Tuesday, 27 October 2009

So this is pretty exciting news.

A couple of weeks ago twenty twenty television contacted me, via the blog, asking to see if I wanted to be involved in an online series of episodes they do called The Closet. They go out on Bebo, and are usually presented by Jameela Jamil, but I don't think she is involved with my episode; busy lady.

I haven't mentioned much about this because it hasn't actually sunk in that I was asked to do something like this, and I only properly like to talk about something when it's actually happening, or actually happened. Get me?

So this is the outfit I'm planning on wearing. No doubt you guys are sick sick sick to death of that bloodychristopherkanetshirt I seem to be wearing ineverysinglephotorecently.

Well it was the only thing I could afford when the range came out - I actually bought it using the money my mum left me and my brother for food when she went on holiday - heehee. Plus, it's cool.

I just thought I'd try to express my style within the space of about 10 minutes; pretty relaxed, with a slight edge I guess. Fur hat, Vans, ghetto gold earrings and a leather jacket and I'm good to go.

Hope it looks ok though on screen.. Eek.
So, if you are out and about in Liverpool on Friday morning, in Liverpool 1, namely Urban Outfitters, or a little bit up the road on Hardman Street in Bullet, come and say Hi Babes!


I read somewhere...

That women are becoming obsessed with slutty shoes.

I agree


Monday, 26 October 2009

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Rainy Saturdays are upon us!

How are you all? I hope you've had a good week!

Just got a little plug for my dear darling fabulous friend and Role Model Kirsty Doyle!

She has been nominated for the Business Enterprise Award for the Juice FM Style Awards! How amazing is that?!

It doesn't take much to vote for her, just click here and fill in a couple of little tiny details and bingo!

At the moment, I have SO much stuff going on.

Uni work is a killer! Does anybody else feel that it's hard to know where to go with your dissertation?

Like how do you even begin it?!

Aah Well!

I'm also look look looking for some kind of brilliant internship opportunity in New York, alack I have heard nothing back yet. I am literally looking for anything fashion related.

currently listening to: Blue Orchid and Icky Thump by the White Stripes. Two of my favourite songs - ever.


Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Love this...



Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Liverpool Design Festival Finishing School

I have just received some pretty exciting information on the Finishing School which is a part of Liverpool Design Festival.

It's a series of seminars, talks and classes from some really interesting people.
I really really want to go to all of them! Especially the talks from Justine at Cricket and Joanne from My Wardrobe, and the Fashion Marketing one.

Have a read through and see if there is any you would be interested in going to.

Monday 2 – Friday 6 November 2009

Finishing School is a 5 day series of workshops, masterclasses and one-to-ones with business experts and industry leaders. The sessions are aimed at equipping new and emerging designers with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to grow successful businesses in the fashion industry.

Monday 2 Nov 10.30am – 12 From A Buyers Perspective

Session led by Joanna Watkinson, Head Buyer, My-Wardrobe.com followed by one-to-one sessions between 2pm and 5.30pm bookable in advance.

Tuesday 3 Nov 10.30am – 11am In Conversation With Justine Mills from Cricket

The owner of Liverpool’s trend setting designer boutique discusses how she created the destination store. Session followed by one-to-ones until 1pm.

Tuesday 3 Nov 2pm – 3pm Intellectual Property and Legal seminar

Session led by Michael Shaw from Marks and Clerk, Patent Trade attorneys followed by more bookable one-to-ones until 4pm.

Wednesday 4 Nov 10am - 1pm Fashion Marketing

Led by management consultant Dr Rachel Smart who originally trained as a designer at Loughborough College of Art and Middlesex University before completing an MBA at Durham. She now works with fashion designers as well as the professional bodies that support them.

Wednesday 4 Nov 2pm - 4pm Brand and Design For Your Business

Led by Jon Barraclough, who in the 1980s was Senior Graphic Designer at Design Intelligence in London. The company documented major international fashion shows and published fashion forecasting guides for designers and retailers such as Levi's Europe, Next, Top Man and Marks and Spencer plc.

Thursday 5 Nov 10.30am- 12noon Fashion and Music – Increasing Interdependence

Photographer and art director Liz Harry will discuss how a symbiotic relationship between popular music and fashion has developed. Liz has worked with The Zutons and The Arctic Monkeys and amongst her latest campaigns were bands Theoretical Girl and All-American Rejects.

Thursday 5 Nov 1pm – 5pm Brand Image – Getting It Right

One-to-one bookable sessions with Clare Rogerson who worked as Account Manager at Issa Communications looking after national and international brands including Bodyamr, Havanianas and Katerina Psoma. Clare specialised in small brands, advising on brand strategies, working with designers to attain spaces to show at Fashion Week and introducing them to retailers such as Browns, Bendels, Bergdorfs, Harvey Nicholls, Selfridges, Harrods etc.

Friday 6 Nov 10.30am – finish Live Fashion Photo Shoot

With photography by Bruce Smith, styling by Benna Harry, hair by Alfie Booth from Andrew Collinge Salon and make-up by a MAC trained artist. A unique opportunity to sit in, watch, question and learn from the professionals on a live shoot.

Book for £28 a day or £100 for the week contact Julie Colligan on 0151 709 1566
or via email at

The Finishing School is part of the Liverpool Design Festival and is run by industry support body Design Initiative with the support of the City of Liverpool and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Monday, 19 October 2009

Little Monday Catch up

Hello lovlies!

How are you all?

I've been pretty busy recently hence the minimal blogging.

First of all - Uni. Dissertation time. Eek. Thanks to everybody who has filled in a questionnaire - much appreciated!

I've been busy writing for a few new people; first of all a big hello to the girls over at Gossip magazine. I've done a little feature for them on Liverpool style, which should be out towards the end of the month.

I've somehow managed to bag myself a double page spread at Select Magazine, which is a new property magazine, where I will be writing along with Matt Ford which is pretty exciting!

Dorothy Perkins asked me to be a guest blogger for them and I was contacted by some lovely ladies at twentytwenty television about doing an episode for their online fashion series The Closet.

So it's all go really! I hope you are all well, and getting snuggly in scarves and hats because it's starting to get pretty chilly!


Saturday, 17 October 2009

A little incy wincy favour..

Happy Saturday girlies!

Right I have a little favour to ask you all, and would love love love you to help me out.

It's my final year, ergo, dissertation.


The title is The influence of blogs on the fashion industry.

As you all have such brilliant blogs, I thought you would maybe maybe like to help me out?

I've done a little questionnaire and would like fellow bloggettes to help me.

So if you could answer the following, and either copy and paste them into a comment box, or send me them via email to laurenjanemcbride@gmail.com that would be just fabulous.

I know I've got a couple of naughty followers who don't have blogs, so Miss Danielle and Miss Polly, don't think you're getting away with not filling one of these out for me!

Thank you for your help in advance,

x x x x x x x x x
1) How old are you?

14-18, 19-23, 27-30, 30+

2) Are you male or female?

3) How long do you spend on the internet each day on average (do not be afraid to be truthful here, I must spend at least 6 hours a day!)

-30 minutes, 1-2 hours, 3-4 hours, 5 hours+

4) What do you mainly use the internet to look at? (Choose as many as you like and add another if you can think of it)

Work related, email, Facebook, blogs, twitter, shopping, news, fashion

5) Do you visit blogs (I am presuming this is a yes)
Yes, No

6) If yes, what kind of blogs? (Again, add another if you can think of one)
Fashion, sport, technology, news

7) Are you influenced by the views of other bloggettes in any way?
Yes, No. A little explanation for either please, a few words, that's all I ask!

8) Do you write a blog?
Yes, No. If you do, provide the link :)

9) Are you following any of these?
Perez Hilton, Susie Bubble, Tavi, Luxirare, Fashion Toast

10) Who are your favourite bloggers?

11) Do you feel like you have a loyalty to certain blogs, in the sense that you regularly check them?


Thursday, 15 October 2009

Trick or treat, trick or treat!

Give me something good to eat!

Or wear, as the case may be!

Kirsty Doyle and Benna are offering the chance to win an exclusive outfit and piece of jewellery just in time for Hallowe'en!

Just by popping into the Kirsty Doyle Flagship store in the Met Quarter, Liverpool, or registering here you can win a cocktail outfit consisting of a chiffon racer back vest and wool pencil skirt with satin ruffle detail.

And the perfect Hallowe'en accessory I hear you all cry?

A Sabrina Dehoff "Spook" necklace!

It's free to enter, it will only take a minute and you could win these three items!

Have a lovely day! What are you all up to for Hallowe'en?



Monday, 12 October 2009

Store Focus: The Wardrobe

So I am supposed to be watching my money.
I am watching it.
I am watching it disappear from my bank account.
On saturday, me and two of my girlies visited a little shop I had heard about called The Wardrobe.

It is in West Derby Village in Liverpool, hidden away down a cute little alley.

This is no regular store though ladies.

This is designer fashion - but at a very cheap price.

The story goes like this: You donate your old designer wear and when it is sold, you get 20% of the sale.

Alas, (I have been using the word Alack - clearly this is not a word as my Mum and brother's girlfriend corrected me yesterday - oops.) there are rails and rails of beautiful clothes from designers such as Chloe, Temperley, Missoni, Matthew Williamson, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Antik Batik.. Dare I list any more?!

The shop itself is so cute, complete with a mini beauty salon!

The owner of The Wardrobe has worked in beauty for 15 years, namely Bobbi Brown.

Liverpool girls, get down there - this place is a gem!

I bought the following two items.

Kate Moss for Topshop dress - £14

See by Chloe dress for £40!

I've taken photos and "merchandised them up" as Carrie says.

I've styled the Chloe dress with my Russell and Bromley Brogues and some patent leather shoe boots and a cream and black jacket from H+M which I bought to take to Paris with me.

The Kate Moss dress is with a black (p)leather jacket from Topshop and some battered old Converse.

Sunday, 11 October 2009


There are three key beauty essentials for any girls night out in Liverpool: hair, make up and eyelashes.

Lashes have been absolutely huge (literally, massive) in Liverpool for about the past two years - the craze has absolutely stormed through the city.

There are countless beauty salons in Liverpool. Ask anybody about the amount of effort we will go to for a night out. Just yesterday I must have seen seven girls with a head full of rollers coming out of one salon, in preparation for the Saturday night ahead.

So even with the amount of salons and "beauty boutiques" I don't think that there are many that just specialise in eyelashes.


Cult Australian beauty product, Lash Out! Lashes are launching in the UK this autumn. The semi-permanent eyelash implants will be sold exclusively from the Lash Out! lash bar in Liverpool’s prestigious Metquarter from October 12th and from selected salons throughout the country from early 2010.

Lashes eliminate the need for mascara for up to three months whilst the extensions are in place leaving you fresh faced at any time of the day or night!

Beauty entrepreneurs Nicola Byrne and Sharon Doyle who have owned salons throughout the North-West such as Utopia Retreat and the Beauty Rooms for almost ten years have been using Lash Out! on loyal customers such as lingerie model, Abby Clancy for the past 18 months before acquiring the sole distribution rights to launch the product throughout the UK earlier this year.

Lash Out! lashes are applied by specially trained Lash Out! technicans and can be worn whilst swimming, sleeping and exercising with the results lasting for up to three months. The Lash Out! Lash bar will open on Monday 12th October in the Metquarter, Liverpool.

Lash Out! Lashes opens tomorrow 12/10/09!

Artwork by John McNally


Friday, 9 October 2009

Monday, 5 October 2009

I live for travel souvenirs

Eiffel Tower Keyrings in green, gold and silver
Kiehls Lip Balm Number 1 from Colette
Sephora angled brush and two eyeshadows
Dark Purple Sephora Lipstick
The Sartorialist Book from Colette
I love you earrings from Clignacourts market
Paris pillbox
Ray Ban glasses case from Clignacourts market
Modem and Key from Tranoi trade show.

En plus

I'll stop being annoying with the Paris related posts soon, I promise.


Friday, 2 October 2009

Just a quickie

Getting my head down for a few hours before I have to get up at the sickly time of 5:00am to get to the airport.

I'd just thought I would mention I got an email from Jess at Dorothy Perkins today.

The new Liverpool store is opening on Saturday 5th of October, on Church Street.

The day sounds quite exciting; free drinks, personal shopping service and 20% discount to the first 100 customers who make a purchase!

There are also two in-store fashion shows on the Thursday the 8th, which should be pretty fun, with some special guests invited!

Get involved girls!


Thursday, 1 October 2009

I love the fact I have a camera that can actually take decent photos.

Well for the time being anyway.

My friend Will has leant me his camera to take to Paris.

I'm in two minds whether to actually take it.

I'm not the biggest connoisseur of cameras, but I'm 99.9% certain that this one costs a bomb.

Last time I went to Paris, I was robbed of my phone by a Polish gentleman riding his bike in Sacre Coeur.

I will not lie to you; I was drunk - and this time there will be no chance of that as now I don't drink.

Alack, for the past couple of days I have been happy snapping around my room, and thought I would share some pictures with you.

However, borrowing this camera means I have to give it back, which means I will have to get a camera like this of my own.

Christopher Kane for Topshop t-shirt
Primark hat
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