Hush Summer Fashion Event at John Lewis

Hush is a brand that was once known for its homewares, then its lush leisurewear, and is now known for its beautiful, wearable fashion pieces. The brand is affordable luxury, the sort of pieces that can take you from all occasions, from work situations to weekend fun, from relaxing days to nights drinking cocktails.

I so love this basket bag!

Last week stylist and TV presented Beth Goodrham hosted an evening of summer fashion focusing on Hush in their concession in John Lewis in Birmingham’s Grand Central. The evening was an opportunity to have a look at their latest range whilst enjoying a chat and a glass of bubbly. It was a chance to get to know the brand a little better and whilst perusing the latest pieces.

Some of my faves

The highlight of the evening was a styling session with Beth. She had gone through the complete collection in order to curate a holiday wardrobe which was perfect for a long weekend away, taking in all the eventualities, from layering at the airport, to sightseeing around a city (Beth suggested a girly weekend in Barcelona, which sounded pretty perfect to me). There were also outfits for the evening, and accessories and bags were also taken into account.

The selection showed the range of really well, and showed just how diverse it is. There were shorts for those who live in them in Summer, but also a great range of sundresses, jumpsuits and maxi skirts for those who don’t (i.e. me, I think I own three pairs in total). There were statement pieces like the Dorothy style gingham dress that I am totally in love with and will now be stalking, but there were also great basics, like the khaki jacket which you could literally wear with anything, and those wonderful star print t-shirts that I think everyone had fallen in love with. Shoes were also matched to each outfit from the wider range at John Lewis, giving clear idea of a complete outfit.

I came away with a new appreciation of Hush, and a new destination to add to my shopping map.

You can check out the complete Hush range at John Lewis by clicking here.

*With thanks to Beth Goodrham and John Lewis for the invite.

The Night Before Christmas at John Lewis Birmingham

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house”, well, all through John Lewis in Grand Central Birmingham actually, but you get the general picture. Christmas arrived in Birmingham last week, as a group of very lucky bloggers (myself included – yay!) were invited to a Christmas launch event after hours in the flagship Grand Central store. There was fizz, there was delicious looking food, and there was everything that says ‘Christmas’, It was amazing.

The night was all about getting a taste of John Lewis Christmas, before the much anticipated advert is released. There was an opportunity to look at specific promotions, including a set of very special Christmas tree lights that work by App. These lights have all sorts of combinations when it comes to colour and shine, and can even be set to come on, or to go off after you’ve gone to bed.

Twinkly 175 LED Christmas Lights Extra Large Set, Multi L20.5m £85 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis is always the place to go for new Christmas decorations. It gives you ideas and themes for how to dress your tree, putting together colour schemes that you may not have thought of as strictly Christmasssy – pinks and oranges are not associated with Christmas, but they make a wonderful colour combination on a ‘Tales of the Maharaja’ styled tree. Folklore, Russian influenced Winter Palace and Highland Myths are amongst the other, wonderful themes in store this year.

Winter Palace

John Lewis Winter Palace Bauble £12 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Winter Palace Babushka Bauble £6 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Olivia Tree Topper, Silver Blue £12 Click to visit John Lewis

Tales of the Maharaja

John Lewis Tales of the Maharaja Lion Head Bauble Click here John Lewis Tales of the Maharaja Leopard Head Bauble £8 Click here

John Lewis Lima Llama Flamingo Clip On Tree Decoration £8 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Lima Llama Flamingo Snow Globe £18 Click to visit John Lewis

Lima Lama As well as the best decorated trees around, John Lewis also had a brilliant range of decorations for the mantlepiece, tables and shelves, as well as a wonderful array of indoor and outdoor lighting solutions.

Coppenrath Victorian Christmas Houses Advent Boxes, Pack of 24 £15 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Highland Myths Festive Owl Decoration, Small £18 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Winter Palace Artificial White Twig Tree £15 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis LED Christmas TV Scene £25 Click to visit John Lewis

John Lewis Highland Myths Festive Deer Room Decoration £18 Click to visit John Lewis

One of the new products for 2017 that elicited lots of excitement was the Scentsicles, scented twig like sticks that you can hang from your Christmas tree and leave the whole room smelling of Christmas. These are just £6 and are frankly amazing, a new Christmas must have.

Scentsicles £6 Click to visit John Lewis

There were food treats to sample too, with an advent calendar full of pork scratchings proving to be a surprise hit. My personal favourites were Prestat popping pink prosecco mini truffles which had a lovely Prosecco flavour combined with the hint of popping candy – a blast from childhood combined with bubbles has to be a good thing.

John Lewis truly is a Winter wonderland during the run up to Christmas, and in terms of decoration, they are hard to beat.

*With thanks to Shani from John Lewis and the Brum Bloggers Group for the invitation.

 

 

Happy 1st Birthday TH Baker in Grand Central

Last month saw the first birthday of Grand Central Birmingham, and one of its main retailers, the jewellers TH Baker, held a very special first birthday party at their store. This was a stylish mix of champagne, gin cocktails and canapes, as well as jewellery demonstrations, networking and a chance to admire all the new ranges Vertu, Longines and the new diamond collection, that will be available in the run up to Christmas. I was lucky enough to be on the guest list for this very special evening.

With bloggers Kim, Jo and Ting

With bloggers Kim, Jo and Ting

With my sister Jodie

With my sister Jodie

TH Baker is a jewellers that is host to a wide range of gorgeous jewellery brands, and also has serious expertise when it comes to shopping for watches. Brands include Armani Exchange, Casio, Michael Kors, Police, Fiorelli, Thomas Sabo, Gucci and Montblanc. The Birmingham store also has a dedicated Diamond Gallery as well as a curated collection of vintage and pre-owned jewellery. Selected TH Baker stores hold special sales of pre-loved jewellery, so it is well worth checking out their Facebook page to keep up to date with these events. (Click here for the Facebook page and then check out the events tab.)

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The event was also marked by glorious gourmet gin and tonics that were created by mixologists. I loved the mixture of gin and cherry blossom, a concoction I had never tried before that proved to be totally delicious.dscn3569

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It was a truly lovely night, a chance to admire some exquisite jewellery – discovering a few new brands along the way, to have a catch up with some lovely blogger friends, and, with the hospitality and friendly service of TH Baker illustrated beautifully.

 

T H Baker Grand Central

16A Grand Central, Stephenson Place, Birmingham B2 4BF

Telephone:
0121 634 3229