Matalan Christmas in July Press day

I’m a huge fan of Matalan. I always find really great, fashion forward items there without needing to break the bank. So I was really pleased to receive an invite to their Christmas in July press day, being held in the cool surroundings of The Hospital Club, London.

It’s hard to know where exactly to start in describing how good this collection is. Basically, it has all your needs for the Christmas party season sorted, whatever your style may be. From the perfect pencil skirt/peplum dress, to beautiful boho grunge styled evening wear in the form of skinnies teamed with floaty capes, there is something for everyone.  There are nods to trends that will be huge this A/W, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is acknowledged with delicate beading, with brocade and sequins also making their annual appearance, I loved the 1960s styled fur coat, young, fun and very funky,and the metallic shades that ran through the collections.


The newly launched Rogers and Rogers collection shows just how far forward plus sized dressing has moved away from smocks and tent like garments, I loved the sequined jacket that would just be perfect worn simply over jeans, or thrown over your evening dress on chilly nights.

But where Matalan truly excel is the fantastic accessories that inspired sheer lust in me. There were some fantastic clutch bags in animal prints, studded day bag that looked great and would carry everything, and a fabulous range of brogues and slip on flat shoes that had a 1960s Mod feel to them. But two items stood out for me – I really wanted to just put them in my bag and run! The horse clutch bag has echoes of Luella, Stella and could be a designer item, whilst the jewelled stilettos will quite literally race out of the door once they hit stores (well, as fast as a jewelled stiletto can run…), they are just that beautiful.

With huge thanks to Matalan and Charlotte from Carat Media for the Invitation.

Win! Shopping Vouchers with Fashion-Mommy and Matalan.

The Christmas adverts are always an exciting reminder that ‘Holidays are coming.’ One of my absolute favourites this season, apart from the obvious John Lewis tear-jerker, is the beautiful ad for Matalan.

Featuring a host of wonderfully dressed people enjoying a snowy Christmas, it is quite a surprise when it is revealed that the people are actually figures inside snow globes. If you haven’t seen it, watch the ad in full below.

Competition time!

After watching the video, I’m sure you’re in the mood for some shopping. Matalan is offering one lucky Fashion-Mommy reader the chance to win £30 of vouchers to spend at Matalan. To enter the competition, simply leave a comment telling us what you would buy from the new collection with your voucher. If you require a closer look, follow the link below to take a look at the items in detail.

The competition closes at Midnight on the 5th of December, and the winner will be notified by email. The prize can be taken in online or store vouchers – the choice is yours.




Christmas – the perfect excuse for Glitz and glamour!

One of the things I love most about Christmas is that glitter is not just a fashionable option, it is almost compulsory. You can wear your most sparkly outfits, both in the day, and most definitely at night. Whether it be full on sparkle in glittery dresses, or just a touch through shoes, bags and accessories, Christmas is the time to shine like a star. And, with the days becoming exceedingly dark, now is the time to be proud and dress like a disco ball. Here are some choices I have picked to suit every women who likes to shine!

For the designer diva…

This is a fantastic project D dress by Danni Minogue just evokes 70’s disco. Danni wore this herself on the X Factor, and it is one of my favourite Minogue looks. It is also appropriately named, for this is the Tinsle dress. It is available at Selfridges for £350 and would be perfect for New Years Eve.

For the plus size diva…

Evans has the most amazing party range this season. Sequins. lace, ruffles and feathers are all included in the most stunning range of dresses and tops. Proof that being a size 16+ is no barrier to amazing festive style. This sequined dress also has the 70’s vibe that I love, and the vibrant colour makes a nice change to black.

£39.50 Evans.

This black/gold dress is very reminiscent of Alexander McQueen‘s opulent designs, and could be dressed down with a bikers leather and boots. I could see Rihanna wearing this dress.

£37 Evans

For the petite diva…

Many petite diva’s have the same issues as their plus sized sisters when trying to find the right Christmas dress. Luckily, Wallis has a stunning collection of party dresses that won’t break the bank. I love this purple maxi dress from the Wallis Petite collection. Because this is cut specifically for the more petite fashionista, it shouldn’t swamp smaller frames.

For the petite lady who feels swamped by the maxi, this super sexy black dress from Wallis could be the answer. It has a Kylie Minogue feel to it, and would look just amazing with silver accessories.

For the ‘I don’t do dresses’ diva…

Not everyone feels comfortable in a dress. For those divas, Monsoon may be the answer. It has a great range of sparkly skirts and tops that could be dressed down with simpler accompaniments. This glitter sparkle top has an art deco feel to it, and could be paired with denim for a dressed down look, or velvet for real decadence. The Visconti skirt is a real show stopper, and certainly on my Christmas list this year. Imagine it during the day, with a Cashmere sweater! For the budget diva…

F&F at Tesco have an amazing range of party dresses at reasonable prices this year. I love this shift dress that is just £30, but looks so much more expensive.

Another post of call for the budget fashionista must be Peacocks, with it much lusted after Pearl Lowe range. This dress, modelled by Daisy Lowe, in baby pink and silver, is absolutely beautiful, with an amazing vintage feel to it.

Matalan also has a great party range, and for those girls who really only wear trousers, a jumpsuit is just the thing. I love this black effort, just £25 from the Be Beau range. This is crying out for a roller disco!

£25 Matalan

The Online diva…

For those of you who steadfastly avoid the shops at Christmas, there are a myriad of glitter outfits online, to suit every budget and taste. is a bargain basement site with fashion forward looks at amazing prices. I adore this striped Rochelle maxi dress that I would love to see Agyness Deyn wearing with a pair of Doc Marten boots.

Rochelle dress Boohoo £20

The Saffia mini dress is another bargain at just £20. The blue and silver is such a pretty colour mix, and the style would look amazing on Emma Watson.

At the other end of the style and price spectrum is this amazing 3.1 Phillip Lim dress from Net-a-porter. Imagine Kate Middleton updating the ‘Dynasty Di’  look in this dress!

£975 Net-a-porter

Whatever your style, size or budget, there is Christmas glitter to suit everyone this year. Make sure you put some sparkle in your Christmas wardrobe, you know you won’t regret it!