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Eldon Square's Walk-in Wardrobe Experience 80s
Eldon Square Walk-in wardrobe fashion experience florals
Eldon Square Walk-in wardrobe fashion experience
Eldon Square Walk-in wardrobe fashion experience florals
Eldon Square Walk-in wardrobe fashion experience florals
Eldon Square Walk-in wardrobe fashion experience beauty Bobbi Brown

I was invited to intu Eldon Square for the launch of their exciting SS17 Walk-In Wardrobe Fashion Experience. The event basically involves having an (amazing, btw) stylist on site from now until the close of the event on 1 April.

During the event we got an insight into what the workshops will be about, top fashion and styling tips for SS17 and beauty demonstrations from the lovely MUA's at Bobbi Brown. Afterwards we got to play with the Bobbi Brown products, and can I just say, I bloody love their Illuminating Moisture Balm - I definitely think I will be returning to purchase it.

The walk-in wardrobe itself is located just outside of New Look and hosts sections dedicated to the biggest SS17 trends including florals, pink, athleisure (the new sports luxe) and 80s, while stylist, Emma is on hand hosting workshops and dishing out advice on which pieces will suit you, your body shape and skin tone etc.

I didn't actually realise how much psychology/science went into styling, but when you think about it, it's really quite obvious - if you wear a dress with a large print, for example, this is gonna make you look smaller, while a ditsy print will make you look bigger. Other advice Emma can give is how to draw the eye to a specific focal point on your body (I'm still deciding which part of myself I would actually like people to notice) and what shades of the season's favourite colours will best suit you, so for example, pink is a massive colour this season, in any shade, but if you're pale and blonde, you should go for a pastel/blush tone, while if you're dark like me, you should opt for fuchsia.

It's also a great idea to pop along if you're going on holiday - Emma can teach you exactly which type of swimwear will give you the perfect beach bod.

In addition to the fashion masterclasses, there will be beauty experts from brands including Elemis, Liz Earle, NARS and Benefit providing workshops, demonstrations, free pamper sessions and advice on everything from how to create an all-day long-lasting makeup look to creating the perfect, on-trend day-to-night look.

Click here to find out more about the event, and the workshop dates/times!

Healthy Hair Hero

Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener review

Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener - £11.99

I have wanted to try Mane 'n Tail Hair Strengthener for years after stumbling upon it in Urban's very random beauty section. Unfortunately they stopped stocking if before I invested, but I found it in Fenwick again the other week and had to purchase.

In case you're wondering what it is and whether it is for your horse, it is not. Well you could probs use it on your horse tbf but I don't have a horse and am solely concerned for the health of my own hair*. Basically, it's a leave in conditioner which you can use daily on wet or dry hair - it's honestly the easiest product to use - just spritz on, brush through and prepare for frizz free locks.

My hair is always so frizzy with millions of flyaways because I have a lot of hair, but its also thin - if you know what I mean? When my hairdresser gave me this assessment of my hair I was also very confused. I believe it means the strands are thin but there are tons of them. Unfortunately this means easy breakage and frizz :(

The products I have previously used to combat this include John Freida's Frizz Ease serum which honestly I can't knock, it's amazing and the best of all the serums out there in my opinion, and Vo5's Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme, which is great but it does have to be applied when hair is soaking wet so if you forget, you're screwed.

Anyway, back to Mane 'n Tail. It smells AMAZING, you can use it on wet AND dry hair, it's super easy to apply and as well as acting like a relish hair perfume and frizz ease product it actually protects and moisturises your hair for improved hair health. What's not to love? 100% recommended by me!

If you're in Newcastle you can get it from Fenwick, if not check here for your local stockist :) you can also browse the rest of their products which I may well be investing in soon!

*On sourcing Mane 'n Tail's website link for this post I stumbled across this, so humans only then lols:
Mane 'n Tail hair products

The Style Rut

Seventies plunge floral jumpsuit by Glamorous

Jumpsuits are an incredible invention. Unlike a skirt or trousers, you don't have to go to the effort of pairing them with anything, they cover almost your entire body so are likely to be relatively warm and whereas with dresses you have to beware of the wind and potential Monroe style incidents, jumpsuits largely keep your knickers covered (not your bra in the case of the above, but boob tape can solve that one). Plus, they're usually really flattering, even on short people like me.

For these reasons I have far too many. I feel like I've become that person who gets stuck in a rut with their style and can no longer think outside the box, i.e. wear anything to an event other than a jumpsuit. So to get out of this rut I have tried on EVERY DRESS out there, or so it feels, in the hunt for an outfit for the races next week. Over the past month, this has culminated in the purchases of the below, as well as a lot of time spent in Topshop's changing rooms:

Sisters of the Tribe gypsy boho mini dress asos

This dress is from a brand called Sisters of the Tribe (which I can't find anywhere else online?!) at Asos, and while it's lovely and an actual petite item (it's hard for me to find dresses which look dece with my height of 5'3") it was only available in a 4, which makes the boob exposure a bit awkward, so as much as I love it, I am considering returning this.

White long sleeved polka dot shift dress

This dress I absolutely love, I can never find shift dresses that suit me, they usually drown me completely, but this one, again is petite, and polka dot and it has frills - some of my favourite things combined in one item. The negatives are the price, £45, and the material - it's a lot thinner than I imagined and this makes it almost entirely see-through. So I'm still deciding on this one.

Oriental print maxi tea dress

And finally, the oriental style maxi tea dress of dreams. I don't think this is March races appropriate and I've no idea what else I would wear it for but it's a keeper. Just gotta book a hol or something.