A round up of our favourite Skool trips for December!
My fellow Skool Girl’s and I headed down to the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 29 November where we experienced a day surrounded by food fanatics, trying the latest tasty treats and of course stuffing our greedy-guts with plenty of samples!
My guilty pleasure of the day had to be the colourful macaroons. I had never tried them before, but people always tell me how amazing they are. Verdict? They really are. This fancy stand had lots of different flavours including banana, strawberry, vanilla and even bubblegum!
These cute cups by Juicy Lucy were definitely love at first sight for Team SG! They also feature humorous slogans like ‘Let the biscuit in’ adding the fun factor to drinking a good ol’ hot choc with the girls!
Another favourite were these sauces – Sorrel cordial and Sorrel marmalade by The Baking Housewife. Being of Jamaican heritage I love Sorrel, and these products were doing the DAME THANG! This delicious marmalade has a smooth texture, sweet taste and can be used to glaze everything from bread to chicken.
By far Heather’s Harvest had the best product presentation of the day with homemade jams in a variety of flavours from Apple and Ginger to Seedless Summer Berries.
The Colgate hub invited us to test out their new Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste – we only tried it for the free ice-cream but it actually really works, you should try it.
We sampled everything: shortbread, brioche, paella, Teriyaki chicken you name it! And by the time we got back to the press room there was still room for a spot of Praana Herbal Tea with a lovely Victoria sponge.
But unlike most of the crowd, we weren’t searching for a bargain and we couldn’t have cared less about being scouted by modelling agencies. We were on the hunt for fashion inspiration, cool trendsetters and of course in anticipation to see the main attraction – The Alcatel One Touch runway show.
Jetta set the show off in true artistic style with incredible vocals. Then out came the models looking fierce in their garments by emerging designers and household names such as Giles.
The Mens wear by Ema Ranger left me speechless! I loved her fabric choice, the colour palette and thought it was a great take on street wear.
This stunning collection by Alice Vandy was genius from the fit on the cat suits to the prints making it fun and youthful.
As for the show’s featured performances…stunning! The dancers were full of life as they graced the stage with a variety of styles from contemporary to lyrical.
The highlight of the day was definitely meeting Zandra Rhodes DBE RDI and Hilary Alexander MBE. FYI, if you don’t know about these fashion legends, then you’re NOTa serious fashionista, jus sayin. I was totally star struck and Tee Cee practically forced me to speak to them, which was very much necessary. When can I guarantee meeting the likes of Zandra and Hilary again? Plus they gave us some great tips.
Amongst tonnes of stalls we managed to spot the ASOS graduate market place, where we met Molly Trubody. We loved her Harajuku inspired collection – full of all things bright, colourful and furry. No doubt this brand will be making it’s mark in the UK fashion market very soon.
There were LOTS and LOTS of beauty brands, fashion stalls, competitions, catwalk shows and celebrities to keep us occupied throughout the day – but we managed to resist the temptation to buy anything…Well Jade being a nail fanatic brought a Barry M kit originally worth £60 for just a tenner…BARGAIN!
As for me, I snapped as many fashionista’s for Skool Style! Tee Cee did what she does best – NETWORKING. Look out for some great interviews coming to a Designer Spotlight near you.
It was a great day and I loved hanging out with my girlies! There’s so much more I could say but it’s probably better if you just watch the Skool Trip video, trust me it’s a lot more exciting than reading about it…