Treating your mom with Bonmarche

I was recently approached to see if I would be interested in a blogger project with a difference. I often take part in style challenges, and have also had the opportunity to review products for both the hubby and my little boy Joe, but this one was all about treating the extra special lady in my life, my lovely mom Diane.

Bonmarche is a brand that seems to go from strength to strength, with recent collections from David Emanuel and Ann Harvey both adding a cachet of designer glamour to the usual, every day wear. My mom is a huge fan of Bonmarche, there is a rather large branch of the store in West Bromwich quite close to where she lives, and the David Emanuel collection in particular, is a real favourite. So when I was asked to choose something that my mom would love, in order to style her for my blog, the real difficulty was in choosing just one thing!

David Emanuel Textured Yarn Cardigan With Metallic Trim £26.00 click to visit Bon Marche

David Emanuel Textured Yarn Cardigan With Metallic Trim
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The textured yarn cardigan with the metallic trim was an obvious choice for my mom. Like me, my mom has a little magpie streak going through her that makes anything glittery immediately attractive, and this cardigan has a lovely golden thread running through it that makes it shine with movement, and when it catches the light. The hook and eye neck fastening gives this a jacket effect, so it is a great evening cover-up for a little black dress. But this is a really versatile item that would also be great to dress up jeans or black peg trousers, and I think it is a piece that you will literally live in over the festive period. A total winner.


My mom had a special night at the theatre planned, so we decided to use the cardigan rather than a jacket over a little black dress. With all the other parts of the outfit in black, the jacket added a contrast of colour and sparkle that kept the outfit looking classic and elegant.


DSCN9815[1]An elegant black dress looked just lovely with the cardigan. Add in a black patent court shoe in a classic style (this pair by Perlato are very similar) and a clutch bag with some gold studs that draw out the gold thread of the cardigan, and you have one fantastic outfit.

I think my mom looks fabulous!

*I chose an item for my mom from Bonmarche for the purpose of this review.

Fashion mommy takes a trip part 5- market day.

Machynlleth Town Clock

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Day five in beautiful Wales and the weather was still decidedly sunny. A trip was planned to Machynlleth, a lovely Welsh town that had once, briefly been the ancient capital of Wales and is still immensely proud of the fact.  Fashion mommy was really excited about a genuine shopping trip, and decided that today I would turn my Welsh holiday into a ‘Roman Holiday‘ by channelling the one and only Audrey Hepburn.

I had a fabulous artscape New York scene full skirt in cotton. It features the Manhattan landscape and is really kitsch and cute. Teamed with a Next, white short-sleeved blouse and cinched in at the waist with a Yours black elasticated belt, I was almost ready to join the cast of Happy Days. The black, flat, Kate Moss style ballet shoes firmly pushed the outfit into the 1950’s era. Very fashion forward and cool and pretty. Sandra Dee, eat your heart out.

My fab pretty artscape shirt, get it now from QVC for less than £10.

I love Mach(as everyone seems to call it). It has a real sense of history about it, with statues and tributes to Owain Glendower just about everywhere. Owain Glendower is a real Welsh hero, he defeated the English in the 15th century, taking Harlech castle in the process. I can imagine Russell Crowe playing him as a sort of Welsh Braveheart.

But the real attraction of Mach for me is the shopping. The market is a real bargain hunters delight. There are stalls selling Per Una and Next seconds at reasonable prices. Other stalls sell hand-made jewellery, leather handbags and belts, and, best of all, a fabulous new book stall. I was able to get a fab book that was my perfect holiday read – ‘Spend,spend,spend – A history of shopping.’ You could also get a biography of the last empress of France – Eugenie, a real fashionista from the 19th century. There are also some cool shops in Mach. Ian Snow sells Arran Aromatics toiletries, pretty bedroom trinkets, French Connection clothing and a great range of beads and jewellery. Trade Secrets is a hidden gem. It stocks a wide range of high street names from seconds and end of lines, including M&S, Wallis, Monsoon, Autograph, Per Una at amazingly cheap prices. I got a cute Be Beau cardigan in teal green for just £6.

My favourite shop is a charity/junk shop raising money for an animal charity. This is a maze of small rooms, the one lying at the back of the shop is full of rails of clothing. Now, make no mistake, the shop does have a smell to it, and with its damp feel and concrete floors it would be easy to walk straight back out. But persevere, and you can find great bargains. My favourite today was a lurex knit style gold tunic from Uniqlo for just 50p/ It would look fab over a black polo neck when the weather turns cooler.

My favourite fashion look  of the day was a grey linen style maxi dress that was worn with glads and an amazing ethnic style cross body large bag, that was identical to those designed by Simone Camille and loved by Lindsey Lohan et al. the dress and bag were accessorised by lots of Bali style jewellery, jangling bangles and earrings. This was boho chic, Talitha Getty style, but with a throughly 21st century chic.

After exhausting the shops, we decided to take Baba for a play on the park based by Y Plas. The park was full of yummy mummy’s with cute kids, and Baba was playing happily in no time. Hubby and I took it in turns to follow Baba around the park. I noticed a group of yummy mummy’s looking at me, and the one of tem approached me. ‘We love your skirt…’ she said, in her best Gavin and Stacey accent ‘..and we can’t decide if it is London or Manhattan…’. Manhattan I said. ‘its lovely, did you get it in Manhattan?.’ ‘No’ I said, ‘QVC!’ Somehow I can’t imagine Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday saying that, can you?