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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sugarhill Boutique AW13 Collection

Anna and I have fun wearing Sugarhill Swan jumper and Yumi Dress 
At Scarlett Fashion we are super excited to be receiving all of the new  AW13 collections. The Sugar hill Boutique new arrivals have finally come and as ever they are AMAZING!
As ever, they are quirky and unique, but with their very distinctive style. Every season they manage to create a collection which differs from any other season, but with a un-mistakable "Sugar Hill" quality about them. Their signature style is "cute animal prints". This Autumn/Winter we see The Bambi Dress, Swan jumper, bluebird blouse and my favourite Meercat knit, just to name a few.
Bambi Shift Dress
This green, shift Bambi dress is super cute. It is quite short, but teamed with black tights and boots it is still an acceptable day dress. Spring fashion at SugarHill consisted of beautiful aqua colours, they have moved to a autumnal deep green for the colder months. The simple shift style makes it an easy any occasion wear, ideal for working mums like me!

Blogger Megs wears this vintage trend navy decadence blouse

This chiffon, long sleeved shirt seems almost vintage inspired with gold buttons, chandelier print and lace detail up the back. Blogger, Megs look very bohemian as she wears this with burgundy satchel, denim shorts and over size burgundy hat.

owl jumper 

This cutesy Burgundy owl print knit is perfect for autumn. The colours match the season well, the long sleeves keep you warm, but a light knit is good as the season changes.

One of this season's most popular pieces so far has been the bluebird blouse. It is BEAUTIFUL!  I love it because it is super flattering. It is nipped in at the waist and then gently flares out. It has a really quirky cross over at the front, just to give it that extra "je ne sais quoi!! Great with jeans, pencil skirts, pretty much anything. It is a wardrobe must!
bluebird blouse

   Finally, I'd like to show you this scallop lace dress. A very simple, yet glam dress. The signature shift style, with Peter Pan collar and lace lace over the shoulders and chest. Very pretty!

scallop lace dress 

Take a look at our full range of Sugarhill Boutique products on line.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Chill Out Spa

As part of my weekend treat, I was taken to The Chill Out Spa, near Liverpool. I have been here several times. The first, when I was pregnant. I immediately loved this spa. I am a pamper girl and love my treatments. It's safe to say I have tried numerous spas and beauty parlours over the years, but The Chill Out Spa keeps me coming back.

The relaxation room

I went along with Ian. He was a "virgin spa" the first time we went here. He was very speculative about the whole spa experience, but was soon a spa junkie! The reason I really like the Chill Out Spa is the imitate ambiance that they have managed to create. They are not a victim of their own success, by cramming in as many people and treatments as they can, in-stead they keep numbers to a minimum and every time we have been we have felt as though we had the spa to ourselves.
We booked a A ritual for two £79 pp. It is designed for couples or good friends who can enjoy their treatments and experiences together. It is a half day package with a 1 hour 15 minute massage and facial in adjoining rooms, a relaxing hot tub in a private candle lit room with champagne and chocolates, lunch and plenty of relaxation time in the relaxation room(see above).
The afternoon just flies by. Every room is peaceful with dim lighting and sensual smells.

Ah, this is the life! Champagne in the hot tub
The spa offers a plethora packages and treatments. For me, it is a shame that it is so far to travel, but worth it!
I have heard that this is a hot spot for many of the Liverpool WAG's and a favourite of Coleen Rooney. Well, if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. Roll on next time!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Scarlett Fashion hits Liverpool in Paper Doll

We decided a have a well earned break this weekend. My parents looked after Scarlett and we escaped for a weekend to try and re capture our "Pre Scarlett" days...
We opted for Liverpool. I love Liverpool. I was a student here for four years and have very happy memories. It has changed a lot since I was here, after it was European City of Culture it really smarted itself up. You can see in the centre that a huge amount of investment has gone in to really tidy up it's scruffy reputation. Liverpool centre is now a cosmopolitan city with a plethora of up market bars and shops. We stayed at The Albert Dock.

View from the room
There are many lovely restaurants and bars at The Albert Dock. One of my favourite is Baby Blue Bar with Comedy lounge, a great night, fab for people watching! As most people know, the Liverpool ladies are famous for their passion for fashion and have no fear when it comes to dressing up on a Saturday night. Many sights can be seen! You may also get a glimpse of the odd football player. We decided to eat at Circo Bar and restaurant. It was one of the places we went when we first got together, so it had fond memories...
I decided to make an effort and wore one of our new Paper Doll Bodycon dresses in red. I felt very glam:-)
Red bodycon Paper Dolls dress

my new red dress
Apologies for the quality of the pictures, I did forget my camera, so they just taken on my iphone..not ideal!
I wore this with my black Jimmy Choos and felt quite smart as we went for diner.
For anyone who has never visited Circo Bar or Albert Dock itself, I would very much recommend it. Circo bar itself is so unique. It is more than just a restaurant, it has full entertainment built in!
This theme restaurant/bar kept us entertained all night. Starting with the hosts greeting everyone on stilts set the standard for the night. The bar was buzzing and everyone seemed to appreciate the extra "je ne said quoi".
The hosts
The entertainment continued to the restaurants where we were amazed by the fantastic acrobatics which was performed as we ate our food. It would be an ideal place for a first date, no need to cover the awkward silences that there is too much going on around you...

 I had enjoyed Salmon and splashed out with a bottle of champagne, although to be honest the food could have been poor and I would still would have enjoyed my dining experience, luckily the food just added to it.
Fantastic evening, with great company:-)
Hubby enjoying his food

Straight into the champers!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Do we all aspire to be stepford wives?

Life is getting more and more stressful. We all want more. Gone are the days that women stay at home and look after the kids whilst the husband goes to work. Families simply cannot afford for one parent to stay at home. Even if we could, would we want to?
Incredibly, there is only a 1% difference between mothers who work and women without children who work. The media praise women who balance work, being a mother and still manage to look perfect. We are told that this is achievable.
I am a 30 something working mum. The majority of my friends are in the same situation. Our days are stressful, a constant juggling act. It starts with simply getting out the house, a challenge in itself. Getting you and your kids ready, fed and out the door to child care/school and manage to be at your desk full of beans on time is exhausting. The day consists of the same stresses as any job, along with a nagging guilt that someone else is bringing up your kids. Always conscious that the phone may ring telling you that your child is sick and you need to pick them up, knowing that you will get the dis-approving looks of your colleagues who are male or don't have kids. Guilt again. We then feel that we need to prove to our colleagues that we work just as hard, or even harder by putting in a few extra hours at home. This is normally after we have spent "quality time" with your children, fed, bathed and put them to bed. On top of this we need to make sure that we are keeping our partner happy and not neglecting their needs. Phew exhausting! It doesn't end there. Women have an inability to say no, unlike men. A man will simply say no to something if they feel that they are over committing, or simply do not want to do it. Women will not. We like to please. This could mean meeting for coffee with friends, or attending that local yoga class that your friend is desperate to go to, but won't on their own. Something as pleasant has meeting for a chat or drink with a friend can end up being a chore and an extra stress.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why have we created a nation of exhausted women? I can't answer that. I can only look around and see that it is not just me. In fact I am the norm. I live in a small village, my closest friends have energy like I have never seen. They work, have kids, are involved in charity, exercise regularly, entertain, cook, help their kids with a list of extra circular activities, sew, bake and have immaculate houses. I couldn't get my head around how, the truth is they are permanently exhausted and rarely go to bed before 1 or 2 am. They are stressed and fragile. Something is close to breaking. My other group of friends are women I met during pregnancy. They are the most well presented women you will ever meet. They are perfectly groomed on every occasion. They all have amazing careers and kids under the age of two. Most of the babies are turning two at the moment, so it is party time. These women seem to find the time to host the most amazing kids parties with games, party bags and cakes that could pass as being professional.
I would love to conclude with a cliche summary, saying that we need to love ourselves more and accept that we are not perfect and simply cannot do everything, but it is not reality. I think deep down many women get a buzz from this frantic lifestyle, but I do ask myself if in 30 years time I will look back and regret not enjoying simple pleasures and be content with an over complicated lifestyle, but I guess only time will tell. 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Scarlett Fashion introduces YUMI Forest Silhouette Dress

I know that the weather is still good, but it is starting to cool off and September is almost upon us. I love summer clothes, but the new season wardrobe is coming out and I love new season clothes!
I want to show you this Yumi Forest Silhouette Dress. It is very typical of Yumi style. AW12 had a very similar dress in mustard with a fox on the front. This was very popular, so when I saw this dress it was a must. The fit is lovely. It is a tunic style which rests just above the knee. It has chiffon long sleeves, to cover anything you don't want to show! It is very flattering for any shape.  The beautiful design gives a whimpsical effect. It is a beautiful winter wonderland scene in purple, black and white.
Yumi Winter Wonderland Dress

I love the fact this can be worn as a work dress, evening dress or just general day dress. During the day I would team it with a pair of knee high boots and a night it would look great with some stylish stilettos. I would keep the shows dark so as to not take anything from the great detail of this dress. These classic Jimmy Choos look great.

My fav pair of Choos

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Liebster Awards

Yey! I got nominated for The Liebster Award by the lovely Linda, please check out her great beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog. This award is for up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. It is a great way to get to know other bloggers and discover new blogs:-)

Here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. You must link back to the person that nominated you.
2. You must answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3. You must pick 11 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers.
4. You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.
So, the 11 questions I have to answer...

1) What is your favourite jewellery brand?
I really like Topshop jewellery, quirky, but reasonably priced
2) What is your favourite song?
Ohh tough one! I like loads! I am going to be soft and say Heaven by Talking heads as it's one of the first songs my hubby and I played together.
3) What is your favourite UK city?
Hull, that is where I'm from:-)
4) Are you currently studying or working?
I am working! I have my fashion business, Scarlett Fashion and I also work full time as a sales manager for an automotive company...oh and I'm a mummy!
5) What made you start a blog?
I started reading loads of blogs when I started the business, I needed a log for my website, but just found that I loved talking about anything and everything!
6) How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Oh god lord, way too many. I really have no idea...
7) If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do/buy?
I would rent a house on the beach in Thailand and think how to spend it
8) Do you prefer books or films?
Books, but unfortunately I have little time to read these days
9) Are you a morning person?
No! Lucky neither is my husband or baby girl
10) Do you have a role model in life?
I am inspired by many people. Big entrepreneurs like Richard Branson really impress me, and ofcourse my mum! Every girls role model.
11) If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Tough one. If you would have asked me a few years ago, I would have said working in the fashion industry, travelling around the world, but now I have a baby I would be happy with my business to grow.
So, my 11 questions:
  1. What is your favourite tonic to blog about?
  2. What type of posts interest you?
  3. How much time do you spend on your blog per week?
  4. What is your favourite past time?
  5. Do you prefer to going shopping, or online shop?
  6. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?
  7. What is your biggest flaw?
  8. What are you best at?
  9. Do you think social media has affected the way with communicate with people?
  10. What is your favourite clothes brand?
  11. What is your favourite outfit?
The people I will be nominating are:

Hope everyone enjoys reading these new blogs!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Scarlett Fashion AW13 new collection party!

Anna working hard!
All the new season items are arriving! We are very excited to open new boxes, it's like Christmas every day! We have new arrivals from Sugarhill, Yumi, Glamorous and new brands Eucalyptus Clothing and Paper Dolls. Anna and I have already grabbed some our favourites, which I will be posting on individually in the coming week. Here is a little taster, worn by Anna at the weekend for a family party.
Paper Dolls dress £45

How beautiful is this little number? We both bagged ourselves one! (one of the perks of running a clothes shop!).

We decided to introduce the clothes properly we are going to hold a launch party on September 7th at our Longridge store. We will be having champagne and nibbles and 5% off all new stock, we will also be applying this online.

I really hope to see you there! We can't wait...any excuse for a party!
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