An evening with The White Company

Last Tuesday The White Company, in partnership with Style Birmingham magazine, hosted a special evening of fashion and fizz at their Grand Central store. Grand Central was celebrating its first birthday week, so this was a perfect time to showcase the Autumn ranges from The White Company with The White Company’s clothing director Barbara Horspool giving a special trunk presentation of the key pieces from the brand, which truly is the home of minimalist luxury. I went along on the night with my sister Jodie, and basically fell in love with the whole range, which was classic, minimal and oh so stylish.

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The White Company was started in 1995, when the founder, Chrissie Rucker, discovered that she couldn’t buy the classic, minimalistic home ranges that she desired on the High Street. She decided to plug this gap in the market and The White Company was born, later branching out into clothing, toiletries and childrenswear. Today it is one of the brightest lights on the High Street, a byword for stylish. elegant separates that are perfect for weekend relaxation.

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Lace Trim jersey Robe – Black £ 55.00 Click to visit The White Company

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Stripe Border Fringed Wrap Cardigan – Pale Grey Marl £179 Click to visit The White Company

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Barbara Horspool gave us a walk through the key pieces that your wardrobe needs for Autumn 2016, with beautiful leather and cashmere, and the loveliest of shearling making up the hero pieces in the collection. Barbara is just so passionate about the clothing and really gave great tips on how to wear them, and how they can fit in with the current pieces in your wardrobe. I loved the pocket shift dress, that she teamed with a soft grey bag with super cute pom pom charm.

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Double Layer Wool Mix T-Shirt – Mid Grey £ 55.00 Click to visit The White Company

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Patchwork Detail Cardigan – Dark Charcoal Marl £ 139.00 Click to The White Company

 

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Pocket Shift Dress – Silver Grey Marl £ 69.00 Click to visit The White Company

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With Barbara Horspool and Andrew Riley

The White Company has such lovely pieces and the shopping and style evening was a super night.  I’ve added some more pictures of some of my favourite current picks from the range, along with some blogger shots from the night.

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Reversible Sheepskin Gilet – Pale Grey £ 525.00 Click to visit The White Company

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Round Floppy Hat – Putty £ 59.00 Click to visit The White Company

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Alpaca Faux Fur Bobble Hat – Mid Grey Marl £ 39.00 Click to visit The White Company

 

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With Stylist Beth Goodrham

With Stylist Beth Goodrham

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With Blogger Elizabeth aka Rosalilium.

 

Britmums Live – My first experience

I was incredibly lucky this weekend as I was able to attend my first ever Britmums Live conference. I was fortunate in that I had sponsorship for this event from fab fashion brand Kaleidoscope, without which I could not have attended, and I am pleased to say that it was every bit as good as I thought it would be.

Here are just some of the reasons why.

1. The opportunity to meet with brands and their representatives was both useful and illuminating. From Butlins to Warner Bros, by way of fashion from TK Maxx, books from Paragon and Waterstones and children’s products from Tu and Little Ones from Sainsburys. One of the absolute favourite exhibitors was the Coca Cola stand who were reproducing those new legendary labels with your name on. Of course, I couldn’t resist getting a Fashion-Mommy one printed, although I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to drink it yet – far too precious!

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Loving this cute cardigan from Tu clothing

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Style on show at TK Maxx

2. Britmums is a great opportunity to meet other bloggers. There is such a friendly atmosphere that it is really easy to meet and chat to new people. I was finally able to meet some bloggers who I have chatted to online for a long time, Fiona from Avenue 57, Avril from School Gate Style and Kat from Does my bum look 40 in this.

With Avril and Fiona

3. Britmums is fun! I did wonder just how formal Britmums was going to be, but it was actually a whole lot of fun. From photobooths with dressing up clothes and funny inflatables, to large creatures from Madagascar wandering around the venue, not to mention Owls from Harry Potter movies, Britmums was surreal and funny in equal parts.

4. The quality of the talks and panel discussions. From the inspirational Katie Piper, who seemed to have touched everyone with her searing honesty and bravery, to the hilarious Katy Hill, who is basically just as bubbly and exuberant in real life as she is on screen, Britmums provides speakers you really want to listen too. In addition, the Q&A panels proved to be insightful, funny and honest, and full of hints and tips that could really help any blogger, from the novice to the experienced, further improve their blogs.

And finally…Britmums Live may be the only conference where you get to do silly poses with an ex Blue Peter presenter, in the toilets, while you both freshen up. And if that doesn’t convince you that this is a conference worth taking part in, nothing will!

With Katy Hill at Britmums