Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Clashing Time talks The Beige Coat

Even if everything else is going wrong when you wake up in the morning, it just takes one item of clothing or one beauty product to make you feel 'you' again. For me, that item is this beige coat. Believe it or not, this coat is not some 75-100 pound coat from Topshop or French Connection, but instead it is a 15 pound coat from a local market. I spotted another lady trying it on one bank holiday weekend and instantly fell in love with it. It has the ability to make you feel like you are shielded from the world simply by wrapping you up in cosy goodness. It is flattering to your figure with the tie waist, but also warm enough to actually be a practical coat as well. For most women, fashion and practicality are difficult to mix, and luckily for me, I get the best of both worlds! This is my go-to jacket for work, shopping, day trips...anything that comes my way, simply because I know that I will feel confident and attractive in it. Do you have an item that makes you feel on top of the world? Let me know in the comments below as I'd love to know! 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Clashing Time talks Pro Longwear MAC Concealer

As a sufferer of serious under eye dark circles I have tried so many concealers over the years, but I realised that I was struggling with finding something that helps. Ever since I started wearing makeup, concealer was always the most important product. Yes, mascara accentuates your eyes, and blusher brings colour to your face...but concealer is the product that helps with so many aspects of your look. I have bought cheap products, middle range products and even splashed out on the expensive stuff and I still struggled to get something that covers my dark circles. Whilst at Stansted Airport last year I walked over to the MAC counter to check out the beautiful lipstick range they had and got talking to the lovely beautician at the stand. The Pro Longwear MAC Concealer is £17.50 for 9ml, and although that might seem a lot for a small bottle of concealer, it does last a long time. You only need a little pump of the lightweight fluid to achieve full coverage on your skin and if you apply a few layers onto your dark circles and finish it off with some powder, then you will have a natural looking matte finish. Do you use any of the MAC concealers or do you have a favourite concealer that you would recommend? Let me know! 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Clashing Time talks Ripped Jeans

Trends seem to come and go. Some come back each year without surprise, but one trend just seems to have stuck around this year. At first I didn't think much of ripped jeans - I thought they were a trend that wasn't going to stick around for very long when people realised that they were essentially paying for a broken item of clothing - but how wrong was I?! Ripped jeans seem to have started last year and have surprisingly stayed! Maybe it is because of the rubbish English weather meaning that we are used to putting jeans on every day, rather than heading to our wardrobes for a skirt or shorts? Or maybe it is a trend that does seem to look good on anyone? Who knows. Either way, I have eaten my words and have accepted that they are awesome. In an attempt to reduce my costs, I decided to try and distress some jeans myself. All you need is a pair of jeans, some sandpaper and some scissors - what could be easier? To distress the jeans, lay them flat and start rubbing your marked areas with your sandpaper until the denim starts to really thin out and look worn. Keep doing it in all the areas you would like to create the effect and then brush them off to ensure there isn't sand everywhere. Tadaaa...this is the finished look! What do you think? Would you try to create a trend with a bit of DIY or would you rather buy it? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Clashing Time talks Alexander McQueen

After months of trying, we finally got tickets to the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A museum. The exhibition was on from the 14th March to the 2nd August and was fully booked from start to finish, meaning that they had to release 12,000 additional tickets for 24 hour sessions in the end of July and beginning of August. We were lucky enough to get tickets on the 26th July in an afternoon slot and we couldn't have been happier. Even though we were travelling from Cambridge for only a few hours in London, it was definitely well worth it. The exhibition itself, although a little bizarre at times, really demonstrated the incredible mind of Alexander McQueen. He had such an interest in exploring extremes and pushing the boundaries of normality. His clothes of course were not always wearable - until his collections with Givenchy - but they certainly had character. Each item, whether it was clothing, shoes or headwear, screamed passion and original design. The thing that really caught my attention was the incredible curation by Claire Wilcox as each room stood out more impressively than the last. As you will see by the image below, the most imaginative room displayed the vast majority of McQueen's most iconic items. I honestly sat down in the room for what must have been 30 minutes as I was caught in a daze of inspiration. Everywhere you looked there was something more interesting and the screens with videos of some of his catwalk shows really added to the dream-like world we were all in. Overall, it was a great exhibition and I really hope that as many people as possible were able to go see it and enjoyed it as much as I did. CTx
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Clashing Time talks Summer in the City

The weekend before last I went to Summer in the City with Kat from Laydey Katabella! She seems to be my buddy for going to events and as we both do YouTube, it made sense for us to go to a YouTube convention together. When we arrived we were full of excitement as the Excel London is absolutely huge - I did not know what to expect. We were greeted by some stewards and directed to collect our wristbands, which made it feel like an awesome festival! Once we were inside we decided to take a walk around in order to work out where everything was...then we were off! We watched some really interesting chats on mental health, honesty and confessions, small bloggers..etc, but my favourite talk was definitely about women and female bloggers. The panel consisted of Cherry WallisTheadora LeeDodie ClarkLaci GreenLucy MoonJana Damanhouri, and was chaired by Lex Croucher. I've got to say that I was a bit apprehensive about going to this talk as I was concerned that some of the opinions might be a little bit 'in your face', but I left feeling so empowered and positive. A combination of serious chatter and light hearted conversation meant that everyone was smiling and giggling the whole way through. Although the day itself was not really what I was expecting, I am glad that I went along as it really demonstrated the power of YouTubers and their videos, but also how much of an incredible community YouTube is to people of all ages.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Clashing Time talks Amazon Christmas

A few weeks ago I had a crazy day and went to two events on the same day, but they were both equally fantastic so I thought I would blog about them separately! Amazon's Christmas Press Day was held on Southampton Row in London, a really great event space and fantastic location. They have used this space previously and they definitely know how to use a space well! Upon walking in I was greeted by some lovely PR girls and then guided down the stairs to start taking a look. The thing I love about the Amazon press days is that it really demonstrates the variety of products that Amazon sell...everything from books, games and gadgets through to hairbrushes, massagers and nail varnishes! I often pop online to search through the never ending pages of products and I find the easy payment system a little bit dangerous as I always seem to buy far too much. To see what I got up to at the event, please take a look at my video below.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Clashing Time talks F&F Christmas

I recently took a trip to London and went to the F&F Christmas Press Day at their showroom on Broadstone Place after a very last minute invitation. I spotted that they had something going on when browsing twitter and was lucky enough to get myself an invitation - see, if you don't ask, you don't get! I rocked up to their showroom on a very hot summer's day and was greeted by some lovely ladies from Maverick PR who showed me around the Christmas collection. The clothing rails were full of wintery, glitter filled textured items that created a real sense of Christmassy joy inside me. F&F have cleared decided to cater for all occasions and all types of British weather as they have filled their rails with items for the warmer and colder days of winter. I've got to say that some of my favourite items included the black and gold buckled heels, the furry body warmers and the metallic looking dresses. Although these items might not all necessarily go together, I feel like a selection of the statement pieces from this collection would fit perfectly into my wardrobe and kit me out for the winter season! The collection will be out in October this year so keep an eye out for it in any of the stores near you. In the meantime, take a look at the F&F Website.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Clashing Time talks Itsu Cambridge Launch

There have been so many fantastic places opening in Cambridge recently and we truly are spoilt for choice. When it comes to Japanese food, you can find somewhere on every corner! I often pick up a noodle or rice dish when I'm out and about as they are so much easier then a sit down meal, so all of these new 'food on the go' restaurants are perfect for me. Upon arriving at the new Itsu on Sidney Street I was so pleased to see it so busy and vibrant. There are mirrors everywhere, colours all over the walls and beautiful looking plants in every corner and it makes it feel so inviting. Some very friendly staff invited us all in and asked us if we would like a chicken teriyaki dish or a salmon dish and of course I went for the chicken. Since going travelling I have become a big fan of Asian food and I've got to admit that I am a big fan of chicken teriyaki. I love the freshness of the dish, but also the thick sweet teriyaki sauce that's full of flavour! Within our 'goodie bag' we were also treated to some Metcalfe's popcorn, a yummy juice drink, a menu, chopsticks and a really sweet Cambridge themed present...a bike seat cover. If you're not from Cambridge then you wouldn't know then Cambridge is full of bikes and I feel like Itsu definitely gets some bonus points for providing such a practical gift. 
Although we didn't have any prices available in our goodie bag, I have seen online that the prices are very reasonable. The chicken teriyaki dish is £4.19 and I left feeling very full so it's certainly the perfect meal for lunch. So many people have slated Cambridge recently for it's 'bland' offering and I think they couldn't be more wrong. Every month new and exciting things are happening and Itsu coming to the city is definitely one of those exciting things.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Clashing Time talks Espresso Library

Hello lovely people! I know, I know...It's been a while. Turns out my new amazing blog schedule is actually not that easy to stick to when you have loads on at work, friends that need to be caught up with, and a load of moving house stress to deal with. To try and cope with the stress of everything, I decided to go and meet my lovely friend Olivia from Crave More Beauty at Espresso Library on East Road in Cambridge. Espresso Library seems to be the 'It' place in Cambridge at the moment. The place you go with your laptop to work, or with a newspaper to relax, or with your friends for a good old chin wag! It's the place you go to...and never get a seat in as it's so popular. It's so lovely to see a cafe in such a non-touristy part of town do so well and as it is just down the road from my offices, I decided it was about time I went in to give it a go myself. Olivia and I were so excited to try some of the food for lunch as all the people around us had some seriously yummy looking dishes being brought to their tables. Get ready for food porn! 
I decided to go for the squash and feta frittata and oh my was so lovely. You can't go wrong with a generous portion of butternut squash, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and a selection of other yummy veg! It came with a lovely side portion of fresh salad and a drizzle of some dressing and I've got to say that I was very unexpectedly full after such a light looking dish. Olivia went for the halloumi and garlic portobello mushroom burger with pesto and salad. Although I'm not a big mushroom fan, I do feel as if I could have been converted by trying this dish as it looked so flavoursome and not at all like your typical mushroom meal. The Espresso Library does have a small menu, but it seems as if they mix things up on a weekly, even daily basis, in order to ensure they are using the best local produce for the time of year. They concentrate on working with local farmers, businesses and individuals to make their cafe as good as it possibly can be....and I think they've done it! If you're in Cambridge then definitely pop over to East Road.
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