Friday, 18 July 2014

Guest post: What to Look Out for at the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival 2014

I love it when brands do guest posts, as it gives us a great insight into what's rocking their world at the moment! This time, we have the lovely Shopcade who are here to tell us about the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival 2014 which is well under way! So if you're heading there, here's what's in store for you next week!! Take it away Shopcade:


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While summer in the UK can tend to be all about the music festivals that are happening the length and breadth of the country, there is also plenty going on for us fashion lovers to get excited about.
The third Edinburgh International Fashion Festival will adorn Scotland’s gorgeous capital city from 17 – 25 July 2014, and is an event that is growing bigger every year, no doubt helped by its position in the calendar.
What should you be looking out for if you’re headed to the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival 2014?

London College of Fashion Talks: New Horizons

This event, being held in the George Street Assembly Rooms at 12pm on Monday 21 July, is a must for anyone interested in any aspect of the fashion industry, whether you’re a fashion student, already work in the industry, or are looking to break into fashion in some way.
This collection of talks is put on by the London College of Fashion, a part of the University of the Arts London, and features a course leader discussing a variety of different aspects of the industry.
The talks will look at contemporary and luxury high fashion, along with bespoke and artisan brands, perfect for anyone interested in these areas or who is looking at expanding their fashion knowledge portfolio.  Specifically, the event will look at how the brands in question use visual communications and language to grow the brand and get their message out to the world.
London College of Fashion Talks: New Horizons is free to attend and no booking is required.

Menswear Salon

Menswear Salon is the event at the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival that will showcase some of the best-loved brands that are based in Scotland.
Another that is held at the Assembly Rooms, Menswear Salon will see Pringle, Hancock and Common People show off their latest collections, and this year they are joined by South Africa label Adriaan Kuiters.
Despite being a huge part of the fashion industry, it remains true to this day that men’s fashion can often be an afterthought when it comes to such shows and events.  No chance of that happening here, whatever your reason for seeking out men’s fashion.
These labels, plus others including Dunmore of Scotland and Obscure Couture, will also be attending the Makers Market events at the festival at the same venue.
·        Menswear Salon takes place on Tuesday 22 July at 5pm.
·        There are two Makers Market events, one on Monday 21 July from 12pm – 6pm, the second the following day from 10am – 6pm, giving you the opportunity to combine the two at one great venue!

Topshop: Fashion Forum Event

The Topshop name is always sure to get interest and this event is no different in that respect.  From 6:30pm on Tuesday 22 July, Topshop on Edinburgh’s iconic Princes Street hosts a panel discussion with fashion industry experts and some of the industry’s most popular bloggers.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, there’s a free drinks reception upon arrival for all attendees!  You’ll also get an exclusive look of what Autumn/Winter 2014 at Topshop will look like.  What could be better?
If you’re headed to the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival be sure to know the events you want to attend, and head back to us after you’ve been to tell us all about it!



Thursday, 17 July 2014

OOTD: Flowers and Lemons

I’ve done something I’ve never done before… I’m wearing all new things. At the same time. Bought AT THE SAME TIME! Excluding the shoes and bracelet (kinda), the rest of this outfit is brand sparkling new. *insert shocked face here*

Now you may be wondering why this is such a biggie to me. Well, normally (you may be able to tell this if you look back at previous OOTD posts) I mix what I wear up quite a bit; a bit of old, a bit of new, a bit of high end, a bit of vintage. I do love it though when things bought so close together work so well in an outfit, like this one!

This was a proper ‘blogger made me do it’ moment; I originally saw the crop top on my lovely blogger friend Kristiana Vasarina (you can see her post on it here, featuring me in a couple of the photos) and she looked absolutely stunning! She originally wore it with a porcelain print midi skirt (you can find it in my birthday wishlist here). I loved the ensemble, but wanted to give myself the challenge of styling the crop top my own way. Just for fun!


And this is the result! I used my discount from Grabble to get the top and skirt, which compliment each other beautifully! The skirt works really well sitting on the waist so that a little bit of tummy flashes ;) I adore the digital print of the skirt too!



The top is a teeny weeny bit big for me around the armpits, which does mean that I have to pull it down every so often so that the sides don’t stick out. I think if you go down a size then you’ll get the tight bandage wrap look that was originally intended, but I don’t mind too much! It’s just proving that I’ve lost weight. And I definitely like the sound of that!!!!






The lemon clutch is the third new thing in this outfit! I originally saw a similar one at the Accessorize/Monsoon press day I went to last year and had been trying to find it when I saw this one from New Look (via ASOS) and thought I’d get it! I love the cartoon style of it- just like its jumped right of the page! It’s been my go-to clutch since getting it, as it’s super spacious and so much fun!


The bracelet was actually made for me by two little girls that I teach. They made it themselves! How adorable! The little Buddha is just so cute!

V Neck Crop top- Boohoo
Floral Skirt- Boohoo
Clutch- New Look
*Bracelet- Gift*
Shoes- New Look
What's your fave piece from my new buys?

Gx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

NEW VIDEO: HAUL| Topshop, Boohoo, River Island and more!


My recent fashion haul including socks. And lots of them! Its not just socks, I promise! Includes items from Topshop, Boohoo, River Island and ASOS!

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You can find the skirt that Kristiana wore in my birthday wishlist here and you can find Kristiana here!

What's your fave item from my haul?

Gx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

IKRUSH wishlist + discount

IKRUSH wishlist + discount


*Sponsored post*

I decided to make my July wishlist into a bit of a brand focus one as IKRUSH have been turning out some amazing pieces recently! From playsuits to shoes, kimonos to bags, IKRUSH is crammed full with catwalk and celeb-inspired fashion! So these are just some of the things I've been loving from IKRUSH (also scroll to the bottom for a 15% discount, with love from me):

These wedges are super fun! The suede effect has a great texture to it and the multi crossover straps hint towards the gladiator shoes of the season. These will be perfect dressed up or down; either with jeans for day or a patterned playsuit for night! Also the heel height (5.5") is just the right height for me to add some extra inches to my height ;) 

This is one of the many playsuits I've been drooling over from IKRUSH! I love a good floral pattern as they are so timeless! It has an elasticated waist (great if you're going to a lot of summer BBQ's this year) and it'll look just as good with a kimono for a summer festival, or with chunky flatforms and clutch for night!

Bum bag- the essential bag for festivals! Anything to keep your hands free while you dance around to your fave band! I adore this cute pink and white paisley patterned as it'll make you stand out against all the standard black bum bags in a crowd! It also has two pockets; more space = less worry about trying to fit that mini bottle of dry shampoo into your bag in case of day 3 hair mishaps! 

Wedges really are my go to heels for summer! They are just so much more easier to walk around in on summer days! They will definitely help you walk a bit straighter after having one too many Pimm's! With a bright pink and green pattern on the heel and leather look straps, they'll look great with a crop top and shorts for day, and a skater dress for night!

I know, I know, another floral print playsuit. But I just can't resist daisies! They are just so cute! The navy background is a great alternative to the standard black, its a lovely take on the girl-next-door vibe. Imagine girl-next-door gone out clubbing and you've got the essence of this playsuit! Great with a leather jacket and chunky heels for a girls night out!

My love for chunky sandals is still going strong! The trucker tread, the thick straps...they are just so quirky! Perfect sandal for this summer, I'll be wearing mine with patterned trousers and a cami!

I am one of those many people that have been spotted in Topshop lusting over the beautiful floral headpieces but have walked away because of their excessive price tag. But fear not! I found the perfect alternative! This is one of my fave things out of this wishlist, its just such a special little headpiece! The thing that sells it for me is the beautiful beaded detail that can be worn at the front or the back. It means you can take it from festival gear to evening soiree in a couple of secs! Also, with blue being my favourite colour, I fell for the different shades and sizes of the flowers!

Black jumpsuits are such a powerful statement piece! The delicate lace detailing softens it a bit, but this is one of those pieces of clothing that needs minimal accessorising to make it look fab! I also love the open back! So grab your highest heels and strut your stuff!

There is a certain time period over summer where I obsess over gingham! The inner child in me reminisces to watching Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and remembering how much I wanted to be like her! This pretty summer dress has lovely details, like turned up sleeves and pleated skirt. Great to throw on over your bikini or to dress up with rose gold jewelry. 

10. Ciara Black Ankle Boots
I'm a big collector of boots, but I don't have any cutout ones :'( these fit the bill perfectly! They have a slight heel and gold buckles and will see you all year round. Rock them with now with a lace shift dress and a fedora, and then in the winter with leather trousers and a jumper. 

See anything you like? Well to make things even better, IKRUSH have given me a 15% exclusive discount just for you lovely readers of mine! When you get to the checkout, just type in IKBL15! Enjoy!


What will you be using your 15% discount on?

Gx


Friday, 4 July 2014

New Brand Alert: Sugar For Spike + Giveaway!

*Sponsored post*

I love discovering new brands! It just makes your shopping experience that little bit more special as you won't be wearing the same as everyone else. It's especially exciting if they become popular and you followed them from the very beginning! I'm always on the hunt for new brands to try, and one that I came across recently is Sugar For Spike!








With cute prints and sharp staples, I'm absolutely loving their debut collection! With a summery girly vibe mixed in with bold evening-wear, this brand is definitely one to watch! I've definitely got my eye on that lace dress! They wanted to shout out to the world about their collection, so have a little read below:


Sugar For Spike is pleased to announce the release of its debut collection editorial lookbook.
The inspiration behind the lookbook comes from two friends, looking for an escape from the perfectionism and commercialism of their city, where they stumble into a “secret” underground hangout to have a little carefree fun.
Dancing and twirling throughout the night, and forgetting whom they are and what the world deems as appropriate behaviour, they end up discovering that the liberation from the night out will be one of the memories they will treasure about their youth.

The collection is slated to release at select retailers and online at sugarforspike.com on 7th August 2014. The line is also available for pre-order now, with free international shipping. Closing date for pre-orders is 10th July 2014.


They're also holding a giveaway for people signing up, giving you the chance to win one of 5 Urban Decay vouchers worth £100! Go and sign up here!

Do you like Sugar For Spike's debut collection?

Gx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

NEW VIDEO: The (unreliable) life of an actor


Another chatty video about my job choice and how it affects this old channel and my blog. I thinking of making my video day a Wednesday; this isn't confirmed yet but as soon as I decide I'll let you know. It works well for me with scheduling filming and uploading etc, but do let me know what you think! 

Give it a thumbs up if you liked it, hit that subscribe button and feel free to comment below!!!

Do you think Wednesday is a good video day for me? 

Gx

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

NEW VIDEO: Vlog #2: Press Days and Belly Dancing


Fashion and technology have always got along. New ideas and inventions come out so regularly, it's sometimes hard to keep up! The two cater to each other, like smartphones becoming one of the 'essentials' for bloggers and catwalks becoming more of a visual experience by using tech. I for one have never been that much of a 'techie', I able to run this blog and my channel without too much trouble, but as soon as it comes to writing codes and the like, my brain shuts down. So when I was invited to a FashTech event for London Technology Week I was intrigued and a little scared that I wouldn't be able to understand all of the complicated things but decided to go. 

I'd been at an audition beforehand,  but got caught in the 'Oxford Circus jam' as I like to call it. If any of you don't know what I'm talking about, Oxford Circus Underground Station often closes the station if it gets too crowded, resulting in a tailback of commuters going down Oxford Street. I've been in this 'jam' a couple of times before, and haven't been held up for more than 5 minutes. This time however...did I wait 5 minutes? No. 5 minutes came and went, so did 10 minutes and 20 minutes. I was stuck for 30 minutes, meaning I missed some networking time when I (finally) got to London College of Fashion for FashTech. Thankfully, I was just in time for the talks. I looked at the agenda of talks going on, and my heart sank. Would I be sitting for hours on end listening to clever people talk about clever things that would go completely in one ear and out the other? NO! As the first talk started I knew I was going to enjoy myself, regardless of that fact that I was a tech rookie. There were a variety of different companies and industry professionals including:


  • Brooke Roberts A radiographer turned fashion knitwear designer who turns MRI scans into patterns for her clothes. She's worked with the Allan Institute for Brain Science with their archive of brain scans to create her work, and has collaborated with composers, choreographers and directors. 
  • Cortexica An image recognition app that helps you find items that you take a picture of so you can buy them. Using the technology that the likes of macy's, Grabble and Zalando are using, it helps you source items that you love without doing long complicated web searches. 
  • Bodi.me Helps you get your right clothes size for online shopping by using a 3D scanner, and is already being used at Burberry, Zara, Mango and Tommy Hilfiger. I got the chance to be scanned at FashTech (after the third attempt, my bad), however when I got home and checked the measurements they were completely off what I actually am! I even remeasured myself to check! I think this is a lovely idea but I think the accuracy needs to be improved as if I'd have bought something with the measurements they gave me, I would have been swamped in material! Not a good look. 
  • EvoMODA Is like the new Pinterest or Polyvore, where you create mood boards using items on the website.
  • Grasshopper Enables smaller companies to set up phone numbers so they can expand globally. Currently in beta. 
  • STEM Academy A sixth form academy who had created STEM In Style and the students created a winter technology garment, with the winners showcasing their product to us.
  • Fashion Teach Tech The Q&A panel made up of Francesca Bernard, Brooke Roberts, Michaela Wolf and Karinna Nobbs. 
Afterwards we were able to network some more, and it was lovely to discover some new brands, and see some old faces- the lovely Grabble people were there so it was amazing to have a catch-up with them (post about their event to come soon). 

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This is a bit of a mash up vlog so there are some clips of when I went to United Colors of Benetton press day on behalf of Naked Fashions as well as of my time at FashTech! Please excuse my quiet talking at the beginning on the train, vlogging on the train is just awks! 

The lovely Adora makes an appearance when we explore Liberty's! You can find her here

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What have you guys been up to recently?

Gx