#MotelXmas | Event

the floripa logo written out in lightbulbs behind a bar stocked with hundreds of glass bottles
christmas cards that say merry christmas on an oak table next to a motel catalogue
close up of pink christmas cards that say merry christmas! in white

I’ve never tried to hide the fact that I’m a huge fan of Motel; in fact, they were one of the first brands I ever went to, in search of party dresses, as soon as I deemed myself old enough to need one (or two, or five…), and they’re still a staple in my wardrobe, even now – although their collections have expanded far beyond pretty dresses since then.
With this in mind, when the annual invite to the Motel Rocks Christmas party, hosted this year in the gorgeous Floripa, arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks ago, I knew it was an event I’d have to haul myself back to my hometown for, with my favourite pair of heels in tow.

lots of eylure false lashes in their packaging on a wooden tablea run poster of lee stafford doing a model's hair with a lee stafford logo

Lots of brands were present at the event, from one of my favourite beauty companies, MyFace Cosmetics, Lee Stafford and his team were there to style bloggers’ locks (I opted not to terrify any of them with my frazzled Ombré!), and a lovely girl from Eylure was applying some of their bestselling lashes.

eylure naturalities false eyelashes in their packaging, being held by francesca sophia

As some of you might have spotted over on Motel’s Instagram, I decided to brave my first ever pair of falsies, and opted for this ‘super full’ natural pair (Eylure Naturalities #100, £5.25 from Superdrug), and fell in love with them – although I’m not sure I could do quite as good a job at applying them – I’m definitely in the market for some to expand my non-existent collection!

selection of motel rock's new collection on mannequins and clothing rails at their christmas event
a bardot off the shoulder sequined dress by Motel Rocks on a mannequin at the MotelRocks christmas event

My favourite part of the evening was, quite obviously, gawking at all the gorgeous items on offer in the coming weeks at Motel; gorgeous textures ranging from velvet, to embroidered baroque, to head-to-toe sequins littered the selection on the rails, and even one or two studded items graced the collection, all of which scream ‘party season’!

the bustier neckline of a velvet navy dress by motelrocks, on the hanger
shot of a sequined playsuit by motelrocks on a hanger in front of some of their rangea selection of sequined and velvet clothing on a motelrocks rail

The best part of the collection, aside from the luxe textures, however, would, for me, have to be the gorgeous necklines on offer; sweetheart dresses, off-the-shoulder crop tops, and playsuits with some seriously impressive bodices built-in, what’s not to love?

blogger and vlogger jessica from coppergardenx coppergarden
blogger and vlogger amy from amyvalentinex amy valentine amyvalentine
Left: Jessica from Copper-Garden Right: Amy from AmyValentinex
motel photobooth pictures with jessica from coppergarden, amy from amyvalentine, stacey from staceycraig, kirsti from silentsweetheart, and francesca from francescasophia

I was lucky enough to meet a few lovely ladies on the way to the event, and spent the night sipping on one to many cocktails in their company (name-drop: Jessica, Amy, Stacey & Kirsti, to name a few)…and even went away with a gorgeous little Christmas present from Motel; a pretty impressive start to the Christmas season, I’d say!

motel's lookbook for the 2012-2013 season
an inside shot of the motel lookbook for a/w 12-13
a hot pink helium balloon with the word 'motel' printed on the side with their logo
a neon pink light with 'motel' from motelrocks lit up
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