Vogue Fashion’s Night Out 2012!

It must be tiring being Fashion – constantly being judged by eager customers and creative directors alike, being pulled off hangers and fastened on to mannequins, filling the countless pages of all our favourites glossys and dressing every single model in every single photoshoot and fashion week since the dawn of the seamstress.

So, every once in a while, Fashion needs to throw on some of it’s best work and have a night out. That’s (kind of) the premise of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, which took place last Thursday night in cities around the world from Paris to New York. I ventured out into the retail districts of London to see just how Fashion was letting loose.

My first stop – the Cath Kidston store in Covent Garden to get myself a free manicure…


Tea-based cocktails were provided by The Lawn – not usually a tea-drinker but these were more than palatable, my favourite was their take on the Long Island Ice Tea







Celebrated the final product with a (very cautiously held) glass of Rose Garden Tea Syrup


While heading off to Oxford Street in search of some more fashion-related soirées, my friend Pauline and I bagged ourselves a goody bag from Office, simply by being at the right place at the right time – gotta love Fashion’s Night Out!


After going roughly halvsies on our winnings, I added some DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, a couple of Dermalogica skin care products and a ma-hoosive Remington hair brush to my list of freebies – not bad for a completely free event.


A somewhat unlikely top fashion hotspot of the night was Marks and Spencer, who put their AW12 limited collection on show






My favourite piece was this very enthusiastically-modelled biker jacket – a classic wardrobe staple.


Walking down Oxford Street, we didn’t have time to enter every single store, but the atmosphere on the street itself was definitely buzzing.



We stopped by Topshop to see what was occurring, though unfortunately Delilah’s hotly anticipated performance clashed with my manicure appointment. You can watch a snippet below, from the sounds of it I missed out on quite a set:


I did however see this über-cool DJ chick


H&M had a pretty cool cover-style photoshoot going on…



…as well as some manicures and tattoos



Bershka got in on the festivities, with 20% off everything and balloons!


I also grabbed myself a free Galaxy Ripple bar from New Look…


…before venturing out to nearby Carnaby Street to catch the latter end of Cheap Monday’s party, a highly popular choice for the evening


While scouring Carnaby Street for more freebies, we were led by some frantically waved placards to a very exclusive viewing…


High fashion hat-line Millinery by Rosie Olivia used the perfect opportunity of Fashion’s Night Out to hold an intimate viewing of their SS13 Collection


Rosie Norman, the lovely designer behind the collection, personally made sure we all had a drink to hand while arranging her beautiful hat displays


Our last stop for the night was Hoss Intropia on Regent Street for an in-house runway show and even more free champagne. The following were my favourite pieces of the show, available here.


So in summary, I managed to bag myself a free (and ever so pretty) manicure, some fancy facial cleansing oil, half a Dermalogica skincare set, a Remington hair brush, a bar of Galaxy Ripple and a total of six free beverages, as well as attend a couple of parties and enjoy a front-row view of a runway show – perhaps the most eventful Thursday night of my life. Same time next year Vogue?!

20% of the photo credits go to the beautiful Miss Pauline Obale (also, thanks a bunch for carrying my stuff while my nails were still wet!)


Happy 1st Birthday Cath!

Over the weekend, Cath Kidston‘s St Pancras store celebrated its 1st birthday in what happens to be my favourite manner of celebration – by given away free stuff.

With every transaction over (and including) £30, customers received a pretty little Cath Kidston tote bag as well as some cake (cake alone would have been enough to get me there, but it was pretty nice of them to throw in the tote too). And so, with all this on offer, adding to the fact that there’s a sale on, I figured it was time. Time for my very first serious Cath Kidston purchase.

I’ve been an admirer from afar for quite a while now – I’ve liked them on facebook, subscribed to their newsletter and all that jazz, and I am the proud owner of a shooting stars book bag and a pair of polka dot Cath Kidston Wellies (both on sale from asos). However, I felt it was time to graduate from book bag to handbag, so I opted for an open tote bag this time around …

I decided to go for the Pinny Flowers Open Tote Bag for four reasons:

  • I do love a big bag
  • It’s ever so pretty
  • It was above £30 so it came with a free tote bag
  • It was on sale!

And I must say, it’s one of my favourite purchases to date. I haven’t used it yet because, well, it’s just too darn pretty for any old day, but I’ve styled it with various practise-outfits and will give it its official debut this Friday (“what’s happening on Friday”, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to check back on It’s Always The Beginning to find out, now won’t you?).

As for the pretty little tote bag it came with…

…I have used that. As someone who considers herself quite the tote bag collector (among other more interesting titles, I assure you), this cute floral number made a lovely addition to my generally flora-lacking collection.

Overall, I rather enjoyed Cath’s Birthday. The only regret I have – not getting there early enough for cake, but I’ll get over that…eventually.