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.

 

Bafta Fashion – The Best Looks

The most glamorous night in the TV calendar is undoubtedly the BAFTA awards. The beautiful stars of the small screen all put on their finery as they battle to win the awards that really matter (sorry TV Quick and Soap Awards but you know I’m telling the truth). This year was no exception. Celebrities like Kelly Brook, Alex Jones, Holly Willoughby and the gorgeous Millie Mackintosh all walked the supremely patriotic red, white and blue carpet. But who’s style seriously impressed? Who wore the dresses that made me go – ooooooh!

Here are my choices for best dressed on the night, with a few ideas on how you can get that red carpet look for yourself.

Lydia Bright looked amazing. The stylish girl from Towie went for a beautiful, but understated look wearing a dress she will be stocking in her own boutique later this year. The soft grey looked great on the blonde, whilst the hair was a definite nod to The Great Gatsby, showing that Lydia is fashion forward. Come Christmas, when the Carey Mulligan film is released, we will all by rocking her soft waves.

 

Amy Childs was almost unrecognisable in her Victoria Beckham turquoise column dress. Everything about this look was grown up, her hair in an Audrey Hepburn style chignon, the minimal accessories, even the perma tan was toned down. Amy looked both elegant and classic – I hope she sticks to Victoria Beckham dresses in future – a new style star my well have been born!

Cheska Hull was another reality star who looked simply divine. The Made in Chelsea star wore a glamorous white dress that had a 1930s feel. Bias cut with a draped Grecian style neckline, Cheska could almost have borrowed the dress from Jean Harlow. I also liked the very dramatic eye make-up. The one thing I would change would be the clutch bag – a smaller jewelled box bag would’ve been a better choice.

Alex Jones from The One Show always looks good whilst sitting on a sofa, but she looked dazzling on the red carpet. She chose the brightest shade of sunshine yellow imaginable for her dress, an off the shoulder number that draped her curves beautifully. I loved that on one of the sunniest days of the year, Alex bought a little bit of sunshine to the night as well.

 Millie Mackintosh looked like a Grecian Goddess in a white draped style dress from Lanvin. This reminded me of the 1970s styles worn by Bianca Jagger and other luminaries of Studio 54. I loved this look, although I think the beautiful evening also effected the way I viewed the look (on a wet red carpet I don’t think it would’ve had the same effect). She accessorised with a Saint Tropez tan and Professor Green.

Get the look – Baftas style

Millie Mackintosh Style

Mia Ribbon Detail Dress £20 click to visit Boohoo

 

Alex Jones Style

Embellished Key Hole Front Maxi 

Amy Childs Style

Debbie Sleevless Front Split Slinky Maxi Dress 

Cheska Hull Style

Anoushka G Grace low back dress £236 

 

Lydia Bright style

tfnc Sequin top maxi dress 

Jane Norman Tribal trim maxi dress