LOVE SHOES? Take Part in a Shoe Study Focus Group, Northampton Museum 21st August 2013

This is part of an exciting project I am working on and I am so excited to be able to share this opportunity, please spread the word to anyone else you think would be interested –

Shoe Galleries, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery :

Cinderella Syndrome Focus Group Volunteer Invitation

We are looking for volunteers to participate in our focus groups experience

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At Northampton Museum & Gallery we are always asking questions about how shoes are displayed – not just in our own museum, but also everywhere around us. The Cinderella Syndrome is a major exhibition and research project, created by NMAG and taking place at the National TrustÔÇÖs Canons Ashby near Daventry, at Westfield shopping centre and at the Royal Exchange, London. WeÔÇÖre researching the challenges of displaying shoes in an engaging and exciting way and reactions to the stories shoes tell about the people who wore them.

Could you contribute to our research and be part of this innovative project? We are hosting a day of discussions about the shoes on display at the museum and we would like to have your views. To thank you for your time we are offering volunteers a private tour of the shoe stores, which is open only on selected occasions and for which there is usually a charge. We hope that tea and cake may also entice you to join us for a couple of hours

When:  21 Aug 2013: either morning or afternoon session (please state if you have a preference)

What: Hour long session including a tour of the Shoe Galleries at NMAG, followed by a round table discussion with other volunteers. You will be allocated either the morning or afternoon session.

Where: Northampton Museum & Art Gallery, 4-6 Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

Who: We are interested in your views regardless of your age, gender, education, a regular visitor to NMAG, a frequent one or first time attender. We want you to be a key part of our project

WhatÔÇÖs in it for me? A chance to be a part of this a ground breaking project, meet other people and museum staff, a private tour of the shoe stores*, plus tea and cake ÔÇô a jolly good day out we think.

How: Interested? Email Shaun Carrington at [email protected] ┬áor phone 01604 838111 with your name, address, email, telephone and register your interest. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You are welcome to bring a friend but please include also their contact details, as you will need to be counted individually.

Please note: we apologise but this event does not cater for children and babies. Volunteers must be over the age of 12 years. If 12-16 years parental / guardian consent must be provided.

  *NB, please note there is limited disabled access in the shoe store, (5 mins walk from museum plus 13 stairs with no lift), please enquire for full details and to discuss any concerns you might have and we will do our best to accommodate.

Northampton museum is a short 10 minute walk from Northampton train station, the train journey is approximately 45 mins from London Euston and 2 hours from Manchester Piccadilly.

A Celebration of British Fashion & Beauty

 

The winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise, an honour given to British companies who have proven they are ÔÇ£outstanding in their fieldÔÇØ, have been announced recently with several hugely popular British companies gaining much-deserved recognition.

This has been a great moment for British fashion, among other categories of recipients, as it not only recognises the hard work and talent of those influencing British fashion today, but recognises the huge influence Britain has on the international fashion.

Brands within the fashion industry which have been recognised this year include the Cambridge Satchel Company, maternity fashion label Tiffany Rose, and nail polish masterminds Nails Inc.

The Cambridge Satchel Company has been recognised within the category of International Trade thanks to their contribution towards exports. This hugely popular company began on the founderÔÇÖs kitchen table in 2008 and has since grown into a huge international force to be reckoned with. It has graced the shoulders of celebrities like Zooey Deschanel, Fearne Cotton and Elle Fanning, and itÔÇÖs even been on the Christine Baranski┬áshoulders on the TV set of The Good Wife.

Tiffany Rose was also honoured within the International Trade accolade. The maternity label has experienced a massive growth in over sea sales over the past three years, in parts thanks to its celebrity fans.

Stars including Holly Willoughby, Emma Bunton and Myleene Klass have appeared on television and within magazines wearing the stunning clothing offered by Tiffany Rose, meaning international interest has soared.

Finally, Nails Inc was given the QueenÔÇÖs Award for Enterprise due to the international success of the brands. Established in 1999, the nail polish label creates and sells not only products for use at home, but has nail bars world-wide for customers to use and enjoy ÔÇô and the best thing about all these brands you ask, theyÔÇÖre all created on home soil!

See here for the list of the queens award recipients.

Shop less, Kiss more!

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I already mentioned Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution back in November when I got chatting to her. I am really pleased to hear that so many people are supporting her campaign. You don’t have to tie yourself to any trees (unless you want to that is), even small things such as having your heating on a few degrees less and recycling as much as you can will help. Three easy things you can do which the campaign promotes are:

DO SOMETHING
1 SHOP LESS KISS MORE – self explanatory, pucker up!
2 BUTTON UP – wear another jumper before cranking the heating up
3 TRAVEL LIGHT – think about taking a holiday at home rather than jetting off

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 One big supporter of the campaign is Lush, who will be hosting sign up desks in store this week (until 14th Jan). If you drop in you can add your name to the email list to be kept up to date with the campaign, find out more info and pick up a free badge designed by Vivienne which you can wear to show your support. You can see me wearing mine here.

You can also pick up some Lush bargains as they have their Xmas stock reduced to half price. I picked up a fab hat box full of goodies which will last me all year – very economical! Even better all the packaging is not just recyclable but the boxes are perfect for keeping stuff in. I’ve had my last hat box for a few years now and use it to store freebie samples so I always have a stock of mini’s for traveling. I will share some product reviews once I’ve dipped in, the only think I’ve tried so far is the Bubblegum lip scrub, which is amazing. Hmm what was that about all the kissing again?

Join the Climate Revolution

Harrods Fairytale Christmas Windows

Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit more than the lights going up and the windows being transformed into winter wonderlands. Manchester hasn’t had spectacular windows since before the bombing which is a real shame. As a kid it would be a day out to go and see the windows unveiled. So I always try to make it down to London to see the window’s there, this year Harrods created the most magical fairytale windows. The windows were created not only using costumes but real merchandise from the store including clothes, accessories and jewellery. The smaller display windows focused on designer jewellery and watches, many gold and glittering. Cascading diamond necklaces and gob stopper cocktail rings.

Can you guess which tale they all belong too? The Chanel one? No, not a traditional fairytale, but maybe a modern one?

Whats on – Exhibition: Sneaking Into Fashion

 


If you are in London any time this week I recommend you go down to Convent Garden to check out the Sneaking into Fashion exhibition. Curated by Tory Turk this exhibition delves into the role of the trainer in pop-culture. Featuring many famous designs from Adidas to Vivienne Westwood, a must see.
I will be going down next week and I can let you in on a secret – there will be vintage Vivienne Westwood shoes. You might recognise the Westwood Tracey trainers above? Yep they are mine which I have loaned for the exhibition, so go say hi.

Events: Forever 21 Launch, Manchester

This morning I was invited to the Manchester launch of US store Forever 21. I first visited F21 when I was in the States, there seemed to be one in every mall and it was the go to place for a reasonably priced fashion hit. What I liked about it was that even though the prices were low the products were good, no direct runway rip just cool, trend led designs. I was also really impressed with the boutique feel of the store which I was pleased to see brought over to the UK, checker board tile floors and ornate tables stacked with jars of bright coloured accessories.

It seems I wasn’t the only one keen to check out the new store, as people camped out over night to be first in line, with a chance for the first 300 customers to receive a free surprise gift card – ┬ú10-┬ú200 up for grabs. By midday the check out queue snaked all around the store, proof that everyone was impressed with what they found. My top picks were the faux-leather and denim bustiers – perfect over shirts, a printed pair of orange and blue chunky heels and the stacks of costume jewellery, spiked bracelets and statement collars. I didn’t have time to joint the crazy queue but I will be returning soon to pick up a few pieces.

You can seem lots more in my  FaceBook Album! Forever 21 is also available online.

Have you been to Forever 21?

Company Style Blogger Awards: The Event

We had a hell of a ball at the Company Awards, it was a nice and somewhat rare chance for all of us bloggers to get together and have have time to chat – nope fashion week doesn’t count as we are all working and┬á rushing around.

Selina, Florrie; Margaret and Gemma

Claire

Charlotte, Akeela, Margaret, Fleur

Jen, Selina, Florrie

Akeela and Fi

The Company team

We might win…

We might not. We conceded that far more categories were needed in the awards especially a Blogger with the Best Boobs: winner Helga and a Blogger who is just generally Fabulous: winner Vix!

Charlotte’s hand made hat and clutch are made from old records, I was amazed listening to how she makes them.

A chance to see New Looks Spring/Summer collection, lots of pretty pastels and vibrant prints. I fell in love with a pair of printed trousers from their Limited Collection and would love to pair them with the snakeskin print heels you can see above.  There was also make overs by Gemma Kid Beauty and lovely canapes and cocktails.

You can see lots more photo’s from the event over on the Company site including┬áBlogger Style and all The Winners. Thanks Company for such a fun night!

I’m Off to the Smoke

I have two exciting events to go to this week, first up is the Company magazine Style Blogger Awards. Thanks to all your votes and support I have been nominated on the short list. I promise to take lots of snaps and report on the awards ceremony – you will either get photos of me jumping around like a loon or sobbing into my leopard print clutch! Above is the photo they chose from my blog to use in the features page – lesson learnt, stop pulling faces!

Huge thanks again to everyone who voted for my blog!!

Help Pearl! Please!

I have some wonderful, amazing, brilliant news, I received an email this morning from the Editor of Company Magazine Victoria White to say my blog has made the ‘long list’ for the Company Blog Awards!!!

I have been nominated in three, yes three categories!!!

Best ‘What I’m Wearing Today’ Blog

The Best Fashion Insiders’s Blog

Best ‘We Love Vintage’ Blog

and the

Overall winner: The Blog You Love The Most

Wow, I am nominated alongside some of the mega bloggers so it is a real honor and makes me very proud how far Fashion Pearls of Wisdom has come, can you believe this is my fourth year blogging!

So, thank you very much to those that nominated me!!! I also want to take the chance to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who reads the blog, it wouldn’t have come so far without you. Also a big thanks to my sponsors and all the great brands I have been working with for your support.

So please click on over to the Company voting page, you have to tick a blog in every separate category so you can’t just vote for my blog, but I am sure they will appreciate every vote too. You can also be entered in to win ┬ú250 vouchers for your efforts!

Just make sure to tick FashionPearlsofWisdom.co.uk in the Best ‘What I’m Wearing Today’ Blog, The Best Fashion Insider’s Blog,┬áBest ‘We Love Vintage’ Blog and┬áOverall winner: The Blog You Love The Most categories.

http://www.company.co.uk/style-blogger-awards-2012

Here are some example page shots of the form, luckily its in alphabetical order!

THANK YOU, VERY MUCH!

H&M Uses Fake Models

Have you ever wondered why the models on the H&M website are spookily stood in the exact same stance? Perhaps you never even noticed, as the models are just live mannequins aren’t they? Do you solely focus on the clothes or do you look at the model trying to imagine how the garment might look on you?

Either way it might come as a shock to you to know that none of the models on the site are real, not their bodies anyway. They are computer generated ‘virtual’ bodies with real models heads superimposed on top, the skin tone of the virtual body is then altered to match the face.

The fakery was brought to light by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, who confronted H&M suggesting they used the computer generated images as they were not impressed with the real models bodies.

A spokesperson from the H&M press office replied ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs not about ideals or to show off a perfect body, we are doing this to show off the garments. This is done for all garments, not just underwear. It applies to both womenÔÇÖs and menÔÇÖs clothing.ÔÇØ

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation state ÔÇ£This illustrates very well the sky-high aesthetic demands placed on the female body. The demands are so great that H&M, among the poor photo models, cannot find someone with both body and face that can sell their bikinis.”

It may of course all be to do with cutting costs superimposing clothes onto a standard is a lot faster and cheaper than shooting each garment in the studio with a number of different models. In this case however I don’t see the point in having the clothes on ‘models’ at all why not go back to simple shots of the garments. The entire purpose of using real models is to show how garments hang which is totally lost using computer generation.

What do you think, does this bother you? Should they be using real models or are the ‘virtual models’ just like mannequins?

(Sources Aftonbladet,, Jezebel, Yahoo)