#BristolFashionWeek SS15

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Bristol Fashion Week has just landed, and Spring/Summer 2015 has never looked so good.

Taking place at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, bloggers and fashionista’s from all over flew in to enjoy a few days of fashion last week in Bristol. With 17 catwalk shows and a travel theme through out the 5 days, I was extremely excited about my first fashion event.

Fashion from high street retailers including Marks and Spencer, Oasis, Jack Wills and Topshop came together and showed us what we can look forward to over the next couple of seasons – affordable fashion at it’s very best!

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We sat down in our seats and reviewed the style scenes that were about to depart from the catwalk, as we sipped on a non-alcoholic Mojito and Carrot and Orange juice, courtesy of Marks and Spencer. There was a real buzz in the room and we were looking forward to the journey to begin…

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The fashion shows were hosted by TV stylist Mark Heyes and Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson, a pairing that worked well and conversation flowed with no awkwardness. I loved Lucy’s fringe bodycon dress from Topshop, a trend most designers are embracing at the moment. From double denim to monochrome, florals and pastels through to seventies boho chic and bold colours – this year is filled with so many fun and wearable trends that you can adapt to your own personal taste. I particularly loved the denim, 70s and floral looks, feeling inspired to try something out of my comfort zone this summer!

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Goody bags in hand, myself and Sophie found ourselves in John Lewis sipping on champagne as we did a little bit of shopping in store. I fell in love with this flirty floral number, a perfect dress for weddings and summer garden gatherings!

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Coat – Primark | Top – Zara | Jeans – H&M | Shoes – BHS | Bag – Primark | Necklace – Accessorize

You can check out the highlights here:

I’m already setting my sights on attending next year’s #BFW, are you?

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Thank you to @mallcribbs for some of these photos.

Park Life | Spring OOTD

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Spring was in the air on Friday. The sun was out, flowers were blooming and my new coat got it’s first outing.

Last week during a shopping trip with my friend Keri we stopped by Primark and she introduced me to this coat (which I had complimented her wearing during brunch), and I bought in a lovely lilac shade initially. Unfortunately it was slightly too big so begrudgingly I returned it and swapped it for this coral colour, a shade I usually stay away from but apparently it suits me! It was a beautiful bargain, that my coat twin will probably tell me off for sharing this information, but it’s now a firm staple in this slightly warmer and sunnier weather.

The previous week when I popped by Primark I was surprised at how many things I liked – and this black over the shoulder bag got my full attention. If you would like a closer look and read my thoughts on it then check out my What’s in my Bag post here.

The weather on Friday was so beautiful I thought I would share what I wore, in this rather photo heavy post. And Pittville Park looked too pretty to not share with you all.

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Sunglasses | Boots UK

Coat | Primark

(Large) Earrings | Buckley London*

Metal Mesh Bracelets | Buckley London*

T-Shirt | Marks & Spencer

Bag | Primark

Jeans | H&M

Boots | H&M

Lipstick | Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Rio Rush

Nail Polish | Nails Inc in St James

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When it comes to jewellery I like to experiment with different styles, especially in brighter weather. These beautiful metal mesh bracelets from Buckley London are a new addition to my collection and I love how you can mix and match them – the rose gold is my particular favourite. They are slightly stretchy and feel comfortable on the wrist, without catching on the garment like some jewellery are guilty of.

Paired with these stunning one carat studs from the same brand, it really enhances a simple daytime look. It can be difficult to find earrings that don’t look tacky due to the size of the carat, but these are the perfect pair. Even with my hair down you can still see them glistening in the sun light.

All that is required to take from day to night is a bright lipstick and another lashing of mascara, a look I master best in spring/summer when I favour a less high-maintenance routine.

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Pittville Park is my favourite place in Cheltenham to visit, for reasons you can probably see in these pictures. It’s my very own Central Park, which boasts a lake, the gorgeous Pump Rooms, an aviary with birds and bunnies, a tennis court, a skate park, small areas of woodland and a large area to enjoy picnics and sports on.

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I filmed a short video for this outfit too, let me know if you would like more videos like this 🙂

* These items have been kindly gifted to me to review. All opinions are my own.

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What’s in my Bag? | Spring Edition

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who carries around more than they need. I am the ultimate over-packer. This is how I usually justify it in my head…

The 3 or 4 pens… Well, in case I have to lend a pen to someone I will need to carry at least 2.

The post-it notepad... You never know when you may run out of paper in your two notebooks or if you need to stick a message onto something (or someone!)

Three lipsticks and two mini perfumes (along with the rest of the makeup)… because I’m indecisive and need options at all times to cater for my mood.

And this is just the half of it. But enough is enough! I have found the solution to this problem – just wear a smaller bag!

I have been on the hunt for an over the shoulder bag for a while now, something not too small (I have plenty already) and one where I still have the option to pack an extra couple of bits. I rejoiced at this beautiful bargain I spotted in Primark last week – it’s only £8!!

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I told myself a while ago that I would only buy better quality items, even if that means splashing the cash a bit more, so that I have less clutter in my room. The logic is there, but even after searching on the internet for slightly pricier handbags I still couldn’t find one! And who am I to turn my nose up at a bag of this cost and happens to be just what I’ve been searching for? I’ve worn it everyday since purchase and have kept products to a minimum (trust me, this is minimum). My body even feels better because I’m carrying less weight! The detailing on the bag is pretty and you can even smell the leather, so you are getting a great quality bag for your bucks.

The bare essentials…

Red purse from H&M… It’s small enough to carry around a bit of cash and a few cards

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Revlon Colorstay lipstick… Just the one!

Cath Kidston compact mirror

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara… The cheaper dupe for Benefit’s Roller Lash!

Fresh compact powder in Seventh Veil (no longer available, sigh!)

Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme perfume

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A small bag of almonds… Perfect for snacking on when you’re craving something sweet.

Red Valentina leather notebook

Pen from Paperchase

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Soap & Glory hand sanitiser

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You can wear it from day to night too, great for if you’re out all day! They also stock a tan shade too, if you’re more of a brown bag kinda gal!

What bag are you wearing this Spring?

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