London Fashion Weekend 2016

The excitement arose queueing to go into the Saatchi Gallery, a great art gallery in itself, no better venue could host London Fashion Weekend. The entire place was decked out with interior to make the whole building look its best for 4 days of eager fashion enthusiasts. Minimal white surroundings, black text on the walls of shop brands, pictures of high fashion and ready to wear catwalk shows were seen as we entered the first room. Dozens of white roses standing tall, the entire place looked like we'd walked into a magazine, glossy pictures, clothes like no other and a general sense of excitement, so perfect for fans of anything and everything fashion. The actual atmosphere was a buzz of anticipation as like me it was most likely a lot of people's first fashion event they'd been too. The kind of atmosphere only exciting things could happen in. Before we went in we collected the beautifully designed tote bags that came with our tickets designed by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. They were black with a juxtaposing white geometric and floral print. a bag I will gladly keep and use over and over.

The sunglass hut had a stand with all the high end glasses and sunglasses you can think of and more. They had this great little photobooth where you could try on glasses and have pictures taken of you and your friends. This was so unexpected but a very fun addition to the event.

We couldn't resist a photo in front of the sign, it just had to be done!

If you go to the jewellery department of lfwend, do expect to spend obscene amounts in there. It's rather dangerous for one's' bank account. I can hand on heart say I've never seen jewellry as beautifully crafted as the items I saw on that day. Filled with smaller designer jewellry businesses, the creativity, the level of design skills were just astonishing. I could have literally spent my entire day looking at everything in there. On my incredibly tight budget of strictly nothing, I did end up purchasing these gorgeous earrings designed to imitate shards of glass. Their delicate yet bold style was why I broke my no spending promise. The brand is called Wolf & Moon and their geometric pieces were to just die for to be perfectly honest. I loved every piece. you could wear nothing but jeans and a plain white t and instantly look dressed up wearing their earrings or especially a necklace.

The first trend catwalk show commences with an introduction by Laura Jackson, a tv presenter who I didn't clock on at first but is the presenter for my guilty pleasure tv show, Take Me Out - The Gossip. I will entirely blame that for my bad eyesight so admittedly, whilst sat at the back I did have to spend most of the introduction remembering the various places I recognised her from then trying to figure out if it genuinely was her that I, from time to time, see on my TV. It's always very confusing seeing someone you see on tv in front of you, a living breathing person. She was wearing a black dress to present the trend show which was a perfect dress to start the show as funnily enough it was actually one of the looks I liked best even though it had nothing to do with the shows!

This show featured  a collection of looks and trends of Spring/Summer 16 seen throughout London Fashion Week last september in various  RTW catwalks. It exhibited expectant trends  from all different designers and included this year's summer fashion and what we can expect to see in the next few months. Starting with 'Beautiful Botanicals', a prominent theme of elegant florals frequently showcased in the London ss16 shows, something spring shows wouldn't be spring shows without. Following this was 'americana' which included pieces of red, white and blue, stripes and stars and what it says on the tin. Next was the vibrant, colourful and all round fun trend of Pop art and finally rounding off with a 'New Romance' trend, femininity, elegance and grace was what this trend was about. Gentle Pastels taking on frills and ruffles, beautiful is an understatement for what I saw in this section of the show. Once the catwalk was finished, an eagerness for summer to begin was how I felt, and an excited anticipation to spot the trends I saw in the coming season.

 Both of these dresses below are just beautiful. On the left, a clean cut, marble effect dress, slightly pleated with such a sophisticated looking pattern and on the right, a vibrant pattern of nautical imagery and themes, gold anchors, sailors ropes, these RTW dresses are so unique and definitely say london fashion week.

Definitely a favorite of mine from the trend catwalk - I can't live without denim, and this dress is unbelievably cute. Such a simple design, I absolutely love it!

Straight after the trend catwalk show we only went and met Henry Holland! Gettting to LFWend at just the right time and heading through the different rooms, discovering the Sunglass Hut department exactly when we did, we hit pot luck as by a simple tweet of the pictures we took in their Sunglass Hut photobooth, we were two of only 20 who got to have signed Henry Holland Glasses cases. I don't think I could've thought of a better freebie and souvenir to remember the day. This was the first time I'd really met anyone famous or any kind of celebrity let alone in the fashion world so it's safe to say he probably now thinks I'm an odd shrieking, over excited ball of energy and is most likely glad to know he will never see me again. Smiles wide enough to reach each end of the room, we skipped off to try and compose our hyper excited fan girl selves, to have another look at all the gorgeous designer clothes that surrounded us, only to further our excitement by spotting Vivienne Westwood and so on, on the rails near by.

The second show we saw which was the Designer catwalk, by Emilia Wickstead. She is a british based designer who's designs feature sleek finishes and beautifully bold patterns. I wasn't actually familiar with her designs before the show but come London Fashion Week in September, I'll definitely look out for her show! The pieces we saw were Wickstead's Spring/Summer show for 2016. To see a designers work in person as opposed to in pictures or even in video was something I didn't appreciate until going to LFWend. It's like the difference between listening to your favourite band through your headphones on the bus compared to seeing them live in concert with the crowd, the stage and them. The two experiences are just entirely different. For this show, my definite favourites were her pieces with a unique shape and cut and the purple and yellow prints. although opposing colours, it worked strangely well and I'm not one for usually enjoying the clash of colours yet this show pleasantly surprised me! after looking at more of her designs from the most recent show just this February, I've come to love her style of pattern use and her individual style in terms of shape.

A Somewhat Mascara Primer Review - Dior

This is a beautiful product, one that makes my makeup collection just look completely beautiful and sleek. I don't have anything else in my makeup collection that white and silver and I don't understand why! It's such a lovely looking product, it makes me wish more brands used this colour scheme. This is my first mascara primer I've purchased, I'd heard about it and never knew this type of product even existed so I thought I'd give it a try to see how it works or if it even does. I guess this is where I like to gamble, obviously Dior is high end and I'd never bought one of these but for some reason the next time I found myself walking past the counter after payday, I just bought it. I don't see myself as someone who will take too many chances but as a self confessed makeup addict, I just can't say no to these things! 

If you're looking for something to make a regular mascara look great or a even a great mascara finish better, this is something I'd recommend. I use Benefit's 'they're real' mascara and my favourite  Clinique mascara. I have very short lashes and mascara was probably my first ever 'proper' piece of makeup. I've always looked for ways to find great mascaras so hearing about this sounded very intriguing. After applying this, it makes a white (or clear as it dries) layer on top of my lashes, evening them out and giving their first layer of length and volume. This leaves you with white lashes which makes you look like some sort of snowed out, acrylic painted thing, a bit odd looking! Applying mascara after this is very quick and easy and only uses half the amount usually needed. 
Although great, it's not amazingly good if you're really forgetful, as I have left the house on multiple occasions looking like I've been caught in some kind of snowstorm because I'll usually leave the primer to dry, do something else then forget to do the black mascara! I'm constantly coming home to the shock and horror at what I've let myself leave the house like and I'm forever asking my friends why they've not noticed! I love this product but it does sometimes leave me in horror, then again that's through no fault of my own.

Also, my adorable mug is from Urban Outfitters and I love it, I very much do wish I was a cat most of the time. Cats are great they never argue, or disappoint you. They never have to worry about exams or society, they just live and sleep, it's fabulous.

2015 Favourites

Crochet - This year I really got into crocheting, it started in the beginning of the year when I discovered it for my college sketchbook, then over the summer I was making little toys like this with patterns I found online. It's such a great feeling to have the completed toy sitting in front of you knowing you made it yourself! The types of things I mostly made were bunnies, elephants and summer tops. I'd love to make more but there are never enough hours in the day. 

Perfume - I have always loved this perfume. It first came out years ago and I have loved it ever since, 2015 was no different! I wore it a lot, I'm not the biggest perfume fan because I'm so ridiculously fussy with perfumes. This one is very sweet and feminine, I'm never good with perfumes that don't fit that specific category! I pretty much use about 2 perfumes only and this is my main one! I don't think it'll ever not be a favourite.

 Makeup!- I bought this foundation when I discovered that there was a Space NK near me which I got very excited about as I thought there wasn't any place I could Nars makeup from within a 2 hour radius! I can't wait to be able to get into the Nars brand this Year!

Bath and Shower - This brand has become one of my shower favorites, the shower foaming mousse is probably my favorite shower product I've discovered this year, I have to alternate between shower products otherwise it would be used up in no time! The whole Sanctuary brand is becoming a favourite of mine as the bath products are also as amazing, they're so soothing, smell so fresh and feel very luxurious.


Primers - This eyeshadow primer has definitely been a good favorite of mine, I can't do my makeup without it, unless I want my eyeshadow fall off my face after about 20 minutes. It does exactly what it says on the bottle, it's a great base for applying colour and its definitely long lasting! I'd say it could probably last a good 12-18 hours, great for a day at work then a night out!

My beloved Zara Trench! 

Naked Smoky - I fell in love with this palette the second I saw it, I even signed up to on be called when it was in store in my local Debhenams, I went out and got it that day. I love doing a smokey eye, even in the day. The first 3 shades are my favourite, they're glittery and so pigmented, I carried this palette around with me like it was my phone or keys! It most definitely a 2015 favourite.

Berlin Ritter Sport Bag - when I went to Berlin with my mum I got this bag for something like 5 or 6 euros. I'm not usually a fan of merchandise type things but I just thought this was so cute and so different. The amount of compliments I've had on it since Berlin is unbelievable, best 5 euros I've spent the whole year!

2015 was a very up and down year, it's been at times awful but at times incredible. I'm not sure what 2016 will hold but I'm hoping for great memories and it'll be really interesting to see what's the same and what's not this time next year.

Berlin! short trip away

Day 1- waking up in Berlin, a quick croissant and coffee then straight off to see art Galleries, we went to the Gemaldegalerie and the Kunstgewerbemuseum. a Botticelli exhibition was on which was really interesting. Many renaissance works were there to see plus work that was made bassed on Botticelli's most famous art.


Evening- We then took the underground to go up Berlin's TV tower the Fernsehturm. For miles city lights and beautiful skyscraper buildings were to be seen. afterwards we made our way back on the train to go and have dinner in the Hard Rock Cafe. Quite small in Comparison to the Tenerife restaurant Ihave been to but still had the same vibrant feel with famous musicians guitars' and costumes hanging on the wall. My cocktail was really delicious; it was called 'Pickled Tink' and i'd highly recommend this one to anyone with a sweet tooth! My meal however wasn't as great, unfortunately my chicken was badly done and many bones had to be picked out which was quite disappointing.

Day 2 - after breakfast we headed off to the Checkpoint Charlie museum. we found it to be quite confusing and way too detailed as there was a vast amount of information yet no real overview or direction. It was quite chaotic and a place i wouldn't hesitate from discouraging berlin visitors from going.  Very hungry and looking for lunch, we walked to the Reichstag building. we wanted to go up and walk around the glass dome but the queue was long and lunch was becoming more in need. Upon arrival at the Gendarmenmarkt square, we found a lack of friendly looking restaurants so we decided to go round the corner to Mum's much anticipated Ritter sport chocolate shop. Weirdly enough, being chocolate specialists, my all day breakfast was done really well. In total we spent a good 4 or 5 hours in here as some christmas shopping and present buying had to be done.

Final Morning- 
Mum and I had breakfast watching what looked like a premier stage being set up which was rather