Pandora’s Wishing Tree Event @ Drink, Shop, Do

Pandora’s Wishing Tree Event @ Drink, Shop, Do

I was lucky enough to be invited to Pandora’s recent blogger event hosted at Drink Shop Do on Caledonian Road to celebrate the launch of their online wishing tree – an interactive hub enabling users to tie special messages for loved ones on it’s branches.

wishing-tree-event-2Drink Shop Do is unique cafe bar near King Cross focused on DIY and crafting, and the event enabled bloggers the opportunity to create their own wishes through origami and sewing sessions. These messages could then be tied to the illuminated tree in the centre of the space.

pandora-origamipandora-sewingorigami-flowerAlong with the activities there was also tasty cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery and plenty of fizzy prosecco served by the private bartender. The event was a great opportunity to talk to other bloggers and understand more about Pandora’s gift selection – they even gave us goodie bags with handmade rose chocolates and beauty products to make us feel extra special!

blogger event Tie your message on the Wishing Tree and who knows maybe someone you know will treat you to one of Pandora’s many gifts.

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WOMEN FASHION POWER at The Design Museum

women fashion power

“Women Fashion Power” is a current paid exhibition at the Design Museum in London. It showcases the evolution of women’s fashion over the past 150 years, juxtaposed with their position and rights within society.

Curated chronologically from the Victorian era to present day, the collection highlights the changing silhouettes and styles found in women’s clothing. One of the most interesting aspects I found was the details about the Suffragette movement, and their use of colour and strategy to normalise Women’s Rights. From this time period onwards there was an escalation in freedom in the way women dressed,

The central feature of the exhibition was the showcasing of the style of current power women from Business, Arts and Culture. Significant leaders in their field such as Zaha Hadid and Grace Jones have donated the outfits that most make them feel powerful.

Overall the exhibition was enjoyable but not groundbreaking. At times it seemed relatively generic with it’s ‘fashion through the ages’ element dominating as a theme, something that has been done many times in the past. The most interesting elements were the non-clothing items, like magazines and anti-suffragette propaganda.

design museum fashion

WOMEN FASHION POWER is open at the Design Museum until 26th April 2016. Standard Adult Tickets are £12.40.

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The Blitz Party New Years Eve Celebration in London

The Blitz Party is a semi-regular night event in London themed round the 1940s wartime. We decided to go as a special New Years Eve treat – while the tickets were a bit pricey at £40 it was well worth the money due to the immersive experience and quality of the entertainment.

There is a strong suggested dress code encouraging everyone to put the effort in to match the era. I picked up this cherry print dress from Collectif in their 50% off sale. While more 1950s than wartime, I thought it was a more versatile piece I would re-wear to have in my wardrobe. To make up for the era faux pas, I rolled my hair around a headscarf and curled the rest to one side.

blitz party london

The event was held in some railway arches on Great Suffolk Street, near Borough tube station. As any Londoner knows, railway arches act as a great spaces for any big events. When we walked in we were amazed at the transformation – there were misty red hues over every surfaces, with fog and spot lights illuminating the bars and dance floors. The event comprised of two arches with different live bands, swing lessons and DJs in on rotating schedules, and another archway of a relaxed sit down bar area. There was also a smaller room between the two main dance floors which hosted a beauty station and bars.

blitz party london

To add to the atmosphere, the bar menu was made in the style of a ration book and had tasty 1940s style cocktails and champagne. Beer was also available, but fortunately that was very modern. I tried the Raspberry Collins and Mary Pickford throughout the night. The New Year was celebrated by a 10 second count down and an explosion of large confetti before heading right back into live swing belters.

blitz party cocktails

For more information about The Blitz Party or to keep an eye out for upcoming events, you can visit their official website www.theblitzparty.com

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Life in Colour – Kat O’Sullivan’s Psychedelic Painted House

Life in Colour – Kat O’Sullivan’s Psychedelic Painted House

Colossal have shared this amazing multi-colour house by artist Kat O’Sullivan. From her about page you can see the exciting life of travelling and sharing her work she has had across the globe. Her house in Ecuador, although still an ongoing project, is one of the most amazing buildings I’ve ever seen. Am I too old to get adopted (Sorry Mum and Dad!)?

painted house artisthouse with muralspainted house yardcolourful house The most amazing part is that this is what it looked like before:

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Unique Christmas Party Dresses 2014 – From Budget to Designer

With Christmas around the corner it’s full on party season. I have been trying to take advantage of Black Friday discounts to pick up a few options, but unfortunately websites and stock with some retailers has been less than great due to the overload of visitors this year! I have managed to do plenty of browsing in spite of this, and have picked out my favourite and most unique cocktail dresses on offer.

Big Spenders

Matches and Net-a-Porter are the main web stores in the UK to get a great range of designer labels, and there are some really interesting options for party outfits.

pink-party-dressThis highly detailed printed dress may be more Spring Summer, but bright colours are having more staying power into the cold months every year.

gun print dressA bold and somewhat controversial style to rock, but you know Rihanna is bound to have this in her closet.

eyelash lace dress

I can’t get enough of eyelash lace at the moment, and this is probably the most delicate application of it I have seen. Sheer and stunning, this dress is suited for a more formal christmas party.

A very modern version of a classic 1940s cut, this pattern is erratic and kooky, but super cool.

Budget Bargains

In the UK we are spoilt for choice, with new budget fashion sites joining the market every few months. Party dresses are big business, and this level of competition helps drive prices down. This year, many of the online stores like Missguided, ASOS and Pretty Little Thing have unique designers to rival the runways and help you stand out.

cheap christmas dress

This is the dress I want to have myself, so I highly recommend it!

christmas cocktail

For way under £100 the detail on this cocktail dress is astonishing

nightclub dress

If you think your christmas party may be more tequila shots and techno than Cliff Richard and mulled wine, this is a great pick for only £20!

More places to find the perfect party dress for Christmas

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