Bad Apple Hair Event at Topshop Birmingham

A couple of weeks ago I attended a glamorous evening of hair and fashion at Birmingham’s Topshop store in the Bullring. The event was to celebrate the launch of the Bad Apple Hair salon based in the store, and to get a chance to look at some of the latest arrivals in fashion, as chosen by the girls of the personal shopping team. It was a fun event that certainly brought colour and cheer to what was already a very grim January.

Topshop launched their personal shopping service last Summer, with the idea being that you could use it to help with a wardrobe update, to look for something specific for a special occasion, or even get together with a group of friends for a girly afternoon of fashion. The girls of the fashion department had put together some amazing transitional looks which focused on beautiful knitwear, wide legged trousers and jeans, and a couple of exquisite coats to remind us that although we are thinking of Spring, it is still very much Winter, and oh so cold with it.

With fellow blogger Sarah

Colour was very well represented, from the gorgeous yellow coat teamed with a jade green bag, to this season’s new lilac shade, ripped from the hands of 1980s bridesmaids, and now a seriously hot colour. I loved most of the picks, which were colourful and fun, although I think I would need a lot of persuading to give dungarees a go!

Following on from the fashion, the stylists from Bad Apple Hair were on hand to show us some styles that are going to be big news in 2018. They showed a range of hair styles and hair stories to suit every hair type. These ranged from low ponytails of the type sported by Gwyneth Paltrow, to mushed up coloured looks that are both directional, and low maintenance.

We were given a chance to have a good look around the shiny new salon, which is perfectly placed to combine shopping and  pampering. The salon looks gorgeous, surprisingly more spacious than I would have believed, and with a contemporary look that is sure to prove popular with the cool crowd who love Topshop. The big screen showing videos is certainly a nice touch.

You can find out more about Bad Apple Hair by visiting their website here.

With thanks to Topshop. Bad Apple Hair and the Brum Bloggers for the Invite.



Skribbies – A cute idea in Kids shoes

Easter half term saw an exciting new development open in Birmingham’s Bullring, with POP UP Birmingham giving space and a showcase to a range of 80 new designers for a period of 8 weeks. One of the first companies to take up space in the new store was fabulous children’s footwear brand Skribbies, which offers light up LED shoes on their company website among many other children’s footwear options.

Skribbies are the innovative range of kids trainers that can be drawn on. The idea of young entrepreneur Jennifer Duthie, Skribbies were launched last year and have been a huge hit with parents and children alike. The premise is simple, the Skribbie is a comfortable. hard-wearing hi-top trainer that has been made in a very special, wipe clean material that allows your kids to get creative. Each pair of trainers come with their own set of 6 pens that can be used to draw designs on the trainer. In addition, the trainers also come with some cute Skribbies monster stickers that can also be stuck on, and then easily removed for each new design. Children can change their designs again and again, simply by wiping the trainers clean with the wristband that comes in the box.


The Skribbies Store in Pop Up Birmingham


Joe’s choice – neon!

DSCN6943I was invited to take Joe to a special bloggers event to celebrate the launch of the Skribbies Pop-up in Birmingham. At the event, Joe was very excited to be gifted his very own pair of Skribbies and proceeded to set about decorating them straight away. I had chosen the neon option, but there were also pink and blue choices. (Click here to look at the other options). Joe was really impressed that he was actually able to draw (or at least scribble!) on his shoes, and enjoyed doing this. He also loved the stickers, re-arranging them to get them just right. From a parents point of view, I was impressed by how well they fitted Joe, and the fact they seemed to be comfortable straight away, brilliant when you have a little boy who complains that everything except his Nikes are too tight…


Joe sets to work.


Loving his trainers – I think the design is very hip hop!

Once he was happy with the design, Joe put his Skribbies on, and then refused to take them back off again – wanting to wear them for the rest of his shopping trip.He has since rubbed off his initial design, and added boatsdrawings to his Skribbies. The pen wipes off really easily, and the cute wrist band just adds to the sporty look.

I got chance to chat to Skribbies Jennifer about the designs, and was really interested to learn that there may well be tie-ins  related to football and TV/Films in the future. This is a lovely brand with a great idea that I really do think will be going places in the coming years.


Joe’s first design completed.


Skribbies Stickers and wrist band.


Proud Joe with his design.


Skribbies cost £39.99 and come in sizes UK 10 TO UK3.

With thanks to Jennifer from Skribbies and Dani Knapp at Need to Know PR.


Ugg Australia Fantastic new collection unveiled in Brum

I was never a fan of Uggs, until I was given the opportunity to view the full collection when the Bullring Birmingham  store opened. I was not only pleasantly surprised that Ugg Australia was about so much more than comfortable, warm, but slightly bulky boots, but also seriously impressed by how fashion forward the range was. (You can read that original post here.)

DSCN4060Earlier this month I was invited to the fabulous Birmingham Bullring store to examine what Ugg Australia had in store for us this season. Last year there has been a style emphasis on New York, with definite retro nods to the 1970s. This season, Ugg has traveled across the fashion map and has now stopped off at New Orleans, home of Mardi Gras.




DSCN4051New Orleans is notable for being bright and vibrant, and this collection echoes the vibrancy. Studded pumps in the most beautiful shades of blue and coral, complete with shiny patent leather and stud details, were amongst the stand out pieces. Heeled boots stood alongside boots which were suggestive of styles worn by Native Americans, complete with soft suede and lace up details.

DSCN4058DSCN4061 DSCN4063 DSCN4064Whatever your favourite style of boot, Ugg Australia has something for you this season. There are riding boots with straps and buckles to add details. Fur edged 1970s styles with clog effect heels. The biker boots have stud and metal button embellishments, and there are ankle boots that will look perfect, either with your jeans, or worn with this seasons plaid kilt skirt.



DSCN4075Don’t worry if you love the traditional style boot, they are still around of course, just waiting to keep our feet warm when the cold snap inevitably starts. But Ugg have introduced new colours in the classic styles, as well as patent effects, pretty suede bows and gorgeous studs that just add a new complexion onto what is now a design classic, whether you love them or hate them.

With huge thanks to the Birmingham team and the ladies from Focus PR.