Monday, 24 November 2014

MANCHESTER ARNDALE AFTER DARK EVENT 2014: PARTY DRESS SHOPPING IN NEXT

Hello Everybody!

Unless you live on the moon, you know which season is this right? No, it's not just Christmas, it's PARTY SEASON!!!

I bet we are all there, browsing catalogues, magazines, online shopping websites, challenging our stylish self to find the perfect party frock for the most festive holidays of the year!

In the past two years, my "party dress radar" was completely offline, thanks to being 7 months pregnant first and far too overweight then. It has been a serious case of Asda novelty jumper and jeans..I still have nightmares about it and every single photographic evidence has been destroyed.

This year, well, I am, more or less, back in shape and it looks like my shopping is gonna be very special thanks, once again, to Manchester's fashion beating heart also known as Arndale.

The guys there have some serious plans with the event every Manchester's Blogger is talking about: The After Dark Event!

Basically, it works like that: each blogger has been assigned to a retailer present in the mall and has been kindly given a gift card to buy the perfect party dress.

On the 27th of November, after having our make up and hair done, all the chosen dresses will be unveiled and a special jury will decide pick the 10 most stylish outfit that will be displayed in the Arndale and there will be a competition for all the visitors to choose the best dress and win it!

It really sounds amazing to me, but it just got better and better when I found out my allocated retailer was NEXT (*insert applause please*) !!!

So, last Sunday, me and Michelle went to the Arndale with our special party outfit mission!

I was introduced by Next's personal shoppers into the dedicated changing rooms where I started to try all the clothes I had previously picked on the shop floor and, believe me, this was not easy at all: the selection of nice dresses is impressive, had it been for me, well, I would have probably spend all the week end there!

I am gonna show you everything I tried on (with all the links to Next website)...but I will not tell you which one I choose at the end!

That is gonna be a surprise I will unveil on the night of the After Dark event!


Before.....

....and after.



Some of the accessories I was given to try with the outfits.


 The Berry Lace Playsuit


Simple lace can turn into something very special and sophisticated with the right flattering design and this sultry colour.







The Navy Lace V Neck Dress

The design of this dress is so beautiful once tried on and the midi length and the dark navy colour make it very posh and elegant.








The Premium Sequin Maxi Dress

Move over Angelina, there are new legs waiting to be showed, this dress screams red carpet like no others...and did you see the back??







The Metallic Pleated Midi Skirt and the Embellished Hem Sweater

Any SATC fan will love this outfit. You seriously need to go in store and try the skirt, it's the most comfortable material ever and fits beautifully every shape.





The Metallic Bronze Skinny Jeans and the Fake Fur Cape

I felt a lot "Anna from the block" with this and I bet you have never seen a cape like that before.





The Stripe Sequin Dress

Sequin, lace, metallic, this dress it's a party itself!







Now, tell me, which one do you think I got???



Monday, 17 November 2014

CARGO COSMETICS EYESHADOWS PALETTE VINTAGE ESCAPE REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hello Darlings!

This post is a long overdue review about one of the best eyeshadows palettes I own.

I cannot actually believe it I did not share before the love I have for this little jewel.

Let me introduce the Cargo "Vintage Escape" palette.




I first spotted it last year during the Vogue Fashion Night Out in Debenhams where I notice the Cargo stand.


I recommend you a visit if you can, because you will probably end up asking yourself why you did not buy from this brand before.


Some nice eyeshadows and contour palettes caught my attention but then I eyed this palette and it was love at first sight.


Due to the other 374757 nude palettes I own, I decided not to buy it on the night, applying my rule of " if you are still thinking about it after one week, go and buy it".

Nether less to say, I got it and yes, it was a wise purchase.



It has just got the "wow" factor (you can tell what do I watch every Saturday night don't you?).

Perfect selection of matte and shimmer shades, 12 pans, incredible colour pay off,  long lasting effect and nice blendabilty make this palette so valuable.




The double ended brush is not bad at all, the angled side in particular is very accurate and precise.



I use it every other day, probably even more and it's what I use to do my fave smoky eyes look, that you can find here.



The black matte shade, "Black Crow" is one of the darkest and most opaque shadow I own, can be compared to Urban Decay's "Black out"; I quite often use it on the lower lash line on top of the black pencil ( I use normally Avon Super Shock Gel liner).



Hot Cocoa, Autumn and Chestnut are the perfect crease shades, my faveourite ones are Frolic, between a brown and a pewter colour, Rustic, a coppery brown and Crisp, very similar to Mac's Nylon.

Now I have got good news for you: I paid something like 35 quids for this but I spotted it on the Fragrance Direct website for £15 , super bargain and a good idea for a Christmas present if you wish and you can find it here.

I will talk to you very soon,

Night Night!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

DIARY OF A BORED BLOGGER # 5: MEMORIES FROM MADRID

Nonsense words and pictures from
 a blogger that should be probably
 be working, cooking, cleaning, but prefers just not to...

Oh my God, I have not done one of these blog post for ages!!!

Back in September I spend few days in Madrid.

It was not my first time there and I found myself once again, enjoying the beautiful buildings, relaxing in the Parco del Buen Retiro, holding my breath admiring Picasso's Guernica in the Reina Sophia's Museum.

Only disappointment was the fact Madrid, despite being a European capital and the fact we are in  2014, is one of the less child friendly place I have ever been: I am talking about no elevators in the metro stations, no changing facilities in public places-restaurants-tea rooms etc, disable access nowhere to be seen.

Enjoy the pictures!

El oso y el madroƱo de la Puerta del Sol


La Castellana


Reina Sophia Museum




Salvador D'Ali: Muchacha de Espaldas

Angelo Santos: Un mundo


Salvador D'Ali: The Invisible Man

Salvador D'Ali Still Life

Maruja Mallo la Verbena

Atocha


Parco del Buen Ritiro

Palacio Real


Churros!!!!


El Rastro vintage market