Thomas Sabo celebrate the Jubilee with a bit of London ‘Charm’

I am a huge fan of the German Jewellery Brand Thomas Sabo. I was so excited when they launched their Birmingham Store in November 2010 because I just adore the quirky charms they produce, which just seem the perfect gift for so many occasions. Indeed my best friend Dawn got me a charm necklace when my little boy was born which I totally cherish. Thomas Sabo charms and jewels are, frankly, the perfect gift.

crown pendant £69 chain sold separately. Click to visit Thomas Sabo

So it is no surprise that they have produced such a fantastic collection to help celebrate the jubilee. There are delicate pearl earrings and pendants that are topped with tiny silver crowns. Red London Routemaster bus charms that can adorn a bracelet or a necklace, and special anniversary key pendants, again adorned with a crown of course.

Earrings £59 click to visit Thomas Sabo

I love these chic pieces, that you will wear now, but treasure forever. My favourite piece is the impossibly stylish red watch entitled ‘It Girl’ . This has a beautiful Mother-of-Pearl face, yet still retains a sporty feel. In the most patriotic of red shades, with a leather strap. this would be perfect with just about any outfit you’d care to choose.

It Girl Watch £239 click to visit Thomas Sabo

To view all the Thomas Sabo collection, click here.

Next A/W 2012 Press day – Celebrating 30 years of style

I can actually remember the first Next store that opened in my home town. It was the early 1980s, and a Next to Nothing opened in Kings Square, West Bromwich. As a child it always had an air of cool about it, full of what the best dressed would be wearing tomorrow, as well as today. Step forward 30 years, and Next is still a byword for affordable style on the High Street.

It seems totally appropriate for a brand that has become a British Icon to hold its 30th anniversary press day in the home of British Fashion Week. Last week, Somerset House became the setting for one of the most glamorous (and definitely the hottest) press day of the season. The Portico rooms were transformed into style studios filled with the Autumn/winter 2012 ranges.

And in this birthday year, Next has decided to focus on iconic pieces of British Style. The collection is entitled 30 years – 30 pieces, and is full of garments that signify their English heritage, from country tweeds to grey wools. There are boxy wool jackets that give a nod to new royal favourite Rebecca Taylor (in royal blue of course),  and wool fleck style coats that scream Stella Tennant and English Country piles.

 

 

But it is not all wool and tweed. The new season is also the one which contains the party season, and this was well represented in an array of stunning beaded dresses that take inspiration both from Ancient Greece (we’re not lettting London 2012 disappear any time soon), and also in The Great Gatsby, due to be released at Christmas and already much anticipated. Along with those flapper style beaded dresses, there are cloche hats and suede Mary Janes which all had me thinking about the Jazz Age.

 

And what of those 30 pieces? These are the icons of British style that every wardrobe should own. There’s leather, and florals, pencil skirts that have glamorous glitter thread running through them, ready to be teamed with Chanel style jackets and cardigans. There is an essential, go with anything clutch bag, and a fur trimmed cape that evokes the lush images of Dr Zhivago.

 

This was an inspired collection, looking forward as well as looking back, and with so many key pieces that will easily fit into your wardrobe, mixing and matching with items you already have.

Here are a few more things that I loved.

 

Jubilee Celebratory shopping bargains featuring Boden and M&Co

Our Queen has been on the throne for 60 years, which is one hell of an achievement., and retailers, both online and on the High Street, seem set on sharing the love, at least for the next few days. I have never seen so many sales and savings in one short period of time, which is great news for your wardrobe, but bad news for your bank balance.

So, what should you be looking out for this weekend. Here are just some of the offers you could take advantage of this weekend.

First up is Boden. One of my favourite brands, they have lots of amazing offers running at the moment. Tomorrow you can save 25% on all menswear and mini lines, and 20% on womenswear and Johnnie B lines. You can view the whole offer here,but here are a few of my favourite things from the current range.

Bella Dress

The Bella dress is such a soft, pretty look that is perfect for summer days. Add a cute straw hat and some corsage style flipflops for a gorgeous summer look.

Capri Dress

This Capri dress was just made for the your summer holidays. Rather than wrap style, this dress just has a fold in the hemline, giving it all the style of a wrap dress without the embaressment that can occur when a strong gust of wind meets the wrap…

Next up is M&Co. They have 20% off EVERYTHING, starting today. The sale lasts until Midnight on 2nd June, and no code is needed. Here is the link to visit the whole sale.
And here are a couple of key picks.

Plus Size Maxi Dress

I just love the zebra print of this maxi dress, and love the fact that this goes up to a size 28. This is such a stylish look, and would also look great with a cropped cardigan for cooler days.

Cutwork Shift Dress

I love the vibrant shade of this shift dress, which feels very on trend with the cutwork detail This could’ve come from Versace rather than the High Street.

Spot t-bar wedges £28

How cute are these t-bar wedges from M&Co. I love the retro feel of the polka dots, and in the blue and white colourway, you only need to add a dash of red for a totally Jubilee tastic outfit.