Nottingham In Fashion - Press Evening

Hidden gems found with Snizl

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Nottingham In Fashion - Press Evening

Glitter Bomb Cocktails;
Live in house DJ,
Fashion bursting at the seams.

Nottingham is bringing back its Yearly event, by showcasing the spring/summer style it has to offer for all.
Our evening was hosted at The Beauty Temple, in the heart of the city, and it was a glamorous atmosphere for the perfect presentation of the upcoming trends.

As we arrived, we were greeted by the Gemini PR team as well as the staff of the beauty temple; and were then handed a cocktail coupon, which could be redeemed during the evening. I took the opportunity to take plenty of pictures whilst it was still early and that I could enjoy networking more and having a good mingle! As the night progressed, more familiar blogger faces appeared and we were all treated to the most scrumptious cocktails, called the glitter bomb, with actual edible glitter in may I add!

There was entertainment with an in house DJ, who played tunes from the past and the latest hits; while we sipped cocktails and sampled the amazing pizza generously provided by MOD.
It was lovely to see Kimmy Rolfe, who will be presenting many of the shows this year and from just talking to her, you can really sense how passionate she is for getting the brands and public together in the city.

It was so pleasant to also speak to the adviser from the brand Delilah, which I've not come across before, but they are stock-listed at The Beauty Temple. It's a luxurious brand and aims to make women feel immaculate every day when used. They had the most beautiful packaging which was specifically created for the brand, a flawless pewter tone which makes it a stand out piece in any makeup bag!
Makeovers were offered as the story of Delilah unraveled; They do not test on animals and all of their products are paraben free which I love to hear. I especially loved the look of their blushes, with pops of pink and coral undertones and the cream lipsticks, which reminded me a lot of the Charlotte Tilbury nudes.

We were all then seated, as we were given a little fashion show of the main trends, that will be appearing at the upcoming weekend.
As informed there will be three different types of shows that will cater for every taste-
Show 1 : From Campus to Club, providing high street brands and iconic vintage stores that can be found Hockley way; This is perfect for any student or if you are on a budget but yet want to be in the trend.
Show 2 : From Desk to Dinner, This is more aimed for the working professional in the city, for showcasing tailored looks for work to then be dressed up for a night after clock off!
Show 3 : Style Classics, for those key pieces from high end stores, located in the heart of Nottingham.

So, what are some of the key trends this Spring/Summer 2017? Well, be prepared for -

  •  Fuchsia - Bold pinks whether they're an accessory, clothing item or even a rocking pink lip is key this season.
  • Check-mate - Checks will be sporting the catwalks and stores which can be dressed up or down with the retro hounds-tooth print and plaid for days.
  • Spring Bling - This is one i'm excited for, floral prints with statement accessories with extra bling and sparkle!
  • Born In the 80s - Think padded shoulders, Jumpsuits and mini neon bags; it's all coming back!

A big thank you to the two models, Jamie and Ryan, whom showed us how to style the pieces and giving us a personal insight of the 24th and 25th of March. 
As the evening drew to an end, I thanked the team for having me and we were kindly given goody bags which included generous discounts, sweets and perfume samples as well as information about #NottmFW.

I'm so excited to attend on the 25th and will be dressing up in the newest trends that's for sure! Feel free to say Hi if you spot me!

More information about shows and times can be found here as well as giveaways and discounts on the days.

Love Ellie xo

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Hidden gems found with Snizl

'When you buy from a local business;
An actual person does a little happy dance'

This couldn't be more true! 
On the 13th of February myself and a mixture of other local bloggers, were invited by the newest App on the block, Snizl, to attend a 4 stop tour of Nottingham's local businesses, for an insight on places to venture to.

Firstly let me just tell you what Snizl actually is; Snizl is an app where you can get quick deals and offers in your local area, sent straight to your device! There's also competitions with fantastic prizes up for grabs too. They will soon be reaching out to more cities so watch this space! To download all you need to do, is to head over to and follow the steps.

I adore Nottingham as I admire the growth of local businesses, there is always something for everyone when you visit. On arriving that evening our meeting point was The Pudding Pantry.

The Pudding Pantry - Trinity Square Nottingham

I've passed the pudding pantry on many occasions and always had a peek through the windows, seeing the delightful cakes and beverages that have all been homemade. This was the first time I've actually been in and I know for definite i'd be back!

We were greeted by the Snizl team who were wearing their bold red jackets, clutching tote bags with delicate paper roses peering out from them. They were very friendly and overwhelmed with us camera armed bunch! I could already sense the night would be fantastic as they had so much in store for us!

We were led to the area of which they reserved for us; wooden tables and chairs in a row, with glass drink bottles and soft pink roses placed in them. The room was very bright and pastel shades graced the walls, it was definitely the most beautiful eatery I have seen. 

The pudding pantry is very well known for their Freak shakes, and we were lucky to sample the mini versions of this phenomena! A concoction of chocolate milkshake, thick chocolate sauce, Whipped cream, salted caramel sauce drizzled and a chunk of chocolate brownie right in the middle. Thank goodness it came with a spoon! It really was heavenly, I'm not too sure i'd be able to manage the full sized version though!

We were then offered a slice of their scrumptious cake which simply melts in the mouth, the sponge was so light, topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and a toasted walnut. The flavors complimented so well together, It's great that they also do gluten free deserts too! 

I do apologize if these pictures are making you slightly peckish..! With brunch to afternoon teas, The pudding pantry is a spot to try out! I can just picture myself there in the summer, Freak shake in hand and a slice of cake.. what could be more perfect?

Cabella - Bridlesmith Walk Nottingham

Now as you know I'm a complete makeup addict.. whether it's buying it or applying it. So to hear our next stop would be Cabella, I was like a child in a sweet shop!

This is a hidden gem in Nottingham; if you're looking for a place to learn a new makeup technique or need that TLC before your night out with the girls, Cabella provides all of that. With budget friendly advice and tutorials, we were welcomed in by the flawless looking staff and the drop dead gorgeous decor. 

This deco-den till was definitely goals!
I loved the fact that they also used pressed glitters by Glitter Eyes which I've followed on Instagram for a long time. We got the chance to swatch the products and I had serious glitter envy.. The pigmentation in one swipe was incredible and not at all messy. I may have to go back to Cabella and purchase a palette.. or two..

We were all seated to watch a makeup demonstration with a glass of bubbly, hearing about their most loved products that they use on their clients. From MAC to even Miss sporty I was pleasantly surprised and had to take note on what to add to my wishlist.. Roll on payday! 
They told us about their makeup brushes and kindly gave us one each, which was the CB2 Angled crease brush which you can find here.

Everything was girly in Cabella and that was their aim; I'd love to decorate my future home the way that they do and have my very own boudoir!
With makeovers and even LVL treatment for gorgeous lengthy lashes, it's the place to treat yourself and others.

Weavers of Nottingham - Castle Gate Nottingham

After the fantastic trip to Cabella, we soon made our way to our third stop, Weavers. I've not actually heard of Weavers of Nottingham before, this is why I adore Snizl. They've really opened my eyes up to places I only dreamed about. 
We were led to a very charming Georgian building, specially set up for where they perform their wine tastings.
Inside was the most elegant and nostalgic rooms, making us feel like true Vips for the evening. This is where we met the fourth generation of the family, Alan Trease, whom is the managing director and two of his experienced staff, Fergus and Pete. Their knowledge was astounding and presented us each with a glass of Cremant Du Jura, which I found very palatable. It had a scent of sherry entwined within it and tasted divine. 
Behind us was a laid out table of samples of reds and whites, both wines were talked through and you could just admire the passion that they had, as they led you through the story of the way they were produced.

We were also given the rare opportunity to go into their cellar caves, I have never seen anything like this before as we all spooked ourselves out a little, with some stories thanks to Pete! Being underground it was actually a peaceful feeling, keeping at a comfortable chilled temperature all year round.
It's intrigued me on their wine tasting events and will truly be something I'd have to attend some time. Upon leaving they gifted us with a bottle of their red wine which I'll admit, I did give to my mum, but that's due to her being more of a red wine drinker than I am.
This will be an experience I'll look back on!

400 Rabbits - Hurts Yard Nottingham

Our final stop of the evening was 400 rabbits. A tequila bar that was very well hidden away from the market square. The question was, how many bloggers can you fit in a bar? 
Surprisingly we all did!
I loved the vibe that the bar gave, with uptempo 90s hits, that we couldn't help singing along to and amazing mexico decor hanging from the ceiling. We were handed some quirky bandannas and pop up hats, and were shown around. I was way too happy to see a Sega mega drive set upstairs, as well as a  foosball! This was such a quirky place that I wished I had found it sooner!
Back downstairs they were sampling sangria, along with shots of Tequila and Mezcal; which goodness me they were strong! I'm more of a classic cocktail kind of lady so I did have to refuse certain spirits! I can see why they are called 400 rabbits though, as we were given the full insight on the bar's history and enthusiasm to their ingredients in their cocktails through a masterclass. 
If you were wondering, they have a happy hour every day 5-8pm! 

I'll have to stop by for a catch up with the ladies, a cocktail and a game of Sega!

It was one of the most enjoyable evenings, and was great to meet so many lovely bloggers and fabulous businesses, big thanks to all of the Snizl Team and the companies for having us!

Let me know if you download the App and what your thoughts are on it.

Love Ellie xo
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