Your 5 at the Bullring

Last Saturday saw the Bullring, Birmingham host ‘Your 5’, a fashion and beauty event that promised to help you revitalise your wardrobe, or update your beauty regime, in 5 easy steps. A simple 10 minute consultation with a Your Five stylist gave customers an insight into key pieces for your face or wardrobe, with your final five pieces being sent directly to your email. I went along to check out the style picks.

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The Your Five Consultants had picked out a range of clothing available at Bullring stores to illustrate the key trends, which they had highlighted as culottes, silk, the blouse or shirt, jackets and footwear, specifically pumps and trainers. I was talked through the pieces and the sorts of occasions they would work for, along with how they could be styled and accessorised. From this, I selected my favourite pieces, which were photographed and sent directly to my email, along with information about the cost and the stockists.

My favourite culottes.

My favourite culottes.

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I was pleased to see that all price points were covered in the selections, and that allowances had been made for different ages, body shapes and sizes. From each collection I was able to choose a key piece, with only the footwear a difficult choice – just because I don’t really wear sports shoes. The culottes in particular were lovely, coming in a range of beautiful fabrics which made these a lovely alternative to skirts or trousers. I also totally fell in love with the Miss Selfridge scuba style skirt with the delicious floral print which is something I will definitely be adding to my wardrobe.

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This blouse is so beautiful.

It was interesting to see that the sessions were fully booked up, and that people were also coming along on spec, hoping to get an appointment for a little free advice. The Your 5 staff were really accommodating about fitting all the extra people in, and were able to answer all fashion and beauty dilemmas with ease.

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*With thanks to Bullring Birmingham and Frank PR for the invitation.

 

 

F&F New Season Picks

The latest drop from F&F, fresh for Autumn 15, is now arriving in stores, and the 70s influence is apparent. Called Modern Retro, the collection is full of wide legged trousers, suede, fringes and muted colours that come straight from the decade that has had a style re-evaluation in recent times.

The collection is rather lovely, I see an influence from the cool retro looks of Rosie Fortescue and Millie Mackintosh in the use of faux fur and wide brimmed hats. Many of the trends from last summer are still here, but have been remoulded for the colder weather Autumn/Winter brings. So we are still seeing fabulous cullotes, both in block colour and floral print. Those blanket oversized scarves that Burberry made so popular last year are also back, offering literally acres of warmth in a very stylish way (although I still get flashes of Clint Eastwood as ‘The man with no name’ when I wear them…)

F&F always deliver on style and this season is no exception. My favourite pieces are the buckle effect dress that comes in navy (pictured below) and burnt orange. I love the idea of the burnt orange with suede, stack heeled boots.

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F&F Buckle Detail Fit and Flare Dress £25.00 click to visit F&F

I also love the culottes. I think these look great worn with knee high boots underneath, or with tights worn underneath with 70s style Mary Janes. These are great as they can be dressed up with a camisole or heels, or made comfy and cosy with a chunky Arran style knit.

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F&F Monochrome Floral Print Culottes Jumpsuit £22.00 click to visit F&F

F&F Cape - Culottes - Bag - Shoes

F&F Textured Culottes £18.00 click to visit F&F

Here are some more the of the stunning looks that will be hitting F&F stores and coming up online in the coming weeks.

Do you have a favourite pick? What is your thoughts on the continuing 70s retro trend?

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F&F Hat - Dress - Leggings - Boots #2

F&F Hat - Cape - Trousers - Bag - Shoes

F&F Cape - Bag - Trousers - Shoes

View all the Modern Retro range here.