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.

Cherie Bumble website
Cherie Bumble Instagram
Cherie Bumble twitter

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

Advertisements

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.

Instagram Twitter

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

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.

IMG_0381

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.

 

OI000221

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

 

IMG_20161008_224343.jpg

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.

OI000065

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

 

Snapchat-420502540.jpg

 

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

 

 

x

 

 

London Fashion Week: N&S Gaia by Sidharth

Hello and welcome to my blog.

I can’t believe how long ago London Fashion Week was! I was so excited and very lucky to be given the opportunity to attend the fabulous event as a guest blogger for Sidharth.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sidharth(Designer behind N&S GAIA)

This designer has some unique and very exciting designs and I feel this is what we have been missing over the years in the fashion industry.

N&S Gaia stands for Nature & Sustainability with revered guidance of Mother Nature, inceptor and creator-GAIA, the primal Greek Goddess. The brand started its journey in 2013 from North East India. They are a contemporary Womenswear label that are based in New Delhi. N&S Gaia have given the technique called Dakmanda which is a hand weaving embroidery technique of Garo Tribe in the North East of India a re-birth.

The brand has used upcycling and sustainable fabrics in their designs. They take the idea that Less is more and try to keep an environmental factor in their designs.

 

When I attended the fashion show I was greeted with so many beautiful colours on the catwalk. Sidharth’s design are very well thought out and had an element of futuristic about them. The amount of detail on some of the clothing was seriously very well put together. The clothing was not over the top yet it still had eye catching appeal. The makeup complimented the clothing and the hair was kept up in high buns.

 

I was also very fortunate enough to be able to go backstage and see the clothing up close. It was such an amazing experience to see how much work goes into a catwalk show and also to be given the opportunity to meet with Sidharth, the designer of the brand.

 

I would like to wish Sidharth and N&S Gaia all the best for the future and I hope to be able to attend another show of theirs in the future. I really did feel that their designs were very fresh and stood out from anything I have seen to date. I definitely would wear something from their collection.  Thank you to Yannis for inviting me and for taking great care of me whilst at the show. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and I hope to see you all soon.

 

If you would like to check out N&S Gaia please visit the following links:

N&S Gaia

N&S Gaia Instagram

N&S Gaia Twitter

N&S Gaia Facebook

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post and I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please do keep following me and I would love to hear from you.

Hybrid

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am going to be talking about the fashion brand Hybrid.

Hybrid was first established in 2010 and since then has become a well renowned global fashion brand. Hybrid is known for its effortless, sophisticated and timeless designs. This fashion brand is driven by innovation and commitment to new and exciting ideas, and at the same time promotes affordable and luxurious collections that are inspired by the contemporary market. Hybrid uses fabrics that flatter the natural curves of the body. Hybrid currently sells to over three hundred independent boutiques as well as well-known department stores. If online shopping is your preference, they can be found on ASOS.

This company really do have a good selection of dresses, from bodycon dresses to skater dresses there really is a good option for every occasion. If you prefer simple colours or more out there adventurous designs, then this brand is for you.

As a petite female I find it very difficult getting clothing to fit me perfectly. I usually have to get them altered or put up with things not being quite right. It isn’t a great look and this is the area I am looking to try and tackle- petite clothing. I aim to try and find companies who actually DO cater for the smaller female.

Keeping this in mind when I looked at Hybrid’s dresses they do come with great measurement guides which is always a necessity when you have a small frame etc. Some designs look great but when they are put on myself it just drowns me. I am always scared to try new designs just for those reasons of it looking way too big for me or not fitting right.

However, I found great delight with Hybrid. The customer service is amazing and they go out of their way to try and help you. I found that their communication and updates with delivery were a great asset. I was able to achieve a new goal and try a new shape of dress on myself. I was a bit anxious. When the dress arrived it was very well presented. The quality of material used to make the dress was of a high standard as well. You can tell they are very well made. The dress I chose was the Hybrid Crissy Black Floral Printed Soft Crepe Dress, was £105.00 now £35.00. The detail and design are perfect. I was over the moon with this dress and felt that it was versatile and could be worn to many events and occasions that I have coming up. Every girl loves a little black dress and this one was my new favourite.

To show this fantastic dress off I decided to take it to the harbour over at Tayport, Fife. Here are the results, I think you’ll agree that this dress is a winner.

NicoleAbbottBlog_39

Photography: Douglas Kerr, Hair and make up : Rachel Wilson, Dress: Hybrid

My worries about it being different to anything I have worn before were non-existent due to it being a very good fit. It was almost as if it were a glove that’s how well it felt on. I felt that the fabric did bring out my curves and it still looked very sophisticated. The dress was not too long on myself and I was able to move freely in it, the reason I mentioned this is, this dress is a pencil fit which usually restricts movement.

I cannot recommend Hybrid highly enough and feel that you all should check them out for yourselves. The moment you set eyes on the beautiful outfits you instantly fall in love.

Please follow the links to view this brand:

Hybrid Website

Hybrid Facebook page

Hybrid Twitter Page

Hybrid Instagram Page

 

 

 

I would like to give a big thank you to Damien and the team over at Hybrid for giving me this opportunity to work with yourselves. I hope we can work together in the future.

 

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog it really is a pleasure doing this pieces for you. If you have any questions/collaboration requests, please do get in touch.