Happy 10th Birthday Selfridges Birmingham

It is hard to believe, But the iconic Selfridges store in Birmingham celebrated its 10th birthday this week. And, of course, being Selfridges, it celebrated with a seriously stylish party, complete with mouth-watering cocktails and canapes, and some seriously quirky entertainment.

It is hard to even imagine Birmingham without the stunning Selfridges Building, as much a part of the city skyline as The Rotunda, The BT Tower or St Martin’s in the Bullring. The Moet Bar on the top floor has become a real destination, and so was the perfect setting for the birthday celebrations. General manager Vicki Cain gave a lovely speech to kick off proceedings detailing some exciting new developments for the store, and then guests were treated to a special performance by Operatic drag queen Le Gateau Chocolat, who had a powerful voice and a great line in black prom dresses!

With Mojitos served rustic style in mini glass jars and stripy retro straws, Cosmos and Champers, delicious mini ice cream cones and a bar brimming with Oysters, Selfridges threw a party their way, and completed the night by gifting all guests a stunning Diptyque candle.

A truly amazing night – here’s to the next 10 years!

To celebrate Selfridges Brum 10 – watch out for a whole series of events and happenings this weekend, including a very special performance from Tincy Stryder,

What’s happening?

Tinchy Stryder Live on 2
Saturday 7 September, 3pm
It’s shopping, but not as you know it. Enjoy an exclusive in-store performance by rapper and DJ Tinchy Stryder.

Selfridges yellow van
Our yellow van will be driving around Birmingham, stopping along the way to offer passersby make-overs, beauty touch-ups and gifts…

Saturday 7 September – Moor Street Train Station 11am – 2pm
Come and see the Krispy Kreme team who will be handing out samples of their mouth-watering doughnuts.

Sunday 8 September – Moor Street Train Station 11am – 3pm
The Laura Mercier team will be hosting 5-minute smoky-eye master classes.

Folli Follie will be giving away special birthday bags for every 10th customer on Saturday 7 September plus get the chance to buy the exclusive Fiorissimo wallet in store.

Kurt Geiger has 10 pairs of shoes up for grabs – across the five days of celebrations, two lucky customers will win each day.

Michael Kors will be treating shoppers to a special gift with every purchase.

Mulberry has created an exclusive canary yellow edition of the sought-after Bayswater – a truly luxurious keepsake.

Ted Baker will be hosting drinks and treating you to an exclusive birthday gift with every purchase.

Topshop is offering a birthday gift with every purchase over £50.

Selfridges  Current Top Ten Picks

STELLA MCCARTNEY Floral embroidered wool cape £1,880.00 click to visit Selfridges

SADIE WILLIAMS Lurex-panel sweatshirt £100 click to visit Selfridges

PB0110 Leather satchel £565 click to visit Selfridges

NARS Fall Collection Nail polish £14.50 click to visit Selfridges

PETER PILOTTO Corinne dress £1,210 click to visit Selfridges

GRACE HAMILTON Kefel necklace £350 click to visit Selfridges

MARC BY MARC JACOBS Etta tablet case £50 click to visit Selfridges

SIMONE ROCHA Leopard-print mid-heel courts £700 click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte's magic cream treat & transform moisturiser SPF 15 £70 click to visit Selfridges

ISABEL MARANT Ice leather trousers £1,340 click to visit Selfridges




PaperShaker Cards enable you to get creative

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One of the brilliant things about Papershaker is that you can add your own photographs to any of the designs you choose.  If you are choosing personalised wedding invitations, you could actually add a picture of you and your beloved to the invite, making it something that is truly special and unique to you. This is also a lovely touch that can be added to the baby thank you cards that can be sent out to say thank you for gifts after the birth of a baby. By adding an image the card becomes something to treasure and keep, rather than a throwaway object.

I recently created some thank you cards for my sister, who has recently become a mother to a very gorgeous little girl. I started with the little lady design above, which I thought was a very cute, girly design.I then adapted it by adding a picture of Renee, changing the size of the image and the background colour. You can then add relevant details to the back of the card.


Papershaker is also the perfect destination to pick up personalised party invitations. In particular, the kids party invitations are second to none. You can simply choose an age appropriate design and add the party details, or again, you can personalise your card by adding a photograph or image of your choice. I have Joe’s 5th birthday coming up in December, so I have been putting my design together for his party. I chose the robot design which I think is perfect for a little boy, but decided to change the photographs to include some of my little boy.

I think PaperShaker is a great way of producing something that little bit special to commemorate your family occasions. With cards costing as little as 75p each, these are affordable luxuries. You can also purchase sample cards so you can see just how great they look before you purchase in bulk.

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Happy 40th Birthday Browns Bar and Brasserie

Browns Bar and Brasserie  has been celebrating its 40th birthday this year, with a series of stylish parties taking place at branches all over the country. I was lucky enough to join in the celebrations after receiving an invitation to the Birmingham restaurant’s party, and I had a truly wonderful night.


Photos of Browns Bar & Brasserie, Birmingham
This photo of Browns Bar & Brasserie is courtesy of TripAdvisor

I was lucky enough to have been invited to the opening of Browns Birmingham a couple of years ago, and became a fan of the restaurant then. The relaxed atmosphere, stylish decor and great food makes this a great destination for special occasions, or just for a girlie lunch and a gossip with friends. The birthday event was a great opportunity to try some of the signature dishes in the form of delicious canapes, with the mini Yorkshire Pudding and roast beef being particularly good. Another gorgeous, and rather sweet idea, was a mini afternoon tea served on a tiny plate, complete with scone and cream, and tiny sandwiches with the crust removed.

I took my sister as my guest for the occasion. She had never been to Browns and was really impressed with the restaurant.  The hosts delivered a really nice evening that was a great opportunity to sample a couple of new cocktails, whilst enjoying a chat with friends. There was also lovely background music provided by a live band, giving the evening a lively feel.

with my sister and blogger Emily Jayne

There was an eclectic group of people invited as guests, from food bloggers to seasoned customers of Browns. Everyone seemed to agree that it was a great night. The Highlight of the evening was a stunning cake, complete with  monochrome icing and piano key theme.

I had a wonderful time at Browns and would fully recommend it to anyone looking for a great meal and a pleasant evening in  Birmingham.

Many thanks to Elizabeth Davies for the invitation.