AW 14 Winter Running Jackets

18 Nov

It definitely feels like winter now! November has brought a chill with it, but for those of us who have winter and spring races to complete, training still has to go on.

Personally, I’ve never had a good experience with running jackets. I get very hot very easily and would rather opt for a long running top, gloves and a fleecy headband, but it’s personal preference. Sometimes I see people so layered up when the sun is out, but everybody reacts differently in this weather. I do have a running jacket, but only wear it in the early mornings, when I’m doing a short run and it won’t bother me.

The other problem I have with jackets, apart from overheating, is that once I want to take it off, I hate tying it around me, especially when my phone or key is in the pocket. It really distracts me. But there are some great jackets out there that do away with all that, so I decided to put a few of them together.

Despite what I’ve said, there are many positives to running jackets. They can protect you against the elements, can be great to wear at the start of a race when you’re lining up in the cold and give you added visibility. As someone who doesn’t like to have one flapping around their waist, I really love this Sweaty Betty Ultra Run Jacket.

City Lights Ultra Run Jacket Sweaty Betty

Ultra run Jacket, £95, Sweaty Betty

I love the city lights print for AW14 across their running gear (especially on these splits run capris), with this jacket being the right amount of colourful and bright for winter. It has a back pocket for storing keys etc. But the best thing about it is that when you want to take it off, it folds down into a bumbag!

City Lights Ultra Run Jacket Sweaty Betty Bumbag

City Lights Ultra Run Jacket Sweaty Betty

It’s great to take out with you to put on later during a run if you find that you’re still cold, or to put away at the start line of a race. Definitely the kind of jacket I like!

If visibility is your main concern, and you have a big budget, then Nike’s Shield Flash Max running jacket might be for you. It also comes in a bold and bright blue, but at £350 it’s not the cheapest you will find in stores!

Nike Shield Flash Max Running Jacket Nike

Nike Shield Flash Max Running Jacket, £350, Nike

However the jacket does feature a reflective polka-dot design on the entire jacket, so you will definitely not be missed during the dark evenings!

Finally, for people like me that manage to warm up a little too well and need to shed some layers to stay cool, jackets which have detachable arms are ideal.

ASICS have a super bright jacket that is convertible, depending on the weather. It has detachable sleeves, and features motion protect technology to keep you warm and dry.

Convertible Running Jacket ASICS

Convertible Running Jacket, £75, ASICS

This Gore-Zip off running jacket is also ideal.

Gore Zip Off Running Jacket

Gore Zip Off Jacket, £149.99, Runner’s Need

The jacket comes in an array of colours, and features detachable arms that you simply zip-off as the name suggests and pop into the pockets. This would be ideal if you need to cool down, but also want to maintain protection against the weather, as your chest and back remain covered. There’s also a zip-off hood, although in my experience, hoods do not stay on your head whilst running! But it’s always handy for when you are jogging to the start of your run, or even once you’ve finished and need to keep warm.

Gore is a great running brand, and this jacket is now only £104.99 in the Gore sale at Runner’s Need, so if you want it you should snap it up now!

Whilst these jackets might seem pricey, for around £100 you know you are getting a good quality jacket that will provide you with good weather protection whilst being sweat-wicking and increasing your visibility, vital for cold winter road runs. Some things, like jackets and shoes, are always on the more expensive end of the scale, but it’s worth checking out your local running store and sites like Wiggle, which will have jackets in your budget.

For any male readers, the Gore, ASICS and Nike jackets are also available in the men’s sections!

So even though I usually opt for less layers, I’m very tempted to buy a versatile jacket to see me through autumn and winter.

What do you wear on winter training runs?

Bhavna

Discovering RMK (we know)

28 Oct

One thing I have learnt from venturing into the beauty world is that there are so many cosmetics and skincare brands out there. I don’t know about you, but it can leave a girl hella confused.

As mentioned before on WardrobeMag, I was introduced to another brand that I hadn’t heard of before: RMK.

RMK is a Japanese cosmetics and skincare brand which is available at Selfridges, Birmingham as well as online and worldwide. I had heard rave reviews about one of their products- the RMK Cleansing Balm- and when I was asked to come in for a little trial of the new range, I was like why not?

RMK Birmingham

After a hard day at work, I popped into Selfridges and found the RMK counter next to Urban Decay. It’s crazy to think I have never really noticed it before. The lovely Shanara sat me down and explained she would be creating a fresh look for me. I normally go for something dramatic, like a smokey eye or dark lips but was intrigued to see what a fresh natural look would do…

RMK Power of Love

My look would be created by using the new Power of Love A/W 2014 collection as well as some classics. First of all, the famous Cleansing Balm that I had heard a lot about came out to take my makeup off. It’s frickin’ amazing. It’s like my new favourite product. I was kindly given a sample which is still going strong. I am definitely going to invest and have been raving about it to my friends and family. It’s a rose scented balm that removes even waterproof eye makeup and a little goes a long way- worth an investment.

RMK Cleansing Balm- a beauty must have!

RMK Cleansing Balm- a beauty must have!

With my skin prepped, Shanara got cracking using the new range. One thing that I have had a problem with are my eyelashes. I naturally have long and thick eyelashes- which isn’t a bad thing but I can never find the right mascara to make them look wowsers. Shanara is probably the first MUA to get my lashes looking like this. SERIOUSLY. We could have ended the makeover there and then because I was just like wow. All it took was some nifty curling action with the curlers and then letting the RMK Seperate Curl Mascara do its thing.

Look at the difference!

Look at the difference!

Shanara then used the new limited edition Matte Shiny Eye pencil from the new range in the brown shade. The pencil has a matte crayon on one side then a glitter powder on the other side to give it some sparkle. I think it’s good for everyday use as you can sweep the powder on if you’re going out. The rest of my look made using the new creamy foundation, Matte shiny cheeks blusher, Shiny sheer gloss and Powder eyebrow kit.

RMK Selfridges Birmingham

RMK Birmingham

I really liked my look- something different! I have since tried to replicate it and it’s really easy to do. The Power of Love collection is worth checking out especially if you’re a fan of the fresh look for a party alternative. I want to thank the lovely staff at RMK Birmingham for looking after me so well and especially Shanara for showing me how to get my lashes looking lush!

Have you ever tried RMK products before? 

Images taken by WardrobeMag

Sunny

AW14 with Intu Merry Hill

17 Oct

I’m trying to avoid visiting shopping centres at the moment but it’s proving tricky! Why am I trying to avoid them? Because I can guarantee you I will find something that I want to buy in every shop as I absolutely adore this season. It’s just not great on the ol’ bank balance.

Last weekend however, it was the Intu Merry Hill Autumn Winter Fashion weekend. If you’ve been following the blog for a long time, you’ll now that we love these weekends. Not only do you get to see the new trends available to purchase but you get a booklet full of discounts- and you can’t ignore a discount right?

With my discount booklet

With my discount booklet

Not only has the name changed but the fashion shows too. They were spread out rather than in the central position like the last few occasions. Sadly, I never got to witness any as I arrived after 5pm. But from what I saw inside the stores, I am sure they would have been on point.

Intu Merry Hill

 

I had a little wonder and managed to snap some of the trends that I think will be worth investing in:

Leopard Print- this trend drives me WILD every season. This print is a definite wardrobe staple as it more or less never goes out of fashion. If Leopard print scares you, then opt for accessories or shoes for a hint of wildness.

River Island

River Island

Tartan- Och aye! Another print that is a worthy investment. Prepare for the chill with some tartan print. I am loving the range of coloured scarves and the Burberry-esque wraps. This New Look one is on my Wardrobe Wishlist.

Primark

Primark

Simply Be / Jacamo

Simply Be / Jacamo

New Look

New Look

Orange- The high street is awash with this shade and as someone who is always back in black, even I love his colour. If orange ain’t your thang then invest in other bold colours such as red, green or cobalt blue.

Oasis

Oasis

Sixties Swing- It’s all about the old school this season. First up is the sixties trend; from peter pan colours to mini skirts. I can’t wait to channel this trend with some heavy eyeliner and a bouffant Bardot would be proud of!

Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer

New Look

New Look

That 70′s Show- One of my favourite shows and a trend that I have grown to love. From paisley prints to faux fur, this is a glam trend which is perfect for the upcoming party season. A perfect way to update any outfit is a floppy hat. I fell in love with this one from Topshop but couldn’t justify the £28 price tag boo!

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Wearing a Topshop hat (£28)

Wearing a Topshop hat (£28)

Lace- Another trend that has become a wardrobe staple. I think a hint of lace is great to jazz up any outfit especially when it comes to going out. The guys at Intu Merry Hill had kindly gifted me a £30 gift card which I decided to spend on this lace skirt from River Island (£35). The thing I loved about this skirt is that it’s quite different and smart. I don’t have a midi length skirt but though it would keep me slightly warmer! It will also go well with the other trends such as tartan. I’m looking forward to wearing it for a party I have coming. Now I just need to decide on a top…

River Island

River Island

Which of these trends would you invest in? 

Images taken by WardrobeMag

Sunny

Selfridges Birmingham- New Menswear Launch

2 Oct

We just can’t get enough of Selfridges here at Wardrobe Mag. The iconic store is one of the Bullring’s most popular destinations and you can see why. For clothing and accessories, you’re likely to find whatever it is you want- and not necessarily breaking the bank. Selfridges wardrobemag Recently, Selfridges has had a bit of a revamp. We’ve spoken about the new beauty floor but the Menswear department has also had a facelift. Unlike before, you can find all you need on one floor (Level 2) from clothing to accessories- it’s definitely bigger and better. Around the floor, you can find over 100 different labels such as Burberry, Belstaff, Michael Kors, Reiss, Paul Smith, Billionaire Boys Club, Tiger of Sweden, DSquared and Valentino. You can also find high street brands such as Topman and Primark. I know a lot of people are surprised to hear Primark but just like the women’s floor, the Primark concession consists of on-trend pieces. If you can’t stand going into a Primark store (it’s like a constant Next sale!) do check out the Selfridges concession. Selfridges Wardrobemag On Wednesday 1st October, I was invited along to the see new Menswear destination launch in association with British GQ. Shoppers were invited to meet GQ Editor Georgina Waltier and the Selfridges Menswear Buying Team for exclusive tips. They could also enjoy exclusive discounts and offers, the complimentary Haig Club Whiskey Pop-Up bar, a game of Ping Pong… oh and music from MTV’s Laura Whitmore. Selfridges Birmingham GQ wardrobemag

Photo credit: Dale Martin

Photo credit: Dale Martin

I was looking forward to meeting Laura- she is definitely deserving of her ‘Wardrobe Style Icon’ status. She is beautiful and stylish in the flesh too! Her outfit on the night was a Victoria Beckham polka dot jumper dress and vintage hat. Laura was DJ-ing throughout the night and she was playing some absolute tunes; The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones etc. Here’s how you can get her look for less:

Blue Vanilla Black Polka Dot Contrast Collar Dress @ New Look £26.00

Blue Vanilla Black Polka Dot Contrast Collar Dress @ New Look £26.00

Burgundy felt Bowler Hat @ Dorothy Perkins £14.00

Burgundy felt Bowler Hat @ Dorothy Perkins £14.00

Priya from Kaprii Jewels was my plus one for the night and we both were impressed with the new Menswear floor.

Sunny & Priya with Laura Whitmore (Photo credit: Dale Martin)

Sunny & Priya with Laura Whitmore (Photo credit: Dale Martin)

If you get a chance, do check out the new Menswear destination on Level 2. Perfect just in time for Christmas…

Have you visited the new Menswear floor in Selfridges Birmingham yet? 

Images taken by WardrobeMag unless stated

Sunny

Wardrobe Wishlist: Everything from Missguided

1 Oct

Yep, literally everything.

Confession: I’ve never actually bought anything from Missguided. Not because I don’t want anything from there but because i’m too slow. In fact, the jumpsuit I really really wanted was sold out in what seemed like seconds (okay slight exaggeration) and I wanted it so much I ended up paying a lot more for it on Ebay- ffs.

So this time, I’m going to act fast…wait let me just check by bank balance again.

Check out some of the items on my Wardrobe Wishlist below:

Coco Faux Leather Shearling Jacket @ Missguided £49.99

Coco Faux Leather Shearling Jacket @ Missguided £49.99

Missguided

Mamie Boyfriend Red Tartan Shirt @ Missguided £22.99

Shantae Black Snakeskin Print Pumps @ Missguided £16.99

Shantae Black Snakeskin Print Pumps @ Missguided £16.99

Ailish Floral Asymmetric Dress Multi @ Missguided £24.99

Ailish Floral Asymmetric Dress Multi @ Missguided £24.99

Paulee Snake Print Ankle Boots @ Missguided £34.99

Paulee Snake Print Ankle Boots @ Missguided £34.99

Alexa Belted Cap Sleeved Jumpsuit in Wine @ Missguided £24.99

Alexa Belted Cap Sleeved Jumpsuit in Wine @ Missguided £24.99

Do you shop on Missguided?

Sunny

#AFF: Bullring Autumn Fashion Fix

30 Sep

Forget Spring/Summer, it’s all about Autumn/Winter.

It’s sods law that the sun is still shining but the autumn stock is slowly pouring in. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to swap my t-shirts for cosy knits!

My autumn wardrobe wishlist is already quite long but after going to the Bullring Autumn Fashion Fix this weekend, it’s now longer.

I went along on Saturday for the final show of the day. The four catwalk shows were hosted by TOWIE stars Sam & Billie Faiers in the Bullring. I loved the outfit that Sam was wearing which was from Oasis (as was Billie’s).

Bille and Sam Faiers

The catwalk show consisted of five key trends of the season; folk, faux fur, red, pastels and metallics. Models were styled in outfits from Bullring stores such as Topshop, Karen Millen, River Island, Oasis, Topman, Selfridges, Miss Selfridge etc. Hair and make-up was provided by our faves Umberto Giannini and Urban Decay.

I loved all the looks from the night but I think ‘metallics’ was my favourite. I can’t wait for the party season…

Here are some photos from the runway show:

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Which of the five trends are you a fan of?

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Sunny

The Debenhams Beauty Gala

30 Sep

Last week, I went along to Debenhams in the Bullring for their Beauty Gala event. The evening which was open to the public allowed shoppers to take part in beauty workshops from brands such as Bare Minerals, Urban Decay and Elemis as well as exclusive on the night discounts and samples.

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It was great to see women of all ages at the event who like me are always learning new tricks and tips. After some complimentary drinks and nibbles, I took my seat for the first beauty workshop which was from brand Fashion Fair. This was the first time I had come across this brand and i’m not sure why! Apparently they have been in the Bullring Debenhams since it opened but I have never really noticed them before which I sort of felt embarrassed admitting. They are based right next to the YSL counter which I have visited several times before…

Anyway, after my confession I was keen to find out more so when I was asked to be their model for the evening I thought ‘why not?’

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I was asked about my skincare by my lovely MUA David whilst he prepped my skin. I was little shy getting up on that stage but I was put at ease by the audience. Fashion Fair makeup is particularly ideal for dark and brown skin. It can be an absolute pain trying to find foundations and makeup products that actually match or go with your skin-tone. As David went through the makeup routine, giving tips, the audience and myself (no surprises there) were allowed to ask questions. The products David used were mainly from their new collection. Now, I have to admit that when David said he was going to add some blue eyeshadow to my lids I was like eek. I could see some of the ladies in the audience thinking the same. But once David did it, I could see their faces looking impressed and when I got to see what he had done I was so impressed too. I loved the blue!! I forgot to ask what the colour was though boo but I might go back and ask soon! I’d definitely recreate that look for a night out.

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These close ups have to stop!

These close ups have to stop!

The rest of the evening was an eye opener too. I sat through a Benefit workshop where they told the audience of the new products such as “They’re Real” mascara and eye-liner and gift sets available. Sian from Tea-An- Toast Blog was their model and her makeup looked quite good. I have the mascara but have to admit I wasn’t too keen on the eye-liner. I have recently started getting my brows done at the Bullring Benefit Brow Bar so I was already a convert but enjoyed the brow workshop as modelled by the lovely Chloe from The Gastronomic Gorman blog.

WardrobeMag

WardrobeMag

It was a fun evening, catching up with the other bloggers and chatting to the different concessions. I also managed to squeeze in an Elemis facial as captured by Emma from the blog FashionMommy! If that wasn’t enough, we were all given an epic goody bag from Debenhams! Me & my mum have had a lot of fun going through it haha.

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These kind of evenings are great for shoppers to find out more about their favourite brands and to discover new brands. I do hope Debenhams do these beauty gala’s regularly as it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves- me included!

Do you shop regularly at the Debenhams Beauty hall? Let us know your favourite brands! 

Images taken by WardrobeMag

Sunny 

 

 

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