Thursday, 26 February 2015

London Fashion Week AW15

This weekend was an exciting one, It was London Fashion Week and I was lucky enough to be invited to some amazing shows. I thought I'd do a round-up post of everything I got up to. Hayley and I traveled down on Friday morning and due to a landslide had to experience what seemed like 10 different trains.
There's no rest for the wicked, after experiencing delays I hot footed it across town to Bora Aksu at the BFC Courtyard Show Space. As always such a beautiful collection with delicate silhouettes, a victorian vibe and gorgeous crocheted workmanship. I love that the collection is so wearable too and It the finale even led by Laura Whitmore.

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I spotted a few celebrities in between shows such as Mollie King, Millie Mackintosh, Michelle Keegan and a few TOWIE/MIC regulars. This season I was really shocked by the whole media circus around them, I haven't really ever seen it in past seasons but paparazzi were like animals in the courtyard. It's a shame as Fashion Week shouldn't be this hullabaloo and you shouldn't be pushed about by burly men in the courtyard space.
Jean-Pierre Bragazna was my next show also at the BFC Courtyard Show Space. The collection was quite dark with deep purples and greens but I loved the camel shades especially the stand out camel jacket.
I was really excited for the Fyodor Golan as on the ticket it mentioned a collaboration with My Little Pony. We was greeted by a big colourful rainbow. The collection was insanely amazing, completly out there with bright colours, big silhouettes and appliqued little ponies! I particularly loved the baby pink strapless dress worn with the jacket, I included some of my other favorite looks below.
I managed to catch the Paul Costelloe presentation after their actual show. The models were wandering around with big hairstyles and gorgeous garments. The collection saw lot's of textures with tweed, velvet and lot's of ruffles. I really loved the variety of silhouettes which were all really wearable and feminine. 
The AW15 collection from PPQ was very Victorian and Gothic with lot's of lace ruffles around the cuffs and hemlines. The collection was completely black and white with classic silhouettes. It was a shame as the show was totally jam packed so I didn't have a clue what the models looked like waist down. 
Saturday morning saw the Orla Kiely presentation set in a mocked up library. The look certainly brought librarian chic to life with lovely prints, cashmere jumpers and full skirts. I loved the adorable pretty collars on the dresses and the over sized jackets especially the amazing cape! We also bumped into Michelle Keegan who posed for a cute photo in the lovely setting. She was wearing the most amazing Sophia Webster heels!

I couldn't visit London without doing a spot of shopping! I may have gone slightly overboard in KIKO but I'll leave that for another post. I'm actually heading to London Fashion Weekend today for another fashion-filled day at Somerset House!
Have you seen my 5th Blogging Anniversary giveaway?! I'm giving away  a £100 Joshua James Jewellery voucher which you can spend on Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Swarovski and more! Enter here!


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Happy 5th Birthday Rachel Nicole! + Win a £100 Giftcard!

Today marks the fifth year of me blogging! Rachel Nicole is now five years old! I can't believe I've been doing it for half a decade. I started my blog which was originally entitled 'Pretty Petticoats' (stolen from The Kooks' Ooh La) back when I finished Secondary School - I didn't post a lot in the beginning but I still find it funny to look back at posts. I definitely have improved the photography on here!
This blog has provided a platform to share my opinions on different trends, celebrities style and also document my daily outfits and what's going on in my life. I've learnt so much from doing this from and It's given me so many opportunities that I am so grateful for. I've just come back from my fourth season at London Fashion Week which would have not been possible without this blog. I've collaborated with some amazing brands, been to great events and even made some great friends along the way.
The opportunities which have arose from this blog wouldn't have ever happened without my readers. Which is why to mark my fifth anniversary I have teamed up with five different brands on five amazing giveaways. You getting the whole five theme? These giveaways will be running over the next five weeks with a new one posted every Monday. There's some really great prizes and I'm very jealous of whoever wins these!

Today's giveaway is for a £100 voucher for Joshua James Jewellery. The website stocks some gorgeous pieces from Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Micheal Kors, Swarovski and more! To be in with a chance of winning enter via the widget below.
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 Thanks to everyone who has read my blog or left a comment! I still can't believe it's been five years, maybe it'll be another five years! 


Monday, 23 February 2015

Best dressed at the Oscars 2015

The Oscar's took place in Hollywood last night and of course I had to do a post on the best dressed of the evening. As usual, I stayed up and watched the E! coverage to see all the looks from the evening. Throughout the 2015 award season I've been quite dissapointed which is why I've only covered the Golden Globes this year. Luckily, The Oscars had a few show-stopping gowns. 
The two stand-out looks for me are very different from each other. Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab was just incredible, she looked phenomenal. I am all in favour of a big princess dress and this just ticked all the boxes for me. I also love Margot Robbie's Saint Laurent look. It's not something I would normally be drawn to but she looked amazing and I read that her necklace was worth $1.5million! 
Emma Stone in Elie Saab // Jamie Chung in Yanina Couture // Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent // Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab // Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford // Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad// Kat Dennings in Gemy Maalouf // Suki Waterhouse in Burberry // Rosie Huntington Whitely in Alexandre Vauthier // Diane Kruger in Donna Karen

Jennifer Lopez got it spot on at the Oscars. I also loved Suki Waterhouse's Burberry gown which she wore to the Vanity Fair party. Who's look did you love?


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

A few weeks back, I was invited by the lovely benefit team to go to their Birmingham launch of their brand new Roller Lash mascara. The invite told me to go to Victoria Square which I thought was pretty vague until I arrived to see a massive pink truck! As always Benefit never failed to amaze me with something completely unique. The inside of the truck was decked out like a 50's hairdressers inspired by the roller effect of the mascara.
I kindly got gifted a mascara to test out and as I am an avid fan of They're Real Mascara I really wondered how this would compare. I've been wearing the mascara for a couple of weeks now and I'm really impressed. The hooks on the brush make the lashes curl into a lovely flick. The look is perfect for everyday but I wouldn't say as dramatic as They're Real. The mascara is really long-lasting with the curls holding all day but when it comes to removing the mascara, it can be a pain. 
This is how the mascara looks after a whole day at London Fashion Week so at least 10 hours! Please do excuse my horrific skin, It's in such a bad way!
The mascara's a great addition to my make-up bag. If you want to try out the mascara, Benefit has teamed up with Elle magazine to give readers a sample in this months issue. The mascara is also available to buy here.
I've just got back from London Fashion Week so I'll be posting about the shows soon! 


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