Clothes show live: Birmingham NEC Arena

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Hey everyone,

On Friday 5th December I attended the annual Clothes Show Live at Birmingham’s NEC Arena for the first time. I’ve wanted to go to the clothes show for as long as I can remember, so when my friend sent me a link to some cut price tickets on Groupon I just couldn’t say no!

We had tickets to the event for the afternoon slot between 1pm and 6pm which worked perfectly for us as it gave us time to travel up in the morning . Parking at the NEC is great; it costs £10 for the day and there are complimentary shuttle buses to and from the arena.

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On arrival we headed straight to the main event and checked out all the boutique stores in the hair and beauty section. There were so many stalls offering big brand products  including Rimmel, Barry M and Carmex at discounted prices with lots of demo’s being carried out for free if you fancied a mini makeover. I bought lots of the products that were tried out on me but that was purely because I liked them and not because I felt pressured into buying.

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Next up we headed to the clothes stalls where we found loads of bargains including Lipsy dresses for £10 and Topshop heels for the same price! I didn’t realise how discounted the items were and I ended up spending more than I thought I would but I did get my money’s worth! There were also a host of boutique stalls from celebrity owners such as Millie Mckintosh, Amy Childs and the Kardashian sisters.

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Throughout the arena there were celebs from The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea posing for photos and autographs as well as various calendar signings. Peter Andre was there and I had the pleasure of meeting the cutie pie that is Joey Essex and I have to say he was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met! He’s so funny and down to earth and was really lovely, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and my little sister loved her signed calendar.. Thanks Joey!

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Our tickets allowed entry to the Alcatel Catwalk Show which featured a professional show with models and dancers along with special guests and was presented by famous fashion designer Henry Holland. Girl band Neon Jungle opened the show and Henry was joined on stage by Joey Essex before the catwalk began . There was nine different scene changes with dances to well known soundtracks and the models showcased the latest fashion products from big name designers.

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We had a brilliant day at Clothes Show Live and I can’t wait to return next year, I’m booking my tickets as soon as possible!

My next post is a local hotel review so that will be coming up shortly, and I still have my interview with the lovely Char from Taylor Hearts Travel to publish so it’s going to be a busy few days for me! Watch this space!

Love Jess x

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