I’ve Been Shortlisted for the Cosmo Blog Awards!

7 Oct


This post comes from an extremely happy me. A few weeks ago nominations opened for the Cosmo Blog Awards, being a reasonably small blog I didn’t think I stood a chance of being shortlisted. So when I saw the list and the name of my blog in the Best Use of Photography section I was absolutely shocked and super happy (I may have cried a little).

I started blogging nearly 4 years ago, after being inspired to do so by my best friend Fay, who’s been blogging for years. I wanted a place to share all things I enjoy doing as well as my love of vintage fashion. I also wanted something to look back on as a record of everything I had done. As the blog has grown it’s become so important to me, it’s introduced me to great people, I’ve had some amazing opportunities and got so much better at writing and photography.

Cosmo Blog Awards

I just wanted to say a really big thank you to everyone who has read the blog, commented on my posts and especially thank you to everyone who nominated me. I means so much to me! I am so excited to go to the awards ceremony and meet everyone else who has been shortlisted and even if I don’t win, being shortlisted is recognition enough for me. There are so many other amazing blogs in my category after all.

I have one more favour to ask, if you do enjoy my blog and love my photos, taking 5 minutes to cast your vote would be absolutely amazing. Every single vote counts after all! If you would like to vote just follow the link below, you need to vote in each category so take a minute to look at the other fantastic bloggers in the other categories too.

Thank you!!!!

Click here to vote.

Bloggers London Fashion Week #BLFW

8 Oct

I love events that are tailored just for bloggers, it’s a great chance to meet other people in out industry and to meet and work with people who appreciate blogging. One of my favourite events is Bloggers London Fashion Week, an event organised by The Bloggers Hangout. The event features fashion shows, brand showcases, a gifting lounge and lots of other bloggy people to make friends with. This is the second time I’ve attended the event and this time it was held at the gorgeous OXO2 at the bottom of the OXO tower, the perfect light airy space to take lots of pictures!

Bloggers Fashion Week
I only went to the early session as I had another event that evening, but the event runs twice in one day with different fashion shows and different brands. I ended up taking so much away with me that I don’t think I could have carried any more. I did meet a sensible blogger who had taken a wheely case to hold all her samples in, which I think s a great tip for next time.

Bloggers London fashion Week DJ
The gorgeous DJ Fabienne played music throughout the day.

Bloggers Fashion Week Catwalk

The Fashion Shows:

First up was the gorgeous collection from Julia Hearts U, who creates beautiful flowing Kaftans.

Bloggers London Fashion Weeks Julia Hearts U Kimonos Fashion Show

Bloggers London Fashion Week Julia Harts U Kimonos
The lovely Julia with her models. I loved the purple kaftan best, I would love to throw it over a casual outfit for some instant glam.

The second show featured loads of gorgeous dresses, I’m not entirely sure who the designer was (sorry).

Bloggers London fashion Week Catwalk

Bloggers London fashion Week Models

Bloggers Fashion Week Gifting Lounge

The Gifting Lounge:

There were lots of lovely brands at the event to talk about their products and give away samples for us to try. These are a few of my favourites…

Bloggers London fashion Week Kleem Organics

Kleem Organics were showcasing their amazing vitamin C serum, which is currently only available in America but launching in the UK in a few months. The product has a really high vit C content. I’ve been using mine under my moisturiser for a while now and I absolutely love it.

Bloggers London fashion Week Magnitone
I’m already a bit obsessed with my Magnitone cleansing brush. I’ve been using one for a few months now and I absolutely love what it does to my skin. I wrote a review a few months ago. I love the new colours which they recently launched.

Bloggers London fashion Week Maison Ves

Maison Ves are the perfect candle for bloggers and social media people. Each one is beautifully scented and comes with a different theme. Each theme is associated with different hashtags which are printed on the candle holder. I love the #BFF one! The wedding themed one would be perfect for centerpieces at weddings too.

Bloggers London Fashion Week Little Ondine

Little Ondine make a selection of natural peel off nail polished in a great selection of colours. It’s nice to see something a little bit different to other nail brands.

Bloggers London fashion Week With Love Lilly Lingerie
Being a big lingerie fan I loved the selection on display from With Love Lilly, who make made to measure lingerie including larger sizes. The materials are amazing and a an F cup I was pleased to know I could get something in my size.

Bloggers London fashion Week Motel Rocks

Motel Rocks had a great selection of seventies inspired fashions, I love all the bright retro prints.

Bloggers London Fashion Week Berrywhite Organic Drinks

Berrywhite drinks are a great alternative to regular fizzy drinks. I’m always trying to make healthy choices and I was impressed with all the different flavours.
There were so many great brands there that I haven’t included everyone. I’ll be reviewing a few of the lovely products I picked up in the coming months, so watch out for those.

Bloggers London Fashion Week Cupcakes
The yummy cupcakes were provided by Miss Cupcakes.

I just wanted to finish by saying thank you to all the lovely people who worked hard to organise the event, it’s always so much fun. As well as Fay who came along too and as always was great company!

Beautiful Party Dresses at the Phase Eight AW15 Press Day

7 Oct

Way back in the spring, I popped into the Phase Eight AW15 press day to see what would be coming out later in the year. I’ve always loved Phase Eight, especially as what feels like a thousand years ago I had my first ever Saturday job with them when I was still at school! If you’re already planning christmas party outfits, or something show-stopping to wear to a winter ball Phase Eight is a great place to start. Their evening is reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood, think heavily adorned floor length gowns, red lips and pin curled hair.

Phase Eight AW15 Press Day Ursula Dress

Phase Eight Press day Aw15 Ursula Beaded Dress
The AW15 collection features a beautiful selection of evening dresses as well as lots of faux fur stoles and jackets for colder nights. There are lots of muted and neutral colours which are so beautiful sophisticated and classy. I’m always amazed by their attention to detail.

Phase Eight Aw15 Evening Wear


Phase Eight AW15 Press Day Fur Coat
For slightly less formal affairs there are some gorgeous separates for a smart relaxed evening look.  I really liked the flowing fabrics and use of tassels.

Phase Eight AW15 Press day Suit and Dresses

Phase Eight AW15 Press Day Fringes

Phase Eight Aw15 Press Day White Top
The evening looks can be finished off with the most beautiful shoes and accessories, as well as their excellent selection of jewellery.

Phase Eight AW15 Press Day Jewellery

Phase Eight AW15 Press Day Shoes, Bags and Jewellery
The everyday looks lean more towards the currant seventies trend, which I am a little obsessed with at the moment I lOVE the seventies. The stand outs for me were the denim dress and camel coloured skirt which are perfect wardrobe staples for the season.

Phase Eight AW15 Press Day Denim Dress

Phase Eight AW15 Press Day Coat and Top

Phase Eight have recently launched a plus size brand called Studio Eight, I’ve not included them in this post as I have a post all about them coming up soon.

See the full range on the Phase Eight website.

Dolly and Dotty Polka Dot Sally Dress Review

6 Oct

A couple of months ago I reviewed a gorgeous dress from Dolly and Dotty. The Poppy dress was absolutely perfect for the summer and todays dress is a nice addition to a winter wardrobe. The Sally polka dot dress is a really cute vintage style dress which I chose in a lovely teal shade to carry me through the colder months.

Dolly and Dotty Sally Polka Dot Teal Dress Vintage Frills

The dress is made from a stretchy 95% cotton and 5% spandex fabric which gives it a lovely fit. It has a full panelled skirt with a nipped in wait and gathered under bust making it perfect is you have curves. I love the cute nautical style collar. The dress has a tie at the back incase you need to bring in the waist and fastens with a side zip.

Dolly and Dotty Dress Review

The dress is really nice quality, but requires hand washing. Personally I’d probably risk putting it in the machine, but as I hand wash all of my original vintage clothes I don’t mind too much.

Dolly and Dotty Polka Dot Sally Dress Review Vintage Frills

I got mine in a size 14 as usual and the fit is perfect on me, so I’d say it definitely come sup true to size and I appreciated a little extra room in the bust.

Hotter Michelle Heels

I wore mine with my new shoes from Hotter which I absolutely love (I’m going to do a proper review of these soon).  Blue and teal are such perfect colours for autumn, as a nice break from maroon, mustard and brown.

Dolly and Dooty Sally Polka Dot Vintage Style Dress Vintage Frills

The dress costs £34.99 and comes in a huge range of colours, in both polka dot and plain styles. I’m definitely tempted to pick this up in another colour as I’m so happy with the fit.

Buy the dress from the Dolly and Dotty website.

Cosmo Blog Awards

Win Tickets to Kelham Hall’s Big Vintage Festival

5 Oct

There’s nothing I love more than getting all dressed up in my finest vintage attire and spending a day at a fabulous vintage event. Britain Does Vintage organise lots of great vintage days out, fairs and festivals with loads to do for all the family. Their next festival is being help on October 17th in the beautiful surroundings of Kelham Hall.


The festival has everything the vintage lover could want including over 50 vintage traders, afternoon tea, entertainment and jive lessons.

ToddandMoore HI RES15

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They’ve offered my readers 2 adult and 2 children’s tickets for the event. To enter all you need to do is comment on this post telling me why you’d love to go and I’ll pick a winner at random on Saturday and let you know if you’re the lucky winner. Remember to use the Rafflecopter widget to register your vote.

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Find out all the details of the event on the Britain Does Vintage website

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