Nottingham Intu Fashion Event 

The afternoon started with Bellini’s whilst sat in Rizzoli’s and the sun streaming through the glass roof. How fancy does that sound? Well, as one by one the bloggers started to arrive we each got treated to a flavour of choice Bellini and our own section in the restaurant of Rizzoli’s chatting away and snapping photos of menus and drinks, mainly because Bellini’s are very Instagram-able, who knew? This was all in aid of the celebration of Nottingham Fashion Week. There was plenty to see and do including catwalk shows and the beauty bus which I shall talk about more later. 

This event was organised by the lovely people at Intu Victoria Centre and the next part of the day was in the throw of things. On a backdrop of the latest trends was going to be a fashion show every hour. We were able to watch one showing new pieces and the Spring trends being sold at the Victoria Centre. These included embroidery, fuschia and frills along with how to style the pieces again with different accessories to make an outfit go from daytime to evening. 

The show was great to watch and take photos of to remember the key items I would like in my wardrobe. The fuschia jumpsuit was an absolute favourite of mine, being wearable, bright and how it could be dressed up or down it would certainly suit my style. Another was a piece on show behind the models, a jacket from River Island featuring embroidery and stripes. 

When the fashion show had finished we again had the opportunity to take photos of the pieces and ask questions about anything we had seen. It was here when we also got photos taken of ourselves by the ‘paparazzi’ a great addition to the event on a busy Saturday. 

Next on the agenda was our Fashion Challenge. We each picked out a ticket from a lucky dip attached to a gift card for the Intu centre. Our task was to use the gift card to purchase an item linked to the phrase on the ticket. These phrases included Seeing Red, Nautical Stripes, Ruffles and Frills amongst others. I pulled out Ruffles and Frills and was very happy as I love the trend right now. We had just over 30 minutes to complete the challenge so three of us grouped together to name the shops we were going to visit and head to each. Yes, we actually had some form of tactics. It’s serious business when you have a time limit on purchasing clothes. 

After a quick run around we each found a piece to match up with the cards given and were happy with our purchases. We then took them back to meet up with the others at Handmade Burger Company which we were again very much treated! Over burgers, fries and a gin and tonic we chatted and showed each other our items. Some girls had bought shirts, some scarves and some lipsticks relating to their red or pink theme. 

Once the day had finished we all went our separate ways, a couple even going back to use their remaining gift card. I can say that it was so far the best Bloggers Event I’ve been invited to and wish to thank the organisers at Intu Victoria for bringing it together. 

If you went to any of the Nottingham Fashion Week events, let me know and tag your blog links below. I’d love to see them! 

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Nottingham In Fashion Event

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to the Nottingham in Fashion Bloggers Event. It was held at The Beauty Temple in Nottingham city centre to include a fashion show and cocktails as well as offering make-up tips and a sneak preview of what would be at the Nottingham in Fashion catwalk shows towards the end of March. 

On arrival I was greeted, shown where everything was and quickly started taking photos. There weren’t many bloggers there at this point so I took my photo opportunity while it was quiet and got most of them in. After a little walk around the salon I spotted the cocktails; glitterbombs with plenty of glitter! They were gorgeous and I am definitely going to be using edible glitter to make them at our next party. A lovely surprise was that the cocktails were not a one off for our evening at The Beauty Temple. They can be served whilst you have your nails done or treat yourself to a pedicure and add a great touch if you and friends want to celebrate something while you get pampered! Hello Hen party ideas? 

A treatment room to the side showed off the make up brand Delilah that is sold at the salon and a therapist was on hand to answer any questions and trial the make up if you  wished. I didn’t do this on the night but would love to try some of the products after seeing them all laid out. Another brand they sold was Elemis and as we all know I’m a mega fan I think I’ll be treating myself to a pre-wedding facial at some point. 

The event continued with more cocktails being poured and the pizza, brought by MOD pizza, being very much eaten. It was soon time for the fashion show which would give us a little hint as to what themes and pieces would be seen on the catwalks the following month. The outfits were supplied by various companies such as Cow, John Lewis and Jigsaw.

One of my favourite outfits of the evening was from the Statement Sportswear range. As a fitness instructor I am constantly trying to pull the sport luxe style off in class so taking it outside of work and making it more wearable and casual is perfect for me. The outfit consisted of a white t-shirt and essien crepe jumpsuit, both supplied by French Connection and priced at £30 and £100 respectively. 

After the trends and clothes were shown we continued to chat, take photos and tuck into pizza and nibbles. Towards the end of the evening we each received gift bags which included sweets, perfume samples, a magazine and a VIP show ticket for the main event. 

The catwalk shows at the Nottingham In Fashion events in March will be themed From Campus to Club, From Desk to Dinner and Style Classics, just in case you wanted to see a specific style. Each will be showing different retailers from Primark and New Look to Ted Baker and Cath Kidston. I can’t wait to attend and I’m looking forward to seeing the clothes and shows in all of their glory. If you are attending any of the fashion events let me know. 

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Wedding Dress Shopping Experiences and Tips 

Your wedding dress is probably the first thing you think of when you start wedding planning. You may not want to go shopping for it straight away, maybe choosing your venue and themes first, and I have heard some stories where it has been one of the last things a Bride-to-be has purchased. I wouldn’t dare have let my mum sweat that much. 

Having already purchased my dress I will say that I could do it again and again. Not to change my mind or buy another, just to try them on. I have always been a bit of a material geek appreciating a good quality fabric (again, hi mum) and wedding dresses are made of silks, satins, metres of tulle and and beautiful lace. Whether they are simple in cut or have ruffles and layers or plain and sleek or covered in embellishments there is something out there for every bride and I truly believe you should love your wedding dress. 

I took a visit to the I Do Bridal boutique in Mansfield recently and the ladies welcomed me very warmly. There was a bride to be purchasing a dress whilst i was there and before long we were all talking weddings and dress shopping experiences. The lady who was a little older than say most brides talked about her previous experience whilst looking at wedding dresses at another salon. Unfortunately this wasn’t a happy one and she had been made to feel unimportant, not what any bride wants before her big day. I can honestly say her and her husband to be (who was with her but not allowed to see the dress!)had a lovely time at I Do Bridal and was completely turned around. 

The manager also spoke of another customer who had been shunned from a different salon for bringing a pushchair into the shop after just having had a baby. Now I cant speak for everyone but the woman just pushed a child out, can she not be given a little respect please? Without a doubt she took her custom elsewhere and it is here where I encourage this behaviour. I believe it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said something along the lines of ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’ If you aren’t being shown respect and decency when you intend to be spending a small fortune don’t shop there. 

Another thing I learnt from my visit was the importance of skill. ESPECIALLY when it comes to wedding dresses. Having met the seamstress we were able to talk alterations and the skill required. My mum (being a seamstress herself) recently altered a wedding dress that had apparently already been made to fit. In this case it was rather uncomfortable until she made significant alterations to the style to make it wearable. When you have chosen your expensive and beautiful wedding dress make sure you don’t get your sister who stitched a button on once to take the hem up. In some cases even make sure you like the look of the boutiques alterations before you put your money down. You don’t want to be staring at any wonky hems or an oversized bodice two days before the ceremony and worrying!

I had a lovely time in the salon taking photos of dresses, looking at the styles and even seeing another couple make their own wedding plans. If you are going dress shopping anytime soon make sure your comfortable in the store and have people looking after you that know what they are talking about. You could walk in expecting to purchase one style and walk out with another that suits you ten times better!

Good luck wedding planning and thanks for reading!

5 Pairs Of Shoes For Every Girl

1. Black Heels. To go with everything in your wardrobe. Sometimes you can even have multiple pairs of black heels and that’s ok too. These are the shoes you go to when you can’t find anything else for your evening out. You don’t have to stop at black courts, if you are feeling a little more adventurous go for suede, laces or decoration. They are the shoes that dress up jeans and a tee yet still go with that stunning dress for that special event. 

2. Converse. High, low, neutral or coloured they are comfortable, constantly on trend and you can style them with so many outfits. They are perfect to spend the whole day discovering a new city or for putting on with that summer dress and feeling comfy and cute at the same time. 

3. Black Boots. Along the same lines as the heels but this time I’m going to allow a little bit of interpretation here. Some have a little heel, some have no heel and if you find the right pair you can spend a whole weekend away in them. Ankle boots with a small heel are great for this as you can shop in them during the day then dress them up at night.

4. Trainers. If you’re heading to the gym, out for a run or to a fitness class you need a proper pair of trainers. They need to be a perfect fit and let you move how you want to move. They are functional and can be Oh So Fun with their different colours and styles. A quality pair of trainers will last ages so don’t be scared to spend a little more on these. 

5. Trusty Flats. For those days where heels are a little too much and trainers are a little too less. A neutral colour, even pastel or black depending on your wardrobe, is perfect to pair with jeans, skirts or dresses and a comfortable pair will see you through the day. Personally I like the flats with a little detail or embellishment to perk up those plain jeans.

Honourable Mention: Slippers or slipper socks. For those days where you don’t have to go anywhere and you just want to get cosy.

If you have anything to add to the list or want to share your favourite shoes pop it in the comments!

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