My biggest and most important resolution this year is to stop letting my anxiety get in the way of doing things I really want to do. Last year my anxiety got the better of me on multiple occasions and I had to decline invitations to some really exciting events which was upsetting.
However when I received the email inviting me to Evans HQ in London to spend the day browsing the SS13 collection something in me snapped in a very good way! I really really wanted to go; it was such a good opportunity and for the first time in a long time I felt able to do it.
So, last Thursday I hopped onto a train to London completely on my own! I met up with Becky from MrsBeBe blog at the other end who only helped me feel calmer. We thought we had ages but thankfully she is as good at talking as I am (:D) so once we’d had a bit of lunch and wandered round Primark it was time to head over to the Arcadia HQ.
Something that really stood out was how incredibly warm and friendly the Evans lot are. They made me feel so welcome and seemed genuinely excited about the afternoon ahead. And rightly so because it was brilliant! We were pampered with free flowing bubbly that was topped up before I even noticed it was empty most of the time (thanks Tom!), delicious canapes, the opportunity to have our hair and make-up tweaked, a professional photographer on hand and most importantly, the upcoming SS13 collection.
I was talked through the collections by the lovely Carina. I got to have a nose at the new pieces from Collection, Alex Monroe, Live Unlimited and Scarlett & Jo, all of which will be available from February onwards. I’ll be honest and say I’m really fussy with clothes. I like what I like and unfortunately it’s usually quite difficult to find on the high street but there were a few key pieces within all the collections that I loved as well as a few that made me want to try something a little different.
There was one dress though that definitely took the limelight for most people and it was this beauty from Scarlett & Jo.
|Callie, Bethany and Georgina|
As soon as I saw it on the rail I desperately wanted to try it on but it’s so very far apart from anything I own. It took around 5 glasses of wine before I would try it on and as soon as I had it on, I really, really didn’t want to take it off!
|Caroline and I in our Dolores dresses!|
A few photos…
|Wendy, Becky, Rivkie and Danielle.|
|Becky and myself.|
|The gorgeous Callie and myself.|
|Having my make-up re-touched.|