Spirit of Summer Fair & House Event.

So I was recently invited to the Olympia in London to attend the Spirit of Summer Fair* and House Event. I have attended lots of events however it was my first time at a Spirit Fair, on first impressions all was good. I got the train to right outside which is so convenient for people traveling from outside London and as for the venue wow, so light, bright and airy. I collected my press ticket and dropped of my case in the cloakroom easily all thanks to the friendly staff. 
It was then time to head back into the main hall and the decide where to start. I  did a quick swerve into the press office to meet the girls and get the heads up. If you’ve never been in one before they are like a little wonderful world full of samples and information on the exhibitors and well as expert advice on the venue, show and brands. I got all my questions answered and was pointed in the right direction. 

This event had a great mix of exhibitors with a strong element of all things home, including furniture, fixtures and interiors. On the opposite end of the scale there was also fashion, accessories, food, gifts and nursery items to peruse. Something for everyone to enjoy. I hope you enjoy some of the highlights I took from the show, I met some great people and picked up inspiration along the way. 

Katherine Pooley and her decadent chairs and dining table caught my eye straight away. Simple yet elegant designs, this is definitely a brand to look out for. Ana Barreto also stood out they had a large stand with some exquisite  pieces. How divine does this bed look? the overside padded headboard is a simple way to add luxury to your bedroom. Instant effect and glamour. 

You can never see too many lamps and beautiful chairs, right? I could of filled my house twice over. 
The interior brand which stood out to me most was that of Juliet Travers, on the day I actually met her mother Pandora who showed me through some of the designs and told me about the next collection which is sounds great. Quintessential british with that special JT touch. The glimpse of metallic and perfectly sketched designs definitely made her selection stand out from the rest.

I didn’t really go for too much fashion on the day however if I was shopping for little ones that day I would have been spoilt for choice. The nursery, clothes, toys and necessity were all amazing, such a good variety of independent brands.
Onto more grown up goodies, if you like something with a bit of sparkle or a little number to drape over your shoulder, they had it covered. The bags from Castellano Ethnic Origins were    beautifully handwoven in bright colours with unique patterns. A brand set up to give something back to the community. These are perfect for festivals or someone who likes bold individual style pieces. 
Estella Bartlett as seen in Selfridges and John Lewis as well as other stores was the stand to be at for fine jewellery pieces. Simple jewellery which brought you something different from the norm. These silver and gold plated pieces are a sweet delight. I was so welcomed by the girls on the stand, we had an amazing chat about jewellery and all things blogging and social media. If you are looking for a present or treat for yourself, please support this wonderful team.

I enjoyed wondering around looking at the gifts and getting a little inspiration for some of the special people in my life. I love shopping for presents and always try to find something unusual, there is nothing better than a specially picked out gift, right? Although a box of Malteasers from the petrol station would be also be grateful received i’m sure, yum!  

Over the course of the day there were several expert workshops and talks to take part in which were hosted by House. I join Oka, who were explaining how to enhance a space with faux flowers. I usually work with fresh flowers so to get some expert tips of how to care, style and enjoy faux flowers was invaluable. Long gone are those silky yellow roses your nan used to have, these arrangements were stunning, more about this session soon though. 

Finally here is a little peak into some of the items I received from the press office to support future posts and build brand knowledge on some of the exhibitors. Look out for a post soon on what it involves to be part of the press team at an event, the pros, the cons and lots of tips to boot.
This was a great day in terms of finding new inspiration, meeting likeminded individuals and seeing the currents trends. I have lots to share with you. 
The next fair will the Spirit of Christmas held in November, I can’t even imagine all the magical delights to come. Definitely a ticket worth buying if you need festive treats for your homes and friends.
Thankyou to the Spirit of Summer Fair aswell as Homes and Garden for inviting me to share the day.

Hannah  

The Glamour Beauty Edit | Latest In Beauty

Do Latest In Beauty ever bring out a duff box? They are seriously still my favourite right now. I love the Glamour Edit’s where they join up with the team from Glamour Magazine to put a collection together a box which is bursting with the best hand selected picks that you know are going to be on trend yet still at the top of their game. No faddy products here. 
This is a previous box however I just wanted to share some of the delights you could be getting in there brand new box. The Summer Edit, which has just been released.

A new brand to appear in LIB boxes is Cheeky. A nail varnish line which is quirky and loves the cheeky side of life. I received a coral pink shade called tongue ‘n’ cheek. This is perfect shade now summer is round the corner. 

We got two hair treats this time. The best hair tie ever invented from InvisiBobble, say goodbye to hair kinks and sore heads with these little guys. Excited to have some pretty new colours. Next was the volumising mousse from Percy & Reed. I love this brand already, so I hope to find out if this can give a little volume to my flat and fine hair.  

It was then onto the eyes, a new mascara is always a good  surprise. Miss Manga from L’oreal claims to be voluminous. I am excited to give this a try as that is what I prefer rather than more length in a mascara. A blue eyeliner from makeup guru Daniel Sandler was also an interesting but exciting product. These are so smooth to apply and perfect to add a pop of colour to the low lash line.

Last but by no means least were two essentials you always need lipbalm and showergel. Burt’s Bees for me are the winners in nourishing lipbalms so I am pleased to have a new replacement. Rituals a brand I’ve never tried offered a foaming shower gel infused with rice milk and cherry blossom. I have never used this formula before in the shower so I am hoping for an amazing lather, the scent from this bottle has already won me over really. 

Wow this box has covered all bases to get you pampered and preened, another amazing edition. I can’t wait for the summer edit to arrive now.

Have you tried Latest In Beauty yet? 

Hannah  

Ideal Home Show is coming to Manchester

Images c/o Ideal Home Show, 2014.
The Ideal Home Show is coming to Manchester this week and I can’t wait to attend. This is an event with a difference and has something for everyone to enjoy. From interiors, home improvements and gardening to technology, fashion and beauty.
It is being hosted at Event City in Manchester between the 4th – 7th June, so you still have time to buy your tickets. It’s a day out not to be missed full of inspiration and shopping opportunities. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day and some well known TV guru’s sharing there expertise. 
I will be heading over on Saturday and can’t wait to share all the goodness of the show with you. 
Will you be treating your home this year? 

Hannah  

Getting Ready for Summer with Max and Co at Specsavers.

With spring on its way out and the sunshine peeking out a little more each day can only mean one thing. Summer is round the corner and we can all get excited. 
Summer for me means, sunny afternoons, lemonade in the garden, family adventures and summery accessories. Sunglasses are one of those essentials. Not only are they the finishing touch to your summery outfits, but they protect your eyes. It’s not just your skin you need to look after in the sun. For me they also massively help to reduce the amount of headaches I get from the bright light of summer. 
I wear glasses or contact lenses on a daily basis so I normally have a regular set of sunnies and a prescription pair. My latest love is a Max&Co set from Specsavers*. 
They are the latest band at Specsavers and propose an Italian style contemporary collection with a unique array of colours, textures and prints. Even better they are now included in the 2 for 1 designer range sale, double the style for half the price.  
I love the range, it’s really fresh and vibrant. When giving them all a try I noticed the frames were so light which is great and makes them so much more comfortable to wear. These were my favourite pair, with black tints to make them into sunglasses and the cute pop of orange on the arms; they will be perfect for summer.
Have you got your summer frames yet? 
Hannah  
*pr sample

2015 | March Highlights

Erm, March where did you even go? I have been so busy and done so many things in the last month, it really has flown by.  I have been to London, been to Kingston, been inside Henry Vll’s kitchen, celebrated family milestones, had sleepovers with my niece and nephews. Aswell as going to work, I created lots of designs for Uni, fought to keep healthy (just about made that) and of course it was Easter so I celebrated that with the rest of you too. 
So yep, it’s been a busy one!

Believe it or not the month started off quietly, for the first week or so. All I did was go to work and do coursework. Handed in another pesky assignment aswell as creating some lovely sympathy floral designs for my portfolio.  

A little free time, meant I had the chance to catch up on some of my favourite blogs. Annabel from Mascara and maltesers is not only a friend but has a beautiful blog which is perfect for when I need a bit of beauty indulgence.  
I have also been indulging in Flowerona a flower design blog by Rona! This eloquently written site focuses on all elements of the industry.  I get so much inspiration from Rona, to help with my own floral journey. However even if you just have a love for flowers in general you will love the website. 

March sixth brought a special night, one of my mums Christmas presents was to go and see Brendan Cole’s A Night to Remember show at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. I didn’t really know what to expect but it was a fabulous night. Glitz, glamour, handsome dancers,   and lots of audience interaction, we really would recommend it. 

Towards the middle of March things got a little crazy. It was my nephews first birthday, my brothers anniversary aswell as my mum and dads. Lots of celebrations, treats and present buying went down! 

After all that excitement it was time to start focusing on preparing for London. I packed up and set of early to get there before the lunch time rush then headed straight to Tottenham Road. Followed by a quick trip to Liberty London, walking through their flower entrance is always a delight. I picked up some homeware and props for my photography and then headed out to get lunch before catching the train up to Kingston Upon Thames.

Once in Kingston I headed up to Old London Road to check into my hotel, and was greeted by this delight. The ‘Out of Order’ sculpture by David Mach. This was attracting so much attention and helped me find my hotel for the whole weekend in a town which was very unfamiliar to me. Bags checked in, I wrapped up and headed out to find my bearings and grab a bite to eat before sunset. 

On the Saturday, I headed over to Kingston University to the Traverse15 conference, the highlights of my day there were meeting new likeminded friends and bloggers, a fab masterclass with Pinterest UK, talking all things travel and gaining some expert advice on social media and brand collaboration. More to come on what I gained from my day soon, what this space.

Sunday brought my last day off of the month, I headed over to Hampton Court Palace and gardens, home to Henry Vll and his many wives. It was such a blustery day so it was hard to make the most of the outdoors, however inside was incredible. I spent at least three hours in there, so much to see, do and explore. Who would have thought I would ever see a Tudor toilet hey, haha! I will definitely be going back in summer to explore the gardens and get lost in the maze. 

It was then time to check out and say see you soon to Kingston before heading back up to Euston to get the train home. 

A fairly busy month for me, with lots of excitement. I wonder what April and Spring will bring!

What was your favourite part of the March? 

Hannah