Sunday, 29 March 2015

Monthly Lifestyle Favourites: March!


I've been meaning to kick off a 'monthly favourites' on ES for a while now, as I personally love to peek at the products that have been floating peoples boats. So, I've finally got around to it and clubbed together a few lifestyle picks that I've been using in the month of March. Enjoy!

I've recently taken up going to the gym, and I'm finding it awesome so far. I really want to challenge myself physically and generally just feel more at ease mentally, and I'm finding the gym a great outlet for that. So of course I needed (questionable? - aha) some fresh gym gear and I've these GapFit pants are great! Besides the subtle pattern that adds a little extra to a plain black pair (aesthetics, yano) these bad boys do a great job of holding my butt in place when pounding it out on the treadmill and keeping me dry when things get a little sweaty - I should have pre-warned you for a TMI! haha! - and with Gap always partaking in offers online, they were a steal.

2 - The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
This cleansing oil is labelled as a 'Beauty Gem' on The Body Shop website, and I concur! 
Any product that makes removing makeup a whole lot easier, I'm down with, and this product makes the whole process super easy. You can remove a full face without swapping for extra eye make up removers and it's silky without being heavy or too greasy, leaving my skin feeling refreshed, clean and nourished. Plus, super affordable. *thumbs up*

3 - MaxFactor Creme Puff Blusher
Having always wanted to get my hands on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers, when I realised Max Factor had brought out a similar baked beauty I had to pick up a shade! I opted for 'Lavish Mauve', which is a pretty pinky/purple mix and it has been my go-to blush all month long. I can't compare to the Hourglass blushers, but the pigmentation of these packs a punch and leaves an awesome highlight to the cheeks. A great combo product!

4 - Adidas Gazelle Trainers
Adidas isn't a brand that I've worn before now, but I've seen a few people sporting these trainers and styled in the right way, I think they look awesome. They're super comfy, go with everything and paired with the right spring dress, will see me though to summer!

5 - Whistles 'The Cat Phone Case
*Major cat heart eyes emoji* - How cute is this case? I LOVE cats - slightly obsessed some might say - so of course I snagged up this case I found in the Whistles sale! It frigging awesome and there are still some online if you are as cat crazy as I! That is all.


Let me know if you like these kinds of posts on ES and I'll keep 'em coming!
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

An Interview with Louise Lace: Stylist & Co-Founder of Norwich Fashion Week


Whilst at the Retailers Catwalk Event last month, kicking off the first night of Norwich Fashion Week, I bumped into the lovely Louise Cleverly-Lace - Local Norwich stylist, editorial photographic stylist and Co-Founder of Norwich Fashion Week. After an evening of Coffee cocktails and chit chat, she kindly agreed to me throwing a few questions at her for an interview here on ES, dishing out her style tips, inspirations and stories of the years behind NFW! But, enough from me...

> We've just had our 6th NFW and the shows seem to be getting bigger every year. How did the idea for such an event in Norwich come about?

NFW was an idea of mine I had dreamt about for many years, in 2008 whilst in an appraisal I mentioned to my boss "why do we not celebrate fashion, arts, culture and business? Norwich is in the top ten shopping destinations, with a fantastic offering of independent stores - which is unusual nowadays - and we have a mix of eccentric fashion from the lanes, to high street stores". We discussed this over many many months and in 2010 NFW was born!! It took a huge amount of man hours to pull together, but it was so totally worth it. Initially it was myself, Anita Vadhir (From Vanilla) and Jayne Raffles (From The Library Restaurant) who collaborated together, with the first show being held at The Library. It seated 100 and I styled the show. It was a mix of high fashion, vintage, minimalism, cultural fashion and The Gallery styled the hair. After such a success Emma Harrowing from Archant publishing covered the show in all local papers, magazines etc, and 'the rest is history', as they say!

> NFW has grown considerably over the years, how did you navigate the challenges, act on opportunities and finally, are you still actively involved in the show? 

There is a whole host of stories I could share with you! When NFW grew and more businesses became involved, we created a board committee and it was wonderful to have this structure. I successfully ran a modelling competition alongside Anita Vadhir, Bex Parramint from Power Models - a huge success not just locally, but also towards Norfolk and Suffolk. We held auditions to find ‘the face’ of NFW and the ethos around the competition was to find unknown, local people, that could be launched into a career of modelling no experience necessary! - we trained the gang to catwalk! Each year at the launch show the winner was announced and we have had great results from the competition - Georgia Butler is now the Top Model UK, Harry Maddision has a wonderful career ahead of him with modelling and blogging, and Jason Scott went onto London! Just to name a few!
When NFW grew it became apparent to me we needed to move venue’s. With amazing contacts at The Forum, I loved the space within the curve. With an industrial feel, I produced 6 launch shows working closely with City College Norwich (one of main priorities throughout was to showcase students, the new generation) and they have been a huge provider throughout the 5 years. I also produced a street style exhibition with the photography students, allowing them to feel and experience a side of fashion that is up and coming, with the media students supplying all the lighting etc. City College Norwich have been instrumental in the workings of NFW.
In 2013 the launch show was taken to the atrium within the Forum enabling, me to seat some 400 guests - this was one of my biggest challenges. Collaborating with 44 models, 12 local fashion stores and jewellers, The Gallery Hair Salon, music, lighting, catwalk and production media teams. The launch show took me some 8 months to plan and produce. Collaborating with Bex from Power models, Vanilla, City College Norwich, The Forum, The Production Bureau - to name a few. But what a huge success! This is the point in where NFW took off! Unfortunately due to work commitments and planning my own wedding, I stood down from the board committee (I needed a break - haha!). My workload became unrealistic. I still fully supported NFW throughout my 2 year break and I am now happy to say I am working with them again! It is wonderful to see how my baby has grown and what NFW is now turning into.

> What is the atmosphere like behind the scenes? 

The behind the scenes is electric, full of excited nervous energy. I would be running on adrenalin! The lead up to the launch show means - NO SLEEP! But, a typical show day would go something like this:
  • 6AM Start.
  • 8AM - Arrive at venues, with the models and hair/makeup stylists arriving shortly after.
  • 12noon to 4PM - Exhibitors are allowed to bring in stock.
  • 6PM - Run through.
  • 7.30PM - Showtime!

> You're now an independent stylist, what does your average day involve? 

Being a freelance style co-ordinator opens up wonderful opportunities, enabling me to show my creative side, depending on my client of the day - be it personal styling, wardrobe re-vamp or styling a photo-shoot. On the whole I do not have an average day - which I feel is a blessing. 
Personal styling would involve a brief with my client (usually 2 weeks prior) as to what they were looking for. I would either shop for them, or we would go together, and within the 'style experience' my clients would learn how to put outfits together, about up and coming fashion trends, what shoes to wear, underwear, and all the other details. 
A wardrobe re-vamp is an exciting way to rejuvenate your existing collection and we’ll look into what’s hot on the fashion scene and how we can transfer to your wardrobe. What to wear according to your lifestyle, as well as style tips and tricks! For all your ‘need to know’ trend knowledge and inspiration. Style is something women think about daily, buying clothes comes natural to us - how  we put them together to create a trend or style is more of a challenge! A typical wardrobe re-vamp would involve a client consultation as I need to gage what the clients needs/wants are, and then we will look at their lifestyle together, what clothes they love or hate, don’t know how to wear or how to put the 'look' together. Cleansing your wardrobe re-lifts the way you look at your outfits and inspires you to make more changes or to take more style risks. Women tend to shop in a varied way - buying different pieces from different stores because ‘they love it’, then once we are home it’s like ''oh how shall I wear that?'' - now that is where I step in. After a wardrobe overhaul clients are left feeling inspired, confident and feel like they will always have something to wear.

As you can tell, styling is a passion of mine and this enthusiasm overflows into every aspect of my work. (My favourite quote is: "Fashion is what we buy, style is what we do with it" - CoCo Chanel.) It is my goal to make fashion and styling accessible to all women regardless of age, body shape or budget.Whether it’s a few small style adjustments or a complete wardrobe do-over, I’ll work closely with them every step of the way. Having worked with some of the best photographers in Norfolk (and continuing to do so) I also work as a freelance photographic stylis. My role would be sourcing the outfits relevant to the brief and pinterest mood board - Pinterest is how photoshoots come together! - enabling all collaborators to understand the look desired. Be it location or studio based, the styling and clothes are my responsibility - from high fashion or fantasy fashion, to bridal. (which may I add has been submitted for publication - watch this space!) I have some exciting photo-shoots lined up this spring - very exciting stuff.

> Are there any favourite blogs, magazines or inspirations that make an appearance in your daily routine?

I adore Stella McCartney, Cèline, Prada, Miu Miu, Whistles, Cos, Topshop, Zara, H & M and Nike, to name a few. I follow all the latest global trends from designers to the high street and the most up an coming style - ‘Street Style’. What I find fascinating is too see how trends and style transpire onto the high street and more importantly into women’s everyday lives, trend influences surround us daily - from art, architecture, social media sites, to our friends who have bought the latest Whistles boyfriend jeans or Prada bag. 
Vogue is my monthly read of choice, Man Repeller is my blog read, and of course - Instagram for instant snaps. The power of instagram is amazing.

> If your wardrobe was on fire (!!) which key 5 pieces would you save and why?

A FIRE?! Oh wow. Well, of course I would want to grab it all. But...
  1. All saints fringed leather jacket
  2. Nike Roshe runs
  3. Whistles Boyfriend jeans
  4. Topshop Neon box pleat midi skirt
  5. Celine white t-shirt
If I'm quick enough, I'd also grab my watch collection!
  1. Komono
  2. Daniel Wellington
  3. 1Face
> Where can we find you on the web?

There are some great projects under way at the moment for me, with my blog launching in April - so you will of course find me there! But until then, I'm on TWITTER INSTAGRAM and of course, Norwich Fashion Week!


Once again, a HUGE thanks to Louise for sharing her insights into the fashion and events industry. I'm eagerly awaiting the launch of her site, so when it goes live I'll be sure to link it up in this post, as well as on my Twitter - so keep 'em peeled! ...

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

My Little SUPERBOX!





We all know the deal about the beauty boxes that circulate around the blogging community - subscribe, pay, wait impatiently for your delivery of awesome little goodies. I've subscribed to a beauty box before, but I found I wasn't using up the various products or enjoying what I received, but then I discovered the French offering - My Little BoxThese fabulously illustrated little boxes fall more under the 'Lifestyle' category, I'd say, with a mix of high-end beauty products, fashion & lifestyle accessories, a product from their in house beauty range 'My Little Beauty' and a read from their 'My Little World' magazine. Blog posts and snapshot of the pretty packages have been popping up all over my social media feed, so naturally, I had to see what all the fuss was about...
My Little Superbox
This months box is theme is set to celebrate the strength and ability of all us ladies, a super topic for a month where we saw International Women's Day - YAAS!

Top
Ok, so - the quote 'I believe I can fly' across the front of this top makes me think of R.Kelly every time I read it - aha! typical 90's kid. In all seriousness though, this top super soft top is designed by Gat Rimon and even though it isn't 'sized', it's fit is pretty good! A little large, so I'm possibly thinking new sleepwear?

With avocado, olive oil, shea butter and grape-seed oil - you can imagine just how amazing this product smells! It really melts into the skin and a little product goes a long way. I'd just ran out of my usual hand cream so I'm glad I can live another day with super soft paws!

I'm yet to use this product, but the description card that came with it is a complete seller, with words like luminous, lightweight, supple and soft being thrown around I'm excited to slather this on my ends! Being a gal with very thick hair I'm always after a product that won't weigh my hair down - high hopes!

I'm recently loving a good lip product and this pencil can be used on the lips for a matte effect and the cheeks as a creamy blush - double satisfaction! The peachy shade is perfect for spring time and I'm looking forward to using this product in my daily makeup routine.

A lazy afternoon flicking through their 'My Little World' supplement was had, with a certain WishWishWish making a surprise appearance! It's an added touch that boosts this subscription ahead of the others of its kind - after all, every gal loves a glossy magazine?
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I'm super chuffed with my SUPERBOX, if you couldn't already tell? (This post does make me sound like a brand ambassador) But, for £11 a month - I won't be cancelling my order any time soon. If you want in on the action, then go and bag yourself a subscription! :)
 Now, to patiently wait for next months arrival...




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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

FINCH - No14 St Benedicts Street

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It's been pretty busy around these parts recently - a few Norwich based events ha e been filling up my calender, last night being the soft Launch of FINCH. A contemporary Womenswear store, situated just off the Norwich Lanes on St Benedicts, home to some of the coolest bars and boutiques the city has to offer. 

After a few chit-chat emails back and forth with the lovely owner of the store, Sophie, she invited me down to the stores 'Soft Launch' to preview the stock before they open their doors to the public. I was super impressed with what is on offer for us Norwich ladies, with luxury designers such as Wood Wood and Livia Arena in store sitting seamlessly alongside fresh, new local designers and brands such as the recently unveiled Nor-Folk.
Sophie has done a great job curating FINCH's collections and the store provides a welcome wealth of new options for us Norwich women.

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Think Copenhagen street style with a vintage edge. 

If you aren't local to Norwich or you just fancy a bit of an online spend (I don't blame you!), then you can shop the FINCH store via the web HERE - No need to thank me... ;)
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Lisa Angel Spring Jewellery Launch

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After a weeks worth of Catwalks and Fashion themed celebrations, all in the name of Norwich Fashion Week, things had to come to a close - but not before my last event at the launch of Lisa Angel's new Spring jewellery line. If you're reading this post and you're not familiar with Norwich (Then thank you, it's nice to know I reach further than my own front door!) then you may not be familiar with our Lanes, named 'Great British High Street of The Year', filled with kitsch independent stores - Lisa Angel being one of them. Lisa has 2 stores in Norwich, as well as an Online Store, filled with vintage inspired retro prints, personalised gifts, quirky home ware and sweet scarves. I'm often popping in to see the new ranges that have dropped in store and picking up sweet trinkets, so I was thrilled when I got the invite to the sneak peek of their new ' Lisa Angel Delicate' launch.

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Lisa Angel's jewellery line is suited for every lady, whether it's bold statement necklaces, semi-precious stones, midi rings, or dainty earrings - but their new 'Delicate' line is all about meeting the vintage with a twist. Playing with classic pearls that remind you of Breakfast at Tiffany's and setting them in a oyster shell for a pendant on a necklace, or threaded onto pastel coloured rope for a tasselled bracelet around your wrist. 

Of course, the rose gold caught my eye - I'm like a magpie to shiny things. The range is a mix of rose, silver and gold plated pieces, which all have the ability to be layered over one another. Some pieces are already set up in store, but others are yet to be released, which is just as well because if they were available to purchase that night - I would have walked away with more than one. However, the horizontal bar necklace in silver (below) will be mine - when it's available in April. As well as the earrings to match...of course. 

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Thank you to the lovely ladies at Lisa Angel for inviting me down and finishing off my first #NWCHFW experience oh so sweetly - I'll be seeing you in a couple of weeks, no doubt! ;) I'd better get my order ready...
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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Norwich Fashion Week


With the commotion of LFW at a close, it's time for Norwich to show you what we've got! Independent retailers from the Norwich Lanes, and high street stores alike, took to the Catwalk on Thursday evening to kick off Norwich Fashion Week - and I was lucky enough to have a 2nd row seat. I was kindly invited down to experience the show first hand a few months back, so I've been enjoying the build up via Twitter and Instagram, in preparation for the big event. My first FW, might I add, and it did not disappoint. I had an awesome night! 


The evening started off with a Coffee Cocktail (yes, they exist!) from the guys at Grey Seal Coffee - an acquired taste for a lady that doesn't tend to consume coffee - and a chit chat in the VIP area with a few familiar faces, as well as meeting some new lovely ladies! It's so humbling to have the opportunity to  meet bloggers and creatives from my home town, especially at Fashion Week. So, to the catwalk >>>



The Catwalk was split into 2 sets and looked a little something like this - 

SET 1
John Lewis Womenswear
Vanilla
Jonathon Trumbull
M&S Womenswear
Scarlet
Jarrolds Menswear
Ginger
Elements
Gallyons Womenswear
House of Fraser Menswear

SET 2
John Lewis Menswear
The Norfolk Boutique
House of Fraser Womenswear
Gallyons Menswear
Winsor Bishop
Hatter
Aluna J
M&S Menswear
Jarrolds Womenswear


I got a little caught up in the moment so didn't manage as many shots as I'd liked! (as well as having my camera on the wrong setting?? - doh!) But I do have a little video of the end run, so if I can figure out how to work blogger video then I'll add that in to this post a little later! Technology, man. 
Anyway, What caught my eye? (Apart from the bearded men in winter woollens? ;)The tweed full length coat from Gallyons Womenswear. I'm not sure if I'm quite there yet - in being able to pull off a full length tweed - but there are many ways this piece could be styled. Also, the culotte jumpsuit from Vanilla is an item that I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of this Summer - or Spring if you're brave enough to bare some leg...

Shout out to the guys at Norwich Fashion Week for inviting me along - I had a blast. 





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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Trafalgar Square

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You really can't beat a London backdrop - can you? These snaps have been waiting to be published since my last London trip, though I didn't want to launch 1000x London themed posts in your direction at once! Anyway, if you couldn't already tell, we shot these whilst hanging around Trafalgar Square, making the most of the dry weather we'd been blessed with. (However, that bright sky is deceiving - it was bloody freezing.)

I must say, Trafalgar has to be one of the places in London is wish I went to more often. I really like the grandness of it all and the hustle and bustle of street artists...as well as the Whole Foods I discovered just around the corner. FYI - Best burrito of my life. 

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Wow. Just look at that crazy pigeon lady right there. - Mary Poppins flashbacks - and that bobble hat just tops it right off - doesn't it? Despite looking like the happiest girl on earth (not because of the pigeons, I might add), I was ridiculously (h)angry before this snap. No breakfast, despite trying to scope out a spot for an hour or so, makes for a very irritable Emily. 

Wearing:
Coat, Bag, Scarf & Hat - Old Seasons.
Jumper / H&M Jeans / Topshop Shoes / Topshop
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Burger Joint Hitlist

With every trip to London, Adam and I usually (correction - always) consume a burger. It's a weakness. We don't make the trip to London too often, but we've compiled a solid list of burger joints to hit when we're about - and I'm enjoying every messy bite full. My usual order of a Bacon Cheeseburger, Sweet Potato Fries, BBQ Sauce and a Diet Coke wouldn't go a miss right now...

HITLIST:
What's up...
  • Byron Burger. One of my first London burger experiences - great for the all american indulgence. In the picture above (bottom right) Adam and I went all out. That side of mac&cheese was crazy good.
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen. A great all rounder. Juicy meat, great filling options, and an awesome baconnaise dipping sauce. You can even add an extra patty if you're up to the challenge ;) #doublestack
  • Patty & Bun. The best damn burger that has passed these lips. The glazed bun, the juicy burger and super fresh flavour. Plus the atmosphere of the joint was really inviting and upbeat.
  • Five Guys. This didn't hit the spot for me. I was ravenous (like most of the day, lets be honest here) after skipping dinner and I needed a quick filler. Fill me, it did, but the taste just wasn't there for me. Afterwards I felt that shred of guilt, like I'd eaten a dirty McDonalds. I hate to put a downer on my burger loving, but this was a miss for me.

What's next...

Any goodness I'm missing out on? Share! A girls gotta eat...
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