Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Puffa Event

As some of you that follow my blog/social media will know, I've not had much time to attend blogger events over the past few months, so imagine my delight when the lovely Katie invited me along to the launch of the Autumn/Winter range of the famous British Brand, Puffa

We've all heard of Puffa jackets, thick padded jackets that remind us all of the 90s? But did you know the Official Puffa brand is actually in the Oxford English Dictionary, it literally has defined a whole category of jackets! Crazy right!? I couldn't wait to see what the new collection had in store, and to see how the jackets that have defined a decade, had been brought up to date with a modern twist.

The event itself was held at the ultra trendy Hip Hop Fish and Chip Shop in the swanky Spinningfields area of Manchester. As soon as we stepped inside, a number of us had spotted the jackets, and we were in love with the amazing silver Puffas! 

I restrained myself and enjoyed the prosecco and strawberries whilst mingling with other bloggers. It was so brilliant to see everyone after a few months break. We were handed a menu and could chose anything from the delicious food on offer. Northern girls, fashion and a chip shop really did make a match made in heaven! I had the triple cooked chips which were just out of this world, but the spiced crab cakes and the fish also looked and smelt divine!

The jackets themselves were just as expected, amazing. The silver Puffas were definitely a favourite among the bloggers, but I also loved the knee length black version which was just an instant classic. I actually owned an official Puffa back in the 90s (I'm an oldie I know), and it immediately brought back happy memories. It's quite rare in a day and age of fast fashion, and stores which provide 'disposable' fashion, to see the quality and craftsmanship of a jacket that will most likely last a life time. 

As you can imagine, all of the coats were extra warm (many of us tested them by taking them for a spin outside!). They are streamlined and feel amazing on. As I've mentioned, the silver Puffa has to be my favourite out of the new collection. It was a reinvented version of the original Silver jacket that launched Jodie Kidd's career the back in the early nineties. It definitely had echos of it's predecessor, but was slightly less bulky, and had a gorgeous fur trimmed hood.

Another highlight of the night were the two, very popular Instamax cameras. Oh yes, the 90s classic of polaroids! I may have gotten slightly carried away...but you forget how cool it is to have a picture you can hold and not filter and edit - natural baby! 

(me with Holly from Rock on Holly)

A lot of picture taking later and it was time to leave. It was such a great night, and the 90s theme was definitely a massive hit. It was lovely to see a British brand back in the spot light, and a great way to spend a Tuesday evening with friends, food and fashion. 

(Jodi Kidd, the original face of Puffa)


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Get The Label - Stay Fit Don't Quit

Hey there lovelies! So today on Fashion Panic, I will be telling you all about my latest collaboration with Get The Label. I've worked with the lovely people at Get The Label before, (some of you will remember my glamping blog post). It's a fantastic website to get your fave high street brands at rock bottom prices. They have so much choice, and there really is something for everyone! This month, they've gone back to their sportswear roots, and launched the #StayFitDontQuit campaign. As it says in the title, it's all about keeping the summer fitness regime going through these colder months, and staying fit and healthy! 

Like most people, the thought of jumpers and coats bring a welcome break of the pressure of bikini season! But when Get The Label contacted me, I thought it was a great chance to have my first healthy and fit AW! They let me choose some amazing gym wear, which obviously helps with the motivation, and gave me a one month pass to a fantastic Yoga class in Manchester. 

So far, so good! I joined the gym in late August, having not been to the gym since I was 17, it was quite a shock to the system...but I've been going 3 times a week ever since, and my new gym gear has made it so much easier! Looking good and feeling comfortable really helps me do my best at the gym. It's also a nice change to hibernating and hiding in jumpers, I actually feel great and can't wait to go after work! I never thought I'd be one to say those words, but the work out endorphins really work!

A massive thank you to Natalie at Get The Label!

Lauren x

Outfit from Get The Label - Trainers: Adidas // Leggings: Adidas // Top: Adidas


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Stripes and Flares

Yes, I look like an extra from the Uptown Funk video, but you know what, I LOVE IT! The seventies trend is in full swing on the High Street, and I embraced it whole heartedly and went all out in my M&S flares and this bordering-on-fancy-dress Asos jumper!

Ok, so I know what you're thinking. Did I actually wear this outfit out, well the truth is, no. This was specifically for my blog, so this is simply for inspiration. But these two mega on trend pieces are perfect additions to your AW15 wardrobe. I actually bought the flares back in February, (they actually sold out super quick) but I have linked a very similar pair below. I normally pair these with a basic t-shirt, and an ultra trendy skinny scarf. I must confess I have to wear them with heels, as sadly they do not flatter my figure with flats.

The jumper, from Asos, came with said super skinny scarf which is detachable. It's a very easy way to get bang on trend. I love mine over a white basic shirt and mom jeans. The jumper itself is a great in-your-face nod to the seventies. It's bright and fun and you can't help but feel happy when you wear it. 

I finished the look with my amazing super sale bargain from asos which was £7. I've linked a similar below.

I hope you enjoyed my ultra seventies look,

See you soon!

Lauren XO

Jumper: Asos // Flares: M&S (similar) // Bag: Asos (similar)

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