GAME OF THRONES WORLD PREMIERE


I couldn't even type out the entirety of this post without squealing every couple of minutes, seriously it was a struggle guys, haha. I wasn't originally planning on doing a whole separate blog post on this but I've gotten a fair few requests to talk about my experience attending the world premiere of Game of Thrones Season 5 and I think what most of you are most curious about, my reunion with a certain Miss Sophie Turner! So let's begin looking back on what could only be described as the best night of my humble life so far...

I'm sure most of you know I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan. It's safe to say that getting lost in the tv show and books are my favourite pastimes and sometimes I feel as if the Known World and Westeros are more real to me than this world I'm currently living in. Yep, I'm that crazy. Having met most of the cast previously and being able to vouch for the fact that they are truly the nicest bunch of actors in the biz further reinforces my love for this show. Now it's always been a dream of mine to go to a Game of Thrones world premiere. Every single year it's a highlight and a ritual for me to watch their extravagant world premiere in the US, always a visual spectacle with their lavishly decorated venues and of course the full cast in attendance. When I heard that this year, for the first time ever, the world premiere would be held in London, I was speechless. I thought it must be fate, I'd never been more excited for anything in my life. Then came the sudden downfall when Sky Atlantic announced that this event would not be open to public. I was in such a state of shock and dismay (you might have seen my rants on twitter), I just couldn't believe they were taking this moment away from the people that have made the biggest impact on this show: the fans. Alas, a small sliver of hope appeared when Sky then revealed a competition for 50 of the winners to be able to attend the premiere. Unexpectedly, my friend and I won a place. I'm not ashamed to say that I bawled my eyes out when I found out. This must be fate indeed. Anyways, enough of the gushy background story, I'm sure you all just want to know what went down at the premiere right?
































The world premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones was held at the Tower of London, and I couldn't think of a more fitting venue. The preparations had started days in advance, the red carpet assembled in the moat area of the historic castle and the finishing touch came in the form of the Iron Throne descending down into the venue, just hours before it was due to start. Fifty fans and their plus ones were escorted down into an area along the red carpet, alongside residents of the Tower. I situated myself near the beginning of the red carpet, where the cast would enter and make their way up to the 'tent' for photos and interviews. Our host for the evening, Sue Perkins of The Great British Bake Off, was busy rehearsing her lines in front of us and behind us, cameras on cranes were roving about, ready to capture everything for the live stream. When the clock hit half past six, it was time for the guests to start arriving. One of the very first people to show up was none other than Kit Harington, who of course plays fan favourite Jon Snow. He seemed to be in a really good mood as he took his time talking to the fans. A Ygritte cosplayer next to me had his attention for a while as they lamented the loss of her character. When he came up to me, I got him to sign something for my best friend back in Australia (who is the biggest Jon Snow fan I've ever known, shout out to you Lily!) and then handed him my copy of last year's Vanity Fair magazine with the GoT cast spread. He jokingly asked me whether he should sign on Ygritte's face and when I said yes, he did it so enthusiastically, he ripped a hole in my magazine. Yep, thanks Kit. He then proceeded to apologise and give me another autograph, what a lovely man. I tried to 'out-sad' him in my selfie with him too but failed miserably, that Jon-Snow-puppy-dog expression is harder than I thought! Next came Hannah Murray, stunning in a bell-sleeved sheer lace dress and towering heels, a far cry from her character in the show, Gilly. Hannah's always a sweetheart and she was more than happy to say hello to everyone and pose for photos. Alfie Allen and Iwan Rheon (Theon Greyjoy and Ramsay Bolton respectively) arrived within minutes of each other and by now the red carpet atmosphere was seriously abuzz, photographers running up and down to capture every moment and interviews with the Thronecast presenters at the end of the carpet being broadcasted on the big screen. 

Not long after, I spotted a the silhouette of a tall young lady with her hair slicked back into a high ponytail at the start of the red carpet. My favourite actress, Sophie Turner was here! "This is so weird!" I heard her exclaim as she posed for a photo with a Sansa Stark cosplayer. It was right after this moment that she saw me (she didn't even see the huge poster of her I was holding, she literally spotted my face in the crowd, bless her), and then she ran up to me and pulled me into the biggest hug. We stayed wrapped up like that, swaying from side to side for a while, I cannot explain to you how much this remarkable girl means to me and I don't think others will ever truly understand. I have no idea what Sophie sees in me but all I know is that I'm forever grateful to that day we first met, a little over a year ago now, the first conversation we had and that she decided to follow me back. When we finally broke apart, she continued to hold my hands and chat. Of course some things will always just be between the two of us but she mentioned how much wear she'd gotten out of my birthday present and she was pleased to recognise the coat I was wearing, "That's the Karen Millen coat! I know because I wore it!" After a while Sophie started fretting that I was getting cold (when she was the one in the backless gown) and asked whether I was going inside. I was also starting to worry that I'd stolen enough of her time when there were heaps of other fans wanting to see her and of course press interviews for her to do. When I told her that unfortunately I wouldn't be watching the screening inside, she reassured me that we'd most likely see each other again soon anyway. With that and a spectacular flurry of her dress, she went down the red carpet. My friend next to me remarked what a great reunion it was and I have to agree, every time I see her, it's always a special moment. 


Gwendoline Christie aka Brienne of Tarth appeared next, all smiles as she greeted the fans. She graciously took all the selfies for everyone as she's quite tall. I loved her outfit and that she wore flats, definitely a girl after my own heart. Commotion at the other end of the carpet signalled Aidan Gillen's (Littlefinger) arrival and although he seemed to be in a bit of a hurry, barely signing and not stopping for photos, I've had the pleasure of meeting him before and I had the impression that he's really a lot more talkative than he appears to be in most interviews. While I managed to say hello to most of the cast, there was one moment when Sophie being interviewed was pulled up on the big screen and I got momentarily distracted, consequently missing a whole group of people who walked past including Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon), and Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar). Typical me. Soon after, Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) walked past and said hello to me as I'd bumped into her at the tube station the day before and she remembered! I was happy to see Isaac Hempstead-Wright there, even though it was announced that his character, Bran, wouldn't be appearing at all in this upcoming season. It was so nice to meet Liam Cunningham, John Bradley-West, and Conleth Hill again. Conleth, in particular, was in such a jolly mood, he almost knocked me out when we were posing for a selfie. I enjoyed his interview together with Sophie, I think it's so wonderful how close all the cast members are, despite having separate shooting schedules and locations as you can imagine. Here are the rest of the selfies I took that night.





I still wish they would have opened the premiere to the public so all the fans could have experienced it, because in my opinion, some of the people who had won the competition and were there, hadn't even watched a single episode of the show and had just entered for fun. Nevertheless, when most of the cast had finished their press interviews and the red carpet was progressively getting quieter, I felt very lucky indeed to be amongst the select few there and I'm pretty sure everyone all had a fantastic time and took home many treasured memories. I think the highlight for me (apart from seeing Sophie again of course) was being able to see cast, crew, and fans all come together, share and celebrate their love for the show. I think that atmosphere is truly unforgettable. Game of Thrones is such a huge love in my life that typing up this post felt incredibly personal and therefore rather unusual for my blog. I hope that you enjoyed reading it nonetheless and that it gave you an insight into the event whether you're a fan of the show or not. A recording of the premiere was broadcasted on Sky Atlantic and I was super excited to see that they filmed the exact moment when Sophie spotted me! Aww the memories, take me back!


Season 5 of Game of Thrones premieres April 13th on Sky Atlantic.

All photographs were taken by me. Please do not repost without credit.

SPORTY





Isabel Marant x H&M bomber jacket (similar) / Alexander Wang x H&M top / ASOS skirt (similar) / Converse trainers

I often have this dilemma where I want to try dressing more sporty and casual (probably stemming from the fact that I am the least athletic person in the world) but I dislike wearing pants. So when I spotted this little ASOS skirt I thought it would be the perfect in between for me. My Isabel Marant x H&M bomber is still serving me well after all this time and unintentionally I paired it with another piece from a H&M collection, this Alexander Wang crop top that I bought because frankly I need all the crop tops in the universe. I wore this during a day of pottering around Shoreditch and then to a blogger event later that night and it was just the most comfortable and carefree outfit ever, I'd happily wear converse every single day of the week!


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CHEVRON




Lace and Beads dress*/ Miss Selfridge coat (similar) / Zara flats (similar) / ASOS earrings

Chevron is a very underrated pattern. Perhaps not so much amongst homeware but definitely in fashion. Unbeknownst to me until I looked back on these photos, I am wearing chevron on chevron. The perfect evening dress comes in the form of this navy and white number by Lace and Beads, with gorgeous beading all over the bodice and a skirt that flows beautifully with your every move. I paired it with an old Miss Selfridge faux fur coat (remember it from this post?) that has a really interesting but subtle chevron design to it. On an unrelated note, a good week after my last hair wash, I decided I had to wear it up. Upon trying to twist it in a bun, I found it was too thick to stay in place. I settled for a high ponytail as in these photos, but after an hour or two my head started to ache from the weight of my hair. Long story short, I am in desperate need of a haircut. Knowing me, I'll be putting it off for at least another month or so though, I'm just so lazy when it comes to my hair.


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GREENWICH







Every time I pass through Greenwich I think of Thor 2 haha. I haven't explored this area much before, in fact the first time I actually stopped to walk around was when I went on the Paddington Trail. The Old Royal Naval College with it's magnificent twin domes is one of my favourite constructions architecture-wise and I love bringing friends and family along to admire its grandeur. It's quite a trek from where I live but always worth a visit. This particular day I wore a scuba skater dress in the prettiest print and colours to counteract the grey clouds that were rolling in. The shoes, to be honest, I initially bought because I'd seen Maisie Williams wear them to a Game of Thrones event but investing in a pair of buckle boots can never be the wrong decision in my eyes, they've always been my shoe of choice and I never seem to have enough.


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MAC CINDERELLA HAUL & REVIEW


I'm no connoisseur when it comes to beauty and make-up, let alone a MAC junkie. I've never really kept up with their limited edition collections but when their collaboration with Disney for the upcoming Cinderella movie blinked onto my radar, it was pretty much love at first sight. I have previously been put off by the more 'out there' shades in their past collections so what drew me to this one was the overall neutral colour scheme, the products would be plenty more wearable for me. I actually didn't realise the collection would be released online on the 6th of March, I think I happened to be on twitter and just saw someone tweet that it was live, headed straight onto the website and managed to scoop up these pieces. I really wanted the eyeshadow palette and lipstick in Royal Ball, the latter unfortunately sold out in my cart so I decided to pick up the other lipstick shade instead. In a last minute frenzy I also added one lipgloss and one gel eyeliner to my order. Unfortunately I think the collection has now sold out online but I thought it might still be nice to share my thoughts on these items.


This palette consists of the shades Vapour, Phloof!, Omega, Quarry, Satin Taupe, and Stroke of Midnight. I'm sure most of these are permanent MAC shadows so I ponder the exclusivity of it but for someone who didn't previously own any of these shades, it seemed like the perfect palette. It's quite compact (fits into the palm of my hand), which of course makes it ideal to travel with. The colours are also a little on the purple side which I think is great for people with brown eyes like me. 


I went for this shade out of the two fluid lines as I already own the regular version of Macroviolet (and absolutely love it). This one is a metallic gunmetal colour with silver flecks of glitter so it's much softer than a black eyeliner and a nice alternative to brown.


As I mentioned, I originally wanted the other peachier shade as I'm not the biggest fan of light nude lips. I really think online stores should make it that once something's in your basket, it's safe for a limited amount of time until you check out. Alas as this was not the case I took a chance on Free as a Butterfly, which is described on the site as a 'semisheer golden nude'. When I saw it in person, I was terrified as it looked way too light for my skin tone and screamed 'concealer lips'. When swatched on the lips however, it's quite sheer so it just lightens your lip colour a bit (mine are naturally quite pink so it gave quite a nice nude finish to them). I also tried it on top of a darker lip liner such as Rimmel's Eastend Snob and the result was the perfect pinky nude shade with a gorgeous cool-toned shimmer.


Apparently the two lipgloss shades were quite similar, Happily Ever After just has a blueish sparkle to it as opposed to pink sparkle, making it look more cool-toned. I'm not usually a gloss wearer as I stick to matte lip products but I thought I'd try something new for spring, and this shade looks perfect on top of the previous lipstick.

This is a daytime look I came up with using some of the products. Please excuse the static hair and crazy eyebrows, I'm still in the process of growing them out. Also this is the first time I've taken a self portrait photo, I don't have a remote or tripod so it was kind of trial and error and I'm still figuring out framing and focus points. Hopefully I'll do more of these 'face of the day' posts (if you want to see them, that is) and I'll get better with practice. From the eyeshadow palette I'm wearing  Phloof! all over the lids, Quarry from the crease to the brow bone, and Satin Taupe to deepen the outer crease (I should've taken a photo looking down as well since I have quite hooded eyes argh, next time I'll remember). I lined my eyes using the Little Black Bow fluid line and blended it out slightly. Under my eyes I smudged a tiny bit of Quarry. On my lips I applied Rimmel's Eastend Snob all over then Free as a Butterfly lipstick and a tiny bit of Happily Ever After gloss over it. I'm not really used to wearing cool toned colours in terms of make-up but I'm happy with how this turned out and it's persuaded me to steer away from my usual golds and bronzes for a while. I'm looking forward to using these products for a darker night-time look, especially the gorgeous, deep Stroke of Midnight shade. Overall I'm really pleased with the items I chose and this whole collection in general. I think the packaging is spot on, evoking the classic Cinderella vibes whilst still keeping it simple and clean looking so it doesn't come across as tacky or child-like.

Did you pick up anything from this collection? If you missed out, what would you have chosen or are you not fussed about it?




VALAR DOHAERIS






Surprisingly (orrr maybe not) this Black Milk number is one of my most worn dresses. The neutral colours make it incredibly versatile and I've worn it several different ways, day to day as well as to conventions. Of course I pulled it out to wear to the GoT Exhibit, styling it over a collared jumper to give it a preppy twist.