London Fashion Weekend

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A few weeks ago I went to London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House for the first time. For Christmas I was given three gold ‘VIP’ tickets so I brought along my wonderful friends Harriet and Jen. Our tickets gave us access to two fashion shows and a little goody bag. This bag was filled with mini make up treats, including a lip balm called ‘Baby Lips’ from Maybelline – perhaps the most ill-advised name for a beauty product in recent history.

There were a maze of designers to navigate within Somerset House, with lots of beautiful things available to buy. We didn’t buy anything as we were quite focused on finding the bar for some afternoon prosecco. I loved the Marcus Lupfer room, and was so tempted to buy a dress covered in cats. I’m not very fashion.

First we went to the trend show which featured four key trends for SS14: precious metals, flower power, lace embrace and good sport. We had a couple of hours to kill after that and went over to the Canon Fashion 360° Studio where we got a gloriously awkward 360° jumping shot. You can see it at the bottom of this post, I’ve put it down for posterity.

The Julian Macdonald show was great. We managed to sneak behind the very angry security guards and snaffled some second row seats. Normally I only associate Julian Macdonald with his dodgy concession at Debenhams, right next to the peculiar offerings from Rocha John Rocha, but the pieces on the catwalk were super opulent and quite lovely. At the end of the show we were all given a handful of free Kinder Buenos. It was a good day.

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Get Another Free Three Month Tastecard!

I want to eat out all of the time, but sadly I cannot afford such extravagance. I had a free Tastecard for 3 months earlier in the year and missed it terribly when it was expired.

Luckily, they’re feeling generous and it’s that time of year again! Click here to get a free 3 month taste card! But you can only get it today only – the 4th December 2013. The offer expires at midnight tonight.

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Red Bull Revolutions in Sound – Sidewinder

I am not a very lucky person. I never ever win raffles or scratchcards. Despite this, I’m tirelessly optimistic that I will get what I was hoping for. Often I am disappointed, but with Red Bull events, I am lucky. I have won tickets to Revolutions in Sound 2011, Red Bull Carnival Party in 2012 and managed to get tickets for Revolutions in Sound this year. The idea of the event was to bring thirty of the most legendary UK club nights of past and present together for one landmark night.

In 2011, there was a performer in each pod, but this year Revolutions in Sound changed – each capsule on the Eye paid homage to seminal players of nightlife culture, hosted by club brands. Even though I was tempted to go for Boiler Room or Motion, I went for a more niche club – Sidewinder – a UK garage and grime club based in Milton Keynes. Bushkin, Viper, Blive, Fonti and DJ Slimzee performed in our pod. By the end of the night we were all great friends.

I went along with my friend Harriet. Harriet and Fleur, not very grime names. We tried our best.

Red Bull Revolutions in Sound 2013

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It was a truly tremendous event, with everything organised perfectly. We were treated to free drinks in the capsule and had plenty of chances to chat to the performers. It went around twice, and each ‘revolution’ was 45 minutes long, and it was easily the funnest hour and a half I’ve had all year. Our new grime friends got us onto the media boat afterwards where we were treated to more Red Bull cocktails and mad conversations with rappers.

I look forward to somehow winning tickets to the next Red Bull event in 2014, even if means I don’t win any scratchcards in the interim.

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