Before meeting the girls at Cafe Rizzoli I had a look around the centre as it has been a while since I visited. For a while my IBS and Anxiety have been keeping me sticking to places I know (something I havent really mentioned on this blog) and I was worried to be out of my comfort zone. However, with a lot of breathing exercises my fears melted away when I met the other lovely bloggers! I found a beautiful shop, Sostrene Greene, and bought a few little pieces! The store in Nottingham is the first in the UK and it is a bloggers dream! Everything is very Hygge, Instagrammable and won't break the bank!
Anyway, we started off like I say in Cafe Rizzoli by meeting the owner of the family business, and drinking some Bellini's! I had a quick glance around at the other diners (you know I'm a foodie at heart) and it is somewhere that I will be taking Tom on our next visit to Nottingham!
We then headed to see the spring summer fashion ideas and I totally fell in love with this jumpsuit! I don't know if I shared with you that I have actually bought a really bright jumpsuit and as of yet I haven't been brave enough to wear it but the show really inspired me to get it out now we are heading into Spring and Summer!
I was impressed to see that they had included a plus size model, however I have to say I think they could improve on this next time! While the regular sized male and female models showed three or four outfits in the current trends, the plus size model only showed one that seemed to focus more on covering her all up rather than showing off how fabulous plus size fashion can be. As a size 16 myself I recognise I am an Inbetweenie and on the smaller side of plus size but I would have loved to see her in different outfits and showing off the trends! The other models also took their outfits from day to night and this would have been a lovely touch too.
We were then set a challenge. Armed with a £20 gift card kindly given to us by Intu Victoria Centre and a card with the name of one of the trends. When I picked mine I was a little unsure. The head to toe florals or nautical would have been fitting right into my comfort zone, but part of learning to live and be happy with my body is pushing the limits of that comfort zone and actually I really enjoyed the outfit I came out (there will be a full outfit post when its a bit warmer!)
I would never have thought of looking in Topshop but Ellie new exactly what would fit the theme but I was sceptical about budget! After finding a grey strappy dress with a mesh overlay and a white dress with sheer panelling (both £15, both too small!) I came across THIS one and it fit perfectly! I cant wait to wear it all summer long with different cami dresses underneath!
Sarah and I then headed to quiz and managed to find her perfect top too, again for £15.
With £5 of my budget remaining I set my heart on finding a necklace of some kind to wear with it but thought I was pushing it a little bit. With 5 minutes left of the 30 minute challenge the girls wanted to head to river island, where I picked up this love necklace for just £3. I decided to make one last run to Superdrug next door and pick up this MUA Lipstick for just £1 to complete the look which Molly informs me is really good!
We then all met at Handmade Burger Co to regroup and share our purchases! I ordered the peanut butter and bacon burger which mostly people find weird but the combination of sweet and savoury is just my cup of tea! Despite a bit of a hiccup with the drinks (my coke had a big slosh of vodka in it which I gulped down because I was so thirsty!) the food was great and the company even better!
Thank you so much to the team at Intu for inviting me, I had such a fantastic time and can't wait to put together some outfits with all of the ideas that you gave me! If you are quick share your own #intuspringstyle on twitter or instagram to win a £50 intu giftcard! Competition ends the 30th April and you can see the full details here