Christmas Group Giveaway - Win $55 Paypal cash!

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It is officially December which means the holiday season is in full effect and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway! This is a group giveaway with a total of 4 lovely bloggers included who have all chipped in and you will have the chance to win a prize of $55 (approx £35) of Paypal cash! Whether you want to use the money to treat yourself to something you've had your eye on or you want to put it towards buying some Christmas gifts for loved ones, it's totally up to you how and where you choose to spend the winnings!


Giveaway Rules:

- There will be one winner of the prize money that will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.
- You must be truthful with all entries - all entries will be checked
- If you complete all entries you will receive 10 bonus entries!
- There is just one mandatory entry - to comment on this post about your holiday plans 
- You can tweet about the giveaway each day for extra entries.
- This giveaway ends December 22, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. EST (5am GMT)

Meet the Bloggers:

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Best of luck everyone!
Amie xx
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Fashion // Hints & Tips for Placement Year Applications

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If you are currently studying fashion, whether that be marketing, buying or design related (amongst others), you will most likely have a work placement or placement year option included in your course. As many of you know, I study International Fashion Marketing at MMU and have just gone onto my final year after completing my placement year as a Buying/E-Commerce Assistant. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on placement and I'm sure your lecturers have already started drilling into you how important it is for you to gain a placement year - especially if you have just started your second year. Not only will it give you an insight into a job/company you may want to pursue a career with, it will also give you a heads up on the game with vital experience and contacts once you are looking for a graduate job. I must state that not everyone will get a placement year or decide to take one in the first place; that doesn't mean you are doomed to never find a job once you have graduated, I know many people on my course who have just graduated without taking the placement year option and have already gained jobs in the industry. It's not the be all and end all, but I would recommend it so you can experience not only the application process but also various job roles to give you a better idea of what you want to do, or not do once you graduate. I've decided to write this blog post to give my hints and tips to make the application process a lot easier for yourselves, to help take away some of the stress and to make sure you are fully prepared. Even if you don't have a placement year as part of your course, some of these tips can also be applied to help you find some short term/ part time work experience with a company or an internship during the holidays.
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Fashion // Little Black Dress Collection Launch

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The little black dress is the ultimate fashion staple; a timeless, stylish and iconic piece that appears in virtually every woman's wardrobe. As Karl Lagerfeld said: "One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a little black dress", Although the styling has changed over time, LBDs remain a girl's best friend due to the versatility and glamorous allure that proves perfect for almost every occasion. A few weeks ago,  Little Black Dress invited me along to the launch of their very own collection that naturally features a selection of the most gorgeously designed LBDs. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend in the end, but I still couldn't resist sharing the new collection with you! With an abundance of styles that are ideal for the upcoming party season, you won't be disappointed with Little Black Dress' new collection. 

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Fashion // The best of New York Fashion Week SS15

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September is more than just the start of autumn, it's also signifies the start of Fashion month - And it's that time of year when the hottest designers, editors, models and celebrities all descend onto the streets of New York to watch the catwalk shows and presentations that will give us that first glimpse of the trends to look out for come next spring. It's all very exciting and I can't wait to see what my favourite designers have in store over the next few weeks. I have previously discussed couture week collections on my blog, so I thought it would be fun to also write a round up of my favourite catwalk collections and looks that have graced New York Fashion Week. So let's begin..
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Beauty // Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Review

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Last month, Revlon released the latest addition to their ever growing Colorstay range - the Colorstay Moisture Stains; a 12 strong range of vibrantly coloured lip products with a creamy formula and glass like finish that promises to drench your lips with colour and moisture. These are just one of many hybrid lip products to appear on the market recently, similar to that of the L'Oreal Colour Riche  L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks that I reviewed earlier on in the year. Revlon is one of my favourite high street cosmetics brands and I was instantly attracted to the sleek looking packaging and the promise of long lasting colour. So when the official release date arrived I hopped on down to Boots and picked 3 of my favourite shades to try out for myself.

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Travel // Kefalonia Photo Diary Pt 1

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I apologise in advance as this will be a very photo heavy post! A couple of weeks ago I headed to Kefalonia with my University friends Leah & Rachel and my boyfriend John for a relaxing week in the sun full of wine, sunbathing and lots of delicious Greek food. If you are unfamiliar with Kefalonia, it is an island off the west coast of Greece that has the most breathtaking scenery with a mountainous landscape and some of the most stunning white pebble beaches. Compared to other Greek islands, it is a lot less touristy; it's not the place to come if you are looking for a party destination, but it's perfect for an laid back week in the Grecian sun where you can discover and explore what the island has to offer or relax to your heart's content. Now let's get on with the photo diary..
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Beauty | Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara Review

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I'm one of those girls who just loves eye make up, without eyeliner and mascara I feel completely naked and you would definitely not catch me leaving the house without it - even on holiday I will wear waterproof eyeliner and mascara - my obsession is that bad! My eyes in my opinion are my best facial feature; a bold flick of jet black eyeliner with lovely long and volumised eyelashes is definitely my go-to look to help emphasise my eyes and make them stand out. I am always on the look out for the *perfect* eyeliner and mascara, I tend to switch between brands quite a bit to try out different products as I have yet to find a mascara or eyeliner that's been 100% perfect for me. I was browsing the make up stands in Boots when the Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara caught my eye with its' cute packaging and big claims for 'corner to corner volume and length for High Definition impact'. I was very intrigued by this mascara, although I had never tried a mascara from Seventeen prior to this, I have been pleasantly surprised by a couple of their other products in the past, so I thought I would give it a go and see if it lived up to the bold claims being made on the packaging. 
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Giveaway // Fashion Is Our Religion's Blog Birthday

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Hello everyone! Can you believe it? It's been just a little bit over a year since I started Fashion Is Our Religion, although I've been a bit pre occupied with doing things with the house and interning full time throughout July it meant I missed the actual date, but I couldn't let it go by without doing something to celebrate and to thank all my lovely readers for sticking with me all of this time!

A lot has stood in the way between me and being able to fully commit to the blog, but I'm so pleased to be able to come back to my little space on the internet when I can and get to know all of you lovely lot in the blogging community - already I feel more confident and think that blogging has enriched my life, I love researching and writing posts for you all and I hope you enjoy reading them! As I've now finished my internship with AX Paris and I've found myself in between jobs, I now have the opportunity to spend some time on the blog and get lots of posts up (in between applying for new jobs of course). 

Anyway, it seemed like the perfect time to get this giveaway up and running! To celebrate Fashion Is Our Religion's blog birthday, you have the chance to win a Benefit make up item of your choice! Will you go for the tried and tested Porefessional? Or maybe Benefit's latest must have item the They're Real Push Up Liner? It's up to you! This is your chance to add something into your collection that you haven't had the chance to before

In order to enter the giveaway, please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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  • This giveaway is open to UK residents only and runs from 29th July - 31st August 2014
  • If you are under 18 please ask permission to enter this giveaway
  • The winner will be contacted once the giveaway has ended and must respond within 3 days otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
  • The prize in this giveaway are as stated, you can choose one Benefit make up item of your choice, if the product you choose is sold out, you may need to choose an alternative
  • Benefit skincare, accessories, fragrance, beauty kits and giftsets are excluded from the giveaway - It's just a single make up item up for grabs in the giveaway.
  • This giveaway is ran through the Rafflecopter widget below in order for the giveaway to be fair and so a completely random winner will be chosen
  • People who choose to follow and unfollow in order to gain extra entries will be classed as void and won't count towards the entries from which a winner will be chosen. Entries will be checked to make sure they are valid when the winner is drawn so that the giveaway is fair for everyone who is entering genuinely.

Thanks for entering and good luck guys!

Amie xx
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Lifestyle // Life update

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You may or may not have noticed that I have been absent from my blog for a little over a month now, this was in no way intentional and due to a number of events in my life it has left me without a choice but to neglect the blog a little bit. I know I'm not the most on the ball when it comes to blogging in the first place, as I started this blog whilst also starting my placement year I did start to struggle with keeping up the consistency that I had at the start, I often felt the struggle with balancing my work, personal and blogging life and whilst I did try, real life often had to take priority over my digital one. This doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy blogging but with working full time and being in a long distance relationship, I felt it hard to find the time to really devote myself to my blog, I didn't want to end up writing crappy little posts just to fill the space that nobody would find interesting or useful and I preferred to write good quality and in depth posts over quantity; if that meant only posting one blog post a week then so be it. Blogging has been an outlet for me to express my thoughts and has enabled me to come across so many others who have the same interests as me, even though I only posted a few times a month, this blog and the blogging community have been on my mind daily and I don't think a day has gone by without talking to my fellow bloggers over on Twitter. 

Anyway, I'm rambling once again..

The past month has been a bit of a whirlwind for me, at the start of June I went on a family holiday to Rhodes where (due to no internet or free wifi) I took a break from social media and the blog. Since then I have literally not had a free day to spend time on the blog! The rest of June, during the weeks I was finishing off my placement year, making sure everything was up to speed and training up my replacement so that they can competently carry on with what I did solo over the year. I also had to consider the fact that come July I would be unemployed and needed to find another job of some sort up in Manchester for when I moved back up after my placement, so often spent my free evenings trawling the internet looking for any available jobs. 

Speaking of Manchester, you may or may not have seen on Twitter that me and John have got our very own house together, as it's the first time we will be living together it's all very exciting getting everything ready and building a home together. The weekends leading up to July were spent trying to sort out furniture and things for the house, as we have a whole house to furnish that is a lot to buy! Though we did take one weekend off to go to see Kasabian perform at the Summer Solstice in Leicester which was an incredible performance - if not very mosh pitty, I still have the cuts on my feet from it! I actually made the move back up to Manchester on Tuesday, there is still so much to sort out and the majority of the furniture is still left to build, we're living out of suitcases and we haven't even cooked in the kitchen yet, but we're happy with building our house up from scratch; it may be stressful getting everything sorted, with late night dashes to Ikea and Tesco to pick up food but we're excited to see the finished result hopefully in a couple of weeks. Another factor as to why I've been so quiet is our internet situation; although we ordered BT Infinity months ago, they've still not managed to activate our account on time and it's took numerous calls that ended up going to the head of complaints to finally get it sorted, hopefully this should be resolved next week at some point. 

Another, very last minute event also took place this week that really took me by surprise. On Monday I received an email from AX Paris about an intern application I made a week or so prior and they wanted me to start immediately! So with moving on Tuesday and then starting my new job at AX Paris on Wednesday has meant this has pretty much been the busiest week of my life! I knew that I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to intern at AX Paris, even if it meant our evenings were also spent sorting the house out and buying furniture until Ikea were ready to kick us out. It's been really hectic I'll admit, I didn't think I would get a job so quickly after only finishing my placement year a week ago, but I'm glad that in the time I thought I would be unemployed anyway that I could fill it with such vital experience at AX Paris. I've been there 3 days and I'll be interning with them until the end of July, I've enjoyed it so far so I can't wait to see what I'll be doing over the next few weeks!

As John has gone to Le Tour De France up in Yorkshire this weekend, I've come back down to my parent's home to spend the weekend with them (hence my internet access ha). It's my mum's birthday next week and I was supposed to be staying down here for a few more days, but due to my last minute internship this threw a spanner in the works with our planned trip to the seaside for it, though I hope she will forgive me for not being there on the actual day and that this weekend makes up for it.

I think that's about it from me for now! Hopefully once we have the internet sorted at the new house and we've got everything built and ready you will be seeing some more blog posts from me. Once the house is ready I'll do a blog post to show you all of our hard work, I may also do some posts on my recently finished placement and my internship at AX Paris if any of you will find this interesting? I have a few more bits and bobs planned, so hopefully I'll get some spare time soon to share them with you all very soon.

Amie xx

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Beauty // Skincare Products for Oily/Combination Skin

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Skincare is something that I've never really taken seriously, throughout my teenage years and up until quite recently you could barely call it a skincare routine it was that basic. My skin isn't exactly bad, but I do find that it gets oily very quickly leaving me with a shiny T-zone and skin that generally feels quite clogged up and greasy. I never really got acne as a teenager so in that respect I was quite lucky, but even though I'm in my twenties I still found myself getting a few angry red spots popping up on my chin and forehead. What I've mainly had trouble with since I was a teenage are blackheads around my T-zone and chin, no matter what products I used they either had little or no effect and the blackheads always returned. In the winter months I also suffer from dry skin, especially around my nose and cheeks which I find particularly embarrassing as make up just exaggerates any dryness that appears. I never leave the house without make up, even on holiday or whilst exercising I will wear make up to conceal my skin's flaws as I just don't feel comfortable going bare faced in public and get extremely self conscious that people will stare at me (even though I know that most likely they wouldn't even notice). 

A couple of months ago I was generally going through a bad skin phase thanks to the cold weather and I knew that I had to try and do something about it. I did a bit of research on the best products to try out for oily/combination skin - and encouraged by some French pharmacy skincare offers on Escentual and Boots' trusty 3 for 2 promotion I decided to completely overhaul my entire routine. Since starting to use all of these products collectively I have noticed a vast improvement in my skin, I'll admit I did have a purging period of about a month where my skin did break out more than normal, but I persisted with my routine and my skin now looks smoother, I hardly get any red angry spots and even my blackheads have started to reduce in size and slowly disappear. My skin is still not perfect but hopefully with these products I will be on my way to clearer, blemish free skin. I'm not a skincare expert but I wanted to share with you which products I have been using as collectively they have been working for my oily/dry skin, and maybe if you have similar skin problems to me it might help you decide which products to buy/not buy.


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Trend // Art Attack

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For decades, designers and fashion houses have taken inspiration from the art world to create their own wearable pieces of art, with collections filled of intricate detailing, geometric patterns and bold colour palettes; paying homage to the art movements of the time such as Art Deco, Minimalism and Pop Art. Art and fashion have always gone hand in hand and this season the lines between the two have truly being blurred to create a hybrid of stand out, daring garments that, in themselves, are works of art that need to be admired. It was inevitable that artistic themes would pop up in the fashion world once again and this season is the time to take risks with your wardrobe and really express your creativity.

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Outfit Of The Day // Scallop Hem and Tropical Print

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Fashion Is Our Religion Blog Sale

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As I will be shortly moving house and need to save up some extra pennies, I have decided to have a big clear out and decided to sell my soul unwanted beauty and fashion products in a blog sale! The following products no longer suit me or I don't really use them enough - some I've received through beauty boxes and gift sets and I don't really like them that much or have a need for them. I may add more products to this as I find more stuff I don't need so feel free to keep checking back! As for clothing, I shall add this to the sale once I have photographed everything (I have a lot of unwanted clothes!). 

- This will be a UK only blog sale
- Everything is on a first come, first served basis
- If you would like anything, please email me with your choices and address at fashionisourreligion91@gmail.com and I will confirm all prices and postage
- All payments will be taken via Paypal - please tick the friends and family box to make sure Paypal doesn't charge either of us
- If there is no payment within 24 hours, the items will be released back into the sale
- Postage will be tailored to each order - price will depend on quantities, size and weight of items sold, but I will keep it as low as possible
- I won't accept returns or exchanges - all sales are final and non-refundable so please make sure you want the items before you commit to pay - but feel free to sell on yourself
- All items will be cleaned before being dispatched - all beauty products will be wiped clean and all clothing has been washed - though some might be a bit creased on arrival from being folded up
- Items will be dispatched within 2-3 working days of payment and will be marked off as sold on the blog sale

If you have any questions, comment below or send an email to fashionisourreligion91@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!

Amie xx
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Beauty // L'Oreal Colour Riche L'Extraordinare Liquid Lipstick Review

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Do you ever find yourself wishing that you could have an ultra pigmented lip colour that also has a high shine finish and keeps your lips soft and hydrated at the same time? Lipsticks, glosses and balms all have their advantages and disadvantages but do you ever wish you could combine the qualities of all three into one easy product? L'Oreal have answered your beauty prayers with the Colour Riche L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick.
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Fashion // Kate Moss for Topshop Collection - First Look

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I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Topshop, sometimes I will walk in and think "I'll take one of everything!", other times I feel that the clothing is totally unwearable in real life and you would be seriously laughed at if you walked down the street wearing it (I'm looking at you, Meadham Kirchhoff collection). Topshop does like to innovate and be ahead of the fashion game, but can occasionally become so preoccupied with trends that it loses touch with the target market and what they would actually wear on a daily basis; who really would wear a PVC apron dress or honey monster-esque coat after all? Then to put all my worries to rest, along comes Kate Moss with her first collection for Topshop in nearly four years, of which the look book and photos of the entire collection were released today - and all I can say is THANK YOU!

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Fashion // ASOS Haul

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It's been a while since I did a haul post, though don't be under any illusion that it's because I haven't been making some purchases these past few months! Me and my bank account have recently become victims of the latest mid-season sale on offer at ASOS; In fact I have made 3 separate orders to ASOS since their sale began! Though it isn't as bad as it sounds, I haven't kept everything that I originally ordered and I did reorder some things that I needed a different size for - just to guarantee that I got those items and not rely on the exchange service that would take a few days to process. So see this haul as the final edit of the items I have decided to keep - I wasn't looking for anything in particular, just few on trend pieces to refresh my wardrobe for spring, so I have ended up with a great mix of garments and footwear to suit a range of trends that would easily slot into my current wardrobe and revive it from its' dull and wintery colour scheme.
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Company Style Blogger Awards - Vote for Fashion Is Our Religion!

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Hello all! Now I know you are probably sick to the back teeth of these posts and to be honest I didn't even consider putting my blog forward at first. But thanks to a little encouragement from Hannah at Cosmetic Crave I've decided to go for it! Hannah put her blog forward last year on a whim and ended up being shortlisted which is amazing! You just don't know what will happen unless you actually go for it, so even though I don't in any way think my blog is the best thing since sliced bread, I really put everything into each and every post and I hope that reflects to you all. I have received such fantastic support over the past few months and it has spurred me on to carry on improving and taking my blog to the next level. I write about all aspects of the fashion industry whether it be about fashion weeks, trends, new collections, red carpet looks and marketing campaigns as well as about my own fashion looks and placement year to offer a multidimensional and exciting range of posts that is constantly changing and providing a fresh look on the industry as a whole rather than just showcasing my style.

I am very curious to see what will happen and it would mean the world to me if I was actually shortlisted! To be nominated for a blog award would be such a huge honour - my blog is still very much a baby, but I hope you've noticed how far my blog has come over recent months and that you think it's worthy of a mention. So if you enjoy reading my blog, I would really appreciate it if you took a minute of your time to nominate www.fashionisourreligion.com in the 'Best Fashion Blog - Newcomer' category! 

To nominate Fashion Is Our Religion - follow the link to Company's Style Blogger Awards nomination page - http://www.company.co.uk/magazine-hq/company-style-blogger-awards-2014

Enter your email address and Fashion Is Our Religion's URL - www.fashionisourreligion.com

Select the 'Best Fashion Blog - Newcomer' option (at the bottom of the drop down list)

If you want to say a quick sentence as to why you like my blog there is an option but it's not mandatory :)

And that's it! If you do nominate my blog please do let me know, it really will make my day if I know you are taking the time to vote for me. I was a bit reluctant at first to go for this, but I have nothing to lose putting myself forward and I could end up surprising myself if I do end up being shortlisted - and I'll have all you lovely readers to thank for that. 

Thank you in advance for supporting my little blog :)

Amie xx
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Trend // Mix and Match Coordinates

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One of the hottest trends to take off this spring is matching separates. It's all about coordinating your entire outfit and there has never been a bigger range of matching separates to choose from! All across the high street you can find simple tailored separates to more casual cropped outfits in bold and sometimes wacky prints. Whether you want to sharpen up your working wardrobe or liven up your street styling, there are coordinating outfits to suit everyone's taste and comfort zones.
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Fashion // Dixi Jewellery Thunder In Our Hearts Collection

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Today has seen the launch of Dixi Jewellery's highly anticipated spring collection 'Thunder In Our Hearts'. I have been an admirer from afar of Dixi Jewellery and I’ve found myself lusting over their website on numerous occasions as their jewellery collections are simply gorgeous. A couple of days ago, Dixi Jewellery kindly sent me these preview images from their Thunder In Their Hearts lookbook to give me a sneak preview of their brand new collection before anyone else!

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Review // Tanya Burr Lips And Nails Collection (+Swatches)

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I think it's safe to say that as soon as Tanya Burr announced that she was going to launch her own nail varnish and lip gloss collection that it was going to be one of the most hotly anticipated launches in the bloggersphere. Although I'm not a really really religious follower, I think it's great to see how successful Tanya has become and to even have the opportunity to create her own make up range must be a dream come true. Feel Unique announced that Tanya Burr's collection quickly became one of their most successful releases to date and it just proves what an impact that blogging has on the modern fashion and beauty industries and how much influence blogging gurus hold. It was no surprise really that Tanya's collection proved to be such a success with millions of loyal followers and subscribers from around the world, I couldn't imagine it being anything else but a big hit.

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Fashion // Outfit Of The Day - Florals and Kimonos

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Fashion // Outfit Of The Day

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Red Carpet // Oscars 2014 - Get the Best Dressed Looks for Less!

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Unless you have being living underneath a rock since the weekend, you will know that it has been all about The Oscars - in particular who would appear on the prestigious red carpet best dressed list. I have seen many a best dressed list by fashion websites, fashion critics and bloggers alike, and after you read a few they do all tend to feature the same gowns and can become quite repetitive. I originally was going to create a best dressed list but decided that most of you will probably be tearing your hair out at *another* blog post on this! So instead, this post is going to be a bit different. For years, magazines and website have shown us how to recreate the latest celebrity looks snapped by the paparazzi and garments hot off the runway at fashion week, so I have been scouring the internet to find high street alternatives to recreate the designer gowns featured on The Oscars best dressed list! Who wouldn't want to look like a movie star at a snip of the price of a bespoke designer gown? If you have an event coming up such as a prom, summer ball, wedding or black tie event, these high street dresses are guaranteed to make you look every inch the movie star and channel the best dressed style of Sandra, Lupita and Jennifer!

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Fashion // Outfit of the day

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Haute Right Now // Couture Fashion Week S/S 2014 Favourites

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My favourite week of the fashion calender has come and gone, I have a real soft spot for Couture Fashion Week, although I know it's completely unwearable and the chances of me getting even close to wearing some of these gowns and outfits is zero, I can't help but to be taken in by the complete fantasy world that these designers envision and daydream of ornate gowns encrusted with jewels and impossibly complex silhouettes that I find myself coveting. Couture Fashion Week is an escapism from every day fashion, you can't help but to anticipate every look that saunters down the catwalk knowing you could be shocked and captivated at any point, this makes Couture Fashion Week especially enthralling as you really do delve into the complete unknown. I suppose my head is in the clouds as even on the high street I find myself automatically drawn to beautifully bold and embellished pieces - that are often very impractical unless I was attending glitzy events, but I can't help but adoring these from afar and appreciating all the intricate details. Couture Fashion Week kicked off for a 5 day extravaganza of luxe fabrics, outlandish designs and statement pieces that everyone will be pinning and retweeting and I've brought together my favourite collections from this week of couture.

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Uni // Applying For A Fashion Placement Year

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Like a lot of fashion students, last year I had to go through the stress inducing and emotional process of applying for an industrial 12 month placement as part of my University degree. When I first accepted my University program in International Fashion Marketing, I was naive to believe that everyone just gets a placement and it was a certainty as part of the course. Only in my second year where I was going through the process of placement applications did I realise how wrong I was

My application journey


To learn that on average, only 60% of students are offered a placement struck me with panic; will I be good enough to be offered a placement? what will happen if I can’t find one? What happens if I graduate and I have to go against people with this experience that I failed to achieve? To think my future and success in the industry could very well rest on me succeeding in finding a placement and getting such vital experience before I have even finished my second year definitely added a lot of stress, not only to me, but to everyone in the same situation with the same thoughts running through their heads. You are suddenly competing with the people you sit with, go out with, maybe even live with; you can feel everyone’s determination to be the ones to get the job.
As soon as I started my second year, it was drilled into us to apply for everything that comes through, build portfolios, practice assessment tests, thoroughly research the companies and do everything in your power to stand out from other candidates. You are literally thrown in at the deep end. Not only do you have to do all this, but you have to concentrate on uni work, maybe even hold down a job and try to get some work experience on the side to increase your chances. It does spread your time very thinly, do I spend my day filling out this application form and completing online tests in the hope that I get an interview or do I spend this spare time doing the report that counts towards my degree?
When you put your time and effort into making your applications as passionate and impressive as possible, sometimes having to go through multiple choice questionnaires, written interview questions, and several online tests before you even get a telephone interview, let alone a face to face one you begin to think will it really be worth it? As many people will know, for companies to not even let you know you were unsuccessful and to hear off other students that they have been contacted for assessment centres is very disheartening and you do think you have completely wasted your time and could have done that report or revision instead.
But then, there’s that glorious moment when you get that email that says you’ve been invited to that interview, you feel you have finally got a real chance! I must have applied for about 15-20 roles and out of it I got 1 video interview, 1 interview and 2 assessment centres.
My first assessment centre was in January last year, 3 months after starting applying for roles. the group tasks went well, but once I was by myself I crumbled, what were the answers they wanted me to say? how have I lead people? how have i persuaded people to choose my ideas? I became hesitant and waffled, I just didn’t know how to answer these questions as I had been solely researching about the company and didn't even think about my own skill set. Of course I didn't proceed any further with that interview process. A few weeks passed and I had a video interview for a company, having to talk to a webcam naturally with a question flashing up on the screen was very unnerving, no interviewer to bounce off and read their reactions, although you were allowed 30 seconds to prepare an answer. I am naturally very shy and introverted so I know this inhibited me in these interviews, I have the knowledge and determination to be an ideal candidate but I just couldn’t put this across in words, I just wanted to be given a chance to prove myself properly and not based on how I could answer random questions.
A couple of months passed and I was getting no responses from applications and started to panic, maybe I would be in the 40% that just don’t get a placement? Should I have just gave up then? I was determined and tried to keep positive, I changed my tactics and decided to try and source my own placement as well as apply for ones advertised, hoping I would have a better chance applying at smaller companies.
A few weeks passed and  In the space of a few days I had a PR interview and a marketing assessment centre lined up, as well as a work experience week and a possible sourced placement with a buying office in the process. First of all was my PR interview, I live in Manchester and travelled all the way to London for it. The 'interview' itself involved a 10 minute group task and a 10 minute interview. I spent a week putting a portfolio together for them to haphazardly flick through it, could they really pick someone based on this short amount of time? After everyone had been interviewed they then chose 4 people they wanted to interview again in front of everyone who they didn’t want, including me, by this time I was just expecting to be automatically rejected.
A couple of weeks passed and I was emailed by the buying office with my sourced placement forms, finally! All I needed now was for my University to approve this. A couple of weeks later was the start of my work experience with the buying office and I still hadn't heard off my University, will they approve it? what shall I say to the buying office when they start asking if its been approved? Anyway, I got on with my work experience and loved my first taste of working in a proper industry related role, a lot of spreadsheets and a lot of computer work, but very very interesting!
Finally last April, 7 months after I first began applying for my placement year, i finally got that email off Uni that I had been craving “you are now officially allowed to accept your placement”. That weight of worry and anxiety that I had been carrying around for months had finally been lifted off my shoulders and was ecstatic that my efforts had finally paid off. I could finally relax and didn't have to continue applying whilst having to revise for my end of year exams and no longer have to face the uncertainty about what I will be doing the following year; do I still hold out for a placement or do I sort out my living arrangements for final year?

My advice


I have now been on my placement for nearly 7 months and I can't believe how time has flown! To think this time last year I was preparing for my first few interviews is crazy, but I'm so glad that it's over and done with, I really didn't enjoy the stress looking for a placement year brought me at all! I just hope that when I graduate that this year will really help me to stand out and give me better career prospects than if I had just gone on to my final year of uni. I know at this point there will still be 2nd year fashion students who face this uncertainty and my advice to you is don’t give up yet! there are still so many opportunities out there and you have to keep on trying. I didn't secure my placement until April and I've been there where I've felt like giving up and accepting the fact that I won’t be getting a placement and come through the other side and soldiered on. A lot of companies will not have even advertised their placements yet and a lot wait until April to work out how many placement they are financially able to offer! Don’t just rely on the advertisements the University provide, email companies if they provide any paid placements, not just retail brands but PR companies, marketing companies and independent brands, they will be wanting fresh young influences on their brand! I sourced my own placement in the end so I would highly recommend emailing companies you have an interest in working with and see what they can offer you, you won't know unless you email them.
It may sound weird but twitter is an excellent resource, there are many pages that advertise placements  and paid opportunities such as https://twitter.com/Fashion_Workrm and https://twitter.com/ukfashionintern so it’s worth having a look! Brands sometimes even tweet about their own placements, so make sure you follow a variety of retailers, PR and marketing companies and continue to check their websites for job and placement updates. Even if you are not successful in gaining a placement, there are still so many work experience opportunities that companies offer, every little helps and you can end up with summer placements and work experience weeks, fortnights and months, which will rapidly build up your experience. 
I would also suggest you to practise your interview techniques and anticipate questions that will come up and prepare your answers in advance. You can even practice the numerical and verbal tests  that are often used at assessment centres on http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html. Also work hard on building a varied and interesting portfolio to take with you on interviews, this could include examples of written coursework, visual boards, trend analysis, design development, blog posts, collaborations with companies, articles you have written and anything else that could showcase your skill set for the particular role you are applying for.
You will succeed in securing a placement if you are willing to work damn hard for your dream and to keep on trying and never give up, there are always experiences and internships on offer, you just have to seize that chance and say this will be your time to shine. 
I hope this post offers an insight into the application process and the ups and downs that it entails, if you have any questions about my own experiences I am always here :)
Good luck guys, I know you can do it,
Amie xx

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Review // Babyliss Curl Secret - Demo + Results

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As some of you may have seen, I received the Babyliss Curl Secret for Christmas from my parents. I have been lusting after it ever since last summer when I saw the Pro Curl version being used in my hairdressers, I was absolutely transfixed watching it automatically drawing in the hair and creating a soft curl effortlessly in a matter of seconds. It was the same hairdressers trip that I also discovered the L'Oreal Steam Pod - another amazing hairstyling tool and if you haven't already you can see my full review of the Steam Pod here - it's worth a look if you have thick and frizzy problem hair like mine.

 I have used a number of methods in the past to curl my hair, from mastering curling with my GHD straighteners to sleep in rollers to rag rollers, all of which had their positives and negatives, I used my GHDs the most as heat styling seems to be the most effective on my hair, but I found that my curls would drop out before I had even finishing curling my hair! So often I would have to re do the bottom layers of my hair as they would have just gone limp, very frustrating especially when it takes me the best part of an hour to curl my hair anyway! With GHDs I also found the curls would be very temperamental and uneven from time to time, cue more retouching and fiddling to try and get an even look. I have never used a heated curling wand or tool before and when I saw the Curl Secret I thought it would be my answer to a more professional looking and styled curly hairdo. In the run up to Christmas, I saw so many blog posts and YouTube videos on the Curl Secret and had high hopes for it to produce the same look for me; I did have some worries that my hair would be too thick for it to produce the same look and that they would again drop out into a slight kink. Finally after months of lusting, I un-boxed my Curl Secret for the first time last weekend and couldn't wait to see for myself whether it would live up to my very high expectations. 

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Red Carpet // Golden Globe best dressed list

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Award season is back and the first major event in the line up is the Golden Globe awards. I'm one of those people who loves to see what all the celebrities are wearing including the good, the bad and the ugly! I love poring over the array of beautiful couture gowns; and as always there are few wildcard outfits worn to make a statement as well as a few 'What were they thinking?!' moments. The anticipation of who will be next to walk up the famous red carpet and more importantly who they will be wearing is exciting and I personally love to see the gowns that once debuted on the catwalks styled and brought to life in front of our eyes. This blog post is going to focus on my personal favourites from the night and who I think deserves to be on the coveted best dressed list; whether classically stunning, bang on trend or going for the wow factor in a unique style, these outfits in my opinion are the crème de la crème from last nights Golden Globe awards.

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Amy Poehler opts for the classic LBD in this custom made Stella McCartney gown. Although a very simple column sihouette, the asymmetric neckline is a really interesting feature and the metallic belt helps to draw in Amy's waist and add a slight curve to the silhouette. Amy is also sporting a pretty cool wrist cuff as a statement accessory   //  Emma Watson in a daring and unique fully backless dress with various slits worn with slim leg trousers underneath from Dior's couture collection - so wrong but so right, who knew a dress/trouser hybrid would prove so stylish?! Styled with pointed  Roger Vivier heels in a contrast blue colour and classic Dior pearl earrings. Emma's simple up-do really showcases and draws attention to the backless feature of the dress  //  Kate Beckinsale wows in this statuesque silver Zuhair Murad couture gown, it exaggerates every curve and Kate looks like she has been pored into this dress! The metallic detailing that adorns the gown is exquisite and I love the fishtail train - the shape gives Kate an envious hourglass figure. With simple accessories and a curly up-do, all attention is definitely on this statement gown.

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Margot Robbie oozes sex appeal in this cream Gucci gown with a plunging neckline and thigh high slit - this option could have had all the potential to look trashy but with understated make up and a classic up-do Margot manages to look as glamorous as ever. I love the sparkly detailing around the bodice which also matches her sky high emerald heels, this outfit is simply perfect for Margot, everything about it is just seems to work!  // Olivia Wilde and her baby bump still manage to turn heads on the red carpet in this emerald green sequinned gown from Gucci Première. With long sleeves and high neck, Olivia still manages to showcase her amazing figure and teeny baby bump. With tousled ombred hair, Olivia's look oozes glamour and the head to toe sequins adds the extra glitz that makes this dress belong on the red carpet  //  Zooey Dechanel looks like an ethereal Hollywood starlet in this neutral Oscar De La Renta gown. The shape of the structured boxy top and floaty tulle skirt is a real contrast and yet really works together with the delicate colour palette and intricate detailing. Can we also take a moment to appreciate those amazing statement shoes (also from Oscar De La Renta) that also adds another pretty/tough element to the outfit. The bold  fifties themed make up really stands out against Zooey's pale complexion and the palette of her outfit.

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Kerry Washington looks glowing in this custom made Balenciaga gown, Kerry is another mum to be that proves you can still wow on the red carpet with a baby bump. The dress itself with a simple column shape with an almost peplum style structure framing her bump. Kerry has kept this outfit simple with matching accessories and a simple crystal design on the bust  //  Lupita Nyong'o stunned in a beautiful Ralph Lauren dress with floor length cape, the silhouette of the dress hugs every curve and really showcases Lupita's figure. The vivid red really compliments her skin tone and the off the shoulder cut of the dress is perfect for her short hairstyle. A dress this simply beautiful only needs simple accessories to complete the look.  //   Last but not least is Sarah Hyland, who looks like a Greek goddess in this baby pink Georges Hobeika gown. Another classic and simple dress with a beautiful floaty skirt and simple waist belt. I love Sarah's beauty look; it is one of my favourites of the night with a braided crown and bold eyebrows - whilst everything else is kept simple to let Sarah's natural beauty shine through

Do you agree with my choices for Best dressed contenders? I would love to know what your favourite looks were from the Golden Globes!

Amie xx

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Fashion // ModCloth Uniquely You Style Competition

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Last week, I was contacted by Amy from ModCloth inviting me to take part in their 'Uniquely You' campaign. Every week ModCloth give a group of fashion bloggers an article of clothing or an accessory from their website and we then have to style it with up to 7 other items from ModCloth to create an outfit - simple! There is no limit on how to style the item so it will be exciting to see how everyone chooses to style the same product! ModCloth will then choose a winner who's style collage will then be featured on their Polyvore page! This week the item that we were given to style was the Grand Tour Guide Top, a chic sheer blouse with a dainty collar and adjustable sleeves. It's a very versatile blouse that can be styled in a variety of ways for different occasions, so I can see why ModCloth chose it for us to style, I can imagine there will be lots of variety between all of the entries.

My styling entry

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For my entry, I decided to style a casual yet stylish winter look that will be perfect for days out as well as being smart enough for wearing to work and going straight out for a meal or drinks afterwards! Tartan is one of the biggest trends this winter and I absolutely adore these plaid pants, as the blouse and the oversized cardigan I've paired it with are fairly simple, it really makes the bold plaid pattern stand out and become the focus of the outfit. I think these pieces really blend together and work well as an outfit. Adding a chunky pair of ankle boots and a beanie hat adds a grungy edge to the ensemble and these clash and yet compliment the classic and feminine accessories. The outfit has so many sides and really does work on so many levels that it can be worn for so many situations and still look perfectly styled for the occasion; it's a real classic styling with a current and trendy edge.

What do you think to the outfit that I've styled and the pieces I've chosen?

Amie xx

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Marketing // Mulberry S/S 14 print campaign

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Cara Delevingne is back for another Mulberry collaboration with this light and ethereal marketing campaign. Last season saw Cara posing with a variety of adorable owls in a fairytalesque indoor woodland scene and it seems that spring has sprung and the room has bloomed into life; filled with light and surrounded by beautiful pink roses. Of course Cara isn't alone and again she has an abundance of animal friends to join her in the campaign including cockatoos, a pelican, a variety of dogs and an adorable white pony. Cara's furry and feathery friends are joining her in a quintessentially British tea party which adds a cheekiness and charm to the whole campaign when they come into the shot, almost like they hijacked the shoot and weren't supposed to be there!
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New Year Group Giveaway // Win $75 PayPal Cash!

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Today I have an exciting post for you because it is a New Year giveaway! This is a group giveaway with a total of 6 lovely bloggers included who have all chipped in and you will have the chance to win a prize of $75 (approx £45) PayPal Cash! After the expense of Christmas and New Year this would be a very handy treat to spend the money on whatever you wish whether it be some sale bargains, beauty products something for the house or for a day/evening out, it's up to you to spend it on whatever you want! To see who is involved in bringing you this giveaway you can check out all the blog links below!







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