Next Kids Spring/Summer Preview Event

April 24th, 2014

The range of kids clothing at Next is always a big hit with both myself and Joe. This season he has lived in his Lego t-shirt with ‘Everything is Awesome’ emblazoned on the front (a present from Uncle Ben), and we have also recently picked up a fab dinosaur design that he saw on a trip to New Square, and basically fell in love with. So the opportunity for a trip to Next HQ to see the new Spring/Summer collection, with Pizza making on the menu for lunch, was just too good to miss.

Joe’s Spring Picks

White Dino Jet Ski Short Sleeve T-Shirt (3-16yrs) from £5.50 click to visit Next

White Dino Jet Ski Short Sleeve T-Shirt (3-16yrs) from £5.50 click to visit Next

Green LEGO™ Cop T-Shirt (4-12yrs) from £10 - £13 click to visit Next

Green LEGO™ Cop T-Shirt (4-12yrs) from £10 – £13 click to visit Next

That t-shirt!

That t-shirt!

Next HQ in Leicester is a vast building dedicated to all things Next – fashion, home furnishings and beauty. In the middle of the building there is an actual pop-up shop that is a dedicated children’s department, complete with a child-friendly play area at the centre. This was the setting for the Kids preview event, a look at all the fabulous lines that will be hitting Next stores in the coming weeks. This was also the setting for a lot of kiddie fun.

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Click to view cap – £9 – £10 from Next

Whilst Joe was enjoying playing with the other children, I went for a wonder around the pop up store to have a look at the beautiful pieces that Next has produced for Spring/Summer 2014. As usual, there was a mixture of fun and wearable cotton pieces, and more dressy stuff for special occasions. The pop up shop was divided into girl and boy sections, so I will start with showing some of the girl’s fashion that caught my eye, and, where possible, I will link to the website if the pieces have already hit stores.

Girls

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Tulip Rain Mac (3mths-6yrs) £20-£22 click to visit Next

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Pointelle Cardigan £13-£14 click to visit Next

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Print Dress (3mths-6yrs) £9 -£10 click to visit Next

Print Dress (3mths-6yrs) £9 -£10 click to visit Next

Embroidered Tunic (3-16yrs) £26- £33 click to visit Next

Embroidered Tunic (3-16yrs) £26- £33 click to visit Next

White Dress (3-16yrs) £22- £29 click to visit Next

White Dress (3-16yrs) £22- £29 click to visit Next

Ra-Ra Dress (3-16yrs) £12 - £17 click to visit Next

Ra-Ra Dress (3-16yrs) £12 – £17 click to visit Next

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And for the boys, there was just as much choice and fab designs.

Boys

Bright Printed Shirt £8-£9 click to visit Next

Bright Printed Shirt £8-£9 click to visit Next
Car Print Short Sleeve Shirt (3-16yrs) £11 - £17 click to visit Next

Car Print Short Sleeve Shirt (3-16yrs) £11 – £17 click to visit Next

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Leather Brogues £26 - £32 click to visit Next

Leather Brogues £26 – £32 click to visit Next

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Chambray Blazer (3mths-6yrs) £23-£25 click to visit Next

Chambray Blazer (3mths-6yrs) £23-£25 click to visit Next

Shorts Two Pack (3-16yrs) £12 - £19 click to visit Next

Shorts Two Pack (3-16yrs) £12 – £19 click to visit Next

Blue Bike Dino T-Shirt (3-16yrs) £5.50 - £10.50 click to visit Next

Blue Bike Dino T-Shirt (3-16yrs) £5.50 – £10.50 click to visit Next

After browsing the collections, the Next team and blogger guests moved onto a lovely Italian restaurant Cini.  Joe actually had the chance to visit the kitchen to make his own Pizza – a very exciting moment that he was very proud of.

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Joe enjoys his Pizza and Apple juice at Cini

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Joe’s Pepperoni Pizza!

Both Joe and I had a very lovely time, and would like to thank Gemma, Ellie and Vicki from Next for the invitation and hospitality.

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Reviewed – Tribal Print Maxi Dress from Mark Heyes at Marisota

April 23rd, 2014

Do you have a summer staple in your wardrobe? Maybe you have a few choice pieces that you turn to, time and time again when the weather gets warm. If you’re anything like me, one of your fail-safe pieces will be a maxi dress. For me, the maxi dress has become a hero product, perfect for casual daytime wear, a great piece to pack for beach holidays and city breaks. But a maxi can also be dressed up with strappy sandals and court shoes, and worn with a blazer for a summer wedding, or even to become a part of your working wardrobe. To put it simply, there aren’t many occasions that a maxi wouldn’t be perfect for.

Marisota is a great place to enhance your summer wardrobe, and it currently has a superb range of maxi dresses that cater for sizes from 12 – 32. I was recently offered the chance to review a piece from the latest Marisota look-book, which is literally full of gorgeous, wearable pieces. It took me an age to choose just one with so much choice, but there was one design I just kept heading back to. This was from the Tribal Print Maxi Dress from the Ava range from TVs Mark Heyes.

I am a huge fan of Mark Heyes from his styling on the Lorraine show, and have now twice had the opportunity to meet him, and been unable to go. (Boo!)  The maxi dress from his Ava collection appealed for the pattern, the fact that it was lined, and the design, which indicated this could be a really versatile, wear anywhere dress.

Tribal Print Maxi Dress Product Code: XV144EF £55.00 click to visit Marisota

Tribal Print Maxi Dress
Product Code: XV144EF
£55.00 click to visit Marisota

The dress was a pull on style, always great if you prone to bloating. (no zips or buttons to pop!) I liked the v front detail, flattering on a larger bust, and the tie across the shoulders was a lovely, dressy detail. I was also pleased to see that this dress was lined. The elastic band directly under the bustline, gives this an empire feel on a larger bust, a look I personally love and feel comfortable in.

I styled this dress two ways.

Look 1 – Formal – Summer wedding or Special occasion

This dress, as I mentioned before, is versatile. I think the striking pattern, with elements of animal print, can easily be dressed up for special occasions, including a summer wedding. The lining ensures the dress isn’t see-thru, therefore respectable enough for even formal occasions. I added a blazer, a pair of vintage Bally heels in pewter, a statement necklace, and a clutch bag in another animal print for this look.

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Blazer Curvissa
Necklace Wallis (similar here)
Bag Aldo (past season, but similar here)
Shoes Vintage (but similar here at Debenhams)
Dress Marisota

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Look 2 – Summer Hols

This dress will be so lovely for a sunny day or sun soaked holiday. The fabric is light and floaty, and the tribal pattern definitely has a holiday feel.  For holiday wear I simply added a colour pop with a pair of toe post sandals.

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sandals TK Maxx

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DSCN7021I love this dress and how comfortable and stylish it is. I have a summer holiday planned for June and will most definitely be taking this with me.

With thanks to Marisota and Stephanie Churchill PR for the dress for review purposes.

Surgery PR Press Day

April 22nd, 2014

Another day in Spring seems to mean another press day, and a couple of weeks ago it was the turn of Surgery PR. After first of all storming their offices (sorry ladies – oops!), I then found the bright and cheerful venue on Wells Street, a great place to showcase some fabulous Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections.

Amongst the things that caught my eye were some fabulous metallic Birkenstocks, a Summer staple for many, and these certainly fitted the bill as the perfect Summer sandal – dressy enough to move from the beach to the bar – just add denim cutoffs and a kimono jacket.

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Loving these.

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The pink is my fave!

Another brand that had me totally rethinking was Pauls Boutique. I have never been the biggest fan of this brand, mainly because I felt the designs were just too young for me, and, if I’m honest, veering towards ‘Chav’ territory. But boy, does the latest collection turn all these thoughts on their head! Sophisticated, grown up styles, in a range of shapes and fabric, a real look towards heritage shapes like the 2.55 and ladylike, top handled grab bags of the variety made popular by Grace Kelly, Pauls Boutique has grown up and grown gorgeous, and is sure to become a bag brand that is coveted by more than just trendy teenagers. (You can check out some of the gorgeous pastel coloured Pauls Boutique bags from the current range by clicking here)

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Cute Holdall from Pauls Boutique

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So pleasantly surprised by Pauls Boutique’s new range.

It would be hard to pick a favourite, but the blue water colour effect bags were simply beautiful, and made me think of a Monet painting. These were gorgeous and springlike, and I liked the barrel shapes. You can also get matching accessories to go with this bag, perfect for those who like the totally put together look.

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Totally my faves!

More great looks from the Surgery PR press day

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