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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Beautiful Barcelona

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(Sunglasses QUAY AUSTRALIA, Fluffy jacket H&M, Boots Dr MARTEN, Bra ASOS, wet look leggings TOPSHOP past season, faux leather jacket New Look, Dior looky-likey sunglasses EBay)

Those of you that follow me over on Instagram ( @penelopesarah ) will have seen that I spent this weekend in beautiful Barcelona. This was a last minute city break with the boyf but it turned out absolutely amazing! We stayed in a private room in the GENERATOR hostel and our room was absolutely beautiful from the amazing tiles in the bathroom to the pure luxury of having our own terrace!

We spent our days roaming the city, looking at the incredible Gaudi buildings and Cathedral and washed it all down with authentic Spanish food at the markets and lots of Spanish beer and wine. I haven't visited the city for about ten years and it had changed so much. If you're planning a trip, I'd recommend staying in the hostel as its walking distance to Sagrada Familia and they do a mean Goat's cheese salad! My favourite area is the Gothic Quarter where you can visit the food market and also sit in the sunshine with fresh bread, cheese and a slab of Spanish omelette! (there's even veggie options)

All in all, we had the best time. Until next time Barcelona!

Peace and Love,



Thursday, 14 January 2016


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BEFORE: (One of those, I never realised how ugly I'd be without hair moments)
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(Not Another Salon:  188 BRICK LANE, LONDON E1 6SA / 020 7033 3920 / @NOTANOTHERSALON )

This one is for the girls (and boys) who constantly insist on dying their hair all the colours in the rainbow, no matter what the cost to their hair.... Like me.

Those of you that have followed Fashion-Fade over the years, will know all too well about my hair trials and tribulations, including the fact that in 2014 I had to chop my hair off due to the amount of over dying and bleaching after a very questionable decision to dye my hair dark brown (I know, I know... I'm defo more of a bleach babe) My hair snapped so bad that I likened my head of hair to a kiwi, and it was a pretty accurate likeness.

So when I heard of Not Another Salon in Shoreditch,  and their amazing hair treatments, dyes and toners, I had to pay them a visit.


Not only is this salon full of amazing creative people, the salon itself is a whirlwind of colour, fun, artworks and of course, an extensive tea and biscuit selection... It was like walking into my spiritual home people.

So long story short,  I was pretty happy to have the owner of the Salon, Sophia do my hair and rescue it from brassy blonde disaster to a sensational silver... sensation! I got to learn all about the products and the Salon's ethos to look after and protect your hair first and foremost while also achieving amazing colours.

I'd love to tell you about all the products that Sophia used, but frankly I'd prefer that you popped in and spoke to Sophia. She's a testament to her craft with electrifying yellow locks that look so shiny they've been dipped in....shiny stuff. And she's totally open and honest with any questions you might have.

I'm so happy with my hair and so thankful to Sophia for taking on my crazy mane.

If you fancy a try at rainbow hair, or maybe just a really really good dye job, Id recommend Not Another Salon to everyone and anyone, no matter how crazy you want to go.

Peace and Love forever and Always,

Hope you love ma new do' <3



P.S Special shout out to Tom for waiting in the Salon for me for 4 hours.... even if it later transpired that he was sat in a 70's themed room with an old school gameboy and a beer... Not Another Salon slays on all levels.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year is Here!

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Happy New Year you beautiful bunch!

At this time of year, lots of people and bloggers (not that bloggers aren't people) will be posting about their "New year, new me" mentality... which is great, but I won't be doing that. I've spoken before about my changing relationship with blogging, a bit of a love hate thing, how it was always a hobby for me and I found it hard to adjust when blogging became the world dominating force that it is today. I've seen amazing women come so far and achieve unbelievable things in the blogging world, people that I remember starting up blogs at around the same time as me, people who have turned their blogs into amazing businesses and careers which I'm so proud of them for. But I still just want my blog to be a hobby, a release and a representation of me and I so often wondered throughout 2015 whether there's a place for me. I look back at my earlier posts and it's as if it shows how much I loved posting for you guys and then it became something that I couldn't keep up with.

I've always been so hard on myself for not keeping up and giving Fashion-Fade the attention that it needs and deserves, but then I realised that blogging isn't the only aspect of my life. I also, landed a career as a designer which I've wanted since I was 7 and work long hours to maintain this, styling lookbooks, designing Men's and Womenswear as well as having a boyfriend that lives in London when I'm in sunny old Manchester (for those of you that aren't familiar with Manchester, it's not sunny...ever) as well as traveling all over the world for business and pleasure and trying to find some time to blog somewhere in between.

So this year, the only goal that I'm setting is to not be so hard on myself, to appreciate how far I've come as a person, not just with blogging and how I maybe needed a step back from blogging to realise that... and that's OK... Who knows, maybe 2016 will be the year that I can set a better balance and bombard you all with posts!

So yeah, in 2016, my advice, is don't be so hard on yourself, give yourself a break and just try and be the happiest you can be. If you can throw some resoltions in there too, then GO YOU! You're more commited than I am and I respect that.

Massive 2016 love to you all

Keep it real



P.S Hat is from H&M, towel c/o The Beach People

Tuesday, 1 December 2015


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This post officially symobolises the transition into my Winter wardrobe. The amazing people over at BOOHOO sent me a challenge to find a Winter outfit for just £40 and obviously I HAD to go for something fluffy! I'm pretty into wearing what I like to call "outdoor pyjamas" right now so this two piece in amazing soft jersey and a long maxi cardigan are an absolute match made in heaven for a slouchy winter look.

The ombre fluffy scarf has fast become one of my favourite pieces for Winter and I was pretty impressed that the whole look came together for £40 exactly. There was so much to choose from, but I'll definitely be heading back onto the site with more orders!

I teamed the look with these fluffy faux fr trainers I picked up in Korea (just to add even more fluff) and my glittery mouse ear phone case that makes my life ten times cuter.

Keep it Real,



Sunday, 22 November 2015


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(Dress Vero Moda via ASOS .... It's in the sale so its a bargain! , boots ASOS, coat Native-Youth, bag Monki)

Heyyyyy guys and Happy Sunday!

This post is a little delayed due to the fact that I've been travelling around the world again! This post is about probably the best blogger event I've ever attended.

Living in Manchester and working full time/travelling a lot, means that I miss out on a lot of amazing blogger events as they're mainly based in London. So I was so excited when I was invited to an event that was right on my doorstep! I absolutely loved the idea of staying in a hotel and seeing the city through a visitor's eyes! I was given a lovely room at the premierInn which was amazing as it's right in the middle of the Northern Quarter, my favourite part of the city. the event was hosted by Megan from Pages by Megan (my fave northern beb) as well as premierInn, Front Row Society and Propellernet.

We started the night with definitely the biggest meal I have ever ever EVER eaten! San Carlo Fumo provided so much food that we thought it was the end of the meal when we finished the starters. My fave dish was 100% the giant truffle gnocci.... absolute heaven!

We were given the chance to ask each other blogger related questions and it was great to see some old faces as well as meet new people and find out about their blogs too. I wore a seriously cute star print dress by Vero Moda and my dreamy ASOS boots (obvs) as well as my grey over coat from Native Youth that I designed myself.

Like I mentioned, I'm always so daunted by blogger events as I normally cant attend and always feel so overwhelmed to meet so many new people. A lot of the time, people assume that all bloggers are crazy social butterflies and love attending parties and events.... which I do. But sometimes walking into a room full of amazing girls and women that you don't know can be really intimidating, and having a blog doesn't make it any less scary! But luckily the vibe was amazing and we had the best time!

I really enjoyed the event and to top it off we were given a gift card to spend in the Arndale on the next day, it was so lovely to look at my own city with fresh eyes and notice things that I walk past every day.

Thank you for making me fall in love with my hometown all over again.

Have a good week people!

Peace and love,