PRESS DAY: Debenhams SS15 PART ONE – Blogmas Day 13

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A couple of weeks ago myself and Catherine headed out to the Debenhams Spring/Summer collection launch and my, my we saw some gorgeous garments. Lots of pictures were taken and we also made some great contacts. This day was not only Fashion but Home also so this post is part one of two. Check out some of the great pieces that will be available early next year.

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Fashion

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Check out the intricate detail and up close it is even more beautiful than what you can see in the picture.

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Such understated beauty for a night out on the town.

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How wonderful is this pattern – it can be dressed up and down for day and night although if the weather stays cold in the spring months a thick scarf and coat might be needed as the fabric is quite thin.

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Nightwear & Sleepwear

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Both of these Kimono gowns were so delicate to touch and would feel fantastic on over a slip or sexy nightgown. My favourite of the two is the first as it can be matched up with a lot more.

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Cute right?!

Bags

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The colours are spectacular as are the designs.

Do you have a favourite?

Date Night @ Winter Wonderland – Blogmas Day 7

So last week the man in my life took me to Winter Wonderland (at my request of course!) and after trundling around in the cold for what seemed like forever and a day we indulged in Glühwein and penguin tossing. That may sound weird to some but it really was fun and I ended up walking away with a minion. Lucky me right! Check out some of the pictures from the event – it was incredibly romantic and very enjoyable. We even got a picture of us both together (You can see it on my instagram if you are a follower!).

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This seems to be the welcome sign – however we found it at the back of the park!

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We both love a minion so I couldn’t resist snapping this!

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Both being coffee fiends we decided to caffeinate ourselves early on in the night.
Sadly this stall really was lacking both customer services and decently made coffee.
Oh how I yearn for my cafetiere at home!

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Not being a great lover on Marzipan I did not purchase any of this delicious looking over priced confectionery.
Once again couldn’t resist taking a picture.

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A fairground of many colours and sizes was made available for all to enjoy (at a price of course!)
Tokens were available on every corner so you really could not miss out.
Looking back I wish I went on the bumper cars – when I was a youngster they were always my favourite!
What was your favourite fairground ride?

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Getting into the festive spirit a bit more this big guy was on display for all to see and pose with.

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This looked just beautiful and everyone coming in looked impressed.
Did you go in if you were there?

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On our travels we came across this game of wack a penguin – although it looks like it is called Flipping’ Penguins!
It was a lot of fun as the object of the game was to hit the little blue weight thing and propel a penguin onto one of the moving icicles.

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After a few goes I managed to get a penguin onto the main centre ice patch and cheers were had.
Of course I was more interested in my prize – A MINION (Finally!)

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Let the minion adventures begin!

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Isn’t this stall just gorgeous. The Colicci brand oozes style and class – check it out HERE

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We really should have got the delicious looking Churros from the Colicci stall but at the time we just weren’t hungry. Such a shame as these were quite greasy but the novelty factor lasted a little while.
Phil (our minion buddy!) seemed to enjoy them!

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How beautiful are these decorations – so christmassy obviously!

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Once again Phil is partaking in the fun and some delicious Mulled Wine.

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As mentioned before we managed to get a picture of us both!
Luckily there were no photo bombers behind us
(Phil was terrible to the people in front of us who had their picture taken – bad minion!)

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On our way out I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this beautiful arch as a goodbye to such a wonderful evening.

What a lovely date night right!!

PRESS DAY: Coast S/S ’15 – Blogmas Day 5

From 60’s Monochrome to Luminous Blooms the Coast Spring/Summer 2015 collection is truly inspiring. Not only does it make me wish away the cold weather and days of needing a scarf and wooly hat with cute matching mittens but it makes me want to wear the fabulous garments IN the cold weather and find an equally fabulous coat to cover up.

With femininity at the forefront of this collection the intricate lace designs and delicate embellishments showcase key trends for the new season. Let us not forget the bursts of colour alongside the strict monochrome designs just to add a bit of order to the flirtatious feel of the dramatic yet nostalgic compilation.

Check out my photos from the day and judge for yourself

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Just sensational and that is just the looks – when you get a feel of the fabrics on offer you will go crazy.

Captivated By You Sleepover

Thanks to the lovelies at Penguin and Premier I was given the opportunity to enjoy a night of luxury and pure indulgence at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. From Champagne and Strawberries to a bath filled with sensually fragrant bath salts the mood was set and the time was definitely right to delve into the deep dark lives of Eva & Gideon Cross once again. This event if you have not already figured out was for the launch of Sylvia Day’s next chapter of the Gideon & Eva whirlwind. The hashtag for the night was #CaptivatedByYouSleepover.

Myself and Catherine had a great girly night in whilst reading the awesome book.

 Here are a few pictures to show you how the night went!

FYI: I did not take my big camera with me and there are couple of blurry shots as I had my little camera with no flash – whoops!
Handy blogger tip: TAKE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU EVERYWHERE AND IF YOU HAVE A COMPACT GET A FLASH!

My review of the book is up now – CHECK IT OUT.

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Beautiful bulbs on show for all to see.

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Check out the awesome room and the bed was oh so comfortable.

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What a lovely bunch of goodies to walk into after a long day at work!

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Reading for a bath with a glass of bubbly and the book.

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Not before a cheesy pic with my bestie (Catherine)

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Despite the blurriness you can still see the crisp, modern bathroom that we had the pleasure of using.
Between the two of us we managed to work the bath taps and run a nice ‘warm’ bath!

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These delightful smelling bath salts were part of the goody bag we had waiting for us on the bed on arrival.
Unfortunately neither of us managed to open them until the next morning when it was too late.
However on arriving home after work the next day they provided me with paramount relaxation.

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All ready to snuggle up and read for the rest of the evening.

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What girls night in at a luxurious hotel would be complete without Room Service and another bottle of bubbly.

Catherine got an awesome picture that really captured the fun we had that night – check it out.

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So as you can see we had an amazing night in thanks to the lovelies at Penguin and Premier. Also great thanks to the staff at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington.

Check out my review HERE and you will be able to grab a copy of the book from one of the links.