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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Ghost In The Shell | Win Exclusive Screening Tickets


Win!

Win 2 tickets to a screening of Ghost In The Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, to celebrate the film's 30 March UK release!

Paramount UK are inviting some of my readers to enter a competition to win two tickets to an exclusive screening of The Ghost In The Shell in Manchester! Five lucky readers will have the chance to win a pair of tickets each!

The screening will take place on Tuesday 28th March at 6pm for a prompt 6:30pm start, at the Manchester Printworks.

The Plot:

The Ghost In The Shell is set in the near future and tells the story of Major (played by Scarlett), who plays a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to:  her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.

How To Enter:


Competition ends on Friday 24th March. Winners will be notified by Friday and have 24 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Please note transport to and from the screening and an overnight stay in the city, is not included.

Full terms and conditions apply.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

It's OK To Say No To Collaborations.


'PING' 

To: contact@fashernablylate.com
Cc:
Subject: We'd Love To Collaborate With You!
From: bloggers@bankfashion.com


Hey Sabina!

I'm Liv and I am a student ambassador for Bank Fashion, around Leeds city centre. Which involves promoting and marketing Bank Fashion out to the students of Leeds.

I have come across your blog, which is really great by the way, and I was wondering whether you'd like to receive some Bank items of your choice, with a blog post in return?

If you're interested get back to me and I'll give you the details :)

Much Love,

The Bank Fashion Team ♡

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This was the first ever collaboration email I received back in 2013! I still remember the exact moment that it pinged through to my inbox, the excitement, pure joy & utter disbelief that such a large (at the time) fashion brand wanted to send little old me, me, free clothes to promote on my very small blog! I  remember running into the other room in my house to quickly share the news with my Mum. I did at this point have to explain what a collaboration was & who Bank fashion actually were in order for the news to properly sink in -  but wow - what a feeling! This was definitaly the start to a whole new chapter in my blogging career. Just a few short years before this, Bank fashion was a H-U-G-E deal at school. If you owned one of their printed bags as your school bag in secondary school, you were basically - the shit - they were the perfect size for that A4 GCSE folder, your smelly gel pens & copious amount of sweets. They even had the perfect little pocket for your lip gloss... Does anyone remember them? An essential upgrade from that overused JD Sports drawstring carrier bag.


Following my first ever collaboration, a string of emails sat nicely in my inbox and my blogging game because serious business! I was on a roll; I really thrived off the positive results I was seeing and my hard work, time & effort were all so totally worth it! I found myself accepting every opportunity that landed in my inbox and everything that came my way just added to the thrill and excitement of these new opportunities coming my way! The work load built up but turning down opportunities were a no no! In fact, not even a glimmer of refusal entered my mind, the novetly was very much still there, in fact, it didn't think you could say no.... Could you?

The collaboration over kill & churning out work started to take it toll and I personalyl feel like I had lost a little bit of my true self in my blog. I was blogging for the sake of keeping up with the collaborations and not because I wanted too! I would sit and scroll through websites for hours, trying to riffle through the endless categories on websites in hopes to find at least one item of clothing that I - sort of - liked. You see, there are many factors I have to consider when choosing apparel. My options are usually slashed by 50% automatically because I just don't wear the low cut style of dresses that seem to clutter a lot of websites. Not that theres anything wrong with that, it's just not my  personal style. But when I look back at my early collaborations, I look at the images and think 'Who is that?'. I was choosing anything and everything just so I didn't have to turn down opportunities and say no to brands.

Theres a lot of competition out there, online retailers, bloggers, the whole online atmosphere is packed with so much amazing content that if I say no to these brands, am I missing out on an opportunity to potentially grow my blog? Am I missing out on an opportunity to grow my own personal brand? But the most important thing I realised by saying no to collaborations is that in turn what's really happening is that I'm not losing my own style, trends and most importantly myself by getting caught up with fast fashion and not my blog!

Trends all come and go far too quickly in this fast paced digital world we now live in and I want to be able to create and preserve an online influence of my own to look back on that is truly 100% me through & through! So after getting out of my cycle of always.saying.yes, I've been a lot more honest with myself and I've noticed that my own style and source of inspirations have naturally changed without being influenced by every single brand that lands in my inbox.

I really want to keep my blog authentic, original and true to myself and my own personal style. I believe the true nature of why blogging is so successful is down to a more honest outlook on not only yourself, but the items you feature on it too and I really want to keep hold of that. I still get so overly excited when my inbox pings with new opportunities, but I've learnt to take on board those opportunities that are 100% me & less 100% doing it for the sake of it.


Have your blogging habits changed since your early days? Do you ever turn down collaborations?


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Sunday, 19 February 2017

6 Times My Blog Was My Boyfriend


I really wanted to get this post up before Valentines, but with my work schedule jam packed this month and the overload of various heart themed posts across social media, it suited me quite well to back date it a touch so everyone could recover from the pink & red spots in their eyes and the nationwide chocolate inflicted comas. 

With the day of love soon approaching (now past of course), it got me thinking about the fact that right now I don't actually have time for a boyfriend along side my hectic schedule and spin classes (who am I trying to kid, I barely make one class a week). This recent pondering did get me thinking that the one consistent relationship I've had some serious growth, love & passion towards over the years is in fact, my blog! 

My blog & I first began our love affair a mere 5 years ago. It only seems like yesterday that I sat at my university desk, pondering over what I wanted him to be called, what platform would be best for him to grow & exactly what aspects of him I wanted the world to see. The prospect of being able to mend its flaws and add features to suit my forever changing style & moods is quite possibly the foundation of our solid bond, not to mention it keeps me well groomed and treats me like the ultimate lady at the best of times! Not to mention that it's great to always be right!

Love/Hate

The relationship you have with your blog is as much of a rollercoaster ride than any. Learning HTML codes for your theme and throwing your mouse across the room in frustration when one stupid symbol is in the wrong place does not make for an easy make up.

Silky Smooth

Who doesn't wanna look good for their man, I mean blog! The only reason my razor sees the light of day during Winter is so I'm pampered and ready for those all important blog pics. Prickly stubble does not look OK when you're trying to be sassy chic.

Flowers

Who doesn't love it when your blog gets you flowers with a cutesy note attached? Fresh flowers = cute flat lays. Win win!

Date Night

One of the sweeter aspects of the relationship - free food! When a collaboration or review pops up & you get to treat yourself to a 3 course meal. Thanks blog.

Writers Block

The moment after you've walked away from an argument & all those annoying points you didn't remember hit you like a ton of bricks... Well, thats what if feels like once you hit 'publish' on a blog post you spent 3 hours planning and constantly redrafting. What a load of sh*t.

Surprise Presents

Getting home to fresh parcels through the post & the contents being exactly what you wanted. Damn. Boy did good.

So here's to another 5 years of ups & downs with my lil ol' blog!




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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Date Night With New Look ❤︎


 Valentines day. It's the one day a year when all the independent ladies are reassured of their self assertiveness that 'they don't need no man', or for many other, it's a day to show some love to your other half. The latter is usually a far cry from how I spend this day, but I hate missing out on an opportunity to eat out... Instead, I like to think I can get myself all sassed up & ready for a date night with the girls instead (yes, I'm one of those independent ladies).

This year, I've teamed up with New Look to piece together my idea of a casual date night get up, as sometimes my oversized bombers and jeans just don't make the cut for every occasion. I do like to put in a little effort, even on a 'normal' day, but finding the balance for a casual date night look can be tricky! The feeling of being overdressed or too casj is just too much to even think about! 


I've accidentally gone for all black here (honestly, that was not intentional), it's a safe option all year round and quite frankly, a little red dress just isn't my thing! I start by planning my outfit with safe styles that I know will flatter my figure. Bell sleeves can sometimes be a little impractical, but damn don't they look pretty? I couldn't resit and chose this little beauty and tucked it into this oriental high waisted skirt - pretty simple, yet easy enough to dress up/down with a quick change of footwear or accessories.

No opportunity is to be missed where my love affair for faux fur jackets wouldn't make the cut into an outfit, pulling this whole ensemble together.

What are you plans this Valentines day? ❤︎


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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

How To Boss Geek Chic


The Geek trend - I was a fresher the last time this trend made its way into my accessories pile. I believe I grabbed a bargain of eBay, buying 6 in a multi pack; who doesn't need 6 geek glasses in their life at any given time? I was in my first year of uni after all... 

I do love to jump on the bandwagon and follow trends to a certain degree, I was a little scared about putting these Deirdre specs on my face & pulling it off without looking like a complete moron. I decided a long time ago to not follow trends head on all the time.... I'll be looking back on this post in 3 years time most likely thinking 'Why on Earth did you think that looked cool!?'. I like to break up trends and keep them minimalistic, to the point where I can break down the entire outfit & style it up again with the next best trend that comes around.

I'm living in anything comfy rn so my Docs & this oversized jumper go hand in hand for the style & comfort factor. I don't know about you but I love to add small touches to the outfit to give it some personality. The geek glasses aside, fishnet socks & the choker that has practically been glued to my neck for the past several months are my go to at the moment.

If I could wear everything oversized all the time without looking like a one giant piece of fabric, I'd be living the dream! But for now, I'll just stick to upping my sizes in jackets and T's to satisfy my addiction of excess fabric. I'm currently obsessing over the fact that denim jackets are back.. yaaaas to fashion on a repeat cycle! I got this faux shearling lined jacket in a UK 10 so I could still fit my baggy knitwear underneath without looking like the michelin man. I don't think I could reveart back to wearing normal fitting clothes anytime soon.

Do you have a go-to comfy, yet chic outfit you turn to?


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