The MTV EMAs 2014

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I was lucky enough to be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasgow at the weekend, for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Scotland has been host to the EMA's (now in it's 20th year) only once before, and this year promised to be the best yet.

With performances from Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, U2 and Slash, MTV were set to make it an International affair, featuring not only the latest pop acts to top the charts, but also some of the most successful Rock icons of the 20th Century.

An event like this was worth getting up at an unsociable time on a Sunday morning - I was up and out of the door just after 5am. After a swift security check and a smooth flight (got to love domestic flights), we arrived in Glasgow around 10am and headed straight to our hotel to check in. It was then time to collect our wristbands and tickets (for the main event and the pre-party) and get ready.

 

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The mail out to attendees stated that we would be standing on a raised platform close to the awards stage, so we should prepare to be on camera and dress to impress! My friend and I sensibly chose dresses that we're both glamorous yet comfortable, and most importantly, weren't completely weather inappropriate (it was around 4 degrees in Glasgow at the time).

 

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At 5pm we were transported to the Glasgow Science Centre, where the official pre-party was taking place. Drinks and food were provided, and there were several photo booths (with props) to make the most of - which, of course, we did.

 

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A short walk across the bridge and we were at the venue for the main event, the SSE Hydro - the Hydro is ranked in the top five busiest indoor entertainment arenas in the world alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden in New York and The O2 in London.

Once inside - this was our view. We were in the VIP area right next to the awards stage, giving us prime location to spot and snap the host, Her Minajesty, and the other award presenters (including Jena Malone, David Hasselhoff and Jourdan Dunne).

 

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We were given wristbands to wear and were told that they would be lighting up at some point during the event. As Enrique Iglesias appeared on stage, it all became clear that the audience were going to be part of his stage performance, and the venue lit up in thousands of colourful dancing lights - all changing colour in sync with each other, and in time with the music!

 

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For those of you that missed the awards, here are the winners:

  • Best Video - Katy Perry 'Dark Horse'
  • Best Female - Arianna Grande
  • Best Male - Justin Bieber
  • Best Pop - One Direction
  • Biggest Fans Award - One Direction
  • Best Look - Katy Perry
  • Global Icon Award - Ozzy Osbourne
  • Best Song - 'Problem' Arianna Grande
  • Best Rock - Linkin Park
  • Best Hip-Hop - Nicki Minaj
  • Best Worldwide Act - Zhou Bichang
  • Best Alternative - Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • Best New Act - 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Best Electronic - Calvin Harris
  • Best World Stage Performance - Enrique Iglesias
  • Best Song with a Message - 'Pretty Hurts' Beyonce

 

We were so excited to be given the chance to attend the EMAs and thoroughly enjoyed the event. Fingers crossed I get to go next year - after all it will be hosted in Italy. Milan, here I come!

 

 

Autumn Fashion: Bonfire Night

Heading off to a fireworks display next weekend? Then be cosy and fashionable with these lovely, affordable Autumn pieces from some of my favourite online stores.  

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Plus 20% off if you use code WARMERS20 at the checkout

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Boohoo

15% off everything (ends midnight tonight) - use code ENJOY at the checkout

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ASOS

25% off selected Winter items

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Disney Villain inspired fashion at George at ASDA

Perhaps it is because Halloween is almost upon us (the only time when it is socially acceptable for you to dress like a ghoul and act like a child), or it might be because according to the retail world, we are now technically in ‘pre-holiday season’, either way George at ASDA have decided to celebrate by collaborating with Graduate Fashion Week to bring customers a collection of Disney Villain inspired dresses.  

Starting with the first one, which is clearly inspired by the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The floral design on the tulip-cut skirt balances out the masculine collar of the top, adding a touch of femininity to the dress.

Graduate Fashion Week Floral Bottom Disney Villains Dress - £28

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Next we have a Dalmation dress inspired by Cruella De Vil. A mix of smart casual styling and structure makes this a versatile dress that can be worn with boots and a scarf to a coffee date with friends, or dressed up with statement accessories and heels for a glam night on the town.

Graduate Fashion Week Belted Disney Villains Dress - £30

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The final dress in the collection is inspired by the enigmatic Maleficent. This gothic, structured dress is perfect for a grown up Halloween party, and the high-neck and sheer sleeves are practical touch for those chilly Autumn nights.

Graduate Fashion Week Belted Disney Villains Dress - £28

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So whether you're looking for that perfect Halloween costume or are simply looking for a stylish nod to your favourite childhood characters, give these a whirl. At these reasonably prices, they're sure to sell out quickly.

If dresses aren't your thing, you could always go for a Bambi onesie!

Disney Bambi Onesie - £14

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Photography & Modelling: A Glimpse

I did a brief stint as a model a few years back (including competing in the Miss England competition), but more recently my appearances in front of the camera tend to be for my sister Courtney, who is a Wedding and Portrait photographer (you can visit her website here). She is also a keen fashion and newborn photographer, so if you're looking to get a portfolio done in any capacity, please get in touch. I keep most of my photos on Facebook, but I thought I'd share some of my favourites on here. All photos are by Courtney Louise Photography unless otherwise stated.

Enjoy, and as always, comments welcome :)

Christmas Gift For Him

Struggling for gift ideas for the men in your life? Here are just a few suggestions to make this Christmas extra special for him. If you think of anything else, in keeping with these gifts, that you think should be included, don't forget to leave a comment. Classic Leather Hip Flask - Aspinal of London, £40 (with free engraving)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men's Barbour Auckland Chunky Zip Through Lambswool Sweater, Barbour £164.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Baker Woollen Trapper Hat, House of Fraser £36 (was £45)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D&G Bifold Leather Wallet, ASOS £150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mulberry Oak Travel Card Holder, Harrods £80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, Urban Outfitters £9.99

Coming soon...

Christmas and New Year are fast approaching, so I thought I'd let you know what I've got coming up for Girl On The Wing. First up, Friendly Fires are playing at the Engine Shed in Lincoln tomorrow so I'll hopefully have some photos and a review up by the end of the week. In the meantime, here are a couple of my favourite Friendly Fires tunes - Enjoy! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65_cgr4PJFk]

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Then in a couple of weeks, I'll be enjoying lapping up the VIP treatment at The Clothes Show Live, and will be posting about all the trends, gossip and what to buy (including photos from the Live Catwalk Event). So make sure you come back on the 10th Dec to see the roundup from the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will also be posting my Top Christmas Horror Movies List over the next couple of days, so keep an eye out for that, and let me know if you have any suggestions of your own that didn't make the list.

Fashion Forward: Ochre-Motive

This winter has seen the comeback of rich, earthy tones to compliment the animal print and fur trends that will see you right through until spring. Here are some of my top Ochre picks from the high street (click on the image to buy):  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ochre Textured Rib Pencil Skirt, Miss Selfridge - £26.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ochre Ruched Shoulder Blouse, Dorothy Perkins - £15.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTO Ultimate Skinny Jamie Jeans, Topshop - £40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paloma Argyle Pattern Acrylic Knit Pom Pom Hat, Boohoo.com - £12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colourblock Contrast Satchel, ASOS - £21

Missguided.co.uk - Shop the TV Ad

My new favourite online retailer Missguided.co.uk, who pride themselves on "delivering key catwalk looks and celebrity inspired women’s fashion"* at affordable prices, very recently branched out into TV advertising, putting them up there with the big names in affordable fashion with TV presence, such as M&S and H&M. Premiering last night during prime fashion viewing time, in the ad break for season finale of The Only Way Is Essex, the advertising campiagn's theme of Drop Dead Gorgeous certainly delivered!

You can now find all of the items featured on the TV ad on the website and in the latest More Magazine, grab your copy now and get your mitts on these fashion must-haves pronto, in time for Christmas.

 

Here are just a couple of the fabulous Drop Dead Gorgeous pieces featured on the TV ad:

(Click on the images below to be taken to the product page on the Missguided website)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larysa Long Sleeve Jersey Maxi Dress in Wine - £17.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zafira Ponyskin Platform Wedge Boots in Cheetah Print - £35.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafaela Loop Knit Chunky Cardigan in Rust - £43.99

 

*http://www.missguided.co.uk/about

Top Fashion Buys This Winter: Splurge or Save?

With Christmas just 38 days away (is it too early to countdown?), it's time to start saving for those presents. But just because you want to splurge on the family this year that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to suffer, or your shopping habits.

I have scoured the online shops for some of this winter's top fashion buys, providing a 'Splurge' option if you have the cash to spend, and a 'Save' option if you'd prefer a cheaper alternative and save your pennies for other Christmas buys.

The Polka Dot Dress

SPLURGE:

Sheer panel polka dot shift dress, £190 @KarenMillen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

Sasha Polka Dot Mesh Bodycon Dress, £25 @boohoofashion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leopard Print Trousers:

SPLURGE:

Tripp NYC Leopard print skinny trouser, £85 @ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

Rossa Leopard print leggings, £8.99 @missguided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hooded Scarf

SPLURGE:

Mantaray Fairisle Knit Hooded Scarf, £28 @Debenhams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

Taylor Sherpa Teddy Hooded Scarf, £12 @boohoofashion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bondage tights

SPLURGE:

Wolford Bongage Tights, £32 @Selfridges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

Black Strap Around Bondage Tights, £6.99 @girlynightout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape:

SPLURGE:

Jarlo London Brown/ Black Sandra Cape, £87 Lottie's Attik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

Grey Check Cape, £18 @Nextofficial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparkly Dress:

SPLURGE:

Lipsy VIP Scallop Beaded Dress, £120 @LipsyLondon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

Sequin Shift Dress in Blue, £25 @Matalan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in one pyjamas:

SPLURGE:

Leopard Print All in One, £36 @Topshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

Sorbet Jersey All in One, £19 @Verynetwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Knits:

SPLURGE:

Stanley Jasmine Jumper, £65 @Cath_Kidston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

H! by Henry Holland Grey Leopard Print Jumper, £40 @Debenhams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Lace Dress:

SPLURGE:

Black Hi Neck Lace Dress, £75 @WallisFashion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

John Zack Lace Dress, £39.99 @Newlook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faux Fur Coat:

SPLURGE:

ASOS Patchwork Faux Fur Coat, £95 @ASOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE:

Chocolate Faux Fur Jacket, £68 @Nextofficial

Trends for this Autumn

It's nearly October, and we're at that somewhat awkward time of year where it's no longer summer, but it's not quite time to bring out the Aran sweater either. As the fashion and lifestyle magazines give us suggestions on how best to prepare for the months ahead, here is a round-up: Peter Pan Collars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grunge ('90s - mix mohair, tartan, wool, velvet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats (berets, fedoras, 'tis the season to wear a hat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brogues (flat mens style)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Real Price of Beauty

The beauty industry in the the UK alone is a multi-billion pound industry, and the simple fact that Britain is slowly crawling out of a major financial recession yet a record 3,500 jobs in the beauty sector have been posted this month across the leading job sites, suggests that despite the current dreary climate, people are making beauty and cosmetic preservation a priority; helping the industry thrive. But are we spending more money or just adopting a more 'disposable' attitude towards beauty (as we have been doing in recent years with fashion)? I would argue that the latter is perhaps more truthful, taking my recent article on Lidl's cut price perfume beating Chanel's new £61 perfume in a blind test as a prime example. If you take a trip to your local town centre or shopping mall, you will see that many high street stores and supermarkets are branching out into beauty products. Over recent months I have tried many of the 'cheaper alternative' products on offer, some have proven it to be a case of you get what you pay for, but some have provided pleasantly surprising results as well as saving a few pounds. The first product comes from Superdrug's Sleek range. I tried all of the products pictured below, including Pout Polish lipgloss (£4.30), Ink Pot eyeliner gel (£4.29) and Divine Storm eyeshadow palette (£6.49), and was very pleased with the results of all three.  

When I first came across the Sleek range I was looking to buy a gel eyeliner, and after being recommended Mac gel eyeliner by a friend (coming in at around £8 for a small pot), I decided to take a gamble and try Superdrug's cheaper alternative. It comes complete with a handy eyeliner brush, which allows you to create a solid, sleek line or a more smudged effect if you prefer. I was very impressed with the eyeliner and the little pot goes a long way (even with regular use). I then decided to try out their eyeshadow palette. As a girl who likes her eyeshadow but never knows which colour to go for, this palette with 12 different shades is the perfect solution - it takes up minimal space in your makeup bag and the neatly arranged packaging means your colours stay separate with no mess. Finally I purchased Sleek's Pout Polish, a light summer shimmer for lips perfect hybrid between a gloss and a lipstick. The texture is quite sticky to touch, yet when on it transforms to a light shimmery gloss that moisturizes and protects against the sun. Next up, Aldi's Lacura makeup range, specifically their foundation (pictured below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having spent years investing (too much) money in sub-par foundations, I decided to give Aldi's £2.39 foundation a try. Promising 'perfect coverage and natural shine protection', Lacura foundation is silky and light to the touch, and comes in 4 shades so you're bound to find one that suits you. Best applied with fingers, this light foundation provides a dewy finish and contains aloe vera and shea butter which moisturize the skin while providing even coverage. I will never forget the saying 'labels are on the inside for a reason', and this is true not just for fashion, but for beauty products too. I can't speak for everyone, but it pays (and saves) to leave your brand/ label snobbery at the door if trying to be moneysaving or lead a more green lifestyle. No-one knows what brand of makeup you are wearing (unless you tell everyone) so why pay over the odds for a more expensive brand when you could buy a cheaper brand that offers as high a quality product? So what is the real cost of beauty? Not as much as you might think, and with supermarket and high street competing with the Macs and Chanels of this world, the price could be even lower in future.

'Vintage Loves' Boutique Opens in Horncastle

Local entrepreneur and all-round Fashionista, Rachelle Wilson, has taken her passion for Vintage clothing and accessories to the next level by opening a boutique, aptly named 'Vintage Loves' in the Horncastle Antiques Centre - Home to some of the most sort after Antique and Vintage items in the country.

Rachelle's collection is described on the 'Vintage Loves' Facebook page as:

**Original handpicked vintage items and accessories for women. You can find our lovely buys at the Horncastle Antiques Centre from July 2nd!

VintageLoves offers you quality vintage clothing and accessories at affordable prices.

Vintage clothing has traditionally been the favourite of creative personalities because it offers an enormously wide range of imaginative styles.**

A whole range of beautiful items were on offer at today's launch, including everything from fur coats, leather handbags and silk dresses, to jewellery, sewing patterns and lace - All set off with some British bunting for decoration. Have a look for yourself what is currently up for grabs at the boutique (photos included from today's launch, below):

  

   

   

   

   

You can become a fan of the Vintage Loves Facebook page by clicking on the link.

In addition to selling her Vintage items through the boutique, Rachelle plans to host 'Vintage Love' parties as well as opening an online shop. If you live in the Lincoln/ Horncastle area and would like to have a 'Vintage Loves' party, please contact Rachelle by email for more information.

Follow @Vintage_Loves on Twitter