Recently I’ve been hearing about lots of local events going on and I thought I’d give you all an update, so here goes!
Heels on the Hill – Wednesday 25 September (get your tickets quick!!), Festive Hill Marquee, Dungannon
Hosted by Dungannon girl and former Miss Northern Ireland Joanne Salley, the catwalk show will include collections from independent retailers, high street stores and the Linen Green. Menswear will also be shown as a new addition for this year. And you will get to go home with a goodie bag!
Tickets £8 available from participating retailers and Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, 028 8772 8600
Victoria Square’s Autumn/Winter Fashion & Beauty Spectacular – Saturday 28 September, Belfast
The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon – not only will Victoria Square’s Personal Stylist, Rebecca McKinney be giving some fashionable advice, but there will also be catwalk shows (at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm), beauty demonstrations, instore offers and goodie bags for 500 lucky shoppers! You might even win a prize, one being £1000 to spend on a new winter wardrobe (and you can enter now online!)
Fabulous Fashion Teas – Saturday 28 September and Sunday 29 September The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
For £35 you can choose which Fashion Tea you would like to attend, enjoy a glass of Champagne, Afternoon Tea (including sandwiches, scones and pastries) and take a goodie bag home! You will also be able to shop the catwalk looks at the pop-up boutiques which are open all weekend.
You may have read my last post and will know that Nor Lisa will be showing at 5.30pm on Sunday. Other shows include collections from Diamond Dolls, Goddess and Swift, Ruedi Maguire and Edge Emporium.
Tickets available from email@example.com or by calling 02890262717
Fairhill Shopping Centre VIP Event – Tuesday 1 October 6-9pm Fairhill Shopping Centre, Ballymena
Described as ‘fun, fashion and fabulous’ this is the sort of event I need to attend;) During the ‘Lock-in’, there will be a DJ, beauty treatments and participating stores will offer up to 25% discount on purchases. You will also get to enjoy some sweet treats and cocktails served up by topless waiters and you can go home swinging your goodie bag!
Pre-register now to attend and you may win £250 Fairhill gift vouchers!
Avril’s Winter Boden Party (supporting MS Society) – Thursday 3 October 10am-10pm, Belfast BT17 9JF
This is a great idea – I was at Avril‘s last party and it was great fun – clothes on rails in the dining room, mirrors in the changing room/living room, buns and coffee beside the tills in the kitchen! This was also my first time buying from Boden and I now own a few pieces – and with 20% off on the day, it would be rude not to go! And bring along a friend who hasn’t shopped with Boden before, and you’ll get a bonus £25 account credit!
Avril will not only have the full range of ladies clothes and accessories, but she will also have a selection of Mini Boden, Johnnie B and Boden for men.
Check out Avril’s Winter Boden Party on Facebook
Frocks for Freedom – Saturday 5 October 8pm City Hall, Belfast
This event is supporting the A21 Campaign which works towards fighting Human Trafficking. The night will include a catwalk showing of the 2014 S/S collections from Unify Fashion Collective, with special appearances from GAA and rugby stars, as well as a dance performance by Vibe Academy, music from Cola Cubes and Rosie Carney to name a few, and refreshments from Laverys Bar and Cafe Vic-Ryn.
You can buy your tickets for £25…and get ready to get your dress and heels on for a fabulous night out!
House of Fraser Student Night – Tuesday 8 October 6pm-9pm, Victoria Square, Belfast
What better way to stock up the new wardrobe for student life than browsing the rails with a DJ playing in the background and drinks on hand!
West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK – Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 October, venues across Belfast
Belfast’s very own Fashion Week with ready to wear clothes showing on the catwalks! Lots of fun events to attend for a variety of tastes – check out the events at Time for Fashion!
You can buy tickets from http://www.belfastfashionweek.com or call the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 90 246609.
So there you have it, plenty to keep you busy and looking fashionable! Have fun!
This week I had the opportunity to visit the studio of local fashion designer, Lisa McCabe, the face behind ‘Nor Lisa’.
I have seen fashion in a whole new light since completing my course this summer. The life behind an item of clothing has always been of interest to me, but I never quite got it – how trends make fashion, how a collection comes together, where designers find their inspiration. Having had a few opportunities to see behind the scenes this summer, gave me a whole new insight – the excitement was definitely bubbling!
Before looking at her new collection, I wanted to find out a little bit about Lisa and where her inspiration came from. Having studied at the University of Ulster, and interning in a variety of roles in London during a year out, Lisa began to identify her individual passion, born out of the symbolism she found from the Spitfire plane and her love of 1940’s womanly figure.
Where it all happens…
Her collections aim to capture movement with their straight, yet floaty designs. Through the use of print and texture, Lisa prefers to keep her accessories and hair and make-up to a minimum, allowing the fabric to speak for itself.
But Lisa’s main passion is print, and that is clear from this season’s collection. Using both digital and screen printing, Lisa experiments with different fabrics to get the best effect. A collection which set out to show Venice Style with the masquerade ball as inspiration, became one of my loves – the contrast of goth and floral.
For Nor Lisa Fashion, this season embraces the ‘moody blooms’ trend, which consists of lush colours in overripe hues, scattered across darker tones with elegant womanly charms. The glamorous collection embraces a dark winter romance, using high end luxurious fabrics including silks, silk chiffon, soft cotton and stiff linen. With this season comes the return of Nor Lisa Fashion’s custom designed in-house prints, which gives the new collection a completely unique look that won’t be found anywhere else.
from Fabulous Fashion Teas information leaflet
Described as an ‘up and coming Northern Irish designer’, Lisa is working towards showing at the final show of The Merchant Fashion Teas on Sunday 29 September (5.30pm). At a cost of £35 you will get to enjoy a glass of champagne, have a selection of delicacies during afternoon tea and go home with a goodie bag! And if you see something you love on the catwalk at the Teas, the collection is available to order or buy directly from the pop up boutique which is open for the whole weekend.
The New Collection – a little peek at one of the new prints.
The blue dress is one of my favourite pieces – the shade of colour, the pleats, the velvet lace, the style…
The pleats in this red dress are so heavy, they fall beautifully!
So I have chosen the Nor Lisa pieces I want to be wearing in A/W 2013, go buy your tickets quickly, you don’t want to miss out!
Tickets can be purchased by calling The Merchant Hotel’s events team on 028 9026 2717.
Lisa will also show pieces from her collection at West Coast Cooler’s FASHIONWEEK.
A Nor Lisa design – West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK
Don’t panic, it’s just for a moment! On Saturday I had the opportunity to get my hiking boots on and head off on a Secret Ramble. Unfortunately the rain came and the wellies were unleashed, but besides the quick outfit change, we are well used to the rain here, so hoods up, and off we went!
I was surprised to hear the statistics about walking, and may be embarrassed to tell you which category I fall in to – 24% of adults in Northern Ireland rarely go for walks, 19% never venture more than 500 metres from their car! But I am also in the category of people who ‘described a feeling of euphoria’ with the achievement of reaching a summit and having that sense of beauty of our little land.
We started the journey in Minnowburn carpark, Belfast. This was one of ten trails, selected by the National Trust for the launch of The Great NI Walk, that can only be accessed by foot.
We headed up to Terrace Hill Garden where there was a short re-enactment of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Then on to the Sandpit Field for a chance to relive the sixties music festival ‘Pop for Peace’. On towards the Giant’s Ring for some fascinating history on The Stone Age Story and finally, we followed ‘The Lagan Love Trail’ where a range of artists were developing a new concept of art, showcasing poetry, music and literature.
Our final leg of the Ramble took us to the Piccolo Mondo van for pizza and coffee – the perfect end to a relaxing day, just getting away from it all and appreciating our little country.
I am of the same mindset of the other 80% of adults in Northern Ireland who wish they got out and walked more, to make new memories, discover new places and to feel revived. After the reality of being back to work, and keeping on top of life’s others pressures (no matter how much fun they may be!) this was just what I needed – thanks National Trust!
You can join the Great NI Walk from 1 September to 3 November – find out more about walks in your area by going to http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatniwalk
A perfect Friday night for me involves relaxing with friends and food, so when an invitation came through from FABB (a local group of Fashion And Beauty Bloggers), I was not turning this down!
The invitation came from the recently renovated Malone Lodge Hotel. It was to take the format of a Pyjama Party, with a tour and treats along the way! First up, complimentary parking in the hotel’s carpark – a relaxed start to the evening! On arrival we were greeted with cocktails and then set off on our tour. The hotel felt sophisticated and yet homely – evidently family run. From the modern and chic entrance, to the buzzing restaurant ‘Knife and Fork’, past the Audrey Hepburn photos before heading on to the intimate surroundings of our room for the evening.
At this point I was feeling devastated I was unable to stay the night, I was ready to sample the delights of this restaurant over breakfast, but will definitely return, when in the next few weeks Afternoon Tea will begin, with a special menu for men, women and children – nothing like feeling special! Not only does the restaurant offer an evening menu, but The Knife and Fork also has a Deli with take-out food to enjoy. I love the idea of The Intimate Room, where guests can appreciate the special treatment in the quiet surroundings of their own beautifully decorated area.
And now to our intimate room. The PJ’s were officially on to enjoy the luxuries hidden away in the Malone Suite. Cocktails, cupcakes and the biggest, most luxurious bed!
As a new member of FABB along with Trea from Treasures n Pleasures and Ruth from Willow Lane, the introductions began. Find links to the other local bloggers here!
We then relaxed over dinner, followed by pampering, including a make-up tutorial by Bex from Bexberry. More cake and popcorn was served just in time for our movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.
If only my normal Friday night looked exactly like this!! If you would like to be part of the fun at the newly refurbished Malone Lodge Hotel check out the information on their Family Fun day taking place in September.
Thanks to the staff at Malone Lodge for their fantastic hospitality and to Anna at INCPR and Katrina for all their organisation. I’m free this Friday night to sample the bed and breakfast too, and next Friday, and the following Friday…?!
Ok, so just imagine…it’s Sunday, the sun is shining and the players are warming up behind the scenes. I have the perfect position on Centre Court to see all the action, maybe even catch the winner’s sweat band at the end of the game.
But what am I wearing…?
Leo Stripe Lantern Dress – Oasis £40
Leafy Flower Garland Headband – New Look £4.99
Rupert Sanderson Leather Cross-Body Bag – Selfridges £995
Cospel Patent Peep Toe Wedge Court Shoe – Dune £39
So, imagine…it’s Sunday, you are on Centre Court…What are you wearing??