Red or dead! West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week Press Launch

event, fashion, Hotel, Local events, makeup, mua, NI blogger, photography, Shopping, style

Hi, 

Last Thursday 24/08/17 was the press show launch of the 24th season of West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week and yours truly was lucky enough to be invited by none other than Cathy Martin of CMPR! (Thanks Cathy!)

The show was held in Bullit a fairly new hotel/bar/restaurant in the city centre. I hadn’t had the chance to visit yet so I was really pleased to see this was the location for the event! It was held at lunch time 12-1 so a little different to most other events I have been to. Working full time and not in the city centre I normally wouldn’t have been able to make the event but as luck would have it I had booked the day off well in advance as I was heading to a wedding reception that evening so it worked out great! I am so glad I was able to attend my first fashion week launch! 

We were greeted with a complinatary west coast cooler on arrival in the most stylish glasses (I need to get one). And we got our photos taken as we went in. The place was packed with PR people, journalists, influencers, bloggers and fashionistas all of whom were really excited to see the show. There was a great buzz and it was so nice to see so many people I knew. 


After a little catch up it was time for the show. I had a prime spot at the beginning of the catwalk so I could see the CMPR models as they began to strut their stuff and also got a little sneak peek of who was up next. 


The biggest theme was definitely RED. It’s really got me thinking what red items I have in my wardrobe and I will definitely be on a look out for some statement red pieces coming into the autumn months. 


There was a mixture of highstreet as well as designer which I love as this makes it accessible for everyone. Some of the highstreet pieces I was sure were designer, it was so hard to tell! One of the pieces I know caught a lot of people’s eye was this shearling coat form George at Asda at only £35 I believe! 

-What I wore-

With only a couple of days notice to prepare I had a slight panic as to what to wear. We were sent out a list of all the inspirations behind this years AW17 show in order to help us plan our outfits so thankfully I had a little something to go on! I wouldn’t say I am fashionable but I do like to follow the trends (assuming they suit me and aren’t too out there!) to a certain extent. I had a rummage through my wardrobe and came across a dress I had bought recently in the next sale for only £20. I didn’t have anything in mind when I bought the dress I just thought it was a good bargain and when I tried it on I felt comfortable and dare I say it ‘stylish’. I felt the dress was flattering on me and although a bold lime green, the black panelling made it look a bit more sophisticated. I don’t have too many mid length dresses in my wardrobe so I went for it despite the daring colour. I noticed on the list of AW17 trends coloured fur was mentioned and although not fur I thought the brightness of my dress might somehow lend itself to the theme. Also bare in mind we are still in August and it was a particularly warm day so fur really wasn’t an option! With the dress I knew I needed something to go with it and so my trusty leather jacket from George at Asda which I wear all the time came too! As it would happen leather was also noted on the AW17 trend list- winner! 


For shoes I was a bit stuck! With a midi dress I would tend to wear heeled sandals but it felt too spring/summer when I tried them on. And then I had a brainwave! I had recently bought a gorgeous pair of cut out shoe boots from primark which I had yet to wear! Personally I don’t think I would have paired them with my outfit had I not been going to the fashion week launch but I guess the invite made me be a little more daring with my choices and pushed me out of my comfort zone which is great! The shoes have insect embellishment which is huge at the minute and I’m sure will be going into autumn/winter 17. The shoes also have a red floral design which fell into one of Cathy’s other inspirations for the show, RED.  The shoes although only having a little pop of red still (I hope) gave a little nod to the trend. I picked them up in the abbey centre primark recently and they were a huge hit in my Instagram at the time! (@scientist_in_the_city)


Overall I loved my outfit and what I put together, I got so many compliments and I felt really good in it. I loved that an invite to the fashion week launch pushed my fashion boundaries even just a little and gave me the confidence to wear something I hadn’t worn before in way I normally wouldn’t. I can’t wait to wear this outfit again over the autumn winter season!

Me and some of my blogger buddies! Photo credit: Debbie Deboo

When we were leaving we were given a fabulous goodie bag filled to the brim with some local producers. From Ballymaloe relish to He-Shi tan! We were very well looked after so a huge thank you to all those involved.

I can’t wait for fashion week to begin now! It’s running from 26th-30th October and the shows are being held in Belfast St.Anne’s cathedral, a beautiful venue! Top of my list is the highstreet heaven show on 27th October! 

For tickets and more info visit:

https://visitbelfast.ticketsolve.com/event-categories/126495828

http://www.belfastfashionweek.com

Thanks for reading, 

Emz xx

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The Food Hall, Belfast

event, Food, Local events, NI blogger, restaurant

Hey, 

A few weeks ago I was invited along to the launch of The Food Hall in partnership with ohh social.


The Food Hall is situated on York street in the heart of the buzzing Cathedral Quarter, in Belfast. The eatery can be found nestled at the University of Ulster complex which is bound to make it a hit with students, academics and the like. 

I was really impressed by the design of The Food Hall. It’s very cool and modern with a very relaxed almost New York style feel. It fits really nicely within the Cathedral quarter and is sure to be popular too with young professionals working and living in the city. 

From the moment I arrived at The Food Hall I felt warmly welcomed by the lovely staff who couldn’t be friendlier and were so helpful. They had put on a really great selection of different food and drinks for us all to try. You wouldn’t believe the variety this place has to offer. The Food Hall is not only a cafe but a Creperie as well as a smoothie and juice bar! They make fresh crepes as you wait, both savoury and sweet. I tried a bit of the Nutella one with cream and strawberries, unreal! 


The Food Hall is divided up into different sections, and at each bit we were treated to a different delight! We sampled freshly made wraps (the sweet chilli chicken one was delish!), juices and milkshakes as well as LOTS of sweet treats. Yum! 

If you are local or simply passing through the area I would definitely recommend popping in for a bite to eat or to pick up something to eat on the go. You certainly won’t be stuck for choice! The hardest decision might simply be what to pick from the huge selection! 

Here was my favourite from the night!


If you haven’t already signed up to OhhSocial then check out their app as their partnership with The Food Hall means you can avail of some great discounts when in store. 

Thanks OhhSocial and The Food Hall for the lovely invite I will for sure be back soon! 


Check out OhhSocial at: http://www.ohhsocial.com

Thanks for reading,
Emz xx

‘Spring made stylish’

Beauty, Local events, makeup, NI blogger

Hi all, 

On Saturday 16th April I was lucky enough to enjoy one of the many fabulous events organised as part of the ‘spring made stylish’ initiative put together by Armagh city, Banbridge and Craigavon borough council. Spring made stylish ran from 15-17th April and aside from organised activities there were numerous fashion outlets running promotions in conjunction with the glamorous girly weekend in each of the towns. The event I chose to check out was the makeup lesson by S.A.K design in Banbridge town hall. As a lover of makeup and as a person who, like many others watches far too many YouTube tutorials, I thought this would be a good class in order to learn some new tips and tricks and really just to have fun playing with my makeup (of which I have far too much!) Zoella watch out! 

I rang to book onto the class as soon as I heard about it which was maybe only one or two days after the brochures got released. I spoke to a lovely and super helpful organiser Anna who sadly told me the event had already sold out! And, that I could be added to the reserve list but I would be number 6! I figured it was worth a shot and I’m so glad I did because a few days later I got the call to say a few people had dropped out (they had also organised an overflow class which I think some people opted for instead) so I was delighted! Huge thanks to Anna who genuinely seemed to go out of her way to make sure I got booked onto that class! 

The lesson cost a mere £5 as it was part funded by the council, what a bargain! I had recently been looking into makeup classes and some are in excess of £100. Of course I didn’t really know what to expect or what I would be getting for £5 but no matter what I knew I would enjoy it and for that price I really couldn’t complain. 

The only instructions were to bring a free standing mirror and our makeup bags. I had a rummage through my bag that morning and brought my favourite bits and pieces not really knowing what we would be getting up to. 

When I got there we each had a seat set out with a makeup lesson sheet where we could make notes and there was a blank face chart were we could plan out where to place particular products such as highlight and contour.

We were introduced to our instructor which was the very talented makeup artist Stacey from S.A.K designs who specialises in flawless bridal makeup as well as body art, winning UK makeup specialist in 2016. From that point on I knew we were in good hands!

Stacey gave us an overview of her work and experience and got each of us (there was about 12) to introduce ourselves and say a little bit about what we wanted to achieve from the lesson. At this point I should probably mention the class was scheduled from 2.30-5.00pm so we had a good amount of time to to learn as well as having a bit of one on one time with the artist in order to ask any specific questions. 

Stacey did a really stunning day time look on her model and as she did it she explained which products she used and why, some high end and some highstreet. She then made that look into a glamorous evening look which I endeavour to (attempt to) recreate! Stacey taught us important things like where your brows should start and end, how to properly find your cheek bones and therefore the exact places to apply blush, bronzer, highlight and so on. As I mentioned I am an avid YouTube fanatic so some of what Stacey said I had heard before but I definitely felt I left having learnt a lot. 

I found a lot of the people who attended were people who felt clueless or lacked imagination with their makeup and I could see a real improvement in their skills after, it was such a good day and all the ladies were great fun. 

I think the council were really astounded by how popular the class turned out to be, it sold out in record time! In fact all the activities for Spring made stylish turned out to be a roaring success. I think this shows just how popular events like this can be and I hope it inspires the council, who in my opinion put on some of the best initiatives in the provence, to do it again!

I have heard a rumour that there is another class planned for October, fingers crossed! Keep tuned to my blog for further updates. 


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