Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition Manchester

This weekend I was very excited to attend the Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition in Manchester.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m not sure it turned out to be what I expected either.  We could only make the Saturday so jumped in the car yesterday morning and headed to Event City.

I wore a black lace dress from H&M, a fur scarf from Topshop, and black Chelsea boots from Office.

When we arrived, we did a quick loop of the stalls then the first show was announced.  The first show was a burlesque and aerial hoop, the girls were great, I was especially impressed by their strength, that aerial hoop looks very hard work!!

There were lots of stalls; everything from jewellery to hair extensions.  I had expected lots of lifestyle/homeware stalls, but unfortunately there was only one stall selling lights.  I had also thought there would be lots of food stalls for the foodie in me, but there was just one stall selling cakes and a coffee shop.

I came across some fabulous jewellery, all handmade and the designers were there themselves.  I fell in love with the necklaces made from watch faces by Nina Maritza, it’s not pay day for me for a couple of weeks, but I will definitely be checking out her Etsy store and you should too!  Her pieces range from £30 to £60.

Another lovely jewellery stand was Wolf & Moon, I’m a magpie for anything blue and there were plenty on show, their pieces ranged from £6 to £90.

 There were some beautiful gowns on show, also handmade and made to order, if I had a special event coming up, I know I’d be looking at these, they were beautiful.

How fabulous do these two ladies look?

The only beauty stall I came across was ‘Glitzy Lips’.

We made our way to the alternative/burlesque fashion area, and came across some beautiful handmade shoes, they were like fairytale shoes, I couldn’t resist trying them on when the lovely designer said I could.  We also came to a jewellery stand, I wasn’t quite sure what they were; turns out they were nipple jewellery…interesting!

We then took our seats for the fashion show, I spotted the lovely Leanne from The Dress Diaries and we had a good chat.  The show began, which was a colourful array of t-shirts for men and women, followed by embellished denim (very 90s), and finale of latex.  The fashion on show wasn’t really my style, but the men’s t-shirt designs were really cool.

If I’m honest, I felt a little let-down by the exhibition, there weren’t nearly as many exhibitors or even attendees as I’d expected.

Did any of you head to the exhibition?

What events are you looking forward to over the next few months?

Lauren xx


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