Bullring Bloggers Christmas event

Last week saw the annual gathering of Bullring Bloggers, getting together to enjoy cocktails and nibbles whilst learning more about some of the Bullring’s fab brands and their latest collections.This year the gathering was small and intimate, with experts from Oasis, Topshop and Selfridges talking about personalisation, Christmas pressies and personal shopping.

Before chatting to the experts there was opportunity to try food from Chi Kitchen, which has recently opened an eaterie in Debenhams in the Bullring, and from Thai restaurant Chaophraya, which is based on Spiceal Street. the Chicken and Lemongrass satay skewers were just amazing, and there were also veggie options and Sushi. There were also some stunning cocktails that had the most amazing apple swan creations as decoration, and packed a fairly lethal kick too.

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Danni, who is the personal stylist for Oasis was the first to show us a little of the seasonal offering from the store. Oasis in the Bullring now offers both personal styling, and personal styling parties where you can gather with a few friends and let Danni style you. For Winter 2016, there is a good mixture of warm knitwear and seasonal sparkles. with cool jackets that can be layered over a cami and jeans. The matcht-matchy trend is also not going away, but now it has a Christmas feel due to lots of sparkle and embellishments.

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Next up was Selfridges, with beauty expert Rose Gallagher offering insight into this year’s celestial theme and the personalisation the store offers. The fabulous Alphabet bags star sign cosmetic bags were much admired, as were the fabulous Christmas decorations that can be filled with chocolates and have a name added to them. There were also the ever popular personalised jars of Nutella, and an uber cute personalised Mr Men print. All personalisation is done in store and just makes a perfect gift that little bit more perfect (not sure that actually works in English, but you know what I mean!)

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Kiko Milano cosmetics have some really gorgeous colours this season that will be just right for all those parties. The eye shadows in particular are pearly, iridescent and super pretty. Kiko Milano products are really affordable, with eye shadows coming in at about £7, and would make great Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.

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The final port of call was a chat with the lovely Charlotte who is the personal shopper and stylist for the shiny new Bullring Topshop store. Topshop have all kinds of greatness going on in Birmingham this Christmas, including new ranges that seem to be hitting the store every few days, and great ideas for Christmas gift boxes for those men who have no idea what to buy their other half.  I fell totally in love with the Bah Humbug bag and went straight out and got it, have been using it at Christmas parties for the past week and have to say what a total bargain it was!

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Bah Humbug Christmas Clutch Price: £20.00 Click to visit Topshop

 

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DSCN9955Bullring really is a one stop shop for all those Christmas gifts, whether it be a last minute present, or, heaven forbid, if you leave it all to the last minute. With late night opening until 10pm and plenty of parking and eateries, it should take the stress out of shopping.

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With thanks to Bullring and Nicki Horesh of Frank PR for the fab evening.

Making the most of the sales this summer

The summer sales have now well and truly arrived, and although it seems like we have only just started summer, many stores are already thinking of the new season and looking at Autumn/Winter lines. So this is the perfect time to take the opportunity to find that very special outfit at a fraction of the price. Whether you are looking for great buys for your upcoming holiday, something business like for networking events, an outfit to take you through wedding season, or simply a great new look for every day, you are sure to find something that suits in the current sales. Here are my picks.

Everyday pieces from Evans

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Lips Print Jersey T-Shirt Was £35.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Evans

Silk Shore Coral Chino Trousers Was £38.00 Now £25.00 click to visit Evans

Silk Shore Denim and Lace Blouse Was £45.00 Now £25.00 click to visit Evans

Gorgeous dresses from Reiss

FLORAL EMBROIDERED DRESS LIGHT TURQUOISE £189 NOW £94 click to visit Reiss

PRINTED FIT AND FLARE DRESS MULTI £169 NOW £99 click to visit Reiss

PLEATED DRESS HOT PINK £189 NOW £94 click to visit Reiss

COLOUR BLOCK MAXI DRESS INDIGO £245 NOW £175 click to visit Reiss

STRIPE SHIFT PONTI DRESS BLUE £120 NOW £69 click to visit Reiss

To view all Reiss sale, click here.

Festival dressing from Oasis

Lace Skater Dress Was: £48.00Now: £30.00 click to visit Oasis

Lydia Playsuit Was: £38.00Now: £22.00 click to visit Oasis

Tie Front Shirt Was: £28.00Now: £15.00 click to visit Oasis

Zip Front Tye Dye Cami Was: £25.00Now: £15.00 click to visit Oasis

Washed Floral Cherry Jean Was: £40.00Now: £20.00 click to visit Oasis

To view all Oasis sale, click here.

Networking event dressing from M&Co

Primrose floral print dress £22 click to visit M&Co

Cherry zip pocket jacket £30 click to visit M&Co

Tapered linen trousers Navy £20 click to visit M&Co

Colour block dress £18 click to visit M&Co

Colour block ponte dress £22 click to visit M&Co

To view all M&Co sale, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter presents for those avoiding chocolate

It is less than 2 weeks to Easter, and for most people that means an excuse to indulge in chocolate. But what about presents for those who are avoiding the dark and yummy stuff. After all, contrary to widely held believe, not everyone has a sweet tooth. And then there are those who are dieting, or don’t eat it for health reasons, or those who just get far too many eggs and so look for something different. What do you buy for them?

This year I am faced with a heavily pregnant sister who now has an aversion to chocolate. I would usually opt to buy clothing, but again, with a rather large baby bump, this is not really the best of ideas. So instead I have chosen this very nice white bracelet watch from Oasis, which is plastic and therefore wipe clean, perfect for a new mom who will soon be experiencing the joys of baby puke! Oasis currently have a gorgeous range of watches that I discovered when looking for an oasis discount code, and I think these are a great gift choice for not much more than a fancy egg.

Gorgeous Watches from Oasis

White Bracelet Watch Was: £25.00 Now: £12.00 click to visit Oasis

Dusky Pink Bracelet Watch Price: £35.00 click to visit Oasis

Sunray Dial Watch Was: £20.00 Now: £6.00 click to visit Oasis

My little boy, who is 4, has so many Easter Eggs from so many people, that I always avoid buying him more chocolate.  Instead, a trip to the Early Learning Centre is a must. With Spring now almost official, I am thinking of getting the Sizzling barbecue to put outside his playhouse – he loves to pretend to cook and I think this would definitely get the seal of approval.

Sizzling Barbecue £20 click to visit ELC

And then there is me! If I’m honest, I’m not such a fan of chocolate has I used to be, and would much prefer something pretty in place of the traditional egg. I have my eye on quite a few things from Evans at the moment, so, here, as a gentle reminder to my hubby, are a few things I would love this Easter.

Evans Bird Print T-Shirt Price: £18.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Navy Dragonfly Scarf Price: £15.00 click to visit Evans

Chain Wrapped Necklace Price: £16.50 click to visit Evans