Vogue Fashion Night Out

Last week I hit Vogue’s FNO Manchester and what an amazing night it was. Filled with champagne and celebs, cocktails and candyfloss, the stores of Manchester where busier than ever!
Kicking off the event was Henry Holland and Daisy Lowe showcasing the fabulous FNO official tshirts.
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These were available for £18 on the night and look simple and stylish! I mean who doesn’t want to wear ‘VOGUE’ across their chest?
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I paired mine with a statement necklace, my ZARA kimono and high waisted black skinny jeans!
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Plenty of celebs were DJing throughout Manchester stores including Eliza Doolittle who was partying by the MAC counter. I loved her super cute green bandeau top paired with high waisted jeans. We had a cute little moment when I fell into her DJ booth, a good giggle and hugged it out… what a sweety!
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Kate Phelan, Creative Director of Topshop, hosted an excellent talk on styling tips for the season and was lovely company to sip champagne with! Though she had a bit of a moment when she forgot something rather important!

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Those of you with a sweet tooth would be in your element! Vodka snow-cones came in a variety of flavors – I went with the classic vodka and cranberry!

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The stalls were adorable retro boutique style with the staff wearing old school uniforms and boaters! Offering popcorn and cotton candy, it was a feast for the eyes and the waist line!

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Sipping champagne at Mulberry, my boyfriend was slightly hungover and less than happy about being recruited as photographer!
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There was so much going on throughout the night including personalised shoppers from Dune and the #knitbombing project by Warehouse!

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I also fell completely in love with the Radley campaign. Who wouldn’t love these cuties?

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Topshop not only had the Kate Phelan talk, but a wall of kisses competition and a gumball giveaway! I won a lipstick in screen siren red.

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Stores like Selfridges were covered floor to floor in VFNO balloons!

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In fact, they ad team had taken to filling the streets of Manchester with posters absolutely everywhere so you couldn’t really miss it!
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I also got this awesome sketch done by one of the illustrators at office, which I’m very much in love with!

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The Vogue editors also did a great job of compiling there fashion picks in each store!
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The beautiful willow tote by Mulberry was a personal favorite.
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I was also crushing on those Office cut out boots and the ever fabulous Vivienne Westwood purses.
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With so much going on including fashion shows from designer and high street campaigns, FNO was a fabulous night for fashionistas.

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autumn hues.

autumn hues.

I love seeing the seasons change. Colder weather gives us the chance to wear more clothes at once, which is always a good thing, the perfect winter coat hunt begins and it starts getting darker. I’m not just talking about the sky, A/W means darker hues and hair colour. As a rule I normally go light for summer and dark for winter and this year was no exception!
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What do you think?

In other news, term is beginning at University so things have been mad hectic. So as a thank you to my followers I’ve decided to double up my giveaway! The prize will have you kissing goodbye to summer and welcoming winter with love!
Keep an eye out!

Mannequin Madness.

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Mannequins like these don’t promote a positive body image!

Building and retaining a positive body image is a difficult move in our celebrity obsessed society. We’re expected to compete with those who have all day to spend hitting the gym, can afford a personal trainer and have an excess of photoshopping editors on their side. In real life there are jobs to be done and Instagram isn’t exactly renowned for it’s touch ups.

Kim K and Kim K 2.0

Kim K and Kim K 2.0

Companies like Debenhams seem to be moving in the right direction by using a move diverse range of models and Dove’s ‘hacktivist’ campaign for real beauty ( check out the inspiring video here). In a recent article by Ben Bryant for the Telegraph Dorothy Perkins is reported to use size 10-12 mannequins. I’m not sure if Ben has checked out Dotty Ps recently but I walk past the shop window of this store, and others like Oasis, almost every day. Unfortunately my findings did not collaborate with his.

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The skeletal shapes.

This mannequins are in no way based on a size 10-12 body. Try size zero for a more accurate representation. Companies are having to pin even their smallest sizes to these tiny mannequins. The sale of this unhealthy ‘ideal’ needs to be stopped and companies need to start promoting a healthy and achievable ideal instead. In a world where models need photoshop to stop them looking so sickly, we need to make a stand.

Pressure to be too skinny.

Pressure to be too skinny for models like Karlie Kloss.

A/W lust and must

a/w lust and must

Got Winter blues? Don’t shout till you’re red in the face, shout till you’re burgundy all over! It’s the season of dark hues and I well and truly love it! Check out my selection of lust-haves and must-haves for A/W. Everything about the must have side is fab. The only thing I can’t replace is the Willow tote by Mulberry. It’s beautiful and irriplaceible and I need it and…. oh.

McQ by Alexander McQueen red flare dress
$1,110 – net-a-porter.com

Yumi cardigan
$95 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Eskandar cardigan
$940 – liberty.co.uk

Accessorize tote bag
accessorize.com

Eugenia Kim hat
forwardforward.com