Today I put my film director hat on! I haven't done that since college so it was quite exciting, even if I didn't actually get to shout ACTION as much I remember.
I was asked by French Connection to make one of those oh so arty French Connection films, ya know - the whole "I am man" type vibe.
I entitled mine "She Wins"...mainly because our hero hot blonde character gets to bed the fit boy. All whilst wearing pretty pieces from the SS13 French Connection collection.
It's slightly addictive to make these videos so I'm remembering it's not my actual job and having to step away from the computer for a bit, but basically it's all part of their new 'Make a Scene' campaign where everyone is encouraged to have a go at making their own French Connection film using the vid creator they've built. You can choose your scenes, your choons, your vibez...all pretty cool.
AND THERE ARE PRIZES.
The most shared films can win all sorts from a trip to Sydney (luckily I'm going next week anyway, as I don't think I'd win), £500 shopping sprees AND the honour of having your vid played in stores.
I'm tempted to go back and make a slapstick one now.
Have a go yourself here.
I expect some people will be quite brilliant at it. And no doubt a bit mischievous.
Well, well, we know why you're here!
You want to know if you'll be coming to stay in London for a £1000 shopping spree with Poppy in tow as your stylist, right?
Well if your name is Nia - then yes you are!
We had over 100 eligible entries for our Right Case, Right Occasion contest with our fave tech accessories providers - Case-Mate.
It was difficult to choose a winner (really difficult!) but the Case-Mate team in Atlanta and the WIWT team here in London finally settled on this winning look...
This outfit was so simple but the Case-Mate team loved how Nia had perfectly matched her quilted leather Case-Mate case to her quilted ASOS leather jacket.
Nia had a few good looks actually that all encapsulated 'Right Case, Right Occasion' perfectly!
Congrats Nia, we can't wait to take you shopping! Expect an email from us soon with all of the details.
And thank you to all of those who took part. xxx
To celebrate our recent launch of the menswear Five at Five, we've got a rather nice competition with a brand who also have an exciting menswear launch at the moment - T.M.Lewin.
I'd struggle to find a boy who owns shirts who doesn't own a shirt from T.M.Lewin. I know I certainly see plenty of them in our ironing pile at home. (Before, ahem, ignoring them).
T.M.Lewin have just released a new Limited Edition shirt and it's the most versatile shirt they've ever released. Ideal for those who want to go from office to bar without getting changed in the loo (wait, I know boys never get changed in the loo) or for looking suitably respectable with OR without a tie.
Designed with the same close attention to detail that makes every T.M.Lewin shirt stand out, the new Limited Edition is a fresh new take on the classic business shirt.
What's the science behind it then? Well a shorter cutaway collar sits makes it equally perfect for tie/no tie and there have been new trims added to the collar and cuffs. So if you de-tie the trim can be seen which immediately creates a more relaxed look. Button up and you’re ready to step back into the boardroom.
Available in Regular and Slim Fit, the Limited Edition Shirt is made from the finest quality 100% two-fold cotton, with choice of cuffs, a non-fused collar and four different sleeve lengths as standard.
We've fallen partiuclarly in love with the Navy White Stripe Slim Fit Shirt but there's something to tickle everyone's fancy.
Rather brilliantly, T.M.Lewin are kindly offering ten Five at Five menswear subscribers a Limited Edition shirt of their choice.
All you have to do is be a Five at Five subscriber. Simple.
If you're subscribed already, your name is in the draw. If you're not subscribed yet, subscribe here!
The ten lucky chaps will be announced in the Five at Five on Friday the 17th of August.
Goooooooood luck! x
Who hasn't dreamt about designing their own shoes? I know I have. I remember drawing shoe designs with felt tips on the kitchen table when I was five...and getting thoroughly told off for it.
Unless you're a sleb who is about to get invited to design your own range of shoes for 'INSERT BRAND HERE', you've probably come to terms with the fact you will only ever wear shoes designed by people in far away places, with girls up and down the country adorning their feet with the exact same creation as you.
It's a fact of life, we don't get to design our own clothes and accessories. Humpf.
But what if you could?
Well there's a very special London based company that does allow you to design your own shoes. You've probably heard me bang on about them on Twitter - they're called Upper Street.
I designed my own shoes with them recently and they are already my very favourite pair...and they've got a LOT of competition from my other shoes.
I came up with lots of designs (the shoe designer tool on the Upper Street website is dangerously addictve, you have been warned) but I finally setlled on a nude and green snakeskin pair.
This was the design..
And here they are in flesh!
I love them so very much, they are everything I want in a shoe and fit PERFECTLY. I now want to design all my shoes, which wil be interesting to explain to my bank manager.
A lot of you have responded with the same levels of "OMG DESIGN YOUR OWN SHOES" excitement as I did when I found out about Upper Street, so we're gonna hold a competition :D
The challenge? To design a pair of shoes.
The prize? The shoes you designed!
To enter, just go to the Upper Street website and head to the 3D Shoe Designer (you'll need flash, so you can't do this from your iPhone/iPad) and start designing.
Once you've designed your perfect pair of shoes, click 'Send to a friend' and send the design to email@example.com before midnight on Sunday the 19th of August.
Then the Upper Street team and I will judge the entries and a shortlist of ten will be published to our Facebook page on Thursday the 24th of August.
And then you guys will cast your votes and choose which pair of shoes gets created!
Not only is this comp the most fun to enter ever (DESIGN YOUR OWN SHOES!) the prize is worth up to £350, so it's a goodun.
We cannot wait to see what you create!
Please note that the winning shoes will be made the size of your choice between 33 and 43 (European Size). For full terms please see here.
This summer's been a bit of wash out, I don't think I've even written about festival fashion once. I went to ELEVEN music festivals last summer, this year I feel like I've spent my summer indoors waiting to get my advent calendar out.
That's about to change though, the sun is shining (at time of starting this post it was - now I am proof reading it and it's grey again - amazing) and the UK's best loved festival is within portaloo distance - that's right, it's nearly time for V Fest!
WIWT are honoured beyond words to have been invited by Virgin Media Pioneers to have a photo booth at Vigin Media's Louder Lounge to capture all the best festival fashion.
Six of us WIWT-y types will be there, snapping slebs and generally causing mischief in the quest to find the best dressed (and the fox - more on that later).
But this has left me in a quandry - I have essentially been invited to represent FASHION. What the hell do I wear?
The main issue is always footwear. Rain or shine, I still like to wear wellies at festivals. Have you raved in flip flops? I have, I have the bruises and scars a year later to prove it.
Wellies are fun and practical and we don't wear them nearly enough bearing in mind how much it rains in the UK. Everyone dons a pair for a festival on a sunny day, but then will walk around in soggy ballet pumps and mulchy Uggs come Autumn.
I like trying to find a nice pair of wellies that aren't the obvious * INSERT THAT FAMOUS WELLY BRAND HERE * and ideally I like black wellies as they match everything and are generally not 'zany'.
Best I've found on my welly hunting travels this year?
The Daniel Spike Welly by Daniel Footwear.
They're hot, right? They could just be very cool biker boots, but they're actual wellies. Calf length and studded and black, could they be more fash friendly?
Anyway, after I raved about them Daniel Footwear kindly said we can give away a pair to one lucky Five at Five subscriber.
So what do you have to do to win the wellies?
Be subscribed to the Five at Five. That's it! Simple.
Already subscribed to the Five at Five? Don't worry. Your name is safely in the draw.
Want to know more about The Five at Five? Read yesterday's edition here.
We will announce the winner tomorrow at 5pm...in the Five at Five!
And maybe if you win you pose in them for us in our photo booth at V Fest?
We know you like competitions on WIWT, but this is our best yet!
Our fave tech accessory company - Case-Mate - are offering you the chance to fly to London, stay here for three nights and go on a £1000 shopping spree with me - PoppyD! Oh and you'll get 20 new Case-Mate cases to match your brand spanking new wardrobe.
Pretty epic, non?
And whilst our UK friends are very welcome to enter the comp, you can also enter if you're a legal resident of...
- The United States
- District of Columbia
- Check Republic
- and, yes, the United Kingdom.
Case-Mate are all about rocking 'The Right Case for The Right Occasion", so just show us how you style your phone case to your outfit for your chance to win!
You just need to upload an outfit here on WIWT, tag your Case-Mate phone case and tag your 'Situation' as Case-Mate Contest.
Here are some looks to inspire you..
You can find more details of this AMAAAAAAAZING comp on the Case-Mate Facebook page and the full terms are here.
You have until August 2nd to enter and can enter every day as long as it's a different outfit :)
Good luck, I can't wait to take one of you shopping! xxx
On Wednesday Poppy and I were offered the chance to head to Dove Spa in Canary Wharf courtesy of Wish.co.uk Experiences; a website where you can buy vouchers for fancy 'experiences' - the likes of which range from zombie boot camps (literally being chased around an abandoned shopping mall by zombies - yep seriously, there are people who pay to do this) to driving supercars and army tanks! As much fun as the zombie boot camp sounded, a relaxing afternoon experiencing 'Sheer Bliss' at a Dove Spa seemed slightly more appealing and we took wish.co.uk up on their offer.
There are lots of Dove Spas around the UK but we chose Canary Wharf (more chance of bumping into boys with Ferraris) for our afternoon of indulgence. After arriving and filling in the consultation forms with a nice glass of iced water we were taken to our separate treatment rooms where soft 'relaxy relaxy' music played and the lights were dimmed. Then the fun started! We received a soothing back, neck and shoulder massage which included scrubbing and warm oils and all sorts of lovely products from the Dove Spa range. Then we each had a bespoke facial as we lay mummified in hot towels and tried not to fall asleep (in a nice way!). After 45 mins or so of all this attention, we were left to get ourselves dressed again to meet our therapists outside to get our nails did.
Unlike some spa experience vouchers, both of us received all three treatments (massage, facial, nails) which is actually pretty rare in our experience. My favourite bits were the facial and having my nails did as, believe it or not, I have never had my nails professionally painted. I opted for 'Blue Lagoon' by Leighton Denny - whilst Poppy went for an understated nude hue- very classy!
My nails, which I can't stop staring at
We left the spa feeling refreshed and relaxed (although I was conscious of the fact that my true paleness would be revealed having had all my bronzer taken off during the facial...) and wondering if we could get away with testing spas every week. (Can we?!)
The Dove Spa Sheer Bliss package would normally cost £98 for two people from Wish.co.uk and would make a fab gift for a sister/mum/friend if, like us, you like to give presents where you can enjoy them too. But, aware that we shouldn't hog ALL the fun ourselves, we are giving away this spa experience for two to use at any Dove Spa across the UK.
So! For a chance to win this super duper treatment for two (redeemable across the UK!) just retweet this tweet by 3pm tomorrow (GMT - Wednesday 20th of June 2012) and make sure you're following @WIWT and @wishcouk on Twitter. We'll announce the random winner tomorrow at 3pm.
On Monday we announced our competition to win two tickets to the exclusive Wimbledon Launch Party hosted by Sir Richard Branson next Thursday. Lots of people emailed in but the name that came out of the hat was mediamarmalade! We can’t wait for you to join us on Thursday night at Kensington Roof Gardens, Mel!
Big love to Peroni Nastro Azzurro and their snazzy Vivi in Stile app for making it happen :D
We will, of course, be bloggng the photos :)
We like swanky slebby parties at WIWT, so we're very pleased to be offering two WIWT-ers a chance to join me (Poppy) and one of my very favourite WIWT-ers Juice at a VERY exclusive party next week, thanks to our friends at Peroni.
Peroni Nastro Azzurro has recently launched Vivi in Stile Peroni, a free to download app that helps you live a stylish Italian lifestyle. It can't magic up a sexy Italian date to take you to dinner or make your phone turn into the finest gelato, but it can provide some pretty fabby info and insider tips for how to enjoy all things Italy...here in the UK.
Available on iPhone or Android, the app offer you the best in fashion, food & drink and design across your city. A number of contributors such as Antonio Berardi and Urban Junkies feature in the app, keeping content fresh and up to date.
With Wimbledon just around the corner (please God may the weather improve) we've been offered two tickets to a verrrrrrry exclusive event taking place at one of the hottest venues in the Vivi in Stile app - The Kensington Roof Gardens. Sir Richard Branson is hosting a pre-Wimbledon party and it's going to be pretty epic...and YOU and a friend can come and join me on the rooftop in style!
If you'd like a chance to come just upload any outfit this week (only true WIWT-ers need apply!) and then email a link to your outfit to firstname.lastname@example.org with a sentence on why you want to come with us! We'll announce the lucky winner at 6pm on Friday the 15th of June, so make sure you've uploaded and emailed Lucy by 5pm on the 15th!
The party will be next Thursday - the 21st June 2012 - from 7.30pm til late, so obvs make sure you and whoever you want to bring as your +1 are available!
For more exclusive rewards download Vivi in Stile Peroni on your iPhone here or on your Android phone here.
Good luck! We can't wait to party up you and your bezza! xxx