A visit to the Magical Secret Garden with #EdinburghBloggersCoast

On Thursday evenings, there’s no doubt about it: it’s my Combat night and I don’t like missing class. When it’s a toss up between a fashion event though or class, it’s a tough call for me. I like window shopping, browsing through racks of beautiful clothes and admiring the unique fabric designs and costume jewellery. When you get an opportunity to attend an exclusive event with Edinburgh Bloggers and Coast Edinburgh, you can’t turn that down! So I waved a cheery farewell to fellow Combat warriors and told them I’d see them in 2 weeks. After all, Cinderella has a fashion event to attend!

I had met up with fellow blogger Bex of Evil Ginger (whom I met at the #HillarysCrafternoon event in Glasgow) for coffee and a chat beforehand (you can see her post about the event here). We were later joined by Heather from YankeeDoodles and were warmly welcomed out of the cold and into the cheery warmth of the store on George Street.

After we had our names checked off the list, we were handed a goodie bag and shown to the back room where cupcakes, mini quiche, Cava and non-alcoholic beverage was served. We were also invited to explore the Blogger Corner while wandering around and going through the racks for an exclusive shopping experience if anything took our fancy.

The Blogger Corner – I love this midi skirt!

The chandelier every blogger admired and photographed

The mood was set by the joyful tunes from the Glasgow-based Erskine String Quartet that were invited to play at the event. In case you were interested, they are available to hire for special events, including weddings!

We were then treated to a casual runway show of some outfits from the latest collection, inspired by nature, the 60s era and other classic looks.

We had a great time discussing fashion and what shapes and styles suit our figures. Fun fact: Go into a shop and pick up the first item you see that you think ‘That’s the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen, I would never wear it!’, take it to the fitting room and try it on – you’ll be surprised to find that, more likely than not, it’ll actually suit you really well! I was told to try this and albeit disbelieving at first, it actually worked!

Unfortunately for me, there were quite a few unique fabric designs and styles that I really liked, but because of my petite size, it wouldn’t suit me. I soothed my sore ego by browsing their beautiful costume jewellery displays.

After a brief introduction of the outfits we were treated to a runway show for, Laura of Satisfashion and Gary behind EdFashionTweets briefly talked about the importance of promoting the fashion scene in Edinburgh following Edinbugh Fashion Week which was held recently and generated a lot of interest in Edinburgh as an up and coming fashion capital.

Laura of Satisfashion and Gary of EdFashionTweets

For all interested designers, boutique owners, bloggers. photographers, models, stylists, MUAs, hair, event and fashion show producers – just about anyone who wants to join – the first #EdFashion Hour discussion is taking place on Sunday 29th March between 9:00-10:00pm using the hashtag #EdFashion to talk shop and network! For more information, click here. Be there or be square!

I sadly had to walk away from the lovely goodies, but I did have my eye set on a clutch bag that I can’t get off my mind. I think it might be the perfect clutch bag for the big day!

Unfortunately you can’t really see the clutch very well in the photo I took, but it’s the White textured Rosey clutch I’ve got my eye on. You can still admire the beautiful photo of the newest Coast ambassador, Arizona Muse!

Thank you to Coast Edinburgh and Edinburgh Bloggers for a wonderful evening!

The lovely ladies Sultana Malik (third from right) and Emily Campbell (centre) behind Edinburgh Bloggers with the Coast models

Psst! I’ve got a little tidbit sneak peak reveal I couldn’t contain any longer and wanted to share! Since Bex has already mentioned it on her own blog, I’m excited to say that Bex has agreed to let me design (and make) her wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials! I’ll keep you posted once this very exciting project has taken off the ground!

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