Dress: Lovestruck at Topshop
Shoes: Got them on a market somewhere in London
Necklace: Lulu Guinness
All items you see here were shopped during sales over the last few years. I got the dress for less at Topshop last October in London. The coat was bought in Camden in 2011 and was 50% off the original price. The Chanel bracelet was on sale in Paris where I got it in 2011 and the Lulu Guinness ‘Life Is A Bed of Roses’ necklace was on sale almost 3 years ago in London. Sales are the best thing ever, and after Christmas until early February almost everything’s on sale everywhere – it makes January so much better! The Topshop dress is such a treasure and I was so happy when I found it. I really love to (top)shop the sale!
Dress – Topshop
Coat – Camden Market
Jacket – Tally Weijl
Boots – Camden
Necklace – Lulu Guinness
Bracelet – Chanel
It’s 2013 (Happy New Year to all my readers from 106 different countries and friends!), and my annual blog report just came in a few days ago, including a lot of blog data I won’t bore you with. However I do want to post my traditional ‘memories of the year’ post. I hope 2013 will be a year as great as 2012. It’ll be a year of changes for me (finally moving to London, yay!). So, here we go with the pictures and words:
I spent New Year’s Eve in Dresden with friends. My blog had its first birthday in January (meaning it’s now almost 2 years old). My family and I had dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant. Lots of tea drinking, cold weather and vanilla macaron baking in January too. I changed my blog theme for the first time.
I posted my first giveaway ever on this blog. London Fashion Week took place and I loved watching the shows (can you spot Lana Del Rey?). I spent a lot of time taking pictures with the old Praktica I found and sewing bags for friends. I had butterflies in my hair and on my fingers in a butterfly conservatory.
I played a small part in Cabaret, the Musical. Spring arrived and I ordered a ‘Lulu Guinness’ style necklace from the talented JaymieOC. Lulu Guinness press day also happened. I wandered around Dresden, my home town, and took some pictures there.
Back in London. Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo launch (which I sadly missed). I tried macarons at Ladurée for the very first time. I had a little meeting with Tiffany, the new store manager at Lulu Guinness, at their Burlington Arcade store and she showed me around the store a bit. I bought my first Lulu Guinness lips clutch that day too (vintage red snakeskin). I was invited to the Task PR AW12 Press Day. My parents were in London for the first time and I did a lot of sightseeing with them. I went to the Hampstead Fun Fair with a few friends.
My lovely red Cambridge Satchel arrived here. The Christian Louboutin exhibition opened at the Design Museum, showcasing lots of amazing shoes. I did the 2nd blog giveaway on my blog (Swarovski). Wish magazine was launched in London and I immediately ordered one.
The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with big celebrations in London and the Clock Tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower to honour her. I watched the pageant and concert on TV and waved the Union Jack.
Berlin Fashion Week started in Berlin and I ran around, going to as many showrooms and shows as possible. One of my favourites was the Vintage Fashion Show. I spent some time in Turkey at the end of July where we had 43 degrees. The Olympics started in London. I contributed to two magazines, Spark magazine and A Little Bit Fabulous.
I spent some more time in Turkey (2 weeks) and watched the Olympics every single day. I also got an invitation to the Charbonnel et Walker Blogger Event. I finally got a DSLR camera (my beloved Canon 1100D). After Turkey I went straight back to London where I watched one of the last Sweeney Todd the Musical shows. I also went to the Heath with a friend to take some outfit pics and enjoy the sunny days. I went to the Notting Hill carnival for the first time. My friend and I ate lots and lots of sushi, and I spent a lot of time shopping. I went to Selfridges to review the Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton collection. I met two lovely fellow bloggers, Milla and Karen. My Old Dutch invited me over to have a meal for free. I chose the berry pancakes and a Reese milkshake. I also received Wish magazine in the post when I came back from London.
Back in London…again. Went to see Mamma Mia the Musical, did lots of sightseeing again, was at the Orla Kiely for Uniqlo launch. I went to Eton and Windsor too. I chalked my hair pink and blue, and posted the third giveaway (Lulu Guinness tote). I became a BFI member and bought tickets for the Great Expectations premiere in October.
Still in London, the Great Expectations Premiere took place on October 21st in Leicester Square. Before the premiere started, I met a really great PA, Linda, who also had tickets to the premiere. I really enjoyed the movie and meeting/seeing all the stars was a little plus. I was invited to the Lulu Guinness Press Day where I met Donna, another amazing PA, and Lulu herself. Another Press Day I went to was the Push PR Press Day. I met with fellow bloggers Kristabel and Becky and we went to the Saatchi Gallery to see the Chanel Little Black Jacket exhibition. I saw Cabaret the Musical. On Halloween my friend Jo and I went trick or treating in Hampstead and Belsize Park.
I celebrated Bonfire Night in Germany with a little bottle of Moet, and a friends birthday party. I took part in an admin chat with other PA’s.
My birthday was on Dec. 21st where the world was supposed to end..of course it didn’t and I had a lovely birthday party. The biggest surprise was my friend from Cardiff being there. I loved all my presents and thanks to all my guests! I watched Les Misérables which will be in cinemas in the UK on January 13th, and you should definitely watch it! I spent Christmas with my family in Germany and New Year’s Eve in Dresden with some friends.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!
On October 24th, I had the pleasure to attend the Lulu Guinness Spring/Summer 2013 Press Day. I’ve featured the brand several times on my blog because it’s my favourite. I have the Life is a Bed of Roses necklace, black mirror purse, two totes, an umbrella and two clutches (one of them a lips clutch, the most brilliant clutch ever created), and my little collection’s still growing – especially after I’ve seen next seasons fantastic eye candy at the press day.
The press day was at The Vinyl Factory near Oxford Circus tube station. I put my name down next to people from well-known magazines, Condé Nast and famous bloggers (exciting!).
The brick wall room was decorated with palm trees, flamingos, pink neon lips and a huge ‘Hotel Lulu Guinness’ wall. The Miami themed decoration perfectly matched the collection. Lots of stripes (I love stripes!), lips patterns, doll face bags, black, white, pink and blue, and an utterly adorable car bag! The food also looked quite delicious, but unfortunately I’m a Vegetarian, so I couldn’t try it. I’m so sad I missed the chocolate lips and macaroons in the afternoon!
Goody bags included an Innocent smoothie, a Lulu Guinness voucher and the cutest lips-shaped USB stick.
Yes, it is GIVEAWAY time! After the lucky winner of the Swarovski crystal giveaway, Aminah, was chosen, I already started looking for a new giveaway prize, and what would be better than something from the lovely Lulu Guinness? It’s a GREAT year for BRITAIN, with the Diamond Jubilee, the Paralympics and Olympics. One of the giveaways this year simply had to be British themed. Lulu Guinness, without a second thought my favourite accessories designer, has added this uber fantastic Union Jack Lips Shopper to her Best of British collection earlier this year, and it’s a must-have.
So, in order to celebrate this great British year, I’m giving away this cute lips shopper to one lucky follower. It looks like a mini lips clutch and it’s almost painful to give it to someone else, since I’d love to keep it myself.
Berlin Fashion Week was a kind of surreal experience for me and – surprise, surprise – not all glamorous. I’ve been to Berlin only a few times and usually had a car at my disposal; not this time however. When I got there, I first had to find the next U-Bahn or S-Bahn (tube) station to get to my accommodation, which happened to be almost impossible. It was 7pm, very hot, I had no idea where I was and – worst of all – my phone’s battery was running low. Very glamorous…! Anyway, I somehow did find my accommodation and almost immediately fell asleep.
I had a lot of time for sightseeing, in spite of my pretty tight show and showroom schedule. My feet were very glad when I sat down in Starbucks in front of the Brandenburg Gate (right opposite the Hotel Adlon where the GREENshowroom and salon show took place, which will get its own blog post).
Above you can see the the outfit I was wearing. It looked way too French for Berlin, but I really wanted to wear the beret. Haha. My Lulu Guinness lips clutch was a great ‘companion’ at Berlin Fashion Week too!
More street style pictures in the Showroom magazine by The Sartorialist
I went to several showrooms and shows and all in all really enjoyed the Fashion Week. Actually I wanted to go ‘street style photo hunting’ on Saturday, however all the Fashionistas were hiding in their hotel rooms because of the heavy rain.
I’m going to write 2 or 3 more blog posts about showrooms, shows and the Ethical Fashion Week this week. The first one will be about the GREENshowroom, salon show and Ethical Fashion Week; one will be about the showrooms and the vintage fashion fair and then I’ll probably also do one about some other shows.