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Skirt: Mango* | Top: Dorothy Perkins | Shoes : eBay | Bag: Mulberry | Glasses c/o Lensway

This weekend, I headed down to Cabot Circus to check out their 48 Hour Fashion Fix event. In the past, Cabot Circus has held fashion shows to show off the new season arrivals, but they have always been on a central stage – to shake things up, this year, the shows were outside the stores they were featuring, in a flash mob style event. I think this worked well, because it meant that people would be more likely to go into the store after the routine.

In place of the stages, there was a chance to win a handbag in Cabot Circus (which SJ managed to win!) and over in Quakers Friars was a big red beauty bus. SJ and I had a hand massage, checked out the new ranges at Nails Inc and were shown the latest products from Benefit. (We were too late to get a free eyebrow wax, sadly!) If only First offered this service on their buses – get on, and by the time you’ve reached the office, you’ve got your make up done and your eyebrows under control!

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After it was all over, we headed up to Piccolinos (which I’ve never been to before, but after trying the pizzas, I have to go back again soon!) and gossiped with a few glasses of fizzy wine – what a great end to the day!

Here’s a little video of one of the dance routines – all clothes in this video were from Dorothy Perkins and Burtons.

Bath in Fashion

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Last Sunday, I headed over to Bath in Grace’s car, squished in with Laura, SJ and Tara for a mystery tour of Bath. I know Bath reasonably well, my boyfriend used to live there, and I’ve been over enough to visit friends, but I only really knew the shops around Southgate which are just the usual high street shops.

We arrived a little early, so popped round the corner to a vintage tea room I’ve been to before and had a quick cuppa before heading to the Fashion Museum for…well, more tea and scones (and all the stuff that obviously goes with scones)

We heard about what’s going to be happening for Bath in Fashion, then had a quick peep at the actual Fashion Museum exhibit. Laura and I ended up playing with the hats…

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…I’m thinking of wearing a top hat more often. It seems like the Bristol thing to do.

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The dress of the year for 2011 – a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress from the White Dress Project, which was created as a cover for probably the most famous dress of the decade – Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.

We split into two groups – mine being the group I came with, woo! – and headed into town. We were taken to a few different independent shops, such as Prey, Magpie and Bear (where we all fell in love with Wookie, the resident dog!) and Little Lab where we were shown some of the latest technologies in makeup (which seems like an odd phrase, I know!) and introduced to brands that haven’t yet come over to the UK.

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SJ getting shown the airbrushing system which is normally used for foundations and other make up, but for this example, she’s getting a temporary tattoo on her wrist!

We headed to Jamie’s Deli in Milsom Place – just opposite the Jamie’s Italian, and the only deli in the company. Jamie’s Italian is headquartered in Bath, so this branch and the restaurant will try out the new recipes before they roll out around the country. We sampled some meats, cheeses and bread (YUM) and I ended up buying some to take home with me. We met up with the other group at Hall and Woodhouse, just off Queen Square, for a brew and a gossip about what we’d been up to. We were given goodie bags from Bath in Fashion and also Little Lab which were a lovely treat, and a special pass which will let us visit lots of places in Bath – there may be more posts about Bath in this blogs future!

Thank you to the lovely ladies from Bath in Fashion (and of course to Gina!) – I’m looking forward to the events in April!

(and finally, because I couldn’t fit it in anywhere, I had to share this shop with you…)

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Review: The Birdcage

You’ve probably heard me talking about the Birdcage recently, partly because it’s my favourite new find, but mostly because it’s going to be the venue for the South West Bloggers Christmas Party (what a mouthful!).

I’m not really sure how I heard about the Birdcage – the only thing I can remember seeing before I visited was Jo’s blog post about the cafe having vintage copies of Playboy around – but I checked out their website. The concept sounded quite interesting – not just a cafe, but with a vintage shop and bands on in the evenings, so I stored it away in my brain. When Niki came back to Bristol, I thought it would be a nice place to meet, since it is very central. I didn’t realise how perfect a venue for bloggers it was until I got there though!

With the tag line “Yesterday’s clothing, today’s coffee, tomorrow’s music”, I’m not sure I need to explain what it’s all about, but inside the former bank, there is a large seating area, with a little stage at the back of the room for the muscians that perform there, then to the side of the cafe area is a small – but perfectly formed – vintage shop. The Birdcage is managed by a former manager of the Motel Bristol store, so you know the vintage is bound to be a good selection, and not just the musty remaints of a charity shop, with a pricetag thats been inflated.

So, it looks good. That’s not really the important part of a cafe though, is it? Thankfully, the Birdcage doesn’t just look good, it tastes good as well. They’ve got a huge variety of teas available, served in pretty mismatched china, and also do the usual types of coffees and hot chocolates with all the different flavours (I believe they’re doing white hot chocolates at the moment, my favourite!). They have some beautiful (and according to Lyzi, delicious!) cupcakes, but surprisingly, I haven’t tried one yet – I had a toasted salmon and cream cheese bagel when I visited for lunch recently, which was yummy!

I can’t wait for SWBXmas – just a few more days to go!

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