How I Follow Fashion Week

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The day I get to go to a fashion show at any fashion week from New York, to London or even Paris, it  will be a dream come true. One of my ultimate goals in life is to have a job in fashion journalism which has been a dream of mine for years and years. Until then, like most people, I follow fashion week from home. But there's no need to frown because there are many ways you can follow the shows, designers, events and everyones favourite front rows (or frow's). Today I'm going to share the ways I follow fashion week and how much I think you should too.
It may be simple or typical for some, but nothing beats Vogue's main website that covers all the latest fashion in full detail every day of fashion week. It's a fashion source that can't be equalled.
Even though, for me, nothing beats Vogue, I find that as well as covering the fashion shows Elle also let you in on the latest fashion week rumours, scandals and break out models or designers. They help you catch up if you've missed anything, whereas with Vogue it's harder to find those archives. 

The Essential Apps
iPhone or iPad, I like to download a few apps to clench my thirst for runway shows and designers. I have three apps that are quintessential for keeping me up to date with the very latest and greatest from fashion week with the trends, the events and the news.

Pop Sugar are in a league of their own with the amount of different topics and categories they cover through their worldwide content, and this year I came across their Fashion week app for your every fashion need. Download is here.

POP SUGAR Fashion Week offer a simple, interactive app for browsing through the latest fashion shows and parties. They also have an archive of all the shows since 2001, so there's a vast array of fashion oriented content to explore during this seasons fashion bonanza. Download it here.
Last, but not least there's Vogue Collections, which updates by the hour with the latest fashion shows happening there and then. The difference with Vogue collections is you can also rate the looks whilst browsing and easily share your favourites. This app is dedicated solely to collections so there'll be no other distractions if the collections are all you're looking for. Download it here

Vogue Collections

Unlike most years when I rely solely on Vogue and Elle's fashion week magazine segments to read in depth on Fashion this season, I came across Stylist magazine which is free to download for iPhone and iPad! It's full of the latest fashion, beauty and lifestyle bits that you'll need and is updated regularly. But of course, Vogue and Elle are still in the picture as always. Who can blame me?

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about how I follow fashion week each season and I hope these  simple mediums to follow the latest fashion can appeal to you too. I absolutely love watching runways shows and comparing designers, events and extravagancy, its so much fun. 

Enjoyed this seasons fashion weeks so far? How do you follow fashion week? Who's your favourite designer?

10 Ways To Get Over Writers Block

Unless you're the most inspired person in the world, you'll experience a spot of writers block now and then. For bloggers it can simply be a lack of ideas for your next post, or a complete bout of self doubt; what am I doing? Does anyone actually read this anyway? We've all been there, me especially. When I have no ideas or begin to think my posts are getting a little samey, I just tell myself 'you're going through a spot of writers block, you'll be fine'. My best advice is never force yourself to write something just because you've missed a few days or feel guilty about not posting, that'll only lead to uninspiring posts and make you feel worse. I'm no expert and certainly not a blogging pro, but here are my top 10 ways to get over that pesky writers block. 

The Origins Mask Combo

When it comes to masks there's no misnomer, for me anyway, that Glam Glow takes the cake. But with Glam Glow's pricing being so steep, I'm always on the look out for alternatives that do the trick too. So it's no surprise that I've turned to Origins for a seamless, reliable, rave-worthy set of masks that are still in the high end skincare category, but don't require a bank loan to afford them (especially for poor students like me). 

I began my Origins mask journey with their coveted Out of Trouble mask; a 10 minute quick fix for those pesky blemishes and skin that needs a little more help now and then. Now this was probably about a year and a half ago when I was roughly 15, possibly 16, and desperately needed to rid my skin of the many pubescent zits and spots I regrettably had on my face. Since then my skin has radically improved, so I transitioned to using Clear Improvement and Drink Up Intensive for a radical skin detox twice a week. Although I didn't mark the exact day on my calendar, I believe it has been roughly 8 months since I started this regime, and I'm really happy with the results. 

The Perfect Pair

Whilst eye makeup can be the most transformative kind of makeup you can buy and definitely my favourite, removing it can be a nightmare. I've come across many different types of eye makeup removers; oil cleansers, cleansing balms and of course, micellar waters like Bioderma. Having used them all I definitely prefer the ease of using a micellar water, but I also love the gentle softness of a balm (they're probably my favourite type of cleaner too). To my surprise the list didn't stop there. A recent trip to Sephora lead me in the direction of the Urban decay section where I picked up their much loved mascara Perversion said to be 'BIGGER.BLACKER.BADDER' than ever before. That immediately sold it to me, however I did worry about how I was going to remove such a badass mascara without damaging or irritating my eyes. My logic was that if Urban Decay's mascara was that long-lasting, defining and 'bigger' than ever, I'd have to get the Melt Down Makeup Remover to make the set.

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Gemini Women Sandwich_ S/S 2015 Preview Press Event

Recently I was invited to Gemini Woman's S/S15 Press Event to preview this seasons Sandwich_ line. Aside from having an amazing time, I had the opportunity to have a thorough look through the line, pick out my favourite pieces and try some of them on. At the event we had a fantastic chance to meet the brand creator and get an in depth understanding of what inspiration goes into designing for Gemini woman as well as how versatile it can be!
We were served an array of drinks and some wonderful treats, even Gemini Woman Cupcakes!

I was particularly fond of the summer range (not just because I'm missing summer!), it had a multitude of colours, textures and prints, there's really something for everyone. What I love about line is how versatile and adaptable it is; their pieces can be worn for evening events or for a casual, comfortable day look and anything in between. 

Valentines Day Gift Ideas

With Valentines day fast approaching, it's time to have a little splurge, but this time on your other half (it's a rarity, I know!). Ignoring the cliche bunch of roses and box of chocolates, you can make this Valentines day rather special. As a blogger, fashion and beauty addict, and just and all round girly girl, I feel it my duty to have an array of gift ideas coming your way; us girls are generally a lot better at gift giving than guys, but from a girls perspective, I think I've got us covered! As always, feel free to impart your ideas too, there's always room for more (she says greedily...). 

Gift Ideas for her

Monthly Mustreads no.1

You're probably no stranger to these books, they're two of last years best sellers and are still flying off the shelves. As always, I'm a little late getting to read them, but nonetheless as soon as I got a hold of them, I was reading them none stop. Part of my new years resolutions was to read at least 10 books, because last year I think I barely managed to read the books I was studying for my college literature course. I began thinking, why not read two books a month? Its an attainable figure and gets me into the swing of reading regularly again (I've definitely slacked off in the past few years). So, to start the year off I've been reading two books that I've lusted after for quite a while; Alexa Chung's 'It' and 'Not That Kind Of Girl' by Lena Dunham.

As if I don't emphasise it enough, Alexa Chung is one of my style idols; well I don't actually like using that term because I'm not 'obsessed' and buy everything she wears, but I have to say she is definitely a style icon and an inspiration to me. Her looks are always true to who she is, and chic in every way. Alexa's career has been a roller coaster ride that took her to unspeakable places where she met some very inspiring people. Her book 'it' takes you to some of those places and you get her account of everything that progressed her to where she is in her life. What inspires her, who inspires her and who she really is. Within the book you can pick up a multitude of lifestyle and fashion tips along the way and certainly learn from it. If you've not read 'it' yet, then you definitely should, just because the 'hype' surrounding it has died down slightly, doesn't mean this beautiful publication can't be read over and over again for years to come.  

'It' takes on a very journalistic format and is beautifully laid out (which is of course expected from Alexa Chung!), so when it comes to aesthetics, this book does not disappoint. Her writing style is very down to earth, as if she was talking to you as a friend; she's kind, open and honest. The pictures, for me, are some of the best features, they're so well taken and have a slight hipster feel about them. You can definitely tell there's a huge piece of Alexa in this book, it's truly wonderful.

When I read peoples reviews of Lena Dunham's book 'Not That Kind Of Girl', they often say that they've either never seen her HBO show 'Girls' or never liked it, which for me is insane! I've been watching the show from the very beginning, and I've always loved it. Following the trials and tribulations of a young girl in her early 20's, Hannah and her friends are some of the most intricate characters on tv today. I most relate to a character called Jessa Johansson played by the wonderful Jemima Kirke, who is always making mistakes and losing her way in life, but still remains focused on her true passions. Ultimately, the immense popularity of the show and its brilliant storylines are down to its amazing director/writer/star, which is of course Lena Dunham. So you can imagine my excitement when she brought out this little gem of a book.

Much like Alexa, Lena compiles a vast amount of memories and journey's she's undertaken in her life. An array of riveting essays about her life growing up and becoming who she is today. I consider this book to be a companion, filled with heart wrenching, embarrassing and inspiring stories from 'I am eight and I am afraid of everything' to 'I am twenty years old and I hate myself' along with everything in between. If you think people in the media had a wholly successful life, then think again. Remember the time you felt so mortified that you'd rather be locked away for ever than continue living your life? Lena's been there, done that.

This book is by far one of the best books I've read in a long time; I take it with me everywhere I go, and the stories never get old. No discredit to Alexa, but Lena's writing is somewhat of a genius creation; her writing style is so electric and addictive, I wanted 5 more books with more of Lena's stories attached. As for the book itself, it's cover is bold and straight to the point, whilst her brilliant illustrations add a gorgeous personal touch on the inside. Everybody needs to own this book (seriously, everybody).

I hope you've enjoyed this months monthly must-reads, I've certainly enjoyed sharing them with you. If you ever meet me, just ask me if one or both of these books are in my bag, and you'll find they most definitely are!

Have you read any of these books? What are your must-read recommendations? 

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