Thursday, 28 February 2013
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
So London Fashion Week draws to a close once again and editors, buyers and
bloggers pack their matching luggage and hop on over to Milan... I hope you've
enjoyed my 'real-time' LFW adventures via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram?
There'll be highlights coming up over the next few days and be sure to check out
all my reviews for OliviaPalermo.com, including Daks, Emilia Wickstead,
Temperley London, Topshop Unique and Matthew Williamson.
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Calling all brides, past, present & future!
On the hunt for the perfect finishing touches for your big day - these photos
got your creative juices flowing? Or, just got married and not sure what to
do with your shed load of bits and bobs? The Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale
is here to save your wedding woes!
Saturday, 22 December 2012
I'm a pretty festive kind of person - any excuse to lay on a spread, curate a drinks tray
and don a bit of sparkle! Its been a while since I shared some recent goings on and photos
and what better time than around Christmas?
So let me take this chance to say a very Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you have
an extraordinary New Year! Thank you once again for staying tuned - I appreciate it and
value each and every one of you!
2012 has been a great year, but for reasons that will become clear, I really can't wait for
2013! Just lately though I've been occupying myself with some of the following...
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Last month I spent a thoroughly lovely afternoon at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa in the
New Forest with the lovely team from Exquisite Bridal Couture and British bridal designer
Friday, 23 November 2012
I've been feeling high-time that I owe you a little update on what's going on in
and around this here blog. In lieu of my 'about' page being slightly out of date also,
there's a few things that I've been dying to tell you about, yet as we seem to be in a
continuous cycle of being 'too busy' just haven't knuckled down and got to it.
I'm in fear of this sounding slightly like an end of the year round-up, but given the
amount I seemingly post these days, I might as well carry on! My sporadic, surface
skimming posts over the last few months are a result of some exciting things
happening offline - doesn't it seem ironic that I haven't managed to share half of it,
despite this blog originating as an opportunity to do just that...? Anyway, I consider
myself extremely lucky to have you sticking around and I hope you'll join me as my
Around six month ago I switched jobs, departing the world of trend forecasting and
fashion editorials to take on a type of challenge that has seemingly become a bit of a
trend in the creative industries. As retailers across the globe turn to editors to
strengthen their digital channels, my personal journey takes me in to the realms of
interiors and home improvement. Interiors has always been a passion (I even have a
City &Guilds design qualification on the subject don't cha know), and combining
this with my editorial background and digital specialisms for an international retailer
has certainly been keeping me occupied!
The latter part of this year also saw a great university in the South approach me to
teach third year students in a Buying, Trend Forecasting and Analysis unit. Having
guest lectured many times before I jumped at the chance have been coaching my
lovely group of ladies through the slight science that is forecasting, while introducing
them to the industry as a whole with a little dose of employment realities and of
course a digital perspective.
Of course, commenting on and analysing the fashion industry is never far from my
world and I'm continuing to contribute to the ever lovely OliviaPalermo.com as well
other adhoc projects. This year for example, the book How to Create Your Final
Collection by Mark Atkinson was finally published with a section on forecasting by
As a few of you may know, I also run my own consultancy practice, Hashtag Media
UK, and so far 2012 has been a pretty interesting year. In amongst supporting clients
with their digital media strategies and day to day runnings and seminars, we've
provided help and advice via our own social media and I owe much of that support
to the lovely Jessica - the newest member of the team and a very talented digital
In the self-employed part of my working life, I've also launched the Bridal Boot Sale
group with my awesome co-founder and co-organiser Karen, with the first edition
hosted in Hampshire in October. HBBS is taking place again in February and we
also have plans to grow in to more counties. The premise is really simple - newly
weds sell on their used wedding paraphernalia to brides-to-be. Recycling, sharing
vintage treasures and providing inspiration is the name of the game! Plus, we aim
to showcase complementary local businesses to the bridal market, who sit alongside
our lovely brides at each sale.
I'm also getting married myself, so planning our big day and next year's various globe
trotting adventures is well under-way...You may have noticed things taking a bridal
turn here on Style Files - if you're enjoying it - great - if not, don't worry, the usual
sprinkling of fashion, life and travels is here to stay!
Let me take this opportunity to say thank you so much to all my readers for all
your support and for staying tuned! If you follow me elsewhere too, thanks again
and hey, if things get a little slow for you here, you can always find me and a few
more regular updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Plus, if you're interested
in travel photography I also have a Tumblr for just that and if you're particularly
after wedding and interior inspiration (as I am currently), you might just want to hop
over to Pinterest.
Posted by Sarah-Leigh at 19:07
Thursday, 8 November 2012
On Sunday 28th October 2012, the Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale opened its doors to
all brides, past, present & future, on the hunt for, or to sell on, the perfect
wedding finishing touches.
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Its less than a week away from Exquisite Brides' Luxury Bridal Showcase with British
Bridal Designer Caroline Castigliano at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa! As a dedicated
customer of the Lymington boutique in Hampshire, I for one can't wait to see
what's in store.