The Return of Mr Selfridge

Sunday night sees the return of the rather delectable Jeremy Piven to our screens as the huge TV hit Mr Selfridge returns for its third series. I’m a huge fan of Harry, and of the series in general, so I have to admit to rather looking forward to its welcome return.

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The new series will kick off in 1919, with Harry mourning his wife Rose. The real Rose died in 1918, when the First World War had not yet ended, but the series transports the death forward in time. Frances O Connor has left the series, but we have new cast members in the shape of Kara and Hannah Tointon who are playing Harry’s daughters. The new series promises to be as glossy and glamorous as previous affairs, starting with a wedding as Rosalie Selfridge (Kara) marries a Russian Prince, a romantic match that might not be as fairytale as it seems, not least because Prince Charming is penniless and see’s Rosalie as a meal ticket.

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The series looks set to be another smash hit, as Harry’s life unfortunately begins to spiral out of control. Jeremy Piven is a charismatic actor par excellence, and I can’t wait to watch him get his acting chops around the downfall of this great man. And, from a fashion point of view, the stunning images from Rosalie’s wedding are getting me very excited about the series reaching the 1920s.

As ever, when a series of Mr Selfridge hits our screens, our modern-day Selfridges put together an edit of products to celebrate it hitting our screens, containing iconic images, food and drink products.

Here are some of my favourite picks from this seasons Mr Selfridge edit.

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Butter crunch biscuits in tin £7.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Butter crunch biscuits in tin
£7.99 click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Raspberry Hazelnut & Chocolate marshmallow     £6.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Raspberry Hazelnut & Chocolate marshmallow
£6.99
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nine-piece Marc de Champagne milk chocolate truffles     £9.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nine-piece Marc de Champagne milk chocolate truffles
£9.99
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION London Strong brew tea bags     £6.99 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION London Strong brew tea bags
£6.99 click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION There's No Fun Like Work Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION There’s No Fun Like Work Heritage mug
£15.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nesta Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Nesta Heritage mug
£15.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Horn Blower notebook     £12.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Horn Blower notebook
£12.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Lady and Store Heritage mug     £15.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Lady and Store Heritage mug
£15.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Chocolate Break Hat Box     £50.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Chocolate Break Hat Box
£50.00
click to visit Selfridges

 SELFRIDGES SELECTION Harry Gordon Selfridge Hamper     £125.00 click to visit Selfridges

SELFRIDGES SELECTION Harry Gordon Selfridge Hamper
£125.00
click to visit Selfridges

To view the complete Selfridges Selection of Artisan food, drink and memorabilia, click here.



 

Selfridges Beauty round up

 Selfridges have some fantastic new beauty buys that your make-up bag is just crying out for. New drops from Chanel, exclusive treats from Ciate, and classic lines from Guerlain are all now online and in store and make the perfect weekend treats, especially if you are waiting for pay day and want to buy something for yourself that is a touch of luxury, but still affordable.

Ciate Treats

Everyone seems to love Ciate, the product that literally transforms nails into works of art. Selfridges currently have this fabulous product – a pretty touch of Spring fever for the nails, and it is a store exclusive. Utterly gorgeous!

CIATE: BADA BLOOM FLOWER MANICURE - £18 click to visit Selfridges

CIATE: BADA BLOOM FLOWER MANICURE – £18 click to visit Selfridges

The dolls house collection is just as sweet and pretty as you would expect it to be. The packaging is gloriously retro, and those pastel colours echo the key trends for the coming season – you can get in on the act a little early with this perfect treat!

CIATE: DOLLS HOUSE NAIL POILISH SET - £18 click to visit Selfridges

CIATE: DOLLS HOUSE NAIL POILISH SET – £18 click to visit Selfridges

Guerlain Spring look

In the week that Mr Selfridge came back to our screens, it is good to see one of the original beauty giants introducing a gleaming, ultra modern collection. Guerlain may have been tempting the ladies of 1914 with perfume (L’heure Bleue in case you’re wondering), but the new collection is a make-up collection of gorgeous packaging and fabulous colours.

Météorites Pearls Powder £37.50 click to visit Selfridges

Météorites Pearls Powder £37.50 click to visit Selfridges

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Cils D’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara £22 click to visit Selfridges

Rouge Automatique Lipstick £25 click to visit Selfridges

Rouge Automatique Lipstick £25 click to visit Selfridges

Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette £38 click to visit Selfridges

Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette £38 click to visit Selfridges

New Chanel Spring range – launched today

Chanel are really trying to prove that Spring is just around the corner with the gorgeous colours in the ‘Notes De Printemps’ collection. The pink shades are definitely my favourites, very Barbie girl pretty and eye catching too.

Click to view complete range

Click to view complete range

 

 

 

 

Mr Selfridge – Totally seduced by the style and shopping.

After a weekend of ill-health, I finally got around to catching up properly with ‘Mr Selfridge’ last night. I was totally dazzled and enchanted, as I had expected to be, with the fascinating story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, played in the series by Jeremy Piven,  and the iconic department store he created, bought to life on the small screen. All those instantly recognisable features, the wonderful window displays, the luxurious fixtures and fittings, the Art Nouveau style lifts, it was all there, albeit in a 1909 version.

Mr Selfridge was a retail visionary. So much about the way we enjoy shopping is down to him, from the opportunity to be able to ‘handle the goods’, to browse and window shop, the fact that we have rails and rails of choice, all this can be linked back to the ‘Earl of Oxford Street’ and how he perceived the shopping experience. The fact that he was also a seductive romeo who lived and loved life to the full, also adds to his general, larger than life personality.

As you would expect, the show is visually stunning, with the female characters seeming to have walked straight off the Marc Jacobs catwalk locomotive, such is the stylised Edwardian look. Key characters include Katherine Kelly playing Lady May Loxley, and Zoe Tapper as the glamorous showgirl Ellen Love. I’m not sure if Ellen Love was real person, the real Selfridge certainly had a relationship with one of the notorious Dolly Sisters, so Ellen could be a fictional character.

I am already hooked on the glamour and drama of Mr Selfridge, and am also thrilled that the modern-day  Selfridges are getting into the spirit of the series too, with a special Selfridges selection that includes, of course, the Lindy Woodhead book on which it is all based, and those very special red gloves that start it all.

DENTS Buttoned leather gloves £79.00

EXCLUSIVE MR WINGATE Selfridges Oxford Street cushion cover with pad

BOOKSHOP Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead