A Visit to The Cake & Bake Show 2015

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Earlier this month I visited The Cake & Bake Show at Event City in Manchester. I've been to similar trade shows including the Ideal Home Show in the past and enjoyed looking round and thought what's not to like when cake is concerned! The popularity of The Great British Bake Off has encouraged many of us to put on our aprons and have a go ourselves. I won't be making any showstoppers anytime soon but I've already got an ever growing list of things to bake in time for Christmas!

The Cake & Bake Show Sign

Cake & Bake Show GBBO Live Ian

Cake & Bake Show GBBO Live Flora

One of my highlights from the show has to be watching contestants from The Great British Bake Off giving demonstrations at the 'The Great British Bake Off Live' stage. I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite contestants Ian from the most recent series (He made a working chocolate well in the showstopper challenge one week on the show.. need I say anymore!) I also watched Flora from the recent series baking a cake and making her own jam to decorate it with. There was a range of contestants from the different series of GBBO appearing across the weekend. Celebrity chefs were also in attendance appearing at another theatre offering demonstrations and answering questions from the audience.

Cake & Bake Show Cutout

Cake & Bake Show Official Show Cake

Cake & Bake Show Frozen Cake

There was lots of professional cakes to admire, I loved the London design on the official show cake and of course the Frozen cake was attracting a lot of interest.

Cake & Bake Show Giant Gingerbread

There was a marketplace area full of stalls selling cakes, biscuits and chocolates to buy alongside baking tools and decorations. I couldn't not get a photo of these super cute Gingerbread men, and yes they tasted as good as they look!

Cake & Bake Show Bread Basket

Cake & Bake Show Peter Rabbit Cake

Cake & Bake Show House Cake

It was great to see the baking competition entries which seemed anything but amateur to me! My favourite in the category was this amazing Peter Rabbit cake. You could really see how much hard work and detail must have gone into creating all the characters.

Cake & Bake Show Bar

Cake & Bake Show Vintage Tea Room Caravan

There was a range of pop up bars serving champagne and cocktails to enjoy alongside a sweet treat and even a vintage style tea room offering a more traditional cup of tea served from a caravan if you fancied a sit down and wanted to relax from all that shopping!

Have you been to The Cake & Bake Show? 

Chanel Mademoiselle Prive

Friday, 30 October 2015
I was lucky enough to visit Mademoiselle Prive at the Saatchi Gallery this week. Having attended Chanel's Little Black Jacket back in Autumn 2012 I didn't let the lengthy queues deter me. Described as a journey through the origins of Chanel, Mademoiselle Prive is a truly immersive art installation.

Mademoiselle Prive Door

Mademoiselle Prive Staircase Mademoiselle Prive Dressing Table

As you enter through the garden you find yourself gazing upon the staircase overlooking Chanel's salon. Make sure to download the app specially created for the exhibition if you visit. It'll guide you through the rooms and has lots of interactive features for you to access. You're instructed to hold up your phone at various points to unlock exclusive content which really brings the essence of Chanel to life. 

Mademoiselle Prive Inspirations

Mademoiselle Prive BookcaseMademoiselle Prive Diamond

The white corridors are edged with black to give you the sensation of walking around inside the iconic Chanel No 5 bottle. As you enter the Chanel No 5 laboratory you are hit with the familiar scent. The canisters open to reveal their potions as the fragrance fills the room, it's a truly magical experience. 

Mademoiselle Prive Chanel No 5 perfume

Mademoiselle Prive Chanel No 5 perfume Mademoiselle Prive Chanel No 5 perfume

Mademoiselle Prive Jardin A La Francaise

The Jardin A La Francaise depicts a 18th century style maze inspired by the intertwined 'C' motif Gabrielle Chanel first saw on the stained glass windows at Aubazine, the orphanage where she lived as a child. The interlocking 'C' design later became the brand's signature. 

Mademoiselle Prive Haute CoutureMademoiselle Prive Haute Couture

The Haute Couture gowns embody the spirit of Chanel. Lit up on platforms they sparkle and shimmer as you walk past. As any Chanel fan knows there are few words to describe the beauty, attention to detail and design that go into creating such elegant pieces, so I'll let the photos speak for themselves!

Mademoiselle Prive Bijoux De DiamantsMademoiselle Prive Bijoux De Diamants

Bijoux De Diamants houses the re-edition of the original 'Bijoux De Diamants', the only high jewellery collection created by Mademoiselle Chanel in 1932. A portrait gallery of celebrities wearing the pieces adorns the walls photographed by creative director Karl Lagerfeld. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the short film starring Geraldine Chaplin as the ghost of Coco Chanel in an encounter with Karl as they bicker over what he has done with the brand. 

Mademoiselle Prive Totems Lucky Numbers Mademoiselle Prive Totems Pearl

Mademoiselle Prive Totems Wheat Mademoiselle Prive Totems Black Line

The Totems including lucky numbers, pearls, wheat and black lines are symbols and icons created by Gabrielle Chanel and still used by Karl Lagerfeld today. These emblems have become synonymous with the house. 

Mademoiselle Prive Shadow Mademoiselle Prive Shadow

Another of my highlights has to be the Sensory Room. Walking through a maze of fabric from Chanel's collection you can examine the detail of the fine silks in contrast against the feel of the tough leathers. You almost become lost amongst the drapes as you truly immerse yourself in the ideology of the brand. Short animations are projected against the fabrics. A bucket filled with their iconic black and gold chains is also on display. 

Mademoiselle Prive Sensory Room Fabrics Mademoiselle Prive Sensory Room Black Chains

Mademoiselle Prive has to be one of the best exhibitions I've ever had the pleasure of attending. Chanel is truly brought to life through a sensory awakening using the interactive app, scents, touch and visual displays capturing the personality and spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Saatchi Gallery

Mademoiselle Prive is open until Sunday 1st November at the Saatchi Gallery so hurry down there this weekend as this is one not to be missed! 

The Best of Beauty Advent Calendars 2015

Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Forget chocolate, the beauty advent calendars are back! It might only be October but these sell out each year so be sure to snap one up soon if you're planning an early Christmas treat. Here's a round up of some of my favourites on offer to countdown the festive season..

Benefit Party Poppers Beauty Advent Calendar 2015

Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with Benefit revealing some of their bestselling products including a mini POREfessional, They're real! and BADgal lash mascaras, lip glosses, highlighters and a lip and cheek stain. It's currently out of stock online but will be available in Benefit stores and at Debenhams from this weekend so you've got another chance to get your hands on one. 

No7 25 Days of Beauty Wonders Advent Calendar 2015

Launched online today the No7 beauty wonders calendar features 6 full sized products alongside the miniatures. Hiding behind the 25 doors you'll find a new nail colour, an eyelash curler and their Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced day and night creams. It's an ideal introduction to the brand if you're looking to try out some of their beauty and skincare products and at a great price too! 

Selfridges Cosmic Beauty Advent Calendar 2015

Start your Christmas countdown in style with 24 luxurious miniatures in the Selfridges Cosmic Beauty calendar. This would be perfect if you're looking to splash out and treat yourself with some popular high end beauty brands including Kiehls, Lancome, Urban Decay and YSL. It even contains a miniature (7ml) of one of my favourite fragrances, Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb. Definitely one for my wishlist!
The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Beauty Advent Calendar 2015

You'll be smelling fabulous all December with the Body Shop's 24 Days of Happy featuring their Christmas body lotions and soaps in Frosted Cranberry and Frosted Plum. The boxes also contain some of their newest launches including a 10ml bottle of their Italian Summer Fig fragrance alongside some miniatures from their popular Vitamin E skincare range.

Jo Malone Beauty Advent Calendar 2015

Jo Malone £260.00

If money were no object I'd be running to the shops to get my hands on the Jo Malone calendar! This is one of the most luxurious ones I've seen this year which is reflected in its rather high price point. Nestled in their signature Georgian townhouse you'll find body cremes and colognes in their array of scents including my favourite Pomegranate Noir. It's currently exclusive to Harrods but will be available in stores from November. 

Will you be counting down to Christmas with a beauty calendar this year? 

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