5 TIPS FOR FINDING A FASHIONABLE ENGAGEMENT RING

Getting engaged is a special moment in anyone’s life, and when it comes to proposing the ring you choose can make all the difference. If you want to buy your other half a fashionable engagement ring, it’s important to choose one that won’t fall out of favour a few years down the line. After all, your partner may be wearing this ring for an entire lifetime!

If you are looking for a design that is up-to-date with the latest trends, you need to know where to look. The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter for example is full of fashionable jewellery retailers specialising in engagement rings. To help you find the perfect engagement ring, they've provided me with these top tips:

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1. The Classic Solitaire

One of the most well-loved styles of engagement ring is the classic solitaire. This traditional style is a long-standing favourite that still remains very much in vogue today. Highly versatile, the solitaire looks great with almost any outfit, on any occasion, making it the ideal ring for everyday wear. If you want a stylish ring that your partner will be proud to wear for years to come, this design is the perfect choice.

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2. Keep on Top of Trends

If you are unsure of what engagement rings are currently on trend, why not take a look at some current wedding magazines and blogs, or find out what the recently engaged celebrities are wearing for inspiration. However, there’s no denying that some celebrities can often go a little over the top when it comes to accessories, so it’s important that you choose a ring that reflects your partner's tastes and preferences.

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3. Take a Look at their Jewellery Collection

When trying to choose the perfect design, it is also worth taking a look at the contents of your partner’s jewellery box. Is the majority of their jewellery silver, gold or platinum? Do they like delicate pieces, or bold style statements? By paying attention to what your partner already wears, you can guarantee that the ring you choose will be something they will truly love.

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4. Ask for Advice

The best source of information when it comes to engagement rings is professional jewellers and retailers. Not only will they know what is currently in fashion, they will also be able to advise you in other areas such as cut, clarity, colour and carat. Their advice can be extremely valuable.

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5. Be Unconventional

Remember, you don't always have to go for the most popular designs to find something fashionable. If you want to be a true trendsetter, you may also want to try out more unconventional designs. For example, rather than a standard diamond, why not enthrall your bride-to-be with an emerald engagement ring?

While the style and look of the ring needs to be carefully considered, remember that the most important thing is what it symbolises - an everlasting bond between two people.

HANNAH †



Friday, 12 December 2014 // 8:46 pm







SUNGLASSES FOR EVERY FACE - NEW LOOK BINGO

As a fashion lover I’m always on the lookout for chic staples that can be used for a lifetime. Sunglasses are a great accessory to accentuate any look, however the most daunting task of all is choosing the perfect shape for your face. If you're finding it hard to choose the right shades, let me help you out with a few foolproof tips!

There is such an exciting range of shapes - from square to cat eye - you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing sunglasses, but it can get a little overwhelming! Once you know the right shape for your face you will no longer need to delay your to do list, or games on bingo sites like New Look Bingo, while battling your way from one store to the other. Use these easy tips to help you find the shapes that will suit you the most, quick and simple, then get back to your life equipped with the perfect pair!

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ROUND FACES:

Celebrities like Selena Gomez and Kate Bosworth have round faces - that means cheeks are fuller, hence you should go for eyewear that slims your face. Choose angular shapes and horizontal lines that will add length to your face and make it look thinner.

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SQUARE FACES:
People who have face shapes like Keira Knightley have sharp edges. Try wearing round shaped glasses to give you a softened look, balancing out harsh angles.

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HEART FACES:
The Olsen twins are an ideal example of the heart shaped face. Go for larger frames as it will add width to the chin area. However, make sure the glasses aren’t too wide and sit high on your face.

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OVAL FACES:
For oval faces, more or less every shape looks good! So if you are blessed with an oval face like Drew Barrymore don't be afraid to experiment with bold styles. However, try avoiding huge frames as it may block out the symmetrical features of your face.

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OBLONG FACES:
Oversized glasses go really well with oblong faces, like Sarah Jessica Parker. You may also want to try out square or rectangular shapes - ones with thicker frames. Small sunnies are a must avoid! They will simply exaggerate the length of your face.

Hope this little guide will help you invest in the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face type. However, when it comes to fashion, the key is to experiment! Try different shapes and see what works for you – once found, the perfect pair of sunglasses will compliment any look and last you a lifetime. Happy hunting!

HANNAH †



Tuesday, 25 November 2014 // 9:00 pm







FUN AND FESTIVE WINTER NAIL ART

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start experimenting with some fresh seasonal nail designs. Forget the bright block colours and neons that dominated the summer, the chillier months are all about ornate designs, silvery tones and glitter layering. Just because the temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean our beauty regimes should suffer! A flawless set of nails is the perfect way to combat the winter blues.

For the perfect winter-inspired manicure, nail and beauty specialist NSI Nails offers a variety of accessories and seasonal polish collections to help you create a professional look. To give you a head start and provide a little inspiration, here are some fun winter nail art ideas:

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FESTIVE DESIGNS:

Although it may seem too early to think about festive designs, a post on winter nails would not be complete without a possible Christmas party look. Adding a burst of shimmering colour to neutral nails is guaranteed to add sparkle to your winter wardrobe! To create this stunning design, start by adding a base coat of clear gloss. With the help of a stencil, create a thick French tip in a glitter-based red polish. Finally, using a detailer brush, add a delicate snowflake design and coloured polka dots and seal with a gloss goat. For a more precise look, you may want to use transfers or a stamping plate to add detail. The result is a fabulous blend of glittery glamour and festive fun!

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COOL COLOUR SCHEMES:

Icy blues, deep purples and metallics have officially replaced the bright polishes of the summer. This gorgeous layered design offers a perfect example of this season’s most sought-after shades. Start by priming the nail with a glossy base coat. Before you begin with the fade, consider using a stencil to help you achieve a smooth crescent. To create a soft ombre effect, paint dark blue polish onto a sponge and gently dab it onto to your nail, starting from the tip. After letting the first coat cure for a few minutes, do the same with a brighter blue and finish off with a coat of glitter-based polish. Finally, with a detailer brush and a matte blue polish, draw intricate star shapes on two selected nails.Using a blend of wintery shades and layering glitters helps to create a playful, eye-catching look. If you love this design, why not try mixing it up with different colour-combos, such as purple and silver?

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EMBELLISHMENTS AND GLITTER:

If you want to achieve the wow factor this winter, applying embellishments is the perfect way to make a manicure stand out. To create this show-stopping stiletto look, you’ll need gel or acrylic enhancements, plenty of bling and a glittery silver polish. Having a neutral base colour will really help to make the add-ons pop, so begin by painting the nail with a gloss base coat. Starting from the end of the nail, add a light dusting of silver glitter and spread across the nail to achieve the desired look. Using stencils or a detailer brush, add alternating snowflake designs to each nail. Now’s the intricate part; using a dab of nail glue, carefully position your jewels in an elegant pattern and finish off with a gloss top coat. To alternate this look, try playing around with different accessories, such as beads, pearls, diamonds or crushed shells.

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THE PERFECT COMPANION TO YOUR CHRISTMAS JUMPER!

Fun DIY nails with snowmen, penguins and winter wonderland scenes are a perfect match for your festive Christmas jumper! Here's your chance to get really creative. The best way to create unique designs is by freehand, using either a nail pen or a thin brush. The sky's the limit - have fun with it! You can even give each nail it's own style.



Friday, 14 November 2014 // 7:12 pm







FLAT-SHARING LONDON STYLE WITH MYROOMS

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I can't believe it was four years ago that I first moved to London as a fashion student. It was nerve wracking to say the least - I took a big leap and moved into a flat share in Camden with four other students I didn't know. But it was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and has led me to where I am today: happily married with my dream job in buying and merchandising, plus having made many friends for life!

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The average price of private rental in London is more than double in the rest of the UK. According to Myrooms, if you want to live in London and enjoy all it has to offer, flat sharing is one of the best ways to achieve this. I definitely agree and can honestly say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I bonded with my flatmates in no time and we explored every corner of London together, making amazing memories I will never forget. Tattoos in Camden Town, thrifting in Brick Lane, nights out in Soho, shopping on Oxford Street, late night strolls down the Southbank... For all you students in particular, or those looking for a new adventure, flat sharing could be perfect for you too. You won't be alone - around 670,000 households in London are rented, a much higher proportion than the national average of 14.2% (source).

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Moving to a new location can be both exciting and daunting in equal measure; that's where Myrooms comes into its own. It's the fastest growing room-sharing service in London for young professionals and students. Myrooms consultants are highly-trained and knowledgeable on all aspects of living in London. Driven by passion and enthusiasm, their mission is to find the right room for you and your lifestyle.

If you're ready to take the plunge Myrooms are offering Fashion Kill readers an amazing £100 off your first month's rent! Just quote FAKI01 when you contact Myrooms - the code is valid until the end of September 2015. Happy house hunting!

HANNAH †



Friday, 26 September 2014 // 10:27 pm







QVC AW14 FASHION SHOW

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Wednesday evening I attended the QVC AW14 fashion and jewellery show, held at Vinopolis near London Bridge, along with my good friend and fellow blogger Lela London. I must admit, I wasn't sure what to expect... I had always thought of QVC as slightly dowdy and specifically for the older woman, but the event definitely went to prove how things have changed. The catwalk showcased amazing winter coats, edgy jewellery, capes, floppy hats, flared trousers, and lots of other key AW pieces I found myself lusting after. It was also refreshing to see models that were a range of different sizes and ages, proving that QVC fashion really is for every woman.

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FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


I left the event with an unexpected wish list of QVC pieces, topped by this chunky silver necklace which unfortunately won't be available for me to buy until October:

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The goody bag I took home further cemented my new found respect of QVC - full of amazing beauty products that have already worked wonders on my skin, and this special little card holder from Lulu Guinness:

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Check out the QVC website at qvcuk.com - you might be pleasantly surprised!

HANNAH †



Saturday, 13 September 2014 // 7:38 pm







GUEST POST: 2014 HAIRSTYLE TRENDS

Guest post courtesy of 'Rock Pamper Scissors'

This year has already proved that modern hairstyles are as attractive as they are unique. Indeed it seems that the fashion world has once again exerted a palpable effect upon the trends that women throughout the United Kingdom are choosing, providing numerous options to accentuate nearly any desire imaginable. So, what can we expect to see for AW14 and how can this versatility be used to enhance your look? Let us address these fashion-conscious questions:

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SIDE SWEPT BANGS:

Closely cropped styles are extremely on trend. Not only is this variation quite comfortable during the summer months, but short and side-swept banks are perfect for accentuating high cheekbones and a flowing neckline. The cropped cut is also popular in the acting world; such actresses as Halle Berry and Natalie Portman are often defined by this unique look.

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ALL ABOUT THE TEXTURE:

Layering is still popular for women of all ages. The illusion of depth is perfect for those who may have thinner and lighter hair. Textured layers will also provide a sense of light and shadow; affording any style a "pop" that can help to accentuate your look. An excellent tip here is to allow the hair to flow along the contours on either side of the face, as this will naturally draw the attention to your eyes.

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THE ROARING TWENTIES:

Another interesting trend is the re-emergence of many classic styles seen in the 1920s. Actresses such as Louise Brooks, Mary Pickford and Greta Garbo are immortalised by this sleek appeal, so it should come as no great surprise that today's modern woman desires to make a similar impression. Tightly cropped and wavy designs are quite prevalent, as are frontal bangs which dangle just above the eyebrows.

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CURLY RADIANCE:

While it can never be said that curls have fallen out of favour, they are undoubtedly very popular this year. Teased hair imbued with tints of caramel and chocolate will add a sense of depth to these curls. This may very well be the ideal choice for those with naturally lighter hair, as an extra sense of dimension can be achieved within minutes.

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"THE CHOP":
This is another term for hair that falls just above the shoulders. This "middle-of-the- road" appearance is neither too long nor too short. So, it is suited for nearly any style imaginable and in warmer weather, it can be tied back with ease. Many actresses have now embraced this look, for it is manageable and yet still vibrant and sexy.

Thankfully, it has never been easier to obtain these and other scintillating styles. Through the help of the online hairdresser portal known as Rock Pamper Scissors, the most appropriate hairdressers in Manchester and Leeds (and soon within other areas throughout the United Kingdom) can be found in mere minutes. Thus, the style and colour of your dreams is indeed much closer than you think!



Monday, 1 September 2014 // 9:48 pm







KIMONO QUEEN

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FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


KIMONO - C.O. NEW LOOK // GOLD NECKLACES - EBAY // T-SHIRT DRESS - TOPSHOP // SANDALS - C.O. NEW LOOK

It feels like Summer is finally here, so it's about time to whip out my hefty collection of kimonos! This leopard print one was from New Look - I love that it's a bit different to the standard floral print you see everywhere... a bit more rock n' roll and perfect for music festivals. It'd be lovely worn over a band tee and cut-offs, but here I paired it with my new chunky wooden soled sandals (also New Look) and gold jewellery. If you are going to a festival this summer, New Look have a brilliant festival fashion timeline which might inspire you. Click here to view.

HANNAH †



Thursday, 26 June 2014 // 8:00 pm







WORKING GIRL

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TIBI MINT TWO PIECE - C.O. WISH WANT WEAR // GOLD LION NECKLACE - EBAY // GOLD WATCH - CASIO // BLACK 'LAINE' BAG - RADLEY

Sorry for the delay between posts girls. I've been super busy as it was my final university hand in last Friday, and I started my brand new career the following Monday! I've been lucky enough to bag my dream job already as a merchandiser for Figleaves.com! I work closely with the buyers to help plan and manage the lingerie range - it's absolutely amazing and I can't believe my luck.

To celebrate my new job, the lovely folk over at Wish Want Wear lent me this gorgeous Tibi two-piece to wear. If you haven't heard of the site already I highly recommend that you take a look. You can borrow brand new designer dresses straight off the catwalk and at a fraction of the price. Perfect if you have a special occasion coming up, or just deserve a treat!

I'll be moving in the next few weeks (ahhh so much change!) so I'm not sure how frequent my blog posts will be until then, though I'll do my very best. I add to my Instagram regularly if you want to stay updated - you can find the link over on the right.

Until next time,
HANNAH †



Monday, 9 June 2014 // 9:39 pm







URBAN OUTFITTERS FEATURE

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I've been featured on the Urban Outfitters blog for their alternative London city guide - take a look by clicking HERE!

HANNAH †



Tuesday, 20 May 2014 // 5:38 pm







BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK

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HAT - VINTAGE // CROP - RIVER ISLAND // TROUSERS - ASOS // SANDALS - BIRKENSTOCK

It's a super quick post today as I'm in over my head with uni work; only two weeks to go until my final hand-in and SO much left to do! Aaaaarghhh... Wish me luck!

This is just a simple outfit I wore for a day out in the sun with my mum and little sister. I'm in love with these trousers - I've wanted a pair for AGES but being 6ft tall, they've proved pretty impossible to find. THANK GOD for the ASOS tall section! I've been a very happy bunny since it launched.

I'm currently clearing out my wardrobe on Depop, so take a look! There's a link over there in the side bar -->

HANNAH †



Thursday, 15 May 2014 // 7:20 pm







NEW TATTOO

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After 6 long hours and two sessions, my beautiful new tattoo is finally finished! I couldn't be happier with it. The only problem is that it's made me really want a full sleeve tattoo, which is going to be very expensive... I guess we'll wait and see.

HANNAH †



Sunday, 4 May 2014 // 10:29 pm







CAMEL ON BLACK

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FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


LONG CAMEL COAT - EBAY // BLACK CROP - TOPSHOP // BLACK JOGGERS - C.O. DOROTHY PERKINS // SNAKESKIN PLIMSOLLS - H&M // BAG - RADLEY

I'm so sick at the moment... I think I've been so busy my body has finally given up on me! But I'm starting to feel much better, thank god. I dragged myself out of bed and into town to get a new tattoo, which you can see a bit of in these photos. It's not finished yet - even after 4 hours of ink time - so I'll reveal all once it's been completed next week. I'm really happy with it so far though!

I'm thinking of making videos/vlogs for the blog, but I'm not sure what you guys would want to see or if you'd even want to watch me at all! Haha! Leave me a comment with your opinion and with any particular vlogs you'd like me to make.

HANNAH †



Tuesday, 15 April 2014 // 6:58 pm







SHOP MY CLOSET!

If you haven't already noticed, I've started up a blogshop over at Depop to help clear out my closet. Take a look - the link is over in the sidebar.

Check back in a couple of days for an outfit post as well as my new tattoo's big reveal... It's going to be a big one!

HANNAH †



Monday, 7 April 2014 // 8:46 pm







STATIC & SILENCE & A MONOCHROME VISION

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FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


London Fashion Week feels like a lifetime ago, and I know this post is well overdue, but it's better late than never! My fashion buying & merchandising placement has meant me working 14 day stretches in a row, so time has run away with me a little bit. Can't believe this was last month... WOW. I'll be sure to do a full LFW post soon with my activities, favourite street style shots and catwalk highlights (if you guys don't think it's too stupidly late?! Let me know.)

Lately I can't deny that monochrome has stolen my heart. I've been wearing lots of all black or all white outfits, with a few combinations of the two in between. My Holly Fulton for Radley clutch bag livens things up though, with the black and white woven check and bold red graphic design.

I already have my eye on more monochrome pieces to add to my collection... Just don't tell my husband, who's already exasperated at the amount of black and white clothes shopping I've been doing!


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La Montrealaise sweatshirt from Simons, tube skirt with sheer detail from Zara, quilted PU plimsolls from H&M, Vagabond Aurora leather flats from ASOS.

HANNAH †



Monday, 17 March 2014 // 11:20 pm







RECENTLY...

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FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


LONG COAT - TOPSHOP // PRINTED TEE - VINTAGE // BUCKLE BOOTS - RIVER ISLAND // LACE UP LEGGINGS - REVERSE @ ASOS // CLUTCH BAG - HOLLY FULTON FOR RADLEY

The past week has been spent tackling uni work interspersed with Sex & The City episodes, so I'm afraid I haven't got a lot to say. I am officially boring. I can't WAIT for this shitty project to be over and handed-in next week so I can get back to having a social life - London Fashion Week here I come!

These are just a couple of outfits I've worn recently in the crappy cold weather. Please though, everyone, take a moment to admire my new clutch bag. It's my baby and the most expensive piece of fashion I own at £250. Worth every penny though! I'm a huge Holly Fulton fan so when I heard she was doing a collection for British handbag brand Radley I just had to have one (it helps that I work there now and get a neat little discount). I love it to pieces - it's the perfect day clutch.

HANNAH †



Wednesday, 5 February 2014 // 6:17 pm







I'M BACK BITCHES

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FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


NIKE CROP - EBAY // BODY CHAIN - MARKET // PLAID TROUSERS - VINTAGE // PLIMSOLLS - ASOS

YES, I'M BACK! And for good this time!

It's no secret that I haven't been the best blogger for the past year or so. As well as the stresses of wedding planning and a huge amount of uni work, what you guys didn't know is that I was going through a lot personally. Both my grandpa and little sister spent long periods in and out of hospital and almost lost their lives, I myself suffered severely with endometriosis and had a operation to treat it, plus there's been another serious illness diagnosis for me quite recently. That's just the tip of the iceberg though and the things I can actually talk about! Other than marrying my beautiful husband, 2013 was the shittest year of my life - this affected my blogging hugely

However, things are looking so much brighter for 2014 and my whole outlook on life has changed. I cut and dyed my hair and have a new look, I'm healthy eating and not drinking alcohol, I cut a huge amount of fake friends out of my life, and I'm super positive about everything. I feel like I'm in a really good place and can get back to blogging properly now, and I can't wait.

Thank you so much to everyone who was patient and stuck with Fashion Kill despite my flakiness and un-kept promises; I was in a really bad way and stretching myself far too thin. I know 2014 is going to be a great year and I can't wait to share it with you all.

HANNAH †



Saturday, 18 January 2014 // 10:38 pm







CLOTHES SHOW LIVE - BLOGGERS BREAKFAST

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This is no ordinary outfit mirror pic - this is a cheeky snap in the Sanderson's special penthouse lift, heading up to the Clothes Show Live bloggers breakfast on Thursday morning. I just couldn't resist! In fact, it took all my willpower to hold it together, show some sense of blogging professionalism, and not go snap crazy when I exited into the immaculate penthouse suite. As you can probably guess, I've never been into a penthouse suite before... let alone the penthouse suite of a top London hotel where I was about to meet Henry Holland, Jade Thompson and blogging royalty Sasha Wilkins of Liberty London Girl.

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Myself along with a few other bloggers had been invited to breakfast to discuss Clothes Show Live and its 25th anniversary, which is an amazing feat! It's still going strong after all these years, if not stronger than ever, and is something many women look at with fond memories. For me, it was one of my first introductions to the fashion world and is what made me want to be a part of it - I think that's the case for many girls. If you haven't been yet then I would highly recommend it! I definitely plan on being there this year.

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FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


FASHION KILL blog, by Hannah May Rose †


Henry, Jade and Sasha were all there for an informal discussion about the Clothes Show and what it meant to them, since they're all a big part of the event this year. Henry - who I've interviewed before and is truly one of the loveliest guys you'll ever meet - is presenting in the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fashion Theatre along with Clothes Show legend Caryn Franklin. Top model Jade is the face of the show, and Sasha will be on hand to inspire and educate with her fashion knowledge.

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This year's Clothes Show Live will take place between the 6th and the 10th December at NEC, Birmingham, and will be featuring over 500 leading fashion and beauty brands, non stop catwalk shows and inspirational fashion demonstrations. It's set to be bigger and better than ever - get more information or buy tickets at clothesshowlive.com

HANNAH †



Tuesday, 19 November 2013 // 7:19 pm