Saturday, 11 June 2016

My birthday

Another year older, another year wiser... so they say!

Last Saturday (June 4) was my birthday and I spent the weekend celebrating with friends and family, and having a fabulous time.

My mum, sister and best friend travelled to Nottingham for the day, and then us girls headed out in the evening to party hard before catching a train back the following morning feeling slightly worse for wear.

I spent a few days chilling back in Northampton, enjoying the sunny weather, eating lots of yummy food and catching up with my dad which was lovely.

Now it's back to reality and the depressing realisation that I'm a whole year older (boo hoo!) but I'm aiming to make the most of the next 12 months and instead celebrate the fact I've lived for another year!

Holly xx

Beautiful cards, gifts and birthday cookie!

Ready to party

Girls <3 i="">

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Hello June

Guess who's back...

After living like a hermit for the past few weeks while completing a huge heap of uni assessments, I can confirm I am finally free! 

I honestly don't know where the last 8 months have gone. 
It seems like just yesterday I was experiencing my first taste of student life, and now I'm about to go into my third year! Madness.

But before then I have summer to look forward to - and despite the fact a lot of it will be spent working - I'm determined to make the most of it before the scary prospect of returning for my final year. Eek.

June is set to be an exciting month... with my birthday right at the start, followed by a trip home, and then back again for a work placement... It's gonna be a busy one! :-)

But for now, here's a lil' snapshot of the last month... 

Holly xx

A flashback to wish my best friend a happy birthday! 

So true

 Starting the day the right way

 Flower making at the castle

 Wishing my baby Ralph a happy first birthday

FAVOURITE shower gel

Pretty pink lips for summer

Dining Italian style with seafood risotto 

For more pics follow me on Instagram @misshollyamber

Friday, 6 May 2016

Nottingham Fashion Week 2016 #NottmFW

Following in the footsteps of London, Paris, New York and Milan, for the first time ever Nottingham held its very own week dedicated to all things fashion.

The exclusive week took place from Friday 22 - Saturday 30 April, and presented the top spring/summer trends from over 50 of the city’s leading fashion retailers.

The schedule included a variety of creative exhibitions, demonstrations and Style Show Live catwalk shows hosted by Nottingham-born BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine.

The shows took place in the sophisticated setting of The Nottingham Conference Centre's Old Museum Building and presented six key trends which feature current pieces from a selection of the city's big-name, independent and emerging designer brands.

The six trends included botanicals, nauticaluxe, think pink , monochrome, dreamweaver and colour clash.

Speaking before the event, head stylist and former Britain’s Top Designer judge, Lola Royle, said: “This is my third year working with Nottingham on its fashion event and already it’s been the best so far.

"Nottingham is such a style-savvy city and has a lovely atmosphere.

"It has a great selection of vintage stores like Cow, Braderie and Sue Ryder, but also high-street chains like Topshop and River Island.

"I've enjoyed working with such an incredible team and I'll be sad when it all comes to an end."

Swapping her usual seat on the FROW for the centre-stage was TV presenter and celebrity DJ Alice Levine.

She said: "Nottingham is such a fashion-forward city and has so many fierce independent brands.

"There are over 50 retailers taking part in the show so I'm excited to see all of them here together in one place.

"We're hoping to give people inspiration so they can see what they like here and then go out and shop the look."

Taking place on the same day were a series of style presentations held in the chic location of the Nottingham Contemporary gallery.

The shows included dressing for your body shape, buying and styling vintage and the hotly anticipated Independent Designers Show.

A selection of the city's independent designers including Ursa Minor Apparel, Salt & Co, &Blanc Fashion, Ullr & Skade and Sazarah took to the stage to show off their finest spring/summer 16 pieces.

Sarah-Louise Woodward, an independent womenswear designer and winner of Midlands Emerging Designer 2015, was the first to present her current collection after launching her own label earlier this year.

She said: "Launching my own label has been something I've wanted to do since I first started studying fashion.

"My designs are inspired by minimalism, femininity and glamour, and are made to make women feel confident."

After spending a year interning in London with prominent industry names such as House of CB and graduating from Derby University with a first-class degree, the Nottingham-based designer has set up her own showroom in the city.

She said: "After working in London the creation of my collection naturally progressed.

"The Sarah Louise label is made up of good-quality, classic pieces that are designed to be worn over and over again.

"I believe in creating investment pieces as opposed to fast-fashion so all of my dresses are made to order and use high-quality fabrics with a great attention to detail."

The 25-year-old designer, who is currently working on her second collection, credits Victoria Beckham as her fashion inspiration.

She said: "I like Victoria Beckham because of her designer status and the fact that she creates classic, clean-cut pieces which is what I like designing too.

"I also love old catwalk collections such as 1990s Versace which I feel are still inspiring the spring/summer trends you see today.

"My second collection will be made up of predominantly dresses as I believe in staying consistent and doing one thing, but doing it really, really well."

Sarah will be appearing at the Midlands Fashion Awards in October with her new collection which will be available later this summer.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Hello May

And just like that we're into the fifth month of the year!

Although judging by the weather you'd be forgiven for thinking we are still in the midst of Winter. Warm coat, check. Heating on, check.

Despite the month zooming by it's been a busy one.

With Nottingham Fashion Week, a few nights out and one or two spontaneous purchases, my bank balance is looking a little sorry. Oops.

Uni is now back in full swing post-Easter and with it have come a ton of deadlines that need to be hit before the start of June.

It's safe to say I'm going to become a hermit for the next few weeks or so until everything I need to do is done :-(

Don't miss me too much guys, I'll be back with you soon!

Have a great month.

Holly xx

Here's a few pics from the last month...

Wise words

Pretty flowers

Don't mind if I do...

May issues

Hot chocolate & marshmallows... Mmm

Bubble bath mani


Sweet potato & kale curry

Workout time

Monday mood zZz

Throwback with the girls

Check out these pretty spring pieces here 


A few favourites

Who said fashion people don't eat?

Nottingham Fashion Week 2016
Post coming SOON!!

Amazing colours on the @ Style Show Live

For more pics follow me on Instagram @misshollyamber

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Spring wardrobe detox


It’s that time of year when the days get lighter, the temperature warmer and floral/nude shades make an appearance on the high-street once again.

Now is the perfect time to declutter, spring clean and start the new season fresh – and where better place to start than with your wardrobe?

Here’s some tips on what to do with those winter woolly jumpers and thick tights, and a few fresh spring styles to replace them with.

1. Declutter

-First up you need to make space. Set aside a few hours to go through your wardrobe and remove any clothes which won't be required in warmer weather, e.g: thick jumpers, big coats, thermals, etc, etc...

2. Storage vs donate

-Now the tricky part: to keep or not to keep? Is the item an investment piece/timeless classic/still wearable next winter? If the answer is no then get rid! The aim is to declutter so anything that no longer serves you should be donated to charity or gifted to a lucky friend.


3. Replace

-Let the fun begin! Hopefully you've cleared plenty of space in your closet so now you can rediscover last season's stored favourites and of course... hit the high-street for a few new things to reward your hard work.

Spring wardrobe

Spring/Summer 16 is all about nautical, nineties and new romantic with a touch of pretty spring florals for good measure. Here's some of this season's key pieces that guarantee to set your summer/spring style on fire... 






New romantic