Charming Cherie Bumble

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix . On the blog today I am delighted to introduce Cherie Bumble.

I am an avid gym goer and I like to keep both active and fit. I have always believed that going to the gym and wearing active clothing should be fun, comfortable yet still stylish. There are lots and lots of brands out there each having their own aims and having a go at being fashionable yet I still feel that they don't flatter my petite frame.

That is until I was introduced to Cherie Bumble. Cherie Bumble is based in the United Kingdom and specialises in luxury activewear which takes its inspiration from modern day fitness. Cherie Bumble offers on trend pieces which have many patterns, colours and technical fabrics to suit the fast pace of life. They aim to bring fashion-forward designs with a luxury touch at an affordable price. They thrive to meet the demands of fashion and fitness savvy women.

This brand is what myself and many other women have been looking for. I feel that Cherie knows exactly what is required of an active brand that actually does two things , keeps you from sweating and keeps you looking stylish. Cherie has great knowledge about what works for gym wear materials due to her partner being a professional footballer. I feel it is vital to have a sound understanding of this as you know what works and what doesn't work.

I believe it is so important to feel confident in your activewear and to be comfortable as well. Activewear needs to be flexible and adaptable as you never know what the weather can be like should you be outdoors. I find myself more than not wearing activewear be it lounging around the house or at the gym. I am always looking for activewear which can be worn at home and if I'm nipping to a shop without looking untidy- hence my admiration for Cherie Bumble. Wearing this brand made me realise how fantastic I felt and looked. I no longer needed to feel scruffy when out as these pieces are high end and eye catching.

Cherie Bumble has a good selection of styles to choose from . I like how the materials are all flexible and quick drying. This brand really can be used for any form of fitness which is very handy indeed. The designs are so cleverly put together and look well made. Any patterns that are on the pieces are so discrete which may suit some women who don't like much fuss on their clothing. The material is quite huggy but this is what you need whilst working out . This being said the pieces are a true fit so I opted for a bigger size than normal.

I was very lucky to have been sent a huge selection of fabulous activewear pieces. Which I adore. Firstly, the Bella jacket which costs £60.00. This jacket is an eye-catching blue colour with a black zip. There is an air vent on the back to allow for breath ability and movement. There are thumb holes which are fantastic for comfort and as I am petite I feel this helps me to fit the jacket better. I have also found that these protect my hands when I'm lifting weights. The material is very lightweight and flexible. It's very well designed and features two spacious pockets which I always look for. This jacket is so fashionable I often wear it out with a pair of jeans for everyday attire. I feel it is an all rounder.


Next up is the Veve vest which costs £30.00. The design includes reflective panels on both the front and back-great for being outside for safety. I found whilst working out in this vest I stayed cool and this was to do with the cleaver performance technology that Cherie uses. I honestly didn't sweat much at all and especially didn't have that horrible clingy sweat that sticks to you after working out.

I was also sent the Lucia leggings which cost £45.00. The leggings are very clingy so perhaps ordering a bigger size will be a good idea. These leggings also feature the reflective panels on. It's side pockets and have a waist band that folds over. I felt very comfortable wearing these leggings. They are made from top quality material which again kept m body cool. They were not see through at all – like some leggings can be. These products are all very well made and you can see and feel the quality.

Lastly I also received the Jaguar jacket in black which costs £60.00. There is also a loose hood which is very handy for the Scottish weather I often face whilst out running. I also am a huge fan of the reflective panel on the back. This jacket is very stylish and goes with anything so it's great to match with other Cherie Bumble pieces.

I understand that this activewear brand is quite pricey but believe me when I say it's worth every penny. They use up to date cooling technology which helps a lot. The pieces as I've mentioned are very fashionable and unlike any other brand out there and are designed with women in mind. I am so glad to have been introduced to Cherie Bumble. Why not us my discount code NICOLE10 to gain 10% off your order.

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I would urge you all you gym bunnies and activewear lovers to check this brand out. Plenty to choose from and there really isn't another fashion cautious women specialises brand out there.

Thank you Cherie for sending these pieces to me and to be given this opportunity of working with you. I hope to work with you again soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy Cherie Bumble as much as I do.

Much love
Nicole x

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liebster Award 2

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix.
I am delighted to share with you all my second blog award. I have been nominated with the Liebster award (2). It's over whelming to have been nominated again. As the saying goes 'hard work pays off'. And this is a saying that sticks with me.

I was nominated by Mika Yoshimura from the blog A shade of mikachuu. Where she specialises in fashion blogging. I really enjoyed reading her posts and feel she grasps what we want to see from a blogger. I would like to thank her for taking the time to read my blog and for nominating my blog , it's such a boost when you see that your work is being enjoyed. I hope her blog grows in strength too.

I am required to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. So I will give my opinion on what I felt would have helped myself looking back.

1) Find the time to blog regularly. This is something that I struggle with and an area I'm working on still. This is very important as you want to be as active as you can be to gain exposure. Once you get your theme and topics you'll be raring to go. You need to spend a lot of time researching what's important to include and having content that's relatable your followers. Making time will become much easier once you establish a routine around your other day to day priorities.
2) pick one social media platform which you are comfortable using and stick with it. Link it to your blog so your followers can read your posts . By using only one social media platform you gain knowledge of what works best for you. The best times to post on that platform so you gain more exposure too. The more active you are on that social platform the more interaction you will gain . Your audience will know where to find you online.

All in all, blogging is great, can be fun and really rewarding. Stick at it!

If you would like anymore advice please do get in touch . I am more than happy to help.

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The fifteen bloggers I have chosen are:

1) Nicki Paul and Kellie Harley: utstrollergang.com
2) Nadja Hofmeier :nadjaloves.com
3) Cissie Hubbucks: bleachedbimbo.blogspot.com
4) Antonio Rozich: syetastories.wordpress.com
5) Allen Raimundo: thetraveler196.com
6) Ashley Jenell: mypainmedz.com
7) Komal Karniani: zistboon.com
8) Prasnavani Pasuvalingam: silentgabber.wordpress.com
9) Rainbowteek Crystal Lei Pinzon: how-to-mama.com
10) Stephanie Vazquez: lifespiceandparadise.com
11) Jessie Mandel: dinnertableforfive.com
12) Hannah Karanja: softskillstipsandtricks.com
13) Christopher Maver: trendablaze.com
14) Ankur Chopra: digadvice.com
15) Michelle Grubb Blackwood: healthiersteps.com

LIEBSTER AWARD 2

There are a few steps you have to take as you accept this award:

1.Include who nominated you and a link to their blog

2.Nominate 15 the bloggers for the award

3.Write a post about how and why you started your blog.

4.Give new bloggers two pieces of advice/

5.Notify the bloggers youʼve nominated about the award and a link to the post

Thank you for the taking time to read my blog. I hope you'll be back soon to read more. Please follow me as I would love to interact with you all.

Much love

Nicole

Rosamund of Scotland

Hello and welcome to nicspicnmix, on the blog today I am introducing Rosamund of Scotland to you all.

Rosamund of Scotland is a new Scottish design brand for women using sustainability sourced textiles. Rosamund's designs are quirky, original, beautifully crafted and luxurious. Rosamund of Scotland is a family run fashion brand. In fact it is a mother and daughter team behind the brand- Girl power indeed! The whole process is carried out in their workshop. From sketching to creating the finished piece. The materials used are of top quality.

This brand is so unique and very different to any I have worked with before and I love how creative the pieces are. They certainly do stand out. It is a brand where you can tell who made it straight away- which is fantastic. I really enjoy fun and unusual designs. It fits in really well with my motto of experimenting and pushing boundaries with fashion. There really is not another brand like Rosamund of Scotland which is exciting. I am waiting eagerly to see what they design next.

I am so fortunate to have a bespoke dress designed for myself from the Love letter collection. With the dress being made to measure it makes it more special as it's designed to fit you only. The dress compliments my shape very well. It has an elegant style to it. The cream material compliments my skin tone which surprised me as this is not a colour I usually wear. The dress is so comfortable to wear and it makes me feel like a 1950's pin up girl.


Dress costs £130.00

Dress also comes with matching clutch. Price £48.00

The company have been getting a lot of attention from the media which is great and very exciting for a local company. The team behind the brand are so passionate and hard working that I am so pleased that they are getting the recognition that they truly deserve . No one realises how much time and effort that goes into creating and maintaining a business until you start one yourself. I enjoy reading about what they are up to next and what fashion show they are taking part in – maybe one day I could walk in their designs!

I honestly can't recommend this brand enough- I could rave about them all day and still have only touched the surface. Please check them out . They are so different and I can guarantee you'll fall in love with them and their designs. The company are one to look out for.

Thank you to Rosamund of Scotland for giving me this opportunity. I am forever grateful and I hope to work with you again.

Please check out their websites below:

Rosamund of Scotland Facebook
Rosamund of Scotland website
Rosamund of Scotland Instagram

If you do purchase a design please let me see you wearing them as I'd love to see your outfits.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you enjoyed learning about Rosamund of Scotland.

Much love

Nicole

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello and welcome to nicspicknmix. I am so excited to share with you all that I was nominated for the blogger recognition award. This is my first award and I am so pleased to have been nominated . It actually means so much to me and shows that my blog is being enjoyed and read by people. It has encouraged me me to keep blogging and to push even harder.

How did I get the award?
I was nominated by Sophie Buchan of the blog trafottoz . She specialises in reviewing films, TV and restaurants in Glasgow (her hometown) and sometimes whilst abroad. I would like to thank Sophie for taking the time to read my blog and for believing that my blog was worth the award. I am over the moon.

How did I get into blogging?
I started of working in the fashion industry as a model and an actress. I have always had an interest in fashion and would experiment styling my own outfits and found that I really had an eye for it. I enjoyed seeing and wearing the different outfits on shoots and felt that I could express myself creatively through both fashion and make up. I have always been a creative person and felt by blogging this would allow me to keep being creative and hopefully inspire others through my work. Being petite has always brought barriers my way, be it getting trousers/ dresses etc to fit properly or being too small for certain modelling agencies. I wanted to stay working in the fashion industry and through blogging I feel I am able to achieve my dreams.

What advice would I give to bloggers?
Please don’t go into blogging if your only wanting to be famous or receive “freebies”. There are lots and lots of bloggers out there and some have been working hard for years and only now have they got to where they have aimed for through hard work and dedication. Blogging requires time,patience,a creative eye and determination amongst many more requirements.
You need to stand out from the crowd. Never copy other bloggers as that’s not going to help you anyway shape or form. Do lots of research on what’s current. I’m. It saying that being old school/vintage isn’t great but keeping up to date in your blogging area is crucial.
Don’t ever give up!

I am now required to nominate ten other bloggers who I feel deserve this award. It’s always really hard to choose by chosen bloggers are as follows:
1) Carly Philips : hicarlymarie
2) No serendipity: stylishmaze
3) Chr Marcel:kostantin
4) Cassidy Slockett : cassidysadventures
5) Wasifa Ahmad Hasan : sifascorner.
6) Curtis Roscoe : curtisluke
7) Media Verna Bector: hoppingfeet
8) Ellis Ellis : blackellis
9) Chanette Bing: chanettebing
10) Stephanie Omogun: melaninwonder

Here is What You Need to do now:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created.

Thank you for reading. I hope you are looking forward to seeing and reading what I have coming soon. Lots of exciting things coming.

Much love
Nicole xx

Get the Dress

Hello and welcome to nicspick’n’mix. On the blog, today I would like to introduce you to an up and coming fashion brand called Get the Dress.

Get the Dress is an online fashion store which offers affordable and stylist fashion for women. They focus on dresses to suit any occasion. They also cater for a variety of sizes- 8-16.

Get the Dress’s website is very easy to navigate around and creates a sophisticated feel due to it being clutter free. They have kept it simple with all the relevant information required. The pictures clearly show what the dresses look like on and no editing to modify the look of the dress. I like how the pictures are kept focused on the dress solely and not worn on “models” as such, it allows the customer to in vision the dress in a more real aspect if you like. I like the lay out a lot and don’t feel stressed when I browse this website. It’s a pleasure to view. The website has everything clearly marked with each dress in its own category.

I admire how they have chosen to specialise in dresses alone. It gives the feeling that they know their products inside out from choosing to do this. I like how these dresses are unique to any other brand I have ever worn or worked with. The company provide great customer service and the communication is of a high standard. They offer free delivery in the UK which is a huge bonus. And the delivery is very fast.

Get the Dress have a tremendous selection of style to choose from, the body con dresses to skater dresses. No matter your shape or size you will find your perfect dress for that special event or party from this company.

I found it very difficult to select a dress from the selection since I had a few favourites. I felt that all the styles were very elegant and would be great for events that I had coming up. The designs and patterns were so unusual that it added to my struggles of choosing a dress. In the end, I decided to go for a body con dress called LUCIANA. The dress shouted elegance, style and glamour to me. It was so classy yet with the off the shoulder finish it was very feminine and chique. I love the bardot shape with the v-plunge detail. The dress was black with floral designs and a body hugger. It does cling to your curves but I a very flattering way. The dress was made from polyester which was light weight and not difficult to move in. The shape and style of the dress towards the bottom came inwards which made some movements harder but I wasn’t uncomfortable wearing the dress. I felt like the character from Pretty women when she went to the races. As you all know about me pushing my boundaries with fashion this must be one style I had never worn before and I am so glad that I chose this dress.

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Luciana Dress £21.99

This is one company that you need to shop at and one to look out for. I love to see the latest dresses that come onto the website. My first stop when choosing a dress for any occasion.

I would like to thank the team at Get the Dress for allowing me to have the privilege of collaboration with them.

Please do check out their dresses for yourselves. Here are the links :

Get the Dress website

Get the Dress Facebook

Get the Dress Instagram

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I do hope you enjoyed reading and if you do purchase a dress from Get the Dress please do let me see which one you chose.

Nicole x

Glitzy Angel

Hello and welcome to my blog. On nicspick’n’mix today I would be delighted to introduce you to a brand very close to my heart- Glitzy Angel.

Glitzy Angel was founded in 2009 as an online boutique based in Dundee, Scotland. Glitzy Angel allows fashion conscious females a boutique where they can purchase unique dresses at affordable prices. They always have new stock arriving each week at low prices and promotions which allows for more reasons why to shop with Glitzy Angel!

I have known and had the opportunity of working with Glitzy Angel since 2009. I have observed and witnessed this company grow from strength to strength. The team behind Glitzy Angel offer good customer service and do help when you require any advice. The selection of top brands and outfits is amazing. There is always great choice from day dresses to tracksuits to swimwear. Everything can be found from this one website.

The Glitzy Angel website is very well laid out. I like how they have tabs for all the popular brands such as AX Paris, Lipsy, Motel and so on. This makes it more shopper friendly. All the information that you require about the items you are looking at is all in front of you – so no need to look around endlessly. The website is kept simple but very eye-catching – has to be my top website so far!

With having Glitzy Angel near where I live is amazing- it makes it more personal. It is such a great feeling to a local company to do so well and to be fortunate enough to have worked with them from the beginning.  I feel so lucky. It is this company who have given me the confidence to experiment with fashion.

Glitzy Angel kindly sent me a few items to wear. Firstly, a Lipsy open back cape blouse in wild berry. This item is on sale for £10! What a bargain! The blouse is elasticated at the waistband which makes it sit more comfortably without moving out of place. The blouse is very easy to wear and with the open back adds a touch of glamour to your outfit. I styled my blouse over an orange t-shirt as the blouse is made from sheer material, so it would show through the blouse and made a cool colour effect. This blouse would be perfect for any holidays abroad as its very light weight but so fashionable.

 

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Orange Tshirt: Top Shop Blouse: Lipsy from Glitzy Angel Black Leggings: Zara Wedges: Newlook

 

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The second item was from the AX Paris range. The oversized t-shirt with the “F” word slogan. This is my favourite t-shirt. It goes with anything and everything. It can even be worn as a dress- if you’re petite like I am! This t-shirt is so roomy and very comfortable to wear. It’s not made from material that clings to you or over hearts you. I feel with this t-shirt you can either dress it up or down depending on your social outing. It is that versatile. It costs £16.00, which is good value. I styled my t-shirt with wet look black leggings, leather boots, a black DKNY hand bag and a dark navy blazer.

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Blazer: Redherring T-shirt: AX Paris from Glitzy Angel Wet look leggings: River Island Leather Boots: River Island Handbag: DKNY

 

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Please do go check out Glitzy Angel, you will be spoilt for choice. Thank you to the team at Glitzy Angel for allowing me to work with you it really is a pleasure.

 

Please check out their website and social media accounts below where you will find promotional codes to use:

Glitzy Angel Website

Glitzy Angel Facebook page

Glitzy Angel Twitter

Glitzy Angel Instagram

 

A big thank you for reading my blog and I hope you have enjoyed reading. I would love to hear from you so please do get in touch.

Nicole x

 

 

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Fashion Snip

Hello and welcome to my blog. On the blog today I am featuring the brand Fashion Snip.

I am so excited to introduce you to this brand. They stock so many cool pieces and I am sure you’ll agree when you check them out for yourselves.

When I was given the opportunity to collaborate with Fashion Snip I was delighted. I enjoy working with brands especially ones that are not as well known yet. It is always so exciting for my followers to see new brands. It is also great to be able to show my followers that there are more options out there which opens new clothing styles to them.

So, who is Fashion Snip?

Fashion Snip is a mixed brands outlet who are based in London. They aim to bring the latest fashion trends at the best prices. They cover a huge range of clothing options from ripped jeans to party dresses. They like to make fashion easy and affordable. They believe that you shouldn’t have to search lots of stores to find your perfect fashion fix. In fact, they believe you’ll find everything you need on their website at a “snip” of the price! What’s not to like?

Fashion Snips website is so easy to navigate around, well laid out and everything is clearly labelled. Bright and colourful in design yet not too over powering. I like how you can zoom in and see the items up close. This gives a good idea as to what the piece will look like. All relevant information is on hand which I like. There is no need to click on numerous links to try and find what your needing as it’s all there in front of you.

I was super lucky to be sent a selection of clothing- white high waisted plain skinny jeans (£8.00), Black embellished midi body con dress (£5.00) and a light blue denim off shoulder ¾ sleeve top (£5.00). All the pieces arrived as described on the website and all fitted me well. I liked the items that were sent to me and took them on various holidays.

I wore the embellished dress whilst on holiday in Majorca, I decided to wear it out in the evening. The dress made me feel like a million dollars! The dress was one that hugged to you and showed off your curves. I liked how the detailing was around the neck which added extra flam without the need for a necklace. It was comfortable to wear and to move in. You just had to remember to be extra careful when you sat down due to the length of the dress. I received a lot of compliments about the dress and many couldn’t believe how affordable it was to buy. I would stress that it is good value for money. This dress would work well with your favourite nude or black heels or ballet plumps. I wore black sandals as I was on holiday. Ill definitely be wearing this eye catcher again.

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I took the ¾ sleeve top to London Fashion Week with me as I knew this top was a fashion steal. It was so comfortable to wear, didn’t dig in or slip off my shoulders. I always have problems when wearing items off the shoulder just due to the fact I am petite and have small shoulders. But this top behaved really well. I decided to go for a double denim look and teamed up with a pair of light blue molly jeggings from River Island, my pink Balmain sunglasses, sketchers and my Jackie and Celine handbag. I wanted to go causal yet still have style. I couldn’t believe how good quality this top was for the cost! This top could we worn day or night.

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Lastly, I wore my white jeans out for a meal in Dundee. White jeans are not something that I wear a lot. Mainly due to the reason that I’m scared to make a mess from make up or food (yes I am quite clumsy and often set myself up to fail). But I overcame my fear that night and I am now a huge fashion fan of the white jeans. They look so much more sophisticated and go with anything. I decided to wear a white Guess t-shirt, the white jeans from Fashion Snip, a Tommy Hilfiger denim jacket and my denim look Guess trainers. This has to be my favourite outfit to date. Everything just fitted together but it was the jeans that made the outfit pop. The jeans were very comfortable and stretchy. These are now my go to jeans for nights out.

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Fashion Snip really do have a good selection of clothing for little cost. The quality and finish of the pieces are just as good as some of the high-street retailers if not better. In today’s current economic difficulties, we really do need to watch our money but with companies like Fashion Snip our sense of style doesn’t have to suffer. I am so glad that I know about this company and I hope you enjoy shopping with them as much as I do. They give great customer service and you can tell that they care ab out their customers which is important.

Please do check them out for yourselves and let me know what you choose to buy. I’d love to see your outfits.

Fashion Snip can be found on the following websites:

Fashion Snip website

Fashion Snip Facebook

Fashion Snip Twitter

Fashion Snip Instagram

Thank you to Sarah from Fashion Snip for giving me the opportunity of working with you and the brand. It has opened my eyes to now there is more out there than just having to stick with what you know. I love learning about new companies.

Thank you for reading and for taking the time to keep up to date with my work. If you have any questions or would like to work together, please do get in contact with me.

Much Love

Nicole x

Black Sheep Leggings

Hello and welcome to my blog. On the blog, today I am featuring Black Sheep Leggings.

This brand is a new one to me and I always enjoy meeting and working with brands that are not well known as it’s important to promote and support independent companies as well as bigger and more known ones.

Black sheep leggings originate from Canada. They take pride on quality and customer service. Black sheep leggings offer a varied range of clothing and apparel but specialise in leggings. Their clothing is of a high standard and is purchased from all over the world which allows them to cater for all shapes and sizes. They have a motto “fitting in is out”. They are a new, fun and an outgoing company that offer more than just great products. They also allow for reps to come on board and start their own business under the black sheep brand. The reps are offered great support throughout the process and this can be seen from the great reviews they have received.

 

I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity of working with this company through collabor8. Black sheep leggings agreed to work with me which I was over the moon about and couldn’t wait to get started with our collaboration.

What attracted me to this brand was exactly as they said- new, fun and outgoing. I like to step out of “boxes” and push my fashion sense and be a little quirky now and again. I love the fact that their leggings can be dressed up or down. I felt that I would wear them for sports or for when I go for walks as they are super comfy yet stylish too. As my collaboration was with the leggings side of the company this is the area I am focusing on.

On their website, everything is clearly set out into section which is very handy. Sizes are marked out and identified by styles too. The leggings are all as described and very easy to swipe through. I like how all the information that you need is right there in front of you rather than having to search through different areas of the website or even having to email the company directly and awaiting a response.

The leggings are made from stretchy material and they are so soft. They fit like a glove and are very flexible to move in. As I have previously mentioned I do love the versatility of these leggings; perfect for lounging at home, going to the gym or to wear on a night out. These leggings are not plain or dull on no! There are numerous styles to choose from. If you like bright colours, you’ll be a fan, if you are big on patterns then you’ll be in for a treat or if you prefer more subtle colours then you are sorted. What I am hinting at is that there is a good selection to choose from. And at good prices of $25.00 plus shipping costs.

I chose to wear my leggings with bright pink Nike trainers and a pink active wear hoodie as I was going for a walk around Dunnottar Castle. I wanted to be comfy yet still have style. I felt that my outfit complimented one another well- I felt great in it anyway! The leggings kept me warm yet still allowed my legs to breathe which was important. They never felt tight at all or that they looked loose as some leggings I have owned have done in the past. I am impressed with this company and I hope you all check them out. If you do buy a pair, please tag me in your picture so I can see how you styled yours.

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I would like to thank Black Sheep leggings for giving me the opportunity of working with you and for getting to experience this fantastic brand. I now know where to buy top quality and fashionable leggings from.

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If you would like to check Black sheep leggings out for yourself, please use the following links:

Black Sheep Leggings Website

Black Sheep Leggings Facebook

Black Sheep Leggings Instagram

Black Sheep Leggings Twitter

 

I would like to thank you for reading and your continued support. As always if you would like to collaborate or have any feedback please do get in contact with me via my social media channels which are linked on my “ABOUT” page.

Much Love

Nicole x

Overgate Shopping Centre: Instagram Takeover

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Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am talking about my time taking over the Instagram account of the Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee.

When it comes to blogging there are so many opportunities which keeps it so exciting. As the saying goes every day is a school day – especially with blogging. When I was asked if I would be interested to do a Christmas gift idea take over on their Instagram account, I was over the moon!

The Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee is one of the coolest places for shopping and even although we only have a small selection of shops we certainly do have a good variety. The Overgate is the only single-sided shopping centre in Europe- that is quite remarkable! The Overgate Shopping Centre hasn’t always looked the way that we see it today due to the rebuild which took place from 1998 to 2000.

The Christmas period is a very stressful yet fun time of year. Shopping for presents for your loved ones is so exciting yet it can be very tiresome too. I always laugh when people say that they prefer shopping for themselves as they know what they like. It is a true saying and one that many can relate too. I often find myself becoming stuck in a rut when it comes to ideas for presents for loved ones and will go for the safest options instead of trying out new gift ideas. So when I was asked to give gift ideas I thought this will be a great challenge for me and to push me out of my comfort zone which is a refreshing thing to do from time to time.

When the day arrived I was so eager to get started. I honestly felt so excited and happy to be doing something different with my blogging. On arrival at the Overgate Centre I signed into their account on Instagram and firstly introduced myself, who I was and what I was to be doing today. It felt funny being on someone else’s account as I am so used to my own layout and contacts. Yet it was a challenge that I was happy to overcome and showed to me that I can be flexible and adaptable. The shopping centre was very busy with customers searching for the perfect gifts for their loved ones and there was a great buzz about the place.

At first I went to a few shops that I don’t normally go into, I thought this was a good idea as it would push me to try new things. I was pleasantly surprised and found so many possible gift ideas. I thought it would be a good idea to post a few of my favourite ideas up as not to overdo things and make people to feel overwhelmed. I made sure that I had a mixture of ideas for him/her and for the kids. I tried to take into account different price limits and to remember that different ages will be looking at what I posted up.

I really did enjoy visiting the shops and trying to come up with unusual gift ideas as well as the safer options too. There were a few customers who wondered what I was up to and kept watching me taking images of things which kept things interesting. As I posted my ideas on the Instagram page it was amazing to see how powerful the use of social media actually is. My posts were not up for long before there were “likes” and comments which was so inspiring and made me glad that my ideas were being accepted and hopefully, they were helping some people to find ideas of their own. I wanted to show that it is really the thought that counts instead of how much money you spend. After all, I feel we do get caught up in thinking that we need to spend so much on one another rather, than simply enjoying special moments together.

I have included some of the gift ideas that I came up with below:

 

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I would like to thank Metta for her continued support and for allowing me this fantastic opportunity. I look forward to working with her and the Overgate on future campaigns and projects.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed reading. Please do get in touch/leave comments/share my posts .

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Nicole x

 

Girls Day Out Show- Glasgow

 

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Hello and welcome to Nic’s Pick’n’mix. On the blog today I will be discussing my time as a blogger at the beauty event of all beauty events, Girls Day Out Show.

 

For those of you who are not familiar with this event I will give you a little background as to what happens, who goes and what to expect. I will also discuss the initial experience (as believe it or not this was my first time attending the event and I am a huge fan and will defiantly be attending more of them).

 

Girls Day Out had their first event back in 2009 and takes place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow (SECC). The duration is over three days during the winter season. It is held annually and has become known as one of the best ladies’ lifestyle shows that takes place. The event covers things such as the latest fashion trends to facials, the latest fine dining to fake tan – in fact you could say that anything associated with the modern women’s way of living can be seen at this event.

 

The Girls Day Out Show can be argued as the ultimate celebration of all things fun, fabulous and female and the greatest thing is that all of this can be found under one roof!

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If you like to try out the latest fashion and beauty treatments, then this event is for you. With over 200 exhibitors from the fashion, beauty and skin care industries you are guaranteed to find some new treats for yourselves or your loved ones. Not only is there the shopping opportunities but they have live fashion shows which feature the latest trends great for all the fashionistas that you may know! Plenty of cocktails which are available all afternoon for you to enjoy at your leisure. They also have a lot of discounts and offers that are available for the whole weekend (which is great as we all love a bargain). For all of us who love to learn new techniques there are top leading beauty professionals there who will be demonstrating live demos associated with makeup tips. There are also opportunities to have your hair styled on the day from top hair salons or have your nails done with the latest nail trends. If you enjoyed the Magic Mike film then you would not have been disappointed as Girl’s Day Out have their very own male dancers who performed over the weekend too.

 

 

As this event is always popular I would recommend purchasing your tickets early as to not be disappointed. For those who do purchase their tickets early you receive a good bag and also a couple of vouchers for the cocktail- bar- what’s not to like!  Ticket prices start from £16.00 which is really reasonable when you think of how much planning and organising goes into this event. From my brief overview of what you can expect from the shows there really is a lot that takes place over the three days. I would urge you to try and attend the show when it comes as the atmosphere is amazing. You get a real buzz from being there and surrounded by so many ladies who are all dressed up and having a really good time. I would stress the importance of getting their early so you are not stuck in queues to get in and feel stressed. The event is one to be enjoyed when you are not flustered. One criticism which is not a fault of the event itself, but make sure you take cash with you as not all of the exhibitors have the card machine option – I sadly learnt this the hard way and had to join a very long queue at the only cash machines at the venue which ate into my time at the event.

I treated myself to have my nails done by the fantastic Manhattan Nails- Shellac mermaid nails.

The venue itself is a great size for an event of this scope. In previous shows there have been over 18,000 women attending the Girls Day Out Show which just highlights how popular and busy it can get. The venue is set up with stalls which are all numbered and things are clearly sign posted which makes it easier to find what you looking to go and see.

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I was so lucky to have been invited to attend this event as a blogger and certainly enjoyed myself. It was brilliant to see familiar brands yet I treasured the opportunity to learn about up and coming brands that were new to the industry. The live demonstrations are amazing- you learn so much and I can’t wait to try out new techniques that I learnt. The live demonstrators have so much passion and skill that you feel just as inspired and excited watching. I would also like to mention that each year Girls Day Out have special celebrity guests who attend the event as well. This year saw Mark Wright being present (I bet there were a lot of happy ladies). Girls Day Out also invites guest bloggers to attend and this year the sensational Jamie Genevieve was here. She was doing master classes and meet and greets. I felt this was such a great opportunity for all of those who are inspired by her work to actually get to see her in action and learn first-hand from the makeup guru herself. It also felt even more special as she is from Glasgow and had worked with one of the exhibitors -Urban Decay. All of her workshops were sold out which was incredible.

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I honestly couldn’t fault the event itself it ran with no problems or hiccups. You were not rushed around the venue and if you were tired or wanted a break there were plenty of seated areas for you to go to. Capital FM had the music sorted so sit back and relax and listen to the latest music. Other entertainment included singing and dancing. So you can see why this event really does cater for everyone.

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I would like to thank Claudia from Girls Day Out Show for giving me this amazing opportunity of attending this incredible event. I hope to work with you again. You and your team have done a fantastic job and it really is a huge success.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you have enjoyed reading about this beauty event and I hope to see you there.

 

If you would like more information please visit the following websites:

Girls Day Out Show Webpage

Girls Day Out Show Facebook

Girls Day Out Twitter