Friday, 26 July 2013

Check, Check, Check It Out: Monochrome Check Dresses

I'm literally obsessed with check dresses at the moment, especially monochrome check dresses and the highstreet is full of amazing styles, so I've picked a few of my favourite black and white numbers from ASOS, Topshop and Miss Selfridge. And as today is pay day, I may just treat myself ...

These dresses the perfect embodiment of the 90s trend that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. And a great check dress will see you through the rest of the summer, then just add thick tights, chunky 90s platform boots and a giant textured cardigan for a statement A/W look. Go for a modern shape like a t-shirt dress, a current favourite like the pinafore dress or get set for autumn with a ladylike tea dress.


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Perfect Pins at Lovebox with Gilette Venus & Braun

Festivals are one of my favourite summer activities; the crowds, the vibe, the music, the fashion, the cider. So I was chuffed to bits when the uber-lovely PR ladies from Gilette Venus & Braun invited me to come and party with them at Lovebox festival last Friday.

I'd never really done a London festival, so was really keen to check out Lovebox and check out the great music (Rudimental and Disclosure? Yes please!) and great festival fashion. The aforementioned lovely PR ladies, Lydia, Nadia and Kat, also sent me some Gilette goodies to get my pins up to scratch for my festival look and to be on display in the scorching sunshine.

Here are some photos from the day and thanks again to Lydia, Nadia and Kat for inviting me and being great festival buddies!

Are you off to any festivals this summer?


Just FYI, if you'd like to see my previous video reviews for Gilette Venus Naked Skin, then check them out here!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

My Summer Style

We've all had to re-think our UK summer wardrobes the last few weeks as we've been enjoying the best summer we've had for years. So I thought I'd share some of my favourite looks and my summer style, from festival fashion to a weekend wardrobe. I've tried to go for simple summer outfits that are normally reserved for just for non-UK holidays.

What's been your heatwave style?


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

How to Register and Get Tickets for London Fashion Week

I can't tell you how many people have asked me "how do I register for London Fashion Week?" or "how do I get tickets for London Fashion Week shows?",  so now I'm in my 10th season of attending London Fashion Week (what the what?!) I've decided to put together a post telling you how.

As registration for LFW SS14 has just opened it's the perfect time to start planning for the September madness from Friday 13 September to Tuesday 17 September 2013 . Here are some of the main things you need to know if this is your first time attending London Fashion Week as a blogger.

1. You'll need to register as a blogger on the London Fashion Week site. There you'll need to enter your personal details, blog details, including the date your blog was founded, how frequently you post and your visitor stats, and finally your supporting documents. You will then hopefully be granted a LFW entry badge (this is not guaranteed, so keep your fingers crossed). This badge will be needed at shows and to get into all the fabulous LFW exhibitions, but don't panic if you don't hear back straight away. You sometimes won't here about blogger accreditation until a few weeks before the start of LFW.

2. You need to apply for the individual show tickets (but don't wait until you get your LFW blogger badge, that will come too late). Each show will be run by separate PRs, so the best thing to do is go to the 'schedule' section of the LFW site. On the right hand side, halfway down the schedule page, is a link for Mail Merge for Press. Download this file to find out which PR to contact for which show and then email then directly including your blog details, UK postal address and phone number. This takes quite a long time (ask any blogger who's done it!) but is the only way to get tickets for London Fashion Week, so well worth it.

If this is your first fashion week, don't forget to apply for On|Off schedule shows, they're lesser known designers and up-coming talent, and often support bloggers. The Somerset House BFC tent shows are the most popular and difficult to attend, so don't be disappointed if you don't get a ticket!

3. When attending the shows be sure to be professional, don't be rude to people, don't sit front row when you have a standing ticket, and always, always have water, a snack, chargers and flat shoes with you. And most importantly, be prepared for hard work. If you don't you may find you don't get invited next season!

If worse comes to worse and you don't get tickets or blogger accreditation anyone can go into the Somerset House courtyard and soak up the amazing LFW atmosphere. It's great for streetstyle shots and trend spotting!

Have I missed anything? What are your London Fashion Week tips?


By Carina Sullivan

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Swatch Scuba Libre: Under the Sea

We all needed to cool off this Saturday as temperatures neared 30 degrees in London, and thanks to Swatch I had the perfect way to keep cool - a trip under the sea for an exclusive celebration of their new underwater collection – Scuba Libre.

The Scuba Libre collection is much more than just a diver’s watch, with nine watches in statement colour combinations that are both practical and super stylish. The collection ticks all the boxes for serious diving and swimming fans; big, bold indicators in high-contrast colours which are easy to read when swimming or diving. Each watch is even water-resistant to 200m with rotating bezels and robust silicone straps. The unisex boyfriend watch shape and style also makes them perfect for him or her.

So what happened on the day? We met at the Swatch Store in One New Change at St. Paul's to get a first glimpse of the collection and have some breakfast and bubbles. We were then led to the tube to embark on a sea-inspired journey on an exclusive Central Line train wrapped by Swatch. Thanks to TFL our extra special Swatch submarine tube didn't appear, but our surprises did!

As we stepped onto the tube to make our way to the Swatch Store on Oxford Street, we noticed a few people dressed in scuba gear, wetsuits and swimming costumes, but hey, it is London! It was when we pulled away from the station that the scuba-commuters burst into song serenading us with sea shanties, including my personal favourite, "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.

Click below to watch (and hear) the amazing acapella performance of "Under the Sea" on the central line for yourself and check out the Scuba Libre watches at a Swatch store. I loved the yellow and blue (very Yellow Submarine), but in the end went for classic black and red.


By Carina Sullivan

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Welcome to The House of Peroni

Welcome to The House of Peroni - What modern Italy can offer

Man, I love a Peroni event! This Italian powerhouse sure knows how to throw a party and showcase and marry all different aspects of modern Italy, culture, style and design. The House of Peroni is a series of month long events in a stunning townhouse in London that features static displays from some of Italy's finest artists and designers as well as masterclasses each night on everything from mixology to red carpet fashion.

Throughout July you can attend events at The House and immerse yourself into modern Italian culture with intimate masterclasses on all things art, design, style, food and drink. From Costardi-trained chefs, teaching you how to make Assaggi (‘taste’) dishes and using laser-cut rolling pins to create edible dishware on which to serve your creations to creating futuristic furniture in an interactive design experience hosted by designer Martijn Rigters where you will create a unique foam chair which follows the contours of your body.

Click here to find our more about The House of Peroni and to book tickets to an event.


Sunday, 7 July 2013

MoneySupermarket's Big night In: 90s Party

We all love a good night out, but how often is the actual getting ready at home with your friends the highlight of the night? Exactly! So when MoneySupermarket contacted me about taking part in their Big Night In competition I said "yes please!" straight away.
We reckon staying in is the new going out.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than relaxing on the sofa with a good movie, your pizza of choice and a nice bottle of wine. But what if you had a chunky £50 to fund a really fabuloza night in? What would you do?
We’ve launched the MoneySupermarket’s Big Night In competition to give bloggers a chance to show us just how much fun you can have with £50. We want to see just how creative they can be in terms of food, drink and entertainment to make the night in a night to remember.
Well here's what I did with my £50! I had a fantastically Alive & Kicking, Fun House, Clueless, Crystal Maze adventure of a 90s party. Everyone knows I love the 90s so it was 90s theme fancy dress, retro sweets and food, 90s games (Connect4 anyone?) and a-maz-ing 90s music. I obviously dusted off my blonde wig and went as Cher from Clueless (complete with a check mini-kilt skirt!)

What would you do if you had £50 to spend on your Big Night In? Would you have a girls night in complete with rom-com films, facemasks and a sleepover? Our throw a fabulous BBQ where you can blow your whole budget on adventurous garden games like inflatable 10 pin bowling? Or maybe, just maybe, you'd go 90s like me!

Don't forget to use the hashtag #MSMbignightin if you want to share your MoneySupermarket’s Big Night In night!


Thursday, 4 July 2013

LCF Graduate Fashion Show 2013

Christina Tiran 

What did you do on Monday night? I saw some of the hottest new design talent in the UK at the LCF (London College of Fashion) 2013 graduate catwalk show. And wow - I was so honestly impressed with what was on show.

From perfect tailoring and red carpet ready gowns to super slick footwear and expertly crafted bags and accessories, some of the students had worked together to create uber stylish collaborative collections by merging their complementary talents and disciplines. Of the 27 collections shown, I had some definite favourites and here are some of them.

Randolph Turpin 

Brogan Toyn 

Rachel Greig 

Unfortunately I was too in love with the collection by Alexis Housden, that went on to win the prize for Best Collection (presented to Alexis by the legendary designer Pam Hogg), to take any photos. The best way to describe it is if Elie Saab did menswear. Utterly beautiful. Don't believe me? Check out his collection here.

Want to see even more? Then check out my videos of the catwalk show on Instagram - and why not follow me while you're there!