Thursday, 31 October 2013

#AxParty



This time last week, I was running around Proud Cabaret adding the finishing touches to the AX Paris blogger party before guests started arriving. It was a pretty tense couple of hours before the event kicked off, making sure that everything and everyone was in place and that all the guests were going to have an awesome time.

The event was held at Proud City Cabaret, near Tower Hill. A burlesque club where every element perfectly fits the theme; from the decor, to the staff, to the entertainment and cocktails. AX Paris wanted an event to showcase their Christmas advert, new clothing collection and to mingle with some of their favourite bloggers and affiliates.

The guests were plied with plenty of cocktails and canapes on arrival, plus there was also a pick'n'mix stand for a little trip down memory lane. The evening was hosted by Proud's amazing compare, he introduced each act, interacted with the crowd and performed a few songs of his own. He had an awesome voice! We were then treated to some performances from the beautiful burlesque ladies, I had never seen any burlesque before so wasn't really sure what to expect, but I loved it! There's quite a lot of nakedness but it's not cringey at all, it's all very classy haha. Some of the performers used fire and knives to spice their performances up, like they needed any more! Ax Paris then featured some of their new collection in a catwalk show, with bloggers wearing their pieces and Jade Thompson - winner of BINTM - introducing the collection!

I had so much fun on the evening of the event, I chatted with so many of my favourite bloggers - some I had previously met and some I hadn't! It was great to catch up with Leigh, Clare, Law, Steph, Megan, Paige, Michelle, Amy and then finally meet Claire, Lauren, Amy, Emma, Islay, Kavita, Wioletta, Olivia, Leanne and Rhea! This list got pretty unexpectedly long and there's still people I haven't included ahh! Apologies if I have missed you off, it's not intentional I promise.

This was the last event I will arrange and host while working at etailPR with Kim :( I only have just over one week left at work now! I feel pretty sad when I think back at some of the amazing opportunities I've had, but then I'm also so excited to leave and start some new adventures!

If you'd like to see some more photos from the night, you can check out the #AxParty hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, or you can see the photos on the etailPR Facebook page here and here. I hope everyone had a great time if you attended, we've loved reading everyone's posts at work! x

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

I've counted to 10 and I'm feeling alright,


Jacket: Urban Outfitters // Jumper: H&M // Jeans: Topshop (leigh jeans) // Boots: Shoe Zone*

This is a very casual weekend outfit, typical of a visit to my parents house - where these photos were taken. I had a pair of these pink boots when I was really little and I remember loving them. There's a photo of me aged about 3 or 4, bouncing on a picnic table in a navy/nautical inspired outfit with my pink builder boots on. When I saw these boots in a Shoe Zone press release I was recently sent, I couldn't help but pick them out for an outfit post! These boots are going to be great for stomping around in winter, my shoe collection is not really very winter friendly at the moment, so I really need to get my hands on more boots and shoes that aren't going to leak or soak up water. My ballet pumps all have a habit of doing that.

Thank you for everyone's lovely comments and tweets about my last post and leaving for Switzerland, it's made me really excited! I really want to write a first post on our ski season blog, but I don't know where to start. How on earth I wrote my first post on this blog, I'll never know. Josh and I are starting to get all our stuff together now, buying all our equipment, selling our old junk, getting ready to move out of our flat and planning to visit friends and family all around the country before we leave. It's going to take a lot of planning and organisation but we're starting to get on top of things ready to go :) how exciting! x

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Life update: I'm going to work a ski season!


So, yesterday was a pretty big day. I handed in my notice at my job of a year and three quarters, as I'm going to be leaving the country at the end of November to work in a ski resort in Switzerland! I'm lucky enough that my lovely boyfriend is also willing to pause his career, sell his company and move with me.

There's going to be no more 'Kim and Emily' at etailPR, which makes me really sad and I'm going to miss everyone there so much. But this is a massive chance for me to do something that I've wanted to do since I was little, so I need to make the most of it! I'm going to be out there for five months and hopefully snowboarding almost every day, which is going to be amazing - I can't wait! I've been lucky enough to have some amazing career opportunities for my age, as well as have a very steep learning curve since leaving uni, but now it's time to do some travelling.

I'm hoping to keep this blog going as much as I can, but it might not be exactly the same. There's only so many outfits you can wear in the snow! Of course I have also set up a separate ski season blog for myself and Josh, so if you would like to keep up with our lives while we're there then please give us a follow :) There aren't currently any posts, but hopefully we'll have something on there soon! I hope you guys will stick with me while I'm there, it's going to be pretty strange moving to a completely new country - but I'm already counting down the days :)  

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids



Plaid shirt: H&M // Skirt: Topshop // Rocket Dog Satire Western boots: Barratts*

Wearing this plaid shirt and western boots together did make me feel a little bit like a cowgirl, but then I was going round to a friends for a fajita night so it was pretty fitting I think? I recently bought this shirt from H&M and it's a really good length so can be worn with jeans, leggings or a skirt - I love a good multi-use item! It's my first dive into the whole tartan/plaid trend so far, but I think I'm definitely going to be trying more. I've got my eye on a pair of River Island red tartan leggings, I'm just worried about what shoes and jacket I'd wear with them!

These Rocket Dog boots are so comfy, they have a rubber base to the heels so when you walk you kind of bounce rather than clip-clop along... it's great (I'm easily pleased)! It's also good to have an alternative to my trusty Topshop boots, featured in most of my dress/skirt outfit posts, which are starting to get a bit tatty now. I've worn them in too many grubby bars and clubs, they need a bit of a clean! I love how ankle boots can be dressed down with jeans or daytime and worn with dresses and skirts for a slightly dressier look. This Rocket Dog pair is no exception, with a little nod to the cowboy style. 

It's nearly Friday guys, the working week is nearly over! I'm off to Southampton tomorrow evening after work, to meet up with some of Josh's friends and then go to his sister's engagement party on Saturday night. It's so exciting that they're engaged! :) What are you up to this weekend? x

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Black and gold

Black cami: Oh My Love // Leggings: Missguided // Boots: Topshop

Kim and I popped to London for work last week, but of course we had to take a few outfit photos while we were there. We both ended up wearing our new Oh My Love purchases by chance, so we have a couple of matchy matchy posts on our hands - same backdrop and same brand - check out Kim's here :)

I love the shape of this cami, it's so flattering to wear with jeans or leggings. It's just the right length and it skims over any bits you're not too keen on! I love the back too, as we were there for work I thought it was more appropriate to wear a little vest underneath, but you can just wear it without too. I do always have issues with low backed tops though, what do you do about bra straps?! I always try and find a nude strap, or a backless one if I'm going somewhere dressy. 

I'm currently at my parents house this weekend, but I'm hopefully going to rope my mom into taking some outfit photos for me, let's see how that goes! Also, Glastonbury tickets will have gone on sale this morning (it's currently Thursday while I'm writing this), oh my gosh so excited. I could either be wallowing in self pity or could be the happiest person ever when this goes live. Josh and I didn't get tickets last year despite our best efforts, so fingers crossed for this year! Check my twitter if you want to know the outcome.

What are you up to this weekend? I've got a few things listed on ebay at the moment, ending later this afternoon! There's loads of Topshop, Republic, Glamorous and more - size 10 - 12! Click here if you'd like to take a look.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Atticus giveaway

All items from Atticus - Pale Eyes Shirt, Sweet Jesus Tee, Bad Things Cold Shoulder Crew.

I featured Atticus on my blog a while ago, I actually have the Pale Eyes Shirt and I love it! Atticus are making a comeback with their women's clothing, I've got my eye on the jumper with the shoulder cut-outs above, it would be perfect for Autumn, when it's not quite cold enough to wear a massive knit but you need something to keep you covered! I also love a good graphic tee, they're so easy to wear with jeans or leggings. I can't say from experience but this Atticus tee looks like it would be a great shape too, the rolled sleeves are always flattering on women's tees.

You can win £200 to spend at Atticus through the app below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bloggers, you also have to chance to win an additional £200 to spend across both women's and men's wear on the site by writing a short post like this! To find out how you can enter just click here. You only have until 10am tomorrow (3rd Oct) to enter, so be quick! :) x

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Hi-Tec St Anton snow boots - initial thoughts


You might not know, but I love snowboarding. I try and go out to a resort on holiday almost every year, I'd definitely say it's my favourite type of holiday. Yes, I do love going somewhere warm and drinking cocktails by the beach, but I absolutely love flying down a mountain on a board and ending up in a bar at the bottom of the slope. 

When I was given the chance to review these Hi-Tec boots, I knew that I'd definitely be able to put them to the test fully. I'm already dreaming of snow, now that we're getting closer to the cold season, so I can't wait to try these out properly! For now, I'm just going to run through my initial impressions and thoughts.

The boots feel exceptionally sturdy, yet they're still light-weight which is great for plodding through the snow. The soles feel like they'll provide amazing grip on snow and ice, with loads of ridges and bumps for traction. The laces across the top of the foot and the ankle really pull the boot in too, which is good for people with shallow feet like me, your foot is kept completely secure inside the boot. The inside sole of the boot is really cushioned and lined with soft material, my feet will definitely be kept toasty warm with that! For snow boots, these are also really good looking boots. They might look out of place in some of the normal outfits I post on here, but with my snow jacket and warm jeans they'll really look the part. I love the look of the fur up the front of the boots, it gives them a definite winter fashion feel!

Overall, I think these boots are going to really stand up to use in a ski resort and I can't wait to test them out properly. Another post will be coming up, once I've had chance to test these in the snow :)

Have you ever tried skiing or snowboarding? Are you starting to think about winter wear yet? x 

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