Bullring Bloggers Christmas event

Last week saw the annual gathering of Bullring Bloggers, getting together to enjoy cocktails and nibbles whilst learning more about some of the Bullring’s fab brands and their latest collections.This year the gathering was small and intimate, with experts from Oasis, Topshop and Selfridges talking about personalisation, Christmas pressies and personal shopping.

Before chatting to the experts there was opportunity to try food from Chi Kitchen, which has recently opened an eaterie in Debenhams in the Bullring, and from Thai restaurant Chaophraya, which is based on Spiceal Street. the Chicken and Lemongrass satay skewers were just amazing, and there were also veggie options and Sushi. There were also some stunning cocktails that had the most amazing apple swan creations as decoration, and packed a fairly lethal kick too.

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Danni, who is the personal stylist for Oasis was the first to show us a little of the seasonal offering from the store. Oasis in the Bullring now offers both personal styling, and personal styling parties where you can gather with a few friends and let Danni style you. For Winter 2016, there is a good mixture of warm knitwear and seasonal sparkles. with cool jackets that can be layered over a cami and jeans. The matcht-matchy trend is also not going away, but now it has a Christmas feel due to lots of sparkle and embellishments.

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Next up was Selfridges, with beauty expert Rose Gallagher offering insight into this year’s celestial theme and the personalisation the store offers. The fabulous Alphabet bags star sign cosmetic bags were much admired, as were the fabulous Christmas decorations that can be filled with chocolates and have a name added to them. There were also the ever popular personalised jars of Nutella, and an uber cute personalised Mr Men print. All personalisation is done in store and just makes a perfect gift that little bit more perfect (not sure that actually works in English, but you know what I mean!)

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Kiko Milano cosmetics have some really gorgeous colours this season that will be just right for all those parties. The eye shadows in particular are pearly, iridescent and super pretty. Kiko Milano products are really affordable, with eye shadows coming in at about £7, and would make great Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.

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The final port of call was a chat with the lovely Charlotte who is the personal shopper and stylist for the shiny new Bullring Topshop store. Topshop have all kinds of greatness going on in Birmingham this Christmas, including new ranges that seem to be hitting the store every few days, and great ideas for Christmas gift boxes for those men who have no idea what to buy their other half.  I fell totally in love with the Bah Humbug bag and went straight out and got it, have been using it at Christmas parties for the past week and have to say what a total bargain it was!

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Bah Humbug Christmas Clutch Price: £20.00 Click to visit Topshop

 

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DSCN9955Bullring really is a one stop shop for all those Christmas gifts, whether it be a last minute present, or, heaven forbid, if you leave it all to the last minute. With late night opening until 10pm and plenty of parking and eateries, it should take the stress out of shopping.

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With thanks to Bullring and Nicki Horesh of Frank PR for the fab evening.

Halloween fashion ‘thrillers’

When you ask most people what they love about the month of October, they will probably mention Halloween in their answer. At one time Halloween seemed to be more popular in America than in the UK, but that is no longer the case. Trick or Treat, Halloween parties and dressing up are all much anticipated and enjoyed, and, as the end of the month is drawing ever nearer, people are beginning to think about their costumes.

There are plenty of celebrities to take your Halloween inspiration from, because, let’s face it, some celebrities love nothing more than getting dressed up in their best spooky costumes come All Hallows Eve. Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, Hilary Duff and Christina Aguilara have all been photographed in some pretty amazing costumes over the years, although for some, the link to Halloween is more tentative. (Yes, I’m talking to you Kim.)

Celebrity Inspiration

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Kim as Poison Ivy

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Hillary Duff

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Kate and Jamie

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Heidi Klum

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Rochelle Wiseman

Topshop has launched a fantastic Halloween section which allows you to bring the fashion of the witching hour into your daily wardrobe. These are pieces you could wear to attend an Halloween party if you wanted to avoid a full costume, or just fun items that you could wear almost anytime of the year. I love the Spooky embroidered slippers that have just a touch of Charlotte Olympia to them, and the metallic cross back midi dress is super sexy and would look so glam teamed with a black Morticia wig and the red devils horns.

I’m ending this post in a slightly different way by sharing two of my favourite Halloween themed songs – Just because. Enjoy!

 

 

What are you planning to do this Halloween? Will it involve dressing up (keep those answers clean folks!)

 

 

Skeleton Print Mini Dress     Price: £28 click to visit Topshop

Skeleton Print Mini Dress
Price: £28
click to visit Topshop

Halloween Bat Cobweb Tights     Price: £6 Click to visit Topshop

Halloween Bat Cobweb Tights
Price: £6
Click to visit Topshop

Spider Drop Choker     Price: £5 Click to visit Topshop

Spider Drop Choker
Price: £5
Click to visit Topshop

Gem Devil Horns     Price: £7 Click to visit Topshop

Gem Devil Horns
Price: £7
Click to visit Topshop

Metallic Cross-Back Midi Dress     Price: £80 click to visit Topshop

Metallic Cross-Back Midi Dress
Price: £80
click to visit Topshop

Premium Lace Maxi Dress     Price: £160 click to visit Topshop

Premium Lace Maxi Dress
Price: £160
click to visit Topshop

SPOOKY Embroidered Slippers     Price: £24 click to visit Topshop

SPOOKY Embroidered Slippers
Price: £24
click to visit Topshop

Fluffy Bat Halloween Socks     Price: £3 Click to visit Topshop

Fluffy Bat Halloween Socks
Price: £3
Click to visit Topshop

GAME Fringe Courts     Price: £68 click to visit Topshop

GAME Fringe Courts
Price: £68
click to visit Topshop

Faux Leather Shift Dress     Price: £55 click to visit Topshop

Faux Leather Shift Dress
Price: £55
click to visit Topshop

 

Ladbrokes Bingo Fashion Week – Vote for me.

London Fashion Week is almost upon us. Yes the venues are being set up as we speak, and excitement amongst the fashionista’s, the front rowers and the bloggers is almost unbearable. Fashion Week is the most gorgeous and glamorous event to hit London and I am very pleased to say that, this season, I have a small role in it through a competition that I am taking part in with Ladbrokes Bingo.

I have been tasked to create a perfect outfit for London Fashion Week with a virtual budget of £200. The outfit can come from any online/High Street store, but must not exceed the budget. Everything else is down to personal choice and inspiration, so I set about putting together an outfit that I would wear, something that reflects my style, which is feminine, grown up and slightly retro.

I took my inspiration from socialite and DJ Harley Viera Newton because I, quite simply, love her style and have never seen here get it wrong. She is girlish and elegant, but can add an edge of fun – whether than be in cats eye sunglasses or pretty prints.

The Inspiration

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Cute glasses and ladylike heels

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Pleated skirts and a clutch bag

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More pleats and heels – a winning formula

I knew I wanted a statement pleated skirt for this project, but something in a darker shade to reflect Autumn. I founf the perfect skirt at Topshop in beautiful bottle green, and then built the rest of the outfit around this. A simple white top from ASOS

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My outift.

My inspiration.

My inspiration.

Now I need your help. I would love it if Fashion-mommy readers would vote for my outfit. It is very simple and easy to do, no registering is required. You simply need to visit the page http://bingo.ladbrokes.com/en/news/bingo-fashion-week  find my photograph (as shown below) and click on it. This will reveal the outfit pictured above. Then simply click on the vote button. And that’s it – all done.

Vote for me by clicking the image on the right.

Vote for me by clicking the image on the right.

Thanking you all in advance.

16866540641_d82f61d8b8_o*This post supports my entry for the Ladbrokes Bingo Fashion Week Competition.