Last weekend I was kindly invited to an access all areas, behind the scenes look at the Festival Place Love Fashion Weekend. I of course was thrilled to be involved; fashion, photography and meeting other bloggers, what’s not to love!

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

I got there early to get ready, I opted for this beautiful jumpsuit from Lipsy from the new Next in Basingstoke. I am a huge fan of a jumpsuit, they can be dressed up or down according to the event and I find them so comfortable to wear whilst looking completely cool and put together.

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

My lovely friend Lucie came along to support me and help me capture the day. Festival Place invited along some bloggers too and it was so nice to meet them especially after “knowing” each other online! Also, props to the Zara biker jacket that I have been lusting after for so long!

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

It was a pleasure to interview stylist JP who put on a brilliant show. He was so charming and it was really lovely to get an insight into his ideas behind the design of his show. Encapsulating the SS17 trends into each catwalk, it was so nice to see how he pitched each trend from each store within Festival Place, I definitely could have talked to him all day, and that beard was oh so soft!

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17 Stylist JP

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

Some of my personal favourites would have t0 be the desert pallet bought together from Next, that trench!! Plus the summer style from Debenhams and the stripes collection. Watching a show like this makes it all seem so much more attainable than the LFW shows I watch from afar. I love that all of these items are available in Festival Place there and then if people want to go and pick them up. JP did a beautiful job to put together all of these looks and to open up the every day shopper’s eye to what might appear within the high street stores.

Festival Place Love fashion show catwalk SS17

I vlogged my day at the Festival Place Love Fashion weekend if you want to see more of what we got up to and some behind the scenes action, take a look here and let me know which were your favourite looks!

 

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It’s not often, since having children, that Stuart and I have a date night – we go out, and we have nights out together, but it’s usually for events or group outings. So when Festival Place got in touch to see if I would like to challenge myself to finding the perfect date night outfit for £100 I jumped at the chance! I filmed the experience over on my YouTube channel, so you can see exactly what I got up to: 

Child free shopping – this is an exciting opportunity!!

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

Finding The Perfect Date Night Outfit:

I really love the sheer trend, but I struggle with its wearability – I don’t want my underwear on show at the best of times, let alone in public when I am about to eat all.the.food.

I am obsessed with this top from Lipsy, it’s the perfect opaque fabric covering all the right paces with the beautiful lace giving it a luxe touch. It was the first thing I saw when I got to Festival Place, and I knew I had to go back for it. It was the most expensive part of the whole outfit, coming in at £40 but I think it is something I will get so much wear out of. It is from the Michelle Keegan collection at Lipsy, which I found at Next. I also love these boyfriend cut jeans which I didn’t end up buying sadly because typically the 8 was too big and the 6 was too small!! But I love the understated style of this cut of jean, they are so easy to wear and you can dress them up with a pretty top and heels as easily as you can wear casually with a pair of converse and a simple t-shirt.

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

The next item I found I was immediately drawn to – this beautiful blush pink skirt from Monsoon felt like silk and I felt all sassy as I sashayed down the changing room spinning and twirling in it. It was £49 so took up half of my budget – I had already fallen in love with it though and knew I would have so many other reasons to wear it over the summer. Sadly after a couple of hours of trying to find complementary pieces within my budget I had to admit defeat – but maybe one day I will be able to add it to my wardrobe.

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

Coffee break time. I had been shopping a couple of hours and needed a bit of time to refresh myself, in peace – what a luxury!!

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

I absolutely have to own this jacket. It’s faux suede and I have tried to justify it for weeks now. I just absolutely love the light, delicate colour which is such a nice alternative to a black leather biker jacket. Every time I put my one on I just don’t feel right in – it’s just not my style. But they always look so nice on other people, I just feel like an imposter! Zara also does a light blue and a light khaki version. But I love the blush pink the most. It will be mine one day!!

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

I put myself in a predicament of having to find a pair of shoes for £11 having over spent on the skirt and shirt. The hunt was on and I managed to track down these bargains in Debenhams. The pair I eventually went for were £14.70 and from Faith.

Guess what – I tried it all on together and it turns out I didn’t like the way the skirt bought the outfit together – all that searching for £11 shoes and when I pretty much found them I realised I no longer wanted what I had pictured in my head. I actually felt so much more comfortable in the peg leg trousers I chose from New Look in a similar colour.

The perfect date night outfit with Festival Place

I completed my date night outfit challenge using the Festival Place gift card, which they even accept in the restaurants and coffee shops!

My outfit came in at a total of £94.68 and I was so so happy with it! Here’s a little look at the finished date night outfit:

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

perfect date night outfit spring outfits in the shops at the moment

Date Night Challenge Outfit details

Lipsy Love Michelle Keegan Lace Frill T-shirt | £40 Next

Tie Waist Peg Leg Trousers | £19.99 | New Look 

Shoes £14.70 (no longer available but similar here 

Grey Faux Suede Bag £19.99
Very similar here

Total cost £94.68!!

For more info on the Festival Place gift Cards click here

 

I am also delighted to announce that I have been asked to be the Festival Place fashion Ambassador which is so exciting and I am really looking forward to working with them. This weekend they are holding the Love Fashion event which takes place 29th & 30th April with fashion catwalks from 11am, pamper and skincare sessions throughout the day in the health and beauty lounge and expert advice from stylist JP. I will also be involved across the weekend helping with styling and chatting about the top SS17 trends and must-haves. I would really love to see you if you can make it, take a look here for more info!! Let me know if you can pop along and have a look at all the exciting events happening at Festival Place over the weekend.

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It’s getting into that time of year again when everyone falls in love with Autumn and all the seasonal delights which come with it. In the UK we seem to get to the back end of August, having wished for warmer weather for months, and everyone is just so ready for Autumn. Those crisp dark evenings which draw in earlier by the day, the sweet smell of the burning harvest lingering in the air as you leave the office, all those gorgeous new outfits to buy in new key shades of the season, the pop of a berry toned lip or nails, adding instant style to any look. It’s a total blogger cliche, and I’m sure there are far too many posts floating around the internet about everyone’s “favourite season”…

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But I love how, in the UK, there is always something around the corner to look forward to. Once the excitement and fun of Christmas is over, when we’re all feeling totally fed up of over indulgence (yes, even I can get sick of tooooooo much chocolate and cheese!) there’s a nice quiet January to chill, catch up on Netflix & promise yourself you’ll go to the gym. Then comes the fun of that first big night out at the end of January to toast the fact that we all made it through the.most.boring month of the year or to simply enjoy the pay check you’ve been dying for. Next, Valentine’s Day is upon us (like it or loathe it) and before you know it – Easter is here and Hi, more chocolate indulgence and a lovely long weekend full of feasting is due. Well, once that’s all over all hail the double ended May bank holidays and then boom you’re on the highway to Summer. Fun packed with holidays, picnics, weekends spent outdoors, and anything other than having to spend every day at indoor soft plays trying to entertain children (hell).

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And then, just as you can’t bare to pack up any more picnics, you’re fed up of shaving your legs every. damn. day. and you just really really want to start wearing your new faux fur gillet and olive corduroy skirt – with TIGHTS…We’re all falling into Autumn.

just as you can't bare to pack up any more picnics, you're fed up of shaving your legs every. damn. day, we're all falling into autumn

Halloween crafts, Fluffy socks & PJ’s, Hot Chocolate, The lead up to Christmas! Oversized fluffy jumpers, Pumpkin picking, cosy Sunday’s with a roast dinner, new fashion and no more sale rails! Not feeling guilty about not leaving the house all day, a change of make up looks, fireworks, movie afternoons…

Just a few of my favourite things about the change of the season. What are your favourite things about Autumn? 

Falling into Autumn toddlers walking by the river in the late afternoon Autumn sun

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to Marbella with the girls. Having all had a baby last year we all totally deserved a good break. Sadly we lost 2 of the girls from the group which was such a huge shame and they were greatly missed but they had to stay home. Our friend who now lives in Australia was also able to join us so it made for a fantastic reunion and we all had such an amazing time together.

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Ocean Club, La Sala, Luxury Yacht spotting, Puerto Banus, Orange Square, Old town; we did the lot and it was all stunning. We stayed at the Marriott Marbella Beach Resort in apartments which were fantastic and I think we all want to come back with the family!

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Over the past few years, the 30th Birthdays have come and gone as have a lot of the hen dos and as we have all been so busy making lots of beautiful babies we’ve never managed to do a proper weekend away somewhere hot, so it was amazing that we were all able to do this together. Leave the bubbas with their daddies and have some relaxing time away with the best of friends.

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I, of course, vlogged our girls weekend in Marbella, I just have to find the time to edit the 300 clips (Urgh!!) so keep your eyes peeled on my YouTube channel for the video of our weekend away! xx

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I just couldn’t resist typing up a quick outfit blog post for you guys as I am so in love with my new blush pink coat and total bargain shoes I thought they deserved a blog piece! If you watch my Youtube channel you’ll know that I recently bought a blush pink waterfall coat which was sadly just too big and I’ve not been able to find another one since.

Luckily for me I stumbled upon this one for the super affordable price of £29.99, it’s slightly oversized so I got it in a 6 although the arms are quite snug. It’s just the perfect coat for this season where it’s still too cold in the UK on some days to go out without one but when the sun is shining you don’t want anything too heavy weighing you down.

I kept it simple with these amazing jeans from Topshop, high waisted & perfect for hiding the “mum tum” and, essentially, avoiding the inevitable “mum bum” when crawling around after toddlers (thank you Hannah for the tip!!) They are an investment purchase, coming in at around £40, but they are the best jeans I own. The cropped white top was £6 and could be switched up with a little t-shirt if you felt more comfortable.

My latest favourite shoe purchase comes from Primark, I think these were around £14. (14 pounds?!!?) The versatile cream colour and comfortable thick straps and heel will definitely keep them as my go-to summer shoe.

This whole outfit came in at £90, and almost half of that is on the jeans, but it made me feel like I was head to toe in designer labels. There’s just something about that coat…

 

Photos by Etienne.

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