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BLOGGED: Stick & Ribbon Charity Fashion Show

28 Nov


Stick & Ribbons models: Judy Marston, Laura Moore, Helen Yates, Donna Heffernan. Alison Dawson- Orchard, Erika Hill

Women and fashion go together like The X Factor and low ratings, but just as this pairing experiences highs and lows, so do millions of women when hitting the shops to buy a new outfit. There are so many shapes out there; pear, triangle, hourglass and straight up & down; it’s hard to know what will look amazing, and what would see you ending up on the ‘circle of shame’ pages of Heat magazine.

Luckily the fabulous stylists at Nottingham boutique, Stick & Ribbon; aptly named due to the tools used to measure and find people’s body shape, are on hand to  offer that much needed advice, and restore confidence in women who would otherwise be wearing all the wrong things. 

Pippa Rees From Stick & Ribbon talks about body shapes

Last week we were lucky enough to attend Stick & Ribbons charity fashion show, in partnership with The Cornerhouse, which saw over £600 raised for The MS Society. All of the models included in the show were volunteers, including 32 year old MS sufferer, Donna Heffernan, who made her modelling debut to a chorus of applause.

Donna Heffernan makes her catwalk debut

Check out the pictures from the night below!

Alison struts her stuff in a gorgeous wrap dress


Wedding wardrobe woes

2 Aug

Our Wedded Miss has heard the words ‘I Do’ more than Miss Independent has been told ‘it’s not you, it’s me.’ Here she opens her wardrobe and vast make up counter to talk about that perfect wedding look.

I really wanted to go for a summery look for our good friends ‘the Cravens’ wedding, as me and the hubby had just come back from Ibiza and I had a lovely tan, plus the weather was looking promising so I wanted to make the most of it!

My dress was a peachy, nude colour from good old Topshop (£30), pleated with spaghetti straps and just above the knee. You don’t want to look like you are going on a night out when you attend an all day wedding or like you’re trying to out do the bride! So this dress was perfect not too clingy or too short! Plus it was excellent for me having over done it on the all inclusive the week before because it was nice and flowing!


My shoes are from New Look (£27.99) and went perfectly with my dress and summer theme. The peach strip gives them a bit of colour and the pearls and diamanté a bit of bling which I love and with a tan the colours are gorgeous. Considering how high they are they were reasonably comfortable, although obviously I was still dancing barefoot at midnight!!


I wanted to keep my make up fairly light and colour coordinated with my outfit so I started off with Garnier BB cream for oily/combination skin which gives surprisingly good coverage. I used Posietint by Benefit on my cheeks and Soap and Glory Love at First Blush to give me a rosy glow and highlight my cheekbones.

Obviously i applied lashings of They’re Real by benefit on my top and bottom lashes and then some Urban Decay eyeshadows on my lids in Scratch (peach), Snatch (glitter peach) and Uzi (silver)!
I always line my eyes with Benefit waterproof eyeliner because it’s amazing and I can’t leave the house without it!

I applied a MAC lipstick in Vegas Volt which is a lovely peachy orange colour and goes well with a tan and has great staying power.
I finished off by spritzing my face with Urban Decay All Nighter make up setting spray to fix it all in place for a long day of smiling, crying, talking and laughing!


Because I already had a tan (jammy!) I just used some Sally Hanson Airbrush Legs tan glow leg make up to even out my legs and give them a gorgeous sparkle – the stuff is fabulous, like wearing tights but better!!

I finished off spritzing myself with my Chloe Rose perfume which I bought especially for my own wedding and brings back beautiful memories.

And then I was ready to enjoy the wedding of Michael and Louise – it was a fabulous and fun day and I felt beautiful as well which is a bonus.