Saturday, 28 March 2015

Dom & Ink - Map My Style - Review and Competition!

We LOVE interactive journalling here at Rawr Towers. There's nothing more relaxing than sitting down with a cup of tea for some quiet me time with your pen and your fave doodle diary, so when illustrator Dominic Evans' (Dom & Ink) new book 'Map My Style' landed on our doorstep we literally sashay shante'd straight to the sofa!

Once you pick up Map My Style, you're in for a while (142 pages worth to be exact), so make sure you have a snack stash nearby! There is SO much to do and it's ridiculous fun. This book is a place to explore, map and share your own unique sense of style. It's part fashion journal (we love the little sections to create your own pieces by drawing patterns onto one of Dom's amazing illustrations, or completing a design that Dom started), part style guide (inspirational quotes from Lupita Nyong'o and Lena Dunham complete with epic drawings of the girls!) and part outfit dilemma solver (the Work-It Wardrobe and Style Scenario's sections are fab!) - basically your very own fashion fairy godmother, except it doesn't just grant wishes, you have to work that brain to enjoy the spoils!

Dom & Ink illustration Map My Style
Dom & Ink illustration Map My Style
Dom & Ink illustration Map My Style

Map My Style would be the perfect gift for a fashionista friend. Retailing at £9.99, it's well worth it and once you've finished the activities you have a really cute personal read to look back on. We're planning to swap and have a read of each other's once we're done, and have even talked about getting a few copies so that we can do one each season to see how our styles change! Can you imagine a bookshelf full of these things, filled out in all their glory? DIARY NERD SWOON!

SO, before we get to the competition, rather flatteringly, Dom sent us each a personalised fashion illustration of our fave recent looks! They are SO fierce and we can't stop staring at them so they are in pride of place in our homes where everyone can come see how good we look ;)

Dom & Ink illustration Map My Style

Aren't they just stunning? We're such lucky girls!

Now for the competition! We have 2 extra copies of Map My Style to give away to 2 lucky winners! All you have to do is follow the instructions on the entry form below (simple blog comment and optional Twitter entry) to rack up the points, and then cross your fingers! DO IT!

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T&C's - This competition is open to UK residents only. All entries will be checked and verified before winners are announced, incomplete or falsified entries will not be counted and are void. 2 winners will each win 1 copy of Map My Style by Dom & Ink worth £9.99. Winners will be announced on the blog and on Twitter within 48 hours of the competition end date.

Good luck doodlers, and huge thanks to Dom and the team!

J & T xoxo

Friday, 27 March 2015

T's SS15 Accessories Style Diary With McArthurGlen Swindon!

Earlier this week, I headed to the McArthurGlen Swindon outlet with the aim to update my Spring 2015 wardrobe by purchasing two key accessories. There are six McArthurGlen designer outlet stores nationwide, with massive savings of up to 60%, they are crammed with some of the hottest designer brands at discount prices. Each McArthurGlen varies, but the Swindon outlet is home to Ted Baker, Hugo Boss, L.K. Bennett, Hobbs, Osprey London and many more!

I love a good sale bargain, so I was excited to visit the outlet and get my shop on. I tend to mostly buy clothes, so it was fun to visit with the sole intention of getting some statement accessories for Spring. I circled the outlet twice before committing to my purchases, allowing one pit-stop for hot chocolate and cake, and another for lunch. Standard.

I ended up scoring a beautiful blue ombre Marc by Marc Jacobs watch from Watch Station, which retails for £185 but I got it for £119.99! Watch Station was probably my favourite store, I have a penchant for watches (especially the M by MJ variety), and there were so many incredible timepieces on display with fantastic reductions! I found it hard to pick just one but I opted for this blue ombre version because it's a little more unusual and a great colour for Spring.

I knew I wanted a bag but I'm quite particular, so after searching every store with handbags in, opted for this lovely turquoise Fiorelli Cleo clutch. I could've spent all day in Fiorelli, the sales assistant was lovely and it was crammed with Rawrgirl faves, Nica handbags! I was drawn to this clutch because of the unusual shape - it reminds me of the Alexander McQueen De Manta bags! The colour is so striking, it's guaranteed to spice up any outfit. It was discounted from £45 to £31. A small price to pay for a McQueen-esque clutch, non? ;)

I was asked by McArthurGlen to create a style diary using my new accessories so I hope you like how I styled them.

McArthurGlen Spring Accessories

Monday night = party time!
Bright pops of colour work perfectly with LBD's so with a simple black L.A.M.B. dress, I let my accessories do all the talking. Whenever I see this outfit my eyes are naturally drawn to my epic clutch, it's hard to believe it was so affordable!

Sequin Gold Maxi Skirt

Tuesday - Shopping and lunch with friends.
I've started to obsess over crop tops and high-waisted everything this Spring and my sparkling sequin maxi skirt was another sale bargain from the Next in Swindon outlet, at only £5! Gold works beautifully with turquoise and this time I'm using the cross body chain to make my clutch a little more everyday. It still looks great with my blue/gold watch and I can tell these guys are going to be best friends.

Monochrome Styling McArthurGlen

Wednesday's work face!
Monochrome is one of the biggest trends for SS15 and is great for work. I threw on a simple blazer, tee and jeans combo with a pair of statement lace-up heels to create a classic, office appropriate look. Unless you love your job, you may need a little pick me up to make it through the day, for me, every time I look at my beautiful watch it makes me think of sunshine and Bellinis. Forever a daydreamer. My bag is then back to being a clutch again for some after work cocktails. Bellini, anyone?

Oasis Iris Maxi Print

Thursday - Spring shopping.
Shopping is my favourite activity and I like to be comfortable as I run around all the stores, twice. The weather has been surprisingly warm recently which calls for maxi dresses and floppy hats. Within 2 seconds the chain is back out of my bag and I'm ready for action. I like to travel light when shopping, so there's room for my phone, a lipstick, mirror and some blotting paper. Just in case I work up a sweat. My watch is permanently attached to my wrist so I won't forget to meet my boyfriend for dinner. Not that it's ever happened before...A-hem.

Spring 2015 Accessories
Marc by Marc Jacobs Ombre Watch

Friday - Birthday BBQ!
You can't have a BBQ in Spring, you say! Well of course you can, just ask my boyfriend (the soon to be birthday boy). There's no such thing as being overdressed, so this is my 'it's my boyfriend's birthday' ensemble! I think my white look is accessorised perfectly with the turquoise pop of colour, wouldn't you agree? My fancy bag is back to being a clutch and I'm ready to mingle with the future in-laws. This could be my favourite Spring look out of them all.

So what do you think? Which outfit is your favourite? Thank you to McArthurGlen Swindon for having me and for treating me to these two killer accessories. I was beyond impressed by your selection and how friendly all of the sales assistants were. I received no less than 4 compliments on the leopard shoes I wore that day, and someone even stopped Amie and I to tell us we looked fantastic and she loved out style... How cute!?

T - Already planning another visit.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Bristol Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015!

Last night I attended the Bristol Fashion Week SS15 VIP show! I try to attend BFW every season, I love how much fun and energy each show brings and I'm always left feeling inspired. TV stylist Mark Heyes was back to present the show and he was joined by the beautiful Lucy Watson of Made in Chelsea.

I was interviewed earlier on in the day so after taking some quick photographs, a few other bloggers and I headed to get re-fuel on some tea and cake before the show started. Despite being hours early, we somehow ended up being the last into the pavilion so landed seats at the back. This wasn't a big issue because the view was still brilliant and I managed to take some pretty reasonable snaps! I know a lot of other bloggers will be featuring the professional catwalk photos later this week, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

Bristol Fashion Week VIP ShowNecklace: Mi Moneda - Watch: Olivia Burton - Co-ord: Oasis

Bristol Fashion Week 2015
SS15 Denim Trend

The show had an airport theme which I absolutely loved and the backdrops were strong and suited each trend perfectly. Denim is massive for SS15 (every other blogger seems to be posting double denim outfits at the moment) and the above collection was from Marks and Spencer. I can't get enough of these patched skinny jeans and those cute dungarees! I definitely need to invest in a pair this season.

Monochrome continues for Spring/Summer and John Lewis have a great selection of mono magic, I couldn't help but swoon all over model Arabella's frilly bikini and floppy hat (along with that rockin' bod). I ended up picking an outfit from this trend during my blogger preview last week.

Bristol Fashion Week Monochrome Trend
Utility Highstreet Trend

The utility trend is one of my favourites for this season, Warehouse have absolutely nailed this trend, I really want the beautiful suede A-line skirt shown above and a khaki shirt to pair it with. DREAMY.

Florals is another one of those trends that isn't going anywhere, it's in every Spring/Summer but I never get bored of it - hence my organza floral co-ord! The only questionable outfits were worn by the men. Floral two pieces for gents!? The audience started laughing when these boys came strutting down the catwalk, it's a no from us.

Mens Co-ord Outfit
Superdry SS15 Festival

Superdry showcased some pretty awesome casual pieces for the festival trend, the embroidered denim jacket and white denim short combo had me thinking about Glastonbury but Arabella's white daisy dress was my favourite from the scene. So beautiful!

I'm a fan of pastels all year round but Hobbs have some particularly pretty styles in this season. The pale blue petal dress is even more gorgeous in person and was a blogger fave, I think it could make the ideal wedding guest outfit.

Brights at Bristol Fashion Week

I'm a fan of colour blocking and bold brights but some of these colour combinations were a little brave for me, the green dress was probably my winner out of all of the looks in this scene. Sidenote: How adorable did the little girls look? They basically stole the entire show.

Next had some awesome pieces on display - I NEED that cricket jumper in my life! I've always admired cricket sweaters on other people but I've never been tempted to try this look myself... Until now! Am I right?

Diversity Trend SS15
Bristol Fashion Week Airport Theme
70s Boho Bristol Fashion Week

I had an absolute blast and thoroughly enjoyed the show, Bristol Fashion Week runs from now until 29th March and you can still book tickets online or at The Mall information desk. Each ticket includes refreshments, a chance to win a prize, a passport full of offers and a goodie bag! If you've spotted something you like but I haven't linked to it, you can buy everything at The Mall or click here to get more information about each of the looks. 

Thanks so much to Bristol Fashion Week for having me! I rather fancy going again. Have you ever been to BFW? Which looks are your favourite?

T - Ready to re-vamp my wardrobe!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Warehouse #UrbanGardenParty Comes to Liverpool!

Oh we do love it when a good event comes to our fave local haunts, so I'm stoked that the ultimate summer shopping party, the Warehouse #UrbanGardenParty, is heading to Liverpool this Saturday 28th March, to celebrate the SS15 occasionwear drop hitting the rails - toot toot! 

Warehouse are all about dressing us modern girls for the plethora of summer events we have to navigate every year. There are some stunning pieces hitting the rails this party season. Forget the usual florals and fascinators, and instead think easy breezy midis and maxis, sharp culottes, chic bardot jumpsuits and cool embellishments. Here's a sneak peek from the lookbook. Brace yourself for the amazing mermaid-esque sequin dress . . .

Sign up online here and pop into the store to get an exclusive 20% off, hair styling by Toni & Guy, plus freebies and goodybags galore - see you there ladies!

J - Urban girl.
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