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Mima Collective

9 Nov

On trend and making a glittering impression ‘mima collective’ is a Christmas gifts shopping event with a difference.

Free for the public to attend on November 17th from 10am – 4:40pm, the one-off collaboration between mima shop and a selection of unique, handpicked mini pop-up shops will thrill shoppers who are looking to seek a one-off gift that you can’t get on the high street. Continue reading


Rags & Muffins

10 Oct

THE DESIGNER charity jumble sale that got Vogue talking came to Middlesbrough this past weekend to raise money for local charity A Way Out.

The Dickens Inn on Southfield road played host to Rags and Muffins – a jumble sale that only sells high-end high street and designer goods at a miniscule price.

“Rags and Muffins is no ordinary jumble sale,” says A WAY OUT’s CEO Jessie Jacobs, “we got Teesside’s Who’s Who together and asked them to raid their wardrobes for designer rags.

“The church hall, cups of tea and cake stalls have been replaced with a trendy bar, cocktails and designer cupcakes.

“From Topshop Unique through to vintage goodies we sell clothes, jewellery and accessories to raise funds for the life changing work of our charity.”

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New Looks – brights, checks & florals – OH MY!

28 May

During the New Look:Lock in, MFW caught up with some of the lucky customers to find out what they were spending their pennies on and how they will be styling up their new buys.

Tie-up check shirt – £12.99

Name: Ruby McGee

New Look? Ruby will be styling up her check shirt with a pair of cut-off denim shorts, a crochet cardigan, caged gladiator sandals and plenty of stacked metallic bangles.

We love Ruby’s festival style and j’adore her eye for accessories – stacked metallic bangles are a MUST-HAVE for this season.

Floral Gypsy Smock Dress – £18

Name: Karen Shields

New Look? Karen will be teaming her floral smock dress with a pair of jeggings, tan shoe boots, a bright chunky wooden bangle and a big tasseled bag.

Karen’s very fashionable yet relaxed look is spot on for Summer – we love the floral smock dress and it will go with EVERYTHING. 

Strapless babydoll dress – £30

Name: Jenny ‘Snooki’ Shearer

New Look? Jenny is going to be wearing her dress to Teesside Hospice’s Ascot Ladies day event so she will be going extra glamorous. Jenny will be teaming up her strapless dress with a a pair of platform black wedges, a delicate gold bando and big curly hair!

We love Jenny’s  choice of dress and think it’s perfect for a day at the races, keeping the rest of the look simple yet stylish will ensure she wins best look of the day. 

Carnival Cool

28 May

Middlesbrough Fashion Week ended on a high note at the ‘New Look:Lock In – Fashion Carnival.’ From bespoke cupcakes to face-painting to live mannequins, oh and 20% discount throughout the store, it certainly was  a fun and fabulous way to end MFW. 

Before the clock hit 6pm, myself and the other MFW helpers had to prepare the store for the fashion carnival all within 30 minutes of the store closing – and by gosh it was a turbulent and busy time.

Moving the store mannequins out of the window – so the live ones could replace them, but more on that later – was a job and a half in itself!

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Lip revival

27 May

While wandering around the various stalls and stands in Psyche, the one that caught my eye in particular was Revive.  

All the other stalls were basically handing out ‘goodie’ bags full of leaflets or free drinks but this stand were doing something that I never thought I would see during a fashion party…

The non-surgical cosmetic clinic – which is based on the first floor in Psyche – was demonstrating a live botox treatment on one of the male members of staff!

After staring at the botox treatment for about 5 minutes I asked Dianne Plummer –  who runs Revive – very cheekily if they needed a dermal filler ‘model’ later on to show their treatments off to the rest of the fashion party-goers and guess what? – she said YES.

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Top trends via Topshop

26 May

*Psst, psst* I have a secret to tell you that I swore to secrecy I wouldn’t tell anybody – I swore down on my sister’s life and everything (I don’t have a sister btw so I am free to tell you everything.)

The VIP Topshop show that took place at The Dickens Inn was, come closer, *whispers* the first EVER Topshop fashion show to take place outside of London Fashion Week! – quite an accomplishment for our awesome little town innit?

The Topshop event showcased this seasons biggest trends from floaty sunny summer dresses to everybody’s shoe MUST-HAVE  – a nude pair of courts.

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A backstage date with Kate

24 May

When you think of Kate Fearnley combined with Middlesbrough Fashion Week I bet you think it’s all glitz, glamour and Golden Margaritas but not for this hard-working fashion blogger – I got right into the mix backstage at the VIP event ‘A Date with Kate.’

As soon as I stepped into MFW HQ on the morning I was put straight to the task of making up the goodie bags for the event later on that night which involved the very tricky task of ensuring the pink tissue paper was still sticking out of the top while making sure the samples, magazines etc were placed in the bag perfectly too – don’t laugh, it was a hard job! Continue reading