Monday, 21 May 2018

An evening with In the Frow @ Fenwick, Newcastle

Hello lovelies!

I hope you've all had a marvellous weekend!

Although I've been blogging for a long time, I don't really have much free time to read other blogs but I try to when I can.  I'm a massive fan of fashion bloggers, and my three favourites that I always try to catch up on are Sofie Valkiers' Fashionata, Garance Doré's Atelier Doré and of course the wonderful Victoria Magrath's In the Frow.  When I heard that Victoria was coming to chat fashion at Fenwick, Newcastle, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get together with my blogging bestie Krissi for a fun fashion-filled evening, with a side of Prosecco!

Arriving at Fenwick, Newcastle

We were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and a goodie bag, and took our seats in the glamorous  French Salon to await Victoria's arrival.  Interviewed by head womenswear buyer at Fenwick Newcastle, Catherine Newton, Victoria arrived wearing the most fabulous Ganni dress and Dior shoes, she looked very chic!  Catherine and Victoria talked us through nine looks available at the French Salon, perfectly put together for summer events to give us ladies some fashion inspiration (I'll include links to all underneath the photos).

Victoria wore a Ganni dress and Dior shoes-I'm so in love with the shoes!

The first look of the evening was this beautiful Self-Portrait star mesh midi dress.  Perfect for a summer wedding, this dress is simply breathtaking.  The black ribbons give it more depth, so it would look equally as chic with black heels, or dressed down with a leather jacket.  I'm planning to get married next August and have bought a non-bridal Needle and Thread dress for the occasion, but after seeing this beauty, I may need to rethink my look!!

 Rixo London, Space Age Floral, £315 paired with Michael Kors bag

The second look came from Rixo London, and offered a lot of versatility, as accessories could be matched to any of the colours in the dress' detailing.  Victoria and Catherine chose these amazing electric blue accessories, giving a fun and summery twist to the look.  I loved this dress so much!

Look three, was another from Self-Portrait, this beautiful mini lace V-neck.  I'm a real lover of all things navy, so I absolutely adore this dress.  The days of not being able to wear dark colours for summer weddings are officially over!  Perfect for long, slender pins!

 Rixo London, £304.99 (Jules B)
Look four was another Rixo dress, this time full of vibrant colours perfect for summer, but paired down with black accessories for a more chic look.  Imagine how good this would look with a black Chanel 2.55 swinging from your arm?  I'd pair with my small black Cavalli Class bag and French Connection black point-toed heels-I may have to invest!

 Alexander McQueen, shirt £350, pants £385

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved look five, as I've never really been a fan of the pyjama suit, but how chic is this?  Paired with heels, it would be the ultimate in wedding comfort and is super glam!  I'd pair black accessories with the black trim and wear minimal jewellery-such a statement piece!

 MSGM, £378

Look six certainly has the wow-factor!  This beautiful orange, asymmetric drape-dress is breathtaking.  It's fun, vibrant and totally summer.  I could definitely see this strutting along the French Riviera and I think it would look equally amazing with some flat sandals for a more chilled summer look.

Looks seven and eight, both Self-Portrait, show two contrasting styles from the brand.  The first, the bardot-top navy maxi dress (worn by Victoria recently in Cannes) is my favourite of the two (although with my short legs I think I'd have to alter it!!).  Stunning lace detailing, I think this is a perfect holiday dress which would perform equally as well in a more formal setting.  The second dress looks amazing teamed with a pop of blue, and would be perfect for an English country garden party.

Burberry, £950

Look nine, was one of my favourites.  A piece of Burberry history from Christopher Bailey's final collection for the house-you could easily confuse this as a Victoria Beckham or Celine piece.  More formal workwear than summer-wedding, I loved it's simplicity (but I am a biased Burberry lover!).

After answering some of our questions and giving some great style tips, we were invited to chat to Victoria in person and get some photographs with her.  She was warm, friendly, bubbly and full of personality, just as you'd expect after watching her Youtube account.  We chatted style, her gorgeous shoes, hairstyles and Cannes-it was so lovely to meet her!

From someone who is just taking her first baby steps into a fashion career, Victoria truly is an inspiration!  Thank you to both Fenwick Newcastle for hosting and to Victoria for being there; we had such a wonderful time!

Until next time,

Kay xxx

All dresses are available also at Fenwick, Newcastle in the French Salon.  We purchased tickets for this event; all opinions are my own-I had a great evening.  All links to dresses were corrected at time of posting.  Photography is a combination of mine and Krissi's, please ask before using-thank you xxx

Sunday, 1 April 2018

All ready for summer: Fascinators and fashion @ The Bowes Museum...

Hello lovelies!

On Sunday 25th March, I had my first trip of the year to The Bowes Museum.  I've not been for a while, and I was really excited to visit the new exhibitions (these will be featured in upcoming posts) but the main reason for my visit was to take part in the 'All Ready for Summer' workshop, ran by my wonderful friend, milliner Margaret Woodliff-Wright (read more about Margaret's work here).

The fascinators we were about to make in our workshop

My Mam loves to craft, so when Margaret told me about her workshop I thought taking part would make the perfect Christmas gift for her; I booked a place for us both.  To make the day even more perfect we awoke to glorious sunshine, the perfect weather to see the museum in all it's glory and what better way to get ready for summer than with a backdrop of beautiful blue skies!  We arrived early, so started our day with brunch and a coffee in Café Bowes, followed by a visit to the Jonathan Yeo exhibition, Queen Victoria in Paris and to the fashion and textiles gallery to take in the new acquisitions (all of which I'll feature on Coco so stay tuned for those!).

We met Margaret in the Education Rooms ready to start our crafting.  We looked at some examples of beautiful hats that Margaret had made and then she set us to work wrapping fabric around a metal hairband, a couture technique that would form the base of our fascinator.  Next, we had to choose which colour fabric we wanted to use, and cut it into squares.  We used a combination of netting, chiffon and 'solid' fabric, cutting a number of each which we would then combine to make up the three flowers for our fascinators.  Once we had our fabric layered, it needed to be folded and cut into a flower shape, then pinched together and stitched to form each flower.  I realise that I make this sound really simple, but it was super-fiddly!  I was so glad that I had both my Mam and Margaret on hand when occasionally things went a little off track!  Once my flowers were formed, I managed to sew two of them to my hairband (my Mam helped with my third) and when it was all put together I was astounded at how beautiful it looked; I couldn't believe what I'd managed to create in just a couple of hours!

 Our finished fascinators, mine in baby blue and my Mam's in a beautiful copper colour!

It was lovely to spend an afternoon chatting with the ladies and creating such a gorgeous piece.  I like to think of myself as a creative person, but I definitely wasn't a natural at this!!  Be sure to watch out for Margaret's next workshop, she's a great teacher!

We finished our day with a cream tea in the ceramics gallery which was absolutely delicious!  We all wore our fascinators whilst we ate, which was a really nice touch!  I loved every minute of the workshop and I'm pretty sure my Mam did too!

Mam, me, lovely events coordinator Rosie, Sylvia and Erica in true fascinator fashion!

If you're interested in taking part in one of Margaret's workshops, be sure to check her website here, or alternatively if you'd like to try a workshop at the Bowes Museum, you can see what's available and book via their events page here.  This is my second workshop at the museum, you can read about my first, learning fashion illustration with Frances Moffatt here.

Thanks for reading,

Until next time,

Kay xx

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