Thursday, 28 April 2016

Love Niche presents: Cocktails, Canapés and Kaftans at Ramside, 11th May 2016...

Hello lovelies!

If you live in the North East of England, the weather can be pretty disappointing.  You may be contemplating your upcoming summer holiday and dreaming about some summer sun.  If so, this could be the perfect event for you!  Local fashion label Love Niche have teamed up with the fabulous Spa at Ramside in County Durham to offer a night of poolside summer indulgence to showcase the launch of their amazing bespoke kaftans as part of their new resort collection.  Can't wait to grab a cocktail and a sun lounger on the FROW?  This may just be the event for you.  For more information, check out their latest press release below:


COCKTAILS, CANAPÉS AND KAFTANS AT RAMSIDE

Wednesday 11th May, 2016

Photo copyright of Hannah Todd

One of the North East's top spa locations has joined forces with a leading regional fashion brand to host an exclusive evening of holiday glamour.

Newcastle-based Love Niche Studio will be packing up its suitcase for the night to host the exclusive Kool In The Kaftan event at the £8m Spa at Ramside at Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham, on May 11.

The event, which will be held by the pool at the Spa at Ramside, aims to showcase the Niche by Nisha Vedhara Resort range, which includes a kaftan collection designed exclusively at the brand’s Newcastle boutique.

Nisha Vedhara, the Indian-born entrepreneur and founder of Love Niche said: “With summer around the corner, we wanted to showcase our incredible kaftans to the fashion-conscious women of the North East - and the Spa at Ramside makes the perfect venue with its relaxing, luxurious setting.

“All of our kaftans are embellished by hand, made from the finest fabrics and they’re bespoke – meaning if guests spot a kaftan they like in the fashion show on the night, we can tailor one to their individual requirements.”

Guests on the night will be welcomed with canapés and cocktails before being seated on a sun lounger or in a beach pod to watch the fashion show, featuring the exclusive kaftan range. 

There will also be pop up boutiques and a Cabana selfie booth on the evening, with holiday glamour as the dress code for the evening.

“We’re delighted to be hosting such a brilliant event with Love Niche and hopefully our poolside venue, complete with a sun lounger FROW, will help get guests in the holiday mood,” said Jill Russell, Spa Director at the Spa at Ramside.

Tickets are priced from £25 to £100 and include admission, cocktail and canapésand a luxurious goodie bag. Tickets can only be purchased from the Spa at Ramside reception directly or by calling 0191 375 3088.

Many thanks to the people at Sorted PR for this press release.

Grab your tickets now for a very special evening!

Kay xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain At The Bowes Museum, Opening June 11th...


Hello lovelies!


You all know just how much I love the Bowes Museum, right?  Well, they've got an amazing exhibition opening soon for all of you shoe lovers out there.  That's right, the people at The Bowes Museum have landed another shoe-stopping spectacular (see what I did there?!) and the best part is, if you book before the end of April, there'll be no booking fee to pay! So hurry and get your tickets!

'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain' opens on Saturday 11th of June, and it's definitely worth a visit.  I know because I saw it at the V&A and it was out of this world! But after seeing the Vivienne Westwood Shoe Exhibition at The Bowes museum a few years ago, I think seeing it here will top my original viewing!  I've kindly been invited to visit and review the exhibition, but if you can't wait for my review, why don't you book your tickets now and see it for yourself?  I can't wait to see Cinderella's glass slipper!

You can read all about the exhibition in the museum's latest press release below (ticket links are included!)


SEX AND THE CITY MEETS CINDERELLA AT THE BOWES MUSEUM
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
11 June until 9 October 2016

Powerful? Practical? Crippling? Comfy? - whatever your taste in footwear it’s certain to be reflected in The Bowes Museum’s major summer exhibition.

The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, organised by the V&A, which opens on 11 June 2016.

Taking the themes of transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession, it features over 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, alongside fantasy footwear such as the Swarovski crystal Cinderella slipper created for the 2015 Disney movie, and the ballet shoes made for Moira Shearer as she danced to her death in the 1948 tearjerker The Red Shoes.

The famous feathered Jimmy Choo’s created for Carrie Bradshaw will also be on display, as will the Adidas ‘Brooklyn’ football boots sported by David Beckham, and Kylie Minogue’s ‘Tail Light’ sandals.

However, there are shoes worn by unknown people which are just as spectacular, which affirm the agony and the ecstasy of footwear throughout 2,000 years of history. Take the tiny Chinese Lotus shoes at just 7½ cm (3”) long, made for bound feet, exquisitely decorated with silk and sequins, excruciatingly painful yet still being produced in the early 20th Century. Among other fashionable footwear were chopines – a type of platform shoe popular in continental Europe from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Originally used as a protective overshoe, their loftiness reflected the importance of the wearer; the higher the chopine the higher the status, with some reaching almost impossible heights.

The exhibition also includes a pair of leather and suede platform heeled sandals, c 1945-49, worn by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who was patron of The Bowes Museum Friends for 40 years until her death in 2002, made by the prestigious UK company Rayne of London. 

Here Design, whose client list includes the V&A, Fortnum & Mason and Nigella Lawson, have been drafted in to design the exhibition at The Bowes Museum.

“They are high end London designers, and we are working with them to produce what we believe will be a fabulous interpretation of this subject,” said the Museum’s Keeper of Fashion & Textiles, Joanna Hashagen.   

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens on Saturday 11 June and runs until Sunday 9 October. Tickets are on sale NOW via the Museum’s website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk, where there is a direct line on the homepage and exhibitions page. They can also be purchased directly from ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/venueartist/453005/2206180. For those booking before the end of April the Museum will absorb the cost of the booking fee so there will be no additional charge to pay on top of the normal admission fee.


For images or further information about the exhibition contact Sheila Dixon, Media & PR Officer, The Bowes Museum, at sheila.dixon@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or on 01833 694616.

Many thanks to Sheila Dixon at The Bowes Museum for sending me this information and inviting me to review it

xxx

Sunday, 24 April 2016

#ARCHIVEBYALEXA ELIZA dress #OOTD

Hello lovelies!

I'm sorry, but I'm still talking about my new favourite thing EVER, my Eliza dress from the new #ArchiveByAlexa range at M&S.  If you haven't checked out my post about the full line, you can do here.  I'm not usually one for outfit posts, but really wanted to play in the spring sun with this one (please ignore my gorgeous pooch sneaking in on the shots!).  Thanks also to my friend Krissi for the shots she took of me at The Bridges Fashion week from the FROW.










Links to buy:

Dress, Archive by Alexa, £45 (here)
Shoes, Valentino dupes, eBay, £13.90 (here)

xxx

Friday, 22 April 2016

#BridgesFW The Bridges Fashion Week, Sunderland Thu 21st-Sun 24th April

Hello lovelies!

Last night I attended the launch of The Bridges Fashion Week.  For those of you unfamiliar with The Bridges, the shopping centre is based in Sunderland City Centre and houses the very best in retail, from Debenhams, Topshop, Lush, River Island and the recently renovated H 'n' M to name a few.

Bridges Fashion Week, or for those hashtag lovers amongst you #BridgesFW, started last night, and runs right up until Sunday (24th) with great giveaways, in-store offers and of course, fashion shows running every day.  I was lucky enough last night to get the VIP FROW treatment, through the kind people at Sorted PR and organisers from The Bridges.  Us bloggers were treated to Prosecco on arrival (although I was driving so had juice!), front row reservations for the show and a great goodie bag to bring home with us, which I have to say was pretty impressive (more on that later).

On the FROW....Wearing my Eliza dress, from Archive by Alexa for M&S
(thanks to my friend Krissi Simmons for her photography!)

The purpose of the fashion week is to showcase the latest in store arrivals for summer, lots for everyone to get their hands on.  The stores featured last night were Debenhams, Topshop, Van Mildert, Select and Primark.

The fabulous Kelly Scott from Heart breakfast did a great job of compering!

Debenhams






Topshop (check out the amazing rose-gold bomber jacket!)





Van Mildert





Select




Primark








If you're in Sunderland this weekend, check out Bridges Fashion Week.  Other stores will be showing their collections as well as the ones featured here.  There'll be something for everyone, so it's definitely worth a look!  Now to that goodie bag...thanks to the Bridges for the amazing gifts, especially the £10 gift card and the free parking-you just made it even easier for me to shop!!


If you do visit, make sure to upload your photos to @thebridgesshop on Twitter using the hashtag #BridgesFW

xxx


Thursday, 14 April 2016

#ARCHIVEBYALEXA..the new line from M&S and Alexa Chung...

Hello lovelies!


On the day that #IVYPARK, Beyonce's new sport-luxe line drops, I want to talk about a line of hidden gems that may have been a little overlooked.  I'm talking about Alexa Chung's latest collaboration with Marks and Spencer #ARCHIVEBYALEXA.  M&S has had quite the makeover over the past few years, with many more lines appealing to the modern working woman, thus shaking its former shackles of a being a place where only dear old ladies shopped for their wardrobe staples.  I love M&S, and as a massive Alexa fan, I was really excited to see what the collection had to offer.

Alexa visited the M&S archives in Leeds as her inspiration for the collection, taking the best of what she found and updating them with a modern twist for retail.  You can feel the history in the collection which has been inspired by everything from tea-towels, aprons and her Dad's old wooly jumpers.  What I should point out though, is that the whole collection is definitely quintessentially British.  Rightly so, Marks and Spencer is a British institution, so it feels only right that the collection should reflect that.

There were a few pieces that I had my eye on, and I have to confess I was sitting ready to buy at 9am yesterday when the collection initially launched.  I am a massive fan of the Victorian-style pie-crust shirt, in both blush pink and white (said to be inspired by Princess Diana) and an absolute snip at £35 (here).

The 'Harry' blouse, £35 (image taken from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/shopping/alexa-chung-marks-and-spencers-archive-collection/harry-top-351/)

I was a bit worried about how the high-neck would look on me though, so I went for the 'Eliza' dress instead, the piece I was most excited about! Said to be inspired by a 1950s apron, I just loved the paisley pattern and the shape of the dress.  I ordered an 8, but it's quite roomy so I think a 6 probably would've been fine too-but I love it and was so excited to collect it today!!

The 'Eliza' dress, £45

It's not often I'm a fan of celebrity collaborations, but if anyone knows style it's Alexa.  I love mixing vintage and new with my own wardrobe, what could be more fun than playing with the decades?!  I hope this is a start of a seasonal collection; I'm so excited to see what the next batch has to offer!

There's a really good piece about #ARCHIVEBYALEXA on Marks and Spencer's website here and you can also shop the full collection whilst you're there...it'd be rude not to!

Which were you're favourite pieces?

Until next time lovelies...I'm off to put together an outfit post!

xxx