Seattle Rocks the Runway

I was kindly invited to the fall runway show in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre. Upon arriving to the venue you can really see why it was chosen. The mouldings around the ceiling and vast ceilings was the perfect environment for a fashion show.

After sipping on some red wine and mingling we were called to our seats and Seattle Rocks the Runway began.

Rather than one designer showing off their collection we were treated to a collaboration of stores coming together to show off their new clothes for the fall season. The stores that joined us for the evening were; Nordstrom, Columbia Sportswear, Butch Blum, Eileen Fisher, Sandylew, Oska, Finerie+CoLab, Club Monaco, True Religion, and Suit Supply. My favorite runway looks was the men’s suits. I love a man in some tweed. I’m familiar with most of the brands but was pleased to be introduced to some new ones that I fell in love with.

I wore a DVF dress and decided to take on the trend of wearing my blazer as a cape. Perfect for those nights that are a little chilly.

I made quite a few friends, one is a great blogger called AikA and you can follow here blog here. We had a lot of fun talking about upcoming trends and reading through the great Seattle Met Magazine.

Enjoy the photos!

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Through the looking glass….and into the store!

H&M Fifth AvenueAn article I wrote a few months ago and reusing it because it has an important message that all ladies need to read about.

‘Just the other day, I remember standing at the cashier desk of the cutest boutique ready to swipe that card and add a dent to the student account for the perfect purple strappy heels. Wait, I only came into town for some milk – so why the impulse buy? I’ll agree the heels elongated my legs perfectly for my beloved lace mini dress, but I had come to the realisation that retail has a dramatic pull. Although my friends are on the same on-trend band wagon as me I still wanted to investigate the reasoning behind the concept.

Whilst in Lincoln with a friend, vowing to stay clear of any good sales, I brought up my thoughts on the shop and their mischievous schemes. Working in a retail shop throughout the summer my friend became familiar with the visual merchandising of the shop windows. I began research so that I could make more informed decisions before the dazed feeling of ‘I need it’ surfaced again. Incredibly, there’s a science and art act to the whole window shopping experience that I never knew.

Barney's Madison AvenueRetail takes into account the culture, location, and audience in order to produce a successful display. Speaking in practical terms, England is a dreary and dull country so a store like most in the Lincoln high street will have clear glassed windows, perfect lighting, bright colours, and no clutter. In return a desire becomes present to want that sort of feeling of carefree life and that the clothes can make it happen for you, consequently you are drawn into the store. Alternatively, different audiences may be craving alternative feelings. This goes for rich vs poor, high-street vs boutique, and city vs countryside.  Places like Topshop and Primark are perfect examples to this. Kind of reminds me a moth to a flame, are we really that easy to entertain?

Calvin Klein Madison AvenueMore advanced skills are used subliminally. I’m not talking propagandas, I mean mannequins. They’re placed in acute angles to catch the eyes of passersby. But it’s only to draw you closer to the window, which then cleverly guides your eyes into the shop and all the products sitting there waiting for a new home, your home. Ever wonder why they hang things in windows that overlap. How silly of them now you can’t see the design on the perfect summer coloured blouse, you’ll have to go into the store to have a proper look. Everything done to a shop window is all a part of a witty plan to draw attention to their store and away from competition.

Now that you have been officially informed of the mind-boggling effect that a store can have when you are only walking by, don’t be naive. I think through the years we can all come to the conclusion that window shopping is only fuelling the temptations, so do yourself a favour and leave the purse at home.’

Photos courtesy of: the window watcher

Nueva Kaskada Opening

Megan, Joanna, and I

Thought I would put a blog up about when Joanna, Megan, and I went to the Nueva Kaskada opening in Marbella on October 12, which was so much fun!!! There was drag queens and performances from jugglers as well as my favourite, champagne and food YUM. It was amazing food by an award winning chef and the company was fantastic. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the morning after with last night’s festivities merely at bay and a full day of work ahead of me. But I cannot wait for the next one where I can see everyone again.

I’m wearing a leather skirt from H&M, shoes from Topshop, a men’s collared shirt, and vintage belt.

An Amor girl goes to the gallery

Megan, Joanna, and I had the chance to experience our first art gallery exhibition. Even saying it has made me feel so upper class and an added 50 points to the IQ. It was at the Alejandro Hermann Gallery and showcased G.Vega’s mural designs which were exquisite. I wore a tuxedo inspired sweater and calve length purple skirt from H&M along with orange/tan wedges from Marypaz (shoe store in Spain). Have a look at the pictures below.

Festive times

Joanna and I at Room 101

Being away from my family in England has been absolute torture, so when Christmas time was just around the corner I was literally bouncing off the walls with excitement. Although the English weather is nothing to be anticipated whilst I’ve enjoyed my days in the Spanish sun, I felt like I needed the cold to complete the festive season. I treated my family to real presents this year compared to trying my hand at DIY presents last year. Whilst I was spoilt rotten with a MacBook laptop which I’m in love with!!!! I also missed the food and indulged a little too much with the cheeseboards 😀

CHEESE!

My mom, sister, and I

Grandparents

As for the New Year’s my friend Joanna and I hit the Puerto Banus bars along the coast. I enjoyed the evening drinking several (oh hell, a bucket load) Caiprinas. Yum! I got a fabulous dress from a boutique on Catherine Hill in Frome, England called Boho. It was a gorgeous red and flowed beautifully. Paired with my white and gold heels I was ready for the evening. We met a lovely photographer and fashion designer whom we partied with till 8am.

Me and the boys

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