Monthly Archives: October 2011

Something for The Weekend: Vintage Fashion Fair at Circomedia

Bristol Vintage Fair Oct 11

After a rubbish start to the week that included a nasty stomach bug and possible food poisoning, I’m now on the mend and looking forward to the weekend, thanks to the return of The Vintage Fair at Bristol’s Circomedia.

The Vintage Fair first graced Bristol with its presence back in January and now returns this weekend, bringing over 40 stalls, a vintage tea party and a vintage inspired pop-up hair salon to Portland Square.

Vintage stalls under stained glass windows at Circomedia

Vintage stalls under stained glass windows at Circomedia

If January’s event is anything to go by, Circomedia will be buzzing with Bristol fashionistas this Saturday so if you want the pick of the stalls my advice is to arrive early. Polka dot playsuits and cream pleated dresses were the order of the day last time but this time I’ll be on the hunt for chunky knit jumpers, leather satchels and perhaps a wool coat to stave off the increasingly chilly weather.

The event is made up of several different stalls and businesses so prices vary, but vintage accessories can be picked up for as little as £5, divine cupcakes are around £2 (look out for the red velvet ones, nom!) and retro make-up and hairstyles can be yours for as little as £8 but slots are booking up fast. For more info on the pop-up salon check out The Vintage Fair Facebook page.

If you can’t make it this weekend fear not – The Vintage Fair visits cities across the country throughout the year, including Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds.

The Vintage Fair at Circomedia, Portland Square, Saturday 22nd October, 12-5pm. £2 entry or £1 for students and OAPs. For more info see The Bristol Vintage Fair Facebook page.

A little less conversation, a little more action please

Benefit's They're Real mascara

I feel like I’m going through a bit of a beauty revolution at the moment, what with losing my lipstick virginity and now this recent discovery – mascara that actually works. I’ve been a huge Benefit fan since a uni trip to New York where the pretty packaging, a friendly make-up artist and a temporary loss of senses led me to spending half my student loan on scrubs, glosses, mascara and everything in-between.

My Benefit make-up collection

My Benefit make-up collection

Since then my costly love affair has been satisfied by Christmas presents (thanks Mum) and magazine samples (thanks Glamour!) and my mascara of choice has been Benefit’s Bad Gal. It does the job but to be honest I’ve never understood what friends and fashion magazines were banging on about when a new mascara launched. I despise the television ads, most of which use ‘post production enhancement’ or ‘dramatisations’ to make inflated claims. Of course I would like darker, thicker, longer lashes as much as the next girl but it’s never been that high on my to-do list.

So when I was accosted in the beauty department of Oxford Street’s Debenhams by Benefit make-up artist Charity, I was surprised to find the US cosmetics brand’s latest mascara offering, They’re Real, actually lives up to its claims.

Advertised as a ‘beyond belief mascara’ They’re Real promises to increase curl, length and volume without smudging or drying out. These are common claims for most mascaras which often translates to clumpy, spider-like lashes – while this look might be in-keeping with this season’s 60s trend I prefer more natural looking lashes.

Just one coat of Benefit’s They’re Real gave me long, realistic but enhanced lashes and two or three coats gives  a very ‘va-va-voom’ look perfect for a more dramatic look. The wand has a rounded end which allows you to work the mascara into your corner lashes and the ‘no smudge’ claims were true – it took ages to remove the stuff with my usual make-up wipes.

I’d post a piccy on here but I’ don’t think I’d do the shiny tube of wonderstuff justice so here is another review by Sarah from I Heart Cosmetics. Do you have a mascara that rivals They’re Real? If so let me know by posting a comment below.

Calling all students…

Cabot Circus student takeover Oct 2011

If you haven’t already spent your student loan on drinking cider at The Apple (mmm, cider…) or sampling Park Street’s independent boutiques then get yourself down to Cabot Circus this evening for The Big Student Takeover.

Kicking off at the post-lectures time of 5.30pm, the event promises nearly three hours of discounts and bargains from the likes of Garment Quarter (10% off Vivienne Westwood!), New Look, Topshop and American Apparel. Shopping is hungry work so luckily several cafes and restaurants are offering discounts too so there is no need to miss out on dinner in the name of shopping.

You can find out more by visiting Facebook  or the Cabot Circus website but if you want to bag a bargain tonight don’t forget to bring your student ID – this year to take part in the event you will need to sign up at Quakers Friars FIRST, showing a current student or NUS card to receive your free discounts pass.

What a difference a day makes…

…twenty four little hours. That’s all it takes for a heatwave to turn into a blustery, cold and downright miserable day. After a deliciously hot journey to London last week, I awoke the next morning to a rather murky looking south east London that made a mockery of my red Zara skater skirt and mustard yellow Primark vest.

Fast forward a few days and it’s all jumpers and boots in a bid to shrug off the cold weather. I’ve been living in my Mango chinos and nautical stripy knit jumper from Primark this week but I’m already on the look out for The Winter Coat. This year The Coat could be a trench, a tailored wool number or a brightly coloured 60s pea coat. So long as it keeps me warm I’ll be happy but for now, as I can’t let go of our belated British summer I thought I would post some pictures of London at sunset, instead of heavy winter coats. Enjoy!

The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London

Trafalgar Square at sunset

Trafalgar Square at sunset

The London Eye

The view across the river: The London Eye

Big Ben!

Big Ben!

Hello Sunshine!

Monsoon mini skirt and George at Asda blouse

Wow! What a weekend – I hope you all enjoyed the fantastic autumnal (?!) weather as much as I did. Just the sight of people strolling around in their shorts and sunnies, maxi dresses and strappy tops was enough to put a smile on my face.

I spent most of the weekend wearing as little as possible but on Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Mango launch party at Cabot Circus. Despite taking metallic knitwear, evening dresses and blazers into the changing rooms, I managed to restrain myself at the till, leaving with a pair of straight-legged chinos.

The fabric has a slight sheen to it which I’m hoping will fade in the wash – silly as it sounds I don’t like that this sheen makes the trousers look so squeaky clean and brand new. Along with my purchase I also bagged a lovely Mango tote, packed full of discounts and, the best bit, sweets : ) After checking out Mango I found myself drawn in to Monsoon’s mid-season sale. I thought I would find and fall in love with the dandelion yellow skirt I saw at the Cabot Circus Fashion Weekender but instead I walked away with the skirt you can see in the photo above.

This ottoman A-line mini skirt is from Monsoon’s Fusion range (aimed at a younger Monsoon customer) and I just love the chunky white embroidery around the hem and pockets. Thanks to the sale it was half price – a bargain at £20! I’ve paired it with another cheeky purchase – a sheer navy blouse from George at Asda. I have mixed feelings about supermarket collections but after nipping in to look for the A/W11 Barbara Hulanicki capsule collection I came across this blouse.

I’m going through a Audrey Hepburn phase at the moment and could instantly picture the blouse with a pair of denim roll ups (or even capris) and ballet pumps. I also thought it looked rather similar to this blouse I found at The Kooples – Park Street’s newest resident – so was delighted when I discovered it was a fraction of the price at £14. The embroidered dots (on closer inspection these are actually very small squares) also give a nod to the polka dot trend that is currently an A/W11 fashionista favourite.

I’m off to London today so hopefully the weather will be just as cracking there as it has been this weekend in Brizzle. What did you wear this weekend? Are you loving this Indian summer or looking forward to when you can get back in to your A/W gear?

Mango chinos

Mango chinos bought at the launch event last Thursday

Mango chino details

Mango chino details - double buttoned front

my lovely new Mango tote bag

Mango tote goody bag

Monsoon black and white skirt

Monsoon Fusion black and white embroidered skirt

George at Asda navy sheer blouse

George at Asda navy sheer blouse - a subtle nod to the polka dot trend