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Nottingham Intu Victoria AW16 fashion event

The lovely Ellie over at Elliecreation told me about the fashion event Intu Victoria centre were holding I was thrilled to be given a chance to go and see the new collection launching for AW16. Although not the most fashionable, I do love fashion, from browsing the 'New in' section of clothes stores, or scrolling through the hash tags for fashion week when the new styles are being showcased for the upcoming season. I won't be doing an OOTD to go along with this post for what I wore to the event as I went straight from work with no time to change and I don't feel my work trousers and a jumper were fashionable enough to make a post on! I definitely felt under-fashionable!

The evening began with the journey to Nottingham straight from work, so I met Ellie and we headed off together, we made sure to get to Nottingham in plenty of time to have food before we went to the event as we knew we would be hungry if not! We decided to head to The Stonebaked Pizza co. as we had seen it was due to open when we were in Nottingham for another meet up in August. The pizza was really nice and I would definitely back when I go to Nottingham again, the service was amazing and the food was served very quickly without really having a wait time.

We then headed to the event where we were greeted and checked to see if we were on the VIP blogger list, I thought this was very snazzy and made me feel very important! We were then offered a drink, with the choice of alcoholic or non alcoholic to cater to everyone's preference and if they were driving or not.

We were then asked if we wanted to make a flower crown, which was a fantastic idea and a lovely thing to do. I have never made a flower crown, and was a firm believer that they probably don't suit me, but I wanted to experience the workshop and see where my creativity took me. I picked out a beautiful plum flower as the key piece on the crown and worked around that with some help from the Amy over at Super + super HQ. The workshop was great and the idea that she does Hen parties, birthdays and more gives me some things to consider for my upcoming wedding, as this could be a nice idea for an addition to my hen.

There were a lot of mannequins around showcasing fashion from different high street brands and stores within the Victoria Centre, it was lovely to see the key pieces for the trends and how they had been styled for both men, women and children. This was great as it also gave me some inspiration for autumn winter fashion for my fiancé that I could pass along.

There were then some beauty counters and stations set up to talk to and view, with some samples being given out. There were Benefit doing brow make overs which I was able to have them done and loved the way they looked so I can implement those things into my routine at home using the products I have from benefit, as well as booking myself in to have a make over done at the counter.

We then had Lancôme, Clarins, Estee Lauder and Liz Earle offering make overs or product testing and samples which was a great way to network with brands, get a better insight into their products and also a good way to test and feel products in a comfortable environment.

The fashion show had three models showcasing outfits, there were two female models showing the latest fashion from an upcoming brand in John Lewis 'Modern rarity' and a male model showing some of the latest pieces from John Lewis men's collection. The clothes were so beautiful and there were definitely a few key items I am lusting over and wishing I could get from the collection which is currently out of budget with the upcoming wedding, but I will definitely be using as style inspiration for my wardrobe update.

After the fashion show the items were put on hangers for us to have a look at and see the quality and design close up. Everything felt so amazing, the quality is fantastic and the overall theme of the collection is simply desirable. From the detail of the hangers to the quality and attention to detail, the collection is definitely a show stopper and one that will be a huge hit for a range of styles with easy to integrate key pieces featuring throughout.

If you had a makeover at benefit for their brow station and went on to book and appointment for an in store make over you were entered into the prize draw they were doing on the night. I entered my name and hoped for the best, I don't have very good luck and so I barely win anything. First to be called was the lovely Ellie who I attended the event with and I was so thrilled for her to be picked as it looked an amazing goody bag and she really does deserve it for being so lovely. Next much to our surprise my name was called and I have to say I was so shocked and amazed, I feel so lucky and over the moon to have some beautiful benefit goodies to try out as some of them were ones I haven't tried and some are firm favorites.

 After the draw we began to get our things together and the brands began to pack up their stations ready for the close of the event. The organisers and hosts of the event then presented us with a lovely bag from Søstrene Grene with some lovely home wear bits inside. It is lovely to get some home wear style goodies as being fashion and beauty based it is often those types of things in goody bags so it can be really nice to mix it up and receive something a little different.

I had a fantastic time as the event and I want to say a huge thank you to Intu Victoria and the hosts of the event for letting me come along and experience the fashion show and see the upcoming collections. I am grateful for all the hard work and effort that goes into these events and the networking and opportunities bloggers get from them. I cannot wait to get into the stores and start shopping for key autumn/winter fashion pieces.


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