Friday Shopping – A bargain buy special

 

It’s almost Christmas, and so, true to form, I’m feeling rough. And for once, this has nothing to do with all the festive spirits on offer at numerous events. No this time it is due to a cold and a throat and chest infection I’ve been trying to fight off, unsuccessfully, all this week. And so, today’s post is short on words as my bed is once again calling me, and I am, for the umpteenth time this week, blogging in very warm, but sartorially challenged fluffy pyjamas.
But fear not. Because what this blog lacks in words, it more than makes up in fashion, and, more importantly, as we try to get the last of those shopping bargains, this post is full of early Christmas sales and High Street discounts that may just help to make those golden chocolate coins last just that little bit longer as we start the descent of shopping until we drop.

Enjoy!

Marks and Spencer

20% off all hats, gloves and scarves.

M&S Collection Faux Fur Collar Fleece Wrap Product Code: T018658 Now: £31.60 click to visit M&S

M&S Collection Faux Fur Collar Fleece Wrap
Product Code: T018658
Now: £31.60 click to visit M&S

Indigo Collection Knitted Bobble Snood Scarf Product Code: T013486I Now: £20.00 click to visit M&S

Indigo Collection Knitted Bobble Snood Scarf
Product Code: T013486I
Now: £20.00 click to visit M&S

M&S Collection Cashmilon™ Beret Hat Product Code: T018110 Now: £4.00 click to visit M&S

M&S Collection Cashmilon™ Beret Hat
Product Code: T018110
Now: £4.00 click to visit M&S

M&S Collection Animal Print Fleece Scarf & Gloves Set Product Code: T015967 Now: £12.00 click to visit M&S

M&S Collection Animal Print Fleece Scarf & Gloves Set
Product Code: T015967
Now: £12.00 click to visit M&S

Per Una Wool Rich Ruffle & Bow Gloves with Angora Product Code: T011062P Now: £12.00 click to visit M&S

Per Una Wool Rich Ruffle & Bow Gloves with Angora
Product Code: T011062P
Now: £12.00 click to visit M&S

To view all Accessories at M&S click here.

Dorothy Perkins 50% off top 25 picks

Dorothy Perkins is having one day deals. Visit the site each day to check the newest offer.

Black and white check biker     Was £69.00     Now £34.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and white check biker
Was £69.00
Now £34.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pink scoop back lace tee     Was £16.00     Now £8.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pink scoop back lace tee
Was £16.00
Now £8.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Teal tube dress     Was £10.00     Now £5.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Teal tube dress
Was £10.00
Now £5.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Navy fairisle boots     Was £15.00     Now £7.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Navy fairisle boots
Was £15.00
Now £7.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

for all today’s offers click here.

 

Boden 40% off 40 Styles

Felicity Dress WH567 (Was £129.00 ) now £77.40 click to visit Boden

Felicity Dress
WH567
(Was £129.00 ) now £77.40 click to visit Boden

 

Anouk Dress WH580 (Was £89.00 ) now £53.40 click to visit Boden

Anouk Dress
WH580
(Was £89.00 ) now £53.40 click to visit Boden

Vintage Collar Dress WH601 (Was £89.00 ) now £53.40 click to visit Boden

Vintage Collar Dress
WH601
(Was £89.00 ) now £53.40 click to visit Boden

Jersey Sequin Top WL755 (Was £59.00 ) now £35.40 click to visit Boden

Jersey Sequin Top
WL755
(Was £59.00 ) now £35.40 click to visit Boden

Embellished Ballerinas AR593 (Was £79.00 ) now £47.40 click to visit Boden

Embellished Ballerinas
AR593
(Was £79.00 ) now £47.40 click to visit Boden

 

For all Boden offers, click here.

Simply Be Bargain Partywear

Heavenly Soles Studded Pointy Pump E Fit now £29.50 click to visit Simply Be

Heavenly Soles Studded Pointy Pump E Fit now £29.50 click to visit Simply Be

Catwalk Collection Ankle Strap Court EEE Product Code: NS462SH was £30.00 SAVE £5.00 NOW £25.00 click to visit Simply Be

Catwalk Collection Ankle Strap Court EEE
Product Code: NS462SH
was £30.00 SAVE £5.00 NOW £25.00 click to visit Simply Be

Mesh Top Skater Dress Product Code: QG109SH was from £39.00 to £45.00 SAVE from £12.00 to £18.00 NOW £27.00 click to visit Simply Be

Mesh Top Skater Dress
Product Code: QG109SH
was from £39.00 to £45.00 SAVE from £12.00 to £18.00 NOW £27.00 click to visit Simply Be

Pleat Knot Detail Maxi Dress Product Code: QG351SH was from £65.00 to £75.00 SAVE from £20.00 to £30.00 NOW £45.00 click to visit Simply Be

Pleat Knot Detail Maxi Dress
Product Code: QG351SH
was from £65.00 to £75.00 SAVE from £20.00 to £30.00 NOW £45.00 click to visit Simply Be

Project D London Olympia Lace Maxi Dress Product Code: UC510SH was £150.00 SAVE £75.00 NOW £75.00 click to visit Simply Be

Project D London Olympia Lace Maxi Dress
Product Code: UC510SH
was £150.00 SAVE £75.00 NOW £75.00 click to visit Simply Be

To view all Simply Be Partywear and reductions, click here.

For the weekend only, Simply Be are offering FREE P&P on all fashion, footwear and lingerie with the following code…

Code: HWXQ2

Offer: Free Standard P&P on all fashion, footwear & lingerie

Dates: Live Friday 6th December – mid-night Sunday 8th December

 

 

Hobbs – Bestsellers from the Current Sale

 HOBBS LONDON Lola Dress NOW £84.00 (was £169.00) click to visit Hobbs


HOBBS LONDON
Lola Dress
NOW £84.00 (was £169.00) click to visit Hobbs

Lola Jacket NOW £99.00 (was £199.00) click to visit Hobbs

Lola Jacket
NOW £99.00 (was £199.00) click to visit Hobbs

Eadie Cardigan NOW £39.00 (was £79.00) click to visit Hobbs

Eadie Cardigan
NOW £39.00 (was £79.00) click to visit Hobbs

NW3 Elephants Canvas Tote NOW £10.00 (was £15.00) click to visit Hobbs

NW3 Elephants Canvas Tote
NOW £10.00 (was £15.00) click to visit Hobbs

Pearl Skirt NOW £35.00 (was £89.00) click to visit Hobbs

Pearl Skirt
NOW £35.00 (was £89.00) click to visit Hobbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duchess Kate drives us dotty with Dalmatian prints

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge officially bowed out of the public eye last week, and showed her own inimitable style right up to the end. Looking absolutely beautiful and, yes it is a cliché, but totally glowing, the Duchess again returned to her beloved High Street in a fabulous Dalmatian printed coat from Hobbs, causing the inevitable sell out.

The Dalmatian Mac from Hobbs was another smart choice for the Duchess. The shape was again reminiscent of the early 1960s boxy styles favoured by Jackie Kennedy, something that Kate has worn a lot during her third trimester, and again was a simple, but totally elegant look lifted by the fun, vibrant print. Kate showed that animal print is not only a classic choice, but a classy one too, as long as accessories are kept to a minimum.

The Dalmatian Mac has sold out, but John Lewis are currently playing host to the whole cast of 101 Dalmatians, with so many great pieces in this cutest of prints. So whether you’re brave enough to wear Dalmatian as a whole shift dress, or just want a touch of animal print in the form of a scarf, there are plenty of ways to buy into this trend.

Hobbs Animal Scarf, Ivory/Black £45 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Niamh Cardigan, Light Natural Black £79 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Tia Top, Light Natural Black £59 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Niamh T-Shirt, Multi £35 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Niamh Dress, Light Natural Black £110 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Savannah Trousers, Black/Natural £110 click to visit John Lewis

 

 

 

 

Hobbs hosts an Autumn Preview at Pavilions Birmingham

Twitter is a great place for networking, finding out about great events and happenings. Last monday I received a tweet from über stylist Beth Goodrham saying

              Beth Goodrham@BethGoodrham

@fashion_mommyWM hi, do you fancy coming to an event at Hobbs B’ham next Friday at 5pm? Cocktails and a peep at the new collection on offer!

Well, an offer like that was too good to turn down, so on Friday night, a few hours before that fabulous opening ceremony that I keep reliving in my head, I headed into Birmingham for a night of clothes, cocktails and conversation with some of my favourite bloggers.

All guests were greeted with a fabulous speciality cocktail from Alvar, the must visit restaurant from Hotel La Tour, one of Birmingham’s newest and brightest destinations.(I think the cocktail was the 1889…but don’t quote me on that fact.)  Now, I couldn’t exactly tell you what was in the cocktail, with the exception of ginger, but what I can say is that it was so good I had to go back for another, several in fact. It was quite possibly the best cocktail I have ever tasted – bliss in a glass!

With a cocktail in hand, it was time to take a browse around the store. With the summer sale in full flow and containing some amazing bargains, and with theA/W ranges starting to make an appearance, there was much to enjoy style-wise. In the current sale, everyone seemed to be in love with the kitsch paperclip print of a N.W.3 shift dress, whilst horse prints were a cute feature of the A/W range. I also adored the use of teal as a key colour for the new season, and on such a special day, the Olympic commerative scarf was a huge hit with all, for its gorgeous graphics and delicate silk feel.

There were some stylists and beauticians from top Birmingham salon Puro hair on hand to offer treatments, but I used the browsing time to have a chat with stylist Beth, who was at the event to talk guests through some of the key trends for the coming season. Beth has recently featured Fashion-mommy in a feature on Britmums which just thrilled me, so it was great to meet in person and have time for a chat about fashion, blogging and everything in between. (You can read Beth’s article here.)

L-R Jennifer Walker, Emily-Jayne Philips, Beth Goodrham and Fashion-Mommy

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of new season trends by Beth Goodrham. The recent Kate Middleton Stella McCartney dress was used as a basis for one look, a beautiful cobalt dress teamed with Kate’s favourite nude heels. Other trends were also discussed, including the equestrian trend which returns this season, the return of the camel suit, and the colour teal, which was showcased in a beautiful trenchcoat.

The evening ended with a raffle being drawn. All guest had been presented with a raffle ticket that was to be drawn when the event ended, with the lucky winner receiving a £50 voucher to spend in store. The winning ticket was number 253, and I was thrilled to find this was my ticket, meaning a gorgeous pair of red patent pumps were making their way home with me that night. This was the perfect end to a perfect event.

Some of Beth Goodrham’s Key looks

Jean Mac £119.00 click to visit Hobbs

A huge thanks to Hobbs, Pavilions Birmingham, Emma Fox from SX Media and Beth Goodrham.