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Why I Won’t Be Attending London Fashion Week

When I started blogging in 2012, Fashion and Style Police was purely a fashion blog, and I was super crazy about fashion. I still am crazy about fashion. It is one of my first loves, but I have other loves as well, and I have found a way to creatively write about them all, which works amazing well.

 

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Back then, fresh from London College of Style, all I was breathing was fashion. And the only blogs I was following then were mainly fashion blogs. I noticed many of these bloggers attended fashion week, so I was determined to attend one of the shows, especially the shows in London. But I never had the chance in the early days because I was a new fashion blogger. Which brand would want to waste an invite on a fashion blogger with no strong following? Well not many, if any at all. And I was not prepared to hang around the fashion show location (like many fashion bloggers do) just to get my photos taken. Not trying to shade those who do, but for me, it was all or nothing. So I got nothing but kept hoping for the day when I would get an invite from one of the fashion designer houses.

I have been blogging for over 3 years when I got my first invitation to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and London Fashion Week (LFW), and guess what? I turned them both down.

 

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I turned down both invitations because I decided earlier on in my blogging career not to go out-of-pocket for nobody. That means I won’t attend events, including fashion shows just because I am invited. I will need my travel expenses (and accommodation if necessary) sorted at least before I can even consider attending any event.

Many brands/PRs find this difficult to understand and I am not sure why. The same way they won’t got o work for free is the same way I won’t work for free. It is the same way I won’t attend a fashion show and blog about it without my expenses and fees being paid.

Even if I was living in London or in New York, I would still turn the invitation down if my travel expenses were not sorted. I am a blogger not a magazine editor with a salary. I create my income, so every penny counts in my world.

I do hope I can attend one of the big 4 fashion shows – London, Milan, Paris and New York, but I won’t settle. I have gotten to a point in my life where I refuse to act a fool.

 

What are your thoughts on this?

 

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Alicia Keys Covers ELLE UK December 2016

Now this is one magazine cover I am completely in love with. It is definitely the best December 2016 cover.

 

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I am a massive fan of Alicia Keys, and I am very delighted to see she is a cover girl for ELLE UK The Feminism Issue December 2016. I have not seen Alicia Keys on a UK magazine cover for a very long time. I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw her on one, so this issue is like a breath of fresh air.

Alicia Keys chats exclusively with ELLE UK about her family, being a feminist, and going makeup free.

 

On feminism:

‘Let’s look the definition up because I have in my mind what I feel it means.” Reading on her phone, she continues: ” ‘The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of political, social and economic equality’ – so yes. Yes, I am a feminist, and whoever isn’t is crazy…It’s about owning your power, embracing your womanhood.’

 

I agree with the fact that any woman who isn’t a feminist based on the original definition here, is crazy. I even wrote about being a feminist some months ago. But the problem today is there are various definitions of a feminist, and various types too. I don’t agree with a bunch of them, I think they are just overly excited but I do agree with the original definition Keys read out here, and I wonder who wouldn’t!

 

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On going make-up free:

It took me forever to get this skin. I mean, I know how it feels to have a face full of bumps and pimples. I lived through that in the public eye. But when I first got pregnant [six years ago with her son, Egypt] I started to eliminate dairy from my diet and drank a lot more water, which made a huge difference to my skin. Some have called this a crusade. Well, I died laughing at that. I use to feel the pressure to appear as the music industry expected, but I don’t now.’

I am so happy to know she is now very comfortable in her own skin. I am hoping I get to that level of comfort some day. It is a work-in-progress but I will get there eventually.

 

What do you think of this issue? I am yet to read it but I want to. It sounds like a fab read. I can see myself grabbing an issue this weekend before it leaves the newsstands.

 

 

Lazy Dogz – A Christmas Gift Idea

The chill is in the air, and I am spending more time indoors these days. The weather outside is not playing at all (It is raining cats and dogs as I type this post!), so I like to keep warm inside. This miserable weather has me stuck on Netflix, watching documentary after documentary. I am loving documentaries at the moment for some weird reason. I have just seen Finding Fela, and I loved it.

This weather also has me drinking hot drinks like they are going out of fashion. I am really trying to keep warm without spending a fortune, but it has been tricky. So you can imagine my excitement when I received this Lazy Dogz Slippers in the post.

I have fallen so in love with my new luxury designer slippers. They look amazing and feels even more amazing.

 

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Lazy Dogz are the slipper specialists. They have been in the business since 2001, and they specialise in designing the most stylish footwear that scream comfort and luxury. The brand recently launched a new winter range for both men and women, and every pair is a cosy beauty. It took me a long time to settle on this pair – Gracie Gold, because I wanted them all! But this real suede beauty won my heart at last. I like the gold colour, the branded sole looks so beautiful, and don’t even get me started on the shearling wool lining. My feet feel so good in them. It even has a memory foam!

 

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The presentation is also another feature I love about this Lazy Dogz slippers. I really like the branded box, gift tag and ribbon. It is a perfect Christmas gift idea for men and women. I am sure a pair of Lazy Dogz would bring a smile to anyone’s face this season. I think they are super cute.

This Christmas, Lazy Dogz is supporting Manchester Dogs’ Home as they recover from the tragic fire that occurred last year. For every pair of slippers sold until Christmas Eve 2016, Lazy Dogz will be donating Β£1 to Manchester Dogs’ Home. Isn’t that great? I love brands that give something back.

 

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What do you think of my Lazy Dogz slippers? Sound off in the comment section below, let’s chat.

Thanks for reading and have a fabulous day!

 

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