Monday, 26 September 2011

#susiesleavingdo: The Event

On Saturday, spread across 3 Central London venues Sherin and I hosted a leaving party meets blogger meet up for our friend Susie's leaving London party. 
Our first stop was Merkaba on Tottenham Court Road for a lovely and traditional afternoon tea. 
Susie was wearing an incredibly sparkly Disco Pony dress, and she looked amazing! It was backless, and I told her she just had to wear it to her party when she first posted about it...
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I loved Fritha's sparkly silver and gold crackle layer nails - please say she does a blog post about them like she says she will!
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Lets just take a moment to talk about the amazing afternoon tea, which I would totally recommend and go back for!
As some of you may have noticed by now, a big thing for me are macarons. My favourite are raspberry, but actually the vanilla cream ones we had were pretty amazing!
Though I'm not actually one for sandwiches, and I don't even like brown bread I could not get enough of these egg sandwiches!
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The strawberry tea from these super luxe teabags was so tasty, I really need to find out where I can get my hands on some!
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Some very lovely sponsors including Jon Richards, Lush, Matalan, Witch Skincare and Batiste Hair provided us with some pretty fantastic goodie bags - I'm going to tell you all about what was in them and thank everyone involved with putting them together properly in a separate post a bit later this week!
I think Fritha was particularly pleased with what came in her goodie bag...
Our next stop was for cocktails and nibbles in Cafe Luc. The drinks in there are so strong I'm pretty sure they could blow a lightweights head off!
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After Cafe Luc, Pink Pigeon Rum were kind enough once again to host us in Circus, Covent Garden  for their Pink Runway cocktails.
There were different performers to the ones Sherin and I enjoyed on Tuesday night - first up with had a super talented hula hoop girl who was fascinating to watch.
Susie totally blended into the decor in her sequin dress...
The second act was a male acrobat performing on a suspended ring - except for the fire eater on Tuesday night, the best performer we'd seen in there so far! 

After Circus we all followed Daniela on a trek around Covent Garden as she led the way to Wagamamas - the perfect late night meal!

Though a thank you post is to come, I just wanted to thank everyone who sponsored the event, helped out and finally came so we could make it such a special day for Susie - we're going to really miss her!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Weekly Love: Week 79

+ As many of you have already noticed, I moved to London on Saturday in time for London Fashion Week. 

+ Ashe talks about if it is time for you to start a second blog - I think starting The Glossy Guide is one of the best blogging decisions I've ever made.  

+ Indulging my loves of trashy teen fiction and The Sims 3 on holiday. 

+ Getting my acceptance into Pottermore! If you're already on, my username is NimbusNox88, feel free to add me but leave your username in the comments section so that I know its you!

+ Carlinn has posted some beautiful office snapshots - I want mine to be like that!

+ Westfield Stratford City is the largest shopping mall in Europe. And it is only 1tube stop away from where I now live!

+ Spending the day with WWII fighter planes. 

+ The True Blood season finale.

+ This seasons Chris Benz showcase is amazing and colourful, and Nicolette has taken some incredible photos of it!

+ Finding out just how cold the Irish sea is. 

+ Attending the Fashion Mode showcase at Fashion Mode - some of the makeup was absolutely fantastic!

+ There is farmers market every Thursday morning on campus with not just fresh fruit and meat, but fish, world street food and fresh bread - I'm in heaven! 

+ Burberry will always be one of my favourite labels - check out their latest LFW show!

+ Loving the Diane von Fustenburg collection at New York Fashion Week - I remember the last time I wore one of her gowns, I felt so beautiful!

What have you been enjoying this week? 

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Event Preview: Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model Live 2011 (You could win some tickets!)

Last year I hopped on the train to London to check out the first ever Britain's Next Top Model Live event along with the team from British Style Bloggers. The day was great fun full of shopping, cocktails, runways shows, live performances and cupcakes in jars, so you can imagine how excited I was when the PR team behind the show emailed me to let me know that the event will be returning to the capital for the second year in a row!
They day is basically the ultimate girls day out - shopping, beauty demonstrations, vintage, fashion shows, celebrities, runway workshops and the chance to get scouted. I love the idea of the Open Catwalk where anyone can try their hand at walking down the runway, regardless of their size and shape. If you hope to get scouted, there is free model coaching at the event. 
This year I hope to stop by the Powder Room for a free facial, makeover or manicure - I did not get the chance to last time and everyone was walking out of there looking fantastic! 

I'm also really excited to hear which music guests will be performing this year. Last year we had Jessie J, who was amazing and it was before everyone actually knew who she was, and Diana Vickers who is my all time favourite X Factor contestant. 
The finale of the last all singing, all dancing catwalk show

If you're based in or near London, obviously you'll want to go to Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model Live, and thanks to the lovely team behind it I have 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway!

The ultimate weekend fashion, beauty and shopping extravaganza Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, is making its anticipated return to London’s ExCeL Centre from the 28th – 30th October 2011, and we have 5 pairs of admission tickets up for grabs for readers!
Based on the hugely successful reality TV show hosted by Elle Macpherson, Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live (BINTM Live) will bring the top model world to life. Fans of the TV series will get the chance to join the show’s infamous judges and the contestants from BINTM Series 7, for the ultimate three day live event, featuring stunning catwalk shows, live music, fashion, styling, shopping, beauty, pampering, exciting entertainment and a range of interactive features all under one roof.
Visitors will even get the chance to get spotted as the next big thing, as you learn how to walk the walk on the Open Catwalk or get papped in Company Magazine’s Paparazzi Zone, making this a full on fashion experience and the ultimate girl’s day out.
Ticket Offer
BINTMLive and are offering five lucky readers the chance to WIN a pair of Admission entry tickets to this year’s Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, London 2011.
To be in with a chance to WIN, simply answer the question below.
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*Terms and conditions
1. This offer is only open to UK residents
2. Competition winner’s tickets are valid for any one day of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, being held at ExCeL London between the 28th – 30th October 2011.
3. These tickets are Admission ONLY.
4. Tickets are non transferable
5. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated.
6. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show
7.The closing date for this offer is Friday 14th October at 12:00am GMT

Leave your answer to the question above in the comments section (and don't just copy everyone else, who says they have got the right answer?!) and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! Good luck to everyone who enters, and I can't wait to meet my winners there! 

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Introducing: Circus, London & Pink Pigeon Rum

Last night Sherin, Daniela and I were the guests of  Pink Pigeon Rum to sample their London Fashion Week cocktails in  a fantastic bar called Circus in Covent Garden. 
I always love something for a good cause, and 10% of the sales of each 'Pink Runway' cocktail goes to the Ethical Fashion Forum - a cocktail with a conscience!
The bar is not the easiest to find, but if you leave  Covent Garden tube station, walk up the main road and turn into Endell street you'll find it about a minutes walk down behind a pair of plain black doors with just a menu sitting outside.
I absolutely  loved Sherin's dress - Clothing at Tesco dressed her for fashion week this season, and she's looked fabulous every single day!
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Needless to say the cocktails was absolutely fantastic - just the right balance of chilli, ginger, rum and sweet pomegranate. Pink Pigeon is slightly vanilla and grenadine flavoured - my kind of rum! As for the rest of the bars menu I also sampled a Raspberry Mule - fantastic!
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Circus is a bar that also serves food (which looked fantastic by the way, I'll have to go back to sample some!) and in the dining area there is some fantastic entertainment - first up was the male acrobat. 
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Next was the fire performer, who danced around the diners holding balls of fire in her hands.
Then, when she got up on stage we realised that she was an fire eater - it was absolutely incredible to watch!DSC_0534 pinkp
Hat: Primark (current collection), Velvet Jacket: Vintage, Lace Detail Dress: Soolee London
This is that handbag I've been carrying around fashion week with me, I usually am not a big fan of Anne Klein designs, but this one is absolutely lovely, if not a little annoying you can not sling it over your shoulder...
I love my boots, and I've had so much wear out of these Carvella ones I got in the sale a few years ago - constantly being reheeled! 

Has anyone else been to Circus or tried the Pink Pigeon Fashion Week cocktail? They're available till Saturday, so I suggest you head down to try one - its for a good cause! 

Monday, 19 September 2011

Look Lounge: Westfield Stratford City

This afternoon I hopped on the tube and took the Central line across to Westfield Stratford City - the largest shopping mall in Europe that opened last week. It was absolutly packed, (and they have practically everything there from shops to supermarkets to banks and cinemas) and though I enjoyed being able to explore anothe Forever 21 location and shopping in a Primark as big as the one on Oxford Street but not as crowded, my real reason for being there was to attend a Q&A that was being held by Sophie Beresiner who is Look's Beauty Editor. Sorry that the colour is a bit dodgy on my photos, I did the best I could in Photoshop but I think my new camera lens is acting up...
I was wowed by the amazing layout and interior of the lounge the moment I stepped into it. Its a shame it is not a permeant bloggers lounge at Stratford really, I would practically live in there!
Sophie was talking about her job as beauty editor, which was really interesting, especially for me as a beauty blogger, but mostly about her two blogs, I Love Lipstick and Sophie Feels Better. While I Love Lipstick is your average beauty blog of what Sophie really loves that comes across her desk, Sophie Feels Better is a beauty blog chartering her battle with Breast Cancer. A cancer blog with a difference. She talks about how to fill your eyebrows so it actually looks like you have eyebrows after chemo, about wearing diffrent wigs, her work with the cancer charity Look Good Feel Better - the whole thing is wonderfully written. Having very recently lost someone very close and dear to me to cancer, her talk was heart wrenching for me, but has left me with so much admiration of all she has done to move the stigma from the diese and still feeling beautiful while you're suffering with it. If you are not already a reader or subscriber, you really MUST check the blog out. 

She also told us a bit about Look's new makeup range she helped develop which is for sale in Superdrug. I went and had a gander at the collection after the Q&A, and I think I'm going back to Superdrug when I visit Westfield on Thursday again to pick up one of the collections double ended lipstick/ lip gloss tubes. 
I loved her All Saints shirt, but I developed a little shoe crush on these beautiful Topshop trainer wedge boot things Sophie was wearing...
In the lounge there was also a TV playing some pretty great hair tutorials from the Look Beauty team - I was watching out of the corner of my eye and I think I managed to pick up some useful tips!

Have any other Londoners (so happy that I can now officially call myself a Londoner!) been to Westfield Stratford City yet? What did you think, and did anyone else manage to catch any of the other events at the Look Lounge? 

Friday, 16 September 2011

Glossybox Revisited

About a week ago I was contacted by the lovely Lily from Glossybox asking if I'd like to try a free September box. Now, I have an ever changing relationship with Glossybox. When I first heard about them just before their launch, I loved the idea and quickly signed up for their first box. As you can tell from the post I wrote about it, I absolutely loved everything from the packaging to the products. The Alterna hair spray and Nars Illuminator that came in that box are now part of my daily beauty regime.
DSC_0138 My second box came late as it was held at the sorting office a while on account of my being at my house in France. Initially on opening it I was very disappointed with the products inside, and that coupled with the talk of Glossybox now paying £2.95 postage and the exciting new profile of Boudoir Prive, and alternative box coming to the forefront I quickly cancelled my subscription. Looking back, I know I was a bit quick off the mark. After reading about the next few months Glossyboxes on other peoples blogs I realised there were some products I really wish I could have had the opportunity to have tried in those boxes. Also, after actually using the products in the second box, if they were not things I already tried and decided that I did not like, if it were not for Glossybox I still would not have had the opportunity to try them - it was just bad luck! I wrote a comparison piece on Glossybox and Boudoire Prive, highlighting how very different the two services are, and while I was at it I realised that I might just be a Glossybox girl after all. So, when I was offered a box to try out, I jumped at the chance. 
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The holy grail in my box was L'Oreal Professional's Mythic Oil - a full sized bottle. I have my hair done in a L'Oreal salon, and my stylist is currently selling this size bottle in there for about £24! I actually opened my box at lunchtime, and that morning I'd had my hair coloured, and we had just been chatting about how silky and lovely Mythic Oil had been making my hair since she had started using it on me every time I have my hair done. It is a truly amazing product, and though I've tried it before and Glossybox is supposed to be about trying new things, if I had not tried it I'd be so happy to have the opportunity!DSC_0156
I have a love/ hate relationship with my eyebrows, so I was really happy to receive this HD Eyebrow kit, as I've never actually tried a brow kit before. I've had some problems with the skin around my eyebrows due to stress of exams, so they are looking a bit thin at the moment - can't wait to see how this product pans out, and even if I don;'t like it, I'll be able to say to myself that I've tried it !
This nourishing oil smells and acts a lot like Bio Oil, I like it but I'm not actually sure how nourishing it is though. Very happy t o have to opportunity to try it though! 
I was not too happy when I first  found this sample. Wrinkle eye cream? Really? With Glossyboxes young demographic? Then I sat and thought about it. I actually  religiously use Clinique 'All About Eyes' every single day,  which while being a moisturising cream does in fact have anti wrinkle qualities. I won't use this sample, because I'm far too happy with my Clinique regime, but if I wasn't I think I'd quite like to try something new.
Finally, the perfume sample. It does in fact smell of plums, but has an older woman smell to it. Something a maiden Aunt would wear. I was also going to complain about the packaging, because it exploded on me a I opened it getting perfume in my eyes, but my mother told me that it was just me being a klutz, not a fault on the samples part! (She grew up in a chemists shop)

Once I'm settled in in London (I'm moving in tomorrow!) and I've worked out if I can afford it, I think I  will become a Glossybox subscribe again - I do think it is a really useful and brilliant service where you gt amazing value for money. What did you think of your September Glossybox?