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!

New Years Resolutions 2016

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Previous years: 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

I never used to do new years resolutions, but once I started writing them down here, it’s like you have to at least try to do them, and not set ridiculous ones that you’re bound to fail. I couldn’t care less whether other bloggers have posted these posts, because honestly, this is more for me than you.

So, as always, a recap of the previous ones…

  • Organise more blogging events
    I’m not unhappy about the amount of #blogclub events that we held this year, but we could have done more (maybe). The events that we did hold were pretty amazing though – we’ve worked with some excellent companies to hold the events, and I hope we can continue that sort of thing!
  • Exercise
    I cycled quite a bit on my Turbo (wich is a thing that turns a normal bike into an exercise one) but when it came to actually going outside on the bike, I was afraid! I stopped exercising for a bit after a flare up with my back but then started seeing a personal trainer in August. So, I guess this one is checked off?
  • Blog more
    hahahhahahaah no.
  • Develop Bonjour, Blogger! further
    Hm. Not especially?
  • Networking
    Nope. Not doing too well on this list, am I?

So in 2016, I’m thinking…

  • Build my strength more
    One of the things that I’ve been surprised by with seeing a PT is that I really enjoy the weights and strength work that we’ve done. I love that I can now leg press over 220lbs, I had forgotten that I really enjoy going to the gym (I KNOW) and I’ve found that exercise has helped with my pain issues.  I’d like to build up my arms a bit more so I can carry more shopping
  • Look after myself more
    I’ve always been crap at this. I will keep working through the lurgy and with my back problems, I would just keep taking the stronger and stronger painkillers. Except that wasn’t the best thing because the painkillers meant that 2015 is pretty hazy tbh – the year just passed me by and I don’t feel like I achieved or even did anything, you know? The exercise has helped me stop taking the painkillers, and I have regular appointments with a physio which also helps.
    I also want to keep more on top of beauty stuff – I am terrible for waiting months for a hair cut or an eyebrow thread and I never get my nails done, but it’s silly, because those things make me feel better about how I look. So maybe I should do them more?
  • Study!
    One thing that did happen in 2015 is that I got promoted. Which is kinda cool, y’know, but I felt like I needed to be doing something else as well. I signed up to study CIMA but I’ve been a bit crap at studying and just general time stuff. I want to at least get my CIMA certificate this year (I only have one module to do, so in theory it’s not that hard to do.)
  • Blog, but organically
    You guys use Timehop, right? It’s amazing, embarrassing, hilarious and ridiculous all at the same time. Since I connected my Twitter account to it, I keep getting the old tweets where my blog auto posted, and the things I’ve noticed about the posts from 5-6 years ago is that they were organic, for lack of a better word. I would see something I liked, snap a picture with my iPhone 3G (retro!) and write about it. I miss that, and I think it’s one of the reasons many of the older bloggers around have been considering quitting lately. It’s amazing how blogging has grown into such an industry, but it’s nice to go back to how it started when we enjoyed writing nonsense.
    (I’ve been trying out these sort of posts with my last few and it was nice to just post for the sake of it, not because I felt like I had to)
  • Something something Bonjour, Blogger!
    Around the time I started seeing my personal trainer, and my birthday, and all the other things, I had a blog wobble, where you see someone else copying something that you did ages ago and they’re getting all the praise for it and you’re like “fuck, is there even a point to doing this?”
    So, I pretty much quit posting on the site for the year.
    I’ve missed it though, and I’m going to relaunch the site tomorrow – new layout, a less crazy posting schedule (every day was a little ridiculous, let’s be honest) and less pressure on myself. The numbers visiting haven’t dropped that much, so I know that daily posting isn’t as beneficial to the site as me getting extra sleep is ;)
  • Stop saving for best
    I am terrible for buying things and then not using them because I’m saving them for best. Except that’s pretty bloody stupid when its a face wash or a perfume I like. I am trying to get into the habit of not hording so much and using things I buy, but it’s more difficult that you’d expect!

If you’re using the new year as a reason to kick start your own personal to-do lists, yay! I hope you achieve everything you want to!
If you’re not setting any resolutions, I’m glad for that as well!

The Best Nail Varnish

Whenever I paint my nails, it’s kinda pointless, because I just know that the nail varnish is going to chip off within 12 hours. Even if I go to bed with perfect nails, I’ll wake up and nothing will be left.

But then I found a brand that works for me, and I have pretty perfect nails for a few days.

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There’s a ton of colours, and the colours have a base coat built in (although I like to use China Glaze base coat) then you use the top coat to lock it all in.

Boots sells it for £7 a bottle, but it’s usually on a 3 for 2 offer