Sunday, 27 September 2015

Lifestyle: Life Lately In London 3

Life and Style From London
I can't believe how fast another busy, yet super amazing week in London has gone by. I feel like I've experienced a lot more in the last two months of living here, than I have in the past two years. It is incredible! So this week I made an appearance on the red carpet, attended my second London Fashion Week show, went for a job interview, tried and tested a very healthy breakfast cereal AND had a sneak peek at Karl Lagerfeld's AW15 collection (and the weekend isn't even over yet!). 

1. Karen And I Rocked The Red Carpet At Cosmo's FashFest Thanks To River Island*

Karen received an amazing invite the other day by India from River Island. She invited her to come along Cosmopolitan's FashFest and Karen was allowed to bring a plus one. Have a guess who the lucky person was! I can't believe Karen chose me and I'd like to thank her a million times for taking me to this fantastic event.

Cosmopolitan FashFest Red Carpet VIP
Red Carpet FashFest Fashion Cosmopolitan
Karen, Paige, Ella, Me and the ladies from River Island.
The fashion spectacle was held at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park and alongside celebs such as Lucy Watson, Abbey Clancy and Binky Felstead we enjoyed VIP status all night long. This included a never ending supply of drinks, amazing food AND we had our own table (inbetween H&M, Evans and MIC)! The show was opened by Conor Maynard who performed a few songs and got the fashion crowd excited. Afterwards, beloved British High Street brands such as New Look and River Island would showcase their AW15/16 collection. The show was incredibly professional. The models were fantastic, the designs stylish and one showstopper collection followed the next. 

Fashion Show FashFest Cosmopolitan
AW Fashion Show FashFest Cosmopolitan
AW collection Fashion Show FashFest Cosmopolitan
Fashion Show FashFest Cosmopolitan 2015
Fashion Show FashFest Cosmopolitan British High Street
Fashion Show FashFest Cosmopolitan Trends For Autumn
The first part of the fashion show went on for about 45 minutes and inbetween shows, the stunning Krystal Roxx (now dj-ing for SUPERFOXX) would play her amazing DJ set. I loved her when she presented the Hed Kandi podcasts a few years ago and seeing her live felt phenomenal. She was so full of energy and positivity, the vibes were super relaxed and groovy. I can't stress enough how much I love Krystal's music and I'll definitely try to see her again. What a performance!

Krystal Roxx performing at FashFest Cosmopolitan

The entire evening was incredible, actually it was the best night out I've ever had! Words cannot describe how much we've enjoyed the event. From the amazing food, to the professional show, to the charming company of Ella, Paige and the rest of the River Island team - I loved every second of it and I wished the night would have never ended! Let's do it all again soon.

2. I had a job interview

Believe it or not, but living in the capital has not just landed me one invitation after another for cool events, but a job interview too! I felt so relieved that after a long period of rejections, I finally had a positive feedback on my CV and application (not the usual 'you're overqualified, go away with your Master's degree' reaction). I can't reveal too much for now, as I don't know the outcome of the interview yet, but what I can tell you for now is, that I had to prepare a presentation. It was part of the interview and I loved working on this bit so much. At uni I used to prepare and present 90 minute talks, so this task was totally my thing. Laura and Karen have been fantastic support for me over the past few days, listening to my ideas and giving me some feedback on my outline for the talk. 

My interview was held on Wednesday and I really enjoyed my time at the company I applied for. Fingers crossed!!!!

3. In The FROW With Laura At The Amanda Wakeley SS16 LFW Show

Do you know the following scenario?: it's Saturday night, you've got nothing else planned bar snuggling up on your settee (maybe watch some Netflix) and suddenly, an email pops up in your inbox, which quite unexpectedly changes the entire course of your evening? Well it has happened to me last weekend, when my friend Laura sent me a quick message asking me if I wanted join her for the Amanda Wakeley Fashion Show. OMG course I wanted to!

Loved By Laura Blog
With my friend Laura at the Amanda Wakeley SS16 show. Front Row Seats!
So on Tuesday morning, I made my second appearence at London Fashion Week. I met Laura at Marble Arch station and from there, we made our way over to the venue which was only a five minute walk away. In an airy loft, Amanda Wakeley would showcase her stunning SS16 collection. The designs were absolutely stunning: sleek, elegant, feminine, wearable. I loved the floating silk gowns, the effortless and cool jumpsuits, the sophisticated tailoring with casual belt accessories....so much love. I WANT!

Amanda Wakeley SS16 London Fashion Week
Amanda Wakeley London Fashion Week 2015 SS16
Thank you so much Laura for inviting me to come along to the show. I loved every minute of it and we even got to sit in the front row. How cool is that?!?

4. A Healthy Breakfast With Nutribix

Yep, that's right. Me and healthy is usually not the dream combination, but after all the Magnums I ate last month, I thought it was time to re-think my eating habits and learn about a new healthy power cereal called Nutribix. The brand kindly invited me for a blogger breakfast with food vlogger Anna Barnett.

Nutribix breakfast table

Unlike Weetabix, Nutribix comes in a gluten free version and the original contains honey as a natural sweetener. It uses an ancient African grain called Sorghum, which contains fibre, protein, vitamins and is naturally gluten free. The idea behind the product is to make breakfast fun and exciting again, as most cereals can be quite boring. At the breakfast, Anna would share some of her recipes how to use Nutribix. She would served it with caramellised peaches and yoghurt, or bake a tasty granola from it or stirr up a delicious smoothie. 

Nutribix Original and Gluten Free Version
Nutribix smoothie

The versatile use of Nutribix aims at young professionals who have an imbalanced work life balance and skip breakfast - actually 60% of the British population do so! I have to confess that I belong to those 60% as I'm not a morning nor a breakfast person. However, when I arrived at the venue for the Nutribix Rise and Shine breakfast, a colourful table with flowers, delicious berries, nuts and at least three different types of milk welcomed me. Who would say no to such a beautiful decorated and set up table?

Rise and Shine Breakfast
Breakfast is served

You would find fresh fruit and juices alongside the two different versions of Nutribix, natural yoghurt, milk, berries, nuts and honey. The sight of all the wonderful treats on the table made me excited and I indulged into some Nutribix with straw and raspberries, topped with pomegranate seeds, milk and honey. The Nutribix got soggy quite quickly so I think in the future I'll have it with yoghurt instead to keep its crispy texture. I also had a sample of Anna's smoothie and it was so good. It tasted fresh, and had a lovely texture with a sharp and sour flavour in the aftermath. 

Nutribix have only been on the market for a few weeks now and you can find the cereal on Sainsbury's, Tesco's and Waitrose's shelves.

5. A Sneak Peek At Karl Lagerfeld's AW15 Collection

My blogging friend Lisa spontanously asked me if I'd like to join her for an exclusive look at the Karl Lagerfeld AW15 collection. Sure! So I made my way over to the flagship store on Regent Street where I met Lisa and her blogging friends. 

Karl Lagerfeld Flagship Store London
Karl Lagerfeld AW 15 Collection

At the store we were given drinks and the staff would present the new collection to us. For AW15, Karl Lagerfeld has a Choupette inspired line and some very nice capes and dresses. His preferred materials for the collections were silk and leather. I loved one of his dresses and coats that were made of the finest silk ever and had a teddy fabric on the outside. To be honest I paid little attention during the presentation as I was fully drawn to the beautiful canvas and mini arm candy handbags. 

Karl Lagerfeld collection presentation in store
Coupette collection Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld mini handbag
Oh and I loved the fitting rooms as they would have a little photo booth in there. You're never too old for a little picture session :)

Karl Lagerfeld Fitting Rooms

Puh, what a week it has been but I'm looking forward to the next. London is certainly a place that never sleeps. What have you been up to lately? Hope to speak soon. Have you seen my previous Life Lately In London posts yet? Life Lately In London 1, Life Lately In London 2, Life Lately In London 4, Life Lately In London 5.

Till next time,

xx Caz xx 

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