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Thursday, 28 November 2013

My mid week shopping pick me up

Do you ever feel sick of your look? Maybe it's the grim weather and the lack of day light, but today I felt like I needed a little retail pick me up. Scarlett is full of cold and coughing throughout the night, I have bags that I could do do my Asda shop in. My skin is dry and I feel washed out. So, I thought I would have a mid week treat. As I popped into Boots to get some medicine for Scarlett, I managed to grab these beauts. I love Barry M Gelly nail polishes. I have almost all colours now, so I thought that I would complete the collection. I bought Blueberry, Satsuma, Lychee and Plum. I also got these great glitter free polish. Bonus!

I also wanted to brighten my face up, so I invested in these two bright, matt lip sticks by SmashBox.

The colours, Electric Pink and Melondrama. They are very creamy, very matt and seem to be long lasting. They certainly are bright!

Staying with Smashbox, I was taken by this under eye lighter. It will be a miracle if it does the trick, but it does seem very light and has a illuminate colour which I love.

My colour frenzy didn't end there. I then "popped" into Topshop and came out with these purchases.

A pencil Tartan skirt. I have a bit of an obsession for Tartan at the moment, pencil skirts are a must and very flattering to me pear shape, so I had to buy this. The fluffy cropped plum jumper was it's perfect play mate.

This orange T'shirt dress is my fourth in this style. I currently have green, red, black and now orange. It is just so easy to wear. Great for work, shopping, day and night. As I feel the need for colour, this orange one just took my eye!

Finally, I bought this lime boyish light knit. Again, I just liked the colour and thought the style was easy to wear, especially with jeans or maybe a black pencil skirt.

I am quite impressed with my one hour shopping spree! I can't wait to get them on and start feeling a little brighter.

If anyone has any advice on how I can re vamp my style, I would love to hear your suggestions.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Sugarhill Boutique/Yumi cute and quirky knitwear

Knits, knits, knits...

I don't know about everyone else, but I am freezing! The weather has most definitely turned and winter is here. It is time to put away your short sleeves and dig out your big, warm knits.
If you fancy investing in a few additions to your wardrobe I have a some suggestions.
Sugarhill boutique is a firm favourite of mine. It is a real quirky, unique boutique. Every season differs but their trademark which makes them unmistakably Sugarhill are the cute animals they use in designs. This Autumn/Winter is no exception. They have introduced a range of fitted knits all with a cute animal character.

The navy raccoon sweater is a uber cute. The raccoon goes around the side of the jumper showing it's tail on the back. Sugarhill Fairisle knit has a very Christmas feel. We have these seem these 80's inspired, retro Christmas jumpers everywhere this season. Has everyone got theirs ready for Christmas day??? This white, heart, chunky knit is fitted and a real classic. It still has a cutesy feel without the animal print. Finally, the Yumi Meercat jumper is hilarious and bound to get attention anywhere you go!

What's great about all of these jumpers is that they give you an excuse to dress like you did when you were a kid, when clothes were fun!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Scarlett Fashion Show

Autumn/Winter Scarlett Fashion Show

We were asked to do a fashion show to present all of our A/W collection locally. The models were all beautiful girls from a local dance company. We showed cosy knits, glam dresses and party clothes. We wanted to show a range of styles and brands, so we wore Yumi, Sugarhill Boutique, new brand TFNC and Little Mistress.

Sugarhill Love heart Dress
I love the buzz of fashion shows. The back stage excitement and the relief when it's all over!

Sugarhill Navajo dress in Beige

Paper Dolls cap sleeve dress in Plum

TFNC Kirsten dress

Sugarhill owl sweater

Sugarhill racoon knitwear
The girls looked great and it we loved showing off the clothes to local crowds.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Blogger Giveaway

Hi, I thought it was about time I did another give away. I have these gorgeous Givenchy lip glosses RRP £19 each to give away to a lucky blogger:-)
I know that is not strictly fashion related, but I am a girl and we all love make-up, especially when it's free!

So, what do I have to do to win this?

Simply follow my blog through whichever method you choose and write me a comment below. I will pick one at random on 29th November.


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Guest Post Swap

I would like to thank Karen for having me on her blog today!  Our blogs couldn’t be more opposite (other than I sell some jewelry).  She writes about the most amazing fashion trends – clothing, shoes (oh…the wonderful shoes), and just everything that makes a fashionistas heart pitter patter.  I love to write about DIY and small businesses – being an entrepreneur is my passion.  However, today I’d like to share a little of my fashion (or lack-thereof) fun!
Oh fashion…how I love to hate you and hate to love you.  All my life the “model’s body” has eluded me.  Some may think it’s a blessing given that I ended up in the “well-endowed” category, but shopping for clothes simply stinks!  It’s hard to shop when you aren’t a model.
So, as a young teenager working in Charleston, SC {circa 1986} I jumped at the chance to participate in a small runway show for employees and press only.  The photos captured that day were used in the local newspaper to advertise the arrival of winter coats and jackets! In the dead of summer there I was modeling a winter coat!  

When my family moved back to Connecticut I started working at Filene’s (bought out years later by Macy’s, I believe) I spent a total of 7 years there, but the summer of 1989 I was given the opportunity to participate in their teen focus group which also gave us opportunities to model.  I had fun participating in a few mannequin modeling gigs where I was able to wear my favourite Esprit outfits and stand in the junior department pretending to be a model.  Do you know how hard it is to stand still while people are staring at you and trying to decide if you are real or not?  Or how hard it is to ignore a group of cute teenage boys staring at you and talking about you?  I admit, I came out of character when one boy hit me on the butt just to check to see if I really was a mannequin.
That same summer I agreed to do a little runway modeling in the mall.  They set up a runway just outside Filene’s and we were all given a few outfits to show off down the runway.  I have zero idea how and why I said “yes” to wearing a swimsuit.  Looking back at those photos I am amazed at the confidence that was shining through.  I like to think I’ve always been confident, but I haven’t really been that way when it comes to my body (in clothes).

My modeling days were short-lived (unless you count the times I modeled nude for my friend’s art studio and a local college – sorry can’t share those pictures online).  I had a lot of fun and I’d surely do it again if a 5’1 ½” size 14 were all the rage in the fashion world!  Thank goodness for headshots – where anyone can look beautiful!

I hope you will come visit me over at GeminiRed Creations –

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Planes, trains and automobiles...

OK, I am exaggerating slightly, but yesterday felt like a scene from the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles, if you are an 80s child you'll know what I'm talking about!

After having no car for the past 2 weeks as it broke down on the way to Scotland, we finally got it back 2 days ago. The bill, £5600. Thank god, we didn't have to pay it as it was still under warranty, but still, what a job. I took it for it's first real journey to see a customer "Down South". As I reached Stratford upon Avon (about 3 hours into the trip) I knew something was not right. The car smelt strongly of oil, and it was loosing power. Oh no, not again! I called recovery, only to be told that our breakdown cover had expired! After calling everyone, I gave in, no one would pick me up. I had to drive at 10mph, annoying everyone all the way into Stratford to a garage and abandon the car there. I was then pointed in the direction of a train station, what has happened to male chivalry? So I made my way over the industrial estate and headed towards the station. I was dressed for my meeting, equipped in super high heels and a jacket and it was freezing yesterday! You may have been to the train station at Stratford-upon-Avon, it is just a shed with a coffee kiosk, which of course only accepted cash. I had only my card. I sat, frozen on the platform for 1 hour waiting for the train to Birmingham Moor Street. I took the school train, with approximately 300 angry, loud teenagers. I realised when I arrived in Brum one hour later that my next train left from a different station. I do not know Birmingham at all, in rush hour I had to make my way through the crowds and ask for directions. It was made all the more confusing as they were having a major re vamp at New Street and it was just thousands of tired, stressed commuters trying to find their train. I had another hour to wait.

Every cloud has a silver lining

As I had one hour to kill and I was in the UK's second largest city, I thought I would make the most of it and headed to the Bull Ring. In the few moments I had to spare I managed to purchase this dress fro Mango:

I thought that was quite good going...well I needed something to cheer me up! This dress is not my usual style, but I like the warm, wool texture. It was very 60s and I love this look. I am going to team it up with knee high boots, black tights and some chunky gold jewellery. It should make a good work dress.

I finally got my train and arrived back in Preston at 9 and then had a 45 minute taxi ride home. I made it back home 12 hours after leaving, car less and didn't even make my meeting. On the positive side, Scarlett stayed up for me with a big cuddle and I got a new dress:-)

Monday, 18 November 2013

#BritishBloggerSelection- My favourite Clothes Shop

My favourite Clothes Shop? ...Scarlett Fashion of course!

When I was given the theme this week of "what is my favourite clothes shop" of course I had to talk about Scarlett Fashion. How could I not???

I love shopping! I mean I REALLY love shopping. Only for clothes, I can take or leave beauty products, shoes, jewellery, but when it comes to clothes I really do have an obsession. I realised it was a bit of an obsession a couple of weeks ago when I did I clear out for charity and realised the number of clothes that still had tags on them. I love the rush of adrenaline when I make a purchase. The flutter of butterflies in your tummy. The sensation of bringing home your mixture of contraband, looking forward to trying it on. I enjoy just looking at clothes in my wardrobe. Bad isn't it? Although, I am sure that I'm not the only one.
So, after the birth of my little girl, Scarlett, I decided to take the big step of going into the troubled retail business. I set up a boutique near to where we live and an online store. I was aiming at people my age, who loved their clothes, had a little more to spend, but still on a budget. It was a creative way of putting all of my energy and passion for shopping into a business. I never realised how much I would enjoy it. The shop itself is lovely, but the online shop has opened a whole new world to me. I am in touch with people from all around the world and I love the interaction with bloggers. I started my own blog which is now just my own diary that I love to do so much, I just wish that I had more time!
I selected ranges that I loved already and some that were new to me. Currently we stock Sugarhill, Miss Patina, Yumi, B Young, Glamorous, Little Mistress, Missco girl bags and Paper Dolls.
I think Sugarhill and Paper Dolls are my favourite at the moment. Paper Dolls is a range I have been raving about for ages now. I just love it as they are all flattering, bodycon dresses that are just great for going out and/or work, occasions. The Sugarhill range is very quirky with funky little animal print clothing such as this kissing swans knitwear

or this cute folder over bluebird blouse

Needless to say, I have them both!

A taster of some of favourite pieces from AW13!

I cannot say that I buy everything from Scarlett Fashion. I also love Topshop, Mango, Reiss, Banana Republic, French Connection.

Can't wait to hear everyone else's favourite shops, I am always on the look out for something new!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Yumi's Aztec Print Jumper

A hug in a jumper

I am not really a massive fan of jumpers. I obviously wear them in the winter, but for me I prefer items that are a little more fitted. However, I found the ultimate hug in a jumper

Scarlett and I took a trip out today to feed the ducks. The weather was cold and damp, it was definitely the day to try out the snug, cosy knitwear. This Yumi Aztec Print jumper was just the ticket. I wanted to keep hugging myself. The material is super soft, like a big, fluffy rug by the fire. It's over size was comforting and snuggly. The quality was always with Yumi, excellent. The pattern is quite different to something I would normally choose, but it reminds me of a Swedish Christmas scene. I felt like I should have been feeding my reindeer's.

I have certainly found the ultimate hug in a jumper!

Scarlett Fashion celebrates it's first birthday!

Yesterday, Scarlett celebrated it's first birthday with Champagne, chocolates and 20% off in store. It gave everyone the opportunity to get a head start with their Christmas shopping or get their party dresses.

We had a great turn out and it really started to feel like Christmas. The lights go up in Longridge soon and it will officially be Christmas.
It's been a year of ups and downs, we have really changed direction. What was once a small boutique shop in Lancashire now has a very successful online store which is currently shipping all around the world.
It is clear than there still a few who like to visit local boutiques, but the vast majority are busy with every day lives and prefer to shop online. I have now started this fashion blog and I am really enjoying every minute of it. I never realised how many new friends I would make and what a great community the fashion blogger has.
Here is to another year, who knows what it will bring...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Guest Post- What to wear on Christmas day

 I was approached by the lovely Chelsea to write a guest blog on Christmas day fashion...enjoy:-)
What to wear on Christmas day…

With less than 6 weeks till Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear on the big day. If, like me, your Christmas days contain so much and so many family members, you can feel a pressure to make sure your outfit versatile. Well worry no longer as I’m going to talk you through what to wear for every type of Christmas.

I’m a firm believer in the party dress and throughout the Christmas season, I go through quite a few dresses. It’s my bank account’s worst time of year… from shopping for Christmas gifts to kitting myself in Christmas jumpers, winter boots and glamorous dresses. As a bit of a shopaholic, I consider myself qualified to give you tips on what to wear for the most magical day of the year. Oh yes… as well as a shopaholic, I love Christmas!

Spending Christmas with your extended family.

Most people spend Christmas with their own family, inviting round the aunties, uncles, grandparents; is a large extended family affair. I love these types of Christmases’, the board games, the big dinners, the squabbling over silly things, the alcohol flowing… it’s always fun. However when the grandma comes around, the party dresses get put away and the Christmas jumpers come out. To be honest, this is what I love. I love being in my comfy skinny jeans with woolly bed socks and a cute, slightly cringey Christmas jumper. This type of attire keeps gran happy (she’s not worried about you getting cold), its cosy and it's a cute family outfit. Style up casual this Christmas and embrace the Christmas jumper.

Spending Christmas with the boyfriend’s family

This is not something you want to get wrong, especially if it’s early days. I’d opt for a part dress but choose wisely, you’re not going out with the girls. Try a ¾ length sleeve skater dress. You can pair this with tights and heels or boots. It’s versatile, glam and is covered up enough to make the right impresses with the future mother in law. I love dressing like this, it’s glam but the tights bring it down to earth so you look effortlessly gorgeous. The boyfriend will love it too.
This is also the perfect outfit choice for if you’re going out for your Christmas dinner too.

Romantic Christmas getaway.

The daytime is up to you. When you’re on a romantic getaway for Christmas, people get up at different times, some like to spend their day in bed and others like to go out and do things. The day wear is really based on your personality but for the evening… dress to impress! Think sequins, lace, and metallics… all the season’s party dress materials. Dazzle for your partner and make an effort.
If you’re going out with the girls on the evening, follow a similar dress code and glam up in this season’s finest dresses. There are lots of cute styles out there in shops and with November, December, January comprising party season, it’s time to treat yourself.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

I've got the BUGG

Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Ian and I had a night away baby free. I love being with Scarlett, but the thought of spending an evening with hubby and have a fun night out without waiting for the 4am call and the excitement of having a lie in was very appealing. We managed to get tickets for Jake Bugg in Blackpool. We were able to combine this without a work appointment so it worked out nicely.

What I wore

I have certainly had my money's worth with this dress. I fell in love with it when I saw it in Selfridges, Manchester, but it wasn't my size. When I got home I tried to order it online, sold out. I then called every women's clothes department of Selfridges in the country and finally managed to track one down in my size in London. I was so happy and impressed with my tendentiousness, if only I was that determined with everything I did! The dress is by, they are based in Australia, but do sell from a few outlets in the UK. I have a few bits from Style Stalker, I like the cut of their clothes, but some are a little too daring for me! This dress is silk with a Chinese style pattern, the dress is actually called The Shanghai Dress. I loved the shift style with elegant long sleeves. I teamed it up with a Mango necklace and some earrings that I treated myself to from Selfridges, but I really can't remember the brand. I wore a bright Lancome lipstick to keep with the China doll look.

The concert was amazing. I would even say one of the best I have ever been too. The venture is one of my favourites. The Winter Gardens in Blackpool has such an intimate feel to it, it is easy to buy a drink and you can really have a relaxed night without the feeling of being in an atmosphere less arena. The crowd were a mixture of Oasis/Stone Roses/Bob Dylan fans. There was certainly an indie vibe. I would very much recommend seeing Jake Bugg if you get the chance.

Monday, 11 November 2013

I am a Super Hero!

This is me as a superhero!!! How cool is that? As part of a marketing a campaign for my "day job", the sales team have become Super Hero's! This is an on going campaign which will be displayed across all of the media channels, magazines etc, etc. We are an automotive company and trying to make our mark in the very competitive market we have tried to do something a bit different. The idea is to display all of the adverts as Pop Art. We all will have out own Super Hero name and all the adverts will be us. I think it is an amazing idea and I love the fact I will have a business card with my Super Hero image on it.

Karen to the rescue!!!
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