A fashion show organised by London Fashion Kick

I recently attended the second edition of LFK (London Fashion Kick) fashion show at DoubleTree by Hilton hotel recently.

The event showcased some novel designers and their latest collections:

  • N’ella by Daniela Vitale
  • Swimwear by Parys
  • Shaleena Nowbuth Collection by Shaleena Nowbuth
  • Zsazsazsu by Martina Silllano
  • Chloe Simmons
  • Louise Ferdinand Lingerie by Sandra Palmer
  • 7Hills by Guada Dulce

The fashion show started at 12:30 and all the attendees were able to admire some cutting-edge collections. I was really fond of a swimwear collection by Parys.

At 13:00 we all went to the main meeting hall providing us with an opportunity to mingle with some stylists, journalists, bloggers and fashion designers. After some informal networking, with a glass of prosecco in hand, I made my way to the Italian Food Tasting experiences including some great canapes, pasta, etc. The pop-up shop opened up around 15:30 and the event closed at 19:30.

I hope to attend some more LFK events in the near future.

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Pauline

Vitality Westminster Run-a healthy start of my birthday celebrations

This year I decided to start my birthday slightly different than usual so I entered to run the 2016 Vitality Westminster Mile that took place on Sunday 29 May 2016.

Throughout the day, there were a series of races for runners of all ages and abilities. 2 weeks before the race I received my final instruction booklet that included some basic information about the race as well as the IPICO Sports Tag. I attached the timing tag to my shoe before my run in order to record an accurate time I managed to complete my race in.

The Start line

My race started at 10:20 a.m.  and I ran it as a part of the Vitality wave ‘Pink’ team. As it was my birthday I decided to wear something slightly more glamorous than my regular gym attire. The Vitality Westminster Mile course started on The Mall and headed towards Admiralty Arch before a right turn into Horse Guards Road following the perimeter of St James’s Park. The course then turned right again into Birdcage Walk. The second half of the race took me past Wellington Barracks before the final right turn into Spur Road and the Finish Line in front of Buckingham Palace.

The Finish line

The race Finish Line was on Spur Road, facing the magnificent Buckingham Palace. Once I crossed the finish Line, one of the marshals removed my timing tag from my shoe. I then received a goody bag containing my medal and some nutritional items before I returned to my fiancée.

Overall experience:

I decided that I want to lead a more active lifestyle back in April and this event was definitely a ‘healthy’ start of my birthday celebrations. I run a mile in 7:37 and I was second in my age group so not a bad result 😉 Following on from this experience I am now committed to run a 5k in a few months’ time. Who knows, maybe I will run a marathon one day!

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The Vogue UK Festival 2016

The Vogue 2016 Festival ran for 2 days on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May 2016. As I had some other commitments on Saturday I decided to attend it on Sunday. The event was run in partnership with Harrods and over these 2 days there were a lot of amazing speakers and designers who shared their ideas and participated in some interesting debates. This year’s impressive line-up of speakers included: Alessandro Michele, Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana, Kim Kardashian West, Charlotte Tilbury and Jenny Packham.

Venue and Theme:

The event theme was Vogue’s 100th anniversary. The festival was split between two venues: Vogue World venue which is located on the East Albert Lawn in Kensington Gardens and at the Royal Geographic Society which is located directly opposite. I took a train to High Street Kensington and both venues were only 10 minutes’ walk away.

Vogue Masterclasses

Throughout both days of the Vogue Festival, at the additional fee (£40-80), all participants could attend a range of ‘Super tutorials’ with the best in the industry giving insights into the beauty and fashion.

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Vogue World Festival Beauty Hall

The Vogue Festival presented some remarkable styling sessions from Vogue’s own fashion and beauty editors. In addition, there were lots of brands offering their signature makeovers i.e. Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford and Kérastase.

All attendees were able to get a digital copy of Vogue Cover with their photo on it. I love mine:

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After a great afternoon at the beauty hall I was on my way to check what the Vogue Shop had to offer. You could find lots of the official Festival merchandise and collaborations including Dolce & Gabbana, Levi’s, Christopher Kane, J Crew and more.

There was a really stylish ‘Vogue Cafe’ on site serving some basic refreshments and some pastries:

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Ticket price:

Ticket prices varied from £25 for a one day entry ticket to £1000 for a ‘Gold Ticket’ that offered inclusive all-weekend access to every talk at the Vogue 100 Festival. In addition, each ticket included a 12-month subscription to the iPad and iPhone edition of Vogue.

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Getting ready for the Vogue Festival Event 2016

I was asked to attend the Vogue Festival UK event on Sunday 22/05/2016.

As it was one the biggest fashion and beauty events of this year I prepared my outfit in advance and established that I wanted to add a bit of glamour to my usual red-carpet make-up look.

Make-up

Face:

I applied my Laura Mercier make-up base followed by my favorite Dior foundation (Diorskin Forever) and some loose powder. I defined my cheekbones by some bronzing highlighter from Guerlain.

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Eyes:

I prepared a smoky-eyes look using my PUPA Cosmetics palette. A few days before the event I was thinking about my eye-make up and I was certain that I wanted to add some extra volume to my eyelashes and was thinking what the best solution would be. I came up with 2 options:

Short-term solution -FAKE Eyelashes

I wanted to try some fake eye-lashes that will add some extra volume and definition to my eyes. I chose the ‘Glamourise’ eyelashes by Invogue for an intense effect and thick, fuller voluptuous lashes. They were perfect for creating must-have full look for eyes.From what I read on the package: ‘eyelashes by Invogue are hand made, hand tied, quality lashes.’ They were easy to apply and easy to remove. Perfect for a big event like the Vogue Festival. the box contained one pair of lashes, along with lash adhesive and care instructions. If you’ve not tried lashes from the Invogue range yet, now’s the time to do so.

You can see with and without pictures listed below:

Long-term solution was to buy an eyelash serum that would help me to achieve a dream of flirty, long and thick lashes before my wedding in August. I ordered the Invogue Eyelash and brows serum with fibre lashes on my friend’s recommendation.Not only does the product work as a daily serum that strengthens and stimulates growth, it also contains fibres which create instant impact, giving the appearance of fuller, longer and healthier lashes and brows.

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You can purchase both of these products from:

http://www.soinvogue.com/

Lips:

As I went for the smoky-eyes look and I didn’t want to look like a drag queen I only applied some Clarins Lip oil to finish this look.

Outfit:

I wanted to wear something from a well-established British brand for this occasion thus I prepared my simple Burberry dress and paired it up with Burberry trench coat as it was quite a cold morning. I complimented the outfit with a pair of black Manolo Blahnik flats that added an ooze of glamour and elegance to my ensemble.

I was ready to leave house around 10 a.m. to start my adventure at the Vogue Festival. I will post my festival review in a few days time!

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Marie Claire @Work Live event

I recently attended a great Marie Claire @ Work Live event which took place on Saturday 23rd April 2016. Marie Claire @Work Live event was a day of game-changing talks, practical advice, invaluable mentoring and hands-on workshops. The event took place at the ultra-modern Altitude London-one of Marie Claire @ Work Live sponsors this year. Altitude 360 boast breath-taking views of the London skyline and is one of the most fashionable venues in central London. Other sponsors included Cointreau who provided us with delicious cocktails during the day and NEXT who set up a Style Lounge on the 28th floor and run a lunchtime talk: ‘Buy it once, buy it right’. Throughout the day there were multiple workshops and all attendees were able to join the treatment area offering a fabulous range of express treatments in between the workshops. Murad, Elemis and Face Gym were some of the brands offering their signature mini treatments during the day.

I decided to attend quite a few workshops and seminars during the day.

First up was the ‘Opening keynote panel: Game changers: how can we direct our professional destiny?’ chaired by Marie Claire’s very own Editor In Chief Trish Halpin. Panellists included presenter and journalist Anita Rani, Google’s, Nishma Robb, psychologist, Laverne Antrobus and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates.

Secondly, I decided to attend a workshop about Personal Branding conducted by Linzi Boyd. I previously finished a Diploma in Image Consulting so it was great to hear what she had to say. Linzi demonstrated how important it is to have a strong personal brand you can start to take a strategic approach to achieving that goal.

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Thirdly, I joined the ‘Inspirations’ seminar where I heard from three exceptional women who have made it to the top of their game. Mediacom Chair, Karen Blackett OBE, Stella Creasy MP and bestselling author Sophie Kinsella engaged in inspiring talks about how to succeed.

During the afternoon, I decided to attend: ‘How to change your job prospects’ workshop run by Kathleen Saxton, Founder and CEO of Lighthouse Company. Kathleen started by providing us with some information on her background and during the session she showed the attendees how it’s possible to affect change within our industries or move into an entirely new career altogether. I found her workshop most beneficial and loved her sparkling personality.

Lastly, there was a ‘Closing keynote’ where I joined comedian, actress and writer Isy Suttie for some live-comedy on growing up and getting on with life. Isy was a fabulous closing act and made all the attendees laugh. What a great end to our day!

After all day of pampering and seminars and workshops I joined aMarie Claire’s team and other attendees for a drinks reception. We ended our day with some delicious cocktails provided to us by one of the event sponsors-Cointreau. The day was intense but at the same time I learned a lot from it so I am looking forward to attending it next year.

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Thank you Marie Claire for inviting me to join you during your second @ Work Live event!

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