An evening of shopping and Fizz at Tommy Hilfiger, The Mailbox

Last week I attended a super stylish event at Tommy Hilfiger in Birmingham’s stunning Mailbox.  The event was a perfect excuse to preview the new Spring/Summer collections whilst enjoying food treats from Tom’s Dinner and a chilled glass of Champagne. You could also take advantage of 20% off any purchases on the night, allowing you to update your wardrobe and save some pennies.

The Tommy Hilfiger store in The Mailbox is a bright shiny store that is a gorgeous back drop to the classic, nautical and preppy designs that are the trademark of TH. This season there are lots of great pieces featuring stripes and pretty prints, as well as designs in bold, bright colours, yellow, navy, white and red. The designs are crisp, clean, elegant and totally timeless, statement pieces that you will be able to enjoy for many summer’s to come.

On the evening you could also enjoy a personalised monogramming service, which proved to be extremely popular. Another popular selection were the sunglasses from the collection with current fashion darling Gigi Hadid.

Below are some of my favourite picks from the current collection, I would love to know your thoughts.

The plain wedges are very Kate Middleton.

How incredible is this mac? It would look so good over jeans, belted nonchalantly.

This is quite an unexpected piece from Tommy Hilfiger, a move away from the stripes and block colour, but very floaty and pretty.

This basket was a really popular piece, it is just so holiday friendly.

Bardot style dresses and tops are showing no signs of disappearing, which is great as I’ve never heard anyone say they didn’t like their shoulders.

One of my faves, this dress is such a classic piece. Team it with white plimsolls to dress it down.

That bag = total lust.

This dress, which also comes in white, has such a tennis/sporty aesthetic.

Classic Tommy Hilfiger.

Best of Britannia launches at The Mailbox

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Best of Britannia launched today in Birmingham’s Mailbox at the start of a 4 day pop up space. The Pop up is a showcase of leading high-end independent British brands, covering everything from fashion and lifestyle to food and drink. With Black Friday taking place and Christmas on the way, now is the perfect time to get yourself into Birmingham in order to pick up an unusual gift idea that will delight even those who are trickiest to please.

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Today was an excuse to get familiar with the 11 brands that are being showcased, and to also enjoy the unusual, but totally delicious spirit liqueurs  on offer from The Sweet Potato Company (the Toffee Apple was divine!).  There was also celebratory fizz and mini burgers to fill the lunchtime gap.

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I was really impressed with the lovely selection of brands involved in the showcase. The leather driving gloves from Gizelle Renee are beautiful pieces of luxury that would make an incredible Christmas gift, and this goes ditto for the exquisite silk scarves from Furious Goose, which have incredible patterns and are beautifully gift boxed.

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The leather satchels and handbags from The Leather Satchel Company are real showstoppers, coming in a range of sizes and colours, and with the prestige and heritage of being the first satchel company. There is also a range of soft, luxurious knitwear from Ross Barr and Genevieve Sweeney, unusual ceramics from Stolen Form and original clothing designs from A-MM-E (their beige coat was so amazing, as was the gold lace and foil skirt.

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And then of course, there was that delicious liqueur from the Artisan company The Sweet Potato Company. With names like Pink Marshmallow Moonshine and Toffee Apple Moonshine they were pretty hard to resist, and when you then ties in the gorgeous bottle and bottle bags making them already wrapped for Christmas, then these become a no-brainer for your Christmas list, and worth a trip to the Mailbox to pick up a bottle or two. (Can you guess that I really liked these?)

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Best of Britannia will be running at The Mailbox until Sunday 27th November, stop by and pick up a Christmas gift or two.

Strada Kids Party at the Birmingham Mailbox

Half term week had a special treat for Joe and I when we were invited to a special party at Strada in the Birmingham Mailbox. It was a lot of fun, with pizza making and activity packs for the children, and Prosecco and fine food for the adults. The children also got the chance to try dishes from the Strada Squad menu, a menu that has been specially approved by a panel of children acting as taste testers.

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Joe took a turn with the camera

Joe took a turn with the camera

The day started with the pizza making session. Pizza bases and a range of toppings were provided and the children all had great fun designing their own pizza. Joe was really happy to be one of the first to finish, using chicken, pepperoni, ham and cheese and tomato. It really did look delicious, and this was proved once it had been baked – he literally ate every morsel.

Waiting to make Pizza

Waiting to make Pizza

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Joe's pizza - ready for the oven

Joe’s pizza – ready for the oven

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Ready to eat.

Ready to eat.

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The adults weren’t left out when it came to food either. Strada has a daily set menu that offers two courses for £9.95 and three courses for £11.95. I chose the Chicken Liver Pate, which was a smooth pate that came on toast, with crispy Parmesan shavings. It was delicious, with the cheese adding a lovely flavour to the pate. I also liked that the pate was smooth – I struggle with the coarser varieties.

Delicious chicken pate

Delicious chicken pate

Enjoying a glass of fizz

Enjoying a glass of fizz

For our main courses, both Joe and I opted for steak. I was shocked that Joe was still eating, but he has the appetite of a horse lately, and really enjoyed his first experience of steak, which had been chargrilled. The steak was accompanied with French Fries which were lovely, well seasoned and crispy. My steak was a British Rump which came with skin on fries. I had it medium and really enjoyed it, especially teamed with the fries. The steak was a good quality cut, and was both tender and juicy.

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After two courses I was feeling rather full, but was really glad that I had chosen a dessert. I love Ice Cream, and often find it a great way to finish a meal, as it is light and refreshing. The Affogato though, is something I have never tried, vanilla ice cream drenched in a shot of hot espresso. The contrast, as the hot liquid falls on the freezing ice is just amazing, and when the ice cream starts to melt, the coffee creaminess is so delicious. Definitely something I would love to try again.

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Joe should’ve been all pizza’d out, but wanted his favourite dessert, the chocolate and hazlenut pizzetta, which is like a warm chocolate pizza. Due to eating so much, he wasn’t able to finish it, but loved the flavour and the fact that this is a dessert you can easily eat with your hands.

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We had a wonderful afternoon at the Strada party, the food was lovely, staff very friendly and helpful, and Joe loved the company of the other children. If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant where both kids and adults will be satisfied, check out your local Strada.

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“My entry for the Fire Label best dressed baking award.”