Sunday, 1 March 2015

London Fashion Weekend with George.


This season has marked both my first experience of London Fashion Week itself, and London Fashion Weekend. Both trips were very impromptu, but if anything this worked out well because it didn't allow me too much time to dwell and worry. In each instance I simply received the invites, booked my trains, and a few days later I was arriving at Somerset House!

Yesterday George at Asda sent me to London Fashion Weekend with my friend Shannon, and let me pick out an outfit to wear on the cobbles. Naturally, I fell for a midi skirt! I based my outfit around the skirt (which is now on sale for a mere £8!), opting for a simple white top, black T-bar heels, a matching bag, a delicate daisy bracelet and some retro sunglasses. George are a great go-to for affordable staples, but that said it was a lot of fun styling a slightly more dressy outfit from their collections! I finished the outfit off with my trusty pink coat, and switched my hair back to my old centre parting.

London Fashion Weekend itself made for a great Saturday afternoon! There was a slightly more relaxed vibe than there had been the previous week at London Fashion Week, although the lack of showstopping street style made for slightly less satisfying people watching! I've decided to block off both London Fashion Week and Weekend in my diary come September so that next season I can throw myself into events with a little more commitment. What are your experiences of London Fashion Week/Weekend? I'd love to hear them!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Mama McMinn is The Bee's Knees.

I've always loved my mum to pieces, but ever since I moved out four years ago I've definitely started appreciating her a whole lot more. She's the most supportive, fun, enthusiastic parent anyone could ask for, and she's behind me every step of the way. Not only is she an amazing parent, but she's also a great friend. I love spending time with her, and quality time has become far more special since I moved away from Cornwall.

Her all-time favourite shop is White Stuff, so when they reached out to me asking if I'd like to treat her to a 'day as a blogger' ahead of Mother's Day I jumped on the opportunity. The idea was to give her the full fashion blogger experience, and given how supportive she is of my blog I knew my mum would be game! We began our day at White Stuff Bristol, where the fabulously attentive staff got us cups of tea and biscuits whilst we familiarised ourselves with the shop and collected things to try on. I focused on helping my mum find pieces that would suit her (since it was her special day!) but I couldn't help trying on a few things myself! We were drawn to nautical stripes, bright seaside blues and fun knitwear, then we were shepherded into a couple of adjoining changing rooms to try on our treasures. Naturally lots of selfies were taken! I loved the striped 'mix up' dress, and my mum was besotted with the 'boat trip' cardigan. Mum was treated to a £150 voucher, so she bought herself to a couple of skirts, a collared jumper, the 'boat trip' cardigan and a few other goodies.

As we settled up, the staff told us all about their 'Bee's Knees' competition that's running from March 1st-15th. If you head in store you'll have the opportunity to write down why exactly your mum is the Bee's Knees, then you display your answer on a beautiful honeycomb installation in the shop window. By entering you'll be in with the chance of winning an outfit for your mum worth £75. In the vein of bees, they're also selling delicious White Stuff Honey for £4.25  jar, with all profits going to charity.
It was then time for an indulgent lunch. Since I was supposed to be giving my mum the full blogger experience I decided to take her to one of the most cliché blogger haunts there is - Bill's! As fate would have it, Bill's was right across the street from White stuff, so it was definitely meant to be. Mum had the crispy lemon squid and I had the crispy duck salad to start, then we both had the BBQ pork ribs for mains (so good!). By the time dessert rolled round we were both stuffed, but we couldn't resist sharing a portion of the delicious mini cinnamon doughnuts.

After our leisurely lunch we headed over to our hotel, Mercure Holland House, to check in and get settled before our spa appointments that evening. We were given a Privilege Room, with a king size bed, complimentary drinks and espresso machine. We decided to book dinner for 8pm, giving ourselves plenty of time to enjoy our treatments and the spa facilities. I'd been to the spa before with Emily, so after checking in mum and I settled down in the relaxation room with a cup of tea. We'd both opted for the Discovery Facial, so once we'd had a while to unwind our therapists came to meet us. The treatments were gorgeous, and we both felt like our skin was left glowing! Afterwards we popped to the pool for a quick dip before getting ourselves ready for dinner.

Dinner was delicious. We both had the prawn and crayfish cocktail to start, then mum had the tenderloin of pork and I had the butternut squash risotto for mains. The desert special was an apple mousse with elderflower sorbet, which sounded too interesting not to order! We were both impressed not only with the taste and service, but with the presentation. To wash it all down, we ordered a bottle of prosecco as a treat! Full to the brim, we collapsed in the bar with a couple of mojitos, having a good old natter before heading to bed.

I think it's fair to say that Mama McMinn loved being a blogger for the day, and came away feeling utterly spoiled! It gave her a taste of the glamorous side of what I do, and she definitely has a new appreciation for why I love blogging so much (and can you blame her?). She's been wearing her new clothes solidly for the past week, and I'm hoping we get to do something similar again soon!