Sunday, 4 October 2015

London Fashion Weekend Experience

London Fashion Weekend 2015 Saatchi Gallery London

Far from the actual London Fashion Week, the London Fashion Weekend was filled with just as much fashion and catwalk shows as you could imagine. Along with my best friend, we headed down to the pretty Saatchi Gallery in London to watch the House Of Holland show and shop the clothes pop ups.

Obvs I couldn't just leave the cat hat without trying it on...

London Fashion Weekend 2015 Saatchi Gallery London

House Of Holland Catwalk Show A/W15

Pretty jewellery pop-up!

London Fashion Weekend 2015 Saatchi Gallery London

Clothes pop-ups!

As my first London Fashion Weekend experience, I loved it. Not just clothes, but also makeup, hair products, jewellery, bags and shoes that made my head hurt thinking about what to try next! We had a little while looking through the pop ups, then had to quickly find seats for the catwalk show.  

The catwalk itself is so quick! You're only there for a few minutes and it's done. It's crazy to think how many late nights and hard work went into creating a catwalk show which is over in a matter of minutes. 

After getting a few quick photos, we headed out to the Zara in Sloane Square (oh my god, so big!) and shopping after feeling inspired by the catwalk show!

Have you been to London Fashion Week or Weekend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Saturday, 3 October 2015

This Month I....

.... went as fast as rollercoaster?! Sorry for the cliche, but September has been done and dusted and we're in October now. Which also means not too long until Christmas and the New Year! Crisp mornings, autumnal leaves and fresh beginnings.

Baking Salted Caramel Slices Millionare Shortbread Recipe

Baking Salted Caramel Brownies Recipe

This month I... baked salted caramel delights! I've always had a sweet tooth; cakes and cookies are my vice. We had some left over caramel that needed using, so I took to BBC Good Food to find a recipe to bake with! I chose Salted Caramel Brownies and my favourite Millionaire Shortbread recipes and blogged about them.

Primark Autumn and Winter 2015 Fashion Haul

This month I... bought a few more winter purchases in my latest Primark Haul! I swear this will be the last lot before Christmas (if I can manage it...) I'll be trying to save up for Christmas presents and a few days out I have planned in the next few months, so there's an official spending ban on. And you can definitely tell me off if you see I've been shopping again!

London Fashion Weekend Front Row 2015 Catwalk Show

This month I... watched a catwalk show! So somehow my invite to London Fashion Week got lost in the post (fancy that!) but I did manage to get tickets to London Fashion Weekend. I'll be putting a full post about the day on here soon, but it was a bloomin' good day!

The Island by Victoria Hislop Book Greece Review

This month I... read The Island by Victoria Hislop. It's a book many people recommend reading whilst you're in Greece, so of course I did just that. It's all about the history of Spinalonga, the island where Greece banished the lepers to, as well as a lot of family secrets and uncovered memories. A definite recommended read.

Greece Parga Holiday Summer 2015

This month I... experienced Greece. Well, Parga town to be specific. 'I needed a break' is an understatement of what I was feeling before my holiday and Greece turned out to be the perfect break. Blue skies, warmth of the sun and three books to read, with no Internet - just bliss!

What did you do in September? Have you got any exciting plans for October?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 1 October 2015

OOTD: Flower Power Trousers and Burgundy Sweater

OOTD Fashion Blogger Primark Flower Trousers and Burgundy Sweater

Coat: H&M
Jumper: H&M/Custom Made
Trousers: Primark
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: Accessorize

You know when you have a sudden light bulb and 'Why didn't I think of that before?!" moment? This outfit is an example of just that. Obvious it's not conquering the world or discovering the cure to a disease, but it just proves that classic and simple pieces are versatile. Trousers are a favourite of mine (well, duh) but add a pattern and structured shape and I'm all over it.

There's proof that if you're wearing the right clothes and feeling confident, then you can take over the world.  For me, it's a simple shirt and trouser combo with a pair of smart heeled boots or loafers. Even though Primark can be seen as not great for work clothes, I totally diasgree, you've just got to look properly to find it! Generally I can spot a good piece of clothing from the touch, shape and style of it - and you know from there that you'll have found a winner.

What's your confidence clothing? Have you found any gems at the moment?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Tips I Would Give To My Younger Blogger Self

Tips I Would Give To My Younger Blogger Self

In my few years of blogging (too many that I can't actually remember!) I've picked up on the numerous blogging tips posts and thought I'd throw in my penny thoughts. If I could start all over again, I'd definitely be following these tips to know what to do and what not to do mainly!

1. Find a Niche.
This is probably a tricky subject for most bloggers. You start off in one (mine was fashion) then end up blending in a little beauty and migrating across to the lifestyle section too. My own blog has ended up like a jumble sale and I'm still finding my spot where I can offer a real difference to the blogging community.

There's no getting away from the fact that there's hundreds of blogs across the world, and for you too stand out you have to do something different. If you love fitness, try sharing tips, routines, recipes etc. if you're a student, blog about saving money, how to write an essay or whatever you want. Starting with your niche and making it clear from the off will make your blog noticeable for something different.

2. Do the design.
As part of my work I scout out for new bloggers and youtubers we can create a partnership with, so I've seen my fair share of designs and layouts. Clean, easy to navigate and read and representing your personality are my key points in a design.

The great thing about Blogger and Wordpress are that there are a multitude of ways to create a unique design without spending a penny. Just make sure your posts are visible, your follow buttons are near the top and you have a great About Me section so people can get to know you!

3. Blog for yourself
So so important! If I don't feel like blogging (which is hardly ever!) then I'll just take a break and come back to it later. There's no point forcing it because people will be able to literally read between the lines and see that you're just not feeling it.

Same idea for blogging for an audience, if it's just not natural then readers will be able to see that. Most blogs write like they're talking to a friend, and readers will want to see that from you.

4. Stay dedicated 
There's been days when I've just wanted to throw the towel in, then I remember why I started blogging, my love for writing and reading fashion and beauty blogs. It's natural to veer off the blogging wagon every once in a while, your readers will still be there when you get back.

Calendars and notebooks are a great way to stay dedicated, that way you have a routine to follow and a place where you can scribble down your ideas.

5. Enjoy the time
If blogging is a hobby for you, like it is for most of us, then just enjoy it. No one is forcing you to blog or write about your day. It's an entirely open and creative community that it's hard not to enjoy it!

What would be your tip for your younger blogger self? Have you started a new blog?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Fur Debate

Two articles from Stylist and Evening Standard Magazines about the fur industry caught my eye this week. They argued both sides, debating about furs recent popularity and what the different fashion houses stances are.

I'll start off by saying I do not wear real fur myself because I chose not to. I don't find the need to wear fur (real or faux for that matter) and don't really agree with wearing animal skins as part of my outfit.

For Fur
It's an industry worth £25billion worldwide and employs over 1million people with numerous fashion brands including Fendi, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Roksanda using fur in their catwalk collections.

Karl Lagerfeld uses fur and once said in a radio interview, "in a meat-eating world, using leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags... the discussion of fur is childish."

This is the quote that made me stop and think, in some ways he is right. Think about that expensive leather handbag that was a special present last Christmas, or your Sunday Roast you'll be eating tomorrow.

Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2003 but it can still be imported, and is increasing year-on-year. The International Fur Trade Federation's Origin Assured label launched in 2006, set out to label a certified fur product which has been farmed in one of the 29 countries that had signed up to strict farming regulations.

Another question which was raised is that because faux fur has become a fashionable trend, real fur has too. Real fur has been argued to be better for the environment (it requires far fewer chemicals to manufacture than faux fur does) and is a naturally sustainable product. Vintage fur requires a whole other debate, as one comment in the Stylist article stateed 'That coat was a piece of history'.

Against Fur
Both sides argue that the either uses more chemicals than the other and that there's not enough strict regulations in fur farming - and it's still a blurred line. Its dependant on each country to determine their rules for fur farms, which is far from assuring or satisfactory.

Faux fur is highly affordable and as garment technology expands and develops, it's hard to see why we would need to still use real fur. Labels such as Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Shrimps (probably the best example of using high quality faux fur) do not use any real fur in their collections.

PETA created the 'I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur' campaign in 1990 and the term is still coined in relation to this debate. People chose to not wear fur for personal reasons, because they're against animal cruelty, because there's no need to or because they don't link the thought of wearing another animal's skin.

Stella McCartney's quote rings true about the fur debate: "As a designer, I like to work with fabrics that don't bleed, that's why I avoid all animal skins. When you consider what animals go through, there's nothing fashionable about fur."

It's a subject which requires more in depth knowledge and research to create an equally balance argument, but the Stylist and Evening Standard Magazines provided an equally horizontal debate.

After reading both articles thoroughly and several times, my personal opinion is that I don't think I will ever wear fur because I don't find the need to but I do respect the decision of those who do.

To read Stylist Magazine's article, please download the free copy on Newsstand.

What's your opinion on The Fur Debate? Are you for or against?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

*All stats, figures and quotes are taken from Stylist Magazine (Issue 286) and Evening Standard Magazine (Deluxe Fashion Special 18/09/2015)

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Primark 70s and Basics Haul

Who doesn't love an autumn winter haul from Primark? It's too tempting working just five minutes away from the Tottenham Court Road Primark store and having a free lunch break. Of course I was 'just popping in' which means even though I don't actually need anything, I'll find a ton of stuff that I do ACTUALLY need...

Primark Autumn Winter Haul Polo Neck Burgundy Jumper 2015
Burgundy Sleevless Polo Neck £12

First item I spotted was this sleeveless polo neck jumper. Burgundy is a favourite colour for autumn and winter especially, so I knew this would fit into my wardrobe straight away. I'll be pairing it with leggings, black long sleeved tops and knee high boots for an off duty look, then with a leather skirt and smart shoes for work.

Stripy Polo Neck T-Shirt £6

So I might have gone a little polo neck and 70's style crazy, but the displays were just too irresistible! Stripes are a given for me (if my outfit doesn't have one stripy piece, then we're in trouble) and I love the short sleeves. Again, I'll be tucking this into skirts, wearing with jeans and a black blazer and anything and everything else, because stripes go with everything.

Primark Autumn Winter Haul Polo Neck Mustard Jumper 2015

Primark Autumn Winter Haul Polo Neck Mustard Jumper 2015
 Tan Polo Neck £8

When I picked this up, I originally thought the back was the front (first picture is the front with buttons and last picture is the back without buttons). I actually prefer the back, as I can wear long necklaces without getting caught up with the buttons! Perhaps it's suppose to be reversible?! I think I spot a new trend.... reversible clothes.

Primark Autumn Winter Haul Navy V Neck Jumper 2015
Plain V-Neck Sweaters £6 each

Classic V-Neck Sweaters that go with just about everything and anything when you're stuck in a styling rut. I bought the grey and navy versions, so I can tuck them into skirts or wear over the top of dresses to stay extra cosy during the winter. Even though the quality might not be as good as other brands, if you treat them well and keep them in good condition then they'll last a few good seasons.

Have you found anything in Primark lately? What do you think of the polo neck and 70s trend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Lush Aqua Marina Review

Possibly one of the most frustrating things about my skin is that it can never make up its mind about what type it is. Sometimes it's a little oily on my t-zone, other days I can crazy dry patches across my cheeks that look just delightful. One thing I am sure about is that my skin loves the Lush Aqua Marina Cleanser.

It's always worth asking the lovely people at Lush what products they recommend, otherwise I probably wouldn't have picked up this one. The super helpful assistant at Lush Oxford Street took me through the cleansers that would suit my skin best, then tested a few on my hand. Lush Aqua Marina came out on top, because it's not as fussy as the Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser (full review here) and helps soothe redness and cool my skin after a long day at work.

The smell is unique to say the least. It's fairly fresh and green but also quite plastic-ie or playdo smell if that makes any kind of sense! But doesn't put me off at all and you do get use to it. It's soothing properties are in the form of Aloe Vera and Seaweed (the green bits!) and are so soft on the skin. I hate anything too scratchy on my face especially, but this leaves it feeling super smooth and clean.

I normally take my makeup off with a wipe or micellar water before hand, then cleanse with this. It's not as hard as it looks to use either - just scoop a small amount into you hand, add water and massage into your hands, then across your face and neck. It can get messy, so it's best to use it in the shower!

Overall, I love this product. It's my current go-to cleanser to leave my skin feeling nourished and clean, although it hasn't made a massive difference to my spots or blackheads (but it doesn't say it will anyway!). For an every day cleanser, I'd definitely recommend trying this out!

Have you tried the Lush Aqua Marina? What's your current favourite cleanser?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...