Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Photo diary: London Edge fashion show for Voodoo Vixen and meeting Porcelina!

It's not often I do things that are completely out of my comfort zone, but as soon as British brand Voodoo Vixen started to advertise for bloggers to represent them at the London Edge fashion show this year, the cogs in my head started turning... then I heard the words 'complimentary dress' and, well, it was rude not to, right? By nature I'm very introverted and the idea of being surrounded by a load of strangers in an event this size was pretty terrifying... but I realised I didn't have to be on my own! It dawned on me that my long-time blogger friend Porcelina of Porcelina's World might find the thought of a pretty dress and seeing the new ranges of some of the best vintage repro brands as exciting as I do. And she did - and fortunately Voodoo Vixen were keen on the idea too, or that would have been a bit disastrous!

More on meeting Porcelina (and what we wore thanks to Voodoo Vixen!) later, but first there's the small matter of many photos of dresses etc to share... 

And for those of you who didn't read my interview with Sammi a while back, unsurprisingly my real name isn't CiCi... (I know, you're stunned, right?)


The fashion

First things first, as this is the main reason we were all there. Being a trade show, primarily London Edge is about brands bringing along their new ranges and hoping to tempt buyers into stocking them (as I understand it), so being a blogger there felt like being let in on a world of fashion secrets! As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I'm obsessed with Collectif and was desperate to see their stand and indeed, pretty much loved everything on it (a lot of which they're previewing in their SS lookbook), but there were also a few newer, less well-known (to the UK at least) companies there and it was amazing seeing their stunning pieces too.

Highlight for me had to be the amazing chocolate print dress below. Chocolate print! How did they know?! Victory Parade who make this dress had some absolutely gorgeous and unusual prints, from dalmatians to kitchen utensils - definitely one to watch this summer. Another new favourite are Whispering Ivy, who have really hit the nail on the head with attention to detail in terms of authentic vintage necklines and trims. They didn't have a huge range on show, but what they did have was outstanding.

Whispering Ivy at London Edge 2015
Whispering Ivy

Victory Parade chocolate print dress
Victory Parade

Collectif strawberry print dress with winged bust
Collectif



Beauty

It is worth mentioning that while we are probably all familiar with Besame, LeKeux Cosmetics seem to have a pretty wide range now - and just look at those brushes! They were as soft as they were pretty. I'm intrigued by their lip paints as you can see below... but mostly I really want that brush set!

The immensely knowledgeable UK distributor for Besame had some great previews to show us - from a squeezy tube of mascara you can apply with your utensil of choice (very authentic) to something it was impossible to not feel incredibly nerdishly excited about - fragrances that were each a tribute to a particular vintage decade! We smelt the 30s, 40s and 50s and let me tell you, they smell GOOD! And like they'd last an entire day. Apparently the perfumes are already out in the US with the 40s fragrance selling exceptionally well thanks to a certain Agent Carter... but what you might not know is that there will be some beautiful vintage style bottles with atomizers for them soon. In the UK, the fragrances are due to be on sale in 6 weeks' time, we were told.

LeKeux Cosmetics

Besame cosmetics display at London Edge 2015
Besame

Meeting Porcelina!

Really, the fact I got to experience this day with Porcelina was the entire reason I enjoyed it as much as I did. Fact: she was one of the first people to ever comment on this blog, before I'd even fathomed blogging could be a conversation and not just me monologuing my wardrobe... and we've been in touch ever since, for what must be over 2 years now (EDIT: actually it's just over 1 year, but I clearly feel like I've known her longer due to how often we talk!). I was so excited to meet her for the first time - although we both felt like we were going on a blind date, which is somewhat ironic considering I've probably seen more photos of her than of my own boyfriend. But as soon as I saw her waving with a huge smile on her face and a flower crown on her head I wondered why on earth I was so anxious! I'm happy to report she is just as lovely, if not more, in person and so gorgeous, as these photos demonstrate... She even gave me a little gift bag of goodies <3

I'm also grateful she was not wearing her heels in the below picture of us together, as there would have probably been a foot difference in height - fortunately for me, she had flats on to my heels!

Porcelina from Porcelina's World

CiCi and Porcelina

The outfit (and the jukebox)

I should also mention it wasn't just Porcelina I spent the day with, as we met Kariss from Shy Strange Manic along the way, who helped take a couple of the photos in this post. Another example of a lovely fellow blogger and I had to really admire her as she turned up solo, which is more than I could ever manage. How lucky to spend the day in such good company (for me, I mean, not Kariss!).

So, the dress! We were given a selection to choose from and because I have peculiar taste I managed to choose one I didn't see anyone else wearing... I don't understand it as I love this dress - although I did choose it as it was above knee length on the model, so I knew it would be more flattering on my short self. I love a shirt dress and it fit really well, which is always a risk for buttons and I was panicking about it a bit before I got to try it on - but Voodoo Vixen's size guide was spot on for the bust (and waist) measurement. It'll be great for summer and I can't wait to try it with a petticoat. And even though it was about 3 degrees outside, there was no other way to dress it than with pink and flowers. This Banned bag is one of my favourite recent purchases and if you love it as much as I do - heads up - it will be out in mint green soon. It has a long shoulder stap too - I've started to realise that bags with multiple straps are one of my favourite things, all bags should have them!

Oh and on the hair flowers, if you're in the UK you should check out Sink or Swim Bowtique for a huge variety of inexpensive but very pretty handmade retro hair pieces - these flowers were £2 each in the sale! I had a problem with my first order and the lovely owner was so helpful in resolving it quickly.



Voodoo Vixen Tilly dress in black
Hair flowers: Sink or Swim Bowtique
Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen
Belt: eBay
Bag: Banned via Audrey Stars Boutique
Shoes: Clarks (last season - similar)

We each walked away with huge goodie bags and gifts from various stalls, some of which will no doubt feature on here soon. I'm really glad I pushed myself to do something I found so scary - and have to thank Voodoo Vixen for the great opportunity :)

Anything from the above catch your eye? Oh how I want a dress (or anything, really) with chocolates on...


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19 comments:

  1. *Breath, Jess, just breath* Oh my stars, some of these new VV offerings are simply, entirely amazing! I need - yes need :D - both the strawberry and watermelon print dresses, and certainly wouldn't say now to that chocolate covered stunner either. Food print and themed clothes and accessories are firm perpetual favourites of mine and these are truly items that I'm going to try acquire, if even remotely possible (tiny budget and such).

    Now, how awesome is that you and Porcelina meet up! Blogger get-togethers are the very best! I've been firm fans of both your blogs for ages and love that you got to spend time together. You both look positively gorgeous in your floral print frocks. What super fun meetup and event - I eager to see the goodies that you got that day.

    Huge hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* I truly want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredibly kind, touching comment on today's post. It was a very intimate one for me to write, but the moment I began I felt positively about it and didn't delay in posting it at all. To receive such positive feedback on it really helps me know that I made the right choice to speak so very candidly. Thank you again, lovely CiCi. ♥

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    1. The strawberry dress - the winged bust! So beautiful. That one was Collectif - they literally never disappoint me... In complete agreement with you about food themed clothes :)

      My first ever blogger meet and it was so much fun! Jessica from Zella Maybe said us meeting was like a TV crossover, which really made me smile.

      And my absolute pleasure to be able to give positive feedback - you deserve it! x

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  2. Tee hee! It's weird seeing my face on someone else's blog! Thanks for the entire 'Meeting Porcelina' section, I feel honoured (and I'm glad you didn't reveal how many glasses of wine I can sink). You've done such a great write-up here, so detailed, I will be posting mine on the weekend and try and cover some of the other elements of our lovely day. Thanks again ever so much, I had a ball, even though it's taken me about 2 days to recover from all the excitement!! Has it really been two years that we've been in touch now?! xx

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    1. I missed a trick there! You were spared because I didn't post any pictures of the evening, where you would surely have always had a glass in your hand in each one ;) Excited to see the other angles you cover - like I say, I completely missed the party so there's at least one! I didn't even realise until you said. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did, although I think it's actually taken me all week to get over it... still so tired! And no, I completely lied, it's just over 1 year, your comment made me go back and check! For some reason I feel like I've known you much longer! xx

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  3. It was so nice to meet you! I was really lucky to bump into you both at the start, your both so sweet. I'm defiantly getting that bag in mint green when it's out by the way, i'm in love with it!

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    1. You too :) very good call on the green bag - I wish I hadn't got the pink now as I don't think I can justify both!!

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  4. So jealous, would have LOVED to go to an event full of repro and repro makeup, it looks like you had a brilliant time and you both look so gorgeous in your Voodoo Vixen dresses! I need to know more about that watermelon dress I caught a glimpse of in a photo with the Victory Parade dress - I looked on their website but couldn't find it :(

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    1. It was great - would have been daunting on my own but I didn't have to be so that was even greater :) Yes I should stress this is all next season's stock so on the whole I would guess most sites don't have the pieces up yet... but they should be coming soon! I am going to hunt that chocolate dress down... x

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  5. I am so jealous! I dream of being able to attend a fashion show of some sort. It sounds like you had an amazing time and the clothes shown look beautiful. And meeting a fellow blogger sounds pretty awesome too-I hope that I will be able to do what you did sometime in the future :) Thanks for the recap and I'm glad you had a great time!
    Olivia | Her Name Was Celebration

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    1. It was a great opportunity, for sure! I feel very lucky :)

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  6. What an amazing event! Congratulations on such a great opportunity! I have got to say that I loved that Whispering Ivy dress at the front ~ the blue tea rose one with the double bow detail at the neck? Delicious!

    Your frock looks super cute on you, and so does Porcelina's. Very cute! ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Whispering Ivy are going to be big, I feel... they had a lot less on offer, but the quality and the designs seemed outstanding. Like you say, the details! And thank you :) xx

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  7. Both of you look so lovely and spring like! ( she types while looking out the window as it snows adding to the 40 cm already on the ground...sigh) How fun this would have been.
    The Chocolate dress is the one that I adore the most though. I had no idea I wanted a chocolate dress but I do now! :)

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    1. Ha, exactly - we looked spring-like but we were definitely feeling winter... I didn't know I wanted a chocolate dress either, but feel exactly the same way as you now!

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  8. This may sound silly, but for some reason it makes me really happy to see a photo of the two of you hanging out. You two are a couple of my favorite bloggers, and seeing you existing in the real world is strangely satisfying.
    Now that I've got that bit of creepiness out of the way, you guys look awesome, and this event sounds like so much fun! I had no idea about the Beseme perfumes, but now that I know that they're out here, I'm dying to know what the 30s smelled like. I love that you got the inside scoop on all of these different brands - that toile print Whispering Ivy dress has me drooling. I really like your choice of dress as well, the pink and black are very striking together.

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    1. Aww thanks :) that's such nice comment - and I think we were just as happy actually hanging out! As you now know from my other comment, the 30s smelled 'dark' - which is the best way I can think to describe it. It was definitely the most interesting one we sampled - the most unique.

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  9. So the truth comes out about your name! lol. I was surprised to find out recently Porcelina's real name in another blog post too! Sounds like you had a very fun and exciting day! Sounds like an awesome event!!! <3

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    1. Yep, we're both liars ;) ha, in all seriousness, my 'lie' is more to protect my identity than for any other reason...

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  10. Wow what a fun event and that chocolate print dress is making me seriously hungry! You both look stunning in your Voodoo Vixen dresses. Your choice of dress is lovely and suits you beautifully, and I like the way you accessorised it with the pink flowers.

    It's great to hear you challenged yourself to do something really adventurous! It's always a good feeling to overcome our fears and see what we're really capable of!

    Saba x

    www.trulymadlydeeplyfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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