Dizzy Miss James - Travel / Food/ Lifestyle


Intu Metrocentre VIP Fashion Live Event

On the evening of Wednesday 7th October I was invited to attend the Intu Metrocentre VIP Autumn / Winter Fashion Show Live alongside other North East Bloggers and Press. We were greeted by the fabulous House of Fraser who took us in store to enjoy a splendid spread of delicious canap├ęs and of course there was a steady stream of bubbles flowing. House of Fraser began a refurbishment in July this year and is due to be completed on Thursday 12th November 2015. There will be 20 new brands on offer including Michael Kors, Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Whistles I can't wait!

After an introduction by the delightful Steve Clarke the Store Manager of House of Fraser we embarked on a guided tour of their Beauty Hall. Here you will find a one stop shop for all  your important pampering needs and all the essentials you could possible ask for, for getting ready for that big night out.  With SHOW blow dry bar, Nails Inc nail bar, Estee Lauder 10 minute beauty bar and Decleor...what more does a gal need!

We then headed out to our reserved seats to enjoy the fashion show. Here the catwalk showcased this seasons autumnal trends for both men, woman and children. The Fashion shows will be running until Sunday 11th October so why not get yourself along.

Intu Metrocentre have collaborated with textile designer Celia Bitwell to produce an exclusive print for their A/W 2015. The design combines two of the seasons must have colours in one exclusive design and I was lucky enough receive a tote bag printed in this bold colourful pattern. If you spend £50 or more in one transaction on Intu Gift Cards between 8th-Saturday 31st October you could get your very own Celia Bitwell/Intu tote bag (while stocks last). 

On each of our seats along side the Celia Bitwell tote was a Goodie Bag. Below is just a selection of the magnificent products that the generous House of Fraser gifted us in the bags. A collection of beauty and hair products that I can't wait to try! I have penciled in a 'me day' especially to try out these lovelies.

Most importantly I got to hang out with these ladies from left to right  Laura - Look At My Clothes, Rhian - Chapter And Circle, Laura - Off The Hanger Etc and me!

(photo by Rhian as all the ones I took I was pulling an awful face)

Thank you Intu Metrocentre and House of Fraser for a fantastic evening!


The Plastic Bag Charge

This week the plastic bag charge was introduced to England. As someone who advocates the use of reusable eco-friendly bags for shopping I feel very strongly on this issue. This is why I started designing and selling canvas tote bags several years ago. The number of plastic bags is reaching an all time high, single use plastic bags are unsustainable and have a huge cost to the environment.

While I welcome the charge I have seen a lot in the media about why we should pay. People say they do not mind paying for bags if it means they are helping the environment. However the charge is actually in place to discourage you from using any form of plastic bag for the purpose of carrying your shopping. 

What is needed is a cultural shift in the way we shop. Our grandparents never had this issue, with paper and reusable bags being all they knew. Try to invest in a good quality multi-use bag that will last for years and will easily biodegrade when the time comes. I personally only use very sturdy heavy-duty canvas bags with sides and gussets. They are strong and large enough to carry a family shop. Once you make the shift to reusable tote bags it is hard not to get addicted, I take mine everywhere!

What are your thoughts on the charge? 


Festival of Thrift 2015

On September 26th and 27th I attended one of my favourite events of the year The Festival of Thrift 2015. The Festival of thrift is a celebration of sustainable living and all things thrifty and ethical. This was to be my second year trading and I couldn't wait!  My journey there however was not plain sailing. 

On Saturday morning I was up with the larks the car was all packed and after checking and rechecking my list I began my journey and headed off to Lingfield Point in Darlington. About 5 minuets in I hit the motorway and the car broke down! I couldn't believe it I had put in weeks of preparation, making, creating and planning and I was about to miss the festival! After a call to the AA and the awesome guys at Hodgson Garage sorting out a courtesy car, I made it to Festival an hour and a half late but I made it!

And what a Festival it was!

Above is my stall with Dizzy Miss James.
My stall buddy to my right Vintage Owl and her vintage inspired gifts and homeware
And to my left I was lucky enough to be pitched next to I Use 2 Be with her up-cycled loveliness
Further along my section was the fantastic Martha & Me.
And the very talented local designer Fiona Fawcett of Plewsy.

The weekend was amazing there was such a great atmosphere with live music and entertainment throughout the day. And most importantly it was great to meet my customers both regular and shiny new ones. My stall was crazy busy both Saturday and Sunday which was fantastic but unfortunately meant that I didn't get to see the full delight wonder and fabulousness of The Festival of Thrift for myself.

Will you be visiting next year?

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