Valentine’s Day ideas from Pavilions and The Fort

Next week will see the most romantic day of the year arrive. Valentine’s Day is all about hearts and flowers, and showing someone how much you love them. But, if we’re honest, men don’t always get it right. My mom once received a rather ugly fleecy dressing gown, a good friend once got a bottle of Oil of Ulay and a foot scrubber. Men do often need a guiding hand to point them in the right direction, and turning pages over on the designer bags in magazines doesn’t always achieve the desired effect.

But fear not. Fashion-Mommy has got a fab selection of ideas that are available from two of Birmingham’s leading shopping destinations, Pavilions and The Fort. These are gifts from all price points, starting at just £1.50, and take into account what takes your fancy, from beauty to beautiful homewares, from pampering products to sexy lingerie. All these items are available as we speak, and where possible, I’ve added an internet link too. Now all you have to do is print this off, get a red marker pen, add a big circle around the item you would really like, and hand this to  your other half. As that Meerkat would say ‘Simples’.

Romance at the Pavilions

Small Mosaic Mirror Trinkets £25.00 Laura Ashley Pavilions click to visit Laura Ashley

Floral Nightwear Set £12.99 H&M Pavilions click to visit H&M

Spring Cherry Butterfly Soap, 50g £3.50 L'Occitane Pavilions

Rose lingerie set £33.00 Evans Pavilions click to visit Evans

Awaken & Revive Gift Set £42.00 PHB Ethical Beauty Pavilions

Limited Collection Blusher - Pink Mix £6 M&S at Pavilions click to visit M&S

Heart Confetti £1.50 M&S at Pavilions click to visit M&S

Limited Collection Bracelet £15 M&S at Pavilions click to visit M&S

Romance at The Fort

H! By Henry Holland Scarf £15 Debenhams at The Fort Shopping Park click to visit Debenhams

Silver Contrast Crystal Ring £10 River Island at The Fort Shopping Park click to visit River Island

Black & Pastel Handbag £28 Dorothy Perkins at The Fort Shopping Park click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Cream & Gold Bangle Pack £10 Next at The Fort Shopping Park click to visit Next




Hobbs hosts an Autumn Preview at Pavilions Birmingham

Twitter is a great place for networking, finding out about great events and happenings. Last monday I received a tweet from über stylist Beth Goodrham saying

              Beth Goodrham@BethGoodrham

@fashion_mommyWM hi, do you fancy coming to an event at Hobbs B’ham next Friday at 5pm? Cocktails and a peep at the new collection on offer!

Well, an offer like that was too good to turn down, so on Friday night, a few hours before that fabulous opening ceremony that I keep reliving in my head, I headed into Birmingham for a night of clothes, cocktails and conversation with some of my favourite bloggers.

All guests were greeted with a fabulous speciality cocktail from Alvar, the must visit restaurant from Hotel La Tour, one of Birmingham’s newest and brightest destinations.(I think the cocktail was the 1889…but don’t quote me on that fact.)  Now, I couldn’t exactly tell you what was in the cocktail, with the exception of ginger, but what I can say is that it was so good I had to go back for another, several in fact. It was quite possibly the best cocktail I have ever tasted – bliss in a glass!

With a cocktail in hand, it was time to take a browse around the store. With the summer sale in full flow and containing some amazing bargains, and with theA/W ranges starting to make an appearance, there was much to enjoy style-wise. In the current sale, everyone seemed to be in love with the kitsch paperclip print of a N.W.3 shift dress, whilst horse prints were a cute feature of the A/W range. I also adored the use of teal as a key colour for the new season, and on such a special day, the Olympic commerative scarf was a huge hit with all, for its gorgeous graphics and delicate silk feel.

There were some stylists and beauticians from top Birmingham salon Puro hair on hand to offer treatments, but I used the browsing time to have a chat with stylist Beth, who was at the event to talk guests through some of the key trends for the coming season. Beth has recently featured Fashion-mommy in a feature on Britmums which just thrilled me, so it was great to meet in person and have time for a chat about fashion, blogging and everything in between. (You can read Beth’s article here.)

L-R Jennifer Walker, Emily-Jayne Philips, Beth Goodrham and Fashion-Mommy

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of new season trends by Beth Goodrham. The recent Kate Middleton Stella McCartney dress was used as a basis for one look, a beautiful cobalt dress teamed with Kate’s favourite nude heels. Other trends were also discussed, including the equestrian trend which returns this season, the return of the camel suit, and the colour teal, which was showcased in a beautiful trenchcoat.

The evening ended with a raffle being drawn. All guest had been presented with a raffle ticket that was to be drawn when the event ended, with the lucky winner receiving a £50 voucher to spend in store. The winning ticket was number 253, and I was thrilled to find this was my ticket, meaning a gorgeous pair of red patent pumps were making their way home with me that night. This was the perfect end to a perfect event.

Some of Beth Goodrham’s Key looks

Jean Mac £119.00 click to visit Hobbs

A huge thanks to Hobbs, Pavilions Birmingham, Emma Fox from SX Media and Beth Goodrham.