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.

Outfit Post – Gothic Princess.

When it comes to clothing and outfits, I am a sucker for colour. Whether it be vibrant red or yellow, or softer shades of blue or pink, colour is something I have always embraced. If truth be told, as much as black is classic, elegant and always described as flattering, I do find it a little bit on the safe and boring side.

But last week I had two events in the same night and I decided that the look I wanted to go for was a Gothic Princess look. I wanted something pretty and floaty, a little bit fairy tale, but I was thinking more Malificent than Cinderella (because, let’s face it, good girls go to heaven, but bad girls go everywhere….!). Black was the natural choice for the opening of a restaurant in an Old Birmingham Cinema that also had a nightclub attached to it, but I wanted to do Princess – Gothic Princess.

Gothic Princess

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The top is one of this season’s ‘cold shoulder’ design from Simply Be. This top is lovely, it has a sweetheart bodice design and ruffled sleeve effect. Over the top of the bodice is a over layer that is almost a knitted design with perforations and patterns in the black lining. This could easily be worn with skinny jeans and heels for a completely different look.

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Simply Be Black Ruffle Cut Out Shoulder Lace Top £25 Click to visit Simply Be

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I teamed the top with a tulle net skirt from New Look. Regular readers to the blog know I have a Carrie Bradshaw obsession, and this skirt reminds me of a dress that Sarah Jessica Parker wore a few years ago.  I think this skirt is so easy to wear – elasticated waist, midi length and both lightweight and yet substantial.

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Black Tulle Pleated Midi Skirt £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Tulle Pleated Midi Skirt £19.99 Click to visit New Look

I teamed the outfit with a Biba Bag from House of Fraser.

 Biba Mini pouch was £29 not £20.30 Click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Mini pouch was £29 not £20.30 Click to visit House of Fraser

I quite enjoyed wearing my gothic princess look, but I don’t think it will persuade me to wear more black. I enjoy bright and cheery colours a little too much!

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Net and Tulle Skirts – Sex and the City Lives on

There have been many iconic, on-screen moments when it comes to fashion. On the big screen we’ve had Marilyn Monroe in Travilla white pleats. Scarlett O Hara knocking up a dress from a set of velvet drapes in Gone with the Wind, Annie Hall with her love of thrift shop men’s tailoring, and Judy Garland in Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers.

On the small screen, there was the Rachel cut that launched a million copycats, the glitz and glamour of Dynasty complete with sequins and shoulder pads, and more recently, the peaked caps, sever haircuts and sharp tailoring of the Peaky Blinders – who are soon to have a fashion range in their own right according to newspaper reports.

But, in terms of iconography and everlasting appeal, the skirt that Carrie Bradshaw, aka Sarah Jessica Parker, wore in the opening credits of Sex and the City, takes some beating. There was Carrie, a late 30s/early 40something, standing in the middle of the street in some strange dreamlike sequence, wearing the sort of tulle ballerina skirt that, until then, had been the reserve of said ballerina’s – or five year olds who wanted to be a ballerina. Carrie’s skirt was a dreamy skirt that started my own fascination with tulle and net skirts, a fascination that all these years on, shows no sign of abating.

Both Carrie and SJP love Tulle

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This season is a good one for lovers of the tulle skirt. Boohoo has the most incredible, and affordable range, in both knee and midi lengths. These are skirts that scream romance and fun, their beauty is that they do all the talking, and look great with other trends from this season, namely body suits and Bardot tops.

I had my own Carrie moment on my recent birthday with a beautiful skirt from the current Boohoo collection. My skirt is the most incredible shade of yellow, but also comes in Carrie pink and pale blue too.

Are you planning a Carrie moment this Summer?

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Boutique Tallulah Tulle Mesh Full Circle Midi Skirt £20 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Tallulah Tulle Mesh Full Circle Midi Skirt £20 Click to visit Boohoo

 

Boutique Aya Tulle Full Midi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Aya Tulle Full Midi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Madison Boutique Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Madison Boutique Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt £18 Click to visit Boohoo

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Madison Boutique Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Marin Grid Tulle Full Midi Skirt £25 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Marin Grid Tulle Full Midi Skirt £25 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Marin Grid Tulle Full Midi Skirt £25 Click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Marin Grid Tulle Full Midi Skirt £25 Click to visit Boohoo