10 Reasons To Be Glad It’s January

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You’re probably on your third coffee of the morning right now, desperately trying to make it through the day and the weather (it’s too cold/it’s raining/it’s windy- delete as appropriate) is the final straw, but don’t despair! Really, January rolling around is actually a good thing and here’s 10 reasons why…

1. The Sales: Those ponyskin slip-ons you‘ve had your eye on since September? Yeah, they’re now 50% off. Same goes for that parka coat, that peplum dress, those ripped jeans and checked skirt. Shop now, regret never.

2. Awards Season: Where all the beautiful people are constantly shoved in our faces 24/7 for two months. I have a point, stick with me. The glitz, the glamour, the totally unattainable dream of being Cumberbatch’s actual Cumberbitch for the night… yeah day dreaming is a TOTALLY healthy thing for January.

3. The Gym: Again, bear with me. You will be surrounded by like-minded people who are all about getting fit for summer, who all overindulged just as much as you, and probably look just a teeny bit worse than you too. Feel better? Knew you would.

4. New Season Trends: Sales are fab, but nothing says it’s nearly summer like new season drops. It may be a tad early for bikini and kaftan shopping, but, little summer dresses and sandals? Pah, you’d be a fool not to buy early and snap up all the best styles.

5. Dry January is for Losers: Making fun of all your friends on the wagon is one of the best things you can do in early 2015. Who on earth decides to ditch alcohol in the most stressful month? Only a crazy person, that’s who.

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Here’s The Barry M #GlitteratiVIP Competition Winners!

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It’s an exciting time for us here at @shopcade; the New Year is upon us and once again, we’re delighted to announce some @shopcade competition winners! A big thank you to everyone who participated in our Barry M #GlitteratiVIP competition – we’ve loved seeing of all your glitter looks and without further ado, here are the lucky winners…

We gave several #GlitteratiVIP snappers the chance to win a daily prize which consists of their very own Glitterati Collection of nail colours. Daily prize winner @robyn-ashleighswain shared a fabulous #selfie of herself in a Topshop sequin skater dress, @lottiefollis posted herself in a sweeping gold split leg dress whilst @georgiaroach donned an art deco inspired silver shimmery evening gown. Londoner @piasolly shared her prom accessories (matching silver glitter platform sandals and clutch), veteran @shopcade user @jelly-babyvalentino uploaded a festive glitter outfit pic and @charlottewright5 looked stunning in her purple gown with glitter bust! 

With three runner prizes to give away, these goodies were simply too good to keep to ourselves! What’s in the runner up prize hamper? Lucky ladies @danielleanderson11, @irenad and @peexo will be taking home the Barry M Glitterati Nail Paint Collection, two nail files with a corrector pen and basecoat/topcoat, the “Starry Eyed” Eyeshadow Palette and Showgirl Mascaras in both Volumising and Lengthening. For their next party looks on @shopcade, we look forward to seeing them put these products to good use!

Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for…who is it that’s picked up the grand prize? In addition to the treats included within the runner up hamper, @ionascott has bagged black, champagne and silver metallic eyeliners, additional nail files for storing in various clutches and handbags, Natural Dazzle Bronzer and the Barry M Gelly Lip Paint Collection. Having submitted many a #GlitteratiVIP snap, this @shopcade fan has proven herself to be a true Glitterati gal through and through. Congrats and enjoy the prizes girls!

Shopcade DOES London Collections: Men

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It’s the first day in recovery of the extravaganza that was London Collections: Men, the four day whirlwind of fashion, press, buyers, parties, designers, models, and booze has gone down in the books of fashion history for at least another season! With our bevy of bloggers in hand, we came, saw and conquered from the pop-up, presentations, shows and parties.

Blog.boy.newFrom top left: Gerard, Ferdinand, Geraint, Max, Joel, Dawid

The army of straight-laced fashionisto’s, the boys all oozing of dash and flair in their own special ways accompanied us and lended their eyes for the day. “This is the first time I’ve done the London Collections: Men, it’s been great to be a part of and seeing all of the city’s industry in one place”- Max

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WIN Beauty Hampers Worth £250 From Barry M!

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Whether you’re a Catwalk Queen or Rockstar Glitterati gal, there’s no doubt you’ll love our Shopcade x Barry M #GlitteratiVIP competition, where you could win Party Season Hampers worth up to £250!

For festive and party beauty treats including Barry M’s new range of fabulous nail colours – The Glitterati – all you have to do is download the Shopcade app, snap a selfie of you in something glittery this Christmas and upload your look via the app using the hashtag #glitterativip and that’s it!

You’re now in with a chance to win the Party Season Beauty Hamper you’ve always dreamed of. There’s also a chance for three lucky runner-ups to get their hands on a £50 beauty hamper full of party treats as well. The cooler your pic, the higher your chances of winning! So, what are you waiting for? Get practicing your pose now!

For a chance to win a Barry M Glitterati nail polish set every day, simply share your glitter selfie on your socialsphere and tag @shopcade and @barrymcosmetics with the hashtag #glitterativip! The competition ends on Wednesday 17th December, so don’t hold back, get snapping those pics now.

With the Glitterati VIP nail polish line packed with shimmer and sparkle, your party looks will undoubtedly be the talk of the night! With six shades, these suitably dubbed nail colours – Starlet, Socialite, Fashion Icon, Catwalk Queen, VIP and Rockstar – are just what you need to mix and match with each new party look.

Keep up to date with the latest entries on our promo page and don’t forget to take our festive quiz too- Which Glitterati Girl Are You? to share your results with your girlfriends this Christmas. Good Luck!

Presenting The Shopcade 2014 Competition Winners!

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Earlier this year, we launched three competitions for our loyal following of @Shopcade members to win several amazing prizes for themselves and even for their BFFs! Giving them a shout-out here, we hope they’ve enjoyed the fruits of their labour and we can’t wait to organise even more competitions so more of you can join in the fun!

First up, there’s @jelly-babyvalentino who scooped the prize for our #JDSports competition with her winning #kingoftrainers pic. Brightly lit and well-framed, this well-accessorised girl knew how to catch our eye with her poised yet focused look. Taking home a brand new pair of kicks from JD Sports, we’re in no doubt @jelly-babyvalentino’s slick taste in styling will make her the coolest girl on the block! 

Next, our Bank Fashion wishlist winner @serenasboard put together the winning #BankFashion @Shopcade list which you can check out here. Having styled a combo of slogan and graphic print tees, an on-trend biker and varsity jacket, some converse hi-tops and even menswear pieces she’d like to mix and match, @serenasboard certainly knows how to put the £100 prize to use! With her ‘Wants’ list on Shopcade bursting with the latest grunge and rocker chick looks, we can’t wait to see what other lists she’ll put together.

Last but not least, the lucky winner of our @Shopcade and #F&F competition #FlipTheGrade is none other than @chloebrookes-h. Submitting a #selfie of herself with her BFF in a fabulous prom pose, her winning look gained 169 likes from friends and fellow Shopcaders. Pictured in a stunning sparkling floor-length ball gown with a white clutch purse, @chloebrookes-h is certainly pretty for prom. As her reward, she bagged a day out with her BFF’s as well as £150 from F&F. Not bad, huh?!

For what’s hot on @Shopcade right now, check out our Christmas Gifts lists for friends, family and even your co-workers!

Presenter Stephen Stallone joins our September Style Council!

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Former Presenter for MTV and currently presenter for 4Music on #younews and  #videocrush, Stephen is hot property right now! When he’s not busy jet setting around the world to different festivals, he’s back in his hometown filming for Distract TV and 4Music as well as blogging about his life and style!

Find out more from the presenter who has interviewed the likes of Snoop Dogg below and what he’s got his fashion eye on this season!

What’s on your shopping list this season?

Wow! This season first on the list is H By Hudson, Leather Brogue Boots I just got myself a pair. The level of detail is second to none, and I simply love the colour. These bad boys will go with anything and last forever. They represent all that is good about today’s culture without verging on East London hipster desperation.

Also you cant go wrong with leather boots –these are this seasons must.  With this, I add to my list Adidas high tops most recently tweeted about. These represent all things Velcro/ #90s #Olive and are super cool and can be matched with fitted guys joggers, skinny jeans and a plain T and or Jean jacket. YES Velcro high tops are back in a big way! You heard it here first.

My third addition is a black roll neck jumper; these were in years ago and now they’re back! And yes I’m adding this to this season’s list- Just putting it out there.

I’m also adding to the list finally- my Autumn/ Winter Black Francis Lambskin Leather Jacket – no more needs to be said!

What do you think is the thing that makes people’s style really stand out?

Uniqueness and colour- I’m all over olive greens/ and mustards at the moment. But it’s really all about how you wear it that makes the style.

What trends, if any are you loving this season?

Tapered fit smart cuffed joggers, topped with large t-shirt and possibly a sharp slim fitted tailored bomber jacket. I am not brave enough to wear cuffed joggers yet, but it will happen!

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Meet Chloe, Fashion Union’s Fashion Buyer & Style Council Member!

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Chloe Millward is Fashion Union‘s fashion buyer so who better to be part of the Style Council, scouring the Shopcade app for the most stylish looks! Find out below what floats her style boat and what she can’t live without below!!

Do you look for your trends straight from the catwalk or elsewhere?

I look for trends via WGSN & catwalks firstly, the season prior for work but personally – blogs and Instagram are a great, easy platform to follow bloggers, stylists & designers all around the world on.

What trends, if any are you loving this season?

I’m feeling all 90’s this season so I’m loving the ‘high school dropout’ trend by day with my jumpsuits & oversize bombers and shoe boots, it’s such an easy comfy wear yet you still look sleek.

I love the ‘take me to the church trend’ by night because I like the sleek simplistic looks. I’m obsessed with bandaging & straps, lace, lots of black but with strong hair and dramatic smokey gothic make-up.

What’s on your shopping list this season?

This season a sleek coat is on my wish list – I fancy something tailored this year easy to take from day time at work to after work drinks. There’s some gorgeous co-ordinate sets and chunky cardi’s on my wish list to add to my wardrobe from Fashion Union to!

What do you think is the thing that makes people’s style really stand out?

I think it’s the uniqueness of how people put their outfits together not necessarily the individual items. Two people could wear the same top in a completely different way. I think style is the overall look – not just the clothing, it’s the hair and make-up too.

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Meet Idle Lane… Our September Style Council Fashionista!

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Dancer, model and blogger Danielle Peazer of IdleLane.com is our September Style Blogger Council member ready to get judging your style in the fashionista style stakes this month! Find out about what trends she’ll be rocking this season, which may pop-megastar is following her on Twitter and what she thinks makes people stand out from the crowd, to see if you can catch her eye on the Shopcade app!

What’s on your shopping list this season?

Moving into A/W I’m on the look out for cosy knitwear, it’s so vital when the weather gets colder!

What do you think is the thing that makes people’s style really stand out?

I think people’s style stands out when they’re truly comfortable in what they’re wearing and are happy in their outfit. It’s an added confidence that comes naturally.

What trends, if any are you loving this season?

I’ve loved the amount of lace overlays that have been on trend. I’ve got a few pieces and they always catch my eye when I’m out shopping.

Who are your fave designers?

I love Reformation and Sandro but for high end designers as well as Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Burberry for their leather jackets!

Best high street brands?

I’m a massive fan of Zara and Topshop. I also love Monki and love to shop online at Missguided and Asos.

Whose style do you admire?

I love Ashley Madekwe’s style and Naya Riviera’s sharp look that she always has. I love Vanessa Hudgens and wish I could pull off the boho look as well as she does!

Have you ever had a fashion faux pas?

I’ve had a few yeah! I used to own this faux fur leopard print coat that didn’t suit me at all but I tried to make it work – I looked terrible!

What’s your favourite piece in your wardrobe atm?

I recently bought a linen mac from Zara. It’s calf length and I loved it so much in beige that I bought the exact same one in black!

What item could you not live without? Fashion/Beauty item…

I couldn’t live without my Mac lip conditioner – it’s better than Vaseline but not as sticky as lip gloss. And it comes in a few different shades too.

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LFW Access All Areas With Toni & Guy

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I love London Fashion Week. There I said it. I love the chaos, I love the pretence, I love that my Instagram feed gets flooded with crazy outfits and I love the way London becomes the fashion focal point of the world for five whole days.

This season I was invited backstage with Toni & Guy, which was a new experience for me. Normally I’m used to watching shows on live stream, or standing squeezed between many other #FEditors at an oversubscribed show.

So the idea of seeing how it all comes together before the flashbulbs go off was really pretty appealing. My journey began on Friday night backstage at PPQ. The location? A private members club so hidden I walked past it twice before I clicked the people with clipboards and ear pieces…. epic fail, I’ll admit.

Heading underground I was quickly introduced to Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, the Global Creative Director for Toni & Guy. Wonderfully down to earth she explained her concept for the show- something intriguingly called ‘tiara hair’ and the model patiently bent her head for me to take a quick snap, or twenty, as the case turned out!

I really liked the look- painted glitter crowns on the parting, teamed with poker straight unfussy locks looked sensational. I saw the look on three different models, and all wore it in a different way, despite the style being identical; I guess that’s what comes from years of experience and 10 years of sponsoring London Fashion Week!

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London Fashion Week Final Day Highights

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We’re gutted that London Fashion Week is over for another season; SS15 was a pretty strong showing with the likes of Burberry, House of Holland and Mary Katrantzou all presenting stunning collections.

As the fash pack head to Milan for another week of spectacular shows, here’s our take on the final day of the catwalk offering here in London.

Anya Hindmarch: Last season she gave us bags emblazoned with Tony the Tiger and DAZ washing powder logos, which became cult classics for AW14, so what would be in store for us this season? Well another fun ride in effect! Quite literally as it turned out; models sat in giant neon teacups pushed along by skeletons, whilst others strutted down the runway complete with a trail of helium balloons. The overwhelming message was FUN, with a nice nod of back to school as the collection came complete with customisable stickers. Our fave? The ‘Bags Have Feelings Too’ sticker was super cute!

Who made the FROW?  Susie Bubble, Poppy Delevingne and er,  Richard E Grant!

Ashish: Sequins, sequins and er, more sequins! We’ve come to expect this signature from Ashish and once again he did not disappoint for SS15. Rainbow hues were used throughout, whether that was on ripped baggy jeans, on a cute checkerboard mini dress or a good old fashion snakeskin co-ord. Fabulous fun as usual, with the disco vibe being firmly set by Ashish for Spring.

Who made the FROW? Ella Eyre and Rapper Eve.

H by Hakaan Yildirim: Founded in 2011, with a name change and new aesthetic to boast this season, H by Hakaan Yildirim gave us a collection focusing on the relationship with humans and nature. Giant bee motifs adorned jumpers, stunning hexagonal pleated pieces and sheer panelled dresses stormed the runway; it was a departure from previous collections with this season promoting a ‘less is more’ approach.

Who made the FROW? Olivia Cox and Tanya Burr