Vogue’s Fashion Night Out – VFNO2014

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I have never been to a fashion night out before and even when I thought about this one I was in two minds of whether I should go or not – that many people in all these tiny shops in London? Definitely not my idea of fun. But then I saw that Links of London in Brook Street were playing host to Miss Magpie Spy – an amazing fashion illustrator, who would be drawing people. I love fashion illustration and the idea of having me illustrated always makes me perk up and in this case, run and tube and run some more to a specific location.

The first place I headed was Links of London on Brook Street and as I was waiting for Miss Magpie Spy to set up I decided to take advantage of the no queue and get my hand massaged with Noble Isle’s Willow Song.

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There are a few things I would like to say about this massage:

  • Noble Isle’s Willow Song is amazing and I will be buying it;
  • The woman doing the massage was lovely;
  • If I were a dog my tail would have been wagging like crazy as I sat there let myself relax and be pampered.

Once this was done (and my hands felt amazing) my friend and I headed over to Miss Magpie Spy. As I have already said I LOVE fashion illustration and her work is stunning. As she drew me I chatted with her – watch this space people, something massive is heading your way courtesy of her – and loved the idea of being drawn by someone whose job it is to make everyone look elegant.

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Once this was done we headed back out. First stop Aspinal of London where I wanted to emboss a keyring but couldn’t because of the sheer number of people. This was a shame – I really want to do this last night because of the discount and I had really wanted it to still be running. But nevertheless I danced with a polar bear and a trumpet player so I managed to contain my sadness.

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After this my friend and I didn’t have a particular store in mind or a goal, so we wondered around the place, seeing waffles being handed out for free (at Ted Baker), cupcakes (at Thomas Sabo), popcorn (to my annoyance I can’t remember the store’s name) and DJ’s everywhere.

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I love loud thumping music that I can dance too and these DJs made the night for me. There was Bip Ling and H&M, Zoe London at Next (I love her, her hair, and her headphone), and Daisy Lowe at Uniqulo.

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There were photobooths all over the place in loads and loads of stores, free monogramming (tote bags at H&M, underwear at Intermissimi), and goody bags all over the place. Plus competitions which I of course entered and one I won! Because of this I now love Next.

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The whole evening was loads of fun and my friend and I barely scratched the surface of what was going on. Next year I am going to have a plan of action because everyone we encountered seemed to be taking this event a lot seriously than we were. Then again, there was something very fun about just wondering around popping into stores and having a good time.

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