Friday, October 18, 2013


Birmingham hosts another fashion event!

The first weeks of fall have been a fashion enthusiast’s dream here in Birmingham: first there was the Harvey Nichols fashion show mid-September, followed by Style Birmingham at the end of September and the latest event being the Midlands Fashion Awards last Friday. The downside of attending all these events is that they stoke desires to go shopping; I say downside, it's really a darn good glorious excuse to buy new clothes, bags and shoes such as these Forever 21 heels, which are 'new-in'.

I started blogging roughly this time last year and whilst I've always had a penchant for shopping and fashion, I never really immersed myself in to it apart from a couple of trips a month to the Bullring shopping centre and avidly reading Vogue and Instyle . Since the inception of my blog, however, I've also been making a conscious effort to attend as many local fashion events as I can (local because it’s cheaper); initially to inspire my blog content, but more recently to support my additional ‘venture’ as a Fashion Stylist. Attending these events has given me the opportunity to socialise, network and mingle with other Midlands peeps that have a stylish disposition.

The Midlands Fashion Awards, hosted by ITV presenter Lucy Kite, was held on the 11 October and took place in the Penthouse within the Loft Lounge (a city centre bar).  It’s an event that celebrates independent and emerging fashion designers and provides a platform for designers to gain exposure and recognition for their work.

As well as admiring all the fashion being showcased at these events, I occasionally find myself in ruminate thought about two things as the models strut their stuff down the catwalk: 1) why can’t I be taller with legs up to my armpits and 2) how amazing it would be to have an ounce of creative design talent to be able to design and make clothes for me and others to wear. Once I've finished self-deprecating for five minutes, I’m able to get on with enjoying the show. Here are a few snaps from the evening:





Pink PVC Skirt H&M
Shoes FOREVER 21

Later x


  1. Hi Colleen! You do right to attend all the local fashion events, you can connect with other people and it upgrades your experience. This must have been amazing, I enjoyed all your snaps. And dear, you were smashing! Just adore the outfit, the skirt and the heels are amazing on you!:) And what a smile you have, it rocks!:) Have a lovely weekend, kisses! xo

  2. Birmingham seems to host some truly fabulous fashion events - it looks like you had a blast! And I love the outfit you wore for the evening, especially your lovely heels :)

  3. Birningham must be such a great fashionable city, so many fashion events. Thsnk you for all you snaps.
    You looks like a model, your black and white outfits is very stylish and perfect with the heels.
    Have a nice weekend

  4. Wowww.. hun, you are parting in some great fashion events!! so envy :) it looks like it was a fabulous night-full of good food and fine fashion!!!

    I just adore the composition of your feminine pink skirt paired with the simple black turtleneck! what makes it a bomb-shale is those heels.. they are amazing!! forever 21 nailed it!!

    Have a great weekend babe,

  5. First off, babe, you're gorgeous so there's tons of modeling jobs you can get, it's not just about walking down the runway. There are so many tiny bloggers who got noticed by designers and labels because of their blogs and now they're models too. So dream big and don't stop till you get there. And the other thing was - how hot are those heels!!!!! I love the color and the design, they were made for the outfit you wore!

    1. aaaw thanks for the encouragement babes. To be fair, it's not that I want to be a model as such (I don't have the bone structure and I'm not naturally photogenic) I just want to have longer legs/be taller; however I certainly wouldn't say no to a modelling opportunity at 5ft 4in!!!

  6. First of all you look adorable and I like how wear.e feminine and fashionable you dresses yourself. I don't like it when people go mental.

    Second good for you for getting out there.

    Third, I know London is a bigger city but I have found that the other cities always seem to hold more events and celebrate more. Sometimes London can be too cool for school and too up itself to go out and party if that makes any sense. I think it's great you guys have all these events.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

    1. It's a good point what you say about London actually. Maybe one day I will spread my wings and see what's happening in other cities. x

  7. Beautiful photos and post!! you look so pretty!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!! g+ and like for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  8. Love this outfit! You have great blog, follow you, I hope for reciprocity!!! :)

  9. Next thing you know, you're sat next to Harry Styles and your front row pics show you're having a laugh. Haha.
    I love your ensemble darl! I'm a fan of black rollneck and big midi skirt! Plus the shoes are beautiful..the mint gave a summer-is-over-yes-autum-is-here-but-I-still-would-like-to-wear-high-heeled-sandals-and-I-don't-care-if-my-toes-are-cold look! Love it!
    I miss my publishing days more than a decade ago when I see you attending fashion events.
    More please! And I hope one of those will be in London. Have a good week xxx

    1. I knoooow, cant believe I'm still wearing sandals lol.

      Well you will have to listen out for some London ones for me - I fancy a weekend away! x

  10. Sad thing about me, never been to a fashion show. :(
    It looks super fun. Oh well.
    Nice photos.
    Gorgeous shoes!
    I love your skirt.

  11. beautiful look for a fashion show! Keep up the great work in your blog…
    Wish you a rocking week ahead of you,
    Kisses from Miami,

  12. Babes you look super stunning!!! Honestly babes you don't need long legs,You look super cool. I do admire you a lot. Kate moss does not have long legs yet she rocks. I believe it's the way you carry yourself. Everyone has got swags and that makes you unique and different from others either you are short or long. Even the long ones do complain. I love those heels. So obvious you had a great time at this event.

    1. That's true, I have tall friends that complain about their height ha!

  13. Pretty! The skirt is such a lovely piece ;)

    xoxo Gozika

  14. Hi dear Colleen, hope you are well and happy! You look fantastic in this white midi skirt with the black top <3

    And I have similar toughts like you when I see the creations of the designers and I´m always really impressed how talented and creative they are. How great that you visit your local shows, I didn´t believe this until I read your text that you have in your region such impressing shows! Thanks a lot for sharing :)

    Wish you a successful and luck week.

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  15. Sounds like a great event, what a nice experience to be there.
    You look lovely Colleen and very happy.
    Have a great evening.

    Dusana :-)

  16. Colleen, have a lovely evening and enjoy the rest of the week. I believe bright colors would suit you, but you just have your beautiful smile to brighten up the day!:) Kisses dear! xo

  17. Babe, I just have to say - and I say this lovingly - what the heck is wrong with you?! There's nothing wrong with your boobs, at least not from where I'm sitting. And I have the exact opposite opinion: I think that smaller breasts make clothes look better. How many times do you hear the Fashion Police on E! say that this or that actress can't wear a certain dress because she's showing too much cleavage? But I do agree with you on this - lipsticks ARE a hassle.:)

  18. You have been really spoilt down in Birmingham with all these fashion events and this one looks fabulous too! The emerging designers must have been grateful for the opportunity. Your skirt looks
    lovely - what a great design and colour too. Have a good weekend.


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