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The MTV EMAs 2014

13 Nov

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I was lucky enough to be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasgow at the weekend, for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Scotland has been host to the EMA’s (now in it’s 20th year) only once before, and this year promised to be the best yet.

With performances from Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, U2 and Slash, MTV were set to make it an International affair, featuring not only the latest pop acts to top the charts, but also some of the most successful Rock icons of the 20th Century.

An event like this was worth getting up at an unsociable time on a Sunday morning – I was up and out of the door just after 5am. After a swift security check and a smooth flight (got to love domestic flights), we arrived in Glasgow around 10am and headed straight to our hotel to check in. It was then time to collect our wristbands and tickets (for the main event and the pre-party) and get ready.

 

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The mail out to attendees stated that we would be standing on a raised platform close to the awards stage, so we should prepare to be on camera and dress to impress! My friend and I sensibly chose dresses that we’re both glamorous yet comfortable, and most importantly, weren’t completely weather inappropriate (it was around 4 degrees in Glasgow at the time).

 

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At 5pm we were transported to the Glasgow Science Centre, where the official pre-party was taking place. Drinks and food were provided, and there were several photo booths (with props) to make the most of – which, of course, we did.

 

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A short walk across the bridge and we were at the venue for the main event, the SSE Hydro – the Hydro is ranked in the top five busiest indoor entertainment arenas in the world alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden in New York and The O2 in London.

Once inside – this was our view. We were in the VIP area right next to the awards stage, giving us prime location to spot and snap the host, Her Minajesty, and the other award presenters (including Jena Malone, David Hasselhoff and Jourdan Dunne).

 

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We were given wristbands to wear and were told that they would be lighting up at some point during the event. As Enrique Iglesias appeared on stage, it all became clear that the audience were going to be part of his stage performance, and the venue lit up in thousands of colourful dancing lights – all changing colour in sync with each other, and in time with the music!

 

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For those of you that missed the awards, here are the winners:

  • Best Video – Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’
  • Best Female – Arianna Grande
  • Best Male – Justin Bieber
  • Best Pop – One Direction
  • Biggest Fans Award – One Direction
  • Best Look – Katy Perry
  • Global Icon Award – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Best Song – ‘Problem’ Arianna Grande
  • Best Rock – Linkin Park
  • Best Hip-Hop – Nicki Minaj
  • Best Worldwide Act – Zhou Bichang
  • Best Alternative – Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • Best New Act – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Best Electronic – Calvin Harris
  • Best World Stage Performance – Enrique Iglesias
  • Best Song with a Message – ‘Pretty Hurts’ Beyonce

 

We were so excited to be given the chance to attend the EMAs and thoroughly enjoyed the event. Fingers crossed I get to go next year – after all it will be hosted in Italy. Milan, here I come!

 

 

Autumn Fashion: Bonfire Night

2 Nov

Heading off to a fireworks display next weekend? Then be cosy and fashionable with these lovely, affordable Autumn pieces from some of my favourite online stores.

 

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Plus 20% off if you use code WARMERS20 at the checkout

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Boohoo

15% off everything (ends midnight tonight) – use code ENJOY at the checkout

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25% off selected Winter items

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Disney Villain inspired fashion at George at ASDA

16 Oct

Perhaps it is because Halloween is almost upon us (the only time when it is socially acceptable for you to dress like a ghoul and act like a child), or it might be because according to the retail world, we are now technically in ‘pre-holiday season’, either way George at ASDA have decided to celebrate by collaborating with Graduate Fashion Week to bring customers a collection of Disney Villain inspired dresses.

 

Starting with the first one, which is clearly inspired by the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The floral design on the tulip-cut skirt balances out the masculine collar of the top, adding a touch of femininity to the dress.

Graduate Fashion Week Floral Bottom Disney Villains Dress – £28

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Next we have a Dalmation dress inspired by Cruella De Vil. A mix of smart casual styling and structure makes this a versatile dress that can be worn with boots and a scarf to a coffee date with friends, or dressed up with statement accessories and heels for a glam night on the town.

Graduate Fashion Week Belted Disney Villains Dress – £30

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The final dress in the collection is inspired by the enigmatic Maleficent. This gothic, structured dress is perfect for a grown up Halloween party, and the high-neck and sheer sleeves are practical touch for those chilly Autumn nights.

Graduate Fashion Week Belted Disney Villains Dress – £28

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So whether you’re looking for that perfect Halloween costume or are simply looking for a stylish nod to your favourite childhood characters, give these a whirl. At these reasonably prices, they’re sure to sell out quickly.

If dresses aren’t your thing, you could always go for a Bambi onesie!

Disney Bambi Onesie – £14

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Photography & Modelling: A Glimpse

14 Dec

I did a brief stint as a model a few years back (including competing in the Miss England competition), but more recently my appearances in front of the camera tend to be for my sister Courtney, who is a Wedding and Portrait photographer (you can visit her website here). She is also a keen fashion and newborn photographer, so if you’re looking to get a portfolio done in any capacity, please get in touch.

I keep most of my photos on Facebook, but I thought I’d share some of my favourites on here. All photos are by Courtney Louise Photography unless otherwise stated.

Enjoy, and as always, comments welcome 🙂

Romantic themed shoot

"A Distant Dream"

Mimobot ad campaign

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Outdoor shoot for photography contest

Most recent novel cover, My Soul To Save

Taken in Summer 2007 after winning Miss Lincolnshire

A rare self portrait of the Photographer, Courtney Louise

'60s themed night shoot

Christmas Gift For Him

27 Nov

Struggling for gift ideas for the men in your life? Here are just a few suggestions to make this Christmas extra special for him. If you think of anything else, in keeping with these gifts, that you think should be included, don’t forget to leave a comment.

Classic Leather Hip Flask – Aspinal of London, £40 (with free engraving)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Barbour Auckland Chunky Zip Through Lambswool Sweater, Barbour £164.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Baker Woollen Trapper Hat, House of Fraser £36 (was £45)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D&G Bifold Leather Wallet, ASOS £150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mulberry Oak Travel Card Holder, Harrods £80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, Urban Outfitters £9.99

Coming soon…

21 Nov

Christmas and New Year are fast approaching, so I thought I’d let you know what I’ve got coming up for Girl On The Wing. First up, Friendly Fires are playing at the Engine Shed in Lincoln tomorrow so I’ll hopefully have some photos and a review up by the end of the week. In the meantime, here are a couple of my favourite Friendly Fires tunes – Enjoy!

Then in a couple of weeks, I’ll be enjoying lapping up the VIP treatment at The Clothes Show Live, and will be posting about all the trends, gossip and what to buy (including photos from the Live Catwalk Event). So make sure you come back on the 10th Dec to see the roundup from the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will also be posting my Top Christmas Horror Movies List over the next couple of days, so keep an eye out for that, and let me know if you have any suggestions of your own that didn’t make the list.

Fashion Forward: Ochre-Motive

14 Nov

This winter has seen the comeback of rich, earthy tones to compliment the animal print and fur trends that will see you right through until spring. Here are some of my top Ochre picks from the high street (click on the image to buy):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ochre Textured Rib Pencil Skirt, Miss Selfridge – £26.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ochre Ruched Shoulder Blouse, Dorothy Perkins – £15.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTO Ultimate Skinny Jamie Jeans, Topshop – £40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paloma Argyle Pattern Acrylic Knit Pom Pom Hat, Boohoo.com – £12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colourblock Contrast Satchel, ASOS – £21