Celebrating AW17 Fashion with intu Milton Keynes

intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

New season! New styles!

Tell me I’m not the only one who’s super excited to get their credit card out and go shopping for fresh new everything?

The other week a few of us local bloggers were invited to the latest intu blogging event all about AW17 fashion and all the beauty products you need to know about this season. The evening kicked off with Prosecco and macaroons…..and don’t the best of evenings start off that way!?

intu Milton Keynes

intu Milton Keynes

intu Milton Keynes

We were joined by the fab fashion brands of Karen Millen, Topshop, Miss Selfridge and New Look, and each of them talked us through their trends for the new season and some of their great key pieces. Karen Millen showed us a beautiful collection of classy monochrome with added burnt orange coloured statement items to add that touch of Autumn. I also loved everything New Look, Topshop and Miss Selfridge had on display. This season, expect reds, amazing sleeves, embroidery, blingy jeans, the most gorgeous snuggly knitwear and a little bit of leather too!

intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

intu Milton Keynes Shopping

intu Milton Keynes

What have you got your eye on this season? I’m thinking of adding a few more mustard coloured items into my wardrobe this season, alongside some new jeans and a million pairs of boots in a variety of colours! My bank account won’t know what’s hit it.

Not only were we graced by the presence of some of our favourite fashion brands from intu Milton Keynes, the beauty teams from Debenhams were there in force, alongside the lovely team from RUSH salon.

I was super pleased to see Bare Minerals there giving mini makeovers and telling us all about their new BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation. This is one brand I’ve really been meaning to delve into a little deeper as I heard they are cruelty free! I love their brand as it’s all about being the best version of you, whether you like wearing liquid or powder foundations, the products are created to take care of your skin. They have the most gorgeous makeup range and I was so impressed to hear that they offer free …yes FREE! makeup lessons at their stand in the beauty section of Debenhams Milton Keynes. I for one will definitely be getting my name down for those very soon.

I also fell in love with the Laura Geller collection of Christmas gifts, they’re so beautifully packaged! I’ve never tried Laura Geller products before, but after hearing they’re cruelty free too, I’m looking forward to giving them a whirl.

intu Milton Keynes blogger

intu Milton Keynes

intu Milton Keynes

I have to say a huge thank you to the following brands for popping some lovely little goodies in our goodie bags for the evening: Lush, Karen Millen, Laura Geller, Clinique, Molton Brown, MAC, RUSH, Glam Glow, Topshop, Lancôme and Wrapchic.

RUSH hair salon (based in intu Milton Keynes) gave us a voucher for a free blow dry, so who was I to say no to a little pampering after work? If you’ve never visited their salon before, I really recommend booking in v. soon and checking out their absolutely stunning salon. It’s a mirrored beauty of a place, with gorgeous design all over. The team are so knowledgeable and really tailor the products they use to your type of hair. For my blow dry we went for a little wavy number, blow drying my hair straight and then adding curly waves using a beautiful GHD classic wave wand which has an oval shaped barrel. RUSH also sell the GHDs instore if you fancy trying the style out at home!

RUSH Salon Milton Keynes

Ahh, I’m so excited for AW17 shopping! Who’s with me!? :)

Don’t forget to pop over to the intu Milton Keynes website to plan your next trip, and I’ll see you there!

If you fancy giving me a follow (don’t feel obliged! ha!) you can find me on Instagram here: @Amanda_Alston on Twitter here: @Amanda_Alston and on Facebook here: Amanda Alston Blog

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Coming Soon: GM Events AW17 Milton Keynes Fashion Show + Competition

GM Events Fashion Show Milton Keynes

Autumn is officially here! It’s time to wave goodbye to those summer dresses, sandals and after work drinks in the beer gardens. Although it feels like we had to say goodbye to those for far too long already! The sun said hello very briefly this summer didn’t it!

Put on a snuggly jumper, grab a hot chocolate and why not snap up a ticket to the hottest AW17 fashion show in Milton Keynes?

If you’re a regular to my blog, you’ll know that I am a big fan of GM Events’ “Fashion Show MK” events. It’s such a fun evening of the latest trends, great brands (both local and UK wide), new collections, drinks, entertainment and so much more. It’s the perfect excuse to grab the girls for a fashionable night out, or pop along with your other half as there will be menswear there too!

Yes, GM Event’s Fashion Show MK is not just for us fashion loving girls, it’s for those style conscious guys too!

GM Events Fashion Show

Fashion Show MK

GM Events Fashion Show MK

Fancy it? You can grab tickets on Eventbrite now to ensure your name is down on the guest list and you won’t miss out!

Here’s the link you need: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fashion-show-mk-womenswear-menswear-aw17-tickets-35922010701 …I’ll see you there!

The GM Events AW17 Fashion Show MK will be held on Saturday 28th October, 7pm-10pm at the stunning Chicheley Hall, which is just on the outskirts of Milton Keynes.

Feeling lucky? I’m giving away 2 free tickets to the AW17 edition of Fashion Show MK over on my Twitter page!

It’s super easy to enter, here’s how…

  1. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here: @Amanda_Alston
  2. Retweet the competition tweet which can be found here: https://twitter.com/Amanda_Alston/status/906589740203474944
  3. That’s it! :)

Competition is open to the UK only. Closes Wednesday 18th October. Good luck!

I really hope to see you there, it’s definitely one night not to miss! Do come and say hello if you see me there :)

*Thank you to Gemma from GM Events for providing me with 2 tickets to give away to this fabulous event! Bring on the fashion, drinks & fun!

67:33 Fashion Brand Launch Party

67:33 Vintage Fashion Brand

Calling all vintage and new collection lovers!

Last night I was invited down to the launch party of 67:33, a sparkling brand new fashion brand, bringing you vintage collections hand picked by real people. 67:33 is the brainchild of my lovely former work colleague Amy Tompkins, working alongside her partner Akshay.

And…not only are they going to provide you with the best vintage styles, they’re also in the process of creating their own fabulous new collections. How exciting!

But why 67:33 I hear you ask? What do the numbers stand for? Last night Amy explained all. It’s all about how she likes to lead her life, 67% led by creativity and 33% led by logic. How beautiful?

67:33 Fashion Brand Launch

67:33 Launch Party

67:33 Launch Party

67:33 Launch Party

67:33 Clothing Brand Launch

67:33 Vintage Clothing Brand Launch

6733 Vintage Fashion

The launch party was 100% Pinterest ready, with gorgeous balloons, pom poms, music flowing, a beautiful food table complete with jars of sweets, glasses of Prosecco with that added raspberry touch – it was stunning. To one end they had rails of beautiful clothing for you to look through and lust over – a treasure trove of different styles, colours, cuts and patterns. It was simply perfect.

Amy spoke about her love for creativity and how 67:33 has had very humble beginnings from when she was living in a flat in London, collecting pieces from the markets, charity shops and anywhere she could get her hands on items she fell in love with. Years of passion have gone into 67:33 and if anyone can make it happen, I’m sure it’s Amy!

During the evening, Amy’s brother, Daniel Butler, recited a collection of poetry. A powerful selection of words to reflect 67:33, which were also printed in her publication that we all received last night to introduce us to the brand.

67:33 Fashion Brand Launch

67:33 Launch Party

67:33 Launch Party

67:33 Launch Party

67:33 is definitely one to watch, I can assure you.

Follow them on Instagram here: _6733 to stay up-to-date with their next movements, style inspo and perfect pieces.

They will be launching very very soon on the ASOS Marketplace, which is fantastic news! So do give them a follow, support Amy in her dream and let’s all enjoy the beautiful items from 67:33.

https://www.instagram.com/_6733/

Let’s be friends! Join me on Twitter: @Amanda_Alston and on Instagram: @Amanda_Alston :)

The Little Book of Earrings

Little Book of Earrings Review

How do you store your jewellery? Personally, I have one big box, a smaller makeup bag, some thrown in another storage basket, a trinket jar for earrings…..it’s a little haphazard to say the least! So, if you’re anything like me, or happen to know a few people who are big jewellery lovers – this is the post for you!

Little Shop Of Ltd. create the most beautiful ways to both store your jewellery and travel with your pieces too. I mean, just look at this Little Book of Earrings…isn’t it beautiful!?

When I received this in the post, one of my first thoughts was how good the quality it is. Not that I was expecting it not to be, it’s just SO lovely! It has a popper fastening and is filled with super soft padded pages to hold up to 48 earrings. The unique design will ensure your earrings don’t get tangled and gold and silver earrings won’t get tarnished either as the book is tested for sulphur content – perfect! They’ve even thought of those times when we rush out the door (always me!) and occasionally end up spilling/knocking something over in the process, the books are wipe clean!

Little Book of Earrings

Now, I’m going to be really honest here. I’m already planning my Christmas presents. Yeap. I’m one of those people who gets things throughout the year to stay organised and on top of everything. I have a spreadsheet on the go and everything…don’t laugh! I’m a geek when it comes to Christmas planning…ha!

Anyways, thinking ahead to the C word and any other birthdays this year, wouldn’t this just make THE perfect gift? Not only will 100% of people (I’m sure!) love to receive this as a gift, I’m thinking that this could be the perfect gift for those people who simply have everything, or maybe those who are a little harder to buy for. Don’t you think? Oooh, or people who love books AND jewellery – now this would be a winner for those people!

Little Shop Of not only do earring books, they do necklace ones, ones for rings, travel ones…and they come in a vast variety of colours and prints, you’re bound to find the perfect one for your loved one (or yourself!). The book style means it can be stored easily tucked away on your bookshelf or why not let it sit pretty on your dressing table?

Little Book of Earrings

Little Shop Of Ltd. is run by husband and wife team Simon and Jackie McLaren. Jackie really wanted something to keep her jewellery from getting tangled and together they came up with this fantastic idea. They tested it out via a local gift shop to see if they’d sell, and within 24 hours all the books had sold out! How fab! The books are now stocked at over 250 stockists nationwide, including the likes of Simply Be and JD Williams. Well done Simon and Jackie! I’m really not surprised as it’s such a lovely, beautiful, yet practical and affordable idea.

Little Book of Earrings

Little Book of Earrings Review

Little Book of Earrings Review

So, I bet you’re all wondering how you can get your hands on one of these beautiful Little Shop Of Ltd. books? I would be!

Just head on over to their website here: www.littleshopof.co.uk to find out everything you need to know, discover the collection and check out all the colour variations available!

Thank you ever so much to Little Shop Of Ltd. for providing this item in return for my genuine thoughts on it. It’s beautiful and I’ll definitely suggest it to friends and family who are stuck for gift ideas!

GM Events Fashion Show MK SS17

The GEMMEDIA Events team brought us yet another fabulous fashion show to Milton Keynes this month. The show was filled with fantastic local brands and top brands such as Krisp and Models Own.

Fashion Show MK

This time round the Fashion Show MK was held in a brand new and absolutely stunning venue, Chicheley Hall. Surrounded by miles of stunning countryside, it was such a lovely place to spend a Friday evening!

As we arrived (yes! Ian is a good’un and came with me for the fun of it!) we were greeted with glasses of bubbly and goodie bags, as we were lucky enough to be down on the VIP list – so it’s definitely worth grabbing a VIP ticket when the next show comes up!

As everyone was settling in and arriving at the venue, the drinks were flowing from the bar at the back of the room and the lovely Holly Bills was singing some fabulous tunes to get us all ready for the show ahead.

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Sitting on the FROW (obvs, because Ian and I are really important people y’know!) we were treated to runway shows featuring the most gorgeous dresses through to cool urbanwear for both girls and guys. Brands included the likes of Krisp, Mad FX Clothing, Daisy & Co London and Boutique Cholpon.

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Halfway through the show we got the chance to discover the brands even further by visiting their stands for a closer look. You could say I took a liking to the Krisp stand, as I ended up buying a beautiful red polka dot dress! I never thought I’d end up buying any clothes on the night, but hey…this girl loves polka dots and dresses, okay? I’ll be sure to share this beauty of a dress on my blog/social media very soon!

(Twitter: @Amanda_Alston Instagram: @Amanda_Alston Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandaalstonblog …plug, plug, plug!! Ha!)

In the meantime, here’s a sneaky little look at the brands we discovered on the night…

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Fashion Show MK

Don’t miss out on the next GM Events Fashion Show MK event! I mean, how often do you get to attend a fabulous fashion show like this? It’s such a fun evening!

Get involved and keep up-to-date with upcoming shows by visiting their website here: http://www.gemmediaevents.com/

…and by following them on Twitter here: @GEMMEDIAEVENTS

*I was given free tickets to this event, but I most definitely recommend popping along to this event for a super fun fashion filled evening if you’re local to the Milton Keynes area!!

The SS17 wardrobe staples you need in your life – Feat. intu Milton Keynes

Just before I jetted off to Iceland the other week (literally just hours before I flew!) I was set a challenge by the intu Milton Keynes team to find some perfect SS17 wardrobe staples. Challenge accepted! So here goes…

The first task was to explore the gorgeous new collection of white shirts at Karen Millen, and pick out my favourite style. I knew straight away that my favourite would be the one with the flared sleeves (the Bell Sleeve Shirt, £99). For some reason I’ve always been drawn to a flared sleeve or trouser, there’s something I just love about that 70s style cut. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of my carefree early teenage days, where I’d walk around town with friends in the most flared jeans I could find – naturally they’d be all ripped at the bottom. Does anyone else remember those days!?

Anyways, these stunning Karen Millen shirts can take you from used-to-be ripped jean teenager and transform you into an elegant lady in no time. Everyone suits a white shirt. They’re classic, they’re stylish and perfect for work or lunch with friends!

There’s various styles available in “The White Shirt Project” at Karen Millen, so why not pop along and pick out your favourite style too!

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For the next task I was asked to discover 10 items I feel are key for SS17. Are you ready for a whole heap of gorgeousness!?

Gingham, gingham, gingham! How can we talk about SS17 without mentioning this super on-trend style? We can’t. So here’s the low down on what I found.

Topshop came up trumps for me with these two amazing pieces. First up is this little gingham jacket, because, yes, even though we have some bloomin’ hot days in the UK (sometimes!) – it’s possible the next day will have a slight chill in the air, so this is perfect for that additional layer. It’s lightweight and so easy to throw over a multitude of outfits, yet it’s bang-on-trend with the print and those fab bell sleeves once again! (£59, Topshop).
Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

Also within Topshop is this skirt. I love it! It’s such a unique style and I just love the way they’ve designed the ruffle detailing. Paired with a plain tee, this skirt can do all the talking and make you look effortlessly cool. I think this is one piece you could have a lot of fun with. Dress it up, dress it down, I’m sure it’ll take you right through to the end of Summer. (Topshop, £39).

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

One of my favourite collections in Debenhams right now is Nine by Savannah Miller. I’ve spotted star print shirts, chilled basic styles and the most awesome embroidered shoes. One word to sum up the whole range is “cool”!

I came across this bag and loved the slouchy style to it and the tassel detailing. This leather bag would be such a staple piece in your wardrobe, I can see it being taken everywhere and being used over and over, all year round for years to come! (Nine, £89).

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

These shoes by Nine look super gorgeous but also super comfortable! I’m loving the chunky heeled style, which will be great for those parties where we dance all night long! Right through to that Robbie Williams song “Angels” that they always seem to play at the end of cheesy discos! (Nine, £35 – bargain right!?)

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Cute yet classy, these backpacks are great to double up as your every day work bag and weekend fun bag too! Many might dismiss backpacks as a “younger person’s” bag of choice, but I think this simple stylish design is perfect for us older (but still fun!) ones! (Topshop, £26).

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How stunning is this red dress? It’s all kinds of beautiful! I found this pretty little thing in the Petite range at Topshop (hello fellow 5ft 2’ers! *waves*), so it’ll be perfectly proportioned if you’re petite like me! This statement dress will definitely make an impact no matter where you wear it. (Topshop, £48).

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

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Ladies (and gentlemen!), I present to you my favourite dress of all dresses right now! The Blue Palm Print Dress from Karen Millen. Wow! What. A. Dress. I’m a sucker for bright blue shades and palm prints, so when I discovered this piece in such a flattering cut, it went straight on my wish list! Stunning. (Karen Millen, £145).

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

Weddings, Birthdays…the Spring and Summer months seem to be ever filled with fun events don’t they? I’m loving this beautiful pastel number from Coast, the colour is just perfect for this time of year! It’s just SO pretty! The flattering cut will suit a number of body shapes too. (Coast, £139).

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

Spring/Summer is all about exploring in the sunshine, so stay comfy and looking cool in these fab trainers from Dune. I’m a major trainers girl, comfort is often key for me day-to-day. I used to spend my teens and early 20s hunting down the coolest chunky DC or Vans trainers! So these pretty little Dune trainers are right up my street. Throw them on with your favourite jeans or your coolest dress – your feet will thank you for it! (Dune, £70).

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Now, if you’re looking for that one accessory that’ll get everyone talking, then the third task is perfect for you, as I was asked to find 5 amazing accessories that’ll transform any outfit!

I have to give Oasis a mention here, as time after time these guys totally rock the accessory market with their stunning necklaces, beautiful bags, dreamy scarves and so much more!

As soon as I spotted this scarf, I just knew I had to include it in my post – what a find! The print and colour is just perfect for that tropical holiday you’ve booked this summer – or for wearing to work on a hot summer day, wishing you were on a Caribbean beach with a cocktail in hand instead. How lovely are these little orange pom poms? Too cute! Pair this up with a simple black or white dress and you’re good to go.

If you’re loving this tropical print, do check out all the other items in the “Paradise Bound” collection at Oasis – you’ll be lusting after everything!

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger
Another colourful find from Oasis was this super clever reversible, yes REVERSIBLE bag! How amazing is that? You’re basically getting two bags for the price of one! I think this could make the perfect summer accessory to add a pop of colour to your outfit, whether you’re at home or away. Pink or orange? You choose! Love it! (£35, Oasis).

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

If bags are your thing, how about this little beauty from Karen Millen. It comes in both white or yellow (£89). The classic white will look great against a black outfit, creating a monochrome style – plus it’ll make your summer tan really pop! However, why not give the yellow a go to inject a little colour and have fun styling it with the different colours and prints in your SS17 wardrobe!?

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

Finish your look off with some designer bang-on-trend translucent sunglasses, like this pair from Karen Millen (£75). This classic shape and camel colour will see you through (no pun intended!) …summer after summer! This colour will go with every outfit you throw together, you’ll look effortlessly cool!

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

Are you heading to a wedding this year? Or simply looking for the *perfect* clutch bag? Well, take a look at this little Karen Millen number! This KM bag is so elegant, yet so subtly quirky with this 3D cube effect look. The nude pink colour is such a pretty girlie colour, but it also comes in black which of course will go with everything! (Karen Millen, £40).

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

Fancy a hair refresh for Spring Summer too? Then make sure you check out the new Rush hair salon in intu Milton Keynes! I met the Rush team the other week and they were so welcoming and gave me a fantastic hair consultation and suggested the best types of products for me to try out on my hair. The salon itself is sooo stylish, but don’t just take my word for it…look at these photos!

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

Milton Keynes Blogger

All of these SS17 finds have got me longing for my hot summer holiday! Yes, I did suddenly book a week away at a beautiful all inclusive hotel in Costa Adeje, Tenerife, within a week of returning from Iceland. Don’t judge me.

I hope you love all my Spring/Summer finds from intu Milton Keynes! Let me know if you go for any of them!!

Head on over to the intu Milton Keynes website here: http://intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes to plan your SS17 shopping trip! The website also has some amazing competitions, info about upcoming events and all the essentials you need to know.

Bring on those hot summer days!

The £18 TU Clothing bag of dreams

You know the drill, you’re invited to somewhere cool but you have nothing to wear and definitely don’t have a equally cool enough bag! A few weekends ago that was me. Invited down to the Palmer//Harding fashion show at London Fashion Week (thanks to Glo&Ray makeup!) and I had a real dilemma in the bag department. 8:30am on a Saturday morning I found myself in Sainsburys grabbing a few last minute pieces and I had my fingers crossed that I’d find a bag to help me look at least look half presentable! TU Clothing you did not let me down!

In came the £18 bag of dreams! This quirky little baby blue number completely stood out to me. I’m not surprised they named this bag the “Ritz Multi Compartment Mermaid Tail Bag”, I absolutely love the detailing! It was so lovely to see something a little different…

TU Clothing Mermaid Tail Bag

TU Clothing Mermaid Tail Bag

TU Clothing Mermaid Tail Bag

What do you think? Isn’t it fab! It’s the perfect size to fit in all your essentials plus a little more in case you need to fit a camera or any other little goodies you may take on your travels. The great thing about this bag is the amount of compartments. It has two big zipped sections, a front pocket closed with a magnetic popper, a main compartment in the middle closed with a magnetic popper and a further internal zipped pocket inside that. It is genuinely AMAZING! The long handle is removable too!

So if you’re on the lookout for the perfect bag this Spring, I’d definitely recommend this beautiful yet functional bag.

Here’s the link to go check it out if you fancy treating yourself… TU Clothing Ritz Multi Compartment Mermaid Tail Bag