Side Street Style

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What we wore to the MADS

The Kooples

On the 20th September we were so honoured to be able to attend the Mads Blog Awards as finalists in the Fashion and Beauty category. The awards took place in a swish hotel in Kensington, London and we took our time over deciding what to wear. I opted smart monochrome suit type style instead of going for a dress along with my new loves - my Clarks Brogues, which took a longtime to find in my size (not sure how many shops I had to call in a last minute bid to find them), I was also really excited by the prospect that I can finally tie my hair right back. John went for a high street edit, smart but individual and a slightly different look than just going for a black suit. Wearing Jacket and Trousers from TopMan and a lovely polka dot tie from Boden which matches his pocket square to a tee.

beared man

Mens wear London Look
John wears - Jacket and trousers - Topman, Shirt - Next, Tie - Boden,  Pocket square - Tie Rack, Shoes - Samuel Windsor, Glasses - Rayban

I really wanted something smart but also very me and I love the whole monochrome trend at the moment even though I have not featured it much on the blog and when I saw this lovely white jacket in River Island I knew it would go perfectly with my TK Maxx finds and shiny brogues

tomboy chic
Laura wears - Jacket - River Island, Trousers - Max Studio, Top - Poof,
Bag - Dents of London, Shoes - Clarks, Necklace - New Look

Jacket and bag

I was lucky enough to have my Makeup done by the lovely people at Oriflame, they really made me feel so pampered. We also finally got to meet some of the bloggers we have know via social media but have never had to chance to meet face to face, plus a whole lot of new inspiring ones which we cannot wait to read, the great thing was the variety of categories which parenting, food, travel all in one room it  really was an amazing evening. Some of the lovely bloggers we got to meet were - Fashion Detective, Style Me SundayMaggie StoneGrenglishDaddacool, CoombeMill, Mum in the Mad House, Kip Hakes and My Two Mums (I apologise if we have left anyone out)

Having my makeup done and enjoying the night together

The night started out with a drinks reception which was followed by an wonderful three course meal - We both loved the vegetarian tart to start and the dessert was soo good. Dr Ranj Singh of Cbeebies fame presented the awards and did a very good job if we don't say so ourselves, especially to a room filled with mainly women who at that point had more than one glass of wine (they just kept topping ours up). We didn't win but we honestly didn't expect too and just being nominated was amazing - so thank you readers for all your amazing support over the last year! Once the awards had wrapped up we were treated to some side splitting entertainment via Mr Mozzarella from Just Eat, who is amazing by the way and I want at my 30th Birthday next year. With music, dancing, more drinks and a surf machine what more could you ask for. We couldn't get too tipsy though as it was Mr A's birthday the next day (pics to  follow soon)

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to our readers who nominated us - you guys are amazing! To TK MAXX for sponsoring our category and providing Laura with lovely pieces for the awards and to Oriflame for doing Laura's Makeup. To Boden and Samuel Windsor for helping out John with his outfit. To the lovely people at Parentdish and Tots100 who without this awards ceremony would not take place. Also a little shoutout to Just Eat for the entertainment and drinks

We have linked this up to Style Sessions, Three-Fer


  1. You guys looked awesome. Congrats on being nominated!!

    1. Hi Trini

      Thanks so much for stopping by and the lovely comment :)

      Laura x

  2. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! And the sweet comment you made. I have been browsing around on your blog. Very cute couple! Congratulations on your nomination!

  3. You both look so stylish! I'm your newest follower on bloglovin :) If you get a sec, I'd love for you to follow my blog too. xo

  4. What a sharp-looking pair! You both look awesome! Congrats on your nomination! That is fantastic!
    Amy @

  5. It was really lovely to meet you. You both looked great!


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