At Eudon Choi, the blues were bold, and seen on ruffled dresses and boxy knits, while at Christopher Raeburn the blue hue was more of a pastel share and looked more casual paired alongside khaki on chic outerwear. Dark blue was also used at Bora Aksu, for its cord two-pieces, as well as at Mark Fast for his knitted creations, while a sophisticated blue was seen on tailored pieces at J JS Lee.

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I will be back tomorrow with my Day 2 round-up, and fingers crossed a proper outfit post.

Feb 10 2014

Doll Loving: Barbie x Sadie Williams For LFW

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I always get a little giddy around this time of year, not because Valentine’s Day is coming up, but because London Fashion Week is only days away and I know that Barbie always teams up with an amazing fashion designer. Previously, my favourite doll has been dressed by Sibling, Nasir Mazhar, Fred Butler, Louise Gray, Roksanda Ilincic and she even got a Christmas makeover from Stephen Jones - well coming Friday this gang of tomboy princesses designed by Sadie Williams will go on sale at Selfridges.

It is hard to top Sibling and Fred Butler, I loved them so much I rushed out and snapped up two, but I love how Central Saint Martins’ graduate Sadie Williams has really brought her own vision to Barbie’s expanding wardrobe. The intricate detail mash-up of hand-collaged prints, which reference vintage sports clothing, graphic Amish quilts, and abstract shapes seen in the work of Frank Stella, really does make the perfect Barbie party look.

I have to be honest I didn’t know much about Sadie Williams before, but after seeing her pintsize gowns I am super impressed, and I can’t wait to see more from this young designer. I am suppose to be on a Barbie ban at the moment, I have a wedding to pay for, but I think I love these tomboy Barbie’s too much to let me go – these two beauties below have to be my favourites.

If you love them as much as me, head on down to Selfridge’s Barbie boutique on Friday, the opening day of LFW, and pick up your favourite one-off doll for £120 each.

What do you think of Barbie’s latest designer makeover?

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Nov 11 2013

SS14: Sophia Webster Is Supa Dupa Fly

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Last week I had the chance to see her collection up-close and it was everything I was expecting and more after falling in love with the pictures of her presentation. Granted it wasn’t the same as standing in the middle of the secret garden being serenaded by Katy B, and seeing the models frolicking with the flowers, but I did get to see the incredible attention to detail in each piece.

There is something about Sophia Webster that gets me a little excited – maybe it is the fun girlie vibe of the brand or the kitsch elements, but I can’t help but love her pieces. The SS14 collection is no different, filled with butterflies, ladybird polka dots, bumblebees, with a hint of hilarious 90s attitude on her signature speech bubble clutches – every-time I see the BugABoo clutch I can’t stop singing Destiny’s Child to myself.

My favourite pieces had to be the butterflies, I am slightly obsessed with the fluttering beauties, and her laser cut leather flats and sandals with butterfly wings on the heels are divine. I also adore the cloud perspex heels and the ‘Killer’ heels.

Oh how I would love to flutter into spring in a pair of her heels!!!

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