Bath in Fashion 2016

Every year, Bath in Fashion puts on various events around the city and for the third year (check out the posts from 2013 and 2014 here), I was invited to go on their bloggers preview day to see what various retailers would be doing.

First though, we got to check out the new exhibit at the Fashion Museum, A History of Fashion in 100 Items. It only opened on the 19th, so we were one of the first groups who got to see the new exhibit. It’s another excellent exhibit, taking you from the early 1600’s to the present day. Here are a few pics from the exhibit, but you must go and see it for yourself!

Open and closed robes from the 1700's. Beautiful patterns. #bifloves

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This is a day dress from 1865 – crazy to think this was considered casual #bifloves

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I would wear this Dior dress now #bifloves

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After a bit of lunch at the museum (and a very messy muffin!), we split up into teams and went around the city hunting out items that showed off some of the latest trends. I was with Josephine, Kate and Clair as Team Rhodes (since Zandra Rhodes is going to be giving a talk at Bath in Fashion), and our task was to find tailored, fringed and tassled items. I found it much easier to find the tailored items, since that’s the sort of style I normally go for! We visited so many lush stores, but in order, we hit up Hobbs, Chanii B, Ezza, Phase Eight, Joules, Seasalt, Crew Clothing, Flock and Next.
Click on the images in the grid below to go to the Instagram pages for each item…

Shoe from Chanii B Shoes Leather bags at Ezza Dress, necklace and bag from Phase Eight Jacket and dress from Joules Shoes from Seasalt Cornwall Short and jumper from Crew Clothing Jacket and necklace from East Necklaces from Next


After hunting down lots of gorgeous items (and creating a bit of a wishlist!), we headed to Jollys (which is actually a House of Fraser) for a makeover with Nars then we were let loose in the store to find items to try on. It’s pretty rare for me to go and try clothes on when I’m actually looking for something, but even more so when I’m not looking for something in particular, so I thought I’d try things I wouldn’t normally go for. I loved this jumpsuit from Phase Eight – it was so comfortable! I also tried on this pleated dress from Biba and a pretty pink dress which I think was from Phase Eight again, but I can’t find that on the House of Fraser website!

We ended the day with cocktails at Be At One and some amazing goodie bags (I especially love the cashmere handwarmers from Brora and the glasses/phone case from Chanii B – I’m wearing the handwarmers now, and the case is great for finding my phone in my bag!)

Bath in Fashion is from 18th – 24th April and there are events for everyone – from watching Breakfast at Tiffanys to craft beer tasting at Hunter and Sons to a wearable technology masterclass (which sounds seriously interesting!). You can see all the events on the site here. Thank you to the Bath in Fashion team – it was such a fun filled day!

Ice & Pies

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Last Friday, after a few drinks after work, I headed out for a blogger event with Visit Bristol which was showing off some of the fun awesome things you can do in the city this year. We had dinner at Pieminister first, before heading to the skating ring at @t Bristol – two of my favourite things to do in the city!

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Pieminister have four different pies available over the Christmas period – Deer Santa, Mistle Moo, Christingle and Three Kings. Me and Victoria went for the Three Kings pie – an open top pie with turkey, bacon, chestnut and parsnips topped with bread sauce and cranberries, which was served with Pieminister’s amazing mash, mushy peas, gravy, onions and cheese. It was so amazing, we had to take a selfie with our plates. (Piefie?) If you’ve never made it to either the St Nicks or Stokes Croft branches, put it on your to-do list immediately!

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It also happened to be the Christmas light switch on at St Nicks Market so we snuggled in the Pieminister shop, listening to the live music (on top of the smoothie bar!) and cheered along with the crowds when the Bristol legend, Big Jeff, turned on the lights.

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A short walk later and we were over at Millenium Square, where the rink had been set up. It’s a slightly different layout to last time I went – not sure whether the rink is bigger, but it’s plenty big enough for a few bloggers to shuffle around (and avoid the drunk bloke who was trying to throw himself into everyone and everything)

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(What if they had special movie showings on this screen while you skated?)

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(Sorry Sophie! This photo keeps making me laugh!)

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Tara, me, Sophie and Dulcie taking a ton of selfies while trying not to fall over!

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Who’s up for another trip to the ice skating rink soon? It’s open until 5th Jan, so there’s totally time for a few visits after work!

A Catch Up Over Chicken

Things have gotten really busy lately. Turning 32 last month kinda caused a little panic and I’ve ended up signing up to do my CIMA certificate (I only have one module to do to get the certificate, then I can start CIMA properly. Why did I wait so long to do this!), I’ve started going to the gym again (which I forgot that I really enjoy, and especially when I have a colleague come with me after work!), I’m seeing a personal trainer twice a week (which is actually awesome – when I went to the gym previously, I just went on the treadmill, cross trainer or bike – now I get to do weights!) oh, and there was a house purchase in the middle too. Blogging has taken a further back seat than before and meeting up with everyone is even further back!

TGI Fridays offered me some vouchers to head over to the Cabot Circus branch which seemed like a great opportunity to catch up with Sophie and spend lots of time talking about, well, everything.

We had a great waitress (who didn’t mind tooooooo much that we spent more time gossiping than choosing our order…!) who brought over our first cocktails – a classic mojito for Sophie and a “skinny” blackberry margarita for me – apparently, with less than 100 calories, but this just meant it was a little less sweet than normal – still very easy to drink!

Neither of us had been to TGI’s very much in the past few years, so we both ended up going for fajitas – I went for the Jack Daniel’s crispy duck, and Soph went for blackened chicken. We also chose a portion of sweet potato fries which disappeared quickly (more places should have them as a side dish!), and the Texan Toothpicks which were…interesting. They were like thin pieces of onion and chilli that had been deep fried – they’d be great as a topping to a burger, but weren’t the best side dish.

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The rest of the meal was delicious though! Probably the only time we stopped talking was to eat – my duck was much larger than expected (I expected a breast but it seemed like half a duck!) which came with a little pot of my favourite JD sauce (when I worked for a chain owned by the same company, I’d use my staff card to persuade the waiters to bring a jug of the sauce with my meal!) and came with cucumber and spring onions. Sophie’s blackened chicken looked just as delicious with a salsa on the side and the usual dips you’d expect with fajitas.

After dinner, I went for a royaltini which has raspberry vodka, blackberries, apple juice and a bit of fizz and Sophie went for another mojito while we carried on talking about literally everything in the world. I know that some people dislike chains but I think they have a place for meals where you need to cater for lots of different people and with the vouchers and deals that are around, they make an easy place to get together with friends.

Thank you TGI’s – I need to come back soon to tackle the Warrior again!

I was provided with vouchers to visit TGI Fridays Cabot Circus. This post has not been reviewed by the brand or PR company, and no links were requested as part of the review. All links provided are to make the post more useful!