[Special Birthday Giveaway]: Candice Wren Pashmina!

candice-wren_MAIN-IMAGEoooooookay….so with this week being my birthday week and seeing as the celebrations have already kicked off since the weekend I’ve decided to feature a ‘special giveaway’ to officially mark the BIG 3.0.! I had initially planned on featuring this until the end of summer but then figured that it was only right I posted it this week so that it wasn’t just me receiving all the fabulous presents!! :D

So, I’ve collaborated with the talented designer-maker Candice Wren to ‘giveawayONE of her stunning Cashmere and Silk pashminas that have been designed and hand-printed by the talented lady herself! I’m a big fan of BOLD design statements and think these do exactly that! What I love about Candice’s designs is how  feminine, fun, eclectic and distinctive they are. The pashminas are made from cashmere and silk which are all carefully sourced from Turkey from the same local shop she first discovered the shawls from! Her techniques largely entail hand-pulled silk screen-printing methods and the use of delicate detailing using vintage fabric appliques and silver or gold trans foil – as you can see in the pashminas featured here. If you haven’t already come across here stunning collection then you’ll find them  in boutiques in London, Ireland and Dubai! candice-wren_pashmina_blog-4_webSo what do we have featured here for the Giveaway? The Black pashmina, from the Valentines range, bears little hearts across both ends where these are embellished with silver and gold trans foil to give it that extra sparkle. This exquisite detailing is also found on the White and Green Pashminas you see here. The white Pashmina has a far more delicate feel with the way the white and silver butterflies are subtly printed across. The Green Pashmina on the other hand ,is the polar opposite and sure makes one hell of a statement; The Gothic skull combined with the delicate butterflies creates the perfect balance of grunge and girly! And lastly, we have the Pink ‘Oh La La Darling‘ Pashmina, which combines vintage fabric appliqués and screen-printed illustrations of  perfume bottles giving it a beautiful and exotic look. I think all four would be absolutely perfect for both day time wear and evening wear; whether you team it up with skinny jeans and a top or across a lovely evening dress! While I think they’re ALL fabulous, I must say the Green and the Pink pashminas are my all-time favourites!! ;)DSC_4487_webcandice-wren_pashmina_BLOG3_webhow-to-enter-banner

Soooooo then, if you fancy getting your hands on one these fabulous pashminas (worth £25!) all you need to do to enter is follow these THREE simple instructions:

  1. Pop over to Candice’s website, Esty shop or her Facebook Page and have a nosey through her extensive range of Pashminas she has on offer.
  2. Come back to this blog post and tell me what it is you like about her pashminas in the COMMENTS section and then tell me which ONE design you’d like from the four colours showcased here on this post (i.e. black, white, green or pink)
  3. Last and not least – Share this Giveaway post to your friends and family on your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. You must notify me of this (i.e. where you’ve shared it) in the comment section too!

**Fancy a Bonus entry? Then pop over to her Facebook Page or Twitter and follow/like her (if you haven’t already) and remember to state in the comments below that you’ve done so!**

In order to fully qualify, you must all ensure you leave a comment back on this Blogpost notifying me of the above three points – so please do keep that in mind! :)

This competition is open internationally and will close on Wednesday the 14th where I will then pick a winner at random.

The lucky person will be announced on Friday the 16th.

Good luck folks!!!!  :) xxx

Image credits: © Made by Molu

[What’s On]: We Make London turns 5!!

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Last Friday evening I hurried along to We Make London’s 5th birthday party at the Camden Lock Place (West Yard) straight after work (and before scooting off to a dinner party!). I had been to their first markets held at Camden back in April which showcased works of some of London’s talented designer-makers I had the privilege to meet (if you remember my blogpost from back then), so I was delighted to have made it out to this special evening that commemorated their 5 successful years! The handmade market took place in the morning (they hold these twice a month) and the celebrations took place later that evening between 630pm and 830pm. They also launched their pop-up shop that ran the entire week that followed which I obviously had a good nosey through that evening before the second half of the celebrations began – and of course, taking tons of photos (no surprises there!) :P  It stocked some seriously stunning work by We Make London designers such as Kate Rowland, And Smile, Lizzes Beautiful Art, Triptych Designs, SannaPanda and many others – I have to confess that I found it rather hard to refrain myself from buying everything in there!

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BLOG_STRIP_we-make-london-5thDSC_3182-WEBAnd then come 7:30pm we had a young emerging artist called Tora Lambie (apparently only 13 years of age!!) who opened the catwalk show by Fashion Meets Music with her stunning version of Valerie. I think I can speak for everyone there that her voice totally blew us all away – definitely one to keep an eye out for!! DSC_3262-WEBBLOG_STRIP_we-make-london-5th2DSC_3549-WEBThe models soon made their appearance, bravely strutting their stuff along the cobbled runway in ridiculously high heels! My hats off to them for totally rocking the runway and giving us photographers some serious attitude at the end! They showed off fashion accessories designed by some of We Make London designers such as  Boubou Designs along with Fashion Meets Music designers such as The Far Away Tree Collection and Annaliese Dayes (who’s appeared on both Britain’s Next Top Model and America’s Next Top Model). DSC_3286-WEB(above: Hats and fascinators by Hatastic)

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As you can see from my photos (which only show you a glimpse of all the fun that night), it was an awesome evening of fun and frolics – I even arrived late to my dinner party just to stay on till the end of the Catwalk! :D All credit goes to Mary of We Make London and the Camden Lock press team for a fantastic fashion soirée. And a massive thank you for the fabulous goody bag I received (see below) ….the contents of which I will disclose in my next write-up – such amazing things inside, I felt it deserved its own separate blogpost!! ;) And how awesome is the cake they had specially made for that evening?!?!!! DSC_3134-WEB DSC_3592-webAnyway, I hope you like what you see! Please do pop along to their markets which are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of each month – it really is well worth the visit! Stay tuned for more on what came out of that goody bag!! xx

[Weekend encounters]: The Sheelin Antique Lace Shop & Museum

Last Friday, after stuffing our bellies with scrumptious Greek food and meandering through shops we decided we’d stop somewhere for a well-needed cup of tea. So we decided to stop at the Sheelin Tearooms in Bellanaleck, Enniskillen. It wasn’t until we were ready to leave when my husband suggested we drop into the Lace Shop and Museum next door, to which I eagerly agreed. Till this day I had always thought it was some bridal boutique having driven past it a few times but when I peered in through the front windows to take a closer look at the displays I knew straight away that I had to go in! We rung the bell and the lovely Rosemary (owner of the shop) let us in. As soon as I stepped foot into this place, I was simply blown away by what felt like stepping into an Aladdin’s Cave full of vintage treasure. It was not what I had expected at all! Every inch of the shop was covered and draped with beautiful lace work, dresses, jewellery, pearls, shoes…and much much more all dating from the 1900s to 1920s! The way in which everything was displayed in the shop was truly remarkable and breathtaking too! That in itself was art! I was in lace HEAVEN! I asked Rosemary if it was okay to take some photos (albeit through my iPhone!) as I was mad to have this shared on the blog….and she was more than happy for me to do so! Rosemary has been in the business for 16 odd years collecting all the antique pieces from all over the country and the UK which you find here in the shop. So if you’re ever in Enniskillen then this is a place you MUST visit!! Here’s a nosey at a few of the things that stood out to me!

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I had the opportunity to nosey around through the Museum part of the shop too that was tucked away right at the back. Once again, the collection of antique lace work came in the form of dresses, parasols, shoes, scarfs, fans….you name it – it was there! The exhibits are pieces date from 1850s to1900 and is one of the largest collection of Antique Irish Lace in the whole world! For the historians and antique enthusiasts, the museum showcases beautiful examples of Youghal Needlelace, Inishmacsaint Needlelace, Crochet, Limerick and Carrickmacross lacework. However, enthusiast or not, I highly recommend everyone (local folk too!) to go visit just to appreciate the sheer level of craftsmanship of that time! Nothing today compares to it and while hand craft is coming back it’s a real shame that we’re not all brought up to learn these skills anymore like our forefathers did!Lace Museum WEB BLOG_STRIP_sheelin lace shop_3 WEBSo there you have it folks! My photos simply don’t do these pieces any justice so you will HAVE to go visit this place to see for yourself! I could have happily stayed there till closing time rooting through and admiring all the lace loveliness there – that being said I wasn’t that far off!! Oh and do stop and have a chat with Rosemary too who will tell you more about the collections she has in store. She does have a blog where you can view more of these stunning items online or simply drop her a line with any queries you may have.  My sincere gratitude goes out to Rosemary who was kind enough to let me take photos, give me access to the museum and allow me to feature this on the blog! I will be back soon! :) x

 

[What’s On] Tickets to the Valentino Exhibition bought!

Yup – I finally got hold of them and in two weeks time myself and a few gal pals will be browsing our way around the ‘Valentino – Master of Couture‘ exhibition held at the Somerset House in Strand. This major exhibition showcases the story of what goes on behind the scenes of this renowned house of Fashion….which includes over 130 haute couture designs! The last part of the exhibition (it is divided into three parts) displays the stunning wedding dress of Princess Marie Chantal of Greece emphasizing the meticulous processes of craftsmanship (all put together by hand!!) and precise attention to detail that went behind that dress! Absolutely excited about this event and i’m also looking forward to a much needed girly afternoon! Feedback from my visit will be posted later so do stay tuned but in the meantime, do have a look at this snippet for a taste of what I’m yet to encounter….the collection that is…..not the schmoozing with the celebs, sadly!  xx