Saturday, 31 May 2014

LAUNDRY BOUTIQUE CLOTHING

Hello sweethearts!

I think we need to face the truth: summer is coming and weather here in UK is, at the moment, pure  rubbish (heating is on people, not joking).

We need to find ourselves another way to celebrate the most colourful and happy season and I have got an idea: Shoppiinnggggg!!!

I want to buy short skirts, bright blouses, printed dresses and I found a perfect place where I can do it without emptying my bank account: let's say hello to Laundry Boutique.

Laundry Boutique is an online retailer that has got some stores too in Manchester, Altrincham, Chester, Chiswick, Portobello, and Stockton Heat.

I visited the shop in central Manchester and I had the chance to see a selection of the newest arrivals at one of the last events organised by Manchester Fashion Week 2014, that saw this brand massively involved.

I am in love with their dresses, they are really different from all you see on the high street (all the sameeeeee, so boring!)and there is a good selection of styles.


Add to all these lovely clothes jewellery, accessories, shoes, loungewear and lovely staff and costumer service and here is it, welcome to Laundry Boutique.


Here are some pictures from the press event where I could appreciate some nice shift dresses (my fave style ever), loose blouses, bright printed bodycon dresses and so on, at very affordable prices.







I tried on this drop waist dress (Victoria B.I heart you) and I think we are talking to my next purchase here, don't you think it looks great?

Laundry Boutique dress, Ebay necklace, Clarks brogues 


I can wear this with tights and boots or bare legs with sandals, the fabric is very soft and the pastel  peach colour is a win win. Best thing? It's only £32!

Here, here, and here you can find some dresses that will probably move soon to a permanent residence in my wardrobe, probably followed shortly by this, this and this.

And now don't tell me I didn't give you enough ideas for my birthday presents (ok my birthday is in February but feel free to donate in advance).




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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

FUTUROCKS POWER BANK REVIEW

Hello everybody, how are you doing tonight?

I should be sorting out washing, ironing and all my house really after my crazy bank holiday in Italy but I cannot even think about leaving this sofa so here I am, blogging to you about something really cool and useful.

About a month ago I was contacted by this amazing company called Futurocks and they offered me the chance to try one of their most famous product: here is it...

Futurocks power bank
After my Precious Baby was born, my Perfect Husband made me swear I would have been extra careful to always have my mobile phone fully charged for every emergency (where emergencies are not the latest instagram updates or ebay auctions).

This has proven to be a real challenge for somebody like me, a self confessed phone addicted basically.

This little cute, pink, cylinder is an external battery that will make your life very easy: it really helped mine!




If I am on the go and my battery is about to die, I don't need to swear against technology and think about a good excuse to provide to a furious Perfect Husband; all I need to do now, is to plug in my mobile to the battery pack and that's it, problem solved.
 



This battery pack is suitable for USB powdered devices and in the package you will find a micro USB cable to connect it.

It only weights 50 grams and has got one year warranty.



The pack can be recharged with your usual mobile charger or using your computer.

Here is the link to the Pink Mini Power Bank I was kindly given but best thing you can do is to have a good look to the website, where you can find nice phone covers (like the ultra famous Chanel bottle case) and more power banks. 

I have got my eyes on the Dual USB port in yellow, that can charge two devices at the same time. 

Genius.

Time to cook dinner now. Byeeeeeee







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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

MANCHESTER ARNDALE PROM TAKEOVER EVENT

In the fairy tales, all Cinderella needs to be the most beautiful princess of the ball, is a magic spell from the Fairy Godmother that provides dress, hair, make up, shoes, accessories and driver.

Unfortunately real life is very very different and Fairy Godmothers are in these days, quite rare to find.

So when the Prom ball (held usually at the end of the secondary school) gets closer, these girls are on a mission: be admired, be remembered and let's be honest, be just the best dressed girl of the school.

I though it was just all about finding a nice dress a couple of weeks in advance...wrong, I was very very wrong.

During the last Arndale event, called "prom takeover" I learnt how everything, from the dress to the accessories and the all hair/make up make over is planned months in advance and, for God sake, girls (and their mums!!!!) can be quite competitive!

Just to be more clear, I want to share with you some results of a survey of Mancunian mums in UK, about their children going to prom:

* Average spend for the whole prom is £428.

* 40% would be happy to be helped by a personal stylist.

* 10% of the husbands doesn't have a clue how much the dress is gonna cost (to protect them from an  heart attack maybe?).

* 70% of Mums admitted they would do anything to guarantee their child is the best looking of the ball.

And I though a wedding was a serious matter....

The first shop we visited for our  tour was Pastiche, situated on the upper mall.



This is a little shop packed with gems, trust me, stocking the most accurate selection of prom dresses in every style, colour, fabric you can think about.


 Once the dress is purchased, the girls are given the exclusive on that particular colour for that school, so the worse nightmare of finding somebody wearing your same prom dress can be avoided.



Browsing (=dreaming) through the shop made pretty clear why girls travel all over the country to find their dresses here, with orders taken since -wait for it- January!!!

 
Sizes go up to the 22 and there are always new stocks coming.



The trends for this season in terms of colour are ivory, red, minty and glitter, with the dear old nude that is always a best seller.





In terms of styles, well, name it, they have got it: long, short, strapless, backless, and lace, lace, lots of lace and sparkling crystals are all over this years trends.



On their facebook page you will be able to find more pictures of the dresses and girls wearing them for their prom.



This was one of my fave dresses: pink, lace, blings...it has got my name on it.


With eyes still full of pastel lace and sparkling silk, we headed to Coast; I have always looked at this brand as a safe harbour where to find some classic designs for special occasions.


I must admit that as soon as I entered inside the shop, I had a feeling I was gonna be surprised and I was indeed.




I was greeted by some great bold and intense colours, prints and few high impact pieces with a very sartorial cut that could be seen on a fashion week catwalk!


We were curious to know which was the best seller dress for prom and here is it, the first one from the left, which is available, on line and in store in a short or long style and in lots of colours, with the chance to add straps.



 The good thing about Coast is that they provide a Personal Appointment service with their stylists (not only for the prom girls, this is available for every customer of course) to help the girls to decide which style suits them best, which colour and maybe help to accessorise the chosen dress.

If you are not Julia Roberts, there is a Petite section available on line for you...I'll have to tell my sister!



Talking about accessories, look at the jewellery..


I have to repeat myself now, but my fave dress was another short style one, the Naomi dress..look at it, isn't it adorable?



Third round of Prom Takeover was in Lipsy.



The Lipsy Prom Girl is fresh, young but sexy at the same time.


Again, I saw a lot of lace and pastels, with short dresses a bit easier to pull off so maybe more suitable for younger girls or if they want to use it again.





What caught my attention were the jumpsuits (that I didn't notice in the other two shops) and the SA explained us as this is often the choice of girls that are more of a tomboy kind and they will not be maybe comfortable in wearing all of a sudden a long mermaid style dress.



I had to pick up this red wax lace swing top as my fave, it just ticks all the boxes, the lace, the bright coral red, the peplum style, WANT IT!



Now, let's go back to the Cinderella theme and let's think straight: Seriously? Running away leaving a shoe behind? And second, dear Fairy Godmather, you could have put a bit more effort in the serch of the shoes, what is that plain, boring, style.

She should have gone to Aldo, which was our last stop in the Arndale.



From platform tho kitten heels, from patent to glitter, we learnt how Prom Girls have got no limits in terms of shoes.




The real surprise of the shop was the variety of accessories available as jewellery and bags.



If the dress is quite a simple and plain style, why not put a big statement necklace on top and a full bling mode on bag?

Here are some nice ones..





If I had to choose which shoes to wear at prom, I would go for these Barstad sandals, they are sassy, sexy and the platform makes them more comfortable.



Now, are you ready for my top of the tops???

Let's go then...

The Pastiche red and nude lace dress: bury me in this




The Coast acrylic and crystals bangles: I had to buy one!



The Lipsy crystal platform shoes: heat your heart out Cinderella


 

The Aldo golden statement necklace: more statement than this!




I want to conclude what looks like an endless post with a very useful link from the Manchester Arndale website with some advices about how to get ready for your very special night and with my very personal advice: dress, hair, shoes, make up are important but being yourself will make you shine more than ever!

Thank you so much to Manchester Arndale for having me (and for all the biscuits and cuddles my Precious Baby had during the event, I bet he cannot wait for next year's prom!)

Have a fantastic night girls!!!!
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Saturday, 3 May 2014

MANCHESTER ARNDALE TWEET SEAT SS14 EVENT

Hello darlings,

are we all getting ready for this bank Holiday week end? Finger crossed weather is good and we can enjoy a bit of sunshine.

If you live in Manchester or nearby, you will certainly know the Arndale, the colossal shopping centre dominating the city centre.

Considering the amount of time and money I spend there, I cannot understan why there is not an area with my name yet.

I was delighted to be invited to one of their latest event, the very famous TWEET SEAT, where Arndale's PR explained us bloggers the newest seasonal trends for SS14 including accessories and make up and showed us around some of the shops to touch with hands what we were talking about.

After meeting with all the girls we had a chat about the special Arndale magazine  "Inside" that gives customers a perfect overview of everything cool you can find around the shops.

I have to mention the model on the cover of the magazine could have been me with blond hair, that pink feather skirt, the statement necklace and the chunky bracelet are basically my signature look!



The attention for this upcoming season are focused on Florals, Pastels, Bold colours and Prints (the Paintbox section) and Jewellery, a lot of jewellery, yyyeeeaahh!!!




The shops we visited were Dorothy Perkins, Accessorize, Kurt Geiger and Boots and I went home with:

  * The longest wish list I have ever had (any chance of an early Christmas? No? Shame..)

  * A bigger (if that was even possible) love for Arndale

  * A little bag with something I couldn't resist buying. Any guess?

First stop was Dorothy Perkins, that let me tell you, has gone much more modern and trendy than it used to be.



Every style is covered, you go from the soft sweet pastels to the boldest neons for the summer.
There are some very good pieces and the jewellery stand deserves to be ransacked.






I will have to explore more their shoe department, I was in love with the printed ballerinas (you can never have too many ballerinas, remember) and the bright heels and everything is so affordable!


My top picks? These necklaces.



Second destination was Kurt Geiger also known as shoe porn paradise.

 
The range of styles available is impressive with some designer inspired models that can be yours for a fraction of the price.


 The glittery and the orange slippers are best seller and look at those boots, Givenchy anyone?

If you visit the shop is worthy having a look to the accessories section, with bold coloured bags, big chunky chain (very Rhianna style) and sunglasses.



The Kurt Geiger luxury range, Carvela, has pulled out some wedges, heels and peep toes and all of them are real leather. I am considering buying the plain black ones...



My Picks this time? The luxury sneakers, the UGG boots, the kitten heels and the blue slippers.


The third stop of the tweet seat event was the Accessorize and Monsoon shop.

In a season where jewellery (big, bold, small, every kind really) has such a big relevance, Accessorize is the place you want to be locked in. I could go inside with those big Ikea shopping bags and go out feeling I didn't get all I wanted.


We were introduced to the new collections by this adorably adorned table.


Here we go again with all the flowers, the sparkling, the rich pastel shades.


Look at the tassels and the colours of these bags...


The price range is very wide but never too high..unless like me you NEED everything.


There is a section dedicated to beachwear and related accessories of course, with a lot of pink going on.


 If you are going to a summer festival (where, in my opinion, the majority of the fashion crimes is committed) you can be stylish without looking homeless, trust me: here we go, some ideas for you.


 My picks: these necklaces
 

Monsoon introduced us to a world of revisited classic designs with quite a modern twist, with prints, lace details and a sartorial style that really impressed us all.

I liked the vintage style crochet with important necklaces and the daisy hairband.

My pick? What a question, the printed blazer.


The last destination of out tweet seat tour was Boots, where sometimes I feel my salary should be directed straight from the bank.


We visited the Number 7 counter where we were offered a make over (I went for bright pink lips). I asked what are the big trends for the ss14 make up and the answer was, have a guess...bright neon for lips and nails and natural in the eyes. I am in!


We then had a chat with the lovely girls at the Smashbox counter, where I had a smokey eyes done, and I was given a sample of the studio skin foundation (more about that in a future blog post).



I had my hair styled at the Bumble and Bumble counter where I was very happy to try a product I read a lot about, the Hairdresser's invisible oil: it's a oil that helps nourishing the hair and keeps it frizz free.


I requested a poker straight look and few drops were more than enough to keep hair smooth and soft and most of all straight straight straight even if outside was raining cats and dogs.



I want to conclude this epic post with my very fave in the 4 categories.

The Florals: The daisy flip flops from Accessorize

 
 The paint box: the Kurt Geiger's high heels shoes
 

The Pastels: Dorothy Perkins jumpsuit (look at the lace detail at the back!!!), dresses and white biker jacket.





The Jewellery: Do phone cases count as jewellery? Well, these from Accessorize definitely do.




The experience was glorious, thank you so much Leanne, Debs and Helen for the wonderful afternoon and hope you enjoyed reading this post, I know is a bit picture-heavy but I wanted to make you all feel like we were going around all together.

See you soon, bye!


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