Harvey Nichols Birmingham unveils nostalgic windows

In these days when we seem to be loosing so much of our High Street Heritage, many of us are wallowing in the nostalgia of the Golden Age of the High street and the birth of the department store. We’ve seen the BBC series The Paradise and ITV’s Mr Selfridge, each gaining viewers enthralled by the beauty of the Department stores. And now, the iconic Harvey Nichols store based in Birmingham’s Mailbox has again unveiled a jaw dropping display of window dressing, transforming the facade of the store into a beautiful row of 1950s shop fronts.

I think this is my favourite ever Harvey Nichols display, the pastel shades and candy stripes and checkerboard floors all speak of a time gone by, and yet provide the perfect juxtaposition for the ultra modern styles on display from Christian Louboutin, Gucci and Jimmy Choo amongst others.

Richard Vickery, General Manager at Harvey Nichols Birmingham, said: “We have always set the trends when it comes to our window displays and I would say this is our best yet. It’s a celebration of all that is great about the British high street and has certainly been stopping shoppers in their tracks.”



Orla Kiely stoles back in stock at Uniqlo

It was one of the most sort after collections on the High Street last year, and the great news is that Uniqlo’s fab Orla Kiely scarves are now back in stock…at least they are for now. A massive sell out last time around, the scarves/stoles featured Orla’s unique, vintage style prints but at amazing Uniqlo prices.

The Uniqlo/Orla Kiely collaboration is quite simply splendid. The Irish-born designer already has a huge following, with the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton amongst her fans, and yet Uniqlo was able to offer the fantastic style and prints at amazing High Street prices. The stoles were amongst the most popular items, proving perfect to be layered over the Heatech long-sleeved t-shirts that were also in the collection. And now they’re back, ready to be a sell out all over again!

Uniqlo WOMEN O.Kiely Stole 75 PURPLE £9.90 click to visit Uniqlo

Uniqlo WOMEN O.Kiely Stole 03 GRAY £9.90 click to visit Uniqlo

Uniqlo WOMEN O.Kiely Stole 35 BROWN £9.90 click to visit Uniqlo

Wear them layered over…

WOMEN O.Kiely Graphic HEATTECH Crew Neck T (Long Sleeve)D £12.90 click to visit Uniqlo

WOMEN O.Kiely Graphic HEATTECH Crew Neck T (Long Sleeve)B £12.90 click to visit Uniqlo

WOMEN O.Kiely Graphic HEATTECH Crew Neck T (Long Sleeve)A £12.90 click to visit Uniqlo

WOMEN O.Kiely Graphic HEATTECH Crew Neck T (Long Sleeve)A £12.90

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Valentine’s Gifts for the Action man in your life

As we draw to the end of January, all our thoughts turn to February and that most romantic of days. I’m talking of course about Valentine’s Day. And whilst us ladies seem to create a list that is quite literally as long as our arm, containing everything from the most romantic of jewellery to the most expensive of perfumes, sometimes it is harder to buy for the man in your life who ‘doesn’t want anything’ and ‘doesn’t need anything.’ But if your man is a real life Action Man, totally the outdoorsy type, then I might just have the answer to that age-old question ‘What to buy?’

Blacks is one of the leading outdoor specialist retailers in the UK, and offers a whole range of fantastic Valentine’s gift ideas for lovers of the great outdoors. From Ski-wear to the perfect fleeces and waterproofs for hiking and camping,  t-shirts containing great prints linked to cycling and mountaineering and the perfect range of travel bags and rucksacks, there really is a gift for every man. Blacks stock all the names that your man quotes when talking of quality, The North Face, Regatta, Berghaus and Helly Henson are all there, so you might this year actually find a present that puts a smile on your mans face.

Top picks

Regatta Men’s Corvus Jacket

Peter Storm Avantee Cycles T-Shirt

Mammut Men’s Logo T-shirt

The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag – Large

Cyba Lite Lightstar 120 Torch