Monday, 30 March 2015

Are You Ready To Take Off For Bristol Fashion Week?

Bristol Fashion Week
Last Thursday I made my way over to Bristol's Fashion Week SS15 show at the Mall Cribbs Causeway to see what's hot and not this season. Excited after last years Bristol Fashion Week AW 14, I couldn't wait to return to the fashion theatre and was hungry for more on-trend styles. This time, my blogger pal Charlotte joined me for the show. This is a picture heavy post, so please sit back and enjoy Bristol Fashion Week :)

I picked up Charlotte from the station shortly after 11 am and we were running a bit late. So we made our way over to the mall ASAP and there were already long queues outside the fashion theatre when we arrived. In the foyer, we picked up some drinks and found some great seats by the runway, which worked out well in the end. Like last year, celebrity stylist Mark Heyes presented the show, but this time alongside Made In Chelsea starlet Lucy Watson.

Bristol Fashion Week Fashion Theatre
Lucy Watson and Mark Heynes at Bristol Fashion Week

Though I missed Andrew Barton a tiny bit, Mark and Lucy made a charming duo, cracked jokes and flirted with the audience. This is why I love Bristol Fashion Week so much. The atmosphere is always relaxed, people really enjoy being on stage and transfer this to the audience. The entire team is so professional and I'd like to thank everyone involved for organising and running such a joyful event. It's such a delight to listen to Mark (would love to go shopping with him one day) and he runs the presentation always so smooth.

This time I particularly loved the flight theme that was centred around the show. The main idea was to take off for spring and escape dreary winter. Whoever came up with that, it was a genius (marketing) idea and the potential was used so diversely, for example, the foyer was referred to as 'the cockpit', or the voucher booklet functioned as a 'passport' and the shows in between were destinations. Loved it.

Bristol Fashion Week Spring collection
Bristol Fashion Week Runway show
Bristol Fashion Week spring summer collection
Bristol Fashion Week runway shows

The 1h show showcased ten individual scenes, in this case, flight destinations to present the latest SS15 must-haves. Bristol Fashion Week kicked off with Denim (M&S) and Mono (John Lewis) trends, followed by rather practical outdoor fashion from Timberland and Florals by Dorothy Perkins.

Timberland show at Bristol Fashion Week
Bristol Fashion Week Timberland
Dorothy Perkins at Bristol Fashion Week

As Miranda Priestly would say florals and pastels for spring are always a bit boring and uninspiring. That's why I found it interesting that the show featured some bright colours. Spring is all about regaining energies and strength, happiness and joy and this is best expressed through bold shades. John Lewis absolutely nailed it with their escape into the colourful and bright La Dolce Vita world.

John Lewis fashion show
John Lewis for Bristol Fashion Week
Bristol Fashion Week show John Lewis
Bright colours at Bristol Fashion Week
Monochrome Look at Bristol Fashion Week
River Island at Bristol Fashion Week
Bristol Fashion Week end credit

Oh and here's what I wore to the show. My Stradivarius leather jacket, which hasn't left me since I've bought it, teamed up with a New Look boho shirt, black Forever 21 shorts and a stunning Peacock feather necklace from an independent jewellery maker.

My ootd for Bristol Fashion Week
Stradivarius Leather Jacket

Oh and speaking of upcoming fashion trends, I say that loafers and plimsolls have a big revival this SS15. The shoe shape is a bit old fashioned but there are great ones out there with refreshing prints and materials that give the loafer a modern twist. With the plimsolls, you see a lot of hologram prints lately, which I personally don't really like (it looks plastic and artificial to me). I prefer handmade leather loafers with pony hair elements or with nude and coral colours. Jones Bootmaker and Clarks have some pretty styles, too with bows or tassels.

I'm also on the hunt for (not sure if I'm using the right term here) for Manolos. Not the luxury brand ones, but flat court shoes with a tapered front, open sides and a strap around your ankle. I've seen some in Primark (but you know, it's Primark), so I keep looking and will show them here on the blog once I found the perfect pair.

Big or small, it doesn't matter but have you ever been to a fashion show? What are your key trends and must-haves for SS15? I'm looking forward to your comments, please say hello and leave me your blog links.

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin
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Thursday, 26 March 2015

10 Things Why The UK Is Awesome

10 Lifestyle Reasons Why The UK Is Awesome

1. Nowhere in this world will you spent so much money on clothes, DVDs and other random but beautiful stylish things than in the UK. That Primark/ASOS haul, cinema trips and eating outs are legendary.

2. A trip down to your local Cineworld will end up in a triple feature. Spent the day successfully.

3. Festivals are actually fun. The music you usually don't listen to sounds amazing live performed, girls wear flowers and dress up nicely, the general vibe is friendly to make that festival an unforgettable memory. You feel invincible and have the summer of your lifetime, which is a welcoming change to the German heavy metal/goth and alternative rock noise that you've avoided for years.

4. Brits are very stylish, tasteful and dress well. You won't see any weird fringes, multicoloured hair or bling bling nose piercings. People are actually interested in fashion and won't give you looks when you 'come out' as a fashionista.

5. FREE Public Wifi EVERYWHERE is no longer a luxury, but a reality. You can finally access ANY internet website, watch any TV show and listen to Youtube videos without being restricted by GEMA.

6. 'How are you?' 'Hope you're well!' 'Speak to you soon lovely'. People are so nice and interested in you which is refreshing to 'Where did you get that internship from?' 'Let's go containering and boofing' 'Sorry nerd, you can't sit with us'.

7. The moment you bite into your cheddar cheese and ham sandwich, followed by a clotted cream and strawberry jam scone. PRICELESS.

8. Nothing feels more pleasant to me than to wake up to the sound of the English language. British accents are to die for - yes, even the strong Black Country accent.

9. Life in the UK gets never boring. There are so many possibilities and opportunities around, you'll be sorted easily. No matter how much life might bring you down, it will all work out fine for you in the end somehow, just keep going.

10. There's no place like London. Enough said.

Are you dreaming of a life in the UK, too? Are you an expat and love living abroad? Which things am I missing that make the UK a great place to live in? Do you have a country you romanticise?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

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Monday, 9 March 2015

I'd Never Blog About...

Taboo blog posts

Not so long ago, my blogging friend Hollie published 'My Blog Is At A Crossroads', a post in which she said, she would like to start working with brands and write reviews to mix up her blog which is currently focused on fantasy football and life inspired posts. In her piece, she asked for some guidance and advice on how to give her blog a new direction.

Her post made me think, as I share a similar position, but I’m facing the opposite of the problem: I feel I should write up more life inspired posts than product reviews and brand collaborations to give my blog more personality and a twist.

It’s not that I haven’t tried to post opinion pieces or life experience before, but let’s put it this way, these articles weren't picked up so well and as a result, I thought I should stick with reviews, collaborations and general blogging topics.

Hollie's post really made me think and so I sat down one afternoon, done some brainstorming and collected ideas for topics I could write about and share with the entire world. To get some inspiration I read other blogs, too. After hours of reading about 'What I Got For Christmas', some messed up breakfast cereals in a bowl and rants I came to the conclusion that there are a few topics which I find very personal and too intense to ever share them ever on my blog. These include:

1. Personal Crisis, e.g. loss of job, relationship/family issues - It's good to open up and talk about problems, but I find the internet the wrong place to do so.

2. Breakfast Posts - When you google 'quality content for blogs' and your first hit is the mushy breakfast post from a 13-year-old blogger.

3. Rants -  I follow a blogger who does this all the time. A rant about the job, a rant about clients, a rant about other bloggers, a rant about anything in this world. The general tone of all the posts is very aggressive, negative, pessimistic and extremely depressing. It is ok to moan about things now and again, but so much negativity makes me actually feel uncomfortable and I find it very unprofessional.

4. Job Hunting Advice - I find it depressing enough to write and deal with applications, so I honestly don't want to talk about them in my leisure time and waste even more energy on them than I have to.

5. Opinions on other bloggers or political debates e.g. Zoella debate, the housing crisis in the UK - Again, some topics are a bit sensitive and people can have extreme opinions and views which can lose control so quickly and end up in shit storms, rants and tears.

6. Personal Health - Again a very sensitive topic in my opinion which I wouldn't feature on my blog. It is too extreme and intense and I'm not the person to share my medical conditions with the entire world.

Most of these topics I associate with negativity which I don't want to write about on my blog. Sadness, pressure and provocation are around me all day so I need a distraction and my blog reminds me of the good and happy things in life. I believe that certain topics do not belong on social media nor have to be shared and discussed on a blog, but this is my personal view. Some topics are just very, very personal which is intense and create an awkward situation even when I share them with friends. As much as I love blogging and like to take you with me to events and tell you what my fav beauty product is, I think there needs to be a line somewhere. Not every little thing about my life needs to be exposed and shared on the internet, don't you think?

First, you'll never know who reads your blog, there are so many weirdos and spammers out there. Secondly, I don't want potential employers/PR/brands/clients see my negative view of the world, health conditions or other life juggles that are on my mind as it is so easy to judge me on those. Especially for a potential job interview, this would be so awkward, as more than 35% of employers Google job candidates before the interview!

And to be honest, I can't blame them. How would I feel seeing a colleague's drunken night out pictures scattered all over the web? How would I feel if I read a colleague's blog post about how she got physically abused by her ex-partner followed by imprisonment and a court trial? Certainly, very awkward and not necessarily career-enhancing. So for me, I've decided to keep my drama where it belongs - to myself. 

Lastly, I hope I haven't offended anyone with my directness. If you like to share any of the above and you open up to the world than that's fine by me and I will respect and tolerate your views. I admire people for their confidence and courage to share some of their emotional and intense stories, I've just decided for myself and for the purpose of my blog, that this isn't for me.

Let me know what you think about sensitive topics and how you would deal with them. Are there any topics you would never talk about on your blog? Is there a story you would love to shout out about? I'm looking forward to your comments!

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

The X-Over Bag. A Clever Alternative To Rucksacks And Handbags

X Over Bag

On my last visit to Berlin, a new bag caught my attention. The X-Over bag*, which is best described as a blend of a functional rucksack and a stylish handbag, is the latest fashion accessory made in Germany. As a passionate bag hoarder myself, I had to research the brand and find out more about these clever hybrids.

X-Over: The Idea


Rucksacks made their big fashion revival last year and 2015 won't be an exception. I've never been a massive fan of rucksacks, to be honest with you, but the X-Over bag has changed my view. Designed and made by a small South Germany-based company, the X-Over bag provides a stylish update of the rucksack in combination with a comfortable wearing system that adapts to your needs.

The idea for the triangular-shaped bag was born in 1996 and soon became a must-have in the In line skating scene. Now, after several updates, this is a bag designed for everyday use, which is functional, practical yet stylish and fashionable. Each bag comes in different sizes. Medium, for example, is designed for people 'on the move' so you can use it outdoors for hiking, cycling or trips but at the same time it is a great shopping companion or to take into work.

X-Over: The Design And Concept


X Over Bag


Key features of the X-Over bag are the diagonal opening and a complex, yet simple wearing system, which allows carrying your bag the way you want to. It adapts easily to your needs. The casual, easy and functional options provide comfort and stability and perfect weight distribution. One thing that I really don't like about rucksacks is loose ends which usually hang around in your way. This can't happen with this bag because every part of the system is used efficiently and effectively so there aren't any straps left over. In the case of wear and tear, X-Over offers additional replacement parts to buy via their website.

How to use the X Over bag

X-Over: The Collection


The product line features ten different collections which are individually named after trendy locations. Amsterdam, for example, has a young design, whereas Hawaii features flower prints and the model Frankfurt has a classy cut. There's also a category with en vogue and stylish prints for fashionistas.

The brand currently works on building a network and presence so at the moment there's only their website but social media will follow soon. Prices start from £35 for an S size bag and £55 for an M size bag. The X-Over is available via their online shop or the German Amazon.

What do you think of the X-Over bag? Would you get one and how would you style it?

Thanks so much for reading and till next time,
Carolin

*Images provided by X-Over. PR sample
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