30 September 2010

Style Birmingham

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I spent Saturday with my friend Anna at the Style event. We started off in the Harvey Nichols hub in Victoria Square for complimentry pampering. We both had Butter London manicures and chose Big Smoke as our colour - a metallic navy. I think I would have reccomended the polish more if the manicure had been better - a bit slap dash for me as i'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to applying nail polish. Still they have some great shades and a fairly reasonable £10 a bottle.


Whilst my nails were drying I got chatting to the consultant for Trish McEvoy cosmetics and was talked into trying the concealer, cheek colour and lipstick. I liked the concealer and the cheek creme which came in a handy pink pen, I looked very refreshed once they had been applied - it didn't last the quite the whole day so i'm not sure i'd buy them. The lipstick on the other hand i'm trying to track one down right now.






I don't wear lipstick and rarely wear gloss apart from a quick slick before a night out so I asked for a day time natural lipstick. It was moisturising, super long lasting, it was still looking good 8 hours later, I had no hair sticking to my lips as with gloss, they just felt smooth like they were wearing a lipbalm. The colour was really pretty - shade 'Natural' which is a universal shade, my lips looked like my own only better! I have been looking for day lipstick for ages and as soon as they are restocked in Harvey Nics I will be there.






After the pampering we watched the fashion show in the Town Hall hosted by George Lamb. I enjoyed the show although we were a few rows back for this and couldn't see any of the shoes... I did spot one or two nice pieces from the high street I may take a look at in store.

The afternoon went very quickly after heading to the Mailbox and we collected our goody bags, wandered around the Harvey Nics store with champagne stroking bags and shoes, we didn't buy much, Anna came away with some Mac bits and I bought the Korres jasmine lip butter and jasmine body butter set - smells divine.

Onto the Mac presentation which was really informative and the demonstration was useful for an amatuer like me! I made a few notes of brushes and products I liked and plucked up the courage to be demonstrated on after asking about flicked out eyeliner. I have finally learnt the trick to this and although no master yet I think I can just pull it off.

There was so much going on in all of the main shopping areas and we didn't get to a few but if you get the chance, go next year and splash out on the VIP ticket which I wish we had for an extra £20 (chauffers, front row everywhere, lunch, drinks, better goody bags etc) It's a great day/ weekend out.

29 September 2010

The Show - Bullring Birmingham

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Wow, this is one busy week ahead and the weekend was just as busy.

The Show at the Bullring was brilliant, the best fashion show of the weekend and really good fun to watch.

Here are a few of my pictures.

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For some slightly clearer pictures visit the the photo diary official pictures!

Thanks to Emma at the Bullring for the invite and the lovely goody bag

23 September 2010

Weekend shows

After spending last weekend away im looking forward to spending some time at home. I do have a few nice plans though. On Friday The Bullring have kindly invited me to a preview of The Show which im really looking forward to attending - I shall report back with photos!
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The Show.


'Sit back and prepare to be wowed as Browse: Bullring magazine is brought to life right before your very eyes. You’ll be taken on a journey through the mysterious, daring and glamorous trends of AW10 by a narrator as performers and human statues join an octet of models on stage. Between 24th and 26th September, Bullring will become home to one of the most spectacular shows the city has ever seen as part of Style Birmingham Live.

Located on Bullring’s Lower West Mall in front of Debenhams, you can pull up a seat alongside the striking stage setting or opt for a spectacular viewpoint from one of the balconies above, and be sure to collect your free copy of Browse: Bullring magazine and follow the pages as they come to life on the runway.

A narrator will take you on a voyage through the story of AW10. Anticipate the embellished luxury of Masterpiece, an explosion of colour and prints with Fashion Eccentric, the futuristic shapes of Hyperreality, experiment with the feathered and furred for Into The Wild and ponder the mystery of Enchanted Forest. You can delve deeper into each of the trends heading to the runway during The Show in ‘Show me the trends’.
These trends will be showcased with devastatingly beautiful pieces from shops at Bullring including: French Connection, COS, Debenhams, Reiss, Zara, River Island, Topman, Karen Millen, DKNY, Next, Monsoon/Accessorize, Radley, Office, Dune, Kurt Geiger, Goldsmiths and the UK’s very first Forever 21. Dramatic make-up will be provided by The Body Shop, whilst Regis will create daring, high impact hair to complete the look.'

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Saturday and Sunday i'll be attending the rest of Style Birmingham. It will be the third year i've been now and i've enjoyed each one. The main catwalk show is taking place in the Town hall this year hosted by George Lamb and most of the main retaillers and shopping areas around the city centre will be hosting their own fashion shows and beauty events. Again hopefully i'll get some photos and will report back on the event next week.

Is anyone else planning on attending Style Birmingham? Tickets are only £10 if that tempts you!

22 September 2010

Till next year

The saturday evening we spent in Devon was the 60th party and I wore one of my favourite dresses which i'll put away now until next summer. These were taken at the end of the night after a dance so please excuse the blurs and my shiny slight tipsy face!

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Dress - Topshop
Shoes - Topshop
Clutch - Marc Jacobs

Sunday we headed further along the coast to Paignton for some crazy pirate golf followed by lunch back in Torquay. The highlight of my day was definitely meeting this little boy Barnaby who had just arrived in his new home in Torquay that day.

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21 September 2010

Delightful Devon

This last weekend Matt and I headed to Devon with members of his family for a 60th birthday celebration. Our first stop was Torquay where we had a quick walk around the town and had a fish and chip lunch overlooking the harbour.
 
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Then on to Babbacombe where we stayed. Matt and I went out for a walk and ended up scrambling down cliff paths to the beach. It was such a nice afternoon and alot warmer than it looked on these pictures.

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Dress - H&M
Cardigan - Mango
Boots - All Saints

17 September 2010

Beauty spot - Touch of Silver

I've been using Touch of Silver shampoo and condtioner by ProVoke (previously Schwarzkopf) for about four weeks now and I can't rave about it enough! If you have bleached / dyed blonde hair it is a saviour even if you don't think you need it!


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I bought it after a bad DIY dye job - i'd tried an all over ash blonde which didn't touch half of my hair and left the roots a nice gingery orange colour.....


The shampoo and conditioner were orginally for grey and silver hair hence the name but have since had platinum blonde added to hair colours it works on.
They are both bright purple liquids and a fairly thick consistency and smell so so lovely. The scent reminds me of parma violets and it remains in your hair for a good while.

They claim to stop blonde/ white / silver hair getting the brassiness that often develops over time which I hoped would combat some of the redness at my roots! Not only did it fade the dye on the roots, it left the rest of my hair looking a really clean and clear blonde.


The shampoo can take a little bit of lathering but nothing that would put me off using it and the conditioner is very nourishing - great if you have any bleach on your hair.

There is a weekly treatment which I haven't tried yet which can actually be left on longer than reccomended to turn your hair the ashy grey/ pale lilac colour that has been 'in' recently. I may try this out but not to change the colour, just keep on top of the brassiness.

I found Touch of Silver in a large Boots store but it can be found in some Lloyds Chemists, Savers and online and the shampoo and conditioner are only £1.99 each. I will be repeat buying this over and over again.

16 September 2010

Blog im loving

Bardot in Blue

A pretty blog from Paris filled with pretty colours, stylish quirly clothes, big hair, macaroons, fine food and city pictures. http://www.bardotinblue.com/

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All images Bardot in Blue

15 September 2010

Wedding finery

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I attended my beautiful friend Kate's wedding last week. It was a lovely day, the weather held out, the food was yummy and the groom even recorded a suprise song for their first dance and Matt and I danced non stop for hours to the big band singer until my toes were about to drop off!
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Dress - Zara
Wedges - Nine West
Pearls - Vintage
Headband - H&M
Bracelet - Thomas Sabo & Great Grandmothers
Ring - Croatia
Clutch - Juicy Couture

14 September 2010

Re-vamp

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I have re-designed my blog as I thought it needed a spruce up after a years worth of blogging.

I hope you like it?!

I've tagged all of my posts so its easier to search around for certain posts and the main subjects can be found in the side bar.

Lastly I just want to say thank you for all of your visits over the last year, I really do appreciate everyone who comes to read my blog and your comments x x

13 September 2010

H & M online launch

The new H&M online store launches on the 16th September although you can have a sneak peek and order if you subscribe!


There isn't masses on there so it wouldn't replace a visit to the store yet for me but its brilliant it is now online.

I'm liking this parka as modelled by the lovely miss Wasson. I have no idea where mine has gone so it may be time for a new one.

Chanel - Paradoxal

I stopped by the Chanel counter hoping Paradoxal was still in stock, gave it a quick test in store and I loved it.


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I find Chanel polishes chip easier than my favourite high street brand Revlon but plenty of top coat seems to do the trick.


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The lighing in my photos doesn't quite show the slight shimmer in the polish - it's very pretty.