I can’t believe how quickly 6 months has come around! It feels like yesterday that I was attending my first Bloggers Fashion week back in September, having only just started the blog! I feel like I’ve learned loads since then though, and have enjoyed my time blogging so much – I’m thinking of doing a ‘things I’ve learnt’ or ‘tips for new bloggers’-type post soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
This Bloggers Fashion Week was just as much fun as the first! I’ve attended several Bloggers Hangout events since the first, however BLFW is still my favourite that they run. There’s always such a buzz around the venue and there are so many brands and bloggers all looking to connect and chat – as you’ve gathered, talking is something I do a lot of!
Although the venue was the same as the last event, it was much more spacious than before as there were 2 rooms of brands, plus I managed to arrive early to chat so some of the brands before they got too busy. There was a different dress code this time around too, Blogger Chic as opposed to the usual ‘All Black’ theme, which I loved as gave a great opportunity for bloggers to show off more of their personal style.
I’ve been loving the recent boyfriend jeans and heels looks which seem to be all over Instagram at the moment, however I’ve never had quite the right opportunity to try it out for myself, so I thought this would be a great event to style it for. Adding a hat made the outfit feel a bit more dressy and in line with what some of the other bloggers were wearing (although I have to confess I did do the trip to London in flats and may have changed them on the Overground on the way!), and this is a look I loved wearing as it was so comfortable. Now I’ve worn it, too, I feel like it could be worn in loads more situations than I originally thought!
So, enough about me, onto the brands! There were so many amazing ones that I’ll be doing separate posts on the ones I love as I try them out, as I’m thinking of restructuring the content of my posts and when I post, but today I’ll give you a sneak peek at some of the ones I’ve had the chance to try out so far!
Thumbs Up Nails
The Braid Bar
I am obsessed with the current braid trend, but unfortunately can’t do it myself (believe me I’ve tried – someone please teach me!) so I jumped at the chance to try out the style! The Braid Bar are based in Selfridges, but are hoping to be at festivals this year so keep an eye out to get your braid on if you’re going to any this year! This style was done so quickly and neatly, I’m literally amazed at their skill. I was a bit worried about my grey hair showing (I never tie my hair up because of this, a post is coming soon on the struggle!) but the result was so awesome I didn’t care by that point! There are tons to choose from – they have a braid ‘menu’ – so there is definitely something for everyone, and they can braid any hair type. Mine is really short at the back but somehow this wasn’t a problem! They last forever too – I’ve had mine in for a couple of days (don’t judge, I love them!) and they’re still pretty neat even after sleeping in them!
I’m a big supporter of animal rights and try to buy as many cruelty-free products as possible, but the one set of products I struggle with is facial. I have sensitive skin and am allergic to quite a few products, so I have to be careful with what I put on my skin, and although I tend to buy Superdrug’s own brand – cruelty free – for budget reasons, it’s just not the same as some of the branded products out there that I’ve used. I was so glad to find several cruelty-fee brands at this event, and Amie is definitely my favourite. Besides the packaging being SO cute, the products match it – they’re really light and don’t feel like you have product on your skin, and smell so summery! My favourite so far is the mattifying moisturiser. While most moisturisers leave a slight sheen on your skin, this one actively mattifies your skin and creates a great base for makeup without any extra product, which is a definite plus! There are so many products in the range, including face wipes, so make sure to check them out if you want a cruelty-referee option for sensitive skin!
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this post are my own and are not affiliated with the brands included.