Saturday 28 November 2015

Christys' Hats SS16 Press Day: Never Underestimate a Good Hat!

Since 1773 Christys' Hats has conquered the high-end hat industry as we now see many of their designs on the likes of Will.I.Am, One Direction, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Myleene Klass, Beth Ditto, Justin Timberlake, The Libertines and many, many more. 

I had a great time checking out their range at their recent press day recently. In all honesty, I've never been a die-hard hat person but you seriously can't help but fall in love with them once you enter the store and that sense of luxury hits you. They have such a massive collection so there really is something for everyone... whether you're looking for something very formal like a feathered felt hat or something super chilled like a patterned baseball cap, you will 100% find it. 

Here I am rocking this beautiful purple felt hat with feathers. I was completely and utterly drawn to it because of the gorgeous, rich purple shade... perfect for this season.

Seeing it in person is a whole different experience... it's just divine!
Arriving with only a brief knowledge of the brand, it was really refreshing to see that they do offer hats at various price points. I was honestly only expecting hats above the £100 mark, which I suppose isn't even all that much for something of such quality anyway but Emily, their lovely PR Manager, proved me wrong and also introduced me to their recently launched range, CROWN By Christys. CROWN offers a collection of fresh, fun and contemporary headwear for the modern world.

I had a nosy look at the range on the site and I came across this two-toned beauty for only £45 which I have now ordered (talk about tempting). A lot of the upcoming CROWN styles will also be very reasonably priced which is good news for everyone!

So if you're a student or don't want to spend too much but still really crave that luxury from a hat that you can keep long-term, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised. 

Here are some more fun SS16 styles...

I could so see this looking fab on the beach!
Gorgeous artistic vibes added to sports-style caps with the Christys' x Liberty collab.

A pic from the store that I think really captures the heritage behind the brand & all its ties to the royals, the military & the police. 

So what do you guys think of the range? Are you a hat person yourself? I don't think I'll ever underestimate the power of a quality hat ever again!

Christys’ Hats London stores:
9 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9AT
16 Princes Arcade, London, SW1Y 6DS

Monday 23 November 2015

Matalan SS16 Press Day: Budgeting Just Got Fun!

I was quite excited to visit the Matalan press day this year. I used to shop there a lot in the past when I lived near a local store and I used to always find the cutest bargains ever. I still have items in my wardrobe from 2-3 years back which have still maintained their quality which is highly impressive...

I could definitely see a boho-chic trend going on for SS16 which seems to be the running thread with quite a few collections. Interestingly for a glam girl like me, I could see with these looks how easily you could take a boho dress and turn it into something fab for the evening, by adding chunky heels for instance. 

I'm a beanie! How about you?! (I had to filter this badly lmao)
I'm loving the blouse at the front... easy, wearable but also on-trend.

This maxi is just stunning! So simple but the print makes it so worth wearing.

 I thought this was a cute look from the Falmer Heritage range... I can see this being very flattering on body types like mine. Something to wear when you just don't want to have to worry about lumps & bumps.
OMG I NEED this swimsuit in my life! I wish it was out when I went to Goa, I would've rocked this by the pool. I literally live for cute swimsuits, especially as I have a tummy so something like this is perfect as it looks like it'd cinch me right in.

Platforms have been around for quite a while now but I can see these types everywhereeee for SS16. At only £18, I think I need both colours too ;)

Okay, let me explain. 'You don't even blog about BABY clothes?!' Yes, I know.... but HOW CUTE are these?!! I just had to include this range. Can't you imagine your lil niece or cousin in this running around the park with a melting ice-cream... n'aww.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

London SS16 Press Day Highlights: Part 2

'Tis the season for loadsa press days.

I recently attended a couple more press days recently and thought it was only right to give you a lowdown of my fave picks. Even though times have been tough, getting out and seeing some new (f* awesome) collections have certainly cheered me up and given me hope that with all bad times come dope fashion collabs & new shiny jackets...

Saymore PR

After last year's amazing Alpha Industries & Luke Roper fashion show, I was so excited to see the new collections and I was pretty impressed... Alpha maintained their utility-based military aesthetic but switched it up with some new styles & finishes... the khaki sheen above is just so gorgeous for this season. 

My personal fave from Saymore... a bright (CANDYFLOSS PINK!!) Alpha jacket. I need this in my life immediately, I mean it's so Barbie-chic but cool enough to wear on a night out in Camden too :O

The Bedroom Athletics x Liberty collab proved to me that this season, it's all about your slipper game so it might be time to ditch the huge elephant slippies guys... 

This Luke Roper backpack captured my attention... perhaps because it's shiny (and you should all know I love shiny things by now).
 Haddon PR 

I really should be a Spongebob merch model ;) No but forreal I was SO excited to see the Hype x Spongebob collab, I mean this is literally such a fab idea... whoever came up with it should be given 10000 krabby patties! 

Bold graphic backpacks & hats that will have you in a Bikini Bottom trance (no drugs required).


Guys, Ellesse is back and back for good! I'm telling you now, it will be everywhere real soon. Chipmunk's already been  rocking it everywhere...

A whole table full of Slydes of all styles and colours... including their latest collab with NICCE. There are Slydes for good girls who wanna rock bananas and pineapples, or there are Satan slides... take your pick.

I couldn't not include this because what do I stand for? Positivity! 

Sunday 8 November 2015

London SS16 Press Day Highlights: Part 1

Hello gorgeous people!

I decided to get back on my blogging game and give you guys a rundown of my faves that I've seen at some of the press days I've gone to recently...

Let Me Throw In an Update...

If you've been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed my content is a lot... erm... shorter and shall we say... simple? I must apologise for this but to keep matters simple, I am going through quite a difficult period in my life right now and sometimes it's hard for me to find the time and energy to manifest the blog post ideas in my head.

That being said, I do definitely have some ideas in my mind and I want to get back to doing some more insightful posts, particularly regarding body image and shopping addiction. I hope this of interest to you guys, do let me know!

My blog is always going to be my baby and I sincerely appreciate anyone who finds the time to read it or even goes on it once in a while every so often. I love writing and I love sharing content and I hope to get out of this funk a little bit so I can write things which are more up to scratch :)

SS16 = LIFE! 

For now, let me show you guys some absolutely STUNNING SS16 pieces my eyes had the pleasure of seeing. Admittedly, I haven't been to that many press days this season compared to last year because I've been caught up with other urgent priorities but from what I have seen, there seems to be a little bit of minimalism going on but hardly any compared to the experimental designs I've seen using laser cut, custom designs and intricate prints. My favourite concept I've noticed is that a few brands are collaborating with charities or using eco-friendly materials which is absolutely what we need to be seeing more of, especially with low to mid-range collections.

 Modus PR:

I fell in love with the G-Star RAW collection which featured some quality jeans as you would expect but also some really innovative pieces from their latest concept which is all about saving our oceans (oh and Pharrell is the designer so naturally it's dope af).

I fan-girled when I saw the Giuseppe Zanotti collection with their beautiful electric tones, metallic gold panels & loads of glitter everywhere. It's basically my idea of heaven.

Chloé kept it chic as always with their eyewear... it seems rounded frames are definitely the way to go for SS16.

Gorgeous display from The Cambridge Satchel Company feat. lots of cute pastel shades. I've never been a satchel girl myself but this kinda persuades me to try one.

Loud & eccentric new styles from TOMS who also have a unique project going on to provide shoes to the less fortunate.

Expect the unexpected from Pringle of Scotland! Yes of course they still have their cashmere jumpers but they have also released lots of fun, experimental pieces which certainly shocked me. Love, love, love them going out of the box though!

Minimalism is in the air with MUJI! I didn't know much about them but I got a lovely intro to the brand and I'm sold on their affordability & non-mainstream collection from gorgeous aroma diffusers, skincare & stationary.

HPR London

I have to admit that the Persy collection was one of my favourite finds, probably THE favourite  I will remember. I just fell in lurveee with these couture finds with all the frills included. I mean this is what red-carpet is all about.

Another beaut from Persy... I couldn't stop running my hands through the layers, it was like a work of art! 

Gorgeous metallic laser cut skirt from Paul & Joe, team this with a plain black polo-neck & you'd be the star of the show!

Vivetta had a whole rail full of the quirkiest pieces known to man...
 Goodley Bullen PR

Loud, bold but feminine from Vanessa G.
Beautiful wearable elegance displayed from Suzannah Fashion!