I’M GOING TO GRADUATE FASHION WEEK!

I was lucky enough to receive VIP Graduate Fashion Week tickets for the UCA Epsom show!

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I received them through the uni that I will attend in September, The University for the Creative Arts and I couldn’t be more excited! Graduate Fashion Week is THE event and only major showcase for graduates in the world, making it one of the most exciting fashion events of the year! I love seeing new up and coming talent and what could be newer or fresher than someone straight out of uni?

The exhibition includes talks from Mary Katrantzou, Henry Holland, Imran Ahmed, Susie Bubble; Industry experts such as Melanie Rickey, designers from Debenhams, PR experts and tons more speakers on subjects within the industry as widespread as blogging and PR to CV construction and Interview techniques.

The even runs for four days from this Sunday 2nd June through Wednesday 5th June and there are a limited number of tickets for GFW left so hurry over to the website now to secure yours!

SURPRISING NEW LOOK.

It has to be said, I’ve never really been a fan of New Look. In the small town where I live, the only “good” shop is a teeny tiny New Look and because of that, when I was at school everyone used to wear the same thing. Now I’ve never been one to conform (I cut all my hair off, and I mean ALL of it when I was 9 or 10) and so New Look just never appealed to me. However lo and behold, the tables have turned. I don’t know who is in charge of designing the jewellery at New look at the moment but they’re doing a damn good job of it!

I was browsing Pinterest one day last week, as usual, and I came across this photo:

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I thought to myself “Wow! That necklace is to DIE FOR!” Thinking it was going to probably be about a gazillion pounds I repinned it as I do with every other dreamable item I see on there and didn’t think about it any more (for fear of subequently becoming severely depressed at how poor I am). It wasn’t until that evening when I sat down with my mum and showed her it that she said “I saw that in New Look!”. Not believing her, she made me go on the website and look for it and guess what? It was bloody there! And only £20!!! As I scrolled down the pages and pages of jewellery, there was surprisingly, very few (if any) that I DISliked!

So here is my selection of favourites of ethnic/tribal style pieces from New Look’s current season, as you’ll see they’re such affordable yet effective pieces! I’ll DEFINITELY be adding some to my already mountainous collection!

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Go to New Look to see their full collection!

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WANT.

If you follow me on Instagram (if not, WHY NOT? You’re seriously missing out… @_hannahstocking) you’ll know that I posted a slightly stalkerish photo of a woman I saw in Homebase the other day looking absolutely FAB-U-LOUS. She was who I want to be in the future, impeccably dressed, ever so glam but with an air of “Oh this old thing? I just threw it on!” about her and I love it! She wore everything she had on, nothing wore her which is what I loved about it, she definitely seemed to have her own refined style. (pic below)

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Anyway, I loved what she was wearing so much that I decided I wanted a mac like hers… I have a sneaky suspicion that hers is from Zara, although the way she carries it off it could easily be Aquascutum. Now, I actually already have a mac in the slightly darker tone like hers (I keep saying “hers” and feel rude that I’m not using a name… But then I’d feel weird making one up, non?) but I really love the style of it. It’s more effortless than my more tailored one, more “thrown on, but look how chic I am” one. Soooooooo…. Thanks to my wonderful friend Zara (the shop, I don’t actually have a friend called Zara) I’ve found one! I still need to somehow figure out a way to justify buying it, but I’m sure it won’t be long before I can think of a good enough reason. After all, I have no self control when it comes to spending money which should be saved…

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Looking at both macs closer, the Zara one looks a LOT like the lovely Homebase lady’s one doesn’t it? I wish I could see the pockets on her one though… The mac does come in a darker shade exactly like hers but I think I prefer the lighter one in this style.

So who knows if I’ll end up buying it, *cough* it’s-my-birthday-on-the-26th-June *cough-cough-cough*. Ooh I seem to have a tickly throat… I shall keep you posted!

BAD SHOPPING EXPERIENCES!

Before I formally start this I’m going to say please read my last post. It was all about my purchases from Inglot in Cambridge and I absolutely love what I bought. While I do love the brand, I have one thing to complain about in terms of the store: The staff and customer service. I wasn’t happy with the fact that being the only customer in the store at the time, the two sales assistants were standing around the shop speaking in Polish as I was choosing my colours for my Freedom System… I considered this to be extremely rude, no? When I finished finding my colours, I then had to interrupt THEM to tell one of them that I’d finished and that I’d like to pay. I, being the paying customer and ONLY customer in the store, shouldn’t have had to be the one to feel like I was interrupting anything! I feel slightly outraged actually. When I got home, I decided to email Inglot saying that as much as I love the brand, and I really do, and how happy I was with my purchases, I found the staff to be rude enough to be speaking in another language in front of me. That email was sent on May 12th and I am yet to receive a reply… I’m not holding my breath. Below is a copy of the exact email I sent:

Dear Sir/Madam,  I am writing as a loyal customer and genuine fan of Inglot with regards to my recent excursion to the Cambridge branch where I was excited to finally visit my favourite makeup brand’s store for the first time. After previously purchasing products online, I was eager to visit the store in person. While I was thrilled with the actual shop; the testers were clean, surfaces shiny and staff available to help; I also found that on one occasion while choosing eyeshadows that I was slightly put off. This was due to the staff seeming vacant when I was the only customer in the store as the two shop assistants were huddled together speaking Polish, of which I could not understand. While I’m sure they were talking about work (they were both pointing at lipsticks), as the only customer in the newly opened store at the time, I felt alienated as a paying customer. At one point, I needed assistance with choosing my colours for my freedom system palette but I felt, bizarrely, like I was interrupting THEM. While I did make a purchase and very happily so, I still feel like I would be more comfortable purchasing my favourite items online rather than visiting the store after the way I felt.  Anticipating your kind response.

Regards

Hannah Stocking

The fact that I haven’t even received a reply to my email is bugging me, I expected a lot more from the customer service of Inglot, it has to be said. I am disappointed in the brand after experiencing this, not enough to put me off shopping there, but it will make me view the company in a different light. Are any other brands or stores that you’ve had a bad experience with? What happened? Let me know!

INGLOT LOVE

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Polish makeup brand Inglot has opened up their second store in the UK, and it’s in none other than my hometown, Cambridge. This announcement has excited me no end and after much tweeting and googling, and one visit with a let-down, the store is finally open in the Grafton Centre! I went there a few weeks ago and was enthralled! I love love LOVE their Freedom System which allows you to build your own customised makeup station complete with everything you need in a compact, hygienic and handy way!


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I have yet to fill my palette, I only bought six shades of eyeshadows, but the ones that I did buy I’m in love with! The pigment is amazing, their range of colours is astounding and the overall quality is divine! The packaging system is genius too! Everything is magnetic to you can pile up the palettes, they come in all different sizes so you can create what you like. Spaces for blushes, concealers, powders and pan lipsticks is also available in the palettes (shown below, not my photo).

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I would thoroughly recommend Inglot to a friend, or anyone who wants a really amazing eyeshadow palette that’s not stupidly expensive. I think I paid about £30 for the palette and 6 eyeshadows. I can’t wait to go back when I get paid a fill the rest of my palette!

Side note… The inside of the carrier bag is ruby red so the bag resembles a Louboutin shoe. COMPLETELY SOLD! I’m a sucker for a gorgeous carrier bag.

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I did however have one gripe with the store, to do with the staff, but I’m saving the details of that for a separate blog post.

NOTHING LIKE A GOOD OL’ PINTEREST BROWSE TO MAKE A GAL FEEL BETTER.

So I haven’t been feeling well for the past week (having MAJOR girly issues… Say no more) and whenever I’m feeling down and low or ill and in need of a pick-me-up I always turn to Pinterest. Well in all honesty I turn to Pinterest whenever I’m feeling anything, but illness in particular is a good excuse for some down-time and therefore a good ol’ all night Pinterest sesh. So here is my (extra long) Pinterest post for you, all of which are photos that help add a spring to my step and a smile to my face. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest HERE.

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COVETING…

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This Vivienne Westwood necklace is probably the answer to everyone’s problems. It’s the answer to world hunger, all recessions and the peacemaker in war-torn countries. Okay well maybe not, but it does solve a lot of my problems. Well at least I think it does. Does it? I don’t know. Look, ALL I KNOW IS THAT THIS NECKLACE IS AMAZING AND I CAN’T HAVE IT BECAUSE IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE AND I WANT TO CRY. Moment over, enjoy this piece of beauty in all it’s emerald glory.

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Necklace: £125 Vivienne Westwood S/S2013 collection.

Also available are matching earrings and a bangle, for more info on the ‘Emerald Frames’ collection click here.