Recently I was offered the amazing opportunity to meet Carolyn Baxter; a local dress designer, boutique owner and Youtube partner with almost 22,000 subscribers!
The point of the event was to hear Carolyn's story of how social media led her to launch her own successful fashion business. She has had such an exciting past four years with the rapid growth of her YouTube channel, presenting New Look TV in Glasgow and many more fantastic opportunities - not to mention the startup of her own business!
Source: Carolyn Baxter
The boutique (44 London Street) is decorated beautifully, with all of Carolyn's gorgeous designs displayed for customers to browse.
Source: Coco Made Her Do It
Carolyn described her designs as 'red carpet' dresses which I totally agree with. Each piece has unique features and is crafted flawlessly in her studio. I was very pleased when we were allowed to try the dresses on, and after describing the sort of prom dress I am wanting for next year, I was ecstatic when Carolyn had exactly what I was looking for!
The chiffon silk train is detachable, meaning you can wear the dress short or long - perfect for my party animal prom dancing ;). Priced at £220 it is perhaps slightly above my budget, but a girl can dream!
It was also great to meet up with other Edinburgh bloggers: (L-R) Cera K, Laura Shields, Farah (FAZ), myself, Nicole Findlay and Ka(5)thleen who was behind the camera!
Source of right photo: Ka5thleen
As you can see, in addition to the long elegant gowns, Carolyn also has shorter pieces, many of which have been hand-beaded! The amount of effort that goes into her designs is phenomenal and definitely justifies the price tag.
Here is a picture of the lovely lady herself (and her adorable pug!)
Us lucky bloggers also got the chance to meet Stacey Whittaker, a makeup artist who has, much like Carolyn, started her own business. She used to work for MAC cosmetics but decided to start up her own company called Pouts and Pinups. The salon is located in Fife where Stacey has created quite a name for herself with over 3000 likes on her Facebook page!
Providing makeup masterclasses, hair services and makeovers for special occasions, Stacey seems to be a woman of ambition and I was lucky enough to have my makeup done by her on the day. It was the first time I have ever worn MAC products and I never wanted to wash my face again haha! I'm definitely considering booking an appointment for my prom at the reasonable price of £35.
Source of bottom right photo: Coco Made Her Do It
To finish off, here is a lovely collage I created (just for you!) from the day. My makeup and hair has been beautified in the centre right picture by Stacey, if you're wondering. It was pretty good to get all dolled up before I headed off for a dinner date - not bad eh!
If you'd like to find out more about Carolyn and Stacey, their links are provided below:
Finally, thanks to S1 Jobs for organising this event.
(Yeah, I still need to make a new signature haha!)