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Bristol Fashion Week

Last night I went to the fashion show at The Mall. I’ve been to every one since they started, and it never disappoints! As it’s based in a shopping centre, it features clothes, shoes and accessories from high street shops like Marks & Spencer and Karen Millen. I love that everything in the show is accessible and affordable, and available in a wide range of sizes. After the show, you only need to walk from the temporary pavillion back over to the main shopping centre and you can buy everything you’ve just seen!

This year it was hosted by Mark Heyes and Denise Van Outen, who did a great job! 

  
I particularly love the diversity amongst the models. Of course there’s nothing wrong with being young, white and skinny – but I love that they choose to represent a much wider demographic, making it a much more inclusive experience for everyone in the audience.

  

As it was the Autumn/Winter show, I wanted something autumnal to wear, so I made myself a velvet skater dress. I loved the deep wine colour of this fabric when I bought it a few weeks ago, and I although I planned on making it with plenty of time to spare, I ended up starting on  it a few hours before I had to leave! I also dyed my hair to match and wore my new Irregular Choice dice shoes – the whole outfit got lots of lovely comments when I was wandering round the shops after the fashion show!

  
As always, there was a goody bag at the end for everyone! The fabric tote bag is great for shopping (especially now there’s a charge for plastic!) and it’s always filled with vouchers, product samples and little treats. 

  
There are still tickets available for today and tomorrow, so if you’re in Bristol or you can get here easily, I’d highly recommend it! 

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Dismaland

I went to Dismaland 3 weeks ago, and it was so good I went back again last week. There’s so much to see and do for such a relatively small space, it’s definitely worth the £5 entrance fee!

When you first go in, you’re confronted with a very aggressive security team. I was told off for having blue hair, and I was also told I had to stop smiling or I wouldn’t be allowed in. It’s surprisingly difficult to keep a straight face when someone is glaring at you until you stop smiling.

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We queued up to go inside the run-down looking castle to find a pumpkin coach crash, with a princess being photographed by paparazzi. She looked like Cinderella, but I’m not convinced that it wasn’t actually supposed to represent Diana.


The art galleries featured thought-provoking works by lots of artists from around the world, including Damien Hirst, Dietrich Wegner and Jenny Holzer. My favourite piece was Wegner’s mushroom cloud tree house, it was as beautifully ethereal as it was dark.

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The Museum Of Cruel Objects was a sinister look into things that were made to hurt you. Things which have been designed with the sole purpose of hurting or controlling the masses include anti-homeless spikes, tear gas, CCTV and body-worn workplace surveillance devices. Whilst most of the exhibits in the park had an element of fun to go with the deeper message behind it, this was very hard-hitting.

Around the park there were lots of attractions and fairground style games which you could play. My personal favourite was Topple The Anvil, where you could pay £2 for 3 balls to throw at an anvil. If it fell over, you could keep it. Although it was an obvious middle finger up to traditional seaside and fairground games, people were still getting involved. They were never going to win the anvil, and if by some miracle they did – how were they going to get it home?!

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When it came to the end of the visit, you of course had to Exit Through The Gift Shop. I’m sure it goes against the anti-consumerism message of the whole Dismaland concept, but I couldn’t resist buying a T-shirt!

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In conclusion, Banksy proves once again that he is a genius.

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