#BLFW BLOGGER’S LOVE FASHION WEEK

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Back in February I was invited to attend Blogger’s Fashion Week as a VIB (Very Important Blogger!), hosted by Blogger’s Love… and I had a ball, I even had a drink (alcoholic!!!) which, anyone who knows me will know, I don’t drink. So anyway, there were tons of brands showcased at the event which was held at The Penthouse in Leicester Square, which by the way has incredible views over the whole of London!

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Brands showcased included: BassBuds, Vita Liberata, Umberto Giannini, Sleep-In Rollers, Bravura, Hi Brow, Nadia Minkoff, Maro, My Tights, UUnique, The City Rack, Dukes, Rachel Black, Boomf and tons more.

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This is my friend Hayley getting eyebrow extensions (???!!!) who knew?!

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These were the personalised marshmallows created by Boomf. If you haven’t heard of them you should definitely check them out, you connect the site to your Instagram account and create marshmallows out of them! Such a perfect birthday gift!

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First drink of the year so far…. steady.

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Fun in the photobooth! Thank you to Blogger’s Love… for inviting me, I’ll be updating my blog with more posts on some of the brands that were featured and that I really liked over the next few days so stay tuned!

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NEW IN: MONOCHROME KARDASHIAN ENSEMBLE

Whilst my dwindling bank balance dwindles into an oblivion, I thought I’d share an outfit that I recently purchased that helped dwindle away my bank balance. This top and skirt duo are from H&M as part of their Spring collection, and whilst the whole crop-top-and-pencil-skirt thing is all very Kardashian-esque I decided to buy into the trend. Despite it “officially” being Spring, the weather outside is still freezing coat-scarf-boots weather so I don’t think I’ll be wearing this outfit until perhaps July (let’s hope not), but at least that gives me enough time to perfect my currently non-existant abs in preparation for the belly-baring ensemble.

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STYLE REFRESH: MESSY BOB

I am not one to be precious of my hair and never have been. My hair has been long(ish), bleached to within an inch of its life, pixie-cut short, darker brown, ombre-blonde, and one (or ahem, a few) case of (unintentional) orange.

As the mercury creeps up the thermometer and us Brits tempt fate by leaving the house without a (gasp!) coat, I suddenly decide I am once again bored with my current hairstyle. Apart from the pixie-crop, my hair has been in every one of those states listed above in the past year and I am about to change it again.

In time for Spring/Summer, I’d like a modern-messy-blonde-bob, with bleach highlights. I know, I know, whenever anyone mentions the word bleach the hair nazi’s come out in full force giving you the “you’ll fry your hair!!!” spiel. Like I said before I’m not precious about my hair. It’s just hair, it’ll grow back.

Below are my hair inspirations…. My original inspiration came from Instagram user chrisspy who’s selfie below I adorrrrrrrre.

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Photo credit: Instagram/Pinterest

WHAT IS “HIGHBROW” ANYWAY?

In a culture obsessed with celebrities, those of prolific talent as well as those with a penchant for sex tapes and twerking, the lines between high and lowbrow are blurring. The words “style icon” are coined very loosely around figures in the media deemed to be notoriously “lowbrow” such as the likes of Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus. But with the levels of fame and popularity rising amongst such “clans” of celebrities, is the nature of what is “highbrow” actually changing? And what even is the meaning of “highbrow” nowadays anyway?

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I personlly hate the terms high and lowbrow and the notion that it is already decided for me what is intellectually stimulating and what isn’t. We live in a world where virtually anyone can be famous, for anything. With the rise of YouTube stars such as Zoella and Tanya Burr; those making a name for themselves on Vine such as “King Bach” and Brittany Furlan; even up to the endless amount of bloggers that make themselves “popular” on the various social media platforms available for them to do so. So with all these rising stars and their followings, how do we decipher who is a celebrity and who is not? Is there a universal definition or is it a subjective outlook? Does having a massive following make you “highbrow”? That seems to be the way our society is changing. “Highbrow” used to mean something that is intellectual, cultured and serious. It is questionable as to whether the meaning remains the same, or at least the label of “highbrow” being used too loosely.

The rise of such tabloid figures has also participated in such blurred lines of high/lowbrow in fashion. The “celebrities” that are famous for what some would say “nothing”, are becoming ever more popular, which in turn makes them ever more richer which enables such “stars” to buy into “highbrow” fashion. This simple ability to shop has led certain media outlets to label these “stars” as “fashion icons”. All because they used their money to choose something to wear from a pre-styled mannequin.

Whilst I will be the first to admit my obsession with the Kardashians, my love for “reality” TV knows no bounds when it comes to The Real Housewives and I personally thought Miley’s twerking and tongue waggling incidents of 2013 were pure PR genius, I still feel nostalgic for a time when the Daily Mail weren’t constantly updating the world on who is dating who on TOWIE, or which Z-list “celebrity”, who everyone forgot about eight years ago, is pregnant again. Do we, the consuming public, actually care? Is this what stimulates us, what we consider to be “highbrow”? If not, what are we aiming for? Why don’t we, as intelligent consumers, solely focus on what we deem to REALLY be “highbrow”?

Why? Because we’re too busy discussing the likes of how fat Kim got whilst pregnant.

MAKEOVER

So I’m in between doing research for my latest uni project and watching old episodes of Desperate Housewives and decided to give the blog a little bit of a clean up. I put my hardly existent (I literally mean no) Photoshop skills to use and freshened up the blog, woah, get me being all snazzy with Photoshop.

My blog now feels like some sort of clinic or a doctor’s surgery. With nicer clothes.

Seeing as this is a bit of a meaningless post, I might as well plug my Instagram and Twitter. See ya there, bitches.

MY INSTAWEEK

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Top row: [left] The Eiffel Tower, one of my most favourite photos ever! [middle] Saw this quote, made me laugh. Basically the story of my life. [right] My Dad’s birthday cake with sparklers, woo!
Middle row: [left] Doing uni work on the train home [middle] Saw Beyonce at The O2 Arena last week! She was unbelievably good [right] Because what’s a week on Instagram without a selfie?
Bottom row: [left] Saw this Chow Chow, it’s cute, I want it [middle] My pass for Blogger’s Fashion Week! [right] Spring has sprung in the UK!

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BLOGGERS FASHION WEEK

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I received my exclusive Bloggers Fashion Week ‘VIB’ pass in the post today and it has to be said that I’m rather looking forward to the shenanigans on the 26th March in Londontown! Bloggers Fashion Week is organised by Blogger’s Love and are running a Fashion Week-type schedule from Monday 24th March to Wednesday 26th March with a myriad of activities, blogging and shopping events, tea parties and loads more.

I’ll be blogging LIVE from the event with posts on here as well as lots of tweets so keep posted by following me @_HANNAHSTOCKING also check out my Instagram for updates and follow me on there also!