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The Party Survival Guide

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

We have had the outfit planned for weeks and the venue picked but we want to make sure we are totally prepped with all the tips and fixes to ensure we have the best time at the Christmas party.

We decided to ask the ladies of OFFICE HQ for their party tips for going out-out and little tricks they cant live without when dancing the night away.

 

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1. Wear Bridget Jones pants at the start of the night, then carry a spare for later on when you want to ‘loosen up’ a little and let yourself go on the dance floor (our fave tip!)

2. Always carry some flats like the Butterfly Twists fold-able pumps in your bag for the end of the night

3. Spray your face with hairspray before you leave to seal your make up to your face, no more sweaty faces.

4. Never leave the house without mascara & lipstick

5. Pop some plasters in your bag, just in case you take an embarrassing tumble.

6. Schedule in regular loo trips with the girls throughout the night to have a gossip about guys

7. Always keep an eye out on anyone stuck in awkward conversation in the corner of the room – always nice to save a friend in need

8. Arrive fashionably late and leave at the peak of the party

9. Eye brightening eye drops, sting like hell but make your eyes dazzle! Pop in pre make-up.

10. On taxi journey home, make sure to divert via McDonalds or kebab shop (the ONLY way to end off a party night)

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Girls Night Out

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Finding the perfect shoe for going out-out with the girls can be tough especially when it is hard enough deciding what clothes to wear.

To help get you in the party mood and ready for the weekend, the girls in OFFICE HQ have selected their top statement shoes for the season that will go perfectly with your glam outfit.

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Points are the go to style and a wardrobe staple for winter. Wear a vampy style like the Strobe or Scorpio with a low backed dress and a fluffy clutch bag for the ultimate screen siren look. Your fail-safe is the On Tops pointed stiletto, with a rainbow of colours available you can have a pair to match every outfit.

If you prefer a more minimal shoe but a stand-out outfit then the Salvation sandal or Sophia are the ideal accompaniment to a sequin dress.

Make a statement with a glittery Sapphire platform sandal with jewel detailing. This style is best paired with a simple, one colour look to make the shoes really stand-out.

 

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Fabulous Flats

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

With party season about to kick off, we are all hitting the shops trying to find the perfect outfit to wear to the office Xmas party and all the other formal events we are sure to be attending this winter.

Finding the shoes to match the outfit is always tricky but our motto is to start with the shoes as its much easier to dress from the bottom upwards.

Not all ladies are keen on a pointed stiletto or a skyscraper platform and especially the taller girls who don’t want to tower above all their friends. You can still be just as fabulous in a pair of glam flats and we have selected our favourite statement pumps to get you in the party mood.

 

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If you favour plain coloured outfits with little fuss, you can make a statement with you shoes, adding a pop of colour, texture or premium finish. Pair an LBD with a pair of pointed metallic and pony-skin Vibe Loafers for a minimal, 60’s look.

For a more boyish look, wear an oversized sequin tee with some smart, black cigarette pants and stand out with a pair of leopard print Virtue Monk Shoes or some studded Vaughan Lace Ups.

For slightly more dressed down events in a casual bar or restaurant, add a flash of metallic or patent with the Verse Loafer or Karmen Ballet pump and match with some ripped, turned up jeans and a pastel, cashmere jumper.

For the girly girls who love a cami and a prom style tulle skirt, the zebra print Kwik Step Slipper and silver Vixen Point are the perfect accompaniment, adding a touch of ballerina elegance to a classic party look.

 

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House of Vans: Launch Party

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Last night we had the hottest ticket in town to the exclusive launch party to the House of Vans London in Waterloo. This amazing space is a creative hub for artists, musicians and skaters and some of the biggest names came out in support for this exciting new venue.

The OFFICE HQ gang got to hang with Steve Van Doren, the son of Vans co-founder Paul who was more than happy to show us around and chat about the iconic brand. The legendary Z-Boys Tony Alva and Christian Hosoi were there showing off their skills and enjoying the incredible music acts that performed throughout the night. These included Dinosaur Jr, Tempa T, Roots Manuva and the hip hop giants Public Enemy.

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As you walk in, you are greeted by a huge hall full of artwork and creative installations and at the back is the unique Vans lab which will play host to 4 artists at a time to create their work and eventually display in the art hall.

There is a a cosy cinema which will showcase a range docu-films and private screenings, a room with cabinets full of old Vans memorabilia, an 850 capacity music hall and of course the huge subterranean skate park.

Skaters can book a 2 hour skate/BMX session at http://houseofvanslondon.com/ for free and enjoy everything the venue has offer, including the in-house restaurant.

Last night was a true testament to the Vans ethos as the atmosphere was exciting, friendly and chilled and the venue proved itself as a great hub for anyone and everyone.

 

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LCM: Mens Collections & iD presents Moschino Party

Friday, June 20th, 2014

London Collections: Mens (LCM)  has now become a permanent fixture in our fashion calendar twice a year just like its womenswear counterpart LFW and the SS15 shows and presentations didn’t disappoint.

The menswear designers have made their mark and earned their own fashion week to showcase the best of what London has to offer, not to mention some international visitors from the likes of DKNY and Moschino.

From Burberry and Alexander McQueen we saw the classic tailoring they are famous for, slimmed down with ankle grazing trousers, light shades and styled with tennis shoes and runners.

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Things got a bit wild when Moschino hit the catwalk, with bright fizzy drink logos and bleached denim dominating the looks. Since loud and proud designer Jeremy Scott took over as creative director, Moschino has returned as the luxuriously tacky label we loved in the early ’90s and this week was Moschino men’s first ever showing in London.

We at OFFICE HQ were lucky enough to go along to the iD presents Moschino party as Calvin Klein model and style icon Aaron Frew’s date for the night.

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Celebs, bloggers and models were out in full force to support the Jeremy Scott’s first mens collection with Moschino and the party definitely raised the roof. We managed to rub shoulders with the likes of Lindsay Lohan, ASAP Rocky and Jeremy Scott himself, there was great music, a great atmosphere and we had an all round amazing time. Moschino sure know how to throw a party and we cant wait for next season!

Street Style imagery sourced: Guest blogger – Simon Glazin

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European festivals to try this summer

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

If you’re not thrilled by the Leeds and Reading line-ups, you’ve ‘done’ Bestival and you can’t get hold of Glasto tickets, why not swap your wellies for sandals and branch out and try one of the festivals which take place across Europe each summer?

We take a look at some of the hottest festivals on the continent taking place over the coming months.

 

Benicassim – July 17-20

Combine the festival experience with a beach holiday at Benicassim on the Spanish Costa del Azahar. There’ll be sun, sea, sand and some of our favourite artists including Lily Allen, Kasabian, Paul Weller, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding AND the Manic Street Preachers.

FOR in Croatia – June 19-20

If you hate having to pick and choose between which act to watch the FOR In Croatia is the festival for you. None of the performances clash with one another, saving you from making some tricky decisions. There are also plenty of gaps in the schedule so you can enjoy the local beaches. This year’s line-up includes Klaxons, Mark Ronson, Factory Floor, Haim and Erol Alkan.

Primavera in Barcelona – May 29-31

Also hitting Spain this summer is Primavera, a must-play festival for any act that wants to be seen as successful. This year’s stellar line-up includes Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, The Pixies, Disclosure, Slowdive, Haim and Sky Ferreira.

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Szignet in Budapest – August 11-18

If you like your festivals big, then Szignet is the one for you. With stages spread over 50 venues and more than 200 performances across the weekend, it’s no wonder the event attracts almost 400,000 people from across the globe each year. This year the acts not to miss include Bastille and Calvin Harris.

Iceland Airwaves  – November 5-9

Who says festivals are just for the summer? You’ll have to wait until November to jet off to Reykjavik to enjoy Iceland Airwaves, but we promise it will be worth it. Spend your days in the hot springs before dancing away to performances by the likes of the Flaming Lips and East India Youth in the evenings.

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Red carpet roundup

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

 

This week on the red carpet it has been all about monochrome, flirty flapper dresses and of course some amazing shoes. We take a closer look at what the celebs have been wearing at some of this week’s A-list events, including the InStyle The Best of British Talent Party and the premiere of the Lego Movie.

 

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Sarah Harding showed us how to do head-to-toe prints perfectly at the Instyle event, teaming a black bird-patterned suit with a white shirt featuring a similar print. She added a splash of colour to the monochrome ensemble with a bold slash of red lipstick and a neon orange clutch. We’d have maybe been tempted to ditch the plain black heels in favour of something a bit brighter too…

 

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks changed no fewer than four times on Wednesday as she promoted the Lego Movie in New York, but our favourite look was the flirty mini dress she wore to a screening of the film. The periwinkle blue number by David Koma featured a bold, glittering pattern on the top half and a kicked out skirt. She teamed the ensemble with some Jimmy Choo sandals and a Rauwolf clutch.

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From left to right: Naomie, Elizabeth, Mollie, Lily, Sarah

 

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris brightened up the red carpet at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in a stunning pale yellow beaded flapper dress by Naeem Khan. She teamed the Great Gatsby-esque dress with some suitably 20’s-style t-bar silver sandals and a metallic clutch and wore her hair in soft waves to her shoulders.

 

Lily Aldridge

The prize for most dramatic dress of the week goes to Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge who glided into the amfAR Gala in New York in a futuristic white dress by La Marque. The flowing gown featured a daringly low sweetheart neckline and billowing sleeves, with a full floor length skirt. Letting the dress do the talking, she kept accessories simple, adding just an open-ended Marc Alary choker, which we’ll definitely be searching for a high street version of.

 

Mollie King

Mollie King looked the epitome of elegance at the Instyle bash in a black and white lace print satin Dolce and Gabbana dress and black court shoes. She matched the dress with a super sleek up do and some barely there make up for a look that was effortlessly perfect and certainly provoked the green eyed monsters in us here at HQ!

What would you wear on the red carpet? Check out our range of high heels for a little inspiration…

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Kate Moss: Fab at 40

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

 

Arguably one of the most famous supermodels in the world, Kate Moss, turns 40 today, not that she looks it of course!

Since being propelled to fame at the age of 14 when she was discovered by Sarah Doukas of Storm Model Management at JFK Airport, Kate has rarely been out of the limelight, whether she’s fronting fashion campaigns, sashaying down the catwalk, designing her own clothing line or just hitting the headlines. To celebrate Ms Moss’s birthday we’ve taken a look back at some of our favourite moments from her decade-spanning career.

 

The boho years

Kate has gone through a lot of fashion phases, but the most enduring one was surely boho chic. The hippie-ish style which included furry gilets, floaty skirts and coin belts was widely copied in the mid-2000s. However, few could carry it off as well as Kate could.

 

Festival chic

Speaking of looks only Kate can carry off, her infamous festival attire of shorts, waistcoats and Hunter wellies remains ‘the’ style to emulate if you’re heading to Glastonbury.

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Designing for Topshop

Kate turned designer in 2007, creating her first hugely popular line for Topshop. The 50 designs were soon snapped up, with certain pieces selling for a huge premium on eBay. Kate continued to collaborate with Topshop until 2011 and is currently working on her next collection, due to launch in April, after a three-year break.

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Her birthday parties

While Kate has opted for a subdued celebration on Necker Island for the big 4-0, in the past her parties have been the stuff of legends. Johnny Depp took to the stage at the Viper Rooms to celebrate her 21st, her 30th was a The Beautiful and the Damned-themed bash and when she turned 34 she partied for 18 hours straight. Her 35th topped them all though, with Kate and pals celebrating for four days straight, prompting complaints from her Camden neighbours.

 

Her fairytale wedding

When Kate finally settled down with Jamie Hince she did it in style. Vintage Galliano dress – check. Fifteen bridesmaids – check. Guest list which included the likes of Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour and Jade Jagger – check.

 

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Upcoming events: Silent Disco at the View From The Shard

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Silent discos have been cropping up everywhere recently, from the London Science Museum, to the foot of the London Eye. And now, they are heading to new heights, with one taking over the View From The Shard for one night only.

On Tuesday December 3, you can strut your stuff at 1,016ft above ground level, at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, thanks to Time Out.

The beauty of silent discos (which, for the uninitiated, involve dancing to music played over wireless headphones rather than speakers, giving the impression that everyone is dancing in silence) is that it’s like everyone is in their own private party, so you can sing your heart out and dance wildly and the chances are no one will be paying the slightest bit of attention to you.

Plus, there’s an amazing view to enjoy if you need a break from boogieing.

The fun takes place between 8pm and midnight and tickets cost £29.99 per person. This is the first time such an event has taken place, and organisers have admitted it will probably be the last, so make sure you don’t miss out.

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some tickets, we suggest going for all out glam, after all it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. And don’t be scared about getting out your highest heels – there’s a lift to the top!

London at Dusk

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Five ways to spend New Year’s Eve

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

 

It’s not just Christmas that’s round the corner. As well as doing your festive shopping, it’s time to think about how you’re going to spend New Year’s Eve, otherwise you risk ending up at home in front of Jools Holland.

Here’s our guide to some of the best ways to bring in 2014.

Hit a club

New Year’s Eve is undisputedly the biggest clubbing night of the year and clubs all over the country will be hosting special events. In London, highlights include the Blitz-themed shindig at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, a glam Great Gatsby bash at Mansion Bar and a return to Studio 54 at Drink, Shop & Do.

Further north, there’s a Hacienda-themed event at Manchester’s newest venue, Albert Square, and a 24-hour 20’s-style party at The Liquor Store, also in Manchester.

Cruise the Thames

Rather than watching the fireworks over London from the crowded streets, why not float under them on a river cruise? Most packages include food and drink and live entertainment as well as an amazing view of the festivities.

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Jet off

It may be too late to plan a New Year celebration in New York or Sydney, but if you fancy celebrating overseas, look for a last minute trip within Europe. Amsterdam goes all out for NYE with live shows and beer tents in Dam Square before the city is illuminated with a pyrotechnic light show, while Barcelona is jam-packed with super-cool clubs for you to dance the night away in.

One of the biggest and best parties in Europe takes place in Berlin, between Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, with over a million people gathering to see live music, light shows and of course the famous fireworks.

Head to Hogmanay

No one does New Year, or should we say Hogmanay, quite like the Scots. Join the 80,000 revellers who head to Edinburgh each year for a huge street party. This year’s festivities include performances by The Pet Shop Boys and Django, Django as well as a huge ceilidh and fireworks display at midnight. The next day you can tackle your hangover with a dip in the freezing River Forth as part of the annual Loony Dook event.

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Cosy up in a cottage

If you want a slightly quieter New Year, you don’t have to stay at home in front of the TV. Why not head to the countryside for a rural retreat? Get a group of friends together to share the cost of a cottage and cosy up in front of a log fire with some good food and drink to welcome in 2014.

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