Thursday, September 24

- Cosmopolitan #FashFest with River Island...

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I know right, I bet that got your attention. Red carpet? Me?

There are many reasons why I love blogging, one being you just don't know what will happen next. All it takes is that one email to land in your inbox and the next minute, you're faced with an amazing opportunity and off to a star-studded event which causes a years worth (or more in my case) of excitement.

Which is exactly what I experienced when the lovely India invited me along to Cosmopolitan's Fash Fest 2015* with the River Island team. I mean what even, crazy right?! And to make it even better I was able to bring a plus one, so of course I chose blogging buddy Carolin. Before I go into details of the event, I thought I'd show you a few snaps of my outfit for the night...

Top: Asos
Skirt: boohoo
Heels: Shoeaholics*

I wanted to glam up for the occasion without going too overboard. Therefore, I stuck to a monochrome theme and neutral makeup. I decided to mix things up a bit by wearing white on my bottom half, with black on top.

I find this cropped bardot top such a great essential to have, as it goes wonderfully with high-waisted items and the off shoulder style instantly adds femininity. I then headed to the website destination I've been loving recently, boohoo, for the A-line midi skirt. It was such a bargain at just £10 and is the perfect fit. It comes with an underlayer to avoid any awkward knicker flashing moments, and I love the added texture the burn out stripes provide. And finally, I finished off my outfit with my Carly KG's from bargain site Shoeaholics which you're probably sick of seeing in my outfit posts by now, but I seriously can't get enough of them.

It was then time to head to the venue and let me tell you, the entire evening was so surreal...

When inside the venue, we were told to re-enter via the VIP entrance. And it didn't stop there. We were lead to an exclusive mezzanine area where we were constantly fed bubbly along with a-mazing steak, chicken skewers and the tastiest smore lollipops, which I classed as the next level up from maltesers. Big claim guys, big claim. Seriously though, I was amongst the likes of Abbey Clancy, Michelle Keegan, the Pixiwoo sisters, Lucy Watson, Jameela Jamil - I felt like the queen. Lol, joking (but not really).

The first few hours were spent gobbling food, meeting the other two blogger babes who were also invited along, Paige & Ella, and perusing the beauty brands present. It was then time to be seated before the catwalk began. As you can see, plenty of drinks were provided (and constantly topped up), plus there were extra celebrations on the River Island table as it was India's birthday - woop!

The show was presented by the bubbly Laura Whitmore, who wore the most stunning leather LBD I've ever laid eyes on. She totally rocked it! Conor Maynard got everyone in the party mood by performing a few tracks, including Craig David covers. In all honesty, I'm so behind when it comes to present chart music and typical pop isn't my cup of tea. But he was so good. For 22, he has such charisma and is ridiculously talented - hats off to him.

Next came the catwalk show, which I was so excited for. I love the idea of a catwalk only featuring high-street brands and this one certainly didn't disappoint. River Island, Boohoo, Asos, H&M, New Look, Next, and more, all took part and it really did highlight just how many affordable gems there are on the high-street.

The models were honestly so professional and it was great to see males included too. I think I want pretty much every piece showcased. It was refreshing to watch a catwalk that didn't just have the aim of 'art', but actually featuring stylish pieces which are wearable and practical at the same time. As well as your typical Autumn/Winter blanket capes, fur gliets, sequins and aztec prints some other trends caught my eye. Namely culottes, which seem to have continued into AW15 and are something I really want to find the perfect pair of, plus a trend typically associated with Spring: Pastels.

After the most amazing catwalk show I've ever witnessed, the famous Krystal Roxx (SUPERFOXX) took to the decks. She has to be the best DJ I've ever seen live; she was so full of energy and enthusiasm. After a little boogie on the dancefloor, it was time to head home with goody bags from the event itself (including a divine Ted Baker soap and REN skincare set), plus one from River Island. I honestly can't thank them enough for inviting me along to such a wonderful evening!

*BRB* ... I still need to pinch myself.

What do you think of this event? Let me know in the comments below!

*I was invited along to this event, all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. Looks like an incredible event. I love your outfit. And that bag... ❤�xx xxx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  2. It looks like such a great event! You looked gorgeous :)

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  3. lovely
    new blog post

  4. What an awesome opportunity and experience Karen! You look so lovely. The red carpet suits you ;) x

    Brenda BusyBee

  5. Karen, thank you so much again for taking me to the event. I had a brilliant time and I wish it would have never ended. I'm so happy we got to party and dance the night away together. Let's do it all again soon!!!!

    Caz | Style Lingua

  6. Wow looks like the most incredible experience and you look beautiful :-) xxxx

  7. I love your outfit and it looks like it was a great event x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  8. I love your outfit, you look so gorgeous! Also the event looks amazing, ahhh! :D

    Rebecca Coco

  9. I'm so glad that you decided to write about this, I was wondering how did you like the show and was really hoping that you would share lots of pictures and you didn't disappoint! I agree with you, blogging is very hard work but for some who did it right, there are some really great perks!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  10. That looks like an amazing event . Your outfit is lovely too
    The color palette

  11. This event looks amazing and like it was so much fun. I love your outfit. The crop top and skirt look perfect together.

  12. You looked so lovely Karen, the event looks and sounds like it was amazing! x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♡

  13. OMG this is so incredible, you looked absolutely flawless I love your outfit and your hair xxx

  14. What an amazing opportunity, Karen! I'm in love with the whole look, you look gorgeous! xx

    Ale |

  15. those runway looks are so pretty <3


  16. Very nice. Would love it if you could check out my Holiday Style Diary!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

  17. What an amazing opportunity, so happy for you lovely because you totally deserve it. It looks like you had an amazing night & you look beautiful from your makeup to your hair & of course your outfit x

    Beauty with charm

  18. Haha I was reading this like, me?? You look so red carpet perfect, this skirt is amazing! And the event sounds so much fun, what a great opportunity :)

    Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  19. Girl, you look absolutely stunning and totally belong on that red carpet! Love the skirt, so so pretty :)


  20. How awesome that you got to go on the red carpet?! You look gorgeous as well, so pleased for you that you were invited along :) xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  21. Ah hun looks like you had such an amazing time and I love what you wore too - so cute!! I love how you say you felt like the Queen, that's too cute but all these photos are great and it really looks like an amazing event to have been to!

    Glad you had fun and the food sounded lovely! Ah! :)

    Layla xxx

  22. This is so amazing! I would be fangirling if I was in the same room as Pixiwoo :) I can tell that it was an incredible experience just by looking at your pictures, your outfit is so cool! :)

    Velvet Blush

  23. Oh wow! What an amazing opportunity! You look amazing.

    Corinne x

  24. What a perfect event to attend I am glad that you had a lovely time. Brilliant pics sharing all the action Lucy x

  25. Wowwee what an amazing opportunity!! The night looked amazing and you look gorgeous :) Glad you had a great time! xxx

  26. oh my goodness! The events seems simply irresistible! What a lucky girl you are! Let's switch lives temporarily ;)

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog