Thursday, 19 March 2015

Warehouse Urban Garden Party

I was emailed earlier this week to be told that some pretty exciting things are happening at Warehouse. A campaign they've got going on at the moment is called "Urban Garden Party." It's linked to Summer-time occasion wear, but they're also transforming their stores into urban jungles, featuring illustrations by Lo Parkin.

Anybody can sign up to these parties on Warehouse's website - there are parties in Liverpool One and Oxford Street to name a couple. If you sign up you can receive 20% off Occasion wear, get your hair done by Toni & Guy and of course no fashion party is complete without goodie bags and free gifts. 

How nice is the styling in these photos? I'm a guest at two weddings this summer (bridesmaid to be exact) and I'm on the lookout for formal wear for the day before. I picked out a rather lovely crepe blazer and pant suit which I'm excited to try, but I love the white culotte playsuit so much! 

Sign up for the Urban Garden Party here - I'm hoping to head down to Liverpool One this weekend to check out the store. Exciting times.

Roll on summer.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Laces Out! at Camp & Furnace

I headed back to Liverpool over the weekend for a few reasons; it was my Dad and Brother's birthdays, I was due to have a Bridesmaid dress fitting and also it was the second edition of Laces Out! the trainer festival held at Camp & Furnace in Liverpool.

The McBrides were representing family Flyknit; I wore Flyknit Zoom Agility and my plus one, my Mum wore Flyknit Max. *fire emoji* *fire emoji* *fire emoji*

Last year, we were mid Huarache hype and I did an interview with the organisers before the event. I asked, what are you expecting to see a lot of? Expecting the answer to be Huas; they were absolutely everywhere.

He replied and said "a lot of adi." I was surprised for some reason. I know that historically, Liverpool is an adi city, but nothing prepared me for how much adidas there was this year.

I didn't buy anything for myself, only a pair of baby Prestos for my boss who is expecting a baby and has an unreal collection of Prestos himself. My mum also bought me two Chris Bower prints for my birthday - one of a pair of Flyknit Racers and the other a pair of Air Max 95s. Check out his Instagram. It's pretty cool.

Well done to everybody involved and hopefully see you down at the next one. 

Friday, 27 February 2015

Laces Out! Trainer Festival

Not so long ago I wrote a little post about Laces Out! which is a Sneaker festival held in Camp & Furnace in Liverpool.

Guess what? 

It's happening again and this time I'll be able to attend!

It's on next week, Saturday 7th March, again at Camp & Furnace in the city centre. It's a bit mad that given my job and the place I work, I've never been to a sneaker festival. I'm pretty intrigued by it; mainly to see what people choose to wear on their feet at an event like this. I'm also curious to see what's going to be on offer; will people be selling Yeezy 750s or Forrest Gumps? Who knows. Only time will tell.

You can get tickets here. Maybe see you down there!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

airplane mode.

Over the past few months I’ve found myself flying more than I usually do.

Since October, I’ve been on 16 flights across Europe. Nowhere too far, two hours max maybe, but as I’ve taken more and more flights, I’ve learnt more and more tricks. 

Now, I will share said tricks.

If you’ve got an early morning flight, don’t bother wasting 20 minutes doing make up before you fly. By the time you’ve landed in your destination, it’ll look like shit. Mine does anyway. I put on eyebrow gel, mascara and moisturiser when I get up, then I’ll do my make up in the airport bathroom when I land. It’ll look much better, plus you’ll get an extra 20 minutes in bed. 

I take daily medication for epilepsy so I always make sure that’s in my hand luggage, just incase my hold luggage goes missing on an outbound flight - if it did, I’d be in a mess. Also, make sure you take more than enough meds with you and make sure you have enough at home for when you get back. 

Charge your electrics wherever you can in the airport when you’re waiting round, even if you’re at about 80%. It’ll go quicker than you realise. Your phone can still access Wifi when on Airplane mode, so to save battery I switch that on, but can still access the internet in the airport. Plus, it makes it charge faster.

I like to screenshot my boarding card so it’s easy to find, incase I don’t have the airline’s app installed on my phone. I also like to be a bit of a crank and print my boarding card off at the airport if I see a free machine, just incase I run outta battery.

When you know you’re on your way to go through security, get everything out ready. Don’t be that person in the queue, holding everybody up because they didn’t take their belt off or they didn’t take their laptop out their bag.

Don’t take it easy and take your time, because guaranteed, there will be people behind you who will be rushing to catch a flight and they will be angry at you and they will hate you, even though they don’t even know you, because you are making them miss their flight. 

Pack a t-shirt/hoody, leggings, sports bra and trainers wherever you go, if you’ve got a couple of hours to kill before meetings in the morning, or even if you arrive in the city on an evening flight, it’s nice to explore the neighbourhood by going on a little run in a new place. 

Drink as much water before/during the flight as possible. You getting a beer on the plane to ease yourself into the weekend? Get a water too. The cabin pressure does something crazy to your brain and makes you feel pretty shitfaced pretty easily. It’ll also obviously keep you hydrated in that awful cabin air. 

Pack tissues. I’m not a tissue kinda gal. I don’t blow my nose in public, so I rarely carry them round with me. This week however, during take-off from Amsterdam to Munich, the smartly dressed gentleman sitting next to me threw up all over himself. And myself. 

Luckily, I randomly put tissues in my bag when I was packing, so I passed them over to him and he could clean himself up before he ran to the bathroom (and stayed there for the duration of the flight.)

And finally, use the time on these flights to get shit done. Organise your inbox, sort out your documents, draft up emails ready to send as soon as you land. 

The hour and ten minutes you’re up in the air can turn out to be pretty useful. 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Saturday runday funday

I'm in London for the next few days and we're kicking off the weekend with a leisurely jog and yoga session. 

It's super nice to be back and be with friends. Especially when they supply you with beautiful banana, peanut butter and pomegranate breakfasts.