I love a little (or a lot!) of sparkles for the holiday season! After browsing through the new Selfridges app in hope of being on the list to be notified of the pre Christmas sales, I found Jenny Peckham that does a few amazing sparkle dresses for all body types! Check these out and chose the one that suits you.
For the Daring Sparkle
It’s possibly going to be in minus degrees outside, but you love the sheer trend and if Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé and rock it. So can you! Wear with a bit of sass and turn the heat up in this tulle beauty.
For the Classy sparkle
Do you have a fancy Christmas gala or theatre to attend? Be the belle of the ball in this beautiful silk gown! All eyes will be on you in this masterpiece.
For the Sassy Sparkle
This dress seems quite understated compared to the previous, but this can be versatile with the length! Style under a skirt to change it up, and it’s the perfect length if you’re petite like me!
Pair all outfits with some plain shoes and minimal accessories to keep you from looking like a walking party! (Or go all out.. you wild thing, you!)
Let us know which dress is your favourite and which sparkle are you??
Too much glitz for your taste? Don’t worry, you can always jazz up a plain outfit with a sparkle in our next blog post ‘Holiday glitz shoes that you need right now!’
It’s Black Friday tomorrow and some retailers have already started and are stretching out over this weekend up to Cyber Monday! Here’s some tips, tricks and discount codes that you NEED to take advantage of!
Selfridges Christmas Comes Early
Selfridges annual crazy sale has started today! Aside from Boxing day, this is something you NEED to take advantage of. Use the discount code ‘SELFCCE‘ for 20% off online or screen grab the barcode here to use it in store. Valid from 24th Nov – 27th. Unfortunately, not all brands are covered and it’s only 10% off beauty. Check out the excluded list here. It’s mostly the luxury brands that aren’t included e.g. Chanel, LV, Gucci etc.
VIPs get a notification a day early. But if you download the Selfridges app or follow them on social media you’ll be the first of the masses to know!
Here’s some great gift ideas for her, him, and me:
If you are looking for discounts on luxury designer brands then you need…
Black Friday at Flannels.com
Flannels is known as the shop on the high street that stocks only luxury designers, but online you can get 20% off everything with the discount code ‘BF20‘ and get an extra £40 off when you spend over £200! Here you can snap up a pair of classic coloured Jimmy Choos, or the latest Gucci wear.
Gift ideas for yourself (Classic investment piece), for her, and for me:
The best for beauty…
Rewards member exclusive preview finished at 8pm today but the offer of 25% off extends to this weekend for everyone! You can get 10% off beauty and free shipping off everything on their website. Their loyalty card is a great way to earn points and get seasonal rewards if you love their exclusive brands.
Gift ideas for you (a lust purchase… party shoes?!), for her and him:
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
What’s better than Black Friday sales? Black Friday sales ON TOP of outlet prices! I signed up for the VIP card and also the invitation for the Black Friday offers pre sales, and one hour I was there was NOT enough! Unfortunately, there wasn’t any Black Friday offers that I was interested in but the sales they already had there already was amazing! 50% off everything on top of outlet prices at All Saints Outlet and 25% off everything at Radley Outlet, I couldn’t pass up some leather cleaning products that keep your leather in tip top condition! The Kooples outlet has just opened last Friday, and the cuts are just the prefect shape for my body.
Why don’t you ever see prestigious brands on sale like Chanel and Christian Louboutin?
Because their in such demand that they tend to sell out before much of it can make it to a sale. Also, their brand is so well known and their clientele is the rich, so they wouldn’t ever put a sale price on any items. Chanel tend to put everything away in the back, so if a customer requests anything they can bring it out right away.
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Hello! Long time no post, I’ve been busy inspiration searching and that involved travelling! In my usual ‘two-birds-with-one-stone’ fashion, it was also a birthday trip curtesy of ma madré (big thank you mum!) But Italy was also on her bucket list!! So let get stuck right into it!
So I like to squeeze in as much as I can when I go on holiday to a new destination, check out the Singapore in a weekend blog here. So when we went to stay in Milan for 6 nights we squeezed in day trips all around the north of Italy to experience lots of snippets from each place.
Always check the airline that you’re flying with for luggage restrictions. We flew with Easy Jet so they have a policy for one small hand luggage and an option to add one checked 20kg luggage bag. We originally were not going to even add a suitcase! But we ended up sharing one, thank god because we forgot to factor in shopping and souvenirs! I always pack heavier and bulkier things when the weather is cooler, so it helps to check the weather at the destination before you pack.
I tried to plan for a few outfit photos so I packed a heel boot… that I didn’t even wear! So I recommend just packing flats and comfortable shoes if you plan on doing a lot of walking like we did.
I also found that I could contact the hotel before hand and check what amenities they already had there so I could probably pack less i.e. shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, cotton pads, slippers etc. So it would’ve been handy if I didn’t need to carry a bottle of body wash, but anything that I’m picky about I just took a travel size version.
We chose a hotel and flight package on lastminute.com but we booked at like 1am in the morning (never do that!) so we only had photographs of the hotel to go on. Thankfully it was the most beautiful hotel, Starhotel E.C.H.O. It’s super eco friendly with all the heating sourced etc. They even had sustainable tips on a card in each room to help. Even their restaurant locally sources their ingredients! You can check out their video explaining the E.C.H.O here.
Getting around Milan
I got the heads up that public transport will go on strike with little notice before hand, and with my luck they really did whilst we were there! But we still managed to suss out how to use the Metro which is the public underground train. It’s a lot less complicated than the London tube as you only need to know the two stops at either end of the three lines, and you could probably work it all out from there. We mostly used the green line which went through the main Centerale FS station which had an abundance of newsagents. All sold the majority of the tickets for bus, Metro and tram, along with all of the different ticket machines.
Most people spoke english being the big city centre that it is, and you could even chose the preferred language on the ticket machines once you located the right one! The most popular Metro lines tend to run from 6am – midnight, so outside of these times I would recommend taking a local taxi. Bare in mind a taxi can take around 10mins to arrive or you can find a taxi rank nearby any main station or just outside the famous Duomo cathedral.
I did find having a tube map helped, but I also love these apps whenever I travel anywhere:
City Mapper – although it’s not the best for Italy, you can see routes from A to B!
SpeakEasy Italian – Unfortunately I didn’t get to exercise my Italian much (or lack of) but it was handy if you ever need help as it does not need internet connection to work.
If you can arrange for internet roaming abroad with your network provider it will help if you get lost in this digital age.
On the first day we needed to know our surroundings so we booked in at our hotel recommended travel agent Zani Viaggi for the Grande Tour de Milano, which was a great morning trip to the most famous landmarks.
Day 2 was the public transport strike so we had to hop on a taxi to the meeting point to catch the coach. Being in the capital city of fashion you HAVE to go to a shopping outlet! Unfortunately, Serravalle shopping outlet seemed too similar to the Cheshire Oaks shopping outlet (they’re owned by the same company) that’s local to me back in the UK so I decided on FoxTown.
Little did I know it was in Switzerland! It was a great experience having found a YSL and Versace outlet that had prices up to 70% off! But even then most items were still around £500+! I did manage to find a leather skirt I liked but they only had one faulty one left! I would like to go back to Switzerland for a romantic cliché ski holiday with a cheese fondue in front of a fire (and shopping!)
A visit to lake Como was planned for day 3 as all of the tickets for Florence was sold out for that morning, however both places are exceptionally beautiful! I took a good 70% of my 1000+ photos around the lake because it was just that picturesque! We did find the famous Seta (silk) shop in Como, but I only managed to check out half of the shop before we were rushed onto the boat to Bellagio! But that just means I will have to go back again to see the other half of the shop!
For the last full day in Italy we had pre-booked a Venice day trip because it was only available on the Sunday during the 6 days we went for, and it was the one place that I really wanted to visit! Venice is such a different city, which was made apparent when we had to get off the coach at a manmade island (built mostly for all of the tourists parking!) to then take a boat over to the district.
Unfortunately, most shops are closed on Sunday but all of the tourist places were open. This meant that it was HEAVING with tourists, and it didn’t help that there was a marathon going on at the same time! The trip was a great quick overview of Venice, as I would recommend a little educational show around by a local guide for the first time there. You learn a lot from locals, but I think the beauty of visiting Venice is getting lost in the labyrinth of streets and leisurely discovering new ‘calle’ (street/s)! As my mum experienced (she got confused with all of the guides having the same flags and got lost for a few minutes!) This is definitely on my list of places to revisit as the 6 hours we spent there was not nearly enough!
Eating Out and About
I love to try all of the local food wherever I go, but having been on mostly tourist trips to the usual tourist places we paid the inflated prices! I always like to wonder around for a few minutes to compare the prices, since most of the restaurants have the same popular Italian dishes. I tried to visit the recommended restaurants, but when you’re doing so much exploring you get tired and just want to eat anything that’s close by! I did thankfully try local risotto, fish & meats, traditional stone baked pizza and gelato! It’s true that the gelato tastes amazing in Italy because they make it fresh and the flavour is mind blowing!
Can you do north Italy in a week?
You definitely can if you are fit and able to zip from place to place to get a quick taste of each city/country (mum got tried very easily). I definitely recommend going for longer so you can really savour and enjoy each place. I like leaving something to do and explore in places I would like to revisit. I definitely learnt a lot on this trip, especially about the Duomo and Last Supper painting. I didn’t know the colour of the Duomo varies because it’s made of pink marble, and that the Last Supper was painted on a kitchen wall! Although, the staple food in Italy isn’t my favourite (pizza and pasta isn’t my first choice) as I prefer a lighter meals i.e. veggies and fruit. I absolutely LOVE the pastries and antipasti options there! Everything Italian always tastes better in Italy!
I have been busy yet again creating more wearable tech! This time it is a UV sensor hat that reminds you to reapply your sunscreen. With summer being quite hot this year, we definitely need to ensure we are sun safe!
I explain how I made the wearable tech UV hat with Adafruit’s instructions in my latest guest blog for WTF | Wearable Tech Fashion over on the MadeWithGlove website. Read it here or copy and paste the link in the quotes below:
Manchester Girl Geeks ran their fourth annual #BraCamp on Saturday 9th July 2016 at the awesome Autotraders office in Manchester. As the wearable tech assistant of MadeWithGlove I plucked up the courage to speak to fellow girl (and boy geeks) about my new role as a wearable tech assistant and the wearable tech projects I have been working on. Find out all about my first experience of the Girl Geeks Barcamp here.
You’ve probably noticed an increase in the popularity of getting cosmetic surgery to enhance your own lips in the form of lip injections after the boom of Kylie Jenners lips transformation. What she originally tried to keep under wraps and pass it off as ‘the power of make up’, eventually admitted to a visit to her usual family cosmetic surgeon. So for part 1 I will be discussing Lip Injections.
So has society made it more accepting to have this cosmetic procedure done now?
I discovered a discussion seminar ‘Cosmetic Procedures: Routine or Necessity?’ at my local MadLab and decided to join in!
Upon entering the venue I was too worried about parking 30 mins before free parking started that I completely did not notice that I was one of the first ones to get there! (Thankfully I managed to sort my parking out!) I felt like the ol cogs in the brain was already rolling the second we all started really talking after the polite introductions and sharing how and why we are attending this event.
So we got stuck right in
Dr Jeanette Edwards from the board of Nuffield Biometrics started the workshop off by outlining the types of cosmetic procedures we will discuss; Not touching on the topics of tattoos and piercings and the similar kinds of body modifications, but focusing on the key surgical procedures that are increasing in popularity (in no particular order):
Brest augmentation (implants)
Labiaplasty (sculpting the labia minor i.e. the fanny flaps)
Male body sculpting (typically defining the six pack etc)
Lip injections are made from a synthetic hydraulic acid. It’s found in the body naturally which is why it’s so accepted.
Did you know in the UK alone we have over 150 lip injection manufacturers producing numerous brands? All in which are NOT currently regulated as they are deemed ‘medical devices’ thus, they do not need to be prescribed by a medical profession. This means Laura at your local salon could get her hands on a syringe of this stuff and stick it in your face if you let her!
What could go wrong?
So you’ve probably already seen all these shock tactic programs and photos that would probably put you right off, but we’re not here to do that! We’re here to tell you straight:
Like all medical procedures there’s a probability that something may go wrong, so you want your professional to be able to fix it! 1 in 5 lip injection procedures may go wrong which is a 20% probability, and if we swing you back into your Maths class for a second; that’s a pretty high possibility! So make sure that sticks with you.
If injected wrong, it can cause serious damage and scarring. Make sure they know what they’re doing!
There’s a possibility that you could have an allergic reaction. If you’re putting anything new into your body, you don’t know how it will react. Can you deal with it if your lips decide to blow up to three times the size?
Can you maintain it? The injections are to last UP TO (but not guaranteed) 6 months until it is broken down by the body. Your body doesn’t know to break it all down evenly, so it may get lumpy and bumpy!
So if you’re not dumb enough to not let anyone go ahead with a syringe to your face then you’re one step closer! You need to do an extensive amount of research on it before you even let anyone near you that could potentially cause some permanent damage.
But if you’ve done your research and want to go ahead with the procedure then do this check list:
Has your professional had extensive experience with working with the face before? – This will include not only the studious years of qualifications but also the practical side. If they call themselves a doctor but they’ve never had a patient, I’d probably raise a red flag!
Does your professional care about other peoples faces? – Firstly, they would want you to be asking them questions. Having a talking relationship is important as sometimes getting to know their patients personality will determine what looks they will ultimately suit. Basically, it helps them do their job right if you’re both on the same wave length. You should also give them extra kudos if they contribute to a relevant charity or have a passion for their job. e.g are they active in Give A Child A Smile? Straight in my good books! Do they care that lip injections are currently not regulated and should be? Another brownie point for them!
What are their results like? – You should see examples of their work, it’s a bit of a no brainer! They should be able to work some pretty magical skills working with your unique facial structure to enhance what you already have.
Bottom line is: don’t do anything stupid!
Part 2 coming next Tuesday: Societies perception of cosmetic surgery.
Nothing gets me more into the mood of summer than a beautiful floral print! Here’s one that I stitched together recently….
I can be a right good procrastinator when it comes to completing tasks with no deadlines! So I picked out this beautiful floral print fabric that I really liked from Abakhan, and went straight back home to get cutting and sewing.
DIY Floral Skirt
Coming from a surface design background I’m quite picky with my prints, but this had the right sized florals and a beautiful selection of colours. It even had a beautiful brushed cotton texture to it!
So I googled a simple box pleat skirt pattern, eyeballed the right size and started cutting (I recommend using a pattern or taking some time to really work out the right size to include the extra width for the pleats!) Here’s a great tutorial I found later that includes a pocket!
I’ve had this drape back top from Topshop for a while now, but now there’s all sorts of drape tops available! Keeping the rest of the outfit simple by styling the skirt with plain tops is a fool proof way of working floral print into any outfit.
I also found these super comfy nude heels from M&S. Unfortunately, they were part of a limited edition range of real leather classics, but I have found a similar pair at Aldo Shoes. I always go to M&S for comfortable shoes as their shapes are perfect for my feet, and most shoes have a soft padding inside to give you that ‘walking on cushions’ feeling. I fell in love with the shape of the heels as they not only give your feet the most appealing angle of heel height, but they look really similar to Louboutins!
Check out how I made this simple skirt in my vlog here:
Start from 2:16! Source – https://youtu.be/nCRzinbRej0?t=2m16s