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So pleased to announce that I have just clicked “Launch” on my new lifestyle blog.
The site is brand new redesigned but with the same focus.
I’d love for you to head over there and have a read – it’s obviously very new and will be growing over the next weeks and months with some of the finer details.
I really hope you like it I’ll be blogging about the regular fashion and shopping stuff but also introducing a little more health and beauty stuff and a life section.
I will be posting on that site from now on but for a short time will pop up some links on here for people to be able to find it.
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I will be re-configuring my newsletter and things too so keep an eye out and let me know what you think too!!! I really want to hear!!!
Those of you who follow me on either my blog or my personal social media accounts will no doubt know there are some big changes coming up for me in the coming months and that in extension there will be some changes brought to Style Me Up.
I have been blogging since 2010 with some peaks and troughs as life happened.
I have seen significant, if not dramatic changes in my life since then and I have changed and grown so much I can honestly say I am not the same person.
I lost my younger sister, started a new church after all of my life in one. I started a new job leaving my organisation after 12 years. The journey in my new church has been a one of discovery and like I said earlier, growth and change. I have learnt a lot about value and worth and priorities. I have moved away from some bad habits and developed some new, healthier ones. I am not the same person I was 5 years ago.
For a while now I have been deciding what to do with Style Me Up. I miss blogging but have not been able to give it the time and dedication it needs, at the same time, more and more I have been posting things moving away slightly from the fashion / shopping element I had originally designed the blog for and I don’t feel the blog is a representation of who I am.
I have recently taken the decision to leave my full time job with the public sector and take an exit package. I am very excited about my new chapter it is a huge opportunity and will give me margin in way of time and money to assess my options and opportunities!!!
My plans are fluid – they include volunteering with church or maybe a charity and doing some training. Then we will see what opportunities there are and what kind of work I fancy finding myself! In the meantime I will be blogging again but will be making some changes.
Style Me Up will evolve and will change name and there will be a site redesign, which I have to say I am very excited about! At the moment I am spending lots of time planning and working out the technicalities (despite working in IT this web hosting thing confuses me!). There will possibly be changes to social media and things but I will keep you informed and would love for you to join me on the journey! I am excited for you to see the new site and be a part of it.
Lots of love
TOWIE star and Michelle Keegans sister in law Jessica Wright is set to launch her new footwear.
Available from 19th August the range features 25 styles including courts and boots. Prices will range from £54-70 and the collection will be available online from www.jessicawrightfootwear.co.uk. and houseoffraser.co.uk as well as at Lipsy and other select independent retailers.
Well, that was quite a morning! Glad I told the office it would be lunchtime before I would be in.
I’d like to think I made a shopper of my mum although she denied feeling exhilarated at the end and said she was exhausted!
It started at 8.30 when I logged my laptop into the website and found the position of everything.
8.45 mum arrives – I show her the site, position of items and which ones I want. I decide it’s either the knit dress or the knit skirt and not both. I also decide either the scuba dress or the fitted dress and if possible the reflective leggings.
9.00 no buy button of any kind on my iPad and phone there was a circle of death –
9.03 desperate for the knit dress I click refresh on the laptop to enable a “buy” button
Ok I kinda expected this I quickly tell mum not to refresh on the iPad and get the other iPad connected to my wifi
From this point on until about 10.15 we had this page and the circle of death!
There were some amusing moments – if a screen became available for a quick flash mum would get rather excited – mum telling me it was rather bad business and a stern email to H&M was needed (how cute!) and her sheer frustration at how she had expected to be home or at least on the way by 10.30! She even came up with the idea of using the smart TV!
We tried that….
Anyway after 10.15 things started looking up! I had already been on Twitter (for a rant!) to establish how the ground lay and was assuming everyone else had been in the same boat so we were working on once people had got what they want server capacity might free up! (Pretending here I didn’t use Twitter advise IT staff in H&M what training they should do *blushes*)
Sure enough the site started allowing us online and even into out items! Although that became even more frustrating because we couldn’t select the drop downs!
At one point we had three different orders in three different devices, we had mums details and credit card and mine and I was texting my brother to have his details! Frequently we would get to the next stage after five, ten or even more minutes of refreshing the “try again” message mum would throw which ever device it was to me as I’m a quicker typer!
It was so amusing when every order or every device was on a try again page we kept having to remind each other – that’s the dress we are at payment stage – that’s the leggings we are entering the address!
To finish the long story … I didn’t get the must have amazing knit dress or skirt however I did manage to score two dresses (both the scuba and the fitted dress) and the reflective leggings. There was quite sometime between the first order and the second and yes I did progress each order as a separate one because having things in your basket didn’t reserve them.
What I will say about H&M is that I was only charged shipping on first order the second and third orders (both ended up being on my account just because of the device we were using) were not charged shipping I assume all items will be posted together. That is a really good idea and as much as they don’t seem to have mastered their technical capability and capacity that is a plus point that people should really recognise!
In the end three devices had the amazing knit dress on, two of them had it in the basket and we were heading to order them under my mums and my brothers account and then it stopped and they were sold out
Disappointing but the other items are amazing and I can’t wait till they arrive!
Here are the items I ended up purchasing
I am really disappointed for people who didn’t get anything and more so because of the eBay hoarders by 9.30 items were already on eBay for hugely inflated prices. I will say my purchases were and are for me. Yes I was going to use mums account to get items but there were same size and for me.
I really hope the small percentage of the country (and all the millions of people in London) who could queue at a store managed to get a decent time-slot and grab what you want!
Another Colab from H&M brings, in my opinion one of the most exciting! Taper that excitement a little as the business peeps at H&M have decided it’s only going in flagship stores and online (with the acknowledgment the website will likely crash!)
For a month or more now we’ve been seeing the look book pics and if you’re at all like me searching the hashtag #AlexanderWangHM and the Google news feeds for the official rules.
That was hard going usually there are new items and blog posts detailing the rules it was only last week the Telegraph posted details about online rules and to get clarification I needed to contact H&M on their website.
It really seems strange to me they are excluding so much of the country genuinely, people queue and we do so anywhere and we do so from unearthly hours in the morning! (My Jimmy Choo shoes crippled me but we’re so worth it and the jewellery, still to this day gets comments every time I wear it!!!)
Anyway my confusion and unimpressed attitude will subside tomorrow morning when my fav mum arrives at my house to help me online ordering the pieces I want! Another bug bear… I do want these … For me … To wear! I am not a lets queue, let’s buy as many as I can and then flog them. I haven’t done that when I collected my YSL and Dior make-up charms and won’t be for the designer colabs either! Anyhow lol mum is coming over we are logging on and aiming to get the pieces I’d like.
Apologies for the images below they are screenshots from my iPhone (images from telegraph.co.uk originally)
But these are the pieces I’m looking for and hoping to buy.
These boots are amazing similar to some from a 2010 collection but at £149.99 am not likely to be buying them.
If any of you have seen my Karen Millen posts or know me in person you will know I’m partial to knit dresses and that one I just love. The only problem I can see there being is how quick the branded stuff will go! My other choice if I don’t get the dress is the skirt below that’s a bargain at £34.99 I think I will try for one item and mum the other to make sure I get one of them!!!
The price points I’ve seen on the dresses (all of which are nice) go from £39.99 to £59.99 so there are others I will look to get as well.
So … That’s the action plan. They are the key pieces I’m hoping to get (possibly along with some metallic leggings!). I am going to try and be calm and not rage when the website crashes and when their stock (which I have a feeling they have less of than usual hence online rather than store availability!) sells out.
I shall report back if I am successful! To anyone attempting in store or online I honestly wish you luck hope you get the pieces you want. I half hope this comes back to bite the powers that be in the bum so next time we can have half a chance at getting the pieces!
If you’re trying for anything drop me a commented to what you’re hoping to get or drop by tomorrow when you’ve successfully ordered – I’d love to hear and promise not to be jealous!
So yesterday was my birthday and one of my gifts was the beautiful Alexa Hearts Nails Inc collection.
After recently following @nailsartcentral on Instagram I had loads of ideas so wanted to put them all to use!
The main Colours are Alexa Edit Night Sky and Alexa Stars along with Nails Inc Shepherds Market. I also used some nail art striping tape I got from ebay. Along with Chelsea Bridge base and top coat.
If any of you follow me on social media (and haven’t muted or unfollowed due to excessive use!) you will no doubt have heard of The Friendly Development Charity and their Beautiful Is ___ Campaign.
The friendly development charity
is a relatively new charity based in the North East, working with people to see an increase in their confidence & self worth which will impact their lives. They write and deliver personal development programmes in schools and communities.
Their positive body image campaign called ‘Beautiful is ___.’ is already gaining great support and most importantly making a wonderful impact on the confidence and self worth of young girls and women.
I read an amazing blog post this week from the founder Emma Oliver and had the pleasure of buying my first Beautiful is ___ T Shirt!
You can read Emma’s post here, and please do so! It explains the thoughts behind the T Shirts for the campaign.
The T Shirts went on sale this week on the Beautiful is ___ instagram page.
I saw this one, ordered it and received it last night!
When the T’s arrive you will notice the amazing packaging they come in making it a lovely treat. There is a handwritten tag and an explanation about HOPE!
These T’s are not just a way to raise awareness and start a conversation they do so much more than that!!! Please follow the charity and the campaign on their social media sites and get involved!!!
So last week was it … London Fashion Week was on and I was in London town!!! Alas I was doing my day job in an office talking about IT, suppliers and projects and not discussing the best catwalk show, whether Tom Ford has started redeeming himself (in my opinion ha) or which hair and makeup was the best combo! Last week was however the week when the fab people at Label M contacted me to let me know I was a winner in their competition and bagged myself a pair of tickets to London Fashion Weekend (LFWend), a Fashion Fix style and Label M goodie bag each!!!
Having previously been looking at LFWend tickets but unable to get anyone to come with, I was obviously ecstatic, and, having just this year, undergone a bit of a hair transformation at Toni & Guy, making them and Label M one of my go to brands, I was really looking forward to the experience.
My friend Holly and I turned up at Somerset House and called my contact – the lovely Alex. She welcomed us and gave us some Prosecco (a completely cute individual bottle!) and we went to visit the Label M blow out bar!!!
As my hair is now in a fab (if I do say so myself!) pixie crop, I couldn’t get a fashion fix style but the girls willing styled my hair for me while we sat and chatted supping Prosecco. For those of you not sure a Fashion Fix style lasts 30 minutes costs £25 (£20 at LFWend) and is a catwalk ready style!
My friend chose the “pretty in punk” which is amazing and definitely would be the one I’d choose.
Alex came back with our AMAZING goodie bags and also we got two products each – over the moon with that as Label M Sea Salt spray is my “can’t live without” staple at the moment and the Texturising Volume Spray allows me to be uber lazy, not wash my hair and race out the door looking like I’ve spent hours on my hair!!! My Goodie bag even contained the brand new Pliable Definer which was launched through London Fashion Week.
We then proceeded, obviously,to the shops!!!
I absolutely loved the variety and range, and the chance to see some high fashion designer labels I wouldn’t usually see. There were unknown labels as well and any type of style you fancy!!!
Some of our favourites were:
Lucy Coi London – amazing shoes
The Ragged Priest – fantastic pairs of jeans
Never Fully Dressed – Holly’s firm favourite I’m expecting to see feather jackets and jumpsuits on her soon (in every colour)!!!
Versace – need we say more!!! – there was quite a collection including an amazing white skirt for the bargain price of £50! (check it out on Holly in the pics!)
I saw an absolutely stunning Just Cavalli clutch bag that I managed to resist (although do have some minor regret over that decision!) It was way cheaper than the fabulous Sass and Bide jumpsuit that I resisted due to its £550 price tag lol
After walking around the beautiful building and exhausting everything, including the seriously discounted St Tropez shop, we stopped off for a bite to eat at Toms kitchen Deli, I am now on a mission to make myself green bean, basil and almond salad which was completely delicious (prior to my equally delicious Victoria sponge lol)
We did one more quick stop off, a second visit to the jewellery in case I changed my mind, and then went to say goodbye to Alex. Her and the Label M team hosted us very well and really made our day being so generous.
I loved the experience. I would, next time, prepare in advance and take a fair bit of money so I could treat myself – the discounts on some of the brands were really substantial! I can imagine if you were in the customer base who wears Versace, Cavalli and Lulu Guinness as daily staples you would actually just use LFWend as your season stock up!!!
A fab day, Holly and I are so grateful for and we would both definitely, definitely come again!!!
Check out a few pics below:
Big Thanks Label M and to gorgeous Holly for accompanying me and allowing me to post her pics on my blog!
I saw a fab T in an instagram post the other day and had a quick look at their website, I’m thinking of ordering one especially as they support The A21 Campaign.
Anna Seven started by two twins in london in 2012. “As they create and sell cool and meaningful clothing, they choose to give a percentage to the A21 campaign aiming to abolish modern day slavery; which they feel is a big part of what their brand represents.”
“Thou Shalt Stay Fly” is also a pretty cool one – I think I’d rather the black – they are available in black, white or grey.
They also have tote bag and iphone covers in the same designs as the T’s.
Head on over there and check them out!