Friday, January 14, 2011

All Aboard the Bloggers Next!

Earlier in the week I traveled to Leicester for the Next Blogger's event which turned out to be a lot of fun!

You know when you walk into a room and you realise it's a room full of your friends? That's exactly how it felt when I hopped on the bus that was provided by Next, which took us to their Headquarters. It was fun to be reunited with so many blogger friends and also make lots of new ones too!
Next pass
Breakfast canapes
After the breakfast canapes, we gathered for a presentation on the up and coming Spring collection from Next.
Next presentation
It was so interesting to see the mood boards showing where their design inspiration came from. Key trends include colour blocking, stripes, neon details, seventies prints and pretty blouses in delicate pale colours. The collection, White Heat is an all-white collection (inspired by India) with interesting textures and details and for Next, sticking to just one colour for a collection is quite unusual and actually, quite exciting.
mood board 4
After the presentation, we were set a styling challenge. We hit the mock shop (where all the window displays/store layouts are decided and rolled out to the rest of the UK stores) and attempted to style our pieces! I was thankful for not being given the wide legged jeans (can you even imagine- they were as tall as me!) and was given a white blazer to style.
Once outfitted, we had a bit of a photo shoot. I find these kinds of things really weird and I always feel so awkward in front of the camera and it's hard not to feel a bit twitchy! It's not really the same as taking your own photo or getting your Mum/Sister to take your photo. However, the picture turned out OK! I wish I had brought some ribbon with me or had some kind of bow tie to complete this outfit!
Next-photoshoot detail
Blazer, Blouse, Tunic, Belt (All Next) Ring (Forever 21) Shoes (Topshop)
Sarah Photoshoot
Kit arranging her outfit to create a still life. Such a good idea.
Kit & still life
After the challenge, we all gathered for some drinks, a chat and some more yummy treats!
Fish Pie
Jazmine, Carrie and Lucy
Carrie, Sarah and Jen
Finally, they chose 5 winners from the styling challenge!
Next Winners
While I have to admit that Next is not normally a store I usually think to shop in, it's definitely made me realise that I need to get over it. The style challenge did what Next hoped it would do, opening our eyes to see what Next has to offer. There are definitely some gems to be found in store!

>>Update! Here is a video I filmed at the event. It's kind of awkward, I get my own blog name wrong and no one likes the sound of their own voice you go!

Thank you to all at Next for inviting me (especially Jenny), looking after us and making the day so much fun!


  1. Woo fun day *eyes the champagne and canapes*

    Gosh I can't even remember the last/only time I shopped at Next.
    I think it was Boxing Day 2009 ;p

    (btw i'm so proud of myself for commenting! xx)

  2. i'm enjoying seeing everyone's day (i wish it hadn't been too far for me to travel! i would love to have met you!) and you look fab in your outfit!

  3. Ah lol at the memories of trying on all those clothes, so random! Love the way everyone managed to figure out a style to suit them after such a chellenge, it didn't quite convert me to the blazer but I'm pretty sure I'll be buying the skirt you let me try in the end. Love the shoe pic!

  4. Oh wow you're so lucky to get invited to these events it looked like they put on a great day for you all. Also I love the outfit you styled! I only really go to Next to buy cool t-shirts for my little nephew I never really look at the womens section which is probably a good thing as I'd end up spending far too much money on clothes AGAIN!

  5. Loved how you pulled the outfit together anddddd your signature belt round the waist, gawd I wanted the white oversized blazer...where's the video? I wanna see :P


  6. I can only imagine how much fun that day was!!!!! So lucky. Outfits look great :)

  7. aaah how fun was that?!! Such nice pictures, and seems like you guys had a GREAT time ! :)
    I like the pictures on you with the white background :)

  8. Looks like you had such a fun time and the outfit you styled is incredible. I agree that a little ribbon bow would lovely in it too.

    Hannah xx

  9. I have been shopping in Next a lot more recently - they do have some gems. I like their Runway Edit collection, some cute pieces. I loved the way you styled the white blazer.

    Carol x

  10. Oh Winnie, I've been so excited to read all your posts about this day and this is a gem! Such a good read.

    I love your outfit - especially as you've managed to keep it so you, and you don't look awkward one bit in the photo -it's absoloutely lovely!

    So glad you had a good time :D


  11. It looks so much fun! I watched nearly all the videos on Youtube (what are you on about, yours turned out great!)


  12. It looks like you had an amazing time ^^ Your outfit is really cute, and I like the pictures you took of the food too

  13. What a fun event! I wish I had been there! Have a great weekend : )

  14. OK, I want every piece of clothes I've seen on these pictures! :D

    You look great on the outfit pics, you didn't 'disguise' yourself and it could have been something you've decided to wear for a night out with your friends (and yup a ribbon would have been perfect!)

  15. Hi there-you look fab in the white blazer, I will definitely go in and check out their new Spring collection-sounds like you had a great time too! xx

  16. wow congrats on getting to go :)
    looks amazing!! x

  17. This looks like so much fun! I wish I could have attended!


  18. you look amazing in this outfit! so cool. wow, what an opportunity.

  19. Oh, you get to go to some of the most amazing places. Love this!

  20. This is soooo cool. You are so adorable. Great post!

  21. what, don't be silly! your voice is lovely! It seems like so much fun to go to this blogger type of events! You styled your piece beautifully XD

  22. Wow, looks like such a wonderful day. I love how all the high street shops are getting creative about how to incorporate bloggers into their world, it's great for us as well as for them! :)Personally. I love how you styled yourself and that white blazer, it didn't look 80s at all, rather glam! And that is always a hard thing to do with white blazers! :)

  23. How cool this event. I liked it.

    I'm not the number one fan of Taylor, most of the songs I really like it.

    And I'm sorry my english is terrible

  24. I have always been a fan of Next when I lived in the UK.
    Can't wait to see their catalogue
    Lee x

  25. Wow, so jealous! Seems like you had a lot of fun! :o)

    Pretty Little Liars is like Gossip Girl but a bit more mystery and a bit less couture and scandalous.

    Thanks for the blog comment!


  26. Ah I am always so jealous of these bloggers events! They should have more up north I think :) That white blazer looks great, love the way you've styled it.

  27. this event looked so fun!! how lucky were you :) I really like your outfit too.

    i thought you were really good on the video!! you have a nice voice too!

    btw i remember you asking me some questions about japanese cosmetics? i think you can get quite alot in HK but dont know about nanoce bb cream really... not too sure about integrate gracy since its a sub line from shiseido... im sure you can find loads of things in HK tho!

  28. i'm so jealous, i wish i'd been invited, i know everyone who went :( xx

  29. oh i love how you put your outfit with that white blazer together. the event looks so much fun!

  30. It was great to meet you, love what you did with the blazer. It was a really fab day. Hopefully there'll be more to come! xx
    We Shop Therefore We Are

  31. hi darling. you look so lovely!
    would've loved to be there too- looks like a great event.
    hope you had a wonderful weekend dear


  32. i love your photoshoot photographs winnie, you look so beautiful! love the shot of you with all of the clothes too, hehe imagine if you did get the flared jeans? the blazer suits you perfectly, the length is great, you should consider buying it! your video was brilliant, too, not awkward in the slightest :)

    it was lovely to see you again! xx

  33. this looks like such a fun day! i don't usually shop in next either but the black tunic you're wearing and some of the other items bloggers picked out are really nice x

  34. Looks amazing!! Both Kristal & you look so cute!! Hahah! Love that chiffony top you were wearing!

    PS/ I don't know if it's sorbet/ice cream or SOMETHING; but it sure looks absolutely delectable!

  35. im your newest follower! looks like you had so much fun here! <3 next time im hiding in your suitcase and tagging along!

  36. i love ur blog , nice post about blogger event :)
    check my new blog post " Geek " and leave ur comment.

  37. a 12 hour flight :( tehe and thanks for the comment ^^

  38. Winnie, you look so cute in the video! Love the way you styled the blazer.

    Camila F.

  39. so so cool!!!!! a funny day!!!!!!


    kiss Marina

  40. Aaaaw Jazmine went, I was hoping to see her in the day afterwards but she had to dash! You don't look awkward at all! You did really well and tbh I think that was such an awkward item to style, monochrome would never be my strong point! :) jazzy ♥

  41. aw i love your little video! i got invited to the event but unfort flying over from ireland proved too tricky, im so gutted i missed the event and the chance to meet all you wonderful bloggers! xo

  42. This looks like a lot of fun!!! I want to go to one! The outfit you picked is fantastic. Oh, and that food....yummm! :)SArahD

  43. It looks like you had a fun day.

  44. Sounds like you had a hoot of a time, everything looks so perfect.

  45. so lucky that you bloggers get to do these fun events !!
    i love that white blazer ! so pretty !

    glisters and blisters

  46. Winnie! I thought your outfit was really really refreshing, especially how you styled the white with white inside, with just a sheet of black on top. It was such a fun day huh, can't wait for us to get together for another event like this ;)

  47. ah, you guys are so lucky to attend these great events!! I really love the outfit you styled- classic black and white! i agree that a ribbon would also be an adorable finishing touch! xxx



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