These Boots Were Made…

…well, for me.

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I’m sure that most posts about the Duo Boots event will include in there that this wasn’t really a brand I had heard too much about before, but it’s true, I hadn’t really looked at their offerings before. Honestly, I have no idea why I hadn’t looked, because I went to an event at the Bath store last month and wanted pretty much everything.

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I was invited along to meet the shoes…I mean the brand…at a blogger event where happily, it seemed like half of the regular #blogclub babes were in attendance! Laura and I hopped on a train to Bath after work, and went with SJ for a pre-event drink in Milsom Place before heading to the Bath store. Duo is actually a local company, starting 40 years ago in Bath, and are now based in Frome. The Bath store fitting room means people can go and get measured correctly to get a perfect pair for them, and we were treated to the full experience.

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We were all given a tag with our blog logos on, and when we found the boots of our dreams, we could pin our name on to join the boot tribes of ankle boots, knee highs and over knees. I was tempted by the Flore boots, but the Fader boots won me over with a chunky sole and classic style – I’ve been looking for a pair of knee highs for a while, but I’m so incredibly fussy that I could never find the right pair for me.

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At the end of the evening, the boots were totted up and the ankle boots had it with 60% of the attendees choosing a pair. 33% of us went for the knee highs, and 7% braved the over knee style.

Thank you so much Duo! My new boots are perfect for the sudden cold spell and are excellent for stomping about in the fallen leaves!

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KIS Bag

In standard acronym terms, KISS stands for keep it simple, stupid. In terms of this bag however, KIS stands for keep it safe.

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I was late night browsing Kickstarter (I totally pledged for this awesome water balloon Kickstarter) and spotted this on the Bristol page. I wouldn’t normally share Kickstarters (mostly because everyone already knows about the good ones before I get there) but I thought this was a really clever design and quite reasonably priced. Check out the video to see what all the fuss is about.

They currently have early bird bags available for £13 – if you’d like to find out more, head over to the Kickstarter page. I’ve gone for the pink swallows design, but the fox is pretty cute too! This would be such a useful bag for festivals – the design seems really obvious when you see it in the video, but I’ve never seen anything like it.

Disclaimer: I haven’t received anything, not even a press release, to blog about this – but I want the Kickstarter to succeed so I can buy a pretty cool bag!

Bath in Fashion 2014

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A glorious sunny day met us in Bath last Sunday for the Bath in Fashion bloggers preview day. We headed in to the beautiful Royal Crescent Hotel for a little tea and to hear about the events that will be going on this year.

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No filter needed…the sky really was this amazingly blue!

The events this year sound really exciting…here’s just a few of them to tempt you to head over to the West Country…

Sun 4 May

Tue 6 May

 Wed 7 May

Thu 8 May

 Sat 10 May

After finding out about all the fun coming up, me, AmieJessLily and Sophie teamed up and headed into Bath to try to find some outfits that would be suitable for some of this seasons hottest trends. I loved this floral dress from French Connection* – wouldn’t it be perfect for a wedding?

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Dashing about Bath can be quite tiring, so we headed back to the Fashion Museum, and checked out the latest exhibits.

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Bloggers, bloggers, everywhere and not a drop to dri..wait, that’s not right.

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The newest exhibit at the museum is “Georgians: Dress for Polite Society“. So interesting to see what sort of things people wore less than 200 years ago.

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It’s interesting to see how modern fashions take styles from the past as well – who expected to see a Bayswater in the museum? (Although wouldn’t a Mulberry exhibit be interested, especially with the local angle to it?)

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The Dress of the Year is one outfit chosen by someone in fashion that epitomises the past year in fashion – in 2014, it was chosen by Susie Lau from Style Bubble. There’s a lot that could be said here about how brilliant it is to have a blogger recognised in this way, but I’m sure you’ll hear that everywhere else!

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My favourite part of the museum is the dress up part. Last year, we didn’t get to dress up at all, so took advantage of the end of the day emptyness and had lots of fun! Those things are heavy though – carrying around the hoop skirts and all those layers are enough of a work-out on their own!

Will you be heading to Bath for any of the events? I need to get my calendar together with all these events!