Thursday, 5 November 2015

Clashing Time talks Quill London Calligraphy Classes

I recently went along to one of the Quill London on Tour calligraphy classes and I had the best time! The class was held at Novi on Regent Street in Cambridge and it couldn't have been a more perfect venue. Novi aims to provide you with a relaxed space to eat and drink over their three beautifully decorated floors. The room was laid out with black tissue paper and the beautiful packs filled with all the materials we were going to need (as seen in the image below). Imogen Owen was the teacher and she was such fun to be around. She welcomed everyone with such passion and enthusiasm for her class and made each and every person there feel like we were far more capable than we actually were. It was nice to be in a space with so many likeminded people all there to learn, chat and basically to have fun for a few hours. To see what I got up to, please watch my YouTube video at the bottom of this post. 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Clashing Time took some time off

As I am sure you have noticed, I have been a little bit MIA recently. I could come up with a load of reasons why that has happened, but unfortunately the only explanation for my absence is that I have I have recently taken the plunge and moved house to a gorgeous little two bedroom place with my boyfriend, I have been working my arse off at work in the hope of gaining some extra experience and responsibility, I have been working hard on keeping in touch with friends and family members...and all of this has caused me to de-prioritise my blog. The thing about it is that I don't feel in the slightest bit guilty about it. The last few months have been really amazing for me and I genuinely couldn't be happier. Blogging can take a lot out of you, even though some people may not realise it. The deadlines, the editing, the events, the competition - it is exhausting. So after some time off, I have decided to take my blog in the same direction as my life is going...onwards and upwards. Time to start posting regularly and caring about my blog like it is my baby. Most people won't realise that my name 'Clashing Time' was created years and years ago and was meant to explain how I can never manage my time effectively and everything just clashes together into a bit of a mess. I think my absence demonstrates that actually a little bit of a breather every so often isn't a bad thing as I have come back to my computer ready to get my head down and work hard. Have any of you taken time off to relax and take control of your life? I'd love to hear your tips for coming back to your blog! CTx

Monday, 26 October 2015

Clashing Time talks Borough Market

London is an incredible place with a wealth of activities all around you. Without a doubt, Borough Market has got to be up there in the top 10 things to do. It is a huge market under the railway lines with a fantastic selection of meat, fruit and vegetables, artisanal baked and dairy goods, and even some arts and crafts. It is the type of place where everywhere you turn there is a beautiful smell, a colourful display or a cheerful group of individuals enjoying the market. I went with my family for the first time a few months ago and was honestly blown away by the abundance of choice. We had already eaten at a nearby restaurant but still managed to leave with bags full of olives, fresh bread and even some naughty desserts for the journey home. It is such a vibrant spot in the city and has a great sense of community to it as all the traders have obviously known each other for a long time. I have always loved London and have been brought up fighting through the crowds, so to me there is nothing better than spending my day in a busy, loud and exciting market filled with locals and tourists. If you are looking for somewhere to go whilst day tripping in London, definitely go and check out Borough Market and make sure you let me know what you think!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Bloggers Festival | Clashing Time

Recently I went along to the Bloggers Festival organised by the lovely Scarlett London at The Conrad Hotel, St James. This was an event not to be missed as there was so much hype about it all over social media, and after going to one of Scarlett's blogging events previously, I knew it was going to be good. I met up with some of my lovely Camb Meet Up ladies and we ventured to the gorgeous hotel to see what Scarlett had planned for us! She had organised everything to such perfection and it was a real pleasure to be invited as it was evident that every single person there was in a great enthusiastic mood and ready to mingle. There were about 20 different brand tables, sweets and drinks, great places for photos, and even a huge social media board which allowed you to see what everyone was saying throughout the day. I spoke to every brand I possibly could and made some great new contacts whilst moving round the room. It really made me think about how much blogging has influenced my life in terms of my confidence and how fortunate I am to have had so many great experiences. I feel so much more confident when talking to new people now because I have gone to so many events and had to make the most of them. Scarlett comes across as if she is such a happy and confident person, and I think she is quite an inspiration to put on such incredible events for all of us. Thank you Scarlett for being so generous to put so much effort into the Bloggers Festival and for making every single person there feel like we are all part of one big family! CTx

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Clashing Time talks The Beige Coat

Even if everything else is going wrong when you wake up in the morning, it just takes one item of clothing or one beauty product to make you feel 'you' again. For me, that item is this beige coat. Believe it or not, this coat is not some 75-100 pound coat from Topshop or French Connection, but instead it is a 15 pound coat from a local market. I spotted another lady trying it on one bank holiday weekend and instantly fell in love with it. It has the ability to make you feel like you are shielded from the world simply by wrapping you up in cosy goodness. It is flattering to your figure with the tie waist, but also warm enough to actually be a practical coat as well. For most women, fashion and practicality are difficult to mix, and luckily for me, I get the best of both worlds! This is my go-to jacket for work, shopping, day trips...anything that comes my way, simply because I know that I will feel confident and attractive in it. Do you have an item that makes you feel on top of the world? Let me know in the comments below as I'd love to know! 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Clashing Time talks Pro Longwear MAC Concealer

As a sufferer of serious under eye dark circles I have tried so many concealers over the years, but I realised that I was struggling with finding something that helps. Ever since I started wearing makeup, concealer was always the most important product. Yes, mascara accentuates your eyes, and blusher brings colour to your face...but concealer is the product that helps with so many aspects of your look. I have bought cheap products, middle range products and even splashed out on the expensive stuff and I still struggled to get something that covers my dark circles. Whilst at Stansted Airport last year I walked over to the MAC counter to check out the beautiful lipstick range they had and got talking to the lovely beautician at the stand. The Pro Longwear MAC Concealer is £17.50 for 9ml, and although that might seem a lot for a small bottle of concealer, it does last a long time. You only need a little pump of the lightweight fluid to achieve full coverage on your skin and if you apply a few layers onto your dark circles and finish it off with some powder, then you will have a natural looking matte finish. Do you use any of the MAC concealers or do you have a favourite concealer that you would recommend? Let me know! 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Clashing Time talks Ripped Jeans

Trends seem to come and go. Some come back each year without surprise, but one trend just seems to have stuck around this year. At first I didn't think much of ripped jeans - I thought they were a trend that wasn't going to stick around for very long when people realised that they were essentially paying for a broken item of clothing - but how wrong was I?! Ripped jeans seem to have started last year and have surprisingly stayed! Maybe it is because of the rubbish English weather meaning that we are used to putting jeans on every day, rather than heading to our wardrobes for a skirt or shorts? Or maybe it is a trend that does seem to look good on anyone? Who knows. Either way, I have eaten my words and have accepted that they are awesome. In an attempt to reduce my costs, I decided to try and distress some jeans myself. All you need is a pair of jeans, some sandpaper and some scissors - what could be easier? To distress the jeans, lay them flat and start rubbing your marked areas with your sandpaper until the denim starts to really thin out and look worn. Keep doing it in all the areas you would like to create the effect and then brush them off to ensure there isn't sand everywhere. Tadaaa...this is the finished look! What do you think? Would you try to create a trend with a bit of DIY or would you rather buy it? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Clashing Time talks Alexander McQueen

After months of trying, we finally got tickets to the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A museum. The exhibition was on from the 14th March to the 2nd August and was fully booked from start to finish, meaning that they had to release 12,000 additional tickets for 24 hour sessions in the end of July and beginning of August. We were lucky enough to get tickets on the 26th July in an afternoon slot and we couldn't have been happier. Even though we were travelling from Cambridge for only a few hours in London, it was definitely well worth it. The exhibition itself, although a little bizarre at times, really demonstrated the incredible mind of Alexander McQueen. He had such an interest in exploring extremes and pushing the boundaries of normality. His clothes of course were not always wearable - until his collections with Givenchy - but they certainly had character. Each item, whether it was clothing, shoes or headwear, screamed passion and original design. The thing that really caught my attention was the incredible curation by Claire Wilcox as each room stood out more impressively than the last. As you will see by the image below, the most imaginative room displayed the vast majority of McQueen's most iconic items. I honestly sat down in the room for what must have been 30 minutes as I was caught in a daze of inspiration. Everywhere you looked there was something more interesting and the screens with videos of some of his catwalk shows really added to the dream-like world we were all in. Overall, it was a great exhibition and I really hope that as many people as possible were able to go see it and enjoyed it as much as I did. CTx
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Clashing Time talks Summer in the City

The weekend before last I went to Summer in the City with Kat from Laydey Katabella! She seems to be my buddy for going to events and as we both do YouTube, it made sense for us to go to a YouTube convention together. When we arrived we were full of excitement as the Excel London is absolutely huge - I did not know what to expect. We were greeted by some stewards and directed to collect our wristbands, which made it feel like an awesome festival! Once we were inside we decided to take a walk around in order to work out where everything was...then we were off! We watched some really interesting chats on mental health, honesty and confessions, small bloggers..etc, but my favourite talk was definitely about women and female bloggers. The panel consisted of Cherry WallisTheadora LeeDodie ClarkLaci GreenLucy MoonJana Damanhouri, and was chaired by Lex Croucher. I've got to say that I was a bit apprehensive about going to this talk as I was concerned that some of the opinions might be a little bit 'in your face', but I left feeling so empowered and positive. A combination of serious chatter and light hearted conversation meant that everyone was smiling and giggling the whole way through. Although the day itself was not really what I was expecting, I am glad that I went along as it really demonstrated the power of YouTubers and their videos, but also how much of an incredible community YouTube is to people of all ages.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Clashing Time talks Amazon Christmas

A few weeks ago I had a crazy day and went to two events on the same day, but they were both equally fantastic so I thought I would blog about them separately! Amazon's Christmas Press Day was held on Southampton Row in London, a really great event space and fantastic location. They have used this space previously and they definitely know how to use a space well! Upon walking in I was greeted by some lovely PR girls and then guided down the stairs to start taking a look. The thing I love about the Amazon press days is that it really demonstrates the variety of products that Amazon sell...everything from books, games and gadgets through to hairbrushes, massagers and nail varnishes! I often pop online to search through the never ending pages of products and I find the easy payment system a little bit dangerous as I always seem to buy far too much. To see what I got up to at the event, please take a look at my video below.
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