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LAST month bloggers were invited to Swimwear365’s beach party at Revolucion de Cuba in Manchester for complimentary cocktails, manicures and to see the brand’s Spring/Summer 13 samples.

Guests were greeted with a flower necklace to get them into the beachy mood – and with the choice of a free sample, who wouldn’t be in the summer spirit?

From networking to a goody bag ‘lottery’, bloggers were kept busy, and everyone seemed to enjoy the event.

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Some of the goodies that bloggers walked away with included a towel, sarong, pen, USB pen and a drink bottle.

Sarah says:

I really enjoyed seeing the brand’s SS13 collection – my two favourites were a gorgeous animal mesh swimsuit and a Katy Perry-esque red polka dot number! It was also nice to talk to the brand representatives and learn more about Swimwear365.

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EARLIER this month, there was an exclusive urban bloggers party by Get The Label hidden in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

With rails of their Spring/Summer collection samples from brands such as Bench and Glamorous, Autumn/Winter 13 preview boards, canapés and drinks galore, this was a blogger’s heaven.

From floral dresses to menswear, there was something for everyone, and the best part about it? Bloggers had the opportunity to pick three samples to review!

Aside from browsing the rails, event-goers could take part in the Style Challenge, where winners, who were announced every hour, got to take the outfit they styled home! They could also film a ‘blogger’s brag’, write messages on the whiteboard and chill in the bloggers’ seating area.

Of course, an event isn’t complete without a courtesy goody bag, and most bloggers were pleased with what was inside.

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Sweeties, a £30 Get The Label voucher, nail varnish and a scarf were among some of the delights that bloggers received.

Sarah says:

I went with Amy [The Pretrender] and had an amazing time and met some lovely bloggers! Although I’m not the ‘urban’ type, I think this event was a brilliant one, in the fact that there was so much to do, and there wasn’t much of the dreaded ‘awkwardness’ that you sometimes see at these events.

 

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LAST week students, bloggers and fashionistas-alike went to an exclusive Fashion Forum event at the University of Manchester, hosted by monthly mag Company.

For £25 the crowd got a Q&A session with the fashion industry’s top-notch professionals – including Company editor herself, Victoria White, as well as a drinks reception and an amazing goody bag!

The session which ran from 6.30-8.30pm saw Victoria White and the crowd ask questions to the panel, from how they got to where they are today to what their advice for the audience was.

Victoria, who was wearing a black leather jacket, white shirt and blue and black polka dot trousers, said that the biggest change in journalism was that everything is moving to digital, and that she found it really exciting and it was the most fun she had in a long time. Hey, with the recent news that Company’s weekly edit is shortlisted for the ‘Digital Innovation of the Year (Consumer)’ award at the PPAs, who wouldn’t be excited?

Sat on Victoria’s left was Associate editor fashion Oonagh Brennan, who initially didn’t know what she wanted to do, and worked her way up in the magazine business. She stressed that if you want to get into a magazine that you have to get in there somehow and work your way up. When asked what’s more valuable, qualifications or experience, Oonagh replied that she wouldn’t care about a degree in fashion, but about fashion experience with a magazine. It just goes to show that experience is key if you want to bag your dream magazine job!

New Look’s fashion PR team were also there at the event, and dished out loads of advice! They stressed that you should never turn down an opportunity and to pick something which is right for you.

Amazing stylist Karen Jones Russell told the crowd how she got from working behind a desk to freelancing for four years as a stylist and finally how she set up her own business. Her top tip? You’ve got to live and breathe fashion if you want a job in the industry.

A panel wouldn’t be complete without a top blogger. Cue Jen Holmes from A Little Bird Told Me, who gave the Manchester crowd some hope in the fact that you don’t have to move down to London to get a career in fashion, and that there are plenty of opportunities arising in the North.

Was it value for money? For a Q&A session with the editor of one of the best women’s magazines ever, definitely!

Did you go to Company’s event? What did you think?

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Professional Beauty North was an exclusive trade event held earlier this week, at the award-winning exhibition arena Manchester Central.



The event catered for anyone who is involved or interested in the beauty industry – from student therapists, to salon owners, to even the beauty brands themselves. I was lucky enough to attend this event, and I can say that it was an amazing opportunity for people to learn new skills, build their businesses and to network with some top industry insiders!

There were a range of exhibitor stands including top tanning company Fake Bake, skin specialists Dermalogica and even TOWIE’S Lauren Goodger’s brand, Lauren’s Way!


Budding beauty artists also had the chance to enter two competitions – the Manchester Nail Championships and the Professional Beauty North Make-Up Competition.

I attended the Make-Up Competition awards ceremony, and I was very impressed at how well the student beauty therapists had done! My favourite ended up in third place – her entry was a girl dressed in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen-esque white puff dress with flowers sewn on, and of course her make-up was amazing too!

Here are the winners:
1st Place – Zandra Kabat (who chose to do the Fantasy theme)
2nd Place – Stephanie Clark (who chose to do the Fright Night theme)
3rd Place – Amy Baxter (who chose to do the Fashion/Catwalk theme)

There were also some really good deals at the event, and I ended up buying some Lauren’s Way Dream Rollers (which I should add DO work – there will be a review to follow), as well as a Depilator and some Helen E Cosmetics!




Overall I really enjoyed the event! It was a great place to network with like-minded people, and to see what amazing beauty products were on offer. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone who is interested in the beauty industry!

Did you go to Professional Beauty North? Did you enjoy it?

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Calling all fashionistas! Want to be part of something great? Then head to Pitcher & Piano in Manchester on Wednesday 8th February to view the spectacular Spring Fashion Show, whilst raising money for charity!

The hotly-anticipated event will feature a runway showcasing some amazing up-and-coming designers, such as Rianna Phillips, Crystal Padmore and Thom Neal, to name a few. What’s more, there is a fashion market – which is perfect for those of you who want to grab a bargain! Visitors can indulge in some exclusive clothing, jewellery and even cupcakes, whilst also receiving goody bags packed with coupons and more!

For just £9, you can take part in your very own fashion week, by sampling the delights which producers of the event; Victoria Rosso and Clare McKinstry have created, with all proceeds going to world charity, Oxfam.

The night will end with the ‘Best Emerging Designer Award’, where one lucky fashion designer will win a photoshoot with top boutique; Fashion Pony, as well as the chance to sell their collection on Fashion Pony’s website!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket here. In the meantime you can stew over a sample of last year’s Manchester Spring Fashion show taken by victorialovesthe60s, enjoy!

 (All images in this post – including the featured image – were c/o Victoria Rosso)

*Note: I am genuinely interested and excited about this event; I wouldn’t be attending nor writing about it if this wasn’t the case. Hence this post being very positive!*

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Today I went to the Vintage & Craft fair at the New Continental Pub in Preston, to sample all of the delicious vintage delights!

As those of you who read this blog know, I love going to vintage fairs – check out this post of when I went to Judy’s Vintage Fair in Leeds. So I couldn’t miss this opportunity to scour the stalls to find some lovely, tucked-away vintage items!

The New Continental was rammed with eager vintage buyers, looking for those special hidden ‘gems’ in the racks. The pub (which serves amazing food by the way – although it is a tad expensive!) was host to 15 stalls brimmed with cute cupcakes, retro homewares and handmade jewellery, to name a few.

Here is what I bought at the Vintage Fair:
As you can see, I only bought a couple of things, due to the lack of money. But I know what you’re thinking; “Sarah you already have black boots, why have you bought another pair?!” Well the ones which I bought a couple of months ago now have the soles coming off them (sob! sob!), so I bought these babies for only £12, which I think is good considering I wear my other black boots everywhere. I hope these ones will be the perfect replacement!

The owl cushion speaks for itself. It was handmade from some Union Jack fabric, which I think is awesome by the way! His new home will be on my currently messy bed.

Whilst I was at the fair, I came across some very eye-catching and unique stalls. Here are a couple of my favourite stalls of the day:

prestonv3This stall is owned by the lovely Sabina from Roxy Valetta Boutique. I loved this stall in particular, because of the wide range of bargains that were on offer. From sunglasses, to jewellery, to clothes and shoes – this stand was practically vintage heaven! I bought the black boots here, which were at an original price of £15, but Sabina gave me them for £12 – how nice of her!

prestonv2Another stall sold some amazing handmade owl cushions, paperweights and brooches, as well as other handmade jewellery and vintage cards! I bought the owl cushion for only £10 – which is quite cheap in comparison to say, Urban Outfitters, who had some owl cushions on sale ages ago for double the price! I had my eye on a domino ring, and I saw some scrumptious scrabble rings too, but in the end I decided to stick with the cushion instead!

Overall I was impressed with the fair. And to say that there were only 15 stalls, there were so many things to choose from! I just wish I had more money whilst I was there, as I probably would have bought a dozen more vintage bargains! Have you been to any vintage fairs recently? If so what bargains did you buy?

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Eccentric media moguls, VICE.com have organised some exclusive parties to celebrate the launch of their website, in association with American Apparel.

The Issue Launch parties will take place this week in six cities all around the UK, including three new cities which have been added to the line-up.

All events will have live music from up-and-coming bands such as Purity Ring (who are on their first UK tour), as well as DJs and of course free drinks!

Also, the first 100 people who attend the party will receive goody bags from style-savvy store, American Apparel!

Here is the rundown of cities involved:
MANCHESTER – THE DEAF INSTITUTE
– Tuesday 25th October 8pm-3am.
Live music from: Purity Ring, Boredom and Great Waves.
DJs: Gold Teeth and Hangloose.

LEEDS – NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS
– Wednesday 26th October 8pm-12am.
Live music from: Purity Ring and Theme Park.
DJs: No Bones.

NOTTINGHAM – THE RESCUE ROOMS
– Wednesday 26th October 10pm-Late.
Live music from: Walls and I Am Lono.
DJs: Kirk Spencer, Dollop and more.

BRISTOL – START THE BUS
– Thursday 27th October 9.30pm-2.30am.
Live music from: Walls and The Crisis Project.
DJs: Hear No Evil.

LONDON – THE OLD BLUE LAST
– Thursday 27th October 8pm-1am.
Live music from: Purity Ring, Boredom and Theme Park.
DJs: VICE

BRIGHTON – GREEN DOOR STORE
– Friday 28th October 11pm-4am.
Live music from: Purity Ring, Theme Park and Deaf Club.
DJs: Dark Party, The Recommender, Danger De Mort and Aereo.

Entry is free, so what are you waiting for? Head to a launch party near you! Sign up for free drink tokens here, and say hi to me if you come to the Manchester event!

(Featured image sourced from here)