Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Clothes Show Live 2012

I went to The Clothes Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham for the very first time on Tuesday. I had a brilliant time (despite getting the coach from Manchester at 7am!). I spent the day going around with fellow fashion PhD student and beauty blogger, Victoria from For anyone that’s been, you’ll know how many stalls there are and how busy it is; I was quite overwhelmed when I first walked in!

You really could spend a fortune there- I tried to be very disciplined- and I didn’t do very well! I’ve put photographs of all my purchases up: Paul Mitchell hair products which were strongly recommended by Victoria. I bought the styling wax spray and the hair spray; looking forward to trying them out and blogging about them! I also bought a grey dress from one of the clothes stalls (Glamorous)and a black peter pan collar top. I’ve been after a grey midi dress for a while, and I love the texture and material of this one! I also bought some jewellery from Regal Rose. I’m very into crosses so I couldn’t resist this cross necklace and bracelet. I liked the magazines offers- I bought a Company and Cosmopolitan goody bag for £3, which contained lots of nice things, and an Elle goody bag, containing a Jemma Kidd eyeliner and some Saint Tropez fake tan.

Other things I saw and wanted to buy were: Tatty Devine jewellery- it’s so unique and quirky, I love it! I wanted a bow tie necklace (which is now on my Christmas lust list) it was £19 there, which is not much cheaper than in Selfridges, and also this dinosaur necklace- which was a whopping £130! Other things were from Boom Cosmetics- they had the most gorgeous smelling candles and soaps- I wanted this gingerbread man candle, a Sunshine and Honey candle, and this really cool soap-sponge mixture for the shower! Victoria bought a couple of things from there, they all smell amazing!

One thing I was disappointed in was that there were not many freebees. Victoria, having been several times before, informs me that there were lots of freebees in previous years, so it’s sad that they seemed to have stopped doing this- I think for the price of the ticket (£20) a few freebees are definitely in order! Also, the products in general were not discounted that much- for instance Regal Rose jewellery was only £1 cheaper than it is on its website (although you don’t have the delivery charge), all Bourjois products were sold for £5 each or 2 for £9, and Carmex was still £2 but on a 3 for 2 offer. So, marginal discounts but not much off really- especially when you take the price of the ticket into consideration! An exception to this was the Paul Mitchell hair products which are usually sold at £15 a bottle, and discounted to £10 a bottle here or 3 for £25- Victoria and I definitely took advantage of this offer!

The fashion show itself was very impressive. The theme was ‘A Day in the Life of a Fashion Magazine’ in which a diary of appointments and tasks had to be fulfilled. The show revolved around this ‘To Do’ list, moving from ‘Booking the models’ in which plenty of men in just their boxer shorts paraded around the catwalk, much to the enjoyment and screaming of teenage girls, to ‘Shooting the music video’ where dancers performed an energetic street dance to Nikki Minaj. My favourite part was the ‘London Fashion Week’ bit, in which the best outfits were displayed by models on the catwalk.

All in all, a different and enjoyable day, the only thing I would like to change is better discounts on products and more freebees for next year please! 

Has anyone else been to The Clothes Show this year? What did you think? What did you buy? Is there anyone that fancies going next year?

Rosy x

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