A Voyage of Discovery Awaits at Fashion Events

If you love fashion, you’ll almost certainly love shopping, and you have a wide choice of outlets available. You can visit your favorite stores in person, or browse any number of websites and catalogs online. There’s no shortage of shopping opportunities, and access to fashion information and news has never been easier. What more could you want? Well, how about turning your passion into a day out, a special trip, or even a holiday?

Shows and fairs

With so much competition on the internet, many companies are choosing to showcase their products at shows and fairs, like Roma Designer Jewelry. There’s no doubt that being able to see how a bracelet looks on you, feel the fabric of a dress or try on a stunning pair of shoes is a far more rewarding experience than looking at a series of photos and reading the sales blurb on a website. If you’re not sure where to find out about events in your area, ask at your local library or search online using the places and items you are interested in as your search terms. For example, if you search for “fashion roadshows” in your local area, you’ll get a calendar of events to view. It’s also worth searching for more general events, such as craft fairs and antique markets, as smaller designers often showcase at these events, and you could find something pretty exclusive!

A trip to the city

Big cities across the States will have catwalk events as well as regional fairs and local markets. You could spend a weekend in New York, combining a visit to iconic luxury stores such as Tiffany and Valentino with a browse around the stalls at a street fair. You don’t have to spend the whole trip shopping, there’s no shortage of entertainment in the city, and if you go with your partner or children, there will be plenty of things they can enjoy doing if they get bored of looking at shoes!

Take a fashion vacation

Why not go the whole hog and book a vacation overseas? There are world famous fashion shows aplenty, so you could visit London Fashion Week and see the latest designs on the catwalk, or take a tour of Milan or Paris. While you’re there, you can explore some of the local markets and fairs, where you will find all sorts of clothes, shoes, and accessories that might not be available at home. Visiting these great cities is an amazing experience, with the opportunity to experience diverse cultures and visit iconic tourist destinations.

Whether you take a trip to your nearest mall to see college students showcasing their designs, or you jet off for two weeks to a fashion hotspot abroad, there will be an option to suit your lifestyle and budget. The remarkable thing about fashion is that you never know where you will find a design that blows your mind. You don’t have to spend big bucks to find something special, and the local fairs and markets will be full of amazing products for you to discover.

Home and Interior Focus: Fabulous Bathrooms

With Spring just around the corner, our thoughts may start to turn to home improvements. During Winter, the thought of having doors wide open as builders, plumbers and electricians walk in and out of our homes is not that attractive, but with the coming of Spring we finally get those jobs done that have been waiting, whether it be a complete refurb of a room with the fitting of a new kitchen or bathroom, painting and decorating, or changing our current flooring.

This post is looking at some bathroom inspiration, featuring some of the most stylish bathrooms from film and TV. A bathroom revamp can take many forms, from changing your current bath tub to a stand alone design (both vintage looking and contemporary), to removing your bath altogether in order to add a walk in shower. You may decide to keep your current suite, but to change the accessories – light pulls, taps, storage units etc, in order to create a new look, or add a different colour scheme.

Whatever you opt to do, it has to be said that a bathroom is a room that is well worth spending money on. It is a place where you can relax and unwind, shaking the cares of the day away, whether it be under the warm jets of your shower, or the soapy suds of your bath.

Here are a few of my favourite bathrooms from the world of TV and film.

The Brown’s bathroom in  Paddington

My love of the Paddington movies knows no bounds, and I am rather partial to the Brown’s colourful, vintage style bathroom. The coloured wood panels give it a very modern feel, but the role top bath and the retro style radiator gives the room the sort of vintage feel that is totally appealing.

This bathroom is spacious, roomy and the perfect place to relax. Great for human’s and bears alike.

M&S Twiggy Bathroom

Who remembers those iconic M&S adverts that had a wealth of stars looking fabulous in the stores latest ranges? I loved those adverts, and in particular, loved Twiggy, the legendary 60s icon of style and beauty.

Avocado green was the height of style when it came to bathrooms in the 1970s, and I love this mock up of a 70s bathroom, complete with carpet and enormous bath mat, and all in that shocking shade of green. It may not be contemporary taste, but it could never be described as boring.

A Bathtub big enough for Two

The best bathtubs are certainly big enough for at least two people to enjoy, and the movie world is full of gorgeous tubs that totally fit the bill.

One of the most famous bathing scenes has to be in the film ‘Pretty Woman’, where first we see Vivian (Julia Roberts) enjoying the tub whilst listening to a Sony Walkman (it was the 90s!). Later, in a far more sensuous scene, she shares the same tub with Edward (Richard Gere).

Another wonderfully romantic bathtub made for two scene is in ‘The Notebook’, where Rachel McAdam and Ryan Gosling share a bath in one of the most romantic of all movies.

Performance, the 1970 film starring Mick Jagger, also had a shared bath scene in a rather glorious Art Deco style bathroom, but as there were three people sharing that bath, we are starting to slide into the realms of naughtiness!

Do you have a favourite film or movie bathroom?


Self-Esteem: It’s A Big Deal

Wherever you are in the game of life, your self-esteem is a big deal, and when you’ve just had a baby, you can find yourself at an all time low. You are at your most vulnerable post-birth, because you’ve just changed your body almost irreversibly with the birth of a child. Your bones have softened and moved. The skin on your thighs, stomach and boobs have gained new stretch marks and pockets of cellulite. It’s a big change, and big transformations physically can have an effect on your self-esteem that isn’t always positive.

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Body confidence is a big deal in any part of life, but particularly after a baby. Most women want to work on themselves the moment that they leave on the hospital, as they may not feel entirely comfortable with their new look. The important thing to remember is that your body has taken nine months to shift in its trajectory: it’s going to take some time for it to shift back. Looking after a new baby is a rewarding vocation, but it does make you put your own image on the backburner in your life. With that in mind, what could you be doing to get your body confidence back after birth?

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  • Haircare. A part of your body confidence has to include your hair. You may not feel up to hard workouts or doing too much more than holding your baby and feeling happy: but you can do your hair. Wash and dry your hair when your partner is around, so that you can take your time. Condition it deeply once a week with a hair mask and invest in some beautiful slides and clips. If it needs to be shoved up in a Mom bun most of the time, it may as well be healthy and pretty.
  • Weight Loss. This one will take some time, and you may well already be planning to book into Tampa Bay Plastic Surgery, Inc in a few months. Before you make that appointment, take a year to gently bring your body back to pre-pregnancy weight. You need to give yourself some time to lose comfortably and your body needs time to heal before you go through more surgery.
  • Makeup. You’re very likely to get a little amount of sleep with the newborn baby in your life. A tinted BB cream can really help you to fake that 8-hour sleep look! Take ten minutes to get your eyebrows seen to, and you won’t regret it at all; such a small thing can make you feel beautiful.
  • Exercise. You may not be able to do too much in the way of heavy exercise, especially if your body went through the trauma of a caesarean section. However, walking while pushing the baby in a pram can do you a world of good, and you can really build your fitness up while you do it.

Feeling good after a baby is going to be up to you. Make it happen and watch your self-esteem soar!