It’s the weekend – so what to do?

I love that Friday feeling when you know the weekend is finally here. Even though I work from home, I take time off at the weekend to get out and about and to enjoy quality family time with my little boy and hubby. Sometimes (if we’re very lucky) this can involve ‘date night’, at other times we can have a special activity or event planned that we are all involved in. If you’re still deciding what to do with your weekend, here are a few things you could be doing – and none of them involve shopping!

If you have no children

LFW

It’s London Fashion Week and the fun starts today. Even if you are not accredited, you can certainly have fun soaking up the atmosphere, spotting the celebrities and checking out the strangely dressed fashionista’s as they trek from show to show. As someone who went to London Fashion Week a few years ago I would say this is definitely something to experience at least once. But pack sensible shoes and an umbrella, it involves a lot of walking and plenty of queues.

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Try to bag yourself a little windfall

If you enjoy a game of numbers, and fancy your chances at earning a little windfall, then a game of Bingo could well be a way to while away a few hours this weekend. There are Bingo Halls all over the UK, with most serving food and drinks, and this could be a fun alternative to a night in the pub with the girls.

Check out a new restaurant

It’s always lovely to try out a new food place. This week saw the opening of the latest Marco’s New York Italian, this time in Leicester at the Mecure Leicester Grand Hotel. This is a great place to combine a lovely overnight hotel stay with a diverse Italian/American menu.

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And for the family

Sporting Action from the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix

The Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix returns to Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena this Saturday, with top British Athletes Mo Farah and Katarina Johnson Thompson amongst those appearing, and the fastest man in the world in this year, Kim Collins, also competing.  This is a great, family friendly event that takes place in the afternoon – it’s where I’m spending my Saturday!

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How will you be spending your weekend?

*This is a collaborative post.

 

TM Lewin present the perfect white shirt

The perfect white shirt is the holy grail of shirts. Finding a shirt with the right cut, the right fit, the perfect buttons, the crispest whitest of whites is not an easy task, and when you add into that the fact that of a rather large bust that needs to be flattered rather than flattened, you make the task virtually impossible. So thank goodness for the legendary English tailoring of TM Lewin.

TM Lewin has been a must visit London destination for the discerning gentleman since 1898, when Thomas Mayes Lewin first opened his Jermyn Street store. These days the company has just under a 100 stores in the UK, catering to the shirt orientated needs of both men and women.  Recently there has been a surge in interest in women’s shirts, as androgynous styling and boyish trends have been adopted by stylish stars like Rihanna and Alexa Chung. Adding another lustre of cool to the brand was the recent use of this masculine tailoring as an accompaniment to the millinery of Philip Treacy during London Fashion Week.

So when you are looking for the perfect white shirt, it is hard to look anywhere else but TM Lewin.  I found my perfect shirt in the Fitted White Poplin Shirt. This was a gorgeous white cotton shirt that addressed a lot of my needs in a shirt. It had a cutaway detail on the neckline, which I felt was more flattering than a buttoned up design. I also loved the cut of this shirt with its contoured side detail and seams, again adding shape to the general design. I loved that this shirt was slightly longer in the body meaning it could be worn tucked in as well as hanging loosely. All in all, this was a shirt that seemed made for a curvier body, designed to flatter and enhance those curves.

Fitted White Poplin Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin

This is a versatile piece that every wardrobe needs – it can simply be styled so many ways. I concentrated on styling two classic ways. The first was based on a Olivia Palermo look. Olivia Palermo styles her white shirt in a luxe boho style with a maxi skirt. I love this look and wanted to see if I could do something similar. Here was the result.

 The second look is the absolute classic, indigo blue denim and crisp white shirt and flats, a la Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, and a whole host of other icons of style.

This shirt would also look great under a suit for a perfect, smart workwear look, worn open over a coloured cami for a casual look and even teamed with city shorts for a cool summer look.  Everyone needs a crisp white shirt in their wardrobe, and this one has the cut, the tailoring and the crispness that makes it a wonderful, versatile buy.

More fab shirts from TM Lewin

Fitted Berry Flower Print Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Fitted Blue Print Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Fitted Black Poplin Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin

Fitted Black Stripe Shirt £32.50 click to visit TM Lewin