Yesterday, I went to BINTM Live. I didn't go to last year's exhibition so this was a pretty new experience for me. It was a pretty tiring day (as those of you who follow me on Twitter will have guessed!) so, now that I've had a chance to rest and review, here's a run down of my ten favourite things from the day:
I absolutely adore this girl. She's so beautiful in such a unique and versatile way. And, what's more, she was smilely and bubbly for press photocalls and on the catwalk as well. An absolute star!
I adore this outfit and, if I had better legs(!), would wear it in a heartbeat. The shorts are cute and casual but the vest top adds a bit of glitz, making this a great outfit for a weekend away.
3) Talks with Grace Woodward
She's previously been crowned Stylist of the Year and working in the industry as I type so how could you pass up on the chance to hear what she has to say? Whilst I was there, I saw Grace do two talks with fellow BINTM judge Charley Speed on the KISS Open catwalk and one on her own in the Style Icon area and every time she was informative, frank and honest about how the industry worked.
4) Joey Bevan's Land of the Lost Toys collection
I'm not even sure I need many words to describe how awesome this Tim-Burton-And-Lady-Gaga infused collection is if I give you a picture instead:
Not a brand I'd heard of before (or, if I have heard of it, I've clearly forgotten - sorry!) but was really glad I stopped by the stand. The boxes of cosmetics are fantastic and contain step by step instructions for creating a look. So idiot proof I'm guessing even I could get it right!
I "retired" from playing chess a long time ago but it still speaks to my inner geek. This set on the catwalk was creative and kitsch and definitely made me smile.
I love ExCeL as an exhibition centre but, as home is much closer to Earl's Court, it's a long trek across London to get home. So it was fantastic to be able to pick up a hefty chunk of reading material and some nice goodies and still have change from a fiver.
8) The umbrella dance by Pineapple Dance Studios
I have a confession to make - I often switch off for dance performances. Maybe it's the 10+ years I spent doing dance lessons as part of performance arts training before realising I was much more cut out for being part of crew instead of cast anyway but whatever...however, this really made me sit up and pay attention. Set quite appropriately to Rihanna's "Umbrella", the Pineapple Dance Studio students showed us just how singing and dancing in the rain was supposed to be done.
9) Lotty Dotty t-shirts
These are the cutest thing I have seen in quite a while. Lotty Dotty has designed t-shirts with little dolls on the front with - and here's the fun part - removable dresses. For £40 at the show, you get one t-shirt and two dresses to dress the doll up in. How cool is that?!? You can visit their website at http://lottydotty.com/
10) Meeting some lovely people
Sometimes exhibitions can feel a bit lonely - you're surrounded by people and yet so busy trying to take it all in that you don't really talk to anybody. I have to say BINTM Live had some lovely people who were fun to chat to in between shows so, if you're reading this, thank you for making my day!
BINTM Live runs until 30 October at the ExCeL centre in East London. At time of writing, tickets are available for purchase on the door. For more information, visit www.bintmlive.com