On Monday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the Bloggers Love Fashion Week, organised by The Bloggers Hangout (formerly known as Bloggers Love, hence the name of the event!) with some of my favourite blogger friends; Lauren of Saharasplash, Luisa-Christie of Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat, Sadie of Life and Rags and Tessa of Holly Sparkle, as well as my beautiful plus one, SJ.
Now I’d love to have done a detailed, picture heavy post about the day, but I was mugged on my way home and lost all my photos! So my content is limited to images I had already uploaded to social media, and instead I’ll focus on my favourites of the brands I saw on the day. The event was all about discovering and getting to know the brands after all!
Before I start, I will say a little bit about the event for anyone who may be curious. This time it was held at OXO2, a lovely South of the River event space with a beautiful view of the Thames. Seriously, look at this gorgeous sunset that we were treated to!
There were two sessions; 12-3 and 6-9, across which brands showcased their products, with some giving out samples (or in some cases full sized products!) and other goodies. It’s a chance, as a blogger, to discover some brands you may not have previously been aware of, and to network with the brands and other bloggers. There were also beauty treatments, catwalk shows and cocktails from Crush Cocktail Bars. It was great fun, and I’d definitely recommend attending future events if you can.
There was a dress code – all black everything! Despite black really being my thing, I still typically couldn’t pick an outfit and ended up throwing something together at the last minute! I went for my Unif x Urban Outfitters Congregation dress, Black Milk Clothing Dem Lines hosiery and Unif Hellraiser shoes with my trusty Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake heart bag and Helter Skelter Metalheads Lie With Me necklace. I felt like a baby witch!
An Instagram pic obscuring my outfit with my favourite Motel Rocks dress from their selection is the closest I can get to showing you what I wore! But I think you get the idea.
The first stand I saw was the manicure table for True Brit London, where I had a lovely manicure (on my terrible short nails!) in a beautiful periwinkle blue shade called Georgie Boy. Definitely one I’ll be purchasing, especially as it hasn’t chipped yet, four days later! If you knew how awful I am for chipping polish, you’d find this pretty impressive!
As well as offering free manicures, True Brit had a stand in the gifting lounge, where I was lucky enough to pick up polishes in my three favourite shades; Shoreditch, Chelsea and Racing Green. The polish bottles are beautifully understated and classy – they definitely look like an expensive product. And I love the names of the polishes, it all sticks with the British theme without being tacky.
Priced at £12.50 per polish, they aren’t cheap but the quality is high and the colours are beautiful. Personally I prefer to have a few stand out polishes than a load of cheap ones, so this really is a brand for me! A little note on the formula – they’re 6-free and contain Vitamin E, elderflower and rose extract.
Their website is worth a browse even if you don’t plan on purchasing – they have a fab social section and blog all of their own!
My True Brit polishes are taking pride of place on my bookshelf currently, as well as my Maison Ves candle (more on that in a moment!).
Now, I’m fussy with candles. So for me to be posting about candles really says something! Maison Ves is a luxury scented candle brand, elegant in design and luxuriously packaged, fragranced with bespoke oils such as Black Fig, Tuberose, Cinnamon and Orange. I’d consider them in the same ballpark as a brand like Diptyque, or Jo Malone.
What makes Maison Ves a little bit different is their gift appeal. If you look closely at the labels, you can see cheeky hashtags relevant to each occasion. The lemongrass and verbena scented Engagement Candle (£78), for example, features hashtags such as #GAMEOVER and #LASTDAYSOFFREEDOM.
Bloggers were kindly gifted bespoke candles for the occasion, scented with vanilla and coconut (my favourites!) with the hashtags #BLOGGERSRULE #SAYITWITHHASHTAGS and #MAISONVES. Thank you Dee!
Remember I mentioned how awful I am for chipped polish? I have a terrible habit of not bothering to remove it and just picking it off – all very bad for my nails. So I was interested in checking out Little Ondine. Remember that peel off nail polish you had as a kid? That was a bit rubbish? Well Little Ondine is a grown up, functional version of that!
I haven’t tried the product yet (I’m not ruining my True Brit manicure!) but I was kindly given a polish to try in shade Back To Black so if I like it, no doubt you’ll see a post about it soon!
Little Ondine polishes are priced from £8.40 to £11, and you can also buy ‘Twin’ mini bottles at £13 for the pair. The polishes are free from any harmful ingredients, according to the packaging.
They have some beautiful holographic shades coming out soon, so keep an eye out!
Nadia Minkoff wasn’t a new discovery for me, I’d been lusting after the Cut Glass Skull earrings (£49.50) for ages. But having previously had my ears stretched to 12mm, stud style earrings aren’t ideal for me. I did have a lovely chat with Nadia at the event though, and I’m hoping to get a customised pair made to make them wearable for me. Fingers crossed!
The skull range is absolute perfection in my opinion, and it fits my personal style perfectly – a grown up, more polished version of an emo kid! Winter 2015 has brought similar crystal skulls to the range. I want all the pieces in every colour!
Nadia also offers more classic styles, as well as beautiful bags.
Nadia was very generous at the event, gifting bloggers beautiful drop earrings and cute, quirky necklaces. Thank you Nadia!
I’ve been wanting to try extensions for a while now, and Halo are a company that I had looked at for their innovative design. So when I saw them in the gifting lounge I was very excited, and was overjoyed to be able to take away with me my very own 16″ Halo in shade Light Blonde (RRP £99.99).
If you aren’t familiar with the Halo, it’s an easy to apply set of 100% Indian Remy human hair extensions attached to an invisible wire, headband style. You simply pop it on the crown of your head, cover the wire and join by arranging your natural hair on top and that’s it! After seeing them in real life I was so impressed, and my long hair made me feel like a princess!
Since I tone my hair, I have to do the same with my Halo before putting it to proper use, so expect a proper post on it very soon!
Here’s a very blurry selfie of myself and SJ from the night in Halo hair. Please bear in mind my extensions aren’t yet an exact match colourwise!
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to view Gallardo & Blaine hand crafted pieces in real life, as they are so much more beautiful than they appear online! The jewellery is handmade in the UK, using a mixture of silver and gold plate, and stones handpicked by Madelaine Gallardo from her travels.
I was particularly captivated by the rings. On my hand you can see (left to right) a Heartbeat Ring (from £32 dependent on stone), a Whirlpool Ring (from £85 dependent on stone – mine is Mystic Topaz) and a Tempest Ring (from £56 dependent on stone).
Gallardo & Blaine very kindly gifted jewellery to bloggers, for which I am very grateful! Now I’m seriously lusting after the £230 Whirlpool Ring in Opal!
As you can tell, a lot of the brands were very generous, and I picked up a lot of items which I will be trying out. I’ll be sure to post about the things I love! What I enjoyed most about the event though wasn’t the gifting, it was the opportunity to meet and network with other bloggers.
I’d love to hear from other bloggers who attended. If anyone posted about the event please feel free to link it in the comments, as I’d love to have a read!
All photos my own unless otherwise credited.