Clothes Show 2016

Hi Everyone,

Last weekend I went to the final Clothes Show to be held at Birmingham NEC since 1989! It’s moving to Liverpool in the summer next year for the foreseeable future, so I wanted to give you the low down on what I saw, what was there and most importantly, what I bought!

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The fashion show this year wasn’t as good as previous years I felt, there wasn’t much in the way of a theme which tied all of the fashion pieces together and they didn’t have as much well known music. They did however have a saxophone player who was amazing and it gave a really unusual twist to the fashion show.

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There were a huge amount of stands there from accessories, beauty, clothing and homeware including brands like Spectrum Brushes, Barry M, Models Own, Elemis, In The Style and Oasis, with a lot of them having exclusive deals just for the Clothes Show.

I managed to pick up the most beautiful make up brush from Spectrum which isn’t going to be released until January 2017 but was on special offer at the show.

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Also this make up bag from Barry M which included loads of their products for only £10 which is incredible! Also helps that the makeup bag itself is super instagram friendly..!

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I also picked up this cute jumper for the crazy price of £5! I mean, it’s not exactly the softest of knits and it won’t be incredible quality but such a bargain.

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There were a few celebrities there including a couple of my favourite bloggers/youtubers Sarah Ashcroft and Lydia Millen who did a panel as well as fashion stylist Mark Heyes and Jo Elvin who is the editor of Glamour magazine.

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What I wore;
Top – New Look
Jacket – Stradivarius (sold out alternative here)
Leggings – Old Matalan
Boots – Primark
Bag – New Look (sold out alternatives here and here)

Also, just a side-note for all of you fellow people in wheelchairs; the NEC also has a brand new Changing Places toilet.. which is the best news! So if you’re ever going to an event there, we found it near Hall 20.

Much Love,

 

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A Christmassy Weekend at Center Parcs

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Hi Everyone,

Last weekend me, my husband and a couple of our friends went to Center Parcs at Woburn in Bedfordshire. Luckily for us it’s literally only 40 minutes up the road but it’s always so nice to get away from everyday life for a few days, even if it’s not too far away!

We had a Woodland Lodge for 4 people and I was really impressed by the disabled facilities. The main reception room and our bedroom and bathroom were a fantastic size, there was more than enough room for me and my wheelchair and my manual hoist to manoeuvre around with ease. The kitchen even had a lowered work surface and a sink with taps in a better position so that everything was easier to use.

The main reason we went at this time of year was because from 7th November this year, everything is set up for Christmas! I am a BIG fan of Christmas, so this was so ideal! There were pretty lights, Christmas shops, reindeer and fake snow. If you have children, they would love it so much but as you know I’m 28 and I still loved it!

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We were pretty lucky with the weather and it never really affected anything we wanted to do. On the Sunday night there was a light display and fireworks organised by Center Parcs which were amazing and definitely worth going to, just make sure you wrap up warm as it was super chilly!

Overall for disabled people Center Parcs might be an odd choice as a lot of the activities are physical; if you enjoy swimming like I do they have a changing room with a ceiling hoist and a chair that can wheel you into the wave pool but be aware that the waves start every quarter to and quarter past the hour and I would avoid them if you aren’t a strong swimmer!

To be honest, it’s just a really nice atmosphere, to be with family or friends and to get away and relax if you want to. We went for some walks and the views were amazing, an ideal setting for someone who loves photography like me! It’s also an excuse to bring out the most amazing knitwear and winter accessories 😉

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Jumper – New Look

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Purple Turtleneck Top – H&M
Spotty Top – River Island (sold out online, check in store)
Jeggings – Next
Boots – Primark
Bag – Primark

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Hat – H&M
Jumper – Old H&M (similar here)
Grey Jeggings – Select
Boots – New Look (sold out online, similar here)
Bag – Primark

I hope you don’t mind all of the photos, I got a little picture crazy while I was there and I wanted to share lots with you! Let me know if you like this style of travel post or whether I should make them shorter!

Hope you all have a good week.

Much Love,

 

Autumn Makeup Look Using Morphe 35P Palette

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve wanted a Morphe palette for such a long time and I was always unsure which one to go for but I’ve recently been really into purple make up looks and when I saw the 35P palette, I knew it would be perfect.

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As you can see there are a huge amount of shades and it was really affordable. The shades range from everyday nudes and browns through to reds and purples which are perfect for this time of year.

I wasn’t sure what the quality of the shadows would be like but from the couple I have tested, I am very impressed. I did have to apply one of the more glittery shades with my finger rather than a brush for more pigmentation but it wasn’t a big deal and it made the colour pop so much.

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Products I used to get this look;

Eyebrows – Maybelline Masterbrow Palette
Foundation – Dior Star 020
Powder – Makeup Obsession Contour Powder Fair
Bronzer – Makeup Obsession Contour Powder Light
Blusher -Max Factor Creme Puff Blush Gorgeous Berries
Highlight – Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit That Glow – Dripping In Gold
Mascara – Top Lashes – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale
– Bottom Lashes – Revlon Ultra Volume
Lipstick – L’Oreal Gold Obsession Plum Gold

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For my eyes; I used 5 shades from the Morphe 35P Palette. I used No. 1 all over my eye and up to my eyebrows (I didn’t use any eyeshadow primer), No. 2 over my eye socket up to the crease, No. 3 is the shade I added with my finger on the inner half of my eye and the colour was incredible, I then added No. 4 on the outer corner of my eye and I smoked this out and blended it in with No. 5 into my crease, which I also used underneath my eye for a smoky eye look.

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You can find the Morphe 35P palette here.

I am so excited to use more of the shades in this palette and I’m definitely adding a couple onto my Christmas list!

Are there any other Morphe palettes you think I should try?

Much Love,