An airy fairy outfit post, I haven’t done one like this for a while. Oh look at me wandering through the woods, casually resting on tree stumps along the way (insert winky face). This outfit feels a tad Game of Thrones to me, minus the sunglasses. I don’t think it would look out of place in Kings Landing..especially in Shae’s wardrobe. Daenerys is always quite overly embellished, but if she felt like a dress down day…this would be the perfect choice.
I am working on a campaign with Wallis for their 14 days of dresses edit. You can view my outfit tips, watch videos and enter competitions including uploading your own looks to instagram using the #WallisDressEdit hashtag. I thought I would share a few of my favourite looks on here starting with this palm print shirt dress. I am not sure this one is going to be featured as they are running low on stock with it.
I was so excited about sharing this post that as soon as we got home yesterday, I began selecting and editing photos.
Eva was invited to the Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the 4th floor at Harrods. It was opened late last year and I can imagine was a big hit over Christmas. It was a very pink affair for my purple girl. What I mean by purple is if we are talking metaphorically with gender specific colours; she is a mix of pink and blue. One minute she will ask to paint her nails, the next she will be rolling around in mud and kicking a football about. Which is quite similar to how I was as a child. I used to fight boys and build camps outside, then go inside to play Barbie.
I had explained to Eva before we went that we were going to a magical castle were you will be meeting your fairy godmothers. They will be turning you into a princess. She could see how excited I was (I wanna be a princess!) so she was getting quite hyped up to… which thankfully, lived up to expectations. You will see why…
I don’t think I have ever jumped out of bed fast enough at a 5am alarm. I love travelling (apart from the actual travelling) and visiting new places. So I was thrilled to be invited along to a press trip organised by Task PR to the Marc Cain head offices in Stuttgart. I have been all over Europe, but I have never visited Germany. I was excited to get a glimpse into the country and the fashion it produced.
The group included fellow blogger Julia from Stylonylon, stylists and shopping/fashion assistants and editors from the mags (Company, Marie Claire, Grazia, Stylist, Instyle & Harper’s Bazaar). Much like bloggers, press types all seem to know each other already.
We all met at Heathrow for an early flight ready for a whirlwind day of activities. The German Wings flight took just an hour and a half and as soon as we arrived, we were coached to the Marc Cain head offices for Lunch and a tour.
I am so excited to share these photos. Roughly a month ago, I was hired by Pandora to shoot my blogger pal Ella of Cocos Tea Party for the #myringsmyway campaign . Ella had to style the Pandora stackable rings her way as well as Jameela Jamil & other blogger. The campaign is now now live on the pandora site.
Today I met up with Ella to help her out with a few photos. On the way back to Waterloo I noticed the area around the London Eye was relatively quiet (mid-week, during the day and slightly raining). So I thought I would do that really embarrassing thing of taking photos of yourself in public. I have a really great app on my phone called ‘eos remote’ that I can connect with my Canon 6D. fabulous for personal style bloggers who don’t have a mantographer (or a willing one).
Just a few impromptu snaps I thought I would share. Eva and Luna were cuddling on the bed watching tv, so I quickly went to get my camera. Of course, as soon as a camera is in the vicinity…well you know the saying about kids and animals. One day I will get the shot I want of both of them together.
I was looking at my blog stats yesterday and I noticed a few referrers from the BritMums website. Curious to see what I was doing on there, I clicked through and was shocked to find my blog shortlisted in the photography category of the Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2014. I am never ever ever shortlisted in blog awards I was extremely flattered. Thank you to anyone that nominated me!
Yesterday I made my way to the Corinthia Hotel, London for a red carpet masterclass hosted by the Style partners of the BAFTA awards - House of Fraser, CARAT* London, M·A·C Cosmetics, St Tropez and Mark Hill.
The masterclass began with a 45 minute talk hosted by presenter, stylist and fashion journalist Darren Kennedy. First up was M·A·C Senior Artist Rebecca Butterworth and celebrity hair stylist Mark Hill, both discussing red carpet beauty trends and tips. Followed by House of Fraser’s Design Director Jakki Pay running through red carpet trend predictions and HOF examples. Mo Mohsenin of CARAT* London brought some sparkly delights to the stage and the talk finished off with a Q&A with Actress Ophelia Lovibond & BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry.
Phew final day of Easter holidays…as much as I love my daughter, I love having time to myself to get shiz done. She needs entertaining from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed. No idea what I am going to do with her in the Summer holidays. One of the days of the Easter holidays was filled travelling to Leicester for the 4th Next kidswear blogger event. Eva and I have amazingly been to them all! Although they are quite hectic… we are never disappointed.
This is probably the most difficult outfit post I have ever attempted. I was trying to hold onto Luna while setting up my tripod, being super paranoid about all the people walking past thinking I am the biggest nob on this planet. And keeping an eye on what Eva was doing. I gave up after a few shoots and walked home to do the rest in my garden. I generally hate garden outfit photos, but when needs must.
As the title states… I am living in skater shoes at the moment. It’s my favourite trend of SS14. I can’t deal with wearing trainers which is the other biggest footwear trend of the season. I like them on some people, but overall I feel it looks too ‘on your way to the gym’ or ‘swapping your heels for comfy shoes on the commute home’. I have been known to change my mind on these things being the trend whore that I am. So you may be telling me to eat my words in a couple of weeks.
Early this year I enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the Royal Horseguards hotel, you may remember the Tea & a Tour at The Royal Horseguards post. When talking to Head Chef Ben Purton about how I would love to do it again with my daughter, he stated they also serve a mini tea. I couldn’t wait to visit again with Eva. She had no idea what Afternoon tea was, but I told her it was to do with eating tiny sandwiches and lots of cakes. As you can imagine…she was quite excited by the prospect.
After the Next SS14 event the week before last I made my way over to Great Portland street to pay a visit to a new brand on my radar – Marc Cain. I had a quick look on the website before I went along there is no point going if I know a brand is not to my taste. On that topic… I have noticed people suggest bloggers are not honest and only have glowing reviews of every brand they come across. For me personally I just don’t post about things that are not for me or I don’t like. Seems like a waste of time and effort. Unless a brand had been so awful and effected me personally I would never post a negative review.
Back onto Marc Cain… as soon as I walked into the showroom, I knew this German brand was right up my street! Lots of classic pieces with a touch of girly grunge.
The main problem with attending press days is that they are a season ahead. They were obviously set-up so magazines and the likes could prepare in advance for features. The thing is with bloggers, we like to attend events and press days and then to post up our snaps almost straight away. Before we are wearing the next season, we are talking about the season after that! I can imagine it is slightly boring and frustrating for readers as they can’t purchase anything they see and like any time in the near future.
That is why I like it when brands like Next set-up events specifically for bloggers focusing on the season we are about to go into to. I met up with my blogger pal favourites Steph from Faiiint & Tara from The Style Rawr before we made our way over the Soho Hotel for the Next SS14 event. We had all seen each other separately, but we hadn’t been in the same room for quite some time. I always have the best time with these chicks!