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Last week I was lucky enough to be given a massive treat by the fab folks at TK Maxx. Together with the lovely Anna from The Style Diet, I headed to the High Street Kensington flagship branch of the store to pick out an outfit, then over to east London for a photo shoot.

TK Maxx have massive deliveries of dresses and formalwear hitting their stores at the moment, and they wanted to give some fashion video bloggers the chance to see them and try them on, and get some glam photos into the bargain. Both Anna and I shot loads of video on the day, which you can see below the jump, but I'm most excited about the photos, which allowed me to play the retro pin-up for the afternoon (you can imagine how much I enjoyed that)...

Picking the dress was the first hurdle, though. I was there hunting down something to wear to a Spring wedding, so I needed it to be quite light and romantic, but OK to be worn with tights (April's not often warm enough for bare legs in London so I had to keep that in mind).

I was amazed at what was on offer in store, from high street bargains to amazing designer pieces you wouldn't expect. I tried on everything from a fitted blue wiggle dress (beautiful but I could barely breathe) to a green silk shift (the phrase 'sack of potatoes' springs to mind) in my hunt for the perfect frock. Eventually, I settled on a bold cream dress with black and yellow oversize floral print; not something I'd usually try on because I tend to go for dark colours, but it was a really nice shape and a beautiful cut. With an RRP of well over £200, it was a huge bargain at £69.99. The TK Maxx stylist helped me team it with killer heeled patent peep toes (£29.99 RRP over £50) and a boxy clutch bag with a gold chain strap, and I was good to go.

Following hair and makeup, it was onto 'set' (The S&M Cafe) for the photos. Considering how readily I'll pose for snaps when my friends are wielding a camera, I was surprisingly nervous in a professional set-up, but our photographer was great and eventually (after thinking 'fierce', natch) I was camping it up with the best of them.


Having Anna on hand for some photos take away some of the pressure was great, and I actually love one of our group shots the most. Perhaps it's a good thing I didn't get to see the contact sheets for the whole shoot, I have a feeling the ones taken while the behind-the-scenes team shouted "bum out!" at me might have more giggles than grins!


With many thanks to TK Maxx, Mindshare and friends for organising the event. For more info on the dresses promotion, visit the TK Maxx website.

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ps. Now I sympathise with Cameron Diaz. My roots don't look that bad in real life!