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As many of you may know – I have been an ‘Evelina’ friend for about 2 years now. The Evelina is the children’s hospital in St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster who treat children with all kinds of health conditions. It’s the UK’s leading hospital for paediatric heart services. The hospital treats children of all ages; from babies in the womb through to young adulthood. I absolutely love visiting the children and have tried to visit as often as I can – many children have been at the Evelina undergoing treatment for a while and it makes such a difference to their day to have a new face play with them, make them smile and even just talk to them. img_7539 It’s so rewarding. I also participate in fundraising ideas for the hospital. One of which (The Evelina London Sample Sale) is taking place on Friday!

The Evelina London sample sale consists of clothes donated by leading women’s fashion brand ‘Warehouse’. Every penny goes towards improving care for sick children at the Evelina London. Clothes are sample stock and sold at just £5 per item, meaning that shoppers can purchase a new winter wardrobe at a right bargain!

I was lucky enough to take the first peek through the items and take some photos to show you guys! I’ve photographed some of my favourite bits and my gosh – there is a lot! From thick winter coats to glitzy party dresses, you will be getting the best deal in town whilst supporting a great cause. If you like what you see from my photographs, then pop down to the Evelina on Friday and get your hands on some of these gorgeous garments. And of course – there’s bundles more than what’s pictured on here..! Every item sold will go towards improving care for sick children.. from life saving research and the latest medical equipment, to the little things that help make a stay in hospital less scary for young patients.

Friday 11th November, 10:30am – 2:30pm. Atrium, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH.  img_7586Coat and hat from the sample sale…love!img_7587img_7588img_7583Love this gold detail dress!img_7590img_7596img_7595img_7597img_7600img_7592img_7601…And I ADORE this drop-back, grey,chiffon maxi dress! Perfect for the christmas season.

With love from me and baby BB! My gorgeous little friend I met on my latest visit ximg_7557

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Okay – so here’s a post I thought I would NEVER do. Ball-gowns, prom dresses?

Now, I’m certainly not your glitz and glam, floor length, diamanté, demure kinda gal. I wore a basic, clean cut, emerald dress from Topshop Unique to my own prom.  The thought of wearing something sparkly and encrusted with diamonds has always cringed me out and screamed ‘tacky’. However, I was forced to try something different last week.

I know what you’re thinking… why are we talking about proms in SEPTEMBER? Well, it was the last episode of my TV series and there was a prom being held at the college. As soon as I was told I had to get a prom dress I thought ‘Great, now’s the time to step out of my comfort zone and try something new!’. I mean – when would I ever get the chance to have a prom again? I wanted to have fun with it and see what it was like to be one of those girls who go dress shopping for the most outrageous dress and for it to be like a scene from ‘Say yes to the dress’.  And as it was going to be on TV – you HAVE to go all out in order for it to be noticed.

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This dress is from Cinderella’s Prom in my hometown of Brighton. This is PURE prom in my opinion but I loved the Chloe vibes it had going on.  Had a real ethereal feel to it and fitted like a glove.

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The next dress is actually from respected Indian designer Rocky Star. Obviously on the more expensive side – Beyonce, and the Pussycat Dolls to name a few has worn Rocky Star pieces. I can’t imagine many people have worn these dresses to proms – more like red carpets.

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I adore the deep split to this dress and encrusted waistline. Definitely a more high fashion option. 

Last up we have iconic prom label – Jovani purchased from Dress 2 Party. With a hefty price tag, prom go-ers still fail to resist these dresses and I can see why. To add to this glamorous look I had the help of amazing make up artist Laura Louise and hair stylist Steph from ZXAAR HAIR. Click their names to be directed to their sites. You may want to book them for your prom next year 😉
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Have you ever seen me so done up? Haha. 

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If you follow me on social media you’ll know I’ve just come back from a few days in Berlin! Berlin is a place that’s never really intrigued me – until I discovered the Bikini Hotel. tranquil19

The Bikini Hotel is in the top 100 design hotels in the world. It is jungle themed and one side of the hotel is actually complete glass so you can get a full view of the Berlin Zoo which also just happens to be in the hotel’s back garden pretty much!

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The hotel is full of quirky little features including your own bicycles in your room to ride around the city in, hammocks, electronic bathtubs with an in-tub sound system and insightful books scattered around the hotel and your room in case you fancy a read with titles such as ‘How to be an Elegant Gentleman’.  Not to mention the elevator having the soundtrack of David Bowie along with electronic artwork moving around the walls. IMG_2941tranquil14tranquil8tranquil13tranquilOur room was an XL Urban Room. Which meant it was facing the city. The main feature point was the extreme, grey URBAN bathroom with the HUGE electronic bathtub gracing the middle of the room. Unfortunately we made such a mess in our room (my boyfriend doesn’t seem to grasp the concept that clothes can go in a wardrobe….not the floor haha) – I didn’t think it was best to photograph it so I photographed another room for y’all. Everything is the same as our room except our bathroom was a hell of a lot funkier haha!tranquil5tranquil3tranquil4tranquil6tranquil1One of the main features of the hotel is the infamous Monkey Bar. People come from all over and queue for a loooong time to get into the popular bar – one of the perks of being a hotel guest is that you gain instant access with your keycard. Smooth. The bar faces the Berlin Zoo and is honestly the best atmosphere I’ve ever witnessed. tranquil18IMG_2984tranquil20tranqul21This is the hotel ground floor BTW. OMG!tranquil16And little features like this didn’t go amiss… tranqul11IMG_2954tranquil9tranquil15 Our stay overall was so fun. This hotel is full of so many amenities that you don’t want to step outside! The staff was ever so tentative and nothing was ever too much to ask.
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Oh and did I mention the hotel has it’s very own shopping centre… with the CHICEST stores that stock designers such as Moschino, Comme Des Garcons, Vans and many more. tranqulil12

I also did this shoot whilst in Berlin…

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We also ventured to Mitte and I found my dream store where you could make your own jewellery. The beads and accessories were to-die-for kitsch and featured every sort of charm you could ever wish for from life-like miniature cats to mini records with Michael Jacksons face on it. This is the necklace I made. I also got a bracelet but I’m piecing it together myself as I thought it would be fun… I clearly like to make life difficult.

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I should say Berlin was a success!…xo

 

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Happy BLOG day! AND a Happy Birthday to my boyfriend who turned 21 on Sunday. To celebrate, we checked into the immaculate Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster followed by a truck load’a food and a suave dinner overlooking the thames. The best part about checking into a hotel room is that nerve wracking/exciting moment when you slot your keycard in and open the door to the COMPLETE unknown. The excitement for what your room is going to look like is overwhelming. Having checked into about 300 hotels in the past couple of years together – the novelty never seems to ware off! Luckily we opened our room door to the chicest room with the most spectacular view of THE Big Ben himself and was only a matter of minute before there was a knock at the door with a big chocolate (Matilda style) cake, macaroons and a plateful of goodies. Hospitality at it’s finest. Here is my little photo journal of our stay. No comments necessary – just simplicity and chicness.

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Took my favourite new tee on a little outing to the city the other day. This T-Shirt so easy to just throw on over leggings paired with trainers but also looks like you made some effort with the hard-to-miss sequin asssss! I’m in love with it. I also spiced up this outfit with some hair studs and a choker made from recycled ribbon. 
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Scroll through the look-book and purchase your faves just in time for Easter!

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On Friday evening Casey and I ventured to the coast for our one night holiday at No.5 The Lawn! Being so busy these days – we don’t actually have time to hop on a plane and jet off but this was just as good. If you want to book this yourself, the details are at the bottom of the post. lawn7We were pleasantly greeted by the lovely owners Jude and Mark who showed us to the incredible hideaway. I knew it would be nice but I had no idea it would be as cool as it was. There was an immediate feeling of zen and relaxation with the airy colours and bright open space. If you have me on snapchat (add me by the way! betsyblue) I was definitely showing off as I posted videos popping champagne (kindly given to us by the owners) in my robe in the incredible surroundings. Jude had even put out snacks ready for us too. Everything you need to relax and have a good time is there waiting for you!lawn1lawn2lawn3No.5 The Lawn is actually in Hastings but you could be anywhere in the world as it’s so tucked away and private.lawn17

My favourite feature was actually the pool. It was more like a giant bath as it was hot and had insane waterfall/jacuzzi features. I’m still wrinkly as I spent so much time in there. My other favourite feature was the cinema screen that magically comes out of the ceiling! The entertainment system includes thousands of movies as well and of course there’s an audio system which plays your music all through the house. Frank Ocean seemed to fit the scene for our stay as we played it through the pool.lawn15

The kitchen was cute as ever – not that we cooked in it of course. Pizza was indeed ordered! haha.lawn4lawn5You can slightly see the other hot tub on the patio outside the window!lawn10lawn9The bathroom featured a steamer in the shower!lawn12lawn11The artwork was on point…lawn13

Obviously I enjoyed my evening at No.5 The Lawn but my morning was just as good. We had the most amazing full english breakfast with fresh bread and iced coffee delivered to us at 10:30am on the dot. The night before, you choose from the extensive breakfast menu and write down the time you would like your breakfast. It was DELICIOUS.lawn16  If you want to book – contact Jude directly: 07982845407 but DON’T forget to say that Betsy-Blue recommended you!

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The day has finally come! I have been working on transforming my successful blog into an app since August and you can NOW download it https://appsto.re/gb/49Mu_.i

Happy to announce I am the first EVER UK fashion blogger to turn my blog into an app. Not only can you access my blog with major ease – my blog will always just be there on your home screen BUT there are brand new features such as a flashy membership section. You can sign up for a special membership which allows you to access locked features such as ‘Makeup Tutorials’, ‘Betsy’s Secret Diary’ (where I talk about personal experiences and issues you may also be facing as well as advice), and the ‘Playlist of The Month’ section where an exclusive music cover will be posted monthly especially for members.  All these sections will be updated monthly along with other exciting features to come. At just £1.50 PM you can have your very own membership and access these features. You can also access the membership on a computer/any device.

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This months ‘membership’ posts include my daily makeup routine on the ‘Makeup Tutorial’ section. In ‘Betsy’s Secret Diary’ I’ve written a book about my true experience of the X Factor where I spill juicy gossip and share all of my never-before-seen behind the scenes videos. And a cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ is in ‘Playlist of The Month’.

 

Hope to see you all as members! xo

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HEY! So, every year I’ve given you all some sort of Christmas video and I was definitely not going to forget this year seeing as I’m in a pretty perfect place to film a video. The scenes were shot by Rob Swanson on Rodeo Drive & at the Beverly Hills Hotel (Kim K and North West actually made an appearance, they were in the back of one of my shots – didn’t keep them in the video though as I didn’t fancy getting sued). And the song was recorded at the brilliant Stanbridge Studios. I wanted this Christmas cover to almost be like a lookbook visual with obviously the Christmas track (sung by me) behind it. So basically the video is just as important as the song. People are always asking for Christmas party outfit ideas this time of year so I thought I would tie my blog aspect into the video… so here’s the exciting stuff – where the clothes are from!!

The amazing red jumpsuit is from the brand Nobody’s Child who i’ve mentioned in my past two posts!! I can’t direct link them on my interactive widget but if you click here it will direct you to the jumpsuit on their website. Happy shopping!

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I feel as though I begin almost every post trying to justify myself as to why I’m late with my posts! Excuse me or hate me for it – I’ve finally finished radio tour, signing tour AND headline tour! HOORAY and BOO (as I had such a good ol’ time). As I finished headline tour the night before London Fashion Week began I made a sensible decision to just completely eliminate myself and become invisible from this season’s fashion events … which include all the shows and parties of course. Call me crazy if you want. Fashion week is just A LOT of effort. With at least 3 shows a day and all the madness in between; you need dayyyyys of outfit planning, transport planning, makeup planning… the list goes on. You can’t do Fashion Week half hearted. However – I didn’t slip out of the fashion fiasco that easy. Of course I had to attend the Sorapol show. I made allowance for this one show as my dear friend Daniel Lismore is the creative director and founder of the flamboyant brand – and because the shows are always simply incredible. This current show definitely did not disappoint. I’ve attached pictures straight from the #FROW of the SS16 Sorapol show.betsy-blue-english-lfw-s-s-2016-sorapol-catwalk-show-arrivals-london-september-2015_3

Lets all appreciate my gorgeous, hand crafted Sorapol jacket that I teamed with my own personal vintage skirt (courtesy of a 13 year old Betsy-Blue). Oh .. and my favourite Gucci platforms.

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En route with my pal James!

P.S. look out for the pap pics where I was totally photobombed by Boy George!

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Spot the fashion geek taking pics you’re about to see!

IMG_4027IMG_4019IMG_4003IMG_3997IMG_3996IMG_3993^My personal fave! I WANT this outfit!^IMG_3979IMG_4037IMG_4036IMG_4042Hold up whilst I…..IMG_4052IMG_4060Congrats on yet another flawless collection! *claps*